I [Anastasia Goodstein of YPulse] had the privilege of meeting the Yahoo! for Teachers team who gave me a demo of what they are building in collaboration with teachers around the country. I was impressed. The tool they have created allows teachers to build their handouts and other teaching materials online through a version of Yahoo! search limited to content teachers can actually use and that ensures they are complying with state standards. The site also enables teachers to share their teaching materials with other educators throughout the world. It’s very exciting. Yahoo! has done their homework and gets that they can’t just give teachers another cool tech tool without offering training and support. They are building up a small army of trailblazing teachers, like Ben, that they hope will train other teachers at their schools. In addition, they are offering workshops for teachers on how to use their tool across the country. Here are the upcoming free workshop dates and locations:
Chicago, IL July 2nd, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New York, NY July 11th, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New York, NY July 12th, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Austin, TX July 19th, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
San Diego, CA July 28th, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you know a teacher in these areas, tell them to apply here.
I read this when it came out on the Mashup blog on the 22nd, but it wasn’t till I went to check if there were still tickets (there are! I might be able to go now!) that I saw that one of the workshops was in Chicago (I am a proud, proud Chicago girl).
So tell all the teachers you know. I have 4 in my family alone. More “wired” teachers is a very good thing.
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