by Andrew McAfee | 7:00 AM February 26, 2013 If you're an employer, there are lots of signals about a young person's suitability for the job you're offering. If you're looking for someone who can write, do they have a blog, or are they a prolific Wikipedia editor? For programmers, what are their TopCoder or GitHub scores? Stop Requiring College Degrees - Andrew McAfee
Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments for Teachers Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavour to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
FULL marks to Apple for devising ways to improve how science, mathematics and other topics are taught in primary and secondary schools across America. The company's “Reinventing Textbooks” event last week showed how effectively Apple's popular iPad tablet computer can replace the stack of tedious, and invariably outdated, textbooks that school children have to lug around these days (see “ A textbook manoeuvre ”, January 19th 2012). Apple is providing a free Macintosh application, dubbed iBooks Author, which allows publishers, teachers and writers to produce interactive textbooks with video, audio and even rotating 3D graphics that spring to life with the touch of a finger. By and large, interactive multimedia offer more engaging explanations that students more readily grasp and remember. To play such books on an iPad, a free application called iBooks 2 must first be downloaded from the company's App Store.
This weekend, I am attending the Third Digital Media and Learning Conference, hosted by the MacArthur Foundation, as part of their efforts to help build a field which takes what we have learned about young people’s informal learning, often through the more playful aspects of participatory culture, and apply it to the redesign and reinvention of those institutions which most directly touch young people’s lives — schools, libraries, museums, and public institutions. Today, the MacArthur Foundation is releasing an important statement about the underlying principles they are calling “connected learning,” a statement which helps to sum up the extensive research which has been done by the DML network in recent years. Their goal is to foster a wide reaching conversation not simply among educators but involving all of those adults who play a role in shaping the lives of young people — and let’s face it, that’s pretty much all of us. Connected Learning: Reimagining the Experience of Education in the Information Age
L'économiste américain Jeremy Rifkin présente ce mardi à Paris son dernier essai sur les mutations en cours de l'économie et les bases d'une croissance durable tout au long du XXIe siècle. Voici sa vision du futur. «Une troisième révolution industrielle doit prendre le relais de notre modèle actuel, à bout de souffle», assure l'économiste américain Jeremy Rifkin. Selon lui, «la crise actuelle n'est pas la crise de la finance, mais la crise du pétrole» et cet or noir sera de plus en plus rare et de plus en plus cher. Surtout, cette énergie est polluante, et les catastrophes naturelles de plus en plus violentes et fréquentes plaident en faveur d'un modèle de croissance plus soutenable.
Si l’on se réfère à la terminologie en vogue, je suis actuellement étudiante en quatrième année dans une « grande école » dont on ne cesse de vanter la qualité de l’enseignement. On évoque souvent le désintérêt des jeunes pour l’école. Pourtant, il y a quatre ans lorsque j’étais encore la candidate n°4307, j’ai senti mon cœur faire des claquettes sur mon estomac en remettant ma copie aux surveillants. Je sors d’une session d’examens. Et je partage les conclusions d’un rapport de juillet 2007 remis au ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche sur les modalités d’évaluation des étudiants. Au bout de huit pages... un « peu clair » Etudiante, je hais les partiels, marathon des nerfs pour perroquets
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What You (Really) Need to Know 4. As articulated by the -winner Daniel Kahneman in “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” we understand the processes of human thought much better than we once did. We are not rational calculating machines but collections of modules, each programmed to be adroit at a particular set of tasks. Not everyone learns most effectively in the same way. And yet in the face of all evidence, we rely almost entirely on passive learning. Students listen to lectures or they read and then are evaluated on the basis of their ability to demonstrate content mastery.
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Prerna Gupta, who is CEO of Khush (now part of Smule ), whose music apps, like Songify and LaDiDa , have been used to create over 125 million songs worldwide. You can follow her @prernagupta . As technology continues its march toward the Singularity , transforming the way we work, socialize and play at an increasing rate, there is one very important aspect of American society that lags behind: education. Many in Silicon Valley have strong opinions on how education should be improved, perhaps most notably Peter Thiel, who believes we are in a higher education bubble and should be encouraging kids to skip college and pursue entrepreneurship instead. I agree that Americans are placing too much emphasis on higher education, but I think the debate over Thiel’s statements misses a much deeper point. Can Technology Transform Education Before It’s Too Late?
Editor’s note : This is Part III of a guest post written by legendary Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla , the founder of Khosla Ventures . In Part I , he laid the groundwork by describing how artificial intelligence is a combination of human and computer capabilities In Part II , he discussed how software and mobile technologies can augment and even replace doctors. Now, in Part III, he talks about how technology will sweep through education. In my last post , I argued that software will take over many of the tasks doctors do today. And what of education?
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