The call for applications to the Open Education Challenge closed on March 21, resulting in a grand total of 611 submissions from 74 countries worldwide. This response represents a wellspring of innovative technologies and practices for opening up education.
A summary of the location of applicants
The Open Education Challenge had its inaugural launch on 22 January, 2014. The first phase of the Challenge was the call for applications, open to anyone from any country to submit a business idea “with the potential to transform education.”
Results are promising for the education sector
The response to the call for applications shows that there is strong interest in bringing new technologies and approaches into the field of education. Pierre-Antoine Ullmo, founder of the Open Education Challenge, wrote in his latest blog post:
“In less than two months, 500 applications have been submitted. This is new evidence of the changes taking place in education worldwide: each proposal we receive is a proxy for new contents and teaching practices, innovative devices, technological assessment tools… And a promise to give users the opportunity to learn what, where and when they want.”
Key concepts that the trailblazers are talking about
Certain key concepts were clearly present in the pool of applications. This table shows which keywords were used the most often, and how many times each one appeared.
Phase 2 starts now
The next phase of the Challenge is to evaluate the proposals and create a shortlist for the next round of evaluation. More information about the results of the call for applications is available on the Open Education Challenge blog. Eventually only 10 of the proposals will be selected to join the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, which offers seed capital of up to 20 000 Euros and mentorship from top experts in education, entrepreneurship, and technology.
The Entrepreneurial School is one of the largest entrepreneurship education initiatives in Europe. At its core, is a virtual guide to entrepreneurial learning.
The target group is teachers in primary, secondary and vocational schools.
The Entrepreneurial School will train 4000 teachers in the next 3 years. Entrepreneurial learning can be applied in any subject area and for any age group. The guide will contain 75-100 entrepreneurial tools and methods organised in 35 teacher-friendly packages. A quality framework and assessment tool for schools will be included in the guide. Best practices will be gathered, adapted and new innovations will be put forward.
There are five key areas that the project addresses:
- Teachers' continuing professional development and training
- Establishing quality supporting frameworks to measure best practice and to evaluate impact
- Development of appropriate support structures and activities
- Establishing networks between best practices
- It will focus on the initial education of teachers and the integration in the curriculum
The Entrepreneurial School won co-funding from the European Community, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).