Extraordinary technological breakthroughs over the last 300 years have touched almost every aspect of human activity and transformed the world’s economies. The 2015 report shows how three historical breakthrough innovations – airplanes, antibiotics and semiconductors – fueled new business activity. It examines three current technologies with breakthrough potential: 3D printing, nanotechnology and robotics. And it considers the future outlook for innovation-driven growth.
"Parents recognize and value the positive impact that technology and the Internet can have on their child's future, creativity, communications skills and education," said Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. "Technology's opportunities also require recognition of its challenges, however, and more parents need to be aware of the available resources and tools that will enable good digital parenting and keep our kids safe online."
Freelancing is becoming a more prevalent, viable option for workers — a trend that spans across borders, industries and occupations.
Despite successful growth in numbers and quality, the charter sector faces future challenges: further improving student achievement; serving more students with disabilities, English language learners (ELLs), and other underserved populations; and building the capacity to serve the 1 million-plus students already on waiting lists and the millions more who deserve higher-quality education. Public charter schools will not meet these challenges by doing more of the same.
The purpose of this NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief is to assist the K-12 community and policymakers in advocating for high-quality, high-capacity, and affordable broadband connections to every classroom in the United States. It reflects the results of a May 2015 convening of national educational technology experts on the issue of high-speed networking in K-12 education.
For an advanced economy such as the United States, innovation is a wellspring of economic growth and a powerful tool for addressing our most pressing challenges as a nation – such as enabling more Americans to lead longer, healthier lives, and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy. In fact, from 1948-2012 over half of the total increase in U.S. productivity growth, a key driver of economic growth, came from innovation and technological change.
Aiming to reduce educational barriers, Google partnered with Gallup to research interest in and exposure to computer science in U.S. schools. Their report, Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education, explores computer science courses in U.S. schools. This information enables policymakers, employers, and educators to adequately instruct students in computer science.
NASA aims to extend human presence deeper into the solar system and to the surface of Mars. In doing so, our human and robotic explorers will expand knowledge and discover the potential for life beyond Earth. Our goal is not bound by a single destination. We seek the capacity for people to work, learn, operate, and sustainably live safely beyond Earth for extended periods of time. We will achieve this goal with a growing number of international and commercial partners, realizing economic benefits and strengthening America’s leadership on Earth and in space.
The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015 covers 141 economies around the world and uses 79 indicators across a range of themes. Thus GII 2015 presents us with a rich dataset to identify and analyse global innovation trends. The theme for this year’s GII is ‘Effective Innovation Policies for Development’. Taking advantage of the wealth of information produced by the GII analysis in its past editions, the outcome of various innovation policies can be reviewed to support their claims to effectiveness and to determine the impact that an economy’s degree of development has on their efficacy.
Afterschool programs have emerged as a dynamic and vibrant setting for innovative STEM education and there has been rapid growth in this field over the past few years. Although many of the statewide afterschool networks are collecting data from afterschool providers in their states on afterschool STEM programming, this report offers the first national look at availability and access to afterschool STEM programs and parental attitudes and expectations for such programs.