Four Fundamental Ways To Think About Social Media

What do you say to a group of Georgetown masters’ students studying the future of communications and media? That’s what I had to figure out last week when I spoke at the Gnovis Digital Cultures conference last week (Gnovis is their journal). Frankly, I never know what to say in such talks when you’re given…

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Code.org Uses Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Many More to Encourage More Coding by Kids

Code.org has a great new video out about creativity, collaboration, and education, specifically about coding — what it is, how it works, and why it’s important and exciting. [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA&feature=player_embedded] The video’s language and feel is “adult,” yet simple enough for, say, middle schoolers to understand and possibly get excited about. Appearances by Bill Gates, Mark…

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What unique teenage social media use means for nonprofit and education campaigns

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of a New York-based nonprofit called DoSomething.org, which was enlightening. If you’re unfamiliar, DoSomething.org is the largest organization that rallies and organizes teens and engages them in social causes. They often work with large companies like Staples and Foot Locker to carry out meaningful…

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Online Education Startup Minerva Launches Non-profit to Reimagine 21st-Century Research Universities

The Minerva Project, an education startup self-described as “the first elite American university launched in a century,” has $25 million in venture funding and advisors including former Harvard president Larry Summers. From their website: Minerva is assembling an exceptional team dedicated to providing a uniquely rigorous and challenging education to the brightest students in the…

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Open Science: Four Lessons You Can Learn From the Princeton Professor With the Best Laboratory Website Ever

When you think about the kinds of people who have beautiful, interactive websites, you’re probably more likely to think about artists, designers, or architects than scientists or engineers. But Dr. Ethan Perlstein, an evolutionary pharmacologist working on yeast at Princeton University, may just just have the coolest academic lab website I’ve ever seen. Academics tend…

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Back To School: Microsoft And Tampa Schools Launch Digital Education Initiative

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Tampa, FL for “Back to School with Microsoft,” a fun, educational, and successful event that trained more than 500 local educators in a wide variety of technology skills useful in their classrooms. This is part of Microsoft’s nationwide effort to modernize in-classroom teaching with Microsoft technologies,…

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Infographic: 15 Ways Students Can Use Microsoft Office 365 Vs. Google Apps

This is a guest post by Tony Tai. who’s part of the Office 365 team, and he regularly blogs for the Why Microsoft site.  Whether you are a school’s tech decision-maker, an educator, a parent, or someone who values learning, you know students and care about their success. Successful students are excited about learning, are…

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Startup Weekend EDU Convenes Education Geeks For 54 Hour Hackathon

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, a developer evangelist for Microsoft based in the Washington, DC region. See photos from the event on Ashish’s Skydrive. Startup Weekend EDU is a 54-hour startup incubator event focusing on innovative solutions for education challenges. It was held June 1-3 at Microsoft’s Reston, VA offices with sponsorship…

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Infographic: 16 Ways Microsoft Office 365 Trumps Google Apps For Teachers

This is a guest post by Tony Tai, who’s part of the Office 365 team at Microsoft.  More than ever, a modern education depends on technology in the classroom. Excellent teachers work to engage, educate, and challenge their best students and prepare them for the 21st-century workplace. We at Microsoft prepared an infographic showing how…

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Innovative Education: Meet The 100 Best Teachers Using Tech In The Classroom

This is a guest post by Rob Bayuk, the program director of the Microsoft U.S. Partners in Learning Team. This article originally appeared at the TeachTec blog. We at Microsoft Education are excited to announce the official list of educators for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum. This is the 8th annual Partners…

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