The Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange officially kicked-off this morning. The nearly 250 educators and 30 student ambassadors representing 87 countries came together to share ideas and learn more about innovating in the classroom. Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft kicked off the event with an inspiring keynote setting the tone for week.
"All of you are stars." This is the message that Anthony told the educators and why the event is designed specifically for them. Throughout his keynote, Anthony challenged educators and students alike to expect more, do more, and be more. But how can you challenge yourself and your students to do this every day? The answer is bravery, which is one key component of the event's theme – Bravery, Courage, and Leadership.
The word 'bravery' can be interpreted in different ways based on personal background and experiences. It may even feel out of reach and difficult to put into action. For Anthony, bravery in action means:
- Being comfortable asking for help. It's the only way to continue learning, try new things and ultimately drive change.
- Responding to data. Use the insights they can generate to be bolder with better-informed decisions.
- Always expecting more from your students. Don't allow them to settle – inspire learners to do more.
- Visualizing future success. Having a picture of what you want helps you work out the best route to get there.
- Enjoying the journey. If you're having fun, your students will be inspired by your passion.
- Reaching for impact. Push yourself to drive real change inside the classroom and beyond.
- You are great, and also have a responsibility to share. Teachers are heroes, and sharing best practices will help all of us to grow.
By being brave, educators can not only challenge themselves to think differently, step outside their comfort zones, and expect more from themselves every day, but also to challenge their students and fellow colleagues to do the same. That is when the transformation and acceleration of change in education will truly happen.
On stage, Anthony was joined by Liz Crawford of Intel and Angela Maiers, a prominent educator, entrepreneur, author and visionary, who concluded the morning keynote by reiterating the idea of bravery and encouraging educators to share their own genius to help drive change around the world.
Following the keynote, educators participated in a Tech TeachMeet, an opportunity for Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts to interact and learn from each other and to share ideas for using Microsoft technology in innovative and creative ways. Educators shared with one another the ways they are using Microsoft products and solutions in their classrooms to achieve 21st century learning outcomes and how they are applying the latest Microsoft technology across the learning trajectory.
Tell us what bravery means to you and how you're finding ways to demonstrate your own bravery within your own classrooms, schools and beyond. And, be sure to follow event updates and conversations using the hashtag #MSFTEduE2
Watch the recap video from day 1: