Millennials - Coming of Age
Born 1980 -> 2000
Born in the midst of change, Millennials are now deeply embedded into our workforce and is the biggest (population) in US history. They are our teachers, community leaders, business people, service workers, etc.
Read more @ Washington Post
Although this is years away for public schools (due to cost), we can't wait to introduce and share this type of technology with our students.
Love the quote from this video:
"Anytime you change the way that you see things, it changes the way that you understand them. As soon as you can change someone's understanding, then they can change the way that they see the world."
Of course, there is the "budget" way of doing this as well:
Using LED's and aeroponic methods, the farm is 75 times more productive than an outdoor farm and uses 95% less water. This technology would be amazing in our drought stricken California. We're excited that this "new" industry will be supporting our nutrition needs, and more importantly our students will have the chance to contribute to this industry.
"With state-of-the-art, cleantech technology using aeroponics and LEDs, AeroFarms is the commercial leader for indoor vertical farming, utilizing a totally controlled growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles."
Read more @ AeroFarms
Here's an interesting paradigm shift of our future of driverless vehicles. Imagine your ride being subsidized by your activities. The Wienermobile was way ahead of it's time. How different will our kindergarten students experience the world in this mobile economy and what type of skill sets will they need to support, operate, maintain, and sustain this economy?
"Self-driving cars are just beginning to creep onto our highways. But in the future, autonomous vehicles may dominate the roads, freeing up their human passengers to engage in all sorts of other activities. For instance, you might want to spend your morning commute pouring through your emails whilst a barista prepares your pumpkin spice latte. Wait, what?!
The notion that “driving” may be a very different experience in the..."
Read more @ Gizmodo
"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..."
Read more @ TNW
Many of our students will be involved in further unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) providing opportunities and advantages for themselves and for others.
"The Internet of Things--sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems—has received enormous attention over the past five years. A new McKinsey Global Institute report, The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype, attempts to determine exactly how IoT technology can create real economic value. Our central finding is that..."
Read More @ McKinsey & Company
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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
"Robots are entering the workforce. Some will work alongside you. Others, sadly, will put you out of work. The question is, which jobs are actually on the chopping block?The answer to that has been bathed in media hype, but we talked to experts who gave us some realistic answers about which human careers might be endangered—and why.
Warehouse and factory workers
Robots are already working in distribution centers. This kind of setting is fertile ground for robot takeover, because bots are good at repetitive tasks that don’t..."
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"Data scientists, the elusive kingpins in the Big Data movement, are earning base salaries of well over $200K, are younger, overwhelmingly male, have at least a master’s degree and probably a Ph.D., and one in three are foreign born, according to the first-ever study looking at salaries, education levels, gender and geographical location of this new profession. Almost half of all data scientists are on the West Coast working for technology and gaming companies."
Read more @ KDnuggets
Together, as learners in the education space, we would like to share a selection of what we read and reflect on internally.