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Marcia Daley-Savo, sixth grade social studies and English language arts teacher at John Jay Middle School, has been named a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert for the second year in a row. She joins the more than 6,700 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide. 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.
“I am very interested in finding new ways to enhance student engagement and make learning both memorable and fun,” said Daley-Savo. “I am particularly interested at looking for ways to infuse technology use into units of study that are already in place.”
“Marcia Daley-Savo’s expertise in technology, and the effectiveness of implementation in the classroom setting is exemplary,” said Rich Leprine, Principal of John Jay Middle School. “Her work results in a high level of student and staff learning.”
John Jay Middle School’s technology curriculum includes units of study on coding, architecture, sustainability, robotics, and engineering.
“The engineering design process is a common thread that runs from grades six to twelve,” said Tina Russo, John Jay Middle School’s instructional leader for technology. “It allows students to research and create prototypes and then modify according to testing of the project.”
Middle school students rotate between technology, Home and Careers, and art classes on a ten or twenty day schedule.
New this year: A technology teacher will work in conjunction with the classroom teacher to incorporate technology into academic subjects. The enrichment program will begin with internet safety and digital citizenship, and move to instructing students on the full use of the Office 365 suite which includes advanced lessons in Word, Excel, and Power Point.