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(Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) Nearly a third of business leaders and technology analysts express “no confidence” that education and job training in the United States will evolve rapidly enough to match the next decade’s labor market demands, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds. About 30 percent of the executives, hiring managers, college professors and automation researchers who responded to the Pew survey felt future prospects looked bleak, anticipating that firms would encounter more trouble finding workers with their desired skill sets over the next decade. The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor. When I was young, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web or video streaming.

The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor

If you wanted to watch something, you had to wait until it appeared on television. Sometimes you might think, “Hey, I think I’ll watch a show,” and flip the channels until you found something interesting. This is how I discovered The Mechanical Universe … And Beyond. If you are not familiar with this wonderful television program from the mid-’80s, it was essentially a college-level introductory physics class presented by Cal Tech University. It included classroom lectures by Cal Tech Caltech applied physicist David Goodstein, some excellent physics demonstrations, and cool stuff like historical reenactments. The Latest School Reform in Finland Introduces a New Way to Look at Subjects. Taking education reform seriously since the 1970s, Finland has climbed the international education ratings by doing several things: 1) it bets on highly competent teachers, 2) it recognizes the huge importance of early childhood education, 3) it gives local schools the autonomy to address local needs by decentralizing administration, 4) it guarantees a uniform and free (including meals, transportation and school materials) education for all students.

The Latest School Reform in Finland Introduces a New Way to Look at Subjects

As a result, Finnish students score higher than most of their peers on international assessment tests, despite peculiarities like having minimal homework and tests, and also a curriculum that puts a big emphasis on music, the arts, and outdoor activities. In its latest efforts to keep improving the curriculum and making its pupils more equipped to succeed in the modern world, Finland has rethought the concept of a subject for its basic schools (students aged 7 to 16). Photo: Phillipe Put (Flickr) This researcher asked kids what's wrong with U.S. schools. Here are their ideas. Meet The Man Who Has Been Teaching Science Using Toys Made From Trash For Over 30 Years - The Logical Indian. While most of do not contemplate twice before throwing away trash, there is but one man who makes complex science theories simple by using the ‘rubbish’ that we discard.

Meet The Man Who Has Been Teaching Science Using Toys Made From Trash For Over 30 Years - The Logical Indian

Arvind Gupta, who works at the Children’s Science Centre in Pune, is an inventor of toys that have made science popular among children. He creatively illustrates various principles of science by designing simple toys out of trash and everyday items. For over 30 years, this innovative science educator and toy creator has been teaching the world how to make Toys from Trash – documenting approximately 1300 videos on his website. He has also authored several books, including Little Toys, Amazing Activities, Science from Scrap, and Science Skills & Thrills: The Best of Arvind Gupta. An Innovative Solution from Waste to Get Rid of Harmful Chalk Dust. Incessant coughing in the classroom because of chalk dust was a frustrating situation that the students of P.U.M.S.

An Innovative Solution from Waste to Get Rid of Harmful Chalk Dust

School, Salaiagaram, wanted to solve. Despite using cloth rags and tying handkerchiefs around their mouths, the pollution caused by chalk dust in the classroom was a real menace. White specks of dust settled in every corner of the classroom and on the students’ faces. Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid Of All School Subjects. Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world.

Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid Of All School Subjects

In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. However, the authorities there aren’t ready to rest on their laurels, and they’ve decided to carry through a real revolution in their school system. Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will no longer be any classes in physics, math, literature, history, or geography.

The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, explained the changes: Createawesomeonlinecourses. How much money teachers earn around the world. How much do educators get paid for their work?

How much money teachers earn around the world

We asked 16 public school teachers in communities around the world — from Kildare to Kathmandu, Johannesburg to Oslo — to tell us what they earned in one month (and how they spent it). Here’s what they said: Toronto, Canada. Quartz - In a study, kids who had weekly discussions on... #TEDEdChat: New experiments in self-teaching. What are the 21st-century skills every student needs? The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy. What skills will be needed most? An analysis of 213 studies showed that students who received SEL instruction had achievement scores that averaged 11 percentile points higher than those who did not. Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life — Quartz. Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life.

Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life — Quartz

But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those trying to set a moral agenda, and schools had too much else to do, like close the academic gap between high- and low-income kids, and the skills gap between US kids and some of their global counterparts. That’s beginning to change. From Singapore and China to Britain, policymakers and educators are investing more time and money in scientific research on character. Employers are going soft: the skills companies are looking for. It’s no longer enough to fill your CV with impressive grades.

Employers are going soft: the skills companies are looking for

Employers are looking beyond qualifications to figure out what other skills their candidates have. Cognitive skills in topics like maths and English have long been used as to measure the calibre of a job candidate. But a report by The Hamilton Project, an economic think-tank, says that non-cognitive skills are also integral to educational performance and success at work – and are becoming increasingly so. Oust Labs brings fun of competition and games to training of blue-collar workforce. Pivoting from being a gaming-micro-learning platform for students, Bengaluru-based Oust Labs works as a plug-and-play SaaS-based platform for the training of the blue-collar workforce.

Now that the Nokia 3310 is back, the most common topic of conversation, apart from the fact that it can survive an earthquake, is Snake and the highest score one can manage. This isn’t surprising because the combination of an interesting game and the element of competition has always been a lethal one, and this is just the mix Shrikant Latkar, the first engineer of his family from Belgaum, Karnataka, wanted to introduce in education. Should emotions be taught in schools? Who taught you how to identify and manage your emotions, how to recognize them when they arose, and how to navigate your way through them?

For many adults, the answer is: No one. You hacked your way through those confusing thickets on your own. What Is Intelligence? Einstein said, "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination1. " Socrates said, "I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. " For centuries, philosophers have tried to pinpoint the true measure of intelligence. More recently, neuroscientists have entered the debate, searching for answers about intelligence from a scientific perspective: What makes some brains smarter than others? JUMP Math, a teaching method that's proving there's no such thing as a bad math student — Quartz. Math is a notoriously hard subject for many kids and adults.

There is a gender gap, a race gap, and just generally bad performance in many countries. John Mighton, a Canadian playwright, author, and math tutor who struggled with math himself, has designed a teaching program that has some of the worst-performing math students performing well and actually enjoying math. There’s mounting evidence that the method works for all kids of all abilities.

His program, JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) Math, is being used by 15,000 kids in eight US states (it is aligned with the Common Core), more than 150,000 in Canada, and about 12,000 in Spain. Should emotions be taught in schools? Stocksy Who taught you how to identify and manage your emotions, how to recognize them when they arose and navigate your way through them?

For many adults, the answer is: No one. You hacked your way through those confusing thickets on your own. Although navigating our inner landscape was not something that was taught to us in school, it should be, contend a number of researchers. They believe emotional skills should rank as high in importance in children’s educations as math, reading, history and science. Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking. Waiting for Superman. Teaching strategies and digital citizenship tools for educators. 9 ways to make education fit for the 21st century. The Flipped Classroom Guide for Teachers - eLearning Industry. You Should Work Less Hours—Darwin Did. Study: Religious and Superstitious People Struggle to Understand the Physical World. New Horizons for Learning. SEL Defined. Johns Hopkins University: New Horizons for Learning.

Teaching Web Literacy... In Action. Common Sense Education. It's Time to Revolutionize Education — The Mission — Medium. The Bias Against Creativity - Behavioral Scientist. Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education. Relevant, engaging professional development. #ditchbook hashtag. Find, create and share lesson plans and teaching tools to empower your classroom.

5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School. Incorporating Differentiating Instruction Into Your Classroom New Teacher Resources. Cheatsheetgbl. Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English. Stepping into math: Open-sourcing our step-by-step solver. Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to raise successful kids. The Lesson You Never Got Taught in School: How to Learn! Find the Learning in Any Game. Should every kid learn to love computer science? Expii - The personal learning revolution. Classroom Management Tips For New Teachers Classroom Management Tips.

Teaching for Successful Intelligence: To Increase Student Learning and Achievement eBook: Robert J. Sternberg, Elena L. Grigorenko: Kindle Store. Students — Stanford d.school. School Retool - Big Ideas. Search Education – Google. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond.