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Road map for turning schools into Technology Platforms

For teachers and students to be able to use technology effectively at school, the school itself should be using technology effectively. This can be done by linking specific tools (such as wikis and social media) together using a road map for technology development. You can find it for free at: www.schoodl.com.

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Novice Driver Training

A computer based instructional system including a driving simulator that can be set up on school and home computers. The system can be self administered by students. Teachers can monitor and guide student progress.

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Matching employers to employees

How would you connect employers directly with displaced employees, and allow the employees to certify skills (or develop new skills), in the most cost effective manner?

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Spread school year to learn not forget

Spread the school year to four or five semesters. This raises attainment by avoiding the long summer of 'forgetting'. Learning is better delivered and reinforced and seen as a continuous process. We are long past the need for an educational timetable based on the 'agricultural calendar'.

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Student competitions

Part of the prompt for Grand Challenges mentioned competitions as a way to come up with breakthrough technologies. They are also a way to come up innovative ways of using technologies. The California Student Media Festival highlights exemplary project-based learning using digital media. www.mediafestival.org

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Teacher and Ed. Tech. Symbiotic Collaboration

Geek Lovin English teacher realized I didn't need to speak ed. tech. when I went on mission to get technology into the hands of our nation's most under-served students. On my journey I learned the pains ed. tech. faces when trying to access innovative teachers, particularly those inside large comprehensive public schools, where the majority of our nation's children are educated. After spending July as a Beta-testing ...more »

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Engaging Middle School Students to read

I know of a technology based curriculum for readng that works very well for both special ed students and regular ed students. It contains leveled text, video, voice etc... It is also 15,000.00 to buy initially plus $2,000 to upkeep each year. (read 180 Scholastic) We would love to have this program but of course we can't afford it. We know it works based on the research and the many schools we have contacted who see great ...more »

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Define models for CBO-school blended learning partnerships

This idea emerged from a meeting to develop an action agenda to advance blended-learning partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) For more background on that meeting see http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/fbci/blendedcbo.pdf Practitioners, policy makers, and entrepreneurs need potential models to anchor off of - to advance blended learning partnerships between schools and CBOs. A possible ...more »

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Connect Class Projects with Businesses

A web-based platform that connects student class projects with businesses who can utilize the projects to grow and provide a real world learning experience at the same time.

 

We built this platform for higher education at www.stringhub.com but we could build another version for high school level projects.

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Writing Software

The creation of writing software that can score and provide feedback to students on their writing.

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Challenge Students to Take Control of the Learning Process

The students were challenged to take control of the teaching process to make Math and Science more exciting and interesting to study. They researched the concepts online, then used visuals, text and animation to bring them "to life". 7th Grade Math: http://tomrchambers.com/7_ppt_math_10-11.html 8th Grade Science: http://tomrchambers.com/8_ppt_science_10.html I'm a firm believer in empowering students to take control ...more »

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Motivate, Engage, Empower ... MEE

Motivate, Engage, Empower ... MEE ... via Technology and Core Subject Content Motivate, engage, and empower translate as MEE, and this holistic approach to the student psyche will nurture the “id” of the individual via innovation and best practices inside and outside the classroom. To ensure student success: 1) innovation must comprise cognitive/creative planning that effectively melds core subject content with technological ...more »

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