Four recent employer-led initiatives bridge the gap between education and employment, drawing Maine people of all ages toward high-demand occupations that match their interests and passions.
I was fortunate to attend CultureCon in Boston, which focused on designing workgroup practices that embrace agile, nimble learning. This is the world into which our students will be growing.
To illustrate learner-centered instruction in action, the Maine Department of Education funded a series of videos focusing on students and teachers at schools that are leading the way.
For my 9-year-old daughter, knowledge is at her fingertips, her interests are becoming a primary frame for learning both in school and out.
I was honored to make a keynote presentation at British Columbia's first IT4K12 conference in Vancouver. I met many education technology leaders who are working toward a learner-centered education system
"Every teenager has a spark — something inside that is good, beautiful, and useful to the world. Sparks illuminate a young person's life and give it meaning and purpose."
Robinson challenged the audience to create schools that are more personal and give students rein to explore topics that match their aptitude and passions. Too many people don't like their jobs, and it shouldn't be that way.
Creativity is combinatorial, that nothing is entirely original, that everything builds on what came before, and that we create by taking existing pieces of inspiration, knowledge, skill and insight that we gather over the course of our lives and recombining them into incredible new creations.