This month, Microsoft is participating in two education-focused events in Honolulu and Maui.

The first event is on Tuesday, April 14, at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Innovative Learning & the State of Education Address. During the event, Cameron Evans, CTO of Microsoft Education, will discuss the importance of education, transformational learning and technology’s impact on educational outcomes in today’s world.

he second event is a Microsoft YouthSpark in Schools session at the 6th annual Hawaii STEM conference in Maui on Friday, April 17. In the YouthSpark in Schools session, educators will discover free programs, resources, and tools they can use to connect their students to STEM skills and opportunities in the classroom tomorrow. The session will explore:

  • Learning Beyond Language: Leveraging Skype in the Classroom – many educators have heard of Skype – but did you know that Skype in the Classroom is a free program that connects a global community of educators to expert guest speakers and to one another? Through Skype in the Classroom, you can bring PhD scientists, published authors, elected officials, and others right into your classroom. Your students can practice their language skills with native speakers halfway around the world, and so much more. Learn how to fully realize the richness of this program with your students!
  • Maximizing Your Device with Office 365: An expert Microsoft Innovative Educator will show you how to get the most out of any laptop, tablet, or smartphone through the power of the Cloud. Explore the benefits and uses of Office 365, and dive deeply into OneNote, a powerful productivity and collaboration tool that can transform your classroom tomorrow
  • Explore the YouthSpark Initiative: Learn how these and other YouthSpark tools can drive a major impact in your classroom tomorrow.

Photo courtesy Hawaii Stem Conference. Information courtesy Amanda Gibbs, Waggener Edstrom Communications.

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