The excitement at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) event last week in Seattle was contagious. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from and meet so many great educators from around the Pacific Northwest.  Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft did the Closing Keynote on Friday afternoon where he will highlighted several new resources for teachers along with announcing a new Bing photo contest for students. I’ve included a quick overview below and some links to learn more.

Bing Photo Contest

The Earth Day Photo Contest for Students kicks off on March 29, however teachers can begin planning for how you might incorporate this into your curriculum today.  Students across the country will have the opportunity to submit photos to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and help educate other students.  This is a great opportunity to engage your students with their digital cameras in-hand, perhaps using this as a component of broader unit on the environment, climate change or to encourage kids to think about how their environment impacts their culture.  There are some resources like sample letters home to parents to make starting a project easy.

The grand prize photo will be showcased on the Bing homepage on Earth Day, April 22. Learn more about the contest, checkout the Bing team’s blog post here, or go directly to the photo contest site.  The grand prize winner takes home a “Digital Photo Lab”!

Getting Started Teacher Guides

Microsoft is working to make it easier for teachers to integrate technology, tools and software into the classroom in relevant and effective ways by providing step-by-step instructions, e-books, videos, and Getting Started teacher guides. Teacher guides and resources are available for Free tools (such as Worldwide Telescope, Photo Story, Photosynth and more), Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010, Windows 7, Windows Live Movie Maker, and Digital Storytelling.

To learn more about the Getting Started teacher guides and free tools available for teachers, check out my post on the Microsoft Blog.

Daily Teacher Technology Tips for Teachers!

I am excited to share that starting today, I will be providing daily teacher technology tips, tricks and ideas for the classroom. I’ll continue providing daily tips until May 4, 2010, National Teacher Day. If you’re on Twitter, follow me @TeachTec or follow hash tag #TeachTips. Or Re-Tweet with your own tips!  I would love to share yours as well.  If you are on Facebook, you can follow Microsoft TeachTec.

I hope you find these teacher resources and daily technology tips useful in your classroom. As always, I welcome your feedback and questions.

Regards,
Rob @TeachTec