ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and professional learning resources

DENVER – June 26, 2016 – At today’s ISTE 2016 opening general session, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and Microsoft Corp. announced they plan to combine and expand a host of their world-class initiatives to ensure educators and school leaders around the world have access to school planning and professional development resources. This collaboration stems from a shared belief that technology has the power to transform learning, and can do so most effectively when it’s embedded in how a school or educator thinks about and drives new learning opportunities.

“This new collaboration between ISTE and Microsoft springs from our shared, genuine commitment to have a real impact on learners around the globe,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “It will leverage our respective strengths and allow our substantive work on student empowerment, digital citizenship, education leadership and professional learning to be multiplied.”

As part of this new multi-project initiative, ISTE and Microsoft will bring together resources from the education and technology fields to inspire educators to design and develop schools where technology is woven into the culture and environment. Three of these resources will include:

  • ISTE and Microsoft Blueprint for School Transformation: To support leaders as they pioneer innovation and digital transformation, Microsoft and ISTE will align respective professional development pathways supporting leadership, policy and 21st century pedagogy. Mapping of the ISTE Essential Conditions and Microsoft Transformation Framework has already begun and will provide common language and direction for future shared work.
  • Leadership courses designed in accordance with this blueprint: Microsoft has also partnered with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, and top global university innovation and education experts to develop a series of new courses in the areas of change leadership, design thinking, gameful learning, deep learning, and ambitious teaching and learning. They will be developed with the support and guidance of ISTE and Microsoft and will contain renowned curriculum created by leading edX university partners. The first course will be available for enrollment on edx.org starting in September 2016 and is scheduled to begin in December 2016. Additional courses will begin by March 2017. Stay updated about this offering at http://aka.ms/edx/schools.
  • Tools to help streamline the development of 21st century schools: Microsoft and ISTE plan to partner with schools around the world to further develop new Microsoft Showcase Schools, a global community of more than 600 schools engaged in digital transformation to improve learning and teaching. This community of schools plans to have additional support to further incorporate the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and use the organization’s resources such as the ISTE Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool and Microsoft’s Self Reflection Tool. Find out more about the Microsoft Showcase School program.

“Microsoft’s focus on supporting education transformation has great synergy with the work of ISTE,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “We are proud of the collaboration announced today and the opportunity we have together to empower students, educators and school leaders globally to achieve more.”

About ISTE                                                       

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®is the premier nonprofit membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age– as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo–the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Jearwon Microelectronics and Microsoft to partner on cloud desktop business solutions

REDMOND, Wash., and CHANGCHUN, China — June 27, 2016 — On Monday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Jearwon Microelectronics announced a new partnership that will expand cloud-based business solutions for enterprise customers around the world. This collaboration — which includes the delivery of patent license rights — on remote desktop technology comes as Jearwon Microelectronics, which specializes in the design and manufacturing of high-performance central processing unit (CPU) technology, unveiled its Z1 CPU and ZERO PAD™ products at its headquarters in Changchun, China, today as well.

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Huang Wei, CEO of Jearwon Microelectronics, said, “Market research shows that the cloud desktop is the future of enterprise computing, and offering an affordable, high-performance zero client will allow businesses to fully take advantage of this technology. Jearwon is happy to partner with Microsoft, a leader in commercial cloud environments. The Jearwon Z1 CPU has many applications, including integrating it into zero clients, AIO zero clients and tablets. Cloud computing and desktop virtualization are the future of computing, and by partnering with Microsoft, we are creating products that have widespread appeal.”

“Cloud-backed business solutions are essential for enterprise customers around the world, and this new partnership with Jearwon is about delivering better, more efficient services to empower businesses to thrive,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “Jearwon is a leader in the industry producing a RemoteFX ASIC acceleration system on a chip, and we are excited to collaborate with them.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Jearwon Microelectronics

Jearwon Microelectronics is headquartered in Changchun, China. Our international team includes founder and CEO Huang Wei who has over 20 years of experience in electronic product development and manufacturing management, and International Operations Manager Kerron Ramnath who has over 15 years of experience in the technology sector in USA, the UK and China. Our partners include Microsoft, Amkor Technology, SMIC and Lucida Technology. Jearwon delivers the technology of the future.

For more information, please visit: http://www.jearwon.com  

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.