Vote now for this year’s Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award

In just about two weeks, more than 400 students from 70 countries will travel to New York City to compete at this year’s Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals. I’m starting to get inspired by all the projects created by students that not only enhance the way technology is making a difference in education, but really…

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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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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…

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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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Accessibility in Education: Real Examples…Real Impact

I know I’ve written on the importance of accessibility in education before, but I wanted to share this video below which does an excellent job of featuring some real examples on how technology can make a difference.  It features some ways in which Microsoft is incorporating an accessibility focus into our design for Windows 7…

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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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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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Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Agilix

The quality and the support of our partner ecosystem is, I think, a big reason why Microsoft is so successful. We have evolved into a company that really relies on a set of diverse partners to provide rich solutions to customers of all types and of all needs.  By embracing a wide variety of partners,…

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Conversation with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

At our US Public Sector CIO Summit event recently, I had to opportunity to catch up with Susan Johnson, the CIO at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. I always love talking to Susan.  She not only has passionate energy for her work, but she has tremendous insights on the progress that she’s making with Charlotte-Mecklenburg,…

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