Cool new devices for schools at CES

I’m back in the office after a quick trip to Las Vegas for CES. I love to walk the show floor each year to see all the new gadgets, not just because it’s fun to tinker with new technology, but because I like to get a first look at the new innovations that could be…

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Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Tribal

One of the things schools are increasingly looking towards is the use of technology and data to create an opportunity for transformation and optimization of student learning opportunities. I’ve blogged previously about how schools are using data better to drive more successful student outcomes, and how partners are building new solutions to help them. Tribal…

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Microsoft Education Partner Interview: SunGard

As technology in higher education continues to evolve and become more mission critical to operations across systems and learning environments…administrators are seeking new ways to evolve their current platforms. They’re also looking to embrace cloud technologies, mobile devices, as well as creating new opportunities for faculty and students to leverage technology. One of our education…

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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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2011 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year — Desire2Learn

I’ve spent some time in Los Angeles this week at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) meeting with partners, talking about business opportunities to build on the Microsoft platform to deliver new solutions to the education market and celebrating their successes. This year, Desire2Learn won the 2011 Microsoft Public Sector Education Partner of the Year…

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Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 helping schools save money and make 1:1 computing real

In my 19 years at Microsoft, I’ve never seen a product evolve as much as Microsoft MultiPoint Server has in such a short period of time. Buying more computers to provide more students with access to technology is not the only expense schools are worried about…there are also budget considerations for energy and maintenance. With…

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Making access to technology a reality via Shape the Future

One of the initiatives I’m most proud of is the work we do around Shape the Future.  It’s really all about making access to technology a right and not a privilege for every student on the planet.  And increasingly this is a priority for governments and schools throughout the world. As we think about the…

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Will “Waiting for ‘Superman’” provoke the change we need?

There’s certainly lots of controversy surrounding the movie “Waiting for ‘Superman’”… some debate around the value of charter schools, the impact of unions and criticism of teachers. However, some things no one can deny… one, we have to celebrate and encourage great teachers, and do what we can to cherish and praise and support the…

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New technology for back to school in Ocala, Florida

I was in Ocala, Florida recently to talk to about 500 teachers and administrators about how they can incorporate technology into their classrooms as they prepare for the upcoming school year and learn about new technology the district is rolling out.  This Technology Day for Marion County Public Schools happened to take place at the…

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Using the Microsoft Platform to Drive Institutional Effectiveness

These are extremely challenging times for higher education institutions that are struggling with the balance between efficiency and cost cutting, and maintaining and improving their overall effectiveness. While $2.4 trillion is spent on education every year worldwide, effectiveness of spend can be as low as 7% according to the World Bank. How do you assess…

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