For the past year, contributors to the Hot Topics on Microsoft’s Educator Network have worked hard to create a blog that gives teachers and educators insight into effective instruction. All of that hard work has finally paid off, because the blog earned 3rd place for the Best Group Blog in 2013 by Edublog Awards.

This wouldn't have been possible without the contribution of our blog topic leaders including Chris Gerry, Richard Olsen and Adrian Blight. All with a passion for education, Chris, Adrian and Richard offer training and innovative curriculum ideas that help educators take their lessons to the next level. From virtual learning to implementing an ICT, Chris, Richard and Adrian continue to drive significant changes in the education community.

Our guest bloggers also helped bring our blog to the top. Suzie Boss and her inspirational post about creating new project ideas was extraordinary. Tom Vander Ark's post about how to advance personalized learning gave educators new ideas for tapping into young minds; from our all-star Expert Educator group Leah Obach outlined excellent yet simple methods to implement project based learning in the classroom. Lastly, Saba Adnan representing educators in the Middle East offered insight into how educators can set budgets for education innovation.

Diversity Is a Growing Trend

One of the reasons we feel we have become so highly ranked is because we strive to offer a diverse blend of topics for educators. From offering insight from around the globe to tackling diverse topics, such as:

  • Project based learning
  • Personalized learning
  • 1:1 learning
  • Management for school leaders

Our community of contributors take on larger educational issues, such as the difficulties of implementing certain types of teaching in certain countries or how it can be difficult to create a budget for innovation.

The teachers and educators that contribute to the Educator Network are passionate about making this industry continue to expand and that is evident by the great combination of content we already have on the blog. We look forward to seeing what the contributors to the Educator Network have in store for the world next.