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  • Blog Post: U.S. Teachers Win at Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum

    In the lovely setting of the Prague Castle, five teachers from Florida, Michigan and Washington state were among 21 awarded global recognition for their innovative work in the classroom. These educators, part of Team USA mentioned here last week, took home prizes in the categories: cutting edge use of...
  • 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: The 21st century science project

    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 Jamie...
  • 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: Social Studies educator finds inspiration to engage students

    Today I’m featuring a guest post from educator Kim Leegan @KimberlyALeegan ,  a first time contributor to @TeachTec , following her achievement of being invited to the Microsoft’s Partners Learning US Forum for the past two years. Kim is a social studies teacher at Union Catholic Regional High School...
  • 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: Aha! Short Reflections on the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    A guest post by Allyson Knox, Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Partners in Learning on her visit to the Forum. The 2012 US Forum kicked-off with a bang in Redmond. 100 teachers presented 73 projects to judges , educators , and guests.  My goal?  Talk to as many teachers as possible. ...
  • 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: Guest post: “Don’t be afraid to be awesome today”

    This is one of the occasional guest posts that happen here at @TeachTec. Today it’s my pleasure to feature educator Kim Sivick ( @ksivick ), a technology coordinator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Consider the title of this post: “Don’t be afraid to be awesome today.” Give yourself...
  • 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: Video Game Victory: Students Fight a Growing Epidemic with Technology

    In the battle against childhood obesity, many schools are revamping their lunch menus, removing junk food from vending machines, and instituting exercise and healthy eating programs. First Lady Michelle Obama has championed the fight against this epidemic and thanks to two tech-savvy educators, students...
  • Blog Post: Delivering Success through Technology for Students with Disabilities

    Homework, tests, reports and pop quizzes are standard fare in the life of a student, but for those diagnosed with a disability, they can be challenging to manage. However, with creative use of technology, educators are finding new ways to break down barriers and positively impact learning for all their...
  • 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: Students Impact Change in Times of Crisis

    When a hurricane strikes, thousands of people unite with a common goal to provide disaster relief. When a local treasure is facing devastation, a community is mobilized to find a solution. Among them are the brightest budding minds of our future—students. A 2009 study commissioned by The Volunteer Family...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Educator Combines Biology and Gaming with Kinect to Engage Students and the Community

    As part of a continued occasional series of guest blog posts by Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni, this week we feature educator Daphne Bradford from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, CA. Daphne participated in 2011 US Forum and was recently accepted for the 2012 US Forum as a Round 1...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
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