Rethinking Innovation in Education

I had the pleasure of attending the Worldwide Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), held in Doha, Qatar recently. This is the third year Microsoft has participated in the summit and it continues to be a very valuable K-20 conversation around the state of education around the world, and the need for reform. I participated in…

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18 of the world’s most innovative teaching projects

As I’ve said before, the highlight of my year is attending the Partners in Learning Innovative Educator Forums around the world. This year’s worldwide finals event in Washington, D.C. was no exception.  It’s an amazing opportunity to talk, to witness some amazing heroes from every corner of the globe, and the innovations that these teachers…

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Talking about technology access on Rainmakers.TV

Back in September, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting (see blog post here) where Microsoft made a new commitment to help bring digital access to one million low-income families in the United States. I was able to speak with Stan Emert, the president of Rainmakers.TV about Microsoft’s…

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Live@edu Tops 22M Users, Grows 100 Percent Year Over Year

(Sharing my blog post today from the Official Microsoft Blog) Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing up every day, making Live@edu the most widely used cloud productivity service for education. New schools using Live@edu…

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Celebrating the world’s most innovative & inspiring teachers

I’m excited to be in Washington, D.C. this week among more than 700 of the most talented educators and school leaders from around the world at the 7th annual Partners in Learning Global Forum. This is one of my favorite weeks every year at Microsoft, because it’s actually happening with teachers…real people who are using…

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Expanding Partners in Learning to Higher Education

The Partners in Learning program is a flagship program for Microsoft’s work in education, and one of the things that I’m most proud of as a Microsoft employee. It started eight years ago and is the company’s 10-year $500 million commitment to invest, support and celebrate the work of teachers around the world, as well…

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Working with UNESCO to help teachers use technology in their classrooms

One of the things on the mind of government officials and education leaders around the world is how to raise the quality and impact of teaching and innovative teaching practices. The use of technology to drive change and innovation in classrooms is at the center of the debate, and we see invest in teacher training…

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The Kinect Effect in Education

As a gamer and someone who’s excited about the potential for gamification in education and the way in which we can apply incentives and other features of gaming to the learning process, I am a huge fan of Kinect. I’m a fan of the opportunities it’s going to open up for new user interfaces, the…

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Leveraging SharePoint for your LMS

As schools and teachers continue to use digital assets for collaboration, homework assignments, and more, learning management systems and tools such as Moodle have grown in popularity in classrooms. ELEARNINGFORCE manages to take many of the same features and tools requested by customers and built a solution around Microsoft SharePoint as a toolset.  This not only…

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Celebrating the most innovative schools on World Teacher’s Day

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, I’m excited to congratulate the 2012 class of Mentor and Pathfinder schools joining the Microsoft Partners in Learning (PIL) Schools Program. These schools and the teachers behind them are a constant source of inspiration for their steadfast dedication and passion to drive positive change in education. The 82 schools…

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