It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
Beyond increasing the amount of information that students can access, the new abundant economy of information has far greater implications. It represents both a shift in the way that future classrooms will operate as well as in the student behaviors that we will value and expect.
With the proliferation of mobile technology, our ability to access information has increased, dramatically changing the practice of teaching. Comparing the two scenarios, the circumstances couldn’t be more different.
John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board and lets his 4th-graders solve them. In this TED Talk, Hunter, who’s been named one of Time Magazine’s education activists for 2012, explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always […]
This week, a group of educators and entrepreneurs got together at the Big Ideas Fest to push forward smart, actionable innovations in education. (I’ll report more on the event in the coming week.) One of the many inspiring talks at the event was given by the 13-year-old wonder-girl Adora Svitak. She’s a superstar, no question […]
Educators are thought of as parental figures in school. We trust them to nurture our kids, to impart important ideas about the world and how to negotiate it — at least during school hours. The division of labor is expected from both sides. Educators want parents to be active participants in their children’s learning, and […]
To Will Richardson, the word “reform” is inadequate in describing what needs to happen in education. “Transformation” is more accurate, and for years, he’s been actively proselytizing the need for a complete restructuring of the public education system. Richardson is now galvanizing his educator peers to send a loud — and just as importantly, clear […]
Kids are taking charge of their own learning as educators grapple with their new roles. Tina Barseghian For as long as anyone can remember, adults have played the role of information owners, meting out what they believe kids should know. Whether it’s the classroom teacher imparting expertise in American history, or a parent explaining the […]