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August 8th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Affordable 3D printers are revolutionizing the world of product development

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Printeer is a $450 3D printer for kids.

Cheap 3D printers have been getting a bad rap. They are seen as toys for enthusiasts, most work by squeezing melted plastic filament through a thin nozzle (Fused Filament Fabrication, or FFF). But in reality, these devices are revolutionizing the world of product development. They are set to educate a generation and are home to some of the most innovative developments in the 3D printing world.



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August 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 am

No Homework! Why Finland’s school system is the best in the world


Homework is rarely given until students are teenagers.

Our education system is failing our students. There are also a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do or not to do with our own. (Infographic)


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August 1st, 2014 at 8:26 am

Top 5 things everyone needs to know about the future of math


Yesterday’s math class won’t prepare you for tomorrow’s jobs.

Math is changing, at least in the way we use math in the context of our daily lives. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.

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July 31st, 2014 at 8:18 am

Top 4 technology trends that are changing higher education


Game-based learning can provide students with the right skills and knowledge for their future.

Technology transforms how students learn, share and gather information and has had a huge impact on the education system worldwide.



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July 31st, 2014 at 8:08 am

How five U.S. innovations helped improve schools in Finland even as American’s ignore the same reforms

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Finland has a staggering record of education success.

Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and scholar, is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. He is the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Cooperation. Sahlberg is now a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has written a number of important posts for this blog, including “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools,” and “What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform.”



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July 30th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

‘Micro-colleges’ will educate the workforce of the future: Futurist Thomas Frey


The world has a shortage of 18 million teachers.

Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs took to the Rockies, sponsoring an event at the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial, Colorado. Former IBM engineer and noted futurist Thomas Frey addressed a gathering of business leaders, entrepreneurs and community members on an issue he says is increasingly impacting the labor force: With the ever-increasing pace of innovation, traditional colleges and universities are failing to train and retrain workers quickly enough.



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July 14th, 2014 at 7:38 am

Department of Education shuts down for-profit Corinthian Colleges

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Federal regulations are designed to make sure that colleges that don’t offer a good value to students, don’t get student aid money.

Corinthian Colleges will put 85 of its U.S. campuses up for sale and close the remaining dozen under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. The for-profit college chain operates campuses under the names Heald, Everest and WyoTech. It has more than 70,000 students across North America. It’s the largest-ever college, by enrollment, to be shut down in this way.



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June 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am

Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor


Poor kids don’t receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do.

“The Badlands” is the local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kennsington. The neighborhood is pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is just a few miles to the northwest of Kennsington but seems to belong to a different universe. In Chestnut Hill, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.

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June 27th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Computer science education – Is there a crisis?

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The U.S. graduated proportionally fewer computer-science majors in 2011-12 than in 1985-86.

There has been a lot of talk from journalists, programmers, and educators about computer-science education in the U.S. on whether every should or should not learn how to code. The question comes up often in the digital-media circles. Tasneem Raja, interactive editor at Mother Jones made a thoughtful, nuanced contribution to that conversation last week.


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June 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 am

Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

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“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.”

Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to determine if their use was of any educational benefit to infants and toddlers.


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