Global Learning XPRIZE Finalist Teams

Introducing the finalist teams competing for the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE. Teams from around the world have worked to develop open-source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills within 15 months. We look forward to their groundbreaking solutions and the journey ahead as they begin field testing.



The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools
How Google Took Over the Classroom
The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting.
Jammy brings new meaning to “slide guitar”​Electric guitars generally aren’t known for being compact. There is the JamStik, although it stays shorter than a regular guitar, plus it needs to be paired with a smartphone. Jammy slides out, however, and it can be used without an accompanying mobile electronic device.
Tackle your to-read list with this time-saving reading app – ScienceAlertBecause no one’s list is getting shorter.
The US military wants to hack the human brain to help us learn a second language faster – ScienceAlertCan zapping nerves help you to learn a foreign language?
Google Classroom is now Open for Everyone, Including Personal AccountsGoogle Classroom is now available for personal accounts. Anyone can become a teacher and put up a virtual class with all the resources in a single place.
What Do You Need to Know to Gamify Your E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning BlogGames and gamification aren’t the same. Learn some of the basics to get started building your own gamified courses and take them to the next level.
StackUp: track self-directed learning online – iLearn Technology
How a Math Algorithm Could Educate the Whole World — for Free | Po-Shen Loh – ValueWalk
Your Next Teacher Could Be a Robot

  • Thomas Frey of the DaVinci Institute predicts that, within 14 years, learning from robots will be commonplace.
  • Online learning could provide low cost, tailor-made educational resources to any student with internet access.
Reimagining education: MIT holds its first Festival of Learning | MIT NewsScholars and researchers share ideas on new ways to teach students in the 21st century.
Education Tech Pulls Children’s Future Out of Rubble of War « TechtonicsWars around the globe have left 24 million children in 22 conflict-plagued countries with little hope for an education or a future. But through a host of partnerships, mobile technology and digital learning are finding a way to salvage that future. Responding to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a call to companies to align […]
Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change | The EconomistIt is easy to say that people need to keep learning throughout their careers. The practicalities are daunting
This genius map explains how everything in physics is connected – ScienceAlertFrom space time to chaos theory.
Study online: Learn how to build incredible multiplayer games using Unity – ScienceAlertBecome a game developer.
Mattel’s Aristotle will be the “big brother” your kid never hadTouted as an Amazon Echo for kids, Mattel recently unveiled Aristotle, a voice-activated smart assistant designed to interact with your child at all stages of their development.
Coolest STEM Toys and Gadgets of 2016Check out our breakdown of the best science, technology, engineering, and mathematics toys and gadgets on the market right now.
Education Technology and the Ideology of PersonalizationThis is part nine of my annual review of the year in ed-tech
TechCrunchWhat the coming educational VR revolution teaches us about the tech’s future
This genius map explains how everything in physics is connected – ScienceAlertFrom space time to chaos theory.
How to Really Make College Free | RealClearPoliticsAs President-elect Trump reviews policy ideas to help poor and working class citizens and to “make America great again”, there is one education idea that is both exceptionally simple to…
Overhauling How We Teach Our Kids in a World of Accelerating Change —> If you read nothing else on this page, read this!
Learning sleeve sheds light on guitar-playing basicsLearning to play the guitar is tough. Tuition videos, online tab and music books are all good, but having to constantly look from guitar to teaching aid and back again can be frustrating. FretX uses LEDs embedded in a low profile learning sleeve that shows the player fretting finger positions.
How today’s tech departments are moving into the future | eSchool NewsTechnology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
Amazon Expands AWS Educate Options | CRM DailyAWS is expanding its tools for the online education market with a new set of capabilities for users of its AWS Educate platform to make it easier for students to focus on the most in-demand developer skills.
4 of the best tech courses you can take online right now – ScienceAlertLearning is sexy.
Brain training could add years behind the wheel – Futurity“Driving cessation has huge ramifications for seniors,” says Lesley A. Ross. Cognitive training may be a way to keep them safe on the road.
DIY smartphone microscope plays Pac-Man with microbesTo entice kids into the field of microbiology, scientists at Stanford have developed a DIY smartphone microscope that lets users take a closer look at the microscopic world and allows microbes to be controlled in real-time so they can be used to play games like soccer or Pac-Man.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Voyages Into Gaming With Space Odyssey | Digital TrendsOne of the world’s most popular astrophysicists is developing an open world PC game that will let players explore the cosmos – and learn along the way.
New Frontiers In Online Higher Education | On PointWe’ll look at the new cutting edge in online higher education. MOOC’s, micro-masters, and more. It’s getting better. It’s leading to good jobs.
The iPal robot is designed to entertain children for hours with no adult supervision necessary — QuartzThe iPal can entertain kids for hours on end. The three-foot tall robot with “wide eyes, working fingers, pastel trimming, and a touchscreen tablet on its chest” showed off its babysitting skills at an annual robotics event in San Jose, California, the Guardian reported. The iPal is designed to act like a companion for children:…
Online learning to lead education by 2025 | Education Technology
Telepresence Robots Can Help Chronically Ill Kids Enjoy School | Digital TrendsA new study examines how technology is making it possible for chronically ill students to experience the classroom through the use of telepresence robots.
Pokemon GO, Augmented Reality, and Education: Innovation in Learning : Tech : University HeraldAugmented reality holds a lot of potential in making learning more innovative and interesting. Some projects have been tested to see how students benefit from AR.
Without language teachers, high schools are resorting to computer programs – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday TelegramMadison Area Memorial High uses Rosetta Stone to take the place of a French and Spanish teacher.
11 tips that can help you learn faster – and actually remember it – ScienceAlertYou got this.
Seven ways bots will change the student experience | Education Technology
2017 Future of Education Technology Conference to Explore the Future of IT in Learning EnvironmentsThe National Future of Education Technology Conference , a premier ed tech event, today announced details of the Information Technology track to be presented at the 37th annual FETC event, taking place …
What Does Amazon Inspire Mean for Education? | EdTech MagazineA new digital resource platform gives teachers easy access to content and provides Amazon an open door to the education technology marketplace.
This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games
This 5-minute game makes kids better at math – FuturityA simple computer game for little kids challenges the idea that someone who’s bad at math now is likely to remain bad at it.
Six EdTech Startups Democratizing Education [Infographic]The playing field is still far from equal for minority students in the United States. Meet the EdTech startups who want to change that.
A billionaire just put up $100 million to create a tuition-free school in Silicon Valley – ScienceAlertFree tech education.
A mind-bending atlas of all the weirdest sh*t in mathematics is now online – ScienceAlertA document of the most amazing ideas in science.
Why education-tech startups will make a mark this season | The Financial ExpressIndia saw a new high of over 50 ed-tech deals in 2015, with the volume of deals up 315% from 2011. In 2016 it has witnessed 18 deals already, says CB Insights study
Israel is at the forefront of education technology | Allison Barksdale | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online—and No One Knew the Difference
Universities can’t solve our skills gap problem, because they caused it | TechCrunchThe class of 2015 graduated with an average of $35,000 in student loan debt, the most in history. And yet, executives and hiring managers continue to complain..
New DARPA Program Aims to Facilitate Training Through Nerve StimulationDARPA aims to bypass prolonged training regimens, and impress new cognitive skills directly onto the brain by manipulating the peripheral nervous system
Amazon eyes up education, plans a free platform for learning materials | TechCrunchBack in 2013, Amazon acquired (and continued to operate) online math instruction company TenMarks to gain a foothold in the online education space. Now it..
How AltSchool Experiments in Education – FortuneRead how ed-tech startup AltSchool experiments in education using technology to teach students in small schools in Fortune Data Sheet essay.
Researchers Create Matrix-Like Instant Learning Through Brain Stimulation | TechCrunchYou know Kung Fu. Researchers at HRL Laboratories have discovered that when you use transcranial direct current stimulation to send the brain activity of..
Better Learning through Augmented Reality – Teq Blog Could your classroom’s reality use a boost? As weird as that can sound, it’s entirely possible to do so with a little trick known as augmented reality.
CES 2016: Lego’s New Classroom Robot Brings STEM Lessons to Life | EdTech MagazineLego’s WeDo 2.0 has a knack for making students smile as they take their first steps into the world of programming.
Udacity Guarantees Graduates From Its New Nanodegree Plus Programs Will Find A Job In 6 Months | TechCrunchUdacity is launching a new spin on its Nanodegree certification programs today. With its new Nanodegree Plus offerings, the for-profit education company..
5 Tech Trends that Could Supercharge Education in 2016 | EdTech MagazineThe technologies of tomorrow are already making headway into education, and others are poised for mass distribution in 2016.
EdTech: Five Online Learning Platforms Shaking Up Business Education | BusinessBecauseMoocs make earning degree from couch reality
6 Ways the New National Education Technology Plan Could Help Close Achievement Gap | EdTech Magazine The role of teachers is changing along with the growing role of technology in classrooms, according to the plan.
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5 Predictions For Education Technology »5 Predictions For Education Technology – Although technology has fast influenced most sectors of our world, education
Connected Classroom: EdTech Harnesses Big Data To Improve Student Learning | BusinessBecauseBusiness learning groups explore digital analytics to improve academic performance
 Eye-tracking glasses reveal the learning process
Professor develops new method that determines how novice medical students learn
The Global Search for Education: Can Tech Help Students Learn? | C. M. RubinA new report, “Students, Computers, and Learning: Making the Connection,” investigates the stats on crucial contemporary issues of technology and education. The author, Francesco Avvisati, is an analyst of education reports for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Technology changing education in oh so many ways | The Modesto BeeFor weeks, I have been writing about technology in education for our next Eye on Education special tab (look for it Saturday). The big takeaway: The shakeup technology brought to the economy is coming to education – it has to.
Tech Will Soon Shake Up EducationTech is being widely implemented in all phases of education, but it needs to be met with highly trained and enthusiastic teachers to get the most out of kids.
Facebook is building free educational softwareFacebook is the latest tech company to enter the national debate over how best to educate children, a cause that CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has championed.
Put Down the Textbook: How VR Is Reimagining Classroom Education – Singularity HUB
IBM’s School Could Fix Education—And Tech’s Diversity Gap | WIREDThe tech industry says it needs a talent pipeline. This high school could show the way.The tech industry says it needs a talent pipeline. This high school could show the way.
Technology won’t replace collaboration among students: Today’s ‘classroom’ is bigger and better than it ever was, for all the right reasons — ScienceDailyStudents heading back to school can always count on one thing: Technology will be a little bit more advanced than it was last year. After all, 21st century learning experiences are increasingly enhanced by gadgets and software, and the ability to plug into worlds beyond the classroom. Even so, technology is no substitute for everyday student engagement and collaboration among students, researchers find.” id=”metasummary
Ed Dept looks for ways to quickly test tech tools | Education DiveNews, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
A sensory education: How the world’s tech titans are making learning more stimulating | The DrumAlison Bracegirdle of Sparks & Honey educates us on how tech giants including Sony, Google and Apple are making learning more…
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Can Digital Educate India? | The Indian ExpressNote to policymakers: Access to technology by itself does not ensure learning.
News Corp.’s Amplify education experiment: What went wrong? | ZDNetAmplify was supposed to reinvent education, but could its hardware, software and content bundle realistically compete with Apple and Google?
Making Ideas Tangible: How 3D Printers Will Transform the Classroom – Singularity HUBChallenges remain, but bringing 3D printers into classrooms will make them as native to upcoming generations as computers or the internet.
MOOCs Shake Up Indian Education | MIT Technology ReviewIn a country of rigid teaching styles and scarce university slots, students and professors are exploring what online learning can be.

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When Machines Can Do Most Jobs—Passion, Creativity, and Reinvention Rule – Singularity HUB
Opinion: Apple and IBM have big data plans for education | ComputerworldApple and IBM are developing solutions that underpin a future of personalized mobile learning that lasts a lifetime.
The $1-a-week school | The EconomistACROSS the highway from the lawns of Nairobi’s Muthaiga Country Club is Mathare, a slum that stretches as far as the eye can see. Although Mathare has virtually no…
New Innovator: Tip tap tapCork-based ed-tech company’s interactive desk enhancing the way pupils learn
9 ed tech developments to note from ISTE 2015 | Education DiveNews, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
Education Tech Can Help Us Build Schools of the FutureAt an exhibition hosted by the Guardian on the future of education tech, experts focused on how technology is used in the classroom.
Districts turning to neuroscience for new instruction strategies | Education DiveNews, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
Education Technology Makes The Most Impact In The Least Recognized Places – ForbesPeople often ask me for specific examples of how technology is impacting global education. I suspect they are looking for super glossy examples of futuristic classrooms. They hope I’ll describe some design innovation or a revolutionary adaptive algorithmic trick. They expect video games, virtual reality, and robotics. But things often […]
Giant Leap Exponential Technologies 64x64The hypocrisy of developed-world educational technology proponents | EducationIncreasingly, there is a curious trend in America in which the country’s wealthiest, best-educated, most tech-savvy parents work hard and pay good money to keep their children away from digital technology…

The Most Dangerous Trap for Education Technology Entrepreneurs

Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation | TechCrunchI’m going to come right out and say it: few areas have been as hopeful and as disappointing as innovation in education. Education is probably the single..
5 Challenges Facing Education-Tech StartupsThere are serious challenges startups must overcome to be successful, as in any industry.
Universities Fear Apple Watch Could Be Used For Cheating, Ban Wearable Tech For Finals « CBS San FranciscoWith Apple and other tech giants releasing smartwatches, universities in Australia have placed bans on the wearable technology, fearing the devices could be used to cheat on final exams.With Apple and other tech giants releasing smartwatches, universities in Australia have placed bans on the wearable technology, fearing the devices could be used to cheat on final exams. News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of SF
Learning environments – Education | The Star OnlineMALAYSIA is part of Microsoft’s class of education innovators for 2014 to 2015.
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Pre-lecture diagrams help students take better notes, learn more — ScienceDailyLecture-based learning can be challenging for students who have difficulties building mental models for the organization of new information, but providing them with diagrams and other supporting material in advance of the lecture can help them overcome these hurdles, suggests new research.” id=”metasummary
The 18 Most Influential People in Ed TechNoodle honors the 18 most influential people in ed tech, as part of a larger list of education influencers.
Drone catches cheating students in ‘world’s toughest exam’If students want to cheat their way through one of China’s most difficult exams, they’ll now need to thwart a patrolling drone. The National Higher Educa
Here’s why learning to code gives you an edge at work | Business InsiderIt’s how the world works.
Digital guru Larry Johnson says mobile devices will revolutionise education | afr.comDigital guru Larry Johnson says students need to shown “how cool things are” to be inspired to learn.
Winning Equation: How Technology Can Help Save Math Education | EdutopiaA national panel recommends technology to fix a broken system. Here’s how some teachers are using math tech.
Beyond classrooms – Education | The Star OnlineE-tools, games and creative space make learning effective and fun.
The Peninsula Qatar – Medical education goes high-tech
‘At Nitte, Profit is not the Motive, Quality Education is’ – The New Indian Express
Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique | Smart ParentsImagine a student who hears things once and knows them forever. She is a good reader. She is self-aware and can articulate her learning challenges and successes. Despite the fact that the student is smart, she struggles on written work and in group projects. How does our school system help encourage a student with her potential, and her challenges?
Flying STEM Education into the Classroom with SkyBot 3D Printed Drone – 3DPrint.comDrones and robotics are the backbone of modern grade school STEM education. Engaging kids with lesson plans that feel more like building a toy than learning, is an excellent way to keep kids interested and encourage them to familiarize themselves with modern technology.
U.S. Higher Education Institutions Expected to Spend $6.6 Billion on Technology in 2015 | Framingham, MA Patch – Roby, the 3D printable robot hits Kickstarter to teach kids programming, 3D design & robotics | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing NewsThe Roby educational robot kit has been specifically designed to help people of all ages to get to grips with programming, 3D design and the world of robotics.
Leapfrogging to the 4G University – ForbesAs East Africa is the world’s fastest growing market for higher education, I find myself there frequently. On one of my recent trips to Kampala, the capital of Uganda, I met with the founder and CEO of a start-up university. Having invested tens of millions of dollars to launch the new […]
Guest Commentary: Technology in the classroom can help close the achievement gap – The Denver PostNationwide, only one in five low-income students are proficient in reading. At Rocky Mountain Prep, 80 percent of our students are from low-income families.
New $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE wants to disrupt education as we know it – The Washington PostThe competition envisions a new model for education that is cheap, abundant and scalable.
Future Of EdTech 101: Automation, Curation And Gamification – ForbesEducation is one of the fastest progressing industries. Today, research, materials and communication can be shared instantly and globally. However, information technology is hardly at its full potential, particularly in education. As a college senior set to graduate in 2015 and asked to write an essay about the future of […]