Access to education continues to be a major problem in many countries across the globe. When we usually talk about access to education, we often think of people in poor and remote regions of the world. However, in the US, there are various reasons why people lack access to schooling. The increasing cost of tuition has forced some low-income to attend school part-time, take online courses or pursue other avenues.
This past weekend I attended the Fablearn 2015 Conference on Creativity and Fabrication in Education at Stanford University. It was an amazing conference with librarians, educators, researchers and young makers from across the United States and all over the world presenting and sharing research, practices and projects about the maker movement in education.
I am attending Day 2 of the 2015 Social Good Summit at the 92nd St. Y. I will be live blogging the most interesting sessions.
I am attending the 2015 Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y. I was able to get a press pass (using my EdLab connections). The event is broken up into 20-minute sessions (some with panelists, others with checkins from other social good summits across the globe, etc.). I will be live blogging my favorite and most interesting sessions from their Digital Media Lounge.
There are approximately 59 million children and 65 million adolescents out of school across the globe. As a result, they are denied a right a basic human right in today's world. Education is a human right that can't be taken for granted. I believe every child's wish is to go to school and learn. However, disasters, epidemics and conflict often make it difficult for children to fulfill their educational goals. Nonetheless, there is no problem without a solution.
I encountered the following video on FB. Try dragging the screen when the video is playing.
There are many factors that affect student success in the classroom at the K-12 level. Factors such as socioeconomic status, and quality of the school and teachers, among others, all play a crucial role in student achievement. In an effort to improve achievement at struggling schools, NYC Department of Education has embarked on a mission to get more parents involved in their children’s education through a door-to-door campaign.
As a (self-indulged) tinkerer of the internet and electronics, I envy how newer generations have tools like Little Bits to get started playing, learn electronics and the basis of the Internet of Things.
(Not so) Recently, some cool folks at IBM came up with Node RED, a GUI-based programming interface for anyone to easily prototype his internet-connected device idea. (For anyone who's familiar with Pure Data and Max/MSP, you'll be right at home).
As many of you may know, the video team is documenting the construction of the Learning Theater. Today was the first walk through of the fourth floor, and we got to see the result of all that noise we heard last week! It was quite amazing. I'm looking forward to bringing together the footage we shot of the fourth floor when it was all offices, to the footage collected today!Here are a few photos from today's walk through!
The images of refugees crossing international water to escape conflict in Syria
and other countries are currently dominating global news. Most of the refugees are flocking to European countries such Greece and Germany. A large portion of the refugees are children of school age. According to a UN report, more then 13 million children from the Middle East and North Africa have been displaced and driven out of school due to conflict.