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

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  • Blog Post: U.S. Teachers Leading a Learning Revolution

    I was excited to be able to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum last week in Redmond where 100 educators from 25 states showcased their innovative classroom projects to vie for a spot to compete at the Partners in Learning Global Forum later this year. The event is not just a competition...
  • Blog Post: Recommendations for Providing Accessible Technology for Students to Enhance Personalized Learning

    We believe that everyone should have access to technology. One way Microsoft is helping to transform education for teachers and students with disabilities is through our global partnerships. UNESCO is one of many partners we work with because we share a commitment to digital inclusion in education―inclusive...
  • Blog Post: The Time is Now to Move to Competency-based Teacher Professional Development

    At the recent Education World Forum in London, UNESCO’s Director General Irena Bokova created a buzz when she announced a new version of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers . This framework identifies key competencies that enable teachers to help prepare a 21st century workforce by...
  • Blog Post: Join the new Partners in Learning Network today and start spreading ideas to improve education worldwide

    I’m delighted to officially announce the launch of our revamped Partners in Learning Network here at the BETT Show in London. Originally launched in 2009, the new community site is now open to teachers and school leaders in over 115 countries, and has been enhanced with many new features and resources...
  • Blog Post: Expanding Partners in Learning to Higher Education

    The Partners in Learning program is a flagship program for Microsoft's work in education, and one of the things that I'm most proud of as a Microsoft employee. It started eight years ago and is the company’s 10-year $500 million commitment to invest, support and celebrate the work of teachers around...
  • 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: 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: Update from the road...Education in Greece, France and Sweden

    A quick update from on the road… I've been traveling a lot recently to both help Microsoft plan for our upcoming fiscal year, as well as meeting with customers as the school year winds down in parts of the world. I just had a very interesting visit in three countries that all have very different...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Supports Safer Internet Day

    As technology has advanced in our lives…and increasingly the way in which we communicate, collaborate, consume information and content…I think the pace at which technology has evolved has probably outpaced some of the fundamentals that we've trained our kids on how to be safe in the world...
  • 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: 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: Partnering with UNESCO to connect global literacy experts through technology

    Microsoft is a huge proponent of improving literacy skills around the world, partnering with UNESCO and supporting UNESCO as it leads the United Nations Literacy Decade with the goal of increasing literacy rates by 50% by 2015. I had the opportunity to attend the International Literacy Day conference...
  • Blog Post: Education reform in Houston and connecting with corporations to help

    When I met with Houston ISD recently, it was exciting to reconnect with a U.S. school district that's in a very rapid and aggressive mode of change. Driven by Greg Valdez, the Chief Technology Officer, Greg and his team have not only a vision for technology's impact in Houston, but they are really thinking...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring teachers at the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum in Berlin

    I am fresh from a trip to Europe where I had a chance to see teachers from 40 different countries compete and collaborate at the Microsoft European Innovative Education Forum (IEF) in Berlin. At this regional Partners in Learning event, 80 schools applied for the competition and we awarded twelve winners...
  • Blog Post: Good example of building an identity strategy

    Earlier this year, I blogged about the value of identity and the work Microsoft is doing with the Lake Washington School District to deploy the “Geneva” platform to provide students, parents, teachers and staff easier access to education materials and information. Since then, “Geneva”…now officially...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learned from the School of the Future in Philadelphia opens dialogue on nationwide school reform

    You’re going to hear us talk a lot about the School of the Future in Philadelphia in the next year. The School of the Future is a unique partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft to create a sustainable and replicable model for improved instruction and systemic reform through...
  • 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: Building Better Learning Environments with Green Schools

    In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share with you some ideas on how to “go green.” Some of you are thinking about using stimulus dollars for school modernization, renovations and repairs. You probably want to lower your maintenance and operating costs, especially in this tough economy. You want...
  • Blog Post: Breaking from traditional learning models? Look to non-traditional institutions for inspiration.

    I spent the early part of the week in Indiana and Maryland…aside from the excitement of seeing the new Indianapolis airport (when you travel as much as I do these things are really important) I was again reminded of the holistic focus, pragmatic approach, and speed of execution of our community college...
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