Interwrite Donates Pads for UNESCO Project

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As part of a project launched by UNESCO Bangkok and Microsoft, called Next Generation of Teachers, Interwrite Learning this week donated 30 Interwrite Pads to support distance learning for teacher professional education. The donations were distributed through local reseller to a variety of countries participating in the project, including China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The three-year NextGen project aims to build up teacher education institutions to prepare them for classrooms enhanced through efforts by UNESCO's Information and Communication Technologies in Education unit. Through the program, the teachers learn instructional approaches to improve the quality of education using communications technologies.

Interwrite Pad are Bluetooth-based wireless pads used in interactive classroom instruction. It allows teachers to create interactive whiteboards using any surface in a classroom in conjunction with a digital projector. It also provides remote access to the teacher's computer and lesson materials.

"The donation and training of the Interwrite Pads will help educators in the TEIs explore and harness the potential of this mobile and flexible learning technology for teacher training," Interwrite reported in a statement released this week. "This will create a lasting effect in the community, as the next generation of teachers in this region will be exposed to the emerging learning technologies and can gain the competencies demanded in a new learning environment."

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