We recently learned that the Verizon Foundation will be changing strategy in 2012.
Over the past five years, the Thinkfinity program has provided free resources and professional development for K-12 teachers to enable 21st century classroom learning. In 2012, the Verizon Foundation will evolve its philanthropic strategy to provide comprehensive support to schools and education organizations. This shift will more closely align with Verizon's core company strength – technology.
As the Verizon Foundation implements this new strategy in 2012, here is what you can expect to change:
The Thinkfinity Professional Development Program, through which free training has been provided, will be retired on December 31, 2011.
The TIMS database, which has been the vehicle for managing the registration and tracking of Thinkfinity professional development, will go offline in February 2012
The Professional Development area in the Thinkfinity Community, which includes free resources for trainers, will evolve to include educator resources for technology-integration efforts.
The creation of new mobile technology applications (for smart phones, tablets) for use in and out of the classroom
Previously recorded webinars will be available on the Thinkfinity Professional Development Community.
The Verizon Foundation will not renew any of their State Education Partner contracts.
The Verizon Foundation will, however, continue to work with their current content partners. As mentioned earlier, the focus will be on developing more resources and more mobile apps.
The Thinkfinity website and all the content partner sites (Illuminations, Artsedge, History Explorer, National Geographic Education, ReadWriteThink, etc...) will be up and running, and adding more
We hope you'll continue to use and promote Thinkfinity's great resources
Watch for Verizon Technology Schools to be focus in Community
Thinkfinity is going to use metatags and Google Appliance to search for resources,
As always, these resources and strategies for instruction remain the very best that teachers of all disciplines can rely on and integrate into their previously established curriculum. So use them, enjoy them, and watch your student skill levels improve.