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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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January 27th, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking without bitcoin

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Bill and Melinda Gates have a pretty substantial to-do list.  In the Gates Foundation annual letter, they have outlined their long-term, 15 year goals for the challenges they wish to solve.   Continue Reading »

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January 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

 

 

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January 16th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Can Massive Open Online Courses change the way we teach?

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The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (also known as CCK08), led by George Siemens of Athabasca University and Stephen Downes of the National Research Council, was offered in 1998.  Twenty-five tutition paying students from the University of Manitoba and over 2,200 tuition free students from the general public, participated. Continue Reading »

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December 27th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Once again Government’s fuzzy math is confusing the true cost of college

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College is stressful enough without being blindsided by the true cost of attending

Many of the students now applying to U.S. colleges and universities have almost no idea what it will really cost to go there, if they get accepted. Save the jokes about these kids needing to do their homework. This is not the fault of prospective students—or their families.

If transparent pricing is the key to a healthy market, the U.S. higher education industry should be in an iron lung. Sticker prices for university tuition and fees have surged roughly 1,200 percent since 1978, far outpacing the overall 280 percent inflation over the same period. The average cost of a year of private school tuition is $25,000, with the full cost of many top schools topping $60,000.

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December 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and Why it will Never Happen

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Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.

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November 18th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Top 7 countries where Americans can get a free or low-priced higher education

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Germany’s universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October.

College costs in the United States have surged by about 500 percent since 1985, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they’ve done the opposite.

 

 

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November 15th, 2014 at 8:29 am

Why high schools should teach social media skills to students

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Social media is a very real and ongoing aspect of our everyday lives.

Recently, there has been some discussion on what schools should be teaching students. The United Kingdom announced last month to add cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the rising industry skills gap.

 

 

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