We are now looking for Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts!


Microsoft are recruiting New Zealand teachers to become MIE Experts!


The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.

MIE Experts work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.

The MIE Expert program is a 3-year program. If at the end of three years, you want to continue as an expert, you will need to complete a new self-nomination form and demonstrate that you have continued to grow as an educator by learning new technologies and applying them in your classroom in innovative ways.

To apply, simply fill out a self-nomination form

Who is an MIE Expert?


We are looking for self-driven educators who are passionate about their careers, inspiring students with outside-the-box thinking and a true collaborative spirit. Resourceful and entrepreneurial, they relish the role of change agent, and work to achieve excellence in education using advanced technologies and social media.

When educators become MIE Experts, they have the following opportunities:


  • Receive publicity and promotion via social media and other Microsoft channels

  • Professional and career development opportunities and certifications

  • Share their expertise with world-renowned educators and specialists to scale their innovations

  • Present in Microsoft’s global EduCast Webinar series (http://www.aka.ms/educast)

  • Participate in focus groups giving feedback to a development teams on Microsoft products

  • Join invitation-only special events from Microsoft

  • Share their passion for Microsoft with peers and policymakers, and through social media, blogs and videos

  • Test out new products while in beta form

  • Represent Microsoft through product demonstrations, and by attending events

  • Build educator capacity in your community (school, district or at training events) by training and coaching colleagues and inviting them to join the online Microsoft Educator Community

  • Collaborate with innovative educators across the globe using Skype in the Classroom

  • Host regional events showcasing uses of Microsoft technology in the classroom

  • Achieve eligibility to attend the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange Event (E2), Spring 2016

How to apply


Step 1. Review the program opportunities and activities

MIE Experts are advocates for using Microsoft technology to improve student learning. In a year, MIE Experts typically:

  • Attend EduCast Webinars (www.aka.ms/educast)
  • Become a part of a focus group giving feedback to a development team on a Microsoft product
  • Build educator capacity in your community (school, district or at training events) by training and coaching colleagues and inviting them to join the online Microsoft Educator Community
  • Develop your own capacity as a thought leader by:Try out new products as they come out and are in beta form
    • Speaking at conferences
    • Regularly participating in social media such as Facebook and Twitter referencing #MSFTEDU and using our Social Chorus tool to amplify your messages.
    • Authoring a blog that highlights innovative uses of Microsoft technologies in the classroom
    • Presenting in local or global webcasts
  • Collaborate with innovative educators across the globe using Skype in the Classroom
  • Host regional events showcasing Microsoft technology
  • Mentor 3-5 colleagues throughout the year and encourage them to apply to become an Expert Educator

Step 2. Join the Microsoft Educator Community

As part of the self nomination process, You will be asked to tell us a little about yourself:

  • Why you would like to consider yourself to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
  • Describe a lesson you have taught in which you have incorporated Microsoft technologies in an innovative ways.
  • How do you think being and MIE Expert will impact your teaching.

Be creative, Be bold! Simply tell us about you in any way you choose, a video, a hosted document, a Sway, a Mix whatever format you are most comfortable with! You will need to submit a URL to your chosen method of response.

Join the Microsoft Educator Community and fully complete your profile.

MIE Experts will be selected by the regional Microsoft representative based on the quality of the responses to the self-nominations form, the level of innovation and use of Microsoft tools described in the learning activity and the level of detail in how becoming a part of the program will impact both teaching and student learning.

Applications to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert are open now! Simply visit this self-nomination form to apply.  

For more information on the program, visit the MIE Expert website


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