Big Ideas Fest Innovation in Action Award

The annual Big Ideas Fest Innovation in Action Award recognizes an individual or organization whose project embodies the spirit of ISKME's Big Ideas Fest: transforming education through innovative action.

The award has a special emphasis on innovations that allow teachers and learners to collaborate, particularly in ways that encourage sharing of ideas toward the creation of new learning tools and resources. Judges consider the potential global impact of the program as well as its accessibility to populations that are underserved. The recipient of the Innovation in Action Award is also granted funding to help scale their ideas.

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2014 Recipient


Jackie Barrow

Jackie Barrow was one of the first Grannies recruited to join Sugata Mitra’s Granny Cloud in the spring of 2009. The Granny Cloud, now an integral part of the School in the Cloud, uses Skype to provide learning opportunities for children in remote and disadvantaged parts of the world. A former secondary school teacher, Jackie runs virtual sessions with children throughout India and Colombia, and works as part of a team to recruit, interview and support new Grannies.

Watch Jackie Barrow's talk, The Adventures of a Cloud Granny