It was in October 2011 when Thomas Suarez stood onstage in front of the bright lights and cameras to give his first TED talk in Manhattan Beach, California. He was wearing a light blue, untucked button-up dress shirt and khaki pants. He had an iPad in his left hand to control the Keynote slides behind him. His TED Talk was about the importance of giving children the opportunity to learn coding and develop apps. He said, “A lot of kids these days like to play games, but now they want to make them.” In fact, he added, “I made a few apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.” Suarez was 12 years old. He was probably the youngest to give a TED Talk during that time. The boy whiz said he was inspired by Steve Jobs, which motivated him to learn and use the iPhone’s software development kit to create Apple apps. “I’ve started an App Club at my school that a teacher there is kindly sponsoring,” he said. If this 12-year-old boy could learn … [Read more...] about Why kids should be learning how to code
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By Kieran Leavitt StarMetro Edmonton Thu., Aug. 2, 2018 EDMONTON—Many words in the Cree language are buried under the cultural rubble of colonization, smothered by residential schools, where children weren’t allowed to speak their native tongue. Edward Lavallee-Meequaan can fluently speak Cree—one of the country’s most widely-spoken Indigenous languages, along with Ojibway, and Innu/Montagnais. In fact, Cree is his first language. But he’s noticed that many fluent speakers are older and few young people speak it. Now 77, he lives in Edmonton, where he can use Cree more often as there is a small community of people who grew up with it as their first language and love speaking it. “When I lived in other Canadian cities, I didn’t find too many good Cree speakers,” he said. Born in 1940, he grew up on the Sturgeon Lake First Nation reserve in central Saskatchewan but went on to travel across Canada throughout his … [Read more...] about Will the government’s Indigenous languages law save endangered tongues?
...And miles to go before i sleep I have been taking stock of my physical, mental, psychological, artistic and spiritual health lateIy. I have been paying attention to my body and all its aches and pains and its new gains since I’ve been going to the gym. A few years ago, I also started eating moderately and more sensibly, and have generally been taking care of myself. I have been sleeping well lately, around seven hours a night and a few naps at different times of the day. I still have bad nights sometimes where I get less sleep because I wake up and can’t get back to sleep. But that is rare. I go to the gym two to four times a week. I do a lot of stomach crunches of different types — around 500 reps each visit. I do 3:15 minutes of planking followed by 60 pushups and 13 pull-ups. I work out with jump ropes and a few weights as part of my routine. I would say my gym activity is a light one. What I am aiming for is to get better body … [Read more...] about …And miles to go before i sleep
SELANGOR: Technology-based learning and developing multilingual students will be among the main areas of focus of the Malaysia’s education ministry, it’s new minister Dr Maszlee Malik said on Monday (May 21)In an interview with national news agency Bernama, he said that in line with the aspirations highlighted in the current education blueprint, more efforts would be made to introduce additional languages into the national syllabus.“If it’s not in the syllabus, it will be introduced as part of the co-curriculum,” he added.He said that the current Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 and the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) would be maintained as it contained proposals that could propel the rank of Malaysia’s education system internationally.“We have to admit that despite the flaws in the current system, there are also advantages which we should maintain. Perhaps we can just tweak it a bit and add value to what we … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s new education minister to focus on tech-based learning, multilingual skills
caption Author not pictured. source Flickr/Colin Bowern When it comes to children, the only certain things about them is that they’ll cry, they’ll poop and repeat. Handling that is the easy part. Everything else is a minefield waiting to be stepped on. It doesn’t matter how many books you read, videos you watch, classes you take or parents you talk to, raising your own child and the affects it will have on you will only become known once you’re in the trenches. While it may sometimes sound like war, having a kid is truly incredible. There are a few things, however, I wish I knew before my son arrived. You’re on your own source Shutterstock The baby’s born. Family comes to visit you at the hospital, friends send you text messages and your social media blows up with good wishes from the kid you sat next to in third grade. Then after 48 hours, at which point your insurance company strong-arms the hospital to … [Read more...] about 15 things I wish I knew before becoming a dad