Tag Archives: education

Teaching with tech: could iBooks Author spark an education revolution?

Late last week, Apple announced the launch of a new piece of software, iBooks Author, and a new version of its eBook reader, iBooks 2. It’s a development that promises to accelerate the move to interactive eBooks, by radically simplifying their development. iBooks Author does to eBooks what Apple’s GarageBand does to producing music – […] … learn more→

College completion report part II: College aid and affordability

Last week, we reported on the College Completion Agenda and the dismal rate of progress being made regarding progress in improving graduation rates utilizing a set of recommendations recommended by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center Advisory Board. This week, we’re going to look at the Board’s findings regarding college affordability.  Although the economic […] … learn more→

Student cycles in Rwanda to deliver diabetes supplies and education

While many of her fellow students were sharing turkey and cranberry sauce with their families during Thanksgiving break, Penn State Lehigh Valley sophomore Mandy Marquardt was cycling around Rwanda sharing information about proper diabetes care with its inhabitants. Marquardt, a standout member of the Penn State Lehigh Valley cycling team, also races for Team Type […] … learn more→

Playing catch up: Should students repeat a grade at school?

Making students repeat a year when they’re not doing well socially or academically is not uncommon in Australia. About 8-10% of students repeat a grade at some point in school life. But there is a major assumption underlying the practice – it is thought that retaining students in a grade for an extra year provides […] … learn more→

Educating young women, rebuilding Cambodia

Sharing a muddy crawl space with four roommates isn’t part of the traditional path to a law degree. But that’s exactly how Veasna Chea, a Cambodian woman, lived during law school in the mid-1990s — still managing to graduate first in her class. Speaking recently, Alan Lightman, adjunct professor of the humanities at MIT, described […] … learn more→

Demographics loom large in State failure

After a half-century of forming new states from former colonies and from the breakup of the Soviet Union, the international community is today faced with the opposite situation: the disintegration of states. Failing states are now a prominent feature of the international political landscape. The most systematic ongoing effort to analyze countries’ vulnerability to failure […] … learn more→

Foster the people

Rebuilding American manufacturing is possible — but will require new ideas about turning lab breakthroughs into new products and a refurbished, highly skilled workforce, a group of scholars, industry leaders and government officials emphasized at a MIT conference. “The U.S. continues to be very innovative, but somehow downstream there seems to be a break,” said […] … learn more→