Microsoft Recognizes Education Innovation in Qatar

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Microsoft has recognized 47 educators from Qatar as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts, joining more than 5,600 educators globally. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to exchange ideas, test new approaches and learn from each other through a global community dedicated to improving learning outcomes through technology.

As an MIE Expert, educators build their capacity for using technology in the 21st century classroom and curriculum to improve student learning, advice Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology as well as acting as advocates at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning.

“Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of educators applying new ways of teaching and learning in their classrooms that motivate students and empower them to achieve more,” said Ahmed Ameen Ashour, Regional Education lead, Microsoft Gulf. “This year has been exceptional for Qatar with 47 educators awarded compared to 4 last year. This represents an increase of more than 1000% and is the result of establishing strategic partnerships with Ministries of Education which are transforming the region into a successful knowledge-based community. Qatar now has the highest number of educators enrolled in the program for the Gulf region” added Ahmed. As part of the recognition, selected representatives from Qatar will have an opportunity to attend the Microsoft Exchange event taking place in Budapest, Hungary in March 2016 which will be attended by more than 300 MIEs worldwide. The event is a global platform for MIEs to share their insights with Microsoft on new educational products and tools as well as exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.

Commenting on this, Ms. Muna Al-Kuwari; Director of Training and Educational Development Center of the Supreme Education Council, said, “This initiative is well aligned with our strategy to develop national legislation to encourage technology transfers, support innovation and establish global contractual partnerships in the education sector. Putting technology into a classroom will enable us to strengthen our economy and create greater talent. We value Microsoft’s support and we look forward to a long-term association with the company to further support educators in Qatar. ”Microsoft Qatar General Manager Naim Yazbeck said: “Microsoft Qatar’s own National Plan closely mirrors the four pillars of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and National Development Strategy, overlaying each with technology solutions. With the Microsoft Innovative Educator program we are able to assist educators in creating a knowledge-based society in Qatar, empowering the local population to achieve their vision.”

Technology is a game changer in the classroom, with today's students growing up being able to master using the latest devices as if it's second nature. With the rapid growth of technology in the classroom, teachers are seeking interactive professional development opportunities that support this evolution.

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