Five Technology Titans Support Education

Melissa Jun Rowley describes how five industry giants are supporting education around the world.

To make digital more accessible, and to enable people to stay competitive in the global economy, a number of tech and media companies are working to level the online playing field all around the world. Here are five of them.

1. Microsoft Shapes the Future

2. Intel’s 10 Million Teachers

3. Comcast and the FCC Provide Internet Essentials

4. Time Warner Cable Connects a Million Minds

5. Hewlett Packard’s HP Catalyst Initiative


Colorado Schools Forced to do With Less, Unless…

Voters in Colorado overwhelmingly stayed away from the polls, I mean mail boxes, this election season and those who mailed a ballot certainly were not up for tax increases. The day after Colorado’s governor included additional cuts of $160 per K-12 student in his budget request to the state legislature’s joint budget committee, voters defeated almost all district increases, along with Proposition 103, the only state-wide tax issue on any ballot in the US.

Proposition 103 was neither perfect nor a long-term solution. It was criticized by groups on both sides of the tax issue. Some said it was anti-business, while others thought it over-taxed those least able to afford it. For some it was too big, and others did not like that it lasted only five years.

Perhaps the perfect got in the way of what Senator Rollie Heath proposed as a “band-aid” to help schools through the next few years, while Colorado legislators address the structural gap in Colorado’s tax code. I ask one simple, but difficult question, “Where does that leave Colorado schools now?”

Colorado K-12 Funding 2007-2012

Source: Education News Colorado

After peaking in 2009-2010, a year where Colorado ranked 40th in state funding for K-12, Colorado has cut funding by 2.6% in 2010-2011 and by an additional 4.6% in 2011-2012.  Additional cuts are a certainty for the 2012-2013 school year.

Fees must continue to go up. More schools will be looking at going to shorter weeks. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that far and away the largest portion of a school district’s budget goes to compensation and benefits to teachers. With dollars per student going down, at some point compensation to teachers on a per student basis must also decline.


Unless you and I do something about it. If you believe funding for schools in Colorado is too low and you can help, then I challenge you to do so. If you supported Proposition 103, then calculate the additional taxes you would be paying and give that to the school or schools of your choice. A friend told me they were voting against 103 because they wanted to directly fund our local schools. I hope they will and suggest you do the same. Another person told me they did not like the regressive nature of Prop 103. Well, they can make it as progressive as they like. Let’s join together, support our schools, and get Colorado moving forward.

Singapore school promotes cloud education

[Summary of tips] Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has introduced the Singapore Polytechnic Electrical and Electronic Engineering Cloud Computing Center (SPE3C3) that will deliver modern cloud computing education and training in an operational data center environment. SP has worked with Cisco Systems Inc., Citrix Systems Inc. and NetApp Inc. to offer ……

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Eco-learning programme raises awareness among students

Posted on August 18, 2011, Thursday

GREEN IDEAS: (From left) Panasonic Malaysia’s managing director Jeff Lee, Maruo, deputy director-general of Ministry of Education, Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and Matsui showcase the PGELP programme – a Panasonic’s corporate citizenship activity slated for helping to raise the environmental awareness of the younger generation, at the same time promoting Panasonic’s eco brand image through communicating its eco-activities at the ‘eco ideas’ factory.

KUCHING: Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s (Panasonic Malaysia) employees will take the role of teachers to students at school on environmental lessons, using specially-designed modules.

Undertaking the task of teaching 10,000 students by 2012, the group will bring these students to ‘eco ideas’ factory, which manufactures liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs) in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Towards making the trip not only educational, but fun and interactive for the participants as well, the students will take part in contests and exhibitions where they stand a chance to win study trips to Paris.

To kick-start this challenge, Panasonic Malaysia launched the ‘Panasonic Global Eco Education Programme’ (PGELP), organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Concurrently, the group also introduced its first ‘eco ideas’ factory called Panasonic AVC Networks Malaysia.

“The world is now facing a great turning point in shifting toward a sustainable society. We have no choice but to be eco conscious if we want to leave future generations a world they can live in. Amid such trends, Panasonic has decided to accelerate its environmental sustainability management further,” remarked Panasonic Corporation Japan’s associate director Masaru Maruo.

“Panasonic has dedicated itself to being a green innovation company with a global perspective. We make the environment central to all of our business activities. Panasonic aims to be the ‘Number One Green Innovation Company’ in the electronics industry by the year 2018, when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our company’s founding,” he continued.

In a first for Malaysia eco-education activities, Panasonic Malaysia would be collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Panasonic AVC Networks in the PGELP programme as a corporate citizenship activity, slated for helping to raise the environmental awareness of the younger generation; at the same time, promoting Panasonic’s eco brand image through communicating Panasonic eco-activities at the ‘eco ideas’ factory.

“Globally, PGELP was started in August 2010 by Panasonic Headquarters in Japan. It is aimed at elementary and middle school students around the world with a target of two million students by 2018. Today, a total of 212,000 students have taken part. In the Asia Pacific region, the programme was launched in 2010 in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and now in Malaysia,” said Maruo.

“The target is to engage 200,000 students in Asia Pacific by March 2013 and today 19,000 students have taken part,” he added.

Panasonic Malaysia’s ‘eco ideas’ factory was a model factory driven by Panasonic’s ‘eco ideas’ commitment.

“Panasonic AVC Networks ‘eco ideas’ factory will manufacture environmentally friendly LCD TVs. We will increase production efficiency by streamlining the core processes, recycling and installation of the latest manufacturing facilities,” said Panasonic AVC Networks’ managing director Kuniyuki Matsui.

“The Panasonic AVC Networks factory will continue to make a steady improvement to our environmental performance and promote environmental activities among employees and communities. So far, we have developed ‘eco ideas’ factories in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and now in Malaysia.

“By March 20123, Panasonic aims to establish one ‘eco ideas’ in each country where we have our manufacturing facilities,” he said.

Panasonic ‘eco ideas’ factory is set to promote factory greening and environment education events for local communities and kids.

“By collaborating with local communities such as governmental institutions and NGOs (non-governmental organisations), Panasonic’s aim is to establish a factory that interacts openly with the general public and conducts business in harmony with local communities,” added Matsui.

U of M accepts new group of teens to third annual Junior Entrepreneurs of …

May 19, 2011 – The University of Minnesota is hosting its third annual summer program designed to introduce high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. From June 13 through July 14 on the University campus, over 30 Minneapolis high school students will engage in active learning sessions covering business fundamentals and personal development topics alongside University faculty, recent graduates, and experienced local entrepreneurs.

jEM is a five-week camp intended to develop the students’ understanding of business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Other topics covered include ethics, social responsibility, and self-assessment. In addition to their hands-on learning experience, participants will also complete an ongoing service project: developing and maintaining a community garden at St. Olaf Community Campus, a senior living facility in North Minneapolis. This includes planning the layout of the garden, building compost bins and irrigation equipment, and planting and caring for all of the greenery.
The jEM program is jointly developed by the Office for Business Community Economic Development and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis’ STEP-UP program. Support also comes from Synico Staffing, Ajasa Technologies, Select Source International, the Minnesota Twins, Dairy Queen, Bachman’s Floral, Gardens of Eagan, Quality Bicycle Products, and Rani Engineering.
If you are a local entrepreneur interested in sharing the story of your business, sponsoring this program in any way, or donating needed items for the program, 1255989103  please contact the Office for Business Community Economic Development B-Tech Center at 612-624-3404, or email the jEM program at You can also find more about jEM online at