This week, about 250 educators from 64 different countries converged in Hong Kong at the Innovative Teachers Forum, sponsored by Microsoft, to talk about different ways to use technology in classrooms across the globe. Today, some of those teachers were recognized for their exceptional and innovative work in ed tech.
Although our focus here at Digital Directions is mostly on education in the U.S., the more I report on ed tech, the more undeniable it is that we are actually living in a global learning environment that values collaboration between nations. Reading through the winners of this year’s Innovative Teachers of the Year, it’s clear that those values are at the forefront of the most creative and innovative teachers, and technology is bringing the world into the classroom in a way that has never before been possible.
If you have the time, it’s worth reaching back into the archives to read the 2004 Technology Counts report, “Global Links: Lessons from the World,” which examined how educational technology was being used in schools around the world. That report was a very ambitious and interesting project.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.