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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Recommendations for Providing Accessible Technology for Students to Enhance Personalized Learning

We believe that everyone should have access to technology. One way Microsoft is helping to transform education for teachers and students with disabilities is through our global partnerships.  UNESCO is one of many partners we work with because we share a commitment to digital inclusion in education―inclusive classrooms, personalized learning, and accessible technology. These elements…

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The Time is Now to Move to Competency-based Teacher Professional Development

At the recent Education World Forum in London, UNESCO’s Director General Irena Bokova created a buzz when she announced a new version of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. This framework identifies key competencies that enable teachers to help prepare a 21st century workforce by using information communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom. While…

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Join the new Partners in Learning Network today and start spreading ideas to improve education worldwide

I’m delighted to officially announce the launch of our revamped Partners in Learning Network here at the BETT Show in London. Originally launched in 2009, the new community site is now open to teachers and school leaders in over 115 countries, and has been enhanced with many new features and resources all designed to encourage…

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Navigating the world via Bing and Microsoft Translator

One of the things I love about the Bing toolbar is the translation service that uses Microsoft Translator technology to provide online automatic translation of text and web pages.  In my worldwide role, I am increasingly traveling to countries I’ve never visited before and communicating with folks who speak many different languages. Before I travel,…

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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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Kinect in education…open for ideas and exploration with the new SDK

I’ve previously talked about my excitement over games-based learning and natural user interface, and how increasingly Microsoft has invested in exploring how these areas can make a difference in education. Since its release, there has been tremendous enthusiasm and fascination about Kinect as not only a tool to help navigation and interaction, but to help…

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Celebrate Pi Day By Giving Microsoft Math 4.0 A Try

We know math is a universal need in education…and also a major source of frustration for students. In fact, 73% of parents and 77% of teachers say math is the most difficult homework subject for their students, while only 36 percent of parents say they are prepared to help their children with math homework.  And a…

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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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K-12 Schools…Taking the Microsoft Cloud by Storm

I’ve talked a lot about the value of Live@edu in higher education on this blog, and that’s not to say there’s isn’t demand in the K-12 space…in fact, we are seeing huge spikes of interest from school districts and Ministries of Education around the world.  The Kentucky Department of Education just announced they are moving…

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