Education Insights

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

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  • 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: 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: 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: Microsoft and Puerto Rico working together to transform K-12 education

    During my time in Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity to meet education leaders in both the higher education school system (read more in my previous blog post ) and primary and secondary schools, as well as the very vibrant and committed partner community. It was great to see the partners, who are...
  • Blog Post: Education spurs economic revitalization in Mexico

    I had the pleasure of visiting Mexico recently and had the opportunity to speak with institutions, educators, principals and other leaders about the potential for education to revitalize local economies. Like many countries, Mexico is excited about technology’s role in transforming learning, creating...
  • Blog Post: Education reform in the United Kingdom

    During my first week on the job in the international role for Microsoft Education , I had the opportunity to meet with a true leader and visionary in higher education, David Lammy . He is the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property for the United Kingdom. He is most passionate about expanding...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Creating 21st Century Schools in an Obama Administration

    I had the great fortune of being in Washington, D.C. on Monday. I was lucky enough to get a ticket into the Illinois Inaugural Gala, preceding inauguration day. Walking through Union Station and through the city on my way to the event, it was hard not to feel the sense of joy, hope and change in the...
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