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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...
14 Jul 2011
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...
18 Feb 2011
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...
27 May 2010
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...
18 Mar 2010
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...
9 Mar 2010
Good discussions at the U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit
I spent two days this week in Redmond at our 8th annual U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit . I like these annual events because they provide us with the opportunity to deeply connect with customers. I also love them because the event serves as an annual reflection point, so we can see year-over-year what...
27 Feb 2010
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...
28 Dec 2009
Using data to inform instruction
I am catching up on sharing some video interviews with you from a recent partner event. Today’s conversation is with Alvin Crawford from Schoolnet. Schoolnet solutions take a platform approach using Microsoft technologies, primarily SharePoint Server , to build an end-to-end experience for all different...
16 Oct 2009
Data analytics -- more than a buzzword
Schools, districts and states have been collecting data for decades…but, the art of perfecting the management and analytics of data seems to be hitting a crescendo this year. I think this is largely in part due to the fact that emerging technologies are making it more affordable…and of course, the Department...
12 Oct 2009
Using data to personalize learning at the School of One
When we talk to schools, we often talk about the value of data. We think about data as really being holistically used across the learning environment to transform the classroom…from the way in which you create identity, help with curriculum and create personalized learning experiences. A lot of districts...
10 Sep 2009
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...
16 Jul 2009
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