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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...
8 Aug 2012
Congratulations to the Imagine Cup 2012 Winners!
I wish I could be in two places at once, but it was physically impossible for me to be in Australia for the Worldwide Imagine Cup finals. More than 350 students from 75 countries met in Sydney last week to present their technology projects that tackle humanitarian issues including health, accessibility...
16 Jul 2012
Microsoft's new investment in the future of digital reading
We are excited about the opportunity digital reading has to provide new avenues for personalized learning to help students and teachers realize their full potential. Today, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Barnes & Noble to develop future innovations to accelerate e-reading across...
30 Apr 2012
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...
18 Jan 2012
Rethinking Innovation in Education
I had the pleasure of attending the Worldwide Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), held in Doha, Qatar recently. This is the third year Microsoft has participated in the summit and it continues to be a very valuable K-20 conversation around the state of education around the world, and the need for...
16 Dec 2011
18 of the world's most innovative teaching projects
As I’ve said before, the highlight of my year is attending the Partners in Learning Innovative Educator Forums around the world. This year's worldwide finals event in Washington, D.C. was no exception. It's an amazing opportunity to talk, to witness some amazing heroes from every corner of the...
14 Dec 2011
The Kinect Effect in Education
As a gamer and someone who's excited about the potential for gamification in education and the way in which we can apply incentives and other features of gaming to the learning process, I am a huge fan of Kinect . I'm a fan of the opportunities it's going to open up for new user interfaces, the opportunities...
31 Oct 2011
What new devices mean to the world of publishing in education
One of the most exciting trends happening in education today is the evolution of digital publishing. Publishers around the world are starting to embrace not only new reading modalities but new form factors and devices to create both interactive and enriching experiences for students and educators. ...
18 Aug 2011
New assistive learning technologies removing communication barriers on Windows 7
Technology is having a transformative impact around the world. I wanted to share another great story, this time from the Abu Dhabi Center for Autism in the United Arab Emirates , where children with autism are benefitting from new technology form factors and user interfaces in assistive learning scenarios...
11 Aug 2011
Microsoft announces $15M R&D focus on next-generation learning models, plus resources for students & teachers
UPDATED July 18th at 8:00 a.m. PT with URL to White House press release . Recognizing it will take all of us…schools, parents, guardians, foundations, governments and corporate partners to meet the challenges facing our kids today…we are honored to be invited to meet with President Obama...
17 Jul 2011
Vote now for this year's Imagine Cup People's Choice Award
In just about two weeks, more than 400 students from 70 countries will travel to New York City to compete at this year’s Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals. I'm starting to get inspired by all the projects created by students that not only enhance the way technology is making a difference in education...
28 Jun 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
Create a Montage of your classroom...from FUSE Labs
In my blog, I like to share and reflect on technologies that I think represent exciting new potential for the future, are relevant to education ICT integration, or provide tangible examples of larger trends. Montage, a tech preview from Microsoft’s Fuse Labs …does all three. Certainly...
27 Jan 2011
Rapid technology change and the technology transition generation
In many ways, I feel like I am part of the “technology transition generation.” I’m surprised more hasn’t been written or discussed on this. What this means is I’m am part of a generation old enough to know a time before technology and appreciate how far we’ve progressed...
24 Jan 2011
IE9 as a reading platform
If you haven’t already checked out the new Internet Explorer 9 beta…first off, I encourage you to go to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ to explore the potential for the new web browser. I've often talked about the potential for technology in reading, and we've seen the potential for digital...
29 Dec 2010
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...
30 Nov 2010
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...
22 Oct 2010
Blue-sky thinking on Kinect and Xbox in education
I am excited about the upcoming launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 this November and the potential to push the envelope to create new experiences for the classroom and virtual learning environments. Not only does Kinect (formerly known as “Project Natal”) represent an exciting new platform...
30 Aug 2010
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...
9 Apr 2010
Navigating the Web with Microsoft Pivot
I love playing with new technologies and gadgets. I recently installed Microsoft Pivot , a cool new technology…it’s almost like an Excel pivot table with Web image search. Pivot is a research experiment from Live Labs that allows people to visualize data and then sort, organize and categorize it dynamically...
5 Apr 2010
Conversation about integrating gaming into learning
Being a gamer myself…and someone who not only grew up with video games and seen the emergence of games mirroring the emergence of technology…I understand the culture and the environment, and certainly the potential games can have to inspire students and get kids more integrated with learning. One...
11 Mar 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
Schools reinventing education with Windows 7 and more...
It’s going to be an exciting year here at Microsoft as we are introducing a wave of new innovative software. This fall, we are helping institutions and IT professionals optimize PC environments, increase productivity and expand innovation in the classroom with Windows 7 , consolidate servers with Windows...
29 Sep 2009
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...
20 Aug 2009
Windows 7: A game changer in education
I will try not to date myself too much, but I started my career at Microsoft when Windows 3.1 was released. With every operating system since, we’ve been not only driving innovation on the software side, but also hardware. We’ve been pushing the envelope as Moore’s Law has occurred, as processing power...
22 Jul 2009
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