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Highlights from Microsoft U.S. Innovative Education Forum
The 7th Annual Microsoft U.S.
Innovative Education Forum
held in July drew 100 K-12 educators
from across the country,
selected from the pool of
3,500 educators who applied.
The purpose of the forum was
to identify, document, and recognize
best practices. Highlights
include Kinect/gaming in
the classroom, QR codes and video
streaming, and Twitter/social media.
The event was intentionally small
and intimate to ensure participating
teachers had enough time to both
show off what they are currently doing
and learn from their peers. Eleven
of the participating educators were
selected to move on to the next level
of competition, where they will represent
the United States in the Microsoft
2011 Partners in Learning Global Forum
this November in Washington, DC.
The forum had a collaborative vibe
since the exhibition and judging portion
were just a fraction of the overall event.
The rest of the time was focused on
professional development and information
sharing, which for many is the true
value of this event. The event also had
two great keynotes delivered by Dr.
John Medina (Brain Rules) and Dr. Jane
McGonigal (Reality is Broken).
It was exhilarating to be in a room
full of some of the country’s best educators
who were all excited about their
craft and exploring innovative ideas
on how technology can help students
learn. The energy level was high and
intense and left attendees with the
distinct impression that it is an exciting
time for American classrooms.
Thuan Nguyen is the chief information
and operations officer for the Kent
(WA) School District and a SchoolCIO