KidSmart Early Learning

IBM KidSmart Gives India’s Students a Head Start

As in many parts of the world, India is experiencing challenges in delivering quality education to all children. In a recent skills assessment, for example, a random sampling of students performed significantly below expected levels in mathematics, geography, general science and social studies – all in spite of a 12.3 percent increase in nationwide education […]

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Reaching Young Learners with IBM KidSmart

  Five IBM volunteers and I recently traveled from Shanghai to the Jiangxi Province city of Jinggangshan (population 156,000) to deliver and install 10 KidSmart early learning computer systems at two local Kindergartens. KidSmart is designed to help young children explore math and science concepts through interactive games. The systems also give many young learners […]

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Shaping Educational Reform in the Czech Republic

It can be challenging for a small country like the Czech Republic to compete in the global economy. As a country of just 10 million inhabitants, it’s important for our educational system to prepare graduates for 21st century jobs. In the same way that many trends and measures of liberal capitalism have developed here since […]

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Working Together to Close the Achievement Gap

The education achievement gap – the disparity in academic performance between groups of students – is perhaps the most critical public education challenge America faces today. Measures such as grades, test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college-completion rates have long shown that socioeconomic status and race describe the dividing lines among our students. How […]

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Connecting West Virginia’s Children to Economic Opportunity

Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, McDowell County, West Virginia is one of the poorest and most isolated counties in the United States. Chronic shortage is the common theme, whether you’re talking about good roads, public transportation, adequate housing, access to the internet, recreational facilities or public health. The McDowell County community has […]

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Helping North Carolina Reach its Race to the Top Goals

IBM is helping North Carolina reach its Race To The Top Grant goals in collaboration with Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CIS) in school districts across the northeastern part of the state. Although the state dropout rate continues to decline, this collaborative public-private partnership among CIS, IBM and the State Department of Public Instruction will help […]

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Helping Support Innovative School Systems

IBM has just announced that it is awarding early childhood education improvement grants of technology, services and cash valued at $1.3 million to five U.S. states (Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island) whose progressive and successful early education programs have been recognized as exemplary by the federal government. Maura Banta, Director of Global Citizenship Initiatives […]

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CUNY Childcare Helps Kids Get Ahead in Math and Science

IBM’s donation of 45 Young Explorer™ computer learning centers to the Early Childhood Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and 13 additional City University of New York (CUNY) campus child care centers is helping 3- to 7-year olds get a leg up on math and science while their parents complete their college degrees. […]

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Giving Kids the Right Start with Science and Math

Studies have shown that early exposure to mathematics and science lead to educational success in later years. When children are engaged in rich learning activities that foster key math, science and language skills in a fun and interactive way – sometimes not even being aware of how much they are learning in the process – […]

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Creating a Smarter Education System

I testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Science Education about IBM’s commitment to address the issue of national decline in math, science and engineering and its implications for America’s labor force. The Subcommittee on Research and Science Education oversees all matters related to science policy and science education. In […]

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Volunteering at P-TECH: One Mentor’s Story

In October 2011, 95 IBM mentors met with their protégés at New York’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) for the first time. P-TECH is a new model grades 9 through 14 school located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, and many of its students will be the first in their families […]

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