MICROSOFT PARTNERS UP: Congratulations to the 16 educators named as finalists in the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. This year’s event showcased innovative technological uses in curriculum from over 100 educators in 25 states. Microsoft reports that “thousands” of educators applied to take part in the annual event. The educator-finalists, responsible for a total of 11 projects, will move on to the 2012 Global Forum, slated to be held in Prague this November.
The 11 projects include the winners and runners-up in five categories -- Collaboration, Extended Learning Beyond the Classroom, Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking, Cutting Edge Use of Technology, and Educator as Innovator and Change Agent -- plus an Educator’s Choice selection. We particularly like the work of Ms. Robin Lowell and Ms. Sherry Hahn of the Washington State School for the Blind. They used Microsoft Lync’s ability to integrate with Braille displays and screen readers and create a mathematics distance learning service for the blind and visually impaired. More details from The Journal here.