This Winners Session presents the Top 10 Breakthroughs in the Digital Education category. With dedication and expertise, the winners have taken various innovative approaches to improve virtual learning. Viewers will be introduced to video games designed to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, online education methods for people without internet access, and software designed to help educators successfully teach digital courses and to encourage virtual learning. All projects are committed to overcoming past boundaries and increasing access to valuable educational resources, from accredited bachelor’s degree programs for refugees to using virtual reality to ‘travel’ to the Pyramids of Giza to study tombs. Jury member Bror Saxberg stresses: “Many learning environments were putting a toe in the water of digital education already, but around the globe, the pandemic really kicked us all off the edge of the pool into the deep. […] These award winners are really remarkable sign posts [sic] of what can come.“
We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Digital Education:
TODD BROWN – BROAD INSTITUTE OF MIT AND HARVARD
Breaking the Wall of the Lack of Public Health in Schools
Todd Brown is the co-inventor of the world’s first infectious disease simulation app.
STEPHANE COILLET-MATILLON – KIWIX
Breaking the Wall of Connectivity
Stephane Coillet-Matillon found a way to distribute online educational content to people without internet access.
ARTURO DOMINGUEZ – PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY
Breaking the Wall to Science Experiments from Home
Arturo Dominguez built a completely remote controlled plasma physics experiment.
LYNN FIELLIN – YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Breaking the Wall to Happier Teens
Lynn Fiellin builds and tests videogame interventions targeting HIV/STI prevention, mental health, and drug and alcohol use prevention.
KEITH KOSTREZEWSKI – CURRIKI
Breaking the Wall of Digital Education
Keith Kostrzewski is building a free software for all teachers to easily author exciting digital courses.
PETER MANUELIAN – HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Breaking the Wall to Giza 3D: Visualizing the Pyramids
Peter Manuelian employs VR to allow for students around the world to enter the tombs of Giza.
DEEPAK RAMOLA – PROJECT FUEL
Breaking the Wall to learn Something from Everyone
Deepak Ramola documents, designs and passes on wisdom from all ages and backgrounds across the world.
CHRYSTINA RUSSELL – SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY
Breaking the Wall of Refugee Education
Chrystina Russell is unlocking the potential of a new generation of leaders affected by conflict and economic disinvestment.
SEBASTIAN STAACKS – RWTH AACHEN
Breaking the Wall to widely available Data Acquisition in Science Education
Sebatian Staacks built a free and open-source app to turn your smartphone into a mobile lab.
JULIE YOUNG – ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Breaking the Wall of College Learning Boundaries
Julie Young eliminates the boundaries between high school and university to make educational journeys genuinely learner-centered.