Future of Work

Report Aims to Pin Down What the Coding Bootcamp Market Really Looks Like – Education Article

There’s a not-so-secret issue with coding bootcamps: accurate data on the industry is sparse. “Despite the impact this emerging industry has made on higher education over the past 6 years, the size and scope of the sector and its impact remain unclear,” a new report published in RTI International finds. “Until now, the only data on these programs and outcomes of attendees have come from industry affiliated groups.” One of those groups is Course Report, which gathers data (usually from…

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How the Future of Work Will Influence the Future of Learning #DLNchat – Education Article

There have been a lot of predictions about the future of work, particularly around the growth of an automated work presence and how people might be replaced by or work alongside artificial intelligence. But what impact will the future of work have on the future of learning? The #DLNchat community recently explored this question of work and learning, and while there was some disagreement about how much society can predict about specific jobs in the coming decades, there was agreement…

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Helping Students Prepare for Their Futures with LinkedIn – Education Article

It can be frustrating for teachers and parents alike when teens get distracted by technology: checking text messages during class, posting to Snapchat and Instagram, and so on. However, once students leave high school and college, they will have to balance technology and social media with their real-world careers. How can we help them to prepare for that balance? And how can we help them start building their professional online presence? The social media platform that increasingly addresses both of…

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Understanding Why We Work Should Inform Education – Education Article

Regardless of the instructional approach, subject, grade level or any other factor, teachers are ultimately faced with the task of getting students to work. Indeed, probably since the first teacher and student interaction occurred, teachers have often tried to figure out how to get their students to both work and to work at high levels. Traditionally, our students have worked for a variety of reasons – grades, approval, compliance, fear and future success. In terms of motivation, we have tried…

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How Blockchain is Helping Dallas Students Tell Their Story – Education Article

For a century, high school transcripts have just been a list of completed courses and grades. But it’s still a hassle to call the high school registrar and request a fax copy of the transcript or have a copy mailed to a college. In 2019, information is increasingly complicated to manage now that a growing number of students are taking classes at multiple high schools, earning college credits, and collecting industry credentials and work readiness badges from a variety of…

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New School Formula: Harder Problems and Fewer Answers – Education Article

The Information Age ushered in new tools that changed life and work for people around the world. Over four decades, businesses and public services began to take advantage of the information processing power of computers. The last ten years of the Information Age included the rise of mobile devices and sensors, fast processing and cheap storage. The data explosion set the stage for artificial intelligence–code that learns. Over the last two years, artificial intelligence (AI) has quietly become ubiquitous in…

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Preparing All Learners for an Uncertain Future of Work – Education Article

By: Katherine Prince Continuous learning, cultural awareness, change expertise, adaptable and effective communication and the ability to learn from failure. These are just some of the capabilities that participants in KnowledgeWorks’ convenings on the future of work identified as being important for graduates. Finding resources to solve problems, time and project management, reflective leadership and a sense of responsibility to the broader community also promised to help all young people thrive no matter what future of work emerges. That question –…

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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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You’ve Heard Computers Have Low EQ, Not Anymore – Education Article

By: Tom Vander Ark and Vic Vuchic You’ve heard that computers don’t understand human emotions well, so people should focus less on basic skills and more on social and emotional learning. It’s a prevalent narrative but it just isn’t true anymore. Artificial intelligence (AI) is actually already brilliant at understanding and engaging (even manipulating) people’s emotions and social interactions in powerful ways. Facebook is a giant social and emotional learning engine. Facebook has many of your emotional memories (your photos…

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Educators, Civic Leaders, Businesses and More Unite For Student AI Showcase – Education Article

On January 22nd, the Montour School District opened its doors for a special “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Grand Showcase” event to showcase the first AI middle school program in America. The showcase was called “grand” because the highlight of the event were an upwards of 100 students, grades five through eight, who presented projects that are direct byproducts of the curricula. The topics included practical applications for autonomous robotics, transportation, ethics, music, and more. In fact, over 500 students have participated…

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Advancing Equity Through Innovation: Seven Noteworthy Approaches From Brooklyn LAB – Education Article

Launched with 132 sixth-graders in 2014, Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools ( operates two middle school campuses and a second-year high school in downtown Brooklyn. As a college-preparatory school, Brooklyn LAB is built on the premise that we need to prepare all students to one-day hold jobs that likely don’t exist yet. However, by mastering skills such as problem-solving and conflict resolution, students will be ready to tackle those new challenges, regardless of their career path. LAB embraces seven innovative approaches to educate scholars…

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Cross-Sector Collaboration for the Age of Agility – Education Article

America Succeeds, led by Tim Taylor (check out our recent podcast), has spent the better part of the last two years exploring the misalignment between what is being taught in schools—both K-12 and higher education—and the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required by the modern workplace. They describe the future of work as the “Age of Agility,” which became the title of a report, and a tour of more than 10 major cities, their overall effort aiming at building momentum and discourse…

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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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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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Commentary: In Our Changing Economy, We Need New Flexible Education Systems to Usher in an Age of Agility for Tomorrow’s Workforce – Education Article

By: Tom Vander Ark, Cheryl A. Oldham and Tim Taylor Recently, Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future (P2T) announced the winners of its $100,000 Innovation Award for bold, transformative education solutions. One theme that emerged from among the 240 stakeholders who submitted proposals involves disrupting the traditional education pathway — redesigning the intersection between education and workforce preparation cohesively, across all segments of education, to be agile and responsive to communities and prepare students to succeed in a time…

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Reading List: Nine Smart Books on Artificial Intelligence – Education Article

Some great new books on artificial intelligence were published recently. We compiled a list of nine. Dave Touretzky, CMU professor and chair of AI4K12, recommended four written for non-specialist adults, but they are also accessible to high school students. How Smart Machines Think by Sean Gerrish. If you want to discuss recent AI achievements with your students, such as how self-driving cars work, how Watson beat two of the best human Jeopardy! players, how NetFlix uses AI to recommend movies to people,…

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Let’s Make Sure America Succeeds in the Age of Agility – Education Article

Like many newcomers to the Mile High City, Tim Taylor came for the quality of life. He launched a youth-serving nonprofit and quickly met business leaders interested in better education statewide and, a dozen years ago, Colorado Succeeds was born. After six years and some local successes, Taylor launched a national organization, America Succeeds (@AmericaSucceeds). Both are based on the core principles of business that apply to education: transparency, return on investment, accountability, competition and customers first. With support from the Albertson…

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CEO’s at Recess: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Elementary School – Education Article

Remember when you were young and played “store” or “restaurant” at home? The excitement of coming up with a name for your budding business, setting prices, choosing products or menu items, and finding customers (that is, family members and usually a couple of stuffed animals). When my son was three years old, he started a store in our house called the “Stuff Store Studio.” He sold his father’s old records and some of his own drawings. Even at his young…

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It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition – Education Article

Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. The same is true about elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. Usually, the robots are teleoperated to perform a task like picking up objects and putting them in a bucket. The rules change each year but the scoring is the same—the most stuff in the bucket wins. The…

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Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course – Education Article

By: Tom Vander Ark and Kyle Barriger Shouldn’t young people know about the most important change force that will influence their lives and livelihoods? We think so. That’s why every high school should offer a course on artificial intelligence (AI). Or, better yet, incorporate a set of competencies into graduation requirements that ensure that every young person understands the technology drivers and the implications for the economy and society. The prevalence of AI has increased dramatically in the last few…

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