Dan Pink: How teachers can sell love of learning to students

In his new book To Sell is Human, author Daniel Pink reports that education is one of the fastest growing job categories in the country, Mind/Shift reports. And with this growth comes the opportunity to change the way educators envision their roles and their classrooms. Guided by findings in educational research and neuroscience, the emphasis on cognitive skills like computation and memorization is evolving to include less tangible, non-cognitive skills, like collaboration and improvisation. Jobs in education, Pink said in a recent interview, are all about moving other people, changing their behavior, like getting kids to pay attention in class; getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and to therefore study harder. At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas…

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Dade delays tech rollout as other districts struggle

Tens of thousands of high school freshman and seventh graders were slated to get brand new, high tech hardware this fall as the Miami-Dade school district prepared to launch a massive rollout of digital devices, the Miami Herald reports. But after months of planning, sales pitches and dry runs, the first phase of the $63 million project has been pushed back. The reason? Early last month, at the same time Miami-Dade had hoped to begin distributing the first 35,000 devices across 147 schools, reports surfaced that similar endeavors in other corners of the country were unraveling: students easily bypassed iPad security settings; tablets were deployed only to be retrieved by the thousands; and one district scrapped its efforts altogether after spending $16 million…

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OPINION: Learning to code isn’t enough

The 2020 Science report released in 2005 observed that science was changing in a subtle but fundamental way–from the use of computing to support scientific work, to integrating Computer Science (CS) concepts and tools into the very fabric of science, EdSurge reports. One only has to look at how data science played a role in the Obama win in 2012, or what movie-making has become today, to realize that the science of computing is changing the face of many fields in equally dramatic, if not quite as fundamental, ways. Yet, a generation of middle and high school students moves forward without even a cultivated awareness of computational influences on diverse fields of human endeavor…

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Online & Blended Learning Resources

Check out these seven helpful online and Blended Learning sources from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

online-blended-learningOur friends at iNACOL have been busy lately. In addition to bringing together more than 2,500 believers in personalized learning at the International Blended and Online Learning Symposium, they’re producing a wealth of valuable resources to help aid in the implementation of high-quality online and blended learning in schools and districts across the globe.

These new papers add to an impressive list of existing resources, including some of our favorite places to point people like the K-12 Online and Blended Learning DatabaseNational Quality StandardsCompetencyWorks and How to Start an Online Learning Program website.

Here are seven new sources from iNACOL:

Fast Facts About Online Learning (October 2013)

This succinct, well-presented set of “fast facts” includes key K-12 Online Learning statistics, fact and figures as well as online policy trends across states and top federal policy issues and top state policy needs.

(Next Page: More useful hybrid learning resources)

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Nation desperate for youth interest in teaching

Duncan, stakeholders launch new national campaign on how teaching is more than a paycheck. Will it work?

teaching-youth-interest-Duncan Let’s face it: Being a teacher doesn’t sound all that glamorous to many of today’s students. However, with many teachers facing retirement in the next few years, as well as the lack of youth interest in teaching, the U.S. may face a significant teaching shortage. That’s where Make More comes in.

Make More is an integrated campaign to recruit “the next great generation of teachers.” The campaign was inspired by recent data revealing that half of the nation’s teachers will retire over the next decade, but only nine percent of top students consider the profession a viable career.

“The campaign was motivated by the fact that only 9 percent of students in the top third of their class are considering the teaching profession. They perceive teaching—inaccurately, but pervasively—as contrary to their ambitions,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “The PSAs show students that the entrepreneurial and engaging, inspiring and impactful, financially and emotionally rewarding opportunities they seek in a career can be found in the teaching profession.”

“There’s an urgent need and unprecedented opportunity to fill the pipeline with talented students who will lead the transformation of our education system,” according to the campaign, which is why TEACH and the Ad Council partnered to launch the new campaign.

(Next page: PSA video and why teachers make a difference)

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Educators learn about leadership at CGSC

Principals and their protégés from around the country participated in an inaugural event at Fort Leavenworth Nov. 13-15 to learn more about how the Army develops leaders so that they can become better leaders themselves, FtLeavenworthLamp.com reports. Organized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the event at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Arnold Confernce Room highlighted the parallels found in military and secondary education. According to Dick Flanary, NASSP’s deputy executive director of programs and services, the seminar had been three years in the making. He said leadership makes a significant difference in secondary education…

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When ed-tech meets Montessori, kids rule ed-tech

Take a peek at Acton Academy and you may wonder if you’ve stepped into a mythical world where students are heroes, learning is a quest, and teachers are guides for the journey, EdSurge reports. In this one-room-schoolhouse approach, 36 K-5 students share one space, while 28 6-8th graders share another. The teacher is merely a guide, as students have autonomy in almost every facet of their learning. At Acton, students make the rules over how to spend the time–and what technology to use. This radical model where edtech meets Montessori has proven an effective formula for success. Students gain an average of three grade levels each year in math, reading and language arts. Five years after its start in 2008, this small private academy is looking for partners as it expands beyond Austin’s city limits and spread a model where kids control their learning journey–and the tools they use along the way…

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An uptick in the hiring of women for tech jobs

There are signs that tech companies are hiring more women, but women still appear to make up far less than half of all new hires in the industry, The New York Times reports. In the year ending in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the net change in the number of employees in the computer industry was 60,000. The net change in the number of female employees was 36,000 — or 60 percent of the net change, according to the bureau’s data. Yet it does not necessarily mean that the tech industry hired more women than men. The bureau’s figure is a net change, meaning the numbers reflect new employees and those who left. More men than women probably left their jobs — because there are so many more men working in the tech industry…

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