Monday, December 7, 2009

Gates Foundation Commits $12.9M to College Technology

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to help community colleges use technology to improve and go beyond basic online classes.

The $12.9 million in grants the foundation recently announced will support a variety of programs — from supporting teachers to using social media and creating virtual-learning labs.

The foundation's leader of its college program says they are targeting the best new ideas for improving learning opportunities for low-income young adults. The grants will focus on science and math and affect colleges across the nation.

In addition to making online and digital classes better, the foundation wants to help create new networking tools and education games to make learning interactive, enjoyable and relevant.

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