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The Four D’s Distressing Higher Education

The Four D’s Distressing Higher Education | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Advances in technology can provide higher education leaders with a pathway to success in a highly competitive marketplace.

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

Great insight regarding the changes in education and what slows it  down... ......As stated, ."Ninety-five percent of leaders talk about change, yet only five percent actually do something about it!” " And for the five percent of leaders who do want change, they are affected by the often rampant denial of faculty that they need to change."  

As with anything in life, leadership is required to facilitate change.   Change always starts with the visionary leadership of a small percentage like this that is willing to take a stand to facilitate and lead change.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:44 PM

So far, I haven't seen MOOC's awash in funds (other than funds they are charging to and getting from universities or getting from grants), but that could change..as long as you don't care about how many students finish a program or class.

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If I Were 22 - My Advice For the Graduating Class of 2014

If I Were 22 - My Advice For the Graduating Class of 2014 | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Dan Roth, LI's Executive Editor, asked me to join others to share my thoughts to help guide the graduating class of 2014 in a series called #IfIWere22 . I am actually going to go back to when I was 1
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Advice for grads.....feel free to share with anyone that would benefit....

 

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How Can You Become a LUCKY Entrepreneur?

How Can You Become a LUCKY Entrepreneur? | Education Reform | Scoop.it
"WOW, she is so lucky!" Have you heard someone make a remark about a business owner being lucky? Have you looked at the life they live and felt they have so much and you could never achieve this
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Tips on creating more success as an entrepreneur

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Sick and Tired of Your Job? Is Entrepreneurship Achievable by AVERAGE People?

Sick and Tired of Your Job?     Is Entrepreneurship Achievable by AVERAGE People? | Education Reform | Scoop.it
People very often fear entrepreneurship believing it takes hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to start a business. We hear about the greatest success stories and it can often create a
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People very often fear entrepreneurship believing it takes hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to start a business. We hear about the greatest success stories and it can often create a misconception about who can succeed as an entrepreneur. Although people like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are all successful role models we can learn from, not everyone wants to create the level of business these individuals have created. Your hobbies, passions, interests and challenges hold clues for your entrepreneurial future.....

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Not Enough Students Are Success-Ready

Not Enough Students Are Success-Ready | Education Reform | Scoop.it
According to a recent study, only 33% of U.S. students are success-ready. Here's how schools can foster students' crucial hope for the future and increase their overall well-being.
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There is no doubt students have lost hope.  They see no connection to what they are learning and how it will create a successful future for themselves, yet are forced to take subjects that are of no interest to them, in an outdated education system, that is need of reform.

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“How Millenials Are Sparking Change”: Five Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

“How Millenials Are Sparking Change”: Five Tips For Young Entrepreneurs | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurship is in. That was the message from a town hall event this week at UT's Student Activities Center. Co-hosted by the Atlantic, National Journal, Microsoft, and UT's own IC⊃2; Institute, "A New America: How Millenials Are Sparking Change" drew about 100 students, nonprofit types, and Austin-area Americorps volunteers to the SAC's Black Box Theater for a two-hour…
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  It's been stated over 65% of the work that will be done by today's youth hasn't been invented yet.  With this in mind, it has never been more important to develop entrepreneurial thinking for the success of today's youth.

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Danny the Dragon goes to school .... - YouTube

"Music Copyright: James Cottriall - By Your Side, Cash & Bella Records" Danube International School Vienna, Austria. www.danubeschool.com, registrar@danubesc...
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Innovation in education!  Fantastic!!!  Success leaves clues!

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Home College: an Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again)

Home College: an Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again) | Education Reform | Scoop.it

A low-cost, high-value first-year education would allow students to transfer into a traditional degree-granting institution at a second- or third-year level, saving a year or more of tuition. Home-colleged students would have a year of personal attention to writing skills, research skills, oral-presentation skills, and the relationship of disciplines in the liberal arts.  The attention to oral and written skills may be particularly valuable to non-English-speaking students looking to succeed at an American college or university.


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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

I agree the time has come...great for both the educators and the students!

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Ali Anani's curator insight, March 3, 12:13 AM

How about extending the idea to one-your sabbatical work at home?

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1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills

1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills | Education Reform | Scoop.it
In 1849 a guide for young ladies warned against reading novels, which makes you "weak-headed, nervous and good for nothing" - and has even proved fatal.

Via Jim Lerman
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Is it much wonder that people don't realize what they are capable of with this type of brainwashing?

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, January 30, 11:06 PM

Did you know reading novels could be so dangerous?

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 31, 4:39 PM

One can't believe everything on reads. 

Shiva Prakash's curator insight, February 3, 11:23 PM

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Young entrepreneurs may be the key to fixing unemployment | SHFWire

Young entrepreneurs may be the key to fixing unemployment | SHFWire | Education Reform | Scoop.it
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What a great example Kyle is....finding a need and filling it. He is an example of a strong leader, giving opportunity to those that need it - ex cons. He used his entrepreneurial spirit to make a difference, which is a perfect combination. I am a strong believer in the statement made in the article: “The more that we can get entrepreneurship engrained into the youth culture, the more likely it is that they’ll be better off in the long run,” Gerber said. “They’ll have more opportunity and a better livelihood as a result of better understanding their options.”

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LEGOs are being integrated into engineering curricula

LEGOs are being integrated into engineering curricula | Education Reform | Scoop.it
For years, educators have recognized that children playing with LEGOs exhibit a natural talent in problem-solving and creativity.
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Wonderful to see new ideas being embraced and a great example of teaching HOW to learn and be creative,  instead of WHAT to learn.  There isn't only 1 correct answer in lego!

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Colleges use FAFSA information to reject students and potentially lower financial aid packages | Inside Higher Ed

Colleges use FAFSA information to reject students and potentially lower financial aid packages | Inside Higher Ed | Education Reform | Scoop.it
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Parents and students

Educate  yourself

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New Milestone Emerges: Baby’s First iPhone App

New Milestone Emerges: Baby’s First iPhone App | Education Reform | Scoop.it
As adults turn increasingly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, so do their children, a survey shows.
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With babies using technology and apps being designed for them, it is a reminder of the need to address now what is going to be required in schools to keep them interested, engaged, learning and growing.

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How Digital Learning Is Becoming The Fourth Literacy

How Digital Learning Is Becoming The Fourth Literacy | Education Reform | Scoop.it

Reading. Writing. Math. Those are the big ones, right? Up until recently, a lot of people would have probably said that was correct. But since it is 2013 and so much of our lives happen online, digital literacy is being added to the list. Not that this should come as any sort of surprise to most of us, since most teachers spend vast amounts of time in classrooms surrounded by technology. Technology that both teachers and students need to be literate in.


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A good example of what youth and parents today want and require to succeed in the future.

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Meet Generation Z ~ sparks & honey

Meet Generation Z ~ sparks & honey | Education Reform | Scoop.it

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sparks & honey produces regular reports tracking the pulse of trends throughout society. While primarily a public relations agency, their insights tend to be very current, impressive with regard to method, and uncommonly perceptive. This slide deck on the characteristics of Generation Z has much to interest educators.


Via Jim Lerman
Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

Agree, educators/decision makers need to be aware of the characteristics  of Gen Z to best serve educational needs.

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Jennifer Gordon's curator insight, July 5, 11:34 PM

This is a fascinating look at my current students.  Some of these points are arguable; all are eye-opening.

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In Honor of Mother's Day, What is The Most Powerful Lesson You Learned From Your Mother?

In Honor of Mother's Day, What is The Most Powerful Lesson You Learned From Your Mother? | Education Reform | Scoop.it
I live by many powerful concepts in my life, one of which is "Everyone is our Teacher". The very first teacher we all have in our lives is our mothers. Some lessons are good, some are not so good,
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Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity | Education Reform | Scoop.it
In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, [...]
Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

Excellent article!  I absolutely agree, "The world we live in is no longer ordered by industrial efficiency or repetition, but the exact opposite: unpredictability."  We must provide youth the education that is relevant for the world we live in today.

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WEAC's curator insight, April 14, 11:08 AM

Our increasingly structured education system is missing out on valuable opportunities for children to learn through play ... "Learning through play with 'hands-on, minds-on' approaches (not workbooks) is a powerful way forward. Play gives children space to dream, discover, improvise, and challenge convention. It’s crucial to social, emotional, cognitive and even physical development, helping them grow up better adjusted, smarter and less stressed.” 

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How to Fix Classroom Education: Get Rid of It.

How to Fix Classroom Education: Get Rid of It. | Education Reform | Scoop.it
German philosopher and author Richard David Precht thinks it’s time we rethink every aspect of education that we take for granted, including the need for teachers, classrooms, and grades. Read the Full Story >
Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

Interesting perspectives.  As Richard states, there is a gap between what children are learning and what they will need in life.  This must be addressed.

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Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions

Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions | Education Reform | Scoop.it
A teen's science fair project led him to realize that changing fonts could save the U.S. government millions of dollars.
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A great idea that doesn't need analyzing to implement.  

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Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test

Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test | Education Reform | Scoop.it

ChLast week a study that raises questions about the value of standardized test scores as a predictor of college success was released. My hope is that the findings will launch a long-overdue cultural conversation about the "gatekeeper" role th...

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Change is long overdue in education.

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This 10-year old blogger and changemaker shows how to find your spark

This 10-year old blogger and changemaker shows how to find your spark | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Perhaps you dream of being a changemaker and a leader and an inspirational example to others, but you just can't seem to get clear on what your passion really is, or maybe you've already found your place to make a stand but have lost your spark.
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Incredible example of what youth are capable of.  This should be shown in every single classroom.

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Blended Learning in Early Elementary at Utica Community Schools - Digital Promise

Blended Learning in Early Elementary at Utica Community Schools - Digital Promise | Education Reform | Scoop.it

"Children entering the education system are doing so at a time of significant change. In most states, kindergarten students are among the first cohorts to be fully immersed in a new set of national academic standards. These same children are also wholly of the digital age, arriving to the classroom with an entirely new set of information-gathering habits and technological expectations.

 

"At Utica Community Schools, a school district in Macomb County, just outside Detroit, these changes are apparent. UCS is in the heart of the auto industry, which is facing an important transition from traditional manufacturing to a need for knowledge of high-tech systems. Students entering the district will have a very different academic and post-graduate environment awaiting them than previous generations."


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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

Absolutely excellent.  Wonderful to see these changes being implemented!  I totally agree... "Students entering the district will have a very different academic and post-graduate environment awaiting them than previous generations.""  We must provide students with what they require to succeed in today's changed world.

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3D Print A Kiss, Check Stocks With Your Bra, Mine Silver From H20

3D Print A Kiss, Check Stocks With Your Bra, Mine Silver From H20 | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Generation Y is all about do-it-yourself ingenuity, but DIY these days involves more than a hammer and nails.
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It has been stated that 65% of the work that will be done by today's youth hasn't been invented yet....Excellent examples of new innovative ideas being developed by young people!

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Common Core-aligned lesson teaches students to obey government officials, ignore individual rights - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

Common Core-aligned lesson teaches students to obey government officials, ignore individual rights - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc. | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary powered by Education Action Group Foundation
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When children are taught WHAT to think, instead of HOW to think, we raise a generation of followers that don't realize they have choices in life.

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Online Education as an Agent of Transformation

Online Education as an Agent of Transformation | Education Reform | Scoop.it
Online education is beginning to show itself as a disruptive innovation, introducing more convenient and affordable services that can transform sectors.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's insight:

As we learn from many examples throughout history, like the steamship example shared,  when change is happening, it is generally resisted by the masses, but as we know from innovative changes throughout history, once people experience the benefits of something new, it reduces the reliance on the "old ways".

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Caroline Wood's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:15 PM

There are a lot of floor in these arguments but the use of on-line resources must definitely now be a part of education models. I just don 't believe it will replace class room experience, only enhance it. The example of Harvard in this article is definitely a casing point.

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Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You Went

Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You Went | Education Reform | Scoop.it
College leaders say that by focusing on what people know, not how or when they learn it, and by tapping new technology, they can save students time and lower costs.

Via Mark Smithers
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Because something was introduced in 1893 and was relevant for decades, does not mean it meets the needs of today's learners.

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Top Free Classes's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:36 AM

In March of this year, the Department of Education invited colleges to submit programs for consideration under Title IV aid that do not rely on seat time. In response, public, private and for-profit institutions alike have rushed out programs that are changing the college degree in fundamental ways; they are based not on time in a course but on tangible evidence of learning, a concept known as competency-based education. President Obama issued a call to improve college affordability that went beyond boilerplates about loans and Pell grants. He proposed a rating system that would attach federal higher education dollars to a college’s cost effectiveness and student performance. “Colleges have to work harder to prevent tuition from going up year after year,” the president said. “We’re going to encourage more colleges to innovate, try new things, do things that can provide a great education without breaking the bank.”