I regularly receive announcements about Microsoft events for educators. Some of them are directly of interest to computer science teachers so obviously I blog about them. Some of them are really aimed at administrator or teachers of other disciplines. Those I sometimes blog about and sometimes don’t. Today I received two announcements that fit more in the administrator category but that I want to pass along so you (who read my blog) can pass them alone. Well the first one may be a interest to a lot of faculty I guess. This is especially true if you are looking at teaching Windows 7, the new Office products or the new software development tools that are coming. Administrators who are interested in looking at programs that lead to Microsoft certification (either as a teacher or an administrator) will definitely be interested in the  MCT & Educator Virtual Summit 2010. (follow the event on the Born to Learn Blog)

District administrators including many technology coordinators who are looking into the Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) will likely be interested in a free webinar titled Using Microsoft's US Partners in Learning Scale Framework for i3 Scale-Up Grant Proposals.

MCT & Educator Virtual Summit 2010

Great news for Microsoft Certified Trainers and Academic Educators (District, Secondary school, community college, university and more) Microsoft is proud to invite you to the MCT & Educator Virtual Summit 2010. Register now for this event which will be free of charge and exclusive to MCTs (Microsoft Certified trainers) and Educators. Join this exciting educator readiness marathon conference on April 7th – 9th, 2010.

  • Three days and nights of online readiness
  • Over 85 speakers delivering over 120 hours of content: technical sessions, train the trainer sessions and soft skills sessions.
  • Admission to this event will be free of charge and exclusive to all Academic Educators and MCTs.

For the event agenda and further details, follow the event on the Born to Learn Blog.

Are you or your district looking at the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)?

Using Microsoft's US Partners in Learning Scale Framework for i3 Scale-Up Grant Proposals

Date: March 31, 2010
Event Start Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4 hours)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

On March 8, 2010, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the US DOE $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) final grant application. This program will award three types of grants: Scale-Up, Validation, and Development.
Join Dr. Chris Dede from Harvard Graduate School of Education and Allyson Knox from US Partners in Learning Wednesday, March 31st from noon-1:30 pm EST to learn about how the US PiL Scale Framework can be used for i3 grant Scale-Up proposals.

Presenters:

Dr. Chris Dede, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes three grants from NSF and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive and semi-immersive simulations as a means of student engagement, learning, and assessment. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher. Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan working group. He serves on Advisory Boards and Commissions for PBS TeacherLine, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and several federal research grants. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006.

Allyson Knox, US Partners in Learning, Microsoft


Allyson Knox is the National Partnership Academic Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation's US Partners in Learning (PiL) program (http://www.microsoft.com/education/PiLUS.mspx). Partners in Learning builds public / private partnerships throughout the world to help achieve three central goals: digital literacy for all, stronger and more competitive workforce, and improved quality of life. Allyson manages Microsoft's partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service focused on START (Service & Technology Academic Resource Team) project, the partnership with Smithsonian Institution focused on exploring problem-solving processes, and represents Microsoft on the Partners for 21st Century Skills board. She also works on issues related to scale, meta-cognition, and STEM. Allyson received her BA in English from the University of Michigan, MA in Adult Learning from Michigan State University, and Ed M in Technology in Education from Harvard University.