Accessibility

“I would give every child a pen, because with it they could quickly write their story and tell a better story than anyone else. Maybe this could also be a chance for them to actually write down a story that no one has ever written before.” – Zinzi Nsingwane, South Africa

“Work on an app that you feel passionate about…You’ll be challenged every day, so you must be clear of your ultimate vision for the app and who will benefit from it.” – Marc Zimmerman, USA

World Book Day Revisited: Mobile Changes Everything

When we covered UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day here last month, we invited educators and their students to create and share e-books with a free online tool made available through our Matuto™ Literacy For Life partnership. But what about … Continue reading

“If we can make learning fun and fuel our children’s natural curiosity, we’ve already taken a giant step forward.” – Thomas Deng, USA

Celebrate World Book Day: Create an e-Book with your Students

I believe that one of the most important gifts we can give our children is the ability to read a book. As Kofi Anan said, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”  Reading opens doors to new worlds, cultures, … Continue reading

Tree Key Brings Students and Nature Together

It’s always rewarding when, in the weeks and months following the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, we begin to see the fruits of the connections made there. In the case of one project – those fruits are actually entire trees.   … Continue reading

“One of the greatest tools available is BrainPOP, an animated video resource that covers all subjects, all areas, and all grade levels. In short, 6 minute videos, students are able to get great instruction on any topic.” – Adina Popa, USA

2014 Global Forum – Educator Spotlight – Venezuela

Alberto Castellano’s incredible project focuses on helping hearing-impaired students in the classroom.

From Teachers, for Teachers: The Innteach Blog Celebrates an Anniversary

One year ago – April 3rd, 2013 – the Innteach (originally titled “Teachnology”) blog was born from the shared vision of three educators who met at the 2013 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Prague. The vision was to help other … Continue reading

“The highest performing school systems in the world have high expectations for all their students, and I think that’s probably the single-most important thing that we’ve learned.” – John Fallon, UK

For me, one of the great joys of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum is the opportunity to spend some quality time with the many organizations we partner with throughout the year in support of a shared goal: education transformation. … Continue reading

“There is no level of education in any country above the level of their teachers.” – Professor Hossam Badrawi, Egypt

“Having an uneducated mother who is supportive of me getting educated really drives me to achieve great things. She also showed me that education goes beyond school.” – Elaine Nkosi, South Africa

“We see a lot of schools that suffer from what I call ‘shiny object syndrome,’ where they get excited about a tool, and many times, they haven’t really thought through what the curricular impact is of those devices on the school.” – Andrew Shelffo, USA

Leading the way, watch how St. Andrew’s Anglican College, has transformed teaching and learning through the use of Microsoft technology.

The Rise of Online Education Infographic

As more institutions, experts, as well as average citizens are publishing or broadcasting their content online, the Internet is becoming the ultimate place to learn new skills and acquire knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. The infographic below highlights … Continue reading

Apps From the Dark Side, by 14-year old Felix

“We believe that educational institutions are seriously struggling today to cope with the mass introduction of technology in the education process.” – Nikolaos Nikou, Greece

“We’ve set a 20-year plan of building the next generation of leaders in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. It’s not about making a quick change, but rather truly empowering the future agents of change.” – Corey Johnson, South Africa/USA

“The greatest gift we can cultivate in students is their curiosity—our challenge is to make sure children stay curious and feel empowered to solve problems in uniquely innovative ways.” – Cheri Sterman, USA

Matuto Literacy for Life

With an estimated one in four adults functionally illiterate, literacy is the number-one educational challenge facing countries across the globe. Making the challenge even more complex, technology is redefining what literacy means. Today, basic ICT skills are a core literacy, … Continue reading