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FreeRice Extended: The Carnegie Grant, and More

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The FreeRice group is in the beginning stages of completing the Carnegie grant application. We have recently had a group meeting with the creator of FreeRice.com, John Breen, and our technical support consultant to clarify our vision, discuss the necessary initial steps, and brainstorm the long-term goals of the project.

The immediate next step is for the group to articulate the short and long-term goals of the project and to begin tackling each question step-by-step.

Our group will work with John Breen to design and implement a pre-algebra section to the website. This will involve researching the content that is currently available on the internet and developing an appropriate curriculum for the FreeRice.com website. As is done for all subjects that are available on the website, we will seek out questions with varying degrees of difficulty so that the pre-algebra section will be appealing to users of all ages and skill levels.

Our group is also in the process of finalizing the proposal for the Carnegie grant. We are drafting language in response to the required questions that will adequately describe the current status of the project and our goals for the future of the website.

In the meantime, we will focus on accomplishing the goals that do not need funding and consider additional grants that may assist FreeRice.com in executing our plans.

In addition to working on the Carnegie grant application, the FreeRice group is actively brainstorming a way to solicit volunteers to serve on an Advisory Board of Reviewers. This Board would be comprised of educators and others knowledgeable in the field of education who will work diligently to screen and examine content that is proposed for inclusion on the site. The Group hopes to identify a process for selecting the members of the board and also a submission process for content that should be reviewed for inclusion on FreeRice.com.

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