Microsoft hosted its fifth annual Education Exchange (E2) conference in Paris last week with educators and school leaders from India as well as from around the world to exchange ideas to develop innovative experiences in classrooms. School leaders and educators also worked together to explore emerging trends in education that support inclusive classrooms, promote collaboration, and advance modern teaching and learning techniques. Over the course of three days from April 2 to 4, 300 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts from 109 countries were recognized and celebrated for their achievements for combining content, pedagogy and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success in the digital age.
Largest delegation to represent India
This year, 10 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts along with 6 school leaders and 3 MIE Fellows from India, represented the country at the event. The educators were selected for the unique, impactful projects they had created using technology to provide a learning environment which is interactive, interesting and beneficial for students. The event saw these educators showcasing their projects on a wide range of topics ranging across cybersecurity, inclusion, collaboration and student voice in the Global Educator Challenge.
“This is the biggest group of MIEs from India since we initiated the program in India. We believe in the power of the educator, and the impact educators can have on students and thereby society. Our mission at Microsoft is to equip and empower educators to shape and assure the success of every student. By leveraging the power of technology, these passionate teachers are adopting new approaches to teaching and learning, and reinforcing critical 21st century skills in today’s youth in India,” said Manish Prakash, Country Manager – Public Sector, Healthcare and Education, Microsoft India.
“Every educator is a changemaker, making an imprint on the lives of the students who will be the leaders, innovators and creators of the next generation,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Education. “Some truly go above and beyond, pushing into unknown territory to bring new technology and techniques into their classroom to inspire and engage their students and prepare them with the skills they’ll need to thrive in the jobs of the future. It is a joy to host this event each year to celebrate educators who are changing education and changing lives.”