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January 8, 2013
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  • Hands-on lessons make classes more engaging
    There are many benefits to hands-on learning and some schools that have found success in the "learning by doing" approach, write Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen, authors of "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun." They write in this blog post about a school in New York, which has a digital prototyping and manufacturing facility called the Fab Lab that allows students to engage in math and science through hands-on activities. "I don't believe you can just pour knowledge into students. They have to learn things by trying them out," said Jaymes Dec, Marymount School's lab administrator. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/2)
  • Program encourages students to solve community problems
    Lizzie Cassady, a junior at New Hampshire's Academy for Science and Design charter school in Nashua, is trying to develop an e-reader specifically designed for students and their textbooks. Cassady is among four students in the Learning Studios program, which challenges students to develop solutions to community problems. "We always want to give students ownership of their education," said social studies teacher Douglass Belley. "This program gives them that." The Keene Sentinel (N.H.) (1/6)
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  • Va. college seeks to put students on fast track to jobs
    Workers with specific technical skills are in demand everywhere, but a shortage of highly skilled individuals is leaving many jobs unfilled. To help overcome that challenge, Central Virginia Community College will launch a program this spring that provides an accelerated education program aimed at meeting the needs of area industries. The program -- Fast Track Technical Training -- is being shaped by feedback from local businesses. The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (1/6) Email this Story
  • Engineering, IT are among areas poised for job growth
    Graduates and other job seekers with backgrounds in information technology and engineering have reasons to be optimistic about their prospects this year, according to a national study by CareerBuilder. "The competition for educated, specialized labor has intensified as market demands increase in both the manufacturing and services sectors," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, adding that health care also is expected to continue to provide a wide range of job opportunities. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/8) Email this Story
  • Enterprise software to lead tech down the road to rebound in 2013
    The technology market will continue its gradual rebound this year, propelled by strength in the mobile, cloud and smart computing sectors, but it will take another year for the industry to regain the glory of pre-recession days, according to a new forecast. A report from Forrester Research estimates that global tech spending will increase 5.4% in 2013, despite declines in hardware sales, with business intelligence and analytics software posting strong gains. eWeek (1/4)
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