Today, 100 educators from across the country are in Redmond to participate in the first day of the U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft’s premier educator recognition event. These teachers are being celebrated for their innovative use of technology in the classroom and their creative approaches are making a significant impact on their students as they learn new skills to help them prepare for their future.

Daphne Bradford of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles will be joining the festivities today. Bradford and her Digital Media Team students use the skills they’ve learned in digital photography and video production to teach California State Dominguez Hills Osher Lifelong Learning Institute students, ages 55 and older, how to make digital photo albums and movies. 

IEF is designed to give innovators the opportunity to meet top educators from around the country who are similarly passionate about improving education by infusing technology into projects and changing the lives of children. They are contending to move on to a bigger opportunity to compete and collaborate with educators from around the world at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington D.C., from November 6 through November 11.

At Microsoft, we understand the importance of a strong education and we are so inspired by these teachers who are changing the face of learning as we know it. Good luck to Bradford and the rest of the participating teachers! 

To find out more about IEF and what teachers will experience, please check out the Official Microsoft Blog.