Education World Forum shines light on Microsoft’s e-learning advances

As educators and government leaders from around the world gather in London for the invitation-only Education World Forum (EWF), Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education of Microsoft, used the opportunity to introduce updates to several programs that “help prepare the students of today to become the workforce of tomorrow” – such as expanding the language availability of the Teaching with Technology comprehensive e-learning curriculum.

EWF is designed to inspire top-down change, and in 2013, the event drew more than 100 education ministers representing more than 90 countries. (Microsoft is a sponsor for the event.) Writing on the Microsoft in Education blog, Salcito gives an overall feel for the event’s focus: “While education reform requires hard work and support from many fronts – students, teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers – the national ministers of education have very specific and unique pressures and perspectives. EWF exposes them to the ideas of global education visionaries, and then empowers them to advocate for change.”

On the blog, Salcito writes that the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) Exam and eLearning study curriculum, Teaching with Technology (TwT) will soon be available in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Indonesian and Mandarin. Other updates will focus on digital literacy services (Matuto: Literacy for Life), how educators can design and practice teaching that leads to more successful futures for all students (New Pedagogies For Deep Learning, aka NPDL), and putting local organizations at the leading edge of digital assessment through partnerships such as The Collaborative Assessment Alliance (CAA).

Find out more from Salcito about Microsoft’s commitment to education and creating the skilled workforce needed for tomorrow on the Microsoft in Education blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff