Teacher Appreciation Day Highlights Critical Role Educators Play in Students’ Lives

Editor’s Note: This is cross-posted from Microsoft on the Issues. Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and we are recognizing the efforts of teachers who are inspiring the next generation of future leaders. We are actively and deeply engaged in helping provide educators with the tools they need to create opportunities for youth through technology,…


Microsoft Vision Center in Davos

This week the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 is taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The event attracts government, business, academic and nonprofit leaders from around the world who come together to learn, share ideas and engage in debates on the pressing economic and social issues facing countries around the world. This year, we are…


Accessibility at the Partners in Learning Global Forum

LaDeana Huyler, Microsoft Accessibility This week, at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington, D.C., more than 700 of the most innovative educators from around the world came together to discuss their big ideas. These extraordinary educators are focused on improving teaching and learning through the effective use of technology in the classroom. One…


Sharing the Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report

I’m pleased to share with you the Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report. The report provides an overview and assessment of our work over the past fiscal year (July 2010 to June 2011) to serve communities and work responsibly. We release our Citizenship Report at the same time as our Annual Financial Report to give our broad…

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Heroes of STEMtember: A teacher of teachers creates innovative math curriculum using tech

How do we address stale curriculum and make teaching exciting? Specifically, how do we change plans in STEM subjects that can often lack the excitement needed to encourage students to study further. Perhaps we need something to help our teachers reach new heights; maybe we need innovative and robust methods of teaching that incorporate technology…


What do parents and students think of STEM education?

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is vital to solving the world’s toughest social problems; to helping companies create the next breakthrough innovation and to keeping local economies competitive. So how do we encourage more students to study STEM projects? To find out, we partnered with Harris Interactive to get an insight on STEM…


What is STEM and why is it important? #STEMtember

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists and game designers, it’s becoming more important for every type of job in the workforce. The problem is that most countries in the world aren’t producing enough STEM graduates. In the…


Happy International Mother Language Day!

By: Lauren Woodman, Microsoft General Manager, Partners in Learning While you still have a few months to send your mom flowers for Mother’s Day, today we take time to appreciate our Mother tongue. As designated by UNESCO, International Mother Language Day reminds us of the need to preserve and respect the deep history and culture…


The Magic of Mouse Mischief in Haiti

Cynthia Bogard, Edeyo Foundation How long does it take kids who have never seen a computer before to “get” how to manipulate a mouse to make it click on an answer or choose a color and draw a circle? About 15 minutes, if our students in Haiti are any indication.   Students at Edeyo School…


Building Haiti Back Better

Kristin Peterson, Inveneo CEO and Co-Founder The Haitian education system had its challenges before the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Eighty percent of schools were private. Both public and private schools were under-resourced in basic infrastructure – from classrooms to teachers – and had little, if any, access to information and communication technologies (ICT). “It wasn’t…

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