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Hurricane season not only brings destruction and death but rising inequality too

August 26, 2018 | The Conversation

“Hurricane Lane, which drenched Hawaii with four feet of rain, is a reminder of the devastation hurricane season can bring. However, not everyone is struggling. In fact, some actually benefit economically from these extreme weather events.”

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Ten reasons teachers can struggle to use technology in the classroom

August 13, 2018 | The Conversation

“While teachers are expected to integrate technology into the classroom, the reality can be very different.”

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New real-time tsunami early warning system calculates size and distance using underwater sound waves

January 24, 2018 | The Conversation

“When triggered, a tsunami can hit the coast within minutes, and up to a few hours at best. At present, early warning systems rely on measuring the movement of dart buoys – which record changes in the sea level – or assessing the bottom pressure of the propagating tsunami.”

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Robots to the rescue: Saving lives with unmanned vehicles

January 24, 2018 | The Conversation

“Last week’s sea rescue of Australian swimmers by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is just the start of a robotics revolution.”

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Tsunami Warning Triggered by Powerful Earthquake Caused Alaskan Residents to Evacuate for Several Hours Overnight

January 23, 2018 | Slate

“Residents living along some stretches of the Pacific Coast of Alaska and Washington fled to higher ground after a powerful undersea earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered a tsunami warning in the early hours of Tuesday.”

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma thinks he knows how to save China’s ‘left-behind children’ — he’s asking other entrepreneurs to buy in

January 23, 2018 | CNBC

“Billionaire business magnate Jack Ma is calling on other entrepreneurs to support his plans to lift millions of poor Chinese children out of poverty and give them better access to education.”

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Number of girls in education around the world falls by hundreds of thousands

October 09, 2017 | The Independent

“With ham radios and spotty WiFi, Puerto Rico struggles to communicate after Hurricane Maria”

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Trying to communicate after the hurricane: ‘It’s as if Puerto Rico doesn’t exist’

September 29, 2017 | Slate

“With ham radios and spotty WiFi, Puerto Rico struggles to communicate after Hurricane Maria”

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Are these the schools of the future ?

September 28, 2017 | CNN

“Imagine a school now, though, where students choose their own curriculum and teachers are more like mentors guiding them through activities and topics of interest.”

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The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Prepare for Weather Extremes

September 22, 2017 | Slate

“Both countries have sent security forces and medical aid to their territories, but have faced criticism that they were unprepared.”

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How Britain and France have responded to Hurricane Irma disaster

September 11, 2017 | The Guardian

“Both countries have sent security forces and medical aid to their territories, but have faced criticism that they were unprepared.”

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Mexico Has Been Devastated by Earthquakes Before. This Time it Was Ready.

September 8, 2017 | Slate

“As if the Americas weren’t taking enough of a beating from nature this week, Mexico was hit late Thursday night with a magnitude 8.2 earthquake.”

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South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster

August 31, 2017 | Independent

“At least 18,000 schools damaged or destroyed across Bangladesh, India and Nepal”

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More Girls in STEM Means Improving STEM Teacher Training

June 19, 2017 | SSIR

“Providing teachers with gender sensitivity training is a first step toward addressing gender inequality in STEM. But it’s not the last.”

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When disaster strikes, we must ensure no donation is lost, stolen or used poorly

June 23, 2017 | The Guardian

“The Disasters Emergency Committee coordinates donations and volunteers for relief efforts abroad – why do we have nothing similar in the UK?”

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UN warns ‘no progress’ on 260 million missing school places

June 21, 2017 | The Guardian

“Global pledges to provide education for all young people show little chance of being achieved, according to annual figures from the United Nations. There are 264 million young people without access to school, with few signs of progress, says Unesco.”

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Building Disaster-Ready Philanthropy

October, 2015 | SSIR.org

“Reacting in the wake of a disaster isn’t wrong, but think of the difference a proactive funding strategy could make.”

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UN risk reduction forum in Cancun closes with call to harness data

May 29, 2017 | UN.org

“We can’t change nature, but we can be prepared if we have the right information – that was the message from a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, which closed with a call for all countries to systematically measure losses from natural disasters.”

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Bangladesh rescuers race to reach landslide victims

June 12, 2017 | Al Jazeera

“Death toll hits 145 and is expected to rise with rain and bad roads hampering rescue efforts in southeast Bangladesh.”

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Keeping Children in School During Natural Crises

June 5, 2017 | SSIR.org

“In the context of a changing climate, how can we ensure that schoolchildren who live in rural areas are consistently able to attend school?”

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Education aid ‘stagnates’ despite pledges

June 7, 2017 | BBC.com

“International funding to support education in poorer countries is “stagnating”, says a Unesco report, despite campaigns calling for more investment. Overseas aid for education stands at about $12bn (£9bn) – which Unesco says is 4% less than in 2010.”

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Put a price on the costs of disasters, says U.N. risk chief

April 26, 2017 | Thomson Reuters Foundation

“Calculating the costs of natural disasters is a valuable way for governments to recognize and limit the potential for damage, especially as extreme weather linked to climate change occurs more often, the United Nations’ disaster prevention chief says.”

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UN warns of millions missing school in conflict zones

April 24, 2017 | BBC.com

“Warfare and conflict are preventing 25 million young people from getting any access to school, says Unicef.”

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Communicating tsunami evacuations effectively

April 11, 2017 | Phys.org

“An effective communication approach incorporating computer simulations could help people find practical means to evacuate in the event of a tsunami.”

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Local, strategic and economic: a recipe for risk reduction

March 31, 2017 | Unisdr.org

“Local governments, strategic thinking and the economic bottom line are driving forces of efforts to curb the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.”

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The Government of Malawi and UNICEF announce first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa

December 15, 2016 | Unicef.org

“The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have announced the establishment of an air corridor to test potential humanitarian use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – also known as drones. ”

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Transforming Cities Into Learning Landscapes

September 26, 2016 | SSIR.org

“Cities can create outside-the-classroom learning opportunities for low-income children by encouraging communities to reimage everyday locations in their neighborhoods as places for playful learning.”

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How technology can help disaster response

January 25, 2017 | The Guardian

“From crowdsourcing data to the use of next generation technology, our expert panel has 12 ideas how tech can improve humanitarian response”

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Kenya’s tech startups trial digital classrooms in drive for literacy

January 23, 2017 | The Guardian

“With limited internet access and regular power outages in schools, will digital education companies transform learning in east Africa?”

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Why education should become more like artificial intelligence

December 5, 2016 | Techcrunch.com

“Artificial intelligence is all around us. It’s in our cars, our homes and our pockets. IBM is teaching Watson to understand, reason and even to learn — helping to translate information into knowledge that can help drive more informed decision-making in medical care.”

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STEM education: Not just for the next Neil Armstrong

September 20, 2016 | The Hill

“I think I knew as a little girl that I was addicted to the stars and the universe and trying to understand it.”

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What STEM Education Will Look Like in 2026

September 20, 2016 | MeriTalk

“The U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research released a report on what STEM education will look like in 10 years.”

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Why are 63 million girls missing out on education? – podcast

September 19, 2016 | The Guardian

“Half of all children born this year will leave school without even the most basic of qualifications. Girls are at the highest risk of missing out on schooling altogether, but what’s being done to tackle it?”

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More than just a science lesson: NASA EarthKAM fascinates a special education classroom

July 27, 2016 | The Hechinger Report

“Dacia DeAngelis, a teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park, stood in the center of the classroom, dangling a red ball the size of an apple above a fifth-grader’s head.”

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How well are we future-proofing students (Australia)?

July 4, 2016 | The Educator

“Reports have shown that within 10-15 years, nearly 40% of Australian jobs will be automated.”

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California legislators push computer science education bill

June 27, 2016 | Ed.Scoop.com

“Reports have shown that within 10-15 years, nearly 40% of Australian jobs will be automated.”

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From “Bahala Na” to Disaster Preparedness: How Project NOAH Made Filipinos Disaster-Ready

June 12, 2016 | Thepoc.net

“The legislation would create an advisory board composed of 23 education professionals across K-12 and higher ed.”

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Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction

June 9, 2016 | UN.org

“8 June 2016 – Disaster risk reduction is everyone’s business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world’s most exposed regions.”

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Google Apps for Education’s Science-Loving Updates

May 27, 2016 | EdSurge.com

“Will Google Apps for Education be Gen Y’s Bill Nye the Science Guy?”

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Leaving No City Behind: Adapting Crisis Response to an Urbanizing World

May 20, 2016 | The Huffington Post

“Humanitarian crises increasingly play out in urban settings: some 85 percent of the 21 countries that have received the most humanitarian aid in the last three years have some of the highest global urbanization rates.”

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Obama wants to hear what children have to say about science education

May 19, 2016 | The Washington Post

“Jacob Leggette said he believes it is important that children have a say in their science education. That’s why the 9-year-old budding engineer from Baltimore fearlessly approached President Obama at the White House Science Fair and asked: “Do you have a child science adviser?”.”

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Building a Safer World: 5 Questions for Francis Ghesquiere on How Innovation Is Changing the Way We Look at Disaster Risk

May 13, 2016 | The Huffington Post

“Innovation is already changing the way we live, commute, shop, and more. But can it make the world a safer place from growing climate and disaster risk?”

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How a bunch of tech geeks helped save Nepal’s earthquake victims

April 25, 2016 | The Washington Post

“It was a few minutes before noon when it hit. The massive earthquake in Nepal touched off multiple avalanches in the snow-capped Himalayas, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. That day in April, a year ago today, turned into the bloodiest Mount Everest has ever seen. The quake killed roughly 9,000 people. More than twice as many were wounded.”

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These Cheap Sensors Could Help Stop Fires That Sweep Through Urban Slums

February 26, 2016 | Fast Company

“Fighting fires is many times more difficult in slums, but this local early warning system—combined with trained locals—could help save lives.”

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Early childhood education is the key to South Africa’s future

January 22, 2016 | Rising sun overport

“More than 90 000 young children have benefitted so far from the initiative’s expert-developed practitioners’ guides, kits of educational toys and books, training for caregivers and ongoing monitoring.”

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Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech?

November 19, 2015 | Edutopia

“”Will teachers be replaced by robots?” That was the provocative question asked by Scott McLeod (@mcleod), a leading voice in educational technology, at an international conference earlier this year.”

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Paul Duan wants to change the way we think about data

August 8, 2015 | FWD.US

“FWD.us sat down with Paul Duan, the 22-year-old data scientist and founder of Bayes Impact. Paul gave us the inside scoop on his plans to revolutionize the public sector and change the way we think about data.”

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How ‘Crisis Mapping’ Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal

May 1, 2015 | National Geographic

“Volunteers use a growing digital toolkit to chart passable roads and structurally sound buildings after the quake.”

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A Force for Good: How Digital Jedis are Responding to the Nepal Earthquake (Updated)

April 27, 2015 | iRevolutions

“Digital Humanitarians are responding in full force to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal.”

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Another Way to Help Humanitarian Efforts in Nepal: Start Mapping

April 27, 2015 | CityLab

“Citizen cartographers around the globe are tracing and checking roads, buildings, and open spaces to assist people on the ground. You can help.”

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Can online classrooms help the developing world catch up ?

February 11, 2015 | The Verge

“In 2012, a 15-year-old named Battushig Myanganbayar aced a circuits and electronics course designed for sophomores at MIT — from his school in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.”

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UAE Drones for Good receives 800 entries

January 21, 2015 | gulfnews.com

“Dubai: The UAE ‘Drones for Good’ Award received more than 800 local, Arab and international entries.”

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This 13-Year-Old Is So Impressive, Intel Is Investing Hundreds Of Thousands In His Startup

November 9, 2014 | Business Insider

“Shubham Banerjee, the 13-year old CEO of the Braille printer-maker Braigo Labs, had no idea what Braille was until last year.”

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Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

August 6, 2014 | NPR

“This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.”

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The World’s newest environmental watchdog is a satellite

April 19, 2014 | Salon.com

“The new Sentinel-1a will monitor oil spills, sea beds, natural disasters, and aid in humanitarian crises. With great power comes great responsibility and the Sentinel-1a definitely fits the bill.

The Sentinel-1a satellite was launched two weeks ago as part of the Copernicus project jointly funded by the European Union and European Space Agency (ESA). Its mission? To use its high-tech capabilities to monitor oil spills, sea beds, natural disasters and aid in humanitarian crises.”

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Students working on computers

Why our kids should be taught how to code

March 31, 2012 | The Guardian

“There is a growing consensus that the way children in schools are being taught information technology is in need of a radical overhaul. Here John Naughton explains the problem and offers a manifesto for revolutionary action.”

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