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  • Still time to enter Our School Needs! Check out these fun brainstorming ideas - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/13/still-time-to-enter-our-school-needs-check-out-these-fun-brainstorming-ideas.aspx

    The last day to enter the Our School Needs contest is just around the corner (October 22nd), but there's still plenty of time to put together a great submission that could win your school $100,000! If you haven't submitted yet, and are having trouble finishing the phrase, "Our school needs _____________...
  • Educators share their thoughts on Our School Needs - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/27/educators-share-their-thoughts-on-our-school-needs.aspx

    How does it feel to submit to Our School Needs? What does it mean to the schools, the teachers, and the communities involved? It's hard for me to guess. That's why I spoke to some of the teachers, administrators, and other people directly involved in the contest, and asked them what Our School...
  • Guest Post: DonorsChoose.org CEO on why Our School Needs is so important. - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/18/guest-post-donorschoose-org-ceo-on-why-our-school-needs-is-so-important.aspx

    During the five years I taught history at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx, my colleagues and I often lamented a problem that drained learning from students and creativity from teachers: a lack of funding for essential materials and for the activities that bring subject matter to life...
  • How the ratings work for Our School Needs - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/28/how-the-ratings-work-for-our-school-needs.aspx

    Over the last two weeks, the Bing Education Team has poured over every single Our School Needs (OSN) submission. We read compelling essays, watched hilarious videos and looked at powerful photographs. Many of us were in tears. It is incredibly hard to determine who "needs" something the most...
  • Insider Tips: Getting Started - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/06/insider-tips-getting-started.aspx

    What does your school need the most? It's a simple question, but for many schools, the answer can be hard. Lack of funding has impacted resources across the board: classrooms, teachers, equipment, textbooks, etc. The list goes on and "need" is a big word for many. So today, I'm going to help you get...
  • Change the World - Vote for Your Favorite Imagine Cup Team - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2011/06/08/vote-for-your-favorite.aspx

    CLICK HERE to vote for the team you believe best uses technology to solve the world's toughest problems. Students around the world are combining brain power, teamwork and technology to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. Today you have a chance to vote for the...
  • Making the most of a new school year - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/11/making-the-most-of-a-new-school-year.aspx

    For my kids, the most exciting part of the back to school experience is the annual "drive to the school and see which teacher I got" excursion. On the Friday before Labor Day, the highly anticipated sheets are posted on the Multi-Purpose Room door. A summer filled with "I wonder who I'll get next year...
  • Guest Blog: Donorschoose.org CEO Charles Best - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/12/03/guest-blog-donorschoose-org-ceo-charles-best.aspx

    Oprah and her viewers have played an integral role in the growth and success of DonorsChoose.org. When we launched DonorsChoose.org, we spent the first few years operating out of my classroom with my students as our staff members. In 2003, Oprah Winfrey did a phenomenal story about our site. She told...
  • First Bell! Time to submit Our School Needs projects is running out. - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/22/first-bell-time-to-submit-our-school-needs-projects-is-running-out.aspx

    This weekend marks the end of the Our School Needs submission phase. We have received terrific projects from all across the U.S., and we are hoping to see many more over the next two days. It's been great reading your essays and seeing your photos and videos. We are constantly amazed at the creativity...
  • Meet Teacher Sally High - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/01/meet-teacher-sally-high.aspx

    The new school year has begun. For the sixth consecutive year, my small rural junior high school has earned high achievement and high growth ratings in Colorado’s standardized assessments. Interestingly, this welcome news isn’t dominating the collaborative conversations among my fellow faculty...
  • Guest Blog: Making the Case for Parent/Teacher Conferences - Blog Post

    http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/education/archive/2010/10/08/guest-blog-making-the-case-for-parent-teacher-conferences.aspx

    Our first Parent / Teacher Conferences are next week. In my school district, teachers try to contact as many parents as we can to make appointments. We email, we send notes home with students, and we call. We stay at school until 8 pm a couple of nights to accommodate parents' work schedules. We provide...