Friday Fun: Project Zanzibar Blurs Boundaries of Physical & Digital Worlds

My colleague shared this article with me yesterday from the Microsoft Research Blog showcasing a very cool piece of technology code named Project Zanzibar. My reaction was similar to when I first saw the HP Sprout (a device I blogged about as being ‘almost magical’). Have a watch of the video above to see how…


Research: The Importance Of Digital Inking

I am excited to see that increasing numbers of schools are conducting research on the teaching and learning practices within their own schools and aligning that with external, peer reviewed research. My previous post reflecting on how leadership teams could pivot their focus and prioritize this type of analysis and strategic visioning goes into this…

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Deploy & Code In Minecraft

Minecraft has become something of a global phenomenon, engaging users of all ages both in and out of the education sector. The official Minecraft site lists sales figures of the original Java edition exceeding 27 million, and this won’t include Minecraft on other platforms or the Education Edition released earlier this year that adds some unique…


Research: Improving Literacy With Learning Tools

This morning I read a research paper entitled Leveling the Playing Field with Microsoft Learning Tools written by Katherine McKnight PhD and was published by the Center for Evaluation & Study of Educational Equity RTI International. The focus is squarely on asking the question “Does the use of Learning Tools improve literacy outcomes, with both reading and…

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Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…