Film Credit: BAYCAT, a non-profit community media producer that educates, empowers and employs underserved youth and adults in the digital media arts.
In July of 2006, Yahoo! invited a cadre of teachers, media specialists, and librarians to come spend a week on the Yahoo! campus and talk about how together we could leverage the technology and social media know-how at Yahoo! to support teachers in the classroom. We called this group of educational pioneers our Yahoo! Teachers of Merit.
They came from urban, suburban, wired, not-so-wired, public and private schools located all over the San Francisco Bay Area. We had veteran teachers and newbie teachers. We had first year Teach for America teachers and teachers entering their final year of teaching. We asked this amazing and diverse group of educators to bring their teacher's eye, and plenty of advice.
We wanted to know what technology works, what doesn't work in the classroom. We also made it clear that Yahoo! understands it's about using technology to support instruction, not using instruction to support technology.
The result is Yahoo! For Teachers a free ePortfolio and global community for educators. We want you to join us! You can sign up for an invite over on the Yahoo! For Teachers Preview site.
Update: Yahoo! For Teachers was shut down in June 2008. I've written a history of the project over here.