Intel Celebrates Expanding Opportunities for 1 Million Chinese Teachers, 100 Million Students
Intel CEO and China's Ministry of Education Also Honor 15 Top Educators
BEIJING, Nov. 1, 2007 – The 11-year-old Tibetan students of Ah Mi now find the world a smaller place. Before Ah Mi learned how to incorporate the use of computers and the Internet into his teaching, students were exposed only to two-dimensional photos in a textbook. Today, they use the Internet to research the evolution of transportation in Tibet and showcase their findings in advanced multimedia presentations.
Three years ago, Ah Mi, took a course called the Intel® Teach Program that turned him into a self-described global tour guide. The teacher training program was offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Intel Corporation, and it taught him how to use technology to improve student learning.
While visiting Beijing No. 2 Middle School, Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced a significant milestone for this teacher training program. One million teachers – nearly 10 percent of China’s teachers – have completed the Intel Teach Program since it started in 2000. An estimated 100 million students have benefited from the program, and China is the first of 40 countries where the program is available to reach these milestones. Intel expects that 10 million teachers worldwide will complete the training program by 2011.
"The foundation of tomorrow’s innovation is education," said Otellini. "That’s why making quality education available to more students around the world – with the help of technology – has inspired Intel’s commitment to education for 40 years. Intel is committed to empowering teachers and students in China with the tools to navigate the opportunities the global economy offers."
"We at the Ministry of Education are extremely thankful that the Intel has introduced world-class educational concepts, training models and management methods into our education system," said Chen Xiaoya, vice minister of China’s MOE. "The Intel Teach Program was established 7 years ago, reaching over 31 provinces in China. In recent years, the program has evolved into the largest education program for teachers in primary and secondary schools in China. Through our collaboration with Intel, the Intel Teach Program has enabled numerous teachers to apply information technology to improve teaching. As a result, our students gain valuable knowledge and skill sets through research-based learning concepts. The dedicated educational efforts Intel has provided to China are truly in line with our objectives of 'Building an Innovative Country.'"
At the celebration, Intel also honored the 15 teachers who won the teaching and application awards of the 2007 Intel® Teach Program National Implementation Contest. The contest honors teachers who have demonstrated exceptional proficiency in implementing curriculum from the Intel Teach Program. These teachers’ classes submitted projects that visibly demonstrated creative thinking, team work and how technology was used to solve problems.
"The 15 teachers we’re honoring today are great examples of what Intel has accomplished jointly with China’s MOE in the past 7 years," said Otellini, who also visited a geography class where students were preparing multi-media computer presentations for a class research project.
The teachers honored included WangLiXin from Beijing; Meng Ran from Tianjin; Zhou YanHe, PengJie and Nie Jianping from Shanghai; and Yuan ZhenHong from Hebai. Other teachers recognized were Liu LiYan from Heilongjiang; Ye XueLan and Wu LiuSi from Guangdong; Zhou Yali and Zhong Jianhua from Guangxi; and XieShaobin and Liang Zhengfa from Hainan. In addition, Wan Yan from Xinjiang and Ah Mi from Tibet were honored.
With support from the MOE, Intel China and the National Center for Educational Technology (NCET) kicked off the contest last October across all 31 provinces. More than 600 entries were submitted across three award categories: Teaching and application, management, and outstanding teamwork.
The Intel Teach Program and other education programs are key elements of Intel’s commitment to be a socially responsible company. Through continued partnership with the MOE, Intel will train 700,000 more teachers in China’s primary and secondary schools by 2011. They’ll also continue funding 100 joint university research programs and help 100 universities establish labs to instruct engineering students about multi-core processor and software design.
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