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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...
1 Dec 2012
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...
16 Jul 2012
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. ...
2 Aug 2012
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...
13 Nov 2012
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...
2 Dec 2012
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...
27 Sep 2012
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’ve received an unprecedented number of early applications...
18 Apr 2012
Celebrating World Teachers’ Day and Beyond: Our Ongoing Commitment to Learning
Anthony Salcito, WW Education
Saturday, October 5th marked World Teachers’ Day , an annual celebration established by UNESCO in 1997 to highlight the accomplishments of educators and the serious challenges they face. According to UNESCO , 29 countries won’t have enough teachers by 2030 unless 3.3 million primary and 5...
8 Oct 2013
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...
20 Mar 2012
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...
24 Jul 2012
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...
31 Jul 2012
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...
6 Mar 2012
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...
19 Jun 2012
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...
12 Oct 2012
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...
6 Sep 2012
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...
11 Apr 2012
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...
6 May 2013
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...
6 Jun 2012
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...
1 May 2012
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...
21 Sep 2012
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...
18 May 2012
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 post 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...
26 Apr 2012
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...
28 Mar 2012
Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum Finalists
Last night at the Gala Awards celebration we announced 16 educators from California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, and Washington states that were the finalists from this fantastic celebration of teaching. 100 educators from 25 states participated in the Forum in Seattle suffering through...
2 Aug 2012
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...
11 Jun 2012
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