Welcome to the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum
Welcome to the biggest week in education! Today is the first day of the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona. Over 1,000 of the most innovative and committed educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries will gather today to learn from each other, share classroom challenges and successes, and to work together to transform education for the 21st century.
We are all witnessing – and are key players in – a historic shift in education. That’s why each year, we bring together the best and the brightest innovators in education at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. The rules are being rewritten daily in classrooms around the globe. The innovation driving this shift is cropping up from every imaginable source, and from unimaginable places.
This transformation is complex. Yet, we know that no one device, curriculum, pedagogy or testing strategy will ultimately remake our education system for the 21st century and beyond. But people will – teachers, students, school leaders, government officials, and leaders of NGOs and corporations all working in concert. We are all gathered together are here because we are all leading the way. It’s up to all of us.
Tomorrow, attendees will be hearing from dignitaries and keynote speakers like Montserrat Gomendio Kindelan, Spanish Secretary of State for Education, Training, and Universities, and Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy Director-General for Education of the European Commission. They will also be meeting together today to talk about holistic school-wide changes and what it means to be an innovative school.
This year, participants will collaborate and learn directly from one another in the “Digital Transformation Challenge,” which takes place over the course of two days. In it, participants will form teams and then hear from system leaders who are engaging in national digital access programs; school leaders implementing 1 to 1; innovative teachers who are designing learning activities that engage digitally enabled students; and from students who will describe these kinds of learning experiences from their perspectives. Participants will then present their designs to peer teams and to expert school leaders to discuss and learn from each other’s ideas.
Also today, we provided each of our Expert Educators a Surface RT for their school. They will be using these Surfaces over the next few days to collaborate, expand their 21st century skills, present their learning activities, participate in the “learnathon,” and gain even more expertise using these devices in their classrooms. Teachers need the right tools to help them manage their classrooms, along with the growing demands of their jobs. And, for everyone, the safety and security of these solutions must be reliable and uncompromising.
I am thrilled to be here at the Global Forum, and look forward to sharing the stories, experiences and outcomes of this week. It is always incredibly inspiring to be here, and I can’t wait to share even more from our 250 Expert Educators from around the world, who today will begin presenting the world-class projects that are making a difference in their communities. Stay tuned to learn about this year’s winners!
And if you are not with us in person at the Global Forum, you can still experience the highlights right here. We will be blogging regularly here on Daily Edventures – and this year, you will hear from four different UK students from Saltash.net Community School who will be video blogging and sharing their unique perspective on the Global Forum each evening. Don’t miss it! You can also find updates on our Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF), or on our YouTube channel.
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Do you want the inside scoop on the happenings at the 2014 Global Forum? Even if you’re not able to join us in Barcelona, you can keep up with the Global Forum through our new Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator), or on ourYouTube channel.Watch insightful keynotes. Experience the competition. Get inspired by the best of worldwide education. The Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014 celebrates the achievements of the world’s most innovative school leaders and educators who are transforming learning outcomes through technology and breakthrough thinking