Education

Better parenting through technology?

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Using digital devices to encourage reading with kids, meditation and more
Author: 
Blake Eligh

We use technology to run everything from our home thermostats to our social lives, but can it also make us better parents? A pair of new studies examines that very question, and preliminary findings are encouraging.

Innovative teaching wins Northrop Frye Award

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Toronto is a learning lab for students in Pamela Klassen’s Study of Religion courses
Author: 
Elaine Smith

Pamela Klassen’s passion for teaching and research has brought her the 2015 Northrop Frye Award. The award recognizes distinguished achievements in linking teaching and research. Klassen, from the department for the study of religion, was nominated by some of her graduate students.

3M Teaching Award for Steve Joordens

Author: 
Don Campbell

Steve Joordens loves the challenge of finding innovative solutions in the pursuit of improving education. 

Throughout his career the U of T Scarborough psychology professor has embraced or helped develop educational software that delivers results by keeping students engaged. (Read about previous teaching awards for Joordens.)

Transforming the undergrad experience: Munk One

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“You shouldn’t wait until fourth year to have academic fun,” says program director Teresa Kramarz
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In week 2, you will present to your colleagues a devastating fact – something you find disturbing, astounding, unbelievable, inhumane and solvable. You will ‘live with’ this fact throughout the course.

–syllabus for Munk One: Global Innovation I: Innovating for the Global

The social benefit of 500 hackers

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Computer science students organize U of T Hacks to create new solutions
Author: 
Nina Haikara

In the film Blackhat, actor Chris Hemsworth plays an imprisoned computer hacker who can secure his own release if he helps the FBI stop the code he once helped create. 

But unlike Hollywood films, some hackers use various coding languages, creatively, for social innovation. Hackathons bring hundreds of computer programmers together to learn and build new skills. The results of these “hacks” can solve daily problems or have a wide social impact. 

TEDx at UTSC: tackling big questions

Author: 
Chris Garbutt

What is the value of a university education? How can poetry save a life? How do I keep the promise I made to my new friend?

It was a day of tackling big questions, and even small ones with large consequences, at the third TEDxUTSC conference. 

U of T Scarborough student Mandekh Hussein set the tone for the day with her presentation, Why ask Why? “It’s not the answers that are important,” she said. “It’s the questions. Ask questions that ignite a fire.”

Undergrads visit South Korea, Demilitarized Zone

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“The conversations I had in both South Korea and China provided alternative viewpoints that simply cannot be taught in a classroom or read in a book”
Author: 
Sean Bettam

Exploring North Korea? Not possible. But for U of T students studying North Korean history and Asian modernity there’s another option: travelling to South Korea and a region of China known as the “third Korea”. 

Known as Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture, the region is located in China’s northeastern Jilin Province, bordering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a.k.a. North Korea.

Meet the first C. David Naylor scholars

In high school they were standout students who somehow found the time to be musicians, athletes, peer tutors and some of the hardest-working volunteers in their communities.

Now, thanks to the C. David Naylor Scholarships, Valerie Chu, Elizabeth Gross, Bhareth Kachroo, Luke KyneImran Ladak, and Shuman (Anna) Ye have brought their talents to the University of Toronto. 

Nino Ricci: writer-in-residence at University of Toronto Scarborough

Author: 
Don Campbell

When it comes to sources of inspiration, author Nino Ricci says there’s plenty to be found in the budding writers who look to him for guidance.

The celebrated Canadian author begins the semester as the next writer-in-residence at U of T Scarborough.

Meet the TA named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list

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“The study of science has led humankind to incredible technological and social advancements,” says PhD candidate Christine Le
Author: 
Jessica Lewis

It was a natural childhood curiosity about the world around her – sparked by Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Magic School Bus and Popular Mechanics for Kids – that got Christine Le interested in pursuing a career in science. Now, the PhD candidate in organic chemistry at the University of Toronto has been named to ForbesTop 30 Under 30 list in the science and health category.

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