Perhaps unlike ever before, learning in 2021 occurred in a wide variety of classroom settings. But no matter where it took place—remotely, in person, or in hybrid environments—schools and educators showed great flexibility as they worked to meet students’ academic and social-emotional needs. As we reflect on and celebrate the year, we’re inspired by how classrooms evolved and how educators used our technology and resources to adapt and support student learning.
Here are just a few of the new tools and resources that supported learning this year:
Building community and skills among educators:
- Professional development events: The year kicked off with BettFest 2021, a free, three-day virtual event loaded with professional development opportunities and energizing keynotes from industry leaders.
- Teacher trainings: Educators enjoyed an array of free Microsoft Store trainings to help them kick off back-to-school season even more prepared.
- Educator networks: Educators and schools continued to use our networking communities and programs to learn, innovate and successfully share valuable information amid the pandemic. We celebrated them when we welcomed the new, 2021-2022 class of Showcase Schools and MIE Experts.
- Office Hours – for teachers!: Virtual Office Hours, designed by and for educators, provides teachers with quick, two to three-minute videos that explore how they can leverage Microsoft resources and tools to build a better classroom for tomorrow.