What is a Microsoft Showcase School?
As a Microsoft Showcase School, teachers incorporate Microsoft 365 technology into the curriculum and student assessments. They create student-centered inclusive experiences that instill the development of future-ready skills which empower the students to achieve more. To earn this esteemed designation, administrators and teachers completed a rigorous application process to demonstrate how the Ombudsman Charter School would utilize Microsoft 365 programming to enhance the students’ experience, share resources and increase efficiency.
- Ombudsman Charter East, an alternative learning program, was recently named a Microsoft Showcase School for a third time in a row for its commitment to innovation and educational transformation.
- In addition, Ombudsman Arizona Charters Metro and Northwest are also being recognized as first time Microsoft Showcase Schools.
- Charter Valencia and the Online Academy are recognized as Microsoft Incubator Schools.
How is the student experience different at a Microsoft Showcase school?
Students become proficient in utilizing basic Office software, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and utilize more advanced programming, such as Microsoft’s Teams platform for communication and OneNote for project management. Students use this technology to plan school-wide activities, share feedback on school events and complete classroom projects at least twice each semester. To ensure success, the school incorporates Microsoft 365 training into its orientation process so all students are prepared to use the technology from day one.
Students who want to increase their proficiency in Microsoft software to prepare for a career can pursue a Microsoft certification, proving their experience and expertise to potential employers. Ombudsman encourages students to complete the self-paced certification program and will cover the cost of the exam fee for students. For many, this certificate could open doors to careers previously unattainable without a college degree.
All Microsoft programming and devices necessary for students to accomplish these are furnished by MS Education, and free to students for use. Showcase school teachers are encouraged to participate in the MIE academy for continuing professional education and sharing their skills with their students.
The Benefits of a Microsoft Showcase School
When you engage in the immersive experiences of Microsoft Showcase classes, you join a global community of students with an interest in participating in the digital transformation happening today and well into the future. As a Showcase student, you’ll be taught by Microsoft Innovative Education Experts (MIE Experts) adept at working with technology in the classroom to create experiential learning opportunities.
All Ombudsman students benefit from personalized teaching employing 1:1 learning devices. And those studying for their certifications have the exclusive opportunity to learn and use state-of-the-art, evolving technology such as Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Education, OneNote, and many other industry-leading programs.