Students Developing Workforce Ready Skills While Revitalizing a Community

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 rural communities while also giving them workforce-ready skills to prepare them for life after high school. In Loving,…

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7 Things Teachers Will Like about Windows 7

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 Win7 on multiple machines for many months, including on my primary…

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Create a Class Workspace, reach your students outside of class

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 outside of class, responding to concerns around the H1N1 virus that is effecting communities.    …

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I am what I learn – Student Video Contest

  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 the work has a purpose and a point…

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What I learned from watching teachers learn

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 five themes:   Creating Collaborative Teams in Classroom (with students and teachers) Creating Organizational Efficiencies in the  Classroom Engaging…

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Why showing movies in class is a good thing

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 used to gain the most benefit to the learner?    As we…

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Winners of the U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum Announced

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 U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum recognizes and rewards learning teams practicing the elements…

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Dispatches from the Innovative Teachers Forum

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 events. To note, I am using another cool (and free)…

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US Innovative Teachers Forum, Open Talk with Prof. Linda Darling-Hammond

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.  Good thing a colleague taped it! Here’s a…

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Ready to be inspired? Great teachers and cool ideas at the Innovative Teachers Forum

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 2.0: Educator Workshop in Boston (more on that in a future post)…

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