Archive for September, 2012

NBC puts education front and center

NBC is airing its third annual rendition of Education Nation, an ambitious exploration of what needs to improve — and what’s getting better — in American schools. The network has been highlighting its findings across all its media platforms: broadcast TV, cable and the Internet. A key event was a three-day summit in New York […]…

Companies tap retirees as volunteers

More and more corporations are setting up volunteer programs for their retirees. According to the New York Times, the programs offer retired folks a “ready-made placement service” and give the corporations opportunities for benefits such philanthropy, good will, and tax breaks. The non-profits that reap the volunteer services get the benefit of much-needed “trained and […]…

Trolling for reading tutors in corporate America

Office workers: Can you give a half an hour of your time once a week to make a tremendous change in a child’s life? That’s the pitch Dan Weisberg has been making in Washington, D.C., and Miami, asking professionals from major companies to volunteer for IFL’s TutorMate® program. IFL is looking for hundreds of people […]…

“You have to work harder and smarter and develop new skills faster”

Thomas Friedman has a  strong column in Sunday’s New York Times about the growing need, not just for people to become educated, but to continuously re-educate themselves. The “old world is gone,” Friedman writes. “It is now a more open system. Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill […]…

Re-thinking required reading

Does reading the classics help to create lifelong readers?  Maybe not. “The more satisfying reading is for kids, the more likely they are to continue reading as adults,” says Alleen Pace Nilsen, author of Literature for Today’s Young Adults, in the Chicago Tribune. “They’re more likely to read with their children, more likely to take their children […]…

National Teacher of Year offers lessons for newbies

With the school year getting underway, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year has some thoughts for new teachers. Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher from California, shares her pointers at  CNN.com.  Read it here. Our favorite:  “Collaborate like crazy. Great teachers are social, reflective, proud but not egotistical and always open to improvement.”…

Sharpened new pencils are so 20th Century

Bulky backpacks? Textbooks that double as dead weights? They’re being challenged by new technologies — gadgets such as the Powerbag, which will charge your smartphone, e-Reader and tablet while you’re in social studies. Here’s a quick back-to-school checklist, courtesy of Fox News, on how the up-to-date student gets equipped for class in 2012.…

See TeacherMate in action in Rwanda

Here’s a portrait of TeacherMate in action. An organization called Edify, which says its mission is to “improve and expand sustainable affordable Christ-centered education in the developing world,” is using TeacherMate in a school in Rwanda. The Imena Preparatory School has been using TeacherMate since June. Gates Bryant, Edify’s director of education partnerships, recently sent […]…

Welcome!

Thanks for finding us. Our aim at Innovations for Learning is to make literacy education more effective and truly universal.  We develop technologies that excite students and extend the reach of teachers. And we create pools of  volunteers whose part-time efforts make real differences in young children’s lives. This blog we’re launching has four main […]…