FYI: Upcoming Conference

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:17am.
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The FunnyBizz conference is around the corner and it's about time. Well actually I think it's about humor and work. And creating better content! Funny content! My favorite.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
9am- 5pm (Not a bad way to spend a work day!)
16 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY

For more info: http://funnybizz.co/

 

A Carvey for the EdLab

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:12am.
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If great art is about taking away instead of adding on, Carvey is the tool for us! And it handles wood, metal, plastics, wax, linoleum, etc.

 

We Need a GaffGun for the Learning Theater

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:56pm.
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Loose cables of EdLab have finally met their match. Check out the GaffGun:

Learn more here.

 

FYI: How Will You Change the World with US $1 million?

Submitted by Ting Yuan on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm.
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The 2015 Hult Prize "President's Challenge" will be Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond, as selected by President Bill Clinton at this year's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old.

Moving forward with the sixth annual Hult Prize, thousands of university students worldwide will team up to create start-ups aimed at solving an issue faced by billions in need. More than 10,000 applicants will begin the journey, and only 300 start-ups from around the world will move on to pitch their start-up ideas at one of five global locations, including: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. A sixth regional final will be held online following the completion of the five in-person regional final events. Up for grabs is the coveted Hult Prize which comes with $1,000,000 in start-up funding.

 

Education is Syria's Chance for Change

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:36pm.
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The ongoing chaos in Syria has become a major concern for education advocates due to the high number of refugees who are of school age. The civil society youth group Kesh Malek (Checkmate), has established a program for Syrians. The program is called Chance for Change. Its purpose is to provide a future for Syria by ensuring education for the youngest generations. Kesh Malek, intents to help 15 schools in areas free of regime control. In the past, donors and other interested parties have tried to take over the curriculum and management of the schools by dashing money to the schools’ principals.

However, Kesh Malek prefers the schools to have a non-biased curriculum. They want the future generations to be free of regime ideologies. This is one of the reasons for the project. They are seeking the support of everyone who is willing to help, including Syrians in the country and abroad.

 

College Athletes Lag Behind in Learning

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:50pm.
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Almost every student athlete (including myself) would argue that it is very difficult to blend athletic responsibilities with school work. When you consider that playing collegiate sports is a huge sacrifice, college athletes are required to be mentally and physically ready before joining a team. However, as the vialogue below shows, most college athletes lag behind in reading and for the most part their learning processes as well.

 

Most Educated Countries in the World

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:36am.
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I came across this article about the most educated countries in the world and was surprised to see where some countries ranked. In developed countries, one in three adults hold a tertiary degree and increased opportunities and access to education. For instance, according to OECD, more than half of Russian adults have tertiary degrees that are equivalent to college degrees. Most educated populations live in countries where educational cost was higher than the global average of $13,957.

The US had the highest cost with an average of $26,021 per student. Even though Russia and Korea spends about $10,000 per student on tertiary education, they are still among the world’s most educated populations. Countries were ranked based on individuals who were between the ages of 25 - 64 with tertiary education and skills in math and reading. Russia, Canada, Japan, Israel and the United States ranked among the top.

 

Education and Sustainable Development

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:53am.
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Education has and continues to be a key cornerstone of everyday life for most people around the world. Schools are where lifelong friendships are forged, innovations are created and ideas are born. This press release by United Nations highlights how improved access to quality and sustained education can lead to transformations in many countries. For instance, if women in poor countries completed primary grades, child mortality will drop and save about one million lives.

Women tend to make better fertility decisions and better family planning when they are educated. Poverty reduction and decreasing maternal death are all linked with educational attainment. Education plays a central role in preparing individuals for the labor market. Education also promotes economic sustainability that helps provide basic needs such as food, housing, and transportation.

 

Innovations in Health: Carrot

Submitted by Brian Sweeting on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:16pm.
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Finally an affordable, wireless, nutrition-based mobile experience designed to improve your health:


From The Atlantic

 

The Effect of Ebola on Education

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:52pm.
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The outbreak of the Ebola virus has led to worldwide concerns about its spreading and eventually becoming an epidemic. The quest to find a remedy to stop the spread is of urgency in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two countries most affected by the virus. For instance, the virus has killed 2,200 Liberian citizens. Apart from the death toll and those hospitalized, the virus has had a major impact on education, especially in Liberia. Public and private schools have been closed as a result of the outbreak. As a result, an estimated 1.4 million school-aged children have no access to education.

The most important thing for now is to find any means to educate school-aged children in Liberia. The education sector in Liberia is slowly recovering from the effects of the decades long civil war. The Ebola outbreak threatens to stop any progress or momentum that has been made over the past few years. Students cannot simply sit home until a cure is found. There is no timeline for when that will happen.

 
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