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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Charter Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

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Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.

Good Enough? Helping Young People Develop a Picture of Good Work

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High expectations are an important part of a school model, culture and community. Here are several examples of schools and programs that are helping students learn to deliver on professional grade expectations.

10 Ways to Scale Nonprofit Impact

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This updated blog discusses the challenge of bringing a nonprofit to scale, and provides 10 tips on how to expand impact based on two decades of work with over 400 nonprofits.

Making the City the Text at High Tech High

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In this podcast episode, High Tech High leaders Larry Rosenstock, Jeff Robin and Kaleb Rashad share musings about student projects, starting new schools, hiring teachers and why the city the school is located in is so important.

Top Education Trend of 2018: Active Learning Spaces

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A look at active learning spaces from around the globe and why they help power high-quality learning experiences, plus a look at what Tom thinks is coming in 2019.

Diploma Networks: A New Way to Help Schools Adopt Broader Outcomes and Next-Gen Learning...

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Diploma networks can offer schools a promising approach to adopting new outcome frameworks and learning models to help better prepare students for the future.

Pathways to Personalization: Highlander Institute’s Framework for School Change

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A problems-of-practice approach also lends itself to models that improve the system we have rather than lead to breakthrough innovations. In particular, it’s hard for one or two pilot teachers to build a competency-based system where students are learning at six different learning levels in multiple subjects.

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