A while back, I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Bob Chung, Class Policy’s creator and CEO of AssistX Education. Now I am excited to share this video of how Louis, a teacher at James Madison Middle School, gets his classroom focused with ClassPolicy, and improves testing productivity with TestPolicy.
The concept of a Flipped Classroom has been discussed quite a bit here at Daily Edventures. At its core, the Flipped Classroom is about changing the dynamics of the classroom. The lecture becomes homework, and time in class is spent problem solving – or, as some call it, practicing.
Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, FL launched the initial phase of their 1:1 digital initiative during the 2013-2014 school year. Watch this video to learn about the district’s objectives for the initiative, hear initial student reactions and learn why the decision was made to standardize on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform and Office 365.
In a small town, about 12 miles east of Austin, Texas, Manor New Technology High School is a devoted to teaching every subject to every student through project-based learning. Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers motivated and achieving their best.
This infographic accurately depicts the pressing need to make sure all primary aged children are able to attend school. Not only do children need to attend school, we need to improve the quality of learning. Too many students finish school without basic literacy and numeracy skills. We need more well-trained educators, improved traditional and digital learning materials, and an increase in early-childhood education programs to prepare children for primary schools.
NYC Department of Education Announces Three New Early College and Career Technical Education High Schools Coming Soon
New York City Department of Education selected Microsoft as an industry partner to support three new Early College and Career Technical Education (CTE) high schools, aimed at delivering a six-year, career-focused program to NYC students.
It is hard to overstate the power of mobile devices when it comes to global education. On World Book Day this year, we shared a UNESCO report that showed that mobile technology may be turning the tide on illiteracy. In that story, we also shared this unbelievable statistic: of the 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion have access to a working mobile phone. This means that hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries are using their mobile phones to read and to learn.
The ability to learn wherever, whenever, is one of the most important aspects of ensuring that more students throughout the world have access to a quality education. Here at Daily Edventures, we’ve heard from students, teachers and administrators — near and far — who use mobile phones daily to make learning more relevant. One of these many teachers, Ernani Fernandez, shared how thousands of students and teachers in the Philippines have benefitted from a mobile learning initiative called Text2Teach.
Text2Teach turns 10 years old today, and we at Microsoft are proud to help celebrate by joining the Ayala Foundation, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Education (DepEd), Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), and Globe Telecom in signing a commitment to mainstream Text2Teach, implementing it in all 38,000 public schools across the Philippines. Text2Teach is the Philippine name of the global program BridgeIT conceptualized by Nokia, Pearson, the International Youth Foundation, and the United Nations Development Program. The Philippines has the longest-running Bridge IT program among 12 countries in the world.
The program features a mobile learning package that uses 3G-enabled Microsoft mobile phones to download educational video materials for math (grades 5 and 6), science, English and values education to supplement lessons through visual aid. It comes with a Globe Telecom prepaid SIM and a 32-inch LED Toshiba TV that will play the videos for classroom use.
Last year, Text2Teach was hailed by Nominet Trust, a UK funder for tech projects, as one of the 100 most inspiring social tech innovations. This year, Text2Teach received a Merit Award for Best Community Program at the 6th Annual Global CSR Summit and Awards in Bali, Indonesia.
The use of Text2Teach has shown improvement in student performance and National Achievement Test scores in the Philippines. And Text2Teach says that it has fostered positive attitudes towards learning and the use of technology for teaching. According to their website, “The program’s impact can be seen in disadvantaged schools, thus helping bridge the social gap. To date, Text2Teach has served over 300, 000 students from 1,103 schools nationwide, covering a total of 62 cities and municipalities.”
If you are interested in becoming part of Text2Teach, it is open to groups and organizations who wish to become a partner in mainstreaming the program. For more information on Text2Teach visit http://www.text2teach.org.ph/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations on 10 years, Text2Teach!
Daymond John is familiar to many from the popular TV show, “Shark Tank,” in which he and other successful business leaders fund extraordinary ideas from ordinary people. But John is also the founder and CEO of FUBU, a successful clothing line he envisioned as a young man in 1980s Hollis, Queens – one of the epicenters of hip-hop music and culture. And he’s a tireless advocate for entrepreneurship, that special combination of drive, skills and perseverance that can change young people’s lives forever.
On “Shark Tank,” John once noted that “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” So when I had the opportunity to talk to this legendary entrepreneur recently, I wanted to learn more about what fueled that entrepreneurial drive in him and what lessons he could impart on today’s budding entrepreneurs.
John started his own business almost by accident. After searching for a hat he’d seen in a music video only to find he couldn’t afford it, he applied the sewing skills his mother had taught him and began selling his hats on the streets. Those first hats became a valuable global brand and made John an entrepreneur for life.
Today, John’s work involves helping both adults and kids to unleash their inner entrepreneurs. In addition to coaching new business owners, John plays an active role in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). NFTE, where I’m proud to serve as a board member, is an organization that provided 50,000 kids with mentors and support to come up with their own creative ideas. This group has inspired countless young people who have gone on to achieve great success, like Johnnie Lovett, who we talked to earlier this year.
Entrepreneurship is a subject we’ve covered frequently here at Daily Edventures, from developers who are inspired to create game-changing education apps (like Mark Zimmerman), to students who start their own businesses even before graduation (like Victoria Parisi). As project-based learning continues to grow in popularity, many educators are finding that creating and running a new business is one of the most powerful projects of all. John was himself inspired by teachers and guidance counselors, and says that educators don’t get enough credit. “I don’t think they understand the influence they have on many kids such as myself,” John told me. “What educators should concentrate on its pulling the best out of each kid.”
Technology, according to John, plays a key role for budding entrepreneurs, but it isn’t the be-all-end-all. ”Technology has advanced us as entrepreneurs and has given us many more opportunities,” he says, [but] it’s like a car. It gets you from one place to another faster, but the fundamentals of business – discipline, research, homework, goals and having like-minded individuals around you are desperately needed.”
To learn those fundamentals, John encourages budding entrepreneurs to stay in school so that they can apply what they’ve learned to any business endeavour they pursue. “If you add the fundamentals of being a tried-and-true entrepreneur with technology, it’s a new day and age,” he says.
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Daymond John.
Microsoft in Education. We are partners in learning
Microsoft is working to bring the benefits of technology and technology skills to all. We share the ultimate aim of all stakeholders, to use technology to help improve education and learning, create opportunity, and raise living standards for people around the world. Learn more here