Microsoft, Intel to Help Train 400,000 Teachers
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Feb 06, 2000
Microsoft Corp. is donating $344 million worth of software to Intel Corp.'s
Teach to the Future program, which is designed to train more than 400,000
classroom teachers to use technology.
During the next three years, Intel will invest $100 million in cash,
equipment, curriculum development and program management to provide training
to teachers in 20 countries. U.S. regions targeted for the first year include
Arizona, Northern California, Oregon and Texas. Washington and New Mexico
The Intel curriculum is modeled after its Applying Computers in Education
project, which consists of 10 four-hour classes. The program will train
teachers to use the Internet and multimedia software and to design World
Wide Web pages. Teachers also will learn how to create assessment tools
and align lessons with district, state and national standards.
A survey conducted in conjunction with a pilot program revealed that
84 percent of teachers said using computers improved their instruction,
and 80 percent said the technology enhanced students' learning.
Plans call for the establishment of 20 training agencies in the United
States by 2002 that will train 100,000 teachers. An additional 300,000 teachers
worldwide are also expected to participate.
Microsoft's hefty donation is the largest in the Redmond, Wash.-based
company's history. It allows all 400,000 participating teachers to receive
a free copy of both Office 2000 Professional and the Encarta 2000 multimedia
encyclopedia — both of which are featured in the Intel curriculum.