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

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  • Blog Post: Cool new devices for schools at CES

    I’m back in the office after a quick trip to Las Vegas for CES . I love to walk the show floor each year to see all the new gadgets, not just because it’s fun to tinker with new technology, but because I like to get a first look at the new innovations that could be most useful when applied...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Tribal

    One of the things schools are increasingly looking towards is the use of technology and data to create an opportunity for transformation and optimization of student learning opportunities. I’ve blogged previously about how schools are using data better to drive more successful student outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: SunGard

    As technology in higher education continues to evolve and become more mission critical to operations across systems and learning environments…administrators are seeking new ways to evolve their current platforms. They’re also looking to embrace cloud technologies, mobile devices, as well...
  • 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: 2011 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year -- Desire2Learn

    I’ve spent some time in Los Angeles this week at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) meeting with partners, talking about business opportunities to build on the Microsoft platform to deliver new solutions to the education market and celebrating their successes. This year...
  • Blog Post: Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 helping schools save money and make 1:1 computing real

    In my 19 years at Microsoft, I've never seen a product evolve as much as Microsoft MultiPoint Server has in such a short period of time. Buying more computers to provide more students with access to technology is not the only expense schools are worried about…there are also budget considerations...
  • Blog Post: Making access to technology a reality via Shape the Future

    One of the initiatives I'm most proud of is the work we do around Shape the Future . It's really all about making access to technology a right and not a privilege for every student on the planet. And increasingly this is a priority for governments and schools throughout the world. As we think about...
  • Blog Post: Will “Waiting for ‘Superman’” provoke the change we need?

    There’s certainly lots of controversy surrounding the movie " Waiting for ‘Superman’ "… some debate around the value of charter schools, the impact of unions and criticism of teachers. However, some things no one can deny… one, we have to celebrate and encourage great...
  • Blog Post: New technology for back to school in Ocala, Florida

    I was in Ocala, Florida recently to talk to about 500 teachers and administrators about how they can incorporate technology into their classrooms as they prepare for the upcoming school year and learn about new technology the district is rolling out. This Technology Day for Marion County Public Schools...
  • Blog Post: Using the Microsoft Platform to Drive Institutional Effectiveness

    These are extremely challenging times for higher education institutions that are struggling with the balance between efficiency and cost cutting, and maintaining and improving their overall effectiveness. While $2.4 trillion is spent on education every year worldwide, effectiveness of spend can be as...
  • Blog Post: Schools Using Microsoft Technology To Crunch Data And Help Address The Dropout Problem

    On Microsoft’s On The Issues blog today, I wrote about how we, as a society, cannot accept the current and alarming rate of high school dropouts. Students need not only a high school diploma but further education to be able to compete and succeed in today’s increasingly challenging global...
  • Blog Post: Conversation with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    At our US Public Sector CIO Summit event recently, I had to opportunity to catch up with Susan Johnson, the CIO at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. I always love talking to Susan. She not only has passionate energy for her work, but she has tremendous insights on the progress that she...
  • Blog Post: Schools reinventing education with Windows 7 and more...

    It’s going to be an exciting year here at Microsoft as we are introducing a wave of new innovative software. This fall, we are helping institutions and IT professionals optimize PC environments, increase productivity and expand innovation in the classroom with Windows 7 , consolidate servers with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: University of Miami Saves Money, Delivers More with Virtualization

    Both K12 and higher education institutions are increasingly looking to virtualization as an opportunity to save money, to save the environment and to deliver more value to their constituents. We believe that Microsoft technology supported by Windows Server provides a tremendous option for schools thinking...
  • 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: Gearing up for NECC in Washington, D.C.

    I travel constantly and while I have the privilege of visiting and getting inspired by institutions all across the US every day…it makes the year pass by very quickly. That’s one of the reasons I really appreciate big education industry events, and NECC is certainly one of my favorites. In addition to...
  • Blog Post: IT Resources to Help You Weather Economic Climate Change

    As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, and many school districts and institutions are learning their budget downfalls are now even steeper…the pressure is on to cut costs and services. I believe information technology can play an important role in helping you respond to this rapidly changing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at NECC 2009

    When you travel as much as I do, it is sometimes helpful to have tent-pole events to mark the year and help you look back on progress made and goals for next year. For most people, holidays and birthdays fit the bill. For me (and it’s somewhat pathetic, I know), I mark my year with Microsoft’s fiscal...
  • Blog Post: Sorting out the Stimulus...Understanding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

    As institutions and individuals cope with the implications of the current economy, there are new obstacles to overcome and new challenges to be met. These hurdles will require our schools and school leaders to bring new thinking to all aspects of learning and effectively embrace opportunities made available...
  • Blog Post: Video of the Week: AeA 21st Century Learning Symposium

    I want to thank Ed Longanecker for providing a recap of the 21st Century Learning conversation that took place in Springfield, IL last week. Good opportunity to share perspectives on this important topic. Special thanks to students of the Lincoln Magnet School in Springfield, IL for their participation...
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