Beyond Money: the Role of Corporations in Education
Co.Exist recently published an article about the role that corporations, such as Microsoft, play in our collective quest to solve the many challenges we face. It’s my fundamental belief that changing the world of education is about so much more than just using technology: it’s about a holistic approach to innovation. At Microsoft, we have many programs that go beyond just “giving” money – Partners in Learning and Imagine Cup are two that many of you are intimately familiar with. It’s my hope that Microsoft will be one of an ever-growing number of corporations that invest money, time, effort, passion and people to help us all solve the problems we face.
Also this week, we’ll be hearing from David Blake, an entrepreneur who is doing everything in his power to change education. David Muya, a teacher in Kenya, will share his work (including how he turned a toilet into an IT hub). You’ll also meet Umesh Pandey, a water expert from India. And Linda Bradfield, a teacher in South Africa who, with her students, turns “Trash into Treasure.” Finally, Tracy Fullerton, a game designer, educator and writer who leads the Interactive Media Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab shares her viewpoint on gaming and education – her thoughts are meaningful and exciting.