Microsoft says, “Education can change the world. At Microsoft, we believe that education is the single most important investment in the future of individuals, communities, nations, and the world - that it is vital to sustainable social and economic success. It is also a fundamental human right. But the reality is that education globally faces a crisis; a crisis of resources, time, and support.”
To this effect Microsoft is continually bringing new ideas to teachers in a myriad of ways. One of the main ways is via the recently launched Microsoft Educator Community. This replaces the former Microsoft Educator Network and prior to that the Partners in Learning Network; and it promises a fresh design, improved functionality, and more interactive content.
Have you visited this Microsoft Educator Community (MEC) at all? You'll find it at www.microsoft.com/education. The Microsoft Educator Community is one of the world’s largest educator social networks with over 4 million members including educators and school leaders in over 119 countries. Why not join up and take a good look around...
This is a really great space for educators and Microsoft has done a good job in creating a “one-stop-shop”. This means that everything a teacher needs to be innovative in the classroom can be found on this network – profiles of other Microsoft Innovative Teachers from around the world, Office 365, OneNote, Sway, Office Mix, Skype, Teaching with Technology, lesson plans, etc. All of these applications have assessments with badges.
Take a look at this Office Mix introductory video that will introduce you to the new Microsoft Educator Community.
Anthony Salcito’s blog “Daily Edventures’ tells us more about this network. (Anthony is the Vice president of Education for Microsoft Corporation 's Worldwide Public Sector).
On his blog, Anthony Salcito says, "The Microsoft Educator Community is a community for you, by you, and further amplifies the great work that is being done every day by teachers and schools around the world. With this idea in mind, we invite you to try out this global online community of resources and discover how collaboration and idea sharing can better education worldwide." Visit the blog at http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/pil-network/ to read more about this great offering from Microsoft, the Microsoft Educator Community.