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November 9, 2012
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  • Investigating how students learn through design-thinking
    An initiative called Project Zero -- a partnership between Harvard University researchers and a number of Oakland, Calif., schools -- is aimed at discovering how students learn through designing and creating projects. "It's not a lesson plan; it's not a curriculum; it's a way to look at the world," project coordinator Jennifer Ryan said. As part of the project, teachers take a broader approach to assessing student work instead of judging it based on a criteria developed at the start of a lesson. blog (11/7)
  • Students get real-world tech experience without leaving school
    As classrooms, media centers and schools in general become more equipped with new technology, the need for skilled technology support is even greater. The program Generation YES (Generation of Youth and Educators Succeeding) is training an available and eager workforce: students. "In many of our schools, the students work one-on-one with a teacher who has a project that they're going to integrate in their class," explains Sylvia Martinez, president of GenYES. "Our curriculum teaches the student a number of things: the project process, project planning, mentoring ... speaking to an adult. This is not just about technology skills." T.H.E. Journal (11/6) Email this Story
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  • Forum takes multipronged approach to STEM advancement
    A network of college and company leaders known as the Business-Higher Education Forum is seeking to bolster science, technology, engineering and math education through collaborative relationships and pilot programs. "Higher education has a limited capacity in offering those opportunities," former HHMI and Gates Foundation officer Steve Barkanic said. "We think industries should step up and offer those opportunities through internships, mentoring, et cetera." Education Week/Vander Ark on Innovation (11/7) Email this Story
  • Program pairs women with local businesses for tech training
    Potential female inventors are finding support in the Florida-based program Empowering Women in Technology Startups, where women work with mentors to learn how to launch a company. "They're graduating from this program with training and skills that will empower them for the rest of their lives," said Jane Muir, director of the University of Florida Innovation Hub and program creator. "From our perspective, we've developed a talent pool of potential entrepreneurs who will help the university commercialize research discoveries." The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (11/7) Email this Story
  • Study reveals 8 U.S. cities nurturing the enterprise cloud revolution
    Recent college graduates looking to leverage their newly acquired skills into a job in cloud computing no longer need to resign themselves to working in Silicon Valley or Seattle, the cloud capitals of the U.S., according to rankings from Modis. The IT recruiting firm found a number of cities are emerging as centers of cloud growth, including Washington, D.C., where a government cloud effort is sparking demand for skilled workers; Minneapolis, with its strong retail, media and manufacturing industries; and Houston, where the oil and energy sectors are propelling a push into the cloud. eWeek (11/8)
  • Dallas emerges as Texas' biggest tech job center
    While Austin has the reputation as the high-tech center of the Lone Star State, a national report by the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle finds that Dallas has more than twice as many technology jobs as Austin. However, the state capital does have a slightly higher percentage of its workforce in the technology industry. American City Business Journals (11/7) Email this Story
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