PS11, known as William T Harris School, is located on the West Side of New York City. The elementary school proudly serves a diverse group of families. As the end of the school year neared, Sandy Chin noticed that there was a problem. The problem was that many of the students would not be reading over the summer. Whether this was due to the fact that parents could not afford to buy books for their children, or other activities took precedence, but for the fact that studies have proven that children who do not read over the summer experience what is called the summer slide, Sandy Chin wanted to step up and do something.
Chin, with many volunteers, organized a book drive with the goal being to provide every kindergartner with several books for summer reading. The two-day book drive not only brought in enough books for the kindergarten class, but enough books for the entire school. Sandy Chin and the volunteers counted approximately 3000 books.
Though everyone was more than enthusiastic over the number of books that were donated, the problem was that the books donated were not categorized into reading levels. Chin, along with the teachers from PS11, and other parents gathered the books and separated them according to grade and reading level to assure that all the students will receive books that they could read and enjoy.
The children were not only thrilled to receive the new, to them, books, but also excited because they were given the opportunity to pick them out themselves. The organizers were pleased with how excited the children were with receiving the books. Chin believes that the next book drive will be easier now that they have a system in place.
Sandy Chin, herself, is very passionate about reading and even named her children after book characters. Sandy Chin has spent over twenty years working in the financial industry. Chin is now in charge of her own company, Tidal Bore Capital. She is the Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager.
While other financial technology companies, like Lending Club and OnDeck, had the idea of burning the traditional banking industry to the ground, GreenSky Credit decided to embrace the old regime and allow it to function with less friction. GreenSky Credit now appears to be the model that is taking hold across the financial tech industry. With OnDeck and Lending Club both experiencing stock price declines of more than 85 percent, it seems that the GreenSky Credit model of pairing existing lenders with merchants who are looking to make additional sales may be the definitive way forward for the fintech industry.
GreenSky Credit founder David Zalik is one of the most reclusive CEOs of a major corporation. The former child prodigy scored so high on the SAT test that he was invited to begin attending classes at Auburn University when he was just 12 years old, completely skipping high school in the process. But Zalik quickly grew bored with academia. A couple years into his studies, he dropped out to form computer assembly company MicroTech. The company proved to be a success, and Zalik sold it for around $5 million a in 1996.
By 2006, at the age of 32, Zalik had made some good investments in commercial real estate and was ready to try founding another company. He had gotten the idea for GreenSky Credit while working on another one of his firms, Outweb, an e-consultancy company. He knew that many businesses in the home-remodeling space struggled to close point-of-sale purchases with customers who had often badly underestimated the true cost of home renovation projects.
GreenSky was able to step in with promotional financing terms that were too good for most customers to turn down. At the same time, Zalik was able to sell GreenSky Credit loans to lenders as a way to bring in far more business from the most sought-after loan customers: prime borrowers. Because the average FICO score of a GreenSky borrower is 760, lenders can rest assured that they will not have to deal with many delinquencies or defaults.
The pairing of traditional lenders with over 17,000 merchants has proven to be a winning formula.
With things such as artificial intelligence appearing to coming up in the horizon of the near future and the fact that so much remains unknown to most people about how our brains work despite all the advancements in technology, many more people seem to be wondering just what makes us who we are, and what makes us different. Well, renowned medical professional Jorge Moll has taken some steps further into understanding these things as a Neurologist and Experimental Pathologist. Having received his MD from The Federal University of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil in 1994, Dr. Moll went on to complete his medical residency in Neurology at the same university in 1998 to later pursue his goal of cultivating world-class research, education, and healthcare (Terra).
Although for most it’s easy to say the human brain works in a way comparable to a computer, it’s also safe to say it’s much more complex than anything man-made and a lot of our best traits come from the way most of our brains reward us for doing good in a way only a humans (and possibly some animals) would. Some of his most interesting findings involve this, such as his findings on how the brain is effected by our actions of helping and giving to other people.
With their studies in the mid 2000s, Dr. Moll and Jordan Grafman came to a conclusion that people, at a biological level, are hard-wired to feel good about giving to others less fortunate – providing the first form of real scientific evidence that giving to others can benefit and reward the person giving in 2006. These studies involved letting people donate before scanning and observing their brain via fMRI.
In conclusion, even though we may be far from replicating it, we have researchers and scientists like Jorge Moll to thank for amazing advancements and findings in the fields of understanding what makes us who we are.
ClassDojo has been widely accepted by both teachers and parents in the United States, with 2 in 3 schools using the app. Its impressive reach has encouraged the company to begin monetizing the communication platform. The primary process involves charging both parents and teachers for extra contents.
The app has been able to trounce its competitors to become the favorite application among educators and parents. ClassDojo has established a strong connection between teachers, parents, and students. It has also empowered each of these parties. Mrs. Rhodes, for instance, uses the platform to share class pictures with parents. She adds that many parents like the pictures, especially those from early days of the school and art projects. Mrs. Rhodes is also pleased with the app’s ability to inform her if the parents watch a video or open a class photo. She is a teacher at Bel Aire School in Tiburon, California.
Sam Chaudhary, Class Dojo co-founder and CEO, is pleased with the success of the application. He points out that the app has enabled parents to interact with their children. Parents are able to learn what happens in schools, which is a plus in the education system. The constant communication between parents and teachers has also improved the relationship between the teachers and parents besides helping with children’s growth.
After successfully connecting teachers and parents, ClassDojo is now entering the monetization stage. Unlike other free applications that make money from selling advertisements, the company will focus on marketing educational content through the app. With its widespread reach, the app forms the best platform to sell educational videos to teachers and parents. The videos will also focus on helping the community created by the application to bring ground-up change in the education sector. The monetization will enable the company to generate revenues. This information was originally mentioned on Inc.com as explicated in this link http://www.inc.com/salvador-rodriguez/classdojo-monetization-slack-classrooms.html
ClassDojo is a communication platform, which is designed to be used in the classroom. The application connects teachers and parents through shared photos, videos, and even private messages. This interaction serves to bring a positive culture in the classroom. It has also enhanced the relationship subsisting between students and teachers.
Currently, the application is used in over 90 percent of K-8 schools in the United States. At least over 180 countries across the globe are using the platform. ClassDojo is available in over 35 languages. The app is free and can be downloaded from either Apple Store or Google play. It was named in the list of 35 Most Innovative Apps of the Year 2016.
The Wessex Institute of Technology wrapped up the year with their Sustainable Development and Planning conference in Penang, Malaysia. They have already released their plans for their conferences in 2017.
One of the upcoming Wessex Institute of Technology conferences will be their Coastal Cities conference in April. The conference will be held in Cadiz, Spain and will last two days. The conference will discuss how the majority of the world’s population lives in coastal cities and the issues that arise. They will also discuss the need for increased infrastructure and development in these cities.
They will also be holding their Complex Systems conference in New Forest this upcoming May. This conference will be a gathering of software developers and mathematicians to discuss resolving complex issues. The conference will have an informal atmosphere and will last two days. The New Forest location is located at a beautiful British national park. The location ideal for the attendees to bring along their families.