Videos I Wish My Teacher Used: The Ambiguous Case of Law of Sines

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:49am.
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Math is one of my favorite subjects but there are specific topics that I sometimes struggled with, especially the Ambiguous Case of the Law of Sine’s topic. Even with the help of tutors, I never clearly understood the Ambiguous Case of the Law of Sine’s topic. I had a hard time trying to fully comprehend it as I find it confusing. In search of more understanding on the topic, I found a great video that fully explained it clearly. Below is the Vialogue on the Ambiguous Case; join the discussion.


Programming: Skill of the 21st Century

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:28pm.
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Programming is one of the 21st century skills that is not taught in most public schools. There are many different types of programming languages and thus learning at least one is a very useful skill for students. Companies look and might increasing your chance of landing a job.

This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a computer scientist, programmer or engineer. You can learn for your own good regardless of your major. It's time that we start introducing programming in middle and high schools so that students can develop those skills and build on it moving forward.

There are many resources available online that will help students with any programming language they want to study. Take advantage of those free resources and start writing your own program today


Adidas Learning Campus Breaks Employee Training "Rules"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:18pm.
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Athletic apparel giant, Adidas, headquartered in Germany (guess whose office probably had the World Cup on 24/7), believes that workplace training should be, "light, desirable, and fun." (Read this article for more) With an informal "Learning Campus" (check-out the corresponding Pinterest feed!) that allows employees to partner with mentors, learn new skills and participate in both virtual and in-person (that psychedelic "learning shed" looks amazing!) training. What are your thoughts re: Adidas's out-of-the-box take on professional development? It is interesting to see both a formalized and extremely informal learning pathway created to help better their employees.


What We Learned from Apollo 11

Submitted by Haymar Lim on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:37am.
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In an age in which our space program is so diminished we have to pay the Russians to send our astronauts to space for us, it is important to remember how much we learned and how much of an impact our space program had in the past. July 19th was the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Discuss what we learned in the Vialogue below!


Trading Around the World

Submitted by Youssef Ballo on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:38am.
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Trading Around the World is an economics game for middle school students. The game was introduced on the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) website. 29 countries created the IMF in 1945 and its goal was to help in the reconstruction of the world’s international expense system after World War 2. The idea of the game is to give students knowledge on some of the variables affecting international trade.

Every player receives a chance to experience the effects of every variable by being a representative of a nation or region that is trying to purchase or sell resources. The point of the game is to raise money by buying and selling resources. This game can be played in many sessions. Trading Around the World helps traders build up as much wealth as possible by selling most of their merchandises, buying the widest range of goods for consumers, and buying raw materials for different companies.


Affirmative Action Case Decision Upheld

Submitted by Haymar Lim on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:59am.
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The decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the case Fisher vs University of Texas at Austin was revealed recently. The court of appeals chose to uphold the Supreme Court's decision regarding this affirmative action case, claiming the use of affirmative action to provide diversity enriched the education and flow of ideas possible at the University. The Supreme Court decision itself as a landslide 7 to 1 decision in favor of upholding the affirmative action policies taken by the University of Texas.

The question of whether or not affirmative action is constitutional remains a dubious one. The college admission process itself is rather questionable and many candidates more qualified in many ways than other candidates often get turned down, regardless of race. The process is often unfair and as the number of qualified applicants rises every year, a fair method of selection becomes harder and harder to find.


Summer Class Experience

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:54pm.
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I am currently taking summer classes at City Tech in order to have a head start before I officially start college in the fall. So far the experience has been amazing and is full of unexpected aspects such as being organized, taking good notes, and managing my time well.

I am taking two English classes that focus on reading and writing. The classes meet four days a week (Mondays-Thursdays) from the morning to the afternoon. There are daily reading and writing assignments and the professors expect the workload to pickup in the coming weeks. One of the books I’ve especially enjoyed reading is
Outliers, a story of success by Malcolm Gladwell. I am really enjoying the classes and the assignments and hoping my writing will improve in time for the start of classes in August.


Benefits of Music in Education

Submitted by Daniel Kim on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:52pm.
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Does music help a person get smarter? This is a question that has been asked to me multiple times. I would answer this question simply based on what I could see around me and say yes, I believe it does. However, as Dr. Shaw explains in his Vialogue, Benefits of Music in Education, Music actually helps students academically.

Students who do music do better in music and reading. Smarter students are not in music. Music education directly affects academic achievement. Dr. Shaw conducted a study with 2nd graders. He introduced music in his teachings to his 2nd grade students, and later on, they were able to perform 6th grade math. Furthermore, students that have studied music have a higher SAT sore and have become more successful.

All in all, along with rest of the American population(95% think along the same lines), music should be offered in American schools.


Interns At Apple

Submitted by Jeffrey Hado on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:34pm.
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I came across this article about experience of interning at Apple. Despite stating that there will be no such thing as busy work, interns were involved in projects that deal with implications on the products they are working on.

Through interactions with professionals at the job, the interns are able to learn a whole lot. Not all the products they work on will make it out to the market but the experience is worthwhile. The interns are also made to attend meetings such as the Executive Speakers Series in addition to field trips to other states. At the end of it all, these interns create a strong bond and a good culture is developed as well.


Videos I Wish My Teachers Used

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:26pm.
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There are always certain things students wish their teachers taught during a particular class. Teachers have several approaches to teaching, perhaps the same topic. Apparently, some approaches might be beneficiary to the student than others. The video below is a typical example of a topic I wish was taught with the same approach highlighted in the video, in my statistics class.

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