“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

“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

“Innovation rules the future. The advancements in technology have changed the lifestyle of every individual.” – Meka Ramakrishna Sayee, India

“Innovation rules the future. The advancements in technology have changed the lifestyle of every individual.” – Meka Ramakrishna Sayee, India

“In my honest opinion, education is not tied strongly enough to reality.” – Dani Casanova, Spain

“In my honest opinion, education is not tied strongly enough to reality.” – Dani Casanova, Spain

The True Power Of The Global Forum

The True Power Of The Global Forum

“We need creative minds because there’s no easy or obvious way to achieve great solutions for the challenges the world faces today.” – Cristina Isern, Spain

“We need creative minds because there’s no easy or obvious way to achieve great solutions for the challenges the world faces today.” – Cristina Isern, Spain

“We wanted to be able to offer our students and teachers a tablet device that would do all of the computing they were used to with a laptop, then take that further.” – Kimberly Evelti, USA

“We wanted to be able to offer our students and teachers a tablet device that would do all of the computing they were used to with a laptop, then take that further.” – Kimberly Evelti, USA

“I truly believe that in today’s world when you’re not learning, you’re falling behind.” – Emily Douglas, USA

“I truly believe that in today’s world when you’re not learning, you’re falling behind.” – Emily Douglas, USA

“We need a lot of work to be done, and if it’s not us doing this work, and pushing for it, then who else is going to do it?”  – Professor Dr. Amro Khater, Egypt

“We need a lot of work to be done, and if it’s not us doing this work, and pushing for it, then who else is going to do it?” – Professor Dr. Amro Khater, Egypt

“Being an entrepreneur can be frustrating and time-consuming, of course. Patience is key.” – Johnnie Lovett, USA

“Being an entrepreneur can be frustrating and time-consuming, of course. Patience is key.” – Johnnie Lovett, USA

“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

“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


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2014 Global Forum – Education Leaders Explore Holistic Transformation


Earlier this month in Barcelona at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, an accomplished group of over 140 school and university leaders, presidential advisors, national and regional government education leaders, NGO staff, professors, researchers, vendors, and Microsoft Education Fellows from 60 countries gathered to focus on holistic education transformation planning. The forum? A “pop-up think tank” that brought these change-makers together to inspire, create, share, and act in order to transform education worldwide.

After being inspired by students from Saltash.net Community School in England (more about these incredible students in next week’s Daily Edventures), by Pauline Roberts’ story of US students who changed lives in Zambia, and by Miguel Brechner’s Plan Ceibal where school technology and personalization are scaled up through sharing among teachers, participants went to work.

They learned about the British Council’s efforts to redefine professional development. They heard the latest from Michael Fullan Enterprises on system change and capacity building. And they listened as some of my Microsoft colleagues talked about the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub and our overall efforts to support education transformation.

With that as a starting point, diverse teams of leaders were guided by these 10 Critical Conversations to accelerate a vision for anytime, anywhere learning for all:

 

Several strong themes were expressed in both their dialog and transformation plans, which were presented at the end of the leadership track:

10 Critical Conversations Themes in transformation plans
  1. Vision

 

Education transformation should be holistic, collaborative, and systemic, guided by a shared vision.
  1. Enabling Transformation with Strategic Planning, Organizational Capacity and Sustainability
Transformation and sustained improvement depends on long-range plans for funding and policy. Such plans must support transformation, and be flexible and responsive.
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation to Inform Practice and Leadership
Improving education requires data on student performance that is reported in actionable forms and addresses legal and regulatory requirements.
  1. Equitable Access: Accessibility, Environmental Impact
Access to schooling and the resources needed for quality education opportunity must be equitable.
  1. Curriculum and Assessment for the Real World

 

School curriculum and assessment of learning must be student-centered, relevant, authentic, constructive, and interdisciplinary. It should develop innovation, creativity, and 21st century skills through deep learning. Content must be digital and shared widely.
  1. Personalized Learning for Global Citizens
Citizenship and social competencies are paramount. Students need multiple learning pathways to achieve globally benchmarked standards.
  1. Learning Communities and Technical Support
Educators and school leaders should have access to and participate in local and global mentoring, sharing, showcases, networks, and celebrations led by champions.
  1. Building Leader and Educator Capacity for Innovation
Professional capacity must be built through aligned teacher preparation, sustainable professional development programs and frameworks, and a clear focus on pedagogy.
  1. Smart Learning Environment (Efficient and Effective Institutions)
Physical and virtual learning environments require updated infrastructure, access to the community, and flexible accommodation of devices.
  1. Public, Private, Community Partnerships with Local Capacity Development
Diverse partnership should build school capacity and teacher competency with a range of stakeholders, parents, businesses, and attention to the local context.

This work translated into compelling themes for transformation, from closing the opportunity gap for students, to building a creative community for a creative economy, to achieving high-quality education that is sustainable and legislatively protected.

Developing stronger education leadership strategies means continuing to search for answers, though, and this group went a long way toward starting the next level of conversation about how to drive holistic change in education.  For example, should change start with curriculum and assessment, or policy? Should it start with “why,” and leave “how” open? How can technology-enabled teaching and learning be incentivized, and how can fear be reduced? And even more broadly, what purposes of transformation are most important and compelling? Should the purposes be pragmatic, such as workforce development, or broader, such as preparing society for a global future?

If the enthusiasm, commitment and collaboration of the leaders represented at this year’s Microsoft in Education Global Forum are any indication, we’re confident that these questions – and many others – will ultimately be addressed. And we can’t wait to see what these leaders and those they influence accomplish once they return home. 

-Anthony

Interview

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


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Educator Spotlight from the 2014 Global Forum


Here is a quick interview with EJ Song from Korea and she explains how she’s helping and inspiring students to connect through her project Tagging, Hugging, Creating to SAVE the Human Rights.

Infographics

Teachers The Happiest Profession on the Planet


Having just returned from an exciting week at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, where we celebrated educators and school leaders from around the world, it seems like the perfect time to share this infographic.

Teachers: The Happiest Profession on the Planet?

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A Celebration of Innovation in Action: A Look Back at the 2014 Global Forum


I have often said that education has the power to transform the world. After the incredible week we had at the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, I know this adage could not be more true. Over 1,100 educators, school leaders, government officials, education leaders and students from 97 countries gathered together to share innovative ways to harness the power of technology, all for the betterment of education. It was indeed transformative for me, and I hope for everyone involved. 

As we worked together to solve the challenges our students face in preparing for the world of work, many moments from last week stood out for me, and I’ll be sharing many more highlights next week on Daily Edventures. But as a brief recap, here are just a few of the bright spots:

This year, Educators and School Leaders competed in three formats

  • The Microsoft Expert Educators Learn-a-thon Competition: New this year, the Learnathon was a 24-hour collaborative activity that had our experts “walking the talk” on 21st century skills. The Learnathon was made up of teams of teachers who were challenged to use technology to support one of Unesco’s Millennium Development Goals: Sustainability, Poverty and Gender Equality. The Learnathon introduced interactivity, excitement and collaborative learning – yes, all 21st century skills — to teachers at the forum. It was rewarding and fun. Meet all the winners here
  • The Microsoft Expert Educators Individual project Competition: Prior to the Forum educators created project based learning activities that exemplified 21st century teaching practices. These included a rubric and examples of student work. These activities were evaluated by a panel of judges. This year’s categories and winners were Collaboration (Darko Taleski / Sofija Grabuloska, Prilep, Macedonia), Knowledge Construction and Critical Thinking (Ammani Jeya Pirathaba – Johor, Malaysia), Learning Beyond the Classroom (Jose Luis Alvarado Aguilar – Complejo Educativo Claudia Lars, El Salvador), Cutting Edge Use of ICT for Learning (Paula Vorne – Maikkula Comprehensive school/Patamäki u, Finland), and Teacher as Change Agent (Shimaa Ismail – Bani Mazar Industrial School for Girls, Egypt). You can learn even more about their projects, the runners-up in each category right here.
  • The Microsoft Innovative Schools Pitch Competition. For the first time, we invited six schools to present their ideas on transformational teaching to our esteemed panel of judges. The winners received a share of $50,000 to implement their ideas, and the support of YouthSpark to make their visions a reality. I’ll share even more next week on Daily Edventures, but until then, check out this great video that captures the excitement of the competition. You can also read more details about the projects on the Microsoft Citizenship blog.
  • Technology Showcase: Technology does enable education transformation, but all technology is not created equal. That’s why we were proud to feature the Technology Showcase at this year’s Global Forum. With Pearson, Promethean, Acer, Intel, Dell, School Improvement Network and other top global partners showcasing the best of education technology, our attendees were able to see it in action, and perhaps most important, discuss benefits and challenges with their peers. You can see even more about the Technology Showcase here.
  • The Saltash.net Students: For the first time ever at the Global Forum, students played a starring role. Additionally to students from SEK Catalonia and ESADE Business school, four students from Saltash.net Community School participated in the Global Forum in numerous ways. More specifically those four students presented their ideas to ministers of education, school leaders and teachers, judged awards, provided guidance for teachers, and launched a worldwide student leadership project for schools all over the world. They also won an award (second runner-up, with their teacher Scott Wieprecht, in the Cutting Edge Use of ICT for Learning category). George, Amy, Jack and Rowenna – who call themselves the @OffPerts – congratulations for your hard work and inspiration you shared with all of us!  I was lucky enough to interview them, and you will be hearing much more from them right here.

This past week was jam-packed with so many great events, it is impossible to talk about each of them here. However, you can view hundreds of photos from the event, or watch some of the many videos from the event – including a short extract of my keynote speech that kicked off the week. We were fortunate to be joined by Felipe, Prince of Asturias and Girona, in the closing keynote . He shared our conviction that teachers, students and parents will all benefit if they develop the skills necessary to keep up with today’s rapid pace of change.

Todd La Vogue, a Daily Edventures alum and winner from the 2012 Global Forum, summed up my feelings of the week in a tweet he sent: “I love learning with the world!” Without a doubt, last week’s Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona was an inspiration. We will continue to share videos, interviews, photos and stories in the coming weeks here on Daily Edventures. I’d also love to hear your thoughts. What did you like best? What did you find the most inspiring? Who did you learn from? Let me know @anthonysalcito. 

-Anthony 

Interview

“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


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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 chance to present their work to other partners, as well as engage with educators and school leaders.

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Educator Spotlight From Ireland


Here is great interview with one of the Microsoft Expert Educators from Northern Ireland, Barry Corrigan from the 2014 Global Forum.

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2014 Global Forum Pitch Competition Results


All week school leaders have collated and collaborated at the 9th Annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum. Last night we heard from the 6 Mentor School finalists  who pitched their ideas to judges Tamela Noboa, Chief Strategy Officer, Discovery Channel Global Education Partners; Sandra Licon, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs.

They recognized 3 winners: Broadclyst Primary School, UK; Gayaza High School (Uganda); Schloss Neubeuern ,Germany.

Interview

“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


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2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum Pitch Competition Preview


One of the many exciting elements of this year’s Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona is the Pitch Competition. This competition is an opportunity for school leaders, teachers and students to present their transformative ideas for education to a panel of experts – all at a rapid-fire pace. Six schools will be competing for the final prize: a chance to win $50,000 in funding from Microsoft and a place on Microsoft’s YouthSpark “Give for Youth” micro-giving site, which could translate into even more funding.

Six finalists have been chosen to participate in the Pitch Competition, and we’re thrilled to tell you a bit more about them and their break-through ideas:

Schloss Neubeuern, Germany
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This project empowers students and teachers to work together to transform learning school-wide and create a more engaging curriculum catering to student preference and learning styles.

In it, students, together with their teachers, create a company to produce learning videos for their own school and curriculum, with a long‐term goal of making them available to other schools and teachers. The students produce these videos from scripts they receive from their teachers and also write their own scripts.

“The whole idea of the Inverted Classroom approach hinges on a vast increase in self‐directed and inquiry-based learning, while at the same time promoting collaborative learning in true-to-life projects.”

Appleby College, Canada
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Creating solutions that increase the ease of use, integration and seamlessness of productivity tools for teachers is critical to transforming education for the 21st century and the added visibility for parents to have more access and insight into students’ school work is just as important. This project creates a OneNote notebook system integrated with Office 365 so that any teacher could go to Office 365, hit a button and generate a OneNote notebook for every class, with shared and protected spaces for every teacher, student and group within the class, alongside read-only access for every parent for their student’s content.

“It will be a success when other schools’ students with organizational challenges no longer have difficulty finding what they need to learn. When students stuck at home can still access course content and receive feedback from a teacher who may also not be at school. The OneNote binders create anywhere, anytime learning that bolsters the effectiveness of any classroom.”   

Crescent Girls’ School (CGS), Singapore
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Students are living and learning in an era where a world of information is at their fingertips. With greater accessibility comes greater exposure to a wider range of risks ranging from cyber bullying to sex crimes facilitated by social media. The reality is stark: According to a worldwide study conducted by Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Unit in 2013, a global average of 37% of youth between 7-18 years-old have been subjected to varying degrees of cyber bullying. The Global Cyber Wellness Ambassador Program promotes good cyber practices globally through a for students, by students” approach. This approach involves a three-tier learning framework which first requires students to learn about good cyber wellness practices, then apply what they learn, and finally be an advocate of good practices to others. 

“As youths and students become ever more connected, inculcating good cyber wellness practices amongst them is paramount to preventing them from any suffering brought about by cyber misconduct.”   

Saint John’s School, Chile
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This idea creates a system for students to engage in inquiry-based learning, with the principle focus on the contributions of videogames to the learning process, and the role of students as main characters and navigators of their learning. In this project, students develop educational applications for Kinect to improve reading comprehension, which will be shared on a virtual platform that can be downloaded by anyone. The project also seeks to share the experience with other schools through workshops and mentoring classes. 

“We can see that our students live in a constantly moving environment, surrounded by games and visual stimulation. Our long-term objective is to create interchanges of knowledge and interactive materials through video games made by students and then share these with other people and in other countries.”    

Broadclyst Primary School, UK

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This project gives students awareness of cultural diversities, an understanding of world markets and currencies along with the core skills of communication, collaboration, teamwork and problem solving. The activity brings together students from many countries to work in one global enterprise challenge, where students connect to run an international company. This will include international companies, each with a different product, competing to become the most successful company globally with cross-school and cross-country collaboration.

“This global challenge will promote social interaction within teams and across countries and require children to solve problems, share ideas, communicate effectively by using  mobile devices and Office 365 to encourage anywhere, anytime learning, both at home and at school for all involved.”   

Gayaza High School, Uganda
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This project empowers students through a school-wide curriculum to not only prepare themselves for a successful future but to also help their community prosper as a whole where their skills are needed and welcome. Students document local entrepreneurs and help with marketing activities for their enterprises. They also work to increase collaboration and best practices amongst the community by creating an online library page with links to videos showing the processes of small-scale local enterprises in Uganda. 

“Youth today are being encouraged to be job creators and not simply job seekers. The project will provide lifelong learning and we anticipate that the students will be qualified and inspired to begin their own enterprises or manage ICT marketing activities within any given organization.”   

We can’t wait to share the results of this high-stakes yet high-rewards Pitch Competition here at Daily Edventures. In the meantime, look for updates on our Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF), or on our YouTube channel. 

-Anthony

Follow the Global Forum Anytime, Anywhere!

Do you want the inside scoop on the happenings at the 2014 Global Forum? Even if you’re not able to join us in Barcelona, you can keep up with the Global Forum through our new Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator), or on ourYouTube channel.Watch insightful keynotes. Experience the competition. Get inspired by the best of worldwide education. The Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014 celebrates the achievements of the world’s most innovative school leaders and educators who are transforming learning outcomes through technology and breakthrough thinking

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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 will gather today to learn from each other, share classroom challenges and successes, and to work together to transform education for the 21st century.

We are all witnessing – and are key players in – a historic shift in education. That’s why each year, we bring together the best and the brightest innovators in education at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. The rules are being rewritten daily in classrooms around the globe. The innovation driving this shift is cropping up from every imaginable source, and from unimaginable places.  

This transformation is complex. Yet, we know that no one device, curriculum, pedagogy or testing strategy will ultimately remake our education system for the 21st century and beyond. But people will – teachers, students, school leaders, government officials, and leaders of NGOs and corporations all working in concert. We are all gathered together are here because we are all leading the way. It’s up to all of us.  

Tomorrow, attendees will be hearing from dignitaries and keynote speakers like Montserrat Gomendio Kindelan, Spanish Secretary of State for Education, Training, and Universities, and Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy Director-General for Education of the European Commission. They will also be meeting together today to talk about holistic school-wide changes and what it means to be an innovative school.  

This year, participants will collaborate and learn directly from one another in the “Digital Transformation Challenge,” which takes place over the course of two days. In it, participants will form teams and then hear from system leaders who are engaging in national digital access programs; school leaders implementing 1 to 1; innovative teachers who are designing learning activities that engage digitally enabled students; and from students who will describe these kinds of learning experiences from their perspectives. Participants will then present their designs to peer teams and to expert school leaders to discuss and learn from each other’s ideas.  

Also today, we provided each of our Expert Educators a Surface RT for their school. They will be using these Surfaces over the next few days to collaborate, expand their 21st century skills, present their learning activities, participate in the “learnathon,” and gain even more expertise using these devices in their classrooms. Teachers need the right tools to help them manage their classrooms, along with the growing demands of their jobs. And, for everyone, the safety and security of these solutions must be reliable and uncompromising.

I am thrilled to be here at the Global Forum, and look forward to sharing the stories, experiences and outcomes of this week. It is always incredibly inspiring to be here, and I can’t wait to share even more from our 250 Expert Educators from around the world, who today will begin presenting the world-class projects that are making a difference in their communities. Stay tuned to learn about this year’s winners! 

And if you are not with us in person at the Global Forum, you can still experience the highlights right here. We will be blogging regularly here on Daily Edventures – and this year, you will hear from four different UK students from Saltash.net Community School who will be video blogging and sharing their unique perspective on the Global Forum each evening. Don’t miss it! You can also find updates on our Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF), or on our YouTube channel.

Get inspired by the best of worldwide education. Welcome to the 2014 Global Forum! 

-Anthony

Follow the Global Forum Anytime, Anywhere!

Do you want the inside scoop on the happenings at the 2014 Global Forum? Even if you’re not able to join us in Barcelona, you can keep up with the Global Forum through our new Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator), or on ourYouTube channel.Watch insightful keynotes. Experience the competition. Get inspired by the best of worldwide education. The Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014 celebrates the achievements of the world’s most innovative school leaders and educators who are transforming learning outcomes through technology and breakthrough thinking

Interview

“My main motivation for being involved in the field of education is that I wholeheartedly believe that education is a gift that should be given to everybody. And I try my best to make that happen.” – Emilio Homedes, Spain


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


Infographics

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 the benefits of online education and features popular sites and platforms that offer high quality training and information.

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


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Countdown to Barcelona: 2014 Global Forum Kicks off Next Week


The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain is now just one short week away. For the Expert Educators and Mentor School leaders we’ll be celebrating next week, this event is the culmination of many years of hard work on the front lines of education reform.  And for our Microsoft in Education team around the world, it will not only cap off many months of planning and preparation; it will also be the highlight of our year.

When we bring together the world’s most innovative educators – this year, a group of 1100 teachers, school leaders, higher-education faculty and government officials representing 97 countries – we will see living, breathing proof of Aristotle’s assertion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The combined energy and enthusiasm of these education innovators always translates into new ideas and inspiration that is then transmitted to the attendees’ schools, their countries and beyond. The Global Forum also creates life-long professional development networks among participants, leading to continuous growth, long after the closing keynote.

The group attending next week’s event may be limited in size, but we’ll be sharing their inspiration with the entire Daily Edventures community through photos, interviews and content. We’ll also be sharing details of the winning projects so that you can adapt these ground-breaking innovations for your own classrooms. To stay on top of the action, you can follow along on Twitter through #MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator. And be sure to visit our brand new Facebook App and YouTube channel where we’ll add fresh content daily.

Our team is excited and energized for Barcelona, not only to meet this elite group of educators, but also for the opportunity to share their exemplary work with teachers and school leaders far beyond Barcelona. Ultimately, though, our students stand to reap the greatest benefits from these gatherings, and that’s something we can all be proud of.

-Anthony

 

Follow the Global Forum Anytime, Anywhere!

Do you want the inside scoop on the happenings at the 2014 Global Forum? Even if you’re not able to join us in Barcelona, you can keep up with the Global Forum through our new Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator), or on ourYouTube channel.Watch insightful keynotes. Experience the competition. Get inspired by the best of worldwide education. The Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014 celebrates the achievements of the world’s most innovative school leaders and educators who are transforming learning outcomes through technology and breakthrough thinking.

Interview

“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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The School That Will Get You a Job


When we expect more from our students, they always meet or exceed our expectations. Always.  

As we discuss almost every day here at Daily Edventures, our education system has been due for a major upgrade for half a century, and there is no one solution to our decades-old problems. Rather, there are many solutions, and many innovative ways to bring them to life. A recent article in Time Magazine explores one such solution: an approach known as Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech. At Sarah E. Goode, a P-Tech school in Chicago, students – or “innovators” as they are called — receive an education almost completely focused on STEM skills. And graduation from P-Tech schools like Sarah E. Goode takes six years instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means students leave with an associate’s degree on top of their high school diploma.  


Schools like P-Techs and the New York City Schools partnership with Microsoft, which also is a six-year school program, are tapping into a deeper relationship with corporations to ensure students leave high school with skills that match real job opportunities. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy, and programs like these help today’s students adapt to become the workforce of tomorrow.  

It’s time to find solutions to the youth unemployment crisis and the disconnect between how we educate our kids and the needs of the economy. We must address the low expectations that are holding us back to create a world where students are empowered to expect more from themselves and their education.  

What do you think? Do you think changing the duration of high school, focusing on STEM subjects, and partnering with companies like Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and Intel will help us change course?  Let me know what you think @anthonysalcito. 

-Anthony

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A School-Friendly Framework That Supports Students To Discuss, Pursue and Present Their Big Ideas


It has been almost two weeks now since TED-Ed Clubs was launched. TED-Ed Clubs aims to introduce a school-friendly framework that supports students in meeting regularly to discuss, pursue and present their big ideas in the form of short TED-style Talks.

TED-Ed Clubs are for students ages 8 to 18, and can contain up to 50 members. An educator — who gets materials and a hands-on orientation from the TED-Ed staff — leads the club through a series of 13 meetings, designed to get students to permanently wear their thinking caps. For the first three meetings, students watch TED Talks, discuss them and begin to think: what idea most captures my imagination? From there, students learn how to frame their idea and present it in a TED-style talk. In meeting 11, students give their talks in front of the club and, in the next meeting, work on editing their video. As a final step, these talks are uploaded to the TED-Ed YouTube channel — some may even be featured on the TED-Ed website.