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Billionaire Bill Gates’s Top Reading Picks

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Bill Gates’ recommended reads

If you’re in need for a book to bring to the beach that is slightly off the beaten track, billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates has you covered. Gates released his top summer reading picks this week and there is a little something for everyone, whether you enjoy biographies, memoirs, fiction or nonfiction. Read on for his five favorites this season.

Book: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Why Gates is a fan: “As a longtime fan of The Daily Show, I loved reading this memoir about how its host honed his outsider approach to comedy over a lifetime of never quite fitting in. Born to a black South African mother and a white Swiss father in apartheid South Africa, he entered the world as a biracial child in a country where mixed race relationships were forbidden. Much of Noah’s story of growing up in South Africa is tragic. Yet, as anyone who watches his nightly monologues knows, his moving stories will often leave you laughing.”

Related: The Top 10 Books Every Leader Must Read

Book: The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Why Gates is a fan: “While you’ll find this book in the fiction section at your local bookstore, what de Kerangal has done here in this exploration of grief is closer to poetry than anything else. At its most basic level, she tells the story of a heart transplant: A young man is killed in an accident, and his parents decide to donate his heart. But the plot is secondary to the strength of its words and characters.

“The book uses beautiful language to connect you deeply with people who may be in the story for only a few minutes. For example, de Kerangal goes on for pages about the girlfriend of the surgeon who does the transplant even though you never meet that character. I’m glad Melinda recommended this book to me, and I recently passed it along to a friend who, like me, sticks mostly with nonfiction.”

Book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Why Gates is a fan: “The disadvantaged world of poor white Appalachia described in this terrific, heartbreaking book is one that I know only vicariously. Vance was raised largely by his loving but volatile grandparents, who stepped in after his father abandoned him and his mother showed little interest in parenting her son. Against all odds, he survived his chaotic, impoverished childhood only to land at Yale Law School. While the book offers insights into some of the complex cultural and family issues behind poverty, the real magic lies in the story itself and Vance’s bravery in telling it.”

Related: 12 Entrepreneurs Share The Books They Always Recommend

Book: A Full Life by Jimmy Carter

A Full Life by Jimmy Carter

A Full Life by Jimmy Carter

Why Gates is a fan: “Even though the former President has already written more than two dozen books, he somehow managed to save some great anecdotes for this quick, condensed tour of his fascinating life. I loved reading about Carter’s improbable rise to the world’s highest office. The book will help you understand how growing up in rural Georgia in a house without running water, electricity, or insulation shaped – for better and for worse – his time in the White House. Although most of the stories come from previous decades, A Full Life feels timely in an era when the public’s confidence in national political figures and institutions is low.”

Book: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Why Gates is a fan: “I recommended Harari’s previous book Sapiens in last summer’s reading list, and this provocative follow-up is just as challenging, readable, and thought-provoking. Homo Deus argues that the principles that have organised society will undergo a huge shift in the 21st century, with major consequences for life as we know it.

“So far, the things that have shaped society – what we measure ourselves by – have been either religious rules about how to live a good life, or more earthly goals like getting rid of sickness, hunger, and war. What would the world be like if we actually achieved those things? I don’t agree with everything Harari has to say, but he has written a smart look at what may be ahead for humanity.”

Related: 4 Landmark Books to Guide Your Entrepreneurial Journey

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Nina Zipkin is a staff reporter at Entrepreneur.com. She frequently covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.

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4 Accounting Online Learning Courses From ACCA You Can Take For Free

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ACCA-X is developed by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the world’s most forward-thinking professional accountancy body. Our online courses are hosted on the edX.org platform.

We aim to provide you with the world’s best online courses in accountancy, finance and business, equipping you with the skills to start or supercharge your career.

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Personalised Learning Is Optimised For Your Needs

After exploring learning in the (changing) workplace, lifelong learning and learning strategies, we now turn our attention to the idea of personalised learning.

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After exploring learning in the (changing) workplace, lifelong learning and learning strategies, we now turn our attention to the idea of personalised learning.

Can we define personalised learning?

The definition of ‘personalised learning’ is in danger of becoming diminished to the point where it becomes no more than marketing hype!

Related: Why Are Working Professionals Returning To Studying?

The situation is complicated because several terms are used interchangeably with personalised learning, for example: adaptive learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, differentiated learning, and individualised learning. The education community would agree that while each of these learning approaches shares attributes with personalised learning, none is synonymous. However, each definition overlaps in at least one key area with personalised learning.

  • Adaptive learning: technology used to assign human or digital resources to learners based on their unique needs.
  • Individualised learning: the pace of learning is adjusted to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Differentiated learning: the approach to learning is adjusted to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Competency-based learning: learners advance through a learning pathway based on their ability to demonstrate competency, including the application and creation of knowledge as well as skills.

This definition from the US Department of Education captures the essence of personalised learning thus:

Personalised learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimised for the needs of each learner.

Personalised learning therefore aims to provide a more tailored education for every learner. It begins with an in-depth understanding of each learner’s needs, and then seeks to provide relevant opportunities that support learners as they progress in their learning and development. It is worth noting that personalised learning also refers to a continuous learning process.

Related: This Young Intern Is Light Years Ahead Of Some Older Entrepreneurial Peers. Here’s Why

Are there benefits to personalised learning?

  • When learning is optimised and tailored for each learner, and driven by learner interests, it becomes more meaningful and relevant, which can lead to greater engagement and achievement by learners.
  • When learners are given more choice, they tend to take more ownership of their learning and will develop the mindsets, learning strategies, and self-regulated learning behaviours that are necessary for meeting both immediate goals and as well as those for lifelong learning.
  • When learning is supported by technology, learners can receive more frequent and immediate feedback through assessments, quizzes and other checks for understanding where the results are provided in real time.

With so many online resources available, we trust that you will find personalised learning solutions that are optimised for your needs and that suits your pace of learning!

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15 Great TED Talks For Sparking Creativity (Infographic)

From graphic designers to painters to writers, these TED Talks are bound to give your creativity a boost.

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Need a creative booster? One of your best resources is just a click away. TED Talks provides a variety of inspirational and creative videos from some of today’s most successful people.

Whether you’re bursting with ideas or experiencing a creative block, these talks will help provide you with new approaches and perspectives on creativity. In author Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” she pushes people to find their own “creative genius” and to avoid getting discouraged from reaching their maximum potential. Internationally recognised sculptor Janet Echelman’s “Taking Imagination Seriously” TED Talk is about finding your true voice and letting your imagination do the work.

Through TED Talks, artists, business people, entrepreneurs, scientists and more share their different perspectives and experiences on various subjects. While there’s no one way of doing something, each seek to inspire and help cultivate the traits you need to be successful.

Related: 8 TED Talks To Help You Overcome Your Fear Of Failure

To get your creative juices flowing, here are 15 of the best TED Talks for sparking creativity, according to online auction site Invaluable.

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Related: 4 TED Talks To Help You Deal With Stress And Anxiety

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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