Cloud rewards idea in lead in HMH €250k education challenge

17 Jun 2011

An Irish cloud concept that rewards students, parents and teachers is currently in the lead as part of the HMH Global Education Challenge, which has cash and prizes worth €250,000 up for grabs.

Bualadh Bosa’s idea centres on a cloud-based rewards system for students, parents and teachers.

Last month, HMH created the Global Education Challenge to rally innovators worldwide to share creative ideas to address the issues inhibiting student achievement and identify solutions that can foster change by impacting one of three key areas: student learning, family engagement and teacher effectiveness.

These could include ideas for anything from a new software tool or mobile app, to a service for students, parents or teachers, to a completely new educational technology.

The challenge enables entrants to submit an idea for evaluation by the community and a panel of expert judges. Entrants will have a chance to win from a pool of $250,000 in cash and prizes. Winning ideas will also be considered for development and ongoing financial investment from HMH.

Ideas are voted on by the public and the winning ideas will be judged by some of the world’s leading authorities on education, including Harvard lecturer Joe Blatt and the former US Secretary of Education Bill Bennett.

Bualadh Bosa’s idea centres on creating a cloud-based rewards platform. Students who take part could gain credits through completing their homework and taking part in global competitions, and teachers can use the system to monitor homework and tests and access world-class teaching content.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years