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Intel Launches $100 Million Worldwide Technology Education Program To Train 400,000 Teachers In 1,000 Days

Submitted by: Intel Corporation

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Jan 19, 2000 – 11:00 PM EST


Intel® Teach to the Future Brings Together Microsoft and Other Industry Leaders in Half-Billion Dollar Commitment to Improve Student Learning

Jan. 19 /CSRwire/ - Intel Corporation today announced Intel® Teach to the Future, a worldwide initiative to address the barriers teachers face in effectively applying computer technology to improve student learning. Over the next three years, Intel will invest $100 million in cash, equipment, curriculum development and program management to train more than 400,000 classroom teachers in 20 countries around the world. The program is presented with support from Microsoft Corporation.

"The scope of this program represents the industry's recognition that all the educational technology in classrooms today is worth nothing if teachers don't know how to use it effectively," said Intel President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Barrett. "Computers aren't magic; teachers are."

Microsoft will contribute $344 million in software (estimated retail value) and program support. In addition, leading computer manufacturers including Hewlett-Packard Company and Premio Computer, have joined Intel with equipment donations and discounts to make this the largest private industry effort to date -- worth nearly half a billion dollars -- to ensure technology is used successfully in education.

"The students in school today are the first generation to grow up with the Internet as an integral part of their lives," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft president and chief executive officer. "That is why it's critical to provide teachers the training opportunities and software tools they need to harness the power of today's technology for learning."

Improving Student Learning
U. S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley noted, "Teaching and learning that uses technology effectively can lead to greater academic success and make a real difference in the lives of students. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of today's teachers feel very well prepared to use this technology. If we want to build upon and enhance traditional learning and produce students who can take on the challenges of the modern workplace, we need qualified and well-trained teachers in every classroom, and technology can help those teachers and their students achieve at the highest levels."
Intel Teach to the Future is modeled after the award-winning Intel ACE (Applying Computers in Education) curriculum developed by the Institute of Computer Technology (ICT), Sunnyvale, Calif. Intel ACE was piloted with 3,200 teachers in nine communities in cooperation with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Teachers who participated in the first year of training were surveyed nine months later; 84 percent reported using computers improved their instruction and 80 percent found their students' learning enhanced.

After two years of implementation, evaluation and feedback for the Intel ACE program, Intel worked with ICT to re-write the curriculum and design new program features. The curriculum, which consists of 10 four-hour modules, is based on the Microsoft* Office 2000 Professional software suite. Training includes the use of the Internet, Web page design and multimedia software. Teachers learn how, when and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their current lesson plans, create assessment tools, and align lessons with district, state and national standards.

High-Tech Leaders Bring Latest Software and Hardware to the Classroom
"Critical to the success of the program is access to today's standard hardware and software tools in the classroom. We could not make it happen without the support of Microsoft and a number of computer manufacturers," said Carlene Ellis, Intel vice president and director of Education.
Each of the classroom teachers and master teachers worldwide will receive a free copy of Microsoft Office 2000 Professional and Microsoft Encarta* Encyclopedia 2000. Microsoft also is donating software and licenses for each of the training labs and, in the United States, providing master teachers a lab kit with software and licenses for their districts.

"It's important that teachers have access to the technology they are trained on back in their district so they can really put their learning to work," said Bryan Watson, general manager, Microsoft Education Group. Microsoft's support of Intel Teach to the Future is part of its ongoing commitment to help every school build a Connected Learning Community, where technology enables learning without limits - anytime, any place."

In the United States, each regional training agency is provided with equipment donated by Hewlett-Packard Company to establish a training lab for master teachers. Premio Computer will also donate 20 computer labs to participating school districts for delivery of training by master teachers to classroom teachers. To ensure teachers have the equipment necessary to practice their training, each master teacher receives a laptop computer, and each participating district provides a connected classroom PC for the trained teachers.

Districts also have the opportunity to purchase highly discounted systems for each teacher trained. Computer manufacturers will offer a high-end Intel® Pentium® III processor-based system for $750 and may provide additional system configurations at different price points to meet a variety of needs. Participants in the discount program include Acer, AST, Bold Data, Caliber, Hewlett-Packard, Quantex, Premio and Tangent.

Train-the-Trainer Model
A key element of the Intel Teach to the Future program is its focus on keeping knowledge in the local community through a train-the-trainer model. In each U.S. region where the program is implemented, regional training agencies will recruit and train annually 100 master teachers. Each master teacher will work with individual school districts to train at least 20 classroom teachers per year. Regions for the first year include Arizona, Northern California, Oregon and Texas, followed by Washington and New Mexico. Additional areas will be added in subsequent years with the expectation that 20 training agencies will be in place in the United States by 2002 and a total of 100,000 classroom teachers will be trained. The program is also being introduced in 20 countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America and will reach an additional 300,000 teachers over the same time period. At the recent British Educational Technology Tradeshow (BETT) in London, Intel unveiled details of the program's implementation in Europe.
Intel Teach to the Future is part of the Intel Innovation in Education initiative, a global, multi-million dollar effort to help realize the possibilities of science and technology in education. The goal is to prepare today's teachers and students for tomorrow's demands. Intel develops and supports education programs that help meet the needs of students and communities worldwide through: improving science, math, engineering and technology education; improving education through the effective use of technology in classrooms; and broadening access to technology and technical careers.

Intel Teach to the Future is also part of Intel's commitment to America's Promise. Chaired by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth is a coalition mobilizing the nation to strengthen the character and competence of America's youth. Acting as a catalyst, the national nonprofit secures specific commitments from organizations and individuals from every sector of society to fulfill Five Promises for young people: caring adults, safes places, a health start and future, marketable skills and an opportunity to give back to community.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

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