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Clarkston Jr. High's Digital Blackboard

What do mini laptops, video-streaming pencasts and Charlie Sheen have to do with scholastic achievement? At Clarkston Junior High School, a whole heckuva lot. Jeff Peariso, who teaches algebra and statistics, has piloted a high-tech teaching program for a handful of students, with exciting results.

Guest Blogger: Erik Tungate

Contrary to the tenets of supply-side economic theory, Wall Street isn't tied to the well-being of Main Street, according to Erik Tungate, city manager of Oak Park. He suggests a remedy for local governments, often the first stop for residents needing assistance.

A Need For Raw Talent

Paul Jacobs, CEO of Southfield-based mobile apps firm jacApps, thinks that talent rather than experience is critical to building success in today's ever-evolving mobile technology industry. Jon Zemke chats with Jacobs about the challenges of and strategies for attracting the best and brightest to his growing company. 

Just In Time Talent Requires Real Time Data

Most employment analysis involves looking at trends and forecasts that are nearly 2 years old. But what if real time data could be provided to educators and economic development programs? The Workforce Intelligence Network has developed such a system, helping provide a clearer picture of the current job landscape. Their first report reveals some of the reasons for Michigan's "skills gap."

FilterD: Mar. 14 - 20

Londoner Ed Rush is one of the top drum 'n' bass producers in the world. Start your weekend early by seeing him perform this Thursday night at the Works in Corktown. Get the deep, dark details in FilterD.

Education and Urban Prosperity: The Case For Retention

A study by CEOs For Cities found that 58 percent of a region's economic health comes from the educational attainment of its residents. So, how does our region cultivate a culture that properly educates, trains and retains its talent? That's the focus of several local initiatives and a conference next week at Oakland University.

Byte & Mortar is Every Flavor of Office

What if work from home involves an office, just not the office? With all the hubbub made over Yahoo's recent "Work at work" decree, the media has missed some interesting workplace developments - namely the rise of coworking, flexible and cooperative office spaces. Byte & Mortar in Troy is the latest addition to a growing a trend.

Dreaming of owning a Michigan home?

With low mortgage rates and many houses to choose from, there’s never been a better time for state residents to buy their own home.

FilterD: Mar. 7 - 13

Lots to do this weekend in Corktown, starting with the St. Patrick's Day parade on Michigan Avenue. See what else is planned for Detroit's oldest residential district in FilterD.

Guest Blogger: Megan Owens

With the M1 Rail streetcar coming up Woodward and the new Regional Transit Authority, Metro Detroit is finally making tangible inroads into mass transit. But Transportation Riders United Executive Director Megan Owens says active leadership and dedicated funding are essential to keep from backsliding on this progress.

Walking The Talk: ISCG Creates Its Own Inspired Workplace

ISCG in Royal Oak has long been designing workplaces for clients with an eye toward rehabilitation and re-use. Last year the firm put its money where its mouth was and became its own client. The building? The discarded Royal Radio building on Main Street. The results speak for themselves.

From Up North to Your Door: Cherries & Grapes

There's little doubt that Michigan is the midwest's Horn Of Plenty. But how to wrangle all those delicious wines, ciders, jams, and treats from around the state into your pantry? The folks at Cherries & Grapes intend to make being a true-blue locavore as easy as a few clicks on your computer.

Photo Essay: Searching for Stoneflies on the Clinton River

What is a stonefly? Why are people tromping around the Clinton River in the dead of winter counting them? Metromode's intrepid photographer Dave Lewinski lets you in on the answers to these questions from the comfort of your warm cozy homes. (Hint: It has a lot to do with the health of our waterways.)

FilterD: Feb. 28 - Mar. 6

Detroit's Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and Dearborn's Green Brain present Comic Jam this Saturday at the Midtown museum. Get all the details in FilterD. 

FilterD: Feb. 21 - 27

Art Detroit Now launches Third Thursdays at metro area galleries. It begins this week at over 20 locations. Get all the details in FilterD.
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