Books · Emerging Trends · Entrepreneur · ICT · STEM

Stem Careers

Title: Stem Careers: A Student’s Guide to Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Stem Careers: A Student's Guide to Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
English | ISBN: 1911067605 | 2018 | 144 pages

Interested in an exciting STEM career but not sure what type of jobs are available and how to get started on your career journey? You’ve come to the right place. This friendly guide will help you decide whether a STEM-related career might be right for you and, if so, how to explore the options and put yourself in the best possible position to secure your dream job. Complete with unique insider inside from STEM professionals and inspiring stories about STEM pioneers, inside you will find:
A wealth of job ideas, from the well-known to the less well-known
Details of possible entry routes and required qualifications – both academic and vocational, from GCSEs to degrees and BTECs to apprenticeships
A listing of the major employers and their recruitment practices
Practical advice on how to find work experience, apply for jobs, build STEM skills and find further information
A dedicated chapter covering women in STEM and the ever-improving job prospects
Written in step-by-step chapters, and giving you everything you need to know to plan for success in a STEM career, this is your must-read guide.

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Books · Data · Emerging Trends · Entrepreneur · ICT · Research

Data Analytics Applications in Education

Title: Data Analytics Applications in Education

Editors: Jan Vanithienen

English | 2018 | ISBN: 1498769276 | 276 Pages
Data Analytics Applications in Education

The abundance of data and the rise of new quantitative and statistical techniques have created a promising area: data analytics. This combination of a culture of data-driven decision making and techniques to include domain knowledge allows organizations to exploit big data analytics in their evaluation and decision processes. Also, in education and learning, big data analytics is being used to enhance the learning process, to evaluate efficiency, to improve feedback, and to enrich the learning experience.

As every step a student takes in the online world can be traced, analyzed, and used, there are plenty of opportunities to improve the learning process of students. First, data analytics techniques can be used to enhance the student’s learning process by providing real-time feedback, or by enriching the learning experience. Second, data analytics can be used to support the instructor or teacher. Using data analytics, the instructor can better trace, and take targeted actions to improve, the learning process of the student. Third, there are possibilities in using data analytics to measure the performance of instructors. Finally, for policy makers, it is often unclear how schools use their available resources to ‘produce’ outcomes. By combining structured and unstructured data from various sources, data analytics might provide a solution for governments that aim to monitor the performance of schools more closely.

Data analytics in education should not be the domain of a single discipline. Economists should discuss the possibilities, issues, and normative questions with a multidisciplinary team of pedagogists, philosophers, computer scientists, and sociologists. By bringing together various disciplines, a more comprehensive answer can be formulated to the challenges ahead. This book starts this discussion by highlighting some economic perspectives on the use of data analytics in education. The book begins a rich, multidisciplinary discussion that may make data analytics in education seem as natural as a teacher in front of a classroom.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Entrepreneur · Play · Teaching

Lego Serious Play Method

Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play MethodTitle: Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method

Authors: Per Kristiansen, Robert Rasmussen
ISBN: 1118832450 | 2014  | 240 pages

Unleash innovation potential with creative, serious play

Building a Better Business Using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method delivers a creative approach to enhancing innovation and improving business performance, with the focus on unleashing play. Written by the two original Master Trainers for LEGO SERIOUS PLAY (LSP), the book outlines how LSP can develop teams, people, relationships and business . Based on the merging of play with organizational development, systems thinking and strategy development, LSP can foster improved meetings, faster innovation processes, team growth, and better communication.

The belief that everyone intends to “do good” and has the potential to do it is at the heart of LSP. The method nurtures the idea that everyone in an organization can contribute to discussions and outcomes. Building with LEGO bricks is a type of creative play that triggers a different kind of thought process, unleashing imagination and potential that is frequently untapped by the logical mind. The book explains this hands-on, minds-on approach, and discusses the theory as well as the practical implementation of LSP. Topics include:

Observation of internal and external interaction dynamics
Fostering a free and honest exchange of opinions
Suspending hierarchy for better, more effective communication
Facilitating change by encouraging exploration

The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method is employed by start-ups and multinational corporations alike to maximize synergy among teams and throughout organizations. For leaders looking to boost effectiveness and see better results, Building a Better Business Using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a comprehensive introduction to this creative management technique.

Educational Philosophy · Entrepreneur · General · ICT · Research · STEM

Science Technology and Innovation

The Canadian science technology and innovation council produces biennial reports on ICT.

STIC sight

State of the Nation Reports

The State of the Nation 2008, provided the baseline from which Canada’s STI performance. Subsequent State of the Nation reports build on that foundation by tracking Canada’s performance over the intervening years. Understanding Canada’s performance contributes to advancing the national dialogue on STI, identifying avenues for action, and generating the will to work together towards common goals.

Books · Entrepreneur · Research · Teaching

An Entrepreneurial Education

Title: Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation in Schools

Author: Aaron Tait, Dave Faulkner
2016 | ISBN: 0730329224 | English | 208 pages
Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation in Schools

If you can change education, you can change the world
Edupreneur gives teachers the “how.” You already know what needs to be done to improve education, but you may lack the support and processes to bring it to life”and that’s where this book comes in. You’ll walk through the four stages of innovation”dreaming, digging, making and sharing”and learn how to unleash ground-shaking change from the classroom up. Straightforward, highly practical and kick-in-the-pants inspirational, this book is your new companion for making education work. You’ll read about passionate teachers who have raised attendance from 40% to 90%; you’ll read about principals who took on the worst-performing schools and turned them around; you’ll read about leaders who had the courage to take the reins of a school and turn it from good to great”and you’ll learn how they did it and how you’re entirely capable of the same kind of revolutionary change. This is a book not just for challenging schools, but for all educators who are passionate about providing a great education for every student, every day.

Administrators, academics and politicians can debate endlessly about how to “fix our schools,” ignoring the fact that their best innovators and catalysts of change are already right there in the classroom. You have plenty of ideas, so here’s your license to make them happen. Edupreneur will help teachers in all schools to:

  • Identify ways to improve day-to-day practice
  • Overcome the challenges that hamper progress
  • Create new solutions that sidestep old roadblocks
  • Collaborate with similarly forward-thinking educators

Imagine what education could look like if teachers were practically equipped to bring exciting new ideas to the classroom every day. Edupreneur helps you be that kind of teacher you’ve always wanted to be, with a clear framework for truly bringing on the change.

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