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A Digital Tool to Unlock Learning

The New York Times

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Teacher effectiveness is often focused upon as the most important factor in making education better - but what about the students themselves? PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning.

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Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

The New York Times

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There is much debate about microfinance and whether it actually works. The founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, discusses the fight to eliminate poverty through his micro-lending bank and the future of social business.

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Demystifying the MOOC

The New York Times

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

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For Students With a Mission, a Little Capital Goes a Long Way

The New York Times

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible businesses and charities. Resolution offers small awards to start businesses as well ...

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Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

WNYC

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent web-assisted businesses.

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In Rwanda, Building a “University in a Box”

Bright Magazine

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Kepler University in Rwanda reduces the cost of a university education by hiring teachers based on their willingness to innovate—not necessarily their expertise—and by blending online and in-classroom learning. Students receive the equivalent of a college diploma and job training in order to faci...

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How Pinterest Is Revolutionizing Your Child's Classroom

Bright Magazine

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Colorful volumes of books have aided teaching for centuries; however, the scope of engagement in the internet age demands newer methods for pedagogy. Pinterest, a social media-constructed visual bulletin board, has become a venue in which teachers share their pinned visual media, lesson plans, an...

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iPads < Teachers

Bright Magazine

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Well-trained teachers cannot be replaced solely by technology, as has been increasingly apparent at Carpe Diem schools, where students learn largely via computers enabled with educational software.

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Illuminating Thoughts on Power

The New York Times

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business model around local involvement, grassroots systems that cater to the immediate c...

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How to Grow a Social Business

The New York Times

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or requiring previous business skills. The organization, Soluciones Comunitarias, par...

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