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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: Cambridge University Press
I started the conversation a few days ago about the evolution of digital publishing in education. As publishers move to digital text and reading, online storage and digital libraries are becoming increasingly popular as a destination path. The cloud, in addition to providing tremendous opportunities...
24 Aug 2011
What new devices mean to the world of publishing in education
One of the most exciting trends happening in education today is the evolution of digital publishing. Publishers around the world are starting to embrace not only new reading modalities but new form factors and devices to create both interactive and enriching experiences for students and educators. ...
18 Aug 2011
Kinect in education…open for ideas and exploration with the new SDK
I’ve previously talked about my excitement over games-based learning and natural user interface , and how increasingly Microsoft has invested in exploring how these areas can make a difference in education. Since its release, there has been tremendous enthusiasm and fascination about Kinect...
23 Jun 2011
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...
7 Jun 2011
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...
27 Jan 2011
Rapid technology change and the technology transition generation
In many ways, I feel like I am part of the “technology transition generation.” I’m surprised more hasn’t been written or discussed on this. What this means is I’m am part of a generation old enough to know a time before technology and appreciate how far we’ve progressed...
24 Jan 2011
Blue-sky thinking on Kinect and Xbox in education
I am excited about the upcoming launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 this November and the potential to push the envelope to create new experiences for the classroom and virtual learning environments. Not only does Kinect (formerly known as “Project Natal”) represent an exciting new platform...
30 Aug 2010
Can schools afford computer labs?
As some institutions around the world prepare to embark on a new school year, there is chatter in both K-12 and higher education about the reality of the challenges of managing computer labs. Schools are looking to optimize costs or optimize budget and save costs…tools to manage labs more effectively...
9 Aug 2010
Using the Microsoft Platform to Drive Institutional Effectiveness
These are extremely challenging times for higher education institutions that are struggling with the balance between efficiency and cost cutting, and maintaining and improving their overall effectiveness. While $2.4 trillion is spent on education every year worldwide, effectiveness of spend can be as...
22 Jul 2010
Conversation about integrating gaming into learning
Being a gamer myself…and someone who not only grew up with video games and seen the emergence of games mirroring the emergence of technology…I understand the culture and the environment, and certainly the potential games can have to inspire students and get kids more integrated with learning. One...
11 Mar 2010
Good discussions at the U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit
I spent two days this week in Redmond at our 8th annual U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit . I like these annual events because they provide us with the opportunity to deeply connect with customers. I also love them because the event serves as an annual reflection point, so we can see year-over-year what...
27 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
More Universities Choose Microsoft Cloud Computing Solutions
The U.S. Education team is in Denver this week at the 2009 Annual Educause Conference . We are excited to talk to and listen to higher education institutions about how we can work together to bring new, innovative technology to lecture halls around the world to create personalized learning experiences...
3 Nov 2009
Industry trends surface at NECC
I had the pleasure of attending the National Educational Computing Conference ( NECC ) in DC earlier this month...and as I’ve said before…these big signature education events are a good occasion for me to connect with our customers and partners in one place. It’s also an opportunity to see broader industry...
16 Jul 2009
IT Resources to Help You Weather Economic Climate Change
As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, and many school districts and institutions are learning their budget downfalls are now even steeper…the pressure is on to cut costs and services. I believe information technology can play an important role in helping you respond to this rapidly changing...
26 May 2009
Trends to watch in 2009
As we turn the page on 2008 and consider how much has changed in the last few months, it is clear that 2009 will be a year of profound changes. Certainly our current economic crisis has and will continue to have broad implications for our students, teachers and institutions. In my travels across the...
12 Jan 2009
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