Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization that was launched in September 2011 with the support from the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to its website, its goal is to “to spur innovation in education in order to improve the opportunity to learn for all”. It works at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, and developers to improve learning with the power of technology. Although it does provide valuable information for EVAs, it is geared more towards educators, researchers and IT administrators.
Its guiding principles are as follows:
- Networks connect us with people and ideas
- Stories inspire ideas and incent action
- Research informs decision-making
- Engagement motivates learning for life
A series of sponsored initiatives such as:
are used to develop technology to support learning by providing reports that have been created from the results of these initiatives. The research provided in these reports are then used to support informed decision making as well as designing programs and learning products.
Projects such as the
League of Innovative Schools
Education Innovation Clusters
are based on the premise that the stakeholders in the education system must include not only the educators but the IT administrators, community leaders, innovators
and entrepreneurs and work towards providing opportunities for connecting these stakeholders to create professional networks.
Some useful sections to explore are the following:
Posts that are written on a regular basis that includes a filter function that allows searching according to audience: developers, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers or students.
Summary of reports that have been written including a section on Marketplace Research Analysis.
Press releases, announcements and latest articles.
Network Research Map
Provides thousands of links to research papers that have been developed in the last 10 years on specific technology topics.
A section which provides education stakeholders resources to accelerate innovation implementation.
Although much of the focus is on the American school system, the site includes a Global division and many of the issues being addressed are universal in the educational context.