Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, Connecting Up and TechSoup Asia are proud to bring you our first Tech4Good webinar series, February through June 2013.
Tune in online and listen to free presentations on technology for not-for-profits. You will also have the chance to ask questions to our presenters during each webinar.
View the webinar schedule below and click on each link to register for your free spot. Places are limited so make sure you don’t miss out!
All webinars will start at 12:00 pm Singapore time. Click here to view the time in your region.
Introduction to Windows 8
Wednesday, 27 February12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
This webinar will offer an end-user’s point of view of what’s different in Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 8. You will see a live demonstration of Windows 8, including new key features, how to approach the new interface, hints and tips for using Windows 8 better and an explanation of how Windows 8 devices are integrated. Register for the Windows 8 webinar now!
Microsoft’s New Office
Thursday, 21 March12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
The latest version of Microsoft Office has many new features and this webinar will take you through a live demonstration of this new suite of software and its key useful features. We will also explain how eligible not-for-profits can access donated licenses from Microsoft. Register for the New Office webinar now!
Discover Microsoft SharePoint
Tuesday, 30 April 12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
This webinar will show first-hand the value of SharePoint social features and team collaboration in real life. It will cover how SharePoint can be used for public facing websites and as an extranet. We will look at how all the out-of-the-box functionality is used to full advantage to allow people to connect, learn and experience. Register for the SharePoint webinar now!
Cloud Computing – Are you ready and how do you approach this?
Wednesday, 29 May12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
Cloud computing is an area that can deliver real benefits to not-for-profits, but only with appropriate governance and planning. In this webinar, you will learn about the Cloud, what it means for the users in your organisation, the opportunities and challenges, things to consider before moving to the Cloud and how you can approach providers. Register for the Cloud webinar now!
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Coinciding with the global launch of Windows 8, Microsoft Sri Lanka recently introduced the latest operating system (OS) to students, helping them keep pace with the latest technological advances that are shaping the education landscape. The launch was held at Royal College Colombo on 26 October.
Addressing the audience via Skype™, Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, said the use of the updated Windows 8 system will help enrich academic activities — creating a more impactful and interactive educational experience for students around the world.
“At Microsoft, we care about education and will continue to work together with nonprofit partners and education administrators in Sri Lanka to help students reach their full potential,” Mr Salcito said.
Around 300 students, teachers and journalists took part in the video conferencing event at Royal College Colombo, which is also the first school in Sri Lanka to be selected as a Microsoft Pathfinder School. The event kicked off with a YouTube video presentation showcasing the advanced new features of Windows 8. During the event, Microsoft also introduced how the recently launched OS can help students accelerate their learning curve. Wellington Perera, Developer Evangelist of Microsoft Sri Lanka, demonstrated how the new OS differs from previous versions, and how it can be used for educational purposes.
Mr Salcito explained, “The workforce of today has changed, and job opportunities are now more diverse and different. Students have to prepare themselves for that change. Windows 8 has been designed to facilitate the use of technology by students to improve their skills and pursue exciting career opportunities.”
Mr Salcito also cited the recent launch of the Microsoft YouthSpark programme as an example of how Microsoft aims to provide students with the necessary tools and resources for learning. YouthSpark is a company-wide initiative designed to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world over the next three years.
Upali Gunasekara, Principal of Royal College Colombo, said, “Advances in software, hardware and cloud services from Microsoft have opened new avenues for students and teachers. It has accelerated the learning and teaching process in schools, and helped create a new line of communication between students and teachers. Technology and education should go hand in hand if Sri Lanka is to become the knowledge hub of Asia.”
“Advances in software, hardware and cloud services from Microsoft have opened new avenues for students and teachers.”
- Upali Gunasekara, Principal, Royal College Colombo
Microsoft Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 13 November with the South Korean Ministry of Unification and the North Korean Refugee Foundation to provide information technology (IT) education and training support for youth defectors from North Korea.
The new YouthSpark initiative was launched during the MOU signing ceremony and was attended by Craig Shank, Microsoft Vice President for International Government Affairs; Sunny Park, Legal and Corporate Affairs Lead, Microsoft Korea; South Korean Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik; and North Korean Refugees Foundation President Kim Il-joo. During the ceremony, Mr Shank explained that this programme is part of the YouthSpark activities initiated by Microsoft to bridge the opportunity divide in South Korea.
Under the collaboration, Microsoft Korea will provide basic computer skills training and software, such as Windows® and Office 365TM, over the next three years to seven schools that are specially established for North Korean youth. Computers, printers and other IT equipment donated by Microsoft to the schools will be managed and distributed by the North Korean Refugees Foundation.
Minister Yu said that North Korean youth with refugee backgrounds often face considerable difficulties in adapting to a new society, and Microsoft’s funding and support will help the young people keep up with the latest advances in IT technology.
“Microsoft is committed to aiding North Korean refugee youth to overcome the opportunity gaps they may face in terms of education and employment. Through this programme, we aim to support their endeavours and help them develop adequate work skills — and to ultimately assimilate faster into their new living environment,” added Ms Park.
“Microsoft is committed to helping North Korean refugee youth to overcome the opportunity gaps they may face in terms of education and employment.”
- Sunny Park, Legal and Corporate Affairs Lead, Microsoft Korea
The Microsoft New Zealand Education team kicked off the inaugural Innovative Schools Forum on 30-31 August, as part of the Partners in Learning programme.
The event was attended by more than 100 primary and secondary school educators, who gathered at the Botany Downs Secondary College to discuss and collaborate on the best ways to use information and communications technology (ICT) within the classroom.
The two-day Forum was recently elevated to Mentor School status in Microsoft’s Worldwide Innovative Schools programme — the highest level of achievement that recognises the resourceful ways in which technology is used to engage students and the educational community.
Focused on up-skilling, inspiring and resourcing participants, the Innovative Schools successfully brought together many different New Zealand schools together. Botany Downs Principal Michael Leach and Associate Principal Karen Brinsden helped to craft and deliver the workshop content, as well as facilitate collaboration between the attendees with a shared Microsoft OneNote® set of resources.
Microsoft's Partners in Learning Network aims to facilitate a truly global community of innovative educators who are connected online and are sharing new ideas that help students learn.
“Participants at the Innovative Schools Forum were overwhelmingly positive about our first-time staging of this event, which provided them with tangible ideas to kick-start ICT use in the classroom,” said Evan Blackman, Microsoft New Zealand Education Lead. “We would like to thank Botany Downs Secondary College and IT Partner New Era IT for helping to pull this event together, and we look forward to building on the success of the inaugural Forum.”
“Participants at the Innovative Schools Forum were provided with tangibleideas to kick-start ICT use in the classroom.”
- Evan Blackman, Microsoft New Zealand Education Lead
Risqi Utama Saputra, a student at the University of Gajah Mada (UGM) in Jogjakarta, was a runner-up in this year’s Imagine Cup Indonesia competition. Risqi is a member of Team Antasena from UGM, which impressed the judges with the development of Lexipal, a game application based on Microsoft technology that helps children with dyslexia overcome their learning difficulties in a fun and engaging manner.
With Microsoft’s continued support, Risqi and his Antasena team members recently bagged the top prize in the application development competition for college students at the Indonesian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Awards 2012. The term “Antasena” translates in the Indonesian language as a figure in shadow puppetry that cannot speak well but has a very good heart.
The Kinect® for Xbox 360 platform was used by the Antasena team to develop interactive online apps that significantly enhance dyslexic children’s learning experience.
“Children diagnosed with dyslexia often face problems in their literacy skills development and some may experience considerable difficulties in learning how to read, write and spell,” said Risqi. “In the development of Lexipal, we conducted extensive research and collaborated closely with medical care and teaching professionals in order to create a Kinect-based app that is conducive to helping dyslexic children learn while engaging their interest at the same time.”
Risqi and his fellow students also competed at the International ICT Innovative Service Contest 2012, held in Taiwan in November, and at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards held in Brunei in December.
“The UGM Students success in creating an app to help dyslexic children embodies the spirit of the Imagine Cup competition and our effort to inspire young people to develop innovative technologies that can bring a positive change,” said Risman Adnan, Developer and Platform Director, Microsoft Indonesia. “Microsoft is delighted that Risqi and his teammates are gaining recognition for their Lexipal application.”
“Our team conducted extensive research and collaborated closely with medical care and teaching professionals to create a Kinect-based app that is conducive to helping dyslexic children learn.”
- Risqi Utama Saputra, Student at the University of Gajah Mada
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