I keep talking to lots of students and have some ideas on how we (at educational institutions and community) can help them. Here are some thoughts.
- Encourage curiosity. Curious kids learn a lot more.
- Help them explore. Give them broad exposure and have them explore on their own. Exploration helps satisfy their curiosity.
- Help them become self-learners.Teaching them how to learn is more challenging since you need to customize it for different learning styles.
- Encourage them to be creative. When they come up with ideas, help them work through ideas .
- Help them increase their confidence. I have seen lots of students very capable, but do not venture into trying out new things because they do not have the confidence.
There may be lots of ways we can help. I just picked a few. Let me know your thoughts.
Edit 1st Aug 2014
Will start collecting articles on the “Purpose of Education” and list them here.
What Is The Purpose Of Education? http://onforb.es/1oWBAoB
Twitter is a rich source of useful information. It is a great tool for:
- Researching Needs (for early customer development),
- Tracking Trends (in your industry),
- Watching Competition,
- Finding Influencers in your industry segment
We have been dabbling in some tools for mining Tweets and I am always on the look out for more.
There are a few kindred spirits who seem to be interested in similar topics. Here is one Scooped by Jose C Gonzalez. An Introduction to Text Mining using Twitter Streaming API and Python by Adil Moujahid
Twitter data constitutes a rich source that can be used for capturing information about any topic imaginable. This data can be used in different use cases such as finding trends related to a specific keyword, measuring brand sentiment, and gathering feedback about new products and services.
This tutorial teaches you:an approach to mining tweets, analyzing them and visualizing them using simple open source tools. You will learn:
- How to decode JSON, returned by the Twitter searches
- How to use a Python library called Pandas to analyze Twitter Streams
- How to use another Python library (matplotlib) to plot the results of analysis
I liked this essay and I think it is a must read for every software professional. Here is a small snippet from Matt’s What Have You Tried?
it’s just how things work: you begin with a lack of understanding about a topic, and a need to solve a problem in that topic area. The honest, sustainable means of doing so is to improve your understanding. This is achieved by:
- Formulating a question which, when correctly answered, will improve your understanding in some way; then:
- Attempting to answer it.
Being active in a few forums, I can relate to the problem Matt is talking about.
Good essays/posts are a pleasure to read. When I find some, there is a strong desire to share. I just realized that I don’t have to always write an entire blog post to provide something of value.
All of this stuff scares the hell out of me:
- Software patents, and their use as a financial weapon.
- The walled garden of the various App Stores, with mysterious and ever-changing rules governing admittance, and the constant threat of capricious rejection.
- The consequent relative invisibility of non-App Store software.
- The incredibly crowded market, with imitations and duplicates of popular titles springing up overnight.
I don’t want to sound too negative. But a tweet from Tim O’Reilly got me reading a chain of posts.
Tim Bray · Discouraged Developer http://bit.ly/1py5KM9