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MDSA selected as a Microsoft Showcase School!

Mount de Sales Academy recognized as a global leader in successful integration of technology with teaching and learning

Mount de Sales Academy  was selected by Microsoft as a 2016-2017 Microsoft Showcase School for their excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students. They are also recognized for using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.

MDSA joins an exclusive community of more than 850 premier schools from around the world, and one of only 25 United States schools, recognized to celebrate their truly pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies. 

Additionally, Lindsey Murphy, Educational Technology Director at MDSA, has been recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator expert. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. As an MIE Expert, educators build their capacity for using technology in both the classroom and curriculum to improve student learning, advise Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways and be an advocate at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning.

“At MDSA,” shares Mrs. Murphy, “teachers utilize Office 365 and Microsoft education resources to enhance the learning experience for students daily.  All students have Windows devices and teachers have Surface tablets for use in the classroom with docking stations and projectors. Teachers and students use OneNote Class Notebooks for communication of lesson materials and assignments, providing feedback, and collaboration. In addition, teachers create and deliver interactive lessons using OfficeMix and students demonstrate learning by making presentations collaboratively using PowerPoint and Sway.”

“We are excited to be recognized by Microsoft because from the beginning we have seen our technology journey to travel a slightly different path from many schools,” adds Principal Sister Mary Thomas.  “We have tried to focus on technology as an engagement tool which does not inhibit student communication and relationships in the classroom.  We continue to pursue the great good that technology can bring while focusing first and foremost on student communication and relationships.” 

As a Showcase School, MDSA will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.

“Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose-driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school” says Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalized education to students empowering them to achieve more.”

As well as being recognized on a global scale for their innovative approach to educating tomorrow’s workforce, Showcase Schools receive additional collaboration opportunities with other schools around the world, access to professional development opportunities, invitations to exclusive events, access to Microsoft Innovative Educators Experts (MIE Experts) on staff to help drive innovation and to support staff, peers and students, and more. 

For further information, please visit the Microsoft website.

Microsoft Innovative Educator expert

Lindsey Murphey, MDSA Educational Technology Director 

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