On Monday morning, I was at Claremont High School, in Harrow, London, watching as one of the architects responsible for building the Olympic stadium kept a class of 13 year olds enthralled about the design and engineering challenges involved.
Jo Smith from the firm Buro Happold was taking a lesson from Cisco’s Out of the Blocks StemNet programme bringing real world examples of how lessons about chemical structure; mathematics and physics were all very much challenges the stadium designers and builders has to overcome when designing the stadium and other venues for this summer’s Olympics.
Last week I was delighted to keynote at South Korea’s Education Expo 2012 on behalf of Cisco Global Education. The Korean government is preparing to launch a sweeping set of system reforms, designed to extend Korea’s education lead. The aim is to nurture a generation of creative problem-solvers -- collaborative and digitally-literate with a global outlook.
Michael Stevenson, VP Cisco Global Education
Korea’s schools have been grabbing commentators’ attention for a while. First it was the excellence of student standards -- the super group of Korea, Finland and Singapore consistently outperform the rest in international tests. Then it was the social cost of flying so high: young people studying seven days a week, an oppressive testing regime, cases of suicide – and at the end of it, with college graduation rates nearing 80%, a shortage of graduate- level jobs to reward all the effort. In contrast, the latest developments have been scarcely noticed.
Hello Education Community. I am new to the blog community and look forward to sharing with you my reflections on travels and work with Education customers from around the globe. It is an is an extraordinary time for education globally. I am eager to share with you experiences in which I have viewed educators, students, and policy makers changing the way they currently address educational needs. I encourage you to come on this journey with me, where I believe we can make a change in education and meet the global demand for learning and talent. Let’s transform together our education systems and institutions to meet the urgent and challenging expectations of our learners in the new millennium.
My first blog is a reflection from my participation and attendance at Going Global 2012. Going Global is a series of international educational conferences hosted by the British Council. It offers an open forum for policy makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss issues facing the international education community. Since its inception in 2004, Going Global has grown from a bi-annual event in the UK to an annual event that alternates between the UK and a different international location. Each year it attracts over 1,000 delegates from across the further and higher education sectors and a variety of other industries with perspectives on international education
Back in January, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski challenged schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students’ hands by the year 2017. Prompted by countries like South Korea and Uruguay -- which have made similar moves – the Obama administration is seeking to create momentum on this key topic.
Adam Frankel Opens the League Meeting at Houston ISD
Yet when we look around us, most educators and superintendents in the U.S. are left scratching our collective heads as we witness our glacial progress toward fully deployed digital nationwide learning. Lack of data on “what works”, lack of best practices in district-level leadership, and a splintered procurement process are often cited as three major roadblocks to progress. As mentioned in earlier blogs here, Digital Promise’s newly formed “League of Innovative Schools” is hoping to change all that.