As a member of partners in learning for 10 years Redmond-based Microsoft has been hosting the U.S. Innovative Education that has teachers from all over the nation showing off the unique ways they have developed to use technology in the classrooms. The first two rounds were held Thursday and Friday at Microsoft’s Redmond campus where the number of participants is paired down to just over 100 finalist and this year that list includes a dozen teachers from Washington State.
Jeff would like to take the time to thank each one of the teachers for coming up with exciting and creative to bring the latest technology into the classrooms and encourage the children. There is one teacher in particular that not only has an innovative use of technology but has also gone as far as setting up her own site to share ideas with other teachers on how to make education better. Her name is Betsy Weigle, an elementary teacher from Spokane, and her project is connecting the classroom with Skype and PowerPoint. The project involves her classroom link to classes in North Caroline using Skype and sharing information, with PowerPoint presentations and videos they have created, on native American studies . Here is a quote from her website about the project “The point is that they’ll learn a bit about video production and how to use the actual equipment and programs, and a lot about how to use different technologies to reinforce and capture knowledge, which is exactly what they will be doing in just a few years at their first jobs…no matter what field the end up in.”
Betsy Weigle is an award winning teacher that specializes in grades 3 – 5 with over 10 years of experience in the Spokane district. She started her website last year for share her ideas on effect education. Besides her website she is also on LinkedIn and Twitter. Before going into the teaching profession she was a part-time school secretary and a parent volunteer