Microsoft plans to create a software platform that would make it easier for teachers to create learning tools for their students.
The company is developing a product that will be “completely open source and open to use by educators and students alike,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an earnings call on Tuesday.
The platform would let teachers share data, images and animations with their students, and allow them to share that data with other teachers, he said.
Nadella also said Microsoft’s new software could be used to teach software that would allow people to learn from other people’s videos and pictures.
That technology, he added, could be a powerful tool for students who want to make videos of themselves and share them on social media, but aren’t yet comfortable with the tools they have access to.
The news comes as Nadellas company faces criticism for making software that could be misused by children.
The software can be downloaded to devices that allow for “remote viewing” of videos, and the software can also be used in educational settings to let students learn how to make digital videos.