Ed2S Fellows, News and Trends, Uncategorized

What’s next for Ed2S?

Well, we haven't written in quite some time -- we've been busy! We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of our first two books: Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding. The secondary edition will be out in January and the elementary edition out in August by Corwin Press. These books extend the great work of Dr.… Continue reading What’s next for Ed2S?

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

How well do schools respond to societal change?

MIT Business School professor Peter Senge claims a transformational change happening in the business world: "More and more businesses in every industry sector are incorporating sustainability and social responsibility issues into their goals for the future. They've accepted that they must do so if they wish to survive and thrive in the tumultuous times ahead." -… Continue reading How well do schools respond to societal change?

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Think about…how joy changes the brain

Yesterday we had a great guest post from teacher Laura McCarthy. Maybe it's because I'm 7 months pregnant but I actually teared up while reading her field trip story... Laura says: "Creating a joyful classroom instills a passion for learning and establishes a comfort with exploring the unknown. When children are happy, when they feel… Continue reading Think about…how joy changes the brain

Innovation Series

Innovation Incubator: TED Fellows

Hopefully you've heard of and watched a few TED talks. TED conferences started in 1984, bringing people together from Technology, Entertainment and Design. It has since expanded to include thought leaders from many more industries who have "ideas worth spreading". In fact, the most popular talk of all time is about education by Sir Ken… Continue reading Innovation Incubator: TED Fellows

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: The Power of Small

Today we are honored to have Laurin Hodge share her thoughts on innovation.  Laurin is the Executive Director at Mission: Launch, Inc, a nonprofit that creates tools specifically for women so they are empowered to recover, reconnect, and overcome the barriers to successful re-entry after incarceration. Ed2S: What ways of thinking help you to innovate?  LH: I find that creative… Continue reading How I Innovate: The Power of Small

Innovation Series

Can curiosity drive learning in schools?

The vast majority of learning in today's schools is controlled by adults: what, when, for how long, etc. Students receive schedules, most with no choice at all, go to assigned classrooms and complete whatever tasks are asked of them. This is quite practical. But is it best? New research is revealing just how important curiosity… Continue reading Can curiosity drive learning in schools?

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Think about…jobs of the future

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. What jobs will today's students be doing in 20 years? Are our schools coming even close to preparing them? In an entertaining speech at the IBM Think Forum, Tom Friedman gives us this equation:    Globalization + Information Technology    Cheap Genius  He says, "The implication for the… Continue reading Think about…jobs of the future

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: African Innovation Prize

Today's post features Milly Hennayake, volunteer for the African Innovation Prize. She describes her experience below:  I’m currently volunteering with the African Innovation Prize (AIP- africaninnovationprize.org); a small British based NGO running entrepreneurship competitions for University students.  AIP started working in Rwanda and decided to introduce the competition to Sierra Leone two years ago.  In the… Continue reading How I Innovate: African Innovation Prize

Innovation Series

Get on the bus!

Today's Innovation Incubator comes from the UK: StartUp Britain From their website: StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. The campaign was founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched on 28th March 2011 by the Prime… Continue reading Get on the bus!

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: rbutr – Crowdsourcing Critical Thinking

Happy Friday!  Today's How I Innovate guest blogger is Shane Greenup co-creator of rbutr, an exciting community-driven app that seeks to bring the spirit of debate and balanced perspective to our online reading.   Shane's comments follow.  rbutr is a project I have been working on for over a year now which has grown from a… Continue reading How I Innovate: rbutr – Crowdsourcing Critical Thinking