International Education Weekly No. 19 - Project-based, Gadgets, MTMU
It's rainy season in West Africa but that is not slowing down the launch of More Than Me University! Here in Liberia teacher trainers are coming together to prepare for a new school year. Unleesh is being used to train teachers. See amazing pictures below! The uses for Unleesh for learning just keep growing and it's thrilling to see how excited people get about the platform around the globe. Have friends that might want this update? Send them here.
Reads in 3 Sentences A favorite activity of mine is perusing a bookstore and imagining how much I'd know if I could read everything on the shelves. I think it takes me back to my Reading Rainbow days. Entrepreneur James Clear invites you to peruse 39 of his favorite books (which usually are related to personal productivity and wellness) at his website JamesClear.com. Need to find time to read? He's got ideas for you here.
A Change is A Comin' I'm not going to say I told you so, but I'm tempted. As the working world looks to engage young workers, they are exploring some exciting new approaches. "Organizations are substituting theory-based models in exchange for scenario-based, practical instruction to help learners be more attuned to instruction," reports Jarrett Carter at Education Dive. This reflects a trickle down effect that universities should be getting on board with. And what's better, international education is particularly well positioned to take advantage of this trend because our work is so experiential and can easily be made project-based.
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Back to School Tech You know what is a cool idea? A pen that digitally tracks your handwritten movements and creates a searchable record of all your notes. Yes, that among other insanely cool tech solutions can be found in this Back To School gadget guide offered by Mashable.
Money and the Olympics Every two years another Olympic Games is kicked off and everyone is talking about how much it costs to put it all together. Host countries showcase culture and innovation. And then everyone wonders if it's all worth it. The answer to that question might be "depends." If it's only about money, most Olympics lose money for their host cities. Some people make a mint. And the poor... they often get left behind. Learn more from the Ford Foundation.
The Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) provides a platform for international educators in the Boston and surrounding areas to engage in professional development, networking, and collaboration. This mission is accomplished through a variety of activities including biannual meetings, conferences, a mentorship program, and networking and fundraising events. To encourage full participation of all interested professionals in the region, no membership is required. BASAA is an independent, volunteer driven organization. Learn more here.