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 pledged to support is NetHope….

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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 teachers, and do what we can to cherish and praise and support the…


Celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2010

If you think back and reminisce about your own early education experience, it is hard not to forget the teachers that made a difference in your life.  The teachers you can still recall 10, 20, 30 years later because of how they inspired you in the classroom probably made a lasting impression and helped shape…


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 and wrong solutions to fixing our classrooms and…

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REDU: What can you do to improve education?

Microsoft’s commitment to education, here in the U.S. and around the world, spans almost three decades. Education is core to our mission as a company…to help individuals realize their potential…and we believe that an excellent education is a basic right and social imperative.  I believe our focus on education is the most important work that…


Partnering with UNESCO to connect global literacy experts through technology

Microsoft is a huge proponent of improving literacy skills around the world, partnering with UNESCO and supporting UNESCO as it leads the United Nations Literacy Decade with the goal of increasing literacy rates by 50% by 2015. I had the opportunity to attend the International Literacy Day conference and celebration hosted by former First Lady…


Learning new skills at Kodu Kamp

I spent some time recently with teachers and students at the FUSE Lab’s Kodu Kamp in Redmond, Wa. I’ve blogged a lot about technology and students’ appetite for technology as it relates to gaming, how content can come alive and students can get more excited about learning via gaming.  Kodu represents a little bit of a…

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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 for the potential of gaming and interaction in new…

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Microsoft giving back to schools via EduConnect

Microsoft recognizes the power of our employees to give back, and Microsoft has tremendously passionate employees about the mission of education. This relates to not only the education of their children but education’s impact in their society, on the future of Microsoft as a company, as well as the recognition that we have resources and…

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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 happened to take place at the…

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