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Literacy for All, Yes! The New Literacy

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:05 PM

2014-11-10-GovSusanaMartinezsignsbudgetbill.jpg "When we set high standards for our students and teachers," says New Mexico governor Susana Martinez, "they always rise to the occasion." It's true, of course: The more we ask of children, the more they can do; the...

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Coding Is the New Writing for Developing Self-Expression, Communication, Imagination and Solving Hard Problems

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:14 PM

Putting coding on a par with the basic 'three Rs' is a trend in education-talk recently (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately Coding, NYT, May 10, 2014). However, we know from years of research that its utility goes well beyond the "schoolish three Rs" or "a great job or...

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'Basic Skills' or 'Soft Skills:' What Should Be Taught and Tested?

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Tom Friedman's New York Times column on February 23 "How to Get a Job at Google" is a wake-up call for students in or graduates of America's elite colleges and universities. And, from my humble perspective, it's a wake-up call for Pre-K-to-high school students, teachers, and parents too....

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Shulamit Aloni -- I Cannot Imagine Israel Without Her Meretz

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Shulamit Aloni, who first widened civil rights consciousness among Israelis, died last Friday at 85.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1928 to immigrant Polish parents, Aloni was descended from a long line of rabbis. This was not without irony; Aloni would become a thorn in the side...

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Clean Drinking Water Can Save Lives -- Through 'Water Education'

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that...

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It's CSEdWeek: Jump In and Try Doing Computer Science!

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:36 AM

This week is a very special week in the United States and the world: everyone is invited to try what computer science is all about. Five million students in 33,000 classrooms in 167 countries are participating in the Hour of Code, as part of America's 4th Annual

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Don't Give Up on MOOCs

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Sebastian Thrun's mid-course correction of Udacity, as chronicled at length in last week's Fast Company profile by Max Chafkin, has stirred consternation among some of our most thoughtful education bloggers (e.g, hackeducation; hapgood; nogoodreason; allmoocs; Slate; among others),...

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Make Coding Mandatory in K-12, Not Optional

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:40 PM

How many times in our lives are we lucky to be asked to write 250 words about one big idea in education that's worth publishing in a Harvard University Magazine? A month ago, the Ed. Magazine editor Lory Hough, sent me a friendly email asking for "one big idea about...

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Is Silicon Valley Beginning to Invest in Disrupting Education?

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 12:02 PM

My knowledgeable colleague Mike Smith once told me that Silicon Valley has some of the least connected schools in the nation. Since then, I've personally seen an utter lack of infrastructure in homes and schools that live side-by-side to some of the most sophisticated and tech-fluent...

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ConnectEd Is a Great New Presidential Initiative But We are Already Behind

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 7:22 PM

On June 6th President Obama announced a new national initiative, ConnectEd, to push for more internet speed and learning technologies in schools. 2013-06-11-Obama_MooresvilleNC.jpg Image credit: The White House

The President's goals for ConnectEd (great name) include:

  1. Connect 99...

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Empowering America's Rising Workforce--Latina Girls--in Computing and Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

It recently came to my attention, that throughout the nation, young men and women...

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GlassLab and Beyond: Who's the Designer and Who's the Learner of the Next-Gen Game-Based Ed-Tech

(21) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:32 AM

The "gamification of education" has taken on multiple forms as laptops and tablets become more common in classrooms, and as games are becoming a dominant media technology in our lives. At the root of all "game-based learning" is the unique opportunity to engage students in learning where they want to...

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A Million-dollar Boost to 'Let Learning Happen'

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2013 | 12:22 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In awarding its 2013 prize to educational innovator and university professor Sugata Mitra, TED takes a step that is as bold and as brave as...

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Let's Give Girls a Chance to Succeed in STEM

(16) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:57 AM

There is a digital divide threatening the future of girls in this country. Three of the top ten "Best Jobs of 2013" are in the computing field, according to US News and World Reports, yet women make up just 25 percent of the labor force in science, technology,...

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Building and Spreading Knowledge That Matters: Is Computing a Two-Edged Sword, or a Possible Solution?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 3:19 PM

The new literacy is digital literacy, and at its heart is coding -- computer programming and computational design. It's one powerful conceptual, technical and analytical skillset that enables humans to work together to invent, share ideas, model and visualize solutions, and provide services over digital networks.

Computational tools, programming...

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Focus On What Is Working

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 3:50 PM

"Focus on what is working." That's the simple but powerful summons Arianna Huffington has issued last month at the Aspen Institute, a call "to do something right now about the nation's employment problem." And she launched a new section on HuffPost called "Opportunity."


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Calling All Girls (Part Two): Their Future, Our Responsibility

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 12:26 PM

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the amazing opportunity and importance of integrating girls into the video game industry, and what does it mean now and in the future. This Part 2, is informed by reading Google's 2011 Global Diversity Report as well...

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Calling All Girls: The Video Gaming Industry Offers Exceptional Opportunities to Young Women

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Video games are not just one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet; nor are they simply the world's newest mass medium, routinely accessed by households around the globe -- by 72 percent of U.S. households -- on a diversity of platforms ranging from "stationary" consoles to mobile smartphones to...

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In the Battle for Our Future, It's Time for Education Bonds

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 12:51 AM

Letter to: President Barack Obama
From: Dr. Idit Harel Caperton
Date: March 16, 2012

Dear Mr. President,

As I'm sure I don't have to tell you, Americans invented the idea of issuing government debt securities to help finance action in a national emergency. Both sides in the American...

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Memo to Mayor Bloomberg: Let Them Make Games!

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 11:19 AM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to make sure that NYC's high-school graduates can go to work for Google, or Apple, or HuffPost, or Yelp, or Zynga, or General Assembly, or at a modern hospital, or run a more innovative city government and the like. He believes these are...

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