Microsoft Leak Raises Privacy Issues

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 1:14am.

There doesn’t seem an immediate end to the privacy battle between corporations, government and the public. The latest battle comes out of Microsoft. The giant tech company, in an internal investigation to uncover which employee disclosed sensitive software information to a blogger, might have breached a customer’s privacy. The implications for Microsoft could be damaging. A host of individuals and industries have questioned what Microsoft’s actions mean for the company and other tech industries.

New NFL Penalties Could Affect Student Athletes

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:00am.

The outrage that followed Ray Rice’s assault on his then fiancée and the backlash against the NFL for its lack of action on the topic has forced the league to adopt new and more stringent penalties for such offenses by its members. The new measures state that players will face at least six weeks of suspension on their first offense. However, the league did not stop with just pros, it outlines measures for athletes at the college and high school level. Student athletes who have a history of violence prior to college might face a stricter punishment on their first offense or might not be allowed to join the football team of their choice.

I hope these measures will serve as a "serious wake up call" for all athletes. Most high school and college athletes try to emulate the lifestyles of professional athletes. If professional athletes are forced to set good examples, I believe that will go a long way in educating prospective athletes. Other sports leagues should adopt this initiative by NFL. Domestic violence and violence of any kind should not be tolerated. Athletes serve as role models for many kids and prospective athletes. In order to have future athletes who set good moral values, it is necessary to have current professional athletes who exhibit good such values.

Five Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education

Submitted by Henry Adjei on Sun, 12/21/2014 - 8:42pm.

I am sure we’ve all taken some sort of math class on our educational journey. Have you ever wondered why you do the work you had to do just to arrive at an answer? The endless calculations? Lamenting the thought that you will never ever use most of it in your personal or professional life? All these questions are all the theoretical questions related to learning math? Are there answers to this? There are several edtech apps that are trying to answer these questions. They are essentially trying to help students understand why they learn equations and its importance and relevance to their lives. This article lists five tools that are transforming STEM education. These tools help teachers put their theoretical lessons into practice and might hopefully foster lifelong interest in STEM.

Facebook for Education

Submitted by Carmel Addae on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am.

There have been loads of modifications on Facebook and some of it is making it easier to use in the classroom. Facebook is the most actively social network and its popularity means it can be used as a useful resource in the classroom. It can be used as an information database, and allow students to ask questions and gather information. Facebook also have learning games that students can benefit from. The list of activities and features for students on Facebook is truly endless.

Here is an interesting video on how Facebook has benefited a school in the UK.

Impact of Economic Growth

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:54am.

Economic growth is one thing every county is reaching towards, however, what really define economic growth? Is developing, producing, and increase in wages as well as high levels of education and advanced technology. There are many positives effects in the growth of the economy as while as other externalities that people turn to over look. Economic growth helps boost in infrastructures, urban development, higher education, globalization, creates employment, higher wages for workers, and better living standards. There are also some of the negative factors that rises from a growing economy; some of these factors are health issues, global warming and sustainability. It is always easier to enjoy the highs and forget the impact it might create in the future.

We are heading towards the holiday season whereby consumption is very high, because of the there will be a major growth in the economy. There will be more jobs available and more money to be made by both producers and consumers. However, right after the holidays the economic growth will drop.

The Future of the MBA

Submitted by Oumar Soumahoro on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:38am.

It is not uncommon for many students who major in business as an undergrad to pursue an MBA down the line, usually after a few years of real world experience. However, it is becoming an all too common occurrence to meet an unemployed MBA graduate. This is especially troubling when you consider the high costs of landing an MBA. Is the MBA becoming worthless? What does the future hold for MBA programs? This piece argues that there might be an impending market for students who pursue Master in Management (MiM). This change is primarily a result of MiM graduates being more open to their learning and willingness to adjust to company’s needs. Many graduate level programs in Europe and domestic such as Yale, have been offering the MiM or similar programs to their students.

Video Games and Sensorimotor Skills

Submitted by Youssef Ballo on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:34am.

Video games are known for decomposing young minds with their emphasis on weapons, conflict, and death. But some teachers and game designers argue that certain video games have real educational value. Video games are becoming a method of teaching in many classrooms. Several studies highlight many education benefits of playing video games. One of these benefits is the development of sensorimotor skills.

A group of students at the University of Toronto found that playing video games help players learn new sensorimotor skills, especially eye and hand coordination. People who action games learn the sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. Tasks like riding a bicycle or typing requires sensorimotor skills because of the pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement. Those tasks rely on using what you see with your eyes and coordinating your muscles so they operate accordingly. Good sensorimotor skills are important in technology, especially for surgeons that use robotic surgery methods that need extremely accurate control of those tools while using a computer interface.

A Very Puppy Holidays 2!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:23pm.

Like Thiiiiis?

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:12pm.

Running an ongoing exhibitions program means you are always on the lookout for new and compelling aesthetic styles. What I love about the new show by Adi Goodrich at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood titled Like Thiiiiis? is that it is refreshing, pleasing in a heartwarming way but with an edge, and relatively easy and cheap to execute.

EdLabbers, what's your opinion? Would you like to see an exhibit at the library in a style like this?

Higher Education and Employment

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:09am.

According to this study by the International Labor Organization (ILO), higher education attainment is a necessity towards earning a formal Job. Education is widely viewed as the leading factor towards economic development. In many developing countries, higher education is shaping the labor market for young adults and thus improving their lives and the growth of the country. In order to push for greater success, it is important that there are effective policies and investments in the education sector. These investments will be geared towards improving the education system starting from primary school and leading towards post secondary school. 83% of young adults with post secondary school in developing countries do not have to deal with the difficulties of vulnerable jobs. Young people with lower incomes can now improve their lives because educated people are needed in the labor market to improve efficiency and growth. Pushing under skilled youth in the labor market is not efficient for both the economy and the worker.

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