Microsoft, Intel and the New York State Teachers Centers, launched the "Tech4Teachers Program," which offers K-12 teachers in New York the ability to purchase deeply discounted technology products and provides tools and training to enhance their technical proficiency, announced Microsoft today.
"Today's announcement is an extension of the Shape the Future program, unveiled last week at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The program aims to provide 1 million students from low-income families in the United States with the benefits of software, hardware and broadband Internet service over the next three years. The commitment is focused on filling the gap in home access to technology, and it helps give students in digitally excluded homes the skills training they need to compete in the global market, to increase employment opportunities and to contribute to their communities' economic recovery," Microsoft stated.
The program aims to increase teachers' personal sophistication with technology so that they can more easily incorporate it into the classroom to enhance student learning.
Tech4Teachers Program includes:
- Professional development, technology training and free technology tools from Microsoft Partners in Learning and Intel Teach, made accessible through any of the more than 400 New York State Teachers Centers sites for more than 300,000 educators.
- Teachers will be able to purchase discounted technology through an online store, available today, which offers a range of Microsoft software products and computing devices, including PCs, laptops, slates and tablets from a number of manufacturers.
- The Tech4Teachers Program is accessible to any public, private or pre-service teacher who is or becomes a member of the New York State Teachers Centers.
- The Teachers Centers will help subsidize the cost of required professional development and technology training for participating teachers to maintain their certification.