No two career journeys are the same, and for military veterans, the road to civilian employment is often an entirely new, unfamiliar mission. In today’s digital economy, the skills people need to thrive are ever-changing, adapting with every innovation and technology that hits the market; a market that doesn’t always wait for veterans to end their deployments and return home.
by Victoria Glazar, Verizon Corporate Social Responsibility
For many middle school teachers, taking part in a one-to-one initiative, where every student has a digital device for learning, has led to an existential search. In a technology-driven, student-centered learning environment, what does it mean to be a teacher? Back when many teachers were in training, the role of the teacher was clear: to impart facts to students. Teachers gave lectures at the front of the classroom, and wrote information on the board. And students copied that information down to commit it to memory.
Arrow Electronics recently hosted the second annual Diversity Meets Innovation Competition. Student teams, with a diverse set of majors and backgrounds, from local universities applied their knowledge and skills to propose a tangible impact that could affect the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.
I’ve always been passionate about STEM education and the opportunities it creates for the next generation. I’m proud to be a board member at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation given their mission to inspire the innovator in everyone. One of my favorite parts of being a board member is participating in the annual Tech Challenge, and at this year’s event, I was once again reminded why.
GenYES trains students in grades 4 to 12 to provide technology support in their classrooms, helping to move their schools into the 21st century while gaining exposure to IT and STEM careers. Support from the Cisco Foundation enabled GenYES to expand to 30 schools in Yuma, Arizona, which received more than 1500 hours of tech support from students and saved $75K in IT service expenses.
In a new short film and in schools across the globe, creative writing lifts students and their communities.
Paro, the young daydreamer at the center of a new short film by the same name, can’t help but see stories all around her. She’s constantly writing and drawing — during class and under the covers in bed at night. Her creative passion draws her attention away from schoolwork, leading to a confrontation with her parents and her teacher, who confiscates Paro’s beloved journal.
Around the world, hundreds of millions of people lack access to quality learning opportunities, including 264 million children living in communities where basic educational resources are unavailable. To address this inequity, HP is working with other companies, nonprofit organizations, and governments to create technology solutions that can connect individuals to educational opportunities wherever they live.
What happens when college students experiment with tech innovation? The future of education is created.
At university campuses across the U.S., tech innovation is outrunning the classroom. With no existing curriculum to guide them, students and faculty are experimenting with a slew of new 3D printing, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. As they tinker away in design studios and labs, they aren’t just figuring out new uses for these 21st century tools — they’re also defining how students learn.
by Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer at HP
It’s been seven years since Michael E. Porter and Mark Kramer published their big idea, “Creating Shared Value,” in Harvard Business Review. I remember how it reverberated among the sustainability community—validating what many of us already believed to be true: companies can achieve both economic success and solve the world’s challenges by redefining their purpose.