Education reform Education reform is the name given to a demand with the goal of improving education. Small improvements in education theoretically have large social returns in health, wealth and well-being. Historically, reforms have taken different forms because the motivations of reformers have differed. A stated motivation has been to reduce cost to students and society. From the ancient times until the 1800s, one goal was to reduce the expense of a classical education.
How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education Matthew Carpenter, age 10, has completed 642 inverse trigonometry problems at KhanAcademy.org.Photo: Joe Pugliese “This,” says Matthew Carpenter, “is my favorite exercise.” I peer over his shoulder at his laptop screen to see the math problem the fifth grader is pondering. It’s an inverse trigonometric function: cos-1(1) = ?
15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out. Google Docs Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration.
Should you pay $250K to go to college? By Jason Calacanis On April 8, 2013 I was talking with my brother recently about higher education. We both struggled our way through school, barely able to afford our approximate $40,000 in tuition and expenses over the four years (he at a state school, me at Fordham University). Now his son has been accepted to a bunch of amazing schools, and we discussed a $250,000 four-year bill. Yep, 20 years after we graduated, the same set of schools cost six times as much. CITE Journal Article Volume 1, Issue 1 ISSN 1528-5804 Print Version Commentaries Submit A Commentary Carroll, T. Youth Joblessness Creates Ripple Effect Not having a summer or after-school job affects more than just a kid's wallet. It also has real consequences for his or her personal and economic development. While the overall unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1 percent, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds has been going up since February. Currently 25.4 percent of teenagers who want jobs can't find them. Kyle Hughes, 17, works in the cramped quarters of Dairy Queen in downtown Brighton, Mich.
East L.A. murals come to life in school plays Monterey Continuation High School students Christopher Lizarraras,… (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles…) In East Los Angeles, murals are as common and overlooked as clouds in the sky, but both take shape and significance when looked at through a different lens. A group of students from Monterey Continuation High School learned this lesson recently by writing and performing one-act plays about the wall art in their neighborhood and the muralists who put them there. About…Productions oversees the Young Theaterworks program at the school and encourages students to communicate through the arts. "We're realizing there's a living history that the students don't know about," said Rose Portillo, associate director of About…Productions. She and artistic director Theresa Chavez arranged for the students to meet with muralists Barbara Carrasco and Yreina Cervantez, and with Wayne Healy and David Botello, founders of the East Los Streetscapers, a public art studio.
Deschooling Deschooling is a term used by both education philosophers and proponents of alternative education and/or homeschooling, though it refers to different things in each context. It was popularized by Ivan Illich in his 1971 book Deschooling Society. Concept Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely : Shots - Health Blog iStockphoto.com We've all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement. But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students' strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some "evidence-based" teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use "evidence-based medicine." Psychologist Dan Willingham at the University of Virginia, who studies how our brains learn, says teachers should not tailor instruction to different kinds of learners.
About Productions: Young Theaterworks Young Theaterworks “About…Productions’ Young Theaterworks comes and challenges students – challenges them to write, to speak, to look inside themselves. Young Theaterworks offers unrelenting professionalism, dedication and belief in the potential of youth to do more, reach higher, succeed.
The Case for the Virtual Classroom Online education is often dismissed as a pipeline for expensive degrees of little value and a sponge for veterans’ tuition payments. But while it’s true that for-profit universities have made a hefty business out of e-learning, it’s becoming apparent that learning online can also benefit almost everyone else. “It’s very clear that five years from now, on the web, for free…you will be able to find the greatest lectures in the world on the web,” Bill Gates recently predicted in an interview at Techonomy 2010.
EdTracker: EdSource’s guide to education legislation Last year California state legislators passed the Local Control Funding Formula, transforming how schools are funded. They ended the state’s existing system of standardized testing and created a roadmap for introducing new assessments of student performance. And they approved significant funding for implementing the new Common Core standards. While collectively the raft of education bills introduced this year do not approach that level of magnitude, they do address a range of important issues: universal kindergarten for 4-year-olds, school discipline, teacher dismissal, and bachelor’s degrees at the community college level, to name a few. EdSource will focus on a number of key bills through our EdTracker, reporting their status as they go through the legislative process.
Why Education Needs to Get Its Game On Gerard LaFond is the VP of marketing for Pearson’s College and Career Readiness division and the co-founder of Persuasive Games. He’s currently working on the gamification of education through the Pearson start-up, Alleyoop. Kids spend hours a day on sites like Facebook and YouTube. They play highly immersive video games, watch engrossing shows on their HDTVs and interact with apps on their mobile devices. All of this is in stark contrast to how they spend their days at school, where educators lecture and write on blackboards, then ask kids to read boring textbooks and practice abstract skills or memorize obscure facts.
How Adaptive Learning Technology Can Help Transform U.S. STEM Education This article was co-written by Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar and Ben Owens Many of today’s classrooms look very much like they did 100 years ago: rows of desks, students passively listening to lecture-based instruction, and a one-size-fits all method of instruction.