What’s Your Major? Working Toward the Uninvented Job

Mindshift tells us the most promising majors will be related to cyber-security specialists, mobile application developers, social media managers, stem cell researchers, robotics technicians and simulation engineers.

These jobs didn’t exist 10 years ago. Who’s to know what jobs will exist 10 years from now?

via What’s Your Major? Working Toward the Uninvented Job | MindShift.

8 EduWins of 2013

Edutopia – We’re always hearing about how education is so messed up — so often, the conversation focuses on all the negatives. But there are also plenty of \”EduWins,\” too — awesome ideas, videos, people, programs, practices, products, Tweeters, teachers, and technologies that are making a difference and changing the lives of real students on a global scale.

via 8 EduWins of 2013 | Edutopia.

How Technology Helps (And Hinders) Education

From Edudemic – Use of technology in education is a somewhat problematic premise because it has generated a heated debate on whether it helps or hinders learning. The recent dramatic increases in technology in our society has led to proliferation of technology in the learning institutions (from elementary school to the graduate school level) at a rapid rate. Integration of technology in schools has changed today’s education and also the way teachers and students use their classrooms. These changes have both positive and negative impacts on learning. But does it help more or hinder more?

via How Technology Helps (And Hinders) Education – Edudemic.

Why Do Kids Spend All Day on Social Media? Because They’re Not Allowed Out of the House

From MIT Tech Review and the incomparable danah boyd.  “Kids today! They’re online all the time, sharing every little aspect of their lives. What’s wrong with them? Actually, nothing, says Danah Boyd, a Microsoft researcher who studies social media. In a book coming out this winter, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Boyd argues that teenagers aren’t doing much online that’s very different from what kids did at the sock hop, the roller rink, or the mall. They do so much socializing online mostly because they have little choice, Boyd says: parents now generally consider it unsafe to let kids roam their neighborhoods unsupervised. Boyd, 36, spoke with MIT Technology Review’s deputy editor, Brian Bergstein, at Microsoft Research’s offices in Manhattan.”

via Why Do Kids Spend All Day on Social Media? Because They’re Not Allowed Out of the House | MIT Technology Review.

Design and Screen-Based Learning in Higher Education

From Keith Hampson – It’s widely thought that the rise of design during the past couple of decades owes much to the rapid pace of change that characterizes modern life. Design facilitates change for those seeking to stimulate change.  And for end users, design serves as a means of making changes less jarring and uncomfortable.

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Georgia Tech Designs Its Udacity Pilot to Avoid Failure

Georgia Tech’s experiment plays it relatively safe. Because it involves a master’s program, the students will have already earned undergraduate degrees, and many of them already have jobs in the industry. And the students who were admitted have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.58.

The inaugural class is also neither massive nor open. The program has admitted 401 students—360 men, 41 women—out of 2,300 candidates. Those who decide to enroll will begin classes on January 15, according to Jason Maderer, a spokesman.

via Georgia Tech Designs Its Udacity Pilot to Avoid Failure – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Next-Gen Advisory: 10 Keys to College & Career Readiness

From Getting Smart – College and career readiness means a lot more than passing a community college entrance exam (although that is the minimum bar for all kids). It requires a set of deeper learning experiences that result in the knowledge, skills and dispositions young people will need to succeed (for more see David Conley’s new book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know ).

via Next-Gen Advisory: 10 Keys to College & Career Readiness – Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark – CCSS, college and career readiness, Common Core State Standards, counseling, deeper learning, High school, next-gen models, relationships | Getting Smart.

Blended Learning: Integrating Online and Face-to-Face Courses

Blended learning entails more than simply replacing class time with online course elements or supplementing an online course with face-to-face meetings. To be successful, the online and face-to-face modes need to be integrated by taking into account the learning objectives and the affordances of each mode and deliberately linking what occurs in each mode.

via Blended Learning: Integrating Online and Face-to-Face Courses | Faculty Focus.

A Q&A With Udacity’s Pioneering CEO Sebastian Thrun

Fast Company’s live interview with Sebastian Thrun earlier this week (after his landmark article):  As reported in Fast Company\’s December/January feature story, Thrun has recently turned his attention to improving completion rates, a problem that has plagued companies that provide these so-called Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOCs, and partnering with large tech companies to offer courses in hot subjects like big data and mobile web development. He has also emerged as one of the most important voices in the debate about the future of education.

via A Q&A With Udacity’s Pioneering CEO Sebastian Thrun | Fast Company.