• A volunteer citizen organization in Lincoln seeks to support the public, private and parochial schools in Lincoln as they work to infuse innovation in education.

    During March and early April, the group is sponsoring viewings of the video “Most Likely to Succeed,” a documentary about a future-oriented school; and on April 23, group members have arranged a public conversation that includes leaders of education in Nebraska, Google, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Gallup Organization.

  • “I can’t do this,” Sarah breathed in frustration. There she sat, in my office, staring desperately at her homework assignment. While some students may have chosen to fake their efforts, simply wanting to be free of an educator’s presence, Sarah was completely frozen. She had been sitting there for an hour, occasionally tapping a few keyboard keys or perusing various research sources. She seemed to be working slowly, but I assumed she may just have needed more time than the rest. As she proclaimed her frustration, I went to her and inquired about her progress. She revealed her worksheet with one answered question and declared with confidence that she was simply incapable of completing the assignment.

  • After another round of holidays, it's safe to assume, a lot of children have been diving into media more than usual. They may have received new electronic toys and gadgets or downloaded new apps and games. Managing all that bleeping and buzzing activity causes anxiety in many parents. Here's a roundup of some of the latest research, combined with some of our previous reporting, to help guide your decision-making around family screen use.

  • Silicon Prairie, anyone? These unexpected regions are emerging as America's brightest — not to mention affordable and inclusive — tech hubs.

  • As play-write, Meredith Willson, said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

  • A Lincoln High School graduate who survived genocide in Cambodia before arriving in Nebraska has published a memoir about her experience - a harrowing tale that spans from an early childhood spent starving and separated from her family, to a career as an engineer in the aerospace and biotech industries.

  • You don’t typically see an embroidery machine woven into the curriculum of a computer programming class — but that’s exactly what happened last week at Southeast High School.

    Students in Alan Holdorf’s fourth-period computer programming class used an online program called TurtleStitch. The program allowed them to write computer code for embroidery designs, which were then transferred to a flash drive and plugged into an embroidery machine that stitched the final product on its own.

  • Ever been labelled as the ‘creative’ person in the room, but found yourself falling dismally short of anything that feels like an original idea?


    When you work as a designer (or any other creative) people assume you’re the go–to for all exciting new ideas and inputs. Unfortunately, that’s a stigma that’s not going to change any time soon.

  • The Cooper Foundation approved fourth-quarter grants totaling $149,651, including a matching grant of $10,000 to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools in support of student scholarships for the Spark Summer Learning Program.

  • One dreary day, a professor was sitting at his desk when a fateful event occurred. As he marked examination papers, he noticed that a student had left a page blank. For some inexplicable reason, he jotted down a sentence: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

  • You know that thing where you spin a globe and put your finger down to stop it, and where ever your finger lands, that’s where you’re going to move? Yeah, I’ve never done that. Actually, I’m not sure anyone has ever done that outside of the movies. Still, cool idea. And it reminds me of something I used to do with Google Earth.

  • “Low-income communities bear the brunt of society’s toughest challenges. But these communities still need to educate their stars, and that’s were we come in. And our alumni give back…”

  • Changing the way we teach and learn is difficult.

    But, last week I realized how education is being radically disrupted by new technologies.

    Not all of my colleagues agree. And I have to admit that if you are active as a teacher or interested in education, you might think that education hasn’t changed much over the last few decades.