Every Student Succeeds Act will increase access to STEM learning

Today, a major K-12 education overhaul took one step closer to becoming law when the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  This legislation will increase access to STEM and computer science learning nationwide and will advance some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy.  And its passage comes at a unique time during Read more »

Microsoft sponsors program to give kids in British Columbia the ‘Right To Play’

YouthSpark, citizenship, education, youths

Deserae Wycotte of the Williams Lake Indian Band, a First Nation community in British Columbia, is on a mission. “I’ve known these kids since they were babies,” she says, reflecting on the children and teens she mentors every day at the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium, where she works as an after-school program coordinator. “My goal is to instill an educational interest in youth at a young age, so they can keep Read more »

Lady Gaga, Yale launch “Emotion Revolution” in U.S. schools

Emotion Revolution

It’s time to stop telling American high-schoolers to “suck it up” and swallow the pressures of young adulthood, say Lady Gaga and leaders of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Instead, the somewhat unlikely duo wants to empower young people to make schools and communities places where emotions matter and all students can thrive. Enter, the “Emotion Revolution.” New research from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence shows 75 percent of 22,000 Read more »

Microsoft welcomes US State Department Global Connect initiative

We’d like to congratulate the U.S. State Department on its demonstration of leadership with the Global Connect initiative. The Internet and the Web have transformed our lives – the way we find information, the way we communicate, how we run our businesses, how we entertain ourselves, how efficiently we use resources – the list is endless. But the sad fact is that nearly two-thirds of the global population has no Read more »

Every Child Achieves Act will improve access to K-12 STEM learning nationwide

The U.S. Senate this week completed work on a major education overhaul that will increase access to STEM learning nationwide. We applaud the leadership of HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for ushering through legislation on a strong, bipartisan basis that advances some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy. Specifically, the Every Child Achieves Act includes: A provision offered by Sen. Al Read more »

Delivering low-cost, solar-powered Internet access to rural Kenya

TV white spaces, Internet access

Recently, I returned to Nanyuki, Kenya to check on the progress of a unique project Microsoft launched with Mawingu Networks, Jamii Telecom Limited and the Kenyan Ministry of ICT to deliver low-cost, solar-powered Internet access and device charging to rural Kenya. The project, launched two years ago, utilizes ‘white spaces’ – TV frequencies assigned to broadcasters but not used locally – that could be used to provide wireless, broadband access Read more »

Students flock to Computer Science Fair in Redmond to explore exciting futures

TEALS, education, youths, computer science

Last week, more than 1,600 Washington state high school students and teachers traveled to Microsoft to explore the awesome educational and career opportunities offered by computer science. Students who attended are part of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a volunteer movement supported by Microsoft YouthSpark to bring computer science (CS) education to every high school. The program partners technology industry professionals with classroom teachers to “team teach” computer Read more »

Microsoft protects student privacy, while encouraging innovation

Cloud-based tools help create rich, personalized instruction in schools, but pose tough challenges for student and family privacy, writes Cameron Evans, chief technology officer for Microsoft Education. “In order for personalized learning to be more than a hollow promise, technology must be used to gather personal information from students,” Evans writes Tuesday in the Microsoft in Education Blog. “But how that data is handled matters.” He says Microsoft is committed Read more »

Why we need to pass House Bill 1813 in Washington state

Hour of Code, education, computer science

Over the past two years, Microsoft and our allies worked to broaden access to computer science in high school. Half the states now allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation. Yet every student should be able to learn this subject. It’s time for Washington state to make computer science really count by passing House Bill 1813. That’s why I joined leaders from education, non-profits, and business in Read more »

Testimony to Congress details importance of student privacy, necessity of federal reform

education, privacy

Today I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education during a hearing, “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy.” This hearing was both timely and significant. As technology plays an increasing role in education, parents and students are thinking about the data collected by schools and the extent to which it is being gathered and protected. My testimony detailed the commitment Read more »