Microsoft Education Days opens a dialogue on the digital transformation of education in India

A banner for the Edu Days India FY21

Brings together 8,000+ educators, school leaders, students and Microsoft partners to discuss the future of education and share best practices in remote and hybrid learning

New Delhi, January 22, 2021: Committed to empowering students with future-ready skills, Microsoft opened a dialogue on the role of technology to transform education, improve learning outcomes and better prepare students for the new world of work at the third edition of Microsoft Education Days.

More than 8,000 educators, school leaders, policy makers and students across the country came together to discuss the need for technology led transformation and innovation in classrooms, sharing best practices for hybrid learning and insights from the transition to remote learning. The three-day event held virtually from January 20-22, 2021, featured interactive sessions with Microsoft leaders, education experts and school leaders on creating immersive, personalized learning experiences through the integration of tools like AI, gamification, and accessibility in learning.

Over the last few months, Microsoft has been at the forefront of enabling the transition to remote learning. Microsoft Teams provided the critical digital infrastructure, empowering schools and educational institutes across the country and the world to continue learning uninterrupted in a secure environment.

Speaking at the event, Navtez Bal, Executive Director, Public Sector, Microsoft India, said, “Today, technology is enabling schools and teachers around the world to do more than ever before. Our aim at Microsoft is to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulate development of essential life skills and support educators in guiding and nurturing student passions. Microsoft Education Days is one such platform that brings educators and students together to deliberate on tech enabled transformation in education. Through this platform, our aim is to provide the academic fraternity, teachers and most importantly learners with the resources to redefine the teaching and learning experience of the future.”

The first day of the event saw a fireside chat between Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India and Ranjitsinh Disale, Microsoft Innovative Educator since 2017 and winner of the Global Teacher Prize, 2020 on the need for innovation in education.

In Education Days 2021, more than 90 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) experts shared insights on collaborative projects around personalized learning, gamification, the importance of analytics to improve student outcomes and the need for accessibility in education among others. Schools also participated in the Nextgen Learning Challenge and the AI for Good Idea Challenge, encouraging students to enhance their critical thinking, problem solving, self-management and responsible decision-making skills through these projects.

Details of the winning schools and their respective projects:

Nextgen Learning Challenge 2020

School Theme Position Project
S D Public School, Delhi Minecraft Winner Sustainability begins at home
DPS Bangalore Minecraft 1st runner up Vinayak Valley
Ajanta Public School, Gurugram Minecraft 2nd runner up Sanitation: The way of life

AI for Good Idea Challenge, India

School Theme Position Project
Bluebells School International, Delhi AI Winner Mask immune face recognition system
Maharaja Agrasen Model School, Delhi AI 1st runner up Kinnect – Kindness Connect
Shaheed Rajpal DAV Public School, Delhi AI 2nd runner up Matheye – The smart way to do Math
Vikas Bharati Public School, Delhi AI 2nd runner up AI based cognitive behavior therapy

About Microsoft India
Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 13,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian startups, businesses, and government organizations.

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