Microsoft Announced YouthSpark

Microsoft likes to "spark" things. They have BizSpark, DreamSpark, and now they have YourthSpark. YouthSpark is an estimated $500 million dollar initiative over 3 years to help youth oround the globe to connect with education, jobs, and other opportunities.

Steve Ballmer mentioned announced the program, but provided very little details (see following video).

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This program is expected to include Office 365 for education. It should also provide free technology tools for teachers and students that will power learning. With Skype in the classrom and other tools, they hope to increase student/teacher collaboration.

One of the more interesting aspects of the program is the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub. This area will give youth access to tools and other resources. On the hub, they've broken out categories for kids from six to twelve, thirteen to eighteen, and nineteen to twenty-four.

This should be an interesting program. Time will tell if it is a self-serving marketing program, or truly something that ends up being altruistic.

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  • Love 2C support, training, equipment /software/sholarship ops for budding youth video editors!

    Posted by Doree Taylor on 02/07/2013 12:57am

    One of my sons has gotten way past mere gaming and into editing clips of his gaming - also for his friends... and now waaaayy beyond that, now with his own edits channel getting huge hits - he has quite a portfolio of his work at this point... he's talented, cutting edge, expressive and very passionate about his work! What WE lack are the funds and tech development knowledge to keep up with his advancing technology needs: the next level DVR, Pro editing software... a great video camera, more powerful work station - workshops, projects,contests, exposure -- there's so much more than 'gaming' to be edited, too... He needs to be able to shoo skaters -- or any extreme sports -- would be a nice way to start expanding his creative horizons past the gamers thing.. This is one kid who will build himself a creative career in media tech - but it would really be something to set him forward all the sooner! Hopefully YouthSpeak will aim to reach out to kids of all levels of interest/talent -- but ALSO provide that 'inner circle' to aspire to -- and be rewarded for attaining and maintaining - the kind of support system that helps kids who are READY for the next levels and meant to be the pioneers of the next generation of creators & developers -- technology, art and entertainment -- gain access to tools and means to explore. it would be would be just the kind of advanced nurturing my son benefit the MOST from now, while he is still in school and at home... In our economic realm as parents and already 50 and over 60 -- we'll never manage to afford him the opportunities he's ripe for, already -- but we know Microsoft and their partners could make all the difference in the world for at least one 'fine young man of the future' we know of! Well be hoping you come up with some exciting challenges and opportunities to CREATE in the media arts for those talented kids like lours who just need a little window to open for them....

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