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Skilling Up the Next Generation
Skilling Up the Next Generation

Microsoft’s Dream Space to provide almost 1million students with the opportunity to develop their digital skills   Four years ago, Microsoft Ireland set out on a journey to help open the eyes and minds of young people to the endless possibilities offered by technology. At that time, we recognised how critical digital skills would be […]

James O’Connor

James O’Connor

Vice President of Microsoft International Operations

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Empowering Young People to Re-imagine Ireland’s Digital Future

As someone who has watched with great satisfaction as the Microsoft Dream Space journey has evolved and grown over the last four years, it was a moment of pride and excitement for me, as I’m sure it was for many of my colleagues across Microsoft Ireland, to tune into the final of the Ireland’s Future […]

James O’Connor

James O’Connor

Vice President of Microsoft International Operations

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IT Sligo: levelling the playing field in education with cloud technology

“When it comes to learning new technologies, having the space to explore and play around is very important. With the solution we’ve put in place, our students now have that possibility. They can learn in their own time, from anywhere.” Shaun McBrearty, Assistant Lecturer in Computer Science at IT Sligo is explaining how teaching and […]

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

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A look inside the classroom of the future at Sacred Heart School in Tullamore 

A look inside the classroom of the future at Sacred Heart School in Tullamore  At Microsoft, we are continually inspired by schools across the globe that are enabling remote or blended learning in ingenious ways. One such example is Sacred Heart School in the town of Tullamore, which is leading the way in Ireland when it comes to the integrated use of technology in the classroom.   Teachers and students at the all-girls school now use […]

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

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University College Cork Transforms the Learning Experience for over 21,000 Students and Staff Overnight

University College Cork Transforms the Learning Experience for over 21,000 Students and Staff Overnight Using Microsoft Teams, UCC staff host 600 meetings and calls daily and deliver student exams across 3000 subject modules despite the campus remaining closed. COVID-19 didn’t give anyone time to prepare. Over the course of a weekend University College Cork was […]

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

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Dream Space: A Catalyst for Education Change

Dream Space: A Catalyst for Education Change Four years ago, Microsoft invested €5m to develop Dream Space, a dedicated innovation and education hub at our campus headquarters in Leopardstown. Opening the doors, we made a commitment to engage 100,000 primary and Transition Year students in the space. After year two we’re well on our way […]

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

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Dream Space HomeSpace Series

Bring some STE(A)M lessons into your home. Let’s Learn Together. Dream Space HomeSpace is an initiative by Microsoft Ireland to help teachers, parents and children participate remotely in some of our favourite Dream Space activities. Our HomeSpace series begins with our favourite MakeCode platforms- micro:bit, Arcade and Minecraft. Just like in Dream Space, we want […]

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Dr. Kevin Marshall

Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

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Microsoft’s Dream Space: Coming to Northern Ireland

Microsoft’s DreamSpace: Coming to Northern Ireland     When we opened the doors of DreamSpace in our Dublin campus in April 2018, our aim was to inspire children to unbox their ambition, spark their creativity, and supercharge their ideas so that they can create the world of tomorrow. We knew it would be successful and we […]

Kieran McCorry

Kieran McCorry

National Technology Officer

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The Future of Work is Child’s Play

The Future of Work is Child’s Play In his very famous TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson argued that education needed to focus on stimulating creativity and imagination to equip future generations for a rapidly changing world. As part of our Surface Go launch, Microsoft asked Irish parents about how they viewed imagination, creativity, outdoor play […]

Lisa Hunt

Lisa Hunt

Surface Business Group Lead

Microsoft and Quantum Computing
How to build a quantum computer

Professor Leo Kouwenhoven is a key member of Microsoft’s quantum team – and leads a team of researchers and engineers at the Microsoft Quantum Lab in Delft, in the Netherlands. We asked Professor Leo why it’s so difficult to build a quantum computer. Why is it so hard to build a quantum computer? We don’t […]

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