Pinay teacher feted at Microsoft?s global educators meet

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[/caption] During the ceremony, held in the Prague Castle to mark the culmination of the 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum, Microsoft announced 21 winners, narrowed down from more than 250,000 teachers registered across national and regional forums throughout the year. The big winners were Pauline Roberts and Rick Joseph of the Birmingham Covington School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (first place); Robin Lowell and Sherry Hahn of the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington (second place); and Todd LaVogue from Roosevelt Community Middle School in West Palm Beach, Florida (third place). During the awards night, educators across six categories were honored. All winners will be automatically included in the new Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program, a one-year initiative created to recognize educators globally who are using technology to transform education. ?Expert Educators? will become Microsoft?s partner in many of its education activities throughout the year, focused on ensuring learning outcomes and sharing of experiences with peers and policymakers on effective use of technology in education. In return, members receive the inside track on the latest Microsoft thinking and technologies, as well as access to the latest and greatest software and products. Serana participated in the Collaboration category for her innovative project on mangrove reforestation program designed and organized by her students which they learned from seminar sessions with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. They then passed on what they learned to members of the community and local government units to implement the reforestation project and help better their community. ?I feel very honored to represent the country in Microsoft?s global competition in Prague Castle,? said Serana. Participants were judged by an international panel of education professionals through rigorous scoring criteria which ensures that entries are reviewed in the most professional and fair way. ?Every year the submissions seem to get better and better, and this year is no exception,? said Michael Hallissy, founding partner of H2 Learning. ?The level of sophistication of these entries shows that teachers are continuing to innovate and expand the ways they use technology to help students all over the world realize their potential.? The awards night ceremony was attended by more than 500 teachers, school leaders and education leaders, as well as government officials from more than 80 countries. The celebration capped off a week of education workshops and announcements, including an additional $250 million investment by Microsoft over the next five years in Partners in Learning. ]]>

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