Education for All

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:06am.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Happy New Year!

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

Equal Skills, Equal Rights: Empowering Women Through High Tech

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:57pm.

It is seldom to see women who are engineers or have acquired computer-programming skills. Often, many women pursue careers in health, business, agriculture, or commerce. This doesn’t imply that women can’t be engineers or participate in STEM fields. Many women don’t seek to become engineers because they are not motivated. Additionally, it appears that engineering is mostly associated with men. In Senegal for instance, women have few chances to acquire computer or programming skills. As a result, one young woman from Dakar has set out to end that.

Binta Coudy De has created a Jjiguene Tech Hub that trains women in computer or programming skills that will help prepare them for a career in the high-tech sector. She wants the world to recognize that women have potential. In essence, anything that men are capable of doing, women can also do as long as they are empowered and motivated. I strongly believe that if people would invest in her tech hub, it would benefit many women in Senegal and Africa particularly.

Suspensions and Corporal Punishment in School

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 3:00pm.

Many schools have been criticized for suspending students for acts that are considered minor infractions. Suspensions deprive students of essential learning hours. Some students are unable to complete their studies as a result. Some people argue that educational programs should be initiated to help students when they violate school policies. Some countries result to corporal punishment. The argument there is that it helps maintain discipline and keep students in the classroom instead of suspension, which leaves them at home. Suspensions can lead to total disillusionment with school.

For most students in Ghana (where I grew up), suspension was perhaps the most severe punishment apart from expulsion. Students were subjected to corporal punishment. Caning was used to address student misbehavior, disrespectfulness, lateness, disruption of class and other misconducts. Corporal punishment has been banned in a lot of countries but is still used in others. Even though I am against corporal punishment of any sorts in schools, it is quite evident that corporal punishment reduces suspensions in countries where it is practiced. However, school suspensions in these countries are enforced when students engage in severe acts such us carrying weapons to school or engaging in physical or verbal assault.

Choosing The Right College Major

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Sat, 01/03/2015 - 11:10pm.

Choosing a career path that you would define you as an individual is one of the most difficult decisions. This is especially true for most college students. Even worse they pick their field of study very late, or keep switching majors that affects their ability to graduate on time.

You have to find what you truly love. Don’t choose to become a doctor or engineering if you have no passion for Math and Science. It’s true that those are two of the highest paying fields in the job market. However, if you don’t like what you do, your life will be pretty miserable even know though the pay is good. I changed my major from computer science to computer engineering because I enjoy working with circuits more than writing code and I also like hands on materials. I am more happy and comfortable with what I am studying.

The Next Generation of Educational Video Games

Submitted by Youssef Ballo on Sat, 01/03/2015 - 1:19am.

Video games are being used in the classroom more than ever for educational use. About 75% of K-8 teachers use video games in their classrooms. The Gates and Macarthur Foundations gave GlassLab $10.3 million to create several educational games to change the way students learn. GlassLab designers are working with educators and scientists to create the next generation of educational video games that can impart skills and ideas beyond memorization while giving students something they will actually want to play.

Argubot Academy EDU is one of the games created by GlassLab that brings STEM content into the English Language Arts classroom and also helps students develop persuasion and reasoning skills. In Argubot Academy EDU, each player has to make adult decisions about the governance of the city. Players also have to create arguments for every choice they make. This game in classrooms supports Common Core Reading and Writing standards.

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