all started off with a wonderful lesson about ancient Mesopotamia
that was very kid tested and approved in my classroom. I decided
to put the lesson online when I needed to create a web site for a
graduate class I took over the Internet. The lesson and the
site had a life of its own. It grew and grew, eating up enormous
hours of time over six weeks, and included lots of original illustrations.
Then, when finally finished, the professor suggested we submit it
into the Microsoft Encarta Lesson Collection contest.
won the Grand Prize! And, it really wasn't a fluke. Six
months later, Microsoft had a second competition and my Liberian
Folk Tales won the grand prize again. With that came a lot of
attention including Microsoft Encarta's Featured Teacher of the Month
and a computer.
this honor and still no autographed picture from Bill Gates.
And, to the best of my knowledge, Microsoft never had another lesson