What Service-Learning and Global Goals Taught Us About Promoting the Greater Good

Service-learning PD, Image Credit: Weaver Elementary SchoolLast April, the entire faculty at Bettie Weaver Elementary School spent an afternoon making rice heating pads for local elderly residents, capes for foster children to help endure long hospital stays and jump ropes braided out of plastic bags that were later given to schools in Haiti by three of our teachers. We spent three hours working together toward a common goal: serving others.

For Some Students, #DeleteFacebook Is Not Really an Option

I entered my junior year of high school without a Facebook account. But a few months later, that changed. My AP English Language teacher had been using a Facebook group for our class to answer students’ questions after hours. She never told anyone in my class they had to create a Facebook account, but I felt like by not having one, I was missing out on valuable information and conversations.

To Get Buy-In for New Ideas at Colleges, Don’t Call It ‘Disruption’

Ginning up ideas isn’t always the hard part in academic innovation. Instead, more and more leaders working on digital initiatives at colleges are finding themselves with a less technical challenge: strategic communications.That was one recurring thread during a gathering of 35 higher-ed innovation leaders this week at a very rainy Cal State University Channel Islands. This was the third time the group came together for invite-only convening, known as The HAIL Storm (short for Harvesting Academic Innovation for Learners).

Can a New Approach to Information Literacy Reduce Digital Polarization?

The internet doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but it should—to give users the skills to separate truth from falsehood so they can distinguish between propaganda and the indisputable and confirmable. And colleges should be the place leading students through this reference book.

Looking for Lasting Change? Start Talking to Other Departments.

In many K-12 districts, the IT department establishes the technology, the curriculum department develops the instructional methodologies and most of the physical classroom components are either leftover from the 1970s or purchased and implemented without a plan of deployment with the instructional teams that will use them.

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How Should Colleges Approach Student Success When Different Definitions Abound?

At the most recent convening of Achieving the Dream, a non-profit focused on community college student success, president and CEO Karen Stout asked eight of the organization’s student scholars what completion means to them.

How the City of Atlanta Is Reaching the Community Through Science

Students and parents, eager to embark on one of the 100 events held by the Atlanta Science Festival, bustled through the revolving doors of Georgia State University’s (GSU) Petit Science Center in Downtown Atlanta.

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Sir Ken Robinson’s Next Act: You Are the System and You Can Change Education

Sir Ken Robinson’s views on creativity are abundantly well documented. In his 2006 TED Talk—still the most-watched of all time—he claimed that “we are educating people out of their creative capacities” and charged the current education system with being too rigid in adhering to traditional academic subjects. Kids, he argued, need time to dance, draw, create and find what they’re good at.

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Global Investors Launch New Edtech Funds: Exceed Capital and HighGrade Ventures

The global education technology industry is no stranger to dedicated investment funds, and now there are a couple more names to add to the list.Last week, Yogome, a Mexico-based provider of educational content and games, raised $26.9 million in a Series B round. The dollar amount raised eyebrows, to be sure, but so did the lead investor: Exceed Capital.

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Collaborative Higher Ed Partnerships Are the Key to Student Success

As the labor market becomes increasingly dependent on skilled workers who have at least some education beyond high school—whether that means an associate or bachelor’s degree, or a professional credential—student success in college is as important as it has ever been. Regrettably, though, large numbers of students in the United States do not have access to higher education opportunities. Many cannot afford the high cost of college; others do not know how to apply for college or what their educational opportunities are post-high school.

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