Mindfulness to reduce stress and improve teaching / Flipping large classes / Developing minds ready for the innovation economy

August 23, 2016

When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom


  • Teaching is inherently a stressful occupation, and by many accounts, it's getting more so. For the past nine years an evidence-based program called Cultivating Awareness and Resilience for Educators (CARE for Teachers) is teaching mindfulness to educators. CARE for Teachers it's the first mindfulness program to be studied with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Research suggests, mindfulness can reduce their stress and improve their teaching.

3 Reasons Why AI is Education’s Future

eSchool News

  • Innovative industries and some schools are already either beginning to implement Artifical Inteligence (AI) basics or planning to structure entire departments or services on the potential power of AI. The inherent benefit of AI is that it has the potential to be very user-centric, offering students the ability to get relevant answers or learn from anywhere at any time. UX innovator and cofounder of Behavior Design, Ralph Lucci, discusses what forward-thinking schools are doing now, and what AI in education will look like in the near future.

Flipping Large Classes: Three Strategies to Engage Students

Faculty Focus

  • Faculty who teach large classes are challenged not only by the sheer number of students but also by the physical space in the classroom. Big classrooms are not exactly the ideal space for collaboration and group discussions. So, how can you flip a large class?” Often, faculty fall back on the “think, pair, share” format or use clicker questions to encourage student engagement. But there are other activities that can engage students in higher levels of thinking and analysis.

Flipped Classroom Project at North Carolina-Greensboro Produces Promising Results

Inside Higher Ed

  • Quality, cost, access -- pick two. That’s the traditional view of higher education’s “iron triangle” -- that trying to adjust for one of the three main factors of a college education will influence the other two. Faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are challenging that axiom by experiment with a model for course redesign they say can increase access and quality and lower costs.

Low-Income Students Will Soon be Able to Get Federal Aid to Attend Coding Bootcamps


  • Coding bootcamps have emerged as an alternative way to access the skills you need to get into the tech industry, without needing to attend a traditional college or university. But coding bootcamps can be quite costly. In order to combat that, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new experimental initiative in partnership with colleges and universities to enable students to pay for certain coding bootcamps using federal financial aid.

Developing Minds Ready for the Innovation Economy

Getting Smart

  • How in the world do we help young people develop minds ready to thrive in a project-based world? In Smart Cities, a three-year investigation of learning ecosystems, it was an innovation mindset that seemed to set apart people making a difference. Knowledge and skill are important but the best preparation experiences for students to succeed in an innovation economy would come through an innovation mindset and project-based learning.

Calico Appoints Daphne Koller as Chief Computing Officer


  • Calico, a company focused on aging research and therapeutics, announced that Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, is joining the company as Chief Computing Officer. Dr. Koller will lead the company’s computational biology efforts. Dr. Koller founded Coursera with Andrew Ng back in 2012 after working together on artificial intelligence research at Stanford. Though both have now officially moved on to new challenges, Koller and Ng remain co-chair’s of the Coursera Board of Directors.

A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education and Emerging Issues (Aug 23)
Kick Off the School Year with Design Thinking and Makerspaces (Aug 23)
Transition Activities that Build Young Brains, Manage Behavior (Aug 23)
Keys to Building a Competitive Online Program (Aug 24)
Illustrations and Infographics for Digital Storytelling (Aug 24)
Tell Your School’s Story with Do-it-Yourself Video (Aug 24)
The Tech-Savvy Administrator (Aug 24)
Transitioning from Print to Digital Content: Benefits, Tips and Free Resources (Aug 25)
Technology and the Evolving Business Model in Higher Education (Aug 25)

Data and Analytics Summit (Sep 21-22)
World Maker Faire 2016 (Oct 1-2)
Close It Summit 2016 (Oct 4-6)
Exponential Medicine 2016 (Oct 8-11)
iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium (Oct 25-28)
Educause 2016 (Oct 25-28)
The 13th Annual Open Education Conference (Nov 2-4)
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