Literacy and Girls' Education

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 9:37pm.
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Every aspect of education is very important fin order for students to succeed. However, two elements that is very crucial for student success is reading and writing. These are widely considered the foundation of learning, including numerical skills. However, reading and writing requires more attention as a result of its regulations.Illiteracy has become a major concern for many schools across the globe. In fact, according to the World Literacy Foundation, 67 million children still do not have access to primary school education.

In terms of gender, girls are more likely to be illiterate than boys. Many girls simply do not have access to education. Every human should have the right to be educated, regardless of gender, race, color, or nationality if we are to eliminate the rate of illiteracy across the globe. At the annual International Literacy Day, UNESCO, national governments and international organizations discussed the importance of literacy and the challenges facing across the globe.


EdLab Seminar: LessonFace, 11.05.14

Submitted by George Nantwi on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:54am.
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Add your thoughts to the vialogue below!


Why Do You Vote?

Submitted by George Nantwi on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 4:56pm.
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In light of Election Day, this article in the Economist looks at the poor turnout of young Americans during elections. The article does make comparisons with our friends in Europe. It lists a host of reasons why young people tend not to exercise their right to vote: lack of personal stake in the outcome, transient lifestyles, lack of government issued IDs to vote, and lack of a viable candidate to vote for.

This NY Times video shows individuals offering different reasons why they will not be voting today.

Are you voting today? If so, what is your reason(s)? If no, why not?


Model Vialogue Conversations with A Hidden Markov Chain Model

Submitted by Xiang Liu on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:49am.
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Okay, it might sound a little nerdy. I've been thinking about modeling Vialogue conversations with a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) over the Halloween weekend. I briefly outlined the procedure. Any comments or suggestions?

Hidden Markov Chain Approach

  1. A good conversation leads to learning
  2. Pre-test – determine the participants’ initial cognitive patterns (i.e. mastery or non-mastery of different cognitive attributes).
  3. Divide participants into two groups. They both watch the same material.
    The first group is then engaged in a structured conversation with a moderator involved. (The moderator will guide participants through a conversation directly related to each cognitive attribute). The second group is then engaged in an unstructured conversation without the involvement of a moderator.

  4. Post-test – determine the participants’ learning outcomes. (i.e. Change in cognitive attribute patterns; acquired attributes)

Billy Aronson Features his Profile on his Blog

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:19am.
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Billy Aronson, award-winning playwright and children's television program developer features his Profile on his personal site. This is a great example of "deep links" from trusted sites to NLT content. Can you envision any additional ways we can share NLT with peer influencers who may in turn, feature NLT content links on their site? Syndication? Ads? Guest writing?


Why They Fail

Submitted by George Nantwi on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 8:49pm.
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This article by a former teacher and edtech consultant lists five reasons why edtech products don’t succeed. The reasons are:

  1. Teachers are busy
  2. No educator works in a bubble
  3. Many teachers are resistant to technology in their classrooms
  4. At this point, edtech products have become ubiquitous
  5. President Obama is in the process of closing the technology gap, but it’s not closed yet

I wonder what impact this has or might have on our outreach efforts, especially for Vialogues.


Flipboard Gets Even More MOBILE

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:46am.
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(Photo via GigaOM)

Popular media aggregation app, Flipboard, is taking mobile optimization to the next level. Already mobile-first, the popular app has introduced their third version that is even more mobile-friendly and includes the ability to "follow" content organized by topic. Perhaps this is even more reason to consider hosting content on the platform?


Automated Essay Scoring Tool with UI

Submitted by Xiang Liu on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:15am.
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Check this out. A text mining and machine learning tool with an user interface! This particular product is designed for classroom teachers. It automates the process of grading an essay. So yes, your essays will be graded by a machine.

It's also open source. I might be able to take a look at it. See if we can use it on vialogues.


FunnyBizz Conference: 10.30.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:46am.
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Jo, Laura, Brian and I are spending the day learning to integrate humor and creative storytelling in our work. Here is Jo's original post re: the event. Follow-along with the Twitter feed on #FunnyBizzNYC!

The first speaker, @PeterMcGraw is the author of the "The Humor Code"


Sports and Education Work Well Together

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:03pm.
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Sports if sometimes depicted as a form of distraction for students. However, research shows that sports have help students in broadening their knowledge and exposes them to several learning techniques. This article argues that student athletes tend to perform better in school and in life. Research found that schools that offer a lot of successful sports programs tend to produce higher test scores and graduation rates as well as lower drop out rates.

Though sports seem a part of student life (especially at the secondary and collegiate level) in the US, it is almost nonexistent in some countries. Countries such as South Korea and Finland do not have athletics in their schools. This may one of the reasons why these countries have some of the best education systems in the world. Even though this might be true, this article explains that some low-achieving countries also lack sports programs. In this case, it is very evident that, the academic excellence of South Korea as a country cannot be solely attributed to their schools not having sports programs.

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