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Please Support SOCL in the Global Education Challenge

2011 June 6

If you are a long-term reader, you may remember that in January, I applied for a grant from the National Science Foundation to produce SOCL, the Social network for Online Community-based Learning, which incorporates online social community and gameification elements to produce positive outcomes for college students.

We won’t hear about the results of that for several months, but for now, I’ve entered the idea into Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Global Education Challenge.  Here is the purpose of the GEC from their webpage:

Through the Global Education Challenge, we hope to find truly original ideas that can become tangible tools to improve student outcomes across the globe–both inside and outside the classroom. We’re building a community of innovators who share our goal, and together we’ll discuss ideas for groundbreaking solutions to help transform student learning, foster family engagement, and enhance teacher effectiveness.

I’m writing now to ask you to please create an account at GEC and “thumb up” SOCL.  This increases the changes that the SOCL platform will be recognized and funded – and the concept expanded to include elementary, middle, and high schools.  I’ve received a lot of feedback from high school teachers especially that they are interested in the SOCL concept for their students, but funding from NSF would not be sufficient for us to expand in this direction.  Winning GEC would help us make this happen.

So to support the SOCL concept, please create an account here and then “thumb up” the SOCL idea here.  And certainly, if education is something you’re passionate about, please submit your own ideas and review the others you find.

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