Challenge to Innovate: Tapping the Potential of Mobile Technologies for the Classroom

When personal computers first emerged in the classroom more than two decades ago, the tools they offered to teachers and students were limited in scope, and some of us may only remember dying of typhoid while playing the educational game The Oregon Trail. Today’s students often have access to powerful computers with exciting communication and learning capabilities. These computers aren’t just the ones in the back of the classroom, they are also the handheld smart phones found in a student’s pocket.

Smart phones provide ample opportunity for educators, which is why the NEA Foundation and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have teamed up to issue a new challenge seeking your ideas on how mobile phone technology can transform teaching and learning.

The Challenge to Innovate (C2i) initiative is open to public school educators, students, and other creative thinkers with an interest in improving public education. In June, the NEA Foundation will award up to five individuals $1,000 for the best ideas posted on the C2i page on ED’s Open Innovation Portal.

How it works:

  • 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.
  • In June, up to 5 solutions will be awarded $1,000 from the NEA Foundation.
  • The solutions selected will be shared by the NEA Foundation and CoSN via multiple outlets.

Get started and submit your idea today.