Over 500 educators based around the United Kingdom who use technology to assist students in their learning have been nominated as Innovative Educator Experts by Microsoft.
In total, 555 UK educators were identified by the US multinational corporation and rewarded for initiatives they have implemented involving Microsoft technology. Such projects included encouraging collaboration when learning in Teams, fostering an interest in coding through the educational version of Minecraft, and offering students a simple way to supply peer-to-peer responses on assessed projects by teaching them Microsoft Forms. Educators creating inclusive classrooms through the access tools found in Microsoft Office have also been recognised.
Greater collaboration for superior communication and inclusive learning
At Skegness Junior Academy in Lincolnshire, Jasmine Vincent has been named one of the Microsoft Educator Experts. Vincent has been making good use of One Note, Teams and Immersive Reader to assist pupils with disabilities and special needs, and says she has seen remarkable progress from pupils. Along with these applications, she is using Microsoft technology to communicate with all her classes and encouraging the pupils in them to work together using the chat function, as well as sharing resources. The positive impact of these initiatives has seen increased student motivation and a notable reduction in waste paper.
Based in the University of Lincoln, Michael Shaw has been working to develop and create learning resources in a diverse selection of formats, using Microsoft Office Learning Tools to suit a wide range of personalised styles for pupils of different needs.
Innovative approaches to overcome learning barriers
Among the recognised experts are educators who utilised technology to get past significant obstacles to learning. Following a fire, the Braeview Academy had to undergo extensive building repairs. Educator Katie Gallagher met her fellow teachers and taught them how to conduct lessons using Microsoft Teams. This allowed students to continue their classes during the closure and avoid disruption to their learning.
Director of Education for Microsoft UK Chris Rothwell, commented:
“We are delighted to announce the new class of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and are inspired by all the passionate educators across the world who are joining our team. 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.”
Many educators are now making use of available technology to make inclusive student-oriented study spaces and classrooms that enhance learning results. In creating environments that encourage learning, they intend to help pupils think creatively, building a skillset to stand them in good stead for the future.
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