Classroom learning with Concert of Technology


While we are learning courses online at Udacity (https://www.udacity.com/  ) and Coursera (http://www.coursera.org/ ),  we are supposed to be actively communicating with fellow students and the course  teams under the discussion forums. During the recent course I took this March 2014, I found out in one of the discussion forum that 10 to 13 year old students are also participating in learning management courses. Technology is allowing individuals of any age, to learn what they want and when they want. It is now possible to individualize instructions in the same way as teachers do to their pupil.

I felt that there is an opportunity to bring my corporate best practices and technology knowledge to schools where the foundation for future behavior of the students gets established.  Smart use of software can help to a large extent to transform school’s methods of teaching but this movement of redesigning classrooms to modern learning experiences needs commitment and a change in mind set  of the  authorities, teachers, parents and students of various schools.  It is a transformation for the school’s management, teachers and all the stake holders.

Education is transforming. But the way education is viewed by our younger generation is troubling. Students stay uninspired and less motivated to learn. Students prefer studies only for getting good marks.Teachers are less motivated to go beyond their comfort zones to experiment new ways of teachings.

STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math)   are necessary for students to help make their countries competitive and them to be employable.  The attitude of just studying for exams/marks is affecting the quality of students’ knowledge and job readiness. Students should move away from subject memorization to training focusing on skills in order to match what modern companies and society is looking for.

Since I worked and lived in the US for several years, I started checking the happenings in the US where STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math)   are given top priority. I found that their national science foundation is pretty serious about reforming education and even private companies are pumping millions of dollars into reforming education.  Their schools are equipped with modern technology tools and software for teaching and by 2019, industry analysts predicts that high school students will take half of their courses online.

Companies like Intel Corporation, Facebook, IBM have given Billions of dollars for reforming education sector.

Companies like Microsoft in collaboration with others are bringing learning experience to millions of children across the globe. More on this here http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/serving-communities/education/

Many schools in the US are adopting technology practices as their way of teaching. Some examples of schools which are forefront in using   technology to their benefit are as below

https://www.altschool.com/

http://www.minervaproject.com/

Even schools in my place (India , Rajahmundry) are pretty enthusiastic in adopting technologies, games, yoga, field trips etc  for students. But what I felt is that they are doing it more for marketing purposes  and more ad hoc  than a continues improvement process to transform the schools best practices, to be  sustainable and result oriented.

Here is what I think should be adopted by schools in shaping our students’ learning experiences, all round growth and the progress of the country’s youth to a sophisticated living with best practices for a better life in this digital century. Remember Technology is not the solution but it is a powerful tool in transforming the nation’s kids to be smart. 

First let’s separate school (Teachers, class rooms, labs and other infrastructure) and learning.

School: Children are the goal of any school.

There is a strong need for bringing some standards of how teaching is delivered irrespective of who the teacher is.  Every teacher is having his/her own style of teaching but there is a need for some guidelines of best practices so that students don’t feel uncomfortable with every new teacher that replaces earlier teacher.

Schools need to teach a new set of skills that go beyond the classroom syllabus. Modern work practices , daily life and cultural transformation of societies makes it mandatory that kids are taught spirituality, leadership skills, Reasoning capabilities, healthy lifestyles, scientific analysis, presentation skills,  yoga and meditation.

School should focus more on creating lab experiences for children (learning by doing) and based on the syllabus (state or CBSE) they should entertain students to make things in the lab. Syllabus should not be taught chapter after chapter but a holistic look at the content should be considered and  school should plan teaching subjects with all connected content so that students will get to know the big picture of the subject matter.

By teaching for many years teachers become comfortable and good at what they are teaching. But they should realize that world is moving at rapid pace and technology is changing how we live and work. There is a need to demystify technology to help them get to know how their subject knowledge is used by corporate and society and guide them to learn from fellow teachers from across the globe.

“We should not just teach what we know. we should always learn something new to teach our younger generation”.

Examples:    http://betterlesson.com/    http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/     http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/    http://peeragogy.org/

http://www.mathalicious.com/lessons   http://www.kickboardforteachers.com/  http://voxy.com/blog/index.php/2011/03/hardest-languages-infographic/

Management of schools should have innovative mind set and should be ready to experiment and invite industry experts for advice in changing how they function. They should not maintain the status Quo.

Students should be encouraged to participate in global challenges to solve some of the world’s problems , that makes them realize the opportunities that exist later in their career planning. http://www.minervaproject.com/

http://www.wecanchange.com/

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/competitions/international-science-and-engineering-fair.html

http://www.coursolve.org/

Students should be encouraged to look around for problems in their own  town/city/villages are facing and should be encouraged to solve them.

Example : http://www.notimpossiblelabs.com/#!about/c15vq

Teachers should help children the ability to find the information/knowledge kids need by cultivating analytic skills, curiosity and research skills.

Teachers should encourage kids to ask many questions. Their curiosity leads them to stay creative but many teachers quickly usher kids to stop asking. It’s an unfortunate habit and it’s one that threatens  creativity and innovation skills of the kid.

Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children’s_use_of_information

School management should not become complacent with their best practices because we are in a state of constant change across all fields of knowledge, practices and lifestyles. Today’s best practices become redundant within few months so it is better to stay agile and review their position.

Learning:  We live in a very dynamic world where information is rapidly changing. It is unrealistic to rely solely on text book for teaching kids. The text book can best serve as direction for planning syllabus completion for the academic year

Modern technology resources are available to reach out to what we want to learn and when we want to learn due to ubiquitous presence of internet facilities across all tech gadgets we use. School management should review what resources can be deployed for better learning experiences for teachers and students.

Some examples of resources available for Schools that won’t cost lot’s of money but keep them on the cutting edge teaching methods are as follows

https://www.remind101.com/  A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Free.

http://www.google.com/edu/apps/#how-it-works  Helps in assignments and other teaching resources.

Moodle : https://moodle.org/  A Complete education portel for teaching, assignments, quizzes and other cool stuff.

http://www.vincigenius.com/

There is a seismic changes happening in education sector. Companies like Google , IBM, Facebook are investing millions of dollars in reforming schools and developing cool technology tools and educational resources. Bill and Melinda gates foundation, governments, NGO’s and many enterprising individuals are reshaping school education. Schools should continuously monitor the trends and  adjust , align to modern best practices.

Example: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/05/06/google-developing-free-lms-as-part-of-apps-for-education.aspx

https://www.khanacademy.org/

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/US-Program/College-Ready-Education

Students should be made aware of what’s happening in other parts of the country and globally and they should be encouraged to connect with fellow students from across the globe for exchanging best practices of learning not just subject matter but also cultural differences and lifestyles of that country.

Example : http://www.newschools.org/venture/school-of-one

Schools should develop a framework of higher order thinking and skills enhancements while teaching kids.

Example of higher order thinking while a subject is taught by the teacher is as follows.

Type of thinking Encouraged Questions Posed
Memory Who invented Mobile Phone ? (Martin cooper)
Convergent thinking How has Mobile phones affected our daily lives?
Divergent thinking If there are no Mobile phones how would history have been changed?
Evaluative thinking What would you do when no mobile phone on earth works?

School assignments should help kids to discover and should be inquiry based drawing upon higher order thinking skills. Example Social studies. Ask students to play a role of a political leader and ask him/her  suggest some good policy matters that benefits millions of people.. Maths :  Using internet find 10 most innovative companies of the world, their products, their best practices and make a bar graph of the same.  Science: Design a useful product to a local merchant and demo it to them. Language: Read a book or analyse this article I wrote and put it as a comment.

Students should be taught time management skills. They should be able to allocate time for learning, yoga, meditation, sports and subject contents.

Parents should be made part of this whole process and should be engaged in all the efforts that schools is attempting,  to prepare their children for a digitally connected  world.

Ultimately I would say to school managements that “If you are not living on the edge you are  living in a crowded space of too many me too type schools”

You are all welcome to reach me thru your comments.

Thanks to kids from “Tennis Couching Centre” Rajahmundry for valuable feed back of their experiences and to the coach Laxman for the support.

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World’s Best at one place


Compiled from various sources via Google and Bing search.

The worlds first web site http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html 

Here is a website for knowing your math and Physics skills https://brilliant.org/ 

10 smartest kids in the world and the crazy math problem they can solve http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-smartest-kids-in-the-world-2013-4#15-year-old-phoebe-cai-of-the-usa-is-working-on-data-analysis-for-u-penns-medical-school-1

THE WORLDS MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2013

Nike:  The No 1 Most innovative company of 2013: Nike’s broke out into technology, data and services with Sensors in Shoes and developing Software apps. In 2012 Nike developed the most famous Fuelband a $150 Electronic bracelet that measures your movements throughout the day whether you play tennis, jog or just walk to work. It helps in monitoring how many calories you burnt.  The other innovation is “Flyknit Racer” , feather light shoes that feel more like a sock atop a sole. Nike’s CEO is Mark Parker and has 44000 employees with worldwide revenue at $24 billion

Amazon: It is the E-Commerce giant of the world. It is known for delivery of goods and services at an outstanding speed that rivals like FEDEX, UPS, USPS envy. They have to work hard to keep up with Amazon’s speed of service to their customers. It diversified into Software hosting services (Cloud computing) and giving sleepless nights to tech giants like Google, Ebay, IBM and retailer like Walmart.

Square: This Company is famous for spreading Mobile payments revolution across the world.  It processes $10 billion worth of mobile payments annually.

Splunk: Every click on any website data, every customer call and every credit card transaction, every tweet on twitter and every work on Facebook post. All these data is monitored, collected and indexed in real time creating opportunities for its clients to improve business. That is what Splunk does which enabled them to make $70 million in 2012.

Fab: It makes sales to dozens of online boutiques of design centric clothing’s with a $150 Million revenue in 2012. International sales went from zero to 30% in 2012.

The World’s most powerful people

There are nearly 7.1 billion people on the planet. But  71 among them matters the most. The top 12 are as follows

  1. Barrack Obama  President of United states
  2. Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany
  3. Vladimir Putin President, Russia.
  4. Bill Gates Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  5. Pope Benedict XVI Pope, Roman Catholic Church
  6. Ben Bernanke Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve
  7. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud  King, Saudi Arabia
  8. Mario Draghi President, European Central Bank
  9. Xi Jinping General Secretary, Communist Party Of China
  10. David Cameron Prime Minister, United Kingdom.
  11. Carlos Slim Helu Chairman, Carlos Slim Foundation
  12. Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress

World Youngest but powerful people of the planet

  1. Mark Zuckerberg, 28 CEO, Facebook
  2. Kim Jong-Un, 29 Supreme Leader, North Korea
  3. Larry Page & Sergey Brin, 39 Cofounders, Google
  4. Elon Musk, 41 CEO, SpaceX, Tesla Motors
  5. Robin Li, 44 Cofounder and CEO, Baidu
  6. Reid Hoffman, 45 Venture capitalist
  7. David Cameron, 46 British Prime Minister
  8. Enrique Pena Nieto, 46 President-elect of Mexico
  9. Dmitry Medvedev, 47  Russian Prime Minister
  10. Jeff Bezos, 48 Amazon CEO

2013 Richest people on the planet

  1. Carlos Slim Helu Net worth: $73 billion Country: Mexico Source of wealth: Telecom
  2. Bill Gates Net worth: $67 billion Country: U.S. Source of wealth: Microsoft
  3. Amancio Ortega Net worth: $57 billion Country: Spain Source of wealth: Zara
  4. Warren Buffet Net worth: $53.5 billion Country: U.S. Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway
  5. Larry Ellison Net worth: $43 billion Country: U.S.Source of wealth: Oracle
  6. Charles Koch Net worth: $34 billion Source: U.S. Source of wealth: Diversified
  7. David Koch Net worth: $34 billion Country: U.S. Source of wealth: Diversified
  8. Li Ka-shing Net worth: $31 billion Country: Hong Kong Source of wealth: Diversified
  9. Liliane Bettencourt & family Net worth: $30 billion Country: France
  10. Bernard Arnault Net worth: $29 billion Country: France Source of wealth: LVMH

Top 10 richest Indians

  1. Mukesh ambani
  2. Lakshmi Mittal
  3. Azim Premzi
  4. Pallonji Mistry
  5. Dilip Shanghvi
  6. Adi Godrej
  7. Savitri Jindal
  8. Shashi and Ravi Ruia of Essar group
  9. Hinduja brothers  Prakash, Srichand, Gopichand and Ashok
  10. Kumar Mangalam Birla

Top 10 Women Billionaires

  1. Rosalia Mera $6.1 billion SPAIN, ZARA
  2. Wu Yajun $4.3 billion CHINA, REAL ESTATE
  3. Chan Laiwa $4.1 billion CHINA, REAL ESTATE
  4. Diane Hendricks $3.8 billionUS, ROOFING
  5. Zhang Xin $3.6 billion CHINA, REAL ESTATE
  6. Doris Fisher $2.8 billion US, GAP
  7. Oprah Winfrey $2.8 billion US, MEDIA
  8. Marion Ilitch $2.7 billion US, PIZZA
  9. Lynda Resnick $2.2 billion US, DIVERSIFIED
  10. Giuliana Benetton $2 billion ITALY, FASHION

Forbes Largest Indian companies

Name of the company Industry Type
Hindustan Petroleum Oil & gas operations
NMDC Materials
Tata Motors Capital goods
Wipro Business services & supplies
DLF Diversified Financials
Hindalco Industries Materials
ITC Food, drink & tobacco
Punjab National Bank Banking
Reliance Industries Oil & gas operations
Axis Bank Banking
Bank of Baroda Banking
Canara Bank Banking
State Bank of India Group Banking
Bank of India Banking
GAIL (India) Utilities
ICICI Bank Banking
Indian Oil Oil & gas operations
Oil & Natural Gas Oil & gas operations
Bharti Airtel Telecommunications
National Aluminium Materials
NTPC Utilities
Power Grid of India Utilities
Steel Authority of India Materials
Tata Steel Materials
Unitech Construction
HDFC Housing Development Diversified financials
Larsen & Toubro Capital goods
Reliance Communications Telecommunications
Tata Consultancy Services Business services & supplies
Bharat Heavy Electricals Capital goods
Bharat Petroleum Oil & gas operations
HDFC Bank Banking
Infosys Technologies Business services & supplies
Bharti Tele-Ventures Telecommunications services
Union Bank of India Banking
Indl Dev Bank of India Banking
Oriental Bank of Commerce Banking
Bajaj Auto Consumer durables
UCO Bank Banking
Indian Overseas Bank Banking

 

Top 10 Innovative companies in India

  1. Mahindra Reva
  2. Selco
  3. GVK-EMRI
  4. IndiGo
  5. Micromax
  6. Sarvajal
  7. Attero Recycling
  8. Vaatsalya
  9. Skymet
  10. UFO Moviez

Top 10 Innovative companies in Mobile

  1. Uber
  2. Evernote
  3. Kiip
  4. Azumio
  5. Square
  6. SwiftKey
  7. eBay
  8. Voxer
  9. Gigwalk
  10. Apptopia

Top 10 Innovative companies in Robotics

  1. iRobot
  2. Recon Robotics
  3. Google
  4. Mazor Robotics
  5. SpaceX
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. PV-Kraftwerker
  8. Boston Dynamics
  9. Ekso Bionics
  10. Seegrid

 The top 10 Architecture companies of the world

1. Aecom (USA. 1,370 architects employed. Over $400m Fee Income)

2. Gensler (USA. 1,346. Over $400m)

3. IBI Group (Canada. 1,129. $160-169m)

4. Nikken Sekkei (Japan. 1,109. Over $400m)

5. Aedas (China/UK. 1, 078. $200-209m)

6. Perkins & Will (USA. 771. $220-229m)

7. DP Architects (Singapore. 736. $70-79m)

8. HOK (USA. 715. $240-249m)

9. Samoo Architects & Engineers (South Korea. 712. $250-259m)

10. Foster & Partners (UK. 646. $200-209m)

Architect Hafeez Contractor (India. 200. $30-39m) of India ranks 52nd ,  CP Kukreja (India. 130. $5-9m) ranks 81st  Morphogenesis (India. 110. $5-9m) ranks 92nd.

The top 10 Indian infrastructure construction companies in India

  1. Larsen & Toubro ,
  2. Lanco Simplex
  3. GMR
  4. DLF
  5. Tata Projects
  6. Gammon India
  7. Hindustan Construction Company
  8. Unitech
  9. Punj Lloyd 
  10. Nagarjuna Construction

The top 10 online Education companies of the world.

  1. Coursera
  2. Udacity
  3. Edx
  4. Rio Salado
  5. Amplify
  6. Gamedesk
  7. Duolingo
  8. InsideTrack
  9. FunDza
  10. ClassDojo

Worlds top 10 Energy companies

  1. ExxonMobil
  2. Royal Dutch Shell
  3. Chevron
  4. BP
  5. Gazprom
  6. Statoil
  7. Total
  8. ConocoPhillips
  9. PetroChina
  10. Rosneft

Top 10 Mechanical Engineering companies of the world

  1. Aviadvigatel
  2. Bystronic
  3. chemtech
  4. Design Continuum
  5. E.C.H. Will
  6. HAWE Hydraulik SE
  7. Kirov Plant
  8. Körber PaperLink
  9. Mechon
  10. Meyer Burger Technology

Top 10 wind manufacturing companies of the world

  1. Vestas
  2. Sinovel
  3. Goldwind
  4. Gamesa
  5. Enercon
  6. GE Energy
  7. Suzlon Group  (India)
  8. Guodian
  9. Siemens Wind Power
  10. Ming Yang

Top 10 Indian electrical engineering firms

  1. Bajaj International Private Ltd
  2. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  3. Crompton Greaves Limited (CGL)
  4. Dev Denso Power Ltd
  5. Info Edge (India) Ltd
  6. Penguin Engineering Ltd
  7. Bristol Fire Engineering
  8. Kelvin Electrical
  9. Siemens Ltd
  10. Wipro Lighting.

Top Technology companies  

Rank

Company

Industry

Revenue

FY

Employees

Market cap

Headquarters

1

Samsung Electronics

Electronics

$188.1

2012

371,726

$227.58

Seoul, South Korea

2

Apple

Electronics

$156.5

2012

76,100

$427.62

Cupertino, CA, USA

3

HP

Hardware

$120.3

2012

331,800

$32.46

Palo Alto, CA, USA

4

Foxconn

Electronics

$119

2011

1,230,000

$27.2

New Taipei, Taiwan

5

IBM

Computer services

$104.5

2012

433,362

$229.45

Armonk, NY, USA

6

Panasonic

Electronics

$99.65

2012

327,512

$22.7

Osaka, Japan

7

Microsoft

Hardware/Software

$73.72

2012

94,000

$224.8

Redmond, WA, USA

8

Dell

Hardware

$62.07

2012

106,700

$22.97

Austin, TX, USA

9

Amazon.com

Internet

$61.09

2012

88,400

$120.03

Seattle, WA, USA

10

Fujitsu

Hardware/Software

$54.46

2012

173,155

$125.83

Tokyo, Japan

11

Intel

Semiconductor

$53.34

2012

104,700

$105.26

Santa Clara, CA, USA

12

Google

Internet

$50.17

2012

53,546

$248.31

Mountain View, CA, USA

 

Forbes 2013 Global list of companies

Rank

Company

Headquarters

Industry

Sales
(billion $)

Profits
(billion $)

Assets
(billion $)

Market Value
(billion $)

1

ICBC  China Banking

134.8

37.8

2,813.5

237.3

2

China Construction Bank  China Banking

113.1

30.6

2,241.0

202.0

3

JPMorgan Chase  United States Banking

108.2

21.3

2,359.1

191.4

4

General Electric  United States Conglomerate

147.4

13.6

685.3

243.7

5

Exxon Mobil  United States Oil and gas

420.7

44.9

333.8

400.4

 6

HSBC  United Kingdom Banking

104.9

14.3

2,684.1

201.3

7

Royal Dutch Shell  Netherlands Oil and gas

467.2

26.6

360.3

213.1

8

Agricultural Bank of China  China Banking

103.0

23.0

2,124.2

150.8

9

Berkshire Hathaway  United States Conglomerate

162.5

14.8

427.5

252.8

9

PetroChina  China Oil and gas

308.9

18.3

347.8

261.2

11

Bank of China  China Banking

98.1

22.1

2,033.8

131.7

12

Wells Fargo  United States Banking

91.2

18.9

1,423.0

201.3

13

Chevron  United States Oil and gas

222.6

26.2

233.0

232.5

14

Volkswagen Group  Germany Automotive

254.0

28.6

408.2

94.4

15

Apple  United States Computer hardware

164.7

41.7

196.1

416.6

15

Wal-Mart Stores  United States Retail

469.2

17.0

203.1

242.5

17

Gazprom  Russia Oil and gas

144.0

40.6

339.3

111.4

18

BP  United Kingdom Oil and gas

370.9

11.6

301.0

130.4

19

Citigroup  United States Banking

90.7

7.5

1,864.7

143.6

 

Some good websites for your daily use


Some unknown and good websites that help you in your daily life are listed below. check them out and see if you can use them

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/projectpraviin/index.html   “Project Praviin is an innovative program launched under the aegis of IBM Academic Initiative worldwide to partner with colleges and universities in India to better educate millions of students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. A professional IBM certification in open standards technologies can make the difference between getting hired and being left out, which is what this program offers.  ”

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/ur/programs.html ” Global Remote Mentoring is a unique program designed to provide a mechanism for students to learn real life technical problem solving, project delivery concepts and communication skills. This program simulates remote project management and delivery environment. Students work with their Faculty Mentor and consult with designated IBM Mentors (experts) on their project.”

North south foundation (NSF) The NSF Scholarship program in India is designed to encourage excellence among the poor children who excel academically but need help to attend college. Each scholarship is $250 per student per year. More Information is available at Indian Scholarships.  http://www.northsouth.org/public/main/home.aspx//

Want to learn code while playing games check this out here http://www.primerlabs.com/

http://www.midomi.com/ search for music by singing or humming here

want to know the latest in Civil engineering , Building standards and other information. check these websites https://ilbi.org/lbc/LBC%20Documents/lbc-2.1

http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=20

http://cascadiagbc.org/living-future/11/program/lf11sessiondescriptions/The%20Red%20List%20and%20Beyond

For mobile phone addicts here you can find lot’s of gadget details http://www.slashgear.com/panasonic-eluga-smartphone-for-europe-official-20214349/   and http://www.theverge.com/ and more about gadgets here http://www.engadget.com/topics/cellphones

Make your own light bulbs using bamboo etc  http://inhabitat.com/tag/victor-vetterlein/

http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/myna free tool to record your voice and edit your songs

http://www.wolframalpha.com/   get answers without search

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ download images, templates etc

http://www.screenr.com/  record the movies from your computer and add your voice if needed and upload the file to youtube or other services

http://www.followupthen.com/ easy way to setup email reminders

http://my.lovelycharts.com/ create flowcharts , sitemaps, network diagrams

http://www.pdfescape.com/ edit PDF file online

http://dabbleboard.com/draw Your whiteboard to draw anything

http://new.livestream.com/ broadcast marriage ceremonies, party’s , birthday’s events live so your friends and others can view them from far places

http://www.homestyler.com/ design your home in 3D. Civil engineers good for you.

https://join.me/ you can use this service for sharing your screen with others

http://www.onlineocr.net/ recognize characters from scanned pdf and images. other good services are google docs, http://finereader.abbyyonline.com/en/Account/Welcome captures text from capture images to word document and other formats

http://www.free-ocr.com/ same as above http://ocronline.com/ another free service

For checking grammer, spelling mistakes in your document use this one http://www.polishmywriting.com/

http://typewith.me/ friends can work together on the same document same time

http://everytimezone.com/ world time zones at one place

http://zoom.it/ view high resolution images

http://studio.stupeflix.com/ make videos and movies on your own

http://asktom.oracle.com/pls/asktom/f?p=100:1:0 for software code questions

http://www.fusioncharts.com/demos/business/ charts for business

http://lifehacker.com/ hacking tools

http://uplaya.com/ upload your song and share it with the world

http://community.topcoder.com/tc programming contests and free lancing opportunities

http://www.guru.com/index.aspx find work here

http://keepass.info/index.html too many passwords?  one master key password service

You can find more here https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/internet-resources-and-opportunities/

Grass root Student to Global standards


The national science foundation predicts that mastery in one of the   STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math)   is necessary for students to make countries competitive and them to be employable. Education is transforming but the way education is viewed by our younger generation is troubling. Students/ Parents worry only about getting good marks. The attitude of just studying for exams is affecting the quality of students’ knowledge and job readiness.  The time to adjust to corporates best methods, use of technologies, tools and methods is affecting the overall efficiency of companies and in the long run affecting many up and coming companies to compete in global environment. The image of poor employee standards affects business so much that many companies with high growth potential cannot grow beyond  the boundaries of their own state many times to expand business. Even i’m not able to grow my company too due to lack of good software guys with domain expertise. Education become a major   central, front and back issue for talent hungry companies.  Education is the key for students to become highly successful in career and also for country to be competitive.

Universities, colleges are still promoting   education which won’t meet the rapid, innovative and agile corporation’s needs that constantly upgrade their employee’s skills to stay relevant in business.  Students become uninspired and don’t believe in hard work anymore. Teachers less motivated.  Universities, colleges focus on survival.  clcik here to know more http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_stu_att_fin_sch_bor-student-attitude-find-school-boring

Companies find it hard to get the Young talent they need. This has made major corporations to see this as a business opportunity and entering in to education sector in a big way. World bank is providing $500 million interest free loan to Indian government to promote quality education in Indian schools.

http://in.news.yahoo.com/world-bank-offers-500-million-loan-education-india-120005484.html

Indian Government is  promoting $12.9 billion programme thru Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) http://www.indg.in/primary-education/policiesandschemes/rashtriya-madhyamik-shiksha-abhiyan-rmsa  .

The national board of accreditation http://www.nba-aicte.ernet.in/teqip.htm is trying to make technical education relevant and dynamic and aligned to industry needs

India is bidding to get a permanent seat on prestigious Washington accord for international accreditation of Indian technical educations. This is particularly a good news for BTech engineering students since it allows them to get overseas jobs easily and can eassily study in foreign universities.  More about Washington accord here http://www.washingtonaccord.org/

More about this news here http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/services/education/soon-indian-btech-degrees-may-be-recognized-abroad/articleshow/12420543.cms

Intel Corporation, Facebook, IBM like companies have given Billions of dollars for reforming education sector.  Money cannot transform the practices, mind set and how education is taught in the classroom. Money can give the required infrastructure but it cannot give the skills to be a good employee. It cannot give technical expertise or intellectual capital strength. Studies should move away from subject memorization to skills focussed trainings to match what companies are looking for. My prediction is that Online education and skills certifications given by companies become more relevant and acceptable for employment than a collage degree if students don’t pay attention to learning and college courses are not aligned to what industry needs.

Companies like Microsoft with collaboration with others are brining learning experience to millions of children across the globe. According to a report from FC  “products like Office 2010 and Kinect for Xbox 360 that help bring education alive for kids, the company also partners with hundreds of NGOs around the world to help young people gain access to the tools they need in order to realize their full potential. Thus far Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program has channelled $500 million toward education systems around the world, reaching more than 196 million teachers and students in 114 countries.”

More on this here http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/serving-communities/education/

Microsoft Imagine cup encourages students to solve world’s toughest problems.

http://www.imaginecup.com/   and https://www.dreamspark.com/

Microsoft employees are encouraged to go and teach in schools and colleges under Technology Education and Literacy in Schools scheme. More here http://tealsk12.org/

When I came back from US I was interested to do something to our student community. I have seen many instances of money given to institutes or colleges not giving the results I expected. So I decided to volunteer myself to teaching   and to enrich their skills thru my blogs. I constantly upgrade my knowledge of what companies look for in students and try my best to transfer that knowledge to them.  Not many students read blogs nor i get a chance to go to every college  but I’m hoping that students will realize that their involvement is what will shape their career and this country’s future. My contribution to my country’s young is  to do my best to bring grass root student to global employee standards.

IBM Smarter City Classes


IBM has announced the 50 recipients of its “Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Awards” and $10,000 grants for designing classes geared toward the technologies, markets, and applications in which IBM has a vested interest.
What are smart cities.
“Smart Cities are responsive, large scale environments that adapt to the usage pattern of the people that live there, and leverages data from past behaviours to forecast tomorrow’s needs. ”
What to know more? click here http://georgeaye.com/blog/?currentPage=2

Facebook , Ebay, Google and big data companies going green


According to http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2011/04/16/facebook-installs-solar-panels-at-new-data-center/   Facebook has built a 100 kW solar panel array, which will produce 204,000 kilowatt hours of solar power per year, next to its data center.  Greenpeace plans to launch a report at  http://event.gigaom.com/greennet/ event called “How Dirty Is Your Data?” which it explains as examining the “energy choices of Facebook and its IT peers.” At Green:Net Google and Yahoo will discuss their green data center plans.

For those electrical and electronics students here is some more interesting GK in your area of study.

Acccording to a MIT study in 2009  16,000 servers used by eBay are thought to use 60,000 MWh per year. Forty thousand servers used by Akamai are thought to use 170,000 MWh per year. For those that forget physics class, 1 megawatt (MW) is 1,000 kilowatts (kW). More details of this and other subject matters please click the following link.

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~bmm/papers.html