Intel Corp. Chairman Craig Barrett on Jan. 25 announced plans to train an additional 10 million teachers in developing nations in the use of technology to enhance learning over the next five years. The plan significantly expands the Intel Teach to the Future initiative, which since 2000 already has trained more than 3 million teachers in 35 countries, Intel said.
As part of the expanded program, Intel also announced it will donate 100,000 PCs to classrooms in developing nations. These new investments will supplement the $100 million annual commitment Intel currently makes to improve education for young people worldwide, the company said.
Intel’s Teach to the Future initiative (http://www97.intel.com/education/teach) employs a “train the trainer” model to help teachers understand how, when, and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into instruction. Web page design and project-based learning are among the strategies covered in the training.
Intel spokeswoman Tami Casey said the program will continue to train more teachers in the United States as well. The program already has reached more than 250,000 of the nation’s estimated 3.5 million K-12 teachers, Casey said. About 80 percent of Intel’s $100 million annual investment in education is spent on U.S. initiatives, she added.
Intel is looking for additional ways to extend the program’s impact, Casey said. The company aims to provide continuing-education courses for program alumni, and it also is developing similar training programs for school building principals and administrators, with the goal of promoting a culture of learning and innovation that permeates from the highest administrative levels to the classroom.
Casey said the company hasn’t put a dollar figure on its latest announcements.