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Ann Arbor Schools gets cyber liability insurance

Data breach has become a big problem in our Internet-reliant age. As a result APPS has decided that it needs cyber liability insurance coverage. Who knew there was such a thing?
 
Excerpt:
 
"While Target fights to recover from the breach and is now paying for free credit monitoring for all of the affected customers, other organizations are looking into the difference that cyber liability insurance could make in case they should ever experience 
their own data breaches. Ann Arbor Public Schools has realized that this threat is a real one and that a data breach could be very harmful to them if they were to experience one without this additional security protection."
 
Read the rest here.
 
 

U-M ranks 8th nationally for international student population

With over 6,800 international students, U-M continues to attract students from around the globe.

Excerpt:

"Michigan's first two international students -- one from Mexico, one from Wales -- enrolled in 1847. Now the prestigious Big Ten university hosts the 8th-largest population in the country, 78% of whom come from Asia."

More here.

A new way to teach music to Ann Arbor students?

Studies indicating positive outcomes be damned, there is a constant drive to eliminate art, music and other 'non-essentials' from public education. This has forced some cash-strapped schools to look poorer nations for low-cost ideas about how to include them in their curriculum. Mitchell Elementary in Ann Arbor has looked to Venezuela.
 
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"One Ann Arbor Elementary School is teaming up with the University of Michigan School of Music for a unique approach to teaching music...and they are turning to Venezuela for inspiration.
 
It's called El Sistema."
 
Read and listen to the rest here.
 

U-M to offer entrepreneurship education to all undergrads

The University of Michigan thinks that entrepreneurship should be a part of every student's educational repertoir. Within two years they intend to make classes in entrepreneurship education available to every undergrad, no matter what their academic focus.
 
Excerpt:
 
"Zurbuchen will lead the design of a program in entrepreneurship that will be open to all majors and that could be in place by the fall 2014 semester. He'll also coordinate and grow the school's entrepreneurial co-curricular activities, including the TechArb student business incubator and innovation-related student clubs."
 
Read more here.
 

Local Roboroach kit earns big Kickstarter support, PETA's wrath

The good folks at Backyard Brains think that every child should find a cockroach in their Christmas stocking (or under the menorah). That's why they launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund RoboRoach, a kit that allows you to cut open live cockroaches and implant electrodes to control their movements. Sounds like something Jack skelington would approve of.
 
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"Backyard Brains has developed a Kickstarter project, the RoboRoach, that allows one to cut live cockroaches and implant electrodes to control the insects’ movements. One hundred and eighty three people have pledged $12,339 — exceeding the $10,000 goal to fund the project.
 
It’s like a remote-controlled car in the body of a live bug, the game “Operation” writ large. But the creators want it to be taken seriously, with Greg Gage saying his product advances the study of neural circuits, allowing students to make scientific discoveries."
 
Read the rest here.

Michigan retaining bigger share of new college grads, study says

In terms of retention of young college graduates, it looks like the tide may be turning in the Great Lakes State.

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"The Detroit Regional Chamber on Thursday released a study that analyzed the mobility of graduates of Michigan's 15 public universities, which conferred more than 66,000 degrees last school year...

Among that group, 63 percent are still living in Michigan, 35 percent have moved to another state and less than 2 percent moved out of the country, according to the report, released Thursday afternoon at the chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference. About 83 percent of the graduates attended Michigan high schools.

The percentage of those who stay has increased from 2007, when a similar study showed 51 percent of the target group reported living in Michigan about six months after graduation."

More here.

Daily Beast ranks Saline High School in America's Top 300

And yet another set of national stats on public high schools, this one from Newsweek's Daily Beast, puts Saline High School, Chelsea High School, and Ann Arbor's Community, Huron, and Pioneer in the nation's top 1,000, with Skyline High School just a few slots behind. 

See the full list here.

Education program provider Seelio receives $900K seed investment

A sizable round of seed funding has gotten Ann Arbor-based Seelio onto Forbes' radar.

Excerpt:

"Seelio is especially popular with educational institutions  for students to showcase their school projects.   Today Seelio has announced that they have raised $900,000 in a seed round of funding from First Step Fund, Michigan PreSeed Fund, and several angel investors...

Many institutions have been using Seelio non-traditional educational programs like boot camps and training programs.   A couple of examples of these programs include the Digital Media Institute at the  University of Texas at Austin  and the  University of Michigan Design Expo...

Seelio is now being used by thousands of students across 500 campuses."

More here.

Ann Arbor high schools among top 20 in state

When it comes to education, if you live in Ann Arbor you're likely to get a good one. Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School ranks 12th and Huron High School is a close 16th among Michigan's public high schools.

See the U.S. News & World Report rankings here.

EMU one of America's most affordable colleges

With the middle class finding itself increasingly priced out of college for the kids, EMU is one of a few in the country that have clamped down on tuition costs.

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"In 2010, Eastern Michigan University led the way as one of the nation's most cost conscious colleges when it froze tuition, room and board and fees with its 0%, 0%, 0% campaign...

This tuition restraint and other factors have recently earned Eastern a ranking of 54th out of 350 colleges for its affordability among the larger public colleges by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. There were 15 metrics used in the ranking, including tuition, admission rates, enrollment total, average grant dollars per student and average scholarship per student."

More here.

Could Minecraft be the next educational frontier?

For those of you who have been living in a cave (or don't have children), Minecraft is a game that lets players do and build essentially anything they want. It also offers educators a unique opportunity to create programs that simultaneously teach and engage kids. What a concept!
 
The A2 Public Library already recognizies how Minecraft is more than just the latest substitution for Mario Brothers, offering programs and events
 
Watch why below.



And take a tour of Ann Arbor in Minecraft below.

 

Ann Arbor's "human capital" is tops for small metros

Business leaders call them "human capital," economists call them educated people. Either way you slice the tomato, both consider it a key factor in regional growth and development. Richard Florida takes a look at what human capital in suburban vs urban settings looks like.
 
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"Perhaps not surprisingly, college towns predominate when we add smaller metros (with populations of less than one million) to the list. With nearly 70 percent of adults holding bachelor degrees, Ann Arbor comes in first, followed by State College, Pennsylvania (69.2 percent), Iowa City (55.9 percent), Bloomington, Indiana (54.8 percent), Corvallis, Oregon (53.1 percent), Boulder, Colorado (50.9 percent), Columbia, Missouri (50.4 percent), Madison, Wisconsin (48.1 percent), Lawrence, Kansas (47.6 percent) and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (47.4 percent)."
 
Read the rest here.
 
 

Ypsilanti High School Court is in session

With apologies to Law And Order... In the Ypsilanti high school justice system, the students are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the plaintiff, who mounts a case for their issue; and the student jury, which hands down the verdict. This is their story.

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"Students at two Ypsilanti high schools now have the opportunity to decide each other’s fate when violating school policy.
Cooley Law School and Dean Joan Vestrand have partnered with the Ypsilanti Public Schools to create the Ypsilanti High School Student Court."

Read the rest here.

U-M praised on Colbert Report

Are universities adequately challenging their undergraduates? Richard Hersh gives a shout out to U-M (along with M.I.T and University Of Virginia) as a school that gives its undergrads a well-rounded education.

Watch the interview in the video below:


To become Chief Doctor, go to med school and get an MBA

Dual MBA / masters degree programs are very of the moment these days. (U-M's joint degree from the Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources is a popular one.) Now the latest tagline you want after your name is an M.D. / M.B.A., according to the New York Times. They're still quite rare, but Dr. James Kuo, chief executive of Ann Arbor's Adeona Pharmaceuticals, has one.

Get the full story here.
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