Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
January 13th, 2015
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Six Things to Know About Obama’s Plan for Free Community College
The Washington Post
  • On Friday President Obama rolled out a plan to pay for two years of tuition at community college, which could affect some 9 million students. 
  • "The notion that we’re extending universal education to the first two years of college is really kind of a moonshot idea. We know high school isn’t enough anymore.” says Josh Wyner, director of the College Excellence program at the Aspen Institute. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ObamasFreeCollege

Keywords: Higher Education, Obama, community college
5 Predictions For Education In 2015
  • Here are a few scattered predictions from around the world of education about what we might see.
  • Competency-based learning gains steam, The rise of the LRM, The impact of Knewton, A slowdown in 1-to-1 district computing initiatives and a momentum in online corporate learning.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/5PredictionsHE

Keywords: Higher Education, trends
Silicon Valley Turns Its Eye to Education
The New York Times
  • The education technology business is chock-full of fledgling companies whose innovative ideas have not yet proved effective — or profitable. But that is not slowing investors.
  • Venture and equity financing for ed tech companies soared to nearly $1.87 billion last year, up 55 percent from the year before, according to a new report from CB Insights. The figures are the highest since CB Insights began covering the industry in 2009.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/SiliconValleyEdTech

Keywords: Educational technology, EdTech
Forbes '30 Under 30': Education
  • Presenting the 30 Under 30 2015 in Education who are rethinking learning with the three Cs: code, college readiness and community impact.
  • "You don't have to be an expert to do something cool. You don't have to have letters after your name or lines under it on the resume to go out there and explore the world and start reshaping it" - Alex Klein, 24, Cofounder, Kano
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/30under30Education

Keywords: Education, leadership, innovation
Why English, Not Mandarin, Is the Language of Innovation
Harvard Business Review
  • From how we code to how we type, much of the world’s biggest advancements were developed with the English-speaking market in mind. Fifty-six percent of all online content in the world is in English. 
  • Even despite China’s impressive growth, it seems clear that English – not Mandarin – is and will remain the language of innovation. Why? Because English it’s the standard for global business, information exchange, and technology.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LenguageofInnovation

Keywords: Innovation
Higher Ed Thought Leaders Forecast 2015 Trends
University Business
  • Presidents like Ben Nelson, Donald Farish, Jim Carroll and other thought leaders look ahead on cost, technology and learning. 
  • When it comes to the future of education, it's all about "just-in-time knowledge.” Increasingly specialized careers and skills, and accelerating technological change, mean more organizations will need people who can deliver the right skills, at the right time, for the right purpose. Knowledge development and deployment will accelerate to keep up with trend. - Jim Carroll. 

Keywords: Education, Higher Ed, trends
Decoding Leadership: What Really Matters
McKinsey & Company
  • Telling CEOs these days that leadership drives performance is a bit like saying that oxygen is necessary to breathe. But a big, unresolved issue is what sort of leadership behavior organizations should encourage.
  • Our most recent research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/4TypesLeadership

Keywords: Leadership, management
When a Fancy Degree Scares Employers Away
Harvard Business Review
  • The college degree has been catching a lot of flak lately. Most of the criticism has had to do with the relationship between cost and benefit
  • A software CEO I spoke with recently said he avoids job candidates with advanced software engineering degrees because they represent an overinvestment in education that brings with it both higher salary demands and hubris.
  • Increasingly, everyone involved in hiring is trying to look beyond credentials. What they’re looking for, to a large extent, is what they call “cultural fit.” 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FancyDegree

Keywords: Organizational culture, higher education, employment
The Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2015
  • It should come as no surprise that a college degree alone is no longer the golden ticket to a good career that it once was. It certainly helps, but the letters on your diploma are no longer a guarantee of a good job. 
  • The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently released the results of a survey, in which they asked hiring managers what skills they would prioritize when recruiting in 2015. The results might surprise you.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/SkillsTogetHired

Keywords: Skills, competencies
The 6 Major Skills for 21st Century Students
Education News
  • The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) developed the ISTE Standards. 
  • Here is a short two pages PDF document which features the six major fluencies (standards) students need to develop in the 21st century classroom.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/6Skills21Century

Keywords: Skills, standards, education
How to Be a Winner: The Books that Inspire Mark Zuckerberg and Other High Flyers
The Guardian
  • Ever wondered why neither you nor I are world leaders or sitting pretty atop the rich lists of either Forbes magazine or the Sunday Times? Most likely it’s because we are reading the wrong books.
  • What we need to read is the kind of book recommended by Mark Zuckerberg this week. The Facebook CEO has just set himself a challenge, to read a book a week in 2015 and has set up a web page, as a kind of online book club, where he will discuss the improving volumes he reads.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BookstobeaWinner

Keywords: Management, strategy, tips
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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