Three teachers from the Puget Sound area and one from Vancouver, Wash., are among the 16 winners of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning U.S. Forum this year.
The event recognizes teachers who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to improve the way kids learn. Winners of the U.S. Forum go on to compete int he Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague in November.
The Washington state winners are:
- Jamie Ewing of Mount View Elementary School in Seattle, who used technology to help his students explore Earth systems. Fifth-grade students built videos, video game presentations and digital presentations and showed them to the local community in person or via Skype.
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- Julie Hembree of A.G. Bell Elementary in Kirkland, who had her fourth-grade library class students create book trailers for their favorite books.
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- Robin Lowell and Sherry Hahn of Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, who created an accessible virtual classroom using Microsoft Lync’s video conferencing. When Lowell, who lives in Snoqualmie, instructs a classroom of students in Vancouver, the examples she creates on the Lync whiteboard are transmitted to students’ Braille Displays.
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Partners in Learning is a 10-year commitment by Microsoft to help education systems around the world.
(Videos from Microsoft)
Information in this post, originally published Aug. 2, 2012, was corrected later that day. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated three Washington state teachers had won. Four had.