Microsoft chooses 555 educators to accelerate classroom innovation

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 18 September 2019
Microsoft chooses 555 educators to accelerate classroom innovation

Microsoft has chosen 555 UK teachers to accelerate classroom innovation. Named  ‘Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts’, they will  share best practices for using technology to teach, and will also test new products before general release.

Many educators are using Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition and more to create inclusive student-centred classrooms that improve learning outcomes.

Jasmine Vincent from Skegness Junior Academy is one of the new Experts. She has been using Teams, OneNote and Immersive Reader to support pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. She is also using the technology to share resources, communicate with her classes and encourage students to collaborate using chat functionality.

“We are delighted to announce the new class of MIE Experts and are inspired by all the passionate educators across the world who are joining our team,” said Chris Rothwell, director of education at Microsoft UK. “The MIE Experts are an incredible community of educators who go above and beyond to help their students and their colleagues use Microsoft technology to improve outcomes for students and help staff work more effectively.”

Katie Gallacher from the Braeview Academy used Microsoft solutions to overcome significant barriers to education, such as the reconstruction of the school after a fire. She trained her fellow teachers on how to teach through Teams so students could continue learning while the physical school was closed.

The University of Lincoln’s Michael Shaw has also been using the Learning Tools in Office to create learning resources in a variety of formats to suit a range of needs and learning styles. As a result, students can work on complex chemical calculations collaboratively in live Excel documents.

The new additions to the programme have bumped its numbers to 9,600 Experts, who are not only sharing their knowledge locally, but also with world-leading educators. As part of the programme, Microsoft is also offering its members career and skills development.

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