Facebook for Education

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am.
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There have been loads of modifications on Facebook and some of it is making it easier to use in the classroom. Facebook is the most actively social network and its popularity means it can be used as a useful resource in the classroom. It can be used as an information database, and allow students to ask questions and gather information. Facebook also have learning games that students can benefit from. The list of activities and features for students on Facebook is truly endless.

Here is an interesting video on how Facebook has benefited a school in the UK.


The Future of the MBA

Submitted by Oumar Soumahoro on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:38am.
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It is not uncommon for many students who major in business as an undergrad to pursue an MBA down the line, usually after a few years of real world experience. However, it is becoming an all too common occurrence to meet an unemployed MBA graduate. This is especially troubling when you consider the high costs of landing an MBA. Is the MBA becoming worthless? What does the future hold for MBA programs? This piece argues that there might be an impending market for students who pursue Master in Management (MiM). This change is primarily a result of MiM graduates being more open to their learning and willingness to adjust to company’s needs. Many graduate level programs in Europe and domestic such as Yale, have been offering the MiM or similar programs to their students.


Video Games and Sensorimotor Skills

Submitted by Youssef Ballo on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:34am.
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Video games are known for decomposing young minds with their emphasis on weapons, conflict, and death. But some teachers and game designers argue that certain video games have real educational value. Video games are becoming a method of teaching in many classrooms. Several studies highlight many education benefits of playing video games. One of these benefits is the development of sensorimotor skills.

A group of students at the University of Toronto found that playing video games help players learn new sensorimotor skills, especially eye and hand coordination. People who action games learn the sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. Tasks like riding a bicycle or typing requires sensorimotor skills because of the pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement. Those tasks rely on using what you see with your eyes and coordinating your muscles so they operate accordingly. Good sensorimotor skills are important in technology, especially for surgeons that use robotic surgery methods that need extremely accurate control of those tools while using a computer interface.


A Very Puppy Holidays 2!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:23pm.
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Like Thiiiiis?

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:12pm.
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Running an ongoing exhibitions program means you are always on the lookout for new and compelling aesthetic styles. What I love about the new show by Adi Goodrich at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood titled Like Thiiiiis? is that it is refreshing, pleasing in a heartwarming way but with an edge, and relatively easy and cheap to execute.

EdLabbers, what's your opinion? Would you like to see an exhibit at the library in a style like this?


Higher Education and Employment

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:09am.
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According to this study by the International Labor Organization (ILO), higher education attainment is a necessity towards earning a formal Job. Education is widely viewed as the leading factor towards economic development. In many developing countries, higher education is shaping the labor market for young adults and thus improving their lives and the growth of the country. In order to push for greater success, it is important that there are effective policies and investments in the education sector. These investments will be geared towards improving the education system starting from primary school and leading towards post secondary school. 83% of young adults with post secondary school in developing countries do not have to deal with the difficulties of vulnerable jobs. Young people with lower incomes can now improve their lives because educated people are needed in the labor market to improve efficiency and growth. Pushing under skilled youth in the labor market is not efficient for both the economy and the worker.


Online Education and Athletic Scandal

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:47am.
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Academic scandals and student athletes is nothing new. The recent scandal at UNC Chapel Hill, where student athletes reportedly enrolled in fake classes has created a firestorm. The outrage from the UNC example and other similar stories of academic scandals among college athletes have led to serious discourse about stopping what many preserve as rampant and often unpunished behavior.

The popularity of online education means it could be serve as a way to deter or stop such scandals. However, most schools have admitted that, the education system makes it all to easy for the scandals to occur. They attributed it to student laziness, lack of cooperation or interest from professors to report suspicious cases, unwillingness of coaches to discuss academic performance and pressure on athletes to maintain a certain level of academic performance to remain eligible. I believe strict policies should be set aside to ensure that these scandals are monitored because it makes all the hardworking student athletes look bad as well.


#TinyBookTuesday “Reading Made Easy; Adorned with a neat set of Cats”

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:31pm.
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It’s #TinyBookTuesday from the Teacher’s College Library! Today we have “Harrison’s First Book for Children or Reading Made Easy Adorned with a neat set of Cats” published by W & J Harrison around 1818.


Books from the Library of Maxine Greene

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:21pm.
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During my first year at Teachers College, I was lucky to have taken Maxine Greene's seminar on aesthetics and education. Her pedagogical strategy was simple:

1) She cultivated a life of aesthetic, intellectual, and moral growth with complete integrity; she lived in conversation with great books, welcoming provocative and strange ideas into her life (albeit not uncritically).

2) She shared that life with her students and colleagues. A philosophical conversation with Maxine was an invitation to think, to really think, to think as if for the first time.

After Maxine's passing this May, the managers of her estate gave the Gottesman Libraries the generous gift of a curated selection of books from Maxine's personal library. The books have now their home in room 104b. The selection, I should add, is fantastic. Reading these books would make anyone a deeper thinker, and a more sensitive, wide-awakened person.


How to Study for an Exam

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:48pm.
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As the semester draws to an end, students are busy preparing for finals and finishing projects. The stress level tends to reach its peak during this time period. Stress is a problem that has worked its way through education and cannot be avoided. This piece highlights some good studying techniques. It’s talks about certain things students need to take into consideration in order to bring down stress levels during final exams. It will help students cope well. Some of the tips include:

  • What’s worse than being stressed is being around stressed people.
  • Don’t underestimate your efficiency.
  • Stick to the 80/20.
  • Don’t change your routines too much (even your social plans).
  • What’s worse than not studying is pretending to study.

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