The high school of the future may look a lot more like the college of today. There is a national movement afoot to reshape high schools into smaller, specialized schools where technology and online learning play a much larger role in classrooms, reports the Arizona Republic. The smaller, specialized campus model is being touted by business leaders and government who feel that high schools have become complacent and are not closing the opportunity gap between rich and poor students. "The business community sees this as a matter of crisis," said Susan Carlson of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition. "There is a growing awareness, and we're having to come to the political will that kids have got to be more focused." The model focuses on small, specialized high schools, bringing back high school career tracks by having students declare majors as early as eight grade, giving students laptops and requiring online courses. A few recent stories show the cutting edge of the … [Read more...] about High schools of the future: small, focused and wired.
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Several months ago I had the good fortune of hearing from Professor David Dobrzykowski who teaches CRM at the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University - university of some 23,000 total students safely ensconced in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr Dobrzykowski a.k.a. Dave, told me that his class was using the 4th edition of CRM at the Speed of Light as a text and he was wondering if I had any reference materials. But, given that I didn't write it explicitly as a text and I have a lazy bone or two, the answer was no I didn't. So I offered instead, out of gratitude that they were using the book and guilt that I couldn't figure out a way to support it, to speak to the class virtually which I enthusiastically did. I also found a smart, and enthusiastic class who told me of a project they were doing to actually audit a couple of companies when it came down to their CRM programs. I thought, this would be a great thing for them to put out there so I asked them if they would be … [Read more...] about A Different Perspective: Students, A CRM Audit, and Y’all
Since its founding by Elon Musk and others nearly two years ago, nonprofit research lab OpenAI has published dozens of research papers. One posted online Thursday is different: Its lead author is still in high school. The wunderkind is Kevin Frans, a senior currently working on his college applications. He trained his first neural net—the kind of system that tech giants use to recognize your voice or face—two years ago, at the age of 15. Inspired by reports of software mastering Atari games and the board game Go, he has since been reading research papers and building pieces of what they described. “I like how you can get computers to do things that previously you would think were impossible,” Frans says, flashing his ready smile. One of his creations is an interactive webpage that automatically colors in line drawings, in the style of manga comics. Frans landed at OpenAI after taking on one of the lab’s list of problems in need of new ideas. He made … [Read more...] about Meet the High Schooler Shaking Up Artificial Intelligence
In 2014, Apple still had almost half of the school market, but Google had them in its sights. By 2016, according to FutureSource, a financial markets research company, Chromebooks had a 58 percent of the education market. Despite Apple and Microsoft's best efforts, Chromebooks are continuing to dominate schools. Why? Part of it is price. You can get a good Chromebook for a few hundred dollars. Apple has nothing in its price range. Microsoft said it was competing with its new Surface Laptop and Windows 10S, but the price alone, $999, makes it a non-starter. Besides, Chromebooks as FutureSource pointed out, have a unique combination of virtues. These are: "The strong combination of affordable devices, productivity tools via G-Suite, easy integration with third-party platforms/tools, task management/distribution via Google Classroom, and easy device management remains extremely popular with US teachers and IT buyers alike." So, as schools get into session, what should you buy? Here are … [Read more...] about The 5 best Chromebooks for school or anywhere else in 2017
Georgia State University (GSU) has received a $300,000 Digital Economy Initiative grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world, in collaboration with Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility, to propel students, especially those underrepresented in the tech scene, to pursue a technology career. “One of the biggest challenges facing technology organizations is finding talent to successfully navigate the next digital revolution, with new technologies such as the Internet of Things transforming the globe,” Phil Ventimiglia, GSU’s chief innovation officer, told Hypepotamus. “To be successful, students need to be able to effectively communicate, collaborate, and solve problems digitally.” The three-year grant will fund a new Digital Learners to Leaders program, an initiative to encourage students to use IoT technology — from data sensors and machine learning to smart city … [Read more...] about Georgia State University receives grant to train underrepresented students in IoT tech
The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue—perhaps best known to Internet users for its .nu top-level domain—has become the first nation in the world to give an OLPC XO laptop to every one of its primary and secondary students. Niue has about 400 students and a total population of about 1,500; it’s located in the south Pacific near New Zealand. The OLPC rollout in Niue has been underway since July, and is part of a larger initiative to distribute 5,000 OLPC laptops in the Pacific region. Niue offers free Internet access to all its residents; although the OLPC laptops are designed primarily for school children ages 6 to 12, high-school students also received laptops. OLPC representatives installed server hardware and software in the island’s two schools. The OLPC project started out with the goal of producing a $100 laptop for distribution to the educational systems of developing nations in an effort to ensure a vast proportion of the world’s population … [Read more...] about Niue Gives OLPC to Every Student
Student antics with cell phones, iPods, and social-networking sites means heartburn for school IT staff charged with network security.Students love their iPods, cell phones and social-networking sites, but school IT managers are discovering that student misbehavior with technology is adding to their network security challenges. Take the student shenanigans that have been observed over time at Collinsville Illinois Unit School District #10, for example, which has about 6,300 students in K-12 classrooms connected via the state-run network out to the Internet. In antics that give school staff heartburn, students have captured videos of teachers and put them on the Web, used iPods to prerecord answers to tests and have made what administrators have to admit are successful efforts to bypass a filter put in place to block restricted Web sites.“High school students find ways to go around the firewall,” acknowledges Mike Kunz, district network manager at Collinsville Illinois … [Read more...] about Student antics with cell phones, iPods means heartburn for school IT staff
If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the State Board of Education have their way, soon every California student will have to pass an algebra test to graduate from the eighth grade.Mind you, they aren't likely to have their way. The new mandate already faces a lawsuit filed by the California School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators, alleging that the decision was made without giving educators a proper chance to weigh in. Opponents of the plan claim it will force already-underperforming students into subjects for which they are not prepared.Even if we don't agree with the Board of Education's methods, however, its sentiments are sound. If the U.S. is to remain competitive in the 21st century, American students need to be brought up to par with those in the rest of the world. Math and science education is crucial to closing that gap.And as long as we're talking education reform, let me propose a further step. If modernizing education is the name … [Read more...] about Should computer programming be mandatory for U.S. students?
If Thomas Edison could drop into 2011 and take a look at our progress, he would likely be dazzled by the smartphone, high definition video, and digital storage for music and movies — all decedents of technologies that he pioneered and championed. However, something Edison would recognize all-too-well and would likely be puzzled at how little his creation had changed would be our electrical grid.That's the narrative that White House officials used to help sell the idea of revolutionizing the U.S. electrical grid at an event for the press, energy industry leaders, and technology industry executives on Monday in Washington. Led by the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra, the White House unveiled its strategy for building a 21st century 'smart grid' as a catalyst to make power less expensive, minimize outages, unlock next generation power sources, and empower citizens to monitor and manage their own usage. Six different U.S. government … [Read more...] about US taps IT and consumers to solve the 21st century energy challenge
Unemployment isn’t the only problem facing young Americans. While 18.8 percent of workers between the ages 18 and 21 are unemployed, another 10 percent in that age group are underemployed, new research finds. Underemployment is defined as part-time workers looking for full-time work or when workers are forced to work part-time hours because their hours were reduced involuntarily by their employer, said Justin Young, a doctoral student in sociology at University of New Hampshire and a research assistant at the school's Carsey Institute. The prospect of finding full-time work is slightly worse for workers without a college degree . Young found that workers with at least a college degree were less likely than workers with just a high school diploma to have problems with underemployment. "The least educated are also the most susceptible to being relegated to part-time work, thereby lowering their already lower-than-average wages," Young said. "Those with no more than a high … [Read more...] about ‘Underemployment’ Poses Particular Challenges for Young Workers