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

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Update from the road...Education in Greece, France and Sweden

    A quick update from on the road… I've been traveling a lot recently to both help Microsoft plan for our upcoming fiscal year, as well as meeting with customers as the school year winds down in parts of the world. I just had a very interesting visit in three countries that all have very different...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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 technology for back to school in Ocala, Florida

    I was in Ocala, Florida recently to talk to about 500 teachers and administrators about how they can incorporate technology into their classrooms as they prepare for the upcoming school year and learn about new technology the district is rolling out. This Technology Day for Marion County Public Schools...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Trip notes & thoughts on education from the United Arab Emirates

    Earlier this month, I traveled to the United Arab Emirates and spent time in Dubai and Sharjah . I was impressed with the region’s beauty and magnificent architecture. With regards to education , the emirates are looking at worldwide examples from the U.S. to Victoria, Australia where they are building...
  • Blog Post: Observations of education systems in India and Japan

    Before the holidays, I spent a week in India and Japan where I had the opportunity to meet with many education leaders and partners in higher education and K12, including some students. I continue to see common themes around the globe, and wanted to share with you my experience and thoughts from the...
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