New grants aim to spur ed-tech innovation

Canvas Grants will give $100,000 for K-12 and higher-education projects that use technology in creative ways

Instructure is accepting proposals from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from now until Jan. 20.

Want to develop an app that can recommend the best courses, videos, or other resources for your students, based on their specific needs and interests? Or apply the principles of “universal design” to the creation of online courses? There’s a new grant for that.

Instructure, the Utah-based company that makes the Canvas learning management system, has announced $100,000 in grants to spur innovation in K-12 and higher education. Through its Canvas Grants, the company will provide $50,000 for higher-education projects and $50,000 for K-12 projects that use technology to advance learning in unique or creative ways.

(Next page: More about the grant)“We want to stimulate and reward creative thinking within the existing educational community to create a vibrant ecosystem of new technologies to advance education,” said Brian Whitmer, Instructure’s co-founder and chief learning officer, in a press release.

“The conversation around technology’s role in remaking education has been largely dominated by third-party vendors,” Whitmer continued. “We want to see what can happen when the educational community works to drive innovation from within.”

Instructure announced the grants during the 2013 EDUCAUSE conference in Anaheim, Calif., on Oct. 15. The company is accepting proposals from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from now until Jan. 20, 2014.

A panel of education leaders and industry analysts will judge proposals based on their originality, creativity, feasibility, and potential to drive meaningful change in making education better or more accessible for students.

Five higher-education winners will receive $10,000 each, and 10 K-12 winners will receive $5,000 apiece. The grant winners will be announced during the SXSWedu 2014 conference in Austin, Texas, in March.

The grant program is the latest in a series of efforts by Instructure to promote innovation from within the educational community. In April, Instructure launched an open API for building educational software applications on a common standard, a key step in establishing a collaborative ed-tech ecosystem. In May, Instructure partnered with other ed-tech companies on an “app bounty” that provided cash awards for educational apps built on the LTI standard.

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