On World Teachers' Day, Microsoft announced the 2012 Pathfinder and Mentor Schools as part of its Partners in Learning for Schools Program.
"The 65 new Pathfinder Schools and 17 new Mentor Schools demonstrated a passion for creating a collaborative community to advance the uses of technology in the learning process," Microsoft stated.
"Participating in the Partners in Learning for Schools Program contributed to our reputation and inspired us as a learning community, as well as enabled us to reach out to other schools with a view to sharing the potential that the Partners in Learning initiative offers to those willing to embrace their own innovative journey," said Paul Cassar, headmaster, Eunice Girls High School, Bloemfontein, South Africa, a 2012 Mentor School.
"Partners in Learning for Schools is an educational program that is part of Microsoft's 10-year, nearly $500 million commitment to help transform education systems around the world. The program provides members with access to educational experts; helps them discover, share and scale best practices; helps them create knowledge and collaborative communities; and helps them understand how technology can further increase their teaching and learning practices.
Pathfinder and Mentor schools are making the most of these benefits and are selected through a rigorous application process that includes written and video documentation," said Microsoft.
The following are a few of this year's Pathfinder Schools inductees:
- Sartre Gymnasium (Germany)
- Futures Tech (Egypt)
- EMEF Professor Jo