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Recipients of 2011 Global Forum Educator Awards Announced 2011.11.12

Washington, D.C., USA - November 10, 2011 - During an award ceremony at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, Microsoft Corp. tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Global Forum Educator Awards. This year's winners were selected from more than 115 projects, narrowed from more than 200,000 applicants.

Global Forum Educator Award Recipients
18 projects, and the teachers behind them, were awarded special recognition at the Partners in Learning Global Forum on November 10, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
This year’s winners were selected from more than 115 projects, narrowed from more than 200,000 applicants, who competed at national and regional events over the course of the year.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Washington, D.C., USA - November 10, 2011

During an award ceremony at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, Microsoft Corp. tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Global Forum Educator Awards.

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Courtesy of the Clinton Global Initiative
 
This year’s winners were selected from more than 115 projects
, narrowed from more than 200,000 applicants, who competed at national and regional events over the course of the year to qualify for the worldwide competition at the 2011 Partners in Learning Global Forum.

Together: Inspiring Change, Delivering Results at CGI 2011
The Clinton Global Initiative invited a documentary film group to the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting, to capture those three days and some of the concrete actions taken by members of the CGI community. The stories in this film represent a small but powerful piece of the over 2,100 commitments made by CGI members in the past seven years.
To learn more: www.clintonglobalinitiative.org
Courtesy of the Clinton Global Initiative
 
“Education is critical to the social and economic development of every nation and to the ability of individuals everywhere to reach their full potential,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education for Microsoft.
“We are honored to recognize these amazing professionals for the work they do every day to enrich the educational experiences of children around the world.”

Shaping the Future at CGI Meeting

Anthony Salcito
(right), vice president of public sector education at Microsoft, stands on stage with former U.S. President Bill Clinton and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on Sept. 20 in New York City.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 
Tonight, 18 awards were presented to educators and their projects in six categories
.

The top three finalists in each category
were recognized and received an Intel-powered classmate PC for their classroom.
Intel Corporation has a strong commitment to education and donated all the computers.


Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Winner: Chris Clay (New Zealand): “Linking Educational Accomplishments to Real-World Needs”: Created an online community that connects more than 140 teachers and students across New Zealand to tackle real-world biological challenges. Utilizing technology, students develop collaboration, critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication and digital literacy skills, as well as a love for learning.

First Runner-Up: Doreen McHale (Ireland): “Birds of Bray”: Designed to develop students’ nonfiction report writing skills within the context of a collaborative, local bird study. Students created a blog to collaborate with others on shared research and report writing projects, and to share their findings with others around the world.

Second Runner-Up: Tessa Van Zadelhoff (Netherlands): “A Travel Agency in our Classroom”: Via Twitter and a blog, students provided travel advice to a network of “customers.” By calculating costs via Microsoft Excel, creating digital tourist guides, videos, digital storybooks and translation guides, the students learned about European geography.

First Place – Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom
Chris Clay (New Zealand) for his project "Linking Educational Accomplishments to Real-World Needs."
Pictured from left: Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Intel; Chris Clay; and Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Education, Microsoft. Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Collaboration

Winner: Doug Bergman, Johnny Kissko, Louis Zulli, Donna Thomas and Margaret Noble (United States): “When Fish Fly”: Integrating computer science, fine arts, business and economics, student design teams developed a dynamic motion-based game simulation for Kinect for Xbox 360 that replicates the sights, sounds, history and “sense of place” of Pike Place Fish Co. in Seattle, Wash.

First Runner-Up: Rui Silva (Portugal): “Eco-Partnerships”: Designed to improve students’ information communication technology skills while focused on environmental education, the project involves students interacting with other students in schools and organizations around the world via Facebook, Windows Live and other technology to share knowledge, experiences and works.

Second Runner-Up: Zhao Yi (China): “Jack Magic Vegetables Company”: To combat the scarcity of vegetables in China due to pesticides and limited outdoor space, students researched and developed a soilless culture technique, and applied real-world business applications by setting up an online store for people in the community to buy the soilless devices.

First Place – Collaboration
Doug Bergman, Johnny Kissko, Louis Zulli, Donna Thomas and Margaret Noble (United States) for the project "When Fish Fly."
From left: Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Intel; Margaret Noble; Donna Thomas; Johnny Kissko; Louis Zulli; Doug Bergman; and Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Education, Microsoft. Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking

Winner: Margaret Noble and David Stahnke (United States): “Illuminated Mathematics”: Using technology and creativity, students researched math theories and then produced self-selected digital art projects, which examined mathematics through the lenses of art, history and science. This inspired students to dig deeper, find real-world applications and develop their own perspective and understanding of how mathematics impacts their world.

First Runner-Up: Athena Hain-Saunders (Australia): “Real Science Beyond the Classroom”: Using their outside environment as a working laboratory, students conduct research and scientific monitoring and experimentation at a local wetland. This project lets students be hands-on learners, working with professional scientists to learn about biology, and collect meaningful data to support critical university research.

Second Runner-Up: Kara Barker and Roger Lister (Sweden): “Forensic Science”: Increases enthusiasm for natural science and math by incorporating forensics to help solve crimes. Weekly labs where students experiment in a variety of areas such as DNA, anthropology, and hair and fiber evidences are applied using various tools such as Windows Movie Maker, podcasts, OneNote and SharePoint.

First Place – Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking
Margaret Noble and David Stahnke (United States) for their project "Illuminated Mathematics."
Pictured from left: Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Intel; David Stahnke; Margaret Noble; and Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Education, Microsoft. Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Innovation in Challenging Contexts

Winner: Sandra Caldas Saragoca (Brazil): “Education Beyond Walls”: Focuses on educating and mentoring girls aged 12 to 21, who are currently in prison. Through this project, students learn valuable interpersonal, social and academic skills, and then use technology tools like Windows Movie Maker to engage and share lessons with students in local schools.

First Runner-Up: Gareth Ritter (United Kingdom): “Interactive Resources Made by Pupils for Pupils”: Engaging students’ natural interest in music and technology to encourage a creative and student-directed learning environment. Through this project, students researched music recording production and created video tutorials to support the learning of others. Students learned new music and business skills, while mentoring others, and recordings supported production of the school podcast station and a new album recorded in the school studio.

Second Runner-Up: Sangeet Shukramani (India): “One Earth … Our Earth — Together We Can Make A Difference”: Aimed at creating awareness and sensitizing students toward the 21st century’s most issue-environment conservation. Students learned about their immediate environment and collaborated with students and teachers around the world.

First Place – Innovation in Challenging Contexts
Sandra Caldas Saragoca (Brazil) for her project "Education Beyond Walls." Pictured from left: Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Intel; Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Education, Microsoft; and Sandra Caldas Saragoca. Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Cutting-Edge Use of Microsoft Technology for Learning

Winner: Louis Zulli Jr, (United States): “Center for Advanced Technologies News and Information Portal (CATNIP)”: Using a wide variety of technology programs, students collaboratively developed and managed their school’s intranet, which integrates campus communication, curriculum planning and facilities management into one site.

First Runner-Up: Steven Ronsijn (Belgium): “genY”: This project put students in control of their own learning, using technology tools including live@edu, video and Microsoft Tag to create interactive lessons for younger students. Through this project, students became teachers and the teacher became the student in learning new technology skills.

Second Runner-Up: Zainuddin Zakaria (Malaysia): “Kodu in Classrooms Around the World”: Students create games using Microsoft Kodu Game Lab that teach environmental lessons. Students learn cooperation, logic and creativity in addition to programming, and share the games with students around the world.

First Place – Cutting-Edge Use of Microsoft Technology for Learning
Louis Zulli Jr., (United States) for his project "Center for Advanced Technologies News and Information Portal (CATNIP)".
Pictured from left: Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Intel; Louis Zulli; and Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Education, Microsoft. Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Educators’ Choice

Best Practice: Carlos Antonio Carlo (El Salvador): “I Want to Make Movies”: Designed to create significant learning opportunities where students are protagonists of their own learning. Through this effort, students used Windows Movie Maker and Windows Media Player.

First Runner-Up: Marina Vasileva (Macedonia): “Grandma’s Games”: Encourages students from kindergarten to college to survey family members and preserve traditional games and culture through information communications technology. Students created videos and lesson plans for the games, and one student created a Kinect for Xbox 360 game based off a family tradition.

Second Runner-Up: Wen-Ching Yang and I-Fa Su (Taiwan): “Travel the World Together from the Bazhang River”: From observations of the characteristics and behavior of Black-winged Stilt, students explore and learn about the annual migration of birds through project-based learning.

First Place – Educators' Choice
Carlos Antonio Aguilar and Efrain Alonso Cornejo (El Salvador) for the project "I Want to Make Movies."
Pictured from left: Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Intel; Efrain Alonso Cornejo; Carlos Antonio Aguilar; and Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Education, Microsoft. Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011
Courtesy of Microsoft
 

Participants were judged by an international panel of 50 education experts on a number of criteria.

Through virtual classroom tours and onsite interviews by judges, these teachers demonstrated innovative teaching practice, giving their students critical 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, critical thinking and social responsibility, by leveraging effective and engaging technology resources.

Together: Inspiring Change, Delivering Results at CGI 2011
The Clinton Global Initiative invited a documentary film group to the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting, to capture those three days and some of the concrete actions taken by members of the CGI community. The stories in this film represent a small but powerful piece of the over 2,100 commitments made by CGI members in the past seven years.
To learn more: www.clintonglobalinitiative.org
Courtesy of the Clinton Global Initiative
 
More than 200 school leaders from the Partners in Learning for Schools program also attended the Global Forum
.

The 66 Pathfinder Schools and 32 Mentor Schools are honored for their approach to systemic change and educational transformation.

During the award ceremony, Liceo Bicentenario de Molina, Chile, was recognized by its peers because of its strong vision for creating a school community that fosters creative approaches to learning and is driving toward whole-school transformation but was greatly impacted from a recent earthquake.

In recognition, this school will receive 30 convertible Intel-powered classmate PCs, plus one mobile charging cart with a wireless access point.

Partners in Learning Global Forum
Project Badalika, Swahili for “shift,” aims to equip teachers, school leaders and policy makers with the professional development skills necessary to use technology to accelerate 21st century skills with their students.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 
In special recognition, Microsoft announced the inaugural 800 educators to earn the prestigious designation of Microsoft Innovative Educator, a title that signifies an expertise in implementation of innovative teaching and learning practices and a commitment to engaging with a global community of professional practice.

This select group is part of the global Partners in Learning for Educators program, which has trained nearly 10 million educators since 2003.

The Cost of Digital Exclusion

Microsoft launched a three-year program to ensure that 1 million students from low-income families in the United States receive the benefits of software, hardware and broadband Internet service.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 
Microsoft
also announced it is expanding its Partners in Learning for Educators program with redesigned curriculum and professional development resources, ranging from fundamental use of technology to in-depth, research-based methodologies for increasing student mastery of 21st-century skills.

Content is being rolled out from mid-November through March and is available through more than 500 face-to-face trainings and online learning experiences.

Five ways Microsoft OneNote can help students with dyslexia stay organized.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 
Tonight’s award ceremony was attended by more than 700 teachers, school leaders and education leaders, as well as government officials from more than 70 countries.

The celebration capped off a week of education workshops and announcements, including a new collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education to inspire and recruit teachers, a partnership with the British Council to drive access to education around the world, and the continuation of the Shout program with the Smithsonian Institution and TakingITGlobal - this year’s focus will be on water conservation and caretaking.

Five ways Microsoft OneNote can help students with dyslexia stay organized.
Courtesy of Microsoft
 
The 2012 Partners in Learning Global Forum will be in Athens, Greece
, the first time the event will be held in the Central Europe region.

Country and regional competitions for next year’s awards will take place beginning this month.

Interested teachers should contact their local Microsoft office for more information or look online at
http://www.microsoft.com/education/pil/partnersInLearning.aspx  


About Partners in Learning


Partners in Learning is a 10-year, nearly $500 million commitment by Microsoft to help education systems around the world.

Since its inception in 2003, the Partners in Learning program has reached more than 196 million teachers and students in 114 countries.

Supporting the program is the online Partners in Learning Network, one of the world’s largest global professional networks for educators, connecting millions of teachers and school leaders around the world in a community of professional development.


About Microsoft


Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.


Source: Microsoft Corp.

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