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Microsoft Innovative Educator Playground: It's A Small World After All

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Friday, December 4, 1:30–3:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jeff Bradbury  
Lisa Bray  
Shannon Davenport  
Noreen Dooley  
Felisa Ford  
Amy Fusarelli  
Eileen Heller  
Mark Henkels  
Merry Hofmeister  
Holly Holland  
Karey Killian  
Holly Lanham  
Diana McGhee  
John Pauls  
Mary Elizabeth Pearson  
Lisa Simmons  
Maria Turner  
Dr. Rosalyn Washington  
Jamie Wright  

Celebrate communication with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Community in experiential learning activities transforming and connecting learners everywhere. This community is dedicated to exchanging best practices to promote innovation in teaching and learning for all. Join us as we share how digital tools create a smaller more connected world.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Microsoft Educator Center
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this playground experience is to provide participants with a hands on experience and introduction of how Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are empowering learning for all. Explore various ways to reach every learner with Microsoft Tools.


Learning stations with free rotation for participants consisting of collaborative experiences for learners with the following tools.
Microsoft Innovative Educator Community
Learning Tools
Windows 10
Skype In the Classroom
E2 Global Exchange of Learners
Meaningful Collaboration and Feedback Using Microsoft TEAMS
Flipgrid for Student Voice
The playground is a fast paced learning environment with engaging learning options providing user choice. The larger screen areas will host global collaboration opportunities. Educators will share how collaborative learning experiences have been brought to life using Microsoft digital tools.

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Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast Educational Network / ER9 Sc
Lisa Bray, West Ada School District

Lisa Bray is a Digital Integration Specialist for the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho. She supports teachers and administrators in the implementation of technology in K-12 schools systematically to further instructional goals. She loves encouraging others to be innovative in their journey to become critical thinkers in the global world. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Microsoft Master Trainer, MIE Fellow and NCEE Professional Learning Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management; a Master of Education and is pursuing an Education Specialist degree. She has presented at educational conferences, including IETA, NCCE, FETC and ISTE.

Noreen Dooley, St. John Paul II Catholic School
Felisa Ford, Atlanta Public Schools

Felisa is a veteran educator with over 27 years of classroom and leadership experience. Currently, a Digital Learning Specialist with Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, GA, Felisa provides technology training and support for educators in her district and beyond. Felisa has earned numerous distinctions and certifications in EdTech such as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Master Trainer, and Minecraft Global Ambassador to name a few. Felisa is a co-author of the Microsoft Infused Classroom: A Guidebook to Making Thinking Visible and Amplifying Student Voice. Felisa is also a co-creator of the Minecraft Good Trouble Lessons (Social Justice).

Amy Fusarelli, Norwalk Public Schools
Eileen Heller, Education Service Unit 3

As an educator and leader with over 22 years of experience, I am passionate about building relationships and making connections to support growth and needed change to impact student learning. I serve as a natural team-leader, mentor, and developer of programs that guide educators and support leaders towards a common goal. Check out my blog at and follow me on social media @eileenheller. I also serve, share, and learn as an ISTE Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, BrainPop Certified Educator, Microsoft Global Learning Mentor, and #TeachSDGs Ambassador.

Mark Henkels, Ed To The Max

MS Math Teacher for 22 years in NY. Born, raised, and live in PA. Passion for all things Minecraft, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and a few other nerdy flavors. Beginner furniture maker. Spreadsheet junkie. Husband. Father to daughter and son. Lego collector. Crayola addict. One-time Pharmacy major. Still love Chemistry and Physics. Novice, but avid sunrise/sunset photographer. Current favorite EdTech stuff: OneNote, Whiteboard.Fi,, Minecraft. Stuff needing investigation: VR in the classroom, PowerApps, Meaning of Life. I enjoy every moment that I can share and learn about new tech with fellow educators!

Merry Hofmeister, Cherokee County School District
Karey Killian, Milton Area School District
Holly Lanham, NCCE

Holly has been in education for 20 years, 11 of them in Professional Learning support in the Office of Technology Innovation for Duval County Public Schools. With the multiple opportunities to speak at multiple international Conferences (including ISTE), Holly has been able to learn, grow, and build capacity to support teachers effectively through digital innovative tools within the district she serves. As part of the NCCE (Northeast Council for Computer Education) team she has the opportunity to serve multiple schools and districts throughout the country.

Diana McGhee, Identity Automation Pathfinder
John Pauls, John Lewis Designs, LLC./NCCE
Mary Elizabeth Pearson,

Mary Elizabeth is in her 24th year in education. She has taught at the elementary, middle, high school and university levels in Washington State, Athens, Greece and Merida, Mexico. These experiences have given Mary Elizabeth a unique perspective on change initiatives within the educational setting. She holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and an Administration Credential from John Hopkins. She is a MIE Expert and Minecraft Global Mentor. She is currently an interim Director of Technology for the Marysville School District in Marysville, WA and is a Professional Learning Specialist for the Northwest Council for Computer Education.

Lisa Simmons, University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Maria Turner, NCCE
Dr. Rosalyn Washington, University of Delaware
Jamie Wright,

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