CUE and Microsoft have teamed up for a global collaboration – bringing the masses free, universal access to an entire suite of live and recorded EdTech resources, Master Class sessions, and personalized office educators with educators and authors in the field.

The project – a collaboration between CUE leaders Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez and Jon Corippo, and Microsoft Product Manager Mike Tholfsen – will bring free professional development to teachers now through August 2020. Corippo states, “CUE’s goal is that this worldwide event will inspire and inform educators and instruction worldwide, providing more effective uses of EdTech and pedagogical practices in this historic time of change.”

Tholfsen is excited about the partnership between Microsoft and CUE. “With the swift move to distance learning around the globe, we’ve seen an incredible demand from educators and schools for information on tools, processes, and fundamental shifts in how to teach in this new way,” he states. “Microsoft Education felt it was important to work with experts around the globe to provide free professional development and help educators and schools quickly ramp up and adapt during these unprecedented times.”

Sessions will focus on providing resources, training, and expertise to help schools, educators, students, and their families navigate distance learning with Microsoft Tools. Over the course of the next 17-weeks, hundreds of sessions will be provided – all of them recorded and FREE for educators to view online. Some of the featured educator presenters include the likes of Matt Miller, Holly Clark, Ken Shelton, Michael Cohen, and Sara Thomas.

Office hours will bring personalized users live guidance and support to help teachers meet their unique educational needs and objectives, learn about new tools and ideas for implementation, and get specific questions answered. Tholfsen states, “We hope that educators have the opportunity to learn and practice with new tools to support their efforts, as well as supporting students. The speakers and webinar leaders are experts in their field, and we hope that educators have a change to go to the sessions, as well as office hours, to learn and engage with these education leaders. With many conferences being cancelled, this can provide a change to get valuable professional development, and grow your PLN. We also hope educators have some fun!”

Master Classes empower educators to be in charge of their own professional learning. These classes are taught by subject matter experts in the field and focus on Microsoft Tools. Sessions are catered to fit the needs of any learner – from beginners through experts.

Both CUE and Microsoft are committed to getting educators what they need during this time.

Tholfsen states, “Microsoft Education has focused on providing free, inclusive and time-saving tools for educators during this challenging time. We have free tools on all platforms, such as Windows, Mac, web, iPad and Android, and we’ve been making rapid updates to tools like Microsoft Teams. We also have focused deeply on inclusion and accessibility, as including all students in the learning process is even more critical during distance learning. And of course, we want to provide as many free resources for training, professional development, and learning as possible.”

More information for the Global EdTech Academy can be viewed through the website here. The master schedule can be accessed here; sessions are updated weekly. To follow the event via Twitter, follow the hashtags #GETA, #MicrosoftEDU, and #WeAreCUE.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.

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