Applications are now open for teachers wishing to join the Microsoft Innovative Educator programme. Details for applying can be found below, but before we get to that we'd like to share some of the things us here in the Microsoft UK Education team have been up to this year with the members of our local MIE community.
What's it like being a MIE-Expert?
At the heart of everything we do here is the mission to empower every student on the planet to expect more, to do more, and to be more. As a technology company there is only so much that we can do. Ultimately it requires the day to day attention, coaching, understanding and relationship of trust existing between teachers and students that will help us achieve this goal.
We are exceptionally fortunate to work closely with an incredible group of people who help us in a number of ways, such as joining us at events, hosting workshops in their own schools, writing blogs, and ultimately sharing their stories and experiences with other educators so that they might learn from them and enjoy similar successes by transform their own classrooms.
Many of you will have been to the BETT show, and there's a good chance that you'll have seen a Theatre Session presented by one of our MIE-Experts, and this year was no different. We had teachers on the stand sharing their stories around OneNote, Office Mix, Windows 10, Surface and more, all centred around how they are making use of technology to transform their teaching.
Another example of where our MIE-Experts have been instrumental is the Redefining Learning events, run in partnership with our Showcase Schools. Up and down the country many of our MIE-Experts have been running workshops and sessions for other teachers and school leaders from the local community as part of the #RedefineLearn events, helping them to further their understanding of technology currently available to educators, and inspire change on a pedagogical level.
— TheFeed (@TheFeedUK) May 18, 2016
MIE-Experts have been having a broader, global impact by sharing their knowledge and expertise through the Microsoft Educator Community - a site that combines the experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom. This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips. Many of the resources you'll find on here have been contributed to by our UK MIEEs, and they are actively involved in the discussions happening across the wider global education community.
Earlier this year a number of our UK MIE-Experts shared their thoughts about the 'MEC' through a series of posts on our UK Schools blog during #MECweek.
Recently, we've also started to share classroom stories and journeys of transformation from our MIE-Experts and Showcase Schools via #TheFeed - a magazine written by educators, for educators:
But underpinning all of this is the relationship between all of the members of the MIE-Expert community, and the way they communicate on a daily basis via social networks such as Yammer and Twitter, to share ideas and best practices, ask each other questions, and ultimately work collectively to drive learning with technology forwards. To see what MIE-Experts all over the world are talking about, look at the #MIEExpert hashtag on Twitter.
Do you want to Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert?
The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for better learning and student outcomes. MIE Experts work closely with Microsoft to pioneer innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on the effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together.
To nominate yourself for the 2016-2017 MIE Expert class:
1. Read more about the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program.
2. Be sure you’re a member of the Microsoft Educator Community, and complete your profile. (You will need to submit the URL to your public profile as a part of the nomination process. You can find your URL by going into “Edit Profile” and looking under “basic information.”)
3. Create a 2-minute Office Mix, video or Sway* that creatively answers the following questions:
- Why do you consider yourself to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert?
- Describe how you have incorporated Microsoft technologies in innovative ways in your classroom. Include artifacts that demonstrate your innovation.
- If you become an MIE Expert, how do you hope it will impact your current role?
*To share the Mix/video/Sway in your nomination, you will need to post it somewhere that allows you to create a URL to share it.
4. Complete the self-nomination form by July 15, 2016.