Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies
Fast Company has released its list of the 50 most innovative companies in 2013 and topping the list is Nike with its FuelBand and Flyknit shoes. Also cracking the top 10 is an online retailer that's revolutionized shipping, an upstart startup with mobile wallets on the brain, and a big box retailer that is streamlining the business of shopping in urban areas.
Technology startups: apply now for funds!
From The Lane Report: "The Kentucky SBIR-STTR Matching Funds Program for innovative start-up businesses developing new technologies will accept applications for Round 19 between April 1 and April 30, 2013. Companies from Kentucky and those willing to move to Kentucky can apply for and receive Kentucky matching funds for their federal SBIR-STTR grants."
Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education
From Edutopia: "Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers."
Insufficient STEM education costing Washington 25K jobs
Washington is facing a shortage of qualified STEM workers. From Crosscut.com: "A new report shows the benefits Washingtonians would reap if the state addressed its weak support for science in higher education. The study, released Tuesday evening by the Washington Roundtable and The Boston Consulting Group, claims that Washington is leaving 25,000 jobs unfilled because there aren't enough qualified job applicants."
Owensboro Ind. seeks “District of Innovation” status
From KSBA: "Administrators at Owensboro Public Schools want to break a few laws — seven, if they get their way. The district will file an application to become a state-approved District of Innovation in the coming weeks. The plan, penned by a team of 21 educators, proposes two separate but cohesive plans that call for a scheduling overhaul at the third- and fourth-grade level in participating schools and establishes a learning academy and 'master teachers' who would follow cohorts of at-risk sixth-graders for years to come."
Teachers Love Technology
The following infographic looks into the tech-teaching phenomenon, and why teachers love it so much.