In November four Elkanah House teachers were selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEExpert15) for 2015. They were recognised by Microsoft for their excellence in their innovative use of technology to help students learn and achieve more. To qualify for the MIE Expert programme teachers from around the world had to submit at least one learning activity to Microsoft to show how they were using technology to enhance learning and teaching. More than eight hundred educators from over 100 countries world-wide were chosen for 2015, of which only sixteen were from South Africa and Lesotho. Of these sixteen, four were from Elkanah House.
The teachers submitted the following activities:
Linda Foulkes (ICT and MOS Trainer at Elkanah House High School): Potential of OneNote and Office Integrated Apps in the Classroom. You can view her activity here: http://goo.gl/VDp6ba. (Sadly Linda has since left Elkanah, but you can follow her on her blog here:https://folklind.wordpress.com/ )
Jacky Louw (Design Technology Teacher at Elkanah House Senior Primary) and Simone Crous (Art Teacher at Elkanah House Senior Primary) entered a joint project: Lights, Animation, Action! You can see Jacky and Simone’s activity here: http://goo.gl/jbNKvu and http://goo.gl/oL0d1X.
Karen Stadler (Head of Digital Learning at Elkanah House Senior Primary): The Travelling Rhinos Project – Save Our Rhinos. To see this activity, go here: http://goo.gl/nokMPx.
As a MIE Expert, over the course of 2015 these teachers can expect:
- Free Microsoft tools and technology, including Office 356 Pro Plus
- Exclusive professional development opportunities
- Opportunities to develop their personal “brand” and career as a thought leader by participating in case studies, speaking engagements and content development
- Eligibility to earn an all-expense paid trip to the Microsoft in Education Global Forums in Redmond, Washington in April 2015 or Dubai in February 2015, or those who are not selected to travel overseas will be given the opportunity to attend the SchoolNet South Africa ICT in the Classroom Conference in Durban in July 2015 at Microsoft’s expense.
They will be expected to share their learning with their peers and also participate in a series of webinars over the course of next year. Each teacher has also received a certificate of recognition for this achievement.
For a full list of the South African and Lesotho teachers who were selected look here: http://goo.gl/5KFUiF
Here is the story as it appeared in ISASA’s Independent Education Magazine – Autumn Edition.