YouTube partners with PBS & Stanford to create Global Classrooms!
12.19.11 Global News--(Education Reform): Founded in February 2005,
YouTube® allows billions of people to discover watch and share
originally-created videos. YouTube® provides a forum for people to
connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a
distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large
and small. Taking the mission further, into schools that is, YouTube for
Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free
educational videos from YouTube® EDU. These videos come from well-known
organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED as well as from up-and-coming
YouTube® partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve
Spangler Science and Numberphile. With open access to all of the YouTube®
EDU content, users can customize the content available in schools;
teachers and administrators can also create playlists of videos that are
viewable only within their school's network.
The interface used by the
students does not include the comments functionality and the related
videos section to make sure students are not distracted or exposed to
inappropriate content. This initiative is not the only effort on YouTube's
part aimed at cementing the image of the company as a source of valuable
educational resources. YouTube® Space Lab, for example, is a worldwide
initiative aimed at involving youngsters in space related research and
design. The challenge is to come up with an idea for a space
exploration-related experiment. The young person whose proposal impresses
Professor Stephen Hawking the most will see the experiment carried out on
board of International Space Station. Although the results of the YouTube®
for Schools initiative are bound not to be as immediately tangible, they
are likely to be equally far reaching.
Source: TBO Inc, Gizmag & YouTube® contributed to this article
12.18.11 Lower Merion's buildOn Chapter is looking to finance and construct a
school in Haiti. Eighteen Lower Merion students will participate in a
program called Trek and travel to Haiti, from May 12th to May 26th, to
build a school in a rural village. In Haiti, just a little more than half
the population is literate, and only 30% of Haitian children reach the 6th
grade. Half of Haiti's children have no access to education. School
structures range from being made out of coconut and banana leaves to
corrugated metal roofs and concrete blocks. Many lack electricity,
bathrooms, clean water, food, first aid, benches, chalkboards, and daily
Lower Merion's Trekkies will live with a host family during their
experience and immerse themselves in Haitian culture. They will work side
by side with members of the community to construct a 2-3 room schoolhouse.
To accomplish this goal, Lower Merion students need to raise over $66,000.
And you can help! We are appreciative of donations of all sizes, as no
donation can be too small. Every little bit counts in our efforts to
assist in the building of our school in Haiti.
Nationwide (December 14, 2011) -- Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have won quite
a few music awards this year. Now they can add one more award to their
mantle, teacher of the year. Better Education Place, an education company
based in South Florida, announced the winners of its first annual teacher
of the year awards.
The duo, along with several other teachers, were judged based on seven
different categories including: ability to capture and maintain attention,
the ability to move their audience or create interaction, the ability to
inspire, effective use of language, use of memory devices, ability to
transform behavior or make them do as you do, and the quality of the
content. The only area where they had a moderate showing was in the
According to Melvin El, CEO of Better Education Place, it's a bit of an
irony but no less deserved. He says that the methodologies the two stars
are using are undeniable forces in learning. Children learn their stuff
because they have all the right methods. Apparently, students are drawn in
by the "swagger" he said. "If you are a teacher today and you don't have
any swagger, you are going to struggle to get your students attention. It
turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj."
The methods are part of a process that Better Education Place utilizes to
create their own hip hop based education programs. They have been known to
teach children to read within days. "If it works, we have to use it," El
comments. "We can't throw the baby out with the bath water... especially
when we are talking about our babies. With the help of hip hop, we can
make education fun again."
Better Education Place is a company with a vision of helping children to
develop a passion for reading and learning so they can excel at education
and ultimately succeed. El comments, "It's ironic as well that most of the
problems we have in our community can be traced back to reading and early
learning. To be good at hip-hop, it seems you have to master some of the
very same skills. And two people who exemplify these qualities well, are
Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
Melvin El is available for radio and television interviews. If interested,
please call 786-443-2478
Occupy Philly makes Education a high priority with the launch of the
Philadelphia Education Reform Committee(PERC)
12.12.11 Philadelphia Pa--(Education Reform): Occupy Philly, during their
December 7th General Assembly, announced the launch of the Philadelphia
Education Reform Committee and its immediate actions. Chaired by
Education Reform advocate Christopher "Flood the Drummer®" Norris, the
committee will focus on acquiring fair and adequate funding for
Philadelphia Schools via Resolution 110462, abolishing the School Reform
Commission via Senate Bill 1210 and lobbying to allow social service and
nonprofit organizations to co-locate into the schools for easier
engagement. Long term goals of the committee include, but are not limited to,
developing new ideas and technologies that will increase the access of residents
to relevant content, news and information. The committee has announced
they will hold an official Press Conference in the very near future to
introduce the committee members and its partners.
9.15.11 Philadelphia, Pa--(Education/Politics): Former Philadelphia
Mayor, Wilson Goode, Sr joined Mayor Michael Nutter today as he signed an
executive order reestablishing the "Mayor's Commission on African-American
Males. First formed in 1991 by Rev. Dr. W Wilson Goode, Sr, the commission
will focus on the issues related to unemployment, incarceration, lack of
education and health within the African-American male community.
"I am honored to reestablish a body that will comprehensively address the
issues of African-American men in Philadelphia" said Mayor Nutter "Twenty
years ago, Mayor Goode recognized challenges unique to the
African-American male community, which are even more entrenched today. Now
is the time for African-American men to get the education, job training,
employment opportunities and health services necessary so they can take
part in the city's bright future. Philadelphia cannot move forward as a
city unless all of it's resident are on a path to success."
One of the most important issues facing this city now and over the past
two decades has been the plight of the African-American man." says Rev
Goode "In several areas including high school dropout rates,
incarceration, HIV/AIDS rates, unemployment and underemployment,
homelessness-- in all these areas. African-American men fare the worst.
This commission is part of an institutional effort to address these issues
and to point men in the right direction. I am pleased to have a chance to
complete this mission."
The commission will include at least 30 men spanning multiple generations.
Members of the commission will serve without compensation and will submit
to the Mayor an annual report on the state of African-American males in
Philadelphia, with proposed action steps and recommendations. the
Co-Chairs of the Commission are:
Rev Dr. W. Wilson Goode Sr., Executive Director, AMACHI
Bilal Qayyum, President, Father's Day Rally Committee, Inc
8.30.11 Philadelphia, Pa--(Education Reform): Standing on the steps of
the School District of Philadelphia headquarters, state Sen. Mike Stark
introduced legislation that would eliminate the Philadelphia School Reform
Commission and replace it with an unpaid elected school board.
Much of the content of education over the past century and a half can only
be construed as an unvarnished attempt to persuade the "many" to make the
best of the inevitable. The unequal contest between social control and
social justice is evident in the total functioning of U.S. education. The
system, as it stands today, provides eloquent testimony to the ability of
the well-to-do to perpetuate in the name of equality of opportunity; an
arrangement which consistently yields to themselves disproportional
advantages, while thwarting the aspirations and needs of the working
people of the United States. Education has long been held to be a means to
realizing U.S. ideals of equal opportunity. The promise of education is to
allow "natural" abilities to win out over the "artificial" inequalities of
class, race, and sex. Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men; the balance wheel of the social machinery. It does
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