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

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Integrating Kodu and gaming into the classroom

    Being a gamer myself, I’ve always been attuned to the potential for gaming to become more than just an entertainment device. I think leveraging video games in the classroom can not only stimulate thinking and help develop problem solving and logic skills, but also inspire and excite kids about learning...
  • 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...
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