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Knowmads in the Netherlands

Knowmads in the Netherlands

Education Futures introduced the knowmads concept last November. And, now we just learned that a major Dutch school of youth entrepreneurship, KaosPilots Netherlands, has decided to rebrand themselves as “Knowmads” (soon to be located online at knowmads.nl?). From i-genius: KaosPilots Netherlands in Rotterdam is shutting…

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Engaging global youth through innovation design challenges

Engaging global youth through innovation design challenges

Note: Education Futures is on a reduced publication schedule for the summer, and will return with its regular schedule in mid-August. Slides from Saturday’s talk at World Future Society‘s World Future 2009 conference in Chicago: Destination Imagination is the world’s largest creative problem solving program…

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Leapfrogging to the New Basics

Leapfrogging to the New Basics

Are the old basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic relevant in the 21st century? Or, is it time for an upgrade? Arthur Harkins and I assembled a list of New Basics for education that can help us leapfrog to an education paradigm that is both…

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“Innovation in the field of innovation”

“Innovation in the field of innovation”

I received feedback from several readers that Arthur Harkins’ reasoning for why we need to Leapfrog might seem a bit too Machiavellian — “us versus them.” I therefore hope everybody will enjoy the contrast of perspective in this next video. In early November, we had…

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Toward a smarter planet

Toward a smarter planet

Last month, IBM took out a two-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal that touted their vision for a smarter planet. They believe: The world continues to get “smaller” and “flatter.” But we see now that being connected isn’t enough. Fortunately, something else is happening…

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CNET: How to hire innovators

CNET: How to hire innovators

This post goes without commentary as CNET’s interview with Scott Elrod, vice president of the hardware systems laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center, pretty much sums it all. Well, okay, CNET sums it up as well: By hiring curious and passionate people, management doesn’t…

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Two-Way Immersion is Twice As Good

Two-Way Immersion is Twice As Good

An innovative program offered in some Massachusetts elementary schools is giving kids a chance to become bilingual early—and learn from each other. This story in the Boston Globe describes how the program, which begins in kindergarten, mixes native English speakers and native Spanish speakers and…

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Dropping Out–Or Leaping Ahead?

Dropping Out–Or Leaping Ahead?

Even in a week packed with all kinds of dire predictions about the economy, it was hard to ignore this headline: Kids Less Likely To Graduate Than Parents. (See the AP story here) According to the report by the Education Trust, more than one in…

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Building Global School Leaders

Building Global School Leaders

How do we convince professional development programs that leaders need a 21st century, global mindset? Are there models of higher education that are consistently, proactively, and effectively building school leaders who are prepared to compete in a knowledge economy? More accurately, are there higher education…

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3D Simulations and Model Eliciting Activities

3D Simulations and Model Eliciting Activities

I am involved in an Institute of Educational Sciences project with Seward Incorporated out of Minneapolis. We are currently building a simulation to support a Model Eliciting Activity (MEA). MEAs are predominantly used in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematic). Here is a good read on how MEAs have been…

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