Oracle Press Release

The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) and Medellin Digital Help Colombian Students Develop 21st Century Skills

400 Teachers Receive Training on OEF’s ThinkQuest to Prepare Colombian Students for 21st Century Careers

Medellin, Colombia - April 22, 2010
The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) and Medellin Digital have joined forces to help Colombian students develop skills for work and life in the 21st century.
As part of this partnership, OEF will provide ThinkQuest to schools in Medellin to support the Colombian educational system’s mission to advance technology use in the classroom.
ThinkQuest is a protected online platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their curriculum and students to develop vital skills, including critical thinking, communication and technology skills.
Furthermore, OEF has trained more than 400 teachers in the last six months to use ThinkQuest to create projects, publish online content, and engage students in global collaborative learning.
Medellin Digital is a program of the Secretary of Education. This program, which is focused on increasing digital literacy and access throughout the city, is managed by Medellin’s City Hall with UNE and the Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) Foundation.
ThinkQuest currently supports over 405,000 students and teachers in 43 countries.

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”We are proud to be part of the Medellin Digital initiative, coordinated by Medellin’s City Hall, and to work closely with organizations such as the Oracle Education Foundation, to bring knowledge, skills and technology to our city and students,” says Alonso Salazar Jaramillo, Medellin’s Mayor.
“Our goal is to help students develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, and technology skills. ThinkQuest can help provide Colombian students with these important skills for future success,” says Ricardo Pedroza, President of Oracle Colombia.
“We have to be prepared for the future of our city. Children of today live in a world where technology is always present. This partnership with the Oracle Education Foundation will allow us to train our teachers and offer the tools necessary to face this challenge, so that our children can take advantage of a future with plenty of opportunities,” says Eduardo Rojas, Medellin Digital Manager.

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About the Oracle Education Foundation

The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.

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Contacts:

Pilar Roa

Oracle Corporate Communications, Colombia

571-6119602

pilar.roa.hernandez@oracle.com