School’s in for summer at Microsoft Canada

On a day when most elementary schools shut down in Canada, Microsoft Canada is introducing Camp 21, a two-day professional development experience for K-12 teachers to be held in Toronto early next month.

Through the Microsoft Educator Network, the software powerhouse has created an interactive technology workshop to be held on July 7th and 8th at The Country Club in the Toronto-suburb of Woodbridge. Camp 21 will be the first of six national workshops for Microsoft Canada that is aimed to provide educators the technology tools and skill-sets necessary for the digital classroom of the future.

Camp 21 is targeted at teachers with a passion for empowering learning through technology. Sessions will feature Minecraft, OneNote, Office 365, and Sway. Upon completion of the summit, attendees will earn their Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) badge and receive a Camp 21 completion certificate. Future summits will be held in Montreal and Vancouver throughout the upcoming year.

Marc Seaman, vice president of education with Microsoft Canada, said technology is a game changer in the classroom and students today are growing up being able to master using the latest devices.

A report by People for Education found that 79 per cent of Ontario elementary schools report students start using computers in kindergarten.

Microsoft’s Camp 21 plans to deliver hands-on workshops to educators that are designed to increase knowledge and integration of technology tools.

Kaylyn Dorland, a teacher from Queen of Heaven Elementary School and a Microsoft’s Innovative Educator Expert, said Camp 21 will be a fun opportunity to not only further develop 21st century classroom skills, but to also share and be a part of the technology training with the new Microsoft Sway.

Microsoft Sway is an Office app for displaying ideas across devices. It enables users to implement text along with other media and make it a presentable Web site.

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