Every year Computers for Youth (CFY) helps thousands of low-income families create a positive home learning environment for their kids. CFY provides each family with training, educational software and a free computer designed as a Home Learning Center. On each Home Learning Center, the browser's homepage is set to PowerMyLearning -- which points families to hundreds of educational games to help students master core subject areas and prepare for tests, college and careers. Few kids are excited by the idea of educational games. So our challenge was to design a site that would attract these students with a fun and bright 'arcade' approach.
Mentioned during Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Whitehouse.gov statement about the launch of the Digital Promise campaign. PowerMyLearning.com was cited as an example of a new generation of digital learning tools. Read more about the White House's Digital Promise initiative: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/16/white-house-launch-digital-promise-initiative
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation recognized the tremendous potential of PowerMyLearning and awarded CFY a $7 million grant to introduce the site to more teachers and students and enhance its capabilities.