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  • 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: 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: Insider Tips: Getting Started

    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...
  • 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: Honoring teachers at Sundance

    This week, the Bing team played host at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Celebrities, snow, parties, movie screenings, snow, Robert Redford, more snow. The ten day festival is the place to be seen for Hollywood movers and shakers - and Bing was there hosting celebrity interviews, a speaker...
  • 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: Tips to defeat “The Routine”

    Random holiday decorations may still be littering areas of my house, but one thing isn't-my kids. After what feels like a month (okay, it was two weeks, but it felt longer), we're back into the "get up/pack lunch/go to school/do homework" routine. And that's where we're going to have trouble. It's that...
  • 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...