The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced today a new initiative called the Next Generation Learning Challenges. The initiative, backed by $20 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed to promote the innovative development and use of technology at the college level, especially in the area of online learning. Grants to be awarded will range from $250,000 to $750,000 each. Some of the initial funds will be used to bolster online courses at the college level.
For those educators in K-12 education, take notice: though the grants for the Next Generation Learning Challenges will be awarded in 2010 to collegiate programs, funds will be available for K-12 proposals early in 2011. Put on your proverbial thinking cap and get your creative juices flowing. Here's your chance at some major funding for a unique, creative proposal involving educational technology with an emphasis on online learning and sharing. When full details are made available, I will post them here.