Future of Learning

Strategies for Tackling Digital Equity – Education Article

Recent studies from The Pew Research Center, the Schools, Health, and Libraries Coalition, and even Microsoft indicate that a digital divide continues to persist across the country. Though often viewed at a macro level as discrepancies in access between urban and rural communities, news articles from cities ranging from Chattanooga, Tennessee to San Jose, California report lack of sufficient access to high-speed Internet and devices within cities and towns. As early as the late 90s, researchers like Paul Atwell began using the term digital…

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Randy Fielding on Learning Environments for the Future – Education Article

In today’s episode, the Getting Smart team is exploring why environment matters — more specifically, why your learning environment matters. Joining the podcast today is Randy Fielding, the founding Chairman of Fielding Nair International — a global leader in designing learning communities. He is also the founder of DesignShare, a facilitator of ideas and resources about best practices and innovation in schools from early childhood through the university level. Recently, Randy and Tom found a quiet corner on the Microsoft…

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How $5 Billion Could Provide a Great Education for Every Kid on Earth – Education Article

“Exponential technology is changing faster than we are,” said a philanthropic advisor, “how could philanthropy accelerate progress in career readiness?” With such high challenge, so many restrictions (both policies and traditions), and new demands to be lean and agile, it’s a stretch for public education to respond adequately. The automation economy is likely to produce waves of job dislocation requiring access to upskilling and efficient retraining. The advisor speculated that with so much new wealth on the sideline there must…

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Minerva’s Innovative Platform Makes High Quality Higher Ed Personal and Affordable – Education Article

Minerva might be the most interesting and important higher education program in the world. The school, sponsored by Keck Graduate Institute at Claremont, offers an undergraduate program with a rigorously designed curriculum that develops knowledge and skills in about 100 foundational concepts and habits of success. Students focus on thinking critically and creatively and communicating and interacting effectively. They study and apply their learning in seven cities. The first class of world changers will graduate next month. The school is powered by Minerva Project, a…

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Contribution: Schools Alive with Possibility – Education Article

What if, instead of shuffling from one disconnected course to another, high school was an invitation to contribution–a chance for each young person to figure out what they care about, what they’re good at, and how and where they want to make a difference? One thing we know about the #FutureofWork is that it will be full of novelty and complexity. More work will be done in teams augmented by smart machines. Taking Initiative, using design thinking, and practicing collaboration will…

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