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…


Partners with Deep Local Roots Can Make the Difference

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reflecting on the evolution and impact of Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills Program you can find links to the previous entries at the end of this post. When I think of Ren Xuping, I think about rabbits, and the importance of deep local roots…

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Making Its Case: Performing Arts Workshop Attracts Funders in a Down Economy

Photo: Drumming with Jason Brown at Visitacion Valley Boys & Girls Club, from the Performing Arts Workshop Flickr While tough economic times have forced many arts organizations to cut back on staff and programs — or worse, close their doors — Performing Arts Workshop in San Francisco is expanding its reach to help even greater…


Effective Community Investments Require Strong Local Partners and Leaders

A lot of factors determine whether a community technology skills program is successful. One of the most important is identifying strong community leaders with a deep understanding of community needs, a vision for how those needs can be met, and a willingness to take risks and innovate. Whether it’s a political leader, a community leader,…

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Meeting Local Needs is Key to Success of Community Investment Programs

When Microsoft first began working on strategies to increase access to technology in underserved communities, we assumed that the most successful programs would be those run by nonprofits with a track record of success operating community technology centers and ICT skills training programs. It was a logical assumption, but, as we learned, not necessarily a…

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Reflecting on Eight Years of Community Investment Worldwide

As Microsoft approaches the eighth anniversary of its Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP), I have been taking some time to reflect on the opportunities imagined and realized, the amazing things we’ve learned about running a global community investment program, and how all of that will guide our work in the years ahead. Since CTSP was…

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Bringing local impact to life

Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International Storytelling is a time-honored tradition in communities and cultures around the globe. However in today’s world, getting the best stories to break through the “noise” can sometimes be a challenge, considering all the digital means we now have to share information. In my job, I come across great stories all…


How technology is helping German parents and children in need

Nestwärme e.V. Deutschland was founded in 1999 to help the nearly one million families in Germany caring for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Over 1,400 volunteers and more than 80 employees help take care of the children, which gives parents much-needed time for themselves. Whether it’s going to the doctor, running errands or simply…


Helping Sick Children Conquer Their Everest

The staff at A Chacun Son Everest (“Each has their own Everest”) can’t move mountains, but they can give sick children the opportunity to climb and conquer them, and for more than 17 years, they’ve been doing just that. A Chacun Son Everest is a French nonprofit organization (NPO) started by doctor and alpinist Christine…