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  • Blog Post: Bing in the Classroom Makes U.S. Schools Safer and Smarter

    I am proud to announce that today, Microsoft has just made the Internet safer for students. That's because Bing in the Classroom - a free program that provides ad-free, safer, more private search in schools - is now open to all eligible K-12 schools in the U.S. With every Bing.com search done through...
  • 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: Tablet PC and OneNote — Inspiring new pedagogy

    Patrick Harless, an algebra and geometry teacher at Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts, uses the inking capability of a Tablet PC and Microsoft OneNote to work through math concepts with his students. In an issue of Mathematics Teacher, a monthly ...read more
  • Blog Post: 8 Amazing Student Apps

    (Cross-posted from the Windows Phone Developer Blog ) Summer is winding down and Mango is right around the corner. We can’t wait to get Mango out broadly and for developers to unleash their new apps. There have been lots of activities going on to help out student developers who want to create...
  • Blog Post: A Day in the Life of a Student

    (Cross post from the Why Microsoft blog and authored by Tony Tai.) Whether you are a school’s IT leader, an educator, a parent, or someone who values learning, you know students and care about their success. Successful students are excited about learning, are well-organized and make good use...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft YouthSpark Launches to Support 300 Million Youth

    Posted by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education (@anthonysalcito) In my role, I’m fortunate to witness the impact that engaged youth have on our world, especially as it relates to education. Today, I’m seeing it first-hand in Peru, at the Partners in Learning Latin American...
  • Blog Post: Post your PowerPoint presentations onto your blog

    During class you present your carefully prepared PowerPoint slides and you hope everyone is listening. But what if they get confused and don't ask for clarification? How do you share your PowerPoint with your students, so they can go through the materials themselves? Try embedding your PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones for Students

    OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn’t it be cool to write some great code and win a new Windows Phone for your efforts. Right? Well the Windows ...read more
  • Blog Post: Alabama – 7th state to roll out Microsoft IT Academy Program

    We are excited to announce that Alabama is the seventh state to officially launch a statewide Microsoft IT Academy Program that will be available to more than 218,000 students in about 570 high schools and career and technology centers. The Microsoft IT Academy program is a career and technology education...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Helps Open 12 New Parent Engagement Centers in Chicago Public Schools

    Today, we joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and several non-profit partners, including the United Way of Metro Chicago, the YMCA of Metro Chicago, Metropolitan Family services, and Children’s Home and Aid Society to announce the opening of 12 new Parent Engagement Centers...
  • Blog Post: Back to school! 20 tips to ease the pain

    As we all reluctantly come back from vacation and return to our regular school schedules, we need a jumpstart to get us back into our routines. What kind of school work will you need to do? Write a report with an MLA-formatted bibliography? Or collaborate on a presentation? How are your math skills...
  • Blog Post: Privacy and security rank as college students’ #1 concern about online activity, according to new poll

    Posted by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education (@anthonysalcito) (Updated 9:55 a.m. PT) One of the best parts of the typical “college experience” is the newfound freedom and independence. As students take advantage of this independence to form new relationships and...
  • Blog Post: Stay focused through finals: Advice for students with ADHD

    Kristin Beck, a writer and editor at Office.com, offers personal advice to students with ADHD about study habits, deadlines, and taking exams. As finals approach, many students are feeling an intense pressure to perform. I know, because I went through ...read more
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Supports Safer Internet Day

    As technology has advanced in our lives…and increasingly the way in which we communicate, collaborate, consume information and content…I think the pace at which technology has evolved has probably outpaced some of the fundamentals that we've trained our kids on how to be safe in the world...
  • Blog Post: Home Grown Computer Camp

    Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking  on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from the sound of Michael ...read more
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Commits to Bring Digital Access and Skills Training to 1M U.S. Students

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of combining my personal passion with my profession on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to announce that Microsoft will bring digital access to one million students from low-income families. The video of our announcement can be found here . (Photo...
  • Blog Post: When's a good time to use Office Web Apps?

    I recently asked a group of students about how and when they use Office Web Apps. Based on their feedback, I've got some advice on how they can help you. Read the full post to find out when others are using Office Web Apps to get ahead in school. ...read more
  • Blog Post: Invite your students "in" to your lectures

    This post about teachers sharing their presentations with students using Broadcast Slide Show in PowerPoint 2010 was written by Joy Miller. Nowadays, students bring their laptops, smartphones, and iPads into the classroom to take notes, research online ...read more
  • Blog Post: The 22nd Century Experience on Office 365

    There is a lot of talk about next-generation learning, but what does that really mean? We talk about how kids need 21st century skills to succeed in higher education and careers, but we are well into the century, and if we are to be preparing students for the future, shouldn’t we be working in...
  • Blog Post: Make your own graduation movie!

    Gather videos and photos of you and your friends and make a commemorative movie using Windows Live Movie Maker . When you’re done, you can publish your movie to YouTube, Facebook, or even to Windows Live SkyDrive . Download the free program and ...read more
  • Blog Post: Students Envision Their Future in Spanish

    Over the past two years or so in working with a diverse set of educators, digital storytelling, or some derivative thereof, continues to be one of the primary uses of technology in classrooms across all grades levels. Though we can argue about what the most pure definition of digital storytelling is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces $15M R&D focus on next-generation learning models, plus resources for students & teachers

    UPDATED July 18th at 8:00 a.m. PT with URL to White House press release . Recognizing it will take all of us…schools, parents, guardians, foundations, governments and corporate partners to meet the challenges facing our kids today…we are honored to be invited to meet with President Obama...
  • Blog Post: Teachers Are Using Kinect for Xbox 360 to Engage Students and Bring Learning to Life

    Capturing students’ interest and making concepts come alive in a personalized way can be a challenge for educators in this technology and gadget-driven world. The popularity of gaming outside the classroom makes it an appealing and exciting platform for kids inside the classroom. Gaming can be...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility in Education: Real Examples…Real Impact

    I know I’ve written on the importance of accessibility in education before , but I wanted to share this video below which does an excellent job of featuring some real examples on how technology can make a difference. It features some ways in which Microsoft is incorporating an accessibility focus...