Category Archives: Diversity

Microsoft hosts diversity youth leaders to promote tech-career readiness

More than 100 students from various schools in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon convened at the Microsoft Redmond campus for the second annual STEM+CS Exploration Day with iUrban Teen, a program dedicated to igniting, elevating and engaging the next wave of ethnically diverse leaders.

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New world tech brings rich cultural traditions into Massachusetts Middle School

This weekend, you can join the class on their adventure with Born to Explore on ABC TV (check your local listings for 11/21 & 11/22), and starting today you can get a glimpse of the episode and find out how to take your own virtual field trip on our Native American Heritage page.

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Join the Global Skype-a-Thon, December 3-4, 2015

You and your students are invited to take part in an historic global event. Starting on December 3rd and going through December 4th, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles in 48 hours! It's an ambitious goal, and one that only Skype in the Classroom (with your help!) can accomplish. Read more and register your classroom!

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Potential is Endless for Students in Manteca, California

Potential is endless in Manteca, CA, where young students are delivering PowerPoint presentations, teachers are managing their classes with OneNote, and seniors are graduating with technology skills that will help them in their futures. In 2015, all 23,000 students and 1,200 teachers of MUSD were provided with Windows 8 devices running Office, OneNote, Skype, and Bing in the Classroom. Watch how this unlikely district led massive learning transformation.

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Educators Share with Teaching and Technology Passion at the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange

Last week at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange event, the topics of bravery, courage and leadership in the context of education, were the themes of the event. On the final day of E2, we heard from the people at the heart of learning – educators – who shared their ideas to help students have the courage and confidence to achieve more in their lives. Read what educator and entrepreneur Angela Maiers shared and watch the highlights video.

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Guest blog post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Skype Translator Facilitates Global Communication for Students Who Speak Different Languages

Skype Translator breaks down communication barriers by delivering voice and instant messaging translation between languages. Schools are already excited about this new app with all the possibilities it presents. Think of how education will benefit from real-time language translation with Skype Translator.

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Kids teaching kids to read – how free cloud services from Microsoft are helping to preserve and celebrate local languages

On International Mother Language Day, we remind ourselves of the importance of preserving and celebrating all languages and cultures. To support learners in both formal and informal environments, every Chekhov book is made available as a free, print-on-demand PowerPoint file - and is also published as both a Windows 8 App and a Windows Phone App.

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Microsoft Surface and language apps support bilingual education

Read how at Cicero School District, just outside of Chicago, where more than 50 percent of the Cicero’s students speak Spanish as their first language and are learning English as a second language while attending school. Read how they are using classroom technology to help ‘language learners’ assimilate more quickly into class instruction, by removing this language impediment. Microsoft Surface and language apps support bilingual education.

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Estella’s Brilliant Bus – Hear More about this Mobile Classroom and Watch the Super Bowl Commercial Again

Meet Estella Pyfrom, the woman behind Estella’s Brilliant Bus, featured in the Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015. Estella brings technology access to kids, literally. Her Brilliant Bus is a mobile learning station that gives underserved communities access to the technology that will help them reach their potential.


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