Intel announced a major milestone today in its worldwide effort to help students and teachers develop 21st century learning skills. Three million teachers have now completed training through Intel® Teach to the Future, a professional development program designed to help teachers effectively integrate technology with learning. Armed with strategies to develop digital literacy, creativity, higher-order thinking, communication and collaboration, these teachers are reaching tens of millions of students daily across the globe.Intel also announced expansion of the program into Nigeria through the New Partnership for African Development initiative, and to South Korea where the program will serve as the main component of the government’s professional development plans.“Millions of teachers have already transformed their classrooms by incorporating technology into daily lessons, making learning exciting and helping students reach their potential,” said Craig Barrett, Intel Chairman. “Working together, governments, educators and industry can advance the learning process and transform education around the world.”Global ExpansionExpanding into South Korea, Intel is working with the Korea Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development to provide training to the majority of the nation’s 400,000 teachers, principals and professors. The program will serve as the main component of the government’s professional development effort for both in-service and future teachers. The goal is to train all teachers and school administrators in Korea within five years.Bringing Intel Teach to the Future to Nigeria is part of Intel’s larger initiative to support Africa through the New Partnership for African Development. The program represents a shared vision among Africa’s leaders to create sustainable growth and development across the continent. One of the goals is to improve competitiveness by supporting broader use of computer technology. The Intel Teach to the Future Skills for Success offering -- specifically designed to facilitate the development of fundamental technology skills -- is a first step to helping Nigerian teachers acquire the knowledge to prepare their students for success with a real-world approach to problem-solving using technology tools.Worldwide EffectivenessA recent international study of the Intel Teach to the Future program by the Education Development Center found that teachers responded very positively to the program across all levels of economic development. The survey of more than 17,800 teachers in 14 countries found that Intel Teach to the Future training resulted in:• 80.1% increased use of technology activities with students;• 63.6% increased use of project-based teaching;• 87.1% increased use of technology for lesson planning and preparation.
While respondents in wealthier countries generally found fewer barriers to implementing the program, results indicate that in all cases the program encourages teachers to use technology in new ways with their students.Intel continues to expand and refine the Intel Teach to the Future suite. The offerings include the Essentials Course for integrating technology into lesson plans; Skills for Success to help Information Computer Technology (ICT) teachers master computer fundamentals; Teaching Thinking with Technology; Web-based tools to engage students in activities that develop higher-level thinking skills; and Intel Teach Online, which is the Essentials Course delivered in an interactive online environment. Program offerings vary by country and many align with local educational learning goals and standards.Since its inception five years ago the Intel Teach to the Future program has trained teachers in 36 countries around the globe including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China , Taiwan, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.In the coming years, educators can look forward the development of more tools, workshops and online offerings shaped by an ongoing feedback process with program participants.Intel® Teach to the Future is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, a sustained commitment – in collaboration with educators and government leaders worldwide – to help today’s students develop the higher-level thinking skills they need to participate and succeed in a knowledge-based economy. For more information, visit www.intel.com/education .