What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? Tim Ferriss — The 4-Hour Chef Hello, everyone — meet Tim Ferriss. You might know him from that time he set the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive tango spins in one minute on Live With Regis and Kelly. No? Well, how about for that time he won the USAWKF national Chinese kickboxing championship in '99? Okay, maybe not your thing. Getting young people fluent in digital What do you get when you mix unemployed young people with a blended learning incubator in digital skills? That's what we at Fluency, a new education technology startup, plan to find out. We hope that our unique method of training young people in the skills that small businesses in the UK need, will be instrumental in helping some of the 1.4 million young people not in education, employment or training in the UK into sustainable employment. Fluency is an education platform helping small businesses succeed online, while at the same time getting unemployed youth into great jobs in the digital economy. The social venture started as a series of pilots funded by UnLtd and the Nominet Trust to train low income women with digital skills that are in demand so that they could become digital freelances. The Fluency platform trains small businesses with the skills they need to succeed online: social media marketing, email marketing and search engine optimisation.
FAQs Table of Contents: The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games. It also plays high-definition video. Rita F. Pierson: WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F' TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation! This blog was produced in collaboration with TED for the TED Talks Education Special.
The Struggle Don't admit that your faith is weakDon't say that you feel like dyingLife's hard then it feels like diamondsYour home's just far too goneMuch too late to even feel like tryingCan't understand what I'm sayingCan't figure out what I'm implyingIf you feel you don't wanna be aliveYou feel just how I am— Lupe Fiasco, Beautiful Lasers Every entrepreneur starts her company with a clear vision for success. You will create an amazing environment and hire the smartest people to join you. Together you will build a beautiful product that delights customers and makes the world just a little bit better. It’s going to be absolutely awesome.
How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter November’s EdTechTeacher’s iPad Summit (which, by the way, I found through Twitter) completely amazed, overwhelmed, challenged, and inspired me. I left feeling empowered about the 1:1 iPad environment in which I was teaching and excited about the possibilities of technology inside and outside of my classroom. My Twitter Addiction McGraw-Hill & Kno Offer A Peek Into The Future Of Textbooks: They’re Dynamic, Vocal, Adaptive & Bring Stats To Studying For many startups, creating the educational platform (and learning experience) of the future began with reinventing the presentation, distribution — really, the essence — of educational content. And what is the most familiar package for that content? The good ole textbook, in all its rigid and bulky glory. As such, startups like Kno, Inkling and Boundless have been helping to make textbooks and learning content digital, interactive and personalized. Of course, generally speaking, these startups have had to fight tooth and nail against the incumbents of the space — the controllers of content — the big, bad publishers. Self-publishing platforms and open content resources have grown in popularity and startups have begun experimenting with new ways to present learning material, all of which has threatened the old guard, forcing them to make moves.
Debunking the Genius Myth Picture a “genius” — you’ll probably conjure an image of an Einstein-like character, an older man in a rumpled suit, disorganized and distracted even as he, almost accidentally, stumbles upon his next “big idea.” In truth, the acclaimed scientist actually said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” But the narrative around Einstein and a lot of accomplished geniuses — think Ben Franklin, the key and the bolt of lightning — tends to focus more on mind-blowing talent and less on the hard work behind the rise to success. A downside of the genius mythology results in many kids trudging through school believing that a great student is born, not made — lucky or unlucky, Einstein or Everyman. Harvard-educated tutors Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien began to notice that this belief about being born smart was creating a lot of frustration for the kids they tutored, and sometimes unwittingly reinforced by their parents.
The Coming Meltdown in College Education & Why The Economy Won’t Get Better Any Time Soon This is what I see when i think about higher education in this country today: Remember the housing meltdown ? Tough to forget isn’t it. How Students Are Using The Internet For Studying Does anyone out there remember actually having to go to the library to research for a paper? I remember having to order books from other libraries when I was in graduate school and -gasp- had to wait for them to be sent to me! Annoying, right? K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning: Trends on the Rise? Blended learning is on the rise and being used more than online learning in some countries around the world. According to iNACOL, blended learning is described as a mode that supports in-class activities for students in an actual classroom whereas online learning occurs entirely outside of the classroom and entails no physical student presence at all. Check out this infographic from onlineschools.com.
What we can learn from Finland’s successful school reform Finland came from behind to become the world leader in student achievement. Their strategy is the opposite of what we’re doing in America. Illustration by M. Glenwood