Microsoft at ISTE: Helping teachers and students make the Digital Transition

June 26, 2014 | Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Education, Microsoft

It’s that time of year again. This coming weekend, I will be joining my Microsoft Education colleagues at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta to learn about and share how technology can help students, teachers, and administrators be successful within the classroom and beyond. This is a focus of ours throughout the year as part of our global company-wide Microsoft YouthSpark initiative so I’m always looking forward to learning more and sharing with educators about the many resources we have available to help empower their students.

One particular topic we will be focusing on at ISTE is how we as an industry – along with some of the top educators around the world – can help to truly innovate and transform the learning experience for students in this new digital environment. I see successful districts and teachers moving toward a more interactive, immersive, and personalized learning experience and it’s clear that this is the future of education.

My colleagues and I are looking forward to advancing this conversation and showcasing solutions to help schools succeed in this digital transition. From devices and apps, to productivity and connectivity tools, we’ll be demonstrating how technology from Microsoft and our partners can improve and transform education, and more precisely, learning.

We have some great thought leaders offering sessions for ISTE attendees:

Spotlight Sessions

  • Sunday, June 29 —Robert Baker, director of technology, Cincinnati Country Day School, will be presenting “ You really can have it all! ” In this session, he will be sharing how Windows 8 tablets with touch, ink and laptop functionality remove all constraints for educators, and allow IT departments to manage, support, upgrade and scale efficiently.

  • Monday, June 30 —I will be leading an interactive lecture, “ The Great Pyramids of Math, Minecraft, and MakerBots ,” which will focus on how the new Math-Science standards can be applied using open-world gaming, 3D prototyping, and problem-solving using Windows devices. This session will bring to life the interesting and new ways we can use technology and gaming to redefine project-based learning activities, especially in tougher subjects like mathematics.

  • Monday, June 30 —Shanen Boettcher, general manager, Startup Business Group at Microsoft, and Stacey Roshan, a teacher from Bullis School, will be presenting a session, “ Make online lessons FAST with tools you know .” The session will feature examples of how Office Mix can be used as a fast and easy way to create and share interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. Developed in cooperation with Microsoft Research and based on direct input from educators, Office Mix is a prime example of how Microsoft is responding to teachers’ desire for technology that doesn’t require time-consuming training to master.

Hands-On Learning

Throughout the event, we will have a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) in GWCC B401, offering educators a hands-on introduction to the Microsoft productivity and mobility platform.

  • Learn about OneNote, a digital note-taking tool that can be used on any device, anywhere.

  • Experience new Windows 8.1 applications for planning, teaching, and testing.

  • Check out the new Surface Pro 3, the tablet that can replace your laptop.

Free Stuff!

Because we know that not all teachers have the latest versions of OneNote and PowerPoint available to them, Microsoft is offering teachers attending ISTE a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 for free. If you’re a teacher interested in experiencing the benefits of Microsoft’s cloud productivity suite, be sure to bring the required papers and stop by our booth to take advantage of the Office 365 Giveaway.

These are just a few highlights of our activities for ISTE. For more information, please stop by our booth #914, or check out a blog post about all of our upcoming sessions.

Also be sure to stay tuned to this blog and follow @Microsoft_Edu, @EDUCTO, #MSFTEDU, and #ISTE2014 as we will have more updates from ISTE throughout the week.


Comments (2)

  1. Amy Johns says:

    I attended the Great Pyramids session at ISTE 2014, but due to technical difficulties we didn’t get to see much. I thought a link to the resources from the session was to be posted on Twitter, but I haven’t seen them even though I tweeted a request as
    well. Can I please get a link to resources, especially related to Minecraft? Thanks. @amysmusings

  2. Victor Wood says:

    I really like this post. I really appreciate your experience which you have share here in your article.

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