Microsoft designs the school of the future [CNN]
After three years of planning, the Microsoft Corp.-designed “School of the Future” opened its doors Thursday, a gleaming white modern facility looking out of place amid rows of ramshackle homes in a working-class West Philadelphia neighborhood.
The school is being touted as unlike any in the world, with not only a high-tech building — students have digital lockers and teachers use interactive “smart boards” — but also a learning process modeled on Microsoft’s management techniques.
Microsoft has gone out of its way to create openness and transparency on how it went about planning and designing the school. The company created a special website, a virtual tour and a dedicated weblog.