Posts by By Barbara Holzapfel, General Manager, Microsoft Education Marketing

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Happy International Day of Happiness: New Research Suggests Happy Students Achieve More

Seven years ago, the United Nations declared March 20th the International Day of Happiness to encourage countries around the globe to take concrete steps to cultivate happiness and well-being in people’s lives. Today, I am super excited to help celebrate by releasing new global research on the topic of “Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI.” Conducted by The... Read more

Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI: New research from Microsoft Education and The Economist Intelligence Unit

Given the accelerating pace of change around the globe, the worlds of school and work are undergoing massive transformations. New technologies such as artificial intelligence are empowering today’s students to address big challenges that motivate them, such as reversing climate change and slowing the spread of disease. At the same time, collaboration tools, mixed reality and... Read more

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Moving the needle on student achievement: Fresno Unified School District’s personalized learning initiative

Today’s students will graduate into a world that will be dramatically different - and changing faster than ever. They will enter a workforce where job functions, roles and even categories will be significantly altered, and will face social and global challenges beyond what we can imagine today. Research recently conducted by Microsoft - “The class of 2030 and life-ready... Read more

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How can technology empower the Class of 2030?

Our world is changing faster than ever. What skills will today’s kindergarteners need to be life-ready by the time they graduate as the class of 2030? How can technology support their educational journey? To answer these critical questions, we launched a key piece of research: "The class of 2030 and life-ready learning: The technology imperative." Today, I am super... Read more

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Ensuring inclusive learning for all your students

Today, Microsoft joins in marking the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness around accessibility in the digital world. I feel it is critical that we all take a moment to look beyond our personal experiences and consider what more we can do to make all students feel confident and in control of their learning. We must recognize... Read more

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What’s New in EDU: Building better pathways for women in STEM

This month’s episode of What’s New in EDU is on a topic very near and dear to my heart. Working in tech over the past 15 years, and working with the Anita Borg Institute, has allowed me to dive deeper into this topic. Now, more than ever, I feel it’s critical to build pathways for women to pursue STEM careers, either through engineering and technical roles, or via... Read more