Pirates who ripped off millions of dollars from Microsoft in counterfeit software are now paying the price.
And that money is going to a good cause: Laguna Nueva Elementary School in Commerce, California.
The $1 million donation will be used to purchase new computers and software, provide professional development to teachers, and establish a technological infrastructure in the school. The UCLA School Management Program will help implement the technology into the classrooms.
“We’re pleased to be able to turn a negative subject like software counterfeiting into a positive thing for the children of Laguna Nueva Elementary,” Brad Smith, deputy general counsel at Microsoft, said in a statement.
The grant is the largest Microsoft donation made from anti-piracy recovery dollars to date.
A prestigious distance education: Stanford University and Harvard Business School recently announced plans to develop online management courses together.
The program of non-degree courses would include articles, reference materials, and case studies from Harvard Business School Publishing, Harvard Business School Interactive, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and the School of Engineering.
“With the accelerated rate of technological and economic change, executives and managers must have access to high-quality education where and when needed,” James Plummer, dean of Stanford’s engineering school, said in a statement. The engineering school already grants around 25 percent of its master’s degrees to distance-learning students.
“We see great potential in this partnership to develop unique online approaches that will address those needs. We expect to use this new opportunity to build upon and strengthen our many ties with industry.”
Distance education for conservatives: Yorktownuniversity.com, billed as the first university on the Web targeted toward conservatives of all ages, launched its initial public offering last week.
The for-profit university plans to teach online college-level and continuing education classes “that reflect conservative thinking and philosophies,” according to the website.
As part of its “new financing,” 275,000 shares of common stock have been offered to the public. Investors can purchase stock for $10 a share.
Courses, which include offerings like “The History of Economic Thought,” “Political Correctness,” and “The Ethics of Flannery O’Connor,” cost $299 each, and they must be completed within 10 weeks.
Craig Barrett, friend of education: The CEO of Intel received the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group Lifetime Achievement Award on Dec. 7 for his contributions to the Silicon Valley community.
“Craig Barrett mixes both passion and compassion not only for his company, but for our entire community,” SVMG president Carl Guardino said in a statement. For the past two years, Barrett has awarded 25 paid positions at Intel as part of the IISME Teacher Summer Fellowship Program. The program provides mentoring and professional development for teachers in the Bay Area.
Barrett raised millions of dollars for the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, which provides assistance to teachers who want to buy a house in Silicon Valley.
Barrett was also recognized for his work on the Measure A campaign, which is working to improve transportation in the valley.
Undivided attention: Hitachi, the California Council on Science and Technology, and Stanford’s Law, Science, and Technology Program hosted a public affairs program on the digital divide over the weekend at Stanford University.
The meeting took the form of a roundtable discussion. Discussion topics included the challenges of integrating computers into elementary schools, universal service and equal access.
Speakers included Palm’s vice president of education, Mike Lorion, Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, and Sandra Hernandez, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation.
Bon Jovi, the history buff? Rock star-turned-movie star Jon Bon Jovi made an appearance on Channel One on Wednesday, to remind students to remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Channel One provides 12,000 schools across the country with daily television news broadcasts.
During the show, Bon Jovi did not sing his new single “It’s My Life,” but quizzed the kids on the name of the ship that sank in the Pearl Harbor attack.