Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Language Gap Leads to a Learning Gap

The Challenge for Malaysian Education
In Participating in Global STEM Knowledge

Why Did MIT Graduate Students Apply to MIT?

Source: MIT Slice of MIT blog, Nov 2011

MIT’s reputation is the most important reason master’s students are at MIT; doctoral students say the match between specialized MIT programs and their interests is the top motivation.

MIT Thoughts on “Teaching Yourself how to Learn”

Source: MIT website

Steve Jobs Talks about Education

Source: Computerworld, Apr 1995

I really believe in equal opportunity. Equal opportunity to me more than anything means a great education. Maybe even more important than a great family life, but I don’t know how to do that. Nobody knows how to do that. But it pains me because we do know how to provide a great education. We really do. We could make sure that every young child in this country got a great education. We fall far short of that.

I know from my own education that if I hadn’t encountered two or three individuals that spent extra time with me, I’m sure I would have been in jail.         
Some people say that this new technology may be a way to bypass that. Are you optimistic about that?
I absolutely don’t believe that. As you’ve pointed out, I’ve helped with more computers in more schools than anybody else in the world and I absolutely convinced that is by no means the most important thing. The most important thing is a person. A person who incites your curiosity and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.

Lego Robot Beats Human Record of 5.66 seconds for Solving a Rubik’s Cube

By the way, the robot’s time was 5.35 seconds.

Khan Academy gets US$5M …

to expands its educational innovations and research

Source: TechCrunch, Nov 2011

Online learning platform and non-profit organization Khan Academy has been granted $5 million from The O’Sullivan Foundation. The organization has previously raised $2 million+ from Google and The Gates Foundation.

The O’Sullivan Foundation’s support will be used to grow the faculty of the Khan Academy; extend the content to include crowd-sourced contributions; and to develop curricula for a blended physical and virtual academic experience.