India Ministry Selects Live@Edu in Microsoft’s Largest Cloud Deployment Ever to 7.5 Million People

This week, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) branch of India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development made a big bet on delivering a brighter future for not only India’s up-and-comers, but for the future of India itself. Recognizing that an educated population is one natural resource that increases in value as it…


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…


The importance on assessing students’ 21st century skills, not just math, science and reading

(Cross-post from the Microsoft EMEA Press Centre blog.) This week, Microsoft is taking part in the annual Education World Forum in London. For us, it’s a great opportunity to meet with education ministers from around the globe and hear about the different issues facing their countries. It’s an important part of the work we do…


Microsoft Commits to Bring Digital Access and Skills Training to 1M U.S. Students

Yesterday, I had the privilege of combining my personal passion with my profession on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to announce that Microsoft will bring digital access to one million students from low-income families. The video of our announcement can be found here. (Photo courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative) Microsoft is extending…


New opportunities for students to participate in this year’s Imagine Cup competition

I wanted to share my blog post from earlier today over on the Microsoft Blog.  As I’ve written before, I am a big fan of the Imagine Cup. It is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their creativity while getting real world experience in the tech industry and an incredible resource for educators to…


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…


Students rise to the challenge at the Imagine Cup

If you haven’t heard of the Imagine Cup…or read my previous blogs about it…I really would like to share it with you.  It’s one of the things I’m most proud to be involved with and one of the most exciting events around that helps to empower students to use their creativity to change the world….


Education trends to watch for in 2010

As I reflect on 2009…what did and did not come to full fruition since I wrote this post last year…and what lies ahead for the year 2010, many different trends and topics come to mind. I’ll try to distill my list down to a handful of key themes and thoughts I’ve developed from being on…


The need to prioritize rural education

I attended the National Community Education Association’s (NCEA) annual conference last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona where they held the first national forum on “Revitalizing America’s Rural Communities.”  Every child has the right to a quality education…and improving access and opening up opportunities for students in rural areas is a worldwide dilemma we must address. I…


Illinois Software Donation Helps Students Gain Career Skills

Some level of technology skills is required in almost every profession and job these days. A recent IDC report commissioned by Microsoft showed that global spending on IT will create 5.8 million new jobs by 2013…so what are we doing to make sure our students are prepared? Today, we announced the donation of more than…