Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
February 10th, 2015
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Is Your First Grader College Ready?
The New York Times
  • Mock applications at age 6, campus tours at 10. More and more elementary schools are introducing college awareness. Is it ever too early to plan for the future?
  • You always ask kids ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Ms. Kelli Rigo said. But “we need to ask them, ‘How will you get there?’ Even if I am teaching preschool, the word ‘college’ has to be in there."
  • Rice University last year led 91 elementary and middle school tours and sent out 357 classroom packets with activities. The University of Maryland has been deluged with requests after leading 8,000 children on guided tours in 2012-13. But a number of colleges refuse to host tours for children expressing their “desire not to contribute to the college admissions frenzy.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/1stGraderCollege

Keywords: Higher Education, College applications
Coursera Sets Sights on Universities
Financial Review
  • Coursera is shifting its strategy to allow universities to use its courses for everyday teaching in place of conventional lectures allowing them to teach in areas where they don’t have enough in-house expertise.
  • The company’s move is very significant for universities because it opens the way to large scale “flipped learning”. If the plan succeeds, Coursera will become an indispensable part of the global higher education system, ­providing courses at low cost to a large number of universities. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CourseraUniversities

Keywords: Coursera, MOOCs, Flipped learning
Closing The Skills Gap: How Udemy Is Helping Anyone Learn Anything
  • The “skills gap” is unarguably one of the biggest threats for modern day workplaces. By the time many students graduate from college the skills/topics they learned are outdated, the process is far too linear.
  • It’s not hard to see why new education companies like Udemy have tremendous potential to help us close this skills gap. In this podcast Dennis Yang, CEO of Udemy, shares his perspective on mitigating this threat. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/UdemyClosesGap

Keywords: Online Education, Udemy, MOOCs
Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades
  • Economists say that not everybody needs a four-year degree. In fact, millions of good-paying jobs are opening up in the trades. And some pay better than what the average college graduate makes.
  • With so many boomers retiring from the trades, the U.S. is going to need a lot more pipe-fitters, nuclear power plant operators, carpenters, welders, utility workers — the list is long. But the problem is not enough young people are getting that kind of training.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/Thetrades

Keywords: Education, Millenials, Trades, Apprenticeships
A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays
Mind Shift
  • Learning in the Hospital Room: While maker-based approaches are no longer new inside educational settings, an unexpected maker space is now being piloted at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • "Many patients who have chronic illnesses are not allowed to leave their room, that’s why we bring the mobile maker space into the patient’s room," says a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education who created the mobile maker space project to help patients learn STEM skills.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MakersatHospital

Keywords: Makers, Creativity Design Thinking, STEM
Here’s How to Better Manage Your Data in 2015
eCampus News
  • We are inundated with data as never before. In response to the data explosion in higher ed—and the value to be gleaned from it—institutions are rethinking the traditional data center. But a few key questions have emerged. 
  • How do schools store all this data while ensuring its security and recoverability? And how can they guarantee that this data is available upon request? These considerations—as well as cost—are the driving forces behind the three biggest trends in data center management in higher education today: Outsourcing, Modularity and Hybrid Clouds
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DatainHigherEd

Keywords: Big Data, Higher Education
Google's Secret Weapon in the Battle For the Internet of Things: Academia
Fast Company
  • Google Research, Google’s portal to the academic world, is making major investments building up an innovation and research program dedicated to the nascent collection of products and technologies collectively known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Also, the company it's created a research grant program called Open Web of Things to attract talent to the company, as well as to fund and give technical support to promising research groups in academia.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GoogleAcademiaIT

Keywords: Google, Academia, Research, Internet of Things, IoT
Do You Have an Idea for a Business or App?
The New York Times
  • Jordan Casey is 15 and he has been reported to be Europe’s youngest chief executive. Casey started computer programming when he was 9. In 2012, he registered his first company, Casey Games. Since then, he has launched two business apps, one for teachers and another for event organizers, while continuing to attend high school in Waterford.
  • “In 10 years, I will be 25 and I will already have 13 years of experience working in the industry [...] I really don’t see what university could teach me that I can’t learn for free immediately,” he said. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BusinessorAppIdea

Keywords: Entrepreneurship 
The Complete Guide To How Every Organization Must Evolve To The Future Of Work
  • Jacob Morgan, futurist and best-selling author, is sharing a compilation of what companies are doing and more importantly, what they HAVE TO DO in order to succeed and thrive in a new business landscape. From Storytelling to loyalty 2.0 and democratized learning, Morgan presents the Evolution of the Organization
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FutureofWorkForbes

Keywords: Management, Strategy, Leadership
This is How We'll Be Using the Internet in 2019
Business Insider
  • We can't even imagine an hour with having access to the internet in our pockets, much less imagine our lives before the mobile internet existed. And we haven't seen anything yet. Data scientists at Cisco have examined how we used our mobile devices in 2014 and come up with a five-year trajectory of where this is all heading.
  • In 2014, the world sent 30 billion gigabytes of data across the internet. Five years from now, in 2019, we'll send nearly 300 000 000 000 gigabytes over the internet. That's 65 trillion photos, or 23 images per person, or 6 trillion YouTube clips, two per day for everyone.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheInternet2019

Keywords: Internet, Data
Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

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