When I took physics in high school, we started with Newton's laws of motion, and I was immediately intrigued. Phrases like "get the ball rolling" and "fighting an uphill battle" suddenly took on a mathematical application that I found fascinating. I like to think of action as directed motion. Action, just like motion, doesn't happen without some upfront "oomph."
Sometimes things are just cooler when they move. Kinetic art from local artist Andrew Smith.
When we built Canvas, we put our oomph behind three guiding principles: education, innovation, and openness. Over the last few years we've worked hard to turn these ideas into actions that would make a lasting and tangible difference for students and educators.
Now we're ready to apply the forces of action and change in yet another way. Today we’re announcing the launch of Canvas Grants. We’re offering 15 grants for a total of $100k to help fuel creativity and spur innovation in education. That’s five grants of $10,000 for Higher Education and ten grants of $5,000 for K-12.
The most innovative ideas in specific categories for both HE and K-12, as judged by a panel of experts, will receive grant money, as well as other assistance from Instructure, to help get their difference-making ideas off the ground. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) content, applications, classroom techniques, tools, or some amazing thing we don’t even have a word for yet. We’ll announce the winners at SXSWedu in spring 2014.
Wondering what a panel of experts look like? Here you go:
Higher Education judges
Mike Caulfield, Washington State University
Larry Cooperman, OpenCourseware and UC Irvine
Jim Groom, University of Mary Washington
Josh Kim, Inside Higher Ed and Dartmouth
George Siemens, Athabasca University
Jesse Stommel, Hybrid Pedagogy and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Audrey Watters, Hack Education
Nancy White, Full Circle Associates
Steven Anderson, Web 2.0 Classroom
Jaime Casap, Google
Sean Junkins, Horry County Schools
Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy
Scott McLeod, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Linda Nathan, Boston Arts Academy
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart and Learn Capital
Submissions should fall into one of the following categories:
Higher Education categories
Facilitating competency-based learning
Engaging students through academic career
Blending online and face-to-face courses
New models of content and curriculum development and sharing
Applying universal design to online learning
Meeting demands of standards
Involving parents in meaningful ways
Extending the classroom
Personalized learning paths
Universal design for learning
Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s, thinks that “everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.” And we think he’s onto something.
So, what are you waiting for? The education world is waiting for you to set your “oomph” in motion. Submit your brilliant idea today at www.instructure.com/canvasgrants.