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

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  • 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: 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 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: Talking about technology access on Rainmakers.TV

    Back in September, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting (see blog post here ) where Microsoft made a new commitment to help bring digital access to one million low-income families in the United States. I was able to speak with Stan Emert, the president...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Teaching & Learning Research Project

    During my visits I often have the great fortune of seeing best practices truly transforming schools and classrooms. I get to hear and learn from educators who are making magic happen for their students…and while I’m always inspired and energized…I am often challenged by the recognition...
  • Blog Post: Helping Haiti Schools Rebuild through the Cloud

    Updated 7:07 p.m. PST. This week’s anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti is a somber reminder of the enormous task ahead. With over one million still homeless, a cholera epidemic, and much of the country still reduced to rubble, the dream of “building back better” seems...
  • Blog Post: Helping Reform Los Angeles Schools

    I am excited to see what the new year brings to Mendez High School in East Los Angeles. We recently adopted the Engineering & Technology and Math & Science schools on the campus and gave them over $1 million to buy new software and hardware to provide them with the means to create a replicable...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Shout partnership focusing on education technology and the environment

    Sharing my blog post published on The Official Microsoft Blog about our new partnership with the Smithsonian and TakingITGlobal.... Sawubona! This week I’m in Cape Town, South Africa and lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most innovative education leaders, teachers and administrators...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Today’s kindergartners, tomorrow’s workforce

    (Cross-posted from The Microsoft Blog ) Today’s kindergartners will retire around 2075. They will likely look back at 2010 as a quaint time, the way many of us remember the time before VCRs, color television and the Internet. Now is an important time for us to think about their future: What kind of...
  • Blog Post: Make science fun by becoming a Martian

    I know the day will come when I read about the growing numbers of students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instead of always seeing stories about the current education crisis . There are many ideas out there for how education leaders worldwide can make sure their...
  • Blog Post: Improving teaching & learning in Kenya with 1:1 computing

    Access to education is certainly one of the world’s most pressing problems. This week at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City, we are making a number of commitments to partner with industry leaders and governments to provide access to technology to drive change in local communities...
  • Blog Post: Redesigning education with service-learning

    I’m on the West coast this week, and in San Francisco yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Corporation for National and Community Service organization’s 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We announced at the event that Microsoft and the Corporation are partnering to build...
  • Blog Post: It takes a community to prepare a child

    Preparing youth for the 21st century workplace is the goal of our teachers and institutions…and certainly having prepared 21st workers is a key requirement for our private industry. It’s this point of intersection that creates an opportunity and mandate for institutions to explore and embrace public...
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