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Innovation in the Classroom: Inspiring Creativity

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How do we teach students to become innovative thinkers? Through exploration and experimentation. In this final part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, talk about ways to foster innovation in the high school classroom. They address several questions from teachers in hopes of getting at the heart of encouraging more risk-taking and creativity, as well as helping educators become catalysts for change.

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Thinking Like an Innovator: The Power of Experimentation

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It’s one thing to recognize the power and influence of innovation, and entirely something else to call yourself an innovator. In this third part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss the connection between innovation and creativity, and why experimentation is critical to developing innovation skills. In addition to sharing their own insights, the featured speakers also answer questions from high school educators.

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Innovation in Action: Beyond the Eureka Moment

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In this second part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation in action — from some inspiring examples, to why innovation is at its heart a team sport.

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Dual Enrollment, Scholarships and Creative Ways to Cut Your College Tuition Bill

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More and more students are graduating from college strapped with student loan debt that takes many years to pay off. The good news is that taking out loans does not have to be your only option to pay for college. Abby Parnell earned 24 credits before she even got to campus, and Ahmed Raza explored entrepreneurship to offset college costs. Read more about how these teens and others found ways to deal with the high cost of an undergrad degree.

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Inside Innovation: Tackling the World’s Most Pressing Problems

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In a KWHS article on innovation, Jamie Lee Solimano, a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search for high school students, defined innovation like this: “To shift society or have an impact, you have to introduce something novel.” While invention is indeed one aspect of innovation, it is also so much more. In this first part of a four-part audio webcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation basics and how it is related to critical thinking and problem-solving.

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A Gap Year Involves a Little Cooking, Some Laundry and a Whole Lot of Self-Discovery

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These days, both students and parents want to get the most value from their huge financial investment in higher ed. One way to clarify your college path is to take a gap year – a year off to explore new opportunities and better prepare yourself for the rigors of college and for what you would like to study. This KWHS article helps you to understand what a gap year is all about. Once you’ve read it, be sure to listen to our podcast with a young “gapper.”

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Ken Tokusei Talks Technology and Ping-Pong from Inside Google Japan

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Any opportunity to step inside the almighty Internet giant Google is a treat. KWHS sat down with Ken Tokusei, the head of Google Japan, to learn more about the company’s technology, its global mission and what it’s like to work there day-to-day. Tokusei also shares why his interview with the company left him in chills and what Google co-founder Larry Page means by “10x.”

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The Pros and Cons of Working for a Startup

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Have you noticed how everyone is talking about startups lately? Maybe rather than launching your own company, you might want to explore the entrepreneurial culture as an employee. KWHS talks with experts and entrepreneurial types to find out the inside scoop on working for a startup.

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