Last week, I began one the learning pathways offered through the Microsoft’s Innovative Educator (MIE) Program. The pathways, unlike the individual courses, are bundled to provide a professional development pathway. I chose Teaching with Technology, a four-parter that centered around Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and finding “the appropriate technologies to match (y)our teaching activities and aims”. At its core, and as someone who’s been part of the #sisrocks community, the message, was a familiar one.
Gardner reminds us that “Technology [cannot] dictate educational goals. A pencil can be used to write Shakespearean sonnets or copy homework. The Internet can be used to engender enlightenment or hatred” In other words, before we can embrace any new technology, we must have a firm grasp of what our educational goals are and how, in this case, technology can help us achieve them.
As I moved through the learning pathway, this message kept resurfacing both in the structure of the course and it’s resources, all of which were clearly embedded into each module. Similar to the SAMR model, the courses adhered to a bigger hierarchy, in this case Microsoft’s E-transformation stages.
Additionally, all of the courses ended with a summary and a quiz one had to pass in order to proceed to the next course. The nice thing is that you can take the quizzes as many times as you need. There are also badges and a points system to help you styay on track and advance through the program. All in all, the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Program is similar to the other certification programs such as ADE and Google programs for teachers, in that it is a great way to take your career to the next level.
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