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. These three…

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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 reading on devices like the iPad and Kindle, and…

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Helping Reform Los Angeles Schools

I am excited to see what the new year brings to Mendez High School in East Los Angeles. We recently adopted the Engineering & Technology and Math & Science schools on the campus and gave them over $1 million to buy new software and hardware to provide them with the means to create a replicable…

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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 there. We got to…

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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 environments for Chinese character,…

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New for 2011 – Imagine Cup Solve This

I am really excited about the Imagine Cup 2011 competition…not only because the worldwide finals will be held in my hometown of New York City…but because we are launching a new program called Imagine Cup Solve This to provide students with a marketplace of real-world problems that global inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and…

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Enabling Students of All Abilities to Realize Their Potential

Sharing my blog post on accessibility published today on the Microsoft On The Issues blog here… Thirty-five years ago this week, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law, and the U.S. government  committed to “ensuring that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents, share their gifts and contribute to…

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New Shout partnership focusing on education technology and the environment

Sharing my blog post published on The Official Microsoft Blog about our new partnership with the Smithsonian and TakingITGlobal…. Sawubona! This week I’m in Cape Town, South Africa and lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most innovative education leaders, teachers and administrators in the world. We’re all gathered here for the sixth…

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Celebrating best practices of Latin American teachers

I am in Cape Town, South Africa this week for the 6th annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF) to celebrate and learn from hundreds of school leaders who use technology creatively and effectively in their curriculum. This year, we had 200,000 participants around the world compete in regional events, and now just 125 teachers are…

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The cloud without compromise…introducing Office 365 for education

I’m excited about the announcement of Office365 for education, which represents the evolution of Live@edu, and provides a game-changing opportunity for education in cloud computing. Office 365 for education builds off of the great platform we’ve established with Live@edu to provide a better experience for communication, collaboration, and productivity tools for education institutions of all…

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