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DCU welcomes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

DCU welcomes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Dublin City University welcomed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to DCU on Monday October 3rd to share his vision on the future of learning.

During a fireside chat with Professor Deirdre Butler of DCU Institute of Education, the Microsoft chief spoke about inspiring the next generation of teachers to engage and embrace new learning technologies.  

In a wide-ranging conversation, Mr Nadella spoke about:

  • Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet and what this means for teachers and students  - “Educators are the purest form of empowerment.  There cannot be higher leverage than teaching.”

  • Democratising AI and how teachers can transform their classrooms in response to AI.

  • His predictions for the classrooms of the future - “The computational thinking developed through Minecraft may be of benefit in a wide range of careers.”

  • The skills and attributes our educators should be aware of to prepare our young people for the future - “Many jobs of the future will be in digital technologies - computational fluency is important for children.”

  • Advice on how to seize the technology opportunity ahead - “The inspired teacher can do anything”.

Thanking Mr Nadella for his insights, Professor Butler said,

“From one lifelong learner to another, I am excited that we share many of the same values and principles.  I look forward to designing meaningful learning environments that harness technology in creative and innovative ways to empower our students to ‘be the difference in the world’ in order to create a just and equitable society for all.”

5th October, 2016