The Maine Department of Education and Microsoft are collaborating to offer educators the opportunity to participate in a program from March 2019 to June 2019. The program will focus on leveraging free technology tools available to Maine educators to create more inclusive classrooms. A Microsoft Learning Consultant will lead these sessions.
Technology can create opportunities for students to have more independence and agency over their learning. Leveraging technology to remove barriers to learning can result in and also lead to improved student achievement. During these sessions, educators will learn to integrate several free technology tools to better serve students. These sessions are free for Maine educators.
Educators will receive on-going professional learning support related to the following tools that are designed to support the development of inclusive classrooms: Learning Tools, Accessibility Tools, Sway, Office Lens, One Note, Microsoft Teams, Translator, and Microsoft Inking. They will:
- Attend two in-person workshops
- Participate in a facilitated online Professional Learning Community in Microsoft Teams
- Participate in two webinars (in April and early May) – dates to be determined.
Educators who participate in all parts of the program can earn up to 16 Contact Hours.
Note that registration for each location will be limited to 50 participants.
|Inclusive Classrooms Part 1
March 27th, 2019 – Augusta
March 28th, 2019 – Gorham
March 29th, 2019 – Bangor
|Inclusive Classrooms Part 2
May 29th, 2019 – Augusta
May 30th, 2019 – Bangor
May 31st, 2019 – Gorham
Who should register?
All educators are invited to register, though space is limited in each session. If districts want to focus their participation on certain educators, the tools can be very helpful the work of: Special Education Directors and Teachers, Teachers of English Language Learners, School Leaders, Curriculum Coordinators, Technology Integrators, and Library Media Specialists.
Inclusive Classrooms Part 1
Register by 3/8 if you want Microsoft to bring a device for you to use, otherwise, register by 3/20 and plan to bring a device with Microsoft OneNote, Word, Powerpoint, etc.
March 27th, 2019 – Augusta (Registration Form)
March 28th, 2019 – Gorham (Registration Form)
March 29th, 2019 – Bangor (Registration Form)
Inclusive Classrooms Part 2
Register by 5/10 if you want Microsoft to bring a device for you to use, otherwise, register by 5/20 and plan to bring a device with Microsoft OneNote, Word, Powerpoint, etc.
May 29th, 2019 – Augusta (Registration Form)
May 30th, 2019 – Bangor (Registration Form)
May 31st, 2019 – Gorham (Registration Form)
Note: Please communicate with your technology director to be sure that you and your students will be able to access Office 365 tools (free to schools) on your devices and network.
For additional information or answers to questions, please contact:
Digital Learning Specialist
Maine Department of Education