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Education Innovation

Farewell to the Walking Encyclopedia

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The ubiquity of knowledge due to digital devices has led many educational theorists and practitioners to wonder whether teachers are even necessary anymore. Can't everyone just look things up?

Can Great Public Education be the New Normal?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

As we shine a spotlight on innovative approaches, let's be careful not to inadvertently replace the current set of mandates and one-size-fits-all approach to classroom instruction with an updated "newer" fixed design.

It's Proven. It's Perfect. I'll Change It.

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.04.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Innovation within proven programs can be a good thing, when schools have fully embraced and thoroughly understand a given program and now can see where it can be improved or adapted to their circumstances. However, innovation too early in replication is likely to turn the best of innovations into mush.

South Korea's School Entrance Ceremonies Are Strange And Adorable

HuffPost Korea | Talia Lavin and Sang-Ah Kwak | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

In South Korea, the school year begins in spring -- a time of new beginnings -- and new students at all educational levels across the country look for...

Why I Walk Barefoot

Amy Quinn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Amy Quinn

This is not your everyday classroom. And these are not your everyday students. This is The Barefoot College, an NGO which aims to empower rural communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient by creating Rural Solar Engineers.

Teachers Taking Next Gen Learning to Scale

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

The failures of top-down reforms are evident in many urban district--but so is the promise of organic, from the edges, outside-in innovation. Ove...

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

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel

Soft they may be, but these skills constitute a combination that is essential to the core work of innovation, which rarely happens in instantaneous individual breakthroughs but rather evolves through collaborative group endeavors in which personal adaptability is a necessity.

What The Facebook Didn't Learn at Harvard, We Need to Teach at Law School

Jonathan Askin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Askin

The world is moving too fast for "yeah but" lawyers in a "why not" world. We have to incubate the next generation of lawyers to think like the entrepreneurs with whom they must work. We must train lawyers to become innovators and entrepreneurs in their own right.

Crowdfunding Solutions: 3 Tips for Using Kickstarter to Fund Journalism

Garrett Goodman | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Garrett Goodman

There has been an immense amount of hemming and hawing over the state of the news industry of late. Print circulation is in general decline, digital a...

Working, Learning and LIfe: Artificial Schisms

Parminder K. Jassal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Parminder K. Jassal

We put the focus on everything else but the central issue of performance. This has resulted in a worsening skills gap, a disconnect between educational output and the human capital demands of industry, and a culture focused on getting kids into college rather than providing learners with what they need to be successful in their careers and lives.

It's Time to Get Rid of Teaching and Learning

David Rosen | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
David Rosen

Ready to hear a dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about? Educators (even learning-centered educators) are in love with their own knowledge.

Ignore the Blame Game -- 5 Steps to Build a School Culture of Innovation

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

When one grows red in frustration at the faulty education system, it makes sense to blame teachers or school leaders or parents. What if, however, it's the system itself that's to blame?

Students Changing the World: A Progress Report Worth Celebrating

Angela Maiers | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

A few months ago, I introduced you to the Quest2Matter, which challenged students to use their individual genius to change the world. Quest2Matter was...

Major Changes Are Coming To Higher Education

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 08.05.2013 | College

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- On a warm spring evening, hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool...

What It's Like To Take A MOOC

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 08.05.2013 | College

-- Esther Duflo, one of the two superstar MIT economists teaching my Massive Open Online Course on global poverty, is a fast-talking French woman wit...

Learning How to Learn

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Deciding to make fundamental changes to the way students learn, and, therefore, the way teachers teach, has huge implications for a district. Teachers and administrators often spend significant time researching effective strategies before adopting local innovation plans.

In the Developing World, Books Are Not Dead

John J. Wood | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
John J. Wood

2013-02-27-tedprizepullFrom someone who has worked in the developing world for over a decade, it is hard to comprehend a world where traditional classrooms and libraries are no longer necessary. We need more of them, not fewer.

When Will Learning's Tomorrow Come?

James Golsan | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
James Golsan

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy, when we have such incredible technological resources at our disposal, have we been so slow to implement technology in many of our schools?

Pedagogical Progress Isn't an Either/Or Proposition

Dr. Dianne Lynch | Posted 05.03.2013 | Impact
Dr. Dianne Lynch

I am pretty sure Sugata Mitra isn't hanging out with the same eight-year-olds I am. In the world Mitra describes, eight-year-olds are self-motivated and self-realized. The eight-year-olds I know, on the other hand, are downright goofy. Even the most focused and ambitious of them have pretty sketchy attention spans.

Disrupting Education With Competent Kids, The Internet, And Experimentation

Jenny Stefanotti | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Jenny Stefanotti

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMotherhood has shown me how tremendously competent children can be. Yet, the vast majority of programs that adults have designed for kids grossly underestimate what they are capable of.

Are You Afraid to Say 'I Don't Know'?

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy do adults fear those three words so much: "I don't know"? As parents and teachers, we tend to feel we must know everything. But how do we expect our children to learn how to learn, when we aren't willing to be role models for how it happens?

How Government Can Support Effective Innovation in Education

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Robert E. Slavin

There are few aspects of life more thoroughly dominated by government than education. This is particularly true of educational innovation. Innovative programs and materials do often come from the private sector, but they are adopted only if government supports them.

Let's Make 2013 a 'Build Something' Year

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

What better way to inspire our students to become problem solvers and develop critical thinking skills than to see their teachers demonstrating these very skills everyday?

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

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel

The new literacy is digital literacy, and at its heart is coding -- computer programming and computational design.

Emerging Voices: Broadband Investment In Afghanistan

Tae Yoo | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Through ICT-based workforce programs, Afghan students are being trained in the skills they need for jobs that will not only provide income but also boost their country's development.