Education World - Eight U.S. teachers have made the top 50 shortlisted nominations for the second annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016. Referred to as the Nobel Prize for teaching, winners of the award will also receive a $1 million prize, the largest prize of its kind according to... Click Here to Read the Full Article
The News Eagle - A central component of education has been revolutionized at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School. Learning no longer occurs simply because of lessons taught from textbooks. Instead, resources like Skype and conference calls are offering students the chance to gain insight about penguins in Africa and children at St. Jude... Click Here to Read the Full Article
ABC News - Mike Soskil, a teacher from Newfoundland, Pennsylvania who won the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, has used the program to create peer-to-peer math lessons with students in Nairobi, Kenya, collaborate with students in India to put together awareness campaigns to stop child labor in Asia and Africa, and even learn about weather from meteorologists and NASA... Click Here to Read the Full Article
Digital Journal - "Considering the advantages of the 'global classroom', Michael Soskil, a teacher from Newfoundland, Pennsylvania was interviewed by News NY1. Soskil said: "Children need to have an emotional connection with what they’re learning in order to commit that to long term memory and when you’re learning out of a textbook that emotional connection isn’t there. Using technology in this transformative way allows kids to be inspired..." Click Here for Full Article
Scranton Times-Tribune - "I really believe that all lessons, not just math, have to be student-driven," he said. "Students have to have an emotional connection with it in order to retain it."
Mr. Soskil, 37, taught fifth grade at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School up until this school year. He is now a curriculum support coach, working with teachers across the Wallenpaupack Area School District to implement technology and innovation in their classrooms.
The announcement from President Barack Obama came... Click Here for Full Article