Week of October 29, 2012
Counting down to our Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague on November 28 (less than one month away!), we have a lot to talk about here at Daily Edventures. As we approach this global and multi-cultural event, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Microsoft Local Language Program (LLP), which provides people access to technology in a familiar language while respecting linguistic and cultural distinctions. The program aims to empower individuals in local communities to create economic opportunities, build technology skills, enhance education outcomes, and sustain their local language and culture. And last week’s post from author Nataly Kelly does a great job of explaining the importance of this work. Kelly was at Microsoft recently signing copies of her fascinating new book, Found in Translation: How Language Shapes our Lives and Transforms the World.
Speaking of global events, I spent a crazy 24 hours last week traveling around the world (virtually) via Skype to launch Windows 8. Now that I’ve (mostly) recovered, I’m thrilled to report that educators in countries from New Zealand to Sri Lanka (and just about everywhere in between) are excited about the possibilities for Windows 8 in education. I met teachers and students who are innovating with technology in their classrooms every day, and I’m looking forward to sharing their stories, especially as they begin to discover the benefits of the new platform for immersing students in 21st century learning.
This week at Daily Edventures, we’ll meet more innovators who are making their mark on education. Ken Royal, whose Royal Reports blog covers K-12 and higher-ed topics from individualized learning to technology trends and teaching tips, will join us with his views on the latest education technology developments. And Chris Dawson, another prominent writer and speaker on education trends will also join us, sharing his views on bringing education into the 21st century. Later in the week, we’ll meet student Allison Wu, whom I met recently at a Dell event. Wu is a role model for other young people, and a passionate proponent of STEM education.
Finally, looking forward, November 12-16 has been designated International Education Week by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The week is part of US efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, something I’m extremely passionate about. More on this later…
Have a great week!