Capturing the Interest of Students and Motivating Them to Succeed

For many years before I joined Microsoft I taught in secondary schools in the UK. One of the most important initiatives I became involved in was to increase the relevance of education to capture the interest of our students and ultimately motivate them to succeed.  I am happy to say that this challenge continues on…

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European Innovative Teachers Forum and a study on laptops in the classroom

I spent last week in Vienna at Microsoft’s European Innovative Teachers Forum with representatives of the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Educational Development (NIRO). NIRO just completed a study examining 252 students out of over 42,000 students who have been given laptops for use in the classroom in nearly 200 Russian schools through the Computers for…

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Launching the commercial Secondary PC pilot in the Czech Republic

Today’s activities in Prague were focused on the launch of the commercial Secondary PC pilot in the Czech Republic. We spent some time with our partner Boxed Ltd. who, through the Community MAR Program, has been helping us deliver refurbished, branded computers loaded with Microsoft software to NGOs and educational institutions. The commercial pilot means…

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On the midnight train to Nizhniy Novgorod

After an exciting trip on an overnight night train we’ve landed in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. We spent most of today in the community around the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ) where Microsoft is working with NGO Free Deed to provide students with PCs loaded with affordable Windows, Office and educational tools designed to develop essential learning…

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A visit to Cafemax

The highlight of our first day on tour in Central and Eastern Europe was a visit to Cafemax iCafes in Moscow. I’ve seen many iCafes but this one struck me as leading edge. Why? Variety. The Cafemax chain understands what their customers want and they know how to maximize their opportunities. They cater to a…

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Mission Moscow

All eyes are on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) this week as Michael Rawding and a handful of his Unlimited Potential team members tour the region. We’re heading out this morning to check in on Moscow-based iCafe partner Cafémax and will also catch up with the Russian Imagine Cup teams later today. It’s been a…

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