Future of Learning

Space Education Allows Students To Dream Big – Education Article

If you peeked through a window of the Ross home in July of 1969 you would have seen a boy perched on the edge of his parent’s coffee table, watching intently as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface. Little Davey Ross was awestruck. He wanted to become an astronaut, as did millions of other kids around the world. Our dreams were too big to be limited by something as mundane as gravity. Much has changed in the intervening 50…

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OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success – Education Article

My standard keynote address begins with a quip that defines the long and winding road of my career: I’m a millennial trapped in an old man’s body. I have worked in retail and journalism, mopped floors, been paid to taste wine, held upper management jobs in two educational non-profits, started two consulting practices, and worked in two school districts as a K-12 teacher. The longest I’ve ever worked in one field is 13 years, but my transiency has accelerated as…

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Why Schools Need Research and Design Space – Education Article

“This morning kids were 3D printing some new designs. They were joined by a group working on a geometry problem. At lunch time, the Code Club worked on their snake robots (ironically coded in Python), then a team worked on unicorn designs. After the Engineering and Physics class, a group of kids worked on four panes that illustrate The Kite Runner.” Jayne Everson, Director of Robotics + Engineering and R+D Experience Lead at ​Beaver Country Day School​ summarized the eclectic…

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Science – Education Article

By: Regina Ahmann Workers in science- or STEM-related fields typically use multi-sensor packets to collect several points of data quickly and accurately. Copying those real-world tasks through the use of probes and data loggers in science instruction not only prepares STEM-focused students for the workplace but also streamlines experiment procedures, increases the accuracy of results, and heightens the engagement of all students, even those not planning on STEM careers. I’ll use the example of environmental science, a hands-on subject where…

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Thinking With Your Hands | Getting Smart – Education Article

By: Cate Heroman Sixty-five percent of kids who are entering elementary school today will have jobs that don’t exist yet. That piece of data has stuck with me ever since I heard it. My educator mind went circling for solutions. To me, the answer revolves around creativity, innovation, and imagination. If we give kids tools to be successful learners, then they will be able to solve problems using whatever new technology comes their way. At the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, we encourage…

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Why We Should Test English Language Learners in their Home Language – Education Article

By: Adam Withycombe A parent makes the time and musters the courage to come and see you. They’re here, in your classroom, hoping for good news about their child, or at least a path forward from challenges and trouble spots. But you have to look them in the eye and tell them you have nothing—no data, no test results, no insights into how their child is performing. It’s not that their child doesn’t know anything. Just the opposite. You don’t…

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Driven By Equity, Solving Community Challenges – Education Article

Over the last five years, only 38 students from underrepresented minority groups who attended Indianapolis Public Schools were accepted and went on to attend Purdue University (an hour drive away). Purdue Polytechnic High School (@PurduePolyHS) is trying to change that. The two-year-old high school, created in partnership with Purdue, serves 260 kids in two grades. At full enrollment, it will engage about 550 learners in real-world design challenges. Before launching Poly, Scott Bess (@ScottBessIndy) led an innovative adult education center. During many planning year conversations,…

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Engineering Good in the World – Education Article

For more than a century, subsistence miners have panned the streams of Colombia and Peru in search of a few flecks of gold. More than 40 million men, women and children in the global south make their living as artisanal and small scale miners (ASM). Some miners work full time, some only mine during the dry season, others resort to mining after conflict or natural disaster destroys their livelihood. Small scale mining practices are often dangerous, ecologically damaging and economically unsustainable.…

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Inspiring Serendipity in the Classroom – Education Article

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  – Albert Einstein. The phrase “awaken joy in the creative expression” reminds me of a fascination I developed a few years ago with the concept of serendipity. It all began with an op-ed piece I read in the New York Times: “How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity,” written by Pagan Kennedy. The author described serendipity as “the art of finding what we’re not seeking.”…

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Re-imagining the High School Experience – Education Article

When we think of an engaging high school experience, we think of one that encourages students to pursue their passions, provides them with opportunities to work on meaningful real-world projects and opens their eyes to new ways of thinking about complex issues through the use of the design thinking process. This is the type of learning environment that the CUBE School envisions and is one that students in Denver will have an opportunity to experience first-hand, beginning in August 2019. Reimagining High…

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Promoting Pathways to Good Jobs: Strada Education Network – Education Article

Since 2014, Strada Education Network has invested more than $100 million to help more Americans get a good first job. Strada is a national social impact organization dedicated to strengthening the pathways between education and employment. Strada is based in Indianapolis. After operating as a federal student loan guarantor (formerly known as USA Funds) since 1960, Strada transformed itself into a national social impact enterprise with a mission of “Completion With a Purpose.” Former Assistant Secretary of Education Carol D’Amico has been…

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A Library Transformed | Getting Smart – Education Article

By: Dustin Hensley You know that word association game where someone will say a word and then you are supposed to say the first things that come to your mind? Let’s play, “Library.” I’m sure I can guess some of the words that you thought of. Books? Dewey Decimal? Card catalog? Shushing? All of those words are indicative of what libraries have traditionally been. Solitary book depositories kept silent so that students could search the shelves for something to read.…

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Mobile App From Big Picture Learning Identifies and Manages Student Internships – Education Article

From the minute he met a student from The Met, the flagship Big Picture Learning school, Andrew Frishman (@AndrewFrishman) knew he would be involved in crafting education one student at a time. He became a Big Picture advisor at (the now world famous) Metropolitan Regional Career And Technical Center (The Met) in Providence and then internship coordinator at Met Sacramento. For the last six years, Andrew has been co-director of Big Picture, a network of schools dedicated to education one student at a…

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Contribution: Programs Alive with Possibility – Education Article

Helping young people identify and make their unique contribution is motivating and great preparation for the innovation economy–and they’ll inherit a world that could really use the help right now. Now that we’re all connected, it has never been easier for young people to code an app, raise money, or launch a campaign. It’s time to help young people play a lead role in their own superhero feature. We recently reported on seven schools alive with possibility. This post highlights 11…

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The World I Want to Live In – Education Article

By: Corey Mohn There was a study done years ago where people in the workforce were asked whether or not they consider themselves in a job, a career, or a calling. Only one in eight people in the workforce said I am in a place of calling right now. The future that I want is where every single person – 100% – are in a place of calling. That’s the world I want to live in. Now we know this is…

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Guided Pathways and Meta-Majors | Getting Smart – Education Article

My oldest son, who will graduate from college in June of 2020, leaves in a month for an internship in Los Angeles. My youngest son heads off to college, again in LA, in August. I constantly think about their pathway through college and wonder if they will be prepared to enter the workforce. My children are prime examples of the importance of support networks and effective mentors. They are carving their own pathway, but they have road maps, field guides,…

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