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Week of December 24

At this time of year, many of us take time to reflect on the year behind us, and to give thanks for all of the wonder in our lives. And I’m no exception. Sometimes that means examining what I did well, and what I can do better in the future – taking advantage of lessons learned. It also means thinking back on the incredible people I’ve met over the past year, and the valuable lessons they’ve taught me.

This week on Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of those amazing educators and their lessons. We started the week with Marci Powell, a distance learning expert and head of Polycom’s Global Education initiative. We’ll also talk to Helen Gooch, a Microsoft Innovative Educator and an inspiration to the teachers in her district. And we’ll hear from Singapore’s Anna Chen Siyun, a winner at the Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012 from Singapore and another Partners in Learning Network member who has learned some surprising lessons of her own about the parallels between teaching and parenting.

If you didn’t catch it, last week we announced the addition of Cherokee language functionality to Windows 8. It’s a great story about the unexpected ways technology can help preserve an ancient culture.

And here are some interesting insights from the New York Times on MOOCs – a term that may be in contention for the most-used-phrase in education for 2012, and something I expect we’ll be talking much more about in the months ahead.

I look forward to continuing this journey with you next year, and will provide more of the exciting details in my December 31 post. Enjoy your holidays!

-Anthony Salcito

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