E-Learning Progress in Africa

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:44pm.

Entrepreneurs from Africa have founded Funda, an e-learning platform. They have partnered with various universities across the continent to provide online courses for their students. They provide content development services to partner institutions and the course offerings are usually at a cheap price. Due to lack of electricity and technological resources in other parts of Africa, most of the work is with institutions in South Africa. Funda’s long-term goal is to be the top e-course provider in Africa. They also believe e-learning’s convenience and capability to match anyone’s schedule will improve education in Africa when access to technology becomes readily available for the majority.

Top Video Marketing Trends

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:04pm.

Just thought I would share this round-up of leading video marketing trends. (Note the in-article promotion of Wideo - subtly brilliant)

Here is my brief summary:

  • Be responsive to current events
  • Mobile is here to stay
  • "There are over 1 billion active Facebook users, and 25% of them have shared a video onto a social network."
  • Relationship BUILDING is key
  • Video promotions are far more effective than email alone
  • Be upbeat and casual in your communication style

Teacher Reform in Indonesia

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:00pm.

InIn an effort to improve education quality, Indonesia’s government implemented the Teacher Law in 2005. The law required every teacher to earn a four year-degree as well as certification. In the Vialogue below, one teacher shares her experience about the difficulties she encountered prior to obtaining her degree. Additionally, she discusses the accomplishments a four year-degree has brought to her teaching life. Tina Setiawati claims she was not confident in teaching because she didn’t know any good teaching methods. After obtaining her degree, she now teaches with confidence, which in turn motivates her students. I believe this is a great example for many developing countries to emulate. After all, teachers are the agents for students to do well. Thus, if there are better teachers in every classroom, students will do well and learn.

Type Safari of Brooklyn and Queens

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:31pm.

With James Victore. He is good.

Maker Faire 2014

Submitted by Apon Palanuwech on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:03pm.

The Maker Faire 2014 is about to happen this weekend at the New York Hall of Science. If you have not heard about it, it is the largest event that brings together the maker community, DIYers, geeks, hackers, cosplayers, sci-fi fictionists and more. They come as a team and individuals to show what they can make from sound installations, interactive art pieces, experimental electronics, internet of things to rube goldberg machines – CRAZY.

As part of the MFA Design and Tech grads from Parsons, I'm exhibiting my interactive sculpture piece "DATA RUSH" at the Parsons booth.This should be a good event so come see and meet with the geeks, be inspired or just have fun! I also have five discounted tickets to share if you're interested.

Budget Constraint

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:06am.

Budget constraint is an economic theory that explains how consumption is maximized based on a given income. In reality, there are many goods to consume, however this theory limits consumption to only two goods. A budget constraint forces consumers to make choices on how many of good1 or good2 to consume. This means the more a consumer purchases good1 given that income is fixed, the consumer can afford less of good2. A combination of good1 and good2 may be purchased, but they may not exceed the individual’s budget. This theory is important to analyze different consumption bundles and to understand the concept of opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is what an individual gives up when making a decision. In the case of dealing with budget constraint, the opportunity cost will be giving up good2 for more of good1 or vice versa.

Education in Nigeria

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:07pm.

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) is an organization based in Nigeria that aims to adequately prepare students for a better future. The primary vision of this organization is to prepare students for university degrees in STEM. In the northeast section of Nigeria, where conflict has been at its peak, millions of children are out of school. However, there is one co-educational private secondary school in Yola, which is painting a brighter future for its students through online learning. Due to the excessive growth in technology, many countries are trying to adapt to a new system of teaching based primarily online. Many students in this school agree with this system, as they wish to see Nigeria have a Chinese style tech revolution.

As highlighted in this article, Nigeria is facing one of the world’s worst learning crises and is in need of a reform. The rapid growth in the country’s population has resulted in an increase in millions of children not in school. There is an estimated 10 million children out of school in the country. Additionally, UNESCO estimated that in 2008, almost a third of men aged 15-29 with just six years of education were illiterate. This shows the inefficiencies of the education system in Nigeria. Additionally, there are not enough books and qualified teachers. In the case of AUN, students at a governmental school in Yola are taught during after school hours and learn with tablet computers. They use apps to improve literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills. This is what Nigerian sees as a pivotal starting point for greater things to come in the future of Nigerian education.

MOOCS in Africa

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:38am.

Most universities in the US have online courses but students seem less interested in taking them or those who do usually drop it after a few weeks. The reason is that most schools discard or underestimate online classes and sometimes the credits for such courses don’t transfer. My sister took an online class for her Masters. During the semester, I watched her interact with the professor and classmates in discussion forums and I was impressed by her approach to the online class.

Online learning is being introduced in Africa to help students learn and take courses whenever they want. GetSmarter, an online education company, has partnered with universities across Africa to create Moocs that are available to thousands of students. Ever since the Mooc was introduced, completion rates have been above 90%, which shows that even in disadvantaged areas, online courses can be a success and can have positive impact on education in the coming years.

PSFK's Maker Manual

Submitted by Brian Sweeting on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:00pm.

For your flipping pleasure: PSFK has posted this Maker's Manual exploring how 3D printers and maker resources are empowering entrepreneurs:

PSFK The Maker's Manual from PSFK

Resources to Teach About 9/11

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:06am.

Looking for primary sources to use in your teaching of 9/11? Check out over 3,000 hours of news coverage from September 11, 2001 to September 17, 2011 at the Understanding 9/11 TV News Collection. It contains broadcasts from major U.S. news outlets as well as international news channels (e.g., BBC, CCTV3, CBC, AZT, NHK).

There are also some Vialogues that were created back in 2011 for the 10 Year Commemoration:

September 11, 2001 - As It Happened - The South Tower Attack

NBC News Coverage of September 11, 2001

Muslims' America: Growing-up Post 9/11

Obama Salutes Service of '9/11 Generation'

David Letterman reacts to 9/11

I hope that for next year we can lead/participate in activities that result in a more powerful collection of 9/11 vialogues for educators.

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