EdTech & Data

Facebook Buys Into Blockchain, Sparks Learning About Ledgers – Education Article

Facebook recently hired the researchers from University College London behind blockchain startup Chainspace. The acqui-hire confirms the social media giant’s interest in smart contracts and crypto-payments. Facebook executive and former PayPal President David Marcus leads Facebook’s growing blockchain group which has over 10 job openings. “When they’re ready to launch publicly, Facebook entering the blockchain space will certainly validate what many of us already know: blockchain technology is a fundamental game changer,” said Dave Balter, CEO of Flipside Crypto. “The fact that…

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STEM Projects in Active Learning Spaces at Samueli Academy – Education Article

“If they know we care, they respond,” said Anthony Saba, Executive Director at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana. He’s learned that “You can’t have good academics without a strong culture.” A culture of trust, respect, and hard work is evident in every classroom at Samueli Academy. Saba spends most of his time on student recruitment and fund development–and the full enrollment, waiting list and sponsored spaces and programs is evidence of his success. Named for Anaheim Ducks owner and Broadcom co-founder and…

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Bending the Arc of Human Potential – Education Article

“Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not,” said Michael Moe (above) in his kickoff address to the GSV Leadership Summit at MIT. GSV is a new economy venture fund, accelerator and convenor. Over the last 10 years, the ASU-GSV Summit has become the most important meeting focused on innovations in learning. They hold several smaller meetings during the year, like the one in Cambridge last week, for edtech CEOs and investors. The summit kicked off with a design thinking exercise on strategies…

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The State of Educational Interoperability in 2019 and Beyond – Education Article

By: George Perreault As we stand at the beginning of 2019, the state of interoperability varies quite a bit if you’re looking at individual schools and districts. But for those who are plugged in, adoption of certain standards is moving along quite nicely. In more than four decades of working in education, I’ve never seen a set of standards gain traction so quickly. Many of the larger school districts (and many small districts as well) have come to recognize that…

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How A Global Tech Giant Is Becoming A Learning Leader – Education Article

After a degree in chemical engineering, Ravi Kumar’s first job was working on power sector reforms as a nuclear scientist in Orissa, India. After a master’s in finance at Xavier (in eastern India), Kumar worked in consulting and technology. After selling CRM solutions across southeast Asia, Kumar joined Infosys in Hyderabad (in southern India) in 2002 as a senior vice-president. In the fast-paced tech sector, “Diverse backgrounds like mine absolutely help,” said Kumar from his New York office. Now president and chief…

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How Educators Can Help Close a Looming Crisis – Education Article

By: Christine McDonnell The widening tech skills gap is a crisis that looms large for our nation and our economy. The fix may lie in the hand of educators in the elementary and middle school grade levels. Educators and those in the education field can help close the skills gap that is growing even larger as we move beyond the 21st century. According to a 2017 report from TechRepublic, the tech industry is having trouble finding skilled talent. The skills…

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Envisioning the Future of Education and Jobs – Education Article

The new year has begun with a flurry of activity from the World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that provides a blueprint for education and business leaders concerned with the future of work. In September, the WEF published the Future of Jobs Report 2018 and it’s now a hot topic at the annual gathering of business leaders at Davos. The report noted the following: “By 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be…

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Dallas County Promise: Leveraging Ed-Fi Technology for College & Career Readiness – Education Article

By: Dr. Eric Ban Many cities and counties across the nation can relate to the challenge facing Dallas: students aren’t graduating from college with the necessary skills to enter the local workforce or aren’t graduating from college at all. Dallas County is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country, yet the number of people living in poverty has increased by 42% over the last 15 years. 65% of our living-wage jobs require an education beyond high school.…

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Design Thinking, or What an English Teacher Learned From Working With Web Developers – Education Article

Where I’ve Been Often it’s not until you’re pulled out of your comfort zone that you see just how limiting that comfort zone can be. As a middle and high school English teacher, I worked in what I think were fairly typical ways–I’d gather periodically with other English teachers to plan vertically and then more regularly with teachers on my grade level team. I planned most of my daily lessons alone, with the occasional experience of teaching the same grade…

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