Daily Edventures with Microsoft's Anthony Salcito [Video]

Daily Edventures with Microsoft's Anthony Salcito [Video]

Summary: I recently had the chance to talk with Microsoft's Vice President for Worldwide Education as part of his Daily Edventures project. Here's the result.

TOPICS: Microsoft

Anthony Salcito, Microsoft's VP of Worldwide Education, recently launched a blog called Daily Edventures in which he highlights a new education leader every day. I'm honored to have been picked for his feature today. Check out the blog, though, and hear from others as diverse as musician Gavin DeGraw, Terry Thoren (perhaps best known as one of the creators of the Rugrats and Wild Thornberrys, but now running a very cool educational animation startup), and Pauline Roberts (a 5th- and 6th-grade teacher who is doing outstanding things with her students in the areas of inventive thinking and effective communication).

Anthony and I particularly talked about the use of technology as a catalyst for real educational change, risk-taking, and scaling innovative approaches. We also talked, among other things, about the relatively new business of "edupreneurship":

According to Dawson, the businesses that are actually successful in the world of edu-preneurship usually involve a teacher. “For many, many years, there has been this imposition of technology on teachers because a company thinks they know how to shoehorn a piece of technology into the classroom,” says Dawson. “Teachers absolutely must be a pivotal part of this. Edu-preneurship is really about being an entrepreneur, doing it within the educational space, and drawing teachers into it.”

You can watch our whole talk in the video below or read the whole post on Daily Edventures.

Topic: Microsoft

Christopher Dawson

About Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • Fundamental educational change

    I don't believe we'll be able to achieve lasting educational change, until we shift our perspective on education as something that needs to be done via private enterprise, vs. the public sector. The public sector is simply not efficient, and until we place a private sector engine behind public education, we are just wasting our time discussing improvements to education. As I've said before, public education needs to be contracted out to private companies so that there will be continuous competition among schools, which is needed to drive innovation, and the technology adoption necessary to make this happen.
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    • Yes, the market is perfect in every way...

      Brain dead moron
      • Competition is crucial for sustained high achievement in education

        Once upon a time, the U.S. government had a relatively high quality public school system. However, due to lack of competition and immediate consequences for not remaining on top, we have inevitably slipped from our former position.
        P. Douglas
        • Continued ...

          This is the nature of government and systems with no effective competition.
          P. Douglas
          • Continued ...

            There is no way around it. If you want sustained excellence within an ecosystem, you need competition, where players compete for their survival.
            P. Douglas
          • Continued ...

            Discussing lofty educational concepts, and the innovative use of technology, will do us little good, if players (such as public schools) bear no consequences for their inaction. However, the prospect of private contractors or private schools losing their public funding to competition, will result in these companies seeing innovation in education as not just wonderful achievements, but necessary tools for their survival.
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          • Wow

            Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)
  • Zdnet, your profanity filters need tuning

    Apparently your filters consider the word e-n-t-i-t-i-e-s a profanity. My guess is that it looks at the letters beyond 'en', and chokes on them. I've also encountered other false positives before.
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