Microsoft Designs School of the Future

    November 7, 2006

Microsoft aids in the design of a $46 million Philadelphia public school that will pave the way for schools in the future.

The Philadelphia public school that Microsoft aided in designing is slated to open its doors sometime in the next year. Microsoft’s design incorporates computer technology into every aspect of the school, from classrooms to administrative functions.

The school’s administrators say they envision the school as being, “a paperless building where students study in online textbooks, teachers quiz their classes on laptops and automated systems order cafeteria supplies as they are depleted.”

The $46 million cost of the school will be entirely funded by the school district itself. Microsoft has not announced plans to contribute any major donations; they offer only their technological expertise.

Technological equipment in the school itself does not have to be from Microsoft, although they are involved in the bidding. It is speculated that Microsoft is involved in the project to gain brand loyalty at an early age.

Apparently there is more to come for the Philadelphia school system. Paul Vallas, the chief executive of the school district says, “What we are trying to do is expand the options for K-12 students, and give them more school choices. Our goal is to build 11 new high schools like this.”

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Autmn Davis is a staff writer for WebProNews covering ebusiness and technology.