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Q&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy ~ Education Week

Q&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy ~ Education Week | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Harold

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently dipped into the coffers of bgc3—his personal office, think tank, and incubation engine—to make a multimillion-dollar investment in Graphite, a new venture from the San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media that aims to provide teachers with easy-to-search, Consumer Reports-style peer reviews of ed-tech products. In conjunction with Graphite's launch, Gates offered to respond via email to some questions from Education Week and our Twitter followers. While downplaying the overall capacity of philanthropy to impact public education systems, Gates said he hopes his investment in Graphite can help spur a "virtuous cycle" between ed-tech entrepreneurs and teachers. He wrote that he and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are striving to do a better job of listening and responding to the needs of classroom teachers. Gates also stressed that while he's a big believer in technology, "something magical" happens with effective face-to-face classroom teaching that "can't be replaced by a strictly online experience." The email Q&A is in Education Week’s Digital Education blog."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 16, 2013 5:43 PM

Gates probably ranks in the top 5 of people who exert direct influence over US educational policy. His pronouncements on education are read by many with great scrutiny.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:14 PM

"Gates also stressed that while he's a big believer in technology, "something magical" happens with effective face-to-face classroom teaching that "can't be replaced by a strictly online experience."'

 

Educational leaders and reformers need to read this quote from Gates. Learning is a relational process that cannot happen in the digital world. It can be enabled and extended.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 17, 2013 9:54 AM

Graphite is a teacher driven "consumer reports type" storehouse of information groom teachers. Great ipose demonstrating the power of collaboration.