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Why Big Names and Big Money Are Backing Greater Access to Computer Science

California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom thinks his state is falling behind when it comes to requiring computer science in all of its high schools.“It’s time to move away from downloading apps, to have our kids start designing apps,” he told an audience at the College of San Mateo, south of San Francisco.

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The Future Is Always Uncertain. So How Should Educators Prepare Today’s Learners?

Having a vision of the future requires—to some extent—understanding what the future will look like. Technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality have evolved “much faster than our civic infrastructure,” said Tom Vander Ark, chief executive of Getting Smart. “Our civic institutions are being swamped by questions that we’re not ready for.”

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What Educators Can Learn from a 7-Year-Old About Cultivating a Passion for STEM

What motivates students to excel in STEM may be less about the classroom or curriculum, and more about their individual interests and ambitions. But how do teachers tap into their particular passions to inspire them to achieve in the classroom—and throughout life?

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Why Our Obsession With Edtech and Workforce Prep Concerns Parents and Public Educators

An upcoming webinar titled “The Future of Work and What It Means For K-12 Schools” has Carolyn Leith concerned about career-readiness. “They’re talking about today’s sixth graders and where they’re gonna be in the workforce.”

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Free Lesson Plans and Other Resources to Prevent Cyberbullying and Promote Online Safety

“We live in a world today where everything we do can be tracked,” says Shannon Bischoff, Technology Facilitator at Toledo Public Schools in Ohio. She believes we need to teach students about digital safety “and how to make appropriate choices online.”

Just What the Heck Was That XQ Super School Live Special?

Thank goodness Justin Timberlake received an education. Otherwise, he may not have been able to read from a teleprompter.

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Teachers Nationwide Rally to ‘Adopt’ Classrooms Impacted by Harvey

While Hurricane Harvey was pummeling Houston and nearby cities like Rockport, Marissa Ford felt helpless because she couldn’t do anything for her students. The second grade math and science teacher didn’t know if she was going to have a class to go to, a school to return to.“There was no escaping this at all,” she said about the devastating hurricane.

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So, What IS the Future of Work?

For many attending the Future of Work symposium on Wednesday, there wasn’t any question whether automation is going to take over jobs—but rather when, and how education should respond.

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Making Personalized Learning Real

If April is the cruelest month as the poets say, I nominate September as the most hopeful.

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Why the Boldest Ideas in Education Come From Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

At Camelback Ventures’ latest showcase, there were no hackneyed “hockey stick” graphs boasting viral adoption—as one often sees at startup pitchfests and demo days. Gone, too, were the scripted, anonymous testimonials touting the “awesomeness” of a product. In their place were beatboxing, a superhero cape and, yes, even some transparent financial numbers.

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