European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 November 2012
The teaching of IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills is fundamental for preparing young people for today's job market, but, in general, schools are still paying insufficient attention to these transversal skills compared with basic skills in literacy, mathematics and science, according to a new European Commission report. Part of the problem is rooted in difficulties with assessment.
As part of an open online course on entrepreneurship in education, Union Square Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson talks about the role of venture capital, potential business models in ed tech and a few areas that are most ripe for innovation.
TED Talks In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.
"The authors of a new paper for The Hamilton Project have called for a creation of an independent agency used to evaluate the potential of education technology. The agency, which Aaron Chatterji and Benjamin Jones, of Duke University and Northwestern respectively, propose should be named EDU STAR, would spur further development in the sector that has seen little innovation compared to other economic areas."
Student voice has become a popular rallying cry from both the corporate education reformers and the alternative schooling movement. Often, I've been disappointed by a lack of depth and a failure to articulate the nuances of education ideas and policies.
Therefore, when I first started getting to know Nikhil Goyal over at the Cooperative Catalyst, I found his approach to be intelligent, nuanced, passionate and humble. He recently wrote a book One Size Does Not Fit All where he spells out not only the issues in education but some of the solutions we might want to consider. It is not surprising that he has been featured in many media outlets and spoken up in various forums. He embodies the humble, human, confident student voice we are often missing in education reform circles. The following is an interview with Nikhil Goyal:
Google’s policy of 20 percent time—giving employees plenty of free time work on whatever they want—is world famous for being the birthplace of innovative products— most famously, Gmail. But what would happen if schools gave students a similar amount of unstructured free time and allowed them to take control of their own learning? This spring Matthew Bebbington, a high school physical education teacher in the U.K., decided to find out. He organized a school-wide "Innovation Day" that let 80 students between the ages of 11-15 choose what and how to learn.
These are the winning photographs from the Children's Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, a competition designed to raise environmental awareness while giving budding artists a chance to share their visions with the world.