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Realizing economic disparity often means educational disparity, Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of Duolingo
 
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Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, recognizes that expanding computer science education requires first dispelling common myths
 
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2015, BIF Talks
The body shapes the way we think, says PJ Hirabayashi, who discovered, through Taiko drumming
 
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2015, BIF Talks
How We Are Building the New Urban College Model
 
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2015, BIF Talks
Inspiring a New Generation of Entrepreneurial Thinking
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Emily Church, Prize Manager, announces the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source scalable software solutions that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within the 18 month competition field-testing period.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Farnaz Ronaghi, co-founder and Director of Engineering at NovoEd, designed and developed the Venture Lab platform at Stanford University while a PhD student. Venture Lab was a difficult design challenge for which she prototyped technical solutions for enabling beneficial peer collaboration among tens of thousands of students around the globe enrolled in an online Stanford entrepreneurship class.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Nathaniel Manning, Director of Business and Strategy at Ushahidi, describes how they build open source software for making sense of data. In addition to software, Ushahidi has also built the iHub, the nerve center of Kenya’s tech community, and the BRCK, a redesign of connectivity for the developing world.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Missy Sherburne, Chief Partnerships Officer of DonorsChoose.org, describes the amazing growth of an online charity that makes it easy for ordinary citizens to help fund school projects they are passionate about (e.g., classrooms in need of art supplies, field trips, or science kits). Since Missy joined DonorsChoose.org, the organization has delivered over $270 million worth of resources and experiences to more than 12 million students across the country.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
23andMe Chief Medical Officer, Jill Hagenkord, describes how their company is disrupting the healthcare industry by allowing people to access their own DNA. Genetic information is the basis for personalized medicine and 23andMe believes everyone has the right to their personal genetic DNA.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Paul Kruchoski, Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, describes the effort to elevate education diplomacy across the Dept.'s vast, decentralized staff of 70,000. Using a human-centered design approach, the project uncovered needs and desires for sharing, internally across embassies, and externally with the world.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Angela Jackson, award winning social entrepreneur and founder of Global Language Project, describes the driving force behind her non-profit that provides language teaching for elementary school children in public schools. Angela has changed the trajectory of hundreds of young lives empowering them with valuable knowledge of a second language to prepare them for higher education scholarship opportunities and to compete in a global workforce.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Tess Posner, Managing Director of SamaUSA, describes how she built and launched a program that provides low-income Americans with digital skills and access to internet-based jobs to help them move out of poverty.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, and Peter Findler, history teacher at Washington's Latin Public High School, tell their story of a first meeting at Big Ideas Fest 2012 that led to Stephen's fourth- and fifth-graders traveling to Washington DC to teach indoor urban farming at Peter's Washington Latin Public High School. Since then, Stephen invited Peter to join him on an upcoming trip to the White House and Green Bronx Machine opportunities continue. As Stephen says, "it all starts with planting seeds."
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Steve Good, Executive Director of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s Five Keys Charter Schools, provides an inside glimpse of the the first charter school in the nation to operate inside a county jail. Five Keys now has several schools in San Francisco and Los Angeles County jails, and thirty community satellite campuses.
 
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A professional hula hooper, Kari Revolva, wows Big Ideas Fest 2014 audience with her story of why she said "no" to Oprah. Her blog post explaining why she refused to perform at Oprah's "The Life You Want" tour went viral and was viewed over 300,000 times in 3 weeks. Revolva speaks on behalf of artists everywhere who are "asked to work for free by people who can afford to pay."
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Former secondary school teacher and language instructor from the village of Diggle, England, Jackie Barrow tells of her adventure joining TED Prize winner, Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud project, as one of the original Cloud Grannies. As a Cloud Granny, she talks, reads, sings, tells stories, and develops connections, virtually, via Skype, with groups of children in India, to improve their English skills, provide a window to the world using technology, and importantly, to increase their awareness about their own success through continued learning.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
San Francisco high school student, Logan Kahle, discusses his in-depth studies as part of the program he and his parents devised called “custom schooling.” This individualized, one-on-one instruction involves teachers at home, à la carte classes from local colleges and online courses, research opportunities with leading scientists, social contacts among his beloved birding community, and allows Kahle to shape his education to fit his own deep and diverse interests.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Founder of the Ever Forward Club and school principal by day, Ashanti Branch describes how he prototyped and grew a program into an organization. Drawing from his own needs as a youth, he developed a groundbreaking “emotional tool box” for African American and Latino young men to learn to trust and persevere, face their fears, and bring confidence and empathy into their lives in order to achieve their true potential.
 
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2014, BIF Talks
Self-taught web coder, Ming Horn, describes her junior year in high school when she courageously took on designing, crowdfunding, and teaching KhodeUp (khodeup.org), a four-week computer programming class for 24 young men and women in an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, thus taking the first steps toward a replicable model for students to learn coding, how to support themselves in a growing industry, and how to learn and innovate.
 
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Big Idea: a downloadable widget tool that unites practitioners with personal, relevant info, using a "data diver" to troll for current research that can best inform educational practice.
 
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Big Idea: a wristband that could be worn by students to collect information, including some biometric data such as stress level, and also questions from students (who would always be in charge of what info they wanted to share), helping to better inform the educational process.
 
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Big Idea: a program where six students have six immersive experiences with members of the local community, thereby sparking passion and igniting learning.
 
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Big Idea: a series of micro events where attendees at face-to-face gatherings unite the best of oral tradition and the best of the digital age, by explaining the spark that ignited their passion, documenting theses stories via video, and then using the Internet to stay connected with those they meet.
 
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Big Idea: A simple box, filled with items of importance to students and of relevance to experts, creates a dynamic, flexible learning tool, facilitating stronger relationships between educators, learners and community members.
 
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Big Idea: a program that would connect students with their surrounding community and provide in-person and web-based resources that empower learners to solve local problems with local solutions.
 
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Big Idea: a web service that "leverages existing tools for creation, curation and sharing, and delivers the information most relevant" to teachers and learners, in line with Common Core standards—while also compensating contributors.
 
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Big Idea: a passport connecting local businesses with students, to facilitate standards-aligned learning in a way that is less prescriptive than traditional education—and more fun.
 
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Ali Partovi of code.org outlines an effort to give students greater access to computer science education.
 
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Gabrielle Lyon explains how her organization, Project Exploration, inspires kids to pursue careers in science.
 
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Nic, and his organization Wikiseat, use chair building as a tactile backdrop for a variety of lesson plans.
 
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Marie Cini explains how her institution personalizes the education process for adult learners.
 
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Sproutel founders Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz discuss the educational healthcare toy they created: a stuffed bear named Jerry.
 
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Marie Cini explains how her institution personalizes the education process for adult learners.
 
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Sproutel founders Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz discuss the educational healthcare toy they created: a stuffed bear named Jerry.
 
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Mo Qayoumi discusses how new technologies can be harnessed to transform higher education.
 
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Michelle Fine discusses the importance of accountability to diverse needs in designing participatory action research.
 
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Larry Rosenstock of High Tech High describes his charter schools' approach to designing learning experiences.
 
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Sean Pica describes how he developed an accredited, degree-granting college program for prisons.
 
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Chris Emdin speaks to student engagement in 21st century learning opportunities, such as dialogues hosted via Twitter.
 
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Poet Taylor Mali talks about how his poem "What Teachers Make" inspired a movement to create 1,000 new teachers.
 
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Nina Simon discusses how social objects can bridge the gap between individual and collective experience.
 
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2013, BIF Talks
Shiza Shahid shares the story of how she and Malala Yousafzai joined forces to advocate for girls' education.
 
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2012, Highlights
Where Big Ideas come from
 
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iGPS is a token system for students to award each other based on citizenship.
 
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2012, Highlights
This participatory event came together with the purpose to seed and transmit a message about Open Education, the global movement to bring equitable access to high-quality education for all.
 
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ArtV is a mobile studio that brings communities together to engage in creative expression in a sustainable way.
 
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Reflection Engine is an online tool that makes the creative process visual.
 
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InterSeed Challenge are remixable teaching videos to support international collaboration.
 
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Backpacks Beyond Borders is a classroom project promoting collaboration across borders through backpacks.
 
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Nomadic Teacher Network is a digital documentation of travel experiences.
 
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MYNE is a website that allows users to input employment information, as well as extracurricular, religious, and recreational activities into a website that identifies relevant job skills to their diverse experiences.
 
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Mission:Possible is a program in which students in the United States connect with students in other countries and send each other artifacts from their communities and environments
 
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Art.is is an art advocacy platform that draws on storytelling.
 
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Move Learning prototype is a library of videos demonstrating kinesthetic exercises for classrooms.
 
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Passion Dragon is an application that filters online learning materials in a way that matches lessons to users' individual passions.
 
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2012, BIF Talks
Matt Harding, charts the growth of an of his big idea: dancing in the style of local communities to illustrate a world without fear.
 
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Founder of MoveOn.org, talks about the lessons talk includes lessons in movement building, such as staying persistent and listening in order to serve.
 
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Khalid Smith, Education Leader at Startup Weekend, talks about the process of uniting educators with designers and entrepreneurs and -- occupied with the problems of EdTech -- using design challenges to
 
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George Lakoff, Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley, emphasizes that the bridge between existing knowledge and new ideas is imagination.
 
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Co-founders of Smarthistory, demystify traditional representations of images, widen access to art, and use technology to reform art history education.
 
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Karen Cator stresses the importance of creating the conditions for participatory learning, including the adoption of evolved digital-age teaching, in order to widen access, equity and opportunity.
 
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Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, President of Say Yes to Education, Inc., talks about creating structures that allow for educational innovations to be scaled at the community level.
 
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Kiff Gallagher explains how his organization MusicianCorps works as an "operating system" for a field of fragmented artists, and seeks to invoke civil and social good by creating the conditions for learning to happen.
 
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Stephen Ritz talks about seeding change by teaching his students how to grow, feed, build sustainably, and transform mindsets and landscapes in the inner city.
 
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Naif Al-Mutawa, CEO of THE 99, fosters interfaith dialogue through a comic series that features Muslim characters and culture.
 
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William Brown, Director of the Eli Whitney Museum, explains how teachers can use innovation, non-tradtional education models to bring out the best in students.
 
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Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, explains how her organization is changing the face of education by teaching computer programming to girls of color.
 
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Nirvan Mullick discusses his short film "Caine's Arcade" and how one boy's imagination transformed a moment of creativity into a global movement.
 
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BIFnik Brent Chang has performed at BIF as a dancer and finds the experience completely inspiring.
 
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2012, Highlights
A sneak peek at the choreography involved in creating our Open Ed spiral aerial group photo.
 
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2012, Highlights
ISKME's Director of Training and Design, Samantha Wayne invites you to design solutions to challenges in education with our Action Collabs at Big Ideas Fest http://bigideasfest.org/
 
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Eddie Andreo says the Action Collab experience is what brings him back year after year.
 
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BIFnik Juliet is enthusiastic about Big Ideas Fest because it is offers solid implementable solutions and going out and doing things.
 
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Loree Ann Burroughs has been inspired by her Big Ideas Fest experience and will bring that sense of inspiration back to her classroom.
 
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Constance Moore brought her colleagues from the Alameda County Office of Education to Big Ideas Fest this year.
 
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BIFnik Barry Scott answers the question "How did you come to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Barry is passionate about learners as makers.
 
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BIFnik Eddie Andreo says the Action Collab experience is what brings him back year after year.
 
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BIFnik Sharon Olken answers the question "How did you come to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Sharon is very interested in moving education forward in innovative ways.
 
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BIFnik Virajita Singh answers the question "How did you come to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Virajita's interest in design thinking brought her to the Fest.
 
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BIFnik Stephen Ritz answers the question "How did you come to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Stephen is also a speaker at the Fest and says he can't wait to come back next year.
 
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BIFnik Katina Papson-Rigby answers the question "How did you come to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Katina is passionate about promoting 21st century skills in learners.
 
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BIFnik Ainsley Lamberton answers the question "What brought you to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Ainsley said the Fest has been a really enriching experience and has pushed her harder than any education conference she's been to before.
 
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BIFnik Emily Puckett-Rodgers talks about her third time at Big Ideas Fest. Emily was especially interested in the Big Ideas in Beta presentations.
 
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A BIFnik answers the question "What brought you to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" She was sent to Big Ideas Fest which has opened her mind and allowed her to let go of an agenda.
 
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One of our scholarship recipients, Abigail Foster talks about her Big Ideas Fest experience.
 
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BIFnik John Pryor answers the question "What brought you to Big Ideas Fest 2012?"
 
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2012, Highlights
Three dynamic BIFniks making new friends at Big Ideas Fest 2012.
 
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A BIFnik talks about the incredible synergy at Big Ideas Fest 2012, connecting the dots.
 
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BIFnik Erin Knepler answers the question "What brought you to Big Ideas Fest 2012?" Erin was inspired by the Rapid Fire speakers, especially Nirvan Mullick's presentation at Big Ideas Fest 2012
 
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Improv guru Chris Miller shares the tenets of improv that we use to support collaboration during the Action Collabs at Big Ideas Fest
 
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Laura Hansen, a teacher at OpenHighschool, shares her Big Ideas Fest 2012 experience and offers a glimpse of the behind the scenes action in Action Collab 2.
 
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Eight students from South San Francisco High School participating in the Roadtrip Nation Experience interviewed Leaders at the Big Ideas Fest in Half Moon Bay, CA.
 
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2011, Highlights
Megan Simmons of ISKME invites you to join the education renaissance at Big Ideas Fest. Dec 2-5, 2012.
 
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Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education Opening Remarks
 
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Get a glimpse inside ISKME's Big Ideas Fest 2010.
 
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Take a peek inside Big Ideas Fest 2010.
 
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Be a fly on the wall in one of our Action Collabs as they brainstorm questions in education to solve
 
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Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education Opening Remarks
 
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Highlights from Big Ideas Fest 2009, Part 2
 
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Highlights from The Big Idea Fest 2009
 
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Coming from China when she was only seventeen years old, Yvonne Chan had a dream: she wanted to change things in our educational system.
 
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On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at Big Ideas Fest, there was an open fishbowl-style conversation on designing incentives and awards for education innovation.
 
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Deepa takes her camera around the conference and interviews some of the participants and staff.
 
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Dr Carl Mack, former superintendent, talks about the blending of old and new that he's finding at Big Ideas Fest 2009.
 
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Student Divy Kumar talks about his experience so far at at Big Ideas Fest 2009.
 
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Communications Consultant, actress and presenter Eda Roth talks about what she has found surprising about the participants of Big Ideas Fest.
 
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Passionate journalist Janet Rae-Dupree discusses the link between innovation and education.
 
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Julia De La Torres from the International School of the Americas talks about what's so fascinating about the interactive process at Big Ideas.
 
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Independent Consultant Tania Gutierrez discusses the conflict between standards and creativity that participants are grappling with at Big Ideas Fest.
 
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Big Ideas Fest 2010 Reflection.
 
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KQED's MindShift interviews Big Ideas Fest 2010 speaker and participant Ariel Sacks, On the Shoulders of Giants.
 
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KQED's MindShift interviews Big Ideas Fest 2010 participant Michael Hatcher, West Oakland Middle School.
 
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KQED's MindShift interviews Big Ideas Fest 2010 speaker Sal Khan, Khan Academy.
 
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KQED's MindShift interviews Big Ideas Fest 2010 speaker and participant Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University.
 
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KQED's MindShift interviews Big Ideas Fest 2010 speaker Christopher Rush, School of One.
 
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Students participating in the Roadtrip Nation Experience curriculum interviewed Leaders at the Big Ideas Fest in Half Moon Bay.
 
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Big Ideas Fest 2010 Reflections.
 
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KQED's MindShift interviews Big Ideas Fest 2010 commentator Dale Dougherty, Make Magazine & Maker Faire, O'Reilly Media.
 
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This video clip is a series of brief interviews from participants of the 2010 Big Ideas Fest in Half Moon Bay.
 
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Big Ideas Fest 2010 Reflections.
 
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Dale Dougherty, Make Magazine and Maker Faire, kicks off Action Collab 3: Prototype.
 
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Erin O'Connell, University of Utah, kicks off Action Collab 2: Design.
 
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Eda Roth, Actress and Communications Consultant, kicks off Action Collab 4: Scale and Spread.
 
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Participants explain what brought them to Big Ideas Fest 2011
 
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Teacher discusses the importance of educators and government working together to make a change, at Big Ideas Fest 2011
 
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Senior educator talks about the tipping point in Education, at Big Ideas Fest 2011
 
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Qata Foundation International's Chris Dubia discusses a need for challenge-based learning, at Big Ideas Fest 2011
 
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Amol Deshpande talks about how education will change as technology different metrics shape learning.
 
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A classroom teacher discusses setting up a classroom-to-classroom approach to finding real-world applications for learning material
 
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Sharon Marzouk discusses strategies for personalizing education to each individual student's learning style
 
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Name one education solution that you've heard here at the Big Ideas Fest that you think might "stick", why?
 
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Name one education solution that you've heard here at the Big Ideas Fest that you think might "stick", why?
 
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A lot of people talk about what they are going to do to innovate in education someday, what will you do Monday?
 
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A lot of people talk about what they are going to do to innovate in education someday, what will you do Monday?
 
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What inspired you to come to the big ideas fest? What drew you here?
 
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What do you see at the tipping point for change in education? What has to happen in order for things to change?
 
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What do you see at the tipping point for change in education? What has to happen in order for things to change?
 
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What inspired you to come to the big ideas fest? What drew you here?
 
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The Builder Project is a mentorship program that connects students with the people and resources they need to reach their learning goals.
 
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Got Your Back is a multi-tiered program for keeping students in school.
 
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LearningMash is a research portal for learners to search credentialing programs, formal or informal, and create their own career paths.
 
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mI E Plan, my individual education plan, is a continually updated online profile of students' both learning and social growth.
 
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Street Cred recognizes and assesses all learning and measuring as it provides a path to non-traditional certification.
 
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YODA, Your Own Daily Activator, is an alert system that tracks the social and emotional needs of learners and, in response, activates personal support networks.
 
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The Passion Playground is an online space for teachers, students, and the public to share their passions.
 
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The School Suckcessful program is designed to help people who are, or are about to be, pushed out of traditional learning.
 
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Students choose their own adventure path to learning at the Odyssey School.
 
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Behind the scenes at big ideas fest 2011 Dec 4-7 in Half Moon Bay, CA.
 
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This compilation from Big Ideas fest 2011 show the collaborative design thinking process we went through to conceive our idea, prototype and present it.
 
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The Pandora4Learning prototype is an online platform that matches learners' passions and educational with open educational resources.
 
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The Reward Assessment Rubric Wizard prototype integrates teacher, student, and coach for student success.
 
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The Electronic Learning Celestial City prototype is is a virtual and real-life ecosystem that leverages people and resources increase students' basic skills.
 
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The iGPS prototype is a token system for students to award each other based on citizenship
 
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The All Learner Interactive Experience (ALIE) prototype is a platform that connects experiences in the arts to open educational resources and other people.
 
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The WeLearn prototype is a web and mobile platform that matches learners' interests and needs with open educational resources.
 
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The iLEAP prototype is a customizable assessment tool for individually led educational assessment.
 
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The Edgeless Learning Exchange is an online open community connecting learners everywhere.
 
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The Reward Assessment Rubric Wizard prototype integrates teacher, student, and coach for student success.
 
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The Electronic Learning Celestial City prototype is is a virtual and real-life ecosystem that leverages people and resources increase students' basic skills.
 
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The All Learner Interactive Experience (ALIE) prototype is a platform that connects experiences in the arts to open educational resources and other people.
 
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The DIY Toolkit prototype is a library of videos demonstrating kinesthetic exercises for classrooms.
 
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The Edgeless Learning Exchange is an online open community connecting learners everywhere.
 
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The DIY Toolkit prototype is a library of videos demonstrating kinesthetic exercises for classrooms.
 
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The WeLearn prototype is a web and mobile platform that matches learners' interests and needs with open educational resources.
 
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The iGPS prototype is a token system for students to award each other based on citizenship.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
David Calkins’ robot competitions changed contestants’ lives. He believes competition and collaboration can enhance education.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
After a decade of making Star Wars games, Garry Gaber, President/CEO Escape Hatch Entertainment, turned his talents to education.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Inspired to make American students more globally competitive, Tony Jackson redesigned his schools using four innovative techniques.
 
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2012, Prototype
Chris Miller, of LifePlays, demonstrates how fun and dynamic improv is at bringing people to new ideas.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Sandy Shugart, of Valencia Community College, is a published poet and songwriter.
He brings “music with a point” to BIF.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Coming from China at age 17, Yvonne Chan had a dream: changing our educational system. Find out how she did just that.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
High School students Ashly Nand, Cesar Gomez explain how AVID and Roadtrip Nation have helped, empowered and guided them.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Dr. Strober, Stanford Univ., explains how less specialization will inspire innovation and creativity, driving educational reform.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Former-NBA-star-turned-mayor Kevin Johnson helped transform Sacramento’s lowest performing schools into the city’s top five.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Co-founder of NeXtAdvisors, Deborah Quazzo, tells the story of Mr. Sun who changed the dynamic of public education of South Korea.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Dr. Duval believes that if we are able to create in abundance and fail, we can learn why we fail, opening a door to innovation.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Dr. Joel Westheimer, Univ. of Ottawa professor, believes policies like No Child Left Behind basically outlaw critical thinking.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Matt Fritzinger, founder, NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, explains its benefits to students, teachers, education.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Neeru Paharia and her colleagues posed the question: What if every person in the world could get a free online college education?
 
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2009, BIF Talks
President of Viewpoints Research Institute, Alan Kay, articulates the differences between big ideas and powerful ideas.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Understanding that kids are not "recipe learners," but instead like to make things, Gever Tulley decided to let them do just that.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Setting out to make all knowledge accessible to everyone via the internet, Brewster Kahle founded Internet Archive.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Dr. Bartels formed Exploratorium, where kids spend half the day in informal settings, exploring their own interests and passions.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
University of Utah Associate Professor Dr. Erin O'Connell uses gangsta rap to help her students engage with Homer's The Iliad.
 
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A post-high school road trip to find his passion led Mike Marriner to scale his experience to help American high school students.
 
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2009, BIF Talks
Hal Plotkin, Office of the Under Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Ed., explains President Obama's plans for the future of education.
 
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After his own traumatic life experience, Navarro founded a program empowering high-risk students to succeed in school and life.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Anastasoff had the idea to create a "domestic peace corps," recruiting STEM professionals to become full-time teachers.
 
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Evolving the way we interact with technology, David Merrill designed Siftables: cookie-sized computers used for creative learning.
 
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Stephen Breslin, explains how letting kids play a key role in designing an interactive fountain freed their untapped potential.
 
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Maya Enista of Mobilize.org argues that – if inspired and empowered – Millennials (born from 1976-1996) can start leading today.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
In 1999, Dr. Sugatra Mitra placed an unattended computer in a city slum. Hear how his project proved curiosity can cause learning.
 
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Paul Freedman claims the real trick to accessing capital is to not worry. Learn how he funded online Ivy Bridge Community College.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Trung Le sought to redesign schools with an aesthetic combining learning and design to stimulate discovery, growth, imagination.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Curtis Wong outlines a tool allowing students to explore the full sky, or beneath Earth’s crust, and create tutorials/tests.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Heather Joseph speaks on “SPARC,” a global alliance of librarians that works with many stakeholders to lift barriers to learning.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Arial Sacks explains Teacherpreneurship, the idea that teachers can help plan solutions to student problems with time, resources.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Erin McKean pioneered Wordnik.com, an interactive dictionary that has transformed the dictionary into a social gathering place.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Hear how Christopher Rush co-developed a learning algorithm to test what students need, how they need it, and when they need it.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Sharyn Gabriel initiated a digital art program utilizing games to capture students' attention, merging technology and education.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Constance Steinkuehler started an after-school program for high school boys who do well in gaming, but struggle in school.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Mark Horner describes the process of creating free, open licensed, digital textbooks and an open press.
 
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2010, BIF Talks
Khan Academy founder describes how a free online learning platform exemplifies the power of self-paced, web-based learning.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Neeru Khosla, of CK-12 Foundation, introduces a low-cost tool that lets teachers and students customize the learning experience.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Business major Jade Trinh speaks of stumbling into an entrepreneurship course that revealed an unexpected and exciting new path.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Martha Kanter. U.S. Dept. of Ed., emphasizes importance of accessible education, critical thinking to job success and democracy.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Indiana University East uses new models, fewer resources to go from lowest state retention rates to highest in four years.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National, describes unique storefronts where kids are stimulated to learn, create and share.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
At age eight, Adora Svitak began to teach students twice her age. Now 14, she shares revelation that learning is not a weakness.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Lee LeFever and his wife make videos explaining complex things in minutes. Learn how they scale and spread a passion for learning.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Jody Lewen, ED of the Prison University Project, explains fear of vulnerability is often the primary challenge for her students.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
With higher ed. no longer the sole source of knowledge, and its traditions irrelevant, Greg Anderson says we must adapt or die.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Danny Hillis, Chairman/Co-Founder of Applied Minds, asks us to imagine a learning map that goes beyond existing search engines.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Brewster Kahle’s mission to customize his son’s education led to scaling customized model beyond those who could afford it.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Univ. of St. Thomas engineering professor describes using sense of play to find science, engineering lessons in almost anything.
 
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2011, BIF Talks
Considering past inequities, Univ. of Illinois professor explores aspects of modern education we will one day find unimaginable.
 
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2011, Highlights
Teachers, innovators, edupreneurs, policy makers, and students with big ideas for transforming K-20 education converged at our third annual Big Ideas Fest in Half Moon Bay, CA and we asked one participant to capture some of the action on her flip cam.
 
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Conference participates reflecting on the thoughts of what needs to change in education and their take aways from Big Ideas Fest 2011.
 
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The Roadtrip Nation Experience at Big Ideas Fest 2011
 
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The iLEAP prototype is a customizable assessment tool for individually led educational assessment.
 
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The Pandora4Learning prototype is an online platform that matches learners' passions and educational with open educational resources.
 
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William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Ed. Program Director, Barbara Chow, makes case for policy as doorway to innovation and change.
 
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Georgette Yakman’s immigrant grandparents, family with Asperger syndrome, artistic stepfather led her to add Arts into STEM.
 
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WGU Chancellor Mark Milliron’s radical proposal: Why not use data, technology to give learners real-time feedback on progress?
 
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Enrique Legaspi teaches at forefront of student interests, helping them create, curate and share work using video, social media.
 
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Kaycee Eckardt, high school teacher, New Orleans' 9th Ward, advocates chancing innovation, prototyping and piloting new ideas.