October 14, 2019
Oh, what it means to be an MIEE. “Microsoft supports a thriving community of passionate educators who are constantly learning, growing and working together to change students’ lives and build a better world. The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is a premier program created to recognize global educator visionaries like yourself.” I recently submitted my application and was named as an MIEE after continually learning about and using the many Microsoft tools available for educators and students, providing and participating in online classes, and becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer.
The Microsoft Educator Community website is a single place to get training, find lessons, connect with others, share your expertise, and more. This community provides many facets for educators to earn badges and certificates through online course work and exploring resources through a personalized learning center created for educators to grow and learn. You can sign up to become a member for free (see the link at the end of the article. Doing so will provide opportunities to connect and collaborate with other educators around the world through newsletters, discussion groups, SKYPE, webinars, and virtual field trips.
Here in Cy Fair, we have many MIEs and several MIEEs who are dedicated to working hard for their fellow educators and students to provide as many resources as possible to enhance the learning of everyone in our district. Every summer the Instructional Ed Tech department hosts a professional learning Microsoft User Cadre where participating teachers will be engaged through exploration and experimentation using the various Microsoft tools. These educators are tested and certified to become trainers and presenters for various Cy Fair functions, such as our RRR, Digital Learning Conference, Ed Tech Camp, and Microsoft specialists on their campuses, along with other educational technology opportunities. Registration for this Cadre begins March 2020, so be sure to become involved in this elite group of individuals who strongly care about and support all CFISD stakeholders.
Microsoft technology facilitates personalized learning, where schools across the globe are using this technology in creative ways to help personalize learning and support student well-being. Technology helps teachers recognize when and how students are inspired, engaged, and the Microsoft community supports teachers to maintain students interested in moving into their educational future. Tools such as OneNote, Class Notebook, Office tools, Sway, Microsoft Teams, and Minecraft: Education Edition provide a path to project-based learning and develop student collaborative skills.
Visit and sign up for the Microsoft Educator Community and learn about all Microsoft has to offer the CFISD Educator Community. https://education.microsoft.com/
Connie Butcher Wood is an Instructional Technology Specialist in CFISD.