Microsoft will give 10,000 Surface tablets to educators attending ISTE

With the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project, Microsoft is determined to prove its commitment to education -- and gain some positive publicity for its Surface tablets along the way. The company will be giving away Surface RTs to the first 10,000 registrants for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio this June. To put that rather impressive number into perspective, ISTE is expecting to host over 13,000 individual educators and 500 exhibiting technology companies. While it's entirely possible that this massive giveaway is a simple inventory write-off, we sunny optimists like to think that Microsoft is doing it out of the good of its heart. For more information, you can check out the full press release after the break.

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ISTE Announces Exclusive Offer for Registered Attendees to Get a Free
Microsoft Surface Tablet

Online Registration for ISTE Open Until June 18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2013 – The International Society for
Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced that Microsoft Corp.
plans to give a Microsoft Surface RT to 10,000 ISTE 2013 conference
attendees as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience
Project. Online ISTE conference registration is open until June 18 for
the world's premier education technology event slated for June 23-26
in San Antonio.

"Access to meaningful technology for all learners is at the core of
ISTE's mission, so there's tremendous synergy between our goals and
Microsoft's generous investment in our 2013 conference attendees,"
said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. "This bold move is illustrative of
Microsoft's commitment to the effective use of technology in
education. It'll be fantastic to watch attendees take their conference
learning experience to the next level through the power of their new
Surfaces and to hear about the ways they use them with their

Supported by hands-on workshops and sessions in the Microsoft Learning
Lounge at ISTE 2013, the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience
Project provides an opportunity for educators to experience how a
Windows 8 touch device makes learning come to life.

"Educators using Surface RT have the best of both worlds: the
wonderful experience of a tablet combined with a no-compromise
experience of a full-functioning laptop that includes Office and
allows for creation and collaboration, and not just consumption," said
Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education, Microsoft. "Educators
already using Windows 8 tell us they are able to get grading and
planning done more quickly because they can multi-task and they can
imagine new and personalized learning experiences for their students."

To participate in the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience
Project, registered ISTE 2013 attendees may go to to learn more on how to qualify.
Educators must have a school official and/or ethics officer sign a
gift acknowledgement letter provided by Microsoft and bring it to the
ISTE conference in order to receive a free Surface RT device for their

The world's premier education technology event, ISTE 2013's agenda is
headlined by three provocative speakers, Jane McGonigal, Steven
Johnson and Adam Bellow, and features nearly 700 sessions and
interactive learning environments. The ISTE Expo will include more
than 500 exhibits from ed-tech companies around the globe.

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