John T. Spencer 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. We expect applicants to be able to solve routine problems as a matter of course. 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.
Stump The Teacher 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.
Alan November Alan thrives on confirming and challenging educators’ thoughts about what’s possible in the world of teaching and learning. More than anything, he is a teacher at heart, with a wealth of experience teaching learners of all ages. Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. “As an educator, sometimes all you need is inspiration to work harder for your students. Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. Alan’s resume can be found here.
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A Principal's Reflections 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.