The Open Innovation Portal from ED.gov
Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, eBay, LinkedIN, Second Life – tech-savvy educators and edtech gurus spend their working lunches and Sunday afternoons trying to determine the best way harness the power of these social media tools to maximize student achievement. The new Open Innovation Portal from ED.gov, similar to Change.org, combines the elements of these tools in one collaborative, educational community designed to “identify, improve, and implement innovative solutions to educational challenges”.
Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan suggests that yes, we can solve America’s educational challenges. “As I have said many times before, the innovative ideas that will transform our education system will not come from Washington, D.C. They will come from communities across the country.”
The portal allows users to share their ideas to educational challenges, comment/rate solutions and fellow members, connect with other members, post classifieds to seek or offer services, and earn points for participating. Users can even upload supporting materials such as videos and web links. The top rated ideas rise to the top of the top of the list where they have the potential to attract the attention of potential funders. Less popular solutions are either critiqued and collaboratively improved or filtered out.
Duncan stressed the importance of utilizing this new tool and suggests that The Innovation Web Portal will be the first of many initiatives the Department of Education will launch to build partnerships to better America’s educational system. “President Obama has set a goal that America, once again, will be the nation with the highest percentage of college-education citizens. To achieve that goal, we will need commitment – and the best and most innovative ideas – from all of our citizens.”
To get started, register for the site at https://innovation.ed.gov and create an online profile. The Open Innovation Portal is open to teachers, administrators, and even members of the general public.
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