Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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September 2nd, 2014
5:07
 

A massive open online course (MOOC; /mu:k/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community.

Although early MOOCs often emphasized open access features, some notable newer MOOCs use closed licenses for their course materials while maintaining free access for students.

See what everyone’s talking about in this quick tutorial:

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What a great way to gain new skills and network with experts in a field of interest to you! Or share you expertise with others!

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The thought of making my own TOYS has a real appeal to the inner kid I’ve never left far behind.  Although, I’m not sure I am thrilled with the idea that these creations have a ‘shelf-life’ of two days or so.  According to the interviewee, Nicholas Liverman (co-Founder of Old World Laboratories), that’s about the length of the attention span for his own children before they move on to something else (can you say landfill, boys and girls?).  Custom Toys

Of greater value, this creative outlet has applications in the education sphere.  Increasing affordability of 3-D printers may allow for them to be available in more classroom settings!  Imagine the possibilities for the children in lower income settings to have actual hands-on experience with materials that have never been available to them before…

 

TEACHING IN 3-D

 

“3D printing allows for more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available to education institutions, including animal anatomies and toxic materials. The exploration of 3D printing, from design to production, as well as demonstrations and participatory access, can open up new possibilities for learning activities.”

 

How will you apply 3-D production of goods/services to your current work to bring about great changes for a Smarter Planet??

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August 29th, 2014
10:49
 

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of PUSHBACK is: (#1) the action of forcing an object backward; (#2) resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected.  [Personal note:  lots of language has morphed around the globe - - being a language purist, I'd rather see pushback as a hyphenated word, but I don't think I get a vote!]

Most often we hear “pushback” used in the office or home environment to describe a “counter-offensive” in response to a proposed idea, suggestion, or (heaven forbid) chore to be done in the house – so definition (#2) is in play there.  In the aviation world, pushback relates to the primary definition (#1).

Read about the new system being developed in Germany to bring more automation to airline departures or PUSHBACKS

Pilot Ground Situation Awareness System (PGSA)

Make sure to check out the contact information for the companies at the bottom of the article (job prospects, maybe?)  Sorry, I didn’t see any advice in the article as to how to make your teachers, parents or boss give in to your pushback! You’re on your own there, I’m afraid :-)

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August 25th, 2014
11:36
 

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) – a mouthful to say; an important concept in making decisions towards a Smarter Planet!  SCR technology is one of the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient technologies available to help reduce diesel engine emissions.  SCR has been used for decades to reduce stationary source emissions. In addition, marine vessels worldwide have been equipped with SCR technology, including cargo vessels, ferries and tugboats.

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First step:  learn something about the technology from Wikipedia

Second step: learn something about its practical applications:  boilers, cars, trucks

Third step: learn about who the players are in the field (job-hunt while you’re at it…)

Final step:  assess how the technology fits in with YOUR work and go boldly into the cleaner future without having to hold your breath!

 

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August 23rd, 2014
8:59
 

As we all droop from the heat of summer in America, it’s a depressing thought to imagine that water shortages could spell an end to making lemonade or running thru the sprinkler on your lawn or hanging out at a pool or beach with your friends or biting into a sweet juicy peach grown by a local farmer (all particularly summer-y type activities that are generally associated with the U.S.).  But it may not be as far fetched as one might suppose -  and it may have a financial repercussions worldwide, too!

Since 2011 companies have spent more than $84bn worldwide to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to data from Global Water Intelligence, regulatory disclosures and executive interviews with the Financial Times.

 

Please take some time to check out the article by Pilita Clark linked below .  Admittedly, it’s a lengthy read, but absolutely fascinating (and slightly terrifying!) in the details about the many areas of the globe that have already begun preparations in hopes of staving off the worst effects of the ‘evaporation’ of this most precious commodity.

 

A WORLD WITHOUT WATER

 

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(P.S. Note her mention of Coca-Cola and their project with World Wildlife Fund – I talked about their work in my blog post on June 27th. Here’s another chance to click on the panda to explore different career paths for yourself)

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