Microsoft has joined with the Scripps National Spelling Bee to help integrate technology and expand the learning resources available for students and schools today. The organization named Microsoft as the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Technology Champion.
“Like the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Microsoft is deeply committed to supporting educators and educational programs. In fact, since 2003, Microsoft has partnered with educators to impact more than 207 million students in 119 countries,” said Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “Through this relationship, both the Bee and Microsoft will be able to better support educators and educational programs.”
As part of this collaboration, there will be innovative tools from Microsoft that will help promote learning, including:
- A free Windows 8 spelling app for teachers and students available in the next few weeks on the Microsoft in Education download page.
- For schools enrolled in Bing for Schools ad-free, safer, more private search, there will be special spelling-related surprises for certain queries.
- Starting today, Microsoft’s student-friendly, ad-free Bing for Schools search engine offers a free, weekly Spelling Bee lesson plan. The lesson plans will also be available on Microsoft’s Partners in Learning page.
- Starting tomorrow, Bing for Schools daily Word of the Day will be available on the Bee’s Facebook page.
Microsoft also released a statement:
“Spelling is a vital component for communicating, a skill highly valued in the best jobs of today and in the future,” said Margo Day, vice president of U.S. Education, Microsoft. “Microsoft has long been committed to ensuring all students have access to innovative and immersive technology that both inspires and improves their education experience, so collaborating with the 87-year legacy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee as the technology champion is an honor for us.”
The 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place on May 27, 28 and 29 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Championship Finals will be broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday, May 29 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Source: Microsoft Education Blog