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Imagine cup winnersAnnouncing Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good Challenge 2021 winners

Thousands of students, aged 13 through 18, participated in this year’s competition to come up with ideas to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges using the power of artificial intelligence (AI). After much difficulty, 10 global winners of the Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good Challenge 2021 were chosen. Read more >>


PearlyAll in a day’s work: Teen aces three tough Azure exams

Hong Kong student Pearly Law aces three Microsoft Azure certification programmes. She shares more about how a hackathon has inspired to pursue her passions in machine learning and cloud computing. Read more >>


Bridging the STEM divide: AI hackathon helps young women excel in computer science

The gender gap in education is serious. More than 130 million girls were already being denied education before COVID-19 hit. And as schools around the world closed, UNESCO estimated that 11 million additional girls are at risk of never going back to school. Read more >>


Woman smilingEmpowering youth with disabilities to launch careers in the global finance sector

Prachi Pandey joined the IT department of Allstate India last year. It’s rare for young women from a gritty industrial district like Unnao, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, to gain a post-graduate degree and be hired by a big multinational corporation. Read more >>



Celebrating the invisible moments of teachers

Despite the challenges of the past year, our teachers have truly given everything they have. From making home visits to connect with students struggling with remote learning, renting external venues to deliver quality virtual classes, to rallying support from the community to support a child’s education. Read more >>



Microsoft unveils immersive education solutions to inspire educators in reimagining learning experiences

Microsoft  introduced new technological tools and updates designed to support the key areas educators require to create a holistic learning environment and move education forward. Read more >>



Centre Of Excellence: How The University Of Otago Graduated From Old School To A+ Institution

Solutions partner Fusion5 supported The University of Otago on a journey to digitally transform the campus using Fusion5’s Higher Education Centre of Excellence approach. Read more >>




From the Himalayas to hi-tech: Self-learning opens a path to a new career

Isolated for months at her home in the shadow of the Himalayas during the pandemic last year, Haimantika Mitra entered a self-learn skills program from Microsoft, taught herself how to code and much more. Read more >>




Schools in the pandemic: Seeking education equity for India’s marginalized kids

Learning was something the Uzma Bano always looked forward to. The classroom was a daily escape from the confines of her home in the capital Delhi–a single 150-square-feet room. Read more >>




People with disabilities are gaining marketable work skills and succeeding in the digital economy

2014 was a tough year for Murphy Ng. That’s when he dropped out of university in New Zealand and returned home to Hong Kong and an uncertain future. With his parents nearing retirement age, he needed to earn a living and become independent. Read more >>



Building a more inclusive skills-based economy: The next steps for our global skills initiative

Last summer, we launched a global skills initiative to reach 25 million worldwide. Nine months later, we have helped more than 30 million people, learned from our projects and are ready to launch the next phase in our work. Read more >>



studentsSchools after COVID-19: From a teaching culture to a learning culture

The response to the coronavirus has demonstrated how technology can help transform how we teach and learn. But the push for change started long before the pandemic struck, and it will go on long after the threat subsides. Read more >>



Imagine CupImagine yourself competing in this year’s Imagine Cup

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is an annual competition in which students code, collaborate, and compete with new ideas to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Eleven teams made last year’s Asia Regional Finals and produced and pitched some outstanding potential solutions. Read more >>



teacherOne teacher’s vision turns a poor village school into an educational powerhouse

Microsoft Innovative Educator Ranjitsinh Disale wins the Global Teacher Award by engaging students and transforming lives of girls at Zilla Parishad Primary School in Paritewadi, a poor village in Maharashtra state where tribal communities have traditionally kept females away from formal education. Read more >>


Microsoft celebrates educators of tomorrow

A total of 65 aspiring educators were awarded certificates after completing a nine-day capacity building workshop to equip students with future-ready skills, led by Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE), Sarvodaya Fusion, STEMUp Educational Foundation, and Microsoft. Read more >>



Transforming classrooms while building trust

The world is changing faster than ever – and so are the skills students will need to be life-ready by the time they graduate. To keep up with this rapid pace of change, the education and learning sector is undergoing an unprecedented shift, with technology being a key enabler. Read more >>



Building A Future of Collaborative Learning

As technology skills become a critical part of most occupations, schools across New Zealand are actively adopting digital tools to keep their students ahead of the curve. For a number of students at both Epsom Girls Grammar School and St. Mary’s College in Auckland, Microsoft Teams is making collaboration fun and easy. Read more »


dMicro-credentials: Opening the door to an inclusive future of work in the digital age

Here’s an alternative method of understanding the value of skills as we move toward an inclusive future of work. This goes beyond the formal qualifications that someone may, or may not, hold – especially people in the underserved communities where educational opportunities are few. Read more »


Australian schoolgirl smilingCreating a firm foundation for Indigenous success

For many, Year 12 feels far less significant than what comes after – a degree, a first job, and the career path that follows. However, it’s still a pivotal moment in the lives of many young people and that no everyone has the opportunity to complete it. Read how Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) is working to ensure more Indigenous students get an opportunity to complete Year 12 with the help of Microsoft Dynamics partner, Barhead Solutions. Read more »


Students looks at a screen.Planning education in the AI era

School leaders across Asia and around the world are aware that artificial intelligence has the potential to transform education. Whether it’s by supporting teachers and learners in the classroom with more personalized experiences, or in helping school systems get real-time perspectives into what’s happening on the ground, data and analytics tools empowered… Read more »



Microsoft challenges Australian students to use AI to solve social and environmental issues with launch of national competition

Microsoft Australia and professional learning organisation, Education Changemakers, are calling on teachers and local high school students to enter a new national competition – the AI for Good Challenge – to learn about AI and engage with it confidently and ethically, by developing ideas for AI solutions to help tackle real world social and environmental challenges… Read more »


Make personalized learning a reality for your students

New technology and digital tools will increasingly play an important role in helping teachers adopt personalized learning practices to keep students engaged in a changing world, and ultimately improve learning outcomes.

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DigiGirlzWomen and girls in STEM: Having a critical role in shaping Asia Pacific’s future

Asia Pacific countries can reach new heights of innovation, inclusiveness, and prosperity when more girls and women pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Microsoft APAC President Andrea Della Mattea says… Read more »



Here’s why Asia Pacific’s educators need a future-ready toolbox

There is no doubt that a digital future lies ahead. As the education landscape undergoes a digital transformation, computer science education proves to be increasingly invaluable in helping teachers – from all disciplines – to equip their students… Read more »



Sri Lanka HOCMicrosoft hosts Computer Science Education Day in Sri Lanka

Microsoft on 8 Feruary held its flagship computer science workshop for students and teachers at its corporate office in Colombo. Over 100 participants, representing public, private schools and underserved youth… Read more »



Seizing the challenge and making that future real

As the people who are nurturing our next generation, educators are in the best position to ignite students’ interest in computer science, writes Daiana Beitler, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Asia. Read more »



Team CaeliImagine Cup Asian Champs take on the world with Azure-driven anti-pollution mask

It was a moment they will not forget. As soon as they wer named winners of the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Finals, Aakash Bhadana, Vasu Kaushik, and Bharat Sundal hugged each another and proudly held up the Indian tricolor along with their trophies. Read more »



Using technology to transform higher education in Malaysia

Equipped with the key tech tools for business, Universiti Sains Islam (USIM) is transforming its campus for students and lecturers alike. Course content, lectures and assignments are now managed from a central hub… Read more »



Azrina Muhamad ZukiMicrosoft celebrates computer science education week by reinforcing its commitment to building a future-ready Asia Pacific

As part of its ongoing efforts to close the digital skills gap, Microsoft has kicked off Future Ready, an annual initiative run in partnership with nonprofits and schools to generate interest amongst students to learn computer science… Read more »


Digital Native LearnerFive ways to connect with digital native learners in Asia

The digitally-driven environment of today has given rise to a new generation of learners. Here is how you better engage them with technology and deliver a richer learning experience…. Read more »



VIDEO: Mixed reality brings indigenous cultures to life in Australian classrooms

Microsoft Australia is proud to contribute to the safeguarding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and language with the launch of Australia’s first mixed reality and digital skills initiative, the Njulgang Project… Watch the video »



RadioLIVE: How is Minecraft helping with education?

Deirdre Quarnstrom, Microsoft’s General Manager of Minecraft Education explains the game and the impact it has on the children who play and learn with it. Read more… Read more »



Two students looking at a deviceFour tech trends empowering educators across Asia

The future of education is exciting. As the education industry in Asia evolves in step with recent technological advances, new ways of teaching and learning have emerged — empowering educators with more solutions to better engage learners. From artificial intelligence (AI) to immersive learning experiences, the rise of such technologies… Read more »



Minecraft migrates into classrooms: is educational gaming the way of the future?

Teachers have one of the toughest jobs in the world, and educational games like Minecraft can help them engage students and prepare them for the jobs of the future, according to Microsoft’s Deirdre Quarnstrom, who is visiting New Zealand schools to promote the game’s new educational edition… Read more »



Microsoft + Made by Dyslexia: Helping dyslexic students thrive with technology

Microsoft becomes the first company to sign the Made by Dyslexia pledge: to give the 700 million people with dyslexia around the world access to technology that empowers them to excel in their academic journey, and in life. Every dyslexic child should be understood and given the right support to realize their brilliant potential… Read more »



MIE Expert 2018-2019 bannerInnovative educators are making a difference in digital Asia

5 October marks World Teachers’ Day, and this year’s theme is focused on reminding the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without training and qualifying teachers. The “Teachers’ Gap” is more pronounced among vulnerable populations… Read more »



Inspiring students in Asia to create social impact with tech

The world’s problems are often complex, lacking a straightforward solution and well-defined approach—a reality many educators today are trying to prepare their students for. To develop their students’ future readiness, Microsoft Innovative Educators Experts (MIEEs) in Asia are bringing real-world problems into the classroom… Read more »



How artificial intelligence is changing education in Asia and around the world

Right now, a chatbot with artificial intelligence (AI) can act as a virtual friend and can even speak in multiple languages. Doctors are also starting to use AI in various ways to diagnose illnesses and to make surgical operations safer. Some farmers rely on AI to grow more crops… Read more »



children lifting up laptops in a classroomNo more computer lessons on a blackboard: Happy students now learn in a computer lab

Teacher Richard Appiah Akoto became a global social media sensation after posting pictures of himself giving computer lessons with a blackboard and chalk because his school in rural Ghana had no working computers. Now, his biggest wish has come true: His students are happily learning digital skills in a brand new computer lab.. Read more »



Richard and Anthony face to faceTeacher who used a chalkboard in a computer class with no computers, stars at Microsoft’s Education Exchange

A teacher who resorted to using a chalkboard in his computer studies class – because his school in Ghana had no working PCs – has been given a star treatment at an international educators’ conference hosted by Microsoft in Singapore… Read more »



E2 Group PhotoCelebrating educators globally at Microsoft Education Exchange 2018

Microsoft hosted its annual Education Exchange (E2) conference in Singapore this week, with educators and school leaders around the world exchanging ideas to develop innovative experiences in classrooms, as well as explore emerging trends in education, including new technologies that support teaching, skills development… Read more »



Boy in front of a chalkboard87% of education leaders believe they need to be a digital institution to succeed

Leaders in Asia Pacific’s education sector are showing urgency in embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution. 87% of them believe that they need to transform to a digital institution to enable future growth, yet only 23% said that they have a full digital strategy in place today. These are some of the key findings of the Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Survey… Read more »



Girl using a Surface LaptopPersonalizing education with technology in Asia

While personalized learning may have only gotten its official name in 1970, its history goes back much further. The concept is based on ideas that have existed for nearly a whole century, with the Winnetka Plan and Dalton Plan introducing tailored strategies for individual learners… Read more »



Understanding when tech effectively improves learning in Asia

To ensure that students stay engaged and empower them to be future-ready, education institutions are embarking on their digital journeys to introduce technology tools and digitalize their environments. However, one question that many education institutions still have when pursuing their transformation initiatives is: Is technology effective in improving learning outcomes?… Read more »



Keeping up with the growth of technology in the classroom in Asia

Whether it’s creating worlds in Minecraft: Education Edition to explain complex concepts, using Skype to connect to classrooms around the world or leveraging analytics to personalize learning, digital technologies have taken root in classrooms around Asia with the aim of driving better learning outcomes for students… Read more »



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