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Over the past few weeks I have been working with community activists from the Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy Foundation to organize the Love in the Neighborhood (LION) STEM Fair. The purpose of the fair is to generate interest among adolescents and teenagers from New York City high schools in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. My goal in this was to connect Columbia students majoring or minoring in Science, Engineering, or Math fields with students from a West Harlem high school. They will mentor the high s...
As we develop our approach to project based learning in the EdLab, it is useful to consider the lessons highlighted in this article on project based learning in the k-12 sector. What other rules or guidelines should we consider?
As we continue to develop the library as a environment for solo and group self-directed learning, we might draw some lessons from the the student-centerd, project-focused approach of Olin College. Olin off...
From the ancient to modern times, music has become one of the most influential tools used to spread important information. Music education is a way to help children learn in different and exciting ways. Research shows that students who learn music methods excel in their academics way more than those who do not. This type of learning has opened up more educational practices and techniques in helping our children grow academically. The benefits of music education includes improved ...
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The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine is one that calls for attention. The calamity has taken many innocent lives. Events in the country have been put to halt as a result of this crisis. Workers are unable to attend to work because it is not safe. Similarly, students cannot attend school because school buildings have been destroyed. Such disasters greatly affects a child’s life and future. If children are unable to obtain an education, eventually they become vulnerable to traffickers and militant groups. This in turn becomes another problem for the world. To avoid such a turn out, UNICEF ...
I am fascinated by Minerva Schools. For those of you who don't know what that is (I didn't know until last month), it is an innovate new liberal arts college that's goal is to crumble the white columns and ivy-coated walls of traditional higher education. The school is spearheaded by former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson in addition to several, prominent former Ivy League professors. At Minerva, all classes take place on an innovate online platform. Professor and student can see every member of the class in their own small box on the screen. There are no...
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Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world. A recent survey that measured countries by wealth ranked Liberia 164th out of 169. The country, founded by African American slaves who returned to Africa, enjoyed a relatively peaceful and stable existence until a succession of military dictators during the mid 1900s saw a drastic decline in fortunes. Liberia's education system has not been very effective. In 2007, only 42 percent of Liberians over the age of 15 were literate. This was a major concern for the government but since it didn’t have the resources to provide free and better e...
Every year, thousands and millions of people strive to come to the United States to experience the American Dream. The promise of equality and an abundance of opportunities have lured people to America's shores for generations. However, every good thing in life does not come easily. Individuals who aspire to live in the U.S. must first pass a tedious, time consuming, and costly immigration process. For some families, the cost of the process is too much to bear. Consequently, they find other ways to enter the country, usually through illegal means. Today, many undocumented immigrants are facing...
When it comes to mathematics, Asians are deemed to be the best. Although this statement might appear stereotypical, Chinese students in particular tend to perform extremely well on their math tests. Here is an interesting article that supports this statement. According to the article, students in Shanghai perform better than British doctors and lawyers in math. This is very interesting even though number crunching is not one of the skills required of doctors or la...
For many students in Deoria, India, going to school usually ends in disappointment. Many students in this region go to school and realize their teachers did not show up. For some time now, truancy has been a major problem in India’s education system. It is one of the biggest obstacles that hampers the country from providing quality education for its students. This is why Mr. Mishra, a district education officer has taken matters into his own hands to resolve this issue. According to this
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