Friday, March 29, 2013

Changing the Culture of College Application

Changing the Culture of College Application By DAVID LEONHARDT, NYTimes

Changing the application and enrollments patterns of high-achieving, low-income students will probably take an enormous amount of initial work. Over time, though, the work will get easier.

The Emotional Lure of Prepaid College

The Emotional Lure of Prepaid College By ANN CARRNS

The Private College 529 Plan lets participants prepay tuition at private colleges and universities, at today’s rates.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Harvard Asks Graduates to Donate Time to Free Online Humanities Class

Harvard Asks Graduates to Donate Time to Free Online Humanities Class By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, NYTimes

In an e-mail, the university asked alumni who had taken a course on Greek heroes to volunteer as online mentors and discussion group managers.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Harvard Dean on Ethics and Global Education

Harvard Dean on Ethics and Global Education By JOYCE LAU

Nitin Nohria, the first Asian dean of Harvard Business School, speaks on globalization and ethics in an interview.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In China, Executives Flock Back to School for Unfinished Business

In China, Executives Flock Back to School for Unfinished Business By KIT GILLET, NYTimes

During the Cultural Revolution, higher education was viewed with suspicion. Now, top-level Chinese executives are flooding to M.B.A. courses to catch up.

Monday, March 25, 2013

More Young Japanese Heading Abroad to Study

More Young Japanese Heading Abroad to Study By MIKI TANIKAWA, NYTimes

The trend of the declining number of Japanese studying overseas is reversing, experts say. Female students tend to show the most interest, and Canada has emerged as a new popular destination.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Luring Young Web Warriors Is a U.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.

Luring Young Web Warriors Is a U.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game. By NICOLE PERLROTH, NYtimes

Taking a page from China, the United States is now scouring high schools for hackers with an eye to bringing them along to one day defend the nation from foreign attack.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Digitally Aided Education, Using the Students’ Own Electronic Gear

Digitally Aided Education, Using the Students’ Own Electronic Gear By MATT RICHTEL

In a growing trend, school districts pressed for money are allowing students to bring their phones, laptop computers or tablets to be used in the classroom.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Intel Science Talent Search

A Laboratory Grows Young Scientists By ETHAN HAUSER

The annual Intel Science Talent Search, with 40 finalists from more than 1,700 applicants this year, encourages young students to enter a life of science.

Colorado Student Receives $100,000 Intel First Prize By ETHAN HAUSER, NYTimes

Sara Volz, of Colorado Springs, cultivated populations of algae under her loft bed for her winning project in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Study

California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Study By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes

Legislation in California would require universities to honor faculty-approved online courses taken by those unable to register for classes on campus.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor By DAVID LEONHARDT, NYTimes

Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, which contributes to widening economic inequality, economists say.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

College Board markets midweek SAT testing to schools

College Board markets midweek SAT testing to schools Posted by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

The College Board recently introduced SAT® School Day.” This program enables participating districts and states to fund official SAT test administration in their schools during the week and not just on Saturdays. Locally, Prince George’s County seniors took the SAT last year, on Oct. 17. The test was administered at nearly all high schools in the district and cost the county $32.11 per student—specially discounted from the usual $50 registration fee. In the District of Columbia, public high schools will be giving the SAT on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and all juniors are being strongly encouraged to take advantage of the free SAT as a first step in the college application process. (read more)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Teen's Cancer Test Could Save Lives



VOAVideo: Teen's Cancer Test Could Save Lives (VOA On Assignment Mar. 8)

On Assignment's Philip Alexiou talks with VOA reporter Julie Taboh about her experience meeting and covering Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old U.S. science prodigy who developed a breakthrough test for pancreatic cancer. The test is designed to detect the disease at its earliest stage -- a potentially major achievement in the field as pancreatic cancer is one of cancer's deadliest forms.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | Silicon Valley, Chapter 1 | PBS



AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | Silicon Valley, Chapter 1 | PBS

Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the microchip ultimately re-shaped the future. "Silicon Valley" premieres Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8/7C on PBS. Learn more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/silicon/

Monday, March 11, 2013

College Admission Roulette: Ask for Financial Aid, or Not?

College Admission Roulette: Ask for Financial Aid, or Not? By PAUL SULLIVAN, NYTimes

Parents of children trying to get into college have long used their wealth to try to sway admissions officers. But that doesn’t always work.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

YouTube Spawns Asian-American Celebrities



VOAVideo: YouTube Spawns Asian-American Celebrities

From movies and TV shows to songs on the radio, there have been fewer opportunities in traditional media for Asian-American entertainers. But the Internet, especially YouTube, has changed that. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, a place that has seen an explosion of Asian-American YouTube celebrities.



uploadedTAAM: UPLOADED: The Asian American Movement (Official Trailer)

This documentary explores the visibility of Asian Americans in pop culture since the inception of new media such as YouTube. The documentary will focus on the current struggles and successes of important Asian Americans in the areas of music, film, and dance from both new media creators and long time industry professionals. website

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy SAT!

Ready for the Test!
Day of the Test:
  • Wake up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.
  • Eat breakfast (skip the quad latte and Red Bulll--you'll crash during the test).
  • Bring Student ID
  • Bring pencils, calculators, ear plugs, water, energy bar, etc.
  • Leave the house early.
  • Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.
During the Test
  • Stand up and stretch!
  • Drink water.


After the test, meet up with some friends, and celebrate. Good luck!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Twas the Night before the SAT


Don't cram for the SAT!
  • Put down that box of flash cards and back away from the BLUE BOOK.
  • Follow you normal Friday Night Homework routine.
  • Pack all your SAT supplies (ex: CHARGED-UP calculator, pencils, check your transportation/ride, etc) before you go to bed.
  • Go to bed early.
  • Set you alarm to wake-up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SAT March 2013 Countdown: 1


Critical Reading
  • Vocabulary: flash cards, word lists (Latin/Greek roots/prefixes/suffixes), word games--good! But the best way to acquire vocabulary is to READ.
  • Use POE (process of elimination)
  • Avoid answers that are too extreme (narrow, general, always/never, etc)


Sentence Completion--1 Blank

  • Cover the answers.
  • Read the sentence.
  • Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.
  • Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.
  • Match your choice with the supplied answer choices.
  • Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?
  • Use POE to target the correct answer.
  • Yes, the word you don't know can be the correct choice.

Sentence Completion--2 Blanks

  • Cover the answers.
  • Read the sentence.
  • Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.
  • Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.
  • Uncover the first column of words. Match them with your choice in the first blank (two answers should be retained, the other three should be dismissed).
  • Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?
  • Uncover the second column of words. Match them with your choice in the second blank (the target choices in the 1st blank are usually synonyms of each other; and the second blank is usually opposite of each other; OR the target choices in the 1st blank are antonyms of each other and the second blank is are synonyms).
  • Remember: there is only one correct answer!).

Short Parassage (updated 1/25/2013)

  • Read the questions first.
  • The short passage questions are usually about the tone, main idea, or inference.
  • There is usually one dual short passage set per SAT test.
  • Each of the four questions compare/contrast both passages.
  • Draw a quick Venn Diagram to organize the info.
  •  Remember WHAT the topic is about, and the AUDIENCE.
  • Four Types of Dual Passages
    • Pro / Con (opposite positions)
    • General / Specific
    • 2 different academic disciplines (ex: literary criticism / autobiography)
    • Tone (objective / ironic)
  • Dual passages can be combination of the Four Types

Long Passage (updated 1/25/2013)

  • Read the blurb (who? what? where? when?)
  • Skim & underline for information (Proper Nouns, Numeric infoUnusual Punctuation, Lists)
    • Proper Nouns
      • Capitalized words tell us more about Who? What? Where?
      • possessive 's tell us more about the Proper Nouns
      • compound-words are tailored-made for the passage
    • Numeric Info
      • Numbers (especially years) tell us more about When?  How much?  How many?
      • centuries: seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth...
      • sequence words: first, second, third, next, prior, former...
    • Definitions (unusual punctuation) signals narrative transitions/development
      •  :colons. --dashes-- , (parentheses) give us more info about the word/phrase to the left of the punctuation
      • "air-quotes" one to four words between quotations--not reported speech, but used to  "signal" non-literal meaning, ironic tome, or that the author disagrees with the term.
      • italics, underline, or exclamation point! indicates emphasis.
    • Lists 
      • List deliver concrete details about the topic
      • look for multiple commas ,,,  semicolons ;;;   question marks ??? or repeated words in a close proximity
  • Mark-up the passage as per the Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)
  • Read the passage critically (why? how?)
  • Answer the questions via POE
    • POE: Process of Elimination
      • note similar vocabulary between the text and answer choices
      • watch out for negation in either the question, text, or answer choices
      • use symbols \ = no (not possible), ` = maybe (possible), + = yes (probable)
      • Check out The Critical Reader: Inference Questions

Dual Passages


Dual Passage--Intro
  • Draw a Venn Diagram
  • Read the blurb (who? what? where? when? audience? type of text?)
  • Fill out the Venn Diagram--note "dual questions" in the union.

Dual Passage--Passage 1

  • Skim & underline the First Passage for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)
  • Mark-up the passage as per the First Passage Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)
  • Read the passage critically (why? how?)
  • Answer First Passage questions ONLY via POE
  • Skip all Second Passage and Dual Passage Questions

Dual Passage--Passage 2

  • Skim & underline the Second Passage for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)
  • Mark-up the passage as per the Second Passage Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)Read the passage critically (why? how?)
  • Answer Passage 2 questions ONLY via POE
  • Skip all Dual Passage Questions

Dual Passage--Dual Passage Questions
  • Update Venn Diagram (tone +/-) (note if there is a switch in tone/argument)
  • Answer Dual Passage questions via POE
  • Finish!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SAT March 2013 Countdown: 2


Essay:
  • Read the Prompt
  • Read the Quote
  • Read the Prompt again.
  • Think for 1 minute (don't write).
  • Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your complementary examples and connect these specific examples to BIG CONCEPTS. Organize. (2 minutes)
  • Write (20 min)
  • Intro Paragraph:
  • Thesis plus preview of your examples (Think DEVIL'S ADVOCATE--knock out objection to your thesis in your intro).
  • 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 4-7 sentences of concrete detail.
  • 2 body paragraphs is acceptable, but not advisable--write as much as you can to demonstrate the mastery of your tipic.
  • Transition between paragraphs.
  • Conclusion.
  • LAST 2 MINUTES: Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary--(replace to be/to have with stronger verbs).
  • Check out The Critical Reader: Essay Tips


Writing Section (multiple choice)


The Fist of No Error (see above and sidebar)
  • Subject/Verb agreement (number)
  • Tense (verb tense and aspect)
  • Pronoun (number, case, antecedent)
  • Adjective/Adverb (modifiers; infinitive/gerund)
  • Diction (correct word ex: affect/effect;phrasal verb & correct preposition)
  • Misplaced Modifiers (modifying phrases and clauses)
  • "Patterns": comparison, parallelism, list made of similar parts of speech
  • Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, correlative ; also relative pronoun clauses
Also checkout:

The Critical Reader: Complete SAT Grammar Rules or General Grammar Tips (updated 1/25/2013)

Improving Sentences
Improving Paragraphs
Identifying Sentence Errors

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SAT March 2013 Countdown: 3


Before the Test

Monday, March 4, 2013

Getting In Without the SAT

Getting In Without the SAT By MICHAEL A. WILNER, NYTimes

If you are a student who wants to opt out of the standardized testing game, you now have two alternatives: you can withhold your scores from test-optional institutions, or you can apply exclusively to schools on this growing list, dropping out of the testing process entirely. Fairtest.org, a standardized testing watchdog, points out that more than a quarter of all American colleges and universities are now test-optional in some form. (read more)

See SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions,” a collection of essays on the topic.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A New SAT--MUST READ!

New College Board chief cites ‘problems’ with SAT by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post on January 3, 2013

Guess who thinks there’s more than one problem with the SAT? The man who was recently selected to run the organization that owns the SAT. Read the full transcript or listen to the podcast.

A New SAT by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

The College Board is planning to redesign the SAT, although the process is not expected to be speedy and the precise nature of the changes has not been determined.

(read more)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

SAT Is Getting a Redesign

SAT Is Getting a Redesign By TANYA ABRAMS, NYTimes

The College Board is planning to redesign the SAT, less than a decade since its last revision, which introduced a writing section, eliminated analogies and raised the value of a perfect score.

It’s too early to tell how or when the SAT will change, said Kathleen Steinberg, a spokeswoman for the College Board, which administers the exam. But David Coleman, the College Board’s new president, has criticized the SAT before, in part for the vocabulary words on the exam and for failing to provide source material to analyze and cite in the written portion that requires students to construct an argument.

...Some education professionals interpreted the announcement as the College Board’s response to increased competition with the ACT, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Friday, March 1, 2013