great Thomas Friedman article For many politicians, “outsourcing” is a four-letter word because it involves jobs leaving “here” and going “there.” But for many C.E.O.’s, outsourcing is over. In today’s seamlessly connected world, there is no “out” and no “in” anymore. For politicians, it’s all about “made in America,” but, for C.E.O.’s, it is increasingly about “made in the world” — a world where more and more products are now imagined everywhere, designed everywhere, manufactured everywhere in global supply chains and sold everywhere. Yes, this is a simplification, but the trend is accurate. Which is why it is disturbing when more studies show that American K-12 schools continue to lag behind other major industrialized countries on the international education tests. Well, a dose of reality is on the way thanks to Andreas Schleicher and his team at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which coordinates the Program for International Student Assessment, known as the PISA test.
Official Google Blog: Our Googley advice to students: Major in learning Management guru Peter Drucker noted that companies attracting the best knowledge workers will "secure the single biggest factor for competitive advantage." We and other forward-looking companies put a lot of effort into hiring such people. What are we looking for? At the highest level, we are looking for non-routine problem-solving skills. Here's a real-life example, a challenge a team of our engineers once faced: designing a spell-checker for the Google search engine. How do we find these non-routine savants? ... analytical reasoning. ... communication skills. ... a willingness to experiment. ... team players. ... passion and leadership. These characteristics are not just important in our business, but in every business, as well as in government, philanthropy, and academia. And then keep on challenging yourself, because learning doesn't end with graduation.
Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills “The idea that a company’s senior leaders have all the answers and can solve problems by themselves has gone completely by the wayside…The person who’s close to the work has to have strong analytic skills. You have to be rigorous: test your assumptions, don’t take things at face value, don’t go in with preconceived ideas that you’re trying to prove.” —Ellen Kumata, consultant to Fortune 200 companies “The biggest problem we have in the company as a whole is finding people capable of exerting leadership across the board…Our mantra is that you lead by influence, rather than authority.” “I’ve been here four years, and we’ve done fundamental reorganization every year because of changes in the business…I can guarantee the job I hire someone to do will change or may not exist in the future, so this is why adaptability and learning skills are more important than technical skills.” “The biggest skill people are missing is the ability to communicate: both written and oral presentations.
Microsoft Educator Network - For Schools : Partners in Learning School Research Overview Educators around the globe recognize that teaching and learning needs to be transformed to align with the realities of life and work in the 21st century. Today's learners need to develop higher order skills and know how to create and collaborate. At the same time, school leaders need to build their teachers' capacity to develop these skills in students. The transformation goes beyond Information Communications Technology (ICT). Partners in Learning School Research is a free, online survey sent out by a school administrator to school leaders and teachers to gain their individual self-assessment on the current state of innovative teaching practices in their school and their own class. Easily create data driven, action oriented reports Once your surveys have been taken, your school receives a data-driven, action-oriented report with concrete recommendations for how your school can develop and expand its innovative teaching and learning. The survey has two sets of questions.
Tony Wagner on Innovation Teaching and Learning | Feature Creating a Culture of Innovation In a world where knowledge is available with a few clicks of the mouse, colleges and universities must find new ways to give students the skills to succeed. Tony Wagner, innovation education fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (MA), is a frequent speaker on transforming education for the 21st century and consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations internationally. Campus Technology: You talk a lot about reinventing the education system. Tony Wagner: I think students are going to have to hack their own education going forward. CT: Are MOOCs part of the solution? Wagner: What we see with MOOCs is that knowledge is being commoditized.
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What are Studio Schools? How the Web is changing how we learn – and what it means for today’s L&D Article written for the 50th edition of the Inside Learning Technologies magazine, October 2014 For the last 8 years I have been compiling a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning_ from the contributions of learning professionals worldwide – both from education as well as those involved in workplace learning. It clearly shows that a growing number of individuals are using the Web to learn in many different ways – either out of personal interest or to meet a professional need or solve a performance problem. For instance They are accessing a wide variety of instructional and informational resources – not just MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) but videos, podcasts, and other resourcesThey are building a professional network of trusted colleagues – both inside and outside their organization – with whom they connect on a regularly basis to exchange ideas, resources, and links and from whom they learn on a continuous basis – sometimes without realizing it.
Colleges | Encore.org Whether you’re a college professional or a prospective student, learn here about pioneering encore programs across the country at major universities, community colleges and specialized schools – both online and on campus. The Encore College Initiative encourages colleges to create and promote educational pathways to encore careers. The project invests in innovation and encourages colleges and social sector employers to work together to unleash the potential of boomers as a new workforce for social change. Find out more about the Encore College Initiative Check out innovative encore program models Read case studies about encore collegesLearn about people who retrained for encore careers Visit the Encore College Resource LibraryContact us for more information about the Encore College Initiative The Encore Alumni Toolkit: Are you enthusiastic about helping the millions of people eager to pursue encore careers – work that combines purpose, passion and a paycheck after midlife?
TEAM | The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company Akala: Artistic Director / Workshop Facilitator Emerging from London’s hip-hop underground, in 2006 Kingslee “Akala” Daley) won the MOBO “Best Hip-Hop” award for his debut album “It’s Not A Rumour”. Since then he has released his second album “Freedom Lasso” and toured extensively in the UK and around the world. He has also found the time to take his own energetic and original workshops all over the country working for clients such as the BBC, London Metropolitan Archives, Times BFI London Film Festival and various schools/youth clubs around the capital. In his workshops, Akala uses hip-hop to engage young people with subjects such as African culture and history, human rights, racism, history and legacy of slavery and the history of hip-hop. Last year, Akala released a track entitled ‘Comedy, Tragedy, History’ which he first created in a live freestyle on BBC 1xtra radio station, when challenged to name-check all of Shakespeare’s plays in one rap by DJ “Twin B”.
EUA welcomes EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education report on quality of teaching and learning All news June 21, 2013 On Tuesday 18 June, the EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education published and presented its first “report to the European Commission on improving the quality of teaching and learning in Europe’s higher education institutions”. The group, launched last year by the European Commission and chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, and to which EUA provided input, makes 16 recommendations to different stakeholders including HE institutions and public authorities. EUA Secretary General, Lesley Wilson, said: “We welcome the publication of this report as it draws attention to issues that are crucial for Europe’s universities, their staff and students, and echoes many of the issues related to teaching and learning that have or are currently being addressed by EUA through its different activities.” The full report and recommendations can be downloaded here.
PRESS RELEASES - Press release - EU high level group: train the professors to teach European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 June 2013 EU high level group: train the professors to teach The EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education publishes its first report today on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "My goal in setting up the group was to encourage new thinking and ideas. Mary McAleese, chair of the group, added: "Quality teaching and learning depends on dedicated individuals and dedicated institutions, supported by policies that put teaching and learning at the centre. The group, which was set up by Commission Vassiliou last September, has consulted widely with stakeholders as part of its work. Next steps Background The work of the high level group is part of the Commission's strategy to support the modernisation of higher education in the Member States. For more information The agenda for modernisation of higher education Annex 1:
Creating a quasi-market in higher education in Australia The introduction of the demand-driven system for undergraduate places in 2012 saw the differences between the government regulated world of public universities and the market-driven world of international and postgraduate education diminish. With the federal budget that difference has almost disappeared. In the demand-driven system, domestic students wanting to attend university can choose which university and which program they wish to take, subject to meeting the entry criteria. Access to government funding for these undergraduate and sub-degree places will be extended to non-university higher education providers both public and private. As a result, Australia’s public universities will now operate in what can be described as a quasi-market, rather than as public universities funded by federal government. Continuing cuts in the government subsidy per higher education place have accompanied greater access to higher education. Student subsidies invest in more than just students