Opinion

The Many Cultures of Innovation

What is the difference? For me, innovation requires a radical new understanding of some basic questions of your craft. When James Dyson’s team designed a new fan, they did not improve the design of the blades: they created a quite new way of moving air without blades at all.

Grading Obama on Education Reform

Most of us had to agree to disagree on the most central points of educational politics. Partly in response to this debate, though, I decided to write an assessment of Obama's education record in several areas of P-20 education issuing a letter grade (A-F) to make my position on his record abundantly clear.

Disabled students need proper technology, but TEACH Act isn’t the answer

Far from creating helpful, voluntary guidelines, the TEACH Act would keep schools from using new technology to aid students, including those with disabilities. It would overturn existing legal standards and put an obscure federal agency in charge of approving use by campuses of new technologies — effectively blocking technological progress.

Governor: Science, math key – and so is writing

The fact is, Hasseler, Moen and others agree there is a great need for STEM graduates, though they also would argue that there is an even greater need for a well-rounded infusion of humanities and science in our college graduates.

TV Actress With PhD In Neuroscience Calls For More STEM Education

While most people know me as an actress on "The Big Bang Theory," I also have a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. I am a science geek and I embrace it! In high school and college, I spent hours upon hours with my graphing calculator in order to gain a deeper understanding of abstract concepts in science and mathematics. Today, many kids spend hours upon hours with their cell phones and tablets, which honestly worries me.

Is Social Media Reviving or Killing Our Classrooms?

Social media can wreak havoc when students become distracted in the middle of class. Some educators have gone so far as to ban social media in the classroom, but others says that learning to control social media is part of the learning process and the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Forget iPads, Education Needs a Whole New Framework

The bottom line is that technology or no technology, our public education system is still based upon an industrial framework[6]. And the reason, in my opinion, that so may reforms fail is because they are always being stuffed into this same model.

Too Far? Technology’s Reach Into Our Classrooms And Our Students’ Lives

Schools encourage parents to be knowledgeable, active participants in their children’s education, as they should. They seek informed parental consent for seemingly everything from the important to the mundane. Shouldn’t parents also have the opportunity to participate in a discussion about the possibility that their children’s disciplinary record may be purchased by a for-profit company?

In a STEM-obsessed world, let’s remember to value real inventions over test scores

If educators don’t start producing better test results by the time the next round of PISA test results come out in 2015, the risk is that all those tablet apps and 3D printers and robotics kits will start to look like just shiny and expensive toys. What’s the good of a $1,000 3D printer if kids still can’t figure out what to do with it? (Those PISA scores are supposed to measure “practical” skills and not “theoretical” skills)

The Swerve in Climate Change Depends on Innovation Too

Innovators, businesses, governments and public opinion come together to create adaptations that will shift a trend away from disaster. As described in an excellent New York Times op-ed piece by Robert Jay Lifton, this shift or “swerve” is a “major historical change in consciousness that is neither predictable nor orderly.”

Hooked on Metrics: Why Learning Can and Should Be Measured

When I first started teaching science 10 years ago, no one ever talked about achievement or thought about data. You just entered the classroom, taught and assumed what you were doing were the right things. One day, my principal called me into her office and asked why more of my students weren’t passing a mandatory state science exam. I knew my students, who came mostly from at-risk populations, were taking this test, but no one had ever held us accountable for the results in the past.

Relationships, not tech, are key

Teachers should avoid the extremes of being afraid of technology and utilizing it for the sake of using it, he said, and instead focus on how those resources can aid them in getting their message across. "Technology is changing so rapidly, so if we make this about technology, we are going to be in a really bad place. This always needs to be about learning and information," he said.

I studied computer science, not English. I still can’t find a job.

Businesses aren’t looking for college grads, they’re looking for employees who can actually do things-- like build iPhone apps, manage ad campaigns and write convincing marketing copy. I wish I’d been taught how to do those things in school, but my college had something different in mind.

Big Data Education: Why Learning Will Never Be the Same

Technology and data collection in the classroom are a reality, and the field is changing so fast, it’s nearly impossible to predict what kids even a few years from now will accept as part of the norm of their education. It’s yet another example of the ways in which big data is becoming an inextricable part of everyday life. But when it comes to our children’s education, is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

Anti-Government Policies Threaten Future Research and Innovation

Mazzucato -- professor of The Economics of Innovation at Sussex University in the UK -- argues that capitalists are not the visionary risk-takers that free-market economists, the corporate media and politicians would have us believe.  Their focus on maximizing profits actually makes capitalists risk-averse.

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