To graduate in many states you are required to fulfill several requirements including obtaining a high school diploma. However, in Chicago students will soon have a strange but promising requirement. The requirement is students will have to outline a plan of future in order to graduate despite obtaining their high school diploma. The plan includes: a college acceptance letter, a job, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military. Mayor Rahm mentioned " We are going to help kids have a plan, because they’re going to need it to succeed,” he said. “You cannot have kids thin...
The value of education cannot be overstated. Educated individuals earn more, live healthier lives, and contribute to civic life. In the West, there are plenty of access to K-12 education. Public education is almost entirely free as well. As important as education is, many countries around the globe are still fighting to provide this fundamental right for their citizens...
Paying for graduate or undergraduate school can be demanding.  Some of us are fortunate to qualify for merit-based scholarships which decrease the amount of student loans we take since scholarships rarely ever cover the full tuition.   Federal and private loans usually make up the deficit. Loans can be complicated without guidance. Often, acquiring a loan seems easy, but repaying it comes with various complications. Recent studies have shown that many borrowers, despite being intellectuals, often have no idea what type of loan they have or how to repay it.So when do you ...
The doom of higher education seems aggregated. A recent the survey conducted by New America, a think tank, found that Americans still have favorable views of a college degree, they agree it has value. However, 1,600 American adults participated in the survey. Three-quarters of the participants think it’s easier to succeed with a college degree. Fifty-one percent believe there are many well-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. 
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Can creativity be taught? In this ...
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Today Ryan and I had a good discussion of the existing and potential use cases of Vialogues. I think EdLab blog is a good place to archive and share our discussion. If any of our research associates is motivated, I think expanding this topic can make a good publication on the pedagogical models of video-based discussions. Additions, comments, and suggestions are also welcome.Video AnnotationVideo Annotation is an important tool in anthropology research. Researchers shoot videos about human behaviors and...
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The City Museum is housed inside a once-abandoned 600,000 square foot building in St. Louis, MO. The museum is the brainchild of sculptor artist Bob Cassily. The museum describes itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel” (
As I begin to prepare for college this Fall, I will probably become one of the 28% of all students across the country who enroll in at least one online course. The possibilities and options for learning will continue to grow as more universities continue to increase their online offerings. For years,...
I found this video about mapping the human brain interesting. I saw some similarities with the role playing activities we have been doing during the Development and Research presentations. Here we have a professor and innovator of neuro-science describing the research into "Connectomics" to people ranging from a 5 year old boy to a neuro-science Ph. D. student and an entrepreneur. It is interesting to see not only the d...
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As we are re-designing the Vialogues application in order to improve its effectiveness in supporting educational dialogues, the following research is particularly relevant:C. Clark, N. Strudler, and K. Grove (2015). Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Video vs. Text Based Discussions in an Online Teacher Education Course. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network, Vol. 19, Issue 3.In this research, the authors compared a text-based ...