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"We may think we're pretty smart, but in fact we have very little notion of how humans learn. Kids know: They play games. Until, that is, they go to school. That's when the games stop. And often, so does the learning." Playing to learn: Panelists at Stanford discussion say using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
City Club Missoula Presents: ADUs In Missoula: Pros And Cons, 3/11, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
GigaPOP in Missoula
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Erie puts off pursuit of high-speed municipal broadband service
Erie's elected leaders decided Tuesday night not to move ahead with a detailed analysis of what a townwide high-speed broadband network might look like, instead opting to survey residents first to gauge their level of interest in such a venture.
- Broadband Stimulus Hearing Turns Contentious
Strickling strongly made the point that even if broadband exists, it may be of an inadequate speed and capacity to handle a rural school of 1,000 students which requires 100 Mpbs.
- Montana On My Mind
I MISS THOSE DAYS SO VERY MUCH, NOW I AM 65, MY HORSE DEAD LONG AGO, AND STILL! I CAN SMELL THE PRAIRIE GRASSES, SEE THE CATTLE GRAZING, THE BUFFALO ROAMING LIKE HUGE RAFTS. GOD, TAKE CARE OF MONTANA........
Come Home Montana
- 8 Tips for Getting Started with Big Data
Often there's an information overload when it comes capturing and making use of so much data.
- University of Montana, investors see big data potential, Missoula as tech hub
Entrepreneurs behind Missoula's network of high-tech startups, supported by backers of a new program at the University of Montana and investors looking to sponsor the future, see potential in Missoula as a technology hub of the Northern Rockies.
- Missoula alliance aims to instill, grow local analytics infrastructure
The job now, according to the founders of a new Big Data Alliance being formed in Missoula, is making sure those students have somewhere to put what they learn to work after graduation. More importantly, alliance founders want that "somewhere" to be in Missoula.
- How Successful Companies Hire
Looking at more numbers, it becomes clear that companies need to find a better way to cut down on the costs associated with the traditional hiring process.
- The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order
'Take a step back from looking at causes. Look at correlations. Look at the what rather than the why, because that is often good enough.'
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunities - Benefits Analyst, Business Intelligence Intern, Patient Flow Specialist, Programmer Analyst and many others, Benefis Health System
We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with 2,600 employees.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Service Desk Technician - Washington Corporation
As a Service Desk Technician, your primary responsibility will be to ensure proper computer operation so that end users can accomplish business tasks.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Information Officer - Montana Public Health and Human Services
We are looking for a seasoned IT professional who will excel in providing leadership and vision for an IT department in a large state agency with many cutting-edge programs and systems.
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Database Engineer - Hunting GPS Maps
Hunting GPS Maps is a Missoula based company in need of a Full-Time Backend Developer with Database experience. We are rapidly growing company that requires the ability to work in a fast paced, team oriented environment. Now is your chance to join our team.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data Center Facility Engineer - State Information Technology Services
This position provides for the oversight of the State owned Miles City Data Center (MCDC) and leased iConnect facility to include all mechanical equipment, computing assets and network systems housed in them.
- Boom Town: Troy, Montana shows signs of growth
The reasons given by business owners as to their success are as varied as the owners themselves, but the overriding sentiment is optimism.
- MEDA - March Online News and Scholarship Round Now Open
Recent data from the 2011 American Community Survey shows how Montana household income has changed over the past decade. As Graph 1 shows, the estimated number of Montana households in the higher in come brackets has risen significantly.
- The Sixth Annual Missoula BarCamp, 4/13, Missoula, Montana
Come to Missoula Barcamp and experience Montana's "unconference." Lightning keynote speakers together with user generated conference sessions, make for a unique interactive experience. Watch the following video to get a better idea of what Missoula Barcamp is and how it can inspire you!
Montana Economic Development
- Jump on the Bandwagon!! - Kickstarter Campaign - Market on Front - opening soon in Downtown Missoula, Montana
Jump on the pledging bandwagon to help fund our project in exchange for awesome rewards.
- Flathead Electric to Install New Zinc Air Battery - Co-op agrees to test new large-scale battery technology
The installation will act as a trial run for Zinc Air, which has been working on battery modules that could store large amounts of energy generated by existing utilities and renewable sources.
- Dale Detrick's departure leaves a void at the MMEC in Billings, Montana
"Our federal and state funding had been flat for a decade, but our costs haven't," Holland said. "We had been able to offset our rising costs with a variety of grant opportunities, but those dried up."
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Montana's Yellowstone River is untapped economic resource
"You think about the name Yellowstone and there's no place in the world that has that cachet," he said. "And tie that in with the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48, 17 museums along the way ... it's an absolute jewel of an opportunity to create a recreation area."
- What can make Bozeman, Montana better?
Commissioners set four long-term priorities: encouraging downtown development, implementing the city's economic development plan, addressing infrastructure maintenance and developing a water resource plan. Three of those ideas were carry-overs from last year's list. The water resource plan is new.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Making a difference, one classroom at a time - DonorsChoose.org
Charles Best, Founder Of DonorsChoose.org, 3/5, Montana State University, Bozeman
- Frontier Airlines not expanding to Missoula this spring
MEP President James Grunke said until the airline adds more planes it won't be able to provide desirable flight times in and out of Missoula.
City Club Missoula
- Which health IT jobs are most in demand by providers? Clinical training, informatics professionals top the list
Certified middle management training staff who can show clinicians how to use electronic medical records are much sought after.
- 5 Common Mistakes That Will Ensure Your Resume Gets Tossed
Chuck-worthy offenses include:
- Grad school matters more not less
The people you ask to hire you or invest in your company are looking for evidence of your potential beyond your diploma and your 500 contacts on LinkedIn.
- City Club Missoula Presents: ADUs In Missoula: Pros And Cons, 3/11, Missoula, Montana
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION - Doubletree Hotel Edgewater Missoula
- States with the highest and lowest tax burdens
The average American paid 9.9% of their income on state and local taxes during 2010, according to data from The Tax Foundation.
- The Joy Of Being Detained By U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Why Am I Forbidden From Using My iPhone In US Immigration Areas?
It's horrifying to me how, as a government, we treat non-US citizens who are legally in this country. It's also disgusting to me how difficult we make it for people to come into this country and startup businesses, which ironically is the foundation on which much of this country has been built. And now that I had a very direct and minor taste of it, I'm sad that we've let things get to this point.
- A Renewed Effort to Invigorate Technology Transfer at Idaho National Laboratory
"Our charge is to not only help create new economic development through the formation of new companies but also to help existing businesses be more competitive. We're helping with U.S. competitiveness. If they can leverage the lab technology or capability and it makes them more competitive, that's how we succeed."
- Leadership Boise and similar programs are helping Valley companies function better
Leadership Boise exposes the city's business and nonprofit leaders to a community they may not even know exists.
South Dakota Economic Development
- Alaska Airlines, Flying Above an Industry's Troubles
Although it started in a sparsely populated, meteorologically unwelcoming, financially challenging corner of the country, Alaska has built a successful franchise that is the envy of many rivals.
- South Dakota Legislature comes up with economic incentives plan
The package includes aid for both big and small businesses, as well as for things seen as creating a good business climate such as education and affordable housing.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Business Images Magazine
With its absence of personal and corporate income taxes, low energy costs, low operating costs and educated workforce, Wyoming offers significant advantages for business investment and expansion.
- Capitalists for Preschool
Children who attend high-quality preschool do much better when they arrive in kindergarten, and this makes an enormous difference for their later success.
- "A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age"
The bottom line is that we have a powerful tool at our disposal that can lead to great things. Everyone has a stake in this. Let's figure out how best to use it now, before it morphs into a morass of confusion, hidden costs, and inefficiencies that don't benefit anyone. Let's get it right the first time.
- In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy.
"We subsidize their education in fields for which there are no jobs" he said in referring to the fact that many courses at universities are still taught with skills that aren't relevant to the 21st century needs of the US workforce.
- Don't Fudge the Numbers - How to avoid the mistakes some institutions have made in misrepresenting nonfinancial data
Before enacting such measures however, officials must create an inventory of nonfinancial information and review the risk associated with each. Institutions should establish consistent data elements and definitions, ensure the reliability of each source, and provide explicit descriptions of the qualifications and accountabilities of those charged with producing the information.
- Arkansas State's 'iPad Initiative' Will Require All Incoming Students to Have Apple's Tablet
"We can use it for far more than teaching."
- 'Flipped classrooms' spreading in Wisconsin
The method is appealing for several reasons: it employs high-tech gadgets and online social networking popular among young people; students can pause and review parts of lectures they don't understand without stopping an entire class; and teachers can spend more classroom time on individualized instruction.
- Keeping an Eye on Online Test-Takers
The developing technology for remote proctoring may end up being as good -- or even better -- than the live proctoring at bricks-and-mortar universities.
- Women's app idea for autistic children could become reality
Amanda Reilly says the app could calm a child having an "emotional meltdown" because of experiencing too many sights, sounds and other stimulation at the same time.
- GoldieBlox helps prepare girls for jobs in a man's world - Think STEM
GoldieBlox is the brainchild of Stanford graduate and engineer-turned-entrepreneur Debbie Sterling. She created GoldieBlox -- which includes a construction toy set and storybook starring the tool-wielding character Goldie -- to teach girls basic engineering skills and open more pathways for women to pursue jobs in the male-dominated industry.
- iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.
In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans' declining civic knowledge and participation.
- Playing to learn: Panelists at Stanford discussion say using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning
We may think we're pretty smart, but in fact we have very little notion of how humans learn. Kids know: They play games. Until, that is, they go to school. That's when the games stop. And often, so does the learning.
- A University Steak to Go With That Sweatshirt?
Tongs in hand, you lean over to take in the smoky sizzle of a steak on the grill, and your thoughts naturally turn to ... your alma mater?
- The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class
Massive Open Online Courses might seem like best way to use the Internet to open up education, but you're thinking too small. Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences.
Funding and Building your Business
- Communities Need to Build Better Millennial Connections
A remarkable, but mostly unnoticed, 2012 study found a powerful correlation between a community's civic health and its economic well being.
Energy and Climate Change
- Helping Employees to Be Healthier: How About a Sweepstakes?
Workers respond better to the chance of winning a large amount than they do to the guaranteed payment of a smaller amount.
- Best Ways to Boost E-Business Sales
Be Data Driven
- Twitter for Business Misses Critical Body Language
Are any of these text-only messages an efficient and appropriate business tool?
- What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years
The fact that flip-flop wearing hobbyists spawn large industries is commonly viewed as an amusing eccentricity of the technology industry. But there is a reason why hobbies are so important.
- Unplugged: Got social? To succeed, companies better
If your company or business doesn't have a social-media strategy, it better get one. Pronto.
- Experts Share Their Dos and Don'ts for Building an App
For those aiming to develop the next hit, here are some dos and don'ts from the pros:
- Hiring tool rewards the expert crowds for the best interview questions
Not only does its interview management software help support HR staff in real time while they conduct job interviews, but the system also gathers the best position-specific interview questions, as suggested and voted on by the expert crowds.
- Responsive Web Design for the Global Market
The wide proliferation of mobile device use have webmasters reeling as they are pressed to create best-of-breed visitor experiences across all screen sizes.
- Why you should sweat climate change
A remaking of America is likely in our lifetimes -- a flicker in geological time. This will transform how and where we live, work and play.
- Electric Buses Test Wireless Charging in Germany
An electric bus can operate a demanding passenger route without stopping to recharge. The secret is inductive charging, which uses a charging pad buried under the road's surface to send energy to the bus batteries when the two are magnetically "tuned." In the case of the PRIMOVE system in use in Mannheim, the charging pads are only switched on when a vehicle passes above.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Big-money nonprofit hospitals get roasted in Brill's TIME piece
Read beyond the headline and the first few paragraphs and you'll find a real gem in Brill's overarching theme that even today's connected and engaged patients are still relatively powerless in the framework of care that the healthcare industry has built.
- Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk foundation gets $30 million endowment
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation said the Torstenson Family Endowment will allow the group to speed up its purchases of wildlife habitat and further its mission to restore elk in the wild.
- Revolution in Art & Design using 3D Printing | Objet for Neri Oxman
Neri also explains 3D printing within the wider paradigm shift in technology and manufacturing - comparing it to the Gutenberg 2D print revolution of the 1440's.
- Bozeman TEDx event connects dreamers, doers
So what is TEDx? At its most basic, it's all about spreading ideas.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- What If.......Wild Animals Ate Fast Food - YouTube
I dare you not to laugh
- The simple form that could save your life
Perhaps we shouldn't wait for a universal solution.
- My 3 Cents 0n Cancer: Jack Andraka at TEDxSanJoseCAWomen
Jack is a fifteen year old freshman in high school. He developed a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents.
- Objet1000 - Largest Ever 3D Printer for Big Models & Flawless Precision!
The system features Objet Connex multi-material technology offering standard and ABS plastic performance, a choice of over 100 materials and the ability to mix up to 14 different materials in a single prototype or model to achieve the true look, feel and function of your intended end product.
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