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  • Three Effective Ways to Look for Educational Content in Twitter

    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
    Med kharbach
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    November 26, 2014 Twitter search is a great alternative to the conventional ways of searching the net. This socially-based kind of search allows students to access content and resources that are both... more
  • More districts turn to technology buy-back programs

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

    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
    Med kharbach
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    November, 2014 Twitter search platform  is a powerful search engine that is often underused by our students. Often times, the info you will find on Twitter search is way more precise and... more
  • Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences (Jan~June 2015, Edition#32)

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
     Prepared by Clayton R. Wright, crwr77 at, November 12, 2014read more
  • Essential Technology Tools for Teachers
    Ryan McDonough
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    You Your job as a teacher is hard enough. The daily demands, amount of work that needs to get done, and still maintaining a healthy work-life balance is difficult. We did some research to find technology tools that you can use today. We attempted to find free, easy to use tools to help us get those daily tasks accomplished at a quicker pace. We’ve also added a few technology tools that we’ve used in the past with much success. Yes, some of these you may have heard of and even used before. We suggest you master these five technology tools below to become a more effective educator.
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  • Places to Visit in Sweden

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Sweden is an incredible country that is often missed by those who only venture about Southern, Central or Eastern Europe. It has a spectacular landscape, incredible cities, an educated population and a history and culture much older than ours in North America. The Swedes love their beautiful country and have a spiritual affinity with the mountains and forests of Sweden. Sweden is at its best during the summer and early fall. If you can schedule it, visit Sweden during one of its holidays and see the country come alive. Check out the fascinating places to visit in Sweden without missing…
  • Places to Visit in South East India

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

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

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

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

  • Student Geniuses Stand Up in Grand Island

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive How gender inclusive is your campus Are you including the “T” when you think about LGBTQA students What policies, practices, and pr...
  • HigherEd Live - Working With Faculty

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    On this episode of Marketing Live, host Tim Jones talks with Melissa Calder about involving faculty in as many aspects of higher education marketing as possible, from undergraduate and graduate recruitment to thought leadership and content marketing. As m...
  • - The Law Of The Few On Twitter

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Malcolm Gladwells Tipping Point is a seminal book. His observations and research on how little things can make a big difference forever changed the way we view the cycle of how information goes viral. In the book, Gladwell talks about The Law of the Few ...
  • HigherEd Live - New Research from Formstack and Higher Ed Live: ?Is Your University Ready for a CMO??

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Higher ed marketing has been shifting away from traditional roles and tactics. More and more universities are hiring Chief Marketing Officers, or CMOs. Formstack, sponsor of our Marketing Live channel, wanted to see how CMOs are affecting change at the un...
  • Meet Content - Storytelling with On-Brand News Content

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    News content plays a big role in higher ed marketing and communications. It takes center stage on our website homepages and many top landing pages not to mention our email newsletters, alumni magazines, Twitter, Facebook and other social channels. We re...
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  • SETDA 2014 Leadership Forum: what issues are state ed tech directors facing?

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

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

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

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

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

  • I Dare You To Be There: Remember Who You Are! (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Remembering who I am I am not an avatar nor am I an id I am not my Twitter nor my online identity I am not my LinkedIn and my blog isn’t me I’m a mom and a teacher in all simplicity. Tis easy to get caught up in “being something” more when what I am to be is often the two feet on my floor. No one else can hug my kids nor wipe a wet tear love the unlovely or calm the raw fear. The pressure from “somewhere” to be some kind of star is deceiving and distracting from helping us be who we are. Balance, perspective, focus, and time offline will become successful habits of the…
  • What are #AcWriMo #DigiWriMo #NanoGenMo #NaNoWriMo ? [Link] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    What are #AcWriMo #DigiWriMo #NanoGenMo #NaNoWriMo ? Prof Hacker: The Chronicle of Higher Education November 12, 2014 The discipline it takes to put your derriere in the chair and write has become a cooperative effort every November. Learn about the current group efforts. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram or anywhere that uses hashtags, you might be curious about all this Mo stuff going on! Beginning with #NaNoWriMo – “National Novel Writing Month” it seems like everyone is writing in November. Anastasia Salter has a fantastic explanation of all of the Writing…
  • New Chevrolet Educator Discount #sponsored #thankateacher (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Things are tight for educators everywhere. Not many educators are getting raises and many jobs are being cut back. I think Chevrolet’s new Educator Discount program can help many of you who are looking to buy a new vehicle. This program is open not just to teachers but to any educators in public, private or higher-ed.  So, as you shop, make sure you go to the Chevrolet website and fill out the form to get your discount. On top of the discounts that Chevrolet regularly runs, they have a new Educator Discount program. This includes paraprofessionals, administrators — anyone…
  • Meet Schools Where Data Driven Instruction Drives Achievement (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you’re struggling to figure out how to make assessment part of your data driven instruction, there are two great companies who, in my opinion (and that of many others) exemplify this model.  I think that teachers are hungry for what really works and to know how other teachers are doing it. Register for the free webinar No matter what platform(s) you’re using, you’ll want to join us as we discuss best practices in data driven instruction. The examples I and other educators will discuss are TenMarks (math) and Lightsail (ELA). Both have both been picked by reviewers on…
  • Rather Stand (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’d rather stand alone for the right thing … than be popular for the wrong one. I’d rather be wise than smart. I’d rather find a child’s strength than point out her weakness. I’d rather find a child crying than let him cry alone. I’d rather encourage a colleague with a great idea than spread gossip. I’d rather show a child a great way to live than give a great lecture. I’d rather help kids answer questions of their own instead of answering mine. I’d rather give kids hope than steal their dreams. I’d rather be forgotten for…
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    NYT > Education

  • After Closing Schools, a Principal Fights to Save a Bronx High School

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Santiago Taveras, once the public face for many school closures during the Bloomberg years, is now working on turning around the troubled DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.
  • Motherlode Blog: This Thanksgiving, Setting My Family Free

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    This year, I understand that my grown children are trying too hard to be with everyone in some fashion over a period of very few days allotted to that purpose.
  • Motherlode Blog: Intensive Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Before he lost his ability to speak, one of my son’s favorite questions was, “Mommy, what are you thankful for?” Over the Thanksgiving we spent in the intensive care unit, I continued to answer the question he could no longer ask.
  • New York Schools Lose Millions Amid an Inquiry, Comptroller Says

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    The comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, said New York City had so far missed out on receiving as much as $120 million from the federal government because of an investigation into the Education Department.
  • Opinion: Mishandling Rape

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Colleges are seeing sexual assault where it doesn’t exist while letting dangerous men go free.
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Overusing Likert Scales

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Assessment isn’t everyone’s forte in Student Affairs, and there is certainly a lot of data collected that seems to never be utilized effectively in cocurricular higher education.  I’ve  wondered for a while if this might be because we spend too much time assessing student satisfaction and their self-reported beliefs about what they think they learned from an experience. We don’t ask often enough for them to demonstrate what competencies they learned outside the classroom. Recently,  I read an article from ACPA’s September/October 2014 issue of “About…
  • #MenInSA – Just the New Guy

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    source – It was this past spring, with my slightly overpriced convention center eatery panini in hand,that I scoured the halls of the convention center looking for a place to rest my feet for a minute while inhaling my lunch. At a national conference like NASPA, a spare seat is hard to come by in those busy break periods in between sessions, but after taking an escalator to a lower level, I founds some freedom from the hustle and bustle of networking and last minute program planning. I eyed an open seat next to a young gentlemen who looked like he needed a breather as…
  • Growth and Development Beyond the Student Affairs Table

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Growth and development is an essential and common conversation we have as Student Affairs professionals and most times we find ourselves referring to “student development”. During the Nov 6, 2014 #Sachat Twitter chat, we all had a chance to concentrate on our own professional growth and share ideas about “getting ahead”. The comments were quite rich and allowed all to question how we choose to define what “getting ahead” means to us as individuals.Throughout my career in higher education, my perspective of “getting ahead” has certainly changed over time, and I have to…
  • #MenInSA – You Couldn’t Even Go Here: Working at a Women’s College

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Source – When I was considering my graduate assistantship, the most common questions I got were “Are you sure? Won’t that be difficult?” This wasn’t because my assistantship was in a subunit that I had no experience in – I had plenty of Student Activities experience and the position was perfect for me. It wasn’t even because it was in the South and I come from the North.  The reason I got so many questions was because the assistantship was at a small, private, liberal arts women’s college. You read that correctly – I am a male graduate student working…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 11/24/2014

    26 Nov 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! “If they haven’t been back [to school] for many years, it may feel like an alien environment.” via @NBCNews #SAChat — Dr. Robin Lee (@Lee_Success) November 18, 2014 Learning to Let Go: Over-Committing…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

    Dean Shareski
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Cross posted on The DEN blogs It’s been a great privilege of mine to organize and host several evenings across Canada called “Ignite Your Passion for Discovery”. These evenings are held in a local watering hole and feature passionate educators from the Discovery Educator Network and beyond sharing a story of passion be it in their professional or personal lives. These 5 minute talks take a great deal of work to develop and while short in duration, impact folks for long after the event. Porter shares some DEN love This past week we hosted one in Vancouver and once again I was…
  • Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

    Dean Shareski
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Cross posted on The DEN blogs It’s been a great privilege of mine to organize and host several evenings across Canada called “Ignite Your Passion for Discovery”. These evenings are held in a local watering hole and feature passionate educators from the Discovery Educator Network and beyond sharing a story of passion be it in their professional or personal lives. These 5 minute talks take a great deal of work to develop and while short in duration, impact folks for long after the event. Porter shares some DEN love This past week we hosted one in Vancouver and once again I was…
  • When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

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

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

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

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Out of a great meeting today arranged by Michelle Harrison with a group of TRU Instructional Designers, came a new idea for our SPLOT collection. Blame/credit Brian Lamb. But it would facilitate a space where someone could seed the beginning of a ? story? discussion ? brainstorm? and anyone could click to clone a copy and modify it, eventually creating a possible branching line of information. cc licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Aranda\Lasch It’s purely out of respect for Mike Caulfield that we teasingly started it Smallest Federated WordPress but it’s really not…
  • MOOCs on a Plane

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Having accomplished the tsunami wave riding disruption of higher education, Coursera is not resting on their laurels or profit line. No, the crushing of the archaic system is more than imminent, it’s cruising at 35,000 feet. In December 2015 the Learning Really Begins. At 30,000 feet, online higher education isn’t the most effective thing on this plane. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the lecture video. Tuition ain’t what you gotta worry about. In case you have not heard this End of Universities as We Know it announcement Innovative Marketing? JetBlue flights to feature Coursera…
  • The Storybox Materializes at ETUG

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two weeks ago I was in Vancouver for the ETUG Fall 2014 Workshop, what a great gathering and with their un-conference format, a refreshing experience from the typical conference grueling treadmill present-o-rama format. cc licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I was not sure I would stand up an pitch a session, but I was sort of prepared, I had brought the Storybox. It has been sitting idly since my return from New Zealand (a good sign was the battery still carried enough charge to last through my session). There was not much trouble getting this group interested. I did less…
  • Spontaneous Collaborative Song Writing: 50 Ways

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    In less than 24 hours, via a google doc and some messaging, friends have helped me produce produce a song cover. Quite some time ago, Giulia Forsythe suggested I should do a cover of 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover for the 50 Web Ways to Tell a Story site. At one time I looked up the guitar tabs, and was dismayed at the bizarre chords I found, like Cmin7dim9sus4/F (I exaggerate). A few nights ago, I caught on TV a very old episode of Saturday Night Live starrring Paul Simon, and as I watched him play the song, I was astonished. The chorus was a simple G- Bb – C progression! I found a…
  • All Your WordPress Option Are Belong to Us

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    There might be some value in my sloppy keyboarding skills beyond humorous typos and misplaced punctuation that drives Sandy Brown Jensen batty. I just mistyped a WordPress URL and cracked a lid on something. Sure you know the origin of this? Consult ye oh Urban Dictionary I even forget know why I was looking at the WordPress Settings on a project site, maybe I was checking something I was looking into coding. But anyhow, I typed a URL that never appears via any link/button on the wordpress dashboard. You can do the same on your own site, just append to your blog URL wp-admin/options.php and…
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  • I now have a Canadian Father

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his…
  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

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

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

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

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

  • How Much Homework Is Enough?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Keynote – Iowa Council for Social Studies (Scott McLeod)
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    I had the honor of keynoting the Iowa Council for Social Studies conference last month. I only had 30 minutes so of course I had 186 slides! I usually avoid giving (or attending) firehose presentations but I made an exception this time in order to highlight the breadth of resources available to social studies educators if they choose to partake. You are welcome to view my slide deck (notes, comments, and URLs are attached). Attendees were notified both before and after my keynote that this would be available to them so they could just immerse themselves in the flow of my presentation.
  • #IAedchat LIVE (Scott McLeod)
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I had the privilege of being the guest for #IAedchat LIVE last night. Here is the video if you missed it. The conversation really gets started around 2:50. Happy viewing! Related Posts 4 Guys Talking – Episode 4 (Jeff Mao) 4 Guys Talking – Jeff Mao (Maine 1:1 laptop initiative) joins us on Monday! 4 Guys Talking – Episode 3 4 Guys Talking – Episode 2 Hangin’ out with MPS
  • Factory models undermine personalization [SLIDE] (Scott McLeod)
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    The current factory model of schooling – with its time-based, bell-curved grading system – will undermine all of our efforts to personalize education. – Tom Vander Ark (from The Shift From Cohorts to Competency) Download this file: png pptx key Image credit: battered conveyor belt, sharyn morrow See also my other slides, my Pinterest collection, and the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Related Posts Chris Lehmann on educational colonialism We need to foster a diversity of talents The new bill of rights for all students The Scottish Curriculum for…
  • A letter to Madysen (Scott McLeod)
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The letter reads: Dear Madysen, Over the last couple of months I have noticed your dedication to your drawings. You sit at your desk and at every spare moment you grab a drawing tool (pen, pencil, pencil crayon, or felt) and paper. You draw what you feel, and I love it! I need to ask you a favor. Can you please decorate my desk? My desk needs a personality, and I think it needs yours. Draw whatever is in your heart. There is only one rule, you draw what your heart wants to draw, and not what you think I want to see. If you agree to my request, please fill out this form and return it to me…
  • ISTE Follow-Up 31: Miscellaneous education blogs (THE PUSH 2014) (Scott McLeod)
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Final category! Below are all of the education blog categories for which I’ve solicited ‘the best of the best’ over the past few months. What’s left? And if you know of a blog for one of the previous categories that’s worth submitting, please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some miscellaneous education blogs that P-12 educators and higher education faculty should be reading? Please contribute, see the responses, AND share this post with others so that we can get the best list possible. What education blogs would…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Inside Out Thinking Down Under - provocation for learning

    Ewan McIntosh
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    Provocations lead to deep, broad learning, and students tend to learn more, faster as a result. I've been showing educators how this is so, and how to do it, for the past five years with my motley crew. New Zealand educator Rob Ferguson woke me up this morning with a tweet, about how a provocation (the video, above) led to his students not just "doing art" for their 10th Grade assessments, but "doing art" to make a difference, as part of a global movement of artists: This might seem simple, but at play is some good, deep thinking. The provocation, through the video clip, comes at the…
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    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Top 10 Worst Infomercials - YouTube
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    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Vodafone Q3 Experiential Mural V.1 on Vimeo
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    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Berlin Wall Getting Built. And Built. Design thinking for learning visualised School Design, Classroom Layout Can Heavily Affect Student Grades, Learning: Study Designing Spaces for Learning • Credly
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    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    File Cabinet - Act 1 - 101qs Mr Ashton on Twitter: "Implementing some of the amazing ideas I was lucky enough to gain form @ewanmcintosh at the #gtauk2014" Mr Ashton on Twitter: "@ewanmcintosh students had to watch a numerical reasoning video - and decipher what info was needed and decide : googleable or nongoogleable" Take a guided tour of UK skies | NATS Blog The Real Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship and How To Promote It In Your Classroom - InformED : Each student was challenged to create a marketing campaign with a “pop-up” retail store in…
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Week 13: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See

    Jose Vilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This morning, I woke up in a haze. After attending the Teachers for Social Justice curriculum fair in Chicago this weekend, I felt empowered to move students in a direction that continues to empower them. On Monday, my mind felt less optimistic about my day at school, in dealing with both students and adults. After school, and for the last 100 days, I knew that there would be no indictment, not because I thought people would misuse the system, but because this is the way the system is set up. Justice assumes that everyone is human; our system doesn’t assure justice. My fingers quaked…
  • Men Explain Things To Women Too Often, In Education and Otherwise

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

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

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

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

  • Writing a Response Using Details from the Text for Support

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

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

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

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

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

  • Heads Up: Upcoming Parental Leave

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Class B final: Rye Neck stuns Bronxville

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

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

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

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

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

  • Consider Upgrading Your Home Cable Modem to DOCSIS 3.0

    Wesley Fryer
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Today I upgraded our home cable modem to a newer model which is “DOCSIS 3.0″ compatible and “8 x 4.” That means it can support 8 download and 4 upload channels, and bond/merge together transfer channels to improve speeds further for multiple devices connecting to the Internet from our home network. Until recently I’d wrongly assumed all cable modems are created equal, and figured we were getting optimal download and upload speeds from our home high speed connection for the “tier of service” we are paying for. The immediate speed test result…
  • Use an Older Wii Remote with Smoothboard Software

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

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

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

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

  • New Teachers Won’t Save Us

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

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

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

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

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

  • CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!

    Alfred Thompson
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Did you see this on the CSTA mailing list? When the CSTA Board met recently we started talking about sharing what we were doing in our schools for Computer Science Education week. It’s not all about the Hour of Code – cool as that may be. The result of our conversation was this video recorded during breaks in the meeting  Watch our latest video to learn what the CSTA Board Members and Task Force Chairs will be doing for CSEdWeek 2014, which coincides with Grace Hopper's birthday. From a Humanitarian Hack-a-Thon to a Birthday Party Open House, these activities will be sure to get you…
  • Interesting Links 24 November 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    This will be a short week in school. Thanksgiving is Thursday in the US and my school is off for a five day weekend. I’m looking forward to a bit of a break. I think my students are more ready though. Well let’s share some links. Weeks of programming can save you hours of planning. This is the most retweeted and favorite tweet I’ve done in a while. Wish it was unique to me but the saying has been around for a while. The other CS teacher at my school has this on his lab wall. It’s going up in mine as well. Shakespearean Insult Generator - an interesting project in Python by Simon…
  • TouchDevelop on Student Devices

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

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

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

  • Guest Op-Ed: Separate Fact from Fiction on Charter Schools Issue

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Kara Kerwin Leader/Observer November 19th, 2014 Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Even with more than half of states electing reform-minded governors who have either proven to be champions of reforms during their tenure or have run on platforms that don’t shy away from being vocal about putting parents and students first, it’s imperative all leaders come to appreciate good governance and reach across the aisle for the sake of children. After all, it’s how some of the boldest…
  • Indiana Accelerates School Choice Vouchers

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    In only four years, Indiana’s school voucher program has become the largest in the nation, with the capability to reach 29,146 students statewide, according to a new report from the Friedman Foundation. While the progress is impressive, it should be noted that 21,304 seats went unused during the 2013-14 school year and only 33% of Indiana private schools are enrolled in the voucher program. While Indiana is number one in Parent Power, the high amount of unused seats speaks to the importance of program implementation so opportunities are accessible to families. School choice should be…
  • NEWSWIRE: November 25, 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Vol. 16, No. 46 THANKSGIVING. As families across the country prepare to have turkey, watch football and count their blessings, we at CER have a short list of what we’re thankful for this holiday season. While we must work to accelerate the pace of reform, we’re thankful for more choices in more states, as more families continue to be able to find the best learning option for their child. A study out of Florida found that four in ten students in Duval County attend a school of choice. This shows how Florida continues to be a leader in delivering Parent Power by continuing to create ways…
  • Tennessee ranks No. 28 on education report card for parents

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Staff Reports The Lebanon Democrat November 21st, 2014 WASHINGTON – Tennessee ranked No. 28 out of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia when it comes to giving parents fundamental power over their child’s education, according to the fifth edition of Parent Power Index, released recently by the Center for Education Reform. While only six states earn rankings above 80 percent on PPI, Tennessee scored 66 percent. Parent Power Index is a web-based report card that evaluates and ranks states based on qualitative and proven state education policies. The higher a state’s grade, the…
  • The facts on charter schools

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    By Janine Yass Philadelphia Inquirer November 24th, 2014 The 40,000 students on charter school waiting lists in Philadelphia have high hopes as the School Reform Commission starts to review new applications for the first time in seven years. More than 40 nonprofit charters submitted applications on behalf of tens of thousands of families; many of these families have been kept at bay for years while demanding better educational opportunities for their children. They are hoping that their voices will finally be heard. The discussion about charter schools is filled with politically charged…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • More Student Protests on Lack of Indictment in Ferguson

    Scott Jaschik
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    While some campuses saw protests Monday night over the lack of an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many more campuses saw protests on Tuesday. The following are local press accounts of protests involving students at Baltimore-area colleges, Grand Valley State University, Kent State University, Middle Tennessee State University, San Diego State University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Ad keywords: diversity
  • Gratitude

    Matt Reed
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanIt’s almost Thanksgiving, so a moment of gratitude seems to be in order.   We had our parent-teacher conferences last week for The Boy and The Girl.   The Boy is in eighth grade, so he has a different teacher for each subject.  His school has parents come in with their kids and sit at tables in the cafeteria while teachers move from table to table.  It’s sort of a cross between traditional conferences and speed dating.   The Girl is in fifth grade, so she spends most of her day with one teacher.  Her…
  • Essay on character sketches and a 'typology of scholars'

    Scott McLemee
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Column: Intellectual AffairsThe Greek philosopher and scientist Theophrastus would probably have remained forever in the shadow of Aristotle, his teacher and benefactor (a very big shadow, admittedly) if not for a little volume of personality sketches called Characters he wrote at the age of 99. At least that’s what he claims in the preface. The first character type he portrays is called “The Ironical Man,” so it’s possible he was just putting everyone on. After long years of people-watching, Theophrastus says, he resolved to depict “the good and the…
  • U. of Virginia board adopts policy to show it is getting tough on sexual assault, but the policy lacks specifics

    Jake New
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    University of Virginia's board adopts policy to show it is getting tough on sexual assault on campus, but critics point out the lack of any specifics. Editorial Tags: Sexual assault
  • Australian government orders inquiry into foreign student plagiarizing

    Peter van Onselen for The Australian
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Education minister, concerned by reports of rampant cheating by international students, directs quality assurance agency to examine institutions' policies. Editorial Tags: AustraliaInternational higher educationPlagiarism
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 6 apps to build algebra skills

    Laura Devaney
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These algebra tools could become students’ go-to resources Many students begin school with a love of math, but stumble when they reach algebra. With the increasing prevalence of mobile learning, though, on-demand apps and resources can help students stay on top of their algebra lessons. Here, we’ve gathered a handful of algebra apps summarized on, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories. [Editor’s note: eSchool News has not reviewed these apps, which were originally curated by Apple Distinguished Educators, but has selected some that…
  • 5 tips to create strong learning environments with iPads

    Laura Devaney
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    These tips could help educators reach optimal iPad integration EdTechTeacher’s first iPad Summit was held in Boston in November 2012, and one of the first magazine articles that came out about our the event was: “The iPads in Education Conference That’s Not About iPads.” We loved the title. We will admit it; the title of the iPad Summit was a trick to get people who think they are interested in iPads to get really interested in great teaching and learning, which takes advantage of iPads. Three years ago, we started seeing schools and districts making major investments in iPads, and we…
  • 11 coding resources for the Hour of Code

    Laura Devaney
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As December’s Hour of Code approaches, coding skills are in the spotlight Computer science skills are becoming more and more important to success in today’s economy, and this importance is highlighted during the annual Hour of Code. A number of resources on and other sites can help students of all ages and skill levels develop coding skills. The Hour of Code, which can occur at any time during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14), is a one-hour coding activity during which students choose from self-guided tutorials that work on browsers, smartphones, tablets, or even work…
  • PBS launches math series for kids in ‘Odd Squad’

    Laura Devaney
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Math problems get animated, more engaging in new series Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that features an agency run by kids who use math to deal with oddities in their home town. What is the sum when they meet? The answer can be seen Wed., Nov. 26, when “Odd Squad” joins the PBS morning lineup. The quirky live-action series follows two young government agents who use…
  • Teach your students the right way to Google

    Stephen Noonoo
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources As in decades past, proper research methods are an essential skill for today’s students. At a time when most students (and adults, for that matter) are accustomed to heading straight to Google to answer all of their questions, being able to sagely sift through the good, the bad, and the ugly of search results is key to creating independent 21st century thinkers. However, even when used properly, Google is not always the right resource. On its…
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 6 apps to build algebra skills

    Laura Devaney
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These algebra tools could become students’ go-to resources Many students begin school with a love of math, but stumble when they reach algebra. With the increasing prevalence of mobile learning, though, on-demand apps and resources can help students stay on top of their algebra lessons. Here, we’ve gathered a handful of algebra apps summarized on, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories. [Editor’s note: eSchool News has not reviewed these apps, which were originally curated by Apple Distinguished Educators, but has selected some that…
  • 5 tips to create strong learning environments with iPads

    Laura Devaney
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    These tips could help educators reach optimal iPad integration EdTechTeacher’s first iPad Summit was held in Boston in November 2012, and one of the first magazine articles that came out about our the event was: “The iPads in Education Conference That’s Not About iPads.” We loved the title. We will admit it; the title of the iPad Summit was a trick to get people who think they are interested in iPads to get really interested in great teaching and learning, which takes advantage of iPads. Three years ago, we started seeing schools and districts making major investments in iPads, and we…
  • 11 coding resources for the Hour of Code

    Laura Devaney
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As December’s Hour of Code approaches, coding skills are in the spotlight Computer science skills are becoming more and more important to success in today’s economy, and this importance is highlighted during the annual Hour of Code. A number of resources on and other sites can help students of all ages and skill levels develop coding skills. The Hour of Code, which can occur at any time during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14), is a one-hour coding activity during which students choose from self-guided tutorials that work on browsers, smartphones, tablets, or even work…
  • PBS launches math series for kids in ‘Odd Squad’

    Laura Devaney
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Math problems get animated, more engaging in new series Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that features an agency run by kids who use math to deal with oddities in their home town. What is the sum when they meet? The answer can be seen Wed., Nov. 26, when “Odd Squad” joins the PBS morning lineup. The quirky live-action series follows two young government agents who use…
  • Teach your students the right way to Google

    Stephen Noonoo
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources As in decades past, proper research methods are an essential skill for today’s students. At a time when most students (and adults, for that matter) are accustomed to heading straight to Google to answer all of their questions, being able to sagely sift through the good, the bad, and the ugly of search results is key to creating independent 21st century thinkers. However, even when used properly, Google is not always the right resource. On its…
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    eSchool News » Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FCC proposes $1.5B E-rate increase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • I'm Thankful

    NYC Educator
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m thankful for having the best job there is. Despite all the noise and nonsense that swirls around it, I love the kids I teach. I love the idea that I’m helping them with something so vital, so necessary, and so indispensable. I’m thankful that the overwhelming majority of my kids know that, and participate eagerly.I'm thankful to my colleagues for allowing me to represent them. I was pretty nervous about running for chapter leader, but I think Patrick Sullivan told me I had to, and after that I had no choice. The job is completely insane, but for some reason I can't explain at all, I…
  • Damn Unity

    NYC Educator
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last Sunday I went to the Rockaway Theatre Company where blogger Norm Scott was in a production of Damn Yankees. It was wonderful, with really impressive singing and music. The orchestra was mostly teachers and students, and there were also a lot of teachers in the cast. It's great to see that such talented people are working to help our kids. Particularly inspiring was the use of children in the cast.As I watched, I kept thinking of parallels and contrasts with our clueless and counterproductive leadership. Clearly the unbeatable Yankees were the Unity machine, which allows no dissent and…
  • On Starting From Square One--Every Year...

    Arwen E.
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    When you have a handful of years teaching already safely stored in your pockets, you may not take kindly to a system that forces you to start from square one every year.  The system is stacked against your professionalism.  Last year, I had to hand in "artifacts" to prove that I do what I do every day and I do every day what I have done for the last twenty years.  There are no "artifacts" this year, but I still must prove myself anew.  Those twenty years count for nada.  I am once again at square one and under the microscope of NY State.  I can no longer be…
  • Loyalty

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

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

  • Data Doesn't Create Meaning. We Do.

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

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

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

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

    Karl Fisch
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    This is a great example of poetry and digital storytelling to share with your students, not to mention a subject worth discussing.
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  • Lawyer: Wilson leaving Ferguson PD

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Officer Darren Wilson is in talks to leave the Ferguson Police Department and may give up being an officer altogether -- after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
  • Storm snarls travel on East Coast

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    A storm caused trouble on the nation's roadways and delays of up to six hours at airports on one of the busiest travel days of the year. About 30 million people could be affected by the holiday storm.
  • Snowy night awaits protesters

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Like the night before, the tension here got thicker with every tick of the clock Tuesday night.
  • 10 ways to survive holiday travel

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Forget the annual Thanksgiving debate over your mother's turkey-roasting method or your uncle's political sideswiping. With a storm threatening the East Coast during the busiest travel time of the year, travelers are starting to wonder whether they'll even get to the dinner table on time.
  • Weather threatens holiday travel

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 pm
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    This Week In Education

  • Giving Thanks: 6 Key Moments That Changed My Post-Grad School Career

    Alexander Russo
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    That's me, feeling grateful at a Javits Center event earlier this year. So many people have been helpful and supportive of my career over the long haul, but there have been a few pivotal moments where people seemed like they changed the course of things: (6) Senate staff veteran Ellen Marshall mentioned at the end of a book club meeting whose ground rules included "no work talk" that she was leaving her job as Feinstein's education LA to follow Tim Wirth to the State Department and that maybe I should apply for her job; (5) Journalist David Seigel told a joke at a dinner…
  • Early Departure: Happy Thanksgiving 2014, Faithful Readers!

    Alexander Russo
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I'm taking an early trip up to Boston to see my family, and hope that you are wrapping things up and heading out soon or already on your way to wherever you're going (including staying home). Have a great next few days.  Thanks as always for reading and following and rebutting when necessary. Much appreciated. 
  • AM News: School Closures Worsen Things For Ferguson-Area Kids

    Alexander Russo
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    The other injustice in Ferguson: Schools are closed Quartz: The list of closures affects schools that are rich and poor, black and white, emblematic of districts that are more segregated today than before Brown vs. Board of Education.  Oklahoma: Education Waiver Is Restored for State NYT: The Department of Education announced Monday that Oklahoma — which lost its No Child Left Behind waiver after repealing Common Core — would have its waiver reinstated. See also WPost, PK12. N.J. High School Cancels Midterm and Final Exams WSJ: In a move likely to make many New Jersey…
  • Update: Cosby Allegations Raise Tough Education Issues

    Alexander Russo
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Last week, NPQ discussed the issue of Cosby's board memberships (Must Nonprofits Change Their Relationship with Bill Cosby?), and I'm told that StudentsFirst has now removed the entertainer from its board. But there's another, deeper issue, which is the reminder of our persistent collective refusal to acknowledge hard truths (or at least widespread allegations) that are uncomfortable or require a reconsideration of past beliefs: The Cosby story makes me wonder what deep beliefs about schools we already know to be false but refuse to acknowledge? Time will tell. —…
  • 5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Mourning Former DC Mayor Marion Barry

    Alexander Russo
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Union helps Jeb Bush build cred by calling him out - Washington Wire - WSJ  Marion Barry’s Complicated Education Legacy | Ahead of the Heard  @saramead NEA’s $132M Influence Spree - @dropoutnation  What It Takes to Fix American Education - The Daily Beast  Universal preschool, apparently Five Graphics That Show Why a Post-White America Is Already Here | New Republic  "Goldstein’s conclusions are loosely aligned with what we might label the Finland wing of the school reform…
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    Learning is Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Present and Future of Pedagogical Breakthroughs

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

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

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

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

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

  • November Ed Leadership column: A Buying Guide for Parents

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dot.con – Documentary on Internet Scams

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The importance of mentoring

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

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

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

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

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

  • Minds Online – A Wrap

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the past two weeks, I have been reviewing Michelle Miller‘s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.  This post looks at the last two chapters, on motivation and on putting it all together. Michelle noted that motivational challenges are one of the main differences between online and on campus teaching.  “Motivation,” as Michelle noted, comes for the same Latin root as the word “to move” – mechanisms that put you in motion.  The study of motivation is closely aligned with the study of emotion.  What we (and our students) are…
  • Thinking Better (and Visually)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Judy O'Connell
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    A great gathering of educators today in Melbourne for the SchoolsTechOZ conference.  Always a favourite, and as always a great lineup of speakers and workshop leaders. Here are the slides for my presentation in the afternoon.  Not identical, but the main links that attendees might be looking for are all there .  I’m looking forward to digging into some of this a little more deeply at my workshops tomorrow. Filed under: Cloud Computing, Future Directions, Information fluency, Knowledge networks, Maker culture, Professional Learning, School Leadership Tagged: Charles Sturt University,…
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  • IHAQ#18 - The Future and Relative Importance of OER and Open Pedagogy

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Tweet 33:15 minutes (15.22 MB)I Have A Question#18November 23, 2014 Featured Question:The Future and Relative Importance of OER and Open Pedagogy Connect with us on..   Twitter:    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook:  EdTechTalk read more
  • IHAQ#17 - What's an asynchronous credit hour?

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    Tweet 33:51 minutes (15.49 MB)I Have A Question#17November 16, 2014 Featured Question:What's an asynchronous credit hour?Links MentionedDave at OLC ConferenceJen's Designers for Learning now an official non-profitOldtime videos of Dave & Jeff at Kotesol 2004 NEXT SHOW: IHAQ#18 - Topic To Be Determined. Input welcome on our Google+ Event PageNovember 23, 8pmEST, 0100UTC  Global TimesConnect with us on..   Twitter:    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook:  EdTechTalkChat Log Belowread more
  • Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences (Jan~June 2015, Edition#32)

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
     Prepared by Clayton R. Wright, crwr77 at, November 12, 2014read more
  • ELT Live - Questions from Future ELT's

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tweet 11:45 minutes (13.46 MB)Alex and arvind discuss the book "The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane and how people can learn to build their charisma through practicing skills around presence, power, and warmth. read more
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • Giving Thanks: Nine Key People Who Changed My Professional Career(s) — For The Better!

    Larry Ferlazzo
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    © 2012 Hey Paul Studios, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Yesterday, one of my favorite bloggers – Alexander Russo — wrote an excellent post titled Giving Thanks: 6 Key Moments That Changed My Post-Grad School Career . It’s inspired me to do something similar: 1. Johnny Baranski, who invited me to join the Portland (Oregon) Catholic Worker and which led to my spending seven years in the Catholic Worker Movement, including starting a soup kitchen/emergency shelter in Santa Rosa, California. 2. Mary Ochs, who took a chance and hired me for my first job as a community organizer and…
  • More Resources On Ferguson

    Larry Ferlazzo
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    © 2014 Paul George, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are new additions to The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom: After Ferguson Announcement, a Racial Divide Remains Over Views of Justice is from The NY Times. Ferguson grand jury decision: between the lines of the St Louis County prosecutor’s announcement is an interactive from The Guardian. From Cairo to Moscow: how the world reacted to Ferguson is from The Guardian. Telling My Son About Ferguson is from The New York Times. Talking About Racism With White Kids is from The New York Times. Track the aftermath of…
  • Even More Thanksgiving Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I spoke too soon in my previous post — those were not the last additions to The Best Sites To Learn & Teach About Thanksgiving. These are: Why we celebrate Thanksgiving every year. It isn’t what you think. is from The Washington Post. Map: Where your Thanksgiving dinner comes from is also from The Washington Post. Seven global trends to be really, really thankful for is from The Wash. Post. Thanksgiving Used to Look a Lot Like Halloween, Except More Racist is from The Atlantic.
  • “Student Engagement Versus Student Compliance” Is Topic Of My Latest BAM! Radio Show

    Larry Ferlazzo
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Student Engagement Versus Student Compliance: Does It Really Matter? is my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio show. I speak with Debbie Silver and Bryan Harris, who have both contributed written responses to the topic for an upcoming Ed Week Teacher column.
  • Nice Infographic: “Around the World in 80 Games”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    I’m adding this infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures: Thanks to Cape Portfolios
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • Thanksgiving 2014 – Fly your flag today!

    Ed Darrell
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Mt. Timpanogos and the U.S. flag. Photo by Bob Walker of Orem, Utah; from Orem, circa September 2012. That’s Mt. Baldy on the left. This site is about six miles from our old home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where we celebrated a few dozen Thanksgivings. Fly  your flag on Thanksgiving — it’s one of about a score of dates Congress designated specially to fly the flag, in the U.S. flag code. Americans load up this particular holiday with significance, often for no particular reason.  As a holiday, it is really rather uniquely American.  There were feasts of thanksgiving from…
  • Remembering “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving” by Thomas Nast, 1869

    Ed Darrell
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:12 pm
    November 1869, in the first year of the Grant administration — and Nast put aside his own prejudices enough to invite the Irish guy to dinner, along with many others. With a nation whose emotions are raw from events in Ferguson, Missouri, could there be a better, more timely reminder of what we’re supposed to be doing? (Click for a larger image — it’s well worth it.) Thomas Nast’s “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving,” 1869 – Ohio State University’s cartoon collection, and HarpWeek As described at the Ohio State site: “Uncle Sam’s…
  • November 24 is Origin of Species Day 2014

    Ed Darrell
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    November 24, 2014, marks the 155th anniversary of a day that quietly changed all of science, should have changed much of theology, and brought much of the world into the future, though many people don’t know it yet. On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin’s book was published, On the Origin of Species. Title page, 1859 edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species – image from the University of Sydney via Wikimedia image How to celebrate?  You could read a summary of Ernst Mayr’s shorthand version of Darwin’s theory, and understand it really for the first time  (I…
  • History of physics, in four minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Our recent article, The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes, is now available for open access under a CC BY license. Read the abstract below, or grab the free PDF of the full article. Given the increasing costs associated with commercial textbooks and decreasing financial support of public schools, it is important to better understand the impacts of open educational resources on student outcomes. The purpose of this quantitative study is to analyze whether the adoption of open science textbooks significantly affects science learning outcomes for secondary students…
  • The K-12 OER Collaborative

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    As our recent article on The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes in Educational Researcher demonstrated (OA version coming soon), when used in the K-12 context OER have the potential to provide local control, save districts significant money, support students in building up a personal library of science books, and improve learning outcomes. What can be done to help other students and schools enjoy the benefits of using OER? Last week at OpenEd14 we announced the K-12 OER Collaborative. The Collaborative is creating comprehensive, high-quality, open educational…
  • 5R Open Course Design Framework

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

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

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

  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part IX

    Jim Gerl
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    In My Room from the Bully Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  In the first installment of this series, I explained the early cases laying the conceptual groundwork for the proposition that failure to react to bullying can constitute a denial of FAPE under IDEA.  In later installments, I have discussed the seminal decision of TK & SK ex rel LK v. New York City Dept of Educ 779 F.Supp.2d 289, 56 IDELR 228 (E.D.N.Y. 4/25/2011).  This case is important not just…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part VIII

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Brandman University’s competency-based bachelor’s degree gives a glimpse of where the increasingly popular form of higher education might be headed. The new bachelor of business administration is fully online. There are no textbooks. Students can access 30,000 pages of course material for the degree (not all of it required) on their tablets or smartphones. Inside Higher Ed Full Article
  • Eliminating educational Inequality through e-learning: the case of Virtual University of Pakistan

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    This study aims at examining the role of e-learning in combating the issues of inequality in terms of access and quality in the field of higher education in Pakistan. The education system in Pakistan is mainly characterized by educational disparity. The standard of education is directly proportional to the investment students make in the form of registration and fees. Another important issue is the non-availability of reputed educational institutes in small towns and villages. Unfortunately, very few people from rural areas have access to quality higher education. Virtual University of…
  • Open Education’s Publicity Problem

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

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

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    An online university has teamed up with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to offer tuition-free, accredited HE to refugees and asylum seekers Times Higher Education Full Article
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Biomedical Science Jobs and Careers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flipping The Classroom Using Blendspace

    Med kharbach
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    November 26, 2014 Blendspace is an excellent free tool to create flipped lessons for your class. You can create a class on Blendspace and invite up to 35 students to join it. The maximum number of... more Read More......(read more)
  • Giving Thanks: Nine Key People Who Changed My Professional Career(s) — For The Better!

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Yesterday, one of my favorite bloggers – Alexander Russo — wrote an excellent post titled Giving Thanks: 6 Key Moments That Changed My Post-Grad School Career . It’s inspired me to do something similar: 1. Johnny Baranski, who invited me … Continue reading...(read more)
  • More Resources On Ferguson

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Here are new additions to The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom: After Ferguson Announcement, a Racial Divide Remains Over Views of Justice is from The NY Times. Ferguson grand jury decision: between the lines of the … Continue reading...(read more)
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I am thankful for all of my family, friends/coworkers, Mike, Lily, and my students and their families. I am thankful for finding joy in the simple things of life, and thankful that my students always help me to strive to be a better person, a better role...(read more)
  • November-Thanksgiving & December-Christmas Ideas-Activities-Lessons

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Pass Christian Turns Lemons into Limoncello

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

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

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

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

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

  • Longmire lives!

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Longmire fans’ dedication to saving the show has paid off. Netflix, following several weeks of negotiations, has closed a deal for a 10-episode fourth season of the drama series to premiere in 2015 in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The news comes less than three months after Longmire‘s surprise cancellation by A&E after three seasons. It triggered one of the biggest outpourings of fan support ever for an axed TV series. The cast members, led by Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, have all made their deals for Season 4. Following the cancellation by A&E, Longmire producer…
  • Discovery Monday: Stitching Snow

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce R.C. Lewis’ debut book Stitching Snow. Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that…
  • Krueger crushes it!

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce M. Anjelais’ debut book Breaking Butterflies. The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he’s hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost — written when the author was just eighteen. Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with…
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  • What Defines a Successful School? (11/18/14)

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

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

  • Texas in Speculative Fiction

    Dr Davis
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Looking at Texas as a setting in science fiction and fantasy for a possible presentation. I found a site the other day that had a lot of good information, but then when I went trying to find it again, I had trouble. Just found it. Apparently I thought that an Amazon link couldn’t possibly be the page I was looking for, but it was. For future reference, when I need this link again, it is here. I should also remember, as I am thinking about this, that I bought two sf books from a Texas author at Lone Star WorldCon in 2013. Those are on the bottom shelf in the living room bookcase on the…
  • Travel and Memory

    Dr Davis
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Duro, Paul. “’A Disturbance of Memory’: Travel, Recollection, and the Experience of Place.” Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form. Eds. Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian. New York: Routledge, 2012. eBook. “experience cannot be separated from recollection, rendering the actual event an always already memory that frames the way we experience the sense of place” (Duro) “expectations confounded by the peculiarly alienating effect that opposed anticipation and arrival” (Duro) “stabilizing persistence of place as a container of experience that contributes so powerfully to its…
  • Memory and Installations

    Dr Davis
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Ewing, Margaret. “The Unexpected Encounter: Confronting Holocaust Memory in the Streets of Post-Wall Berlin.” Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form. Eds. Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian. New York: Routledge, 2012. eBook. “visual cues offer the first indication of a site’s significance” (Ewing) “the installations trigger memorial operations in the mind, thereby facilitating a personal assimilation of history” (Ewing) “perception of the site shifts in the experience of the artists’ interventions” (Ewing) These three quotes seem to offer implications for conventions,…
  • Research On-going

    Dr Davis
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    The paper for RCMF has been sent off. In that case you might be wondering, why are there still posts here? There are a few reasons. The first reason, and originally the only reason, is that I had additional notes, which I had failed to put into my computer. I had read the works and I like having the notes all in one place, so TCE works for that for me. (So does Evernote and iCloud and Dropbox, but ever since my hard drive crashed with all my data on it, I am way more concerned with keeping my things in multiple places.) The second reason is that I have come up with some other ideas for papers…
  • Landscape and Memory

    Dr Davis
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    Hammer, Andrea. “Memory Lines: The Plotting of New York’s New Military Track.” Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form. Eds. Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian. New York: Routledge, 2012. eBook. “any landscape—as a continually unfolding story and vast mnemonic device, a living, shifting repository of marks, lines, and erasures that “speak” of past lives, past events, past cultural myths and meanings” This applies, I think, to the experience of a convention. To understand landscape = “to carry out an act of remembrance” (Tim Ingold qtd. in Hammer) RCMF
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  • Why fruit flies could lead to better beer (video)

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Chemical Society) Your beer may attract annoying fruit flies, but listen up before you give them a swat. Researchers found the yeast cells in beer are producing odor compounds -- acetate esters -- that lure flies and that could lead to the best beer you haven't even tasted yet. This week's Speaking of Chemistry explains why. Check it out at
  • Full-day preschool linked with increased school readiness compared with part-day

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (The JAMA Network Journals) Children who attended a full-day preschool program had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills (language, math, socio-emotional development, and physical health), increased attendance, and reduced chronic absences compared to children who attended part-day preschool, according to a study in the Nov. 26 issue of JAMA.
  • Genom Austria launches as a new member of the Personal Genome Project

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Breakthrough sequencing technology makes it possible to analyze human genomes at relatively low cost. 'Genom Austria' is a joint project of, the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Medical University of Vienna. It explores the scientific, educational, ethical, and social implications of genome sequencing. Following the model of Harvard's Personal Genome Project, 'Genom Austria' provides qualifying volunteers the opportunity to sequence and…
  • High-dose interleukin-2 effective in mRCC pre-treated with VEGF-targeted therapies

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) High-dose interleukin-2 can be effective in selected metastatic renal cell cancer patients pre-treated with VEGF-targeted agents, reveals research presented at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Too much turkey: What happens when you overeat? (video)

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Chemical Society) The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, Reactions takes a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat. Put on your 'eating pants' and enjoy the video here:
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  • Richer Reading – Response to Brandon Grasley

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you haven’t, you should read Brandon Grasley’s Post “Finding “unusual” content using Zite“.  In the post, he talks about how he uses Zite to break outside of the Echo Chamber that it’s so easy to fall in to.  The nice thing about being connected is that you can connect with whoever or whatever you want.  As he notes, as an educator, you can surround you with other educators that feed you the same messages.  Or, you can turn it into something else.  We have such great tools that can enable your learning in any way that suits.  There’s no excuse…
  • OTR Links 11/26/2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm Free 2015 Printable Weekly Calendar for Bloggers — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 25, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Imp ARM-based Ubuntu Mini PC Unveiled for $150 Imp ARM-based Ubuntu Mini PC Unveiled for $150 — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 25, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Week 9: Time to show off | Student Blogging Challenge Student Blogging Challenge — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 25, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Blogging for Learning: Mulling it Over |…
  • Hour of Code 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Hour of Code for 2014 is coming.  Teachers and students from all over will be using classroom tools to get a flavour for what coding/programming is all about. There’s no one language that we’ve come to agreement on that would be perfect.  So, we’re all over the map with this one!  Choose one and do it well. To help the cause, great people all over the web have been building activities and tutorials that will take one hour-ish to complete.  Hopefully, it doesn’t stop there and the coding activities and skills inspire great things to happen from this…
  • OTR Links 11/25/2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm Why is Math Different Now on Vimeo — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 25, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Creating permanent change in the St. Anthony School yard | Aviva Community Fund – RT @mcguirp: Asphalt to Oasis – voting closes at 4:00 PM Monday – let’s finish strong #ocsb @JimWatsonOttawa @SWCHC — Doug Peterson (dougpete) November 24, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter ocsb|DENSO WAVE | @scoopit — Doug Peterson…
  • The Fine Print

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    There’s a lot to be said for reading the fine print.  But, like most people I suspect, I seldom do. But there’s a fine print that you probably should look at every now and again.  It’s at the bottom of your Gmail box. I’m talking about the little “Details” link.  Clicking on it will pop up a little window showing you activity on your Gmail account. It’s great reading if the topic is digital forensic science or just healthy paranoia! Details are provided about access to your account, how, where, and when.  If you’re accessing email from a…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • SAT Tip of the Week: 3 Steps To Stay Sharp During The Holidays

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    As the holidays ramp up and the focus of many students shifts from tests to turkey, (or a delicious vegetarian alternative) it is easy to put studying for the SAT to bed for a long winter’s nap.  It is almost certain that taking a little bit of time to not think about standardized tests is beneficial, but that does not mean that the next two months should be devoid of any work. With a work out plan, the two most important things are consistency and attitude. This is true of SAT studying as well. Students can use these three steps (which should take less than twenty minutes) four days a…
  • True or False: Do You Need to Take Calculus Prior to Business School?

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    For a good number of years, Calculus was a prerequisite to joining any decent MBA program.  There were several good reasons for this, including the fact that rate of change (computed using Calculus from the first derivative of an equation), is a very useful concept and commonly seen not only in finance coursework, but also in other classes where time is a factor (arguably almost any business concept has some component of time).  But over the years, we have seen an increasing number of schools drop Calculus from the required list (cue the cheering crowd of poets!). As a matter of fact, Duke…
  • Busting Some GMAT Sentence Correction Myths - Part II

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    A few weeks back, we wrote a post busting some Sentence Correction myths. Let’s continue from where we left.  We discussed how we can have pronouns referring to different antecedents in different clauses of the same sentence. Let’s take another example illustrating that principle. Also, we learn how to use ‘being’ correctly in GMAT. Myth 3: Use of ‘being’ is always wrong on GMAT! Often, the way we use ‘being’ in our day-to-day communication, is incorrect. For example, Being a doctor, he is very well respected. But there are correct ways of using ‘being’. Since most…
  • How To Tackle Vocabulary (And Actually Remember!)

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

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

  • A School Expert’s Take on Brooks School

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

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

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

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

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

  • Transforming Our Learning Metaphors #yvrignite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Essentials of Education Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Education Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Education Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsBCP Software vs. DIY: How to Make the Most Important Decision in Business Continuity PlanningHolistic Security Architecture Designed to Fight Emerging Cyber AttacksThe ABCs of Mobile Device ManagementRequest Free!
  • Training Daily Advisor

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Keep up-to-date with the latest training issues, trends, and best practices.Training Daily Advisor will help you:Save Time - with concise, complete, actionable informationStay Up-to-Date - their team of experts does the research for youSucceed - Plain English analysis and advice is immediately usefulFor a limited time also receive a Free Special Report, Building The Best Training Program.Register for Training Daily Advisor Today!Request Free!
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    Heather Wolpert-Gawron

  • The Full Interview with Dr. Spiros Michalakis

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brand Tarnishing - One Tweet or Post Away from Infamy

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Yikes, we all hate when this happens! You're just going along having a great day and then, "Oops!", you DM (direct message) the entire world by mistake (instead of the individual you were DM'ing it to. To make matters worse you're an executive and you appear to be privately (now publicly) talking about a possible acquisition for your company, Twitter. Read more here at: Twitter exec Anthony Noto in direct message gaffe. ~~~ Ok, first we should recognize that we're all human, right? But then again, this is an executive of a major company. Worse yet, this could be you or me...or any of us. It…
  • Social Media Marketing Apologies - Uber vs Jet Blue

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

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

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

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

  • Top 6 Reasons You Should Go International

    Guest Blogger
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Ever wonder what studying abroad can offer you? Here are a few reasons to consider a worldwide adventure in college. 1). Open your eyes through travel. Spice up your life with some adventure as you coast to new places! Whether you fly solo or with your parents, the journey to your new home will be one you can’t forget. 2). Immerse yourself in a new culture. Learning more about the way other people go through their daily lives will give you a new way to look at your own. Besides, accents galore. 3). Get a standout world-class education that opens new doors. Learning curriculums of the…
  • How I Kicked My Procrastination Habit

    Emily Liu
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a student, in high school or college, who doesn’t know how to procrastinate. We’re procrastination masters, myself included. After all, I just spent the past few hours staring blankly at the same posts on Facebook and googling answers to life’s greatest and most random questions (you know, the ones that only feel important when you have a big essay due in two days, like “Why are pothole covers round instead of any other shape?”). The thing about procrastination is you totally know what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Count yourself lucky…
  • 6 Scholarships to be Thankful For

    Team Zinch
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Be sure to have an account with Zinch with a complete (or nearly complete) profile in order to look at and apply for the scholarships below. Signing up for Zinch and filling out your profile will also find you a whole host more of scholarships you are eligible for. Go sign up today! • CollegeWeekLive Scholarship Giveaway Who’s Eligible? Open to students from any country. Applicants must enroll no later than the fall of 2017 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university or trade school) Amount: $1,000 How to Apply: Register at CollegeWeekLive to start…
  • I Made the Most of Thanksgiving Break, and Here’s How

    Enoma Osakue
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Nothing sours the idea of a break for me like school work. The sheer exhaustion of three months of non-stop homework, quizzes, and tests, and just when the hope of Thanksgiving break peaked around the corner — SLAM! A calculus project, a book to read, a paper to write, or several college applications would materialize. Yeah, we know this feeling all too well. Image via Memegenerator. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have homework over the break. Breaks would actually involve relaxation and wouldn’t require you to think about school at all. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. But…
  • More Essays!? How I Wrote (Then Chose Not to Write) Supplemental Essays

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

  • How To Handle Students Who Lie And Deny

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

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

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

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

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

  • Summarizing Fiction

    Melissa Taylor
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Now that we’ve covered determining importance and summarizing nonfiction, let’s talk about summarizing strategies for fiction. This is SO hard for those natural retellers who want to tell you every last detail of the story. That’s why summarizing has to be taught, modeled, and practiced. A lot. Flow Maps Flow maps are thinking maps for sequencing the […] The post Summarizing Fiction appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Summarizing with Thinking Maps

    Melissa Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Summarizing doesn’t come easily for most kids. Most kids are natural retellers. You know, those kids who tell you every last detail of a movie that they just watched? (Oh, the agony!) Which is why I want to tell you about using thinking maps (graphic organizers) to write summaries. The goal with summarizing, unlike retelling, is […] The post Summarizing with Thinking Maps appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Determining Importance in Nonfiction Text

    Melissa Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    With Common Core’s emphasis of reading nonfiction text, the comprehension strategy of determining importance is absolutely essential for readers. Determining importance means that the reader can distinguish the important information from text so they can decipher the main ideas and key details if reading expository (nonfiction) texts and the gist of the story when reading narrative (fiction) texts. This strategy needs […] The post Determining Importance in Nonfiction Text appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Stocking Stuffers for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    amy mascott
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
          Friends. I’m not sure if you’re a wild and crazy Black Friday shopper or not, but in case you are, happy holidays! Here are a few biggie sales that I’m taking advantage of and that you could, too, so that you are less stressed, closer to being finished with your gift-buying, and securing some pretty decent deals this holiday. Just a few. A few deals that will help you and will help me. Bam. Here’s the skinny. . . The ONLY Black Friday Deals You Need for Kids and Families: These are the only deals you really need to grab. So grab them, and then eat…
  • monthly craft gift for kids: kiwi crate

    amy mascott
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
          Often people ask me for cool gift ideas for holidays and birthdays, and though I often immediately share with them my holiday gift guide (because really, it works for any time of the year!). But when I’m away from the computer and someone asks for a quick idea for a birthday or holiday for a child, I often recommend Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription gift for kids. Crafts, making, and a whole lot of cool.  And it’s not just for girls, and it’s not just for the teenies. It’s for all kids. Which is why it rocks. And right now they…
  • gifts for sunday school teachers or CCD teachers

    amy mascott
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
        My kids have gone to SOR (School of Religion for our church and which we grew up calling CCD), for years now. Every single week since Kindergarten, they’ve spent an hour with good people who take the time out of their lives to teach my kids what many other kids learn in Sunday School. I’m truly thankful for these great people because I know it’s hard enough for me to teach Children’s Liturgy with a group of women on a rotating basis. It would be a lot more work to teach a weekly religion class–that I know for sure. But what I have just come to…
  • our favorite thanksgiving printables for BIG kids!

    amy mascott
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week is the big week for us–lots of travel, lots of family, lots of friends, and lots of food! Officially, the fun winter holiday season is upon us, and from here until January 2nd, it’s a wild ride. But often that wild ride means that our kids tend to be kicked off of their normal schedules. They get tired. We get tired. They get cranky. We get cranky. And they need some down time. We need some down time. So we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Thanksgiving printables–ones we are printing out and bringing to Thanksgiving meals–so that the kids have some…
  • family holiday cards: how to get the kids involved

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

  • Panjab University proposes 5% fee hike for 2015-16

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    CHANDIGARH: A Panjab University (PU) committee has proposed a five per cent increase in tuition fee for students enrolled at the university’s teaching departments, institutes, and regional centres. The proposal to increase the fees across-the-board comes with a lower limit of Rs500, and an upper limit of Rs2,000, with some self-financed courses already being too heavy on the students’ pockets. However, the proposal will have to go through the PU senate and syndicate, which will finalize the fee structure that will come into effect in 2015-16. The committee was constituted by…
  • Foreign degree holders better skilled for jobs

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Functioning in an increasingly globalised environment, many companies feel that foreign degree holders have better technical skills for jobs compared to Indian university graduates, says a latest survey As per British Council’s ‘India Employability Survey 2014′, as much as 39 per cent of the companies in India said that foreign university graduates are better prepared for the jobs than those from Indian ones. Further, the survey conducted in 200 Indian and foreign companies in the country found that 41 per cent have hired at least one foreign university graduate in the last…
  • Vidya Sagar invites applications for certificate course in human rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Studying Abroad is a Worthwhile Investment

    Editorial Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Canadian students have one of the lowest numbers for studying abroad or student exchanges. The global perspective and broadened viewpoint of students who study abroad could be an invaluable addition to the country’s economy, if only more businesses realized this fact. At least that’s the conclusion of a recent report from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), as well as those who’ve capitalized on an international education and have subsequently climbed the corporate ladder. One such proponent of studying abroad is Dr. Myers, the president and chief executive officer…
  • St. Lawrence College Recognized for Contributions to Financial Literacy

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

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

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

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

  • CPS chief backs the mayor's $13-an-hour minimum wage

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Myths About Differentiated Instruction

    Christina Yu
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW THE INFOGRAPHIC MYTH: Differentiation is synonymous with grouping students according to ability. Differentiated instruction often involves group work. It does not mean, however, separating students into groups based on their level or perceived ability and assigning different work to each group. One effective differentiation tactic is to put students into heterogeneous groups, where each student brings some particular skill or strength to the group (and has a weakness that needs to be addressed as well). That way, students become responsible for each other’s…
  • Education Reimagined: The Current Future of the Classroom

    Charlie Harrington
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article originally appeared on Innovate My School.  What exactly will edtech’s impact be? How will we see education change, and what will new innovations mean for teachers and their pupils? Right now, classrooms are making a historical shift from print to digital learning materials. The shift will enable greater access to materials for students around the world. But edtech is more than just MOOCs or iPads in the classroom. There is great potential to use technology in other ways beyond digitizing textbooks and exam papers. Rather than acting as a replacement for existing tools or…
  • The Path to Personalized Learning

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    We had a such a special time last month, celebrating all of our Calgary graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.  The sea of blue was really quite impressive - don't you agree?  Congratulations again, to all of our graduates. We wish you the best of luck in your new careers!For more pictures, visit our Facebook page and follow us for all our latest news!
  • Robertson College Online - Programs Starting in January

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    We are fast approaching the end of 2014.  Are you as excited as us about the upcoming year? The turning of a new year is the ideal time to take a closer look at your life and set goals that can further your growth and development.  Whether it has to do with your health, your family or your career - goal setting is an important step to make sure you stay on track!If you've been thinking about furthering your career or pursuing a job that you are passionate about, Robertson College can help you achieve your goal. Robertson College Online now offers programs in Business and Health Care…
  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Winnipeg Grad Day

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

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

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

  • Media & Content Marketing Success Story: Instructor Robb Montgomery

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Robb Montgomery has two Udemy courses and has used media outreach and content marketing to build his brand, keep his existing audience informed of his new projects, and increase his following. Montgomery shared his course launch strategy and lessons learned with Udemy. Why did you decide to put out a press release when you launched your Udemy course? Messaging is a very important part of my launch strategy. I currently have two Udemy courses and material for several more in production. I wanted my existing audience to know I am now releasing video lessons in addition to my consulting and…
  • From Intern to Engineer: Anthony Nassar on working at Udemy

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Choosing a company as a first-time programmer can be a difficult yet very important step. Our own Anthony Nassar shares his Udemy experience as a new engineer. What is your educational background/degree(s)? I graduated in 2010 from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in Mathematics. I was studying to become a high school math teacher and came along the opportunity to work at my dream job with Blizzard Entertainment as a game tester, where I stayed for about three years. During my time there, I taught myself how to program and was actually given the opportunity to work on scripts and create things using…
  • Calling all SQL Newbs!

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Two of our very own Udemites published a great new course over the weekend, SQL for Newbs: Beginner Data Analysis! Marketing Analyst Peter Sefton and Instructor Email Marketer David Kim joined Udemy with no experience in databases or querying languages. With a little curiosity, some trial and error, and a lot of each other’s support, Peter and David have become Udemy’s go-to SQL pros. Now, they’ve distilled their expansive SQL expertise and are ready to share it with the world (lucky you)! SQL is a special-purpose programming language designed for managing data held in a relational…
  • Udemy + LinkedIn ‘Add to Profile for Certifications’

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

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

  • JEST Results 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) , 2015 results are expected to be declared in the month of March, 2015 . Candidates, who are going to appear for the exam, can check their results on the official website of  Joint Engineering Screening Test .  For JEST2015 results , please click here . Check here for more updates on  JEST 2015 Exam Dates JEST 2015 : The JEST will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 . JEST is conducted for taking admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science and..
  • IIT, Gandhinagar Invites Applications for M.A Scholarships 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Applications are invited by  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar   for M.A Scholarships 2015 for students pursuing their 2 years Master of Arts (M.A) in Society and Culture program for the session 2015. Scholarship Details: Eligible candidates admitted to the M.A. program will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 5,000/-. The stipend support will be renewed per semester subject to a student’s continued satisfactory progress in the program. The institute encourages M.A. students to present their research work at national and international..
  • Umea University, Sweden Invites Applications for Masters Scholarship 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Applications are invited by  Umea University, Sweden   for Masters Scholarship 2015 for students pursuing their master's study program offered at the university. Scholarship Details: Selected candidates will receive a full or partial reduction of the tuition fee. Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be from outside the EU/EEA. Candidates applying for a master's degree program at Umea University are eligible to apply. How to Apply: Candidates can apply online . Important Dates: Application deadline:  Sunday, March 15,..
  • Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences Invites Applications for Medical Programs 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    Applications are invited by Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Ahmedabad for admission to Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Surgery (MS), Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) programs in various specializations in the constituent colleges for the year 2015. For more details on various specializations, please  click here . Eligibility Criteria for  PIMS, Ahmednagar: Candidate seeking admission to postgraduate medicine/dentistry program should hold MBBS/ BDS degree of recognized university by MCI/ DCI. A candidate who has completed one year..
  • IIM Ahmedabad to set up Gold Policy Centre along with WGC

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    It seems that the shining metal desired by all and sundry is the new focus at the country’s premier management institute. It has been reported that World Gold Council (WGC) has now tied up with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) for setting up 'India Gold Policy Centre' to do research on gold industry. It was mentioned that the policy centre which is to be situated within the IIM-A campus is being set up with a financial grant from the WGC and will operate independently. The Centre will commence its operations next month. As per the reports, the objective of the..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Calgary Grad Day

    Robertson College
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    We had a such a special time last month, celebrating all of our Calgary graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.  The sea of blue was really quite impressive - don't you agree?  Congratulations again, to all of our graduates. We wish you the best of luck in your new careers!For more pictures, visit our Facebook page and follow us for all our latest news!
  • Robertson College Online - Programs Starting in January

    Robertson College
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    We are fast approaching the end of 2014.  Are you as excited as us about the upcoming year? The turning of a new year is the ideal time to take a closer look at your life and set goals that can further your growth and development.  Whether it has to do with your health, your family or your career - goal setting is an important step to make sure you stay on track!If you've been thinking about furthering your career or pursuing a job that you are passionate about, Robertson College can help you achieve your goal. Robertson College Online now offers programs in Business and Health Care…
  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Winnipeg Grad Day

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

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

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

  • Thanksgiving Song Round-Up!

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    At this time of year I often ask my students what they are thankful for—and their answers are always inspiring!This year, I want to share with parents the simple things that make early elementary school teachers thankful. Here are 10 ways that teachers are grateful to parents in preparing a young child for school success:Reading Read more...
  • Help Your Daughter Deal With "Mean Girls"

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Sometimes adolescent girls can be mean to one another. I am not certain why this happens. My mother always said it was because they are jealous. Perhaps so, but whatever the reason for it, it can really hurt. It especially hurts when girls are already feeling bad about themselves. The most effective way to deal with this type of bullying is with humo Read more...
  • Help Your Child Have a Deeper Understanding of Stories

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

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

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

  • A Time To Give Thanks

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    My favorite message every year. Thanksgiving. I get to thank the people who spend all year serving others and thanking others but who don't get thanked nearly enough themselves. Yes -- you! On behalf of all of us at PTO Today and on behalf of all of those in your school community who should be thanking you and maybe don't show it enough -- thank you. Thanks for your willingness to give your time and talent. Thanks for your passion for your school and the kids. Thanks for making a difference. And please take a moment today to hear a well-deserved message of thanks from our community…
  • Ultimate Donation List: A Key Tool for Your Auction Planning

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you run a school auction, you know they can be a lot of work. But they can also be extremely rewarding, both financially and in terms of building a community.  One of the most difficult aspects of organizing an auction is lining up donations so you’ll have plenty of items, like attractive gift baskets, at your event. It can be time-consuming and even discouraging when you solicit a donation and don’t hear back from a company.  So we think our Ultimate Donation List can be an essential resource for you. This Message Boards thread was created organically by people like you.
  • Openness Sends the Right Message

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The drugs lorazepam and diazepam belong to the class of drugs called as ‘benzodiapines’ which belong to the group of psychoactive drugs. These act on the neurotransmitters of the brain. These produce... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Totalitarianism and Dictatorship.

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Introduction Although democracy is the most cherished and sought after form of governance in spite of some flaws attached to it, from the beginning of the idea of state, a number of other forms have... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between pneumonia and lung abscess.

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Pneumonia and lung abscesses are both serious medical conditions affecting the lung tissue that need vigorous medical treatment. A Lung abscess is characterized by death or necrosis of the lung... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between scleritis and episcleritis.

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    To understand the difference between the sclera and the episclera we should first known the minor difference in their anatomical location in the eye. Sclera is considered the deepest layer out of the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between hyoscine and hyoscyamine.

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

    Mia San Jose
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Subtitle:  Transformer l’enseignement des sciences et technologie Éduquer aux sciences et technologie à l’élémentaire est une des voies pour édifier une société du savoir composée de citoyens plus informés et plus critiques. Nombreux sont les enjeux environnementaux, scientifiques ou en santé qui demandent aux populations d’être mieux informées. Plusieurs raisons peuvent expliquer pourquoi les sciences et technologie sont peu enseignées à l’école. Authors:  Liliane Dionne Lorraine Savoie-Zajc Web exclusive? read more
  • Accompagner le développement professionnel

    Mia San Jose
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Subtitle:  Un projet de recherche-action réunissant un directeur et des enseignants Les directions d’établissement sont sollicitées afin de mettre en œuvre des moyens pour améliorer l’état des apprentissages des élèves. Authors:  Martin Lavoie Louise Royal Web exclusive? read more
  • The Problem with Physics

    Mia San Jose
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Subtitle:  How action research changed everything Each year, frustration with my Senior Physics students’ expectations grew. Students entered my classroom expecting to encounter contrived problems, watch me solve sample problems using rigorous mathematics, and reproduce repetitive steps to solve similar problems on an exam. While many of my students excelled in these mathematics-based problems, they struggled with physics. They were unable to apply or explain physical principles to the world, despite being able to mathematically calculate the result. Authors:  Ellen Fritz Web…
  • From Action Research to Collaborative Inquiry

    Mia San Jose
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Subtitle:  A framework for researchers and practitioners Gordon Thomas, Executive Secretary of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, notes in Collaborative Action Research: Experiences and Reflections1 that the Association first published a monograph on action research in 1959 – early days indeed for that movement in Canada. Authors:  Pamela Adams David Townsend Web exclusive? read more
  • Addressing the Knowledge-Doing Gap

    Stephen Hurley
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Objects In Motion... One of the main barriers to turning knowledge into action is the tendency to treat talking about something as equivalent to actually doing something about it.—Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, in The Knowing-Doing Gap read more
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  • Curious About AB2053 and Workplace Bullying? Join Us For a Free Webinar!

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    We’re excited to announce our upcoming webinar “Preventing Abusive Conduct and Bullying in the Workplace: A Policy and Training Roadmap” in collaboration with MYCA Learning! While California training managers are very familiar with AB1825 and the sexual harassment requirements included, not everyone is familiar with the parameters of the new AB2053 law. Don’t miss this webinar where you’ll get all the need-to-know info right from the subject matter experts, Stephen Anderson and Anne Noel. AB2053 expands on AB1825 to also include “prevention of abusive conduct,” addressing the…
  • The 6 Dos and Don'ts of Reddit Marketing
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s 2014. Every company worth its salt has a LinkedIn, Facebook page, Twitter account, and maybe a Pinterest or Instagram if they’re especially trendy. However, there are still social networks with hundreds of millions of users that are fairly untapped by web marketers. Reddit, an online bulletin board-esque website, is one of these networks. As the 54th most popular website in the world with billions of page views, Reddit, if used correctly, can bring significant awareness, traffic, and even revenue to your website. Moreover, you can interact with customers, perform market research, and…
  • Tips and Tricks and Tools (Oh My!) for the Modern Marketer

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    To follow up on sales week, this week we’re celebrating marketing week! We’re a small but mighty team here at OpenSesame and take pride in our work (especially this blog!).   Training can be a huge help to marketing professionals at all levels and in all industries. Whether you’re starting fresh or a seasoned pro, we’ve got courses to help you sharpen your marketing skills. Want to enhance your creative thinking or get certified? This week’s featured courses have you covered!   Marketing's role in business today is critical and has grown over time. This course introduces the key…
  • How Your Business Should Be Using Pinterest
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Pinterest, one of the newer social media networks, has been hugely successful with its users. Rated as 2014’s number one social network in customer satisfaction, Pinterest is quickly becoming the social media site. But before Pinterest can get there, it needs to overcome a few obstacles, such as the impression that Pinterest is all about online scrapbooking and that you can’t be productive. For most people, this is true, but in reality if you know how to use it effectively you can take advantage of Pinterest’s huge audience and use the site to organize information, find inspiration,…
  • Life As a Startup Marketing Manager

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    As Seth Godin once said, “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” No one knows this better than marketing managers, the leaders responsible for creating interest in a businesses’ products and services. Ever since the airing of the popular television drama, “Mad Men,” advertising and marketing have been associated with glamor and excitement. Modern marketing managers are a bit different than their fictional counterparts, however, working extremely hard to plan promotional campaigns, manage social media,…
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  • 8 Parenting Blogs for Spanish Language and Culture

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Raising kids with two or more languages is hard work. All of us feel overwhelmed at times and need encouragement.  At other times, we are motivated, but can’t think of anything new or interesting to engage kids with the language. Parenting blogs can be a wonderful source of ideas, energy and advice. One of the things I enjoy about these parenting blogs is that there is an understanding that raising a child with multiple languages is difficult, but worth the effort. I also appreciate insight into other cultures and into how different families handle common dilemmas. Finally, parenting blogs…
  • Five Fun Spanish Gifts

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    This time of year lots of parents are asking me about fun Spanish gifts for their kids. Language learning products are often expensive, so if you are buying for the holidays and can find Spanish gifts that your child will like, it works out well. Here are a few fun items to get you started. They appeal to a variety of ages and levels. Spot It: Basic Spanish If you would like one of your Spanish gifts to be a game, try this version of Spot It. Kids relate pictures and words as they play. It is great for basic vocabulary and beginning Spanish readers. Hoy Somos Más This music is from the hit…
  • Peru for Kids: Books on World Cultures

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

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

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

  • MindShift’s Guide to Digital Games & Learning

    Catlin Tucker
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Digital games and their place in the educational landscape has been a hotly debated issue. Despite the debate, one thing is clear, students love games. If educators can capitalize on that interest and excitement, games can become a powerful vehicle for learning. This comprehensive guide published by  MindShift and written by Jordan Shapiro explores the benefits of using digital games for learning, provides strategies for selecting games, and includes examples of how educators are using digital games in the classroom. Ultimately, the goal is to use digital games to engage students and put…
  • The Truth Is I Almost Quit Teaching

    Catlin Tucker
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Before technology, I was so disillusioned with the teaching profession I remember thinking, “Have I chosen the wrong career?” When I began to experiment with technology, my reality as a teacher changed so dramatically that now I cannot imagine doing any other job!
  • Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

    Catlin Tucker
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I’m writing a series of blogs titled “Get Common Core Ready” that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation skills to the online space. I’m a stickler about annotations. For years, I heard students lament, “Tucker, I never remember what I read” or “I just don’t understand what is happening in this book.” In response, I began to teach students the art of…
  • Teachers Must Be Architects of Learning Experiences

    Catlin Tucker
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    When I step back and think about my own evolution as a teacher, I am struck by how dramatically different my approach to teaching is today compared to 14 years ago. When I first stepped into the classroom as a new teacher, at the age of 22, I felt I had to be the expert on everything. In retrospect, this is, of course, ridiculous. Even after 14 years in the classroom, I do not claim to be an expert! Instead, I’ve learned something much more valuable: I should not strive to be a fountain of knowledge but rather an architect of learning experiences. In first few years of my teaching…
  • Instagram Sensory Walk

    Catlin Tucker
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My students are really great at describing what things look like in their writing. They are not as skilled at putting smells, tastes, sounds and feelings into words. As a result, their narratives often feel flat, one-dimensional, and unreal. In an effort to get my students expanding on their descriptions, I decided to do a sensory walk using Instagram. *Check out my blog on using Instagram for scavenger hunt activities. When I announced that they would be going outside on an Instagram sensory walk, they initially protested, “But Tucker, it’s pouring rain outside!” I cheerily…
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  • Faculty work abroad furthers international partnership

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Randy Linton discussing fiscal agreements between Canada-Mexico at Universidad Panamericana. Photo courtesy of Universidad Panamericana Submitted by: Arturo Segura International Relations and Partnerships Specialist, UR International Randy Linton, Lecturer (Accounting) with the Faculty of Business Administration, delivered a set of seminars in Mexico City from November 8 – 11, 2014 at our partner university Universidad Panamericana. The Universidad Panamericana and University of Regina have a long-standing academic relationship that dates back 20 years. During his time in Mexico, Linton…
  • Montreal Massacre highlights need for change

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Submitted by: Deb Anderson, P. Eng. In December of 1989 I had been working as an engineer for more than 20 years. During that time I’d heard lots of sexist comments and some people even suggested I should stay home and ‘let the men do the work’.  But I never thought someone would try to kill me because they resented my choice to be an engineer. I have spoken to women who were in the building when the shooting started at the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal, on December 6, 1989. In twenty short minutes Marc Lepine wreaked a path of destruction that would change…
  • Remembering the École Polytechnique Massacre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Punya Mishra
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yesterday was International Coffee Day. In celebration (one day late but hey… ) here is a new ambigram for coffee. Enjoy.    
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  • Desperate: Common Core Pulled into Phony ‘War on Women’

    External Resource
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    With support plummeting for the controversial Common Core standards, it appears at least one university president is resorting to the phony “war on women” meme to give a boost to the national education initiative. In an op-ed in Sunday’s Miami Herald, University of Miami president Donna Shalala claimed that the Common Core standards can “reduce gender-based inequities by ensuring that every young woman receives the educational foundation she needs to be successful in college and career.” “With Common Core’s more engaging and challenging standards, we can narrow the gender…
  • A damning account of one state’s Common Core testing initiative

    External Resource
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    By Valerie Strauss – In September, the school board of Evanston Township in Illinois held a meeting at which there was a disturbing discussion about the PARCC exam, the new Common Core test that will be administered to students for the first time this year there and in about a dozen states as well as the District of Columbia. Peter Bavis, District 202′s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, gave a detailed and sobering analysis of  the state’s poor planning for this school year’s first-ever administration of the PARCC, which he said raises enormous questions…
  • Gates and Pearson Partner to Reap Tens of Millions from Common Core

    External Resource
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    by Nancy Thorner – Follow the money. It all ends up in the hands of a very few. Pearson Foundation is getting the contracts because of its partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation. Greed, secrecy, deceptions, and lies …. and to think Democrats accuse Republicans of the very things, while Democrats are the ones using government to get richer. The deceptions run very deep. It’s time for exposure. The saga begins on one summer day in 2008, when Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman (known as the architect of Common Core), knowing they…
  • Oklahoma wins back its No Child Left Behind waiver

    External Resource
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    By Lyndsey Layton – The Obama administration decided Monday to restore a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law to Oklahoma, three months after it had pulled the waiver because Oklahoma had dumped the Common Core State Standards and reverted to its old K-12 reading and math standards. The reversal from Washington means that Oklahoma’s public schools are once again free from the most onerous demands of No Child Left Behind. Janet Barresi, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, said she was grateful for the reversal. “The ramifications of losing the waiver would…
  • Common Core: How We Got Here and Where We Are Headed

    External Resource
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    Since March of this year, four states have withdrawn from Common Core. More than a dozen states have either exited from or downgraded their involvement with the common assessments. Four more states never signed on to the push for national standards and tests. Why are states more concerned than ever about Common Core? What impact will Common Core have on private school students and families who choose to homeschool? What does the future portend for the push for uniform standards and tests? And, what does life after Common Core look like? Join us for a discussion of these questions and more.
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  • Opening Doors

    American School Counselor Association
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    By Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., Executive Director, American School Counselor Association (ASCA)  Like most immigrants, my family came to America with very little except the hope for a better life and the determination to achieve it. My parents sacrificed tremendously to ensure their children wouldn’t need to make the same sacrifices. Because my father couldn’t speak English, he couldn’t take an upper management job like he had in China, so he had to take blue-collar jobs. My mother, who couldn’t speak English either, couldn’t work at all. My parents’ income never exceeded the…
  • ConnectED – Déjà vu All Over Again

    Cheryl S. Williams
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Earlier this week, I was fortunate to have an invitation to the White House to attend the President Obama’s announcement of the Future Ready Schools Initiative as part of the administration’s ConnectED program. One hundred school superintendents were also in the audience as part of the first-ever Superintendents’ Summit at the White House, which served as the kickoff to the initiative. During the ceremony the superintendents signed a pledge – on their tablets – that proclaimed their commitment to ensuring their districts were Future Ready with broadband connections to the classroom,…
  • #CCSStech: Ed Tech in a Common Core World

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

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

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

  • Job Shadowing 101: Get the Most from Your Experience

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    Make the Most of Your Job Shadow Experience High school guidance counselors, parents and college career services offices often advise you to do a job shadow if you have an idea what college major you want to pursue or if you’re trying to decide on a major. A job shadowing experience can give you a taste of what a job in a particular field would be like each day. You might learn you love it or hate it, but either way you’ll learn more about yourself and what you want to do with your life. Here are a few tips for making the most of your job shadow experience: Be on time—or early. This is…
  • 7 Best BuzzFeed Posts About College

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

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

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

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

    Greg Nix
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The president of a troubled law school just resigned after eight days on the job. Above the Law The deans of some other law schools are questioning the results of the most recent bar exam. Wall Street Journal Speaking of the bar exam, the Illinois Board of Admissions reversed course and is allowing a nursing mother extra time on her test. Chicago Tribune Our favorite SCOTUS justice just had heart surgery. Get well soon, RBG. NPR 8 more unarmed teens still at large. Clickhole
  • December LSAT Tips: Don’t Be a Turkey

    Contributing Writer
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    A version of this article was originally published November 26, 2013. If, like former Blueprint instructor Matt Shinners, your Thanksgiving tradition includes a movie marathon, you may have to skip out that family ritual to study for the LSAT. Never fear. In its place, here are Matt’s five movie-themed tips to avoid being a turkey on LSAT day. 1. Anger, fear, aggression. The LSAT are they. You’ll be going through a range of emotions over the next week and a half. In fact, you’ll probably go through the entire range of emotions over the next week and a half. This is normal. Accept…
  • 3 Things to be Grateful for on the LSAT

    Philip Mayer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Many of you are probably stressed out about your imminent LSAT exam, and I understand. But rather than focus on the negative, I’m going to get in the Thanksgiving spirit and talk about the aspects of the LSAT for which I am grateful. (I had a really difficult time cutting this list down, so bear with me if your favorite parts of the test aren’t included on here. </sarcasm>) 1. The Writing Sample Including the writing sample at the end of the LSAT is downright sadistic. After what, for many, is the most intellectually grueling and stressful experiences of their lives, students are…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Man, oh man. Last night’s announcement of the Ferguson grand jury decision and its ensuing fallout have been rough on many levels. Without rendering judgment or getting into personal politics, here are some thoughts from relevant corners of the internet… Prosecutors release Ferguson grand jury evidence. Wall Street Journal A mock cross-examination of Darren Wilson’s testimony. Above the Law How a quiet vigil for Michael Brown turned to a night of rage. Slate Op-Ed: The Meaning of the Ferguson Riots. New York Times And if you’re tired of feeling angry and sad, the 85…
  • How to Study for the LSAT on Thanksgiving Weekend

    Aaron Cohn
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    A prospective law student will perform the following six activities—turkey eating, discount shopping, meeting up with friends, visiting relatives, final paper writing, and LSAT studying—on Thursday through Sunday of this week. Each activity will be performed on at least one day. The following conditions apply: The student must perform turkey eating on Thursday. LSAT studying must be performed on more days than discount shopping and visiting relatives. The student’s grades depend on paper writing, and the student’s LSAT score depends on LSAT studying. The student’s admission to law…
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  • Whoops, They Did it Again

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When I was a teacher there was a administrator who regularly mandated teachers perform fund raising activities to an absurd degree They occurred with such frequency and were presented to parents and faculty in such a manner that organized meetings occurred just to discuss what to do about the problem. They took too much time, they cost people who couldn’t afford it too much money, they took the focus off of educating, they took teacher aides from their assigned duties, etc. Furthermore how the money was used was extremely dictatorial and prejudicial. Upon recognizing that the singular…
  • Cy Young – Player of the Year – MVP problem solved.

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    This year at the end of baseball season a discussion popped up for the umpteenth time concerning the appropriateness of a pitcher winning the Most Valuable Player Award. Most position players would argue a pitcher should not win because pitchers already have their own award in the Cy Young and are not deserving anyway because they only pitching one fifth of a teams’ total innings at most. So maybe my solution is overly simplistic or I just probably missed something. Why not have: the Cy Young go to the best pitcher, the Player of the Year go to the best player, (the word player implying…
  • Advertising in Politics

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    I voted today October 21st. What dominated my thoughts upon leaving was the number of signs there were. It’s not that I normally notice the number of political signs at a small town polling place, it’s that I never in my life saw such signage density. Voting took place at the City office building which has a parking lot that probably has 200 parking spaces. There must have been 1,000 signs. There were even signs on a parked bus owned by a local strip joint, lacking proper legal status, with school board member candidates on the side. How much do those signs costs? Why are there so…
  • Ebola Observation

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Every morning I make a pilgrimage to the local Starbucks where I satisfy my socialization, read world events from a variety of sources, and generally plan the rest of the day. The first thing when I sit down is that someone has left the local paper there and as I glance over I notice in big bold letters ‘Ebola Fears Rising’. This is what they are leading with. For this to be posted in such a prominent way by the local media makes me take pause. Although I am someone who reads a lot, perhaps there is something about this situation that I have missed. So I begin to scour the web on…
  • Excerpt 3 Replacements

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    This is the third excerpt from my book THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT The Education of an American Teacher available at Amazon, Kindle, Until moving to the South Texas area, most of my hiring and job-hunting experiences had been of the type where jobs were posted, people had interviews, and one of the applicants, generally the most qualified, was hired. Everyone knows some favoritism will always exist in hiring situations. As a matter of fact, I even subbed at an elementary school in which the faculty consisted of such a disproportionate amount of pretty women it was…
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    Extension on the Go

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Governor Dayton to Announce Family and Consumer Sciences Day in Minnesota

    LZX Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    OK FACS classroom insiders, we have some fun news to share and some tools to help you celebrate and share too… IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY ! ! Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton proclaims December 3 as  Family and Consumer Sciences Day  in Minnesota  Several days ago MAFCS professionals across the state of Minnesota received an email about the national “Dine-In” For Healthy Families.  This is an important opportunity to promote Family and Consumer Sciences and gather evidence nationally about what we do in our profession. We urge each one of you to take advantage of this…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Teaching Independence in Minnesota

    LZX Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… Family and Consumer Science opportunities are alive and well at Cloquet Middle School in Cloquet, MN. Seventh and eighth graders have a trimester class each year and discover life skills that promote good nutrition, healthy lifestyles,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Fashion and Families in Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Just a reminder: We’re gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. – we have information on impact to our reviews schedule for active clients in My SnarkCenter. Today we’re following up on the issue of whether a student “owes” something to a school. This question was raised when a current HBS first-year took a recruiter to task when the recruiter solicited her for an internship. The student in question is very passionate about the issue of chemicals in cosmetics and this recruiter happened to be from L’Oreal. We posted about it here and then we…
  • Our views of the admissions consulting industry

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Some adcoms are remarkably progressive in their attitudes. This comes through in many of their admissions policies — and perhaps nowhere more strongly than in their reaction to admissions consultants. Some schools are very open and willing to interact with us. Others still hold onto backwards ideas that people shouldn’t seek help on a totally opaque, one-shot-deal opportunity. If you have a complicated tax situation, you get an accountant. If you want to start a business, you ask an attorney. Why such a stigma against seeking out qualified help from an admissions consultant in…
  • How to contact the MBA admissions office.

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    We wrote a handful of posts recently on how (and when) you might be able to add things like an updated GMAT score or change in job situation to your application after you’ve already submitted your MBA app. That sort of overlooks an important part of the process that we should call out separately. There are times when contacting the admissions office is necessary – either before you apply, or afterwards. This post is for the afterwards communications. When you submit anything to admissions, try to make their job as easy as possible: Make sure you submit from an email account that…
  • The best success story ever.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Afraid your math teacher will judge you?

    Rebecca Zook
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Me (on the left) attending a workshop with Sandra Yancey (right), one of the most powerful female entrepreneurs in the world. I love the Carol Dweck quote in the background… “Becoming is better than being.” This past week I got to attend an entire day-long workshop with Sandra Yancey, one of the most powerful female entrepreneurs in the world. This woman grew a huge national network and multi-million-dollar business from a handful of business cards. She is a powerhouse! Out of the entire day, one of the things she said that struck me the most was, “We cannot thrive…
  • Can math be a sanctuary?

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

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

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

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

  • Exclusive Podcast with Gard Titlestad

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Gard Titlestad is the Secretary General International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). He is also the Counsellor for Research and for IT at the Norwegian EU-delegation in Brussels and member of the executive team.
  • President of MindShare Learning, Robert Martellacci, Live on Talk1010 with Jerry Agar

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

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

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

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

  • Learning Happens by Doing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Develop Online Courses Using Edynco

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Today I came across an interesting tool ‘Edynco’ that helps you create ‘learning maps’ that in turn enables you to develop online courses. Edynco is cloud based and hence the learning maps you’ve created from your browser can be accessed by your students using any device like iPad, iPhone or any other mobile device. You can publish your learning maps through your website or blog, LMS or on mobile devices. It is integrated with special tools such as micro lecture recorder, quiz creator. It also enables you to attach learning objects like video, quiz, micro lecture, image, weblink etc…
  • Organic Metric 4 Holistic Approach to SEO

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Today I shall suggest Organic Metric (in Beta), a free SEO Platform that offers all the tools to deliver top class results. According to IWB group who has launched Organic Metric, ‘You can Monitor the movement of your keywords in top search engines Lead users to your website with the right words Size up your competition Gain valuable insight on your audience Maximise link building Thoroughly audit your website Generate real-time SEO reports’ At present this tool is available for free and you can click here for registering.
  • Create eBooks with Soundtrack

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

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

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

  • The Best Two Books on Doing a Thesis

    Dr Robert Muller
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    by Thesis Whisperer: started my PhD at the University of Melbourne in early 2006 and finished in 2009.I did well, collecting the John Grice Award for best thesis in my faculty and coming second for the university medal (dammit!). I attribute this success to two ‘how to’ books in particular: Evans and Gruba’s “How to write a better thesis” and Kamler and Thomson’s “Helping doctoral students write”, both of which recently went into their second edition.I use both of these books in my teaching…
  • Five Steps To Writing a Thesis Proposal

    Dr Robert Muller
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Title page of Barry’s thesis (Wikipedia)by Dora Farkas, PhD, Finish Your Thesis: I remember the time that I was in the process of writing a thesis proposal in my second year of graduate school. It had to be 10-20 pages long, which was short compared to the length of the  actual doctoral dissertation (close to 200 pages). Yet, I found myself stuck because as a relatively young student I had to propose how to do an extensive research project that would take years to complete. There was so much information in the literature and…
  • Top 3 Tips for Literature Review Success

    Dr Robert Muller
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:43 am
    Stockholm Port (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by PhD Talk: I have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Ben Libberton, who shares his best advice for the literature review with us. Ben is a Postdoc at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He’s a microbiologist with a degree from the University of Leeds and a PhD from the University of Liverpool. He currently manages two blogs. At Literature Review HQ he aims to guide students through what he found to be the most difficult part of the PhD - the Lit…
  • Writing in the Company of Others: ‘Shut Up and Write!’, AcWriMo, Boot Camps, Writing Retreats, and Other Fun Activities

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    by Claire Aitchison, Doctoral Writing: am watching the curious look inquisitively at this small group of people sitting outside in the sun tapping away at their keyboards.It’s hard to tell those who are intentionally part of our new ‘Shut up and write!’ from those who just happened, accidentally, to lob here today. There’s the usual café sounds: orders being given and names being called out, cutlery clattering, cups meeting…
  • BOOK REVIEW: "Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education" by David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    by Ron Johnston, Impact of Social Sciences: This book focuses on the policy of removing almost entirely public support for the payment of student fees. Although it goes into great detail regarding the emergence of the regulated market as a way of delivering higher education to growing numbers, it does so with little apparent appreciation for what that emergence has required within the universities and in the daily lives of their…
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    Planet Princeton

  • Princeton Woman Hospitalized After Crashing into Tree on Mercer Street

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A Princeton resident skidded off the road and struck a tree while driving along Mercer Street Wednesday afternoon. Abbie Farrow, 56, was driving her 1997 Ford Expedition just before 1 p.m. and was traveling north on Mercer Street near Hale Drive when she skidded off the roadway and struck a large uprooted tree with her […]
  • Princeton Today: Rain to Snow

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
      Rain is  moving into the region from south to north this morning. The higher terrain in the Poconos and northwest New Jersey will be the first to see a change over to snow. Areas east and south of the Interstate 95 corridor may not see the change to a rain snow mix until mid […]
  • Last Day for Our Crowdfunding Campaign

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Today is the final day of our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Please support our campaign if you have not already so that we can continue to provide and strengthen our community news coverage. Contributions of any size are welcome. Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who have donated so far and helped spread the […]
  • New Headmaster Selected for Princeton Academy

    Krystal Knapp
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Alfred  “Rik” F. Dugan, III has been appointed the next headmaster of the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, the school’s board of trustees announced. This appointment concludes an extensive search process launched to identify a successor to Founding Olen Kalkus, the founding headmaster of the school. Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is the […]
  • Princeton University Names Title IX Administrator

    Krystal Knapp
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Regan Crotty, the director of student life at Wilson College at Princeton University, has been appointed to the new position of Title IX administrator at the school. Crotty, an alumna of the school, will be responsible for implementing the school’s sex discrimination and sexual misconduct policy. She will support Title IX programming and training on […]
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  • 3 Strange Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

    Mark Frost
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    One of HackCollege’s most popular topics–amongst both writers and readers–is productivity. I think we’re all addicted to getting more done, as well as discovering new tips and tricks to beat procrastination. We’ve covered a wide variety of productivity hacks to help students understand their procrastination habits, motivation, and discipline. Through the years, these tips have remained mostly conventional. However, it’s time you heard about a few unconventional tips to help you get more done. These are the strangest productivity hacks that actually work:…
  • Why You Need to Embrace the Cloud (and the Best Services to Use)

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every now and then, we hear about “The Next Big Thing” whether it’s a new device, service, or even an app. But I wonder why no one’s said that about the cloud. It should’ve been one of those ‘big things’ long ago, yet, many people still have no idea what it is. Well, because of the cloud, you’re able to do things as simple as sending emails, to uploading photos of your dinner to Instagram and pretty much anything that has to do with sending or sharing files online and much more. One of the more common uses of the cloud is storage. Cloud storage is becoming…
  • How to Find and Learn from a Great Mentor in College

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

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

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

  • Education for a Creative Economy: The Case of Korea

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Week in Rap, November 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Learning Analytics Framework for Multiliteracies Assessment (#learninganalytics)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Incorporate Twitter Into Your Small Business Marketing Plan

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Last week, I talked about some of the fundamentals of incorporating Twitter as part of a small business marketing strategy. In this post, I will concentrate on specific ways you can use Twitter to help your small business grow. Becoming an active participant in the Twitter universe can help you generate leads, share information with prospects and customers, and build a brand image. Here are some Twitter marketing ideas you might be able to utilize: • Generate Buzz: Ask guests or customers to rate their experience with your business on Twitter. This gets your name out into the Twitter world…
  • The #Millennial Digital Footprint on #CollegeCash

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

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

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

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

  • Fraud awareness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Nicastro
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Community colleges are commonly known as two-year institutions that provide an affordable pathway to a four-year degree. They’re a place where you knock out general courses, figure out what major you’ll pursue and where you’ll pursue it after your two years are up. But just like the Bob Dylan tune, “the times, they are a-changin.’” Up to 15 California community colleges will be selected to participate in a statewide bachelor‘s degree pilot program by 2017-18 after Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 850 in late September. The state joins 21 others that already have…
  • The 5 Most Common FAFSA Questions

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college, especially if you and your family can’t afford to pay full freight. If you have FAFSA questions, know that you’re not alone. Millions of students will be submitting their applications in just a few short weeks. But don’t let that stop you from applying. The U.S. Department of Education provides over $150 billion in the form of grants, loans and work-study funds to students each year. While there isn’t an infinite supply of cash, most every student who applies for financial aid can expect…
  • Entry Level Jobs Q&A: Ask a Career Center Expert

    Danielle Lichliter
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Amid the rising costs of tuition and rising student loan debt, there’s some good news for graduating seniors. Employers anticipate hiring 8.3% more grads from the class of 2015 than they did from the class of 2014, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NerdScholar asked Sarah Burrows, director of the internship program at Lasell College in Massachusetts, to share her tips and advice for students who are preparing to look for entry-level jobs upon graduation.   Q: What is the most common question you receive from students who are in the midst of the job…
  • Financial Aid Lessons From Colleges With the Lowest Student Debt in 2013

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

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

  • Developing your commercial awareness

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

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

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

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

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

  • Encouraging Teens to Read: An Interview with YA Author Brenda St. John Brown

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki I had a great chat with Young Adult Author Brenda St. John Brown, whose popular novels are about teens and twenty-somethings. One thing she’s really good at is enticing reluctant readers to actually read! Author Brenda St. John Brown Her latest book, Swimming to Tokyo, is a New Adult Contemporary set in the tangled streets of Tokyo, in which a girl and a guy find each other and learn that love, letting go, and language lessons make for an unforgettable summer. Why are you drawn to writing Young Adult novels? The awkwardness! And the roller…
  • 10 Things To Do Other Than Shop on Black Friday

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

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

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

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

  • A Book Blog For Teachers

    Siobhan Curious
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Friend and reader Tara Warmerdam just pointed me to her wonderful blog, A Reading Corner for Teachers and Writers. I’m so glad she did: she writes about books in a way that is meant to be helpful to teachers, and it  really is.  Some recent posts discuss a great book about teaching Shakespeare to young people, using picture books in high school (to teach lots of subjects, not just English), and a good choice for a primary school girls’ book club. If you are a teacher interested in using books in the classroom – whether you’re a literature teacher or not,…
  • In today’s news…

    Siobhan Curious
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm
    1. … in his final argumentative essay, a student invented a statistic about Columbian drug cartel activity in 2000-2012.  He inserted a carefully formatted signal phrase and in-text citation, attributing said statistic to one of several random sources he copy-pasted to his Works Cited page from Wikipedia.  The source he cited for this particular fact was Che Guevara’s Motorcycle Diaries. 2. …Rachael Ray explained on one of her shows that “Girl Math” is when you eat a lot of vegetables so that you can eat a lot of things that are not vegetables. The upshot:…
  • Fail Better: Blogiversary Final Post

    Siobhan Curious
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If there’s one thing we need to teach our students, it’s how to make use of failure. For  the final instalment in my series celebrating seven years of blogging here at Classroom as Microcosm, I give you my most shared post ever.  This response to Paul Tough’s article “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” (a precursor to his wonderful and deservedly celebrated book How Children Succeed) was chosen by WordPress as a “Freshly Pressed” feature and attracted 246 insightful comments and exchanges. It’s also my favourite post, one I return to…
  • What’s the Use of the Academic Paper?: Blogiversary Post #9

    Siobhan Curious
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I’m still asking myself this question – “Is the academic paper the best way for students to demonstrate their learning?” – three years after publishing the original version of this post.  In the interim, I’ve listened to the audiobook of Now You See It (discussed below), and I’m still not sure whether I’m onside with Davidson’s perspective.  It seems to me that the academic paper has got to go, but something just as rigorous needs to take its place.  Do you have thoughts on this? When this post first appeared, it was chosen as a WordPress…
  • 10 Best Excuses For Missing Class: Blogiversary Post #8

    Siobhan Curious
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    When this post first went up in 2009, it was discovered by Sarah Ebner, then the editor of The Times UK’s education blog, School Gate.  Her promotion drove up its stats, and it got shared around.  Of note: Other than end-of-year roundups of favourite books and most-viewed posts, I have only done two “listicles” in this blog’s history – this one and the list of “10 Reasons I Hate Grading Your Assignment” – and both are in the top ten most viewed and most shared posts.  I should probably learn something from this. 10 Best Excuses for Missing Class…
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  • Students Must Have Choice in Using Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Postgrad Careers: Finding An Uncommon Niche

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
         by  GVAHIM  I first thought about uncommon jobs when out shopping one day. If there’s one thing that makes living off Sainsbury’s Basics food better, it’s the incredible self-deprecating captions all the products have on them, which basically say … more... The post Postgrad Careers: Finding An Uncommon Niche appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • 4 ½ Hilarious (but Safe) Student Pranks

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

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

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

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

    Bookshare Team Member
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Betsy Beaumon, General Manager, Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech’s Global Literacy Program Dear Friends, I always appreciate hearing from our members and getting a glimpse into how Bookshare is making a positive difference in their lives. Oftentimes, the stories our members share with us are deeply moving, but there’s something especially rewarding in hearing someone new to our community commenting on what they’re able to accomplish with Bookshare.Consider the following statement that one of our members has anonymously shared with us: “I recently activated my account, and am…
  • Learn About Thanksgiving With These Bookshare Titles!

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

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

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

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

  • Computer Applications Class: Content that Fits

    Sarah Layton
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton “I am tired of using an assortment of textbooks, free stuff from the web and creating my worksheets. Plus most lesson plans, etc. for computer applications and Microsoft seem to be written for adults and geared to passing the certifications.” Have you ever reached the end of your computer applications class and had these thoughts? Blended learning shouldn’t be harder If you review that statement again, you’ll see that what is described is essentially blended learning. Blended learning refers to a mix of different learning environments and tools.
  • National Consortium for Health Science Education: Improved Test Scores

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

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

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

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

  • Google Books: An Invaluable Resource for Students and Educators

    Lisa Blessington
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview From research to reading, Google Books should be the giant wrench in every student’s digital toolbox. Opening access to digital and printed texts from libraries and publishers around the globe, Google Books not only makes books searchable, it also offers a host of features for tracking, annotating and sharing books online. Often overlooked by students and educators, Google Books is a powerful alternative to generic web searching that can be used to find credible, trustworthy and attributable information quickly and easily. Name: Google Books Pricing: Free…
  • Is 1:1 and BYOD Inevitable?

    Amy Heavin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Recently, I have been taking part in Voxer chats – a “walkie-talkie” app, allowing people to connect through voice, text, or pictures. I describe it as “my PLN on steroids”; we now have the power of voice in our professional conversations around the world. A couple weeks ago, a question was posed, “Is 1:1 or BYOD inevitable?” It was an enlightening conversation among administrators, teachers, and tech coaches. This conversation inspired me to look closer at this topic. The classroom is changing. Well, the students in our classrooms are changing. Our students are connected.
  • Introduce Students to the Power of Crowdsourcing with Zooniverse

    Nick Grantham
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Creating real and authentic opportunities for students to learn goes a long way in inspiring an ongoing passion for education. Zooniverse is a fascinatingly special website that delivers these opportunities through a number of diverse citizen science projects, where students can participate and contribute to real research online. Using the power of crowdsourcing, students can help scientists explore deep space, find life on the ocean floor and be part of efforts to save critically endangered condors in California while also participating in some amazing inquiry-based…
  • Launch your Class into Space with the NASA App

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

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

  • Classroom Job Organization

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Hey teaching friends! Today I have a fun and EASY way to set up a classroom jobs chart in your classroom using a few basic supplies that you can easily change out from year to year! First up:  Grab some scrapbook paper, cardstock, washi tape, and magnetic tape - all in the colors of your choice.  I also like to use scrapbook hole punches to create shapes I can easily layer. Grab your large hole punch and punch out a colored sheet of scrapbook paper.  Then use the smaller punch on your cardstock.   Use a piece if washi tape to attach them together.  Optional:  laminate them for more…
  • Turkey Tom Reading Over Break Freebie

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

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

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

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

  • Starting your GCSE’s? Some useful websites to get you going

    Jon Ellis
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Studying for your GCSE‘s can be a big challenge. The stress of preparing for your exams and the large amount of work that you need to revise can be overwhelming, particularly when your teachers are too busy to give you much one to one help. However, there are plenty of websites that can support you with your studies and even to help you to cope with your exam nerves. Revision websites like Bitesize and gcsEASE can provide some useful support, particularly if you are looking for study tips for a particular type of exam or assessment. For example, you can find tips on Bitesize for…
  • 5 ways to support your child’s education about healthy weight and wellbeing

    Ross Mountney
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Being a parent isn’t easy – we are regularly bombarded with headlines about obesity. The latest figures suggesting a third of the population is overweight. It’s wise to be sceptical of statistics and how they can lead us to believe something that within a wider picture may not be as true as it seems as the article suggests. However, statistics aside, it is true that there are more children who are overweight than ever before and this affects their overall health and wellbeing in the long term. So it is surely part of their education, both in schools and for home educators who…
  • Great educational tools: Wolfram Alpha

    Jon Ellis
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are lots of great online educational resources out there, and the purpose of this blog post is to tell you about one of the very best, and certainly the one that I find most useful – Wolfram Alpha. Imagine asking your computer how many calories 10 peanut M&Ms contained or how many people a 9 kilogram turkey would feed; imagine typing an entire mathematical problem into a search bar and getting a direct answer, instead of a list of web pages pointing you in what seems like the right direction. This is exactly what Wolfram Alpha is, a new ‘answer engine’ developed by Wolfram…
  • Home Education or Out-and-About Education?

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

    Mike James Hansford
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Revision never stays the same, regardless of the level you study at.  As you move up from GCSE to A Level and eventually on to University, you’re talking about different levels of thinking and complexity.  All with that comes different levels of support (unfortunately) and independence. For many people, the exam period is more or less over now.  However, having written a few pieces lately on the subject of revision, it got me thinking about how, as you progress, you have to adapt your style and learning strategies in order to prepare for the relevant examinations. Back in my day, I…
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    K12 Insight

  • Speaking of Listening

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Overview The nuclear energy that powers stars depends upon the core temperature and the available fuel. During the main-sequence phase for most stars, nuclear fusion of 4 hydrogen atoms to form 2 helium atoms provides the most energy. Other types of fusion reactions occur in stars with higher core temperatures and when hydrogen fuel is exhausted. The Structure of a Star A star consists of superheated gaseous plasma that is held together by gravity. As interstellar gases condense, layers form around a central core. Gases are under the highest pressure there, and the energy ignites further…
  • Science Review of White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Overview When hydrogen fuel is exhausted within a stellar core, rapid changes take place within the star depending upon its mass and temperature. Some of these nuclear reactions result in a stellar explosion and collapse. As all nuclear fuel is exhausted, matter is compressed into white dwarfs, black holes, and other cosmic variations. Structure of Helium-Burning Stars Helium is heavier than hydrogen, so the core of a star becomes very dense. Eventually, many stars the mass of the sun have such dense, tightly packed cores that electrons are captured. In order to blow away the electrons,…
  • Application of Binary Math to Computers

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

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

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

  • November Rains

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    November in Ireland means rain. It has rained almost every single day since the month started, and I’m getting the feeling that I should probably start preparing for the downpours. I have no gear that is made to protect me from rain, so most of the time when I go out, I come home damp. I want to buy an umbrella, but I have this weird laziness that just prevents me from doing small chores like that. I don’t have a problem doing important work, I could write an essay and polish it up and make it really good. That takes a lot of work; it takes reading and writing and editing and planning.
  • Reflections on the Halfway Point

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Having just finished my vacation in London with my dad, I realized that I have officially reached the halfway point of this journey. To be honest, it doesn’t feel like I have been in Caen for the two months that I have been here. I’ve finally started feeling familiar with the education system (11.5/20 on an exam is actually a decent grade), and I have my routine that I cherish. The past two months have been full of exciting adventures, and I’ve learned so much about not only the French language, but about myself and things that I care about. I wanted to take the time to…
  • Knock in Salamanca, and the door will be opened to you

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Ever since making plans to study abroad, Salamanca has been on my list of places to visit in Spain. So last weekend my college roommate Andrea and I hopped on the two o’clock bus headed northwest. After seven or so hours of plush charter comfort and pretty countryside views, we finally arrived at the Castilian city, rich in history and boasting the country’s oldest university, as well as a stunning synthesis of Romanesque, Plateresque, gothic, and baroque architecture in its cathedrals, cloisters, main plaza, and more, making the town a pleasure to stroll through on a chilly, autumn…
  • New Summer Art & Design Study Abroad Programs in Paris!

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    API is pleased to announce new art and design summer programs at Parsons Paris! Beginning summer 2015, programs will be available both for pre-college and college students at the Parsons Paris campus. Pre-college students will earn 3 credits by choosing from courses in drawing, design, and fashion courses, conducted in English. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year, as well as recent high school graduates. Many students in this program enroll specifically to develop or build on their portfolio for their college admissions process. College students…
  • Adventures in Time and Space (and Cardiff)

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Last weekend three of my friends and I visited Cardiff to go to the Doctor Who Experience. In my previous post I explained a little bit about what Doctor Who is, but here is a refresher: The show is about a time and space traveling alien called “The Doctor,” who helps people out while occasionally making a mess of things. He changes his face every so often, and his time machine/spaceship is called the TARDIS and takes the shape of a Police Call Box. He’s had numerous companions throughout his journeys, and he is a self-described “mad-man in a box” and “an idiot with a…
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  • 15 Things We Do As Educators Today That Will Embarrass Us in 20 Years

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

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

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

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

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

    Don Osborne
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Sometimes verbal instruction just doesn’t cut it, so I’ve decided to make an interactive video to actually show you how to make your application look its best and make sure you’re getting everything you need. I go through each section step-by-step and generally overview what you should be focusing on
  • Right in the Heart of Maryland Lies John Hopkins University School of Medicine

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

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

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

    Don Osborne
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    In this quick video, I ask a few students of mine what they feel is their top complaint being a pre-med. You likely feel frustrated about the same things. I talk about them and hopefully my advice will help you better deal with these issues which every pre-med has to
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    Online Cultus

  • How to secure your kids from online adult activities?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The Internet opens windows to associate infinite world of data and recreation for kids, however it additionally offers outsiders access to them and contrariwise. Those your child interacts with might not perpetually be UN agency they claim to be. Not all the knowledge they get online is verified or true. Then there’s the danger of...   Read more... The post How to secure your kids from online adult activities? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: How to get your kids interested in learning? Why should kids blog? Secure your career: top 4 tips for LinkedIn use in 2013…
  • Happiness

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

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

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

    Aleksandra Arsik
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
      Read more... The post Everything comes to us appeared first on Online Cultus. No related posts.
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    Education News

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Example of SQL Injection attack

    Bill Smithwick
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    SQL Injection means, Inject the database by the SQL Query, this query executed by the input control like TextBox, URL etc. Suppose we have a table department and we want to retrieve some data from the table by the TextBox. You want to retrieve all the rows, which is related to first department no. Now, you should to enter 1 in the TextBox, then you will get rows, which is related to putted number in the TextBox. If you want to put some number like:1 or 1=1 then you will get all rows which is available in the table.If this query is executed it means deletion is also possible with the…
  • Beginning with C++ program

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

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

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

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

  • Ilorin Business School Admission Into 2014/2015 Session

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Applications are invited from qualified candidates for admission into the under-listed professional diploma programmes in the Ilorin Business School, which shall run on part–time (evening class) mode. For complete details on Available programmes and requirements simply click here METHODS OF APPLICATION Application forms are to be downloaded from the school’s website Completed application forms […] Ilorin Business School Admission Into 2014/2015 Session is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Ilorin Business School Admission Into 2014/2015 Session…
  • The Best Nigerian Universities For Some Selected Courses

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Below are some Nigerian Universities that are good on some selected courses. 1. Law:UNILAG, OAU, UNIJOS, UNIBEN, ABU 2. Medicine and Surgery:UI, OAU, ABU, UNN,UNIBEN 3. Mass communication:UNILAG, UNIBEN, UNN, COVENANT UNIVERSITY, DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY 4. Political Science:COVENANT UNIVERSITY, OAU, UNIBEN, UNN, ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY 5. Business Administration:UNILORIN, UNILAG, UNN, ABU, COVENANT UNIVERSITY 6. Banking […] The Best Nigerian Universities For Some Selected Courses is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post The Best Nigerian Universities For Some Selected Courses…
  • TASUED 3rd Batch Post-UTME & DE Screening 2014/2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    The next batch (3rd Batch Post Utme Exams) of TASUED Post-UTME & DE Screening Exercise will come up as follows: Date: 2nd December, 2014 Venue: Ososa Campus Time: 7am All applicants are advised to attend promptly with copies of their Application Form, Payment Receipts and credentials. TASUED 3rd Batch Post-UTME & DE Screening 2014/2015 is […] TASUED 3rd Batch Post-UTME & DE Screening 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post TASUED 3rd Batch Post-UTME & DE Screening 2014/2015 appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • IMSU Student Dies While “Celebrating” Final Year Students

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    A student of Imo State University simply identified as Chisom lost his life yesterday during the usual “celebration” that follows every final examination for final year students which usually involves pouring water and other assorted liquids on final year students. According to an eyewitness, the victim fell in to a ditch as he was running […] IMSU Student Dies While “Celebrating” Final Year Students is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post IMSU Student Dies While “Celebrating” Final Year Students appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • UNILORIN Notice on 2014/2015 Post-graduate Registration Exercise

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    This is to inform all the newly admitted and returning Postgraduate Students in the 2014/2015 academic session that the postgraduate portal has now been opened for registration. The registration commences from Tuesday, 18th November, 2014 In view of the above, all concerned students are therefore enjoined to commence their registration immediately without further delay, please. […] UNILORIN Notice on 2014/2015 Post-graduate Registration Exercise is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post UNILORIN Notice on 2014/2015 Post-graduate Registration Exercise appeared first on Nigeria…
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    PortPrep Blog

  • Top 5 Career Paths in Interior Designing

    Karen Kesteloot
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Editor’s note: As an interior design student in college, your perspective towards having a career in this field will only expand as you develop your craft over time. Once you graduate, you will need to make an informed decision as to what kind of profession you must pursue as a designer. If you’re still undecided to the kind of career you want to take, then let this article serve as your guide. A creative field, a career in interior designing can be challenging as well. The following post explores the career path of an interior designer. Read on to know more. Introduction Well,…
  • Interior Design Rendering: A Comprehensive Guide

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

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

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

    Karen Kesteloot
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Learn why hand drawing is a skill that will not only help landscape architects improve their work, but also increase their job opportunities in the future. In order to survive and make good money in the competitive job market, you should possess a wide set of skills related to your industry. This will allow you to broaden your job opportunities and increase your chances of landing one. While it isn’t any of your concerns as a high school senior (at least for now), it is nonetheless important for you to understand that your skills and competency determine your place in the industry. More…
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    emmanuel obasi
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    RELEVANCE OF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION IN NIGERIA ABSTRACT This study was allotted wit the only real objective of determining the relevance of development communication as a tool for national development. In effort this study, the scientist known the scientist drawback and used them to boost four analysis queries and for four analysis hypothesis. Literature about the subject below study was reviewed through each primary and secondary sources of literature. The scientist used survey analysis style that change her to hunt for consultants opinions on the subject additionally as collect…

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

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

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

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

  • Getting a Discount on GED Retakes

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

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

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

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

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

  • IBPS Specialist Officers - IT Officers Scale I Study Material

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    As many readers requested me to share study material for IBPS Specialist Officers Professional Knowledge (IT). Today I am providing study notes for the same. Buy here Number of pages - 69 Useful for - IBPS SO (IT scale I) Price - Rs 50ContentsDatabase management system (Basics, RDBMS and Normalization)Network (Types, OSI model, TCP IP model, topologies, network threats)HTML tagsData structure (Array, linked lists)Operating system (Processes, types, threads etc)Basics of programming [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Machine Input Output - The Easy Way to Solve

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Friends! A very good morning! Today we are going have a short chat on Reasoning’s most frequent and cheeky topic – Machine Input-Output! The thing about this topic is – it is easy. That is it! It is EASY. What is difficult is that – we are LAZY! Wait up! I have an argument ready! Betting on Cricket scores – movie box office predictions – share market ups and downs – Bank exam cut-off predictions – are all predicted based on a certain ‘pattern’ – and the ‘pattern’ that we take into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content,…
  • IBPS RRB III Vacancies - Pragathy Krishna Grameen Bank

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Pragathy Krishna Grameen Bank has released notification for the recruitment of Officers grade I and Office Assistants. Date to apply :03-12-2014 to 17-12-2014 Eligibility :-Kannada language must be part of you curriculum in 10th, 12th or Graduation You must have scored minimum marks in IBPS RRB CWEIII Number of Vacancies General OBC SC ST Total Officer Scale I 107 56 ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 26 November

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:27 pm
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- Questions1. What is the latest Import Tariff Value of Gold (as on 26th November, 2014) 2. What is the target of opening of households accounts by January 26, 2015 under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana? 3. How many of households do not having bank’s account? 4. Name the Bill for the appointment and transfers of judges of Supreme Court and 24 High Courts. 5. Collegiums system was ch anged to NJAC under ______ 6. National... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 26 November

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Current affairs update for today :- Politics On 25th November 2014, the State Government of Haryana reduced the retirement age of government employees from 60 years to 58 years. On 25th November 2014, the international bus service inaugurated between Delhi and Kathmandu, Nepal. Record 71% voting in Jammu and Kashmir Sports Deborah, the Indian Cyclist won four Gold Medals at Track Asia Cup 2014 held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi on 23rd November 2014. Phil Hughes went in a... [[ 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

  • Get to Know Your Library Resources: Massage Therapy

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    The library makes research easier.  Our librarians have put together program-specific guides that will lead the researcher to resources that can be applied to that particular subject. These guides inform the students on where to get started with their research. They focus on where to look for articles, books and websites, as well as suggestions for videos and apps that students can use to further their education. This month’s focus is the massage therapy program guide. Two key databases for massage therapy students include: Alt HealthWatch In this database, students can find…
  • Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    This time of year, people start to think about what they are thankful for in their lives. Here at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth, we decided to ask our students to share what they were thankful for and get entered in a drawing for a free frozen turkey. Here are some of the themes that emerged from the thoughts they shared: Good health A good education A supportive family Great job, great school, family We at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth are thankful for the wonderful students who inspire us to come to work every day and do our best for them! Congratulations to…
  • Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    “I love the smell of wet dogs in the morning,” is not a quote you hear very often. Every quarter at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud, the veterinary technology students host a dog wash event open to the public, and every time, the demand is overwhelming. Dogs are brought in to be washed and groomed, including nail trimming and teeth examinations. To help with the dog wash, first quarter students are mentored by experienced students in the art of anal gland expression as well as proper nail trimming technique. This latest event brought in around 30 dogs last Saturday,…
  • A Woman of the Year Joins MSB-Richfield

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

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

  • Easy Steps to Creating Engaged Nonfiction Readers

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all know that with the rollout of Common Core State Standards there’s a greater emphasis on non-fiction texts. About 60% of our classroom reading is non-fiction now, which is more in line with the adult world where about 90% of what we read is nonfiction. I often find that while some kids naturally engage with and love reading non-fiction texts there will be some who are turned-off by it. How can a teacher turn a bored and disengaged kid into one who just eats up those fascinating facts? What’s the question? Here’s a technique I use when I am teaching nonfiction. It’s very simple…
  • Four Easy Steps to Building a Strong Parent-Teacher Team

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

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

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

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

  • Magical Methods Story got Published around the World

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
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  • Magical Methods Game Based technique can Enhance Mathematical Skills of Your Kid

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Do you find it as a difficult task to enhance the mathematical skills of your kid? Then you will have to think of a unique method that can be used to teach mathematics to your kid in an interesting way. That’s where Vedic math tricks come into play. It is a proven and an effective method that can be used to overcome many mathematical challenges. It can help any person to overcome hard to understand mathematical problems in a simple manner.Now you can see a lot of products that are based on Vedic Math tricks. Vedic Maths, which was developed by Magical Methods hold a prominent place out of…
  • Save Rs. 2000/- on Learn to Teach Vedic Maths DVD Course

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
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  • Teaching Mental Maths to Kids through Games is Spreading Fast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Media Affects Children Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    How Media Affects Children Infographic Today’s children are deeply impacted and consumed by media and technology. The How Media Affects Children Infographic provides a deeper look into the effects of media and technology on kids eight and under in the U.S. Kids’ Exposure to Media Percent of children ages 0-8 who have each item in their bedroom TV 42% DVD/VCR player 29% Video game console player 11% Computer 4% Children under 2 spend over 2x the time watching TV and videos as reading books. Average time spent on TV and Videos: 53 minutes/day Average time spent reading books: 23 minutes/day…
  • Elementary Montessori Education Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Elementary Montessori Education Infographic Montessori education is an educational approach developed Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. In a Montessori classroom, each child will be encouraged to develop a love of learning by studying the topics that he or she is interested in while collaborating with a mixed-age group of students and a supportive teacher, instead of just memorizing facts and competing with other students. The Elementary Montessori…
  • Creating Online Courses with Offline Material Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Creating Online Courses with Offline Material Infographic The number of online learning providers has exploded over the past few years. It’s easier (and cheaper) than ever to become an online teacher and to create online courses. It may sound fun but creating an effective online course or building an online school is actually extremely challenging and there are a lot of little-known things that you should know before starting out on your online education journey. The Creating Online Courses with Offline Material Infographic presents 5 key tips for using offline material to create online…
  • Campus Safety Tips for College Students Infographic

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

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

  • 14 Inspirational Love Quotes made by French Artists (+1 useful one)

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    French artists seem to have a talent for capturing the essence of love. So I am sharing some famous love quote from them . Plus you can learn one or two french words as the same time You can download the quotes into High Quality PDF format. L’amour est comme le vent, nous ne savons pas d’où il vient... The post 14 Inspirational Love Quotes made by French Artists (+1 useful one) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Podcast #34 Discover a new area of France: Bordeaux / Confusing words

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

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    One reader asked me about which places in France suit an  expatriate family the most. I couldn’t give an accurate answer that time, so I decided to dedicate one article to this topic. First off, you might have heard some news that France’s economy is sluggish nowadays. I admit it is true, and as par... The post Discover the 12 Most Family Friendly Places in France to Live appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Holidays and Observances in United States[USA] in 2015

    Faheen Ahmed
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Holidays and Observances in United States USA in 2015, Gives Exact Images,Pictures,Wallpaper,Quotes,Message,Wishes Weekday Date Holiday name Holiday type observed Thursday Jan 1 New Year’s Day National holiday Saturday Jan 3 The Prophet’s Birthday Muslim Tuesday Jan 6 Epiphany Christian Wednesday Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox Tuesday Jan 13 Stephen Foster Memorial Day Observance Wednesday Jan 14 Orthodox New Year Orthodox Friday Jan 16 Lee Jackson Day State holiday Virginia Monday Jan 19 Martin Luther King Day National holiday Monday Jan 19 Robert E Lee’s Birthday…
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Release date, Price, Features, Specs and Leaked Images

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Throwing an orange in your lunch box everyday has significant health benefits. Eating single orange a day can enhance heart health, improve the immune system, and strengthen many other parts of your body. Eating healthy requires replacing bad calories with health ones contain in oranges and other fruits or vegetables. Oranges contain something called flavonols that contributes to heart health (Nursing Standard, 2011).  The flavonols are an anti-oxidant that search the body and remove free radicals that injure the lining of the veins and damage the heart.  Having an appropriate…
  • Helping Managers Develop Strategies for Time

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Time is an expendable resources that has limitations and adds up to either contribute or detract from a company’s success. You may have heard the phrase time is money. In business few things could be truer. The way in which managers use their time can have large implications for whether or not activities are aligned to the actual needs of the company. Time management isn’t a fruitless event and can lead to greater personal and organizational rewards. Managing time and knowing where to spend time are two important considerations. Someone can be efficient with every moment of their…
  • 3Q Economy Picks Up Speed-Offering New Economic Investment Opportunities

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the third quarter (3Q) of 2014 grew to an abundant  3.9%. It is always nice to see the economy grow, unemployment decline, housing recover, and consumer spending rise. What is the icing on the cake is the increased business investment that can tell us a lot about how big money is viewing the economy and its prospects. The reemergence of the American economy offers some new opportunities that were not possible in the past. The global economy may be slowing, China and Europe are propping up their systems, but the U.S. has for a short time been clear from…
  • Are U.S. MBA Schools Losing their Positions?

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    U.S. schools have long been known as a place where higher education excells. Over the past decade European and Asian MBA schools have started to take preference and superseded many American schools. A study by Collet & Vives (2014) discusses how the face of the American university has changed and why European and Asian schools are starting to reach top spots in business education.Business schools have not always been part of the American landscape like many other programs. By the 1980’s MBAs were in hot demand and graduates could expect to earn around 2X what the average person earned…
  • Interview Tips to Land Your Dream Job

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Interviews are the gateway to landing a new job and all the perks that go with it. The interview is a primary selection tool hiring managers use to find the candidates they need. Dressing in your best business outfit and standing in front of a person, or persons, who are going to read into every word you say can be a nerve racking event. However, with a little preparation you can increase your chances and lower your anxiety.Preparation 1: Build a Strong ResumeThe best preparation for an interview is to ensure that your resume is accurate and reflective of your skills. Hiring managers use…
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    On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog

  • Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fun Family-Centered Activities for School Break

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Enhance Your Resume (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Here are some tips to enhance your resume grab eyeballs of the right crowd. The post How to Enhance Your Resume appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Building the Perfect Resume for College Students (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Thinking about what relevance does a resume hold for a college student? While it’s true that in college you are still some time away from world of work, a well-built CV will keep you prepared for potential opportunities such as part-time and temporary jobs, internships and fellowships. Here are some tips that will help build the perfect resume. The post Building the Perfect Resume for College Students appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Career Guidance: How Can Fresh Graduates Achieve Their Career Goals Now (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    The new professional life can be challenging as well as a source of a great deal of learnings and knowledge sessions. Make sure that you reap the maximum and best out of it. Here is the strategy. The post Career Guidance: How Can Fresh Graduates Achieve Their Career Goals Now appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Why You Should Study in Leeds (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    It’s that time of year again, when college students begin thinking about their educational and professional futures. For many, university is the much preferred option – what with the career benefits and social aspects – so they’ll be preparing their applications at this very moment. The post Why You Should Study in Leeds appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 3 Time-Saving Tips to Help Educators Lead Students Away from the “Have it Now” Mentality (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Impulsive buying habits can increase the cost of college for students and as student debt rises, it is important to implement steps to curb these habits. Here are steps students can take to reduce spending while enjoying the college experience. The post 3 Time-Saving Tips to Help Educators Lead Students Away from the “Have it Now” Mentality appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Thanks PLN!

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect.  I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two great children.  I remind myself not to take that for granted.  No matter what challenges life may bring, your family is always there for you. On a professional level, I am thankful for many of the great educators and colleagues I have met through Twitter.  Thanks to… @Jonharper70bd for becoming an inspiring writer/blogger whose posts are elegant and poignant. @RunnerBliss @KNESconnoisseur and @jaimer9578 for motivating me to become a better runner. @WalterReap @lindamcToth and @rachelamstutz for…
  • Tips for successful parent-teacher conferences

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

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

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

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

  • Serving Students by Giving

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

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

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

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

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

  • Common Mistakes: Began Vs. Begun

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    They are sometimes confused and very similar in spelling, but what exactly is the difference between the two words ‘began’ and ‘begun’? Both are closely related and stem from the verb ‘to begin’, but they are two completely separate tenses of the verb. Read on to learn more about the way they should be used. Began The word ‘began’ is the past tense of the verb ‘to begin’. It is what is known as the simple past tense and is used in the same way as the phrases: ‘I ran’, ‘I went’ or ‘I did’. The word ‘began’ would be used in a sentences to describe things…
  • How to Change Direction of Text from Right-to-Left to Left-to-Right

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

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

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

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

  • De Blasio’s Pre-K Plan Reaches Poorer NYC Communities

    The Edvocate
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    It is the opposite of the way inequality tends to work: the wealthy are the ones with less access to New York City’s state-funded preschools during the pilot year of the prekindergarten programs. Earlier this month, the de Blasio administration revealed that 53,230 children were successfully enrolled in the city’s pre-K centers, passing the Mayor’s goal to enroll 53,000 students. The pre-K system is meant to serve all students, not just those below a specific household income – however most new seats this year serve ZIP codes where the median household income is low. NYC…
  • What responsibility do colleges have in rape justice?

    The Edvocate
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    In the past few weeks, there have been a lot of headlines regarding sexual assault — including decades-old allegations surrounding comedian Bill Cosby. While these allegations are receiving the lion’s share of attention, there is some equally disturbing information from the campus of the University of Virginia about consistent cover-ups regarding allegations of rape from the young women on its campus. You can read all about these cases in their corresponding news stories from a variety of outlets — but what I don’t see really being discussed in depth is the role of…
  • Top Five Ways to Engage Students in Your Classroom

    Guest Contributor
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Note: Today’s guest post comes to us courtesy of Dr. Tina Rooks, who serves as Vice President and Chief Instructional Officer at Turning Technologies. With over 16 years of experience in education, she was instrumental in developing the educational consulting team and building the Turning Technologies school improvement initiative specifically for the K-12 market. No matter what subject they teach or what age group their students fall into, all teachers face the same basic challenge: They have to find a way to actively engage students in the learning process. Today’s learners tend to…
  • Virtual Laboratories – All Good?

    Matthew Lynch
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    It seems that there is nothing that cannot be done online anymore. On a personal level, we do everything from paying bills to scheduling entire vacations in a matter of minutes because of online access. Think about it for a moment: What daily online activities do you do today that were not an option 10 years ago? Five years ago? Last year? Now consider classroom technology and how it is also evolving rapidly. Implementation of technology in the classroom goes beyond Google searches and reading apps. It stretches into every area of learning, including the sciences. Virtual laboratories are…
  • Teens blame First Lady for school lunch fails

    The Edvocate
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Teenagers across the country have taken to Twitter to complain about their school lunch options, complaining with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama. The First Lady has been vocal about the need for nutritional changes in school lunches and has been a staunch supporter of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that passed in 2010. The Act changed the requirements for school lunch nutritional quality, though the more healthful modifications were given a few years to be rolled out. Photos of unappetizing school fare in cafeteria Styrofoam trays have flooded Twitter since the hashtag was born as many…
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    CTET Preparation

  • NCF Document

    NIIT Litmus
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The NCF Document provides the basic guideline on which the entire school syllabus & curriculum is based. An understanding of the same is beneficial for all CTET aspirants. Please go through the link below & post your remarks.
  • CDP Questions of the Day: CTET Preparation with NIIT - 5

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Directions : Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option.A. Which of the following is not related to the socio-psychological needs of the child?(1) Regular elimination of waste products from the body(2) Need for company(3) Need for appreciation or social approval(4) Need for emotional securityB. Which of the following will foster creativity among learners ?(1) Emphasizing achievement goals from the beginning of school life(2) Coaching students for good marks in examination(3) Teaching the students the practical value of good education(4) Providing opportunities to…
  • Right to Education

    NIIT Litmus
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    An understanding of the main provisions of the RTE is highly recommended for all CTET aspirants & people who work in the domain of education. To get an awareness of the RTE, go to the link below:
  • How to Succeed in answering MCQs

    NIIT Litmus
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The CTET is MCQs based test which checks the candidates skill in answering the MCQs with proper timing and thinking. The candidates need to focus on improving the skills of answering MCQs. Here is a link which gives  some details on how you can succeed while answering MCQs
  • Tips for Preparing for Exams

    NIIT Litmus
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Some helpful study tips for all! Go to the link below: 
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • 7 Inspiring Ways to Teach Your Kids True Thankfulness

    Lynda Way
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    As Thanksgiving is a high season for gratitude, it’s an ideal time to talk to your children about remembering their blessings. Use the following 7 simple yet inspiring ways to teach your kids to develop habits of genuine thankfulness: Model … Read More The post 7 Inspiring Ways to Teach Your Kids True Thankfulness appeared first on .
  • 4 Simple Ways You Can Teach Children Sharing and Taking Turns

    Lynda Way
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Parents often complain of their young children throwing a tantrum when they request them to share. If you have been through this, you know all about the tears and wailing. Thankfully, there are ways to teach children how to share … Read More The post 4 Simple Ways You Can Teach Children Sharing and Taking Turns appeared first on .
  • 5 Things Children Will Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

    Lynda Way
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many childhood memories become blurred as kids grow older. However, there are some things that your child will never forget and will be grateful for many years from now. The following details 5 of the most important things that your … Read More The post 5 Things Children Will Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving appeared first on .
  • 5 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

    Lynda Way
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Halloween is a time for some scary fun, but it can be dangerous because of the darkness. Make this year’s celebrations safe and fun-filled by taking a few of the following precautions. Supervision Any child under 12 should be accompanied … Read More The post 5 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips for Kids appeared first on .
  • Halloween Games That Every Kid Will Love to Play

    Lynda Way
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Kids love any excuse to play party games. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, make sure to provide kid appropriate entertainment. If you’re not having a party, it can still be fun to gather your children and some of their … Read More The post Halloween Games That Every Kid Will Love to Play appeared first on .
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    Degree Admission

  • SRMJEEE2015

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    SRMJEEE 2015 Notification  SRM University Chennai invites applications for admission toBachelors of Technology (B.Tech) program offered in various disciplines for the commencing 2015 session.SRM University will conduct the SRMEEE 2015 Exam in onlineand offline mode to offer admissions to applicants into B.Tech course for session 2015-2016 into its various campuses.SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (SRMJEEE) forB.Tech is common for SRM Group of Universities viz., SRM University, SRM University SIKKIM and SRM UniversityHARYANASRMJEEE 2015 will be held from 19th to 22nd April 2015…
  • jee 2015

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs. The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland,…
  • SRM UNIVERSITY MD MS application form 2015

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Medical & Dental PG Aspirants can download the application for MD / MS / MDS Application form for the academic year 2015-16 Download here  For - Professional Admission Guidance - information on Mangement Quota  - To Know details on Patient flow & Infrastructure Details - To get reference of students who already persue course in SRM University    Call  +91 9841396333  (or) Submit your valuable enquiry in For information visit  
  • kle

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    N O T I F I C A T I O N   KLE UNIVERSITY POST-GRADUATE ALL INDIA ENTRANCE TEST-2015  (KLEU-PGAIET-2015-16)   The University shall be conducting KLE University Post-Graduate All India Entrance-Test-2015(KLEU-PGAIET-2015) on Saturday,the 31st JANUARY 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Eight centres across the country viz. Belgaum, Bangalore, Pune, New-Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Chennai for admission to various Post-Graduate Degree/Diploma Courses (Medical/Dental) in the constituent colleges of…
  • yenepoya pg 2015

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    YENEPOYA UNIVERSITY [Established under Section 3 (A) of the UGC Act 1956 UNIVERSITY ROAD, DERALAKATTE, MANGALURU 575 018 Ph. Nos: 0824-2206000 Fax : 0824- 2204667 ADMISSION NOTIFICATION PG COURSES - 2015-2016 IN YENEPOYA MEDICAL & DENTAL COLLEGES, MANGALURU. Yenepoya University invites applications from eligible candidates for admission to Medical & Dental PG Courses in Yenepoya Medical & Dental Colleges, (Constituent Colleges of Yenepoya University) recognized by the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India respectively in the following Specialities;   Medical…
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • Forever Thankful for My Students

    Reed Gillespie
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: radioflyer007 via photopin cc As we near the holiday season, the following story, which forever shaped me as an educator and a person, reminds me of all I have to be thankful for and why I became a teacher. How was your [Winter] break? A seemingly innocuous question, or so I thought. As a teacher I greeted each student as they entered my class. When I greeted them with a question, they were required to answer and ask a question of their own. This little procedure set the tone for my class and was a little step in establishing a caring and supportive…
  • 3 Gigantic Problems that School Principals Can Fix Today

    Mark Barnes
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Brilliant or Insane Is this your faculty meeting? photo credit: BobDuCharme via photopin cc There’s an amazing Voxer chat group called Talks with Teachers, composed of remarkable educators who converse about best education practices, technology integration, assessment and many other subjects. We recently discussed things that make teachers’ jobs difficult. The chat was not about principals, but upon further consideration, it occurred to me that school principals could easily solve most of these issues. Granted, school principals and teachers often have different perspectives,…
  • 6 Reasons I Don’t Follow You On Twitter

    Mark Barnes
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: Rosaura Ochoa via photopin cc Sure, this blog post’s title seems a bit snobbish. Snarky even. Try not to take it personally. I follow thousands of people on Twitter. If you’re not one of them, there’s likely a good reason. Unlike some people who have a passing relationship with Twitter, I have a full-fledged Twitter strategy. Twitter is an amazing free professional development tool that I use every single day. I look to Twitter for education information, articles, useful web tools, and ongoing conversation about learning. My Personal…
  • Yikes, My Kid Wants a Mobile Phone

    Mark Barnes
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Brilliant or Insane My son is 12 and he’s dying to have a mobile phone, figuratively speaking, of course. He’s in sixth grade and says, “Most of my friends have mobile phones.” Many, he claims, have smartphones. This is one of those parent issues for which I wish had a silver-bullet solution. Is my son old enough for a mobile phone? If we give him one, are we obligated to give his 10-year-old sister a phone? There are times, when the mobile phone would be convenient for me. I could reach him when he’s at basketball practice or at a friend’s house, for…
  • Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity

    Mark Barnes
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Brilliant or Insane Assessment of learning needs to be objective. Teachers should attempt to eliminate as much subjectivity as possible. Calling student activities “good,” “bad,” “weak,” or “nifty” brings opinion into the assessment process, which isn’t to suggest that opinion is not important. However, the most important opinions are the ones teachers often ignore–the opinions of  our students. For a long time, I thought assessment was about grades–which also meant my opinion played the most significant role. After many…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Are you Curious About Open Nature Day?

    Carrie Lee Ferguson
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Connecting to nature and inspiring wonder, an integral part of our philosophy, extends beyond classroom walls as we come together for Open Nature Day at Dutton Island Preserve on November 8th-9th. Families are invited to tent camp or come for the afternoon on November 8th. Connecting with nature is vital to our overall health, happiness […]
  • Upper Elementary: Halloween Creative Writing Assignment

    Montessori Tides
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Some of the Upper Elementary students may have dressed up as literary characters for Halloween, but Miss Danielle turned them all into real estate agents who had to sell a haunted house for a creative writing assignment. After the groups shared their stories, one was chosen as the stand-out story. An art project followed the […]
  • For Small Hands Group Order: Extended 1 more week!

    Montessori Tides
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    For Small Hands Teacher Wish List 2014. To avoid duplicate orders, please notify Brad Hatton via email of the item you would like to purchase for the classroom. Download the family order form here. Room 2 Wish List Item Item # Price Adventure Calendar C845 $19.95 Deluxe Hand Mixer C470 $19.95 Magnetic Book Build-A-Vehicle V677 […]
  • 16 Months To 3: More Than Childcare

    Montessori Tides
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Montessori Tides toddler community is a nurturing environment for children ages 16-36 months. Our youngest children learn and grow individually, while also participating in cooperative group play and individual lessons with other children. For the 19 children enrolled in our toddler community, each day presents an opportunity to explore and practice language, gross motor, and […]
  • September/ October Toddler News

    Johanna Porter
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Dear Parents, I can’t believe that October is already here! And with that a change of weather, from super humid dog days of summer, to cooler fall breezes blowing through the playground. We started in September with a wild animal theme. We had work on the shelves of wild animals representations: picture cards, wood cut-outs, […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • Bringing Montessori Home

    Staci Jensen
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    As a parent and a teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom, I have noticed a glaring disparity between my 7-year-old daughter’s behavior at home and at school. She does fine, independent work in her Montessori school environment, yet, when handed a broom after a mealtime at home, tearfully claims she does not know how […]
  • Positive Side of a Montessori School

    Montessori Group
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Only you can know what kind of preschool is right for your child. If you’re considering Montessori for your child, let’s discover some of the positive aspects of The Montessori Method. Add this infographic from Naudain Academy to your website by copying and pasting the following embed code: Positive Side of a Montessori School [Infographic] […]
  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

    Montessori Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    The kindergarten year of the Montessori program is essential for unlocking a child’s full potential. Colleagues from AMS-accredited schools explain why retaining students through the Montessori kindergarten year is essential. The Montessori Group is an association of Montessori schools, dedicated to providing quality Montessori education for students’ ages 1-12. We emphasize loving, prepared Montessori environments, […]
  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Cindy Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • The Montessori Group – a philosophy of child development

    Montessori Group
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    This article first appeared in a 2004 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cynthia Thomas always wanted to teach in a preschool. After earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics and child development she, her two children and her husband, who was enlisted in the United States Air Force at the time, were transferred to Hawaii. Shortly […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • Elements in the Extraordinary Role of the Montessori Teacher

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Anne Burke Neubert, in A Way Of Learning (1973), listed the following elements in the extraordinary role of the Montessori teacher: Montessori teachers are the dynamic link between children and the Prepared Environment. They systematic observe their students and interpret their needs. They are constantly experimenting, modifying the environment to meet their perceptions of each […]
  • IHM 4-H Club Participates in “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest”

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Indian Harbour Montessori Makos 4-H Club recently participated in the “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest” UCF-IFAS extension–Brevard Co. Fair, with their project titled “Indian River Lagoon”. Post by Especially For Children & Indian Harbour Montessori. What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a 55-gallon recycled food-grade plastic barrel that is placed […]
  • Historical Timeline

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    A Historical Timeline will be presented by our Elementary Students on Friday, October 31, one time only at 8:45am. Each Elementary student will research a person who has contributed significantly in history and then dress to represent this person in chronological order. We hope to see you there! 2014 Historical Timeline Photo Album Post by […]
  • International Peace Day

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Peace Day, which is often referred to formally as United Nations Day, is observed every year in October. Another occasion that is celebrated in October is International Children’s Day, which is celebrated during the last week of October. This holiday was originally created by UNICEF to celebrate our cultural diversity and ethnic heritage. This year, […]
  • A Special Thank You to Our True Colors Run Sponsors

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    We just wanted to say a special thank you to all of our wonderful True Colors Run Sponsors! This event wouldn’t have been such a success without each and every one of you. Please offer your support of these local businesses who helped make our True Colors Run such a success. Art Derek Gores Art […]
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    Rockledge Montessori School

  • Pre-Montessori Lesson: Classifying Colors

    Kimberly LaMirande
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    In the video below, Mrs. Sandra Rodriguez, presents a practical life/sensorial lesson to one of her two year old student’s. She will show her student what is expected in the lesson. The student will then independently follow thru with the lesson. The lesson that Mrs. Rodriguez is teaching is a Pre-Montessori lesson on classifying colors. […]
  • Rectangular Box Lesson: Constructive Triangles

    Kimberly LaMirande
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    In the video below, Mrs. Tara Smith, presents a Constructive Triangles: rectangular box lesson to one of her students. She will show her student first what is expected of her in the lesson. Then the student will independently follow thru with the lesson. This lesson is one of the many sensorial lessons in the Montessori […]
  • What Children Teach Us About Peace

    Rockledge Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    John Hunter, a keynote speaker at the AMS 2014 Annual Conference and creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike. Peace education is a vital component of the […]
  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Kimberly LaMirande
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Summer Camp Art Gallery

    Kimberly LaMirande
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Rockledge Montessori’s Summer Camp Art Gallery recently took place in Mrs. Kathrine’s Room 4. This camp was part of our 3-6 year old Summer Camp. The kids had a great time thanks to Mrs. Kathrine for all the wonderful planning she did for the campers. If you get a chance give her a big THANK […]
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • 4th Grade Butterfly Garden

    Educational Horizons
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently our 4th grade students worked hard to build a butterfly garden in our front courtyard. The students chose specific native Florida plants based on factors such as: color, the type of butterflies it attracts, cost, and availability. Students called local nurseries and totaled the cost of their proposed order. Watch the Students Prepare the […]
  • Montessori and Google: Early Influences Count

    Educational Horizons
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    In a recent article in The Guardian: How Google’s Larry Page became a responsible entrepreneur, by Carol Sanford (actually an excerpt from her new book The Responsible Entrepreneur). Below are some excerpts from that article: To understand Google’s orientation toward creating global change, it’s helpful to know a bit about four influences that helped shape […]
  • How and Why Charter Schools Do More With Less

    Aileen Tapp
    1 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    When most people think of funding for public education, chances are they don’t think about funding for charter schools. There is a widespread misconception in Florida that charter schools are not really public schools. The truth is public charter schools have been a vital part of Florida’s K-12 education system for almost two decades and […]
  • Making and Developing Meaningful Friendships: Ways Parents Can Help

    Educational Horizons
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Teach your child to be a friend. Repeat these rules often: Be Kind – (Smile. Use good manners with words like “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome” and “excuse me.” Listen to understand others. Be respectful to others – Don’t use hurtful works or tease others. Don’t kick, bite or push others. Include others by not […]
  • Importance and Nature of the Silent Game

    Educational Horizons
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Written by Maria Montessori Our world today is full of noises. Even music seems to spurn harmony and tend to ‘noisomeness’. Indeed it increases its volume in decibels to the extent of endangering hearing. This was not always so. Until recently the opposite was true. Silence was essential to the human soul; children instinctively sought […]
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • What are the best home facial remedies?

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    What are the best home facial remedies? Each and every woman in this earth is having only one dream that is being beautiful. All girls and ladies waste lots of money in beauty parlors, as they do not have any knowledge of remedies that can help them at home which is not cosmetic and is a natural way for caring... The post What are the best home facial remedies? appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 24th November 2014 – Daily Current Affairs of November

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Current Affairs 24th November 2014 Today we have come up with Current Affairs 24th November 2014 under the Daily Current Affairs of November 2014 category.We have tried to cover up all the important current events and if you feel that we have missed some thing than you can put your views under comment section. Magnus Carlsen won FIDE World Chess Championship 2014 On... The post Current Affairs 24th November 2014 – Daily Current Affairs of November appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Weekly Current Affairs November 2014-17th to 22th Current Affair

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    17th to 22th – Weekly Current Affairs November 2014 This article consist Important Weekly Current Affairs November 2014 which has all the current for day such as Current Affairs 17th November 2014, Current Affairs 18th November 2014, Current Affairs 19th November 2014, Current Affairs 20th November 2014, Current Affairs 21st November 2014 and Current Affairs 22nd November 2014 Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won China open 2014 singles... The post Weekly Current Affairs November 2014-17th to 22th Current Affair appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • How To Prepare for AFCAT Exam 2015 {Books and Tips}

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    How To Prepare for AFCAT Exam 2015 AFCAT is a popular examination that can grant you a post in Ground duty branch, Technical branch, and Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. It takes place twice a year (Feb and Sep) allowing thousands of candidates test their lucks. If you  are one of the aspirants and looking for How to Prepare... The post How To Prepare for AFCAT Exam 2015 {Books and Tips} appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Indian Cricketer Private Images or Picture – Indian Cricket Team

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Images Credit – Current Affairs Related PostsIndia Women Cricket Team Won Against Srilanka Women Cricket TeamVijay Zol Will Lead Under 19 Cricket Team In Asia Cup Current Affairs of 8th August 2014 Sachin Tendulkar – UNICEF’s Brand Ambassador for South AsiaM.S Dhoni Won ICC People’s Choice Award 2013Sourav Ganguly joined Mudgal Committee The post Indian Cricketer Private Images or Picture – Indian Cricket Team appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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    I Love Learning

  • Online Learning Resources For Teachers

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Even for teachers, it’s necessary to continue learning throughout your life and career. Finding more efficient methods of teaching, designing coursework, keeping students attention, testing and even the fundamentals of teaching theory equips you to get even better results from your pupils. Some teachers decide to go back for more formal education, but even without this there are self-directed things you can do to improve your teaching technique and continue adding value to your skillset. These range from reading relevant materials and blogs to exercises and sample coursework. Many are…
  • English Learning Websites For Adults

    I Love Learning
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Whether you’re an adult who has emigrated to an English speaking country or a student completing an exchange, learning English can be a challenge when you have to do it outside your home country. It can be difficult and nerve-wracking working up the confidence to talk to native speakers, and sometimes courses and programs are difficult to access. In these cases, an online learning resource is a good solution, as it allows learners to go at their own pace and build their vocabulary and grammar until they feel confident putting it to use in a real life situation. Talk English. One of the…
  • Adult Learning Websites

    I Love Learning
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There are many websites dedicated to adult learning, offering a range of learning programs in different areas and disciplines. Depending on what you need, you can be sure to find an inexpensive option that specifically targets your interests, study habits and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to pick up a few extra skills or to immerse yourself in a full project or course, online study is convenient and flexible. Adult Learning Support. A New Zealand based website that seeks to support those studying as adults, by offering resources and contacts for learners of all levels. These include…
  • Everyday Memory Practice

    I Love Learning
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Memory is one of those latent skills that most of us don’t really think about – or think of it as something that simply varies from person to person. While this can be true to some extent in terms of natural abilities, it’s also something that can definitely be improved through focused exercises. Some people may not consider this as “important” as regular learning, but in fact the two things go hand in hand. The better your memory is, the easier learning will be, and there are a range of other benefits besides. Improved facial and name recognition. Being able to…
  • Online Brain Games Website – Lumosity

    I Love Learning
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Lumosity is a website that offers a host of different activities in the form of a training program that’s designed to improve your mental capacity and facilities. Created by scientists working in collaboration around the world, the project is known as the Human Cognition Project. The goal is to create accessible, simple ways that the everyday person can improve their brain function without investing in expensive software or books. This is done in the form of games and activities that are set out in a “personal training program”. When you first sign up, you’ll be asked…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Free Thanksgiving PowerPoint Template

    FPPTP Admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Two more days to go for Thanksgiving fest and releasing the last edition for this Thanksgiving Eve 2014, we are enlisting a free PowerPoint Template, unlike all other templates, this template comes with picture placeholder layouts. You can create cool albums or presentations in minutes.   Download and start adding your Thanksgiving memories. For now this template comes in Widescreen resolution and in .pot format which means that you can open this template in any PowerPoint program starting from 2003 – 2014. We wish you a Very Happy Thanksgiving. Click to Download Thanksgiving…
  • Thanksgiving Facebook Cover Silde for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Following up the Thanksgiving formality, in today’s edition we enlist Thanksgiving Facebook Cover slide for PowerPoint. Its bit funky and cute but goes best on the Facebook wall. Just download the file, open the file in PowerPoint program and click on the picture placeholders to insert your family member head shots.  Here is the sample picture of the cover. You can change the background of the slide, fill it with solid color, gradient or a picture and save it as jpg or png,  Upload it to your Facebook Profile. Download these Thanksgiving Facebook Cover Slide for PowerPoint and get…
  • Happy Thanksgiving Greeting Card for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    We are ten days away from Thanksgiving and following our custom — that is to  provide you free PowerPoint sources to celebrate this great holiday digitally, we created this amazing Happy Thanksgiving Greeting Card for PowerPoint. This whole is presentation comes with animated objects and you can manipulate them, change their colors to suit your environment. Add even more stuff such as music and clip arts. Create amazing Thanksgiving PowerPoint Greeting Card in Seconds. Create PowerPoint Shows, Videos and share them online with your friends. Down below is the video output of the same…
  • Create Amazing Concept Slides Using Merge Shape Options in PowerPoint 2013

    FPPTP Admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    Follow the pictures enlisted. Here is the detailing Video of Creating Concept Slides Using Merge Shape Options   The post Create Amazing Concept Slides Using Merge Shape Options in PowerPoint 2013 appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Resonate PowerPoint Template

    FPPTP Admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Do you ever wished to use a PowerPoint Template that is freakishly blowing the audience, especially the audience who love to  watch objects move to the groove. We call this Resonate PowerPoint Template because the objects inside continuously resonate(vibrate) The template comes with 6 slide layouts with 6 different animated variations. The middle a white solid content holder is placed in the middle where you can insert your content download this PowerPoint template for free and get started   Download Free Resonate PowerPoint Template | Free The post Resonate PowerPoint Template appeared…
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    CITE » Blog

  • Chancellor Fariña vs the Charter Schools

    John Russo
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    NEWS ROUNDUP! Chancellor Fariña is feeling the heat for some remarks she made recently about how charter schools inflate their test scores by pushing some low-performing students out right before […] The post Chancellor Fariña vs the Charter Schools appeared first on CITE.
  • UFT Contract Fight Drags On

    John Russo
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    Wait, didn’t the city and Union come to terms on a new UFT Contract?? They did. Then what’s this fight about? As we outlined here, there are more retirees than […] The post UFT Contract Fight Drags On appeared first on CITE.
  • How can we help you

    John Russo
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    SCHOOLS ARE NOT BUSINESSES Our schools are inundated with ideas and practices that are borrowed from business in the name of education reform.  These business practices have questionable applicability to […] The post How can we help you appeared first on CITE.
  • Who Teaches Pre K

    John Russo
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Mayor DeBlasio said that NYC is going to hire an additional 8000 teachers to teach Pre-K in the coming years. Who are these teachers? Who teaches Pre K? Where do […] The post Who Teaches Pre K appeared first on CITE.
  • UFT Contract Review

    John Russo
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    We’re taking a look at the new UFT contract. It was much-heralded, when it was passed. How is it going, now? Chalkbeat’s blog did a series on this, that we’re […] The post UFT Contract Review appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • Diary of an Outstation Student at DU

    Ekta Rawat
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    No one to boost the morale during exam stress, no one to cover up with quilt when you end up sleeping while studying, no one to remind you to carry admit card before leaving , no one to keep almonds for you, no one to give a spoonful of curd and sugar on the exam ... Diary of an Outstation Student at DU is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Diary of an Outstation Student at DU appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Rules To Feminism

    Siwangi Ronjan
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Our Indian society, a heritage as old as times, the largest spreadout of culture, spiritualism, knowledge, and a great and glorious past lingering in the air but there were some flaws and one of the flaw  that I thought of arising is the partiality between men and women that took place from time memorial. Our ... Rules To Feminism is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Rules To Feminism appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Breaking The Stereotypes

    Siwangi Ronjan
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    People think an individual becomes more experienced with age, but the truth is age does not define maturity. The reason why this thought suddenly came into my mind is because today somebody told me that I cannot make correct decisions regarding my life because I am young and ( I emphasize on this word) ‘therefore’ ... Breaking The Stereotypes is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Breaking The Stereotypes appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • On Attaining teenage

    Tanya Malhotra
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Teenage is the most crucial, yet the most memorable, and wonderful period of one’s life.  We change mentally, physically, and socially. Once we cross this threshold, our whole attitude towards life undergoes a massive change. This tenure turns out to be the most beautiful on one side yet the most difficult one on the other ... On Attaining teenage is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post On Attaining teenage appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Let’s explore more of North Campus!

    Shriya Arora
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Delhi University, especially the North Campus, is one of the enjoyable place and famous for its enthusiastic college life. North Campus altogether has a different and a very fun loving college life. Not everyone is lucky to experience and be a part of this amazing “NC (North Campus)” life. Life in NC is different from ... Let’s explore more of North Campus! is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Let’s explore more of North Campus! appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • WARNING: You Need To Weed Out These Discredited Teaching Practices

    Shaun Killian
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    A recent report by the Sutton Trust and Durham University recommends that we need to weed out discredited teaching practices from the classroom. But what practices are they talking about? The answer may surprise you. Many of the discredited teaching practices are quite popular, but the evidence behind them is anecdotal and selective. It’s like trotting out a 100-year-old man who has smoked all his life to prove that smoking is good for you. Hard research consistently shows that these discredited teaching practices don’t work.   5 Examples of Discredited Teaching Practices The report…
  • What To Expect In Australia’s New Curriculum

    Shaun Killian
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The federal government is set to release its long awaited report on the Australian Curriculum on Monday. The report is the final result of a government-commissioned review conducted by Ken Wiltshire and Kevin Donnelly. Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect the report to say.   Expectation 1: Fewer Subjects The review is likely to recommend that students learn fewer subjects. At present, there are 16 subjects (assuming that each student only learns one second language). The national curriculum will be recast as the ‘essential core’ that all schools must teach, with a heavy…
  • NAPLAN Online: Even More Accurate

    Shaun Killian
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Today ACARA released its National Assessment and Surveys Online Program: tailored test design 2013 study. The study explores how online testing can be structured in ways to make it even more accurate than the existing pencil and paper tests.   NAPLAN Online ACARA has been exploring how NAPLAN can be moved online since 2012. The initial research focused on ways to ensure that students performed just as well on online testing as they did with traditional paper tests. This new part of the research focused on making NAPLAN more reliable through tailored (branched) testing. It found that…
  • Kid’s Deserve To Be Taught

    Shaun Killian
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Last year, I was very excited. After nearly half a century of walking this Earth, I was finally going to see snow – and I was as eager as a child on Christmas Eve. Like most people, we have always lived on a tight budget, and taking the family to the snow was a real treat for us. We could only afford to stay for 5 days and we wanted to get the most out of them.   Imagine This Scene I wanted to learn how to ski, and as the whole snow thing was new to me, so I booked some equipment and some lessons. While the lessons were expensive, given our tight timeframe, I thought that it was a…
  • One Word That Can Improve Your Teaching

    Shaun Killian
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Do you want to grow as a teacher and enhance the impact you have on those you teach? One simple, three-letter word can help you do this. I’m not talking about some quack remedy or trendy term. Rather, it’s an everyday word whose power has emerged from mountains of research. The mystery word is …  … AND   Let me explain. To do that, I need to go off on a bit of a tangent. Stick with me – it’s worth it. The insight that you will gain can have a profound effect on the way that you view learning, teaching and education in general.     Why AND Is Such A Powerful…
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    MBA Blog

  • Essentials of Perfecting Your MBA Resume
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    The most neglected yet critical part of the MBA applications is the resume. It is as important as your essays, so give it your utmost attention. To make a potential employer want to hire you and even want to know you better, your resume should be impactful enough.
  • CAT Exam Interview Questions
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    The Common Aptitude Test or CAT is conducted each year by the Indian Institute of Managements. It is composed of written, group discussions, and a personal interview. The written part of CAT tests the reasoning, verbal and quantitative skills of the applicant.
  • Study MBA in India
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    You can study to obtain an MBA, which means a master's degree in business administration, in many different countries. India is a very diverse and exotic country that is bustling with activity.
  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Business School
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    When applying for admission into business school, it is easy to make mistakes. You might be trying to beat the deadline or busy with work. The bad news is that admissions committees do not forgive when it comes to mistakes applicants make.
  • All the Material you need to Ace your CAT Examinations
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Common Admission Test (CAT) is used by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their business administration programs. The test assesses students on their qualitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning skills.
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    Blog Me Mom

  • Gifts for Babies : Great baby toys for under $10

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Gifts for Babies  : Great baby and toddler toys for under $10 If you are looking for gifts for babies, then this gift ideas for babies list will be a great starting point. Are you looking for some quality stocking stuffers? Again this list will come in very handy.  Who said men are hard to shop for? Have you tried shopping for a baby? I’m suddenly faced with the responsibility of putting together a quality gift basket for a baby. I kid you not….you will get overwhelmed with the sea of options. Then there is nagging thought ” Will she out grow this fast?” ”…
  • Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. While stimulating all the five senses during sensory activities for kids  is important, most of the attention goes to touch and sight. Most children thrive very much on feeling and enjoying the texture of any given sensory materials. Bet it gooey play { snow goop anyone?} or running their hands through scented rice or cornmeal. { All messy play ideas here} However the sense of sound hasn’t really got any…
  • Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. It has been a while since the children and I had some fun time with sensory activities. We used to be really big on sensory activities for kids simply because my children enjoyed getting their hands in all kinds of sensory bins and exploring. They still love them. Since my oldest is 6 and younger is 4 years here we are adding a learning twist in their usual sensory play. We did a similar sensory…
  • Christmas Crafts for Kids : Homemade Ornaments with Foam Cups

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    Christmas Crafts for Kids : Homemade Ornaments with Foam Cups This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. Well, we haven’t really caught the Christmas crafts fever yet! Last year the kids and I managed to do a few Christmas crafts but we couldn’t share them all with you! Here is a simple homemade ornament kids made last year. Such an easy ornament but doesn’t compromise on the cute factor. Materials { Affiliate product links below for your reference} Acrylic Paint Glitter…
  • Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting the blog! We have a wild life enthusiast at home; a little girl who will run towards a bug  (except bees and wasps because she learnt a bitter lesson that we don’t paint those guys) or any animal to further observe. I’m sure almost all the kids love animals. If you have one such kid you are shopping  for, you can use this guide as a good starting point. This…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Edmonton piano man video goes viral

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton’s free outdoor pianos has reached almost two million views from people around the world. This is one of those moments that reminds you that we pass up beautiful moments and people each and every day without noticing. It […]
  • Turning Over a New Piano Leaf this Season

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    A Great Season for Music I don’t know about you, but I love the autumn. The winter, not so much, but this season of changing leaves and chilly temps is always a nice reminder of change. I also find it a good time to sit down and reevaluate goals, progress […]
  • Holiday Piano Course Coming Soon

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    A Time to Be Jolly It’s no secret that with the soon approaching Holiday season, music is sure to be a big part of the celebration. The good news for us piano players is that there will be many opportunities to share our piano skills at get-togethers, parties and family […]
  • Measure Your Progress with this Piano Practice Schedule

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tracking Progress It may not always be easy to know how we are progressing at a new skill or goal but there is a way to know if you are moving forward. Truly successful individuals always share that part of true success is to be able to measure progress. The […]
  • Am I Too Old to Learn How to Play the Piano?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Learning at Any Age Anyone that knows me personally, knows that it actually saddens me that this question is even asked as much as it is. A little background to my thoughts on this subject. I grew up in a home where learning was always encouraged. Whether it was pulling […]
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    On Top English

  • Passives

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Passives We make the passive using ‘be’ – in a suitable tense – and the past participle (‘done’, ‘played’ etc.). We use the passive: 1) … when we don’t know, or we are not interested in, who does an action. My car was stolen yesterday. We don’t know who stole the car. A lot of wine is produced […] The post Passives appeared first on On Top English.
  • Participle clauses

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Participle clauses Participle clauses are a bit like relative clauses – they give us more information. People wearing carnival costumes filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The paintings stolen from the National Gallery last week have been found. The participle clauses (‘wearing …’ and ‘stolen ….’) act like relative clauses. We could say: People who were […] The post Participle clauses appeared first on On Top English.
  • Multi-word verbs

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Multi-word verbs There are very many multi-word verbs (sometimes called phrasal verbs) in English and it’s very difficult to learn them all. It can sometimes be quite easy to guess the meaning (He picked up the pencil) but other multi-word verbs are less easy to guess (I picked up Italian quite easily when I lived there) and you should look […] The post Multi-word verbs appeared first on On Top English.
  • Modals – deduction past

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Modals – deduction (past) In the same way that we use modal verbs to say how certain we are about things in the present we can also use them to speculate about the past. Have + past participle (‘have done’, ‘have been’ have stolen’ etc.) is called the perfect infinitive. When we use modal verbs to talk about […] The post Modals – deduction past appeared first on On Top English.
  • Off The Top Of My Head

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    The post Off The Top Of My Head appeared first on On Top English.
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • Gainful Employment Rule: The Death of For-Profit Colleges?

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This past week, Secretary Arnie Duncan, U.S. Department of Education, released the final “Gainful Employment” regulation aimed primarily at protecting college students from incurring large loan debts while getting a college education.  The intent of the final version of the regulation will hold career programs accountable to ensure that their students are successful in getting an education that leads to a good paying job without incurring large debt in student loans.  The new rule will go into effect July 2015 and will have a huge impact primarily on the for-profit colleges who…
  • College Rankings: The Other Side of Best

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the start of each fall semester, prominent periodicals provide rankings of the best colleges and universities.  They examine the quality of colleges within universities, for example, engineering versus business, and they even drill down to the discipline level, ranking of various departments from accounting to zoology.  The most common examples are U.S. News and World Report or Washington Monthly, which produce very detailed rankings of colleges and universities across the country. However, what you don’t see on the newsstands is the rankings of the worst colleges.  Only…
  • Controlling Tuition Costs

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
        A common complaint you hear these days by students and parents is the rising cost of college tuition, in some cases, a dramatic raise in tuitions and other fees.  University administrators argue that the increase in tuition and fees is needed to maintain a quality education for their students.  In order to maintain a quality education, universities have to attract top notch faculty, which translates into paying these professors high salaries.      Critics of colleges and universities argue that a college education is already overpriced. …
  • Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Two months ago I wrote about sexual assaults on college campuses. I provided some startling statistics such as 1 in 4 women (25%) will be victim of a sexual assault on college campuses during their academic career.  This is totally unacceptable.  This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation explicitly requiring colleges and universities that receive state funds to more clearly define consent in students’ sexual encounters.  The new law ushered in the concept of “yes means yes” rather than “no means no,” which has been the norm.  What this means…
  • College Student Loan Default Rates:A Measure of Success of Colleges?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Recently, more criticism is being leveled at colleges and universities for not being more successful at “producing” students.  Higher education is being treated like any other business by focusing now on measuring output. Specifically, lawmakers and the public want to know how many students each institution of higher education they advance from one year to the next and ultimately how many they graduate.  One measure of that success that has been in the public eye is the college student loan default rate.The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that loan-default rates…
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Load External JavaScript Asynchronously or Dynamically

    Shusil Baral
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    JavaScript makes more easier to manipulate websites, now a days most of the browsers supporting JavaScript codes. When the HTML parser encounters a <script> element, by default, run the script before it can parsing and rendering the document. It is not much problem for inline scripts but if the script source code is in an external file specified with a src attribute, the portions of the
  • How to Add Multiple Slideshows on One Page Using Javascript

    Shusil Baral
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Most of our visitors asked "How to Add Multiple Slideshows on One Page Using JavaScript" by commenting on different previous posts for JavaScript slideshow and going to write this post about to add multiple slideshows on the same page. Using this script you can add number of slideshows on single page as your requirements.  Multiple Slideshows on One Page Using JavaScript To make
  • How to create fade effect image slideshow using CSS

    Shusil Baral
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    You can give fade effect animation for image slideshow using CSS. @keyframes 'at' rule and animation keyword in CSS can be used to make image slideshow with fade effect. With @keyframes 'at' rule, you can define the properties that will be animated in an animation rule and animation keyword to set all of the animation properties. Here I have used different types of animation properties
  • How to make rounded corners border using CSS

    Shusil Baral
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    While designing website, website template or blog template, you may want to make buttons, menus, paragraphs or any others border corners rounded to make your template more beautiful and attractive. It is possible by using a keyword "border-radius" in CSS. The keyword border-radius is used to make all the corners rounded by specifying the radius of corner. For example you can use the following
  • How to Create Custom CSS Template for Printing

    Shusil Baral
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Along with the development of web technologies and web programming languages, web designing becoming more complex and the websites more flexible and user friendly. With the invention of CSS technology, web designing and programming becoming more easier than ever. By using cascading style sheet (CSS) and its properties, you can give custom design to your website for different medias like
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    Republic 3.0

  • Building the right trade policies to support the “Internet of Things”

    Edward Gerwin, Jr.
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    The "Internet of Things" could bring the American economy trillions of dollars in future growth. Don't let trade barriers get in the way of this potential. The post Building the right trade policies to support the “Internet of Things” appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Pay Congressional interns

    Burdett Loomis and Gary Meltz
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    It's not just a matter of fairness. Unpaid Congressional internships limit opportunities for students who want to work on the Hill - and limit the talent pool for Hill offices. The post Pay Congressional interns appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Q&A: Public policy and the end of life

    Republic 3.0
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Better and more widespread use of advance directives can help ensure that patients' wishes are respected at the end of life, says Third Way's David Kendall. The post Q&A: Public policy and the end of life appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The answer to New York City’s affordable housing crisis is under its feet

    Leonard Grunstein
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Vast tracts of unused city-owned land could be the key to providing affordable housing in New York City - and potentially elsewhere. The post The answer to New York City’s affordable housing crisis is under its feet appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Three perspectives on net neutrality

    Republic 3.0
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Must-read commentary from both sides of the debate from former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Everett Ehrlich, former Congresswoman Eva Clayton and Internet advocate David Sohn. The post Three perspectives on net neutrality appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind: #1 Foreign Education Consultant in India, Singapore and UK

  • JCU Singapore Education Fair 2014 in Chennai on 16th December 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Please click on the below image to register for JCU Education Fair 2014 online!Highlights of JCU Singapore Education Fair:Leading University at your HometownMeet University DelegatesInteract with JCU Academic StaffsGet Application Fee WaiverGet On-the-spot OfferStudy 1-2 Semester in Australia under Campus Mobility ProgramWhy to Choose Broadmind:Authorized representative of James Cook UniversityBroadmind is a Singapore based company have their presence in Singapore, Madurai and ChennaiAssist the students both in India and Singapore start from admission to arrival and accomodations99% visa…
  • Study and Settle in Ireland with Post Study Work Visa

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    Here is one more chance to Study in Ireland.Spot Admission @ Broadmind, Chennai on 23-Nov-2014 at 4pm. Those who missed it earlier, utilize it now!Wish you all the Success!
  • Submit Application for 2015 intakes to Study in New Zealand

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    Admissions are open to Study in New Zealand based Universities now!You can start submit the application for 2015 intakes to get admission in New Zealand premier universities. For further information, please feel free to contact us at +91-9790950111 any time or send an email to
  • Spot Admission to Study in Ireland

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Dear Students,It's the right time to get admission in Ireland based Universities. Yes, Spot Admission to Study in Ireland for January 2015 intake will be held on November 05, 2014 at Broadmind Consultant, Chennai.Spot Admission to Study in Ireland for Jan 2015 intakeSo, don't miss this wonderful opportunity!!!Details:Venue  :   BroadMind Consultant, ChennaiDate    :   05-Nov-2014, 4 PMIntake :    Jan 2015Start registering your names here today itself. For further details, please call us at +91-9790950111 now. We are ready to…
  • Why Singapore is the Best Study Place for MBA?

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Singapore - Best Study Place for International MBA StudentsIt's a trend nowadays to learn and study in Foreign Universities. As singapore plays No.1 in doing businesses among the international market and moreover it is becoming a popular destination for MBA Graduates due to the following benefits,Advantages:Flexible MBA Courses - For those who are working and want to study part time without disturbing their regular works.As things are moving globally both in technical and non-technical, every administrative students should aware of the latest trends in business administration. Singapore is…
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  • Franklin Pierce University Announces Andrew Card as New President

    Nina Bourne
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    On Tuesday, it was announced that former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will now be known as the fifth president of Franklin Pierce University. Card is familiar with the New Hampshire university as he served as a member of the Franklin Pierce board of trustees from 1996 to 2000. He is replacing current Franklin Pierce University president, James Birge, who announced his resignation last summer and will  begin his new position on January 12 as the spring semester approaches. The chairman of the board of trustees at the university, Michael C.J. Fallon, says that Card “brings a…
  • Indiana State University Student Takes Action Against Student Hunger

    Nina Bourne
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Steve Boyer, a junior at Indiana State University, has taken action to help his fellow university students who are finding it difficult to pay for food, with the creation of an on campus food pantry. Boyer noticed that some of his peers struggled with affording food after paying out high tuition costs, room and board and other required learning materials and turned to the university for help. The United Campus Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students, worked closely with Boyer to bring his idea of a campus food pantry to life. Their hard work now allows students to…
  • CMU Students Hold Peaceful Protest Following Release of Ferguson Decision

    Nina Bourne
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Students on the Central Michigan University campus held a protest and stood together in solidarity as the call for change echoes around the nation following the release of the grand jury decision from Ferguson, Missouri over the Michael Brown case. Brown’s parents have requested that every protest held in their son’s memory begin with silence, which students at CMU were more than willing to honor. The protesters did so by remaining silent for four and a half minutes, one minute for every hour that Brown’s body was left on the ground after his shooting. Students chose to…
  • University of California Stage Walkout After Tuition Hikes

    Nina Bourne
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The war against tuition hikes at the University of California is still going strong as students staged a walkout that extended to every campus on Monday. The walkout comes on the heels of a sit-in staged by students at UC Berkeley after the UC Board of Regents voted in favor of raising the tuition 5% each year for a total of five years. The increase in rates bumps up the flat rate to be paid out by students to $12,804, which is a $612 increase from the current rates. By the time the five year plan is concluded, students will be paying out $15,564 a year. Books, room and board along with any…
  • The Conflict Kitchen Raises Appetites and Questions on the University of Pittsburgh Campus

    Nina Bourne
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The Conflict Kitchen, by all appearances is a small lunch hangout for students of the University of Pittsburgh, but there is much more to this eatery than a good location and an eyebrow raising name. The name alone brings questions to mind, which are easily answered by the menu presented by the eatery as well as by the wrapper that accompanies each meal ordered. The establishment has recently become a hot bed of controversy over the last few weeks on both national and international fronts. The name holds true here as the restaurant prides itself on serving foods from countries in current…
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  • Learn Onevest

    Milton Ayala
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Our goal, at Learn.Onevest, is to redefine this revolutionary means of education to a new extreme. We want to create a modern learning environment to grow education beyond the classroom and the university setting. With the implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act right around the corner now is the time for early stage investors to begin building their […] The post Learn Onevest appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Totnes School of Guitar Making

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

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Frank Finocchio teaches novices to make beautiful guitars in a little workshop in Northeast Pennsylvania. Finocchio’s involvement with musical instruments began when he was 8 years old; one day his father placed a full accordion on his lap and told him to learn to play it. He did. As a young man in the Coast Guard, Finocchio spent hours in […] The post Finocchio Guitar appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Whetstone School of Lutherie

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Since early 2010, the Whetstone School of Lutherie has offered scores of students professional training in the art of instrument making. Currently the cirriculum includes courses in guitar making and guitar repair – plus mandolin, ukulele, and banjo building. Our small class size, expert instruction, and top-notch programming, have earned us a reputation as one of the leading lutherie schools […] The post Whetstone School of Lutherie appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Midwest Guitar

    Milton Ayala
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Midwest Guitar School offers an array of courses in the art, craft and engineering of building and repairing stringed instruments. We have designed our courses to provide each student with the individualized instruction needed to acquire the skills and knowledge in their specific areas of interest.To achieve this we limit our student enrollment to 3 to 4 students at one […] The post Midwest Guitar appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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  • How to Make The Greatest Catch in NFL History: Practice 

    Michael Sankowski
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham made what is already being called the “greatest catch in NFL history”. It’s a one-handed, over the head, behind the back, while falling down, while getting fouled catch – simply amazing. Then, realize he did this catch with only three fingers! Astonishing. You’d think something like this was luck. But the driven Mr. Beckham practices catches like this all the time! He is deliberately practicing these difficult, one-handed catches, from “impossible” angles, so when he sees a possible “impossible” catch in a live game,…
  • The #1 Way to Cut Test Study Time by 50%

    Michael Sankowski
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Kids have far more homework do to now than we ever did when we were growing up. It is big problem – kids today have a huge amount of homework. My sons have between 30 minutes and 90 minutes of homework per night, even though they are only in grade school and middle school. You will have heard the horror stories about high school. It is common for kids in high school to have 3+ hours of homework per night, especially if they are in honors classes. Frankly, I do not want my kids doing 3+ hours of homework (although they should do some homework). But on the other hand, we want them to get into…
  • 77 Scripts to Create a “Growth Mindset” in your kids

    Michael Sankowski
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    One problem with getting kids to study smart is: Kids don’t want to study in the first place. Teaching kids good study skills is a key component of getting better grades, yes it is. But there is crucial first step – actually sitting down to study. Being diligent about homework and study comes from caring about grades and school. The techniques to make them better at school will be far easier to learn if they truly care about what happens in school. So, how can you get them to work hard and work persistently on school? How can you help your kids develop a “growth…
  • The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

    Michael Sankowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would appreciate knowing I am seeing a noticeable difference in C. We have the chapter 2 test on Friday. I’m hoping he continues…” We did not ask her for an update. We did not ask her how our son was doing. She passed this information along…
  • Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

    Michael Sankowski
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades. They are just not living up to their full potential. In fact, sometimes they almost seem afraid of putting forth effort. Your kids are “talented” and “bright”, but there is an ongoing disconnect between the good test scores and how well they do in school.
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  • Get a Great GRE Score with these 3 Strategies

    Bryan Green
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have plans to go to graduate school to increase your employment marketability or advance your career, you will inevitably have to take the GRE. While you don’t have to be a math genius to do better than average on the quantitative reasoning section of the exam, it is paramount that you have excellent verbal communication skills to tackle the verbal reasoning portion of the test. Here are 3 strategies that you can use to get a great GRE score. Use Vocabulary Flashcards The GRE is famous for using very complex, highly academic language in the verbal reasoning section. The smartest way…
  • 3 Strategies for Scoring High on the GMAT

    Bryan Green
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    For thousands of individuals each year, getting the best score possible on the GMAT is essential. A high test score can be the key to getting into a top 20 MBA program and a successful career in business. Here are three strategies to seriously consider implementing to help you score high on the GMAT. Brush Up on Statistics The GMAT wasn’t designed to be easy, but brushing up on statistics is a great strategy to employ to help you score well. If you’re currently a student, you may consider auditing a statistics course to review some of the more difficult concepts. If you’re already a…
  • 3 Tips for Dominating the LSAT

    Bryan Green
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve made the decision to go to law school, you’re most definitely starting to think about the LSAT. The LSAT is not your run-of-the-mill college midterm or final exam, and you will have to put a lot of time and effort into studying in order to get a good score. Considering that your LSAT score is one of the most important factors that colleges and universities use for law school admissions purposes, you want to make sure that you do all that is necessary to secure a top score. Here are 3 tips for dominating the LSAT so you can get into the school of your choosing. 1. Get the Right…
  • Top Four Tips for Homework Management

    Bryan Green
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Struggling to complete homework is nothing new. Most likely, you have been there and may be struggling with it now. This is why you should know these important homework management tips that are going to help you get your homework done thoroughly and in time: Write Down Tasks: When you first sit down to complete your homework, write down what needs to be done first and possibly how long each task should take for you to complete. Writing it down and having a visual for what needs to be done will help to motivate you. You will also not feel so overwhelmed with the amount of tasks that you need…
  • Homework Management: Writing Essays

    Bryan Green
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the most important parts of homework management is writing essays. The most common problem when writing essays is procrastination, but this doesn’t have to be a problem. By using different steps to write your essay, you can take one big assignment and make it into a few easy assignments. Plan and Research- Decide ahead of time what your topic will be and what sources you will use for your essay. Begin researching during this step so that you will already have a list of resources before you begin writing your essay. Outline- Your outline can be whatever you want it to be. You…
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  • Best Blogs on Data Science

    Frida Garza
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    We rounded up the best blogs for anyone interested in learning more about data science. Some of these are news sites, some of these are corporate blogs — but all of them use data to answer questions and reveal things about the world around us. And whatever your experience level — established statistician or someone who’s just heard of the field — these blogs provide enough detail and context for you to understand what you’re reading. And the topics they cover are as varied as you can imagine — dating, cheeseburgers, common first names, tattoos and more. Check them out below:…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Material Design

    Frida Garza
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Google recently launched Lollipop, the latest operating system for Android phones, and the first mobile operating system designed with Material Design, Google’s new design language. Material Design is a set of design guidelines that Google is starting to push out as part of its own brand design style. In keeping with Google tradition, Material Design is bold, playful and beautifully designed — but it also feels like a call to action. One of its goals is to create better user experiences across all devices: mobile, web and tablet. Google’s Vice President of Design Matias Duarte talks…
  • Weekly MOOC Buffet 33 (17th Nov – 23rd Nov, 2014)

    Rajit Dasgupta
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    As one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases, most people at least know of one person who has Parkinson’s Disease. Even so, it is one that is hardly understood by the public. This week,’Good Brain, Bad Brain’ from Futurelearn will help you understand the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease- how it affects people, what causes it, what we can do to try and ameliorate the symptoms and what we don’t yet know about it. Other subjects on offer are Statistics, Economics, Engineering, and Health. See what you like below and sign up! 1. Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp…
  • How To Show Off Your New Skills To Employers

    Frida Garza
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    MOOCs are on the rise, with Coursera boosting over 5 million users in January 2014. But as more and more young people take online courses to build new skills, it’s still unclear how they should signal that growth to potential employers. Is it best to include all the MOOCs you’ve ever taken, or just the ones you’ve gotten certificates from? If it wasn’t part of your undergraduate or graduate education, is it worth mentioning MOOCs at all? The short answer is yes, absolutely. And there are a couple of ways do it, in a way that doesn’t just you’ve taken classes, but that you’re…
  • Best Blogs on UX Design

    Frida Garza
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So you want to learn UX design. You’re in luck. The internet is replete with blogs by designers and industry experts that can help you with whatever you need: whether it’s staying up-to-date on trends, developing research methods, or getting inspired. We rounded up nine of the best blogs you should follow if you’re an aspiring UX designer: UX Booth: A thoughtful blog on UX design and strategy. UX Booth, which has been running since 2008, covers design philosophy, interaction design, analytics, and many more topics. The blog also pays attention to how the web is changing, and what that…
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  • Temperature Coefficient of Resistance

    Swaroop Burre
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    In this tutorial I want to explain about effect of temperature on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (α). If we consider any material it has some resistance. The resistance varies depending upon the... The post Temperature Coefficient of Resistance appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • PN Junction Diode

    Sidhu Burre
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Before learning PN Junction Diode i recommend to read about Semiconductor Basics P-type and N-type materials by themselves are of little use. When a piece of P-type material is suitably joined to a piece of N-type material, a... The post PN Junction Diode appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Semiconductor Basics

    Swaroop Burre
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    In this tutorial we are going to learn Semiconductor Basics. An electronic circuit may appear quite complicated and be capable of performing fantastic functions. But all electronics circuits, however complicated, contain a few basic... The post Semiconductor Basics appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Series and Parallel Circuits

    Swaroop Burre
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Series and Parallel Circuits are common in any electronic or electrical circuits. Resistors may be connected either in series or in parallel as per the function of the circuit. The total resistance of such... The post Series and Parallel Circuits appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Ohms Law and Resistance

    Sidhu Burre
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    In the 19th century, “Georg Simon Ohm” inferred through experimentation one of the fundamental laws of electrical circuits. Ohm confirmed that if Voltage is expanded over a safety, more current will flow through the resistance,... The post Ohms Law and Resistance appeared first on CircuitStudy.
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    Facts n Myths

  • Lost countries: The countries that no longer exist – I

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    We are starting a new series named Lost countries. In this series, we’ll cover all the countries from the past that are no longer existed. Either those lost countries are now a part of some other country or divided into two or more countries. In this post, we are gonna write about 7 lost countries, lets start with Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia: Czechoslovakia was a Central European sovereign state which existed from October 1918 until January 1993. Czechoslovakia declared its independence on 28th October 1918 from Austro-Hungarian Empire. Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved into…
  • 20th November in History

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    20th November 1985: First ever version of Windows i.e., Windows 1.0 released by Microsoft. It was a 16-bit graphical operating system. The team leader of this project was Bill Gates who took an inspiration from a similar software’s demo named Visi On. Although, Windows 1.0 received worst rankings from the critics because of its dependency on a mouse but it was a great achievement by Microsoft. Some important features of Windows 1.0: Limited multitasking was supported by Windows 1.0 Calculator Calendar Notepad Clock Paint Clip Board Viewer Reversi (A board game) Cardfile (Personal…
  • José Mujica – The Poorest and the Humblest President

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    His past: He was a guerrilla fighter. He had a kind heart. He used to help the poor. He remained minister of livestock, agriculture and fisheries. He spent about 13 years in prison. His present: He is a kind man. He is the president of a country. He donates 90 percent of his salary. People say he is the humblest president of the world and yes, he is. Who is he? He is José Mujica. 40th president of Uruguay and serving his country as a president since 2010. Introduction: Name: José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano Born: 20th May 1935 in Montevideo, Uruguay Profession: Politician,…
  • Malaysia – The Home of Rainforests

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Country name: Malaysia Official Name: Malaysia Flag’s Name: Jalur Gemilang (Stripes of Glory) Continent: Asia Independence Day: 31st August, 1957 King: Abdul Halim Current Prime Minister: Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak Area: 329,847 square kilometers Capital: Kuala Lumpur Share border with: Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand. Also bordered with Vietnam and Philippines through the sea. Connected with Singapore through a bridge. Other major cities: Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Shah Alam Population: 30,331,000 (As per 2014 estimate) Currency: Ringgit Official Languages: Malaysian Malay and English Other…
  • ICC Cricket World Cup Winners

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is going to start on 13th February 2015. Australia and New Zealand are hosting this world cup. This is the second time they are hosting ICC Cricket World Cup after 1992. The first World Cup was played in 1975 in England where West Indies defeated Australia by 17 runs to win the final and get the first our title of ICC Cricket World Cup. In this post, we are gonna list all the Cricket World Cups played in the history as well as a short detail about them too. Year playedHosted byFinal played atFinalResult 1975EnglandLords, London, EnglandAustralia vs West IndiesWest…