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Friday, July 25, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

Education Week – Michele Molnar

“U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Science Behind Graduating A Class With Majority Women Engineers

Forbes – Maria Klawe

“So what can colleges and universities do to engage more women in engineering?…Engineering design is the process by which we come up with new and innovative ideas and are able to meet people’s needs and solve issues that impact society. If you help women see that they can have a strong, positive impact on the world through creating technology, well, that is a really appealing idea for anyone.” (more)

Friday, June 27, 2014

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition – Goal-Line Tech

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“Whether you’re an avid soccer fan or just like to tune in once every four years, it seems like everyone’s talking about the World Cup! But it’s not just the action on the field that’s getting all the attention – the tech is also front and center…for the first time, goal-line technology has been incorporated into the tournament, allowing officials and fans a more accurate determination of whether or not a goal has been scored…Check out more examples of how technology is revolutionizing the world’s most popular soccer event…” (more)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

STEM resources in Charlotte

The Charlotte Observer – Gi Hallmark

“STEM is about the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education to change the way students think and approach ideas…This combination promotes innovation, big picture thinking, improved problem solving skills, self-reliance, and technology literacy… the focus on STEM continues to increase in the hopes of cultivating a more competitive talent pool in the world marketplace…” (more)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

White House Hosts Its First Maker Faire

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“The White House is hosting its first Maker Faire to showcase the efforts of children and adults who build, invent, tinker, engineer, craft, and create. Maker Faires, the first of which was held near San Francisco in 2006 and organized by the publishers of Make magazine, are part of a larger push for increased entrepreneurship and innovation, known as the “maker movement.” President Obama also proclaimed June 18 National Day of Making.” (more)

Monday, June 2, 2014

9 secrets of innovative schools

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Today’s schools, educators, and district leaders strive to give students the best education possible. Doing that means being innovative.”(more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school

Politico – Caitlin Emma

“…Finnish students have repeatedly outperformed American students on international tests…The Nordic country uses innovative teaching strategies in the classroom, just generally without incorporating technology.”(more)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

By Not Challenging Gifted Kids, What Do We Risk Losing?

Mind/Shift – Ingfei Chen

“Intellectually talented kids “don’t get the attention of policymakers,” said psychology professor David Lubinski of Vanderbilt University. “But if you’re trying to solve problems in the world like climate change and terrorism and STEM innovation, and transportation and managing our healthcare, you want intellectually precocious youth who have had their intellectual needs met.””(more)

Creative arts degrees, the business degree of the future?

The Telegraph – Mat Hunter

“…there is mounting evidence that it is the uniqueness of a creative arts or design degree which is proving so attractive to employers…As any business or public-sector leader would agree, creativity and innovation needs to be at the heart of any thriving and forward looking organisation.”(more)