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Education Innovation

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

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

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 Caperton | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

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.

The Digital Promise in Education

Adam Frankel | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Adam Frankel

There are, of course, no silver bullets when it comes to education. But we are seeing islands of innovation across America, where digital tools hold the promise of revolutionizing the way teachers teach and students learn, empowering educators to personalize instruction so they can reach every student.

Joy Resmovits

Ed Tech Groups: Obama Administration Is Innovating Backwards

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan opened the Race to the Top competition to individual school districts two weeks ago, he said he wanted to...

Coursera and edX: Game-Changers for Sustainable Business?

Andrea Learned | Posted 07.08.2012 | Green
Andrea Learned

What would happen if more people, not just the usual (privileged) suspects, had access to the theory, concepts and best practices that could help them become the sustainability change agents or leaders in their respective workplaces?

Education Innovators Preaching (as Usual) to the Choir

Jeff Selingo | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Jeff Selingo

Many of the ideas entrepreneurs were pitching seek to break the tyranny of the degree and the corner that colleges have on the credential market. But what's missing, at least for now, is what to replace that market with.

MySciHigh Steals the Show at Startup Weekend EDU

Meredith Ely | Posted 05.01.2012 | Education
Meredith Ely

"No talk, all action," is the loudly sung motto of Startup Weekend, a movement to transform the way we think, innovate, and create.

A Simple Innovation: Spend the Money Wisely

John Merrow | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Why is the notion of trying to give poor kids the opportunities that rich kids take for granted anti-American?