Ask the Engineer

Panasonic has launched a new online site that could be valuable to Middle School and Secondary School science and math teachers.  It’s called “Ask the Engineer” and offers a series of Q&A opportunities that let professionals answer questions on any relevant engineering topic.

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Ask the Engineer

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New US Education Secretary Sued by 18 States over Student Loan gouging

Newly appointed US Education Secretary Betsy deVos is proving that she is truly “the President’s man” when it comes to removing regulations that protect vulnerable US students attending for-profit institutions. Recent moves will loosen controls set in place by the Obama Administration which provided Borrower Defense Rules that have constrained money-gouging for-profit colleges, universities, and proprietary schools from preying on recent graduates by requiring them to make student loan payments that are out of line with their incomes (if they even have jobs at all, as some may not).

“The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that the Department of Education violated federal law by “abruptly rescinding” the Borrower Defense Rule and asks the court to declare the Education Department’s delay notices unlawful and to order the Education Department to implement the Borrower Defense Rule.”

18 States Sue Betsy deVos and the US Department of Education

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Can Big Data Give Us Big Ideas? – Ivy Exec Blog

“Big Data can do more than target advertisements, it could even help innovators develop new concepts and products. Over 2.5 million terabytes of data are now created every day. The pace of new data creation has reached such a clip, according to IBM, that over 90 percent of the data currently available in the world was …”

Source: Can Big Data Give Us Big Ideas? – Ivy Exec Blog

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Can Social Media and Classrooms Co-Exist? – The Edvocate

Passing handwritten notes to friends in class was great sport for years.  But now that we’ve found the electronic means to share private (and more public) information between students, the control issues for teachers has become more complicated.  It could be that student’s motivation (beyond the compulsory nature of American education at least) is lacking.  Further parental controls of the devices they carry to school might also be lacking.  Just a couple of thoughts on the issue.

Source: Can Social Media and Classrooms Co-Exist? – The Edvocate

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Five questions the candidates need to be asked, immediately

The presidential race has been ignoring education. That needs to stop.

Source: Five questions the candidates need to be asked, immediately

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Should higher education be bundled, or unbundled?

A series of formal courses, learning experiences, internships and practical experiences comprises as traditional degree program at an institution of higher education.  When such a program is carefully designed by getting input from business, industry, and the arts, the outcomes for most students are predictable and can be changed and modified if needed.

The notion of unbundling suggests that there are courses or leaning experiences that are relevant and some that may not be.  In formal education, the training world has provided these kinds of experiences, but oversight of training is not handled by traditional accreditation agencies or the governance agencies of higher education in most cases.

To suggest that either of these education providers has an advantage over the other is a matter for some scrutiny and discussion.  As long as employers demand more effective “training”,  higher education will be forced to justify both the scope and cost of its degree programs.

Source: Should higher education be bundled, or unbundled? | The Edvocate

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K-12 Schools Must Teach Data Privacy and Security

The transparency that has become the Internet is especially important for your people whose youthful experiences don’t usually include fraud and cyber crime.  By infusing the school curriculum with consciousness raising activities, we will build a culture of trust, mutual respect and caution.

Source: K-12 Schools Must Teach Data Privacy and Security | Daniel Solove | LinkedIn

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Looking Through the Lens of ‘Flawless’ Colored Glasses

This week we head to the Emotion Revolution Summit at Yale where the Flawless Foundation is proud to be one of the sponsors of an important collaboration between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

Source: Looking Through the Lens of ‘Flawless’ Colored Glasses | Janine Francolini

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Worst-case scenarios for campuses under new DOE financial aid disbursement regs

Pending DOE rules threaten to derail campus outsourcing of financial aid disbursement and end partnerships between banks and student ID card programs.

Source: Worst-case scenarios for campuses under new DOE financial aid disbursement regs | CR80News

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World-class education that costs nothing

This post doesn’t detail the mechanics of obtaining a German visa or the expense of travelling to and living in Germany, but for students seeking inexpensive tuition, the option might be attractive.

World-class education that costs nothing – CNN.com.

Leipzig - Vorlesung im Anatomie-Hörsaal an der Uni

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