Ursuline Academy of Dallas has been selected by Microsoft as a 2017-2018 Microsoft Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students.
The school was also recognized for using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.
Ursuline joins an exclusive community of more than 850 premier schools from around the world, recognized to celebrate their truly pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning, and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies.
Ursuline has brought innovation to the classroom through language labs, Skype, Sway, and Microsoft's OneNote, which includes a collaborative space to teach each lesson. Engineering students also use Tinkercad and OpenScad with 3D printers.
"Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is an amazing honor and recognition of the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible," said Director of Technology Anne Robertson. "We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom."
As a Showcase School, Ursuline 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," said Microsoft Worldwide Education Vice President Anthony Salcito. "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.