Innovation in education


In recent weeks, the education system has faced major challenges. Teaching practices have changed, including through distance learning and increased digital communication, and the entire school community has had to adapt to changing circumstances. Thus, learning and teaching has moved more into the homes and many students have received increased support for their studies from parents. The need for support for digital teaching and learning from home has therefore increased. 

What has worked well and what is not in the new landscape for teachers, students and parents? What will we take with us and develop as a new teaching method * to meet the different needs and realities of students in line with societal and technological change? 

* See further the City of Reykjavik Educational Policy to support the challenges; 

 Educational challenges include:  

  •  How do we improve quality and access to education regardless of location with innovation in mind? 
  •  How can we meet the needs of children and parents of diverse backgrounds and origins, for example, those who do not have the necessary knowledge, skills, information, Internet connection and technical equipment? 
  •  How can individualized homeschooling and digital teaching develop diverse disciplines in an innovative way? 
  •  How can digital collaboration be enhanced between schools in the Icelandic and international context? 
  •  How does the role of leisure homes and social centers change in line with social and technological changes? 
  •  How do we foresee future teaching practices? 

 Sponsors of the Challenge:  

The City of Reykjavik and the Association of Icelandic Local Authorities. 

 The jury’s assumptions:  

  •  How urgent is the problem being solved – what is the need for this solution? It is recommended to focus on specific problems and target groups, as well as using research quotes, policies and reliable sources of support for the project. 
  •  An idea of ​​an idea. It is recommended to set up, for example, a graph or graphical comparison that clearly shows how the new solution stands out compared to the current solutions. 
  •  Team interdisciplinarity. A diverse and appropriate background for team members, passion and time to carry out the project wholeheartedly in the future. Stakeholders who are knowledgeable about the issue are expected to be drawn to the table, such as teachers, students, parents and appropriate organizations. 
  •  Is the solution feasible and realistic to implement given the current timing and circumstances in this country? What is the financial need? It is recommended to install a simple version of Business Model Canvas ( to demonstrate the feasibility of the solution. 

 Prize amount ISK 500,000 


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