This is so cool! I’ve heard about a couple of these programs, so to hear that these education programs using technology to make learning engaging and fun is so great!
The Seattle-based Gates Foundation is working with the Pearson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pearson, and is pledging $3 million to the creation of a digital curriculum for kids. The program includes online math and English courses with video, software, social media and print resources – including four courses as free platforms for schools to use.
The foundation also is giving $2 million to Florida Virtual School, which is billed as “the nation’s first statewide, Internet-based public school,” according to the announcement. Nearly $743,000 is going to Reasoning Mind, an education organization that provides interactive math programs to schools.
The pledge also is focusing on game-based learning tools from iRemix ($2.6 million), the Institute of Play ($2.5 million) and Quest Atlantis ($2.6 million). And $2 million more will go to Educurious Partners, which develops high-school courses in biology, literature and algebra via social networking.
Another $10 million is coming in June from Next Generation Learning Challenges, which will award grants to “promising technology-enabled programs built around embedded assessments that can help students master 7th, 8th and 9th-grade content and competencies,” the Gates Foundation said.
I’ll be interested to see who gets grants as part of the Next Gen Learning Challenge as well.