Of all the technology demonstrations at ISTE this year, the one that I was looking the most forward to was Windows 10. Launching on July 29, 2015, Windows 10 is a complete relaunching of the most popular operating system in the world. In this interview, I had the privilege of getting a sneak peak into the future of both tablet and desktop computing.
Learn More About Windows10
New Features Found in Windows 10
- Free Upgrade
- Brand New Web Browser: Microsoft Edge
- Windows App Store
About Our Guests
Craig Ashley is a Senior Product Manager responsible for product management of Windows for Education. His past areas of product responsibility include Windows To Go, DirectAccess, VPN, BranchCache, and wireless connectivity. In addition to his direct product roles, Craig focuses on education product strategy, value proposition, technical marketing and messaging across the Windows feature set. Prior to his current role at Microsoft, Craig led product teams at AT&T, Global Crossing, and SAVVIS focused on security, cloud services, and network infrastructure.
While a huge fan of product management, some of his best years as a professional were spent as a 5th grade teacher in the New Jersey public school system. He taught all subjects, but reading instruction and integrating technology into the classroom hold special places in his heart. His time in the classroom continues to directly impact his work in technology at Microsoft.
Craig earned his B.S. from Bradley University and his MBA from the University of Illinois. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Craig has become an avid hiker, enjoying the great outdoor activities in and around the Redmond area.
Being in the classroom for 21 years allowed Helen to watch technology become an integral part of the way educators must do business. Observing the engagement of students as new tools, devices, and programs were infused into the curriculum kept her on her toes and always ready to learn what technology would be a “best fit” for a particular area of study. That led to Helen becoming the Instructional Technology Coordinator in Clarksville-Montgomery County, TN for the past 13 years. This role allowed her to impact over 3,200 teachers and over 31,000 students by helping them prepare for lifelong learning; as well as, becoming our future workforce. Helen’s team of Technology Integration Coaches provided professional development experiences while promoting best practices when integrating technology into education. Currently, Helen is a Program Director with the Northwest Council of Computing in Education working with another talented team as NCCE delivers professional learning across the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Program has reinforced Helen’s belief that all students must learn to use technology effectively as they prepare for their future. The program has given her an even richer set of tools from Microsoft than ever before, and those tools just keep expanding. It is not uncommon for an educator to comment that the MIE training has changed their lives both professionally and personally. She has even had teachers in training go out and purchase a new computer between Day 1 and 2 and return with all the free tools downloaded and ready to explore. With the addition of Office 365 in Education educators and students can truly communicate and collaborate as they problem solve and meet academic learning challenges. This along with all the resources provided in the Partners in Learning Network gives every educator the opportunity to empower their students to reach their potential.
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