Hacking Education with DonorsChoose.org

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April 15th, 2011
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DonorsChoose.org - Teachers ask. You choose. Students learn.

We are very excited to announce that Edmodo is participating in the DonorsChoose.org Hacking-Education Contest for developers and data crunchers.

From Donorschoose.org: “Ten years ago, a teacher in the Bronx launched DonorsChoose.org. Since then, more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools have posted over 300,000 classroom project requests, inspiring $80,000,000 in giving from 400,000 donors.

We’ve opened up that data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape your school system’s budget by revealing what teachers really need. Build the first mobile app for hyper-local education philanthropy. We’ve got a list of suggestions to help get you thinking.

We hope to build a community of developers and data crunchers, so we’re launching a contest! The Big Winner will be chosen from from the top finishers in each category.

We think this could be a big turning point for innovation in education – and a great opportunity for all education stakeholders to learn more about the tools and technologies that are making a difference in the classroom.  To support this initiative, Edmodo will provide an anonymous dataset of 80,000 US public school classrooms that are using social media – we think this may go a long way towards finding correlations between how technology is being used and where it is needed most.

We look forward to seeing the results of the contest and are proud to be doing our part to help DonorsChoose.org achieve their mission of building a nation where all students have the resources they need to learn.

P.S. Technology teachers: what a fantastic challenge for your students!  Wouldn’t it be great to see a student win?

 


One Response to “Hacking Education with DonorsChoose.org”

  1. [...] and the contest, the educational social networking site Edmodo announced today it would also contribute data about social media usage in over 80,000 public schools.  It also gave a nudge to teachers and [...]

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