As the 1981 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, it’s an honor to now lead the nation's largest and longest-running educational program. The program has experienced incredible growth since its inception in 1925. In fact, the number of participants has increased from just nine in 1925 to an estimated 11 million today.
And for the first time in our history, we’re partnering with the world’s largest software company. Microsoft has joined with us to help integrate technology and expand the learning resources available for students and schools today as the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Technology Champion.
Microsoft is an organization much like the Bee, an organization with a long history of supporting educators and educational programming.
By joining forces with Microsoft, we’re able to further support digital literacy in education, expand the impact of education and accelerate the growth potential for every student, educator and school.
As part of this collaboration, there will be innovative tools from Microsoft that will help promote learning, including:
A free Windows 8 spelling app for teachers and students available in the next few weeks on the Microsoft in Education download page.
For schools enrolled in Bing for Schools ad-free, safer, more private search, there will be special spelling-related surprises for certain queries.
Starting today, Microsoft’s student-friendly, ad-free Bing for Schools search engine offers a free, weekly Spelling Bee lesson plan. The lesson plans will also be available on Microsoft’s Partners in Learning page.
Starting tomorrow, Bing for Schools daily Word of the Day will be available on the Bee’s Facebook page.
I’m excited to see these new technology tools come to life. They will help create lifelong learners who look back at the Bee experience with the same fondness and passion that I do.
The 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place on May 27, 28 and 29 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Championship Finals will be broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday, May 29 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.