Would you have a live TV broadcast from your classroom?

Ok, maybe yes, but how about if this was scheduled first thing Monday morning following a long Thanksgiving Break? Well, as they say, that’s how they roll at High Tech High. Last week I had a fun opportunity to visit High Tech High School in San Diego, CA. This unique public charter high school draws…

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Celebrating Teacher Heroes

The Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011 Global Forum wrapped-up last week with a bang. A lovely Gala Awards dinner in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. A fitting venue to conclude an energizing week with educators from around the world. The winners were announced recognizing 18 educators as Partners in Learning Global Innovative Educators across six…

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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 the…

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Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan visits with US educators and throws a fish!

This morning Sec. of Education Arne Duncan stopped by the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum today to make a joint announcement with Microsoft about the migration of the U.S. Dept. of Ed teach.gov web resource to Microsoft, which will lead a jointly supported private sector initiative to grow this asset (see the press announcement…

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12 educators to represent the U.S. at the Partners in Learning Global Forum

Today, 12 U.S. educators, along with 103 educators from across the globe meet in Washington, DC for the 7th annual Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum. The Partners in Learning Global Forum is a celebration of innovative teaching practices and innovative schools, where educators and school leaders come to share what they’re doing in the…

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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 probably…

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Who says a 5th grader can’t run a business?

Defining and setting goals is a difficult process. Setting life goals and attempting to answer that big question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is perhaps one of the most challenging of all. Attempting to answer this depends on our stage of life, frame of reference and personal aspirations, all of…

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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 certainly wasn’t,…

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Putting your students in the court room–mock trial, of course

I met Kelli Etheredge just over three years ago. She was selected to attend the Partners in Learning 2009 US Innovative Education Forum and was there showcasing her work as a literature teacher and teaching & learning lead at St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile, AL. I only recall parts of the project she…

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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,” “collaborative” and “building community,” however I believe it is…

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