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Travels to New Zealand and the state of education
New Zealand is in the midst of lots of changes. Some of it is politically driven but most of it is driven by a real desire to improve education in the country and really grow how education can make a difference among both students who have had access to technology and the students who have been removed...
14 Aug 2012
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...
30 Apr 2012
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...
18 Jan 2012
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...
23 Aug 2011
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...
3 Feb 2011
Japan’s progress on infusing technology into the classroom
It’s been just about a year since I first visited Japan (see earlier blog post here ). What intrigues me about Japan is that the country has a very technology rich society, but the school systems are technology resistant, especially at the K-12 level. I would put Russia and France in the same category...
31 Dec 2010
IE9 as a reading platform
If you haven’t already checked out the new Internet Explorer 9 beta…first off, I encourage you to go to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ to explore the potential for the new web browser. I've often talked about the potential for technology in reading, and we've seen the potential for digital...
29 Dec 2010
Helping rebuild Haiti by bringing broadband to schools
At Microsoft, we just recently kicked off our companywide Giving Campaign in the United States, which is a great opportunity for employees to donate their time and money to help support a wide range of charities that they personally believe in and are passionate about. One of the charities that I've...
18 Oct 2010
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...
6 Oct 2010
Why Microsoft cares about education and what we are doing about it
Sharing my blog post published on The Official Microsoft Blog from today... With the release of " Waiting for 'Superman,'” the topics of education reform and the quality of U.S. public schools are getting mainstream attention. A lot of news headlines and opinions abound about what are the right...
27 Sep 2010
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...
15 Jul 2010
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...
30 Jun 2010
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...
17 Jun 2010
Thoughts on the future of education in Russia
I was excited to go to Russia recently and learn more about the education system. There are plenty of places around the world where technology accessibility or access to education and reform are meeting in the middle...places where students and teachers are starting to get more and more access to technology...
10 May 2010
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...
4 May 2010
Measuring the impact of technology in the classroom
I think we can all recognize the greatness and the magic that happens with our students is driven typically by the hard work, the commitment, and the talent of teachers around the world. Therefore, it's critical we find a way to capture their successes, share them broadly and scale that kind of impact...
3 Feb 2010
Education trends to watch for in 2010
As I reflect on 2009…what did and did not come to full fruition since I wrote this post last year …and what lies ahead for the year 2010, many different trends and topics come to mind. I’ll try to distill my list down to a handful of key themes and thoughts I’ve developed from being on the road this...
28 Dec 2009
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....
16 Nov 2009
Microsoft recognizes the most innovative teachers and schools worldwide
This week, I am in Salvador, Brazil, attending the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum . The event brings together more than 400 teachers, school leaders, government officials and other education experts from around the world to celebrate and share innovation happening in the classroom that leads to...
4 Nov 2009
Education transformation in Bangladesh
I had the pleasure of meeting recently with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, around exploring options to invest in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is an emerging country with a very young labor force…and like many countries around the world, looking to explore opportunities for emerging technologies...
2 Oct 2009
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