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Educating the Next Steve Jobs

How Schools Can Teach Innovation - WSJ.com: "How can schools teach students to be more innovative? Offer hands-on classes and don't penalize failure. Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To find out how to encourage these skills, I interviewed scores of innovators and their parents, teachers and employers. What I learned is that young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it. . . . " 

Education Nation: Common Core Standards change classrooms
DENVER - At schools around the country, three words are causing teachers to re-think the way they do things - Common Core Standards. "It's a shorter version, but more compact and more meaningful version of the standards that we are teaching our ...

Boundless Learning, Flat World Knowledge, and the future of textbooks
Microsoft, one of those cases that everyone in our tech- and education-oriented town will follow. Three of the largest publishers of textbooks are suing Boundless Learning, a Boston start-up trying to popularize free, Web-based textbooks.

McGraw-Hill Education Promotes College and Career Readiness Through First-of ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The first program of its kind on the market, ONboard further establishes McGraw-Hill Education's leadership in innovation as well as its commitment to promoting college and career readiness. "While AP enrollments are on the rise, the reality is that ...

Rosetta Stone Inc. and Lodi Unified School District Announce Language-Learning ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The school district, in the Central Valley of Northern California, is an innovator in K-12 educationand one of the first districts to implement the TOTALe Course HD application. The Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD application for iPad(R) devices was ...

Analysis: With legislation passed, Louisiana's education head in a powerful role
Alexandria Town Talk
Much of the decision-making on how to grade private schools that will get taxpayer dollars, how to construct the evaluation system that will decide whether teachers get pay raises and job protection and who will be allowed to authorize start charter ...

Middle School Teachers Embrace Project-Based Learning Methods with a New ...
Albany Times Union
Columbia Environmental Education at a Distance (CEED) represents a unique ap-proach to middle school education, designed to promote scientific and environmental literacy with problem-oriented, place-based teaching. Its project-based methods and focus ...

Truancy crackdown to include children aged four
The Guardian
Children as young as four who miss nursery or the reception year of school will be the focus of a new crackdown on truancy – even though education is not compulsory until the age of five, the government has announced. Figures on attendance in reception ...

The Guardian

Dock truants' child benefit, ministers urged
BBC News
By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter Parents of children in England who persistently truant should have their child benefit cut, according to a key government adviser on school behaviour. Behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor says unpaid truancy ...

BBC News

Schoology Closes $6 Million Round Led by FirstMark Capital
MarketWatch (press release)
Schoology bundles online learning, classroom management and social networking into one, easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy platform that is free to teachers and students. Districts can easily upgrade the platform to benefit from powerful administrative, ...

Local Teacher Awarded For Excellence
Ten Wyoming teachers, including one from Jackson, were honored Friday as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award at a ceremony at South High School in Cheyenne. Carrie Michelle Varga from Colter Elementary School was presented ...

Conditions Are Perfect For Bilingual Education - So Why Is It In Decline?
Huffington Post (blog)
Developments in social science, global trends and demographics all reinforce the significant benefits of bilingual education. Despite that, American schools show a steady decline in language programs. How can this be?

Schools advised to monitor truancy early
Financial Times
By Chris Cook, Education Correspondent Schools should collect information on truancy by children of pre-school age, according to a government-commissioned report on improving pupil attendance. Charlie Taylor, a former head teacher and author of the ...

Truancy fines 'must be raised and deducted from benefits'
Head teachers will be able to increase the fine imposed on parents who allow their child to miss school without a valid reason from £50 to £60, under his proposals. Those that fail to pay the penalty within 28 days will see the fine double to £120, ...


Teachers' rep says Ysleta ISD lags on open records
El Paso Times
Ysleta Teachers Association President Arlinda Valencia says the district is stonewalling her in her effort to find out the cost of the recording studio. Ysleta Teachers Association President Arlinda Valencia has accused the Ysleta Independent School ...

California standards will shift teaching
Modesto Bee
Which means we didn't spend enough time learning them well," said Rick Bartkowski, who is training teachers in Common Core for the Stanislaus County Office of Education. He calls it "a new era in education." But while the bells and whistles will be ...

Modesto Bee

Reality check: Does fining parents help cut truancy rates?
The Guardian (blog)
2.02pm: An education welfare officer from Coventry has contacted me to say that it is often pupils who are struggling to keep up who play truant. This, she says, is not something that can be solved by fining their parents.

The Guardian (blog)

National council of teacher education begins revamp of teaching education ...
Times of India
ALLAHABAD: The National council of teacher education (NCTE) has taken an initiative to reform and revamp teaching education system in the country. Following the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education-2009, ...

Democratizing Education Technology
Business Insider
Today, we're announcing an investment in Schoology, a next generation collaborative learning platform that combines the elements of a learning management system, a social networking platform, and enterprise resource system all in one hyper-intuitive ...

Rapid Interactions Tool, eActivity, Integrated into ePath Learning ASAP
MarketWatch (press release)
NEW LONDON, Conn., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ePath Learning, Inc., a leader in cloud-based learning services, announced the integration of eActivity into its learningmanagement service, ePath Learning ASAP. eActivity allows users to ...

State Education chief can imagine the possibilities on Staten Island
At Roxbury Prep, he said, two things were critical to the school's success --teachers and time. "We had phenomenal teachers, and we were obsessed withteacher quality," King said. "[And] we had a lot more time," he added. His charter school day ran ...


Indian schools raise salary of their teachers
Times of Oman
The hike ranged from RO1 to RO7 per month from April 1 and according to the Board, the decision was taken with a view to increasing the salary of teachers, improving the quality of education, and expanding schools infrastructure.

Times of Oman

United Way early education program gives kids best start Commentary Bill Jones
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Today, there are more than 16000 children younger than age 5 in the county, and Success by 6 continues to promote best and promising practices that support positive parenting skills, early childhood education and family engagement.

Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

'RTE Act implementation must start immediately'
The Hindu
At a meeting held here on Right to Education (RTE), lack of awareness on the implementation of RTE and its benefits were highlighted on Sunday. Lack of government control on the fees charged by private schools in Dakshina Kannada and their calendar of ...

The Hindu

Freakonomics » What Teachers Think About Girls' Math Skills
By Freakonomics
Analyses of nationally representative data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS) reveal that disparities in teachers' perceptions of ability that favored white males over minority students of both genders are explained away by ...

Mitt Romney | Cut Departments | Education | The Daily Caller
By Alex Pappas
Romney overheard: Wants to cut education, housing departments | 'I'm going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them'
The Daily Caller

Learning Lessons in Small Business Leadership
By Small Business News
Small business leadership is a crucial skill for all entrepreneurs. In fact, better leadership will make you a better entrepreneur on many levels. Leadership isn't just a word. It affects your business profitability on many levels. Have a look!
Small Business News, Tips, Advice...

Education-establishment idiots
By Michael Ackley
He retired from teaching journalism for California State University at Hayward. ... Commenting on this, Steve Boilard, described by the Bee as “a higher education expert” in the office of the state's Legislative Analyst, said, “There's this kind of dissonance where a student is told, 'Congratulations, you're in the top third of high school graduates; you're one ... When I was in the eighth grade, my math teacher, Mrs. Hansen, told me I didn't score well in her class basically because I was lazy .

Ekiti teachers reject assessment tests
By ojiego
However, umbrella body for teachers, Nigeria Union of Teacher, NUT, kicked against any move by government to compel members to write tests under any guise. ... Principal Assistant Secretary General, Chief Wale Oyeniyi, at the end of its state wing Executive Council meeting, NUT said: “Any attempt to forcefully impose the competency assessment or examination onteachers by the Ministry of Education would be strongly resisted and shall result into an immediate industrial action.” ...
Vanguard News

Teaching Paganism in British Schools?
By Jason Pitzl-Waters
Muck-raking (and hugely successful) British tabloid The Daily Mail reports on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education's (SACRE) syllabus for schools in Cornwall, saying that it encourages the teaching of modern Paganism alongside other religions (sorry, I still don't link directly to them). The Daily Mail: ... It should not be the case that teachers focus on religions that they feel most comfortable with or that appear to be more relevant in their estimation.” So not exactly a “rah, ...
The Wild Hunt

LAUSD Holds Open Hearings To Mull Teacher Layoffs « CBS Los ...
By cbsjenn
The Los Angeles Unified School District is holding open hearings as it mulls thousands ofteacher layoffs. ... LAUSD Holds Open Hearings To Mull Teacher Layoffs. April 16, 2012 6:39 AM. Share this. View Comments. More Activity. Facebook ...
CBS Los Angeles

What it takes to build great machine learning products - O'Reilly Radar
By Aria Haghighi
Specific insights into a problem and careful model design separate a machine learning system that doesn't work from one that people will actually use. ... On the education front, we've come a long way as well. As an undergrad at Stanford in the early-to-mid 2000s, I took Andrew Ng's ML course and Daphne ... Koller's course in particular was not only the best course I took at Stanford, but the one that taught me the most about teaching. Now, anyone can take these courses online.
O'Reilly Radar - Insight, analysis,...

New York City Department Of Education Putting Together First-Ever ...
By bkallet
Under the new social media policy, schools chancellor Dennis Walcott has indicated that teachers may be barred from becoming Facebook friends with students on their personal pages.... One teacher even got caught for calling out sick and then posting a picture of herself drinking a pina colada in San Juan, WCBS 880′s Monica Miller reported. Under the new social media policy, schools chancellor Dennis Walcott has indicated that teachers may be barred from becoming ...
CBS New York

Free Technology for Teachers: Teaching Mom Twitter
By Mr. Byrne
Applications for Education If you have ever tried Twitter, but just didn't "get it" Mom, This Is How Twitter Works is for you. If you're trying to get your colleagues to try Twitter to build their own personal learning networks online, Mom, This Is How ...
Free Technology for Teachers

Cisco Learning Solutions Partner Selects Opengear for Remote Infrastructure ...
MarketWatch (press release)
As a learning service provider that connects thousands of students a year to remote lab access, it was imperative that Ascolta find a solution that would free up data center rack space, as well as provide remote provisioning capabilities to offer its ...

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