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

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  • 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 Commits to Bring Digital Access and Skills Training to 1M U.S. Students

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of combining my personal passion with my profession on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to announce that Microsoft will bring digital access to one million students from low-income families. The video of our announcement can be found here . (Photo...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Pi Day By Giving Microsoft Math 4.0 A Try

    We know math is a universal need in education...and also a major source of frustration for students. In fact, 73% of parents and 77% of teachers say math is the most difficult homework subject for their students, while only 36 percent of parents say they are prepared to help their children with math...
  • 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: Microsoft Supports Safer Internet Day

    As technology has advanced in our lives…and increasingly the way in which we communicate, collaborate, consume information and content…I think the pace at which technology has evolved has probably outpaced some of the fundamentals that we've trained our kids on how to be safe in the world...
  • Blog Post: Taking Action: State of the Union

    By 2035, today’s preschoolers and kindergarteners will be entering the workforce. The students of today are laying the core building blocks for the workforce of 2035. That is why I applaud the focus from President Obama’s State of the Union address last week focused on innovation, education...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: A Tale of Two Schools – Cape Town, South Africa

    When I was in Cape Town, South Africa for the Worldwide Innovation Education Forum (IEF), I had the opportunity, along with the other 550 teachers and education leaders who participated in the event, to visit two South African schools and to hear about the challenges and successes of the education system...
  • 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 for 2011 - Imagine Cup Solve This

    I am really excited about the Imagine Cup 2011 competition…not only because the worldwide finals will be held in my hometown of New York City…but because we are launching a new program called Imagine Cup Solve This to provide students with a marketplace of real-world problems that global...
  • 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: Learning new skills at Kodu Kamp

    I spent some time recently with teachers and students at the FUSE Lab's Kodu Kamp in Redmond, Wa. I've blogged a lot about technology and students' appetite for technology as it relates to gaming, how content can come alive and students can get more excited about learning via gaming. Kodu represents...
  • 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: Keep your students engaged with Interrobang!

    One of my favorite new learning tools for teachers and kids on the Web this week is Interrobang . It’s a great example of not only connecting service learning and social responsibility to education but a way to connect students in project-based, team-based, and game-like environments. Interrobang...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the School of the Future's First Graduating Class

    I had the true honor of attending the graduation of the first incoming class of students at the Philadelphia School of the Future . It was an inspiring day celebrating a group of amazing students who have defied odds, embraced change, and overcome many obstacles to deliver…as we expected…an...
  • 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: 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: Talking to students and teachers in Puerto Rico

    I’ve been on the road the majority of this month for personal and business travel. I’m in Russia right now, but want to catch you up on my experiences in Puerto Rico. The best part about my Puerto Rico visit was the amount of student and teacher interaction, as that is something I enjoy the most....
  • Blog Post: New opportunities for students to participate in this year’s Imagine Cup competition

    I wanted to share my blog post from earlier today over on the Microsoft Blog . As I’ve written before , I am a big fan of the Imagine Cup . It is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their creativity while getting real world experience in the tech industry and an incredible resource for educators...
  • Blog Post: Classroom visualization tools – Stargazing now possible with Worldwide Telescope on Bing Maps

    The thing I think is exciting about Bing is that it’s becoming more than just a place to find information and search…it’s really about how to apply search to experiences and productivity scenarios you would use inside a classroom. So not only being able to search on information but the ability to apply...
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