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

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Teachers share their excitement for Office 365 for education at ISTE

    Last week, I attended ISTE in San Diego to help celebrate the launch of Office 365 for education . There have been lots of discussions with customers, but many were initiated by school leaders and teachers directly. They are not only incredibly excited about what the product is going to offer schools...
  • 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: Thank a Teacher

    We hear so much about what is wrong with the education in the U.S., but I know this week we can get beyond the debate and the dialogue to focus on celebrating teachers and how we can better support teachers so they can help students be successful. It is after all National Teacher Appreciation Week ....
  • Blog Post: Talking about gaming and learning at SXSWedu

    Last week, I had the chance to attend the 2nd annual SXSWedu event. It was a great time for networking and learning, and I think they’ve taken the spirit and energy of the main SXSW film and music festival and applied to a more thoughtful and open dialogue for education reform. I had an opportunity...
  • 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 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Join the new Partners in Learning Network today and start spreading ideas to improve education worldwide

    I’m delighted to officially announce the launch of our revamped Partners in Learning Network here at the BETT Show in London. Originally launched in 2009, the new community site is now open to teachers and school leaders in over 115 countries, and has been enhanced with many new features and resources...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the world's most innovative & inspiring teachers

    I’m excited to be in Washington, D.C. this week among more than 700 of the most talented educators and school leaders from around the world at the 7th annual Partners in Learning Global Forum . This is one of my favorite weeks every year at Microsoft, because it’s actually happening with...
  • Blog Post: Expanding Partners in Learning to Higher Education

    The Partners in Learning program is a flagship program for Microsoft's work in education, and one of the things that I'm most proud of as a Microsoft employee. It started eight years ago and is the company’s 10-year $500 million commitment to invest, support and celebrate the work of teachers around...
  • Blog Post: Working with UNESCO to help teachers use technology in their classrooms

    One of the things on the mind of government officials and education leaders around the world is how to raise the quality and impact of teaching and innovative teaching practices. The use of technology to drive change and innovation in classrooms is at the center of the debate, and we see invest in teacher...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the most innovative schools on World Teacher’s Day

    In celebration of World Teachers’ Day , I’m excited to congratulate the 2012 class of Mentor and Pathfinder schools joining the Microsoft Partners in Learning (PIL) Schools Program. These schools and the teachers behind them are a constant source of inspiration for their steadfast dedication...
  • 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: Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 helping schools save money and make 1:1 computing real

    In my 19 years at Microsoft, I've never seen a product evolve as much as Microsoft MultiPoint Server has in such a short period of time. Buying more computers to provide more students with access to technology is not the only expense schools are worried about…there are also budget considerations...
  • Blog Post: #ThanksTeach Celebrates Microsoft’s Support of Teachers

    At Microsoft, we believe that education can change the world. We recognize that teachers play a direct role in education and influencing the lives of students. Each year, millions of teachers contribute to the learning and development of students across the U.S. They instill life lessons that live on...
  • 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 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...
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