Contributed by Nancy Conrad
Can we implement it? Will it be compatible with our systems and devices? Will it work? How much does it cost? These are some of the most commonly asked questions about education technology, and they’re all good ones. Of course schools need to account for budget and systems integration, and we certainly need to focus on student results. But, when it comes to a focus on results, are we asking all the right questions…taking the right path toward untold achievement?
In the Conrad Challenge, we believe in “no-box thinking.” This means we discard the dichotomy between “inside the box” or “outside the box” thinking and strive for an approach that invites students’ unfiltered ideas to develop 21st-century solutions to address some of the most pressing global challenges. It’s the only true way to let creativity thrive, and to empower students to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers.
So, circling back to edtech, let’s take a no-box approach. Education may be the only field that doesn’t invite the consumer to be at the table of product development. In a no-box thinking environment, here’s how we approach the challenge…let students design the innovative edtech of the future! Read more.
Nancy Conrad created the Conrad Foundation in 2008 to energize and engage students in science and technology through unique entrepreneurial opportunities. The organization’s flagship program, the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, is a global competition challenging students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to create products that address real-world challenges and global sustainability. By enabling young minds to connect education, innovation and entrepreneurship, the Foundation helps provide a bold platform for enriching the innovative workforce of the future. As a leader in transformative education, she has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology detailing how the Conrad Foundation exemplifies the use of partnership and mentorship to improve STEM education.