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Save the date for the second annual International Women’s Hackathon: April 24 - 27
Designed to encourage and support female college students pursing computer sciences, the second annual International Women’s Hackathon is set for April 24 – 27, 2014 on university campuses around the world. Rane Johnson-Stempson , director of Education and Scholarly Communication at Microsoft...
18 Dec 2013
Microsoft to help launch new association for accessibility professionals
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, which wants to transform accessibility into a globally recognized profession, will launch in March, reports Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer. “So far, accessibility has developed at a grassroots level, hindered...
17 Dec 2013
OneNote videos can inspire you to organize your work, plan events and take class notes
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5 Dec 2013
Microsoft YouthSpark, Right To Play team up to help kids in Africa develop skills needed to create change
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Right To Play, which operates play-based education programs in more than 20 countries around the world. Right To Play reaches 1 million children and youth through weekly play activities that enhance their educations, teach critical health lessons...
20 Nov 2013
Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education
On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. The hearing, titled “...
18 Nov 2013
Big data takes center stage at symposium celebrating research collaborations
Big data took center stage at the recent Microsoft Research Asia Joint Labs Symposium, where more than 50 faculty and graduate students joined more than 20 Microsoft researchers to discuss the future of data-intensive science. With the theme of “Research Collaborations in the Big Data Era,”...
14 Nov 2013
Trainer who teaches Microsoft technology to educators gives advice on how to prepare students for the future
Kim West, recently recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer and Fellow for 15 years of training teachers to incorporate Microsoft technologies into teaching and learning, wants to help educators prepare students for a successful future. In a post she writes on the Microsoft in Education...
13 Nov 2013
Mobile App Acceleration Camp in 30+ countries gives you a fast-track to AppCampus grants
There is a now a fast-track to AppCampus grants -- through the Mobile App Acceleration Camp (MAAC) in more than 30 countries. MAAC, held in partnership with local accelerator and incubator partners, offers expert insights and assistance to local developers and helps them become eligible for AppCampus...
12 Nov 2013
Microsoft spotlights Expert Educators and Mentor Schools for 2014
On Thursday, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide Education Anthony Salcito announced Microsoft’s 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools . “These exclusive, year-long programs were created to recognize educators and schools who are on the leading edge of education innovation, paving...
7 Nov 2013
Microsoft’s largest scale education agreement will help boost skills for 4 million students in Sao Paulo state network
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
On Thursday, Microsoft announced an agreement with the Sao Paolo State Department of Education (SEE) to offer Office 365 free of charge to more than 4 million students from the state education network through the Student Advantage program. This joint initiative with the SEE represents an investment of...
1 Nov 2013
No victory lap: In education, we all have work to do
The following post is from Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. Every day, we hear about some of the many challenges staring educators in the face – budget shortfalls, an increasingly complex educational landscape, and the difficulty of preparing students for a...
30 Oct 2013
Microsoft Research scientist lifts TouchDevelop to the cloud
To make app development simpler and to help programmers reach a larger audience, TouchDevelop provides a cross-platform programming environment where you can write scripts by tapping on the screen. Cloud sessions provide a simple way to save data in the cloud and to share data between different devices...
28 Oct 2013
Study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s world
On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can help better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. As...
15 Oct 2013
Men as allies at a women’s computing conference
If there’s one thing Betsy Aoki, senior program manager at Bing, has learned after working in tech for 18 years, this is it: It’s critical to create a network of allies. That’s why she sent her friend and coworker Matt Wallaert to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing ...
3 Oct 2013
Students lead the way at TEDxRedmond event on tech, entertainment and design
On Sept. 28, hundreds of young people came to the Microsoft Campus. Local middle and high school students accompanied by parents, educators and civic leaders made up an audience of 600 who attended TEDxRedmond . “ TEDx events are independently organized to promote ideas about technology, entertainment...
3 Oct 2013
Microsoft hosts panel on modernizing the teaching profession and the importance of STEM
On Wednesday, leading policy makers, educators and industry leaders gathered to address approaches to modernize and elevate the teaching profession to meet the demands of a globally competitive world at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Panelists discussed how critical...
27 Sep 2013
10 inspiring things you never knew about Partners in Learning
The following is a post from Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. After only a decade, Partners in Learning (PiL) has reached millions of teachers and students, empowering them with technology and resources. The goal in 2003, when the program was first introduced...
10 Sep 2013
Be cool with this back to school collection of Windows Phone apps
Where the heck did summer go? Many parents are sending their kids off to their first day of school – and older kids are getting back in the groove of waking up at the crack of dawn – but it’s still early enough to help students get a leg up with the 23 “ Back to School ”...
26 Aug 2013
Congratulations to the winners of the Third Annual STEM Video Game Challenge
Sixteen talented young game designers from across the country as the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media announced the middle school and high school student winners of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge . This is the third year in a row that Microsoft has supported...
11 Jul 2013
Calling all schools: Bing announces search for education
School may be out for the summer, but search is in. Bing today announced a new initiative to help the schools teach digital literacy skills. Later this year, Bing For Schools will give U.S. schools the option to tailor the Bing experience for K-12 students by removing all advertisements from search...
24 Jun 2013
Meet the judges for Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change
In May, Microsoft launched the YouthSpark Challenge for Change. Young people aged 18 to 25 were asked to share a social cause near and dear to their hearts and devise a way to address that cause using Windows and Office. “The submissions we received address a wide range of social issues such...
5 Jun 2013
Microsoft Certified Educator exam launches to help teachers highlight their tech skills
You’ve probably heard of the skills gap – the lack of qualified candidates to fill open technology jobs. What has government leaders and technology companies even more concerned is that the gap is projected to grow. But how do you begin to fill the gap? A great place to start is with teachers...
20 May 2013
Windows Azure grants give educators and students free pass to cloud computing
The future of computing is in the cloud, and no one knows that more than the universities and institutions teaching the next crop of computer science talent. With the already growing skills gap for cloud-related IT workers , technology companies like Microsoft are also motivated to get future generations...
3 May 2013
State of Maine switches students to Windows PCs
The Microsoft in Education blog today shared the news that the State of Maine has selected the HP ProBook 4440 running Windows 8 as the learning device of choice for all 7th and 8th grade middle school students. This is a watershed moment as Maine has the only statewide-led 1:1 computing program for...
30 Apr 2013
Microsoft supports ‘Girls in ICT Day’
Want to know how underrepresented women and girls are in science and technology in the developed and developing world? Here are a couple of stats to chew on from Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Public-Private Partnerships Manager, International Organizations at Microsoft: “In the United States, only 18...
25 Apr 2013
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