Silicon Collar looks at machines and humans at work in over 50 settings across industries and countries. On this blog I will excerpt many of those settings over the next few weeks. On Deal Architect I will excerpt more of the policy parts of the book.
Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President of Education Marketing at Microsoft (he has since moved to Salesforce) is tasked with bringing new digital education experiences to the 1.5 billion teachers and students in primary and secondary education around the world.
The goal is to evolve beyond the three "R"s of traditional school education—reading, writing and ‘rithmetic—to the modern five "C"s. The National Education Association has identified the first four Cs as part of its framework for 21st century learning: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. With Microsoft, they are also helping emphasize a 5th C, which represents computational thinking.
The Torkinmäki School in Finland uses OneNote Class Notebook as a central collaboration space, a content library to store class materials (handwriting, text, web content, even audio and video) and an individual notebook for every student in the class that teachers can see in real time to provide feedback. Skype in the Classroom is allowing classrooms in California to connect with schools in New Zealand and elsewhere, and take students on virtual field trips. Sway is a storytelling app that makes it quick and easy to create polished, interactive lessons, assignments, reports, newsletters, and more—from any device.
The BBC micro:bit, supported by Microsoft, is aimed at virtually every Year 7 student (ages 11-12) in the UK. It is a wearable computing device, smaller than a credit card, that students can use to explore the possibilities of computing.