Education Insights

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

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  • 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: More fun and learning with Ribbon Hero 2

    One of my favorite things that Microsoft has created is Ribbon Hero . This free download and tool provides a game-like environment for students and teachers, and really anyone, to get more comfortable with the features and resources within Microsoft Office…and especially learn how to navigate...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility in Education: Real Examples…Real Impact

    I know I’ve written on the importance of accessibility in education before , but I wanted to share this video below which does an excellent job of featuring some real examples on how technology can make a difference. It features some ways in which Microsoft is incorporating an accessibility focus...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Hero: Game-based learning for Office

    I love this new add-in for Office 2007 and Office 2010! This week Microsoft released a new concept test prototype for Office called Ribbon Hero . Ribbon Hero explores a new approach to Office training that’s designed to deliver a fun, engaging experience to help people explore the features available...
  • 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: Microsoft Elevate America

    I'm in Springfield, IL this week (up far too late)...preparing for both speaking at and attending the AeA 21st Century Learning Environment Symposium . I am excited to see the increased focus on 21st century skills and the heightened recognition for need to prepare our students for the global workforce...
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