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Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and TakingITGlobal to encourage teachers to use technology to help students explore, connect and act to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. Called Shout, the partners will make a commitment of more than $1 million over the partnership’s three years to engage and empower a global network of millions of teachers and students coming together to address environmental issues affecting land, air and water.
Beginning in November, teachers from around the world will find the first Shout challenge and will be encouraged to address issues of deforestation in their classrooms. Each challenge will kick off with an online event featuring Smithsonian scientists put on for teachers and students. Once a teacher starts a challenge, he or she will be able to connect with millions of other educators, access related curricula and best practices, and connect his or her students to others around the globe. The power of the challenge will be unveiled as students use their creativity to help address critical global environmental issues.
The partnership is a great showcase for how technology can be applied to tackle environmental challenges and we look forward to the great work ahead from the students and teachers. To visit the partnership’s new web site, go here.
I want to know more, lots more, about the Shout Challenge and opportunities to discuss deforestation and related issues with other teachers and learners around the planet. My students will be excited about this project.