What We Learned: The Sprout Fund & Digital Badges
Sharing a new collection of resources covering the history of digital badges in Pittsburgh, plus key considerations and design principles for developing high-quality digital badges for learning.
Preparing For the Future Together
Remake Learning Days got a shout-out in January in a World Economic Forum white paper on the future of education and work.
Learning Pathways: A Walkthrough
The digital age brings a seemingly endless number of options for today’s learners. But it’s also easy to get lost. Enter learning pathways.
In a Rapidly Changing World, What Defines an Educational Innovation?
What defines something as an “innovation”? In education, what new ideas or shifts in thinking merit our attention and why? We take a closer look at what constitutes innovative practice in education, and why it matters for the future.
Pittsburgh Public Schools to Open STEAM Magnet Program
Once at risk of closing, Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5 will become a partial STEAM magnet school next year with the aid of nearly $900,000 in foundation grants to support STEAM learning at several schools in the district. The new STEAM programs are part of an ongoing movement in the region’s schools and informal learning spaces to improve access to STEM learning as well as to integrate the A in “art.”
What “Steel City” and “Cottonopolis” Have in Common
Pittsburgh, once nicknamed “Steel City,” and Manchester, England, once nicknamed “Cottonopolis,” have all but shed the industries that once drove their economies. They've reinvented themselves for the 21st century and have more in common than you'd think.
Beyond Screen Time
Lisa Guernsey says national leaders have a lot to learn from practitioners on the ground in Pittsburgh, who are using technology to put kids in charge of their own learning.
Why Silicon Valley Wants Humanities Majors
The humanities aren’t dead in the digital age. In fact, they powered it. They’re helping us understand it. And they’re what let our young people hone their creative edge and succeed in it.
Arts Education and Why It Matters Every Bit as Much as Science and Engineering
How the arts, along with STEM subjects, make the mind “fertile for future learning.”
Helping STEM Learning Take Root Outside the Classroom
Schools are working hard to engage students in computer programming and engineering, but resources are tight. And some kids lack access to high-tech tools at home. Can afterschool programs help bridge the gap?
Summer is Coming. We Promise.
The Maker Education Initiative is coming to Pittsburgh this summer. And along with 3D technology, robots, and rideables, these techie mentors aim to give kids more than just great summer memories.
Learning Doesn’t Stop at Three O’Clock
In New York City all eyes are on Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s working to expand afterschool programming for all the city’s middle schoolers. Here’s why afterschool matters.
Robust Digital Environments for Every Student
Move over, Sochi. The biggest event this week is Digital Learning Day—24 hours devoted to incorporating new, meaningful technology into classrooms and libraries.
Through the Arts, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators
Bill Strickland may not be familiar with the term “21st Century skills,” but he’s been helping kids build them and a whole lot more for years at his urban arts centers. The centers began in Pittsburgh in 1968 and are being replicated across the country. Strickland says the model teaches kids “how to have confidence that the problems they’re encountering are solvable.”
Why We Should Prepare Our Daughters (and Our Sons) for Modern Manufacturing Jobs
As the gender gap in manufacturing grows, young women miss out on challenging, high-tech career options and employers miss out on a wealth of talent.
Imagination as a 21st Century Skill
Einstein once said imagination is more important than knowledge. It seems he was thinking well beyond his time. But how can schools cultivate a skill like imagination?
PA Kids Win Federal Grant for Early Learning
Pennsylvania’s newly won federal grant for early childhood education is aimed at narrowing the school readiness gap—something several Pittsburgh organizations are already hard at work on.
Why Entrepreneurs Are Important Role Models for Creative Kids
Kids gain much more than just business sense when they work alongside local entrepreneurs.
For #HourOfCode, Young Programmers In Pittsburgh Teach Their Peers
Last week’s Hour of Code was designed to give millions of US students who have never taken computer science their first taste of programming. The Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy took it one step further by putting high school students in the teaching role.
Why Students Need to Think Like Designers
How educators are using “design thinking” to help kids develop key critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Beyond IT: The Changing Role of The School Technology Specialist
With more technology in classrooms than ever before, schools need technology specialists to do a whole lot more than keep the network running. Here's how these educators are collaborating to leverage tight budgets and stay ahead of rapidly changing technology.
In Chicago, The City Becomes a Great Big Classroom
It’s not just schools that are responsible for preparing young people for the future. In Chicago, a successful summer experiment is going year-round, connecting kids to the city’s rich cultural resources and opportunities for learning outside as well as inside the classroom.