Why high schools should teach social media skills to students

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Social media is a very real and ongoing aspect of our everyday lives.

Recently, there has been some discussion on what schools should be teaching students. The United Kingdom announced last month to add cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the rising industry skills gap.

 

 

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You can go to college in Germany for free no matter where you are from

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Germany didn’t just abolish tuition for Germans, the ban goes for international students, too.

Lower Saxony has made itself the final state in Germany to do away with any public university tuition whatsoever. As of now, all state-run universities in the Federal Republic—legendary institutions that put the Bildung in Bildungsroman, like the Universität Heidelberg, the Universität München, or the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin—cost exactly nothing.

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How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

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Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning?

When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go to school for at least 13 years (K-12), plus “some” college or post high school education in the U.S. In  schools in developing countries, we hear about children who can’t go to school past a young age (sometimes around 8 years old) because they need to make money for their family’s survival, because they don’t have the opportunity to do so, because of their gender, or because it would be dangerous or prohibitively expensive to do so.

 

 

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Students should own their educational data: L. Todd Rose

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Technology can help by giving educators detailed data on students and the ability to customize teaching materials.

It may sound logical to Design a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind. But the educational neuroscience professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, L. Todd Rose, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody.

 

 

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Project Yerka: The world’s first unstealable bike

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Engineering students design a bike that cannot be stolen.

Three engineering students at Chile’s University of Adolfo Ibáñez have designed a bicycle that cannot be stolen. More than a novel idea, Project Yerka solves a very common problem. This innovative cycle will be a game changer.  (Videos)

 

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No Homework! Why Finland’s school system is the best in the world

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Homework is rarely given until students are teenagers.

Our education system is failing our students. There are also a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do or not to do with our own. (Infographic)

 

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Top 7 blogs a student programmer should really read

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The top 7 blogs will come in handy and boost your skills up a few notches.

You need to immerse yourself in the programming culture if you want to succeed as a programmer. This is more true if you’re still a student. The field of programming is so broad and there’s so much information to absorb that you’ll never come out on top if you participate from a distance. Fortunately, blogs are a readily accessible medium keep you in the loop.

 

 

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UC Irvine School of Medicine to add Google Glass to its curriculum

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Dr. Warren Wiechmann, UC Irvine School of Medicine

The University of California at Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine announced that it is integrating the already-iconic wearable into its four-year curriculum for medical students. UCI will be the first medical school to do so.

 

 

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‘Smart drugs’ pose special risks to brain for students

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The brain is composed of neural fibers that connect various regions and enable them to communicate.

Over a million American students misuse prescription drugs in hopes of boosting their attention, memory or energy levels. But taking these drugs could cause long-term impairments in brain function, recent animal studies suggest.

 

 

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Google Glass available to students and faculty at Yale University

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Google Glass

The Yale University Library, in cooperation with the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) and the Student Technology Collaborative (STC), has added the futuristic eyewear, Google Glass to its collection of media devices at the Bass Library. The eyewear has unofficially been dubbed “Yale Bass Glass.”  The device will be loaned to faculty and student groups during the spring semester who can use it to explore the potential of Google Glass in enhancing classroom instruction and the research experience.

 

 

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