Microsoft Corp. today announced 16 educators from California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas and Washington have been selected as winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The annual event recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn and increase student success.
The 11 outstanding projects focus on encouraging entrepreneurial thinking in students, virtual learning for students with learning differences, creative uses of gaming to enhance critical thinking and service learning projects in which students engage with their community. The following are Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum winners:
First Place: Jamie Ewing; Mount View Elementary, Seattle, Wash.
Runner-up: Julie Hembree; AG Bell Elementary, Kirkland, Wash.
Knowledge Building & Critical Thinking
First Place: Jennifer Bevill; LSU Laboratory School, Baton Rouge, La.
Runner-up: Cheryl Arnett and Melany Neton; Sunset Elementary School, Craig, Colo.
Extended Learning Beyond the Classroom
First Place: Pauline Roberts and Rick Joseph; Birmingham Covington School, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
TIE Runner-up: Sarah Collins and Jo Spark; Moody Elementary, Moody, Texas
TIE Runner-up: Jolie Barker; Slaughter Elementary, McKinney, Texas
Cutting-Edge Use of Technology for Learning
First Place: Robin Lowell and Sherry Hahn; Washington State School for the Blind, Vancouver, Wash.
Runner-up: June Teisan and Alexandra Beels; Harper Woods Secondary School, Harper Woods, Mich.
Educator as Innovator and Change Agent
First Place: Gregg Witkin; Boynton Continuation High School, San Jose, Calif.
First Place: Todd LaVogue; Roosevelt Community Middle School, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Full descriptions of the winning projects can be found on the Microsoft TeachTec blog.
The winning educators will advance to the Partners in Learning Global Forum, which will take place in Prague Nov. 28 through Dec. 1. This ninth annual Partners in Learning Global Forum is the culmination of local and regional events that reach nearly 200,000 participants from more than 115 countries.