We are recruiting! Regular readers of this blog should be familiar with teachers and school leaders that we refer to as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts - MIEEs - and you may have seen content tagged with #MIEExpert15.
It's now your opportunity to apply to be part of this programme, and we're pleased to be able to share details of how you can get involved.
To refresh your memory, or if you've not heard of it before, the MIE Expert program is designed for educators who are thought leaders in innovative learning with technology and want to amplify their reach and voice to all educators. The program is a 3-year engagement for educators.
Why apply to become a MIEE?
As an MIE Expert, you'll work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. As we as advocating and sharing your thoughts on the effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers, you'll help to provide insight to us on how our new products and tools for education can be optimised for learning. Our MIEEs from all over the world form a vibrant and proactive community, exchanging best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.
When educators become MIE Experts, there are so many opportunities that open up to them, including:
Receive publicity and promotion via social media and other Microsoft channels
Professional and career development opportunities and certifications
Present in Microsoft’s global EduCast Webinar series
Participate in focus groups giving feedback to a development teams on Microsoft products
Join invitation-only special events from Microsoft
Test out new products while in beta form
Build educator capacity in your community (school, district or at training events) by training and coaching colleagues and inviting them to join the online Microsoft Educator Community
Collaborate with innovative educators across the globe using Skype in the Classroom
Host regional events showcasing uses of Microsoft technology in the classroom
Achieve eligibility to attend the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange Event (E2), Spring 2016
There's all this, and so much more to enjoy as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. For more information about what the programme entails, please refer to the Microsoft Educator Network.
If you'd like to apply to join our MIE Expert programme, you can fill out the self-nomination form, and to really show your innovative side and grasp of technology, we are also giving you the option to respond by making a Sway, Mix, Video, Word doc, or some other creative method, and include this a part of your application.
All of us here in the Microsoft UK Education team have had such a great time working with our current cohort of MIEEs, and we’re really looking forward to having more join the programme to help us push education forwards. If you have any questions about the application process please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
To give you a flavour of what we got up to with our MIEEs at this year's BETT show, here's some footage of the Theatre Sessions on Microsoft stand, where many of our MIEEs (wearing the yellow shirts) talked about teaching in their own classrooms: