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by Antje Funcke, Olivier Godart, Aoife Hanley and Sarah Hoffmann The ubiquitous phrase ‘back to the blackboard’ is often used to describe something that is deficient and that needs to be partially or fully reworked. Some economists like Wössmann or researchers at the OECD might apply the same reasoning to the education systems of many industrialized countries; hence the idea that education needs to be ‘reinvented’. From the empirical findings and commentary presented in the accompanying ‘Background Paper’ to this session, we have put together some solutions which we present to the panel as an input for their deliberations at the Global Economic Symposium in October 2011. 1. What matters most for good education are good teachers (Slater, Davies and Burgess, 2009; Sanders and Rivers, 1996).
A lot has happened in the past week, and I feel that bits and pieces are coming together to form a huge break from the mainstream in human capital development in the Netherlands. In brief: On Monday , I visited TEDxDelft at TU Delft . The day was very well organized and included a selection of talks from a book maker, an astronaut, constructors of a high tech opera, a parkour exhibition, and a talk by Marcel Kampman on how to close what he calls the Dream Gap . Marcel provides 9 ideas to tackle the issue, including re-organizing TED so that it it focuses on T-shaped approaches to EDucation (hence, T-ED), that work to connect people-to-people in knowledge creation and sharing. Smart idea.
Edward Harran shares his personal story into the knowmad movement: an emerging digital generation that has the capacity to work, learn, move and play - with anybody, anytime, and anywhere. In his energetic talk, Edward gives us a compelling insight into his story and highlights what the knowmads represent: the beginnings of the next renaissance. In spirit of kaizen , I would love to hear your insights; your feedback; and
cc flickr photo by R/DV/RS The reason things stay the same is because we stay the same.
A LOT of people, not least my colleague Schumpeter, have been saying lately that the next bubble to burst is going to be in higher education. The idea is that people are spending too much on higher education, taking on too much debt, and failing to get the reward they expect.
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This week, we feature the most popular posts of the year on MindShift. In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers.
As the old African proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child." One could imagine then that it would take a community to raise a school. We can't rely on local, state, or federal governments to take ownership of the issues we face locally. We need to work as a community to nurture our schools for our particular community needs. I believe the answer to real education/school transformation is strong, authentic community connections and actions.
By William Deresiewicz The essay below is adapted from a talk delivered to a freshman class at Stanford University in May. The question my title poses, of course, is the one that is classically aimed at humanities majors. What practical value could there possibly be in studying literature or art or philosophy? So you must be wondering why I'm bothering to raise it here, at Stanford, this renowned citadel of science and technology.
This article was taken from the February 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online . When you're super-smart and want to learn -- or simply don't fit the mould -- what other choice is there? Some of the world's greatest creative leaders dropped out, found a way to create the type of education they needed, and changed our world. Edwin Land , cofounder of Polaroid , dropped out to focus on research.
Over the last ten years, the way in which education and training is delivered has changed considerably with the advent of new technologies. One such new technology that holds considerable promise for helping to engage learners is Games-Based Learning (GBL). The Conference offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in the issues related to GBL to share their thinking and research findings.