If we don't dramatically alter the way we educate students, there will be more examples of students leaving the traditional school system to start or join emerging companies. Articles like the NY Times' 'The Youngest Technorati,' make me worry that students will see dropping out as the better option. Students in articles like these are exceptions, not rules.
Happy Friday! Now that my time in DC has come to an end, I have some extra time to devote to creative side projects. I've decided to start an experiment. For the next 10 Fridays (including today), I'm going to publish a collection of the great things that I've come across on my travels around the web. This was inspired from reading the Swiss Miss blog. Most of the links will be education themed, but I reserve the right to bend the rules a bit. Whether people read this or not, I believe it's important to exercise my curation mussels from time to time.
- NYTimes: Learning to Think Outside the Box
- 10 Rejection Letters sent to Famous People
- Colleges Need to Act Like Startups — Or Risk Becoming Obsolete
- Behind Google Maps' Intuitive New Design
- The Science of Our Warped Perception of Time, Animated
- Is a True Shazam-for-Shopping App Within Reach? (this would be crazy)
I recently had the opportunity to give an Ignite talk at the State Department's "Tech @ State" conference. This was my first time giving a presentation using the Ignite format. If you're not familiar with Ignites, they are 5-minute presentations where the slides automatically advance every 20 seconds, whether you're finished making your last point or not.
The talk I gave was on "Moonshots in Education," and I presented three big ideas for education. If we are serious about reforming the education system, then we need to consider eliminating grade, grade levels, and rethink the concept of a classroom--see the talk for why I think this is necessary.
The next time I give a presentation I will try not to move around quite as much, remember to breathe and ask for a hands-free microphone. :)
I couldn't be more excited about the White House [Student] Film Festival. The event is an opportunity to hear from students around the country about why it is important to have access to technology both in and out of the classroom. Students use technology tools to create, discover, and learn. As subjects like computational thinking, coding, biotech, and online publishing become larger parts of the curriculum, we are undermining a students potential by restricting access or not making the necessary infrastructure investments.
Bridging the technology access gap requires and "all hands on deck" approach. If we are to once again lead the world in college graduation rates it is important that the teachers in our country have all the tools and digital content solutions at their disposal.
As we move into February, be on the lookout on social media for great students videos. Be sure to follow the White House on Tumblr, Instagram, and check in periodically to the WH Film Festival website.
The White House is seeking nominations for connected educators who are out there everyday making dents in the education universe. A small group of dedicated educators will be invite to the White House to share their stories from the front lines of change and brainstorm how we can enlist the next generation of connected educators.
Hope to see you soon!
Here are my favorite speeches for the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington