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  • Blog Post: Developing Teachers and School Leaders: A Foundational Approach

    At this week’s Microsoft in Education Global Forum , the over 1100 attendees are getting a crash course on education innovation. They’re learning new teaching approaches and tools from peers and experts. They’re hearing about the most pressing issues in education through our Hot Topics...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft in Education Global Forum – Day 1 in Pictures

    All week, we’ve been talking to you about the Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014, and some of the great things we’ve been seeing. As the event continues, we wanted to share the action with you and show some of our highlights so far. We’ve added a few of our favorite shots below...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating our Global Progress

    Recently, Microsoft announced a major step forward in our ongoing efforts to equip students worldwide with the technology and skills needed to ensure their future success. Although only initially available in the U.S., I’m excited about the potential this represents for students around the world...
  • Blog Post: Doing the Hard Work of Impacting Student Outcomes

    Trenton Goble, Chief Academic Officer at MasteryConnect will be addressing this topic in the Microsoft Partner Theater at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) on Friday, January 31st, at 1:00pm. The current factory model of education is failing our students. It is time to dislodge...
  • Blog Post: Building Tomorrow's Workforce Today: A Thoughtful Approach

    At this week’s BETT show In London, I’m among policy-makers, school leaders, and other education innovators, all with a common goal: choosing a long-term technology solution that will maximize limited budgets and learning impacts and do the right thing for students and their communities....
  • Blog Post: How Innovative Schools Achieve Transformative Learning

    When I talk about transformative learning, I often highlight the individuals who make it happen -- from the kindergarten teacher using Surface tablets and innovative Windows 8 apps to reinvigorate his classroom, to the visionary school leader who ensures her students are ready for their next step, whether...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Teachers Win at Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum

    In the lovely setting of the Prague Castle, five teachers from Florida, Michigan and Washington state were among 21 awarded global recognition for their innovative work in the classroom. These educators, part of Team USA mentioned here last week, took home prizes in the categories: cutting edge use of...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Encouraging collaboration and engagement in middle school students

    As we prepare for the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum (#PiLGF) in Prague, Czech Republic, I will be featuring guest posts from “Team USA” (the 16 teachers who will be representing the U.S. at this amazing professional learning experience). Today’s post is from educator Todd LaVogue @ToddLaVogue...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s U.S. Innovative Education Forum Set to Kick Off

    (Cross-posted from the Official Microsoft Blog ) School may be out for summer, but for many highly-motivated teachers and school leaders, there is no break. Educators are hard at work scouring the Web and connecting with their peers, looking for new teaching ideas to inspire their kids next year and...
  • Blog Post: A Post BASIC World?

    What does is mean to be in a post BASIC world? This is the question that comes to mine when I read about an article titled How are students learning programming in a post-Basic world? I think that for most of the people in the discussion it means that ...read more
  • Blog Post: U.S. Teachers Leading a Learning Revolution

    I was excited to be able to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum last week in Redmond where 100 educators from 25 states showcased their innovative classroom projects to vie for a spot to compete at the Partners in Learning Global Forum later this year. The event is not just a competition...
  • Blog Post: Would you have a live TV broadcast from your classroom?

    Ok, maybe yes, but how about if this was scheduled first thing Monday morning following a long Thanksgiving Break? Well, as they say, that’s how they roll at High Tech High. Last week I had a fun opportunity to visit High Tech High School in San Diego, CA. This unique public charter high school draws...
  • Blog Post: Flying Fish & Kinect help lead the final U.S. team to the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    As many of you might recall there was a fair amount of blogging activity around the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum we hosted in July. The event brought together just over 100 educators from across the country to showcase and highlight innovative teaching practices that are...
  • Blog Post: Thank a Teacher

    We hear so much about what is wrong with the education in the U.S., but I know this week we can get beyond the debate and the dialogue to focus on celebrating teachers and how we can better support teachers so they can help students be successful. It is after all National Teacher Appreciation Week ....
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Wednesday: Giving Students a Voice with Windows 8

    Today marks the first in a series of Windows 8 Wednesday posts, weekly updates focused on how Windows 8 is making a difference in education – for both educators and students. I hope you will check back often and follow me on this journey. Just a few days ago, I had the privilege of helping to...
  • Blog Post: U.S. teachers that are going to change the world

    Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 7th annual Partners in Learning Global Forum. I attended for the first time last year in Cape Town, South Africa, and this time the venue was Washington, D.C. We were honored to welcome and host hundreds of education leaders in our nation’s capital...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Workshop at the Imagine Cup

    These are the views that greeted students entering the Sky Lobby of the host hotel of the World wide Imagine Cup this afternoon. We had room for just over 70 people to sit and work the hands on part of the workshop and when we started there was standing ...read more
  • Blog Post: Educators Become Developers: Winners of the First Windows 8 App-a-thon

    The New Era of Digital Learning was fully on display in London early this week, when educators became developers for 24 hours in the first-ever Windows 8 App-a-thon at the British Education Technology & Training (BETT) Show. On Monday, January 28th and Tuesday, January 29th, 21 Partners in Learning...
  • Blog Post: Reflections in Pictures: Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum

    Here are some images from the past few days from the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 Global Forum in Prague. It has been an inspiring 3+ days. My post earlier this week shared a little about “Team USA” and the projects they brought to this global event. These photos will give you a sense for what...
  • Blog Post: 100 Educators to Share Innovative Classroom Practices

    We are just two weeks away from having 100 innovative educators descend on Microsoft campus in Redmond to show the positive impacts being made in classrooms across the country through innovative use of technology combined with effective teaching. These educators applied and were selected to attend this...
  • Blog Post: Want to know the best time to going fishing for salmon in Alaska? Ask a student.

    Fishing and land use are two critical issues for the state of Alaska. It may not come as a huge surprise that these issues are frequent topics of discussion in Jason Arthur’s class.  Jason teaches at Highland Tech High School in Anchorage. It might be assumed that he teaches social studies or a...
  • Blog Post: Aha! Short Reflections on the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    A guest post by Allyson Knox, Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Partners in Learning on her visit to the Forum. The 2012 US Forum kicked-off with a bang in Redmond. 100 teachers presented 73 projects to judges , educators , and guests.  My goal?  Talk to as many teachers as possible. ...
  • Blog Post: Welcoming a World of Innovation in Education

    Guest post from Lauren Woodman, General Manager of Worldwide Partners in Learning. This week, we are celebrating educators from all over the world at the 7th annual Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington, DC. This event brings more than 700 educators from more than 70 countries to learn,...
  • Blog Post: Engaging Young Students in Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking

    We are two weeks away from the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum (#PiLGF) in Prague, Czech Republic. I wanted to share another guest post from a member of “Team USA” (one of the 16 teachers who will be representing the U.S. at this amazing professional learning experience). Today’s...
  • Blog Post: Top Educators to Represent the U.S. at the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    16 educators will advance to Prague, Czech Republic to represent the United States at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum this week (Nov. 28 – Dec. 1). They will be joining 500 teachers, school and government education leaders from 80 countries. Each of these teachers have advanced...