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

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  • Blog Post: 2012 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year -- Dell

    This week, I’m in Toronto for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). As always, it’s amazing to see this broad ecosystem of partners who support our education customers both with implementation with technology innovation, but also with industry expertise and integration. Our education...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Dell empower students with accessible technology and training

    Early in my career at Microsoft, I was inspired to see how accessible technology empowered and enriched the lives of individuals with disabilities and enabled new opportunities to learn and communicate. These experiences fueled my passion to ensure that all students have the right technology in place...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Cool new devices for schools at CES

    I’m back in the office after a quick trip to Las Vegas for CES . I love to walk the show floor each year to see all the new gadgets, not just because it’s fun to tinker with new technology, but because I like to get a first look at the new innovations that could be most useful when applied...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging SharePoint for your LMS

    As schools and teachers continue to use digital assets for collaboration, homework assignments, and more, learning management systems and tools such as Moodle have grown in popularity in classrooms. ELEARNINGFORCE manages to take many of the same features and tools requested by customers and built...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Cambridge University Press

    I started the conversation a few days ago about the evolution of digital publishing in education. As publishers move to digital text and reading, online storage and digital libraries are becoming increasingly popular as a destination path. The cloud, in addition to providing tremendous opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Tribal

    One of the things schools are increasingly looking towards is the use of technology and data to create an opportunity for transformation and optimization of student learning opportunities. I’ve blogged previously about how schools are using data better to drive more successful student outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: SunGard

    As technology in higher education continues to evolve and become more mission critical to operations across systems and learning environments…administrators are seeking new ways to evolve their current platforms. They’re also looking to embrace cloud technologies, mobile devices, as well...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Partnering with UNESCO to connect global literacy experts through technology

    Microsoft is a huge proponent of improving literacy skills around the world, partnering with UNESCO and supporting UNESCO as it leads the United Nations Literacy Decade with the goal of increasing literacy rates by 50% by 2015. I had the opportunity to attend the International Literacy Day conference...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Microsoft Education Partners

    Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference is always a great opportunity to connect with people who are supporting Microsoft's efforts in education. There was truly a global representation of partners from all over the world that gathered in Washington, D.C. last month who have been working with...
  • Blog Post: Using the Microsoft Platform to Drive Institutional Effectiveness

    These are extremely challenging times for higher education institutions that are struggling with the balance between efficiency and cost cutting, and maintaining and improving their overall effectiveness. While $2.4 trillion is spent on education every year worldwide, effectiveness of spend can be as...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live@edu to help connect millions of students and parents in New York City Schools

    As someone who grew up in the Bronx, I am very excited about our first customer win as a result of our partnership with ePals. New York City Schools has chosen ePals SchoolMail service to bring an email learning solution to about two million students and parents…and Live@edu will be used on the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: ePals and other partners building new Live@edu services

    By now, I hope you have seen the press coverage in ZDNET and eSchool News . Microsoft announced a new technical collaboration agreement with ePals , and we will work with them to make Live@edu available to their customers, and in the future, Office Web Apps and features of SharePoint Online. Around the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Agilix

    The quality and the support of our partner ecosystem is, I think, a big reason why Microsoft is so successful. We have evolved into a company that really relies on a set of diverse partners to provide rich solutions to customers of all types and of all needs. By embracing a wide variety of partners,...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft MultiPoint solutions enabling technology access for more schools worldwide

    Many schools don’t have a roadmap or can’t afford to make the leap to 1:1 computing in the classroom…yet there is still a need to provide students with IT skills to prepare them for the workforce, and teachers want to increase the quality and variety in delivering their curriculum. Based on these realities...
  • Blog Post: Good example of building an identity strategy

    Earlier this year, I blogged about the value of identity and the work Microsoft is doing with the Lake Washington School District to deploy the “Geneva” platform to provide students, parents, teachers and staff easier access to education materials and information. Since then, “Geneva”…now officially...
  • Blog Post: How will you bring innovation to the classroom?

    Even before the Department of Education released the final rules for how to apply to the Race to the Top funds last week, schools around the United States and the world have been pushing the envelope and testing new methods for how to raise student performance with innovative new teaching practices....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Partners -- the secret to our success

    When I meet with customers and speak at events, I am frequently asked, “What do you think is the secret to Microsoft’s success? And what has enabled the company to keep growing over the years?” While a lot of Microsoft employees contribute to how we scale our products (product development, marketing...
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