domingo, 2 de septiembre de 2012

Graduating All Students Innovation-Ready


http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/08/14/01wagner.h32.html

Improving student achievement through innovation is the latest buzz in education. New test-prep programs, online learning platforms, e-texts, charter school hybrids, and so on are proliferating, but they are only changing the nature of how we deliver the same old content. No one seems to question exactly what students should be achieving beyond better test scores. What matters today, however, is not how much our students know, but what they can do with what they know. None of these innovations addresses this fundamental shift in what our students—and our nation—will need to succeed in the 21st century.
Knowledge today is a free commodity and growing exponentially. Khan Academy currently offers more than 3,300 K-12 video lessons for free, and more than 6 million students are logging on every month. And now, growing numbers of our elite private and state universities are offering no-cost online courses for anyone who is interested. Because opportunities for learning are ubiquitous and accessible on every Internet-connected device, students who know more than others no longer have a competitive advantage.
Our students now compete for jobs with talented students around the world who will work for far less. As a result, the high school and college graduates who will get and keep good jobs in the new global economy and contribute solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are those who can bring what the author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman calls “ a spark of imagination ” to whatever they do. They will be creative problem-solvers who will generate improvements in existing products, processes, and services, as well as invent new ones. Rather than worry so much about graduating all students college-ready, I have come to understand that the most essential education challenge today is to...


A Groundbreaking Book on Innovation
Education expert Tony Wagner and documentary filmmaker Robert Compton have teamed up to produce a powerful new book about developing an innovation-driven economy. They explore what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.
In profiling compelling young innovators, the book reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and to persevere.
From the research, a pattern emerges—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated passions, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: these are the forces that drive young innovators.
More than a book on innovation, Creating Innovators is itself innovative in its format.  Using Quick Response Codes for smartphone, readers can access more than 60 online videos further explaining the story.
These short videos take readers to innovative schools like MIT’s Media Lab, Stanford’s Design School, High Tech High and Olin College. And readers get to know the young innovators in a unique way – traveling as far away as Guatemala and Africa.

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