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Why innovation needs both art and science

Like many aspects of the digital age, this idea that innovation resides where art and science connect is not new. Leonardo da Vinci was the exemplar, and his drawing of the Vitruvian Man became the symbol, of the creativity that flourishes when the humanities and sciences interact.

DreamBox Learning CEO: How tech will shape the future of schools

Some people believe kids aren’t going to spend a lot of time in a classroom with their peers, and I have to tell you, I hope that’s not true. We have the opportunity to have a lot of individualized learning with supportive technology, then pivot the model to be much more project-based and critical-thinking based so students can harness collective wisdom. - Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Technology in today's schools — Getting an early start is crucial, and costly

Early education in computers and computer programming in some European schools is starting to pay dividends. Utah needs to find ways to stay up to speed as well in high-tech learning — but the how-to's and the costs become problematic.

Why I didn’t pursue a STEM education, but I hope you do

Today, I want to tell you what I wish someone had told me 20 years ago: Forget what you want to study.  Yes, that’s right, forget about the school part for a minute. Instead ask yourself: what kinds of problems do you want to solve?

US federal CIO? 'Someone from Google or Facebook will be eaten alive'

The advantage of a Silicon Valley star is the possibility of fresh ideas and best practices. In addition, he or she may be willing withstand pressure from the "IT cartels," as former US CIO Vivek Kundra described incumbent technology vendors and service providers that wield excessive influence over procurement. However, since only two years remain in Obama’s term, an outsider federal CIO will find it almost impossible to make a meaningful impact.

U.S. Oil Producers May Drill Themselves Into Oblivion

Rather than pulling back in hopes of slowing the amount of supply on the market to try and boost prices, drillers are instead operating at full tilt and pumping oil as fast as they can. Over the past five years, the amount of horizontal rigs deployed in the U.S. has almost quadrupled, from 379 in early 2009 to more than 1,300 today.

Why colleges should stop splurging on buildings and start investing in software

In technology terms, higher-education has spent massive amounts in “hardware” while dramatically under-investing in “software.” Software is the technology, tools and systems that make any business or organization more effective and efficient.

Washington needs tech policy reboot

Ultimately, government must do a better job of listening and understanding the tech industry.  Right now, government is stuck in an analog mindset, while innovators have moved the rest of the country into the digital age. -- Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)

The Bottom Line: STEM Is Our Future

Despite the ongoing debate about whether the United States is turning out enough science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialists—and believe it or not, there is a debate—the truth is that in our country, and the global economy in general, there can never be too many.

3 Tips to Prepare Your Middle Schooler for STEM Education

By middle school, your tech-minded child will probably have a good sense of what they like to do and what they’re good at; but, they will likely need guidance when it comes to discussing future academic and career choices. While I expect they’ll get assistance from their teachers and guidance counselors, it’s a good to get additional support at home from parents, siblings, and friends.

Female STEM Education Promoter Calls For Gendered Tactics

While I would never defend pink and blue toy aisles or reinforcing gender stereotypes, as Joan Williams, the founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, once explained to me, we have to meet the girls where they are. If a girl is into sparkly, attract her with sparkle science. As a friend on Facebook pointed out, "You know what is sparkly? Supernovas!" This is how my office approaches science with girls. I meet them where they are.

Read The Nasty Comments Women In Science Deal With Daily

"It's death by a thousand cuts. Every day you’re faced with some comment, some snide remark, some inability to get a name on a research paper. And with an accumulation of those experiences, women tend to walk with their feet." (WARNING: some posts contain graphic language)

What is Innovation?

So why does a common definition of innovation matter? Because if you don't share a common description of what innovation is and how it is created you have little chance of achieving it with the other members of your organization. This is particularly true for the entrepreneurial firm that is rapidly growing into something bigger and presumably better.

Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

Globally, Korea and Japan have some of the highest rates of academic achievement. In the 2012 PISA survey, Korea was ranked fifth in math and reading and seventh in science; Japan was ranked seventh in math and fourth in reading and science. Japan has the second highest high school graduation rate internationally, with Korea in fifth place. It’s obvious that Korea and Japan both value education enormously. But so does the United States. We regard education as a basic human right. So what’s driving this huge discrepancy?

The Most Innovative Companies Don’t Worry About Consensus

Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and that they’d done their diligence. The problem with consensus is that it’s expensive. And while it’s worth the cost of consensus in the pursuit big, bold moves, it’s often crushing to small experimental ones.

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