In part 1 of 4 of Future-Proofing Cities, Education Director for Microsoft APAC, Beth Watson, discusses the radical changes in education – from the way it’s taught to how students learn today. In the midst of paradigm shifts, how should educators and leaders prepare their students to be the workforce of tomorrow?
By year 2050, 22% of the Asian population will be above the age of 60 – that’s 1 in 5 people. It’s going to take a collective effort across all levels for cities to tackle the problem of an ageing population. What can YOU do to help? Find out more in part 2 of 4 of Future-Proofing Cities.
Microsoft’s Asia Pacific Senior Education Programmes Manager Felicia Brown shares how teachers and schools are integrating ICT into the learning process to ensure students are equipped with the right skills in the real world.
We are proud to announce this year’s five outstanding grand prize winners for the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change! Among the winners, four countries are represented including two inspiring students from Asia!
Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a global contest that encourages young people who are passionate about social causes to submit their ideas for how they can spark social good in their communities, college campuses or throughout the world, using the new Windows and Office. Five grand prize winners will receive a volunteer travel experience in the Amazon, $2,500 cash to kick-start their projects and a Microsoft technology bundle including Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Surface 2 (or equivalent device).
The first place winning app, a solution focusing on public safety called Safety Whistle, was submitted by Yashasvi and teammates Anish Ansari, Gopal Kandoi and Rumi Shakya, who made up Team Conscientious. In this app, users can enter two to three emergency contact numbers and two to three emergency email addresses.
Globally more than 10 million students globally have already taken the ‘Hour of Code’ challenge and with 3 billion people speaking more than 2,000 different languages across the Asia Pacific region it is hoped many more students will sign up to adopt ‘code’ as their official second language.
Khadiyah Armanakun, English teacher in Yala, has been selected out of more than 22,000 entries as this year’s Expert Educator by Microsoft & will represent Thailand in the Education Forum. She is recognized for her efforts in improving children’s lives by adopting technology in an innovative way.
Microsoft and ITPSS Sdn Bhd of Brunei signed a Security Cooperation Program (SCP) today, which aims to help the government of Brunei address cyber threats to national security, economic strength and public safety through public-private sector cooperation.