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April 23rd, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Department of Education: Video games are the future of learning

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According to data from the US Department of Education kids are playing more video games then ever.  This may be a cause for some to worry about the future of the next generation, but Erik Martin disagrees.   Continue Reading »

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April 21st, 2015 at 4:52 pm

How LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda.com will disrupt the university

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A 2011 Wall Street Journal article “Why Software is Eating the World”, by Marc Andreessen, asserted that software would continue to disrupt new industries, with the next targets being health care and education.   Continue Reading »

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March 27th, 2015 at 1:05 pm

No more math and history: Finland is abandoning subjects at school

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Consistently ranking near the top in mathematics, reading, and science in the prestigious PISA rankings (the 2012 list, pdf) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Finland already has one of the best school education systems in the world.   Continue Reading »

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March 23rd, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Bill Gates’ thoughts on the future of education, programming and more

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From the demise of lecture halls to the awesomeness of the patent system, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has thoughts on a lot of things.   Continue Reading »

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March 13th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Reforming higher education: when online degrees are seen as official

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In early 2012, leading minds from Harvard, Stanford and M.I.T. started three companies to provide Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.  They were open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, no cost, millions of students signed up, and pundits called it a revolution.  The technology was supposed to transform higher education. What happened?   Continue Reading »

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March 12th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Stanford’s 4 crazy ideas about the future of college

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Back in 2013 student groups from the design school at Stanford University started to take on an interesting question:  what will an undergraduate education at Stanford look like at the turn of the 22nd century?   Continue Reading »

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March 5th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

What can Bitcoin teach us about education

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The digital currency and network protocol, Bitcoin, has commanded a great deal of attention lately.  Money has poured into Bitcoin related businesses from investors, and many people believe that it will has the same disruptive potential today as the internet did in the mid-1990s.  So what does education have to do with Bitcoin? Continue Reading »

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February 18th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

More important, degrees or skills?

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Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do

By Miles Kimball, Professor, University of Michigan

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost opportunities. Continue Reading »

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February 4th, 2015 at 9:16 am

Blended learning and gamification increases student engagement

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Rob Schwartz has been a technology education teacher for nearly two decades. He is in his first year at Sheridan Technical High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a blended-learning magnet school where he teaches an online technology course. In his previous position at Seminole Ridge High School in Palm Beach County, Schwartz created Brainbuffet, a classroom website, and oversaw students’ efforts to create a plugin to gamify the blogging platform WordPress. Now, students using WordPress can choose a screen name and an avatar and participate in digital design “missions.”

 

 

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February 3rd, 2015 at 7:25 pm

All over the world girls outperform boys in math and science

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With Silicon Valley struggling to add diversity into the male-dominated tech companies, a new study suggests that women have a natural head start.

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