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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.

Now That Schools Are Promoting Broader Definitions of Success, How Do We Measure Progress?

As more schools adopt broader learning goals, there are a few questions vexing school leaders, including: How can we measure growth in creative thinking? How can we measure whether our graduating high school seniors have the habits necessary to succeed at college and throughout adult life?

How A Global Tech Giant Is Becoming A Learning Leader

With a commitment to a distributed global workforce, Infosys is hiring people committed to lifelong learning—and to helping teachers instill a love of learning in young people. Learn more about the company and how they’re supporting preparation for the future of work.

Commentary: In Our Changing Economy, We Need New Flexible Education Systems to Usher in...

By: Tom Vander Ark, Cheryl A. Oldham and Tim Taylor. Recently, Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future (P2T) announced the winners of its $100,000 Innovation Award for bold, transformative education solutions. One theme that emerged from among the 240 stakeholders who submitted proposals involves disrupting the traditional education pathway.

Reading List: Nine Smart Books on Artificial Intelligence

When thinking about the future of work, the first thing that comes to most people's mind is the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is never too early to begin discussing AI with your students or learning more. Luckily, some great new books on artificial intelligence were published recently. In this post, Tom presents nine worth checking out. 

Training Engineers to Spot Opportunity and Impact

The KEEN National Conference brings together a diverse group of higher education engineering faculty and leadership to explore how entrepreneurial mindsets can better prepare engineering students for the future of work. Learn more here.

It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.
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Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course

Every high school student deserves a good look at artificial intelligence. Requiring a high school course that covers the basics of code that learns and its implications for employment and society is a good place to start.