A professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, Michael Peshkin loved using diagrams in his lessons, but hated turning his back to the class when he used the board to explain things, so he came up with a solution. He created a crystal clear whiteboard that he can stand behind to draw, while still facing his students. Using a large sheet of tempered glass with holes drilled through it, he used bolts to fasten a metal frame around it. He embedded strips of LED’s around the protruding rail on the frame to light up the inside of the glass, making the fluorescent dry erase marker ink stand out more. He also set up an extensive light system; he uses a monitor for digital overlays, watching the screen as he layers marker annotations over a diagram on the computer. See the crystal clear whiteboard in action after the jump. [Read more...]
According to a most recent data culling by the folks at Northeastern University, higher education is among the United States’ top service sector exports. In fact, numbers indicate that International students contribute more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses on American universities.
Next time you decide to complain about taking the bus to school, you might want to think again. In various parts of the world, some children go to extreme lengths to get to class. Stories about children walking long miles to get to school is already well documented, but did you ever hear about children risking their lives on they way? These images show a dangerous yet unfortunately necessary way that some kids get to class. [Read more...]
If you were ever one of those kids who buckled under pressure whenever you had to present something to the class no matter how prepared you were, then you will wish you had Meograph when you were in school. Meograph is a new app intended for journalists, students, teachers, and travelers to make four dimensional presentations. As the story is told, with voice recording capabilities, visuals like embedded youtube videos and pictures are presented simultaneously over GoogleEarth maps and a timeline at the bottom of the screen. Teachers all over the country are adding Meograph to their lesson plans and students are creating interesting, interactive presentations in half the time. [Read more...]
All around the world, children are learning. They are learning all sorts of subjects and preparing for life and work in the world. Some children have access to excellent educational resources and possess all the tools they need for their early learning experiences. There are also students that do not have the access to a good education, and lack consistent teachers and infrastructure in their country’s school system. Education varies all around the world, whether we realize it or not. [Read more...]
The free wheeling heydays of paying 100s of thousands of dollars for an education while driving around with the top down screaming, “Money ain’t a thang,” times may soon be over. People are getting tired of paying an exorbitant amount of money for a quality education — and not even the best in the world. Employers are starting to care less and less about your degree, or where you went to school; but, more about the actual skills you possess. Self-learning is becoming the new way to advance your education, learn new skills, and may become the master’s degree of the future.
Teachers are an amazing resource to all of us, helping us to understand everything from mathematics to the mysteries of the universe. But while some are lucky enough to have wonderful, educated teachers in their life, the actual reach of those individual teachers is quite small… much of the time only as big as a classroom. How can this small influence be broadened? How can we make these incredible lessons more accessible to all? Enter the newest chapter in the TED saga: TED-Ed. [Read more...]
Want to make a real difference this holiday season? Seed of Hope, a Kenya based humanitarian group has a really amazing grass-roots project that is greatly effecting the lives of hundreds. What’s the challenge? As much as 80% of teenage girls in Kenya never have the opportunity to attend secondary school. Because of this lack of education, their life options growing up are severely limited and they often find themselves pressured into high-risk ways of survival, from child marriage to prostitution. Their lives all too frequently include great human abuses, extreme poverty and hunger. This problem not only effects their lives, but the community fabric as a whole.
That’s where Seed of Hope is coming to the rescue. This straight forward organization is educating girls, giving them the knowledge they need to strike out on their own, helping themselves while also providing support for their families and community. [Read more...]
In some countries, higher education is publicly funded by taxes. In others, the smart or athletically talented can get scholarships and the rest get student loans… but in many cases a university level education is just out of reach. Whether it is distance from a good university, the high cost to attend or a lack of time with other obligations, most people around the world never have the opportunity to receive advanced degrees. [Read more...]
One High School student drops out every 26 seconds. In the time it takes to watch one single episode of Glee, 138 students drop out. That’s the equivalent of the entire student cast plus half of McKinley High. [Read more...]