XPRIZE announces Global Learning XPRIZE—$15 million competition to disrupt education

XPRIZE announces Global Learning XPRIZE—$15 million competition to disrupt education

(Phys.org) —XPRIZE chairman Peter Diamandis has announced the launch of a new competition—this time to disrupt education so that children living everywhere, including impoverished countries, can use technology to teach themselves basic reading, writing and mathematics skills. Those interested in competing will have a six month registration period, followed by an 18 month development phase. Five of the top entries will receive $1 million to further develop and test their idea (in cooperation with children in 100 African villages), with the eventual winner receiving $10 million.

Officially called Global Learning XPRIZE—Empowering Young Minds Everywhere, the new competition follows others run by the organization which have not only made news, but have contributed to the advancement of science and technology (private spacecraft development, renewable energy, Star Trek tricorder, etc.) and sometimes the betterment of our planet (cleaning up the oceans). Funding comes from donations and its Board of Trustees is made up of movers and shakers from all walks of life.

The new competition is meant to attract the attention of educators, technologists or anyone with a good idea, to hopefully come up with a new way to help kids that can't get a basic education the traditional way, i.e. by sitting in classrooms. Competitors are challenged to come up with a way to employ self-teaching techniques on smartphones and tablet computers—the team at XPRIZE, Diamandis told reporters, believes that trying to get kids living in remote villages or other impoverished places to attend classes is not realistic—the problem is too big. That's why a new approach is needed, one where the kids (and their family) are able to take charge of their own basic education. All they'll need is a tablet computer and access to the Internet (the educational system will be open access). The software should be able to take it from there, offering children a system that is easy to use without the need for any prior training. Children should be able to teach themselves how the alphabet works, and then how to read, and they should be able to do the same with basic math principles. That's the whole idea. Beyond that, presumably contestants are free to add other features, such as a way to share learning with friends or family, if they deem it helpful.

Diamandis also said that he and those at XPRIZE would like to see the technology work on every phone and tablet in the world, revolutionizing the way people are educated in the future and making it more democratic in the process.

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Sep 23, 2014
perhaps we can soon abandon our flawed and oppressive energy system, as the Xprize folks have recognized that there is humanity control... via energy control.

the Xprize foundation has issued a calling, and a prize for what is, in any form of interpretation, a 'over-unity' or 'excess energy' system/engine.

They recognize that academia, science, corporate and political systems are oppressing forms of emergent science and technology and have issued this prize award as a calling to move humanity out of the technological dark ages, out from under the thumb of control via energy.

Humanity needs it, with all that is going on out there right now. It's time to understand that this oppression and control exists, publicly ---and end it.

Sep 23, 2014
in the world in which we find ourselves, teaching is a subversive activity. There already is a plethora of K-12 software available. If the goal is to produce productive laborers to pay for the software, then video games is the way to go. If on the other hand, the interest is in nurturing creative thinkers, there is no substitute for a good teacher. Problem: good teachers are few, far between and historically, often misunderstood.
Surely the resources could be better used on dedicated people intent on achieving the latter goal.

Sep 26, 2014
Bob Osaka - while there are occasional subversive teachers like John Taylor Gatto, the primary functions of public school teaching are maintaining the existing jobs for teachers and school bureaucracy, keeping children's labor off the market, suppressing creativity that could interfere with existing economic and political interests and above all, encouraging groupthink which serves all these goals. Creativity depends mostly on individual traits combined with access to varied and inspiring information, situations to which ideas can be rewardingly applied and having the time available for self-directed thought and the resources to put ideas into action. Teaching in the current context can't do much except get out of the way of individuals and deflect some of the "education" system's demands on their time. Solving self-defined problems in virtual worlds nurtures creativity far more than lectures or teacher-prescribed projects.

Oct 01, 2014
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Oct 03, 2014
The best learning tool of all is a search engine.

It frees people up to create when all their knowledge is logged and searchable randomly or sequentially.

Memorization requirements begone.

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