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

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  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education – a game changer for teaching and learning

    The cloud and online learning are key trends and opportunities to transform education today. And with today’s launch and availability of Office 365 for education , schools now have a holistic collaboration platform that will change the game. As schools face ever-tightening budgets and the pressure...
  • 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: Navigating the world via Bing and Microsoft Translator

    One of the things I love about the Bing toolbar is the translation service that uses Microsoft Translator technology to provide online automatic translation of text and web pages. In my worldwide role, I am increasingly traveling to countries I’ve never visited before and communicating with folks...
  • 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: Kinect in education…open for ideas and exploration with the new SDK

    I’ve previously talked about my excitement over games-based learning and natural user interface , and how increasingly Microsoft has invested in exploring how these areas can make a difference in education. Since its release, there has been tremendous enthusiasm and fascination about Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Pi Day By Giving Microsoft Math 4.0 A Try

    We know math is a universal need in education...and also a major source of frustration for students. In fact, 73% of parents and 77% of teachers say math is the most difficult homework subject for their students, while only 36 percent of parents say they are prepared to help their children with math...
  • Blog Post: Learning new skills at Kodu Kamp

    I spent some time recently with teachers and students at the FUSE Lab's Kodu Kamp in Redmond, Wa. I've blogged a lot about technology and students' appetite for technology as it relates to gaming, how content can come alive and students can get more excited about learning via gaming. Kodu represents...
  • 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: Classroom visualization tools – Stargazing now possible with Worldwide Telescope on Bing Maps

    The thing I think is exciting about Bing is that it’s becoming more than just a place to find information and search…it’s really about how to apply search to experiences and productivity scenarios you would use inside a classroom. So not only being able to search on information but the ability to apply...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft recognizes the most innovative teachers and schools worldwide

    This week, I am in Salvador, Brazil, attending the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum . The event brings together more than 400 teachers, school leaders, government officials and other education experts from around the world to celebrate and share innovation happening in the classroom that leads to...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Software Donation Helps Students Gain Career Skills

    Some level of technology skills is required in almost every profession and job these days. A recent IDC report commissioned by Microsoft showed that global spending on IT will create 5.8 million new jobs by 2013…so what are we doing to make sure our students are prepared? Today, we announced the donation...
  • Blog Post: H1N1 Virus Forces Academic Institutions To Think More Aggressively About Online Learning

    As the Southern Hemisphere officially begins its influenza season, the CDC is reporting here in the United States that the number of people visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms is increasing and far above normal for this time of year. With the new academic year now in session, the H1N1 flu virus is...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Live Movie Maker Now Available To Schools Worldwide

    I’m incredibly excited about new innovations coming from Microsoft…we have listened to feedback from students and teachers and are working to provide flexible and rich resources that are simple to use. The new Windows Live Movie Maker is a great example and includes a wide variety of features that make...
  • Blog Post: Alabama and Michigan Students Get Ahead of the Competition with CareerForward

    Today, we announced the Alabama Department of Education plans to make CareerForward available to every student in the state as one way high school students can meet the new online learning graduation requirement there starting next year. CareerForward teaches globalization, career planning, financial...
  • Blog Post: Everyone Can Be an Astronaut With WorldWide Telescope

    I’m not afraid to admit that I get truly excited about technology of all shapes and sizes. The joy comes from experiencing cool design, life-changing functionality, and pure fun…but perhaps the most meaningful and powerful reactions are to technologies that fundamentally open up our world and connect...
  • Blog Post: Check out the new Microsoft Innovative Teachers Network

    During my travels, I’m often asked for ideas of great places online for teachers to share best practices, learn from peers and get help. There are many wonderful resources on the web for sure, and we’ve worked hard to make the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Network (ITN) a destination place for sharing...
  • Blog Post: Sign up your school for DreamSpark

    Everywhere you look, you see the impact of the global recession. The US economy is changing, and with it must our workforce change. Gone are the days when only highly-skilled “right brained” jobs required technology skills. In fact, more than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some technology skills;...
  • Blog Post: Workforce Readiness Impact with CareerForward

    What am I going to do with my life? What is the world of work like? What will I need to succeed? These are questions our students will certainly ask themselves at some point in their education career. Asking these questions early and having access to some helpful and inspirational answers is increasingly...
  • Blog Post: Engage your students with Photosynth

    This week, like me, you’ve likely been watching with fascination the numerous ways technology allowed us to experience the Presidential Inauguration like never before. From streaming video live on the Internet, twittering from the National Mall, or taking and sharing digital photos, Americans had countless...
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