Questions & Answers:
Q1. Why is Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group transitioning from K12 Teacher Professional Development as a focus area?
A1. CAG has exceeded the original goals of the K12 education program that were established in 1999 and then expanded in 2006. Intel CAG has trained over 15 million teachers in over 80 countries on effective use of technology to improve student learning outcomes. Government and NGOs are now equipped to continue this worthwhile endeavor which allows Intel CAG to focus on youth empowerment.
We believe that technology is a force for positive social impact and has the power to be a great equalizer. We are currently experiencing a period of rapid technology change that is dramatically changing what skills youth will need in order to succeed in the future and may drive increased inequalities without collective action and investment. Intel’s programs and partnerships are designed to directly respond to this challenge.
We are designing a movement to close the global youth skills gap - with a strategic focus on empowering underserved youth. We will be driving collaboration with others to inspire youth to harness the full power of technology to create the best future possible for everyone. The initiative includes four key components: (1) maker activities and experiences to inspire innovation, (2) future skills training to advance employability, (3) programs to empower college-ready and university students to solve challenges using Intel technology, and (4) programs to accelerate closure of technology gender gaps.
Q2. What will happen to the Intel® Teach professional development courses?
A2. Our Intel® Teach e-learning suite, the Intel Teach Elements courses, will remain available on www.intel.com/education for teacher professional development. Five of the courses in Spanish will also be available on the website. Licensing of these courses will also continue. Licensing allows agencies to host and maintain courses on their own sites. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Intel Teach Essentials and Getting Started courses will be available for download on www.intel.com/education.
Intel has also released seven of the nine Elements courses in the Open Education Resources Commons under Creative Commons licensing: https://www.oercommons.org/profile/135549. This allows anyone to adapt the course content and customize courses for local needs.
Q4. Will the Elements’ license still be available for educational agencies who want to host the original courses?
A4. Yes. The license process is managed by Shelley Shott at email@example.com.
Q4. What will happen to the legacy face to face course Intel® Teach Essentials?
A4. The Intel Teach Essentials course will be available at www.intel.com/education.
Q5. What will happen to the legacy face to face course Intel® Teach Thinking with Technology?
A5. Access to this course will end May 15, 2017 along with the Intel Thinking Tools suite which are the focus of the course. CAG has not updated this course since 2010 but it is available for download until May 15, 2017 in PDF format. However, the Thinking Tools will be discontinued May 15, 2017.
Q6. What will happen to the online Intel® Thinking Tools suite and apps?
A6. The tools (Visual Ranking, Seeing Reason, Showing Evidence and Assessing Projects) were written over 10 years ago in an application environment that is dated, lacks flexibility and is too expensive to maintain and update. Similar tools that are more effective and mobile have since come to market. Furthermore, usage has been dropping regularly. For these reasons, Intel has decided to take the tools and the apps offline by May 15, 2017.
The library of over 220 assessment rubrics and checklists in Assessing Projects are available for download in the Open Education Resource Commons https://www.oercommons.org/profile/135549. The assessments can be modified for classroom use.
Q7. What will happen to the Transforming Learning series of courses (Digital Learning Fundamentals, Learning with 1:1, and Student Engagement)?
A7 Intel will continue to roll out Digital Learning Fundamentals, and Learning with 1:1 in conjunction with sales deals. Additionally, short courses will be developed that will also be used in conjunction with sales deals.
Student Engagement, an e-learning course, will be hosted on www.intel.com/education along with the other Intel Teach Elements courses
Q8 What will happen to the Teachers Engage community?
Q8 We are redirecting our work in the Teachers Engage community to an increased focus on social impact through youth empowerment. Effective May 15, 2017, the Engage community will be deactivated. Many of our K12 teacher resources remain available at www.intel.com/educate.
We are redefining what it means to be an innovator by expanding who has access to technology skills and experiences. Ensuring that the next generation of innovators is diverse in terms of geography, economic status, ethnicity and gender will harness the full power of technology to create the best future possible for everyone. We also encourage your exploration and engagement with the four focus areas of the Intel® Innovation Generation at: www.intel.com/innovate
Q9. What will happen to the content and conversations on the Engage community?
A9. Access to current Engage groups, discussions and K12 resources will continue through May 15, 2017. However, some interactive Engage community features and a small subset of legacy K12 content has been discontinued. Members can download any resources or conversations from the community through May 15, 2017. All current community K12 content and discussions will be in archive mode. Archive mode means they are accessible to only consume and not interact.
Q10. The Designing Effective Projects resource includes a database of high quality project-based units and lesson plans. Will they still be available for teachers?
A10. A sub-set of the Unit plans have been selected as a part of the K12 teacher PD resources at www.intel.com/education. Additionally, ten unit plans have been upload to OER at: https://www.oercommons.org/profile/135549.
Q11. What will happen to the other K12 resources such as, Teach Advance Online, Mobile Learning, Help Guide and various apps?
A11. We will end access to all of these resources as they are not needed by our business units and have low usage. The components of Help Guide needed for Intel® Learn Easy Steps will still be available through that program.
Q112. What happens if an app I downloaded has been removed from the store?
A12. When an app is removed from the app stores, no new users will be able to find or download the app from the stores. Existing users on Google Play and Windows Store can still receive app updates for previous app versions installed on their devices. However, existing users on the Apple Store with previous versions of the app will not be able to update their app.
Q13. How do I ensure my mobile app has all the proper updates if it has been removed from the store?
A13. Functionality for updating apps that have been removed from stores differs by app store. In all cases, it is best to download updates to your apps before the apps are removed as app store functionality frequently changes.
Q14. Do I need to remove the app from my device?
A14. Removing an app from the stores will not automatically remove it from your devices, and you are not required to uninstall the apps. For all app stores, you can continue using apps that you’ve already downloaded. Keep in mind, however, that you won’t be able to re-download an app if you delete it as it will no longer be available in stores.
Q15. What will happen to my Intel badges that have been given to me already through learningbadges.intel.com?
A15. Due to low volume use of the Intel® Learning Badge Platform and our increased focus on youth empowerment programs, Intel decided to take the Web site offline 4-1-2017.
Q16. The tool to create my own group space is missing. What will happen to any groups that I belong to on Engage or groups that I created?
A16. If you created a group, you (and your members) can use your existing group as usual until May 15, 2017. New groups cannot be created as we are anticipating a migration to a new platform in 2017. Please see the document posted on Engage regarding other platforms in which you can move your group and get similar functionality. https://engage.intel.com/docs/DOC-59275 If you are a member of an active group, please ask your group administrator the specific plans for the future of your group.
Q17. What will happen to my missions on Engage?
A17. The missions are part of the platform and can’t be exported. We are discontinuing missions.
Q18. In the Element courses, I came across a link that mentions a survey but when I click on the link, it is a dead link.
A18. We are no longer collecting information from the surveys and have removed the survey site.
Q19. What can I do on Engage now?
A19. Until May 15, 2017 you can like, share, bookmark, create a PDF from a discussion thread and reply to our discussions of the month.