Microsoft Giving Away 10,000 Surface Tablets At ISTE

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If you’re headed to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) mega-conference in San Antonio on June 23rd, you’re most likely going to get a new Microsoft Surface RT. That’s because Microsoft has just announced that the first 10,000 registered attendees will be getting one of their flagship tablets.

Whether you’re going (and already registered) or not, this is a pretty bold move for Microsoft and other tech titans. I say that because it seems like all major tech players are working their tails off to make inroads into education. This is perhaps the first time, however, that a company like Microsoft has made such a massive push on such a scale. That being said, it’s pretty great to see teachers and education administrators handed a free powerful tablet that they can tinker with all summer and then use in the classroom on day one of the next school year.

Whether it’s an inventory write-down (like Engadget guessed) or simply a big marketing maneuver, I don’t care too much. I just like knowing teachers and the type of people who read Edudemic will be getting some new technology that they wouldn’t normally get to own.

Going To ISTE? Here’s How To Make Sure You Get A Surface

Here’s the fine print that you should know about from the terms and conditions:

Registered attendees of ISTE 2013 and their schools are invited to take part in the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project. This is an exclusive offer for qualified ISTE 2013 attendees and their schools. Offer is not valid for exhibitors or Vendors of ISTE. You must register online and have your school official and/or ethics officer sign a gift acknowledgement letter provided to you by Microsoft, and adhere to all the other Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project terms. Offer ends June 25, 2013.

  1. Before ISTE 2013
    • Check your eligibility in the offer terms and conditions. Terms and Conditions
    • Register here to gain access to gift acknowledgement letter which will be emailed to you.
    • Have your school official and/or ethics officer sign your gift acknowledgement letter.
  2. At ISTE 2013
    • When you arrive at ISTE 2013, go to the ISTE 2013 registration desk to pick up your ISTE 2013 conference badge.
    • Bring your ISTE 2013 badge, signed gift acknowledgement letter, and government issued photo identification to the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Lone Star Ballroom, Salon F, at the following days and times:
      • Saturday, June 22: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, June 23: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Monday, June 24: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      • Tuesday, June 25: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Each gift acknowledgement letter will have a unique bar code that will be scanned in order to receive a Microsoft Surface RT for use at your school.
    • Consider joining Microsoft for a hands-on demonstration and training during ISTE 2013 in Microsoft’s Learning Lounge in Exhibit Hall D Room 1A during exhibit hall hours at ISTE 2013 June 24-26, 2013.
  3. After ISTE 2013
    • When you return to school, share your classroom activities and lesson plans on how to use Windows in the classroom with others at your school.
    • Discuss and contribute your activities and lesson plans with others on the Partners in Learning Network and join the Microsoft in Education newsletter where you will receive additional training resources.
    • Visit the Surface web site to download the Surface RT User Guide, register your Surface, and find support.

The Press Release

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 students.”

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 school.

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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