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As part of Microsoft’s presence at BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) 2014 in London, where educational tecnology is the key topic, Anthony Salcito, the company’s vice president of Worldwide Education, explained how the "Anytime Anywhere Learning for All" program covered how to effectively execute 1:1 programs, and why the 1:1 method delivers on the promise of transformative learning.
Salcito writes on the Microsoft in Education blog that “Studies on transformative learning environments have shown that successful 1:1 programs focus on learning, and not devices; they address student engagement, active pedagogy, and the business of learning.”
Other advantages to the 1:1 programs, Salcito writes, includes giving students “a more meaningful voice in their education, and a strategy and environment that supports deeper learning. For educators, a 1:1 program can free them from being "content providers" and instead let them serve as mentors, learning strategists, advisors, coaches, and researchers exploring new, innovative teaching practices. By shifting from teacher- to student–directed learning, classrooms can begin to develop a contemporary curriculum strategy.”
The “Anytime Anywhere” program also reported on the best strategies for building relationships with IT decision makers, such as a Design and Deployment workshop, which addresses the critical steps required for effective deployment of a 1:1 program.
“It provides school leadership with a framework which encourages dialogue and clear expectations about what a 1:1 initiative will mean for students, teachers and the whole school community, and addresses strategic, pedagogical, technical and tactical implications for school heads, IT directors, curriculum heads and their teams.”
The “Anytime Anywhere” program also included discussions and panels about 1:1 programs’ value and economic impact.
While BETT 2014 is winding down, the 10th annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain in March. More than 700 of the world’s most innovative educators, school leaders and education leaders from 75 countries are expected to attend this event, which provides professional development, team building, collaboration and sharing of best practices.
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Athima ChansanchaiMicrosoft News Center Staff