Information has become the driving force in our lives, and the ominous threat of this ever-increasing pile demanding to be understood has made most of us anxious…It happens when information doesn’t tell us what we want or need to know. (The introduction of Wurman’s book, Information Anxiety).
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"Brilliance or genius is not defined by success in school. This doesn't mean that academic success is not something to reach for. It does mean that youth who do not exhibit success in school should not be dismissed as lacking intelligence. In many respects, these kids are geniuses waiting to be discovered." Christopher Emdin
An Education Innovator Wearing Many Hats
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I love that more teachers are getting involved in entrepreneurial ventures, and I think it's one of the best ways for educators to shape the discourse. The ed-tech space sorely needs more teacher contributions, and anyone who thinks otherwise just isn't paying attention. Jeff Scheur
Experience is the Mother of Invention
After grading over 15,000 student papers and working for 8 years as a Chicago-area h...
Institutions of higher learning, like all organizations, are evolving entities. To the extent that they can adapt to a changing environment, or better yet, lead the change, they survive and flourish. Like other organizations they must also be wary of institutional inertia, the resistance to change that would almost certainly bring about their demise (
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed (Ted.com).
Education for the 100%
James Dyson, Founder/Inventor
Sadly, engineering is often only seen as repairing, which is possibly why fewer young people choose it as a career. For James, engineering is about invention and technology. The James Dyson Foundation runs workshops across the globe where young people solve engineering challenges in a practical, hands-on way. (Dyson site)
For the last eight years, I have been working to develop an area of computer science called ‘human computation,’ which studies how to harness the combined power of humans and computers to solve problems that would be impossible for either to solve alone. - Luis von Ahn
Bots, Books & Beyond
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Textbooks are like dinosaurs: clunky, archaic, and not readily available. That's why Neeru Khosla founded CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the cost of educational materials and making them more freely accessible around the world (Creative Commons).
Founding mother of the free-textbook movement
Neeru Khosla believes that the textb...