Learning 2025

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  • Learning2025 — from The Future of Education is Here by Jillian Darwish
    Grantmakers for Education
    , a network of approximately 260 education funders, is working to build a common definition of innovation and to identify investments that can transform our education systems. As part of this initiative, KnowledgeWorks and Collective Invention collaborated with GFE to design and document programs that enable grantmakers to step back from their typical funding procedures and consider what innovations can leverage the most change for learners.
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New initiative will advance the best uses of technology to improve college readiness and completion — from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Multi-year “challenge” grant competition will identify and fund most promising innovations

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a collaborative, multi-year initiative, which aims to help dramatically improve college readiness and college completion in the United States through the use of technology. The program will provide grants to organizations and innovators to expand promising technology tools to more students, teachers, and schools. It is led by nonprofit EDUCAUSE, which works to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

Next Generation Learning Challenges released the first of a series of RFPs today to solicit funding proposals for technology applications that can improve postsecondary education. This round of funding will total up to $20 million, including grants that range from $250,000 to $750,000. Applicants with top-rated proposals will receive funds to expand their programs and demonstrate effectiveness in serving larger numbers of students. Proposals are due November 19, 2010; winners are expected to be announced by March 31, 2011.

49 applicants win i3 Grants

49 applicants win i3 Grants — from edweek.org

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that 49 districts, schools, and nonprofits beat out more than 1,600 other applicants in the competition for $650 million in grants from the Investing in Innovation, or i3, fund.

Four groups—the KIPP Foundation, Ohio State University, the Success for All Foundation, and Teach For America—won what are known as “scale up” awards worth up to $50 million each.

Fifteen groups won “validation” awards of up to $30 million, and 30 won “development” grants of up to $5 million.

The winners will focus their work in 250 different project locations spanning 42 states plus the District of Columbia, and 37 percent say they intend to serve rural school districts.

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Converge Education Funding Report: Classroom Technologies — by Converge and the Center for Digital Education

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  • Connected Classrooms: Powering the Entire Learning Experience
    Teachers today have to engage students differently than previous generations.
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Expanding the focus of the Education Program — from Hewlett Foundation

We are delighted to share with you some exciting news from the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program. Building upon our work in technology and policy, we are expanding our focus to help schools nationwide prepare students to thrive in an increasingly complex, fast-paced, and unpredictable world. The Hewlett Board of Directors approved the added scope at its March meeting.

We call this expanded focus deeper learning – a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills students will need to succeed in a fiercely competitive global economy. Specifically, our definition of deeper learning brings together five key elements that work in concert: core academic content; critical thinking and complex problem solving; effective communication; working in collaboration; and learning how to learn (emphasis DSC).  We believe this approach could have a profound effect on how and what the next generation of students learns.

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Digital Wish

Digital Wish

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After 10 Years, Federal Money for Technology in Education — from the New York Times by Elizabeth Jensen

More than a decade ago, Lawrence K. Grossman, former president of both NBC News and PBS, and Newton N. Minow, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, were asked by several foundations to explore how nonprofits like schools, libraries and museums could tap into emerging digital technologies.

Their bold recommendation in 2001 was to set up a multibillion dollar trust that would act as a “venture capital fund” to research learning technology.

After a tortuous journey — “It’s been one ‘starting all over again’ after another after another after another,” Mr. Minow said — their organization, what is now being called the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, finally has Congressional appropriation through the Education Department and will be introduced Monday. It could be handing out grants by fall.

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