"We seem to be getting almost daily reminders of the challenges of schooling our modern learners…or more correctly of ensuring our young people actually attend school..and are engaged. Currently 8,300 kids drop out of US schools each day…that’s more than 3 million a year, which results in only 59% of kids in the 50 largest US cities are graduating high school. Put simply, it’s a national disgrace. Huffington Post writer Larry Strauss calls it an epidemic, and questions what value many kids see in attending school, particularly when they see it as a place that too often labels them failures."
"Learning should be self-directed and based on the individual’s interests and passions, not curriculum or standards. This way, students will leave school with deep mastery of one subject instead of a little bit of information about a lot of things. Students could work in different contexts, produce new ideas, and transcend geographical limitations. Their interest in the subject would feed their motivation and by working with other students across the world, they’ll be able to enhance networking skills. With this conception of “knowmadic” schooling, knowledge would be fluid and continuous, with kids revising initial understandings as they gain more information.
“In modern learning it’s all about producing and iterating, figuring out what’s working and not working, revising, trying again,” said Richardson. In a “knowmadic” learning environment kids could constantly relearning and will be less afraid of failure."
The Richardson Economic Development Partnership, a joint effort of the City of Richardson and Richardson Chamber of Commerce, today announced that it has partnered with The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) to join the US Ignite initiative.
Through this partnership, Richardson and UT Dallas will explore opportunities to develop applications for access to an ultra-fast broadband network, uniquely positioning them to help North Texas-based companies, independent application developers, researchers and students in creating and testing innovative new applications requiring ultra-high bandwidth. Richardson and UT Dallas are the first public entities in Texas to sign on to the US Ignite initiative.
US Ignite is a public/private partnership launched at the White House last June to encourage development of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. US Ignite is working to transform how the nation delivers healthcare, educates children, keeps communities safe, trains employees and manufactures goods. Richardson and UT Dallas will be introduced as a US Ignite partner at the US Ignite Application Summit taking place June 24-26 in Chicago.
Richardson's and UT Dallas' participation in US Ignite is expected to be a major stimulus for the creation of new, high-tech businesses locally, as well as a powerful factor attracting companies from around the world and US to Richardson. The partnership will learn and implement best practices from other US cities participating in the US Ignite program, in order to better expand ultra-high-speed, broadband internet to Richardson's business and residential communities.
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