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  • Blog Post: Search Developer Summit 2009 (SEO) - Jane and Robot- June 12

    Bing is the proud sponsor of Search Developer Summit 2009 hosted by the fine folks at jane and robot . When: Friday June 12, 2009 from 10:00am - 6:00pm Where: Microsoft San Francisco Office - 835 Market Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, California 94103 Description: Come mix with leaders in...
  • Blog Post: The Bing Million Dollar Giving Challenge to help schools launches for the holidays

    Bing is ready to share some holiday cheer with deserving schools – our goal is to give one million dollars to schools in need before December 31 st ! Starting today, you can help us help kids with one simple click here . The Bing One Million Dollar Giving Challenge is in partnership with DonorsChoose...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Our School Needs Judges: Anthony Salcito

    As VP of education for Microsoft, Anthony Salcito works with schools, universities, and educators around the world to help classrooms get the technology they need. And with so many schools in need of fresh technology, we thought Anthony would make an excellent judge of the Our School Needs contest. ...
  • Blog Post: Insider Tips: What’s the best way to tell the world what your school needs?

    Your entry is comprised of three parts: an essay; 3 to 5 pictures, and an optional video. Here are some tips to get you thinking about how you would like to tell your story: Tip #1: "Our School Needs": The Story Everyone loves a good story. So, what's your school's story? How can you help people...
  • Blog Post: National Geographic Map Brings Social Studies to Life

    Getting kids interested in social studies can be a project. As I remember it, in grade school, social studies came right after lunch, which meant that I was more interested in putting my head on my desk than in learning what the indigenous peoples of remote Fiji liked to eat. Followed by a film strip...
  • Blog Post: Fill In the Blank: Our School Needs ________________.

    Our School Needs contest is underway! Schools from all over the country are preparing their photos, videos and essays describing what their school needs the most. Bing.com is contributing a quarter of a million dollars (!) in prizes, plus up to $900,000 in donorschoose.org donation codes during the voting...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Asking the tough education questions.

    A few weeks ago, I had the profound privilege of participating in Education Nation. I began my online conversation at www.educationnation.com , but wasn't able to get onto the overloaded chat. I jumped over to Facebook. Within the hour, almost 6,000 teachers "liked" Education Nation and...
  • Blog Post: Checkin' out colleges

    Recently, I was recycling a bunch of old papers and files that I had accumulated over the last decade. Two things struck me: first, I have inherited my mother's packrat behavior. I saved literally every notebook, exam, and textbook from college and late high school, and have been hauling them around...
  • Blog Post: Webinar - Our School Needs Q&A with Liz

    In a webinar last week, Liz teamed up with Melanie Duppins from DonorsChoose.org to answer teachers’ questions about the Our School Needs contest — everything from how to produce an eye-catching submission to whether a single school can submit two entries. Since some of you out there...
  • Blog Post: Drumroll Please...The Our School Needs Winner is...

    Well, it's official! The Our School Needs contest has come to an end, and the votes have all been tabulated. Our grand prize winner is Greenfield Hebrew Academy from Atlanta, GA . Their entry, "Roof Right Now" featured a well-crafted essay detailing the leaky liability over their heads...
  • Blog Post: Change the World - Vote for Your Favorite Imagine Cup Team

    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...
  • Blog Post: Making the most of a new school year

    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...
  • Blog Post: For Mr. Hines

    When I was in high school, I had an incredible history teacher named Mr. Hines. Mr. Hines created magic in his classroom – when we were studying the War of 1812, he didn’t say a word the entire class. Instead, he just played the Overture of 1812 , and drew the events of the war on the chalkboard...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Donorschoose.org CEO Charles Best

    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...
  • Blog Post: Insider Tips: How to take great pictures for Our School Needs

    Love to take pictures? Now's your time to shine! Not your thing? That's okay, too. Our School Needs isn't a photo competition - it's about showing the world that your school really needs something. Of course, a nice picture, one that "tells a story," can help you make your case...
  • Blog Post: Insider Tips: How to make a great video

    If you've already decided on what to ask for in the Our School Needs contest, and how to ask for it , and decided to submit a video, and stitched your name on the back of your director's chair (let's call that Tip #1) - this post's for you. Creating a video is a smart choice. It lets...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps helping solve the world’s toughest problems – seriously!

    Whether it’s tracking the location of a bus so that, especially if you’re visually impaired, you know when your bus is coming; helping friends and family know where you are so that you can be rescued in the event of a disaster or even providing insight into potential malaria hotspots, this...
  • Blog Post: Video: Josh Groban on Our School Needs

    Singer Josh Groban swung by Marie Curie Middle School in Queens, NY with brand new instruments from Bing to kickoff the Our School Needs Project. Here's a quick video from the visit. And don't forget; there's only 4 days left to submit an Our School Needs entry!
  • Blog Post: Last day to “Rate” Our School Needs entries!

    We've received over 700 incredible entries to the Our School Needs contest - now is your last chance for you to "rate" them, and help us choose which schools will move on to the semi-finals. What are "ratings"? Beside each submission, you've probably noticed the little...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Bing’s Million Dollar Giving Challenge

    In the spirit of the holiday season, Bing and partner Donorschoose.org are offering a singular challenge to America: help us help schools. Bing will donate $1,000,000 to schools through the Bing Million Dollar Giving Challenge. The goal is simple: help us raise $1,000,000 for U.S. public schools by...
  • Blog Post: First Bell! Time to submit Our School Needs projects is running out.

    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...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: How Kids Learn

    "Hey, can we see Bing today?" That's how it started. Earlier this school year I began to use the Bing homepage as an attention grabber in my 21 st century classroom. Now my students ask for it! I use a digital enhancement to enrich almost each day's class. My students anticipate...
  • Blog Post: The 15 finalists for Our School Needs

    It wasn't easy, but this morning our judges chose 15 extraordinary submissions to move on to the final voting round of the Our School Needs contest. And the finalists are: Grades 10-12 #1: Science Old School Style from Trinity Christian School (Williston, North Dakota) Unsafe equipment and...
  • Blog Post: Meet Teacher Sally High

    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...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday morning field trip to Vietnam

    I'm planning to take a trip to Vietnam this spring. I've never been to Asia, and everyone always has glowing things to say about Vietnam. Great food, diverse culture, friendly people, natural beauty...Vietnam has it all. But I don't know very much about the country beyond what others have told me. That...