A few weeks ago, entrepreneur and founder of NY EdTech Meetup, Tom Kriegelstein, came to EdLab to conduct a GroundBREAKERS set of interviews (vialogue embedded below & in our last V-Wins). Tom eloquently summarized his experience with the built/cultural EdLab environment in this post on his blog and I thought I would share it with you now. I really love that Tom sees the EdLab as, "...a third classroom, a third co-working space and a third hack-a-thon." Well said! Thanks for visiting and spreading the word about our work Tom!
Most people (myself included) attribute creativity to an innate or God given talent. However, creativity is fast becoming a popular course at many colleges as highlighted in this NY Times article. Since most creative people don't usually attribute their creative and innovative talents to a specific class, can creativity really be taught?
According to the latest regional report by the World Bank on broadband service, the Arab world is lagging behind compared to the availability of Internet service in other parts of the world. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries lag behind Internet access and the creation of digital content. The development of any country nowadays depends on the availability of broadband network because it is a driving force behind economic growth, job creation and networking.
Reports show that regulations and policy changes might bode well for the fortunes of the Arab region in order to compete with the rest of the world in providing Internet services. The region has the opportunity to grow through technological advances with the help of the World Bank. High speed Internet is also essential to the public and private sectors to ensure growth and spur innovation in a nation. In the MENA region, a lack of Internet access has been cited as a major reason behind their slow economic growth.
Undoubtedly, it is almost every company's ultimate goal to see progress. This includes, but not limited to, promotional activities to sell a specific brand or gain prominence. EdLab is no different. The whole team promoting NLT through Google Plus (G+) intrigued me. Personally, New Learning Times (NLT) was actually helpful to me and that made me more eager to promote it.
As the latest addition to the team, it was a good early introduction to NLT and overall collaborative nature of the EdLab. I didn't think about it as a competition. I thought about it more as teamwork. This helped me map up some strategies to have my friends and some family members to actually use the website and also sign up as well. Looking at the reasonable numbers of people I got to sign up and visit the website, I feel a little accomplished and looking forward to the next collaborative promotional effort.
Unemployment continues to hurt many people from all socio-economic backgrounds across the globe. Being unemployed is essentially defined as being out of work and constantly looking for employment. Economists divide unemployment into a number of different categories. Frictional unemployment is unemployment that occurs because it takes workers some time to move from one job to another. This usually occurs during a period of transition and it is usually short term.
Cyclical unemployment occurs during recessions because when demand for goods and services in an economy falls, some companies respond by cutting production and laying off workers rather than reducing wages and prices. Structural unemployment occurs when workers possess skills that are not in high demand in the marketplace and lack skills that are in high demand. In other words, structural unemployment results when there is a mismatch with workers' skills and employers' needs.
Texas’ state legislature continues to enact education laws that have implications inside and outside the classroom. It recently voted to make Algebra II an option for students instead of a requirement. Some of the state senators who helped enact the new legislation argued that not all students want to pursue a college degree so their high school preparation must mirror their post graduate plans. However, as expected, not all educators are fond of this new legislation.
One educator argued that all students, even for those students who do not aspire to enroll in college, would benefit from learning algebra. The concepts one learns in algebra can be applied to everyday lifestyle choices such as mortgages, and credit cards. This issue highlights the current and larger debate about the value of a college education and how best to prepare students for 21st century professional life.
NASA recently released a photo of Martian soil shot by the opportunity rover. Twelve days later opportunity took the same shot, but the second shot had something a little extra. In the second shot there was an oddly shaped rock, kind of like a jelly filled doughnut. NASA left the rock alone only but was sued by an astrobiologist Ron Joseph for not releasing what the image of the oddly shaped rock. Although NASA claimed they took a look at it and confirmed it was a rock, Joseph said he wanted more proof claiming that the Martian rock is in fact alive. NASA says it’s most likely a rock that fell from opportunity's wheel while others say it is a fungus that actually grew during the twelve-day period. If this is the case then that should end the question: are we alone in the universe?
It is very evident that sometimes student athletes are left with no other option but to choose between pursuing their academic goals or working towards making it to the highest level in their respective sport. However, a lot of questions have arisen as to who should be held responsible for not creating a convenient and conducive environment for student athletes. This article provides an overview about an academy that provides high school skiers with a very good educational facility that is designed to be close to their training facilities as well. With both academic and sports facilities at these students’ disposal, they are able to learn like other high school students and also compete in sports like any other student athletes.
This initiative in my opinion should be embraced by most academies, sports clubs and schools as well. If student athletes are provided these kinds of opportunities, they will be motivated to combine their academic work with sports as well. I will be very glad to have an opportunity like this instead of having to travel to and from campus after a tiring day of practice.
Though apartheid as a practice ended in South Africa two decades ago, you’ll be surprised to know that this system still continues in South African classrooms and job market. According to this op-ed, there are two types of educational systems in South Africa: a functional school system for the wealthy, and a dysfunctional public school system for poor black students. Although most of the governmental schools were reserved for white children during apartheid, these same schools have been developed and gaining entry to them is now expensive and very competitive.
As a result, black students are enrolled in poor schools with a lack of resources. In essence, these students are not receiving the proper education to prepare them for 21st century professional life. Consequently, they are having a hard time finding employment. Employers complain that most of the students that apply for jobs have bad résumés and cover letters, and lack work ethic. But the truth of the matter is these students are not the ones to be blame, but an inferior public education system that failed to adequately prepare them. The most important concern now is how and what can be done to make sure that all people of South Africa, whether black or white, can receive an equal and quality education.
We’ve made a lot of Seen in NY episodes on incredible organizations that are educating in ways that traditional education does not, and often, cannot offer. However, what we don’t know is how did these organizations get started? Where do they get their funding? Teachers College students, faculty and entrepreneurs may want to know the answers to these questions as they explore the possibility of starting their own educational venture.
Please join us for an evening with the founders of Brooklyn Robot Foundry , Harlem Grown, The Possibility Project and GallopNYC where we will screen their Seen in NY episodes and they will talk about how and why they got started with their organization.
The event will happen on February 20th and begin at 6:30 with the presentations starting at 7:00. A Q&A session and netwo