Throughout 2013, Microsoft will host a series of EduTech Family Summits that offer families, students and educators the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning with the latest Microsoft products and see how Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network & Innovative Educators program can increase student engagement. We encourage IT Academy partners to attend an upcoming event near you! As reported on the Microsoft in Education blog

Families see education as a journey that opens doors for students. Education connects students to exciting careers where they have the power to change their lives, our communities, and the world. More than ever, having technology skills, is needed for those college or career bound and can empower students for the future.

To help explore new technology that can help students tap into creativity, innovation, and productivity to support whatever path they desire, this week we announced Microsoft EduTech Family Summits.

EduTech Family Summit

EduTech Family Summits encourage families, students, and educators to explore how technology can enhance learning and prepare students for higher education and career opportunities. At the Summits, families will be able to see how Microsoft Windows, Office 365, SkyDrive, Bing, Skype in the Classroom, and Kinect enhance not only what our students learn but how they learn. In collaboration with YouthSpark, we are inviting parents, students, and teachers to join us and explore how we can best support our students in their quest for academic and career success by using innovative technology to learn and achieve.

We’re expecting over 2,000 students, educators, community leaders and local government representatives to participate at these exciting one-day events.

The debut event takes place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Boston. Our theme is Achieve. Our keynote speaker, Victor Ortiz—a protégée of Oscar de La Hoya and one of the brightest stars in boxing today—exemplifies what it means to Achieve. Overcoming a difficult childhood, Victor aims to inspire, mentor and support our youth to believe they can achieve great things.

Summits will be coming to the following cities:
  • Boston, January 26, 2013 – Register NOW
  • Washington DC, April 6, 2013
  • Chicago, April 20, 2013
  • Las Vegas, April 27, 2013
  • Dallas, May 4 or 18, 2013
Registration for Spring 2013 events opens February 1.
Potential future cities include :

  • New York City, Spring or Fall 2013
  • Miami, Fall 2013
  • Houston, Fall 2013
  • Long Beach, Fall 2013
Stay tuned to the IT Academy blog for updates as more dates and cities are confirmed.