Build portfolios, not resumes!

Disclaimer: I am a guy who never had a real job in my life, and most probably never will. So take any career advice from you with a pinch of salt. No, I am serious. Build portfolios not resumes! aka self-directed learning So what is a problem that many job seeker faces? A: You want(…)

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) for education

So maybe your biology classes was just boring and your only joy was the painful death of little animals on the altar of science while you dissect them?   You know what is way more cooler? How about exploring the oceans with your own submarine? If you are ready to build your own, you are not alone: you can check(…)

Curiosity and motivation in learning

It is interesting that while in informal settings practically everyone acknowledges that motivation of the students is the most important element for their academic success, we generally doesn’t do much about it. I mean, frankly: sometimes people say that a teacher should be energetic and enthusiastic and able to engage students, or sometimes interesting  lectures should be taught, but that is it. The whole approach of academia(…)

Simulating molecular assemblies in the classroom

It seems Concordia Consotrium with the support of Google.org came out some new simulations using the Molecular Workbench tool to illustrate intermolecular interactions. For example take a look at these systems: Warming up and cooling down we can see how the molecular liquids start evaporating, while ionic ones stay condensed. Do you want to explain the advantages(…)

Enter the 800lb gorilla

Finally, arrived what should have come for long. At his moment, Google is making the first steps to the Learning Management Systems (LMS) / Learning Content Management System (LCMS) market introducing Course Builder. Let us face it: this step is both logical and necessary. Online-education may become a major segment of the zillion dollar higher-education business, and it is actually(…)

Do we really teach what we should teach?

Frankly speaking: I am a computational chemist with a PhD working in academia, and have regular, though superficial intimate times with  statistics, scientific visualization, programming and similar geeky staffs. Yet, I hardly ever use most of Math I learned in secondary education. I think it is a pretty safe assumption that 95% of the population has even less(…)

Big Data for teachers

If you thought that the idea of computers make your English teacher trembling and sweating, take this: the age of data mining in education has come! Learning analytics is the new black, according to Adrianes Pinanton. Well, it makes sense. If you like Infographics, you will love this (all due credit to Adrianes Pinanton and(…)

Better education than college

OK, it is somewhat a lie: there are professions where still college is the best education. At least, I do not trust any doctor without any formal education. I would recommend you the same policy. Same goes for dentists. “Is it safe?” So  Huffington Post collected a few alternative ways how one educate herself to(…)