60 Free Computer Science Online Courses

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:53am.
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I came across this article, titled 60 Free Online Courses, and it immediately caught my attention. The courses are well structured, easy to understand, and are taught at top universities like Stanford and MIT. Whether you are a beginner programmer or brush up on a specific tool or platform, these courses will suit your desire. The courses are organized by focus: Introduction, Systems, Programming Languages, Algorithms, CS Theory and Miscellaneous.

 

Diagnosing Early Reading Problems

Submitted by Frank Obeng on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:06am.
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Reading is a fundamental aspect of life for everyone. The seeds of interest in lifelong enjoyment of reading have to be planted early by parents. This is especially true for students with reading disorders. It is estimated that at least 85% of children with learning difficulties usually have a problem with reading and literacy. As such, it is extremely important for parents, physicians and school officials to recognize and treat these difficulties as early as possible. Though most reading problems are neurodevelopmental and don’t necessarily disappear, it can be managed with the proper treatment and care.

Did anyone have a reading problem as a child and if so, how was it treated?

 

Global Growth Predictions 2015

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:12am.
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According to the Economist Intelligent Unit, the global economy will grow by 2.9% in 2015. This growth is higher than the predicted growth in 2014, which was at 2.5%. The main factor towards the growth is the 10% decrease in oil prices. Since every country needs oil, the decrease in oil prices will improve the world's GDP by 2%. Asia and Australia will be the fastest growing regions. Japan’s economy and the Euro zone will badly perform in 2015. Papua New Guinea is predicted to be the fastest growing economy while the United States, with a growth rate of 3.3%, will be the highest among developed countries.

The growth expansion of Africa will be 4.5% in 2015, however Sierra Leone will be the lowest performing country due to effects of the Ebola outbreak. The decrease of oil prices will have a negative impact on Russia. Its economy will suffer due to sanctions from other Western countries. China will also see a drop in growth expansion.

 

Career Regrets

Submitted by Oumar Soumahoro on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:07am.
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Have you ever wished you chose a different career path? According to a study on people's career choices, it seems that many people venture into careers not because of interest but financial gain. However, financial gains often come with the headache of working at a place you don’t want to be. For the most part, some people may not be able to do anything about their previous career decision as it may require them to learn a new skill or relocate.

My biggest fear thus far is not been able to explore my interests because I am afraid to take a risk, or make major life adjustments. As scary as it sounds, I believe that many future college graduates will find themselves in this situation if they base their career choices on finances.

Do you have any career regrets? I would like to know more about the career decision making process from people with different experiences.

 

Education for All

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:06am.
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Education has and continues to be the pathway to prosperity for most. The higher your education level, the more advantage you have over your peers to work with the best in a particular field. This also opens opportunities such as high paying jobs, and career advancement. Now how can we get our leaders to invest more in education to ensure everyone has a shot?

 

Is College for Everyone?

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:52am.
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Every parent’s dream is to see their children graduate high school and go off to college, earn a degree and make something of themselves. This is a common aspiration for many (if not all) parents. The author of this piece looks at the pros and cons of college.

The author notes that there is little argument that individuals with college degrees earn more over a lifetime than those without. Additionally, middle or upper class individuals tend to attend college at a higher rate. He also argues that college amounts to taking a risk due to the time and financial commitment, i.e, student loans. He further argues that one’s chances in the labor markets doesn’t necessarily hinge on having a college degree or not.

 

Catholic Colleges

Submitted by Henry Adjei on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:47pm.
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The rising costs of college means students are taking on more loans to finance their education. This is especially troubling when students have a hard time landing a job after graduation. Some schools help reduce students loan by providing grants and scholarships to qualified students. The government has created programs like EOP to help students from low-income families. Some religious organizations also help students from poor families by giving them grants.

The story is very different for catholic colleges. They provide financial aid to students from high-income families. Catholic Colleges are also one of the most expensive colleges in America. They provide better financial aid to high-income students in order to convince them to come to the college. Religious institutions are there to help the poor and give equal opportunities to everyone but the catholic colleges are different. This is not true for every catholic college.

 

Google Fiber?

Submitted by Carmen James on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:39pm.
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Over the break, I met someone who was working on Google Fiber. It is very interesting sounding work!

This article has a great description. Among other things, the article states: "With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home, communities are accelerating their push to get the highest speeds."

My question is how much of this technology will be available for schools? There is a lot of energy behind edtech, but it seems, in part, an expansion of edtech is dependent on accessibility to quality internet.

I would love to know what others think about this and if this is perceived as a general issue!

 

SiNY Year in Review Promo Results

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:39am.
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Hi Everyone!

I scheduled an assortment of customized Seen in NY Year in Review (great work on this beautiful re-cap video Luke, Diana and the whole video team!!!) focused teaser tweets and Facebook posts over the break and thought I would share the results with you via the blog.

I worked with the video team to retrofit the Profiles image with quote model I developed for Profiles imagery to the SiNY Year in Review content (Thank you for taking this to the next level, Jihii!)

 

Responsive Logos

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:03am.
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Happy New Year!

This nice little website features a few famous logos responding to changes in size. Resize the browser window to try.

 
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