Education

  • Microsoft To Launch “Minecraft Education Edition” For Classrooms This Summer, Following Acquisition Of Learning Game

    Microsoft To Launch “Minecraft Education Edition” For Classrooms This Summer, Following Acquisition Of Learning Game

    Microsoft is further expanding on its investment in Minecraft, bought in 2014 for $2.5 billion, by acquiring a learning game called MinecraftEdu for an undisclosed sum. The game, produced by a company called Teacher Gaming LLC, allows teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom, and includes a library of lessons and activities used to teach subjects including STEM, history, language, and art. Read More

  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Announces $100M Philanthropic Education Fund

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Announces $100M Philanthropic Education Fund

    Reed Hastings took to Facebook Tuesday to announce that he would be personally funding a new $100 million philanthropic fund, focusing exclusively on education-related projects and organizations. The mission on the website’s homepage details a commitment to enhancing the educational experience of children. Read More

  • Why Business Leaders Need To Take On The Education Revolution Crunch Network

    Why Business Leaders Need To Take On The Education Revolution

    Have you hired someone straight out of college in the last decade? If you have, it comes as no shock that today’s education system simply isn’t creating job-ready employees. Far from the differentiator it once was, the college diploma has become an expensive check box in the HR process. Let’s cut to the chase: You need experience to be relevant in today’s demanding… Read More

  • How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel Crunch Network

    How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel

    Impatience characterizes the technology sector’s approach to education. Disruption is taking place in all other sectors of society — so, why not education? I know too well, whether at Pearson or in the classroom, the challenges and frustration of developing and using digital tools that improve outcomes for students. But I’m optimistic. We are on the verge of a tide of… Read More

  • Software Developers’ Growing Elitism Problem Crunch Network

    Software Developers’ Growing Elitism Problem

    TechCrunch recently posted a guest post from the CEO of a software company attempting to discredit coding academies. I won’t spend time addressing all the issues in the post (you can read a more in-depth rebuttal or many of the insightful comments) — I’d rather talk about a serious developer elitism problem that oozes from the article. Read More

  • How To Hire Female Engineers Crunch Network

    How To Hire Female Engineers

    “I’m worried about my company becoming too dude-ish,” the founder said. “How do I hire more women engineers?” I gladly took that call. A leader’s job is to build the team with as few blind spots as possible (“diverse by construction”), then guide them to their potential. The founder who called me worries that in the competitive war for talent… Read More

  • Coding Academies Are Nonsense Crunch Network

    Coding Academies Are Nonsense

    Coding as a profession has recently catapulted from the dark rooms of nerdom into the shining light of mainstream appeal, and few people are better off for it. In 20+ years of professional coding, I’ve never seen someone go from novice to full-fledged programmer in a matter of weeks, yet that seems to be what coding academies are promising, alongside instant employment, a salary big… Read More

  • The New Era Of Youth Startups Crunch Network

    The New Era Of Youth Startups

    Facebook, Google, Yahoo — the pillars of the social revolution were all started by college students in their dorms. This was 10, 20 years ago. In the past decade, the proliferation of youth-centric startups prevails — and even flourishes. A constantly increasing 54 percent of millennials desire to start a business, according to the Kauffman Foundation, and the number of new… Read More

  • The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities

    This summer, as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I had the opportunity to honor an innovative business accelerator called First Batch. This isn’t your typical business accelerator. First Batch is a product accelerator in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, that focuses on helping entrepreneurs and makers bring physical products to market. It’s a great resource… Read More

  • General Assembly Raises $70 Million, Closing In On 25,000 Alumni Worldwide

    General Assembly Raises $70 Million, Closing In On 25,000 Alumni Worldwide

    Today, educational startup General Assembly announced a series D round of funding of $70 million. Here’s what CEO Jake Schwartz had to say about the news, including the addition of a new board member: Today we are announcing a new round of funding for General Assembly, representing over $70 million in capital from a group of leading investors. Our new investors are Advance Publications… Read More

  • If The New American Dream Is Entrepreneurship, Why Are So Many Black Millennials Missing Out? Crunch Network

    If The New American Dream Is Entrepreneurship, Why Are So Many Black Millennials Missing Out?

    Entrepreneurship is the New American Dream, and millennials are hearing its call loud and clear. However, as we explore, we all need to be conscious to not leave behind our minority groups. But rather than focusing on what is missing, we need to look toward the solution: early education. Read More

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