Microsoft's U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF) is begining today. "The event is designed to give participants a valuable professional development opportunity where they will meet top educators from around the country who're similarly passionate about improving education by infusing technology into projects and changing the lives of children.
In the end, it's a competition, and they are vying to be at the top of the class as the best of the best move on to a bigger opportunity to compete and collaborate with educators from around the world at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington D.C. Nov. 6 to Nov.11," blogged Andrew Ko, Senior Director, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft.
Ko stated "Today, 100 educators from 25 states fly to Seattle as they prepare to attend the first day of the U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF). The agenda for these educators over the two-day forum includes project presentations which'll 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, and hands-on technology workshops using Microsoft's latest software for education."
"These educators will also have the opportunity to 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 world-renowned game designer Dr. Jane McGonigal, author of "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World." These keynotes will be streamed live for anyone who wants to see them."