ISTE Announces New Collaboration with Microsoft at 2016 Conference

Yesterday marked the first day of ISTE 2016, complete with a flash mob, lines out the door, and an opening band that played “Uptown Funk” amongst other wedding dance numbers. But one of the most pivotal events of Day one was the announcement of a new partnership between ISTE and Microsoft.

The first project the two organizations will work on will be to support school leaders as “pioneer innovation and digital transformation.” To do this, ISTE and Microsoft will align their research, mapping the ISTE Essential conditions and Microsoft Transformation Framework together.

But that’s not all Microsoft and ISTE have in store. They’re also bringing educational leadership training to the world of MOOCs, by partnering with edX to create online courses in the area of change leadership. The first course will begin in December 2016, but participants can enroll as early as September. Read the press release on the Microsoft in Education blog for more information.

ISTE has also joined Microsoft in the development of Microsoft Showcase Schools, “a global community of more than 60 schools engaged in digital transformation to improve learning and teaching.”  These schools will incorporate the ISTE Standards, as well as the ISTE Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool and Microsoft’s Self Reflection Tool.

We had the chance to interview ISTE CEO Brian Lewis and Anthony Salcito, vice president  of Worldwide Education, Microsoft. Listen to the full interview for more on the partnership.

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.