socaltech.com | http://bit.ly/bKzlGN
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - A Los Angeles area school is the beneficiary of what software giant Microsoft says is its single largest technology donation, ever, to a school. Microsoft said Wednesday that it is donating more than $1 million in a grant to purchase new software and hardware, to the Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center. Microsoft said the grant is going to the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, to create a model for the Los Angeles Unified School District to elevate teacher and student technology skills. The deal was announced by Microsoft and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a press conference at the learning center. Microsoft said it hopes the effort will create an instructional model that can be "replicated and scaled" throughout the LAUSD. The Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center, which includes two high schools, is located in Boyle Heights. The software includes Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Math and Microsoft Publisher for 420 computers on campus, new laptops for teachers, Mimeo equipment packages, and other technology.
- smf opines: The first hit is free. LAUSD has 129 high schools. Who exactly is going to pay the $1 million each to “replicate and scale” this instructional model throughout LAUSD?
▼Some of the answer – though not $128 million - may follow▼
UPDATE: Gates Foundation turns attention to ed. tech.
By Ian Quillen/Education Week | http://bit.ly/abzota
10-20-2010 - Educational technology advocates may call it a bold step forward or an idea long overdue. But no matter what their interpretation is of a new collaborative grant program that will funnel tens of millions of dollars to K-12 and higher education technology initiatives, most ed-tech experts agree on this much: With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiling an initiative in the ed-tech arena for the first time in nearly a decade, people will take notice. (more…)