What is Critical Thinking?

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:05pm.

In most of our courses, understanding the basic concepts of the course is usually key success or failure. More often than not, we have had issues understanding the basic concept of a course. I had a hard time fully understanding the basic concept of critical thinking. After watching this video and its illustrations, I can confidently say I would have understood critical thinking if my professor had used this video during the days she thought that concept.

Things to know About Logic Gates and Circuit in Digital Logic Design

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:28pm.

Sorry if this course sounds too technical for some of you and you have no interest in understanding it. However, This is one of the required courses that I have to take as an Electrical and Computer engineering student. I am watching this video in order to self teach myself and have some basic understanding before starting the class in the fall. Electrical work is hard to understand because it is done behind walls and is a mystery. This course might not fully convince you about how electricity or circuit works but it will help you understand some of the concepts used to produce electricity; something most of us take for granted.

Important Financial tips for College Students

Submitted by Oumar Soumahoro on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:56pm.

As a follow up to my series of blogs about Financial Literacy, or lack thereof among American students, I came across this video that shares some helpful tips to college students regarding choices they make with their money. The video talks about loans, savings, and jobs; but more importantly credit cards, and the way they actually work. I wish I learned about some of the advice before I started college. Please, feel free to watch this video and add in your feedback.

Waiting to Prosper

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:43pm.

There are a lot of young people across the world that attend school and also work. This is very common in the US and other Western countries. There might be many reasons why the Unites States and other countries are concerned about youth employment. I believe the primary reason for supporting youth employment is to develop future workers with the right skills. To this end, firms and companies accept students as interns. This in turn provides students with the experience they need for future careers. However, this is not the case in Egypt. Egyptian students are not worried about future opportunities since there is a lack of opportunities of any kind.

Two recent graduates, Youssef and Samer, highlight the situation in Egypt. They’ve both struggled to obtain jobs since graduating. Unlike many youth in this country, Youssef and Samer were not employed during their schooling years. When I came across this article, I realized that compared to my peers across the globe, I’ve been fortunate and as long as I stay on the right path, which I believe that I am, my goals would be achieved.

What Makes a Good Leader?

Submitted by Henry Adjei on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:45pm.

What makes a great leader? What are the qualities one needs to become a great leader? In the video below, Simon Sinek talks about how good leaders make us feel safe. For example, in the work place, employees might feel secure because of decisions by their leader. He talks about the trust and safety that needs to coexist between the leader and his followers. This circle of trust helps the leader to make everybody feel safe.

U.S. Principals Have Lower Expectations of Lower-Income Students?

Submitted by Ting Yuan on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:03pm.

A new international study, released today on NYT, argues that the U.S. principals tend to describe their students as disadvantaged than principals in many other countries — including some countries that are significantly poorer than the United States.

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From Destruction to Creative Art and Interactive Learning

Submitted by Yue Fang on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:23am.

Do you dream of breathing in and out the existence of a laptop? Do you want to sculpt a leather shoe layer by layer? Do you want a peek of the inside of daily objects? Animator Simon Gerbaud, with his stop-motion animation, satisfies all your wild dreams above. His destructive approach has some fresh implications on how we may better understand the essence of matter and how learning can be creatively interactive.

Find out more about the animator, his installation and some other creators "destructive art" here.

Videos I Wish My Teacher Used: The Ambiguous Case of Law of Sines

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:49am.

Math is one of my favorite subjects but there are specific topics that I sometimes struggled with, especially the Ambiguous Case of the Law of Sine’s topic. Even with the help of tutors, I never clearly understood the Ambiguous Case of the Law of Sine’s topic. I had a hard time trying to fully comprehend it as I find it confusing. In search of more understanding on the topic, I found a great video that fully explained it clearly. Below is the Vialogue on the Ambiguous Case; join the discussion.

Programming: Skill of the 21st Century

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:28pm.

Programming is one of the 21st century skills that is not taught in most public schools. There are many different types of programming languages and thus learning at least one is a very useful skill for students. Companies look and might increasing your chance of landing a job.

This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a computer scientist, programmer or engineer. You can learn for your own good regardless of your major. It's time that we start introducing programming in middle and high schools so that students can develop those skills and build on it moving forward.

There are many resources available online that will help students with any programming language they want to study. Take advantage of those free resources and start writing your own program today

Adidas Learning Campus Breaks Employee Training "Rules"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:18pm.


(Image: via CreativeHuddle.co.uk)

Athletic apparel giant, Adidas, headquartered in Germany (guess whose office probably had the World Cup on 24/7), believes that workplace training should be, "light, desirable, and fun." (Read this Forbes.com article for more) With an informal "Learning Campus" (check-out the corresponding Pinterest feed!) that allows employees to partner with mentors, learn new skills and participate in both virtual and in-person (that psychedelic "learning shed" looks amazing!) training. What are your thoughts re: Adidas's out-of-the-box take on professional development? It is interesting to see both a formalized and extremely informal learning pathway created to help better their employees.

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