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This year teachers in our VAST program explored why art inspires them. See some of our favorite answers and let us know how you would finish the sentence “Art inspires me because…”


Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves

With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.

The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preloaded alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs.

Early observations are encouraging, said Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC’s founder, at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference last week.

After several months, the kids in both villages were still heavily engaged in using and recharging the machines, and had been observed reciting the “alphabet song,” and even spelling words. One boy, exposed to literacy games with animal pictures, opened up a paint program and wrote the word “Lion.” (Read more)

Source: Technology Review

I don’t know how I feel about this but it’s an interesting concept

Anonymous asked:

if you had a superpower, what would it be, and would you use it for good, evil, or vines? what would be your super-name?


the power of


and use it selfishly to get into a good university paying affordable to zero fees



america be killin the future

u feel?

my supername would be Ed U. Cation


Sad, but true.


Sad, but true.


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From “27 Awesome Straight-Talk Quotes About Teaching”

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Parenting done right. 

I actually can’t believe how much time they spent on this, parenting at its best