Education Insights

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

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  • Blog Post: Teachers share their excitement for Office 365 for education at ISTE

    Last week, I attended ISTE in San Diego to help celebrate the launch of Office 365 for education . There have been lots of discussions with customers, but many were initiated by school leaders and teachers directly. They are not only incredibly excited about what the product is going to offer schools...
  • 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: A turning point for education? Trends to watch in 2012.

    Will the year 2012 prove to be a turning point for education? There’s certainly an ever-increasing spotlight on the quality of education and an interest to help improve it from all corners of society. As I travel around the world, I see many technology companies increasing their focus and investment...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Tops 22M Users, Grows 100 Percent Year Over Year

    (Sharing my blog post today from the Official Microsoft Blog ) Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing up every day, making Live@edu the most widely...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Global Education Partner Summit

    I have had a great time connecting with our education partners the last two weeks. Last week, we had an opportunity to talk about students and technology with a lot of our OEM partners from around the world. This week, at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, we hosted close to 200 education partners from...
  • Blog Post: Helping Haiti Schools Rebuild through the Cloud

    Updated 7:07 p.m. PST. This week’s anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti is a somber reminder of the enormous task ahead. With over one million still homeless, a cholera epidemic, and much of the country still reduced to rubble, the dream of “building back better” seems...
  • 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: Visiting one of Singapore’s most innovative schools

    When I traveled to Singapore the other month and I had the chance to visit Nan Chiau Primary School and join the school’s celebration for the launch of My Cloud. My Cloud is a project in partnership with Microsoft Research in Beijing where Nan Chiau is providing access to Chinese-based learning...
  • Blog Post: The cloud without compromise…introducing Office 365 for education

    I'm excited about the announcement of Office365 for education , which represents the evolution of Live@edu, and provides a game-changing opportunity for education in cloud computing. Office 365 for education builds off of the great platform we've established with Live@edu to provide a better experience...
  • Blog Post: Can schools afford computer labs?

    As some institutions around the world prepare to embark on a new school year, there is chatter in both K-12 and higher education about the reality of the challenges of managing computer labs. Schools are looking to optimize costs or optimize budget and save costs…tools to manage labs more effectively...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live@edu to help connect millions of students and parents in New York City Schools

    As someone who grew up in the Bronx, I am very excited about our first customer win as a result of our partnership with ePals. New York City Schools has chosen ePals SchoolMail service to bring an email learning solution to about two million students and parents…and Live@edu will be used on the...
  • Blog Post: K-12 Schools…Taking the Microsoft Cloud by Storm

    I’ve talked a lot about the value of Live@edu in higher education on this blog, and that’s not to say there’s isn’t demand in the K-12 space…in fact, we are seeing huge spikes of interest from school districts and Ministries of Education around the world. The Kentucky Department...
  • Blog Post: ePals and other partners building new Live@edu services

    By now, I hope you have seen the press coverage in ZDNET and eSchool News . Microsoft announced a new technical collaboration agreement with ePals , and we will work with them to make Live@edu available to their customers, and in the future, Office Web Apps and features of SharePoint Online. Around the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Agilix

    The quality and the support of our partner ecosystem is, I think, a big reason why Microsoft is so successful. We have evolved into a company that really relies on a set of diverse partners to provide rich solutions to customers of all types and of all needs. By embracing a wide variety of partners,...
  • Blog Post: Education trends to watch for in 2010

    As I reflect on 2009…what did and did not come to full fruition since I wrote this post last year …and what lies ahead for the year 2010, many different trends and topics come to mind. I’ll try to distill my list down to a handful of key themes and thoughts I’ve developed from being on the road this...
  • 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: More Universities Choose Microsoft Cloud Computing Solutions

    The U.S. Education team is in Denver this week at the 2009 Annual Educause Conference . We are excited to talk to and listen to higher education institutions about how we can work together to bring new, innovative technology to lecture halls around the world to create personalized learning experiences...
  • 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: Identity Is Key

    Sorry about the geekiness of the joke in the title of this blog post…but it’s truly the case that a school's journey to deliver personalized and adaptive learning to students starts with building a strong and integrated foundation on identity. As students bounce between schools, subjects, and modalities...
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