Microsoft in Education Blog
Chester County School District Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman has an unique approach to using technology to help connect students and prepare them for the future. Read how this rural school district has implemented technology to help teachers and more than 5,000 students transition to a 21st century classroom. Blog post features a Q&A with Margo Day, vice president of U.S. education, Microsoft and Dr. Agnes Slayman, Superintendent of Chester County School District, South Carolina.
As many of you begin a new academic year, be sure to check out the fantastic free app from Microsoft called OneNote that supports classroom collaboration, planning, and organization. Every teacher endeavors to save time in a very hectic job. The OneNote app is part of Office, Office Online, and recently released, OneNote for Mac just may be the ticket you have been looking for to save time.
We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and Microsoft Showcase Schools. This group of over 800 teachers and 150 schools represents the best of the best when it comes to using technology to reinforce critical 21st century skills. And even more important, they’re driving real impact and outcomes. The group is significantly larger than last year’s class – with nearly three times the number of educators and more than triple the number of schools – reflecting Microsoft’s goal of increasing the worldwide pool of innovators and collaborators.
This week marks the 87th annual Scripps Spelling Bee. Former spelling bee participant Yan Zhong, who is now a program manager for Skype at Microsoft, shares her memories of “Bee Week”.
For today’s students, learning takes place not only in the classroom, but also at home, outside, in libraries, and any place with an Internet connection. Effective learning technology needs to be as smart, flexible and hardworking as today’s students and teachers. For one UK school, anywhere, anytime learning plays a critical role in transforming their approach to 21st century learning, resulting in more engaged students and better student outcomes. Watch how Broadclyst Primary School and Twickenham Academy are using Windows 8 to empower students to learn anytime, anywhere.
Join Microsoft at EDUCAUSE 2014 in Booth #101 on September 29th – October 2nd in Orlando, Florida to explore what’s possible! When it comes to technology in education, your institution deserves more than a device or a service. Your school deserves a complete solution. Microsoft will be sponsoring several sessions at EDUCAUSE as well as hosting a hands-on lab to “see for yourself” what is possible with Office 365 and Windows 8.1.
Microsoft is sponsoring EdmodoCon 2014, Edmodo’s virtual full-day conference focusing on teacher professional development. We're equipping teachers with the tools for success is pivotal to transforming educational outcomes.
Margo Day, Vice president of U.S. Education at Microsoft and Sterling Beane, the West Virginia Department of Education’s Chief Technology Officer, discuss how West Virginia is paving a new way for states to do business by forming a bold strategic partnership between the public and private sectors that will result in lower costs and broader access for the schools and families in West Virginia.
When Leon County Schools started their 1:1 mobile learning initiative, they chose Windows 8 because of its flexibility after thorough discussion, research, and evaluation. Bill Nimmons, IT Director of Leon County Schools, shares the district's vision, decision, and best practices for other school districts moving to 1:1 learning.
At Willis Independent School District in Texas, as with many school districts, a high percentage of students live in low income households, where technology isn't easily accessible. The technology available at school has even more importance as students prepare to enter the 21st century world of college and the workforce. See why school leaders thoughtfully considered the right device for learning and why Willis ISD chose Windows over Chromebooks to empower their students.