Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators – Today!

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs More than a thousand global education innovators are in Barcelona this week for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. As I listen to the many conversations among teachers unfold, I’m inspired – but certainly not surprised – by their passion to make a real difference in…


Expanding Computer Science Education in High Schools

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs It’s estimated that by 2018, there will be 1.5 million computer science related jobs available in America, but only 29% of those jobs will be met by U.S. graduates. At a time when five of the top ten fastest growing jobs will be in a…


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,…


How technology is helping a teacher connect with visually impaired students

Originally posted on Microsoft News Center The scene in Robin Lowell’s high school algebra class mirrors classrooms across the country. The teacher is at the front of the room, patiently explaining tricky math concepts. Students frequently raise their hands and ask questions when they’re stuck. Two differences set this classroom apart: the students are visually…


Back to School: Personalizing the PC so Students Can See, Hear, and Learn More Comfortably

LaDeana Huyler, group communications manager for accessibility, Microsoft Going back to school means preparing for a new school year full of possibilities. While not on every traditional back-to-school checklist, making sure student technology is prepped and personalized for students is worth remembering. Whether you are a parent, educator, or both – you understand the challenge…


Dispatch from Cape Town: Exceptional teachers step on the global stage

Greetings from South Africa! This week I have the privilege of being in Cape Town, South Africa among more than 500 educators, school leaders and government officials who have gathered from around the world to attend the Sixth Annual Partners in Learning (PIL) Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF). South Africa, with its vibrant economy and…


CGI: Teachers are the key to providing children with quality education

In 2008, we announced a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to train 10 million teachers by 2015. We undertook this goal, because we believe that every child has the right to a quality education. Throughout the course of a child’s education, there is perhaps no more important influence than the teachers that guide,…