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

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  • Blog Post: India Ministry Selects Live@Edu in Microsoft’s Largest Cloud Deployment Ever to 7.5 Million People

    This week, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) branch of India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development made a big bet on delivering a brighter future for not only India’s up-and-comers, but for the future of India itself. Recognizing that an educated population is...
  • 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: The importance on assessing students’ 21st century skills, not just math, science and reading

    (Cross-post from the Microsoft EMEA Press Centre blog.) This week, Microsoft is taking part in the annual Education World Forum in London. For us, it’s a great opportunity to meet with education ministers from around the globe and hear about the different issues facing their countries. It’s...
  • 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 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: Challenges with optimizing curriculum for state assessments, grades and competencies

    I always enjoy talking to Kurt Madden, and learning more about his progress and vision for Fresno Unified School District . They're making significant strides with regards to the use of technology and its potential impact on student achievement in the classroom. I met up with Kurt at our recent U...
  • Blog Post: Students rise to the challenge at the Imagine Cup

    If you haven’t heard of the Imagine Cup…or read my previous blogs about it…I really would like to share it with you. It’s one of the things I’m most proud to be involved with and one of the most exciting events around that helps to empower students to use their creativity to change the world. The...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The need to prioritize rural education

    I attended the National Community Education Association’s ( NCEA ) annual conference last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona where they held the first national forum on “Revitalizing America’s Rural Communities.” Every child has the right to a quality education…and improving access and opening up opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Software Donation Helps Students Gain Career Skills

    Some level of technology skills is required in almost every profession and job these days. A recent IDC report commissioned by Microsoft showed that global spending on IT will create 5.8 million new jobs by 2013…so what are we doing to make sure our students are prepared? Today, we announced the donation...
  • Blog Post: Education reform in the United Kingdom

    During my first week on the job in the international role for Microsoft Education , I had the opportunity to meet with a true leader and visionary in higher education, David Lammy . He is the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property for the United Kingdom. He is most passionate about expanding...
  • Blog Post: The need for students to find their personal brand

    I’ve always relished the opportunity to talk to students to get perspective on their needs of technology and the way in which they respond in classroom environments. Tuesday, I had the chance to meet with dozens of high school students at the Summer Search Career Discovery Days in New York . This was...
  • Blog Post: Redesigning education with service-learning

    I’m on the West coast this week, and in San Francisco yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Corporation for National and Community Service organization’s 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We announced at the event that Microsoft and the Corporation are partnering to build...
  • Blog Post: Alabama and Michigan Students Get Ahead of the Competition with CareerForward

    Today, we announced the Alabama Department of Education plans to make CareerForward available to every student in the state as one way high school students can meet the new online learning graduation requirement there starting next year. CareerForward teaches globalization, career planning, financial...
  • Blog Post: Sign up your school for DreamSpark

    Everywhere you look, you see the impact of the global recession. The US economy is changing, and with it must our workforce change. Gone are the days when only highly-skilled “right brained” jobs required technology skills. In fact, more than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some technology skills;...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Elevate America

    I'm in Springfield, IL this week (up far too late)...preparing for both speaking at and attending the AeA 21st Century Learning Environment Symposium . I am excited to see the increased focus on 21st century skills and the heightened recognition for need to prepare our students for the global workforce...
  • Blog Post: Video of the Week: CareerForward

    I know I shared information about the CareerForward resource last week...but given the incredible interest in this course, I thought it would be appropriate to share a bit more about the offering. The attached video provides an excellent overview of the course...with information on content, delivery...
  • Blog Post: It takes a community to prepare a child

    Preparing youth for the 21st century workplace is the goal of our teachers and institutions…and certainly having prepared 21st workers is a key requirement for our private industry. It’s this point of intersection that creates an opportunity and mandate for institutions to explore and embrace public...
  • Blog Post: Workforce Readiness Impact with CareerForward

    What am I going to do with my life? What is the world of work like? What will I need to succeed? These are questions our students will certainly ask themselves at some point in their education career. Asking these questions early and having access to some helpful and inspirational answers is increasingly...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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