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In honor of back to school season, we have extra articles this week to help you better prepare for the season, whether you’re an education entrepreneur or an amazing educator. Enjoy!
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The Google Certified Innovator certification program is accepting new applicants for their next cohort. The 12 month leadership program supports educators in working on an innovation project that will:
Drive transformation through a project you’re passionate about
Inspire other educators through various advocacy opportunities
Grow leadership skills through ongoing learning and development
Receive tailored mentorship from other Innovators
This cohort’s Google for Education Innovation Academy will be on November 14-16, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The deadline for the 2018 Google Certified Innovator Cohort is September 21st, 2018.
The challenge of protecting data in the classroom has grown due to increased cybersecurity risks. Recent hacks include Edmodo and FAFSA. More than 1 million children were victims of identity theft in 2017, resulting in $2.6 billion in losses, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Children have no prior credit — just clean slates — so their identity is much more valuable than an adult’s to criminals.
Companies like ClassDojo have taken extra steps to protect user data and privacy. Ed tech companies need to prioritize transparency and recognize the urgency of protecting children’s information online..
More and more teachers are now choosing to go with the flow by incorporating video games into curriculums rather than fight them. One of the biggest reasons is that it’s an easy sell to students. Aside from games that teach traditional subjects like English and Math, eSports are also becoming a more widely accepted extracurricular activity within schools, even achieving the status as traditional competitive sports in some places. Key skills that eSports are known to help foster in student include: strategic thinking, teamwork, collaboration, goal setting, preparation and managing success and failure.
“UK education secretary Damian Hinds has called on the tech industry to revolutionize UK schooling. The British government has admitted teachers need help tackling lesson workloads and admin burdens and wants tech firms to fix the problem.
The UK will seek to forge a strong partnership between government, technology innovators and the education sector and will work with teaching and tech bodies over the autumn to develop online training packages, create an online portal with free software trials for schools and set up regional demonstrations.”
If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children.
Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.
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