Category: Education

How can Design Thinking help you START Innovating.

  A lot has been told about Design Thinking in the past and rightly so. It has been known to inspire people from all walks of life and across multiple sectors. However, in this age of technological revolution, it is now more than ever to include this kind of innovative and inspiring methodology in your strategy to ensure sustained growth. Design thinking is one of the most successful tools to develop an innovative way of thinking. It is known for the human touch it adds to the way you think instead of relying on historical data for decision making. The ... Read more

Design-Thinking For Teachers: Innovative Approaches To Teaching And Learning.

On October 21-25th Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized four workshops on Design Thinking and its application to K12 education for teachers of a network of top innovative schools in Kazakhstan – Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS). The workshops ran simultaneously in four major cities of Kazakhstan – Astana, Shymkent, Aktau and Semey and were led by Silicon Valley experts and instructors on design thinking. Reinhold Steinbeck (Stanford University), Cole Godvin (Nueva High School), Ronen Habib (Gunn High School) and Catherine Kavanaugh (Stanford University) travelled to Kazakhstan and ran a hands-on 5-day design thinking course for over 200 teachers. During this intensive ... Read more

THINK STUDENTS ARE UNHAPPY WITH HIGHER EDUCATION? TRY EMPLOYERS (PLUS MORE NEWS)

 weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends Think Students are Unhappy with Higher Education? Try Employers What it is: A new report by The Brookings Institution shows that the bachelor’s degree premium remains as high as ever. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs says the return on college is falling: “In 2010, students could expect to break even within eight years of finishing school. Since then, that has increased to nine years. And if this trend continues, students who start college in 2030 without scholarships or grants… may not see a return on investment until age ... Read more

HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COULD SOLVE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN EDUCATION AND MORE NEWS

A weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends Here’s How Artificial Intelligence Could Solve the Biggest Problem in Education What it is: Online education has a problem: Of the hordes of students that sign up for massive open online classes (MOOCs), an average of less than 7% finish. AI researcher at Georgia Tech, Ashok Goel thinks artificial intelligence can change that. Goel told Tech Insider one of the reasons students do not finish is because MOOcs do not provide teaching assistants. If students have simple questions like ‘How do I download this material?”, there is no ... Read more

THE EDUCATION INSTITUTION OF THE FUTURE IS HERE – IT’S UP TO LEADERS TO SEIZE IT AND MORE NEWS

A weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends The Education Institution of the Future is Here – It’s Up to Leaders to Seize It What it is: Amazon’s recent announcement that they will launch a free platform for schools and educators to upload, manage and share educational materials is just one example of the significant evolutions taking place within the higher education space. A growing emphasis on and availability of Open Educational Resources (OERs) necessitates that universities shift the lens through which they view digital technology. Why it is important: In order to ... Read more

UNIVERSITIES CAN’T SOLVE OUR SKILLS GAP PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY CAUSED IT (PLUS MORE NEWS)

 weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends Universities Can’t Solve Our Skills Gap Problems Because They Caused It What it is: The skills gap really exists in two dimensions; the gap in actual skills obtained by students relative to the job they want, and the gap in a person’s perceived skills relative to their actual skills. Despite their educational investments, students report finding a job to be a big challenge.Nearly half of all graduating students say college did not prepare them for the working world, and 83 percent do not have a job lined up when ... Read more

PROFESSORS NEED TO LEARN TO LOVE ONLINE EDUCATION TO SAVE COLLEGES (PLUS MORE NEWS)

A weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends To Save Colleges, Professors Have To Learn To Love Online Education silicon valley, innovation culture, disruptive technologies, education disruptedWhat it is: Online education presents great opportunities for colleges and universities, but also great threats. As this disruptive technology spreads, some universities will become better, and rise in stature. Others will go out of business. What will separate the winners from the losers? You might think the answer is money, to invest in new technologies. But the real key to success — and ... Read more

THE EVOLUTION OF ONLINE EDUCATION AND MORE NEWS

A weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends The Evolution of Online Education What it is: The range of topics offered in the world of online learning is rapidly diversifying, with more and more experts throwing their hat in the ring, and some of the best minds across sectors helping the world learn at warp speed. The most exciting aspect is what is happening behind the scenes – the global explosion, specifically around creativity fueled by unprecedented access to world-class experts and skill-based education. Why it is important: Learning by doing is ... Read more

OPENING MINDS ON EDTECH AND MORE NEWS

A weekly wrap-up from Silicon Valley on what’s making the news in higher education, EdTech, and disruptive trends Opening Minds on EdTech What it is: Bill Gates shares his views on why advances in technology will make it easier to give educators the support they deserve. Developers will play a key role in helping make these advances happen. Why it is important: Technology can revolutionize the way educators and students work together – but only if collaboration is based on evidence about which approaches work. According to Gates, the way products are selected and money is budgeted for those products needs to ... Read more

INNOVATION IN STEM EDUCATION

In December 2015 Silicon Valley Innovation Center has organized another educational program – 10 STEM teachers from Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (Kazakhstan) participated in a one week immersion course in Silicon Valley and learned about innovation and best practices in teaching STEM subjects in high school. Together with Silicon Valley STEM educators and experts in high school curriculum, standards, program evaluation and professional development the group explored the pros and cons of new approaches to advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pedagogy as a response to the new global demands of K12 and higher education in the 21st century. The participants ... Read more