Josh Jarret at the Next Generation Learning Challenge writes to say these are the four goals that the challenge hopes to accomplish. The Challenge will hold some webinars next week to elaborate on the information.

1. We want to help dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States;
2. We have great enthusiasm and optimism for the role technology can play in helping to transform education;
3.  Current economic conditions necessitate the use of technology as a way to improve education in a time of scarce resources; and
4.  We want to encourage the education and technology fields to step up to this challenge, bring creative ideas, and help build enthusiasm for this effort.

Webinar Information:

Next Generation Learning Challenges has released the first of a series of RFPs to solicit proposals for technology applications that can improve postsecondary education. This round of funding will total up to $19 million, including grants that range from $250,000 to $750,000. The next RFP will focus on helping improve college-readiness.

See what Bill Gates had to say about the role of technology in education in this interview with Steve Lohr from today’s New York Times. Mr. Gates will also be holding a press call at 1 pm PT where he will discuss the Next Generation Learning Challenges and answer a few questions about his vision for the initiative.

You now have the opportunity to download and review the RFP document. We hope you will consider applying for a grant and that you will seek out opportunities to collaborate with others to share our goal of increasing adoption of the most promising solutions. Five-page pre-proposals in response to the RFP are due November 19, 2010. Those asked to submit full proposals will be notified by Next Generation Learning Challenges by January 2011. Final awards will be announced by March 31, 2011.

EDUCAUSE will host two webcasts on October 19 and 27 to provide information and answer questions from organizations and individuals that are interested in responding to the RFP. Go to nextgenlearning.com for more information.

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