Innovative ways to use technology in the classroom will be in the spotlight this weekend.

Microsoft will host its first Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert hui in Auckland, with an open invitation to educators.

The hui will bring together the country’s ‘MIE Experts’ — a group of teachers selected by Microsoft each year who use technology in innovative ways to improve student outcomes across the curriculum and help them succeed in a digital world.

However, all teachers would be able to attend the hui on Saturday afternoon, during free immersive sessions.

Microsoft education manager Anne Taylor said the sessions have been designed to share how different tools could be used in the classroom to teach concepts like computational thinking and creativity.

“Designed by teachers, for teachers, the hui will be an amazing experience for everyone who attends. What I love about these teachers is that they bring a growth mindset to everything that they do. They’ve organised this hui, whilst continuing to teach our children, and believe in the concepts of sharing and collaboration.”

She said more than 60 teachers across the country were part of the MIE network, ranging from small rural primary schools to large urban high schools.

“With the new national curriculum prescribing the use of technology from age five up, across almost all subjects, we need to provide opportunities to upskill our teachers and give them confidence in the digital environment.”

When: 14-15 July at the Microsoft House in Auckland

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