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Where there is a will, there is a way.


It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is run by an unusual teacher.

Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital.

The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of  many children playing at the site instead of attending school.

When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.

Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.

Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds.

There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.

Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.

Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.

One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.

(via hal-ya)

A look at where the top 400 Universities are located.


Mapping the world’s top 400 universities, based on the Times Higher Education ranking. For a counterpoint, see Kio Stark’s Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything

(via howstuffworks)

This looks like a rather interesting Coursera course on the basics of Nanotechnology.


Starting today. Intro Video:

[via trendsfm]

A look at 3d printing in education.


11 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education [Infographic]

11 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education

1. Engineering design students can print out prototypes

2. Architecture students can print out 3D models of designs

3. History classes can print out historical artifacts for examination

4. Graphic Design students can print out 3D versions of their artwork

5. Geography students can print out topography, demographic, or population maps

6. Cooking students can create molds for food products

7. Automotive students can print out replacement parts or modified examples of existing parts for testing

8. Chemistry students can print out 3D models of molecules

9. Biology students can print out cells, viruses, organs, and other critical biological artifacts

10. Math students can print out “problems” to solve in their own learning spaces, from scale models to city infrastructural design challenges

Today we have a look at the growing trends in Massive Open Online education (MOOCs). These are large scale online courses that are increasingly being offered by well known universities (with a growing trend towards them being accredited by these universities).

Credit: Wiki Commons

Some of the players in this field are:

  • Coursera: “Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Our technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds.”
  • Udemy: “Udemy helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.”

And the Online MOOC course aggregator:

  • Online Courses: “ aggregates the best free and open courseware for students and professionals, all in a conveniently searchable online courseware platform. Search, track, and share progress on over 500 university and college level classes globally. Formerly known as, we continue to carefully select and share with you new courses every week.”

An infographic look education and mobile.


The infographic highlights findings from the mobile learning report, Living & Learning with Mobile Devices, released today from Grunwald & Associates and the Learning First Alliance. According to the report more than 50 percent of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education.

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I’m really surprised by the data collected in this survey (2,392 parents) which isn’t unfortunately broken down into age categories. A couple of notes I looked at:

  • 83% said their school does not require use of personal electronic devices and 72% said it was not allowed at all.
  • Parents are concerned about theft of personal devices (81%), but 45% still plan to buy or have a personal mobile device purchased for their student. 32% of parents surveyed think schools should require this.

(via gamechangeafrica)

Soon to be online education giant Coursera now profitable. A good sign and proof there is demand for this.


Coursera, the increasingly popular provider of free online courses, is beginning to make money.

The Silicon Valley-based company brought in $220,000 in the first quarter after it started charging for verified completion certificates, its co-founders said. The company also receives revenue from an affiliates program if users buy books suggested by professors.

“It’s the beginning of revenue,” said a Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller.

» via Inside Higher Ed