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  • How Companies and People Must Adapt In the Social Age

    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer
    Angela Maiers
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    In 2008, a new era began – the Social Age. That’s the message of Ted Coine and Mark Babbitt, the authors of an upcoming book, “A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive.” I recently spoke with Ted and Mark about how they define this new age and what it means for individuals and organizations. Here are some of the takeaways from their conversation: * The Social Age is not the Technology Age. New technologies, though powerful, are merely the tools that allow us to connect and be productive. Instead, our changing interactions are the defining piece of this new…
  • AANAPISIs: Serving a Critical AAPI Student Population

    ED News
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Recently I had the distinct privilege to join Education Secretary Arne Duncan when he met with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander education stakeholders to discuss a number of education issues affecting the community.  They presented a range of issues
  • If Only We Had Listened…

    The Core Knowledge Blog
    Lisa Hansel
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Thanks to my history-loving father-in-law, I’m holding a perfectly preserved editorial from the 1948 Washington Times-Herald—Tuesday, February 24, 1948, to be exact. It’s self-explanatory, so here goes: More About Schools A few days ago, we shot a short editorial under the title “Something Wrong With Education.” The piece told how the New York State Department […]
  • 5 Rules of Thumb for Teaching HOTS

    A Difference
    16 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    What are some concrete and powerful pedagogical approaches you can leverage in a 1-to-1 or BYOD teaching environment? What sort of practices shift the focus of teaching and learning from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)? That might be a million dollar question, with many answers. Nothing works all the time, but everything works sometimes; successful learning is largely context dependent. The real question we need to ask is: "What works best in my context'?" The slide deck below illustrates five concrete teaching practices that may be helpful in…
  • "60 000 times faster than text" ... Really?

    A Difference
    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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  • Hotel Broadway – The Smartest Economy Hotel in Delhi

    Sandeep Dahiya
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    If it were not for its dashing 1950s theatre-esque marquee declaring its name in bold letters, Hotel Broadway would almost be lost in the busy streets of Old Delhi. However, when it was built in 1956, it was one of the first of Delhi’s modern high-rises. While the world around it may have changed, the hotel continues to function with a combination of quirkiness and tradition that enchants all those who walk through its doors. Who says it isn’t possible to play in the lap of luxury while keeping a steady hand on your pocket? Hotel Broadway – the smartest economy hotel in Delhi, is a…
  • A Historical Jaunt around Bangalore City

    Sandeep Dahiya
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    As the taxi scuttled along the wide road of the urban city of Bangalore, a dreary conference which would require me to peruse solemn faces for hours was not something I was looking forward to. Checking into the My Fortune Hotel on Bangalore’s plush Richmond Road, I was glad our hotel was located at a convenient spot. Downtown Bangalore was the business hub of the city with corporate houses, national and international, located within a few blocks. I always fancied myself a “modern day traveller” and this hotel was just what I needed to kick-back. Comfortable and classy rooms with…
  • What is the secret to the perfect trip?

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Planning your travel itinerary can be one of the most exciting or hair-pulling experiences before you set off on the road. What do I need to take? Which route should we go down? What is the best way to travel? All together or split up? Hertz has made a fun infographic on what they think is the best combination to create the perfect road trip. The factors affecting a trip vary including the weather, the traffic, the view of the route (scenic routes only!) and the number of passengers squeezed in but there are also other things such as the music tracks, the comfort of the car seats, the snacks…
  • Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Cincinnati

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    The city of Cincinnati lies in a wide basin on the north bank of the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio in the United States of America. Cincinnati is affectionately called as “Pearl of the West” and the “Queen City”. One of the great things about living or visiting in the Cincinnati area is that there are so many things for families to do and to enjoy. The city of Cincinnati also has a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities. Many of Cincinnati’s tourist big attractions, such as the art museum, zoo and Union Terminal, are scattered around the city.
  • A Foodie’s Day Out in Naples

    Sandeep Dahiya
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Work brought me to Naples. I stayed for the food. What can you really say about Naples? It’s hard to string together two words when your salivary glands are being besieged by the myriad of mouth-watering sights and aromas that you encounter when you get there. Naples, the city of piazzas, palaces and castles, of churches and museums, of Vesuvius and Pompeii, and last but most definitely not the least – foodie paradise! When my work engagements led me to Naples, I knew it was destiny. My lifelong love of pizza, sadly only of the fast food variety, was finally going to achieve nirvana. I…
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • #ISTE14 Is Over but the Learning Is Just Getting Started

    Angela Maiers
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    ISTE is more than meetups, and social media is more than tools. It is a series of W.O.W. moments that take your breath away, and I am honored to share mine with you. ISTE2014 – Reflections from Atlanta from Angela Maiers Even if you weren’t able to attend ISTE this year, you can benefit from the knowledge sharing that took place in Atlanta. Below are resources that can empower you to inspire some W.O.W. moments of your own. Genius Hour Live Binder – Comprehensive resources for implementing a Genius Hour. A great extension from the amazing Genius Hour panel I was a part of. Bring…
  • How Companies and People Must Adapt In the Social Age

    Angela Maiers
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    In 2008, a new era began – the Social Age. That’s the message of Ted Coine and Mark Babbitt, the authors of an upcoming book, “A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive.” I recently spoke with Ted and Mark about how they define this new age and what it means for individuals and organizations. Here are some of the takeaways from their conversation: * The Social Age is not the Technology Age. New technologies, though powerful, are merely the tools that allow us to connect and be productive. Instead, our changing interactions are the defining piece of this new…
  • Choose2Matter LIVE at Downingtown STEM Academy

    Angela Maiers
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:23 pm
    On June 16 and 17, Downingtown STEM Academy will host a two-day Choose2Matter LIVE event. We invite business, education and government leaders from around Pennsylvania and indeed around the country, to actively participate. Please email if you would like to attend, so that we may put your name on the guest list. SCHEDULE: Monday June 16 7:30 am: Introduction by Angela Maiers and Mark Moran; video appearance by USAF General John Michel from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Daniel O’Neil, of the Center of Innovation at The Mayo Clinic. 8:45 am: Personal stories and…
  • Educators: Nominate Someone for the 2014 Bammy Award for Student Initiative

    Angela Maiers
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:01 am
    Choose2Matter is proud to announce that it will once again have the honor of selecting a worthy student to receive the Bammy Award for Student Initiative at the Third Annual Bammy Awards this fall. The student chosen will be recognized at the black-tie, red-carpet Bammy Awards event in Washington DC on September 27, 2014. Choose2Matter will assist the award recipient with fundraising efforts to pay travel expenses. Other deserving students not selected for the Bammy Award will receive recognition on our websites, in the many publications to which we contribute, and in other venues and forums.
  • Getting to the Heart of Collaboration

    Angela Maiers
    7 May 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Collaboration” has become a buzz word that we attach to any process that involves people working together. This is because we often use collaboration as a synonym for other buzz words that start with C: Cooperation, Communication and Coordination. In doing so, we miss the most critical element – value creation. Collaboration describes a process of value creation that our traditional structures of communication and teamwork can’t achieve. Let’s break it down further and clarify what it really is: Collaboration has three parts: TEAM, PROCESS, PURPOSE Two or more…
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  • HigherEd Live - Annual Fund FY14 Recap and Look Ahead

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Another fiscal year is in the books, and Annual Fund programs throughout the country and around the world are reporting on final numbers and laying out plans for the upcoming year’s campaign. In this show, originally aired on July 15, Marts & L...
  • HigherEd Live - How Should You Spend Your Marketing Budget?

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    In this edition of Marketing Live,which originally aired live on July 24, 2014, guests Patrick Burt, David Hooper and Jessica Rood discuss developing, planning and executing your marketing budgetbig or smallto find a great media mix for your institution...
  • Higher Ed Marketing - Embracing the C-word in higher education

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Back in the heyday of the hippie era, counterculture comedian George Carlin created a stir with his anti-establishment monologue about the seven dirty words that weren’t allowed on television. (Four decades later, as The Atlantic pointed out in 2012...
  • - How Big Brands Build Social Media Engagement

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    We dont have a social media dictionaryyet. Concepts like engagement and measurement mean many things to many people. We do have best practices per se, but even those seem subjective. We hear experts telling us we have to interact with all our fans, that...
  • College Web Editor - 16 #highered must-attend sessions at #pseweb 2014 in Toronto (July 29-30, 2014)

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Can you believe it I can’t make it to the #PSEWeb conference this year even though it’s only 1-hour away (by plane) this year. My parents are in town next week — and since they come from Europe, they have priority. I spent several hours...
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  • ISTE2014 is over, long live ISTE

    Mitch Weisburgh
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Bloggers' Cafe at NECC2008 (Photo credit: teachandlearn) What can you learn when over 14,000 education technologists descend on one convention? From hundreds of conversations over three days, we observed the following megatrends: For the first time in six years, education budgets are not contracting, and education buyers are actively looking for where they should spend their money for the greatest learning impact. The tide of digital content is rising, while the tide for printed textbooks is moving out. State deals for platform companies like Copia are accelerating this trend. Assessment…
  • Looking for money in all the right places

    Mitch Weisburgh
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Notes from the SIIA NYC Roundtable June 2014 Yesterday, Robin Warner of DeSilva and Philips moderated a great discussion on raising funds for your education business or idea with Andy Kaplan, Don Burton, Matt Hanson, and Jonathan Harber, all people with money, or representing people with money, looking for places to invest it. Is there good or bad money? Take the money when it’s available; when the spigot turns off, it gets really ugly real fast; and when it’s off, the risk strategy of investors is just don’t invest. All investment money, though, is bad money. Don’t raise money, go…
  • Starbucks or AT&T? ASU or Udacity? What's happening in postsecondary education this week?

    Mitch Weisburgh
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    This week featured two interesting announcements regarding corporations and postsecondary education. Starbucks and Arizona State University announced a program where Starbucks will help their employees take courses and acquire degrees through ASU online classes: AT&T and Udacity announced a partnership  around a form of microcredentialing that they are calling nanodegrees: Back…
  • Students win tenure loses?

    Mitch Weisburgh
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Students win tenure loses. That’s the CNN headline for the Vergara v. California case ruled on by Judge Rolf M. Treu. The crux of Judge Treu’s ruling is that 1 to 3% of California teachers are grossly ineffective, and given that there are 275,000 teachers, that means that between 2,750 and 8,250 teachers are grossly ineffective, which has a profound effect on their students. Thus, tenure is unconstitutional, since the state constitution requires the state to provide an adequate education. The 1% to 3% came from testimony from Dr. David Berliner, who was asked on the stand, “would it be…
  • Thoughts from two EdTech Conferences

    Mitch Weisburgh
    21 May 2014 | 10:28 am
    From the IMS Global Learning Impact Institute in New Orleans May 5-8 No one company, no state, no school district, and no individual school is going to transform education; we’re all going to have to find ways to work together. There were many presentations about the failings of education. But there were also examples of how partnerships between different schools, schools and companies, and companies and other companies had greater impact than the sum of their parts. Anyone who wants to make an impact with an edtech solution will need to think closely about how their product or service…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Developing Leadership #BYOD #1to1 [Quote] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Perhaps the weakest area of the typical one-to-one computing plan is the complete absence of leadership development for the administrative team—that is, learning how to manage the transition from a learning ecology where paper is the dominant technology for storing and retrieving information, to a world that is all digital, all the time. Leaders must be given the training to: Craft a clear vision of connecting all students to the world’s learning resources. Model the actions and behaviors they wish to see in their schools. Support the design of an ongoing and embedded staff development…
  • What To Do When Someone Hates You (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    “There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred? Hatred is a hard thing to handle, particularly when you feel it is unjust. But I’m writing this for you today: DON’T LET IT STOP YOU. The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The…
  • Lack of Staff Professional Development (in 1:1 Implementations) is Like Tossing Money Away [Quote] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    As the owner of a company that now consults school districts in their technology plans, I have zero patience for administrators that fail to see the importance of professional development when new tech is welcomed. My feelings have been hardened by first hand experience working in education and seeing how hopeless new tech initiatives were when the assumption that “if you provide it, they will learn.” Just laying claim to the fact that technology was purchased and dropped into classrooms doesn’t make up for the negated fact that it will be next to useless without the…
  • Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    During summer days, if you’re a top teacher, you’ll take time to improve your best asset — you. If somehow it’s not clear why that’s so important, look at it this way: when financial times are tight, our schools can improve the bottom line in four ways, three which aren’t beneficial for us as teachers. They can cut teachers and staff. They can cut benefits. They can lower quality. We teachers can become more productive and better at our jobs. The best choice for our students, schools, and us is #4 — becoming better teachers. But how? We’re so tired!
  • Tablets and Toddlers: How Much is Too Much? (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Toddlers are engrossed in Ipads as butterflies land on their shoulders unnoticed. Parents are texting as their tots engage with tablets. Is this healthy?  Patti Wollman Summers, a 30 year educator with experience in early childhood education, discusses appropriate uses of digital applications for toddlers during this episode of Every Classroom Matters. Patti shares important 6 important recommendations for parents and kindergarten teachers from her new book Toddlers on Technology: A Parents’ Guide. Listen to Patti Wollman Summers’ Advice for Parents Show Notes from Patti Wollman…
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    NYT > Education

  • Gene I. Maeroff, Education Reporter and Author, Dies at 75

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    A former education reporter for The Times, Mr. Maeroff found a second career working as an author, a researcher and an adviser on education issues.
  • Plagiarism Scandal Tests a Senator Still Forming a Rapport With Montanans

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Many voters in Montana seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude as they judge the future of Senator John Walsh, a Democrat accused of plagiarizing a paper he submitted to the United States Army War College.
  • Shootings Redefine Beat of School Police Officers

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Radical shifts in tactics have swept the field, — calling on officers to rush toward shooters without backup if necessary.
  • Arts | Westchester: Putting the A in STEAM

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    “Steam,” a new exhibition in White Plains, takes its name from an educational movement, STEAM, which is STEM (another curriculum that is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the addition of the “A” for art.
  • Motherlode Blog: Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It’s always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it’s ok, I don’t mind. My daughter’s gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn’t always the right thing to do.
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #SABeginnings: What Ratatouille Taught Me About Being an #SAgrad

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    I spent the majority of my first year as a #SAgrad developing a formula, a carefully calculated sequence of experiences, skills, and personality traits that would make me the best student affairs professional. All I had to do was apply certain theories to a given number of students, serve on enough committees, and have the right Myers Briggs type. Follow the formula and I would be successful; it was all about basic math. In the pursuit of excellence, I began feeling pressure to act, dress, and speak in a certain way. I had to be more pessimistic because exclamation points were not…
  • #SAchat Transcript – 07/24/2014 – Balancing Love of Job and Love of Partner

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Balancing Love of Job and Love of Partner . In this week’s chat 210 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 1195 tweets 136 contributors Transcript MOD: Alex Fields Top Contributors Jason L. Meriwether Elenna Geffrard Rebecca Windover Junior Pena Kevin A. Dougherty EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 512 tweets 74 contributors Transcript MOD: Steven Harowitz Top Contributors Karyn Dyer Becca…
  • #SABeginnings: Surviving My Second Year of Graduate School

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My ACUHO-I internship experience at Pace University- NYC has been nothing short of amazing. My time here has been just what I needed before I start my second and final year of grad school. I was able to meet a ton of awesome people, visit other campuses around NYC, and most importantly have time to myself to do the things I wanted to do in the concrete jungle. I encourage any future SA pro to obtain an internship of some type if you have the time to do so and have not already completed one. At Pace, the entire housing department was really on board to intentionally provide myself and the…
  • How to Build a Home for Yourself: Belonging in Higher Education from a First-Generation Student’s Personal Experience

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As I walk into the residence hall where I’ll be living for the next year or so while working in my new role as a resident director, I spot a large green banner above the elevator that reads, “Portland State University, Your Home Away From Home.” Because of the way I grew up, for me, being away from “home” has always felt more like home than actually being home. As a first-generation student, home—and family—had always been place that is both strange and comforting; there, I feasted on my mother’s savory Chinese cooking but, there, I also had to be on constant translating duty:…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 07/21/2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! "People want to be freed in an organization to be excellent." @tablegroup #orghealth #sachat #highered #studentaffairs — Shane Cadden (@scaddenFNL) July 18, 2014 Don't shoehorn every pop culture phenomenon into your training theme.
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Winning Isn’t That Great and Losing Isn’t That Bad

    Dean Shareski
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Thanks to Chris Layton for inspiring this post. We had a lovely conversation at #DENSI2014 and this is my reflection from that discussion. The conversations and ideas around these ideas and their role in society can make your head spin. They range from: “Awards for students are harmful” “Learning is not a competition” “There are no losers in learning” “Stop gamifying learning” To: “Kids need to learn to lose” “Failure is not an option” “Embrace failure” “How can we gamify school?” Depending on the…
  • Encouraging Ownership

    Dean Shareski
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    After every course I teach I receive an evaluation from my students. Typically 80% or higher provide with highly positive feedback. 10% are indifferent and 10% are less than satisfied. Most of the dissatisfaction revolves around lack of structure and and timelines. This is partly my personal flaws and partly student preference and partly a communication failure. I take these evaluations seriously and don’t dismiss these critiques but really do try to improve. I need to get better. But…. As I try and create more ownership and agency for students, my efforts to empower them is the…
  • Twitter as a Creative Outlet

    Dean Shareski
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    It’s no secret if you follow me on twitter I don’t take it all that seriously. In case you don’t know what I mean, I created this video I sometimes share with new followers warning them of my intent. While most educators talk about twitter as a great place to develop a personal learning network and even as a Professional Development resource, I enjoy the opportunity to be creative. The constraints of 140 characters is fuel for creativity. When you’re sharing a link or resource, the process is pretty straightforward. But when you’re trying to communicate something…
  • This Isn’t Really About Travel

    Dean Shareski
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
    As someone who travels a lot, I spend lots of time observing how people react in airports. I experience my share of flight delays and other travel issues an d almost all the time, it’s no one’s fault. Many people who don’t travel much are pretty uptight and nervous and the slightest problem can upset them. You can see it on their faces and occasionally some make a scene. Waiting in security lines or around gates you hear snark comments and lots of people questioning why things are being done “to them”. “I’m never flying <insert any airline you…
  • Visitors and Residents and Digital Citizenship

    Dean Shareski
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    My recent post and exploring on residents vs visitors makes me think about some of the problems around the conversations about digital citizenship. When schools and districts want to discuss digital citizenship they usually want to emphasize the dangers and problems of thoughtless online behaviour. The tagline for digital citizenship for many educators is “don’t do bad stuff”. I think one of the reasons is that most people remain visitors of the web. In the same way when you take your children to visit another country or even a another family, making sure your kids behave…
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  • 21 Years Beyond Dominoe

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Here we are in 1987, me a 24 year old mullet head know-not-much and my side kick, Dominoe. In May of that year we did a practice camping trip in western Maryland’ it might very well have been the Catoctin Mountain area where the previous October I lost/found her. That story… has just about fueled a career, it seems. I look at this photo of me looking out, I am seeing a future? Looking for it? Hoping for it? Who knows. I was there, and I can only guess what I was thinking. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA )…
  • Feed WordPress 101: Some Feed Magic

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by pasukaru76 This is part 4 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger »» Some Feed Magic «« Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter,…
  • Behind the Scenes of The ds106 Daily Create

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by didbygraham Gearing up for a wave of new challenges starting in October, I am prepping to dial back my focus on ds106 and the web site. I am not disappearing, but it’s time to spread some energy elsewhere. Jim is teaching a new flavor of ds106 in the Fall and will be likely taking over the keys to the site. The Daily Create is a special obsession on it’s own. Tim Owens was the real engine in getting the site going in January 2012, and I took over when I arrived at UMW a few weeks later. At some point, because we were talking…
  • Taking the Hunt for OER Reuse to the Waters

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Lope® Having stomped around the forest for almost a week and finding no stories of OER Reuse but whispers and a few broken limbs, I am going to aim my search at the waters. The photos ore just as blurry and the doubters and skeptics just as mocking. What little bits have come from the forest include: David Kernohan shared some JORUM User Stories and JISC Case Studies on OERs Lisa M Lane looked far and wide among her shared open content and found nary a nibble of reuse. Laura Gibbs shared a detailed summary of her practices of…
  • It’s Not Amazing When the Web Forgets You

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am circa 2000 In prepping my recent call for OER Reuse Stories (which, ahem, I have collected a grand total of ZERO new ones) I was reviewing the original ones I collected the first time I did an Amazing Stories talk on 2009. By the way, that site still works despite using a defunct CoolIris embed. In going through my hard drive, I actually found a story I had recorded my self in 2009, about some things that happened some 10 years earlier. For some reason I never published the story. But as listened again, beyond cringing at watching myself on video (yes, all humans do that) the…
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  • Bundling and Re-bundling

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I’m at the Knewton Symposium – an event focusing on the future of digital learning. This is the second year that I’ve attended. It’s a small event (last year had ~20 attendees, this year it’s closer to 60+). Knewton brings in a range of speakers and leaders in education, ranging from startups to big edtech companies and publishers to faculty and advocates for some type of change. The conversations are diverse, as can be expected when publishers and open education advocates as well as VC firms and academics share the same stage. The narrative of educational change…
  • Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    In a previous post, I commented on the Massive Teaching course at Coursera and that something odd was happening. Either Coursera deleted the prof from the course or the prof was running some type of experiment. It now appears to be primarily the latter. The story has now been covered by The Chronicle (here and here) and Inside Higher Ed (here). Thoughtful reflections have been provided by Rolin Moe and Jonathan Rees. Participants on Twitter have also had their say. The general consensus is that “wow, this is weird”. Coursera has deftly pushed everything back to the University of…
  • I was wrong

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve made statements late last year to the effect that “corporate MOOCs will be the big trend in 2014″. I was wrong. Recently, with CorpU and Reda Sadki, I ran an open online conference on corporate MOOCs. We put together a strong line up of presenters and topics and I expected reasonably strong turnout as the topic was timely. While we had a large number of signups, we only had 15-30 people attend each session. The sessions were generally one-way information flow (from the presenter). Attendees appeared to be reluctant to share experiences and views. I’m not sure if…
  • Something weird is happening at Coursera

    5 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background About two months ago, I posted a short article on a DesignJam that we hosted at UT Arlington. The designjam brought together numerous folks who had some interest in teaching and learning online, often at a massive scale (i.e. MOOCs). Paul Olivier Dehaye commented on the post and described his interest in running a dual-track MOOC, blending instructivist and more collaborative. He was referring to the Massive Teaching course on…
  • Activating Latent Knowledge Capacity

    5 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Last week, we wrapped up another successful Learning Analytics Summer Institute at Harvard. The recordings of most of the talks and panels can be found here. Since we were already in town, Dragan Gasevic and I were invited by edX to give a talk to their staff and member institutions (we are running a course on edX in fall on Data, Analytics, & Learning). The focus for the talk at edX, slides below, was to try and get at what is wrong with MOOCs and education in general. To answer the challenge of “what is wrong with education” it’s helpful to step back a bit and…
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    A Difference

  • "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…
  • 5 Rules of Thumb for Teaching HOTS

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    What are some concrete and powerful pedagogical approaches you can leverage in a 1-to-1 or BYOD teaching environment? What sort of practices shift the focus of teaching and learning from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)? That might be a million dollar question, with many answers. Nothing works all the time, but everything works sometimes; successful learning is largely context dependent. The real question we need to ask is: "What works best in my context'?" The slide deck below illustrates five concrete teaching practices that may be helpful in…
  • How would I prepare to teach a BYOD class?

    27 Oct 2013 | 2:39 pm
    I've been thinking and reading about what it would be like to teach a (math) class in a school with a Bring Your Own Device policy. Apple mobile devices / Kenneth / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 My answer: "My class will teach the world what they learn with me. Everything will be accessible online and on a mobile device." Here's what I would set up: 1. A class blog to tell the learning narrative of the class. It will also serve as assignment distribution hub and reflection archive; the kids will blog. A distinguishing feature of a blog over a wiki is that everything is time and date stamped. It preserves a…
  • Managing Complex Change

    8 Jul 2013 | 12:48 pm
    This graphic sums it up brilliantly: I first saw it in a presentation on SlideShare by Silvia Tolisano, Shifting to 21st Century Learning, and tracked it back Andrew Churches outstanding wiki. I have to think some more about how this dovetails with the ideas of change and the Cynefin Framework Clarence and I talked about in our presentation Scratch Best Practice, It's All About Beta Baby! that we gave at Alan November's 2009 Building Learning Communities Conference. Posted via email from dkuropatwa's posterous
  • Narrative Matters

    18 Feb 2013 | 5:21 pm
    Last night a group of Manitoban educators got together to talk about teaching and learning and how that learning takes flight when we take advantage of new opportunities offered by technology. The evening was framed around having the six Manitobans who participated this summer in something called Unplugd, talk about this uniquely Canadian educational summit: 36 of us wrote a book in a weekend. Anyone who's spoken to me since I got back from Unplugd knows what a transformational event it was for me and that I've really struggled with figuring out how to share what happened to me in a remote…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • ISTE Follow-Up 17: School librarian / media specialist blogs (THE PUSH 2014) (Scott McLeod)
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    If you were asked to nominate a very short list of blogs for school librarians and media specialists 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 school librarian / media specialist blogs that P-12 educators should be reading? We need both elementary and secondary examples. Please contribute, see the responses, AND share this post with others so that we can get the best list possible. What school librarian blogs would you recommend? Please share with others so we get a…
  • Redefining ‘rigor’ (Scott McLeod)
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Tedd Wakeman said: We’ve always defined, as an educational community, rigor as being a lot of hard drudgery, what we consider really hard work, taking engagement and interests completely out of the equation and saying, ‘If we see kids who are sitting at their desks and they’re just writing a ton or they’re doing a bunch of research, if they just look kind of upset, if they look like they are not enjoying themselves, then there is rigorous things going on in that classroom.’ That’s a real problem. We need to stop defining rigor as busywork, as kids knuckling down to the…
  • Computers can help you get schooled for minimum wage jobs (Scott McLeod)
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Justin Reich said: In the [past] forty years … educational technologists have made progress in teaching parts of the curriculum that can be most easily reduced to routines, but we have made very little progress in expanding the range of what these programs can do. During those same forty years, in nearly every other sector of society, computers have reduced the necessity of performing tasks that can be reduced to a routine. Computers, therefore, are best at assessing human performance in the sorts of tasks in which humans have already been replaced by computers. Perhaps the most…
  • The weakest area of most school computing plans is the leadership (Scott McLeod)
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Alan November said: Perhaps the weakest area of the typical one-to-one computing plan is the complete absence of leadership development for the administrative team – that is, learning how to manage the transition from a learning ecology where paper is the dominant technology for storing and retrieving information, to a world that is all digital, all the time. via No argument here! See, for example: Coming out swinging (my very first blog post)…
  • Should our first goal really be to preserve the structure? (Scott McLeod)
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Justin Schwamm said: Two decades ago, before the great push for higher standards and more accountability, there was a tacit agreement in most factory-model schools: “Just close my door,” said Ms. X, “and let me teach, and don’t bother me because I’m busy.” “Just keep them busy and quiet,” responded her Powers That Be, “and show up for the Special Training and the Scheduled Meeting, and make sure the Relevant Paperwork is in the file.” Within that tacit agreement lay a great deal of freedom and opportunity … for innovation or for more of the Same Old Same Old. As the…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • The most important thing you need to know about creativity

    Ewan McIntosh
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I am on holiday. It’s a rare beast and, at some point in every couple of weeks of Tuscan bliss, comes a sliver of two minutes where I might get a chance to write. To write anything. Something. My new book, finally due for release this August after five weeks of delays, redesign and reprinting to our satisfaction, started its life on my breakfast terrace while on holiday here in Donnini, about 45 minutes east of Florence. As with all writing, I was starting with a blank page. This summer’s reading includes my advertising hero John Hegarty On Creativity: There Are No Rules, in which he…
  • Launching a new Masters: Designing Spaces for Learning #inf536

    Ewan McIntosh
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    When most people find out that they are in line to create a new physical or virtual environment for their school, few have really driven deep into what the research says, and how it might pan out in practice. And, with deadlines in place, and architects producing their "masterplans" based on what they have been able to squeeze out of school communities, the clock is ticking too fast in most cases to begin that learning journey in a timely fashion. School principals, deputies, librarians and innovator educators can base multi-million dollar decisions on hearsay, gurus' say-so, and what the…
  • #EduTECH 2014: Agile Leadership

    Ewan McIntosh
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Five year plans are the last thing I'd be creating if I wanted to see innovation happen in a school. Most creative organisations we work with have something more akin to an innovation strategy based on audacious goals, with a skillset in one's team that helps each individual find their place in making those goals happen, one small step at a time. While the vision is agreed by the top of the organisation the means to get there are democratic, and based on creative process as much as individual creative prowess. At Australia's EduTECH conference I was delighted to once more keynote the…
  • Do people really want a struggle, or an easy day of PD?

    Ewan McIntosh
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Sometimes I wish I just ran flashy blogging workshops for a living. The days would be easy, the money, too. I wouldn't have to think hard, and nor would the attendees. I'd have photos of smiling complacent teachers out for a jolly PD day. But the satisfaction would be zero on both sides of the fence. As our buddy John Davitt puts it, life is not about finding the right SOFTware, it's about enjoying some STRUGGLEware. NoTosh spends a lot of its time in that struggle space, helping people really operate in that zone of proximal development and, on days like Monday, maybe even just a wee bit…
  • Real problem-finding attracting global researchers: Year 9, Denmark

    Ewan McIntosh
    15 May 2014 | 3:02 am
    Year 9 students have made a discovery through their own problem-finding in science, and international scientists are honing in on the consequences. Wifi and 3G next to the bed? Not any more. More on problem-finding from my TEDx talk. Cross-posted on NoTosh's Facebook page.
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    College Admissions Counseling

  • I Don’t Care About your A+ Grade

    Todd Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I don’t care that you got an A+ grade in one of your classes. Don’t misunderstand me. I think it great that you did really well in one of your classes. You should be proud of yourself. But in the world of college admissions, there is no such thing as an A+. The highest grade available on a 4.0 scale is an A. Not an A+. Why? Because an A grade says you did as well as you possibly could. You can’t do any better.  That is why the vast majority of high schools in this country do not give any grade higher than an A. Sure, colleges will see that your transcript says that you…
  • Average GPA’s for Admissions to California Colleges

    Todd Johnson
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week I mentioned that the required GPA for the UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program was a 4.0 or higher. If you are interested in any public college in California you will note that the average accepted GPA is very high. Most of the UC’s have an average accepted GPA over 4.0. But what if the highest GPA in your class is a 3.97 or something below a 4.0. Does that person not stand of chance of getting into a California public college? No, that is not at all what it means. If you missed my recent post about the difference between weighted and unweighted grades, go read it now. In…
  • Why I Don’t Understand What Your Weighted GPA Means

    Todd Johnson
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the most common, and most important, questions I ask prospective students is “what is your GPA.” But I’ll let you in on a secret. When you tell me what your weighted GPA is, I don’t know what it means. Here’s the problem. Last time I discussed weighted vs unweighted grades and what those terms meant.  But what I didn’t tell you is that there is no uniform method for weighting grades. Some high schools give one extra point for an AP class. Some give one point for an honors class but two points for an AP class. Some give three points for an AP class.
  • Weighted GPA’s vs. Unweighted GPA’s.

    Todd Johnson
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everyone knows how important the high school grade point average, or GPA, is in determining admissions to college. The problem is that GPA’s can be calculated two different ways. The traditional way to calculate a GPA was to give 4.0 points for an A, 3.0 points for a B, 2.0 points for a C and 1.0 point for a D. Because this didn’t allow for distinctions between grades, schools soon developed GPA’s for + and – grades. So an A- became a 3.67, a B+ a 3.3, a B- a 2.67 and so on. This is unweighted grading and is what existed for many years. Under this system, if you…
  • UC San Diego’s Invitation to BS/MD Program

    Todd Johnson
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was talking the other day to one of my students from California who has an interest in the UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program.  The program says that only those students that are invited to apply may apply for the program.  The student was concerned that he might not get an invitation to apply. I assured the student that this was not an issue. Many BS/MD programs have minimum grade and test score requirements before students will be considered for the program. At the Medical Scholars Program, students must have a GPA of 4.0 or higher and a minimum SAT score of 2,250 or a minimum ACT…
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    Steve Kinney

  • It’s called life hacking.

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    It’s called life hacking.
  • Setting Custom Shortcuts in Mac OS X

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    If you find yourself reaching for the mouse to do the same task over and over, it’s probably worth spending a few minutes to see if you can figure out a better way to get the same task done using the keyboard. I recently started using TextEdit for all of my basic writing tasks. TextEdit is a great little app that comes bundled with OS X. But, one of the things that driving me nuts was having to take my hands off the keyboard, grab the mouse, and hit that tiny little menu in the top bar to insert a bulleted list. I use lists a lot, so this was becoming kind of a pain. Luckily, OS X has a…
  • An Introduction to Ruby Processing

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    An Introduction to Ruby Processing: I ran a session at the Turing School for Software and Design a few weeks ago on Ruby Processing (a port of the fantastic Processing programming language to Ruby). These are the notes for that session. If anything is unclear, don’t hesitate to open an issue on Github.
  • Rob Pike's 5 Rules of Programming

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Rule 1. You can’t tell where a program is going to spend its time. Bottlenecks occur in surprising places, so don’t try to second guess and put in a speed hack until you’ve proven that’s where the bottleneck is. Rule 2. Measure. Don’t tune for speed until you’ve measured, and even then don’t unless one part of the code overwhelms the rest. Rule 3. Fancy algorithms are slow when n is small, and n is usually small. Fancy algorithms have big constants. Until you know that n is frequently going to be big, don’t get fancy. (Even if n does get big,…
  • How to Be Productive and Organized

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    I’ve always been interested in how to get stuff done. If you’re organized and working towards the things you think are important, you’re probably a happier person for it—and I prefer being happy over the alternatives. In addition, most of our jobs involves working with other people and no one likes to be the person who is constantly dropping the ball—and, trust me, no one likes that person either. I’ve read pretty much every producitivity self-help book under sun, bought the corresponding expensive software, and tried to implement their “system.” In my…
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  • How Open is Finnish Higher Education?

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Editor’s note: While the globalization of higher education and research is a process associated with the enhanced mobility of faculty, staff, and students, the frictions shaping the process are many. They include not just regulations related to skilled migration, but also a myriad of less tangible frictions, including the unwritten taken-for-granted assumptions about how job search processes operate.  I remember applying for two jobs in Sweden in the late 1990s and was surprised to learn that the jobs would be offered with no expectation of a visit to give a talk, meet colleagues, or…
  • A MOOC on Globalizing Higher Education and Research

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Editors’ note: today’s blog entry is also available on Inside Higher Ed at This entry is a slightly revised version of a new article in the International Association of Universities‘ Horizons‘ magazine (June 2014). The English version of Horizons is available at: and more specifically at: Horizons Vol.20.1 [EN_web].pdf . The French version is available at:…
  • Universities 2030: Learning from the Past to Anticipate the Future

    27 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Editors’ note: we’re pleased to post a ‘long read,’ but a good and worthwhile read, consisting of a series of informed reflections about the future of the university from an historical perspective. Universities 2030: Learning from the Past to Anticipate the Future, was coordinated and co-edited by our colleague Adam Nelson (Professor, Educational Policy Studies and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison). I asked Adam to explain more about how this material came together, so let’s pass it over to him! Kris Olds & Susan L. Robertson Adam Nelson: In the…
  • Towards Harmonization of Higher Education in Southeast Asia: Malaysia’s perspective

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Link here for the Inside Higher Ed version of this article, which enables better sharing and printing. Editors’ note: today’s guest entry, by Morshidi Sirat (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Norzaini Azman (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) & Aishah Abu Bakar (University of Malaya), is designed to provide you with an up-to-date and insightful summary of the state of the Southeast Asian higher education region-building project. Regionalism — a state-led agenda to build up ‘regional coherence’ via the trading of goods and services, and the facilitation of human and non-human…
  • No MOOCs for Iran or Syria?

    27 Jan 2014 | 10:41 pm
    This entry is also available on Inside Higher Ed here.  Also see this new IHE article ‘Massive Closed Online Courses‘ for more information about this matter. Yesterday’s news that Coursera and Udacity need to follow US sanction rules is a reminder that the forces shaping the evolving global geographies of MOOCs is an issue that needs to be grappled with more thoroughly and systematically. In recent entries here on Inside Higher Ed, I’ve argued that the MOOCs phenomenon has helped deterritorialize higher education institutions and practices via their ‘global reach’…
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Teachers of Color Caught In The Windmill (On Real Equity)

    Jose Vilson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
      Last week, I delved a little deeper into this issue of teachers of color, hoping to sow some of the prevailing narratives up and construct something more cogent. Yet, when it comes down to it, the lack of teachers of color is a symptom and not a cause of the education gaps we currently see. Time and again, we get reports from former teachers of color about why they leave, and often, it’s the same symptoms for why teachers in general leave: lack of empowerment and autonomy, working conditions, and low pay. With teacher of color, education systems only exacerbate this problem…
  • Teacher Quality And The Decline In Teachers of Color

    Jose Vilson
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    This morning, I came across this article on Huffington Post (I know, I know, hear me out, though) and thought I should ask questions about President Obama’s initiative to enforce former President George W. Bush’s mandates for “excellent teachers” to stay in the highest-need communities. Read this: President Barack Obama’s new initiative, titled “Excellent Educators For All,” seeks to ensure that states comply with the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind mandate by asking state officials to submit “comprehensive educator equity plans”…
  • Digital Tools As The Gateway Drug To Real Pedagogy?

    Jose Vilson
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    On Sunday, I spent some time with the good folks at SMART Technologies (yeah, I can’t believe I’m saying that either, but more on that later) for the annual ISTE conference, a mega-large education conference hosted this year in Atlanta, GA. SMART Technologies asked me to give some words of wisdom to their partners around student collaboration, one of my personal passions. They neither asked me to restructure my remarks nor ignore social justice issues, which if folks invite me somewhere, they should know that’s also where my heart is. At some point, I got the chance to go to…
  • You Can’t Educate With Us (On Tone-Policing When Silent)

    Jose Vilson
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I called someone a racist this past weekend. And a sexist for good measure. I don’t have much authoritative experience with the latter as I do the former, and I don’t go throwing around such a title lightly. I won’t go into the incident, but it was a long string of events that triggered me using the word, and, soon thereafter, people started opening up about some of the latent racist comments said person made. It was revelatory in that I had this hunch for a long time, but, because he’s respected in some of our common circles, I decided to let everything play out,…
  • Father’s Day As A Healing Day

    Jose Vilson
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:02 pm
    It’s weird. With the World Cup in Brazil going and Father’s Day happening all around me (and for me), I’m reminded how, once or twice a year, I’d spend hours watching my father watch soccer in my grandmother’s (his mother’s) house in Brooklyn. I didn’t get why it was so exciting, especially since the Italian league games often ended in nil ties and shootouts back then, but he’d try to run down the best teams. For him, it didn’t even seem to matter who was on Telemundo for the matches as much as it was actually on TV for him to watch. Over…
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • The Cost of Contemporary Policing: A Review of Alice Goffman’s ‘On the Run’

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the 80s and 90s, I had a pretty strong sense of fear and hatred for cops. I got to witness corruption and intimidation first hand, and I despised the hypocritical nature of the “PoPo.” As a teen, I worked at Subway. Whenever I had a late shift, I could rely on cops coming by. About half of them were decent. They’d order politely and, as if recognizing the fear in my body, would try to make small talk to suggest that we were on even ground in this context. And they’d actually pay their bills. The other half were a different matter. Especially…
  • What does the Facebook experiment teach us?

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I’m intrigued by the reaction that has unfolded around the Facebook “emotion contagion” study. (If you aren’t familiar with this, read this primer.) As others have pointed out, the practice of A/B testing content is quite common. And Facebook has a long history of experimenting on how it can influence people’s attitudes and practices, even in the realm of research. An earlier study showed that Facebook decisions could shape voters’ practices. But why is it that *this* study has sparked a firestorm? In asking people about this, I’ve been given two…
  • ‘Selling Out’ Is Meaningless: Teens live in the commercial world we created

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    In the recent Frontline documentary “Generation Like,” Doug Rushkoff lamented that today’s youth don’t even know what the term “sell-out” means. While this surprised Rushkoff and other fuddy duddies, it didn’t make me blink for a second. Of course this term means nothing to them. Why do we think it should? The critique of today’s teens has two issues intertwined into one. First, there’s the issue of language — is this term the right term? Second, there’s the question of whether or not the underlying concept is meaningful in contemporary youth culture. Slang Shifts…
  • San Francisco’s (In)Visible Class War

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    In 2003, I was living in San Francisco and working at a startup when I overheard a colleague of mine — a self-identified libertarian — spout off about “the homeless problem.” I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I’m sure it fit into a well-trodden frame about no-good lazy leeches. I marched right over to him and asked if he’d ever talked to someone who was homeless. He looked at me with shock and his cheeks flushed, so I said, “Let’s go!” Unwilling to admit discomfort, he followed. >We drove down to 6th Street, and I nodded to a group of men sitting on the…
  • Will my grandchildren learn to drive? I expect not

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    I rarely drive these days, and when I do, it’s bloody terrifying. Even though I grew up driving and drove every day for fifteen years, my lack of practice is palpable as I grip the steering wheel. Every time I get behind the wheel, in order to silence my own fears about all of the ways in which I might crash, I ruminate over the anxieties that people have about teenagers and driving. I try not to get distracted in my own driving by looking to see if other drivers are texting while driving, but I can’t help but muse about these things. And while I was driving down the 101 in California…
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    eduStyle Blog

  • 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…
  • Only 48 hours left to pre-order

    Stewart Foss
    11 Jul 2013 | 6:48 am
    We’ve decided to extend our pre-order pricing until midnight EST on July 12. Order now and save 33%. After that the report will  no longer be available for pre-order, you’ll have to wait until late August to order it at full price. The 2013 Research Report on Navigation Trends in Higher Ed includes over 300 hours of research analyzing the navigation trends on over 2000 higher ed websites. It will also highlight best practices, social media links and calls to action. Save your self time and get this report. Pre-order the 2013 Report on Navigation
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    The Hall Monitor

  • A red line of light: Tuckahoe schools revamps health policy, adds optical metrics

    Randi Weiner
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
            All Tuckahoe students, from kindergarten through high school seniors, will be asked to complete a physical assessment during the first weeks of school that includes an exercise using a device that measures balance and body symmetry during movement. The change begins this fall and is designed... Read More → The post A red line of light: Tuckahoe schools revamps health policy, adds optical metrics appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Meet White Plains’ Alisa Choubay: Lohud’s Student Of The Week

    Swapna Venugopal
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Alisa Choubay, a rising senior at White Plains High School, was recently recognized by the Junior League of Central Westchester. She volunteers with the Westchester County Youth Council and serves as Youth Judge at the White Plains Youth Court. Alisa is Lohud’s Student of The Week. Q: You volunteer with... Read More → The post Meet White Plains’ Alisa Choubay: Lohud’s Student Of The Week appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Mount Vernon-based after-school program gets $860K state grant

    Randi Weiner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
            Westchester Jewish Community Services’ Off The Street Program, headquartered in Mount Vernon’s  Hamilton Elementary School, has been selected as one of the winners of New York State’s 68 Advantage After School Program grants. The program will receive $172,000 each year for five years and will be... Read More → The post Mount Vernon-based after-school program gets $860K state grant appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Blind Brook school board schedules annual retreat for 7/30

    Randi Weiner
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
            For the Blind Brook following: The Blind Brook Board of Education will hold its annual retreat  at 8 a.m. July 30 at the Doral Arrowwood Conference Center, Anderson Hill Road in Purchase.  The retreat is not a public meeting, but it is anticipated that the board... Read More → The post Blind Brook school board schedules annual retreat for 7/30 appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • White Plains Board of Ed holds special meeting 7/28

    Randi Weiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
              The White Plains Board of Education will hold a special meeting July 28 at its board offices. Members will meet at 7 p.m., go into executive session “to discuss matters pertaining to the appointment of particular people” and then will return to the open meeting... Read More → The post White Plains Board of Ed holds special meeting 7/28 appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Podcast416: Reflections on Create, Make & Learn 2014

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    This podcast from the road is an audio reflection by Shelly and Wesley Fryer about their experiences at the 2014 Create, Make & Learn Professional Development Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Shelly and Wes discuss how CML14 was setup differently from typical conferences and PD events, letting participants self-select workshops and sessions which best matched their individual learning goals. They discuss different Maker Education (MakerEd) projects they completed and learned about during the week, including jitterbug robots, green-screen videos, MinecraftEDU lessons, and more. Check the…
  • Use Video Camera Like a Pencil – A Blog Like a Textbook

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Today during our lunch break at the “Create, Make and Learn Institute”, I picked up a copy of the July – August September 2014 newsletter of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. The newsletter includes an article by Dr. Rob Williams, board president of ACME: Action Coalition for Media Education, titled, “Fight for the Light! A response to the film Shadows of Liberty.” Rob advocates media literacy education for students and citizens of all ages for multiple reasons. I like how he juxtaposes video cameras and pencils, along with blogs and textbooks…
  • Create, Make and Learn 2014: The iMovie Trailer

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Oh my goodness! You need to take 60 seconds and check out the fantastic iMovie trailer my wife, Shelly, created for the Create, Make and Learn Institute this week in Burlington, Vermont! I LOVE the script text for this video as well as the photos: “Teachers will SAVE THE DAY when school gets boring” by engaging students in activities that involve creating and making! Shelly has become an iMovie and iMovie Trailer-making machine this summer! She’s posted six more videos in the past 3 weeks (all created on her iPad with iMovie) to her teacher YouTube channel!  …
  • Students Teach About Redstone Wiring in Minecraft

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Today at the Create, Make and Learn Institute in Burlington, Vermont, my 10 year old daughter (Rachel) and 16 year old son (Alex) shared some techniques with teachers about using redstone wiring in Minecraft to do some cool things. Kevin Jarrett led the session, which was an introduction to Minecraft for teachers. His Google Doc of Minecraft intro resources is fantastic. Rachel showed teachers how to create a shower with redstone in Minecraft. She just started learning how to use redstone this week on our trip to Vermont, playing Minecraft on her laptop in the car and this week with her…
  • Podcast415: Igniting Create, Make & Learn and iPad Media Camp

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This audio podcast is a recording of two “Ignite” presentations by Wesley Fryer in July 2014. Ignite presentations are five minutes long, with presenters using 15 slides shown for 15 seconds each. The first Ignite in this podcast is Wes’ opening Ignite presentation on July 15, 2014, at the Create, Make and Learn (CML) Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Create, Make and Learn is a five day professional development institute for educators organized by Lucie deLaBruere. The second Ignite was shared on July 9, 2014, at iPad Media Camp in Manhattan, Kansas. This was originally…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Geeks Pick Nits Even On Jokes

    Alfred Thompson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    I posted this following image on my Facebook page. Comments came immediately. First one was something like “only one step?” Another said the method should be called inside a loop. Another suggested a more involved loop. while (stamina > 0) {step++; stamina--;}We could probably go on and on. I just find it amusing that coders just can’t look at the joke and see it at face value. They do, I think, see it funny at face value but they also want to make it better for some definition of better.
  • Whack A Mole Project

    Alfred Thompson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    I’ve done variations in Whack A Mole over the years. I did a Whack Something Game for Windows Phone 7 some years ago for example. But somehow I put it aside and didn’t think about it when I was teaching the last year and a half. This week as the National CS Principles Summit this project came up in one of the presentations. This struck me as a particularly good idea for me to bring back into my own practice. So obviously I started coding. I came up with this. What I have decided I want to do is use this for is to teach objects and classes. I created a MoleHole class. I may have to revisit…
  • Scalable Programming Projects

    Alfred Thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    One of the things I look for in a project is that it is extensible. That means that a reasonable and simple version can be done but that students who want to do more or who want to challenge themselves can make a very special version that is really them. One such project that I have used in a small way is a slot machine program. One of my co-workers came up with a fairly simple assignment of this type. 1. Slot Machine – Create a slot machine with 3 “slots” (containing pictures or colors). For each round, clear the slots until the user clicks on it (or a button below the picture), and…
  • One semi colon away from disaster

    Alfred Thompson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    At a recent workshop Alexander Repenning said that sometimes teaching programming is “one semi colon away from disaster.” How true that is. Minor syntax issues, especially when dealing with beginners, can make a program look like a complete disaster. Last school year I had more than a few students come close to panic when a compiler reported dozes, scores or even hundreds of errors. Typically adding a semi colon or a curly brace in the right place made most of the errors “go away.” The words “in the right place” are bold for a reason. At times is seems as though beginners start…
  • Interesting Links 21 July 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    What a week I had last week. The CSTA Annual Conference, the National CS Principles Summit and then the CSTA Board meeting. I need a rest. I tweeted a lot from the first two events. Not from the board meeting though because that information properly comes through the Board Chair and Executive Director. It took me a while to scan though things but I believe I have some good links to share. I hope you find some value here.I find it interesting that this is happening. Business schools are realizing that even if you are not a programmer it is valuable to be able to share some common vocabulary…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Tennessee Education Commissioner Takes Away Right to Virtual Education for 626 Students

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Center for Education Reform Stands with Families Denied Access  CER Action Alert Washington, D.C. July 25, 2014 The Center for Education Reform strongly condemns the recent directive by the Tennessee Education Commissioner to un-enroll 626 students from the Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), denying them their school choice rights. “It’s an outrage that these 626 legally enrolled students are now being forcefully turned away, just two weeks before the start of the school year,” said Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform. “This represents an unreasonable attempt by…
  • Teachers union sues to prevent expansion of privately-funded voucher program

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner  In an impressive display of “we don’t care how this looks,” the Florida Education Association has sued the Sunshine State to prevent students from receiving more state-managed, privately-funded scholarships, including a new scholarship program for disabled students. The lawsuit, filed June 16, and the accompanying press release didn’t even try to offer any proof that the voucher programs are somehow bad for students. The best it could do was to argue that vouchers cannot be linked to any student gains. Instead, FEA claims it is suing…
  • A bigger bang for school bucks

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    The Post and Courier An increasing number of parents who shop around before choosing a school for their children are opting for charter schools because they like the academic environment. But they might not be aware that those same schools also are giving the public a bigger bang for their buck than traditional schools. Research at the University of Arkansas shows that charter schools in 30 states are neck-and-neck with traditional schools on eighth grade standardized tests. But they achieve those scores for significantly less money. Imagine what they might do if charter schools were funded…
  • University Of Arkansas: Charter Schools More Cost-Effective

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Blake Neff, The Daily Caller A new report from the University of Arkansas says that charters schools are more efficient with money than ordinary public schools, producing notably better test scores for each dollar spent. The study, which covered charter schools in 21 states plus the District of Columbia, measured effectiveness by comparing students’ scores on national NAEP exams with the amount of money spent on teaching particular subjects. In math, the study found, for every additional $1,000 per pupil invested by schools, charters increased NEAP scores by 17 more points than…
  • NEWSWIRE: July 22, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Vol. 16, No. 29 WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE SAYS CHARTER SCHOOLS DON’T PRODUCE RESULTS FOR KIDS… They do, and they do it with less money. The old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” goes a little differently in the charter school sector, reading something like, “When public entities hand you less taxpayer dollars than traditional public schools, make substantial learning gains for students anyway.” A new study from the University of Arkansas reveals charter schools use public dollars far more efficiently than traditional public schools. For every $1,000 invested,…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • Activators and Summarizers with Mobile Devices

    Kathy Schrock
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    This post first appeared in my "Kathy's Katch" blog for the Discovery Education Network and is re-posted here with permission.Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know what to expect when we begin to use them. Since many classrooms now have at least part time access to 1:1 mobile devices, whether on a cart, a BYOD environment, or a true 1:1 program, I thought I would showcase how some of these can easily be used with mobile devices. This article will introduce you to activators and summarizers, convince you to use…
  • Road Warrior Router

    Kathy Schrock
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    This Asus WL-330NUL Multi-Mode Pocket Router is cool and is a great addition to your traveling toolkit. For $34.55, it can serve a number of purposes and help you out in a pinch! First, if you need a USB Ethernet dongle for a Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop/ultrabook that does not have an Ethernet port, it can be used to become "wired". Since I already carry an Apple USB Ethernet dongle, this now replaces it in my travel bag. This tiny device (2.5" L x .75" W x .5" H) is well-made and the USB portion folds into the back for protection while not in use.The device needs power, which can be gotten…
  • 2 Cool for School

    Kathy Schrock
    27 May 2014 | 6:03 am
    2 COOL 4 SCHOOL:CREATIVELY USING POWERPOINT TO #WorkWonders FOR ANIMATIONI am a long-time Microsoft PowerPoint user. I have been using it to #WorkWonders since PowerPoint 2.0 for Windows 3.1 came out in 1992! Over the past few years, in addition to using PowerPoint to create presentations, I have both used and discovered some neat ways it can be used to solve a a few animation problems! You can read about those below.Want to share how Microsoft Office helps you #WorkWonders in your classroom? What creative ways have you used Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Lync, or OneNote…
  • PixiClip for Teaching and Learning

    Kathy Schrock
    23 May 2014 | 8:05 am
    I had a PixiClip account for a while but had not yet put it through its paces. Last week, I was asked to pen a sponsored post and provide ways it might be used to support teaching and learning.PixiClip describes itself as an "interactive whiteboard" but it is so much more!PixiClip is a browser-based, screen recording tool. It is simple to use and has the added advantage of allowing the creators of the recordings to include their voice or video of themselves as part of the recording. I have been using screen recording tools on mobile devices and stand-alone computer programs for…
  • Visme: Online creation tool

    Kathy Schrock
    22 May 2014 | 8:01 am
    I have been working with, an online free suite of tools to help you "visualize your ideas". Once you create an account, you have the option to create a presentation, a banner ad, an infographic, start with a blank canvas, and (soon) create a product demo. Dashboard of VismeWith the Visme Free account, you can create up to three projects, which are branded with the Visme logo, and have a full set of features to use in your design; there are images, icons, and banners included, you can upload your own images, animate the elements in your project, and publish the finished project…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Can MOOCs Motivate Personal Change?

    James E. Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Blog: Higher Ed BetaAs I wrote in part one of this blog, my colleagues from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I have been gratified by the initial success of our first MOOC, entitled GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement. Based on exciting initial evidence, this course suggests that online learning can support more than information transfer, technical training, and content learning. It can also support what might be thought of as “personal learning,” including lasting behavioral change.   This is an important finding,…
  • Professor Charged With Filming Students in Bathroom

    Scott Jaschik
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mark Landis, who until recently taught accounting at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, has been charged with 15 counts of misdemeanor invasion of privacy for allegedly filming current and former students, and others, using the bathroom in his home, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. A house guest found a camera, set up to film the genital region of males standing at a toilet. Landis reportedly invited students over every weekend. A San Francisco State spokeswoman said that Landis resigned last Friday. A University of San Francisco spokeswoman said that he…
  • Community college president's leaked email shows plan to trade political support for state funds

    Charlie Tyson
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A leaked email shows a community college president's attempt to pressure a governor for $20 million in state funds -- even though the college had already finished the project for which the money was appropriated. Editorial Tags: Community collegesImage Caption: An email from College of DuPage president Robert Breuder
  • Let's differentiate between 'competency' and 'mastery' in higher ed (essay)

    John F. Ebersole
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    "Competency-based” education appears to be this year’s answer to America’s higher education challenges, judging from this week's news in Washington. Unlike MOOCs (last year’s solution), there is, refreshingly, greater emphasis on the validation of learning. Yet, all may not be as represented. On close examination, one might ask if competency-based education (or CBE) programs are really about “competency,” or are they concerned with something else? Perhaps what is being measured is more closely akin to subject matter “mastery.” The…
  • Study finds impact of pre-tenure status on publication rates at Korean universities

    David Matthews for Times Higher Education
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In South Korea, publication rates change with tenure, study finds. Editorial Tags: Korea
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 5 emerging trends in today’s libraries

    Laura Devaney
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Libraries are growing digital hubs, offering varied services Technology and digital resources are expanding rapidly in U.S. libraries, and important tech tools that serve entire communities are available at nearly all libraries across the nation. The American Library Association’s 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey makes note of the large role libraries play in education, individual engagement, as well as new programs they are developing, such as maker programming and 3D printing. Though digital resources are growing throughout libraries, the survey also found that this growth is uneven. For…
  • How apps are surpassing the traditional tutor

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Will traditional tutors become obsolete with rising app popularity? Deciding if you want to use a tutor, or if you’d just rather download an app to help you, is becoming more difficult these days. Technology has and will continue to amaze us with its new inventions, but when people question if professions are necessary, should we become concerned? A tutor has historically been an instructor who meets a student at their home or a library to help with assignments or a specific subject–but with apps, students often have more on-demand academic help. Learning from an app can be ideal…
  • Two benefits of eBooks for early readers

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    eBooks help build reading confidence, serve as a teaching aid and provide an opportunity for a brighter future for students The future of eBooks opens up opportunities for teachers and students alike. eBooks provide fluent readings and other engaging tools that help early readers achieve academic success. And, with the help of modern technology, they expand possibilities far outside what traditional books provide. If utilized correctly, eBooks can position students for early reading success. Two key benefits eBooks include: “Flip the classroom” For the first time, early readers can truly…
  • Is U.S. innovation lacking?

    Laura Devaney
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    International innovation analysis reveals top countries’ practices Measuring innovation is critical to effecting change and improvement in education–and in fact, knowing how practices impact education on an international scale could improve education across the globe, according to a new report that seeks to measure educational innovation. The OECD report, Measuring Innovation in Education, compares educational innovation to innovation in other sectors, pinpoints specific examples of educational innovation, and also examines how changes in educational outcomes are related to…
  • Little-known ways to find every student’s hidden potential

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There’s no greater reward than to see my students return to their hometown to pass their knowledge on to a new generation of learners I was walking down the halls of our school recently when a little girl approached me. “Mrs. Rogers, what do I have to do to get into your classroom?” Her comment made me laugh. This particular girl was a straight-A student, and I’m the Title 1 teacher for at-risk students. I was thrilled that she thought of my class as a fun, exciting place (and it is!). This interaction confirmed just how important it is to create a positive, welcoming environment for…
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 5 emerging trends in today’s libraries

    Laura Devaney
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Libraries are growing digital hubs, offering varied services Technology and digital resources are expanding rapidly in U.S. libraries, and important tech tools that serve entire communities are available at nearly all libraries across the nation. The American Library Association’s 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey makes note of the large role libraries play in education, individual engagement, as well as new programs they are developing, such as maker programming and 3D printing. Though digital resources are growing throughout libraries, the survey also found that this growth is uneven. For…
  • How apps are surpassing the traditional tutor

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Will traditional tutors become obsolete with rising app popularity? Deciding if you want to use a tutor, or if you’d just rather download an app to help you, is becoming more difficult these days. Technology has and will continue to amaze us with its new inventions, but when people question if professions are necessary, should we become concerned? A tutor has historically been an instructor who meets a student at their home or a library to help with assignments or a specific subject–but with apps, students often have more on-demand academic help. Learning from an app can be ideal…
  • Two benefits of eBooks for early readers

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    eBooks help build reading confidence, serve as a teaching aid and provide an opportunity for a brighter future for students The future of eBooks opens up opportunities for teachers and students alike. eBooks provide fluent readings and other engaging tools that help early readers achieve academic success. And, with the help of modern technology, they expand possibilities far outside what traditional books provide. If utilized correctly, eBooks can position students for early reading success. Two key benefits eBooks include: “Flip the classroom” For the first time, early readers can truly…
  • Is U.S. innovation lacking?

    Laura Devaney
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    International innovation analysis reveals top countries’ practices Measuring innovation is critical to effecting change and improvement in education–and in fact, knowing how practices impact education on an international scale could improve education across the globe, according to a new report that seeks to measure educational innovation. The OECD report, Measuring Innovation in Education, compares educational innovation to innovation in other sectors, pinpoints specific examples of educational innovation, and also examines how changes in educational outcomes are related to…
  • Little-known ways to find every student’s hidden potential

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There’s no greater reward than to see my students return to their hometown to pass their knowledge on to a new generation of learners I was walking down the halls of our school recently when a little girl approached me. “Mrs. Rogers, what do I have to do to get into your classroom?” Her comment made me laugh. This particular girl was a straight-A student, and I’m the Title 1 teacher for at-risk students. I was thrilled that she thought of my class as a fun, exciting place (and it is!). This interaction confirmed just how important it is to create a positive, welcoming environment for…
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • 5 emerging trends in today’s libraries

    Laura Devaney
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Libraries are growing digital hubs, offering varied services Technology and digital resources are expanding rapidly in U.S. libraries, and important tech tools that serve entire communities are available at nearly all libraries across the nation. The American Library Association’s 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey makes note of the large role libraries play in education, individual engagement, as well as new programs they are developing, such as maker programming and 3D printing. Though digital resources are growing throughout libraries, the survey also found that this growth is uneven. For…
  • Three new developments in K-12 technology integration

    Laura Devaney
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Annual survey reveals that mobile tech, online assessments are key issues Technology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders’ goals?  Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to increase across the nation, and an annual school technology survey reveals that BYOD use or immediate planned use in secondary schools jumped from 60 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2014. According to the Software & Information Industry…
  • Four special-education innovations from ISTE

    Dennis Pierce
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    These four innovations in special-education technology were on display at a special event during the annual ISTE conference in Atlanta RoboKind’s robot-based ‘autism intervention tool’ is now ready for schools to deploy. A software program that can boost the memory and attention of students with disabilities, called the “most innovative medical advancement of 2012” by the National Institutes of Health, was among four special-education technologies highlighted during an event at the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta. ISTE stands for the International Society for Technology…
  • 10 ways to tell you’re a tech-savvy educator

    Laura Devaney
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How tech-savvy are you? Read on to find out… Technology is a necessary part of formal and informal learning today. After all, students will need tech skills as they move into college and the workforce. Using tech in the classroom today will help students develop and build those essential tech skills so that they can compete on a global scale. And often, today’s educators and administrators learn much of their tech skills from students, who are tech experts in their own right. Tech-savvy teachers take the tech skills gleaned from students and use them for academic and instructional…
  • 15 OER tools for educators

    Laura Devaney
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Educators will find this list of OER tools useful as they explore and expand OER use As educators and students clamor for relevant and engaging digital content, many are turning to open educational resources (OER)–educational materials that are free to use under a special license. These materials can be organized into content repositories that make it easy for others to locate and use them. In fact, several states are doing just that, as they make efforts to curate and catalog OER into large content repositories available to educators, students, and parents. On the following page,…
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    eSchool News » Funding

  • FCC takes key step toward modernizing eRate

    Dennis Pierce
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Voting along party lines, the FCC approves more funding for Wi-Fi connectivity—but doesn’t raise the funding cap The FCC’s vote marks an ‘important early victory’ for students, CoSN said. In a split decision along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to move ahead with a plan to modernize the eRate by increasing the amount of money available for high-speed internet access in schools. The agency on July 11 approved a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to retool the eRate to focus on expanding Wi-Fi connectivity within schools, without…
  • July: 4 education grants you don’t want to miss

    Laura Devaney
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools School funding difficulties show no sign of abating, and school budgets are 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—from a focus on STEM learning to funding for financial education programs. You don’t want to miss out on these July school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. (Next page: July’s funding…
  • $4K grants for senior high math teachers

    eSchool News Staff
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9–12 Teachers The purpose of this grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 9–12. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.
  • $1.2-$2M federal STEM grants

    eSchool News Staff
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program through research and model-building activities seeks to build understandings of best practice factors, contexts and processes contributing to K-12 students’ motivation and participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) core domains along with other STEM cognate domains (e.g.,information and communications technology (ICT), computing, computer sciences, data analytics, among others) that inform education…
  • Four $5K grants for financial literacy programs

    eSchool News Staff
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Financially Literate Youth Grant Program, from CompareCards, provides funding for financial literacy programs in K-12 schools. Four $5,000 grants will be awarded to schools implementing or planning to implement a financial education program. To be eligible, schools must be a public, private, or charter K-12 school located in the United States. The school must have already implemented or is looking to implement a financial education program and must share overall results with CompareCards upon the program’s completion. Deadline: Aug. 8, 2014
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Crossing Language Barriers Via Family And Photos

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We have a significant number of students from African background at our school. Now that in itself is too broad a description as the students we have enrolled hail from over twenty nations and cultures across the African continent. Two of the more major groups include Somali and Kurundi families, and our Community Development Officer has been working with some of our parents in playgroups and parent group meetings on a weekly basis. The Kurundi group meets with her, along with one of our multilingual BSSO’s (Bilingual School Support Officer) offering translation support, on a weekly…
  • Some Unsolicited Advice About Report Writing

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:58 am
    Here in South Australia, it is that time of year when mid-year reports go home to parents. I know there are a number of schools exploring and implementing better ways of reporting to parents using online technology but for the majority of South Australian primary schools, the reporting process is fairly uniform and consistent. Of course, things have evolved over time. When I first started teaching in the mid-80′s reports were hand written before then being drafted by hand and then typed up by skilled teacher aides. Eventually about over the last fifteen to twenty years it has evolved…
  • From Entertainment To Learning

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    There are many factors that weigh into how quickly change of cultural mindset can occur. And as I’ve said before, at a school as complex as the one I work at, these factors are not easily or quickly countered. My school is considered as catering for a disadvantaged community but that does not mean universal neediness. It just means the range of what kids have access to in their home life is stretched out far wider than the average school. We have students who come to school hungry so teachers give them breakfast but also have kids who get dropped in Mercedes or BMWs. We have students…
  • Tensions

    8 Jun 2014 | 10:37 pm
    During Ewan McIntosh’s keynote on Wednesday, I posted the following reaction to Twitter: For me, the theme of #EduTECH is tensions – between pedagogies, between possibilities and constraints, between curriculum and creativity… I’ve thought about tensions in education before in the past. But Ewan’s discussion about tensions and contradictions, followed by Tom Barrett’s presentation on creativity which also talked about tensions, started some contemplation within my own mind about how I go about my own learning and then transferring that to my professional…
  • EduTECH 2014 – Virtual Version

    7 Jun 2014 | 4:59 am
    Cross-posted from my staff blog where I set up a Virtual EduTECH page for interested staff who wanted to know a bit more about the conference that the select five of us who went got to see. Putting this together showed me that sometimes someone else does say it better, than curation is a great way to assemble a shared experience and favouriting Tweets as the conference goes along is a heck of a lot easier than trawling back through 4 days of a #hashtagged Twitter stream. I think that if you didn’t get to go to this conference then a thorough exploration of the stuff assembled below will…
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  • Rand Paul Fixes Calculus

    Dan Meyer
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Rand Paul: If you have one person in the country who is, like, the best at explaining calculus, that person maybe should teach every calculus class in the country. It’d be helpful if we could work through the idea that good teaching is just good explaining and vice versa. Someone here at Twitter Math Camp mentioned she conducts a math night for parents at the start of school. “I wish I had learned math like this as a kid,” they tell her. That realization, that there is and should be a difference between how math was taught then and now, is a giant first step.
  • [Makeover] These Tragic “Write An Expression” Problems

    Dan Meyer
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We need to do something about these problems, which recur all throughout school Algebra. The original title of this post called them “horrible,” but they’re truly “tragic” – the math education equal to Julius Caesar, Othello, and Hamlet – full of potential but overwhelmed by their nature. Here’s the thing about variable expressions: they’re used by programmers and students both, but those two groups hold variables in very different regard. Ask programmers what their work life would be like without variables and they’ll likely respond that…
  • Your Mid-Week Must-Read: Why Do Americans Stink At Math

    Dan Meyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Elizabeth Green compiles the history of math education in the United States from New Math to the Common Core: Americans might have invented the world’s best methods for teaching math to children, but it was difficult to find anyone actually using them. She also tours through some of the best ethnographic research you’ll read in math education but doesn’t cite two of them explicitly (that I counted) so I will. A Revolution in One Classroom: The Case of Mrs. Oublier (Cohen, 1990) describes how one teacher’s transformed beliefs failed to transform her practice. Candy Selling…
  • A Better Definition Of “Personalization”

    Dan Meyer
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    David Wiley: For me, personalization comes down to being interesting. You have successfully personalized learning when a learner finds it genuinely interesting. Providing me with an adaptive, customized pathway through educational materials that bore me out of my mind is not personalized learning. It may be better than forcing me through the same pathway that everyone else takes, but I wouldn’t call it personalized. Held to that standard, most groups that are attempting to personalize learning through software are pretty screwed. Jai Mehta: But what I can tell you from visits to blended…
  • Rotonda West & Capturing Curiosity

    Dan Meyer
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Two anecdotes about curiosity, followed by a challenge: 1. Nana’s Lemon Water I facilitated a workshop in Atlanta a few weeks ago and a participant had one of these enormous Thirstbuster mugs. I asked, somewhat nervously, “Whatcha got in there?” She replied “water with lemon.” I wondered, as I’m sure others might, “Well how much lemon would you need in that enormous thing to even taste it.” It’s natural for humans to have questions and seek to answer them. Once I heard her answer, though, an unnatural, teacherly act followed. I tried to…
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    NYC Educator

  • If NYSED Were a Teacher...

    Arwen E.
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Here is the rub:  If the New York State Education Department were a teacher, parents would be on the phone and NYSED would soon be called down to the principal's office.  In the hands of an apt administrator, NYSED would be sternly advised to change or denied tenure.  As it works out though, parents protest in great numbers (i.e., in Poughkeepsie), but instead of having any impact, future forums are cancelled and parents are dismissed as dupes. NYSED continues its policies which violate basic teacher protocol.  If NYSED were a teacher, these policies would…
  • Land of a Thousand Rubrics

    NYC Educator
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I've been attending curriculum development workshops all week. We're looking at Common Core, without which no sentient being can function, and one of our sub-categories is rubrics. Yesterday we created some of our own.I'll be frank. I have never liked rubrics. The first time I saw them was when a new, two-day, four-composition English Regents exam came out. I read the grading rubrics and got a general idea of what levels 1-4 meant. From then on I marked more or less holistically. I used to know one teacher who treated the rubrics with great reverence and examined them quite thoroughly. It was…
  • Remediating the Remediators

    NYC Educator
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rockville Centre Principal Carol Burris has a whole series of pieces in the Washington Post, one better than the next. In her latest, she examines the odd formulas for figuring whether or not students need remediation. One is perhaps better than the next, but none appear to be anything worth jumping up and down about. Then she says this: Two studies found that student GPAs were a far more accurate predictor—reducing severe placement errors by about half. Another study of remediation found that nearly 25 percent (math) and over 33 percent (English) of remedial course placements in one…
  • Pay Up, Mayor de Blasio

    NYC Educator
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    To my mind, the worst thing about the 2005 UFT Contract was giving up seniority transfers and the UFT transfer plan so that veteran teachers could become ATR teachers. Rendering them week to week wandering subs a few years back made that even worse. And the cherry on that cake was giving them second-tier due process rights, the very worst thing about the 2014 UFT Contract.The second worst thing about the new UFT Contract is kind of a toss-up for me. But right up there in the running was screwing the members who resigned rather than retired. After all, they did the work. Maybe if we'd gotten a…
  • The Deformer Formula for "De-Motivating" Kids

    Arwen E.
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    In all the discussion of higher standards, I doubt the "reformers" have given much consideration to the complexities of motivation.Some "reformers" seem to think that students who fail will seize the day.  They will harness their inner grit, work harder than ever and power their way to success.  Some may.  Most will not.  Many will wonder what is the purpose of trying.  Many will grow resentful.  Some will shut down their young minds.  These tests and the people who make them do a disservice to humanity. I learned my first year on the job that a classroom…
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  • Mideast cease-fire holds

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas started Saturday morning while diplomats worked to create a longer truce in the conflict that has killed more than 900 people, mostly Palestinian civilians.
  • Malaysia wants access to MH17 site

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    More than a week after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 came down in eastern Ukraine, Malaysian investigators have not yet been able to access the entire crash site, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.
  • Ukraine

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    More than a week after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 came down in eastern Ukraine, Malaysian investigators have not yet been able to access the entire crash site, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.
  • Gaza-Israel crisis

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas started Saturday morning as diplomats worked to create a longer truce in the conflict that has killed more than 900 people -- mostly civilians.
  • Deadly start to Chicago weekend

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Gun violence flared again in Chicago when a shooter sprayed bullets outside a convenience store on the city's west side, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding six others.
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    This Week In Education

  • Twitter Friday: News & Commentary Here, On Facebook, & Via Twitter

    Alexander Russo
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's Friday and so I'll be updating the site -- lightly -- via Twitter (which also posts to Facebook and here). See it all below. Have a great weekend! Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"
  • Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Clinton Launches #BabyTalking Campaign

    Alexander Russo
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Clinton Launches Baby-talking Campaign In Oakland #babytalking  Unions put teachers on streets — for votes -  Print View  Self-proclaimed "naive" NYC Teaching Fellow Florina Rodov aims to open her own school next @TheAtlanticEDU Do the CAP teacher salary report & coverage seem misleading to you like it does to me? @SchlFinance101 New think tank started by CAP economist will fund Berkely's Jesse Rothstein on ed ineq, reports @TheStoryline Ed tech promoters need to…
  • Maps: Which States Are Changing Which Charter Laws To Do What?

    Alexander Russo
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    From ECS: "42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have charter school laws. Important, evolving elements of these state laws include: Statewide authorizing bodies (33 states); Standards for authorizers (quality school authorizing) (15 states and D.C.); Requirements that authorizing bodies report annually on their portfolios of schools (15 states and D.C.); Explicit performance thresholds below which charters must be revoked or non-renewed (11 states and D.C.); Explicit attention to one type of charter: the Internet, or cyber charter (24 states define or permit; 20…
  • Thompson: Burris Documents Damage Done By Tracking & School Reform

    john thompson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    We know Carol Burris for her insightful critiques of the contemporary school reform movement, but at first glance her On the Same Track seems to be a history of the bad old days. She presents an authoritative account of the severe damage done by “tracking” students, or assigning them to classes based on their so-called abilities.  But, isn’t the fight to “de-track” classes and to offer the same opportunity for challenging instruction a distant memory from an ugly era?  Burris begins with a photo of three English students. The color of their ties denotes their place in the school…
  • Quotes: That Campaign Field Worker Might Well Be A Teacher

    Alexander Russo
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    If someone knocks on your door and says, ‘I’m Mark, I’m from the state Democratic Party,’ you take the literature and shut the door. “If you say, ‘Hi, I’m Karen, I’m a third-grade teacher at Hillsmere Elementary and I’m here to tell you what’s at stake for public education,’ that gets a very different reaction from the voter. - Karen White, political director for the National Education Association in today's Politico story (Unions put teachers on streets — for votes)
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  • Any Learning Happening In The 21St-Century IS 21St-Century Learning.

    Ben Wilkoff
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    In this episode I talk through the implications of 21st-century learning. This week I realize that any learning that happens in the 21st-century is 21st-century learning. We should not be disparaging one another’s learning. We should come up with better words and better ideas for what we mean when we say we want students to have access to modern tools and pedagogy. What should we call the artist formerly known as 21st-century learning?
  • Project Roundtable: How does Serendipity Play a Role in the Learning of Students, Teachers, and L…

    Ben Wilkoff
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This is the first and only impromptu Project Roundtable Session that is specifically focused on the role of Serendipity in learning.
  • What I’m Using: Text Help Skills – The Google Docs Add-On

    Ben Wilkoff
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    I really like the idea of collecting highlights into a separate document. I could see a lot of uses for this in curating great ideas from a document into your own space. Texthelp Study Skills – Google Docs add-on Use Texthelp’s Highlighting Tools to highlight key areas of your document to collect, group, and learn from later. Simply select and highlight the desired text and click “Collect Highlights” to extract it and place it in a new document (by color or location) for students or educators to review.
  • How do you balance planning for learning and learning itself?

    Ben Wilkoff
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    In this carcast I expand a conversation that +Jessica Raleigh and I started a couple of days ago about how we plan for learning experiences. I ask the question here of what is the right balance between lesson/experience/template/resource planning and the "event" of learning itself. What is your right balance? Also, is it possible to do one without the other and still be a teacher and learner?
  • What I’m Learning: You can make any physical object better with a little Sugru.

    Ben Wilkoff
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    I really love that this type of a product exists. I want all of the maker/hacker spaces to get lots of this stuff and let children and adults make the world around them more durable and useful. I feel a series of Donor’s choose initiatives coming on. FIX THAT THING. – the future needs fixing – sugru What if you could fix, modify or make almost anything? That’s why we invented sugru.  Apply it, shape it and watch it transform into a tough and flexible rubber overnight. More than 500,000 people in 155 countries later, sugru is turning into a movement!  Watch the video!
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  • 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…
  • Why the Haters Hate: CCSS Edition

    D Draper
    3 May 2014 | 11:40 am
    The more I analyze the contentions of those advocating for no common standards, the more I’m convinced of two important truths. Those who rationally oppose typically do so because: They didn’t play a role in creating the standards and would, therefore, have them shift. They misunderstand, resist, or ignore the critical role schools play in credentialing. Regardless of motive, many so-called haters often land at the point of irrationality, embracing theories of conspiracy, with dreams for the day when school means little more than the feel of play-doh while dancing to the aroma…
  • When Should You Buy Your Child a Smartphone?

    D Draper
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    A few days ago, I did a riff off this Dan Tynan article – When Should You Buy Your Child a Smartphone? – in a brief interview for one of our local news outlets. I was hoping they would post our segment online (like they sometimes do), but apparently different news days produce varying quantities of news output. 1 I like the advice Tynan gives in his column. Younger children should be phased in to technology access, kids don’t instinctively know how to use all phone features, and parental controls should be responsibly used. Nevertheless, there are a few items he left out…
  • The Struggle Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators

    D Draper
    15 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    I began the morning today reading Larry Cuban’s interesting comparison of the ideological differences of some teachers that use and don’t use Class Dojo. 1 In his post, Cuban discusses the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations students have for behaving the way they do, and cites a Lepper, Sethi, Dialdin, and Drake study (1997) that offers interesting insight in its culmination (see pages 44-45): We come to learn to do things not only because they are fun or likely to lead to some immediate payoff, but because we have come to believe that we “ought” to do them, either…
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  • When's the last time you cleaned your home(page)

    Doug Johnson
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.                                                                            ~ Erma Bombeck It's summer and I've delegated most jobs to people in my department far more competent, so I can tackle some of the important but not urgent tasks that pile up during the year. One of these is reviewing our district website. I rank the task right up there in…
  • If you could give your child a superpower, would you?

    Doug Johnson
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    With great power comes great responsibility. - Spiderman's Uncle Ben Were you as a parent able to give your child a "super" power, would you do so? Let's take the ability to teleport - move from one location to another by just imagining the destination - for example. There would be personal advantages - ability to see the world at no cost; time spent on getting to school could be better spent in other ways; and surely there would be vocations (courier, spy, journalist, salesperson, artist, etc.) that would be enhanced by such a power. Of course, as we know from countless movies about…
  • Predictions from 2003-04

    Doug Johnson
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”   Yogi Berra   From a friend and colleague in an e-mail last week... As I attempt to purge my files, I'm running into all kinds of oldies but goodies. An example: I'd saved the MEMOlist post ... dated 1/13/2004 in response to your prognostications post. It's been 10 years; might be time for a revisit... As president of our state school library/technology association ten years ago, MEMO [now ITEM], I was tasked with writing a president's column. Since I have a bad habit of saving everything I've…
  • BFTP: When groups are necessary

    Doug Johnson
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    I've long held a fairly jaundiced view of that holy-of-holies in our profession - collaboration. (See: A Few Words About Collaboration) Short version: collaboration should be considered a means of achieving a desired result, not the result itself.  I'm glad to see someone else has grumped about having to work with others. Scott (Dilbert) Adams lists 11 "reasons that teamwork will make any normal individual perform below his highest potential." These include: 3. In any group of three people, there's generally at least one disruptive moron.5. To mediocre minds, a brilliant idea and a…
  • Why do we question 1:1 effectiveness?

    Doug Johnson
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    In his blog post Asking the Right Questions for Getting School-Driven Policies into Classroom Practice, professor Larry Cuban writes: Let’s apply these simple (but not simple-minded) questions to a current favorite policy of local, state, and federal policymakers: buy and deploy tablets for every teacher and student in the schools. 1. Did policies aimed at improving student achievement get fully implemented? 2. When implemented fully, did they change the content and practice of teaching? 3. Did changed classroom practices account for what students…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Electronic publications in a Mexican university

    Julia Callaway
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) launched in 2003 with 700 titles. Now, on its tenth birthday, it’s the online home of over 10,000 titles from Oxford University Press’s distinguished academic list, and part of University Press Scholarship Online. To celebrate OSO turning ten, we’ve invited a host of people to reflect on the past ten years of online academic publishing, and what the next ten might bring. By Margarita Lugo Hubp Translated by Karina Estrada and Greg Goss From a librarian’s perspective, there has been a huge change in the types of electronic publications that academics,…
  • Discovering digital libraries

    29 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Ian Anstice English public librarians don’t get out much. Sure, we’re often dealing with the public every open hour or talking with our teams but, well, we normally just don’t meet librarians from neighbouring authorities, let alone from around the country. Most branch staff stay in their own building and may never talk to anyone from another authority other than on the phone arranging for a book for a customer. So, it was a delight for me to be invited by Oxford University Press (OUP) to an afternoon to meet with nineteen other library professionals, ranging from…
  • Common questions about shared reading time

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    By Jamie Zibulsky, Anne Cunningham, and Chelsea Schubart Throughout the process of reading development, it is important to read with your child frequently and to make the experience fun, whether your child is a newborn or thirteen. This may not sound like news to many parents, but the American Academy of Pediatrics is just announcing their new recommendation that parents read with their children daily from infancy on, and it is expected that this announcement will serve as a reminder to many parents and a call for educators and policymakers to help parents who lack the time, resources, and…
  • Music parenting’s unexpected, positive benefits

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Amy Nathan When parents sign up kids for music lessons, probably first on the list of anticipated outcomes is that their youngsters’ lives will be enhanced and enriched by their involvement with music, possibly even leading to a lifelong love of music, whether the youngsters become performers (pro or amateur), teachers, or simply enthusiastic listeners, concert-goers, and music downloaders. Another perk that many parents may be counting on is the joy that they imagine they’ll feel while watching sons and daughters perform, whether at rough-edged but enthusiastic elementary school…
  • Why we love libraries: the Aussie way

    19 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week is National Library and Information Week in Australia — a week-long celebration of library and information professionals across the country. To celebrate the wonderful work of Australian libraries and librarians, here are a few thoughts on why libraries are so important, from those at the very heart of them. Also this week, a selection of articles from our resources about Australia are available to read online for free. “I’ve always had a love of libraries and being raised in NYC allowed me access to some of the most well recognized and memorable ones; Ghostbusters anyone?
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  • Information ecology at the heart of knowledge

    Judy O'Connell
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    While technology is changing the information environment (including information places and spaces), the transactional nature of information interactions and knowledge flow underpins learning. Information can comprise both physical and virtual parts for operation and interaction. I see that a  major challenge for education is to enable and facilitate the generation of new knowledge via an appropriate information environment, to facilitate integration of new concepts within each person’s existing knowledge structure. Information ecology presents the contexts of information behavior by…
  • I won an academic award!

    Judy O'Connell
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:29 am
    Who could have thought five years ago that in 2014 I would be a recipient of a Faculty of Education Award, from Charles Sturt University?  Not me! Today saw the official announcement of the 2014 awards, and yes – my name was there. I have to thank all my colleagues past and present who have made this possible. This is a little special for me, as it encourages me to keep doing what I have been doing to support learning, teaching and innovation in schools and beyond. Thank you! Image: Thank you CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by hellojenuine.  Filed under: Higher Education Tagged: Award, Charles…
  • Launching Designing Spaces for Learning – our new subject!

    Judy O'Connell
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    Our newest program/course/degree (terminology depends on the part of the world you are in) has been keeping me very busy.  Here at Charles Sturt University I  launched the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) in March 2014.  We have just completed some of the subjects, and I will have to share the outcomes. But before I do share this, I want to welcome my good friend Ewan McIntosh of NoTosh fame,  to CSU as a newly minted Adjunct lecturer – all ready and engaging as of this week with a new clutch of students. We have people from all around the world, who…
  • Track those new Horizons!

    Judy O'Connell
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    While it was published a little while ago, I am still pleased to share the NMC Horizon Report 2014 edition, in case you’ve missed it. Launched in 2009, the NMC Horizon Report > K-12 Edition broadened the reach of the NMC Horizon Report series to include primary, middle, and high schools. The K-12 Edition explores the key trends accelerating educational technology adoption in schools, the significant challenges impeding it, and emerging technologies poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. I’ve been along for the journey in every K-12 edition as a member of the…
  • Creativity and education

    Judy O'Connell
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:07 pm
    A regular criticism leveled at education is the function (and sometimes the lack of) creativity in motivating and inspiring learning.  Creativity these days is seen as something ‘special’ and worth capturing. However, when it comes to creativity in education, there are many aspects to consider. Every student is creative in some way, and the job of educators is to release and support that creative talent in an appropriate manner. Of course, not every student is a  musical Mozart or a scientific Stephen Hawkings. That is not the point for educators. The point is capturing…
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  • IHAQ#14 - Getting Ready for a 1:1 School System

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Tweet 29:13 minutes (13.37 MB)I Have A Question#14July 20, 2014 Featured Question:How do we prepare/motivate teachers for a 1:1 school system. Connect with us on..   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook: EduQuestion  EdTechTalkread more
  • IHAQ#13 - So Jen, what should we know about service learning projects?

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Tweet 27:14 minutes (24.94 MB)I Have A Question#13June 30, 2014 Featured Question:So Jen, what should we know about service learning projects?Jen Presentations LinksUniversity of Saskatchewan Educational Technology & Design StudioPresentation Wiki (currently restricted)Designers for Learning   (request for services) Connect with us on..   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook: EduQuestion  EdTechTalkread more
  • IHAQ#12 - How long will it take for educational technologists to just become educators?

    23 Jun 2014 | 4:20 am
    Tweet 28:27 minutes (26.05 MB)I Have A Question#12June 22, 2014 Featured Question:How long will it take for educational technologists to just become educators?i.e. Should we not have had black boardists bookists photocopyists before? (Or maybe we did)from   Simon EnsorParticipantsNext Week's Question: To Be Determined. Please share your questions and thoughts on our....IHAQ#13 Event Pages:  Google+  FacebookConnect with us on..   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community …
  • 21st Century Learning - June 18, 2014

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Tweet 19:26 minutes (22.23 MB)Our end of school year show! Vinnie has a new job, arvind has a new schedule to make, we all talk a little about Ariel Norling's sexual assault at ISTE, and some of the subsequent coverage and work that her reporting has inspired, including an upcoming code of conduct for NYCIST, and maybe, more
  • 21st Century Learning - April 14, 2014

    18 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    Tweet 10:02 minutes (11.48 MB)Alex, Vinnie, and arvind catch up - bike rides, puppies, and more! 21st Century Learning, loosely interpreted :)read more
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  • July’s Best Tweets — Part Four

    Larry Ferlazzo
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post. If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page. You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2014 — So Far. I use Storify to “curate” my best tweets: [View the…
  • Almost Done With My Third Book On Helping Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation!

    Larry Ferlazzo
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I’m about two-thirds down with the third book in my series on helping students develop intrinsic motivation, and I think it’s looking pretty good. I might be biased, though Its tentative title is Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies for Teaching Resilience, Respect, and Responsibility , and Routledge should have it published by next Spring. In the meantime, though, feel free to check out my six books that have been published already. You can find free resources related to each of them here. After I get the completed manuscript done next month for this…
  • “Race To The Top Was A ‘Wasted Opportunity’”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Race To The Top Was A ‘Wasted Opportunity’ is my latest Education Week Teacher post, and comes on the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of that program. Today, educators John Kuhn and Gary Rubinstein provide response to this question. On Monday, I’ll be publishing guest responses from several more educators, as well as comments from readers. Here are some excerpts:
  • Videos: “Forward Thinking Transfer Of Learning” With James Bond

    Larry Ferlazzo
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    © 2011 Johan Oomen, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio I promise – this will be my last Transfer of Learning post for the day! Two kinds of transfers of learning are called “backward-reaching” and “forward-thinking.” In “backward-reaching,” you’re applying what you have previously learned to a new situation — that’s what was demonstrated in the Karate Kid and MacGyver videos I posted earlier today. In a TEDx talk by Marc Chun about transfer, he talked about James Bond being a good example of “forward-thinking transfer.”…
  • Videos: MacGyver & Transfer Of Learning

    Larry Ferlazzo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    © 2007 Charles Williams, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are some great MacGyver videos where he demonstrates transfer of learning — he has to remember what he learned in the past and apply that knowledge to entirely new situations in order to save his life. I’m adding these videos to The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning”:
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  • Happy birthday, Peter Schickele – 79 on July 17, 2014

    Ed Darrell
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    The genius behind P. D. Q  Bach, and the compoaser of the score to Silent Running, is 79 today.  Happy birthday, Peter Schickele! This is a mostly encore post, of course. Peter Schickele, born July 17, 1935 May he live to be a happy, robust, still-composing, still performing 139, at least. Some people know him as a great disk jockey. Some people know him as the singer of cabaret tunes. Some people know and love him as a composer of music for symphony orchestra, or to accompany Where the Wild Things Are. Then there are those happy masses who know him for his historical work, recovering the…
  • Quiggin: DDT hoax, a zombie myth

    Ed Darrell
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    John Quiggin, co-author of the one of the best and biggest take downs of the DDT hoaxers, caught wind of that nasty piece at the misnomered “Greener Ideals,” and has taken on Mischa Popoff in a post at Crooked Timber. Masthead at Crooked Timber John’s audience likes to leave comments; the discussion is robust in places (and off the rails in others, though that’s not Quiggin’s fault).Filed under: DDT, Rachel Carson, Science Tagged: Crooked Timber, DDT, John Quiggin, Rachel Carson, Science
  • Atomic Age enters with a bang, July 16, 1945 – Trinity test, world’s first atomic bomb

    Ed Darrell
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Another good reason to follow the National Archives on Twitter, Tumblr and other media:  Great updates. Like this one on the explosive arrival of the Atomic Age:  Atomic Age Begins Trinity atomic device “Jumbo” being positioned at White Sands, New Mexico – National Archives Atomic Age Begins On July 16, 1945 the United States tested a nuclear device, code named “Trinity”, for the first time in White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico. Left: [“Jumbo” atomic device being positioned for “Trinity” test at Alamogordo, New Mexico.], 1945 Right: [“Trinity”…
  • 80/20 Day: July 15, 1848, Vilfredo Pareto joined the human race

    Ed Darrell
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Happy 80/20 Day! Italian economist, engineer and political activist Vilfredo Pareto was born on July 15, 1848, in Paris, where his father had fled due to political difficulties. Pareto should be more famous, for his explanation of the 80/20 rule, and for his contribution to making better things, the Pareto chart.  Many economic texts ignore his work almost completely.  Quality management texts ignore his life, too — generally mentioning the principles they borrow, but offering no explanation. Vilfredo Pareto, Wikipedia image His contributions, as accounted at Wikipedia: A few economic…
  • Spam fight continues, with new spammers

    Ed Darrell
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    It’s called “negative SEO,” the ad agent for a California law firm tells me. When someone gets a decent presence in blog mentions and other placements of ads on-line, competitors take a legitimate phrase, or a few phrases, from those ads, and they start spamming sites with them.  Google then notices a blip in traffic, and tells the original advertiser to stop it or Google will ban them from search engines.  Of course, the advertiser doesn’t know who is doing the spamming . . . The law firm and fancy car dealer seem to have gotten it under control, and I had hoped…
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  • XP Malware Support Countdown Clock

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thanks to the folks at , we now have an end of Windows XP Malware Support Countdown Clock:View original version (via 10ZIG Technology).For more on 10ZiG, feel free to visit: might find Microsoft's official support article on the topic useful also: View my Flipboard Magazine. Make Donations via PayPal below:Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s)…
  • InSearchOf: College Docs, Mental Stability and Peace @evernote @arguhlin

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    About This Blog Entry: A quick thanks to university student, GIS expert (as far as I'm concerned), and this week's Around the Corner guest blogger, Aida Guhlin (@arguhlin), for sharing her insights into Evernote. Aida Guhlin publishes regularly at The Prospect and WannabeScientist.Full Title: The Search for the College Document: Prevent the Mental Breakdown and Uncontrollable SobbingFreshmen Orientation. Just the beginning of the paper flood. Does anyone recall those three days to a week of college orientation, with truly, bags of papers thrust at you? They seemed…
  • Backing Up and Sharing Your Evernote Notebooks

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    As I shared in this article, 3 Steps to Walkthrough Checklists in Evernote, you can easily export notebooks from Evernote. In this case, “export" means save your entire notebook as a single file that you can save elsewhere or share with other people.Export = Save a notebook as an “ENEX" file.Import = Load an ENEX file into your Evernote.To accomplish this, you will need to use either Evernote for Mac or Windows; unfortunately, Evernote Web does not yet provide this functionality.This tutorial addresses Exporting and Importing of ENEX files and will explore the steps below.ENEX FILE…
  • Three Steps to Walkthrough Checklists with @Evernote

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Note: This blog entry composed 100% in Evernote and originally published  with at“How can I quickly collect and organize my walkthroughs? I don’t want to carry another piece of paper," asked a campus administrator. “I want to go digital, just use my smartphone to collect data, not necessarily make a report about it. I use it for coaching conversations." If you are in the same boat as this campus administrator, then consider using Evernote’s Checklist feature. WALKTHROUGH CHECKLISTS Walkthroughs enable administrators to become more…
  • Wired for Drama: Information Wrestling with @Evernote and @Postachio

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “There is no way I’m publishing this fantasy!” argued my editor. “What do you mean fantasy? Every word is based on a real life situation, a true story. You go to the movies based on true stories, watch documentaries on Netflix, don’t you?” Gene spoke quietly. The vein in his forehead began to throb slowly. This guy wouldn’t know non-fiction if it slapped him. “You either rewrite this text as a boring, uninformative informational piece, or your writing won’t be welcome here!”Ever had fun describing real life with fiction? While that dramatic dialogue echoes real…
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    Steve Hargadon

  • Learning Revolution Events - Future of Museums Events Are This Week - AltEdFilmFest - Homeschooling - Gaming in Ed

    Steve Hargadon
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateJuly 22nd, 2014Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. - Jane Goodall The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and…
  • Second Annual Homeschool+ Conference & Film Festival - Updates and Help Us Promote!

    Steve Hargadon
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Join the second annual Homeschool+ Conference, August 4th - 8th, 2014, three nights of evening keynote sessions and two full days of keynote plus crowd-sourced presentations. This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. Keynote and distinguished speakers include Ocean Robbins, Oliver DeMille, Jerry Mintz, Carlo Ricci, Jamie McMillin, Matt Hern, Pat Farenga, Blake Boles, Leslie…
  • Future of Museums Virtual Conference Thursday - Instructions and Final Notes

    Steve Hargadon
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Our Future of Museums Conference is this Thursday, July 24th! Our free, collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future will be held from 9:30am - 5pm US-Eastern Time. The conference will feature the keynote speakers and crowdsourced sessions, which are listed in the current conference schedule below. We hope you will join us for some or all of the day’s sessions. Go to for the hour-by-hour schedule in your own time zone and links to attend each session.We’ve made a sign you can put on your office door / your cubicle / your desk!
  • Learning Revolution Events - Twin Events on the Future of Museums - AltEdFilmFest - Maker Parties

    Steve Hargadon
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateJuly 15th, 2014A museum is a place where one should lose one's head. - Renzo Piano The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and…
  • Learning Revolution Events - Online Reform Symposium This Week - Tweetwood Mac - Future of Museums Deadline

    Steve Hargadon
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateJuly 9th, 2014The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. - Albert Einstein The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as…
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  • Time to Kill This Long Summer Break

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s been quiet recently here in Lake Wobegon the overly-large school district. Because, of course, it’s July, with most teachers and students on their far too extended summer break, a monumental waste of time, money, energy and learning that I was planning to write about once again. However, rather than inflicting the web with yet another rant on the subject, go read A Teacher’s Case Against Summer Vacation, a better and certainly more concise argument for making much needed alterations to our archaic academic calendar. As she points out, we hold on to our current system1 largely…
  • Everybody’s Wild About Data

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    That’s especially true in the education business, which if you look closely, probably produces the most unreliable data you could possibly get. But that doesn’t stop politicians, media, and “experts” from latching onto polls, studies, and research and using them to sell their pet reform plans. Often without question and based only on a read of the executive summary. For the rest of us who want to know a little more about the data before accepting the headlines, The Atlantic offers some advice on How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions. As readers and writers look…
  • Deleting History

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    In May the highest court in the European Union decided that everyone living in that jurisdiction now has a new basic human right: the right “to be forgotten”. The facts in the matter are ones many people can relate to, the persistence of unflattering or inconvenient personal information on the web. In the matter before the Luxembourg-based ECJ, an attorney named Mario Costeja González previously filed a complaint with the Spanish Data Protection Agency claiming that his privacy rights had been violated. Specifically, Gonzalez was displeased that entering his name in Google’s search…
  • Think Like a Child

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    From NPR’s Morning Edition, a new study: “Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work.” However, “smarter” is probably the wrong term in this case, as the sentence prior to this one explains: “It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems” and later in the piece that “children are better at solving problems when the solution is an unexpected one”. But you really…
  • Again, Tech is Not the Problem

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:11 pm
    A college professor writing in the New Yorker makes the case for banning laptops in the classroom. Or at least he tries – and largely fails. …the temptation for distraction was high. I know that I have a hard time staying on task when the option to check out at any momentary lull is available; I assumed that this must be true for my students, as well. I wonder if he asked his students about the situation in addition to assuming their experience was just like his. And why is their temptation for distraction so high? He goes on to cite a study which concluded that…
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  • The League Bowlers - Some Balls

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    The League Bowlers are a side project of Watershed. You've likely never head of either band. That's a shame. The album Some Balls is essentially a collection of Watershed songs that were too twangy for a Watershed album, so they spun off a side project in the early 2000s to record what is simply a great record. The opening 20 second slide guitar riff sets the tone for the rest of the record, which is a bluesy, twangy, alt-something rock and roll party. If you are a fan of Dan Baird this record will sit real well with you. Highlights on the record include Kids Down South, which channels 1970…
  • 10,000 Days

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If the online calculators are to be believed, exactly 10,000 days ago my life took a dramatic and fortuitous turn. I met the girl that would become my wife, the mother of my children, and in the coming years, my partner in figuring out what the hell we do now that we've unlocked the raise kids into responsible adults achievement. It was not love at first sight. We were pushed together into a blind date when the friend of mine she had asked to her sorority formal decided to bail on the date. Michelle was not sure, and thus a meetup at our frat party that weekend was arranged. I guess I did a…
  • Dan Baird & Homemade Sin - Circus Life

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    One on hand, the release of this record in 2013 could give one hope for the future of rock and roll. OTOH, that there are only 2 or 3 substantial reviews of it on the Internet could make one give up all hope. This record is the very definition of what rock and roll should be. If a visitor from another planet wanted to understand rock, handing him Circus Life would be one hell of a good way to set the standard high. The album starts with a guitar riff that sounds like it came straight off of Highway to Hell, but once the rhythm section kicks in it's clear this is Dan Baird's brand of rock and…
  • Facebook Goes All-in On Evil. Maybe.

    29 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Last week a paper was published in a respected scientific journal detailing an experiment done on 680,000 Facebook users, without their consent. They tinkered with what these people saw on Facebook, specifically to try to make them happier, or less happy. Sure, they sort of do they same thing all the time with advertising. However, there are rules governing advertising. They are distinguishable from  your friends posts on Facebook. What they did here was completely behind the scenes, the user had no idea they were in an experiment. We all know they are advertising to us on Facebook. If…
  • 10 Things About ODonnellWeb

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I haven't written anything here in almost a month. So here are 10 maybe interesting things about this website. - I launched the site on 12/31/1995. Here is the story.. - In January 1996 there were 100K websites on the entire Internet. That means my site was among the first 100K. This site is one of the oldest continually running websites on the Internet. - Sometime around 1998 the search engine Excite (shockingly still online) reviewed my site and gave it 2.5 out of 4. It seemed like a big deal at the time. - ODonnellWeb was referenced in a doctoral dissertation in England. - The site was…
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    iterating toward openness

  • Responses to Personalization and Monopolies

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    There are several things I’ve read / heard recently that have provoked a response in me but I’ve been negligent in responding publicly. Dumping some of those thoughts out here. Personalization Audrey Watters provides the best summary of a recent conversation on personalization in education. A lot of the conversation is around what personalization means and, given any specific definition, should we even be attempting to personalize learning. Obviously, the answer to the latter question depends on how you address the former. For me, personalization comes down to being interesting.
  • The Open Education Infrastructure, and Why We Must Build It

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Despite thoughtful disagreement about the term “infrastructure” from people I greatly respect, I continue to find the term extraordinarily useful in my own thinking about how we improve education. As interest in competency-based education continues to grow, we have an incredible opportunity to expand and to open the core pieces of the education infrastructure. But before I go further, a few words about “infrastructure” to make sure we’re all on the same page. The Wikipedia entry on infrastructure begins: Infrastructure refers to the basic physical and…
  • Demoting Social Silos to Syndication Endpoints: Known and the Future of Ownership, Publishing, and Educational Technology

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The ideas expressed in the Reclaim Your Domain and IndieWebCamp work continue to inform my thinking about the 5th R (retain) and the notion that students should be able to “Own Your Content, Own Your Data” when it comes to online learning. A few weeks ago I ran across Known which fascinated me but looked to be too immature to use yet. Then Jim described Tim Owens’ experiments with Known. That gave me enough confidence to dig into the code myself and see if I couldn’t get it running. But what is Known and why is it so interesting? Known is a publication platform that…
  • “Open” in the Age of Competency-based Education

    21 Jun 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I’ve just started working on a major competency-based education (CBE) initiative with Lumen (specifics coming soon), which has helped me see that the principles of open education are, generally speaking, nowhere to be found in the competency-based education space. To be clear – many institutions are using OER in their CBE programs, but almost every institution doing CBE seems to hoard their competencies like the family recipe for a secret sauce. You know what this made me think… As part our new project, Lumen will be creating openly licensed competency maps. Not just openly…
  • Making an Impact

    17 Jun 2014 | 7:53 pm
    If you’re interested in learning how to make a sustainable difference in the world, you absolutely must study and meditate on the caps lock wisdom of FAKE GRIMLOCK, the Robot Dinosaur. No matter how often I read him, I find his writing inspiring, hysterical, and worth pondering at length. His halting style of writing practically begs you to stop and reflect on what exactly he’s roaring at you. And you should. Minimum Viable Personality Be On Fire Startup Is Vision Startup You How To Social Because Awesome
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Crossing Language Barriers Via Family And Photos

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We have a significant number of students from African background at our school. Now that in itself is too broad a description as the students we have enrolled hail from over twenty nations and cultures across the African continent. Two of the more major groups include Somali and Kurundi families, and our Community Development Officer has been working with some of our parents in playgroups and parent group meetings on a weekly basis. The Kurundi group meets with her, along with one of our multilingual BSSO’s (Bilingual School Support Officer) offering translation support, on a weekly…
  • Some Unsolicited Advice About Report Writing

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:58 am
    Here in South Australia, it is that time of year when mid-year reports go home to parents. I know there are a number of schools exploring and implementing better ways of reporting to parents using online technology but for the majority of South Australian primary schools, the reporting process is fairly uniform and consistent. Of course, things have evolved over time. When I first started teaching in the mid-80′s reports were hand written before then being drafted by hand and then typed up by skilled teacher aides. Eventually about over the last fifteen to twenty years it has evolved…
  • From Entertainment To Learning

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    There are many factors that weigh into how quickly change of cultural mindset can occur. And as I’ve said before, at a school as complex as the one I work at, these factors are not easily or quickly countered. My school is considered as catering for a disadvantaged community but that does not mean universal neediness. It just means the range of what kids have access to in their home life is stretched out far wider than the average school. We have students who come to school hungry so teachers give them breakfast but also have kids who get dropped in Mercedes or BMWs. We have students…
  • Tensions

    8 Jun 2014 | 10:37 pm
    During Ewan McIntosh’s keynote on Wednesday, I posted the following reaction to Twitter: For me, the theme of #EduTECH is tensions – between pedagogies, between possibilities and constraints, between curriculum and creativity… I’ve thought about tensions in education before in the past. But Ewan’s discussion about tensions and contradictions, followed by Tom Barrett’s presentation on creativity which also talked about tensions, started some contemplation within my own mind about how I go about my own learning and then transferring that to my professional…
  • EduTECH 2014 – Virtual Version

    7 Jun 2014 | 4:59 am
    Cross-posted from my staff blog where I set up a Virtual EduTECH page for interested staff who wanted to know a bit more about the conference that the select five of us who went got to see. Putting this together showed me that sometimes someone else does say it better, than curation is a great way to assemble a shared experience and favouriting Tweets as the conference goes along is a heck of a lot easier than trawling back through 4 days of a #hashtagged Twitter stream. I think that if you didn’t get to go to this conference then a thorough exploration of the stuff assembled below will…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • ADA Is 24 Years Old

    Jim Gerl
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This is the internationally recognized symbol for accessibility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law twenty-four years ago this Saturday. If you are interested in suggestions on how to celebrate, here is an ADA Anniversary Toolkit. For more information about the ADA, see this post in the blog of the Council of Exceptional Children.Our friends at the U. S. Census Bureau have assembled some interesting numbers in honor of the data.  Here they are: On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which…
  • Seattle Academy A Big Success

    Jim Gerl
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Pike Place Market in Seattle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Last week was the annual Seattle U. Academy for IDEA hearing officers and administrative law judges. It was especially good this year. All those special ed hearing officers in one place is always good- a chance to compare notes, think about what works and get some validation. It is nice to see old friends and make some new ones.  My panel on decision writing led things off.  It easily filled three hours and it went very well. The participants were very involved and they gave helpful input.  Two colleagues offered sample…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Procedural violations of IDEA are only actionable if they adversely impact the child's education or significantly impair the parents' participation rights. Which procedural violations are most likely to result in an adverse finding against a school district?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Procedural violations of IDEA are only actionable if they adversely impact the child's education or significantly impair the parents' participation rights. Which procedural violations are most likely to result in an adverse finding against a school district?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • More Thoughts on Ermini v. Vittori

    Jim Gerl
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Seal of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Our last post discussed the breaking second circuit decision in Ermini v. Vittori.  You can read that post here. It is a big case.The case is interesting for a number of reasons.  First there is the international aspect.  The case involves a treaty- pretty unusual and different than the usual statutes, regs and caselaw.  And yes, as alert readers have informed me, the child involved, Danielle, is in fact a boy.Also the case raises issues of domestic violence. Awareness of this…
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  • Peer Learning in Virtual Schools

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This article is about peer-to-peer learning amongst students within K–12 virtual schools. This issue is examined through a case study of experiences of three students with disabilities enrolled in one virtual school and that of their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The article is framed around variability in learners’ aptitudes for peer-to-peer learning, in the design of the learning environment and what it affords for interpersonal interactions, and in the context where that learning design is implemented (and whether or not it promotes peer-to-peer learning). Each of these…
  • Self-Regulated Learning Skills and Online Activities Between Higher and Lower Performers on a Web-Intensive Undergraduate Engineering Course

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The objective of this study was to evaluate students’ self-regulated learning (SRL) skills used in a Web-intensive learning environment. The research question guiding the study was: How did the use of student SRL skills and student engagement in online activities compare between higher- and lower-performing students participating in a Web-intensive engineering course? Specific focus was given to exploring how higher- and lower-performing students’ forethought, performance control, and self-reflection as well as how their online activities differed. In this study, a Web-intensive course…
  • Unlearning the Past: New Foundations for Online Student Retention

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Many factors affect students selecting a university to attend and almost as many factors that can present challenges once they enroll and begin attending classes. Once they start taking courses, the next challenge is completing them, and this can be particularly taxing for online students. In the case of online universities, quality assessment criteria of the online courses and faculty may vary. Thus, it is important not only to get feedback from students, but also to look at course completion rates. The purpose of this paper is to share lessons learned regarding factors…
  • Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Imprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery. MIT Technology Review Full Article
  • The Post-LMS LMS

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Blackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be on the verge of tearing down those silos in favor of an open ecosystem. Inside Higher Ed Full Article
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  • Ponies at Assateague

    Ted Nellen
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Queponco Road, Newark, MD

    Ted Nellen
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This huge field of sunflowers is on my daily bike ride. Makes me feel like I'm in the Tour de France.
  • Hiatus

    Ted Nellen
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
  • Three Brothers by Peter Ackroyd

    Ted Nellen
    13 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Three Brothers by Peter Ackroyd is about the Hanway Boys. They shared the same birthday, May 8, but ne year apart from the other. Each was born at the same time of day. That was all they shared. They were in order of age, Harry, Daniel, Sam. Their father, Philip, aspired to be a writer, but ended up with a dead end job as a nightwatchman then a long distance lorry driver. Their mother was arrested for soliciting and ran off with some bloke. Harry was very popular, Daniel had two friends, and Sam was a loner. Six years later, their paths cross in a rather strange and bizarre way. This is a…
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

    Ted Nellen
    9 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Radiance of Tomorrowby Ishmael Beah is about women, a beautiful topic and about storytelling; another beautiful topic emerged in a horrendous scene. “Imperi was attacked on a Friday afternoon when everyone had returned from the market, from farms, and from school, to rest at home and pray.” Imperi is a town that was wiped out, caught up in its nations strife and warfare led by child soldiers. Imperi may be short for Imperial. Three elders, two men and a woman return to the carnage many years later to gather the bones and rebuild their homes and remember those lost, which is nearly…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • MBA in USA with scholarship after 9 years experience

    Sameer Kamat
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Would an MBA in USA make sense when you have twice the amount of work experience? The average pre-MBA experience generally hovers between 4-5 years in American MBA colleges. Though the lure of job opportunities in the U.S. is tough to ignore, most MBA applicants from India who have spent a considerably higher amount of […] The post MBA in USA with scholarship after 9 years experience appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 8 things to watch out for in Startup jobs

    Sameer Kamat
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    While many dream of entrepreneurship, there are reasons why MBA students won’t start their own companies immediately after graduating. For such folks who aren’t ready yet to embrace true-blue entrepreneurship, thanks to their MBA education loans, there is another option. Join a start-up. While the Fortune 500 companies in technology, consulting, finance and other industries […] The post 8 things to watch out for in Startup jobs appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How the GMAT test centre’s failure saved the day

    MG (Manish Gupta)
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    With so much relying on the 3-digit number, the tension and nervousness at the GMAT test centres in India get too much to handle and there’s a breakdown…sometimes for the GMAT test center itself. While most would grumble and come back home at having to repeat the whole GMAT test day ceremony again, for HEC […] The post How the GMAT test centre’s failure saved the day appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Choosing between being a careerwoman or a housewife and mother

    Sameer Kamat
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    No matter what your qualifications and capabilities are, if you are a woman, the roadmap is more or less pre-defined for you. After marriage, you’d be expected to settle down. Which indirectly translates to – give up your career and take care of your husband and kids. Ranjini Shankar takes us through her thought process […] The post Choosing between being a careerwoman or a housewife and mother appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Tips to tackle the all important Why MBA Essay Question

    Sameer Kamat
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The Why MBA Essay has baffled the most seasoned MBA applicant for ages. We’ve written about it earlier. So we thought it would be good to get additional perspectives from articulate folks who aren’t part of our team. Our guest blogger Rohit Gupta shares his perspectives on how the Why MBA Essay question can be […] The post Tips to tackle the all important Why MBA Essay Question appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • "I want to expand a child's world!"

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Aside from my knee-jerk reactionarism to anything that smacks of missionary politics, I do wonder why so many of us assume that we need to "broaden horizons" of young human beings who have lived lives thus far unknown to us. This human stuff goes both ways, or should, anyway, especially since the youngters in a classroom have been coerced to show up.So, a crank's view of common classroom practices.New teacher: I want to show my kids the world!Do not show photos of galaxies to kids who have never seen more than a dozen stars under city skies.Do not read Blueberries for Sal to a child who has…
  • A thousand children

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I've been teaching a little while, not nearly as long as most teachers my age, but long enough to have a voice now. I think this year I may have my thousandth student.Now while that may not seem like a whole lot, time does add up. I get almost 150 hours of face time per student, so that's about 150,000 hours of contact time total, over 17 years worth.I used to be a pediatrician--I saw way more than 1000 kids, but those who I spent the most time with, well, died. The chronically ill and the dying need a lot of time, and need a lot of love.Healthy kids had no need for me beyond a few vaccines…
  • The phlogiston of education

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
     Astrology, alchemy, and education theory?If you take a strip of magnesium, a metal, and light it on fire, you will get an incredibly bright white, searing reaction--it's used to give us the brilliant white highlights in fireworks. When you are done, you will have a pile of ashy, powdery stuff. It's no longer metal, you just saw the metal burn up. You just saw incredible amounts of heat and light get released.Would you expect the pile of ash to weigh more, less, or the same as the ribbon of magnesium you started with? The answer is obvious, no?***Until not so long ago, scientists were…
  • Fiddling away our children's lives

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I'm feeling crabby tonight....Education beyond learning what you needed to get by day to day used to be called elitism.Now it's called getting ready for the global economy.Neither one, by itself, prepares you to live.*** I spent a chunk of a Sunday watching a colony of fiddler crabs from a kayak, once they got used to me ogling them. (If you ever stumble upon a mess of fiddlers, they will disappear in a blink, so quickly you might wonder if you truly saw them. Just sit quietly like you're a stalk of phragmite. Then sit some more. They'll come popping out like Munchkins after Dorothy's first…
  • NGSS and food: starving for accuracy

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."Richard Feynman I am trying to get a handle on my seemingly irrational visceral response to the Next Generation Science Standards. I should be lovin' this up, especially since philosophically the folks at NGSS and I are on the same page. The Visigoths of Ignorance are banging on national psyche, and we are teetering on the brink of Age of Magick.I am a bloody mix of superstitions, awe, and and mortality with an inkling of the power of science, and as such may put too much trust in my enteric nervous system ("gut feelings"), but eventually…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • 1873. Things clear

    Fernando Díez Gallego
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Don't get me wrong, muslim people, if post # 1872 bothered you, forget it. A brotherly hug, people. I just desire and wish the best for you. Read More......(read more)
  • 1872. Conversion

    Fernando Díez Gallego
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    I would advise you muslim people, respecting your freedom, to convert to the Christian believings. I'm very happy with Jesus Christ. But, as I said, I respect your freedom. Read More......(read more)
  • 101 Kids Activities book :: Play Planner

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    101 Kids Activitites Have you got a copy of 101 Kids Activitites from Holly Homer and Rachel Miller at Kids Activities Blog yet? It’s full of quick-to-set-up, fun, creative ideas for children from around 3-years-old all the way up to around 12-years-old....(read more)
  • InfuseLearning- A Wonderful Student Response Tool

    Med kharbach
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    July 25, 2014 InfuseLearing is a great virtual learner response system. In a very basic level, InfuseLearning allows teachers to ask quick assessment questions to check for students understanding.... more Read More......(read more)
  • 11 Great Apps to Enhance Your Evernote

    Med kharbach
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    July 25, 2014 Evernote is a powerful note taking web tool and mobile app. It is definitely an elemental component of teachers workflow. I have been using it for a few years now and I just can't live... more Read More......(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • “Houston, we have a problem”

    Lisa Hansel
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    We do indeed have a crisis on our hands, but year after year we fail to diagnose and address it. With 21st century skills, learning styles, comprehension strategies, blame-the-teacher “reforms,” and dozens of other fads clouding our thinking, research-driven common sense improvements get little attention. It’s frustrating, but our Core Knowledge community is dedicated to […]
  • If Only We Had Listened…

    Lisa Hansel
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Thanks to my history-loving father-in-law, I’m holding a perfectly preserved editorial from the 1948 Washington Times-Herald—Tuesday, February 24, 1948, to be exact. It’s self-explanatory, so here goes: More About Schools A few days ago, we shot a short editorial under the title “Something Wrong With Education.” The piece told how the New York State Department […]
  • Even in Kindergarten, Advanced Content Advances Learning

    Lisa Hansel
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    In a must-read post last week, the Albert Shanker Institute’s Esther Quintero explored several studies showing that bringing more academic content into the early grades is beneficial for children. The final study she summarized, by Amy Claessens of the University of Chicago and Mimi Engel and Chris Curran of Vanderbilt University, particularly caught my eye. […]
  • Challenging Content In The Early Grades: What’s Not To Love?

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    By Esther Quintero Esther Quintero is a senior research fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute. This post first appeared on the Shanker Blog. The latest issue of The Progress of Education Reform (released a few days ago by the Education Commission of the States) rounds up some recent research supporting the case that “all children need high quality early science […]
  • Summer Slide: Denial Is Dangerous

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’ll guess that pretty much all educators are aware of the “summer slide” or “summer learning loss.” Even if there is a teacher who hasn’t heard those terms, all teachers have to deal with the consequences—wasting 2 to 5 weeks each fall reteaching content and skills. Naively, I thought the reteaching ritual was so widely […]
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    Recorded Books Blog

  • Jim Frangione

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jim Frangione is a longtime narrator for Recorded Books and has narrated hugely popular series, including J.R. Ward‘s The Black Dagger Brotherhood and The Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series The paranormal romance series focuses on a society of vampire warriors who live together and defend their race against de-souled humans. In The King, the newest installment in J.R. Ward’ s #1 New York Times bestselling series, Wrath and the Brotherhood are locked in an epic battle over his throne and the very future of the vampire race. The Chet and…
  • Dark Horse alert!

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every season, a novel or two come out of nowhere to enchant critics and readers alike. It looks like this season that novel will be Merritt Tierce’s Love Me Back.  Marie, a young single mother, lands a job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the appetites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses. She loses herself in a tangle of bodies…
  • Discovery Monday: The Spark and the Drive

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Wayne Harrison‘s debut book The Spark and the Drive. By an award-winning writer of short fiction, a devastatingly powerful debut novel of hero-worship, first love, and betrayal Justin Bailey is seventeen when he arrives at the shop of legendary muscle car mechanic Nick Campbell. Anguished and out of place among the students at his rural Connecticut high school, Justin finds in Nick, his captivating wife Mary Ann, and their world of miraculous machines the sense of family he has…
  • The Month of Koontz

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In case you missed it, July 1 marked the publication of The City by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz!  The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again. Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he…
  • Discovery Monday: The Ways of the Dead

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Neely Tucker‘s debut book The Ways of the Dead.  The electrifying first novel in a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporter When the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C., judge is found dead, three local black kids are arrested for her murder– but reporter Sully Carter suspects there’ s more to the case. From the city’ s grittiest backstreets to the elegant halls of power, wry yet wounded Sully pursues a string of cold cases, all the…
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    Teaching College English

  • YA Books 2

    Dr Davis
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Young Adult Books (part 2) FenCon10 Notes Part of YA job is inspirational. Show a world you would want to be in… Heroine… Girl who gets to say it’s “not okay to pressure me” Didn’t let folks say their value was conditional. Escapism. When folks choose to do something, they shouldn’t be shamed. Have someone stand up for what’s right, so the readers understand you can say no. All write fantastic fiction. We get to deal with big decisions of good and bad… Love the quote from Harry Potter about choosing between the good and the easy. Evil will triumph if…
  • YA Books

    Dr Davis
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Young Adult Books FenCon10 notes Must haves? Different from general? Do, don’t, why not? “Do not moderate me.” YA and why we write. Michelle Bardsley—one YA series Rosemary Clement-Moore—YA supernatural mysteries (latest is a psychic girl detective) Rachel Caine—vampire series for YA, being made into webx Prince of Shadows (Feb 2014) Amber Benson—actor, writer, Death’s Daughter series “Normal girls went to Barney’s and looked at $60 socks. That’s not normal.” Beth Hale—YA author, YA scifi novel, Cookbook of Indian food How much sex is too much in YA? Nobody knows.
  • Poetry Section

    Dr Davis
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Fen Con 10 Notes Beyond Gilgamesh section talked about happy words, like snickerdoodle concentrated hoards –said poetry and information want to be free (? economic belief?) They read poetry and played corpse (poem with one line per person). Good lines today: power to choose to remain silent power to not sing in pubs Is that person Welsh? glamour of the ordinary pixies play riches are but fairy gold ethereal tunes to tease your ear poetry = tombstone of words angels must be solemn to stay friends with God
  • Intersection of Genres

    Dr Davis
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Intersections of Genres: Genre-lizing FenCon10 notes bisect codes (paranormal werewolf) gothic romance science fiction noir mystery dark fantasy urban fantasy detective mystery horror science fantasy historical romance iconic covers? mainstream and genre Star Wars poster re-dos George R. Martin cover single object in a landscape Goblin Fruit is an online fantastical magazine with mythological elements. –muse immigrating to Australia daughter of the muse of poetry attempting to produce art
  • Harmful Habits for Computers

    Dr Davis
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Cory Doctorow Harmful FenCon10 notes story or poem: trapped in your computers (cars) living in your computer (house, hotel) Every problem in modern life involves computers. Running and experiment on mandates for regulating computers. 1980s software duplicated, so tried to make a bad sector on the floppy disk. DRM digital rights management (copy prevention) “wishful thinking” This is sending the keys and asking person to forget the keys. infinitely fecund/fertile 1996 WICO Internet treaties zone in international law to protect copyright would require hosts to censor $250K fine spread…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • University of Houston researcher publishes textbook on tissue engineering

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Houston) Ravi Birla, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston, has published his first book, 'Introduction to Tissue Engineering: Applications and Challenges.' The book offers a comprehensive guide to entering the field of artificial organ development.
  • RSV research breakthrough to help infected children

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Le Bonheur Children's Hospital) Researchers at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center announced results of a clinical trial of a new drug shown to safely reduce the viral load and clinical illness of healthy adult volunteers intranasally infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in young children in the United States and worldwide.
  • Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station) A recent study published in the Journal of the Air and Water Association shows that inclusion of agricultural plastic in debris piles has no effect on smoke emissions.
  • Creating sustainable STEM teacher preparation programs

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Physical Society) A new study finds that faculty members who choose to champion physics teacher education, in combination with institutional motivation and commitment, ensure that STEM teacher education programs remain viable after initial funding ends.
  • Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Society for Research in Child Development) A study of 1,890 identical twins has found that strong early reading skill might positively affect later intelligence. The twins, who are part of an ongoing longitudinal study in the United Kingdom, share all their genes as well as a home environment. Differences shown in intellectual ability came from experiences they didn't share. The twin with stronger early reading skills was found to have higher overall intellectual ability by age 7.
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    International Higher Education Consulting Blog a project by David Comp

  • The first time Germany played Argentina in the World Cup Final I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany (1986)

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    My family has turned into a big soccer family the last couple of years with my two older children playing competive soccer and my five year old on his, we have been watching as many World Cup games as possible.  With the final game set with Germany to face Argentina we see the continuation of a great World Cup rivarly. When West Germany lost to Argentina in the 1986 World Cup I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany.  My host family bought me a Rudy Völler World Cup jersey and yesterday I dug it out of my soccer bag.  I have never worn the shirt and should…
  • Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე), 25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე)25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and President of Georgia from 1992 to 2003 understood the value of international educational and cultural exchanges.It's facinating to read about how "General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union [one of smaller outcomes of the Geneva Summit in November 1985] came about:"Pact on Exchanges:…
  • How accurate is Louis CK in talking about a school trip to Guatemala?

    30 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    The part about the school trip to Guatemala begins at the 2:38 mark but the entire clip is worth watching! Disclosure for those of you with sensitive ears: there are some #$%@! words...
  • The Twitter Back Channel from the 2014 NAFSA Conference in San Diego

    27 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Tweets about "#NAFSA14"
  • Lily von Klemperer on Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

    23 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    As many IHEC Blog readers know, I enjoy learning and writing about the history of international educational and cultural exchange and I'm quite excited about the formation last year of the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection which is a project of the Forum on Education Abroad in partnership with Dickinson College, the American Institute For Study Abroad (AIFS) and the AIFS Foundation.  I enjoy the history of the field so much that several years ago I created the Bury Book Internaitonal Education Library & Archive and have received donated materials from some of…
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  • A Tecumseh Trip

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last weekend, we returned from up north and a class reunion.  We’ve made this trip so many times and it doesn’t make any difference what route we take; it always seems to take the same length of time.  Usually, it’s a race to get home but this Sunday was different.  The dog was boarded and we couldn’t pick him up from the Hound Dog Hilton until Monday so there was no real rush. As we entered Kent County, we saw the familiar signage for the Tecumseh Parkway.  It didn’t take long to say forget the 401; let’s run the Parkway and see the sights. …
  • OTR Links 07/26/2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality – Telegraph Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality tags: 5 Successful BYOD Practices and Policies for the Schools 5 Successful BYOD Practices and Policies for the Schools tags: What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design | MindShift What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design tags: 27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom 27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s too cold to go outside these past couple of days so people are taking time to blog!  We’re beneficiaries of their thoughts and opinions! There is a space… Sheila Stewart is pondering about his quote: Going back in my mind to university days and psychology courses, I’m not sure that the statement could be taken literally.  But I think that there’s a great deal to think about – particularly in this digital age.  I smiled and thought of my recent post “You have about five seconds…”  In the digital world, I do find myself making decisions…
  • OTR Links 07/25/2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom ~ Mrs. Wideen’s Blog | @scoopit How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom ~ Mrs. Wideen’s Blog | @scoopit tags: “Hack Your Game Boy With a Raspberry Pi and Good Things Will Happen” via @theneeds: “Hack Your Game Boy With a Raspberry Pi and Good Things Will Happen” via @theneeds: tags: 19 Reading Response Questions For Self-Guided Response - 19 Reading Response Questions For…
  • A Block Graphic Calculator

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Calculators have come a long way since the first ones that could add, subtract, multiply, and divide.  Now, for a modest cost, it’s possible to purchase a graphing calculator.  Or, with your computer, you can put a free one in your browser.  i.e. Desmos Graphing Calculator But there’s another interesting option. Many classrooms are introducing students to programming using any one of a variety of block programming languages.  It seems to me that a natural progression would be a block graphing calculator.  And, there is one at the Blockly site. Choose from a toolbox that…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • Get Creative on Your College Essay: Part 1

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Unlike the essay prompt that resides at the start of the SAT Reasoning Test, the “personal statement” essay you will write for college admissions require a considerable amount of creativity. The template-based, mechanically structured essay that impresses SAT graders won’t fare so well in the eyes of an admissions committee, particularly at more selective colleges. Forget the SAT. Forget the classroom. A truly remarkable college essay benefits from a few extra ingredients, namely a healthy dose of creativity and a distinctive writing style. Unfortunately, most high schools don’t teach…
  • Distract Yourself During Your GMAT Studies with This Question

    Veritas Prep
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    In life, it’s important to have a hobby or pastime that you find interesting. Sometimes, when the daily grind of work, school, family, social responsibilities, (updating Facebook) and preparing for the GMAT just seems like too much to handle, it’s good to take a step back. Diving into a hobby helps take your mind off things by pausing everything else and concentrating on something personal and somewhat intimate to you. One of my favorite diversions is watching movies and immersing myself in the fictional world created on screen. Surprisingly, this same distraction can be applicable to…
  • Kellogg Application Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has released its MBA admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2017. While most top MBA programs have mostly been making nips and tucks to their admissions essays this year, Kellogg has made a lot of changes. And, like other business schools, Kellogg has dropped a required essay, going from three to two required essays for applicants to its traditional MBA program. The video response, which Kellogg introduced last year, remains. Without further ado, here are the Kellogg essays and deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions…
  • 5 Errors to Look For in Sentence Correction Questions on the GMAT

    Veritas Prep
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I recently received the following question from a student. “I often get into trouble with ambiguous pronouns. If it is not clear what “they” or “it” refers to I eliminate the answer choice. I like to do this because it seems easy, but I keep getting burned using this technique. So my question is, if it is not clear what a pronoun refers to is that answer choice wrong?” I replied to the student by discussing the Process Pyramid for Sentence Correction. Here is what the pyramid looks like.   Brevity Clarity      Specificity      …
  • SAT Tip of the Week: 6 Steps to Rock the Reading Section

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    When approaching a reading passage on the SAT, it can feel overwhelming to go through all of the information in the passage and extract the little tidbits that are truly useful in answering questions. While it is wonderful to read in a more lackadaisical way when sitting at the beach with a tale of vampire love affairs, this method of reading is more about following plot and big picture than about gleaning important details. If you feel like you have trouble wading through the information and finding what is important, fear not! There are a few strategies that may help you to navigate the…
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    MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan

  • Michigan (Ross) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business recently announced its application essays and deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions season. After dropping from four required essays to three last year, the Ross MBA admissions team decided to shed another one, going down to just two required essays this year. And, the two required essays that remain are entirely new this year. The changes just keep coming! Here…
  • MIT Sloan Application Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. MIT’s Sloan School of Management has released its admissions essays and deadlines for the 2014-2015 application season. Sloan has actually bucked the trend we’ve seen lately; the school still has two admissions essays, and actually increased the maximum allowed word count for its second essay (which is new this year)! The new question that Sloan added is a good one, but it will present you with some unique…
  • Columbia Business School Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Columbia Business School has released its application deadlines and essays for the 2014-2015 admissions season. Like other business schools, Columbia has done some more trimming to its essays, which we discuss in more detail below. Columbia stands out among top U.S. MBA programs because of its January intake in addition to the more common August/September intake. Columbia’s “J-Term” program allows…
  • Wharton Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:40 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania recently released its MBA admissions deadlines and essays for the 2014-2015 application season. The trend that picked up speed last year has continued: After dropping its number of required essays from three to two last year, Wharton has announced that this year’s application contains only one required essay. We keep asking, “How much lower can they…
  • AIGAC Releases Results of 2014 MBA Applicant Survey

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Last week, at its 7th annual global conference, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) revealed the results of the 2014 edition of its MBA applicant survey. Since 2009, AIGAC’s MBA Applicant Survey has gathered and summarized the perspective of MBA applicants on the admissions process, helping member admissions consultants and business schools gain insights into applicant perceptions…
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    YouTube: Education

  • American Empire

    CGP Grey
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    American Empire Discuss: From: CGP Grey Views: 1586761 28425 ratings Time: 06:24 More in Education
  • Milking the WORLD'S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! - Smarter Every Day 117

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    Milking the WORLD'S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! - Smarter Every Day 117 The Stonefish is the World's most venomous fish. We milked it. Want to support me? Free Audio Book ⇒ Tweet⇒ F... From: SmarterEveryDay Views: 670158 12865 ratings Time: 06:24 More in Science & Technology
  • Your Family Tree Explained

    CGP Grey
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    Your Family Tree Explained Discuss this video: Family chart: Footnote * From: CGP Grey Views: 844759 20428 ratings Time: 04:00 More in Education
  • Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality

    CGP Grey
    5 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality Tell the FCC to reclassify broadband internet as a title II common carrier telecommunications service: Discuss this video: From: CGP Grey Views: 927054 44146 ratings Time: 03:34 More in Education
  • A Baffling Balloon Behavior - Smarter Every Day 113

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    A Baffling Balloon Behavior - Smarter Every Day 113 Tweet: FB: Download a free Audio book: More info! ⇊ Click below for more l... From: SmarterEveryDay Views: 4141295 46800 ratings Time: 04:41 More in Science & Technology
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  • Answers for Today's K-12 Network

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Internet plays a vital part of daily activity in today's K-12 network. Students, teachers and administrators are using this tool as a means of expanding the classroom experience. Network administrators are facing increasing pressure from federal, state, and local regulators to ensure it can meet ever growing demands. Limitations in access to the Internet and other wide area network resources can affect an institutions ability to meet these directives.Request Free!
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    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
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    1 Jul 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!
  • Explore How Paul VI Catholic High School Benefited From Fujitsu's Devices and Software

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Paul VI Catholic School wanted to develop a laptop program that would equip its students and teachers with the right tools to increase classroom learning, prepare their students for college, and to develop the 21st Century skillsets required by today's employers.Following a comprehensive selection process, the school chose to provide 1,000 students, and 75 teachers with the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T732/4 laptop. The school also chose DyKnow's teaching & learning software as part of the overall strategy.The benefits:Teachers now use the devices, combined with DyKnow software, to provide an engaging,…
  • 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The Cisco 640-722 Implementing Unified Wireless Network Essentials (IUWNE) exam is the exam associated with the CCNA Wireless certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting small to medium-size WLANs and associated technology. The CCNA Wireless 640-722 CramMaster contains over 360 questions to test your skills and knowledge in preparation for the exam. Also included are Exam Quality Simulations to test your endurance for the upcoming exam.The Cisco 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) covers the following recommended objective…
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    Heather Wolpert-Gawron

  • 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…
  • Having Any Nightmares About the Start of School Yet?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    I posted the following on Facebook earlier today and got such a fun response, I just had to put it out there in a bigger way:   Had my first start-of-year-stress-dream last night. My collaborative tables had been replaced with rows of desks, the least collaborative teacher was moved into the adjoining room next to mine, the paperwork for the kids that I submitted in June for first day procedures was lost by the district office, and the Chromebooks were nowhere to be found. In addition, as I tried to put on a smile and still keep the ship afloat, when I’d turn my back, the…
  • So You Think You Can Dance + Math = STEAM

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I just wanted to share a quick classroom resource today that I stumbled on in my TiVO feed. I admit it, I’m a So You Think You Can Dance geek.  It’s always been a great show in terms of modeling reflection and learning.  After all, its premise is to take a kid with talent and perhaps some training in one genre of dance, put them in a studio each week with some of the best choreographers in different genres of dance – from Bollywood to Ballroom, from Krump to Contemporary – and introduce those young people to dances that take them out of their comfort level. The great…
  • Do You Remember the Moment When You First Learned “Grit?”

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    OK, so here’s my confession: I’m not so sure that grit can be taught.  I know, however, from experience, that it can be learned.   So I think it’s time we all had a frank conversation about the role of school and the teaching of character traits such as the keyword du jour: grit. WHO LEARNS GRIT? Grit just might be one of those traits that must be learned through the life experiences of each individual person.  It comes in time; it comes with maturity, and I believe that every single person can learn it.  I just don’t know if it’s a trait that we in the K-12 educational system…
  • Can you trick a student into thinking critically? Or is it just a trick?

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:13 pm
    So my students are currently taking a publisher’s online pilot test.  We are doing it for three reasons: 1. This gives the students practice for the SBAC online test.  The format of these practice tests is meant to mimic that of the SBAC. 2. Students are excited to be able to give feedback to the company, which, the publisher claims, is why they are piloting these tests in classrooms.  (Of course, if they really wanted feedback, perhaps they would have designed a way for the students to communicate to them about their experience interacting with the assessment.) 3. Our programs get money…
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    Change Agency

  • Creating Win-Win Opportunities for Educators & #EdTech Companies

    Stephanie Sandifer
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    To my education and edtech friends… Some of you know that for the past 3 years I have been attending and increasingly engaged with the SXSWedu conference. Some of you also may know that over the past 2 years, as a result of those experiences, I have become very passionate about the issue of collaboration […]
  • What Is Net Neutrality and Why Should Educators Care That It’s In Danger?

    Stephanie Sandifer
    12 May 2014 | 7:19 am
    See on – Connected Learning The chances are good that you’re reading this article by way of an Internet connection. A link was clicked, and your browser connected to a series of networks to bring you the bits and bites of information to render on your screen. That, in simple terms, is how the […]
  • Currently Reading…

    Stephanie Sandifer
    5 May 2014 | 10:23 am
    I’ve got a nice big stack of books that I am currently reading — or waiting to read (in the case of those I have on pre-order)… and I am finding them all to be very interesting — especially when read together which allows me to see connections and overlaps between the strategies and concepts […]
  • Educators Dominate Twitter

    Stephanie Sandifer
    1 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    Well this news is not news to many of the Twitter-using educators that I know. Some of us have been on the platform a looooong time… (My start date was 6-24-2007) In fact, back in 2008 Twitter was all the rage at NECC 2008 and it was the topic of a big discussion (that at […]
  • No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

    Stephanie Sandifer
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    See on – Connected Learning A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning. See on by
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Why You Should Let Poorly Followed Routines Play Out

    Michael Linsin
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s an all too common compulsion among teachers. Upon noticing a class routine going off the rails, they immediately jump in to try and correct it. They remind. They warn. They attempt to squelch the problem before it gets out of hand. It makes sense. It seems like the right thing to do. But it’s a mistake. It’s far better to take a step back and let the routine play out. It’s better to remain calm, observe from a distance, and allow your students to go down in flames. Here’s why: It enables you to assess the problem. The only way to fix a sloppy routine so that…
  • How A Simple Change In Thinking Can Improve Behavior

    Michael Linsin
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    One of the reasons difficult students misbehave is because their teacher expects that they will. They assume they will. Which causes the teacher to behave in such a way that antagonizes the student and reinforces their bad behavior. To combat this phenomenon, you must do the opposite. You must assume henceforth that your most challenging students will, of their own accord, behave . . . perfectly. You must let go of any and all negativity, animosity, and resentment due to their many transgressions, and choose instead to see them in the most favorable light. That isn’t to say that…
  • Why You Must Remind Students Of Their Purpose

    Michael Linsin
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    If not reminded, and reminded often, your students will naturally slip into believing that school is just something they’re supposed to do. They never consider that school doesn’t need them, individually anyway, but that they need school. So many students approach their education as if it were the other way around, as if their school is lucky they showed up on time. This attitude can cause students to take their education for granted, to see it as a grind, as something they’re forced to do rather than what it is: An opportunity of a lifetime. Doing anything begrudgingly,…
  • How To Handle Students Who Will Ruin Your Day If You Hold Them Accountable

    Michael Linsin
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    One of the keys to handling difficult students is to hold them accountable for every rule violation, from the first day of school onward. Because if you don’t, you’ll be at their mercy. You’ll have to appease them, lower your standards, and give in to their unspoken demands. You’ll have to give up your leverage and authority and treat them differently than everyone else. You’ll have to look the other way and walk on eggshells around them. The thought of sending them to time-out, then, will make you shiver—because the times you’ve tried, even gently,…
  • 10 Summer Meditations For Next School Year

    Michael Linsin
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:46 am
    One of the great things about teaching is that every year is a fresh start. Every year allows you to wipe the slate clean, reinvent yourself, and become a better, more effective teacher. Summer provides an opportunity to push the reset button, to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the next. It’s the perfect time to ponder the changes and improvements you’d like to make and consider the kind of teacher you’d really like to be. What follows are ten meditations that are sure to prepare you for the best year of teaching you’ve ever had. They provide a…
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • Why are Red Pandas an Endangered Species

    Tim Bortoli
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The red panda, not to be confused with the giant panda (which it is not closely related to), is a species of tree dwelling mammal best known for their red-brown fur and striped tail. A red panda grows to about 64 cm (25 inches) in length with an additional tail length of up to 59 cm (23 inches). Like the giant panda, the red panda feeds on bamboo and is also found in similar areas. It can be found in parts of Tibet, India, Bhutan, Burma and China and lives at altitudes between 2,200 and 4,800 meters (7,200-15,700 ft). The range of the red panda has been reduced in the last hundred years and…
  • Uses of Molybdenum

    Tim Bortoli
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Molybdenum is a silvery-gray metal with one of the highest melting points of any natural element. Molybdenum is a chemical element with the atomic number 42 and is represented by the chemical symbol Mo. This metal is never found in its free form on Earth, but can be found in various minerals. The most important commercial source of this element is the mineral molybdenite. It can be mined directly or as a byproduct of tungsten or copper mining. The rate of production is about 250,000 metric tons a year and the largest producers are China, the United States, Chile and Peru. Molybdenum is mined…
  • How Many Active Volcanoes are there on Earth

    Tim Bortoli
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    A volcano is basically a natural opening in the crust of the earth where magma (lava), steam (along with other gases) and ash can escape. A volcano is like a chimney which transfers the molten rock, found in the depths of the earth, to the surface. Most volcanoes are dormant or extinct, which means that they have not erupted for a very long time. However, an volcano is classified active if it is erupting lava, releases gas or is actively generating seismic activity. There are a number of active volcanoes found around the planet and some of these are either currently erupting or have erupted…
  • Who Wrote “The Secret Garden”

    Tim Bortoli
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    “The Secret Garden” is a children’s novel that was first published in 1911. It is considered to be an English classic and it has been named one of the top 100 books for children and the most important books of the 20th century. The novel has also been adapted for television, film and the stage, with the latest film adaptation occurring in 1993. The book features many themes such as innocence, friendship and love and it contains several symbols that have been extensively studied over the years since it was first published. Let’s find out who wrote this well known novel.
  • Where is India Located

    Tim Bortoli
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    India is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of both size and population. The country covers more than 3.2 million square kilometers (1.2 million square miles), which makes it the 7th largest country in the world in terms of area. It is also home to more than 1.2 billion people, which makes it the second largest country in the world in terms of population. The history of India can be traced back to ancient times, but the modern country is relatively young, having achieved independence from Britain in the 1940′s. Let’s find out where this country is located. Where is…
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  • Why Public Education Matters

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Public education is the new endangered species of America. The reasons are many: there is the myth of failing public education, the teacher blame game review, the over-testing Common Core regime, and the romance some have with the “take public money but privately run run run” charter/voucher schools. struck home (literally) for me about this charter school debate was the fact that low-income, and families with limited English don’t apply for charter schools. Most likely, the…
  • The Myth of Super Teacher!

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    There was a time in my life when I thought I wasn’t a good teacher, and I would never be good enough. I was taught that if you thought you were good then it meant you were bad. Now, of course, I don’t feel that way. In fact, I can look back on my Waldorf years and see that I was a good teacher because I was trying and caring. I was invested in the job: mind, body and soul - and, yes, it took a toll.I feel the idea of being “good enough” is something that we teachers have to struggle with on an constant basis. The reason why we are struggling with being “good enough” is because…
  • The Three Ingredients to Successful Learning

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Jon McClelland, Harvard Psychologist, has stated that the three ingredients to successful learning are: wanting to learn, knowing how to learn, and having a chance to learn. Sometimes you don’t even realize that you want to learn something until you have stumbled upon it. I was visiting my old college roommate Nadya when I saw her and her friend Sheree crocheting together. “Oh,” I gushed. “I’d love to learn.”“Sheree taught me,” Nadya said.“Could you teach me too?” I asked Sheree.“Sure.”I think Jon McClelland summation of the three successful components of learning is…
  • Is privatizing public education the solution to the problems public schools face?

    2 Mar 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Some believe the backbone of the US was founded on public education, but that democratic ideal is now being threatened. As the US public educational system struggles to stay relevant, corporations like Pearson, and billionaires such as Bill Gates push for the privatization of public schools.But are they right? Is privatizing public education the solution to the problems public schools face? What are the problems? Many educators, including myself, recognize that public schools are worth saving, and the problems are not what they first seem to be.In the simplest terms, public or state education…
  • To Compliment or Criticize Students?

    20 Jan 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Did you know that teachers are inadequately trained to praise their students? Yes, in this Atlantic article, schools are failing to teach teachers how to classroom manage and praise students. I was lucky. I had an excellent mentor who watched me and told me to “soften up,” as I was unbelievably stressed out during my first few months as a Waldorf teacher. In fact, I received so much criticism that I was crumbling before my very eyes. Although the collapsing did continue, I learned to give praise and to be more “motherly.”  This is something that helped me immensely in connecting…
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  • let kids learn on their own time: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We just finished week number six of our ten week tabletop surprises — a simple but clever way we encourage our kids to learn on their own time. Tabletop Surprises are just that: invitations to learn, play, create, invent, and think–on their own time.  Little fun activities just waiting for someone to come along and try ‘em out. Here’s what we did this week.  A little bit o’ math, a little bit of reading, a little bit of writing, and a bit of critical thinking. Pretty fun.  But next week? Even better. No kidding. Here’s the skinny. . . Let Kids Learn on Their…
  • let kids play: remembering the importance of free time outdoors

    amy mascott
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
          It’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that summer means camps, amusement parks, pool trips, beach, camping, picnics, and activities nonstop.  Busy, busy, busy. And when we’re not going, going, going, many of us feel guilty. Like our kids always must be doing something. And it’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that ‘downtime’ means ‘plugged in’ time: free play on an electronic device–a tablet, phone, iPod, computer, DS, Wii, or whatever.  Our kids are learning, right? And having fun? So…
  • backyard chopped challenge: creative outdoor fun

    amy mascott
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many of my longtime readers will think I’ve officially lost my marbles after reading this post, and maybe I have. I just think it’s worth sharing because though there isn’t any serious learning going on, my kids were sure using their brains for this one.  And their creative juices were a’ flowin’.   And their bodies were moving. And there was a whole lot of laughing. And they were outdoors, unplugged, and doing just what they wanted. And really? It was so much fun. It’s just a quickie reminder to get those kiddos outside and to see what happens. Because…
  • teach letter sounds using 26 kid-centered photos

    amy mascott
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re thrilled to share another Rockstar Sunday guest post with you–this time from a multi-talented blogger, Viviana. Viviana is a mom of two and the creator of Totschooling, a blog filled with cool printables and tons of early education ideas. I’m thrilled she’s sharing this post with u s.   Teach Letter Sounds Using 26 Kid-Centered Photos, by Viviana Hi! I’m Viviana, a mom to two little girls – a toddler and a preschooler. We do a lot of early learning activities that I share on my blog Totschooling, and I am so happy to be here to share this super fun…
  • best summer learning idea for kids: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re continuing to rock it out with our tabletop surprises–simple, meaningful, and fun ‘surprises’ on our kitchen table every day. Whenever Maddy, Owen, and Cora feel inclined to hit the table, they do. It’s really worked, and I’m thrilled. Some days, obviously, are better than others. But for the most part, the tabletop surprises have been the best summer learning idea for our kids. Letting them use their brains on their own time. In their own way. Here’s the skinny. . . Best Summer Learning Idea for Kids–Tabletop Surprises: Keeping their…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Education

  • A journalism course for the visually-impaired students

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    MYSORE – JSS Mahavidyapeetha, has introduced a mass communication and journalism course for visually-impaired students at JSS Polytechnic For The Differently Abled.The course, perhaps the first of its kind in India, aims at moulding students into radio/video jockeys (RJs/VJs), anchors, technical writers and digital journalists. The focus is on voice-based journalism as the course is exclusively for visually challenged students.Times Foundation has been promoting education, health, environment and woman empowerment. It has helped the institution in designing the curriculum, providing…
  • NET to be held under CBSE’s watch

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday decided to “outsource” the conduct of the National Eligibility Test (NET) for university-level teaching and junior research fellowships to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Under consideration for over a year now, the decision was taken at the meeting of the full commission. If all goes as per schedule, the next NET examination in December will be held under CBSE’s watch. For CBSE, this will be a first as the Board has till now conducted examinations only for secondary and school-leaving students. The minimum qualification…
  • IIMC, SRFTI and FTII to get national tag

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    NEW DELHI: In a move that is likely to give a boost to international collaborations and funding, three premier institutes — Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) — will be awarded status of institute of national importance and the power to award degrees.The proposals mooted by the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry that will give greater autonomy to the institutes is likely to come before the Union Cabinet soon. This will put the institutes in the league of IITs…
  • Civil Services Aptitude Test rollback?

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Last week, students led by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parsihad (ABVP) protested against the pattern of the civil services preliminary test, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The students have been protesting against the aptitude components, including logical reasoning and quantitative ability, of the preliminary test introduced in 2011. Protests have intensified now as the ABVP-led protesters believe that the test pattern puts aspirants from a non-English medium school background at a disadvantage. “The poorest of the poor, who do not have access to quality…
  • 510 more MBBS seats for Punjab, Himachal, Haryana

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    CHANDIGARH: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Punjab will have additional 510 MBBS seats. This comes after several negotiations between the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The seat allocation is the highest for Punjab at 325, followed by Himachal Pradesh at 85. Haryana has 50 seats. Four new medical colleges which were to be set up in Haryana have been rejected. Together, they could have given the state a total of 450 seats. No new medical college was requested for Punjab, which already has 10 medical colleges. Request for a medical…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • THINK Before You Post; A Post to Social is a Post to the World

    Melanie Welsh
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Before the rise of the online communication sites we collectively refer to as social media, there was a clearly defined line draw between one’s personal and professional life. Now, with its hundreds of platforms and billions of active users, social media has blurred this line. In fact, two in five companies report regularly using social networks in their hiring processes, and many employers are now being encouraged to also use social to monitor their employees. As such, it is imperative to think critically before posting. A post to social is a post to the world. Social media users who trust…
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One

    Melanie Welsh
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Whether it is in school, at work, or elsewhere, many of us secretly shutter at the suggestion of working in a group. This reaction likely stems from a collection of less than pleasant memories of group work past. You might recall incidents of Tom the Talker who could never stay on task, Dick the Dictator who gave no one else a say, or Harry the Hopeless who contributed next to nothing to the project. While I will be the first to agree with you that working in a group can be difficult at times, two heads are better than one! Studies have shown that collaborative learning enhances critical…
  • LinkedIn Publishing and Your Impending Termination

    Breanne Harris
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    There are two kinds of people on LinkedIn- those who use the LinkedIn Publishing service to broadcast blog posts and those who absolutely hate the LinkedIn Publishing feature! I don’t currently use the publishing option, but as my notifications tab was spammed flooded with posts on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Hobby Lobby contraceptive challenge, the danger of publishing/commenting on LinkedIn became crystal clear for me. On one particular level-headed post about the Supreme Court decision, the comments became increasingly angry and offensive. Name-calling, sweeping…
  • The Bread of the RED Model Sandwich

    Melanie Welsh
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever tried to make a sandwich without the bread? Maybe you have, but your end result was probably more of a mess than a sandwich. It was during the writing process of the book Now You’re Thinking!, that the authors realized the RED model sandwich needed some bread. Prior to the Now You’re Thinking! project, the RED Model of Critical Thinking had been a three-step process: Recognize assumptions, Evaluate arguments, and Draw conclusions. In order to prevent a critical thinking mess, the authors provided the bread for their RED model sandwich. On top, they placed Stop and Think,…
  • We Can Be Taught; You Just Need to Teach Us

    Melanie Welsh
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you were to guess what percentage of 4-year college graduates are rated by their employers as having excellent critical thinking skills, what percentage would you guess? Valuing higher education as I do and having invested much time, effort, and finances in my own degree, I had guessed (and hoped) it would be rather high. It is the responsibility of colleges and universities to prepare students for their future careers. This preparation, of course, includes critical thinking training, right? Wrong. Just 28% of employers rated 4-year college graduates as having excellent critical thinking…
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    Naturally Educational

  • 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…
  • Walking with Dinosaurs at the Barclay Center

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    My family and I had the opportunity to see Walking with Dinosaurs at Barclays Center for opening night and it was a thrill! Pin It The show is like a natural history museum comes alive and explodes with the crushing force of the jaw of a tyrannosaurus rex. Walking with Dinosaurs packs brachiosaurus-sized learning into its entertainment. The show begins back in the Triassic, explaining the vegetation, the geology, and the evolutionary developments that allowed dinosaurs to go on to conquer the earth. Pin It An enthusiastic and adventurous paleontologist guides the audience through time,…
  • Sphero 2.0 the Robotic Sphere Teaches Programming and More – Review

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    Pin It Maybe we were easily impressed in those pre-tablet days of the 1980s but I can still remembering programming a toy robot to follow commands. Robot: walk, forward, 10 steps. My dad, who holds a degree in engineering and has made a career out of computer systems, would patiently guide my efforts. I learned to be precise with the directions because the robot would either spin out of control or, more frustratingly, refuse to budge. Sphero 2.0 is like that robot, times 1000. Sphero is pure technology but its ability to help kids learn while having a lot of fun is almost magical. When…
  • Sugar Cube Pyramids

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    My children and I tried two methods to build pyramids as part of our study of Ancient Egypt. The first is the sugar cube pyramid. Pin It We’ve been continuing with our World History lessons but I have not had much time to post. We moved on from prehistory to the dawn of civilization: Ancient Egypt and Ancient Mesopotamia. For those who are also using The Story of the World, I find the strict chronological approach involves a lot of bouncing around. My preference would be to study all of Ancient Egypt, up until  Roman rule, in one unit. Since this is the first time we are using this…
  • Why Choose Online Music Lessons? Lessonface Review

    20 May 2014 | 10:52 am
    Pin It Music is an important part of a complete education. Music stimulates the brain and, more importantly, it feeds the soul. Coming from a musical family and having played two instruments myself, I knew I would encourage my children to learn an instrument. My two eldest study classical piano, my five year old has also started cello, and my seven year old wants to begin learning to play the flute. We received two free lessons at Lessonface to review their service and explore the benefits of online music lessons. I am excited to share our experience with you, explain why you might want to…
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  • Research on Mobility of Foreign Students and its Implications for Policy

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Here are two interesting research articles, I came across on international student mobility.1. How to Attract Foreign Students by Arnaud ChevalierIn this paper, author provides an overview on how international student mobility can be beneficial for all participants including migrating students and those who remain at home, as well as home and host countries.It shares a simple model of student migration based on the economic models where "individuals invest in education to increase future income. They choose to invest if the income increase over their lifetime is greater than the cost…
  • Enrollment statistics of international high schools students in the US

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    What are the trends with the international students enrolled in the US secondary schools? This is the overarching question addressed by a recent report published by the Institute of International Education “Charting new pathways to higher education: International secondary students in the United States” which offers insights for enrollment and recruitment strategies. It notes that in October 2013 there were nearly 73,000 international students were pursuing a secondary-level education in the US, with nearly two-third enrolled for a full diploma (48,632).Here are the key highlights:What…
  • How to maximize impact of internationalization strategies?

    4 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Why internationalization strategies of universities often deliver sub-optimal results? Why international efforts in many institutions struggle to get adequate resources? Why some institutions go through mission-creep and get distracted about their purpose and approaches of going global?These are some of the question answered in our recent piece entitled "Higher Education Internationalization – What gets measured, gets funded" published in University World News by me and Eduardo Contreras Jr of Harvard Graduate School of Education. We argue that despite growing interest in…
  • How universities can improve experiences of international students? What are the best practices?

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Source: NAFSA research on international student researchOne of the key take-away of the research was "that poor retention is a function of the mismatch between expectations of students prior to enrollment and the actual experience of students once they are on campus.” Sheila Schulte of NAFSA note that “The three main implications from the study that can help institutions set transparent expectations with international students are: understanding the diverse needs of the international student body, coordinating internationalization efforts across campus, and investing in programs and…
  • International Branch Campuses of UK Universities in UAE: Highlights from QAA

    14 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Quality Assurance Agency of UK released a very insightful report entitled "Review of UK Transnational Education in United Arab Emirates." It provides an overview of the scale and scope of the overseas branch campus activity of British universities in UAE. It is an important indicator as, according to the report "the UAE is the country hosting the largest number of international branch campuses in the world, currently hosting 37 from 11 different countries, with the UK being the highest sending country."The report notes that "of all UK higher education institutions, 70 of them (over 40 per…
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    Declaration of Interdependence

  • The Product is Always Right

    Mallory Bower
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    College! What is it good for? Read all the student development theory books and write as many learning outcomes as you want, higher education is still a business. In fact, we’re big business with an identity crisis (quick! someone create an identity model for that!) Why do we exist? What are we for?  We certainly can’t be all things to all people, and I may be biased, but I think our purpose for many is to open doors to a better life. For most, this means gainful employment. So as we’re putting students through the rigor of academic coursework, helping them develop…
  • Rogue Seeds

    Mallory Bower
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    I started my vegetable seeds in March, when snow storms still grace our presence in Central New York. Sheltered by a plastic planter I bought at TruValue for 3.99 and the greenhouse in our backyard, I was confident that we’d have sprouts to transplant in the coming weeks. I watered, fertilized, and nurtured what I hoped would someday become lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash, kale, and cucumbers. Despite my support, growth was slow. And then one day, I spotted what looked like a healthy kale plant growing amongst our backyard shrubs. Taller than all the others, thriving in the…
  • I’M NOT READY!!!

    Mallory Bower
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    … But I will be. This is the email I wrote to my friend Joe just five days before delivering an Ignite-style talk at the NASPA Region II Conference. Public speaking is something that energizes me, but this new style had my nerves worked up into overdrive. I just didn’t feel ready. I wasn’t ready when I said “HECK YES I’LL DO IT!” I wasn’t ready when I chose my topic. I wasn’t ready when I submitted my 20 slides. I wasn’t ready when the audience took their seats. I wasn’t ready when my awesome co-presenters rocked their talks. I…
  • ROI is our responsibility

    Mallory Bower
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:32 am
    I’m going to make a bold statement: college ROI is our responsibility. ALL of us. Students are shelling out major dough for our higher ed product. Not to mention that a huge chunk of their tuition pays our salaries. Now I’m certainly not advocating for a placement model, but we need to make students 1) know what success looks like for them; and 2) know how to go get it. I know, I know, success  looks different depending on which student you ask. Reality is, many will achieve their first post-grad triumph when landing their first job. Also – we can’t keep ignoring…
  • Don’t Skip Your Career Fair

    Mallory Bower
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This morning I watched Kevin O’Connell’s TEDx talk, “Skip Your Career Fair.” I am forever clicking on links like this (remember that one about why career services must die?) While I agree with Kev’s points about building a solid digital reputation, shopping around, and networking creatively, please don’t encourage students to skip their career fair. But whyyyy? you ask. Ok, twist my arm. I’ll tell you. It’s a cop-outFor the love of Sanford, stop sheltering students from feeling uncomfortable. Networking events kinda freak me out, too. But ya…
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    STUDY Magazine

  • Sleeping In Not the Healthiest Option

    Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The study found that people who sleep for more than 10 hours a night do so because they are really deprived of quality sleep. It’s the classic stereotype: a student who should be in class lies snoring on a pillow; the clock strikes twelve o’clock noon and somewhere far away, a bell tolls. After looking at a recent Harvard Medical School study, however, you may want to rethink the idea of sleeping in. Although we’re all aware of the negative consequences of a lack of sleep, it now appears that getting too much sleep is not a good thing either. The Harvard-based Nurses’…
  • Student Guide: Six Tips for Being Punctual

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Being late usually becomes a habit, so learning to be punctual means that we have to change deeply entrenched patterns of behavior. Let’s face it, many situations in life require that we be punctual. For many of us, though, it’s a struggle to be on time. Unless you’re enrolled in distance education, making it to class on time is a classic example of the daily battle against tardiness. Since others, including employers, will be expecting you to be on time for the rest of your adult life, it’s something worthwhile working on while you’re still in school. Being late…
  • Make a Difference With a Career in Environmental Sciences

    Editorial Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Stratford’s Environmental Sciences program is offered as a distance education course. Scientists are in agreement that climate change is real, and that action is needed on our part to halt the destructive consequences that are heading our way. Instead of feeling powerless to help the planet, why not choose a career that allows you to safeguard, improve and sustain the environment? Stratford Career Institute offers a comprehensive course in Conservation/Environmental Sciences that can turn your passion for the planet into an action plan for rescuing it. Having a desire to help is only half…
  • 4 Reasons Male PSWs are In Demand Now

    Trillium College
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    While there’s a wealth of PSW jobs advertised, a number read, “Male PSWs Required.” Personal Support Workers support our sick and elderly. They go to people’s homes, lift the immobile from their beds and help clients take medicines correctly. Most importantly, perhaps, they provide an ear for the lonely. The essential role PSWs play in relieving overcrowded hospitals and supporting the elderly is prompting Ontario leaders – like Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews – to call for new workers to join the home-care field (Globe and Mail, April 29th). Trillium…
  • triOS Scarborough Announces New and Improved Campus Location

    Editorial Staff
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Photo: Students posing at the new Scarborough location. Change is in the air for Scarborough students looking to further their careers closer to home. triOS College has announced that their Scarborough location has found a new home at 1333 Kennedy Road, and the verdict is in: the new location is a step in the right direction! Formerly located in the shared space of a local mall, the new campus boasts several advantages like free parking and easy transit access, not to mention aesthetic enhancements and improved ‘atmosphere’ thanks to large, spacious classrooms and a bright, open-concept…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • Board of Education approves 'stop-gap' budget for 2015

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Last-minute pleas by parents, teachers, and budget watchdog groups didn’t sway the Chicago Board of Education from unanimously approving its $6.8 billion spending plan for next school year.The budget cuts 59 full-time librarian positions, eliminates the district’s last electricity vocational program, adds more funding for privately run charter schools and expands safe passage.Like in previous years, pretty much everyone who spoke at the monthly board meeting yesterday did not like the spending priorities in the budget. Even board members could see that the budget didn’t…
  • Losing school librarians in Chicago Public Schools

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Having a school library with a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s 600-plus public schools.Two years ago, Chicago Public School budgeted for 454 librarians.Last year: 313 librarians.This year? 254.Those are the numbers Megan Cusick, a librarian at Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, laid out at a recent meeting held by the parent group Raise Your Hand.“As many of you recall, around the time we went on strike, we talked about how we had 160 schools that did not have school libraries,” Cusick said. “This shows what came…
  • Winners of WBEZ’s Student Stories

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    In March, Mayor Rahm Emanuel sat down for an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and in the course of a five minute conversation about school reform, Emanuel used the term “high-quality” 13 times.The mayor mentioned a few things he considers high-quality: military schools, schools that test kids for admission, and elementary schools focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.By coincidence, the same week as that interview, a young man named Troy Boccelli wrote WBEZ with an idea. He thought maybe the wrong people are defining what “high-quality education”…
  • Chicago's biggest high school charter told to fix admissions policy, make it easier to apply

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Chicago Public Schools is telling its largest charter high school network to make it easier for students to apply to its schools.Noble Network of Charter Schools runs 16 high schools in the city, including two opening this fall. The network educates 10,000 CPS students.In the past, Noble has only given applications to families who attend scheduled “information sessions” on particular dates. If parents wanted to apply to five campuses to increase the likelihood their child would be accepted at a Noble charter, they had to go to five information sessions.Noble CEO and founder…
  • Parent group wants more eyes on CPS budget

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    A city-wide parent group wants more eyeballs on Chicago Public Schools spending before the Board of Education votes on its budget proposal for next year.On Monday night, leaders of the group Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education transformed a meeting room inside the Eckhart Park field house into a training center.The group’s executive director Wendy Katten and board member Dwayne Truss gave a crash course on the budget proposal that CPS officials released late in the evening on July 2nd. Three simultaneous public hearings were held last night.But Katten said even people closely…
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  • Teacher Feature: Kate McKeon on Motivating Students in the Digital Age

    Christina Yu
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 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: Kate McKeon New York, NY Subject Expertise: Mathematics, English Language Arts Website: The education industry is adopting a range of new technologies to improve learning…
  • Proficiency-Based Learning: Goodbye to “Getting By”

    Rachel Kuntz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    What is “proficiency-based learning”? In general, proficiency refers to a level of expertise or skill. Proficiency-based learning is an educational method in which learners progress on their educational path by mastering skills and concepts. That seems fairly natural, but it’s not actually common practice in most schools today. Traditionally, students will take a course, and upon passing the course, move on. With proficiency-based learning, the student literally can’t progress without demonstrating that she’s gotten everything there is to get out of a course.
  • Knewton Partners with Sesame Workshop

    Joshua Robinson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Knewton is excited to announce our partnership with Sesame Workshop to create adaptive products for young learners. The nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and other beloved educational children’s television programs, Sesame Workshop will integrate with Knewton to personalize multimedia content from The Electric Company. We will initially focus on reading and literacy for grades 2-3 and eventually expand to other topic areas and grade levels. Knewton technology will guide students to the right piece of Electric Company content at each point in time, customizing…
  • Instructional Design: Models and Trends

    Rachel Kuntz
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Instructional Design refers to the process of creating the most effective, efficient, and engaging instructional experiences possible. Instructional designers apply a systematic methodology to analyze learning needs and goals, in order to create the proper learning system to meet those goals. One particularly popular model of instructional design is known as the ADDIE model, which has five steps: Analysis Design Development Implementation Evaluation This series of videos written, animated, and narrated by jclarkgardiner uses instructional design to explain how to effectively use ADDIE. Some…
  • Teachers Cite Growing Diversity of Student Needs as One of the Most Challenging Parts of the Job

    Christina Yu
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Click on the image above to review the full infographic. You may remember the teacher survey we released with our infographic, “What Does it Take to be a Teacher?” a few months ago. The results are in! Survey respondents represented 14 different countries, ranged from pre-K to continuing education instructors (89% from K-12), and focused on eight subject matter areas (including 37% language arts, 14% math, and 13% social studies/history). The average participant had 13 years of professional teaching experience. A common theme was the difficulty of finding enough time in the day to tailor…
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  • Winnipeg’s Most Popular Employers

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    July 15, 2014 – Although its name may mean ‘Muddy Waters’, Winnipeg is quite thevibrant city, with numerous cultures, annual festivals, sporting events, and a railway and transportation hub. This city is also known as the ‘Gateway to the West’, ‘Slurpee Capital of the World’, ‘Centre of Canada’, ‘Windy City’, and more. Frankly, there is probably no other city in Canada with such diverse nicknames as the Peg. Whether you’re a Pegger, or a Pegger-to-be, you’re probably curious about employment. Which employers are Winnipeg job seekers buzzing about these days?
  • Why You Didn’t Get That Job & 3 Things You Can Do About It

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Did you really want that job and you thought you had done everything you could to make yourself stand out…and then you never heard a single thing about it?  It happens and it can be very discouraging.There are several reasons why you might not have heard back from that job that you really wanted.One of the most common reasons is that your application was not even looked at.  Some jobs are so in demand that companies get hundreds of applications – sometimes even thousands – for a job.  For most companies that’s a very good thing as it gives them more choice. But it is…
  • I Just Lost My Job! Now What???

    29 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Finding out that  you’ve lost your job can be a terrifying thing.  I’ve seen people’s reactions when they have been told that they no longer have a job and they can be mixed with terror, anger, and just general frustration.  It’s hard because the job market is tough and everyone knows it.So, what do you do when you’ve lost your job?Get Your Frustration Out Of Your SystemYou need to get rid of that anger, terror, or frustration that is filling up inside you before it takes over so call email or text a friend and have a good vent.  Heck, call 10 friends.  Do…
  • 50 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Help Your Future Career

    28 Jun 2014 | 4:45 pm
    10 minutes?  That's nothing!  You can't possibly do anything worthwhile in 10 minutes... or can you?I believe you can!  10 minutes can help you in your future career if you think creatively!Here are 50 things you can do in 10 minutes to help your future career:Delete inappropriate Facebook photos (suggestion from Lee Parsons, Facebook fan)Study a small portion of your school work and understand it (suggestion from Claudelle Escalona, Facebook fan)Change your Facebook bio to something interesting so that the person reading will be interested in 10 seconds! (suggestion from Rinzy…
  • What Are Transferable Skills?

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Transferable skills are the abilities that employers search for and  want when they are hiring.  They are the kinds of skills you see asked for all the time in job listings.  They are skills that can be put to use in a wide variety of way and in many types of jobs.  If you have transferable skills you will find that getting a job is much easier than with only job specific abilities.Here are some of the transferable skills that most employers look for:•Written communications – You absolutely need to have good writing skills.  There are very few jobs these days…
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  • How to Optimize Your Website for Udemy Course Sales

    Nancy Chan
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    It is important to know how to optimize your website for Udemy course sales. If it is done correctly, it can help you formulate the highest converting channel–an email list. In this article, we will walk you through optimizing your website for Udemy course sales. If you do not have a website or if you have a business website that you don’t want to promote your Udemy course on, you can create a separate squeeze or sales page. In the second part of this article, we will walk you through setting up and optimizing your squeeze/sales page for Udemy course sales. Part I: Your Website…
  • 20 Tips for Promoting your Course on YouTube

    Nancy Chan
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Promoting your Udemy course on YouTube and you don’t know where to start? Well in this article, I will share 20 tips for optimizing your marketing efforts on YouTube: 1. Upload your podcasts onto YouTube to expand your reach.   2. Engage with the YouTube community. You can do this by leaving comments to popular videos that are related to your course.   3. Create short videos of valuable tips that a potential student may be interested in to show off your expertise. You can do some quick homework and see what questions your potential students may search. 4. Make sure…
  • How to Leverage LinkedIn for Online Course Conversions

    Danielle Leslie
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    If you’ve read our Quick Wins article, then you know how effective a 7-day email campaign can be in converting your subscribers into your Udemy courses. Perhaps you’ve already run a successful Quick Win email, YouTube, or Facebook campaign and you’re looking for another approach. Or perhaps, you don’t have an email list or YouTube channel yet but still want to reach potential students. In this article, we’ll show you how Linkedin can help you send a personalized email informing your close contacts about your course. 1. Access your LinkedIn profile Under the…
  • Closed Captions Added to Udemy Courses

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    There are now 50 Udemy courses that include closed captions. Udemy is always seeking ways to make course content accessible and valuable to students with varying learning styles, and closed captioning is part of the ongoing effort to improve the learning experience for our students. Closed captions will be added to another 20 courses in the coming weeks, with the goal of adding closed captions to roughly 100 courses monthly going forward. To find courses with closed captions, use the homepage search filter in the upper left navigation, and select a category or enter a search term. Here is an…
  • Udemy Announces Launch of Social Innovation Program

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Udemy announced today the launch of Udemy Social Innovation, a program that helps nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and changemakers around the world create online courses to increase their organization’s impact. As part of the program, Udemy will give out 12 grants, totaling $30,000 over six months, to eligible applicants. Udemy will also provide affordable access to Udemy courses and solutions to this audience.  Learn more! Read the press release.
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  • Panjab University LL.B 5th, 6th and 8th Semester Results 2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Panjab University   declared the results of LL.B 5th, 6th and 8th semester examination. The examination was held in the year 2014. Punjab University Exam Results 2014: Punjabi University declared the results of LL.B 5th, 6th and 8th semester examination on Friday, July 25, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website - Panjab University, Chandigarh. About Punjab University: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh one of the premier institutions of higher education in the north of India, was established in 1962 under the Punjabi University Act..
  • University of Sussex, UK Invites Applications for Jan Metzger Scholarship 2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Applications are invited by  University of Sussex, UK for  Jan Metzger Scholarship for students pursuing their Master of Science (M.Sc) Systems in Intelligent Systems offered in the Department of Informatics for the session 2014. Scholarship Details: Scholarship covers £2,500 as fee waiver for one year. Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must have been offered a place on the M.Sc in Intelligent Systems. Applicants must commence the degree in September 2014 (awards cannot be deferred to subsequent years). Current Sussex undergraduate students..
  • University of Kerala MCA 2nd Semester Results 2013

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    University of Kerala declared the results of MCA 2nd semester regular and supplementary (2011 scheme) and supplementary (2006 scheme) examination. The examination was held in November 2013. University of Kerala Exam Results 2013: University of Kerala declared the results of MCA 2nd semester regular and supplementary (2011 scheme) and supplementary (2006 scheme) examination on Friday, July 25, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram . About University of Kerala: University of Kerala,..
  • Punjab government ties up with NSDC to offer vocational training

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    The state government of Punjab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide vocational training to the youth and enhance their employment opportunities. The MoU for the 'National Skill Qualification Framework' was signed between the education department and the NSDC on Friday, July 25, 2914 , according to media reports. The partnership is expected to result in creation of new job opportunities for the youth of Punjab. The industrial training as well as exposure received from the vocational courses will boost the..
  • RUHS, Jaipur Invites Applications for Ph.D in Medical Programs 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Applications are invited by Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS), Jaipur   for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program offered in Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy for the session 2014. Eligibility Criteria for  RUHS, Jaipur: For Ph.D in the Faculty of Medicine : Candidates should have M.D, M.S or equivalent master’s degree from a college/university recognized by MCI is eligible to register for Ph.D in their subject of specialization. For Ph.D in the Faculty of Pharmacy : Candidates should have M.Pharm degree or a..
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  • Winnipeg’s Most Popular Employers

    Danielle McGaw
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    July 15, 2014 – Although its name may mean ‘Muddy Waters’, Winnipeg is quite thevibrant city, with numerous cultures, annual festivals, sporting events, and a railway and transportation hub. This city is also known as the ‘Gateway to the West’, ‘Slurpee Capital of the World’, ‘Centre of Canada’, ‘Windy City’, and more. Frankly, there is probably no other city in Canada with such diverse nicknames as the Peg. Whether you’re a Pegger, or a Pegger-to-be, you’re probably curious about employment. Which employers are Winnipeg job seekers buzzing about these days?
  • Why You Didn’t Get That Job & 3 Things You Can Do About It

    Danielle McGaw
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Did you really want that job and you thought you had done everything you could to make yourself stand out…and then you never heard a single thing about it?  It happens and it can be very discouraging.There are several reasons why you might not have heard back from that job that you really wanted.One of the most common reasons is that your application was not even looked at.  Some jobs are so in demand that companies get hundreds of applications – sometimes even thousands – for a job.  For most companies that’s a very good thing as it gives them more choice. But it is…
  • I Just Lost My Job! Now What???

    Danielle McGaw
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Finding out that  you’ve lost your job can be a terrifying thing.  I’ve seen people’s reactions when they have been told that they no longer have a job and they can be mixed with terror, anger, and just general frustration.  It’s hard because the job market is tough and everyone knows it.So, what do you do when you’ve lost your job?Get Your Frustration Out Of Your SystemYou need to get rid of that anger, terror, or frustration that is filling up inside you before it takes over so call email or text a friend and have a good vent.  Heck, call 10 friends.  Do…
  • 50 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Help Your Future Career

    Danielle McGaw
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:45 pm
    10 minutes?  That's nothing!  You can't possibly do anything worthwhile in 10 minutes... or can you?I believe you can!  10 minutes can help you in your future career if you think creatively!Here are 50 things you can do in 10 minutes to help your future career:Delete inappropriate Facebook photos (suggestion from Lee Parsons, Facebook fan)Study a small portion of your school work and understand it (suggestion from Claudelle Escalona, Facebook fan)Change your Facebook bio to something interesting so that the person reading will be interested in 10 seconds! (suggestion from Rinzy…
  • What Are Transferable Skills?

    Danielle McGaw
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Transferable skills are the abilities that employers search for and  want when they are hiring.  They are the kinds of skills you see asked for all the time in job listings.  They are skills that can be put to use in a wide variety of way and in many types of jobs.  If you have transferable skills you will find that getting a job is much easier than with only job specific abilities.Here are some of the transferable skills that most employers look for:•Written communications – You absolutely need to have good writing skills.  There are very few jobs these days…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Summer Projects

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve always been a sucker for a full plate, both in the literal sense (ha!) and when it comes to work-related projects. I wasn’t sure if that would be the case this summer, since last year at this time I was on maternity leave and work was not a high priority. But it turns out that the opposite has been true, and I’ve been lucky to strike a good balance between family time and music therapy. After our weekend summit in California last month, my Music Therapy Pro colleagues and I have stepped up our game. We added a brand-new feature called “Four Corners” in which…
  • {Mama Moment} Being the Parent at Music Class

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    My son Parker has been attending my early childhood music classes since he was just six months old, which I’ve written about here before. Since I’ve always been the teacher, either my mom or my husband has been with him during class. But this month, I’ve had the opportunity to be “the parent” while someone else teaches. Every Tuesday, Parker attends my baby music class with my mom, since I’m the teacher. But immediately following, my colleague Katey Kratz leads the toddler music class. I thought it’d be fun to experience the flip side, so Parker and I…
  • Around the World We Go

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Love, love, loooove this singable story! Big thanks to my teacher friend (and huge supporter of Listen & Learn) Rene for sending me a copy of this book, which I’d previously never heard of. I’ve been getting lots of use out of it lately, and hopefully you can too. Around the World We Go is a beautifully illustrated story by Margaret Wise Brown, the same author who wrote Goodnight Moon (one of several bedtime favorites in our house). The words fit the tune “The Farmer in the Dell” perfectly, but I slowed down the tempo and gave it a bit of a jazzy makeover. Around…
  • Let’s All Wave Hello

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    One of the things I love most about offering classes is that when I plan them, I end up writing a bunch of new songs. My current early childhood class was no exception; I wrote no fewer than 10 new songs for it! So over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing them with you. Since these songs were written for babies and toddlers, they are on the simple side. I feel like now that I have a kiddo of my own, I have a much better grasp on what types of songs and activities will go over best with this age group. Parker is really into waving lately, as are his little friends. So naturally, our…
  • {Mama Moment} Coming Full Circle

    26 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Jennifer Gossett, MT-BC, NICU MT. Jennifer is a Board-Certified Music Therapist based in Charleston, SC. She ventured into the field of music therapy after a 15-year career as a band director in public and private schools, and opened her private practice, Noteworthy Music Therapy, in 2012. Jennifer and her husband, Kevin, are parents of two sons, ages 12 and 10, each of whom has both special needs and special talents. My sons were born in 2001 and 2004, and both were preemies. My youngest weighed 700 grams at birth, and the Beanie Baby that nurses placed in…
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  • Practice the Magic "E" With Young Readers

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he sounds out the beginning sound, middle vowel sound, and ending sound then blends the sounds together to form a word.Once Read more...
  • Encourage Good Grammar on Social Media

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Many teens spend a great deal of time on social sites networking with friends. One concern I have about that relates to language skills. It is acceptable on these sites to use improper grammar and spelling, and we often blame autocorrect features on our digital devices rather than taking responsibility for posting poorly constructed sentences a Read more...
  • Estimate for Summer Math Fun

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Estimation is an important math skill because it allows for a reasonable guess before something is actually measured or counted. Coming “close enough” to the actual number is a real accomplishment, and part of higher quantitative thinking. Developing your child’s sense of estimation goes beyond school math—it’s a life skill.As adults we Read more...
  • Foster Your Child's Emotional Health

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    One of the signs of emotional health is being aware of emotions and understanding what they mean. Teens need to be aware of the emotions they are feeling as well as the emotions of others. Unfortunately, many in our society discourage their children from expressing their emotions in healthy ways. I believe this is especially true of boys. Boys are to Read more...
  • Four Simple Strategies To Build Reading Comprehension

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Young readers need to acquire good comprehension skills. In order to do this, they need strategies that help them fully understand what they read.Here are four simple strategies to help your young reader understand and appreciate stories.Build on pri Read more...
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  • One Minute Q&A: Can We Tweak Bylaws Before School Starts?

    Rose C
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Check out our latest installment in our One Minute Q&A video series. This week’s question: Can a group make changes to its bylaws before school starts? After you watch our video,article on writing bylaws for additional information. Our sample bylaws on the PTO Today File Exchange will help as well.
  • Make the Most of Your Open House Speech

    Tim Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    It’s coming. Sometime in the next month or two, your group is going to have the chance to make a first impression. It may be at open house night or at a welcome picnic, but you’ll have 3 to 5 minutes to introduce yourselves and invite folks to get involved. My advice—smile. Make that speech all about the positive—how much fun you have, how much good work you do, how much the kids benefit from your good work. Avoid pitching your big fundraiser and avoid focusing on all the help you need. Both of those things go way better when you start with the fun and helpful stuff. My second…
  • Back to School Basics: Put Some Pizzazz Into Welcome-Back Events

    Rose C
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week, we talked about how a group can quickly pull together a welcome-back party and spend almost no money. This week, we wanted to share some additional resources for groups that want to try a theme party or want to shake things up and try something new. We just published Plan a Fun Back-to-School Event, an article that will give you eight additional ideas for a back-to-school party for families.  For instance, you might want to try a tailgate party in the school parking lot, or give a standard picnic a boost by adding a barbecue to it. If you are really adventurous, try a pool party!
  • Quick Tips Video: How To Give a Great Open House Speech

    Rose C
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    One of the more dreaded jobs of PTO leaders is the big speech at the school’s open house or back-to-school event. In our latest PTO Today Quick Tips video, we have some helpful tips so you can handle this like a pro. The speech really doesn’t have to be something to just get through. If you can relax (because no one expects you to be perfect) and communicate just a few key messages, then you’ve succeeded. And you might find you enjoyed the experience, too! For more help, check our story, Public Speaking: Overcoming the Jitters. Good luck! We know you will be great!  
  • New Back-to-School Resources Can Help

    Tim Sullivan
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
      It’s hard to believe, but some of you will be starting school within a month. And even those of you who have a longer summer are most likely — definitely, I would guess — already thinking about September. We have lots of great new resources to help get you back into the swing of things. Our File Exchange is loaded with new back-to-school printables like parent group membership cards, tags for small gifts to give parents on back-to-school night, and more. Scroll down the page for some “older” favorites too, like our “10 Reasons To Get Involved at School”…
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  • Summer games

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Summer is here. School holidays are beginning and, for fortunate children, there may be beaches in the offing or trips to the park. I think it should be a time of maximum fun with as many games and as much laughter as there can possibly be.    Over the last few weeks, when writing my regular Storytelling Starters blog, I’ve been sharing storytelling games that are good fun to do. One involves you in drawing what ends up as a very simple picture of a cat. The story you tell as you make the drawing is about a flea’s adventure. For of course, a favourite place for a flea to be is on a…
  • Introducing ‘Maths Alien Adventure’ – our latest free iOS app

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Things have been a little quiet on the site recently as we prepared for the launch of our latest iOS app. I’m pleased to say that the day has final arrived and we are able to welcome Maths Alien Adventure into our growing portfolio of educational apps.   Following the success of our phonics app – Phonics Alien Adventure we decided to bring back the friendly alien species the Zeeboes for some maths based adventures. The game is set on their home planet – Zeb and is designed to help promote and develop core mathematical skills. In particular it focuses on: doubling, number bonds to…
  • Anzac Day Display Banner

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
  • Farm Word Mat

    12 May 2014 | 9:01 am
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    12 May 2014 | 8:46 am
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  • Bookmarks for 07/24/2014

    Clif Mims
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Albert Einstein – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hi light. In 1917, Einstein Albert Einstein – Wikipedia Example He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics Hi which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe. Ray Allen leaning toward joining LeBron James on Cleveland Cavaliers – ESPN…
  • 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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  • Is the body the next breakthrough in education tech?

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Remember those teacher preparation courses you took when you learned about kinesthetic learning and figured that was just for kids in shop class, art, dance, or gym? Think again. Favorite quote: “The richer the perceptual experience provided by the computer program, the greater the students’ understanding and retention of the material.” Is the body the […]
  • Google’s Project Tango Can Change Education

    20 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This will be big. Skip to the bottom for the video…but Google’s posted a video outlining Project Tango. They’ve created a dev kit (and customized cell phone innards) that would allow your phone to constantly map it’s surroundings, and to know exactly where it is in 3D space. Why is this so cool? And how […]
  • Sight: Potential Benefits (and Hazards) of Augmented Reality Gamification

    18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    Check out this amazing film showing the potential benefits and hazards of the combination of Augmented Reality and Gamification. While you are watching it, test out this new service LeanIn which is a social video viewing application. Click the “target” icon on the lower left to upvote certain points of the video. Hit the person […]
  • Satisfy the Cat – Student Centered Course Design

    13 Nov 2013 | 10:13 am
    If you’re like most educators who have the pleasure of designing your own course before/while teaching it, you probably do something like this: Identify the topics/standards to be covered Sketch out a general course outline Step back and figure out how you want to teach each topic Spend hours creating lessons, activities, PowerPoints, etc. that […]
  • How the iPad Craze Can Increase the Socio-Economic Digital Divide

    28 Oct 2013 | 7:33 am
    “At the Computer” courtesy of Lars Plougmann @ Flikr. Commonsense Media have released a new report regarding the media use and habits of children between the ages of 0 and 8 years of age. I encourage you to read it – it’s full of great findings about what media kids are viewing, as well as […]
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    Difference Between

  • Difference between Illegal and Unlawful

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    What is the difference between ‘illegal’ and ‘unlawful’? Both the prefixes ‘il-‘ and ‘un’- mean ‘not’.  ‘Legal’ and ‘lawful’ are synonyms of each other relating to the law, however there is a slight,... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between APR and Interest Rate

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
      The financial needs of businesses and individuals are increasing day by day and many a times, they have to borrow the money (i.e. Mortgage or loan) from financial institutions in order to meet... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Hijack and Kidnap

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
      What is the difference between ‘hijack’ and ‘kidnap’?  Both words are verbs and mean to steal or take control without permission.  Although the words are used in a similar context and often... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Do and Does

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    What is the difference between ‘Do’ and ‘Does’?  It can be confusing to decide which form of the word to use in English.  Many people, even native speakers, often mix up these words and use them... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • The Difference Between a Mallard and a Duck

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    When asking yourself “What’s the difference between a mallard and a duck?”, it’s like asking the difference between a dog and a Rottweiler, a bird and a canary or a snake and a python. A mallard is a... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Course of the Week Highlight: Onboarding New Employees
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New employees are always joining companies, and it’s no secret that a smooth transition is important for the happiness, productivity, and general success of both employees and company. Regardless of the size or industry of your organization, a successful onboarding program is integral in creating a positive transition experience. However, you may be wondering how to create a strong program, one that conveys both employers’ and employees’ roles, expectations, and ideas. If you’re wondering how to improve your onboarding or start a new program, then this week’s featured courses are…
  • The Psychology of eLearning: What Makes eLearning Memorable?
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The first post in our psychology series discussed the psychology of storytelling. Storytelling is an extremely useful tool for learning and memory and is one of the many different techniques used in elearning. Stories, pictures, experiences; these are the things we remember. You can sit in a formal training environment all day long, and chances are you will still only retain a fraction of the information presented to you. It isn’t because you aren’t paying attention; traditional training often simply fails to be memorable. In the end it comes down to the psychology of learning or, in this…
  • The Successful Orientation Program: Training is Key
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On creating a business orientation series for temporary employees, new employees and seasoned professionals alike, I have always felt that true education and transformation occurs when the whole of a subject is presented rather than just a part. Widening one's perspective while acquiring vast knowledge is crucial to understanding a subject, one's self and others. Now, let's apply this to business. For an organization to be successful, sustainable, and pleasant both for the employee and the customer, it is imperative that standardization is in place, enforced, and exampled from the top down.
  • Hello from Our New Senior Account Executive David!
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    I am genuinely delighted to join OpenSesame. Over the last several years I've worked in sales and business development in the translation industry, most recently working for Powerling and its subsidiary Atril Solutions, selling foreign language translation services and related software. I grew up here in Portland and graduated from PSU but had the amazing good fortune to also spend some significant time living and working in Europe, spending two school years at the Université de Poitiers in central France. As a result, by the time I finished my BA in Marketing, I had enough language credits…
  • Fastest Growing Jobs in America: Infographic
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the news that unemployment has fallen to 6.1%, the lowest in nearly six years. However, not all jobs are growing as fast as others. To celebrate the continued growth of the economy, OpenSesame is beginning a series on the fastest growing jobs in America, with posts going in depth on jobs with the brightest prospects for the next decade and how you can use that to your personal and professional advantage. To kick off the series, the infographic below shows the ten jobs with the most projected growth (and the five with the most decline) in the…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Easy Spanish Fun: The Friday Five

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    It’s time for the Friday Five. Use these easy Spanish activities to keep kids engaged with the language over the weekend or during the week ahead.  The activities do not require any preparation and cover a variety of levels. For beginners, try 1 and 3. For kids with more Spanish, try 2 and 4. Activity 5 can be adjusted to different levels based on the vocabulary you choose. 1. This easy Spanish video about means of transportation is perfect for beginners. Watch the video and answer the questions in the second half. Play memory with these cards to reinforce the words in the video. 2. Try…
  • 7 Speaking Activities for Any Video Clip

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Video clips with the sound turned off are a wonderful resource for speaking activities. They provide images to talk about, normal settings and lots of repetition. The speaking activities below are fun and easy to do with kids of any age. I started playing games like these with my kids on airplanes. We didn’t get headphones for the movies and instead would comment on what we saw on the screen. The suggestions are roughly in order of increasing difficulty. With the more complicated tasks you can pause the video, although in general I think it is more fun if it keeps going. After all, there…
  • Spanish Reading Comprehension: Dragon Photo

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Isn’t Drago precioso? This photo was one of several taken for another project. I didn’t need it, but it was so cute I wanted to find a way to use it. I decided the picture was perfect for a short Spanish reading comprehension activity for beginning learners. It also makes a fun speaking activity. The photo gives kids learning Spanish a context to help them understand the text. Before you show kids the picture, ask them to imagine a dragon. Brainstorm words they would use to describe a dragon. Show them the photo and read the sentences together. Click here for the full-size photo.
  • Quick Spanish Activities: The Friday Five

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    It’s time for the Friday Five! Use these activities for quick Spanish fun this weekend or come back to them whenever you need inspiration. They do not require much preparation, if any, and can be done in a short time. If you want more practice, try two or three of these quick Spanish ideas. 1. Learn Spanish vegetable vocabulary making patterns with this online game from PBSKids. The instructions are fast, but the vegetable words are repeated often. Just drag and drop the right vegetable to make the pattern. 2. Read and listen to this book, Grande y pequeño, on Issuu. 3. Jump rope and…
  • Multicultural Kid Blogs Summer Reading Series

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I am sharing Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina as a part of the Read Around the World Summer Reading Series. The series is sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. It is an opportunity to discover wonderful children’s literature and share our favorite multicultural books with other parents and teachers. Along with being a wonderful story, Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina is an excellent choice for children learning Spanish. The language is relevant and accessible. The narrative centers the vocabulary on family, clothes, food,…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Back to School To-Do List #1: Sign up for Remind

    Catlin Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    August is right around the corner and, like most teachers, I have a TON to do before my students return in 3 weeks. In an effort to help teachers prepare for the first day of school, I wanted to share some of the items on my to-do list. If you’ve never used Remind (previously Remind101), this is a quick and easy tool that allows you to send groups of students and parents text message reminders. I’ve recorded a screencast walking teachers though the simple process of signing up for an account. I’ve also highlighted some of my favorite features. Not only can teachers send…
  • 5 Ways to Provide Parents a Window Into Your Classroom

    Catlin Tucker
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    When I attended my daughter’s kindergarden Back-to-School Night two years ago, I was delighted to see a video of the classroom playing on a television in the corner. As a parent, it was exciting to see my child in the context of the classroom. My daughter’s teacher had simply videotaped the children singing, working on projects, and progressing through their daily routine. The classroom was no longer a mystery. I left wanting to provide the parents of my 9th and 10th grade students with a similar experience. Most parents of high school students probably have no idea how their…
  • Kids Will Be Kids: 8 Easy Strategies for Engaging Students

    Catlin Tucker
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    As an educator, speaker and blogger, people send me articles on a wide range of education topics. My husband’s grandmother sends me articles in the mail, my father-in-law forwards interesting NPR segments via email, and my neighbor down the street leaves newspaper clippings in my mailbox.  Last week when I met up with my parents in Avignon, France for a shared holiday Mom mom presented me with an article titled “The Drugging of the American Boy,” published by Esquire Magazine in April. Not only do I teach teenage boys ranging from 14 to 16, but I also have a 5 year old…
  • My Favorite Mobile Apps #3 – Evernote

    Catlin Tucker
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    Are these a common sight in your classroom? How many of your students successfully organize their binders? How easy is it for them to access their notes, work, and resources? If your students are anything like mine, they carry around enormous binders full of paper. Some of my students are more successful than others at keeping these binders organized so they can find their work. At the end of the year, I was sad to see that many students just dumped entire binders worth of notes into the trashes around our campus. For them it’s cleansing and cathartic to throw their work away at the…
  • Creating a Google Apps Classroom

    Catlin Tucker
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I had the pleasure of co-authoring the book Creating a Google Apps Classroom with Elizabeth Calhoon, Kyle Brumbaugh, Ramsey Musallam, and Robert Pronovost – a collection of incredibly talented and creative Google Certified Teachers and seasoned professional development facilitators. It was just published by Shell Education! generic levitra impotence medication “Cook up amazing recipes with this engaging, resourceful Google™ cookbook! Great for both the beginning and seasoned Google-using teacher, this resource is the perfect tool to help guide teachers using, or preparing to…
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  • Make a difference this summer

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Submitted by Mike Zylak Events and Fundraising Coordinator My name is Mike Zylak and I am a student at the University of Regina, currently assuming the position of the Events and Fundraising Coordinator at Carmichael Outreach, for my Co-op Work term. I am organizing a Kid’s Summer Camp at Lumsden Beach Camp on August 26-29. We plan on departing Regina around 5:00 p.m for Lumsden Beach Camp on August 26th and returning to Regina on August 29th around 12:00p.m. Last year the camp hosted 40 kids in attendance and this year we are hoping for a similar number. We are looking for volunteers to…
  • Chilean dancers perform on campus

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
      Chilean dance group “Arcoiris” performing a traditional folk dance at the Global Learning Centre. Photo: Jeff Sun, UR International Submitted by: Arturo Segura International Relations and Partnerships Specialist UR International and the Faculty of Social Work invited faculty and staff to a special performance of folk dances from Northern, Central, and Eastern Islands of Chile, performed by a troupe of six dancers from Maipu, Chile on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at the Global Learning Centre (CW115). “This event fits perfectly in line with U of R`s international strategy to enrich our…
  • Our changing campus

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Submitted by: Kyle Hodder Professor, Geography Director, Prairie Environmental Process Laboratory Since October 2013, the webcam tied to Zephyr, the meteorological station here at the University, has been looking out the window on our campus. In the video below, you can see a time-lapse video of our changing campus, including: construction of the new residence project complete loss of snowpack at about April 30th disassembly of the tower cranes for the residence project between May 24 – 28th campus trees undergo “leaf on” at about May 25 – 28th …and a variety of rain, snow and…
  • Join us this summer at Camp fYrefly!

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Submitted by: Laurie Sampson 2014 Coordinator, Camp fYrefly Sask There is still time to apply to attend Camp fYrefly! Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. It is designed to give campers the leadership skills and personal resiliency they need to create positive change in their communities.  We are also excited to announce that this year’s Artist-in-Residence will be JMase III, a self-described “Black/Trans/Queer/Rowdy-as-hell poet based in New York…
  • VIDEO: University of Regina budget forum

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    21 May 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The above video is a recording of the open forum that took place for people to discuss the 2014-15 University of Regina budget on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
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    Moodle News

  • CLAMP releases LAE 7.0 for Moodle 2.7.1 and other minor releases

    Joseph Thibault
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project has released it’s first Moodle LAE for 2.7 (2.7.1) in addition to other minor Moodle releases: 2.4.11, 2.5.7 and 2.6.4 (LAE stands for Liberal Arts...
  • GIFT Format for Quiz Items with Images

    Joseph Thibault
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    The GIFT format is a flexible and friendly format for creating quiz questions and importing them into Moodle. Among the different import options, I find that the GIFT format is the easiest to learn...
  • Presentation: Moodle 2.7 – Improvements since 2.6 by @ghenrick

    Joseph Thibault
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Gavin Henrick has a great slide deck over at Some Random Thoughts which focuses on the changes in Moodle, available in 2.7 which have come to pass since 2.6. For any Moodlerooms users out there this...
  • Formal White Theme now available for 2.7 in the Plugins Database

    Joseph Thibault
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Formal White, perhaps one of the most iconic Moodle themes that’s been removed from what installs with core Moodle, is now available in the plugin repository to install on a Moodle site near...
  • Video: Michigan Moodle Theme based on More

    Joseph Thibault
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you’re interested in some of the ways that More theme can be leveraged to give your Moodle site a custom look and feel, Chris Kenniburg has posted a 5 minute video giving a tour of his site....
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    Education Best Practice

  • 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…
  • Schools ‘struggling to prepare’ Free Meals Plan

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Telegraph is today reporting that two thirds of primaries are not fully prepared for universal free school meals in September. Nick Clegg’s flagship policy to give all infants free meals ran into fresh trouble today when it was suggested that two thirds of schools were not fully prepared for the reforms. Figures show that just over half of primary schools were only “partly prepared” for the change being introduced in September and more than one-in-eight were badly struggling. Head teachers warned that kitchens would not be ready in time for the increased demands because funding for…
  • London’s Disadvantaged Outperform Those Elsewhere

    24 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Guardian reports today that… Schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds in London are getting better academic results than pupils in the rest of England, according to a new study published on Monday. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) research – in the report Lessons from London Schools for Attainment Gaps and Social Mobility – attributes this to the differences in the mix of pupils attending London’s schools compared with other areas of the country and the improved results the children received when they were in primary school. The study was ordered by the Social…
  • Top 5 Apps For The Classroom

    16 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Really interesting list of great apps to use in the classroom on Here’s a preview of 2 of them: Codeacademy Codeacademy lets you learn how to build amazing things online by programming with Codecademy – all for free. Our app gets you started by introducing you to the basic concepts behind the apps on your phone and the websites you visit. You’ll learn to understand the basic structure of code when you see it. Use it in the classroom: Codeacademy wasn’t designed for a classroom, it’s designed for ‘snacking’ – learning snippets of coding skills, instead of…
  • Heads consider scrapping summer break

    9 May 2014 | 7:34 am
    The BBC reports: Proposals to spread holidays more evenly through the year were discussed at the NAHT union conference. Its leader Russell Hobby questioned whether the current 13-week term structure was healthy for staff, arguing changing it could reduce stress and cut holiday prices for families. But head teachers wanted more evidence of the benefits of such changes. The government gave academies and free schools in England permission to vary term times earlier this academic year. This is due to be extended to all state schools next September. Support from head teachers means schools would…
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  • Teachers Learning Spanish

    Eloisa Ruano Gonalez
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Its not unusual for students to learn Spanish in a class but teachers learning Spanish is becoming a new necessity for communicating with students and […]
  • Year Round Classes Help Students Graduate

    Jessica Williams
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New opportunities are helping at risk youth, as year round classes help students graduate. When 17 year old Koran Blackman was at his old school, […]
  • Combining Math and Movement

    Olivia Hitchcock
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Students raced through downtown streets guided by coordinates and a GPS in an effort combining math and movement to test their science and math knowledge. […]
  • Study Smarter Not Harder

    Jonathan Song
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Teaching is a great experience because you have the opportunity to make an impact on students’ academic careers and encourage them to succeed when they […]
  • Measuring What Kids Learn in Summer School

    Elisa Crouch
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While thousands of children are spending part of the summer in classrooms for enrichment, school districts and researchers are measuring what kids learn in summer […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Progressive columnist: Thomas the Tank Engine sends race messages through smoke puffs

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    NEW YORK – Apparently, liberal loons are running out of wholesome things to be outraged about, with the latest claim of racism quite possibly proving to be the pinnacle of political correctness –Thomas the Train. Thomas the Tank EngineTracy Van Slyke, who writes for the liberal rag The Guardian, spewed her racial rhetoric and apparent refusal to allow children any enjoyment, in her latest scathing piece about this inanimate object: “Thomas and those friends are trains that toil away endlessly on the Isle of Sodor – which seems to be forever caught in British colonial times – and, on…
  • Exam reform delayed by ‘significant numbers’ of schools

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research. New look Highers start in the new school year to tie in with the replacements for Standard Grades. But a significant number of schools have chosen to delay them for a year in some popular subjects. The Scottish government told councils the new Highers could be delayed if it was in the students’ best interests. However it said the expectation remained that S5 students would normally be sitting the new Higher exams next year. BBC Scotland research…
  • Michael Walker might have the toughest job in Minneapolis

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    By Beth Hawkins - When Michael Walker assumes his new post as head of Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) Office of Black Male Student Achievement in coming days, he will be stepping onto a slender perch indeed. His job will be to advocate for the district’s African-American boys, its single largest demographic group — and the one it’s failing at the highest rate. In that capacity, Walker will be tasked with making things happen in a system that has struggled to understand the concept of institutional racism. And he will head an office whose critics — and they long predate its…
  • Money Can’t Buy Public Support For Common Core

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Glenn Beck hosted an anti-Common Core extravaganza tonight. At least in my neck of the woods, the theaters that live-streamed the event were sold out weeks before. It’s easy to criticize Beck—he can sound like a conspiracy theorist, and he hopped on the Common Core pony just in time to make a lot of money and publicity from people’s frustration and ignorance. But he did that by actually listening to his constituency, because Beck’s audience kept demanding he pay attention to these national curriculum mandates and their accompanying federally funded tests. If politicians did that, U.S.
  • Ohio State core class teaches Christians are dumber than atheists

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
      Psychology 1100 is a general education requirement class. An Ohio State University (OSU) class has apparently determined another fundamental difference between Christians and atheists: their IQ points. An online quiz from the school’s Psychology 1100 class, provided to Campus Reform via tip, asked students to pick which scenario they found most likely given that “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.” The correct answer? “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.”   According to a student in the class who wished to remain anonymous, the question was a…
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    Passport Academy

  • Creative Writing Assignments via StoryJumper

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    The boys recently completed a Creative Writing Workshop and published their finished product on  StoryJumper, a free site where children can write, illustrate and publish their own books. Zakron’s Adventure by Logan A boy learns to treat others how you’d like to be treated after a surprise trip to space!                 The Magic Within by Garrett Luke is summoned to fight in the King’s army. Thinking he needs magic, Luke goes on a quest to find magical items to help him win the battle, but then Luke has to learn the hard way that…
  • 6 (non) Homeschool Conferences to attend in 2014

    31 Jan 2014 | 4:47 am
      My goal for the 2013-2014 school year was to stop thinking of myself as a homeschooler and to start thinking of myself as an educator who chooses to teach my own children. Thinking outside of the box While I have enjoyed being a member of the homeschooling community I have also have come to realize that it can be as limiting as some  criticize the traditional school system of being. I want to think outside of the ‘homeschool box’ (and you know there is one).  I don’t want to limit my education or my children’s education to just what can be found inside the…
  • Not Back to School Blog Hop 2013-2014

    7 Aug 2013 | 5:17 am
      One of my favorite homeschooling blogging traditions is to participate in the Not Back -to-School Blog Hop.  This year, I’ll admit that it kinda snuck up on me and here I am in Philadelphia on a business trip with my husband and kids where we are enjoying jam packed days of fun and field trips. I will post our curriculum choices here on August 9th when I update this post.  In the meantime I didn’t want you to miss out about knowing about the Back-to-School Blog Hop. You can participate by linking up to Curriculum Week or just reading about what other homeschoolers are…
  • Children’s Book Week 2013

    6 May 2013 | 12:56 am
      I’m over at the Homeschool Classroom this week with a post on: How to Celebrate Children’s Book Week May 13-19th with your children. I’ll be posting a Linky during Children’s Book Week if you’d like to link up your own posts on how you celebrated with your kids.
  • Nominated for Best Homeschool Blog Design

    7 Nov 2012 | 6:48 am
    I cannot tell you my pure joy and excitement over learning that our homeschool blog was nominated for Best Homeschool Blog Design.  I wish I could take all of the credit but there is an amazing Blog Designer behind the blog and she even held my hand while I hyperventilated about switching 4 blogs to WordPress.  So a vote for us, is really a vote for her. If you haven’t already done so please check out all the nominees in this year’s Homeschool Blog Awards. It’s the best way to find new blogs to follow. In case you didn’t know, you can also vote ONCE daily for your…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Teaching: The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have

    Cheryl S. Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    A recent meeting hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education on Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers brought back memories of my time teaching many years ago. And it seems that though my experience happened long ago, I fit right into the profile of today’s teaching force: I left the profession after four years of teaching. The difference is that today attention is focused on the problems posed by a work force that overwhelmingly turns over in the first five years and provides an essential service not only to the health of our education system, but to our country. What was…
  • Accountability Shouldn’t Stifle Teacher Creativity and Best Practices

    The American Federation of Teachers
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    By Amber Jimenez, American Federation of Teachers member and ELL teacher in Colville, WA I like to take the first few weeks of summer vacation to do some serious reflection. I think about the school year and my successes and failures. This helps determine which books I read and classes I attend to help me prepare for the next school year. For the last few years, though, I have also thought seriously about teaching as a profession, how we as teachers are perceived, and how decisions and trends policy makers make affect my teaching practice. Accountability seems to be the big buzz word these…
  • Got 6 minutes? Watching This Video Could Save a Life

    NEA Health Information Network
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    By NEA HIN staff A severe allergic reaction, or what’s called anaphylaxis, can be really serious and even life-threatening. It can happen at anytime and anywhere – in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, on the bus or during a field trip. So it's critical that ALL school employees, including teachers and education support professionals, know about allergic reactions, how to identify them, how to respond in an emergency, and how they can help prevent them in the first place. That's why NEA HIN and Sanofi US teamed up to create a video for educators and education support professionals on…
  • Principal Leaders: An Interview with NAESP State Representative Thomas Payton

    Tarsi Dunlop
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
     Principal Thomas Payton has spent several years as an assistant principal and principal, following his classroom teaching, in schools across the country from New York City to Clark County, Nevada. He is currently a principal at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in Riverhead Central School District, NY. Principal Payton is also a National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) State Representative and recently served as a member of the NAESP/NASSP Teacher Evaluation Committee. The committee put together a set of policy recommendations aimed at supporting principals in…
  • Educators, Administrators and PTA Leaders Break Down the Common Core in New Video Series

    National PTA
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    By Shannon Sevier, Vice President for Advocacy, National PTA National PTA recently released a video series on the Common Core to educate parents on the standards and empower them to support the implementation of the standards at school and home. The series was developed in partnership with The Hunt Institute as part of the association’s ongoing efforts to provide accurate information about the Common Core, ensure parents are knowledgeable about the standards and new assessments, and support parents every step of the way as states transition to the standards. The series features 14 videos…
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    My College Guide

  • Awesome Stuff for Your College Dorm Room

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Awesome Stuff for Your College Dorm Room What should you take with you to college? As you’re putting together your list of the usual items like extra-long sheets, a bedspread, shower caddy, clothes, laptop, power strip and mini-fridge, consider these additional 12 items that you may not have thought of and that you’ll find helpful all semester long. Portable laptop safe: While we’d like to believe everyone’s honest, the fact is that theft can happen on college campuses. Protect your laptop with a portable laptop safe. The safe holds laptops that are up to 15-inches in size, and can be…
  • 5 Questions to Ask on College Campus Tours

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    5 Questions to Ask During a Campus Visit Last year, we brought you information on three questions to ask during a college campus tour. This year, we’re bringing five more questions to ask, so you can get more out of your college campus tours and make sure you choose the right college for you. 1. Will I take any classes in my college major during my freshman year? At many colleges, your first year of school will include taking mostly general education classes. However, at some colleges, you’ll get to take courses in your college major, such as Engineering 101 or Psychology 101, right away.
  • 6 Cool College Classes You’ll Want to Take

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Cool College Classes English. Calculus. Physics. These may be some of the classes you would expect to take at college, and they probably don’t sound too exciting. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting classes to take. Check out these unique college courses, and look in your own college’s course catalog for similarly interesting courses you could take. Circus Arts: At Triton College (IL), you can learn skills such as juggling, swinging trapeze, web rope, unicycling, clowning, and more. The class meets twice a week in the evenings during the spring semester and performs at the…
  • How to Graduate College in Four Years

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    How to Graduate College in Four Years Did you know that only 59 percent of students graduate college with a bachelor’s degree within six years? For each additional semester it takes to graduate, the more money you’ll spend on tuition, room and board, and other fees (like textbooks). Your ability to graduate from college in four years depends largely on the requirements of your college major, the size of your school (and how difficult or easy it is to get in the classes you need), your own motivation, and whether you decide to participate in a study abroad or other extra programs. If…
  • How to Make the Most of Your College Freshman Orientation

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Make the Most of Your College Freshman Orientation Attending your college’s freshman orientation is a big step toward becoming a college student. While each college does things differently during orientation, you can most likely expect to get your student ID card and university e-mail address, learn about campus policies and resources, become familiar with where things (like the dining center) are on campus, meet other new students, and even register for classes. How can you make the most of this experience? Use these four tips to maximize your college freshman orientation experience. 1.
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  • What if we train them

    Dennis Callahan
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
  • 10 Thoughts to Begin Your Week

    Dennis Callahan
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:32 pm
  • Freestyle Work

    Dennis Callahan
    18 May 2014 | 3:01 pm
    If Tom Petty wrote a song about the the future workplace it might be called Freestyling, “now I’m free…freestyling.” In Average is Over, Tyler Cowen compares freestyle chess to how people might work in the future. Freestyle chess is a type of chess where players use computers and other people to support their decisions in making chess moves. Freestyle chess teams are the most difficult to beat. Collaborating with people and using tools to get the job done – sound familiar? Complicated vs Complex Work Harold Jarche writes frequently about how automation is…
  • Reminders for Workplace Learning Professionals

    Dennis Callahan
    3 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    We all get caught up in our day to day work. Here are some things to keep in mind during your daily journey. What reminders do you have? Learning is not about learning, it’s about performance. Often times you have to move backwards with your partners before moving forward. Use terms that resonate with your partners, it differs in each company and within a company. Workplace learning is complicated L&D ego, don’t let it get in the way. L&D supports the business, not the other way around. Learning drives business but not the way you think. Find out what is important to an…
  • Read Every Day

    Dennis Callahan
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Another post in the improving your learning from A to Z series. If you’re not reading from a book every day, you’re missing out on one of the most powerful ways to learn and connect the dots. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be reading each day, it’s that important. Reading a book is like fertilizer to your mind. Don’t like or find it difficult to read? Listen to audio books (this can be as effective as…
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  • Logical Reasonings

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    A) What’s your favorite number? It might’ve shown up in this week in law school numbers. B) You can invite Supreme Court justices to your wedding. They won’t show, but they might send you a nice letter. Above the Law. C) She-Hulk is taking a break from saving the world to focus on her lawyering career. ABA Journal. D) And now, the legal ramifications of zombies not paying taxes. Redline. E) Helium, meet Morgan Freeman. Digg.
  • How to Diagram “Unless” LSAT Logical Reasoning Questions

    Robert Seaney
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Welcome to our ongoing series on the more nefarious elements of diagramming. Topping the agenda today are “unless” questions. These are much more straightforward than the “only” conditionals we reviewed last week. Unlike “only” questions, which require one to search for the referent, “unless” questions have a more standardized approach. Consider the following: “Unless I just brushed my teeth, you’ll find me sipping a cold glass of orange juice” What does this mean? It tells us that, in all cases where I haven’t just finished brushing my teeth, I’ve got a tall glass…
  • Law School Application Season Opens Soon: Are You Ready?

    Philip Mayer
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    As July comes to a close, we are still a couple months away from law schools opening up the application season. Despite this, potential applicants should start working on their materials now in order to put themselves in the best position to succeed in the coming cycle. This post will specifically address two groups of applicants—first, students who took the June LSAT and are satisfied with their scores and, second, students who are planning on taking the September LSAT. For both groups, if you haven’t done so already, sign up for the Credential Assembly Service offered through LSAC.
  • Logical Reasonings

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    A) There’s more than one way to skin a cat/pay for law school. Above the Law. B) Next item on the docket: Lawyer v. Racism. Huffington Post. C) Illinois would like the Supreme Court to check the replay on a recent decision. SCOTUS Blog. D) Today a judge told Alec Baldwin to “be a good boy from now on.” ABA Journal. E) The plagiarizing Montana senator just dropped the greatest excuse since “my dog ate my homework.” ABC News.
  • How to Make the Most of Your LSAT Prep Homework Time

    Laura Santoski
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    If you’re just starting your September LSAT prep, you’re already learning the joys of Logic Games, sufficiency and necessity. Unfortunately, just showing up for class is not sufficient for a good LSAT score. You’ll also need to do your homework, and you’ll need to do it the right way. The point of LSAT homework is not just to get it done as quickly as possible. If you’re halfheartedly doing your homework with one eye on a rerun of Scrubs, you might as well not be doing it at all. Instead, the goal of LSAT homework is to make sure you fully understand the concepts…
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  • Coupled vs. Decoupled Publishing: An Outdated Debate?

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A lot goes into choosing a Content Management System for your brand or organization, whether you’re looking for a consumer platform like WordPress or Joomla! or an enterprise solution like Movable Type. Variables like ease of use, available support features, aesthetic, and price all play significant roles. But one of the most fundamental decisions you’ll need to make will be whether you pursue a coupled or decoupled content management system. At least, for now. “Coupling” refers to the binding – or lack thereof – between the editorial tools and content delivery aspect of your…
  • Complete Guide To Free Joomla Tutorials for Quick Website Creation

    Guest Blogger
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Companies that don’t promote their services on the web are almost invisible today, that’s why many of them resort to Joomla in order to build strong online presence. Creating a website without costly assistance of specialists requires proper guidance on using this content management framework. As a rule, entrepreneurs are overloaded with work to such a great degree that they don’t have much time to read long manuals. This is when our set of free Joomla tutorials will come in handy. Brief materials featured in this post are intended for everyone who wants to receive quick Joomla training…
  • [Infographic] Online Advertising Trends for Higher Education

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:18 am
    Thirty-three percent of education-related searches will be performed on a mobile device this year. Seeing those numbers, it’s hard to ignore the importance of online advertising in higher education. Fathom compiled the following data from its EDU Standard marketing report: Click to view full screen Online Advertising: Google and Bing are the search engines of choice for more than 50% of online searches. This means that institutions should seriously consider being on these major sites, as well as other competitors. The average click-through rate for a Google ad is 3.16%, according to…
  • Making Users Remember Your Website

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:52 am
    The simple mathematics, which can give a good idea of the probability of remembrance of the website by the user is, the more time user spends on your website, the greater the probability of your website to cling to the memory of the users. Another equation can be, the more number of web pages visited by the user, the more the probability of the user to remember, recall, and revisit the website. So, not only it is imperative to expand the time period of your users, it is equally important to ensure that they are utilizing the time in useful web browsing rather than in understanding the web…
  • Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which One is Right for You To Develop On?

    Kyle James
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    The comparison between platforms to determine which one is the best in terms of features, stability, apps and security is nothing new. With the focus of these showdowns mostly on helping users decide which phone is best suited to their needs, the stake of developers typically fails to receive the attention it deserves. After all, all three major platforms, namely iOS, Android and Windows Phone have unique properties, present unique challenges and opportunities for the development of a diverse range of apps. Let’s take a look at the three platforms from a developer’s perspective and…
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    FACS Alive: Today's Family & Consumer Science News

  • Keeping FACS Alive: Nutrition and child care through Extension Services in Montana

    LZX Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    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”! I graduated with the broad field Home Economics Education degree from Montana State University before lights were invented. No, seriously in 1974. I have been fortunate to teach in all aspects of FCS throughout my career. I began teaching at a State Hospital…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: A former marine brings FACS and fitness to students in Virginia

    LZX Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    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”! I am the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Spotsylvania Middle School in Spotsylvania County, VA.  I completed my 6th year during the past school year.  I love teaching FACS and simply have fun everyday with my students and use many Learning Zone…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: nutrition, childcare, sewing life skills in Illinois

    LZX Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:46 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”! FCS is called Life Skills in my district. I teach 7th grade units, which contain child development, sewing, and foods and nutrition. I also teach 8th graders about careers and foods and nutrition. Child Development is very important as many of my students are…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Job skills, life skills and diversity in Illinois

    LZX Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    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”! In Catlin High School we have 168 students.  My FCS classes involve on average 67 percent of the school population. Foods I and Foods II are the most popular FCS classes. Because of the popularity and interest, I created an advanced class International…
  • So many FACS stories from you – thank you!!

    LZX Team
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    We asked and you responded! I am writing to express my incredible gratitude for so many of you sharing your stories about Family and Consumer Sciences in your schools and/or organization. I plan to share these here (on the FACSalive blog) over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out what your peers are doing. We continue to learn from each other, and together I believe we can bring awareness to the wonderful world of FCS. If you have not yet shared your story and would like to, you can do so here! We’ve had a great response – but there’s always room for your story!!
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  • Success Story! “Snarkly Focused” military officer makes a meal of the GRE

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    We got an uh-maz-ing contribution from a soon-to-be-bschool-student recently and we’re just gonna share it with you in all its excitement and glory. Snarkly Focused ‘Snark… I’m not really sure how I stumbled across this goldmine of a website but when I did it completely changed my MBA application strategy. I can attest that without the ‘Snark’s help I would not be going to a top business school. It was Memorial Day 2013 and I had decided that I needed to start studying for the GMAT if I wanted to get my applications in for the class of 2016. After doing extensive research and…
  • Booth guide updated

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Our Chicago Booth essay guide has been fully overhauled for the 2014 app.
  • ($) Joint-degree MBA options.

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    They’re breeding like rabbits. Business schools everywhere are popping out more and more joint degree and dual degree options. You can get your MBA and… Get a master’s in Electrical Engineering at Stanford – just announced this year. Get a law degree in just three years at many schools like Wharton/Penn Law, Columbia Bschool/Columbia Law,… 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.
  • Looks like we dodged a bullet.

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    This. Crazy people need not apply. Since we’re on this subject – not of “crazy people” but of asking for help from us – we would STRONGLY encourage anyone who’s considering engaging us on services to spend some time studying this site. We have a lot of help available with standard answers to common questions — OH LOOK, THERE’S A LITTLE LINK CALLED “HELP” AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN! When our first interaction with a Brave Supplicant is them sending in a bunch of questions about stuff that we cover in that easy-to-find place on the…
  • Kellogg questions are out

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Kellogg has two essays – and two after-submit video questions.
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • Does having a math tutor make you a “loser”?

    Rebecca Zook
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Playing my cello… in Central Park!!!!!!!!!!!!! So in April and May I was taking a special acting class in New York. Towards the end, my acting teacher encouraged me to start playing my cello on the street in New York City to help me become WAY more comfortable with playing in front of other people. And part of me was like…WHAT??? This sounds a) insane and b) terrifying!!!!!!!!!! And then this weekend, I decided to try it. I put on an awesome outfit with crowns and feathers in my hair and took the subway to a super special spot in Central Park with great acoustics and beautiful…
  • Is your kid a creative, passionate, unique visionary of the future?

    Rebecca Zook
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Right now, there are two different models of learning in the world – the “enthusiasm” or “love” model of learning, which is all about growth, creativity, freedom, the enjoyment that comes from mastery, and learning so that you can fulfill your own vision. Then there is the “fear” model of learning, which is competitive, has a scarcity orientation, is institutional, about checking off boxes, and outer-directed. There’s a terror of being left out, left behind, or found inadequate. If you fail, it means you’re fundamentally flawed. And it’s about kissing ass,…
  • What changes when someone believes in you?

    Rebecca Zook
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    (Here’s a “math butterfly” one of my students and I created during a recent tutoring session!) What changes when someone believes in you? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I just had a huge performance breakthrough on my cello with my acting coach, and I’m getting ready for my quarterly business retreat with my business mentor. I’m going to be spending over a week surrounded by people who love me and believe in my highest potential and biggest vision. In both of these situations, I feel so safe and accepted to really go for it, and I cannot…
  • What to do when your kid makes a math mistake

    Rebecca Zook
    15 May 2014 | 6:09 am
    In my work with my students, it’s really essential to me to also create a relaxed, playful environment.  And a big part of this is how I handle it when students make mistakes.  I create a growth-oriented environment by asking very specific questions which support their mastery process. Here are four simple ways that you can also respond to your kid’s mistakes in a positive way that will really support their long-term mastery.  1.  Don’t be afraid to let your kid know that they did something wrong when you’re working through math together.   When we’re…
  • What to do when you get a disappointing math test grade

    Rebecca Zook
    1 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recently, one of my students shared with me she’d gotten a disappointing test grade. At first, instead of analyzing what went wrong and figuring out what she could do differently, she started blaming her teacher, saying she didn’t know what was going to be on the test, and started panicking, trying to calculate how the disappointing grade would affect her overall grade. I thought this was so interesting, because this student has a completely different mindset when it comes to her passion of musical theater. We talked through what would happen if she made a mistake at a big…
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    Clif Mims |

  • Bookmarks for 07/24/2014

    Clif Mims
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Albert Einstein – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hi light. In 1917, Einstein Albert Einstein – Wikipedia Example He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics Hi which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe. Ray Allen leaning toward joining LeBron James on Cleveland Cavaliers – ESPN…
  • 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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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Quest-Based Learning Virtual UnConference

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Interested in Exploring 3D GameLab? Then attend the ‘Quest-Based Learning Virtual UnConference’ on July 30th –July 31st, 2014. Quest Boise is a free 2 day virtual unconference program where you can explore designing and teaching with experts in the field of quest-based and gamified learning. You can register for the QuestBoise sessions by clicking the following hyperlink. QuestBoise Sessions           Hope you will enjoy exploring 3D GameLab!
  • My latest Updates on Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    I’ve been curating interesting articles related to Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing on Scoop.It You can visit the following links to get a glimpse of what I had added on above mentioned topics. Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
  • Invite Only Domain Registration Service by Google

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Google launches invite only domain registration service in beta. Image source : Google is working with website building providers like Shopify, Squarespace, weebly and Wix to enable you to create a beautiful website. For an additional cost, without requiring coding, you can get customizable web templates, e-commerce features and mobile site management. Google offers following features to make your online presence easy. No additional cost for private registration Branded emails Capability to forward domains easily Customizable sub-domains Fast,…
  • Create and Share Content Easily Using Tackk

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today I came across Tackk that lets you create beautiful pages on the web that can be anything ranging from blog post to flyer, poster or your own web page. The educationists can use it to engage the students, improve collaboration and spark creativity or showcase your services /products and promote them in social networks. The interesting feature of Tackk is, that it lets you add an ecommerce element as it lets you sell stuff apart from letting you add audio, video and forms etc The following video suggests how you can create the content and share them easily in various social networks. As…
  • Monetization and Distribution features of Quampus

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Recently I had blogged about Quampus on the title ‘Campus on Cloud through Quampus’. That time I had highlighted the important features of Quampus when you log in as Learning Providers’ In this blog post I shall highlight the ‘Monetization and Distribution’ features of Quampus. Quampus, besides being a comprehensive learning delivery and management system with plethora of learning tools and delivery services, is a business platform for a learning provider to commercially monetize and distribute its services. The monetization and distribution features of Quampus make it a powerful…
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • 7 Tips to Supercharge Your Academic LinkedIn Profile

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    LinkedIn (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)by Stacy Konkiel, Impact Story: 1.9 million other academics, you’ve got a LinkedIn profile.Along with the rest of us, you set it up to improve your visibility and to network with other researchers.Well, we’ve got some bad news for you: your LinkedIn profile probably isn’t doing either of those things right now. Or at least, not very well.The problem is that LinkedIn is built for businesspeople, not scientists; it’s tough to translate the traditional…
  • Creating a Classroom Culture for Student Success

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Math (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Gay Clyburn, Carnegie Commons: students walk into developmental math classes they are most likely carrying something weightier than their backpacks, something much more insidious.They bring with them negative mindsets that they can’t do math or that they aren’t a math person, reinforced by the history of past math classes where they experienced failures.And many bring with them the threat of stereotypes, some math-based and others defined…
  • The Value of MOOCs Lies With Employers

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Are MOOCs about freedom? (Photo credit: Eleni Zazani)by Dan Jerker B. Svantesson One often sees news stories about how changes in information technology are killing off different industries.Newspapers are read online rather than in print, and who bought a book in a physical shop lately?The bricks-and-mortar shops are fewer and fewer and the offerings online steadily increasing.One of the latest sectors said to be under threat from technological change is the higher education sector.If one is to believe what one reads, (almost all) universities might as well start packing up and closing down.
  • Rewards Not Enough to Encourage Excellence in Research: Schmidt

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU (Wikipedia)by Michael Lund, The ConversationNew funding expected to encourage world class excellence in research is not enough for the work involved in measuring the research, says Australian Nobel prizewinner Professor Brian Schmidt.In a perspective piece in today’s Nature, Schmidt says when the Excellence in Research For Australia (ERA) initiative was launched in 2008 there was an understanding it would impact on funding decisions.Under ERA, all research done by Australian universities is assessed against national and international standards. It…
  • PhD Writing - Blog Roundup: Some Recent Favourites on Argument and Voice

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    The Monty Python Argument Sketch (Photo: Wikipedia)by Cally Guerin, Doctoral Writing: of the pleasures of writing a blog is that it has encouraged me to keep an eye on the wonderful work on research writing that other bloggers also publish.Some of my favourites are Patter, ThesisWhisperer and Explorations of Style.I use these informative sites on a regular basis to refresh my own approach to writing workshops and supervision.Here I want to reflect on some blogs I’ve read in recent…
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  • STEM vs STEAM: A Look At Half-Brain Teaching

    Katie Lepi
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Teach coding, get girls interested in all of these subjects. However you slice it, there’s a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions these days. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. While I firmly believe that students need to be well rounded and really […]The post STEM vs STEAM: A Look At Half-Brain Teaching appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Technology has had a huge impact on the education system worldwide, transforming how students learn, share and gather information. The adoption of technologies like mobile apps, cloud computing and game-based learning has helped students be more productive. From being consumers, students are now becoming creators and innovators, thanks to technology’s ubiquity. As universities continue to […]The post 4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Would You Create An Online Course? Here’s Why Some Do (And Some Don’t)

    Katie Lepi
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    There are a ton of sites out there now for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Sharing, at least in this case includes having access to platforms where you can both get and give content. Teachers can find both free and paid content for their use, and can also upload their own content to share […]The post Would You Create An Online Course? Here’s Why Some Do (And Some Don’t) appeared first on Edudemic.
  • The Truth About Cheap Online Colleges & Affordable Online Schools

    Katie Lepi
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    At long last, online learning is maturing to the point of being a viable option for many. Let's uncover the truth about cheap online colleges and if they're right for you.The post The Truth About Cheap Online Colleges & Affordable Online Schools appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Which Universities Are Effectively Using Social Media?

    Katie Lepi
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    We post a lot of resources here about using social media in the classroom – it is one of the most requested topics, most often emailed about, most popular posts and overall topics in general for Edudemic. How to use Facebook in the classroom. How to use Twitter to boost your professional development. How to […]The post Which Universities Are Effectively Using Social Media? appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • Feds: We Have No Jurisdiction Over NJ Transit Rail Line Moves

    Krystal Knapp
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    A federal transportation board has ruled that New Jersey Transit did not need its permission to remove part of the Dinky rail line that connects downtown Princeton to the main train station in Princeton Junction. The United States Surface Transit Board ruled yesterday that it has no jurisdiction over the New Jersey Transit train line. […]
  • Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, July 25-27

    Krystal Knapp
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Friday, July 25 Morven Antique Car Exhibit – Tke a peek into the past and view an amazing array of antique cars that will be on display in Morven’s parking lot. A wonderful collection of Brass era automobiles will be in town for The Horseless Carriage Club of America’s “A Devil of a Time in New Jersey” tour, […]
  • Donors Sought for 5th Annual Princeton Book Bag and School Supplies Drive

    Krystal Knapp
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The Princeton Human Services Department is seeking donors for its 5th annual book bag and school supplies drive that benefits needy children in the Princeton community. For the past five years, Princeton Human Services, town employees, local businesses, organizations and residents have donated book bags and school supplies. The items are distributed to children from […]
  • Facebook Burglar Who Fled to Canada Sentenced for 2011 Theft

    Krystal Knapp
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    A Hunterdon County man who used Facebook to select his targets has finally been sentenced for burglaries that took place in 2011. Steven Pieczynski was friends on Facebook with a Newtown, Pa. couple.  The couple posted their vacation plans on Facebook. Their home was robbed while they were away, and neighbors saw his vehicle near […]
  • Princeton Area Road Closure Update for July 24

    Krystal Knapp
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Construction activities will continue today on Moore Street,  Park Place, and Willow Street today, July 24. Police are advising residents to avoid the area. There will be road closures and detours. Expect delays in the area. University Place will be down to one lane of travel between College Road  and Alexander Street due to crosswalk […]
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  • 8 Things to Do or Learn Before Freshman Year

    Katie Dwyer
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    There are still a few weeks of summer left. That’s enough time for a few more lazy afternoons and some good times and adventures with old friends. But with freshman year looming on the near horizon, it’s also time to start taking concrete steps toward being ready for your first semester of college. 1. Do you know your details? If you’re like me before college, you probably haven’t had to deal with too much bureaucracy as of yet. You’ve let your parents help with tedious and high-stakes detail-y things like opening bank accounts and knowing where your birth certificate is kept. The…
  • 5 Pieces of Money Advice We Learn Too Late

    Mark Frost
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Despite hearing a lot of advice, it often takes experience to truly learn a lesson–especially when it comes to money. When you’re young and have little to no responsibilities outside of school, however, you don’t see the big picture, and moderation is not in your vocabulary. But if you’re looking to learn before you make mistakes with money, here are a few five important lessons you should avoid having to learn the hard way. Never Take a Deal for the Sake of a Deal I’m a huge fan of sites like Woot and 1SaleADay (now 1Sale). There are times when I really am…
  • 5 Tips to Land Your Dream Job After College

    Justin Christian
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Go to class, do your homework and have fun… but not too much fun. This is what my parents told me when I went off to college. I’m now finishing my last year of school and realize that those three things are not enough. Here are five vital tips you need to know that will help you land a great job after graduation. 1. You Will Change Majors or At Least Half of You Will  Engineering, Biology, Political Science, Business, Communications and Journalism. This is just a short list of my majors over the course of my four years in college. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do…
  • 7 Important Things I Learned By Attending Conferences

    Geoffrey Koester
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    I could easily argue that I’ve learned more at school-related conferences than I have learned in the traditional classroom in these first two years of my college career. I’ve been to several, relating to my involvement in student leadership, and I have plans to go to several more before I graduate.  I’m sure some of you have been to some sort of conference, but many of you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Well, here’s what I’ve learned from going to all these conferences and why you should go to at least one while you’re in college. There’s a Conference for…
  • How to Use the Procrastination Equation to Troubleshoot Motivation

    Thomas Frank
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    I’m in love with my girlfriend for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that she’s a huge fan of Assassin’s Creed. And Blade Runner. Oh, and Ready Player One, Devil May Cry, lots of great anime, and classic arcade games. Put simply, she’s a complete nerd. Knowing this, I wanted to do something cool for her birthday this year – so I decided to hide her present and devise an elaborate scavenger hunt filled with clues, puzzles, and challenges that she’d have to solve to get the final location. Yeah, Ron Swanson’s jealous. It’s a good thing she was out of town during the…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

    Claudia Costin
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Did you have a favorite teacher at school? What made that teacher so special? Teachers are the single most important resource we have to ensure that children learn. But the reality is that many kids across the world don’t get a good quality education.
  • Measuring the Economic Cost of Child Marriage

    Quentin Wodon
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Today the U.K. government and UNICEF jointly hosted the first Girl Summit to mobilize efforts to end child, early, and forced marriage as well as female genital mutilation. According to a 2013 report by UNICEF, 30 million girls are at risk of suffering genital mutilation  over the next decade. Recent reports by UNFPA and UNICEF suggest that more than one-third of girls are married before age 18.   The incidence of child marriage is dropping, but only slowly. In many countries, laws have been adopted to prevent marriage below 18 years of age, but they are often not well-enforced and more…
  • Why Engage the Private Education Sector?

    Harry A. Patrinos
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Why Engage the Private Education Sector? In my view, if we are really interested in Learning For All, it is important to consider the role of the private sector in education.  It is not private provision per se that we at the World Bank are interested in – the World Bank remains the world’s largest source of multilateral funds supporting public education in middle and low income countries around the world  – but rather what we can learn from private education providers who are innovating and adding value.  The World Bank's efforts in this space are organized around ways to explore…
  • Political Will and Stakeholder Engagement: What Do We Know About the Political Economy of Education Systems?

    Harry A. Patrinos
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Our schools are central to the mission of building knowledge societies.  Yet, we don’t know enough about how teachers and schools are being influenced by the social forces around them.  Organizing schools, creating systems of accountability, and focusing on results that matter for parents involve actions outside the school system.  Education reform is often thwarted by forces that affect policy design, finance and implementation.  These political economy issues are often acknowledged, but rarely systematically addressed in research or policy dialogue.
  • Keeping our eyes on the goal of learning for all

    Elizabeth King
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The World Cup games being played in Brazil send a hopeful message that teams from Ghana, Nigeria, Ecuador and Honduras can qualify to play against much better funded teams from Europe and North America. Talent, hard work, ambition and years of building a team can make a winner of teams from poorer nations – at least, enough to feed the dreams of a boy in the favelas of Rio or the slums of Lagos. The appearance of Vietnam last year in the PISA league tables with scores above the OECD average also sent a hopeful message that even those countries with less than half the average GDP per capita…
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    Classroom Aid

  • Ten Useful Reports on #MOOCs and Online Education

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals. ICDE was founded in 1938 in Canada as the International Council... Read More ›
  • Top 30 Applications of Google Glass in the Classroom

    Tess Pajaron
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Good news for Edtech: There are so many ideas for Google Glass in Education! Check out this interactive infographic. How Google Glass might be used in Education – An infographic by the team at Open Colleges
  • Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) just announced the 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. They foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. Media Sharing Digital Storytelling Manage & Organize Social Networking... Read More ›
  • Play and Learn #xAPI in a mini MOOC

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you joined the journey of experimenting with xAPI with Jessie this year? Jessie and her team “xAPI Profilers” had built some interesting mini courses to play with xAPI while participating in xAPI design cohort hosted by ADL. Read the post  ” Experience The Experience API (#xAPI) “. (the mini course is a work in progress) Guess what? The... Read More ›
  • The Course Delivery Decision Model (CDDM)

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is an abstract from the paper : How Should I Offer This Course? The Course Delivery Decision Model (CDDM) (published on MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2014) The emergence of new methods of course delivery has increased the complexity of determining a course’s optimal delivery mode. In this paper, teachers... Read More ›
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  • Top 3 Online Dating Tips for Men and Women

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Online dating is gaining popularity every day, but most of us lack the necessary tips on how to keep the relationship lively and interesting. A considerable number of people have met through online dating sites and went ahead to have a happy marriage life. You can also try your luck and meet the love of…The post Top 3 Online Dating Tips for Men and Women appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Keeping your Children Safe in a Dangerous Digital World

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Keeping your Children Safe in a Dangerous Digital World. We live in a world where our children have almost unlimited access to all the horrors of the world at large. 24 hour news stations highly sexualised modern pop music and of course the spectre of the omnipresent World Wide Web, have made it almost impossible…The post Keeping your Children Safe in a Dangerous Digital World appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Buy Off the First Few Soundcloud Plays to Establish Your Music in Style

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Soundcloud has come to be an excellent platform for both amateur and professional musicians to showcase their creations. Every day, thousands of budding musicians upload their latest tracks onto the website for the world to listen to, and many of them actually attain fame from their tracks going viral in the internet (I’m sure all…The post Buy Off the First Few Soundcloud Plays to Establish Your Music in Style appeared first on TechKoW.
  • What is virtual Private Server Hosting all about?

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Every company or organization needs to host a website these days. This is crucial to their marketing strategy and there is no option but to do it. Having a dedicated physical server was the traditional choice for such a purpose. However, virtual private server hosting makes it much easier and flexible to do the same…The post What is virtual Private Server Hosting all about? appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Exploring the Top Tablets In the Market

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Exploring the Top Tablets In the Market. Many people are not impressed with voice calling facility in tablets. Carrying of such large device entire time requires use of handset throughout or hold a thing that is bigger than the head to the ear. Since the phones are getting bigger with the introduction of the new ones,…The post Exploring the Top Tablets In the Market appeared first on TechKoW.
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • The Discover Challenge: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Summer

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    When you are young, it seems like summer is meant to be just an endless time for fun and relaxation. As you get older, though, you need to start making the transition to having your summers be as productive as the rest of the year. There are many things you can do now that will make your financial life easier for you, and will help you learn how to mix fun with getting ready for life. Discover® Student Loans, a provider of private student loans, has issued a challenge to all of the students who will be entering or returning to college in a few weeks to make this the most productive summer…
  • Go Local for Your First College Visit on #CollegeCash

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    On Thursday July 17, #CollegeCash welcomed Suzanne Shaffer, @SuzanneShaffer to talk about the importance of visiting colleges. Whether you visit 5 colleges or 25, you can get a jump on learning how to get the most from each visit by starting local. Summer is a great time to take advantage of touring the colleges in your area!  [View the story "Go Local for Your First College Visit on #CollegeCash" on Storify]
  • Why Does Your Student Loan Need a Maze?

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    A previous blog post provided “5 Tips to Successfully Navigate the Student Loan Maze,” but the thought itself begs another question – why does your student loan even need a maze? Isn’t getting into and graduating from college complicated enough without having to jump over more hurdles just to get the money you need to pay for your education? Fortunately there is a simpler way to navigate the student loan process. The first thing you want to remember is that you always want to maximize the amount of federal student loans before turning to private student loans. Loans made by the…
  • The College Essay on #CollegeCash

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    On Thursday, July 10 #CollegeCash welcomed Ethan, @CollegeEssayGuy to chat about the college essay. He’s a graduate of Northwestern University, received an MFA from UC Irvine, and holds two counseling certifications. Much of his work is based on screenwriting, which he studied during and after college. “Essays are like short films,” he says. Ethan is also certified in Myers-Briggs and his ENFJ type will tell you his passion is helping others fulfill their potential. [View the story "The College Essay on #CollegeCash" on Storify]
  • Customer Service Tips to Make Your Small Business Stand Out

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    There are many ways it can be difficult for your small business to compete with the “big guys.” They often have large marketing budgets and scores of employees. Despite their seeming advantages, there is still one area where your small business can truly stand out – customer service. It’s not only cost-effective to provide outstanding customer service; it just plain makes good business sense. For instance, did you know that it is 6-7 times more costly to attract a new customer than it is to retain an existing customer? The Customers 2020 Report estimates that customer experience…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Home away from home

    Dana Fulton
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Planning student housing Leaving home for college is a big step, especially if you’re not exactly sure what to expect when you get on campus. Student housing comes in many different shapes and sizes, and even if you plan to live off campus, it’s important to prepare for life with new roommates and responsibilities. Here are a few things you can do to prepare: Respect deadlines. Make sure to get your application for student housing to your college on time. If you miss the deadline, your options could be extremely limited. Be honest. Many colleges pair roommates based on housing…
  • Options for filling in the financial gap

    Dana Fulton
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Planning how you are going to pay for college can be stressful, especially when your financial aid package doesn’t cover all your education costs, leaving a financial gap. This gap occurs when your college’s total Cost of Attendance exceeds the amount of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial aid. Here are a few options that may help bridge the gap: Meet with the financial aid office. You can set up a meeting with the college’s financial aid office to explore more available options, especially if your family’s financial circumstances have changed or if there was…
  • Counting costs

    Dana Fulton
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have the money you need to pay for college? One of the most important things you can do to prepare for college is to make a solid financial plan. Figuring out how you are going to pay for your education may seem like a daunting task, but taking the following 5 steps can help you estimate your college costs and the options available to help you pay for them: Complete the FAFSA. Regardless of your income, you should fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All federal financial aid and most state and institutional aid require the FAFSA to be completed. Estimate…
  • How College is Different

    Dana Fulton
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    1974 vs. 2014 Quite a bit has changed since the 1970s, and not just your dad’s hairdo. Check out how the college experience is different today from what it was 40 years ago. College in 1974 vs. 2014 Income information taken from the U.S. Census Bureau. Information about average undergraduate tuition, enrollment by gender, and popular bachelor degrees taken from the National Center for Education Statistics. Coffee prices calculated with information taken from the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States. What do you find interesting about how things have changed?
  • Registering for the fall semester

    Dana Fulton
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    You’ve been accepted, you’ve made a financial plan, and now it’s time to register for classes. But how do you know where to start? Consider these tips when you’re registering for the fall semester: Start with General Education classes. Even if you know which major you’d like to pursue, it’s a good idea to begin your freshman year with a few introductory courses. Talk to an adviser. Most incoming students are assigned an academic adviser. This person can give you more in-depth information about the course catalogue and help you plan ahead so you don’t miss any infrequently…
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    DRPF Consults

  • Deciding What Controversial Topics In Education Are Important

    Patricia Fioriello
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    New post from Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more There are many controversial topics in education. Between the government, religious groups, parents and teachers many can’t agree on whether certain topics should be allowed to be discussed in school. For this reason, many schools are private and allow some of the controversial topics to take place and don’t allow other topics. Discerning what is and isn’t controversial may well depend upon the school, community and grade level. What is okay for older children to learn may be not okay for younger students…
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  • Know What You Owe: Student Loans and Interest Rates

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    As you research student loan options, you’ll likely come across words that leave you scratching your head. What’s the difference between a loan with a fixed 6.8% interest rate and a loan with a variable 3.15% interest rate? NerdScholar breaks down the financial terms to help you understand each step of the loan process, so you can calculate what you’ll really have to pay back.   Choosing a loan Check the interest rates. Interest, or the fee you pay to borrow money for your student loan, is calculated as a percentage of the loan amount. The amount you pay is based on an…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Private School

    Yesenia Rascon
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    When applying to college, most students take into account three deciding factors: academics, finances and campus life. But what does it mean to attend a public school over one that is privately funded? Applying to a private school can be daunting for families, especially for those unclear on the true cost of college, but there are many benefits that override the high tuition costs. According to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, nearly 90% of students at private colleges receive financial aid, and 79% of students graduate in four years, compared to 49% at…
  • Expert Advice: 6 Tips to Guide Your College Search

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Getting into college remains one of the most competitive obstacles young people are faced with. Admission rates for America’s most prestigious schools remain extremely low in 2014, with schools such as Harvard and Stanford offering admission to less than 7% of applicants. Students need to be strategic when making their college decisions and avoid spending way too much time filling out unnecessary college applications. But with over 5,000 colleges to consider—everything from community colleges to large public research universities—narrowing down a list of prospective schools takes work.
  • Financial Aid Basics: What You Need to Know

    Alexandra Rice
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re worried about the staggering costs of college, take a deep breath. Every year, the U.S. Department of Education awards nearly $140 billion to help millions of students like you who are wondering whether they will receive financial aid. To help you learn how to get more financial aid, NerdScholar has prepared a primer. It gives you the tools to break down the application process and make the best decisions. Filling out your FAFSA Financial aid is money that will help you pay for college. To apply for aid, always start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,…
  • Expert Advice: Should I Take a Gap Year?

    Yesenia Rascon
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Most high school students can’t wait to go to college—the light at the end of the tunnel that promises freedom and fun in a new and exciting place. The majority of high school graduates continue straight on to college, but for other students, it’s more fitting to take some time off from formal education first to learn more about themselves and explore other interests. Luckily, these students have the option of taking a gap year, which is a year off from school typically taken between the end of high school and the beginning of college. Taking a gap year is not the same as not going to…
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    Curriki's Blog

  • Encouraging Girls in STEM subjects

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki While girls show a lot of interest in science during elementary school, the interest often fades in the later grades. Around 2/3 of girls in the U.S. at the fourth grade level express an interest in science and/or math subjects. U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate that about 24% of the jobs in STEM (science, technology and math) fields are currently occupied by women. The gender imbalance is particularly notable in the physical sciences and in engineering fields, while women are better represented in the life sciences. In computer science there is a very large…
  • Got Curriki? Summer Tips for Teachers

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki I enjoyed a recent blog on Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers from Edutopia that includes lots of great tips on how we, as teachers, can become more productive and better at our jobs. I thought I’d build on these tips with some additional ideas: Rework the Worst to Be the Best. Take the time to revise last year’s lesson plans to make them even better. Incorporate recent events, videos or hands-on learning experiences to enrich the classroom experience. You can find lots of ideas on Curriki. For example, use the Curriki Search function to…
  • Teachers: Equip Your Classroom for FREE

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Do corporations make their employees pay for their own office supplies? Nope. Yet the average teacher spends up to $1,000 of his/her own money every year on classroom supplies (not to mention personal time spent getting the classroom in shape before school starts!). Teachers, here are a few ideas to help you out: First of all, don’t be afraid to ask. Create a wish list and ask the parents of your students for supplies. But don’t forget to also ask local bookstores, or craft and office supply stores for discounts or freebies. Many companies…
  • Education Across the Globe

    28 Jun 2014 | 11:44 pm
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki The infographic in this post has some very interesting information on education and literacy around the globe. It was produced by Tutoring Expert in Canada. A few facts: there are 1.4 billion students on earth, fully 20% of the world’s population. There are 65 million educators around the world. This is approximately equal to the population of France. Developed countries typically spend about 10 to 15% of their total government budgets on education. Around 800 million adults across the globe are illiterate. Three nations each have over 1 million girls not in…
  • National Museum of Mathematics

    21 Jun 2014 | 11:23 pm
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer At Curriki, we believe that math does not have to be boring. One institution that shares this belief and brings it to life is the National Museum of Mathematics (a.k.a. MoMath) in Manhattan, New York City. It is the only museum in the U.S. devoted purely to math. Science News said the museum is “the antidote to math phobia”. MoMath stresses interactive exhibits so that one can gain an understanding of math concepts by doing and exploring. According to the MoMath website:  The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public…
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    Classroom as Microcosm

  • Summer Book Club Week 9: Asterios Polyp

    Siobhan Curious
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    This week’s Book Club post is a quick one, as I am recovering from minor surgery and would rather be reading than writing. Last week, commenter Kathleen recommended the graphic novel Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli; I immediately grabbed it from the shelf of my local library and read it in an afternoon.  I have a feeling it will be following me around for the rest of my life.  It is much, much smarter than me, so I feel ill qualified to comment on it.  It’s the story of a “paper architect” (none of his buildings have ever been constructed) whose life has…
  • Summer Book Club Week 8: The Saga Series, Vol. 1

    Siobhan Curious
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Guidelines for the Summer Book Club: if you’ve read this book, what did you think?  If not, what are you reading this week? Please comment, or post on your own blog and link in the comments below. Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man is my favourite graphic novel series; in 2010, one of the installments made my list of top books of the year.  If you like graphic novels at all, even if you’re not a fan of the superhero/dystopia/apocalypse genres, you need to read Y; I’ll wait here while you go do that. I’ve been meaning to read more of Vaughan’s work, but…
  • Summer Book Club Week 7: Why Libraries Rule

    Siobhan Curious
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Guidelines for the Summer Book Club: if you’ve read this book, what did you think?  If not, what are you reading this week? Please comment, or post on your own blog and link in the comments below. I began and tossed aside a number of books this week.  The only one I read through was Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead.  I wrote about Shipstead’s Astonish Me two weeks ago, so I won’t elaborate on Seating Arrangements, except to tell you that one of the biggest problems in my life right now is that Shipstead has published only two novels.  I will also share two snippets…
  • Summer Book Club Week 6: Still Life With Bread Crumbs

    Siobhan Curious
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guidelines for the Summer Book Club: if you’ve read this book, what did you think?  If not, what are you reading this week? Please comment, or post on your own blog and link in the comments below. Don’t get me wrong: Anna Quindlen’s Still Life With Bread Crumbs is a good book.  The prose is beautifully invisible, just as I like it.  The characters are, with one exception, convincing, and the structure is odd enough to keep things interesting. In terms of plot, though, my alarms started going off early.  Still Life With Bread Crumbs is a middle-aged-lady romantic fantasy, and…
  • Summer Book Club Week 5: Astonish Me

    Siobhan Curious
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Guidelines for the Summer Book Club: if you’ve read this book, what did you think?  If not, what are you reading this week? Please comment, or post on your own blog and link in the comments below. According to the jacket flap, Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me is about “the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art.”  To me, though, this is a novel about unrequited love.  It is not about one particular unrequited love story, but many: about the myriad shades of unrequited love,…
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    Used Books in Class

  • Replace “Why” Technology Questions with “How Will” Technology Vision

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    15% of the 21st Century is almost over and the headline Before Buying Classroom Technology, Asking ‘Why?’  by Ross Brenneman is in Education Week. This is one of the most popular stories of the week, July 18, 2014. Why? Not why is this story popular, but why is there even a question as to question why schools should buy technology? Certainly, the headline is never the whole story, but the why in the question posed is misleading or frustrating. Any educational purchase, capital or operating, should always begin with the question “why?”, yet the impression…
  • Westport, CT Book Sale: Picture Books and The Places-in-Between

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    This morning I had to slow down in the children’s books section of the Friends of the Westport Library Summer Book Sale. I slowed to sort through the extensive offerings of books on tables in the big tent. I also slowed to keep an eye on three-year-old Pearl, my niece’s daughter, in the smaller tent. That slowing down resulted in a great payoff in picture books. I shopped on the first day of the sale, Saturday, (7/19/14), prepared to haul away several bags of books for the classroom libraries. A check of the travel section did not disappoint. I quickly located seven copies of…
  • Space as Information in a Text: NYTimes Sports Saturday

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Teachers are looking to include informational text in their English Language Arts classrooms, but what about informational space? The hard copy of the NYTimes Saturday Sports section on Saturday, July 12, 2014, was an opportunity to teach how space can be information. My photo; photo also featured in Deadspin blog The photo above shows the front page of Sports Saturday. Students can note the banner is in the same location, floating at the top of the page with teaser photos for the content inside. Under the banner and centered on the page is  a feature that is usually on the inside of…
  • Newtown’s Book Sale: Putting Books in the Hands of Readers Every Summer

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Bags ready? Set to find great bargains? Go to Newtown, Connecticut, for the Friends of the C.H.Booth Library where over 100,000 books, records, DVDs go on sale annually. Their book sale always marks for me the beginning of the book sale season. This year’s starting date was July 12, 2014. For the first time, I went on the admission day ($5) and used extra help (husband & son) to follow me with bags. Even then, I was too late to get the 20 or so copies of The Great Gatsby I saw someone packing up at the check out counter. My son noted that I also missed out on copies of of The Hunger…
  • Braggin’ About Independent Reading: Our Proof is in the Pictures

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Our 12 graders during independent reading- SSR How challenging is it for a teacher to run an independent reading program? Very challenging. That is the only thing thing that Newsweek reporter Alexander Nazaryan got right in his NYTimes op-ed piece The Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy’ (7/6/14). His lack of success in having students choose their own reading for pleasure over the course of one school year, should not grant him the opportunity to decry the practice. His own failure to encourage students to engage in reading for pleasure should not dissuade other teachers from…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Medicine

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  Army Medicine  For numerous medicine students in the UK, graduating after five or six years of study means starting straightaway working as a doctor in a hospital. However, for a small yet significant percentage of the medical student body, … more... The post Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Medicine appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Students: Should You Learn Sign Language?

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  daveynin  Your average graduate has absorbed an impressive number of skills as part of their degree course and extracurricular activities. From data analysis in the physical Sciences to description and reasoning in language and literature courses, many of these … more... The post Students: Should You Learn Sign Language? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Career Websites – Graduate Lifesaver or Time Waster?

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  Ed Yourdon  The steps from higher education to a career are big steps to say the least. The transition is one of many important changes, and there are so many things that can trip you up along the way. … more... The post Career Websites – Graduate Lifesaver or Time Waster? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • 5 Tips for Efficient Postgraduate Research

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  Nomadic Lass  If you are one of the elite students who has elected to study a postgraduate research degree, then you are likely already pretty well aware of the fundamentals of effective studying. However, for many the brightest students … more... The post 5 Tips for Efficient Postgraduate Research appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrads and Turning Off Your Smartphone!

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  Highways Agency  We live in a world where technological marvels are very literally at our fingertips. There is no better example of this than the average smartphone. Did you know that even the most basic of phones has more … more... The post Postgrads and Turning Off Your Smartphone! appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • NEW! Bookshare Parent Ambassador Program

    Bookshare Team Member
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Lisa Wadors, Manager of Bookshare’s Parent Outreach Program A post by Lisa Wadors Verne, PhD, Manager of Bookshare’s Parent Outreach Program. Over the years, we’ve met many amazing parents who advocate on behalf of their children for accessible books, reading technologies, and educational resources like Bookshare. As a result, we’ve published some great stories about dedicated moms and super dads who have performed heroic acts to ensure their children get equal access to learning. We know that there are many more parents doing similarly amazing things for children with print…
  • Bookshare’s Braille Gets an Upgrade!

    Bookshare Team Member
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Braille Alphabet represented in dot sequences. Notice anything new about how you read Bookshare titles in braille? It’s gotten even better. Reading in electronic braille is popular among many of our members, who download titles in BRF, or braille ready format, on compatible reading tools. The Bookshare team is committed to braille literacy and providing braille content that is high quality and timely. If you want to learn more about Bookshare’s position on braille literacy, read this post titled “On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates,” written by…
  • Third Grader Reads Fast with His Fingers and Inspires Teaching Assistant to Learn Braille

    Bookshare Team Member
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Teaching Assistant, Carissa Reed and Brennan Draves in the classroom. Brennan Draves, a third grader at Mackensen Elementary School, who also receives educational services at Bay-Arenac ISD in Michigan, reads his assignments fast with his fingers. He uses a BrailleNote device and books from Bookshare. Carissa Reed, his teaching assistant, says, “Brennan is a whiz when it comes to learning! He’s just an awesome and intelligent little guy and a sponge for information. He inspires me and everyone he meets!” Brennan has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that causes severe…
  • The Summer of Sleuths Contest Is Live. Enter Today!

    Bookshare Team Member
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s time to solve some clues! The Summer of Sleuths reading contest for U.S. Individual Members has officially launched! Put on your favorite detective cap, pull out your magnifying glass, and get ready to inspect some great detective books in Bookshare. Through Friday, August 1st, contestants will download, read, and solve clues within great detective books from Bookshare. For every clue you answer correctly, you will be entered into a drawing for awesome prizes like detective gadgets, gift cards and free year-long Bookshare memberships! (Read our initial contest announcement to learn…
  • From the Eyes of Fathers…Honoring Dedicated Dads!

    Bookshare Team Member
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    We’re honored to feature two proud dads of Bookshare students. Mr. Drake Leong from Palo Alto, California, is the father of Kevin Leong, and Mr. Andrew Cooper from Austin, Texas, is the father of Ben Cooper. Both dads care deeply about their sons and are intimately involved in their education and use of Bookshare. These fathers represent the best in parental dedication to students with print disabilities. Today, we’re sharing their thoughts about their sons. Mr. Drake Leong Drake Leong “Life before Bookshare was very difficult for my son,” says Drake. Kevin suffered an unexpected…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • CTE Certification: What Does the Future Hold for Students?

    Celestial Holmes
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Celestial Holmes What does the future hold for students with CTE certification? In one word…preparation. CTE Certifications Set Students Apart The job market is fierce. Employers are looking for candidates with more knowledge and more skills than ever before. Jobs that used to be considered “easy” to acquire are now requiring more from potential employees. CTE certifications set students apart as those who have the knowledge and skills to do the work. Students who complete CTE programs are prepared to move forward with post-secondary training or higher education and enter a career…
  • CTE Curriculum: How Fast Should My Students Learn?

    Dick Carlson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dick Carlson We get many questions about how long our CTE curriculum lessons should take students to get through. Our answer? It depends… I was a “problem” student in the 3rd grade.  When given a passage to read, I completed it before anyone else in the class.  When given spelling words to write out, I had them done before the time limit.  When told to answer twenty multiple-choice questions, I completed them double-quick and didn’t have to check my answers. So I caused a big problem for my teacher — I learned too fast.  I screwed up her lesson plan. CTE…
  • Soft Skills Lesson Plans vs. Soft Ice Cream

    Mary Seward
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Mary Seward So we’re at summer’s peak here with plenty of hot, muggy weather typical for our region. Thoughts of CTE curriculum sequence, common core standards and workplace readiness vaporize into the hazy heat rising off the corn fields. And as the sun sets on another blistering day, the locals patiently wait in a line that winds around the utilitarian shelving of the tiny grocery up by the highway–where they still sell milk in returnable glass bottles (yes, really). The big draw? Ice cream-–in cones or a plastic dish, hand dipped or soft. Simple benches out front provide…
  • Teaching as a Second Career: Making Resources Work for You

    Sarah Layton
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Last week, I wrote about teaching as a second career, from nursing to health science education. In hindsight, I am afraid that only health science teachers will take notice. So I want to talk a little bit more about teaching as a second career. It’s not just going from nursing to teaching. It’s also going from the business world to teaching business and going from the IT world to teaching computer applications. Nursing to Health Science Education I recently interviewed Megan Kelly, an exceptional health science teacher at Paul Robeson High School in the School…
  • What No CTE Teacher Said Ever

    Sarah Layton
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton The other day, I saw an article about the biggest complaints of today’s teachers. I read it right on the heels of seeing one of those memes that said, ‘”I can’t wait for class to start,” said no student ever.’ I thought I’d take some of common teacher complaints and turn them around into your own “What no CTE teacher said ever.” Hopefully you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them! Here they are in no particular order… And I’m sure I’ve missed something! Feel free to add a response…
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    Happy Schools Blog

  • An Awe-Inspiring Story lof Student’s Journey to USA. Emotional and Motivational.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Piyush Garg is following Happy Schools Blog for several years now.  That’s over 4 years.  He shared his journey of 4 years to inspire and motivate so many other students who are lack guidance for their education and career. Before starting, I want to thank Happy Schools Blog with all my heart and all the […] The post An Awe-Inspiring Story lof Student’s Journey to USA. Emotional and Motivational. appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • This is How Much Students Can Earn From Part Time Jobs in Ireland. Bummer!

    Raghuram Sukumar
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Hello everyone. Well I never knew that there would be an overwhelming response to people  wanting to know more about Studying in Ireland.  Thanks for the pleasant comments. In this article I will cover about Part Time Jobs in Ireland for International Students ( and Indian Students ). Part Time Jobs in Ireland for International […] The post This is How Much Students Can Earn From Part Time Jobs in Ireland. Bummer! appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Here’s Why You Should Study and Volunteer Abroad as Student

    Raghuram Sukumar
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Do you know why you should Study and Volunteer Abroad? Well, it helps you to see the world though a different lens. It gives you perspective on things and life, when you see things from a new culture’s point of view. For Happy Schools Blog Readers, studying in USA or any other country will give […] The post Here’s Why You Should Study and Volunteer Abroad as Student appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Attended F1 and F2 Visa Interview Together – Approved With Mostly Yes / No Questions

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Following F1 and F2 Visa Interview Experience at Seoul, South Korea is shared by Noman. Applied for Visa from US Embassy Seoul and  got approved. So, here I was, a Pakistani National, applying with my wife and daughter ( F2 Visa ). Unique Situation : I do not have any “most favorite/typical” ties with Korea […] The post Attended F1 and F2 Visa Interview Together – Approved With Mostly Yes / No Questions appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Here’s How to Crack New TOEFL Biometric Voice ID Security System

    Raghuram Sukumar
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    ETS  had announced about implementing Biometric Voice Identification for TOEFL to prevent proxy agents taking TOEFL test last year. Looks like that feature is now rolled out. If you are planning to Use Agents to Take TOEFL Beware! If you are a student planning to use Agents to take TOEFL Test, your score could be […] The post Here’s How to Crack New TOEFL Biometric Voice ID Security System appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
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    Fractus Learning

  • Start Your Day the #EdTech Way with a Techie Brekkie?

    Craig Kemp
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    This guest post from Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) was originally posted on Craig Kemp’s Professional Reflection Blog. ICTuesday’s, Techie Brekkies, Techie sessions, whatever you call them – if you do them right they will create an exciting sharing culture within your school. I have been involved with Techie Brekkies for a long time now and have been inspired by many other amazing teachers to run them and create a more fun-filled, collaborative culture in the school towards the integration of technology. This year I have implemented a professional development calendar for ICT as…
  • The Benefits of Flipped Classes on Student Workloads

    Keith Hamon
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    I have to confess that when I started collecting data about my students’ attitudes about my flipped classes I was hoping that most of them would say that it helped them become better writers and learners. I teach introductory writing and literature classes, and so I want to show my peers and my administrators that my innovative classroom techniques pay off in better learning. That isn’t how my data has turned out. While learning is mentioned in my students’ comments, the benefit most mentioned (by more than 22% of my students) is how the flipped class makes their workloads and work…
  • Learning to Blog and Blogging to Learn: One Teacher’s Adventure

    Patrica Hewitt
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    I love the discussions we have with each other in our blogs! I can talk to people online, in school, and when I am at home. It is this observation from a Grade Five student of mine several years ago that captures much of the transformation possible for students and teachers when they venture into blogging and the connected digital world. Just as many deep conversations may begin with a simple and familiar greeting, the practice of blogging with students may also start with something similar to what is already known. Though, I have to state, at the outset, my sense of the journey my students…
  • The Five C’s of Educational Leadership

    Rob Fetter
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    In previous posts, I’ve written about the 4 C’s of 21st century learning. I discussed their importance to student growth, innovation, and success. I talked about removing technology from the conversation in order to focus on the skills themselves. And like many before me, I suggested we move past the need to call them 21st century skills, and instead, refer to them as essential learning. As I was completing a follow-up post on the addition of a fifth C, I began to consider how I might apply the essential skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and…
  • Whole School Tech – to LMS or Not to LMS?

    Belinda Jennings
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    One of the exciting aspects of being a teacher in the 21st century (there I said it) is the constant stream of new tech and apps that are able to make arduous tasks quicker, our students more engaged, our learning programs more dynamic and our own professional development personalised. Alongside the excitement is a frustration that, in most cases, the technology is moving so quickly that we can’t keep up. (Or do schools move so slowly that it just appears that way?) After we have discussed, planned and implemented a new tech strategy, software/app or piece of equipment something new and…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Back to School Books and Activities

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Hey teaching friends!   I know some of your are cringing right now reading that title, but believe it or not, some of your Organized Classroom colleagues are already back at work - with students!  With it being 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky right now, I can't imagine sitting in a classroom, but in case you are one of the chosen few, perhaps having a little back to school read aloud help might be welcomed! I have 2 fun link-ups for you!  The first is a Back to School Read Aloud List.  Have a great BTS Read Aloud book you love?   Add it to the list!   No blog required! The…
  • Introducing a New Way to PD...

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Whooo hoooo!   Can you tell I am excited?   Well - that is what my whooo hooo means - lol! I am ecstatic because I am starting a new feature you are going to love!   It is called Sunday Staff Chat at Organized Classroom!   Oh yeah!   It is professional development you can do at your leisure, for FREE, in your PJs, and from your couch.   Sa-weet!!!! It is all on Facebook, so if you don't have an account - sorry.  :(  It is truly the easiest platform and where many of my readers hang out, so that is why I chose FB over other locations.   You never know though - I could always…
  • Group Work Student Role Bands

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Hey teaching friends!   I don't know about you, but when I first started to learn about cooperative learning and group projects, I was pumped at the possibilities and learning that could happen!  So I went to school the next day so excited, put my class of third graders in groups, and gave them a project.   I was enthralled with what I thought I would see happening right before my very own eyes! Yea...then reality happened.  I saw groups of students pretty much fartin' around, arguing with one another, sitting quietly by themselves like outcasts, yelling across the room to their…
  • Baggie Business

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hey teaching friends!   Just stopping by today to share with you a pretty cool ideas that was shared by Andrea C. on our Facebook fan page - I felt it was fabulous! With so many schools reducing the amount of copies a teacher is allowed, and not having the resources to go out with their own money to purchase shower board for their students, Andrea suggested use baggies as an alternative to dry erase boards! I love it! Simply grab some gallon sized baggies - the dollar store brand will work fine by the way for our use - and place whatever printed material you want the students to work on…
  • Keeping Tabs on your PD Materials

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:41 am
    Hey teaching friends!  So, I was looking for a PD resource book the other day for an idea and I realized that I had loaned the book to a friend and it still has not yet been returned!  While the person who borrowed it, did not mean to have forgotten about it, it is still probably sitting in her room miles away from where I need it.  At this minute. Has this happened to you before?  Sometimes I can't even remember who I loaned the book or resource out to in order to retrieve it, which is even worse.  Especially if you are out of school for the summer and a mass staff email is not an…
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    Classof1 Study Help Blog: The Ultimate Resource for College Students

  • Summer Savings Offer at Classof1 – Save upto 20% on Homework Help!

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Get set to fight your way through your homework and get back your summer fun, with Summer Savings at Classof1.
  • 4 Tips to Help You Succeed in an Online Class

    3 May 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Online courses are very popular among working professionals who intend to update their qualification, and skills or to switch to more lucrative careers. These programs are also very useful for new grads who are looking for specialized training. However, before enrolling into these courses, you need to focus on a few factors to make sure …Continue Reading: 4 Tips to Help You Succeed in an Online Class
  • 7 Reasons Why Reading is Beneficial to You as a Student

    25 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
      That should have shown you the importance of reading. Reading is perhaps one of the best habits that you could have, and it’s even more important when you’re a student. I’m not just talking about reading your text books, but reading for pleasure is a habit that every student should develop. It provides so …Continue Reading: 7 Reasons Why Reading is Beneficial to You as a Student
  • 9 Tips to Enjoy Your College Experience

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
      Most people who have studied in college consider it to be a once in a lifetime experience. It forms a special place in their heart and remains in their memory forever. There are personal as well as academic reasons for students to find the college experience so exciting. Once you have enrolled in a …Continue Reading: 9 Tips to Enjoy Your College Experience
  • What Should You Listen to While Studying

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    There are numerous students who like listening to music while studying. This habit actually helps them to set their mood up for studying. Research has proven that some particular types of music actually help to boost memory and concentration. This is the reason for the sudden surge in popularity of listening to music while studying. …Continue Reading: What Should You Listen to While Studying
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • Top resources for GSCE Citizenship

    Jon Ellis
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    GCSE Citizenship Studies helps students develop skills such as critical thinking, decision making and collaborative working. The purpose of this blog post is to share with you resources that we think are useful in the lead-up to GSCE Citizenship Exam: CitizenX: This site, provided by the BBC, is a good place to start when it comes to preparation for the GCSE Citizenship exam. It is a user-friendly, vibrant source of information which students will enjoy using. The site is divided into four main categories: Being a Citizen (this section tackles the issues of Identity and Rights and…
  • Top resources for GCSE PSHE

    Jon Ellis
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education has been part of the National Curriculum for schools since 2000. This blog post sets out to share with you what we believe are the best PSHE resource websites available to those taking GCSE PSHE: BBC – PSHE & Citizenship: This resource is useful and entertaining at once. Featuring resources for Economic Wellbeing, Personal Wellbeing and Citizenship, it is rich in informative content (on democracy and justice, identity and diversity, environmental matters, etc.), and contains information on some of the most relevant problems for…
  • Top resources for GCSE Religious Studies

    Jon Ellis
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Religious Education (RE) is compulsory part of school life in the UK. Many people regard it as important because it promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Whilst schools have to teach RE, parents can withdraw their children for all or part of the lessons, and pupils can choose to withdraw themselves once they’re 18. This blog post is designed for students taking GCSE Religious Education, and provides them with what we see as the best resource websites on the internet. GCSE Bitesize Religious Education: This site runs through the…
  • Top resources for GCSE Science

    Jon Ellis
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Secondary school students are required to study Science as part of the National Curriculum. The subject breaks down into three main subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The purpose of this blog post is to share with you our recommended resource websites for GCSE Science. GCSE Bitesize: Science (OCR): The BBC’s Bitesize divides revision material for GCSE Science exams into different sites, depending upon which board the student is preparing for. This site, which is target at the OCR exam, covers the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each main area comprises revision material,…
  • Top resources for GCSE Business Studies

    Jon Ellis
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Business Studies is important as it supports students who want to understand the way in which businesses operate in a dynamic, changing and competitive environment. It helps them develop a critical approach to distinguish between fact and opinion, build arguments and make informed judgements. It also helps them develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in local, national and global contexts. With so many websites on the internet offering students Business Studies resources, the purpose of this blog post is to provide them with what we regard as the best…
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    K12 Insight

  • What the World Cup Can Teach Us About Teamwork

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Marisa Lopez Rivera There’s a neighborhood activity center near my parents’ house where hundreds of children play soccer on the weekend. Driving by, you can see the girls and boys in colorful uniforms running up and down the field while their parents sit in lawn chairs or on giant coolers. After the games are over, the contestants and their parents usually rush over to a nearby ice cream shop to celebrate or console each other over a bowl of soft-serve. However, you never see adults playing on that field. Because, in the United States, soccer is still considered a sport little kids…
  • Turning an Online Negative Into a Real-World Positive

    Erika Moore
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Earlier this year, when I was still working as a newspaper reporter, I received a nasty email from a reader in response to a story. Instead of instinctively leaping in with an emotional, defensive reaction, I replied with a professional, point-by-point response to his comments. I invited him to email or call to continue the discussion and thanked him for taking the time to write. He was clearly surprised to hear from me. As we continued emailing, I discovered his comments were based on a minor turn of phrase, something easily addressed. By the end of our exchange, he was thanking me. Negative…
  • It’s All About Relationships

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Shelby McIntosh My husband and I just went through the difficult process of choosing a daycare for our toddler son. As any working parent can tell you, this process is not fun. How can anyone possibly provide your child with the kind of love and care that you do at home? But if we both wanted to keep our jobs, we had to make a decision. In the end, we chose the daycare center that had the best record with the state, accredited teachers with a low turnover rate, a competent director, and parents and children of all backgrounds. While we were optimistic about our choice, it wasn’t until I…
  • School’s Out for Summer

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Katie Rediger My summer days are no longer filled with ice cream, swimming, firefly catching, bike riding or (my least favorite) book report writing. I remember summer vacation with such joy. It was a well-deserved reward for nine months of hard work, while allowing me to explore and grow. And when my vacation was over, I had an opportunity to begin anew and refreshed. When I became a teacher, I coveted summer vacation just as much. It was a chance to reenergize, refocus, celebrate successes and reflect on challenges. However, for many teachers, the summer is also a source of concern. Will…
  • Taking Time to Re-Engage

    Tony Mastrorio
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our nation expends a lot of valuable time, energy and money educating our children. Much of this effort is spent trying to understand how students learn best, how to help students who are struggling in certain subjects and even what time of day students are most alert and capable of learning. However, there is little being done to re-engage students who have already slipped through the cracks in the school system. According to a recent Education Week article, as many as 20% of the country’s students drop out every year. Despite this troubling statistic, there has been little research done…
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    Free Homework Help

  • Math Review of Factoring a Monomial from a Polynomial

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Overview Factoring a monomial from a polynomial is a process of finding the greatest common factor for the constants, the greatest common factor for the variable terms, and then using the distributive property to factor out the greatest common factor (GCF). Identifying Factors In symbol form, if a ∙ b = c, then both a and b are factors of c. Suppose the monomial is 10x4. There are the factors of 10 and the factors of x4. The factors of 10 are 1, 10, 5, and 2. The factors of x4 are x, x2, x3, and x4. They can be combined as 10 ∙ x4, 10x∙x3, 10x2∙ x2, and so on. Greatest Common Factor…
  • Math Review of Solving Application Problems

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Overview Solving application problems is a process that includes understanding the problem, translating it into an equation, solving the equation, checking the answer, and answering the question. This process can be used to solve many different types of problems. Understanding and Setting up The Application Problem The first part of the process involves understanding what is being asked. This includes noticing any key words that refer to operations and any quantities that are in relationship to one another. It is important to have an idea of what sort of quantity will represent a solution.
  • Math Review of Changing Application Problems into Equations

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Overview The first step in solving real-world problems mathematically is to change the problem into an equation. Sometimes, it is a matter of deciding what operations need to be used. It is also a matter of seeing how quantities relate to one another. Operations Words and phrases that represent addition include such things as added to, increased from, more than, or the sum of. For example, 9 added to a number could be represented algebraically as 9 + x.  Words and phrases that represent subtraction include, subtracted from, less than, decreased by, or the difference between. Statements such…
  • Math Review of Operations with Real Numbers

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Overview Real numbers include rational and irrational numbers, whole numbers, positive and negative integers, and the number 0. They can be used in operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as in expressions involving variables. Real Numbers Real numbers include many different types of numbers that are familiar, such as positive and negative integers, along the number line. Rational numbers, such as 3/5, are also included, as well as irrational numbers such as π, √7, and √2. The representation of infinity ∞ is not a real number, nor are imaginary…
  • Math Review of Decimals and Percent

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Overview Decimals and percent are used in many different types of mathematical calculations and applications. They require attention to detail to use correctly. Adding and Subtracting Decimals In order to add and subtract numbers that contain decimal points, the numbers must be aligned so that the place values are the same. Then they can be added or subtracted as if they were whole numbers. Suppose 3.4 + 90.030 + 5.14 were to be added. In order to line up the numbers around the decimal point, 3.4 could also be written as 3.400, and 5.14 could be written as 5.140. Then 3.400 + 90.030 + 5.140…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • API Gives Back in Grenoble, France

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    API is committed to encouraging volunteerism and community involvement through our study abroad programs. One of the ways we promote this ideal is through API Gives Back projects. Organized by API staff in each location, the API Gives Back project may consist of an ongoing volunteer opportunity or a one-day commitment. API Grenoble students this spring spent one full day pulling and pruning branches in the vineyards with the Rotary Club. The group earned 1,000 euros which went to a local charity for handicap persons. Check out photos from the event! The post API Gives Back in Grenoble,…
  • The rest of my time in Guatemala

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Okay so first off, let me apologize for letting so much time go by without checking in. I’ve just been keeping very busy, trying to fit everything in. I’ve had this post well on it’s way for over a week now so finally here it is! To catch up, I’ll go day by day… Friday, June 27th In the morning, after breakfast I headed to meet with the director, Ricardo. Together we took the bus to another location where the project offers their services. We were setting up and helping run the same workshop as the day before. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t overly thrilled because I knew what to…
  • Second Week In Salamanca

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Our second week has been full of activities. No time to slack off, no time to be bored! While adapting to their new classes at the University of Salamanca in the mornings, the Aspire kids had group activities every afternoon: a cooking class to get closer to Spanish food culture -approaching summer highlights like gazpacho or tortilla-, a bike tour to exercise a bit by the riverbank, a visit to our local and impressive art nouveau and art déco museum, Casa Lis, and salsa dancing lessons. Who said studying a new language would be boring? The post Second Week In Salamanca appeared first on The…
  • First Day of Class, First Day of Volunteer Work & Volcán Pacaya

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    So, I left off just as I was about to go to my first Spanish lesson. I am taking afternoon classes for four hours with my teacher Helen. One-on-one Spanish lessons are offered, which is perfect because although I feel confident in my Spanish speaking abilities, there is always room for improvement. Helen and I began our lesson just taking for an hour. I told her about my family and school, about the exchange I did to Costa Rica and how that inspired me to become a Spanish major in college. Our conversation drifted and before I knew it, it had already been an hour! From our conversation Helen…
  • Travels & My First Day in Guate!

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Well, here I am! Halfway through my first day in Guatemala. So far it has been absolutely wonderful but first let me start at the beginning – 4:30am yesterday. I stayed at my friend Georgi’s apartment in Boston the night before and at 4:30am I got a taxi to the airport. I got my boarding pass and was through security with plenty of time. My first flight was from Boston to Ft Lauderdale and left at 6:20. Thankfully I was able to sleep the entire flight and we arrived in Ft Lauderdale at 9:35…just enough time for me to get off the plane and get on my connecting flight to Costa Rica, which…
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    LIVE LINGUA: Skype Language Lessons

  • If Only Language Learning Were This Easy.

    Ray Blakney
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
      Don’t you wish we could just plug into a computer and learn another language, like in the Matrix? What would that be like…. With the advent of tools like Skype for live language lessons like those with Live Lingua, free online tools like Duo Lingo and Memrise we are closer to making this a reality than ever before.  But we still have not been able to get rid of the need to actually work to learn a language. Maybe one day. The post If Only Language Learning Were This Easy. appeared first on LIVE LINGUA: Skype Language Lessons.
  • Polyglots, hyperglots, and language, oh my!

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    How many languages can you speak? When you enter the world of language learning, before too long you will start to hear some interesting words. Someone may ask if you are a polyglot,or a hyperglot. They might inquire as to your motivation behind learning a language. This blog offers some simple definitions to help you navigate the vocabulary of language learning and speak like a pro! Polyglot: “knowing or using several languages” The definition of polyglot may seem simple enough but if you have ever met one, simple is probably not the word you would use to describe this neat skill…
  • Words Missing In The English Language

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    How would you describe this image? Have you ever tested your native language and felt that it was lacking? Sometimes one word says it all and sometimes one word is well, lacking that full oomph that you need to make a point, express an emotion or describe a situation. Recently, my husband and I celebrated a wedding anniversary. While trying to write a letter to him that expressed the depth of my emotion at being devoted to him all these years I found myself wishing that English had more than one word for love. Yes, I love my husband but I don’t love him like I love chocolate or traveling or…
  • Pondering Unwritten Languages

    5 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Chamula, Mexico. Their language is not written. Today I opened a favorite book and began to read. As far as opening sentences go for blog posts, that’s probably not the most shocking. It’s kind of like what happens on Facebook when you scroll through the statuses of your friends. You usually find out someone has just eaten a corndog, is headed home from work or is engaged in a variety of other activities that really have added zero knowledge to your world. And yet today I opened a favorite book and began to read. I make this point yet again because I’ve been pondering what it would be…
  • Ben Franklin The Linguist

    29 May 2014 | 6:46 am
    Ben Franklin was an inventor, a political leader, a scientist and a writer. He dabbled in electricity, mathematics and cartography. If you wear bifocals you can thank Ben Franklin who invented the spectacles in 1784 for his own personal use. He also made small edits to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. With the approaching Independence Day holiday in America (July 4th) it’s interesting to consider this man who has been called “The First American” by scholars. Image source: Even though Ben Franklin made innumerable contributions in the…
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  • For Sunshine and Beaches, Come to University of Florida, Gainesville

    Don Osborne
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series of collaborative Google Docs on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne If you’re a pre-med living in Gainesville, Florida and/or attending the University of Florida, you are
  • Video: Two Apps to Help You Study Quicker

    Don Osborne
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Studying is a real pain, but luckily I have some apps for you that will help you out. I’ve got two to show you today — Readquick and Velocity. Both help you read through information more quickly and help retain it. This is especially useful when you’re spending those long
  • Getting out of the Rural Countryside and into the City: Exploring the University of Illinois’s College of Medicine

    Don Osborne
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series of collaborative Google Docs 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 pre-med attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Or are you a
  • Video: CEO Explains the Three Smartest Study Tricks for Pre-Meds

    Don Osborne
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I have a very special guest today to give you a helping hand in studying for your MCATs. My friend Ben has created a great service for pre-meds to help you study. As a former pre-med at Harvard, he’s got some unique ways you can crush your classes and ace
  • Video: Doctors with Aging and Ailing Parents

    Don Osborne
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Here at the MCAT Club, it’s also important to me that you become a good physician. Your life as a physician is the next step from you acing your MCATs and getting into the med schools you want. So here I have a video for you all — my guest
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    Online Cultus

  • Flip your classroom in 6 steps

    Aleksandra Arsik
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If you wanted to know which are the best flipping of the classroom tips, have a look at the infographic below and tell us about your experiences in teaching today. The post Flip your classroom in 6 steps appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: XXI Century classroom Back-to-school: classroom organization tips The pros and cons of including technology in the classroom Classroom response system enhancing the learning experience for students Give your classroom a summer revamp YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
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  • A “Brain Dump” Before The Boomer Retiree “Brain Drain”

    Mike Hammer
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Maybe you’ve heard the story of the underground pipe-tappers. For a half century a large Midwest city had unknowingly been using a handful of experienced underground plumbers and pipefitters who performed maintenance based on sound. A handful of these repairmen had learned over time to distinguish the tonal sounds of tapping pipes to measure the weakness or threshold to break at a particular location. It became a fairly reliable measure of breakage or future problems. Over the years the pipe-tappers mapped out and prioritized the entire underground system, but only a few city workers knew…
  • News Rundown — The Skills Gap Debate Continues

    Robert McGuire
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Welcome back to the SkilledUp news rundown. For July 23, we have information and research on how employers view job skills vs. a degree in the field, along with interesting new voices in the ongoing skills gap debate. We also have news on: A bootcamp for data science. Grants for online course development. Khan Academy’s upcoming evaluation. The impact of high school G.P.A. on earnings. Technology driving success for students and companies alike. Starting from last spring, we’ve been tracking an ongoing conversation about whether or not a skills gap even exists. photo credit: Pixabay…
  • How Online Education Is Impacting the Legal Industry

    Karla Lant
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    The legal industry has historically been slow to change. Lawyers and paraprofessionals are risk-averse, and law schools typically use traditional instruction techniques to educate new generations of practitioners. However, the advent of online education and its massive success is throwing traditions in legal education into question. Law schools and online education In 2013 the American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force on the Future of Legal Education recommended that law schools make better use of technology, including online education resources. Various commentators have noted that law…
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    Education News

  • Refresh for Freshers – Hire Summertime Private Tuition

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The release of the 2015 set of university league tables will alert secondary school pupils to the current academic standard of their higher education selections. Following summer term hard work, sixth form college and school leavers will quickly redirect their energy; the new focus will be preparation for life at university. Redirecting apprehension away from exam stress and refocusing on future academic challenges will make a student feel more assured and provide him or her with an extra holiday push. A dedicated course of private tuition has often proved beneficial for school leavers…
  • Getting Technical — Entering the Middle East IT Sector

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Education is seen as the vehicle for moving nations forward throughout the whole of North Africa, identified as a means to alleviate poverty and increase economic growth in households and at the national level. This is why plans are being made to build several new technical institutes, industrial training institutes and technology colleges in the region. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone, top priority has been given to giving Saudi students all across the Kingdom access to higher education. Educational Opportunities Abound More than a million students currently study at private and public…
  • QU biomedical sciences students defend innovative MSc graduation theses

    17 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    Six biomedical sciences students from College of Arts & Sciences Department of Health Sciences (DHS) at Qatar University defended their innovative graduation theses on June 17 in front of a panel comprising faculty members and external collaborators from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and Anti-Doping Lab Qatar. The students – Idil Ibrahim Aigha, Asha Abdelsalam Elmi, Hiba Mohamed Mahdi Abochar, Moza Khalifa Alkowari, Bakhita R Meqbel and Raidah Saleh Al Badwi — were of the first cohort of MSc students in the Biomedical Sciences Program that…
  • For Quality Education Gujarat government build a Model School Concept

    2 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    Gujarat government is fitting model colleges that would contend with any of the non-public colleges in terms of providing quality education. With the start of latest year in middle June regime are gap seventy nine model colleges in eighty five talukas. Out of those twelve colleges are settled in social group dominated areas of the state. These model colleges are started below the centrally sponsored theme ‘Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan” (RMSA), wherever central government provides seventy two computer funds whereas rest twenty…
  • Pete Waterman to tell secrets of success in Coventry University talk

    2 Jun 2014 | 4:22 am
    Legendary pop producer and songwriter Dr Pete Waterman OBE is set to give a free talk in Coventry later this week about his rise from a working class background in the city to become a leading figure in the global music industry.   Dr Waterman will be sharing his story and the secrets of his success during the talk at Coventry University on Friday 6th June – the first time he has spoken at the University since he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration in 2001. The Coventry-born music mogul is one of the most successful British producer-songwriters in history,…
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    Computer Programming

  • Structured vs Object Oriented Development (OOP)

    atonuo messo
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    In Structured programming, the primary focus is on the function. In structured programming program has a fixed well defined structure. A typical program structure for structured development is shown below.For example suppose we want to write a program for the following problem:Write a program which implement a company, in which there are following departments.(1)Quality (2)Production (3)MarketingIf we solve the above program with the help of structured programming, we first divide the total department into different functions. Suppose we need two functions Q1 and Q2 for Quality, three…
  • Fileupload control enable disable programmatically in ASP.NET

    Bill Smithwick
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Enabled property define the working mode of file upload control. It has two boolean value first one is true and second one is false. If you set true for this then control work properly otherwise control doesn't work. If you want to set this property during compile time, must add attribute inside the tag. Like    <asp:FileUpload ID="FileUpload1" runat="server" Enabled="False" />    true is the default value for this. Now take a simple example to change the value at run time.Source code<form id="form1" runat="server">  <div>       …
  • How to get back date from current date in ASP.NET C#

    Bill Smithwick
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    If you want to find back date from current date then you should take DateTime Structure with add days method. Through this method we can add some days in existing date. But if we pass minus sign(-) with integer value  in add days method then you get back date. lets take a simple example.Complete Code<%@ Page Language="C#" %><!DOCTYPE html><script runat="server">    protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)    {        DateTime currentdate = DateTime.Now;        Label1.Text =…
  • Programmatically change border color of fileupload control in ASP.NET

    Bill Smithwick
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Each control in toolbox of visual studio, treat as a class. Property window shows the behavior of their controls also contain some common property, such as back-color, border color etc. Now in this article, we will take a simple example to change the border color with border style of file upload control.Source code <%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="fileupload_backcolor.aspx.cs" Inherits="fileupload_backcolor" %><!DOCTYPE html><html xmlns=""><head runat="server">   …
  • How to Perform Searching Data by Using a Full-Text Search

    Rhett Butler
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    After the full-text index has been created on a table, you can query the table by using the full-text predicates. The full-text predicates are used to specify how the search string should be searched in the table.Predicates can be used to enhance the search so that the result have so focus on the search criteria. Sql programming have a list of predicates to be used.The following predicates can be used while performing the full-text search:FREETEXT: When the search criteria are given, FREETEXT searches for any variation of a word or a group of words given in the search column. FREETEXT is used…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • FG, UN Sign Agreement On NYSC

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    The federal government has signed a contribution agreement with the United Nations Habitat to empower it to embark on evaluation and strengthening of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme while addressing other key youth-based issues in the country. Signing on behalf of the federal government in Nairobi, Kenya recently, the minister of youth development, […]FG, UN Sign Agreement On NYSC is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Kaduna State Govt. Of Nigeria 2014/2015 Overseas Scholarship Award

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero (Dallatun Zazzau) has approved the establishment of an overseas scholarship scheme with the objective of enhancing human capital development, job creation and general development of the State. The scheme is aimed at raising the skills and competencies of Indigenes of the State in […]Kaduna State Govt. Of Nigeria 2014/2015 Overseas Scholarship Award is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • New Date for FUPRE Post UTME 2014 Screening

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    This is to inform all candidates who chose the school and obtained the fixed FUPRE Post UTME cut off mark of 180 and above in JAMB, that Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun has extended her Post UTME registration deadline for 2014/2015. Here’s is new date for FUPRE Post UTME 2014 Screening. Deadline for Registration: […]New Date for FUPRE Post UTME 2014 Screening is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Federal University Wukari Post UTME 2014/2015 rRegistration

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
      In line with the guidelines for admission into her undergraduate degree programmes, Federal University Wukari Post UTME 2014/2015 registration, cut off mark, exam date has been announced as follows. Only Prospective FUWUKARI Candidates who scored 180 and above in JAMB are welcome to apply. Eligibility for Federal University Wukari Post UTME 2014 Candidates who […]Federal University Wukari Post UTME 2014/2015 rRegistration is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • FUWUKARI Direct Entry Admission Form 2014/2015

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    The Federal University of Wukari, Taraba State, FUWUKARI Direct Entry Admission Form is on sale for 2014/2015. Candidates wishing to gain admission into 200L academic programmes of the institution are hereby welcome to apply for screening. FUWUKARI Direct entry screening exercise is open to only Direct Entry Candidates who choose Federal University Wukari as their first […]FUWUKARI Direct Entry Admission Form 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
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    PortPrep Blog

  • How to Do Perspective Drawing the Right Way: 6 Resources

    Karen Kesteloot
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    Improve your perspective drawing skills by reading the best online resources featured in this post. Perspective drawing is an illustration technique to show dimension on a flat surface. This drawing skill makes use of a ruler to determine the vanishing point to help you measure the correct proportions of the elements on paper. In order to learn how to do perspective drawing the right way, below are online resources that delvers into greater detail the steps and exercises that will allow you to practice perspective drawing for your artworks. Click on the title to open the resource on a…
  • How to Improve Clarity in Your Artworks: 10 Resources

    Karen Kesteloot
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Create better and stronger artworks to be included in your portfolio by learning how to improve clarity from the online resources featured in this post. The purpose of art is to communicate an idea as clearly as possible. Depending on the medium they are using, artists can make vague and intimate experiences accessible to others. To achieve this, they must know how to manage the message they want to express through their art. A work that fails to communicate a clear message to its audience is a work that leaves a lot to be desired. This skill of crafting an understandable message in…
  • How to Generate Ideas for Your Artworks: 12 Resources

    Karen Kesteloot
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Increase your chances of getting into arts college by learning how to generate ideas for pieces to be included in your portfolio. One of the biggest problems that aspiring art students face is coming up with unique ideas for the pieces to be included in their art portfolio. As part of college admission, art and design programs request for applicants to submit an art portfolio. It is a collection of artworks that display the skills of students who wish to get into college and pursue a career as an artist in the future. However, it won’t be enough that they have proficient skills…
  • Artist Spotlight: Interview with Dave Rheaume

    Karen Kesteloot
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Artist Spotlight features the best and brightest artists in their respective fields. PortPrep interviews each of them as they discuss their experiences on how they got into the arts, what it was like studying and getting a degree in arts and design, and the important traits necessary in becoming a successful artist. Click here to check out other interviews. Read our compelling interview with Dave Rheaume, who spent bulk of his life in the television industry only to return to creating art, and being good at it! Dave Rheaume is a testament to the fact that it’s never too late to…
  • How to Use Felt Tip Pens

    Karen Kesteloot
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Learn how to use felt tip pens and create crisper, more detailed drawings by reading some of the best online resources featured in this post. Felt tip pens are versatile drawing tools that allow you to achieve vibrant color, texture, and crisp lines on your art pieces. However, you can’t harness the strengths of felt tip pens unless you get to learn more about them. Below are links to awesome online resources to help you understand what felt tip pens are and how they are used properly in order to create stunning artworks that you can include in your art portfolio. Felt Tip Pens…
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  • Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines posted last week.  The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has reduced the number of MBA essay questions in comparison to the number of essay questions asked last year. The remaining question is both open-ended and contextualized. Chicago […]The post Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Cambridge Judge MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines have been released by Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year.The post Cambridge Judge MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has moved up its first round MBA Application Deadline into late September and moved its second round MBA Application Deadline up a couple of days from last year‘s deadlines. Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines Round 1  –  September 25, 2014 Application […]The post Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score – What do you need?

    Michael Cohan
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    I am frequently asked, “What is the minimum TOEFL score necessary to be accepted at a top MBA school?” The TOEFL is one of the test scores business schools use in their MBA admissions criteria. Magoosh has released a TOEFL infographic to answer this question that follows up on their incredibly useful infographic comparing and contrasting […]The post Minimum TOEFL Score – What do you need? appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Georgetown McDonough MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Georgetown McDonough MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the Georgetown McDonough MBA Application Deadlines posted earlier.  Georgetown McDonough School of Business has significantly changed its essay questions from those in its application last year. The number of essay questions have been reduced from two to one question and the total number of words […]The post Georgetown McDonough MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
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    emmanuel obasi
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    The availability of economic capital could be a requirement for the speedy development and dealing of any nations economy, it’s usually acknowledge that the supply and economical management of the scarce resources is expedited by the existence and acceptable functioning of economic establishments within the economy, it follows that bank have a significant role to play by creating their Brobdingnagian monetary resources obtainable for finance and promoting development. According to Anyaele J.O. (1990) industrial banks square measure establishment started by design for obligation of cash,…

    emmanuel obasi
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to work out the issues and prospects of promoting poultry product in Ayalaogu farm presently observed as Phinomar farm African country LTD. information were collected from each primary and secondary sources. the most important information assortment instrument is that the form. the information were bestowed in table as distribution. within the analysis, the techniques of percentages of and frequency were used. the subsequent square measure the most important findings of the study:-To resolve the extent of standardization within the poultry business. to…

    emmanuel obasi
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
    It is a common knowledge that modern elections came into practice after many centuries of various methods for electing people into public office, like Monarchical or parliamentary systems of government elections provide an avenue by which the popular or electorate are expressed and realized. That is while Goubada (1993) postulated that: Election naturally is an act of electing or choosing the viable person or persons for political office through voting. Election then provides a means for orderly and smooth political secession since government that have not performed creditable are shown the…

    emmanuel obasi
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:22 am
    Hepatitis C is one of the five known hepatitis Viruses: A, B, C, D and E. it is an infectious disease affecting the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but when once established, chronic infection can progress to scarring of the liver (fibrosis) , and advance scarring (cirrhosis) which is generally apparent after many years. Cirrhosis which is a medical term describing the formation of scar tissue on the liver is caused by one or more factors including genetic predisposition and chronic alcohol abuse, as well as hepatitis types B,C, and D, all of…

    emmanuel obasi
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:19 am
    Staphylococcus aureus is a facultative anaerobic, gram-positive coccus, which appears as grape- like clusters when viewed through a microscope, and has a large, round, golden yellow colonies, often with heamolysis, when grown on blood agar plates. (Ryan and Ray, 2004).  The name Staphylococcus comes from the Greek staphlye, meaning a bunch of grapes, and kokkos, meaning berry. The golden appearance is the etymological root of the bacterium’s name; aureus means “golden” in Latin. Staphylococcus aureus is catalase positive. They produce catalase, coagulase and an extracellular cell…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • How to Take the 2014 GED Test in New York

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    You can not take the GED online in New York, it is one of the few states that have not approved the new computer format of the GED Test. Taking GED classes is an extremely valuable way for people to get back on track in their educations and start working towards a brighter future. This leaves the residents of New York at a slight disadvantage compared to other states. Because the computer format is not offered in New York, test-takers must seek out a nearby state to complete their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or take an older version of the test. The GED Testing Service has made it…
  • Failing on the GED

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Failing the GED online test is not the end of the road for anyone. Even if you didn’t pass, the GED is designed to help people get back on track in their educations. Everyone is eligible to retake the test as many times as they need to achieve their goal. There are limits to the number of attempts per year, but in most states, you can have at least 3 attempts per year. Once you’ve taken the additional time you need to prepare, you can schedule a retake at your earliest convenience. If you didn’t pass the first time, try again. Here’s how.Get your First ScoreTo complete your GED, you…
  • The 4 New Sections on the 2014 GED Test

    16 Jun 2014 | 1:07 am
    The 2002-series of the GED test is being phased out in favor of a new computerized test format starting in 2014. This change in format brings a few other changes to the testing process. One of the biggest changes is a reduction in the number of test sections required to complete the GED. With the last version, there were five subject tests that had to be passed for the high school credential. But starting in 2014, there are only four subject tests that must be challenged and passed. They are similar to the last version but bear some marked differences worth understanding.Mathematical…
  • Take your GED Subject Tests Separately

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:42 am
    Every test-taker of the GED test has options about how they want to complete the exam. There are different test formats, different languages, and several different orders to challenge each of the test subjects. Everyone has different preferences, but you should know ahead of time what strategy will best suit your strengths and weaknesses. One of the most convenient ways to reduce your stress-level on the day of the test is to take each subject separately. By challenging each subject one at a time, you can take the time you need to prepare for each one in advance. But there are definitely some…
  • GED Ready: The Official Practice Test of the GED

    27 May 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Preparing for the GED test is an important part of completing your high school credential. Without spending an adequate amount of time studying and mastering the concepts on the test, it will be nearly impossible to achieve the score you want on your test. One of the best ways to practice your test-taking skills and evaluate your readiness for the actual General Educational Development test is to use practice tests. There are a number of practice tests available out there, but some of them might lead you astray. If you want to make sure you have a trustworthy source for your practice test,…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • SSC CGL 2014 - Exam Date OUT

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    SSC has released exam dates for SSC CGL 2014 tier I and SSC CGL 2013 tier II. SSC CGL 2014 Tier I Exam date - 19-10-2014 and 26-10-2014 SSC CGL 2013 Tier 2014 exam date - 20-09-2014 and 21-09-2014 Download Notification here Must read SSC CGL study plan and syllabusList of recommended books In case of any query comment below. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RBI Assistant Exam Format and Syllabus

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    RBI Assistant exam notification is already out here and last date for application is 06-08-2014. Today I am posting exam guide for RBI Assiatnt exam. Exam Pattern Section Number of Questions Total Marks Reasoning 40 40 English 40 40 Numerical Ability 40 40 Computer awareness 40 40 General awareness 40 40 Total 200 200SyllabusReasoningSitting arrangementPuzzlesSyllogismData sufficiencyNumerical abilityTime and workTime and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Delhi High Court asked IBPS to Furnish Vacancies Details

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    IBPS is again helpless in front of candidates. As many of you might know that PO III candidates are protesting against IBPS selection process. IBPS changed the selection procedure after written exam by introducing 10% reserve list. Further it is mentioned in the notification that there will be no reserve list. Now it is against the trend. There trend that 25-30% of the selected candidates don't join due to location problem or they find better opportunities. Vacancies of 21 PSU banks for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RBI Assistant Previous Year Cutoff

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Many readers asked me to publish previous year's cutoff for RBI Assistant exam. So today I am posting previous cutoff for RBI Assistant exam. Must readRBI Grade B exam pattern and syllabus5 weeks Study plan (with free study material) Name of the Centre SC ST OBC General PWD Gujrat 119 NA 108 121 88 Karnataka 96 92 107 114 92 Madhya Pradesh 114 111 126 135 112 Odisha 113 101 127 136 103 Chandigarh NA NA ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Download RBI Grade B Hall Ticket

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Link to download hall tickets of RBI Grade B exam is live now. From now onward I will start preparation series for RBI Grade B exam. Stay updated.Download Call Letter here Download instructions handout In case you are facing trouble then comment below. [[ 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

  • 6 Web Design Trends You Should Know About

    Kris Janisch
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As the world of web design continues to grow and evolve, you’ve probably started to notice certain trends while surfing the internet. The influence of mobile devices, studies of user experiences and technological advancements have given way to a group of increasingly popular layouts and features for websites. And if you’re thinking about getting a degree in software development, you should take note. Below, we’ve compiled six web design principles that are becoming widespread on the web. 1. Flat Design This is a movement away from 3-D design and toward simplicity. Flat…
  • Brooklyn Center Campus Enters Third Year as an AVID for Higher Education College

    Michelle Barsness
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Representatives from Minnesota School of Business attended the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas for the third year in a row. From left to right: Michelle Rivard (AVID liaison), Diana Igo (campus director), Jonathan Grant Brown (AVID program manager), Bill Hire (former dean of education), and Dr. Betty Krohn (AVID for higher education manager) The Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus (MSB-BC) is proud and excited to enter its third year as an AVID for Higher Education campus! Representatives from MSB-Brooklyn Center flew to Dallas, Texas in June to attend the annual AVID Summer…
  • Criminal Minds: A Chat with Criminal Justice Program Chair Laurie Rosas

    Tami DeLand
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Laurie Rosas has spent much of her professional career involved with those on the wrong side of the justice system. Criminal justice program (CJ) chair at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud, Rosas uses her wide range of experiences to show students the variety of careers available to those with a CJ degree and also to expose them to the complex issues which surround the incarcerated population in our nation. Laurie Rosas, criminal justice program chair Rosas graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections andSociology from the University of Minnesota-Mankato and immediately…
  • Vet Tech Students Get a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Minnesota Zoo

    Amber Conrade
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Tropics Trail Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville students who are part of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) got a wonderful opportunity to apply what they are learning in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tropics Trail at the Minnesota Zoo. The Tropics Trail is an exhibit at the zoo that features the animals and plants of the rainforest. Guests will see a variety of animals including lemurs, toucans, flamingos, monkeys and kangaroos to name a few. SCNAVTA students learned about the various animals on the Tropics Trail including a…
  • Faculty Spotlight: Momoh Dudu, Accounting and Business Program Chair

    Michelle Barsness
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Momoh Dudu Momoh Dudu joined the Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus team earlier this year as the accounting and business program chair. We thought it was time to give him a proper introduction to our readers! What is your educational background? I hold a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree in Business Management from Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, New York. I also hold a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with a concentration in finance from Saint John’s University in Queens, New York. At present, I am studying for a doctoral degree in Public…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • 5 Simple Steps for New Teacher Success

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you are going to be new to the classroom this fall, follow this guide for a smooth career launch. 1. Get to know your office staff These ladies are the ones who make it all happen – they can make your life at school much easier. Ask what you can do for them… and don’t forget them on holidays! 2. Be super nice to your custodian He or she will be helping your move a lot of furniture, so it pays to introduce yourself. Ask their preferences for how you tidy up your room at night to make the cleaning job easier. 3. Interact with your teaching partners Be positive and gracious no matter…
  • Start the School Year Right

    Betsy Weigle
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Get your students to buy-in to you from day one So, it’s the first day of school, everyone’s excited, and you want your students to buy-in from the moment they walk in the building. There’s this old adage that teachers aren’t supposed to smile until Thanksgiving, that’s how they keep their kids in line; I so disagree with that. I’m excited about meeting this new group of students and I want them to know it, so on the first day of school I am all “hearts, rainbows and sparkles”. By that I mean that I play the part of just this larger than life character that students engage…
  • Looking Back Over the Passing School Year

    Betsy Weigle
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking at photo albums are popular because people like to remember activities that they have completed, especially if they included their friends and family. The same is very true of children; they like to look over the year of school and remember the things they’ve done with their friends and their classroom family. Even though an individual school year is just “another year” to a teacher, it’s a significant milestone in the life of the child. Therefore, the last week of school is a particularly good time to look back and capture those memories so that children can have the most…
  • Avoiding the Teacher Resume Freak-Out

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Every teacher I know hates to update her resume. The reason is simple – it’s like the worst writing prompt ever: “Write about everything you’ve ever done professionally. Make it interesting, relevant to the requirements of a nebulous job posting and concise.” No wonder we avoid it! So when it comes to resume time, panic ensues and much stress is generated. But we can only put our heads in the sand for so long; in these uncertain teaching times, we can never know what’s going to happen in our jobs. Plus, it’s quite common to have to produce a resume even when you are applying…
  • Top Six Teacher Tips for a Super First Week of School

    22 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    How do we launch our new school year in the most effective way possible? It all comes down to teacher attitude… and by attitude, I mean excitement! An enthusiastic approach truly is the key to just about everything having to do with the first several days of school. Students are showing up nervous and uncertain… and also in a frame of mind that allows their teacher to set the tone of her class for an entire year. When those bright-and-shiny faces walk in your door, they are primed to become whatever you want them to be. I’m not kidding, even a little bit! Enthusiasm will form them into…
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    Magical Methods

  • Crowd Funding Campaign Launched on Indiegogo

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Dear Friends, I would like to inform all of you that we have launched our Crowd Funding Campaign “Math Carrom–Teaching Mathematics through Games” on Indiegogo Today at 7.00 a.m. Indian Standard Time.Please visit the Link below and contribute for the cause. We have created a Media Kit for Journalist who would like to write about this campaign.Media Kit Sincerely Pradeep Kumar Director Magical Methods Training Pvt. Ltd.
  • Reached 100% of our Goal

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Dear Friends, Today, We have reached 100% of our Goal. I would like to thank you all for the support you have extended to my Thunderclap campaign. We would be launching our Indiegogo campaign on 25th of July 2014. Pradeep Kumar Director Magical Methods Training Pvt. Ltd.
  • One Last Push

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Friends,Slowly and steadily I have inched to 94% of my Goal on Thunderclap. When I started Last to last week I was not sure If I would be able to meet the target. But I wanted to give it a try. It was a journey where support came from YOU people.At the momentWe are at 94% of our GoalNow, I require one last PUSH from YOU to achieve more than 100% of my goal. How to PUSH? 1. Click the link A page on Thunderclap would open3. On that page Under Blue Image find Support with. You would find 3 items. Twitter, Facebook and Tumbler. 4. Click on Facebook/Twitter.5. It would…
  • One GOAL by Germany

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    One GOAL by Germany WON them World Cup. One support by YOU gets me closer to My GOAL. Please Support 
  • Easy Instructions for supporting "Teaching Maths through Games" Campaign

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Easy Instructions for Supporting--Teaching Maths Through Games--Campaign
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    Learn English Like Me|The best strategies to improve your English

  • How to learn English vocabulary easily

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    If you are reading this post, chances are that you are really serious about improving your English. Before starting to read this post I want you to promise that you are going to take action like I’m going to suggest you. By only reading the post you are not going to improve your English that much. But if you follow my advice, I can assure you that you are going to boost your English for good! As you’re going to see, it isn’t that difficult to learn English vocabulary…     How I’m Going To Learn English Vocabulary? From the next 365 days…yes…I…
  • The English tenses summary to make English easier

    5 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The English tenses summary you are going to find in this post is mean for English learners that want to understand how to use, and clearly differentiate, the different English tenses. If you have difficulties to feel the meaning of every tense, then this post is for you! That being said, this English tenses summary is not an extensive one. I just want to emphasize on the most common tenses. The ones that you are going to use most often in every day conversations.   English Tenses Summary   Let’s take a look at the English tenses summary… Example Tense I play tennis…
  • How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 3

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:58 am
    I also want to share with you the complete list of phrasal verbs I worked with during the last 10 days. If you want to know more about the strategy I used, you can also read the next post …  How you can learn phrasal verbs easily Remember that you can find an extensive summary of my Phrasal verbs learning process in the post … How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 2     The Complete List Of Phrasal Verbs… I chose these 50 phrasal verbs at random: Phrasal Verb Meaning Get along Have a good relationship with someone Fall apart Break into pieces Look forward…
  • How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 2

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    After 10 days in a row writing a very short story using 5 new phrasal verbs every day, I share with you an extensive summary of my work. I’m writing this post to motivate you and I also want you to know how to learn phrasal verbs easily. You can learn more about this strategy in my former post… How you can learn phrasal verbs easily. As you may already know, instead of memorizing endless lists of phrasal verbs, I have (and you also have) to use phrasal verbs on a daily basis because our aim is to internalize them by using them in a natural way.   Let’s see my work day…
  • How to speak English like a native

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    As I’m sharing with you in my series of posts “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well”, if you want to really improve your English speaking level, you have to work on your pronunciation, your intonation…among many others things. But even when you master all that, if you want to reach the next speaking level, you still need something more… It’s time for you to start using words and expressions that are going to make your English to sound better! Let’s see how you can speak English like a native…   To Speak Or Not To Speak English Like A Native I bet…
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    eLearning Infographics

  • The Power of Visuals in eLearning Infographic

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Why eLearning developers should embrace visuals when creating their courses. The Power of Visuals in eLearning Infographic presents 4 reasons why eLearning developers should embrace visuals when creating their courses: Visuals stick in long-term memory One of the easiest ways to ensure that learners store information in their long-term memory is to pair concepts with meaningful images. Visuals transmit messages faster eLearning developers can use this knowledge in their visual designs to their advantage by including well-timed graphics or a sequence graphics to aid instant understanding as…
  • The Managing Millennials Infographic

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Managing Millennials Infographic With millennials making up 36% of the workforce by the end of this year, your organization needs to understand their motivations Catering to a younger workforce means major changes for the way your organization does business, from hiring to leadership succession planning. Skip the one-note training and insufficient onboarding, and you’ll find that while millennial employees might be fickle, their new ideas and enthusiasm could mean it’s worth your while. Free eBook: Managing Millennials – Tailoring Your Hiring, Training and Onboarding Strategy The…
  • The Ultimate List of Online Learning Infographic

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Ultimate List of Online Learning Infographic If you’re on a quest for information you tend to start with Google right? Imagine you’re looking to learn something new, but still not too sure what exactly. How do you find those clever and useful study tools, if you don’t know that they exist? To make things easier Springest has gathered a number of websites that will help you on your way; the ultimate learning list to help you find useful online learning sites and material. Online Course & eLearning…
  • 8 Facts About Learning in the Modern Workplace Infographic

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    8 Facts About Learning in the Modern Workplace Infographic Technology has drastically transformed the way today’s employees and companies operate. Now More Meetings are Conducted Virtually. Since 1998, the cost of video conferencing has decreased 10x Communication Happens through Email and IMS. The average office worker spend 28% of his or her workdays on email For Most Organizations Schedules are Growing Increasingly Flexible. 51% offer shift flexibility In 2013, 88% of organization offered telework in some form People are Working Longer… The average worker spends an average of 7…
  • Critical Need for Compliance Training Infographic

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Critical Need for Compliance Training Infographic Based on a recent report from Brandon Hall Group, compliance training is a huge focus for organizations accountable to outside agencies. As a matter of fact, two-thirds of companies surveyed depend on this critical training to implement their business strategies. Survey results also show compliance training is very often dry and boring due to the lack of attention to design, development and delivery that other learning programs receive. Employees sometimes view mastery of the plain, rote material as almost a necessary evil. With regulatory and…
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    Talk in French

  • Common mistakes at writing in French by English Speakers – 3 new essays corrected

    Frederic Bibard
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    After the great reaction from the first blog post (you can check it out here) and you still want to improve your writing in French, take a look of these 3 NEW examples below. I asked some French Learners via my newsletter and facebook to write an essay  and I just corrected it. You will find the ori... The post Common mistakes at writing in French by English Speakers – 3 new essays corrected appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast #16 – Bastille Day- 10 French Blunders made by English Speakers

    Frederic Bibard
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    Here is the 16th 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. I explain about Bastille Day and why it is not what you ... The post Talk in French Podcast #16 – Bastille Day- 10 French Blunders made by English Speakers appeared first on Talk in French.
  • How to save money on your next trip in Paris? Part 1: Lodging for a family

    Frederic Bibard
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Are you planning to visit Paris with your family and want to minimize your accommodation expenses? I share few tips on how to save money on lodging for a family with Airbnb. In this article, I will share some information about: Things to consider when looking for a place here Some recommended areas ... The post How to save money on your next trip in Paris? Part 1: Lodging for a family appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast #15 – French Women Dating Tips- 3 informal words to improve your listening

    Frederic Bibard
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Here is the 15th 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. How to date a French woman (requested by someone) - Some... The post Talk in French Podcast #15 – French Women Dating Tips- 3 informal words to improve your listening appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Common errors at writing in French by English Speakers – 3 essays corrected

    Frederic Bibard
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    If you want to improve your writing in French, take a look of these 3 examples below. I asked some French Learners via my newsletter and facebook to write an essay  and I just corrected it. You will find the original version, the corrected version AND I record it so you can practice your listening a... The post Common errors at writing in French by English Speakers – 3 essays corrected appeared first on Talk in French.
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    Born to Learn

  • Parallel universes

    Chaim Goldberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    [Caution, profound message, not for the weak of heart…] Around the globe there are Parallel universes. In one world “war” means who is quicker. who is luckier. In the parallel world “war” is a word truly of life and death. In the first world, the most that can happen is that one will get bitten by his opponent, and will immediately be thrown off the court in shame (for a period of time) In the second world, the opening (preface) is “A painful and fatal hit to the other side”. True parallel universes How did this happen? Already 150 years ago…
  • Empowerment yourself

    Chaim Goldberg
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:21 am
    Despite the distance in time (15 years ago) the event is strongly inscribed in my memory. We are talking about a relatively normal student, who for a variety of reasons no longer fit into our school framework, and it was decided to separate him from the rest of the group. We appointed a staff member to accompany the parents until an alternative placement could be arranged. The parents were summoned, and were informed that their son had good potential, but that it wasn’t utilized properly in our school. Despite the fact that it was the end of the school year, we explained that there was…
  • Who is Right?

    Chaim Goldberg
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    “What did you say to them? How did it go? Did they listen to you? How did they react to what you told them?” These were some of the reactions of my friends, representatives (“shelichim“) of the World Zionist Organization and of youth movements in Australia. There, a great distance from Israel, we didn’t feel many differences among us – Bnei Akiva, the scouts, Habonim, and the Reform Movement. Each one of us was there to lead a local movement. But we had in common more than what separated us. About once a month we were asked to present the State of Israel to a…
  • Leave your imaginary prison!

    Chaim Goldberg
    21 May 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The letter that John received surprised him. “I need your help, my son,” his father wrote. “Our horse is dead, and the plowing season is about to start. I am too old and sick to plow the field and organize it by myself.” John sat on his bed and thought hard. What could he do? He and his brother were serving time in separate prisons for robbing a bank, and they had been there for the last three years. Their father had nobody else to turn to, their mother had passed away long ago. John looked around and all he saw was heavy bars. Could he escape? Impossible! What could…
  • “Man does not live by bread alone”

    Chaim Goldberg
    11 May 2014 | 10:49 am
    A few years ago, I attended a fascinating and very special show, one that was quite unusual. All those who appeared were completely blind – some of them from birth, while a few of them lost their sight soon after they were born. At first it was painful to watch them moving around. Most of them needed support by others with sight, and each one had a constant companion. The theme of the show was a verse from the Torah: “Man does not live by bread alone.” While each one told his or her own story, they baked bread which was given to the audience to eat at the end of the show.  …
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  • Call for Papers: ABE-2014 Las Vegas Fall Conference

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Submission Deadline: August 10, 2014The mission of IABE conference is to create a platform where academics, consultants and practitioners from economic fields can present their research results, can exchange their experiences or can find business solutions.We invite papers/articles, abstracts, or cases on topics related to research, practice, and teaching in all subject areas of Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Management, Human Resources, International Business, E-Business, Public Administration, Healthcare Administration, and related subjects areas. Please refer to our list…
  • Advice on Change - Conceptualize and Apply This Effective Change Model!

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Author: Bill Davis, MA, CM Organizations are not static; they are fluid and in a constant state of change. Innovation to create positive growth and successful change is ongoing. Organizations find themselves experiencing endless cycles of change and change continuums where learning and innovation are the norm.  As they learn and grow, past experiences are examined and analyzed; forecasts and economic models are put in place to determine possible futures, and teams are formed as well as ad hoc committees to examine past, present and future situations. Change occurs at many levels of…
  • Emotionally Intelligent Servant Leaders…a Compassionate Facilitator of Learning

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Dr Andree Swanson One evening, I was exasperated over the loss of another student.  No, the student did not die, did not even move to another state or city.  This student was a loss in the program at the on ground school where I was teaching.  This student could not manage the rigor of higher education, did not come to class, did not submit work on time, and did not even try.  My mentor, Dr. Robert Throop, author of Reaching Your Potential: Personal and Professional Development, told me “you can’t save everyone!”  Throop told me that much like patients…
  • Little Italy’s Farmer Market Sets the Standard High

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Farmer markets are a growing trend in the U.S. Little Italy’s Saturday 8am-2pm market is one of the largest in San Diego offering a wide range of products. Strolling numerous blocks of goods you will pass fruit, vegetables, bread, clothing, ethnic food, fresh fish, condiments, sculptures, live entertainment and much more. Just about anything you ever wanted out of a farmer’s market is present. Little Italy Farmer’s Market San Diego8:00 am to 2:00 pmBetween W. Date and India StreetsThe Italian culture seems to fit with outside displays of fresh fruit and small business artisans.
  • Collaborating Small Business to Overcome Financial, Social and Political Constraints

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Small businesses have a hard time competing due to financial, social, and political constraints on their resources. A paper by Evans (2013) explores the political dynamics and process of institutional change that underlines policy approaches that focus on modernizing small firms in Portugal. Their comparative-historical analysis helps show that successful industrial upgrading relies on intense and sustained political action led by leadership in an effort to develop benchmarks and proper implementation of financial strategy. Small businesses often lack resources to compete in a market…
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    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.
  • Dialectic Essay: Assignment and Sample

    Mike Hanski
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    The assignment: write a dialectic essay on the topic of your choice, it should be about 2 double-spaced typed pages (600 words maximum). Follow the structure and clearly label each section of your essay. As far as you know, academic essays can be different. Being a student, your task is to understand the difference between […] The post Dialectic Essay: Assignment and Sample appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • Career Options for CBSE Class 12th Science Students (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    If you have appeared for CBSE Class 12th Science exam this year or are going to appear for it next year, this article will offer you a quick understanding of all the fields and vistas available to you and help you make informed choices. The post Career Options for CBSE Class 12th Science Students appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 81 #6 College to Career – The Interview (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    This is your FIRST IMPRESSION and it is important. Think of it as your FIRST DATE look for someone you are really interested in. The post SC 81 #6 College to Career – The Interview appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Top 7 APPS for College Students (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Your smartphone can be used for great many things other than chit-chatting and connecting with friends on social networking sites. Read along to know the apps that will help you make the best of your college life! The post Top 7 APPS for College Students appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Twitter in the Classroom (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Students are constantly using their smart phones on soc […] The post Twitter in the Classroom appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Phlebotomy Offers a Rewarding Career Prospect (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    A phlebotomy technician is a healthcare professional who is responsible of drawing blood from patients and preparing it for medical testing. The post Phlebotomy Offers a Rewarding Career Prospect appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Retreating to the Chesapeake Bay

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    “A kid today can likely tell you about the Amazon rain forest- but not about the last time he or she explored the woods in solitude, or lay in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move.” Richard Louv Last Child in the Woods I had the pleasure of spending three days last week enjoying a principals’ retreat sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  We gathered at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland for introductions and orientation prior to boarding a CBF vessel for Tangier Island, Virginia.  Our three days were filled with exploration, discovery, and hands-on…
  • Summer Renewal

    16 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    Summer offers educators the chance to, as Stephen Covey taught us, sharpen the saw.  Covey touted the need for balance in our physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual lives.  When all four dimensions are balanced, the result is personal and professional synergy.  The sum of synergistic living is always greater than its parts.  When all four dimensions are attended to, everything falls into place. The modern educator can easily be overwhelmed by the challenges of teaching in the 21st century.  If we don’t take the time to renew ourselves on a personal and professional level, we…
  • Eternally Optimistic

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:40 am
    June marks the end of my 27th year as an educator, twelve years as a teacher and fifteen as an administrator.  Even with all of those years behind me, I remain highly optimistic about the importance and impact of public education.  This optimism comes from the gift of seeing children grow every day and every school year. It is humbling and inspiring to watch a kindergarten child go from learning to recognize the letters of the alphabet to reading grade level passages in a 10 month time span.  As our fifth graders prepare for middle school, I think about how much progress they have made…
  • What Data Should We Use?

    2 Jun 2014 | 3:49 am
    School leaders and teachers have been besieged by national and local experts who emphasize the need to make “data-driven decisions.”  Check the agenda for any educational conference and you will likely find the term “data-driven decision making” in the description of several speakers’ sessions.  The term data-driven is a catchphrase of educational jargon that is gradually losing its meaning.  Like a song that has been over-played on the radio, the concept of data-driven decision making is losing its momentum and “listeners” are beginning to tune out. How do we re-invigorate…
  • Strategic Planning in Schools

    27 May 2014 | 4:02 am
    The strategic planning process begins in the spring for many schools.  It can be challenging for school leadership teams to shift their thinking from closing out the current year to preparing for the next.  In April, I reviewed The School Improvement Planning Handbook by Duke, Carr, and Sterrett.  Their seven-step plan for developing and implementing school improvement plans is a good place to start.  They recommend the following steps: Data gathering- use multiple sources, anecdotal, formative, and summative Diagnosing- examine the data to pinpoint concerns Assessing context,…
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • The Word ‘Sic’ and How to Use it in Academic Writing

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If a quotation you have chosen to include in your essay contains an error which you want to leave in, you should always follow it with the Latin word ‘sic’. ‘Sic’, meaning ‘thus’, comes from the Latin phrase ‘sic eras scriptum’ meaning ‘thus it was written’. This demonstrates that you have reproduced the quotation exactly as it was originally written without correcting it. It also shows that your own writing is up to scratch and you haven’t made a typographical error. When to use ‘sic’ If possible, minor errors in quotations should be corrected and the corrections…
  • Everything to do with the Word ‘Century’

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It isn’t just history students who will have to use the word ‘century’ in their writing, although admittedly it might crop up more often for them. Whether your essay is about Literature, Science or Engineering, it is likely that your analysis will look to the past in some way. The word ‘century’ might seem simple enough to use, but there are a few ways it might trip you up. The first is whether to write the century as a word or a number. ‘Eighteenth century’ or ‘18th century’? Although the general rule when writing numbers in an academic context is to spell them out below…
  • The Importance of the Word Limit

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many pieces of academic writing specify a word limit and those which don’t always suggest a guideline figure. It is important that you stick to this word count for a number of reasons. The most important is that you are likely to be penalised if you exceed it. Equally, a finished piece of writing which comes in well under the word limit implies that you have not put enough work or research into the essay, or that your title wasn’t broad enough. Ideally, you should aim for the finished essay to be bang on the word count, although this isn’t always easy. Some Universities allow you to…
  • How to Write the Date in Academic Writing

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are a variety of different ways to write the date which we all use in everyday life. Inputting your date of birth on a website means you often write it in the DD/MM/YYYY format. Online, in emails especially, the date often appears with dots between the numbers, like this: 27.06.14. The traditionalists amongst us might like to write out the month as a word and include ‘th’ or ‘st’ in superscript after the date: ‘27th June 2014’. Writing the date can seem like a minefield of potential errors, but there is one standardised way it should be written in academic essays. The…
  • How to Write a Bibliography

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A bibliography is a comprehensive list of all of the sources you have used whilst writing your essay. Bibliographies should be written in a very specific way. Depending on the subject your essay covers, you may have to include books, journals, newspapers, websites, films or pieces of art in your primary and secondary sources. Read carefully the information provided to you by your department concerning how to structure a bibliography, and also how to reference different types of sources. Formatting and referencing conventions are different in different institutions, so be sure to check!
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    The Edvocate

  • Private Schools and the Law: Tips for Private School Administrators

    Matthew Lynch
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Note: The following guest post was by Anthony Ashton, litigation partner at the law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US) in the Baltimore office. He conducts annual trainings for educators and administrations and regularly advises them on legal matters. He has served on the Boards of multiple schools, and is a former teacher and guidance counselor. Contact information: Whether the job title is Principal, Headmaster, Head of School, or Dean, the top administrator of a private primary or secondary school is effectively the CEO of a company. CEOs of most successful companies…
  • Queering Campuses Prompts Reflection, Reform for Universities

    Matthew Lynch
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Note: The following guest post comes to us courtesy of Jacob Bell, a junior at the University of Maryland pursuing a dual degree in journalism and general biology. He currently works as the staff writer and web content manager for Student Voice and is a general assignment reporter for the University of Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback. Jacob is also the features chair of “Stories Beneath the Shell,” which is an online multimedia publication. You can learn more about Jacob by connecting with him through LinkedIn or following him on Twitter, @realjacobbell. The…
  • Seattle University Students Stand Behind Their Faculty

    Matthew Lynch
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Note: The following guest post comes to us courtesy of Jacob Bell, a junior at the University of Maryland pursuing a dual degree in journalism and general biology. He currently works as the staff writer and web content manager for Student Voice and is a general assignment reporter for the University of Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback. Jacob is also the features chair of “Stories Beneath the Shell,” which is an online multimedia publication. You can learn more about Jacob by connecting with him through LinkedIn or following him on Twitter, @realjacobbell. In…
  • Seven Biggest Mistakes Parents Make in Saving or Paying for College

    Matthew Lynch
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Note: The following guest post comes to us from Jack Schacht, the founder of, a Wheaton, Illinois based organization that brings together experts from both the academic and financial services communities who work in coordination to help families find the right college for the right price.  Contact him at As tuition costs continue to skyrocket, families can no longer afford to make any mistakes when it comes to paying for college. Making mistakes can drive up your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) causing some families to pay…
  • Reforming College Debt, Part II: Possible Solutions

    Matthew Lynch
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    There aren’t many people who will dispute the value of a college education. College graduates tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction and quality of life. The cost of those efforts is steep for the individual though – to the tune of $35,200 college debt on average for 2013 graduates. On Wednesday I looked at the statistics associated with the cost and payoff of a college education and also some federal efforts to make those payments more affordable once a degree is earned. Today I want to look at some specific ideas that aim to bring down the initial cost of a college education and…
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    CTET Preparation

  • CTET-September 2014 : Online Application Procedure

    NIIT Litmus
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    The next CTET 2014 will be conducted on September 21. The last date to apply online is 4th August, 2014.The application process for the same has been mentioned below: 1. Log in to www.ctet.nic.in2. Click on ' Apply Online'3. Fill the Online application form and note down the registration no.4. Upload scanned images of photograph and signature in the application form part II5. Make payment through Debit/Credit card or download challan 6. Fill the online application part III to update the fee details , if paid, through challan of the bank7.Take a print out of the Confirmation Page for…
  • CTET September 21, 2014: Important Information

    NIIT Litmus
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    CTET-SEP2014: Important Information Date of Examination 21st September,2014 Application Submission Last Date 4th August , 2014 Apply Online for CTET Click here Information Bulletin Click here Important Dates Submission of On-line application  15.07.2014 to 04.08.2014  Last date for Online Submission of application  04.08.2014  Last date for submission/updation of fees  06.08.2014  Check Final Status & Particulars  12-08-2014  On-line Corrections in Particulars  12.08.2014 to 19.08.2014  Download Admit Card  22.08.2014 Take…
  • CTET September 2014 - Date Announced

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    As predicted, the date for the next CTET exam had been announced. The next CTET examination would be held on September 21, 2014. The application form for CTET SEP 2014 is now available on The last date for application is August 4. Important Dates Submission of On-line application  15.07.2014 to 04.08.2014  Last date for Online Submission of application  04.08.2014  Last date for submission/updation of fees  06.08.2014  Check Final Status & Particulars  12-08-2014  On-line Corrections in Particulars  12.08.2014 to 19.08.2014 …
  • CTET 2014 - Information Bulletin (July 2014)

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    CBSE may have inadvertently announced that the Information bulletin is being released soon. See the following snapshot of the website and name of the file the information bulleting link points to. The file is not available at the moment but is likely to be uploaded soon.
  • CTET Examination Date Announcement

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:46 am
    CBSE has delayed announcement of next CTET date. CBSE may be mulling over the low qualification rate in CTET FEB 2014 where only 1.79% of the 7.5 lac candidates who had appeared for the exam had qualified. Also, there is a change of government which may have called in for a review and an overhaul of the test system.  It now appears that the examination would be held in September, which means that applicants would have a slightly longer window for preparation for the exam. In case you plan to appear for the forthcoming exam, you can take charge…
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  • 5 Proven Steps to a better e-Learning Course

    Shankar Krishna
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    I have been asked a few times “How to make an e-Learning Course Successful”there are a lot variables, In my opinion what stands out the most is: Is the learner learning?Does the learner want to learn more? Here are 5 steps to help you improve  your next course. 1. Grab the learner’s attention This may seem like it is a difficult task to do via an e-learning course, we all know how to grab the learner’s attention in person. But how do you do this via a computer or handheld device? It would be super cool if we could reach through the screen andsmack them around and say,HEY, PAY…
  • How to choose an external e-learning vendor ?

    Shankar Krishna
    20 May 2014 | 1:19 am
    Pick up the hints. Interaction with a prospective vendor can show and shed more light than reading up about them or viewing their work online. 1. What skills does the vendor offer? Are the skills that the vendor brings, something that is complementary to your team? Are they more proficient at it? There is comfort in knowing that a vendor can work on a particular skillset, but can also work with aligned skill sets? Do they offer more fluff than substance? Good vendors counsel, advise, suggest alternatives, join you in the thinking process and then propose. It is not a hard-sell. Beware of the…
  • Are you using Infographics in Your E-Learning courses?

    Patti Alvarez
    7 May 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Infographics! That is a funny word, that we have not seen a lot of until a recent eruption of them. Infographics catch our attention because they look cool and have a strong visual grasp on our eyes, they shout out Look at me!!!!I like them because they remind me a of my childhood and playing games with my older brother like finding Waldo or I Spy, where you set out to explore a busy graphic and search for relevant objects. There are many similarities between infographics and e-Learning. They display information in a real way and appeal to the visual learner.Those who design infographics…
  • Do you need to Understand Big Data to Use it?

    Patti Alvarez
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    If I started off by saying what can Big Data not be used for my page would be empty. We all use data, but we don’t all use Big Data.Instead, I want to talk about how Big Data can be used to improve our learning and the learning of others. Big Data is being used in so many verticals and industries. e-Learning is just one of many. Let us not discuss the matrix or the technical side of Big Data, the side of how it works and why. I think most of us are not interested in the dynamics of the way the data is analyzed. At least I am not. Although I do find it fascinating how it operates.What…
  • Crossing the ILT Bridge to e-Learning

    Patti Alvarez
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    As Director – Sales at Ideaon and over 20 years’ experience, I can honestly say Ithought Ihad heard it all, until today, while making my morning calls I spoke with an instructor that said “Patti, why would I want to outsource my own job?” I was a bit overtaken byher question. Of courseI reassured her crossing the bridge from ILT to e-Learning would not outsource her job, but make her more of an asset and help her company retain their employees. She must have found value in my statement, wetalked fora bit and I was given an opportunity to share our custom course development and our…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • What Tickles Your Child’s Funny Bone?

    Lynda Way
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Most young kids are naturally playful and open to humor. However, the peers and adults in their lives must nurture this sense of humor in order for it to thrive. Laughter offers quite a few long-term benefits including building self-esteem, … Read MoreThe post What Tickles Your Child’s Funny Bone? appeared first on .
  • How Sports Can Impact Holistic Growth in Kids

    Lynda Way
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sports are vital to ensure the holistic development of kids as it fosters their physical, social and emotional health. Physical activity and sports have an educational impact and hence, the value of the educational benefits of sport should not be … Read MoreThe post How Sports Can Impact Holistic Growth in Kids appeared first on .
  • How to Rescue Your Struggling Child

    Lynda Way
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    When your child is struggling in school it can be difficult for you to figure out how to help them. After all, you can’t be there in classes with your child. However, there are some things you can do to … Read MoreThe post How to Rescue Your Struggling Child appeared first on .
  • The Best Ways to Enjoy the Summer With Kids

    Lynda Way
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The summer months are admittedly more fun for parents than most other months. No homework, less fighting, more time in the sun and less time in housework. What do you have on your summer to-do list? Here are some suggestions … Read MoreThe post The Best Ways to Enjoy the Summer With Kids appeared first on .
  • The 6 Best Choices for a Father’s Day Gift

    Lynda Way
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    This Father’s Day, kids should get their dad something different than the usual store-bought gifts. Kids should be looking for something unique to show their dad how much they care. Let the gift have depth and meaning, and every father … Read MoreThe post The 6 Best Choices for a Father’s Day Gift appeared first on .
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  • Tamilnadu Government Law College Lecturer Jobs

    Shanthi Ganesan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Direct Recruitment of Lecturers (Senior Scale) / Lecturers Senior Scale (Pre-Law) For Government Law Colleges-2013-2014 Hi friends, Here is the good news for those who have completed Master’s Degree in Law. For the lecturers or the interested graduates/lawyers who have finished Master’s Degree in Law and also have aspiration to share their experience with the […]The post Tamilnadu Government Law College Lecturer Jobs appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:TRB Assistant Professor Jobs In Government Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)…
  • Benefits of Time Management

    Shanthi Ganesan
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    • Higher productivity and Satisfaction both On the job and in Your Personal Life • You being to conserve more energy as things get more organized. • More creative way of Working as The Mind is more focused • A feeling of self-mastery grows on you as you implement actions moving you towards important goals. […]The post Benefits of Time Management appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Time Management Techniques Stress Management Techniques Railway Budget of India 2013-14 Important Highlights|Railway budget 2013 At Glance
  • TRB Assistant Professor Jobs In Government Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu

    Shanthi Ganesan
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Direct Recruitment of Assistant Professor in Government Engineering Colleges 2013-2014 Hi friends, Today we have glad news to share with you all. And, this is especially for those aspirants who were waiting for more than two years for this golden opportunity. Your long wait ends here. Related Recruitment: Tamilnadu Government Law College Lecturer Jobs Teacher’s […]The post TRB Assistant Professor Jobs In Government Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Tamilnadu Government Law College Lecturer Jobs CRIS Recruitment 2014 Oil and Natural Gas…
  • How to Improve Team Bonding

    Shanthi Ganesan
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    How to Improve Team Bonding T.E.A.M –Together Everyone Achieves More. It is true that even a small input by a team member to the team will boost the team’s output. Then you will know that the team’s success will be effortless with everyone’s little effort. Here are some team bonding quotes which will make you […]The post How to Improve Team Bonding appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Time Management Techniques Tips To Be a Successful Person
  • Stress Management Techniques

    Shanthi Ganesan
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Stress Management Techniques Leave Stress; Live Happy In this modern world, all people are working like machine. Some people don’t have time to socialize; they don’t even find time to spend with their family. They are so busy that they are not able to spend time for hobby which will relax their mind. They might […]The post Stress Management Techniques appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Time Management Techniques Tips To Be a Successful Person Communication–You Will Ever Master 2050 – A Bright Future Etiquette for Life
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • 4 Ways Educators Benefit from the S Pen

    Mark Barnes
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Stylus pens have been used with many technologies since the Palm Pilot in the early ’90s. As technology has changed so has the use of the stylus pen. Now, as technology is becoming more common in schools, teachers can take advantage of the stylus with many practical applications for teaching and preparing lesson plans inside and outside the classroom. Here are 4 ways to use the S Pen. 1 – Prepare Lesson Plans with Skitch Teachers can use Skitch to help organize and implement lesson plans. Evernote already has a great platform for organizing notes and creating presentations (or in…
  • Harvard Study of Value-Added Teachers Misses the Mark

    Mark Barnes
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have been known to complain about bad or misinterpreted research, like the study shared by education blogger, Joanne Jacobs. In a post citing a Harvard study on so-called “great teachers,” Jacobs reveals that lengthy research by some Harvard educators shows a connection between what the folks at Harvard refer to as “value-added” teaching and going to college and making money, among other things. The study suggests that if students have teachers who are better than average, then these students will make more money than the students who have had bad teachers. The…
  • America’s Preoccupation with Global Competition: Brilliant or Insane?

    Mark Barnes
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    photo credit: Damanhur, Federation of Communities via photopin cc I’ve never understood America’s preoccupation with competing globally in education. Why is it so important for our students to outscore students in China or Taiwan on a standardized test? Will it raise my quality of life, if little Johnny’s math grade is higher than his Japanese counterpart in the fourth grade? Education Week’s examination of how American education stacks up with education in other countries sums up the issue this way: “Much of the debate centers on whether the U.S. education…
  • 10 Ways to Identify a Smart Technology Teacher

    Mark Barnes
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Are you integrating technology into your classroom? Twenty-first century learning means Teaching the iStudent. Educators must engage students with mobile learning, social media and an array of applications and web tools. So, are you a tech-smart educator? Use this infographic as a litmus test. Let us know if you pass; if you don’t, what areas do you plan to work on this school year? Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics
  • Why Grades Stop Learning

    Mark Barnes
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Consider what education consultant Mike Rulon says, kicking off a lively Facebook discussion. Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook Group In a dynamic discussion about the failings of grades, educators from around the world explained their frustration with traditional number and letter grades and how they long for an alternative system, in this Facebook group: Teachers Throwing Out Grades. According to Liisa Pinta, when considering narrative feedback over grades, many teachers believe they don’t have time to write feedback. However, as Pinta explains, teachers spend “endless…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Recycling Creatively to Make a Global Impact

    Montessori Tides
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Keeping our beaches clean is an increasing environmental problem that scientists cannot solve alone. Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans everyday. Fortunately, Gloria and Selena, seniors at Stanton College Prep School in Downtown Jacksonville and founders of The Bottle Project, are working with local non-profits Kids’ FUN and COAST to create […]
  • Not Too Cool For School

    Montessori Tides
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    In our own Montessori tradition, we held a special graduation ceremony for third-year lower elementary bridge students Thursday, May 22. This ceremony is extremely special to us. We take this time to honor our student’s individual accomplishments and hear their sweet good-bye speeches to the lower elementary classroom. As the celebration unfolds, the children share […]
  • Stay Connected Over Summer

    Montessori Tides
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Join Montessori Tides School community as we kick-off staying connected over summer with our Summer Meetup play dates! One of the best ways to stay connected this summer is by joining a Montessori Tides Summer Meetup. It’s the perfect way to connect with classmates over summer, enjoy fun play dates, and make new friends. Toddler […]
  • MTS Recycles Creatively With The Bottle Project

    Montessori Tides
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:06 pm
    The Bottle Project, a group started by juniors attending Stanton College Prep School in Downtown Jacksonville, is teaming up with as many “helping hands” as possible to help keep our beaches clean. They were creators at One Spark 2014, promoting their message of environmental transparency. “One man’s trash is another’s trash can!” Passionate to make […]
  • Summertime Reading for Children and Parents

    Montessori Tides
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    Summertime is a great time to “Go” to your local library. Most libraries will hold special events for families over the summer months – and they are free! Kick up your normal visits a notch by considering Montessori Tides family support book lists. We have two printable book list for children, and since this is […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • IHM’s Running Club participates in the Running Zone’s Race Series

    Cindy Thomas
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Indian Harbour Montessori’s Running Club participates in the Running Zone’s Race Series consisting of 7 races throughout the year. The school team challenge is open to all elementary and middle schools. IHM competes with elementary schools five times larger or more, some races have over 1200 runners! IHM has entered this series for the past […]
  • Sixth Grade Graduation

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    Congratulations 6th Grade Graduates! It’s been a memorable year! Best of luck to our Graduates of 2014, and we wish everyone a wonderful summer vacation. Congrats to: Macguire A., Andrew B., Joshua K., Emily M., Ian M., Zohra M., Emily P., Patience P., Whitney S., Sofia V., and Zachary W. “The education of a very […]
  • Mrs. Trawick Wins Teacher of the Month Award

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    6 May 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Brevard Teacher of the Month Award Indian Harbour Montessori’s, Mrs. Theresa Trawick was recently named Lite Rock 99.3′s “Teacher of the Month”. Mrs. Trawick will receive a spa treatment at Essentials Spa & Salon and a Papa John’s pizza party for her entire class. Congratulations, Mrs. Theresa Trawick!
  • Former student stars in ‘Jersey Boys’

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Former Indian Harbour Montessori student, Rachel Schur has been performing with the national professional tour of “Jersey Boys,” the much ballyhooed, Tony Award-winning musical about the 1960s musical group The Four Seasons, for the past two years. Rachel, who graduated from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy after attending IHM, is one of three women in the […]
  • Integrating Gardening into the Classroom

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Indian Harbour Montessori School promotes education, health, and wellness, by connecting children to the natural world through organic gardening. Ms. Theresa Trawick is helping children establish a positive relationship with their natural world by simply opening the door of the classroom. She uses the vegetable garden as a place to enrich the classroom lessons and […]
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    Suntree Montessori School

  • The Montessori Primary Curriculum

    Suntree Montessori
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    There are 4 major areas of the Montessori curriculum in the Primary classroom: practical life, sensorial, math and language (including the cultural subjects of geography and science). Below is a brief description for each area. Practical Life The exercises of the Practical Life curriculum are designed to foster independence, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self control, characteristics that play a critical role in subsequent intellectual growth. Color-coded items and their location on the shelf help categorize the materials needed for real tasks of everyday living for the child. These tasks…
  • Self Discipline: Ten Tips

    Suntree Montessori
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Being a parent of a young child can be hard work. You want your child to be happy, healthy, and socially adjusted, not only at home but also with others. Helping your child learn what behavior is expected and begin to control her impulses can be easier if you keep in mind her basic needs. She wants to understand the world around her, the routines and rhythms of daily life. She more easily learns to control her body when she has been allowed movement opportunities from birth. As she grows, her need to move can be met by including her in daily activities that have a real purpose in her life and…
  • 101 Things Parents Can Do to Help Children

    Suntree Montessori
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    by Barbara Hacker 1. Read about Montessori education and philosophy and how it applies to your child. 2. Purchase a copy of The Michael Olaf Catalog(s). These wonderful publications are a clear introduction to Montessori for parents as well as a source book of ideal toys, materials, books, etc. for the home. 3. Take the time to stand back and observe your child carefully and note the characteristics he/she is displaying. 4. Analyze your child’s wardrobe and build a wardrobe aimed at freedom of movement, independence, and freedom from distraction. 5. Make sure your child gets sufficient…
  • Montessori Transitions Into, Within and Beyond

    Suntree Montessori
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:55 am
    This article first appeared in the 2011 Edition of The Parents League Review. “With regard to the child, education should correspond to them, so that instead of dividing the schools into nursery, primary, secondary and university, we should divide education in planes and each of these should correspond to the phase the developing individuality goes through.” ~Dr. Maria Montessori Whenever parents, college students, or prospective teachers visit our Montessori school, inevitably the question is asked, “Where do students go after they leave the school?” In fact, how…
  • Suntree Montessori Receives Perfect VPK Readiness Score

    Cindy Thomas
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:12 am
    Suntree Montessori’s VPK Program Earned a Perfect Score in Kindergarten Readiness from ELC of Brevard. The voluntary pre-K program is designed to prepare every 4-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. Education studies have found that students who participate in these programs are better prepared to succeed and learn in school than students who start their schooling experience in kindergarten. The VPK program goals are met within the Montessori environment and without deviating from the Montessori method. All…
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    Knowledge Transfer

  • Transferring Credits Most Important Factor for Transfer Students

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    According to a recent survey by the National Transfer Network, up to 56 percent of students who are currently enrolled in college are likely to transfer to another institution. The survey of 1,027 college students also found that “transfer of most credits toward degree” is the most important factor when selecting another institution. Today, we take a deeper dive into the survey’s methodology and its topline results. Then, over the next four Fridays, we will take a closer look at the survey’s results for respondents currently enrolled as a college student at a 2-year public…
  • Is a Student Loan Crisis Actually on the Horizon?

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    First of all, I want to thank Dr. Michael Hillyard, a contributor to the Knowledge Transfer blog, for letting me know about a new report by Beth Akers and Matthew M. Chingos of the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy. They’ve analyzed more than two decades of data on the financial well-being of American households and found that, in reality, the impact of student loans may not be as dire as many commentators fear. Their report is entitled, “Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?” It’s true that college tuition and student debt levels have been increasing at a…
  • Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act: A Painkiller for Student Debt?

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Last week,U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) introduced The Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act to consolidate, simplify and improve income-based repayment options for federal student loans. Within 24 hours, the editors of Bloomberg View were calling the legislation “A Painkiller for Student Debt.” With the bipartisan Rubio-Warner proposal, federal student loan payments would be automatically adjusted based upon income. Borrowers will be able to repay loans at a more affordable pace and with more manageable payments, providing relief to those who worry about how…
  • Senators File Reverse Transfer Bill to Boost Degree Attainment

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recently, U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Correctly Recognizing Educational Achievements to Empower (CREATE) Graduates Act. This legislation would help young people receive the degrees they have earned by encouraging states to establish or expand “reverse transfer” programs. These programs allow four-year colleges and universities to transfer credits back to a community college where a student was originally enrolled. As a result, eligible students would be able to obtain an associate’s degree as they work to complete a four-year degree and enter the…
  • College Accessibility: Closing the Gaps in Developmental Education

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    President Obama has placed a strong emphasis on making America’s community colleges stronger, ensuring that they are gateways to economic prosperity and educational opportunities for millions of Americans each year. Each year, over 1,100 community colleges provide students and workers with critical skills to succeed in a 21st century economy. To help reach the President’s college attainment goal, the Obama Administration has called for an additional 5 million graduates from community colleges by 2020. Many educators at community colleges are already working to develop programs and classes…
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Top Media & Mass Communication Colleges of India

    Mani Jangde
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        Top Media & Mass Communication colleges of India At the Top Media & Mass Communication Colleges of India, students can gain the knowledge which will make them effective, informed, strategic and ethical mass communicators. Mass communication helps you to study of how to spread information through mass media to huge population at one and same time. Mass communication has become a fundamental... The post Top Media & Mass Communication Colleges of India appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • India voted in favor of UNHRC resolution on Israel’s offensive in Gaza

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    India voted in favor of UNHRC resolution on Israel’s offensive in Gaza On 23rd July 2014 India voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  resolution on Israel’s offensive in Gaza.UNHRC resolution titled name was Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jersusalem saw 29 countries voting in favour of resolution while 17 countries including European... The post India voted in favor of UNHRC resolution on Israel’s offensive in Gaza appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • TCS achieve Market Capitalization of Rs.5 lakh crore

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    On 23rd Juyl 2014 TCS (Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)India’s became first company to achieve Market Capitalization of Rs.5 lakh crore.This result was taken out from the digg in just the first quarter result of the company. If we talk about the market capitalization then TCS is on the first position which followed by two big companies Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) at... The post TCS achieve Market Capitalization of Rs.5 lakh crore appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Sania Mirza appointed as Brand Ambassador of Telangana

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Sania Mirza appointed as Brand Ambassador of Telangana On 22nd July 2014 the India’s tennis star Sania Mirza appointed as Brand Ambassador of Telangana and after the appointment she is gonna promote the whole state in India and abroad. K Chandrasekhar Rao who is the chief minister of India has handed over the check and one crore rupees to Sania Mirza... The post Sania Mirza appointed as Brand Ambassador of Telangana appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information released by OECD

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD On 21st July 2014 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD has released Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information  between jurisdictions. The Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD in Tax Matters calls on governments to obtain detailed account information from their financial institutions and exchange that... The post Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information released by OECD appeared first on Current…
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    Investment Banking

  • Investment Banking Career Guide

    Deepali Sangle
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    No wonder that Investment Banks help companies and government in issuing the securities, help investors in purchasing of securities, managing the financial assets, trading of the securities and off course advising. But what do you think, which role suits you most in an investment bank? Or which is the area that you should enter into?…  Any clear idea do you have or your mind is running into confusion. Stop worrying go through this article and I am sure you will definitely come up with the crystal clear direction of entry into an investment bank. The Big Investment Banks include,…
  • Investment Banking Case Studies

    Jesal Shethna
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Wondering why Tom (character you see in the picture above) is so happy? Well, he has cleared the Case study round at one of the bulge bracket investment bank and has been offered a job there. Wouldn’t you like to be at Tom’s place rejoicing your entry into Investment banking? Let me help you out. Yes, so here we are again, discussing the infamous investment banking interviews. If you didn’t know this, case studies are very much a part of Investment banking interviews. In fact to land up at one of the bulge bracket investment banks, case studies are a kind of a ritual. You must…
  • Investment Banking Analyst Bonuses

    Deepali Sangle
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Do you know which is the most talked about aspect of Investment Banking Analyst’s Job?…  yes Analyst’s big fat salary with lucrative Bonus amounts. But do you know very few, jobs actually offers such salaries. Below article discusses about the investment banking salary and bonuses, factors which influences pays and the figures. How Investment Banking Analyst Bonuses is calculated? The compensation of an analyst is structured as a salary plus year-end bonus. Also for new employees it includes a signing bonus. Bonus is decided on the basis of one’s own performance and…
  • Investment Banking Job Offer

    Dheeraj Vaidya
    2 Feb 2014 | 11:53 pm
    So, you want an Investment Banking Job Offer? And you are ready to take efforts to become an investment banker. Then you are on right track. Getting a job in an investment banking is very competitive and you may have really work hard not only with your grades but also to technically upgrade your finance skills. This article lays out 5 fundamental steps to get an Investment Banking Job offer. Top 5 steps to get an Investment Banking Job Offer - Understand their Business Brush up your skills Sharpen your Resume Be ready with your own story Follow 3P’s of interview This article on Investment…
  • Management Consulting vs Investment Banking

    Jesal Shethna
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:53 am
    What is Management Consulting? Management consulting is an independent professional advisory service. They assist managers & organizations to achieve organizational goals & objectives by solving issues, creating value, maximizing growth & improving the business performance of clients. They are primarily concerned with an organizations strategy, structure, management and operations. They keep on identifying the changes that can be done in an organization and recommend change as well as help with additional resources to implement solutions. What is an Investment banking? Investment…
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  • Online C Programming Course

    Jerome Fernandes
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    If you are look for online C programming course for free then you have found the right article . Here I have listed four free online C programming courses which are completely free . Through these four courses you can learn about C programming and you can also learn general programming concepts .   1. […] The post Online C Programming Course appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • 15 Free Online Courses On Game Development

    Jerome Fernandes
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    The process of developing a game is known as game development . It is done by a game developer , which may range from a single person to a large firm . Whether you want to become a solo game developer or work for a large firm you should have a basic knowledge to start […] The post 15 Free Online Courses On Game Development appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Certificate Courses In Computer Science

    Jerome Fernandes
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Computer Science has always been a field subject among students due to its interesting concepts and ever ending advancement . Computer Science as a subject collectively covers plenty of topics under it like programming , software , hardware , networking and so on . So due to this massive collection of sub topics under it […] The post Free Online Certificate Courses In Computer Science appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Courses With Certificates In India

    Jerome Fernandes
    26 May 2014 | 4:26 am
    If you are looking for free online courses with certificates in India , then you have found the right article to know about that . Generally Indians can take any free online courses with certificate offered by many top universities around the world . Some top free online course providers in US are restricted to serve […] The post Free Online Courses With Certificates In India appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Where To Get Free Online IT Courses With Certificate ?

    Jerome Fernandes
    19 May 2014 | 5:58 am
    1. Free Online IT Courses With Certificate From Coursera Coursera is an online educational platform where you can find free online courses . Coursera partners with top universities from US , UK and around the world . They offer plenty of free IT courses . On successful completion of course , you will receive a […] The post Where To Get Free Online IT Courses With Certificate ? appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
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    Trigonometry Help Online

  • Solve basic trigonometry problems easily with the help of these tips

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    Many people believe that mathematic is a very complicated subject and it is true as well in some cases. But because of this belief many time people do not try to solve basic trigonometry problems as well and that why they find no solution for their trigonometry problems. In case you also need to solve […]
  • Simple Tips to help you Study Trigonometry

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Studying mathematics can improve your ability to perform daily tasks and handle difficult situations. This is because the approach you use to solve mathematics problems helps in improving critical analysis skills which increases your ability to handle day-to-day life situations. For example, you need mathematics to prepare your budget and to understand concepts like inflation […]
  • Uncovering the Beauty and Practical Power of Trigonometry

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Math Problems Solving math problems is a frustrating activity for many students. They find it both difficult and boring. It is interesting to note that there are only a few problems that are difficult to solve and at the same time does not challenge people to solve them. There is a simple explanation why students […]
  • What exactly is involved in basic trigonometry?

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Trigonometry is one of those topics in mathematics that you can learn on your own without using so much of your energy. This is at least the case with basic trigonometry. It comes in different levels of complexity some of which will be rather difficult but understandable nonetheless. To make sure that you understand trigonometry […]
  • Online Trigonometry Help available to solve trigonometry problems

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Trigonometry is fundamentally taught to students of working class as the piece of essential educational module. In the following period of school i.e. secondary school, trigonometry is taught in subtle element and in these classes there is a different course or book for the subject. The trigonometric capacities are pervasive in parts of immaculate numerical […]
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    College algebra help online

  • Avail the Services of Online College Algebra Tutors

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The Challenge of Learning Algebra Learning Algebra is a difficult challenge because of the need to master basic procedural skills on one hand and symbol sense capability on the other. It is the combination of these two skills that makes it quite a struggle for many students to solve word problems. Your first goal is to master basic operations and then you need to have insight in order to make sense of the algebraic problem. It is therefore a prudent idea to seek assistance. One of the best ways to master this tough subject is through the help of online College Algebra tutors. Learning Algebra…
  • How to deal with algebra problems

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Algebra is a mathematical branch in which some problems are very complicated for students to solve them but they have some word information which has to be converted in algebraic expression first. These kinds of problems are known as algebra help word problems. Generally these word problems are based on any real life event or situations which are correspondingly converted into proper math expression with the information provided in words. After converting the word problem into a linear algebraic expression, the basic objective of solving any algebraic equation is applied which suggest…
  • Online Algebra Tutor

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Algebra is that branch of Math which is useful for learning Engineering, financial modeling and computer Science. Algebra learning online helps you a lot in facing academic challenges and homework struggles. Take online Algebra tutoring from the beginning of your academic career so that you can avoid all the mishaps you could face while doing Algebra 1 or 2 at an advanced Grade and you can enjoy the pride of getting ahead of others with an assured confidence of winning top grades in the subject. How to learn Algebra and what kind of help you could seek? Algebra learning demands a lot of…
  • Why You Should Know More About Pre Algebra Solver

    6 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    College level math progresses through arithmetic to algebra that is comparatively tougher and takes longer to comprehend. Algebra is a different pastime from what students are utilized to and it takes some effort and time to understand and prosper in this subject. Pre – algebra introduces a few of the basic concepts and algebra 1 develops on that. Students who prosper in algebra 1 as well as 2 find college degree algebra courses easier compared to their peers. There are lots of different areas of math that are covered in algebra class and students tend to be more likely than not to…
  • Things To Consider When Looking For My Algebra Help

    3 Jun 2014 | 10:27 pm
    When you want to improve your algebra skills, you have to find the right tutors. It is because the kind of tuition that you will get depends almost entirely on the people that you choose. Some people often wonder why they never find any good tutor in despite the common fact that there definitely are many of them. The only explanation to this is that they do not know how to find the best services when it comes to My Algebra Help. Although this area is home to some of the best teachers, you should keep in mind that not everyone you find will be good. Your Level You have to understand the level…
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    Algebra homework help

  • Online Algebra1 Homework Help for Productive and Clearing Concepts of Algebra

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    On the off chance that one considers the expense of getting online algebra homework help, it is reasonable as contrasted with conventional classroom instructing. You get the assistance continuously structure capable coaches in the subject. The office is most valuable and competitive. Algebra math is exceptionally valuable extension of arithmetic. At the same time when you investigate by reaching a gathering of secondary school or school understudies about the subject that they detest most extreme, you will observe that it is algebra math. The terrible thing with variable based math is that…
  • Try math algebra 1 with online algebra help

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Math is an interesting subject but we have to work very hard on this subject just like to grow a rose plant in a desert which require help with algebra 1, online algebra help. This is a subject in which we can score good marks but for this we need proper guidance. To guide us we have got a lot of free Online Math Help which not only help us to solve our problems but even improve our skills also. These online tutors or help saves our time also because we can use it whenever we are free or interested to study. Mathematics is not only addition or multiplication we have got a lot of different…
  • How To Get Help With Algebra 1 Easily

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Research has shown that algebra remains an aspect of mathematics that deals with the relations between numbers. It also deals with the regulations of operations. It remains a great topic that most students like mastering when moving to the high school level. Research has also shown that algebra 1 centralizes on the basic of creating blocks of certain items. This can be found in the likes of rational numbers, positive and negative decimals, positive and negative fractions, integers, whole numbers, and algebraic features. Do you know that understanding new mathematic strategies can be a…
  • Algebra 1 Math Help Resources to Consider Studying

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Algebra is one of the broadest branches of mathematics that we all cover either on basic levels or in advanced levels. Algebra is not only used in class also applied in many real life situations such as in medicine and engineering. Although not many students advance their algebra, many curriculums include basic algebra where students have to learn some expressions and solve equations. Basically, this branch of mathematics is sub divided into three sections which are covered as one progresses. Pre-algebra are the first and the most basic part where students get to familiarize themselves with…
  • The benefits of taking online lessons for math help algebra 1

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    If we had several high school or university students and inquire about the main subject that they really hate, their list will most probably include algebra 1.certainly, algebra 1 repels the majority of the students. When you combine such repulsion with the common stress of the other subjects throughout the school and university, you will discover that the students find it difficult to absorb these lessons in the learning institutions. Therefore algebra 1 help becomes essential option for the students to way out in order to arrange achieving better rank in studies. Several parents do not…
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  • We've Moved

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Hey guys it's me! You're probably wondering what happened here. The blog has changed url's!! Now it'll be something easier to remember. It's
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    I Love Learning

  • Distance Learning – Massey University

    I Love Learning
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Based in the Waikato, Massey is known for being a world-class university. It also offers a range of courses designed for distance learning that benefit just as much from the expertise and experience of the lecturers, as well as wide range of resources that a full university institution can offer. They’re often adapted from courses that are being offered normally, so you can be sure you aren’t missing out on anything when you undertake a degree from them. Study materials are provided at the start of the course in a digital format, and are produced uniquely for each course by the…
  • Distance Learning – The Open Polytechnic Of New Zealand

    I Love Learning
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Open Polytechnic is a New Zealand-based educational institute that specialises in distance learning courses in a huge range of areas, with real qualifications that are recognised by employers nationally. Since they specialise in distance learning, they understand the challenges and difficulties that can arise and have specially designed the lessons around this, and can offer tips and support for students to help them focus and keep motivated. Like a traditional “offline” polytechnic, courses require a set attendance and enrolment (as opposed to other online courses where you can…
  • Online Learning Course – Udemy

    I Love Learning
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Udemy is the academy for “U” – providing comprehensive courses in a range of different topics that are chosen by the user – you only pay for the specific courses you’re interested in, rather than a blanket subscription or enrolment fee. The focus is on professional and practical skills rather than academic knowledge, so if you’re looking to brush up on chemistry or mathematics, you may wish to look elsewhere. However, if you want an introductory education that will get you actively making and doing things, Udemy is a good place to start. One of the largest…
  • Online Learning Course – Skillshare

    I Love Learning
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Skillshare is a community-based online learning program that encourages leading industry figures to share their expertise and knowledge in the form of bite-sized lessons that are easy to explore at the student’s leisure. These are done with multimedia “classes” that tackle a specific topic. Rather than setting exams and tests, students skills are put to the test with different projects that create a challenge and are designed to inspire and motivate rather than pushing rote learning and memorisation. There is a huge range of subjects, with a focus on the practical side of…
  • Online Brain Games

    I Love Learning
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Brain games are a great way to keep your mind sharp and active, as well as a lot of fun to do. They’re designed to test and stretch different functions, and when done every day add up to continued improvement and development of the mind. Though you can buy them in books, these can be difficult to take on the go and can only be done once. On the other hand, online brain games can be accessed through tablets or other mobile devices and completed anywhere. There are a huge range available, including different puzzles and tests. Simon Says. A small memory and reactions test, requiring you…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Be Creative – How to choose colors?

    Rajashekhar Intha
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    In earlier articles I’ve pointed different perspectives on how to be creative. I’ve introduced the importance of Visual information and the color illusions that can handle your work while presenting a presentation. And in today’s article I will walk you through the colors that can help you with the presentation environment. Yes! Creating a presentation is indeed the biggest task, but let’s ask – what’s the point of creating stuff that doesn’t sync with your audience which is majorly due to the color sophistication? Learning from my past experiences,…
  • 9 Keyboard shortcuts to Make Life Simple with Slideshow Presentation

    FPPTP Admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    When you play a presentation you can use some keys or combination thereof, for some elementary auxiliary actions. Here are 9 Keyboard shortcuts to Make Life Simple with Slideshow Presentation.  Start the presentation: F5  Go to a particular slide: Slide number + ENTER Place the blank black screen momentarily: (Period) . Press the same key to return to the presentation.  Set black white screen momentarily: (Comma). Press the same key to return to the presentation.  Transform your mouse cursor into a pointer: CONTROL + Mouse click.  Transform your mouse cursor into a feather: CONTROL + P…
  • 9 Rules for Creating a Successful Presentation Slides

    FPPTP Admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Microsoft PowerPoint is the favorite of most program to create, edit and play presentations. The first use of the presentations was as the name suggests, help a presenter or speaker for the presentation and disclosure of an idea, all interactively to an audience. Now there is a huge increase the presentations The purpose of this article is to share the measures, communication experts advise to keep in mind when creating slides.  Here are 9 Rules for creating a successful presentation slides. 1. Make it simple , as Leonardo da Vinci  says “Simplicity is the ultimate…
  • How to Draw Hearts and Expressions in PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    In earlier posts we’ve enlisted some amazing hearts and expressions for PowerPoint with which you can fill slides with love and emotions.  As promised, today we gonna show you how to draw hearts and expressions in PowerPoint. Follow this article step by step and start creating your own hearts and start giving them expression to match with your slide content. Open PowerPoint Program, for this instance we are working on latest version of PowerPoint i.e Office 2013. You can use any version. Choose Blank Presentation > Change Slide Layout to Blank Form the Insert menu within Ribbon…
  • 9 Tips for A Good PowerPoint Presentation

    FPPTP Admin
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    1. The 10  rule: This is a slide show given by Guy KawasakiThis rule declares a PowerPoint presentation should be no more than 10 slides , last more than 20 minutes and have no text with less than 30 in sizeHe says no matter if your idea will revolutionize the world, you have to do is explain in detail the important parts in a few minutes, a couple of slides and a few words per slide. 2. Be funny : Exposures should be fun and informativeI’m not saying you should act like a monkey dancer when given a serious presentation. But unlike an email or an article, people expect…
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • Benefits of Speed Reading

    Mark Ways
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    “Why should I learn to speed read? This is just nonsense?” It’s only one of a few responses I occasionally receive from people when I talk about reading improvement. That’s totally fine for me. My answer usually is: for higher speed and better comprehension! I assume most people know that lovely experience to speed through an exciting novel and instantly grasp the ongoing story line and events happening in it. The ideal performance of fast reading is quite similar: the proven techniques aim to systematically improve your comprehension while pushing the pedal to the…
  • How Our Brain Works When Speed Reading

    Mark Ways
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    Some people mistakenly believe that speed reading is impossible to learn. Others firmly argue that it comes with a toll – that reading quickly limits both comprehension and enjoyment of the text.These two viewpoints fail to take into consideration one thing, and that’s the fact that fast reading is a scientifically grounded habit that takes practice to achieve.Reading is about readjusting your brain’s functioning while you read, including eliminating 1st grade reading rules such as reading out loud or word by word.Essentially, learning this skill is about optimizing your…
  • Read more to Read faster

    Mark Ways
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:16 am
    Does how much you read determine your success?Of course it does. There’s an ocean of information available to you in libraries and on the internet, and more is added every day.The more you read, the more you know – the more you know, the more successful you can become. It doesn’t get any simpler that this.Yes, it might sound too simplistic to say that the more you read the more successful you can be, but it’s true. Of course, the quality, type, and source of what you read have a huge part to play in how much of a success you could be, but the relationship is still there.Read…
  • How to read groups of words

    Mark Ways
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    Learn to read words groups and reduce eye fixationReading chunks of words is the most advanced of the three essential reading improvement techniques. This method can be easily combined with hand pacing and previewing techniques and aims to reach reading speeds of 750-1,000 words per minute.Applying this technique will allow you to process bigger chunks of words rather than single words only. It was successfully used by many great scholars, writers and philosophers’. Anyone who wishes to increase their reading speed can utilize this technique.This post will help you understand and…
  • Skimming and scanning – How to preview reading material efficiently

    Mark Ways
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    One of the most efficient techniques for faster reading is the skimming and scanning approach. Previewing a text, document or book allows you to grasp the broader picture and sketch the most important data and get the author’s main idea.This technique is a real-time saver; think of all the books for exams or paperwork at the job and to be able to extract key information without having to read the whole material. You will decide to either read the material or forget about it. Previewing may require a bit more concentration but it is easy to learn and can be combined with other…
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  • Students Propose Ways for a Cleaner Singapore

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Campaigns to clean Singapore extends to students by calling them to give their ideas on how to keep Singapore clean, announced by education minister Heng Swee Keat during the 7th Teachers’ Conference. “Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools” was launched last June 3 as part of values education learning. According to Mr. Heng, the movement was supported by both students and schools in Singapore. The mission of the movement is to tap on students’ ideas to keep school and neighborhood clean. The minister was proud to announce that the movement helps students become the role models for…
  • Top 10 Primary Schools in Singapore in 2013

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    With each of the primary schools performing really well in the past years, ranking them can be an uphill task. Noting that MOE only provides rankings for secondary schools, arguments have made rounds that primary schools must also be ranked to allow parents to make sound choices on which institution to enrol their students. According to Kiasu Parents, there are more primary schools than secondary schools in Singapore and ranking them isn’t just a beneficial step to help parents but also a good way to merit the school’s hardwork in establishing a good learning environment. 2013 primary…
  • Underage Smoking Gets Intense and What Parents can Do About It

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    Farid Jaafar, head of Youth Infinity at the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre believes that enforcement strategies is not enough to weed out smoking among teenagers in Singapore. It has been 6 years of battle for him to minimize the worsening cases of underage smoking in the country. For the past decade, he was able to counsel 200 underage smokers, some as young as in primary schools. Mr. Farid explained that today’s generation is prone to risk-taking behaviors. Most of them are influenced by peers and they are being pulled to try different explorations including smoking. “Just because…
  • New History Syllabus for Lower Secondary Students

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    Students are learning more about the country’s past more than before as the upgraded lower-secondary history syllabus introduced the new history textbook called “Singapore: The Making of a Nation-State”, which contents include events as old as 13th century happenings. The book which describes country’s interesting history dating as far back to the trading era can greatly help students understand how Singapore survived the early years. As MOE pointed, the book is the best medium for present students to explore Singapore’s origins due to its more detailed and concise explanations of…
  • Singapore Student Suicidal Rate Increases

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Another celebrity retires residency in Singapore due to fear of increasing rate of student suicide in the country. The famous host of Asia’s Next Top Model (ASNTM), Nadya Hutagalung recently revealed on Twitter that the rise of student suicidal rate every year pushed her to leave Singapore along with her entire family. On her Twitter she posted, “Kids need to be kids. The youth suicide rates are high and unreported.” The 39-year old TV host, model, eco-activist and jewellery designer is a mother to 3 kids, Tyrone,20; Fynn 12; and Nyla,6. Her tweet explaining her concern to the increase…
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    CITE » Blog

  • Pre K Job Fair

    John Russo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Listen above to WNYC’s story on this Pre K Job Fair. Highlights from the post/story on WNYC: “I feel like I’m speed-dating here,” said Dawn Posporelis, a manager at Precious […] The post Pre K Job Fair appeared first on CITE.
  • Community College Makes Huge Gains in Retention

    John Russo
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    We don’t blog very much about higher education.  We don’t train people to teach  or be administrators in higher ed.  We do partner with higher ed institutions to offer the […] The post Community College Makes Huge Gains in Retention appeared first on CITE.
  • Early Childhood Masters FAQs

    John Russo
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Here are some of the questions we’ve been answering about our Early Childhood Masters Program, for which we’ve partnered with Concordia College. We’re happy to answer these! If you see […] The post Early Childhood Masters FAQs appeared first on CITE.
  • Differentiated Instruction

    John Russo
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    This series from ASCD shows Carol Ann Tomlinson talking through the challenges of differentiated instruction, and offering real tips on how to help run your classroom. The post Differentiated Instruction appeared first on CITE.
  • Innovative PROSE Schools Announced

    John Russo
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Innovative PROSE Schools Announced Chancellor Farina and UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced this list yesterday – the 62 schools selected to the city’s new innovative schools program, PROSE (Progressive Redesign […] The post Innovative PROSE Schools Announced appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • Things I Wish My Seniors Had Told Me

    Gurkirat Singh Gill
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    My first day in NSIT was quite absurd. The lush green and huge campus not withstanding, I felt very lost in the college. I had absolutely no idea about what there was in the campus; I was absolutely clueless about everything in the college. I started to think that I am stuck in a maze. ... Things I Wish My Seniors Had Told Me is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Things I Wish My Seniors Had Told Me appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • How Not To Become an Old Grumpy

    Jahanvi S
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Are you gonna join those old Grumpys on the fence, waving your wooden stick in the air? Better pull up while there is still time! Almost every single home consists of old people as we know. We often come across some old people who are Grumpy. The premise-men are Grumpy describes this statement well. The ... How Not To Become an Old Grumpy is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post How Not To Become an Old Grumpy appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Miranda House: Welcome Freshers 2014-2015!

    Shriya Arora
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    The college’s orientation program began at 9’o clock. The campus was full of new and attractive and nevertheless, enthusiastic faces. The freshers were looking forward to attend the orientation program as it was the first step for their official welcome. All of it began with a small presentation and students were told about the various ... Miranda House: Welcome Freshers 2014-2015! is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Miranda House: Welcome Freshers 2014-2015! appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • The Indian Education System

    DU Khabar
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    One glimpse at the enunciation of Justin Beiber’s or Miley Cyrus’ rolling career on the big stage, is a moment of spine tingling, jaw dropping, back breaking and nerve wracking. The nomenclature often used for such starlets and budding stars by the Indians is “The Advanced West”, since the inception of this world.On the contrary, ... The Indian Education System is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post The Indian Education System appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Fresher’s Party 2014

    DU Khabar
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Freshers contend a memorable role in each student’s life. Psfresher’s 2013 was our first attempt to make it the most happening & unforgettable experience for one and all. As a new session is approaching, we present to you Psfresher’s 2014 -with new & more exciting events. The idea behind Psfresher’s 2014 is to reward fresh ... Fresher’s Party 2014 is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Fresher’s Party 2014 appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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  • WARNING: Are You Guilty of Teacher Malpractice?

    Shaun Killian
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    I have taught for many years, and I know how hard working and caring most teachers are – yet I am not surprised that people are starting to question whether some of these dedicated teachers are guilty of malpractice. Personal confession – I have been. A professional is guilty of malpractice when they go about their work in a way that runs contrary to the best available evidence. For example, a doctor may be guilty of malpractice if she conducted unwarranted surgery or advised all his patients not to vaccinate their kids. Do you base your approach to teaching on the best available…
  • How Test Results Should Be Used

    Shaun Killian
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Today I read a disheartening tweet from Justine Ferrari (National Education Correspondent for the Australian) about teachers changing kids’ answers on national tests so it looked like they were performing better than they were. The tweet was referring to an article entitled Wrong Answer in the New Yorker. It tells the story of how teachers were worried about students continuing to do poorly on state-wide tests and the continuation of sanctions, including potential school closure. While I don’t condone teachers cheating, the whole system that led to this is ridiculous. Yet, external…
  • Kevin Donnelly’s Whole Point Missed

    Shaun Killian
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Last week, in an interview on 2UE, Kevin Donnelly made a simple point. He believes it is important that the actions of disruptive students are not allowed to continually affect the learning of other kids in the class. I think it’s very important that the classroom doesn’t suffer because of disruptive or badly behaved students Dr Kevin Donnelly   Kevin’s point is backed by research. John Hattie’s review of meta-analyses on the topic found that a teacher could increase students’ achievement by 13 percentile points simply by decreasing the level of disruptive behaviour in the…
  • Building the Trust Needed for Teachers to Learn From Each Other

    Shaun Killian
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    If teachers want to learn from each other, they must be willing to let down their defences, to be honest in what they share and to be open to changing some of their deeply held beliefs. This involves letting themselves become vulnerable, which in turn requires trust. Trust is critical to any attempt to get teachers learning from each other – whether it be through peer led PD, informal conversations or more formalised professional learning communities. But how do you build it? Stephen Robbins has been studying human behaviour and trust for many years, and he has this to say. School leaders…
  • John Hattie Is A Great Man

    Shaun Killian
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Like most teachers, I have a passion for making a difference to the lives of the kids I teach. Today, this has led me to acknowledge the difference someone else has made in my life. That person is John Hattie. Why am I writing this now? Partly, because I just read John’s testimonial to Mr. Tomlinson – a teacher who made a difference in John’s life. And partly because my own health challenges have led me show my appreciation now rather than when it’s too late. John Hattie started his career as a teacher, but I wasn’t one of his students. He later became a researcher and author, and…
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  • Linux Basic Guide to Newbies

    12 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    These instructions and examples focus on three popular distributions and their default graphical desktops: Fedora 14 using a GNOME desktop OpenSUSE 11.3 using a KDE 4 desktop Ubuntu 10.10 using a GNOME desktop Other distributions, desktops, and window managers are available, and we encourage you to explore further on your own. Even if some of the information here is specific to a particular distribution and even a particular version of a distribution, what you learn here should help you navigate a strange distribution. Because this tutorial simply aims to help you get started, you won’t…
  • What is Linux?

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    So, what is Linux, anyway? In the simplest terms, Linux is an operating system. It was created in October 1991 by a University of Helsinki student named Linus Torvalds (Linux stands for Linus’s UNIX). Linux itself is actually just the kernel; it implements multitasking and multiuser functionality, manages hardware, allocates memory, and enables applications to run. The average user will never be interested enough in any operating system to want to know about things like kernel internals. Only the truly dedicated — those who have no personal lives, or those who are being paid to do…
  • Linux Interview Questions – Shell Scripting

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    1. Write a shell script to get current date, time, user name and current working directory. Answer : The commands logname, date, who I am and pwd will output username, current date and time, and current working directory. Just implementing these commands in the script and making it a bit interactive. Now create a file called ‘‘ and add the following code to it.#!/bin/bash echo "Hello, $LOGNAME" echo "Current date is `date`" echo "User is `who i am`" echo "Current directory `pwd`"Place execute permission and run the script as shown…
  • Understanding CS Fallback in LTE

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    LTE technology supports packet based services only, however 3GPP does specifies fallback for circuit switched services as well. To achieve this LTE architecture and network nodes require additional functionality, this blog is an attempt to provide overview for same. In LTE architecture, the circuit switched (CS) fallback in EPS enables the provisioning of voice and traditional CS-domain services (e.g. CS UDI video/ SMS/ LCS/ USSD). To provide these services LTE reuses CS infrastructure when the UE is served by E UTRAN. A CS fallback enabled terminal, connected to E UTRAN may use GERAN or…
  • LTE Handovers – Intra E-UTRAN Handover

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Intra E-UTRAN Handover is used to hand over a UE from a source eNodeB to a target eNodeB using X2 when the MME is unchanged. In the scenario described here Serving GW is also unchanged. The presence of IP connectivity between the Serving GW and the source eNodeB, as well as between the Serving GW and the target eNodeB is assumed. The intra E-UTRAN HO in RRC_CONNECTED state is UE assisted NW controlled HO, with HO preparation signalling in E-UTRAN. To prepare the HO, the source eNB passes all necessary information to the target eNB (e.g. E-RAB attributes and RRC context) and UE accesses the…
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  • Minecraft in Education- Google Hangout

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The post Minecraft in Education- Google Hangout appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • A BIG LIST of apps, programs and websites for teaching coding and game design

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Web Based Programs         TES i-Board resources   The post A BIG LIST of apps, programs and websites for teaching coding and game design appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Scratch and Sniff by Ian Stephenson

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
    As a university lecturer in a computer related subject I as invited last year to run a CPD workshop for computing teachers The post Scratch and Sniff by Ian Stephenson appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Surviving and Thriving with Computing as an NQT

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    by Elliott Plumb 3 ways you can engage primary pupils in ‘Computing’ during your first year of teaching Whether you are about The post Surviving and Thriving with Computing as an NQT appeared first on ICT in Practice.

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Jamie Mortimer Children and young people love our phones. I don’t mean landlines, a practically obsolete piece of technology that we The post CHILDREN, MOBILE TECHNOLOGY AND E-SAFETY appeared first on ICT in Practice.
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  • Crystal Playdough Recipe

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Crystal Playdough Recipe We are very excited to share this simple playdough recipe and playdough play idea with you all simply because of the gorgeousness of it all! Well, we are lovers of all things shiny and sparkly. My kids love to collect shiny and sparkly objects { sometimes broken bits of glass, NOT sea glass, just bits of glass bottle. *sigh* }- yep, their animagus (birdus?) would probably be a crow { Harry Potter reference for the uninitiated!} More importantly I’d love to introduce these gorgeous, sparkly, shiny things that would sing to any crow’s heart. These guys…
  • 9 Ways to Save on Toys

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
     Smart Ways to Save on Toys  This post is brought to you by American Express. As parents, we are aware of the challenges and tremendous rewards that our children bring into our lives. Above all else, we want to provide our kids with the very best, even when that means cutting back on some of the other luxuries in life. We also recognize the importance of play and how children learn through play-activities. However, toys can be expensive! The following nine suggestions provide some smart ways to save on toys for the kids. Use Coupons, Promos and Credit Card Points: Coupons and promos offer…
  • Homemade Puffy Paint with Sparkle Sand

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Homemade Puffy Paint with Sparkle Sand Make gritty puffy paint with a wonderful sandy texture for your next kids art project. Perfect art activity for the summer! This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I’ll receive a small compensation. Thanks for supporting the blog! We are at it again with a nice summery art activity with a sandy texture. After playing with scented edible “sand” and scented edible “sand dough” we continued with the sand theme, except this time we used the real stuff. The resulting homemade puffy paint…
  • Art Activities for Kids: Archery Painting

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Art Activities for Kids: Archery Painting Enjoy summer with this fun outdoor art activity for kids with this archery painting. This post is in partnership with Tesco. Active art is such a fantastic way to have the kids engage in art projects. To take advantage of this gorgeous warm weather, we tried this fun and different way to paint and print–Merida style. We recently purchased Merida Archery Bow and Arrow and the children have been having fun enjoying pretend play. To make the already fun toy more fun we painted with the bows and arrows. Setup: I set out paper plates with regular…
  • Sensory Activities For Kids : Edible Sand Dough Recipe

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Sensory Activities For Kids : Edible Sand Dough Recipe Make this gritty sand dough for summer using edible ingredients. This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links  I will receive a small compensation. Thanks for supporting the blog! Well, what do you know! The 4th just passed and we are into full blown summer. { All our summer activities for kids here} Continuing with our earlier sand theme, where we made edible sand we improvised and created a wonderfully gritty “edible” sand dough with a gorgeous texture for little hands. Bonus– it is…
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