Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
March 24, 2015
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Forget Harvard and Stanford. It Really Doesn't Matter Where You Go to College
The Washington Post
  • The competition for getting into elite colleges seems to be getting more intense, leaving frustrated students, parents, and counselors to wonder: Does it really matter where you go to college?
  • It doesn't, according to Frank Bruni, the New York Times columnist and author of the new book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” The book shows that people of all ages and walks of life have found success without degrees from brand-name universities.
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Keywords: Higher Education
Turning to Education for Fun
The New York Times
  • Entertainment values have come to dominate many aspects of life, but another trend has been playing out, too. People are turning to education for entertainment. Call it the academization of leisure or  edutainment.
  • As the word suggests, edutainment combines aspects of education and entertainment into products and experiences that seek to improve learning by making it not just painless but also pleasurable.
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Keywords: Education, Lifelong learning, Edutainment
This Year At The 'Davos of Education.' Plus, The 16 Most Critical 21st Century Skills
  • The 2015 “New Vision For Education—Unlocking The Potential of Technology” report from the World Economic Forum is pretty clear about the state of global education: “students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity.”
  • The report explains that students in many countries are not attaining “the 16 most critical ‘21st-century skills.’” They divide these skills into three categories: Foundational Literacies, Competencies, and Character Qualities.
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Keywords: Education, Technology, Competencies, Skills
Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever
  • In his popular TED talk, Ken Robinson made the powerful point that most of the students doing work in your classrooms today will be entering a job force that none of you can visualize.That talk is from almost ten years ago, so we already know he was right and can only assume he’ll continue to be so in the years to come.
  • Creativity is no longer seen as just being for artists and musicians, it’s a crucial skill for everybody to master. Many of the biggest and most successful businesses in the world now practice the 20% rule – the commitment to allowing employees to devote 20% of their work time to thinking creatively and exploring new ideas.
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Keywords: Creativity, Innovation, Education
Debt-fueled Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles… First Home Prices, Now Higher Education and Taxi Medallions
American Enterprise Institute
  • That there is a student-debt-fueled higher education bubble, not unlike the debt-fueled housing bubble, seems clear from the data and charts presented. And like the housing bubble (and all bubbles), the higher education bubble is unsustainable in the long run. How it deflates is open to debate, but the fact that an inevitable correction is inevitable seems very certain.
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Keywords: Higher Education, Economy, Education bubble
CoSN 2015: Education’s Role in the Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Future
EdTech Magazine
  • Visionary Sam Pitroda spoke at the CoSN 2015 International Symposium on using technology in education. He shared his challenging ideas about the future of education in a world where Wi-Fi is everywhere and costs virtually nothing. 
  • If ubiquitous Wi-Fi is on the doorstep, what will that mean for education? Pitroda sees many options on the table, but few agencies willing to seize the opportunities in front of them for true education revolution.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/WiFiFuture

Keywords: Education, Future
Anyone Can Be a Teacher in This Online School
The New York Times
  • Skillshare is an online video platform that allows anyone to sign up and teach a class. The company has proved adept at recruiting experts to teach on its website. Students pay $10 a month for unlimited access to Skillshare courses, and 850,000 are signed up.
  • Since the platform was opened last September, the number of courses offered has nearly doubled to about 1,000. The company has raised more than $10 million in venture capital.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/AnyoneCanTeach

Keywords: Online education
New Pathway in Higher-Ed Sifts Out Serious Professionals
eCampus News
  • Capella University’s competency-based FlexPath program just announced one of their first graduating class–and they may just be the best of the best. The primary focus of the program allows students to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace.
  • FlexPath does away with faculty-led discussions and assignments, as well as any preset deadlines; instead, leaving it up to the student to complete all of their assignments within a 12 week time frame. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CapellaFlexpath

Keywords: Competency-based Education, Competency, CBE
Engaging Faculty in Online Education
Educause Review
  • To meet the expectations of today's students and to serve them well, institutions need to capture the benefits offered by new technology and online instruction and embed best practices in their learning culture. Since faculty participation can neither be mandated nor fabricated, institutions must make online learning attractive, accessible, and valuable to faculty.
  • By drawing on direct experience, facilitating learning from peers, and exploring engagement practices, Brown University's online development team is creating an online learning "adoption wave" among faculty.
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Keywords: Online education, Faculty development
5 Things You'll Learn In Ideo's New Online Innovation Class
Fast Company
  • The design firm argues that anyone can unleash an inner creative genius through certain methods—the same methods that Ideo uses on its own projects. A new series of online classes called Ideo U shares those techniques with the world. The classes, at $399 each, are meant for anyone who wants to solve a problem, whether they're leaders building a startup or tackling an issue like homelessness at a nonprofit. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/IdeosInnovationClass

Keywords: Innovation, Online Education, Ideo
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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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