Conversation about integrating gaming into learning

Being a gamer myself…and someone who not only grew up with video games and seen the emergence of games mirroring the emergence of technology…I understand the culture and the environment, and certainly the potential games can have to inspire students and get kids more integrated with learning.  One of the things I hear when I…

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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…


New Microsoft MultiPoint solutions enabling technology access for more schools worldwide

Many schools don’t have a roadmap or can’t afford to make the leap to 1:1 computing in the classroom…yet there is still a need to provide students with IT skills to prepare them for the workforce, and teachers want to increase the quality and variety in delivering their curriculum.  Based on these realities of technology…


Measuring the impact of technology in the classroom

I think we can all recognize the greatness and the magic that happens with our students is driven typically by the hard work, the commitment, and the talent of teachers around the world.  Therefore, it’s critical we find a way to capture their successes, share them broadly and scale that kind of impact globally. That…

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Shining a national spotlight on computer science education

Earlier this year, the United States Congress voted to celebrate Computer Science Education Week to promote computer science education in the US. This week (6-12 December) is the inaugural year and schools and teachers can find a lot of great resources at the official CSEdWeek web site here: http://www.csedweek.org/. Microsoft is a proud sponsor and…

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Education spurs economic revitalization in Mexico

I had the pleasure of visiting Mexico recently and had the opportunity to speak with institutions, educators, principals and other leaders about the potential for education to revitalize local economies. Like many countries, Mexico is excited about technology’s role in transforming learning, creating new options for teachers and students, and forming a much tighter connection…


Video of the Week: Teaching & Learning & Technology at Washington State University

Institutions have long realized technology’s promise for impact in education is only fulfilled by a connection and integration to the core teaching and learning process….or at least that’s the hope.  Here’s just one example of a thoughtful approach to bring technology solutions into the learning continuum and put control in the hands of the students…