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  • Teach Students Self-Questioning for Better Learning
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Self-questioning is an important learning strategy. Students need to learn to ask themselves questions before starting a new unit of study, when doing homework, and when studying for tests. These questions can lead to a deeper understanding that is easier to recall later. Here is how it works.When starting a new unit of study, ask: What part Read more...
  • Totnes School of Guitar Making

    Rack up Skills
    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    The Totnes School of Guitarmaking is the UK’s longest running independent luthiery school, establishing a reputation that has brought students from all over the world to the workshop in South Devon for the last 30 years. We offer 12 week, full-time guitar making courses for up to five people at a time. Students each build their own instrument from the […] The post Totnes School of Guitar Making appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Edmonton piano man video goes viral

    The Music Workshop
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton’s free outdoor pianos has reached almost two million views from people around the world. This is one of those moments that reminds you that we pass up beautiful moments and people each and every day without noticing. It […]
  • Book excerpt: Constructing inquiry in the classroom

    ASCD SmartBrief
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    In her book "Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry," teacher Larissa Pahomov details a fra -More- Technical Assistance Consultant American Institutes for Research
  • edX joins ConnectED efforts with PD courses for teachers

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    Laura Devaney
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Partnership offers courses to help teachers use tech in more empowered ways Answering President Obama’s call to help schools embrace technology and digital learning in U.S. classrooms, edX will offer professional development courses for teachers. As part of ConnectEd, edX partner universities and colleges will offer teacher professional development courses, along with courses to prepare students for AP exams. “EdX and our university partners are pleased to stand with President Obama to offer U.S. teachers and school districts free, innovative resources to improve teaching and learning…
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  • Places to Visit in South East India

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    India has become a popular tourist destination with thousands of people visiting different parts of India each year. South East India will play a major role in fascinating distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest of the country. The places in South East India offers you an intricate temple architecture, historical ruins, palm fringed canals, hills, and beach will provide you with a varied and interesting trip to south India. Don’t miss these five must see south India tourist places. Well, here are the best collections of fascinating places that one should not miss to visit.
  • Places to visit in Pune with family

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Are you looking for best fascinating place to explore with your family? Pune is the best choice for for you to be. Pune is the fascinating places that offers an exotic variety of attracttions that offers the best time with the serene attractions. Pune is one of the most important cities of India is the cultural capital of Maharashtra and the city is famously called ‘Oxford of the East’. This beautiful city exhibits top attractions with a blend of traditional values and modern infrastructure. Well, here are some of the fascinating places to visit when you plan a travel to Pune. Pataleshwar…
  • Safest Places to Visit in Nigeria

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Are you considering taking a holiday trip to Nigeria and you are wondering what tourist places to visit? Nigeria is very rich in culture that has a total of 36 states and its capital city is Abuja. They are so many things to see and do that you will not be able to accomplish them all in one visit. Whether you are in the country or you plan on visiting, here are the top places you cannot afford to miss when you get to Nigeria. La Campagne Tropicana La Campagne Tropicana is a beach resort in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State. It’s a lovely hour’s drive from Victoria Island which…
  • Fabulous Places to Visit in Northeast India

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Are you looking for the place to visit for your summer vacation? North East India is the fabulous choice for you to be. North East India is a land of fantastic hills and plains with luxuries green cover and a large variety or rare and exotic flora that captures the attentions of all of the tourist from different parts of the world. There are a lot of places of interest at Northeast India as all of places are full of adventures, beautiful in sites, culturally important and relaxing. Here are the top things to do in the north east India which you must not miss out on. Arunachal Pradesh If you…
  • Fascinating Places to Visit in Germany

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Want to know the best cities in Germany to visit? Germany is one of the fascinating countries located in the heart of Europe that must be visited at least once in all of your lifetime. Germany is also home to some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, fairytale castles, important historic sites and lively party scenes. No matter wherever you are into the vibrant country, as you will be surprised by the vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery, castles, culture or beer, since, Germany has something for everyone. Well, here are some of the best must visit places to visit in Germany. Berlin, the…
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    ASCD SmartBrief

  • Immigration plan could ease educators' concerns of effects of deportations

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    In a national address Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced that he would give temporary legal status to some un -More- 
  • How schools use design to heal after tragedy

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    While they have taken different approaches to redesigning their schools, Columbine High and Sandy Hook Elementary schools bot -More- 
  • Book excerpt: Constructing inquiry in the classroom

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    In her book "Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry," teacher Larissa Pahomov details a fra -More- Technical Assistance Consultant American Institutes for Research
  • New Orleans schools continue to struggle to serve students with disabilities

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
     -More- The New You Starts Here. Prepare to be a leader in the classroom. FIU's fully online Master of Curriculum & Instruction develops your understanding of the trends and issues in curriculum development as well as helps you create optimal learning environments for students. Classes begin Summer 2015. Start here.
  • Study: Emotional effects of bullying manifest physically

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    At a time when social media makes it possible for bullies to reach their victims around the clock, a new study finds that bul -More- "A superb, user-friendly, lesson-planning tool...highly recommended" (Midwest Book Review). Perfect Pairs utilizes the very best nonfiction and fiction picture books as the foundation for 22 engaging and easy-to-implement K-2 lessons on a wide variety of topics that invite student questioning, investigation, and critical thinking. Preview the entire book online!
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • Student Geniuses Stand Up in Grand Island

    Angela Maiers
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Spreading the message of mattering Credit: Barrett Stinson What happens when you ask genius to show up? It usually does, right on time. Two weeks ago, it showed up in droves. 2,300 high school students heard the Choose2Matter message that the world needs their genius. The leadership at Grand Island Senior High believes that students should see themselves as much more than the sum of their test scores and extracurricular achievements. They want their students to believe they can change the world—not next year or after graduation, but today. I was joined by John Michel, a US Air Force…
  • The Sandbox Manifesto

    Angela Maiers
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I honestly proclaim that everything I have learned about social media, I learned from children. Children have no ulterior motives; they play authentically and transparently. In doing so, they place profound lessons in front of us. How do I know this? From the many times I was privileged to visit with children in their most sacred of habitats: the sandbox. It was there I recognized the sandbox as one of the most fitting analogies for the web and the world we find ourselves a part of now. As a teacher, I’ve seen extraordinary things happen in the sandbox. From friendships being formed to…
  • How Do Schools Get Tech R.I.G.H.T.?

    Angela Maiers
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
      Technology transforms the world in which we live. It can make the impossible possible and is the key to doing more with less. Yet many school leaders are apprehensive about bringing technology into their school, much the way the fellow in this clip fears one of his first sightings of snow: Those who fear technology don’t realize that it’s not the technology that matters—it’s how you USE it and more importantly WHO we become because of that experience. Students are not motivated by technology. They are motivated and transformed when they get to use the technology to…
  • 9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World

    Angela Maiers
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning — except one: Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world. Few, if any, schools offer a set of lessons and practices that guides students through the process of how to approach a problem, insist that change can happen and make it so. If we believe that today’s students are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that will disrupt the status quo and transform our world, then we need our classrooms to be a place where they…
  • What Will Your Verse Be? – Guest Post by Monica Evon

    Angela Maiers
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    The new school year is in full swing, and the jitters of the first couple weeks are subsiding. Students know which classes to go to when, and teachers are calling on students without glancing at the class roster (at least not too often). With procedures and protocols out of the way, I am reminded of one of the most essential jobs we have as educators: helping each child become all he or she can be.  It’s an exciting and challenging task—and a terrifically rewarding one. My challenge to my fourth graders from the beginning of the year: What is your genius? What is your contribution to the…
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  • Susan Talbert Evans Blog - The User Experience of Scheduling a Visit

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Scheduling a campus visit is common practice. Prospective students and families are regularly using .edu websites to arrange campus tours or sign up for information sessions. Its an expected part of the college selection process. Do we make it easy Not ...
  • EduStyle Blog - The latest eduStyle report: Content Management Systems in Higher Ed

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Were happy to be able to announce our latest white paper, Report on Content Management Systems in Higher Ed. This is one weve gotten a lot of requests for and a topic weve wanted to cover for awhile. Were not exaggerating when we say we put a lot of w...
  • EduStyle Blog - Our latest report: Content Management Systems in Higher Ed

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Were happy to be able to announce our latest white paper, Report on Content Management Systems in Higher Ed. This is one weve gotten a lot of requests for and a topic weve wanted to cover for awhile. Were not exaggerating when we say we put a lot of w...
  • Geoff Campbell - 12 Weeks at Friends? Central

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi everyone. Sorry I’ve been remiss in posting here. It’s been a busy three months. Yesterday marked week 13, day one at FCS. In that time period I’ve learned all a lot about my school, its mission and vision, and its place in the local ...
  • Meet Content - Making Change at Confab Higher Ed 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week, a bunch of smart higher education content professionals landed in Atlanta for the second annual Confab Higher Ed cake party. Er, rather, the second annual Confab Higher Ed conference. More than just a project show-and-tell, the conference prese...
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  • SETDA 2014 Leadership Forum: what issues are state ed tech directors facing?

    Mitch Weisburgh
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Here were some of the driving questions at the State Ed Tech Directors Association (SETDA) 2014 Leadership Forum in Arlington Virginia last week. Games Greg Toppo, education writer for USA Today keynoted about the capacity of games to inspire learning. Games involve measurable goals, (low stakes) rewards and punishments, challenges, and story to spur players to continue playing and refine their skills. Look at the level of interest in fantasy football. There are myriad examples of teachers and schools using games to motivate and engage students; let’s scale these efforts. One interesting…
  • Education Social Media Icons Launch Edchat Interactive

    Mitch Weisburgh
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Steven Anderson, Tom Whitby and Mitch Weisburgh Revolutionize online Professional Development New York, NY (October 20, 2014) – Today Edchat Interactive announces the platform that replaces talking head webinars with an interactive, online Professional Development web experience. Nationally recognized authors and social media icons, Steven Anderson, and Tom Whitby join with humanitarian and veteran edtech consultant Mitch Weisburgh to launch Edchat Interactive, transforming the way educators participate in live online professional development. The inaugural Edchat Interactive web event…
  • Conferences: Back to School and Ednet14

    Mitch Weisburgh
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Every Fall, two of my favorite conferences are the BMO Back to School Conference and Ednet. Neither disappointed this year. Back to School Conference This conference is primarily aimed at investors, with presentations by private and public companies. Up to three years ago, the main focus was proprietary schools in higher education (known in the press as For Profit Colleges). But the tremendous growth in this market seems to have stalled, and there is a growing focus on other segments. This year, a rising strand was career and workforce development and professional development. Professional…
  • Changes at Academic Business Advisors

    Mitch Weisburgh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    We are thrilled to announce major changes at Academic Business Advisors. As you know ABA was founded in 2005 by Farimah Schuerman and Mitch Weisburgh, and our whole premise has always been to find excellence in education and then catalyze growth, networking, and distribution. Farimah has found her dream company in which to accomplish that: Copia is partnering with major publishers to offer digital content through their platform to both the higher education and K12 markets. Farimah has been working at Copia full time overseeing their state, school, and publisher partnerships. Mitch and the ABA…
  • Why aren't more Edtech products reaching more students?

    Mitch Weisburgh
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Whatever edtech publication you read, whatever edtech conference you go to, whatever edtech sales pitch you listen to, you are bound to hear about many products causing incredible advances in student learning. With so many products showing great results for students, why aren’t they scaling; why aren’t they ubiquitous? It’s not easy to go from pilot to widespread success. What do we at Academic Business Advisors recommend to our clients? First of all, here is what to avoid: Do not devote the majority of your resources to product development. Do not go out and get booths at conferences.
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Rather Stand (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’d rather stand alone for the right thing … than be popular for the wrong one. I’d rather be wise than smart. I’d rather find a child’s strength than point out her weakness. I’d rather find a child crying than let him cry alone. I’d rather encourage a colleague with a great idea than spread gossip. I’d rather show a child a great way to live than give a great lecture. I’d rather help kids answer questions of their own instead of answering mine. I’d rather give kids hope than steal their dreams. I’d rather be forgotten for…
  • Taking Risks to Engage Students with the @BedleyBros (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Scott and Tim Bedley discuss with Vicki their secrets to teaching. These brothers are at different schools but both were voted Teachers of the Year! They challenge themselves daily and use ‘fail’ as a verb not a noun. Listen to The Bedley Brothers Add @bedleybros to your PLN @bedleybros The Bedley Bros. EdChat Tim and Scott Bedley – Show #60 – Taking Risks to Engage Students The Bedley brothers share how their father is a passionate educator and author. They find having a mentor for using technology in the classroom helps to inspire educators. They dream of impacting education…
  • Why tweet children’s learning? This tweet says it all. Why tweet children’s #learning? Loved this thinking by @tambotaylor – so I remixed it. #SLTchat #ukedchat #feltag— Bryan Mathers (@BryanMMathers) November 7, 2014 [Tweet] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    “Why tweet children’s learning? This tweet says it all. Why tweet children’s #learning? Loved this thinking by @tambotaylor – so I remixed it. #SLTchat #ukedchat #feltag — Bryan Mathers (@BryanMMathers) November 7, 2014 ” @BryanMMathers November 7, 2014 The post Why tweet children’s learning? This tweet says it all. Why tweet children’s #learning? Loved this thinking by @tambotaylor – so I remixed it. #SLTchat #ukedchat #feltag — Bryan Mathers (@BryanMMathers) November 7, 2014…
  • Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers [Link] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers @edutopia blog – by Vicki Davis November 11, 2014 Tired of disheartened girls thinking they didn’t match up to the divas on teen beauty magazines, Grace Miner started Real Girls Matter. The group has a state-wide conference in Rhode Island next year. When six-year-old Joshua Williams wanted to give ten dollars to a homeless man, his young eyes opened to the plight of the hungry. Joshua, now 13, runs Joshua’s Heart to feed the hungry in Miami. On his website, Joshua says: “Whenever I work, I will give some…
  • The Secret to Successful Innovation: Thrash Early (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    Does your organization need help being on time and on budget? There is an older video where Seth Godin talks about “shipping it”. We can all do with re-watching this video. We need more successful innovation. So many teachers have great ideas. They don’t implement because they are afraid to ship. Sometimes teachers kick off a project and the first day or two don’t go like they were planned and just as the students get excited… they stop it. But there are big picture issues at work here too. Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99U on Vimeo. Successful…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Alice’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: #NASPA14R1

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Let’s talk about the NASPA Region I Conference, OBVIOUSLY.   So, for those of you who don’t know (which, if you don’t, you should definitely look into it… Check it out.), NASPA is a (recently re-named so the acronym no longer makes sense) Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education professional organization. It is a global organization “comprised of 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. ” Region I serves New England, eastern Canada, and western Europe. This year, the Region 1 conference…
  • From Getting Them There, to Making Them Care

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Free food, raffle prizes and giveaways are all common strategies that student affairs professionals use to entice students to attend programs and events on campus. Although this method of bribery is usually an efficient way to draw large numbers of students to events, its’ overall purpose is ineffective if students are not engaged once you have them as a captive audience.As a student affairs practitioner and Generation Y (born in the early 1980s-2000s) graduate student, I have the fluidity to understand the purpose of programming on campus as it relates to retention and progression, yet…
  • Getting Ahead With Students in Mind

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Photo from UCSB Graduate Students Association:   I am a futuristic thinker. More often than not, if my mind wanders during a period of silence in my day, I think about what I need to accomplish for my next student meeting, what I have in my refrigerator to make for dinner that night, or when I am going to get a post-work run into my schedule that week. I don’t remember always thinking this way; as a college student, I felt much more grounded in the here-and-now, and was even sometimes behind the curve as I spent way too…
  • #MenInSA – The Melting Pot of Masculinity

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    What does it mean to be a man? This is a constant question, not just for college men still forming who they are at their core, but also for researchers, parents, and college administrators. Is there one answer, one definition of masculinity, or is a person’s gender identity and expression one that is fluid, defined by that person, a post-modern “what you believe is right” answer? It would appear that the latter is becoming the more accepted answer on campus, but what consequences does this have for men on campus and in life? And, if the former is accepted, what culture provides the…
  • #SACareer – 5 Winter Break Bucket List Ideas for Students

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
      The chaos of spring registration and the frantic buzz among students about upcoming final exams symbolizes that winter break is right around the corner. This is the time of the semester students are daydreaming of  their winter break bucket list, which typically includes eating home cooked meals, cleaning laundry, watching their favorite shows for hours on Netflix, and spending time with family. Although winter break is an important time to decompress, regroup and relax, it is also an opportunity for students to spend time on some things they have kept at the bottom of their to-do…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

    Dean Shareski
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    My favorite shot in golf is hitting a long iron on the green. For most golfers, even pros, hitting the ball on the green from over 200 yards is a difficult shot. When you pull it off there’s a great feeling of satisfaction. I was playing by myself a few weeks back on a lovely golf course and came upon a long par 3 measuring 170 yards from the tees I was playing. I noticed the back tees behind me were about 220 yards and required a long carry over water. Since there was no one behind me I decided to give it a shot. I hit my first 3 iron right in the water. Hit my second poorly and was…
  • Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

    Dean Shareski
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I had an idea on a flight today. Smart People I Know presentation My other podcasts Now add your questions or ideas. Thanks.    
  • Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

    Dean Shareski
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I often ask people what they believe about learning. I suggest many people view learning and schools synonymously which while they aren’t, I think many schools inadvertently send a message that  learning is like Buckley’s cough syrup: “It tastes awful but it works.” Learning isn’t supposed to be easy. Or is it? As I explore the way we characterize learning I continually see how much we value words like: “hard, challenging, rigor, difficult” In my efforts to make school more engaging and joyful, these ideas, while maybe not opposing, are certainly…
  • Reflection Trumps Connection

    Dean Shareski
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    This month is Connected Educator month. That’s a good thing. I think we need to continue to support the notion that teachers need each other. We now have a myriad of ways to stay in touch with the brightest and best around the world. We can form groups as easily as a click of the mouse. In one might be considered the most challenging time to be an educator, we need each other and often times “each other” doesn’t mean the person across the hall. Being a connected educator is important but I think being a reflective educator trumps that.  As has often been the case in…
  • Technology is Hope

    Dean Shareski
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Over the past several years we’ve seen technology referenced in many ways. Technology is changing how our brains work Technology is disruptive Technology is an amplifier Technology is just a tool Technology is transforming education Technology isn’t making a difference in schools Depending on the day and the context I could probably argue both sides of these statements. When I look back at my own journey with technology the word that continues to remain is hope. The first 10 years of my teaching career, the changes I witnessed were mostly around curriculum and strategies. We…
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  • The Chronicle of Education’s Writing Problem

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    I ought to be the last person to get wade into the waters of arguing over definitions. By definition I loathe quibbling over definitions. But c’mon, Chronicle of Writing Poorly But Great at Oversensationalizing Headlines About Higher Education, I cannot event tell what topic el Chrono is writing about. cc licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by f2point8 Blame it on the weak wifi at the conference hotel? Bad appetizer at the opening reception? After the opening of Open Education 2014 of which I am safely in British Columbia attending virtually via tweets, the Chron declares via…
  • The Blog Talk Garage is Open

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s been a few weeks since the Blog Brothers were yakking but they did let participants (well anyone) know that their garage would be open for those angling to create a Connected Course. Open is as open does. cc licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Phil’s 1stPix Cars are pretty easy, right? Blogs and RSS are way more finicky pieces of engineering? Maybe, maybe not. Look at these guys, who do they think they are? Unit 6 of Connected Courses is idling around the corner, the one where we you should aim to take the topics and issues discussed previously, and use them as a…
  • Ceci n’est pas une scarf

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    (Yes I know I mangled the French language in the title. That’s on purpose.) This is a scarf. Just an object. I’ve been wearing it daily for the last week since the weather here in Kamloops turned cold, the high daily temperatures are sometimes as high as freezing temperature. cc licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Not until this morning, looking at its soft curvy shape under the morning light that I saw much more than object. A scarf. It’s my Mom’s touch. She knitted this scarf for me sometime around 2008 or 2009, using the classic stitch she used when…
  • Embed The Before/After Bed

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Trying here a test of my Comparator Tool blogged/flogged yesterday. While brushing my teeth last night, the idea came to me I was thinking about doing this the wrong way- an iframe is the route. Let’s see if this works. The code that does that looks like (yes it needs a noframes option): <iframe   src=""   width="420" height="340"   style="border:none;"/> Rather than the long mumbo jumbo I was doing before with all of the script references and HTML. Let’s preview…
  • Connected Course Webhosting/Hoteling

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    GIF from Animated Screenshots tumblr It’s a reasonable but largely unanswerable question. For teachers pondering setting up a Connected Course following the WordPress / Feed WordPress method I’ve shared– will web hosting company Y be able to support a site with X blogs syndicating? @cogdog can a server for 12$ per year handle #ccourses data/traffic? — Simon Ensor (@sensor63) November 18, 2014 I continue to recommend Reclaim Hosting and I am not getting any kickback. They already host ds106 which has over 34,000 syndicated posts from some 1000+…
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  • UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

    Bill Chappell
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In a recent article, a student named Jackie describes how her initial excitement of being invited to a party was replaced by fear and violence, after a group of men trapped her in a room.» E-Mail This
  • Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

    Krishnadev Calamur
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The outcome is significant because Texas with it 5 million students has a large impact on the national textbook market.» E-Mail This
  • Texas Hits The Books

    Laura Isensee
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For the first time in more than a decade, the Texas State Board of Education has adopted new social studies textbooks. But the process came with a few hiccups.» E-Mail This
  • New Affirmative Action Cases Say Policies Hurt Asian-Americans

    Sam Sanders
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The same man who helped bring a suit against the University of Texas at Austin a few years ago is back, with new cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.» E-Mail This
  • Why Working With Young Children Is (Still) A Dead-End Job

    Anya Kamenetz
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Twenty-five years after a landmark report, a follow-up study finds child care workers still earning about the same as fast-food workers.» E-Mail This
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  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. I’m defining digital learning as anything that has a technology component:…
  • Brilliant folks that need to be read.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Folks like Mike Caulfield, Bonnie Stewart, and Kate Bowles, deserve far more attention for their thinking and writing than what they are currently getting. It’s really not fair to lump them together, but they represent for me an intersection of humanity, tangible change, and deep thinking in education. Build your next conference around these three and I’m there. Just send me the registration link. A recent sampling of their thinking: From Kate: I really think the measure of our capacity to call ourselves a community relates to our responses in a whole range of situations for which…
  • Moving from openness advocacy to research

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Openness in education – including content, teaching, pedagogy, analytics, or any other flavours – is a 15+ year trend that is starting to cross over into the main stream. I’ve been involved in numerous faculty/leadership meetings with different universities and colleges over the past year and openness has become one of those concepts that everyone agrees with, supports, and promotes. In a way, it’s like “diversity”, given lip service, recognition in planning documents and policy statements, but often not reflected adequately in practice. A few weeks ago,…
  • What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX. The course is structured in a dual layer model, an approach that Matt Crosslin has nicely articulated. We have 20,000 registered students, with 32% having actually logged in and taken part in the course. 180 countries are represented, with the top being US, India, and UK, representing 25%, 11%, and 4% of students. I’ve run numerous MOOCs over the past six years. I’ve used a range of platforms, including Moodle, D2L, Canvas, Drupal, Downes’ gRSShopper, and others. In the process, I’ve…
  • Innovation in open online courses

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC will start. We (Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Ryan Baker, and I) have spent the last several months thinking through the course structure and format. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. Since MOOCs gained…
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    A Difference

  • How Much Homework Is Enough?

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The short answer is: It depends? The Council of Ministers of Education Canada started publishing Assessment Matters! in 2013. These are a series of short summaries of specific educational issues that emerge from four different national or international assessment tests:      • The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP)      • The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)      • The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)      • The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) The…
  • Digital Citizenship Using Visual Metaphors

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While Digital Citizenship Week has come and gone it's important to keep the conversations going. If you missed Digital Citizenship week it's never too late to get started. Here's a practical hands on tool kit shared on Craig Bandura's blog he calls The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit. It's an excellent way to use physical prompts and metaphorical thinking to help kids understand how to behave ethically online. While Craig uses this kit with students in kindergarten through Grade 8 it'll work well with students of any age. I've included Craig's original list of items and a few other…
  • Assessment Rocks and Sucks!

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I recently facilitated a conversation with new teachers on Assessment. I very much wanted to model what active learning can look like in the classroom and I simply refuse to just talk at people for an hour without involving them in the conversation in some way (as you can tell from slide 2 below). The format was a riff on an EdCamp classic activity called Things That Suck. Clear the tables and chairs away. Everyone stands up in the middle of the room, me at the front. My right hand is the "Rocks" side; people stand there if they agree with the statement on the slide. They stand on my left if…
  • Are Laptops Really Bad For Learning?

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    A study was recently published in the Journal of Psychological Science and subsequently reported on in The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Association for Psychological Science, several educational blogs, The Washington Post, and elsewhere online. The study is titled: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking. The general consensus seems to be that people learn more effectively when taking notes using pen and paper rather than laptops. THE EXPERIMENTS Experiment 1 • Watch 5 TED Talks on YouTube. • Take notes with either a laptop or pen and…
  • "60 000 times faster than text" ... Really?

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    I just got an email from Alan Levine. He's sniffing around for the origin of the quote many folks have often used, myself included, that we process visual information 60 000 times faster than text. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by [phil h]   Here's what Alan said: I need your help. I have found an assertion repeated on thousands of web sites, and repeated so often that it is cited as a fact, yet I have tried and tried and have been unable to locate the actual source of this claim: Research at 3M Corporation concluded that we process visuals 60000 times faster than text. In…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Factory models undermine personalization [SLIDE] (Scott McLeod)
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    The current factory model of schooling – with its time-based, bell-curved grading system – will undermine all of our efforts to personalize education. – Tom Vander Ark (from The Shift From Cohorts to Competency) Download this file: png pptx key Image credit: battered conveyor belt, sharyn morrow See also my other slides, my Pinterest collection, and the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Related Posts Chris Lehmann on educational colonialism We need to foster a diversity of talents The new bill of rights for all students The Scottish Curriculum for…
  • A letter to Madysen (Scott McLeod)
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The letter reads: Dear Madysen, Over the last couple of months I have noticed your dedication to your drawings. You sit at your desk and at every spare moment you grab a drawing tool (pen, pencil, pencil crayon, or felt) and paper. You draw what you feel, and I love it! I need to ask you a favor. Can you please decorate my desk? My desk needs a personality, and I think it needs yours. Draw whatever is in your heart. There is only one rule, you draw what your heart wants to draw, and not what you think I want to see. If you agree to my request, please fill out this form and return it to me…
  • ISTE Follow-Up 31: Miscellaneous education blogs (THE PUSH 2014) (Scott McLeod)
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Final category! Below are all of the education blog categories for which I’ve solicited ‘the best of the best’ over the past few months. What’s left? And if you know of a blog for one of the previous categories that’s worth submitting, please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some miscellaneous education blogs that P-12 educators and higher education faculty should be reading? Please contribute, see the responses, AND share this post with others so that we can get the best list possible. What education blogs would…
  • ISTE Follow-Up 30: Career and technical education blogs (THE PUSH 2014) (Scott McLeod)
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you were asked to nominate a very short list of career and technical education blogs for educators to read / subscribe to, what would you share? Please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some excellent career and technical education blogs that P-12 educators and higher education faculty should be reading? Please contribute, see the responses, AND share this post with others so that we can get the best list possible. What #careerteched blogs would you recommend? Please share with others so we get a great list! #edtech…
  • ISTE Follow-Up 29: Preservice educator preparation blogs (THE PUSH 2014) (Scott McLeod)
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you know some faculty or university programs that are blogging about preservice educator preparation? If so, which do you feel are the best of the best? Please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some excellent preservice educator preparation blogs that P-12 educators and higher education faculty should be reading? Please contribute, see the responses, AND share this post with others so that we can get the best list possible. What #preservice educator preparation blogs would you recommend? Please share with others so we…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Links for 2014-11-22 []

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Vodafone Q3 Experiential Mural V.1 on Vimeo
  • Links for 2014-11-20 []

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Berlin Wall Getting Built. And Built. Design thinking for learning visualised School Design, Classroom Layout Can Heavily Affect Student Grades, Learning: Study Designing Spaces for Learning • Credly
  • Links for 2014-11-19 []

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    File Cabinet - Act 1 - 101qs Mr Ashton on Twitter: "Implementing some of the amazing ideas I was lucky enough to gain form @ewanmcintosh at the #gtauk2014" Mr Ashton on Twitter: "@ewanmcintosh students had to watch a numerical reasoning video - and decipher what info was needed and decide : googleable or nongoogleable" Take a guided tour of UK skies | NATS Blog The Real Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship and How To Promote It In Your Classroom - InformED : Each student was challenged to create a marketing campaign with a “pop-up” retail store in…
  • Links for 2014-11-18 []

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Product Categories 12 of the best ‘proper’ pubs in Edinburgh | WOW247
  • Links for 2014-11-17 []

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Using Hexagon Learning for categorisation, linkage and prioritisation |
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Men Explain Things To Women Too Often, In Education and Otherwise

    Jose Vilson
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Audrey Watters: “There’s that very famous New Yorker cartoon: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” The cartoon was first published in 1993 — fairly interesting, I think, because it shows that by the early 1990s, the Internet had achieved if not a popular appeal, then enough of one that those who read the New Yorker could chuckle about the reference. The cartoon demonstrates too this sense that we have long had that the Internet offers privacy and anonymity, that we can experiment with identities online in ways that are severed from our bodies, from our material selves…
  • Beautiful Bytes of Data

    Jose Vilson
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    [Today’s special guest is Anthony Mullen, 2009 Teacher of the Year and awesome writer. Feel free to tell us what you think about his post in the comments below.] The young man wearing blue jeans and a red and white polo shirt is anxious. He frequently looks at his watch, shaking his head while staring at the train tracks. He is restless and angry and impatient because the train is late again. He bends over and grabs a handful of gravel, throwing the shattered stone against a pair of cold steel rails. A few commuters standing on the train platform watch, quietly wondering why the young…
  • Diane Ravitch and David B. Cohen Review My Book On The Same Day

    Jose Vilson
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    One of my friends mentioned that my book might not just be Book of the Spring and Summer, but of the Fall, too, given the rhythm of the school year. I smiled at the thought because, within that time period from March to April, I had completed edits to the book, finished my Math for America application, and turned in my National Board Certification papers. Little did I know that reviews from Publishers’ Weekly, The Nation, and others would still roll in, lauding the work of a full-time public middle school math teacher. Then Diane Ravitch and David B. Cohen dropped their reviews today.
  • If This Keeps Happening, The Teaching Profession Is Doomed

    Jose Vilson
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Last week, NPR Ed interviewed me and four other teachers for its 50 Great Teachers Series in an article entitled: “5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher.” I was gassed because they actually took the time to draw a cool sketch of me for the piece, and the drawing looks like me. Just as important was the fact that we actually took a reflective look at the teaching profession from the lens of “why teach” and not “why does teaching suck?” That opens up a different dialogue than I currently see in [hyperbole alert] 90% of all teacher blogs right now.
  • Is Fundraising The Path Towards Equitable Schools? [New York Times]

    Jose Vilson
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Last week, The New York Times asked me if I believe in fundraising. My initial answer, “Yes, but it depends on what the money is for.” You should feel free to disagree, but I’m always at a loss about fundraising because it perpetuates inequity in our schools. While one set of kids has to raise funds just for new textbooks and basketball uniforms, the other can just ask a few parents to drop a $100 check off at school for a trip to Washington D.C. without much work. I’m also arguing for a true re-distribution of education tax money, especially on the local level. We can…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Writing a Response Using Details from the Text for Support

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Today we are going to take the event from yesterday and use it for support on a writing prompt. This is working backwards from normal, but the process and use of an event for supporting details is the same. This event can be used for a number of topics like setting, character, problem, plot, conflict, comparison to self, comparison to another character, comparison to another setting, mystery, etc. For this example I am going to write about setting.I just finished reading Compound by S.A. Bodeen. The setting plays a major role in this book. The story takes place in an…
  • Start with an Event

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    I just finished reading Compound by S.A. Bodeen. This is the opening scene:My world ended with a bang the minute we entered the compound and that silver door closed behind us. The sound was brutal. Final.   .   .   .   My fists beat on the door. I bawled. The screaming left me hoarse.In the next few pages the book explains that Eli's family is in an underground shelter but his twin brother Eddie and his grandmother didn't make it. Eli's father, mother, and sisters Lexie and Terese managed to get safely inside within the forty minutes needed to survive.The world just ended…
  • Support Your Writing with Details!

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Reading Workshop students, please copy and paste the latest writing topic about the book you are reading, "Could You be the Main Character?" To see more about this project you can see all responses to this topic on the Question Board.Loading...
  • Why We Sing in Language Arts Class

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Each day in Reading Workshop for about 7 minutes (usually two songs), students sing. Lyrics are shown on the white board using the LCD projector. Music is played and students sing along, reading the lyrics as they sing. Every week, we sing at least one new song. As students get familiar with a song, they know all of the words, so they don't need to read. Changing songs is important to keep students reading. It also helps with vocabulary instruction. With each new song, there are new words to learn and discuss.The best part of singing in reading class though, is how it helps academic…
  • What Happened in the Book Last Night?

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Here is an example written by Trinity T. in about 15 minutes.Gecko had stolen a car from a lady. He was trying to find his brother Reuben but couldn't find him on foot. He was under age to be driving. He was only 13! The lady called the cops and he had cops after him in a few moments of driving. He was going about 80 mph down the highway trying to find his brother. He finally found his brother running out of the door at a game store with a bunch of games. Gecko figured his brother was stealing the games. Reuben spotted Gecko and ran to the back door. He hopped in with all of the games in his…
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Heads Up: Upcoming Parental Leave

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    If you’ve seen me waddle onto stage lately, you’ve probably guessed that I’m either growing a baby or an alien. I’m hoping for the former, although contemporary imaging technologies still do make me wonder. If all goes well, I will give birth in late January or early February. Although I don’t publicly talk much about my son, this will be #2 for me and so I have both a vague sense of what I’m in for and no clue at all. I avoid parenting advice like the plague so I’m mostly plugging my ears and singing “la-la-la-la” whenever anyone tells me…
  • me + National Museum of the American Indian

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m pleased to share that I’m joining the Board of Trustees of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 2015.  I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to help guide such an esteemed organization full of wonderful people who are working hard to create a more informed and respectful society. I am not (knowingly) of Native descent, but as an American who has struggled to make sense of our history and my place in our cultural ecosystem, I’ve always been passionate about using the privileges I have to make sure that our public narrative is as…
  • What is Fairness?

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    What is “fairness”? And what happens when technology decides? Fairness is one of those values that Americans love to espouse. It’s just as beloved in technical circles, where it’s often introduced as one of the things that “neutral” computers do best. We collectively perceive ourselves and our systems to be fair and push against any assertion that our practices are unfair. But what do we even mean by fairness in the first place? In the United States, fairness has historically been a battle between equality and equity. Equality is the notion that everyone should have an equal…
  • My name is danah and I’m a stats addict.

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    I love data and I hate stats. Not stats in abstract — statistics are great — but the kind of stats that seem to accompany any web activity. Number of followers, number of readers, number of viewers, etc. I hate them in the way that an addict hates that which she loves the most. My pulse quickens as I refresh the page to see if one more person clicked the link. As my eyes water and hours pass, I have to tear myself away from the numbers, the obsessive calculating that I do, creating averages and other statistical equations for no good reason. I gift my math-craving brain with a…
  • Frameworks for Understanding the Future of Work

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Technology is changing work. It’s changing labor. Some imagine radical transformations, both positive and negatives. Words like robots and drones conjure up all sorts of science fiction imagination. But many of the transformations that are underway are far more mundane and, yet, phenomenally disruptive, especially for those who are struggling to figure out their place in this new ecosystem. Disruption, a term of endearment in the tech industry, sends shutters down the spine of many, from those whose privilege exists because of the status quo to those who are struggling to put bread on the…
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    eduStyle Blog

  • The latest eduStyle report: Content Management Systems in Higher Ed

    Cody Foss
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    We’re happy to be able to announce our latest white paper, Report on Content Management Systems in Higher Ed. This is one we’ve gotten a lot of requests for and a topic we’ve wanted to cover for awhile. We’re not exaggerating when we say we put a lot of work into this one. While preparing this report, we looked at over 3800 public and not-for-profit university and college websites in the United States and Canada. We identified and collected usage numbers on over 50 content managements systems, representing a diverse range of open source and commercially backed systems. The result is…
  • Website Standards in Higher Ed 72 Hour Launch Sale

    Stewart Foss
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    We’re excited to announce that our latest publication is now available. To arrive at this point, we’ve spent countless hours researching, surveying and talking with web professionals at dozens of higher ed institutions. In the process, we’ve been able to compile this priceless trove of information about website standards and policies within higher ed. To celebrate, if you order it in the next 72 hours you will save over 15% off the cover price.  
  • Pre-order Website Standards in Higher Ed, Save 30% & Enter to Win $499

    Stewart Foss
    23 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    Have you ever struggled with the question of how to implement school-wide web development standards? Maybe you have school-wide standards already, but have struggled with keeping them current. Or maybe you’re just curious about how web designers, developers and managers are handling standards at their schools. The good news is you’re not alone. We’ve spent countless hours researching, surveying and talking with web professionals at dozens of higher ed institutions. In the process, we’ve been able to compile this priceless trove of information about website standards and policies…
  • 72 hour launch sale for the Report on Navigation

    Stewart Foss
    18 Sep 2013 | 6:19 am
    We’re so excited to release this report. To celebrate the launch and say thank you to the community, we’ve decided to have a 72 hour sale. From now until midnight on Friday you can save over 15% off the regular price. Order the Report now From the introduction of the report: In 2011 we collected every navigational item (aka link) from the homepages of over 2000 higher ed websites in the United States and Canada. We repeated the process again in 2013. This report presents that data in a concise and easy to digest fashion. The volume of data collected has made this a formidable, but…
  • 2013 eduStyle Award Winners

    Stewart Foss
    9 Sep 2013 | 8:01 pm
    We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 6th annual eduStyle Awards. Each year hundreds of sites are submitted for consideration in the eduStyle Awards. From the hundreds of submissions this year, 69 nominees were selected in 18 categories. These categories include aspects of web design like photography, social media and interactivity. The top level prizes include best homepage, best redesign and best overall website. A total of 52 schools were recognized as nominees with the final list of winners narrowing to 19 schools. The quality of websites in higher ed has increased…
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    LoHud Blogs

  • Class B final: Rye Neck stuns Bronxville

    Vincent Mercogliano
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    LAGRANGEVILLE – Luis Galeano recognized the moment for what it was. He had two defenders to beat, time running out, and a scoreboard showing a tied game. For a Rye Neck sophomore with something to prove, this was the time to prove it. “I wanted to take the perfect shot,” Galeano said. “It was late in the game. I didn’t want to waste an opportunity.” Fired into the left side of the net, Galeano’s second goal of the night gave Rye Neck a stunning 3-2 win against Bronxville for the Class B sectional final at Arlington High School on Saturday night.
  • What Keeps Cuomo Tossing and Turning at Night?

    Phil Reisman
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Andrew Cuomo’s worst nightmare isn’t Rob Astorino. Nor is it Preet Bharara and the Moreland mess—at least not for now. No, his immediate fear is “The Cantor Effect.” Read here:
  • Farmers lead sustainable food symposium at WCC

    Robert Brum
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Mike Fedison, assistant farm manager at Hilltop Hanover Farm, will be one of five featured speakers at the “Five Farmers Meet You at the Table: A Conversation on Sustainable Food Systems” from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, March 29 at Westchester Community College’s Gateway Center- Davis Auditorium in Valhalla. Admission is free. Joining Fedison will be fellow panelists Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Doug DeCandia, Food Bank for Westchester; John McDowell, Rockland Farm Alliance; and Steffen Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm. This interactive…
  • Yorktown veterans, students hold annual Four Chaplains ceremony

    Robert Brum
    20 Jan 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Yorktown veterans will join with “Living History” students from Mildred Strang Middle School and residents of Yorktown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Yorktown American Legion Hall at 235 Veterans Road in Yorktown Heights to celebrate the annual Chapel of the Four Chaplains ceremony. This annual ceremony honors four U.S. Army chaplains who were aboard the U.S. troopship, Dorchester, in February 1943 when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic.  These chaplains of different faiths handed out life vests and calmed the soldiers aboard their dying ship.  When the…
  • Yonkers’ Excelsior Packaging to lay off 112

    20 Nov 2013 | 12:29 pm
    The Excelsior Packaging Group in Yonkers has informed state officials that it will lay off 112 workers by February 5. The company at 159 Alexander St. said the layoffs are due to a plant closing and economic conditions. Excelsior Packaging is owned by Ron Shemesh, who has big plans for the Yonkers waterfront. Shemesh’s company Glenwood POH wants to preserve and redevelop the Glenwood Power Station, a derelict property at 45 Water Grant St. The $200 million plan also calls for building a two-story, 870-space parking garage in the hillside of an adjacent park. The project, slated to open…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Use an Older Wii Remote with Smoothboard Software

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Back in August, I posted a three minute video of Matt Cooper, one of our new elementary teachers in Yukon, Oklahoma, demonstrating how to setup an interactive whiteboard in a classroom “on the cheap” using a Wii Remote and free Smoothboard Software. After I shared that post with our faculty, our music teacher decided she wanted to give it a try. She ordered the “IR Sabre” infrared pen for $17.95 from WiiTeachers along with a new Wii remote. In part due to our crazy schedules, we’ve had trouble connecting for me to help her with this setup, but today I finally got…
  • STEMseeds is BACK on Saturday – Join us!

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Join Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday morning (Nov 22nd) for a Google Hangout conversation with Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon, who was featured in the November 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Live show, “Technology Integration in Jr. High School.” Bethany has collected a variety of outstanding engineering design project lessons for her students, which she will discuss along with other practical ideas for engaging students in STEM learning. Please join us live if you can, but if you can’t we’ll archive the video and audio version of the show on…
  • New Snow Day iMovie Trailer Video

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Our youngest daughter, Rachel, is 11 years old and absolutely loves going sledding whenever we have snow (or even sleet!) in Oklahoma City. Today we went sledding in our 2.5 inches of snow that fell on Sunday and gave us all a “snow day” from school, and I created a new iMovie trailer of our adventures using the “Coming of Age” theme. Contrast that iMovie trailer with my February 2013 video, “Sleet Sledding,” created with the “Teen” iMovie trailer theme. Those are both very fun videos, and provided good excuses for me to “play” with…
  • Identity, Bias, Differences and Change

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In his Velocity 2014 New York Ignite talk titled, “Unicorns and The Language of Otherness” Aneel Lakhani makes some thought provoking points about identity. At 4:04 of the video he states: We have to separate our identities, who we are and who we will be, from who we were, what we have done, and what we have been, so that when we encounter something different or see change or see change in others, that is not a threat to our identity and it doesn’t hurt so much to accept change and to do change. That is a tall order! It’s very challenging to “separate our…
  • Stopmotion Project Tips & Advice

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I received some questions from a middle school teacher in Connecticut this weekend about classroom StopMotion projects. He also specifically asked about the tripods we are using for our iPads. This may be helpful to others, so I am sharing my email reply in this post. Hi! We are using the Makayama iPad 2 tripod mount for our green screen station, but it will work for stopmotion too. It works well but if I was ordering another one today I would go for a less expensive clamp based mount that would work with multiple iPad versions. It cost around $70 when I ordered it a few years ago:…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • New Teachers Won’t Save Us

    Jeff Utecht
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This is going to come as a shock I know…but pre-service education programs are not preparing teachers for a technology rich classroom teaching experience. Or to put that another way the classrooms of today. According to a Project Tomorrow Report …principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest…
  • Online Learning Research

    Jeff Utecht
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Photo Credit: MaceyBuchanan via Compfight cc Seeing that I’m fully invested in online professional development for educators through both COETAIL and Eduro Learning, I’m always on the look out for research on how to make online learning better. What is it that sets good online learning apart from the OK online learning systems? How can we use that research to start blending our classrooms more and more to prepare students for the universities that away them? Universities that more and more are requiring students to learn online. New research out of MIT, Tsinghua University, and…
  • Replacing Skills

    Jeff Utecht
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    I haven’t been blogging here much as my time has been spent working with teachers in their schools, Learning2 and COETAIL…which I love! Replace is my new word of choice when talking about the skills of technology.  I have done the word dance on this blog. Going from integrate, to embed and now to replace. However, I think it’s just the progression of adoption of any new way of thinking any new skill set as we reach a new level. A level where we need to start replacing the skills we use to teach with new skills that must be taught. The standards haven’t…
  • Digital Citizenship Course for Educators

    Jeff Utecht
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Just a quick announcement that our third Eduro Learning Online Professional Development course will begin soon. We’re really excited about this one as it is one of those things we talk about teaching but A) Never get training on and B) Don’t really make it a priority. Our fear is that even though educators told us they would like to have a class on how to teach Digital Citizenship to students we’re not sure if people will actually sign up for such a class. I guess time will tell. Space is limited to 25 participants so if you’re interested now’s the time to sign…
  • Learning @Learning2

    Jeff Utecht
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    There are different ways to measure success. Last week at the first ever Learning2 Africa conference that was held at ICS Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we measured it in a few different ways. 118 of 119 of the participants on the survey said they would recommend the conference to a friend or plan on attending next year. Before we left the conference we had a school step up wanting to host it for 2015 We had inquiries from other schools in Africa to host the conference in 2016. Now there are a lot of ways to measure success and when you get responses like this from the participants from the first ever…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • TouchDevelop on Student Devices

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    I have this sort of love/hate relationship with web based applications. I had reason for a bit of both today. I like to introduce students to programming using TouchDevelop which is a web app for most people although there is a really nice Windows Phone app for it as well. Today, for some reason TouchDevelop would not load properly on the student computers in my lab. I'm not sure why as it loads fine for me on the same computers and it has worked fine in the past. I suspect a network glitch. Regardless, about half the students pulled out personal laptops, tablets or cell phones and asked if…
  • Top Secret Rosies

    Alfred Thompson
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    This week I have been showing the movie "Top Secret Rosies" to my freshmen students. It’s a wonderful story about some long unsung heroes of both World War II and computing. As introduced on the related web page: In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians were recruited to complete secret research for the US Army. Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII is a one hour documentary that shares the little known story of the women and technology that helped win the war and usher in the modern computer age. I show this movie for…
  • Interesting Links 17 November 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    Last week was crazy for me. Professional development day last Monday and Veterans Day on Tuesday just made things start differently. Friday was a travel day as I flew out to Tucson AZ for the CSTA Board meeting. CSTA members you have some great people on the board (and me too). We had a great couple of days worth of meetings. I spent less time on the internet than usual. You may have noticed blog writing has been less lately. But I do have a few links to share anyway. Great "Faces of Computing" contest due Nov 20 2014. Still some time to get student entries in. This Binary number…
  • CSEdWeek activities December 8-14, 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Blatantly stolen from the CSTA announcement mailing list. We want to hear from all CS teachers! We are calling on YOU to participate in CSEdWeek activities December 8-14, 2014, and to let us know what you are doing to celebrate. Please take a look at the Participation Kit for CS teachers developed by a team of CS teachers and supportive community folks at You can also get to the Participation Kit page from the main page,, and clicking on the big red button “Are You a CS Teacher?” These resources are here for teachers looking for various and…
  • Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform

    Alfred Thompson
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform, adds new development capabilities with Visual Studio 2015, .NET 2015 and Visual Studio Online Initially this feels good for me. I like Visual Studio and .NET. Specifically Visual Basic and C#. I wonder how this is good for Microsoft though. I also wonder how much development will actually take place on .NET with it being open source. Is this throwing .NET away in reality? The announcement linked to above says that Visual Studio 2015 is “[b]uilt from the ground up with support for iOS, Android…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Joy Pullmann says Scott Walker couldn’t get legislature to significantly expand school choice

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    By Dave Umhoefer PolitiFact Wisconsin November 21st, 2014 Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election on Nov. 4, 2014, drew plenty of love from conservative commentators bullish about his chances to make a splash in the 2016 presidential race. “The Nation Needs President Scott Walker in 2016,” shouted a headline over a story by Richard Cromwell in The Federalist, an online magazine. But not everyone on the right was leading cheers. Same magazine, different take: “Winning Re-Election Doesn’t Mean Scott Walker Is Ready For 2016.” The author of that Nov. 11 piece is the managing…
  • Guest Editorial: Why 2014 Election Results will Affect Education

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    By Kara Kerwin Tacoma Weekly November 19, 2014 There’s a reasonable tendency among Americans to view the education of their kids as an exclusively local issue and distinct to their communities. After all, school buildings are constant fixtures in neighborhoods, sports teams play crosstown rivals and the vast majority of public students still attend schools based solely on zip code. However, the innovations and flurry of activity that take place in classrooms and communities are guided by the state level policies that govern them, which is why the 2014 gubernatorial election results matter,…
  • Separate fact from fiction on Michigan Charter Schools

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    By Kara Kerwin The Detroit News November 20th, 2014 Too few state leaders appreciate the role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Even with more than half of states electing reform-minded governors who have either proven to be champions of reforms during their tenure or have run on platforms that don’t shy away from being vocal about putting parents and students first, it’s imperative all leaders come to appreciate good governance and reach across the aisle for the sake of children. That’s how some of the boldest reforms, such as charter schools,…
  • NEWSWIRE: November 18, 2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Vol. 16, No. 45 HAPPY BIRTHDAY VOUCHERS! In 1990, Wisconsin reformers made school choice history in creating the first-ever modern day voucher program in Milwaukee. Fast forward 25 years and 280,000 scholarships later, the program designed for low-income students has not only expanded beyond the Milwaukee city limits but has served as a blueprint for other states. Wisconsin has since undergone a few expansions to the program, but it’s going to take more to address growing demand, exemplified by the 3,400 students outside Milwaukee and Racine who applied for 1,000 available scholarships.
  • Understanding how charter schools help, not hinder, education

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    By Kara Kerwin Las Vegas Review Journal November 16th Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Even with more than half of states electing reform-minded governors who have either proved to be champions of reforms during their tenure or have run on platforms that don’t shy away from being vocal about putting parents and students first, it’s imperative all leaders come to appreciate good governance and reach across the aisle for the sake of children. After all, it’s how some of the…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • A “Worst Practices” Model

    Matt Reed
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanAt a meeting last week, a colleague mentioned that he had learned some lessons about how to do a particular project through making a series of mistakes, and that if we had more time, he’d be happy to describe some of them. And that’s when it hit me. For all of the talk of “best practices,” wouldn’t some open discussions of “worst practices” be more useful? The beauty of “worst practices” is that they’re concrete. “Here’s something I did that blew up in my face.  In…
  • 6 Big Takeaways From the EdX Global Forum

    Joshua Kim
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Blog: Technology and LearningWere you in Boston last week for the 4th edX Global Forum?  What were your big takeaways from the meeting?  First, I’d like to say thank you to our Boston University hosts.  They did an incredible job of making us all feel welcome and well looked after.  I also want to say thank you to the edX team, as they all worked incredibly hard to make this event as productive and enjoyable for all the Consortium members.  This edX Global Forum was particularly well timed as my institution is currently developing our first 4 edX DartmouthX…
  • Note-Taking in Graduate School

    Justin Dunnavant
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Blog: GradHackerJustin Dunnavant is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Florida. You can find him on Twitter @archfieldnotes or at his blog AfricanaArch. As graduate students, we are confronted with the daunting task of collecting, consolidating, and absorbing large amounts of information. Few universities actually take the time to train you on how do this, and as result taking notes and keeping track of them can quickly become overwhelming. There are dozens of books that discuss the importance of note taking and offer different methods and strategies to become an…
  • 'It Is a Bad-Boy, Jerk Culture.... '

    Tracy Mitrano
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Blog: Law, Policy -- and IT?“It is bad-boy, jerk culture. And I can’t celebrate that,” said Lisa Abeyta, the founder of a tech company in Albuquerque, about Uber, the service/app that gets you a taxi or private car quickly, especially in urban environments. She added, “There is a difference between being competitive and being dirty,” she added in the New York Times article, “To Delete or Not to Delete.” It has been an interesting ride for me. In college, I co-chaired the Women’s Caucus and brought such luminaries as Betty Friedan, Bella…
  • More Involvement Needed

    Herman Berliner
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Blog: Provost ProseI am a long time proponent of the higher education peer review system that assures us of the quality and integrity of our educational offerings.  During my career, I have been involved with multiple accreditations and have served on review committees for a number of accrediting agencies, specialized as well as regional.  My feeling is that the accreditation process has gotten substantially better over time by being much more focused on the outcome measures. A recent example of how well the process works was the Middle States Committee on Periodic Review…
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • edX joins ConnectED efforts with PD courses for teachers

    Laura Devaney
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Partnership offers courses to help teachers use tech in more empowered ways Answering President Obama’s call to help schools embrace technology and digital learning in U.S. classrooms, edX will offer professional development courses for teachers. As part of ConnectEd, edX partner universities and colleges will offer teacher professional development courses, along with courses to prepare students for AP exams. “EdX and our university partners are pleased to stand with President Obama to offer U.S. teachers and school districts free, innovative resources to improve teaching and learning…
  • 10 steps to promoting diversity in gaming

    Meris Stansbury
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Game and instructional designers give advice for how educators should incorporate gaming Using games and designing games for education is not all, well, fun and games, say experts. In fact, the key to successfully using games for education is in promoting a diverse “ecosystem” of gameplay complete with codes of conduct. In part one of this story, “#Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education,” which discussed the cultural context of Gamergate and how it applies to education, MIT’s Education Arcade emphasized that “the key to fashioning the gaming world as a safe place…
  • Study demonstrates math program’s impact on students

    Laura Devaney
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Test scores see a boost among students using MIND Research Institute’s ST Math Just one year of education technology in classrooms can move a school that was performing at the 50th percentile in the state up to the 66th percentile in the state, according to a study released by the independent education research firm WestEd and the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. WestEd measured the impact of MIND’s ST Math program in 209 second through fifth grades – including more than 19,980 students at 129 California schools across California – that fully implemented the program in a blended…
  • #Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education

    Meris Stansbury
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Game designers, MIT, professors weigh in on what educators need to know about the controversy, and how it applies to classroom practice Games, but especially games for education, need to allow for gender equality and freedom of expression, say gaming experts—two critical game design components needed in the fight against Gamergate’s revelation of misogyny in the gaming industry. Gamergate originally began as a hashtag in social media after an independent game developer’s ex-boyfriend made public allegations against her regarding a close relationship between the developer and a…
  • ‘Let it Code’ with Frozen-inspired coding

    Laura Devaney
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Hour of Code initiative aims to help students, especially girls, get coding with real-world examples On Nov. 19, unveiled a computer science tutorial featuring heroines Anna and Elsa from The Walt Disney Company’s film “Frozen.” The tutorial kicks off the second annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science – especially by girls – during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14, 2014. Thanks to Disney Interactive, students will learn to write code that enables Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s “Frozen” characters…
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • edX joins ConnectED efforts with PD courses for teachers

    Laura Devaney
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Partnership offers courses to help teachers use tech in more empowered ways Answering President Obama’s call to help schools embrace technology and digital learning in U.S. classrooms, edX will offer professional development courses for teachers. As part of ConnectEd, edX partner universities and colleges will offer teacher professional development courses, along with courses to prepare students for AP exams. “EdX and our university partners are pleased to stand with President Obama to offer U.S. teachers and school districts free, innovative resources to improve teaching and learning…
  • 10 steps to promoting diversity in gaming

    Meris Stansbury
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Game and instructional designers give advice for how educators should incorporate gaming Using games and designing games for education is not all, well, fun and games, say experts. In fact, the key to successfully using games for education is in promoting a diverse “ecosystem” of gameplay complete with codes of conduct. In part one of this story, “#Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education,” which discussed the cultural context of Gamergate and how it applies to education, MIT’s Education Arcade emphasized that “the key to fashioning the gaming world as a safe place…
  • Study demonstrates math program’s impact on students

    Laura Devaney
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Test scores see a boost among students using MIND Research Institute’s ST Math Just one year of education technology in classrooms can move a school that was performing at the 50th percentile in the state up to the 66th percentile in the state, according to a study released by the independent education research firm WestEd and the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. WestEd measured the impact of MIND’s ST Math program in 209 second through fifth grades – including more than 19,980 students at 129 California schools across California – that fully implemented the program in a blended…
  • #Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education

    Meris Stansbury
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Game designers, MIT, professors weigh in on what educators need to know about the controversy, and how it applies to classroom practice Games, but especially games for education, need to allow for gender equality and freedom of expression, say gaming experts—two critical game design components needed in the fight against Gamergate’s revelation of misogyny in the gaming industry. Gamergate originally began as a hashtag in social media after an independent game developer’s ex-boyfriend made public allegations against her regarding a close relationship between the developer and a…
  • ‘Let it Code’ with Frozen-inspired coding

    Laura Devaney
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Hour of Code initiative aims to help students, especially girls, get coding with real-world examples On Nov. 19, unveiled a computer science tutorial featuring heroines Anna and Elsa from The Walt Disney Company’s film “Frozen.” The tutorial kicks off the second annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science – especially by girls – during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14, 2014. Thanks to Disney Interactive, students will learn to write code that enables Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s “Frozen” characters…
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • #Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education

    Meris Stansbury
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Game designers, MIT, professors weigh in on what educators need to know about the controversy, and how it applies to classroom practice Games, but especially games for education, need to allow for gender equality and freedom of expression, say gaming experts—two critical game design components needed in the fight against Gamergate’s revelation of misogyny in the gaming industry. Gamergate originally began as a hashtag in social media after an independent game developer’s ex-boyfriend made public allegations against her regarding a close relationship between the developer and a…
  • States backtrack on student tracking technology

    Laura Devaney
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Use of tracking technology is increasingly common, but many wonder about its necessity Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria? Principals in thousands of the nation’s schools know the answer because radio frequency chips are embedded in students’ ID cards, or their schools are equipped with biometric scanners that can identify portions of a student’s fingerprint, the iris of an eye or a vein in a palm. Such technologies have become increasingly common in schools, which use them to take attendance, alert parents where their…
  • More districts turn to technology buy-back programs

    Laura Devaney
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Buy-back options give districts financial flexibility to fund newer technology Rather than letting old machines sit in the janitor’s closet gathering dust, schools nationwide are choosing to sell those machines back to companies that recertify the technology. One such provider is Mac to School, which, over the past year, has bought back millions of dollars’ worth of Apple products from schools, helping districts get some much-needed cash back in their pockets. In August alone, more than $1 million was paid out to schools. The buy-back process is relatively simple: once a quote is…
  • 7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential

    Laura Devaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    These TED Talks highlight promising and inspiring concepts, including gaming in education Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device. TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all. Each month, we’ll bring you a handful of inspiring TED Talks. Some will focus specifically on education; others will highlight…
  • Google, gaming, and going mobile: Today’s 5 tech trends

    Laura Devaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Trends point to a handful of major ed-tech focus areas that grab educators’ attention A few years ago the education world found itself entranced by the iPad, a powerful tablet that promised to revolutionize one-to-one programs and revitalize teacher engagement with technology in the wake of sweeping mobile device adoptions. For years, the iPad seemed to dominate educators’ discussions. Now, that storm seems to have passed, as educators and ed-tech enthusiasts are broadening their horizons and looking to the future. Last week, a group of educators from California and across the…
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    eSchool News » Funding

  • FCC proposes $1.5B E-rate increase

    Laura Devaney
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Proposal would bring nation’s classrooms into digital age with federal E-rate funding boost The federal E-rate program could see a $1.5 billion increase if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves a proposal set forth by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Nov. 17. The increase would come as a result of an increase in fees in consumers’ monthly phone bills. According to a program fact sheet, individuals would see an increase of roughly 16 cents per month, or $1.90 a year. Under the proposal, the annual E-rate program cap would increase from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. Today,…
  • 10 ways to use social media to pass bond issues

    Laura Devaney
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    School leaders share social media strategies that successfully support district efforts As the fight to get voter approval for bonds becomes more challenging, school district leaders and their supporters are tapping into Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media to win their campaigns. “Schools that don’t use social media are missing out on one of the most effective forms of communication to large audiences and stakeholders,” said Rick Kaufman, executive director of community relations and emergency management for Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota. Social media campaigns…
  • 6 STEM and research grant opportunities

    Laura Devaney
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools School funding challenges show no sign of abating, and budgets remain stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon. This month’s grants are all relevant to research and STEM teaching and learning. You don’t want to miss out on these funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. (Next page: November’s funding…
  • Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

    Laura Devaney
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts. Deadline: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

    Laura Devaney
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Middle school, high school, and college-level students worldwide who are interested in this challenge: Send us your best design in the form of an STL file, and tell us why your design improves on the existing engineering solution or why it’s a great original or redesigned work of art or architecture. The winning entries will be creative, mechanically sound and realistically achievable. Since the contest’s inception, Stratasys has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to innovative students, plus recognition on our website. Instructors of top students receive tablet computers for…
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  • Unboxing PIG

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Unboxing is the unpacking of new products, especially high tech consumer products. The product's owner captures the process on video and later uploads it to the web. Some consider the popularity of this practice is due to the ability of showing the product exactly for what it is without any adulteration advertisers usually make around the product. Being able to see what you are getting can contribute to the decisional process. According to Google Trends, searches for the term "unboxing" began to surface in the final quarter of 2006. Created with…
  • Take away the descriptors

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We are reckless jargon users in education. Just ask anyone coming out of your local supermarket what they think “effective pedagogies” or “student agency” means.Jargon is used to: exclude; disguise; imply expertise; and to market product.  No one benefits when words are used to divide and confuse.Nine notable offenders have agreed to have a go at stripping the jargon from the following educational terms (see below). They will seek the simple message within and then express it in a 1000 word blog post. The blog posts form part of a collaborative book project initiated by Sonya…
  • The impact of sharing breakfast at dawn on teacher professional learning and development.

    31 Mar 2012 | 9:00 pm
    I have little experience in presenting to breakfast adventurers - so when I was invited to talk to groups of educational breakfasters, I was uncertain about what the experience would be like. I will admit I was initially anxious about my ability to communicate any sort of pedagogical message at an hour when I am more used to talking with “Volstagg the Certain” and “Stanley the Errant” about the importance of not scoffing more than their share of the dog biscuits. The occupants off the corridor were no help. When I woke them at dawn to explain I had an invitation to talk about SOLO…
  • On feed left, feed right and finding your inner chameleon …

    15 Oct 2011 | 12:57 pm
    Feedback, (and feed up and feed forward) is currently seen as “A GOOD THING” in education. Indeed Prof. John Hattie gives feedback an effect size of a formidable d=0.73 (Hattie in Visible Learning p173). Being seen as “A Good Thing” is always a dangerous time for an educational idea, because - gaining sacred cow status – and therefore becoming exempt from criticism or questioning - allows all sorts of misrepresentations to flourish (Fischer and Scriven 1997).      I am as guilty as any in adding to the flourish about feedback - I am a feedback flourisher. I…
  • When you stare into the eye of a whitebait...

    6 Oct 2011 | 2:49 pm
    The invitation to present to the West Coast Principals’ Conference at Franz Josef offered many unanticipated adventures. Peering out the window of the Beechcraft 1900D on my way from Christchurch to Hokitika I marvelled at the huge up-thrusts of sheer sided, ice-carved, greywacke rock; the U-shaped glaciated valleys and the ancient forests below.  These were the surfaces I had so often talked about when teaching earth science in the 80s – to see them from above was weird. They had seemed so familiar in our textbook relationship and yet, face to face, their complexity made them…
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  • Great Classroom Action

    Dan Meyer
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Coral Connor’s students created 3D chalk charts to demonstrate their understanding of trig functions: As a showcase entry we spent several lessons developing the Maths of perspective drawings of representations of comparisons between Australia and the mission countries- income, death rates, life expectancy etc, and finished by creating chalk drawings around the school for all to see. Malke Rosenfeld assigned the Hundred-Face Challenge – make a face using Cuisenaire Rods that up to 100 – and you should really click through to her gallery of student work: Some kids just made awesome…
  • “You have to create the itch before you scratch it.”

    Dan Meyer
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Malcolm Swan, on how to begin a lesson: Every lesson should begin by getting [students] to articulate something about what they already understand or know about something or their initial ideas. So you try and uncover where they’re starting from and make that explicit. And then when they start working on an activity, you try to confront them with things that really make them stop. And it might be that you can do this by sitting kids together if they’ve got opposing points of views. So you get conflict between students as well as within. So you get the conflict which comes within,…
  • October Remainders

    Dan Meyer
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Awesome Internetting from the last month. New Blog Subscriptions I met Nicholas Patey at a workshop in San Bernardino. He wrote up a summary of some of our work that made him seem like a solid addition to my network. I added Amy Roediger to my blogroll (my short list of must-reads) because more than most bloggers I read she has an intuitive sense of how to create a cognitive conflict in a class. (See: two sets of ten pennies that weigh different amounts. WHAT?!) I subscribed to Dani Quinn. My subscription list skews heavily towards North American males and she helps shake me out of both…
  • Why People Didn’t Like Your Conference Presentation

    Dan Meyer
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    I attended the California Math Council’s annual conference in Palm Springs last week along with nearly 3,600 other attendees. I presented a session there along with nearly 240 other presenters. At the end of our sessions, attendees could use PollEverywhere to send in their responses to three statements: The speaker was well-prepared and knowledgeable. The speaker was an engaging and effective presenter. The session matched the title and description in the program book. Attendees scored each statement on a scale from 0 (disagree!) to 3 (agree!). Attendees could also leave written…
  • Great Sam Shah Action

    Dan Meyer
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Sam Shah’s blog has been a veritable teaching clinic the last two weeks, more than filling his own installment of Great Classroom Action. With Attacks and Counterattacks, Sam asked his students to define common shapes as best as they could – triangle, polygon, and circle, for instance. They traded definitions with each other and tried to poke holes in those definitions. When the counter-attacks were presented, it was interesting how the discussions unfolded. The original group often wanted to defend their definition, and state why the counter-attack was incorrect. Trade the…
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    NYC Educator

  • Loyalty

    NYC Educator
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I travel a lot, so I spend an awful lot of time in my car. I think bluetooth is a gift from heaven. I bought a new car that has it, and I can't believe how much easier my life is. I gave my old car to my daughter, who spent $200 putting a bluetooth receiver in it. I feel like a total fool for not having consulted her years ago.The great thing about bluetooth is you can get all your phone conversations done while you're driving. No more interrupting all the Important Stuff you do at home. One of my favorite people to talk to when I'm in my car is Mike Schirtzer from MORE. He's got boundless…
  • When a Reformy Governor Takes Control of Mayoral Control

    NYC Educator
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
     by special guest blogger Harris Lirtzman       If you picked “321” a few days ago, get to your local deli for your $500.  You won.        But, unfortunately, someone else lost because that’s the number of days it took for Andrew Cuomo effectively to take “control” of the City’s schools out of the hands of our current mayor.  Of course, Mayor de Blasio technically still “controls” the schools until June 30, 2015 but now he does so in name only.  Last spring, our new mayor ran into a buzz-saw…
  • What Do You Do Every Day?

    NYC Educator
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    That's a simple question, but it isn't always so for my students. One of the toughest things for them to get their heads around is simple present, like, "I go to school every day," or, "She likes her job." That little s in the third person singular is what really gets them. A lot of newcomers figure, "Well, they only use it a little bit, so really who will notice if we just forget about it altogether?"Unfortunately for them, that would be me. I notice my beginners don't get it right, and I notice that at every level afterward ELLs tend not to get it right either. So I make it my mission in…
  • On Being Unhindered by Inconvenient Reality

    NYC Educator
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    It must be great to be Joel Klein. You can simply blame the UFT for everything. There's that awful contract that restrains you from doing all the wonderful work you aspire to. Never mind that you signed it and had a hand in writing it. And the best thing about it is that even if stuff isn't in the contract, you can just make it up and get it printed in the Atlantic. There's prestige for you. And in fairness, why should New York Times columnists and editorial writers corner the market on reforminess?Klein laments that he could not meet with teachers because the contract prohibited it. I find…
  • Let the "Reformers" Re-Form Themselves

    Arwen E.
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The facts and formulas we instill in kids are secondary in importance to the manifold other purposes of public education.  We need individuals who can think outside a test bubble.  This has traditionally defined our greatness. When it comes right down to it, most of us probably remember only a small fraction of what we learned in school.  Yet, we succeed in life because we are able to think creatively and confront positively the problems that appear in life.  These are the problems that you will never find on a test. I judge my education a success because I gained a…
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    The Fischbowl

  • Data Doesn't Create Meaning. We Do.

    Karl Fisch
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I found this TED Talk by Susan Etlinger to be interesting in and of itself, so I think it's worth 12 minutes of your time. Several of the things she said really resonated with me, so I'll discuss them briefly after you watch.At just past the one-minute mark, she says:We have to ask questions, and hard questions, to move past counting things to understanding them.This is reminiscent of the oft-used quote (usually attributed to Einstein, but he probably didn't say it), Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted but I sorta like this one better.
  • Data-Driven Schools: Homework

    Karl Fisch
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    In my school's student handbook we state,Homework is an expectation . . . Achieving students do homework at least 5 out of every 7 days . . . Do homework Sunday through Thursday, take Friday and Saturday off! . . . Average nearly two hours of homework each night.Since we're increasingly encouraged to be "data-driven", I have a few questions.Let's start with the "two hours of homework Sunday through Thursday." This has been an expectation since I started at Arapahoe . . . in 1991. I wonder what kind of "data" we based the two hours on. Why not 1.5 hours? Or 2.5 hours? Or for that matter, why…
  • What Do Your Last Five Tweets Say About You?

    Karl Fisch
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    What do your last five tweets/posts/snapchats/instagrams/fill-in-the-blanks say about you?What do you want them to say about you?(I'd appreciate it if non-Arapahoe folks hold off on commenting for a couple of days as we'd like our students and staff to respond first. Feel free to add a comment if you'd like beginning on Sunday, October 5th. Thanks.)
  • Data-Driven Schools: Sleep

    Karl Fisch
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the last few years there have been many articles regarding the research surrounding sleep. These articles not only focus on health, but frequently focus on the importance of adequate sleep for learning, and often focus on the need for teenage brains to get enough sleep (most of the articles seem to indicate that, for most teens, 9 hours is the minimum they need). The most recent, of course, was the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics:Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30…
  • troll

    Karl Fisch
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    This is a great example of poetry and digital storytelling to share with your students, not to mention a subject worth discussing.
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  • Obama takes blame for midterms

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Days after the Democrats' brutal defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama said Sunday that he takes responsibility for his party's poor performance at the polls.
  • 'People want that new car smell'

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    President Obama said in an interview Sunday that he has some "dings" but will help his party during the 2016 election cycle in any way he can.
  • Obama responds to heckler

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    During his immigration speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, President Obama addresses a heckler in the crowd.
  • Do shrimp hold clues to alien life?

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Shrimp crawling around rock chimneys spewing hot water deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to the kinds of life that can thrive in extreme environments on other planets, NASA says.
  • Giffords finishes 11-mile bike ride

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords completed an 11-mile cycling event Saturday, marking another milestone in her recovery from a 2011 mass shooting.
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    This Week In Education

  • 5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Undocumented Kids & Parents, Plus: Bring Back School Funding Reform

    Alexander Russo
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants? - The Washington Post  School Funding Reform: Hard Work and Fraught with Potential | Ahead of the Heard  Not another test! Yes, but a valuable one - Chicago Tribune  Could Minnesota Be Next for a Vergara-Style Lawsuit? - @teacherbeat - Education Week  Uh, oh, reform types. Ravitch is mobile again - Ed Dive  A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson - The Intercept 
  • TV: Too Few Educators On Cable News -- And Too Few Education Segments, Too

    Alexander Russo
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    MediaMatters notes that educators make up just one in ten of the guests on cable news segments related to education, which Valerie Strauss regards as a big problem.   MSNBC does the best percentage-wise in terms of booking educators as guests -- but not by that much. CNN does the worst.  Fox -- this may surprise you -- comes in the middle. What jumps out at me even more than this issue is that there are so few education segments, over all. Granted, Morning Joe is not included -- a favorite for Randi Weingarten and Campbell Brown alike. And NBC News still does a fair amount of education…
  • Morning Video: Exposing State "Education" Lotteries

    Alexander Russo
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Ep. 24 Clip: Lottery Watch John Oliver make a mockery out of 44 state lotteries, which are ostensibly supporting education but in reality don't seem to have much if any positive effects on school resources. Warning: it's long, and has bleeped swear words -- volume down, earbuds in.
  • AM News: Undocumented Parents, Duncan's Chicago "No Comment," & Bush Speech

    Alexander Russo
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Obama’s Immigration Plan Mostly Covers Parents FiveThirtyEight: According to numbers calculated by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan think tank, the bulk of that five million — about 3.7 million — will consist of undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents who have been in the U.S. for at least five years. Obama’s plan would also expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), making another 300,000 undocumented immigrants eligible for the program. Arne Duncan not taking sides on CPS' seeking delay on PARCC test Chicago Sun-Times: U.S.
  • 5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: 30 States Scheduled To Use Common Core Assessments This Spring

    Alexander Russo
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    30 states using Common Core assessments this spring, says @ecscommreport Accomplishments & post-game analysis from @MarshallTuck re CA Supe Race Third Way: Creating a Consistent & Rigorous Licensure Process @ThirdWayEDU  Opt out advocates want to use COPPA to oppose testing - National Public Ed Network  Jeb Bush's Delicate Dance with Common Core - Bloomberg Politics Do we know who organized & paid for busload of Newark protesters to travel to DC?  We don't - yet.  All this…
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    Learning is Change

  • What I’m Using: Soundtrap (to record audio collaboratively on a Chromebook)

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    I am always looking for new ways to make podcasts, music, and generally record audio. Because so many of our creation devices are chromebooks nowadays, I believe we need to push what those devices can do. This tool lets you create music and other audio through the web, and it does so in a collaborative manner. I like all of those things.  Please share anything you create! Soundtrap – Make music online Make your music online – quick and easy! With Soundtrap you make music online. You can plug in your own instrument, use the software instruments available in Soundtrap or just…
  • What I’m Learning: RAT (Replace, Amplify, Transform)

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I like a good technology framework as much as the next guy, but I would agree that things need to be simpler than TPACK and SAMR for a lot of teachers. I think that this blog post goes a little far in decrying the “Replace” culture that we have in many schools (i.e., where we replace paper with screens without actually changing anything else), but it also does a good job of making the case for why we should push for Transformation. That I can definitely get on board with. Digital Literacy Dover: The RAT, SAMr, Transformative Technology, & Occam’s Razor Probably the…
  • Why Tweet Children’s Learning?

    Ben Wilkoff
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This is a wonderful image. I’m going to just leave this here: By
  • What I’m Using: Tackk (for when you want to create a beautiful webpage, like now!)

    Ben Wilkoff
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    I love beautifully designed things. It is one of the reason why I love Canva so much, but there hasn’t been a great webpage builder for a very long time, especially not one that allows for the type of commenting and responses that Tackk allows for. My head is swimming with the possibilities.  Tackk Tackk is a simple way to create beautiful pages on the web. It’s your very own page, flyer, blog post, or poster.
  • What I’m Using: TweetBinder

    Ben Wilkoff
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    I haven’t seen a new (and good) analytics tool for Twitter in years, but this one does so many things that I need for capturing and analyzing events and hashtags. Go ahead and put in #EdChat or #BFC530 and see what comes up. It is fascinating.  TweetBinder – Analytics for Twitter - Analyze, classify and report your terms or hashtags on Twitter
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    Drape's Takes

  • The Present and Future of Pedagogical Breakthroughs

    D Draper
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Robert Slavin, in 2012: While [computer-assisted instruction] will surely continue to play a role, I believe that real breakthroughs in teaching methods will come from classroom (as opposed to individualized) technologies that help teachers orchestrate diverse technological as well as non-technological resources. He continues: In theory, every lesson might contain some appropriate mix of all of these technology and non-technology resources, but an unaided teacher would have difficulty organizing all of this and adapting it in light of children’s responses on the fly. The future of…
  • My Take on #Gamergate

    D Draper
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    For what it’s worth, I’ve noticed that those arguing for and against Gamergate often seem to be at the point where they’ve forgotten why they’re even arguing. Yes, people can be mean, the Internet can easily amplify that cruelty, and most solutions to the truly complex problems of humanity require far more than anonymous chatter.  
  • Hiring Good People

    D Draper
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    A friend and colleague of mine recently left her technology trainer position in Public Ed for a similar position in an education-related private company. When she announced her excitement on Facebook, I replied with a less-than-popular response. In my response I mentioned that I thought this move was good for her, good for the company she was joining, and good for all who would embrace the privatization of Ed Tech everywhere. (After all, she IS highly skilled and would finally be making the kind of money she deserves.) I then clarified that I also thought this move was bad: Bad for Public…
  • Poster Session 101: Presentation Titles Matter

    D Draper
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
  • To the Teachers of My Children

    D Draper
    6 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inspired by Pam Moran’s excellent example, I thought it would be appropriate to resurrect one of the most heartfelt posts I’ve ever written. Since sharing this open letter three years ago, my love and appreciation for great teachers – everywhere – has only grown. There is no profession more impacting. Thank you, teachers, for all you give and do to make this world a better place! - – - My grandfather’s passing last week accompanied, for me, several very important lessons that rarely come in any other fashion: Life is short. Time is precious. Quite often, we…
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • November Ed Leadership column: A Buying Guide for Parents

    Doug Johnson
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    My November 2014 ASCD Educational Leadership Power Up column, A Buying Guide for Parents, can be found online. 
  • BFTP: Scott Adams' questions

    Doug Johnson
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams writes an insightful, controversial, adult, and humorous eponymous blog. After a day of making decisions with only part of the information he felt he needed, he recently asked, "How do you make descisions with incomplete knowledge?" It made me reflect on all of the little rules one develops over the years for handling decisions without the benefit of sufficient data. You always start with the easy questions, such as... What do the experts say you should do? How much experience do the experts have with this question? Does the expert have a conflict of…
  • In Loco Parentis - online

    Doug Johnson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    IN LOCO PARENTIS: in the place of a parent <school officials acting in loco parentis>  Last week we gave a 30-second survey to our staff to help determine if we are over or under-blocking Internet resources. Above are the results. I am not sure that our filter can be considered fine-tuned when a third of our staff report that they or their students have found needed websites blocked*. We'll work on that... Anywho, our filtering company gave a little seminar/sales pitch to a group of tech directors from the area last week. I will admit…
  • Where have you been?

    Doug Johnson
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    I've been everywhere, man.I've been everywhere, man.Crossed the deserts bare, man.I've breathed the mountain air, man.Of travel I've had my share, man.I've been everywhere. Johnny Cash*   Gary Stager's post "Where I've been" alerted me to BigHugeLabs' tool MapMaker. A few years ago, I did the same thing with another online tool that required an account so I could save and just update the countries to which I've traveled but I don't remember the name of the site. Anyway, the map of the countries I've visited is above. Unlike Mr. Stager, I am not counting countries where I have not…
  • Library records and student privacy

    Doug Johnson
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    A colleague brought to my attention a question one of the students in her library class asked: "Should my school's parent portal show the books their children have checked out from the school library?" Parents use school portals to check lunch account balances, attendance, grades, homework completion, and a host of other real-time data about their kids. Why not library circulation records? FERPA (see below) clearly gives parents this right - if one considers circulation records educational records. A big if. The American Library Association and state laws (at least here in Minnesota) require…
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    open thinking

  • Dot.con – Documentary on Internet Scams

    Alec Couros
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Tonight, the CBC aired a documentary on Internet scams including the romance scams that I’ve been discussing on my blog as of late. The video is worth sharing and discussing. As well, I believe that this documentary is relevant to the #ccourses participants who are considering the possibilities around connected learning. I feel that it is incredibly important to fully disclose issues/risks such as internet scams to students as we begin to connect them in online spaces. Check out the documentary here. If the video is blocked in your region, take a look at my blog post that will get…
  • Facebook’s Identity Authentication Is Broken

    Alec Couros
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Update: Within 24 hours of writing this post, Facebook restored my account. I am happy for this but the problem for Facebook’s identity authentication still exists. It is my hope that engaged thinkers around network identities will continue to put forth potential solutions to these emerging and difficult problems. You may have read my previous posts about scammers using my personal photos to construct fake identities for the purpose of entering into online romantic relationships with women and defrauding them out of money or goods. If not, here’s the original post which outlines…
  • Would The Real ‘Alec Couros’ Please Stand Up?

    Alec Couros
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last September, I wrote a post about how scammers had been using my photos to lure women into online, romantic relationships for the purpose of ‘borrowing’ or extorting money. Since that time, the scams have continued. I get, on average, one new report a day from women (and occasionally men) who have been tricked, or nearly tricked, into sending money. In many cases, individuals have reported forming deep attachments or even falling in love with these scammers. This has been a frustrating predicament that has been going on for many years now. In this post, I thought I would share…
  • Shared Human Moments

    Alec Couros
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Take a few minutes to watch this video. Powerful. Here’s the backstory. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Twitter is not simply about sharing information – it’s much more about sharing our collective human experiences. When we read tweets, we read lives – or at least the parts that someone chooses to share. Don’t take that for granted. Related posts: Technologically-Mediated Human Relationships The Shaping of Human Thought RadioHead Video Message on Human Trafficking
  • Getting Around International Content Restrictions

    Alec Couros
    5 Jan 2014 | 8:28 pm
    I was asked by Rachael Bath about how I get around international content restrictions (i.e., location-based content blocking). There are two tools that I typically use. First, I pay about $70/year for a full-featured VPN service called Witopia that allows me to get around content restrictions, as well as providing me with other privacy and security features. Second, for basic location spoofing, I use a great little Chrome extension called Hola. It’s free, works really well, and will do the trick for those looking to access services like Pandora, Hulu, Spotify, etc. where they are not…
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    Bud the Teacher

  • On Hope (Bud Hunt
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Maybe it’s the cold, or this time of year, as they days grow darker and the workload grows heavier.  Maybe it’s the number of plates I have spinning right now, no more than ever, but no fewer than ever, either.  Or maybe it’s the last couple of weeks, some unexpected home repair, appliance trouble, and extended family illness. # Whatever it is, I’m certainly feeing something a little bit not quite right.  A little bit funky.  I’m off my game. # As the 1:1 I’m working on implementing turns from novel to habit for several schools and staff in my school district, I think many of…
  • Connecting to What, Exactly? (Bud Hunt
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Last week, Educating Modern Learners published a piece I wrote about some of my worries about online communities and students.  The piece is called What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Connectedness.  Here’s an excerpt: # I say often that the Internet isn’t good or bad. It’s a mirror of our best and worst selves. And we can be pretty wonderful sometimes. # Other times, we can be downright terrible. # When do we stand with our students and model how to resist bullies?   And how do we reconcile our desire to connect students to a world that is sometimes sick, twisted, and…
  • “How Many Minutes Should We Spend on the iPad?” (Bud Hunt
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    There are some questions that students and teachers ask that we really need to stop asking.  No, that’s not quite right – we need to start asking them differently. # When I was in the classroom, my students always, in the course of receiving an assignment from me, would ask “How long does this need to be?”  I understood the question, but my response was always “As long as it needs to be.”  We’d then review the criteria of the assignment, and I’d ask the question back: “How long do you think this needs to be?” I’d ask.  And learning would ensue. # As we are…
  • Keyboards? Who Needs Keyboards? (Bud Hunt
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    # For quite a while now, I’ve been concerned that not enough writing is going on in our classrooms1. It seems as though we really want our students to write, but we never seem to give them time or models of writing. # Now that devices are going into our classrooms, I regularly see concerns raised that without keyboards on those devices, our students will never be able to write either fast enough, or correctly, or in the same way that they’ll be expected to in an assessment. So they never write. # Might it be that we are stuck on the notion that writing happens when keys are…
  • If You Need a Plan B, Maybe Just Go With That Instead (Bud Hunt
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    I dig technology when it’s used well and thoughtfully and purposefully.  Heck, sometimes I just dig shiny things.  But I have to say that what I like and what’s worth spending time on and with in a classroom are two very different circles in the Venn diagram of my life. # I often hear that teachers using technology in their classrooms should have a Plan B or a backup lesson for if (and many would say when) a technology component of a lesson fails. The latest place I saw this was in Andrew’s piece over at Edutopia1: # Beyond ensuring that your students are actively learning or creating…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • The importance of mentoring

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Throughout my career, there have been many times when advice, support, and criticism were critical for my own professional development. Sometimes that assistance came from people who were formally tasked with providing advice; a good example is a Ph.D. advisor (in my case, John Aldrich of Duke University, who has been a fantastic advisor and mentor to a long list of very successful students). Sometimes that advice was less formal, coming from senior colleagues, other academics at conferences, and in many cases from peers. The lesson is professional advice and support — or to put it into…
  • The other side of El Sistema: Music education, discipline, and profit

    Raquel Fernandes
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Venezuelan youth orchestra scheme El Sistema is perhaps the world’s most famous music education program today. It’s lauded as a revolutionary social program that has rescued hundreds of thousands of Venezuela’s poorest children. Simon Rattle has called it “the most important thing happening in music anywhere in the world.” Classical music education is back in vogue, now aligned with the rhetoric of social justice. However, the training of social or ethnic Others (the poor, the destitute, the non-white) as classical music performers is hardly a new idea, and delving into its long…
  • Music teachers on Facebook: separating the wheat from the chaff

    Raquel Fernandes
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    I just reviewed yet another “hot off the press” piano composition. It was posted on Facebook by someone I don’t know – either as a person or by reputation. It looks good, but that is only because note-writing software has become so easy-to-use that anyone with the most basic knowledge can quickly crank out a “could-have-been-published” looking piece. This particular piece doesn’t sound very good. It is mismatched. The notes themselves are at an upper-beginning level, yet it’s written with a complicated key signature and accidentals only an advanced student could…
  • Has open access failed?

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    At the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing in Paris last month, Claudio Aspesi, Senior Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, raised an uncomfortable question. Did the continuing financial health of traditional publishers like Elsevier indicate that open access had “failed”? According to Aspesi, “Expectations that OA will address the serial costs crisis are fading away.” Is Aspesi right? Has open access failed? I certainly don’t think so – but that doesn’t mean the job is done… Defining success When we launched BioMed Central in 2000, the goal was a simple and…
  • Questions surrounding open access licensing

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Open access (OA) publishing stands at something of a crossroads. OA is now part of the mainstream. But with increasing success and increasing volume come increasing complexity, scrutiny, and demand. There are many facets of OA which will prove to be significant challenges for publishers over the next few years. Here I’m going to focus on one — licensing — and discuss how the arguments seen over licensing in recent months shine a light on the difference between OA as a movement, and OA as a reality. Today’s authors face a number of conflicting pressures. Publish in a high…
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    Learning In a Flat World

  • Thinking Better (and Visually)

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I am continuing to explore Michelle Miller‘s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.  This post looks at her examination of the third broad area of cognition – Thinking – as well as the effective use of multimedia in online courses. Michelle defined “thinking” as: “…using logic to reason based on the available information, analyzing a problem and developing solutions that are both feasible and effective, and applying creativity in order to come up with new and nonobvious approaches.” She noted that effective thinking is…
  • Applying Memory Research to Online Teaching

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The last two posts have dealt with Michelle Miller’s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.  This post continues with an examination of Chapter 5 on Memory. Michelle starts this chapter by noting that “…memory is central to the cognitive side of teaching and learning.”  This brought to mind the review my colleagues and I did a year ago of Randy Garrison’s 2011 Second Edition of E-Learning in the Twenty-First Century, as noted in my post “Cogitating on Cognitive Learning.” In that earlier post, I discussed a 2009 article by Karen…
  • Attention, Cognition, and Online Learning

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Last week, I began discussing Michelle Miller’s new book, Minds Online: Teaching Effectively With Technology.  In my post, “Cognitively Optimized Online Course,” I reviewed the first three chapters on online learning, how it works, and the psychology of computing.  In this post, I look at the fourth chapter, on attention. Sooo … has the cute picture of the little dog grabbed your attention? And in doing so, have I sidetracked our exploration of attention? Michelle’s chapter begins with an exploration of the Stroop Effect, and how easy it is to derail attention.
  • Cognitively Optimized Online Course

    7 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Monday, I attended a regional conference hosted by the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning on active learning.  It was a good day of conversation with colleagues from some 35 institutions in the area.  I met Jim Lang of Assumption College, and he pointed out that “active learning” is a potential active learning problem for faculty in general.  Totally agree. During the morning, we worked as small groups to identify both barriers to adoption and solutions: Some barriers: Faculty personal identity as “one who lectures” Loss of control Fear…
  • A New Center and A New Seven

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I am excited to be headed to Boston next month to join the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research at Northeastern University.  CATLR, led by Cigdem  Talgar, was formed by Senior Vice Provost Susan Ambrose, lead author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.  Each member of CATLR works with faculty to explore ways to enhance learning that are firmly grounded in the learning sciences.  I am definitely joining a quality team … and “team” is relevant, as this appears to be a highly collaborative group. I cannot wait!
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  • The academic challenge! Senior Lecturer!

    Judy O'Connell
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    One of the amazing things about working in academia is learning day by day just how different that is to working in schools. For one thing, the work is either wildly enjoyable or like a treadmill – depending on your capacity to cope with university administrative processes, and your own predilection to reading deeply, engaging in research, and pushing the boundaries in learning and teaching if you are a teaching professional. It’s much more complex than working in a school – I know!  The hours are longer, the depth of knowledge engagement is wider, denser, and more…
  • For the love of ‘open’ maps

    Judy O'Connell
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It’s been exactly ten years since the launch of OpenStreetMap, the largest crowd-sourced mapping project on the Internet. It took a few years for the idea of OpenStreetMap to catch on, but today, it’s among the most heavily used sources for mapping data and the project is still going strong, with new and improved data added to it every day by volunteers as well as businesses that see the value in an open project like this. I’ve used Navfree: Free GPS Navigation on my iPhone, with free maps from over 30 countries, and it’s pretty cool. I’ve also loved the an animation and…
  • Following the leader!

    Judy O'Connell
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    This evening I am beavering away finishing off a paper for the ASCILITE 2014 conference in Otago, and as part of the process went hunting for some old information.  It was the search terms of “parramatta” and “judy o’connell” that brought up a blog post from Pearson’s Always Learning News Room. Who can believe it? The second time this year I have seen my name on the same “screen” as Sir Ken Robinson :-)  I have seen, been in the same room with, and worked with all these gentlemen at one time or another, though I doubt that they all knew or…
  • New Badge for CSU and NoTosh

    Judy O'Connell
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    @aus_teach *Actually* crying with laughter, at Melbourne Coffee Morning courtesy of @mikecoulter #edcm @heyjudeonline #inf536 — Ewan McIntosh (@ewanmcintosh) September 14, 2014 Just when you think academic life is getting boring, along comes another opportunity to play nicely with friends!  In this case, my most excellent colleague Ewan McIntosh is in the middle of working with a good bunch of lucky students who are busy in our new subject Designing Spaces for Learning, which is part of our  in our fab new degree in 2014 Master of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation).
  • Leadership in a Connected Age

    Judy O'Connell
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    A great gathering of educators today in Melbourne for the SchoolsTechOZ conference.  Always a favourite, and as always a great lineup of speakers and workshop leaders. Here are the slides for my presentation in the afternoon.  Not identical, but the main links that attendees might be looking for are all there .  I’m looking forward to digging into some of this a little more deeply at my workshops tomorrow. Filed under: Cloud Computing, Future Directions, Information fluency, Knowledge networks, Maker culture, Professional Learning, School Leadership Tagged: Charles Sturt University,…
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  • IHAQ#17 - What's an asynchronous credit hour?

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    Tweet 33:51 minutes (15.49 MB)I Have A Question#17November 16, 2014 Featured Question:What's an asynchronous credit hour?Links MentionedDave at OLC ConferenceJen's Designers for Learning now an official non-profitOldtime videos of Dave & Jeff at Kotesol 2004 NEXT SHOW: IHAQ#18 - Topic To Be Determined. Input welcome on our Google+ Event PageNovember 23, 8pmEST, 0100UTC  Global TimesConnect with us on..   Twitter:    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook:  EdTechTalkChat Log Belowread more
  • ELT Live - Questions from Future ELT's

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Tweet 68:54 minutes (31.54 MB)ELT Live #7  Questions from Future ELT'sOctober 22, 2014Google+ Event Page   ELTLive Communityread more
  • 21st Century Learning - Oct 23 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tweet 11:45 minutes (13.46 MB)Alex and arvind discuss the book "The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane and how people can learn to build their charisma through practicing skills around presence, power, and warmth. read more
  • ELT Live#6 - Lesson Planning and Prep w/ #KELTchat

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Tweet 60:18 minutes (27.6 MB)ELT Live#6 - Lesson Planning and Prep w/ #KELTchatOctober 14, 2014Connecting with the #KELTchat  community after a day-long slow burn twitter chat discussing how teachers get ready to do what we do. Tune in to the KELTchat Twitter discussions at: Blog: Candid Lesson PlanningDownload mp3Particpants  Twitter Chat Archive Belowread more
  • 21st Century Learning - 10-9-14

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Tweet 22:11 minutes (25.39 MB)21st Century Learning is back for the 2014-15 school year. Vinnie's got a new job, and Alex and arvind are ready to go with new ideas. We'll be back on the every other week schedule, and can't wait to have some new guests, and welcomed long-time listeners. Find us on Twitter @alexragone @vvrotny and @arvind read more
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • Two Important Posts On ClassDojo

    Larry Ferlazzo
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    © 2013 Alan Levine, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio You may be aware of The New York Times article earlier this week about the classroom management tool ClassDojo — I wrote about it in my post, One Of The More Depressing Passages You’ll Read This Week. You can also find other posts about the app at The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students. Two posts have been written this week about the app that I think are important for educators to read: 6 reasons to reject ClassDojo is by Joe Bower, who lays-out the critiques of ClassDojo clearly and articulately. Bill…
  • The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

    Larry Ferlazzo
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    © 2012 Kevin Jarrett, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio I’ve become increasingly disappointed with our District’s decision to not purchase Chromebooks and, instead, purchase far more expensive and far fewer MacBooks. I did think, though, that readers might find a Chromebooks “Best” list useful and, perhaps, someday, so will I. Before I share those links (and I hope readers will contribute more), here are a few other Best lists you might find useful: The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More! The Best Advice On Using Education…
  • Updated Thanksgiving Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Here are the latest additions to my fairly massive The Best Sites To Learn & Teach About Thanksgiving list: When Thanksgiving Was Weird is from NPR. Thanksgiving: A Very Brief Political History is from NPR. A side of Picasso? Thanksgiving meals as art This tone-deaf cartoonist forgets that Thanksgiving is about immigration is from Vox. American Indian Perspectives On Thanksgiving is from the National Museum of the American Indian. Thanksgiving Mourning is a lesson from Teaching Tolerance.
  • “‘Doing’ Geography Instead Of ‘Studying’ It”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    ‘Doing’ Geography Instead Of ‘Studying’ It is my latest post at Education Week Teacher. In it, four educators share their thoughts on teaching geography: Kelly Young, from whom I’ve learned more about teaching than from anyone else; Elisabeth Johnson, who is the best social studies teacher I’ve ever seen; middle school educator Lisa Butler; and Matt Podbury, who teaches Geography at an International School in France. Here are some excerpts: I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography.
  • For Email Subscribers Only

    Larry Ferlazzo
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    © 2010 Sean MacEntee, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio For some reason, Feedblitz did not email all the posts I published yesterday to the 3,000 readers who subscribe to this blog by email. So, if you do read this blog via once-daily emails, you might want to go to the blog directly to see what you missed!
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  • History of physics, in four minutes

    Ed Darrell
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Isaac Newton and a friendly bird, on the verge of discovery; still from the film, “Physics,” by Asa Lucander. History teachers, physics teachers, you should use this film. In amusing animation — perhaps a throwback to earlier animations, but good and amusing — produced by Åsa Lucander @ 12foot6, for the television Science Club series on BBC2, hosted by Dara O Briain (who does the narration). Credits: Physics – Short animation, which was part of the Science Club series on BBC2 hosted by Dara O Briain, © BBC Directed by: Åsa Lucander @ 12foot6 Produced by:…
  • Snow brings beauty to Conway Summit, California

    Ed Darrell
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    From our public lands, from the Twitter feed of the U.S. Department of Interior: @Interior caption: Fall foliage and snow-capped peaks make for a stunning shot of Conway Summit #California @BLMca #nature In my winter drives through the desert mountains of the Great Basin I often marveled at how a dusting of snow could turn a landscape generally painted in tones of brown with a little green into almost black and white. Then there are those black and white landscapes slashed by stunning gashes of color, or tinted subtley. Conway Summit shows the stunning gashes of color this week. Grays,…
  • From the University of Chicago news archives: Obama’s students speak

    Ed Darrell
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Six years into his presidency, Barack Obama still gets me a few odd — usually very, very odd — inquiries about his real history. Today I got another inquiry asking why anyone would believe Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School. ‘After all, he wasn’t a real professor. Don’t you find it odd we never hear from his students? Maybe it’s because he didn’t have any.’ [Yes, I've edited out the snark and insults, and corrected the spelling.] It pains me that these hoaxes continue.  I don’t condemn the gullible for having differing…
  • Ghosts do talk: JFK’s advice to Barack Obama

    Ed Darrell
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Didn’t sleep well over the weekend.  Maybe I should have gone camping with the Scouts in the cold at Camp Wisdom — I always sleep better out of doors, in a tent. But I fell asleep waiting for the weather forecast, wading through another round of news in which, it seems, Santayana’s Ghost is telling us too many people, especially conservatives, did not study history adequately.  We may have to repeat some of the ugly lessons of history. Does anyone remember the SS St. Louis?  No one remembers when the braceros from Mexico flooded over the border to take up the hoes and…
  • Politician’s phrase went viral, perhaps not as he hoped

    Ed Darrell
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Mexico’s Attorney General said he’s had enough. (Reuters) – After weeks fielding questions about the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers by corrupt police in league with drug gang members, Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo has had enough. He’s not the only one. Reuters caption: Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam listens to a question during a news conference in Mexico City November 7, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Tomas Bravo Facing a grilling over the details of the case, which has sent shockwaves across Mexico and triggered…
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  • Securing Your Passwords: Chromebook

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    In previous blog entries, I've shared how much I appreciate the wonderful work the free, open source password protection/tracking solution community has done for Keepass. I literally work on Android, GNU/Linux, iOS, and Mac every day (occasionally Windows), and being able to access my passwords across all those platforms is a fantastic!Visit http://techualization.blogspot.comUnfortunately, I was finding myself spending a lot of time on a Chromebook, so I needed a quick way to access my passwords via the Chromebook. Since you can't install Windows/Mac/Linux software on a Chromebook--I've…
  • MyNotes: 5 Social Media Tips for School District Communications

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    "Social media gives us tremendous power, but not everyone chooses to use that power for good." Source: via @deannamascleA few years ago, I wrote an article, Reaching for the Heart: 5 Tips for School District Communications, which focused on the use social media. At the end of this blog entry, I re-share the 5 Tips again for schools.In that article, I share the following:...time and again, school districts step back from encouraging their staff, students and parents from using social media. Failure to embrace these tools leaves school districts open to…
  • Going 1 to 1 with...Something

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    After reading this Gartner report summary..."IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with that same budget," said Federica Troni, research director at Gartner. "Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64 per cent lower. When organizations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access." Source: CBROnline...a question popped into my mind. The question is, what's the cost of…
  • Sharing WebLinks with Pocket,, and GoogleDrive (Updated 11/19/14)

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    As I was reading about Google updating the Chrome browser on Mac to 64-bit, reading about other stuff that would be great for my team at work to have access to, I wondered how I could get the information to them. There are lots of ways to "tag" work or save it for others and I've played around with those (e.g. RSS).For fun, though, I wondered what would happen if I had save anything tagged "2ecto" to a GoogleSheet saved in GoogleDrive. I went that route because I already had my personal Gmail set up as a channel; IFTTT only allows you to have one email per Gmail channel. I didn't…
  • CTOsRole: District Technology Report Card

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    After reviewing this excellent post by Lisa Nielsen, Considerations for EdTech Purchases, I felt inspired to take a stab at a "technology report card." Unfortunately, it is but a quick stab that doesn't mention libraries, voice over IP (VOIP), etc. In fact, it is quite deficient.Still, it does serve as a list to score technology efforts and identify areas that need to be included...have fun ripping it apart!You can actually edit the GoogleDoc if you prefer.District Technology Planning Report CardInfrastructureKey ElementIdealScore (0=No, 1=Yes)Electrical wiringAmple electricity enables almost…
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  • 2014 Global Education Conference - Final Day!

    Steve Hargadon
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Friday, November 21st, is the fifth and final day our fifth annual Global Education Conference. Today was yet another great day of sessions and keynotes, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page.The list of Friday's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. Session recordings are posted immediately following each…
  • 2014 Global Education Conference - Day Four

    Steve Hargadon
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Thursday, November 20th, is day four of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. (Actually, it started already, but I was so exhausted yesterday I fell asleep without realizing I hadn't posted the next day's schedule!) We had yet another great day of sessions and keynotes on Wednesday, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page (which includes the ones listed below up until you get this note).The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time…
  • 2014 Global Education Conference - Day Three!

    Steve Hargadon
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Wednesday, November 19th, is day three of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. We had another great day of sessions and keynotes on Tuesday, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page.The list of Wednesday's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. Session recordings are posted immediately following each…
  • 2014 Global Education Conference - Day Two!

    Steve Hargadon
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Tuesday, November 18th, is day two of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. We had a great opening day of sessions and keynotes, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page.The list of Tuesday's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. Unlike our opening day, Day two actually starts at midnight, US-Eastern Time! To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag…
  • 2014 Global Education Conference Starts Today - Day 1 Schedule

    Steve Hargadon
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Today the fifth annual Global Education Conference kicks off. This is our free, five-day, online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world, with sessions held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones. With over 250 sessions and 30 keynotes, it is an incredible opportunity to connect with and learn from educators, organizations, and students focused on globally-connected learning and supporting cultural awareness and educational access. The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in…
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  • Templating Education

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    From a recent presentation by Audrey Watters, The Future of Education: Programmed or Programmable: Of course, you could argue that the education system is already incredibly interested in “templating” students as well as “templating” knowledge. We see this in graduation requirements, course requirements, essay requirements, disciplinary requirements, tenure requirements, and so on. Many education technologies loyally reinscribe these into the digital world. The LMS is perhaps the perfect example. The call for more adaptive technologies (often connected to textbook, assessment, and LMS…
  • Rudely Challenging The System

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Recently our overly-large school district held its Education Summit, an annual Saturday morning event for the leadership to connect with the community. The format was pretty much the same as in past years, starting with an opening talk by the superintendent followed by a panel of graduates discussing how their school experience contributed to their success, and then breakout sessions highlighting specific programs. New this time around, the moderator started things by suggesting that we in the audience tweet about the session and even providing a hashtag. Of course, I took that invitation and…
  • Hard Choices

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    Today is Election Day in the US, and on the ballot we essentially have two choices. Members of one group who are obstructionist and fearful of any change, except for that which longs for return to a past that never really existed. Members of the other group who talk a good game when it comes to change but who aren’t even willing to associate with the few positive advances they have brought about. And then we have the media covering the election process, most of whom have absolutely no interest in educating their audience, instead spending their limited resources on two things: promoting…
  • Improvised Learning

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Gar Reynolds of Presentation Zen is a big fan of Bill Murray (me too!) and in a recent post calls attention to a discussion with Howard Stern 1 on how he connects with an audience and his experience with improvisational performance. However, it was Reynolds concluding section that really caught my attention, first as it relates to students. Public speaking and improv should be part of our education. It should not just be for a few students in the speech class or the even fewer students in the drama department. All of us can learn from the experiences with improvisation, and with performances…
  • Stop Replicating Google

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Seth Godin: The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for ourselves. As always, Godin is talking about the process of marketing. For me, however, that’s a near-perfect description of what school and teaching should be in this time when much of what we still do in the classroom is replicate Google. Just a thought to start the week.
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  • Weekend Movie Roundup

    2 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Remember 10 years ago when I posted here pretty much every day? Yeah, me neither. With a windy, rainy, and raw weekend on tap, I took advantage of the forced inside time to tackle a bunch of home projects. Actually, that is what I should of done. I mostly laid on the couch and watched movies and college football. In A World... A quirky, awkward indie comedy written, produced, directed, and starring Lake Bell. I wasn't really familiar with her prior to this flick, but she pretty much nails it across the board. It's a family dramady centered on an adult woman and her father, both in the voice…
  • The Secret To A Happy Marriage

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    A recent study, summarized here by a PHD candidate in computer science, ran a multi-variate analysis on survey results of recently married or divorced Americans to determine the predictive value of various factors related to marriage. The results are interesting, and in some cases counter-intuitive. So let's look at the findings and compare to my marriage. (In case you don't know me - I've been happily married for 23+ years.) How long you were dating If you dated 3+ years you are 39% less likely to get divorced. That seems pretty obvious. We started dating in February 1987 and got married in…
  • Recent Books, Records, and Movies

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Lock In By John Scalzi - John continues his streak of never writing a book I didn't like. More... The Cause by Roderick Vincent - First of all, those of us that went to high school with him know his real name is Rick ;) The Cause is a real world fantasy thriller in which a small band of Patriots (or traitors, depending on your point of view) starts the ball rolling on the rollback of the surveillance state in a 2022 USA which is on the verge of economic and social collapse. A fun read. More... Redeemer of Souls by Judas Priest - Since I just bought tickets to their show at VA Beach in late…
  • Welcome to Denver, please set your clock back to 1950

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Recently students and teachers in Denver walked out over new proposed history standards in the schools. Essentially, conservatives got control of the school board and are imposing their political viewpoint on the teaching of history, which is basically a huge step backwards to a 1950s era rah-rah America style of teaching. Dan Carlin covered that story on the most recent Common Sense podcast, and I was a little surprised to hear him echoing things I've said for years. He made the point, more or less, that the only stuff from school that is really essential for participating in society as an…
  • Hoover Camp Hike - Shenandoah National Park

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    In an effort to not ruin my day watching Purdue suck at football, I got up early and headed to the mountains on Saturday. The destination was this hike. I hit the trail right at 9 AM and got back to the car at 2 PM. I spent about an hour at Camp Hoover. I got there before the first scheduled tour of the house. There was 4 other hikers there, and the NPS volunteers graciously offered to open up the house early and give us the tour. It turns out the guy is a very enthusiastic member of the Herbert Hoover fan club, and had the tour group not been waiting outside, he might still be talking to us…
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    iterating toward openness

  • 5R Open Course Design Framework

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Supporting Capacity Building as OER Use Enters Mainstream For over two years now I’ve been working full-time with the incredible folks at Lumen Learning on supporting faculty adoption of open educational resources. (Time really does fly when you’re having fun!) As indicated in the subtitle of our #OpenEd14 presentation – “still bumbling our way toward greatness” – we’ve made plenty of mistakes and learned lots of lessons along the way, and there’s no reason why others should bumble down unproductive paths we’ve already traversed. I’m…
  • More Thinking about the Open Education Infrastructure

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    #OpenEd14, the 11th annual Open Education Conference, has given me the opportunity to do some additional thinking about the Open Education Infrastructure. Unfortunately, thinking about infrastructure inexorably leads to creating diagrams. Because I’m hosting the conference I don’t time to write an extensive commentary now. Let me just say that people often ask, “What would people do if an open education infrastructure existed?” The primary answer is engage in open pedagogy. OER and the other components of the open education infrastructure are means, not ends. The end…
  • OER, Publishers, and a True Market (That Might Not Happen)

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    It’s widely understood that while faculty select the textbooks their students use, faculty neither pay for nor use textbooks. The fact that faculty don’t have to pay for the books they select is reflected by the data in the recent Babson survey showing that less than 3% of faculty feel that cost is an important factor to consider when selecting instructional materials. The fact that faculty don’t use (or even read) the textbooks they assign students is reflected in the countless student comments on end of course review forms each year complaining that the content of faculty…
  • The Babson OER Survey and the Future of OER Adoption

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Babson OER Survey is incredible. If you care at all about OER, you absolutely need to read it. Then go read what Phil has written at e-Literate and 20 Million Minds. Go ahead. I’ll wait. The popular media will no doubt focus on the awareness findings in the report. On the most liberal measure of awareness, 65.9% faculty are completely unaware of OER. On a stricter measure, 73.6% of faculty are completely unaware. Phil characterizes these awareness findings as bad news for OER advocates in his 20MM article. He’s right, but for a far deeper reasons than he suggests. These…
  • Openness and the Future of Education and Society

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    During conversations this week at the semi-annual meeting of the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellows, I was struck by (what is for me) a new way of contextualizing and understanding “open” – as one of a long line of technological innovations that radically improve productivity. History is filled with technological innovations that have increased our “productivity,” making it significantly less expensive for us to engage in some activity than it had been prior to the innovation. I have often thought of open as being part of the family tree of information technology…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part VIII

    Jim Gerl
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    No Bullying sign - School in Racine, Wisconsin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  We interrupted the series for my thoughts on the Rowley standard as applied to bullying cases.  Now we are back In the first installment of this series, I explained the early cases laying the conceptual groundwork for the proposition that failure to react to bullying can constitute a denial of FAPE under IDEA.  In later installments, I have discussed the seminal decision of TK & SK ex rel LK v. New York…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Lessons From The Tri-State Conference: The Third Rail - Part I

    Jim Gerl
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I was honored to be asked to present again this year at the Tri-State Special Education Law Conference last week in Omaha. The conference is a joint effort of the Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas Departments of Education and TAESE. It was nice to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones.  My session was about bullying and other hot button issues.  The participants were very engaged and provided lots of good comments and questions. The session went very well.One theme that was emerging at the conference is consistent with a point that we have made here.  We have often said here…
  • Breaking: The Feds Issue Guidance on Meeting The Effective Communication Needs of Students With Disabilities

    Jim Gerl
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. The guidance  is intended to help schools understand and comply with federal legal requirements on meeting the communication needs of students with disabilities. The guidance consists of the…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
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  • Open Education’s Publicity Problem

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Arlington, Va. — David Wiley calls the annual Open Education Conference, now in its 11th year, a “family reunion.” This year, the hearth is crowded. The Hilton ballroom here overflows with bodies. Wired Campus Full Article  
  • Open Access: Gates Foundation Funded Research Will Require Immediate Free Access to Journal Articles and Underlying Data

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Breaking new ground for the open-access movement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, plans to require that the researchers it funds publish only in immediate open-access journals. The policy doesn’t kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long as their paper is freely available within 12 months. But after that, the journal must be open access, meaning papers are free for anyone to read immediately upon publication. Articles must also be published with a license that allows anyone to freely…
  • University of the People to offer HE to refugees

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    An online university has teamed up with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to offer tuition-free, accredited HE to refugees and asylum seekers Times Higher Education Full Article
  • Using a learning management system to personalise learning for primary school students

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This paper reports on one aspect of a descriptive multiple-case study which set out to explore the role of a learning management system (LMS) in personalising learning for students from the perspective of three teachers in one primary school in New Zealand. The intention was to provide insight into the role the LMS could play in classrooms when personalising learning. The research project involved gathering multiple sources of data from interviews and observations, and documentary information from the LMS. The findings suggest that the LMS has the potential to be a key part of a primary…
  • Predictors of Student Success in an Online Learning Environment in the English-Speaking Caribbean: Evidence from the University of the West Indies Open Campus

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    This paper investigated success rates and possible predictors of success among students at The University of the West Indies Open Campus. Archival data were mined from admissions and academic records of students from the 2008 intake to explore retention and completion rates, and for students enrolled in two online undergraduate courses in Semester 1 of the 2012/2013 academic year. The two courses had consistently high failure rates. Descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression were used to analyse the data. The results indicate that among the 2008 cohort, the retention rate was high…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Biomedical Science Jobs and Careers

    Sameer Kamat
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    While Biomedical engineering has been getting a lot if interest, the field of biomedical sciences remains largely esoteric and unexplored. In this post, guest blogger Tanmoy Ray talks about the discipline (and how it differs from biomedical engineering), the kind of jobs and salaries you can get, courses & degrees needed to crack into the […] The post Biomedical Science Jobs and Careers appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • MS Excel formulas every professional must know

    Sameer Kamat
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Almost all professionals have used MS Excel in some form or the other. Most haven’t taken up any formal Ms Excel tutorial. Through self-study, they’ve picked up basic excel formulas and features to help them with their day-to-day tasks. However, most don’t realise the power that’s available at their finger tips if they’d take the […] The post MS Excel formulas every professional must know appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How to manage the stress of MBA applications

    MG (Manish Gupta)
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    What’s the most stressful part of MBA applications? You might say GMAT exam preparation, TOEFL test, writing good MBA essays, convincing recommenders…or all of the above. These are all phases where you are actually doing something. What happens when you’ve hit the ‘Submit MBA Application‘ button or after you’ve just completed your MBA interview? Does […] The post How to manage the stress of MBA applications appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Why MBA: An LBS MBA grad shares his views

    Sameer Kamat
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    London Business School MBA graduate Neerav shared his application journey earlier that took him from one commercial hub (Wall Street, New York) to another (London, UK). Here’s the link –> London Business School MBA after MS in USA. In this follow-up post, he shares some useful tips for those planning to embark on the MBA […] The post Why MBA: An LBS MBA grad shares his views appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 50 Study abroad tips to super-charge your overseas education

    Sameer Kamat
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Pic: When you decide to study abroad, there’s much more to it than just a foreign degree and chasing high paying jobs with top salaries. Studying abroad can also provide ways to learn and grow in unexpected and unplanned ways. 50 Study abroad tips to make the best of your overseas education by Swati […] The post 50 Study abroad tips to super-charge your overseas education appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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  • Fireball

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    We were in Asbury Park Friday night, and drove past the Silver Ball Museum. Reason enough to re-post.... A long, long time ago, before most of you were even born (ca. 1976), pinball machines were still electromechanical, tied to the Newtonian universe. Real bells clanged, real thwack sounds when a game was won. Adolescent reflexes allowed mastering a game well enough to dominate a machine (and sell the accumulated games for more than the quarter it cost to play).We played at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, on the Jersey shore. We fell in love with each other, ourselves, and the ocean. Play…
  • Stroking our global economy tbrough miseducation

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Might want to read this after you eat the bird. Cecil, H. C. and M. R. Baks "Volume, sperm concentration, and fertilizing capacity of turkey ejaculates obtained from successive cloacal strokes during semen collection," Poult. Sci 64:1219–1222. "My Daddy did what?" [photo: Peter Griffin]  In just a few days, many of us will sit down in front of a perfectly browned turkey, so oddly shaped that its conception depended on someone stroking its father's genitalia.With all the nonsense spewed about technology, and efficiency, and how to educate our way to some economic Nirvana, we lose sight…
  • Mid-November

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    I have a broken oak tree branch attached to the wall, right next to the whiteboard. The leaves are still green, and will remain so. The leaves have not fallen, and will not. Next to it I have a mini-poster asking when the leaves will fall.I found a slug crawling in our sunny school hallway, looking for all the world like it had a place to go, and in a hurry (for a slug) at that. He (and she) is now living with the potato bugs, where he (and she) will spend a comfortable winter before returning to the garden behind the school.We saw dolphins just a few yards off the beach a couple of days ago.
  • Mary Beth Doyle

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    10 years todaySome things you do not recover from....Today marks the anniversary of my sister's death, when a self-described Christian missionary ran her off the road, left the scene, then wrote to me (after being apprehended by the police a day later), that this was God's will.Apparently some modern day apostles have the power to know these things.I'm not an apostle, and I'm hardly a fan of what passes for Christianity these days (not sure Jesus Himself would be welcome at some of His more popular franchises), but I do enjoy the Gospels, which are at least as wise as, say Who Moved My…
  • Artificial intelligence

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    I may need to start a school on the mudflats, or rather share the school that's been there before we ever showed up on its shores. With all the fuss over the Next Generation Science Standards (whose biggest fault may be the ridiculously Trekian sounding "Next Generation"), our real problem stems from our cultural confusion over what is real.If you expect a two year old to distinguish the natural world from an iPad screen in a culture where millions of Americans will wile away a lovely Autumn afternoon screaming at images on television, you are fooling yourself (your business) and harming the…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • 3 Good Educational iPad Apps That Are Free Today

    Med kharbach
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    November 24, 2014 Several powerful educational apps have gone free this week most notable of them all is the popular creativity app Puppet Workshop ( it's no loner free now). I have looked into some... more Read More......(read more)
  • 6 Good iPad Apps to Turn Pictures Into Cartoons and Comics

    Med kharbach
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    November 23, 2014 I spent sometime this weekend curating and working on the list of iPad apps below. These are apps that students can use to create beautiful cartoons to use in their multimedia... more Read More......(read more)
  • Teacher Mama: The Greedy Triangle FREE Printable {After School Linky}

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Greedy Triangle FREE Printable If you haven’t read, The Greedy Triangle , by Marilyn Burns, you are missing out. It is a wonderful story about shapes and perfect for use in the classroom or just to enjoy at home. Triangle is bored with being a triangle...(read more)
  • Insightful Tips on How to Integrate Problem Based Learning in Your Classroom

    Med kharbach
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    November 23, 2014 Project based learning and problem based learning are two didactic approaches to learning that are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing: engaging students in... more Read More......(read more)
  • Personalized Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

    Med kharbach
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    November 23, 2014 One of the biggest affordances of technology is towards the enhancement of the concept of personalized learning. Internet and more particularly web 2.0 technologies and mobile apps... more Read More......(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Pass Christian Turns Lemons into Limoncello

    Lisa Hansel
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Tiny Pass Christian School District on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has long been high performing. Despite two-thirds of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, Pass Christian has been in the top 1% of Mississippi districts for the last five years. Between 2005 and 2013, three of its four schools won Blue Ribbons—and last year, […]
  • The Liberal Arts and the Fate of American Democracy

    Guest Blogger
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    By Scott Samuelson Scott Samuelson is an associate professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Kirkwood Community College and the author of The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone. This post originally appeared in Rhodes Magazine.   In the democracy of ancient Athens and the republic of ancient Rome, freedom was only for the few. Slaves, servants, […]
  • Killing Three Birds with One Stone

    Lisa Hansel
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Fordham Institute’s Aaron Churchill has an interesting new post weighing the merits of state-mandated testing in science and social studies. He notes the cons—like the minimal added information on school quality given the high correlations between scores on science and reading tests—and the pros—like reversing the narrowing of the curriculum driven by the high-stakes […]
  • Exceeding Expectations in Louisiana

    Guest Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    By Debbie Jenkins Debbie Jenkins is the elementary curriculum and instruction supervisor of Bogalusa City Schools in Louisiana. This post originally appeared on Amplify’s Viewpoints.  Learn more about Bogalusa City Schools’ use of Core Knowledge in this video. There’s an old Barbara Mandrell song that goes, “I was country when country wasn’t cool.” Similarly, I like […]
  • New Leaders in Literacy

    Lisa Hansel
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    It used to be that advocating for building broad knowledge with a content-rich curriculum in the early grades was a lonely enterprise. No more! Whether it’s the focus on the early word gap or the Common Core’s explanation of literacy or the moral universe bending toward justice, knowledge is finally getting its due. New reports […]
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  • Krueger crushes it!

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger swept the Best Novel awards this past weekend at the Bouchercon World Mystery Writer’s Convention, pulling off the rare trifecta by winning The Anthony Award, The Barry Award and The Macavity Award. Ordinary Grace has accumulated a growing list of accolades, including: • New York Times Bestseller • 2013 WNBA Great Group Reads Selection • School Library Journal Best Book of 2013 • #1 Summer 2014 Indie Next List Pick For Reading Groups • Heartland Independent Bestseller • Edgar Award for Best Novel (WINNER!) • Barry Award for Best Novel…
  • Brilliant Puzzle Box

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “There is a vicious rumor circulating that Tom McCarthy is the writer of our generation. It’s a particularly vicious one because 42-year-old McCarthy wasn’t vetted by the literary establishment, edited, groomed, and promoted as contemporary literature’s new voice of radical narrative, before many got the chance to read him and make that decision for themselves.” —“Tom McCarthy Is No Longer a Well­Kept Secret,” Interview Magazine Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in London. He is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos, and media interventions he has made as…
  • Discovery Monday: Breaking Butterflies

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce M. Anjelais’ debut book Breaking Butterflies. The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he’s hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost — written when the author was just eighteen. Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with…
  • Picture Book Month

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. Founded by author & storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, the goal is to simply share the love of the picture book. Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully…
  • Reading and Pizza

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Children learn to enjoy reading by example. When they see adults whom they admire and look up to reading, your students will be more likely to read for enjoyment, as well. Meeting people from many different fields helps to reinforce the fact that reading plays an important role in any career a person chooses. This week is National Young Readers Week, an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. NYRW is hosted by BOOK IT!, a program that motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise,…
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  • What Defines a Successful School? (11/18/14)

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The era of accountability in education over the past 15 years has shone a bright light on student achievement in our nation’s schools. The performance of the student body as a whole as well as its many student subgroup populations … Continue reading → The post What Defines a Successful School? (11/18/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • Retaining Effective Teachers (11/1/14)

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    It is no secret that retention of effective teachers is one of the keys in developing and/or maintaining an effective school. In the current age of accountability in education, this problem is exacerbated in remote rural and in urban areas … Continue reading → The post Retaining Effective Teachers (11/1/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • Visual Form and Memory

    Dr Davis
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Vivian, Bradford and Anne Teresa Demo. “Introduction.” Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form. Eds. Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian. New York: Routledge, 2012. eBook. “To remember in late modernity is to store, send, or retrieve content” (Vivian and Demo) “resources of personal memory training represent contemporary self-help equivalents to the classical ars memoriae” (Vivian and Demo) “internet search thus provides a suggestive juxtaposition between contemporary technologies of memory and the classical art of memory” (Vivian and Demo) “Associations between memory and…
  • Comfort Books

    Dr Davis
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    I attended a presentation at FenCon in September on comfort books, titled “Too Close for Comfort.” I was thinking about the talk, remembering my own contributions to the discussion during the Q&A and went looking for my notes. Apparently I never put my notes up here about the panel, but I did have my “paper” version. I decided to post my notes, as I think it is an interesting topic. Panelists: Michelle Muenzler (cookie lady)—short story author, book with agent J. Kathleen Cheney—1902 alternate history, Portugal, book Rob Rogers–mediator Michael Ashleigh…
  • From Adjunct to FT Professor

    Dr Davis
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    One of my dear friends has been officially hired full-time by the community college for which she has been adjuncting for the last four years. It can happen! –Note: I adjuncted there for 8 years and was never hired full-time, though after publications were added to my CV, I did get hired by a different cc full-time.
  • CFP for Melusine

    Dr Davis
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth Editors: Misty Urban, Melissa Ridley Elmes, Deva Kemmis Matriarch, monster, muse, and myth: while the late 14th c French prose romance by Jean d’Arras—in which he envisions her as a foundress of the powerful Lusignan family— arguably remains the earliest version of the story of Melusine, the figure of the fairy woman cursed with a half-human, half-serpent form traveled widely throughout the legends of medieval and early modern Europe. From Thüring von Ringoltingen’s German iteration of 1456 to related folktales that…
  • Writing for Journal Publication

    Dr Davis
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    One of my colleagues has requested that several of us come to a graduate class and talk about our experiences with getting published in journals. To prepare for that, I went back through this blog to look for relevant posts. This post contains some distilled information, some links, and some ruminations based on the discussion in the class. In November 2009, about a year after I started trying to get published, I wrote a post on my publication/rejection record for my most recent work. 5 papers submitted, 2 accepted, 2 rejected, 1 pending I try to be very careful in placing my work where it is…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Polyethylene mulch, glazing create optimal conditions for soil solarization

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Society for Horticultural Science) Researchers raised soil temperatures in high tunnels in southern Arizona to determine the efficacy of soil solarization using clear mulch on the soil surface and with tunnel glazing or with no glazing. Outcomes showed that producers using high tunnels in the region can complete solarization in less than a week during summer when the soil is fallow using glazing on the high tunnel and polyethylene mulch on the soil surface.
  • Theater arts research offers insight for designers, builders of robots

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas at Arlington) UT Arlington Theatre Arts research provides insight into human behavior for scientists, engineers who design and build social robots.
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in brain cancers

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) New evidence that immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in glioblastoma and brain metastases presented at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness of at-risk children, study shows

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Oregon State University) An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.
  • Vermicompost leachate improves tomato seedling growth

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Society for Horticultural Science) A study assessed growth performance of tomato seedlings treated with vermicompost-leachate (VCL), an organic liquid produced from earthworm-digested material. Seedlings were subjected to various temperature and watering regimes. Results showed that VCL can be a suitable soil amendment product to improve overall soil fertility and growth of tomato plants, even under temperature and water stress conditions.
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  • Mapping Crime

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Global Security Map attempts to map the world, showing us where the bad stuff is located.  For its purposes, it tries to identify “malware, phishing, spam and other malicious activities”. Upon your first landing, you’ll be presented with the world with countries coded from green to red or low to uh oh. I’m a big fan of infographics to immediate share an image and message and maps have always lent themselves to visualize things.  In this case, it’s the malware that the concerned, connected computer user needs to keep in mind. You’ll definitely want to…
  • OTR Links 11/23/2014

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Alberta researchers launch study into childhood intestinal infections – Calgary – CBC News Most young children will get at least two intestinal infections each year and now, Alberta researchers are launching a new study to figure out exactly why. Doctors say there are more than 30,000 children hospitalized for intestinal infections in the province each year, but they don’t always know which specific virus or bacteria is causing the illness.    “Understanding what actually causes the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea in kids is important to…
  • The App Mentality

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday, I made reference to a quote that Brian Aspinall had shared about coding: Why did it take so long to become “trendy” today? I needed more space to share some thoughts about that so this is it. I’m really not sure that I like the term “trendy” though.  There have always been proponents of coding and having students work with computers. While we weren’t successful in Ontario convincing the curriculum powers that be to include it as a discipline, we were able to get products like Hyperstudio, Frames, and Turing provincially licensed. I spend an entire…
  • OTR Links 11/22/2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Google offers 1TB of free Drive space with new Chromebooks | Google | RT @digitalnative: Google offers 1TB of free Drive space with new Chromebooks — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 22, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Tech Teach Engage | @scoopit Tech Teach Engage | @scoopit — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 21, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Hopscotch Hour of Code Hopscotch Hour of Code — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 21, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been writing this series of posts for a long time now.  Check the URL above to see how many times it’s been duplicated.  I never get tired of doing it so here goes – some great content from Ontario Edubloggers this past week. The Fabulous World of Mr. Fred No matter how much I read, I still get excited when I find another new, excellent blog post to read.  I’ve been asked – how do you find these blogs? Certainly, in a multitude of ways – there’s no easy algorithm.  I found this blog with a usual dose of serendipity.  In this case, Helen…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • How To Tackle Vocabulary (And Actually Remember!)

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    The groans I hear when I ask my students to memorize a new list of vocabulary words makes it seem as if I have asked them to do some impossible task akin to carving a replica of Michelangelo’s David with a dull set of dentistry tools. “It’s so tedious!” they say. To me, it does not seem more tedious than trying to slingshot exploding birds into precariously designed structures harboring evil green pigs, but what do I know? The question remains: what is the best way to learn vocabulary? In order to address this question, let’s talk a little bit about how to form memory.
  • 10 of Your Pressing GMAT Questions Answered by a Veritas Prep Expert

    Veritas Prep
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    The following interview comes from Top GMAT Prep Courses recently had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A session with Chris Kane, one of Veritas Prep’s most seasoned GMAT instructors, to inquire about the GMAT and get his take on 10 great questions that many MBA candidates would like to ask with regards to GMAT prep courses and useful tips on how to be successful at achieving their desired GMAT score. What motivates you to be a GMAT instructor? “I have been teaching the GMAT for 10 years because I absolutely love what the test is designed to assess and how…
  • Choosing from 2 Answer Choices in GMAT Critical Reasoning

    Veritas Prep
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In life, you are often given binary choices. This is true even if the word binary isn’t something you recognize right away. Binary comes from the Latin “bini”, which means two together, and is used to regroup decisions in which you have exactly two choices. On forms, you might see categories such as “smoker” or “non-smoker”, and you are prompted to answer exactly one of the options. At a restaurant, you might get asked “Soup or salad?” (super salad??), and you are expected to make a decision as to which appetizer you want. Very frequently, these two choices cover the…
  • 6 Reasons You Need at Least 6 Weeks to Finish Your MBA Applications

    Veritas Prep
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    It’s almost December, and in just a few weeks we will begin hearing from applicants with only a week or two ahead of their deadlines looking for last-minute consulting services. Often, they’re too late to make significant improvements.  If you haven’t already started on your Round 2 applications, here are 6 reasons why it’s crucial to stop shaking it off to Taylor Swift’s new album and begin working on your applications today: 1. You can recycle surprisingly little among different schools’ essay questions. Every year, we see clients who expect that they can write…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: Breaking Down the Critical Reading Section

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Over the last two weeks, we reviewed how to break down the SAT. First, we examined the Writing Section and then we investigated Math. Today, we finish this series with Critical Reading. For a lot of students, Critical Reading is the most daunting aspect of the SAT. Whether it is because it seems vague and esoteric, critical reading can psyche out even the most advanced students. This is unfortunate because, in reality, critical reading is objective and quite similar to the math and writing sections. Overall, it is a fairly easy topic to prepare for. Students make the mistake of comparing…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • A School Expert’s Take on Brooks School

    Marylou Marcus
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    via Brooks School Smug Mug Brooks School head, John Packard stressed importance of pausing, reflecting, slowing down and creating an environment/community in which kids can be happy. No two students, at Brooks, are really alike. Brooks prides itself on working with the whole child and embracing and engaging students; students we met were certainly productive and happy. Brooks students enjoy their school. Kids appeared to have character, strong core values and integrity; school spirit and support are evident.  Students value the opportunities that Brooks gives them and they explore their full…
  • Andover Movie Makers Pump Up Fans

    Brian Fisher
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A little fun from the student video and athletic front this afternoon. The Andover Movie Makers Club posted “Andover/Exeter 2014″ a few days ago in preparation for upcoming games with Exeter. It’s a really nice riff on the ‘pump up’ or ‘team motivational’ genre of videos that a lot of intercollegiate athletic departments produce. The Andover students have the genre down – serious action and music that raises your heart rate. There’s no doubt. Andover athletes are ready for PEA. The post Andover Movie Makers Pump Up Fans appeared first on…
  • Boarding School Classrooms: Benefits of Small Frequent Quizzes

    Brian Fisher
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Another topic from an article that’s been on my desk for a while (and that I wrote about just about a year ago) – more evidence shows that that regular/frequent tests and quizzes work as learning tools and I think the boarding school classroom is well suited to them. How often is your student taking small bites of the material before larger exams and papers? Smaller boarding school classes allow small bites to more easily, regularly. and often. I can confess, as teacher, grading comes more easily, regularly, and responsively when the teacher has a moderate number of students under…
  • Boarding Schools that Work: Work Programs Help the Family Business Thrive

    Sylvia Dickson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    How do family businesses survive? Statistics show that only 30% of family businesses make it to generation two and a mere 3% still generate profits in generation three. The adage, Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations describes the failure of family operated businesses by the time grandchildren take over. Some of the issues evident in failing multi-generational businesses are material gain without personal investment, a sense of entitlement, unwillingness to tolerate frustration, and lack of education and skills needed to handle a job. Bridging generational change in a family…
  • A School Expert’s Take on Mercersburg Academy

    Marylou Marcus
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Mercersburg Academy wraps their arms around you and welcomes all students! Mercersburg is a great balance of academic and athletic rigor bound by a supportive community. I was struck by the inclusive community and a student body that is fearlessly protective of the school. Students are not boxed in. They grow out of their community through encouragement and support from peers as well as adults. This spring at Mercersburg Academy will mark the first graduating class to complete the Global Studies “Maps” Program which is similar to an IB Program. Students must apply to the program at the…
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    David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

  • Transforming Our Learning Metaphors #yvrignite

    David Truss
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    I made a sound recording of the presentation that I did at the Discovery Education YVR Ignite Session yesterday, and then I added the recording to my timed slides. This was an inspiring event, thank you to Dean Shareski for organizing it and providing me with the honour of presenting. I’ll have more to blog about this event later. Until then, here is my presentation.
  • Not Yet Blended Learning

    David Truss
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Source (Infographic): How to Implement Blended Learning: Version 2.0 There is a lot of talk these days about Blended Learning. However: “Increasing student opportunities to engage with technology — such as teachers using flipped classroom strategies, a school computer lab, and computers using digital curriculum in the classroom – are all steps in the right direction, but don’t meet the full potential of blended learning. If it doesn’t change instructional practices, schedules, relationships and resource allocations, there’s still room to grow!”…
  • 4 notes on taking notes

    David Truss
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response. And then the teacher said… You may take notes. — David Truss (@datruss) June 3, 2014 In one of the responses to this tweet, Maurizio Basso (@moba3030) said, “@datruss so true seeing more of this. As long as they digest it and utilize technology effectively I am in support of this in my class.” This is a great point, to which I added: “@moba3030 if they have devices, I…
  • Leading in a time of…

    David Truss
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Anyone who regularly reads my blog would know that in the last year there are two key elements of leadership that I have been struggling with. The more current one involves the teacher dispute going on in BC and my sense of frustration and feelings of helplessness as I watch a good educational system suffer in ways that will take some time to recover from. The other element that I’ve struggled with is the time that my position demands that I spend on things that are more management than leadership oriented… while recognizing that both of these are required in being an effective…
  • To the Citizens of BC

    David Truss
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    To the Citizens of British Columbia, Canada, How important is a good, free, public education system to you and to our society? How much should a collective ‘WE’ spend on creating the best possible public education for ALL of our children? Here are some graphs from Statistics Canada: Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011 (Catalogue-no-81-595-M-No-099-Statistics-Canada) I encourage you to look at the whole document, and to understand that “Care should be taken with cross jurisdictional…
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  • Halloween for the Sensitive Child

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Tips to Make Halloween Fun for Children with Sensory Issues Halloween. It's a day filled with costumes, candy, and fun activities. For most kids, Halloween is one of the best days of the year, but as we know, for children who are sensory sensitive, All Hallow's Eve can be a nightmare. In fact, this harrowing holiday is a factor in why October 25-31 is National Sensory Awareness Week. However, with a few simple tricks Halloween can for fun for sensitive kids too. Here some tips to ensure your sensitive child can enjoy this fun, candy-filled day just like their friends.Tip #1: Careful Planning…
  • How to Keep the Waiting Room Stress-Free for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Medical Staff

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    “We're going to visit your pediatrician today.” A statement no kid(or parent, if we're just being honest) likes to hear. Many children immediately imagine scary monsters in lab coats chasing them with big syringes anytime they hear words like “pediatrician” or “doctor's office.” Many children are frightened of what may or may not happen once they leave the waiting room to enter an exam room. Other children, especially those with special needs who have unfortunately grown used to the inside of doctor's office, are simply bored and grow restless while waiting. Luckily, there's…
  • Choosing a Classroom - reprint from the Carpet and Rug Institute

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This information is a reprint from the Carpet and Rug Institute. It has some great information about why you should consider a rug for your classroom.  Making the right decisions starts with having the facts. There is a lot of information about carpet in schools, but it’s important to have the right information, supported by scientific study. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the source for science-based facts on carpet and rugs, wants you to have that information at your fingertips.  That way, we believe you will understand how carpet has clear advantages over other…
  • Even Bears Like our Hammocks!

    31 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    People know that they should keep their distance from bears. They usually will leave us alone unless they feel threatened or are protecting their cubs. However one bear must have needed a little "me time" as seen in this video at You can relax just like the Floridian bear in a wonderful La Siesta Hammock. Whether it's a hammock for one, two or for the whole family we've got you covered. We also have hammocks with spreader bars that some prefer over the standard banana style hammocks like on Gilligan's Island. We also have…
  • Art Easels bring out the creative side in your students

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Teachers are charged not only with helping students achieve academic goals and milestones, but also with giving students a creative way to express themselves. Art brings out the best in students and allows teachers to see the talents and personality of each student. Because of this, teachers love having easels in the classroom. Easels Make Great Art Centers Having an art center is an important aspect of a classroom. Students can express themselves in a way that is all their own. Along with easels, art centers can include paper, paints, paintbrushes, crayons, makers, or colored pencils.
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  • How to Manage Communications Effectively within Your K12 School District

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    With 9 schools and 6,200 students in the district, communicating with the Lakeland community was no small task. The district was able to reach more parents with Constant Contact's partner program. Read this case study and find out how!Request Free!
  • 5 Steps to Improve Your K12 School District's Communication Headaches

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    How would you grade your school district on its ability to communicate effectively? If you're still relying on “old school” methods of communication, there's a good chance you have some room for improvement. From finding a reliable way to keep parents and your community informed, to creating a system that keeps things running smoothly throughout your different schools and departments — there's a lot you need to consider. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve communication.Find out how to:Keep up and go digital with online communication toolsDevelop a plan to manage the online…
  • How to Grow Your K12 School District's Community with Better Communication Tools

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    From email to social media, event registration and online surveys, there are a number of online tools you can use to grow your school's community and improve communication throughout your district. Find out how these tools can be used for your district, and learn simple strategies for using these tools to your advantage.Request Free!
  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Essentials of Education Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Education Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Education Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsBCP Software vs. DIY: How to Make the Most Important Decision in Business Continuity PlanningHolistic Security Architecture Designed to Fight Emerging Cyber AttacksThe ABCs of Mobile Device ManagementRequest Free!
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    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Keep up-to-date with the latest training issues, trends, and best practices.Training Daily Advisor will help you:Save Time - with concise, complete, actionable informationStay Up-to-Date - their team of experts does the research for youSucceed - Plain English analysis and advice is immediately usefulFor a limited time also receive a Free Special Report, Building The Best Training Program.Register for Training Daily Advisor Today!Request Free!
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  • The Full Interview with Dr. Spiros Michalakis

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    As part of my recent superhero PBL unit, I brought in Dr. Spiros Michalakis to talk to my students about research for their science-fiction based narratives.  Spiros is a Quantum Physicist who consulted on the new Marvel movie, Ant-man.  Sure, he didn’t invent Ant-man, but he used his knowledge of science to figure out how Ant-man could really exist.  According to my students, that may as well make him a superhero himself.  Anyway, we got to talking about the need for science and communication skills, in particular writing, to co-exist.  I posted an abridged version of this…
  • Visual of my Edutopia post: “The Power of I Don’t Know”

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    I recently wrote an post for Edutopia called “The Power of I Don’t Know.”  It focuses on our need as teachers to release being the information authority in the room and instead to hand over the reins to the students themselves.  Rebeca Zuniga (#sketchnotes) created a great visual that was inspired by the piece, and I thought I’d share it here: Enjoy! -Heather © heather for Heather Wolpert-Gawron, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to Post tags: Common Core, education, edutopia, k12, middle school, Rebeca Zuniga, teaching quality, The Power of I…
  • Training Judges for a Speech Tournament: A Reflection on How Students (Even Adults) Learn

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We just finished hosting our first quarter speech tournament on Friday night.  Our league, to our knowledge, is one of the largest middle school leagues in the country, and the coaches meet frequently to ensure that our tournaments run as smoothly as possible.  It’s hard.  I’ve been annually hosting at least one of our huge tournaments for the last 11 years, and each year we focus on improving the process as much as possible.  But there are a lot of cogs in a machine when planning a tournament. Visually, our team hosts a great party.  We had food trucks that help with…
  • What is the Purpose of School?: Understanding Purpose Helps with Student Motivation (updated)

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I start my school year with a little blog post about what students think school is all about.  It begins a year-long conversation about purpose that I then refer to throughout the school year.  “What is the purpose of the digital portfolio?”  becomes a homepage writing assignment for their individual Google Site.  “What is the purpose of a particular assessment?”  becomes a reflective piece that can turn a summative assessment into a formative one.  Discussing purpose is a kind of reflection.  Flip that. Begin your activities or unit with a discussion of…
  • Organizing Google Drive For Your New School Year

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    I have drunk the Google Drive Kool-Aid.  I used it daily last year, and I am now a convert.  However, as a result of my recent condition that I’m calling Googlenthusiasm, my inbox and Drive are now ready for a spring-cleaning and a little more targeted thought. I know that Google Classroom* is coming out and might solve many of these issues, but I won’t have a chance to really dive into it before school starts, and my students are already emailing and submitting their summer assignments, so I’m busy organizing my Drive as it exists now. Here are the steps I’m taking to make my…
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    Teaching Social Media Marketing At UCLA Extension

  • Social Media Marketing Apologies - Uber vs Jet Blue

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Image: egg on your face! by bianca francescaYou know you're having a bad day when you suggest an idea about a draconian-sounding "research" campaign on journalists' backgrounds at a private dinner party and then:Uber CEO issues 13-part Twitter apology, clarifies data privacy policyHere's an excerpt of what Kurtis Lee of the LA Times said: The CEO of the ride-sharing company Uber offered a lengthy 13-part apology on Twitter on Tuesday as the company attempted to quell fallout over comments made by an executive who suggested targeting critical journalists.NBC News said: Uber CEO Tweets Apology…
  • Interstellar Fourth and Fifth-Dimensional Social Media Marketing

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    INTERSTELLAR by WordleOk, I'll be completely honest with you: I absolutely loved the movie "Interstellar" that was just released last week.If you saw the movie that's great, but even if you didn't I think you'll find this social media marketing model interesting...- And please don't hold this model to a strict Physics interpretation, just have fun with it.2-Dimensional MarketingIf you think of length and width as being 2-dimensional, then all of the documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoints, graphics, etc. that we create are two-dimensional. Thus two-dimensional marketing would include any printed…
  • Is Target Really Behind 'Alex From Target' Viral Marketing Campaign - Viral is Not a Strategy

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Target.. by Mike Mozart, on FlickrViral is not a strategy. I can't say it any plainer than that. However, that said, viral success can and does happen.'First' is controversial, but apparently people were first were tweeting a photo of 'Alex from Target', a young photogenic Target employee.Then Alex's photo went viral on Twitter (#AlexFromTarget) as well as other social media sites.Then Alex appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show.Today I've seen several posts speculating this might actually have been staged by Target, rather than being a random sequence of happy events:Here's Our Conspiracy…
  • Using Transmedia Storytelling for Social Media Success

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Image credit: Ron Nash, The In Academy - In this week's Social Media Examiner podcast by Michael Stelzner (@Mike_Stelzner), "Your LinkedIn Profile: Why You Need to Revisit How You Look on LinkedIn", Ron Nash (@TheInAcademy) mentioned that LinkedIn's new features and format allows you to tell your story with transmedia. Now you can tell the story of you, your brand, and/or your company across various media using videos, photos, text, etc.For instance Ron Nash uses all of these very creatively by integrating craftily edited photos (see…
  • McDonalds - Our Food Your Questions - Social Media Campaign

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Image credit: McDonalds Twitter - Our food your questions campaignMcDonalds has had its woes lately.According to's article: McDonald's has a new generational problem: kids: Apparently kids don't like Happy Meals anymore. Millennials are shunning The Golden Arches. Families are Declining in visits.The updated Ronald McDonald was widely mocked.  But luckily McDonalds is listening, which is good:“We remain focused on listening to all of our customers and evolving our menus to meet their expectations and eating habits,” Mr. Irwin says in an email. McDonald's…
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    More Than A Test Score

  • More Essays!? How I Wrote (Then Chose Not to Write) Supplemental Essays

    Emily Liu
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    We all know the saying “you have too much on your plate.” Of course, it’s easy to just tell people to drop a few lower-priority commitments and move on so you can dedicate more time to the rest. With in-state applications and the Common App personal statements to worry about, it’s no wonder supplemental essays have high school seniors feeling overwhelmed; I myself applied to over ten schools and spent weeks on supplemental essays exactly one year ago, and I can tell you the decision to remove a school from your college list isn’t an easy one. While it was very true dropping a school…
  • Finalizing the College List

    Guest Blogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    If your student has chosen EA (Early Action) or ED (Early Decision) they have already thrown their hat into the college arena. But for many students, the last few months of the year are spent finalizing the college list and preparing their college applications for regular admissions and rolling admissions. Regular admissions require that the student submit their application before the application deadline (which is later than EA and ED). The advantage of this being that students have more time to prepare and have no restrictions on the number of schools they can apply to. Schools with rolling…
  • How Changing My Morning Routine Changed My Life

    Emily Liu
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Real talk: I’m not the best at keeping my morning schedule together. I’m more of a follower of the “uh oh, just slept through my ten alarms and woke up with five minutes to get to school” life. Luckily I lived close enough to my high school to walk, but I found that such a rushed, scatter-brained morning “routine” meant I forgot assignments on my desk and easily overslept, making me often late to class. Over time, and especially in college now, I’m discovering that changing your morning routine – in minor ways with significant impacts – actually transforms my overall health…
  • What You Should NEVER Say In Your Personal Statement

    Enoma Osakue
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Talk about the most dreaded essay of college application season. Personal statements are your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions staff at your future school. They’re a written embodiment of who you are, where you’ve come from, and what kind of addition you’ll be to a campus. It’s like painting a picture of yourself with words. It’s no wonder that many students, myself included, spend hours upon hours writing and editing their personal statements. Luckily, I’m about to take some of the pressure off this particular essay. I can’t tell you what to write about your…
  • Here’s What You Should Do (and Not Do) on Your Personal Statement

    Emily Liu
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    So you’ve sent in your ED/EA applications in already, or even if you didn’t go for early applications, you’re practically done with your essays. All set to go, right? Wrong. College applications season is the bane of so many high school seniors’ lives for so many reasons: selecting the colleges for your school list, dealing with the sea of paperwork, and, of course, drafting personal statement essays for practically every school you apply to. The real reason why personal statements take so long is because they should be going through revision after revision until you can’t possibly…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • How To Handle Students Who Lie And Deny

    Michael Linsin
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    While observing your class gather materials for a science experiment, you notice a student kicking the heels of the boy in front of them. But because you’re in the good habit of letting misbehavior play out, you decide to watch a bit longer before jumping in. You see the boy turn and ask the student […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • Are You Encouraging Your Students Too Much?

    Michael Linsin
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Encouraging students is in our DNA. It’s part and parcel to our educational culture. It’s what we do. We teach a lesson and then we encourage. “You can do it.” “Just keep working and you’ll get it.” “I believe in you.” And in the right moments, with just the right touch, encouragement can indeed be […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Handle Disrespectful Students Who Don’t Know They’re Being Disrespectful

    Michael Linsin
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    A student points their finger inches from your face and teasingly says, “I’m mad at you. That homework last night was hard!” Or . . . A student raises their hand and commands you to “Tell John to stop bothering me.” In either case you’re uncomfortable with the way you’ve been addressed. It’s given you […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • When And Why You Should Leave Your Students Alone

    Michael Linsin
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    The picture of an entire class lost in their work is the most beautiful sight in teaching. Because it’s irrefutable proof that your lesson was effective, and that learning, deep and meaningful, is taking place. Sadly, it’s a scene that rarely plays out. Most teachers find themselves rushing from one student to the next, reteaching […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • Are You Making Your Most Difficult Students Worse?

    Michael Linsin
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Most teachers are hyperaware of their most difficult students—and well they should be. It’s smart to know where they are and what they’re doing. But this awareness can cause you to behave oddly around them. It can cause you to glare and glower in their direction. It can cause you to hover near the edges […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • Stocking Stuffers for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    While gift cards always work as easy stocking stuffers, here are even more stocking stuffer gift ideas for your kids. Stocking Stuffers for Kids 1. Thinking Putty Creatures Green (ages 3+) Thinking Putty Creatures have a unique texture and come with a pair of big creature eyes. We love our original Thinking Putty building toy and now can’t wait […] The post Stocking Stuffers for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Holiday Checklist & Giveaway #TRUBatteriesIncluded

    Melissa Taylor
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up with Toys“R”Us to help you get ready for the holidays and save money on this season’s hottest toys! From Fur Real Friends to Grimlock Transformers, Toys“R”Us is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up all the toys on your holiday shopping list… but don’t forget the batteries! Last year my girls […] The post Holiday Checklist & Giveaway #TRUBatteriesIncluded appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Christmas Gifts for Kids That Spark Imagination

    Melissa Taylor
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    This year I’m looking to buy Christmas gifts for my kids that spark their imaginations. Gifts that encourage creativity and pretend play. Gifts like these . . . Christmas Gifts for Kids . . . That Spark Imagination     1. Samantha’s Starter Collection – Doll and Book Samantha Parkington is BACK! She’s kind, generous, and always […] The post Christmas Gifts for Kids That Spark Imagination appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Best Gift Books of 2014

    Melissa Taylor
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Ready for the best gift books of 2014? This list consists of activity books as well as nonfiction books for kids. Also read: the best chapter books of 2014, the best picture books of 2014, the best board books of 2014, and the best YA books of 2014. Best Activity Books 2014 1. Draw Patterns with Barroux (ages 4+) […] The post Best Gift Books of 2014 appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Best Board Books of 2014

    Melissa Taylor
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Do you have a baby or toddler who needs a board book? Get him or her one of these recommended best board books of 2014. The Best Board Books from 2014 1. My First Book of Girl Power From Wonder Woman’s ability to find the truth to Black Canary’s powerful voice to Batgirl’s keen mind, readers will find […] The post Best Board Books of 2014 appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • Who Discovered Astatine

    Tim Bortoli
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Astatine is a chemical element that has no stable isotopes (it is radioactive). The most stable isotope of the element is astatine-210, which has a half life of 8.1 hours. Despite this fact, trace amounts of astatine (At215, At218 and At219) can be found on earth as the result of radioactive decay. It is the rarest of all naturally occurring elements (there is less than 25 grams in the crust of the earth) and it is for this reason, along with its short lives nature, that much less is known about this element than other naturally occurring elements. It is also the reason that it was discovered…
  • Why are Whale Sharks an Endangered Species

    Tim Bortoli
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Whale sharks are a large species of filter feeding sharks and are known to be the largest fish species in the world. They can grow up to 12.65 m (41.5 ft) long and weigh up to 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lbs), although there are reports that larger specimens exist. Whale sharks can be found in all warm and tropical oceans of the world and spend most of the lives in the open sea. It is believed that they can live for up to 100 years and can be successfully kept in captivity. Whale sharks are majestic creatures and are not a significant threat to humans. The whale shark is threatened in the wild…
  • Uses of Lanthanum

    Tim Bortoli
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Lanthanum is a silvery white metal that is never found in its free form in nature. It is a chemical element with the atomic number 67 and is represented with the symbol La. Despite not being found naturally in its free form, lanthanum is contained in some rare earth minerals. Despite this name lanthanum is not rare and it can be found in Monazite and bastnasite ores. Lanthanum is an important element and it has a number of applications. Uses of lanthanum One of the first uses of this element was to create gas lantern mantles (the part that produces the white light when heated). This element…
  • How Many Countries Make up the Commonwealth

    Tim Bortoli
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The Commonwealth (official title: Commonwealth of Nations) is an organization made up of many nations, most of which were once territories or colonies of the British Empire. The Commonwealth is not a political union, but more a loose association of countries with common values and goals. The organization carries out regular projects and meetings, and the best known event is the Commonwealth Games (a sporting event open to all nations of the Commonwealth). The Head of the Commonwealth is the British monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II). Let’s find out how many nations are a part of the…
  • Who Wrote “The Wind in the Willows”

    Tim Bortoli
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    “The Wind in the Willows” is a children’s novel first published in 1908. It follows the adventures of four animal characters and is set in England. The book contains many themes and cleverly uses the animal characters to explore human emotions. The book has been a favorite with children (and adults) since it was released and is considered one of the finest pieces of children’s literature from the 20th century. The book has also been adapted many times and many stage, television, film and radio versions have been made. Let’s find out who wrote this classic book.
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  • Learning Happens by Doing

    Clif Mims
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “Boss Level, a special time built into the school schedule at Quest to Learn, enables teachers to plan project-based learning units that can happen outside of the classroom. For students, Boss Level is an opportunity to participate in a design challenge while taking on the role of an artist, filmmaker, chef, or any number of other real-life jobs. “And for teachers, Boss Level allows us to bring our own interests and passions to the job. I’ve been a mathematics educator in New York City’s Department of Education for ten years, and I joined the Quest to Learn staff three…
  • Google+ Communities

    Clif Mims
    18 May 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I’m a big, big fan of Google+. It’s a very big component of my personal learning network (PLN). Here are some thoughts about about why I prefer Google+ over the other social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I encourage everyone to take a look at Google+’s services and consider taking advantage of them. Friend Me Please feel free to friend me on Google+. Then browse through my Links and Other Profiles to make connections, collaborate, and share resources through other networks. As I frequently say, “Together we learn more.” Google+ Communities I’ve…
  • Google Announces New Learning Management System (LMS)

    Clif Mims
    6 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes” (Source). “Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease…it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers” (Source). The following video highlights the experiences…
  • Tour of 3D Printing Lab

    Clif Mims
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to take one of my graduate classes on a tour of new 3D Printing Lab in the University of Memphis Library. We received training in computer-aided design (CAD) and use of the 3D printer, and had the opportunity to see it in action. Our conversation about integrating 3D printers with learning was packed with ideas and I left feeling energized. Additional educational uses have been popping into my mind since. The following video and photos showcase some of the various projects that were printed. The Memphis skyline is my favorite and look even more impressive…
  • Developing Young Authors with Storybird #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories,…
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  • family holiday cards: how to get the kids involved

    amy mascott
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      This year, ordering family holiday cards was totally different for us. This year, our family agreed on the photos. Each and every one. And this year, we agreed on the card. We agreed on the message, and we agreed on the language. From start to finish, ordering holiday cards was a family affair, and this year, every single one of us was happy. Mom and Dad were happy. My tween was happy. My third and second grader were happy. No tears. Only a happy family, all five of us. Thank goodness we were all happy, because last year was a total nightmare. Here’s the skinny. . . Family…
  • something has to change and it must start here–with you and with me

    amy mascott
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      I rarely write posts like this.  And this one took me much longer than I’d like to admit. But yesterday I realized something. Something big. It’s this: if I want change to happen, it has to start here. I’m a mother of three kids, 10, 9, and 7 years old, and if I want change to happen, it must. Start. Here. With me. With my family. Because I know that though I am only one person, my voice makes a difference. And so does yours. Yes, you.  No matter whether you are sitting there reading this your running car in the driveway while your baby sleeps in the back, or…
  • family photo books: easy, quick, and affordable for super-busy moms

    amy mascott
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
        Growing up, I loved more than anything looking at our family’s photo albums, listening to stories and recalling vacations, events, and milestones. I vowed at a very young age that I was going to do the same for my own kids. But man. Maaaaaan. Between school, work, activities, and events, I’ve found it’s really, really difficult to do anything in terms of chronicling my kids’ lives much beyond uploading photos to Facebook now and again.   It’s awful. And embarrassing. But it’s probably more the norm than I think, right? And poor Cora?
  • must-have gifts for kids (and families!): 2014

    amy mascott
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
          Friends! It’s only the second week of November but already I’ve received two dozen emails from you asking for my gift picks for this holiday season. What should you get for your preschool nephew? What does your second grader absolutely need this year? What will your tween totally love you forever if she receives? How about your babysitter, your mother-in-law, or your sisters? Right! I love this time of the year, and I love gift-giving. And I’m so flattered you care about what I think.  I am so excited to share! I’m trying and have finally…
  • a must-read for raising confident kids: ‘God Made Light’

    amy mascott
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
          As parents, one of the things that we want most for our kids is that they grow to be happy, healthy, and confident adults. And one simple way that we can do that is to spend quality time with our kids, reminding them daily that they are special and that they are loved. Reminding them, too, that God loves them and that through them, His light shines is another super-important piece to remember. Recently one of my friends published a book that focuses on just this fact. The book is called, ‘God Made Light‘, and it’s beautiful and important and moving.
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Education

  • Vidya Sagar invites applications for certificate course in human rights

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    CHENNAI: Vidya Sagar, a Chennai-based organization working for the benefit of persons with disabilities, is offering a certificate course in human rights with focus on disability rights. The three-month course would cover various international conventions, perspectives to different groups of people, national and international disability instruments and practices, personality development techniques, research methodologies, internship at different platforms and a final evaluation strategy. “The course aims at developing more persons with and without disabilities to be self-advocates,…
  • Need for improving education system: Rajnath Singh

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the education system in the country needs a qualitative improvement with focus on skill development. “Our education system needs qualitative improvement and it should focus on skill development, values and spiritual development,” he said here while addressing an international conference for school principals. The home minister also expressed concern that not even one Indian university featured in the list of top 275 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education Survey. Citing a survey conducted by Wheelbox…
  • HRD in a fix over deemed universities

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    NEW DELHI: The HRD ministry is in a bind as to what stand to take on UGC report on 41 deemed universities. With the Supreme Court having already ordered physical verification of infrastructure and academic quality of seven of the 41 universties, the ministry is weighing options before filing its affidavit in the apex court. The first option is not to let 34 of the 41 deemed universities go off the hook. UGC report has recommended that only seven be stripped of deemed university status, while 34 others could continue. But the ministry is averse to this proposition. Since all 41 were found…
  • Student speak: Accounting edge

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    By Anusha UpadhyaA; CIMA student and senior executive at Wipro Technologies, India In today’s highly competitive and globalised world, employ ers look for skilled professionals who can understand and work within the increasingly complex business scenario.Hence, pursuing the right qualification after class XII becomes crucial for students like me. With this understanding in mind, I was looking to pursue a career that would be globally relevant and which could open up international opportunities for me. While doing my research, I came across the qualification in management accounting…
  • 2600-acre plots identified for IIT in Kerala

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    KOCHI: Kerala may finally get its IIT as the state government has identified two plots — 600 acres in central Puduserry and 650 acres at West Puduserry in Palakkad — to set up the premier institute. The state government has appointed higher education department additional secretary M Sherif as liaison officer and he will be inspecting the plots on October 10. “After inspection, I will submit a detailed report to the government. We hope to finalise one of the plots to set up IIT,” Sherif said. Kerala was awarded an IIT in the 2014 Union Budget but on the condition that between…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Critical Thinking: If You Can’t Define It, How Can You Hire For It?

    Breanne Harris
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last week, The Wall Street Journal published a concerning article on the topic of critical thinking. The author states that even though managers are demanding critical thinking skills in potential employees, few can actually define the term. Common definitions of critical thinking really boil down to complementary or more narrow skills like problem solving, decision making, or creativity. However, the concept is much more complex than those over-simplified terms. Today on, there are 61,328 job postings that mention critical thinking. While it is encouraging that mentions of…
  • Can You Afford to Put Up with Substandard Thinkers?

    Breanne Harris
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m really intrigued with the concept that “A-players hire A-players, while B-players hire C-players.”  In other words, top talent actively seeks to surround themselves with other top talent. They are energized and challenged by others who are at, or above, their skill level. However B-players don’t want to have their middle-of-the-pack position challenged, so they hire people who will not surpass them in the organization. I read a really great article by Mel Kleiman on this week on this concept. He took the discussion a step further and asked why managers…
  • Reboot Your Thinking: The Ctrl+Alt+Del Approach

    Breanne Harris
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Every once in a while we need to hit the reset button. When life gets too hectic, our days are over-scheduled, and information is coming at us faster than we can process it, we need to STOP and RESET. It’s like hitting the Ctrl+Alt+Del command on your computer when you have too many tabs and file folders open to be productive. The computer starts moving slowly and errors start popping up. Life works the same way. Taking a moment to wipe the slate clean gives us the opportunity to re-focus and re-prioritize our thoughts and actions. While we typically reference the RED Model of Critical…
  • Critical Thinking Exercise: Ebola in the U.S.

    Breanne Harris
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    This week, the first diagnosed case of Ebola was identified in the US. Naturally, residents in Dallas, TX (and beyond) are concerned about the highly contagious, deadly disease spreading. Trainers, this is a great topic for a strategic thinking exercise!  The topic is timely, and naturally evokes emotions like fear and concern which are triggers for poor decision making. Print out some basic information on the current situation (i.e. the timeline of infection, number of people in direct contact with the patient, how the disease is spread, symptoms, etc) and distribute it to your group. This…
  • 70 Questions to Boost Your Critical Thinking

    Breanne Harris
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In each step of the RED Model of Critical Thinking, the key is to ask questions.  Asking questions helps us look more deeply at the issue, break it into parts, find blind spots and lack of data, and make the best choice. Here are 70 questions to help you boost your critical thinking: What is the problem? What is the goal? What information is essential? What do we know for sure? What don’t we know? What is the source of this information? Is this fact or opinion? Are we asking the right questions? Who else does this problem/situation affect? Who else should be involved in this…
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    Naturally Educational

  • Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Mostly this is just a fun little no-bake treat for the kids to make for Thanksgiving but I do have a few educational connections at the end–did Pilgrims really wear buckles on their hats? Pin It This is the “Pilgrim” version of some witch hats we’ve made before and they are very simple to make. Ingredients: chocolate or fudge stripe cookies peanut butter cups (my son substituted a Dove chocolate for his peanut butter cup) icing orange fruit leather Directions: 1. Unwrap the peanut butter cups and put some icing on the top. 2. Push the peanut butter cups onto the cookie…
  • Picture Books for #STEM Girls

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    I would like to say I was shocked when I heard about the incredibly sexist Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer Book (warning: profanity in the link). Unfortunately, this is the norm rather than the exception. As much as I love a good rant against the pervasive sexism our girls encounter in consumer culture, I thought this time I would offer some alternative picture book ideas for STEM girls, instead. There are tons of awesome biographies of female scientists, technology specialists, engineers, and mathematicians, but, since this list was inspired by Barbie’s misstep, I am starting with…
  • Pipe Cleaner Doll — Hermione

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    My daughter has read and re-read the Harry Potter series so many times her paperbacks are falling apart. She is dressing as Hermione Granger this year for Halloween. Her class has an optional assignment to make a mini version of their costumes and my daughter wanted to create a pipe cleaner doll. Pin It I love how this came out and we had a lot of fun crafting together. We’ve made pipe cleaner fairies in the past and used the same general plan. First, she used permanent markers to draw a face on a wooden bead. Then, she folded a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in half and poked the folded…
  • Halloween Cardboard Tube Monster Craft

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    My three year old and I made these little cardboard tube monsters for Halloween. We’ve been meaning to make some tube creatures for a while and Halloween seemed the perfect time. I like these because you can go as wild as you like–any colors, any embellishments, and construction! These are not only great for Halloween but would also make good alien lifeforms or new specimens for your own Seuss-inspired Zoo. My biggest question was how to cover the tubes. Construction paper seemed too neat. I was going to go with paint and then I thought tissue paper would add some fun texture and…
  • Wallpops World Map (Review)

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Pin It Usually I keep reviews on another site but this is one of the most educational items we use constantly in our household: Kids World Dry Erase Map. In fact, we’ve had this item for over a year and still use it almost every day. I had purchased other world maps for the wall in the past but they often did not stick well to the wall and, when they did actually stick, the poster tape destroyed our paint. Our Wallpops vinyl decal map sticks perfectly and we have even removed it once and put it back up with no problems–no chipped walls and the decal still sticks. As an added…
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  • Five facts challenging leadership of US higher education in attracting international students

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Here is the excerpt from my blog "Attracting International Students: Can American Higher Education Maintain its Leadership?" originally published on Huffington Post.  Studying in the U.S. is a dream of many international students. More than 75 percent of international students indicated motivation to "expand career and life opportunities" and "quality higher education options" as the top two reasons that motivated them to study in the U.S., according to a recent survey of nearly 5,000 international students by World Education Services. With 886,052 international students enrolled in U.S.
  • As Predicted, Number of Indian Students Studying in the US Increase

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In my previous article, "Universities need to get ready for India’s high fliers", I had predicted that the number of globally mobile Indian students will increase and the US higher education will be the biggest beneficiaries. (Related story "Enter the Dragon" in BusinessWorld) Latest data from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), reported enrollment patterns of international students as on October 2014. It confirms the overall trend and increase with Indian numbers: - Since October 2013, the number of students studying in the US from India increased 28% as…
  • How rankings impact institutional strategies and processes? research report from European University Association

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    What is role of rankings in university strategies and processes? This is the central question of the recent research report released by European University Association and authored by Ellen Hazelkorn, Tia Loukkola and Therese Zhang.  The report entitled "Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: Impact or Illusion?" is based on the survey of 171 higher education institutions from 39 European countries. It is a comprehensive and insightful report that shows that perceived impact of rankings is very high among different stakeholders despite their public…
  • Financial depedency on nonresident and international students: Case of University of California

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    University of California is considering to increase tuition by up to 5% in each of the next five years. This was inevitable as the public funding continues to decrease. Here are couple of previous blog posts from 2012: Internationalization of public universities: Gaining momentum, overcoming challengesChina, Saudi Arabia and public universities driving growth According to the University of California, "The new long-term stability plan for tuition and financial aid proposes that tuition will not increase more than 5 percent annually for five years. For 2015–16,…
  • Foreign students in UK higher education: Mobility and enrollment trends

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Universities UK released a research report "International students in higher education: the UK and its competition" that highlights latest enrollment and mobility trends with international (non-European Union) students. This comprehensive report provides an excellent backdrop to issues and challenges UK universities and colleges are facing in a competitive environment of international student recruitment. International students are critical to finances of the higher education sector as it gets around one-eighth of its income from international students’ tuition fees. Here are…
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    STUDY Magazine

  • St. Lawrence College Recognized for Contributions to Financial Literacy

    Editorial Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    St. Lawrence College believes that helping students live financially stable lives is a goal worthy of their time and effort. Literacy may bring to mind proficiency in reading and writing, but an education that equips you for life goes further than that. Financial literacy is an important part of preparing young people for a successful future, and St. Lawrence College recently had this form of literacy on their mind. Before an audience of heavyweights in financial thinking, the St. Lawrence College Enactus team was applauded for their contributions at the 2014 National Conference on Financial…
  • Open House At Centennial College

    Editorial Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Attending Centennial’s ‘doors open’ event can be a perfect opportunity to learn about the many degree, diploma and certificate programs they offer. Learning is a journey that leads to success, and Centennial College wants to help prospective students start a learning journey of their own by hosting an Open House event to showcase the exciting education opportunities available. Not only can individuals learn about the many degree, diploma and certificate programs that Centennial College offers, they can also tour the grounds, explore campus life, including clubs, services, and…
  • Cambrian College Wants Your Opinion

    Editorial Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    What do you think is most important for the future of postsecondary education? Cambrian College is reaching out to students, prospective students, and others in an interesting approach to future growth. The school is asking people to take a few minutes of their time to give their input about how the College should steer its course over the next five years. The question Cambrian College poses to you is: What do you think is most important for the future of postsecondary education? By sparking this kind of dialogue, they hope to outline specific objectives and goals that are part of an…
  • New Chief Operating Officer Appointed at Willis College

    Editorial Staff
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    With over a hundred years of training excellence, Ottawa’s Willis College is moving onward and upward with the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer. To spearhead the College’s strategic vision for the future, Ken Wood will now fill this position, with plenty of experience and expertise to call upon. Ken’s involvement with Willis College began first in the role as a Business Instructor, then as the Director of Business Development. He brings to the position of COO over twenty years of industry experience in retail and investment banking at some of Canada’s largest institutions.
  • Long Term Care Facilities Could See Increased Healthcare Opportunities

    Editorial Staff
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Current working conditions at long term care homes sometimes find personal support workers looking after 42 residents at a time. Amid concerns of overworked employees and cases of patient neglect, long term care facilities are in need of prompt attention. At least that’s the message from registered practical nurses and personal support workers who make the operation of such facilities possible. Registered nurses and PSW’s are demanding that the province set mandatory staff-to-patient ratios to help ensure proper care for the residents of long term care facilities. An incredible 91 per…
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  • CPS chief backs the mayor's $13-an-hour minimum wage

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    The head of Chicago Public Schools is making a political statement supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ahead of February’s municipal elections.CPS CEO Barbara Bryd-Bennett told the Board of Education Wednesday that the district wants to move to a $13-per-hour minimum wage. The statement falls in line with other city agencies, like the Chicago Park District.The budget implications of a $13-per-hour minimum wage for CPS workers and contract employees would still need to be worked out internally, CPS officials said.Alderman Jason Ervin, of the 28th Ward, urged board members to consider the…
  • Why so few white kids land in CPS — and why it matters

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Legal segregation may be over in Chicago, but racial isolation is well documented in Chicago Public Schools. CPS can no longer use race as an admittance factor and more and more students are eschewing their neighborhood schools for other options. Education watchers argue there’s a two-tier system in the district, and that attracting middle-class families is a Sisyphean task.Our segregated school system compelled the following Curious City question from a woman who wanted to remain anonymous:What percentage of white Chicago school age children attend public school?Well, the short…
  • Global Activism: Bhuvana Foundation aids children in India's Tamil Nadu State

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Statistics show that India’s school drop-out rate is very high. Children and their families, marginalized by society and culture, include people from the tribal, lower social strata in the hill regions of India. Bhuvana Foundation was created “to provide three nutritious meals, timely and regular primary care and a well rounded education” for children in India, especially in Tamil Nadu State. For Global Activism, we speak with neurologist Subramaniam Sriram, founder/president of Bhuvana Foundation and Mridu Sekhar, a Bhuvana trustee, about their work that began with…
  • High school students play Election Day role

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    In second period AP Government at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, there are just four students eligible to vote today.Daniel Mortge is one of them.“My dad wants to take a picture of me, but I told him, ‘No, you can’t do that,’” Mortge says.But the rest of the students in this class defy just about every stereotype you’ve likely heard about teenagers and politics.The class is taught by Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen, who are somewhat famous locally for getting high school kids involved in the political process. The two worked with past groups of students…
  • Half of all public school students in Illinois now considered low-income

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Illinois has hit a milestone it was not trying for.Numbers released by the Illinois State Board of Education in its annual school report card show that—for the first time ever—low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in the state’s public schools. It’s a trend that could affect everything from the state’s economic competitiveness to college-going rates to concerns over upward economic mobility in a time of increasing income inequality.Around 1.05 million kids qualified for free or reduced-price lunch during the 2013-14 school year.“Does that…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • The Path to Personalized Learning

    David Kuntz
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article originally appeared in Spanish on the Huffington Post.  Today, education around the world is undergoing rapid changes. Technological innovations are giving rise not only to new products, but also new ways of thinking about learning. Teachers and parents around the world are using technology to augment educational experiences for students with unique needs, skills, and educational backgrounds. As access to technology continues to expand, the opportunities to use these tools to enhance students’ experiences in and out of the classroom grow. Technology will never replace the…
  • How We Make Platform Technology That Works for Teachers and Students

    David Liu
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Teachers are crucial to student learning, and at Knewton, we aim to create tools that support them. Educators are always evolving their teaching methods — trying out tech, assigning a new book, experimenting with different lecture styles. The hope is that these new methods will result in improved student outcomes, deeper learning, and higher levels of engagement. At Knewton, we invest heavily in our technology. Our engineers and data scientists spend their days developing and refining innovative, scaled algorithms and mathematical models. But innovation and technical integrity mean nothing…
  • Introducing Five New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Gillian and Jade in Knewton’s London office Meet five new Knerds! Aaron Neeley, originally from Virginia Beach, joins Knewton as the manager of design and user experience. He attended James Madison University and the University of Washington, and worked on ad tech for Outbrain before coming to Knewton. If he could witness one event in the past, present, or future, it would be the first time someone saw a jellyfish. Gillian Malone-Johnstone, of Limerick, Ireland, is a client services associate in Knewton’s London office. She attended the National University of Ireland, Galway. Before…
  • Random Lunch

    Trevor Smith
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s a typical workday. I’m having lunch in the park with Robbie. He works in marketing. I work in tech. We’re two of about 40 people working at Knewton at the time. Robbie and I regularly chat and sometimes share a meal. Together, we’ve launched a few internal initiatives — some that worked well, others that didn’t. Checking in with Robbie, someone not in tech, about how the tech team is doing has become a useful barometer for me. We comfortably brainstorm, letting go of the day-to-day urgency of our work. Fast forward a year: Knewton has more than doubled in size, and my…
  • Teacher Feature: Jessica Redcay on the Future of English Language Arts Instruction

    Christina Yu
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    At Knewton, we have a lot to learn from teachers. Our goal is to create technology that helps them create more effective lessons and help teachers better support students. We’re always interested in hearing about teachers’ perspectives on the future of education and educational technology. Below we’re sharing some recent insights we’ve heard from teachers across the country. Teacher: Jessica Redcay Location: Lancaster, PA Subject: English Language Arts 1.     Describe elements of your dream classroom or school. My ideal classroom would be student-centered. Students would learn the…
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  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Winnipeg Grad Day

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    October 28th was such a momentous day for us here in Winnipeg! We had the honour of seeing over 450 of our graduates walk across the stage at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall for their hard-earned diplomas.  Because our classes are so small, we have the opportunity to really get to know our graduates during the course of their programs.  Understanding the journeys some of them go through and the commitment they have to completing their programs make the day that much more special for us.It was so great to see so many friends and family come out to support our graduates on their…
  • 5 Reasons Why LinkedIn is Important to Your Job Search

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Facebook, Twitter, Google+ - it seems that the list of social media networks just keeps growing.  For many people, the idea of sharing personal details about their lives is very daunting or just a big black hole of their time!  But if you are job hunting or want to build your career – LinkedIn is the one social network that you should consider being a part of.Unlike other social networks, LinkedIn is a professionally-oriented social networking service that is all about showcasing your professional skills.  Instead of sharing photos or talking about what you did or where you…
  • Attend Our Next Calgary Open House

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
     Have you been thinking about enrolling at Robertson College Calgary? We understand that going back to school might be a big decision for you. That is why we invite you to attend our next Open House event at our Calgary campus where we will answer any questions and concerns you may have.When: Tuesday, November 4thTime: 5:30 pmLocation: Robertson College 2nd Floor, 417 14th St NWRegistration: Seating is limited. Call 587.331.8233 to reserve a spot.You will have the opportunity to meet with our instructors, career counsellors, admissions and financial aid teams and ask them questions…
  • Are You a Good Story Teller?

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Image via WikipediaI know - you're likely thinking, "What does story telling have to do with getting a job or education?"  It just doesn't seem to fit.  Or does it?Think about the last couple of job interviews you have been on.  How many times were you asked a questions like, "Tell me about a time that you..." or "Tell me how you handled a situation like..." It likely happened at least 2 out of 3 times, if not every time.  Employers want to know about real life situations that you have been in and how  you handled them.Sound like a story?  Maybe not at first…
  • Pssst – Want to Know a Networking Secret?

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Image by Elliottng via FlickrNetworking is an important part of job hunting. There’s no two ways about that. People who are successful atfinding jobs tend to have large networks that they utilize completely.• They have a list of people that they can call on when they need help.• They have a list of companies that they want to work for.• They have a list of people in those companies that they can contact.• They know what they want to do in a job.• They ask for more contacts.Those are the fundamentals of networking. You cannot avoid it and if you want a job you need to…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Udemy + LinkedIn ‘Add to Profile for Certifications’

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Yesterday LinkedIn announced a new feature, Add to Profile for Certifications to allow members to showcase their expertise by easily adding their professional certifications to their profile. According to LinkedIn, members with certifications receive 6 times more profile views. In support of this program, Udemy is a proud pilot partner and certification provider. How does it work for Udemy students? Students receive emails at quarterly intervals of their course completion (25, 50, 75, 100% complete). The email contains an automatically populated certification field with the details of the…
  • Media Success Story: Udemy Instructor Issa Asad

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Issa Asad launched his Udemy course “Instant Profits with Instagram” in early October to help people establish and grow business brands using Instagram. Asad put out a press release when his course launched, and put out a second press release when 1,000 students had enrolled in his course less than a month after launch. We caught up with Asad to learn about his process for promoting his course to the media and his success so far. Why did you decide to put out press releases to promote your Udemy course? We wanted to help bring awareness to my Udemy training and E-Book series on Amazon.
  • An Evening of HR Innovation: How to Foster Workplace Diversity

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    More than 100 attendees gathered at our office last Wednesday evening for a thought-provoking discussion on the hot topic of diversity in the workplace – a crucial aspect of today’s modern work culture proven to contribute to increased business profits. As panel moderator Sophie Kitson shared in her opening remarks: “Diversity is how we build the best talent. Diverse teams create and perform.” Networking and conversations among HR pros from the Bay Area’s leading companies flowed over great appetizers and drinks. The engaging panel discussion delved into key issues, challenges…
  • After Veterans Day, Need Ongoing Support for Veteran Career Development

    Meg Evans
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    On November 11th we celebrated the 21.8 million veterans living in the United States with department store sales, free coffees, parades and moments of silence. But it’s important that we ask ourselves, how are we supporting and celebrating veterans the other 364 days a year? With a US Veteran unemployment rate higher than the national average by several percentage points, we must continue to work for equal opportunities for our servicemen and women. There are a host of reasons for this gap — but we must ask, given that our veterans have completed elite training and development, why do…
  • The Next Wave of the Sharing Economy

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Say goodbye to your grandmother’s sharing economy: there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s got brains. In the first wave of the sharing economy, we relied on a network to share goods and to perform historically lower-wage jobs: driving, delivery, cleaning, and furniture assembly. Individuals also looked to capitalize on existing assets—a home or car sitting unused – and turned to companies like eBay or Craigslist to profit. As time has progresses, marketplaces for highly skilled workers, are ushering in a new wave of the sharing economy—one where participants share expertise…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • Complete analysis of CAT 2014 Day 2

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    The second and concluding day of the Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014) was held on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The forenoon and afternoon sessions were held from 9.30 am to 12.20 pm and from 3 pm to 5.50 pm respectively. The examination was held smoothly without any glitches or surprise elements being reported. The test has two sections of 50 questions each for a total of 100 questions. The two sections are - Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) as well as Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR). According to many examinees, Day 2 had trickier and..
  • UPESEAT 2015 Exam Dates

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun   has announced the exam dates for  UPES Engineering Aptitude Test (UPESEAT) , which will be conducted in May 2015. The UPESEAT will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 . UPESEAT  is conducted for taking admission to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) offered in various specializations, Bachelor of Planning (B.Plan), Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and B.Tech+LL.B honors programs for the session 2015. Click here to know more about the various specializations. Eligibility Criteria for   UPESEAT 2015..
  • IIFT 2014 on Nov 23; admit card, photo ID must for verification

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    The entrance examination for 2015-17 admissions into the Master of Business Administration in International Business (MBA IB) program at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will be conducted from 10 am to 12 noon on Sunday, November 23, 2014 . The written examination will be held for admissions into the full-time two-year residential MBA IB program, offered at the New Delhi and Kolkata campuses of IIFT. On the day of the test, candidates need to carry their admit cards and one of the following documents to the test center - Passport, Election I-Card, College I-Card, Driving..
  • Kerala Board Class 10th 2015 Exam Dates

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Government of Kerala has announced the exam dates for  Class 10th exam , which will be conducted in March 2015. The Kerala Board class 10th exam will be held from  Monday, March 09, 2015 to Monday, March 23, 2015. Eligibility Criteria for   Kerala Board Class 10th   Exam 2015: For details and information on eligibility criteria, please visit their  official website . Application Procedure for   Kerala Board Class 10th  Exam 2015: For details and information on application procedure, please visit their  ..
  • V-SAT Results 2015

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Vignan's Scholastic Aptitude Test (V-SAT)  2015 results will be declared on Sunday, May 10, 2015  by Vignan’s University, Guntur . Candidates, who are going to appear for the exam, can check their results on the official website of  Vignan’s University, Guntur . For V-SAT results , please click here . Check here for more updates on  V-SAT 2015 Exam Dates V-SAT   2015 : The V-SAT will be held from  Thursday, April 23, 2015 to  Monday, April 27, 2015 . V-SAT is conducted for taking admission to..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Winnipeg Grad Day

    Robertson College
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    October 28th was such a momentous day for us here in Winnipeg! We had the honour of seeing over 450 of our graduates walk across the stage at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall for their hard-earned diplomas.  Because our classes are so small, we have the opportunity to really get to know our graduates during the course of their programs.  Understanding the journeys some of them go through and the commitment they have to completing their programs make the day that much more special for us.It was so great to see so many friends and family come out to support our graduates on their…
  • 5 Reasons Why LinkedIn is Important to Your Job Search

    Robertson College
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Facebook, Twitter, Google+ - it seems that the list of social media networks just keeps growing.  For many people, the idea of sharing personal details about their lives is very daunting or just a big black hole of their time!  But if you are job hunting or want to build your career – LinkedIn is the one social network that you should consider being a part of.Unlike other social networks, LinkedIn is a professionally-oriented social networking service that is all about showcasing your professional skills.  Instead of sharing photos or talking about what you did or where you…
  • Attend Our Next Calgary Open House

    Robertson College
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
     Have you been thinking about enrolling at Robertson College Calgary? We understand that going back to school might be a big decision for you. That is why we invite you to attend our next Open House event at our Calgary campus where we will answer any questions and concerns you may have.When: Tuesday, November 4thTime: 5:30 pmLocation: Robertson College 2nd Floor, 417 14th St NWRegistration: Seating is limited. Call 587.331.8233 to reserve a spot.You will have the opportunity to meet with our instructors, career counsellors, admissions and financial aid teams and ask them questions…
  • Are You a Good Story Teller?

    Danielle McGaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Image via WikipediaI know - you're likely thinking, "What does story telling have to do with getting a job or education?"  It just doesn't seem to fit.  Or does it?Think about the last couple of job interviews you have been on.  How many times were you asked a questions like, "Tell me about a time that you..." or "Tell me how you handled a situation like..." It likely happened at least 2 out of 3 times, if not every time.  Employers want to know about real life situations that you have been in and how  you handled them.Sound like a story?  Maybe not at first…
  • Pssst – Want to Know a Networking Secret?

    Danielle McGaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Image by Elliottng via FlickrNetworking is an important part of job hunting. There’s no two ways about that. People who are successful atfinding jobs tend to have large networks that they utilize completely.• They have a list of people that they can call on when they need help.• They have a list of companies that they want to work for.• They have a list of people in those companies that they can contact.• They know what they want to do in a job.• They ask for more contacts.Those are the fundamentals of networking. You cannot avoid it and if you want a job you need to…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Thanksgiving Song Round-Up!

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The holidays are here! This time of year is so much fun — I love the anticipation of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the fresh start that the new year brings. With only a few days left before Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a quick round-up of the songs I’ve written to celebrate the first big holiday of the season. 10 Days of Thanksgiving by Listen & Learn Music I came up with this adaptation of the holiday classic “The 12 Days of Christmas” several years ago, and it has been my go-to Thanksgiving tune ever since. The download also includes an instrumental version and…
  • #AMTA14: Conference Recap (With Pictures)

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week I took a solo road trip to Louisville, KY for the 2014 AMTA national music therapy conference. As all conferences seem to go, it was a complete whirlwind of meetings, meals with friends, sessions, and exhibiting. Although it seems like just yesterday I was attending my first one in San Diego, I now have 6 national conferences under my belt! I arrived in Louisville on Wednesday evening, and the first item on my agenda was our annual Music Therapy Pro “fancy dinner”. This tradition started back in Cleveland ’10, and is one of my favorite parts of conference.
  • {Mama Moment} Joining in the Fun

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    The following is a guest post by Gretchen Chardos Benner, MSW, MT-BC. Gretchen is the owner of Piedmont Music Therapy, whose mission is to engage, empower and accompany individuals to reach their goals grounded in the frameworks of music therapy and social work. My children remind me of the best ways to get a job done while having fun and learning a lot in the process. Let’s take my recent guitar project as an example. Having my private practice’s office within my home grants opportunities for my children to learn more about the field of music therapy. Replacing the six strings on my work…
  • Off to Louisville for #AMTA14

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    November is one of my favorite months of the year, because it means I get to reunite with all my music therapy friends at AMTA national conference. I always look forward to a few days away, recharging my batteries and getting pumped up about my career field. I always come home completely inspired and ready to dive back into work. This year’s conference is being held in Louisville, KY — a city I’ve never visited but am looking forward to seeing. Bonus points that it’s close enough to drive! I’m heading out this afternoon and meeting up with my good friends…
  • Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    I wish I could take credit for the adapted Halloween song and activity I’m sharing with you today, but alas, I cannot. The mother of one of my students directed me to a pin via Pinterest, which led me here. It’s a Halloween version of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, which we have sung in music therapy sessions many times to the tune of the “Pinwheel” theme song. The adapted words and accompanying printable pictures are available at First Grade al a Carte. I put together my own little visual to accompany the song, which I sing to the same…
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  • Help Your Child Have a Deeper Understanding of Stories

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Asking questions when reading to your child is a great way to build your child’s reading comprehension. Helping her pay attention to key details, story settings and characters simplifies the complexities of reading for a young student.Here are three easy ways to build reading comprehension:Help her make a self-to-text connection. For example, whe Read more...
  • Teach Students Self-Questioning for Better Learning

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Self-questioning is an important learning strategy. Students need to learn to ask themselves questions before starting a new unit of study, when doing homework, and when studying for tests. These questions can lead to a deeper understanding that is easier to recall later. Here is how it works.When starting a new unit of study, ask: What part Read more...
  • Turn Paper Clutter Into Learning Tools

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Are old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures causing clutter in your home? Turn them into new learning tools that develop academic and important motor skills for your young student!For phonics practice:Use pictures to reinforce beginning sounds. Help your child print a capital and lowercase Bb, for example, on the bottom of a Read more...
  • Is Online Skimming Destroying Reading Comprehension?

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    Most students feel that as soon as they have answered all the questions on their homework assignment, they are finished with learning that material. They often rush through and only use the resources they absolutely must use to get the work done. Most often, they go to their textbook and don’t even return to the notes they took in class. O Read more...
  • Your Child’s Collectibles Can Support Academic Skills

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Does your child like to collect things? If so, turn those seashells, rocks, action figures, comic books, toy dinosaurs, into useful objects that promote math and Language Arts skills.Here are three ways to involve math with collectibles:Start by counting the objects different ways. He can count his collection by ones or skip-count by putti Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Openness Sends the Right Message

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Last week we talked about avoiding a clique reputation, which got me thinking a bit about another cause of cliquishness -- PTOs and PTAs that protect their financials and decisions like the CIA would. There really should be nothing off-limits to your school community when it comes to information about your group. What are you really trying to protect? Yes, minutes should be brief and factual and financial reports should be buttoned up. But if someone has questions or wants more info, provide it. How much did your fundraiser cost? How much did you collect in dues? If you’re a PTA, how many…
  • PTO-Tested Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    This week we asked our Facebook friends for teacher gift ideas for the holidays. Many of you, including a few teachers, said gift cards are the go-to holiday gift. It’s true, you really can’t go wrong with a gift card. But if it’s not your style, here are some additional gift ideas to consider: ·      Elf for a day. Parents donate time to help in the classroom.  ·      A day of gift wrapping. Teachers can bring various gifts to school, PTO wraps them for free.·      A big box of K-cups for the teachers to…
  • For Teacher Appreciation During the Holidays, Don’t Rush It

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The holidays are a natural time for parent groups to show teachers they care. But unlike Teacher Appreciation Week in May, when people’s personal calendars and schedules may be a bit clearer, the holidays are a time of busyness and stress for just about every facet of life. The last thing you want to do is to make your teacher appreciation efforts that “one last thing” you trudge out to do the day before the winter break starts. Everyone’s been in that position with something holiday-related—it’s not fun. And it’s a situation you want to avoid when it comes to giving teachers…
  • Planning Kindergarten Holiday Activities? Keep It Simple

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    If your group is planning holiday activities for the school’s kindergartners, it’s worth remembering one thing: The simpler, the better. All students, but especially the youngest ones, are excited during the holidays. In fact, many children are so ramped up from the many parties and festivities they attend outside of school in December that the last thing they need is an elaborate school party. We asked both our PTO Today and Facebook communities to share holiday ideas for kindergarten classrooms, and here’s what we found: Party Ideas ·      Set…
  • Want To Give Meetings a Boost? Experiment With New Formats

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    This post was written by Gwen Pescatore, a PTO president, mom of three, and comoderator of  #PTchat. A few years ago our board realized the same handful of people came to our parent group meetings at Knapp Elementary. But it wasn’t the head count that concerned us. We wanted to make sure our meetings were truly helpful, so we decided to evaluate our meeting content and make changes if necessary. Our team looked at the information being shared and realized we were essentially reviewing what had happened in the month since the last meeting, giving parents information they had…
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  • Learning Happens by Doing

    Clif Mims
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “Boss Level, a special time built into the school schedule at Quest to Learn, enables teachers to plan project-based learning units that can happen outside of the classroom. For students, Boss Level is an opportunity to participate in a design challenge while taking on the role of an artist, filmmaker, chef, or any number of other real-life jobs. “And for teachers, Boss Level allows us to bring our own interests and passions to the job. I’ve been a mathematics educator in New York City’s Department of Education for ten years, and I joined the Quest to Learn staff three…
  • Google+ Communities

    Clif Mims
    18 May 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I’m a big, big fan of Google+. It’s a very big component of my personal learning network (PLN). Here are some thoughts about about why I prefer Google+ over the other social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I encourage everyone to take a look at Google+’s services and consider taking advantage of them. Friend Me Please feel free to friend me on Google+. Then browse through my Links and Other Profiles to make connections, collaborate, and share resources through other networks. As I frequently say, “Together we learn more.” Google+ Communities I’ve…
  • Google Announces New Learning Management System (LMS)

    Clif Mims
    6 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes” (Source). “Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease…it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers” (Source). The following video highlights the experiences…
  • Tour of 3D Printing Lab

    Clif Mims
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to take one of my graduate classes on a tour of new 3D Printing Lab in the University of Memphis Library. We received training in computer-aided design (CAD) and use of the 3D printer, and had the opportunity to see it in action. Our conversation about integrating 3D printers with learning was packed with ideas and I left feeling energized. Additional educational uses have been popping into my mind since. The following video and photos showcase some of the various projects that were printed. The Memphis skyline is my favorite and look even more impressive…
  • Developing Young Authors with Storybird #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories,…
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    Difference Between

  • Difference between hyoscine and hyoscyamine.

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Difference in names Hyoscyamine is also known as Daturine and is one of the secondary metabolites found in the Solanaceae plant family. Hyoscine is also called as Scopolamine. They are the two main... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between lyophilic and lyophobic.

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Lyophilic and lyophobic are terms used to describe solvents and how they react to water when mixed. The term “Lyo” means “solvent” and “Philic” means “to attract”. Lyophobic can be broken into two... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between myeloma and multiple myeloma

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    The word Myeloma takes origin from two parts, namely “myel” which means from the marrow and “oma” meaning tumor. The word is derived from the Greek term Myeloma which later on was called as Multiple... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between GILLIGAN and KOHLBERG CONTROVERSY

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Introduction Professor Jean Piaget’s study on evolution of thinking pattern of individual human beings and its influence on moral development of the person is an interesting subject of psychology.... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Gossip and Slander.

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Have you ever wondered when you hear people talking about another person if it is gossip or slander? I mean it’s all the same thing right? Well there is a difference and I’ll explain that as best as... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Addressing the Knowledge-Doing Gap

    Stephen Hurley
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Objects In Motion... One of the main barriers to turning knowledge into action is the tendency to treat talking about something as equivalent to actually doing something about it.—Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, in The Knowing-Doing Gap read more
  • Of Scantrons and Sessionals

    Mia San Jose
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Subtitle:  Hard-won lessons on college-level contract teaching I AM AN ACCOUNTANT by trade – a consultant who specializes in strategic transformation, guiding organizations through post-merger integrations and other major projects. I truly love my work. During my career I’ve also taught and mentored in corporate settings. I have always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge. I wanted to give back on a larger scale, so last year I decided to dedicate myself to teaching part-time at the college level for the Winter 2013 semester. Authors:  Aileen Hunter Web exclusive? read more
  • Directions d’école en réflexion et en action

    Mia San Jose
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Subtitle:  Codéveloppement professionnel et gestion axée sur les résultats Cadre conceptuel Authors:  Claire IsaBelle Web exclusive? read more
  • Claude Lessard : Les obstacles au changement en éducation

    Stéphane Lachance
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Video description:  Le Président du Conseil supérieur de l'éducation du Québec partage ses réflections. Video
  • A Parent Advocate's POV on What's Standing in the Way of Change in Education

    Stéphane Lachance
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Video description:  Fredericton parent Jeannine St. Amand explains the value of gathering education stakeholders to discuss change. Video
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Help Your Office Beat the Flu This Season With Our FREE Flu Course!

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    We’re officially into flu season; is your workplace prepared? It’s important employees know the plan for illness and what your company’s policies are on issues like working remotely and sick days. Caution is best; if you’re feeling ill, evaluate your symptoms and make the call whether the signs point to being too sick for the office. Preventing illness from spreading through your office keeps employees, partners, and customers happy and healthy. After all, sick workers are unproductive workers! Check out these quick facts from, managed by the US Department of Health and Human…
  • Jump-Start Your Sales Career

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    We're celebrating sales people this week at OpenSesame! Our sales team is so critical to what we do, and we truly appreciate their efforts. Awesome sales rockstars like ours have to start somewhere...that's why we're featuring sales courses this week. Training can make a huge difference for anyone on your team, sales people included!   Whether you're looking to jump-start your own sales career or motivate your sales team to excel, we have the courses you need to get started. Take a look:   Guide your reps to develop a strong sales execution and process to aid in pinpointing key factors that…
  • Plan for 2015 with the eLearning Success Toolkit
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Evaluating, implementing and managing an elearning program is a big task. As a result, you and your learning department may have put off implementing such a program simply because you aren’t sure where to start. You understand the value of elearning and are anxious to integrate it into your current learning initiatives, you just need a little help getting from point A to point B. Over the past year, OpenSesame has developed a number of ebooks that tackle the common barriers of implementing an elearning initiative, as well as provide step-by-step guidance on how to launch such a program. In…
  • Head to Head: Interactive vs Multiple Choice Quizzes
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    People learn in a multitude of ways, and elearning is a field that is extremely aware of this. Courses vary in every aspect from length to medium to degree of interactivity. One area of variation is quizzing techniques. Something every elearning course has in common is their goal: ensure content is memorable. An effective way to do this is check the learner’s memory along the way; the key technique used here is quizzing. Inline quizzes are integral to many elearning courses, but there are a wide variety of options and layouts. There are the classic multiple choice quiz with a few possible…
  • Don't Think Yourself to Failure—Imagine Yourself to Success!
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you start every day convinced you won’t get your work done, won’t be able to get that promotion, or your boss will be disappointed in you, what do you think is going to happen? You probably won’t be very successful. Self-fulfilling prophecy is the idea that a prediction can indirectly or directly cause itself to be true. Any positive or negative expectations about circumstances or events can affect a person’s behavior, thus leading those predicted events to take place. For example if every day you tell yourself you’re too slow to beat your nemesis at the 50 yard dash, chances…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Peru for Kids: Books on World Cultures

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Award-winning author Carole Roman has written a series of picture books to introduce young children to different countries and cultures. She has just added If You Were me and Lived in Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World. This book is an excellent introduction to the beautiful country of Peru for kids. The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, along with the rest of the series. Like the other books in the If You Were Me and Lived in… series, this book about Peru for kids: is intended for ages pre-K through eight. combines carefully selected information…
  • Spanish Thanksgiving Activities with Natural World Vocabulary

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    It is easy to tie almost any vocabulary into Thanksgiving activities. After all, we are thankful for family, food, community helpers, our bodies, and many other things that children learn the words for in Spanish. These Spanish Thanksgiving activities teach children vocabulary related to the natural world. Coloring Pages These new coloring pages are good Spanish Thanksgiving activities for language learners. The pages Doy gracias por la naturaleza, Doy gracias por los insectos, and Doy gracias por los animales salvajes have simple pictures labeled in Spanish. They help kids express what they…
  • 5 Attitudes to Model for Spanish Learners

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    We all know that children absorb a lot of what we do and say. It is a boon when it comes to acquiring language because kids learn even when we are not teaching. Children also absorb attitudes that can aid or limit their learning. It is important that we convey attitudes that help them learn and grow into thoughtful, empathetic people. Language, culture and identity are complicated. I see parents and teachers unintentionally communicate attitudes that limit Spanish learners over time. Whether you are a teacher or parent, a native speaker or a beginner yourself, it is important to set the…
  • Spanish Songs for Kids: Cantaré Giveaway

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Cantaré, a wonderful group based in the Washington DC area, has recently released a new CD called Mucha música. The group is led by vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and Dani Cortaza, who plays strings and bass and arranged most of the songs. Cantaré offers a combination of accessible language, culture, and fabulous music to children learning Spanish. You can learn more about the group and their Spanish songs for kids on the Cantaré website. You can also read a review of one of their earlier CDs here. Cantaré is giving away 3 CDs to Spanish Playground readers: Mucha música, Al agua pato and…
  • Spanish Opposites: Printable Activities

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Teaching words as opposites, antónimos or opuestos, increases a child’s vocabulary. The relationship between the two concepts helps kids understand both words. There are lots of activities that you can do with Spanish opposites. The ones I mention work with my printables, or you can easily make your own cards with different vocabulary. If the vocabulary is new to your child or students, you will want to start with just a few Spanish opposites. You can add more when those words are familiar. The PDFs have picture cards and two versions of a picture search. One of the picture searches has…
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  • Remembering the École Polytechnique Massacre

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Submitted by: Dena McMartin Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering What would I have done if I was the professor at the front of the room at the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal, on December 6, 1989? What would I do if I was confronted in a similar way today? When I first started teaching at the U of R, I played out a potential scenario in my head to figure out what I would do, how I would react, what my options might be. The Scenario: a gunman bursts into a lecture hall. He screams for all the men to leave, claims to…
  • Top 5 ways to be green and save green

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Submitted by RPIRG, URSU and UR Sustainable Campus Simply put, sustainability is wellbeing for all, forever. Problem is most people tend to shy away from sustainability because they think it requires “sacrifice” and “hard work”. But we want to tell you how you can easily maintain Mother Earth’s healthy glow while sustaining some serious scratch in the Ol’ Wallet. So we’re giving you the ‘TOP 5 WAYS TO STAY GREEN AND SAVE GREEN’. We’re talking about little changes that can save you big money — yes, MONEY— that thing students don’t have a lot of. And we don’t mean…
  • Exploring the relationship between social anxiety and traumatic social experiences

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Submitted by: Michelle Teale Sapach Anxiety & Illness Behaviours Lab We are looking for volunteers to partake in a study examining the relationship between social anxiety and traumatic social experiences being conducted through the University of Regina by graduate student, Michelle Teale Sapach (, under the supervision of Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton. As a participant in this study you would be asked to complete a set of anonymous web-based questionnaires. Your participation would involve one session, lasting between 30-60 minutes. Participating in this research will help…
  • An Unsung Hero(ine)

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock in 1964, the first woman to fly solo around the world. Photo: public domain Submitted by: Dena McMartin Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering Last week the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in a solo flight died. Most of us didn’t know her story, much less her name. In 1964 – and remembering the times of that era – “the flying housewife”, aka Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock, successfully completed what Amelia Earhart did not – she flew around the world on her own. It took her 29 days to complete…
  • Volunteers needed for Online Health Survey – WIN $50

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Leclerc Department of Psychology We are seeking volunteers (18 years old or older & residing in Canada) to take part in a study to aid with the development of a measure of health-related anxiety. As a participant, you would be asked to complete an anonymous 45-minute online questionnaire. In appreciation for your time, you will have the option to enter a draw to win a $50 gift certificate (24 available) from a variety of retail/food stores (your choice) such as Best Buy, Sephora, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Tim Hortons, iTunes, Safeway, Amazon, etc. To participate in this…
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    Punya Mishra's Web

  • New webinar on TPACK

    Punya Mishra
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Matt Koehler and I recently participated on a webinar titled Teachers as Designers of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content (TPACK) organized by and Commonsense Education. We had over 200+ viewers from all over the world (New Zeeland, Israel, Morroco, Canada being some of the countries represented). The webinar was quite fun and you can view it in its entirety here. 
  • Help with research (max 10 mins). Please share

    Punya Mishra
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    This is a request for help. If you are an educator (K12 teacher or administrator, higher ed faculty, corporate trainer etc.) we would like approximately 10 minutes of your time to complete a survey regarding the challenges faced by educators in the 21st century and the kinds of knowledge and/or skills needed to face these challenges. The survey should not take more than 8-12 minutes of your time to complete. Your responses will be confidential and fully anonymous. Your participation is voluntary, though we sincerely hope you will respond. Click on the link below to access the…
  • Thank you, Chile!

    Punya Mishra
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
  • Abstracting as a trans-disciplinary habit of mind

    Punya Mishra
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    The next article on our series on Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century has just been published. The past few articles have focused specifically on trans-disciplinary thinking i.e. a set of cognitive skills that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Building on Michele & Robert Root-Bernstein’s work in this area we list seven trans-disciplinary “tools for thinking” that we argue are key to creativity. These skills encapsulate the ways in which creative people, across disciplines, think. Our previous articles have looked at Perceiving, and Patterning. This one…
  • International Coffee Day (new ambigram)

    Punya Mishra
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yesterday was International Coffee Day. In celebration (one day late but hey… ) here is a new ambigram for coffee. Enjoy.    
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    Education Best Practice

  • Teacher Spent 2 Days As A Student

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    And discovered that they wished that they could go back to the start of their career and start all over again. They wrote: I waited 14 years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it! It’s a really interesting read. You can see the full article here: The Washington Post.
  • Bribes Don’t Work

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Apparently, bribes including cash and gifts just don’t work to motivate pupils to do better at GCSE level. The BBC reports: Parents who use financial incentives to encourage their children to do well in their GCSEs may be wasting their money, a study suggests. But the promise of an outing for doing well at school, could help struggling pupils improve, it found. More than 10,000 pupils were given either event tickets or money, which was deducted if targets were missed. Researchers said cash incentives could boost classroom effort, but had little impact on learning. Researchers from the…
  • Free Lessons on iTunes

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all love a freebie! A top independant school has made available their resources for lessons and books. The BBC reports: A leading independent school is making dozens of its courses available free online, so lessons can be downloaded by pupils or teachers at other schools. The ground-breaking initiative by Stephen Perse Foundation school in Cambridge will make A-level, IB and GCSE courses available online. They can be downloaded free through Apple’s iTunes U service. Principal Tricia Kelleher says: “The digital world requires teachers, like everyone else, to work…
  • 8 Fantastic Ways to Ensure Great Communication

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    There’s a really interesting article over at Edudemic regarding communication with parents. 8 Great Ways to Connect With Parents Focus on the positive, not just the negative. If you have to get in touch with a parent because their child is having a disciplinary or academic problem, don’t just call and tell them what is wrong. Start off with what is going right, which will help the parents feel like you’re not just attacking their child. Be consistently in touch – not just when things are bad. If you only ‘touch base’ when something has gone awry, the parents will cringe when…
  • Michael Gove Leaves Education Post

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Important news for all those who work in education today is that Michael Gove has left his post in Education. The BBC reports: “Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron’s premiership. He has been replaced by Treasury minister Nicky Morgan, as Mr Cameron promotes more women into top jobs. Mr Gove has been one of the most radical and at times controversial figures in David Cameron’s government, driving through far reaching changes to the education system such as free schools and the extension…
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    Education News » Daily

  • Textbooks Criticized for Claiming Moses Influenced Founding Fathers

    External Resource
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Gary DeMar – The biggest censors in America are liberals. They refuse to have an open discussion of the bad science behind evolution, compare critics of man-made global warming alarmists as comparable to holocaust deniers, and work tirelessly to scrub every vestige of the Bible’s influence on America’s founding. The latest example comes from the red state of Texas. I’ve always maintained that the major source of America’s problems reside in our nation’s government schools where they are a source of propaganda and censorship: “Social studies textbooks that have been proposed…
  • Education Department’s ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule: Futile Tinkering That Misses Root Problems

    External Resource
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    George Leef – At the end of October, the Department of Education released its much-awaited “gainful employment” rule. It is supposed to fix (or at least improve) the problem that many students who pursue vocational training with federal student aid money wind up without a job that pays well enough for them to meet their student loan payments. As I’ll explain, the rule won’t solve that problem, but only limit the range of choice for students. The Higher Education Act of 1965 allows students to use federal grants and loans to enroll in programs that are supposed to prepare them…
  • L.A. Unified ends Miramonte sex abuse case with $139-million deal

    External Resource
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    The L.A. Unified School District has agreed to pay about $139 million to settle claims that a Miramonte Elementary School teacher abused his students, drawing to a close the lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. It is believed to be the largest payout ever by a school system in a child abuse case. The size of the settlement reflects not only the harm students and their parents say was inflicted by former third-grade teacher Mark Berndt, but also the school district’s failure to take action on misconduct complaints involving Berndt years earlier. [The…
  • Audit: Little Oversight for School District Tax Breaks

    External Resource
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Texas school districts have given out nearly $1 billion in property tax breaks to businesses without verifying those firms’ claims about jobs they created, according to a harsh state audit released Friday. Texas State Auditor John Keel examined the so-called 313 agreement program, named for the relevant chapter of the state tax code, which allows school districts to offer large property tax breaks for select manufacturing, technology and renewable-energy projects, with the state making up the difference. Wind farms, in particular, have made up a large portion of the agreements.
  • Concern over charter schools’ requirement for volunteer time

    External Resource
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    At least 170 California charter schools are violating the state Constitution by requiring parents to volunteer up to 100 hours a year if they want their kids to participate in field trips and other activities or remain enrolled in the school, according to civil rights lawyers in a report released Thursday.   A survey of 555 California charter schools — about half of all charters in the state — found that nearly a third impose family volunteer time, with some allowing parents to pay $5 to $25 per hour to buy their way out of the commitment.   “One of the reasons it’s so…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • #CCSStech: Ed Tech in a Common Core World

    Get It Right
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    In October, we at the Learning First Alliance (LFA) hosted #CCSSteach, a Twitter Town Hall on “Teaching in a Common Core World,” which provided a forum for teachers, administrators and education leaders impacted by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to share their stories about using Common Core in the classroom and how students are adapting to new CCSS-aligned curriculum. During that discussion it became clear that technology is playing a large role in Common Core implementation. While at the national level, some equate technology and the Common Core only in the sense that progress…
  • Teaching the Whole Child Starts With a Healthy Breakfast

    NEA Health Information Network
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    By Annelise Cohon, NEA Health Information Network Since 2010, the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom have been ensuring more learning-ready students thanks to an innovative school breakfast model. We’ve all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” However, how many of us forget to make breakfast a priority and walk out the door without eating anything? I’ll admit I’m guilty of not following my own advice and occasionally missing breakfast. However, for many adults and children missing breakfast can negatively impact their entire day. It has also been…
  • My School Found a Way to Make Students with Disabilities Feel Included

    Special Olympics Project UNIFY
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    By Tom Ledcke, Special Education Teacher, Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington The challenge of inclusion for students with disabilities has been an ongoing conversation in education. For students in my high school, inclusion has primarily meant physical inclusion only -- students with disabilities attended general education classes with typical peers. However, during lunch and after school they were usually alone and isolated from the usual social experiences that their typical peers enjoyed. My students practiced social fluency skills like eye contact and small talk in the…
  • Get It Right Podcasts: Otha Thornton

    Get It Right
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    In this episode, National PTA President Otha Thornton shares efforts undertaken at the local, state and national levels to ensure parents have an understanding of the Common Core— what it is, how it came about and how it will help children graduate college and career ready. Download as MP3
  • When Is Professional Development the Answer? More Often Than You’d Think

    Learning Forward
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    By Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward It’s a dilemma many of us in the field of professional learning face. Our colleagues in schools and districts often frame their challenges in the following ways: Our students’ literacy scores are below district and state averages. We need to implement Common Core or our state’s new student standards. Our student discipline is out of control. My principal is about to be removed because the district feels she is ineffective. As educators grapple with these types of issues, often they don’t see them as professional learning…
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    My College Guide

  • 7 Best BuzzFeed Posts About College

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Get the Buzz on College Admissions and College Life Have you checked out BuzzFeed lately? We did, and we found several posts about college life, surviving college admissions season, and how to make your decision about which college to attend. Check out our favorites below for both serious advice and some good laughs. On College Admissions The Cheapest, Best Colleges: BuzzFeed used tuition rates and average starting salaries to create this list of “best value colleges.” Note: The public school tuition used in this post is for out-of-state tuition costs, which are typically much higher than…
  • 8 Great Scholarship Search Sites to Check Out

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Scholarship Websites You Should Know College scholarships are an important resource for affording a college education. There are plenty of free online resources for you to find scholarships that you can apply for. Remember: You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship; if you do, it’s likely a scam. Use these eight sites to begin your scholarship search. Operated by the same company that created the SAT and PSAT, this site has a scholarship search of 2,000 programs offering nearly $6 billion in aid. Just enter a little information about yourself and…
  • 5 Things LinkedIn Can Tell You About Colleges

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Using LinkedIn in Your College Search Have you checked out LinkedIn? If not, now might be the time to take a look. Last year, LinkedIn launched university pages on its site. Today you can use these pages to learn lots of career information about the graduates of colleges you’re considering. If you’re at least 14 years old, you can sign up to create a LinkedIn profile. Go to to search for colleges on LinkedIn. Here’s what LinkedIn can tell you about colleges and universities: LinkedIn University Page for The University of Chicago 1. Where alumni are employed.
  • College Major of the Month: Food Science

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    College Major of the Month: Food Science Do you like food? Were you captivated watching movies like “Food, Inc.” and “Supersize Me”? Are you curious about how food gets from the farm to your plate? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to take a closer look at this month’s College Major of the Month: food science. What is food science? Food science combines chemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering and other sciences to study the makeup of food. Food scientists work to understand processing and deterioration of foods and analyze food content and…
  • College Scholarships Ending in November 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Apply for College Scholarships We know that finding a way to afford college is super important for you and your family. That’s why each month we bring you a list of college scholarships you can apply for, and this month is no exception. Our list of scholarships with deadlines in November 2014 includes opportunities for high school freshmen through seniors. Many require essays, so plan ahead and start writing ASAP! Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program: This highly competitive scholarship program is open to high-achieving high school seniors with a financial need. Winners…
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    LSAT Blog

  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Timeline and tips for the best possible law school application. Admitopia This breakdown of Michigan bar exam passage rates by law school is pretty cray-cray (technical term). Third Tier Reality A 3L at Drexel is suing law firms for using US News rankings for using LSAT scores for discriminating against the disabled. Or something. Above the Law These biglaw Christmas bonuses are the reason some people go to law school. Wall Street Journal I love Hoobastank jokes, so you know I’m going to be into Chewbastank – the Chewbacca-Hoobastank mashup. AV Club
  • The Winner of Our LSAT Instagram Contest Is…

    Greg Nix
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    A week ago we initiated what will someday be referred to as the most groundbreaking and epic publicity initiative in world history. Well, that’s possibly an exaggeration. But we did hold our first ever Instagram contest. In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked our followers to count their blessings, then tag their photos with #theLSATmakesmethankfulfor. We got a ton of great entries, so let’s count down some of our favorites before we get to our grand prize winner. 5. #theLSATmakesmethankfulfor Christmas, because it will give me something else to think about while waiting to hear my…
  • Give Yourself Rewards To Help Overcome LSAT Fatigue

    Robert Seaney
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Sorry, folks. This is going to hurt, but I have to say it: In just a couple short weeks the December LSAT will be upon us. And you know what that means. No more speculating about what fallacies the test might hold; no more imagining what obscure names will be incorporated into this round of logic games; no more high-stakes wagers over whether Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow or platypus sensory perception will feature more prominently in this administration’s Reading Comprehension passages. C’est la vie. For those of you who don’t (yet?) share my fond feelings about the LSAT, this blog post…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    New labor statistics make the future job market look great for current law students. But is it real improvement or just fuzzy math? ABA Journal What judges around the world wear. Hint: weird stuff. Lawyerist The decline of bar exam scores has sparked some fierce debate. Wall Street Journal A grad student is suing UConn over a scholarship bait-and-switch. Hartford Courant An entertainment legend passed away last night. If you don’t know who Mike Nichols is, it’s time to learn. New York Times
  • Reader Question: What To Do About Inconsistent Practice LSATs?

    Laura Santoski
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Here’s a common LSAT question from one of the preppers over at Top-Law-Schools: I’m having difficulties scoring consistently in each section. What I mean by that is that my score for the overall test will remain in a steady range (166-169), but the score I get per section will fluctuate. For example, I usually get -5 or -7 per RC section but the PT I wrote today, I ended up with a -2. However, I ended up with a -7 on both LR sections today whereas I usually end up with -3. It seems that this PT may have been anomaly, but this trend has been occurring on a few of my PTs. Anyone have…
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    Extension on the Go

  • First half of October in Missouri wet enough to set a record

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Heavy rains in early October took care of drought in most of the state A lot of rain fell on the Show-Me State in October. It delayed the harvest, eliminated statewide drought and set an all time record. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.     Visit Missouri Climate Center “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post (Photo by Grethe Boe)
  • A collaborative approach to solving obesity and type-2 diabetes

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis) The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) and the MU Physical Activity and Wellness Center (PAW) opened on the University of Missouri, Columbia campus, this year. These state-of-the-art labs are joint projects of Mizzou’s Collage of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) MU’s College of Human Environmental Science (HES) and the MU School of Medicine. Built and organized with collaboration in mind, this research hub can tackle complex health problems, like obesity, with a holistic approach.
  • September 2014 Marked by Record-Shattering Low

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Supercell thunderstorm in Atchison County, Missouri, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Clinton Dougherty) Tons of rain hit parts of the Show-Me State and record-setting low visited Kansas City, Missouri. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.     Visit The Missouri Climate Center Northern Holt County, Missouri after 7 inches of rain fell in 1 hour, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Bill Metzgar)
  • Railroad weed war

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    “But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last” ~ Robert M. Pyle, lepidopterist and author (Photo by Debbie Johnson) Weeds, brush and overgrown trees aren’t just an eyesore for railroads. Out of control vegetation can reduce visibility for train operators and vehicles or pedestrians trying to cross the tracks. Because this is a safety issue, railroad companies must keep weeds under control. That’s not as easy as it sounds and it can be pretty pricey. A weed scientist with the University of Missouri, works with railroads, testing experimental chemical…
  • Navigating health insurance terminology: Copayment

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    “A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office” ~ author Francis O’Walsh Choosing the right health care plan can have a huge impact on our physical and financial health.  That’s why it’s important to understand terms, fees and out-of-pocket expenses when choosing group medical insurance. Today’s guests are Brenda Procter, associate professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension and Graham McCaulley, an MU Extension personal financial planning specialist. The term for today is copayment.    …
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    FACS Alive: Today's Family & Consumer Science News

  • Keeping FACS Alive: Fashion and Families in Texas

    LZX Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I began my teaching career at the age of 44 with a passion to instill life-long skills to our youth of today. I have had the privilege of teaching Fashion Design and Human Growth and Development at Montgomery High School in Montgomery, TX…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: A Family Tradition in Alaska

    LZX Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I have been teaching FCS (Home Ec!) at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska, for 25 years. There were two years that the program was cut because of cuts but it was brought back, some years full-time and sometimes part-time. Students…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Conference for collaboration in California

    LZX Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I have just had the great opportunity to attend the 29th annual Home Economics Careers and Technology State Leadership and Management conference. At this conference we learn and share ideas with other Home Economics teachers. This lets me…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Networking Lessons Help in Life in Kentucky

    LZX Team
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… FCS is a vital part of today’s education. FCS teaches students the skills they need to survive in the “every day” world. Through Family and Consumer Sciences, students learn everything from budgeting to smart shopping,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS Enjoys Renewed Interest in Canada Thanks for Retired FACS teachers

    LZX Team
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… Family Studies (aka Family and Consumer Sciences in the US) is still being taught in many schools in Nova Scotia, Canada. For a couple of years it was not looking too good for us “Home Ec’rs” and a lot of schools cut out…
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    Live to Learn! blogs

  • Inbox by Gmail - New App To Do with E-mail

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Interface revamp is happening everywhere.  Recent mobile operating system Google Android L (Lollipop) has revamped its interface and every Google App receiving update with material design.  By the way Google has released 'Inbox by Gmail' mobile app & web app. Now you can interact with your e-mails more efficiently and never miss any important tasks. This "Inbox by Gmail" app neatly organize and bundle your e-mail messages by it's type.  Advantages - You can... Read more at
  • Free Courses & Video Lectures Online - Most useful Websites

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Do you wish to do a course online or learn a subject that you are interested? Here we listing some most useful websites that provides online courses for free.  Video Lectures Notes Evaluations   1. Coursera You can join and do any courses, there are proffessional teachers to help you. Video lectures, Assignments, Project and Evaluaitons available. 2. NPTEL National Programme on Technology Enchanced Learning - A Goverment of India funded Online Education System by IITs... Read more at
  • Convert Currency in Number to Words (Indian Rupees)

    17 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    Cheques, invoices, bills, receipts are needs to have the currency format both in Numerical and words. The below script can be used in Microsoft Excel / Word / Access or any VBA program supported applications to convert the currency in number format to worlds (English).  Function ConvertCurrencyToEnglish(ByVal MyNumber)' Edited by Karthikeyan <a href=""></a> Dim Temp Dim Rupees, Paise Dim... Read more at
  • Recommended Books for Postal / Sorting Assistant Exam 2014

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    ​Before choosing the books for preparation, you have to decide whether you are going to buy book only for postal exam or to prepare for other exams also. My advice is to buy standard books to prepare for all examinations. These books cover well all topics. If you are already preparing for SSC, IBPS, State PSC exams, then this exam will be easier to you. Recently Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant Exam Pattern & Syllabus restructured similar to the Bank clerical... Read more at
  • Retrieving images stored in MS SQL server database

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do you need to extract images from a MS SQL database that contains lot of images such as Photos or signature images? Here is a Query to do this:  For example consider a bank's database that contains customer's signature or photos.  Tables used in the below query: indexregister - Contains Account IDs with customer details. image_record_table - Contains Signature / Photo images (scanned images) /** Chnage Scheme in the below Line OR the select... Read more at
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  • The best success story ever.

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    We have a favorite former BSer who we’ve now followed along the entire process of applying to business school (stress!), to getting in (yay!), to getting scholarship money (double yay!), to getting an exciting internship (crazy!), to landing the most coveted post-MBA job ever (OMG!!!!), to now GRADUATING! and being back in the Real World with those three little initials MBA after their name, raking in the big bucks in the start of an amazing new career. This person sent us a letter over the summer, and we are posting it here (edited slightly, and with permission) to hopefully inspire…
  • ($) essay critique: Columbia essay 1 (background and goals) for finance candidate

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    This BSer asked for a freebie review of this essay last year – and we didn’t do it for him then. One reason was that he emailed it in to the team, when we have explicit instructions on the site for how to submit requests for review. An inability to follow directions does not endear… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • HBS and free essay reviews and why we don’t post “sample” essays.

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    We had an HBS essay come in as a request for a free blahg review recently and we settled down with the scotch — errr, chocolate — no sorry none of that, with the virtual red pen, ready to rip the draft a new one… and lo and behold, this puppy was actually kinda good. When we had this experience, we tweeted about it, to give the BSer a heads-up that we may not be literally writing a review of it: To BSer who sent essay for free review abt being a fraud: LIKE IT! Not sure we'll post it on the blahg 'cuz it's kinda good! Considering… — Essay Snark…
  • ($) One bad grade: Optional essay?

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    Well this sucks. A Brave Supplicant sent us a question just over a week ago and apparently they wanted our response in time for a deadline that has now come and gone. We always welcome those inquiries and requests for free essay reviews but we really can’t guarantee a specific timeframe on a response (or,… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • Another post on the ridiculousness of rankings

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Of course you know that Duke is now the BEST. BSCHOOL. ANYWHERE!! [warning: long post ahead.] At least, Duke is now #1 according to the gurus at BusinessWeek who last week released their “best of” list. And at least, for the next two years. Or whenever BW changes its mind again. And at least, if you consider BusinessWeek the ultimate authority. The Economist released their own list about a month ago and Booth maintains top billing there; Duke is way down at #25 (!) on that list. For whatever reason, EssaySnark has always considered BusinessWeek the de facto “rankings”…
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    Miguel Ángel Escotet » Scholarly Blog

  • 21 Variables That Students Do Not Systematically Learn At The School

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    Development of thought and ethical behavior. Full and responsible exercise of human rights. Democratic cooperative behavior. Simultaneous exercise of rights and obligations for the practice of freedom. Multicultural, intercultural and international understanding. Development of aesthetic sensitivity. Critical sense and spirit of dialogue with full respect for the ideas of others. Flexibility and tolerance. Development of self-criticism. Ability to listen. Fostering sharing attitudes. Capacity to compete with oneself and not with others. To permanently strive to be free from mental and social…
  • Is Higher Education Centered on the Student or the Faculty?

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    FROM ACADEMIC ETHOS TO ADMINISTRATIVE ETHOS The academic ethos of universities has changed very little since the Middle Ages until the present. However, there is a significant difference between the origin of universities as social institutions and contemporary universities. At first, their structure was more informal and, contrary to what one might think, more flexible. It was students who sought out professors on the basis of their epistemological and deontological authority. The university structure was built upon the studium generale or particulare, which was governed or run by a…
  • Education for the Greater Good

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Lack of social ethics is one of the causes of violence and it is at the root of our present social and economic crises We live in a world in turmoil, a world of collapsing ideas, unfulfilled promises, and crashed ideologies and we experience the forces of change invading our classrooms every day, and at the same time, the voices of the discontents demanding radical reform of public education at all levels, including higher education. The world is threatened not only by a severe economic crisis, but also by natural and man-made disasters, from oil spills to radioactive leaks. There is also an…
  • Utopian Planning for Development and Change

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The concept of development has been used in economics, sociology and education under different ideological labels and for a variety of planning purposes. However, the main reason for singling out education as instrumental in development is its role in producing the skilled manpower required to meet a country’s socio-economic needs. Thus education has come to be regarded, in our view wrongly, as a supplier of ‘human resources’; it has been turned into a formal institution concerned in practice with the immediate provision of trained skills and aptitudes, in which human beings…
  • Innovation for Change in Higher Education Management

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Innovation in Higher Education Management for Change and Diversifying Internal and External Financing Sources Funds may not only be acquired through obtaining material goods or implementing external financing mechanisms. There are also internal sources of funding that stem from the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the institution itself. Endeavors such as new ways of focusing on teaching and learning, improving quality and relevance, reinforcing systems for communication and interaction with the community that universities provide a service to, enhancing institutional planning…
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • Can math be a sanctuary?

    Rebecca Zook
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I went on an adventure this week. I did my first recording session with my cello. Me and one of my best friends went to my “power place,” this magical, beautiful tunnel in Central Park covered in beautiful mosaics that has amazing acoustics. We purposefully went late at night so it would be quiet. Walking through the park, I saw that a film shoot was set up next to the tunnel, with this huge floating dirigible light and all this film equipment. And I was afraid that they would kick us out or tell us to not make any noise. I thought, OK, well, the worst thing they can do is tell us to…
  • Case Study: An 8th grader goes from “math meltdown” to “math touchdown!”

    Rebecca Zook
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When this student first came to me as a 7th grader, she and her mom were experiencing math as a horrible struggle week to week. On her tests, she would initially get 40s, 50s, and 60s, and then spend a lot of time redoing the work over and over to pull up her grades, even more often than not staying in from lunch and recess to redo her work. So she was ending up with Bs and low As after all the do-overs, but as the result of agonizing effort. On many nights they would spend hours on her math homework, only to have the student end up in tears. And even this massive effort wasn’t resulting in…
  • Don’t back down

    Rebecca Zook
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So I recently flew to LA for a workshop with my super special acting teacher. It’s my fifth time taking a class with him in about 18 months. Every time it’s amazing and every time it’s totally different. (Which is why I keep going!!) At the very end of the workshop, we did this special exercise to access an “inner superhero” we could call upon in the future. Usually I jump up in front of the group, eager for my turn. But for some reason this time I was dreading going up there. Sitting and waiting was so intense. Like every cell in my body was going crazy. The longer I waited the…
  • Here’s how this student and I worked together to completely transform her experience of math from a source of unbelievable stress and anxiety into a source of joy and strength:

    Rebecca Zook
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When this student first came to me just before the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, her mom told me that the tutor they’d just worked with had told the family that to this student, math was like a foreign language where she only spoke five words. Somehow she’d made it to the end of 9th grade with Bs in math, but none of it actually made any sense to her. It was like she just knew enough to “get around” – like how to ask where the bathroom was and order a hamburger – but not enough to really understand what was going on around her, or…
  • The secret to getting straight As in math (it’s not what you think)

    Rebecca Zook
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was recently talking with one of my favorite students about her goals for the upcoming school year. She told me her big goal was to make straight As. This actually made me kind of worried! You might be thinking, what, Rebecca, are you CRAZY? Why would it be BAD for a kid to WANT to get straight As? So … let me explain. The reason why this made me a little worried is because what is most important to me as a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert is that the students truly master the material. I’ve found that when students are committed to the process of mastery, and…
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    MindShare Learning

  • President of MindShare Learning, Robert Martellacci, Live on Talk1010 with Jerry Agar

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    Robert Martellacci, President of MinderShare Learning, was interviewed by Jerry Agar, radio personality at Talk1010,  in response to an article publish in the National Post on November 7th. Click here to listen.
  • Exclusive Interview with Joseph Romano and Brandon Zoras

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Toronto District School Board education innovators, Joseph Romano and Brandon Zoras, share their inspiration in hosting Canada’s first EdApp Hackathon.
  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    If I summarize the crazy busy month of October in one word, it is HOPE! My many collaborations with education, industry leaders and students gives me great confidence in our vast country that it’s truly about are passionate leaders and future leaders, who MakeITHappen! Case in point, my visit to Bliss Carmen Middle school in New Brunswick to the site of our Eastern Canadian contest winner. I was met by principal, John Hamilton and vice-principal Jeff Whipple. As I toured the school, I began to realize why Jacob Lingley won our contest this past year. These leaders are enablers, who nurture…
  • 5th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Overview

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Our recent 5th annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit reminded me of the importance of the human connection and the interconnectedness that is essential to moving our country forward in the digital revolution that is upon us. The conversations were rich, engaging and insightful. Kicking off our Summit was Johannes Heinlein, VP partnership for EdX from Harvard. The notion of Open Learning is gaining tremendous momentum and cannot be ignored. Despite an intense day of presentations, round tables, it ended on a high note with Nolan Bushnell’s closing keynote. What resonated from Bushnell’s…
  • Things We Learned In Silicon Valley

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Edusight started in Toronto with a broad vision: help everyone in education make better decisions with data. Our simple and smart gradebook is being used by teachers across North America. In late July of this year, we received our first external investment. We were selected from hundreds of education technology companies worldwide to be a part of Imagine K12’s 2014 cohort. As a quick primer, Imagine K12 is the world’s foremost (and first) education technology accelerator. Their portfolio companies have raised more than $100 million and counting in investment, and more importantly,…
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    Clif Mims |

  • Learning Happens by Doing

    Clif Mims
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “Boss Level, a special time built into the school schedule at Quest to Learn, enables teachers to plan project-based learning units that can happen outside of the classroom. For students, Boss Level is an opportunity to participate in a design challenge while taking on the role of an artist, filmmaker, chef, or any number of other real-life jobs. “And for teachers, Boss Level allows us to bring our own interests and passions to the job. I’ve been a mathematics educator in New York City’s Department of Education for ten years, and I joined the Quest to Learn staff three…
  • Google+ Communities

    Clif Mims
    18 May 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I’m a big, big fan of Google+. It’s a very big component of my personal learning network (PLN). Here are some thoughts about about why I prefer Google+ over the other social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I encourage everyone to take a look at Google+’s services and consider taking advantage of them. Friend Me Please feel free to friend me on Google+. Then browse through my Links and Other Profiles to make connections, collaborate, and share resources through other networks. As I frequently say, “Together we learn more.” Google+ Communities I’ve…
  • Google Announces New Learning Management System (LMS)

    Clif Mims
    6 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes” (Source). “Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease…it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers” (Source). The following video highlights the experiences…
  • Tour of 3D Printing Lab

    Clif Mims
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to take one of my graduate classes on a tour of new 3D Printing Lab in the University of Memphis Library. We received training in computer-aided design (CAD) and use of the 3D printer, and had the opportunity to see it in action. Our conversation about integrating 3D printers with learning was packed with ideas and I left feeling energized. Additional educational uses have been popping into my mind since. The following video and photos showcase some of the various projects that were printed. The Memphis skyline is my favorite and look even more impressive…
  • Developing Young Authors with Storybird #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories,…
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  • What do I do with my data??

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    This time of year, most of the questions I get focus on how to graph the data collected. If you are trying to decide between a line graph and a bar graph… it usually is not your choice. The type of data and type of project dictate what, mathematically, you are “allowed” to do. Here is a reminder: LINE GRAPH – you must have quantitative and continuous data for both your independent and dependent variables. That is data that can be assigned a number that could be logically placed on a number line. For example, temperature, time, size, weight, wavelength, speed, etc.
  • Unique Science Fair Experiment: What Prevents a Pasta Boil-Over?

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    There are so many science experiments that can be done in the kitchen! Here is one example: Macaroni MayhemPractical science fair Experiments you can do in your kitchen: Preventing the pasta boil-over! To design your own experiment, all you need is a testable observation, or idea, or solution to a problem. Background: This is how pasta is made in my house – boil water, add pasta, walk away from stove, hear sizzling sounds from kitchen, run back to kitchen to find “pasta suds” spilling out of pot all over the stove … Sadly this also happens with rice and potatoes. So…
  • Example of a successful Mung Bean Science Fair Project

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:37 am
    Here is an example of one version of the Mung Bean project targeting acid rain. He is a fifth grader and focused on changing pH with vinegar to evaluate the effects of low pH on plant growth.5th grade Science Fair Project Board If you have done a version of the Mung Bean project I detailed in earlier posts, send me the photo and I may post it too!
  • A technically complete science fair project in ONE HOUR

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    15 Dec 2013 | 11:12 am
    This project is not going to win any fair, but if you are in a jam and just need SOMETHING and a decent grade, then this project might help: Science Fair Project in One Hour WHAT YOU NEED: maple syrup (cheap fake stuff is best), tall thin glass container like a flower vase (taller is better), at least 30 pennies, pot with 3 inches of water on stove, stopwatch, thermometer (but can do the project without one – see below). QUESTION: How does temperature affect viscosity? RESEARCH: look up “viscosity” and learn what viscosity is. NOTE if you actually have more than one hour, then also…
  • How to design a science fair project from scratch: day 4

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    28 Oct 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Wow look at the difference by ONLY day 3 of the trial run. All of the mung beans in the control have sprouted while none of the mung beans in the low pH environment (i.e. with vinegar) sprouted. So – all other factors being equal – we could conclude that pH has a negative effect on mung bean sprouting!! Control on right Remember that “plant projects” always get you a little extra credit for “effort” because they can’t be done in a day – but this one could be done in as little as 3 days. Things I have learned: *** pH has a negative effect (i.e.
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Create eBooks with Soundtrack

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Today I came across ‘Booktrack’ that provides sound track for your digital content. ‘The Booktrack Studio allows you to read and create synchronized soundtracks for e-Books or any kind of digital text by adding background music, ambient sound, and sound effects. Booktrack automatically adjusts the soundtrack to your individual reading speed’. Moreover Booktrack is not an audio book but is an eBook where you read the text and hear a synchronised soundtrack that matches with the story. The following video suggests the various features offered by Booktrack. Click here to watch the videos…
  • Reaching Customers in Real Time through Programmatic Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Marketing normally requires the marketer to reach the right person with right message at right time. Targeting new customers is not always easy but retargeting existing ones are much easier. Availability of huge data would let the marketer decide who should and should not be retargeted, at what bid price and with what message. Recently I had to do some shopping for Diwali purchase. As I had undergone a small surgery due to fracture of wrist on my left hand, I thought I shall do online shopping as I can comfortably browse and select what I want as long as I like without going outside. I was…
  • Role of Experiential Learning in Evolving Classroom

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    I had already mentioned about the importance of ‘Experiential Learning’ in my blog post titled ‘Enhancing Learning through various Experiential Learning Strategies’. Today I wanted to share with you how, The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., has offered Experiential Learning environments in certain disciplines, that help both students and faculty realize their objectives by considering the needs for flexibility and meeting the pedagogical and learning demands. Their experiential learning spaces include: ·         Award-winning, 6,300-square-foot School…
  • Game based Approach to Teacher Educators

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    We have come across incorporating game based learning to various subjects such as Maths, Science, Social studies  and Corporate /Business studies. So how about incorporating game based approach to Teacher Education? It would be wonderful if teachers identify areas that require additional inputs before experimenting directly in class. Quest2Teach fulfills your requirement. Quest2Teach offers game infused curricula for teacher education so as to reduce the gap between educational theory and application. The teacher educators evolve their professional identity in various narrative 3D role based…
  • My Recent Updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    My recent updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by visiting the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • Arts Students are Motivated More by Love of Subject Than Money or Future Careers

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    Motivation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Anya Skatova, University of Nottingham Science and engineering subjects are often presented as better career choices for students than the arts or humanities.Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, recently said that STEM subjects - sciences, technology, engineering and maths - unlock doors to all sorts of careers and that pupils who study maths to A Level earn 10% more over their lifetime.Previous research has shown that there are actually lots of factors including ability, personality, motivation as well as family and educational background which impact…
  • Sorry Minister, But Philistinism is Not an Educational Policy

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    Nicky Morgan (Joe Giddens/PA)by Sarah Churchwell, University of East Anglia In the same week in which I published a piece for Times Higher Education about why the humanities matter, Minister for Education Nicky Morgan gave the following advice to young people:If you wanted to do something, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do, then the arts and humanities were [once] what you chose because they were useful for all kinds of jobs. Of course, we know now that couldn’t be further from the truth - that the subjects that keep young people’s options open and unlock the door to all…
  • UK University Funding System ‘Worst of Both Worlds’

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    A rally organised to protest against tuition fees (Wikipedia)by Tony Harbron, Schools Improvement Net: BBC is reporting that an independent study has suggested the funding system for England’s universities of tuition fees and repayments is the “worst of both worlds” … The Higher Education Commission has cast doubt on the long-term financial sustainability of the current system. It warns students are paying more but the government is still writing off high levels of student debt. “We have created a…
  • Online Learning at School Helps Prepare Teens for University

    Dr Robert Muller
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    Online Learning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Martin Oliver, Institute of Education, University of London Online learning has been around for more than 30 years, but recent excitement around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has brought it fully into the public eye.In schools, online learning used to be a remedial alternative to classroom teaching, particularly where learners were geographically dispersed.But there is a growing belief that it might offer all students some distinct experiences that can prepare them for higher education.There is a growing interest in the possibilities that…
  • Where Can You Get Paid to Do a PhD?

    Dr Robert Muller
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    by Thesis Whisperer:  Alex Strike (@AlexxxStrike) is a graduate of New York University who will start his PhD in journalism next year.  Alex works as a freelance blogger now, trying to improve his writing skills and become a more experienced writer after graduation. He has written for ProBlogger, Uloop and Lifehack.  In this post Alex shares some of the research on finding a PhD scholarship in another country. I’m thinking Norway looks pretty good … I graduated from New York University…
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    Planet Princeton

  • Planet Princeton Picks: Top 20 Movies About Journalists

    Krystal Knapp
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Your support for Planet Princeton’s crowdsourcing campaign will help ensure that we continue to publish Planet Princeton, and will strengthen our reporting and news gathering abilities in service of the community’s interest.  Less than 72 hours remain for our campaign, which ends Wednesday night.  The campaign will fund technology upgrades, a phone app, a public […]
  • Man Killed in Hunting Accident in West Windsor

    Krystal Knapp
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    A Chesterfield man was killed while he was hunting with his father in a field along Old Trenton Road Saturday afternoon, police said. West Windsor Police officers were dispatched to the fields at 1201 Old Trenton Road just after 4 p.m. after someone called to report a hunting accident with an injury. When officers arrived […]
  • Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, Nov. 21-23

    Krystal Knapp
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    Friday, November 21 Junior League of Greater Princeton Holiday Showhouse & Gardens – The Junior League of Greater Princeton is hosting another designer showhouse, this time with a holiday theme. Funds raised during the Designer Showhouse allow the League to implement two years of community programs, including a partnership with Dress for Success in Mercer […]
  • Anchor House Converts former Trenton Rectory into Shelter for Teens and Young Adults

    Krystal Knapp
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
      An old rectory once owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton has been transformed into a long-term shelter for runaway, abused and neglected teens and young adults who have aged out of the foster system. Anchor House, the Trenton-based non-profit that serves children and teens in the greater Mercer county area and raised […]
  • Princeton Public Schools Cafeteria Workers Say New Food Service Company Has Cut Their Benefits

    Krystal Knapp
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The workers who serve food to students in the Princeton Public Schools day after day say they can no longer afford to take a day off of work if their own children are sick. The new contractor that provides food service for the district, Nurti-Serve Food Service Management, has taken away the cafeteria employees’ health […]
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  • How to Find and Learn from a Great Mentor in College

    Katie Dwyer
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A positive relationship with a professor can make an enormous difference in your experience as an undergraduate, as well as helping to launch your post-college career. A mentor can help you navigate degree requirements, independent study, research, study abroad, internships, scholarships, graduate school applications, and job applications. They can offer advice and provide a support network, and can serve as an all-important positive reference as to your academic ability and character. Whether you’re studying English or Computer Science, an academic mentor possesses the knowledge and…
  • How to Buy Your First Car (and Feel Good About It)

    Mark Frost
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If you’ve ever purchased a car, you know the roller coaster of feelings you get throughout the process. The research and browsing of local dealer inventory part is awesome, but once you actually step foot onto a dealership’s lot, the reality of the transaction kicks in pretty quickly. Upsells, negotiations, extra fees, and financing are the worst buzzkills for your car-buying high. Unfortunately, if you’re going to buy from a dealership, that’s the reality of car buying. If you can find a deal on Craigslist or know someone looking to sell a great car, do your research…
  • Career Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Get a Degree in Statistics

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The Big Data revolution is driving tremendous growth in the field of statistics. Data is collected at a stunning rate and is transforming government, society and business. So it’s no surprise that graduates with a degree in statistics are finding an abundance of interesting and exciting career opportunities. But many students continue to overlook the field in favor of better-known STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. It’s time to start giving statistics degrees more serious consideration. Here are five reasons why: Statistics is Fun Negative myths about statistics and…
  • How to Maximize the Impact of Study Abroad

    Katie Dwyer
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Studying abroad tops many students’ list of the most fun and most life-changing part of college. It’s a chance to be somewhere exciting and different, to live in a new context, and to make friends and have experiences far outside previous opportunities in either hometowns or home college contexts. For most people, the “point” of studying abroad has more to do with the cultural/personal opportunities than practical/strategic benefits. But a bit of planning while you’re abroad can make those experiences work to your benefit academically and in the job market in the long run.
  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

    Mark Frost
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    With the new school year already here, HackCollege is looking for new writers to add to its 2014-2015 roster. We’re expanding on our extensive library of articles on every topic related to college life, and need students who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed. But beyond helping students succeed, you’ll be making money and gaining valuable writing experience that could lead to opportunities down the road. The money is the important part, though! Below are a list of writing positions we’re currently…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Education for a Creative Economy: The Case of Korea

    Claudia Costin
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    As countries strive to grow, build well-being and fight inequality, it is clear that education must adapt to changing global needs. This is true in all country contexts, including in advanced economies such as the Republic of Korea, where a high-performing education system already turns out skilled students who top the charts in international learning assessments such as PISA and TIMMS.
  • Palestinian Refugee Students Attending UN Schools Outperform Peers

    Harry A. Patrinos
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo courtesy UNRWA Palestine refugee students continually and consistently outperform public school students by a margin equivalent to more than one additional year of learning. How does a disadvantaged group maintain such a high achievement level? One factor that is important in explaining this result is the concept of resilience. Resilience starts with adversity. The capacity for resilience in people helps negotiate adversities with the support of relevant opportunities and services.
  • A Free Online Course on Early Childhood Development

    Quentin Wodon
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    “The child who has gone to a preschool can study in primary school with more ease than a child who joins a primary school directly.” Unfortunately, “preschool fees range from 50,000 to 150,000 Shillings (US$ 20-60) per term of three months. Most parents cannot afford this, so many of them wait until their children are of age to start primary school.”  These quotes from Ugandan villages illustrate how parents value investments in young children, but often cannot afford them. The same is true for healthcare and nutrition. Early years are essential for children’s development. The…
  • Extreme Poverty is More than Just Living on $1.25 a Day

    Quentin Wodon
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    “I want my children to be able to go to school. I don't want them to suffer like me.” Little by little this dream disappears as a piece of sugar, as water that runs through your hands. The long lists of material, a simple button that is missing on a shirt, this can be the end of a dream for learning to read and write.  
  • Kids Should Focus on Learning, Not On Their Empty Stomachs

    Andy Chi Tembon
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Have you ever tried to concentrate on an empty stomach? On World Food Day, we reflect on the link between healthy and nourished children and its effects on learning. Healthy and nourished children are better able to learn at school and attend classes more often. A meal at school can act as a magnet to get children into the classroom and as a social safety net to help the world’s most vulnerable families.    Kids Should Focus on Learning, Not On Their Stomachs
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    OLE Community

  • The Week in Rap, November 7, 2014

    Sarah Goodman
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Check out this recent sample from our partner course, “The Week in Rap: Current Events Through Hip-Hop.” The Week in Rap, November 7, 2014 Flocabulary is an online…
  • The U.S. Constitution Power On Foreign Affairs – Lesson Plan

    Katrina Talley
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The U.S. Constitution Power On Foreign Affairs NBC Learn Featured Video Lesson Plan U.S. air strikes began in Iraq in mid-August of 2014, nearly three years after the…
  • Upgrade Your Classroom!

    Karen Lurie
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Time is ticking! Upgrade your classroom with an NBC Learn on OLE video streaming…
  • We Want to Hear From You

    Katrina Talley
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    If you are currently using OLE or have used it in the past, as…
  • The Week in Rap, Summer Recap 2014

    Sarah Goodman
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Check out this recent sample from our partner course, “The Week in Rap: Current…
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    Classroom Aid

  • Learning Analytics Framework for Multiliteracies Assessment (#learninganalytics)

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Evidence-centered design suggests that any system of assessment begins with a conception of the capabilities one wants to develop in a learner; from there develops the machinery of the assessment system, such as tasks, rubrics, and scoring models (Messick 1994). From “Analytics to Literacies: The Development of a Learning Analytics Framework for Multiliteracies Assessment“(Shane Dawson and... Read More ›
  • Our Learning Analytics are Our Pedagogy, Are They? (#xAPI, #dalmooc)

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this paper “Lockyer, L., Heathcote, E., & Dawson, S. (2013). Informing Pedagogical Action: Aligning Learning Analytics With Learning Design. American Behavioral Scientist”, it claims that learning design can be used “as a framework for design of analytics to support faculty in their learning and teaching decisions”. But given the current nature of the tools... Read More ›
  • MicroLearning in the Learnable Moments

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    There have been a lot of studies, discussions or even products developed around microlearning, the success factors include not only chucking learning content into bite-sized units, also weaving learning into our work and life in a way that makes sense. With the rise of informal learning, and everyone has a learning gateway in his/her pocket. Now... Read More ›
  • Mobile Learning Can Provide Solutions to Top 5 Issues of Education (#mlearning)

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    A study by NTT DOCOMO and GSMA involving 3,528 children ages 8 to 18 and their parents in Paraguay, Japan, India and Egypt found 70% of children use mobile phones. Around 25% of children send six or more text messages per day by age 10 , and about 40% access the internet through their mobile... Read More ›
  • A Data Analysis of the #MOOC Research Initiative

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    From The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) Where is Research on Massive Open Online Courses Headed? A data analysis of the MOOC Research Initiative By Dragan Gašević, Vitomir Kovanović, Srećko Joksimović, George Siemens Abstract This paper reports on the results of an analysis of the research proposals submitted to the MOOC... Read More ›
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  • The Alfa Romeo D.N.A. Technology

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The Alfa Romeo brand has been synonymous with speed and performance throughout the years. Similarly, the hatchback cars have been known for the signature Alfa Romeo D.N.A. technology. As it’s been discussed in publications like the Bristol Post, the D.N.A. technology allows drivers to switch between different driving modes in order to adapt to driving…
  • Apple Watch Finally Hits Market

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Apple has a tendency to apply for trademarks long before products arrive in stores. Who can forget the hoopla that surrounded the Apple TV and the long wait that Apple fans went through before it finally landed on store shelves? Early in 2013, rumors swirled that Apple would release its own watch to compete against…
  • Top Universities to Study MBA in Australia

    Simon Hopes
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    For those with an eye to procuring a business degree from a focused Australian school with a remarkable MBA program, you are in luckiness. Colleges in Australia offering a MBA system are positioned by the Graduate Management Association of Australia in a star rating framework. The top schools get five stars, and here is a…
  • Highest Quality and Most Eye-catching Designs Imaginable with Scodix

    Simon Hopes
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Due to the immense challenges the current commercial printing world faces, Scodix has offered one of the most unique solutions. It is a technology that will definitely help in customer retention, drawing in more clients while remaining profitable in a niche that is cutthroat anywhere you might be. Whether printing on offset presses or digital,…

    Simon Hopes
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    When it comes to security of funds then a company has to think twice about it. No matter how much profits the company makes or how much it has invested in saving, some situations are far most beyond the company’s capability and therefore it can never be completely secure from all risks associated with its…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • The #Millennial Digital Footprint on #CollegeCash

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    On Thursday, November 20 #CollegeCash welcomed Rebekah Radic (@RebekahRadice) to talk about millennials on social media. Millennials are the largest generation of youth since baby boomers and consume digital media in a unique way. The ease in which millennials use technology reflects their strong online presence.   [View the story “The #Millennial Digital Footprint on #CollegeCash” on Storify]
  • Has Your State Changed Its Financial Aid Program?

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    One huge component of college financial aid packages is federal financial aid, but most states also have financial aid programs available as well. These are designed to motivate students to attend college in their home state and to provide the opportunity for students with financial need to afford a higher education. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) recently surveyed actions from the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions and published their findings in a report entitled, “Trends in State Financial Aid.” Their research found that states provided about $11.2 billion in college…
  • How to Win College #Scholarships on #CollegeCash

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    On Thursday November 13, #CollegeCash welcomed Monica Matthews (@AidScholarship) to celebrate National Scholarship Month! She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships & graduate debt-free.  At the urging of other parents, Monica wrote down exactly what she did & “How to Win College Scholarships” was born! [View the story “#Scholarships on #CollegeCash” on Storify]
  • What Good can Twitter do for Your Small Business?

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    It’s time for your business to jump on the Twitter band wagon. Those kids you see engrossed in their smartphones today are tomorrow’s customers. They are going to demand that businesses speak to them in a forum they understand, and they want quick responses to their inquiries. In my experience, Twitter is a great asset in growing a business. I rely on Twitter as my main platform to communicate with students, parents, prospects and clients, in addition to a regular blog presence which supports my content marketing strategy. I use my main Twitter feed (@JodiOkun) to provide a constant…
  • Millennials and Money

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Who are the “millennials” and why is everyone paying so much attention to them? According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the tag of millennial is being applied to those born between 1980 and 1999. Now aged between 16 and 35, their numbers are plentiful and they are having a dramatic impact on the economy. The generation set to take over from the aging baby boomers is facing plenty of money problems, too. On the one end are the younger millennials who are trying to figure out how they are going to pay for a college education. On the other end of this generational spectrum are…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Fraud awareness

    Dana Fulton
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This week, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is sponsoring International Fraud Awareness Week, and Wells Fargo is proud to support this effort. Now is a great time to brush up on your awareness in detecting and preventing fraud, and learning more about the steps Wells Fargo takes to protect you and your accounts from suspicious activity. Fraud is more than just having your debit or credit card number stolen. People steal your personal information—like your social security number, date of birth, or address—and use your identity to apply for loans and credit cards, use your…
  • Parents: how to help navigate the road to college

    Caroline Hanson
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    As your student prepares to head to college, where do you fit in? They’ll likely need your help and guidance, but may also want to do some of the planning on their own. One approach is to take on the role of “coach” when it comes to college planning. Offer guidance and suggestions, but let your student do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to seeking scholarships, submitting college applications and applying for financial aid. How can you help? Staying on track for college applications The college application process involves a number of different steps and many different…
  • Stay on top of deadlines

    Dana Fulton
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s senior year, and the clock is ticking.   It seems that your final year of high school is all about deadlines. While you can’t control the timeline you’re under to complete paperwork and applications, you can manage your deadlines and stay on track. A master calendar is key. Start by creating a master calendar of all your deadlines and commitments. Build it out as far as you know it and include everything, such as: scholarship application deadlines, college application deadlines, financial aid nights, and financial aid application deadlines. Use this same calendar to plug in…
  • College Hacks: Soda Bottle Speakers

    Dana Fulton
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes you need a sixty-second dance party during a study break. But your phone’s dinky little speaker isn’t going to cut it. What will cut it is a 2-liter soda bottle. Cut a slot for your phone, cut off the top, and hit “Play.” Instant smooth jams, as loud as you want them. Studying, like dancing, is often more fun with other people. Check out the benefits of studying with friends.
  • College Hacks: Easy Bookshelves

    Dana Fulton
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Don’t chuck those handy plastic moving crates in the trash when you’re done moving into your college living space. And don’t worry about having no place to store them. Tie those crates together with a few zip ties and boom: instant bookshelf. A good way to organize the space. Speaking of packing for college: here are 9 things you don’t need to worry about packing.
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    African Scholarships, Financial Aids and Youth Development » Learn about Online Learning Opportunities

  • Free Online Course by British Council to Learn How to Teach English as a Foreign Language

    After School Africa
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    University of Southampton and the British Council has develop a free online course – Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching – for graduate students who want to learn English as a foreign language. An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages, this online course draws from their new joint online […] Continue reading Free Online Course by British Council to Learn How to Teach English as a Foreign Language
  • “Understanding the Ebola Virus” Global Education Platform launches Free Online Course on Ebola Awareness

    After School Africa
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    On August 8th 2014, the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency as a result of the Ebola outbreak. A Free Course on “Understanding the Ebola Virus” has been launched with the aim of helping to spread awareness and knowledge of the Ebola Virus, its dangers and threats, and information on how to […] Continue reading “Understanding the Ebola Virus” Global Education Platform launches Free Online Course on Ebola Awareness
  • Udemy vs Udacity – Which is a better Online learning Platform?

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    If you are planning to take an online course to learn a new or improve existing skills, one of the challenges you’ll face is deciding which platform to settle for. The last thing you want is jumping from one online learning platform to the order or starting and leaving a course half-way to start another. […] Continue reading Udemy vs Udacity – Which is a better Online learning Platform?
  • How to Apply for Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship 2014 Competition – anyone with the Desire can Become an Entrepreneur

    After School Africa
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:37 am
    Deadline for entries: June 30 2014 The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international program launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO. The competition provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities. Everyone has the potential to become an entrepreneur. You do not […] Continue reading How to Apply for Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship 2014 Competition – anyone with the Desire can Become an Entrepreneur
  • Want to learn Chinese Language for free? Try Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies by Alison

    After School Africa
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
    Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could have a little conversation in Chinese Language? Modern China is playing an increasingly influential role in the world’s political, financial and economic spheres, and with Mandarin Chinese being spoken by over one billion people within China and the Chinese diaspora it makes learning Chinese, even the basics, increasingly […] Continue reading Want to learn Chinese Language for free? Try Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies by Alison
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    DRPF Consults

  • Current Education Issues: Gender Issues in Elementary Education and Methods For Improvement

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more Children will more than often express atypical or non-conforming gender behavior from the ages of kindergarten or even earlier. In current education issues today gender variances have become fairly common in children of all ages. However, in pre-adolescents non-conforming gender behavior is predominantly visible. This can include behavior such as boys who prefer to dress like a girl at school or play with girls toys such as dolls, or for girls to take on a boys name. This will also include kids who are more consistent…
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  • Financial Aid Lessons From Colleges With the Lowest Student Debt in 2013

    Claire Davidson
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Think before you borrow. That’s what universities with the lowest student debt rates in the U.S. make a habit of telling their students. “Students should only borrow money as a last resort; they should first check out the jobs and scholarships available on campus, and then only borrow the amount needed,” says Nancy M. Melton, director of student financial aid services at Berea College in Kentucky. At Berea, the average student debt is only $6,652. That’s about four times lower than the average national student debt, according to a new study from the Institute for College Access &…
  • 4 Ways to Throw an Affordable Thanksgiving With Friends

    Teddy Nykiel
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Noushawn Noorzady, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, won’t be making it home to Irvine, California for Thanksgiving this year. Instead, he and his friends from around the country are organizing a potluck in their fraternity house. “Even though I’m not going home to spend time with my family, I’m excited and happy that I get to spend [Thanksgiving] with my brothers, who are basically like my family,” he says. Like Noorzady, many out-of-state college students decide not to go home for the November feasting holiday. They may be trying to save money on expensive plane tickets,…
  • 11 Ways to Make Your Senior Year the Best Yet

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Senior year marks another big transition for every college student. But whether or not you’re prepared for the changes you’ll soon encounter, you can take comfort in the fact that the job market is looking up for new grads. According to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “employers plan to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2015” than they did last year. To help you explore your post-graduation options and leave college on a high note, NerdScholar asked the experts to share their best advice for graduating seniors.
  • Student Loans Q&A: Ask a Financial Aid Director

    Danielle Lichliter
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    With the average student loan debt nearing $30,000, it is more important than ever that students understand what it means to borrow and learn how to pay loans back on time. NerdScholar knows that student loans can be confusing, so we asked Suzanne Sparrow, the director of scholarships and financial aid at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, to share her tips and insights. Have more questions about student loans? Leave them in the comments below and a Nerd will be sure to answer!    Q: What is the most common question you receive about student loans? A: How much in loans…
  • 7 Money Tips All College Freshmen Need to Know

    Alexandra Rice
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    For many students, college is full of fun firsts: your first time living away from home, joining a sorority or fraternity and tailgating for football games, to name a few. But all of those things cost money, and Mom and Dad won’t be there to help you pay for everything or manage those costs. Applying for financial aid is the best way to keep college tuition costs low, but living expenses will add up too. On average, the cost of tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges during the 2014-15 school year will total $9,139, according to a College Board report. Students…
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    Studying Law

  • Developing your commercial awareness

    Aaron Marchant
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    A key buzzword in any legal application process is ‘commercial awareness’. However, whilst firms are constantly looking out for commercially-aware application, showing you know what that means and how you can apply it is not always that easy.What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is an understanding and general knowledge of current developments in the commercial and business sector. This might range from mergers and acquisitions, to new laws on tax or changes in the economy.What do law firms expect me to know? Whilst most firms won’t expect you to know every commercial…
  • The Law Fair: Why you should check it out

    Aaron Marchant
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Now that the new term is firmly under way, it’s time to start thinking about your career in law. A great place to do this is your university law fair, where you can find out all the things different firms have to offer.Something for everyone. Law fairs are essential sources of information for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in law. Whether you’re set on being a barrister, considering becoming a solicitor, or just want to know more about the legal profession, law fairs will provide you with a wealth of information. Graduate recruiters, trainees, and even qualified lawyers…
  • Thinking about a career in law? 5 Top Application Boosters

    Aaron Marchant
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Read a good newspaperLaw is an integral part of modern life and plays a huge part in current events. Simultaneously, the law has to react to major developments in the world in order to function successfully. A good lawyer must keep themselves informed about a variety of topics, from politics to finance. Law firms, therefore, are looking for applicants who have a broad understanding of major news stories. Reading quality newspapers such as The Times, The Financial Times and The Telegraph will help you discuss current affairs in an intelligent and detailed manner. Don’t neglect your…
  • Jobs Outside Law – Keeping Your Options Open

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Just because you’ve completed significant legal education doesn’t mean it’s essential that you get a job in law. It may actually be the best thing for you to actually NOT work in law. After all, we all know that academic law, and practical law are very different things. But a major hurdle is getting over the “I’ve put in all this effort and money – I don’t want it to go to waste” thought. I know it was for me. I thought I’d be “quitting” and making myself look like a flip flopper in front of my friends and family. Those who…
  • Applications are a second job

    3 May 2013 | 3:17 am
    I work full time and what should be a 9-5 job ends up being much longer hours, but this is the life of a paralegal working at a silver circle firm. So making time for training contract applications and actually having a life outside of work can actually feel like they are jobs in themselves!  How do you fit it all in?For me, it’s about balance. You really do need to look at everything you have to do in front of you, and plan your time effectively, and not be lazy. But I’m sure this is no big revelation to any of you! If you want something badly, you HAVE to put in the effort.
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    Curriki's Blog

  • 10 Things To Do Other Than Shop on Black Friday

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Visit your local library. Read a book to learn or experience new worlds. Check out GoodReads Best Books of 2014. Meditate. Never tried it before? Here’s a simple step-by-step process to quiet your mind and reach a state of inner calm. Be kind to someone else. Here are 101 Easy Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. Ban the use of digital devices for 24 hours. Okay, we agree, that’s virtually impossible, so see how long you can go (4 hours? 8 hours?) Use that time to do something else on this list. Get some fresh air. Ride a bike, ski, sled, ice…
  • Stand up for Learning

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki A recent article on the National Education Association website has the title “Standing Desks Are Helping Students Think on Their Feet”. It discussed the benefits for students of not being passively confined to a sitting posture for long stretches of time. The alternative is a standing desk; these are also growing in popularity among office workers. There are a number of advantages to standing desks, and the overall result is better engagement and learning behaviors from students. With standing desks: There is more blood flow to the brain. Students pay…
  • Use of Open Educational Resources Growing Rapidly

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    CCSSO State of the States Report By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki The use of OER (Open Educational Resources) is rapidly gaining momentum in K-12 education. This is evidenced by the newly released report “State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education” from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in the U.S. Actually a majority of the states are already using or promoting OER for the classroom. Quoting from the report: “The survey revealed a number of insights into the work SEAs [state education agencies] are taking on around OER and the momentum…
  • Higher Income = Higher SAT Scores?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Did you know that Curriki originated from the idea that technology could play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide, i.e., the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not? To this point, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal dubbed the SAT test the Student Affluence Test (aka Scholastic Aptitude Test) and showed some troubling statistics. “On average, students in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket on every section of the test, according to…
  • Education Activist Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki We at Curriki are so pleased that education rights activist and student Malala Yousafzai has been selected for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. At 17 years of age, she is the youngest person ever to have won a Nobel Prize. Malala has worked fearlessly and tirelessly to promote the rights of girls to receive an education. A Pakistani national, she was attacked and shot two years ago in a cowardly act by Taliban militants in her country, simply because she had been outspoken on the subject of girls’ rights to education. But she would not be cowed. A very…
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  • Students Must Have Choice in Using Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    I just completed attending the ICT Language Learning Conference for Learning Language where ICT stands for “information communication technologies,” a term that encompasses both methods and technology resources. Here in the United States, the most appropriate synonym would be what we refer to as”IT” or information technology. (So, if you are in the US and see “ICT”, please read “IT”) The winding streets of Florence, Italy This international conference was held in Florence, Italy, a city of amazing architecture, museums crammed with…
  • November is Convention Season with Turkey on the Side

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Not sure how November became so loaded with conventions, but Thanksgiving holiday plans have taken a side seat to presentations. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to present at International Conference ICT for Language Learning in Florence, Italy, (11/9-14) and the Council on English Leadership (CEL) section (11/23-25) of the National Conference of English Teachers in Washington, D.C. These opportunities to present nationally and internationally have come as a result of this blog and connections I have made with other educators who use social media to connect and to collaborate. So,…
  • Teacher’s College 87th Reunion: David Booth and a Thousand Stories

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    On the 87th Saturday Reunion at Teacher’s College, the author David Booth stood at the podium of NYC’s  Riverside Church admiring the mosaic of teacher faces staring back at him. It was 9:00 in the morning, and we numbered in the thousands. “Look at you,” he softly intoned. We quieted down. “You look wonderful!” he continued. We leaned in. “I have a story to share,” his voice growing more audible as we settled in the echoing cathedral. We leaned in closer, and his voice became clearer. “I want to share a story that generated a thousand…
  • Test Driving the Thesis with Thesis Generators

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    “So….what problems do your students have in writing?” I ask middle school teachers. “The thesis statement.” “So….what problems do your students have writing?” I ask high school teachers. “The thesis statement.” One might conclude that students in grades 7-12 have a thesis statement problem…or maybe not. Maybe the problem of writing a thesis statement is that so many teachers in middle and high school expect that students must have a well-written thesis statement before they can write an essay. Maybe the emphasis on…
  • Awesome Autumn Book Floods

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The advertisement on Book Sale Finder for the Wilton Public Library Book Sale  in Wilton, CT, read, “All books on sale for this sale… not just Children and Teens.” The reason for the clarification? This annual end of summer book sale usually offers the best selections of donated books for children and teens in the area. This past weekend’s sale  (9/19-21) did not disappoint. In the space of an hour, I collected over 200 books suited for students in grades 5-10. High interest titles such as Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging for the older students, selections from…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • 4 ½ Hilarious (but Safe) Student Pranks

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  JPDaigle  Sneaking on to your housemate’s facebooks is all well and good, but it’s a little 2009, isn’t it? Our Facebook walls have been so inundated with fake ultrasound scans, bizarre confessions and interests you just know your friends … more... The post 4 ½ Hilarious (but Safe) Student Pranks appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Linguistics

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  opacity  Prerequisites for Postgraduate Study in Linguistics Linguistics is a very broad field and so the prerequisites are also very wide-ranging. Normally you will be required to have at least an upper second class honours degree, or the international … more... The post Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Linguistics appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Saving Tip: Swear Jar and Other Ideas

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  Images_of_Money  To paraphrase from those great Swedish philosophers ABBA, ‘Money money money, must be funny, if you’re not facing debts in the tens of thousands and the prospects of living on white label soup for the conceivable future’. However, … more... The post Student Saving Tip: Swear Jar and Other Ideas appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Joining Societies: Not Just for Freshers’ Week

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  Jeremy Wilburn  The greatest piece of university advice you’ll ever get? Join a society. Uni life without groups and societies isn’t really uni life at all, and you’re seriously missing out on any number of connections, experiences and skills … more... The post Joining Societies: Not Just for Freshers’ Week appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Hull

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  smudger888  When it comes to postgraduate study, it is important to find an academic institution that offers the right course for you. The funding available to postgraduates is another major factor, but life outside of university is also an … more... The post Student City Guide: Hull appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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  • Learn About Thanksgiving With These Bookshare Titles!

    Bookshare Team Member
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Happy Turkey Day! Fun photo of two pumpkins and a cross-eyed turkey. There’s nothing more satisfying than curling up with a good read.  So, we’ve selected these fun Thanksgiving titles for Bookshare readers of all ages to learn why the holiday is so special.  As we turn indoors for some good ole fashion fun, we hope your holiday is warm and enjoyable! You never know what you can learn from a good book. Gobble, gobble!   For younger readers: Book Cover of The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter by Randa Handler I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie Ready, Freddy! #15: Thanksgiving…
  • Updated Bookshare Web Reader Now Lets You Read on Safari!

    Bookshare Team Member
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Bookshare Web Reader, the popular and free reading tool, can now be used on current versions of the Safari browser for Mac! Screen capture of Bookshare Web Reader reading Romeo and Juliet from an Internet Browser. With this newest update to Bookshare Web Reader, Mac users can use Safari to find, open, and read Bookshare books directly within the browser. In addition, they can also listen to words read aloud and follow along with synchronized word highlighting. This full set of reading features was previously only available only on Google Chrome. This is a particularly great update because in…
  • Donor Spotlight! Carole H. Lake

    Bookshare Team Member
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Image of Carole Lake Thank you Carole H. Lake, Bookshare Member, for this wonderful guest post! Why do I support Bookshare, the accessible online library for people with print disabilities operated by the Benetech Global Literacy Program?  Well, I support it for a number of reasons, but first let me tell you a story. My grandmother was a highly educated woman and an avid reader. Sadly, she developed glaucoma, and lost her eyesight in her 60s. I used to go down to the Texas State Library and pick up books on records for her. No, not books on tape—books on vinyl! They were heavy, clumsy, and…
  • Blind U.S. Army Captain Teaches Us to Keep Learning and Serving!

    Bookshare Team Member
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Timothy Hornik, Co-Founder of TAVVI, with friend and colleague, Dan Standage, Director of Disability in Education, Student Veterans of America  ( In honor of Veterans Day, we salute Timothy E. Hornik, a Bookshare member and U.S. Army Captain who has a lifelong ambition to help Veterans who are visually impaired make successful transitions to civilian life. In 2002, Tim earned his military commission from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. In September 2004, he was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. That same year, sniper fire caused Tim to become blind. For the…
  • The Gift of Reading, a Circle of Life

    Bookshare Team Member
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Jim Fruchterman standing along a wall of photos of accomplished men and women. This post by Jim Fruchterman was originally published on the Benetech site on November 4, 2014 to honor Jim Kleckner. “Frank” (who anonymously shared his story with us) has always been an avid reader, but the progression of his neuromuscular disease to his arms made reading difficult. Eventually he had to ask others to turn pages for him. It became a burden to his family and caregivers to constantly drop what they were doing to turn a page, so he began seeking out ebooks. Few were available, and he had trouble…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • National Consortium for Health Science Education: Improved Test Scores

    Sarah Layton
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Recently, Mike Collins shared some great feedback he gathered from experts at the National Consortium for Health Science Education conference that took place just a few weeks ago. A common thread running through the experts’ reflections on trends in health science education and employment point towards two general statements. The first being that the job outlook for health care professionals is healthy. Yay! The second being that students on this path will be expected to take greater responsibility for their learning. Prepare students for National Consortium for Health…
  • National Consortium for Health Science Education Experts on Trends

    Mike Collins
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Mike Collins It was a busy National Consortium for Health Science Education Conference a few weeks ago in Denver. While there, I had the opportunity to ask some experts to answer a couple of questions about trends that I want to share with you here. Responding to my questions were Carole Stacy, Nancy Allen, Cynthia Sundstrom, and Pat Thieben. Carole Stacy is the Executive Director of NCHSE from Okemos, MI. Nancy Allen is the Associate Director of HOSA–Future Health Professionals from Southlake, TX. Cynthia Sundstrom, MS, RN is the Coordinator of Health Science Education and…
  • Principles of Health Science: Teach It Better

    Sarah Layton
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton I was supposed to write a post today about changing National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) standards regarding principles of health science. But it turns out, they haven’t changed that much recently. So, that got me thinking about why I was supposed to write about that in the first place. The post probably would have gone something like this…standards change. And along with all the many responsibilities of CTE teachers, keeping up with changing standards is an added challenge that takes away from teaching time. And then how online, cloud-based…
  • CTE Assessment: Why Your Students Hate It

    Dick Carlson
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dick Carlson Why do students hate your CTE assessment? Let me see if I can sum it up for you… I am really great at eating cookies. Truly–if you were to put together some kind of a test, to measure cookie-eating ability, I would be in the top 1% of all cookie-eaters. I posses great stamina, I can deal with different shapes and sizes of cookies easily, and I can feed cookies into my mouth just as speedily with either my right or left hand. I would truly love for you to test me on eating cookies. On the other hand, I am not very good at running. I am slow, uncoordinated and not…
  • Health Science Technology Lesson Plans Beyond the Status Quo

    Sarah Layton
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton You are aware of the increasing use of technology and blended learning to help both teachers and students be successful in health science technology courses. But while you hear about it and talk to people that are experiencing success with the integration of technology and/or blended learning, you may be less aware of exactly how they are achieving it. We’ve interviewed three stellar health science education professionals about how they are implementing technology and blended learning into their health science technology lesson plans. You’ll find that none of them have…
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    Fractus Learning

  • Launch your Class into Space with the NASA App

    Wade Gegan
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview While NASA is well known for its cutting edge space exploration and technology, the organization actually does an amazing job sharing their inspiring advances with educators and students through a huge number of STEM focused mobile apps and websites. Their flagship app, the ‘NASA App’ continues to be one of the most popular government apps and while it has been around for a few years now, it continues to grow in popularity with an ever expanding media catalogue and regular feature updates. Name: NASA App Pricing: Free Compatibility: iOS / Android Access: No…
  • Using Twitter Advanced Search for Student Investigation

    Nick Grantham
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Twitter is a remarkably popular tool with educators the world over for a number of very good reasons. But while it is truly loved by many, its incredibly powerful Advanced Search feature remains underutilized and somewhat underappreciated. With access to torrents of current ‘up to the moment’ streaming data, thoughts, links, images and videos, the power and versatility of Twitter’s Advanced Search feature really is incredible. Name: Twitter Advanced Search Pricing: Free Compatibility: Browser Access: No signup required Privacy: Private (privacy policy)…
  • Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students #HourOfCode

    Wade Gegan
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are thousands of different ways to introduce programming to your class in fun and interactive ways for the upcoming Hour of Code (December 8-14). While most apps and tutorials do require internet connected computers or mobile devices, it does not mean that schools without this level of technology cannot get involved. In fact, coding with paper can be an even more engaging and meaningful way to introduce students to early programming concepts. The Game The object of the Space Race game is to navigate your rocket ship safely through the galaxy of aliens and satellites, all the way…
  • Screencast-O-Matic: An Essential (Free) Tool for the Digital Classroom

    Lisa Blessington
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Nobody likes hearing their own voice played back. Now there is a science to why this is, but it really is no excuse for avoiding the time saving, class improving and future embracing process that is screencasting. And with amazingly simple, adaptable and free tools such as Screencast-O-Matic the excuses are even more thin on the ground. Just a matter of clicking a link and hitting record, it’s easy to see why Screencast-O-Matic is the number one pick for screencasting educators everywhere. Name: Screencast-O-Matic Pricing: Free / Pro Compatibility: Windows / Mac…
  • Turn iPad Art into Joyous 3D Figures with the Foldify App

    Lisa Blessington
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview It’s a beautiful thing when students can use digital tools to build real world creations. While 3D printing is still a little on the expensive side, the Foldify app does an amazing job allowing students to create their own three dimensional paper masterpieces. Using the app, students can choose different paper templates, paint them digitally, model them in 3D, then print for assembly in the real world. It really is a delightfully fun, creative and rewarding experience. Name: Foldify – Pricing: $3.99 Compatibility: iOS Access: No signup…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Turkey Tom Reading Over Break Freebie

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Hey teaching friends!   I know for my US friends, Thanksgiving Break is coming up pretty quickly!  Isn't it funny how it seems to take forever to get here, and then once it is upon us, it seems to have jumped out of nowhere?   Maybe that's just me - haha! I know many of you do not like to assign a bunch of homework over the holiday break, but you do want your students to read of course, because reading is the key to everything.  So I threw together this fun little freebie for you to pass out the last day before break. I have included a color copy and a grayscale version for those of you…
  • Teacher Toolkit Tuesday: Holiday Gifts

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    It's Teacher Toolkit Tuesday! Yay! Each week I will create a grouping of some fabulous ideas all surrounding a topic and post them here on the blog for you! Do you have a blog and want to play along? Simply right-click and grab the Teacher Toolkit Tuesday logo from below and save it to your desktop. On any given Tuesday (feel free to start today - lol), write a blog post that contains a collection of resources for the theme of the week (mainly free ideas, videos, and pictures) using your favorite medium such as Pinterest, inlinkz, or just images. Make sure to include the image below and make…
  • Custom Teacher Nails for Your Team!

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Hey teacher friends!   As many of you know, I am in love with Jamberry Nails and have also created 12 different teacher custom wraps! As I was thinking about the upcoming holidays, I know we tend to receive the same things from year to year:  lots of Starbucks Gift Cards, mugs, and the most beautiful handwritten cards you have ever seen from our students.  While those gifts are awesome (seriously - so grateful!), I was thinking that for the gifts you might exchange with a colleague - or even gifts to your own kids' teachers, what about something different? So I made some super fun little…
  • Detecting Some Science!

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hey teaching friends!  How fun is this super cool Metal Detector from Learning Resources?  Kids will love the idea of a treasure hunt! How could you use this in the classroom? -Place letter stickers on aluminum cans, then place the cans under a pile of leaves.  After students find all the cans, see how many words they can make from their findings -Print off numbers and symbols (think addition, subtraction, and equal symbols) on cardstock, laminate, and then attach a paperclip to each.  "Bury" the manipulatives in a pile of beans in a large flat box.  Students can use the Metal Detector…
  • 26 FREE Teacher eBooks!

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Hey teaching friends!  Did you know we have 26 free eBooks on all sorts of topics just for you here at Organized Classroom?  We do!  And they are free!  Woooo hoooo! The eBooks are filled with tons of tips from the fans at Organized Classroom and are helpful from new teachers to veteran teachers!  I bet everyone will find a gold nugget or 2 of information - even those seasoned veterans who have heard it all! Stop by and check out the titles below! Enjoy from Organized Classroom and TGIF! ~Charity Want more great teaching tips and classroom organization ideas? Subscribe to our FREE…
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  • Home Education or Out-and-About Education?

    Ross Mountney
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Home Educating is a slightly unfortunate term. It’s a misrepresentation of what happens in most family households when they decide to educate their children outside school. Firstly it suggests that children are isolated at home learning by themselves. This is rarely the case, as you can read in this post here. Secondly, it also suggests that the home is where all the learning takes place, which is also untrue for most families. The flexibility of home education means that much of the learning takes place outside of the home. There are ample opportunities for home educators to visit museums,…
  • The differences in revision during your educational life

    Mike James Hansford
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Revision never stays the same, regardless of the level you study at.  As you move up from GCSE to A Level and eventually on to University, you’re talking about different levels of thinking and complexity.  All with that comes different levels of support (unfortunately) and independence. For many people, the exam period is more or less over now.  However, having written a few pieces lately on the subject of revision, it got me thinking about how, as you progress, you have to adapt your style and learning strategies in order to prepare for the relevant examinations. Back in my day, I…
  • Top Tips: Creating a revision timetable

    Mike James Hansford
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Unfortunately, revision does still form a large part of your life, no matter which level you’re learning at. At school no sooner have you finished the course material and feeling happy for yourself do you get thrown into mock exams and and then realise you’re going to have to get down to some revision.  The pressure you can feel under will be great – take it from me who’s gone through far too many exams in my time. The best way of getting started, is to have a revision timetable and plan ready for when you get revising.  Yes, I’m sure that the mock exams will…
  • Choosing Home Education instead of School

    Ross Mountney
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Whilst most parents are going through the anxious time of choosing a school for their pre-school child at this time of year, increasing numbers are choosing to home educate instead. It’s often assumed that parents only home educate because of their child’s unhappiness in school, perhaps through bullying, school phobia, learning difficulties or failing to thrive and achieve. But a growing number of parents are deciding to home educate from the outset because they want a different educational experience for their child. One that moves away from the prescriptive curriculum, the obsession…
  • Good news about the academies system

    Mike James Hansford
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    Over time, I’ve been a critic of the academies system and how it works.  I’ve never been a fan really of giving schools money for specialisms which they can then spend at their own free will – especially without any controls.  The lack of controls is a key feature of academies and why the government is trying to push everyone in a particular direction. For a while the government has found itself in a bit of a pit when it comes to education.  Despite some moderate spending – 13% of the government’s spending, putting us in the top third of the developed world…
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  • Speaking of Listening

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:58 pm
    By Resha Kreischer-Anderson Being part of a rapidly growing company gives me the chance to review plenty of resumes. And I’m often struck by the emphasis candidates place on their verbal skills without a single mention of their listening skills. Repeatedly, I see descriptions such as effective communicator, dynamic presenter or strong verbal abilities. Why aren’t more applicants showcasing their listening aptitude? In my opinion, it’s because our society prioritizes speaking over hearing. This imbalance means that many companies are probably underutilizing or not hiring great employees.
  • Michigan, Let’s Talk!

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    By Justin Wilk During this heated election season, the issue of education funding has moved to the forefront of many races. This battle is particularly contentious in Michigan where, depending on who you ask, education funding has either increased, decreased or done both under Governor Rick Snyder. Nevertheless, Michigan school districts have worked hard to adjust to the reality of ongoing budget deficits. But with so much conflicting information being circulated, are they equipped to deal with their trust deficits? If the narrative of a dysfunctional and poorly managed school system takes…
  • Conversations Are Your Compass

    Eric Beltran
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As you move through the school year, having engaged and supportive parents, students, teachers, staff and community members becomes even more important. The beginning of the year is an exciting time, but, by this point, you will have heard a number of questions and concerns from your stakeholders. Although you may not initially see the value in this feedback, it can play a vital role in helping you assess the health of your district and allow you to course correct when necessary. Are you willing to use these important conversations as your compass? If you could perform a communications audit,…
  • Get Your Affairs in Order

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Sarah Enterline When my husband and I were expecting our son, we met with an estate planner to draft our last wills, living wills, power of attorney documents and the like. We spent many hours completing and compiling these forms and, after they were complete, I dutifully filed them away in a cabinet where I know they are safe. However, I began to wonder who else knows (or should know) where these important papers are? Could my family easily settle my affairs if something happened to me, and I was unable to speak for myself? I’ve constantly thought about this recently as my sister and I…
  • The Story Behind the Stats

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Paige Ulevich In graduate school, I made extra cash by tutoring other graduate students in statistics. I like to think that I was able to take a dry and reviled subject and show how it can illustrate fascinating insights into the world around us. In my humble opinion, people hate statistics because it is usually taught backwards. The first mistake: the mathematical formulae are taught through drill exercises. Then, teachers use word problems to demonstrate how the function can be used. No wonder students struggle with statistical concepts when they are presented as esoteric calculations…
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  • Application of Binary Math to Computers

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    Overview The binary (Base 2) system is based upon powers of 2. It has many applications to situations that have only two alternatives, such as off and on, 0 and 1, yes and no. Electronics, computers, and computer-based hardware such as cell phones and satellites use the binary system. Switching The binary system was adapted in the 17th century by a mathematician named Leibniz from a system used extensively in China. It was quickly adopted by engineers, because 0 and 1 could represent a switch turned on or off. That simple on-off code could be used by sequences of electric lights hooked to…
  • Science Introduction to the Life Cycle of Stars

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Overview Stellar evolution is the theory of the life cycle of stars. Scientists observe many different stars at various stages, starting with the earliest condensations from clouds of nebular gas and dust. Once the temperature is high enough in a star’s core, hydrogen atoms begin nuclear fusion to helium. Eventually, hydrogen is depleted in the stellar core, so nuclear reactions involving helium lead to stages of expansion, explosion, and collapse. The Study of the Life Cycle of Stars Even the largest stars exist for millions of years, so one star cannot be studied through the entire time…
  • Science Review of the Supernova

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Overview A supernova (plural supernovae) occurs when a star over twice the mass of the sun explodes. It is theorized to occur near the end of the huge star’s life, before the star collapses into a black hole. According to astrophysicists, chemical elements that were heavier than hydrogen and helium were formed in nuclear reactions inside supernovae. When the star exploded, those elements were dispersed throughout the universe. The Life Cycle of Stars Particles of interstellar gas and dust are attracted to one another by gravitational and other forces. Most of the time, planets form from the…
  • Math Review of More Fun with Tau

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Overview The quantity represented by the Greek letter tau (6.283185…) is the proportion of the circumference of a circle to its radius. The use of tau simplifies the relationships between angles and circles. These relationships underlie other branches of mathematics and applications to science. Special Angles and Tau The relationship of tau and the circle is such that tau is one turn of the circle. In fact, the Greek letter tau is the first letter in the word tornos, which the English word “turn” is from. Recall the special angles of 30o, 45o, 60o, 90o, 135o, 180o, and 270o with…
  • Math Review of Pi and Tau

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Overview The number represented by the Greek letter pi (3.14159…) is one of the most famous irrational numbers in mathematics. It is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The number represented by the Greek letter tau (6.283185…) is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius. It is another irrational number that has many uses in mathematics. Many Uses of Pi The constant pi is used in many different mathematical contexts. For example, the circumference of a circle C is equal to pi times the diameter d, and the area of a circle A is equal to piπ times…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • London Life

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    The past few weeks have been light on the adventures, and heavier on the typical life stuff. Between school, sleeping, and eating, life seems to finally have slowed down (although after Paris, I am totally okay with this). Having been here a full month and then some, it surprises me how easily I have adapted to London life. I’m still waiting for culture shock or something of that sort to set in. I’m a bit worried it won’t happen, and then when I return home I’ll get the reverse! While most of the past month I’ve been focused on school, I did go out on a small excursion at the behest…
  • Normandy

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    I was shocked to see how beautiful Normandy was when we visited in the middle of October. As an American, I’ve always associated Normandy with World War II and the black-and-white pictures of soldiers storming a beach. I’m not entirely sure what I expected, but I wasn’t expecting to stand on the sites of bloody battles only to look out at a landscape lush with vegetation and an azure ocean below. Nevertheless, that’s precisely what I found. The picture below shows the view from the American cemetery down to Omaha beach. Our first stop was at Saint-Mère-Eglise, the first town…
  • Rivers and Roads, Grazalema and Aracena

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Out of all the places I’ve called home, the one where I find the most peace is in the mountains. Perhaps it is because that is where I truly feel free. The quiet of the mountains removes you from the world for a brief moment and asks you to exist. Our lives are filled with chaos, a bombardment of noise. In the mountains, we remove ourselves from the daily grind and begin to experience a portion of the world that remains somewhat untouched. I was saddened at the thought that I would be missing out on fall in good ol’ Carolina. The leaves painted in an array of color, the sweet smell of…
  • Surprise Selfies

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Recently, I have started taking surprise selfies with the other American students in my group, the hope being to amass at least one with everybody by the time that I head back to the United States in December. It’s not as easy as it sounds; the practice requires patience, precision, and a capacity to execute under pressure. That and the ability to avoid a backhand slap or semi-aggressive shoulder bump potentially headed your way after you shoot the photo. As of today, I have seven photos. There are twenty-three total students in my group, excluding me. Sixteen photographs remain.
  • Panamanian Adventures

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Besides the fact that I got sick from this past weekend, it has been my best experience I have had so far studying abroad! Bocas del Toro, Panama was amazing! Let’s just say that a homemade brownie three nights in a row along with a banana smoothie once a day were some of the highlights. Friday night when we arrived after the 6-hour bus ride and crossing the border, we walked around and looked at all the artisans markets. The town was a cute little street with shops and restaurants. There was a town common too, where a lot of activities went on throughout the weekend. The first night we…
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  • 15 Things We Do As Educators Today That Will Embarrass Us in 20 Years

    Saga Briggs
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    In an era of such rapid change, it’s no easy task to predict the future. The practices and principles we hold dearest to our hearts now may very well be the ones we’re trashing in 25 years. In the same breath, the trends we find least appealing may end up boasting mainstream success. Let’s take a look at 15 beliefs and practices that illustrate our point. 1. Not taking open badges seriously. Open badges may seem clunky now, and far from a suitable substitute for letter grades and degrees, but before we know it we’ll be wishing we’d jumped on board at the start.
  • 21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

    Saga Briggs
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head. In her controversial new book, Seven Myths About Education, published by Routledge earlier this year, Daisy Christodoulou draws on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools to show us just how much educational practice contradicts basic scientific principles. In 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers,…
  • Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students

    Saga Briggs
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Over a decade ago, cognitive scientists John D. Bransford and Daniel J. Schwartz asked fifth graders and college students to create a recovery plan to protect bald eagles from extinction. Surprisingly, the two groups came up with plans of similar quality (although the college students had better spelling skills). But the researchers decided to delve deeper. They asked both groups to generate questions about important issues needed to create recovery plans. On this task, they found big differences. College students focused on critical issues of interdependence between eagles and their habitats…
  • How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students

    Saga Briggs
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    “The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Engineers Without Borders USA More than two decades ago, scientists made a discovery that fundamentally altered the way we think about empathy. While observing monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells responded both when a monkey performed an action…
  • 25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

    Saga Briggs
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or are you stuck with the brains you’ve got? Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says most of us have either a “fixed” or “growth” mindset when it comes to learning. Most of us can get through sixteen years of schooling regardless of which…
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  • Right in the Heart of Maryland Lies John Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Don Osborne
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne Do you currently attend John Hopkins University as a pre-med student? Do you live in Baltimore, MD and are soon
  • Video: All About MCAT Time Management

    Don Osborne
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Some of my students and pre-meds I’ve spoken to have a problem keeping their pace during the MCAT exam. They either spend too much time on a question they don’t know the answer to or they rush through it and make silly mistakes. This can best be avoided by clocking
  • Land of Movie Stars, Palm Trees and Beaches — University of California, Los Angeles

    Don Osborne
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne As a pre-med going to UCLA and living in the Los Angeles area, your primary medical school choice is probably
  • Video: Pre-Med Google Hangout: Top Pre-Med Hassles

    Don Osborne
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    In this quick video, I ask a few students of mine what they feel is their top complaint being a pre-med. You likely feel frustrated about the same things. I talk about them and hopefully my advice will help you better deal with these issues which every pre-med has to
  • Thinking About Medical School In Michigan? Life Beyond Detroit’s Car Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Don Osborne
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne Are you currently a student at the University of Michigan and do you just love Ann Arbor? If you’ve answered
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    Online Cultus

  • Happiness

    Aleksandra Arsik
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
      Read more... The post Happiness appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Thought of the day: Happiness Happiness Happiness and yourself Happiness is something Happiness can exist
  • 5 Perks of e-Learning for working students

    Aleksandra Arsik
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In order to keep up with the fast moving world, most of the students quit studies and go for jobs. They prefer online courses in order to get qualified. But it often gets hectic for them to manage. Still there are many advantages that a working professional can make while taking online courses. Take a...   Read more... The post 5 Perks of e-Learning for working students appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Classroom response system enhancing the learning experience for students 2 ways to prevent online students cheating What is wrong with online learning? 350 000 students in…
  • How to be a successful learner?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Everyone has a strategy in overcoming new learning challenges, tip to learn better, or maybe a scheme that he or she follows. Have a glimpse at the tips on better learning, presented in the infograph below, and let us know your thoughts.   Read more... The post How to be a successful learner? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: 3 Methods to successful self-education Reprogram your mind to become a more confident learner What do you need to know about distance education? Advantages of e-learning in business Can vocabulary make you become a better learner?
  • Everything comes to us

    Aleksandra Arsik
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
      Read more... The post Everything comes to us appeared first on Online Cultus. No related posts.
  • Beginners’ Guide: How to think like an entrepreneur, not like an employee

    Aleksandra Arsik
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    There is always a moment in life, when one feels that one wants more to life than just a simple moderate lifestyle and a mediocre job. Those are the people who not only possess the will of phenomenal success and triumph, but also the required drive and skills. With that being said, they cannot be...   Read more... The post Beginners’ Guide: How to think like an entrepreneur, not like an employee appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Tips for training new employees Team building benefits for employees Skills employers need to find in their employees Business skills courses…
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    Education News

  • IIM-K announces admission for Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP)

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    New Delhi / Kochi, November 14, 2014: The Kochi Campus of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) has announced the admissions for their Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP). The executive education programme is the perfect platform for working professionals and executives to enrich their skills and strategies to take their organizations to the next level of excellence. In the year 2001, IIMK conceived a new model of management education for working executives. Executive Management Education Programme (EMEP) marked the beginning of IIMK’s Executive Education activities and IIMK…
  • 10 tips on how to build a successful career.

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Are you dreaming about how to change your life for the better and start looking for new jobs in Delhi or in any other part of the country? Most of us are afraid of such abrupt changes, forcing ourselves to walk every day to unloved job. In fact, there is nothing bad in changing of occupation. The main thing is the right approach to this issue. Our tips on how to build a successful career will help you in this. It is never too early to think about the possibility to start everything from the beginning. Many of us are realizing that they do not get pleasure from their jobs, but keep going in…
  • Education is More than Passing Exams

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Education today is not simply about getting children ready for the job market. Technological advancement has made it almost impossible to predict employment opportunities that will exist in the next five years. Education is also much more than a fix for the economy. Business leaders and philanthropists such as Cecilia Ibru are working to help children learn the skills they need to become successful human beings with a social conscience and the ability to make intelligent decisions about the future. According to Benjamin Franklin, the education of youth is considered by wise men throughout…
  • The Degrees That WILL Get You a Job

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    There they are, filing out of city halls and into Grad Balls – fresh-faced graduates clutching onto their degrees like shipwreck victims on the side of liferafts. Unaccustomed to the job market, they’re thrown out of the cloistered confines of university, like rabbits in Jobcentre-shaped headlights. Indeed, if the press are to be believed, the situation doesn’t look great. According to national newspaper The Guardian, more than half of all UK graduates are in non-graduates positions. As the number of the populace with degrees increases, so too does competition in the job market. But…
  • UC San Diego Having 18th Rank Among best University in World

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Students hoping to attend UC San Diego took a recent campus tour near the campus’ iconic Geisel Library. LA JOLLA — UC San Diego is the eighteenth best college on the world, as per new worldwide rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The La Jolla-based university is one of five open universities in the United States to make the Report’s main 20 rundown. Harvard University was the top worldwide pick. The Report’s first-ever worldwide rankings measured variables, for example, research, worldwide and provincial notoriety, global joint effort and in addition number of very…
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    Computer Programming

  • Beginning with C++ program

    Jacob Lefore
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    Simple programIn this article we will study C++ program concept through some example.Example#include <iostream.h>#include <conio.h>void main (){cout << “Hello, how are you”;getch ();}In example, the first line of program #include <iostream.h> is necessary. This line means we are adding iostream.h header file in our program. By iostream.h the information about cout object is provided.iostream.h also provides the information about other input and output object and function. If we want to use these function in our program then we have to add iostream.h in our program…
  • How to add controls dynamically in windows form c#

    Jacob Lefore
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Visual studio provide the best features to design the form. By the designer window, you can add the controls from the toolBox. After added the items, you can set the properties by the property window. Same this things, you can do this by the code window. Follow some steps to add controls dynamically.  Step-1 : Open Code window that is form1.cs file, create a object for controls likeTextBox t1 = new TextBox();Step-2 : Associate properties of the TextBox class with the current object like t1.Name = "Text1";    t1.Width = 300;            t1.Text…
  • Design a program to find largest of four numbers

    Jacob Lefore
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    The logic behind the program is, Take four variable like a, b, c, d for numbers also take another variable like large for comparing among three numbers. First of all, assign the value of variable a into the large variable. Compare among three numbers with the large variable. If any one is find larger then you have to assign this variable value into the larger variable. Example#include <stdio.h>#include<conio.h>main()int a,b,c,d;int large;clrscr();printf("Enter four…
  • Comments in C

    Jacob Lefore
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    In C comments can be written like follow ->/*  this is a comment  */Means everything which is written in between /* and */ is assumed as comments. This is not executable.Example#include <stdio.h>         /* preprocessor directive header file*/Void main () /* main start */{int a; /* local variable */printf (“enter a:”);scanf(“%d”, &a);}
  • Structure of C program

    Jacob Lefore
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    The general structure of C program is as follows->Pre processor directivesGlobal variable declaration if anyVoid main (){Local variable declarationFunction prototype declaration if anyStatements}Body of function if anyUnder preprocessor directive the header files come. The variables which are declared before main are known as global variable.
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • LASU Comprehensive Admission List 2014/2015 (2nd & 3rd supplementary, DE etc)

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    This is to inform 2014/2015 prospective students of Lagos State University that the institution has released the comprehensive admission list. The list is accessible on the following links 2014_2015_direct entry_admission-21-11-2014 2014_2015_2nd supplementary_admission-21-11-2014 CANDIDATES THAT HAD BEEN ADMITTED INTO OTHER INSTITUTIONS PART1 2014_2015_3rd supplementary_admission-21-11-2014 CANDIDATES THAT HAD BEEN ADMITTED INTO OTHER INSTITUTIONS PART2 NOTICE TO NEWLY […] LASU Comprehensive Admission List 2014/2015 (2nd & 3rd supplementary, DE etc) is a post from: Nigeria Schools…
  • Check Here: IMT HND Admission List 2014/2015

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    This to officially inform all the HND aspirant of IMT,Enugu that the 1st batch of the admission list for 2014/2015 has been released. To check your admission status obtain a scratch card at Fidelity Bank at Ogui Road Enugu and log on to the the admission checking portal by click here to check your status […] Check Here: IMT HND Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Check Here: IMT HND Admission List 2014/2015 appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Check Here: 2014/2015 FUNNAB Schedule of Fees

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, wishes to inform the public that in preparation for the commencement of academic activities for 2014/2015 academic session, the Senate has approved the following resumption schedule for fresh and returning students: (i)Arrival of fresh students: Sunday, November 30, 2014; (ii)Online registration of returning students: Monday, December 1, 2014 – […] Check Here: 2014/2015 FUNNAB Schedule of Fees is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Check Here: 2014/2015 FUNNAB Schedule of Fees appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • KSU Admission List 2014/2015 Updated

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    This is to inform 2014/2015 prospective candidates that the released admission list has been updated. Those who could not find their names earlier are advised to check again. Candidates can check their admission status byclick here Type in your JAMB Reg. Number Click on “Search” KSU Admission List 2014/2015 Updated is a post from: Nigeria […] KSU Admission List 2014/2015 Updated is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post KSU Admission List 2014/2015 Updated appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • UNIPORT Extends Sales of Pre-degree Form

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Sales of Pre-Degree forms for 2014/2015 academic session in the Faculties Education and Humanities has been extended to 28th November 2014. The new date for the screening exercise test is December 9, 2014. UNIPORT Extends Sales of Pre-degree Form is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog UNIPORT Extends Sales of Pre-degree Form is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post UNIPORT Extends Sales of Pre-degree Form appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
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    PortPrep Blog

  • Interior Design Rendering: A Comprehensive Guide

    Karen Kesteloot
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Learn the art of interior design rendering from “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot. Highly recommended viewing for aspiring interior designers. Are you an aspiring interior designer and want to learn the tricks of the trade? Do you want to boost your chances of getting into an interior design program in college? If your answer to both questions is a resounding “YES,” then you’re in for a treat! “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot recorded a Google Hangouts on Air video of her showing to viewers how she does interior design rendering for her…
  • The Most Accurate Way of Drawing a Leaf

    Karen Kesteloot
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Learn the right way of drawing a leaf in this tutorial video presented by “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot. As an art student, it is inevitable that you will come across drawing a leaf. While a leaf seems pedestrian and doesn’t require a lot of skill to draw, it is still best that you know the correct way of doing this. Oftentimes, art students rely so much on their sight on basis for their artworks. However, the result is that the drawings end up unequal and misaligned. Measuring your subject with just your eyes is a very advanced technique that takes time to study…
  • The Dustless Approach to Using Chalk Pastel

    Karen Kesteloot
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Chalk pastel is a great drawing tool due to the vibrant and expressive colors it produces. However, the problem that most beginners have with using pastel is the dust that it leaves on the canvas. This is most evident when using this medium for shading and creating contrast in your drawings. In this video by “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot, learn how to use pastels without leaving off that unwanted residue from your paper. Instead of directly using the stick of pastel on the paper, Karen first scraped off the powder from the pastels she needed for the drawing using a…
  • Why Is Hand Drawing Such An Important Skill That Landscape Architects Must Possess?

    Karen Kesteloot
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Learn why hand drawing is a skill that will not only help landscape architects improve their work, but also increase their job opportunities in the future. In order to survive and make good money in the competitive job market, you should possess a wide set of skills related to your industry. This will allow you to broaden your job opportunities and increase your chances of landing one. While it isn’t any of your concerns as a high school senior (at least for now), it is nonetheless important for you to understand that your skills and competency determine your place in the industry. More…
  • The Creative Thought Process DIY Video Series Is Here!

    Karen Kesteloot
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have lots of ideas running through your mind for your artworks but can’t properly organize them in order to create a unified whole? Do you have trouble coming up with ideas at all? Being able to have a refined creative thought process will allow you to make fully realized artworks for your portfolio. This is important especially if you are a high school senior and want to get into arts college. If you’re not aware, college admissions rely on the applicant’s portfolio, how well-composed the pieces are and how much talent and potential is shown on them, to determine the…
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    emmanuel obasi
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    RELEVANCE OF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION IN NIGERIA ABSTRACT This study was allotted wit the only real objective of determining the relevance of development communication as a tool for national development. In effort this study, the scientist known the scientist drawback and used them to boost four analysis queries and for four analysis hypothesis. Literature about the subject below study was reviewed through each primary and secondary sources of literature. The scientist used survey analysis style that change her to hunt for consultants opinions on the subject additionally as collect…

    emmanuel obasi
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Nematodes are little, thread-like worms activity zero.0 fifteen in. to zero.187 in. long. they’re either life style parasitic or saprophytic, known on the premise of shapes, size and special structures. The females become swollen and flask-shaped as a results of accumulation of eggs with the asshole just about terminal in position, whereas the males are formed (Sherf and Macnah, 1986; Chitwood, 1949; Taylor and Sasser, 1978; Idowu, 1979 and Idowu, 1983) Nematodes are far-famed for inflicting harmful diseases of crops as they need a large vary of feeding habit, represent regarding…

    emmanuel obasi
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    An in agreement framework definition of foreign direct investment (FDI) exists in the literature. That is, FDI is Associate in Nursing investment created to amass a long-lasting management interest (normally 100% of option stock) in a very commercialism in operation in acountry apart from that of the capitalist outlined in step with residency (World Bank, 1996). Such investments might take the shape of either “greenfield” investment (also referred to as “mortar and brick” investment) or merger and acquisition (M&A), that entails the acquisition of existing interest instead of new…

    emmanuel obasi
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    Over the past decade, exaggerated instigation additionally as criticism of auditors has left very little space for doubt that auditors face a liability and credibleness crises in their profession. The name of business profession comes below question for the responsibility of their services (Adhikari, 2011). Similarly, failure of business during which deficiencies of monetary news and company revealing have patterned conspicuously aren’t new phenomena but, position cases of recent past like Enron, Worldcom, international crossing, Adelphia communication and last, Royal Ahold and Health…

    emmanuel obasi
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Small and medium scale enterprises square measure the engine that drives most economies of the globe. Their importance to the economy of Nigeria can’t be unnoted. SMEs activities-both international and native have contributed vastly to the gross domestic product within the economy as they participate in producing, importation, exportation, employment etc. in step with Gono (2013), SMEs contribute to output and employment creation and that they are a nursery for the larger companies of the longer term. the foremost productive…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • Getting a Discount on GED Retakes

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    Most GED classes are designed to offer the most benefit to its test-takers as possible, including discounts for any retakes that are scheduled. There’s no problem if you don’t pass on your first try, you can schedule as many retakes as you need. Students must achieve a passing score on each of the 4 subjects in order to complete their GED. It is possible to challenge all the subjects at once or each individually. For retakes, it makes the most sense to challenge the individual subjects that were not passed. The GED Testing Service offers a limited number of discounts on retakes. Here’s…
  • Pros and Cons of Computer-Format GED Test

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Starting in 2014, the GED Testing Service began rolling out a brand new version of their test in about 40 states. Soon, the computerized format will be the only option for test-takers. There are a lot of changes that accompany this switch, and its best to understand them before you take your GED test. Depending on your experience with computers and test-taking, there are some things you should prepare for before the day of the test.Pros of Computer Format GEDEasier to RegisterWith the adoption of the computer format, the GED Testing Service has changed their registration procedures to make it…
  • How to Use your GED for a Career

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    The GED program is one of the best ways to pick up where you left off in your education, but you still need pick the direction you will go once you’ve gotten the degree. This can be overwhelming because there are so many new options for your career and paths to pursue, but don’t be intimidated! Having options is a great thing, so make the most out of your decision and find something that is fulfilling and rewarding.Vocational Training or Certificate ProgramsIf you’re ready to start working as soon as possible, consider enrolling in a vocational training program. There are many different…
  • Pros and Cons of Adult Education Classes

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Adult education classes are available to anyone that wants to complete a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The GED is the most widely accepted alternative to the high school diploma, so it’s the best bet if you want to get your education back on track. Even if you’ve been out of school for years, adult education classes can give you the skills and knowledge you need to ace the test. They don’t fit everyone’s needs though, so understanding what they offer and your personal learning preferences are important.ProsAvailability –GED classes are available in every state and every county.
  • Is a GED Practice Test Required?

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The GED Practice Test is a useful resource that allows test-takers to get the experience they need with the test format before the day of the official test. With more practice answering questions in the same format as the real test, test-takers can gain a significant edge and drastically improve their scores. The GED General Equivalency Diploma Practice Test is so helpful that there are some states that require it for qualification to take the official test.States that Require the GED Practice TestArkansasKentuckyLouisiana (for test-takers under 19)MaineNew HampshireTennesseeWest VirginiaIn…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • Last minute tips for English Section

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Dear Readers, Today I am going to share some quick fix tips for the SBI Associates and IBPS Clerical examinees! You’re facing 40-50 question depending on which exam – and we need to maximize output and minimize negative marks. Here is how you could do it: 1. Reading comprehension – is a MUST. Do not leave out the reading comprehension questions. It does not require you to look at grammar or error or vocabulary – it just requires you to read – understand and answer correctly what you have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
  • Blood Relations – How the story unfolds!

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    First off – Hearty Congratulations to all those you’ve been short listed for interview in IBPS PO IV! Hard work and dedication pays! And those of you who haven’t cleared the written – have heart and keep faith, your day will come too; keep your eyes on the goal and keep preparing – the next one will be yours! And for everyone in general, on either side of the today’s results – the battle is still on – don’t rejoice, don’t sulk, don’t expect victory, don’t give up, don’t throw your pens in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other…
  • General Awareness Quiz for 22 November

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- Questions1. Which state is having the highest monthly per capita expenditure in 2012 Urban MPCEs? 2. What is “Make in India”? 3. How much has been allocated for Make in India? 4. In ICC Women Ranking as on 30th August, 2014 in batting Charlotte Edwards of England came 2nd whereas the 1st ranked is 5. In ICC Women Ranking as on 30th August, 2014 in bowling S.R. Taylor of West Indies came 1st whereas the 2nd and 3rd ranked were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IBPS PO IV interviews to start from 18 January

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    Many of my readers cracked IBPS PO IV exam. Congratulations to all of them.  IBPS is going to conduct interview for PO IV from 18 January 2015. Now it's time to start your interview preparations. Within next few days I will start Interview Preparation Guide. I will also upload Videos for preparation. You can get Interview Digest to kickstart your preparation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 22 November

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- Deaths Alexander Grothendieck, the famous Mathematician, died on 13th November 2014. He received the Fields Medal in the year 1966. Mike Nicholas, Oscar Award Winner, died on 19th November 2014. He was famous comedian and theater director. He was also awarded with Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. He won total about 10 times Tony Award, the awards has given in the field of excellence in theatre.  Awards On 15th November 2014, Custodian of the Year 2014... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Minnesota School of Business Blog

  • A Woman of the Year Joins MSB-Richfield

    maija jaaska
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) is thrilled to welcome our new Dean of Faculty, Miriam Williams! Miriam has been with Globe Education Network for five years and brings over 20 years of educational experience to our campus. Miriam WilliamsMiriam was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended college at Bay Path University in Massachusetts. That is where she discovered her love of learning and even worked as an admissions officer there. Miriam says that her passion for education was inevitable. She says, “This is the most likely career for me. My father was a pastor and…
  • Holiday Job Search Tips

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Kelly Kleppen, director of career services Written by Kelly Kleppen, director of career services We have just wrapped up Halloween activities at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth and are now focused on planning holiday activities. As the weather gets cold, people become more dormant, but your job search doesn’t need to be. Typically, job-seekers slow down their search during the holiday season, thinking they will be too busy, but doing so is a big mistake. Businesses are still hiring! Did you know that some Plymouth and metro businesses hurry to hire for open positions at the…
  • Small Business Expo Connects Students with Business Owners for 4th Consecutive Year

    Julie Kresh
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    For the 4th consecutive year, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine welcomed local small businesses to showcase products and services at the on-campus Small Business Expo. Expo participants (listed below) offered samples of products to try out and/or purchase as well as information about services they offer. Business owners also talked with students about the benefits and challenges of owning a small business. The event is an excellent opportunity for professional networking, in addition to connecting students with small business owners. The student commons looks busy at the 4th annual small…
  • From Music Man to Internet Marketing Expert

    maija jaaska
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Richard Grossman is a man familiar with wearing many hats. At present, he is the internet marketing program chair at both Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) and Globe University-Woodbury (GU). In his past he has been a musician, songwriter, producer, agent, music publisher, audio engineer, videographer and, most importantly, a teacher. Internet Marketing Program Chair Richard GrossmanSo how does this unique background lead to internet marketing? Let’s start at the beginning… Richard says he fell in love with music as a youngster back when The Beatles hit the U.S.
  • Vet Tech Students Lend a Caring Hand at ‘VeTouch’

    Nicole Rasmussen
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Recently, veterinary technology students from the Small Animal Dentistry and Surgical Assisting class from Minnesota School of Business-Elk River went to “VeTouch” at Hennepin United Methodist Church in Minneapolis to volunteer alongside University of Minnesota veterinary students to complete their applied learning project. VeTouch, which occurs the first Sunday of every month, is set up as a partnership which is run by U of M vet students (vet students, pre-vet and Veterinarians) and is all volunteer-based. The church hosts a feed on the first Sunday of each month and VeTouch is…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • Four Easy Steps to Building a Strong Parent-Teacher Team

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    High Five designed by Elizabeth Smith from the Noun Project Teachers have the primary responsibility for managing what goes on in the classroom, but we sometimes forget that we have partners at home who can help out when the going gets tough in the behavior department. In reality, it’s really easy to get parents working on your side. Step 1: Reaching Out The first step, of course, is to simply reach out to them as actively and positively as you reach out to new students on the first day of school. The parents of your kids should know without a doubt that you love their children and will do…
  • The Magic Mantra for Managing Student Partners

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    People designed by irene hoffman from the Noun Project School is filled with situations were kids need to partner up to get their work done. Being able to work effectively with a partner is a huge life skill, but this process can be fraught with classroom community pitfalls. Why? For the same reason you always got chosen last for your childhood kickball games: humans like to play favorites. We all hate those icebreakers we have during adult meetings where we are forced to interact with strangers, but (as we grudgingly admit to ourselves) they do help a group become cohesive very quickly.
  • Nipping Student Put-Downs in the Bud

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Often, America seems to be a “put-down” culture. Trash talking during sports is institutionalized and sometimes it seems that making fun of others is our go-to approach to humor. So it’s no wonder that elementary students will often try to assert themselves by putting down others. Perhaps it makes them feel better by making somebody else feel worse or they’re just following along with what they hear from their friends and at home. Regardless, I can tell you that there is nothing that will hurt your classroom community faster than students putting each other down…
  • 3 Simple Steps to Assessing Elementary Math Proficiency

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love teaching math because the standards seem so much like building blocks. I think math standards are easier to master in isolation and they definitely build one upon the other. Almost without fail, my students each year declare math to be their favorite subject! But it’s definitely important to know exactly where our students stand in their understanding of grade-level math concepts. That way we can more effectively individualize our instruction be certain that no student is left behind I do this with a three-step process. Don’t miss your free set of math standards check-off sheets…
  • Encouraging Emerging Writers

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Giving Positive, Constructive Feedback on Student Writing How do we honor the work that students do in writing? By providing them with some great descriptive feedback. They deserve no less; quality writing is the last skill that students to develop and master in elementary school. I know that writing is hard for my students and I want them to feel good about it. Giving positive, constructive feedback definitely helps with that. Quality Feedback for Quality Writing The basic approach is to list all the things they did really well and give them one specific thing to work on for next time.
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    Magical Methods

  • Magical Methods Game Based technique can Enhance Mathematical Skills of Your Kid

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Do you find it as a difficult task to enhance the mathematical skills of your kid? Then you will have to think of a unique method that can be used to teach mathematics to your kid in an interesting way. That’s where Vedic math tricks come into play. It is a proven and an effective method that can be used to overcome many mathematical challenges. It can help any person to overcome hard to understand mathematical problems in a simple manner.Now you can see a lot of products that are based on Vedic Math tricks. Vedic Maths, which was developed by Magical Methods hold a prominent place out of…
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    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
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  • Teaching Mental Maths to Kids through Games is Spreading Fast

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Dealing with kids in mathematics needs specialized skills that the teacher should possess. Have you thought of assisting your kids or other kids from Grade II to VI with Mental Maths? Magical Methods, as the leader in Vedic Mathematics, can equip you with advanced skills and knowledge on how to accomplish your dream. You can create a successful business where many kids come to you for training.There are many kids that struggle with maths, and some are being taught complicated methods to do basic Kids Math. Magical Methods will equip you with advanced methods on how to simplify maths for kids.
  • Vedic Mathematics~ Secrets Revealed and why you should learn such a valuable tool!!!

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Vedic mathematics has been around for centuries in the Indian culture, and has really started to catch attention in the 20th century, and is really growing strong in the 21st century! Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae. For example, ‘Vertically and Crosswise` is one of these Sutras. These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore…
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    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
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  • Learn all about the latest bullying events, and effects here!

    Viraj Puri
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm The post Learn all about the latest bullying events, and effects here! appeared first on .
  • Little Children and Already Acting Mean

    Viraj Puri
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:39 am
    Children still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and intentionally exclude others, say psychologists and educators who are increasingly noticing the behavior and taking steps to curb it. Special programs are popping up in elementary schools to teach empathy as a means of stemming relational aggression, a psychological term to describe using the threat of removing friendship as a tactical weapon. Children also are being guided in ways to stand up for themselves, and to help others, in instances of social exclusion. Though both boys and girls exhibit relational aggression, it is…
  • California Shooting Sparks Massive Social Media Response From Women

    Viraj Puri
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:38 am
    ISLA VISTA, Calif.–Hours after a shooting rampage in this coastal college town that the alleged gunman said was “retribution” against women who’d rejected him, a woman launched a conversation on Twitter  about what it’s like to feel vulnerable to violence. “As soon as I reached my teens, I didn’t feel comfortable being outside in the evening on my own street,” the woman wrote in one of her first posts under a Twitter hashtag called #YesAllWomen. The woman declined to be identified for this article. The hashtag had garnered more than 500,000…
  • New Experimental Heatmaps added

    Viraj Puri
    16 Jan 2014 | 6:03 am
    Today, we are highlighting three more tools to allow visitors to utilize everything my partners have given me access to.The first, is from Dr. Jerry Zhu of the University of Wisconsin. The work that Dr. Zhu is doing and continues to do on this subject is enlightening. Pay particular attention to the several papers he has done of the subject of bullying ( The world would be hard pressed to find another professor who has done as much as Dr. Zhu has ! The second is from the friends of Kalev Leetaru and requires no input on your part as it…
  • Bullying Sonar

    Viraj Puri
    14 Jan 2014 | 6:32 am
    We hear so much and might get a very small view of what is happening in and around any one news story about bullying.  Today, we have a special update to our site with the help of Nova Spivack and his Bottlenose team.  Nova has allowed us to use his Bottlenose Sonar to peer into the conversations coming off of Twitter.  This is only from 1% of the total Tweets, but it is still very interesting and gives us a view of Bullying from a much broader perspective.  Thanks Nova ! The post Bullying Sonar appeared first on .
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    eLearning Infographics

  • Campus Safety Tips for College Students Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Campus Safety Tips for College Students Infographic College is a place to learn, achieve and have fun. The Campus Safety Tips for College Students Infographic provides tips for how to stay safe while on campus, in your dorm, and out at parties. Golden Rules of Campus Safety On Campus When walking after dark use the “buddy system” and stay in well-lit areas. Know where emergency phones are on campus. Report suspicious loitering to campus police. If your campus has a safe ride service, be sure to use it if you’re alone in an area and need a ride. Don’t listen to music…
  • Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic 10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic shows elearning professionals what to follow in the coming year. 1. Big Data Numbers in eLearning are becoming so large that processing user generated data using traditional methods is becoming impossible. How big data analysis can improve e-learning? By deeper understanding of the learning process. Example: Statistics on completion time and rate. By helping track learner and group patterns. Example: How people click and go over the material. Personalized courses. Example: What are the…
  • Is Your Kid Having a Cell Phone? Infographic

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    Is Your Kid Having a Cell Phone? Cell phone you can’t live without it. Cell phone per se becomes necessity for communicating. In this generation, it’s hard to dare say that you can last a week to pass by without your phone on your side. As this is the medium of getting in touch with your love ones and others anytime and anywhere you want. Get updated with relatives, school projects, events, what’s in and out, asking for help in case of emergency and many to mention. Also keep in mind that there are negative sides using this cell phone, especially handling them out to kids…
  • An Overview of Military Students in Higher Education Infographic

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    From Service to Student: An Overview of Military Students in Higher Education Infographic Did you know that the number of military students is rising? That’s right – military students currently make up 5% of the total undergrad population, and that number is expected to increase.Earning a degree could be a great way for military members to embark on a new career path or build on existing skills and knowledge. This can be particularly important for those who are transitioning between military and civilian life. In some cases, military experience may even be accepted as college credit at…
  • Video Games Can Be Positive For Kids Infographic

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Video Games Can Be Positive For Kids – It’s Up to You There have been studies, headlines and speculation about the effects of video games on children for years. It’s time for us to sift through the hearsay and scare tactics and focus on what’s important: what matters is not if your child plays video games, but how your child plays video games. So, what exactly determines when video games are good and when they are bad, you ask? Video games exercise your children’s strengths and allow them to learn in a fun, non-threatening environment. They can learn vital skills like…
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    Talk in French

  • Podcast #34 Discover a new area of France: Bordeaux / Confusing words

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    Here is the 34th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. Discover a new city of France that you might  have... The post Podcast #34 Discover a new area of France: Bordeaux / Confusing words appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 50 Common French Phrases Every French Learner Should Know

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      Sometimes, it is great to memorise some phrases that might come handy when in discussion with a French native-speaker. So, here I will share 50 common phrases in French, which I am sure you will find useful. If you want to learn even more, why don’t you check out 2 of my Ebooks: the French Phraseb... The post 50 Common French Phrases Every French Learner Should Know appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Podcast #33 Discover a new area of France: La Provence

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Here is the 33th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. Discover a new area of France that you might  have... The post Podcast #33 Discover a new area of France: La Provence appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Discover the 12 Most Family Friendly Places in France to Live

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    One reader asked me about which places in France suit an  expatriate family the most. I couldn’t give an accurate answer that time, so I decided to dedicate one article to this topic. First off, you might have heard some news that France’s economy is sluggish nowadays. I admit it is true, and as par... The post Discover the 12 Most Family Friendly Places in France to Live appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Get my new eBook: French Phrasebook and Menu Reader

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    For years now, France has been the number one destination for tourists. We sure know how to make our country « sexy» ! Despite its attractiveness, travelling to France is always associated with stress or at least apprehension . That’s why I created this French Phrasebook. “French Phraseb... The post Get my new eBook: French Phrasebook and Menu Reader appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Release date, Price, Features, Specs and Leaked Images

    Faheen Ahmed
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Release date, Price, Features, Specs and Leaked Images Samsung is by far the most used mobile phone in the world. The authority of Samsung came when they introduced the Samsung Galaxy S Series. The Galaxy S series have been the consumers’ choice for they always meet the demands of the ever changing trends in technology. Statistics show that Samsung Galaxy S series have sold over 200 million units. This is after the Samsung S5 was released. So, the S6 and S7 have not been included in the sales for they are yet to hit the market. Of great interest here is the Samsung Galaxy…
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Another Beast In the Row

    Faheen Ahmed
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here comes an alternate antecedent in the news of the extremely stunning and frequented Samsung’s Galaxy S arrangement. The organization has dependably been among the most loved of its column in the clients. Individuals have constantly favored the new peculiarities being dispatched in the arrangement and it is difficult to disregard the one and move to another genera of organization. Same in this series series, the amazing specs and features which are about to come in this device are be of the follow types: The Specifications and the rumor Around: As it is pretty sure that the new…
  • MyTheme Shop Black Friday Deals – 80% Offer on Premium Theme

    Faheen Ahmed
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    MyTheme Shop Black Friday Deals – 80% Offer on Premium Theme If you are planning to buy Premium WordPress Theme, its time when webmasters like you and me can save lot of money. No doubt a lot of big platforms are offering premium wordpress theme as well as plugins. Category wise these theme can be divided into mainly : Magazine, Blog, Business, E-Commerce etc. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of most craziest shopping days in the entire world. On this Black Friday Sale 2014, MyThemeShop is offering its lowest price deal and surely it will help to a lot of newbies to start their…
  • New YouTube’s 10 Most-Watched Videos Ever

    Faheen Ahmed
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    New YouTube’s 10 Most-Watched Videos Ever The video site celebrates its eight birthday today. See how Psy, Lady Gaga, and a carnivorous toddler stack up on the most-watched list. 1. Psy, “Gangnam Style”: 1,552,071,214 views No surprise here. After posting the eccentric video in mid-July 2012, K-pop singer Psy became a sensation, appearing on every television show ever, spawningcountless spin-off videos, and inspiring David Gregory to dance. (Or, at least, try.) The video reached 100 million views in 51 days, but hasn’t stopped its climb to record heights. Not a bad run for a subtle…
  • [Best] {New*} Top 100 Best Whatsapp Status

    Faheen Ahmed
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Best Whatsapp Status – Funny Whatsapp Status, Love Status for Whatsapp & Motivational Whatsapp – Cute Whatsapp Status with Good Morning Updates – All Mood Whatsapp Status If you are a WhatsApp user than you are probably addicted to it & seek for things that your other Whatsapp addicted friend’s daily do on Whatsapp, one of them is updating your WhatsApp status… having a great quote whether inspirational, loving or emotional or updating status in a funny day describes your mood today in your circle. Note – We have divided below given status in to…
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  • Interview Tips to Land Your Dream Job

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Interviews are the gateway to landing a new job and all the perks that go with it. The interview is a primary selection tool hiring managers use to find the candidates they need. Dressing in your best business outfit and standing in front of a person, or persons, who are going to read into every word you say can be a nerve racking event. However, with a little preparation you can increase your chances and lower your anxiety.Preparation 1: Build a Strong ResumeThe best preparation for an interview is to ensure that your resume is accurate and reflective of your skills. Hiring managers use…
  • China Stimulates Economy to Keep Deflation at Bay

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Experts predicted the Chinese economy to slow down for the last five years but it never happened-until now. Instead, the economy continued to grow and develop moving from copying technology to inventing some of their own. As the world’s No. 2 economy it has recently recognized that significant slowing in Asia and Europe may be hampering its own growth and it is taking precautionary measures to prop up its position. In an attempt to support development and investment it slashed interest rates at the time when American’s have weaned themselves off easy money policies. By injecting…
  • Call for Papers: Advances in Business-Related Scientific Research Conference

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Dates:  March 25thto 27th, 2015Location: Venice, ItalyWebsite: Enquiries: chair@absrc.orgABSRC is an important international gathering of business and business-related sciences scholars and educators. In addition to scientific papers, the focus is on various best practices and solutions, which are important for business activities.ABSRC is a global conference. Researchers and practitioners from 50 different countries participated at the past ABSRCs.Business and business-related issues are covered including the following topic groups:Business strategyChange management…
  • Improving Multi-Channel Outcomes in Online Marketing

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Companies don’t always exist exclusively in the real or virtual world and neither should their marketing campaigns. Some consumers prefer buying products through physical channels while others prefer online channels. Companies find themselves managing the complexity of both broad channels to improve sales. These sales may not be based in a single marketing channel and may be more associated with the use of multiple marketing channels working together. An article in the Journal of Marketing Research offers greater insight into cross-channel effects on traditional, online display and paid…
  • Positive Outlook and Proactivity Leads to Positive Business Outcomes

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    There is nothing wrong with a little optimism in your life; especially if that positive outlook ends with good things. Optimism can lead to promotion through positive interactions with others and a willingness to handle workplace challenges using a level of grace. When you are positive you are less likely to wait for problems to raise their head making you more proactive in handling issues. The very way in which we view the world may determine what type of fruit we can pick from it. When one is reasonably optimistic about life they have something called a positive orientation. Positive…
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    On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog

  • Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years

    Mike Hanski
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    For college students and young writers from all over the world: Bid4papers announces an international essay writing competition. Show your creativity and writing skills, take part in this contest, and win $500 doing what you like most – composing. Guidelines Write an essay “Education In 50 Years: A Futurist’s Perspective” Be creative, use your imagination, […] The post Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • 48 Ideas on How to Improve the US Education System

    Mike Hanski
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:20 am
    Quick navigation: → South Korea education performance [Infographic] → Expert roundup: how to improve the education system in the US? → From the student’s point of view Pearson, an education assessment service, recently released The Learning Curve 2014. With information gathered by The Economist Intelligence Unit, extensive desk research and interviews with several of the […] The post 48 Ideas on How to Improve the US Education System appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Want to write better? Start reading, a lot [Infographic]

    Mike Hanski
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    It usually helps me write by reading – somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear. – Steven Wright Reading is a new fashion. Again. And it’s cool. We bet, you all can find and cite many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person […] The post Want to write better? Start reading, a lot [Infographic] appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • How to Write a Critique of a Novel

    Mike Hanski
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    When your teacher gives you an assignment to write a book (novel) critique, the first thing you should do is making sure you understand the specificity of this task clearly. Keep in mind the fact you were asked to write a critique, not a simple review of a novel. What is the difference? A book […] The post How to Write a Critique of a Novel appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Have a Break: Time for some College Fun

    Mike Hanski
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Today’s post is short. College is not about studying only. Have some fun Here’s what we’ve made with Pow Toon: Kudos to eCampus. Huffingtonpost article on theme parties, greek life and school spirit: 7 Fun Things You Have to Look Forward To In College Wikihow advise you to cheer on your football team. And more: […] The post Have a Break: Time for some College Fun appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • Fun Family-Centered Activities for School Break

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Between work and school, families don’t get to spend a lot of quality time together during the week. However, during school break, school is removed from the equation, opening up a bit more free time and giving families a chance to slow down and enjoy each other’s company. These family-centered activities will help you use school breaks as an opportunity to enjoy some positive interaction with your kids, bring some learning into your household, and accomplish something pretty incredible in the process. No activity will fit every family perfectly, but these activities can be easily adapted…
  • Tapping into Your Students’ Individual Intelligences in the Classroom

    Carrie Wible
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences changed the world of education. Before Gardner proposed that a student could have an affinity towards more than one intelligence, a student was usually put into one category that would define him for the rest of his life. The thought that “Johnny is good at math” or “Susie is good at music” grouped kids into categories that, while likely accurate, implied they were weak in all other areas. Gardner realized children have the potential for eight different intelligences.  These aren’t to be confused with…
  • Announcing Test Room – Online Assessment Platform

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Help Teaching now offers Test Room, an online assessment platform designed for teachers, parents, tutors, and trainers. Test Room gives educators the power to administer assessments online. It also provides statistical data to help educators quickly monitor and assess student and class performance. As an educator, you have many reasons to quiz students and now Test Room provides the convenience, tools, and flexibility to do so in a meaningful way. Creating Student Groups The My Classes feature lets you organize and assign tests for individual classes or groups of students. Once you create a…
  • How to Refocus a Difficult Class

    William Campione
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Even the most seasoned teachers encounter a class they just can’t reign in. Here are five simple methods for taking back control of your classroom, while still maintaining your sanity and professionalism. #1 Take advantage of the support systems in place. There are various school support personnel in every school district and many of them can provide valuable feedback to you. From guidance counselors to school psychologists and social workers, there is usually someone who could offer advice on specific children, or suggest methods that work with this type of issue. Also, you may not be the…
  • 9 Life Skills Every Teen Needs

    Carrie Wible
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Teens can accomplish more with their phones in an hour than most people can accomplish in a week. While technology moves us forward, basic life skills are slowly fading into the background. Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, along with other social media tools, make it so easy for them to interact with people from the comfort of their homes, that in-person job interviews or public speaking tasks seem daunting. With banking apps to help manage our finances, it’s easy to see why many young people don’t know how to write a check or balance a checkbook. However, basic life skills,…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • 3 Time-Saving Tips to Help Educators Lead Students Away from the “Have it Now” Mentality (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Impulsive buying habits can increase the cost of college for students and as student debt rises, it is important to implement steps to curb these habits. Here are steps students can take to reduce spending while enjoying the college experience. The post 3 Time-Saving Tips to Help Educators Lead Students Away from the “Have it Now” Mentality appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 93 #3. Course Evals: Focus #1: What do you do well? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    We need to focus in on and keep score of those things that we are doing well so we can understand what our strengths are. When we understand what our strengths are we can use them to address some of our weaknesses. The post SC 93 #3. Course Evals: Focus #1: What do you do well? appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to Get a Job in 7 Days (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Successful job hunting requires effort. Whether you are looking for a full time job or a part time position, you need to devote yourself to the task of finding a job. It is possible to find a job in 7 days and get the employment need faster and more efficiently. If you need to get a job urgently and time is of the essence, you can use the following tips to hasten your job search. The post How to Get a Job in 7 Days appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Career Paths for RNs (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Career Paths for RNs The post Career Paths for RNs appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • College Student’s Guide to Living on Their Own (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    For many students, being able to live on their own for the first time in their life can be exciting. It can feel like the ultimate form of freedom and give you a taste of adulthood. But before they can go out on their own they need to answer a few questions, including the accommodation they want to live in. To help you get the most out of living on your own, below is a guide on the different types of student accommodation: The post College Student’s Guide to Living on Their Own appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Tips for successful parent-teacher conferences

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    November is parent/teacher conference month in many school districts across the United States.  Conferences give teachers the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with parents and discuss student progress from the first quarter of the school year.  What should teachers remember as they prepare for conferences?  What should parents expect to learn from their conference?  I asked several principal colleagues to share their sage advice. What is your best piece of advice for teachers as they prepare for conferences?  Try to hear your message through the ears and hearts of the…
  • An ineffective way to look at teachers

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    I wrote the following which appears in today’s edition of the Baltimore Sun in the Readers Respond section. Liz Bowie’s recent reporting on Maryland’s teacher evaluation system (Where ineffective teachers are found, November 2, 2014) raises many questions.  Bowie’s investigative report contains several quotes from Sandi Jacobs, the vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality.  The NCTQ is a Washington think tank with a clear political agenda that is anti-teacher and highly critical of teacher education programs across the United States.  Their advisory…
  • Isn’t it time for an elementary TOY, Maryland?

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    According to, there are 1,424 public schools in the state of Maryland.  More than half (866/60%) of those schools are elementary level.  With a little investigating at one can discover that there are 33,000 elementary teachers (K-5) in Maryland and 24,544 secondary teachers. The question I have is, if there are nearly ten thousand more elementary teachers in Maryland than secondary teachers, why has there only been one elementary level Maryland Teacher of the Year in the last eleven years?  This puzzling pattern is not just a state…
  • The Supportive Role of Pupil Personnel Workers

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    One of my favorite educators, Debbie Wooleyhand, is guest hosting #mdeschat this Thursday.  I interviewed her from the other end of our couch to find out more about the role of pupil personnel workers. Tell us a little about yourself. I am a wife and mother of two children, one in college @LukeWooleyhand and one a senior in high school (not into social media).  I have worked in the same school system for 32 years and graduated high school from that same school system.  I started as a kindergarten teacher and worked in various positions leading me to the position of coordinator of…
  • Why Should Educators Blog?

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    I began blogging a year ago today. This is my 70th post in a calendar year. I was never the type to keep a journal. When I was eleven years old I was given a diary for Christmas from my mother. I dutifully wrote in that diary for six weeks, then my entries trailed off to nothing. Maybe it’s a guy thing. We’re just not a reflective gender. Nevertheless, I started writing Common Sense School Leadership on October 7, 2013. For me, Twitter was the “gateway” from micro-blogging to full blown blogging. The connections and conversations I had with educators across the globe motivated me to…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Serving Students by Giving

    Richard Stuart
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Giving is one of the most powerful principles of all time. Voyageur Outward Bound School has been changing lives through challenge and discovery in Minnesota for more than 50 years by using the wilderness as a classroom to provide unparalleled opportunities for personal growth, self-reliance, teamwork and compassion. With the opening of the Twin Cities... The post Serving Students by Giving appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Life on the Winter trails

    Calvin Croll
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    “I’m going to camp out in northern Minnesota for a week this January.” When most people hear those words they think that it sounds a little nuts. Even fewer expect that they would ever utter them. The truth is, camping out in the winter can be very comfortable. All you need is the right clothes,... The post Life on the Winter trails appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Dog Sledding Trips for the Adventurous

    Calvin Croll
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Walking into a kennel that houses 70 or more sled dogs is an interesting experience in itself, but you will be blown away by what happens next: Pick up a harness. Turn to face the dogs. Steady yourself as the sound of pure excitement hits you in a tidal wave of barks and howls. They... The post Dog Sledding Trips for the Adventurous appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • VOBS Celebrates 50 Years in Outward Bound Style

    Jack Lee
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    At nearly 400 people, the room was crowded and jovial, the way a family reunion feels. There were hugs and handshakes and memories flowing like the Mississippi river that formed the backdrop and soundtrack to an evening of reconnection and recommitment. This past Sunday night, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) celebrated its 50th anniversary with... The post VOBS Celebrates 50 Years in Outward Bound Style appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Legendary Explorer Will Steger to Keynote 50th Celebration Event

    Jack Lee
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Will Steger. This name–especially for those of us who are passionate about the outdoors–is a household one. Will Steger has led some of the most significant expeditions in history, including the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without resupply. So we’ve always been so proud that Will Steger is a former staff member.... The post Legendary Explorer Will Steger to Keynote 50th Celebration Event appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • How to Change Direction of Text from Right-to-Left to Left-to-Right

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    A very common problem proofreaders encounter is to do with text direction. If we receive a file from someone who regularly uses Arabic (or another right-to-left script, such as Hebrew) to write, the direction of the text in the comments pane may still be set to right-to-left, even if the main text in the document is left-to-right.  In Windows, it is possible to change the direction of text from right-to-left to left-to-right using the a specific command. Unfortunately, Word for Mac does not support right-to-left text and so the only option here is check if your comments are running from…
  • Common Mistakes: Discreet Vs. Discrete

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The two words ‘discreet’ and ‘discrete’ are homophones, meaning that they sound exactly the same when spoken but have different spellings and meanings. They are so similar because they both derive from the same Latin word ‘discretus’, but they have taken on two very different meanings over time. To avoid confusion in your writing, learn more about their definitions and usage. Discreet The word ‘discreet’ is an adjective meaning careful or cautious to avoid embarrassment or other unwelcome consequences by showing restraint in one’s words or actions. Something which is done…
  • Writing a Cover Letter

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Getting your CV right is crucial when applying for a job. However, of equal importance is the cover letter. This is a letter which is tailored to the particular position you are applying for, specifying in more detail the accomplishments and qualifications which make you suited to the role. Although every letter is different, there are some key pieces of information to include and some specific formatting requirements. Formatting A cover letter should be formatted in much the same way as any formal letter, even if you intend to send it via email. The basic layout: -include your address at the…
  • Common Mistakes: Uncharted Vs. Unchartered

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Upon first glance, these two words look identical. There is, however, a pesky second ‘r’ in one of them which changes the meaning entirely. While one appears often in several well-known phrases, the other is often used inaccurately in its place. In fact, incorrect usage of one of these words has become so ingrained that it may come as a surprise to learn which one you should be using. Read on to discover more about their definitions and usage. Uncharted The word ‘uncharted’ is an adjective meaning unexplored, unknown or un-investigated. It may help to think of the word ‘chart’ as…
  • Writing a CV

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    After a dissertation or thesis, your CV is possibly one of the most important documents you will ever have to write. One that is well written, well formatted and includes all of the relevant information is more likely to secure you the position you hope for. Even small errors can make a very bad impression when it comes to your CV, so writing it carefully and sending it to a specialist proofreader is a good idea. Although there is scope for you to make your CV personal and unique, there are some key pieces of information which all CVs require. Here are some tips to bear in mind. Content CV…
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    The Edvocate

  • Bilingual Education: 5 Reasons it should be Required

    The Edvocate
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual.  While foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation—second language classes at an earlier age would improve overall fluency for most students.  It’s time to introduce second-language concepts to the youngest of K-12 students, and here are just a few of the reasons why: 1. Bilingual Children have an Academic Advantage.  Studies in language development show that when young children have more exposure to all languages at an early age, it actually gives…
  • Computer Science in K-12 Classrooms Needs to Catch Up

    Matthew Lynch
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That’s 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K-12 schools have computer science programs. So what gives? The Problem Traditional subjects like English and math receive a lot of play time in K-12 classrooms and they are considered “building blocks” for other subjects, like computer science. So when a high school senior decides to seek out a college degree in…
  • Federal daycare proposal calls for mandatory background checks

    The Edvocate
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Changes to federally subsidized daycare programs may soon be approved by President Obama, after passing final Congressional approval earlier this week. It’s expected that the President will sign the changes without any concerns after they passed in Congress with strong bipartisan support. The modifications to the Child Care and Development Block Grant program call for yearly inspections of daycare centers, and safeguards to ensure that every employee is trained in first aid and has had a thorough background check. Parents would also be given more time to find alternative daycare for…
  • Parallels Between Entrepreneurial Traits and School Leadership

    Matthew Lynch
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Most school leaders don’t play a part in recruiting teaching staff, but are largely responsible for their development. Career development of teachers depends on the school culture and environment. School leaders, like entrepreneurs, must shape their school systems to allow growth of teachers’ professionalism and instructional capacity. School leaders are supposed to shape teaching staff to gain other skills by assigning duties that are non-academic : e.g., bus duty, sports supervision, and coaching instruction. Similarly, school leaders should try to retain the most productive…
  • 3 Ways to Improve U.S. Students’ Standing Worldwide

    Matthew Lynch
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    The latest international report on student knowledge and success worldwide once again paints U.S. pupils in a bad light. This is not the first time American students have lagged behind their peers on the OECD PISA global education survey that tests and compares student outcomes in areas like math, science and reading. The results are really just more of the same. While I take issue with particular parts of the test (leader China reportedly only tested students in elite schools in Shanghai), it is a wake-up call nonetheless. When it comes to American K-12 student achievement, it is not enough…
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    CTET Preparation

  • CDP Questions of the Day: CTET Preparation with NIIT - 2

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Directions : Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option.1. Parents should play a ___________ role in the learning process of young children.(1) sympathetic(2) neutral(3) negative(4) proactive2. The ‘insight theory of learning’ is promoted by(1) Jean Piaget(2) Vygotsky(3) ‘Gestalt’ theorists(4) Pavlov
  • Math Questions of the Day - I

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Directions : Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option.1. Which is true for a hexagonal pyramid ?(1) It has six faces and each face is a hexagon (2) It has a hexagonal base with six triangular faces meeting at a point (3) It has two hexagonal faces and six rectangular faces (4) It has six hexagonal faces joined by six rectangular faces2. The length of a rectangle is ‘l’ and its width ishalf of its length. What will be the perimeter of the rectangle if the length is doubled keeping the width same ?(1) 4l(2) 5l (3) 6l(4) 3l 
  • CDP Questions of the Day: Prepare for CTET With NIIT - 1

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Directions : Answer the following questions by  selecting the most appropriate option. 1. ‘‘Development is a never ending process.’’ This idea is associated with(1) Principle of integration (2) Principle of interaction (3) Principle of interrelation (4) Principle of continuity 2. Four distinct stages of children’s intellectual development are identified by(1) Skinner (2) Piaget (3) Kohlberg(4) Erikson Prepare with with our daily Q&A
  • CTET FEB 2015 Practice Questions Set2

    NIIT Litmus
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Q1. The area of a square field is 24200 sq m. How long will a lady take to cross the field diagonally at the rate of 6.6km/hr.?1.3minutes2.2minutes3.2.4minutes4.2minutes40seconds Q2. Which of the following is something that should almost always be discussed with students when they are given a type of assignment that may be new to them?  1.      Whether the students will be tested on the material covered in the assignment2.      Whether the assignment will be graded according to the same criteria as other assignments with which…
  • CTET FEB 2015 Practice Questions _ Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Q1. Which of the following correctly states an aspect of effective reflective teaching practice?1.       Peer coaching should be done sparingly because it can interfere with a coach’s own reflective potential2.       To remain truly professional, reflective practice should exclude student input that challenges teaching practices3.       The reflective process should be free of links to conceptual framework that limit inquiry and problem solving4.       Teacher coaches…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • 4 Simple Ways You Can Teach Children Sharing and Taking Turns

    Lynda Way
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Parents often complain of their young children throwing a tantrum when they request them to share. If you have been through this, you know all about the tears and wailing. Thankfully, there are ways to teach children how to share … Read More The post 4 Simple Ways You Can Teach Children Sharing and Taking Turns appeared first on .
  • 5 Things Children Will Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

    Lynda Way
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many childhood memories become blurred as kids grow older. However, there are some things that your child will never forget and will be grateful for many years from now. The following details 5 of the most important things that your … Read More The post 5 Things Children Will Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving appeared first on .
  • 5 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

    Lynda Way
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Halloween is a time for some scary fun, but it can be dangerous because of the darkness. Make this year’s celebrations safe and fun-filled by taking a few of the following precautions. Supervision Any child under 12 should be accompanied … Read More The post 5 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips for Kids appeared first on .
  • Halloween Games That Every Kid Will Love to Play

    Lynda Way
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Kids love any excuse to play party games. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, make sure to provide kid appropriate entertainment. If you’re not having a party, it can still be fun to gather your children and some of their … Read More The post Halloween Games That Every Kid Will Love to Play appeared first on .
  • Fun Reading Activities to Keep Kids Busy in the Car

    Lynda Way
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Riding in a car, bus, or train is part of the daily routine for many families. Engaging in an activity during the ride that both you and your young kids enjoy is a great way to pass the time. Look … Read More The post Fun Reading Activities to Keep Kids Busy in the Car appeared first on .
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    Degree Admission

  • SRMJEEE2015

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    SRMJEEE 2015 Notification  SRM University Chennai invites applications for admission toBachelors of Technology (B.Tech) program offered in various disciplines for the commencing 2015 session.SRM University will conduct the SRMEEE 2015 Exam in onlineand offline mode to offer admissions to applicants into B.Tech course for session 2015-2016 into its various campuses.SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (SRMJEEE) forB.Tech is common for SRM Group of Universities viz., SRM University, SRM University SIKKIM and SRM UniversityHARYANASRMJEEE 2015 will be held from 19th to 22nd April 2015…
  • jee 2015

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs. The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland,…
  • SRM UNIVERSITY MD MS application form 2015

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Medical & Dental PG Aspirants can download the application for MD / MS / MDS Application form for the academic year 2015-16 Download here  For - Professional Admission Guidance - information on Mangement Quota  - To Know details on Patient flow & Infrastructure Details - To get reference of students who already persue course in SRM University    Call  +91 9841396333  (or) Submit your valuable enquiry in For information visit  
  • kle

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    N O T I F I C A T I O N   KLE UNIVERSITY POST-GRADUATE ALL INDIA ENTRANCE TEST-2015  (KLEU-PGAIET-2015-16)   The University shall be conducting KLE University Post-Graduate All India Entrance-Test-2015(KLEU-PGAIET-2015) on Saturday,the 31st JANUARY 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Eight centres across the country viz. Belgaum, Bangalore, Pune, New-Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Chennai for admission to various Post-Graduate Degree/Diploma Courses (Medical/Dental) in the constituent colleges of…
  • yenepoya pg 2015

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    YENEPOYA UNIVERSITY [Established under Section 3 (A) of the UGC Act 1956 UNIVERSITY ROAD, DERALAKATTE, MANGALURU 575 018 Ph. Nos: 0824-2206000 Fax : 0824- 2204667 ADMISSION NOTIFICATION PG COURSES - 2015-2016 IN YENEPOYA MEDICAL & DENTAL COLLEGES, MANGALURU. Yenepoya University invites applications from eligible candidates for admission to Medical & Dental PG Courses in Yenepoya Medical & Dental Colleges, (Constituent Colleges of Yenepoya University) recognized by the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India respectively in the following Specialities;   Medical…
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • Yikes, My Kid Wants a Mobile Phone

    Mark Barnes
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Brilliant or Insane My son is 12 and he’s dying to have a mobile phone, figuratively speaking, of course. He’s in sixth grade and says, “Most of my friends have mobile phones.” Many, he claims, have smartphones. This is one of those parent issues for which I wish had a silver-bullet solution. Is my son old enough for a mobile phone? If we give him one, are we obligated to give his 10-year-old sister a phone? There are times, when the mobile phone would be convenient for me. I could reach him when he’s at basketball practice or at a friend’s house, for…
  • Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity

    Mark Barnes
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Brilliant or Insane Assessment of learning needs to be objective. Teachers should attempt to eliminate as much subjectivity as possible. Calling student activities “good,” “bad,” “weak,” or “nifty” brings opinion into the assessment process, which isn’t to suggest that opinion is not important. However, the most important opinions are the ones teachers often ignore–the opinions of  our students. For a long time, I thought assessment was about grades–which also meant my opinion played the most significant role. After many…
  • 6 Secrets to Becoming a Great Health Educator

    Mark Barnes
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: Spirit-Fire via photopin cc 6 Secrets to Becoming a Great Health Educator by Karleia With obesity on the rise, health education is becoming more and more important. While anyone can pursue this path, only a select few will become a truly great health educator. What is it that makes these teachers so much better than the rest? 1-Understanding A skilled health educator understands what she is teaching. Some concepts can be a bit abstract to those new to the subject, but the best always know how to explain health and fitness topics in an easily understood and…
  • An Idea Whose Time Has Come: TED Talk Video

    Mark Barnes
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Do you ever wonder why some of our biggest problems are never solved? Sometimes, it’s because the problem’s solution is so simple that people just don’t see it. As Victor Hugo once said, “There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” In this TED talk, I use the Hugo quote to underscore how education’s biggest problem can be solved with an idea whose time has come. That idea is eliminating traditional grades and replacing them with four simple words–Summarize, Explain, Redirect, Resubmit (SE2R).
  • Teachers Throwing Out Grades: A Movement That’s Trending

    Mark Barnes
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Brilliant or Insane Teachers are throwing out grades. It’s not a joke. It’s not a fool’s dream. It’s a movement, and the movement is trending. The first-ever Teachers Throwing Out Grades Twitter chat, at hashtag #TTOG, brought teachers, principals, parents and administrators from around the world together for a rapid-fire 30-minute live chat that became a trending topic on Twitter. People often ask if the no-grades classroom is realistic. “Sure, talking to kids about learning is preferable to giving them a B or a D,” they say. “But don’t people…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Are you Curious About Open Nature Day?

    Carrie Lee Ferguson
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Connecting to nature and inspiring wonder, an integral part of our philosophy, extends beyond classroom walls as we come together for Open Nature Day at Dutton Island Preserve on November 8th-9th. Families are invited to tent camp or come for the afternoon on November 8th. Connecting with nature is vital to our overall health, happiness […]
  • Upper Elementary: Halloween Creative Writing Assignment

    Montessori Tides
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Some of the Upper Elementary students may have dressed up as literary characters for Halloween, but Miss Danielle turned them all into real estate agents who had to sell a haunted house for a creative writing assignment. After the groups shared their stories, one was chosen as the stand-out story. An art project followed the […]
  • For Small Hands Group Order: Extended 1 more week!

    Montessori Tides
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    For Small Hands Teacher Wish List 2014. To avoid duplicate orders, please notify Brad Hatton via email of the item you would like to purchase for the classroom. Download the family order form here. Room 2 Wish List Item Item # Price Adventure Calendar C845 $19.95 Deluxe Hand Mixer C470 $19.95 Magnetic Book Build-A-Vehicle V677 […]
  • 16 Months To 3: More Than Childcare

    Montessori Tides
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Montessori Tides toddler community is a nurturing environment for children ages 16-36 months. Our youngest children learn and grow individually, while also participating in cooperative group play and individual lessons with other children. For the 19 children enrolled in our toddler community, each day presents an opportunity to explore and practice language, gross motor, and […]
  • September/ October Toddler News

    Johanna Porter
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Dear Parents, I can’t believe that October is already here! And with that a change of weather, from super humid dog days of summer, to cooler fall breezes blowing through the playground. We started in September with a wild animal theme. We had work on the shelves of wild animals representations: picture cards, wood cut-outs, […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • Bringing Montessori Home

    Staci Jensen
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    As a parent and a teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom, I have noticed a glaring disparity between my 7-year-old daughter’s behavior at home and at school. She does fine, independent work in her Montessori school environment, yet, when handed a broom after a mealtime at home, tearfully claims she does not know how […]
  • Positive Side of a Montessori School

    Montessori Group
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Only you can know what kind of preschool is right for your child. If you’re considering Montessori for your child, let’s discover some of the positive aspects of The Montessori Method. Add this infographic from Naudain Academy to your website by copying and pasting the following embed code: Positive Side of a Montessori School [Infographic] […]
  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

    Montessori Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    The kindergarten year of the Montessori program is essential for unlocking a child’s full potential. Colleagues from AMS-accredited schools explain why retaining students through the Montessori kindergarten year is essential. The Montessori Group is an association of Montessori schools, dedicated to providing quality Montessori education for students’ ages 1-12. We emphasize loving, prepared Montessori environments, […]
  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Cindy Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • The Montessori Group – a philosophy of child development

    Montessori Group
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    This article first appeared in a 2004 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cynthia Thomas always wanted to teach in a preschool. After earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics and child development she, her two children and her husband, who was enlisted in the United States Air Force at the time, were transferred to Hawaii. Shortly […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • Elements in the Extraordinary Role of the Montessori Teacher

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Anne Burke Neubert, in A Way Of Learning (1973), listed the following elements in the extraordinary role of the Montessori teacher: Montessori teachers are the dynamic link between children and the Prepared Environment. They systematic observe their students and interpret their needs. They are constantly experimenting, modifying the environment to meet their perceptions of each […]
  • IHM 4-H Club Participates in “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest”

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Indian Harbour Montessori Makos 4-H Club recently participated in the “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest” UCF-IFAS extension–Brevard Co. Fair, with their project titled “Indian River Lagoon”. Post by Especially For Children & Indian Harbour Montessori. What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a 55-gallon recycled food-grade plastic barrel that is placed […]
  • Historical Timeline

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    A Historical Timeline will be presented by our Elementary Students on Friday, October 31, one time only at 8:45am. Each Elementary student will research a person who has contributed significantly in history and then dress to represent this person in chronological order. We hope to see you there! 2014 Historical Timeline Photo Album Post by […]
  • International Peace Day

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Peace Day, which is often referred to formally as United Nations Day, is observed every year in October. Another occasion that is celebrated in October is International Children’s Day, which is celebrated during the last week of October. This holiday was originally created by UNICEF to celebrate our cultural diversity and ethnic heritage. This year, […]
  • A Special Thank You to Our True Colors Run Sponsors

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    We just wanted to say a special thank you to all of our wonderful True Colors Run Sponsors! This event wouldn’t have been such a success without each and every one of you. Please offer your support of these local businesses who helped make our True Colors Run such a success. Art Derek Gores Art […]
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    Rockledge Montessori School

  • Pre-Montessori Lesson: Classifying Colors

    Kimberly LaMirande
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    In the video below, Mrs. Sandra Rodriguez, presents a practical life/sensorial lesson to one of her two year old student’s. She will show her student what is expected in the lesson. The student will then independently follow thru with the lesson. The lesson that Mrs. Rodriguez is teaching is a Pre-Montessori lesson on classifying colors. […]
  • Rectangular Box Lesson: Constructive Triangles

    Kimberly LaMirande
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    In the video below, Mrs. Tara Smith, presents a Constructive Triangles: rectangular box lesson to one of her students. She will show her student first what is expected of her in the lesson. Then the student will independently follow thru with the lesson. This lesson is one of the many sensorial lessons in the Montessori […]
  • What Children Teach Us About Peace

    Rockledge Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    John Hunter, a keynote speaker at the AMS 2014 Annual Conference and creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike. Peace education is a vital component of the […]
  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Kimberly LaMirande
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Summer Camp Art Gallery

    Kimberly LaMirande
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Rockledge Montessori’s Summer Camp Art Gallery recently took place in Mrs. Kathrine’s Room 4. This camp was part of our 3-6 year old Summer Camp. The kids had a great time thanks to Mrs. Kathrine for all the wonderful planning she did for the campers. If you get a chance give her a big THANK […]
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • 4th Grade Butterfly Garden

    Educational Horizons
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently our 4th grade students worked hard to build a butterfly garden in our front courtyard. The students chose specific native Florida plants based on factors such as: color, the type of butterflies it attracts, cost, and availability. Students called local nurseries and totaled the cost of their proposed order. Watch the Students Prepare the […]
  • Montessori and Google: Early Influences Count

    Educational Horizons
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    In a recent article in The Guardian: How Google’s Larry Page became a responsible entrepreneur, by Carol Sanford (actually an excerpt from her new book The Responsible Entrepreneur). Below are some excerpts from that article: To understand Google’s orientation toward creating global change, it’s helpful to know a bit about four influences that helped shape […]
  • How and Why Charter Schools Do More With Less

    Aileen Tapp
    1 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    When most people think of funding for public education, chances are they don’t think about funding for charter schools. There is a widespread misconception in Florida that charter schools are not really public schools. The truth is public charter schools have been a vital part of Florida’s K-12 education system for almost two decades and […]
  • Making and Developing Meaningful Friendships: Ways Parents Can Help

    Educational Horizons
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Teach your child to be a friend. Repeat these rules often: Be Kind – (Smile. Use good manners with words like “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome” and “excuse me.” Listen to understand others. Be respectful to others – Don’t use hurtful works or tease others. Don’t kick, bite or push others. Include others by not […]
  • Importance and Nature of the Silent Game

    Educational Horizons
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Written by Maria Montessori Our world today is full of noises. Even music seems to spurn harmony and tend to ‘noisomeness’. Indeed it increases its volume in decibels to the extent of endangering hearing. This was not always so. Until recently the opposite was true. Silence was essential to the human soul; children instinctively sought […]
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Weekly Current Affairs November 2014-17th to 22th Current Affair

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    17th to 22th – Weekly Current Affairs November 2014 This article consist Important Weekly Current Affairs November 2014 which has all the current for day such as Current Affairs 17th November 2014, Current Affairs 18th November 2014, Current Affairs 19th November 2014, Current Affairs 20th November 2014, Current Affairs 21st November 2014 and Current Affairs 22nd November 2014 Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won China open 2014 singles... The post Weekly Current Affairs November 2014-17th to 22th Current Affair appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • How To Prepare for AFCAT Exam 2015 {Books and Tips}

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    How To Prepare for AFCAT Exam 2015 AFCAT is a popular examination that can grant you a post in Ground duty branch, Technical branch, and Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. It takes place twice a year (Feb and Sep) allowing thousands of candidates test their lucks. If you  are one of the aspirants and looking for How to Prepare... The post How To Prepare for AFCAT Exam 2015 {Books and Tips} appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Indian Cricketer Private Images or Picture – Indian Cricket Team

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Images Credit – Current Affairs Related PostsIndia Women Cricket Team Won Against Srilanka Women Cricket TeamVijay Zol Will Lead Under 19 Cricket Team In Asia Cup Current Affairs of 8th August 2014 Sachin Tendulkar – UNICEF’s Brand Ambassador for South AsiaM.S Dhoni Won ICC People’s Choice Award 2013Sourav Ganguly joined Mudgal Committee The post Indian Cricketer Private Images or Picture – Indian Cricket Team appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Hair Baldness Prevention-Hair fall tips and Stages of male pattern baldness

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Hair fall tips,Hair Baldness Prevention and what are male pattern baldness stages What is male pattern baldness? Male pattern baldness also called androgenetic alopecia. This is the most common type of hair loss in men.  About 75% of men are affected from male pattern baldness. This is caused because of both genetic and associated with the male sex hormones called... The post Hair Baldness Prevention-Hair fall tips and Stages of male pattern baldness appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • How cell phone addiction treatment works {Test}

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
     How cell phone addiction treatment works This article will help you if you are searching for cell phone addiction test and treatment, mobile phone addiction test and treatment,  How cell phone addiction treatment works, cell phone addiction symptoms etc  than this article is for you.Keep reading and put comment below to share your views. Though we are busy in our work, we don’t... The post How cell phone addiction treatment works {Test} appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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    I Love Learning

  • Online Learning Resources For Teachers

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Even for teachers, it’s necessary to continue learning throughout your life and career. Finding more efficient methods of teaching, designing coursework, keeping students attention, testing and even the fundamentals of teaching theory equips you to get even better results from your pupils. Some teachers decide to go back for more formal education, but even without this there are self-directed things you can do to improve your teaching technique and continue adding value to your skillset. These range from reading relevant materials and blogs to exercises and sample coursework. Many are…
  • English Learning Websites For Adults

    I Love Learning
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Whether you’re an adult who has emigrated to an English speaking country or a student completing an exchange, learning English can be a challenge when you have to do it outside your home country. It can be difficult and nerve-wracking working up the confidence to talk to native speakers, and sometimes courses and programs are difficult to access. In these cases, an online learning resource is a good solution, as it allows learners to go at their own pace and build their vocabulary and grammar until they feel confident putting it to use in a real life situation. Talk English. One of the…
  • Adult Learning Websites

    I Love Learning
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There are many websites dedicated to adult learning, offering a range of learning programs in different areas and disciplines. Depending on what you need, you can be sure to find an inexpensive option that specifically targets your interests, study habits and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to pick up a few extra skills or to immerse yourself in a full project or course, online study is convenient and flexible. Adult Learning Support. A New Zealand based website that seeks to support those studying as adults, by offering resources and contacts for learners of all levels. These include…
  • Everyday Memory Practice

    I Love Learning
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Memory is one of those latent skills that most of us don’t really think about – or think of it as something that simply varies from person to person. While this can be true to some extent in terms of natural abilities, it’s also something that can definitely be improved through focused exercises. Some people may not consider this as “important” as regular learning, but in fact the two things go hand in hand. The better your memory is, the easier learning will be, and there are a range of other benefits besides. Improved facial and name recognition. Being able to…
  • Online Brain Games Website – Lumosity

    I Love Learning
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Lumosity is a website that offers a host of different activities in the form of a training program that’s designed to improve your mental capacity and facilities. Created by scientists working in collaboration around the world, the project is known as the Human Cognition Project. The goal is to create accessible, simple ways that the everyday person can improve their brain function without investing in expensive software or books. This is done in the form of games and activities that are set out in a “personal training program”. When you first sign up, you’ll be asked…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Thanksgiving Facebook Cover Silde for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Following up the Thanksgiving formality, in today’s edition we enlist Thanksgiving Facebook Cover slide for PowerPoint. Its bit funky and cute but goes best on the Facebook wall. Just download the file, open the file in PowerPoint program and click on the picture placeholders to insert your family member head shots.  Here is the sample picture of the cover. You can change the background of the slide, fill it with solid color, gradient or a picture and save it as jpg or png,  Upload it to your Facebook Profile. Download these Thanksgiving Facebook Cover Slide for PowerPoint and get…
  • Happy Thanksgiving Greeting Card for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    We are ten days away from Thanksgiving and following our custom — that is to  provide you free PowerPoint sources to celebrate this great holiday digitally, we created this amazing Happy Thanksgiving Greeting Card for PowerPoint. This whole is presentation comes with animated objects and you can manipulate them, change their colors to suit your environment. Add even more stuff such as music and clip arts. Create amazing Thanksgiving PowerPoint Greeting Card in Seconds. Create PowerPoint Shows, Videos and share them online with your friends. Down below is the video output of the same…
  • Create Amazing Concept Slides Using Merge Shape Options in PowerPoint 2013

    FPPTP Admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    Follow the pictures enlisted. Here is the detailing Video of Creating Concept Slides Using Merge Shape Options   The post Create Amazing Concept Slides Using Merge Shape Options in PowerPoint 2013 appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Resonate PowerPoint Template

    FPPTP Admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Do you ever wished to use a PowerPoint Template that is freakishly blowing the audience, especially the audience who love to  watch objects move to the groove. We call this Resonate PowerPoint Template because the objects inside continuously resonate(vibrate) The template comes with 6 slide layouts with 6 different animated variations. The middle a white solid content holder is placed in the middle where you can insert your content download this PowerPoint template for free and get started   Download Free Resonate PowerPoint Template | Free The post Resonate PowerPoint Template appeared…
  • Advent PowerPoint Card

    FPPTP Admin
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Three more weeks to go, and everyone will be busy preparing for Christmas and off course its the beginning of joy and celebrations, the Advent. And thinking fast forward and looking beyond the weeks, we thought to keep the christmas stuff for PowerPoint ready to download. So we promise to enlist Christmas themes, goodies, cards etc once in every week. And as a start we are giving you this Advent Greeting Card for PowerPoint. This is a continuous playing presentation so you can use it as a time saver or screen saver.  And as our regular downloads, you can download this presentation for free…
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    CITE » Blog

  • UFT Contract Fight Drags On

    John Russo
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    Wait, didn’t the city and Union come to terms on a new UFT Contract?? They did. Then what’s this fight about? As we outlined here, there are more retirees than […] The post UFT Contract Fight Drags On appeared first on CITE.
  • How can we help you

    John Russo
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    SCHOOLS ARE NOT BUSINESSES Our schools are inundated with ideas and practices that are borrowed from business in the name of education reform.  These business practices have questionable applicability to […] The post How can we help you appeared first on CITE.
  • Who Teaches Pre K

    John Russo
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Mayor DeBlasio said that NYC is going to hire an additional 8000 teachers to teach Pre-K in the coming years. Who are these teachers? Who teaches Pre K? Where do […] The post Who Teaches Pre K appeared first on CITE.
  • UFT Contract Review

    John Russo
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    We’re taking a look at the new UFT contract. It was much-heralded, when it was passed. How is it going, now? Chalkbeat’s blog did a series on this, that we’re […] The post UFT Contract Review appeared first on CITE.
  • 4 Terrible Values Taught to Leaders

    John Russo
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Terrible Values This post also describes some work detailed in Senge et al’s Schools That Learn. (pp.414ff)  The author, Charlotte Roberts, draws upon a view of human action that […] The post 4 Terrible Values Taught to Leaders appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • Diary of an Outstation Student at DU

    Ekta Rawat
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    No one to boost the morale during exam stress, no one to cover up with quilt when you end up sleeping while studying, no one to remind you to carry admit card before leaving , no one to keep almonds for you, no one to give a spoonful of curd and sugar on the exam ... Diary of an Outstation Student at DU is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Diary of an Outstation Student at DU appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Rules To Feminism

    Siwangi Ronjan
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Our Indian society, a heritage as old as times, the largest spreadout of culture, spiritualism, knowledge, and a great and glorious past lingering in the air but there were some flaws and one of the flaw  that I thought of arising is the partiality between men and women that took place from time memorial. Our ... Rules To Feminism is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Rules To Feminism appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Breaking The Stereotypes

    Siwangi Ronjan
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    People think an individual becomes more experienced with age, but the truth is age does not define maturity. The reason why this thought suddenly came into my mind is because today somebody told me that I cannot make correct decisions regarding my life because I am young and ( I emphasize on this word) ‘therefore’ ... Breaking The Stereotypes is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Breaking The Stereotypes appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • On Attaining teenage

    Tanya Malhotra
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Teenage is the most crucial, yet the most memorable, and wonderful period of one’s life.  We change mentally, physically, and socially. Once we cross this threshold, our whole attitude towards life undergoes a massive change. This tenure turns out to be the most beautiful on one side yet the most difficult one on the other ... On Attaining teenage is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post On Attaining teenage appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Let’s explore more of North Campus!

    Shriya Arora
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Delhi University, especially the North Campus, is one of the enjoyable place and famous for its enthusiastic college life. North Campus altogether has a different and a very fun loving college life. Not everyone is lucky to experience and be a part of this amazing “NC (North Campus)” life. Life in NC is different from ... Let’s explore more of North Campus! is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Let’s explore more of North Campus! appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • WARNING: You Need To Weed Out These Discredited Teaching Practices

    Shaun Killian
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    A recent report by the Sutton Trust and Durham University recommends that we need to weed out discredited teaching practices from the classroom. But what practices are they talking about? The answer may surprise you. Many of the discredited teaching practices are quite popular, but the evidence behind them is anecdotal and selective. It’s like trotting out a 100-year-old man who has smoked all his life to prove that smoking is good for you. Hard research consistently shows that these discredited teaching practices don’t work.   5 Examples of Discredited Teaching Practices The report…
  • What To Expect In Australia’s New Curriculum

    Shaun Killian
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The federal government is set to release its long awaited report on the Australian Curriculum on Monday. The report is the final result of a government-commissioned review conducted by Ken Wiltshire and Kevin Donnelly. Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect the report to say.   Expectation 1: Fewer Subjects The review is likely to recommend that students learn fewer subjects. At present, there are 16 subjects (assuming that each student only learns one second language). The national curriculum will be recast as the ‘essential core’ that all schools must teach, with a heavy…
  • NAPLAN Online: Even More Accurate

    Shaun Killian
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Today ACARA released its National Assessment and Surveys Online Program: tailored test design 2013 study. The study explores how online testing can be structured in ways to make it even more accurate than the existing pencil and paper tests.   NAPLAN Online ACARA has been exploring how NAPLAN can be moved online since 2012. The initial research focused on ways to ensure that students performed just as well on online testing as they did with traditional paper tests. This new part of the research focused on making NAPLAN more reliable through tailored (branched) testing. It found that…
  • Kid’s Deserve To Be Taught

    Shaun Killian
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Last year, I was very excited. After nearly half a century of walking this Earth, I was finally going to see snow – and I was as eager as a child on Christmas Eve. Like most people, we have always lived on a tight budget, and taking the family to the snow was a real treat for us. We could only afford to stay for 5 days and we wanted to get the most out of them.   Imagine This Scene I wanted to learn how to ski, and as the whole snow thing was new to me, so I booked some equipment and some lessons. While the lessons were expensive, given our tight timeframe, I thought that it was a…
  • One Word That Can Improve Your Teaching

    Shaun Killian
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Do you want to grow as a teacher and enhance the impact you have on those you teach? One simple, three-letter word can help you do this. I’m not talking about some quack remedy or trendy term. Rather, it’s an everyday word whose power has emerged from mountains of research. The mystery word is …  … AND   Let me explain. To do that, I need to go off on a bit of a tangent. Stick with me – it’s worth it. The insight that you will gain can have a profound effect on the way that you view learning, teaching and education in general.     Why AND Is Such A Powerful…
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    MBA Blog

  • CAT Exam Interview Questions
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    The Common Aptitude Test or CAT is conducted each year by the Indian Institute of Managements. It is composed of written, group discussions, and a personal interview. The written part of CAT tests the reasoning, verbal and quantitative skills of the applicant.
  • Study MBA in India
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    You can study to obtain an MBA, which means a master's degree in business administration, in many different countries. India is a very diverse and exotic country that is bustling with activity.
  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Business School
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    When applying for admission into business school, it is easy to make mistakes. You might be trying to beat the deadline or busy with work. The bad news is that admissions committees do not forgive when it comes to mistakes applicants make.
  • All the Material you need to Ace your CAT Examinations
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Common Admission Test (CAT) is used by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their business administration programs. The test assesses students on their qualitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning skills.
  • CAT Exam Pattern
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Reality dictates that a lot of students face confusion after they complete all requirements needed for graduation. There are some whose plans are already intact; that is, enrolling in an MBA program.
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    Blog Me Mom

  • Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. While stimulating all the five senses during sensory activities for kids  is important, most of the attention goes to touch and sight. Most children thrive very much on feeling and enjoying the texture of any given sensory materials. Bet it gooey play { snow goop anyone?} or running their hands through scented rice or cornmeal. { All messy play ideas here} However the sense of sound hasn’t really got any…
  • Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. It has been a while since the children and I had some fun time with sensory activities. We used to be really big on sensory activities for kids simply because my children enjoyed getting their hands in all kinds of sensory bins and exploring. They still love them. Since my oldest is 6 and younger is 4 years here we are adding a learning twist in their usual sensory play. We did a similar sensory…
  • Christmas Crafts for Kids : Homemade Ornaments with Foam Cups

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    Christmas Crafts for Kids : Homemade Ornaments with Foam Cups This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. Well, we haven’t really caught the Christmas crafts fever yet! Last year the kids and I managed to do a few Christmas crafts but we couldn’t share them all with you! Here is a simple homemade ornament kids made last year. Such an easy ornament but doesn’t compromise on the cute factor. Materials { Affiliate product links below for your reference} Acrylic Paint Glitter…
  • Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting the blog! We have a wild life enthusiast at home; a little girl who will run towards a bug  (except bees and wasps because she learnt a bitter lesson that we don’t paint those guys) or any animal to further observe. I’m sure almost all the kids love animals. If you have one such kid you are shopping  for, you can use this guide as a good starting point. This…
  • Edible Playdough Recipe : No cook marshmallow playdough

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Edible Playdough Recipe : No Cook Marshmallow Playdough Two of our reader- favorite play recipes are edible play recipes. Our edible water beads (rather taste-safe)  and our edible slime recipe. While we loved our chilled play dough recipe, I think this no-cook marshmallow play dough has become our well-loved cornstarch based play dough recipe. Before I continue let me tell you that the first time I saw marshmallow being used to create play dough was on My Buddies and I. Check out the original marshmallow dough recipe that started it all!  Since I love a good no-cook recipe, I wanted to…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Edmonton piano man video goes viral

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton’s free outdoor pianos has reached almost two million views from people around the world. This is one of those moments that reminds you that we pass up beautiful moments and people each and every day without noticing. It […]
  • Turning Over a New Piano Leaf this Season

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    A Great Season for Music I don’t know about you, but I love the autumn. The winter, not so much, but this season of changing leaves and chilly temps is always a nice reminder of change. I also find it a good time to sit down and reevaluate goals, progress […]
  • Holiday Piano Course Coming Soon

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    A Time to Be Jolly It’s no secret that with the soon approaching Holiday season, music is sure to be a big part of the celebration. The good news for us piano players is that there will be many opportunities to share our piano skills at get-togethers, parties and family […]
  • Measure Your Progress with this Piano Practice Schedule

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tracking Progress It may not always be easy to know how we are progressing at a new skill or goal but there is a way to know if you are moving forward. Truly successful individuals always share that part of true success is to be able to measure progress. The […]
  • Am I Too Old to Learn How to Play the Piano?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Learning at Any Age Anyone that knows me personally, knows that it actually saddens me that this question is even asked as much as it is. A little background to my thoughts on this subject. I grew up in a home where learning was always encouraged. Whether it was pulling […]
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    On Top English

  • Passives

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Passives We make the passive using ‘be’ – in a suitable tense – and the past participle (‘done’, ‘played’ etc.). We use the passive: 1) … when we don’t know, or we are not interested in, who does an action. My car was stolen yesterday. We don’t know who stole the car. A lot of wine is produced […] The post Passives appeared first on On Top English.
  • Participle clauses

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Participle clauses Participle clauses are a bit like relative clauses – they give us more information. People wearing carnival costumes filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The paintings stolen from the National Gallery last week have been found. The participle clauses (‘wearing …’ and ‘stolen ….’) act like relative clauses. We could say: People who were […] The post Participle clauses appeared first on On Top English.
  • Multi-word verbs

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Multi-word verbs There are very many multi-word verbs (sometimes called phrasal verbs) in English and it’s very difficult to learn them all. It can sometimes be quite easy to guess the meaning (He picked up the pencil) but other multi-word verbs are less easy to guess (I picked up Italian quite easily when I lived there) and you should look […] The post Multi-word verbs appeared first on On Top English.
  • Modals – deduction past

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Modals – deduction (past) In the same way that we use modal verbs to say how certain we are about things in the present we can also use them to speculate about the past. Have + past participle (‘have done’, ‘have been’ have stolen’ etc.) is called the perfect infinitive. When we use modal verbs to talk about […] The post Modals – deduction past appeared first on On Top English.
  • Off The Top Of My Head

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
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  • Nuclear Fuels using Lasers (George John)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Laser enrichment processes have been the focus of interest for some time. They are a possible third-generation technology promising lower energy inputs, lower capital costs and lower tails assays, hence significant economic advantages. One of these processes is almost ready for commercial use. Laser processes are in two categories: atomic and molecular.
  • Thunderbolt - An incredibly fast input/output technology (George John)
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs with a simple concept, create an incredibly fast input/output technology that just about anything can plug into. After close technical collaboration between Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt emerged from the lab to make its appearance in Mac computers. Intel co-invented USB and PCI Express, which have become widely adopted technologies for data transfer. Apple invented FireWire and was instrumental in popularizing USB. Their collective experience has made Thunderbolt the most powerful, most flexible I/O technology ever in a personal computer.
  • Sensors Optimized For 3D Digitization (George John)
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Digital 3D imaging can benefit from advances in VLSI technology in order to accelerate its deployment in many fields like visual communication and industrial automation. High-resolution 3D images can be acquired using laser-based vision systems. With this approach, the 3D information becomes relatively insensitive to background illumination and surface texture. Complete images of visible surfaces that are rather featureless to the human eye or a video camera can be generated. Intelligent digitizers will be capable of measuring accurately and simultaneously colour and 3D.
  • How to develop good and effective Communication Strategies (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Strategy is a plan of action designed in a way to achieve a particular vision. Communication strategies are the programs or the ideas that are used to communicate information related to a specific issue, event, situation etc. to the other people. Most of us think that these are some kind of written documents but it is not so, rather communication strategies are simply the way we think about a problem or an issue and the way we use to sort out that problem. The best way to plan any communication strategy is to first know the reason behind formulating any strategy. Most importantly, different…
  • Easy ways and Tips to Improve Vocabulary (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Vocabulary plays a vital role in the learning process. It is an element that connects all the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading together. A person is more often judged by his vocabulary at various stages of his life and career. As long as we interact with more and more people whether it is at college level, social gatherings, official environment or any other area, we are judged by the people according to the language we use to interact or simply the vocabulary.
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • Gainful Employment Rule: The Death of For-Profit Colleges?

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This past week, Secretary Arnie Duncan, U.S. Department of Education, released the final “Gainful Employment” regulation aimed primarily at protecting college students from incurring large loan debts while getting a college education.  The intent of the final version of the regulation will hold career programs accountable to ensure that their students are successful in getting an education that leads to a good paying job without incurring large debt in student loans.  The new rule will go into effect July 2015 and will have a huge impact primarily on the for-profit colleges who…
  • College Rankings: The Other Side of Best

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the start of each fall semester, prominent periodicals provide rankings of the best colleges and universities.  They examine the quality of colleges within universities, for example, engineering versus business, and they even drill down to the discipline level, ranking of various departments from accounting to zoology.  The most common examples are U.S. News and World Report or Washington Monthly, which produce very detailed rankings of colleges and universities across the country. However, what you don’t see on the newsstands is the rankings of the worst colleges.  Only…
  • Controlling Tuition Costs

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
        A common complaint you hear these days by students and parents is the rising cost of college tuition, in some cases, a dramatic raise in tuitions and other fees.  University administrators argue that the increase in tuition and fees is needed to maintain a quality education for their students.  In order to maintain a quality education, universities have to attract top notch faculty, which translates into paying these professors high salaries.      Critics of colleges and universities argue that a college education is already overpriced. …
  • Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Two months ago I wrote about sexual assaults on college campuses. I provided some startling statistics such as 1 in 4 women (25%) will be victim of a sexual assault on college campuses during their academic career.  This is totally unacceptable.  This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation explicitly requiring colleges and universities that receive state funds to more clearly define consent in students’ sexual encounters.  The new law ushered in the concept of “yes means yes” rather than “no means no,” which has been the norm.  What this means…
  • College Student Loan Default Rates:A Measure of Success of Colleges?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Recently, more criticism is being leveled at colleges and universities for not being more successful at “producing” students.  Higher education is being treated like any other business by focusing now on measuring output. Specifically, lawmakers and the public want to know how many students each institution of higher education they advance from one year to the next and ultimately how many they graduate.  One measure of that success that has been in the public eye is the college student loan default rate.The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that loan-default rates…
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Add Multiple Slideshows on One Page Using Javascript

    Shusil Baral
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Most of our visitors asked "How to Add Multiple Slideshows on One Page Using JavaScript" by commenting on different previous posts for JavaScript slideshow and going to write this post about to add multiple slideshows on the same page. Using this script you can add number of slideshows on single page as your requirements.  Multiple Slideshows on One Page Using JavaScript To make
  • How to create fade effect image slideshow using CSS

    Shusil Baral
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    You can give fade effect animation for image slideshow using CSS. @keyframes 'at' rule and animation keyword in CSS can be used to make image slideshow with fade effect. With @keyframes 'at' rule, you can define the properties that will be animated in an animation rule and animation keyword to set all of the animation properties. Here I have used different types of animation properties
  • How to make rounded corners border using CSS

    Shusil Baral
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    While designing website, website template or blog template, you may want to make buttons, menus, paragraphs or any others border corners rounded to make your template more beautiful and attractive. It is possible by using a keyword "border-radius" in CSS. The keyword border-radius is used to make all the corners rounded by specifying the radius of corner. For example you can use the following
  • How to Create Custom CSS Template for Printing

    Shusil Baral
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Along with the development of web technologies and web programming languages, web designing becoming more complex and the websites more flexible and user friendly. With the invention of CSS technology, web designing and programming becoming more easier than ever. By using cascading style sheet (CSS) and its properties, you can give custom design to your website for different medias like
  • How to Create Responsive Website or Blogger Template

    Shusil Baral
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    As the time goes, browsing websites from desktop computers decreasing and using Laptops, Tablets and Mobile devices increasing day by day. So why not to create our website design custom for each types of devices, that fits and looks more attractive for those devices to acquire the visitors entered from those devices. Responsive web design is the approach that suggests in which design and
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    Republic 3.0

  • Pay Congressional interns

    Burdett Loomis and Gary Meltz
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    It's not just a matter of fairness. Unpaid Congressional internships limit opportunities for students who want to work on the Hill - and limit the talent pool for Hill offices. The post Pay Congressional interns appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Q&A: Public policy and the end of life

    Republic 3.0
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Better and more widespread use of advance directives can help ensure that patients' wishes are respected at the end of life, says Third Way's David Kendall. The post Q&A: Public policy and the end of life appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The answer to New York City’s affordable housing crisis is under its feet

    Leonard Grunstein
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Vast tracts of unused city-owned land could be the key to providing affordable housing in New York City - and potentially elsewhere. The post The answer to New York City’s affordable housing crisis is under its feet appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Three perspectives on net neutrality

    Republic 3.0
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Must-read commentary from both sides of the debate from former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Everett Ehrlich, former Congresswoman Eva Clayton and Internet advocate David Sohn. The post Three perspectives on net neutrality appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • How to get Congress moving: Six bipartisan ideas to help the economy and the middle class

    Anne Kim
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    If the White House and Congress are serious about getting things done, there are plenty of common ground proposals to start from. The post How to get Congress moving: Six bipartisan ideas to help the economy and the middle class appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind: #1 Foreign Education Consultant in India, Singapore and UK

  • JCU Singapore Education Fair 2014 in Chennai on 16th December 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Please click on the below image to register for JCU Education Fair 2014 online!Highlights of JCU Singapore Education Fair:Leading University at your HometownMeet University DelegatesInteract with JCU Academic StaffsGet Application Fee WaiverGet On-the-spot OfferStudy 1-2 Semester in Australia under Campus Mobility ProgramWhy to Choose Broadmind:Authorized representative of James Cook UniversityBroadmind is a Singapore based company have their presence in Singapore, Madurai and ChennaiAssist the students both in India and Singapore start from admission to arrival and accomodations99% visa…
  • Study and Settle in Ireland with Post Study Work Visa

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    Here is one more chance to Study in Ireland.Spot Admission @ Broadmind, Chennai on 23-Nov-2014 at 4pm. Those who missed it earlier, utilize it now!Wish you all the Success!
  • Submit Application for 2015 intakes to Study in New Zealand

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    Admissions are open to Study in New Zealand based Universities now!You can start submit the application for 2015 intakes to get admission in New Zealand premier universities. For further information, please feel free to contact us at +91-9790950111 any time or send an email to
  • Spot Admission to Study in Ireland

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Dear Students,It's the right time to get admission in Ireland based Universities. Yes, Spot Admission to Study in Ireland for January 2015 intake will be held on November 05, 2014 at Broadmind Consultant, Chennai.Spot Admission to Study in Ireland for Jan 2015 intakeSo, don't miss this wonderful opportunity!!!Details:Venue  :   BroadMind Consultant, ChennaiDate    :   05-Nov-2014, 4 PMIntake :    Jan 2015Start registering your names here today itself. For further details, please call us at +91-9790950111 now. We are ready to…
  • Why Singapore is the Best Study Place for MBA?

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Singapore - Best Study Place for International MBA StudentsIt's a trend nowadays to learn and study in Foreign Universities. As singapore plays No.1 in doing businesses among the international market and moreover it is becoming a popular destination for MBA Graduates due to the following benefits,Advantages:Flexible MBA Courses - For those who are working and want to study part time without disturbing their regular works.As things are moving globally both in technical and non-technical, every administrative students should aware of the latest trends in business administration. Singapore is…
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    Learn U

  • NYU to Offer Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

    Nina Bourne
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    New York University is joining in on the immigration debate with the announcement that the college will now offer financial aid to undocumented students. NYU is one of very few private universities that offers immigrant students the chance to obtain financial assistance, which includes an application that requires the student to declare illegal status. As of now, the new program is open to potential students that are currently living in New York and no aid will be taken away from U.S. Citizens as a result of the changes. NYU and many of its students are seemingly supportive of the Dream Act…
  • University of California – Berkeley Students Protest Tuition Hike

    Nina Bourne
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The new tuition increase at the University of California – Berkeley brought out many student protesters on Wednesday night in the school’s, Wheeler Hall. By early Thursday morning, roughly 200 protesters had set up camp in the hall, according to the UC Berkeley newspaper the Daily Californian. Protesting students created a list of demands that they would like to see met by the administration after the Board of Regents passed the policy to increase tuition by a minimum of 5% per year for the next five years. The hike in tuition will increase the amount paid tuition and fees by $612,…
  • Lawsuits Filed Against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Over Admissions Issues

    Nina Bourne
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Harvard University and the University of North Carolina had two lawsuits filed against them on Monday claiming that the universities engaged in improper racial bias to determine admissions eligibility. The new complaints were filed with the federal courts in Boston, Massachusetts and Greensboro, North Carolina, according to Edward Blue, the director of the Project on Fair Representation. The new cases against the universities, is being spearheaded by a group that calls themselves Students for Fair Admissions. The group as a whole is rather diverse and has two 18 year old Asian American…
  • Syracuse University Students Facing Disciplinary Action in Response to 2 Week Sit-In

    Nina Bourne
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    For two weeks a group of student activists has staged a sit-in at Syracuse University’s Crouse-Hinds Hall, which could result in disciplinary action being taken against the students involved. This group of protesters calls itself THE General Body and has held strong in the sit-in for 15 straight days without interruption. These students are camped out in the administrative building, which houses the chancellor’s office. The very chancellor that they are demanding involve the student body in the decision making process when it comes to issues that impact them. THE General Body has…
  • Three Students Wounded in Early Morning Shooting on FSU Campus

    Nina Bourne
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Early Thursday morning, three Florida State University students were shot on the first floor of the Strozier Library. During the intense situation on campus, students elsewhere were advised to stay in a safe place and avoid windows when possible. The gunman, a former FSU student, was stopped from harming more students when the police arrived and were forced to shoot him down. There were many students still studying in the Strozier Library when the shootings happened at 12:30 in the morning. Help arrived quickly as students from different buildings became aware of the dangerous situation and…
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    Rack up Skills

  • Totnes School of Guitar Making

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    The Totnes School of Guitarmaking is the UK’s longest running independent luthiery school, establishing a reputation that has brought students from all over the world to the workshop in South Devon for the last 30 years. We offer 12 week, full-time guitar making courses for up to five people at a time. Students each build their own instrument from the […] The post Totnes School of Guitar Making appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Finocchio Guitar

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Frank Finocchio teaches novices to make beautiful guitars in a little workshop in Northeast Pennsylvania. Finocchio’s involvement with musical instruments began when he was 8 years old; one day his father placed a full accordion on his lap and told him to learn to play it. He did. As a young man in the Coast Guard, Finocchio spent hours in […] The post Finocchio Guitar appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Whetstone School of Lutherie

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Since early 2010, the Whetstone School of Lutherie has offered scores of students professional training in the art of instrument making. Currently the cirriculum includes courses in guitar making and guitar repair – plus mandolin, ukulele, and banjo building. Our small class size, expert instruction, and top-notch programming, have earned us a reputation as one of the leading lutherie schools […] The post Whetstone School of Lutherie appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Midwest Guitar

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Midwest Guitar School offers an array of courses in the art, craft and engineering of building and repairing stringed instruments. We have designed our courses to provide each student with the individualized instruction needed to acquire the skills and knowledge in their specific areas of interest.To achieve this we limit our student enrollment to 3 to 4 students at one […] The post Midwest Guitar appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Vermont Instruments

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Vermont Instruments is a teaching lutherie begun in 1982.   As a lutherie we make acoustic guitars and other instruments for sale, and as a school we teach the craft in both short and long-term courses of study.  Anyone who wants to build a guitar for him or herself or to train for a professional career in the craft is welcome […] The post Vermont Instruments appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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    Study Smart System

  • The #1 Way to Cut Test Study Time by 50%

    Michael Sankowski
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Kids have far more homework do to now than we ever did when we were growing up. It is big problem – kids today have a huge amount of homework. My sons have between 30 minutes and 90 minutes of homework per night, even though they are only in grade school and middle school. You will have heard the horror stories about high school. It is common for kids in high school to have 3+ hours of homework per night, especially if they are in honors classes. Frankly, I do not want my kids doing 3+ hours of homework (although they should do some homework). But on the other hand, we want them to get into…
  • 77 Scripts to Create a “Growth Mindset” in your kids

    Michael Sankowski
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    One problem with getting kids to study smart is: Kids don’t want to study in the first place. Teaching kids good study skills is a key component of getting better grades, yes it is. But there is crucial first step – actually sitting down to study. Being diligent about homework and study comes from caring about grades and school. The techniques to make them better at school will be far easier to learn if they truly care about what happens in school. So, how can you get them to work hard and work persistently on school? How can you help your kids develop a “growth…
  • The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

    Michael Sankowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would appreciate knowing I am seeing a noticeable difference in C. We have the chapter 2 test on Friday. I’m hoping he continues…” We did not ask her for an update. We did not ask her how our son was doing. She passed this information along…
  • Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

    Michael Sankowski
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades. They are just not living up to their full potential. In fact, sometimes they almost seem afraid of putting forth effort. Your kids are “talented” and “bright”, but there is an ongoing disconnect between the good test scores and how well they do in school.
  • How to Get Your Kids to Like School, Studying, and Just About Anything

    Michael Sankowski
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Recently, we got some negative feedback from our younger sons teacher. Apparently, he is a bit too laid back in his approach to school. We followed up with the teacher (who is an excellent teacher and one we trust), and it seems he was not very engaged in class, and is not participating in classroom discussions. Of course, this caused a bit of panic for us! We’re out in the world promoting study skills and study habits – and our own son is slacking in class! Well, it turns out we stumbled on a great – and easy – solution for this a few years ago, when our first born…
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    eyeQ Blog

  • 3 Strategies for Scoring High on the GMAT

    Bryan Green
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    For thousands of individuals each year, getting the best score possible on the GMAT is essential. A high test score can be the key to getting into a top 20 MBA program and a successful career in business. Here are three strategies to seriously consider implementing to help you score high on the GMAT. Brush Up on Statistics The GMAT wasn’t designed to be easy, but brushing up on statistics is a great strategy to employ to help you score well. If you’re currently a student, you may consider auditing a statistics course to review some of the more difficult concepts. If you’re already a…
  • 3 Tips for Dominating the LSAT

    Bryan Green
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve made the decision to go to law school, you’re most definitely starting to think about the LSAT. The LSAT is not your run-of-the-mill college midterm or final exam, and you will have to put a lot of time and effort into studying in order to get a good score. Considering that your LSAT score is one of the most important factors that colleges and universities use for law school admissions purposes, you want to make sure that you do all that is necessary to secure a top score. Here are 3 tips for dominating the LSAT so you can get into the school of your choosing. 1. Get the Right…
  • Top Four Tips for Homework Management

    Bryan Green
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Struggling to complete homework is nothing new. Most likely, you have been there and may be struggling with it now. This is why you should know these important homework management tips that are going to help you get your homework done thoroughly and in time: Write Down Tasks: When you first sit down to complete your homework, write down what needs to be done first and possibly how long each task should take for you to complete. Writing it down and having a visual for what needs to be done will help to motivate you. You will also not feel so overwhelmed with the amount of tasks that you need…
  • Homework Management: Writing Essays

    Bryan Green
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the most important parts of homework management is writing essays. The most common problem when writing essays is procrastination, but this doesn’t have to be a problem. By using different steps to write your essay, you can take one big assignment and make it into a few easy assignments. Plan and Research- Decide ahead of time what your topic will be and what sources you will use for your essay. Begin researching during this step so that you will already have a list of resources before you begin writing your essay. Outline- Your outline can be whatever you want it to be. You…
  • Did You Know: Sub-vocalization Destroys Your Reading Speed!

    Bryan Green
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    No? Don’t be surprised. Turns out that most Americans, and indeed most of the world, sub-vocalize to some extent.  That’s natural, it’s simply a hold over from when you were originally taught to read. The trouble is, after we learn to read, very few people rarely improve upon the basic reading skills we’re as children. What happens, is so insidiously innocent that we barely notice it. As children we’re taught to read each word at a time, saying those words in our heads, and we become very comfortable with it. What happens to our reading speed when we…
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  • Weekly MOOC Buffet 33 (17th Nov – 23rd Nov, 2014)

    Rajit Dasgupta
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    As one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases, most people at least know of one person who has Parkinson’s Disease. Even so, it is one that is hardly understood by the public. This week,’Good Brain, Bad Brain’ from Futurelearn will help you understand the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease- how it affects people, what causes it, what we can do to try and ameliorate the symptoms and what we don’t yet know about it. Other subjects on offer are Statistics, Economics, Engineering, and Health. See what you like below and sign up! 1. Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp…
  • How To Show Off Your New Skills To Employers

    Frida Garza
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    MOOCs are on the rise, with Coursera boosting over 5 million users in January 2014. But as more and more young people take online courses to build new skills, it’s still unclear how they should signal that growth to potential employers. Is it best to include all the MOOCs you’ve ever taken, or just the ones you’ve gotten certificates from? If it wasn’t part of your undergraduate or graduate education, is it worth mentioning MOOCs at all? The short answer is yes, absolutely. And there are a couple of ways do it, in a way that doesn’t just you’ve taken classes, but that you’re…
  • Best Blogs on UX Design

    Frida Garza
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So you want to learn UX design. You’re in luck. The internet is replete with blogs by designers and industry experts that can help you with whatever you need: whether it’s staying up-to-date on trends, developing research methods, or getting inspired. We rounded up nine of the best blogs you should follow if you’re an aspiring UX designer: UX Booth: A thoughtful blog on UX design and strategy. UX Booth, which has been running since 2008, covers design philosophy, interaction design, analytics, and many more topics. The blog also pays attention to how the web is changing, and what that…
  • Weekly MOOC Buffet 32 (10th Nov – 16th Nov, 2014)

    Rajit Dasgupta
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Did you know that as of 2013, the alumni of the Berklee College of Music have 229 Grammy awards between them? This week, you will have a chance to start courses from the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Other subjects on offer this week are Data Science, Environment, Neuroscience, and Cyber Security. See what you like below and sign up! 1. Cryptography – Part of the Cybersecurity Specialization This course will introduce you to the foundations of modern cryptography, with an eye toward practical applications. Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Maryland…
  • Weekly MOOC Buffet 31 (3rd Nov – 9th Nov, 2014)

    Rajit Dasgupta
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Terrorism is one of the defining challenges of our generation. It threatens the peaceful existence of governments, businesses and ordinary citizens alike. But what does the world of Academia have to say about this phenomenon? Can it offer a means to limit it’s impact? Take “Terrorism and Counter-terrorism’ from Leiden U. to find out. And check out 13 other courses spanning Healthcare, Philosophy, Politics and Data Analysis in the 31st MOOC Buffet. See what you like below and sign up! 1. E-learning and Digital Cultures This course will explore how digital cultures and…
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  • Temperature Coefficient of Resistance

    Swaroop Burre
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    In this tutorial I want to explain about effect of temperature on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (α). If we consider any material it has some resistance. The resistance varies depending upon the... The post Temperature Coefficient of Resistance appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • PN Junction Diode

    Sidhu Burre
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Before learning PN Junction Diode i recommend to read about Semiconductor Basics P-type and N-type materials by themselves are of little use. When a piece of P-type material is suitably joined to a piece of N-type material, a... The post PN Junction Diode appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Semiconductor Basics

    Swaroop Burre
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    In this tutorial we are going to learn Semiconductor Basics. An electronic circuit may appear quite complicated and be capable of performing fantastic functions. But all electronics circuits, however complicated, contain a few basic... The post Semiconductor Basics appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Series and Parallel Circuits

    Swaroop Burre
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Series and Parallel Circuits are common in any electronic or electrical circuits. Resistors may be connected either in series or in parallel as per the function of the circuit. The total resistance of such... The post Series and Parallel Circuits appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Ohms Law and Resistance

    Sidhu Burre
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    In the 19th century, “Georg Simon Ohm” inferred through experimentation one of the fundamental laws of electrical circuits. Ohm confirmed that if Voltage is expanded over a safety, more current will flow through the resistance,... The post Ohms Law and Resistance appeared first on CircuitStudy.
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    Facts n Myths

  • 20th November in History

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    20th November 1985: First ever version of Windows i.e., Windows 1.0 released by Microsoft. It was a 16-bit graphical operating system. The team leader of this project was Bill Gates who took an inspiration from a similar software’s demo named Visi On. Although, Windows 1.0 received worst rankings from the critics because of its dependency on a mouse but it was a great achievement by Microsoft. Some important features of Windows 1.0: Limited multitasking was supported by Windows 1.0 Calculator Calendar Notepad Clock Paint Clip Board Viewer Reversi (A board game) Cardfile (Personal…
  • José Mujica – The Poorest and the Humblest President

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    His past: He was a guerrilla fighter. He had a kind heart. He used to help the poor. He remained minister of livestock, agriculture and fisheries. He spent about 13 years in prison. His present: He is a kind man. He is the president of a country. He donates 90 percent of his salary. People say he is the humblest president of the world and yes, he is. Who is he? He is José Mujica. 40th president of Uruguay and serving his country as a president since 2010. Introduction: Name: José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano Born: 20th May 1935 in Montevideo, Uruguay Profession: Politician,…
  • Malaysia – The Home of Rainforests

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Country name: Malaysia Official Name: Malaysia Flag’s Name: Jalur Gemilang (Stripes of Glory) Continent: Asia Independence Day: 31st August, 1957 King: Abdul Halim Current Prime Minister: Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak Area: 329,847 square kilometers Capital: Kuala Lumpur Share border with: Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand. Also bordered with Vietnam and Philippines through the sea. Connected with Singapore through a bridge. Other major cities: Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Shah Alam Population: 30,331,000 (As per 2014 estimate) Currency: Ringgit Official Languages: Malaysian Malay and English Other…
  • ICC Cricket World Cup Winners