Project: Personalized PD for K-12 Teachers
As technology transforms classrooms, school districts are having a hard time identifying which teachers need what kind of professional development. In this light, 2gno.me has a unique, personalized approach to assess skills and address skill gaps, based on the ISTE Standards for Teachers, and is currently used in six districts. 2gno.me
2016 ICT Support and Services Award Silver Winner
Whetstone Education, United States
Project: Whetstone Observation and Coaching Platform
Whetstone It gives school leaders one unified platform to capture observations, share feedback with teachers, set goals, and analyze data to target PD to teachers’ unique needs. The platform helps solve two common challenges in teacher coaching – organizational headaches and fragmented data – and is used by over 290 schools nationwide.
2016 ICT Support and Services Award Bronze Winner
Libraries without Borders, France
Project: The Ideas Box
Libraries Without Borders partnered with UNHCR to develop a portable multi-media kit that quickly unpacks into a library, a school, a media or community center: the Ideas Box. It thus creates safe spaces and provides curated ICT tools that support the world’s refugees. Today, demands for Ideas Box programs have extended beyond the refugee context, serving numerous isolated and under-resourced communities. www.ideas-box.org
2015 ICT Support and Services Award Gold Winner
Past Winner ICT Support and Services Award: ‘Watson@Deakin’
In a world-ﬁrst, Deakin University has implemented IBM’s Watson to provide a smart 24/7/365 online student advisory service. It recognises natural language, processes data and adapts itself to offer a tailored reply instantly, allowing it to provide comprehensive answers to all questions students might have about any aspect of campus life. Watson is a ground-breaking cognitive computing platform that ﬁ rst came to prominence as a contestant on Jeopardy!, an American quiz show. Deakin is using Watson to power an advisory service for students within DeakinSync — a single interface platform and online personal hub for all students.
Students can access Watson while logged into DeakinSync, ask as many questions as they like and receive instant online answers to a broad range of questions related to the student life and studies at university. Watson engages students in conversation to ensure they get the information and advice they need.
Over time, every student who asks Watson a question can expect tailored information based on a number of personal characteristics such as campus, course and enrolment status. The ﬁrst release of Watson in February 2015 resulted in a 5-10% reduction in enquieries to key service areas. More than 30,000 questions were asked in the ﬁrst trimester. Furthermore, student and staff feedback has been positive, with staff stating that Watson’s replies have helped them respond to student queries better.
2015 ICT Support and Services Award Silver Winner
2015 ICT Support and Services Award Bronze Winner