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EdLab Seminar: What’s Possible Now for Innovative Graduate Education with Christine Geith 12.15.2014Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:05pm.
Raspberry Pi is a mini size computer in shape of an ID card that can serve as plugs into your TV and keyboard. It comes equipped with a SD card that can used to install data. I used Raspberry Pi for my digital electronics project. It consisted of using Raspberry Pi to create an alarm system for your mobile phone that can be used for security.
Raspberry Pi can be used for many things that our home computers and iPads are currently do. You can use it for spreadsheets, word-processing and even games with high definition game display. It’s important that we start introducing this sort of educational tools to students to engage them and teach them about programming. Raspberry Pi is a very useful educational tool that students can learn in developing their problem solving skills. Though it is an inexpensive product, it offers many benefits for students. The video below highlights five awesome things you can do with the Raspberry Pi.
The academic calendar for primary and secondary schools in the United States begins in September and ends in June. Students attend school for nine months and spend three on vacation. In some countries however, the academic year ends in December. This means, students must take end of the year exams that determines their academic progression. A prime example is Bangladesh. Many classrooms there appear empty when December rolls around. That is, many children go to the fields to help harvest the rice crop or do household chores.
Consequently, the dropout rate increases every year. Lack of labor is one reason why many children drop out of school. Many children are from poor rural families so when there are not enough workers, parents tend to turn to their children. As a result, children may not feel motivated to stay in school.
The burden of college expense does not only come from tuition as widely expected. The amount of money spent on books, room and board and food at the end of four years or more in school is cumulative. There are other ways to fund a college education for those who fail to land a scholarship. Loans, and grants are viable options. However, paying for these loans after college continues to be a challenge for most since wages and salaries have remained stagnant. When considering a school, costs should play an important role. Student debt is 1.33 times larger than credit card debt, which is alarming..
The social differences between men and women are still a problem in many parts of the world, especially remote and impoverished communities. In some of these communities, females are not allowed to attend school. They are usually married off at a young age and spend most of their time performing household tasks while their husbands work. This piece offers an inspirational and encouraging effort by a woman in war torn Afghanistan who completed her education despite numerous obstacles. The young woman, educated in a refugee camp, wants other Afghan girls to also have an education. She initially faced difficulty in persuading the parents.
She was eventually able to start with a few students and taught them in a small tent. In time, she was funded by NGO's and other organizations. As a result, the number of students grew and members of the community started seeing the value of an education. Due to her efforts, 900 girls and 650 boys have graduated. Many of them are doctors, engineers or employed in other occupations. This story highlights the importance of education in changing lives. This is even more important in impoverished and war torn countries, where education can play a major role in improving that society and the lives of citizens.
Urban infrastructure has been an essential part of the development of cities. It is important to determine how seasons and time affects the use of public spaces and infrastructure. According to this piece, infrastructures in public space impact and affect social interaction between people of different ages, culture, and ethnicity. Generally, the presence of people in a place is a good enough reason to start some sort of interaction. New York City is highly populated and infrastructures such MTA, bridges, schools, community centers, parks, malls and sports arenas all play essential roles in interaction in an urban environment.
Infrastructure in public space encourages social interactions. A prime example is a person going to a Yankee game. The stadiums, alongside public transportation systems, are vital in promoting a vibrant environment and encouraging interaction. It also contributes to the needs of the neighborhood. It allows local shops to thrive and bring in new businesses such as food carts and t-shirts stands. The game brings people of different ages, cultures and social class together. Most of the people watching the game are just fans that came by public transportation or cars. The Major Deegan highway is perfect for bringing people in and out of the neighborhood to see the game. The immediate area during a game allows for interactions between fans and local businesses such restaurants, and pubs. The interaction is influenced by social and cultural context. Interaction ranges between adults, children, social classes and gender. Many infrastructures promote social welfare for the residents in the neighborhood.
Education is said to be the key to success. Unfortunately, youth who are caught up in our criminal justice system often deny themselves a shot at an education. This article sheds light on an initiative by juvenile centers to help detainees obtain an education. The hope is that this will lead them to stray away from a life of crime. The juvenile education project is part of President Obama’s “My Brother Keeper” initiative that deals with gaps in opportunities for young minority men. This initiative seems very relevant in light of current national and heated discussion about young minority men, race and class in America. This piece notes that African-American college graduates find it twice as difficult to find a job compared to others.
Homeschooling is not a new phenomenon. It has been part of the educational landscape for quite some time now. Parents prefer homeschooling for various reasons: educational, social, cultural, health, political and religious. Some parents see it as an opportunity to bond with their children while also closely monitoring their academic progress. However, the one constant complaint against homeschooling is the social development of the students.
This article highlights the efforts of several schools to increase social experiences for homeschooled students. These include allowing resident homeschooled students to participate in school sports and other school related extra curricular activities. However, the students have to meet certain requirements related to their academic work and attendance. This is a tricky road as the academic and attendance requirement reports come the student’s parents. There are also restrictions. Homeschooled students taking online courses through another school district may not qualify to participate in their district’s extra curricular activities.
The early stages of a child’s life are very pivotal. This is the time for parents to find and remedy any issues that can affect the child’s future. There are so many aspects of a child’s life that can be affected if they don’t receive proper growth and development. Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a project by the World Bank (WB), which has been established to improve the lives of children who lack basic necessities. Additionally, the program is set to provide learning opportunities. Millions of young children under the age of 5 in low- and middle-income countries fail to reach their developmental potential because of poverty, nutritional deficiencies, and inadequate early learning opportunities.
Ideally, the WB has chosen to invest in ECD. It might be the best solution to combat this issue. The WB supports ECD through financing, policy advice, technical support, and partnership activities at the country, regional, and global levels. Between 2001 and 2013, the WB invested more than US $3.3 billion in 273 ECD activities, including education, health, and social protection activities. The WB is clearly not depending on governments to create education and health reforms.
After a long wait, my college experience has finally started. At first I was scared, because I was entering a different world. I’ve been preparing since my senior year in high school but I didn’t know if I was ready. Once I stepped foot on campus, I knew I had to keep up with the workload, in the classroom and on the soccer field.
Since I was attending college on a soccer scholarship, I reported earlier than most incoming freshman for preseason. Unfortunately an ankle injury I picked up in the summer resigned me to doing a lot of individual work with the trainer and had to wait several months before I played my first competitive game. This made it a bit difficult to build friendships and camaraderie with my new teammates. Things changed once all students reported to campus. For the semester, I am taking mainly electives such as math and writing since I have not yet declared a major.
I’ve been really enjoying my writing class because I’ve never been a good writer. The professor is really awesome and make sure I am constantly improving.