Everyone Starts Somewhere…..

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Every expert was a beginner at one time, and there’s no better time to remember this than right now – during Computer Science Education Week – when Microsoft is playing a lead role in supporting the Hour of Code campaign, spearheaded by Code.org. Kids who try coding – even for just one hour – will find a whole new world of possibilities when they see how fun and exciting it … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 29th Edition – Surface Pro 3 now in 28 markets and Royal Caribbean provides 40,000 crew members with Windows tablets

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This week, we’ve got stories on Surface Pro 3’s increased availability worldwide, Royal Caribbean Cruises going more high-tech by giving its crew Windows 8.1 tablets, and Bing in the Classroom’s lesson plans are back for a second school year. Surface Pro 3 is now available in 25 additional markets around the world, bringing the total to 28 markets, including the United States, Canada and Japan. The 25 new markets are: … Read more »

Bing lesson plans can help students with critical thinking skills, Web research

A Siberian tiger takes a swim at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium

As Alice Keeler looked at her batch of upcoming Bing home pages, the former high school math teacher found the image of the Siberian tiger swimming through the waters of a Belgian zoo very striking. But that wasn’t all. She started brainstorming possibilities for how to use the image to create a lesson plan; the choices of content were many and wide-ranging (and, for example, could have included having students read William Blake’s … Read more »

Hands-on games judging at Imagine Cup World Finals gives competitors advice and encouragement

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While it was warm and sunny on Microsoft’s Redmond campus Thursday morning, inside the tents set up on the Commons’ soccer fields, it was cool and dark – perfect conditions for the continuing competition of the Imagine Cup World Finals – the hands-on judging round. Lots of sound effects filled the tent – many emanating from the many games presented by the finalists. But in addition to those electronic beeps … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 4th Edition—ISTE conference shows off Office Mix, OneNote and partner apps

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on The International Society for Technology in Education conference, the latest schools to use Surface and profiles on Office exec Julia White and Tyler Schrenk, who overcame a life-changing injury with help from Surface Pro and Xbox. … At the recent ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft shared how teachers are using Office Mix and OneNote. Since the customer preview for … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 27th Edition – More free storage is on the way with OneDrive

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the greatly increased OneDrive storage space coming in the next month for those who have free or subscription accounts, Xbox One’s holiday lineup of exclusive games winning awards and nominations, and how you can now use Bing to search for tweets from your favorite folks and celebs. Office 365 subscribers are going to get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 6th Edition — Nearly 40 Windows devices and phones unveiled at Computex, and the Houston school district adopts Office 365

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the new Windows devices and phones introduced at Computex in Taiwan, and how students in Houston, the seventh-largest school district in the U.S., will use Office 365 to help in their education. Windows and Windows Phone devices of all shapes, sizes and prices were announced this week by manufacturers at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, the second-largest technology exhibition in the … Read more »

Weekend Reading: May 30th Edition—Skype Translator introduced at inaugural Code Conference, Microsoft and salesforce.com announce strategic partnership

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Skype Translator app revealed at the first-ever Code Conference, a new strategic partnership between Microsoft and salesforce.com and how businesses like the Seattle Children’s Hospital and The Coca-Cola Company have chosen the Surface Pro 3 as their go-to choice to replace laptops. Soon, you won’t have to know a foreign language to speak to someone in another country … Read more »

Spell e-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n: Each spelling bee participant receives new Surface, Office 365 and Skype gift card

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Each of the 281 participants in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee got an extra boost from Microsoft Tuesday night to help them with their education, and to make sure the bonds they create with other competitors around the world can continue. The spellers, who range in age from 8 to 15, each received a brand new Surface device and Office 365. They also got a Skype gift card that … Read more »

A tale of two countries: Education technology drives growth and transformation

Education reform can be frustratingly slow, held back by resistance to change, budgetary challenges and, oftentimes, a lack of conviction on the part of governments. So when any country makes a decisive commitment to transform its education system, it’s big news. On Tuesday, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) is announcing a sweeping cloud education partnership with Microsoft, one that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout … Read more »