July 28, 2012
Partners in Learning US Forum
I fly out of Sacramento at the crack of dawn on Monday and head to Seattle to join educators from across the nation for Microsoft’s 2012 Partners in Learning US Forum. We total 102, with some presenting on their own and some, like me, presenting as a team. For a glimpse at our projects, visit the Finalists List.
My co-creater/co-curator Natalie Bernasconi and I will be presenting our Digital ID project, a rapidly growing resource for lessons, tips, and strategies for teaching issues of digital citizenship and for actively supporting students in a campaign to “be the change.” I think the two of us are still amazed at our shared journey this year and the power of two to transform an idea into a dynamic collaborative project and international conversation.
In talking to teachers who attended last year’s Partners in Learning US Forum, I already know my three days at Microsoft will be an incredible professional development and networking opportunity. I promise to share the adventure through daily blog posts. Be back on Monday:-)
April 8, 2012
ShiftED 2012 Competition
I woke at the crack of dawn yesterday and made the 3-hour drive to the Krause Center for Innovation at beautiful Foothill College to participate in the ShiftED 2012 Innovative Educator Competition. With Milton Chen as the keynote speaker and a group of teachers ready to share “creative and inspiring examples of how educators and schools are using technology,” I knew I was in for a treat well worth the drive time!
To add to the excitement, I was joining my NWP colleague and MERIT teammate Natalie Bernasconi to present our Digital ID project. At 2:00, following the teacher presentations, a wonderful lunch, and a hilarious PD session by Microsoft’s Rob Bayuk, Rushton Hurley stepped up to the mic to announce the three finalists who will represent Silicon Valley at the national Microsoft-Sponsored Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum in Redmond, Washington, July 31 – August 1, all expenses paid…
Microsoft 2012 US Forum
…..Whoohoo!!!! Natalie and I will be joining 98 other educators in Washington!
Wishing you could be one of the 100 teachers heading to the US Forum? It’s not too late! You have until May 15 to submit your application directly to Microsoft.