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Meet the Other Cast Member of Code.org

theodp (442580) writes | 1 year,28 days

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theodp (442580) writes "Oddly, the only named cast member of Code.org's viral documentary film What Most Schools Don't Teach who didn't earn a spot on the site's Meet the Film Cast page was its lone teacher. It turns out that James, Teacher@Mount View Elementary, whose classroom was touted as a model for the nation's schools, is Mt. View's Jamie Ewing, a Seattle teacher who took top honors in Microsoft’s Partners in Learning (PiL) U.S. Forum last summer, earning him a spot on PiL's 'Team USA' and the chance to show his project to peers at the Microsoft PiL Global Forum in Prague in November (82-page Conference Guide). Ironically, had Ewing stuck to teaching the kids Scratch programming, as he's shown doing in the Code.org documentary, Microsoft wouldn't have sent him to its blowout at 'absolutely amazingly beautiful' Prague Castle. Innovative teaching, at least according to Microsoft's rules, 'must include the use of one or more Microsoft technologies.' Ewing's project, described in his MSDN guest blog post, called for using PowerPoint and Skype to fulfill this requirement. For the curious, here's Microsoft PiL's vision of what a classroom should be. Now that's what RMS calls a scary movie, kids!"

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