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Indian educators shine at Microsoft Education Exchange, Paris

Kolkata, Apr 17 (UNI) 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, a Microsoft India spokesperson on Wednesday said.
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.
Six of the Indian educators and fellows were also part of winning teams in the E2 group challenges in Paris. They were part of international teams of 5-6 educators each and were assigned a series of tasks in various categories and create ideas for new teaching methods.
“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.”
For educators interested in becoming MIE Experts, self-nominations will be open from April 15 to July 15. The 2019-2020 class of MIE Experts will be announced August 21 next.
Selected MIE Experts will get access to professional and career development opportunities and certifications from Microsoft. The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.
The program has a community of 660 educators from India including MIE Experts that help Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.
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