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…

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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 post is from educator Cheryl Arnett…

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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 featuring his “Educator’s Choice” winning project “What’s…

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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 Isaac is in his junior year. Patty and I met…

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Guest post: Surround yourself with passionate educators

Today it is my pleasure to feature a guest post from educator Kim Sivick (@ksivick), a second time contributor to @TeachTec, following her popular post, “Don’t afraid to be awesome today.” Kim is a technology coordinator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Kim and I met this summer at the Partners in Learning…

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Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum Finalists

This post has been updated on 8/21/12 to include links to each winning project on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network where each project includes a video overview and classroom resources. I’ve also updated with pictures of these proud teachers! Last night at the Gala Awards celebration we announced 16 educators from California, Colorado, Florida,…

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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) the work…

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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 on showcasing and celebrating…

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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 applying to the 2012 US Forum. A special,…

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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 or share in some…

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