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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Charter Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

How Blockchain is Helping Dallas Students Tell Their Story

With growing interest in demonstrated competence over seat time and pedigree, how can schools help learners present a more complete picture of their capabilities? This new service is using distributed ledger technology to deliver value for students, schools, and employers.

New School Formula: Harder Problems and Fewer Answers

Artificial Intelligence will have more influence on the livelihoods of young people over the next several decades than any other factor. To contribute now and in the future, they will need extended challenges that encourage them to build agency while solving harder problems with fewer answers.

Facebook Buys Into Blockchain, Sparks Learning About Ledgers

Big news this week as Facebook hires blockchain researchers. This acqui-hire confirms their interest in crypto-payments and signals growth in the use of distributed ledger technology. The race is on for blockchain talent. What's this mean for education?

You’ve Heard Computers Have Low EQ, Not Anymore

You’ve heard that computers don’t understand human emotions well, so people should focus less on basic skills and more on social and emotional learning. It’s a prevalent narrative but it just isn’t true anymore.

STEM Projects in Active Learning Spaces at Samueli Academy

“If they know we care, they respond,” said Anthony Saba, Executive Director at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana. He’s learned that “You can’t have good academics without a strong culture.” A culture of trust, respect, and hard work is evident in every classroom at Samueli Academy.

Bending the Arc of Human Potential

It's time to build the arc of human potential. We live in a time where talent is equally distributed, however, opportunity is not. A recap of the recent GSV Leadership Summit and seven innovative organizations supporting preschoolers to adults by spreading access and supporting employability skills.  
Brooklyn Lab

Advancing Equity Through Innovation: 7 Noteworthy Approaches From Brooklyn LAB

Brooklyn LAB is built on the premise that we need to prepare all students to one-day hold jobs that likely don’t exist yet. However, by mastering skills such as problem-solving and conflict resolution, students will be ready to tackle those new challenges, regardless of their career path. LAB embraces seven innovative approaches to educate scholars and advance equity.