Jamie Ewing Takes Top Honors in Microsoft Education Forum

Burien, WA – Jamie Ewing, a fifth grade teacher at Mount View Elementary, was awarded top honors in Microsoft’s Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. He is one of 16 educators in the nation honored for inspiring student learning and impacting positive change through technology in the classroom.

The Forum annually recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way students learn.

Ewing won first place in the Collaboration category for “Using Technology to Develop Science Fair Projects for the Virtual World.”

“Our cloud-based science fair takes the idea of the ‘old school’ card board science fair and spins it into the 21st century,” says Ewing. Students begin by exploring earth systems and designing related science experiments. Students present their experiments as interactive web games, videos or PowerPoint presentations. The digital presentations are stored on a Windows Live SkyDrive, so students can bring their ideas to other schools around the world. Once data is collected and experiments are finished, student groups use their findings to create a project addressing environmental damage. Community presentations are made in person and also via Skype.

Thousands of teachers from across the country applied for the U.S Forum, and 100 were selected to compete. The 16 U.S. winners advance to the Partners in Learning Global Forum, held in Prague in November.

“These winning educators are catalysts for change and are the best in the nation at embracing technology to inspire and engage students and help transform education in their local communities,” said Andrew Ko, general manager, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft.