Top 3 Education Articles of the Week | Green Schools, Energy Plants & Innovation Incubator Winners

Here are some of the informational and educational articles that caught my attention this week. These articles discuss the changes that schools are having with technology and doing so in a green and environmentally friendly way. They talk about using solar panels and bamboo buildings to offer a new form of education. Articles also discuss winners of  the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Assoication’s Innovation Incubator program.

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John Hardy: My green school dream – Jewelry designer, John Hardy is the co-founder of the extraordinary Green School in Bali, where kids get a holistic and green education. This off-the-grid school in Bali teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world’s largest freestanding bamboo building.

California Schools Get 1.5 Megawatt Solar Plant with Zero Capital Outlay – JUHSD of Daly City, CA, has completed installation of solar energy systems at four high schools, a combined 1.5 megawatt project that is expected to provide substantial utility cost savings while producing 2.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWH) of clean energy per year. The schools have installed a combined total of more than 8,500 solar panels. They relyed on project financing, sponsor equity, and federal renewable energy tax credits, as well as a power purchase agreement at a fixed discount with equipment providers.

Innovative education products honored – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced winners of its Innovation Incubator program. Panopto Focus won “Most Innovative Product/Service” and “Most Likely to Succeed in the Education Market” from eight finalists.  The product allows both instructors and students to capture and broadcast lectures or lessons with slides, audio, video and screen capture capabilities. Motion Math was the runner-up in both categories.

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