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Google announced on Friday the recipients of its Project 10^100 funding: 5 organizations that Google believes have the ability to really change the world, by impacting the lives of as many people as possible.

Three of the five recipients address the area of education directly, which I think is a testament to the power of the Internet to really transform how we think about teaching and learning.

Khan Academy Idea: Make educational content available online for free Project funded: The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization with a library of over 1600 instructional videos, made by founder Sal Khan. Google are donating $2 million to support the creation of more course material and to help translate these videos into other languages. I don't think it's a stretch to say that when I close my eyes to imagine "revolutionary ed-tech," I don't think of think of Khan Academy. (Investor Fred Wilson has a blog post about Khan Academy today that points to some of the visitor stats from Khan Academy, noting its global reach.)

FIRST Idea: Enhance science and engineering education Project funded: FIRST is a non-profit organization that promotes science and math education around the world through team robotics-building competitions. Google is giving FIRST providing $3 million to help expand the program.

AIMS Idea: Provide quality education to students in Africa Project funded: The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a center for math and science education and research in Cape Town, South Africa. AIMS offers a one-year skill-building post-undergrad program for recent science graduates. Google's $2 million will fund the opening of additional AIMS centers to promote graduate level math and science study in Africa.

For the full list of Project 10^100 recipients, see the Google blog.

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