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How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

August 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning? When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go […]



The U.S. government’s secret rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

July 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

The guidelines state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status. There has been a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system and it has been quietly approved by the Obama administration. It authorizes a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to […]



U.S. healthcare most expensive and worst performing in a new international ranking

June 18th, 2014 at 6:10 pm » Comments Off

The origin of the phrase “You get what you pay for” – the origin of that phrase is sometimes attributed to the fashion mogul Aldo Gucci, who said, “The bitterness of low quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded.” But Americans get neither quality nor affordability when it comes to healthcare. […]



What you need to earn in every county in the U.S. to afford a decent one-bedroom apartment

April 30th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

San Francisco is in the top 10 of most expensive counties. A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers ”fair market rent” in local communities across the country. The government sets these housing rates, which include rent plus […]



Mobile video viewing increased 719% between 2011 and 2013: Ooyala

April 2nd, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Mobile viewership will double by end of 2015. TV isn’t just a box in the living room anymore, it also includes smartphones and tablets. A new report from video services company Ooyala provides more evidence of that trend. By analyzing viewing data from 200 million people, the Global Video Index report found mobile and tablet viewing […]



6 key trends that are accelerating the adoption of technology in higher education

February 11th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

There is a shift from students as consumers to students as creators On February 3, 2014, the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition, officially launched. The report aims to examine emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning within higher education settings.    



The decline of reading in America

January 24th, 2014 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

The American bookworm is a rarer species than two or three decades ago. Nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year, according to to a report from the Pew Research Center last week. As in, they hadn’t cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit […]



Mobile penetration in Africa hits 80% and is still growing

December 5th, 2013 at 1:27 pm » Comments Off

Mobile penetration in Africa is still growing at 4.2 percent annually. People tend to have certain paradigms about the “developed world” and the “developing world.” Including, of course, media-fed images of Africa as a place of almost irredeemable poverty, deprivation, and pain. Many of our paradigms are, of course, illusions.    



Natural gas is set to be the next big energy trend

November 26th, 2013 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

Global consumption of natural gas will rival the use of coal and steal the market share from oil on the world market. The “next defining energy trend” is poised to be natural gas as it increasingly becomes a primary global energy source, according to a report released today by GE.    



The Internet of Things could lead the U.S. economy out of a ‘slow-growth rut’

September 16th, 2013 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

The report describes how technological innovation, particularly as it relates to the Internet of Everything (IoE), could lead America’s economy out of a “slow-growth rut.” The Internet of Things could be just what the U.S. economy needs. The Progressive Policy Institute released a report today titled “Can the Internet of Everything bring back the High-Growth Economy?” […]



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