TeachTec

A discussion of relevant and effective ways to use technology to inspire teaching and engage students.

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    Engage Your Students with Lessons they can click – try a little Mischief!

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    For some time now, Microsoft has been talking with educators, students, and others in education exploring how we can best provide experiences with technology that will engage students in the classrooms and overall, improve student learning outcomes. We...
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    More Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology

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    This is the final guest post of the week (see the others below) culminating a special series for National Teacher Appreciation Week.  I will continue to offer opportunities for guest posts on timely and relevant topics, so please feel free to reach...
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    Keeping the Door Of Learning Wide Open

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    The fourth post in our series running all week featuring guest edu bloggers on a wide range of topics relating to education and technology. By Steven Anderson “Students today depend upon paper too much. They don’t know how to write on slate without chalk...
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    The Two Top Areas for Keeping Today's Students Top Notch

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    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...
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    5 More Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Aware Of

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    As part of our special series this week (see Celebrating Teachers ) I am featuring a guest blogger each day this week. Lots of good ideas here! By Kelly Walsh Last April, I published a post titled “ 10 Internet Technologies That Educators Should...
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    Do You Blog? I Challenge You!

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    Good morning. Today is the first of five guest blog posts this week on TeacherTech.  This is a first for my blog, but what better way to start then sharing the screen with five educators who will offer thoughtful and insightful commentary on how...
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    Celebrating Teachers: Featuring Guest Bloggers

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    In honor of National Teacher Day in the U.S. next week, I will be featuring five amazing educators who will be guest blogging for me next week.  Though I have not hosted any guest bloggers on TeachTech in the past, I believe next week is a good time...
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    Bing Student Photo Contest: And we have a winner!

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    After more than 200,000 votes flooded in, the dust has settled and we have a winner in the student Earth Day Photo Contest . “ Passion and bee ” was snapped by Alan Bosse, a student studying web design at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL...
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    Vote for your favorite photo in the Bing Earth Day photo contest

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    The finalists have been announced in the Bing Earth Day photo contest and what an amazing group of young photographers we have found. After pouring through more than 16,000 submissions, the Bing team has narrowed it down to three finalists for each...
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    Students Across America Solving the World’s Toughest Problems

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    The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition hosted annually by Microsoft. Each year, students from around the world use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to design solutions to enhance education, healthcare...
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    Teacher Guides and Bing Photo Contest for Students

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    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...
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    Getting kids to tell their stories

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    Everyone loves a good story.    And some people are particularly good at telling them.   Storytelling is an ancient tradition and a fundamental part of culture.   Many kids like to share stories, as it provides them an opportunity...
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    Students Developing Workforce Ready Skills While Revitalizing a Community

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    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...
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    7 Things Teachers Will Like about Windows 7

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    So, I haven't posted in awhile, and what better time to post then on the launch day of Windows 7, which as you might imagine is an incredibly significant and important product release for Microsoft and Windows users everywhere.   I have been running...
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    Create a Class Workspace, reach your students outside of class

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    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...
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    I am what I learn – Student Video Contest

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    Yesterday, President Obama spoke to our nation's students inspiring them to try their hardest in school and to always do their best work. He poignantly stated how the work we sometimes ask our students to do, may not always be what they want to do, but...
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    What I learned from watching teachers learn

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    Earlier this month I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the new Microsoft Teaching 2.0: Educator Workshops aimed at K-12 teachers, curriculum & technology specialists and technology teachers. This was a hands-on, 3-day workshop organized around...
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    Why showing movies in class is a good thing

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    I think this debate has raged on with educators since we've had those filmstrips teachers used to feed into the projectors.   Should we or should we not use movies or video as an educational tool?    If we do, how should these tools be...
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    Winners of the U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum Announced

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    Two great days of learning and collaboration at the U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum last week…and now it is time to unveil the winners and who will go on to the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Brazil and represent the United States. The...
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    Dispatches from the Innovative Teachers Forum

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    Spent the morning looking at some of the fascinating projects I mentioned earlier today in this blog at the ITF Project Exhibition.   I wanted to give you a feel for some of the people participating, so I am including a fun picture of the morning...
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    US Innovative Teachers Forum, Open Talk with Prof. Linda Darling-Hammond

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    So I made a couple wrong turns on the way from hotel in San Jose to the Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley on my way to the event (my bad), so arrived late for Prof. Darling-Hammond’s opening talk.  What I heard was on the mark and thoughtful. ...
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    Ready to be inspired? Great teachers and cool ideas at the Innovative Teachers Forum

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    It's been a busy   week, as I have been fortunate to spend time with teachers who are investing their time in wanting to learn more about relevant and effective ways to apply technology in the classroom.   Last night I left the Microsoft Teaching...
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    It’s Back to School time again – does that scare or excite you? Maybe it's time to Tweet!

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    Summer fun coming to end. Work starting again. Maybe you're just yearning to try something new to engage your students. One thing to get excited about is how you might try (or try something new) in the world of Web 2.0 technologies for the classroom...
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    How to go "paperless" in your classroom and collaborate along the way

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    Recently, I've heard about more teachers using technology move away from pushing tons of papers to students, parents and adminstration. This is a pretty cool idea because when you go "paperless" you can 1) save a tree, 2) save time running to the printer...
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    A Vision of K12 Students today... a sobering message.

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    A few minutes ago I just watched an amazing video about how K12 students use technology and how they want to use that technology to learn. It was very sobering to see the statistics about how many teachers don't use technology in the classroom to engage...
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