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The new era of education and the future of work relies heavily on our ability to thin new ways (Creativity), do things in new ways (Innovation) and generate new value and opportunity (Entrepreneurship)
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Home - High Tech Campus Eindhoven

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High Tech Campus Eindhoven is the world's smartest square km and has the ultimate high tech startup ecosystem to start and accelerate your tech startup!
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This might just be the future of work and education....

"High Tech Campus Eindhoven is the smartest km² in The Netherlands with more than 160 companies and institutes, and some 11,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs working on developing future technologies and products. The Campus helps you accelerate your innovation by offering easy access to high tech facilities and international networks. Campus companies (a.o. Philips, NXP, IBM, Intel) strategically decide what knowledge, skills and R&D facilities they share in order to achieve faster, better and more customer-oriented innovation in the application fields Health, Energy and Smart Environments. Located at the heart of Brainport Campus companies are responsible for nearly 40% of all Dutch patent applications."
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How Troublemakers, Rule Breakers, and Misfits Are Changing the World

You know “that kid” when you meet them. That kid is often perceived as too loud, too opinionated, too energetic. That kid is called a troublemaker, a rule breaker, a misfit.
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You know “that kid” when you meet them. That kid is often perceived as too loud, too opinionated, too energetic. That kid is called a troublemaker, a rule breaker, a misfit.
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Is Creativity a Skill? | EdSurge News

Is Creativity a Skill? | EdSurge News | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Are you creative? How would you know, or convince your boss? According to a new LinkedIn analysis of member profiles, creativity tops the chart of soft skills that employers are looking for.

A skill is loosely defined as the ability to do something well. The word traces back to Old Norse for “power of discernment.” In the early 13th century, the word was also used to describe one’s “sense of ability, cleverness.” Skills can also be taught, improved, measured and defined—and be done with some consistency and reliability.

Does creativity check those boxes? Is creativity a skill? Can it be honed through practice and repetition, in a similar fashion as, say, practicing shooting free throws? I posed this question in the office—and got a hung jury. Respondents to a Twitter poll leaned slightly in favor of “yes.”
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"Are you creative? How would you know, or convince your boss? According to a new LinkedIn analysis of member profiles, creativity tops the chart of soft skills that employers are looking for. A skill is loosely defined as the ability to do something well. The word traces back to Old Norse for “power of discernment.” In the early 13th century, the word was also used to describe one’s “sense of ability, cleverness.” Skills can also be taught, improved, measured and defined—and be done with some consistency and reliability. Does creativity check those boxes? Is creativity a skill? Can it be honed through practice and repetition, in a similar fashion as, say, practicing shooting free throws? I posed this question in the office—and got a hung jury. Respondents to a Twitter poll leaned slightly in favor of “yes.”"
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Entrepreneurship education — a student right and a university obligation!

I need to start with a disclaimer: the last 6 years of my life have been focussed on developing Mashauri: an education platform for universities to enable them to offer their students an entrepreneurial education — so I may have a slight bias here. On the other hand, the research we have conducted and the experience gained, have done nothing to dissuade me from this — although we have received some negatives from certain quarters (see later).
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"I need to start with a disclaimer: the last 6 years of my life have been focussed on developing Mashauri: an education platform for universities to enable them to offer their students an entrepreneurial education — so I may have a slight bias here. On the other hand, the research we have conducted and the experience gained, have done nothing to dissuade me from this — although we have received some negatives from certain quarters (see later)."
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Global Challenge

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Global Challenge is an online learning platform that enables students to participate and complete a series of specific individual or collaborative team based learning exercises (referred to as Challenges). In individual challenges, students navigate through a number of interactive activities designed to engage and educate simultaneously. In collaborative challenges, students form teams in order to complete project based tasks, and maintain communication through the integration of Cisco’s WebEx Teams. 

Teachers can create these individual or collaborative challenges through the online admin authoring portal. In this portal, teachers can create syllabus specific individual or collaborative challenges (including grading outcomes), and assign them to a specific cohort of students. The data captured by students within Global Challenge can also be accessed to assess and evaluate the overall learning process.
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Global Challenge is an online learning platform that enables students to participate and complete a series of specific individual or collaborative team based learning exercises (referred to as Challenges). In individual challenges, students navigate through a number of interactive activities designed to engage and educate simultaneously. In collaborative challenges, students form teams in order to complete project based tasks, and maintain communication through the integration of Cisco’s WebEx Teams. 

Teachers can create these individual or collaborative challenges through the online admin authoring portal. In this portal, teachers can create syllabus specific individual or collaborative challenges (including grading outcomes), and assign them to a specific cohort of students. The data captured by students within Global Challenge can also be accessed to assess and evaluate the overall learning process.
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What constitutes a gifted life? Understanding at a young age that it takes sacrifice, compromise and a lot of dedication to fund opportunity.
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The Classroom Black Box – Predict –


“Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
Charles F. Kettering

"Data collection and management needs to be efficient and not a burden for teachers
The use of data must have a clear and positive impact on teaching and learning"

“It is about creating systems and cultures that enable organisation to learn from errors rather than being threatened by them.”
Matthew Syed

“Teaching needs an ecosystem that supports evidence-based practice. It will need better systems to disseminate the results of research more widely, but also a better understanding of research, so that teachers can be critical consumers of evidence.”

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“Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” Charles F. Kettering "Data collection and management needs to be efficient and not a burden for teachers The use of data must have a clear and positive impact on teaching and learning" “It is about creating systems and cultures that enable organisation to learn from errors rather than being threatened by them.” Matthew Syed “Teaching needs an ecosystem that supports evidence-based practice. It will need better systems to disseminate the results of research more widely, but also a better understanding of research, so that teachers can be critical consumers of evidence.”
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Top K-12 Hurdles, Accelerators and Technology Enablers Revealed in New CoSN Innovation Survey | CoSN

Top K-12 Hurdles, Accelerators and Technology Enablers Revealed in New CoSN Innovation Survey | CoSN | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
According to results from a new innovation survey, CoSN today revealed the top five hurdles, accelerators and technology enablers in K-12 education.
 
The trends were identified in CoSN’s survey of nearly 100 education leaders, practitioners and changemakers worldwide. The participants engaged in a six-month discussion about emerging technologies as part of CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation initiative. Beginning in early 2019, CoSN will produce a series of three publications focusing on each topic. The series will be capped off with a new toolkit delivering practical tips for schools leaders to spark discussions and action around the findings.
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SURVEY RESULTS ARE NOW IN! Select a phase to read the just-released results. See also: press release. Hurdles. Obstacles that make participants slow down, evaluate, practice and then make the leap to better support teaching and learning Accelerators. Megatrends that drive change – sometimes suddenly over time so gradually the implications aren’t readily apparent. Tech Enablers. Tools that support smoother leaps over the hurdles and expansive changes in global K-12 education. Toolkit. A series toolkit will help school leaders and practitioners initiate and facilitate crucial conversations that help them put the ideas from the series into action. (*Coming in 2019)
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Western Australia’s science finds strength in its isolation

Western Australia’s science finds strength in its isolation | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it


“We have to be very collaborative here,” agrees Sue Fletcher, a biomedical researcher at Murdoch University, also in Perth. “We’re a smaller city. We don’t have the same number of institutions with big expensive equipment, so the universities work together really well to access each others’ facilities.”

Data support this perspective. A 2016 report by Nature Index, which tracks scientific-article author affiliations, found that Curtin University and the University of Western Australia (UWA) formed Australia’s strongest collaboration between two research institutes, coming 73rd globally. No other Australian university made it into the list of the top 100 partnerships.

The data also showed that Curtin was the most collaborative Australian university overall.

“Collaboration comes naturally here,” says Robyn Owens, deputy vice-chancellor for research at UWA. “It’s only by doing that that we can ensure we have the appropriate research infrastructure in Western Australia.”

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“We have to be very collaborative here,” agrees Sue Fletcher, a biomedical researcher at Murdoch University, also in Perth. “We’re a smaller city. We don’t have the same number of institutions with big expensive equipment, so the universities work together really well to access each others’ facilities.”

Data support this perspective. A 2016 report by Nature Index, which tracks scientific-article author affiliations, found that Curtin University and the University of Western Australia (UWA) formed Australia’s strongest collaboration between two research institutes, coming 73rd globally. No other Australian university made it into the list of the top 100 partnerships.

The data also showed that Curtin was the most collaborative Australian university overall.

“Collaboration comes naturally here,” says Robyn Owens, deputy vice-chancellor for research at UWA. “It’s only by doing that that we can ensure we have the appropriate research infrastructure in Western Australia.”
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How to Make Your Shift to Future-Focused Learning Successful

How to Make Your Shift to Future-Focused Learning Successful | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
In future-focused learning, learners strive together to find and solve real-world problems that matter, and I’m thrilled to take part in seeing this remarkable transformation happen in schools all over the world. Making the shift to future-focused learning should be a joyful and curious experience for both you and your learners, after all.

This November, we invite you to join us Monday Nov. 19th to Tuesday Nov. 20th. in beautiful Richmond, British Columbia for a special 2-day workshop entitled Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice. It’s designed to help guide you in your own shifts of practice and explore future-focused learning in a fun collaborative atmosphere with like-minded educators from all over the world.
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In future-focused learning, learners strive together to find and solve real-world problems that matter, and I’m thrilled to take part in seeing this remarkable transformation happen in schools all over the world. Making the shift to future-focused learning should be a joyful and curious experience for both you and your learners, after all. This November, we invite you to join us Monday Nov. 19th to Tuesday Nov. 20th. in beautiful Richmond, British Columbia for a special 2-day workshop entitled Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice. It’s designed to help guide you in your own shifts of practice and explore future-focused learning in a fun collaborative atmosphere with like-minded educators from all over the world.
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Doubling Down On Learners

Doubling Down On Learners | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
As the education world continues its discussions about transformation and how it can meet the future needs of the businesses we own or run, it is helpful to know the personalities that are responsible for that transformation. One of the people that you should know–an industry heavyweight that has led the charge to transform our antiquated education system into a fully functioning real-world modern education system–is Samantha Adams Becker. Her influence is felt at every level in education, helping those who work in the trenches to win the war on complacency. She is a tireless promoter who writes and directs the narrative for the changes we demand in the business of education.
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Very pleased to be able to call Sam a friend and colleague!

"As the education world continues its discussions about transformation and how it can meet the future needs of the businesses we own or run, it is helpful to know the personalities that are responsible for that transformation. One of the people that you should know–an industry heavyweight that has led the charge to transform our antiquated education system into a fully functioning real-world modern education system–is Samantha Adams Becker. Her influence is felt at every level in education, helping those who work in the trenches to win the war on complacency. She is a tireless promoter who writes and directs the narrative for the changes we demand in the business of education."
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Claude Shannon: How a Real Genius Solves Problems – Personal Growth –

Claude Shannon may have been a singular genius with a unique mind, but the process he used isn’t out of reach for any of us. His strength was in this process and its application.

Good problem-solving is a product of both critical and creative thinking. The best way to combine them is to have some process in place that allows each to shine through.

Thinking patterns shape our minds. The goal is to have the right thinking patterns doing so.
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Good problem-solving is a product of both critical and creative thinking. The best way to combine them is to have some process in place that allows each to shine through.
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Teaching Innovation: The Use of Useless Worlds – Sam Hollon –

Three hundred audience members at the University of Southern California left their seats. They stood up, gathered into small groups, received decks of colorful cards, talked, and wrote. The groups comprised members from fields spanning education to urban planning and game development to linguistics. Over the course of the ten-hour workshop, a website filled up in real time with writing, photos, and artwork with as much diversity as its creators’ backgrounds — all describing the island nation of Rilao, which, strictly speaking, does not exist.
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Over the course of the ten-hour workshop, a website filled up in real time with writing, photos, and artwork with as much diversity as its creators’ backgrounds — all describing the island nation of Rilao, which, strictly speaking, does not exist.
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When We Need Tools on Mars, We'll Turn to 3D Printing

When We Need Tools on Mars, We'll Turn to 3D Printing | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
An Australian university team is creating a 3D-printed toolkit to assist with living and working on Mars.
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Congratulations once again to Qassim, Anne and the students who participated.

"There are no Home Depot stores on Mars. “On Mars, I don’t believe people will be able to afford the luxury of Earth’s manufacturing culture, at least at the beginning of life on Mars,” Dr. Qassim Saad, head of product design at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, told Design News. 
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Can 'Capstone Projects' Deepen Learning for High School Seniors?

Can 'Capstone Projects' Deepen Learning for High School Seniors? | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Educators in Oakland, Calif., say the yearlong graduation projects are helping students master oral, writing, and research skills that will serve them well for whatever comes next.
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Educators in Oakland, Calif., say the yearlong graduation projects are helping students master oral, writing, and research skills that will serve them well for whatever comes next.
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Use Membership | EDUCAUSE

Use Membership | EDUCAUSE | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it



7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Membership
EDUCAUSE members—get the most out of your membership by following the steps below.*

Tailor your member experience.
Get familiar with your benefits.
Find solutions to everyday work problems and projects.
Join the conversation.
Build peer networks and advance your knowledge.
Be recognized and advance your career.
Learn and shape the higher education perspective on national issues and trends.

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Curtin is a member of EDUCAUSE - all staff are entitled to make use of the benefits:

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Membership EDUCAUSE members—get the most out of your membership by following the steps below:

- Tailor your member experience. 
- Get familiar with your benefits. 
- Find solutions to everyday work problems and projects. Join the conversation. 
- Build peer networks and advance your knowledge. 
- Be recognized and advance your career. 
- Learn and shape the higher education perspective on national issues and trends.
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How can you measure the importance of “soft skills”?

In a 2017 study by Harvard scholar David J Deming (which you can read here), he found that, despite advances in technology, the need in our economy for skills requiring “soft skills” is going up (not down).

Here’s some of what he found:

“Analyzing employment trends between 1980 and 2012, Deming found that jobs requiring extensive interaction, such as teachers, managers, and nurses, grew by nearly 12 points as a share of the labor force, while analytical positions that required few social skills, including some engineering jobs, declined. Wages for “high math, low social skill” occupations increased by 5.9 percent, compared with 26 percent growth for “high math, high social skill” openings.”
 (Via: The 74)
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In a 2017 study by Harvard scholar David J Deming (which you can read here), he found that, despite advances in technology, the need in our economy for skills requiring “soft skills” is going up (not down). Here’s some of what he found: “Analyzing employment trends between 1980 and 2012, Deming found that jobs requiring extensive interaction, such as teachers, managers, and nurses, grew by nearly 12 points as a share of the labor force, while analytical positions that required few social skills, including some engineering jobs, declined. Wages for “high math, low social skill” occupations increased by 5.9 percent, compared with 26 percent growth for “high math, high social skill” openings.” (Via: The 74)
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Heavy Lifting: The Exercise of Critical Thinking – Pear Deck –

We’ve taught you that the earth is round,
That red and white make pink,
And something else that matters more — 
We’ve taught you how to think.”
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That red and white make pink,
And something else that matters more — 
We’ve taught you how to think.”
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Innovation Isn’t About Ideas – Member Feature Stories –

We’re conditioned to think that someone like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk stands up on stage, announces that the world has changed, and everybody just goes along. It never really happens that way because innovation is never a single event. It is a long process of discovery, engineering, and transformation that usually takes about 30 years.
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas,” said the computing pioneer Howard Aiken. “If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” Never were truer words spoken. Great innovators aren’t just people with ideas. They’re people willing to stick it out and take the shots from people who ridicule them. Eventually, if they’re lucky, they really do change the world
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And therein lies the challenge fo4 schools - if Innovation takes decades who sticks at it long enough to bring about the changes required??  The “We tried that”, or “no-one liked it” reposes that move us onto the next novel idea are the enemies of innovation, and pretty much endorse the status quo.
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CoSN unveils top edtech challenges, tools for 2019

CoSN unveils top edtech challenges, tools for 2019 | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Survey results published Tuesday reveal that ongoing professional development and keeping up with the “future of work” are the top challenges K-12 technology educators will face in 2019.

The survey, part of the Consortium for School Networking’s “Driving K-12 Innovation” initiative, asked nearly 100 teachers, administrators and and stakeholders to comment on three aspects of their K-12 classroom experience related to technology: the “hurdles,” the “accelerators” and the “enablers.”

“By highlighting the key challenges and opportunities — with an eye toward future implications — our findings should encourage meaningful discussions on the actions needed to enhance teaching and learning environments,” Irene Spero, chief external relations officer for CoSN, said in a statement.
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One of the projects I've contributed to as an Advisory Board member... 

Survey results published Tuesday reveal that ongoing professional development and keeping up with the “future of work” are the top challenges K-12 technology educators will face in 2019. The survey, part of the Consortium for School Networking’s “Driving K-12 Innovation” initiative, asked nearly 100 teachers, administrators and and stakeholders to comment on three aspects of their K-12 classroom experience related to technology: the “hurdles,” the “accelerators” and the “enablers.” “By highlighting the key challenges and opportunities — with an eye toward future implications — our findings should encourage meaningful discussions on the actions needed to enhance teaching and learning environments,” Irene Spero, chief external relations officer for CoSN, said in a statement.
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Cultivating Future Ready Admin

Cultivating Future Ready Admin | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
How can principals effectively inspire and support educators to personalize learning for students? In this edWebinar, learn how the Vancouver Public Schools Future Ready Admin initiative builds principal capacity in digital transformation, providing personalized professional development to building leaders and engaging in problems of practice for building leadership. Discover how the district conceived, designed, and implemented this project applying the Future Ready Schools initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education and ISTE Administrator Standards into their practice.

Join us to review topics which have resonated with principals and learn about the challenges and opportunities of cultivating Future Ready Administrators. Elementary through high school level school and district leaders, as well as teachers, librarians, and instructional coaches will benefit from attending this session. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
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How can principals effectively inspire and support educators to personalize learning for students? In this edWebinar, learn how the Vancouver Public Schools Future Ready Admin initiative builds principal capacity in digital transformation, providing personalized professional development to building leaders and engaging in problems of practice for building leadership. Discover how the district conceived, designed, and implemented this project applying the Future Ready Schools initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education and ISTE Administrator Standards into their practice. Join us to review topics which have resonated with principals and learn about the challenges and opportunities of cultivating Future Ready Administrators. Elementary through high school level school and district leaders, as well as teachers, librarians, and instructional coaches will benefit from attending this session. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
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Explore Shared Education Challenges with the Challenge Map

Explore Shared Education Challenges with the Challenge Map | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Introducing the Challenge Map
Based on what we learned from challenge sessions, artifact reviews, and in-depth interviews with district leaders, we created the Challenge Map. This interactive tool features 36 specific challenges that are each broadly relevant, well-defined, and distinct from the others. The challenges are organized within nine themes, related to students and classrooms (Student Learning and Instructional Approaches), schools (Professional Learning & Support, School Culture, Climate & Safety, and Family Engagement), and full districts (Assessment, Technology & Network Infrastructure, Systems Change, and Equity).
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Introducing the Challenge Map Based on what we learned from challenge sessions, artifact reviews, and in-depth interviews with district leaders, we created the Challenge Map. This interactive tool features 36 specific challenges that are each broadly relevant, well-defined, and distinct from the others. The challenges are organized within nine themes, related to students and classrooms (Student Learning and Instructional Approaches), schools (Professional Learning & Support, School Culture, Climate & Safety, and Family Engagement), and full districts (Assessment, Technology & Network Infrastructure, Systems Change, and Equity).
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The Power of Being a Connected Educator

The Power of Being a Connected Educator | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Spread the loveA librarian shares her journey from approaching burnout to becoming her school’s technology innovator. By Nikki D. Robertson During the 2009–2010 school year, I became convinced I was missing out on something. So many of the educators around me were excited about their role, innovating at every turn and sharing those experiences with the world. I couldn’t help but wonder how they were able to do what they were doing with so much passion. Reflecting on this period of my career, it’s safe to say I was burnt out, but I also realized that feeling would only be …

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Spread the loveA librarian shares her journey from approaching burnout to becoming her school’s technology innovator.
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This article goes out to all of my Future Ready librarian friends

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How Genius Hour Helps Kids Connect What They’re Learning in School to Their Future Goals | EdSurge News

Genius Hour has three rules:

Students must start with an essential question that cannot be answered with a simple Google search.
Students must research their question using reputable websites, interviews, and/or print resources.
Students must create something. Their product may be digital, physical or service-oriented.
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Genius Hour has three rules: Students must start with an essential question that cannot be answered with a simple Google search. Students must research their question using reputable websites, interviews, and/or print resources. Students must create something. Their product may be digital, physical or service-oriented.
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When Faculty Design Classrooms of the Future

Indiana University's Mosaic Initiative, a program that supports innovative learning space design, research, and comprehensive support across the institution, regularly brings faculty voices to the design process when creating our active learning classrooms. To give those conversations a formal home, Mosaic recently held the inaugural Mosaic Design Symposium, a day of workshops and brainstorming about the future of IU's learning spaces.
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Indiana University's Mosaic Initiative, a program that supports innovative learning space design, research, and comprehensive support across the institution, regularly brings faculty voices to the design process when creating our active learning classrooms. To give those conversations a formal home, Mosaic recently held the inaugural Mosaic Design Symposium, a day of workshops and brainstorming about the future of IU's learning spaces.
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Meet Will – Vector’s new renewable energy educator in schools | Vector Limited

Meet Will – Vector’s new renewable energy educator in schools | Vector Limited | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
In a first for education, Vector is exploring the use of “digital human” technology in its energy education programmes in primary schools.

In conjunction with New Zealand’s leading AI company Soul Machines, Vector has created Will, a “digital teacher” being trialed in its award-winning ‘Be Sustainable with Energy’ schools programme, which is offered free of charge to schools within Vector’s Auckland electricity network. The schools programme was launched in 2005 and has since educated more than 125,000 children about energy.
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In a first for education, Vector is exploring the use of “digital human” technology in its energy education programmes in primary schools. In conjunction with New Zealand’s leading AI company Soul Machines, Vector has created Will, a “digital teacher” being trialed in its award-winning ‘Be Sustainable with Energy’ schools programme, which is offered free of charge to schools within Vector’s Auckland electricity network. The schools programme was launched in 2005 and has since educated more than 125,000 children about energy.
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