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“As best practices are being developed for connected, mobile, personal learning, we need to have the political will to change our historic systems. Seat time, age cohorts, drill and kill – these all have to go.” – Joel Heinrichs, USA

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“There are not enough tools for teachers. We are trying to give them, in one place, very powerful visual tools that get kids excited.” – Ondrej Homola, Czech Republic

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“Respecting people’s learning styles puts the student at the center of the learning experience, which is where he or she should be.” – Lauren Aguirre, USA

Guest Blog

“We want to shape young minds to learn computer science – now when they are at their most creative point in their life. We want students to fuel their curiosity and creativity by developing apps and games relevant to their lives.” – Michael Braun, USA

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Text2teach Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Mainstream Implementation in the Philippines

It is hard to overstate the power of mobile devices when it comes to global education. On World Book Day this year, we shared a UNESCO report that showed that mobile technology may be turning the tide on illiteracy. In … Continue reading

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International Day of the African Child 2014

On June 16th every year, the African Union and its Partners celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC), in commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa. In 1991, the African Union Assembly passed a resolution … Continue reading

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21st Century Classroom: YouTube at Kent-Meridian High School

Learn about how one teacher, Mike Christiansen, a 9th grade social studies teacher at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, WA, uses YouTube in his classroom to transform it into a 21st century learning environment.

Interview

“Our work does not change, our work is change. We’re constantly adapting and using new tools to better help students.” – Kader Adjout, USA

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“Testing your apps during development with kids in your target audience is essential. It’s often full of surprises. Something you felt sure would work suddenly doesn’t. When the testing session is over, the real work begins, which is trying to solve the problems that you uncovered.” – Caroline Fraser, USA

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“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

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“We have this wonderful thing called the Internet, and we need to try to leverage it to ease the friction… and show people they just might have more in common than what they’re being told.” – Robin Pettyfer, Philippines

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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

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2014 Global Forum – Educator Spotlight – Venezuela

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

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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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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

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Inviting Girls to Dream Big

On Friday, March 14th, Microsoft announced an exciting new effort to involve more girls in science and technology called The Big Dream Movement. The Big Dream Movement connects organizations, academia, and resources to girls around the world to help them … Continue reading

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2014 Microsoft In Education Tech Showcase

One of the many highlights of the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum was the Technology Showcase, where partners demoed many apps, programs, products, and services in education. The Tech Showcase offers holistic education solutions and give our partners a … 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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“Right now I think that we are ‘app driven’ — the apps decide which learning goals we should have. I hope we will get to the point where the teachers set the learning goals and use apps to support reaching those goals.” – Mattias Boström, Sweden

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“MOOCs, flipped classrooms, distance learning and technology-enhanced learning environments have severely changed the landscape of education. I think we have to focus on learning instead of focusing on the process of teaching.” – Koen Timmers, Belgium