TAG: Education

One Laptop Per Child Project

One Laptop Per Child

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project began several years ago, when a group of philanthropists in the tech world desired to make educating the world a priority through the use of technology. Basically, the idea is that everyone should have access to educational tools through computers and the internet. Unfortunately for underdeveloped nations, computer technology is extremely expensive in comparison to traditional textbooks. And finding teachers qualified to help their students learn how to operate these new devices is a challenge in itself. The OLPC project has been plagued by many obstacles through the years, including high costs, lack… read more

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Weather events have been extreme over the past few weeks, with many experiencing either blazing hot temperatures or frozen days, depending on which side of the globe you are on. It can be easy for kids to become bored being indoors, and introducing a few new things to do can break a case of the stuck in the house doldrums. Family Education has a good roundup of imaginative things to do, and many just require some time and household items. Kids will enjoy games like coming up with unnecessary inventions and spin the globe. For silly conversation, everyone will want… read more

Saving Life On Earth

Saving Life on Earth

What can you do to help save life on Earth? Biodiversity is a buzz word but how can you or I make a difference? Remember that everything is connected.. It’s a tenet of ecology and an underpinning principle to sustainability. Every choice we make – in our home, in the marketplace, the workplace, at school – has repercussions that extend beyond the face-value of the action. When you wash toxins down the toilet, they eventually reach our waterways and have impacts on aquatic plants, amphibians, macroinvertebrates and fish. When you eat large quantities of meat, you’re fueling an industry that… read more

Gentle Voice, Powerful Words-The Message of Malala

Gentle Voice, Powerful Words-The Message of Malala

As you listen in on the moans and groans that periodically creep up when getting children ready for the school week and its at times hectic schedules, homework and practices, it can get stressful. And then you hear about Malala Yousafzai. Her story and what happened to the then 15 year old on the way to school on October 9th, 2012 is hard to hear. Her unwavering commitment to make a stand for those who are deprived of their basic rights to be educated is, for lack of a bigger, better word – commendable. Standing up for girls everywhere who are… read more

A Green MBA is Available

A Green MBA

Today’s economy is leading many of us to rethink our future or current careers. An MBA in Sustainable Management seems one of the tools that have been catapulting careers in the right direction lately. A traditional Masters in Business Administration (MBA) usually includes extensive study in areas such as accounting, economics, management, marketing, international business and entrepreneurship. A Green or Sustainable MBA adds in an examination of the economic, environmental, and social impact of business decisions. Most economists agree that green technology is the future of the US economy. Corporations have put profits above all else at the cost of… read more

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Empower Playgrounds Inc., or EPI, has an inventive solution to a problem that affects too many children in rural and undeveloped areas. Not having access to electricity and reliable lighting that is necessary for daily tasks provides an enormous challenge that many of us can’t even begin to understand. Lack of electricity can certainly make daily life a struggle, but imagine children who often have to work, study and perform other tasks without any access to lighting after dark. Unsafe lights, like kerosene lamps, are considered a luxury item for many families, even though they pose a great health and… read more

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Schools are fundamental places that house creativity, knowledge and social interaction. Designing for educational venues can often be a challenge, as there are many considerations to be addressed. Given their proactive approaches to education, but also in promoting environmental awareness and global citizenship, the following are designs to be modeled after. The Green School, located in Kfar Saba, Israel, has built sustainability into the curriculum. Designed by Knafo Klimor Architects, there is a focus on the environment and fostering a sense of community. Accommodating children in the 1st through 6th grades, the layout includes laboratories and a library in addition… read more

These Playgrounds Generate Electricity at Recess

These Playgrounds Generate Electricity at Recess

Playgrounds with merry-go-rounds that can convert the energy of playing children into electricity to light up their lives are making a difference in Ghana, thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit called Empowered Playgrounds. In places with poor access to power, such as rural Ghana, schoolchildren have plenty of energy to play, but little to none for lighting their after school studying and other home activities. But a former VP of Engineering at ExxonMobil Research, Ben Markham, is helping to make their home lives and their education quite a bit brighter, in the form of merry-go-rounds that can generate electricity… read more

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

Sometimes interior design can tend focus on the home or even in places where a lot of time is spent, like the office. However, one model places emphasis on a vital space that can often be overlooked – the classroom. The overall environment in a classroom can have a significant impact on the learning process, and can even affect the way that teachers instruct and how students interact. This is a key concept in the environment as the third teacher model. Advanced by Reggio Emilia, the concept of the environment as an important teacher is used in many preschool settings…. read more

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon The International Day of Peace is being celebrated this year on Saturday, September 21st. The day of peace offers a particular time where people, communities, administrations and world nations can share a preset date of peaceful intentions. Events spanning the globe will take place over the weekend in recognition. It began in 1981 by being unanimously voted… read more