What if high school science textbooks employed the same sort of personalization for students that Amazon uses for shoppers? We’re going to find out, thanks to a $9 million grant from Laura and John Arnold.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation turned its funding attention to alternatives to traditional classroom learning models in its latest set of secondary and post-secondary education grants. In June 2012, the foundation announced $9 million in funding for "breakthrough learning models", including those of the online or blended online and traditional varieties.
It's always interesting to watch the Gates Foundation tackle a big problem. With so much more resources than other foundations, Gates can shell out millions just doing their homework — before then spending the truly big money.