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  • 70 iPad Apps for Elementary STEM

    Moving at the Speed of Creativity
    Wesley Fryer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Update 8/30/2014: Somehow duplicate entries found their way into my app list. Thanks to a tweet from @kiboser I removed them, so the list now includes 70 apps. I also added 3 paid apps I’m going to purchase via VPP this fall: Green Screen by Do Ink, Do Ink Animation & Drawing, and Stick Around. I may also later add some of these 3D visualization apps. This past summer our school district IT department erased all the iPads used in classrooms like mine to update iOS firmware and install Lightspeed “mobile manager” software to (among other things) track and facilitate app…
  • ‘Selling Out’ Is Meaningless: Teens live in the commercial world we created

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

    ASCD SmartBrief
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    In 2013, 25,000 teachers -- a 30% increase over the previous year -- joined Skype in the Classroom.  -More- 
  • Five unique career options that might be perfect for you

    Education & Career Training
    Regina Smith
    7 May 2013 | 5:23 pm
    If you're having problems looking for a job that you can make into a career, or if you're in a career and want a change of direction to something better, then perhaps one of these five occupations might be the perfect fit for you. Phlebotomist  Home Health Aide Real Estate Agent Forklift Driver Respiratory Therapist Let's look at each of these options individually.PhlebotomistYou're probably wondering what this even is. A Phlebotomist is a medical laboratory technician whose job is to collect blood from patients and take it to the lab. Often they also assist in transporting other lab…
  • How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

    CHE > Latest news
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:56 am
    The newspaper's new project isn't trying to pick the best colleges. It’s more interested in how well they attract underprivileged students.
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    Detention Slip

  • Explore the Prominent Sites in Hvar Islands

    Revathi Riya
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Are you read to explore the great wonders in Hvar Islands? The Hvar Islands is the great paradise for the adventure and thrilling seekers along with the best natural environment. The Hvar Islands offers the wonderful sites, which won’t allow you to imagine without start to explore. The Hvar Island is the wonderful and glowing gem of the Croatia. So begin to explore the great attractions in Hvar Islands. Discover the Nature’s best adventure sites along with the thrilling activities: In Hvar Island your most and must do things is the nature and wildlife, which will immerse you in to the…
  • Don’t Miss Out These Places to Visit in Istanbul

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Istanbul is a modern city that wears its cultures and history well, blending them into an exciting city that has much to offer travelers from around the world. Istanbul’s many attractions include towering minarets, underground Byzantine cisterns, and steamy bathhouses and so on. The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are essential, but simply exploring the street traffic and observing daily life here are equally fascinating. The following are the sights you should be sure to see, ranked in order of importance and ease of access. Basilica Cistern Basilica Cistern is the Istanbul’s…
  • Travel Diaries- In Glittering Gold Coast

    Sandeep Dahiya
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
      If Australia is a jewel-encrusted crown, the Gold Coast is definitely the Kohinoor. With the serene waters serenading the passers-by on one side, the Hinterland volcanic plateau standing tall on the other and the clear sky just above you, Gold Coast will have you at “hello.” If you’re a couple on your honeymoon or a couple looking to connect again through wanderlust, you could not have chosen a better destination. Visiting in August-September would mark the beginning of winter season. It will generally be sunny and dry in the first month. The reign of September would see cooler…
  • Protect Your Home While on Vacation

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    No matter where you travel in the World and no matter how long you’re gone, there are low-cost things you can do to protect your home from theft. Burglars think differently than you do, but they do not take many risks. They are not likely to target your residence if there are warning signs to deter them. Think Alarm System The most essential piece to protecting your home is with a quality home security system. If you’re frequently away from home, it is advisable to equip your home with the latest technology in home security. With this technology you can access your system from any mobile…
  • Top Off the Beaten Path in Budapest - Pearl of the Danube

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Whether you are a first time visitor or just looking for new things to see and do in Budapest, you have lots of remarkable sites to visit. This city is called as the “Pearl of the Danube” that appeals too many interesting spots as you can step out of a thermal baths and right into nightclubs. You can also spend your valuable time to savor Budapest’s culture, history, and natural beauty. Here are some of the most beloved Budapest attractions and sights that are visited in the most often during the tourists wanders in the city. Halászbástya Halászbástya is the Fisherman’s…
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    ASCD SmartBrief

  • More teachers engage students with virtual field trips

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    In 2013, 25,000 teachers -- a 30% increase over the previous year -- joined Skype in the Classroom.  -More- 
  • Free webinar: Embracing flipped learning tour

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Join ASCD authors and flipped learning experts Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m.  -More- 
  • Hybrid programs blend high school, community college, work

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Schools offering students a mixture of high school, community college and work experience are cropping up in various cities,  -More- 
  • Fla. district rejects state testing

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    A Florida school district has become the first to reject state-mandated standardized tests.  -More- How can you teach grammar without boring your students? Grammar Matters helps you get your students excited about learning grammar through conversation, conferences, lessons, and mentor texts. Includes an extensive list of children's books that fit naturally into grammar instruction. Click here to preview the entire book online!
  • Chicago opens doors to more alternative-teaching programs

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
     -More- Student Growth Assessment Checklist Do your student growth data measure up? Quality data give you a clear picture of each student's learning, proficiency, and college readiness as you transition to more rigorous state standards. If you're ready to accelerate every student's achievement, download our student growth assessment checklist. Our 10 questions will help you choose the right assessment for your district's needs!
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • Please sign-up for my new email newsletter!

    Angela Maiers
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    With back-to-school events being held every day somewhere across the country, we’ve been creating a steady stream of new products for educator and students. An e-book titled “Passion Matters.” Our toolkit for transforming school culture, “Mattering IS the Agenda.” A “class” on that enables you to regularly receive “You Matter” messages. Coming soon will be: An online course about Classroom Habitudes (with grad school credit available); A digital literacy curriculum; New ways to experience our content, such as slide decks, videos and…
  • Sign-up for my #YouMatter Class on Remind!

    Angela Maiers
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    The You Matter message is resonating with educators more than ever before. Interest has been strong in “Mattering IS the Agenda – a Toolkit for Transformation,” which helps schools create a #YouMatter culture in school. Nearly every keynote I’ve given in the past 30 days has been on #YouMatter. I asked a school district to have 50+ educators vote on which of three keynotes I would present at Convocation. You Matter won by unanimous decision. A #YouMatter panel at ISTE had an overflow crowd and blew up Twitter. With this in mind, we are excited to launch a “You…
  • “It’s only when I’m truly scared that I know I am being audacious enough.” #Choose2Matter

    Angela Maiers
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
      I was recently interviewed by Anita Stout, author of Life Isn’t Broken, a blog that celebrates “all that’s good in life.” Anita was kind enough to include me in her “Moments of Creation” series, which asks entrepreneurs how they conceived of the idea for their business and how they’ve developed it. We spoke about how the start-up life is frightening and exhilarating; challenges and rewards; my vision for Choose2Matter, and what’s it’s like to avidly pursue your passion. Read the full article here. Click on the image below to learn…
  • Mattering IS the Agenda – a Toolkit for Transformation

    Angela Maiers
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    As a young teacher, I had an epiphany: people need to matter. They need to be noticed, valued, and honored. Ever since, the “You Matter” message has been changing hearts, minds, and lives. This toolkit curates the best of my “You Matter” content. It offers a low-cost, high-energy professional development day or retreat, and can be used every day, all year long.  It includes an invitation to an exclusive webinar on creating a You Matter culture in your organization. Purchase “Mattering IS the Agenda – A Toolkit for Transformation” below. It includes: Videos of three…
  • #ISTE14 Is Over but the Learning Is Just Getting Started

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

    Mitch Weisburgh
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Marina Ratner, Making Math Education Even Worse, which contained quite a few misconceptions about the Common Core and specifically about the Common Core Math Standards.  Here is my attempt to shed light on what's good and bad about the standards and their implementation. The Common Core Math Standards were adapted from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommendations, and these were created over a period of many years by teachers. There has been general agreement among math teachers along these standards, and…
  • ISTE2014 is over, long live ISTE

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Great Email Etiquette Tips for Educators & Everybody (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Every email message from a parent or colleague is an opportunity to create a powerful impression. As Kevan Lee says in How to Send Better Email, great email gets across the intended message with the desired emotion. You have to do both. But you’re so busy, how do you find time to craft the perfect email? Use these tips to plan ahead! You don’t accidentally send awesome email any more than you accidentally climb Mt. Everest. It takes practice and planning. This year I’m working to send better email. Here are the key phrases, tips, and ideas I’ve uncovered in my quest.
  • Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    I’m not here to just to mark papers. I’m not here to leave a mark in a negative way. I’m in this classroom to forever make a mark on the lives of the students within my care and trust. But to get to the learning, I need to create a positive classroom environment. I have just a few rules but have quite a few established procedures so we can flow, learn, and level up together. Sure there are lots of things not central to this theme of making a mark: grading, procedures, classroom management. All of these things may seem unimportant. However, as I’m a better classroom…
  • Extensity: The Essential Chrome Extension Everyone Needs (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Extensity is one extension to rule them all. Extensity  will turn on and off other chrome extensions and keep your browser running lightning fast. So, this week in Indiana it was no surprise when I shared it as #1 of my essential tips for Chromebooks. One way to slow down your lightning fast Chrome browser is installing TOO MANY EXTENSIONS!! My #1 tip for EVERYONE USING CHROME: Install Extensity and only turn on the extensions you need for the current task. Extensity lets you turn on and off other extensions with one click. Let’s look. Extensity 1 Minute Tutorial Video If you…
  • Hey Teacher – You Can Do This! (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    As many teachers go back to school, it is easy to bemoan what is past. You could hit that alarm and moan and wish for another day. But I think the best strategy – at least the one that works for me – is to get up and run into the day. Get up early. Get to school early. Drink Your Coffee. Whatever it takes to hit this excitement head on. I’ve had a fantastic start to the school year with my students. We’re learning so much and I love our new LMS – Haiku Learning. We’ve got other exciting things planned this year including robotics and app building.
  • Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    I’ll come back and add the video and more information, but the Ice Bucket Challenge gives us a great opportunity to teach digital citizenship and all kinds of great information. I’ll talk more about this later, but here is my bellringer for today in this teachable moment. My Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer You have permission to copy and paste this for your classroom and distribute it to your teachers. You don’t have permission to sell it or put it in a book without my permission. Ice Bucket Challenge – NAME: ______________________________ Bell Ringer The ice water…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Alice’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: Internship Take Aways

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Well, the past three weeks or so have been entirely consumed by freshman orientation here at MIT. SO, as my 19th-straight-day in a row comes to a close, I would like to dedicate this month’s post to reflecting upon my experience with MIT Orientation and my summer internship experience in general! (Bear with me as my brain is quite a bit fried… I barely know what day it is!) I started at UAAP (Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming) in May as their summer graduate intern. Among the many projects I worked on was designing booklets/flyers, scanning and shredding old files,…
  • Why Black Males Need Higher Education

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    In the midst of the chaos and havoc brought by the shooting of black teen, Mike Brown, it is important to reflect on this story and how higher education is imperative for black males, and how student affairs professionals can positively impact the experiences of black men. Mike Brown’s case has been expedited with the help of social media and is now an international phenomenon. Despite the shooting of Brown taking place almost two weeks ago, it still continues to be a top story in every social media and news outlet, with very few signs of slowing down anytime soon. Part of this is because…
  • SYNERGY “Collaborating for Student Success” – APCA

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Dr. Vincent Tinto with my colleagues! “In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York.” –Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys. From July 25-27, 2014, Deanne Abrams, Student Development Coordinator-East Campus, Jason Dodge, Student Development Coordinator-Lake Nona, Bernard Huggins, Student Development Advisor-Osceola, and myself, Lauren Kaplan, Student Development Advisor- East, attended the…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 8/28/2014 – Engaging our online students in the culture of the campus

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Engaging our online students in the culture of the campus . In this week’s chat 116 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 393 tweets 78 contributors Transcript MOD: Tom Krieglstein Top Contributors Winni Paul David Prevost Becca Obergefell Crystal Parker Karyn Dyer EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 196 tweets 38 contributors Transcript MOD: Steven Harowitz Top Contributors Adam Z. Leftin…
  • Making Room at the Virtual Table

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I am lucky to call myself a member of many communities, but my favorite is a small group of #SApros with whom I crossed paths as a new professional. We differ across many aspects of identity: gender, race, religion, & home state, but are all committed to the holistic development of our students and the continual improvement of best practices. We met early in our careers and explored, together, the successes and blunders that come with your first years in the field. Those initial experiences blossomed into the kind of authentic relationships where we can be truly vulnerable, especially…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • And What Do You Mean By…

    Dean Shareski
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    People listen to leaders. Whether we’re talking about true leaders or people considered leaders because of status or authority, their words impact culture. Over the last several years of the “reform” movement, words like “accountability” “data driven” “student achievement” “rigorous curriculum” and “college and career ready” are used frequently in many districts. By themselves these words and phrases may not be particularly offensive but over time, combined with countless new initiatives send a sometime subtle and…
  • My Personal Assessment

    Dean Shareski
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I’m a huge proponent of self assessment and it’s also important that I model that. With that, here is my assessment of my second section of teaching EDIM 516 at Wilkes University. While I certainly improved from my first effort in spring, I still have lots to learn. I try to communicate that often with my students and encourage their feedback. I’m never sure if that makes them feel more comfortable or less knowing their instructor doesn’t always know what he’s doing. Let me break down my assessment in a few categories. Content: It’s a 7 week course and…
  • What’s With All the Jumping?

    Dean Shareski
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Those that follow me on twitter, instagram or have heard me speak, might know about my jumping photos. Today someone asked me about its origins. As a family we were about to take a family vacation about 8 years ago. My wife had read an article online about adding some pizazz to your family photos. So we decided to give it a try and it quickly became a family favorite. First jump with friends. Pretty pathetic   We continued to jump,usually on vacation but not always and now we’ve printed out many of them and put them up on a feature wall in our house. Now it has become a staple in…
  • Winning Isn’t That Great and Losing Isn’t That Bad

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

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

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by publicenergy They will let anyone on the internet. From the idiot email box today, here we go again… the tell tale subject line “I would like to collaborate with your site” — here is how you collaborate on someone else’s blog: You leave a human, genuine constructive comment. You write a post on your own blog and link to mine. You actually (****tard) read what is on someone’s blog, like the part of mine that says Send those e-cards and e-letters to cogdogblog at gmail dot com except…
  • On The Blanket at Cascade Lake

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Look at those kids (sometime in the late 1940s (?)), are they thinking about one day having kids? of seeing their kids have kids? of not being around? Of course not, that’s not what you do on a blanket at Cascade Lake. Today, a tough double calendar reminder Three years ago, my mom fell to her floor, her heart apparently stopped, 2 months before I planned to drive up to her home for a visit. That was also 10 years to the day my Dad’s cancer finally took him in a hospice. My parents did not have prolonged exits; Dad’s cancer came in March and he was gone in August, though I…
  • Don’t Be a Platform Pawn

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Long long ago, in a web far far away, everything was like neat little home made bungalows stretched out on the open plain, under a giant expansive sky, where we wandered freely, exploring. Now we crowd among densely ad covered walkways of a shiny giant mall, never seeing the sky, nor the real earth, at whim to the places built for us. A new web service offers us something for free, a feature we love. We feel micro-content. Same web service takes it away later, or just shutters up its shop, we are irate. You may be a pawn,…
  • Looking for a StoryBox Light Hack

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    I’m pretty excited to work out my newest Storybox, a PirateBox device hidden inside an old Brownie camera I’ve seen some hacks on the PirateBox forums where people have set up enclosures with lights the activate when the thing is on. I was looking yesterday at the shutter mechanism in the front of the camera, and was wondering if there was someway to have the PirateBox trigger the shutter The shutter on the side, simply opens the hole to the inside of the camera for a short time, and closes. But I noticed, if you pull up the lever on the top, it becomes a “bulb”…
  • Back on the Road for a Spin

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by 43studio Red Dog truck is loaded with camping gear and mountain bike, and ready to hit the road for a ~2 week road excursion. It’s time to get out of Strawberry a bit, and visit some friends. Plus, this is the warm up for a mid October commute to Kamloops, BC (never mind my Arizona friends puzzling over the idea of wintering in Canada). This trip has some planned visits, but not tightly planned so I have room to improvise. Roughly, the route is: Today I drive down to the very southeast edge corner of Arizona to visit Karen…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Thinking about charter schools (Scott McLeod)
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Stephen Dyer says: I get and am sympathetic to the argument that kids need opportunities to escape struggling schools. And I have little problem with the few really excellent school choice options that are out there that genuinely do give kids opportunities to achieve their potential. But when the vast majority of those opportunities aren’t any better (and are usually much worse) than the struggling school, and paying for these mostly worse options means the kids who remain in the struggling public school have far fewer resources with which to achieve, or the school to improve? Well,…
  • What kind of learning environments do high-poverty minority students deserve? (Scott McLeod)
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Paul Thomas says: The public narrative around KIPP is based on embracing an authoritarian and highly structured model for high-poverty and minority students. Public schools have failed high-poverty and minority students in terms of disproportionate discipline and academic policies, including expulsion, suspension, failure, and retention; it appears by the evidence that KIPP and other “no excuses” charter schools mirror those failures instead of alleviating them. The school-to-prison pipeline and the school-as-prison dynamic are key elements of the larger mass incarceration era; KIPP’s…
  • Ames High band: Modeling innovation, risk-taking, and feedback (Scott McLeod)
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    I’m pretty impressed with the Ames High School band directors. Not only are Chris Ewan and Andrew Buttermore facilitating a great band program musically (250+ students who give amazing performances), they also are modeling instructional innovation and risk-taking with technology. When our district provided laptops for students, for example, they immediately jumped on the opportunity for band students to record themselves and then submit their digital files for review. Many students are using SmartMusic to help them practice and – even cooler – marching band participants now can…
  • What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world? (Scott McLeod)
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going on in our schools – good that doesn’t get shared. Those walls you see around you do not have the power to isolate you and your kids any longer. My question to you: If you have in your hands a tool (phone, computer, tablet + Twitter) that, by just moving your fingers, can connect…
  • For our students, how often are academics and enjoyment the same thing? (Scott McLeod)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Daniel Ching said: Somewhere along the way, someone convinced American society that breadth is far more important than depth. That same person also convinced everyone that academics and enjoyment are two different things. In their minds, students should have their nose in the books, cramming for a big test, and praying that nothing weird happens to throw them off on the test day. This has come to be known as rigor. . . . There is nothing wrong with research, reading a crazy amount of books (one of my favorite past times), and studying all night for a test. But when this kind of activity…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Out Now! How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make The Happen

    Ewan McIntosh
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Finally! How To Come Up With Great Ideas And Actually Make Them Happen is out, in iBooks, at least. You can buy a copy now in your local store, and get your own ideas to fruition quicker and better, with your community in mind: USA: book is available in every iTunes store globally. The beautiful, full-colour paperback is currently in printing in…
  • Why not?, and the power of getting on with it

    Ewan McIntosh
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    We are all artists. But not all of us should exhibit. So says John Hegarty in "There Are No Rules", which I continue to dip into during my break in Tuscany. I laughed when I read this line, because, in my own drawing/sketches case, it's too true. We can all be creative, but not all creative produce is equally stop-you-in-your-tracks creative. The thing is, you don't know until you start to create, whether or not it's going to be worth exhibiting. You've just got to start. And this is why starting is so hard - we can be fearful that what we produce will not be worth exhibiting, so we don't…
  • The most important thing you need to know about creativity

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

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

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

  • If You’re Dying by Powerpoint Don’t Try Prezi

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I’m happy that many educators outside of the blogosphere are beginning to recognize that sitting power points that are chock full of bullet points are not the way they want to engage and be engaged.  However, I believe if they think the answer is to switch from Powerpoint to Prezi, Haiku, or any other brand of slide deck they might need to ask themselves what the problem with powerpoint is. 1.  Powerpoint is presentation software, that is to say it is intended to support a speaker when delivering a speech.  If you are using powerpoint as a substitute for a web site, a movie, or a…
  • Using Google News to Uncover Primary Source Documents

    21 Nov 2013 | 11:09 am
    Update:  This was cool while it lasted but Google has apparently removed this functionality from their news search.  Supposedly there’s another way to get it to work but it hasn’t worked for me. This is a cool tool for finding archived newspapers from at least one hundred years ago via a Google news search.  Particularly, as examining primary source documents can be an effective component of Common Core instruction, I hope you’ll find this useful. 1.  Visit 2. Enter a search time in the search box. 3.  Click the triangle at the end of the search box to…
  • Four Steps for Troubleshooting iOS Devices (Updated)

    7 Nov 2013 | 8:11 am
    I’m updating my steps for updating iOS devices to include the new process of force-quitting apps in iOS 7. There’s not too much you can do to fix a problem when your iPad or iPhone stops working…that’s the good news.  There’s just a few things you can try and these usually work.  Try each of these one at a time and see if one of them will fix your problem.   1.  Update your apps. 2.  Force quit the app. In iOS 6:  Double-click on the home button.  Find the problematic app on the bottom of your screen where it shows recently used apps. Press and hold on…
  • Using Notability for Classroom Observation

    13 Aug 2013 | 2:37 pm
    This article describes how to use the app, Notability, to assist in classroom observation.  Classroom teachers can easily adapt these directions for student observation.  I recommend Notability at a cost of $1-$2 over any potentially costly commercial classroom observation system I’ve yet seen.  Notability provides the most flexibility for meeting individual needs. If you’re looking for a checklist system of observation, Google Forms provides a free system that’s fully customizable.  Notability offers a blank page for handwriting notes, typing notes, and adding pictures…
  • iPhoneography Resources (Great Apps and People to Follow on Instagram)

    15 Mar 2013 | 8:08 am
    Here are my resources on iPhoneography from the 2013 CUE Conference.  Keep reading or iPhoneography CUELA. People to follow on Instagram: needleworks (your presenter) magrelacanela (grade 4 teacher) fisler_school (see learning) joshhohnson (for contests) Here’s a list of apps sorted by Tiers. Find app sales: AppShopper (free) create an app wishlist and receive notifications of sales Tier I (Everyday Use—iOS/Android) Instagram (free) the go to app for sharing, community, and photo editing Snapseed (free) simple navigation, provides filters for grunge, vintage, drama, and fine-tuning…
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Meeting My Once and Future Classroom

    Jose Vilson
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    My actual classroom from eight years ago. Same room this year, too. Meet my once and future classroom. It once had a exposed wooden door, working lights, nine unmarked boxes, beige lockers, and a second year teacher scared for his career. I know this because I was him eight years ago. Throughout the year, the desks rumbled and shuffled about the class, sometimes in groups, in pairs, or in single row and file while students and their teacher prepared for tests of all kinds. The teacher whispered, yelled, almost laughed, and taught through seasons of administrative temperament more intemperate…
  • Am I Wrong For Thinking We Could Be Something For Real?

    Jose Vilson
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    This afternoon, I happened upon a situation that most New Yorkers don’t. I found myself walking into the ocean with maybe 50 people over a half-mile stretch of beach to my left and my right. The more I walked into the ocean, the less people I saw around me. I didn’t even notice that, after a few more feet of walking in, I had no one next to me, just me and the razor-sharp horizon in front of me. The once boisterous conversations around me became nothing but a din as the water crashed against my chest. I don’t usually get moments like this, contrary to popular belief about…
  • Our School and How I Just Want To Hear What Happened

    Jose Vilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Our School by Sam Chaltain This is a quick blog recommending that you read Our School by Sam Chaltain. I’m in the throes of reading three edu-books in a row while promoting mine. What Chaltain provides in buckets is a first-hand account of what’s happening in two different, but clearly interesting schools in Washington, DC.   In case you’re wondering, this isn’t a book review. For most of my educational career, I’ve mostly read books that already come with a slant, some more bent than others. There’s a sense that it doesn’t matter what actually…
  • On Due Process, Or What You Call Tenure

    Jose Vilson
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For the purposes of this essay, I’m using the term “due process” in lieu of tenure because people like Whoopi Goldberg (and millions of others) confuse “tenure” for “job for life.” If that’s what we call “tenure,” then “due process” is more exact. More and more, what it means for K-12 educators and college professors is coming to a confluence. As far as my contract is concerned, it’s not like, after my third year, I got a job for life. Due process just gives me a better chance at talking back. Teachers earn (please…
  • Adults, Please Get Out The Way [How Students Do It]

    Jose Vilson
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This morning, I imagined Marvin Gaye would have a few things to say about what’s going on today: Today was supposed to be Michael Brown’s fourth day in college, getting acclimated with the ins and outs of college life, surely different than the humdrum K-12 bells. Sadly, he never got his chance at college and career readiness as the Ferguson police’s hands still smell of blood and tear gas. We never got the chance to see Michael Brown past the few pictures that the media has offered and the sharp image of him mother mourning. The names of young women and men who also had…
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    Teachers Teaching Teachers » Podcast Feed

  • TTT#407 Welcome Back after Ferguson w/ Marcia Chatelain, Karen Fasimpaur, Alicia Lobaco, Jo Paraiso, and Chris Sloan – 8.20.14

    Paul Allison
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Download. We were planning a “Welcome Back” episode on Teachers Teaching Teachers, something about how to launch connected learning with Youth Voices in our classrooms and how to be more planful about connecting our curriculum. #connectedlearning. How do we do that after Michael Brown’s killing and the Ferguson protests? More than ever we need those days, even weeks of trust-building with our students, yet we also can’t pretend that Ferguson isn’t happening. In addition to this webcast, we offer a small contribution with a #FergusonSyllabus…
  • TTT#386 Celebrating Open Education Week 2014 w/ Karen Fasimpaur, Verena Roberts, Greg McVerry, Ian O’Bryne, Nate Otto 3.12.14

    Paul Allison
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Download. On this episode of TTT we celebrate Open Education Week 2014 with: Karen Fasimpaur Verena Roberts Greg McVerry Ian O’Byrne - @wiobyrne Nate Otto @ottonomy / We talk about open learning and open educational resources in K-12 education. We…
  • TTT#378 A Case for Food Literacy w/ Joseph Franzen, Brent Peters, Lauren Goldberg, Devin Brown, Elfe Dona, Karen Fasimpaur 1.15.14

    Paul Allison
    16 Feb 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Download. Calling all gardeners, foodies, and critical inquirers! On this episode of TTT meet teachers who have been developing amazing projects around food. We are joined by Joseph Franzen and Brent Peters along with one of their students, Devin Brown. In additon Lauren Goldberg, Elfe Dona, and Karen Fasimpaur add to this rich conversation about what happens when we focus on the relationships students have with food. Here are a couple of teasers: Before becoming an English teacher and Bread Loaf student, Brent Peters worked as a chef at the Mayan Café in Louisville, Kentucky. Joe Franzen…
  • TTT#368 Connected Ed-Teacher Voice w/ Meenoo Rami, Kevin Hodgson, Karen Fasimpaur, Jo Paraiso, Chad Sansing, Maribeth Whitehouse

    Paul Allison
    1 Feb 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Download. Teacher voice is our theme on this episode of TTT recorded on 10.16.13 in the middle of Connected Educators Month Raising teacher voice is an ongoing theme on TTT, and we welcomed this opportunity to re-join the conversations that we hosted in May and June, 2013: TTT#351 Teachers Speaking Up this… episode… we talk about how, when, why, and where to speak up!  TTT#353 Teachers Speaking Up provocative conversation about Teachers Speaking Up w/@AndreaZellner, @KSchulten,…
  • TTT#377 Dasani: Invisible Child Conversations w/ Marina Lombardo, Maribeth Whitehouse, Stephanie West-Puckett, Al Elliott 1.8.14

    Paul Allison
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Download. On this episode of TTT we offer a conversation about the NY Times articles on Dasani: Invisible Child We are joined by: Marina Lombardo Maribeth Whitehouse Stephanie West-Puckett Al Elliott We were moved the NY Times articles and the issues they raise. Many of us teach students similar to Dasani, and this Times series gives us a great opportunity to talk about the issues that students like her present in our classrooms. This is our third conversation about Dasani and students who face similar challenges, and what…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Student of the Day

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Want to be rewarded for excellence? Students work daily in Reading Workshop with the online learning program from Study Island. This program is based on the Ohio State Standards. It has lessons that help teach each topic and remediates when students do not pass a topic. Students can do sessions anywhere they have internet access.Students scores count towards their grade in Reading Workshop.  It is important that students pay attention to their score as they are completing a 20 question session.  If they are close to the next higher grade, doing a couple of extra…
  • Read at Home Assignment

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Students weekly Read at Home assignment rewards extra effort. Students choose a book that they want to read from home, the library, or the bookmobile. The only requirement is that they log the title, time read, and pages.As a teacher, I reward the students that make the most effort. Although grades are not entirely tied to how hard a student works, poor grades are reflective of a lack of work ethic.  If a student wants a better grade, just read a little more.  I even give extra credit for students that read more than 180 minutes.A =    180 + MinutesB =  …
  • Welcome to 2014/2015

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I am excited to start the new school year and it all begins today. Open house is tonight from 5:30-7:00. Students and parents have the opportunity to meet teachers and tour the school. Please take a few minutes and stop by. Say hello and introduce yourself.Tomorrow is the first day of school! I am pumped up to begin the new year. I have a lot of great activities planned for Reading Workshop. We will begin by setting up student blogs, reading aloud Swear to Howdy, and of course--singing!Welcome to the new sixth grade students. I promise it will be an amazing year!
  • Jupiter Grades Questions

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
  • Great OAA Scores!

    2 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    The sixth grade students in Reading Workshop did an amazing job on the Ohio Reading Achievement Assessment. Over 94% passed the reading test. I watched them work so hard in May when they took the test and hoped it would reflect the awesome work I had witnessed all year.When the results came in I was pleased to see that last year's sixth graders showed so much growth and success. Super job to all the students that made last year so great. I truly enjoyed having the chance to work with such a great group.
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Why Jane Doe doesn’t get to be a sex trafficking victim

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    In detailing the story of “Jane Doe,” a 16-year-old transgender youth stuck in an adult prison in Connecticut for over six weeks without even being charged, Shane Bauer at Mother Jones steps back to describe the context in which Jane grew up. In reading this horrific (but not that uncommon) account of abuse, neglect, poverty, and dreadful state interventions, I came across this sentence: “While in group homes, she says she was sexually assaulted by staffers, and at 15, she became a sex worker and was once locked up for weeks and forced to have sex with “customers” until she…
  • Goodbye Avis, Hello Uber

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Only two hours before the nightmare that would unfold, I was sitting with friends sharing my loyalties to travel programs. I had lost status on nearly everything when I got pregnant with my son (where’s parental leave??), forcing me to rethink my commitments. I told everyone about how I loved the fact that Avis had been so good to me, so willing to give me hybrids when they were available. I had been in an Avis car for 20 of the 28 days that month and I was sad that I didn’t have a hybrid in LA but the customer service rep was super apologetic and I understood that it was a perk,…
  • The Cost of Contemporary Policing: A Review of Alice Goffman’s ‘On the Run’

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

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

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

  • Using Design Thinking to Reimagine Back To School Night

    Liz Davis
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I am very excited to share that I have started my new job as Director of Curriculum at Keys School in Palo Alto. Over the summer the faculty read the book Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly. As a way to integrate their Design Thinking model into our teacher work week, we are going to use the model to reimagine our Back to School Night. We will have 3 hours on the first day and 1 hour two days later to complete the process. Here is our plan. (I would welcome your suggestions or ideas for improving upon it!) It is based on the Stanford Design Thinking model which is outlined…
  • My Google Teacher Academy 2014 Application

    Liz Davis
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    I am really excited to be applying for the 2014 Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View California this summer. I have wanted to become a Google Certified Teacher for years, but until now, I have not been available on the days the academy was being held. This year I am moving to California just in time to attend the Mountain View Academy at the end of July. (Beginning July 1st I am going to be the Curriculum Director for Keys School in Palo Alto!) Of course, the program has become much more competitive over the years. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be accepted.As part of the…
  • Passion Driven Professional Development - Teachers Unplugged at NAISAC14

    Liz Davis
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:44 am
    This morning I helped facilitate our second (annual?) Teachers Unplugged session at the NAIS conference. This is an Edcamp style unconference that allows the participants who show up to define the conversations that they want to have. Among a sea of stand and deliver presentations, Teachers Unplugged is a chance to connect with other independent educators attending the conference and discuss issues that we are all grappling with.This is something you can run inside your own school at a faculty meeting with teachers or in a classroom with students. A number of participants asked me to list out…
  • California Here I Come...

    Liz Davis
    10 Dec 2013 | 11:03 am
    Andrew Vorzimer / Creative Commons licenseI am excited to share that my family and I are moving to California this summer. I am looking for a job at an independent school in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am open to both teaching and administrative positions, particularly as a curriculum director/dean of studies or as a middle school teacher. If you know of any openings or can give me any advice for my search, I would greatly appreciate it. You can find my resume and other pertinent information on my website:  Thanks!
  • 4 Things I Love about Design Thinking in Education.

    Liz Davis
    29 Nov 2013 | 9:40 am
    You may be hearing a lot about Design Thinking lately (maybe just from me ;-). In my last post I laid out a Design Thinking lesson plan that I used in one of my classes. Here are a few of my favorite things about this process of learning and discovery.1. Design thinking begins with problem finding. Learners might have a general idea of what they want to learn more about. However, it is only through interviews, observations and research that students discover what the problem really is. This makes it very learner-centered. It isn't the teacher asking students to solve the problem. It's the…
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    The Hall Monitor

  • Meet Sleepy Hollow H.S Grad Luke Colley: Lohud’s Student Of The Week

    Swapna Venugopal
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Luke Colley, a 2014 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, won top presidential honors for his dedication to environmental protection. Luke was honored at a White House ceremony earlier this month as a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award. He is lohud’s student of the... Read More → The post Meet Sleepy Hollow H.S Grad Luke Colley: Lohud’s Student Of The Week appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Educator of the Week: Francisca White, Liberty Elementary School, Nyack

    Gary Stern
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Who: Francisca “Frankie” White, a fourth-grade teacher at Liberty Elementary School in the Nyack school district. She is also the school’s technology integration specialist, working with her fellow teachers. How long: She’s been teaching at Liberty since 1999. What’s new: Like so many teachers, White has been getting her classroom... Read More → The post Educator of the Week: Francisca White, Liberty Elementary School, Nyack appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Hobby Lobby: Lowey and Purchase College Students Highlight Importance of Contraceptives for Women’s Health

    Swapna Venugopal
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    News from Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office: Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Harrison), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, joined Planned Parenthood campus activists and students from  Purchase College, SUNY to create a Hobby Lobby scrapbook to highlight the importance of contraceptives for women’s health, and how the Supreme Court’s... Read More → The post Hobby Lobby: Lowey and Purchase College Students Highlight Importance of Contraceptives for Women’s Health appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Lowey to Join Local SUNY Purchase Students to Create Hobby Lobby Scrapbook

    Swapna Venugopal
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    News from Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office: Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D- Harrison), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will join Planned Parenthood campus activists and students from SUNY Purchase on Wednesday, August 26, 2014 at noon to create a Hobby Lobby scrapbook. The project will highlight the importance... Read More → The post Lowey to Join Local SUNY Purchase Students to Create Hobby Lobby Scrapbook appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Free school supplies for East Ramapo students

    Mareesa Nicosia
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Pomona Middle School will host a back-to-school supplies giveaway Thursday, Aug. 28 for all students from the East Ramapo school district. Families are invited to come to Pomona Middle School, 101 Pomona Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up a backpack filled with supplies for their children.... Read More → The post Free school supplies for East Ramapo students appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • 70 iPad Apps for Elementary STEM

    Wesley Fryer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Update 8/30/2014: Somehow duplicate entries found their way into my app list. Thanks to a tweet from @kiboser I removed them, so the list now includes 70 apps. I also added 3 paid apps I’m going to purchase via VPP this fall: Green Screen by Do Ink, Do Ink Animation & Drawing, and Stick Around. I may also later add some of these 3D visualization apps. This past summer our school district IT department erased all the iPads used in classrooms like mine to update iOS firmware and install Lightspeed “mobile manager” software to (among other things) track and facilitate app…
  • Start of School Reflections (Fall 2014)

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    Yesterday I recorded a 25 minute reflection about my initial 5 STEM lessons for my students as we’ve gotten back to school this fall. I recorded this on my morning commute using the free iOS app AudioCopy, and then uploaded it to SoundCloud. Access referenced resources on, including the referenced “Maker Studio” resources.    by  Wesley Fryer  Did you know Wes has published 3 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out! If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his…
  • Create an iOS iMovie Video Collage with YouTube Contributions

    Wesley Fryer
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I’m almost finished with my pre-conference keynote video for the 2014 K-12 Online Conference, which kicks off on October 14th. I’ve used my iPhone for all the video clips, but I’m also including several videos from other people I’ve asked to contribute ideas. I’m THRILLED this is working as I hoped it would. Here is the workflow I’m using to combine these submissions.    by  Wesley Fryer  I asked a few other people to record short videos responding to the three questions I’m addressing in my keynote about “Igniting Innovation.” Each…
  • Change the Tagline of Your Website

    Wesley Fryer
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    This weekend I’ve seen two different sites with the default tagline, “Just another weblog.” This is the default tagline which uses for every new site when it’s created. The tagline of your site is displayed by most WordPress themes in the header section of your blog. It’s like a byline. It’s a good idea to change this default tagline either to something appropriate for your site (which gives visitors more information about it) or to delete it completely. The image below shows two sites…
  • To-Do and Task Manager Options

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I’ve been trying different digital “task managers” to keep to-do lists over the years, and this semester I’m really liking Wunderlist. It has a viable free plan (I haven’t paid for a commercial plan yet) and if you want you can collaborate with others on your lists. You can also share your lists in a read-only format with others. Previously, my favorite task manager had been Nozbe. Nozbe is also free and GTD-friendly, which means it works with the “Getting Things Done” organizational method espoused by David Allen. There is also a task manager in…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Privacy

    Jeff Utecht
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Photo Credit: MSH* via Compfight cc I need to start checking myself when this question comes up during presentations and trainings. At some point someone always asks about privacy. In many cases they don’t even know…..I think anyway…..that they are asking a privacy question. The questions usually are posed as: “If I put something in Google Drive is it safe?” “If I put something in Google Drive can anyone see it?” “Is it secure?” “Can someone hack in and get my stuff?” I’m finding the more I’m asked questions like…
  • What Happens When We Forget The Mind Shift

    Jeff Utecht
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Photo Credit: rwentechaney via Compfight cc I read an article today titled: Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops. It only took me two seconds to figure out what the issue was here….I’ll give you a clue….it’s not the laptops. There are some interesting quotes and lines in this article that caught my attention. Now I don’t know this school district, I give them an A+ for trying something at least. It sounds like they got caught in the netbook era of computing and just couldn’t get out. What follows are some of my thoughts around what went…
  • 1000 Blog Posts

    Jeff Utecht
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    So…this is blog post 1000. Crazy to think and yet at the same time I’m pretty late to the game for someone who started blogging in September of 2005. A quick look of others who I know started blogs around that same time. Dean Shareski is at 2800+ blog posts and Clarence Fisher is 3100 and counting. Both making this 1000th blog post look like nothing! I still remember setting up this blog in my computer lab in Shanghai. I downloaded WordPress and followed the directions to install it on the little server I was running at the time. I remember coming to the page that asked to name…
  • I’m being pulled to Google+

    Jeff Utecht
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Funny looking back at my older blog posts of Google+ here on the blog. It seems like every year I feel like I need to blog about how Google+ really is turning into a large part of my PLN. In fact over the last few weeks I have spent more time in Google+ than I have on Twitter…way more. The conversation I feel is deeper, more engaging and the communities….the sharing that happens in the communities is amazing. Much like the hashtag communities on Twitter the Google+ communities are rich with discussion, sharing and helping. Blast from the Past: Dec. 2011: Google+ Reflection Aug.
  • Continuing Education Credits for COETAIL

    Jeff Utecht
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    W00T! It’s been a long time in coming but for us (Kim and I) this is a big announcement. COETAIL is coming to the U.S.! We have recently partnered with Heritage Institute to offer continuing education credits through Antioch University Seattle. Antioch University credits are acceptable in most states for re-certification and in most school districts for salary enhancement. This means that U.S. based teachers can now take COETAIL and receive credit! This works out nicely here in Washington State, for example, as teachers need 15 quarter credits every 5 years to maintain their…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Yet More Block Programming Languages

    Alfred Thompson
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    I saw this announcement on Facebook first but I probably just missed seeing it on the email list. At this stage I have to wonder why? Why more of the same? Do we really know that these languages work and if so for what definition of “work?” From Dr. Jeff Gray at the University of Alabama via the SIGCSE mailing list: We would like to announce the availability of two new Blockly-based languages that may be of interest to CS educators:  Spherly is a web-based programming environment that allows programs to be written using a block language to control a Sphero robot. Project URL:…
  • Rotate the Cell Phones

    Alfred Thompson
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    One of the things I am working hard at this year is making things more clear to students. I want them to understand concepts and why they are important and useful. Of course one issue with teaching computing is that experienced people are used to thinking in the abstract but beginners are not. So tying theory into physical activity can be helpful. And if you can use something students care about even better. I was pleased to discover a new visual aid today that I think worked well. I was working with a simple project – rotate the values in a series of textboxes. Take what is is the first…
  • Interesting Links 25 August 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Well I made it though going back to school. Teachers went back Tuesday, we saw our freshmen students briefly on Wednesday and had a full (very full) day of classes on Friday. Today starts the regular routine. Edutopia says the Computer Science is the Future of Education. Agree? Abby Fichtner aka HackerChick who I first met when we both worked at Microsoft writes convincingly on  Why We Need to Teach Kids to Code Google is giving $1.5 million to organizations that encourage girls and minorities to learn computer science in the Google RISE Awards.  Apply now I found yet another robot…

    Alfred Thompson
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    Time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday I got home from this summer’s CSTA conference. But it has actually been a while. And then yesterday I saw the call for proposals for the Annual CSTA conference. Are you doing something interesting that you are willing to share with other computer science teachers? Seriously think about making a proposal. The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites you to participate in the 15th Annual CSTA Conference. This event will be held July 13-14, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area). The CSTA 2015 Program…
  • Hacking Away at Little Problems

    Alfred Thompson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    We have a fairly nice system for student information and the like. It is not perfect but then what system is? For example, our student management system will output class rosters as PDF, Word or Excel files. The problem with the excel output is that there is way too much information in it to be easily used for many of the things teachers want to use it for. If it were just a matter of extra columns it wouldn't be too bad but there are also extra rows. It is tedious to strip things out. I’ve done it before but it’s just not fun. Writing code on the other hand is fun. Well for me anyway. So…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Back to School Report

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Reality Check-In, with Jeanne Allen Huffington Post It’s not often two books come out at roughly the same time that, together, provide a true glimpse at the critical and largely unknown story of how the modern day education reform movement came to be. The first is inspired by the work of Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, former chief of staff to Dr. Martin Luther King. Mary C. Bounds’ A Light Shines in Harlembegins in NY in 1998 as the state’s charter school law is being debated —or should I say — battled into existence, and still one of the most memorable policy events in history with which…
  • Louisiana school voucher program makes C on Center for Education Reform report card; state bristles

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Danielle Drellinger, The Times-Picayune Louisiana’s high-profile school voucher program made a C on a national report card Wednesday, ranking seventh among 15 states. The report by the Center for Education Reform faulted Louisiana for imposing “excessively burdensome” financial requirements and state tests on schools, and for restricting eligibility to low-income students from low-performing school systems. Louisiana tied with Florida in the rankings. Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin earned an A; North Carolina, Arizona and the District of Columbia, B. Gov. Bobby Jindal has…
  • Report: Indiana Has Top School Voucher Program In The U.S.

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Ray Steele, Indy’s News Center 93.1FM A new report says Indiana has the best school voucher program in the country, though the report probably will not silence the critics of school choice. Almost 20,000 students participated in Indiana’s Choice Scholarship program last school year, where students received a taxpayer-funded voucher to pay a portion of their cost for private school.  Indiana’s program scored 31 points out of a possible 50 in the first ever rankings from the Center For Education Reform, a pro-school choice group based in Washington.  “Indiana really…
  • Report ranks Indiana No. 1 in school voucher programs

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Anne Kelly, The Indy Channel INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has taken the top spot in a report that focuses on school voucher programs. The 18-page report released this week from the Center for Education Reform looks to answer one question: Why are so few families across the country taking advantage of school voucher programs? The programs allow parents to choose what school they want their child to attend and have the state pay for it. The report shows just 10 percent of available vouchers are actually being redeemed. The report looks at two dozen voucher programs in 14 states and found…
  • Louisiana Voucher Law Rated C by Pro-school Choice Group

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Will Sentell, The Advocate Louisiana’s controversial school voucher law got a C rating from a pro-school choice group called the Center for Education Reform, according to a report issued on Wednesday. Vouchers allow some students who attend public schools rated C, D and F, and who meet income rules, to attend private schools with the tuition and some fees paid by the state. A total of 6,775 students did so during the 2013-14 school year, and 8,800 vouchers have been awarded to students for the current school year, according to the state Department of Education. The group that did the…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Political science meeting interrupted by hotel fire

    Scott Jaschik
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Scholars at annual meeting were forced to evacuate their rooms Friday night -- but meeting one another in pajamas didn't stop them from tweeting. Editorial Tags: Political science
  • Chapel Hill Revises Policies on Sex Assault Charges

    Scott Jaschik
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday announced revisions to its policies to handling sexual assaults, The News & Observer reported. Under the new policies, a trained university investigator will handle complaints, and that investigator's findings can be appealed to a panel of faculty and staff members. In 2012, under intense criticism for its handling of sexual assault accusations, the university stripped a student honor court of the power to adjudicate them. The new policy also defines consent, saying that it must be affirmed by both parties in a positive way.
  • Montana State University-Northern Chancellor Resigns

    Ry Rivard
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The chancellor of Montana State University-Northern announced his resignation Thursday, according to the Havre Daily News. Chancellor James Limbaugh was facing faculty criticism, including a movement to take a no-confidence vote in his leadership. The campus has faced several bits of turmoil, including issues with its nursing program and a former provost who is accused of repeatedly and inappropriately touching her male colleagues – including Limbaugh. Ad keywords: administrators
  • New approaches to attacking the racial/economic achievement gap (essay)

    David Bergeron and Scott Greytak
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    As affirmative action continues to backslide, support for economic equality is growing. Could these narratives be combined to fuel new ideas that take advantage of this common ground? Much is known about the racial achievement gap in higher education. Large, persistent gaps in degree attainment rates between Asian students and white students on one hand, and black, Latino, and Native American students on the other, help explain how the U.S.’s overall attainment rate fell from first in the world to 11th. Yet only recently has the economic achievement gap – a present-tense…
  • Political scientists consider how to diversify their discipline

    Colleen Flaherty
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Professors at discipline's annual meeting consider how they hire faculty members. Editorial Tags: Political scienceFacultyDiversity
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • Use these 4 apps for phonics, art exploration, and more

    Laura Devaney
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This round-up ensures you won’t miss any of our weekly highlighted apps Each week, we feature a new App of the Week on our website and in our newsletters. These apps are for students or educators and offer a range of uses. But one thing is certain: educators and students are using apps now more than ever. Here’s a round-up of the apps we’ve featured over the past month. Check back each Monday for a new App of the Week. And don’t worry–if you miss one, you can find a summary of recent apps at the end of each month. 1. Create art like never before Name: Drawing Desk What is it? With…
  • High schools need to weld academics with practical skills

    staff and wire services reports
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    When students leave high school, do they have skills that will help them in real-life situations? I’d like to propose a sweeping overhaul of the United States public education system effective immediately. This may seem overblown, given that I’m proposing it in response to a bill from Pep Boys that I resent having to pay. The air conditioning in my car stopped working this week and the gentleman said I needed a new compressor, the procurement of which set me back $1,286. It’s probably legitimate, but I wish I knew for sure. I wish I knew what a compressor looks like or what…
  • Five ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year

    eSchool News Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These trends have important implications for K-12 education this year—and beyond The “maker movement” makes waves in K-12 schools, and school leaders try to navigate a data privacy minefield while also bracing for online testing: These are among the top ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year. Last week, we counted down the top five ed-tech stories to watch for 2014-15. Here, for your convenience, we’ve assembled these stories in one place. (Click on each of the headlines below to read the full story.) How are you approaching these trends in your own schools? What other…
  • How important is informal learning?

    Laura Devaney
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As learning becomes more self-directed, informal learning is gaining popularity Learning is changing. It is moving from a primarily school-based, formal process to include more informal opportunities. Learning is just as likely to occur among a group of students at a coffee shop or at a museum as it is within a virtual group on a social network. Informal learning, then, is often characterized by its impromptu and unofficial nature, as a new infographic demonstrates. Today’s students must be independent workers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and informal learning supports these…
  • 5 important K-12 conversations on Twitter

    Michael Sharnoff
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    See what K-12 professionals are saying on Twitter about some of the most pressing education and ed-tech issues If you were to search on Twitter to see what are some of the most urgent issues affecting educators, administrators, and IT specialists in K-12 education, what do you think you would find? The same trends that dominate conversation in the physical world are also being discussed and debated online. Whether discussing the latest trends in STEM education, curriculum and assessments, best practices, or mobile technology, there are plenty of ed-tech conversations to follow on…
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  • Use these 4 apps for phonics, art exploration, and more

    Laura Devaney
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This round-up ensures you won’t miss any of our weekly highlighted apps Each week, we feature a new App of the Week on our website and in our newsletters. These apps are for students or educators and offer a range of uses. But one thing is certain: educators and students are using apps now more than ever. Here’s a round-up of the apps we’ve featured over the past month. Check back each Monday for a new App of the Week. And don’t worry–if you miss one, you can find a summary of recent apps at the end of each month. 1. Create art like never before Name: Drawing Desk What is it? With…
  • High schools need to weld academics with practical skills

    staff and wire services reports
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    When students leave high school, do they have skills that will help them in real-life situations? I’d like to propose a sweeping overhaul of the United States public education system effective immediately. This may seem overblown, given that I’m proposing it in response to a bill from Pep Boys that I resent having to pay. The air conditioning in my car stopped working this week and the gentleman said I needed a new compressor, the procurement of which set me back $1,286. It’s probably legitimate, but I wish I knew for sure. I wish I knew what a compressor looks like or what…
  • Five ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year

    eSchool News Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These trends have important implications for K-12 education this year—and beyond The “maker movement” makes waves in K-12 schools, and school leaders try to navigate a data privacy minefield while also bracing for online testing: These are among the top ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year. Last week, we counted down the top five ed-tech stories to watch for 2014-15. Here, for your convenience, we’ve assembled these stories in one place. (Click on each of the headlines below to read the full story.) How are you approaching these trends in your own schools? What other…
  • How important is informal learning?

    Laura Devaney
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As learning becomes more self-directed, informal learning is gaining popularity Learning is changing. It is moving from a primarily school-based, formal process to include more informal opportunities. Learning is just as likely to occur among a group of students at a coffee shop or at a museum as it is within a virtual group on a social network. Informal learning, then, is often characterized by its impromptu and unofficial nature, as a new infographic demonstrates. Today’s students must be independent workers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and informal learning supports these…
  • 5 important K-12 conversations on Twitter

    Michael Sharnoff
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    See what K-12 professionals are saying on Twitter about some of the most pressing education and ed-tech issues If you were to search on Twitter to see what are some of the most urgent issues affecting educators, administrators, and IT specialists in K-12 education, what do you think you would find? The same trends that dominate conversation in the physical world are also being discussed and debated online. Whether discussing the latest trends in STEM education, curriculum and assessments, best practices, or mobile technology, there are plenty of ed-tech conversations to follow on…
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • Broadband pilots could serve as models for other states

    Dennis Pierce
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Arkansas, Virginia partner with EducationSuperHighway to design a roadmap for bringing broadband to every student EducationSuperHighway’s analysis revealed a key opportunity to deliver broadband to every Arkansas school through fiber-optic connections. Arkansas and Virginia have teamed up with the San Francisco-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to design a cost-effective plan for meeting President Obama’s goal of ensuring broadband access for every student. EducationSuperHighway, whose mission is to “close the K-12 digital divide and open the door to new learning and teaching…
  • eRate changes prompt new voice options for schools

    Dennis Pierce
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    New rules would eliminate eRate discounts on voice-related services within the next five years The phase-out will happen more quickly for some schools than others. [Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] If the Federal Communications Commission has its way, the eRate no longer will support voice services within the next five years, including plain old telephone service, toll-free service, and even voice over IP (VoIP). This change could have a dramatic effect on school district budgets—and it likely will…
  • Games: The new learning experience

    Laura Devaney
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As gaming technology evolves, the educational implications are almost endless It seems you can’t go anywhere in the education world without hearing about game-based learning. At its core, game-based learning connects learning and meaning to content to give students an intrinsic learning experience, in which the games elevate the content in a meaningful and engaging way. Games are particularly effective learning tools because they give students open-ended environments in which to explore, play, and create. True game-based learning uses intrinsic experiences and moves away from a more simple…
  • 3D printing in your classroom–so what?

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    How does 3D printing impact classroom practices and student learning? Two years ago, I was telling a friend about 3D printing, and she thought I was teasing her. After watching several YouTube videos and reading a few articles, she reluctantly acknowledged its existence with a skeptical look. “Oh yeah, sure. I can design something on a computer and this machine will fabricate it out of plastic in a few minutes. Ahoy, Captain Picard. Next you’ll believe me if I tell you that they can print houses out of plywood or human kidneys out of stem cells. Pfff.” It amazes me that in the short…
  • 50 top ed-tech products, straight from educators

    eSchool News Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    eSN’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards highlights readers’ favorite ed-tech products and solutions This past spring, we asked readers to give us their top picks for school hardware, software, websites, and services—and more than 1,300 readers responded online. In nominating their favorite products, we asked readers to tell us how they’re using these products to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. We then those the 50 best responses, which appear alphabetically by product name. The results is a list of ed-tech products and services…
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    eSchool News » Funding

  • eRate changes prompt new voice options for schools

    Dennis Pierce
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    New rules would eliminate eRate discounts on voice-related services within the next five years The phase-out will happen more quickly for some schools than others. [Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] If the Federal Communications Commission has its way, the eRate no longer will support voice services within the next five years, including plain old telephone service, toll-free service, and even voice over IP (VoIP). This change could have a dramatic effect on school district budgets—and it likely will…
  • Top ed-tech stories to watch: eRate gets a facelift

    eSchool News Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    No. 2 on our list of key ed-tech trends for the new school year is the dramatic overhaul of the eRate, the nation’s school wiring program The FCC’s new rules aim to transform the eRate from a telecommunications program into a broadband program that supports the delivery of high-speed internet service within schools. [Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories examining five key ed-tech developments to watch for the 2014-15 school year. Our countdown continues tomorrow with No. 1.] Last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced the most significant changes to…
  • New eRate rules invite a new approach: Managed Wi-Fi

    Dennis Pierce
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The FCC’s extensive eRate overhaul includes a new type of eligible service, managed Wi-Fi, which could lead to more outsourced networks in K-12 schools Managed Wi-Fi will be eligible for eRate support as a Category 2 service. [Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] On page 49 of its “Seventh Report and Order,” a 176-page document that rewrites the rules governing the $2.4 billion-a-year eRate, the Federal Communications Commission refers to a new category of service that is eligible for eRate support:…
  • Explore new and free ed funding options

    Laura Devaney
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Free learning community offers funding resources, tips CDW-G, a provider of technology solutions to education, government, and healthcare, and, a professional learning and social network for the education community, have partnered on a free professional learning community around educational funding. The professional learning community will provide a place for educators to engage with peers on successes, challenges, and best practices associated with educational funding. Additionally, community members will collaborate with each other to expand innovative programs, prepare students…
  • A $5 billion bounty: How to use eRate support for Wi-Fi

    Dennis Pierce
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The eRate will provide $5 billion over the next five years to help schools and libraries install Wi-Fi and other technologies needed to deliver broadband within their buildings; here’s how [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] Because of the five-year funding cap, K-12 technology leaders will have to think strategically about their Wi-Fi needs. The FCC’s new eRate rules set aside $5 billion over the next five years for the equipment needed to extend broadband access within schools and libraries,…
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  • Great Classroom Action

    Dan Meyer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Classrooms are back in session in the United States, which means lots of classroom action, lots of it great. The blogger at Simplify With Me posts two interesting activities with dice, one involving blank dice, and the other involving space battles: Once you have your ships, place one die on the engine, one on the shield, and the other two on each weapon. Which die on which part you ask. That’s the magic of this activity. Each person gets to decide for themselves. Kathryn Belmonte posts five more uses for dice in her math classroom. Kate Nowak set the tone for her school year with…
  • The Scary Side Of Immediate Feedback

    Dan Meyer
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Mathspace is a startup that offers both handwriting recognition and immediate feedback on math exercises. Their handwriting recognition is extremely impressive but their immediate feedback just scares me. My fear isn’t restricted to Mathspace, of course, which is only one website offering immediate feedback out of many. But Mathspace hosts a demo video on their homepage and I think you should watch it. Then you can come back and tell me my fears are unfounded or tell me how we’re going to fix this. Here’s the problem in three frames. First, the student solves the equation…
  • Developing The Question: Bike Dots

    Dan Meyer
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Let’s look at an example of developing the question versus rushing to the answer. First, a video I made with the help of some workshop friends at Eanes ISD. They provided the video. I provided the tracking dots. To develop the question you could do several things your textbook likely won’t. You could pause the video before the bicycle fades in and ask your students, “What do you think these points represent? Where are we?” Once they see the bike you could then ask them to rank the dots from fastest to slowest. It will likely be uncontroversial that A is the fastest. B…
  • Developing The Question: Ask For A Sketch First, Ctd.

    Dan Meyer
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Kate Nowak, on my recommendation that teachers ask for informal sketches before formal graphs: I agree with everything you say here. However, I think you will get silent resistance on this because teachers don’t know what to do next if their students can’t sketch a graph. But they know their students can follow mechanical instructions, so they’ll fall back on that. Waitaminit. Is that you? Is Kate talking about you? Let’s talk about this. Let’s say you’re working on Barbie Bungee. You’re tempted to jump your students straight to the mechanics of collecting and…
  • Developing the Question: Ask For A Sketch First

    Dan Meyer
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    This is a series about “developing the question” in math class. Here is a resolution: ask your students for a sketch first. I’ve been a bit obsessed with “Barbie Bungee,” a lesson on linear regression which you’ll find all over the Internet. It’s the kind of lesson that doesn’t seem to have any original mother or father, only descendants. (Here is NCTM’s version as well as a video from the Teaching Channel.) Search the Internet for “Barbie Bungee handouts. I have. Invariably, the handout asks students to collect data for how far…
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    NYC Educator

  • What Do the Reform Folk Do?

    Arwen E.
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    What Do the Reform Folk Do? By Learner and Loewe (Scorer)Based on the Tune from CamelotWhat do the reform folk doTo help them escape when they're blue?The Duncan who is ailing, the Bill Gates who is glumThe Coleman who is wailing from branding kids dumbWhen they're beset and harassedThe folk not of the common classHowever do they manage to shed their weary lot?Oh, what do reform folk do, we do not?I have been informed by those who know them wellThey find relief in quite a clever wayWhen they're sorely pressed, they craft tests for a spellAnd testing seems to brighten up their dayAnd…
  • Ineffective City Teachers?

    NYC Educator
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Capital NY has a piece about the relatively large percentage of city teachers rated ineffective. On first glance, one might conclude that teachers in upstate cities aren't as good as teachers elsewhere in the state. Doubtless talking heads and op-ed columnists around the state will gleefully come to that conclusion, and much of the nation has been led to believe there's a zombie-like plague of bad teachers that must be eradicated at any cost.And yet there's an important factor these folks will fail to consider--New York's junk science law allowed locals to negotiate agreements in how teachers…
  • Role Model Among Role Models

    NYC Educator
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Ask yourself this--what do you do when your own kids fail classes? Do you talk to them? Get them extra help? Take away some electronic device? Well, if you happen to be principal of the school they attend, you have other options. You can simply change their grades. After all, you have the super-duper master password to the school computer. Who's gonna question you? Some teacher who you can fire after two ineffective ratings?The only real flaw about this line of thinking is you can get caught, which is never good. But it's not that bad either. You get fined 7,000 bucks and get reassigned. Of…
  • Revive NYSUT Supporters School Me

    NYC Educator
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Yesterday on Twitter, I was barraged with various defenses of Revive NYSUT's double-pension grab. I'm going to recount a few here.1. You aren't telling the whole story.I paint what I see. If there's another side of the story, you're free to tell it. And if you do a good enough job of it, you might persuade me. Thus far, I've seen little or nothing that does that.2. Former President Iannuzzi had two pensions.That's true. But Iannuzzi worked 34 years as a teacher and earned his first pension. Whatever he gets from NYSUT he earned after the fact. He did not earn the pensions concurrently.3.
  • Would You Like to Drink at the Bar?

    NYC Educator
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Would you like to drink at the bar?Stay in the Hilton instead of your car,And be better off than you are,Or should I punch you in the face?A punch in the face will shut your festering craw,It might bust your nose or break your jaw,The dues you're paying are what you're here for,So shut your gob and love the Common Core,Cause if your don't get in line and know your place,I'm gonna punch you in the face.Or would you like to drink at the bar?Stay in the Hilton instead of your car,And be better off than you are,Or would you rather be a drone?A drone is a teacher who does classes each day,He just…
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  • Rams cut Michael Sam

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team's final 53-man roster.
  • Fighters in Syria buying captives, rights group says

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The terrorists sell girls and women for $1,000 each, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
  • Teen watches slaughter from afar

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Azwan Elias arrived in America this summer filled with excitement and eagerness to learn. Everyone who knows him says he is wise beyond his 17 years, that he is destined to lead others in his restive homeland of Iraq.
  • More Ferguson police off the force

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    One St. Louis-area police officer resigned and another retired in the continued fallout from questionable police actions in the days after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a Missouri suburb.
  • Home explosion caught on camera

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A woman and her five children survived after their home exploded. CNN affiliate WFAA reports.
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  • Network Marketing Careers

    Regina Smith
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    What is Network Marketing? Network marketing is a great opportunity for people who want to try running a business without investing too much time and capital; people are attracted to the business model because they can get their feet wet before they fully commit themselves to their new business. How Does It Work? When a person starts with network marketing, they need to partner with a reputable and fair company; companies like Amway, Tupperware and It Works Global are leaders in the marketplace that have proven themselves to be trustworthy over the years. When an associate signs up for a…
  • Becoming a Dentist

    Regina Smith
    7 Feb 2014 | 12:29 am
    Dentists are doctors who perform preventative care and disease treatment on the teeth and gums. Cavities, fillings, extractions, and some oral surgery all fall under the purview of a dentist. There are two degrees that allow a person to become a dentist a DMA, or Doctor of Medical Dentistry, and a DDS, or a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Within these degrees there are a number of specializations that can be chosen, such as an oral pathologist, oral surgeon or an orthodontist, just to name a few. Becoming a dentist requires years of hard work and study, as the doctoral degree conferred upon a…
  • Being a Paralegal for Medical Malpractice Attorneys

    Regina Smith
    14 Jan 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Those interested in a career as a paralegal will have many job options available to them. However, one area of interest that is quickly growing is paralegal services for medical malpractice attorneys. These attorneys rely on paralegal professionals on a day-to-day basis and have become vital to many practices. According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, this job has above average expected growth and will continue to be in high demand. Duties and Responsibilities The paralegal employed in a busy medical malpractice firm will have many job duties and…
  • How to become a Search Engine Optimization Expert

    Regina Smith
    14 Jan 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Search engine optimization changes as quick as you can say "SEO." How can you ever become an expert with information moving this quickly? Follow these steps to get started and keep up to date with SEO. Get Reading There are plenty of resources available to you when it comes to learning what's new and what's coming with SEO. One of those includes the blog of SEOmoz (, Another is Matt Cutts' blog, Google's head of search spam. He tells us what's new with how Google operates and answers questions from people who want to be better at SEO. Other resources include the…
  • Five unique career options that might be perfect for you

    Regina Smith
    7 May 2013 | 5:23 pm
    If you're having problems looking for a job that you can make into a career, or if you're in a career and want a change of direction to something better, then perhaps one of these five occupations might be the perfect fit for you. Phlebotomist  Home Health Aide Real Estate Agent Forklift Driver Respiratory Therapist Let's look at each of these options individually.PhlebotomistYou're probably wondering what this even is. A Phlebotomist is a medical laboratory technician whose job is to collect blood from patients and take it to the lab. Often they also assist in transporting other lab…
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    This Week In Education

  • Labor Day Weekend: Safe Travels, Everyone

    Alexander Russo
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    I'm off for a couple of days -- as are you, perhaps, if you're not getting ready for the first day of class.  Have a fun and safe weekend.  See you in September.
  • 5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Don't Expect Much - It's The Thursday Before Labor Day Weekend

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Governor Jindal is a [Legal] Troll | EdCentral tepe  Teacher unions ought to ease up on the gas — @njleftbehind - NewsWorks 5 @greendot [unionized charter] schools make Daily Beast/Newsweek top HS in the nation list Ferguson area teachers given directives on how to talk about Michael Brown | Al Jazeera America A Simple Education App [Remind] May Reach The Top Of The App Store Charts More Research On Precisely What Works for English Language Learners | EdCentral Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes -…
  • Maps: Most White Kids Still Attend Majority-White Schools

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    "Even as students become more diverse, many are attending classes with other kids who look like them," notes Vox's Libby Nelson (3 maps that show school segregation in the US).
  • Lunchtime Video: FLA School District Opts Out Of Testing

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Via FairTest and Diane Ravitch.  Is this really the first time this has ever happened?
  • AM News: Teacher Job Protection Lawsuits Likely To Be Merged In NY

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Campbell Brown teacher tenure lawsuit likely to combine with NY group's case Washington Post: Lawyers in New York working with former CNN anchor Campbell Brown on a legal challenge of teacher tenure have agreed to consolidate their case with an earlier complaint filed by a group of public school parents that also seeks to change job protections for teachers. School Districts Praise Ed. Secretary for Recognizing Over-Reliance on Testing District Dossier: The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, which represents 16 districts across the country, applauded Education…
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    Learning is Change

  • What I’m Using: Tracking Gmail messages with Google Analytics to see who has read them.

    Ben Wilkoff
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I really like this hack a lot, especially because it works with all of the things I am already using. Also, it is 100% free. How to Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics Google Analytics is often used for tracking visits to web pages and mobile apps but did you know that Google’s Analytics service can also be used for tracking your outgoing email messages in Gmail. You can add the Google Analytics tracking code to your Gmail messages and you’ll instantly know if your email message has been seen or opened by the recipient.
  • What I’m Using: LinkRedirector for sending folks to different link destinations based upon the device they are using.

    Ben Wilkoff
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    Alright, so this might be a very specific use case, but I often need to send folks to different places if they are on an iPad vs. a Laptop. So, with this I can give folks the same link but take them to the different places I need them to go on the web based upon their device. I find that incredibly cool. A free url shortener | Linkredirector Send visitors to different destinations With our free url shortener you can add multiple destinations to your short links and define who should be redirected where. Simply select the segments you wish to affect, like device model, device vendor, operating…
  • What I’m Using: A Chrome Extension to make Google Docs into WordPress Blog Posts

    Ben Wilkoff
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    I find this extension to be awesome! I hope to use it a lot in collaborating on blog posts and in making things that I have written into an ongoing conversation. Send to WordPress – Chrome Web Store As a blog writer, you are most likely using Google Docs for most of your writing process. After hours of writing and reviewing, you finally have a completed blog post that you are ready to show the world. All that is left is to upload your document to WordPress. Unfortunately, this seemingly simple task often proves to be quite a hassle since you need to format the entire post in order to…
  • What I’m Learning: “Adding” files to multiple folders in the New Google Drive is Rediculous

    Ben Wilkoff
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Although you can still do this in the New Google Drive, the keystoke has changed to the nonsensical “Shift+Z” to open up the “add to” dialog. Thank goodness you can still hold down control (or Option on a mac) while you drag things from one folder to another in drive so you don’t mess with the permissions while you are adding it to your own folder structure. I know they are trying to simplify things, but I don’t think this is the right way of going about it. About moving content from shared folders – Google Apps Administrator Help Advanced users can…
  • When Robots Start Taking Careers Instead Of Jobs, What Does Career Ready Mean?

    Ben Wilkoff
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Today’s podcast episode is about how challenging I found two videos about how robots, automation, and mechanization will take entire careers. I want to start thinking about what we can stop teaching based upon the idea that many of the careers we are preparing students for will not exist in 25 years. Here are the two videos, so that you may become challenged and inspired as well:
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • A tale of two e-mail systems

    Doug Johnson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
      In my first few days on the new job, I heard from several people "Please get rid of our district's two e-mail system!" And they cited the confusion, miscommunications, and time-consuming nature of the dual system. And over the past few days, I've learned to feel their pain. When Gmail was introduced to the district a few years ago, the decision was made to keep Outlook/Exchange in place for "official communications." The reason I was given was that Gmail was not secure and could not be effectively archived. My hunch is that a lot of Outlook users (this is a PC district) did not want to…
  • The long reach of social media

    Doug Johnson
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
      Earlier this week, I received this amazing e-mail right out of the blue... Dear Doug, My name is Giulia _____ and I just come back home from my holidays. I've been in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.During my vacation in cambodia, to be more precise in Siem Reap, I met a really kind taxi driver called Vong Hoy. He spoke english and he told me how he was tryng to improve his life to garantee a better life to his wife and daughters.One night I was in my hotel and browsing on internet I've typed his name (the name I read on the taxi during the days I was there: Vong Hoy) and I found your…
  • The dying role of cable television in schools

    Doug Johnson
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Our local cable television company in the past month has encrypted its digital signals. Each receiver now needs a special decoder in order to see a picture. To honor its charter with the city -  that states it must provide each school with free basic cable service - the company provided each school one decoder box.  So now we have one television in each school media center that can get cable TV. And nobody, so far, has complained* although I expect a few teachers who liked taking in a ball game while grading papers while at school might miss a channel or two. Does anyone in your…
  • BFTP: Broadband

    Doug Johnson
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    Original post July 18, 2009. This issue is as relevant and frustrating (or more so) than 5 years ago... Sigh. Johnson’s Law of Network Capacity: You can’t be too thin, too rich or have too much bandwidth. 2009 2014 (Map source) The map above shows the availability of broadband Internet access in the area where my house (the X or box if you are a stalker) is located.  On this map, provided by ConnectMinnesota, pink indicates high speed Internet service provided either through a wired or wireless connection. Five years ago I attended a public meeting of a "task force"…
  • A hierarchy of technology in schools

    Doug Johnson
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    A little learning is a dangerous thing                                     - Alexander Pope I start the first new job I've had in 23 years on Monday. While my title of Technology Director will not change, nearly everything else will. I will have a new staff, a new boss, a new office, and new job priorities. I will need to learn the location of over 15 school buildings and the names of over 30 administrators. Budgeting processes, communications, and decision-making groups will all need decoding.
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    Bud the Teacher

  • Learning is Complicated (Bud Hunt
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    “Thinking about software as the primary way of solving problems (in any field) forces us to frame problems in terms that software is capable of addressing.”  - Paul Franz at _The Atlantic_. # Software isn’t really meant to take the place of someone who cares about you and wants to work with you to succeed.  Unless we only care enough to pretend that we care.   # You know? #
  • “This Is How We Became The Heroes of Our Own Story” (Bud Hunt
    16 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    Just watch1. # # One Million Faces Lyons Thank You from Peggy Dyer on Vimeo. # via Holli Buchter and Zac Chase #
  • It’s National Poetry Month – Go Write (And Read) Some Poems (Bud Hunt
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    For the last several years, I’ve used this blog every April as a space to help folks write and share poems.  It’s been fun, but I’m thinking it’s time to do something different and possibly combine efforts.   # Ben Rimes has a great site up at Poetry for People where he’s posting visual prompts and folks are sharing poems.  This month, let’s spend some time together there.  Poetry is better when we’re reading and writing together1.   # How are you working poetry into your life this month and all months? # Bonus option – encourage your students to enter the NY Times…
  • Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom (Bud Hunt
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    Recently, a project I spent some time on last spring and summer came to life. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is now available for free download as a PDF or a 99 cent eBook via the Amazon Kindle store.  I’m biased, but I think you should take a peek. # The goal of the project was to put a face of specific examples from real classrooms on the Connected Learning principles.  Again, I’m biased, but I think if you read the text, and follow the links to the projects from Digital Is we focused on, I think you’ll get a sense that real, live teachers and students are engaging in…
  • Turn It Off, or Turn It Up? (Bud Hunt
    15 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    My school district has been adding some infrastructure to a facility for support offices recently, and our network team noticed some serious spikes in WiFi use after hours at the sites.  A few years ago, we implemented a very easy to use public network for any guest or personal machine in our schools to be able to connect with minimal inconvenience.  Basically, we have Starbucks-style free WiFi running at all of our sites.  That’s a good thing – as public schools are community institutions, funded and supported by the community.  That support should go both ways.  And yet –…
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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • #SAPros: Rethink Your Traditional Communication Methods

    J. Edwards
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Student Affairs Professionals,We are gearing up for a year academic year, the 2014-2015 academic year! Will your traditional, tried and true methods for communicating with students work this year? Probably not.This year represents one year closer to the end of the millennial college population. Then, the next generation will be the "new silent generation".Let's figure out HOW we CAN communicate with the incoming student populations, because traditional communication methods will not work!Listen to this great session at SxSW about the importance of NON-TRADITIONAL communication methods! What…
  • The Convocation Ceremony Marks the End of Transition Week and the Beginning of Fall Classes!

    J. Edwards
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Tonight was our final night of Transition Week and the night before our first day of class. This is always a magical experience for me because this event includes all of the FITC (first-time in college) freshmen at our university at one time in one place.*I will blog about the Transition Week experience soon! Look forward to some great pictures!This year, the event included speeches from the President, the Provost, and the VP for Student Services. EVERYONE (all faculty and staff attendees) is in their graduation regalia and all of the students have matching shirts. Truly an amazing ceremony.I…
  • How to Launch a Student-Run Social Media Endeavor - TSMRI's Session at SxSWedu 2014!

    J. Edwards
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) was selected to present a session at last year's SxSWedu event in Austin! We were very excited (as you can tell on the sound cloud file below, we had a great session! Remember to VOTE for us this year! Here's the link - to Dr. Sarah Maben and Dr. Paul Stafford for all of their hard work on this session!Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • Vote for @TSMRI's SxSWEdu Proposal - 55 Social Media Tips for #HigherEd Faculty and Staff!

    J. Edwards
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    This week, I am especially excited about the #SxSWedu proposal voting period! We are entering the second week and here is our proposal for the Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI): are our "sharing stats"for the past week!We definitely need more shares, please help us! Vote here - - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • 7 Easy Ways for Professors to Prepare for the Fall Semester

    J. Edwards
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    News flash! There are only a few more weeks until the first day of school and we have to prepare!Yes, you have your research to complete, but now it is time to focus on your classes!Here's my to do list, feel free to adapt one or more items from this list for your "to do" list.1 - Finish your syllabus. Considering creating your syllabus on Google Documents to quickly provide real-time edits for your students. Embed or link this syllabus in any similar courses on Blackboard.*I plan to write about this later.2 - Practice the names of each of your students. It is important to potentially avoid…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Research replication in social science: reflections from Nathaniel Beck

    24 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Introduction from Michael Alvarez, co-editor of Political Analysis: Questions about data access, research transparency and study replication have recently become heated in the social sciences. Professional societies and research journals have been scrambling to respond; for example, the American Political Science Association established the Data Access and Research Transparency committee to study these issues and to issue guidelines and recommendations for political science. At Political Analysis, the journal that I co-edit with Jonathan N. Katz, we require that all of the papers we publish…
  • Changing legal education

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Martin Partington discussed a range of careers in his podcasts yesterday. Today, he tackles how new legal issues and developments in the professional environment have in turn changed organizational structures, rules and regulations, and aspects of legal education. Co-operative Legal Services: An interview with Christina Blacklaws Co-operative Legal Services was the first large organisation to be authorised by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority as an Alternative Business Structure. In this podcast, Martin talks to Christina Blacklaws, Head of Policy of Co-operative Legal Services.
  • Law careers from restorative justice, to legal ombudsman, to media

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    What range of career options are out there for those attending law school? In this series of podcasts, Martin Partington talks to influential figures in the law about topics ranging from restorative justice to legal journalism. Restorative Justice: An interview with Lizzie Nelson The Restorative Justice Council is a small charitable organisation that exists to promote the use of restorative justice, not just in the court (criminal justice) context, but in other situations of conflict as well (e.g. schools). In this podcast Martin talks to Lizzie Nelson, Director of the Restorative Justice…
  • Challenges facing UK law students

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Making the leap between school and university can be a stretch at the best of times, but for UK law students it can be a real struggle. As there is no requirement to study law at school before beginning an undergraduate programme, many new law students have a very limited knowledge of how the law works and what they can expect from their studies. We asked a group of 77 law students from around the UK about how they prepared for their courses. It turns out, only a third of them did any reading before starting, but a vast majority would have done, if only their university had given them a bit…
  • Publishing tips from a journal editor: selecting the right journal

    17 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of the most common questions that scholars confront is trying to find the right journal for their research papers. When I go to conferences, often I am asked: “How do I know if Political Analysis is the right journal for my work?” This is an important question, in particular for junior scholars who don’t have a lot of publishing experience — and for scholars who are nearing important milestones (like contract renewal, tenure, and promotion). In a publishing world where it may take months for an author to receive an initial decision from a journal, and then many…
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  • Wikiwand creates a little magic with Wikipedia

    Judy O'Connell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Wikipedia, a collaboratively edited, free-access Internet encyclopedia, was founded 13 years ago, yet looks almost the same today as it did when launched.I can still visualize the day I discovered Wikipedia a long time ago – back when it was new, limited, and certainly not worth using in any productive way. Now the story has changed, and wikipedia is a great place to get a quick bit of information, lead into a topic or get a definintion. I regularly hyperlink to Wikipedia in my blog posts, or in my subjects. Here’s an example of a sentence; This digital information ecology demands…
  • Information ecology at the heart of knowledge

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

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

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

    Judy O'Connell
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    While it was published a little while ago, I am still pleased to share the NMC Horizon Report 2014 edition, in case you’ve missed it. Launched in 2009, the NMC Horizon Report > K-12 Edition broadened the reach of the NMC Horizon Report series to include primary, middle, and high schools. The K-12 Edition explores the key trends accelerating educational technology adoption in schools, the significant challenges impeding it, and emerging technologies poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. I’ve been along for the journey in every K-12 edition as a member of the…
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  • TTT#407 Welcome Back after Ferguson w/ Marcia Chatelain, Karen Fasimpaur, Alicia Lobaco, Jo Paraiso, and Chris Sloan - 8.20.14

    Paul Allison
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Tweet 59:39 minutes (40.96 MB)We were planning a "Welcome Back" episode on Teachers Teaching Teachers, something about how to launch connected learning with Youth Voices in our classrooms and how to be more planful about connecting our curriculum. #connectedlearning.How do we do that after Michael Brown's killing and the Ferguson protests? More than ever we need those days, even weeks of trust-building with our students, yet we also can't pretend that Ferguson isn't happening.In addition to this webcast, we offer a small contribution with a #FergusonSyllabus or…
  • ELT Live - 'Start of the Semester - Korean University Edition'

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Tweet 59:51 minutes (27.39 MB)ELT  Live Webcast'Start  of the Semester - University Edition'August 28, 2014A Group of University Instructors in Korea 'hangout' and discuss our approaches to the first week or two of classes and what projects and goals we're working on for this coming semester. ParticipantsLinks MentionedSocrative.comDoctopus Chrome Add-onGoogle ClassroomPowtoonQuizletKaMALL ConferenceKakao TalkJon Bergman (Flipped Classroom Guy) in KoreaLauren's Group Work Presentation HandoutDan's Composition Class Syllabus and Course SitesBrian's Course Site and…
  • IHAQ#15 - The Ethics of Innovation

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Tweet 30:01 minutes (13.74 MB)I Have A Question#15July 27, 2014 Featured Question:The Ethics of InnovationParticipantsLinks MentionedPaul-Olivier Dehaye's  Teaching Goes Massive on Coursera Reaction from:  ELearnspace   Inside Higher Ed  All MOOCs , Multilitteratus IncognitusRhizo#14ED366 Learning Contract and Avoiding ResistanceBETT Conference &  ArenaConnect with us on..   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community …
  • IHAQ#14 - Getting Ready for a 1:1 School System

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

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Tweet 27:14 minutes (24.94 MB)I Have A Question#13June 30, 2014 Featured Question:So Jen, what should we know about service learning projects?Jen Presentations LinksUniversity of Saskatchewan Educational Technology & Design StudioPresentation Wiki (currently restricted)Designers for Learning   (request for services) Connect with us on..   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook: EduQuestion  EdTechTalkread more
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • New Resources On Race & Racism

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    © 2012 zeevveez, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism: Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends is from The Washington Post. For first time, minority students expected to be majority in U.S. public schools this fall is from The Washington Post. Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist? is by Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times. Navajo Kindergartener Told to Cut his Hair, Sent Home on First Day of School is from Color Lines. See how the share of #k12 white and minority students shifted from…
  • August’s (2014) Best Tweets — Part Four

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post. If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page. You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2014 — So Far. [View the story "August's (2014) Best Tweets -- Part…
  • September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day — Here Are Related Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    © 2009 grahamc99, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day. You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Mexico’s Independence Day.
  • Dilbert Demonstrates How The Concept Of “Grit” Can Be Misused

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    You might also be interested in my Washington Post piece, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning, where I elaborate on how Social Emotional Learning skills like grit have a place in the classroom, but also have to be kept in its place. The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit” might also be of interest.
  • More Resources On Accompanied Minors Coming To U.S. As Refugees

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    © 2011 Takver, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border: A day in S.F. court with undocumented kids flooding the system is from The San Francisco Chronicle. S.F. school for immigrants offers soft landing to new kids in town is from The San Francisco Chronicle. After Journey From Honduras, Boy Starts School in U.S. is from Ed Week. LAUSD opens doors to young Central American immigrants is from The LA Times. Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras is from…
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • Scotland in time-lapse

    Ed Darrell
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Neat views of Scotland, as the nation steams toward a vote on independence from the United Kingdom. A still capture from the film, Dynamic Scotland. Roger Jackaman created it:  Dynamic Scotland Jackaman said: Please subscribe to the channel for future films and follow me on facebook:… I took more than 10,000 photos during the making of this of which 6-7000 made the final cut. Itwas filmed mainly in and around Edinburgh but also includes some scenes from the Glencoe area.Music licensed by: “Moonlight Reprise” by Kai Engel…
  • Remember to fly your flag for Labor Day 2014, September 1

    Ed Darrell
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Still important in 2014: Fly your flag for American labor, Monday. Poster from the Office of War Information, 1942 (Okay, you may fly your flag all weekend — especially if you’re a union member.  We get the whole weekend, but Labor Day itself is Monday.) Labor Day 2014 in the United States is a federal holiday, and one of those days Americans are urged to fly the U.S. flag. “Free Labor Will Win,” the poster said, encouraging a theme important during World War II, when unions were encouraged to avoid strikes or any action that might interrupt work to build the…
  • Old Glory! Flying at Manzanar

    Ed Darrell
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    It’s just a photo from World War II, the U.S. flag, flying against some California mountains. It’s from Manzanar, the camp where Japanese Americans were detained during the war. What words would be appropriate? Dorothea Lange photo of the U.S. flag, flying at Manzanar, July 3, 1942. Via Wikimedia. “Scene of barrack homes at this War Relocation Authority Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry. A hot windstorm brings dust from the surrounding desert.” Public domain. Many more than a thousand words there.Filed under: 1941-1945, Citizenship, Civil Rights, Japanese…
  • Exact spot – a place to dream, 51 years ago

    Ed Darrell
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Pic Tweet from the National Park Service: Beautiful photo of the exact spot Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream speech” 50 years ago today. #MLKdream50 Nice photo from the Lincoln Memorial looking toward the Washington Monument across the length of the Reflecting Pool. The photo is a couple of years old, having been taken before the scaffolding went up on the Washington Monument for repairs for damage from the 2011 earthquake — scaffolding which has since been removed.    It’s a winter or fall picture, I’m guessing from the bare…
  • Quote of the moment: Judge Richard Posner, on tradition and marriage

    Ed Darrell
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals “It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away.” Federal appeals court Judge Richard Posner, balking when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to “tradition” as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage. Two states attorneys general argued before a panel of judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago yesterday that marriage between members of the same gender should be stopped because of tradition. …
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    Steve Hargadon

  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Conference Volunteering - Libraries! - Google Excitement - Common Core Film

    Steve Hargadon
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateAugust 26th, 2014If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. - Ignacio Estrada The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Google Summit - Student App Development - Maker Education - Reinventing Higher Ed

    Steve Hargadon
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateAugust 19th, 2014Perhaps the greatest joy is learning how to motivate yourself. - Floyd Maxwell The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they…
  • Learning Revolution Events - Announcing Online Google Summit - Film Fest Big Week - Curiosity Hacked

    Steve Hargadon
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateAugust 13th, 2014A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. - Horace Mann The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of…
  • Learning Revolution Events - AltEdFilmFest - Homeschool+ - Gaming in Ed Call for Proposals - Open Letter from a Highly Creative Child

    Steve Hargadon
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateAugust 5th, 2014One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure. - John W. Gardner The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds,…
  • The Homeschool+ Onlinle Conference and AltEdFilmFest Start Today!

    Steve Hargadon
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Our 2014 Homeschool+ Conference start tonight! This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those who are involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. We have pre-conference keynotes tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday evenings (US Time), and then full conference days on Thursday and Friday (see the current full schedule below). We hope you will join us for some or all of the conference sessions!Along with the conference, we’re…
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    History Is Elementary

  • Yes, I've Published a Book!

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I've written and published a book!Of course, that was my intention when I began this blog way back in 2006 when I was still in the classroom, but the book I've published isn't exactly the book I had planned. The planned project - a teaching memoir - will still be published along with a few other projects, but the book you see to the left is what fell in my lap along the way.It needed to be done. History education is my prime focus along with writing curriculum. Over the last couple of years I've written a few college courses used by teacher candidates at Johns Hopkins University School of…
  • Getting to the Tooth of the Matter

    23 Jan 2014 | 6:51 am
     Do you know what these are?If you guessed dental tools you would be correct?Now, who owned them?None other than America’s silversmith and favorite son of Liberty who rode the countryside warning the folks that the British were coming.  No…not William Dawes, but that other one.  Yes, old what’s his name?Yes!  Paul Revere!Following the French and Indian War the economy in the colonies had been what is described by some today as an economic downturn. Actually, folks were really hurting financially. Not only did the colonies take a hit with the French and Indian War…
  • Frank Carpenter: World Traveler and Photographer

    16 Jan 2014 | 11:39 am
    Over on the Facebook page for this blog I’ve been posting a series of pictures this week I’ve simply sourced as “Library of Congress”, but the source goes much deeper than that.  The pictures are wonderful depictions of world scenes beginning in the 1890s through the 1930s. I’ve featured some here.The collection was put together by Frank and Frances Carpenter, a father-daughter team, during their world travels. The photos were used to illustrate his writings regarding travel and his world geography textbooks. I love to snap pictures myself. Over the last five years I’ve taken…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Alumni Base Lively

    21 Nov 2013 | 8:44 am
    Great advice for folks who control alumni groups!! Via: iContact
  • Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep....An Old Spin

    12 Sep 2013 | 9:06 am
    This past February Mr. Elementaryhistoryteacher and I ran off for a quick weekend in Charleston. It was rainy and cold most of the time, so we didn't get a chance to walk around very much, but we did take a turn through the visitor's center and then headed across the street to The Charleston Museum. The museum was founded in 1773 and is commonly referred to as America's first museum.While I found all of the exhibits informative and well done, one of the smaller ones simply astonished me.I love learning new things, and these types of cemetery markers were TOTALLY new to me.Yes, that's…
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  • A Tale of Two Learning Opportunties

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Although teachers here in the overly-large school district have a couple of weeks left in their summer break, and the kids don’t return for another month, many of us are working to get things in place for the start of a new school year. Last week we held the annual kickoff event for our school-based tech trainers and, for a variety of reasons, we decided to use an EdCamp format. Over the past few years I’ve participated in many of these unconferences for educators (and loved every minute of them) but it’s not a concept familiar to many in our group. So I was a little nervous about the…
  • The Fast-Growing, Cash-Generative Business of Education

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    I don’t pay much attention to the day-to-day business headlines, especially since reporting in that area is just as bad or possibly worse than what passes for public affairs reporting these days. But when Pearson, the UK-based educational publishing conglomerate that pretty much runs the Virginia DOE, is the subject, things get a little more interesting. Evidentially, the company didn’t have a good first half of the year and plans to cut about 4000 jobs. However, it’s this statement from the CEO that really caught my eye. Pearson is positioning itself as “a global learning services…
  • Creating Students

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    At an information session I attended recently, one of the instructional leaders here in our overly-large school district said: “Portrait of a Graduate1 is the framework for the kind of student we want to create.” “student we want to create”? It wasn’t a phrase that was emphasized, probably not even necessarily planned. Just one that hit me the wrong way and stuck in my head. Because it represents a very traditional vision of school, as a place where teachers mold kids into graduates over a period of twelve or so years. And, while we tell ourselves around here that our schools…
  • Still Waiting For The Revolution

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    While performing one of those periodic and necessary cleaning out of drawers and boxes, a process where you rediscover long forgotten crap, I came across a 1992 book called School’s Out. I vaguely remember reading it and my current reading list is long enough that it’s certainly not worth a repeat. But the description from the back cover was interesting. Our schools are dying – suffocated by overcrowding, restrained by outmoded teaching techniques, and strangled by bureaucratic red tape. Students are dropping out in alarming numbers – and too many recent graduates lack even…
  • Traditional Innovation

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Rand Paul, generally considered to be a leading thinker in the Republican party, is now also an education expert. One example of the innovations he’ll be promoting: Paul said he’s fascinated by Khan Academy. He first became interested in the program while helping his kids with math and discovered Khan Academy online. “I remember a video on the Doppler effect, and saying, ‘My goodness, this is a better explanation,’” Paul recalled. “I took a lot of science and math growing up, and it’s the best explanation I’ve ever seen.” “If you have one person in the country…
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  • The Blog Is Back?

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Back in 2012 I wrote about the importance of owning your words online; having a place you control where you post your content. Recently, several old school prominent bloggers have returned to their personal blogs. I hope this is a trend that picks up steam. To any former bloggers that might still be reading here, I challenge you to write something on your blog this week. You don't have to write every day, or even every week. However, unless you are a total dullard, there must be days when you have something you want to say. Those days are why you need a space online that you control.
  • 2258 miles

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The title of the post is the total mileage we drove Wed Evening through Sunday on the trip to take our daughter to college. These are a collection of random thoughts that might have been tweets or Facebook updates had I not otherwise been busy driving. A couple of them may have actually made it online. - Driving I-64 from Lexington VA to Saint Louis is a nice reminder that the soul crushing congestion in the DC area is not normal. It also makes me question why the hell I put up with it. - There is no T-Mobile service in the state of WV. - Driving through the Midwest is a reminder that not…
  • The League Bowlers - Some Balls

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

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

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

  • A Response to “OER Beyond Voluntarism”

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Well, this has turned into a rather enjoyable conversation. To recap what has unfolded so far: It began with Jose Ferreira inviting me to appear on a panel at the Knewton Symposium, on the panel, I made the claim that in the near future 80 percent of general education courses would replace their commercial textbooks with OER, after the conference, Jose responded to my claim by telling publishers why I was wrong, I responded by explaining that the emergence of companies like Red Hat for OER would indeed make it happen, using the Learning Outcomes per Dollar metric as their principal tool of…
  • OpenCon 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    #OpenEd14 is getting close! For a wide range of reasons, this year’s 11th annual Open Education Conference looks like it will be the best ever. One thing contributing to the awesomeness of this year’s conference is other events organized around the same time in the same area. One of these events is OpenCon 2014: The Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data, organized by SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition As the name implies, this event is really focused on engaging students and early career individuals and helping them…
  • A Response to ‘OER and the Future of Publishing’

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    I recently had the wonderful opportunity to participate on a panel about OER at the Knewton Education Symposium. Earlier this week, Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira blogged about ‘OER and the Future of Publishing’ for EdSurge, briefly mentioning the panel. I was surprised by his post, which goes out of its way to reassure publishers that OER will not break the textbook industry. Much of the article is spent criticizing the low production values, lack of instructional design, and missing support that often characterize OER. The article argues that there is a potential role for publishers…
  • Open Definitions, Specificity, and Avoiding Bright Lines

    5 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Aaron Wolf is contributing to a nice thread in the comments under my description of the recently revised definition of the “open” in “open content”. I’ve revised my ShareAlike example to distribute blame evenly across Wikipedia and MIT OCW based on his comments. You can see the current version of the definition at I want to address an accusation of Aaron’s here. He mentions other “definitions of Open that bother working to be precise and not vague,” in which category he includes the definitions from the Open…
  • Refining the Definition of “Open” in Open Content

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Earlier this week I read the Wikipedia entry on open content. Suffice it to say I was somewhat disappointed by the way the editors of the page interpreted my writings defining the “open” in open content. I think their interpretation was plausible and legitimate, but it is certainly not the message I intended people to take away after reading the definition. So, the fault for my unhappiness is mine for not having been clearer in my writing. Consequently, I have refined and clarified the definition, which lives at, including a new heading for the…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - The Series - Rides Again

    Jim Gerl
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    English: Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Before I get to our newest bullying series, I want to thank our readers for the overwhelming response to my notice that my 2012-2013 caselaw outline is for sale.  We appreciate your ongoing support.  If you need information about the legal update, please shoot me an email at Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law. We are going to be running an updated version of our previous series on Bullying in the coming weeks.  The series is one of…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I hate it when all violations of IDEA are described as a denial of FAPE. What other violations of IDEA can you list off the top of your head?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • My 2012-2013 Summary of Special Education Caselaw Is Now Available

    Jim Gerl
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have a legal update I want you to buy.Our main goals in establishing this blog seven plus years ago were to provide a discussion of special education law issues from an impartial perspective and to put special education stakeholders and practitioners in touch with other available resources.  In view of these goals I have so far resisted the temptation to advertise products on the blog. I am rethinking this policy and would appreciate your thoughts.Another purpose of the blog, however, was to inform people of the services I offer in the field of special…
  • Breaking News: Our LinkedIn Special Ed Law Group has 16,000 Members

    Jim Gerl
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Linked In icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of our goals in creating this blog was to provide both discussion of special education law topics from an impartial perspective and to provide resources where interested persons can find more information.The impartial perspective is very important.  I have never represented or advised parents or school personnel on a special ed matter.  I am a hearing officer and mediator for a number of states.  I also advise states and train their personnel.  That is why when parents or school personnel contact me, I cannot help them. …
  • Procedural Violations: My Presentation at the Utah Special Education Law Institute - Part II

    Jim Gerl
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    An original Get Out of Jail Free Chance card. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In part I of this post, I provided some of the law and background concerning procedural violations. In this post I will describe my very unscientific study of procedural violation caselaw from a two year period. But first, before I got to the meat of the presentation, I had to give four caveats:#1 Special Education Law is closer to Metaphysics than it is to Contract Law. ...just sayin'#2 My informal and unscientific study of procedural violations relies upon published decisions. Most lawyers believe that cases that are…
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  • Learning Outcomes in a Stress Management Course: Online versus Face-to-Face

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The purpose of this study was to compare learning outcomes in a stress management course delivered in an online environment with those in the traditional, face-to-face (F2F) classroom. Learning outcomes assessed were exam scores, perceptions relating to awareness of and ability to handle stress, and self-reported decreases in heart rates following five relaxation exercises. Impact of age and ethnicity on learning outcomes was also examined. Online students (n = 56) listened to audio recordings of relaxation techniques, while F2F students (n = 63) received the same material via on-campus…
  • Student Performance at a Community College: Mode of Delivery, Employment, and Academic Skills as Predictors of Success

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate differences in online and face-to-face (F2F) student performance. However, relatively little work has been done to evaluate differences in online and F2F student performance at community colleges, which attract different students than 4-year institutions and professional programs. Using multiple and logistic regression models, the authors examined 11 predictors of performance in an environmental biology course taught both online and F2F at a community college in the Midwestern United States. Employment, math proficiency, and mode of delivery…
  • Interaction Patterns in Synchronous Online Calculus and Linear Algebra Recitations

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This study describes interaction patterns observed during a pilot project that explored the use of web-conferencing (WC) software in two undergraduate distance education courses offered to advanced high-school students. The pilot program replaced video-conferencing technology with WC software during recitations, so as to increase participation in the program from schools systems unable to afford the equipment that the established model required. We report on the experiences of 16 high-school students who had enrolled in this pilot through survey, focus group, and quantitative log data.
  • Managing Communication and Professional Development in Online Graduate Programs with Electronic Portfolios

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Four years ago, two online graduate programs at a mid-size university in the western United States implemented ePortfolios to foster communication and connectedness among students and faculty, develop community that extends beyond course boundaries, and promote professional goal formation and achievement among students. This article describes choices made by administrators prior to and during implementation that resulted in current practice. It highlights successes and challenges associated with ePortfolio development in online programs, including coaching needs for students and faculty,…
  • ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Can children learn to code at the same age they’re learning to tie their shoes? That’s the idea behind ScratchJr, a free iPad app released this week by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, Tufts University, and Playful Invention Company (PICO). MIT Media Lab Press Release
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Students

  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics Available Online

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    The Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available to read online. They are a great collection of lectures covering physics and touching on many areas including: the Mechanisms of Seeing, Semiconductors and Algebra. This is a fantastic resource for learning about physics. You can also get a boxed set of The Feynman Lectures on Physics for those that like paper. It is fantastic but not cheap. Bill Gates bought the rights to the rights to The Character of Physical Law, 7 lectures Feynman gave at Cornell University (these are separate from the lectures listed above) and made them available…
  • Starting a Career in Science to Fight Cancer

    14 Jun 2014 | 8:42 am
    Keven Stonewall Preventing Colon Cancer from VNM USA on Vimeo. Keven Stonewall is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison working to prevent colon cancer. Related: I Always Wanted to be Some Sort of Scientist – High School Student Creates Test That is Much More Accurate and 26,000 Times Cheaper Than Existing Pancreatic Cancer Tests – Webcast of a T-cell Killing a Cancerous Cell
  • Pedal Powered Washing Machine

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:07 am
    It is very easy to forget billions of people alive today do not have access to electricity, clean water and things like washing machines at home. As I have said before I love appropriate technology. Even more than that I love to see successful deployments of appropriate technology that make people’s lives better. It is also great to see kids with the perseverance to make these products to meet needs they see around them. We need to do what we can to encourage these types of kids. They are the future engineers and entrepreneurs that will make lives better for the rest of society. Remya…
  • Learn About Biology Online

    27 Jul 2013 | 8:13 am
    Very cool site for learning about biology. I have tried the courses offered by Coursera but they are too structured for my taste. I want to be able to learn at my pace and dip into the areas I find interesting. Coursera is more like a real course, that has weekly assignments and the like. Survivebio is a resources that matches my desires exactly. You can go and learn about whatever topics you desire, when you desire. The site offers webcasts, games, flashcards, chapter outlines, practice tests and a forum to discuss the ideas. In this webcast, Paul Andersen discusses the specifics of…
  • Pew Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

    24 Apr 2013 | 11:37 pm
    The Pew Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz is a simple 13 question quiz to get a very simple look at scientific understanding in society. Obviously these types of quizes are just extremely simple views, still it is interesting to see how you can do and what questions people struggle with. I am surprised the fewer than 50% of the people got 2 true or false questions correct, including “Electrons are smaller than atoms. Is this statement…” Looking back at my previous post, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, in the 2009 Pew Science Knowledge Quiz it is also the case…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • 50 Self Improvement Tips for Success

    Sameer Kamat
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    You can stop searching for self improvement tips and articles on blogs spread across the web. We’ve collated the best tips so you can focus your energy on executing them rather than hunting for them. It’s a long list that’ll also test whether you believe in tip number 29. Over to Rohit. 50 Self Improvement […] The post 50 Self Improvement Tips for Success appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Why I rejected a Wharton MBA admit with scholarship offer

    Sameer Kamat
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Abhishek’s pic above might suggest that this is an article about ‘How to increase your height after 18‘. It isn’t. But it does have some perspectives for those are looking at ways to be head and shoulders above the rest, in the business world. It includes seemingly crazy-sounding decisions like rejecting a $40,000 scholarship offer […] The post Why I rejected a Wharton MBA admit with scholarship offer appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How I got a free MBA in USA and saved 70 lakh rupees

    Sameer Kamat
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The green lady you see in the background has been trying hard to woo Abinesh. She made multiple offers he couldn’t resist. One was worth $40,000 and another that was over $100,000 (70 lakh rupees) in the form of MBA scholarships to come an attend a leading MBA program, virtually gifting him a free MBA […] The post How I got a free MBA in USA and saved 70 lakh rupees appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • H1B visa process after lottery makes it tough for Indian MBA Students

    Sameer Kamat
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Indian MBA students in the U.S. of America have to go through the visa process twice. The first one is for their F1 visa before they can start their MBA in USA. [Related post: F1 Visa requirements in U.S. for Indian students] The second one is at the time of graduation when they need to […] The post H1B visa process after lottery makes it tough for Indian MBA Students appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland) – Sriram’s triumph over adversity

    Sameer Kamat
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:13 pm
    MBA success stories are not always about beating the GMAT exam and entering into the 700+ GMAT Club. Sometimes they are about beating personal challenges and entering into a fighters club of a different kind. Sriram narrates all the hurdles that came in his way and how he tackled them before he got an admit […] The post UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland) – Sriram’s triumph over adversity appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • August light

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This one's from two Augusts ago.AThe days fade quickly now--in three weeks we'll have an hour less sunlight gracing us than today.We will assault children with a sterile view of science, reduced to a method and streams of vocabulary, "ideas" we can test.The sun slides south without notice as we huddle under the subtle, damning hum of fluorescent lights, each one filled with vaporized mercury, coated with phosphor, a steam punk amalgamation of  early 20th century technology and vision.We talk little of either, the sun or the hum, the light of our lives.***Here's the heart of biology:…
  • Why teach biology?

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Wheat grown on our classroom windowsill.Right now you are making water, the real stuff, not some abstraction, from the oxygen you breathed in just moments ago combining with protons and electrons stripped from the the peanut and butter sandwich you ate.You are breathing in oxygen stripped from water molecules broken apart by the dandelions you tried to poison with Round Up two months ago. Your food was alive not so long ago--even a Twinkie came from a plant.Biology is mandatory in public schools in New Jersey. Mandatory anything is rarely a good thing, and mandatory what-passes-for-science in…
  • First Day of Biology

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I chased killifish today with a woman who once had a career studying them professionally, her husband who teaches math, and their daughter. We had no net, and despite various strategies and plenty of opportunity, we caught none.This was not an abstract exerciseThe reason I wanted to catch one was because I learned today that killifish talk in frequencies that most humans can hear. They will chirp at each other when stranded in tide pools. This is the kind of thing that makes biology more interesting to me than comets. Comets are cool, but killies live in my neighborhood.Killifish are not…
  • Seeding time

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    The plants know.The lengthening shadows trigger the cilantro, basil, and dill to throw their energies into making seeds for next year, motes of hope, pockets of life that will lie on the hard, cold ground in January. In just days, vibrant green beings fade to oeuvres of ochre. Every August I collect seeds--some to eat, some to sow next spring, some that will sit in plastic bags, forgotten for a year or two, until I stumble upon them again.A few, though, will be planted in September by my students, many of whom have never planted anything before. The seedlings will emerge along the window sill…
  • Dear (White) Teachers, revisited

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you want a handle on all this, read Jose Vilson's This Is Not A Test.A couple of days ago I was asked by Valerie Strauss if she could share my previous post with a link back, and I said sure, while joking to Leslie that we better be ready for a brick through the window.It has not been my most read piece by a long shot, but it has hit a nerve, as it was meant to, but not the right one.Part of the problem of removing a blog post from its crib is that it loses context. The WaPo article uses a different photo than I did--leading off a post meant to push the discussion of race with a young man…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • a quick giveaway

    Jonelle Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I got this adorable box from The MAILBOX . It was filled with some fun freebies that included... this ball. I wrote everyone's name on the ball and put a smiley face on each child's thumb. We passed the ball around and they had to read the name on the...(read more)
  • 250 FREE Teacher Downloads!

    Fern Smith
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    250 FREE Teacher Resources Yep, 250 free products have now been published on my little, ole' blog! In December of 2011 I started a little feature called, Freebie Friday. Each Friday I featured one of my free resources and another free resource from an...(read more)
  • StoryMap JS

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    StoryMap JS is a new (beta) site that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog. It reminds me a lot of MeoGraph in that it lets users create digital stories surround by maps. On these maps a user can add text, video, image, to create...(read more)
  • Teacher Mama: FREE Writing Activity for Back to School Rules

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    FREE Writing Activity for Back to School Rules I have a new favorite back-to-school book… Back-to-School Rules by Laurie Friedman Percy has his own back-to-school rules and, if you follow them, you will surely make the grade! Read and Discuss I read this...(read more)
  • New Resources On Race & Racism

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism: Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends is from The Washington Post. For first time, minority students expected to be majority … Continue reading...(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Knowledge for What?

    Guest Blogger
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    By Will Fitzhugh Will Fitzhugh is the founder and editor of the Concord Review, a scholarly history journal with well-researched essays by high school students. Education is an important issue these days, which is both good and bad. Good, because we need to pay more attention to the work of our schools these days, and not […]
  • What Can Preschools Learn about American History?

    Lisa Hansel
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    To those who answer “nothing” or “they don’t need to learn it,” I have two responses—you’re wrong and you’re not trying hard enough to see the world through the preschoolers’ eyes.  Do they have some grand concept of human history and arrive eager to see how the American experiment fits in? No. But they are […]
  • The Skills Myth Might Kill You

    Lisa Hansel
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    All of us in the Core Knowledge community are well aware of the risks of the skills myth: inadequate reading comprehension, limited critical thinking ability, inability to responsibly fulfill basic citizenship duties like researching issues before voting, etc. Here’s a new risk: death. Shockingly, I’m only kind of kidding. As Annie Murphy Paul explained last […]
  • The Importance of Teaching Content

    Guest Blogger
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    By Karin Chenoweth  Karin Chenoweth is the writer-in-residence at The Education Trust. This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.  Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful — and I was curious […]
  • Reading Herman Melville Made Me a Better Teacher

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    By David O’Shell David O’Shell is a middle school teacher in Maryland. I have always wanted my students to be able to solve real problems in the world by relying on the abstract knowledge they have learned from me. I think this is central to what it means to be an educated person. It always […]
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    Recorded Books Blog

  • Words are Her Paintbrush

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Anne Perry’s’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keeley Hawes and is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. In 1990, Perry started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and features the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. None of Perry’s books have ever been…
  • Amnesia sets in January 2015

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Three authors have won the Man Booker Prize twice: J.M. Coetzee, Hilary Mantel, and Peter Carey. No one has won the award three times. Can Peter Carey get the hat trick? Carey has won the Booker prize twice for his ventures into historical fiction, True History of the Kelly Gang and Oscar and Lucinda. Now the acclaimed Australian author is set to address a rather more modern situation in his new novel, Amnesia: the “cyber underworld”, with a story of a hacker who unlocks the doors of thousands of prisons across Australia and the US. Opening in 2010 – “It was a spring…
  • Discovery Monday: Dreamwood

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Heather Mackey’s debut book Dreamwood, audiobook narrated by Jennifer Grace. Lucy Darrington has no choice but to run away from boarding school. Her father, an expert on the supernatural, has been away for too long while doing research in Saarthe, a remote territory in the Pacific Northwest populated by towering redwoods, timber barons, and the Lupine people. But upon arriving, she learns her father is missing: Rumor has it he’s gone in search of dreamwood, a rare tree with magical…
  • Big Score at Hugo Awards

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
      The 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced Sunday at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention. The overall winner in the category of Best Novel was ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie. The runner-up in the balloting for Best Novel was NEPTUNE’S BROOD by Charles Stross.   ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the…
  • Discovery Monday: Paris Apartment

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Michelle Gable’s debut book A Paris Apartment. Where Moulin Rouge meets The Paris Wife lies THE PARIS APARTMENT, a rich and colorful work by debut author Michelle Gable. When her boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, Sotheby’ s continental furniture specialist April Vaught does not hear “dust” or “rats” or “shuttered for seventy years”. She hears Paris. She hears escape. She cannot…
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  • ABCTE Approved to Provide Missouri Elementary Education Certification

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Washington, DC – 8/12/14 – The Missouri legislature has authorized the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) to provide certification for educators in grades K-6, effective August 28, 2014. The new authorization expands ABCTE’s service in the state … Continue reading → The post ABCTE Approved to Provide Missouri Elementary Education Certification appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • Job Embedded Professional Development for Teachers: Teacher Led Observation to Improve Practice (4/5/14)

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    It is a well-known fact of practice and research that the classroom teacher is the single most important factor in determining the quality of education that students receive in the individual classroom each year. More specifically, the quality of instruction … Continue reading → The post Job Embedded Professional Development for Teachers: Teacher Led Observation to Improve Practice (4/5/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • Teaching a Literacy Digital Essay

    Dr Davis
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    In one of my fyc courses, the first essay they are composing is a digital essay on how they gained literacy in a particular area. I showed several Disney clips as examples: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan ?Finding Nemo “I Speak Whale” The Lion King “Hakuna Matata” How to survive on bugs I also showed a clip on Peter Parker learning to shoot webs. There were a couple of other clips for audience: One Man Band by Pixar Chipotle Scarecrow Chipotle Scarecrow parody Students will be working on this digital essay for the next three weeks.
  • Poster Creation

    Dr Davis
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    I am teaching an Honors Colloquium (1 hour class) in the spring on science fiction and fantasy. Colleagues create posters and advertise their classes, so I realize I need to do that too. I’ve never made an advertising poster (besides just printing on a piece of paper). A good link on making posters from PowerPoint, by the University of Alabama. It’s for research posters, but most of it works for advertising, too. Cost looks higher than I expected ($13-20 each) when I look for printing. I should ask my colleagues where they do theirs.
  • Problem-Solution Paper Idea

    Dr Davis
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Have students map out the different paths for Choose Your Own Adventure Books… What if we did this for when they are working on a problem solution paper? Then make them figure out what the consequences would be. It’s a potentially masterful brainstorming tool, at least.
  • If Teaching Oedipus…

    Dr Davis
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    If you are teaching Oedipus Rex, here are modern day articles you might want to use to introduce the topic: 2014– Woman discovers she is married to her brother. 2008–Twins married.
  • Content and Form: Writing SFF in non-Western Modes

    Dr Davis
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Amal El-Mohtar M—edit Goblin Fruit, journal of poetry Aliette de Bodard—France, mother from Vietnam, destroy sff on regular basis Rochita Loenen-Ruiz—writer from Philippines, breaking status code JY Yang– editor of short fiction, write short forms Nick Wood—Zambia born, South African naturalized First question, what do you think of as distinctly Western forms and structures? JF Yang—wondering what forms talking about In terms of storytelling, idea of 3-4 act structure, must have a protagonist. Nick—emphasis tends to be on individual individualistically based mode character…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • International experts in oxidation catalysis contribute to Imperial College Press handbook

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (World Scientific) Controlling the oxidation powerful of the catalysts allows scientists either to eliminate extremely toxic compounds or to produce chemical compounds of high-added values. This book provides an extensive overview of all the multiple aspects of this major application of catalysis.
  • China's reform of R&D budget management doesn't go far enough

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Nottingham) China's budget management is lagging behind countries which spend similar amounts on research and development, and recent reform has not gone far enough.That is the view of the University of Nottingham's Dr. Cong Cao, whose research is published on Aug. 29, 2014, in the prestigious academic journal, Science.
  • Canadians rank highly when it comes to public science knowledge, attitudes, and engagement

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Council of Canadian Academies) A new expert panel report, Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, helps to paint the clearest picture of Canada's science culture and science culture support system in 25 years. The expert panel who conducted the assessment found Canadians excel in public science knowledge, attitudes, and engagement; however they also determined there is room for improvement in some areas, including skills development.
  • Dyslexic readers have disrupted network connections in the brain

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Elsevier) Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don't function normally.
  • Cellphone addiction 'an increasingly realistic possibility,' Baylor study finds

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Baylor University) Women college students average 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men students spend nearly eight. Excessive use poses potential risks for academic performance, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity.
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    doug --- off the record

  • I Used To Be In Charge

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the beginning, there was the command line.  If you were new to computers, you had to learn a lot of things.  Like directories, where things were actually stored, execution paths, location of applications, how to change directories, the difference between a slash and a back slash, a # prompt, a $ prompt, etc. In fact, you can still do that, if you are so inclined. Whether you’re using Windows, Mac OS, some version of Linux on your home PC, or some other OS, there’s that moment of Zen when you drop out of whatever graphic shell you’re using and you’re walking around…
  • OTR Links 08/30/2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    How to conquer productivity on the cheap with Google Drive 6 powerful Google Apps features you’re probably not using tags: Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect - Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect tags: Scaffolding Web Literacy Through Learning Pathways | DMLcentral Scaffolding Web Literacy Through Learning Pathways tags: Announcing Stamps: Get Instant Feedback from Your Class! | The Remind Blog Announcing Stamps: Get Instant Feedback from Your Class!
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I just flew in from Niagara Falls and, boy, are my arms tired.  Yeah, I know, it’s an oldie but I think a goodie.  Henny Youngman? Anyway, it was a day of planning for the Bring IT, Together Conference with my co-chair Cyndie Jacobs and we’re excited about the event.  It’s a chance to bring together Ontario educators for three days devoted to technology and, of course, a chance to catch up with some of the Ontario Edubloggers.  They’re always talking about something – here’s some of what I read this week. A million thank you’s all the way from…
  • OTR Links 08/29/2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Q&A – Jeopardy Style | doug — off the record Q&A – Jeopardy Style tags: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn Then And Now #infographic Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn Then And Now #infographic tags: infographic The Parent Toolkit App The Parent Toolkit App tags: Make a Lasting Impression in Under 5 Minutes: 14 Ideas | Make a Lasting Impression in Under 5 Minutes: 14 Ideas…
  • Q&A – Jeopardy Style

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the favourite tools that was shared during my university class was a Flash based version of the popular game show, Jeopardy.  We talked about using it as a diagnostic tool or as a way to have students challenge their classmates during the research of a particular topic.  It certainly isn’t something that you base an entire course on, but it’s nice to shake things up a bit.  Paired with a SMARTBoard, it also helps students with their presentation skills. These days, not all devices effectively use Flash anymore and so that opportunity is lost.  Plus, if you created a…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • GMAT Tip of the Week: 4 Questions You Must Ask Everytime You Miss A Practice Problem

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison, speaking about mistakes. If you study for the GMAT for any appreciable amount of time (and you should) you’ll make mistakes. And that’s a good thing. People love to track their study progress with all kinds of metrics: percent correct, time per question, hours spent, problems completed – but in the end the only numbers that matter are the numbers on your official score report. So whether you were 10 for 10 on your homework or 0 for 20, whether you took less than 2…
  • UC Berkeley (Haas) Application Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Earlier this summer UC Berkeley’s Haas School of business released its MBA admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2017. Like other business schools, Haas has chopped an essay yet again, dropping down to three required essays (although we should note that the school’s word limit for each essay actually increased). The Haas MBA admissions team has also made significant changes to the questions that it asks in its essay prompts, so we have plenty of new advice for applicants this year. Here are the UC Berkeley (Haas) application deadlines and essays for 2014-2015: Berkeley…
  • Common Errors to Avoid on Sentence Correction GMAT Questions

    Veritas Prep
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    There are many famous expressions in the English language. Many of them are clever turns of phrase that refer to commonplace ideas and concepts in everyday life. You obviously don’t need to memorize these for the GMAT (A house divided against itself is not an integer), however some expressions can be easily applied to various GMAT problems. One common expression is that you’re comparing apples and oranges. This expression typically means that you are attempting to compare two elements that are not analogous and therefore incomparable. This idiom can be particularly apt in sentence…
  • How Veritas Prep Helped me Reach a 770 on the GMAT

    Veritas Prep
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The following article comes from Eliza Chute, a motivated GMAT self-studier who scored an impressive 770 on the GMAT.  Eliza utilized numerous resources to help her prepare for the GMAT, including Veritas Prep’s GMAT Question Bank and GMAT Practice Test.  Here, Eliza describes her experience using both resources and makes strategic recommendations for how to get the most out of each resource to help you with your GMAT preparation. The Veritas Prep Question Bank and GMAT practice test helped me find my weaknesses and focus my study so that I could break the 700 barrier and ultimately…
  • How to Use Your Calculator to Boost Your SAT Score

    Veritas Prep
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    A calculator is one of the most underutilized tools on the SAT. It’s the one device that the College Board permits, which actually makes problems easier. Yet, I see students consistently fail to take advantage of the technological marvel that is the calculator. It’s true that you can solve every problem without a calculator. However, it becomes more difficult and more time consuming – two things we try to mitigate on the SAT. Whether it is a TI 84 or a TI 89, mastering your calculator can have incredible effects for your performance on the SAT. Shaving off time is one of the best ways…
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    Certification Map

  • Code in the Classroom: Why It Matters

    Cathy Vandewater
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Computers, smartphones, the Internet — they’re all an undeniable fixture in our daily lives. They’re also a growing source of jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. But with education statistics as they are, there will only be enough qualified applicants to fill 29 percent of them. That’s why learning to code (or understanding the logic of computer programming) has become a topic of debate in the education community (and notably in The New York Times). But should kids be taught programming skills as early…
  • Teaching at Public vs. Private Schools

    Cathy Vandewater
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The word “teaching” tends to conjure images of wooden desks, chalkboards and apples. But the work of education itself can take place in all kinds of environments. From private preschools to public high schools, and even medium security prisons, there are plenty of options for what your classroom might look like. Traditionally though, if you’re decided on taking the K-12 route, your next major choice is whether to go public or private. We’ll break down what that means, along with a few pros and cons: What’s a public school and what’s a private school? By its simplest definition, a…
  • Back to School Resource Round Up

    Cara Clarke
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    The new school year is upon us! As eager students and even more eager parents shop for fall clothing and new supplies, teachers are scrambling to polish curriculum units and arrange their classrooms to create optimal learning environments. Since summer break passes far too quickly and there is never enough time in a teacher’s day, here are some back to school resources to help prepare for a successful academic year. Plan Ahead The most successful educators plan ahead to ensure delivery of quality lessons and units with new teacher resources. The following resources are especially beneficial…
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    MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan

  • NYU Stern Application Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. NYU Stern has released its MBA application deadlines and essays for the 2014-2015 admissions season. Among top MBA programs, Stern has perhaps made the fewest changes of any school. But, Stern’s famous “Personal Expression” prompt — for which you can submit almost anything at all — remains, which we like. Overall, our advice has changed very little since last year. Read on…. Here are NYU…
  • Chicago Booth Admissions Essay and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business recently released its admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2017. Once again we see a top-ranked MBA program cut back on its number of required essays this year; now Booth only has one essay, and it’s not a traditional essay at all. Booth has decided to keep its famous “PowerPoint” question and drop everything else! Of course, this puts…
  • Kellogg Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has released its MBA admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2017. While most top MBA programs have mostly been making nips and tucks to their admissions essays this year, Kellogg has made a lot of changes. And, like other business schools, Kellogg has dropped a required essay, going from three to two required essays for applicants to its traditional MBA…
  • Duke (Fuqua) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has released is MBA admissions deadlines and essays for the Class of 2017. Duke hasn’t added or cut the number of required essays this year, although it did add a new option for the second required essay. The “25 Random Things” prompt remains, which makes us happy! Here are the Duke (Fuqua) application deadlines and essays for the coming year, followed by…
  • Dartmouth (Tuck) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business recently released its application essays and deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions season. Like so many other top MBA programs these days, Tuck has eliminated an essay, going down to just two required essay prompts this year. The two essays that remain are taken directly from last year’s application (with just one subtle tweak to the second essay prompt). Without further…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Can bankruptcy affect a family’s private school financial aid application?

    Brian Fisher
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    A family sent the me this question; honestly, I hadn’t thought about it.  But, it’s a very real, timely, question as the 2008/2009 financial crisis wanes and families consider boarding and private schools. I suspect the parent that behind this question is not alone among the many who found themselves in difficult financial circumstances during the crunch and, now, wonders, ‘Will our bankruptcy filing affect our financial aid application?’ So, I caught-up with Mike Szydlowski who bridges the private school financial aid and family finance worlds as both Woodberry Forest’s…
  • Goodbye, cat: back-to-boarding-school rituals

    Carolyn Hines
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Ready to go back to school? Fiona the calico cat has climbed into the box and made a nest for herself among the towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond. She watches, head on paws, as her mistress, Catherine, packs for boarding school two time zones away. Soon the cardboard will be sealed up and shipped UPS Ground. One early morning Catherine will scratch Fiona behind the ears for the last time until Thanksgiving, then board a plane for Boston. When she opens the box in her dorm at Pomfret, there will be a few tiny calico furs on the towels. This scenario at my friend Gretchen’s house in…
  • Alumni Achievement Supports Value of Boarding School

    Brian Fisher
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Our colleagues at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) recently put together an infographic — The Big Picture on Boarding Schools — that includes many strong data points supporting the value of a boarding school by looking at alumni achievement. Here are two that stuck out. Percentage of Students Who Earn Advanced Degrees Achievement of a Top Management Position by Mid and Late Career I’m particularly taken by The Percentage of Students Who Earn Advanced Degrees — most impressive. Some of the data points are regular highlights in the boarding school discussion –…
  • Atul Gawande Speaks As Parent: Proctor Academy’s 2014 Commencement Address

    Brian Fisher
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    via Proctor Academy Medical Doctor and The New Yorker writer Atul Gawande offered up a parent’s perspective — voicing the thinking, and emotion, about choosing a boarding school for his son Walker in his commencement address to Proctor families back in June. I still don’t know what to think about it as a parent. Always present in the boarding equation — the voices, thinking, and emotion of boarding school parents are not often clearly, or forcefully, voiced. The Boarding School Mom wrote a series for us a few years back as she took her daughter through the admission process, but we…
  • Doing School Work by Hand Help Students Remember Better

    Brian Fisher
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    I just finished a full summer term working at Wolfeboro (summer boarding school) — back on the school side of the boarding school equation. via flckr creative commons Watching students work by hand — manually and methodically — brings me to think about a couple of articles on the subject of doing things by hand that I’ve kept on my desk for a few months, “What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades” and “To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand.” …these articles give us good reason to pause and think…we can have our students take notes on their laptops…I can…
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    Dear Librarian

  • What did you read during summer, 2014?

    Dear Librarian
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
  • What is the Alex Award?

    Dear Librarian
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Alex Award is given by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). It is an award given to adult books that would be enjoyed by teens. The award is named after and sponsored by Margaret Edwards Trust; she was a librarian advocating for young adult fiction. Ironically, her friends called her Alex–hence the award’s name. We have all this year’s Alex Award books ready for you to check out in the library!
  • What’s a Zentangle?

    Dear Librarian
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    During the week of March 24-March 28, the HKIS High School will be celebrating Wellness Week. There will be many opportunities to reflect and improve upon the balance we all establish for our lives. A visiting nutritionist will be on campus meeting with students, and many options for workshops will be scheduled throughout the day. In the library you will find all sorts of wellness books on display from proper nutrition to practicing yoga. The LCD screen in the project area of the library will also be displaying videos related to creating balance in one’s life. Finally, one of the most…
  • What’s the Lai See for?

    Dear Librarian
    24 Jan 2014 | 3:46 pm
    We know that some of you have some serious overdue fines. We know that you are busy students will many responsibilities. Sometimes even though you receive an email to return your library items, you just forget. Because we want to help you out and because we really want you to be able to check out materials, we have a special gift for you this Chinese New Year! Come by the library and pick up your Lai See! We think you might like what’s inside!!
  • What happened to the library?

    Dear Librarian
    5 Dec 2013 | 3:44 pm
    For the Christmas holiday, we’ve wrapped up the library! The library is one of the school’s greatest gifts: it’s filled with all sorts of resources like books–both print and e-books, popular magazines–found on an iPads too, and tons of information either in book format or through online databases. We also have an abundance of movies that anyone can check out. The library offers you a great place to study and work with your friends. During this Christmas holiday, we also have a two special gifts for you! First, feel out a form of what kind of books you like, what…
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    David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

  • 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…
  • #10PercentLess

    David Truss
    28 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    What does it mean to be ‘Locked Out’ and to be paid 10% less? “Effective May 26, 2014, and continuing until further notice, your members will be locked out as described in this letter,” Michael Marchbank, public administrator for the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, said in a letter to teachers’ federation president Jim Iker. …BCPSEA, the bargaining agent for the province’s 60 school boards, also said it would dock teachers’ pay by 5 per cent as of Monday over the job action, and by 10 per cent in the event of rotating strikes.” Globe &…
  • Leading Change – 3 Images

    David Truss
    19 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    I enjoy using images to share ideas. In my last post, I shared the ‘Embracing Change’ image, also shared below. As I said in the post: “…we’ need to recognize that: * Change isn’t usually easy. * Change only happens when we create a need. * Change is not a thought or a discussion, but an action. * The time to act is now. “If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” The idea is simple. The greater the importance we place on something, the greater the challenge we are willing to face. We will find a way! However, if it is not…
  • Embracing Change

    David Truss
    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    {Full image below} [Update: See more on the topic of Embracing Change in my May 19/2014 post on Leading Change.] I’m working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference. Here is my presentation description: Shifting Education – Embracing the Transformation A quick 3-part journey into my ‘Shifting’ series of blog posts that looks at embracing educational change, envisioning a bold new educational frontier, and leading change from where ever you may be in the transformation… Followed by a look at Inquiry Hub…
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  • Career Success

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This book will help you every step of the way during your job search. With information on career fairs, networking, interview preparation, etc., you'll be ready to land your new job in no time.Here is a sneak peek into the topics included in this eBook:Chapter 1: Looking for JobsChapter 2: Thinking PositivelyChapter 3: Interviewing SkillsChapter 4: Entry-Level JobsChapter 5: Job DescriptionsChapter 6: Must-Know Tips on Job SearchesChapter 7: Online Job SearchesChapter 8: Career Job FairsChapter 9: Local Job SearchesChapter 10: Identify Your SkillsChapter 11: Ideal ResumeChapter 12: Prepare…
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    1 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Keep up-to-date with the latest training issues, trends, and best practices.Training Daily Advisor will help you:Save Time - with concise, complete, actionable informationStay Up-to-Date - their team of experts does the research for youSucceed - Plain English analysis and advice is immediately usefulFor a limited time also receive a Free Special Report, Building The Best Training Program.Register for Training Daily Advisor Today!Request Free!
  • University of Kentucky Leveraging SAP HANA to Lead the Way in Use of Analytics in Higher Education

    22 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    To accomplish these goals, the university needed to develop "better and approachable insight" into its operations and the behavior of its students. The university deployed SAP HANA to drive these efforts.Request Free!
  • 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The Cisco 640-722 Implementing Unified Wireless Network Essentials (IUWNE) exam is the exam associated with the CCNA Wireless certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting small to medium-size WLANs and associated technology. The CCNA Wireless 640-722 CramMaster contains over 360 questions to test your skills and knowledge in preparation for the exam. Also included are Exam Quality Simulations to test your endurance for the upcoming exam.The Cisco 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) covers the following recommended objective…
  • 70-687 - Configuring Windows 8 - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who configure or support Windows 8 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as a domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services. The IT professional could be a consultant, full-time desktop support technician, or an IT generalist who administers Windows 8-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities. The Microsoft 70-687 CramMaster contains over 250 questions to…
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    Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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

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

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

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

  • Becoming a True Learning Person

    Stephanie Sandifer
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    In one of his articles about “Learning Organizations” (can be found here) Jim Collins presents the challenge to become a true “Learning Person“: How would your day be different if you organized your time, energy, and resources primarily around the objective of learning, instead of performance? For many people, their daily activities “what they do and how […]
  • 20 Timeless Ways to Make Your Classroom Extraordinary #carpediem

    Stephanie Sandifer
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
        Inspired by my post from earlier today about Robin Williams, I started thinking about how I have and how, if I were still teaching in a brick-and-mortar classroom, I would make my own classroom extraordinary for my students.  The following is a simple list of 20 timeless ways to make your classroom extraordinary […]
  • Carpe Diem.

    Stephanie Sandifer
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Of all of Robin Williams’ characters, the one that has had the most direct influence over my work is, of course, John Keating in Dead Poets Society. I saw the movie at the very impressionable age of 18 and years later when I began my teaching career I always tried to channel that character’s ability […]
  • ​Rafranz Davis on the Classroom, Technology and Building a Community of Educators (EdSurge News)

    Stephanie Sandifer
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    As an instructional technology specialist with nine years of teaching math behind her, Rafranz Davis has experience with how technology can help in the classroom. She’s got valuable advice for educators and entrepreneurs, so when EdSurge got a chance to ask her a few questions about her experiences Source: "If edtech companies are not […]
  • Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?

    Stephanie Sandifer
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Source: Interesting range of responses to this question… See on – Connected Learning by
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    More Than A Test Score

  • 5 Awesome Scholarships for the New Semester

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    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! • Zinch $1,000 Weekly Scholarship Who’s Eligible? Current US high school students Amount: $1,000 How to Apply: Complete a quick online application and submit your super-short response Due Date:New prompt posted every, so each Monday is a new chance to apply • Courage to Grow Scholarship Who’s Eligible?
  • Class of 2016 Scholarship Winner – Bella Spearman

    Jordan Smallwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Congratulations to Bella Spearman, winner of the Class of 2016 Scholarship! The class of 2016 represents our up and coming royalty – the class that will take over the school in a year. This unique time in your life is full of unique people. We wanted to get to know the class of 2016 even better so we wanted to see what YOU guys brought as a unique attribute to your class. Bella showed that she was not only unique, but quite mature in her young age. Her answer impressed us and caused us to think about the unique qualities we want to bring to the people around us. Check out her insightful…
  • Class of 2015 Scholarship Winner – Gequasha Collins

    Jordan Smallwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Congratulations to Gequasha Collins, winner of the Class of 2015 Scholarship! The students in the class of 2015 are the kings and queens of the hill. Each one of you in the class of 2015 have something unique to bring to your school and to all of your peers. And we wanted to find out what it was. So we asked you guys what you thought you brought that was unique to your class. Gequasha’s answer immediately jumped off the page, both for the writing ability and the inspirational story. Not to mention, she did it in only 3 sentences! Check out her answer below: I started off as a quiet, shy…
  • 6 Top Notch Scholarships to Jump On

    Team Zinch
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Don’t laze away your summer days! Take advantage of the extra time you have without schoolwork to squeeze in some scholarship applications between sleeping in and hanging out with friends. We’ve found 6 awesome scholarships to kick-start your search. 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! Community Improvement Scholarship Who’s Eligible? All…
  • Parent Orientation Do’s and Don’ts

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In recent years, more and more colleges and universities have offered orientation events specifically geared toward parents during the days or weeks before school starts. Attending such events may require taking time off from work, traveling and even paying for admission. With events ranging from “Meet the Dean” to model classes and seminars on “Letting Go,” parent orientations offer an in-depth understanding of today’s college experience that can’t be had from a distance. Jane Kulow of Dr. Strange College chronicled her parent college orientation experience, summing it up by…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • How To Develop Good Listening The First Month Of School

    Michael Linsin
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Listening is always a problem with a new group of students. You can count on it. Dwelling on it or complaining about it—as many teachers are wont to do—is a waste of time. The effective teacher is only concerned with what they can control. They’re only concerned with the actions they must take to fix the problem. They meet their students where they are, and then show them the way up. When it comes to developing good listening, the key is to speak in a way that will cause your students to tune in naturally. It’s to make the act of listening to you a habit. Here’s how:…
  • How To Get Parents On Your Side

    Michael Linsin
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    If dissatisfied, parents can be a source of great stress. They can question your methods. They can challenge your decisions. They can complain, make demands, and waste your precious time. Which is why it’s critical that you get them on your side, critical that they like you and trust you and support your program. There are many strategies you can use to encourage their loyalty—including having a fair and consistent approach to classroom management, a professional but friendly personal style, and a clear, non-judgmental way of communicating. These are important, to be sure. But…
  • How To Teach Classroom Management On The First Day Of School

    Michael Linsin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Although classroom management will make up only part of your first day of school, doing it right is essential. Because it sets the boundaries within which inspired teaching can take place. It establishes an impenetrable wall, safeguarding your students from distraction, interruption, bullying, disrespect, and the like. To be most effective, you mustn’t ease your way into it. You mustn’t tiptoe your way around it or add it as an unpleasant aside. No, you must set your feet, narrow your eyes, and teach classroom management in a way your students won’t soon forget. Here’s…
  • How To Set The Tone On The First Day Of School

    Michael Linsin
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Of the many goals you have on the first day of school, none compares in importance to setting the proper tone for your students. It is the initial impression of your classroom, after all, that establishes its culture. It’s the feeling, the pace, the attitude, the mood, and the spirit of the experience that expresses who you are, what you value, and what it means to be a member of your classroom. It’s the heady mixture of hope and possibility that fuels everything you do and say with greater significance. Although your first-day lessons and activities play an integral part in…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Students Decide The Class Rules

    Michael Linsin
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Allowing students to come up with the class rules is a common strategy. And at first glance, it appears to be a good one. But dig deeper into the whys and hows of effective classroom management, and you’ll discover it to be a mistake. The idea behind the strategy is to provide students with a sense of ownership by guiding them through the construction of class rules you already have in mind. If you trust them with this important part of your classroom structure, the argument goes, they’ll be more likely to buy into your classroom management plan. They’ll be more likely to…
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • How are Marbles Made

    Tim Bortoli
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Marbles are small round balls that have been used as a toy since ancient times. They are usually made from glass, but can also be made from steel, clay, plastic and agate (a type of silica). The marbles can be used for a number of games that have the same name. Marble collecting is also a popular hobby and some rare marbles can be worth considerable money. There are many types of marbles, including many with unique colorations and internal decoration. There are about 12 million marbles produced every day. The largest manufacturer of marbles in the world is Vacor de Mexico, which produces…
  • Who Designed and Built Admiralty Arch

    Tim Bortoli
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Admiralty Arch is a well known landmark found in London, England. It is a unique building that includes archways that provide vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Trafalgar Square and The Mall. It was once the home of government offices, but in 2012 the lease was transferred to a property developer who intends to redevelop the building into a luxury hotel. The building also has ceremonial significance and is often used in processions for royal weddings, coronations and funerals. It was also used for the procession at the end of the Olympic Games in 2012. The building is of significant…
  • Who Invented the Barometer

    Tim Bortoli
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A barometer is an meteorology instrument that is used to take measurements of the atmospheric pressure. This is useful for weather analysis and weather forecasting because it can be used to forecast changes in the weather (short term only). A network of weather stations with barometers led to the production of the first modern weather map in the 1800′s. There are a number of different barometers including liquid based (usually water or mercury), vacuum pump and aneroid barometers. Please read our previous answer for more information about how a barometer works. Let’s find out who…
  • Where Does Cabbage Come From

    Tim Bortoli
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Cabbage is an edible white/green, and sometimes purple, plant that has many culinary uses. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is the key ingredient in coleslaw and sauerkraut. It is closely related to cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. There are many varieties of cabbage, but the most common is the green cabbage. Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin C and K and contains many other important minerals and trace metals as well. It is also thought to have anti0cancer properties as well. Cabbage is a popular food crop with a complex history. Let’s find out where cabbage comes from and…
  • Chris Pratt Movie List

    Tim Bortoli
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Chris Pratt is a celebrity actor who rose to prominence on the small screen with roles in the television series “Everwood” and “Parks and Recreation.” He has since transferred this success over to the large screen with roles in the hit movies “Moneyball,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He got his break in the industry when he was discovered by director Rae Dawn Chong while he was waiting tables in Hawaii. She cast him in her short film in 2000. However, his big break came with a reoccurring role in…
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    {the missing teacher}

  • What makes Waldorf education, Waldorf education?

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    BBC’s Chris Cook asks a good question, “Is Waldorf education worth public money?” I can’t speak for England, but I can say for the US, there is a fair amount of Waldorf charter schools receiving public funding. After all, there is an Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.I remember asking one of my teacher trainers about a Waldorf charter school that was starting up around the time I was graduating. She said she didn’t consider it to be a “real” Waldorf school since charters cannot teach or bring Anthroposophy into the classroom. Essentially, Waldorf-inspired or charters can…
  • Why Public Education Matters

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

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

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

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

    amy mascott
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I am eager to share information about Quaker Up For Classrooms.   School is underway for us, and what I’m realizing more and more is that it’s sometimes tough to get my kids to talk about school. As a parent, I’m curious. I want to know everything: Who did they sat with at lunch? Who did they play with at recess? How do they like their tablemates? What book did they start in Guided Reading? Who hosted the morning tv show? But it’s hard. The kids are tired at 3pm, they’re even more tired at 7pm, and the last thing they…
  • shutterfly 40% off everything for labor day: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
              So this is a little different, I know, but I think you’ll dig it. I’ve been blogging for a long time now. A long time.  Almost six years.  Yikes. Along the way I’ve become privy to some really awesome, totally worth-your-time (and your dime) deals.  A lot of them are affiliate deals–meaning I share them, you buy them, and I get a teeny, tiny percentage of the sale, like a lot of the Amazon links you see on the site. And though you might think it’s shady, it’s not. I only share things that I think are worth…
  • teach kids game playing etiquette

    amy mascott
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published 12/7/09 but republished today because, well, it’s worth it–   When I first started teaching, in order to make ends meet, I ran several after-school activity clubs at an elementary school near the high school where I taught. I headed anything from Craft Club to Calligraphy Club to Board Game Club to Chess, Checkers, and Mancala. I ended up doing about a million sessions of Chess, Checkers, and Mancala because the same group of kids signed up for every single session for three straight years. What I learned–among many things–is these little…
  • quick, kid-friendly after school snack: Bagel Bites (and $100 Visa gift card giveaway!)

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I can hardly believe that the new school year is almost upon us. But it is. And before I know it, our home will be a whirlwind of paper, pencils, and new backpacks. Lunch bags, homework, projects, and field trips. And though I know how important it is to keep our kids’ lives balanced, what usually makes me crazy is the after school activities–the extra-curriculars. The running home, unpacking backpacks, speeding through snack, and heading back out the door only to return home two or three hours later. Even though our goal is to have each child choose one after school activity, as…
  • dream car of the day: cool look at the car of the future

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    This post is brought to you by Toyota.   It’s no secret that most kids are highly influenced by their peers.  Too often, parents forget that their children’s classmates can be a totally positive ‘push’ for our kids.  Sometimes, our children aren’t even aware of what they can do until they see one of their peers do it. My Maddy had no clue what her body could do on the diving board until she watched a teammate flip and turn, and then she was determined to do the same. Owen was pushed harder to excel in soccer by playing a year above his age group for the…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Education

  • Special entrance exam to fill large number of vacant seats

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalIn a breather to promoters of engineering colleges, a special joint entrance examination will be held on September 7 . According to Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA), the Apex Court on Friday directed the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Committee to conduct the entrance examination. The direction assumes significance as close to two-thirds of the total seats in professional colleges are lying vacant. The OJEE will come up…
  • IIT-Bombay receives largest ever donation for research and development

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalNEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has received Rs 95 crore, the largest donation in its history, to set up a centre to develop hi-tech products and solutions for consumers and industry that lie at the bottom of the economic pyramid. On the lines of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, the Tata group has granted Rs 95 crore to IIT-Bombay for a period of five…
  • University Grants Commission ‘allows’ IISc to continue with FYUP

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalNEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is understood to have allowed IISc Bangalore to continue with the four-year undergraduate programme. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was among the three institutes that had been asked by the UGC to discontinue their four-year undergraduate programmes (FYUP) and follow the UGC notification on specification of degrees. IISc had, however, sent a detailed clarification about its programmes and…
  • IISc Bangalore in talks with UGC over 4-year course

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalBANGALORE: The Universities Grants Commission (UGC) may have asked the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, to discontinue its four-year B.Sc course. But the premier science institute seems to be in no mood to oblige, at least without putting up a stiff fight.IISc director Prof Anurag Kumar told TOI: “We’ve received a letter, that’s no secret. However, we are in talks with senior UGC officials and are trying to…
  • TN to introduce 163 new courses in Arts, Science colleges

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalAs part of her government’s effort to give a boost to the Higher Education sector, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday proposed introducing 163 new courses in Arts and Science colleges in the state this year. This will include 62 M.Phil and 52 Ph.d courses besides those in UG and PG streams, she informed the Tamil Nadu Assembly. Ms. Jayalalithaa said that since taking over in 2011, her government had introduced 797 new courses,…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills

    Breanne Harris
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Everyone wants to hire strong critical thinkers, but what’s the best way to go about doing so? Assessments? Reference checks? Interview questions? Adecco released an infographic with some suggested interview questions to determine critical thinking ability. What do you think of these questions? What questions do you ask in interviews to target cognitive ability? Please include attribution to with this graphic.  
  • The Best Critical Thinking Articles of 2014

    Melanie Welsh
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am has produced numerous articles on critical thinking this year, but we are not the only ones talking about the importance of critical thinking. To show our appreciation for others out there who are also bringing the critical thinking crisis to the forefront of professionals’ attention, we have compiled a list of some of the best critical thinking articles of 2014. Share this article as well as the individual articles within it, and be a part of the critical thinking revolution! Four Corporate Cultures that Kill Critical Thinking -Human Capital Institute Eight Habits of…
  • New Webinar: The Next Gen Leadership Crisis: 7 Critical Competencies You Can’t Ignore

    Breanne Harris
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    You’re invited to a webinar hosted by! The Next Gen Leadership Crisis: 7 Critical Competencies You Can’t Ignore Date: Thursday, Sept 4th, 2014 Time: 1:00 EDT Register here. A perfect storm is upon us.  And it’s a storm we created.  After years of budget slashing, cost control, and cutting training/mentoring programs, the Baby Boomers that couldn’t afford to retire are finally heading to warmer climates.  Now it’s time for Next Gen leaders to step in, define the strategy, and create a vision for the future.  But they’re not ready.  In this presentation, we…
  • THINK Before You Post; A Post to Social is a Post to the World

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

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Indian higher education is in a state of flux due to an incoherent policy framework. For example, recent scrapping of the four-year degree program at the University of Delhi also affected private universities which were trying to bring four-year liberal arts program in India. What is appalling is that quality assurance framework in India is not only archaic and complex, but also lacks the capability to distinguish wheat from the chaff. While private higher education has its own challenges of quality, there are models of excellence that need to be showcased and encouraged…
  • Transnational education: what works, what doesn’t? EAIE session

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The future of transnational education (or cross-border) is quite uncertain and an overarching question arises for institutional leaders – are your transnational education strategies future-ready? Are they adaptable and sustainable for a complex environment which is primed to be disrupted by learning models like MOOCs? Do your strategies involve assessing the market demand and adapting to the emergence of a new segment of ‘glocal’ students? How do you plan to de-risk your infrastructure-heavy branch campus strategies?In addition, the issues of quality are always threatening the…
  • Book: Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility

    10 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility is a recent book which brings together perspectives and reflections of several experts in international higher education. The book is edited by Bernhard Streitwieser, PhD Assistant Professor of International Education The George Washington University Washington, DC.The book is organized in three major sections. It starts with big picture trends on internationalization and then focuses on the regional perspectives and finally, concludes with institutional experiences. In the opening chapter, Challenges and Opportunities for…
  • Statistics on enrollment of international students in STEM programs in the US universities

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Demand for STEM programs among international students have been consistently increasing as the pathways for career opportunities in the US have been expanding with more jobs and availability of additional 17-months for students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) in STEM programs. In addition, industry demand for new fields like cyber security and data science and pressure to expand new sources of revenue has let to launch/expansion of programs by universities.  A recent article in World Education News & Reviews by Li Chang and Yoko Kono analyzed global mobility trends in STEM…
  • Research on Mobility of Foreign Students and its Implications for Policy

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

  • Student Memoirs: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    Editorial Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Memories of our first day of school conjure up different images for each of us, but one thing is certain: most of us will never forget that historic day. Think back. Way back. Back to when your age was only a single digit. Do you remember that day when you first walked into a classroom? Do you remember how nervous you were? Maybe your eyes welled up with tears; maybe you grasped your parent’s hand for dear life. Or maybe it was your first display of heroic courage as you pretend to be fearless in the face of your strange new surroundings. Memories of our first day of school conjure up…
  • University of Windsor Faculty Vote in Favour of Strike

    Editorial Staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    For students planning to attend the University of Windsor this fall, the question looms as to whether the doors will be open thanks to the possibility of a strike. Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) members voted on August 14 in favour of striking action. WUFA President Anne Forrest said the tally showed 81.4 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, with contract talks with the university in a deadlock. It seems the summer break wasn’t long enough to work out the issues on each side, and after weeks of being at odds, the two parties failed to reach a deal on a new collective…
  • 4 Ways to Save Money on School Textbooks

    Editorial Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    With some textbooks costing $100 and up, purchasing them outright can use up a bundle of your summer savings. It’s almost time to hit the books again, and ironically, this leaves quite a dent in the wallet, not the books. According to many students, expensive tuition is not the only financial burden they have to deal with. You might be thinking that computers or wireless devices are high on the list, and you’re probably right. But so is the steep cost of college textbooks, and it’s forcing many students to find ways to avoid going broke as they head back to school. According to one…
  • Living On-Campus vs. Off-Campus

    Editorial Staff
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Living off-campus gives you greater choice when it comes to apartment size and location. There’s a lot to consider if you’re planning to attend college or university away from home. One of your biggest decisions might be whether to live on-campus or off-campus. Since there are pros and cons to both, it can be a tough choice, especially if this is your first year away from home. Financially, socially and in many other ways, your decision will ultimately impact your entire college experience. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to consider before deciding on a location to…
  • Lakehead University and Confederation College Define their Strengths

    Editorial Staff
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Many postsecondary schools, like Lakehead University and Confederation College, are embracing the challenge of analyzing themselves to improve their performance and differentiation. In response to new government involvment in Ontario’s public postsecondary sector, Lakehead University and Confederation College have both jumped on board to provide Strategic Mandate Agreements or SMAs. Located in northwestern Ontario, the two schools have taken the opportunity to set priorities and define what makes them unique. Based on recommendations from an Expert Panel, The Ministry of Training, Colleges…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • CPS students scramble for new school after Concept charter opening delayed

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    With just one week before the first day of school, Chicago Public Schools officials are scrambling to find hundreds of students a new school.A new campus of Horizon Math and Science Academy located in Chatham will no longer open as planned.The group that planned to open the school — Concept Schools — is currently under FBI investigation. They operate four other schools in Chicago, and several more in Indiana and Ohio.CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett insists the delayed opening has nothing to do with the federal investigation.“I know as much as you guys in terms of the FBI…
  • It's like the first day every day in popular 'Feelings' class

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    On the first day of school at west suburban Oak Park River Forest High School, 25 seniors trickle into the second floor library.“How many of you know of this class as ‘Experiments in Reading Literature and the World’? How many of you know it as ‘Feelings’ class? How many know it as both?” asks teacher Avi Lessing.“Either way you’re in the right place.” Lessing started teaching this class in 2005 after pitching it to a bunch of juniors. It was pretty popular then, but now, it’s even more so. This year, there are nine sections and…
  • What Robin Williams taught us about teaching

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Amid all the remembrances today of Robin Williams and the tributes to his many famous roles, among the most commonly invoked are not one, but two memorable portrayals of great teaching.The phrase "Oh Captain, my Captain" is echoing across Twitter, a line from 1989's Dead Poets Society. In this role, Williams turns the stuffy conformity of a 1950s boarding school inside out. As a young, handsome, floppy-haired English teacher with the highly apropos name of John Keating, Williams makes the classroom a stage, pulling out all the stops to get his students excited about the wonders…
  • Global Activism: Somali Women Association of Illinois helping refugees

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Nana Ahmed grew up as a Somali refugee in Yemen. When she came to America, Nana wanted to give back by helping refugees like herself. She, along with seven other Chicago women, formed Somali Women Association of Illinois (SWAI). They provide education and housing assistance, job training and health access to try and help refugee women and their families settle into their new lives. Nana will share her own experience and how it’s helped dozens of refugees.
  • More Chicago kids say 'no' to their neighborhood grammar school

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Dismissal from Marsh elementary on Chicago’s Southeast Side is a quintessential American scene. The bell rings, kids pour from the school and down the neighborhood’s streets, swinging backpacks and asking moms like Toni Gonzalez for ice cream.“This school is a hidden treasure,” Gonzalez said as she waited among dozens of moms and dads for her kids to emerge from Marsh on one of the last days of school, in June. “Very tight community, very well organized school. I actually work in the area too, so I’m using my lunch hour to pop over and pick the kids…
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  • SXSWedu: Vote for “D is for Data”

    Meghan Daniels
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Interested in data and education? We could use your help! Knewton is headed to SXSWedu next March, and we’ve put together a great panel about big data in education. Every year, SXSWedu crowd-sources the conference programming with its “PanelPicker,” allowing the public to provide feedback and vote on the submissions. Below you’ll find more info about “D is for Data,” our proposed panel. Sound interesting? Vote now! Voting runs through September 5. We really appreciate the support. D is for Data This candid discussion led by NPR’s Anya Kamenetz will tackle myths and concerns…
  • Student-Centered Learning: Giving Students a Say

    Rachel Kuntz
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Student-centered learning is an approach to education that focuses on the needs and interests of the student, as opposed to those of the teacher or administration. A typical classroom might feature a teacher standing in front of rows of desks, giving one lecture to a room full of students. A student-centered classroom would ideally have no “front” of the room. Students might work individually while the teacher walked around, guiding students as needed. Student-centered learning aims to make each student an active participant in her education — resulting in a learning experience that…
  • Introducing 10 New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Meet ten new Knerds! Brendan Fay, from Morristown, New Jersey, is a senior software engineer. After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he worked on mobile printing for EFI. He likes singing, board games, miniatures, video games, and “bad” movies (some of his favorite are Back to the Future, Silence of the Lambs, and Network). Jordan Jordan Caras, originally from Scarborough, Maine, joins Knewton as a software engineer. Before Knewton, he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and worked as a graphics hardware validation engineer for Intel. His hobbies include…
  • Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle

    6 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Alisa Gross is the Director of Professor Partnerships at Acclaim, and Editor-in-Chief of the Acclaim Blog. The Acclaim Blog is dedicated to showcasing the innovations of teachers and entrepreneurs who are taking creative approaches to using education technology within higher education. Alisa has also worked as an a math and writing instructor and tutor to high school students in New York, London, and Philadelphia over the course of ten years. You can find her on Twitter at @getacclaim or @alisag1728. This is the second piece in a series of articles about metacognition. Coined by the…
  • Teacher Feature: John Stevens on 21st Century Education

    Christina Yu
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
     At Knewton, we have a lot to learn from teachers. Our goal is to create technology that helps them create more effective lessons and help teachers better support students. We’re always interested in hearing about teachers’ perspectives on the future of education and educational technology. Below we’re sharing some recent insights we’ve heard from teachers across the country. Teacher: John Stevens Location: Upland, CA Grades: High school Subject: Mathematics/Engineering Website: There’s a lot of debate about what skills students will need to thrive…
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    Robertson Reader

  • No Experience? You Can Still Get the Job You Want!

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    When you want a job that you don’t quite have the experience for, how you present your resume can make a big difference.  Resumes are one of the tools that almost all employers look at to help them decide if you might be a good fit.  Yes, they look at experience and job history.  But if you use your resume to your advantage you might be able to convince them that you are worth a shot.One of the most difficult resumes to write is the one that presents you in a good light, even though you are fresh out of school or are in the middle of a career change.  You don’t have…
  • Do You Know What Employers are Learning About You Online?

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Google Chrome (Photo credit: the past I have talked about being careful about what you do online because more and more employers are using the Internet to find out what potential employees are really like.  If you took that seriously you might be wondering what potential employers can see about you.  If you haven't you should be thinking about that.It is easy to see what potential employers can see about you with Google.  There are many different ways that you can search for information though so you should use several different means to search for…
  • Make Your Next Networking Even with These 5 Awesome Tips!

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Photo credit: Elliottng)Networking is a great way to meet new people in the field that you want to work in.  You can learn more about the companies and you have an opportunity to put yourself in the forefront of employers minds before you apply for a job (or after).  As you know, your network is more likely to help you find a job than the want ads so you need to get out there and network.Networking doesn’t come naturally to everyone though so here are 5 tips that can help you find success at networking events:1. Plan aheadSee if you can find out what companies are going…
  • Networking Secrets You Should Not Ignore

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Networking is an important part of job hunting. There’s no two ways about that. People who are successful atfinding jobs tend to have large networks that they utilize completely.• They have a list of people that they can call on when they need help.• They have a list of companies that they want to work for.• They have a list of people in those companies that they can contact.• They know what they want to do in a job.• They ask for more contacts.Those are the fundamentals of networking. You cannot avoid it and if you want a job you need to implement and use these fundamentals.But…
  • #RobertsonCollegeOnlineRocks Picture Contest

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Online students miss out on the daily interaction of going to classes. We don’t get to see you and get to know you the way that we do other students. So, we want to get you, our online students more involved. We want to SEE you! So we’re going to have a contest and give away 3 gift cards!What do you need to do to win? It’s simple!1. Be an online student2. Take a selfie of YOU sitting where you work! It could be in your office at home, at a café, at the library, or anywhere that you work on your Robertson College online studies. 3. Post it on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Udemy Moves to New San Francisco HQ

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Udemy recently moved to a new, larger headquarters in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. The new space is three times the size of our former SOMA space, at roughly 20,600 square feet. HQ is home to about 90 employees, and the space will accommodate about 150 people as Udemy continues to grow rapidly following the $32 million Series C funding round raised in May. The new office is at 3rd Street and Harrison Street. New office perks include: A kitchen that is well-stocked with snacks A larger dining area where employees enjoy catered lunches together Monday through Thursday Close…
  • New Course for Human Resources Leaders from Bersin by Deloitte

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Udemy today announced the launch of a new course for human resources leaders from Josh Bersin, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, one of the most recognized and respected authorities on corporate learning. The course – The New HR: 21st Century Talent Management – addresses the challenges and opportunities of modern HR based on research from Bersin by Deloitte. Topics covered include: How to manage and grow talented employees in today’s global economy Pressing topics facing HR leaders, including hiring, retention, corporate learning, and the intergenerational workplace Big…
  • Announcing our inaugural grantees: Parents for Public Schools San Francisco and the Four Block Foundation

    Shannon Hughes
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    We are excited today to announce the first winners of Udemy’s Social Innovation Grant program. Parents for Public Schools in San Francisco and the Four Block Foundation in New York will be creating online Udemy courses to make a social impact and further their work. Four Block Veteran Career Development is a nonprofit organization committed to providing career development and transition support services to returning veterans and their families. They will use the grant to bring their in-person curriculum online, with a course called “Military Transition & Veteran Career Development,…
  • Udemy Hosts Course-A-Thon for Association for Talent Development

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Association for Talent Development (ATD) Golden Gate Chapter was at Udemy headquarters yesterday creating a ton of Udemy courses for their chapter members. The ATD is the largest corporate training and skills development organization in the United States. The Golden Gate ATD chapter uses Udemy’s corporate learning platform, Udemy for Organizations, as their portal for members to create courses During the course-a-thon, about 20 chapter members were working on a number of courses related to ATD membership, including content on why members should join the chapter and how members could get…
  • Elliott Masie’s Eight Lessons Learned from Creating a Corporate MOOC

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Elliott Masie, head of the New York think tank The MASIE Center, shares his lessons learned from creating a MOOC on the Udemy for Organizations blog. Below is a sneak peak at lessons one and two. Click here for the full blog post.   1. Create content that can be immediately put to use We purposefully created a MOOC around a compelling, meaty topic: Big Learning Data: Ups, Downs and Decisions. We chose this topic because we knew that our audience could immediately put these learnings to use in their careers. 2. Ask your audience for input along the way We started creating our course in…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • Gujarat Technological University B.E 6th Semester Results 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    Gujarat Technological University (GTU) declared the results of B.E 6th semester regular and remedial examinations. The examinations were held in May 2014. GTU Exam Results 2014: Gujarat Technological University declared the results of B.E 6th semester regular and remedial examinations today on Saturday, August 30, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad . About Gujarat Technological University: Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Ahmedabad  was established in 2007. The Gujarat..
  • Barkatullah University M.Sc 4th Semester Results 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Barkatullah University (BU) declared the results of M.Sc in Geology, Statistics, Home Science and Food & Nutrition 4th semester examinations. The examinations were held in the year 2014. Barkatullah University Exam Results 2014: Barkatullah University declared the results of M.Sc in Geology, Statistics, Home Science and Food & Nutrition 4th semester examination today on Saturday, August 30, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website Barkatullah University, Bhopal . About Barkatullah University: Barkatullah University (BU), Bhopal ..
  • University of Jammu B.Ph.T. Final Prof. Results 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    University of Jammu  declared the results of B.Ph.T. final prof. (Regular session) examination. The examination was held in April 2014. University of Jammu Exam Results 2014: University of Jammu declared the results of B.Ph.T. final prof. (Regular session) examination on Friday, August 29, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website University of Jammu . About University of Jammu: University of Jammu was established in 1969 vide Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act 1969 following bifurcation of the erstwhile University of..
  • Punjabi University M.Pharm 2nd Semester Results 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Punjabi University declared the results of M.Pharm 2nd semester examination. The examination was held in April/May 2014. Punjabi University Exam Results 2014: Punjabi University declared the results of M.Pharm 2nd semester examination on Friday, August 29, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website Punjabi University, Patiala . About Punjabi University: Punjabi University, Patiala  one of the premier institutions of higher Punjabi in the north of India, was established in 1962 under the Punjabi University Act 1961. This is the second..
  • Maharshi Dayanand University B.A Part-II Results 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) declared the results of B.A Part-II examination. The examination was held in the year 2014. MDU Exam Results 2014: Maharshi Dayanand University declared the results of B.A Part-II examination on Friday, August 29, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak . About Maharshi Dayanand University: Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak  was established in 1976 as Rohtak University. The main objective of the university is to promote inter-disciplinary higher education..
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    Robertson Reader

  • No Experience? You Can Still Get the Job You Want!

    Danielle McGaw
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    When you want a job that you don’t quite have the experience for, how you present your resume can make a big difference.  Resumes are one of the tools that almost all employers look at to help them decide if you might be a good fit.  Yes, they look at experience and job history.  But if you use your resume to your advantage you might be able to convince them that you are worth a shot.One of the most difficult resumes to write is the one that presents you in a good light, even though you are fresh out of school or are in the middle of a career change.  You don’t have…
  • Do You Know What Employers are Learning About You Online?

    Danielle McGaw
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Google Chrome (Photo credit: the past I have talked about being careful about what you do online because more and more employers are using the Internet to find out what potential employees are really like.  If you took that seriously you might be wondering what potential employers can see about you.  If you haven't you should be thinking about that.It is easy to see what potential employers can see about you with Google.  There are many different ways that you can search for information though so you should use several different means to search for…
  • Make Your Next Networking Even with These 5 Awesome Tips!

    Danielle McGaw
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Photo credit: Elliottng)Networking is a great way to meet new people in the field that you want to work in.  You can learn more about the companies and you have an opportunity to put yourself in the forefront of employers minds before you apply for a job (or after).  As you know, your network is more likely to help you find a job than the want ads so you need to get out there and network.Networking doesn’t come naturally to everyone though so here are 5 tips that can help you find success at networking events:1. Plan aheadSee if you can find out what companies are going…
  • Networking Secrets You Should Not Ignore

    Danielle McGaw
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Networking is an important part of job hunting. There’s no two ways about that. People who are successful atfinding jobs tend to have large networks that they utilize completely.• They have a list of people that they can call on when they need help.• They have a list of companies that they want to work for.• They have a list of people in those companies that they can contact.• They know what they want to do in a job.• They ask for more contacts.Those are the fundamentals of networking. You cannot avoid it and if you want a job you need to implement and use these fundamentals.But…
  • #RobertsonCollegeOnlineRocks Picture Contest

    Danielle McGaw
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Online students miss out on the daily interaction of going to classes. We don’t get to see you and get to know you the way that we do other students. So, we want to get you, our online students more involved. We want to SEE you! So we’re going to have a contest and give away 3 gift cards!What do you need to do to win? It’s simple!1. Be an online student2. Take a selfie of YOU sitting where you work! It could be in your office at home, at a café, at the library, or anywhere that you work on your Robertson College online studies. 3. Post it on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • A Fresh Look for Fall

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a season of change for my private practice. What started as a tiny little side hustle for me back in 2007 has blossomed into a full-time business for not one, but TWO music therapists. I couldn’t be happier to have Katey Kratz as a partner in what is now Music Therapy Connections, LLC. Along with our new name, partnership, and location, it was only fitting to update our look as well. My father-in-law graciously offered his photography services, and our new photos make this whole venture feel officially official! Over the course of this month, I’ll be busy updating our…
  • “Back to School” Roundup

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m not sure how it happened, but yet another summer has slipped away and a new school year has begun. My Facebook newsfeed is full of back-to-school photos (which I love, just to be clear…as long as I don’t have to think about my child going off to school anytime soon!) and we’re gearing up for our fall session at Music Therapy Connections. For most kiddos, the transition into the school year can be challenging: they have to get up early, establish a routine, work hard all day, and spend lots of time making social interactions (which is much harder for some children…
  • Welcome to the World

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fun fact: It was my mom, not me, who wrote the first song dedicated to my son Parker after he was born last summer. She would sing it to him every time she came over to see him, and now we all sing “The Parker Song”. It took a couple of months for the fog to clear my new mom brain, but once it did, I was inspired by Parker to do some serious songwriting. The first song that came out of my creative burst was Welcome to the World, which came at the perfect time since so many of my friends were bringing home new babies. Ever since, I’ve been recording versions of this song as…
  • Coming Soon: A New Online CMTE Course

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m knee-deep in content creation for my new CMTE course — Early Childhood Programs: Create, Market, Make Music! — and I can’t wait to share it with you in a few weeks. In the meantime, I put together this little promo featuring some of my most recent “students” in our Listen & Learn for Little Ones class. Creating a new group, class or program can be overwhelming, but it can also be extremely rewarding — especially when the end result is helping young children learn and grow through music. This 3-hour CMTE course will guide you through the entire…
  • Be a Part of the Baby Band

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let’s be honest: it doesn’t get much cuter than a whole bunch of babies playing instruments together. I’ve been a “baby bandleader” for many years now, teaching early childhood music classes, so it’s a little ridiculous that it took me this long to write a song all about my favorite kind of band. “Baby Band” was written for the summer session of my Listen & Learn for Little Ones class, and I used it during free play time. Unlike most of the other instrument-centered songs I sing with my kiddos, this one doesn’t have any specific…
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  • Instilling a Love of Reading at Home

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Reading enjoyment begins at home. Parents can be a powerful influence on ensuring their child has a lifelong love of reading.Here are 10 easy steps to subtly reinforce the joy of reading:Set the example. Each time a child sees a parent, grandparent, or caregiver reading for pleasure, that child recognizes that reading is important.Set aside at least 15 minutes a Read more...
  • Emotional Awareness: An Essential Tool for Back to School

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    by Eve SullivanGetting kids ready to start school may have been simple in the past, but not today. Ads scream “Order this…buy that…and your child will be safer, smarter, happier!” And young people, like retailers, play all too well on our hopes and fears as parents and caregivers.An essential tool for your child’s back-to-school tool Read more...
  • Should Kids Get an Allowance?

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Parents often ask me about whether they should give their teens an allowance. Some feel that children should do their chores because it’s the right thing to do, and they should not be paid for it. Others think giving them an allowance is a good way to teach how to save money. As with many topics, there is a middle ground—where children can learn to contribute to family Read more...
  • 5 Back-to-School Organization Ideas for Kids and Families

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Help your child begin the school year with some simple organizational skills and family routines to encourage school success, right from the start.Here are five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track:Have one large family calendar for all your school children to utilize. Keep it in a convenient place. Record school n Read more...
  • Homework Help for the New School Year

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Recently, I wrote about some back-to-school organization tips to help students who are disorganized or have problems managing their time. A daily routine that includes time for getting ready for the next day is very helpful. Most students benefit from structure and planning ahead. Another important part of the day that proves to be difficult for many students (and consequently for Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Introducing!

    Rose C
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    We are thrilled to tell you about, the newest School Family Media site! will provide nonprofits like PTOs and PTAs with the resources they need to plan and run restaurant fundraiser nights. Restaurant fundraisers are a fun and easy way to raise money for your group and build community. It gives families a relaxed way to meet up and parents usually love them because they give them a night off from cooking and help them contribute to the school at the same time. The new site is designed to give you all the resources you need to successfully…
  • Take the Emphasis Off Your Group’s Meetings

    Tim Sullivan
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
        I’ve always thought PTO meetings are overrated. There’s way too much energy spent worrying about attendance and how to make them more attractive. Let’s face it — meetings are boring. And they always will be. They’ll never draw a large number of parents, and that’s OK. My advice? Don’t get too caught up in the idea that meetings are a major measure of your group’s success. Here’s my column called “Measuring Meetings” for more on that. I do think meetings still have value and create an opportunity for in-person…
  • Readers’ Choice Contest Underway: You Pick Parent Group To Win $500!

    Rose C
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Our PTO Today Readers’ Choice contest went live this morning, and we can’t wait to see which of the outstanding groups will win our $500 prize! The contenders are the eight category winners in our 2014 Parent Group of the Year search. You can read about our Parent Group of the Year winners, including Rosemont Ridge Middle School, which is our grand prize winner this year. Rosemont Ridge holds the distinction of being the only parent group to be a two-time winner of the Parent Group of the Year search—exactly 10 years after it first won! The group will receive our $3,000 top prize! But…
  • PTOs and PTAs Come Alive on Social Channels

    Rose C
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    If you still aren’t sure whether social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are catching on with parent groups, then take a look at what’s happening this back-to-school season! We are seeing great social activity with photos of open houses and first-day-of-school moments, event invitations, teacher gifts, and volunteer thank-yous. Using photos and images, PTOs and PTAs are better able to convey their personalities, showcase their achievements, and tell their community’s story. Case in point: To update families about its orientation and mini book fair, Durbin Creek Elementary…
  • 15 Years’ Worth of Great Ideas

    Tim Sullivan
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Back in June, we celebrated our 15th anniversary. Reaching that kind of milestone during the same time we were poring over our Parent Group of the Year entries really made us think about all the great work we’ve heard about over the years. And part of that great work includes lots of really cool ideas. We picked 15 that we really loved for our August cover story, 15 Ideas From 15 Years. As you’re gearing up for back to school (or even if you’re already back), take a look and see. You’re sure to find one you want to try, or that inspires you to come up with your own…
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    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

  • New Bloom's Taxonomy Poster for Teachers

    Med kharbach
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    August 29, 2014 Bloom's taxonomy is one of the most popular learning taxonomies ever. Since its release in the last half of the 20th century, it has been widely adopted within the education sector... more
  • A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative

    Med kharbach
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    August, 2014 Creativity, according to Albert Einstein, is intelligence having fun and for most neuro-cognitive scientists creativity is something that is inherently born with us and the proof is... more
  • New Poster on How to Cite Digital Images

    Med kharbach
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    August, 2014 Here is a great visual from Langwitches on how to properly cite images on your blog. If you are planning to start a classroom blog or website then this could be a great material to share... more
  • Some Useful Educational iPad Games for Your Students

    Med kharbach
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    August 28, 2014 A fun game can be a great way to deliver instruction, especially during a break from school. It can make education more engaging for even the most recalcitrant student. And sometimes... more
  • A Treasure Trove of Excellent Resources on Project Based Learning

    Med kharbach
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    August 28, 2014 Are you planning to integrate project based learning in your teaching pedagogy? Are you in need of some helpful resources to get you going? Here is an excellent resourceful page where... more
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    Difference Between

  • Difference Between Baby moving and Contractions

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    Introduction: The movement of the baby in the womb during pregnancy and the painless uterine contractions that occur during the course of pregnancy are quite difficult to differentiate between. These... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Ayurvedic medicine and herbal treatment

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    Introduction Herbal medicine or herbalism is the use of plants for achieving better health and restoring back one’s health to normalcy in case of disease. Plants are used for this purpose and this... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Dual federalism and Cooperative federalism

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Introduction: Federalism is a politico-administrative structure where multiple governments function and rule a given territory and a set of people. In a federal system the sovereignty of a country is... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Bolsheviks and Soviets

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Introduction: Bolsheviks literally meaning majority in Russian, was the dominant faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. The Bolsheviks, founded in 1905 by Vladimir Lenin, came to... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • The Differences Between an Air Purifier and Air Humidifier

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Clean air is healthy air. Keeping the air in your living space crisp and breathable can prove to be hugely beneficial in maintaining your sinus health, the health of your lungs, and supplements your... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    The BLCU Blog

  • 6 Reasons Why You Will Never Forget BLCU

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    This is a guest post by Prachi Preaches on her top 6 reasons why you will never forget the Beijing Language and Culture University. Photo by Instagram user mamorukun.1. WudaokuoOF COURSE! Right? Having lived in other parts of China and Beijing itself, I can safety pronounce my favourite place in China -- Wudaokuo <3 Can I ever forget Wu Club, Propaganda, Sensation, La Bamba, Helen's.... (the list goes on) The most perfect place to grow as a Chinese student, with people from all around the world, multiple international restaurants, Wudaokuo is only getting better.  2.
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Gloria Xu

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:07 am
    In this BLCU Q&A (2014), we speak with local Chinese student Gloria Xu who was deeply involved in the university's Student Senate. Be sure to also check out our previous question and answer sessions with BLCU students for more insights into life at the university.Please tell us your personal background (age, first language, nationality, previous education, etc.) and how you ended up studying at BLCU.I'm 24 now (turning 25 this August, but let's leave it as 24). I was born and raised in China. My first languages are Wu dialect (if you've never heard of it, Shanghainese is a branch of Wu),…
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Abu Abukar

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    30 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    In this BLCU Q&A, we talk with Abu Abukar, who studied Chinese at the Beijing Language And Culture University for two weeks.Remember to check out all our BLCU Q&As here. Lots of thanks to Abu for taking part, and contributing his experiences to the blog for the benefit of past and future students!Tell me about your two weeks intense Mandarin course at BLCU, and how useful you found it?The classes would normally begin from 9am and finish by 12:30pm. The beginning was difficult because pronunciation is the key and constant review is a must. It was a unique experience because I never…
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Jay Gonzalez

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Hello everyone and thanks for tuning in to this latest question and answer session about the Beijing Language and Culture University! This time we sit down and chat with former BLCU student from 10 years ago, Jay Gonzalez, who has very kindly agreed to answer all our questions for the benefit of the blog's readers.Jay first got in touch with us through our official Facebook page (be sure to join the 2,000+ member community there if you haven't already), where he said: "I took a 6 months, 20hr/week course in BLCU almost 10 years ago. Went when I was 18 years old. It is amazing how…
  • News: World's First Online Chinese Teacher Training Programme Launched By The Beijing Language And Culture University

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Here at The BLCU Blog we aim to bring you interesting and relevant news related to the Beijing Language and Culture University, so you don't have to go any further than this blog to know what headlines your favourite Chinese university is making in the global media.Earlier this month, on April 8, the Beijing Language and Culture University announced a new initiative with Academic Partnerships (AP) to "launch of the world's first online International Chinese Teacher Training Program (ICTP)," according to a report by PRNewswire. A new website,, has been set up to promote the…
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Symposium 'Le changement : un beau défi'

    Max Cooke
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Main image:  Symposium de l'ACE consacré à définir « comment » les systèmes d'éducation changent Jeudi 23 octobre 2014Hôtel One King West, Toronto INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI Date:  23 October 2014 Venue name:  One King West Hotel Location:  1 King St W. Toronto, ON Link to map:,+Toronto,+ON&hl=en&ll=43.650376,-79.37... Is this event open or closed?:  Open Registration link: Has event passed?:  no read more
  • The Challenge to Change Symposium

    Max Cooke
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Main image:  A CEA Symposium that gets to “the how” of education systems change Thursday, October 23, 2014One King West Hotel, Toronto REGISTER HERE Date:  23 October 2014 Venue name:  One King West Hotel Location:  1 King St W. Toronto, ON Link to map:,+Toronto,+ON&hl=en&ll=43.650376,-79.37... Is this event open or closed?:  Open Registration link: Has event passed?:  no read more
  • Réception-bénéfice 'Faire durer l'action innovante'

    Max Cooke
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Main image:  Réception-bénéfice pour appuyer les progrès de l'innovation dans les écoles canadiennesMercredi 22 octobre 2014, de 17 h 30 à 19 h 30  Date:  22 October 2014 Venue name:  BMO Financial Group Location:  68th floor 100 King St. West Toronto, ON Link to map:,+ON&hl=en&ll=43.648637,-... Is this event open or closed?:  Open Registration link: Has event passed?:  no read more
  • The 'Innovation that Sticks' Fundraising Reception

    Max Cooke
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Main image:  A fundraising reception to support scalable innovation in Canadian schoolsWednesday, October 22, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Date:  22 October 2014 Venue name:  BMO Financial Group Location:  68th floor 100 King St. West Toronto, ON Link to map:,+ON&hl=en&ll=43.648637,-... Is this event open or closed?:  Open Registration link: Has event passed?:  no read more
  • Concours de la rentrée pour les enseignants : Quelle forme prendrait la salle de classe de demain, selon vous et vos élèves?

    Stéphane Lachance
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    En réalisant une vidéo présentant une idée convaincante sur la façon de rendre l'école différente, les enseignants courent la chance de gagner un voyage à Toronto pour présenter cette idée à l'ACE. Release date:  14 August 2014 Avec l'arrivée imminente de l'année scolaire, nous savons que les enseignants veulent que leurs élèves participent à un apprentissage pertinent et enrichissant dès le départ. Et l'Association canadienne d'éducation (ACE) a lancé un concours pour réaliser ce désir : À vous la parole - Les salles de classe de…
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • 8 Apps to Simplify Your Life

    10 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Riding on the heels of National Simplify Your Life Week (we were so stressed, we missed it! Clearly we need this), we’ve got a whole week of posts dedicated to helping you do just that—simplify your life. Striking the perfect work/life balance can seem like an impossible task. We’ve covered apps to help you boost productivity and the Top 100 Tools for Learning; this time, I’m focusing on the apps to help you in your life outside of work. Whether it’s to-do’s, grocery shopping, financial management, or goal management, these apps have your back. Groceries Ziplist Price: Free (App…
  • Meet Content Specialist Max!

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    OpenSesame’s dedicated blog readers may find my face familiar. I am part of the content team at OpenSesame, actively building and maintaining our seller community on the marketplace. I joined OpenSesame two years ago in 2012, and I am continuously amazed by the amount of engagement and growth in the elearning space. Prior to joining the company, I received a bachelors in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in college, I held several part time jobs where I had to take elearning courses as part of my training. While I admit that taking sexual harassment training was not…
  • Fastest Growing Jobs in America: Interpreters and Translators
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Did you know there is a Starbucks at the base of the Great Wall of China? Even if you didn’t, it’s not hard to imagine. Not only is there a Starbucks in just about every country, various cultures are expanding and infiltrating foreign places in other ways. Exotic foods are readily available. Hop on a plane and you can get anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. Students around the globe are increasingly required to learn several foreign languages. We live in a globalized world. With so much cultural and linguistic mixing, it’s not hard to imagine that interpreters and translators…
  • Course of the Week Highlight: Simplify Your Life
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Life is a balancing act. Balancing work, a social life, eating right, working out, alone time, hobbies, and a multitude of other things you want to do can seem pretty close to impossible. There are give and takes you have to handle everyday. Sometimes work has to come before a social life and hobbies before working out. The key to finding a balance in all this mess is simplifying. What does it mean to simplify your life? Simplifying your life is cutting through stress by organizing your life and figuring out what is most important to you. Our featured courses this week help you organize,…
  • MOOCify Your eLearning Content

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    More than a fad, it appears MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are here to stay. In 2013, more than two hundred universities created 1,200 courses for ten million students across the globe. Hailed as a revolution in the education industry, MOOCs have provided an avenue for millions of students to explore everything from data science to behavioral economics and biotechnology. The opportunities and benefits provided by the MOOC model, however, aren’t solely limited to college pupils and institutions of higher education. The time is ripe for not only students, but also companies to take…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Quick Activities for Kids Learning Spanish

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It is Friday and time for the Friday Five! These activities are for kids learning Spanish, and they take little or no preparation. Kids will hear and speak Spanish as they play games, listen to a story or do a craft. So, add a little Spanish to your weekend or the week to come with these ideas for kids learning Spanish. Check out the rest of the Friday Five series! 1. Listen to and sing this song with school vocabulary from Rockalingua. There is a lyric sheet with drawings to reinforce the meaning of the words.  Kids learning Spanish at school will be familiar with much of this vocabulary.
  • Spanish Classroom Vocabulary Picture Search

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Kids love to search for things! This back-to-school picture search is an easy way for kids to practice Spanish classroom vocabulary. Use the link below to print the full page Spanish classroom vocabulary search. Spanish Classroom Vocabulary Classroom Picture Search – Full Page Printable There are different ways to use this Spanish classroom vocabulary picture search. Try these activities: With young Spanish learners, look for the items together and count as you find them. Be sure to use the Spanish classroom vocabulary words as you look and count. This is a good activity for modeling…
  • Multicultural Books: Read Around the World

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am sharing Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra as a part of the Read Around the World Summer Reading Series. The series is sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. It is an opportunity to discover wonderful children’s literature and share our favorite multicultural books with other parents and teachers. Earlier this summer I shared Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina as a part of the same series. Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra, like the other stories from Libros Arellano, was written by Marianne Arellano Pazos, a bilingual second generation…
  • How to Find Children’s Books in Spanish in One Easy Step

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Finding quality children’s books in Spanish is a challenge. Searching online stores can be frustrating because often the books are out of stock, very expensive or translations of English stories. Over the years, I have found that the easiest way to find Spanish language books is to search online stores by publisher. Major Spanish-language publishers have titles available on web sites like Amazon, Better World Books and Barnes & Noble. These publishers are a reliable source of quality books in Spanish. Many of the books will be Spanish language originals, although these publishers…
  • Spanish Activities for Elementary Students: The Friday Five

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    It’s Friday and time for the Friday Five! These five Spanish activities for elementary students will help you speak the language with kids. The activities be done in a short time during a busy weekend, or you can expand on the content and develop them into complete lessons. These Spanish activities for elementary students take little or no preparation. The Friday Five engage kids with Spanish in different ways, and are not much work for parents and teachers. Choose an activity you think will appeal to your child or students. Check out the Friday Five tag for other easy Spanish activities…
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    Discover Share Inspire

  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
  • Snorkeling Tortuga Island – Montezuma Costa Rica

    Rachel Denning
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It’s raining?! Rain, in the morning? That’s strange. It is rainy season on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the thunderstorms are incredible. But they’re usually in the evenings or at night, shaking the house, lighting up the sky and waking us up with their intensity. Rain in the morning doesn’t bother me… except that we’re doing something today that I’ve really been looking forward to. It will stop. Right?? Click Here to Follow our Alaska to Argentina Adventures! Get Answers to 101 FAQs About Our Crazy, Nomadic Life!   It doesn’t stop, and we…
  • FFF #9: What you should be doing INSTEAD of Facebook and TV

    Rachel Denning
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    ***See the all the tips from the Fantastic Family Series here.*** So you want to know what you should be doing every night INSTEAD of TV and Facebook? Great! Watch the video. “But Rachel, aren’t you going to write out a nice long post telling us what you said in the video?” Nope. You know why? Because I’m busy. Really, that’s all it is. I have six kids. I have a four month old that wakes me up 2-3 times a night. My husband and I educate our children at home. We spend all day together. PLUS I design websites and have clients who having me editing ebooks,…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • 15 Reasons I Love to Teach

    Catlin Tucker
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I teach because I love to learn. I teach because it challenges me to grow. I teach because I had great teachers who inspired me. I teach because every day is different. I teach because our students can make a difference. I teach because it allows me to be creative every day. I teach because I can model what it looks like to fail, not freak out and try again. I teach because I want an excuse to read stories and talk about them. I teach because high school students are hilarious. I teach because technology is creating exciting new ways to communicate, collaborate and create. I teach…
  • Back to School To-Do List #2: Plan Epic Icebreakers

    Catlin Tucker
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I feel for my students on the first day of school. It’s an overwhelming experience for my 9th grade students who are navigating a new campus and acclimating to new classes and classmates. I like to plan fun icebreakers to help them get past their fear (most are terrified) and get to know their peers! Here are three of my favorite first day icebreakers #1 Personality quiz  Instead of calling roll, I ask students to put their new schedules in the corner of their desks. Then I provide them with two part personality quiz to complete as I walk around silently taking roll. This efficient…
  • Back to School To-Do List #1: Sign up for Remind

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

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

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

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Today Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She challenged: President John Meehan, Campion College President Bryan Hillis, Luther College President Mark Dockstator, First Nations University of Canada President Devon Peters, University of Regina Students’ Union You can help create a world without ALS by donating here: http://www.ALS.CA/ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE
  • Give up on girl engineers

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Submitted by: Dena McMartin Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering At a recent convention of the British Education Studies Association, psychologist Dr. Gijsberg Stoet suggested that we (society at large) should give up on encouraging girls to become engineers. She states that efforts thus far have been futile and fly in the face of gendered preferences and abilities. Well, Dr. Stoet, allow me to refute your claims of futility and unhappiness. In my most generous of thinking, I can only presume that Dr. Stoet has made these statements in…
  • Make a difference this summer

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

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

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

  • Soham starts college, new ambigram,

    Punya Mishra
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We dropped off my eldest at the University of Michigan today. He begins the next stage of his life. We couldn’t be more excited. Here is a new ambigram design to mark this occasion. Soham whichever way you look at it, with UMich colors! Enjoy.
  • Art is a lie… that tells the truth

    Punya Mishra
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Picasso famously said, “Art is a lie that tells the truth.” This design below is my attempt to represent this quote – at least the first part of the quote. Move your mouse over the image to see a change… You can see the combined image below Of course, as most things go, it is not clear whether Picasso ever actually said these specific words. But again, this may be a lie that tells the truth! (For more on what he may actually have said go here.)
  • Why math ed sucks (not just in India)

    Punya Mishra
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    My friend Hartosh Bal (author of A Certain Ambiguity, a mathematical novel) has a piece in Caravan Magazine titled “Why Fields medalists are unlikely to emerge from the Indian educational system.” He mentions the fact that of the three winners of the Field’s medal (the highest accolade in mathematics) are Brazilian, Iranian and Canadian respectively. The Canadian, Manjul Bhargava, however is of Indian origin and, it appears that the Indian media have “rushed to claim him as India’s own.” As the title of his article suggests, Hartosh uses the fact that…
  • Here we go again, the recurring cycle of hype and despair around ed tech

    Punya Mishra
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana (1905, p. 284) The Atlantic has an article titled “Why tech still hasn’t solved education’s problems” focusing on the failed promise of MOOCs and asks the question Why has the promised boom in educational technology failed to appear—and why was the technology that did appear not very good?  And my response to that question is … here we go again!!! The history of ed tech is littered with stories of how the advent of a new technology (and its potential for learning) leads to…
  • Vijay Iyer, polymath & a fantastic example of trans-disciplinary creativity

    Punya Mishra
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Vijay Iyer,  ( is an Indian-American jazz pianist and composer. He is a MacArthur Genius grant winner and is currently Franklin and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University and is widely regarded as being one of the most innovative composers and musicians today. His music transcends national boundaries through creatively bringing together traditional jazz, Indian classical fusion, and various other musical styles. Mr. Iyer is a true polymath whose career has spanned mathematics, science, the humanities and the arts. According to his Wikipedia…
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    Education News » Daily


    External Resource
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    “Why Texas’ STAAR Math Tests in 5th and 8th May Have Been Suspended This Year” by Donna Garner 8.30.14   With the help of an experienced Texas math teacher, now we understand why Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams may have decided to suspend for this present school year (2014-15) the requirement that students in Grades 5 and 8 must pass the STAAR Math test to be promoted to the next grade level. For this school year only, promotion for students in Grade 5 and 8 will be decided based upon other academic information outside the STAAR test results.   Grade 5 and 8…

    Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    8.29.14 – PODCAST:  Please listen to this podcast as Dr. Jim Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford Universityexplains how dire the fuzzy math in Common Core will be for the future of our nation. If this does not motivate every American to fight Common Core Math, then there is no hope for our nation: LINK TO PODCAST — Dr. Milgram was one of the education experts who spoke during the Twitter Rally on Friday, 8.29.14 — All of our kids #DeserveBetterThan the…

    Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    “What Parents Should Want for Their Children” by Donna Garner 8.30.14 Below is a suggested document for parents to take to their child’s teachers to make the parents’ expectations clear to the teachers: I want my child’s papers to be evaluated for correct grammar, usage, spelling, and content. I want my child to read from hardcover textbooks so that he can comprehend deeply rather than scanning as is so often the case with digitized materials.  I want him to read the great literary, historical, and scientific pieces that have connected generations of Americans for centuries. I want…
  • Leeds — 4. Child-Friendly Cities is the goal; Restoration is the “how.”

    Julia Steiny Columnist
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Julia Steiny This is Part 4 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City. (Part 1Part 2Part 3 In 2010, Leeds, the 3rd largest city in England, filched Nigel Richardson from his post as Director of Children’s Services in nearby Hull. He’d led the charge to make Hull the world’s first “Restorative City.” Using restorative practices across Hull’s agencies, both public and private, yielded stunning results after only 5 years. For example, costs for the youth justice system came down by 3.5 million pounds (roughly $5.8 million) and school…
  • Texas A&M forced labour on Qatar campus

    External Resource
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    An MP has written to University College London (UCL) urging it to “stamp out unacceptable employment practices” at its campus in Qatar, where there is evidence of forced labour and poor treatment of migrant workers. Alison McGovern, shadow minister for international development, is the latest voice to put pressure on the university to improve the conditions of migrant workers on its Qatar campus. This follows evidence collected by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which represents workers’ rights around the world, that migrant workers were being paid…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • A Message from Arne that Gets the Tone Right

    Cheryl S. Williams
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    A week ago, U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, issued a Back to School message in his Department of Education blog, Homeroom, that made news because it announced that states will have the opportunity to request a delay in when test results matter for teacher evaluation in their compliance efforts with No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Certainly, this was a welcome announcement, and the Learning First Alliance (LFA) issued a statement later that same day in support of the Secretary’s announced flexibility. However, the aspect of the announcement that was most heartening to me wasn’t the…
  • Make the Start of This School Year Really Count

    National School Public Relations Association
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By Nora Carr, APR, President of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and Chief of Staff for Guilford County Schools (NC) Like sports teams, school districts have seasons. If high school graduation represents our Super Bowl, then August is our pre-season, and the first day of school is our season opener. Make it count. For public schools, this is an annual gift. Unlike other businesses, we get to hit the reset button once a year. Every new school year represents a fresh start. Kids are excited. Parents are even more excited. Retail businesses are primed with special sales.
  • Common Core: Headache or Brain Tumor?

    The American Federation of Teachers
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    By Amber Chandler, American Federation of Teachers member and 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher at Frontier Middle School in Hamburg, NY Religion. Politics. Sexual Orientation. Breastfeeding. Abortion. Homeschooling. Salary. Buy or lease. Immigration. Organic.  In no particular order, these are some of the topics of conversation that I generally avoid talking about with complete strangers or getting in to verbal duels on Facebook about.  Sure, if you are in my inner circle, you might know how I truly feel about these issues.  That is not to say that I don’t have…
  • School Counselors and the Common Core: A Conversation with ASCA's Eric Sparks

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    When we discuss the implementation of new college- and career-ready standards, such as the Common Core, we talk a lot about how teachers can adapt their practice to best help students achieve. And we talk a bit about the important role that principals, superintendents and parents will play in the process. One stakeholder is rarely mentioned: The school counselor. Yet the adoption of new standards directly impacts their daily work, their pre-service training and their professional learning. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is in the process of updating their Mindsets and…
  • Be Healthy for Back to School

    NEA Health Information Network
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Jim Bender, Executive Director, NEA Health Information Network Back-to-school is always exhilarating. The new classes, teachers, and students always promise new adventures. We at NEA HIN want all those adventures to be healthy ones. That’s why we have new information on three of the issues that most affect students—allergies, hunger, and nutrition.  Take a moment to find out how to help students stay healthy and become the best learners they can be. Fighting allergies and anaphylaxis It’s critical that ALL school employees, including teachers and education support professionals,…
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in September 2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Apply for College Scholarships We know you’ve got a lot on your plate with classes back in session already (or soon, if you’re not back in school yet). But don’t let this month’s college scholarship application deadlines pass you by. There are scholarships ranging from $500 up to $100,00 on the line. Here are six college scholarships with deadlines in September 2014: DirectTV Scholarship: To enter this scholarship competition, write an essay on how technology (TV or the Internet) has helped you explore the world. Top prize is $2,000. It’s open to high school seniors (who enroll in…
  • How to Be a Great College Roomie

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    How to Be a Great Roomie Going to college means you get to experience freedom (no parents!), fun and, of course, living with a roommate. If you’re like most students and get your first roommate by the luck of the draw, it’s possible you could end up with many stories to tell. You may have good stories like how you remarkably have all the same interests or how your roommate got you food from the dining center when you were sick. Or bad stories like he never washes his clothes (which are in one large, smelly pile in the middle of the floor), he uses your iPad without permission or she locks…
  • Confessions from a College Scholarship Winner

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Kristina Ellis earned more than $500,000 in college scholarships to pay for college. The scholarships covered her college bills from her undergraduate degree program all the way to her doctoral degree. Last year, she wrote a book, Confessions from a Scholarship Winner. She was featured on several talk shows. Here’s a YouTube clip from a TV interview with Kristina, where she shares tips for how to get scholarships, finding your “story” to use in scholarship application essays and more: Get additional tips from My College Guide on finding college scholarships. Who We Are: Information you…
  • What Students Should Know About Credit Cards

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    What Students Should Know About Credit Cards When you go to college, chances are you’ll get bombarded with credit card offers. Many times, sign up tables will be set up on college campuses offering you a free T-shirt or free meal just for signing up. When budgets are tight (and the tuition bill comes due, plus a new version of your favorite video game is being released) it’s easy to think of credit cards as the answer to your money woes. In fact, a 2013 study by Fidelity Investments found that the average college student graduates with $3,000 in credit card debt. The decisions you make…
  • 5 Resources to Help You Understand College Student Loans

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    College Student Loan Resources Do terms like subsidized, unsubsidized, FAFSA, EFC, annual percentage rate, capitalization, consolidation and forbearance make your head spin? Well, you’re not alone. As you prepare for college, it’s a good idea to become acquainted with these important student loan terms and resources for student loans. To help you understand more about college student loans (what they are, how to get them, how you pay them back and more), we’ve rounded up a list of five excellent resources for you to check out. FederalStudentAid The FederalStudentAid website is a good…
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  • My Top Learning Tools for 2014

    Dennis Callahan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    It’s that time of year again! Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools. I enjoy sharing my tools and seeing what other tools people find most useful to them.  If you haven’t contributed, there’s still time. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Twitter - my social stream YouTube - great tool for visual and hands on learning WordPress - the blogging software for my learnstreaming blog Google – my primary search and another drive Audible -where I listen to many books Kindle app -where I do most of my reading LinkedIn – my business social stream and…
  • Search Isn’t the Answer for Everything

    Dennis Callahan
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
  • Learning is Connecting

    Dennis Callahan
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
  • Learning Mindset

    Dennis Callahan
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
  • What if we train them

    Dennis Callahan
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
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  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Can iterative learning help you through law school? If this were an iterative blog, I would write that same sentence again. Above The Law ‘Practice-ready’ matters to young lawyers as much as law firms. Wall Street Journal Will American University sue drop outs who were on scholarship? Lawyers, Guns & Money Anna Ivey’s 15 law school recommendation tips. I’ll add #16: Feeling cranky? Eat a snack… wait, that’s a pre-school tip. Ivey Files Miley Cyrus and Beyonce as Shakespearean sonnets. If truly you did wish to win my hand, you should have graced it with…
  • Tackling Overstuffed LSAT Logic Games (and Figuring Out Uber)

    Robert Seaney
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    Our review of Logic Games continues today with an investigation into the thrilling world of Grouping Games. Specifically, Grouping Games of the overbooked variety. Remember last weekend? When you and your buddies were trying to get home from the bars at 2 AM? You called an Uber, but in your drunken stupor you neglected to select the Uber XL. So up rolls a Prius — you could swear it’s even smaller than usual — and of course you’re left with four seats for the six of you to squeeze into. The game is overbooked. We could leave some homies curbside, but we’re feeling kind-hearted. So…
  • 3 Ways To Make Your Law School Application Stand Out

    Contributing Writer
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Today’s post comes to us from Ann Levine, a law school admissions consultant and the founder of She is the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert. Every outstanding law school application package has a common quality: extreme thoughtfulness. Nothing is submitted haphazardly – everything has a purpose, and everything adds something new to the law school admission committee’s understanding of your experiences and perspective. Here are three places where you can concentrate your efforts: 1. The law school personal statement is your best…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Is it time to stop telling people “don’t go to law school?” Lawyerist A helpful guide to law school scholarship opportunities for minorities. Get get get get get get that paper. Ms. JD The managing partner of a major law firm embezzled $30 million. Well, that’s one way to get get get get get get that paper, I suppose. Above The Law An appeals court overturned 16 Amish beard cutting criminal convictions. More impressive, the court overturned them all without a single volt of electricity. NPR Unpopular Police Officer Thinking About Committing Racially Motivated Offense…
  • Maximizing the Last Month of LSAT Preparation

    Philip Mayer
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    It’s the final countdown (until the September LSAT). With just one month of study time remaining as of today, now is a great time for students to take stock of their progress and evaluate the best ways to proceed with their studies. Where You Should Be When I took the LSAT, I carefully kept up with my Blueprint course and saw some improvements fairly early on, but I was never sure if I was improving quickly enough. In retrospect, here’s what I would’ve told myself one month out from the exam to calm my nerves: First off, don’t worry too much about performances on practice tests. You…
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    Extension on the Go

  • GPS Technology Helps Small Town Fire and Rescue Services

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Frank Wideman, natural resource engineer for MU Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications) Many small towns rely on volunteer firefighters to protect and serve their community. But there’s problem. Volunteers may not know where all the fire hydrants are. Fredricktown, Missouri, found a way to correct that problem. They gave local Fredricktown Boy Scouts a project: Collect GPS coordinates on the 300 fire hydrants in town.       John Clark, Fredricktown Fire Chief, driving the fire engine. (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications) Bill Starkey,…
  • From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Garden Journal available from University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis) University of Missouri Extension offers a useful tool to help both new and experience gardeners create and maintain beautiful and productive gardens. The Garden Journal will help you keep track of everything in your garden. It explains hardiness zones, soil tests, monthly garden tips and tips for controlling pests and diseases.     Order: From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar Sharron Unterreiner, a Master Gardener in Perry County Missouri (Photo by Kent Faddis) From left to…
  • Diagnosing poor plant health

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Many things can attack a plant causing it to decline (Photo by Jon Lamb – University of Missouri Extension Communications) Indiscriminately spreading chemicals for ailing plants is a bad idea. Many things can cause problems for plants: insects, viruses, bacteria, fungi and even poor nutrition. You need to know what’s wrong before you can choose the correct treatment. For people in the Midwest, the University of Missouri’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic is a good place to get your plant problems diagnosed.         MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic Patti Wallace,…
  • Sweater weather in July

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program) If you thought July in Missouri was a bit on the cool side, you’re right. Shots of cool air from Canada brought the Show-Me State below normal temperatures for the month.       Missouri Climate Center
  • Beautiful bulbs – Heralds of spring need care and feeding

    10 May 2014 | 12:53 pm
    “She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: “Winter is dead.” ~ A.A. Milne from “When We Were Very Young” Nothing signals the end of winter like bright daffodils and colorful tulips. Spring flowering bulbs are easy to grow and always rewarding. To enjoy their early spring show you must plant these bulbs in the fall and care for them after they bloom. Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has some dos and don’ts for keeping daffodils, tulips and hyacinths happy…
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  • Disaster Recovery Plan – To Have Something to Fall Back On When Hackers Strike

    Guest Blogger
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    You are trying to log in to your WordPress site and then a message pops up on your screen; “Danger, Malware ahead”, your screen goes white and your entire site has been filled up with errorful messages. Now, what would you do? Have you ever wondered how would you deal with it? You might break into cold sweat, press your panic buttons and find yourself scrambling  hard to get your WordPress site back up and running. Being an owner of a WordPress site, taking preventive measures and improving your site is recommended, but it’s equally recommended that you are prepared against hackers…
  • Page-Less Websites Are Beneficial For Users and Website Owners

    Guest Blogger
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Page-less websites are one of the fastest growing trends in the web designing domain. This term is previously being thrown around a lot in the circles of web design; however, a majority of the end-users have yet to hear about it. Page-less web designing is a design concept that modifies the outmoded concepts of structure and layout. Perfect sense is made by page-less websites, unlike books, websites are not incorporated between covers, nor are they restricted to ink and paper, flat and frozen and silent. There are many top leading web design firms across the globe and according to them,…
  • Content Marketing The Great Equalizer

    Guest Blogger
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Content is the great equalizer. Harvard University has published its alumni magazine since 1898. Today, the majority of universities publish alumni magazines. It is content marketing at its best. They share stories of students, faculty members, career paths, etc. The content creates the story around the school. It gives lesser known schools a chance to make a name for themselves. Yes, it is possible. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible. There is no 100 percent sure formula, but you can increase your chance for success if you follow some key guidelines. Be Unforgettable It’s tough to get…
  • Maxing Out Online Marketing for Higher Education

    Guest Blogger
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Jade Benny is a strong educational advocate. She loves to encourage other people to add more skills in their resume through training where she does this by sharing information at Inspire Educationand in blogs such as this one. In this article, she will be talking about how online marketing can be used by educational providers. Get the word out about education and expect to have students lining up for enrollment! Well, this is easier said than done. The things is, your school is not the only provider around. There are many educational institutions now offering desirable packages that may be…
  • Higher Education and the Sales Funnel

    Guest Blogger
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    When you think about it, marketing in the higher education space is really a hybrid of Business to Business (B2B) (Business to Business) and Business to Consumer/Community (B2C) marketing. Clearly, a prospective student is not a business. So of course, it’s B2C, you might say. In addition, choosing a college certainly has an emotional component to it, which is more prevalent in B2C marketing. However, the sales cycle is much longer than it is for consumer products and there are often multiple stakeholders involved (not just the prospective student, but also family and friends), both of…
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    FACS Alive: Today's Family & Consumer Science News

  • Pennsylvania produces a video on becoming a FCS teacher

    LZX Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    OK we just love this video promoting Family & Consumer Science. It was created by Carol Werhan – and check out the offer she makes to other states… I am willing to edit the video for any state that would like one. I just need a photo for the next to the last slide which shows where to seek out FCS Ed programs in their state.
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Creating confident students again in Texas

    LZX Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 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”! For two years the FCS lab was turned over to different classes. I taught Principles of Human Services in a regular classroom using small appliances when I did demonstrations. NEXT YEAR I am back in the FCS lab! Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness is back on the…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Personal hygiene and food safety

    LZX Team
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 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”! The HS where I teach is very much a college prep school and academic classes are the focal point. However, even with ‘core content’ classes and AP classes being at the forefront, my program is thriving more than ever. There is a waiting list to get…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: There’s an app for that!

    LZX Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Practical Life Skills = Helping Kids Become Successful Adults = FACS I am a former middle school FACS teacher (over 10 years) and now am co-founder of an app company Real Experiences at Life (RE@L). Our target market is tweens and our focus is practical life…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Rebranding idea from Alaska

    LZX Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! After cruising Alaska last week and meeting so many teachers and others – I realized that people value the old term Home Economics – maybe we need to respin the title? -Carroll Newcomb
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  • 5 years of the ‘Snark!

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Crazy. We’ve been doing this for five years now. The first post went up on the EssaySnark blahg on August 30, 2009: Funny thing is, five years ago, the end of August was just the beginning of the craziness – the first deadlines were still a month out. My, times have changed. To celebrate this 5-year milestone, we are doing something ridiculous: Get $50 off any Full-Set Essay Decimator service (including the One-Essay-App or HBS Essay versions), or the Complete Essay Package or 4-School Set. You must click through the link on this post to activate the discount for that product.
  • ($) essay critique: Darden “courageous professional decision”

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    We’ve managed to start a trend of posting essay reviews on Saturdays – see the “Why Duke?” essay from two weeks ago and last week was Kellogg’s “Resilience. Grit.” essay. We’re working through this backlog of submitted free essay review requests by posting another today, which is the Darden essay about being brave at work… 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.
  • ($) You remember that Indiana Jones movie?

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    Have you ever seen that Indiana Jones movie when he comes to the edge of a cliff and there’s this huge chasm, but no bridge, and he has to take a leap of faith? If you have seen this movie (Last Crusade) then you totally know what we’re talking about and you probably could even… 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.
  • ($) “Most significant accomplishment” a la Haas essay 2 and others

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    Here’s some quick advice that came up for us when reviewing a set of Haas essays submitted by a Brave Supplicant recently. Berkeley essay 2 asks for your “most significant professional accomplishment” and other schools ask about similar stuff. Kellogg and Ross and Yale all have questions that go along these lines. This means there… 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.
  • Beware the kitchen-sink strategy.

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    A better way to put it: A kitchen-sink strategy is not a strategy. Your goal in applying to business school should not be to dig up every little detail and aspect of your life, academic and professional and extracurricular, over the past ten years and cram it in somewhere in the application – or cover it all in your HBS essay. You’ll end up with a Frankenstein monster if you do that. Or you’ll look like this guy: Is he armed and ready for the most amazing Labor Day party that’s ever been? Or is he preparing to go live under a bridge? No matter what, we see that guy on…
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    Miguel Ángel Escotet » Scholarly Blog

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

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:26 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 Jun 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 May 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 Mar 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…
  • Purpose of Cross-Cultural Research in Psychology

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:10 am
    The main purpose of cross-cultural research in psychology and education is the elaboration of general and specific objectives to the cultures involved without distorting an articulate common goal. Generalizations, very common in social disciplines, must be supported empirically to satisfy the external validity of the conclusion. The advantage of the cross-cultural approach as compared with the single cultural research approach is that the possibilities for misinterpretation are less with the former. An intensive study of a single nation or culture provides rich insight into the society or…
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • Will guessing move you forward, or throw your hard work out the window?

    Rebecca Zook
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Have you ever been working with your kid on a math problem and they just throw a number at you out of nowhere? When this happens to me, I usually ask diplomatically, “Is that a guess?” or make the observation, “That sounds like a guess,” with a little smile. The thing is, guessing is a super powerful problem solving technique – but most kids don’t realize that there are different kinds of guessing, and that certain kinds of guessing can move them forward confidently, while others can throw all of their hard work out the window. Let’s break it down. 1. The first, and least…
  • Are you tired of watching your kid give up on math?

    Rebecca Zook
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What do you do when you see a problem full of weird things you’ve never seen before? Or a super-long problem? Or just a problem that combines things you’ve learned in a way you’ve never encountered? What MOST people do is look at the problem, and as soon as they register it as “unfamiliar,” they give up. They think, “I don’t know how to do EVERYTHING in this problem, so I must not know how to do it AT ALL.” Like, “If I don’t know everything, I don’t know anything.” But my students and I have encountered a fascinating phenomenon. Hidden inside most “seemingly…
  • Do you wish your kid could feel like Albert Einstein?

    Rebecca Zook
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My student who loves to sing and dance about math boldly announced to me during our tutoring session, “I feel like Albert Einstein!” Ok, so let’s back up for a second. How did this happen? When she told me she felt like Albert Einstein, I told her, “I think this is really important. Let’s look at this together for a minute.” What was the process that led to this lightbulb moment? Here’s the breakdown. We were working on a problem that combined multiple circles shapes to make a complicated-looking shape that LOOKED super scary and weird – but was actually just a bunch of…
  • Does having a math tutor make you a “loser”?

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

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

  • Exclusive Podcast Interview with the Hon. Minister Reza Moridi

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Reza Moridi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as MPP for Richmond Hill. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Moridi currently serves as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, as well as Minister of Research and Innovation.
  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    The ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, billed as North America’s largest EdTech conference, was one of the best in recent years. Perhaps in part due to the strengthening U.S. economy, the excitement and engagement level were extremely high amongst education leaders I spoke with. Kudos to Canada for being the best represented foreign country with over 300 education leaders and some 20 plus companies, including a number of startups. Virtually every province was represented. I always enjoy meeting new people as in Dr. Dan Yang,  based in Ottawa, Ontario who is the innovator behind…
  • Five Simple Reminders About Professional Development

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
              By Tim Gard, TDSB Educator & MSL Report Contributing Writer The old model of Professional Development (PD) that expects serious teacher development is dead. Gone. Finito! That model where everyone crowds into a room and listens to someone drone on for an hour and then deliver some hand-outs that you’ll never look at or use in your lifetime simply doesn’t work, or at least it doesn’t work very well. To make matters worse people who incorporate multi-media into this same type of presentation think that this will have an even more powerful impact and…
  • Exclusive Interview with EMMY Award Winner LeVar Burton, Co-Founder of Reading Rainbow

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
  • Exclusive Interview with Kevin Custer on the Revolutionary Humanoid Robots Designed for Children with Autism at ISTE 2014

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
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    EdtechvoiceEd Tech Blog

  • How to Create Quick Links For Google Groups

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Do you work somewhere that requires you to use Google Groups or Gmail (or any other Google product!) everyday? If you are tired of having to login the long way everymorning we have a video below to show you how to speed up the process. If you like this video, please take a minute to subscribe to get any other updates on Google Apps and/or other tech tools that are used in school.
  • How Do We Organize Ourselves to be Efficient, Organized and Relevant in a 21st century Classroom?

    28 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Being a teacher today may seem a lot more complicated than it did, just a few short years ago.   Delivering curriculum requires that teachers be expert in their subject matter and in digital tools.   Below is a detailed explanation showing teachers how to create dropboxes in their Google Drive.  No more confusing student emails, but simple click and check automation for teachers.     In this slide show, it is important for teachers to upload all their digital files in their Google Drive.   Once they are there it is a simple "share" away from students…
  • Using Ipads in the Classroom 2014

    26 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the following post I will discuss some simple strategies you can use to better roll out Ipads in your classroom.    This guide is a brief introduction and users are encourage to explore to get the most out of their devices.   Essentials to know when you are rolling out Ipads in the Classroom Setup your Ipad with Google Drive.    This is a great way to backup any student content to project it.  Setup YouTube on Your Ipad    
  • How to Access Apps For Students From Any Desktop 2014

    12 Feb 2014 | 7:43 am
    As a teacher, cloud based tools like Google docs and Google drive have taught us the importance of having reliable tools that students can access from any device.    One solution which can be a great help to teachers who want to do more than wordprocessing, spreadsheets and Presentations is the chrome webstore.   The chromewebstore allows you to access many tools that previoulsy you would have had to license and pay for before you could use them.   Many apps in the chrome webstore can be used for a variety of purposes.   The first step is to install your browser and…
  • Google Forms 2014

    5 Feb 2014 | 7:47 am
    Google forms is a very powerful tool in the classroom.   It can be used in many different ways.  I have used it as an exit ticket tool, in other words, students are to indicate what they learnt on a given day and this must be done before they leave class.  Another excellent way to use google forms are as a test.   Using the script flubaroo, this allows you to self grade your tests.  This is an excellent and fast way to grade your assignments.     As well, I often use Google Forms as a survey tool for my classes.   When you begin a class and you want to…
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • SRecoder for High Quality Video

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Today I came across SRecorder free software that records your PC desktop at a high audio and video quality. The entire instructions for downloading and installing the software can be accessed by visiting the URL I have not explored the software yet, but those interested can explore by visiting the above link.
  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    'CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. This September, these organizations will be hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves'. The summit is on Sept. 6-7, 2014.  9 am - 6 pm GMT-7 and the registration is open now. For more details visit 'CUE Learning Revolution Online…
  • Customized Learning

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    I have tried to explain visually, how one can provide a customized learning environment to learners based on their interest, cognitive skills, learning style and learning mode. I’ve suggested that if the assessments from various modes of learning such as F2F, eLearning, mLearning and informal are thoroughly analyzed, the analysis will pave way for customized learning that will try to bring the best out of the learner as content will be offered to the learner in the way most preferred by him / her. Here I have suggested that the knowledge from informal learning be analyzed by integrating it…
  • Quest-Based Learning Virtual UnConference

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

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    I’ve been curating interesting articles related to Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing on Scoop.It You can visit the following links to get a glimpse of what I had added on above mentioned topics. Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • Five Super Tips for Getting the Most from Your Supervisor

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Mathematics formulas in a PhD thesis (Wikipedia)by Thomas Bray, Warwick University Postgraduate Study: supervisor is a key ally in your research, so a good relationship with them will help. Here’s some advice on ensuring that the partnership works for you. Okay, so you’ve finally met your supervisor, had some frank discussions and begun an effective working relationship; good for you, you’ve overcome a major postgraduate hurdle.But maybe you’re wishing for a little something more? Perhaps you feel that your…
  • Becoming a Mentor

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Mentoring a Demography trainee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Julie Gould, Nature Jobs: Dominika Bijos, one of the London Naturejobs Career Expo journalism competition runners-up.Dominika Bijos loves communicating biomedical research. After earning her BSc in Italy and MSc in the UK, she worked in research labs across Europe. From DNA in the cell nucleus she moved her research interests to the smooth muscle in the bladder. She is now writing up her PhD thesis at the University of Bristol, UK,…
  • Finishing Your PhD Thesis: 15 Top Tips From Those in the Know

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Photograph: David Leveneby The Guardian: PhD students are now in the final throes of writing their thesis. Turning years of research into a single, coherent piece of work can be tough, so we asked for tips from supervisors and recent PhD graduates. We were inundated with tweets and emails and @AcademiaObscura helpfully created a Storify of the tweets. Below is a selection of the best tips. 1) Make sure you meet the PhD requirements for your institution“PhD students…
  • GTAs at University of Leeds Target V-C in Row Over Unpaid Work

    Dr Robert Muller
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Source: University of LeedsSir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leedsby Holly Else, Times Higher Education: group of postgraduate research students who teach have bombarded their vice-chancellor with emails to highlight what they term their “appalling treatment”.Campaigners from the University of Leeds say that more than 80 postgraduates emailed Sir Alan Langlands to warn of impending action “against their poor treatment”, which includes…
  • A Shocking Statistic About the Quality of Education Research

    Dr Robert Muller
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post: In 1968, an article in Kappan magazine titled “The Need for Replication in Education Research” by education Professor Robert H. Bauernfeind said: The principle of replication is the cornerstone of scientific inquiry. This principle holds that under similar conditions, one should obtain similar results. Replication has long been an essential aspect of research in the natural sciences, where science findings are not published…
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  • How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning

    Kate Wilson
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    True Project Based Learning (PBL) challenges students to acquire deeper knowledge of a concept by establishing connections outside their classroom. According to the research on PBL, the main tenets are to create real world connections, develop critical thinking skills, foster structured collaboration, motivate student driven work, and enable a multifaceted approach. Similarly, coding applies all […]The post How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning appeared first on Edudemic.
  • What Are The Biggest Online Learning Trends And Challenges?

    Katie Lepi
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Online learning takes many forms these days. From all-online degree programs to taking one class online as part of a more traditional, in person degree program, to blended and flipped classrooms, more and more teachers and students have some type of online component to their teaching and learning.  Since learning online can take many different forms, […]The post What Are The Biggest Online Learning Trends And Challenges? appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 8 Important Questions About Technology and Learning

    Jeff Dunn
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    There are so many different challenges that technology integration in the classroom presents teachers. From budgets to hesitant parents to broken devices and totally re-vamping your lesson plans and constantly tweaking with lots of trial and error. It can be fun, hugely rewarding, and a big giant headache, too. But just because it can be […]The post 8 Important Questions About Technology and Learning appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Seriously. How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

    Katie Lepi
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    As most teachers are heading back to the classroom for the start of another school year, many are bemoaning the loss of something they’ve grown accustomed to over the summer: more sleep. How much does sleep really matter though? We know that more sleep is good for your brain, and most of us know first […]The post Seriously. How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? appeared first on Edudemic.
  • How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging […]The post How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, Aug. 30-Sept. 1

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Saturday, August 30 Musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” – Bring your blankets, seat cushions, a flashlight and insect repellent for the performance at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville. 7:30 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday. Snack bar.  Admission $15. Plowing Match at the Howell Living History Farm – Annual Plowing Match. Watch […]
  • Princeton Community Television Special on Life After Hurricane Sandy Airs This Weekend

    Krystal Knapp
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Princeton Community Television has produced a special broadcast featuring former NJN news anchor Jim Hooker that takes an in-depth look at Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The special, “Life After Sandy,” is hosted by Hooker and produced by 14-time Emmy award winner Janice Selinger. It will be aired on Princeton Community TV throughout Labor Day, Monday […]
  • Two Women Arrested for Prostitution in Lawrence, $8,300 Seized

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Two women who worked at a spa in Lawrence have been charged with engaging in prostitution, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced today. The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a month-long undercover investigation last week with the execution of search warrants at the JJ Massage Therapy & Spa located at 3231 Brunswick Pike. During […]
  • Planet Princeton Turns Three

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    It’s hard to believe it has been three years since we launched Planet Princeton. We had a beta website and a Facebook page where we occasionally posted news items starting in early 2011. We were working on plans to officially launch in 2012, but then Hurricane Irene hit. We had just opened a Twitter account […]
  • Princeton Police Blotter: Gas Leak, Bike Thefts at Two Parks

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    The Princeton Police, Princeton Fire Department, and Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad responded to reports of a gas leak at a construction site off Russell Road on Aug. 25 . A Mayfield Site Contractors backhoe operator struck a gas line while digging off Russell Road near the Hun School of Princeton campus. The line […]
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  • Freshman Week: The 5 Best Apps for Freshmen

    Mark Frost
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    While a large part of the college experience is about becoming independent, responsibility is the biggest byproduct of independence. For many, dealing with the transition to college life is natural; others may struggle to lead a balanced, organized life. In the past, we’ve often talked about ways students can organize their lives, as well as apps that can make it simple. But if you’re new to HackCollege, or the thought of even attempting to organize your life is scary, here are a few apps that you’ll want to get familiar with as the school year gets started. Note-Taking:…
  • Freshman Week: 8 Things Not to Do Freshman Year

    Katie Dwyer
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Moving to college is a stressful moment—a full transition from life at home to a new academic, social, geographic, and personal reality. For many of us who set out on the stereotypical dorm life college reality, freshman year involves packing up and moving out, in a single moment becoming both a college student and someone who no longer lives at home with the folks. This is understandably stressful. There’s lots to do and think about during this time—books to buy, a room to decorate, new friends to make… but there’s also a few things you should do your best not to do during freshman…
  • Freshman Week: Packing for Freshman Year

    Tim Armstrong
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Heading to college after your last summer home can be a relatively stressful time. From figuring out what textbooks are needed, to making sure there are enough supplies to get through the semester and even to sorting through which clothes to leave home and which to bring, packing for freshman year isn’t easy. Going into my senior year, I’ve developed a system that has helped improve the time needed to pack and the amount of stress endured during the last few days home–not to mention saving a ton of space in my car! Freshman Overpacking Syndrome The summer before my freshman year…
  • Welcome to Freshman Week 2014

    Mark Frost
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Last year, HackCollege organized its first ever Freshman Week. While students were preparing to head to college for the time or just getting settled in, we decided it was fitting to dedicate an entire week to articles that focused on helping freshmen transition smoothly into college life. This year, we’ll work on tackling even more problems incoming freshmen face in their first semester of college. Whether that be what to bring to school, general anxiety, socializing, being independent, the goal is to make freshman year less scary and more exciting. In the meantime, take a look at some…
  • 4 Ways You Can Generate Good Luck

    Mark Frost
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    “You make your own luck” is a quote you’ve probably heard before. The meaning, however, is lost without more context. After all, if you make your own luck, doesn’t that make it the opposite of luck? Well, according to psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, a person’s luck is often manufactured. In his research, he discovered that lucky people tend to be more open, allowing them to better recognize opportunities that are often overlooked by others (unlucky people). Let’s explore a few ways you can work to rein in your good luck so you can…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Global Education Targets: Are They Missing the Point?

    Ariel Fiszbein
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Since the early 1960s (at the conference of Addis Ababa), and with the best intentions, the international community has been setting goals to solve educational problems in developing countries. Unfortunately, and for various reasons, these have not been met. Even the most recently agreed targets in the Millennium Development Goals, which should be achieved next year, will not be met. In fact, 54 countries will not have achieved universal primary education by the end of 2015.
  • Generating Evidence to Improve Learning

    Chris Berry
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Photo: Arne Hoel/ World Bank Very soon, tens of millions of children around the world will start a new school year.  It’s supposed to be the time for children to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life.  Are they getting that education in school?  Not always.  Nearly 25 percent of primary school-age children around the world can’t read, write or do basic mathematics.  About one-quarter of these children have never had the chance to learn because they aren’t in school.  Making sure that children learn – in other words, giving children the tools needed so…
  • ¿Los maestros excelentes nacen o se hacen?

    Claudia Costin
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    ¿Tuviste un maestro favorito en la escuela? ¿Qué hizo a ese maestro tan especial? Los docentes son el recurso más importante que tenemos que garantizar que los niños aprendan. Pero la realidad es que muchos niños en el mundo no reciben una educación de calidad. 
  • On naît enseignant(e) ou on le devient ?

    Claudia Costin
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Vous souvenez-vous d’avoir eu, élève, un(e) enseignant(e) préféré(e) ? Sauriez-vous dire pourquoi cette personne vous a marqué(e) plutôt qu’une autre ?  Parmi toutes les ressources dont dispose l'élève pour avancer dans son apprentissage, l'enseignant est sans nul doute la plus déterminante. Or, on constate malheureusement que beaucoup d’élèves à travers le monde n’ont pas la chance d’accéder à une éducation de qualité.
  • Do we have any idea how to get kids into school?

    Donald Baum
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    In the seven years between 2000 and 2007, the world undertook a massive push to increase enrollments for all children in primary school. This organized effort was successful in reducing the worldwide number of out-of-school children by 40%. Surely, for many, the hope (and even the expectation) at that time was for a fast-approaching elimination of this global dilemma.   So, what of our progress in the last seven years?
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    Classroom Aid

  • Developing Digital Learning Resources with Minimally Viable Product Model

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Educators are just starting to appreciate the full potential of big data. For example, big data can be analyzed to create a picture of an individual learner’s course of learning, not just the level of proficiency attained but the way the learner allocated his or her time and used system resources to attain that proficiency.... Read More ›
  • Evidence-Based Practice Guides in Education

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The health care professions have embraced a mechanism for assembling and communicating evidence-based advice to practitioners about care for specific clinical conditions. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) had also published practice guides in education to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on the types of systemic challenges that cannot currently be addressed... Read More ›
  • Data-Driven Learning Strategy

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Education must capitalize on the trend within technology toward big data. New types of data are becoming available. From evidence approaches to xAPI and the whole Training and Learning Architecture(TLA), big data is the foundation of all.  Data-Driven Learning Strategy from Jessie Chuang
  • An Evidence Framework for Leveraging Learning Big Data

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Relatively low-cost digital technology is ubiquitous in daily life and work. The technological advances hold great potential for improving educational outcomes, but by themselves hardware and networks will not improve learning. Decades of research show that high-quality learning resources and sound implementations are needed as well. With so many reasons to expect dramatic progress, something more—better use... Read More ›
  • Ten Useful Reports on #MOOCs and Online Education

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals. ICDE was founded in 1938 in Canada as the International Council... Read More ›
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  • Asana: a new and interesting task manager for your iOS devices!

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    An ever growing usage of smart phones has raised the demands for tools that hardly require any destock access. This aspect has been beautifully put in to use by Asana’s decision to offer its client base with a web based task management that is not only versatile but comes with full-featured iOS app. A calculated…
  • The All-in-One ‘Ask Me’ App

    Simon Hopes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    With the growing technology and the increasing number of applications being launched each day, there came a time when it seemed that the app companies have covered almost all apps needed. But, just then a brand new app got launched, the Ask Me app. The get any information portal of released this new Ask…
  • DealGuru Website Review

    Simon Hopes
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Online business is the new thing and as the future promises for both buyers and sellers. The best prices and hustle free deals are found online and if you want to maximize on profit, deal online. There are thousands of websites that deal with selling and buying of services and products. on the other…
  • EDGE Bluetooth Speakers Revving Up Your Musical Experience

    Simon Hopes
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    The quality of music is something not many people want to compromise with. From latest music players to accessories like earphones and speakers, most people buy them in order to enjoy crisp quality music. The musical world has enjoyed some of the greatest enhancements with the advancement of technology. Now, people can listen to their…
  • Cloud and Colocation Services: What’s the Difference?

    Simon Hopes
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    If you’re someone who runs your own business and you’re looking for a way to keep your data and other kinds of information organized and you’ve been doing a bit of research on the topic, you may have come across the names of two types of services: cloud and colocation. Being that they are technological…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • Financial Aid Tips for Parents of High School Students

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    As another school year begins, parents of high school juniors and seniors are just embarking on the long road to achieving the college dream for their children. You may have already poured over the brochures, taken some trips this summer, and started narrowing the list down to your Top 10, but have you done anything about the financial end of college yet? If you pay attention to the news media, you might think the cost of a college education is spiraling out of control. But a New York Times article by David Leonhardt points out that the government is making the same mistake many first-time…
  • 4 Reasons Small Businesses Must Engage in Social Marketing

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Social marketing presents one of the best opportunities for small businesses to advertise, connect, engage, and sell, yet a surprising number of entrepreneurs are reluctant to engage in the practice. They may be able to come up with excuses as to why they can’t market online, but in the end they are only hurting themselves and their business. Here are four reasons why small businesses today must engage in social marketing: 1. YouTube Videos Work: YouTube is more than just cute cats and ice bucket challenges. Just about any small business owner with a camera and a computer can now produce a…
  • Good Students Get Good Rewards

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    College campuses are springing back to life. For the freshmen, it’s an exciting new time in their lives, while the other students are one step closer to achieving their dreams. You might see many approaches to studying, from those who don’t study at all to those who spend all of their time holed up in the library. You want to try to achieve a balance between getting good grades and being involved in the college experience. Good grades will make sure you get a good return on your tuition investment when you go out to look for a job down the road. But they can also get you good rewards now…
  • Using Pinterest to Plan the Dorm on #CollegeCash

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    On Thursday, August 14 #CollegeCash welcomed Kelly Lieberman (@Tribe2Pointo) to talk about how Pinterest Group Boards can help college-bound students prepare for the dorm !! With back to school season upon us, students moving into the dorms are ready for ideas, inspiration, and collaboration. Pinterest Group Boards makes it easy for roommates to plan the new dorm! [View the story "Using Pinterest to Plan the Dorm on #CollegeCash" on Storify]
  • It Pays to Get Good Grades With Discover

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Students heading off to college in the next few weeks have plenty of motivation to get good grades. There is the sense of accomplishment you feel when mastering new information. Good grades increase the opportunity for a better job in your future. And it keeps mom and dad off your back about working harder! As if those weren’t enough reasons, students who have taken out a private student loan from Discover® Student Loans have even more reason to study harder now. They can actually receive a cash reward for getting good grades! It sounds too good to be true, but it is. Students who earn at…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • No Place Like Home Care Package

    Dana Fulton
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Even if your student is eager to get caught up in university life, we’ve got no doubt they’ll get a little homesick from time to time. Send them some of the comforts of home with a No Place Like Home Care Package, and consider including items like the following: No Place Like Home care package • Homemade cookies • Security blanket • Pillow from home • Old childhood toys • Drink mix (cider, cocoa, etc) • Mug • Homemade preserves • Electric candles • Hand-written note • Framed photograph of family and/or family pet Need some ideas for having fun when your student comes…
  • Keep It Clean Care Package

    Dana Fulton
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Their first time away from home, college students get wrapped up in study, friendship and college activities, and they might let the little things slide. Help them stay fresh with a Keep It Clean Care Package, which can include: Keep It Clean care package • Antibacterial spray • Towels and wash cloths • Loofa & soap • Shower slippers • Laundry pods, laundry basket and laundry bag • Shower caddy • Expandable cup • Lint roller • Shower brush • Toy duck • Rubber gloves Clean living keeps you going, and clean credit helps you live better. Read these tips on how your…
  • Say thanks

    Dana Fulton
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send notes to those who helped you make it to college It’s happening – you’ve graduated high school, been accepted into college, and will soon be settling into a brand-new rhythm of life. But before you pack your bags and start your next adventure, here are a few ways you can thank those who have helped you make it this far: Make a list before you start. From grandparents to teachers to close friends, make a careful list of all the people who have supported you emotionally and financially over the years. You don’t want to forget anybody. Send thank-you cards. Whether you invest in…
  • Your Five Step Journey to College Financial Aid

    Dana Fulton
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Between FAFSA, private loans, room and board fees and more, navigating the college financial aid process can be tricky even for the savviest of students. We’ve put together the following infographic to help you through the financial aid process so you can get the help you need to take the classes you want. 5 Steps
  • Roommate Diplomacy Care Package

    Dana Fulton
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Want your student to start off on the right foot with their roommate? A Roommate Diplomacy Care Package can make everyone’s life easier. Include items like the following: Roommate Diplomacy care package • Chess, checkers, jumbling tower, deck of cards • Dry-erase board (for writing up chores and duties) • Sleep mask & nose strips • Air freshener • Flashlight • “Do Not Disturb” door hanger • Snacks (cheese puffs, pretzels & popcorn) • Books • Personal fan Nip your student’s dorm drama in the bud. Check out this article on how they can avoid roommate issues by…
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    African Youth Empowerment and Development » Learn about Online Learning Opportunities

  • “Understanding the Ebola Virus” Global Education Platform launches Free Online Course on Ebola Awareness

    Ikenna Odinaka
    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

    Ikenna Odinaka
    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

    Ikenna Odinaka
    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
  • 15 Full Distance Learning Scholarship for Developing countries in MSc Forestry at Bangor University, UK 2014

    Ikenna Odinaka
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Brief description Bangor University, UK, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) offers up to 15 fully-funded Distance Learning scholarships for developing Countries 2014/2015 Eligible Field of Study MSc Forestry About Scholarship Bangor University, UK, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) are pleased to announce up to 15 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover […] Continue reading 15 Full Distance Learning Scholarship for Developing countries in MSc Forestry at Bangor University, UK 2014
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    DRPF Consults

  • Issues in Education Today: The Best Way To Address Homework

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more The subject of homework is one of the most controversial issues in education today, particularly in K12 education. As a high school principal, I struggled with this issue for a long time. There is only a limited amount of time in the school day to cover everything on the K12 curriculum, so from that perspective it makes sense for teachers to issue some homework for their students, so they can solidify the topics that were covered in class and allow students to further their understanding of various topics. However,…
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  • Expert Advice: What You Need to Know About Direct PLUS Loans

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    When deciphering your financial aid award letter, it’s important to notice how much of your financial aid is in the form of student loans, which you’ll have to pay back, rather than in the form of scholarships and grants. Not all student loans are created equal. To help you make smarter decisions when financing college, NerdScholar asked financial aid experts to decode PLUS loans and what they really mean for a student’s financial well-being.   What is a Direct PLUS loan? The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a type of federal loan that parents use to help pay for…
  • Packing Their Bags: Record Number of Foreign Students at U.S. Universities

    Kevin Voigt
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    While the U.S. has a trade deficit in most areas of commerce, there is one area where the U.S. has a strong trade surplus: education. Nearly 820,000 students left their home countries to study at U.S. higher education institutions in the 2012-13 school year, compared to 283,332 U.S. students studying abroad in 2011-12 (the most recent year with available data). Both are record numbers, according to the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. State Department. Asian nations are leading the charge—Chinese…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Pac-12 School

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Pacific 12 conference is ranked as one of the top five college athletic conferences in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. Composed of some of the most elite research universities in the country, schools in the Pac-12 consistently score high both in sports and in academics. On the field, the Pac-12 earned 10 NCAA team titles in 2013-2014 alone. According to the Pac-12’s website, “no other conference has won double-digit NCAA crowns in a single year, the Pac-12 doing so seven times.” Championship titles aren’t the only sign that Pac-12 teams are rising above the…
  • Expert Advice: 6 Classes to Take Before You Graduate

    Yesenia Rascon
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    When planning class schedules, college students often prioritize completing major and graduation requirements. But will those required classes help you land a job? A 2012 report by Millennial Branding, a consulting firm that focuses on Gen-Y employees, revealed that 69% of managers agree that relevant coursework is important when considering job candidates. Recruiters look for students with applicable and versatile job skills, such as management, research and communication. Many times, these skills are first introduced in business classes that may be open to students from other majors.
  • Expert Advice: 7 Tips for Writing a Standout College Application Essay

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    As summer wraps up and high school students start preparing for another year, many rising seniors have something else on their minds: where to apply to college this fall. But the college application isn’t only good grades and test scores; most require students to submit one or more personal statements, or essays, that paint a picture of life outside of academics and extra-curricular activities. Your college application is your chance to shine in the eyes of admissions officers. Preparing well in advance — during the summer — will help you showcase your best self and take your college…
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    Studying Law

  • Commercial Contracts Manager

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Carbon60 Limited Location : Wimborne ENG GB Contracts. • Accountable for review and contractual flow down of mandated customer requirements to the supply chain within all Procurement contracts to ensure…More >>
  • Paralegal

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Pannone LLP Location : London ENG GB and essential skills Knowledge and understanding of basic legal concepts learnt from legal education such as undergraduate law or ILEX study (LLB, LLM, LPC…More >>
  • Paralegal / Contracts Assistant – Commercial & IP

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    DIXONS RETAIL Location : Hemel Hempstead ENG GB business and manage legal risk by delivering proactive and commercially focused legal advice in a timely… UK Legal team, you will report into the Head of Legal…More >>
  • Commercial Contracts Delivery Manager

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Equal Approach Location : London ENG GB for a Commercial Contracts Delivery Manager to join… that appropriate training is available as required. Ensure a level of contract compliance within each…More >>
  • Trainee Vacancy – Not For Profit

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    MHA MacIntyre Hudson Location : London ENG GB training contract. We are keen to promote a friendly working environment. Read about some of our trainees and qualified staff > The Contract As a training…More >>
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    Curriki's Blog

  • 10 Most Popular (and Free) Math Resources on Curriki

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki If you know a math teacher or a student who’s interested in math, please tell them about Curriki. Did you know we offer more than 15,000 free online math open educational resources (OERs)? Here are our most popular math resources over the past year.   Teaching Fractions  – this collection includes lessons and videos, including “Fraction Operations” and “Fun with Fractions.” Math for Americas: Lessons, Activities and Problems – designed for middle and high school students, this includes collections of lessons, activities,…
  • What are OERs?

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Here at Curriki, we talk a lot about OERs assuming everyone is familiar with the term. But in case you’re not, here’s a short explanation of what they are and why they’re so beneficial. What are OERs? OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that teachers, educators, or other professionals have created and have made freely available to others for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing. What does that mean to you? If you’re a teacher or a student, you can freely use or…
  • The Threat to Student Data Privacy

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
      By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Parent Earl MacEnulty was recently on The Stream on Al Jazeera America (ajam) talking about the theft of his child’s identity since the age of five. As more and more schools move to online systems and the “cloud” to track everything from a student’s performance to behavioral, financial and health records, the security of students’ personal and academic information is at greater risk. Of course, there are many concerns. One is that highly sensitive student data is not only used by the school district, but shared with…
  • Common Core Adoption: A Tale of Two Districts

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Curriki is following the rollout of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with great interest, and you will see us report on this regularly in this blog. Since we have a broad international audience, here is a quick description of the Common Core initiative in the United States. K-12 education in the U.S. is primarily the responsibility of individual states and localities. The CCSS is an initiative whose origins date back to the 1990s. It is sponsored by the state Governors and state education authorities, and currently 44 states (out of 50)…
  • Encouraging Girls in STEM subjects

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

  • 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…
  • The Art of Cold Calling: Blogiversary Post #7

    Siobhan Curious
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    I’ve had some heated discussions about whether “cold calling” is good practice.  When I posted about it a couple of years ago, the post got a lot of comments and got passed around a lot.  What are your thoughts?  Is it a good idea to spring questions on students out of the blue?  Does it help them demonstrate mastery, or just provoke unnecessary anxiety? Are you willing to put your students on the spot? A reader, Damommachef, has asked me to discuss the problem of the Constant Commenter.  She says, “Some kids want to constantly comment, but the smartest are…
  • A Course Plan for Literary Appreciation and Analysis: Blogiversary Post #6

    Siobhan Curious
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    I struggle with conflicting philosophies about my job.  I teach English literature (as well as language and composition) as core curriculum in CEGEP, a transitional/professional college that all Quebec students must attend before moving on to university or to many professions.  My classes are therefore comprised of students of wildly varying levels of ability and interest when it comes to reading literature. One element of my job is teaching students how to analyze literary texts.  One challenge of my job is that a large number of my students have little experience reading literary texts;…
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    Used Books in Class

  • Informational Texts: Those Legos “Lost at Sea”

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    My seven-year-old nephew hosts his Lego creations on shelves all over his room as though he is curating a museum show. Look, but do not touch.  My three year-old great niece sings the refrain, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie (NOTE: the tune is a maddening “songworm”) My two sons were adamant that I should not give away their Legos when they went to college. Those tiny, multi-colored plastic building bits have a dedicated, even obsessive, fan base. Such fanaticism is the  reason why I thought the following story I recently heard on National Public…
  • It’s August! Visiting the Summer Vacation Reading List and Work Packet Dilemma

    9 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    “Ancora imparo. [I am still learning.]“ ― Michelangelo, at age 87 in 1562 In the United States, students will spend 96 weeks or collectively about two years of their academic life in summer vacation days. Our 183 day (in Connecticut) school year became standardized not because of farming, but as a result of an industrial society that opted to let urban students out of the sweltering cities during the summer months. Kenneth Gold, a professor of education at the College of Staten Island, debunked the myth of an agrarian school year in his book School’s In: The History of…
  • Replace “Why” Technology Questions with “How Will” Technology Vision

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

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

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

  • Free Online Educational Resources for Postgrads

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  danisabella  It has never been more expensive to be a Masters or PhD student in the UK. Fees have skyrocketed and bursaries seem harder to come by; however, there are ways that hard-pressed postgraduate students can get some of … more... The post Free Online Educational Resources for Postgrads appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Studying Abroad: Dealing with Emergencies

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  taberandrew  Most students find studying abroad an invaluable experience, and there is no reason for it not to be safe, easy and fun. However, a few problems are inevitable. To prevent these from becoming full-blown emergencies, plan for them … more... The post Studying Abroad: Dealing with Emergencies appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Psychology

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  lauren-janelle  The United Kingdom has a superb reputation internationally for postgraduate education, and Psychology is no exception. With over 1000 taught and research postgraduate courses available, ranging from MA, MSc and PhD options, there are a huge variety of … more... The post Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Psychology appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Careers: Negotiating Your First Job Offer

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  pennstatenews  Now that you have received that all-important job offer think about negotiating the best salary package for yourself. Some jobs, for example in local government, the NHS and the military, have fixed pay scales, but other companies will … more... The post Postgrad Careers: Negotiating Your First Job Offer appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Saving Tip: Be a 9-Month Student

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  pedrosimoes7  The 3 month summer break can be a great time to relax after a stressful student period of study, but it can also pose some issues. Should you stay close to the university campus, or is it better … more... The post Student Saving Tip: Be a 9-Month Student appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Winners of the 2014 Summer of Sleuths Contest!

    Bookshare Team Member
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Bookshare logo and a magnifying glass hovering over 3 fingerprints for 2014 Summer of Sleuths Reading Contest. We promised members that Bookshare’s 6th annual Summer of Sleuths reading contest would be the best summer contest to date. And guess what? It was!  Congratulations to everyone who participated! From June 16 to August 1, 2014, 285 individual members, from kindergarteners to adults, grabbed their magnifying glasses and got busy reading and solving fun mysteries from detective stories in the Bookshare library. Did you have fun? Share your favorite book with us on Facebook or…
  • Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Print Disabilities

    Bookshare Team Member
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Image of the words Volunteer Opportunities with a big exclamation point. Post written by Brenda Hendricksen, Volunteer Program Manager for Benetech and published on August 19, 2014 on the Benetech blog. By Brenda Hendricksen, Volunteer Program Manager posted in Bookshare on August 19, 2014 – See more at: By Brenda Hendricksen, Volunteer Program Manager posted in Bookshare on August 19, 2014 – See more at:…
  • Get Inspired for Back-to-School!

    Bookshare Team Member
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Reading is the key to inspiration, and you can start the new school year off on the right foot by making sure you have the books you need for  class. Whether you are new to Bookshare or have been using it for years, follow these easy steps to get ready for Back-to-School! Update your account: Log in to Bookshare  or sign up online! (Trouble logging in? Reset your password.) Individuals Check your membership status and provide any missing information. Schools and Groups Go to “My Organization” in the Task Bar. Go to “Members” and add new qualified students. For existing…
  • Technology Spotlight: Read Easily with the Victor Reader Stream

    Bookshare Team Member
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Image of Victor Reader Stream From time to time, Bookshare shares information about technologies to improve the reading experience for our members. This month, we want to feature the updated Victor Reader Stream by HumanWare. The Stream, as many call it, is a popular accessible media player and eBook reader you may already use as a Bookshare member. The newest version takes advantage of advanced Bookshare features available through our Partner Program and combines it with some great wireless capabilities. The Victor Reader Stream makes it easier for members to search, browse and open…
  • We’re Experiencing Exponential Growth at Bookshare!

    Bookshare Team Member
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    We’ve reached two major milestones in our work to advance reading equality to underserved populations, and we’re shouting it out to the world! Colorful text in several fonts and sizes states…         “Life is a journey, make sure to pack enough books!” First, the collection now surpasses a quarter of a million titles, 286,033 to be exact as of today. We achieved this milestone thanks to the sheer dedication of volunteers, our staff, and partnerships with over 500 leading publishers, like Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Wiley,…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Keeping CTE Curriculum Fresh, Then And Now

    Dick Carlson
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dick Carlson How can can you keep your CTE curriculum fresh? There’s nothing young teachers like more than hearing us old teachers talk about how hard we had it, back in the “bad old days.” When we had to stoke the wood stove, fight off wild animals, and go for weeks at a time without having our students tested in any way at all. It was a terribly rough and difficult existence, and only the strongest and most devoted could possibly survive. One of the biggest changes between the “old days” and now is how difficult it was for us to keep our CTE curriculum…
  • Student Engagement Strategies from Stellar CTE Teachers

    Jim Schultz
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Jim Schultz Recently we had a secondary Health Science teacher struggling with implementing different student engagement strategies, including our HealthCenter21 curriculum resources, in her courses. She told us: “I am a career switcher and have only taught this class for a year.  I am now a teacher but have been a nurse for 30 years.  I taught nursing school before HS.  I felt the program was very easy for the students to access and follow it, but I think they learn better from interacting in the classroom.  I am more of a hands-on, interactive teacher.  I felt my students…
  • Creating Lesson Plans with Blended Learning

    Sarah Layton
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Do you struggle to blend new tools with your existing methods when creating lesson plans? You are not alone! CTE teachers ask us frequently how to integrate our online curriculum into their courses when creating lesson plans. Creating lesson plans by blending the old with the new I recently shared a post that referenced a really great article about blended learning. In the article, Adam Holden gives probably my favorite description of blended learning ever. He talks about how comprehensive blended learning doesn’t just use all new technology and gadgets. Rather, those…
  • CTE Curriculum and Digital Citizenship – Why It’s Important

    Celestial Holmes
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Celestial Holmes Digital citizenship is currently one of the most popular catch phrases circulating in the learning community and CTE curriculum.  If you don’t know what the phrase means, here’s a great definition from Microsoft.  Most of you reading this post (myself included) are probably digital immigrants.  We’ve made a few mistakes on the way to becoming good digital citizens; and most of what we learned, we learned through trial and error.  Here’s a few reasons that it is important for us to teach students about being responsible digital citizens in our CTE curriculum.
  • Blended Learning: Powerful Partnerships

    Sarah Layton
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton A recent article in the Hechinger Report brought attention to a fabulous blended learning initiative going on in Rhode Island. In the article, Jennifer Jordan reports that the state has partnered with The Learning Accelerator (TLA) which is a nonprofit group that focuses on spreading blended learning to schools across the US. Jordan interviews Rhode Island Education Commissioner, Deborah A. Gist. What is “fully blended-learning”? When asked about what it means that the Rhode Island will be the first fully blended-learning state, Gist replies: “Our vision…
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    Happy Schools Blog

  • The New American Dream. Who Else Want to be Part of It ?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Why do so many people want to go to the U.S.A.? Why do so many students want to go and study in America? Why do so many engineers crave for an opportunity to live and work in the United States? Why do over a million people immigrate to the U.S.A. every year? The answer is: because […] The post The New American Dream. Who Else Want to be Part of It ? appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Legal Immigration – EAD for H4, H-1B Priority System, Recapture Unused Green Cards

    Raghuram Sukumar
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    U.S. President Obama is planning to announce a series of legal immigration reforms via his Executive Power. Here some of the expected executive actions include for legal immigration being considered. EAD for H4 Visa holders Recapture unused EB Green Card numbers Not counting family members of Green Card applicants H-1B Visa Priority System Apply for EAD […] The post Legal Immigration – EAD for H4, H-1B Priority System, Recapture Unused Green Cards appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Come Back Plan – F1 Visa Interview and Winning Back the Lost Love

    Raghuram Sukumar
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    This is continuation from of my journey – I Failed in College, Love and Life. Here’s My Come Back Plan. It’s Working. Here’s my F1 Visa Interview experience and it was a Nightmare to deal with. With close to dozens of backlogs, I was well aware of my chances. F-1 Visa interview experience  I am […] The post Come Back Plan – F1 Visa Interview and Winning Back the Lost Love appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • I Failed in College, Love and Life. Here’s My Come Back Plan. It’s Working.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Here’s another story that exemplifies survival of the fittest. This person asked not to reveal the identify had multiple backlogs (KT’s Arrear’s ) during his Engineering Degree in India. As you read through this, you can actually feel the emotional roller coaster ride he has been through – joining a degree without interest, backlogs, girl […] The post I Failed in College, Love and Life. Here’s My Come Back Plan. It’s Working. appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Student’s Worst Nightmare – Denied Entry into America. Sent Back to India

    Raghuram Sukumar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    This a sad story.  This student’s dream came down crashing at Chicago Airport. She was sent back to India from Chicago (Port of Entry). Before we get into the story, here is an overview of process of coming to U.S.A. Apply for College Get Admission ( I-20 form confirms your admission ) Attend F1 Visa […] The post Student’s Worst Nightmare – Denied Entry into America. Sent Back to India appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
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    Fractus Learning

  • Disciplinary Literacy-Part 2: Argumentative Literacy

    Gary Johnston
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    For part 2 of this series (see part 1 here), I’m focusing on “Argumentative Literacies” in any educational discipline. Take this video on “Repet” below: At Re-Pet, we can also change the color of your pet to match the decor of your house. I showed this video to my class as a follow up to an article we read on how Japanese scientists have used selective breeding to create a flightless species of ladybug in order to minimize pesticide use. After summarizing, analyzing and interpreting the article I asked them if if they thought that this was science taken…
  • A World of Free Lessons with TED-Ed

    Nick Grantham
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview TED-Ed is the official educational spin-off of the ever popular TED talks series and is an extremely valuable platform for utilizing online video for learning. As a creator of extremely high quality educational video content as well as a platform for delivering video lessons to students, TED-Ed is a must try tool for any educators looking to flip their teaching. Name: TED-Ed - Pricing: Free Compatibility: Web Access: Email/Facebook signup Privacy: Customizable (privacy policy)   A Quick Look TED-Ed has been created and designed under the guidance of some of…
  • Using Pinterest for a More Visual Professional Development

    Lisa Blessington
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Pinterest is a social network more synonymous with fashion, shopping and cooking than education and training. But with boards and pins now branching off in every direction, the professional value of the network should certainly not be underrated. The visual nature of Pinterest means that content is presented in a much more attractive and engaging way, which can be of real value if you struggle to involve staff in new ideas or if there is a reluctance to embrace technology. Name: Pinterest - Pricing: Free Compatibility: Desktop/iOS/Android Access:…
  • Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning

    Amanda Meyer
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Spend even a small amount of time on Twitter, at an educational conference, or reading educator-based blogs, and you’ll encounter a myriad of teaching methodologies: flipped learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, peer instruction, game-based learning, standards-based learning, and the list goes on. Each of these methods has value, but figuring out how to successfully combine aspects of each into a single class is a little daunting. Incorporating one more practice, Team-Based Learning, into the classroom could be the glue that holds everything else together. Team-Based…
  • Using Trello to Visualize and Manage School Projects

    Nick Grantham
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Trello is an amazingly simple and visual tool for tracking tasks and managing people and projects. Used by companies such as Google, Microsoft, Adobe and The New York Times, the free Web and Mobile App digitizes the concept of cards and lists, making for a very familiar and delightfully uncomplicated experience. Name: Trello - Pricing: Free Compatibility: Desktop/iOS/Android/Windows Access: Email/Google signup Privacy: Customizable (privacy policy)   A Quick Look With apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone, Trello is fast becoming more and more…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • September Student Journal Cards Freebie!

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hey teaching friends!  I am getting a head start on September as I just realized it is next week already!   Does anyone miss summer already too?  :) Need something low prep for morning work or centers?  I whipped up a fun freebie for you today:  September Student Journal Cards! Simply print on cardstock, cut out, and laminate (which is optional).  Use a fun hole punch and grab an o-ring and you are ready for an easy writing center!  There are 30 cards, so you can use from year to year, not worrying about which day of the week the 25th comes in on. Don't want to print off?  Even…
  • Teacher Toolkit Tuesday: Vocabulary Strategies

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Hey teacher friends!  I though it would be fun to start a new segment for this school year called:  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…
  • Banner Behavior

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Hey teaching friends! Just a quickie blog post today - an idea for positive behavior reinforcement! First, start with these supplies - all found in my local craft store:  the pennant paper was found in the scrapbook section (though if you have more time and choose, you could certainly make your own with paper you have on hand), some letter stickers in the colors of your choice, twine, and mini clothespins (also found in the scrapbook aisle as that is what they are meant for - lol). Putting it all together is pretty self-explanatory.  :) To use, simply put up a letter when students have met…
  • 3 BTS Binder Ideas {with FREEBIES!}

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Hey teacher friends and welcome to Back to School!  I know there are still a few of you who have another week or so, but for the most part, everyone is either prepping a classroom, attending an inservice, or actively teaching students right now. WELCOME BACK! My good friends over at Avery hooked me up with a bunch of fabulous items and a challenge to see what I could come up with to help teachers out for back to school - so here you go! Up first is something I have always loved to do for my student led parent conferences:  a Student Portfolio! I started with an Avery binder, tossed in some…
  • Spin a Surprise {Classroom Management}

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Hey teaching friends!  I hope your summer is winding down and it hasn't gotten too crazy yet.  For those of you who are already back in the classroom, I want to personally wish you the best year yet! How about a fun take on a behavior reward system?   I am calling it "Spin a Surprise!" Pretty much everyone loves surprises, right?  This idea can be used with any behavior management system you already have in place in your classroom.   When it is time for a student to pick a prize, instead send he or she to the fun spinning wheel to choose a prize! Here is how to set yours up and a few…
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    Classof1 Study Help Blog: The Ultimate Resource for College Students

  • Go Back to School with a Free Amazon Gift Card

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Back to school is a time filled with anticipation and excitement. It’s your opportunity for a new beginning, your time to hit the reset button. And all this excitement comes down to starting the school year with a fresh set of tools to help give you the best possible start to the academic year. Trouble …Continue Reading: Go Back to School with a Free Amazon Gift Card
  • Summer Savings Offer at Classof1 – Save upto 20% on Homework Help!

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

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

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

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

  • Top Resources for GCSE Performing Arts

    Jon Ellis
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are taking GCSE Performing Arts, you can find plenty of resources online to help your with your coursework and preparing your portfolio. As well as advice on how to make the most of your performance, you can also find some useful tips on pursuing a career in the creative industries, which will be very helpful if you want to continue with music, acting or other performing arts after your GCSEs. 1. The BBC’s Bitesize website has sections on Drama and Music that will be helpful if you are working on performances within either of these fields. You can read up on some of the…
  • Top Resources for GCSE Home Economics

    Jon Ellis
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are studying GCSE Home Economics, you can find many useful resources online to help you to understand the ideas that you cover in class or to prepare for your exams. 1. The BBC doesn’t have a Bitesize section for Home Economics, but some of the information in the Food Technology section can still be useful for your revision. You can also find some useful information on healthy recipes and nutrition around the BBC website. 2. The Money Advice Service has some useful resources and budgeting tools that you can use when you are learning about how to manage expenses. You can also find…
  • Top Resources for GCSE German

    Jon Ellis
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Learning German requires plenty of practice, so if you are studying for your GCSEs you might want to use some of the resources that are available online to try out your reading and listening skills, or to boost your vocabulary. 1. The BBC Bitesize website has a selection of useful resources that can help you with your GCSE studies and revision. It has sections for all of the skills that you will need for your exams, so you can focus on listening, speaking, reading or writing. You can also pick up some useful exam skills and grammar tips. Each section has resources for revision as well as…
  • Top Resources for GCSE Welsh

    Jon Ellis
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are taking GCSE Welsh, also known as a TGAU in Cymraeg, as a first or second language, there are some useful revision resources online that can help you to improve your language and literature skills. 1. The BBC’s Bitesize website has some good revision resources that can help you with first or second language welsh GCSEs. If you are taking the separate first language and literature GCSEs in Welsh, there are separate revision sections for each, which can help you to prepare for the different tasks that you will be asked to complete in the exams. The resources include videos,…
  • Top Resources for GCSE Spanish

    Jon Ellis
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spanish is an interesting language to learn, particularly if you want to travel in the future, but mastering it requires plenty of practice. Finding resources that can help you to improve your listening and pronunciation skills can be particularly important, but there are some great sites that can help you to boost your language skills online. 1. BBC Bitesize has a really useful section for students studying GCSE Spanish. The site includes a section on study skills for the different exam sections, as well as reviews of what you need to know for the speaking, listening, reading and writing…
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    K12 Insight

  • Investing in Success

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Evie Wiseman We hear the phrase “student engagement” a lot, and for good reason. Education professionals and advocates are quickly realizing that even with well-developed curriculums, actionable assessment tools and innovative resources, capturing students’ interest and motivating them to take ownership of their learning experiences are key levers to successful educational outcomes. While the research is evolving, agreed upon drivers of student engagement include providing welcoming and culturally relevant classroom environments, establishing high-expectations and creating…
  • K12 Insight Introduces Engage 11.0

    Evlondo Cooper
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    As you’ll immediately notice, we redesigned our look and feel to be more intuitive and refined. The much cleaner interface is more user-friendly and inviting. The new Home tab has shortcuts that make it easier to create and distribute surveys, as well as analyze report data. The portlets allow you to quickly find vital information without even entering your account. In addition, in 11.0 you can create a survey right from the Home tab, copy an existing survey, use one from the Survey Bank or create one from scratch. You can also view the five most recent actions taken using your account,…
  • What the World Cup Can Teach Us About Teamwork

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

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

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

  • Math Review of the Slope-Intercept Equation

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Overview The slope-intercept equation (y = mx + b) is a linear equation that gives both the slope of a line and where the line crosses the y-axis. It has many applications outside of mathematics, from construction and describing the grade of terrain to describing the results of scientific experiments if there is a linear relationship between the independent and dependent variable. Slope The slope of a linear equation is the relationship between the change in the x variable and the change in the y variable. It is a ratio, defined as the change in y (the rise) over the change in x (the run). In…
  • Solving Integrals Through the Use of Integration by Parts

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Overview Suppose we have an integral which appears unsolvable by ordinary means, such as ∫xsin(x)dx In many cases, we can do what is called integration by parts, which is where we split the equation we are taking the integral of into two parts, with the goal of simplifying the equation such that we can reduce it down to an equation we know how to solve. Formula Figure 1: General formula for Integration by Parts In essence, what this means is that we are going to attempt to split up the equation in a way such that we can eliminate one of the equations inside the integral, allowing us to end…
  • How to Use the Chain Rule to Find Derivatives

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Overview Occasionally, you will have what are called composite functions; that is, functions that are composed of multiple functions and thus cannot be differentiated easily. In reality, although these may look tricky, they are actually fairly straightforward. Function composed of two functions Suppose we have an equation written as f(g(x)). Then d/dx f(g(x)) = f’(g(x))g’(x) If the equation is more complicated, such as d/dx(f(g(h(x))), then it can be broken thought of as doing the chain rule multiple times. Think of it instead as f(j(x)) where j(x) = g(h(x)), and as we know the derivative…
  • U Substitution as a Method of Solving Integrals

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Overview Sometimes, a derivative is done using the chain rule, and it leaves with an equation that, at first glance, can look intractable when we are attempting to integrate it. In those cases, although the problem may look difficult or often will look like something that can only be solved through the use of Integration by Parts, there often exists a much simpler solution: that of U-Substitution. Idea Suppose we have an equation in the form ∫u’(x)f(u(x))dx. Then we can do a substitution in order to make the equation easier to integrate in a way that we will see shortly. Although the way…
  • Factoring Trinomials when the Squared Term Has a Coefficient Greater than 1

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Overview When the coefficient of the squared term is greater than 1, an extra step is added to factoring the trinomial. It can be factored by either using FOIL or a modified form of factoring by grouping. Factoring the Squared Term When the squared term of a quadratic trinomial is x2 with a coefficient of 1, it always factors as (x + y)(x + z). If the coefficient is greater than 1, the factors of the squared term must be considered. Suppose the squared term is 2x2. Its factors are 2x and x. If the squared term were 4x2, it would have even more possibilities: x and 4x, 2x and 2x. Figure 1:…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • Re-Learning to be a Normal U.S. Citizen

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Well, friends…fans…cats who happened to stop by this page while using the computer to complete world domination plans in the absence of your human owners who foolishly decided to leave you home alone to go grocery shopping at Walmart… I’m home. Back in the good ol’ Mitten. Just kidding. Michigan doesn’t look like this in August; that would be ridiculous. This was taken in July. That’s right. My friends and family had Fourth of July barbecues out of necessity rather than luxury. The power went out for three days straight, and they had to keep warm the old fashioned way. Okay,…
  • Meet Our Fall 2014 Student Bloggers!

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Thank you to all students who applied for our API Student Blogger positions! We had a large number of qualified candidates and had a very difficult time in selecting students whom we felt were the best overall fit for the role. With this said, we are very excited to announce the talented API students who will be featured on the API blog and the API Tumblr as our official API Student Bloggers! The post Meet Our Fall 2014 Student Bloggers! appeared first on The API Abroad Blog.
  • The 6 Types of People You’ll Meet in Your Chinese Language Class

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
      When you’re preparing to study abroad in China, you’re likely musing over all of the adventures you’ll have and the people you meet (and all the Chinese you’ll learn). Have you ever thought seriously about all the people you’ll be able to call classmates while studying Chinese in China? We’ve decided to write an entire article dedicated to the (oftentimes hilarious!) people you will inevitably meet while studying at one of API’s partner universities in Beijing or Shanghai. The best part? These once-strangers will likely turn into lifelong…
  • API Parent Study Abroad Survey – Before they go

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    At API, we are constantly striving to create the best international experiences possible for our student participants. We solicit feedback each term from students, faculty, and administrators, and also highly value feedback that we receive from the parents/caregivers of these student participants. Below is a summary of feedback collected from a recent survey of API parents and guardians shortly after their students departed for their study abroad experience with API. Question 1: How do you expect the study abroad experience to impact your student’s academic plans? “My child is…
  • Where Are They Now: Liana Cramer

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Where have you been in the world since your last API program? The three incredible summers I spent with API in Granada, Salamanca, and Paris set me up for a college career defined by travel. During my junior year, I returned to France to study at the Political Science Institute of Paris, during which time I traveled to Turkey, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, and England. I also have spent school breaks in Uganda, completing research and working with Building Tomorrow, a nonprofit that constructs schools in Uganda’s hardest to reach…
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    LIVE LINGUA: Skype Language Lessons

  • Vacation Spots Where English Is Widely Spoken

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    With all of the amazing places in the world to visit, one cannot possibly expect to learn all of the languages it would take to get there! Even though we focus on language learning at Live Lingua, we also focus on our love of traveling and experiencing new sounds and sites. While it would be wonderful to always know the native language of a country prior to visiting, sometimes we just don’t have the time, brain power or need to master a language to enjoy its country of origin. If you’ve got the travel bug but don’t feel like adding a new language into the mix, here are some…
  • 10 English Words & Phrases From Spanish

    Ray Blakney
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    It’s a fact that English is the language that most influences Spanish today. But back in history, the Spanish Empire was so powerful and broad that it gave us many terms that were borrowed by English and other languages. A while ago I read the book Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries: English Words that Come from Spanish that turned out to be very interesting. As a native Spanish speaker, there were some words -like mosquito, chocolate and cafeteria- that did not surprise me.But it was nice to keep on reading the stories on how they entered the English language. I was, however, impressed…
  • Is Arabic a difficult language to learn?

    Ray Blakney
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Article By Sarah Bromley.  Sarah has been learning Arabic for several years and is the owner of Arabic Reading Course. Many people have the impression that Arabic is a difficult language to learn. When I tell people I learn Arabic, this is usually their first reaction. While I do find some aspects of learning Arabic difficult, it’s not the language itself that makes it tricky. In terms of its vocabulary and grammatical structure, I don’t think Arabic is any more complex than English or Spanish or other familiar languages. In fact, there are some things about it that are even…
  • If Only Language Learning Were This Easy.

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

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

    Don Osborne
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne Are you a pre-med student at the University of California, Irvine and/or are you a pre-med living in the area
  • Video: When Should You Start Taking MCAT Practice Tests?

    Don Osborne
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The first time you take your MCAT practice exam is stressful and tenuous. It’s even scary — you might score low, but that shouldn’t discourage you. The earlier you start taking these practice test, the better you’ll do on the actual MCAT exam. Many students avoid taking these practice tests
  • Lush Green Scenery and a Small-Town Feel: the UNC School of Medicine is the Place to Be

    Don Osborne
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:57 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 If you are a pre-med living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina or are one attending the University of North Carolina,
  • Working full-time and getting accepted into the best MBA school?

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Like most MBA school applicants, I applied when I was working a Monday – Friday job that consumed most of my life and left me almost no free time to figure out everything I needed to do to get accepted to a top program. I wanted to get accepted to
  • Video: Inside the Mind of Medical School Admission Committee Members

    Don Osborne
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Being in the field for a while now, and having spoken to quite a few people on this topic, I have a good idea on just what admission committees are looking for in pre-med applicants. In this video I look into the mind of somebody on these committees — what
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    Online Cultus

  • 2 new and 2 old online edu resources

    Aleksandra Arsik
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    At the present time, there are plenty of online educational resources that are empowering students. From online resources teachers and students not only understand complex topics clearly, but also enjoy the process of learning. Unfortunately, a large number of online resources are engaged in cheating student, therefore we should use trusted websites to avoid fraudulent...   Read more... The post 2 new and 2 old online edu resources appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: 4 Tech tools that boost learning 10 Great websites for educational resources and notes Don’t…
  • Good life

    Aleksandra Arsik
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
      Read more... The post Good life appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Thought of the day: What is life about? Knowing life What is life? Choices in life It is your life
  • Time management and online MBA

    Aleksandra Arsik
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Online MBA is one of the most successful examples of an e-learning course. However, we still remain a little skeptical about it. To understand about what online MBA is all about and how to manage your time is extremely important before you opt for this course. We are living in a day and age, where...   Read more... The post Time management and online MBA appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Are you online education person? 5 prefered online MBA programs in the USA Online education: Should it be expanded? Get an online college education now, before you are forced to quit or…
  • Changes in life

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Changes   Read more... The post Changes in life appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Change your life Knowing life Life and dreams Live your life What is life like?
  • Why should kids blog?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Discover the positive benefits of blogging for kids by Dr. Patricia Fioriello at her web page Find out how blogging improves communication, writing skills and an understanding of the world and different cultures, plus much more.   Read more... The post Why should kids blog? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Getting kids do their homework Brilliant outdoor games with kids How to get your kids interested in learning? What every parent needs to know about homeschooling? Benefits of video games in education
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  • News rundown – Two More Volleys In The Skills Gap Debate

    Robert McGuire
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Welcome to the SkilledUp news rundown for August 27. The skills gap question got volleyed back and forth some more this week. Other interesting material we found covered: Transfer credit problems. Relaxing the student loan default policy. Major cuts in higher ed funding. Citizen developers Several other projects in badges, MOOCs and online classes. The skills gap debate Wanted Analytics (which puts out several interesting charts on employment and hiring every week, by the way), has a glimpse of tech openings and salaries in so-called Silicon Cities. Just to take one example that might…
  • Getting Real In The Real World: The Latest In University-Business Partnerships

    Maria Wood
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Partnerships between universities and corporations are nothing new: IBM has been teaming up with universities since the the early days of computer science education in the 1940’s As the debate over the “skills gap” accelerates, however, collaborations between universities and businesses are becoming more sophisticated and intertwined, evolving to meet shifting economic, marketplace and educational needs. Let’s look at IBM’s latest, for example. For the last six years, the company has been working with universities to train IT specialists in the rapidly emerging field of big data and…
  • Mining the MOOC: HR Looks to Online Courses to Recruit and Retain Talent

    Judy Quinn
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Can MOOCs help companies recruit and retain employees? This idea is gaining currency in corporate America, thanks to high-profile announcements from AT&T and Starbucks this summer. “This will widen the pipeline of STEM-trained talent,” says AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson of the company’s new “nanodegree” with Udacity, one of the pioneers of the Massive Online Open Course platform. “Our investment in high-quality education will attract and retain passionate partners who will move our company and our economy forward,” proclaims Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in the…
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    Computer Programming

  • Basics about JQUERY, Types of Selectors

    Subhash Sharma
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    To change the web page after rendered programmer has to change the coding done for the page and then refresh again. To manipulate a web page after it has been rendered without change the coding part, programmer often uses Jquery. Jquery library makes it easy to change the functionality of web page smoothly.Jquery library provides tools that enable user to interact with the page or to include animations on page. This article will describe about some basic elements of jquery library, later we will implement some functionality on the page with tools provided by the library. To user jquery…
  • How to Create Layout page and set for View: MVC

    Subhash Sharma
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    After creating default MVC application in Visual Studio there is a default layout file has been added in shared folder under views having name _Layout.cshtml. This file is used to provide consistent look on all of the pages having default layout page set. Changes done in this file will set for all the pages/views under this layout.The above extension ".cshtml" is used only in case of Razor and this will be changed for aspx views. Programmer can even change this layout file as per requirements or can use multiple layout files according to the roles/group  defined. All the scripts, styles…
  • Data Types in OOP, C++ Programming

    Jacob Lefore
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Name given to set of values which have common property is known as data type. C++ data types are classified as-Type-1: Simple Data Type Standard Data typeInteger Floating CharacterUser defined data typeEnumerated Data typeType-2 : Structured Data Type ArrayStructUnion ClassType-3 :  Pointer data type
  • How to view DLL function and properties in visual studio

    Jacob Lefore
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    You are a developers and you want to create a new project. Lots of code are hidden behind the .dll file, its a symbol of good programmer. Learn how to hide code from user in to create .DLL file in   A .DLL file contains some namespaces, class definition, methods and some properties. You want to view the functions used in that dll so you should go for Object browser, which is available in visual studio. Lets take a step to view the .DLL file in visual studio.Step-1: Right click on any .DLL file, Open selected file in Object Browser and press 'ok' Button.Step-2 :…
  • Importance of OOP, C++ Programming

    Jacob Lefore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    The concept of object oriented Programming can directly be mapped with real life problem. Even we can say that the idea of OOP are taken from the real life. Now there are two questions.Question-1 : How we can say that OOP concepts are taken from real life?Question-2 : If concepts of OOP are taken from real life then what is the benefit of that i.e. how this increase the popularity of OOP?Now we will analyse the answer of each question one by one. After analyzing both answers we can easily understand why OOP is popular.Answer of Question-1 In a real life the objects are: Pen, Pencil, Car,…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • DELSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015 Released

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    This is to inform candidates who took part in the 2014/2015 post-UTME screening exercise of Delta State University, Abraka that the Merit Admission List has been released by the school. To check your if your name appears in the list of admitted students simply click here Enter your UTME Application Number (JAMB Reg. Number) Click […]DELSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015 Released is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • LASU 2nd Round Post-UTME Screening Exercise 2014/2015 Announced

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    1. APPLICATION Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Lagos State University 2014/2015 Post UTME Screening Tests, for candidates seeking admission via UTME (100 level). These screening tests are mandatory require ments for entry into Lagos State University. 2. ELIGIBILITY: (i) Candidates that have scored a minimum of 180 marks are eligible to […]LASU 2nd Round Post-UTME Screening Exercise 2014/2015 Announced is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Fed Poly Ado-Ekiti Re-schedules Post-UTME 2014 Registration

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This is to inform the general public and Students hoping to write the FPA POST UTME Exam that the Exam slated for 1st September 2014 has been POSTPONED to 22nd September, 2014. To this effect the sales of FPA POST UTME Form is still made available until 19th of September, 2014. The NEW DATE for […]Fed Poly Ado-Ekiti Re-schedules Post-UTME 2014 Registration is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Oduduwa University Admission 2014/2015 Application Details Out

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Oduduwa University(OUI) Admission Applications 2014/2015 for undergraduates is out. Interested members of the public as well as propsective candidates are hereby informed. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admissions into Oduduwa University (OUI) located at Ipetumodu via Ile-Ife in Osun state. Oduduwa University provides financial support to various categories of students, including scholarship, […]Oduduwa University Admission 2014/2015 Application Details Out is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Courses Available For EBSU Pre Degree 2014/2015

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Below is a list of Courses available for 2014/2015 EBSU Pre Degree. Ebonyi state University, Abakiliki EBSU has commenced sale of forms for the 2014/2015 Pre Degree programme. WHY REGISTER FOR EBSU PRE-DEGREE? The Pre-Degree School prepares candidates for the following examinations: Successful Pre-Degree candidates are meant to benefit specially from the JAMB admission quota […]Courses Available For EBSU Pre Degree 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
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    PortPrep Blog

  • The Photography Advice Mega-List!

    Karen Kesteloot
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Follow these photography advice to improve your technique of taking photos of your artworks to be included in your art portfolio for college. An art portfolio is a requirement that must be presented applicants who wish to attend an art program in college. This should contain the best pieces they’ve done thus far. The problem lies in the compiling of the portfolio. Applicants should submit a photographed or printed image of their artwork to be sent to your college of choice. This wouldn’t be trouble for graphic designers and photographers, who can just upload their works…
  • Top 7 Tips to Prepare Students with Their Interior Design Portfolios

    Karen Kesteloot
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Editor’s note: If you’re still starting your freshmen year in an interior design college, it’s best to understand the need of building a strong portfolio for the future. This way, you’ll be able to increase your chances of getting a job that you want. In this article by Swati Srivastava, learn the best practices on how to build an interior design portfolio before you graduate from college. Archbob / Pixabay Interior design is one of the most sought-after college courses among students intending to pursue a career in the design industry. The following article…
  • Don’t Know How to Build an Art Portfolio for College? Here’s How…

    Karen Kesteloot
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    For students out there applying to an art or design program after high school, here’s your guide on how to create a winning art portfolio for college! It’s the start of the school year for high school out there! For seniors, however, it is the beginning of the end. All of their work in school will soon determine their future and whether or not they will get into college. This year, it’s all about finding the course and college that they like and dedicating their remaining time in high school to work as hard as they can to meet and submit the requirements and see if…
  • College Tips to Make Your Freshmen Year a Breeze

    Karen Kesteloot
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Learn these extremely helpful college tips to help you with your transition from high school to college life. The transition from high school to college can be rough to some. Life outside your town and away from your family can take its tool especially when your professors can be more than demanding and your roommate can be quite a handful. However, it’s all about preparation and learning the necessary information for them to cope up with the changes and adapt accordingly. That’s why we at PortPrep have prepared for you a slideshow presentation below that contains links to our…
  • Make Better Artworks by Following These Drawing Advice

    Karen Kesteloot
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Take heed from the drawing advice featured in this post to help you create better, stronger, and more focused artworks than ever before. Drawing is an essential skill that students who plan on applying to college must study and master. Even those who mostly use computer to create their works are highly encouraged to learn all there is to learn about drawing. There’s a really simple explanation for this – concepts and principles involved in drawing are universal in art. For instance, the approach to shading or using different marker sizes can be applied to any form of art…
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  • MBA Return on Investment Infographic

    Michael Cohan
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    MBA@UNC sent us an infographic about an MBA Return on Investment as well as ROI considerations for those MBA applicants that are considering online MBA degrees.    The post MBA Return on Investment Infographic appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • AIGAC Webinar Week – CEIBS, Vanderbilt, Georgetown and HKS

    Michael Cohan
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The post AIGAC Webinar Week – CEIBS, Vanderbilt, Georgetown and HKS appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • IESE MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    IESE MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. IESE Business School, University of Navarra employs 4 rounds and has a unique Assessment Day that per the IESE website “is designed to gain more information about candidates and typically consists of a group of candidates spending an entire day with the Admissions Team. Although it is not […]The post IESE MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Northwestern Kellogg MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Northwestern Kellogg MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the previously released Northwestern MBA Application Deadlines. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University has reduced the number of MBA essay questions from three to two and words from 1350 to 900 in comparison to the number of essay questions asked last year.  Kellogg will continue […]The post Northwestern Kellogg MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Northwestern Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Northwestern Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University has moved its First Round MBA Application Deadline up in comparison to last year’s First Round MBA Application Deadline. Northwestern Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines Round 1  –  September 24, 2014 Application Deadline; December 17th, 2014 Notification Decision Round 2  – January 7th, 2015 Application Deadline; March 25th, 2015 Notification […]The post Northwestern Kellogg MBA Application…
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    emmanuel obasi
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    The African feather palm, Elaeis guineensi jacq (Jacquin, 1963), is placed within the family Palmae family that contains concerning 225 genera with over 2600 species together with coconut and date palms cultivars. There ar three present styles of the feather palm fruit, termed meninges, tenera and pisifera. the choice of meninges feminine and pisifera male folks is administered to get tenera offspring that manufacture massive oil yield (Breure et al, 1986, Breure, 2003). The continentn feather palm is native to tropical Africa, from African country within the West through the Democratic…

    emmanuel obasi
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Every company operates inside the inner and external environments of business. the inner environments area unit inside a firm specified the prevailing factors area unit most times terribly subject to the management of the managers. The factors within the external setting not subject to the management of a manager usually is thought to be macroeconomics factors or variables. The corporate managers cannot control the macro economic variables however the govt. can management them through many policies. Thus, like all consultants, the govt. so as to try and do an honest job of managing the…

    emmanuel obasi
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    The study geared toward examining the results of economic science instructional materials on the training and teaching of economic science yet the results of those instructional materials on the tutorial performance of some Gymnasium students in some chosen secondary colleges in Isolo government space of urban center state. A simple and easy form was distributed to economic science lecturers in these chosen colleges to accurately valuate the impact of educational materials on the appliance of learning economic science in secondary colleges in Nigeria. Concerning methodology used for the…

    emmanuel obasi
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Human resource management is of strategic importance once it involves industries that square measure labour intensive like construction industry. The effective management of human resource is that the key towards achieving the upper construction force productivity therefore accomplishing the development comes at intervals their predefined limits. The bond between motivation and productivity is wide accepted and of high significance yet the link between motivation and productivity will be summarized as that productivity is directly connected to motivation, and motivation is, in turn, hooked in…

    emmanuel obasi
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Time impacts are inevitable on construction comes, primarily as a result of the distinctiveness of every project and also the restricted resources of your time and cash that may be spent on designing, capital punishment and delivering the project. Time factors square measure inherent altogether of project construction’s undertakings. Construction comes have long been recognized as significantly price, time and risk-laden. a number of the time and value factors related to the development method square measure fairly inevitable or identifiable; others is also wholly…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • GED Prep Classes

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    Taking the GED test without properly preparing is not a responsible decision. If you are uncertain about how to study or feel less confident preparing on your own, there are resources out there to help you get the guidance and support you need. GED prep classes and study courses are available for little to no cost in every state. They are provided by the state and non-profit organizations to help test-takers make the most out of their efforts. There are a few reasons that adult education classes will help you on the GED.Expert InstructorsTest-prep requires an experienced guide to show…
  • Should I Take a GED Online Study Course?

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    To pass the GED test, you will need to spend some time learning the skills and concepts covered by each of its sections. Every test-taker has different preferences and needs for their learning process. Whether you are an independent learner or work better in group settings, there are hundreds of resources available for people preparing for the GED test. Taking a GED study course will greatly improve your odds of passing. And in some states, candidates can only challenge the test after they have completed a study course. No matter how you prefer to learn, it is a smart decision to take GED…
  • How to Take the 2014 GED Test in New York

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

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

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

  • FIFA 2014 - Important facts you need to know

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Sports events are important topics in banking exams. Today I am going to share important facts about FIFA 2014 world cup. FactsFIFA 2014 was held in BrazilFIFA 2018 will be held in Russia in 2018The Logo of FIFA 2014 was Juntos num so ritmo (All in one rhythm)The Official Ball was Adidas BrazucaThe final of FIFA 2014 was played at Marcana Stadium in Rio de Janerio, BrazilGermany won from Argentina in the final by 1-0 goalNetherlands came 3rd and Brazil at 4th placeMario Goetze won the Man of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bitcoins - Important facts you need to know

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    It is a Virtual/Crypto/Digital Currency, was launched in 2009 by a group of software engineers with a pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, total number of bitcoin is capped at 21 million by that group, so far 12 million unit of bitcoin have been created.Important facts about Bitcoins1st Conference on Bitcoin was held in Bangalore in 2013 which was organised by CoinMonk. It is the most expensive currency in the world, one unit of bitcoin is equal to $500 approx. Rs.31000 as on August... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 30 August

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:23 am
    General awareness quiz for today Questions1. In Asia Cup Hockey Tournament 2013, the Fair Play Trophy was given to 2. What has been done for the Foreign Banks? 3. Taking up the literacy level from 64% to 80% by 2017 and 100% literacy in 365 low literacy districts are the main features of …. Mission 4. India has declared Cyprus as 5. What is the purpose of Newton Liquid Engine in Mangalyann? 6. Who has won US PGA Player of the year award for the 11th time?... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 30 August

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Current affairs update for today SportsOn 29th August, i.e. the birth anniversary of former Hockey Player Dhayan Chand, National Sports Day celebrated throughout the country. Dhyan Chand is also known as the Hockey Magician. The new International Hockey Stadium inaugurated in Raipur on the eve of National Sports Day. This is the 2nd International Hockey Stadium established in the State of Chhattisgarh, the first one was in Rajnandgaon. PoliticsThe state of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI Associates PO 2014 Notification Out - 2986 Vacancies

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    SBI Associates PO 2014 notification is out. Get details below :- Particulars Explanation Qualification required Graduation Age Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.09.2014 i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.09.1984 and not later than 01.09.1993 (both days inclusive) Date of Application 01-09-2014 to 18-09-2014 Number of Total openings 2986 Date of examination November 2014 Application fee SC/ST/PWD - Rs100 General/OBC... [[ 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

  • 3 Things Every Massage Therapy Graduate Should Do

    Justin Simonson
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    As you approach the end of your massage therapy degree program, the excitement of starting your career is building. It is now time to take what you have learned in school and apply it in the real world. Consider the following tips as you approach graduation. 1.  Call on Your Connections College is a great time to start your professional network. You have likely had the opportunity to meet talented instructors, students and local professionals who work in the massage therapy industry. Now is the time to remind your connections of your career aspirations. If you are in need of employment,…
  • MSB-Rochester Receives Award for 2014 National Night Out Celebration

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Minnesota School of Business-Rochester continued the annual tradition of celebrating National Night Out with our neighbors. For the second year in a row, the campus was honored to receive an award for the celebration of community. In 2013, MSB-Rochester received the Grand Prize award for the top National Night Out celebration in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2014, the campus was humbled to receive the NNO College and Neighborhood Award. Minnesota School of Business-Rochester students and staff celebrate NNO with the community Amy Doherty, event volunteer and veterinary technology program chair,…
  • 3 Students Selected as Library Research Award Winners in Unprecedented Decision

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In an unprecedented decision, Minnesota School of Business-Rochester announced three students will be awarded the Library Research Award for excellence in combining library research, critical thinking and writing skills. Austin Bartsh, Chris Milam and Hailey Huizenga were each named winners of the award for summer quarter 2014. Campus Librarian Trent Brager (left) and Adjunct Composition Instructor Jeffrey Briggs (right) with student award winners Hailey Huizenga, Austin Bartsh (seated) and Chris Milam The Library Research Award Committee was unable to decide between the three students and…
  • Operations Management Students Get Firsthand Look at How Envelopes Are Made

    Amber Conrade
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Recently, Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville students in operations management got to visit John Anderson, an envelope manufacturing company. Neil Johnson and Jon Anderson had a vision to start their own envelope company, which they did in 1983 in Edina, Minnesota, called John Anderson. In 1996, Johnson Anderson moved to their current facility in Shakopee, Minnesota, to allow room for growth. In 2000, the company further expanded and started offering customers a full-service commercial print shop. Operations Management students During their field trip to John Anderson, the business…
  • Throwback Thursday Advice, Part II

    maija jaaska
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    It’s Throwback Thursday again and it’s time to review some more of the sage advice we’ve received over the past several months (the students, staff and guest speakers at Minnesota School of Business-Richfield are all so wise!). Off we go! Recent graduate of the business administration program, Kareen Teague, on dressing for the job you want: “I like suits; I like how I look in suits. You feel more confident and sophisticated. It puts me in a more professional mindset. If you are in sweatpants and a hoodie, you feel lazy; but if you look the part, you feel motivated.” Accounting grad…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • The 33%-Off Sale is ON tomorrow!

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Thursday, August 28th through Sunday August 31st If you are in the market for some time-saving, Common-Core aligned year-long plans… I’ve got just what you need! For example, check out these items. And lots more! Just use the search function in my shop to find what you need. Get your discount code Not a member yet? No problem… just click the image below to get your 33% discount code right now. Start making your shopping list! Click here to get your 33% off discount code   The post The 33%-Off Sale is ON tomorrow! appeared first on Classroom Caboodle.
  • Four Steps for Handling Outright Defiance

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all come across those students who hit moments of defiance where they refuse to do what we ask them to do. What I want to get into here is those tough situations when a student who has some behavior issues, refuses to do something you’ve asked of them, and this may be something that happens regularly. An Illustration: Defiance Defined This little guy had so many things going on at home and he had some real behavior issues. He would get really upset and just spin out and then refuse to move or do anything. On one occasion he refused to leave the classroom even after the rest of the…
  • Grand Opening Sale at my Classroom Caboodle Store Next Thursday!

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Thursday, August 28th through Sunday August 31st 1/3 off everything and just in time for back-to-school! I’ve been working hard to get my new store working just right for teachers and now it’s time to celebrate. I’m putting all 200+ products on sale for my Classroom Caboodle Club members. Get your discount code Not a member yet? No problem… just click the image to get your 33% discount code right now. Start making your shopping list! Click here to get your 33% off discount code The post Grand Opening Sale at my Classroom Caboodle Store Next Thursday! appeared first on Classroom…
  • Classroom Distractions: The Wet Blanket on Student Learning

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s the quickest way to dampen student learning? Fill your classroom with distractions (aka “decorations”) that overwhelm your instructional focus. It is an unfortunate fact that some teachers (primarily at the elementary level) tend to go a little overboard with the decorations, sometimes without being truly thoughtful about crossing the line between “decor” and “distraction.” There is no doubt that these highly-coordinated, color-matched classrooms are visually stunning. With palm trees and picnic tables, couches and comfy chairs, these rooms could be…
  • Infusing “Voice” in Your Teacher Read-Alouds

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    All teachers do read-alouds, so you might be wondering what there even is to talk about; open the book and start reading… right? No so fast! If your find your kids are squirming when you are reading, you may need to work on your reading “voice.” I have heard some awful read-alouds over the years, both from new teachers and from experienced teachers. I’m talking about monotone delivery, no drama, no inflection, just one sentence delivered after another. It’s just so boring for those poor kids to listen to and honestly it’s little wonder that they start to misbehave during these…
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    Magical Methods

  • Identify the Celebrity

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Great Business for Ladies. Business for Ladies.
  • Please Donate One Dollar to our Crowd funding Campaign

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Dear Friends,I would like to request you for a donation of USD 1 (One Dollar) in our Crowd funding Campaign so that thousands of School children can benefit from it. Through your this contribution I would be providing 100 Math Carroms to Schools and training their teachers all without any cost to them. Please visit to complete the donation. Please get in touch if you have some questions. Sincerely,Pradeep KumarDirectorMagical Methods Training Pvt. Ltd.
  • Crowd Funding Campaign Launched on Indiegogo

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

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

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

  • 10 Handy Apps for eLearning Professionals Infographic

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Handy Apps for eLearning Professionals Infographic MindNode MindNode is a brilliant mind-mapping tool that will allow you to record and organize your ideas into an intuitive visual format. As you input information, it will begin to arrange itself so that you can focus on the content instead of the layout. Featured by Apple as an “App Store Best”, it is well worth the price.For those on an Android device, check out Mindjet. GotoMeeting The GoToMeeting app means that you can attend meetings and connect with your colleagues or clients wherever you are. It is easy, convenient and reliable,…
  • 10 Tips To Use Google Classroom Effectively Infographic

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Google Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with Google Apps for Education teachers to help them save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. Google Classroom is now available to all Google Apps for Education schools. Google Classroom Infographic Best Practices Kick off in-class discussion when you post topics and questions to the Stream. Use Google Classroom for any subject and attach relevant videos, websites, documents and more. Save time at the photocopier when you use the “make a copy for each student” feature. Upload any file – PDFs,…
  • How YouTube Increases Classroom Pass Rates Infographic

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The How YouTube Increases Classroom Pass Rates Infographic presents the benefits of Youtube in classrooms as well as ways for teachers to incorporate Youtube in their lessons and keep their students engaged. 5 Benefits of Youtube in Classrooms More engagement from students. Instead of looking at a picture of Mount St. Helens erupting, students who are shown videos are much more likely to actually remember the event. Educational lessons can be shared across the globe, not just in one classroom from one teacher. Videos can supplement lessons for students who may learn at a slower pace, or who…
  • 10 Useful Tips for New Teachers Infographic

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    10 Useful Tips for New Teachers Infographic Have clear goals and a big vision for students to learn and achieve at high levels Deny yourself and students the option of failure Celebrate success and reward students with activities that enhance their learning Learn and grow everyday Kick-start students thinking by beginning a class with a provocative statement Use students’ strength in knowledge and behaviors to help them learn. Incorporate into your lessons physical and social activities as well as intellectual activities. Share with students the strategies you use yourself. Consider…
  • eLearning Content Development Lifecycle Infographic

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    eLearning Content Development Lifecycle Infographic The complete eLearning content development life cycle consist of the following three main steps: Learning Design It includes training need analysis, learning mode selection, SME selection and then Instructional designing. Learning Content development It includes storyboard development, Tools selection, content production, translation & Localization voice-over and then Quality analysis is being done. Learning Delivery It consist of activities like On premises SaaS LMS customization integration, Multi-device delivery, eLearning marketing…
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    Talk in French

  • Talk in French Podcast #21 Discover a new area of France: Bretagne / Another common mistake explained

    Frederic Bibard
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    Here is the 21th 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 not have he... The post Talk in French Podcast #21 Discover a new area of France: Bretagne / Another common mistake explained appeared first on Talk in French.
  • The 15 Most Interesting Museums In Paris

    Frederic Bibard
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    If you are reading this article, it  can mean one of two things. Either you are looking for a great museum/s to add to your next Parisian adventure, or you are interested in knowing more about the museums that Parisians and non-Parisians are talking about. Disclaimer: Here is my fifteen of the most ... The post The 15 Most Interesting Museums In Paris appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast #20 Discover a new area of France that you might not have heard yet: Périgord

    Frederic Bibard
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Here is the 20th 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 not have he... The post Talk in French Podcast #20 Discover a new area of France that you might not have heard yet: Périgord appeared first on Talk in French.
  • The Differences Between French in Québec and France

    Frederic Bibard
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Please note I have also some additional informations in this podcast episode  here. It can be said that Metropolitan (or Standard European) and Québec (or Canadian) French, while both rooted in early modern Classical French, are two completely distinct varieties of French. While even a non-French co... The post The Differences Between French in Québec and France appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast #19: Nightlife/ French Idioms and Slang about Work.

    Frederic Bibard
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Here is the 19th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: - Some information about French Culture. How do French People hang out - Some French Words with a... The post Talk in French Podcast #19: Nightlife/ French Idioms and Slang about Work. appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • GDP Rises and Consumer Confidence Recovers

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis released optimistic data showing a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increase of 4.2% in the output of goods and services. The new numbers are a windfall when compared to the previous 2.1% decline in the first quarter of 2014. The new release of information uses more accurate numbers than previous measurements which help the business community make investment decisions. The new numbers show an increase in nonresidential fixed investments with smaller numbers in private inventory investment. Other factors influencing the higher numbers were exports, personal…
  • Wearing the Right Shoes for Your Outdoor Adventure

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    J-41 Adventure On sells comfortable and stylish shoes for the outdoor enthusiast. The Argo and Sea-Breeze styles are a combination of a sandal and a shoe thereby making them a practical choice for multi-terrain use. Designed with recyclable rubber insoles and a non-slip grip you don’t have to worry about taking a poor step that twists your ankle. Using high quality and environmentally friendly materials they offer comfortable shoes with a mission. You are an outdoor adventurer and don’t know if you will be walking for miles, forced to jump a creek or engaged in the climbing of…
  • Encouraging San Diego Creativity to Solve Business and Scientific Problems

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Creativity isn’t just the domain of the artistic types and has practical applications for businesses. Without new ideas, ways of accomplishing goals, and unique solutions businesses fail to develop and grow. A paper by Deepa and Gopal (2011) delves into a model of creativity and how it can be used to foster business growth. The model focuses on four main stages of creative development that pushes a unique idea to a practical solution. San Diego has an abundance of creative people and artists from all walks of life that can contribute to economic growth.Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote,…
  • Castles of Seafaring Past

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
  • 2014 Asia-Pacific Business Conference

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    November 27th to 29th 2014 Perth, WA, Australia  The conference aims to bring together worldwide academics, researchers & policy-makers to discuss ongoing research on FTAs and Regional Integration in East Asia. All accepted papers will be published by Springer in its Series in Business & Economics.With the recent financial and economic crisis, globalization and regional economic integration has become again the focus of intense global interest and debate. Led by the rapidly growing Chinese economy, the East Asian region is forging closer economic ties than ever before, and…
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science in 2014-2015

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Looking to invigorate your science curriculum and teaching this year? Help Teaching’s team of teachers understands the time and commitment it takes to prepare meaningful science classes and lab activities, not to mention stay up-to-date with the latest scientific advances. We have gathered links to over 50 of our favorite resources to help support rookie and veteran science teachers and homeschooling parents alike during the 2014-2015 school year and beyond. Happy Teaching! QUICK LINKS: Next Generation Science Standards Astronomy Breaking Science News Biology Science Instruction Chemistry…
  • 5 Rules for the First Day of School

    William Campione
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Typically it’s the students who receive rules to follow on the first day of school. Instead, here are five rules for teachers to make the first day of school go smoothly. 1. Be welcoming Many veteran teachers live by outdated axioms, such as “Don’t smile until Thanksgiving!” and “It’s easier to go from mean to nice than from nice to mean!”. While these nuggets of wisdom contain some truth, experience has taught me that most students – even those with behavior issues – benefit from a warm, welcoming environment, and not one based on obsolete clichés. Welcome your students…
  • 10 Ways to Maintain Musical Form During the Summer

    Carrie Wible
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Even though school’s out and band directors aren’t  hounding anyone to practice, it’s very important to keep up practice on a musical instrument over the summer. It’s easy to put off practicing until “tomorrow,” but soon tomorrow becomes the first day of the new school year and the musical “lip” is lost.  Once the lip is lost,  it’s hard to find it, no matter how much time is spent looking for it. If honing skills, rather than halfheartedly playing familiar songs over and over, are the focus, musical momentum can be kept up in only 10…
  • 15 Summer Learning Activities for All Ages

    30 May 2014 | 3:31 am
    Summer’s here! It’s time for fun in the sun, family vacations, and… more learning. While you want to give your kids a chance to relax, you don’t want them to lose all they learned during the school year. To help keep their minds sharp, incorporate some learning into their summer activities. Not sure where to start? We’ve got plenty of ideas to help your kids learn during the summer, while still having fun! Elementary School Give your elementary student a chance to have some hands-on fun this summer. Head Outside Start by getting out of the house and observing the world around you.
  • Top 10 Ways to Teach the Common Core ELA Standards

    16 May 2014 | 7:04 am
    Bringing the Common Core State Standards for ELA into the classroom may seem like a challenge. With the new shifts in ELA instruction and a wealth of standards, it’s hard to know where to begin. While they look intimidating, the Common Core ELA standards simply promote a comprehensive approach to ELA, focusing on the skills students need to be ready for college and their future careers. Keeping this focus in mind and incorporating a few key elements can make teaching the Common Core ELA standards much easier. #1 Introduce Informational Texts One of the biggest elements of the Common Core…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • I am a Student and I need a Visa – Now What? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Acquiring a student visa may not be an easy task as one thinks. One may think that by the virtue of being a student their application will be considered immediately. However it is important to note that it involves certain requirements to be met before one is given the visa. The post I am a Student and I need a Visa – Now What? appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Get to the Peak of Your Career Through Productive Online ESL Courses (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Of course, you will find several options to get English knowledge and other supportive skills to read, write and speak with fluency but what online esl courses offer to you in not available anywhere else in this world. The post Get to the Peak of Your Career Through Productive Online ESL Courses appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • TOEFL: India Test of English as a Foreign Language (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Indian Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is a test of English language proficiency that is standard, mainly for academic purposes, for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U.S universities. The post TOEFL: India Test of English as a Foreign Language appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • The Benefits of Studying Abroad (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The friendships I formed throughout this experience were unlike any I had before. While I had my friend from home, we knew that travelling alone was not nearly as safe or as fun as travelling in a larger group. The post The Benefits of Studying Abroad appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to Get the Most Out of Undergrad Business School (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Over the last five decades, jobs in the financial sector have retained their place at the top of the most wanted jobs lists. If you are one of those people who get goosebumps from working with numbers then this is the time to make a move and solidify your place in this industry. The post How to Get the Most Out of Undergrad Business School appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Giving Students Our B.E.S.T.

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    “Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have.” -Carol Ann Duffy Monday is the first day for students in our district.  How excited they must be!  Anticipation and hope well up in the hearts of children and parents on the eve of a new school year.  New clothes, new shoes, and fresh supplies make for a restless night of sleep.  Our families send their best to our schools and they deserve our best in return.  Giving our students the best means: Being a safe place for children to learn, grow, and challenge themselves. Establishing routines and expectations that…
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    “Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling” -Deborah Day Our teachers return to school next week.  They’ll spend the week preparing their rooms, getting to know new colleagues, and participating in many staff development opportunities.  Of course, they will be most excited to get ready for and meet their new students.  One of the greatest parts of working in education is the sense of renewal that comes with the start of the school year.  The excitement is palpable as custodians clean, teachers put names on desks, and grade level teams begin planning…
  • Redefining the Narrative: African American Students Find their Path to College

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    There is an excellent article in the Washington Post today written by Emma Brown (Traversing two D.C.s, from Dunbar High to Georgetown University).  It highlights the experiences of two former Dunbar (D.C.) High School graduates and former class valedictorians.  The article is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the challenges that African American students face when they venture into the world of higher education. Johnathan Carrington and Sharnita James want a chance to excel in life.  They grew up in neighborhoods and went to schools that provided the best education possible. …
  • Retreating to the Chesapeake Bay

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

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

  • Challenging what is to pursue what could be.

    Jack Lee
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    In 1964, Minnesota Outward Bound School, or MOBS, provided outdoor expeditions for young men that would challenge their character and inspire their determination to serve their communities once they returned back home. At that time, if a young woman wanted to join in on the adventure, she was told no. But all of that changed... The post Challenging what is to pursue what could be. appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Keeping the Flame Alive

    Jack Lee
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    When I mention that I work for Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS), someone often asks whether we “just serve at-risk kids.” I explain that we serve a wide variety of students, but that yes, one of our programs helps young people who are struggling to make positive choices. We don’t call these students “at-risk.” We... The post Keeping the Flame Alive appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • There Is No Place Like Homeplace

    Briana Garrison
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Pieh dock seems to always have some sort of an invitation. It’s a place of connection, dock-talks and wandering at the sky. It’s a relief for a mind’s whirl-wind at the end of a summer day, course planning, supporting, or office detail. It’s the start and a finish line home from the traditional Personal... The post There Is No Place Like Homeplace appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Tips for Working With Troubled Teens: Part 3

    Jack Hilbrich
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I stated in one of my earlier posts that teenagers are always looking for answers, whether they act like it or not. They are trying things, often seemingly lacking impulse control. This can present itself as wanting more, and more freedom. But there is often a disconnect between the ying of freedoms they desire, and... The post Tips for Working With Troubled Teens: Part 3 appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Tips for Working with Troubled Teens: Part 2

    Jack Hilbrich
    30 May 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of work instructing courses for Voyageur Outward Bound School’s award-winning Intercept Program. In Part: 2 of this blog entry, I’ve decided to focus on how people react, or respond to one another. Often times we become so focused on a struggling teens behavior, and how we can... The post Tips for Working with Troubled Teens: Part 2 appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • Tips for Writing the Introduction

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The introduction may well be one of the most important sections of your essay and it is essential that it makes the best possible impression upon the reader. It should be well structured, free from grammatical errors and written with flair and a distinctive voice. There are also some specific elements which are usually included in the content of an introduction. The main components to bear in mind are: content, structure and style. Content In brief, this list details most of the elements which should be included in an introduction: -justification of why your work brings something new to an…
  • Helpful Spelling Tips

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you are ever unsure about the correct spelling of a word, there is likely to be a helpful rule which you can apply. Words can be broken down into types and categories and usually fit into a spelling mould. However, as with most aspects of the English language, there are many and varied exceptions to any given rule! Learn about the intricacies of several spelling rules below. ‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ This mnemonic has been taught to children since the mid 1800’s and remains a useful spelling tip to this day. Usually, words with a long ‘e’ sound are spelled ‘ie’,…
  • Common Mistakes: Lay Vs. Lie

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Misuse of the words ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ is so common that it has almost become ubiquitous, especially in modern speech. As a result of how accustomed we are to hearing and using these two verbs incorrectly, it can be difficult to distinguish the correct form! In academic writing, however, it is important that you mark yourself out as a competent writer by using both verbs and their past participles correctly. Lie For the purposes of distinguishing between ‘lay’ and ‘lie’, the other definition of the verb ‘to lie’, meaning to tell a falsehood, will not be discussed here. The…
  • Hyphens, Dashes and When to Hyphenate

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Hyphen The hyphen is a punctuation mark which is used to join together two words, often in order to form a compound noun, adjective or verb, or to separate one word into multiple parts. It looks like this: The hyphen is not to be confused with the dash, which is slightly longer and used in different contexts. The hyphen should not be preceded or followed by a space and is used in a sentence like this: ‘Jonathan was extremely well-read and achieved a first-class degree’. There is such a thing as a suspended or hanging hyphen, where, if two hyphenated words are used in list form, the…
  • Common Mistakes: Horde Vs. Hoard

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The words ‘horde’ and ‘hoard’ provide further examples of words in the English language which sound identical when spoken but have different spellings and meanings. One can be used as a verb whilst the other is a noun which is used in very specific circumstances. Make sure that you use the correct word in your writing by brushing up on their meanings and usage. Horde The word ‘horde’, in its proper sense, is a noun used to describe a group of nomadic warriors. It is particularly used in the context of tribes from the Asian continent. It is much more commonly used, usually in a…
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    The Edvocate

  • 4 Ways Digital Technology has Changed K-12 Learning

    Matthew Lynch
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Digital technology has taken the world by storm – particularly in the past decade. It makes sense that this trend would have an impact on K-12 learning because there is nothing in modern American society that digital technology has not touched. While the names of the mobile applications and computer programs may change, there are some foundational ways that technology has already changed the face of education forever. Take a look: Collaboration: Students can now work together on basic assignments and larger projects without having to meet at the library after school. Email and Cloud…
  • Lessons from Educators on the Big Screen: Part III

    Matthew Lynch
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    It may be true that Hollywood tends to glamorous things and turn true stories into not-so-true ones for the screen, but there are also a lot of impactful films that serve a purpose. In the case of teachers, Hollywood has produced some great examples of lessons that are integral to strong educators. Last week I mentioned six of my favorites that fall into this category, and today I want to add my final three. Won’t Back Down (2012): Teachers unions panned this one because of its implications that organizations like theirs were to blame for school underperformance. At the heart of the movie,…
  • Lessons from Educators on the Big Screen: Part II

    Matthew Lynch
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    For better or worse, films influence people. While known for exaggeration, I do feel like the best-made films contribute something to society at large. In the case of movies where excellence in teaching is the star, there is a lot to be gleaned – whether for first time or veteran teachers. In part I of this series, I wrote about four inspirational movies that highlight transcendent educators. Today I want look at a few more of my favorites from the big screen and the lessons they teach teachers about their important jobs. Lean on Me (1989). This is not really about a teacher per se, but…
  • Sexting: What K-12 Schools Should Know

    The Edvocate
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    A guest post by Suzanne Bogdan Sexting among today’s youth is a problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent, and that many schools and parents are being forced to confront and manage.  Sexting is when minors take nude or partially-nude pictures or video images of themselves or others, with cell phones or webcams, and share them through text message, email, social media post, or similar method of internet distribution.  Unfortunately, the media continues to explode with news reports of adolescents engaged in sexting scandals, and the legal issues that arise from those incidents are…
  • Lessons from Educators on the Big Screen: Part I

    Matthew Lynch
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    The factor that ultimately determines how successful students will become academically is the teacher(s) that they are assigned to. The qualities of good teachers are varied; some are effective using kindness, while others set a high bar for their students and never waver. Each teacher will have to find his or her way through the everyday practice of being in a classroom, and no two teachers will educate in the same way. Like all aspects of our lives, including love and relationships, Americans grow up watching teachers on the big screen. Movies that celebrate strong teachers inspire the next…
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    CTET Preparation

  • CTET: Let us Explore 6...

    NIIT Litmus
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Q1. Ms.Aditi, a fourth grade social studies teacher, recognizes that students are experiencing difficulty comprehending a chapter in the text book. She decides to use a strategy in which he and his students share responsibility for discussion as they predict, clarify and summarize while reading the text. Ms.Aditi is most likely using which of the following instructional strategies?                1. Modeling                2. Reciprocal…
  • CTET:Let us Explore 5...

    NIIT Litmus
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Q1. Which of the following instructional strategies is most commonly observed in middle-grade classes in which core subjects are integrated into the curriculum?1.The teacher focuses on individualized instruction, although small groups are used more for reading than for mathematics.2.The teacher is careful to prepare students for seat work so they have opportunities to complete tasks successfully.3.The teacher focuses on whole group discussions and uses various questioning, explaining, and probing techniques.4.     The teacher stops and reteaches material whenever necessary…
  • CTET: Let us Explore 4...Answer

    NIIT Litmus
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    1. The students in a third-grade class are going to perform an experiment in which they will measure the amount of time it takes for one, two, and eight ice cubes to melt in a given quantity of water at a particular temperature. They will then predict the melting times for four and for sixteen ice cubes in water of the same temperature. Of the following, a skill that is prerequisite to making successful predictions for this experiment is the ability to1.     make accurate observations2.     read a chart showing the data3.     use a…
  • CTET: Let us Explore 4

    NIIT Litmus
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    Q1. The students in a third-grade class are going to perform an experiment in which they will measure the amount of time it takes for one, two, and eight ice cubes to melt in a given quantity of water at a particular temperature. They will then predict the melting times for four and for sixteen ice cubes in water of the same temperature. Of the following, a skill that is prerequisite to making successful predictions for this experiment is the ability tomake accurate observationsread a chart showing the datause a metric scaleidentify likenesses and differencesQ2. Which of the following would…
  • CTET SEP 2014 - Overview of Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

    NIIT Litmus
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Overview of Revised Bloom’s TaxonomyStructure of the Original Taxonomy1.0 Knowledge1.10 Knowledge of specifics1.11 Knowledge of terminology1.12 Knowledge of specific facts1.20 Knowledge of ways and means of dealing withspecifics1.21 Knowledge of conventions1.22 Knowledge of trends and sequences1.23 Knowledge of classifications and categories1.24 Knowledge of criteria1.25 Knowledge of methodology1.30 Knowledge of universals and abstractions in afield1.31 Knowledge of principles and generalizations1.32 Knowledge of theories and structures2.0 Comprehension2.1 Translation2.2 Interpretation2.3…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • Traveling with Toddler? 8 Things You Must Pack

    Lynda Way
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re planning a day trip to Grandma’s house or a week long excursion across the country, it is important to be prepared when traveling with a toddler. It is easy to over prepare and pack everything under the sun. … Read MoreThe post Traveling with Toddler? 8 Things You Must Pack appeared first on .
  • Summer Care: How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

    Lynda Way
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who does not love the summer? We all have fond memories of our childhood, playing in the outside with our friends in the sprinklers with the sun beaming on us. While this beautiful season comes with wonderful things, it also … Read MoreThe post Summer Care: How to Keep Your Kids Healthy appeared first on .
  • What Tickles Your Child’s Funny Bone?

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

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

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

  • 46 candidates lost chance to get admitted in MBBS colleges

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that at least 46 students could not be admitted to MBBS or BDS courses this year as they had not completed 17 years of age as on the cut-off date December 31, 2013.  Additional government pleader P Sanjay Gandhi submittedthat many students were short of the cut-off date and their applications had been rejected, in a counter-affidavit before Justice V Ramasubramanian when the case of T Ramanujam, whose application was rejected because of the shortage of 27 days for attaining age of 17 as on the cut-off date, came up for…
  • MBBS seats: Harsh Vardhan comes down hard on Medical Council of India

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Vardhan, who had earlier charged the regulatory body with corrupt practices, said it was an open secret for years that the MCI looked the other way as medical colleges rampantly flouted regulations. "Suddenly, this year they have struck. But why are they not punishing managements? Students have been punished. For many of them the dream of becoming a doctor has evaporated as they would be forced to pursue studies in other disciplines," he said in a statement. Though 2,750 new MBBS seats were approved in 2014, applications for the renewal of 3,920 seats were rejected by the MCI for the failure…
  • VITEEE 2014: More than 1.9 lakh Candidates to Appear for the VIT Entrance exam

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    The Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE ) to begin today will see a total of 1, 93, 790 candidates. The exam will continue till April 20 across 137 centres in 112 cities. This exam is held for admissions to 18 undergraduate engineering offered by VIT University. List of Students Registered for VITEEE 2014 state wise   State No of Candidates Andra Pradesh 37, 298 Uttar Pradesh 28,337 Bihar 18, 861 Maharashtra 14,801 Rajasthan 12,839 Tamil Nadu 12,555   VITEEE 2014 Exam Pattern & duration:   VITEEE 2014 is a computer based, (online) multiple…
  • Sri Ramachandra University MBBS, BDS Admission 2014

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:29 am
    Sri Ramachandra University MBBS, BDS Admission 2014 Sri Ramachandra University Admission 2014  The Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai is released the Undergraduate (MBBS, BDS) admission notification for filling up the vacancies in respective courses for 2014. The Ramachandra University Application form 2014 is now available for apply in the Sri Ramachandra official website  Each year large number of candidates is participating in Ramachandra university entrance exam. The remaining details such as education qualification, eligibility criteria, age…
  • KAIET 2014 Medical Entrance Exam in May

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:42 am
    KAIET 2014 Medical Entrance Exam in May The Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) is expecting to conduct Krishna All India Entrance Test (KAIET) on May 15. The Medical application process for the same will begin on March 14. The eligible and interested candidates / students can submit their application forms latest by May 8. The Entrance exam is carrying out for admission to KIMS University's bachelor courses in dental surgery, nursing, surgery and physiotherapy.     KAIET 2014 Eligibility criteria: The candidates willing to apply for the entrance test should be at least 17…
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  • Recruitment of Assistant Works Manager by TNPSC

    Shanthi Ganesan
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Recruitment of Assistant Works Manager by TNPSC Hi friends, Good opportunity for those trying to get a permanent job after studying Printing Technology which is not a very common field of Engineering and Technology. But your dreams will come true in near future and you can feel proud for choosing this different technology when compared […]The post Recruitment of Assistant Works Manager by TNPSC appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:TRB Assistant Professor Jobs In Government Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu TNPSC Group 1 Results 2014 CRIS Recruitment 2014 Tamilnadu Government Law…
  • The Clock and the Compass

    Shanthi Ganesan
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The Clock and the Compass There are two contrasting tools, which are usually instrumental in directing us towards what we should be doing: the CLOCK and the COMPASS. The Clock represents our Commitments Appointments Schedules Goals Activities The Compass represents our Vision Principles Values Mission Conscience Direction The problem is usually when there is a […]The post The Clock and the Compass appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Communication–You Will Ever Master Etiquette for Life Tips To Be a Successful Person
  • The Whole world is for Us

    Shanthi Ganesan
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    The Whole world is for Us!!!!!!! “What is there for us?  Why the problem is only for me?  Why am I not getting a job in good IT Company with 5 figured salary?”  Most of us will be thinking like this.  We are getting dejected like this most of the time.  We think that we […]The post The Whole world is for Us appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Success Cannot Be Spelt Without You Tips To Be a Successful Person How to Improve Team Bonding Stress Management Techniques Benefits of Time Management
  • Soft skill development for Successful Children

    Shanthi Ganesan
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:23 pm
    A boy named Akshay, who studies in 9th standard, is gauche and awkward in social situations. He slouches while walking, is all elbows, and has the nervous habit of biting his nails. He mumbles to himself staring at the floor instead of making eye contact and answering his teacher. He has very few friends, and […]The post Soft skill development for Successful Children appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Tips To Be a Successful Person Benefits of Time Management Tamilnadu 10th Result 2014|Tamilnadu SSLC Result 2014 2050 – A Bright Future Tips To Clear The…
  • Tamilnadu Government Law College Lecturer Jobs

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

  • Kindle in the Classroom: Video

    Mark Barnes
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Students love reading on mobile devices. If you want to instill a love or reading in your students, encourage them to use their mobile devices and share their opinions about what they’re reading. This video demonstrates how to annotate and share content using a Kindle eReader. Give it a try, and let us know how it goes.
  • 6 Ways Teachers Kill the Joy of Reading

    Mark Barnes
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    photo credit: bark via photopin cc There was a time when I was a bad teacher. It’s okay; I can say it, because, fortunately, I learned how to be better. As an English language arts teacher, I was really good at one thing–making kids hate reading. I didn’t intend to kill the joy of reading. I simply didn’t know any better. Like many traditional teachers, I hid behind old methods–lecture, practice, test, grade and move on. It’s how I was taught to teach. Even worse, I was driven by a curriculum that called for one class novel per year for my 7th graders. Can…
  • 9 (More) Inventive and Fun Activities for Learning

    Forrest Miller
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    photo credit: Josh Bancroft via photopin cc The goal of any educator should be to make learning fun. A few weeks ago, Brilliant or Insane came up with a list of 9 Inventive and Fun Activities for Learning. This week, we have extended that list of great educational games, apps, and activities. Every item on the list is packed full of fun learning ideas that won’t break the budget. 9: Exoplanet For students interested in the stars and the universe, Exoplanets is an excellent educational app. Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars outside of our own solar system. The app is developed and…
  • Understanding Gamification and Its Role in Education

    Mark Barnes
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    There are plenty of educators who fail to comprehend the usefulness of gamification or game based learning in education. I’ll admit that I certainly didn’t get gamification not so long ago. Although some games can have a deleterious impact on learning and daily activities, many spark the kind of brain activity that is productive to a variety of classroom activities. No matter what you understand about gaming, this infographic contains insight into gaming’s impact on the brain, which may help you and your colleagues decide what role gaming will play at your school. Please…
  • 5 Digital Strategies That Deliver a Complete Education Experience

    Hannah Whittenly
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Many teachers and administrative boards of years past have struggled to really understand the needs of their students. Furthermore, educators did not have the tools necessary to help children engage in the classroom as an individual. Today, our understanding of student needs has advanced and technology has the potential to meet these needs. Though tech development and the understanding of learning still aren’t in perfect harmony, digital learning is the future of education. Here are some needs that you may have in your classroom that already have existing solutions in the form technology. 5…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Toddler Separation is Big Work

    Montessori Tides
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Toddler Separation is big work for everyone involved! However, thanks to the home visit and open house, the children are separating very well. Trust with the caregivers has been established and all the children are curious about their peers and the activities. One toddler who just separated, stopped crying when Ms. Johanna softly sang the […]
  • 20 Things To Teach a Child

    Montessori Tides
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    We believe that every parent is his or her child’s first teacher. Have you ever wondered what exactly your child needs to know from you? Here is a list based on a parent education series session “Bringing Montessori Home” last fall. This list was provided to help parents give their children a better sense of […]
  • Recycling Creatively to Make a Global Impact

    Montessori Tides
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Keeping our beaches clean is an increasing environmental problem that scientists cannot solve alone. Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans everyday. Fortunately, Gloria and Selena, seniors at Stanton College Prep School in Downtown Jacksonville and founders of The Bottle Project, are working with local non-profits Kids’ FUN and COAST to create […]
  • Not Too Cool For School

    Montessori Tides
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    In our own Montessori tradition, we held a special graduation ceremony for third-year lower elementary bridge students Thursday, May 22. This ceremony is extremely special to us. We take this time to honor our student’s individual accomplishments and hear their sweet good-bye speeches to the lower elementary classroom. As the celebration unfolds, the children share […]
  • Stay Connected Over Summer

    Montessori Tides
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Join Montessori Tides School community as we kick-off staying connected over summer with our Summer Meetup play dates! One of the best ways to stay connected this summer is by joining a Montessori Tides Summer Meetup. It’s the perfect way to connect with classmates over summer, enjoy fun play dates, and make new friends. Toddler […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • 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 […]
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity

    Montessori Group
    19 May 2014 | 9:04 am
    Presented at the American Montessori Society 2014 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas March 29, 2014. Andrew Solomon drew on 40,000 pages of interview transcripts with more than 300 families to write his book Far From the Tree, which tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also […]
  • Montessori Language, Speaking, Writing, and Reading, Ages 0-3

    Montessori Group
    2 May 2014 | 9:58 am
    Language for 0-3 Originally published by The Michael Olaf Montessori Company with excerpts from the book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three. The First Year: the Senses We can feed the child’s intense interest in language and prepare for later spoken language, by speaking clearly, by not raising our voice to […]
  • Supporting Your Child’s School

    Montessori Group
    29 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    When you enroll your child in a Montessori school, you join a warm and welcoming community of teachers, students, and families. Being an active part of that community can bring many rewards: a voice in your child’s education; greater contact with teachers and school administrators; and a window into the Montessori way, among others. There […]
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    Knowledge Transfer

  • California Community Colleges Aim to Boost Degree, Transfer Rates

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    On Wednesday, the California Community Colleges system announced it will seek to increase the number of students earning certificates, degrees or transferring to four-year institutions by nearly a quarter of a million over the next 10 incoming freshman classes under college completion goals set by the system’s Board of Governors. Action by the Board of Governors represents the most ambitious student outcomes goal-setting effort undertaken by the college system and establishes clear markers for measuring the effectiveness of the Student Success Initiative. Community Colleges Chancellor Brice…
  • College Affordability: Students Choose Military Schools over Ivies

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Parchment, the industry leader in the electronic exchange of student transcripts, announced on Wednesday the results of its 4th annual Student Choice College Rankings study, which compares more than 700 colleges and universities among a sample size of more than 27,000 U.S. in-bound college students nationwide. The ed tech company has the unique advantage to issue college rankings, since it is the only study that reveals college preferences and enrollment decisions reported from actual college-bound students. Parchment’s Student Choice College Rankings found that students that were admitted…
  • College Students Lose About 13 Credits Following the First Transfer

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Last Wednesday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new statistical analysis report entitled, “Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment.” Written by Sean Anthony Simone, this new report examines how often, and under what conditions, postsecondary institutions accept the transfer of credits earned by students at other institutions. NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations. NCES activities are designed to address…
  • Is the Transfer Problem at 4-Year Private Institutions Different?

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    A month ago, we took a deeper dive into a recent survey by the National Transfer Network that found up to 56 percent of students who were enrolled in college in March 2014 were likely to transfer to another institution. The survey of 1,027 college students in the U.S. also found that “transfer of most credits toward degree” was the most important factor when selecting another institution. Today, let’s take a closer look at the survey’s results for respondents who were enrolled as a college student at a 4-year private institution to see if the transfer problem is similar to or…
  • Why Should Everyone Be Able to Afford Higher Education?

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    President Barack Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, meets with college students, recent graduates and educators at Magnolia’s Deli & Café, Six weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled, “Why We Fight: Make College More Accessible, Affordable, and Attainable.” I thought it had explained why those of us who are fighting to solve the U.S. college transfer problem face a challenge: convincing higher education leaders and others of the need to become involved in a new series of battles. And I suggested that solving the U.S. college transfer problem will help to make college more…
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Current Affairs 28th August 2014 – Monthly Current Affairs Magazine

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Current Affairs 28th August 2014 We have written some important daily current affairs for the students who are appearing in the government or bank exam.The below mentioned current affairs is belong to date of 28th August 2014.So those people are searching for Current Affairs 28th August 2014 ,28th August 2014 Current Affairs  or daily current affairs can recommend this article and share... The post Current Affairs 28th August 2014 – Monthly Current Affairs Magazine appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • 27th August 2014 Current Affairs – Daily Current Affairs Magazine

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    27th August 2014 Current Affairs US army destroyed weapon called Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) On 25th August 2014 the US army destroyed their own weapon called Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) to ensure the public safety at its remote Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. The  Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) was weapon which developed by lots of research and US... The post 27th August 2014 Current Affairs – Daily Current Affairs Magazine appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 26th August 2014-Daily Current Affairs Magazine

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Current Affairs 26th August 2014 Ramesh Chand Tayal Appointed as Special Director General of CRPF On 25th August 2014 the 19080 IPS batch officer of Assam – Meghalaya cadre Ramesh Chand Tayal Appointed as Special Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The clearence of Ramesh Chand Tayal named has been done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led committee called Appointments Committee of... The post Current Affairs 26th August 2014-Daily Current Affairs Magazine appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Best Smartphone Under Rs.15000 or $ 250

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Hey Guys,We have come up with this article because lots of our tech lovers wanted to know some Best Smartphone Under Rs.15000 or $ 250 and they couldn’t found some honest advice any where else.We have seen that smartphone lover are continuously searching for Best Smartphone Under Rs.10000 ,Best Smartphone Under Rs.10000 to Rs.15000 , Best Smartphone Under Rs.15000 in 2014 etc so... The post Best Smartphone Under Rs.15000 or $ 250 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 25th August 2014-daily dose of current affairs

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Current Affairs 25th August 2014 India’s first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) At West Bengal On 24th August the president of India Pranab Mukherjeen has inaugurated India’s first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) At West Bengal.At the time of inauguration Pranab Mukherjee emphasized that we have to give priority to the state level institutes and... The post Current Affairs 25th August 2014-daily dose of current affairs appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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    I Love Learning

  • 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…
  • Preparing Children For Learning At School

    I Love Learning
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Starting school is a huge step in the life of both parent and child, and marks the start of a huge formative factor in their young lives. Choosing the right school and ensuring your child is ready to meet the challenge is one of the best things a parent can do. Of course it’s up to the individual child to adapt to the new environment and routine, but there are certain things a parent can do to help with this preparation and ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. 1. Visit the school together. Well before they start, the best thing you can do is make the school feel like a…
  • Television Brain Games

    I Love Learning
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the most popular genres of TV shows across multiple audiences is brain games or knowledge quiz shows. In these, a contestant is putting their mental acumen and knowledge to the test for money or prizes – but the real enjoyment comes in the audience being able to participate and say “see, I knew that!” As well as being entertaining, these shows are genuinely educational – providing facts and figures in a format that makes them easier to remember and absorb, because you’ll also remember the context of the show. It’s a fun competition for the family,…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • How to create animated snow flakes in PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Snowing! who doesn’t love snow? it adds a calm nature to everything it touches even to the digital world. Greetings that come with snow backgrounds do bring out the cool feel even when there’s no snow outside. So, how about creating these amazing natural elements in PowerPoint bu just using the shapes and simple animations? As always we repeat this sentence that — Animations in PowerPoint can open windows to your imagination. With little creativity and ideas you can create amazing scenes in PowerPoint and you don’t need to be any professional. All you need to know is…
  • Free PowerPoint Templates – Blue Net Look

    FPPTP Admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Are you a fan of the color blue? Do you want PowerPoint templates that gives your presentation the cool blue look? If yes is your answer then these templates are for you. This whole download contains 3 templates in both widescreen and standard resolutions. Just download these templates and get started. These templates are especially made for PowerPoint 2013 users.  See how the templates look. Actually these are blank presentations which you can customize as per your requirements. Download these Free PowerPoint Templates and get your self started. Download These Templates for Free | >2Mb…
  • Fish Diagrams for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is just a sample presentation which you can open and start using. This presentation comes with three slides, two slides containing the Fish Diagrams and the third slide that contains arrows and the text boxes that you can copy and paste withing your slides Download Fish Diagrams for PowerPoint | free   A little Knowledge! What are Fish Diagrams? The Ishikawa diagrams , also called cause-effect diagrams are graphical representation whose structure diagram is also called as fish diagrams, this is a simple representation that can be a kind of backbone, which is a line in the…
  • Cartoon Characters for PowerPoint

    Vika Y
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Don’t you love to use cartoon characters to put expressions on your slides. I’ve seen many presentations that do, and if you are one of that kind then this download is for you. Download these Cartoon Characters for PowerPoint and start using them right within your slides. Note that these cartoons are basically vectors so you can perform edits such as resize, ungroup and more.. My suggestion as they are and perform resize edits, but if you are professional at PowerPoint then you can proceed with further changes. The whole collection is about 3 cartoon characters so download now and…
  • One Minute Timer for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Early in our blog we’ve released 1 Minute Timer presentation for PowerPoint and soon after two days, we’ve received another One Minute Timer presentation from a user named Nigel from New York. We were thrilled to see that presentation because the concept was great and we were glad that our early release was an inspiration which made him to create this amazing presentation. Here is what Nigel says — “Your One Minute Timer was amazing. When I was trying to work out a presentation with your timer, I’ve got an idea to make it even better. I don’t say my timer…
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  • Social Media Brotherhood and the precarious situation of youngsters

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Article written by Daniel Tay  about Singaporean youths who use social media like  Facebook to recruit new members is not a shocker to the netizens all around the globe. We cannot deny that the social media has affected our lifestyles and the way we socialize and communicate with one another. Talking has morphed into chatboxes, announcements into notifications and tag into tagging pictures instead of just playing ‘tag your it’. The Rise of Technology   Communication in the last 50 years or so has never been this good, fast and efficient. Imagine talking to your friends half-way…
  • 5 Reasons why you should be a Tutor

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Do you have a sincere desire to help others? Do you have a passion for teaching? Do you want to positively impact the future of our world? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, then you are ready to become a tutor. There are a lot of ways that you can help someone and tutoring is one way. It is an excellent opportunity to build your communication skills, keep your knowledge of the coursework updated and form a great impression of your resume for future jobs. So, what really is a tutor? Some might think a tutor is someone who will just answer any random questions about any…
  • Students Propose Ways for a Cleaner Singapore

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Campaigns to clean Singapore extends to students by calling them to give their ideas on how to keep Singapore clean, announced by education minister Heng Swee Keat during the 7th Teachers’ Conference. “Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools” was launched last June 3 as part of values education learning. According to Mr. Heng, the movement was supported by both students and schools in Singapore. The mission of the movement is to tap on students’ ideas to keep school and neighborhood clean. The minister was proud to announce that the movement helps students become the role models for…
  • Top 10 Primary Schools in Singapore in 2013

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    With each of the primary schools performing really well in the past years, ranking them can be an uphill task. Noting that MOE only provides rankings for secondary schools, arguments have made rounds that primary schools must also be ranked to allow parents to make sound choices on which institution to enrol their students. According to Kiasu Parents, there are more primary schools than secondary schools in Singapore and ranking them isn’t just a beneficial step to help parents but also a good way to merit the school’s hardwork in establishing a good learning environment. 2013 primary…
  • Underage Smoking Gets Intense and What Parents can Do About It

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    Farid Jaafar, head of Youth Infinity at the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre believes that enforcement strategies is not enough to weed out smoking among teenagers in Singapore. It has been 6 years of battle for him to minimize the worsening cases of underage smoking in the country. For the past decade, he was able to counsel 200 underage smokers, some as young as in primary schools. Mr. Farid explained that today’s generation is prone to risk-taking behaviors. Most of them are influenced by peers and they are being pulled to try different explorations including smoking. “Just because…
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    CITE » Blog

  • High Stakes Testing Opt Out Numbers

    John Russo
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    What do the recently released high stakes testing opt out numbers mean? As always, we start with Chalkbeat’s blog — they have THIS story on how opt out numbers are […] The post High Stakes Testing Opt Out Numbers appeared first on CITE.
  • Pre K Teacher News

    John Russo
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Fariña and De Blasio address Pre K Teachers – Pre K Teacher News Day 1 for the new Pre K initiative draws near! The Mayor and Chancellor are using this […] The post Pre K Teacher News appeared first on CITE.
  • Common Core Gallup Poll Results

    John Russo
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    COMMON CORE GALLUP POLL SHOWS MORE AWARENESS, MORE INACCURACY PDK Gallop poll confirms that CCSS knowledge is a roiling battle for control of the narrative. While more people know about the […] The post Common Core Gallup Poll Results appeared first on CITE.
  • NYPD UFT Fight

    John Russo
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    NYPD UFT Fight Why Michael Mulgrew decided to back Sharpton’s rally is a complicated issue. (One we’re not equipped to unpack, much less judge, right now.) But nonetheless, this was […] The post NYPD UFT Fight appeared first on CITE.
  • sign up for classroom donations!

    John Russo
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Reddit is hosting a gift exchange (click), where teachers can sign up for free, and request classroom supplies. Donors will choose what supplies they want to buy, and will send them. […] The post sign up for classroom donations! appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar


    Shriya Arora
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Delhi University is always full of new events and unending enthusiasm. As the election time nears, candidates contesting for the seats are busy organising campaigns and posting catchy slogans which can help them win. The nominated candidates are rigorously competing with each other for victory. However, the candidates are facing a lot of difficulty in ... DELHI UNIVERSITY (DUSU) ELECTION FEVER 2014-2015 is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post DELHI UNIVERSITY (DUSU) ELECTION FEVER 2014-2015 appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Delhi IIT Model United Nations

    DU Khabar
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein AIESEC in Delhi IIT presents you DIMUN for the first time. With the success of events hosted by AIESEC in Delhi IIT, the first addition of the Model United Nations promises to leave an impact and focus on issues which plague the world, issues which are ... Delhi IIT Model United Nations is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Delhi IIT Model United Nations appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Date for DUSU Elections 2014-15 released

    Kanika Sachdeva
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    DUSU (Delhi University Students Union) is the representative body constituting students from different DU colleges and faculties. This year DUSU elections are scheduled to take place on September 12. The students of Colleges/Departments/ Institutions affiliated to DUSU are eligible to cast their votes. The last date for filling nominations is September 3 and the students ... Date for DUSU Elections 2014-15 released is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Date for DUSU Elections 2014-15 released appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • The Perfect Beauty or The Perfect Stereotype?

    Parnal Vats
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I spend a sizeable amount of time in the Metro every day. Yes, sympathise all you rich pricks… One thing remains constant besides the unwarranted war- like unrest in the women’s coach- women trying really hard to look beautiful ALL the time. It’s Armageddon in there but she has to look like Megan Fox right? ... The Perfect Beauty or The Perfect Stereotype? is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post The Perfect Beauty or The Perfect Stereotype? appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Strength & Weakness

    Prateek Goyal
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    What makes you strong has the potential to make you weak! Sounds insane? Well it is’n’t. Any talent you have, which you presume to be you strength, has the potential in it to become your weakness. Let’s think about it.  You are competitive! This is a great attribute. People who are more competitive give their ... Strength & Weakness is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Strength & Weakness appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • 3 Must-Read Books for Teachers & School Leaders Who Truly Want Their Students to Excel

    Shaun Killian
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    There are over half a million books out there claiming to tell how to teach more effectively and improve student results. However, many of them aren’t worth reading at all and those that are, often rehash well-known ideas. Yet, amidst this sea of misinformation and mediocrity, these three gems stand out. Why? They are based on research rather than on someone’s ‘theory’ of what works. They challenge you to think beyond deeply entrenched views of teaching. They may not all be the easiest reads, but they are well worth the effort. You may have read one or two already, but it’s worth…
  • 2014 NAPLAN Results Released: What Do They Show?

    Shaun Killian
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Today, ACARA released its preliminary summary of the 2014 NAPLAN results. Here’s what they showed. THE GOOD Reading results improved for students in Year 3 & 5 from 2008-2013. These improvements have been maintained in 2014. Results for grammar & punctuation improved for students in Year 3 & 7 from 2008-2013. These improvements have been maintained in 2014. THE HO-HUM Spelling results have not improved Numeracy results have not improved in any year levels THE BIZARRE Writing results are down in all year levels, but dropped the most in Year 3   What Do The 2014 NAPLAN…
  • You Matter Campaign

    Shaun Killian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    It’s likely that I don’t know you, but if you’re reading this, it’s also likely that you are a teacher, hence I can confidently say – you matter. The You Matter campaign was started by Angela Maiers and it worth joining. Here is how it relates to you as a teacher. Most teachers choose their noble profession because they want to make a difference in the lives of the kids they teach, and research shows that you do – it’s true – you matter. In fact, teachers make more of a difference to how well kids do in school than most other factors. What’s more, your impact goes well…
  • 3 Common Mistakes Teachers Make When Giving Feedback

    Shaun Killian
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Research shows that giving your students feedback is one of the most powerful ways that you can boost how well they do at school. In fact, John Hattie’s early research suggested that giving regular feedback could see students improve by as much as 37 percentile points. If you don’t give your students regular feedback – start doing so now. However, some forms of feedback have far more impact than others. Sadly, when it is delivered poorly, feedback can even have a negative effect on students’ subsequent results. Therefore, it is crucial that you know how to give feedback well. Avoiding…
  • Pinnacle’s Principles of Effective Teaching

    Shaun Killian
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Effective teaching is not about jargon, buzzwords or particular philosophies of teaching. Yet, when you look at academics’ efforts to describe the principles of effective teaching, that is exactly what you find. Rather, effective teaching is about helping your students to achieve the best results they can at school. Most teachers want to help kids and to make real difference in their lives. This is what keeps them going each day. Thankfully, research shows that teachers do make a difference. However, some teachers make far more difference than others do. Source: Sanders, W. L., &…
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  • Quick Reference – MySQL

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Chapter 1 – Introduction to MYSQL What is MYSQL? A database is a storage place for information. Usually the information is organized into a series of related categories, where it is stored in an orderly fashion, and can be modified, updated, searched for, retrieved and/or deleted as often as necessary. MYSQL was once the most popular open source database management system. It was free, and earned a reputation for reliability and ease of use. Nowadays, MariaDB is the open source variation of MYSQL, but for now we’ll continue to call it MYSQL rather than getting into the long and…
  • Quick Reference – HTML

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Chapter 1 – Introduction to HTML What is HTML? Web pages are files that are viewed using a browser. They are written in a language called HTML. HTML is made up of a set of elements, or tags, that are used as instructions to tell the browser what should appear on a web page, and how it should be structured. An HTML element looks something like this: <html> </html> Anyone can view a webpage’s HTML by viewing the source of that webpage. If you right click on this page, for example, and select “View Page Source”, you can see the HTML that the browser is reading…
  • Quick Reference – CSS

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Chapter 1 – Introduction to CSS What is CSS? CSS, which stands for Cascading Style Sheets, is a language used alongside HTML to separate a webpage’s content (the HTML part) from the design and formatting (the CSS part). It defines fonts, colors, margins, lines, height, width, backgrounds, images, positions and other visual aspects of a webpage, something which HTML was not originally designed to do. Simply put, CSS decides how your HTML is displayed. CSS is supported by all modern browsers today, however each browser (and each version of each browser) may interpret CSS in…
  • PHP Basic Tutorial

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Chapter 1 – Introduction to PHP What is PHP? PHP Requirements How to Create A PHP File Chapter 2 – PHP Syntax Opening/Closing PHP Tags PHP Instruction Termination PHP Comments PHP Whitespace Chapter 3 – PHP Basics PHP Variables The Echo Statement PHP Strings PHP Operators Chapter 4 – PHP Conditions & Loops If Else Elseif Switch While Do-While For Breaking Out of Loops Chapter 5 – PHP Arrays What is a PHP array? Creating An Array Array Functions Array Loops (Foreach) Chapter 6 – PHP Functions PHP Math Functions PHP String Functions PHP Variable Functions…
  • How to Create Image Thumbnails

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Image thumbnails are basically a smaller size copy of a larger image. They can be created using PHP GD Library functions alongside a file system function that we already learned about. The getimagesize() file function will return the dimensions of the image specified. It can be used together with the list() function to minimize code and effort. The imagecopyresampled() function can be used to stick a smaller version of an existing image into a new (smaller) image, thus creating a thumbnail. The syntax is: imagecopyresampled(resource $dst_image, resource $src_image, int $dst_x, int $dst_y, int…
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    ICT in Practice

  • Submit your articles to ICT in Practice October issue

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
      Important points Make sure that it is your work It is written in a simple language away from jargon. It is The post Submit your articles to ICT in Practice October issue appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • ICT in Practice Presents: Games in Education! Shall we play or should we ban?

    2 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am     The post ICT in Practice Presents: Games in Education! Shall we play or should we ban? appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Minecraft in Education- Google Hangout

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The post Minecraft in Education- Google Hangout appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • A BIG LIST of apps, programs and websites for teaching coding and game design

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Web Based Programs         TES i-Board resources   The post A BIG LIST of apps, programs and websites for teaching coding and game design appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Scratch and Sniff by Ian Stephenson

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
    As a university lecturer in a computer related subject I as invited last year to run a CPD workshop for computing teachers The post Scratch and Sniff by Ian Stephenson appeared first on ICT in Practice.
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    Blog Me Mom

  • Cupcakes for all the upcoming holidays

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
     Cupcakes for upcoming holidays Some holidays are for presidents; others commend our veterans. There is even a day on which a big, jolly, white-bearded man gets his time to shine on a sled flown by reindeer. But most can agree, all days of observation are a great excuse to bake and devour festive cupcakes, because nothing represents occasion and indulgence like a buttery, frosted mini-cake that can be decorated with colors, themes and sprinkles to fit each and every annual celebration! Here are a few specialty cupcakes for distinct dates marked on the calendar. Labor Day: Hamburger Cupcakes…
  • Apple themed activities for kids

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Apple season is right around the corner! Can’t wait for fall and the cool crisp air. Here are some apple crafts and art activities for you to get started. We have roughly categorized them based on skill level. Toddler Apple Crafts and apple activities  1. Apple Prints Basket from Moments of Mommyhood  2.  Erupting Apple Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe from Learn Play Imagine  3.  Fall Colour Apple Stamping from Happy Hooligans  4.  Apple Cloud Dough Recipe from Growing A Jeweled Rose  5.  Apple Projects for Kids from The Chirping Moms  6.  Fall Fun Apple Stamping from Mama Papa…
  • Tips for first day school jitters

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL JITTERS: HELP YOUR KID BEAT IT Holly Easterby says her week is never complete without spending some of her time around kids. She loves sharing stuff about them at Bonza Brats and in blogs such as this one. In here, she writes about how parents can help their children overcome first-day school jitters. School is about to start or probably has started! Finally! Your small tot is all grown up. In a few days’ time, he will be putting on his new backpack, getting on the bus, and will be making new friends at school. Or so you thought. After shopping for school supplies, your…
  • Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! We have been on  a big art activities for kids kick in the last few days. Why not right? Kids art is a big part of our lives and this blog! I personally see the children break into big smiles while creating something, especially with our homemade art supplies. Today we share a simple method to make…
  • Art activities for kids : Easy Negative Space Art

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Art activities for kids : Easy Negative Space Art Simple art activities for kids using liquid watercolors and household objects. This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! Art activities for kids using the resist art technique are so popular for a good reason! They are simple, easy to set-up and the results are gorgeous no matter what. We have done our share of tape resist art and crayon resist art but today’s post is about something even more fun since it involves spray cans!
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    The Music Workshop

  • Did You Take Piano Lessons as a Kid?

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Not So Fond Piano Memories My post today has to deal with the issue of taking piano lessons when we were kids. I cannot tell you the amount of adults that I meet that share their unfortunate bad experiences with piano lessons when they were kids. The story is all […]
  • Playing the Piano Benefits Your Brain

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Music Stirs Up Brain Activity This video from TedTV simply blew me away! The fact that listening to music is beneficial to humans has been known for a long time and there is hardly a culture that we can think of where music isn’t important. However, the fact that playing […]
  • Back to School Sale 25% OFF Homeschool Piano Course

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Add piano to the new school year For a limited time, enjoy 25% OFF our complete piano homeschool curriculum. You will have everything you need to bring learning the piano into your home this year. Traditional piano lessons can not only be expensive but also be difficult to schedule into […]
  • Piano Favorites – Franz Liszt “La Campanella”

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Franz Liszt – A Master of Piano Technique When it comes to piano repertoire, it’s difficult to narrow down a favorite and it could be argued that it is down right impossible. However, for the sake of finding out which pieces are at the top of everyone’s piano list, I […]
  • Piano Movie Review – Amadeus

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Mozart at his best I cannot believe this movie is already 30 years old! Although I was just a kid when it came out, I still remember falling in love with this movie when I was introduced to Mozart’s music. When I first starting playing the piano, I quickly discovered […]
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    On Top English

  • Higher Education

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Vocabulary A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb apprenticeship N. training in an art or a trade This word is also sometimes used to describe educational training programs, common in Europe and much of the world, in which young people learn their profession through on-the-job training in […] The post Higher Education appeared first on On Top English.
  • Changing Jobs

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Vocabulary A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb to be bought out V. to be purchased, taken over by another company to be laid off V. to lose your job because the company wants to reduce the number of employees competitive A. 1) liking competition, always competing […] The post Changing Jobs appeared first on On Top English.
  • Getting an Apartment

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Vocabulary A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb an application N. a written request for an apartment, a job or entrance into a school or an organization a credit report N. a complete history of a person’s paying habits In the United States, detailed credit histories are […] The post Getting an Apartment appeared first on On Top English.
  • Just, yet, still, already

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    These words are often used with the present perfect tense although yet, still and already can all be used with other tenses. Just ‘Just’ is usually used only with the present perfect tense and it means ‘a short time ago’. I’ve just seen Susan coming out of the cinema. Mike’s just called. Can you ring him back please? Have you just taken […] The post Just, yet, still, already appeared first on On Top English.
  • in spite of / despite / although

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    In spite of, despite and although are all used to show a contrast but there are differences in the structures used with them. In spite of / despite After in spite of and despite we use a noun or a pronoun. We enjoyed our camping holiday in spite of the rain. Despite the pain in his leg he completed the marathon. Despite […] The post in spite of / despite / although appeared first on On Top English.
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  • HR Interview Questions for Freshers with best Answers and Examples (George John)
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Best way to answer frequently asked HR Interview Questions for Freshers on Questions like Tell us about yourself, Why should we hire you, your strengths and weaknesses, how to handle challenging situation, your hobbies and interests, inspiring person in your life, change management, flexibility, Why do you want to work for us, about the company, expectations from your first job etc.  Before we start, remember that, in a HR interview, there is no right or wrong answer. All you have is a right way of answering, but the answer in itself depends on the candidate.
  • Freshers Guide to crack HR Interview with best Preparation tips (George John)
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Complete guide for Freshers to crack Human Resource - HR Interview with best Preparation tips. This article discuss in detail, frequently asked questions and qualities a candidate should have to clear the HR Round. 
  • Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions and answers - Material Science (MS) and Heat Treatment (HT) (George John)
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Frequently asked top Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions and answers on Material Science (MS) and Heat Treatment (HT) for Freshers and 2-5 year Experienced Mechanical Engineers. For students, viva questions are also provided.
  • Swarm Intelligence Systems and Application (George John)
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Swarm intelligence is the emergent collective intelligence of groups of simple autonomous agents. Here, an autonomous agent is a subsystem that interacts with its environment, which probably consists of other agents, but acts relatively independently from all other agents. The autonomous agent does not follow commands from a leader, or some global plan.
  • Portable Camera-Based Assistive Text and Product Label Reading From Hand-Held Objects for Blind Persons (George John)
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Reading is obviously essential in today’s society. Printed text is everywhere in the form of reports, receipts, bank statements, on medicine bottles, etc. Optical aids, video magnifiers, and screen readers can help blind users and those with low vision to access documents. There are few devices that can provide good access to common hand-held objects such as product packages, and objects printed with text such as prescription medication bottle. One of the devices we are going to discuss in this computer science seminar topic is Portable Camera-Based Assistive Text and Product Label Reading…
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    Higher Edutorial

  • The Price of a College Degree. Is it Worth the Price?

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    For several years now, Americans have been questioning the value of higher education. Is a college degree worth the thousands of dollars it costs? Does the bachelors’ degree lead to a good paying job? Higher education faces many challenges in the nation. Unfortunately, one major challenge is the escalating cost of a college education. And as Americans question its value, the college degree has begun to lose its prominence in the minds of many Americans. The evidence to support this is the decline in enrollments in colleges and universities throughout the country. The problem has been…
  • Sexual Predators on College Campuses

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Prominent in the news today in the nation and especially in higher education is the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses.  The issue has become so big that it is now considered a crisis.  Just pick up any newspaper or weekly periodical to confirm that sexual assaults are now a major national problem across colleges and universities.  For example, the cover of Time Magazine May 26, 2014 issue reads “Crisis: Sexual Assaults in Higher Education.”First, let me be clear, sexual assault and rape is not right.  Perpetrators should be convicted to the fullest extent…
  • A Win for Affirmative Action? The Federal Appeals Court Decision in University of Texas at Austin Case

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit made big news on behalf of affirmative action in college admissions by upholding the University of Texas at Austin’s right to continue to use race in its undergraduate admissions.  The Austin based university actually uses the “top-ten percent” plan, when essentially guarantees admission to the Austin campus to any student in Texas who graduated in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class.  The assumption is that since Texas continues to have segregated schools and in some areas of the state minority enrollments…
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    InfoTech Site

  • MCQ on Core Java with Answers set-13

    Shusil Baral
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    1. Which exception is thrown by the read( ) method of input stream class? A) Exception B) ClassNotFoundException C) read Exception D) IOException 2. What garbage collection in the context of java? A) The operating system periodically deletes all of the java files available on the system. B) Any package imported in a program and not used in automatically deleted. C) When all references
  • MCQ on Java Programming Language Fundamental set-12

    Shusil Baral
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    1. A java program is first ................ and ................... A) executed, run B) compiled, run C) run, compiled D) interpreted, compiled 2. Byte code is also a ........... A) machine code B) bit code C) cryptographic code D) none 3. A private class is accessible from inside a ................. A) package B) class C) method D) none 4. Consider the statement "x=(a>b)?a:b"
  • MCQ on Basic SQL Queries with Answers set-1

    Shusil Baral
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    1. DML is provided for A) Description of logical structure of database B) Addition of new structure in the database system. C) Manipulation & processing of database D) Definition of physical structure of database system 2.'AS' clause is used in SQL for A) Selection operation B) Rename Operation C) Join operation D) Projection Operation 3. Count function in SQL returns the number
  • Solved MCQ on Database Normalization set-1

    Shusil Baral
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    1. A ..................... specifies the actions needed to remove the drawbacks in the current design of database. A) 1 NF B) 2 NF C) 3 NF D) Normal form 2. A relation is in ........................... if an attribute of a composite key is dependent on an attribute of other composite key. A) 2NF B) 3NF C) BCNF D) 1NF 3. Fifth Normal form is concerned with A) Functional
  • Solved MCQ on C++ Programming Language set-7

    Babita Poudel
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    1. What is required in inheritance to initialize the data members of the base class through derived class? A) Object declaration B) Destructor C) Constructor D) Inheritance 2. In which case is it mandatory to provide a destructor in a class? A) Almost in every class B) Class for which two or more than two objects will be created C) Class for which copy constructor is defined D) Class
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    Happy Teacher's Day 2014

  • Teachers Day Greeting Cards, Teachers Day Wishes Greetings

    Naser Mohd Baig
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Greeting Cards, Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English, Teachers Day Images and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Greeting Cards for students who are looking…
  • Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Wishes

    Naser Mohd Baig
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Quotes Images for students who are looking for Quotes On Teachers Day ImagesIncoming Search…
  • Teachers Day Quotes, Quotes On Teachers Day

    Naser Mohd Baig
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day, Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Quotes for students who are looking for Quotes On Teachers Day.Teachers Day QuotesA good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of…
  • Teachers Day Speech, Speech On Teachers Day 2014

    Naser Mohd Baig
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Speech, Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day and Teachers Day Speech In Hindi.Below are some awesome Teachers Day Speech for students who are looking for Teachers Day Speech in English.Teachers Day Speech No. 1:Teachers' Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and…
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