Recently, Microsoft Corp. made an announcement that its Partners in Learning program is sponsoring the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project. SRI International is leading the research and will broadly investigate the effects that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has in transforming teaching and learning at the school and education system level. US $1 million will be invested each year by Microsoft in the multiyear longitudinal study in partnership with the governments of Finland, Indonesia, Russia and Senegal.
The main objective of this research is to assess teachers' adoption of innovative classroom teaching practices and the degree to which those practices provide students with personalized learning experiences that promote the skills they will need to work in the 21st century. The research is being guided by outside advisors from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UNESCO, the World Bank, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and other organizations. This will complement the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ACT21S) research that Microsoft announced on Monday, which focuses primarily on identifying those 21st century skills, and developing ways to measure them by providing new methods of assessing students.