George Washington University (GWU) recently became one of the top institutions in the U.S to make standardized tests optional for admissions. As the testing wars continue to generate intense and contentious debates in education circles, is the move by GWU going to be a trend or just a one off? Read more here.
Sharing an event this Thursday that might be up the alley of many of us here. A future seminar speaker (founder of the app Poetics!) will be on it too.
Members of the TC Community are attending a talk by Matt Taylor titled, "Design Assumptions for the 21st Century."
I will post highlights/questions on this post.
I came across an interesting article which emphasized on a project and a app called the El Camino Project. This project seeks to boost pre college courses with culturally relevant musical content for Hispanics. Children with an education enriched in arts have to possibility to produce better academic results. The project was designed for Hispanics students for several reasons. Most attend poor schools, which has a tendency to cut art education.
The English language is commonly referred to as the language of commerce. It is essential for individuals to work tirelessly to improve their writing skills. With the rapid growth of the internet and technology, the art of effective communication is slowly becoming extinct. Most people (myself included) disregard the rules of grammar and sentence construction when having a "casual" conversation. It is also important to note that writing forms an integral part of our lives as students and educators. Working on improving our writing skills is certainly a step in the right direction.
How can we measure education progress globally? The rapid growth in technology has motivated many software developers to be more creative than ever. Measuring education progress globally seems very challenging because of the cultural and education policy differences. Nonetheless, UNESCO has released a proposed set of indicators to cover education progress globally. These indicators are set to improve and monitor learning outcomes.
Family businesses are extremely important and are viewed as economically significant business entities. These types of businesses might be small but they make up a large portion of businesses within most countries. In the United States, family-owned businesses are the backbone of the economy because studies have shown that about 35 percent of Fortune 500 companies are family-controlled. Additionally, they account for 64 percent of the nation’s GDP and generate 62 percent of employment.
The rising cost of higher education in America has led some students to consider overseas options, especially Germany, which offers free college tuition. This is a list of countries where students face the highest tuition rates. The United States tops the list with average tuition around $25,000.
You are more likely to come across sports prodigies than science and engineering ones. Society tends to place more enthusiasm and energy into the next Michael Jordan than the next Steve Jobs. This is the case of Kelvin Doe. A self taught engineer from Sierra Leone, he created batteries and generators from materials he found around his house or at the garbage dump. By using trash for his own treasure, he was able to create his own radio station. Kelvin used his media platform to broadcast community news and play music under his radio name "DJ Focus".
LinkedIn is mainly used to connect employers to employees and vice versa. It makes the job searching process easy and fun (sometimes). I attended a workshop last month on how to use LinkedIn for employment opportunities. Below are six steps for anyone who is interested in using it for jobs and internships.
- Create an awesome profile with as much useful information as possible. I highly advice you don't use nicknames since it doesn't sound professional.