Houghton-Mifflin loves out-of-the-box ideas on how to create global-scalable initiatives that can improve student outcomes across the globe. To encourage truly unique ideas, Houghton-Mifflin has created a challenge to the world. Who can come up with unique and globally-scalable ideas for improving learning? To encourage serious participation, Houghton-Mifflin has recruited an all-star judge line-up and offering significant prizes to the best ideas.
Mobile Device-Centered Curriculum
As a child-led, project-based learning advocate, I’ve submitted a few ideas to the challenge on transforming student learning. Because my extensive research shows that mobile devices are strategically one of the most important learning tools available (and cheaper than traditional computers), I’ve suggested a mobile device-centric curriculum. I already have a significant body of curriculum content developed. With enough support, I’m willing to formalize the content and adapt it for public, private, and home schoolers.
Global Collaborative Network
Another idea I’ve contributed outlines a collaboration space where global students can work together to compose music, write poetry, short stories, solve math problems, share research data, and anything else they wish to crowd source. This space isn’t designed to improve skills, learn facts, or write Wikipedia-like articles. This is a creative space where students from around the world create or join creative projects where they flex skills they’ve already gained. The resulting products are Creative Commons licensed to encourage participation.
If you’d like to see either of these projects become a reality, please create an account at GEC and “Thumbs-up” these ideas.