New Delhi, India – 29 January, 2015: Microsoft India welcomed its 2014-2015 class of Education Innovators featuring seven Microsoft Showcase Schools and thirty Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts across India. Microsoft Showcase Schools represent leaders who apply a comprehensive vision for change to transform local schools. Microsoft technology is deployed school-wide, and their experiences are shared with other schools to accelerate reform. Similarly, Microsoft Innovative Educators are experts who integrate progressive pedagogy with advanced technology to advance learning and better prepare students for the jobs of the future.
Recognized for integrating technology in the field of education to reinforce critical 21st century skills, Microsoft has selected the following Microsoft Showcase Schools and Microsoft Innovative Educators in 2014-15:
|EXPERT EDUCATOR(S)||SHOWCASE SCHOOLS|
|New Delhi: Bela Sethi, Sangeeta Shukramani, Mamta Narula, Meenakshi Uberoi and Tapasya Boyalla||Springdales School, New Delhi|
|Ghaziabad: Awani Singh, Darshana Sinha, Mona Mehra, Pooja Chadha, Saleha and Sona SinghAgra: Nirmala Gupta||Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad; Uttam School for Girls, Ghaziabad; G.D. Goenka Public School, Ghaziabad|
|Bishop Cotton School, Bangalore|
|Chennai: Aparna Sambamoorthy and Padma Venkatesh||The PSBB Millennium School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Ropar: Poonam Dogra and Taljit Kaur||Rayat International School, Ropar, Punjab|
|Gujarat: Bijal Damani and Lakshmanbhai Kuberbhai Chaudhari|
|Kolkata: Chandra Prabha Bhatia, Jharna Banerjee, and Pratima Nayak|
|Dibrugarh: Anutosh Deb|
|Jalna: Anil Wamanrao Sonune|
|Koraput: Ashutosh Karsharma Mishra|
|Hanumangarh: Hari Krishna AryaAjmer: Srinivasan Sriram|
|Ambala: Harminder Kaur Suri|
|Dehradun: Parambir Singh Kathait|
(Learn more about the latest group of Showcase Schools and Expert Educators in the Microsoft in Education blog, here.)
Speaking about the Microsoft Showcase Schools and Innovative Educator Experts programs, Pratik Mehta, Director – Education at Microsoft India, said, “I am thrilled to welcome India’s 2014-15 Class of Showcase Schools and Innovative Educator Experts. This is a group of talented educators committed to increasing student productivity and helping students develop the right skills in this mobile-and-cloud era. With half of India’s population below the age of 25, making use of technology to expand the potential of every student, educator and school, is important to India’s growth.”
MIEs participate in case studies, speaking engagements and content development, and provide advice on using technology in innovative ways to transform the learning environment. After rigorous training and an introduction to new Microsoft tools and techniques to use in the classroom, these educators also join Microsoft in Education Global Forum, a hallmark educator recognition program. MIEs are eligible for free tools and technology from Microsoft (including Office 365 Pro Plus) and IT Academy certification. Select educators will also be invited to the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in the USA in April-May 2015. Two student ambassadors will also be nominated from each Showcase School, thereby helping students develop early leadership skills. A few of these student ambassadors will be invited to participate at a global event to enhance collaboration with their counterparts in other countries.
Driven by the shared belief that the use of technology in education can help remove limitations, foster innovation, and enable students and teachers to achieve their fullest potential, Microsoft India’s education and entrepreneurship initiatives have engaged over 50 million students, academicians and entrepreneurs during the last decade.
About Partners in Learning
Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Microsoft Showcase Schools are part of the company’s Partners in Learning (PiL) program. Through PiL, Microsoft introduces and fosters innovative approaches to pedagogy, actively supports teacher professional development, and provides education leaders with the tools to envision, implement and manage change. Known as Project Shiksha in India, PiL has trained more 7,50,000 government school teachers in IT skills in an effort to enable professional development for educators, impacting more than 37.5 million students. Learn more about this program here.
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,500 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.