Microsoft Professional Development



For Release: 6:00 am PST
                                                                           October 24, 2012
                                                                                              Contact:  Megan Evander
360-790-9398

Local educator participates in the
Microsoft Innovative Educator Advanced Program
Teacher trainers learn new technology and teaching skills to enhance 21st century education

<<Yardley, Pa>> — October, 24 2012 — Virginia Glatzer, an educational technology consultant, attended the exclusive Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Advanced Training Program sponsored by Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program, a three-day, invitation only event on October 17th-19th at the Microsoft campus in Bellevue, Washington. Virginia was selected based on her important role in education and her ability to train other educators in the use of technology in teaching and learning.
The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Advanced Training Program provides expert teacher trainers with the opportunity to participate in hands-on, product training combined with approaches for engaging teachers on how best to integrate relevant technology into the classroom.  During the sessions, educators were trained on the latest Microsoft products for the classroom and discussed best practices for teaching teachers. These sessions included Office 365 for cloud-based collaboration, advanced uses of Microsoft OneNote, using Kinect in the Classroom, Windows 8, and ways to use social media for professional development. Keynote speakers included Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education for Microsoft, and The New York Times best-selling author of Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina.
“Educators who attend this Microsoft Innovative Educator Advanced training have shown their commitment to effectively integrating technology in the classroom and extending professional development across their district and beyond,” said Andrew Ko, General Manager, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft Corporation. “As educators expand their expertise, their creative approaches are having a transformational impact at their schools and students are benefitting by learning new skills they will need to be workforce-ready after graduation.”
The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Advanced Training Program is a three-day professional development experience designed to strengthen the educator’s ability to deliver training which increases usage of the products, tools and programs that a district/school already owns. Additionally, their training expertise was expanded and deepened by working with a small team of MIE master trainers collaborating on best practices for training teachers. Attendees were given exclusive access to Microsoft product teams and new teacher-focused training and materials. Trainers walked away with more technical knowledge, training experience and qualified for graduate level credits.
            Each attendee will be go on to share their expertise as a they train teachers in their schools, districts and beyond, while contributing professional development best practices available to all educators on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network (www.pil-network.com), a global collaboration space for teachers. “To realize the promise of technology, we need our students to collaborate, communicate, and create. I look forward to teaching teachers how to integrate these powerful digital tools from Microsoft,” said Virginia Glatzer.

More information on Microsoft Innovative Educator Program and future training events is available at: www.microsoft.com/innovativeeducators  

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