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.…Read More