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Most Educated Nations of the World

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College graduation rates continued to improve around the world during the recession, according to a recent international economic study. In more developed countries, the percentage of adults with the equivalent of a college degree rose to more than 30% in 2010. In the United States, it was more than 40%, which is among the highest percentages in the world.

However, improvements in higher education are harder to achieve in these countries. More developed economies have had the most educated populations for some time. While these countries have steadily increased education rates, the increases have been modest compared to developing economies. At just above 1%, the U.S. has had one of the smallest annual growth rates for higher education since 1997. In Poland, an emerging market, the annualized rate was 7.2% from 1997 to 2010. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Education at a Glance 2012 report calculated the proportion o…

America’s Neglected Geniuses

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Harvard was missing something. Surrounded by peers at the annual Latino Ivy League Conference in Ithaca last November, Daniel J. Artiga ’15 came to this realization: As students active in the Latino community described the resources provided on their respective campuses, he had little to add. “Yale spoke, Brown spoke, they all had something great to say,” he remembers. But then it was Harvard’s turn. “The other delegates and I mentioned how it would be awkward beforehand, because we didn’t have a lot to say,” recalled Artiga, vice president of the Latino Men’s Collective. “But it didn’t hit me until I was actually sitting in a room listening to other students bragging about how well their Latino community is treated—and how ours is, I feel, neglected.”

Harvard prides itself on being at the vanguard of new inquiry. Yet when it comes to the study and support of the nation’s—and higher education’s—f…

Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags

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I heart Twitter. If you haven’t yet, follow @edudemic to keep up with what we’re doing, working on, and seeing (like last night’s tech event with GDGT in downtown Boston!). Twitter has become a massive hit in education and it’s too big to ignore. So that’s why we helped assemble the 2012 A-Z Guide To Twitter Hashtags. It’s been an invaluable resource for educators around the world. But that’s a very lengthy list. Lucky for you, our friends at Online College Courses repurposed our lengthy list and made it a whole lot less, well, difficult. The following visualization should be a handy resource for any teacher looking to make the dive into Twitter. Trust me, it’s a bit daunting but worth taking the plunge. Just don’t be surprised if you become an addict!

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Can Claiming Bankruptcy Discharge Student Loan Debt?


When Oquendo, a resident of Kissimmee, Fla., left her job as a photographer at Walt Disney World after she developed carpal tunnel syndrome, she decided she would go back to school "to better" herself. She heard about Full Sail University, a Florida-based, for-profit college specializing in the entertainment industry with many courses online. Oquendo enrolled, hoping to learn about new photo technology and design programs like Photoshop. To pay for it, Oquendo took out a private student loan. A few years later at age 46, she's $33,000 in debt with no degree. She's struggling to make payments since she also has fibromyalgia, is on disability and is unable to work as much as she'd like. "I wish I just could go back and undo everything," Oquendo said. "Knowing then what I know now, I would have never taken out the student loan." Oquendo had to stop taking classes when her own health deteriorated. At the same time, her hu…
Videogames & learning, tesol italy nov 2009 from Ajarn Donald's English Language Services

1. VIDEOGAMESThe Learning Revolution Implications for EFL TESOL Italy Conference November 20092. Who are we? Media and videogame experts. Co-founders of the first fully entertainment-focused TEFL companyNBC Vivendi GamesUniversal Interactive CNNI Play Apple Sierra on-line3. Video GamesA Planetary Success4. The World’s Fastest-Growing Entertainment Segment $55 billion in annual retail sales 100m + games consoles sold every year 600m console games will be sold this year 55 million people play online games5. More importantly, videogames are now…Colonizing the familyliving room…..and impacting totallynew areas of our lives.6. New trends: social Network Games A single Facebook game can attract 60m + users/ month7. New trends: iPhone Games20,000 new games titles published in just 16 months8. WHY are videogames so popular?9. BECAUSE our brains like videogames!10. 7 things we know about how ou…