Education

Improving kids’ literacy with singing stickers: U of T social startup goes global

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Attollo Social Enterprise vies for US $1 million Hult Prize after pilots in Kenya, India
Author: 
Jamie Hunter

A child-friendly handheld device that makes inanimate objects talk and sing is part of a University of Toronto startup’s strategy to improve vocabulary and communication skills for young children in impoverished communities.

“We wanted to create something that was play-based,” said U of T alumna Aisha Bukhari, a co-founder of Attollo Social Enterprise, the team behind the innovation. “We wanted it to be affordable, scalable and loved by children.”

Cities of Learning: The University in the Americas

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How universities in North and South America can strengthen their cities – and vice versa
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In seven weeks, athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas will converge on the Greater Toronto Area – including the University of Toronto – for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Research2Reality: understanding the ground-breaking work supported by your taxes

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U of T science advisor launches national research advocacy program
Author: 
Paul Fraumeni

When University of Toronto physicist Dick Peltier began researching the interaction between the Earth’s land, atmosphere, water and biosphere, he created mathematical models depicting how climate evolved over 750 million years and how it will change in the future.

QS rankings put U of T among world's top 20 universities for geography, medicine, computer science, English and more

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U of T places first in Canada in 24 of 36 subjects evaluated
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto continues to soar in international rankings, taking top 20 spots in 13 subject categories in the QS World University Rankings by Subject released April 29.

U of T commerce students help homeless youth file taxes

Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

There's no escaping tax season – even if you're unemployed, says Meaghan Smith, financial literacy coordinator at Eva’s Initiatives, a three-site shelter for homeless and at-risk youth in Toronto.

Book and Media Studies: where the city is part of the syllabus

Author: 
Hailey Parliament

Toronto: it’s where you’ll find the headquarters of Canada’s national newspapers, television news producers, book publishers and magazines – and where you’ll find a public library system with one of the highest circulation rates in the world. 

Monkeys for alarm clocks – a biodiversity expedition in the tropical rainforest

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Students gain first-hand knowledge of tropical biodiversity
Author: 
Don Campbell

It’s not every day you get a chance to use the rainforest as a laboratory, waking up each morning to the distant calls of howler monkeys as your alarm clock.  

A group of eight students under the supervision of U of T Scarborough professor Nathan Lovejoy recently did just that, getting hands-on research training in a tropical jungle. (See a photo gallery of the experience.) 

3M National Student Fellowships for the founder of a mental health magazine and for a philanthropic rapper

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UTM’s Wali Shah, UTSC’s Karen Young win prestigious educational leadership award
Author: 
Don Campbell & Blake Eligh

Karen Young has always felt empowered to highlight the untold stories that often slip through the cracks. Wali Shah was arrested at 15 but turned his life around, becoming a poet and rapper who raises money for charity.

The University of Toronto undergrads are two of just 10 post-secondary students from across Canada chosen by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to receive the 2015 3M National Student Fellowship Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership. 

Students helping students: UTSC undergrads mentor elementary and high school students in the community

Author: 
Don Campbell

It was an evening to reflect on the tremendous growth and continued success of a unique mentorship program created at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

“UTSC is committed to making education accessible and the IMANI program is integral to that commitment,” said UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd. “Higher education can open up a whole new world of opportunities and with it anything is possible.”

Animation, interactive quizzes, exercises, videos and more: online learning at U of T

Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

An initiative of the Ontario government is helping U of T instructors use technology to deliver their course content in ever more innovative ways.

Thanks to the Ontario Shared Online Course Fund, seven undergraduate courses were offered in the fall of 2014. For the fall of 2015, another 10 projects are being developed: two new, fully online courses and eight new sets of course modules. 

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