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Hi folks – we’ve been heads down working on OneNote14 so I haven’t had the chance to blog very often.   In the meantime, I wanted to share an upcoming event that many of you might be interested in. 

For those of you following my blog, you’ll remember that last summer I had the opportunity to work with Erin Gruwell  and the Freedom Writer Teachers.  For those of you who have never heard of former teacher, Erin Gruwell and the original Freedom Writers, check out the Freedom Writer Diaries book, the Freedom Writers Movie (2007 w/ Hillary Swank) or Erin Gruwell’s excellent biography “Teach with your heart”.  There is also a foundation established with the same name – Freedom Writers Foundation.

Microsoft and HP donated a set of laptops and Office software to 150 Freedom Writer Teachers.   These teachers have been chronicling their experiences with stories for an upcoming book, similar to the method used in the original Freedom Writer Diaries book.  This book will be released by Double Day publishing later this year.   

Erin Gruwell will be doing a Teacher Tech Tuesday on April 14th and May 5th.  I would encourage folks to sign up for either event and hear Erin speak.  She is an amazing person and extremely passionate about what she does.  Details on registration are below.

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Teacher Tech Tuesday: LIVE Webcast with Erin Gruwell, Founder and President of the Freedom Writers Foundation

Join Microsoft Education for a LIVE webcast with Erin Gruwell, Founder and President of the Freedom Writers Foundation, as she discusses her upcoming book Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers launching later this year. Erin will discuss how she and 150 teachers across the US wrote and collaborated on the book using Microsoft and HP technology.

Teacher Tech Tuesday: LIVE webcast with Erin Gruwell

    April 14th, 2009 at 4:00 PM Eastern

    May 5th, 2009 at 4:00 PM Eastern

Register for the webcast at: http://www.microsoft.com/education/events/teachertech.aspx

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