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Friday, April 18, 2014

Championing International Education Priorities

Homeroom – Rebecca Miller

“This past January, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon designated the U.S. as a Champion Country of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)…This is a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. to lead by example, to spur on strategic global investments in education, technology and innovation and to help implement programs that provide youths and adults with the necessary skills to be global citizens.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Case for the Arts in Education From a Self-Identified STEM Fanatic

The Huffington Post – Montita Sowapark

“Yes, we need to prepare students for the new economy, but we also need to prepare them for the new global society that is dawning upon us. This new society will be characterized by environmental, financial, scientific, religious, cultural, inter-governmental and medical dilemmas that are unprecedented and unpredictable….we should be equipping students with the skills to problem-solve, innovate and create under unexpected and even unfavorable circumstances.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GoldieBlox latest video shows ‘your brain on princesses’ (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“GoldieBlox is aiming once again to beat a path out of the princess toy aisle and get more girls building, innovating, and thinking about futures in science and math.”(more)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Is teaching innovation the path to prosperity?

The Star – Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

“Innovation and productivity are topics that excite and frustrate Canadians economists and experts in equal measure. The concepts are inextricably linked to each other, and ultimately to our prosperity and standard of living.”(more)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ed. Dept.’s $135 Million Investing in Innovation Contest Starts Next Week

Education Week – Michele McNeil

“The U.S. Department of Education next week is beginning the first phase of its $134.8 million Investing in Innovation competition, which has so far awarded about $1 billion to schools and their nonprofit partners as they work to scale-up education-improvement ideas.”(more)

The New ‘It’ Language

Education Week – Anthony Jackson

“The global innovation age demands that we know languages other than English. Students today are learning Spanish, French, Chinese, HTML, Ruby, and many other languages. Wait. What? Ruby?…Coding isn’t a replacement for math or language arts or language learning. Coding is something that can augment those skills…”(more)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Arts Are Essential

Education Week – Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers

“At the very time we are talking about the value of developing students who are able to create and innovate, the arts are being threatened. Innovation, the focus of this century, will surely be rooted in science and technology. Thinking that STEM programs will be the solution to producing graduates prepared to create these innovations is an incomplete view.”(more)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity

The Huffington Post – Sridhar Kota

“The U.S. scientific community continues to lead the world in basic research, measured by publications and citations. Being the world’s best in science is crucial to our success but it is not sufficient to survive in the global economy. We must innovate — that is, transform promising ideas and emerging technologies into practical solutions at a scale sufficient to meet some societal need. That demands world-class engineering.”(more)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

‘India needs big investment in science’

The Times of India – Staff Writer

“Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan said India’s scientific firepower could develop innovative scientific solutions to solve the world’s complex problems by challenging the traditional dominance of mature economies in science.”(more)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Social Entrepreneur Mixes Minecraft, YouTube And STEM Education

Forbes – Anne Field

“This is the story of one of the wilder social enterprises out there trying to address the crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, especially in under-served communities.”(more)