U.S. Teachers Leading a Learning Revolution

I was excited to be able to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum last week in Redmond where 100 educators from 25 states showcased their innovative classroom projects to vie for a spot to compete at the Partners in Learning Global Forum later this year. The event is not just a competition,…

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Congratulations to the Imagine Cup 2012 Winners!

I wish I could be in two places at once, but it was physically impossible for me to be in Australia for the Worldwide Imagine Cup finals. More than 350 students from 75 countries met in Sydney last week to present their technology projects that tackle humanitarian issues including health, accessibility, the environment, education and…

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Microsoft’s new investment in the future of digital reading

We are excited about the opportunity digital reading has to provide new avenues for personalized learning to help students and teachers realize their full potential. Today, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Barnes & Noble to develop future innovations to accelerate e-reading across a broad range of Windows devices. One of the first outcomes of…

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A turning point for education? Trends to watch in 2012.

Will the year 2012 prove to be a turning point for education? There’s certainly an ever-increasing spotlight on the quality of education and an interest to help improve it from all corners of society. As I travel around the world, I see many technology companies increasing their focus and investment in education. And I think…

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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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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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What new devices mean to the world of publishing in education

One of the most exciting trends happening in education today is the evolution of digital publishing. Publishers around the world are starting to embrace not only new reading modalities but new form factors and devices to create both interactive and enriching experiences for students and educators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is on the forefront of…

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New assistive learning technologies removing communication barriers on Windows 7

Technology is having a transformative impact around the world. I wanted to share another great story, this time from the Abu Dhabi Center for Autism in the United Arab Emirates, where children with autism are benefitting from new technology form factors and user interfaces in assistive learning scenarios. In the video below, you can see…

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Microsoft announces $15M R&D focus on next-generation learning models, plus resources for students & teachers

UPDATED July 18th at 8:00 a.m. PT with URL to White House press release. Recognizing it will take all of us…schools, parents, guardians, foundations, governments and corporate partners to meet the challenges facing our kids today…we are honored to be invited to meet with President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senior White House Advisors, and…

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