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Navigating the Crowded Education App Landscape: A Little Help
Microsoft Education Team
In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of education apps that promise to remake learning for the 21st century. The rise of mobile computing has spawned apps that make math fun and bring reading and storytelling to life. Apps that make collaborating with students in distant classrooms as easy...
13 Mar 2014
Get Window-Eyes for Free
Score one for our visually-impaired learners. Windows-Eyes is a screen reader for Windows that reads everything on your desktop with voice or attached braille reading devices. The app supports a variety of languages to provide accessibility to new language learners. Additionally, Window-Eyes runs on...
21 Jan 2014
Surface 2 Improvements Are Better For Learning
On September 23, 2013, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of Surface tablets. The improvements for teaching and learning make the Surface 2 even better for education. Related Stores: Introducing Microsoft Surface… Windows 8.1 for Educators Coming October 18, 2013 Cameron’s Favorite...
24 Sep 2013
If America Ran Like SimCity
SimCity is a rich and immersive experience for students learning the complexities and subtleties of the world we live in. From the decisions of where to place a road to what your city should have as a specialization, SimCity makes the complex decisions of our national, state, and local leaders approachable...
7 Mar 2013
A generation ago, I became a Microsoft fan with a revolutionary project codenamed: "Chicago." That inspiration spawn a series of events that led me here. Who's next? Related Stores: Windows 8 Release Preview in Pictures The Next-Generation of Windows is Here!! Which Edition of Windows 7 Do You...
25 Oct 2012
US Forum Educators Make STEM Engaging – Part 1 of 2
West Allegheny High School teacher and students set the national high bar for innovative learning through STEM in Imperial, PA. Annually, Microsoft hosts America’s innovative educators at its Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum. The US Forum is an opportunity for educators to showcase and exchange...
29 May 2012
The Next Big Thing in Learning!
What is the story behind the statement that there is no “next big thing”? EdTech Magazine recently quoted Cameron Evans saying, “The reality is that there is no “next big thing”…The next big shift will be all of these things taken together.” First, you will...
22 May 2012
Campus Inspiration from Retail Innovation
Could a connected retail shopping experience inspire schools to build holistic engagements for educators, students, and parents? Catch a glimpse of what is possible today. Razorfish Connected Retail Experience Platform (codename “5D”) from Razorfish – Emerging Experiences on Vimeo ...
4 May 2012
Microsoft Research Mashup for Pictures and Video
Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that will that will let you create the newspaper images from Hogwarts’ Daily Prophet. Okay, maybe I used a little hyperbole in that introduction. However, when I first discovered MSR’s Cliplets –the images in the Daily Prophet...
19 Apr 2012
Can eBooks Make Minority Students More Avid Readers?
A new report from Pew Research Center highlights “ the rise of e-reading “ and the Americans who read electronically. Only one of these students read an eBook last year. This is a timely study as more schools and universities investigate how ETEXT can be a core component of next-generation...
6 Apr 2012
The Science of Storytelling
New technologies from Microsoft Research are enabling scientists, researchers, and citizen scientists to build better narratives with big data. I talk with a lot of education stakeholders about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (collectively STEM) Education weekly. There is an urgent...
4 Apr 2012
Guest post: Daily Insights from the Heroes in Education: Dailyedventures.com
Occasionally I host guest posts from other educators and those within Microsoft. This post I couldn’t refuse (perhaps because he’s my boss?!) Do give it a read, it is ambitious goal for 2012, a new voice in education everyday – from across the globe. Innovating in education is tough, day-to-day work...
5 Mar 2012
Kinect for Kids: Playful Learning Initiative
Microsoft Kinect for Kids is changing the ways kids learn through play. Learn more about Playful Learning Initiative after the break. Related posts: Come and Play on Sesame Street, Really Let’s Play Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Kinect for Windows Starts Feb 1...
12 Jan 2012
Kinect for Windows Starts Feb 1
Kinect for Windows will be commercially available Feb 1. What does this mean for classroom learning? Related posts: You Can Judge A Book By Its Sensors Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star? Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] ...read more
11 Jan 2012
Come and Play on Sesame Street, Really Let’s Play
The next time you tickle Elmo, it may be on XBOX 360 with Kinect. The Kinect for Kids Playful Learning Initiative is moving to Sesame Street. Let's meet the new neighbors. Related posts: Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star? Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Fly the...
11 Jan 2012
Classified: For Education Only
In the symphony of education assets, Microsoft has instruments for you to play first position as a teacher or student. Checkout this incredible collection curated by the Microsoft Partners in Learning team. Related posts: Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Frank Machos Teaches...
10 Jan 2012
Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star?
XBOX 360 debuts immersive learning for the masses. Now, everyone can become a Rock Star! Related posts: Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Skype Joins Microsoft! CSEdWeek: Beginner’s Resource Guide for App Developers – Updated ...read more
3 Jan 2012
An Inkling of an Idea for Next-Gen Assessments
Can next-generation assessments be paper-based and digital documents at the same time? Cameron considers the possibilities of a new product from longtime Microsoft partner, Wacom's Inkling. No related posts. ...read more
31 Aug 2011
Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko
Watch the video of educator Johnny Kissko of Lubbock ISD sharing how he is using Kinect for XBOX360 in the classroom to engage students and remake the modern learning environment. Related posts: Microsoft Presents the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum Microsoft Innovative Educator Webcast Series...
23 Aug 2011
A Conversation with Dr. Jane McGonigal, author
I got a chance to chat with Dr. Jane McGonigal, author of "Reality of Broken," at the US Innovative Education Forum at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Checkout her thoughts on gaming, learning through failure, and what Chief State School Officers should be doing on next-generation assessments...
6 Aug 2011
MYSCIENCE. The Consumerization of Science [updated]
This week at Microsoft Research’s 12th annual Faculty Summit, Project Hawaii student creations from over 20 universities will be on showcase. Project Hawaii is an experimental program that provides students with tools, services, and equipment to create their own, cloud-enabled applications using Windows...
20 Jul 2011
Change the World - Vote for Your Favorite Imagine Cup Team
CLICK HERE to vote for the team you believe best uses technology to solve the world's toughest problems. Students around the world are combining brain power, teamwork and technology to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft’s ...read more
8 Jun 2011
Nervous about student teaching?
Office in Education
On our new Preservice Teachers website , you'll find links to lesson plans, Office tools for teachers, classroom management strategies, and teacher communities that will help get your student teaching off on the right foot. I've spoken with a number ...read more
10 May 2011
Teachers, We Love You and Thank You!
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Month, Microsoft is sharing stories of the teachers that made a difference in the lives of many of the people working at Microsoft. Please join us in thanking the teachers that had an impact in your life. For more ...read more
3 May 2011
2011 U.S. Innnovative Education Forum Finalists Are In! (Updated)
This year’s first round of 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum Finalists are a diverse group of talented educators. These educator have put forth their innovative classroom strategies for engaging students with relevance, rigor, and remixing education ...read more
25 Apr 2011
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