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  • Blog Post: Engaging Young Students in Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking

    We are two weeks away from the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum (#PiLGF) in Prague, Czech Republic. I wanted to share another guest post from a member of “Team USA” (one of the 16 teachers who will be representing the U.S. at this amazing professional learning experience). Today’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum Finalists

    This post has been updated on 8/21/12 to include links to each winning project on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network where each project includes a video overview and classroom resources. I’ve also updated with pictures of these proud teachers! Last night at the Gala Awards celebration...
  • Blog Post: 100 Educators to Share Innovative Classroom Practices

    We are just two weeks away from having 100 innovative educators descend on Microsoft campus in Redmond to show the positive impacts being made in classrooms across the country through innovative use of technology combined with effective teaching. These educators applied and were selected to attend this...
  • Blog Post: Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    Today we are excited to announce the official list of educators for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. This is the 8th annual Partners in Learning Forum, a global program that last year attracted more 250,000 educators from over 70 countries. The Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum focuses...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Three-time Partners in Learning US Forum alum reflects on her evolution teaching students and teachers

    As part of the continued occasional series of guest blog posts by Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni, this week we feature educator Kelli Etheredge, who has the esteemed honor of being three-time alum to the Forum and who also had her project accepted to the 2012 US Forum . I want to publicly...
  • Blog Post: Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    The first round of applications are in for the 8th annual Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum and we are pleased to officially announce the first group of educators invited to attend the Forum this summer in Redmond! This year we received an unprecedented number of early applications, four times...
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley educators on their way to the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    Last Saturday, on a lovely day in Silicon Valley I had a chance to visit a group of amazing educators convened by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), a forward-thinking non-profit chartered to drive innovative teaching and learning within schools in the region. The reason for this visit was...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: 21st Century Skills a Must-Do in 21st Century Instruction

    A guest post from Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni Melanie Wiscount., who was the “Educator’s Choice” finalist at the 2011 US Forum. Part of an ongoing “occasional guest post series” hearing from educators who have experienced this unique professional learning forum, reflecting on their...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Educator Examines His Teaching, Shares His Learning

    A guest post from Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni Lou Zulli, Jr ., who was a two-time winner at the 2011 Forum. Over the next two months I am hosting bi-weekly guest posts from Forum alumni with the intent of hearing from educators who have experienced this unique professional learning...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Daily Insights from the Heroes in Education: Dailyedventures.com

    Occasionally I host guest posts from other educators and those within Microsoft. This post I couldn’t refuse (perhaps because he’s my boss?!) Do give it a read, it is ambitious goal for 2012, a new voice in education everyday – from across the globe. Innovating in education is tough, day-to-day work...
  • Blog Post: Teachers Be Recognized For Your Innovative Ideas

    Teachers are not recognized enough for the positive impact they make with their students. One of the most challenging aspects of doing this is for educators (and others) to recognize when positive impacts are being made. Often these benefits are seen down the road, when students come to back to visit...
  • Blog Post: Seeking Your Ideas for Gaming and Learning

    There seems to be much interest recently on divining the successful intersection between gaming and learning. The noteworthy primer on the subject comes from Jane McGonigal’s compelling book Reality is Broken . I had the pleasure of meeting Jane this summer at the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011...
  • Blog Post: Would you have a live TV broadcast from your classroom?

    Ok, maybe yes, but how about if this was scheduled first thing Monday morning following a long Thanksgiving Break? Well, as they say, that’s how they roll at High Tech High. Last week I had a fun opportunity to visit High Tech High School in San Diego, CA. This unique public charter high school...
  • Blog Post: Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan visits with US educators and throws a fish!

    This morning Sec. of Education Arne Duncan stopped by the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum today to make a joint announcement with Microsoft about the migration of the U.S. Dept. of Ed teach.gov web resource to Microsoft, which will lead a jointly supported private sector initiative to grow...
  • Blog Post: 12 educators to represent the U.S. at the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    Today, 12 U.S. educators, along with 103 educators from across the globe meet in Washington, DC for the 7th annual Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum. The Partners in Learning Global Forum is a celebration of innovative teaching practices and innovative schools, where educators and school leaders...
  • Blog Post: Building positive group work ethics in project-based learning

    Can you think of a job or profession that is done alone? No co-workers to consult, no team responsible for contributing different pieces of a project, no meetings (well, maybe that might be okay ; ) It’s hard to come up with many. Artist? Author? (at least during the initial writing process). We could...
  • Blog Post: Who says a 5th grader can’t run a business?

    Defining and setting goals is a difficult process. Setting life goals and attempting to answer that big question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is perhaps one of the most challenging of all. Attempting to answer this depends on our stage of life, frame of reference and personal aspirations...
  • Blog Post: Project-based Learning that’s Preparing Students for the Future

    At first this project made my head hurt. Okay, that’s not quite fair, but I had to read Lou Zulli’s application to the Partners in Learning 2011 US Innovative Education Forum twice before I really realized, or maybe believed, that kids were doing this kind of work in high school (I know I...
  • Blog Post: Putting your students in the court room–mock trial, of course

    I met Kelli Etheredge just over three years ago. She was selected to attend the Partners in Learning 2009 US Innovative Education Forum and was there showcasing her work as a literature teacher and teaching & learning lead at St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile, AL. I only recall parts of...
  • Blog Post: Students use QR codes to uncover the history around them

    I have been blogging a lot recently on how teachers who are making projects real-world and authentic are achieving amazing outcomes (see salmon fishing in Alaska and student entrepreneurs ). We see plenty of words tossed around to describe the teaching we aspire toward: “21st century learning,”...
  • Blog Post: Flying Fish & Kinect help lead the final U.S. team to the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    As many of you might recall there was a fair amount of blogging activity around the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum we hosted in July. The event brought together just over 100 educators from across the country to showcase and highlight innovative teaching practices that are...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: A reflection by a U.S. educator visiting Jordan “…a United Nations conference for education”

    This is a guest post from Margaret Noble a Media Arts educator from High Tech High in San Diego, CA. Margaret who had the opportunity to participate in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Middle East & Africa Innovative Education Forum and collaborate with educators from across these Middle East &...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: U.S. Educators Travel to Jordan to Share Teaching Ideas

    This is the first of a couple of guest posts from two U.S. educators who had a rare opportunity to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forum for the Middle East & Africa hosted in Aqada, Jordan last month. Here’s a dispatch from Doug Bergman, a high school computer science...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum – Finalists

    On Friday evening we wrapped-up the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF) with the Gala Awards dinner on a fittingly stunning evening in Seattle. All 100 teachers gathered to celebrate, relax and reflect on an incredible 2+ days of project exhibitions, inspiring keynote presentations...
  • Blog Post: 2011 U.S. Innovative Educators Forum Day 1–A Brief Summary

    We just wrapped-up the project exhibitions piece of the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum ! 100 educators, representing 25 different states and nearly every K-12 grade level and subject (checkout the Photosynth of the exhibition here). And now they are off on Learning Excursions...
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