The Microsoft YouthSpark program has been going strong this year, with YouthSpark in Schools events connecting 25,000 educators to date to free computer science and technology resources. Most recently, professional learning events in Denver and Washington, D.C. have provided educators with resources and ideas to help them integrate technology into their classrooms.
Highlights from events:
- In the Denver area, we partnered with Create Something Great, a group of innovative educators out of the Douglas County School District who meet monthly to share the latest in educational technologies and classroom strategies for excellence. We joined their monthly meetup to share resources on creating a maker culture in the classroom, leveraging free collaboration and presentation tools like Sway and the latest announcements on Minecraft: Education Edition
- In Washington, D.C., Microsoft held a YouthSpark in Schools reception to kick off the Teaching & Learning Conference on March 10.
“It is with deep appreciation that I thank the Microsoft team for partnering with us for the Create Something Great February Meet up,” says Mary Murphy, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator at DCPS and lead at Create Something Great, Microsoft’s YouthSpark partner for the Denver event. “We received numerous compliments on the quality of the content, professionalism of the presenters, the engaging sessions and the positive implications for student learning outcomes!”
Additional YouthSpark events are being held across the country this spring, including:
- April 5: In Nashville, Tennessee, Microsoft is working with Rutherford County Schools to deliver a day of hands-on training for educators and district IT Administrators. Register here.
- April 14: In Las Vegas, Microsoft is teaming with Clark County Public Schools for a dynamic professional learning event for educators and instructional technologists. Register here.
- April 28: In Ocean City, Maryland, Microsoft is proud to partner with the Common Ground conference. We will offer lightning round learning opportunities for educators throughout the Conference. Learn more.
- May 6: In Maui, Hawaii, Microsoft YouthSpark will deliver computer science trainings to educators and youth as part of the Hawaii STEM Conference, a program of Women in Technology, an organization that works to strengthen Hawaii’s STEM education-to-workforce pipeline. Learn more.
Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative to increase access for all youth to learn computer science, empowering them to achieve more for themselves, their families and their communities.