education Archive

Hard work and lower standards raise our national high school graduation rate

Nationally the High School graduation rate has been on the rise. NPR reports the rise is due to a combination of hard work that benefits students, and some states simply lowering standards so they earn passing grades. Via NPR: While the graduation rate continues to climb, the improvement comes at a time when the scores of high school students on the test known …

Iraq founders gather at Fikra Fair to show their nation has more to offer than oil

This weekend in Baghdad, tech entrepreneurs and local government officials gathered at the Fikra Fair to network, demo their apps and show the world that Iraq has more to offer than oil. According to the Human Rights Watch, challenging realities of daily life for many people in Iraq include sky-high food prices, cash shortages, a lack of communications infrastructure, and restricted access to healthcare or education especially …

Five considerations about accelerated learning for the next administration

Liz Simon Crunch Network Contributor Liz Simon is the vice president of Legal & External Affairs at General Assembly and a former Obama Administration official. How to join the network Our next president will take office during a period of seismic change across the education landscape. Policymakers, students and employers increasingly question the cost — and return — on a college degree, as a profusion …

Udacity open sources an additional 183GB of driving data

On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt last month, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun announced that the online education company would be building its own autonomous car as part of its self-driving car nanodegree program. To get there, Udacity has created a series of challenges to leverage the power of community to build the safest car possible — meaning anyone and everyone is welcome to become a part of the open-sourced project. Challenge one …

Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

Although self-driving vehicles feel like a near future reality, people still need driver’s licenses to get around independently in cars today. Now, an Austin, Texas startup called Aceable has raised $4 million in Series A funding to deliver driver’s education in a mobile app. Silverton Partners and Floodgate Ventures co-led the round. Aceable’s app alleviates the need for drivers (or would-be drivers) to attend courses in person …

A modern rebuild of the Radio Shack 150-in-One electronics kit

While looking into the Kano snap-together learning computer kit (Kickstarted in 2013, reviewed here last January) I got to thinking about Radio Shack’s classic, much-loved 150-in-One Electronics Kit, which occupied literal years of my time when I was a boy. That took me on a journey to Gareth Branwyn’s 2010 Make piece about scratch-building a replica, a project that seems to have either …

Higher education goes Hollywood

As I began my career in higher education in the late 1990s, technology seemed poised to upend the entire academic enterprise. The New York Times, in an article titled “Boola Boola, E-Commerce Comes to The Quad,” speculated that “just by doing what he does every day, a teacher potentially could grow rich instructing a class consisting of a million students.” Kim Clark, dean of the …

UNH will spend $1M of librarian's bequest on a football scoreboard

Robert Morin worked for 50 years as a cataloger at the University of New Hampshire library (he was also a UNH alum); he was thrifty, ate microwave dinners and drove a 1992 Plymouth, and saved $4M, which he gave to the university as an unrestricted gift, and so the university is giving $100K to the library he worked in and $1M to the football …

Raspberry Pi finally offers an official starter kit after passing 10M sales

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has finally put out an official starter kit for its low cost microcomputer — offering what it dubs an “unashamedly premium” bundle for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, complete with optical mouse and keyboard in a very Apple-looking shade of white, plus all the cables you need to get up and running. The only thing missing is a screen. The official Pi starter kit is available …

Fashion Education Is Incomplete Without Practical Work Experience

LONDON, United Kingdom — In the research that went into The Business of Fashion’s second annual global ranking of fashion schools, there was one consistent piece of feedback from the more-than 10,000 students who participated in our survey: fashion students are hungry for more practical training and real-life exposure to how the industry actually works. As an industry that operates at the intersection of business, …