Physical Learning Environments

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“Technology, to me, is a mediator that can be the interface between students and their daily lives, their interest in new technologies and the knowledge and culture I wish to transmit to them.” – Gaëtan Guironnet, France

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Bill Gates Sits Down and Talks with Daily Edventure Alumni, Katie Brown

Bill Gates and Daily Edventures alumni Katie Brown, recently sat down and discussed the importance of professional development, leadership, and the culture within schools that enable teachers to succeed. The also covered hot topics like teacher-to-teacher collaboration, standardized tests, and Common Core State Standards.

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Southern University at New Orleans Rebuilds with Microsoft

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed this HBCU school’s property and resources, Southern University at New Orleans chose Microsoft to help reconstruct their IT solutions from the ground up.

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What if students designed their own schools…

A small town in the United States experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Let me know what … Continue reading

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“Although Japan seems to have a blessed educational environment, there is a gap due to various factors. Education of physically and mentally handicapped children is behind compared to Europe or the U.S.” – Michio Inaba, Japan

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NYC Department of Education Announces Three New Early College and Career Technical Education High Schools Coming Soon

New York City Department of Education selected Microsoft as an industry partner to support three new Early College and Career Technical Education (CTE) high schools, aimed at delivering a six-year, career-focused program to NYC students.

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“But the overall inertia and immune system of “education” is very strong, and if we were to disappear tomorrow, I’m not sure anything would be different than it would have been 100 years from now.” – Alec Resnick, USA

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“It’s not about going to school to pass a bunch of tests… to me, it’s about educating each other to learn how to create a better world.” – Malcolm London, USA

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

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Microsoft World Tour School – Hellerup School, Denmark

Hellerup School is one of the Microsoft World Tour Schools in the Innovative Schools Program. The school is operating in one big open classroom environment without walls. Students are encouraged to work according to their individual learning styles in a synergy … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum

Welcome to the biggest week in education! Today is the first day of the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona. Over 1,000 of the most innovative and committed educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries … Continue reading

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

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“Teachers, as the gatekeepers of the classroom, are the ones that will enable … digital technology to have a positive effect on teaching, learning, student engagement and ultimately learning outcomes.” – Terry Byers, Australia

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“We have to create one central European education organization, with central skill definitions, central online exams and without any decision possibilities for local or federal administration. Start now!” – Michael Fees, Germany

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BETT Week: The Device Decision – Does Your School Have All the Facts?

As I meet with teachers, school leaders and policy-makers here at the BETT show 2014, I’m struck by the complexity of the decisions they’re facing. How do they know that the technology they choose for their school is right for … Continue reading

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Every Kid Needs A Champion

In this TED talk from Rita Pierson on “Every Kid Needs a Champions” is a great video. She talks about how classrooms lack the kind of human connections kids need to feel inspired to learn. Hope you enjoy!

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21st Century Classroom

Reimagining education is about putting the student – the learner – first, with the holistic goal of improving student outcomes. Whether through flipping your classroom, creating a 1:1 learning environment or developing completely unique method of individualized teaching, innovative education … Continue reading

Juliet Robertson

“The concept of a ‘21st century skill’ makes no sense to me. What intrigues and inspires me is how being outside can encourage and facilitate the development of these skills in a more effective way than being stuck inside a classroom.” – Juliet Robertson, Scotland

Kecia Ray

“Anywhere the student is can be a classroom, and that’s an amazing accomplishment! The world really is our classroom and with access it can become multi-dimensional.” – Dr. Kecia Ray, USA

kristi Lonka

“It’s not about technology. It’s more about pedagogy and knowledge practices. We have to change our social practices and knowledge practices, and that often calls for changing and shaping our physical environment.” – Kirsti Lonka, Finland