Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates says his foundation hopes to post online videos of exemplary teachers plying their craft as a way to inspire other educators and help students learn. He also says the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will increase its giving in 2009, despite the sinking economy.

The news comes in an open letter published by Gates on Jan. 26, which summarizes the foundation's progress in health and education and outlines its plans in the months ahead.

Gates left Microsoft's executive ranks last July to focus full-time on the foundation he created with his wife, Melinda. The letter


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