Office 365 for education – a game changer for teaching and learning

The cloud and online learning are key trends and opportunities to transform education today. And with today’s launch and availability of Office 365 for education, schools now have a holistic collaboration platform that will change the game. As schools face ever-tightening budgets and the pressure to innovate, Microsoft is offering enterprise quality technology for free…

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More than 4.5 million Catholic School Students to Receive Microsoft Office 365 for Education

Sharing my blog post from The Official Microsoft Blog… Today, the Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) took an exciting step toward delivering a brighter future for Catholic students around the world, demonstrating there is no greater resource to invest in than that of youth. Recognizing changes were needed to provide their students with the 21st…

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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 one natural resource that increases in value as it…

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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 an important part of the work we do…

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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 courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative) Microsoft is extending…

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Innovative Teaching & Learning Research Project

During my visits I often have the great fortune of seeing best practices truly transforming schools and classrooms.  I get to hear and learn from educators who are making magic happen for their students…and while I’m always inspired and energized…I am often challenged by the recognition that these projects largely do not scale and often…

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Taking Action: State of the Union

By 2035, today’s preschoolers and kindergarteners will be entering the workforce.  The students of today are laying the core building blocks for the workforce of 2035. That is why I applaud the focus from President Obama’s State of the Union address last week focused on innovation, education and students.   This triad is a critical and…

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Preparing Today’s Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Sharing my blog post published today on the Microsoft On The Issues blog here… This week, people from around the world will gather at two education events in London – the Education World Forum (EWF) and the BETT trade show – to discuss how technology can help improve the state of education in the United…

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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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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.S. Public Sector CIO Summit (see…

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