Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teaching Awards
We were very blessed to win a Microsoft Innovative Teaching Award for this project. Kelli and Curtis will be going to Capetown South Africa on October 22, 2010 to take part in the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum.
We will be representing Canada as we compete against educators from 75 different countries in the world. While on the trip from October 22 - November 1, we will be updating this page daily with photos and videos, so make sure you subscribe to our blog to join us on our experience.
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Microsoft Partners in Learning's 2010 Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF)
Cape Town, South Africa, October 26 - 30.
The Innovative Education Forum is the centerpiece event for Partners in Learning, which helps teachers and school leaders more effectively use technology as a tool for innovative teaching and learning.
The event is expected to attract more than 500 teachers, school leaders, press and education thought leaders from more than 75 countries. Teachers attending the event will be competing for one of 13 Global Innovative Education Awards to celebrate their best practices in the classroom. They have previously been chosen as winners at the country and local levels.
School leaders attending the event represent some of the most innovative primary and secondary schools in the world, and are participating in professional development to enhance their leadership skills as they embark on a journey of transformation. This is the first time that Microsoft has held the event in the Middle East/African region, and is the second year of a combined event for two audiences - the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award recipients and the school leaders program.
As Microsoft Canada's representatives to this celebration of the innovation that leads to educational transformation and better education in the 21st century, participants will have an opportunity to:
- collaborate with educators from Canada and internationally
- share their innovative programs
- learn best practices in education
- become an innovative education leader
- connect with educators for educational partnerships
- celebrate creativity and innovation in education
- establish a strong worldwide community of innovators
Most information about the conference will be available on the conference web site.
Information on Cape Town can be found at:
Background Information About Partners in Learning(PiL)
Partners in Learning is a global program of Microsoft Corporation, led in Canada by Jacinthe Robichaud Director, Partners in Learning, Microsoft Canada. PiL began in Canada in 2004 and renewed in 2009 until 2014. Approximately $500 million dollars has been made available to support educators and schools involved in the innovative use of technology in classrooms around the world over the 10 years. Budgets allotted each country are based on a percentage of sales in that country.
More information on PiL is available at
Background Information About Partners in Learning(PiL) in Canada
Partners in Learning in Canada is most active where provincial governments have entered into a working agreement with Microsoft Canada to work on projects and activities of mutual interest such as the Innovative Teachers Awards. New Brunswick and Manitoba have been the most active provinces in the program going back to 2004. Other supported activities include peer coaching, 21st Century Leadership Skills and the use of MARVIN software.
PiL has made MARVIN, available free-of-charge to all schools in Canada.Canadian educators have distinguished themselves with six projects making it to the semi-finals at the global level. The Canadian Innovative Teachers Program works differently than other countries. Initially, the program invited educators to submit their completed educational, as is the practice in other countries. Over the last two years, the Canadian awards have been based on educators creating innovative projects for the program. Each year new software or hardware applications are added to be the tools that educators use. This has created more innovative projects and global interest in the Canadian projects from participants from other countries and from Microsoft as well.
The awards program is coordinated in Canada by MindSet, the Manitoba Network for Science and Technology as part of the MOU with the Province of Manitoba. Norman Lee, coordinator of MindSet, helped create the global Microsoft Innovative Teacher Awards in 2004 as well as creating the Canadian awards program. Previous to setting up MindSet, Norm worked on other national awards programs for Industry Canada's SchoolNet, including the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and was a major part of the creation of the Network of Innovative Schools and the Community IT Heroes Awards. Norm taught for 27 years in Winnipeg.