Microsoft announced that its Partners in Learning program is sponsoring the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project, led by SRI International, will broadly investigate the effects that information and communications technology (ICT) has in transforming teaching and learning at the school and education system level. Microsoft will make a $1 million (U.S.) investment each year in the multiyear longitudinal study in partnership with governments of Finland, Indonesia, Russia and Senegal. Primary focus is to assess teachers’ adoption of innovative classroom teaching practices and the degree to which those practices provide students with personalized learning experiences that promote the skills they will need to work in the 21st century. This’ll complement Microsoft’s Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ACT21S) research, which focuses primarily on identifying those 21st century skills, and developing ways to measure them by providing new methods of assessing students.
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