More fun and learning with Ribbon Hero 2

One of my favorite things that Microsoft has created is Ribbon Hero. This free download and tool provides a game-like environment for students and teachers, and really anyone, to get more comfortable with the features and resources within Microsoft Office…and especially learn how to navigate and leverage the power of the Office Ribbon. The Office…


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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Create a Montage of your classroom…from FUSE Labs

In my blog, I like to share and reflect on technologies that I think represent exciting new potential for the future, are relevant to education ICT integration, or provide tangible examples of larger trends.  Montage, a tech preview from Microsoft’s Fuse Labs…does all three.  Certainly, the way in which teachers and students use the web…


Rapid technology change and the technology transition generation

In many ways, I feel like I am part of the “technology transition generation.” I’m surprised more hasn’t been written or discussed on this. What this means is I’m am part of a generation old enough to know a time before technology and appreciate how far we’ve progressed and young enough to still be immersed…

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IE9 as a reading platform

If you haven’t already checked out the new Internet Explorer 9 beta…first off, I encourage you to go to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ to explore the potential for the new web browser. I’ve often talked about the potential for technology in reading, and we’ve seen the potential for digital reading on devices like the iPad and Kindle, and…

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New for 2011 – Imagine Cup Solve This

I am really excited about the Imagine Cup 2011 competition…not only because the worldwide finals will be held in my hometown of New York City…but because we are launching a new program called Imagine Cup Solve This to provide students with a marketplace of real-world problems that global inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and…


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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Blue-sky thinking on Kinect and Xbox in education

I am excited about the upcoming launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 this November and the potential to push the envelope to create new experiences for the classroom and virtual learning environments. Not only does Kinect (formerly known as “Project Natal”) represent an exciting new platform for the potential of gaming and interaction in new…

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Why Office 2010 is cool for school

If you haven’t checked out Office 2010 by now, you really should play with it yourself to see how it can change teaching and learning and enable students and staff to be more productive and collaborative. Download the free trial here. Here is my top 5 list of what I think is cool for education. 1. In OneNote…

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Keep your students engaged with Interrobang!

One of my favorite new learning tools for teachers and kids on the Web this week is Interrobang. It’s a great example of not only connecting service learning and social responsibility to education but a way to connect students in project-based, team-based, and game-like environments. Interrobang is a socially networked, mission-based game where students learn…