Make School Wants To Build The Product University For The Masses

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July 28, 2015
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Make School Wants To Build The Product University For The Masses
  • College has failed, or so many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs believe. Not only are tuition costs spiraling out of control, but students are leaving college without the ability to produce … anything. Make School hopes to change this sordid state of affairs.
  • Through a rigorous and lengthy two-year curriculum, the school hopes to instill deeper critical thinking skills while also providing students engineering and product skills that will allow them to be highly productive at startups and large tech companies. 
  • What makes the program unique is all the other skills that they have added into the curriculum. “The first half is spent on psychology, sales relationships, pitching, and writing and communication,” explains Ashu Desai, a co-founder of Make School. “We avoid any lectures that can be done as an exercise or project,” Desai says. 
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Keywords: higher education, skills, competencies
Lessons from the Digital Classroom
MIT Technology Review
  • In four small schools scattered across San Francisco, a data experiment is under way. That is where AltSchool is testing how technology can help teachers maximize their students’ learning. Founded two years ago, AltSchool runs schools filled with data-gathering technology.
  • Information is captured from the moment each student arrives at school. For part of the day, students work independently on “playlists” of activities that teachers have selected to match their personal goals. Data about each student’s progress is captured for teachers’ later review. 
  • At the AltSchools the goal is to create highly individualized instruction built on a system that can grow to reach a broad scale. “What if we tried to create not just great schools we’d like to send our kids to, but an expanding ecosystem?” says ­Max ­Ventilla, founder. “What role can technology play to superpower each child and each set of parents and educators?”
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Keywords: AltSchools, data analytics, big data, personalized learning
The 5 Types Of Innovation For The Future Of Work, Pt 1: Employee Innovation
  • For most companies, innovation is handled behind closed doors in a secluded part of the company that only a few have access to. This type of innovation is no longer practical, scalable, or effective. In order to succeed and thrive in this rapidly changing world, organizations must adapt by implementing five innovation models: Employee innovation, customer innovation, partner/supplier innovation, competitor innovation, and public innovation.
  • Employees are the most valuable asset that your organization has, not some of your employees, all of your employees. The idea that any and every employee can be connected to each other and to the information they need to get their jobs done anywhere, anytime, and on any device means that innovation can happen literally anywhere. The logic here is, why rely on the intelligence of a few when you can tap into the collective wisdom of many?
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Keywords: innovation, leadership, management, employee innovation, future of work
Why it’s critical to pair content with lab for course success
ECampus News
  • Across the board in industries from manufacturing to construction and engineering, demand for highly trained technical workers remains high and employers are scrambling to secure the available talent that does exist. By 2020, the problem will be at crisis level in many fields. Demand for employees in the professional, scientific and technical service fields is expected to rise to 29 percent. 
  • In more standard educational models, students first build a foundation of theory and then later in their degree program apply that theory through specific coursework and internships. We’ve found that by flipping this model and immersing our students from day one in real-world environments and workplace situations they more quickly develop a body of experience and contextual understanding of specialist technical environments that make the learning of theory far more relevant and successful.
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Keywords: education, skills gap, technical workers, real-world environment
Carnegie Mellon project revives failed inBloom dream to store and analyze student data
The Hechinger Report
  • LearnSphere, a new $5 million federally-funded project at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to become “the biggest open repository of education data” in the world, according to the project leader, Ken Koedingera professor of human computer interaction and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Koedinger launched LearnSphere with the hope of making it easier and faster for researchers to analyze big datasets  in order to test educational theories and boost learning outcomes from elementary school to college. But, he says, LearnSphere distinguishes itself by not allowing any personal information from school records. No student names, no addresses, no zip codes, no social security numbers.
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Keywords: digital education, data analytics, blended learning
Are MOOCs the ‘Digital Albums’ of Education? From Standard Education to ‘Marginal Learning’
Singularity HUB
  • Once upon a time there were physical classrooms and teachers. The latter had a standard curriculum to deliver to their classes and students’ interests couldn’t really be integrated. Then came the Internet. Whenever, students could also take classes online, thus joining worldwide cohorts through “Massive Open Online Courses” (MOOCs). Everything became possible.”
  • The digitalization of education seems to be going the same way the music industry went a decade ago; as it gets further digitalized, content becomes more accessible, and subsequently, customizable. To take this analysis one step further, are MOOCs the “digital albums” of education? How can we use them to find out “marginal learning”?
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs, technology, education
A Look Inside Google and Carnegie-Mellon's IoT Campus
Fast Company
  • Last week Google announced a partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University, which is leading a collaboration of faculty from several other academic institutions on a project to jumpstart the Internet of Things revolution. Their plan: Build a universal platform that lets any device talk to any other device.
  • The joint project between CMU, Cornell, Stanford, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Google wants to wipe away the private-industry middlemen that keep sensors in separate sandboxes by creating a new, open platform: GIoTTO.
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Keywords: technology, Internet of Things, IoT, research
3 tips for training teachers in innovation
Education DIVE
  • Administrators interested in trying something new must supplement with additional training and education. But much of the training offered is out of date and out of sync with their needs. Boring and time-consuming professional development methods and topics, often made irrelevant by innovative school models, is a frequent subject of complaint from teachers.
  • Dr. Jeanette Jones, a longtime teacher trainer and dean of education at American InterContinental University, says that administrators can play a key role in making sure teachers are ready to take on new instructional strategies and adapt to new school models.
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Keywords: innovation, education, leadership, teacher development, professional development
A Ride Around Michigan’s Driverless City
The University of Michigan opens its mock city for testing driverless vehicles
MIT Technology Review
  • The University of Michigan opened the area, called Mcity, this week, as a place for automotive companies and suppliers to test technology for automated and connected driving. The facility was built in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation and with funding from numerous automakers and suppliers, who will have access to the area to test their technology in different situations.
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Keywords: technology, University of Michigan
Investments in ed-tech companies reach new high in first half of 2015
Inside Higher Ed
  • With $2.51 billion invested in educational-technology companies during the first half of 2015, investors continue to defy fears that interest in the sector is waning. Between January and June, investors poured $2,512,803,700 into ed-tech companies, eclipsing the record high $2.42 billion invested in all of 2014 -- the first year investments broke the $2 billion barrier.
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Keywords: educational technology, edtech, funding, edtech companies
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