It’s with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the Future of Technology Summit Essay Competition. Over 2000 essays from more than 800 schools were submitted by students in grades 5 – 12. Separate awards were given for winners in both the US and Israel.
We encourage you to read the winning essays. They are truly impressive and a credit to the young authors, their parents and teachers. As in all contests, unfortunately only one winner could be chosen from each category. As encouragement, we are happy to list students as “honorable mentions” whose essays made it to final consideration.
The winners were selected solely on quality of writing and how well they addressed the topic. Many fine essays were written on more specific technologies rather issues focused on its future.
Beyond the obvious goal of celebrating student writing and fostering deeper thought about technology, part of Literatu’s goal was to test and develop our engine for machine reading of student texts. We are creating a very interesting set of metrics and algorithms that we hope will make teachers’ lives much easier while nurturing students’ desire and ability to write with clarity and effect. We used the machine learning to gain insights about the essays before the human panel chose the winners. This is the combined approach that we believe is best and has become our mantra:
“Let the software do what software can,
so teachers do what only teachers can!”