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    June 30 2011 The United States faces an immediate challenge finding employment for 7 million people still out of work from the 2008 09 recession and revising robust job creation in the decade to come But simply employing a nation s people is not enough In a globalized information age economy there is no more important priority than building a strong workforce read full article Technology Counts EducationWeek 2011 Thursday March 17 2011 In today s digital marketplace students of all ages can create experiences tailored just for them When a teenager searches for movies to watch an online film site can provide suggestions based on past viewing history Music lovers can create personalized playlists for everything from a workout in the gym to a study session And when children play video games they can choose a variety paths based on their interests and skill levels toward slaying a dragon or defeating an enemy Then many of these same students walk into their classrooms and sit at their desks to absorb one size fits all lessons or if they re lucky instruction aimed at the high mid or low level learner And in many cases there is little if any technology integrated into those lessons read full article Refueling the U S Innovation Economy Tuesday November 30 2010 Rather than base STEM policy on the Some STEM For All paradigm we propose that it be based on an All STEM for Some approach The purpose of driving STEM education is not principally to create economic opportunity for individuals it s to provide the fuel needed to power a science and technology driven U S economy Without the right number and quality of STEM educated Americans the U S innovation economy will continue to falter and with it economic opportunity not just for STEM grads but for tens of millions of other Americans employed in industries enabled by American science and technology read full article Growing Up Digital Wired for Distraction Sunday November 21 2010 By all rights Vishal Singh a bright 17 year old should already have finished the book Kurt Vonnegut s Cat s Cradle his summer reading assignment But he has managed 43 pages in two months Students have always faced distractions and time wasters But computers and cellphones and the constant stream of stimuli they offer pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning read full article Learning in Dorm Because Class Is on the Web Friday November 5 2010 GAINESVILLE Fla Like most other undergraduates Anish Patel likes to sleep in Even though his Principles of Microeconomics class at 9 35 a m is just a five minute stroll from his dorm he would rather flip open his laptop in his room to watch the lecture streamed live over the campus network On a recent morning as Mr Patel s two roommates slept read full article Computers at Home Educational Hope vs Teenage Reality Sunday July 11 2010 Economists are trying to measure a home

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    earnings and taxes at 4 5 billion Incalculable are the lost opportunities for social mobility and the stillborn professional careers There s a remedy at hand though and it s pretty straightforward Nationwide universities need to give undergraduates the care and attention akin to what s lavished on students at elite institutions If that help is forthcoming graduation rates more than double according to several evaluations of an innovative program at the City University of New York s community colleges Over the past month CUNY s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs ASAP has garnered hosannas in the media for its package of comprehensive financial resources student support systems and impressive graduation rates The social policy leader MDRC is conducting a multiyear random assignment study of ASAP and in a just released report describes it as unparalleled in large scale experimental evaluations of programs in higher education to date Nearly 90 percent of students who attend a top ranked university earn a bachelor s degree in four years While these undergraduates may well be among the best and brightest they also get kid gloves treatment If they run into trouble an army of helpmates stands at the ready From moving day as a freshman through graduation and beyond Harvard assures its students our advisers are here to help and support you at every step The situation is entirely different for most undergraduates especially poor and minority students All too often they re steered to schools where they receive little if any support in mastering tough courses decoding arcane requirements for a major sorting out life problems or navigating the maze of institutional requirements Graduation rates at these so called dropout factories especially those in urban areas that largely serve low income underprepared minority populations are as abysmal as 5 percent Where

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    Khosrow Ghadiri who teaches the blended class It would be educational malpractice It is hard to say though how much the improved results come from the edX online materials and how much from the shift to classroom sessions focusing on small group projects rather than lectures Finding better ways to move students through the start of college is crucial said Josh Jarrett a higher education officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which in the past year has given grants to develop massive open online courses for basic and remedial courses For us 2012 was all about trying to tilt some of the MOOC attention toward the more novice learner the low income and first generation students he said And 2013 is about blending MOOCs into college courses where there is additional support and students can get credit While some low income young adults can benefit from what I call the free range MOOCs the research suggests that most are going to need more scaffolding more support Until now there has been little data on how well the massive online courses work and for which kinds of students Blended courses provide valuable research data because outcomes can easily be compared with those from a traditional class The results in the San Jose circuits course are probably the most interesting data point in the whole MOOC movement Mr Jarrett said Said Dr Junn We want to bring all the hyperbole around MOOCs down to reality and really see at a granular level that s never before been available how well they work for underserved students Online courses are undeniably chipping at the traditional boundaries of higher education Until now most of the millions of students who register for them could not earn credit for their work But that is changing and not just at San Jose State The three leading providers Udacity EdX and Coursera are all offering proctored exams and in some cases certification for transfer credit through the American Council on Education Last month in a controversial proposal the president pro tem of the California Senate announced the introduction of legislation allowing students in the state s public colleges and universities who cannot get a seat in oversubscribed lower level classes to earn credit for faculty approved online versions including those from private vendors like edX and Udacity And on Wednesday San Jose State announced that next fall it will pay a licensing fee to offer three to five more blended edX courses probably including Harvard s Ancient Greek Heroes and Berkeley s Artificial Intelligence And over the summer it will train 11 other California State campuses to use the blended M I T circuits course Dr Qayoumi favors the blended model for upper level courses but fully online courses like Udacity s for lower level classes which could be expanded to serve many more students at low cost Traditional teaching will be disappearing in five to seven years he predicts as more professors come to realize that

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    home to more than 1 or 2 percent of the city s shrinking population Yet the subsidy money for developers is often justified in the name of reviving the entire city most of which has continued to deteriorate Nor has this dynamic changed since the onset of the Great Recession as urban boosters such as Aaron Ehrenhalt have suggested Ehrenhalt citing the perceived preferences of millennials envisions an urban future where more reject the suburban life in part as a reaction to the wreckage of the last housing bust To Ehrenhalt places like downtown Chicago are emerging as the modern day version of early 20th century Vienna central cores that attracted the elites while the working class and middle class dullards regress to the suburbs Yet in reality an examination of data between 2011 and 2012 by Jed Kolko at Trulia found despite a spike in downtown residents population losses continue in surrounding close in urban neighborhoods while the fastest growth has continued to be located further out in the periphery Class Politics in the Creative Age Investments in cool districts may well appeal to some young professionals particularly before they get married and have children But overall as Florida himself now admits it has done little overall for the urban middle class much less the working class or the poor Indeed in many ways the Floridian focus on industries like entertainment software and social media creates a distorted set of economic priorities The creatives after all generally don t work in factories or warehouses So why assist these industries Instead the trend is to declare good paying blue collar professions a product of the past If you can t find work in deindustrialized Michigan suggests Salon s Ray Fisman one can collect more than a few crumbs by joining the service class and serving food cutting hair or grass in creative capitals like San Francisco or Austin These limitations of the hip cool strategy to drive broad based economic growth have been evident for years Conservative critics such as the Manhattan Institute s Steve Malanga have pointed out that many creative class havens often underperform economically compared to their less hip counterparts More liberal academic analysts have denounced the idea as exacerbating inequality and exclusion One particularly sharp critic the University of British Columbia s Jamie Peck see it as little more than a neo liberal recipe of biscotti and circuses Urban thinker Aaron Renn puts it in political terms the creative class doesn t have much in the way of coattails Why Hipness Can t Save New York The sad truth is that even in the more plausible creative class cities such as New York and San Francisco the emphasis on hip cool and high end service industries has corresponded with a decline in their middle class and a growing gap between rich and poor Washington D C and San Francisco perennial poster children for cool cities also have among the highest percentages of poverty of any major

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    from a fashionable part of Brooklyn seats are scarce despite prices that could make a New Yorker wince Google s logo on a former leather tannery in Kitchener a relic from the region s past as Canada s shoemaking capital provides a vivid illustration of the way that when a company starts to slip the best talent goes elsewhere BlackBerry aims to reverse its fortunes with radically new smartphones and equally innovative software that runs them It introduced the phones to the public last week to strong reviews Steven Woods the director of engineering for Google in Kitchener said that the search engine company established an operation here about eight years ago and expanded into the tannery building in 2011 as part of a broad plan to absorb foreign talent and sensibilities Most of the company s other new operations were put in major metropolitan centers including New York London and Tokyo Waterloo is different Mr Woods said sitting in a scaled down version of Google s Silicon Valley office down to a gourmet no charge cafeteria It s got this amazing university which has long been one of our top three recruiting universities for Google as a whole worldwide said Mr Woods who earned a doctorate at Waterloo Waterloo grads do well at Google they do very well The University of Waterloo did not achieve its exalted status by being venerable It received its first students who were initially taught in temporary buildings plopped into a corn field north of town only in 1957 Nor did it buy its way to the top Its alumni particularly Mr Lazaridis the former co chief executive and current vice chairman of BlackBerry have been generous with 121 million in personal donations to date Mr Lazaridis who also donated 150 million to establish an independent school of theoretical physics in Waterloo developed what became Research in Motion s first product while still an undergraduate student and dropped out weeks before finishing his studies to found the company in 1984 But like most universities in Canada Waterloo is a public institution with relatively low tuition subsidized by Canadian taxpayers In 2011 the federal and provincial governments provided 243 million or 42 percent of its operating budget Its endowment is only 261 million a fraction of the 16 5 billion Stanford holds or the 10 3 billion of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology two of America s top engineering universities Different approaches rather than money have instead enabled it to attract prominent faculty members from around the world as well as Canada s top engineering and computer science students Unusually for a college or university in North America Waterloo does not require its faculty or students to give it any ownership stake in products or inventions they create there For faculty members control of that intellectual property can potentially be far more valuable than any university salary Engineering and computer science students are required to mix their studies with six work terms for which they

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    a small percentage complete all the work and even they still tend to be from the middle and upper classes of their societies but I am convinced that within five years these platforms will reach a much broader demographic Imagine how this might change U S foreign aid For relatively little money the U S could rent space in an Egyptian village install two dozen computers and high speed satellite Internet access hire a local teacher as a facilitator and invite in any Egyptian who wanted to take online courses with the best professors in the world subtitled in Arabic YOU just have to hear the stories told by the pioneers in this industry to appreciate its revolutionary potential One of Koller s favorites is about Daniel a 17 year old with autism who communicates mainly by computer He took an online modern poetry class from Penn He and his parents wrote that the combination of rigorous academic curriculum which requires Daniel to stay on task and the online learning system that does not strain his social skills attention deficits or force him to look anyone in the eye enable him to better manage his autism Koller shared a letter from Daniel in which he wrote Please tell Coursera and Penn my story I am a 17 year old boy emerging from autism I can t yet sit still in a classroom so your course was my first real course ever During the course I had to keep pace with the class which is unheard of in special ed Now I know I can benefit from having to work hard and enjoy being in sync with the world One member of the Coursera team who recently took a Coursera course on sustainability told me that it was so much more interesting than a similar course he had taken as an undergrad The online course included students from all over the world from different climates incomes levels and geographies and as a result the discussions that happened in that course were so much more valuable and interesting than with people of similar geography and income level in a typical American college Mitch Duneier a Princeton sociology professor wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education in the fall about his experience teaching a class through Coursera A few months ago just as the campus of Princeton University had grown nearly silent after commencement 40 000 students from 113 countries arrived here via the Internet to take a free course in introductory sociology My opening discussion of C Wright Mills s classic 1959 book The Sociological Imagination was a close reading of the text in which I reviewed a key chapter line by line I asked students to follow along in their own copies as I do in the lecture hall When I give this lecture on the Princeton campus I usually receive a few penetrating questions In this case however within a few hours of posting the online version the

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    many workers who are often left to figure out for themselves what new skills will make them more valuable or just keep them from obsolescence In their quest to occupy a useful niche they are turning to bite size instructional videos peer to peer forums and virtual college courses Lynda Gratton a professor of management practice at the London Business School has coined a term for this necessity serial mastery You can t expect that what you ve become a master in will keep you valuable throughout the whole of your career and you want to add to that the fact that most people are now going to be working into their 70s she said adding that workers must try to choose specialties that cannot be outsourced or automated Being a generalist is in my view very unwise Your major competitor is Wikipedia or Google Businesses have responded by pouring more money into training even in the current economic doldrums according to several measures They have experimented by paying employees to share their expertise in internal social networks creating video games that teach and human resources consultants say enticing employees with tuition help even if they leave the company Individuals have also shouldered a lot of responsibility for their own upgrades Lynda com which charges 25 a month for access to training videos on topics like the latest version of Photoshop says its base of individual customers has been growing 42 percent a year since 2008 Online universities like Udacity and Coursera are on pace to double in size in a year according to Josh Bersin of Bersin Associates a consulting firm that specializes in learning and talent management The number of doctors participating in continuing education programs has more than doubled in the last decade with the vast majority

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    These still exist but EuroMold exhibits no oily machinery tended by men in overalls Hall after hall is full of squeaky clean American Asian and European machine tools all highly automated Most of their operators men and women sit in front of computer screens Nowhere will you find a hammer OUTSIDE THE SPRAWLING Frankfurt Messe home of innumerable German trade fairs stands the Hammering Man a 21 metre kinetic statue that steadily raises and lowers its arm to bash a piece of metal with a hammer Jonathan Borofsky the artist who built it says it is a celebration of the worker using his mind and hands to create the world we live in That is a familiar story But now the tools are changing in a number of remarkable ways that will transform the future of manufacturing One of those big trade fairs held in Frankfurt is EuroMold which shows machines for making prototypes of products the tools needed to put those things into production and all manner of other manufacturing kit Old school engineers worked with lathes drills stamping presses and moulding machines These still exist but EuroMold exhibits no oily machinery tended by men in overalls Hall after hall is full of squeaky clean American Asian and European machine tools all highly automated Most of their operators men and women sit in front of computer screens Nowhere will you find a hammer Everything in the factories of the future will be run by smarter software Digitisation in manufacturing will have a disruptive effect every bit as big as in other industries that have gone digital such as office equipment telecoms photography music publishing and films And the effects will not be confined to large manufacturers indeed they will need to watch out because much of what is coming

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