Critical Challenges: the Horizon Report 2011

(Photo courtesy of Woodburn Schools) The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, looks at emerging technologies and their potential impact on the education system in the United States in the next five years.  The report points out key trends and issues: Key Trends 1. The abundance of … Continue reading

Everloop: the social network for children

A new start-up social network Everloop is targeting the one demographic that Facebook cannot, 8-13 year olds. Facebook’s minimum age to make an account is 13, so this group of young social technology butterflies has been left out until now.  In addition to the age requirement, many parents ban their children from making Facebook accounts … Continue reading

Is education the creativity killer?

Here at Futuredemics, we constantly explore the future of education. When in a future mindset, we always picture a better future. However, are we headed in the right direction? Sometimes, it seems are at a standstill. In the video below, Sir Ken Robinson explores why we’re stuck in the public education rut. The lecture is … Continue reading

Arabic: Making it Mandatory?

(Photo courtesy of Yael) Forget just making foreign language credit mandatory, Mansfield ISD in Texas is making Arabic classes mandatory. Or at least they tried. Protesting parents have put the plan to a temporary halt. The proposed 2012 Arabic course offering is due to a $1.3 million Foreign Language Assistance Program grant from the Department of Education … Continue reading

Are we teaching the wrong languages?

(Image courtesy of  Marcus Koljonen) In a recent editorial in the WSJ, John McWhorter, a French major, argues that we are stuck in the past, teaching languages that are no longer useful to today’s students, who are of course the future of our nation.  Mr. McWhorter makes three points in his argument: 1. Chinese and Arabic first, … Continue reading