It was last night that I finally found out that I had been included on Microsoft’s list of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts. My original self nomination and supporting materials had gone in a couple of months earlier and it had been with some nerves that I awaited the originally advertised release date for the list of the 1st August. It was again that I nervously waited for the revised date of the 15th August. This date arrived and the working day came and went. I saw a tweet suggesting the date had again been changed this time to the 16th so it looked like the nervous wait would continue. Then at around 10pm on the 15th I saw another tweet this time including a link to the new list. I promptly downloaded the document and scrolled through to the UK section where I was pleased to find my name. The wait is over.
So what does it mean to me to be an MIEE?
Well it means sharing, sharing and sharing some more. It means having access to a network or even better a community of educators who are making use of Microsoft products to enrich, enhance and re-imagine the learning experience for the students in our schools. It means as part of this community, being a contributor and not just a consumer. As such I have an expectation of myself that I will share ideas and contribute on a regular basis, giving back as much as I am taking.
Now being a MIEE will not make me focus purely on Microsoft products. I am also a Google Certified Educator plus I work in a 1:1 iPad school. The focus is on students and on learning. The technology, whether it be Microsoft, Apple, Google, another vendor or even a mix of vendors is not important as the technology is just a tool to achieve an aim; the aim of providing excellent learning opportunities for students. This being said, I hope that as a MIEE I will be able to access ideas and tools relating to Microsoft products and then share these with others. This should allow me to build on some of my recent experimentation with Microsoft products including the likes of Sway, Snip, Office-Mix and Lens.
So today marks my first day as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. I look forward to the year ahead and to hopefully living up to the title.