Microsoft in Education

We are partners in learning.

​We believe that education is the single most important investment in the future of individuals, communities, nations, and the world – that it is vital to sustainable social and economic success. It is also a fundamental human right. The reality is that education, globally, faces a crisis; a crisis of resources, of time, and of support. Governments need help. School leaders need help. Educators need help. Students need help.

That’s where Microsoft in Education can lend a hand. We help educators and school leaders connect, collaborate, create, and share so that students can realize their greatest potential. We have the tools and the technology to help educators do what they do best: teaching kids and growing young minds. Microsoft in Education is a 15-year, almost 750 million dollar global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning. Since 2003, we’ve led the way in partnering with educators, helping nearly 12 million educators and reaching more than 190 million students in 134 countries in our first 10 years alone.

We believe that technology is simply a tool that when used appropriately in an educational context can help improve teaching and learning. But technology is only one piece of a larger solution supported by peer coaching, professional development for school leaders and educators, and the innovations in teaching and learning being led by educators on the ground, every day.

The best worldwide education conference of the year took place in Barcelona in March 2014.

Through the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, Microsoft recognizes and celebrates the achievements of the world’s most innovative educators and school leaders for leveraging technology in the classroom and preparing millions of students for life in the 21st century. It is by invitation only.

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum brought together more than 1,100 participants from the Microsoft Expert Educators Program, the Microsoft Innovative Schools ProgramHigher Education faculty members and Education Leaders, as well as education policy leaders, experts and NGO partners from around the world to participate in an energetic, and collaborative conference.

Learn more here about this incredible event!

Microsoft in Education Programs

Microsoft Innovative Schools helps school leaders discover and share best practices to foster a culture of innovation.

In conjunction with other education experts from around the world, we’re developing new approaches and materials that any school or school system can use and the critical leadership development necessary to help students achieve their full potential.

To connect school leaders around the world, we have created a global community on the Partners in Learning Network where school leaders with common interests can share their experiences and connect with one another. We encourage members of the global community to organize local school communities, visits to other Partners in Learning Schools, hold local workshops, and share best practices.

For those schools that want to engage at a deeper level, Microsoft Partners in Learning has created the Pathfinder and Mentor School Programs. Find more information on how to apply.


Microsoft’s Innovative Educators program empowers educators to use technology effectively in the classroom to develop 21st century skills.

The best educators are the most innovative thinkers in the world and we want to build on that innovation to help every student succeed. Our goal is to empower every teacher with the tools and resources to understand and engage every student at their own pace, in the right place, and in a way that allows them to achieve their greatest potential.

For students to be successful in tomorrow’s world they must develop higher-order thinking skills that will propel them forward. Microsoft’s Innovative Educator Program enables educators to use technology effectively in their classrooms in order to develop these 21st century skills. Educators gain critical skills through professional development that accelerates their innovative teaching. They connect with others around the globe, in one of the world’s largest online educator communities. And the most innovative educators are recognized and celebrated around the world through the Partners in Learning Network.

The program offers:

  • ​Professional Development
    • Find validated and scalable professional development that delivers proven approaches and practices for improved student learning experiences
  • Global Community
    • Join a global community to connect and collaborate with other innovative educators and education experts worldwide
  • Recognition and Celebration
    • Celebrate and recognize the most innovative educators and their teaching practices from around the world

Expert Educator Program

The Expert Educator Program is Microsoft’s exclusive one year program created to recognize pioneer educators globally who are using technology to transform education.

On a yearly basis the program celebrates renowned educators out of whom some are selected to be part of this exclusive global community of visionary leaders who are paving the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.

Expert Educators work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate, share their experiences with peers and policy makers on effective use of technology in education. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools in education. They share valuable experiences, lessons, and best practices and they work together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning.

What do you get if you choose to participate?

  • Insider view into Microsoft thinking and technologies
  • Free products, tools, and marketing assets from Microsoft
  • Exclusive professional and career development opportunities through virtual calls, face to face training, and global connections
  • Opportunity to share your innovations with world renowned educators and globally recognized specialists
  • Special spotlight and privileged access to blogs and social media activities
  • Engagement as advisors within the Partners in Learning program
  • Invitations to join Microsoft at special events
  • Exchange program to a number of educators

Technology Enriched Instruction

The Microsoft Technology Enriched Instruction (TEI) is a workshop designed by School of Education faculty for pre-service teachers and their faculty. The workshop consists of a series of modules that have been developed for several content areas (currently math, science, social studies, and English language arts/literacy as well as TPACK). The modules include a variety of activities that provide teachers and teacher education faculty members with content-based technology exemplars that they can use to help them combine technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK). Each module contains the following assets: facilitator’s guide, participant workshop guide, sample files, technology demonstration files, instructor PowerPoint presentation, and videos of module builders presenting the module.

TEI is accessible in three forms: as freely downloadable files from the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network; as preconference workshops at educational association meetings, and as facilitated Ministries of Education or university workshops. The workshops are highly interactive and participants will not only learn about technology but actively apply it to their own classroom experiences.
Get more information about participating in one of these valuable workshops or holding one at your institution. Learn more>

Academic Summits

Attend one of these informative events designed to help leaders in higher education better understand the benefits of technology in teaching, research, and administration. These one or two day programs include representatives from Microsoft and our technology partners meeting with your key staff to help you better understand how technology can improve teaching and learning on your campus. Each summit includes:

  • A business case presented by a higher education organization
  • The technology solution presented by Microsoft or one of our partners
  • Roundtable discussion about your specific challenges and technology solutions to meet them

Download presentations and other resources from the Academic Summits

Microsoft Higher Education Consortium

Talking to peers and learning from the experts is easy on this social networking site designed for educators to discuss key issues surrounding technology in education. On this site you’ll find:

  • Deep, facilitated discussions between higher education organization, Microsoft, and our partners
  • Collaboration and community-building between members
  • Demonstrations of the practical benefits of technology in education

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