Earlier this month I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the new Microsoft Teaching 2.0: Educator Workshops aimed at K-12 teachers, curriculum & technology specialists and technology teachers. This was a hands-on, 3-day workshop organized around five themes:
It was great to see this engaged group of teachers actively and enthusiastically participating in the student-centered projects that were introduced. More importantly, listening to them coming up with their own creative "ah-hah" moments of how they might use a new tool or technology, whether it is one our free tools like the new version of Windows Live Movie Maker , or a cool new tool like Worldwide Telescope they just learned about, which by the way recently made it onto Time Magazine's "50 Best Web Sites 2009" along with Microsoft Photosynth.
Here they are working away (mashed together courtesy of Microsoft AutoCollage) another cool free tool we offer for easily making collages with your digital pictures.
And here is a short video of Julie, a teacher from Woburn, MA, sharing how she plans to use what she learned:
Microsoft Educator Workshop Series from Rob Bayuk on Vimeo.
So, what did I learn from this? My job is to figure out how Microsoft can best help teacher's improve their abilities to integrate technology in the teaching and learning process. So in considering this, I was reminded of a few things:
I would love to hear from the community on the following (or any other topic for supporting your professional development around technology):
I look forward to your input and thoughts.
K-20 Educator Marketing Manager, Microsoft
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Interesting post. Love to hear more about that training.
Q: This is the second time I've read that AutoCollage is free, but I keep ending up on a page where it costs $20: http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/AutoCollage-2008/product/8D6DDFB5?WT.mc_id=autocollage
Is it free or not?
Thanks for the question and post. This was a mistake on my end, as I have been using the free trial version, and you're right the product is actually $20 USD.
However, it just so happens that the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Netwrok, which is our online community site for educators, is running a free promo where if you sign-up you'll get a free copy of AutoCollage.
Sign-up is free and simply means registering. You will likely find useful resources there as well and ways to create communities with fellow educators -- maybe around using digital storytelling tools like AutoCollage in the classroom? :)
Here's the link: http://www.innovativeteachers.com/Pages/Welcome.aspx
My apologies for the misrepresentation. Thanks for catching this.