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  • Blog Post: Reflections in Pictures: Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum

    Here are some images from the past few days from the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum in Prague. It has been an inspiring 3+ days. My post earlier this week shared a little about “Team USA” and the projects they brought to this global event. These photos will give you a sense for what...
  • 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: Guest post: Encouraging collaboration and engagement in middle school students

    As we prepare for the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum (#PiLGF) in Prague, Czech Republic, I will be featuring guest posts from “Team USA” (the 16 teachers who will be representing the U.S. at this amazing professional learning experience). Today’s post is from educator Todd LaVogue @ToddLaVogue...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: On A Mission to Stop Bullying with the Canastota Apprentice

    Today it is my pleasure to feature a guest post from educator Patricia Ragan (@PatriciaRagan1) and her newly deemed “2012 Apprentice,” junior Isaac Smith as contributors to @TeachTec . Patricia is a career and technical education teacher at Canastota High School in Canastota, New York and...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Surround yourself with passionate educators

    Today it is my pleasure to feature a guest post from educator Kim Sivick ( @ksivick ), a second time contributor to @TeachTec , following her popular post, “ Don’t afraid to be awesome today .” Kim is a technology coordinator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Kim and I met this...
  • 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: Thank you to the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum Judges Panel

    Today officially kicks-off the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum which I’ve blogged about quite a bit and I’m excited to finally be here on-site as the Forum gets underway. Though the 100 educators have been arriving to Seattle over the past 24 hours (as evidenced by the sharp uptick on #PiLUS...
  • 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: One Teacher’s Point of View and Reflection

    Starting today I am hosting a bi-weekly guest post series from Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni. The intent is to hear from educators who have experienced this unique professional learning forum and to share their experiences, reflections and practical tips for others who are considering...
  • 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: 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: Celebrating Teacher Heroes

    The Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011 Global Forum wrapped-up last week with a bang. A lovely Gala Awards dinner in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. A fitting venue to conclude an energizing week with educators from around the world. The winners were announced recognizing 18 educators as...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning Global Forum–A Reflection in Pictures

    The fourth and final day of the Partners in Learning 2011 Global Forum is nearing its end. We will go on tonight to the Gala Awards Dinner at the National Portrait Gallery and 18 educators will receive Global Innovative Educators Awards. The week has been inspiring and fun. I was trying to figure out...
  • 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: 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: Can you develop the next Gates or Zuckerberg in high school? Combining computer science and entrepreneurship

    I think almost any high school kid you meet is interested in making money. Though I bet most are thinking about it more in the context of the new Xbox game they want, or maybe buying a car or some other more immediate gratification. Doug Bergman, a computer science educator from Porter-Gaud High School...
  • Blog Post: The math teacher I wish I had. Microsoft Innovative Educator Profile: Tom Gaffey, Math Educator, School of the Future

    In my last post I featured the teachers and projects that were accepted in Round 1 of the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft’s worldwide, premier teacher recognition program. It was exciting to see this first set of projects for this summer’s forum which we will...
  • Blog Post: 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum - Round One - Finalists Announced!

    We are very excited to see the first round of finalists for our premier teacher recognition program the Partners in Learning U.S. Innovative Education Forum! There is some amazing work being done in classrooms around the country and it is inspiring to see these projects and the outcomes they’ve...
  • Blog Post: Go ahead, be recognized for the hard work you do

    When I talk with educators about what they're doing in the classroom, and even recalling my own experiences, teachers are sometimes a bit humble about sharing their project and lesson ideas. Perhaps it is part out of fear of being judged or evaluated by a peer, or maybe what they're doing has just become...
  • Blog Post: The Two Top Areas for Keeping Today's Students Top Notch

    This is the third guest post in a series running all week featuring guest edu bloggers.   By Vicki Davis In the NetGenEd™ project with Don Tapscott—students from my school and over 300 students from five countries are studying the future of technology. They are breaking down trends like Mobile Computing...
  • Blog Post: Students Developing Workforce Ready Skills While Revitalizing a Community

    For the past five years, Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program has been working with New Mexico’s Office of the Governor, Public Education Department and four projects to develop programs and opportunities that would help students revitalize their rural communities while also giving them workforce...
  • Blog Post: Create a Class Workspace, reach your students outside of class

    Microsoft for some time has had Office Live Workspaces, a free online service being used by over 4 million people around the world.   Today we are making available new resources for teachers that introduce ways teachers can communicate with students outside of class, responding to concerns around...
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