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Cost-effective tutoring

One on one tutoring has been shown to move a student in the fiftieth percentile to the ninety-eighth percentile. What toolkit would allow a teacher to reliably reproduce those results with each student?

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Using transportation time for learning

How can technology make time that students spend on their way to school - on a bus, or subway, or in a car - valuable learning time?

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Video games for learning

Research has shown that action video games can improve things like low-level vision or perceptual processing. How can we use these finding to make video games, which can engage students for hours, valuable complements to other instruction?

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Using classroom seating differently

How would you rearrange the seating assignments for your kids so that kids who got the topics from yesterday sat next to kids who didn't get it, for a whole school everyday and every class?

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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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Development of technology leadership

To move forwards, schools need educational leaders who understand the risks and benefits of technology and can help be instructional leaders. There is a need for Technology Institutes to help principals, superintendents, etc. to develop the sort of risk-taking, innovative, creative, and supportive tech leaders that are needed so that they become enablers, not barriers to technology innovation in schools. But they need ...more »

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Incubating and developing free apps for educators

As schools embrace more 1:1 tablets and devices, there is a need for free basic "apps" that schools can utilize to increase efficiency, spur creativity, and are meant specifically for school functionality.

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Supporting innovators

A real challenge facing schools is how to support the innovators in their ranks, yet meet the demands of the somewhat unreasonable NCLB requirements. Principals fear taking risks in this climate that is punitive. Instead of a punitive climate which punishes risk-taking, work needs to be done on improving a more innovative, fast-moving, risk-taking climate. Policies which better support this sort of innovation are needed; ...more »

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Maximizing Thinking and Project Time: Flipping the Classroom

Real time collaboration, conversation and engagement with other learners in person and in one place provides support for putting ideas into action and creating evidence of learning. Asynchronous online reading, writing and thinking time then provides the flexibility for learners to consider new ideas and make connections of new information to what they already know- flexibly, at their own pace, when they are feeling ...more »

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Leveling the Playing Field

If the "at risk" portions of our population continue to lack access to learning technologies, the opportunity gap in our country could soon become dangerously wide. We must find innovative ways to work together to ensure the most "at-risk" portions of our population have access to state of the art digital learning tools.

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Self Paced Learning for all

Our kids spend too long sitting in class being taught things they already know or can learn on their own. Teachers spend too much time lecturing to the class and the lowest common denominator, rather than focusing instruction on those that need it. The simplest example is the Kahn Academy - which is entirely self-paced and student led. But there are other more customisable and teacher-led examples, like Promethean's ...more »

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Is this where confusion starts?

There are two streams linked from Digital Promise--League of Innovation and Grand Challenges.

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