We are just two weeks away from having 100 innovative educators descend on Microsoft campus in Redmond to show the positive impacts being made in classrooms across the country through innovative use of technology combined with effective teaching. These educators applied and were selected to attend this unique professional learning forum. Finalists from the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum will go on to represent the U.S. at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in November. The forum kicks-off July 30th and runs through August 1st when the finalists will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner.
This year we have 100 educators representing 25 states and nearly all grades and subjects across the K-12 spectrum. Projects ranging from students flipping the classroom to game development to aid learning, creative uses of technology to support diverse learning needs and students taking action in their community and across the globe. I’ve highlighted each of these projects in this previous post – some truly amazing work going on in classrooms across the country today.
Each educator will exhibit their work to be evaluated by a volunteer group of diverse education leaders ranging from professional associations, school leadership and industry education leadership. Projects will be assessed based on key 21st century attributes including collaboration, critical thinking, extending learning beyond the classroom, and the effective use of technology to support learning. In addition to an opportunity to represent their country at a global level, educators will participate in professional learning activities beginning with a keynote by Alan November, educator, author and founder of November Learning, who will challenge educators to encourage more student-driven learning and creativity (see his TED talk here).
Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft, will discuss how technology is transforming the classroom. Educators will engage in special sessions around the impact of social media in education, designing and assessing 21st century learning, techniques for bringing gaming into the curriculum, and how students and teachers can collaborate in the cloud with tools like Office 365 for education.
Last year the Partners in Learning Forum global program attracted over 250,000 educators from 70 countries culminating in a Global Forum dubbed “the World Cup of Educators.” The U.S. fared well at this forum with multiple educators going home with top awards. (2011 global winners, pictured at right)
I’ve posted a few times on this year’s forum, including posts featuring select projects that will be exhibited at this year. See a quick curated list below. If you would like to follow along track the official hashtag #PiLUS and like Partners in Learning on Facebook book where we will post daily photos and updates. And, of course, follow me @TeachTec as I will be there and posting!
As I’m reflecting back a bit and getting ready for this year’s forum, here are some highlight’s from last year’s forum:
I’m looking forward to meeting each of these educators in just two short weeks.
See related posts:
- Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum
- Students Impact Change in Times of Crisis
- Educator Combines Biology and Gaming with Kinect to Engage Students and the Community
- Delivering Success through Technology for Students with Disabilities
- Celebrating Teacher Heroes (2011 U.S. winners featured)