Artificial intelligence is the next giant leap in education

Glancing around school classrooms in 2016, it’s easy to miss just how far technology has transformed learning over the last decade. The desks, whiteboards and rows of chairs are the same, but so much else has changed that can’t be seen.

A third of Britain’s schools are asking students to bring their own tablets and laptops into the classroom now, coding has been on the national curriculum for three years, and more and more education is happening outside school through apps and digital services.

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LinkedIn reranked top colleges for most desirable jobs

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LinkedIn used its massive dataset of professionals to see what colleges where producing employees at the most desirable firms.

Only a few of the conventionally prestigious schools made the top of the list when colleges are re-ranked by how graduates do in the job market. LinkedIn mined its massive dataset of professionals to see what colleges where producing employees at the most desirable firms in a handful of industries, including finance, tech, marketing, and media.

 

 

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How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

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Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning?

When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go to school for at least 13 years (K-12), plus “some” college or post high school education in the U.S. In  schools in developing countries, we hear about children who can’t go to school past a young age (sometimes around 8 years old) because they need to make money for their family’s survival, because they don’t have the opportunity to do so, because of their gender, or because it would be dangerous or prohibitively expensive to do so.

 

 

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Technological advances and privacy concerns clash in the classroom

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The amount of data collected is expected to swell as more schools use apps and tablets that can collect information.

With the shift to computerized testing, tablets in the classroom and digitized personal records, schools are collecting more data than ever on how children are doing. Now, some educators believe, it’s time to put that data to use.

 

 

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Netherlands to launch iPad-only schools that may be the future of education

iPad centric schools to open in the Netherlands.

One of the biggest school districts to buy iPads recently is the LA Unified school district. They purchased iPads for all 30,000 students as additional learning aids for its traditional teacher-led classrooms. But a new series of schools being set up in the Netherlands is taking an even bigger leap forward: it’s going to be an iPad-only learning environment.

 

 

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Clay Christensen looks at how online learning will shape the future of education

“The future of learning is blended learning for the majority of students.”

Will brick-and-mortar schools as we know them be on their way out? It’s easy to think they will when you hear disruptive economics guru Clayton Christensen’s prediction that by 2019 half of all K-12 classes will be taught online.

 

 

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Students and teachers push back on healthier school lunches

New government nutrition standards went into effect this year in a bid to combat childhood obesity.

School lunches for the first time this year are required to be healthier but they are getting some push back from students and teachers across the USA who say they are still hungry after eating the noon meal.

 

 

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8 amazing schools, playgrounds and libraries of the future

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Geopark: Stavanger, Norway

When an entire school building is covered with astroturf it is a lot more fun. Or when an abandoned oil rig is turned into  a playground.  Architects and educators are finding new ways to engage kids in learning, and the results are out of this world. (Pics)

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