Exponential technologies tend to move at a slow pace then to a disruptively fast pace. We often don’t notice technologies in the deceptive growth phase, until they begin changing the way we live and do business. Driven by information technologies, products and services become digitized, dematerialized, demonetized and/or democratized and enter a phase of exponential growth. (Video)
Consistently ranking near the top in mathematics, reading, and science in the prestigious PISA rankings (the 2012 list, pdf) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Finland already has one of the best school education systems in the world. Continue reading… “No more math and history: Finland is abandoning subjects at school”
There is a shift from students as consumers to students as creators
On February 3, 2014, the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition, officially launched. The report aims to examine emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning within higher education settings.
The iPad has become a great educational tool.
A well established tool for education for both school and home classrooms is the iPad. It is an amazingly flexible device that can assist in teaching from infancy through college and beyond. Families that homeschool their children can benefit from using the iPad no matter the age or quantity of their children. Read on to learn about 40 favorite iPad apps for homeschool education.
Futurist Thomas Frey: In March of 2007 I posted my original paper on the Future of Education where I talked about a system based on an iTunes-like approach where experts around the world could use a “rapid courseware-builder” to produce bite-sized courses, send them to a global distribution center, and students from around world could plug-in and learn whatever class matched their interests.
Operating in an artificial economy
If you have paid a college tuition bill recently, perhaps the sticker shock has abated and your children have been good enough to friend you on Facebook so you can see what they are doing on your dime.
What probably still lingers, however, is the desire to ask some pointed questions of the people who are doing the educating. Where does all that money go? And why can’t the price tag fall for a change?
Squidolin Inventor and Visionary Carlos Mendez
“I love the sound of the violin,” explains Carlos Mendez. “Since I was a kid, I wanted to learn how to play it. But born in a poor country such as Nicaragua, my parents couldn’t afford lessons.”
It was this childhood affection for the stringed instrument that encouraged the young industrial designer to use part of his final project at the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California, where he graduated with honors in product design, to come up with an affordable way of learning the violin. So was born the concept of the “squidolin”.
The squidolin – named on account of its squid-like appearance – is designed to hook up to a TV to instruct students on how to play, although it will play like a regular violin too…
Chewing gum reduces stress
In a study likely to make school janitors cringe, US researchers said on Wednesday that chewing gum may boost academic performance in teenagers.
Abby Brown, the sixth grade teacher who designed the stand-up desks
From the hallway, Abby Brown’s sixth-grade classroom in a little school here about an hour northeast of Minneapolis has the look of the usual one, with an American flag up front and children’s colorful artwork decorating the walls.
A major US insurance company has set out to prove that playing computer games can sharpen the minds of older drivers so much that they deserve discounts on their auto policies.