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Degrees don't matter anymore, skills do

The society is getting more and more aware of what matters and a shift has already started. Degrees started as a way to assure others that we have acquired a set of skills.

What we see around us today is mostly that system has changed and people got better at working the system, leading to people with degrees and no skills to back them up, making degrees loose their importance.

Things have also become faster than when degrees made sense and you can now start making a difference in a much shorter time than it would take you to get a degree and "earn credibility" before starting.

The article focuses mostly on school system but it's not too late for you too, to make a difference.
If you have an idea but don't know where to start, talk to me, and we'll work something out :)

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The day is not far off (some would argue it is already here), when any parent who has the inclination to be a learning coach can team up with inexpensive online tools to give his or her child an education that is 20% better (say as measured by standardized test scores achieved) than what that child would get in the regular schools.

In most of the current system, the emphasis is diplomas and degrees—credentials saying a student has been sitting in class so many hours, while paying enough attention and cramming enough not to do too much worse than the other students on the exams.

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"Principals are concerned that the new evaluation systems are eroding trust and are detrimental to building a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement," argues The National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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This teacher shares her lesson plan and learning points for Book Creator in the classroom. http://buff.ly/1sMnAvs
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Don't expect others to change professional practice if you are not modeling those same expectations.

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We're excited to announce that #GoogleClassroom is available starting today.

Stay tuned: We'll be rolling out to more users everyday. http://goo.gl/rSjD5f
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1st graders transform drafts into polished work with Book Creator!
Watch in the video below how Kristi Kenny's students become published authors via +Book Creator. After researching a topic and working on drafts, these tech-savvy first graders transfer their writing to the Android app on tablets. The result? A finished, electronic version that teaches their audience in an engaging way. #PlayforEDU #GoogleEDU

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Poor school careers advice deterring future engineers

UK pupils are receiving poor careers advice from teachers who lack understanding of business and industry, according to a new poll by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. http://bit.ly/1jxNg0Q

The survey reveals 42% of the 2,030 people polled think careers advice/guidance in UK secondary schools is poor, with 26% saying it’s adequate. Only 10% believe the advice is good.

How do you feel about providing careers advice to your students? What experiences have you had and what sort of provision would help you? #STEMcareers  
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Join Us for a Field Trip to Google’s Street View Treks!

Today at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern, we’re going on a virtual adventure to Google’s Street View Treks to meet the amazing explorers who are working to create most accurate map of the world. Can’t wait to see you on our #makercamp  field trip!
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