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  • Blog Post: Reimagine Teaching and Learning with Windows 8.1 - Get New Teacher Training Resources

    By guest blogger, Kelly Green, senior manager for Microsoft's Partners in Learning initiative in the U.S. When I was an elementary teacher, like so many other teachers, I would often supplement my salary by working during the summer. I was lucky, and I was hired to do something I very much enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Educator Network 3rd Place for Best Group Blog in 2013

    For the past year, contributors to the Hot Topics on Microsoft’s Educator Network have worked hard to create a blog that gives teachers and educators insight into effective instruction. All of that hard work has finally paid off, because the blog earned 3rd place for the Best Group Blog in 2013...
  • 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: 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: What is STEM and why is it important? #STEMtember

    (cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog ) STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists and game designers, it’s becoming more important for every type of...
  • Blog Post: 18 of the world's most innovative teaching projects

    As I’ve said before, the highlight of my year is attending the Partners in Learning Innovative Educator Forums around the world. This year's worldwide finals event in Washington, D.C. was no exception. It's an amazing opportunity to talk, to witness some amazing heroes from every corner of the...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the world's most innovative & inspiring teachers

    I’m excited to be in Washington, D.C. this week among more than 700 of the most talented educators and school leaders from around the world at the 7th annual Partners in Learning Global Forum . This is one of my favorite weeks every year at Microsoft, because it’s actually happening with...
  • Blog Post: Teacher Appreciation Day Highlights Critical Role Educators Play in Students’ Lives

    (Cross post from the Microsoft on the Issues Blog .) Posted by Andrew Ko General Manager, Microsoft Partners in Learning For many of us, there has been at least one special person who has had a significant impact on our lives, and has inspired us to reach where we are today. It may be a parent...
  • Blog Post: Students Envision Their Future in Spanish

    Over the past two years or so in working with a diverse set of educators, digital storytelling, or some derivative thereof, continues to be one of the primary uses of technology in classrooms across all grades levels. Though we can argue about what the most pure definition of digital storytelling is...
  • Blog Post: Pencils, Books and Coffee - How Students Are Inspired to Take Global Action!

    I suppose this will not come as much of a surprise, especially for those teaching middle and high school, but the typical 9th grader isn’t often too concerned about global issues. While inspiring action (in anything) can be quite challenging except for maybe free food, Xbox or a quick text response....
  • 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: 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: Working with UNESCO to help teachers use technology in their classrooms

    One of the things on the mind of government officials and education leaders around the world is how to raise the quality and impact of teaching and innovative teaching practices. The use of technology to drive change and innovation in classrooms is at the center of the debate, and we see invest in teacher...
  • Blog Post: The Time is Now to Move to Competency-based Teacher Professional Development

    At the recent Education World Forum in London, UNESCO’s Director General Irena Bokova created a buzz when she announced a new version of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers . This framework identifies key competencies that enable teachers to help prepare a 21st century workforce by...
  • Blog Post: Launch of the Microsoft Certified Educator

    Access to quality professional development is critical to build educator capacity to ensure students are graduating with the skills needed for workplace success. Governments around the world continue to struggle to find scalable, quality professional development that is mapped to an international framework...
  • 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: 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: Creating & Supporting a Climate of Innovation in Education

    Posted by Byron V. Garrett, Director of U.S. Innovative Schools Program, Microsoft Change is the one variable that seems to arrive late to the education sector, but is a constant nonetheless. With technological advancements in health care, government, business, and other industries one has to ask...
  • 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: Educating the Next Generation to Compete

    (Guest post by Fred Humphries, Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft) As our country continues to rebound from the global economic crisis, more and more attention is being paid to our future – and in particular the future of the next generation. Will they have the tools and resources...
  • 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: Celebrating Teachers and Expert Educators

    Teachers across the U.S. today are receiving handwritten cards, crayon drawings, flowers, and other heart-felt symbols of appreciation in celebration of the teacher appreciation day, May 7th, 2013. My words of appreciation for teachers may not compare to these personal mementos teachers are receiving...
  • Blog Post: 11 Million Educators and Counting: Microsoft Renews Support for Partners in Learning Program

    (The following is a blog post from Laura Ipsen , Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector. Cross post from the Official Microsoft Blog .) Earlier today at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague, in front of over 500 of the world’s most innovative educators, I was thrilled to...
  • 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...