Kate recently blogged about Coursera two year anniversary and included an infographic on the scope and impact of the platform up to date. After looking closing at the infographic, I noticed that of the top 10 user base countries, none were from developing world. I believe MOOCs have the potential to reach and change the lives of students in developing countries. The US State Department recently formed a partne...
We're living in the age of cloud computing, where everything seems accessible through a single touch on a shiny screen. While the cloud brings convenience to our lives, some miss the excitement of being able to touch, grab, cut or manipulate tangible objects and create something that is working on the ground. The maker movement responds to such needs, and a variety of youth maker programs have sprung up around the country in recent years.
Anyone Can Learn How to Code
According to Hadi Partovi, one of the founders of Code.org, by the year 2020, there will be around 1.4 million jobs in computer programming, with only around 400 thousand studying computer science in college. However, the problem that might explain this disparity lies with the fact that most young people are not aware ...
November 8, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team
1. Living innovation spaces in San Francisco showcase interactive science education.
Full story from psfk
2. Learning English may be losing favor in China.
India successfully launched their first unmanned Mars bound space craft, Mars Orbiter Mission (M.O.M.). This makes India one of the few space exploration unions as well as being the first Asian country to successfully launch a space craft to Mars. The project was roughly 73 million dollars. This is relatively cheap compared to the billions of dollars invested by the US and Russia on their expeditions to Mars. The expedition is expected to make its debut in 10 months.
Colorado's plea to taxpayers to shell out an extra $1 billion to fund the declining education system failed yesterday at the polls. Early results showed that 65% of voters were against the tax hike, a depressing statistic given the seriousness of the issue. Amendment 66 would have called for a 5% tax hike for households with income under $75,000 and a 5.9% raise for those making more that $75,000. Unfortunately, taxpayers voted against raising their 4.63% flat tax rate, which could mean even more layoffs and fewer programs for kids.
Even now, there are some students taking classes ...
Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) is an after school program where high school students learn about constructing buildings. The program allows students to learn from industry professionals on the various aspects of constructing buildings. The program is currently located in Chicago, and focuses mainly on inner city students. The ACE programs goal is to expose students to various fields in engineering.
November 6, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team
1. Adapting augmented reality in the real classroom.
Full story from Edutopia
2. Starting next year, all primary students in the UK must learn a foreign language.
Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. Unlike the commercial gaming industry, we aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new pr...
Affordability in Higher Education
The 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM) is focused on creating greater affordability in higher education. 20MM is actively engaged in creating and developing OERs (open educational resources) to help reduce the cost of textbooks and other educational materials for students. Founder Dr. Gary Michelson started 20MM in 2010 to ...