[caption id="attachment_36592" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Since the Open Innovation Portal opened in February, more than 4,000 people have signed up."]Since the portal opened in February, 4,000 people have already signed up.[/caption]

Education technology advocates hope that a new national online community will inspire entrepreneurs and educators to team up in developing and funding innovative solutions to some of education's most persistent challenges.

The Open Innovation Portal, launched by the U.S. Education Department (ED) with help from IBM's cloud-computing solutions and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations (STCI), aims to address educational challenges ranging from high...

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