Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Game-Changing Potential of MOOCs

“Online learning is by no means a new phenomenon. Models for distance learning and open access education predate even the digital age, but MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms are captivating the attention of millions of learners around the world … Continue reading

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2013 WISE Prize for Education

“The 2013 WISE Prize for Education, the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education, has been awarded to Ms. Vicky Colbert of Colombia. Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva, Ms. … Continue reading

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Alterative Education Programs in BC

“Personalized, student-centred learning focused on the needs, strengths and aspirations of each student is an important aspect of the new B.C. Educational Plan, which is intended to modernize the education system. There are countless alternative programs offered in B.C., including … Continue reading

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New value-centered university rating systems

“Purists might regard such bottom-line calculations as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education. But dollars-and-cents tabulations like that one (which was compiled by Washington Monthly), are the fastest-growing sector of the college rankings industry, with ever … Continue reading

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Promoting Education in Preschool

“The Eastern Kings Early Learning Academy is located in the old, red-brick Rollo Bay public school, on the main highway just outside the town of Souris, on the eastern shore of PEI. It’s here that many of the community’s youngest … Continue reading

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University of Fredericton Incorporates Tech into Education

“The University of Fredericton is one of the few accredited and online universities in Canada. Just recently, it became the first university in the country to complete one full year of teaching using the Cisco WebEx technology.” http://www.troymedia.com/2013/10/15/a-step-forward-for-online-education/

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Bike to Work Week 2013

“Bike to Work is a program of HUB: Your Cycling Connection. Bike to Work Week encourages avid cyclists and new riders alike to sign up, log their commutes, win prizes, and be a part of making Metro Vancouver a better place to … Continue reading

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“5 Pillars of Education for the Next Decade”

“Over the next decade, it appears there are five non-negotiables that both students and their families (read: parents) want in a higher ed experience…” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-elmore/five-pillars-for-education_b_4136176.html

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New Equipment through Generous Donation

“Up to 400 students will be able to use the new equipment and labs at the Mary Uniac Health Sciences Centre at St. Clair College thanks to a donation from her husband.” http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2013/10/20/donation-furthers-health-care-education/

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Youth BIOLab for Science Education

“The province announced Thursday the opening of a new laboratory aimed at exposing students to hands-on science education. The Youth BIOLab at the St. Boniface Hospital Health Research Centre lets students and teachers explore research.” http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/new-state-of-the-art-lab-brings-science-education-to-students-1.1501207

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Student Sent to Finland by Min of Ed

“Anjali Vyas may only be a first-year student at UBC, but she’s already spent six months conducting research abroad — on a government contract. After graduating from high school at Stelly’s Secondary School in 2012, Vyas spent six months researching … Continue reading

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The Importance of Community

“In our opinion, the critical and pivotal importance of making the community connection has been consistently underestimated in the movement to try to upgrade the quality of education nationally.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-islam/education-it-takes-a-community_b_4097961.html

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OECD: Canadians “Well-Equipped” for 21st Century

“A major international study released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canadians are increasingly embracing information and communications technologies (ICT) and are well positioned for the society and economy of the 21st century.” http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1238473/international-report-shows-canadians-are-adapting-to-the-digital-skills-era

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Salaries for Various Degrees

Check out this list of the top- and bottom-earning potential of many university degrees. http://www.workopolis.com/content/advice/article/the-highest-and-lowest-paying-university-degrees

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Start-up Earns “Top Marks”

“After sitting through countless university lectures, University of Waterloo grads Mike Silagadze and Mohsen Shahini came up with a more productive way for students to use their smartphones, notebooks and tablet computers than sitting at the back of the class … Continue reading

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Benefits to Moving Education Online

“The trends that are going to be most disruptive and create the most amount of change are those that fundamentally make education more accessible and more available to more people, in smaller and more modular parts.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/students-are-wired-to-learn-differently-tech-leaders-say/article14749538/

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Free Seminars During Small Business Month

“To encourage B.C.’s entrepreneurs to develop, grow and improve their businesses during Small Business Month, a series of free seminars and webinars will be offered by Small Business BC. Throughout the month of October, Small Business BC will provide free … Continue reading

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Why Canada Needs Unique Approach to Online Ed

“Our education systems are different from those in the rest of the world, and differences between our education systems matter. In Canada, we have unique languages, social values, and past and present cultural stories to tell. I believe that our … Continue reading

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Culinary Education to Improve Eating Habits

“In a 2008 report, Food Security Issues in a Public Health Context, Brian Cook noted, “Individuals from food-insecure households are at increased risk of poor nutritional status and negative health outcomes. For adults, this includes poorer diets, lower nutrient intake, … Continue reading

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October is Connected Educator’s Month

“This is Connected Educator’s Month (CEM) — a month in which thousands of educators in on-line communities and learning networks across the country participate in a myriad of events to share knowledge and to learn from each other. As a … Continue reading

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