Microsoft Pledges $15 Million to Drive Innovation in Education for Students & Teachers

Microsoft pledged a $15M investment in 3 key areas of innovation - increasing engagement, managing information, and supporting educators, announced Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft.Salcito stressed that the new $15M investment will be focused on "three key areas of innovation - increasing engagement, managing information, and supporting educators.""For more than 25 years, Microsoft […]

Microsoft pledged a $15M investment in 3 key areas of innovation - increasing engagement, managing information, and supporting educators, announced Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft.

Salcito stressed that the new $15M investment will be focused on "three key areas of innovation - increasing engagement, managing information, and supporting educators."

"For more than 25 years, Microsoft has worked with teachers and schools worldwide to improve education by using technology to engage, explore and create. Today's $15M investment builds on the company's recent education commitments to help increase the number of Washington State students earning bachelor's degrees in high-demand STEM fields, investments to improve access to technology in Los Angeles and San Francisco, our annual investment in U.S. Partners in Learning and many more totaling over $90M," Salcito added.

"With this new investment, Microsoft will support research and development in understanding and creating learning environments that integrate the characteristics of gaming that kids are passionate about," Salcito added.

"Just imagine…every day a child will fail at a game, and yet keep coming back to try again. But in our classrooms, for most, once a child experiences failure, they shut down. We need to bring the same passion they bring to their digital lives into our classrooms. This investment will help our partners and educators do just that."

"Microsoft will invest in the development of a digital learning archive. This'll allow kids the ability to capture their learning artifacts, achievements, and various other types of data in a secure repository, allowing them to gather in one place their lifelong learning record, and share this information with those they choose," Salcito said.

"Microsoft is committing to train more than 150 thousand educators in the U.S. to elevate their skills so they can benefit from these new technologies. We'll also provide access to new professional learning communities, best practices and training to every teacher in the United States through a new Partners in Learning Network."

[Via: Education Insights]