Microsoft Puts $250M For Ed-Tech Program,Provide 20M Teachers With “21st Century Skills”

Today microsoft put $250M for ed-tech program.

Global development programe

This is develop in order to equip ,


with the skills they need to teach IT and other future-looking subjects. Microsoft has been running this program since 2003 and to date has invested $750 million in the project.

It helps in marketing of Microsoft ,in developing different training sessions related to training of teachers. Projects have included teacher training in IT and other “21st century skills,” as it calls them, and it also works with governments on digital inclusion programs and links up with its YouthSpark education initiative.

This idea brings message through the better platform of Microsoft.
Events like the Global Form in Prague currently underway are sponsored by hardware partners (in this case, Acer) and are showcases for Microsoft products (in this case, Windows 8).

Government collaboration:

Many governments are focusing on development of IT and Microsoft collaborate with them.



There have been some other partnerships that have had prescient partners, including a joint research project with SRI International, the R&D group that spun off and sold Siri to Apple.

Global footprint of Microsoft

Microsoft is focusing on using the investment to expand the global footprint of the program. Currently it’s in 119 countries, and has trained 11 million teachers and 200 million students. With 75 million teachers working today, Microsoft’s aim is to extend the number in its PiL program to 20 million teachers by 2018.

Social Corprate Responsibility:

Corporate extension of the philanthropic work that Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has been involved in with his wife Melinda, focused on developing countries.
Bill gates said:
[quote]We started this program nearly 10 years ago based on the belief that education is a fundamental human right and the single most important investment in our collective future. This has never been more true, and I’m really pleased to see the continuing commitment to innovations that can help all students and teachers reach their full potential[/quote]

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