For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2012
Contact: Amy Wong, SVEF
Connie Skipitares, SVEF (408) 790-9451
SILICON VALLEY TEACHERS NAMED FINALISTS
IN MICROSOFT COMPETITION
SAN JOSE, CA. – Four Silicon Valley teachers who created innovative projects incorporating technology into classroom learning were named finalists in the Innovator Educator Competition sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning.
The competition was held Saturday at Foothill College as part of the ShiftED tech forum, which was also hosted by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Krause Center for Innovation.
The finalists are Jennifer Hogan, of Gunn High School in Palo Alto; Gregg Witkin, of Boynton Continuation High School in Campbell, and the team of Natalie Bernasconi, of La Paz Middle School in Salinas, and Gail Desler, of the Elk Grove School District in Elk Grove.
Hogan’s project focuses on students transforming still photos into videos; Witkins’ project has students creating documentaries and music videos, and Bernasconi and Desler’s project teaches students how to be good digital citizens.
The teachers will now go on to compete at the nationals at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA. July 31 – Aug. 1, with the chance to proceed to the global contest later in the year in Athens, Greece.
''These are exceptional teachers creating new classroom environments every day and paving the way for classrooms of the future,'' said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. ''Technology is the critical tool for 21st century learning.''
''It is inspiring to see innovation happening across the diversity of classrooms represented by these projects,'' said Rob Bayuk, Program Director for Microsoft Partners in Learning. ''These educators are positively impacting students through the creative use of technology to advance their learning goals, which exemplifies the intent of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. We are honored to invite them to join the national forum this summer.''
, of La Paz Middle School in Salinas, and Gail Desler
, of the Elk Grove School District in Elk Grove
, of Boynton Continuation High School in Campbell
, of Gunn High School in Palo Alto
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