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Jake Youmell
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Hi all! Just joined today, and I'm really excited to be a part of this group.

Quick question: I'm curious what thoughts are surrounding school/college fairs as many of them have wound down (after the fall) as we approach another crazy time during the college search/selection process.

What digital tools do you, your students, or your institutions use to facilitate connections between prospective students and schools at college fairs? 
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Really enjoyed this read on BostInno: in the face of rising dropout rates, a focus is placed on digital learning as an engagement tool. 
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"a study conducted for the Department of Education found, on average, students completing some or all coursework online outperformed those who were only being educated in the traditional classroom setting." 
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1 Minute of Life Changing Advice from Steve Jobs
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Great hangout... it's such an exciting time for educational development/change.
 
Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion on technology in education today.

We enjoyed meeting you (via hangout) and answering your questions. If you weren't able to watch the office hours live, please find the recording on YouTube: http://youtu.be/LtmdiPUGGe8

Hope you all enjoyed the conversation and questions as much as we did!
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Love these slides for sharing opportunities in edtech & 1:1 with teachers/faculty, from +David Lee EdTech: http://goo.gl/uITJl 
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Recent blog post: Thoughts on adaptive learning and the direction of edtech, http://goo.gl/nmuTp 

Would love to hear your thoughts on the topic! 
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“Go to a high school now, look at how many kids don’t learn math not because they’re not capable of understanding math, but because of the way it’s conveyed to them, the classroom setting, the fixed speed for all — it’s the wrong recipe for these kids,” he said. “Is that what we aspire to maintain? Or should we be creative about this?” - Sebastian Thrun
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This post is the latest from my blog, jakeyoumell.tumblr.com:
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Great read... what excites me the most: adaptive learning through technology could have huge implications in the classroom. If a student who previously struggled with a topic is less likely to pop up on a teacher's radar screen, they will through metrics provided by +DreamBox Learning (...and the student will have curriculum/questions delivered specific to building that skill set).
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It's great to hear that the topic is a part of this dialogue -- and it's a really interesting point.

Given your experience(s), do you think the gap between government and tech requires more seed funding for a start-up in education before the firm finds a solid ground to monetize (esp. in comparison to other markets)?

This idea could be unsubstantiated, but it seems like a solid educational start-up could build business while that gap was being closed... but it might take some time to happen (and at the moment, a few platforms and start-ups are gaining steam in this market, but most of them appear to have significant backing).
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This post is the latest from my blog, jakeyoumell.tumblr.com:

Since graduating from Boston University in 2006, I’ve looked into a number of post-graduate options to diversify my experiences. Hopefully, one day, I would extend my professional opportunities with a post-graduate degree. I would learn new things that interest me, meet new people, and breathe new life into my job. At very least, I would grow from the experience.

It’s been six years since I moved off of Commonwealth Avenue and into the post-graduate world. Six years ago, I would have told you: “of course I’ll have a graduate degree in six years. I finished my undergraduate in four!” Well, it’s six years later, and I can tell you that I’ve had extraordinary professional opportunities: I’ve worked for Google and two fantastic schools. In that time, I’ve been consistently exposed to a world of possibility, professional growth, and personal growth. I can’t tell you that I have a post-graduate degree, though. Recently, I’ve struggled with answering the question I might have asked the future Jake six years ago: “why not?”

At the crux of this internal dialogue, I’ve re-figured paying off graduate debt, how to fit a pre-packed graduate curriculum into my schedule, and the benefits of distance/online learning to live classroom instruction. I’ve imagined (and re-imagined) myself in dozens of graduate programs through countless institutions. I didn’t stop there, either: I’ve drawn up personal business plans with each of these options (what an education will provide, where it will take my career, and how to pay for it). In fact, I have a few Google Docs spreadsheets devoted to these topics, so I can look back fondly on my momentary panic. I’ll label them “planning for a quarter life crisis” to keep my soap opera organized in digital format.

As I’ve attempted to shoehorn my professional and educational growth into spreadsheets, MIT has announced an online learning platform to “allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx” (via http://goo.gl/vtzjE). Udacity (www.udacity.com), founded by Google Fellow and ex-Stanford Professor Sebastian Thrun, will provide users (he hopes for 500,000 students for his first two classes to start this month) the chance to learn Computer Science from a world-class platform, and with high-profile faculty. Coursera, through Stanford, will also offer a suite of classes beginning this month. In their own words, Coursera is “committed to making the best education in the world freely available to any person who seeks it. We envision people throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries, using our platform to get access to world-leading education that has so far been available only to a tiny few.”

This month, I’ll dive into (at least one) of the courses through Udacity or Coursera. Many have questioned the motivation behind these systems, but I’m just thrilled they exist. Enrolling is easier than signing up for an email account. I’ll trade a few evenings of calculating my student debt-to-income ratio, and take the CS 101 class that I’ve always wanted to take instead.

Six years ago, did you imagine that you’d be able to take classes through the world’s most prestigious institutions (as Coursera puts it, “that has so far been available only to a tiny few”) in 2012, for free?

I didn’t… but sometimes, it’s good to be proven wrong.
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  • Carnegie Communications
    Digital Marketing Specialist, 2013 - present
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
    Associate Director of Admission, 2010 - 2013
  • Google
    Account Associate, 2008 - 2010
  • Boston University
    Web Administrator, 2007 - 2008
  • Boston University
    Admissions Assistant, 2006 - 2007
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