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ACS(I): 29 out of the 185 Perfect IB Scores

January 7, 2012

Source: Asia1.com, Jan 2012

Out of the 185 perfect scorers worldwide from the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, 29 came from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

The average score of ACS (I) students also rose from last year’s 40.8 to 41.36. The perfect score is 45.

All 454 ACS(I) students who took the exam passed.

Learning from Finland

December 30, 2011

Source: The Atlantic, Dec 2011

Finland’s schools owe their newfound fame primarily to one study: the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The survey compares 15-year-olds in different countries in reading, math, and science.

Finland has ranked at or near the top in all three competencies on every survey since 2000, neck and neck with superachievers such as South Korea and Singapore.

In the most recent survey in 2009 Finland slipped slightly, with students in Shanghai, China, taking the best scores, but the Finns are still near the very top. Throughout the same period, the PISA performance of the United States has been middling, at best.

7 inch android tablet for US$55

December 21, 2011

Source:  The Next Web, Dec 2011

the Ubislate 7 supports GPRS and WiFi, allowing the use of a SIM card and access the Internet from any place. Under the hood, it is is powered by Android 2.3, an upgrade on Akash’s 2.2, while its Cortex A8 700 MHz processor is a significant step up on the Akash’s Arm11, 366MHz and it will support HD video playback and provide better performance.

Surpassing Shanghai

December 11, 2011

This book answers a simple question: How would one redesign the American education system if the aim was to take advantage of everything that has been learned by countries with the world s best education systems?

Good background:

  1. http://www.learningmatters.tv/images/blog/Standing.pdf
  2. http://hechingerreport.org/content/qa-with-marc-tucker-why-we-need-a-new-reform-agenda-to-compete-internationally_5915/
  3. http://www.southerneducationdesk.org/blog/seeing-a-great-distance-marc-tucker-discusses-%E2%80%9Con-the-shoulders-of-giants%E2%80%9D

 

Contrasting Viewpoint

http://www.frederickhess.org/2011/11/an-american-approach-to-k-12-school-reform

 

US Parent Interest in SG Math (via the Khan Academy)

November 5, 2011

maureen flanigan <borishfamily@gmail.com> Nov 04 12:55PM -0500

I Just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for your site. I began
homeschooling my fifth grade daughter this year and Just happened upon your site. It has been an awesome supplement to our curriculum. I am trying to tell everyone I know about it. I have to say for myself it is a bit addictive.

I find myself up late learning about currency or banking or whatever. It has replaced late night T.V. which is a good thing. We are doing Singapore math so I can’t wait until you have more tutorials for her level. Keep up the good work and THANK-YOU. Not to sound too dramatic but it is a little life changing.

Maureen Borish
48 year old Mom of 2

Preparing an Accelerator – Part 3

October 29, 2011

Source: TheNextWeb, Oct 2011
(part of a series: http://thenextweb.com/tag/ita2011/)

… what has to happen in the interim after selection and before a company starts with the cohort.

Who Are You?

it’s time to pick a name and make it official. You’ll need to the company registered underneath the legal entity that will protect both you and the company itself, setting up a layer of separation between the two.

Prepare For Sacrifice

Get In Contact

Make certain that you have information ready that you want out to the public. Things such as your website, contact telephone numbers, email addresses and the like need to be prepared in advance of day 1 so that press, mentors and sponsors can reach your team.

Prepare For Launch

Get Organized

Washington DC EDU Startup Weekend

October 24, 2011

Source: Mindshift, Oct 2011

… the move to create a series of Startup Weekends focused solely on education comes with its own set of challenges. Chief among these: how do you make sure to include educators? After all, if the goal is to help launch new education startups or to foster education innovation, how can those who are integral to the process — those with the most extensive “domain expertise,” those who know both the problems and what the potential solutions might look like — feel welcome?

Watching Startup Weekend EDU develop over the course of the last few events, it’s clear that the organizers are working hard to make sure that educators are not just present (reaching out to various teacher list-serves, for example, to encourage participation) but that their voice there is really recognized. After the pitches on Friday nights, for example, the educators present received special “teacher approved” stickers during the voting process, and they were asked to say why they thought some ideas were particularly important, needed, or doable.

But the most valuable outcome of Startup Weekends aren’t just the products built or the startups launched. It’s the process itself.

And it is an intensive learning process. For many who participate, it’s their first hands-on experience in product pitching, product design, customer validation, and business model creation.

It’s a hands-on learning experience in what it means to build a tech product and potentially a tech company. That might sound appealing to the entrepreneurs and engineers who participate, but for the classroom teacher (particularly one with no intention to leave the field to start a business), not so much.

But if you ask teachers, there actually is a reward. “It was the most incredible and immersive learning experience I have ever have,” said Sharon Grimes, from Baltimore County Schools..

Participating in Startup Weekend, on the other hand, provides a project-based learning opportunity, one where teams must be coordinated through research, development, and marketing — something that educators may be incredibly well-suited to do here.

Why Homeschooling?

October 24, 2011

Source: Penelope Trunk blog, Aug 2011

if Gen X ers – the parents of Gen Z – are not buying into the education system, then what will happen?

The answer is that Gen Z will be homeschooled much more frequently than any generation before them, and Generation Z will understand how to synthesize data, self-direct learning, and ask the kinds of questions that make or break companies.

Lisa Nielsen. She is head of NYC public school teaching training and technology.  She is at the forefront of public school reform yet she is a huge, huge supporter of the homeschool movement. And she has been sending me data points, and research for the last three years trying to get me to homeschool my kids. Her blog is The Innovative Educator and I can’t recommend it enough.

The portion of Generation Z that gets the old-fashioned, classroom-based education, will end up being unprepared to compete.

Greater Investor Interest in Education Startups

October 19, 2011

Source: Xconomy, Oct 2011

School is in session with education technology startups earning good grades from investors. … The investment also speaks to a broader interest among investors in backing startups that use technology to revamp the way students learn.

STL starts an IT-Centric Incubator

October 18, 2011

Source: RWW, Oct 2011

A new program that began earlier this year is looking for five IT-centric entrepreneurs to receive seed funds along with a series of services. Located in an underused mixed-use office building in downtown St. Louis, the program is run by two venture capitalists – Judy Sindecuse and Hal Gentry – who have formed a new entity called Capital Innovators. And yes, each of the five selected will receive $50k, along with free Internet hosting services, accounting and legal services, and intensive hands-on mentoring for 12 weeks.

 

 

 

 

The entrepreneurial program is supported from grants of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association (the local Chamber of Commerce branch), the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and the St. Louis Economic Development Corp., each of whom kicked in $30,000 to pay for improvements and leases for the office space for the next year.

Each of the five finalists will receive free rent for the duration of their mentoring deal and then have the opportunity to rent out other space in the building at extremely low monthly rents if they wish. At the end of their mentoring period, each venture will pitch their business to local and national investors in a “Demo Day.”