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  • 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: 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: Palm Beach Co. Educators invited to Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    On Monday I was fortunate to visit Palm Beach Co. School District’s annual Technology Conference (see: #sdpbctechconf ) which aims to bring educators from across this large district together for professional learning focused on education technology. This year’s event attracted nearly 2,000 educators...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 2011 U.S. IEF Keynotes Will Be Streamed Live–Here’s how you tune in…

    The 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum is happening this week in Redmond, WA. 100 top educators from 25 different states arrived in Seattle today. We have a busy 2+ days ahead and 10 projects from this group will go on to represent the United States at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington...
  • Blog Post: Thank you to the judges for the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum

    I have been blogging quite a bit on this big event and we have 100 top innovative K-12 educators on our Redmond campus this week for the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum. Educators will exhibit projects that creatively use technology to positively impact learning. The top 10...
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