Monday, April 4, 2011

The NEA Foundation Asks How Mobile Phone Technology Can Transform Teaching and Learning

Newest C2i challenge offers $1,000 awards for the best ideas posted

WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2011)  - Through its newest C2i challenge, the NEA Foundation in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) wants to know how mobile phone technology can be used to transform teaching and learning.  The Foundation will award up to five individuals $1,000 for the best ideas posted on the C2i page on the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal.

The NEA Foundation’s C2i is open to public school educators, students, and other creative thinkers with an interest in improving public education.  Submissions will be accepted from April 4 – May 13, 2011. A proposed solution must effectively incorporate smart phones or cell phones. Portal registrants can also review, comment, and vote on the posted solutions.

“The use of mobile phone technology provides an important opportunity for educators and students to learn in new and different ways,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “This challenge is also a way to capture ideas from anyone interested in students learning through the use of mobile technology.”  

"Mobile devices hold a lot of promise for helping K-12 educators to re-imagine teaching and learning," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. "To continue finding ways to harness the power of these technologies, we need a constant cycle of bright new ideas from all segments of the education community – from our 21st century learners to our educators and administrators.”

To post a solution, individuals must register on the Open Innovation Portal.  The awardees will be announced in June 2011.

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