Below is a guest post by Rob Bayuk, Microsoft U.S. Partners in Learning Team (aka @TeachTec on Twitter). Rob also blogs over at his TeacherTech's Blog.
I'm very excited about this event because not only is it an incredible opportunity for some highly creative and brilliant educators to get together and showcase their innovative work, but I GET TO BE A PART OF IT (as one of their judges). Thank you to Rob and Microsoft Partners in Learning for inviting me. I really can't wait!
Beginning Wednesday evening 100 educators from across the country will arrive in Seattle for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum. The Innovative Education Forum is part of a worldwide program designed to shine a spotlight on some of the world's top educators and provide them the opportunity to collaborate and exhibit innovative tech-infused projects they've done with students. Over the past year educators applied, applications were reviewed and these 100 educators were chosen and represent 25 different states and all K-12 subjects and grade levels. While attending the event educators will also participate in a number of unique professional learning activities.
Ten finalists from the U.S. event will be chosen to represent the United States at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington, DC in November. The global event is expected to attract more than 700 teachers, school leaders, press and education thought leaders from more than 75 countries.
On the agenda for these teachers over the two day forum hosted on Microsoft's main campus includes their project exhibitions which will be evaluated by a panel of judges, learning excursions to some of Seattle’s best known landmarks such as the Space Needle and Pike Place Market where collaborative teams of educators will create classroom project activities based on their experiences, and hands-on technology workshops using Microsoft’s latest programs for education.
The group will also hear two inspiring keynote speeches by Dr. John Medina, author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School and Dr. Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer and author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World will deliver the closing keynote.
But fret not, both keynote presentations will be streamed live through the Partners in Learning Facebook page. "Like" the page to watch the streaming and get updates on the event as it happens. We will also stream through our IEF web site and if you'd like to follow along on Twitter follow me @TeachTec and watch for #msftpil.
If you would like to read a summary of the projects that will be exhibited this week checkout this post.
Microsoft U.S. Partners in Learning Team