"OneWeb has closed a $500 million funding round to build a satellite system that it says will provide affordable broadband services across the globe.The company has attracted investment from Airbus, Bharti Enterprises, Qualcomm, Coca-Cola, Virgin Group and others. It will use the funds to develop key technologies required to enable internet access for undeveloped locations.
The announcement comes just days after..."
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1. We have an information fetish that causes us to confuse education with media. Better digital ‘interactive learning content’ is great, but anyone who says it’s a fix-all is trying to sell you something.
2. We’re obsessively infatuated with our own technological creations. We forget that although our tools have gotten very sophisticated, our ways of thinking haven’t really changed so much.
3. We are really good at throwing away obsolete tech toys, but we stink at throwing away thought paradigms. This is the shadow side of our archival genius.
4. We’ve taught our kids that life is boring. And if they’re not excited and passionate about life, it really doesn’t matter how much ‘content’ they’ve memorized or how many ‘skills’ they’ve mastered.
5. Grown-ups have an inferiority complex. We’re so scared of losing our authority that most schools are set up as big lies to trick kids into thinking adults are experts.
"What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve our children.
The way we live in the world is changing. Therefore, education also needs to change. Don’t believe the popular rhetoric, our schools are not “failing.” But they are also not..."
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Although space policy and international affairs is not a commonly talked about majors in K-12, it will be important for our students and teachers to build a greater awareness towards space topics.
"Henry Hertzfeld, a professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University, has taught a space law course for 11 years (before that, his background was in economics—the regular Earth kind). Even though the laws that govern space were drawn up back in the 1960s and 1970s, they’re still very good, he says. “The whole idea is freedom of access and using space for..."
Read on @ Gizmodo
"It’s not clear who dreads the Sex Talk more, parents or children. Parents know that it’s important to impart their values and arm kids with knowledge, but they don’t know how to approach the subject or how much to say.
Although they know it’s irrational, parents want to think that their kids will wait until their wedding nights to have sex, or at least until they are 30. (The truth is that 7 out of 10 Americans become sexually active before the age of 19.) All children would like to believe that they are theproduct of immaculate conception. They are queasy about the very notion of their parents ever having sex, and the last thing they want todo is talk to them about it.
My husband and I recently decided that it was time to have The Talk with our four middle-school aged children, three pubescent girls and a boy who has not quite..."
Perhaps there is a parallel between "teaching" and "learning".
Effective communication is a sum of several important parts, not simply words spoken or sounds heard...
Together, as learners in the education space, we would like to share a selection of what we read and reflect on internally.