Microsoft has announced that 11 educators from Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington have been selected as winners of the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF). The IEF is an event recognizing innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn while increasing student success.
Out of the thousands that applied, 100 educators from 25 states were selected for a spot to compete on Microsoft's corporate campus in Redmond. IEF participants also voted on their peers in the Educator's Choice category and selected a winning project. The winning educators will represent the U.S. and advance to compete against educators from around the world at the Partners in Learning Global Forum, Nov. 6–11, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
"The Innovative Education Forum is an inspirational event to honor and celebrate the significant achievements of our nation's top educators who are using technology to help students thrive and grow into the next generation of leaders," said Andrew Ko, senior director, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft. "Every year, teachers are challenged to help their students achieve high academic standards. It is impressive to see how creatively these educators are transforming learning to inspire and motivate their students to adopt 21st century skills."
Winning projects immerse students in active, hands-on learning, guiding them to employ critical thinking and creative problem solving. The nine outstanding projects focus on literacy, STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) and entrepreneurship using multimedia such as video and gaming. The projects exhibit the educators' abilities to exceed strict academic standards while making learning fun and effective for their students.
These are the winning teams from the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum:
This year's Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington, D.C., will bring together more than 700 educators, school leaders and government officials representing over 70 countries. The forum, which showcases how technology can further education transformation when appropriately incorporated into curricula, pedagogy and classrooms, is the culmination of a year's worth of country and regional events.
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