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Education news, trends, and highlights by Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education – a game changer for teaching and learning

    The cloud and online learning are key trends and opportunities to transform education today. And with today’s launch and availability of Office 365 for education , schools now have a holistic collaboration platform that will change the game. As schools face ever-tightening budgets and the pressure...
  • Blog Post: More than 4.5 million Catholic School Students to Receive Microsoft Office 365 for Education

    Sharing my blog post from The Official Microsoft Blog ... Today, the Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) took an exciting step toward delivering a brighter future for Catholic students around the world, demonstrating there is no greater resource to invest in than that of youth. Recognizing...
  • Blog Post: India Ministry Selects Live@Edu in Microsoft’s Largest Cloud Deployment Ever to 7.5 Million People

    This week, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) branch of India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development made a big bet on delivering a brighter future for not only India’s up-and-comers, but for the future of India itself. Recognizing that an educated population is...
  • Blog Post: The importance on assessing students’ 21st century skills, not just math, science and reading

    (Cross-post from the Microsoft EMEA Press Centre blog.) This week, Microsoft is taking part in the annual Education World Forum in London. For us, it’s a great opportunity to meet with education ministers from around the globe and hear about the different issues facing their countries. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Commits to Bring Digital Access and Skills Training to 1M U.S. Students

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of combining my personal passion with my profession on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to announce that Microsoft will bring digital access to one million students from low-income families. The video of our announcement can be found here . (Photo...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Teaching & Learning Research Project

    During my visits I often have the great fortune of seeing best practices truly transforming schools and classrooms. I get to hear and learn from educators who are making magic happen for their students…and while I’m always inspired and energized…I am often challenged by the recognition...
  • Blog Post: Taking Action: State of the Union

    By 2035, today’s preschoolers and kindergarteners will be entering the workforce. The students of today are laying the core building blocks for the workforce of 2035. That is why I applaud the focus from President Obama’s State of the Union address last week focused on innovation, education...
  • Blog Post: Preparing Today’s Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

    Sharing my blog post published today on the Microsoft On The Issues blog here ... This week, people from around the world will gather at two education events in London – the Education World Forum (EWF) and the BETT trade show – to discuss how technology can help improve the state of education...
  • Blog Post: Learning new skills at Kodu Kamp

    I spent some time recently with teachers and students at the FUSE Lab's Kodu Kamp in Redmond, Wa. I've blogged a lot about technology and students' appetite for technology as it relates to gaming, how content can come alive and students can get more excited about learning via gaming. Kodu represents...
  • Blog Post: Challenges with optimizing curriculum for state assessments, grades and competencies

    I always enjoy talking to Kurt Madden, and learning more about his progress and vision for Fresno Unified School District . They're making significant strides with regards to the use of technology and its potential impact on student achievement in the classroom. I met up with Kurt at our recent U...
  • Blog Post: Measuring the impact of technology in the classroom

    I think we can all recognize the greatness and the magic that happens with our students is driven typically by the hard work, the commitment, and the talent of teachers around the world. Therefore, it's critical we find a way to capture their successes, share them broadly and scale that kind of impact...
  • Blog Post: Students take a new role in the teaching and learning process

    I wanted to share my blog post appearing on the “Microsoft On The Issues” blog…it’s about infusing service-learning and technology in the classroom and a new initiative we launched called the Service & Technology Academic Resource Team (START). I am very excited about this milestone as a result...
  • Blog Post: Today’s kindergartners, tomorrow’s workforce

    (Cross-posted from The Microsoft Blog ) Today’s kindergartners will retire around 2075. They will likely look back at 2010 as a quaint time, the way many of us remember the time before VCRs, color television and the Internet. Now is an important time for us to think about their future: What kind of...
  • Blog Post: The need to prioritize rural education

    I attended the National Community Education Association’s ( NCEA ) annual conference last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona where they held the first national forum on “Revitalizing America’s Rural Communities.” Every child has the right to a quality education…and improving access and opening up opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Make science fun by becoming a Martian

    I know the day will come when I read about the growing numbers of students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instead of always seeing stories about the current education crisis . There are many ideas out there for how education leaders worldwide can make sure their...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Software Donation Helps Students Gain Career Skills

    Some level of technology skills is required in almost every profession and job these days. A recent IDC report commissioned by Microsoft showed that global spending on IT will create 5.8 million new jobs by 2013…so what are we doing to make sure our students are prepared? Today, we announced the donation...
  • Blog Post: Improving teaching & learning in Kenya with 1:1 computing

    Access to education is certainly one of the world’s most pressing problems. This week at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City, we are making a number of commitments to partner with industry leaders and governments to provide access to technology to drive change in local communities...
  • Blog Post: Industry trends surface at NECC

    I had the pleasure of attending the National Educational Computing Conference ( NECC ) in DC earlier this month...and as I’ve said before…these big signature education events are a good occasion for me to connect with our customers and partners in one place. It’s also an opportunity to see broader industry...
  • Blog Post: Assessments...are we doing it all wrong?

    As part of the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) this week in Washington, D.C., I attended the Global Education Competitiveness Summit (GECS) . The purpose of the event was to start a dialogue about international assessments, to discuss how to get students in the US to perform better on...
  • Blog Post: Redesigning education with service-learning

    I’m on the West coast this week, and in San Francisco yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Corporation for National and Community Service organization’s 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We announced at the event that Microsoft and the Corporation are partnering to build...
  • Blog Post: Sign up your school for DreamSpark

    Everywhere you look, you see the impact of the global recession. The US economy is changing, and with it must our workforce change. Gone are the days when only highly-skilled “right brained” jobs required technology skills. In fact, more than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some technology skills;...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Elevate America

    I'm in Springfield, IL this week (up far too late)...preparing for both speaking at and attending the AeA 21st Century Learning Environment Symposium . I am excited to see the increased focus on 21st century skills and the heightened recognition for need to prepare our students for the global workforce...
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