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MSCLC – Making breakthroughs in Education

October 24, 2012

Making breakthroughs in Education with top Computing Researchers around the World

Speaker: Rane Johnson-Stempson, Education and Scholarly Communication Principal Research Director, Microsoft Corp

Presentation Synopsis: In this session learn about the work Microsoft Research is doing with top research institution around the world to reinvent education and life-long learning. To push the envelope on creativity, collaboration and innovation to make breakthroughs in engaging all students in their education and learning. We’ll discuss also the importance of under-represented groups and gender in computing and how to make a difference. You’ll see demos, videos and free tools you can use to make a difference and understand how you can work more closely with Microsoft Research and our initiatives, programs and research.

Todd’s note. Rane is an excellent speaker who is very passionate about research and getting more women involved in computing. Her session revolved around some of the advanced things that Microsoft Research is working on, and then on their efforts to get women involved in computing.

Microsoft Research is usually looking 5-10 years +

Research Connections
Community and Geographic Outreach

  • Core Computer Science
  • Earth, Energy, and Environment
  • Education & Scholarly Communications
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Natural user Interface

Advanced Research Tools and Services

Achievement Gamification
Can we engage students in learning more if points, badges, etc. are awarded. Too early to see results, but initially appears 6% more people passed finals.

Open Badges
– Anyone can make a badge
– more than just fun and games
– share important experiences across contexts
– allows us to verify that a job-seekers’ claimed expertise on their resume is authentic
– ….

Microsoft in partnership with Mozilla – working together to build a game layer on top of the world. Issuers/Displayers – Authentication/Claim Making. Add badge backpack, locker, aggregator

Put Students in the Center of the Lesson
Kinect empowers students to:
Control the activity through body movements and voice commands
Shape the learning experience
Experience mastery of learning objectives in a more tangible way
Benefit from supplemental physical activity

Microsoft Academic Search
– Free academic search engine developed by Microsoft Research
– Explore ~ 40 million publications

– Search
– Sharing
– Networking
– Discovering people with common interests
– Learning new information from each other

– How do we engage students in lifelong learning?
– Vast Digital Collections
– Experts (everything is in their minds, or on personal computer, not in a shareable format)
– Knowledge Silos
– So much information – hard to find, hard to consume
– Could we put everything in one place, and then would we ask different questions, or innovate at a different rate?
– “Can we bridge the gap between Science and Humanities”?
– The future – Advisory Board/peer review panel, Open Authoring 3 layers of ChronoZoom (personal, world, curated), Researcher features, partnerships.

Why Women in Computing Matters?

Tools that excite Women to Computing
KODU – visual programming language
Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer
Microsoft Imagine Cup
TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools)



One Comment
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