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  • What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion

    CHE > Latest news
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    Americans value higher education. But they’re not so sure graduates are ready for the work force, according to a new survey from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation.
  • Pinch Points and the Panicked Teacher

    Brilliant or Insane
    Angela Stockman
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane I’ve spent this week leading lesson studies with primary level teachers who are just beginning to implement writer’s workshop. Nearly every step of our journey together reinforced an important realization that I made quite a few years ago: the most gifted teachers I’m acquainted with know how to help students navigate their own learning without [...] The post Pinch Points and the Panicked Teacher appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • NCLB rewrite passes Senate education committee

    SmartBrief Education
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    A bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate's education committee on Thursday.  -More- 
  • Fluctuations in Aid Allowances Raise Questions of Fairness in Athletics

    CHE > Latest news
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Recent increases in cost-of-attendance estimates prompt calls for standardization of new aid for athletes.
  • 4 Must-DOs Before Repaying Your Student Loans

    ED News
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations, Class of 2015! Your hard work paid off. You did it! There’s a lot to think about as you begin the next chapter. Let me help you with the student loan part. Here are four things you should do now, before you make that first student loan payment:
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    SmartBrief Education

  • NCLB rewrite passes Senate education committee

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    A bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate's education committee on Thursday.  -More- 
  • Using mentoring to support students' social, emotional needs

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Cross-grade, student-based mentor programs can help support students' social, emotional and physical needs, suggests Dan Ajer -More- Register today for Common Core NOW Take control of the Common Core! Whether you are at a basic or advanced stage of CCSS implementation, you'll find sessions targeted to your needs. Receive content-specific support for math, ELA, and science, and leave equipped with ready-to-go strategies and fresh energy to achieve the promise of higher student achievement. Bring a team and save!
  • Happening now: Senate debating NCLB replacement

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    In the latest issue of ASCD's Capitol Connection newsletter, you'll read about the bipartisan bill that could replace the No  -More- 
  • 5 ways to combat burnout

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Some teachers face a point when they feel burned out and consider leaving the profession, educator Johanna Rauhala writes in  -More- Don't miss the HRS event of the year Join us for the HRS Summit! The Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework, based on 40 years of research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college and careers. Register today!
  • Children more likely to report sexual abuse if educated about it

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Children who were educated about sexual abuse prevention were more likely to report an incident to an adult than those who di -More- Achieve extraordinary kindergarten literacy results with Let's Find Out! You'll see how to strategically use 20 teaching tools such as observation, dramatization, talking, and movement to ensure all kids develop the content knowledge they need for literacy success. Click here to preview the entire book!
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    ED News

  • 4 Must-DOs Before Repaying Your Student Loans

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations, Class of 2015! Your hard work paid off. You did it! There’s a lot to think about as you begin the next chapter. Let me help you with the student loan part. Here are four things you should do now, before you make that first student loan payment:
  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Senate HELP Committee's Markup of the No Child Left Behind Act

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    I applaud the leadership of Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray and the members of the HELP Committee on the important steps taken this week to advance a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is long past time to replace No Child Left Behind with a law that ensures continued progress and opportunity for America’s children. The bill now honors the widespread bipartisan call to expand access to high quality preschool. The bill also makes a critical investment in innovation and scaling what works.
  • Obama Administration Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules to Implement Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    The departments of Education and Labor today announced that they are seeking comment on five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs), proposing rules that would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The act, signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs in more than 15 years.
  • U.S. Department of Education Fines Corinthian Colleges $30 million for Misrepresentation

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    The U.S. Department of Education took additional steps today to protect students and taxpayers and crack down on abuses within the for-profit sector by continuing its enforcement actions against Corinthian Colleges Inc. After a comprehensive review, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed cases of misrepresentation of job placement rates to current and prospective students in Corinthian's Heald College system. The Department found 947 misstated placement rates and informed the company it is being fined about $30 million.
  • Teacher Leadership on the Global Stage

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    During the last weekend in March, union leaders, state education leaders, teacher leaders, one of ED’s Principal Ambassador Fellows and I joined delegations from 15 high-performing education systems across the globe for the 5thInternational Summit on the Teaching Profession in Banff, Canada.
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  • HigherEd Live - Live from Campus: Undergraduate Student Panels

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    As we move closer to the national decision date of May 1st, colleges across the country are developing unique yield events to connect current students with their potential incoming class. On this episode of Admissions Live, host Nicole Lentine speaks with...
  • HigherEd Live - A Constituent Engagement Strategy for Lifelong Learning

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    In order to further their educational missions, many universities have embraced faculty involvement in ongoing, voluntary or self-motivated learning programs. I have come to witness two outstanding programs at Washington and Lee University and the Univers...
  • HigherEd Live - Healing Professional Heartbreak

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Opportunities to reflect come in many forms. Some present in challenging ways such as loss of a mentor, an arbitrary job firing, being an internal candidate who is not interviewed/hired, and addressing professional ethical dilemmas. The art of responding ...
  • Higher Ed Marketing - Study: #highered branding comes of age

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Branding, it seems, is no longer a dirty word in academia. College and university leaders tend to be supportive of brand-building initiatives for their institutions, and they’re also willing to invest in brand development work, including research. I...
  • HighEdWebTech - Intranet Dashboard Is the Bomb Dot Com

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Intranet Dashboard makes the best intranets and the best baseball caps in the world. The post Intranet Dashboard Is the Bomb Dot Com appeared first on HighEdWebTech.
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  • Big Ideas at the 2015 CoSN Conference

    Rachel Norris
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Interesting things were happening at CoSN’s annual conference in Atlanta recently. Glen McCandless and I were there working with Enterprise Ireland, a group that helps Irish technology companies expand overseas. We were interested in their Edtech startups, but we weren't the only ones with innovation on the brain. Donna Teuber gave a great talk on how Richland School District Two in Columbia, SC borrowed from Silicon Valley – not laptops, but problem-solving methods – and created their own educational incubator. These teachers’ PD meant transforming into innovators. From startup…
  • SETDA 2014 Leadership Forum: what issues are state ed tech directors facing?

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

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

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

    Mitch Weisburgh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    We are thrilled to announce major changes at Academic Business Advisors. As you know ABA was founded in 2005 by Farimah Schuerman and Mitch Weisburgh, and our whole premise has always been to find excellence in education and then catalyze growth, networking, and distribution. Farimah has found her dream company in which to accomplish that: Copia is partnering with major publishers to offer digital content through their platform to both the higher education and K12 markets. Farimah has been working at Copia full time overseeing their state, school, and publisher partnerships. Mitch and the ABA…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Qualities of an Effective Teacher #gesf (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
    What are the qualities of an effective teacher? This was one of the main questions that one of the panels at the 2015 Global Education and Skills Forum tried to answer. Over and over again, all the panelists seemed to list the same characteristics that they believed an effective teacher possessed: knowledge of the subject, motivation, emotional intelligence and empathy, stamina, and passion. This session was recorded at the Global Education and Skills Forum. Student Elizabeth Glass writes her views on this session which she attended at the forum in Dubai. — Vicki Davis, Teacher Studies…
  • Sketchnoting Fans: Paper 53 Built a Sketchnote Community (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Paper by 53, a favorite sketchnoting app of many, gets major updates like cloud backup and Activity Center where you can share and find sketchnotes of others. This is very cool for sketchnoting fans and those who just like information. While I struggle with sketchnoting, I have this app and will be playing with it more this summer. Via Paper by Fifty Three Gets Updates on App Advice Sketchnoting is awesome! 3 Resources To Get You Started with Sketchnotes Sylvia Duckworth’s incredible presentation Sketchnoting for Beginners. Kathy Shrock’s Sketchnoting guide Smashing…
  • If I’m Such a Great Teacher, Why Do I Want to Quit? (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    April and May are tough times of the year for me. Every year. Right now, I teach straight from 8:11 until 2:11. Then, at 2:11, my room is usually full of kids working on projects for other teachers — needing password resets and help. Then, at 3:03, I sit down to try to grade and plan lessons but I’m so tired, I just wonder what to do. I’ve written about How to Step Back from Burnout, but this is more than that. Right now, I’m approaching 100,000 Twitter followers, and that is awesome. But in some ways, it is intimidating to me. I don’t feel special. I know I…
  • What Should We Teach the Teachers Who Will Teach Tomorrow? (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Jim Ryan, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, talks with Vicki at The Global Education & Skills Forum in this episode of Every Classroom Matters. Jim shares his opinion on how teachers of teachers should be presenting coursework in college. He also talks about the hypocrisy of many professional development and college courses that teach teachers. All college professors and those responsible for teacher professional development will want to listen to this show. Listen to Dean Jim Ryan Add @DeanJimRyan to your PLN @DeanJimRyan Listen to Dean Jim Ryan James E. Ryan is one of…
  • Intel Education Accelerator Program for #edtech Startups Is a Great Opportunity (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Education technology startups are hot. Sweeping changes are moving through education as technology has become more affordable and scalable. Now is the time. This week, Intel announced their Intel Education Accelerator Program. If you’re interested, you need to apply ( before May 22 at 12pm PST. Intel Education and Intel Capital have launched this program to give guidance, resources, and potentially a $100,000 investment from Intel Capital. This program will include mentoring, speakers, and access to key worldwide resources from August to the first week of December…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Revolutions and Encouragement, Can they Co-Exist?

    Dean Shareski
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    After recording a good old fashioned podcast a couple weeks ago, I felt inclined to post a blog post in response to another post. Just like old days. So Will Richardson references a tweet by George Couros questioning the dichotomy between acknowledging the good work of teachers and fighting for a revolutionary change in education. As someone who has argued both sides I thought I’d share how I deal with this. People like myself and Will and George speak to a lot of teachers and I’m continually surprised at how many have not fully realized the impact and potential of technology for…
  • My Community Story

    Dean Shareski
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Cross posted on the DEN blogs If we consider life a journey, it’s important and fun to look back at how we ended in the place we are today. For the past 10 years or so I’ve been on a journey and many of you have been on one similar to mine. Some have started at different points but the idea that we’re a community of learners looking to leverage technology to create better and transformative learning experiences is what keeps us together. That and the vibrant and diverse nature of our relationships. Let me go back 10 years. While the DEN was just birthing, so was my own community…
  • Podcast 57: I Get it Bud, But….

    Dean Shareski
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Old school podcast, from a car, in northern Alberta. A response to this post from Bud Hunt. Enjoy.  
  • What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

    Dean Shareski
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I’ve been listening to an interesting podcast series called “Start Up”  It’s a podcast about a company, oddly enough a podcasting company, trying to create a new business. In one of the early episodes, they are looking for investors and one of the potential investors asks them, “what is your unfair advantage?” In other words, what do you offer that is going to make this venture succeed? Your unfair advantage. I like that and in fact used it in a recent presentation. As Gary Stager says, “one of the best things you can do for your students is to be an…
  • The Least Talked About Problem in EdTech

    Dean Shareski
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:27 am
    Having been involved with educational technology for almost 20 years, I’ve had more than my share of conversations around the issues of  implementation, integration, transformation, use of technology in the classrooms. People are usually quick to point out the barriers which are mostly around leadership and pedagogy and more recently the word is mindset. But no amount of change in mindset addresses the least talked about problem with edtech. Bandwidth.   My journeys have led me to work with some wonderful educators who indeed have a resiliency and passion for innovation. They are…
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  • Going Missing

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:53 pm
    I’m going off the grid tomorrow. Unplugged. Off the net. Dark. Well, only to you, because by this time tomorrow, I will be in a very bright place, way down at the bottom of… flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license I’m heading down the South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground, hiking down with Todd “Will Be Wearing DS106 Shirts All Weekend” Conaway. He had an extra spot on some reservations and when he offered I said yes before his sentence was completed. The pack is ready. It’s not been worn for at least two years.
  • Who Are You Online? DML Commons Talk-Show-inar

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Not related to the cliché about oldest profession, maybe one of the longest running questions we upright hominids ponder is “Who am I?” This was what we tried to explore yesterday in a DML Commons Live session– Who Are We Online?. A bit following on the topic, what we hope people might contribute to after, and in You Show fashion, some backstage looks at running the event. My role at DML Commons has been working with their web team to add in the blog aggregation, signup, etc, a la Connected Courses. That’s just the mechanics, I am also trying to help in the tech and…
  • It’s Not Stealing (please stop saying so)

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    It’s been a good year for my apple tree. I have more than enough than I can eat, more than I can can, so I put them outside with a sign. “Free Apples”. It’s clear that they are yours to take, as many as you want. So, if you take one of my apples from the box, are you stealing? Rolling back the twitter stream to this morning… @bonstewart @telliowkuwp @Bali_Maha @JeffreyKeefer @cogdog @skajder @hj_dewaard my thinking on backtage blogging: — Greg McVerry (@jgmac1106) April 14, 2015 Greg writes very nicely about the idea of a…
  • Open Web Presentation for BC Campus

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) Creative Commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog This presentation was almost a month ago, and is pretty much (at least for now) the cap of my TRU Fellowship, but we just got ahold of the video. Brian Lamb and I were invited to do a live streamed presentation from the University of Victoria (thanks for setting it up, Valerie Irvine). This was the end of a series of webinars for Open Education Week that were coordinated by BC Campus (and thanks to Clint Lalonde for making it happen). The title…
  • The One, The Only, Rhizome Cowboy

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Only rhizomes can explain why this idea popped into my head. Maybe it was seeing the #rhizo15 tweets. But there it was, a song going in my head. In the middle of the day I was looking up the tabs. I waited at least until after dinner to write some lyrics. And then practice a few times. And maybe 3 takes. For what it’s worth, an honest (warbly on the vocals) tribute to the real Rhizome Cowboy The words/chords ( a few of the extras, like the walking bass line are in the tabs) C I've been talking about it so long Connectin' it all along…
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  • Falling Through The Cracks: Young Lives Adrift In New Orleans

    Anya Kamenetz
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Among U.S. cities, New Orleans has the third-highest rate of young people who are neither in school nor working. Craig Adams Jr. is trying not to be one of them.» E-Mail This
  • In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again

    Eric Westervelt
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Crescent Leadership Academy has a checkered reputation, but a new principal is trying to do right by some of the toughest — and most troubled — kids in the city.» E-Mail This
  • LA Schools To Apple: You Owe Us

    Annie Gilbertson
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to pay up for poorly performing software on its iPads.» E-Mail This
  • Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses

    Jenny Brundin
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Common Core math standards say students need more than a textbook understanding of concepts like the Pythagorean theorem. So two Colorado teachers teamed up for a lesson in real-world math.» E-Mail This
  • Educators Sentenced To Jail In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    Jail terms were given to most Atlanta educators, who were convicted this month of conspiring to cheat on state tests to earn raises and bonuses. Steve Inskeep talks to Rachel Aviv of The New Yorker.» E-Mail This
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Snuffing out our own progress (Scott McLeod)
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    I just left this comment at Tony Tepedino’s blog in response to his statement that we have to stop pretending that academic rigor can only occur in a traditional classroom setting: I have seen innovative, project-based learning environments killed – by OTHER TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL!!!! – because kids liked those learning spaces better than what their more traditional teachers were offering. Rather than shifting their instruction, they snuffed out the promising new directions instead. Ugh. I saw a wonderful video long ago from Gloria Ladson-Billings that reminded us as school…
  • We can’t do what that other school is doing because… (Scott McLeod)
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    We can’t do what that other school is doing because… they are bigger and have more resources they are smaller and are more nimble they are rural and have strong-knit communities they are urban and have access to the city they are suburban and have more money they don’t have the same time issues we do they don’t have the same discipline issues we do they don’t have the same personnel issues we do they don’t have the same financial issues we do they don’t have the same transportation issues we do they don’t have the same accountability issues we do they have parent support…
  • Shifting the focus (Scott McLeod)
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    Starr Sackstein said: How can we shift the focus away from how much a student does to how much they can apply to new tasks? … What can they do now that they couldn’t do before? How do they know? via Image credit: Enfocando / Focussing, Magec Related Posts Suppose students were rewarded for cooperation A concatenation of glittering vagaries Grading and assessment as an opportunity Homework, authoritarianism, and student choice Are we better served envisioning a student who cannot be standardized?
  • We have to stop pretending (Scott McLeod)
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that short-term memorization equals long-term learning that students find meaning in what we’re covering in class that low-level facts and procedures are a prerequisite to deeper learning that analog learning environments prepare kids for a digital world that what we’re doing isn’t boring I’m going to try to turn this into a challenge. I’m tagging George Couros, Sylvia Martinez, Wes Fryer, Vicki Davis, and Steven Anderson. Please join us. When it comes to education, what are 5 things that we have to stop pretending?
  • Building a bridge (Scott McLeod)
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    A school board member said to me a while back: Scott, I hear what you’re saying about active, hands-on, project-based learning. But I got to tell you, when I’m driving over a bridge, I want to have confidence that the people who designed and built it knew what they were doing. So if that takes a lot of practice on worksheets until students know their math and science, so be it. I responded: I agree that I don’t want the bridge collapsing under me either! If we want graduates who know how to build solid, long-lasting bridges, we absolutely can have them do a bunch of practice problems on…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

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    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    CharlisCraftyKitchen - YouTube Nuzzel - An 8-year-old girl makes $127,000 a month making baking videos for YouTube
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    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Your Designs - Canva The Research Says... - HuntingEnglishHuntingEnglish - Who produced this research and why? - When was it produced and does this have effect upon the outcome? - What outcome measures have been selected and why? What research methods have been undertaken? Are the controls sufficient to move beyond spurious correlations? - What related research challenges or supports these findings? Donald Clark Plan B: Sir Ken Robinson: ‘Creative’ with the truth? A L'ecole tetes a claques English subtitles - YouTube School of Science and Technology Singapore
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    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Defining our Work: Using Design Thinking and Hexagonal Synthesis with a High School Staff | Learning & Courage
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    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy has gone Google - YouTube
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    Steve Kinney

  • Web API Demos

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Web API Demos: I did a talk recently at the Full Stack Meet Up in Denver on a bunch of super cool browser APIs like the Geolocation API, the Web Audio API, and the Ambient Light API. I posted all my code and demonstrations online. You should check them out.
  • I'll Be Speaking at RailsConf 2015

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    I'll Be Speaking at RailsConf 2015: If you’re attending RailsConf 2015, then you should totally come see my talk Using JavaScript from the Future in Your Rails App Today. I’m scheduled for the first session of the third day of the conference. ECMAScript 6 has a metric ton of new Ruby-friendly features that make working with JavaScript less painful—including but not limited to: classes, implicitly returning functions, string interpolation, and modules. In this session, we’ll take a look at how you can use these features today in your Rails applications.
  • Coming: This September.

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Coming: This September.
  • Video of my talk at EmberConf 2015 on building real-time...

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    Video of my talk at EmberConf 2015 on building real-time applications with Ember.
  • I made a quick recording of a session I did with some Turing...

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    I made a quick recording of a session I did with some Turing School students today on setting up relationships in Ember Data as well as moving functionality into components.
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    The Jose Vilson

  • The Short Hand on the Clock (On Common Core State Testing)

    Jose Vilson
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    It happens every year, no matter whose tests I proctor. My heart beats faster. Pencil points blunt and break, and I swoop in with a quick replacement. Students look up at me from their papers and I make a signal to look back at their papers instead. A few students take naps and I look at them with equal parts disappointment and envy, assuming they’d triple check their answers before putting their heads down. On the other hand, in the eyes of a middle schooler, what would an extra couple of correct questions do that a 10-minute nap can’t? Oh, and half the class is still working as…
  • Opting Out of Everything

    Jose Vilson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking at Organize 2.0’s annual conference, a gathering of some of the country’s most influential organizers to speak about thought leadership as a classroom teacher. I had far too much to say over a 20 minute period, so I read a portion of my book and spoke about our current education reform issues. I got plenty of applause for hounding Andrew Cuomo and speaking up about racism, sexism, and homophobia in our communities. I also had an opportunity to shout out a group like Change the Stakes because a) they’re in NYC b) they have materials…
  • Recruiting Educators of Color In The Time of Race To The Top

    Jose Vilson
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Educators have espoused the phrase, “We didn’t come into this for the money,” an aphorism that’s allowed for the passage of regressive education funding in many states across the nation. This phrase came to me as I watched pictures of Atlanta educators handcuffed and led to jail cells for racketeering charges in connection with one of the largest education cheating scandals in American history. Just before that, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year chastised the first-ever Global Teacher Prize winner for saying that now wasn’t a good time to come into teaching…
  • Gerson Borrero Interviews Me on Teachers of Color [Video]

    Jose Vilson
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    In the middle of the heated debates about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “bold, disruptive” changes to education (more charters, higher emphasis on test scores for teacher evaluations, and the voluminous echo of firing bad teachers in exchange for money that ought to go to already underfunded schools), I sat down with City and State NY’s Gerson Borrero. Many New Yorkers might recognize him as one half of the NY1’s Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa, and now he’s a senior editor at the Politico offshoot City and State NY. We talk about everything from teachers of…
  • Why I Disagree With Robert Reich on College and Career Readiness

    Jose Vilson
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Last week, many of my friends shared this article from Robert Reich, a critique of the current “college for all” movement that’s forced millions of students into post-college (and for many lifelong) debt to private universities and for-profit banks in the form of loans. From him: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class. But not every young person is suited to four years of college. They may be bright and ambitious but they won’t get much out of it. They’d rather be doing something else, like…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • What Will Your Verse Be?

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    Will your inspired by poem tell your tale?
  • Inspired by "Where I'm From"

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    In an inspired by poem, writers use the original poem as a guide. Lines, spacing, rhythm, and stanzas usually mimic the model poem.  The topic is similar but adapted to fit the writer. Using George Ella Lyon’s poem as a model, write your own inspired by “Where I’m From” poem. Think about sensory details of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch in your life. Picture your house and your neighborhood. Consider people that are important to you--parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, and people you admire. Think about things from your life that made you like you…
  • Do You Know A Lot?

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
  • Reading Poetry

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    Poems are built on ideas, experiences or emotions in a condensed form that makes the reader search for understanding.  The reader should slow down, think about each line and the words in it, and then reread and reconsider.However, to understand poetry the reader must not go gently, but should attack.  As we begin to spend time in Reading Workshop with poetry/word study, students must overcome their fears and dive into the language of poetry.  Whether it be as a reader, analyzing the work of others, or when revising their own work, students must go full speed ahead.  They…
  • How Would You End the Book Essay

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Strong Reactions to Today’s Note on Makeup Work

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Update 4/16/2015: I emailed Rachel’s teacher and she decided to change her policy on late work and redone assignments. She is going to accept late work with a penalty and redone assignments within a reasonable time limit. The following tweet (which I’ve archived as an image on Flickr using the free Chrome extension “Awesome Screenshot”) received a bigger response than anything I’ve shared in a long time. Our daughter had me sign this progress report after dinner tonight. Sadly I think these kinds of justifications are still common in many classrooms. I’m…
  • In Oklahoma Education, We Have to Stop Pretending

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Scott McLeod (@mcleod) has thrown down the gauntlet: What are five things we need to stop pretending about in education? We have to stop pretending… cc @gcouros @smartinez @wfryer @coolcatteacher @web20classroom #edchat #edtech #cpchat — Scott McLeod (@mcleod) April 13, 2015 Here’s my list. When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… We are giving elementary students a grade in “science” when we haven’t provided any opportunities all year for them to conduct an experiment, measure something, collect any data, or form a…
  • Learn About Coding & Minecraft: Saturday April 18 at PLAYDATE OKC (free!)

    Wesley Fryer
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Would you like to learn more about free apps students can use at school and at home to learn basic computer programming? (These include HopScotch and Scratch Jr.) Would you like to learn more about Minecraft and MinecraftEDU, including ways these programs can be used by students to create simulations, learn problem solving, and practice collaboration skills? If so, please join other educators on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, at John Rex Elementary School in downtown Oklahoma City from 9 am to 1 pm for our third PLAYDATE PD event. FREE registration is available via EventBrite. Learn more about…
  • STEM, iPad & Google Workshops in June 2015

    Wesley Fryer
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Dates and locations for my summer educational workshops and presentations are getting finalized at last. A couple things have changed in the past few weeks which have affected scheduling. Since my wife was selected as a “lead” 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, which includes a free day at ISTE, I’ll be attending HackEd this year on Saturday, June 27 as well as day 1 (Monday) of ISTE 2015. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been able to attend HackEd / EduBloggerCon… probably all the way back to 2009, when ISTE was in Washington D.C. The postponement…
  • Explain Everything Minecraft iPad Project (Treehouse Challenge on Area & Perimeter)

    Wesley Fryer
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Today in STEM class my 4th and 5th graders used the iPad app “Explain Everything” for the first time to start narrated slideshow videos about the “Treehouse Challenge” project we’ve spent three lessons on last week and this week. It went great!    by  Wesley Fryer  This is the third semester I’ve taught students a variation of an area and perimeter Geometry-related challenge lesson in MinecraftEDU. I’m loving this iteration since we’re using “Explain Everything” for our reflection phase. Students are actually “working…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Me and My Dad

    Jeff Utecht
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    (Stories from my side of the field parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) He stands next to the car, keys in hand ready to go as the sun comes up over the Camelback Mountains. As I come out of the trailer my M’s hat on backwards he smiles at me. “Ready?” I say. He nods, hands me the keys and we climb into the truck. He doesn’t talk much anymore and the ride from my parent’s trailer in Sun City to the Peoria Sports Complex is a quiet one. As I drive I’m overwhelmed with emotion. Here we are getting ready to go watch the Mariners practice during Spring Training,…
  • 10 Ways to Use Google Maps in the Classroom

    Jeff Utecht
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Google Maps has been out for 10 years now. Digital maps…starting with Mapquest has been out since 1996 (technically 1993 but mapquest was the first main stream map most people remember). For those of you keeping track that puts us almost 20 years into the digital mapping word. 20 years we have been using digital maps and yet for some reason digital maps have not replaced (there’s that word again) mapping in our schools. In 2007…8 years ago now….Apple put a map in our pocket. Fast forward to 2015 and almost everyone has a digital map in their pocket. Pilots now fly…
  • Eduro Learning: Changing Culture and Minds

    Jeff Utecht
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    There has been a lot going on with my new adventure that is Eduro Learning. Kim Cofino and I, along with 5 others, founded the company last May. The idea behind the company was that there were many conferences, summits, and PD opportunities to learn about technology tools however very few focused on the change in classroom culture that needs to happen or the change in the mindset of educators that needs to happen to truly take advantage of what technology has to offer. It’s 2015 if you hadn’t noticed, and we’re still in a place where very rarely is technology replacing…
  • Community Trumps Content

    Jeff Utecht
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    I was honored to sit down with Bob Greenberg while in New York recently to talk about my views on technology’s role in education. If you are not familiar with Bob’s work. He has been traveling around the world filming thought leaders on their views of education. His Brainwaves Channel on YouTube is worth a bookmark and some time browsing watching and thinking about where we are and we’re we need to head in education. I am so very honored to be video #114 on the Brainwaves Channel.
  • ’15 The Year of Wearable

    Jeff Utecht
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Each year I like to try and predict what might be the technology that affects us both in our daily lives as well as education. Predicting the future is fun…if you’re right people think you’re amazing….if you are wrong…nobody really cares. Here’s my other predictions….I’ll let you decide if I’m any good at it. 2007: The Year of the Network (Can we say Twitter and Facebook) 2008: The Year of the “Live Web ( and other services take off) 2009: Bringing Social Learning to the Masses (Education goes deeper in understanding social connections) 2010: The Year of…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Learning From Tic Tac Toe

    Alfred Thompson
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    The other day I created some teams (3 to 4 students per team) and asked them to create a program to play tic tac toe – a human player against the computer. I have asked students to create a human vs. human version of tic tac toe in the past. It’s a nice little project that requires they use a lot of concepts that they have learned. Adding an AI is a bit more though so that is why the teams. Since I have never coded a tic tac toe AI myself (how did that not happen?)  I decided that I had to write a version myself. I had a version of human vs. human tic tac toe to use as a base so the…
  • Self Taught Coders and Ugly Code

    Alfred Thompson
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    I love this cartoon from xkcd. Of course some self taught programmers write really nice looking code. And some formally taught programmers write ugly code.  The message I take away from this is that learning how to write clear well organized code takes some work. Training and the use of standards can help. I’ve written some ugly code in my time. I try to demonstrate clear good looking code to my students though. I want to give them the best start that I can and that involves modeling good practice.
  • Sometimes It is How You Look At It

    Alfred Thompson
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    A couple of days ago I saw an interesting program on the Small Basic blog.  The featured program was one that let a beginner write a turtle graphics program. I liked the image it drew but frankly I found the code not as clear as I’d like. This is not meant as a criticism of the program, which is actually pretty cool or of the language it implements. I can see real value in both. It’s just not the way I visualize things. I decided that I would write the example in this image in something else to help me understand what is going on. Lately my Turtle graphics language of choice is…
  • Why Would You Do That?

    Alfred Thompson
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Students ask interesting questions. One of the more frequent questions they ask is “why would you do that?” Often it comes, not because you didn’t already explain why one would do something, but because the answer doesn’t really register in the abstract. For example we are spending some time on creating methods (subroutines/functions) in our programming class. When I introduced them as a concept I explained multiple reasons why we use them. Simplification, ease of testing, reuse, etc. Then we worked on how they are created and used. As is typical I started with something very simple.
  • Interesting Links 13 April 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    Spring may actually be coming. Only of few piles of snow left on my property and I was able to take done the Christmas lights on the tree in front of my house. Usually I can get to them a lot earlier but we had a lot of snow this year. I also filed my taxes. Not my favorite thing but I have to say that modern software makes the job a lot easier than it used to me. Speaking of leaving things to the last minute – if you are a CSTA member have you voted for the board elections and by-law changes? Please do so. It is a key opportunity to make a difference in your organization. I spent some time…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Parents want choice in Montgomery County

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    By Kara Kerwin Washington Post April 17, 2015 While I’ve lived in this area for only five years, my family is rooted in almost every corner of this state — from the Eastern Shore to Hagerstown, from Baltimore to Bethesda. I’ve spent my career counseling thousands of parents and lawmakers across the country to bring about much-needed change in their communities, and now I’m desperate to bring change to my own back yard. With about 150,000 students, Montgomery County is one of the largest school districts in the country, and it is only getting bigger — actually bursting at the seams.
  • Charter volleyball in North Carolina

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    By Eddie Goodall EdNC April 16th, 2015 As the head of the NC Public Charter Schools Association, I read charter news alerts daily from all over the country. Lately, I cannot help but see volleyball as a metaphor for the controversies surrounding charter schools in the press. I read about those I see as “digging” to save a point about our schools; those content to just ‘keep the ball in the air” or “set others up”, and always a contingent wanting to “spike” the ball down. The “diggers” are generally those in the profession of running charters already, i.e. those “on the…
  • Dysfunction in Annapolis

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Editorial Board Washington Post April 15, 2015 MARYLAND GOV. Larry Hogan, who never held elective office before voters chose him last fall, was true to his promise to govern from the center in the first legislative session of his term. As a Republican governor faced with Democratic majorities in both houses of the legislature, he presented modest initiatives: measured tax breaks for first-responders, military veterans and small businesses; a repeal of the so-called “rain tax” on stormwater runoff, his main campaign talking point; small budget cuts to public schools and state worker pay; a…
  • NEWSWIRE: April 14, 2015

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Vol. 17, No. 15 KILL THE BILL. “Appalled. MD just became 1st state 2 roll back on #charterschools w/ F grade and celebrates it on floor. Time 4 @LarryHogan to Veto.” That’s the takeaway CER President @CERKaraKerwin tweeted late last night after the Maryland General Assembly passed a dramatically revised charter school bill that makes it less likely that parents and educators will be able to create and advance innovative public school opportunities for children. Its most harmful components include the removal of the State Board’s authority to review charter applications, an invasive…
  • Statement on Maryland General Assembly’s Passage of Charter School Bill

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    STATEMENT BY KARA KERWIN, PRESIDENT OF THE CENTER FOR EDUCATION REFORM, REGARDING THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S PASSAGE OF CHARTER SCHOOL LEGISLATION CER Press Release Washington, D.C. April 14, 2015 “Late last night, The Maryland General Assembly took a step backwards in passing a dramatically revised charter school bill, making it less likely that parents and educators will be able to create and advance innovative public school opportunities for children. “The bill removes the State Board’s check and balance authority to review school district actions on charter applications,…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Revision as Understanding

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Blog: The Education of Oronte ChurmThe Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference took place last week in Minneapolis, where I was on a panel with Sarah Dohrmann, Philip Graham, LeAnne Howe, and Michele Morano. The topic was revision in fiction versus nonfiction. Below are some early thoughts as place marker. Not only is there sometimes no clear demarcation of genre boundaries—the autobiographical novel versus the speculative essay, eg—but the revision process feels similar to me anyway. Norman Mailer explains his process as “mumbl[ing] about…
  • David Brooks Is Morally Blind

    John Warner
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    Blog: Just VisitingNew York Times columnist David Brooks thinks we have lost the plot, morality-wise. He has a new book to peddle, The Road to Character, which looks to be a case study on becoming a good person, and so in his column space and elsewhere, he’s been ruminating on what collectively ails us. His effort of April 17, “When Cultures Shift,” attempts to trace the origin stories to how we lost our collective way, and in a novel twist, rather than pointing his finger at '60s counterculture, he looks towards the Greatest Generation. He claims the “pivot…
  • Top LSAT Scorers Are Rarer in Law Schools

    Scott Jaschik
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    An Inside Higher Ed article in January looked at how some law schools are admitting applicants with much lower Law School Admission Test scores than would have been admitted in the past. A new article from Bloomberg looks at the top of the LSAT range. It finds that as of March 2015, the number of law school applicants who have scores of 165 or higher (on a 120 to 180 scale) is about half of what it was in 2010.   Ad keywords: admissions
  • Rally at Colby Against Racist Yik Yak Comments

    Scott Jaschik
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    More than 500 people rallied at Colby College Thursday to protest recent racist comments on the social media service Yik Yak. Earlier in the week, a small group of Colby students held a protest against police violence against unarmed black people. The Yik Yak comments followed, mocking the protest and many going further into making bigoted comments about the protest and black people. Colby President David A. Greene told the gathering Thursday: “Those who raise their voices in support of social justice deserve our gratitude and our attention. Those who promote bigotry and targeted hatred…
  • MIT Launches Online Education Policy Initiative

    Carl Straumsheim
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute's future, officially launched on Thursday. The initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will over the next nine months release reports, host workshops and lecture series, and eventually make recommendations about online learning. Sanjay E. Sarma, director of digital learning, and Karen Willcox, professor of aeronautics and astronautics in the aerospace, will lead the…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Meet The Foanes

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Playing around with a comic strip idea – here’s the first go. Hand drawn, scanned and then Photoshopped into existence.
  • Learning From The Learners (Digital Leaders Working Out Sphero Robotics)

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    I described my Digital Leadership initiative in my last post and how students have signed on to participate. I managed to secure some time in our Resource Centre to supplement the lunchtime sessions so that students could work towards their badges. We have started with the twin options of MinecraftEDU and Sphero Robotics, but potentially down the track, the program could expand to Digital Leadership in iPads, BeeBots or other technology connected possibilities. We’ve had a Minecraft server for a few years now and I’ve blogged about some of the ways it has been used at our school…
  • My 2015 Version Of Student Digital Leadership

    4 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    One of the things that emerged from our 2012 WGS action research project around gaming for learning was the idea of acknowledging digital skills and expertise of students in a Digital Leaders program. As the student researchers played in the Minecraft environment or used the XBox, it became apparent that some students fell naturally into the role of instructors, organisers and coaches. In 2013, I formally organised the first group of Digital Leaders for our school, earmarking Friday afternoons as a time where they could work in-world in our MinecraftEDU server. These students were volunteers…
  • Meet The Robot That Got Me Excited About Robotics

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    For someone who likes technology, particularly for learning, I have never been that interested in the field of robotics. For all of this recent focus on coding and programming in education, I haven’t really got swept up in becoming personally skilled or knowledgeable in the area. I recognise its importance but have to admit to putting things like Lego MindStorms in the “too hard” basket. My interest has always been in the internet and like many self taught learners, it’s easy to play to my own strengths and steer away from might be a steep learning curve out of my…
  • Data As Tool, Not As Weapon: Part Two

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Our department has announced a commitment to getting schools to use PAT Maths and Reading tools, which our school has already been using for 2 years now. I’ve had training and as part of my role, I have spent time becoming familiar with the tests, the scoring system and the interpretation of results. Data analysis isn’t something that I am naturally talented at and I have to run over things again and again until I am sure that I “get” it. Unfortunately for me, there is no substitute for this repetition as I learn mainly by having a go at things – official…
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    Education Futures

  • Creative classrooms in Patagonia

    John Moravec
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Education Futures founder, John Moravec, had the pleasure of visiting with the Ministry of Education in the Province of Chubut, Argentina for Aulas Creativas on February 27-28 this year. The program team recently published this excellent video, which outlines new perspectives for thinking about education. When John released Manifesto 15 two months earlier, he had no idea that the message and the movement it is inspiring would grow so quickly, and attract so much international attention, especially in Patagonia. We are really touched that this work is helping to change the conversation and…
  • Call for inquiries: Stats instructors for international development

    John Moravec
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Education Futures LLC is inviting advanced graduate students/qualified graduates with experience in teaching basic statistical analysis to submit letters of interest for participating in a short-term consultancy (2-3 months) to create online training for an international development data project. Selected team members will co-create training content for government leaders, educators, and scholars, utilizing an online database and related tools for analyzing data. Anticipated project term: April – July, 2015. Letters of interest/inquiry plus a current CV must be sent to Dr. John Moravec…
  • Manifesto 15: Evolving learning

    Education Futures Editors
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    From John Moravec: Like many of us, I did some reflecting over the New Year. It seemed it was time to re-center, and get back to basics. It’s too easy to get distracted and lose track of our principles and where we want to go with them. It was time to write a manifesto on what we’ve learned so far. Read Manifesto 15 at All of the manifestos that have inspired me are strongly associated with a date. The U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Charter 77 emerged in January 1977. Dogme 95 was crafted in 1995. Also, as ideas transform and develop…
  • Knowmads on Umbrales

    Education Futures Editors
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Last week, the Peruvian television program “Umbrales” (TV Perú) broadcasted a program on knowmads in Peru and Latin America. Dr. John Moravec was interviewed along with Dr. Cristóbal Cobo and other local and international experts on what the emerging knowmad paradigm means, and what the implications are for countries such as Peru. The producers were kind enough to upload the complete program to YouTube, broken into four segments (in Spanish):
  • Next Thursday: Solutions for a jobless future in The Hague

    Education Futures Editors
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    For information on how to attend, contact Edwin de Bree at or call him at +31 (0) 654 201 376.
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  • NCTM 2015 Schedule

    Dan Meyer
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Poking my head up briefly to let you know where I’ll be speaking at NCTM in Boston this week: Tuesday. 9:00A. Beyond Real World & Relevance: Stronger Strategies for Student Engagement. Hanover, MA. Wednesday. 7:30A. The Future of Math Textbooks (if Math Textbooks Have a Future). NCSM. Wednesday. 10:30A. Plenary. NCTM Research Conference. Wednesday. 1:30P. Mathematical Modeling with Multimedia NCTM. Thursday. 3:30P. The Express Lane Is for Suckers, or Is It? (Yes, it Is.) [Ignite]. NCTM. Thursday. 5:00P. ShadowCon. NCTM. Thursday. 7:00P. Desmos / Mathalicious Happy Hour. NCTM.
  • Hibernating + Open Thread

    Dan Meyer
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    A reader via email: Blog monster hungry. Feed me. I’m not big on the retroactively “sorry I haven’t been blogging” posts. I’d rather proactively explain why I’m not going to be around here for the next several months. It isn’t for lack of interest in math education or for lack of interesting things happening in math education. For instance: My research group had a conversation about successful teacher professional development with Tom Carpenter, lead author of one of the most successful teacher professional development programs ever. Lots to share…
  • The Frozen Code

    Dan Meyer
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Here are the locations of your chain of gelato shops: Here is the temperature in the United States today (Fahrenheit): So basically business is bad. No one wants your frozen treat. So what do you do? You lower prices. An across the board cash discount? Maybe. But if you’re Gelato Fiasco, you institute The Frozen Code: On each day that the temperature falls below freezing, we automatically use The Frozen Code to calculate a discount on your order of gelato dishes. [..] You save one percent for each degree below freezing outside at the time of purchase. But how do you write this code…
  • WTF Math Problems

    Dan Meyer
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    As I mentioned on Twitter earlier this week, I find a particular kind of math problem extremely exciting now. Here are five of them. I want to know what to call them. I want to know what are their essential features. I want more of them and I want to read more about them. Here is one of the five, taken from Scott Farrand’s presentation at CMC North. Here are some points in the plane: (4, 1), (17, 27), (1, -5), (8, 9), (13, 19), (-2, -11)(20, 33), (7,7), (-5, -17), (10, 13) Choose any two of these points. Check with your neighbor to be sure that you didn’t both choose the same pair…
  • December Remainders

    Dan Meyer
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Happy New Year. This ThinkUp outfit told me which of my tweets were “biggest” in each of the months of 2014. Twelve “big” tweets, in other words. Here were my new blog subscriptions in December 2014, some of which might interest you. Steve Wyborney posted his animated multiplication table, a very thoughtful tool highlighting interesting patterns for young math students. So I subscribed. Steve Leinwand has a blog! I’d subscribe if I knew how. [BTW. Commenter Sadler found the feed.] Thinking Math is a group blog written by four elementary math educators. Go…
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    NYC Educator

  • A Tough Sell for Punchy Mike

    NYC Educator
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    NYSUT analysis that follows was sent to me via an email list I'm on. I'll preface it with UFT President Michael Mulgrew's commentary on the new legislation from Andrew Cuomo's Heavy Hearts Club Band: And now all of our hard work is paying dividends. The governor's Draconian agenda has, in large part, been turned back. We want to thank the Assembly and the Senate for standing up for our schools and school communities. Read it for yourself and let me know whether you agree It might look long, but you need to know everything.NYSUT Preliminary Analysis of S.2006-B/A.3006-BEffective date –…
  • 1984 Redux--UFT Unity Caucus

    NYC Educator
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    My nephew found out I had never read 1984, and gave it to me for my birthday. I started to read it just this week. I had it with me at Wednesday night's UFT Delegate Assembly, and finished it the next morning. I am simply gobstruck by the parallels in our union structure and Orwell's dystopian vision.Ignorance Is StrengthThat resonates on many levels. First of all, look at the masses of us who don't even vote in union elections, over 80% in fact. Most of us have no voice in the union at all, and don't even think it's worth the time to write an X on a ballot. Those of us who do know how rigged…
  • DA Report--Mulgrew Warns Against Opt-Out

    NYC Educator
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Michael Mulgrew—says we have a lot to do today. Wants to discuss work union has to do and how we’ve done it. Says we’ve always been passionate, tough, and that intelligence in strategies have caused us to grow. Also wants to talk about tests. Seems disorganized.Speaks of how he resisted working for union, was too important for him. Was intrigued by offer of going to Albany and discussing NCLB. Mulgrew calls himself a ferocious reader. Said the good thing about NCLB was that it disaggregates students by different categories. Said it was good that it talked about how children were…
  • The Paper of Record Talks Opt-out

    NYC Educator
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    I was pretty amazed to read this piece in the Times. Based on the testimony of very few people who attended the massive anti Cuomo demonstration a few weeks back, they zapped out an article.  Apparently, two sets of parents oppose testing but are not opting out their own kids. On this basis, the Times saw fit to propel an entire article. As someone who finds it absurd when Chalkbeat NY writes up 100 signatures E4E collected to support more work for less pay, or whatever Gates told them to support this week, I find the Times article outlandish beyond belief. For one thing, they didn't…
  • Does "Success" in Testing Lose Something in Translation?

    Arwen E.
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    From the way education is being rewritten by reformers today, you would think success in life equates with scores on high-stakes tests concocted for political ends by people who probably would have failed these tests, themselves, in grade school.  You would think we are all suddenly failing in life.  You would think students, teachers, parents (see the thoughts of Duncan and Rhee here) and their schools are all to blame, not the "reformers" themselves.But what if these tests themselves were failures?  Some have been shown to be flawed.  What if…
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    The Fischbowl

  • Teach This, Not That

    Karl Fisch
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    I think I've made it pretty clear in previous postings that I'm not a fan of standardization, but I realize that most teachers don't have a lot of choice and are required to teach to certain standards. Given that, teachers still often make choices about which standards they cover (since there's never enough time to cover them all) and how in-depth they go on each standard. Since my daughter is currently taking Algebra, I'm helping a home-bound student some with Algebra, and I occasionally teach Algebra myself, I thought I would pick an example from Algebra for my first (and perhaps last)…
  • Mission Impossible

    Karl Fisch
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    My school, like many schools and other organizations, has a mission statement. I can't tell you what it is. This despite the fact that we've had it for just over seven years now and I - along with the entire staff that was here at the time - helped create it. While I haven't done a scientific survey, I feel fairly confident in saying that if you asked five random staff members at my school what our mission statement is, there's a pretty good chance none of them would be able to tell you. And I feel even more confident that if you asked five random students at my school, they wouldn't know…
  • FaceTime + Stoodle + Desmos = Virtual Algebra Help

    Karl Fisch
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Nothing earth-shattering in this post, but I thought I'd share in case it might give someone an idea.A friend of ours is a 15-year-old freshman at a nearby high school. Unfortunately, she's been dealing with some serious medical issues that have kept her home-bound almost all of this school year. She has a home-bound tutor provided by the school district and is doing her best to try to keep up, but it's tough. Her medical condition causes her to be in pain and often extremely fatigued, so it's very difficult for her.For the last couple of months I've been trying to go over on the weekends to…
  • Whose Test Is It?

    Karl Fisch
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    This is a long post, and rambles a bit. My Mom said the other day that I'm wordy, and she's right. But it's my blog and I'll be verbose if I want to, verbose if I want to . . . Also, keep in mind that I would prefer to radically change what we do each day in school (school should be "different", not "better"), but this post is written from the perspective of how we can do what we are currently doing better.While it's clear I'm not a fan of standardized tests such as PARCC, there is one advertised feature of PARCC that I think is an improvement over previous state-mandated testing we've done.
  • Monitoring Student Use of Social Media

    Karl Fisch
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    This past weekend a story regarding Pearson monitoring social media for "security breaches" related to PARCC was a popular topic of conversation in my network (original story, although the server often has trouble handling the traffic). I'm not going to focus so much on that story here, as many others have written about it, other than to point out one thing. While students don't seem to have the opportunity to agree or disagree to the terms of service of PARCC, our states, school districts and schools do. We all agreed to this, this is part and parcel of administering PARCC to our students.
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    This Week In Education

  • Video: Tisch Vs. Ravitch On Opting Out (What's Hayes Making Of All This?)

    Alexander Russo
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Perhaps the most interesting thing about this segment from Tuesday is watching host Chris Hayes try and make sense of the issues. Tisch and Ravitch basically stick to their talking points and fight to a draw. Along the way Hayes raises the education-poverty question and brings up the comparison to anti-vaxxers. he seems to understand that the issue can be seen as one of individual choice vs. collective need. ("You just destroy the dataset.") At the same time, he describes the movement as a "digital grassroots." Or, watch NPR's Anya Kamenetz on The Nightly Show,…
  • Twitter Friday: News & Commentary Here, On Facebook, & Via Twitter

    Alexander Russo
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    It's Friday and I'm on the road so I'll be updating the site -- lightly -- via Twitter (which also posts to Facebook and here). See it all below. Have a great weekend! Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"
  • Afternoon #TBT Video: Homey The Substitute Teacher

    Alexander Russo
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It's a Thursday afternoon that feels like a Friday afternoon -- so balmy outside, and such post-ESEA markup euphoria -- so here's a #TBT segment from In Living Color in which Homey D. Clown tries his hand as a substitute teacher: via Grantland: Bragging Rights
  • Quotes: Why De Blasio Hasn't (Yet) Endorsed Hillary

    Alexander Russo
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    I think progressives all over the country, I think everyday Americans are demanding that their candidates—the President and every other level—really say that we have a plan that we can believe in for addressing income inequality... It has to include increases in wages and benefits. It has to include the willingness to tax the wealthy so we can invest in infrastructure, so we can invest in education. - NYC Mayor  Bill de Blasio (who's holding off on endorsing Hillary) in the New Yorker (Hillary Clinton and the Democrats’ Inequality Agenda)
  • Pop Culture: Meet "Primary School Problems," One Of The UK's Most Viral Twitter Feeds

    Alexander Russo
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    #PrimarySchoolProblems Eating your dinner squashed onto one of these with twelve other kids — Primary School Probs (@PrimarySklProbs) April 11, 2015 The account is one of several run by a group of young entrepreneurs in the UK whose company, Social Chain, regularly takes over social media, according to this BuzzFeed article. Other popular accounts are Exam Problems. The company has been accused of stealing others' content and -- more problematically -- functioning as an advertiser without sufficient disclosure.   Why should you care? Because your Twitter…
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  • #C4C15: Confessions of an OG: Superlative Disease

    Ben Wilkoff
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Sometimes, in our rush to provide everyone with a better learning experience, we gloss over the opportunities that currently exist for great learning that can happen both because of and in spite of current learning environments. I am somewhat divided on the topic of AP classes, as the ones I took in English and Calculus were the ones I most enjoyed and remembered in all of high school. The teachers were supportive and made the courses about learning and not the test. However, my AP credits let me skip an entire year of college and start teaching even sooner. That was my goal, but I enjoyed…
  • What I’m Using: Gmail GifLine | The Fast way to put GIFs in your emails

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This is awesome! I will be using this in nearly every email from here on out (alright, maybe not EVERY email). The fastest way to include GIFs in your emails write anywhere of the email body ::gif me thegifyouneed and the gif will appear as soon as you stop writing via Gmail GifLine | The Fast way to put GIFs in your emails.
  • #C4C15: The Joy of PD | BOO YAH Education

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    The Stephen Johnson work I am describing is partly here. I believe deeply in expanding what is possible for our own learning and the learning of others. This is the entire point for me: conferences can “give me the time and space to try new things and to discuss new ideas.” The way you are articulating this here is potent, and I do believe that until you have had some of these hallway or session moments, you don’t see professional learning (at conferences or anywhere else) for what it can be: transformational. I believe in what Stephen Johnson talks about with “the…
  • #C4C15: Edu Change & Advocacy: New Tech, New Standards, New Everything….Won’t Matter Unless We Change Old Mindsets

    Ben Wilkoff
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A principal that is making some really great moves: This post is brilliant. You are providing so much in the way of student ownership for learning and I really respect the way in which you have laid out the priorities for schools. The one thing that resonated with me most, however, was this statement: “As a principal, I had to non-reelect several teachers over the years. None of them were released because of lack of proficiency in technology, standards, assessment, or curriculum, but rather because they ultimately could not connect with students.” I believe that it is this…
  • #C4C15: creativeStir: The Myth of the Superstar Superintendent… really?

    Ben Wilkoff
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    I like this dissection of what makes a great superintendent, but I think the team is just as important as the single person at the helm: I love that you have based this upon research and empathy interviews. I believe that you have looked at many different facets of leadership and you have done it by asking the people most affected by that leadership. In my role within a large urban school district, I have seen the power of a strong superintendent to move a large system forward. However, I only believe that this works when you have a distributed leadership, where the many layers below the…
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  • Library dollars on staffing or furniture? Guest post by Connie Williams

    Doug Johnson
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    Connie Williams, a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian from Petaluma (CA) High School and school library leader, left a wonderful response to an article* that I share with her related to the librarian's role in 1:1 computing programs. I asked if she would consider allowing me to share her thoughts on the Blue Skunk and she graciously agreed... Thank you for inviting me to ponder this topic on your blog. I’ve been reading many articles like yours about the changes needed in today’s libraries and I’m pleased to see that more of these articles are appearing in the…
  • Is it fear?

    Doug Johnson
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    On NPR recently, a comment was made that "politicians' only goal is to stay in office" (or something to that effect). It made me wonder if that may not be the goal of many educators as well - to simply maintain the position they hold regardless of circumstances. A workshop today concluded with Clint Smith's old but powerful TEDTalk, The Danger of Silence: Smith's words that resonate for me are "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't. Silence is the residue of fear." Why is not every educator speaking out against…
  • BFTP: Impermanence

    Doug Johnson
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    Between jet lag, work, holidays, and sheer laziness, the blog's been neglected. And it's spring which always sends me, as an educator, into a downward spiral of doubt about my career choices. Wouldn't the life of a long-haul truck driver or industrial chemical salesman really be far more rewarding? Ah, well, to brighter days ahead. Of Sophocles 123 plays, only seven have survived. The melting snow this weekend led to thoughts of the transience of life. This morning's walk showed shrinking drifts uncovering a winter's worth of detritus -  beer cans, cigarette butts and disintegrating…
  • My new book in today's mail - yeah!

    Doug Johnson
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Look what came in today's mail! Author copies of my latest book, Teaching Outside the Lines: Developing Creativity in Every Learner.  Nice to see it and that Corwin did a great job of editing and layout. And thanks to my son Brady for the graphics! This is book number nine. (Yes, it looks like I've only written 7 books, but two are second editions. I think those count.) I've described the steps in writing a book here and whined about it on many occasions. I always think the last book I've written will be the last book I will write. And then I get the bug... Anyway, buy a copy. Secure a…
  • EARCOS at Kota Kinabalu - loved it!

    Doug Johnson
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Back from Malaysia and the conference. Not back from jet lag, however. A few scenes and thoughts about my visit below, recorded mostly to help me remember It's always interesting when arriving in the middle of the night to see what view you've been provided from your hotel window when the sun comes the next morning. My view of what was, I would call, the working area of the waterfront. I spent the first morning on a self-guided walk of KK with a map provided by the tourist bureau. Look closely at the picture above. This little guy (and his not-in-this-picture sister) were the only monkeys I…
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  • Developing Upstanders in a Digital World

    3 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    This past Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to co-facilitate a Day of Pink event for local school division. We invited approximately 100+ elementary students (mostly 7th graders) to participate. The themes included (digital) citizenship, (digital) identity, anti-bullying, and becoming an upstander (someone who stands up to support the protection, safety, and wise decision-making of others). We shared a number of scenarios with the children to help them discuss the importance of empathy and responsibility for others. Some of the topics can be seen as controversial but are increasingly…
  • Developing Teacher Candidates in a Networked World

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    This post, co-authored with Katia Hildebrandt, originally appeared on the Canadian Education Association Blog. Recently, pre-service teachers in two of our classes at the Faculty of Education,University Regina, participated in #saskedchat, a weekly Twitter chat hosted by and for Saskatchewan educators. Although the chat typically runs on Thursday nights, organizers scheduled a “special edition” of the chat on the topic of supporting new teachers. Almost instantly, our students were immersed in a global discussion about education – and what’s more, they were instantly connected to a…
  • School Policy in a Networked World

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Boy unfairly disciplined. School changes policy. Community donates van. Related posts: Teaching & Learning in a Networked World (Keynote) Back to School Apps 5 Year Old Boy Denied School Due To Long Hair
  • Generosity and Relationships

    25 Dec 2014 | 7:44 pm
    I was just moved by this video/story that I discovered on Reddit. And in case you missed what was in the envelope … I don’t know anything about this family, but I can relate to the son’s relationship to his parents. I loved this way his father nuzzled up against his son, not afraid to show his love, and clearly comforted by their close relationship. This is very much how my dad showed his love for me and likely one of the many reasons that his passing has been so difficult for me and my family. I hope that anyone reading this is fortunate to have had such relationships with…
  • Dot.con – Documentary on Internet Scams

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Tonight, the CBC aired a documentary on Internet scams including the romance scams that I’ve been discussing on my blog as of late. The video is worth sharing and discussing. As well, I believe that this documentary is relevant to the #ccourses participants who are considering the possibilities around connected learning. I feel that it is incredibly important to fully disclose issues/risks such as internet scams to students as we begin to connect them in online spaces. Check out the documentary here. If the video is blocked in your region, take a look at my blog post that will get…
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  • Let’s Hack School: A Recent Talk at CSU (Bud Hunt
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Earlier this week, I had the honor of giving a talk in the CSU Literacies of Contemporary Civic Life speaker series. With my time, shared below, I talked about some of our work around professional learning and agency, as well as some of my thinking on the essential actions/literacies/habits that should be in our schools. I probably tried to cram too much into a fast talk, but I think it got some thinking going, which was my goal in the first place1. Below is a Google Hangout video of the talk, and below that is the slide deck from the talk, which is rather hard to see in the video. #…
  • Here I Go Again (Bud Hunt
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Earlier today, I sat in on a meeting of the St. Vrain Blended Libraries Action Research Group. That’s a big name, but the group is a group of teacher librarians, school and district folks, and administrators who are rethinking the role of the library in our 21st Century schools. They’re standing up an action research project and a prototyping and design process around their explorations, and will be sharing their work as they go. # The conversation this morning was infectious. A suggestion about space led to talk about task and inquiry about the way that students will ultimately…
  • If Public Isn’t an Option, Then It Isn’t a Choice (Bud Hunt
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The title of this post will likely bug some folks because it’s a fairly obvious statement. Except I see plenty of teachers, well-meaning and kind-hearted every one, requiring students to post work they do in class online. Without exception or choice in the matter.  # They require this work to be posted publicly for a number of reasons, but they all seem to involve the power of authentic audience, and the sense that students putting their words in public will magically create citizens who get the power of civic discourse.  # The thing is, there’s nothing authentic about…
  • Building (Better) Organizational Habits (Bud Hunt
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    I become more and more convinced each passing day that learning and culture are habit-based skills1. We either have healthy learning habits, or healthy cultures, or we don’t. # Any organization can improve its habits. But habit formation and cessation aren’t events. You don’t change habits in one-day workshops, or a summer conference. You change habits through long term, intentional planning and execution of the behaviors, choices and experiences that lead to better behaviors, choices and experiences. That lead to better habits. # Why do schools and organizations spend so…
  • Suppose We Just Left Them Alone? (Bud Hunt
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    One thing that never seems to be in short supply in the learning organizations I work with is a steady stream of new priorities, initiatives, and programming.  There’s always an agenda, pet project, new idea, or something fresh, exciting, and game changing that’ll make all the difference for everybody in the organization. # I get it.  I do.  And I’ve created my fair share of acronyms and new work, work that didn’t start necessarily at the end of the old, but work that had to be squeezed into the mix of already happening stuff. # The thing is, there’s an awful lot of priorities…
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  • Repackaging Your Web Content for Reaching Target Student Groups - 6 Steps for Effectively Packing Content You Already Have (Ruffalo Noel-Levitz)

    J. Edwards
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    One aspect of higher education for which I have recently developed an interest is recruitment of target student groups (and their parents) and social media/new media content marketing. The Ruffalo Noel-Levitz blog posted an article titled, "Content Marketing for Higher Education: Six Steps for Effectively Packaging Content You Already Have". These six steps are generally listed on the graphic listed above, but each of them make sense for the higher education environment.The process seems rigid, but again I am not responsible for content marketing. Each step made sense and I cannot wait…
  • A List of Commonly Utilized Communication Theories - Plus My Favorites!

    J. Edwards
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    I am always on the lookout for great communication theories to incorporate in my classes (graduate and undergraduate communication classes). Here are some of my favorites:Attribution TheoryCognitive DissonanceCommunication Privacy Management TheoryConstructivismExpectancy Violations TheoryFace Negotiation TheoryPhenomenologySocial Judgment TheoryUncertainty Reduction TheoryHere's a list of all of the Communication Theories from the "A First Look at Communication Theory" book - - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • #NASPA15 Revisited - Capturing the Real Time Moments from the Conference!

    J. Edwards
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    I always like to revisit the tweets that I posted to the @drjtedwardsTSU account during a conference. This is my first time to create a Storify from my tweets and I am excited to have this archive of my posts. I also made these great Quote Cards to capture neat ideas from the conference. Please feel free to use them! Enjoy the posts listed in the Storify at the end of this post. Please contribute any comments and ideas below![View the story "My #NASPA15 Tweets - @drjtedwardsTSU (Academic and Student Affairs Professional)" on Storify]Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • Shining Examples for Student Retention at Institutions at Higher Education - "P+P=R is the basic formula for student retention" (Ruffalo Noel Levitz)

    J. Edwards
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The "P+P=R is the basic formula for student retention" is a great article by Ruffalo Noel-Levitz focused on one of my favorite subjects retention. I will admit progression and persistence are two of the most difficult items to address because I believe it is all about student GRIT. The article provides examples from other campuses that implemented several efforts to impact student retention based on progression and persistence.Enjoy! - @drjtedwards
  • #NASPA15 - Conference Recap: Connected, Communicated, Converted, and Convinced (+BookClubs)

    J. Edwards
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    This week, I was fortunate to attend and present at the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Conference and I had such a great time learning about new concepts in higher education/student affairs. This includes: Yik Yak, Title 9, assisting student parents, marketing to new college students and their parents, and the importance of THINKING BIG!Book Clubs in Student Affairs - Neat Concept!One of the sessions that I loved the most was the "book club session" focused on student affairs publications and other publications in the leadership field. This session really inspired…
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  • Lament of an educator/parent

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    My seventeen-year-old son has just completed fifteen examinations in the course of two weeks. They varied in length – some in excess of three hours, with a half hour break before the next exam – and we are still feeling the fallout from this veritable onslaught. These were not ‘the real exams’ – the ones that ‘counted’ – the ones that will help to discriminate between the sheep and the goats, who gets into university (and which ones of course), and who will be left outside the doors. Theoretically, then, the pressure on him should not have been so very great, at least not as…
  • Wilberforce University: a pioneering institution in African American education

    Ayana Young
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    What do opera singer Leontyne Price, activist Victoria Gray Adams, civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin, and Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson have in common? They all attended or graduated from Wilberforce University. Located outside of Dayton, Ohio, Wilberforce was the first institution of higher education to be owned and operated by African Americans. As we celebrate Black History Month, it is fitting to examine one of the oldest historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States as a way to commemorate more broadly the achievements of African Americans. When…
  • Does the MOOC spell the end for universities?

    Eleanor Jackson
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    The seemingly unassailable rise of the MOOC – the Massive Open On-Line Course – has many universities worried. Offering access to millions of potential students, it seems like the solution to so many of the problems that beset higher education. Fees are low, or even non-existent; anyone can sign up; staff time is strictly limited as even grading is done by peers or automated multiple-choice questionnaires. In an era of ever-rising tuition fees and of concerns about the barriers that stop the less well-off from applying to good universities, the MOOC can seem like a panacea. Certainly, it…
  • Education, metaphorically speaking

    Amy Jelf
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    What do we think education means? What do we believe are teaching’s purpose, status, and function in society? A useful way to reflect on our pre-conceptions and assumptions about anything is to step back and consider the metaphors we automatically apply when thinking or speaking of it. This is a particularly useful exercise for the trainee teacher, who, for obvious reasons, is likely to frame teaching primarily in terms of a performance – something that is observed, analysed, graded and, if all goes well, given the pedagogic equivalent of a five star review. For the experienced teacher,…
  • Jonathan Nagler: writing good code

    8 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Introduction, by R. Michael Alvarez Today’s data scientist must know how to write good code. Regardless of whether they are working with a commercial off-the-shelf statistical software package, R, Python, or Perl, all require the use of good coding practices. Large and complex datasets need lots of manipulation to wrangle them into shape for analytics, statistical estimation often is complex, and presentation of complicated results sometimes requires writing lots of code. To make sure that code is understandable to the author and others, good coding practices are essential. Many who…
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  • If you don’t do it, it doesn’t exist!

    Judy O'Connell
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    I admit, I’m a little late to the party, and my recipes  are simple to say the least. But you know, one of the very best things about learning and working with students and fellow educators is always being fortunate enough to find more to learn! There is no shortage of ideas that can be done. My main work is with professionals – teachers in schools and post school settings.  So we are not talking new learners!  Now I don’t buy the digital native argument for a minute, but I do wring my hands in despair at educators who don’t keep their minds and hearts open to…
  • Enhancing the student digital experience

    Judy O'Connell
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    The challenges of learning and teaching in online environments are ones that all educators face today – or at least should! So in this context, I was pleased to see the latest @JISC report for the university context:- Enhancing the Student Digital Experience: a strategic report. The report seeks to provide answers to key questions: How are you responding to the changing digital needs and expectations of your students and staff? Do the experiences and the digital environment you offer to your students adequately prepare them to flourish in a society that relies heavily on digital…
  • Our connections and the flow of knowledge

    Judy O'Connell
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge, which is an active process and operates at both individual and social levels. When it comes to information behaviour within this context there are a wide range of theories and models which represent thinking and research investigations in this field. Existing models have elements in common, though most models in library and information science focus on information seeking and the information user, while those from the field of communications focus on the communicator and the communication process.  It is certainly worth stopping and revisiting…
  • Critical connections: power for your mind online

    Judy O'Connell
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Ideas are central to our need to connect and communicate – and technology has become a pivotal process or tool in that social and intellectual process of connectedness. Has it transformed learning in higher education? Not so much! Let’s be clear – using technology and/or technology tools does not equate with empowerment of the learning/knowledge formation experience –  unless the technology connection allows for critical knowledge connections to form, or transform, the experience of learning.  This is a huge challenge, and while I understand that technology is around us…
  • The Internet Scout Report

    Judy O'Connell
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Teachers often mention to me how difficult they believe it is to keep up-to-date with current quality research and information.  Of course, it isn’t – but only if you have developed a robust strategy for accessing and managing an information flow relevant to your own professional management and learning needs. Even before all the amazing tools at our fingertips today, I was able to stay ‘in touch’ thanks to the amazing Scout Report. Back in the pre-RSS days, this report provided me with material I could easily share with school staff in my own edited weekly…
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  • Today Is The Anniversary Of The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake – Here Are Related Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:15 pm
    © 1906 Internet Archive Book Images, Flickr | PD | via Wylio An earthquake flattened San Francisco and surrounding areas on this day in 1906. You can find many related resources at The Best Sites To Learn About San Francisco and to The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes.
  • Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    © 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention: Lessons Learned: 2.5 Years Teaching ESL Online is from Off 2 Class. Writing Exercises is an intriguing interactive writing site. You can learn more about it at Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog. Academic Language Function Toolkit is from the Sweetwater School District and looks very useful. Maria Dove shared it on Twitter. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing…
  • Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    © 1970 Pip R. Lagenta, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two. Here are this week’s picks: 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions is from Teach Thought. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More. Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the…
  • Ed Tech Digest

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    © 2009 Niyam Bhushan, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio In another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I’m starting this weekly “Ed Tech Digest” post where I’ll share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech: District Extends Wi-Fi to Students in Public Housing is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students. Here Come the Chromebooks is from Scholastic. I’m adding it to The Best…
  • Deliberate Practice Redux

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    © 2012 Mary St George, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio I’ve posted a lot about deliberate practice (see The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice), include recent criticisms of its importance. I’m prompted to write about it again after seeing this tweet today: 10,000 hours – it’s not quite that simple #rEDBright @researchED1 — Gary Jones (@DrGaryJones) April 18, 2015 You’ll find resources on the Hambrick study the tweet refers to at my previously mentioned “Best” list. The tweet did…
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  • Signs of desperate times: What baby needs

    Ed Darrell
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Wonderful little find on Twitter: Baby needs differ from place to place. I wonder where that store is, and I wonder if managers ever look at their own signs? And if they do, do they chuckle? (That could be a start of a poem, or maybe a short poem all itself:  “baby needs//beers & wines”)Filed […]
  • . . . and I can taste and smell the sweet, sweet breeze of a dream

    Ed Darrell
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    Is your bus coming? Will you get on it? Or will you be late to that “meeting?” Details: A powerful tale written by Peter H. Reynolds. Animation and Direction by John Lechner and Peter H. Reynolds. Executive Producer, Gary Goldberger. What can you do to let that kid out? Will you? (Just who the hell […]
  • César Chávez Day, 2015

    Ed Darrell
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    President Obama declared March 31, 2015, César Chávez Day, as he did in 2014.  Here’s the press release version of the proclamation. For Immediate Release                                                         March 30, 2015 Presidential Proclamation — Cesar Chavez Day, 2015 CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY, 2015 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA […]
  • Good news: Malaria deaths cut by half in last 15 years

    Ed Darrell
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Bad news — still about 600,000 people die from malaria every year, worldwide. Good news: Dramatic progress against malaria since the turn of the century renews hopes that the disease might be mostly conquered in another 15 to 20 years, and perhaps even obliterated from the Earth. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in […]
  • Encore: Campaigning Obama visited the Dubliner on St. Patrick’s Day, 2012

    Ed Darrell
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    (This is a slightly-edited encore post, for St. Patrick’s Day — I like the Corrigan Brothers’ droll tune.) I’d forgotten about the birthers’ greatest nightmare — Obama’s got Irish blood in him! Democratic Underground features a series of photos of President Obama with an Irish cousin at one of my favorite old haunts in Washington, […]
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  • #TECSIG 2015 Spring Meeting Agenda and Stuff

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Image SourceHow exciting to be able to attend the TCEA Technology Education Coordinators Special Interest Group (TEC-SIG) Spring, 2015 Meeting!I'm sharing these links here to keep myself organized!;-)1) Check out the "great agenda" available online at Keynote speaker Carl Hooker - This will probably be streamed live via Google Hangouts on Air or something. The link will probably be this one: While I'm at this event, I'm planning to audio-record all the presentations I attend then share them as podcasts…
  • Applying the #edtechcoach Model @doctordkwilson @ndmielke

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    The following Collegial Coaching Model is adapted from Dr. Dawn Wilson’s and Dr. Katie Alaniz’ work on collegial coaching. One of the ideas bouncing around in my head over the last week, as I read their book, Naturalizing Digital Immigrants: Collegial Coaching for Technology Integration, was how this would look.Note: I've asked the authors to review this and offer their constructive criticism of this blog entry. Who knows, maybe I'm way off! Won't that be fun to be corrected?What if we matched up actual coaching conversations with their model? I was curious as to what this might look…
  • MyNotes: Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Source: Print Article: Best Practices for Professional Learning CommunitiesMyNotes:A PLC represents the institutionalization of a focus on continuous improvement in staff performance as well as student learning.PLCs entail whole-staff involvement in a process of intensive reflection upon instructional practices and desired student benchmarks, as well as monitoring of outcomes to ensure success.PLCs enable teachers to continually learn from one another via shared visioning and planning, as well as in-depth critical examination of what does and doesn’t work to enhance student achievement.The…
  • MyNotes: Plan-Do-Study-Act Improvement Process

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Source: (Print) Article on Plan-Do-Study-Act Improvement ProcessArticle: Plan-Do-Study-Act Improvement ProcessMyNotes:The Plan-Do-Study-Act approach provides a structure for improvement efforts.This structure can be used to guide thinking and actions for improving any situation and may be used by teams or individuals.Components include the following:Component 1: PlanSelect a core school improvement teamIdentify key stakeholdersIdentify individuals who support is critical to success of improvementInclude individuals with knowledge of the organizationInclude individuals with knowledge of the…
  • MyNotes: What is Action Research?

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    Source (print): What is Action Research?Article shared in print with me. Here are my take-aways from the article.Source: more hereMyNotes:Action research describes the integration of action (implementing a plan) with research (developing an understanding of the effectiveness of this implementation).The central goal of action research is positive educational change.Teachers use action research because it can provide immediate results, fosters stronger relationships among staff, and a fresh approach to examining one’s…
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    Steve Hargadon

  • We have to stop pretending...

    Steve Hargadon
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Responding to Scott McLeod challenge.When it comes to education, I say we have to stop pretending…That it's OK for the majority of students to leave high school believing they are not good learners;That it is OK to believe anything less than in the inherent worth and value of every child;That schooling as it now exists is about increasing individual learning capability and not actually about enforcing compliance and conformance;That it's OK that politicians, the elite, and business-people have more influence over education than local parents, teachers, and the students themselves;That…
  • Events + News - #TLChat LIVE! - NMC Preview - Students in Charge - iSchool Initiative

    Steve Hargadon
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    April 13th - April 27th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Learning Revolution Blog | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, April 13th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate. Tuesday, April 14th at 11am 2015 NMC Summer Conference Preview, Join the NMC and our panel of 2015 NMC Summer Conference presenters on Tuesday, April…
  • Events + News - New Curated "Revolution" Blog - NMC Preview - Games for Change - The Modern University is Failing...

    Steve Hargadon
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    April 9th - April 20th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Learning Revolution Blog | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Saturday, April 11th at 12pm CR20 LIVE: Discovery Education Network Virtual Field Trips and Free Resources with Kyle Schutt, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join the webinar at You can follow us on…
  • Register Now for the (Online) Library 2.0 Spring Summit - "The Emerging Future"

    Steve Hargadon
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Join us on April 30th, 2015 for the free, online Library 2.015 Spring Summit - The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning, a three-hour conversation about technology issues and trends in the future of library and information services. The Spring Summit will be held from 12pm - 3pm US Pacific / 3pm - 6pm US Eastern.The Spring Summit has been inspired by and orchestrated in partnership with Library 2.0 founding sponsor, the San Jose State University School of Information. In order to attend the summit or watch the recordings, you need to RSVP at…
  • Events Newsletter - Maker Ed - Virtual Field Trips - "Preview ISTE" - The Emerging Future Summit

    Steve Hargadon
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    March 30th - April 13th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, March 30th at 7pm 'MakerEd'/'Maker Space' Webinar Coming to a Computer Near You with Kim Caise, If you have been looking for a way to jazz up your curriculum or increase the rigor and relevance of your learning activities, join me Monday, March 30, 2015, at 7pm EST/6pm CST through the Learning Revolution as we talk about what this…
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    Sue Waters Blog

  • Learning by blogging: My Gardening Adventures

    Sue Waters
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Blogging is an important part of how I learn.   The process of sharing information in posts helps me reflect deeper, document information I want to refer back to and provide a mechanism for others to provide input into aspects I hadn’t considered. It’s also important to blog about what you’re passionate about , and what interests you. The purpose of this post is to reflect on my veggie patch progress.  While the topic mightn’t necessarily be of interest — you might find it helpful to observe how someone like me uses blogging for learning and why it is important…
  • Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together

    Sue Waters
    13 Oct 2013 | 4:42 am
    Through digital curation we collect, manage and collate the best, most relevant content, on a specific topic or theme,  for ourselves and share with others. Using tools like, Pinterest, Diigo and Livebinders educators collect the best resources to put them into context with organisation, annotation and presentation. This post is a summary of the ideas. tips and resources shared during my presentation for the 2013 Reform Symposium e-Conference on digital curation. Digital curation in education It’s no longer just about creating content.  We are living in an era of content…
  • Getting More Out of Student Blogging

    Sue Waters
    11 Feb 2013 | 4:26 am
    Through ETMOOC participants like Lorraine Boulos are realizing “I am not just learning HOW to connect but WHY connect” and are now trying to transfer the skills they’re learning into their classrooms. So I’ve put together tips for getting the most out of blogging with your student (you can watch the recorded ETMOOC student blogging session here). For more information I recommend you work through our step by step guide to blogging with students. About my work But first to help you appreciate why I was asked to facilitate blogging session — I’ve been…
  • Commenting Counts (or does it?)

    Sue Waters
    4 Feb 2013 | 4:33 pm
    We’ve worked hard emphasizing that reading other people’s posts and commenting on posts are both a very important part of the learning process as a blogger. Maybe we’re wrong?  Or maybe we haven’t helped you experience it in action? But what I do know is some have reflected they feel that commenting feels like a burden or that once you’ve made a comment it often goes no further. I’m hoping this is where you’ll help out? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment: Has commenting helped your learning?  Yes or No?  Why? What advice would you give…
  • Advanced Blogging: You asked for it!

    Sue Waters
    29 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    I was asked to facilitate a series of blogging sessions the Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology (ETMOOC).  You can read more about connectivist MOOC’s and ETMOOC here. This post is a summary of the ideas. tips and resources shared in the advanced blogging session. You’ll find the recordings to the session here: Complete list of archived ETMOOC Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Introduction to Blogging – Jan 17 incl. Sue Wyatt, Peggy George (see supporting materials here). Introduction to Blogging (Director Cut) – repeat Jan 23 incl. Sue Wyatt, Alan Levine, Penny…
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    Assorted Stuff

  • The Decline of IT

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    We are having a little dispute here in the overly large school district, between a growing chorus of principals, teachers and tech trainers who want to use Chromebooks in their classrooms, and the IT department who says no way. I understand the reasoning of the school-based people. The devices are cheap, reliable, and perform most of the functions a student would need during the day. They are a step backward from the all-purpose laptop we’ve become used to, but it would enable classrooms to have far more access to network applications for the same money. However, I also understand IT’s…
  • Reanimating the Corpse of NCLB

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Earlier this week, the writers of an op-ed in the Washington Post tried to convince the reader that Congress should reauthorize No Child Left Behind. But the short piece is full of crap from top to bottom, starting with the title pleading not to “undo” the nation’s education progress. Their rationale for supporting NCLB is all about standardized testing, of course. With three specific suggestions that boil down to 1) collect data, 2) publish data, 3) use data to beat up on schools and teachers. They finish the column the way they started, with a boat full of red herrings. As a nation,…
  • Winning The Race

    5 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    During my travels around our overly-large school district, I came across a large banner hanging in the front hall of an elementary school declaring “The Race for Excellence Has No Finish Line”. That sign has stuck with – and bothered – me for several reasons, but mostly because of the suggestion that excellence is a race. And in our competative culture, that implies a contest with someone (or something), resulting in one winner, and probably multiple losers. Ok, I’m pretty sure that was not the intention of whoever created the message. They wanted a short,…
  • MakerFaire

    4 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I’m posting this later than I planned, but here is a small set of images I shot at the annual Nova Mini MakerFaire, held on March 15 in Reston, Virginia. Click the i in the upper left corner for a description of each photo. Enjoy.
  • Something Only Slightly Different

    4 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Speaking of STEM, this has been buzzing through my warped little head since yesterday’s post. Someone with more talent and resources needs to reimagine this classic sketch for today’s education reform debate. STEM, STEM, STEM, STEM, STEM, STEM, STEM, STEM… Wonderful STEM! The result would be silly and pointless, which would be appropriate.
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    iterating toward openness

  • Forgetting Our History: From the Reusability Paradox to the Remix Hypothesis

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    Wow, there’s been some great writing lately. I’ve been particularly reinvigorated by Brian Lamb, Mike Caulfield, and Bracken Mosbacker. And Audrey Watters’ ongoing work on the history of educational technology is vastly more important than anyone seems to realize. It should be absolutely mandatory reading for every student in a graduate program on educational technology or learning sciences, period. Audrey’s constant refrain that “no one seems to remember our history” was made for her again this week when McGraw-Hill and Microsoft announced a new…
  • Being Clear on “High Quality”

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Some readers are misinterpreting my critique of the phrase “high quality” as it’s used with regard to textbooks and other educational resources. Let me reiterate my points and then provide a new example that hopefully sheds more light on what I’m criticizing and what I’m not. My problems with the phrase “high quality” are two-fold: (1) how the phrase gets equated with a single authoring process to the exclusion of all other authoring processes, and (2) how that usage distracts us from the efficacy conversation. I do not have any issues with the…
  • No, Really – Stop Saying “High Quality”

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Last week I wrote that we should stop saying “high quality” when discussing learning materials. Some have questioned whether or not that’s true. It is true, and here’s why. Photo by Shira Golding, CC BY NC. The problem with the phrase “high quality” as used by traditional publishers is that it puts process over outcome. If publishers were basketball players, they would say, “When I shoot free throws, I align my toes with the foul line and square my shoulders to the basket. I slow my breathing and count to 5. I dribble three times, exhale once more,…
  • Stop Saying “High Quality”

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    The Open Business Models conversation at the Hewlett Foundation grantees meeting (#oer2015) was a lot of fun. The biggest surprises to me were the number of times the phrase “high quality” came up, and what a strong, negative reaction I had each time I heard the word. After some reflection I think the reason the phrase gets my goat is that “high quality” sounds like it’s dealing with a core issue, while actually dodging the core issue. The phrase is sneaky and deceptive. (Now I don’t mean that the people who were using it were trying to be deceptive; they…
  • The Remix Hypothesis

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    For several years my colleagues and I have been conducting and reviewing empirical research on the impact on student outcomes when OER are adopted in place of commercial materials. Suffice it to say the research results are highly variable. Some studies of OER adoption show essentially no change in student outcomes. Many of these studies report small positive and negative changes in outcomes that, aggregated across several courses, fail to achieve statistical significance. Some studies including larger numbers of students find small changes in students outcomes that achieve statistical…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Meet The Foanes

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Playing around with a comic strip idea – here’s the first go. Hand drawn, scanned and then Photoshopped into existence.
  • Learning From The Learners (Digital Leaders Working Out Sphero Robotics)

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    I described my Digital Leadership initiative in my last post and how students have signed on to participate. I managed to secure some time in our Resource Centre to supplement the lunchtime sessions so that students could work towards their badges. We have started with the twin options of MinecraftEDU and Sphero Robotics, but potentially down the track, the program could expand to Digital Leadership in iPads, BeeBots or other technology connected possibilities. We’ve had a Minecraft server for a few years now and I’ve blogged about some of the ways it has been used at our school…
  • My 2015 Version Of Student Digital Leadership

    4 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    One of the things that emerged from our 2012 WGS action research project around gaming for learning was the idea of acknowledging digital skills and expertise of students in a Digital Leaders program. As the student researchers played in the Minecraft environment or used the XBox, it became apparent that some students fell naturally into the role of instructors, organisers and coaches. In 2013, I formally organised the first group of Digital Leaders for our school, earmarking Friday afternoons as a time where they could work in-world in our MinecraftEDU server. These students were volunteers…
  • Meet The Robot That Got Me Excited About Robotics

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    For someone who likes technology, particularly for learning, I have never been that interested in the field of robotics. For all of this recent focus on coding and programming in education, I haven’t really got swept up in becoming personally skilled or knowledgeable in the area. I recognise its importance but have to admit to putting things like Lego MindStorms in the “too hard” basket. My interest has always been in the internet and like many self taught learners, it’s easy to play to my own strengths and steer away from might be a steep learning curve out of my…
  • Data As Tool, Not As Weapon: Part Two

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Our department has announced a commitment to getting schools to use PAT Maths and Reading tools, which our school has already been using for 2 years now. I’ve had training and as part of my role, I have spent time becoming familiar with the tests, the scoring system and the interpretation of results. Data analysis isn’t something that I am naturally talented at and I have to run over things again and again until I am sure that I “get” it. Unfortunately for me, there is no substitute for this repetition as I learn mainly by having a go at things – official…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Special Ed Law 101 - Part III #SpecialEdLaw101

    Jim Gerl
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    In the previous posts in this series we have looked at the sources of special education law and discussed the critical concept of FAPE.  Today we look at some important decisions by U. S. Courts of Appeal taking FAPE in some interesting directions:In Deal v. Hamilton County 392 F.3d 840, 42 IDELR 109 (6th Cir. 1//16/04), the Sixth Circuit held that where the school district had already predetermined the student’s program and services before the IEP Team meeting, the parents were denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the IEP…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are now running a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series? Are you enjoying the series?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Mediators Beware! Full Disclosure Required #MediationEthics

    Jim Gerl
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    I have had this discussion with mediators a number of times.  Most good mediators realize that they must make the same recusals and disclosures of real or apparent conflicts of interest as a hearing officer/court judge. Invariably, however, when I do a mediator training, I run into one person who feels that mediators are not required to make the same level of disclosures because they will not be deciding a case; they are merely there to help the parties come up with their own settlement. Blah, blah, blah...Well a big federal appellate decision last year may shed some light on this topic.
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are now running a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series? Are you enjoying the series?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Special Education Law 101: Part II #fape

    Jim Gerl
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This is the second installment in our ongoing series which presents an Introduction to Special Ed Law.                The Requirement of  FAPE (free and appropriate public education)The basic requirement of the IDEA is that states and school districts must have in effect policies and procedures that ensure that children with a disability receive a free and appropriate public education, hereafter sometimes referred to as “FAPE.” IDEA, § 612(a)(1).The IDEA defines “child with a disability” as a child:(i)with a mental…
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  • A different perspective in building tools to collect and share educational resources

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Until now, a large amount of effort has been spent on structuring educational repositories. Standard metadata for learning objects have been provided and large databases have been deployed both from academia, and private organizations following mainly a content-centric approach. Vice-versa, a pedagogy-centric approach to the collection and sharing of learning resources still remains under-investigated. In this paper, we provide a different perspective on repositories for education, having as a central point the “educational experience”, i.e. a detailed and structured case study by which…
  • Supporting Learning Object Repository by automatic extraction of metadata

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The Learning Objects Repositories are electronic databases able to deliver material on the web allowing instructors sharing and reusing educational units and students accessing and enjoying them. The best way to guarantee these interactions is a good indexing. Each content needs a machine-understandable description able to declare requirements and limits for its right use and to improve any research and delivery action. These descriptions are stored in the metadata. Filling in the metadata is a boring and time-consuming activity but it is very important since it could influence the choice of…
  • The Museum of the American Revolution

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Museum of the American Revolution will bring to life the events, people, and ideals of the founding of the United States and inspire a deep appreciation of the importance of the struggle that created the American nation. With original artifacts, immersive settings, and dynamic theaters, the experience will take visitors on a chronological journey through the American Revolution. The Museum of the American Revolution
  • California’s multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    “Reinvent.” That was the giddy catchword of a plan by the University of California to create an all-digital “campus” that would revolutionize higher education by providing courses online for students shut out of the system’s brick-and-mortar classrooms at a time of high demand but falling budgets. Hechinger Report
  • Can this technology help solve the distance learning isolation issue?

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    It’s a common problem facing universities with satellite campuses and distance learning options: How to keep students from feeling isolated from on-campus classrooms. eCampus Report
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » K-12

  • MudWatt: Make Power From Mud!

    11 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Keegan Cooke and Kevin Rand created MudWatt kits as a way to engage kids/students with science. From the website: We want to show kids this brighter side of STEM, to empower them to become the great problem solvers of tomorrow. Because let’s face it, there are plenty of problems in the world that need solving. Unfortunately, our experience in school wasn’t unique. In 2011, less than one-third of 8th graders in the U.S. were deemed proficient in science. Today, 70% of the fastest growing careers are in STEM fields. The supply of STEM education is not meeting the demand. Most of the…
  • Using The Building of Robots to Engage Students in Learning

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    Fundi bots has a mission to use robotics training in African schools to create and inspire a new generation of problem solvers, innovators and change-makers. I believe strongly in this type of effort. We waste so much human potential by killing students design to learn. Instead we need to create systems that not only don’t kill that desire but allow it to flourish. Fundi Bots focuses on the technological process of building robots as a way for students to look at the world around them from a practical, solution oriented perspective. By guiding students through problem identification,…
  • Math Education Results Show China, Singapore, Korea and Japan Leading

    4 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The most comprehenvise comparison of student achievement in math and science around the globe undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) focuses on math understanding of 15 year olds (the 2014 report will focus on science). The 2009 report focused on the results of science education student achievement around the globe. 2012 results for the math portion (rank – country – mean score)(I am not listing all countries): 1 – Singapore – 573 2 – Korea – 554 3 – Japan…
  • 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…
  • Given Tablets but No Teachers, Kids Teach Themselves – Having Never Seen Advanced Technology Before

    3 May 2013 | 3:28 am
    In a repetition of an experiment I have posted about here on the Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog before (Letting Children Learn – Hole in the Wall Computers): Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves The experiment is being done in two isolated rural villages with about 20 first-grade-aged children each, about 50 miles from Addis Ababa. One village is called Wonchi, on the rim of a volcanic crater at 11,000 feet; the other is called Wolonchete, in the Great Rift Valley. Children there had never previously seen printed materials, road signs, or even…
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  • Sites on a bike ride

    Ted Nellen
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Cries of the Lost by Chris Knopf

    Ted Nellen
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cries of the Lostby Chris Knopf returns me to Knopf and to Arthur Cathcart, a Renaissance Man who can do anything anytime. I first met Arthur in Dead Anyway. He is a computer geek-genius who lost half his brain to a bullet and is still twice as smart and capable as any body. “I keep putting your life in danger.”“It’s a funny way to impress a girl.”“It’s not on purpose.”“All you have to do is tell me you love me,” she said.“I love you.”“See how much easier that is?”This dialogue establishes the working relationship here on. Arthur Cathcart and Natsumi Fitzgerald…
  • Clyde Butcher in the Everglades

    Ted Nellen
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Estero Bay Preserve SP

    Ted Nellen
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Man of War

    Ted Nellen
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Should I quit my full-time job to study for GMAT exam?

    Sameer Kamat
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    It’s not a typical question you’d hear from GMAT exam takers living in other countries. However, it pops up way too often among Indian GMAT MBA […] The post Should I quit my full-time job to study for GMAT exam? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Managing low academic grades (GPA) in MBA applications

    Sameer Kamat
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    With a great deal of significance that Indian MBA applicants seem to attach to their GMAT scores, many don’t bother much about their academic grades (GPA, […] The post Managing low academic grades (GPA) in MBA applications appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 1 Year MBA Abroad (INSEAD) vs 2 Year MBA in India (IIM)

    Sameer Kamat
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Laura Trott is considered to be among the most successful cyclists in the world, for the number of titles she’s won in a short span of […] The post 1 Year MBA Abroad (INSEAD) vs 2 Year MBA in India (IIM) appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Q&A with Brown University Computer Science Professor – Shriram Krishnamurthi

    Sameer Kamat
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Despite being a top tier Ivy league brand, we’ve never featured Brown University and Princeton University on our site. Reason being – they don’t offer MBA […] The post Q&A with Brown University Computer Science Professor – Shriram Krishnamurthi appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Education loans in India for studying abroad vs Prodigy Finance

    Sameer Kamat
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Chloë Foden, Head of Marketing at Prodigy Finance, wraps up the 3-part series on international MBA loans by covering the MBA financing options for Indian students […] The post Education loans in India for studying abroad vs Prodigy Finance appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • The knowledge economy is neither

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    We will pay for our hubris, as has every other civilization that presumed to know more than is knowable."Education is still the key to eliminating gender inequities, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, and to fostering peace.... "Arne Duncan, November 4, 2010On our dollar bill, via WikimediaI am charged with teaching young adults biology in a culture that thrives on fantasy. Education could help eliminate gender (and race) inequities, reduce poverty, and create a sustainable planet, but in its current incarnation, it plays a larger role in maintaining the status quo.But…
  • All economies start with a seed

    4 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    In the U.S., we are still just talking about the steps many leading countries are actually taking to prepare their students for a competitive global economy. Falling behind educationally now will hurt our country economically for generations. Arne Duncan, April 8, 2014The global economy, or the abstraction we call the global economy, is doing  immeasurable harm to countless beings, including humans. I do not care to prepare students for this. I am a public school teacher working in a public space to help students learn how to see, how to think.Claim. Evidence. Reasoning.The word…
  • Twizzler nation

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Here's the simple truth.We eat, we breathe, we drink, we move, we love, we dieWhat you eat matters for a lot of reasons--politics, health, and capitalism twist themselves around every impossibly red Twizzler. But that's not what I am talking about.Eating can bring satiety, but done well, can bring joy.We teach kids how to use their forks and knives, which side to place their glass, where to put their napkins.But if a child should close her eyes as she slowly chews the flesh she has been given, and savors the gift of an animal now dead, with an occasional low, throaty growl of joy, she'd…
  • Spring, another year older

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
     Yes, it's a couple of years old, but I liked it then, and I still do. Seemed like the right day for this.I met the Bishop on the roadAnd much said he and I.'Those breasts are flat and fallen now,Those veins must soon be dry;Live in a heavenly mansion,Not in some foul sty.''Fair and foul are near of kin,And fair needs foul,' I cried.'My friends are gone, but that's a truthNor grave nor bed denied,Learned in bodily lowlinessAnd in the heart's pride.Yeats' Crazy Jane makes sense  in March. This is a hard time of year for mainstream churches. Words fall flat when the earth erupts…
  • Pea planting time (again)

    15 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The crocuses are back--time to plant peas againPea planting time again.Much has changed, much has stayed the same. Changes at my age are often precipitous, sometimes perilous. I was never one for worshiping change.Yesterday’s rain works its way through to my knees. The earth is pliable (again), and as I work my fingers through the dirt (again), and poke holes in the ground (again), and drop each pea, one by one, into the holes (again). I cover the peas, then get up, a little slower than I did last year, but likely a little faster than I will next year, should grace get me there.A classroom…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • 8 Great Email Etiquette Tips for Educators & Everyone

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:32 pm
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) Email etiquette can be hard to learn. Here are 8 great email etiquette tips to help educators and everyone improve their email communications. KB…Konnected ’s insight: via @ ritasimsan See on more)
  • Teaching Channel: Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) For Common Core resources, teacher videos, strategies and lesson plans, go to Teaching Channel. Find great ideas and strategies in classroom teaching videos covering Math, Science, English, History...(read more)
  • - Crazy Fads

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:21 pm
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) Read about fads from the past: hula hoops, disco dancing, pet rocks, goldfish swallowing, flagpole sitting, streaking, Rubik’s Cubes, 3D movies, and more. KB…Konnected ’s insight: From the 1920’s...(read more)
  • L2 Thème groupe de M Mullen : examen de fin de semestre

    John Mullen
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Votre contrôle final aura lieu le 6 mai, à l'heure habituelle du cours. Si jamais vous êtes absent, même pour maladie, vous n'aurez d'autre choix que de repasser la matière en deuxième session en juin. Read More......(read more)
  • Awesome Interactive Simulations for Learning Math and Science

    EdTech Guy
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:42 pm
    April 19, 2015 PhET is a very good platform that offers free interactive simulations to help students develop a an informed understanding of a variety of phenomena covering science, physics and... more Read More......(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Reading Comprehension: There’s No Workaround for Knowledge

    Guest Blogger
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    By Greg Ashman Greg Ashman is a teacher in Australia. Supported by his school (but not necessarily representing its views), he has developed a love of educational research. Ashman is  now pursuing a PhD. This post originally appeared on his blog, Filling the Pail. To mark the recent cricket world cup, I thought it might be a good idea […]
  • No Progress on Accountability, No Hope for Equity

    Lisa Hansel
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    I try not to give in to despair, but in reading recent recommendations for the reauthorization of ESEA, I see America wasting another 50 years on unproductive reforms. James S. Coleman said schools matter a great deal for poor kids, but we focus on the factors outside of school mattering more. A Nation At Risk […]
  • Reading Recovery Works—Now Let’s Make It Even Better

    Lisa Hansel
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Reading Recovery is an intensive intervention for first graders who are struggling to learn to read. Although its research base is not huge, well-controlled studies have found it highly effective. Newly published research shows that Reading Recovery is remaining effective even as it scales up. This is great news—and could mean that Reading Recovery will […]
  • What’s Working?

    Lisa Hansel
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Slowly, steadily building the knowledge and capacity of administrators and teachers—that’s what’s working in school systems around the world. As explained in a report by Geoff Masters, a leading researcher in Australia, the educational systems that are improving have invested in educator capacity, while those that are not improving (or are declining) have been tinkering […]
  • Raising Readers—Not Test Takers

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    In recent months, Teach Plus had over 1,000 teachers review sample items from PARCC, one of the two testing consortia trying to create assessments aligned to the Common Core standards. I say “trying” because in reading, the task is pretty much impossible. The standards specify things students should be able to do, but they contain […]
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    Teaching College English

  • PCA Questions on Superheros

    Dr Davis
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Questions on superheroes Q not evil but revenge or justice? A some situations in game can be said this. But using Ardt’s ideas, elves are treated animal-like. Making these others not even have human characteristics. Q Video game trend… completely justified uprising Leader of uprising wants to oppress those who oppressed her. Is this sort of narrative (oppressed becomes oppressor) problematic in real world? A agree with what you are saying. It’s why I chose 3 different games. Different options. Possible that there are other options. Sometimes you are forced to choose a side. Q doctor…
  • PCA Video Games Evil versus Morality

    Dr Davis
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Grey Wardens and the White Wolf Caleb Metott When 2 years old Dad played video games with me on computer. Have always loved video games. How can we learn from them? Role playing games: Witcher video game series Dragon Age: Origins Theories: Hannah Ardent’s view of evil and morality George Kateb’s interp Richard Ryder speciesism Trailer for the Witcher… “evil is evil, lesser, greater, makes no difference” What are you doing? Killing the monsters “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt-Killing Monsters Cinematic Trailer” YouTube. … Hannah Ardent was a Jew who escaped horrors of Holocaust.
  • PCA Superhero Film Genre

    Dr Davis
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Evaluating the Superhero Film Genre: Up, Up, and Away Ryan Lagerstrom, Tyler D. Welch Independent scholars Where superhero movie came from, where we are today, future guessing What is the genre? “distinguished by a characteristic set of conventions in style, subject matter, and values” Louis Giannetti, Understanding Movies blueprint –formula, patterns structure—indiv framework label–categorization contract—audience expectations Rick Altman Film/Genre Giannetti’s model of genre life: Primitive stage Classical stage Revisionist stage Parody stage Nostalgia Cultural death How…
  • PCA Doctor Who PTSD

    Dr Davis
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    Doctor Who superhero paper A Good Man Survives the War An Analysis of the Doctor’s Madness Using the 4-Factor Model for PTSD (grammar issue in title) Romeo Cerimele grouped core symptoms into four factors re-experiencing (one or more) upsetting thoughts nightmares flashbacks upset by reminders feelings in the body (internal reaction) Avoidance (one or more) Trying not to talk about personal things, things associated with trauma Avoid activities Numbing (two or more) reactionary Cannot remember Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed Emotional distance Restricted affect, problem…
  • PCA Who Questions

    Dr Davis
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Q Saba: 3 A River Song, Examining glass something magical blue books that take over people’s minds, steampunk Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Karen Marie Monning, Ireland and Dublin, woman researching murder of sister, she’s not a person but a book come to life. The Fever Series Discourse of psychoanalysis and xxx Q tech “Closing Time” Actively fights her/for love? A It’s the one thing he hasn’t figured out yet. Having to figure out how to deal with Stormageddon. Capaldi’s first season, where natural parts are taking place of mechanical parts Q “Victory for the Daleks” Have…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • College rankings go under the microscope

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Boston College) While parents, students and admissions officials annually comb through college and university rankings, education researchers have largely ignored the controversial yet influential listings. That's about to change, according to a Boston College expert in educational measurement.
  • A call to US educators: Learn from Canada

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Boston College) In contrast to the contentious debates over education reform in the US, the Canadian province Ontario has taken a cooperative route to improving schools that often rank among the top performers on international assessments, according to a Boston College expert on educational change.
  • NYU study evaluates the influence of college experiences on career outcomes

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (New York University) Meaningful college experiences, including internships and studying abroad, may not matter as much as your major and what school you attend when it comes to job satisfaction and earnings, according to research by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
  • Evidence grows that melanoma drugs benefit some lung cancer patients

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) A subset of lung cancer patients can derive important clinical benefits from drugs that are more commonly used to treat melanoma, the authors of a new academic clinical trial in Europe have reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • One in 4 advanced lung cancer patients started on firstline treatment before EGFR test results available

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) Almost one in four patients (24 percent) with advanced lung cancer in Europe, Asia and the US are not receiving EGFR test results before being started on treatment, researchers report at the European Lung Cancer Conference.
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  • OTR Links 04/19/2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    The best of ontario-educators2 daily is out! The best of ontario-educators2 daily is out! is out! Stories via @mrsj1001 @dr_weston_PhD @TVDSB — Doug Peterson (dougpete) April 18, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter The Doug Peterson Community News The Doug Peterson Community News is out! Stories via @itvfootball — Doug Peterson (dougpete) April 18, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Open education and open technology in education | Discover an Open Source World – via @Firefox — Doug…
  • Music in a Lifetime

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Earlier this week, I had interviewed Anita Brooks Kirkland.  It was a great interview and she shared so much about her thoughts of today’s Learning Commons.  Through our interactions in the past, I knew of her interests in music and in birding.  I thought that I would ask her about music in one of the questions. What I didn’t know, and it came out in the interview, was that her orchestra has assembled a pretty comprehensive music education resource.  It’s titled “Music In A Lifetime“. When you visit, there’s so much to take in so plan on allocating some…
  • OTR Links 04/18/2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    We can’t do what that other school is doing because… | Dangerously Irrelevant We can’t do what that other school is doing because… via @Firefox We can’t do what that other school is doing because… via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) April 17, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter The best of ontario-educators2 daily is out! The best of ontario-educators2 daily is out! is out! Stories via @kprdsb @RangerRidley @fatim_to — Doug Peterson (dougpete) April 17, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter The…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Learning and Sharing never seems to stop with Ontario Educators.  In case you missed them, here are some of the posts that caught my attention this past week. Useful Twitter Resources for Educators It’s hard to think that there are people who still haven’t seen the value of being connected to other educators via Twitter.  Sometimes, it just takes a good starting point.  The Cube for Teachers blog puts together a pretty comprehensive list for the beginner or those who wish to extend their abilities. There’s also a selection of educator accounts offered as samples at the…
  • OTR Links 04/17/2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian 17 Stories That Will Make You Want To Hug Your Librarian – via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) April 17, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Ten maps that explain Iran’s power play in the Middle East - Ten maps that explain Iran’s power play in the Middle East - — Doug Peterson (dougpete) April 17, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Ten maps that explain Iran’s power play in the Middle East – Ten…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • 7 Things to Remember Your Freshman Year (Hint: Don't Bring Too Much Stuff!)

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    The moment I sent my SIR to UC Berkeley, I was sure I was more than ready to leave high school. College had been the big dream for most of my life–no curfews, no morning classes, no standardized testing (for the most part) and more freedom than I’d ever had before. I knew the city of Berkeley halfway decently already, so I wasn’t worried about the transition. About twenty of my high school classmates, including some of my best friends, were coming with me. I was all set up for an easy, exciting transition to college life. Even so, I was nervous. I didn’t completely…
  • Start from the Beginning of GMAT Questions to Understand the Pattern

    Veritas Prep
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    If you’ve ever walked into a conversation that was in progress, you know how hard it can be to figure out what’s going on without starting at the beginning. People often timidly ask “What are we talking about?” or “Could you please start over?” in such situations. This is because being parachuted into an ongoing conversation can be quite disorienting. Most of the time, you can eventually figure out what’s happening, but sometimes you missed an important point near the beginning and just can’t understand the situation. As frustrating as this situation may seem, imagine if, at…
  • The Questions You Should Ask in Your MBA Interview

    Veritas Prep
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    One of the most important portions of a business school interview (or any interview really) is the time they give you, usually at the end, to ask any questions you may have.  Of course you should be prepared by then with thoughtful queries about the program, including specifics on specialty academic areas of interest (think: healthcare or energy tracks, etc.), activities and clubs, ratings, rankings, professors, etc., but in order to differentiate yourself and avoid asking the same exact questions everyone else does, it makes sense to tilt these questions towards your personal needs. Try to…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Pace Yourself to a 2400

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    As a young test taker I remember the terror of looking up at a clock and realizing that I was only halfway through a sixty question exam while my time had dwindled to a measly ten minutes. Many adults still have stress dreams in which they are running out of time on a timed test (how unfortunate that so many cannot even escape this dread in their sleep!) The SAT is a beast of a timed test and many students have a hard time determining how to manage their time while taking this exam. While the timed nature of the test is daunting, there are a few concrete steps that can be taken to avoid a…
  • MBA Admissions Timeline: When You Should Take the GMAT, Ask for Recommendations, and More

    Veritas Prep
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    As we are putting final touches on R3 applications, it is already time to start thinking about the next application cycle for many of you.  This is especially true if you want to apply in R1.  Deadlines that seem distant always have a way to sneak up on those who are unprepared.  To help you in the planning process, we thought it would be useful to outline what a well thought-out timeline for a successful business school application might look like.  This is written for the average applicant; some might be able to pull it off in a much shorter period (not recommended), others, such as…
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    Certification Map

  • 6 Ways to Get Your Classroom’s Attention

    Cathy Vandewater
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Few things can feel as defeating as not being able to get your students’ attention, especially for a new teacher. It should be easy, right? But give your class an absorbing or exciting project, and even the most vocally gifted teacher can struggling to recapture a full their attention when it’s time to shift gears. Luckily, classroom management is often less about volume and more a matter of technique; choosing the right approach can easily get your students to sit up, quiet down, and give you their full attention as quickly as possible. The result: less stress, more class time, and…
  • Plan the Perfect Field Trip: 5 Key Steps

    Cathy Vandewater
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Got a genius idea for a field trip? Here’s how to take it from an idea to a memorable experience for your students. Get approval Much like applying for a grant, you need to know where a trip fits into your curriculum to get approval from your school’s principal or administrator. Maybe a visit to Salem, Massachusetts is a good companion to your unit on The Crucible, or an afternoon at a planetarium is the perfect illustration for your lesson on constellations, but take it one step further. What special knowledge can a student get out of visiting these places that couldn’t come from a…
  • Why You Should Still Care About the Common Core Standards

    Certification Map
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Barely five years old, the Common Core Standards Initiative is the largest-ever national attempt to set unified expectations for what students in grades K–12 should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. In short, they’re designed to ensure that every student in every state is on the same page. Supporters say the standards are a collaborative effort that will better prepare students for the future. Some critics feel they came from nowhere and interfere with a state’s rights to determine and define education standards. Opinions aside, the Common Core Standards…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Lowell Whiteman Becomes Steamboat Mountain School

    Brian Fisher
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s in a name change? Schools build identities over decades and these identities are often rooted in founders’ philosophies and missions. When Lowell Whiteman School changed its name, and identity to Steamboat Mountain School, we knew there was a good story; we spoke with Pearson Alspach, Steamboat Mountain’s admission director to ask, ‘why the name change and what kind of work and thinking goes into such a big change?’ Steamboat Mountain School Ribbon Cutting During October Parents’ Weekend   Why the name change now? As our Head Meg Morse says, “The…
  • Six Important Life Lessons Boarding Schools Teach

    Brian Fisher
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    New York Time columnist David Brooks struck readers’ collective nerves this past Sunday with a piece titled “The Moral Bucket List.” He reflects on people he sees, who selflessly contribute to their communities and others. I bring Brooks into this space because good boarding school communities teach so much of what he sees that creates selfless contributors. Brooks writes: “About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them…
  • Darlington School Freshman Class Hosts Special Olympics On Campus

    Brian Fisher
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Working with Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority, Darlington School’s freshman class hosted the Floyd County Special Olympics for about 265 Special Olympians on the school’s campus yesterday. “I don’t remember seeing any athlete, volunteer, or spectator without a smile on their face. It amazed me how easy it was for the kids to put on a smile, whether they came in first place or sixth. To see these kids having fun made me happy as well as the other volunteers at my station,” Darlington’s Sam Tackeberry observed. All 87 Darlington freshmen helped with events…
  • Making Your Final Boarding School Decision 2015

    Brian Fisher
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Many readers have been weighing their boarding school acceptances for the past few weeks. Which boarding school will be best for me? Which boarding school best fits our student? You’ve been thinking; been writing; asking questions; considering financial aid awards; if you had the opportunity, you might have attended an accepted student revisit day, or overnight. All of this in an effort to reach the best decision about the school that will fit you the best. It’s hard…I offer this advice: Nothing will be perfect. You will discover the dust bunnies in the corners of any school you…
  • The Asymmetric Boarding School Search

    Brian Fisher
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    After watching the 2014-2015 boarding school admission cycle from our stop in a family’s boarding school search, we can tell you that families now do more research and consult more references than ever. Finding The Best Fitting School Is Now Akin to Making a Large Purchase Such as a Car Think about it, a lot of us, do a great deal of research before we buy a car. We visit a site to get the data, or specifications, on a vehicle, but that’s just the start. Maybe you go to a car review site to gather more observations and opinions. Then, you might move on to consumer reviews; watch videos…
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    Teach with Picture Books

  • Heroes of History, Part II

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    In an earlier post I shared how students used biography picture books to practice summarizing, recognizing opposing viewpoints, and citing textual evidence. Using the four-step process modeled there, students cut to the chase to tell what was "most needed to know" about their famous man or woman from history. So what's next?Below I've shared some of the biography extensions and report options which students have completed over the years in my classroom. I'm sure you'll find a new one to try out!Time MachineAs students read their biography, they take the usual notes, either on a prepared…
  • How to Create Interactive Timelines

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    If you're looking for an awesome online report option for biographies or nonfiction texts, you'll love Hstry is a site where students can create cool looking, interactive timelines with text, images, videos, and embedded quizzes. These are really good looking timelines! If you don't believe me, check out this sample on World War I, or this one about the History of Immigration in theUnited States. And your students can create timelines that look just as good.In my case, however, I didn't want a timeline. My sixth graders had just read nonfiction books of choice, with topics as…
  • Heroes of History

    16 Feb 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Read below for Marceau's amazing story!One popular conversation in education centers around "What is worth knowing?" To that conversation I'd like to add the question, "Who is worth knowing?"When I ask students to name someone famous and the first reply I hear is "Kim Kardashian," I die just a little bit inside. Students don't seem to have an understanding of, or appreciation for, the lives of great men and women who changed the course of history. But biography picture books can help to remedy that.Wiser Words Were Never SpokenMy high school daughter recently took her SAT and was…
  • We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

    30 Apr 2013 | 3:51 am
    "I want to go to jail," (third grader) Audrey told her mother. Since Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks thought that was a good idea, they helped her get ready.Cynthia Levinson's stunning and moving We've Got a Job chronicles the days leading up to the 1963 Birmingham Children's March. Read on to discover more about this historic event (and how you can win a copy of this book for your very own classroom).In We've Got a Job, readers learn how young protestors, some just grammar school students, took to the streets in May of 1963 with the intention of filling the jails so that the segregationist policies…
  • Betsy's Day at the Game: A Review and Giveaway

    11 Apr 2013 | 7:27 pm
    Peanuts, Cracker Jack, cotton candy, and hot dogs! Those are my fondest memories of the ball park, and they certainly top my daughters' lists as well. But one equally hallowed tradition of baseball had been fading from the American scene, so I'm glad to see a picture book that's bringing it back.Betsy's Day at the Game, written by Greg Bancroft and illustrated by Katherine Blackmore, describes a young girl's visit to the ballpark with her grandfather. The book captures all there is to love about baseball, and that's because author Greg Bancroft seems to be a baseball fan first and foremost.
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  • Admin Before Mad Men

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fifty years ago, the number one job for women in the U.S. was that of secretary. Not surprising. In 2015, the number one job for women in the U.S. is still that of secretary. The name changed long ago to administrative assistant, and the role dramatically broadened over the years. The importance of the position increased, with salary adjustments keeping step, making it a more viable career choice than ever before for both women and men.Request Free!
  • Three Strategies to Help Organization Fundraisers Attract the Next Generation of Donors

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Silicon Valley's wealthiest tech entrepreneurs are donating millions of dollars to charitable causes prior to retirement, which is fantastic news. But unlike the previous generation, they're not content to sit back and let nonprofits decide how their dollars are to be spent. How can today's nonprofits attract, nurture and retain this new breed of active donor?In this white paper, we'll examine:What all nonprofits can learn about fundraising from tech-industry- based organizations like the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.Why donor agency is critical for nonprofits looking to increase…
  • The Essentials of Education Technology Spring 2015 Exclusive Kit

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Essentials of Education Technology – Spring 2015 Exclusive Kit, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Education Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Education Technology research:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Preparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksSecurity Technologies for Mobile and…
  • 5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This white paper focuses on preventable issues that occur on a school and district-wide level due to outdated inventory management practices.Topics Include:Equipment Checkout IssuesLack of AccountabilityAsset MismanagementData Entry ErrorsProperty LossDownload this white paper today to help avoid these costly inventory management mistakes and receive a bonus case study that details how a university successfully overcame these challenges.Request Free!
  • Inventory & Asset Tracking System Case Study: University of Hawaii Saves Time and Money

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    In this case study, you will gain valuable information and learn how a public university implemented a best-in class inventory system for tracking assets and consumables like audio-visual equipment, student tablets, and lab chemicals.After downloading this case study, you will also receive:A follow up call for additional assistance.A FREE live personal online demo of ASAP Systems' inventory system, Passport.A FREE trial following the demo.As a leader in barcode inventory management and asset tracking systems, ASAP Systems provides one of the most configurable and efficient barcode inventory…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Why You Should Never Use Reflection Forms

    Michael Linsin
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Reflection forms have been around forever. And at first glance, they appear to be a good idea. Dig a little deeper, though, and they tell a different story. The way they work is that when a student is sent to time-out, they’re handed a form to fill out. The form consists of a few questions […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • A Simple Way To Improve Student Talk

    Michael Linsin
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Are you having trouble getting your students engaged in quality discussions? You’re not alone. We frequently hear from teachers who struggle in this area. Given the growing emphasis on student talk, this is no small problem. Your students’ ability to communicate has suddenly become a reflection of your teaching. This realization has made teachers more […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Stop Students From Breaking The Same Rule Again And Again

    Michael Linsin
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    So you have this student. Let’s call her Brittany. And Brittany frustrates you to no end. Because despite holding her accountable, she continues to break the same rule over and over. Oh, she may hold off for a few days, a week perhaps, but it inevitably happens again. She pushes a classmate in line. She […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

    Michael Linsin
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    For many teachers, effective classroom management brings to mind an image of a silent, somber environment. They hear the term and think . . . restricting, confining, constraining. They think it means to be a rigid disciplinarian who forces students to behave against their will. So when an administrator makes a remark about the behavior […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

    Michael Linsin
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    You praise. You encourage. You pep-talk, demand, and implore. But nothing seems to change. Trying and failing to motivate unmotivated students is a common frustration among teachers. It’s a frustration with seemingly no real answers beyond the same old, same old. Until today. Because I’m going to share with you a reliable way to begin […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • LEGO Americana Roadshow

    Melissa Taylor
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    See large scale models of U.S. national landmarks made of LEGOs at the LEGO Americana Roadshow, now in Colorado. It’s impressive! The iconic buildings and architectural structures of the United States included: the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and the Old North Church. […] The post LEGO Americana Roadshow appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • What Roald Dahl Books Have You Read?

    Melissa Taylor
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    Download this free printable Roald Dahl book list so you can keep track of all the Roald Dahl books you’ve read. This booklet gives you fun facts, space for your book reviews, a place to put how many stars you give each book, and a chance to say if you’d recommend it to a friend. […] The post What Roald Dahl Books Have You Read? appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • 10 Art Activity Books for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Have you heard about the new fad sweeping the nation? It’s called coloring therapy. Ok, it’s not really called that. I made it up, but it IS true that more adults are taking to art activities as a way to de-stress. If it helps adults unwind, then it’s definitely good for kids too. Here are […] The post 10 Art Activity Books for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • 16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015

    Melissa Taylor
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Are you looking for a sweet, heart-warming picture book story to read to your children? These are sure to do the trick! Heart-Warming Picture Books   Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett “Mom, this is such a good book,” my 10-year old shared, handing it to me. Sure enough, she was right for the […] The post 16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015 appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Story Stones for Your Garden Classroom

    Melissa Taylor
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:29 am
    The Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy & Art offers children ages four to eight creative garden activities in play & imagination, reading & writing, science & math, arts & crafts, and recipes. The ideas are age-appropriate, fun, and informative including the one we created, story stones. It’s written by Cathy James, the […] The post Story Stones for Your Garden Classroom appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • Bookmarks for 03/27/2015

    Clif Mims
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    EDpuzzle “This is a really nice tool for adding questions to YouTube videos. It removes ads and tracks student progress. The interface is really slick.” — Kevin Smith tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Video Assessment Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 02/20/2015 Bookmarks for 03/29/2011 Bookmarks for 12/16/2012 Bookmarks for 05/28/2012
  • Bookmarks for 02/20/2015

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Using Technology vs. Technology Integration A handy chart for teachers. tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Lesson-Plans Curriculum-Integration Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 03/27/2015 Bookmarks for 10/02/2012 Bookmarks for 12/12/2012 Bookmarks for 04/23/2012
  • A New Paradigm for Education from Sir Ken Robinson

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Sir Ken Robinson suggests that education needs to be reformed and offers a new metaphor to help guide the change process. He taps into many of the things that educators have been noticing and “feeling” about schooling. As he often does, he clearly articulates these ideas and offers strategies for moving forward. Take a listen to Sir Ken’s message (6 minutes) and share your reactions in the comments section. Related PostsKids Get Creative with AudioBoo Connecting the Classroom and Outside World Connecting the Classroom and Outside World (Feedback Requested) Fail Early,…
  • Nutshell: Prezi’s New App for Visual Storytelling

    Clif Mims
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Prezi introduces a new way to share life’s little moments, in a nutshell. Combining the simplicity of photographs, the compelling nature of video, and the fun of animated graphics, Nutshell uses Prezi’s new storymapping technology to create short, shareable cinematic narratives that can be shared easily and instantly. Besides creating fun social media updates, Nutshell opens the door for all sorts of unique messaging opportunities when videos feel like too much of a production and plain photos just are not adequate for capturing life’s moments. 3 Easy Steps Snap three…
  • Making Thinking Visible with Technology #pzmewinter15

    Clif Mims
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m looking forward to speaking at today’s Project Zero Memphis Winter Workshop. Here are some of the resources that I’ll be sharing. Visible Thinking includes methods for making students’ thinking visible through learning routines that are thinking rich. These routines encourage the development of a culture of thinking and can be used across all grade levels and content areas. With freely available technologies students can engage in Thinking Routines to provide evidence of their thinking and demonstrate their understanding of course content in multiple ways (images,…
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    {the missing teacher}

  • Becoming a teacher

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    Becoming a teacher is like becoming a new person. You have no idea what you are in for. You think you know what to expect, but I assure you, you do not. It’s hard work. It’s pretty much thankless. It’s constant and it changes. Teachers are scapegoats to society’s ills, but society really needs us, too. There’s a lot of bloodletting. Not literally, of course, but you are a giver, you have to give, your job is to give.Sorry, I hope you weren’t expecting a pep talk.When I decided to be a Waldorf teacher, I remember the exact moment, the out loud declaration at the wheel of my Nissan…
  • {the missing teacher} is an audiobook, too!

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    When I realized I was writing a book, I knew I was going to have to create an audio as well. I fell in love with audiobooks when I was in college around the time I started driving long distances.For {the missing teacher} I used a friend's recorder and a free editing program called Audacity. Originally I wanted to upload it to ACX, part of the Amazon empire, but it was rejected due to the extraneous noises such as birds chirping and crickets in the background. These noises are actually in only a handful of chapters, but I didn't want to re-record and deal with another unforseen roadblock.While…
  • Interviewing for a Waldorf teaching position

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:11 pm
    My first grade classroom.When I interviewed for my Waldorf teaching position, I desperately wanted to stay in Oregon. And I really, really had my sights on Portland. So, I interviewed with a big strike against me. I knew what I wanted and I was blind to the warnings.About a month ago, I was contacted by a lovely young woman (who I’ll call Nancy) about how to interview for Waldorf. Her inquiry made me wonder if there was much help out there as it appeared the school she was interviewing for didn’t give her much to go on. Her email also gave me this idea to write about it.Specifically,…
  • the missing teacher is published!

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    I'm proud to announce that my first book {the missing teacher} is published and available for print through Amazon and as an e-book through Kindle. And for a limited time, I'm offering my audiobook for free (just put in "0") or you can pay what you want. Download here at Gumroad.To be honest, it's been such a long journey that I'm just relieved that it is finished. I hope, however, that you will find it useful, entertaining and interesting. Thank you to my long-time readers and those who have contacted me over the years. You probably have no idea how much your taking the time to reach out and…
  • 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…
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  • kings dominion: family-friendly amusement park in the dc metro area

    amy mascott
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
        We did it. We took the leap. We visited Kings Dominion with our kids this weekend. And? It was awesome. My husband and I hadn’t been there in years, so we weren’t sure what to expect.  But we were pleasantly surprised. Not only was Kings Dominion clean and totally beautiful, it was seriously more family-friendly than we expected. There was something for everyone, and my kids (11, 9, and 8 years old) are raring for a return visit–already. Need a few reasons to take the trip to Doswell, Virgina–20 miles north of Richmond and 75 miles south of DC–to…
  • teach kids workforce appreciation: celebrating those who make our day brighter

    amy mascott
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
        We have always taught our kids to be thankful for each and every person who makes our day a little brighter. And those people include family and friends, neighbors and teachers, but it also includes our newspaper deliverer, and the grocery cashier. Our dry cleaner and mail carrier and the folks who take away our recyclables and trash. We could be pretty cranky if we had to cut the grass at our favorite playground, so we are thankful for the people who manage the grounds. We’d be miserable if we had to cut Brady’s fur, but thanks to our groomer, we don’t have…
  • baseball game scavenger hunt: fun for kids during the game

    amy mascott
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have a hard time sitting still during sporting events. I won’t lie. I love the tailgating and the food and the crowds, but sometimes. . . the games seem really long to me. So we’ve been creative in the past with our kid-friendly learning during baseball games, and this year, we kicked it up a notch. Now that I have three readers on my hands, we can do a little bit more. Yesterday, we celebrated Spring Break at a National’s Baseball Game, and we rocked out a new-for-us Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt. It. Was. So. So. SO FUN. Maddy, Owen, and Cora all admitted that the…
  • time for growth and change: living focused in 2015

    amy mascott
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
      Face it–we all need to grow in some way, shape, or form, right? Learning never needs to cease, nor should it. Even though we are creatures of habit, sometimes it’s important to break our habits, to move out of our daily or weekly molds and to change things up a bit. Some days, we really need to start new and learn a little something because when we know better, we do better. Have you really worked your brain lately? What do you need to do to stay up to date with work or your well-being? April is a month to learn how to better care for ourselves, kids, family. And the cool…
  • egg dying 101: making egg dying as mess-free, easy, and FUN as possible for families

    amy mascott
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
        Many parents rank egg dying up there with pumpkin carving: a highly-anticipated activity that often results in a huge mess, complete with crying kids and frustrated parents. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At all. In fact, I have a few tricks for you that will make egg dying as mess-free, easy, and fun as possible for families. Here’s the skinny. . . Egg-Dying 101–Making Egg-Dying as Mess-Free, Easy, and FUN as Possible for Families: It’s not rocket science, friends. In fact, these few steps will make 1. Have your tools and workspace ready.
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Selling the Critical Thinking Way

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    A successful sales representative is someone who leverages critical thinking in every aspect of the sales cycle in order to win business.  Here are some tips on how to leverage components of the RED model of critical thinking to help you to improve your critical thinking skills and improve your sales.   Qualify the leads: The first step in effective sales is to identify the prospective clients that you want to pursue. Identify your assumptions about the leads that you call (and those you don’t call). Have you ever decided to not call a prospect because you heard that they were struggling…
  • Cutting off the Ends of the Ham

    Breanne Harris
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    A young girl was watching her mother bake a ham for a family gathering and noticed her mom cutting off the ends before placing it in the oven. “Mom, why do you cut the ends off before baking the ham?” she asked. “Hmmm…I think it helps soak up the juices while it’s baking.  I’m actually not sure, though. That’s just the way your grandma always did it, so I’ve just always cut them off. Why don’t you call grandma and ask her?” So, the little girl phoned her grandma and asked “Grandma, mom is making a ham and cut off the ends…
  • The Critical Thinking Buddy System

    Breanne Harris
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Do you remember the Buddy System in grade school?  When you went  on field trips, you were likely assigned someone to be your “buddy” for the duration of the trip.  You were accountable to one another to ensure you both arrived safely to your destination.  The buddy system is also frequently used in combat scenarios and risky adventures for hikers or climbers.  The two buddies act as one in order to protect and complement one another for a successful outcome.  One key benefit of having a buddy in these kinds of scenarios is you have two people with unique perspectives…
  • Critical Thinking University- Special Discount Through Dec 19th

    Breanne Harris
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    How do you make good managers great?  How do you innovate as an organization? Through improved critical thinking — the #1 skill for 21st century employee development and raw material for problem solving, good judgment, and creativity! Critical Thinking University (CTU) is a powerful online portal that gives everyone from individual contributors to mid-career managers the ability to solve difficult on-the-job problems. Participants advance through 18 interactive courses and expert-led exercises in a “journey to better decisions” that requires them to:  Recognize assumptions…
  • Critical Thinking: If You Can’t Define It, How Can You Hire For It?

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

  • 5 Tips to Write a Perfect SAT Essay

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Spring is here, which also means that the next SAT test dates are quickly approaching. If you are registered for this test period, you have probably already begun studying. But if you are like many students, one section of the test may have you stressing in particular: the Essay. These 5 tips will help you see how to turn the Essay into a strength rather than a weakness. Tip #1: Study Practice Essays During your study period you will begin practicing essays by using sample essay prompts. What better way to learn what a successful essay looks like than by using an example of one? Better yet,…
  • States Move to Require Citizenship Test for High School Graduation

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    How many voting members does the House of Representatives have? How many years do we elect a U.S. Senator for? When was the Constitution written? These are a few examples of citizenship questions that can lead people to scramble through their memory or scratch their head. For decades, polls have shown that civics and history tests can be surprisingly difficult for many citizens. It has become widely known that popular TV show characters are often more recognizable than some of the important figures in government and history. However, it is also known that the majority of adults do pass short…
  • Are You Looking Forward to the rSAT?

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Redesigned SAT may seem to be a long way away. After all, it will not be administered until spring 2016, and test takers who fall in the period of transition between the current and new SAT tests will be able to choose between the two. On the other hand, interest in the rSAT and early preparation also makes sense for students who expect to take it. One important consideration is that the the preliminary (r)PSAT test is approaching sooner, taking effect this coming fall of 2015. One question for high school students who have a choice between the two SAT tests is whether they are interested…
  • Geographic Test Taking Trends for the SAT and ACT

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    What does your location have to do with whether you take the SAT or ACT? A lot, as it turns out. Many factors can have a role in affecting which test you take, including the admissions policies of the colleges you apply to, as well as test requirements for graduation some high schools make. But even behind these school requirements and recommendations, often your geographic location in the US plays the major role. The long established, key trend is that the ACT is more popular in non-Coastal States of the country whereas the SAT is more popular in Coastal States. This Coastal/Non-Coastal…
  • Should You Take the SAT or ACT?

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    The SAT and ACT are the most popular standardized tests graduating high school students take for college admissions, and for this reason are very familiar to students, parents, tutors, and educators. Even with this familiarity, however, choosing between the two remains an important decision that is best made only after careful research and reflection. What influences test choice? Many factors play a role, including the study strengths and weaknesses of students and the policies of their schools. Test recommendations or requirements are common in the admission policies of colleges (and their…
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    Naturally Educational

  • Life at the Limits and Nature’s Fury, Special Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History #AMNH

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    My kids’ favorite museum in Manhattan is the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Beyond the permanent exhibits of fossils, nature dioramas, rocks and minerals, the Planetarium and Space Shows, and the Butterfly Conservatory, there are always a few well-designed, interactive, engaging special exhibits. If you are in Manhattan this spring and summer, make sure to check out Life at the Limits and Nature’s Fury. Pin It Life at the Limits just launched at the beginning of April and will continue through the rest of the year until January 3, 2016. The astounding and inspiring…
  • #WhatIf Arne Duncan Listened to Teachers, Parents, Students, and Education Professionals?

    2 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Arne Duncan asked on Twitter, “What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?” Pin It I always say that you shouldn’t ask a question if you do not want to hear the answer–and that goes triple on social media. Arne Duncan asked and people answered with over 42,000 tweets and counting, including over 15,000 tweets on New Year’s Day. What the politicians fail to grasp is that there is substantial literature on best practices but: (A) what the DOE is pushing is not it.
  • Pasta Angel Christmas Ornaments

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Pin It We saw these adorable Angel Ornaments made out of pasta on a Christmas tree at our local community center and wanted to make them at home. This is a craft for older children primarily because you are better off using a glue gun. My eight and six year old kids were very excited to have (supervised) use of the hot glue gun. If you want to try with another fast-drying glue or pre-glue the bodies for the children to paint, you could do it with younger kids. Pin It The ones at the community center were entirely painted white, had tiny pasta for hair, gold-tipped robes and wings, and some…
  • Learning from the Ballet: The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    We recently enjoyed a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester, at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Pin It It was a magical experience for us–the music, the dancing, and the sets were all stunning! Ballet can potentially be challenging for young children but this performance was very accessible. A narrator told the story, which goes a long way towards keeping children engaged. This Nutcracker makes a number of small changes, primarily changing the setting to Colonial America. Mother Ginger was even “from Brooklyn,” which…
  • Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    SEVP released its latest "SEVIS by the Numbers" report.  It In addition, it launched a useful tool of "Mapping SEVIS by the Numbers"--an interactive mapping tool to explore changing patterns.Latest report provides deeper insights about the enrollment pattern in STEM programs with focus on female students. It notes that the number of faemale F & M STEM students enrolled in computer and information sciences and support services increased by 116% from 2010 to 2015. Most of this growth was contributed by enrollment growth in master's level programs. One…
  • Six findings from latest research on MOOCs learners

    3 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    "HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014" report is based on "one of the largest surveys of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to date: 68 courses, 1.7 million participants, 10 million participanthours, and 1.1 billion logged events."The research has six key findings:Growth is steady in overall and multiple-course participation in HarvardX and MITxParticipation initially declines in repeated courses, then stabilizesSurveys suggest that a slight majority intends to certify. Many are teachers.Participation and certification differ by curricular areaCourse…
  • Employers and Technology as the Ultimate Solution to Credentialing Barrier of MOOCs?

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    A recent report entitled “The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape” from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching responds to increasing pressure on bringing more innovation, flexibility and transparency in measuring students learning. (See definitions of The Carnegie Unit and the Credit Hour on page 8 of report. A typical three-credit course, meets for three hours per week over a fifteen-week semester.) The study finds that in absence of an alternative, the Carnegie Unit continues to be the standard measure in the American…
  • NACAC Webinar on Undergraduate International Student Retention Begins With Recruitment

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), association of more than 14,000 counseling and admissions professionals serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education, will be hosting a free webinar on international undergraduate student recruitment and retention. This webinar is part of the Executive Virtual Forums series in collaboration with EducationUSA. I will be co-presenting with following experienced professionals:Chunsheng Zhang, Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, Office of International Affairs, University of…
  • Presenting in India and China on Internationalization of Higher Education

    8 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I will be traveling back to back for conferences in India and China and presenting on the themes of student mobility, international partnerships and exchanges and the future of liberal arts education in India.   India(Colloquium) "Internationalization of American Higher Education and its Implications for India" at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. "Going Global with the Liberal Arts in India: Insights and Experiences from around the World" at the Yale-NUS The Future of…
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    Declaration of Interdependence

  • A toast

    Mallory Bower
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Raise your coffee mugs, water bottles, or Diet Cokes for a toast — To the rogue seeds, who are blazing trails on their own. To the first generation college students, who are navigating challenging waters their parents haven’t charted To the distracted student, who is struggling to adjust to her new medication To the student of color who was asked to give the “African American Perspective” in his history class To the student who intervened when his friend was being sexually harassed at a party To the student who declared a major in theater in her junior year, because…
  • Screw it: On finding your “it” thing

    Mallory Bower
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing. - Ron Swanson Our guide stood near the mash tun, a glass of Belgian triple resting in her palm. “We used to have a restaurant,” she said, swirling her amber truth serum. “But one day, we said screw it. Because we wanted to be the best at brewing beer, not the best at flipping burgers.” I raised my own glass in heck-yes-solidarity. Clearly these brewers were graduates of the Ron Swanson School of Whole-Assing, people who really get what it means to chase your own definition of success. You’ve heard me say it…
  • So this is 30: a quick assessment

    Mallory Bower
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    When I was a kid, I’d write these lengthy, detailed letters to Santa. They established goodwill, evidenced my satisfactory behavior for the year, and included a list of toys I wanted (in order by price point and usefulness). I gave that jolly man a freaking road map for success, and each winter I still got socks. On Sunday I turned the big 3-0 and I got the best present a girl could ask for: A cake pan full of hot wing dip. For years I’ve been asking for a Frank’s Red Hot Cake, but instead, I was always met with one of Betty Crocker’s many flavors. Delicious,…
  • Inertia.

    Mallory Bower
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    [ image source: Ryan McGuire ] Sometimes the Universe has a way of not-so-subtly telling us to SIT THE FUCK DOWN. For weeks I’ve been promising myself a Day of Nothing. Just yoga pants, hot tea, and House of Cards: season three. Broken promises, far from my couch, I found myself leveled on the gym floor. Too many projects, too many weary traveling hours, too many kettle bell swings. The Universe shouted, “ENOUGH ALREADY!” and brought my inertia to a screeching halt. When you stop so abruptly, so unexpectedly, the energy has nowhere to go but out. Physically unable to…
  • Skills Mismatch: A Quest for Truth

    Mallory Bower
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    University administrators, government officials, and corporate leaders often look to career services to make sure graduates are prepped and ready for the workforce. In fact, we’re being held accountable for the employability of all students, many of whom we’ve never met before. However, the students who don’t make it to my office are your advisees, employees, and program board members. So it’s on all of us to make sure our learning outcomes are lining up with the skills and qualities employers look for in college graduates. It’s on all of us to make sure…
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    Intelligent Mag

  • Littlest Pet Shop – Pet Day Camp Style Set

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    The Pet Day Camp Littlest Pet Shop Style Set is where pets and day-visitors spend their time having fun and adventures all day long! You can create, decorate and rearrange your style set as often as you like, with 95+ pieces in all. Decorate the pets and their play room with Deco Bits pieces, and move the accessories around to create a new look every time you play with the Pet Day Camp Littlest Pet Shop Style Set! There’s a rocking ride, a slide, even a cool hanging chair. Pets Russell Ferguson (#3705) and Lemon Face McGils (#3704) are along for the latest adventures! And now you can…
  • Bandai Pop Pixie Cake Shop Playset with Poppixie and Caramel

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
      Minimum age: 4 years Requires batteries: No Product details: Welcome to Caramel and Tina’s pastel-coloured cake shop. Sweets, cakes, ice creams, giant strawberry plant that opens out! The PopPixie fairies can serve their cakes on the stand, and then try them on the terrace around a beautifully presented table. Once the feast is over, you can tidy everything in the shop and fold it to take it everywhere with you ! included : 1 12 cm doll, 1 animal and over 30 accessories~  
  • Littlest Pet Shop Style Set

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Design your Littlest Pet Shop world your way with more than 135 pieces in the Style Set! You can use the easy-glide panels to set up a shop for your exclusive Minka Mark, Kitery Banter and Sunil Nevla pets. Then decorate it with the Deco Bits and stickers the way you want to! When it looks the way you think it should, they can hang out inside or on the rooftop with the tree and playhouse. You’ll never run out of adventures with the Style Set!
  • Play Doh Unboxing – Homer Simpson & LPS Toys & LEGO Peppa Pig Shopkins

    12 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The Play-Doh brand is proud to celebrate over 50 years of colorful, creative play. Since it was first introduced in 1956, Play-Doh modeling compound has become a classic and beloved toy, used in homes and schools around the world by children of all ages.
  • Lalaloopsy Girls – Crumbs Sugar Cookie Doll And Styling Head – Peanut Big Top

    11 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Lalaloopsy Girls Crumbs Sugar Cookie has icing pink hair that is styled into two big pigtails! Her hair is extremely long and curly, and the style can be changed whenever you feel like it! Brush it out, let it down, or braid it! A big black bow on the top of her head adds an adorable decoration to her versatile hair! The Lalaloopsy Girls Doll Styling, Peanut Big Top includes hair clips and a comb to help girls create fun hairstyles.
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    Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

  • 5 Tips to Write a Perfect SAT Essay

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Spring is here, which also means that the next SAT test dates are quickly approaching. If you are registered for this test period, you have probably already begun studying. But if you are like many students, one section of the test may have you stressing in particular: the Essay. These 5 tips will help you see how to turn the Essay into a strength rather than a weakness. Tip #1: Study Practice Essays During your study period you will begin practicing essays by using sample essay prompts. What better way to learn what a successful essay looks like than by using an example of one? Better yet,…
  • States Move to Require Citizenship Test for High School Graduation

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    How many voting members does the House of Representatives have? How many years do we elect a U.S. Senator for? When was the Constitution written? These are a few examples of citizenship questions that can lead people to scramble through their memory or scratch their head. For decades, polls have shown that civics and history tests can be surprisingly difficult for many citizens. It has become widely known that popular TV show characters are often more recognizable than some of the important figures in government and history. However, it is also known that the majority of adults do pass short…
  • Are You Looking Forward to the rSAT?

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Redesigned SAT may seem to be a long way away. After all, it will not be administered until spring 2016, and test takers who fall in the period of transition between the current and new SAT tests will be able to choose between the two. On the other hand, interest in the rSAT and early preparation also makes sense for students who expect to take it. One important consideration is that the the preliminary (r)PSAT test is approaching sooner, taking effect this coming fall of 2015. One question for high school students who have a choice between the two SAT tests is whether they are interested…
  • Geographic Test Taking Trends for the SAT and ACT

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    What does your location have to do with whether you take the SAT or ACT? A lot, as it turns out. Many factors can have a role in affecting which test you take, including the admissions policies of the colleges you apply to, as well as test requirements for graduation some high schools make. But even behind these school requirements and recommendations, often your geographic location in the US plays the major role. The long established, key trend is that the ACT is more popular in non-Coastal States of the country whereas the SAT is more popular in Coastal States. This Coastal/Non-Coastal…
  • Should You Take the SAT or ACT?

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    The SAT and ACT are the most popular standardized tests graduating high school students take for college admissions, and for this reason are very familiar to students, parents, tutors, and educators. Even with this familiarity, however, choosing between the two remains an important decision that is best made only after careful research and reflection. What influences test choice? Many factors play a role, including the study strengths and weaknesses of students and the policies of their schools. Test recommendations or requirements are common in the admission policies of colleges (and their…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • Chicago schools chief requests temporary leave amid probe

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett requested a leave of absence Friday amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, according to her attorney.In a statement this afternoon, Board President David Vitale said said Bryd-Bennett is taking the leave in "light of the ongoing federal investigation and its impact on her ability to effectively lead Chicago Public Schools....""Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz is taking the responsibilities of the…
  • CPS, training academy cooperating in federal investigation of district

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Updated April 16, 4:12 p.m.A former employer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked chief of Chicago schools — a company that was awarded a no-bid contract of up to $20.5 million with the nation's third-largest district — said it is cooperating with federal authorities investigating the district.SUPES Academy in suburban Chicago, which trains principals, said it has handed over records and files to federal investigators.Officials have said very little about the probe, with the Chicago Public Schools and CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett declining to comment beyond a news release…
  • Special Series: Global Activism - 'Worldview' Visits India

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Worldview took Global Activism to India! And we take you along for the ride. For years, India Development Service (IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO, has brought from India Global Activists to Worldview who work there to make life better. So IDS brought us to India to talk with people doing service and development projects on-the-ground. IDS guided us through big cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, as well as to remote villages and towns. We met people working to overcome challenges like illiteracy, abuse of women and children, class issues and water security.Jerome…
  • New Illinois education chief is urban school reform leader

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Board of Education moved unanimously Wednesday afternoon to make a leadership change, replacing one of the nation's longest-serving superintendents with a former professional football player who spent recent years at the helm of a high poverty, urban district in California that faced a multi-million dollar deficit.The selection of Anthony "Tony" Smith — GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's recommendation to the board — sends a message about the new Republican's governor's priorities for the state's 860 school districts…
  • CPS Board president says Chicago schools under investigation

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Officials with the nation's third-largest school district say federal authorities are "investigating a matter" at Chicago Public Schools.In a statement released Wednesday, Chicago Board of Education president David Vitale says federal authorities requested interviews with several employees. He says the board was made aware of the investigation on Tuesday and is cooperating fully.He did not offer details on the investigation. A spokesman for Chicago Public Schools didn't return a request for comment Wednesday.Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Wednesday that he didn't have…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Introducing Six New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to six new Knerds! Chukwudi Onike (Chuk) is an office services coordinator for the facilities team. He is originally from Nigeria and got his degree from the City College of New York. His favorite movies are all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and he enjoys playing soccer and basketball. If he could witness one event past, present, or future, it would be the Oprah Show Free Car Giveaway. Originally from Lima, Peru, Al Herrera is the manager of facilities and office services. He attended SUNY Morrisville. He enjoys going bowling, watching movies, and attending live sporting events.
  • Introducing Personalized Print with HP Technology

    Erin Wilson
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    The digital divide is still very real in the U.S. and around the world. Some schools are 1:1, others are lucky if they have a computer in every classroom. Students’ access to technology at home also varies widely. Knewton’s mission is to bring personalized learning materials to all students wherever they are. But until now, it’s been impossible for students who lack consistent access to computers at school or home to benefit from adaptive learning. It’s for this reason that we’re so excited about our new collaboration with HP. Together, we’re developing Personalized Print Learning…
  • “Predetermined Adaptivity”: A Contradiction in Terms

    Jose Ferreira
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    Nearly every digital education product today boasts some form of customization. When Knewton was founded in 2008, the idea of personalized learning had been around for a while, but the idea of computer adaptive learning was so new in the marketplace that Knewton’s trademark attorneys couldn’t find a single instance of it in corporate literature (we did eventually find it in academic literature). Now “adaptive” is an overused buzzword. Products are marketed as “personalized,” “differentiated,” “intelligent,” “adaptive,” and even “super-adaptive.” Lite Adaptive…
  • How Instructors Use Adaptive Assignments in the Classroom

    Hillary Green-Lerman
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every instructor has her own preferences for creating assignments. Some like to assign short, nightly homework; others prefer longer, weekly assignments. Some use homework to reinforce previous topics, while others use it to introduce new concepts. Knewton-powered learning products offer instructors even more opportunities to customize homework assignments by tailoring them to each student’s individual needs. We’re always eager to learn more about how instructors are using Knewton-powered products in their classrooms. In this study, we looked at how college professors used a suite of…
  • The Early Bird Gets the Grade: How Procrastination Affects Student Scores

    Hillary Green-Lerman
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s 3:13am on a Thursday morning. Everyone else in the dorm is asleep, but here you are, frantically typing at your computer. Your chemistry problem set is due in less than four hours. It was assigned last Wednesday, but you kept putting it off. You had plans with your friends over the weekend. You had team practice on Monday night. You had to work on Tuesday afternoon, and your favorite television show was on last night. You procrastinated, and now you have to pay the price… But what exactly is the price of procrastination? Do students do worse when they wait until the last minute…
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    Robertson Reader

  • What is a Software & Database Developer?

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are you looking for a career that will let you pursue your passion for technology, work on interesting and unique projects and has great employment and earning potential?Consider a career as a Software & Database Developer.  In that role, you will be responsible for working on database technologies and managing a company's IT architecture.  You will get to design, develop, maintain and analyze computer programs and application.  Software & Database Developers have the skills required to craft software solutions to problems involving the handling of data, system flow,…
  • Get Productive for Spring!

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    March 20th is the first official day of Spring - but we certainly don't mind that we are getting the Spring weather well before that! With the snow melting and the sun staying out longer, these first signs of Spring always feels like a fresh start after the long winter days we've had.Spring is the perfect time to get organized. It's 'out with the old, and in with the new' so that you can make room (and time) for the things that are important to you. Here are a few of your March to-do's this month to get you started:1. Get some fresh air! Now that the weather is warmer, get outside and enjoy…
  • Drop by our Calgary Campus Next Week!

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Our Calgary campus is once again holding an Open House event and we invite you to drop by and see for yourself what Robertson College has to offer.Drop in anytime between 5:30 - 6:30 pm next Thursday, March 19th and learn about the career paths available to you in Business and Health Care.  Our team will be available to answer any questions you may have about the programs, entrance requirements and the many financial options that are available to you.What sets Robertson College apart from other career colleges is our focus on the student experience.  Drop by and experience it for…
  • First Impressions: Surviving Your First Week

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    The job hunting process can be very frustrating - but now that you've got your new job, here are a few tips on how to present yourself the way you want at your new place of work. Afterall, a new job signifies a new beginning and a new chapter in your life. Whether you are working in Health Care or a business office setting, start fresh and walk in strong!Be Prepared - your first week will be very overwhelming. You will meet too many new faces, have a lot of information thrown at you, be tasked with new responsibilities and have to adjust to a whole new routine.  Anticipating this change…
  • Why Travel Cousellors Still Matter

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
      Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz - in this age of online travel booking, it seems that anyone with Internet access can become their own travel counsellor.  But if you think that there is no need for Travel Counsellors with formal training and education from a Canadian college, you would be pleasantly surprised!Companies are still looking to hire Travel Counsellors who have gone through formal education and know the industry inside out.  While online booking sites for flights, vacation packages and accommodations are reliable to use, it can be just as easy to sit down with a…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Udemy Celebrates Best Places to Work Honor

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    We’re proud to announce our inclusion on the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in the Bay Area list! Our VP of HR, Pat Schoof says it best, “It’s due to everyone’s work, positive attitude and input to making a great culture!” Shannon Hughes and Cara Conceller attended the ceremony at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square recognizing exceptional workplaces to rep Udemy and accept our award for ranking 14th on the list of mid-size companies. Meanwhile, the rest of the SF team had a celebration of their own –…
  • Our 2015 Social Innovation Grantees

    Meg Evans
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    We are delighted to announce our January, February and March Social Innovation grantees. This group includes our first two international grantees — organizations based in the UK and Egypt — we look forward to growing Udemy’s Social Innovation program around the world. Read more about our six winners below! Learn more about our grant program here. Tahrir Academy Course: “Genetics and Inheritance” (Arabic) With 4.5 million views on YouTube, this Egyptian nonprofit is revolutionizing access to education through the creation of engaging learning experiences to “stimulate the…
  • New Programming Courses from Frontend Masters

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Exciting news to share! This week we launched 19 new courses from our partners at Frontend Masters, the well-known front-end web development training experts. Frontend Masters joins our 14,000+ instructors currently teaching on Udemy. These experts include the founder of AngularJS, creator of JSON, jQuery team members, senior developers and directors at Etsy, Reddit, Paypal and more. Who better to learn from than the experts that are actively shaping the industry? Frontend Masters’ Udemy courses range from introductions to deep dives geared towards web developers and programmers, front-end…
  • Udemy Around the World

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Last week, a few team members from Udemy HQ, including Dennis Yang, CEO and Claire Hough, VP of Engineering, traveled abroad to visit the international Udemy offices. The group had the privilege of spending time with the teams first in Ankara, Turkey and then in Dublin, Ireland. It was great to see our core values embodied in each office, and to officially meet some of the amazing new talent dedicated to our mission of helping anyone learn anything. Click to view slideshow. It seems like just yesterday we opened our Dublin office, but we’re currently up to 150 total global employees and…
  • NEEF Launches Extreme Weather Course on Udemy

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), a nonprofit and national leader in lifelong environmental learning, today announced the launch of their Udemy course on climate change and extreme weather. According to NEEF, “In 2014, the United States experienced eight weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding one billion dollars each.” The free course, Extreme Weather 101, educates Americans on the real environmental challenges of our time. Through videos, quizzes and toolkits, students learn the basics of how climate change is impacting extreme weather, as well as…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • AP EAMCET 2015 application form corrections till April 21

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    The registration process of the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test 2015 (EAMCET 2015) to be conducted by Andhra Pradesh (AP), which started on Friday, March 6 , continued till Saturday, April 11, 2015 . The AP EAMCET 2015 will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 . The Engineering examination will be conducted from 10 am to 1 pm while the Medical/Agriculture examination will be held from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The registrants have been given the opportunity of correction of the online application data already submitted from Thursday, April 16 to Tuesday, April 21,..
  • Dr.Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya Invites Applications for BBA Program 2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:34 am
    Applications are invited by Dr.Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar for admission to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program for the session 2015. Eligibility Criteria for  Dr.Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya: Candidates must have passed must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination securing at least 45% marks in aggregate or equivalent in grade (4.7 in CBSE / ICSE System) in their Qualifying Examination (QE) from a recognized board/institution whereas, those belonging to SC, ST and PC (Physically Challenged) categories must have at least 40% marks in aggregate..
  • Odisha HC directs IIM-C to accept 10+2+3 academic pattern applications

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In a recent decision, the Odisha High Court (HC) has directed the premier Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) to accept applications from candidates with an academic background of 10+2+3 pattern, for admissions into the newly introduced Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) course. The postgraduate (PG) program in Business Analytics is a joint venture of three leading academic institutes of the country - IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and the Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata (ISI Kolkata) . The new degree course will be of two years’..
  • Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya MBA 1st Semester Results 2014

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (GGV)  declared the  Results  of MBA 1st semester examination. The examination was held in the year 2014. GGV Exam   Results   2014: Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (GGV) declared the  Results  of MBA 1st semester examination on Friday, April 17, 2015 . Candidates can check their  Results  on the official website- Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya . About Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya : Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (GGV), Bilaspur  is a Central University of India, located in Bilaspur C.G...
  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University MCA Results 2014

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) declared the  Results  of MCA  (SE) 1st, 3rd and 5th semester examination. The examination was held in December, 2014. GGSIPU Exam   Results   2014: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University declared the  Results  of MCA (SE) 1st, 3rd and 5th semester examination on Friday, April 17, 2015 . Candidates can check their  Results  on the official website- Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University . About Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University: Guru Gobind Singh..
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    Robertson Reader

  • What is a Software & Database Developer?

    Robertson College
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are you looking for a career that will let you pursue your passion for technology, work on interesting and unique projects and has great employment and earning potential?Consider a career as a Software & Database Developer.  In that role, you will be responsible for working on database technologies and managing a company's IT architecture.  You will get to design, develop, maintain and analyze computer programs and application.  Software & Database Developers have the skills required to craft software solutions to problems involving the handling of data, system flow,…
  • Get Productive for Spring!

    Robertson College
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    March 20th is the first official day of Spring - but we certainly don't mind that we are getting the Spring weather well before that! With the snow melting and the sun staying out longer, these first signs of Spring always feels like a fresh start after the long winter days we've had.Spring is the perfect time to get organized. It's 'out with the old, and in with the new' so that you can make room (and time) for the things that are important to you. Here are a few of your March to-do's this month to get you started:1. Get some fresh air! Now that the weather is warmer, get outside and enjoy…
  • Drop by our Calgary Campus Next Week!

    Robertson College
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Our Calgary campus is once again holding an Open House event and we invite you to drop by and see for yourself what Robertson College has to offer.Drop in anytime between 5:30 - 6:30 pm next Thursday, March 19th and learn about the career paths available to you in Business and Health Care.  Our team will be available to answer any questions you may have about the programs, entrance requirements and the many financial options that are available to you.What sets Robertson College apart from other career colleges is our focus on the student experience.  Drop by and experience it for…
  • First Impressions: Surviving Your First Week

    Robertson College
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    The job hunting process can be very frustrating - but now that you've got your new job, here are a few tips on how to present yourself the way you want at your new place of work. Afterall, a new job signifies a new beginning and a new chapter in your life. Whether you are working in Health Care or a business office setting, start fresh and walk in strong!Be Prepared - your first week will be very overwhelming. You will meet too many new faces, have a lot of information thrown at you, be tasked with new responsibilities and have to adjust to a whole new routine.  Anticipating this change…
  • Why Travel Cousellors Still Matter

    Robertson College
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
      Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz - in this age of online travel booking, it seems that anyone with Internet access can become their own travel counsellor.  But if you think that there is no need for Travel Counsellors with formal training and education from a Canadian college, you would be pleasantly surprised!Companies are still looking to hire Travel Counsellors who have gone through formal education and know the industry inside out.  While online booking sites for flights, vacation packages and accommodations are reliable to use, it can be just as easy to sit down with a…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 13

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    This was one of those episodes I didn’t ever want to end — that’s how fascinated I was by my guest this week. My interview with music therapist and doula Kate Taylor is especially timely as I begin planning for the birth of my daughter, which is only a few weeks away. I’m familiar with what doulas do, since I had the support of one during the birth of my son and will have her by my side again next month. But Kate opened my eyes to just how crucial a role music can play during the labor and delivery process. Kate talks in-depth about her unique music therapy work as a…
  • I Have a Balloon Ball

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m pretty sure I’ve reached “fangirl” status when it comes to Bear Paw Creek‘s movement props. This is the 4th song I’ve written specifically for one of their products, because they are SO perfect for my early childhood music classes. I’m just now getting around to using the balloon ball in my upcoming session, so I’m really excited to see how my little ones will react to it. I think it will be right up their alley — a bright, lightweight “ball” (the balloon inside gives creates its round form) they can toss and roll to each…
  • The Songwriting Challenge

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Songwriting, whether for work or just for fun, is one of my favorite things to do. But I won’t lie: it can be a challenge. Finding the time, motivation, and creative energy required to write a good song doesn’t always come easily. Luckily, I have an advantage in that I’ve been at it for many years now. I always tell people that the more you write, the easier it gets — isn’t that true of just about everything in life?  I also create a new early childhood class curriculum every few weeks and work with music therapy clients for whom I write original music. After…
  • {Mama Moment} Singing Our Way Through The Day

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Amy Kalas Buser, MM, MT-BC. Amy is the owner of Wholesome Harmonies, LLC, where her mission is to support other music therapists in their work with children and teens of all abilities. by providing quality resources to inspire creativity. She offers E-Books, songs and blog posts that provide creative session planning ideas and inspiration. My husband tells me that our baby is going to grow up thinking her life is a musical. I must admit, I have to agree. My baby Brooke is 10 months old and I spend a good portion of the day singing my way through our daily…
  • Week of the Young Child

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is a good name for all 52 of ‘em in my calendar, between my work and little one at home. But each year in April, a week is devoted especially to celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. “Week of the Young Child” is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and I’m excited to take part in the fun yet again this year. Last year I visited several early childhood centers and made music with the kiddos in celebration of this special week. This year is EXTRA special, because one of my visits will…
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  • Understanding Directional and Positional Words

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day.Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always good opportunities for helping a child build concepts that describe location.Here is a basic list of simple directional and positional wor Read more...
  • The Many Benefits of Summer Camps

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Spending time away from home at a summer camp usually results in memories that last a lifetime. Children make new friends, learn new skills, and have loads of fun. The time away gives them a chance to be independent from parents and practice making their own decisions in a safe environment that fosters their growth. Children can excel at camp doing activi Read more...
  • Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach.While there is no such thing as a typical day in my class, I am required to cover a variety of subjects so my students stay at or above 1st grade standards. These lev Read more...
  • Use Diigo for Organizing Online Research

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Students are asked to do lots of research, and much of it takes place on the Internet. One of the most difficult parts of Internet research is gathering enough of it to support a thesis and then keeping up with where the research came from in order to cite it properly in the final product. I have students do article summaries in class, and they o Read more...
  • Spring Into Science With a Fun Experiment

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to introduce some simple science fun and new science language into your young child’s life. Watching planted seeds come to life before their very eyes is exciting for young children!Here is an easy way to help your child see and understand the seed-to-plant renewal process.Supplies:A sandwich-size Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Teacher Appreciation Tip: Take It Easy

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Most parent group volunteers get really excited about teacher appreciation. We do, too—so much so that we’re now posting teacher appreciation ideas and tips every few days! But sometimes excitement can turn into stress as PTO leaders, in an effort to do the very best for their teachers, take on projects that are just too much work or money. All that stress really isn’t worth it when you think most teachers really are happy with simple expressions of appreciation.  So, a few tips to minimize stress:  1. Try to avoid reinventing the wheel. Use our resources to help you save…
  • You Could Be Our Next Parent Group of the Year!

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Our Parent Group of the Year search is under way! You may wonder if your group has what it takes. Well, we think it does! One group will be selected as the National Parent Group of the Year and will receive a $3,000 cash prize. In addition, we will select seven category winners, each of which will be awarded a $500 prize. The categories are: Outstanding Parent Group at a Small School, Outstanding Parent Group at a Private or Parochial School, Outstanding Focus on Academics and Enrichment, Outstanding Family Event, Outstanding Major Project or Program, Outstanding Outreach to a Diverse School…
  • Pep Up Your Spring Event

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Here's a spring resolution for you: Can you add a little something to make your spring event, and any events remaining this year, more memorable for your kids, parents, and teachers? Quality events attract more attendees, and in the long run they also attract more (and better) volunteers. People—especially the best potential volunteers—like to be associated with success and quality. They shy away from the opposite. Some simple ideas (though I know you can think of your own): 1. Don't charge (or charge less). 2. Bring in the fire department or police department with their cars or…
  • 3 Back-to-School Tasks To Get Done Now

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    We’re thinking there aren’t many PTO or PTA leaders lounging around these days. With teacher appreciation, spring carnivals, field trips, field days, auctions, and talent shows on the agenda (and let’s not forget end-of-the-year celebrations), you’re looking at very little downtime. So we’re guessing the last thing you may want to hear about now is the kickoff to the 2015-16 school year. But trust us. If you get a few things going now, you will be so much happier come August. Here are three back-to-school to dos for the spring: 1. Welcome packet: When a group provides a welcome…
  • No Candidates for PTO Board? Don't Panic!

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    With PTO and PTA board elections coming soon, some groups may find they have no names to put on a ballot. Don't worry. This happens. Craig Bystrynski, our Editor in Chief, will walk you through a few short-term options. Remember, it's way too soon to give up! Read More
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  • Bookmarks for 03/27/2015

    Clif Mims
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    EDpuzzle “This is a really nice tool for adding questions to YouTube videos. It removes ads and tracks student progress. The interface is really slick.” — Kevin Smith tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Video Assessment Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 02/20/2015 Bookmarks for 03/29/2011 Bookmarks for 12/16/2012 Bookmarks for 05/28/2012
  • Bookmarks for 02/20/2015

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Using Technology vs. Technology Integration A handy chart for teachers. tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Lesson-Plans Curriculum-Integration Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 03/27/2015 Bookmarks for 10/02/2012 Bookmarks for 12/12/2012 Bookmarks for 04/23/2012
  • A New Paradigm for Education from Sir Ken Robinson

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Sir Ken Robinson suggests that education needs to be reformed and offers a new metaphor to help guide the change process. He taps into many of the things that educators have been noticing and “feeling” about schooling. As he often does, he clearly articulates these ideas and offers strategies for moving forward. Take a listen to Sir Ken’s message (6 minutes) and share your reactions in the comments section. Related PostsKids Get Creative with AudioBoo Connecting the Classroom and Outside World Connecting the Classroom and Outside World (Feedback Requested) Fail Early,…
  • Nutshell: Prezi’s New App for Visual Storytelling

    Clif Mims
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Prezi introduces a new way to share life’s little moments, in a nutshell. Combining the simplicity of photographs, the compelling nature of video, and the fun of animated graphics, Nutshell uses Prezi’s new storymapping technology to create short, shareable cinematic narratives that can be shared easily and instantly. Besides creating fun social media updates, Nutshell opens the door for all sorts of unique messaging opportunities when videos feel like too much of a production and plain photos just are not adequate for capturing life’s moments. 3 Easy Steps Snap three…
  • Making Thinking Visible with Technology #pzmewinter15

    Clif Mims
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m looking forward to speaking at today’s Project Zero Memphis Winter Workshop. Here are some of the resources that I’ll be sharing. Visible Thinking includes methods for making students’ thinking visible through learning routines that are thinking rich. These routines encourage the development of a culture of thinking and can be used across all grade levels and content areas. With freely available technologies students can engage in Thinking Routines to provide evidence of their thinking and demonstrate their understanding of course content in multiple ways (images,…
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    Difference Between

  • Differences between Muhammad And other Prophets

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Origin of Semitic religions The three organized religions that originated in west Asia, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam are called Semitic religions. There is a strong view, with counter view,... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Stomach upset and Stomach flu

    Maitreyi Naigaonkar
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Stomach flu and Stomach upset are two commonly used terms when describing the ailments of the stomach and the digestive system. Though they sound similar they have few subtle differences. Stomach... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • The Difference between Pneumonia and Hypothermia

    Jade Sison
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Who likes being sick? I guess it is safe to say no one likes it and definitely most people hate getting sick. Sickness is avoided at all cost because it puts life on hold. However, catching a flu or... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • The Difference between Leptovox and Lipovox

    Jade Sison
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Diet pills… Fat Burners… Health Supplements… Detox Meds… Whatever you call it, there seems to be a never-ending fad about medications that will help you lose weight. It has been going on for years.... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • The Difference between IBS and IBD

    Jade Sison
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    When people experience abdominal pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is high on the list. This is because a person can manifest 2 or more of the signs and symptoms of this condition. But, be wary of... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    India Education Information

  • MGIS ahmedabad

    Reyaz Qamar
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    MGIS breathes innovative pedagogy. It creates a conducive environment for teaching and learning through project based education, differential pedagogy, use of diversity and real life learning in the class-room.MGIS promotes hands on learning.Through class projects,learning is constructed through the use of concrete pedagogical resources and experiencesMGIS believes in student-centric teaching approach, that engaged students in a more democratic interaction. It also believes in embracing alternative forms of education that move away from hierarchal and didactic instruction in the favour of…
  • Full-time Ph.D Program in IBS Hyderabad

    Reyaz Qamar
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The Ph.D. program is a full-time, campus-based residential program designed for students interested in management teaching, research, and consultancy. The main objectives of the program are to:• develop management teachers well equipped with the skills required for imparting education to business school students• develop bright young academics with research skills to conduct research in contemporary issues in management.Program StructureThe program has five phases, namely; Doctoral Coursework, Pedagogy, Qualifying Examination, Preparation of Research Proposal and Thesis Work and can be…
  • Amity University in Dubai

    Reyaz Qamar
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    Amity Dubai offers 22 future-focused programmes in alignment with the vision of the future of the UAE. The degrees awarded are recognized by UGC, India's highest accreditation body.  The students here get the advantage of pursuing a part of their programme at any of Amity’s 13 campuses in India, besides London, Singapore, New York, California and Mauritius.Amity Dubai campus offers undergraduate and post graduate programmes in diverse disciplines including Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Nuclear Science, Computer Science, Nanotechnology, Telecom, Forensic Science,…
  • St Josephs - Boarding School India

    Reyaz Qamar
    30 Sep 2011 | 11:26 pm
    Christian Boarding School in India: St. Joseph's Boys' Anglo-Indian Hr. Secondary School, a Residential & Day School, which is often called St. Joseph's College, was founded in 1888 by the Brothers of St. Patrick. It stands amidst beautiful surroundings on the crest of a hill 6,000 feet above sea level, just a few minutes walk from both Coonoor and Wellington Railway stations in Nilgiris, South India. The mean annual temperature is 18.3 C and this salubrious and sylvan surroundings is ideal for the growth and development of children. The School has students from all over India and abroad.
  • Karunya University, Coimbatore

    Reyaz Qamar
    27 Sep 2011 | 11:10 pm
    Established in 1986, Karunya University is a Christian university 25km from the city of Coimbatore in the province of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The university is located close Coimbatore Airport which offers connections to major cities in India, including Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai (Bombay). Coimbatore is approximately 426km from the city of Chennai. Karunya University offers a range of undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses in the fields of computer science & technology, civil engineering, media, humanities, management, bio-technology and health sciences among…
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Connecting Some Thinking Around Effective Professional Development

    Stephen Hurley
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    Context: The Warp and the Weft CC photo by: Phillip Capper read more
  • Moving Beyond "Sit’n’Git" Pro-D

    Chris Wejr
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    We need to rethink conferences and professional learning so that they better align with what we want to see in classrooms I often wonder if what we see as teaching at professional learning events would be acceptable in a high school classroom. If the purpose of professional development (Pro-D) is professional learning, then what is our evidence that learning does, in fact, occur? Are we using effective teaching practices in Pro-D? read more
  • Teaching is a 'Way of Being' - Part 3

    Peter Skillen
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Implications for Professional Learning So what might be the implications for professional learning? There are four points that stand out for me. 1. Learning Stance A major difference between Cynthia and Margot (hypothetical teachers referred to in my first blog of these series) is their learning stance. Margot is a progressive problem solver – a seeker of new learning, a questioner. We need to always encourage and cultivate these attitudes and behaviours. read more
  • The Patchwork Pieces of Professional Development

    Nancy Matthews
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    A response to the teacher PD dilemma CC photo by: Jayne read more
  • Meeting the Challenge of Infusing Relevant PD in Schools

    Lyle Hamm and Kevin Cormier
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    A combination of face-to-face learning with online engagement will help educators meet the needs of their diverse student populations We believe professional learning is highly valued by educators and school-based leaders. However, infusing relevant and focused PD in schools is often a cumbersome task for school-based and district leaders given the time constraints and costs associated to day-to-day realities at the school level. Educators in schools who meet once per month for their professional learning may not be able to sustain a common purpose and ongoing dialogue and may be prone to…
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Boomer vs Millennial: What You Need To Know About Training Across Generations
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Your Millennial employees are so techy, they'll just learn organically. Wait, what? Discussing generational stereotypes and the need to conduct training across all groups. Make sure to check your assumptions. One of the awesome things about hiring Millennials is that you can save a fortune in technical training costs. After all, they practically came out of the womb knowing how to run a computer. It's so much easier than those Gen Xers or, worse Baby Boomers, who you have to thoroughly train on each new system, right? Well, if that doesn't get your stereotype hackles up, this will: It's not…
  • How to Make SMART Goals For Your Team
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Goal-setting is often the key to success and productivity but sometimes it’s hard to tell when goals are realistic and reachable, both for a company and individuals. Setting goals and objectives that are unrealistic, too vague, or for teams that are unable to work together is a waste of time and can actually hurt morale. Want to figure out how to set goals that are reachable and reasonable? Make them SMART. In this case SMART doesn’t just refer to intelligence. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. This kind of goal setting is especially useful when…
  • eLearning Gives Your Employees the Skills of the Future
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Human beings today need access to online courses delivered within a culture of learning to adapt to our evolving and increasingly complex scenery of work. We’re in a computational world now, witnessing the unprecedented rise of smart machines, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and automation. Look at what’s taken place in the western world in the last seven years alone (2008-2015). It’s truly shocking on all fronts and in every format. Career paths look completely different, mainstream unemployment is at epic levels, and long-held definitions of corporate training have been…
  • Clarifying and Communicating Training Objectives
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When purchasing a new car or picking up dinner at the local take-out restaurant, people look for value. Those sorts of purchasing decisions are ones over which individuals have control, but sometimes, especially in the workplace, employees are simply directed – or strongly encouraged - to take action. Yet, before they “buy” (an idea, a change, a new process) many individuals tend to swim upstream – struggling against the current of change. It’s human nature. Just as with any new initiative or change in the workplace, creating buy-in and excitement among learners is often one of the…
  • Hello from Our New Office Wrangler, Emma
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Hello! My name is Emma Holland and I am absolutely thrilled to join the OpenSesame community as their new Office Wrangler! Northwest truly is best, and I am happy to be working for such an incredible local company. Before starting with OpenSesame, I was a bit of an adventurous nomad and spent my time working and living everywhere from the deep South, the Northeast, and also overseas in villages of Southern Uganda. Coming from countless years of customer service and administrative experience, I am thankful to be back in a startup office community. I have dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from…
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    Spanish Playground

  • 5 Great Spanish YouTube Channels for Kids

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    YouTube is a fabulous source of authentic language for young Spanish learners. Of course, the videos need to be selected with care. Kids also need support to create an effective, positive learning experience. Below are a 5 Spanish YouTube channels with videos that can be used successfully with language learners. You have to choose the videos kids watch from these Spanish YouTube channels. Some of them are too difficult to use easily with Spanish learners. The goal is to expose kids to authentic language, but at the same time keep learning fun and not overwhelm them. I look for: Short videos,…
  • Spanish Sequencing Cards: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a wonderful fingerplay to do with language learners. You can do lots of fun related activities to add more language. In Spanish, the rhyme is known as La araña pequeñita, La itzi bitzi araña, Winsy, winsy araña or Wichi, wichi araña. With these printable Spanish sequencing cards you can get more language learning out of the rhyme. The link to the printable is at the end of the post. Like most traditional rhymes, the words to this finger play vary a bit depending on region. You can read about several different versions here: The Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish. Of…
  • Free Spanish Activity Book for Earth Day

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Earth Day, El día de la Tierra, is April 22. Children will be hearing and thinking about how to care for the planet. What they know about protecting the Earth in English will help them understand and learn the same concepts in Spanish. Try activities from this free Spanish activity book with language learners. Free Spanish Activity Book from the EPA – 12-page activity book on conserving resources – Games are simple and very focused. – Page can be used separately, or you can print the whole booklet. – Children do not have to understand every word to do these…
  • Celebrate Earth Day in Spanish: 5 Activities and a Giveaway

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Earth Day in Spanish is Día de la Tierra. It is celebrated all over the world on April 22. Earth Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of our impact on the Earth and share the beauty of this amazing planet with kids. Spanish activities that deal with protecting the Earth include lots of verbs and natural world vocabulary. Below you will find activities for talking about the planet with Spanish learners at a variety of levels. You can also enter a wonderful giveaway with lots of books! Two of my favorite new bilingual books are included in the giveaway: El agua rueda, el agua…
  • Poems in Spanish: National Poetry Month Activities

    5 Apr 2015 | 10:06 pm
    April is National Poetry Month. Poems in Spanish are a wonderful way for children to hear the rhythm and sounds of the language. Spanish language learners can read and listen to poems and with support they can also write their own. Here are a few ways to share poetry in Spanish with children during National Poetry Month. 17 Ideas for Sharing Poems in Spanish 1. Watch videos of animated poems in Spanish or children reciting poems on YouTube by searching poemas infantiles. Here are a few to get you started: Aquel caracol El invierno La largartija 2. Teach counting-out rhymes, also called…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Don’t Just Read Shakespeare, Perform It!

    Catlin Tucker
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Shakespeare’s plays are a staple in high schools across the country. Unfortuntately, when most students hear the name “Shakespeare” they react with a mixture of dread and anxiety. They worry they won’t “get it” and chances are they won’t get a lot of it. I think that’s okay. Do I understand every line of Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets? No. Does that mean I don’t enjoy them? No. Shakespeare’s words are beautiful and his plays are captivating, even if I don’t understand every turn of phrase. So, when I teach a Shakespeare…
  • Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

    Catlin Tucker
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    My 90 minute English class begins with 15 minutes of silent sustained reading every day. I prioritize this time because I know students won’t love every book we read as part of our curriculum. I want to give them the opportunity and time to read anything that interests them. They can read whatever they want…graphic novels, biographies, popular young adult books or science fiction. My only request is that they select books that are at or above their reading level. My students LOVE silent sustained reading. It gives them time to “pleasure read,” which is a welcome time…
  • Instagram: Document and Share Grammar Gaffes

    Catlin Tucker
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Last week while out to dinner with my family, I stumbled across a sign with a blatant grammar error. I froze in front of the sign eyes wide and mouth agape. My initial reaction was one of disappointment because my students were not there to witness and correct this real life grammar gaffe! I could not wait until the next school day to quiz my students on the problem with this sign. So, I took a picture and posted it to my class Instagram account with the question “What’s wrong here?” Within 20 minutes, I had three responses to my question!   I was delighted that…
  • Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills for Today’s Student

    Catlin Tucker
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    In the last few weeks, I’ve heard several adults comment on how sad it is that students today are always on their devices and, as a result, don’t communicate with the person sitting right next to them. I can understand the concern in this statement; however, I don’t think it acknowledges how much our students are actually communicating. Yes, they communicate differently than most of us did a kids or teenagers. But just because they communicate in different ways using different means does not make that communication any less valuable to them. I’d argue that we need to…
  • Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

    Catlin Tucker
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Discussion can be a powerful tool for learning yet engaging all students in equitable discussions can be challenging. When I began teaching, I was frustrated because in-class discussions were dominated by a small group of vocal students while the rest of the class sat quietly avoiding eye contact. It wasn’t until I incorporated online discussions into my traditional class that I was able to engage every voice in our class dialog. Starting with Online Discussions I use Schoology for our online discussions. My students begin the year developing and practicing their online communication…
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  • English as a Second Language Program expands its horizons

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Karlie Butler delivering a workshop at Universidad Panamericana about the English as a Second Language program. Photo: UR International   Submitted by: Arturo Segura International Relations and Partnerships Specialist, UR International Karlie Butler, an instructor with the University of Regina English as a Second Language (ESL) program, delivered a set of seminars on second language acquisition in Mexico City on February 16 & 17, 2015 at our partner university, Universidad Panamericana. The Universidad Panamericana and University of Regina have a long-standing academic relationship…
  • Montreal Massacre remembered

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in engineering and…
  • Women in Engineering serve as catalyst for change

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in engineering and…
  • Does gender still matter in the field of engineering?

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in…
  • Faculty work abroad furthers international partnership

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

  • Mathematical paradoxes & ambigrams: New article

    Punya Mishra
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    I have always loved paradoxes so it is with great pleasure that the fourth article in our series on Art and Math (co-authored with my friend Gaurav Bhatnagar and published by At Right Angles) focuses on paradoxes and visual wordplay. It was great fun coming up with a range of designs on this topic — in fact we had so much material that we had to break it down into two articles. You can download all of the articles in the series Of Art & Math by following the links below Introducing Ambigrams: Blog post | Direct link to PDF Symmetry: Blog post | direct link to PDF…
  • Poetry, Daisies And Cobras: Math Class With Manjul Bhargava

    Punya Mishra
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    An amazing presentation by Manjul Bhargava (Fields medal winner in Mathematics) to school children in India. See how he effortlessly combines poetry, nature, music and mathematics. Watch an excerpt on YouTube below or the complete video here. Click here to view the embedded video.    
  • Deep-Play on Michigan Radio Stateside with Cynthia Canty

    Punya Mishra
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I am a huge fan of Stateside with Cynthia Canty, a radio show on Michigan Radio. So imagine my excitement when I was interviewed by her about my ongoing exhibition (Deep-Play: Creativity in Math & Art through Visual Wordplay) at the MSU Museum. The interview was recorded last week but ran this afternoon – and sadly I missed it (because I am in Las Vegas for the SITE2015 conference). But the interview is now on their website and you can listen to it by clicking the link below (which takes you to the Michigan Radio Page for my interview… MSU exhibit explores creativity…
  • Deep-Play: Creativity in Math & Art through Visual Wordplay

    Punya Mishra
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I have been creating ambigrams for years now… and I feel extremely lucky that what started as a personal interest and passion has led to some wonderful experiences and learning. These include a series of articles on the mathematics behind these visual designs and now an exhibition at the MSU Museum. Since December the Creativity-Art-Science Gallery at the MSU Museum has hosted an exhibition of my work – and it has been wonderful. We had an informal gallery-walk a couple of week-ends ago and more than a 100 friends and colleagues showed up at the event. Which was truly…
  • EPET at SITE 2015

    Punya Mishra
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    The annual SITE conference is an fixture in my life in the spring semester. This year is no exception. What is interesting is the manner in which the EPET program at MSU has been increasing its presence at the conference. Above is a screen-shot of my calendar of from Tuesday March 3 to Friday March 6, listing ALL the presentations that students, faculty, graduates of MSU are involved in. Below that is a list of all the presentations. Thanks to Spencer Greenhalgh for taking time to create this list. He has also assembled all of these (plus basic info like keynotes, lunches, etc.) into a…
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  • Blending Classes Across Grade Levels

    Sandy Rivera
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Fifth and sixth grade teachers have started blending classes across grade levels in some elementary schools to better meet students' needs for math instruction. At […]
  • A Utopian Community in Middle School

    Ruth Huber
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    What would it take to establish a utopian community in middle school? Is it crime free, without conflict? These are some of the questions considered […]
  • Harmful Social Networking By Kids

    Patrick Tegge
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    According to a new study, harmful social networking by kids was admitted to by half the participants. 37% said their parents monitor online activity. The […]
  • Girl Talk

    Jean Riley
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    All girls want time to be with other girls and enjoy some girl talk.  Now the New Heights program in some New Hampshire middle schools […]
  • Finding New Ways to Learn

    Kate McDonald
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Kids are finding new ways to learn, and teens are no different. Food is not the only thing they hunger for. "Students are hungry for […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Rubio on the Wrong Track

    Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    “Rubio on the Wrong Track” By Donna Garner 4.18.15 Putting two and two together, it seems pretty clear to me [and Ann Coulter] that Marco Rubio is actually running for Vice-President with his buddy Jeb Bush as President.  This political scheme has probably been in the works for some time.  [Please remember that Jeb Bush, Hillary, and Obama all support illegal amnesty and the Common Core.] When Rubio joined the Gang of Eight to push citizenship for illegals in 2013, he felt the sting of a strong backlash from the grassroots; and many hoped that he had learned his lesson.  Not so.   …
  • Common Core testing is not needed in New York

    NY Daily News
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Yesterday, my wife and I joined with hundreds of thousands of parents across the state in opting our children out of the Common Core tests (we did as well last year). We didn’t opt out because the tests are “hard” or because we’re opposed to high academic standards. We opted out because Common Core should never have been opted in by the state. As a former school board member, husband of a special-education teacher and father who has spent countless hours helping his kids with homework, here is why I oppose Common Core: * It’s experimental, conceived in secrecy with no public…
  • Book Review: Blue Ocean Bob

    Michael F. Shaughnessy EducationViews Senior Columnist
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Author: Brooks Olbrys Illustrator: Kevin Keele Publisher:Greenleaf Book Company I am very happy to review a book that contains exquisite language, beautiful illustrations and drawings, and poems that bring lessons of responsibility and communication to children. Here is my poem about this great book that is written in verse. (with apologies to the author ) Blue Ocean Bob is a fine young man, who loves the ocean and the soft white sand. He encounters a number of challenges on occasional days. He also enjoys the beach and the sun’s wonderful rays. There are friends and animals he encounters…
  • New York students flee Common Core

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    An overwhelming majority of students in many New York school districts – backed by parents and even some teachers’ unions – have rebelled against Common Core federal standards and opted out of taking the exams that started this week. Western Journalism reported in one Long Island-area district, fully 82 percent of parents opted their children out of the tests. Other districts in the state, meanwhile, reported opt-out rates of 50 percent or more. Get the hottest, most important news stories on the Internet – delivered FREE to your inbox as soon as they break! Take just 30 seconds and…
  • Momentum Against Common Core National Standards Builds

    Heritage Foundation
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Lindsey Burke – States continue to wrest their way from the Common Core national standards and tests. Considering the problems that have plagued implementation, along with ongoing concerns from parents, teachers, and state policymakers over loss of state and local control of education, they are right to do so. Among the implementation issues, yesterday the Associated Press (AP) reported that three states—Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota—have halted testing being administered through the company Measured Progress due to server capacity problems. “The company said in a statement…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • KY Chamber Leader Explains Why Business, Conservatives Support Common Core

    Joetta Sack-Min
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    David Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, recently discussed his organization’s support of the Common Core State Standards and politics in the state with the Learning First Alliance. The conversation was part of LFA’s “Get It Right: Common Sense on the Common Core” campaign that for the past year has interviewed educators and researchers who are committed to the Common Core State Standards and are working to ensure the proper implementation of the standards. These interviews, which are now available as transcripts as well as podcasts, show how schools are…
  • Early Results Show Common Core Boosts Achievement in Kentucky

    Joetta Sack-Min
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    New research on student achievement under the Common Core State Standards shows that students exposed to the standards made faster progress than those who had not been exposed to CCSS—a promising sign that the standards will improve student learning. The study was conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers analyzed three cohorts of students in Kentucky, which was the first state to adopt the standards in 2010 and began implementation the next year. Kentucky requires its 11th graders to take the ACT test,…
  • Gates Official: Teachers, Parents Will Grow to Understand and Appreciate Common Core

    Joetta Sack-Min
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    One year ago, the Learning First Alliance began a series of interviewing educators and researchers who are committed to the Common Core State Standards and are working to ensure the proper implementation of the standards. These interviews are part of the “Get It Right—Common Sense on the Common Core” podcasts that highlight schools making progress toward the new standards and improving students’ learning. LFA is now offering transcripts of many of these sessions in its website, including a recent segment with Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready at the Bill and Melinda…
  • 21st Century Leadership: It’s All About the Trust

    Partnership for 21st Century Learning
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Written by Aaron Brengard, Principal, Katherine Smith Elementary School (San Jose, Calif.) How Does Trust Create And Encourage 21st Century Leadership For Learning? Calling all classroom teachers, building managers, or district level administrators, we need you. 21st century learning schools need 21st century learning leaders. While I'm a school site principal, I use the word leader to describe everyone throughout the system from the classroom teacher to the district superintendent. There is one thing we all need...TRUST. Across 21st Century classrooms, schools, and districts or networks,…
  • Strategic Deployment of Teacher Experience: Getting It Right for Students

    American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    By Sharon P. Robinson, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) News Flash: The interest of students and their opportunity to learn is not better or even well served by a strategy of constant and high demand of inexperienced teachers. Retention matters not just to teachers but, most critically, to students. Recent studies showing that teacher effectiveness continues to develop over time reinforce this imperative to do right by our students. First, in a working paper completed last year for the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in…
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    My College Guide

  • 4 Most Common College Application Essay Mistakes

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Common College Application Essay Mistakes Do college admissions committees really read the application essays you write? Of course, they do. We’ve interviewed admissions officials from four colleges and universities, and they’ve provided us with a list of the common mistakes they see in college application essays. Use their insight to avoid making these mistakes on your own essay. Mistake #1: Mentioning a different university’s name. Yep, you read that right. Students who try to reuse essays for multiple schools are most likely to fall into this trap, and it’s a turn off for…
  • What To Do If You Get That Dreaded Rejection Letter

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    How to Deal With a College Rejection Letter It’s bound to happen at least once, especially if you’re applying to six to 10 colleges: a rejection. But getting a rejection letter, even from your top choice school, doesn’t have to be the end of the world. So if you do get that dreaded rejection letter, don’t let it get the best of you. Instead, try this: Scream, cry and then regroup. Getting a rejection letter could make you a bit emotional, and that’s okay. Let it out, and then regroup. After all, it’s their loss. And it’s not personal, as the blog says, “Colleges…
  • New 2015 Junior Edition Now Available

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    My College Guide 2015 Junior Edition Have you seen the latest edition of My College Guide? Our 2015 Junior Edition is now available online. This edition provides the latest information on college admissions, visiting college campuses, applying for financial aid and scholarships, writing college application essays and preparing for college life. College Admissions An Insider’s Guide to Campus Visits How to Write a Super College Application Essay Having a Positive Social Media Presence for an Admissions Edge Choosing a College: What To Consider Before Making the Big Decision Financial Aid,…
  • College Major of the Month: Teacher Education

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    College Major of the Month: Teacher Education Do you know what your teachers do? In this month’s featured College Major of the Month, we’ll take a look at majoring in teacher education and discover what a teacher’s job really involves. A teacher’s job isn’t just time spent in the classroom lecturing or giving exams. Teachers spend time outside of the classroom planning lessons to teach (including the hands-on activities you do in class), answering student and parent questions, attending faculty and training meetings, grading assignments and exams and more. What jobs exist for…
  • College Scholarships Ending in April

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    Apply for College Scholarships April isn’t just the month your parents have to submit their tax returns (which will come in handy when you file the FAFSA). It’s also a month full of college scholarship opportunities. This month’s featured scholarship opportunities give out prizes ranging from about $500 to $10,000. And, not of the scholarships are need-based; some are based on merit (aka your achievements) only. Check out these seven scholarships: American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship: High school seniors can apply for this scholarship by reading an essay on automatic fire…
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    Extension on the Go

  • Teaching English to Young Children (Debbie Johnson)
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    “With languages, you are at home anywhere.” ~ Edmund De Waal , author and artist (Photo by Patrycja Cieszkowska) The Nigerian proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” also holds true when helping young children learn English as a second language. Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst discusses the importance of family members, teachers and peers in improving bilingual skills in young children.     Subscribe to Mizzou Spotlight on Science through iTunes
  • Age and Driving (Debbie Johnson)
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” ~ Dan Rather (Photo by Kimberly Appelcline) Losing the ability to drive can have a profound emotional and psychological effect on seniors. But, does that hold true for elderly households where one partner can no longer drive while the other partner still can? On Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst takes a closer look at elderly driving.       Subscribe to Mizzou Spotlight on Science through iTunes
  • Special Enrollment Created for Taxpayers Surprised by Affordable Care Act Penalty (Debbie Johnson)
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~ Irish Proverb (Photo by Vangelis Thomaidis) The 2014 tax year was the first year that people with no health insurance had to pay a penalty. Because there were so many caught off-guard, a special enrollment period was opened to help people get health coverage for 2015. The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, last year was $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $295 for a family) or 1.0% of family income, whichever is greater. The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, this…
  • Poison Proof Your Home (Debbie Johnson)
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb) If you do a quick inventory of the chemicals in your home, I bet the list is long. Toilet bowl cleaners, medicine, cosmetics, tile cleaners, bathroom deodorizers, mouthwash, mothballs, nail polish remover, bleach and ammonia are found in the kitchen and bathroom of most homes. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home and most are preventable if you can keep poison away from tiny fingers.     Today’s guest is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist for University of…
  • Healthcare Reform and Your Taxes (Debbie Johnson)
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
      Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. ~ Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to writer William C. Hazlitt Now that healthcare reform is the law of the land, you might wonder how it will affect your taxes.Whether your income is high, low or in-between, when you file your income taxes this year you will asked about your health insurance in 2014.   Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension.     Missouri Taxpayer Education  
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    Melanie's Corner

  • Support for Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities

    LZX Team
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    From our friends at GrantStation… Support for Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities Tony Hawk Foundation The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to funding the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily support projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors and…
  • Young Chef Contest: Prize includes a trip to DC and lunch with Michelle Obama

    LZX Team
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    MyPlate Round Magnet We wanted to pass this on to young chefs out there… Do you have a child between the ages of 8-12? Can you imagine his or her recipe being featured in a cookbook? Or the two of you representing your home state at a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer? If so, First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite you and your child to enter the 4th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner.” In order to be eligible, lunch recipe submissions need to be created…
  • Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide

    LZX Team
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide American Legion Child Welfare Foundation The mission of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to provide nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the United States. The Foundation supports organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of information about new and innovative programs designed to benefit youth, or through the dissemination of information already…
  • Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families

    LZX Team
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Recently, Educators from all over the US met to discuss local implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), one of the nation’s largest nutrition education programs. The USDA recently posted information on the meeting, including a brief look at links to some new resources. Through nutrition education, EFNEP helps limited-resource families and children gain the knowledge and skills to change their current attitudes and behaviors when it comes to choosing nutritionally sound diets and improve their health and well-being. USDA’s National Institute of Food and…
  • Research Show Students are Eating Better at School

    LZX Team
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    MiPlato Poster There’s good news from Pew Charitable Trust… More children are choosing and eating fruit with their lunches and kids are consuming more of their entrees and vegetables since the introduction of healthier school meals during the 2012-13 school year, a new study finds. The analysis, published March 4 in Childhood Obesity, is the first to reliably measure what students ate before and after the implementation of stronger national nutrition standards for school meal programs, and contradicts anecdotal reports about students rejecting healthier foods. And the good news is…
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  • What you should NOT be working on at this stage of the process

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:12 am
      This post is part of the Class of 2018 Start Your Engines! series.   Yes yes yes we’ve been banging the drum of “It’s time to get started!!” of late, and that’s totally true, but… If you get started on certain parts of your MBA app now, you’re either going to doom yourself to… 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 article.
  • ($) Continued from yesterday: When will Harvard release their MBA app? And which app should you do first?

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
    As we began discussing in yesterday’s post on when schools release essay questions and MBA apps for the coming application season: Like Columbia, Harvard also tends to release stuff for the coming season early, though their release is typically limited to info on any essay(s) that they may ask you to write (or not write… 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 article.
  • Which schools release MBA essay questions when?

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    * * This post is part of the Class of 2018 Start Your Engines! series. Make sure you don’t miss a single one – either subscribe through bloglovin’ or enter your email in the “RSS feed” field in the right column. * *   Continuing our Class of 2018 Application Kick-Start Series, also known as the “Yes, BSer, it’s time to get moving!” posts, let’s cover some basics today around when you can expect essay questions to begin coming out from the respective schools. Traditionally, Harvard and Columbia are the first schools to release anything…
  • ($) The BSer’s Dilemma (2015 edition, Part 2): You must be your own Sorting Hat.

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    We basically answered this question yesterday, when we told the successful BSer who is faced with competing offers from very good schools to simply go with the gut. To offer a little more discussion around it though, here’s a thought experiment that this former BSer can try: Imagine yourself sitting at BMWSchool when the annual… 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 article.
  • ($) The BSer’s Dilemma 2015 edition: A pretty good problem to have

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    Several seasons ago, after Round 2 decisions came out that year, we did a series of posts called The BSer’s Dilemma about how to choose between multiple offers at different bschools. And then we did another one about competing offers to not as good schools, but one of them is offering you $$$. Today, which… 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 article.
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    Miguel Ángel Escotet » Scholarly Blog

  • Learning Forever: Deconstructing Today´s Education

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    One of the problems facing education today is its failure to adapt to the advances in science and technology. Educational institutions and their teaching systems lag far behind when it comes to adapting to new forms of knowledge and learning. While the education system shapes some of the components of society, it is also conditioned by society, and has therefore to adapt to society’s many and increasingly varied changes. The requirements of changing ways of thought, scientific discoveries, new technologies, the steady turnover of the school population and the emergence of parallel…
  • Education for the Greater Good

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 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…
  • 21 Variables That Students Do Not Systematically Learn At The School

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

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

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

  • Top Ten News Stories for April

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Click here to view our Top Ten for the month of April.
  • MindShare Video Challenge National Spirit Award Winners

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Congratulations to our National Spirit Award Winners from this year’s MindShare Digital Learning Video Challenge! Each classroom has been awarded a pizza party and each teacher has won a complementary CONNECT 2015 pass. Thank you to all who have participated and congratulations to all of our winners.
  • Vizwik Product Review

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    by Timothy Gard, TDSB Educator & MSL Report  Contributing Writer Visual programming has created a huge interest in the art of programming in schools around the world for some very good reasons. It’s intuitive, empowering and engaging. If you think of robotics and Lego and Scratch and Kobi Game Lab from Microsoft you completely understand where I’m coming from. And as neat and powerful and pedagogically sound as those programs are they don’t have the ‘real world’ application that would take them over the top. Vizwik is that kind of visual programming tool! It’s easy,…
  • My Top 5 Takeaways from SXSWedu in Austin, Texas

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    The SXSWedu Conference is not your typical massive EdTech event. While it celebrates innovations in learning, there is no massive exhibit floor which helps nurture more collaboration between education and industry leaders from across the globe. It was more about the passionate education leaders connecting and forging communities of practice envisioning futures trends to make the most of tech infused pedagogy. One of the definite highlights for me was connecting with Guy Kawasaki, former Apple chief evangelist and award winning author for a podcast interview. Below are my top 5 takeaways.
  • Exclusive MindShare Learning Moment with Guy Kawasaki, Post SXSWedu Reflections

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
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    Clif Mims |

  • Bookmarks for 03/27/2015

    Clif Mims
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    EDpuzzle “This is a really nice tool for adding questions to YouTube videos. It removes ads and tracks student progress. The interface is really slick.” — Kevin Smith tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Video Assessment Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 02/20/2015 Bookmarks for 03/29/2011 Bookmarks for 12/16/2012 Bookmarks for 05/28/2012
  • Bookmarks for 02/20/2015

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Using Technology vs. Technology Integration A handy chart for teachers. tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Lesson-Plans Curriculum-Integration Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 03/27/2015 Bookmarks for 10/02/2012 Bookmarks for 12/12/2012 Bookmarks for 04/23/2012
  • A New Paradigm for Education from Sir Ken Robinson

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Sir Ken Robinson suggests that education needs to be reformed and offers a new metaphor to help guide the change process. He taps into many of the things that educators have been noticing and “feeling” about schooling. As he often does, he clearly articulates these ideas and offers strategies for moving forward. Take a listen to Sir Ken’s message (6 minutes) and share your reactions in the comments section. Related PostsKids Get Creative with AudioBoo Connecting the Classroom and Outside World Connecting the Classroom and Outside World (Feedback Requested) Fail Early,…
  • Nutshell: Prezi’s New App for Visual Storytelling

    Clif Mims
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Prezi introduces a new way to share life’s little moments, in a nutshell. Combining the simplicity of photographs, the compelling nature of video, and the fun of animated graphics, Nutshell uses Prezi’s new storymapping technology to create short, shareable cinematic narratives that can be shared easily and instantly. Besides creating fun social media updates, Nutshell opens the door for all sorts of unique messaging opportunities when videos feel like too much of a production and plain photos just are not adequate for capturing life’s moments. 3 Easy Steps Snap three…
  • Making Thinking Visible with Technology #pzmewinter15

    Clif Mims
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m looking forward to speaking at today’s Project Zero Memphis Winter Workshop. Here are some of the resources that I’ll be sharing. Visible Thinking includes methods for making students’ thinking visible through learning routines that are thinking rich. These routines encourage the development of a culture of thinking and can be used across all grade levels and content areas. With freely available technologies students can engage in Thinking Routines to provide evidence of their thinking and demonstrate their understanding of course content in multiple ways (images,…
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Interested in Exploring ‘Elevate’ by LinkedIn?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    LinkedIn is launching a social engagement tool ‘Elevate’ so that the employees of the companies share great content to make the company a socially engaged one. Elevate empowers employees, the company’s most credible spokes persons. Since employees will be having many connections, their sharing content will boost both employees’ as well as company’s credibility. To read the rest of the article, visit my LinkedIn blog post at 
  • Launched Social Media Marketing Online Course at

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    I had been really busy designing, preparing content for the certificate program titled ‘Social Media Marketing’ (SMM). The course is offered at because according to Mr.Sathish, Founder Director and C.E.O, ‘It is India’s only MOOC platform and the winner of the prestigious startup of the year 2014 award by Silicon India. ApnaCourse addresses a global demand for knowledge management and does so by partnering with elite institutions and individuals via video based courses’. They offer complete freedom in creating the content. Their non-interfering and friendly attitude…
  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, May 2-3, 2015

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    ‘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. In September, these organizations hosted 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 registration fee is $10 for CUE Members $50 for new or renewing members (includes one year of CUE Membership) For details. Click here.
  • Will Casual Learning Replace Gamification?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:28 pm
    In this interview titled ‘GAMIFICATION IS OVER: NOW, IT’S ALL ABOUT CASUAL LEARNING’  Dave Cutler, the co-founder and CEO of mLevel, says that ‘Casual Learning is social, mobile and personalized. It’s designed to be consumed in short bursts when and where users need it. And it is designed to be fun’. The company’s mLevel ‘is the industry leading casual learning platform used by global fortune 500 companies to make learning fun, while improving real business results’. The following video suggests what mLevel is all about. mLevel mission manager enables the learning…
  • Explore Social Platforms Counter, Flapit

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Interested in impressing your offline community by showing your strength in online community? Then try Flapit, as it is the first physical counter that connects to many social platforms such as FB, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and others. The following video shows how you can impress your off-line community by using Flapit. According to their website, ‘Flapit can be placed anywhere: in your store window, or on display at your agency or on the wall of your restaurant / hotel, you name it’. It can be tried by small businesses as well as corporations as it is an interactive marketing tool…
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • The PhD Thesis: I am Auriel Fournier, and This is How I Work

    Dr Robert Muller
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    by Auriel Fournier, on PhD Talk with Eva Lantsoght:, I have invited Auriel Fournier to share with us how she works. Auriel is a Phd Candidate in the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Arkansas. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Michigan Technological University and has worked with birds in 10 states over the past decade on various projects. Her current work focuses on rail migration and wetland management and how to manage inland…
  • What's the Optimum Amount of Homework to Set a Teenager?

    Dr Robert Muller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Not very productive/www.shutterstock.comby Adam Boddison, University of Warwick, The Conversation: teenagers to sit down and do their homework is never an easy task. But is it actually worth their while to slave away for hours on end every evening?Not according to a new study of Spanish secondary school students which has concluded that the optimum amount of homework for children is around one hour a day.Researchers at the University of Oviedo studied the maths and science homework and test results…
  • Teaching is a Profession, Not a Calling

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    "Lehrer-Student" von Reinhard Schmidt (Wikipedia) by Jemma Ward, Online Opinion: a Human Resources manager, I don’t just interview and manage my employees. I love them.We all know that, at the end of the day, engineers aren’t in it for the money.Growing up, I knew that I wanted to be a chartered accountant, because I’ve always been passionate about helping people manage their finances.For most people, I would wager that those sentences above sound kind of absurd. Certainly, a good worker ought to be knowledgeable and…
  • Download 110 Free Philosophy eBooks: From Aristotle to Nietzsche and Wittgenstein

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    by Dan Colman, Open Culture: wanted to give you a quick heads up that we’ve recently spun out a collection of Free Philosophy eBooks (from our larger, more diverse collection of 600 Free eBooks).Right now, you will find 110 classic works on the new list - foundational texts written by Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel and Kant, not to mention Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, too.The list will keep growing at a steady clip. But if you see any crucial…
  • Tips on Looking After Your Mental Health as a PhD Student

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    Source: Alamy by Holly Else, Times Higher Education: PhD can sound like a great career move: it challenges the intellect, expands horizons, boosts a CV and offers flexible working hours.But for some the nature of the work involved can take a toll on their mental health.This may be partly down to the fact that PhD students often have lots of unstructured time to work alone on a research project that, inevitably, does not always go to plan.Dealing with the fallout when things go…
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  • Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development

    Denise Scavitto
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a reprint of a piece Denise originally wrote for us in 2008, updated to reflect the latest and greatest Twitter know-how. I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing […] The post Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development appeared first on Edudemic.
  • How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

    Jeannie Tucker
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology. In addition, librarians actively seek out new means for creative expression and intellectual growth for student library users, and frequently volunteer as early adopters of these exciting resources. In turn, librarians partner […] The post How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

    Sarah Muthler
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely. Websites devoted to reading and literacy help children connect with other readers, delve deeper into what they are reading, and discover new books of interest. And they provide teachers with ideas for the classroom. […] The post Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books appeared first on Edudemic.
  • The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Your Reading Homework

    Pamela DeLoatch
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When elementary school students have math worksheets to fill out, spelling tests to study for, after school activities to participate in, and chores to finish, it’s no wonder that the standard daily reading homework assignment can fall to the wayside.  It may seem like a small concession necessary to prioritize a busy life. After all, […] The post The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Your Reading Homework appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship

    Kristen Hicks
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The horror stories of young people not grasping the reach and influence of the content they put online are familiar to all of us. From the loss of job opportunities due to unprofessional pictures or comments on social media, to the more serious threats of abduction, and even the self-harm inspired by cyber bullying, the […] The post Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • Wealth Inequality Grows among U.S. Colleges and Universities as Top Schools Get a Lot Richer

    Krystal Knapp
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The 10 wealthiest colleges and universities hold nearly a third of all the cash and investments of 503 public and private schools in the United States, and Princeton University is among the top dogs. Princeton University ranks fourth among private universities, and sixth overall, according to new report by Moody’s Investor Service that is based […] The post Wealth Inequality Grows among U.S. Colleges and Universities as Top Schools Get a Lot Richer appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Princeton Teachers Union and School Board Representatives Set to Meet Again on May 4th

    Krystal Knapp
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The Princeton School Board and the teachers union met again on Wednesday, April 15,  but still have not reached an agreement on a new contract. “The parties met again face-to-face for the third time in several weeks without the mediator on Wednesday April 15. The parties remain in mediation as a legal matter, so the […] The post Princeton Teachers Union and School Board Representatives Set to Meet Again on May 4th appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Princeton Police Release Sketch of Suspect Who Groped Girl on Way to School

    Krystal Knapp
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The Princeton Police Department has released a sketch of the man who allegedly groped a 15-year-old girl on her way to school on April 10. The girl was walking to school around 8:30 a.m. in the area Franklin Avenue and Jefferson Road when a Hispanic male walked past her, turned around, and grabbed her buttocks. […] The post Princeton Police Release Sketch of Suspect Who Groped Girl on Way to School appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Mary Jackson to Exhibit Baskets at Morven in May

    Krystal Knapp
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Basket maker and MacArthur Genius award recipient Mary Jackson will display some of her work at “Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft and Garden” on May 2 and 3. Morven in May features a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American-made fine crafts, as well as a Morven’s popular heirloom plant sale. Exhibiting in […] The post MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Mary Jackson to Exhibit Baskets at Morven in May appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Princeton Police Increase Presence Near Schools After Luring Attempt and Groping Incident

    Krystal Knapp
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Princeton Police Department leaders announced this afternoon that more police officers will be stationed near Princeton schools during arrival and dismissal times due to recent incidents. Earlier this week a boy reported that a man tried to lure him to get in a sports utility vehicle. Last week a girl reported that a man groped […] The post Princeton Police Increase Presence Near Schools After Luring Attempt and Groping Incident appeared first on Planet Princeton.
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  • How to Reboot Your Notes

    Lauren E. Mach
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Note taking: love it or hate it, it’s one of the easiest and most common ways of keeping up with lecture material.  Despite its ubiquity, it seems that every student—and even every class—needs a slightly different approach for maximum study usage. If your notes seem to be slipping toward the end of the school year or you’d like to try out something different, ask yourself these questions. How Do You Take Notes? Even in 2015, many students prefer to take notes by hand.  Studies have shown that it helps cement information in your long-term memory, and many students appreciate the lack…
  • You Should Be Using: Degreed to Monitor Your Educational Progress

    Emina Dedic
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Have you ever studied something interesting in school and didn’t want to forget about it or read an interesting article you didn’t want to have trouble bookmarking and finding again? Have you wanted to take additional classes but were not comfortable shelling out hundreds if not thousands of dollars? If you said yes to any of the questions, Degreed is perfect for you. is fabulous, and I say that as someone who has been using the site for over two years now. Degreed rewards users for monitoring their educational growth by rewarding them with points. The site also databases all…
  • How to Earn the Ultimate Volunteer Award (PVSA)

    Emina Dedic
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    If you’re anything like me, you’re obsessed with constantly looking for new ways to spruce up your resume. You’ve volunteered, you’ve worked multiple jobs, you’ve joined clubs, and you’ve attended seminars. Now, there is a way to get recognized on a national scale for your volunteer work, and I’m going to tell you all about it. You may or may not have heard about the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  According to their website, the PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. They recognize the…
  • 5 Great Alternatives to Joining the Peace Corps

    Emina Dedic
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Before I elected to move to South Korea, I was weighing my options. I knew I wanted to travel, but I wasn’t certain for how long.  I felt it was in my best interest to evaluate every possibility. One of those options I considered, but ultimately looked past, was the Peace Corps. Now, don’t get me wrong, serving in the Peace Corps is honorable. However, a two-year commitment is huge. I read several articles and blogs talking about how difficult it can be to work in such a capacity while unpaid, and how the chance of being majorly sick, at least once, is high. People are often relying on…
  • 5 Unusual Tips for Coping with College Stress

    Amira Selimovic
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    As college students, life can get pretty hectic! We have a full course load filled with assignments and projects, have to work to afford those ramen noodles, exercise because those ramen noodles sure aren’t keeping us healthy, and find time to be with our friends to keep us sane – while finding time to call our parents to keep them sane. And on top of all that – internships! Not only do we not get paid for working, but also we have to pay our school for the credit! How in hell are we all suppose to stay sane with this rollercoaster going through our minds on a daily basis?! Sure,…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Education for all: Unfinished business

    Aaron Benevot
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report – Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges– will be launched at the World Bank in Washington today, bringing together international leaders in the fields of education, development and aid to take stock of major achievements and setbacks and discuss recommendations to support the ambitious post-2015 education agenda.
  • Казахстанcкие предприниматели: превращение мечты в реальность через образование и профподготовку

    Keiko Inoue
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Этой зимой я побывала в Центре занятости в г. Караганда, Казахстан, где встретилась с людьми заинтересованными в открытии собственного бизнеса. Я до сих пор помню волнение в их голосах когда они говорили о своих идеях. Была пара, которая с помощью микрокредитов от правительства начала придорожное обслуживание на станции по…
  • Kazakhstan entrepreneurs: turning dreams into reality through education and training

    Keiko Inoue
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This winter, I was at an employment center in Karaganda, Kazakhstan talking to people who were interested in starting their own businesses. I could still remember the excitement in their voices as they talked about their ideas.
  • Disability and Education: From Charity to Investment

    Harry A. Patrinos
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today, on World Autism Day, I’d like to highlight the impact of education on what persons with disabilities are capable of achieving.  More than one billion people – 15% of the world’s population – experience some form of disability. One-fifth of the estimated global total, up to 190 million people, encounter significant disabilities. Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socio-economic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health outcomes, less employment, and higher poverty rates.Most persons with disabilities are in…
  • 50 years of "Returns to Education" studies

    Harry A. Patrinos
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    At last week’s Comparative and International Education Society annual conference in Washington DC, Najeeb Shafiq put together a special panel honoring the work of pioneering education economists Martin Carnoy and George Psacharopoulos (formerly of the World Bank).  Martin and George were supervised by Theodore Schultz, a Nobel Prize winning economist, who made human capital theory an important force- not just in economics- but the social sciences in general.  Their work paved the way for thousands of researchers who followed in their footsteps. 
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    Classroom Aid

  • How Learning Games Are Used to Support Formative Assessment

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The A-GAMES Project is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and New York University. The research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The A-GAMES project (Analyzing Games for Assessment in Math, ELA/ Social Studies, and Science) studied how teachers actually use digital games in their teaching to support formative assessment. The study... Read More ›
  • EdTech Developer’s Guide – 10 Opportunities

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    The Office of Eduational Technology just published a developer’s guide on behalf of US Department of Education, it’s called “A primer for software developers, startups, and entrepreneurs”. Opportunities abound for software designers and developers to create impactful tools for teachers, school leaders, students, and their families. This guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs addresses key... Read More ›
  • EcoQube Educating Kids about Self Sustaining Ecosystems

    7 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    In our modern environments, rarely do we get to interact with living things. We’ve gotten so disconnected with our food and the place we live on- Earth. We try to incorporate gardening and outdoor activities into our lives but our typical work and home environments are almost completely sterile. The EcoQube C is a living... Read More ›
  • An Ontology for Open Rubric on the Web

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    An Ontology for Open Rubric Exchange on the Web, by Panulla, Brian; Kohler, Megan (2010) While the Internet has given educators access to a steady supply of Open Educational Resources, the educational rubrics commonly shared on the Web are generally in the form of static, non-semantic presentational documents or in the proprietary data structures of commercial... Read More ›
  • (Infographic) #Gamification and Instructional Design

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Great infographic from Mia McMeekin, enjoy! Behaviors are the atomic blocks of gamification designing and engineering, the purpose is to analyze and influence them for desired outcomes. If you think of xAPI (Experience API), the statement is true as well. xAPI and gamification are both data-driven, evidence-centered learning design strategy. They are both like a... Read More ›
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  • Favorable circumstances and Inconveniences of Phones

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:12 am
    The web is known as the overall, worldwide and global town, yet the cell is moreover an advancement that changed over the world into a little town, which everyone can talk with each other at whatever point and spot, they even don’t need to tie themselves in a particular spot to contact not at all…
  • Worker Efficiency And Proper Attendance Keeping

    5 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    Worker efficiency is the aspiration of any successful business. Businesses want employees to be satisfied with the work they do, have a few perks along the way, but above all, they want employees to perform their work in the most efficient way possible. Good time-keeping has been a hallmark of businesses that stick around. There…
  • The Five Marketing Technologies Your Business Must Adopt

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    You are in business, you need to increase the size of your profile, you need to make yourself known to as many people as possible and probably now as never before in history can you achieve this for a relatively small outlay. The tools are there you just need to point yourself in the right…
  • Hard Cases For Your iPhone Are Old Fashioned And Unfashionable — Use A Skin!

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    To be honest, I’m not a big fan of smartphone cases — and I’ve tried a lot. Most of the cases I’ve sampled are extremely bulky and hard to hold in my pocket; they’re also heavy, adding just a bit more weight to the supposedly portable experience. Worse, they claim to be virtually indestructible, but…
  • Choose the best: Xiaomi Mi5

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    After enjoying the phenomenal success using Mi4, now Xiaomi is within spotlight featuring its sequel Xiaomi Mi5. Company will reveal this gadget on 15th March inside a event in Amsterdam. Per the rumors rife with a flight, this follow-up is defined to destroy the earlier records. Let’s cast an overall look over Xiaomi Mi5 as…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • Getting To The Financial Aid Finish Line

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    The end is near! No, not the end of the world – the end of the college application and financial aid process is near for the high school class of 2015. Within a few months they will become the college class of 2019. It’s been a long and sometimes confusing journey, but the prize of being able to attend a favored college should be well worth the effort. In another four years, you will have a degree that should help start you on a rewarding path in life. Just to make sure everything is in place, here are the last few steps you need to take to get to the financial aid finish line: •…
  • Student Loan Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Financial Future

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Taking out a student loan, whether it is from the federal government or through a private lender, is almost a given part of the college process. It seems like an easy source of money and, in most cases, you don’t have to worry about making payments until after graduation. But, when these loans are combined with revolving credit card debt that builds up during the college years, some graduates quickly find out how difficult it can be starting their post-college life with a large amount of debt. To keep that from happening, be sure to avoid these student loan mistakes that could hurt your…
  • Five Reasons Why Now Is The Right Time to Start Your Own Small Business

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You’ve thought about starting your own small business for years, but it never seems like the right time. There are plenty of excuses not to take the leap – the economy, your family, the uncertainty. But, as recent events in Washington demonstrate, there is never a “sure thing” or guaranteed job security. Instead of focusing on why you shouldn’t do something, here are five solid reasons why now is the right time to move past your concerns and start your own small business: 1. If your idea is strong, there is never a bad time: An Entrepreneur post reveals that launching a business…
  • 5 Ways Content Marketing Can Help Your Small Business Grow

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    One of my popular blog posts from last year asked the question, “What Is Content Marketing and Why Does Your Small Business Need It?” Since then, the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Pros have published the results of their latest industry survey in “B2C Content Marketing: 2015 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – North America,” sponsored by Enveritas Group. According to the survey, 69% of businesses produce more content now than they did just a year ago, and 59% plan to increase their content marketing budget even more this year. What that means to you as a small…
  • Discover What Your Financial Aid Award Letter Means

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Every trip to the mailbox or visit to the email inbox brings news from potential colleges for parents and high school seniors. Sometimes the news is disappointing but, when the student has been accepted to a favored college, it can be very exciting. And sometimes, when the mail contains a financial aid award letter, it can be downright confusing. The final choice of college could affect the finances of your family and your student for many years to come, so you want to make sure you make a decision that’s just right for you. Here are several things to keep in mind as you are taking these…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Informing colleges about your acceptance … or not

    Dana Fulton
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    As stressful and time consuming as the college application process is, your decisions on where to apply are only compounded by where to attend, once the acceptance letters start arriving. If you’re fortunate enough to receive multiple acceptance letters, you’ll need to spend some time responding to each letter, informing schools as to whether you plan to attend or not. Your responses do not have to be lengthy, but the main prerequisite for your replies should be professionalism—the same professionalism that you hope to receive from each institution and Admissions Office. As you…
  • Letters of recommendation for college: who, how and when to ask

    Dana Fulton
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    As your junior year of high school winds down, it may be dawning on you: college applications are right around the corner! This may be a stressful time since your college choice lays the groundwork for the next few years. You want to take your application process seriously, and do your best to get into your chosen schools. That’s why we’re here to help you with one of the more overlooked parts of the college application process that actually has quite an impact: your letters of recommendation. A good recommendation letter helps the admissions office see you through the eyes of a person…
  • Getting a handle on acceptance paperwork

    Caroline Hanson
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Once your high school senior has been accepted to college, it’s time to tackle the paperwork together. Every school is different in regard to what paperwork they require, so it’s important to pay attention to any communication from your senior’s new school about needs and the upcoming deadlines to be met. In order to keep things rolling, work with your student to create a list of paperwork to be completed and its due date. Following are a few examples of paperwork that you may need to complete: Deposit for admission. Upon accepting an offer from a college, you or your student may need…
  • Creating a support network for your college student

    Caroline Hanson
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Students on their way to college may need a lot of support. As parents, you’re always there to help, but students can also benefit from the insights and encouragement offered by other adults in their lives. You can help your student to build that much-needed support network by encouraging them to form relationships with mentors, talk with their school counselor and connect with teachers, coaches and family members who support their dream of going to college and starting a career. Where to find a mentor? As your student begins the path toward college, if there are questions you can’t…
  • Getting smart about award letters

    Dana Fulton
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    At this time of year, your senior is probably anxiously awaiting award letters from the schools he or she applied to. While receiving an award letter is exciting, it’s important that to understand how to read and interpret these awards. Award letters may all present the information a little differently, but the key fact you and your student want to find out is how much you may need to borrow to cover your costs. The “Expected Family Contribution” may only be part of that figure. When schools list your student’s financial aid package, they may include student loans as part of the aid…
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    African Scholarships, Financial Aids and Youth Development » Learn about Online Learning Opportunities

  • 10 Full Distance Learning Scholarship for Developing countries at Bangor University, UK 2015

    After School Africa
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Brief description: Bangor University, UK, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) offers up to 10 fully-funded Distance Learning scholarships for developing Countries 2015/2016 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 10 Full Distance Learning Scholarship for Developing countries at Bangor University, UK 2015
  • 22 Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free – Take Online Courses with Certificate

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    It’s not just another hype. Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs and OpenCourseWare – OCW is causing a progressive movement in human development; a phenomenon in the learning experience for the workforce, gradually bridging the chasm between the educated and uneducated. With online courses, anyone from any part of the world can gain knowledge in any […] Continue reading 22 Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free – Take Online Courses with Certificate
  • Free Online Course by British Council to Learn How to Teach English as a Foreign Language

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

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

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

    Anna Helhoski
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    You have your first job offer out of college — congratulations! Now it’s time to negotiate salary. If you think that sounds uncomfortable, think again. To keep you from missing out on a potential base salary bump, we’ll walk you through how to evaluate job offers and work out a package that benefits everyone. About 45% of employers are willing to negotiate on salary, according to a 2013 survey by CareerBuilder. But nearly half of all U.S. workers accept the first salary offer they’re given, especially those ages 18 to 34. Here are some negotiating tips: Step 1: Research your own…
  • How to Do Your Taxes as a Recent College Grad

    Brianna McGurran
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Doing your taxes isn’t fun, but it’s not as big of a headache as you might have heard — especially if you’re a recent college grad. Whether you are filling out a simple tax return or have a more complex situation, our tips for first-time filers will help you conquer this milestone of adulthood with ease. If you don’t expect to claim many tax deductions: Use an online tool to fill out your tax return for free You can file your state and federal returns on the IRS’s website for free if you made less than $60,000 last year. The IRS has a free electronic form for those who made more…
  • What You Should Know About Earning Your First Salary

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    After years of part-time jobs and living on a shoestring budget, earning your first salary after college rocks. Before you know it, though, you’re paying the rent and utility bills for your nice apartment, for the commute to your new job and for those expensive nights out with friends. The costs of living on your own after college add up. That’s why we asked a few recent college grads to tell us about their experience making a full-time salary and the money habits they’ve developed since. NerdWallet’s Vice President of Talent Florence Thinh also reflects on her experience…
  • Even at Entry Level, You Can Negotiate Your Salary

    Brianna McGurran
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    When you’re searching for that perfect first job, deciding whether to negotiate your salary isn’t always your top priority. But as the economy improves and entry-level jobs are easier to come by, you should feel more confident asking for more money. The unemployment rate for recent college graduates fell from more than 7% in 2011 to just over 5% in 2014, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As scary as negotiating might seem, in many cases, the benefits outweigh the risks. Here’s how to decide if you should ask for a higher salary, and some expert tips for doing…
  • How to Handle the ‘What Are Your Weaknesses?’ Question

    Brianna McGurran
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Making it to the interview stage is a huge win during your job search. But what happens when your potential employer asks, “What are your weaknesses?” This is a tough one: Not only is it hard to admit your faults, but you also don’t want to hurt your chances of getting hired. Luckily, it’s one of the most common interview questions, so you can come up with a rock-solid answer before an employer even asks. Here are some suggested answers that will blow your interviewer away, plus a few tips on how to prepare your own killer response. Response No. 1: Show how you overcame a challenge…
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    Studying Law

  • Journey through university

    Lola Idris
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My journey through university:Studying law has its ups and definitely has its downs.The doubts: do I really want to pursue a legal career? what area will I specialise in? Is it really as boring as people say?Being constantly reminded by people about the “lack of jobs” and the tendency of firms to hire “Oxbridge students”Thanks for that information, whether these statements are intended to derail me from pursuing a legal career they actually do the exact opposite.I’m determined to be a solicitor and I will get there one day!Choosing an area of law:I’ve…
  • Stepping into the unknown

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    I began this blog because I felt out of place in the legal sphere. I felt like it wasn’t open to people like me. At Clifford Chance, I didn’t feel at all like this. They allowed me to feel like I belonged there.On 29th January, I was invited to Clifford Chance for an interview for the First Year Springboard Vacation Scheme. I can honestly say setting foot in a leading international law firm is as fantastic as it sounds! My experience of Clifford Chance was incredible. Everyone I met was exceedingly kind, welcoming and helpful. I felt immediately at ease: something I did not…
  • Ethnic Diversity

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Happy New Year! I’ve been looking into ethnic diversity in law firms, as the beginning of a new year has provided us with up-to-date statistics to evaluate 2014.In order to make best sense of the figures, I’ll quickly run through the general structure of a law firm. There are three levels of solicitors in a firm:1) Partners - business directors and owners, most firms have a two tiered system: ‘equity partners’ have a stake in the firms profits, whereas ‘non-equity partners’ usually have a fixed salary. Also, non equity partners are likely to have more…
  • The Interview

    Aaron Marchant
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    With deadlines drawing ever nearer, potential lawyers will be anxiously waiting to hear about interviews. With this in mind, here are some tips to make sure your interview is the best it can be.Know the firm inside outGraduate recruiters aren’t just looking for potential lawyers, but candidates who want to work at their specific firm. If you want to get that vacation scheme or training contract, make sure you thoroughly research the firm. Find out about their strongest practice areas or their latest achievements. Show that you understand their core values, and think about ways in which you…
  • My Christmas Wish has come true!

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
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    Curriki's Blog

  • 11 Excel Tricks to Teach Your Students Today!

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    By Guest Blogger Minnia Feng, Microsoft Excel is one of the most useful tools out there, but some find it complex. Here are some simple tricks to help students excel at using this handy spreadsheet tool. If you don’t have Excel, find out if you and your students are eligible to download it free as part of the Office 365 Pro Plus Benefit— click here to see if you are eligible.   1. Never lose sight of row headers by freezing panes   Freezing Panes is one of the most useful tricks in Excel—with this you can always view your labels for different rows and columns, no matter how…
  • World Leaders Discuss New Economy at NES 2015 Japan

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    By Curriki CEO Kim Jones I just participated in the sold-out New Economy Summit (NES)  here in Tokyo. What a fantastic event! World renowned innovators who are leading the global economy gathered here and included Prime Minister Abe, CEOs from Lyft, Evernote, Houzz, Dropbox and Airbnb, as well as leaders from Kyoto University, U.S. Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Larry Ellison of Oracle, George Roberts of KKR, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, and of course the host, CEO and Founder of Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani. Not to mention many entrepreneurs and the classical composer…
  • MIT Collection: OpenCourseWare

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki The MIT Collection on Curriki (available here) contains 49 relevant topics in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Most of the material is selected to support the College Board Advanced Placement Program offering college-level examinations to high school students. The content has been selected from freshman-level courses at MIT specifically to support the needs of high school students interested in the Advanced Placement exams for Calculus, Physics and Biology. There are 21 calculus topics, 18 physics subject areas, 9 areas of biology and…
  • Girls and Women in STEM in Asia: UNESCO Report

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki  Curriki was very pleased to be in attendance on March 9th when UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education unveiled their report on girls and women in STEM fields, at the Bangkok Science Center for Education in Thailand. Titled “A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia”, the report examines the status of girls studying math, science and engineering subjects in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education, and the current state of employment for women in…
  • 8 Ways OneNote Makes Lesson-Planning a Breeze

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    By Guest Blogger Minnia Feng, Microsoft OneNote, which you can download for free, is a teacher’s best friend. Find out how OneNote can help make digital lesson-planning easier, faster, and more effective! Use any type of content – text, pictures, audio, video, ink, embedded files, printed digital paper. There’s no limit to the mediums you can use to plan your lesson as OneNote supports learning and planning across multiple modalities, allowing you to add a fun, interactive multimedia dimension and create a more dynamic, effective lesson. Arrange any content type on the page any way…
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    Classroom as Microcosm

  • Ten Chapters In: Thoughts on Online Serial Novel Writing

    Siobhan Curious
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    What are you going to do with your long weekend? Maybe you’d like to read the first ten short chapters of a serialized novel about a twelve-year-old girl who suspects something funny is going on in her small town of Gale Harbour, Newfoundland.  If so, you will find this novel, Nellie and the Coven of Barbo, over here. So far, the process of serializing a novel has been 1. inspiring and 2. discouraging, in about equal measure.  I’m considering taking a break from the serial in order to reassess my decision to self-publish in serial form.  Here are some of the considerations. 1.
  • My Other Blog is a Novel: Introducing “Nellie and the Coven of Barbo”

    Siobhan Curious
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Dear readers: Where have I been? I’ve been writing a little novel. It’s about half done. I’m going to post it, as a serial, on a blog. If you’d like to read it, it starts here. The working title is Nellie and the Coven of Barbo. It’s an adventure story about being a twelve-year-old girl.  There will be some witches. Here’s the (temporary) blurb: Cornelia (Nellie) Pike has always believed that she’s an extraordinary person meant to accomplish important things.  As she begins seventh grade, she’s haunted by the feeling that something’s not right…
  • My Top 10 Books of 2014

    Siobhan Curious
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s time again for the list of books that I enjoyed most this year.  As always, only some of these books were published in 2014, but they were all a part of my 2014 experience. This year’s list is compromised slightly by the introduction of the Summer Book Club, a totally fun summer project in which I posted about the best books I read each week.  Accordingly, I have linked back to reviews of Summer Book Club favourites, rather than repeating myself.  However, there are a few new entries here – I got a little bit of reading done even when I wasn’t on holiday! 1. The…
  • A Book Blog For Teachers

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

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

  • 150 Year Old News Storytelling of Lincoln’s Assassination Will Engage Students

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
      This April 1865 photo provided by the Library of Congress shows President Abraham Lincoln\’s box at Ford\’s Theater, the site of his assassination. Under the headline “Great National Calamity!” the AP reported Lincoln’s assassination, on April 15, 1865. (AP Photo/Library of Congress) News stories are generally written in what is commonly known as the inverted pyramid style, in which the opening paragraph features the “5 Ws” of journalism: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The reason for this style is so that the reader gets the most important…
  • Celebrate April is Poetry Month 2015 with Lesson Plans and a Poster (by Roz Chast!)

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    National Poetry Month was first suggested in 1995 by the Academy of American Poets as “a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.” 20 years later, this celebration of poetry has taken root and flourished. This year, in 2015, the celebrations will be promoted with a poster designed by National Book Award finalist and The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. The poster‘s nine panels contain the words from the opening stanza of the poet Mark Strand’s poem Eating Poetry: Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been…
  • Kylene Beers’s Belief in Teachers, Not Tests at Teacher’s College 88th Saturday Reunion

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    During the 88th Saturday Reunion Weekend at Teacher’s College in NYC (3/28/15), author and educator Kylene Beers delivered three professional development sessions based on Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, a book sheco-authored with Bob Probst. Each session was overflowing with standing room only crowds. During the afternoon keynote in the Nave of Riverside Church, she delivered her beliefs, and every one of the 2,100 seats was filled. She opened her address with a historical connection between literacy and power by referring first to the notion that years ago a signature…
  • One Word Text Complexity

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently attended the 2nd Annual Conference for The Teaching Studio at The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Doing double duty as keynote speaker and presenter, author and blogger Vicki Vinton conducted two workshops on text complexity and how students read complex texts. Vicki Vinton’s earlier book on reading; Good news, she is writing another! As an opening exercise, she asked those in attendance in the afternoon session to sum up their attitudes or feelings at that moment using only one word. She explained that while she is in the…
  • #Poetry Friday-MacArthur’s “I Shall Return”-The Teacher’s Version

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    When I look for inspiration in writing, I occasionally turn to “On this Day in History” websites. There is always some famous person’s birthdate or some memorable event that can spark the imagination to create a lesson about literature or an author. So when my best friend, Catherine Flynn from Reading to the Core, offered to host #Poetry Friday on March 20th, I wanted to contribute a special post to mark the occasion. Catherine, a district reading consultant and former teacher, is a fan of historical events. In doing my research, I discovered that March 20th…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Architecture

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  George L Smyth  It is often thought that architecture degrees relate purely to buildings and other such man-made structures, but this is incorrect; they actually relate to a plethora of specialisms from engineering to landscaping, town planning to environmentally-friendly … more... The post Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Architecture appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Top Memory Tricks Postgrads Can Learn

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  Djenan  Postgraduate study often has a strong focus on the written word. This can certainly be taxing to our brains, which were evolved to memorize and store information from very different sources. Throughout most of our evolution, all important … more... The post Top Memory Tricks Postgrads Can Learn appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Renting: Estate Agents or Private Landlords?

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  ashley_brown  As a postgraduate student, if you are looking for a flat or house, your options are either going to the estate agent or rent right via a private landlord. Estate agents work on behalf of landlords and often … more... The post Student Renting: Estate Agents or Private Landlords? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Plymouth

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  bobchin1941  Even if you’ve left home long ago, moving cities is always a daunting experience. Everything, from bus routes to socialising to the best places to shop, feels new and unfamiliar. Fortunately there are plenty of tips available to … more... The post Student City Guide: Plymouth appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Botany

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  Rickydavid  You may already have read our Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Biology, but decided that your own academic interests were a little more (dare we say it?) – niche. At the last count, there were 14 universities in … more... The post Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Botany appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • What’s Next for Bookshare Members after College?

    Bookshare Team Member
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    Bookshare enriches the lives of people with print disabilities well beyond school into their adult lives.  Often members tell us they now enjoy exploring new interests and hobbies and finding resources to help them with their careers. Members stay connected to the world through local and national news. They catch up on the hottest books their friends are reading, and they pursue lifelong learning. Our staff is catching up with college students about how they plan to use Bookshare after school, and today’s blog features Amber Steet, a Bookshare member since the ninth grade. Meet Amber Steet…
  • Students on School Accounts Can “Read Now” Using Popular Bookshare Web Reader

    Bookshare Team Member
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Did you know that Bookshare Web Reader, the popular web-based reading tool that was previously available only to Individual Members, is now available for students on school accounts too? Yes! Bookshare Web Reader is so easy to use! All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, and you can find, open, and start reading Bookshare books directly within popular Internet browsers like Google Chrome and Safari. Your reading experience is easier, faster, and efficient! There is no software to install, and you don’t need to worry about downloading and finding book files on your computer…
  • AT Specialist Designs Bookshare Course to Support District Initiative

    Bookshare Team Member
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Stephanie Caceres In 2014, Stephanie Caceres, a Bookshare Mentor Teacher, developed an online training course for middle and high school teachers in her district to learn about Bookshare and apps like Read2Go and Go Read. “It’s not what you know, but what you are willing to learn,” says Ms. Caceres, a former special education inclusion teacher and now an assistive technology specialist for Worcester County Public Schools, Maryland. She developed her training module with the support of her district supervisor, Rae Record, who encourages innovation and the use of technology to make sure…
  • Canada Reads with Bookshare!

    Bookshare Team Member
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Calling all Canadians…do you love to read a good story? How about 225,000 amazing stories, all available at your fingertips for FREE? Canadians with qualified print disabilities can easily access all the latest ebooks, like NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson, Oprah’s Book Club titles, like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, and CBC Canada Reads books, like When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid. Free ebooksHow Is This Possible?  The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) partnered with Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print…
  • Navigate Dyslexia with These Recommended Books for Parents!

    Lisa Wadors Verne
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Are you a parent of a child with a print disability, like dyslexia? As part of our efforts to support parents in navigating their child’s learning differences, here are two helpful books that were written specifically for parents by people with dyslexia. Ben Foss, dyslexia advocate and well-known author, wrote The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning to help families build a pathway to independence for children with dyslexia. Here is Ben’s three-step process: Identify your child’s strengths. Share those strengths with school…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Quick Guide to Teaching Workplace Readiness Skills

    Sarah Layton
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is the pressure on you to better prepare students with work readiness skills? Join the club of teachers looking to develop or expand their workplace readiness skills curriculum. I once compared my daughter’s soccer team’s lack of conditioning to skipping out on soft skills in the classroom. “Sadly, their awesome soccer skills have little value on the field if they don’t have the speed or endurance to play the game. In the same way, leaving soft skills lesson plans out of your courses puts your students at a disadvantage in the workplace.” Make sure your students are…
  • Paradigms that Screw Up the Benefits of Blended Learning

    Sarah Layton
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you and your students taking advantage of all the benefits of blended learning? Or are there some paradigms at your school that are screwing it up? Before you answer “No, we have no such paradigms,” you might want to take a look at some of the ideas that we’ve heard from teachers and school administrators regarding blended learning and classroom technology… Paradigms and Old School Teaching Methods I have to admit…I love “old school.” At least I love it in the right circumstances. I like “old school” chicken barbecue. I like…
  • Principles of Health Science: Where to Find Great Content

    Sarah Layton
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are like most principles of health science teachers, you came into teaching after years of education and practice in the “real world” of the health care industry. While transitioning to teaching is natural, the tasks that go along with the transition don’t always come naturally. Have you been blindsided by the amount of time and energy required to research and develop principles of health science curriculum and the lesson plans that go with it? Don’t believe me? We get comments like this every week: Creating health science curriculum is hard work Here’s the…
  • Microsoft Word Lesson Plans to Wow Your Students

    Bri Stauffer
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Computer applications teachers are always looking for new and exciting ways to teach Microsoft Word to their students. For each of these teachers, a common question is “Where can I find great Microsoft Word lesson plans?” Rather than spending hours upon hours creating your own lesson plans, wouldn’t you like some that you can simply integrate into your existing computer applications curriculum? It seems that there are a lot of lesson plans out there for teaching Microsoft Word, but many of them are outdated (I found some for Word 2003… Yikes!) However, I managed to find a few that are…
  • The Ultimate Guide to CMAA Certification Prep

    Sarah Layton
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How can I align my content to NHA CMAA certification? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you aren’t alone. For health science teachers and CTE directors and administrators getting students prepared for CMAA certification is an ongoing responsibility, and frequently a struggle. But a necessary struggle…as NHA so effectively puts it, the benefits to obtaining certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, job security, and increased subject matter expertise. That’s what you are providing for your students when you prepare them well…
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  • Fact : Over 90% of Graduate International Students Get Fellowship. Guess Where?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Have you wondered how your Graduate school application process works?  Today, we are going behind the scenes with Kelly Moore, Staff member at Graduate School of University of Texas at ... The post Fact : Over 90% of Graduate International Students Get Fellowship. Guess Where? appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • H1B Visa 2016 Cap Count – Premium Processing Begins on April 27, 2015

    Raghuram Sukumar
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Track the latest H1B Visa 2016 cap count updates in this page as that are announced by USCIS or new data is updated at H1B Visa Tracker. April 7, 2015 – ... The post H1B Visa 2016 Cap Count – Premium Processing Begins on April 27, 2015 appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • 10 Best Photos From the Second Largest City in Switzerland – Geneva

    Raghuram Sukumar
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    We made an overnight stop at Geneva, Switzerland on our way to Bern, Switzerland. We arrived in Geneva via Train from Aix-en-Provence, France. It was about 5 hours by train with ... The post 10 Best Photos From the Second Largest City in Switzerland – Geneva appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • H1B Visa 2016 Predictions: Over 200,000 Applications. Find Your Odds Here.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    When I received the H1B Visa 2016 predictions from few Immigration Attorney’s, I was like OMG! Is this Really that Big! There was H1B Visa lottery last year and the ... The post H1B Visa 2016 Predictions: Over 200,000 Applications. Find Your Odds Here. appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • Answers to 3 Most Important F1 Visa Interview Questions

    Raghuram Sukumar
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:39 pm
      The most important way to ace the Student Visa interview for U.S.A. is to Plan, Prepare, and Practice. There’s over 65 F1 Visa interview questions that you could be asked ... The post Answers to 3 Most Important F1 Visa Interview Questions appeared first on Happy Schools.
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    Fractus Learning

  • 9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools

    Wade Gegan
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    There is a lot take into consideration when trying to find the best iPad cases for schools. What age group will be looking after the devices? How will students be using their iPads? What kind of budget is available (or not as the case may be)? It’s important to take all of these factors into consideration as well as the needs of your students, and all going well you should have iPads that can handle even the toughest environments. So before we jump into the list, here is my number one top tip… Regardless of what case you decide to go with, if you have any fears of screens…
  • 3 Learning Problems Bigger Than Teacher-Prep

    Matthew Lynch
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Over the last two years seven U.S. states announced intentions to revamp teacher-preparation and licensing requirements that essentially make it tougher to become and remain a teacher. Some of the new requirements include steeper admission requirements for teacher-training programs and licensing based on performance of a specific set of skills. The plan is intended to make for better teachers, and ultimately better students over time, but stricter teacher requirements will not necessarily lead to higher-achieving students. There are still too many outside forces with which everyday teachers…
  • How Are Teachers Using Tablets? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Wade Gegan
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    It’s one of the most versatile devices in the history of… well… devices. The tablet has changed the landscape of classrooms around the world, from flipped learning to augmented reality. A much needed balance between function and affordability, tablets of all shapes and sizes are being embraced by teachers in millions of different ways. In the below infographic from Early Childhood Education Degrees present an overview of how this shift is taking place.   Graphic courtesy of Early Childhood Education Degrees.
  • 17 of the Best Board Games for Kids Who Spend Too Much Time Online

    Nick Grantham
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    There was a time when the greatest new games could not be bought with a click from the App Store. There was a time when gaming was not a pursuit of lone children with illuminated brows. In fact, there was even a time when families of all ages would sit down together and play games in some kind of strange ‘bonding’ ritual. Well it turns out that ‘that time’ is back. Back with a modern, collaborative and exciting vengeance! There has been a huge board game resurgence in recent years, so now is the time to get your children out from behind the screen and get them…
  • Serious Doodling: 5 Effective and Engaging Classroom Drawing Exercises

    Nick Kurian
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    To the annoyance of many teachers, students cannot help but doodle in class. A range of studies now shows that this displeasure is misplaced: the doodles seem to help people concentrate (by preventing them from completely falling into a daydream) and consolidate information. Also, it seems that leaders of all types have doodled for as long as pen and paper have been available. The photograph below is of John F. Kennedy’s doodles during the Cuban Missile Crisis. John F. Kennedy’s doodles courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In point of fact, as demonstrated by cave paintings, drawing and human…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Celebrating Diversity with a Giveaway!

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Hey teacher friends!  I know some are on Spring Break, while others are returning back to school from break last week.  I hope everyone has had an awesome April so far and I have a little something that might brighten it up even more! I love Maria Dismondy's books!  You may have some of her other books sitting on your bookshelf now, such as The Juicebox Bully or Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.  I love the messages and themes she includes in each book, always looking at a different group of students with each book.  So when Maria sent me a message about participating in her newest book…
  • Differentiating with Wordless Books!

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Hey all!   Today's blog post is short and sweet and I am actually going to send you elsewhere, which I rarely do - ha! I recently wrote a post titled "5 Ways to Differentiate with Wordless Books" at the Hameray Publishing blog and I invite you to stop there, take a peek, and if you like it, feel free to share or pin it.  It has some fun ideas for using wordless books with the little ones - all the way up to older students!  Wordless books are not just for PK-K!  You can use them to enrich even the highest readers in your classroom. Take a minute to read the short article here and thanks…
  • Storing Sight Words

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Hey teaching friends!   Sorry I was MIA last week - I was actually in Cancun for a FREE Jamberry trip I earned for my sales and rank last year.  The hubs and I love traveling to the beach, especially when it is all-inclusive and completely paid for.  It sure was hard getting back to work this week without someone making my bed, my meals, and bringing me fruity drinks.  ha! BUT - I did manage to come up with a fun little post for this week!   Do you like to have students practice sight words or even flash cards for math facts?  Do they ten to lose them or get them all mixed up in a…
  • Share Your Ideas for Cash!

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Hey teacher friends!   I hope you are saying warm wherever you are and safe from the ice storm I know many are getting slammed with this week.  Since you are stuck in the house anyway - how about something fun to do with your unexpected time off?  Or even this weekend for those who don't get those snow days off? Have you always thought it was hard to start a blog?  Or make those fun digital printables?  It is easier than you think and I have 3 great resources that just might open up a whole new world for you! For those of you new to this blog - a little about me.  A little over 4 years…
  • Slider Baggie Counting

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Hey friends!   How about a fun video idea?   I recorded a little something new today for you.  :)   Just grab a worksheet, baggie, sharpie, and dry erase marker!   Simple and inexpensive enough for an entire class set! {jumi [*312]} Do you think this would work in your classroom?  We would love to hear in the comments below! ~Charity Want more great teaching tips and classroom organization ideas? Subscribe to our FREE newsletter, add our feed to your RSS reader, or visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • Are arts subjects losing out?

    Ellie Bird
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Recent years have seen huge emphasis on the importance of STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in schools and universities. Quite right too. A positive future for the UK economy is bound up with the need to foster technological innovation and technical skills. It is also vital that the education system tap into the resource that is 50% of the populace, and develop the interest of female students in putting their imagination and creativity into the scientific world. As usual, however, we seem to crash from one extreme to the other. The Government’s continuing…
  • Does class size matter?

    Ellie Bird
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    When my mother (now 92 years old) started teaching, it was just after the Second World War. Some of the first classes she faced in north London had 50 pupils. She found it very difficult to keep discipline, and very difficult to keep the attention of every student. The reason the classes were so big was that school buildings were bombed out and teachers in short supply, both because of wartime losses. With reports suggesting that an extra 250,000 primary school places will be needed this year, and with budgets cut and inner city land costs escalating, it is possible that we will be…
  • Election News: Labour pledges to cut university tuition fees

    Meg Evans
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The affordability of university education has been hotly debated in recent times. This is hardly surprising given that the average student is expected to graduate with a debt of over £44,000. Of course, there is the financial safeguard of not having to start repayments before earning over £21,000 per year; and an estimated 74% of students never pay back all their loan, instead having large swathes written off. Another statistic worth pointing out is that record numbers of students enrolled after the undergraduate cap was raised in 2014, even though, the present generation of students are…
  • Did Wales’ curriculum changes just solve the fundamental problem in education?

    Mike James Hansford
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    With all the squabbling in the government here in England, I bet the Welsh Assembly breathes a sigh of relief every time English teachers protest and fall to their knees at every half-baked idea to come out of the Gove/Morgan era.  As one idea comes and goes, there’s been such inconsistency in English schools that the curriculum seems to change every few terms and no-one really knows how to deliver the best-possible education.  It’s not a slight on teachers, it’s the policy-makers that have made it so difficult. Wales gets a certain degree of autonomy over how they set…
  • The ‘School Fund’ – What can we do about it?

    Mike James Hansford
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    It would appear that even in his private life, David Cameron has been not too far away from the headlines. The PM has apparently handed himself in hot water over his choice of school for his child Nancy – who will be starting secondary school in September at Grey Coat Hospital school. Bet you can’t guess the reason… Nope, it’s because the school has asked parents for money when giving out school places.  It’s not quite bribery we’re talking here – it’s to contribute to the School Fund that allows Sixth Formers to take part in various…
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  • Want to Know What People Really Think? Put Down the Bullhorn and Listen

    Corey Murray
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Pick five traits that define the best educators you know; I’m willing to bet communications skills are high on that list. I don’t care if you’re a school district superintendent presenting before your  board, or an AP English teacher explaining the finer points of Hamlet to a room full of teenagers, standing in front of groups is what we do — and the best among us do this with magnificent aplomb. But there’s a difference between a powerful presenter — someone who knows how to get her message out — and a skilled communicator. Expressing your point of view is the easy part;…
  • How to Turn Let’s Talk! Into a Workhorse for Your School District

    Corey Murray
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    As a school district leader, you know that being early or first to know about a problem in your district as opposed to being late or last makes all the difference. Staying ahead of the game is one of the chief reasons you chose Let’s Talk! Nobody wants to walk into a firestorm of angry parent emails and press requests. But it’s been a couple of months since your district went live with the technology — and, for whatever reason, you aren’t getting the volume of feedback you expected. Starting slow was the idea. Now it’s time to turn the dial up and see what you can do. Want to turn…
  • The 4 Pillars of Essential School Communication

    Corey Murray
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Pam Homan has an ambitious goal: to ensure that every student in the Sioux Falls School District achieves success. It’s the kind of catchy campaign promise that sounds great on paper. But Homan, who will retire from her post as superintendent of the 24,000-student South Dakota school system in June after more than 25 years, the last 11 as its superintendent, has few people left to impress. Education is her life’s work. Though it hasn’t always been easy. “We live in a political battleground,” says Homan, one in which the image of public education is routinely under siege. The…
  • Closing the Distance Between Technology Investment and Success

    Corey Murray
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    You’ve just inked a deal for a new technology solution. After months of rigorous evaluation your team is confident it’s found the answer that promises to transform community and stakeholder engagement across your school district. There’s energy building behind the idea. You can feel it. Two months later, the solution remains largely untouched, its integration tabled by the sudden reveal of more pressing priorities — a new district website, a cyber-bullying campaign, a one-to-one laptop initiative. You still believe in the solution’s ability to transform communication across your…
  • Don’t Give Your Best Teachers a Reason to Quit on You

    Corey Murray
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    K12 schools face significant pressure to keep students engaged in learning. Every technology vendor you meet claims to be on the verge of the next big catch-all solution for classroom success. But it isn’t just students who need help staying engaged in the subject matter; new evidence suggests that teachers are also starting to lose interest. The findings are courtesy of NPR’s education team, which recently examined enrollment rates in statewide teacher education programs. What they found was alarming. Over the past five years, enrollment in teacher training programs in the state of…
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  • Science Review of the Asteroid Belt

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Overview The main asteroid belt is in the area between the planets Mars and Jupiter, although asteroids exist in most other parts of the Solar System. Scientists believe that asteroids in the asteroid belt formed from shattered remnants of protoplanets when the planetary disk started to cool. Many different types of asteroids have been observed, with sizes that range from dwarf planets such as Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, and Hygeia to grains of dust. Asteroids The main asteroid belt is located in a region of space 300 million to 600 million km from the sun, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
  • Science Review of the Planet Mars

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Overview The planet Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, and the last of the terrestrial planets in the Solar System. It is almost 228,000,000 km from the Sun, about 1 ½ times the distance of the earth from the Sun. It has a thin atmosphere, and is mostly desert, with volcanoes, ice caps, and frozen water. At this point, missions to Mars have been either flybys or unmanned rovers, and new discoveries about the planet are made almost every day. Scientists plan to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s. Early Observations of Mars The reddish color and wandering nature of the planet Mars were…
  • Science Review of Lunar Exploration

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Overview Early astronomers were limited to what they could see with their own eyes through the millennia they could observe the moon. Galileo saw craters and mountains on the moon during the 17th century, and astronomers after him charted many of its features. The space race between the United States and the Soviet Union began in the 1950s and continued until the first manned landing on the moon in 1969. More recent exploration has included missions by Japan, China, India, the European Union, Russia, the US, and private space agencies, with others planned for the future. Early Astronomers…
  • Science Review of the Moon

    12 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Overview Unlike Mercury and Venus, Earth has one natural satellite, the moon. It is a quarter of the diameter of the earth and 1/81 its mass. Although it has been studied for millennia, and is the closest large object to the earth, it still holds many mysteries. The Moon The moon is responsible for the ocean tides and lengthening of the day on earth, because of gravitational forces. High tides occur when the waters on the side closest to the moon are attracted more strongly. Similarly, the gravitational attraction between the earth and moon also generates torque, so that each day on earth…
  • Science Review of the Planet Venus

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Overview The planet Venus is the second planet from the sun in the Solar System. It is one of the four terrestrial planets, with a dense, thick atmosphere and a rocky body. It is nearly the size of the planet Earth. Since it is closer to the sun, its year takes a little over 224 days on Earth. The Atmosphere of Venus The atmosphere of the planet Venus covers the planet completely with thick clouds. Over 96 percent of it is made up of carbon dioxide, with some nitrogen, and trace amounts of sulfur dioxide, argon, carbon monoxide, water vapor, helium, and neon. It is so dense and thick that the…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • Where are they now? API alumni profile of Carly Burson

    Jeramy Johnson
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    We at API feel very fortunate to be able to touch so many lives through our international programs, but often we find ourselves wondering – where are they now? In this edition of the API alumni profile series we’ll, be speaking with former API Seville (2003) student and current social business entrepreneur Carly Burson about her life after studying abroad. (API) How did your study abroad experience influence your career path and contribute to your current success? (CB) I was raised in Massachusetts where I lived until I was 23 years old. I now reside in Fort Worth, TX with my husband…
  • An Amazing Weekend in Corfu

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Looking down on Corfu, Greece from the airplane, I could feel my adrenaline spike from excitement. We were about 5 minutes from landing and I was thinking about how I have never seen such a blue ocean in my life. With buildings of all different colors lining the coast, the panoramic view looked like a painting. When we finally landed and exited the plane, it was about 60 degrees and sunny. So, naturally, once we arrived at our hotel, The Corfu Palma Boutique, we threw on bathing suites and headed to the beach (we haven’t felt such warm weather in months!). Corfu wasn’t quite ready…
  • Ciao Bella!

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    This past week has been a whirlwind as I explored the beautiful country of Italy for spring break. I visited two regions, three cities, and five villages all in the course of four days. Despite the time crunch, I saw more history than in any other country I have visited; I also ate more pasta, pizza, and gelato than I ever have in my life. The first stop of the trip was an overnight stay in the small city of Pisa. You can’t go to Italy without seeing the infamous Leaning Tower and taking the cliché picture of pushing it back in to place! The day we went was Easter Sunday and the streets…
  • My API study abroad story – Anastasia Papadin

    Jeramy Johnson
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Anastasia advising a prospective student on API programs. I decided to apply to be an API Campus Advocate because I appreciated the incredible experience API gave me when I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and I wanted to show other students why choosing API could be the best decision for them! I could not have predicted that I would be so happy with being an API Campus Advocate that it felt like an extension to my study abroad experience. One of my favorite parts [of being a Campus Advocate] has been helping students find their right fit to their international experience. For example,…
  • Change

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    So far, studying abroad has been the biggest emotional rollercoaster in my life. What started as an incredible adventure from the moment I stepped onto my flight leaving Newark into the unknown, has turned into a severe outbreak of every possible sensation I could imagine. The final result was misery, an endless reoccurrence of being ill and an overwhelming feeling of loneliness like I never imagined could be possible. As I am unfortunately the type of person whose daily feelings outwardly affect the way I act, the consequence was that I unconsciously turned my study abroad to sulking abroad.
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  • The Difference Between Skilled Learners and Good Students

    Saga Briggs
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    The skilled learners of the world don’t always excel in their studies. And I don’t mean Gates and Einstein. I’m talking about the huge number of people who are passionate about knowledge, who have a real knack for remembering facts, who are self-taught musicians and casual scholars. People who ignore homework because it’s boring to them, fail geometry because their teacher makes it boring to them, don’t listen to lectures because they’d rather absorb the information themselves. These people aren’t good students; they’re natural learners. And…
  • Intellectual Humility: What Happens When You Love to Learn–From Others

    Saga Briggs
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Why do we enjoy learning? Is it because we actually like the process of learning, which often involves a struggle and occasionally requires failure, or is it because we like the end result– namely, the prospect of being right? I ask this question because I think the answer sheds light on a major issue plaguing education today: intellectual humility (or lack thereof). We don’t like being wrong, and we don’t allow our students to be wrong. That’s how we end up with learners more interested in appearing intelligent than in actually being intelligent. But things are…
  • Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick

    Saga Briggs
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Here’s what most of us know about creativity: We know that you aren’t born with it, and that it can be learned; we know that people can be at their most creative in group settings; we know that the expression of creativity isn’t exclusive to the arts; and we know that you shouldn’t wait around for inspiration to strike. But do we know that rewarding creative behaviour can stunt motivation? Do we know the creative brain depends on content just as much as it depends on imagination? Or that expecting one right answer all the time will actually prevent us from finding the…
  • 12 Must-Read Books on Education for 2015

    Saga Briggs
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Few things are more satisfying than finally getting your hands on a book you’ve been meaning to read. In 2015, you’re going to want to make room in your schedule for a lot of satisfaction. Here are 12 books about education and learning you should look forward to reading this year: 1. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education Ken Robinson Viking Books 7 May 2015 “Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organisation’s history. Now, the…
  • Blended Study: 10 Ways to Use Tech While You Learn

    Saga Briggs
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:57 pm
    We hear a lot about blended learning from an instructor’s perspective, but what about from a student’s perspective? In what ways can students use technology to support learning inside and outside their course sessions? Traditionally, studying involves a lot of passive reviewing. Reviewing texts, reviewing notes, reviewing lecture slides. But cognitive psychology tells us this isn’t the most effective way to retain information. The most effective learning is interactive, multi-modal, and based on science–in other words, qualities that technology can bring to the table.
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  • Is Ashton Kutcher Med School Material?

    Don Osborne
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Ashton Kutcher is arguably most well known for either his character in that That ‘70s Show or his marriage to Demibut how well would he fare as a medical school applicant? Could he get into medical school? I’m about to uncover some little-known facts about Ashton Kutcher and
  • Harry Styles or Niall Horan: Who Would Make the Better Doctor?

    Don Osborne
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Both Harry and Niall are pop superstars because of the huge success of their band, One Direction. They might be good at making chart-topping hits, but could they be just as incredible in medicine? Has either of them got what it takes — and who would be the better doctor?
  • Could James Franco Get into Medical School?

    Don Osborne
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    James Franco has been in the news quite a bit in the past few months, especially since The Interview showed up in theaters. He’s had a long career thus far, but as an added bonus, Franco also has an interest in education, which is why I am interested in seeing
  • What Are the Chances of Lady Gaga Getting Accepted into Medical School?

    Don Osborne
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Lady Gaga recently gave an acclaimed performance at the 2015 Oscars — but could she get into medical school? That’s what I want to find out. How would medical school admissions committees look at her application? Would she succeed in the grueling admissions process? Let’s see what she has going
  • How Would Kim Kardashian Do if She Applied to Medical School?

    Don Osborne
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Would Kim Kardashian get into medical school? I’m sure you’ve asked this question plenty of times (or maybe not at all), but regardless, I’m interested. Would she? Time to find out just how competitive of a medical school candidate she is. Kim’s Academic Background At first examination, Kim doesn’t seem
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    Online Cultus

  • Smarter kids with smart use of technology

    Aleksandra Arsik
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:12 am
    So, if you have ever witnessed your child clinging towards the computer or even your phones then do not panic; they might be on the verge of completing their homework with the assistance of the various choices available on the phones. This concept might be new to you and you might consider it damaging for... The post Smarter kids with smart use of technology appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: E-Learning for youngsters How to choose educational software for children? Modern technology in education How to get your kids interested in learning? Secure your kids from online adult…
  • Quote: Nature

    Aleksandra Arsik
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    The post Quote: Nature appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Thought of the day: Nature Nature Pace of nature
  • Quote: Love life

    Aleksandra Arsik
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    The post Quote: Love life appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Quote: Love what you do Quote: It is your life Quote: Changes in life Quote : What is life about? Quote: What is life about?
  • Make a career in marine engineering

    Aleksandra Arsik
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:27 am
    The making of every boat from yacht to a massive ship like Titanic, starts from a marine engineer’s table. Marine engineers are the responsible for putting together and keeping the water based vehicles up and running. While the work may seem extensive, considering the size and complexity of machines, life of a marine engineer is... The post Make a career in marine engineering appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Advance your engineering career while working Aspiring guide to Marine Engineering 5 Careers with an Engineering Degree Career opportunities in robotics engineering Tips…
  • Quote: Still mind

    Aleksandra Arsik
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    The post Quote: Still mind appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain Exercise your mind with e-learning Why not being under mind control with e-learning? Mind Maps for better studies Mind maps and -to do lists- for the digital era
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  • Pack Like a Pro: 10 Essential Items Nursing Students Should Carry

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States. If you’re interested in a promising career where you can make a real difference, this field offers plenty of potential for employment and growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 2,711,500 jobs for registered nurses in 2012. The job outlook for these professionals is excellent. Employment for registered nurses is expected to grow 19% over the 2012 to 2022 decade, which is much faster than the average of just 11% for all occupations. Successful nurses also have great potential for advancement. You can pursue…
  • For-Profit Education Continues to Crumble in America

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
      Controversial since its inception around the new millennium, for profit education has been a sinking ship in recent years. Schools like the University of Phoenix offered “cheap” college education to thousands of American students, using online courses and dozens of pop-up campuses all around the country. In 2012, 112 of these campuses shuttered for good, and today, less than half of the University of Phoenix’s peak student population are currently enrolled. With stocks plummeting and critics questioning what the value of such an education was in the first place, will the…
  • The Dos and Dont’s of Modern Resumes

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    Modern Resumes The Dos and Dont’s of Modern Resumes   Today, there aren’t as many resume rules as there used to be. The type of resume that’s ideal for you depends on your job experience and your goals. Ditch the old approach to writing resumes and make yours reflect your best qualities, even if you’re still currently considering undergraduate programs.   Don’t: Make Your Resume Too Long   You’ve probably heard the resume “law” that it shouldn’t be more than one page. For the most part, that’s true, especially if you’ve recently graduated college or…
  • Charitable investment in global education gives communities worldwide the keys to success and new opportunities

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:09 pm
      Education and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Both are key parts of the foundation for change and contribute to enriching lives, instilling a sense of wellbeing, and investing in the vision of a better world for future generations. Most philanthropists make these charitable efforts domestically in the form of endowments and scholarships, but many have recognized the disparity between the wealth of natural resources and the education of the people in developing nations and put their funds into programs that bridge that gap. Several philanthropists, including Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helú,…
  • How To Educate A Nurse For Perfect Healthcare

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • Woman withdraws 6-yr-old daughter from school because alleged sexual assault by another pupil

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
      The girl was allegedly abused by the young pupil both in the playground and at the classroom of the school in Blackburn, Lancashire. But the girl’s mother has criticised school bosses for an apparent lack of action, and says that they made her daughter ‘feel like she was in the wrong.’ Although police have […] Woman withdraws 6-yr-old daughter from school because alleged sexual assault by another pupil is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Woman withdraws 6-yr-old daughter from school because alleged sexual assault by another pupil appeared first on Nigeria Schools…
  • AAUA Pre-degree Programme Admission 2015/2016

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMME of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria for the 2015/2016 Academic Session. PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMMES ON OFFER The Pre-degree programme last for one academic session. Each candidate who successfully completes the programme after adequate counseling will choose from the degree programmes listed hereunder. […] AAUA Pre-degree Programme Admission 2015/2016 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post AAUA Pre-degree Programme Admission 2015/2016 appeared first on…
  • List of Successful Applicants 3rd Edition Presidential Scholarship 2015 (PRESSID)

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    List of successful applicants for the 3rd edition of PRESSID scholarship award out. The names of successful applicants are as indicated below; 1. ABDULHAFIZ, ONIMISI USMAN 2. ABDULHAKEEM, ONIMISI MOMOH 3. ABDULJELIL, IYANIWURA ADIO ADEBOLA 4. ABDULRAHMAN, OLAOBAJU 5. ABIODUN, ADESOLA ADETUNJI 6. ADUNOLA, CHRISTIANA FASHOGBON 7. ALOYSIUS, KENECHUKWU EZEILO 8. ATINUKE, OMOTANWA OLALEYE 9. […] List of Successful Applicants 3rd Edition Presidential Scholarship 2015 (PRESSID) is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post List of Successful Applicants 3rd Edition Presidential Scholarship 2015…
  • TASUED Embark On Mid-Semester Break

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    The Vice Chancellor and the expanded management team on behalf of Senate have approved that all full time students should proceed on mid-session break commencing from Friday 17th April, 2015 to Friday 1st May, 2015. Lectures for the Second Semester will commence on Monday 4th May, 2015. TASUED Embark On Mid-Semester Break is a post […] TASUED Embark On Mid-Semester Break is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post TASUED Embark On Mid-Semester Break appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Get Informed Daily On 2015 Post-UTME Date For Your School

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    We’ve had so many candidates, who are very anxious to know the date their post-UTME aptitude test will be written. The plain fact is nobody knows the date Post-UTME for a particular school is usually conducted because it’s not an event that is usually fixed into the academic calendar of the institution. The school may […] Get Informed Daily On 2015 Post-UTME Date For Your School is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Get Informed Daily On 2015 Post-UTME Date For Your School appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
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  • Advantages of doing Bachelors in USA

    Shambhavi SanghiShetty
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    The Education in USA is attracting the international students for its various universities with academic excellence. Bachelors Programs in USA involves courses that must be completed before students take more complicated courses. Students can apply to US universities for admissions. The advantages of doing bachelors in USA is to earn  degree or certificate as an international students […]
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    New Zealand Educational Consultants in Hyderabad helps students to get universities who want to purse Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing. To get an admission in PG Certificate in Nursing Confluence can help you to achieve it. Post Graduate Certificate In Nursing is a One Year Level 8 (or maybe Over 2 years for Medical Nurse […]
  • Hospitality Education in Switzerland

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    Switzerland Education Consultants in Mumbai helps students to know about the higher education details and take the responsiblity of admission of students into prominent universities. Hospitality Education in Switzerland can be made easy through the Switzerland education consultancy in Switzerland. The Swiss education system is diverse because the constitution of Switzerland delegates the authority for the […]
  • Workshops for personality development

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    Ethics and ethical dilemmas strategies have two major approaches that philosophers use in handling Ethics and ethical dilemmas Workshop. Ethics and ethical dilemmas workshop engages the participants in active learning by analyzing ethical scenarios contributed by behavior analysts all across the country.One approach focuses on the practical consequences of what we do and the other […]
  • Graduate Diploma in International Business

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    To get an admission in Graduate Diploma in International Business, contact New Zealand Educational Consultants in Hyderabad today. Our expert counsellors will guide you through the process. Graduate Diploma in International Business is a 3 semesters full-time programme which is designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than international […]
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    emmanuel obasi
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Menopause is the end of menstruation. The work comes from the Greek mens, meaning monthly and pausis, meaning cessation. Menopause is part of a woman’s natural ageing process when her natural aging process when her ovaries  produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and when she is no longer able to become pregnant. (Blumel et al, 200) Unlike a woman’s first menstruation, which starts on a single day, the changes leading up to menopause happen over several years. The average age for menopause is 52. But menopause commonly happens anytime between the ages of 42 and 56.

    emmanuel obasi
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Corporate Social Responsibility has been perceived and practiced differently by different groups. In time past companies were only responsible to shareholders because they believed that profit making was the sole aim of being in business, Today’s companies are accountable to the shareholders and also owe an obligation to all those in the society who are affected directly or indirectly by their business activities. It is from this obligation to society that the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) emerged. CSR is fast spreading over the world and recently, various methods have…

    emmanuel obasi
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Background to the Study An organization may be profit oriented or non-profit oriented. The fact remains that every organization is made up of four basic resources (i.e. man, material, money and machinery) and its environment. According to Weirich and Koontz (1987) management is a process of designing and maintaining an environment in which individuals working together in groups, efficiently accomplish selected aims. The term ‘environment’ in this definition refers to both internal and external environment. All organization have a two point agenda to improve qualitative (the management of…

    emmanuel obasi
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    One of the recurrent problems of the three-tier system in Nigeria is dwindling revenue generation as characterized by annual budget deficits and insufficient funds for meaningful growth and viable projects development. Local governments are the nearest government to the people at the grassroots in Nigeria; they are strategically located to play a pivotal role in national development. Since they are responsible for the governance of about 70 percent of the population of Nigeria, they are in vantage position to articulate the needs of the majority of Nigerians and formulate strategies for their…

    emmanuel obasi
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY Democratic Control are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decision. Members are the source of all authority in cooperative, the basic unit in democratic control are the members. Decision in democratic control are made jointly by members irrespective of their financial consideration or position without any respect to the amount of shares or others capital interest that he may have in the society, will not make him have more vote/control than other members. The controlled as mentioned as…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • GED Classes in Houston, TX

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Passing the GED test is much easier with test-preparation classes. In Houston, there are many free adult education programs that help test-takers get the experience they need to pass the exam on their first try. With a high school credential, it’s easier to find jobs, apply to vocational training programs in advanced careers, and enroll in college classes. Investing in your education is the best way to get ahead in your career, so take the time to prepare for the GED and it will pay off greatly in the future.Accelerate Texas – Houston Community College555 Community College Dr.Houston,…
  • GED Classes in Chicago, IL

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Getting your GED can lead to a lot more opportunities to find better jobs in Chicago. With your high school credential, you can start at a better entry-level job or enroll in career training and college classes. Approximately 97% of employers and educators consider the GED to be a satisfactory replacement for a traditional high school diploma. There are dozens of free classes to help test-takers do better on the exam, so take advantage of all the resources available to help you pass.Literacy Volunteers of Illinois30 E. Adams St. Suite 1130Chicago, IL 60603312-857-1582http://lvillinois.orgThe…
  • GED Classes in Downtown Los Angeles

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    Taking GED classes is the best way to get prepared to pass the GED exam with less stress. Expert instructors will guide you through the lessons you need to master the test subjects and most of these services are offered for free. The GED is the most widely-recognized substitute for a high school diploma. Getting a high school education can prepare you for a brighter future with a new job, a change in careers, or even college.Los Angeles Trade Technical College400 Washington Blvd.Ground Level Mariposa: Assessment CenterLos Angeles, CA 90015213-763-5576 Los Angeles…
  • GED Classes in Bronx, NY

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The GED diploma is recognized by 97% of employers and educators as the most acceptable alternative to a traditional high school credential. Getting a GED can be a lot easier after you take an adult education class or GED test-prep course. There are tons of resources out there for test-takers to use, and most classes can be completed for free. Here are some of the most popular GED classes in the Bronx.Mercy Center377 East 145th St.Bronx, NY 10454718-993-2789www.mercycenterbronx.orgThe Mercy Center is based in the South Bronx and offers comprehensive adult education services. For English as a…
  • GED Classes in Brooklyn, NY

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Taking GED online classes will help you get the score you need to pass the test on your first try. As the most widely-recognized alternative high school credential, the GED can land you a better job, qualify you for vocational training in a new career, or get you headed in the direction of a college degree. There are so many resources available for GED test-takers. Most adult education classes are offered for free or with a small tuition. Find out how you can get ahead in your education through one of these programs in Brooklyn.The Hope Program One Smith St.Brooklyn, NY…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • SBI PO Reasoning - Cicrcular Table Set

    Ramandeep Singh
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    Directions (Q.1-5) Study the following information and answer the given questions.             Eight chemicals A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, contained in eight different bottles, are placed around a circular table in such a manner that the tap fixed to each bottle is directed outward from the centre of the table. Each chemical is opf a different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • English Vocabulary Quiz - Part 16

    Ramandeep Singh
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    English Vocabulary Quiz for today :- 1. Ravenous a) guarded b) very hungry c) mysterious d) unprepared 2. Inchoate a) not fully formed b) advanced c) separate d) chaotic 3. Pariah a) outcast b) ally c) asociate d) fool 4. Treacherous a) tame b) dramatic c) involving betrayal d) controllable 5. Squander a) lie b) waste c) seize d) protect 6. Avarice a) pride b) average c) greed d)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 18 April 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:27 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. What is the currency of Yemen ? 2. Susanta Lahiri and Kattesh V. Katti received Hevesy Medal Award for which contribution ? 3. India successfully test fired Agni-III ballistic missile from which place ? 4. Who appointed as Ambassador of India to France ? 5. Laureus Sports Awards 2015 ceremony held on 15th April 2015 in which city ? 6.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI PO 2015 Descriptive Essay Writing Topics

    Ramandeep Singh
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    In a series of sharing useful material for SBI PO Preliminary exam, today I am sharing list of important topics for Descriptive essay writing. I will share sample essays in next few days. List of Essay writing topics :- Internet Neutrality - How telecoms companies and TRAI are trying to change the way we use InternetSwachh Bharat Abhiyan - Do you think this scheme made any impact or it was a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Updates for 18 April 2015

    Gagandeep Broot
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Current Affairs Updates for today :- World Hemophilia Day 2015 observedWorld Hemophilia Day 2015 observed in all over the World on 17th April 2015 under the theme of Building a family of support. The day was established in the year 1989 with the help of World Federation of Hemophilia. Time Magazine released the list of 100 most influential peopleTime Magazine released the report of 100 most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    E-Learning Training Solution

  • Five reasons your employees need safety training

    5 Apr 2015 | 10:26 pm
    It's no mystery—organizations that invest in safety training see rewards. From reduction in incidents to workplace efficiency and improvements in morale, the benefits are endless and the pitfalls can be downright deadly. If you're on the fence about getting your employees the training they need, take a look at this list of reasons to start training today. Employees are more than just a line in a ledger Your employees are people. While investments in safety training help reduce costs, everyone—customers included—will experience the value added when workers are treated with respect and…
  • Online Management Training

    6 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    WHAT IS MANAGEMENT? OUR DEFINITION IS SIMPLE   Management means achieving results through the organized collective efforts of people. A wide discrepancy in management abilities exists in the workplace today. At one end of the spectrum are managers who lack the necessary awareness to act effectively in their positions. At the other end of the spectrum are those managers whose clear understanding of key competencies empowers them to achieve great results.   The purpose of this article is to provide the information necessary to bridge the gap between empowered and average managers. “A…
  • The Problem with Management by Dan Macdonald

    2 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    When managers are chosen, the decision is often based on the wrong criteria. Many look to people with strong, charismatic personalities, or passion for personal achievement. They look to people who are commanding or who manage the efforts of others well. Some people even look to physical attributes as an indication of management ability. The misconceptions of what makes a person a good manager are not limited to these factors. They also include our choices of personality characteristics. Some see great managers as people who can mesmerize a crowd with their stage performance, who can make…
  • Online Safety Courses across the Canada

    14 Aug 2013 | 3:16 am
    The biggest challenge from an employer?s point of view for safety training is choosing what courses are required and what courses are recommended. There are so few standards set in the safety training industry that a large number of organizations are trying to fill these gaps like OSSA, ENFORM, & CSA to name a few. There is a dying need for a government agency to take over the safety standards in this country. OH&S creates the legislation, but there isn?t a process for safety training companies to get their courses certified by an accredited organization. This costs industry in wasted time…
  • Creating Online Courses

    28 Jul 2013 | 10:27 pm
    Creating online courses to anyone without experience can seem like an easy task, but the quality of the final course can be extreme good or extremely bad based on your experience with online course development, your expertise in course design and your preparation. From our experience over the years, it is extremely important to include voiceover in all online courses, even if it’s optional, it is the preferred learning style for most. To do this effectively, it’s important to start with the word script, no images, just words that will be used as the voiceover for the course. If you try to…
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    MSB Blog

  • All Rise: MSB-Richfield Paralegal Students Showcase Their Skills

    Stacy Severson
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Danielle Skluzacek and Francisco Moran providing their opening statements Written by Barb Leiran, J.D., Minnesota School of Business Paralegal Program Chair Minnesota School of Business (MSB) paralegal program students Danielle Skluzacek and Francisco Moran participated in a mock trial exercise held at Hamline School of Law. This was a final project presentation for Alternative Dispute Resolution (a required class for the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal program). Danielle Skluzacek demonstrating her litigation skills Students were required to demonstrate various litigation skills such as…
  • Minnesota School of Business Graduate Moves Up the Career Ladder

    Brittney Klingl
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    With the risk of dating herself, Carla Gruenhagen admits that she attended Minnesota School of Business (MSB) back when it was located downtown Minneapolis near the Lumber Exchange Building. There, she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting and business management. Even though it’s been nearly a quarter of a century, Carla’s favorite things about attending MSB still ring true with students today. “I liked the small class sizes and that the teachers were from the working world,” explains Carla. “The real-world examples they taught me were crucial to my…
  • MSB Students Learn Communication Skills from Local Leaders

    Nicole Rasmussen
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Communication is an important aspect of our lives, especially as it relates to our career fields, whether we work with people, children, animals, technology, etc. This need is explored through discussion and action by students in the Professional Communications classes at Minnesota School of Business. Recently, students at Minnesota School of Business (MSB)-Elk River completed an applied learning project which allowed them to focus on specific areas of communication and learn about its importance in a variety of industries. Students were grouped into teams that concentrated on five main…
  • MSB Staff Spotlight: Academic Coordinator Becky Goodroad

    miriam williams
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Minnesota School of Business-Richfield is excited to welcome Becky Goodroad as our newest academic coordinator. Becky has been with Minnesota School of Business for over five years and also works with our Online division. Becky has a talent for advising students and a very compassionate, conversational style. She also has an amazing sense of humor and a down-to-earth personality. “I really wanted to work with students in person, so this position gives me the unique opportunity to do that,” Becky said. She also mentioned that she loves working with students to help them achieve their…
  • Health Care Students Create Event for Good Shepherd

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    By Debra Berglund, Health Care Management Program Chair Casino Night at Good Shepherd When the quarter started, my Case Studies in Health Care Administration class at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud started talking about the applied learning project right away. I wanted the students to make all the decisions as a team, and so I started by having them brainstorm some ideas. One of the students, Melody Hansen, met with Jenny Zimmer at Good Shepherd, and Jenny suggested doing a Casino Night. Melody brought this back to the class, and everyone was in agreement on this being their project.
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • 4 Easy Tips for Collecting Student Homework

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
     “How in the world do I get these kids to turn in their homework?!” In the upper grades, particularly in middle school, getting homework back can be a challenge – especially if you have multiple classrooms of children rotating all day long. Sometimes the kids actually have the homework with them… they just don’t do that final step of turning it in! Here are ideas from my Facebook followers on the homework tactics they use. A homework log If a student doesn’t turn work in, they have to sign and put the reason why. After a certain number of excuses, a parent conference is…
  • Challenging Your Super-Speller Students

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Keeping those top-performers engaged Even a curriculum as straightforward as spelling has opportunities for individualizing. If you have some kids who are totally rocking the weekly spelling test, don’t stress yourself trying to come up with more words… the best approach that I have used is to make the students responsible for challenging themselves! I often have had my students keep a small notebook in their desks where they can collect words. Kids like to find unusual words and when they run across one, they can look up in the dictionary if they don’t understand it and add it to…
  • How to be a Standout Student Teacher, Get Noticed and Get a Job

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Question: How does a student teacher squeeze every last drop of opportunity from their in-classroom, practicum experience? Answer: With a lot of hustle and a willingness to network with everyone in the school! The key is to place yourself into situations as often as possible where the maximum number of teachers can experience your approach to teaching and/or interacting with children. How? By reaching out to children any way you can. The Tale of Miss Franklin I’ve known of student teachers who spent the minimum necessary time in the school and barely any staff even knew they existed.
  • Making Money on Teachers Pay Teachers: 5 Steps to Faster Success

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    This post is by my husband, Scott, who manages all of my online sales and marketing activities. Achieving success in the shortest possible time… that’s our goal when we start selling teaching products on TpT. Before we begin working toward our goal, we need to understand where to put our efforts. We’re going to discuss the building blocks of your business, starting with the most important things, moving outward toward the least important, as far as achieving that TPT success that we want. The Core: Excellent Products And the first one, the very core of your success on TPT is…
  • Helping Kids Own and Love Your Classroom Library

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you want your students to become deeply immersed in your classroom library books? It can be challenging to get kids to look below the top level of your book tubs… that’s why creative teachers need to help their students do a “deep dive” through those hundreds of great books. How? By regularly reorganizing with a classroom full of willing helpers! Your part: Level, categorize and label There’s no perfect system for grouping books. They can be grouped by author, subject, title, genre or even reading level. Often this changes up throughout the year, depending upon my needs. And when…
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    Magical Methods

  • How to Start Your Business in Less than Rs. 10,000/-?

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:49 pm
    In this webinar you would learn the systems and methods by which you would be able to start your business in less than Rs. 10,000/-. The webinar would be conducted by Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Founder, Magical Methods)Date: 20th April 2015Time: 8.00 p.m.Click the Link below to go to Event page and join. Mr. Pradeep Kumar:Mr. Pradeep Kumar is an avid researcher and a remarkable trainer. He has over 25 years experience in industry. His work on Indian Mathematics (Vedic Maths) is most referred work across the country. He trains teachers to teach…
  • Doubt Clearing Session

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    Next Interactive Doubt Clearing Session for Customers who bought the Toddlers Training Kit is on 22nd March 2015. For Details visit
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    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Monday, February 9 at 10.00 a.m.Sector- 31, GurgaonClick the link below to join the event on Facebook and get updates.
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    Attend a Free Webinar and Find out…What Every Parents Should Know About Teaching Maths?To Register visit
  • Mental Maths Ability Test

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Are you a Parents of 5 – 13 years old?Does your Child Count on Fingers?Does your child do a lot of Silly Mistakes?Does your child has problems with multiplication tables (Knows tables up to 9 or 12 only)?Does your child take a lot of time when you ask something orally for e.g 26 + 38?Then Mental Maths of your child is in poor state.Magical Methods bring positive changes to the lives to 300,000 children every year through its network. Magical Methods can HELP you as well. Visit and Register for a Free Mental Maths Ability Test by experts
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    eLearning Infographics

  • 2015 Mobile Learning Trends Infographic

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    2015 Mobile Learning Trends Infographic The 2015 Mobile Learning Trends Infographic explores what role mobiles are playing in shaping up the workplace learning scenario. These trends with mobile learning are evidence to the fact that we are on the brink of a new era of learning – through the mobile device. Flash to HTML5 For years, Flash has ruled mobile content delivery arena. But it’s high time that content designers shunned the legacy approach and embraced HTML5 – the smarter and faster way to render engaging content such as animations and videos to a whole range of mobile…
  • Female Math Pioneers Infographic

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Female Math Pioneers Infographic Since Hypatia made her mark in ancient Alexandria, women have been changing the world with their contributions in mathematics. The Female Math Pioneers Infographic highlights the contributions of nine of the ground breaking women who did their work despite some incredible obstacles. Hypatia (Approx 370- 415 CE ) This Greek mathematician, scholar, and teacher was a sensation with the public, and she paid the ultimate price. One of the leading philosophers of her time, she was murdered by those who opposed free thinking and scientific investigation—…
  • How to Get Kids Excited about Reading Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    How to Get Kids Excited about Reading Infographic More and more parents realize that getting their kids to read becomes a real challenge. The How to Get Kids Excited about Reading Infographic presents the ways parents can facilitate the process of teaching children to read. 1. Read to your toddlers early and often. Songs and nursery rhymes are a great way to attract kids’ interest. Make it a fun, interactive activity by teaching them to clap hands in time to the rhyming words and accented syllables. Talk about the meaning of short stories. Get kids involved in the plot and characters. 2.
  • The European MOOCs Scoreboard Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    The European MOOCs Scoreboard Infographic The world of MOOCs is dynamic and growing, and Open Education Europa aims to be the leading online resource for open education innovation. The aim of the European MOOCs Scoreboard Infographic is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of OER and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs available on different open websites. European MOOCs are those provided by European institutions, regardless of the platform that hosts them. All of the MOOCs accounted for in the scoreboard…
  • How to Teach Children Organization Skills Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    How to Teach Children Organization Skills Infographic Organization and time management don’t always come easily for kids. Organizational skills are something you may have to teach your grade-schooler. The How to Teach Children Organization Skills Infographic presents some simple lessons to help your grade school child get organized. Lesson 1: Recognize “wants” vs. “needs.” Goal: Sort out and prioritize what s/he wants to do vs. what s/he needs to do. Example: Your child does homework first. Playing with friends comes later Lesson 2: Take one out, put one in. Goal: Keep messes from…
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  • 35 French Gay Slang Words you need to Know Right Now

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    No matter where you go gay lingo will always be colorful, witty, unabashed, and quite delightful. It’s no different in French. French gay-speak is generally translated from English/American gay slang, and as with its heterosexual counterpart, it is best to know a thing or two about it, whatever your... The post 35 French Gay Slang Words you need to Know Right Now appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 10 Uncommon French Pastries You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet

    11 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    Attention pastry lovers! A parade of heavenly French pastries is coming your way. Or at least on-screen, anyway. However, prepare to feast your eyes on cakes and pastries that you probably haven’t tried, or even heard of, on your side of the planet. French pastries are so diverse that unless you liv... The post 10 Uncommon French Pastries You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Special episode: Sex and the French – Podcast 50

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    Here is the 50th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: Sex and the French How to learn French “in bed” Some French Words and expressions. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to... The post Special episode: Sex and the French – Podcast 50 appeared first on Talk in French.
  • French School System Part 6: The future (le futur)

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Here is the 49th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: French School System Part 6: The future (le futur) How to prepare the oral part for the DELF B2. Some French Words and expressions. Right click here an... The post French School System Part 6: The future (le futur) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • French School System Part 5: University (l’université)

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Here is the 48th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: French School System Part 5: L’université (University) How to learn the Demonym (Parisian, German…) – Gentilé. + I shared a silly (bu... The post French School System Part 5: University (l’université) appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • The Powers of Flowers: Stress, Image, and Brain Improvements

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Flowers are drawn with nature's artistic hand across a landscape canvas. With bright colors flowers offer something more than a beautiful landscape but a tantalizing feast for our eyes and food for our soul. There is something inherent in flowers that brighten our day and help us think about how beautiful the wild can really be.Flowers are a powerful representation of emotion and beauty. They are so powerful that those who hold onto a bunch of flowers seem to have a positive aura about them. Consider a study of male and female hitchhikers holding onto flowers. Men holding flowers got a ride…
  • The Effects of Accounting Practices on Derivative Based Earnings Volatility

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Accounting practices can have a large impact on risk management. Understanding hedging and derivatives volatility is important for corporate investors and banks that want to reduce risks and meet investor expectations. Because derivatives and hedging can cause calamity for banks, businesses, and societal stakeholders they make a solid subject for research. A study by Dr. Drakopoulou extended prior research on corporate risk management activities of BHCs and may effect social change by presenting new evidence on the effects of SFAS 133 economic hedges on earnings volatility. Abstract:The goal…
  • Trust? Trusting the Internet Collective over Individuals and Institutions

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    A new generation of people have been raised in an environment where the fundamentals of trust between individuals and institutions are breaking down. Despite this downward trend people seem to trust the collective opinions of others on the Internet and use this information to make personal choices in their lives. The trust factor may be eroding but it isn't too late for people to consider its what this means for business and society.A general survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago and analyzed in the Washington Post offers some interesting data on whether people can be trusted…
  • The Benefits of Big Data and Forecasting in Today's Economy

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Forecasting is a prediction of some future event. It is used as a mechanism for strategic planning in most industries but is pronounced in marketing, economics, human resources and investing that rely on future predictions to determine the best courses of actions. Forecasting affords the ability to understand market risks as companies seek to stay ahead of changes and adjust their processes to meet market challenges.Forecasting can be simple or it can be complex. Typically methodologies use formulas and strict processes to ensure they are giving fair weight and evaluation to the necessary…
  • San Diego Becomes gets Exposure as “Smart” City in National Geographic Documentary

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    San Diego is being filmed as one of the “World’s Smart Cities” creating international buzz for innovation, craft beers, coastline, parks, and management. The program will be aired internationally on the National Geographic Channel and raises public awareness of the benefits to live, work and invest in San Diego. Modern cities are known for their local industries and lifestyles. For example Seattle and coffee, Detroit and cars, and Cancun and vacation are tied together in consumer minds. Once these associations become embedded they will influence consumer impressions in a way that…
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  • The 3 Keys to the PARCC ELA Assessment

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    If you’re currently teaching the Common Core ELA Standards, you’re already teaching students to think critically and to look at building their reading and writing skills in new ways. The PARCC ELA assessments are aligned to the Common Core standards you’re already teaching. Those standards just come in the form of intimidating question types such as EBSRs and TECRs. While it may seem like you have to do a lot of teaching to help students figure out all of these question types, you don’t. If you want students to be successful on the PARCC ELA assessments, particularly those that deal…
  • 4 Ways Libraries Benefit Kids

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    In April, we celebrate National Library Week. It’s week to stop and consider how important libraries are to our schools and communities. In this digital age, it may be hard to understand why libraries are still important. Kids don’t need to head to the library to find books for research – they can just look up the information online. Even though the look and use of libraries are changing, they still offer a lot of benefits to kids these day. They Provide Equal Access to Resources For people who have regular access to computers, smartphones, and tablets, the library may not seem like…
  • 15 Best Common Core-Based Apps for Kids

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    Lots of apps claim to align with the Common Core, but many fail to live up to the level of the standards. Rather than testing out Common Core aligned apps on your own, we’ve found some of the top apps for you to try out in the classroom or at home. In order to make our list, apps had to encourage kids to think critically and work creatively to master the standards. If you’re just looking for a way to keep track of all of the standards, a few apps stand out: MasteryConnect takes the Common Core standards and organizes them by state. It also includes state standards for science and social…
  • Mastering PARCC Math

    14 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Spring has sprung and with it comes testing season. Over the next few months, students across multiple states will be taking on the new, two-part PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Although PARCC’s computer-based administration and question styling may look different from previous tests, it still aligns to the Common Core State Standards, the learning goals for the majority of U.S. classrooms. Below we’ve highlighted a sampling of PARCC-style items to help you familiarize students with the types of math tasks they will encounter this spring. Find…
  • How to Use Dr. Seuss in the Social Studies Classroom

    William Campione
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    One of the best ways to ensure that students retain and comprehend historical information is to use references from their prior experiences and pop culture. It’s especially helpful when students can be surprised by the historical connections in things that are a part of their everyday life. One such childhood memory that can be mined for historical understanding is Dr. Seuss. The famous children’s writer has numerous books, cartoons, and animated stories that have deep historical meaning and applications in the social studies curriculum. Below is a sampling of how Dr. Seuss can be…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • Latest Campus Dining Trends for College Students (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    It’s really important for students to eat healthy meals. They need fuel for their minds and bodies to function properly, but this fuel must not be taken from pizzas and Cokes. There are alternatives, and they’re usually based on unprocessed, raw foods. It’s now easier and cheaper than ever to eat healthy, so why not give it a try to see how it goes? Believe it or not, a veggie salad with shrimp and yoghurt dressing for lunch is a lot healthier and equally filling than a MigMac with fries and full-fat sweet-sour dressing. The post Latest Campus Dining Trends for College Students appeared…
  • A Quest for the Perfect College Major (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    If you are currently struggling with deciding on a major, or having regrets about the one you may have chosen, relax! The post A Quest for the Perfect College Major appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 6 Careers for People Who Like to Plan and Organize (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Planning and organizing skills come in handy in many professions, but as you see, it is possible to build successful careers around them as well. What other professions would you add to the list? The post 6 Careers for People Who Like to Plan and Organize appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Why Should You Opt for a Business English Language Course? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Taking a business language course is a good idea for anyone who wants to succeed in business, regardless of your native language. Taking one can help improve your written and verbal communication, your language skills, and help you succeed in the business world. The post Why Should You Opt for a Business English Language Course? appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to Fail a Class (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    Getting straight A’s in college is important, but not nearly as important as what you could be doing instead of going to class, studying, and doing homework. College is full of useless things. Memorization skills? Who needs that? Reading and comprehension? Psh! General knowledge and information about daily life and the world? Boring! The post How to Fail a Class appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Social Media In Schools: Why bother?

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    I am excited to present at the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals conference later this month.  The focus of my session is on how social media can be used to enhance adult and student learning.  If you’re a social media regular, this is a message that you are more than likely familiar with.  However, we still have a large number of educators and leaders who are hesitant to capitalize on social media for the benefit of their schools. I think this hesitancy comes from a lack of confidence with technology and worries about the potential negatives of social media.  If we…
  • Are you a resilient educator?

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Are you a resilient educator?  How do you respond when things don’t go your way?  This week was challenging for me.  I’ll spare the specifics, but I’m finishing the day wondering where things went wrong this week.  The most alarming part of having a bad day or week is the feeling of losing control.  How can you get that control back?  Here are a few suggestions that might help.  I’m going to try and take my own advice. Put Your Day or Week in Context Everyone has their moments.  Was this day or week an anomaly?  Unless you’ve started a new pattern of behavior, next week…
  • Fostering the Standards for Mathematical Practice

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    Since the adoption of the Common Core Standards, many states have been working to foster math instruction that incorporates the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  These standards are viewed as the key practices that need to be in place in every math classroom, every day: 1.  Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2.  Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3.  Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4.  Model with mathematics. 5.  Use appropriate tools strategically. 6.  Attend to precision. 7.  Look for and make use of structure. 8.  Look for…
  • Maryland Governor Seeking Charter School Revisions

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is proposing significant changes to state charter school laws.  Yesterday, a hearing on House Bill 486 was held in Annapolis.  While the political rhetoric associated with the charter school movement is complex, it should be clear that conservatives and liberals stand on both sides of the issue.  Charter schools are supported by both Democrats and Republicans. In general, advocates of charter schools want to encourage innovative teaching and creative approaches to reaching underserved students.  That is a laudable goal and one that is certainly shared by…
  • What does a literacy-rich classroom look like?

    13 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Early literacy efforts are, needless to say, an ongoing concern for school districts across the US and the world.  The pendulum on what methodology is best has swung in enough directions to make the average teacher dizzy.  What constitutes good reading instruction? The International Reading Association adopted standards in 2005 that are research-based and worth revisiting.  The IRA recommends that effective early childhood educators: Recognize the importance of language and literacy experiences relative to achievement Integrate early literacy experiences into the curriculum Connect…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Learn to Succeed – One Wilderness Trip at a Time

    Renee Igo
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I was not allowed to cook often at home because I made too much of a mess. So I learned to cook on trips in the wilderness. First pancakes and macaroni, now cinnamon rolls and smoked fish. Turns out the woods is the perfect place to make a mess. Whether I was traveling with friends,... The post Learn to Succeed – One Wilderness Trip at a Time appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Why Teachers Recommend Outward Bound

    Caroline Callahan
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    This year, I have discovered math is still the most dreaded subject among middle school students. I have shifted gears after a successful summer and have been working in the world of classroom education teaching math and science. I have found that it is both remarkably similar, and vastly different, from the outdoor education at... The post Why Teachers Recommend Outward Bound appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Changing the Lives of Troubled Teens, One Trip at a Time

    Caroline Callahan
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    It has been raining. It looks like it will probably rain again soon. The sky is a textured, pocked surface, and thunder is beginning to rumble threateningly in the distance. We have just left our lunch spot and are trying to paddle some significant miles before our day is over. The weather has other plans... The post Changing the Lives of Troubled Teens, One Trip at a Time appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • How Wilderness Programs Provide Help For At Risk Youth

    Renee Igo
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    A student stands knee-deep in a swamp, staring at a canoe. The swamp is the sort that is too thick to paddle through, yet too thin to walk on. Black mud sucks shoes in and releases decaying smells. The canoe is the nearly indestructible sort favored by non-profits or handed down through family generations. It... The post How Wilderness Programs Provide Help For At Risk Youth appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • The Most Frequently Asked Question

    Renee Igo
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    On Day One, everyone’s nervous. The students, quietly unloading their luggage at a campsite seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The instructors, trying to break the ice with the quiet students. The parents, waiting for a final call or text before a phone is turned off for maybe longer than it’s ever been off before.... The post The Most Frequently Asked Question appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We often get questions from students who are worried about committing accidental plagiarism. It’s really easy to do this by forgetting to add citations when you paraphrase or directly quote other people. However, it’s really important to make sure you do this! Failing to cite everything properly can get you into a lot of trouble. Follow the steps below to make sure you are not plagiarising by mistake! Always Credit Citations Have you added a citation every time you have mentioned someone else’s idea or work? Go through and check! Use Your Referencing Guidelines Do your…
  • Citing a Book in MLA Style

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you are citing secondary resources in your work you need to make sure that you reference them properly. If you don’t know which referencing style you are using, go and check! If you are using MLA referencing style to cite a book, this is how you will need to do it: In-Text (Author page number) For example: Some critics argue that here, Shakespeare is making a point about gender (Smith 72). Note that for MLA style you don’t need to use a comma between the author and page number. Reference List Smith, J. What Shakespeare Meant to Say, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Prepositions- On, For

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here is a notice I saw in a shop near my house. So what is wrong with it? Sure, we can work out that fish in this shop is likely to be cheaper at the moment but, to a native English speaker, the image that springs to mind is of a fish out shopping and very pleased to find that they get a super good deal in this shop. Prepositions OK, time to get technical. What exactly is the problem with this sign? It’s all to do with preposition use. Here the shop owner has used ‘for’. This suggests that a fish will receive a special offer. In the same way, we might say: ‘I have a…
  • How To Include Long Quotes in Essays

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all know that the best way to quote in essays is to keep it short and snappy, right? If possible, you should include the quote inside your sentence: Smith supports this point, stating that ‘readers generally get bored with long chunks of quoted text’. However, there are going to be times when you feel you have to include a quote in full. Perhaps it has several points that you want to discuss. So how should you do this? Style Guide The first point of call is to check your style guide. Most universities use the Harvard guide, but APA, Chicago, and MLA are all common too. Most law…
  • The Oxford Comma

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    The Oxford comma, sometimes also called the serial comma, is used to clear up confusion in sentences with lists. It’s really up to you whether you use it or not but for academic texts it can be useful. I prefer to use it as it just makes sure that you are being clear. Take the following popular example: We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin. Now, without the Oxford comma, it looks as if you are saying that JFK and Stalin are the strippers! So, we would write: We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin. This makes it clear that JFK and Stalin have been invited as well as the strippers.
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    The Edvocate

  • Where does Hillary Clinton stand on K-12 schools?

    The Edvocate
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    Read the entire Hillary Clinton and Education series here. This is one of a series of posts on Hillary Clinton and her stance on education issues. To see all the posts in this series, click here. A lot has changed since the days that Hillary Clinton was in the role of First Lady, and that is certainly the case when it comes to education. The hot button issues today when it comes to K-12 learning are vastly different from even 8 years ago when she first launched a Presidential run. So where does the former First Lady, and potentially future Commander in Chief, stand when it comes to educating…
  • Where does Hillary Clinton stand on universal preschool?

    The Edvocate
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Read the entire Hillary Clinton and Education series here. Education is always a hot-topic in Presidential Election years but get ready for it to be one of the premier issues in 2016, fueled by unhappiness about Common Core Standards and the rising cost of a college education. Though those two subjects will certainly take the spotlight, expect another important issue to emerge: universal preschool. As the demands grow for what American students need to learn in the K-12 grades, policymakers are recognizing the need to start that structured learning process even earlier but not all families…
  • Where does Hillary Clinton stand on higher education?

    The Edvocate
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    Read the entire Hillary Clinton and Education series here.  It’s no secret that the cost of going to college is rising. Pair the escalating price with the fact that more students than ever are graduating with degrees, and the cost of higher education in the U.S. is often questioned. Is it really worth it to go? Of course the statistics tell us that college graduates in general do better financially over their lifetimes than high school graduates (who in turn, do better than high school dropouts). The amount of that difference in price more than makes up for whatever students pay off in…
  • Year-Round Schooling: Why it’s Time to Change

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    When public schools first started popping up in the U.S., they were considered secondary to other hands-on pursuits. Learning to read, write and perform basic arithmetic in classrooms was not equal to or greater than the actual work of building the nation and keeping up family farms. Even when a basic public school education became a relative priority, the school calendar revolved around agriculture – a necessity of the American way of life. Three months off in the summer months was not mandated because students needed “down time” or free creative play or time to decompress from the…
  • Life Skills, Cloud Technology and Branding: K-12 Trends for 2014 — Part I

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Even though the traditional K-12 calendar is over, the summer is a time for reflection and goal-setting for educators. The year 2013 has certainly seen a lot of advancement in pedagogy and technology in the classroom, but 2014 is poised for even more changes. While every district, school and individual classroom operates in its own way, these are some sweeping trends that will impact K-12 education across the board. Today I look at three of those trend in the first part of this three-part series. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on these trends in the comment section as well. Life…
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    CTET Preparation

  • CBSE CTET 2015 results expected on or before 01 April 2015

    NIIT Litmus
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    CBSE has released the answer keys for CTET Feb 2015 :How to check the answer keysLog on to the official website of CTET at on the tab ‘Answer Keys CTET FEB 2015′.Answer keys for Paper I and Paper II would flash on screen.Candidates may download and save the same.  The final results will be declared on or before 01 April 2015 on the official website. CTET Feb 2015 was conducted at 988 centers in 100 cities where 7.4 lakh candidates were registered. 
  • CTET Exam Schedule

    NIIT Litmus
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:20 pm
      Paper II Paper I DATE OF EXAMINATION 22.02.2015 22.02.2015 a) Entry in the Examination Hall 8:45 13:15 b) Checking of Admit Cards 09:00 to 09:15 13:30 to 13:45 c) Distribution of Test Booklet 9:15 13:45 d) Seal of the Test Booklet to be broken/opened to take out the Answer Sheet 9:25 13:55 e) Last Entry in the Examination Hall 9:30 14:00 f) Test Commences 9:30 14:00 g) Test Concludes 12:00 16:30
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • Skills That Your Child Will Master in Kindergarten: A Handbook

    Lynda Way
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Kindergarten provides a critical knowledge and skill set base that students use throughout their academic careers. The school year brings new academic expectations as well as lots of excitement and opportunities for growth. The following details the skills that students … Read More The post Skills That Your Child Will Master in Kindergarten: A Handbook appeared first on .
  • Easter Fun: 7 Ideas to Dye Vibrant Eggs with Your Child

    Lynda Way
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Dying Easter eggs is a fun way to get your little ones involved in the Easter festivities. The more vibrant the eggs, the more likely it is that you’ll keep your children interested. The following seven ideas will keep you … Read More The post Easter Fun: 7 Ideas to Dye Vibrant Eggs with Your Child appeared first on .
  • Teach Your Child to Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

    Lynda Way
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    In a digital age where children have numerous options for entertainment on TV and on the computer, many of them don’t spend as much time outside as past generations. Teaching your child to enjoy the beauty of nature must be … Read More The post Teach Your Child to Enjoy the Beauty of Nature appeared first on .
  • 10 Fun Good Behavior Games for Preschoolers

    Lynda Way
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Behavior games are an ideal way to teach children how to act in various situations. The following details 10 great games to use at home with your kids: Build a train. Construct a train out of boxes that are large … Read More The post 10 Fun Good Behavior Games for Preschoolers appeared first on .
  • 9 Adorable Photos You Need to Save in Your Toddler Album

    Lynda Way
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Capturing memories in photographs is an excellent way to preserve memories. With today’s digital technology, parents are able to take pictures in various environments and add them to memory and scrap books. They can capture several different milestones as well … Read More The post 9 Adorable Photos You Need to Save in Your Toddler Album appeared first on .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • Pinch Points and the Panicked Teacher

    Angela Stockman
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane I’ve spent this week leading lesson studies with primary level teachers who are just beginning to implement writer’s workshop. Nearly every step of our journey together reinforced an important realization that I made quite a few years ago: the most gifted teachers I’m acquainted with know how to help students navigate their own learning without [...] The post Pinch Points and the Panicked Teacher appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 7 Words Educators Need to Reclaim

    Angela Stockman
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane There are a good many things that frighten me about the field of education right now, but few things bother me more than the fact that many people are throwing the words of our profession around with reckless abandon. Words matter, and we need to consider them carefully. Our profession matters, and the words we [...] The post 7 Words Educators Need to Reclaim appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • High School Grades: High Stakes and High Costs for Families

    Angela Stockman
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane Samara is a great English student. She plays by the rules, working hard to complete every assignment her teachers give her to the very best of her ability, staying after school for extra help several times each week, and studying diligently for every quiz and test given. She also has a very hard working teacher. [...] The post High School Grades: High Stakes and High Costs for Families appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Are New Teachers Confused by Misconceptions of Greatness?

    Mark Barnes
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane New teachers are so quick to give veterans the “great teacher” label. Some hand it out as thoughtlessly as doctors, passing out stickers to toddlers after their yearly well visits. One new teacher I know was preparing for her second year in the profession. In a recent conversation, she zealously told me how she was getting [...] The post Are New Teachers Confused by Misconceptions of Greatness? appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 9 (More) Inventive and Fun Activities for Learning

    Forrest Miller
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane 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 [...] The post 9 (More) Inventive and Fun Activities for Learning appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    The Montessori Group

  • Nutrition & Health News for Families

    Montessori Group
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    Stress-Free Dinners Getting dinner on the table every night is stressful for families. Between the school schedule, nightly homework, sports and everyday life, it is tempting to grab dinner from a fast food drive through. But with a little planning, you can make easy, healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy. Here are a […]
  • Eight Essential Ingredients For A Child’s Mental Health

    Cindy Thomas
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Love Every child needs to feel loved and wanted, that he matters very much to someone, and that there are people near him who care what happens to him. Security Every child needs to know that his home is a good, safe place he can feel secure about, that his parents or other protective adults […]
  • Bringing Montessori Home

    Staci Jensen
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    As a parent and a teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom, I have noticed a glaring disparity between my 7-year-old daughter’s behavior at home and at school. She does fine, independent work in her Montessori school environment, yet, when handed a broom after a mealtime at home, tearfully claims she does not know how […]
  • Positive Side of a Montessori School

    Montessori Group
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Only you can know what kind of preschool is right for your child. If you’re considering Montessori for your child, let’s discover some of the positive aspects of The Montessori Method. Add this infographic from Naudain Academy to your website by copying and pasting the following embed code: Positive Side of a Montessori School [Infographic] […]
  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

    Montessori Group
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    The kindergarten year of the Montessori program is essential for unlocking a child’s full potential. Colleagues from AMS-accredited schools explain why retaining students through the Montessori kindergarten year is essential. The Montessori Group is an association of Montessori schools, dedicated to providing quality Montessori education for students’ ages 1-12. We emphasize loving, prepared Montessori environments, […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • Pastries with Parents

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Mrs. Wright’s 3-6 class had a great time at Pastries with Parents this week! Parents, grandparents and friends joined us as we spent the morning singing, dancing, laughing and enjoying some wonderful pastries. Thank you to all who joined us! Here are some highlights. Watch the Performance!
  • Alumni Spotlight: Justin Dougherty

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Justin Dougherty, IHM Class of 2003 Justin attended Indian Harbour Montessori through 6th grade. After attending IHM he went on to graduate from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, where he played lacrosse, football and was involved in orchestra. After High School he attended the Coast Guard Academy, where he was on the dean’s list five semesters […]
  • Jimmy Sawgrass Visits IHM

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    What a phenomenal time our students had at a recent presentation by Jimmy Sawgrass! Stories and dances, buffalo rugs and bear hugs! Such a great learning experience! Watch the Presentation Post by Especially For Children & Indian Harbour Montessori. Native American Festivals Be sure to check out upcoming Native American Festivals that Jimmy Sawgrass will […]
  • Music All Around This World

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Indian Harbour Montessori 3rd & 4th grade students are currently studying a unit in Music called Music All Around This World. Each week, we travel to a new country in South America and learn about the culture and music of the people who call that country home. The first week we learned about the Cueca, […]
  • IHM invites you to: Jimmy Sawgrass

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    All children ages 3 years – 6th grade will participate in our Jimmy Sawgrass assembly in the gym. Parents & grandparents are invited and encouraged to join us for this educational, exciting presentation and demonstration. Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:30 am There will be face painting, historical story telling, and traditional demonstrations in the […]
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    Make Money Online With Shahnawaz

  • Mobile Cpa Marketing – $2 000 per day step-by-step formula (Blueprint)

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Hey guys , I hope you all are doing good before going any further I just wanted apologize for being absent so long.I was working on my own product and launched is successfully by your wishes. I am here today to write a guide on Mobile CPA Marketing. The method I am going to recommend you is know as CPA... The post Mobile Cpa Marketing – $2 000 per day step-by-step formula (Blueprint) appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • How To Make Money Online From Home Fast – No Scam

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    It is a practice wherein one business.the most important business pays a commission prices can be rather high there are quite a few distinctive strategies that can be utilized to make you an helpful affiliate markets. for examples record a high quality video exactly where yo demonstrate rate an affiliate product upload to YouTube along with your link you tube... The post How To Make Money Online From Home Fast – No Scam appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • CPA Marketing:A Step By Step Guide For Beginners {Free Tips}

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    CPA Marketing Guide For Beginners As the name suggest that I am going to write on a CPA marketing which is already well know among the internet marketers. If you are already making $100 a day like other expert CPA marketers then you will be going to increase your income after reading this tutorial. And if you are new or beginner... The post CPA Marketing:A Step By Step Guide For Beginners {Free Tips} appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • How To Make Money Online With Bing Ads Fast – Step By Step

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    How To Make Money Online With Bing Ads I am going to share you one of my technique today. Last couple of weeks I have been testing the bing ads and trying to make money online with bing ads. I am sure you want to know how was my testing right Guys It’s been superb experience working on Bing Ads.... The post How To Make Money Online With Bing Ads Fast – Step By Step appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit Welcome guys , Today I picked a topic “How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide” to help people who are looking to get free traffic on affiliate link and to get some good stats in analytics. We have heard a lot that if that we can manage to... The post How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • How to Trace/Draw on Slides in Slideshow view

    FPPTP Admin
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Imagine that you are in love with an object on slide that you want to trace into a silhouette, or make it more like a hand drawn, how would you do that in PowerPoint? How to draw on slides in PowerPoint? Well! PowerPoint doesn’t come with all features we imagine to make out of our slides but it does have some features that can be used to make the imaginations come to reality and one of that feature we are going to explore today is called “annotations”. Annotations are the highlighting options we use while presenting the presentation in slideshow view. Follow below steps to trace/draw…
  • Picture Slides for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    PowerPoint provides you many ways to creatively showcase your pictures. You can Insert shapes and fill them up with your pictures or use placeholders instead. But there is a complete turn around way where you can make your pictures more appealing and it is done by custom picture placeholders. With Custom Picture Placeholders you can create amazing Picture Slides within PowerPoint. Very soon we will be showing you how to make custom picture placeholders in our upcoming learning series PowerPoint 2020 As of today’s post is concerned — we are listing a presentation that has 5 slides with…
  • Create Fireworks in PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Here is an easy video tutorial by Nuts and Bolts Speed Training, this video helps you learn how to create fireworks in PowerPoint   The post Create Fireworks in PowerPoint appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Free Happy Birthday PowerPoint Template Card

    FPPTP Admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Greeting a friend with a greeting card on his/her birthday makes moment refreshing and lovable, but creating a greeting at quick is not that easy, so if you are in rush and got no enough time to create a greeting card then this download is especially for you. The download you download contains a presentation, open it and change the fill the square shape (has picture) with your picture and type in your name at the bottom. There is also a phrase in slide that you can rewrite, the animations are automatic and there is also a peaceful music that plays in background. You can export the slide as…
  • Free 4000 Clip Arts for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    As promised by us on March 1st 2015, we have sent the free collection of 4000 clip arts to the users who’ve subscribed to our newsletter. If anyone who’ve subscribed to our newsletter and yet didn’t find our mail for free download, please check your spam/junk folders, if you still don’t find them do mail us at We hope you like the clip arts, more and more free downloads are on the way and more and more tutorials to keep you on track are getting ready to enlist in our website, so stay subscribed and stay creative. The post Free 4000 Clip Arts for…
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • QuickReader Review

    Mark Ways
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    iOS eBook Reader app with speed reading functionThere has always been a market for apps that do something just a little bit different from the others, and that is exactly what QuickReader provides in the field of speed reading apps.What this clever little program offers is essentially a two part program:HighlightsAccess to well over 2 million free books (and counting, according to developer Inkstone Mobile) once the app has been installed on your device, essentially giving you a lifetimes worth of books for just $4.99.The ability to fully customize any setting within the app to cater to your…
  • ReadQuick Review

    Mark Ways
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am
    iOS app to speed read webpages, Pocket, Instapaper reading listsReadQuick is marketed as being one of the premier apps available within the speed reading market, and one of the most unique as it teaches the user speed reading in a way that is apparently like no other.These are bold claims to make by the developer Action Now Ltd, but how does ReadQuick actually work in practice?Well, like this:It takes any selected article, book, newspaper, magazine and then converts into a recognized format.It then flashes the publication back at you on screen one word at a time.The speed of reading back is…
  • Acceleread App Review

    Mark Ways
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    Acceleread Speed Reading Trainer for iPad and iPhoneAcceleread has enjoyed over 500k downloads ever since it came onto the market as an app that actually taught you how to read quicker on a variety of formats, be they paperback or electronic.Published by Bananabox Inc, this impressive little application utilizes several techniques in its quest for greater reading rates. These are highlighted below:How does it work?Upon start up, the app trainer measures your initial reading rate and then suggests methods for you to improve by placing you on a suitable course.There are three levels; beginner,…
  • What Are the Best Speed Reading Apps?

    Mark Ways
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Enjoy fast reading with apps for iPhone, Android and MacsProcessing and displaying written information in the fastest way possible is the core concept of many speed reading apps for mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones.The market has been very active over the last few years with innovative new technologies coming up such as Spritz.However, what are actually their benefits and do they help become you a faster reader?You can group these programs into:1. Apps that visualize written material for faster processing of text. 2. Apps that teach you techniques and increase speed as well as…
  • Ultimate Spelling Review 2015

    Mark Ways
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Spelling software for children with a focus on gaming and activitiesHaving an ‘expansive vocabulary’ seems to be one of the key phrases of today. It will make you stand out even more if you can spell these words too, and, as with most things associated with the modern world, the sooner you do so, the better!Teaching yourself how to spell as an adult is a relatively smooth and, generally undaunting journey. But for children? This process can be a little more challenging. Ultimate Spelling 2015 is here to apparently help make that proposition a little less challenging for parents, all the…
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    CITE » Blog

  • Dowling Doctorate Open House

    John Russo
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    You could already be 20% finished with your Doctorate! We will be holding Open House meetings for our new doctorate cohort with Dowling College.  The meetings will be held on: […] The post Dowling Doctorate Open House appeared first on CITE.
  • New Dates for DASA Workshop

    John Russo
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    We’re adding new dates for the DASA workshop. If you’re looking to get certified, you need to take this. Brooklyn: May 30 8:00am-3pm May 31 8:00am-3pm June 20 8:00am-3pm June 21 8:00am-3pm August […] The post New Dates for DASA Workshop appeared first on CITE.
  • School Leadership Advice (5 Tips)

    John Russo
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Dr. Hawkins makes sure that his St. Rose Administration students take practical wisdom with them, when they graduate, to help in every-day situations. Graduates of the CITE/ St. Rose administration […] The post School Leadership Advice (5 Tips) appeared first on CITE.
  • 5 School Leadership Mantras

    John Russo
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ask a graduate of the College of St. Rose Administration program how the CITE/ St. Rose School Leadership program prepared them for their administration job, and more often than not they […] The post 5 School Leadership Mantras appeared first on CITE.
  • Permanent School Counselor Certification

    John Russo
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    How do I get permanent school counselor certification? This is a question we hear a lot, so we’re publishing this post to help answer it. To get your PROVISIONAL certification, […] The post Permanent School Counselor Certification appeared first on CITE.
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    DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar

  • Policy Boot Camp | Vision India Foundation

    DU Khabar
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Vision India Foundation (VIF) is a non-profit initiative by faculty and alumni of various IITs. VIF is a platform which offers the brightest youth of the country, avenues to participate in the modern nation building movement. Current projects are spread over six Indian states and cover varied focus areas like e-governance, rural development, grassroots research, ... Policy Boot Camp | Vision India Foundation is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post Policy Boot Camp | Vision India Foundation appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Post Grad to Post Grad

    DU Khabar
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:11 pm
      ” I am a graduate and still not confident to work in a professional environment. ” This is the story of every youngster after he/she graduates. He might be the topper of the class, however, still shudders at the thought of working in a corporate world. AIESEC in Delhi University’s Global Talent Program, is ... Post Grad to Post Grad is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post Post Grad to Post Grad appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Spic Macay Chapter of Miranda House

    DU Khabar
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY), Miranda House Chapter presents a three day long event – a festival of classical and folk music and dance. Indulge your finer tastes and drown your aural senses in unprecedented melody, harmony, talent and technique with the Spic Macay Event at ... Spic Macay Chapter of Miranda House is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post Spic Macay Chapter of Miranda House appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • The Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 | Hansraj College

    DU Khabar
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Embarked on a journey with a vision to use the power of entrepreneurship for the benefit of the society, Enactus Hansraj, a non-profit organisation, is a society of Hans Raj College that plans and implements business models with a socio-economic impact. A team of 50 enthusiastic students, Enactus Hansraj has successfully executed projects like Project ... The Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 | Hansraj College is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post The Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 | Hansraj College appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Here is the kick-start to your Digital Career. Know How?

    DU Khabar
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:51 am
    Eyebridge Soft Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is excited to announce the launch of Eyebridge School of Arts and Communication, best industry oriented certification program in Delhi. eSAC is the result of years of initiatives aimed to provide Professional certification program on Digital Industry. This institute is held in stewardship by the 10 years of digital industry ... Here is the kick-start to your Digital Career. Know How? is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post Here is the kick-start to your Digital Career. Know How? appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • Presenting: Top 10 Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies

    Shaun Killian
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Check out this slide show based on our very popular article Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies.   Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies from Shaun Killian Enjoy and share! The post Presenting: Top 10 Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies appeared first on Pinnacle Education.
  • Quality Teachers: The Government’s Plan To Improve Graduates Classroom Readiness

    Shaun Killian
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Last week, the Australian Government released its response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers. The Government commissioned the report to inform the strategies it will adopt to improve the quality of future teachers. Both the report and the response have noble intentions to produce quality teachers, and they touch on the right areas.   However, I fear the Government’s plan will not be followed. Here is a quick snapshot of the report, the response and the reasons why I believe it is doomed to fail. I hope I am wrong.  …
  • 7 Things A School Principal Can Do To Boost Student Results

    Shaun Killian
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
      We now know that teachers have more impact on school results than home or school-based factors. However, can principals make a real difference in how well students do at school? The short answer is yes. Yet, not all principals do. The reality is there are certain actions that a school principal can do that have a significant effect on student achievement, while other actions have little, if any, impact at all. After reviewing the research, here are 7 proven things you can do to improve student results.   Focus Focus your leadership: Principals have so many demands on their time…
  • Audit Results Released: A Snapshot Of What Is Wrong With Teacher Training

    Shaun Killian
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Early this year, while most teachers were still enjoying a well earned break, the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards released a damning report about teacher training. In short, the report found that many university courses: Fail to adequately prepare future teachers with the practical skills they need to teach well. Mislead future teachers by promoting unproven theories, while ignoring the research on what works best in schools. Given the huge impact that teachers have on students’ success (or otherwise), the magnitude of insight cannot be overstated.   Finding…
  • 10 Proven Ways To Improve School Attendance

    Shaun Killian
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Common sense tells us that students can’t learn if they are not at school. Research confirms that school attendance affects student achievement, especially absences not due to illness. Sadly, too many students skip classes, especially in secondary school.   Why Some Students Miss Too Much School There are many things that affect school attendance. Students are far more likely to have poor attendance rate if they: Are anxious when at school Have social issues Are performing poorly Lack the drive to do well at school Another key factor that affects school attendance is parents who…
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    MBA Blog

  • How to Apply for MBA in Foreign Universities?
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Are you planning to pursue and get a post graduate master’s degree in Business Administration? Getting a degree in MBA is indeed a great investment for your personal and professional growth. As a person, you should not stop chasing self and professional improvement.
  • World's Best MBA Colleges
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Is it worth enrolling for an MBA program that costs you almost $150,000 and two years of your life? Well, if you go to the right business school, it is.
  • Best Places for MBA in India
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    After you have graduated from a college, you may have been thinking of obtaining an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree on one of the many prestigious Indian colleges and universities.
  • Top MBA Essay Ideas
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    It is very important to demonstrate your capabilities in your essay when applying for an MBA program. Your essay should also be evident of your core values, including teamwork and leadership.
  • Ideas to Jumpstart your MBA Program
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    If you thought there is not much you can do to boost your MBA course, other than take the GRE or GMAT, think again. You can easily jump start your MBA program by planning your campaign and improving your application, regardless of whether you are a few years or months out.
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    ICT in Practice

  • Simple Python activities for Kids by Yasemin Allsop

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Click here to download this activity in PDF format The post Simple Python activities for Kids by Yasemin Allsop appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Interactive White Boards in schools: BENEFITS AND ISSUES

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The classrooms in our schools are more congested with technology than ever before. When I was at primary school there was a The post Interactive White Boards in schools: BENEFITS AND ISSUES appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Introducing Binary in Key Stage 2 by Su Adams

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    You can download the resources using the links below: Double sided binary cards Double sided binary counting cards Binary calculator template Since The post Introducing Binary in Key Stage 2 by Su Adams appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Can you teach mathematics through digital games, apps and websites?

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    Jean Piaget once said that “play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” As educators and developers in the digital The post Can you teach mathematics through digital games, apps and websites? appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Global Partners Junior by Lisa Whittaker

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Since September 2014, KS2 students and staff from the WOW Zone out of school learning centre in Wythenshawe have participated in the The post Global Partners Junior by Lisa Whittaker appeared first on ICT in Practice.
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    Kids Play Box

  • Science Experiments for Kids : Inclined Plane Experiment

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Science Experiments for Kids : Inclined Plane Experiment This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  We did a simple yet popular science experiment for kids to demonstrate the mechanical advantage of using an inclined plane. { All science experiments for kids here} Materials Wooden Plank Rice/Beans Plastic bag Rubber band Tape Measure Stack of Books Our load is going to this sack of rice. Place a good quantity of rice in a plastic bag and tie a heavy duty rubber band around it. Then take another rubber band and cut it. Now…
  • Spring Art for kids : Spring themed DIY wall art

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    Spring Art for kids Spring themed DIY wall art Create gorgeous spring art and turn it into wall art while collaborating with the entire family. Use watercolors and a fun poster board. This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  A while ago we made a fun turkey handprint family art that is still hanging in our family room. Today’s post is about an awesome spring art project you can do with multi-colored rainbow poster board and some fab watercolor techniques. Materials {Affiliate links below for your reference}…
  • Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt Use small styrofoam glitter eggs to make a fine motor activity. Egg hunt sensory bin for kids This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Today we share a simple Easter themed fine motor activity with lots of literacy thrown in. {All our fine motor activities here} {All our Easter activities here} Materials {affiliate links below for your reference} Clear bin Easter Grass Mini styrofoam eggs Circle Paper Punch Tweezers   We added a set of tweezers to up the challenge. I…
  • Small World Play: Rainforest in a box

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Create a fun rain forest in a box for a pretend play session and a fantastic learning opportunity. We still have the big box! In fact we made this rain forest even before our box throw ball painting and our glow in the dark box fun. If working with an older child, you can easily make the 4 layers of a rain forest and make the activity realistic. For a 4 year old I think just a lot of dense vegetation is enough. Besides it was my 4 year old’s idea to make a giant “rain forest in a box” and I’m pretty sure she did not have “learning the layers of rain forest”…
  • Earth Day Art with puffy paint Earth

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Earth Day Art with puffy paint Earth Simple Earth Day Craft and art for younger kids with a quick puffy paint recipe. This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Talking about our planet has become quite easy with the 6 year old since they cover quite a few aspects of it at school. Like many Kindergarteners she has a good grasp of the Solar System and the our planet’s position there. However understanding the environmental conservation aspect of the planet is still a work in progress. While we still talk about the…
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    Nigeria Education, post Ume Update And Latest Education News in Nigeria

  • Biography And Lifestyle of Muhammadu Buhari

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Biography And Lifestyle of Muhammadu Buhari - Born on December 17, 1942 in Katsina state, Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician who served as the military ruler of Nigeria (December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985). In 1983, Major-General Buhari and Major-General Tunde Idiagbon were selected to lead the country by middle and high-ranking military officers after a successful military coup d’etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on December. In 1985, Buhari was himself overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27th, and other members of…
  • List of Universities That Accept 180 JAMB Score For Admission

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:27 am
    List of Universities That Accept 180 JAMB Score For Admission - Since the arrival of the 2015 JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result, we have get a great deal of messages from applicants who need to think about Universities that acknowledge 180 JAMB score. Some have asked on the grounds that their UTME scores are just around 180 (ordinarily somewhat above). They need to know the colleges that have their cut-off imprint set as 180, so they can change to these colleges when the JAMB change obviously/ organization methodology begins. Federal University of Technology…
  • NYSC Notice To 2015 Batch “A” Corp Members –

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    NYSC Notice To 2015 Batch “A” Corp Members - NYSC has issued a release concerning the 2015 Batch A mobilization. All prospective Batch A corp members are hereby informed and advised to follow the issued directive. The 2015 Batch ‘A’ prospective Corps Members are advised to start checking their names as from tomorrow Friday 17th April, 2015 from their various institutions attended. While checking, they are expected to note their name and call-up numbers, especially those that didn’t pay for the Online printing of Call-up Letters. NYSC Notice To 2015 Batch…

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    The Richest Fuji Musicians In Nigeria -Pasuma wonder loves cross genre collaborations and has done songs with musicians like Rugged.  Pasuma Wonder is always on musical tour today in Europe and tomorrow in America.  His clients include the millionaires and very wealthy people. Pasuma is the owner of Pasuma Wonder housing estate an elite abode on the outskirts of Lagos.                                                            man, 9ice, Lord of Ajasa and numerous others in different music genres. Pasuma is found of always releasing at least four…
  • CRUTECH ASUU Still On Strike, Demands Payment Of Salaries

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    CRUTECH Academic Staff Union of Universities has lamented the non-payment of salaries of its members. The union, in a statement on Monday, decried the inability of the state government to meet the demands of the CRUTECH lecturers six months after they embarked on a strike.  CRUTECH ASUU Still On Strike   CRUTECH ASUU Still On Strike - It would be recalled that workers of the Cross River University Of Technology protested last November to draw attention to what they described as the neglect of the institution by the state government. Since that time, the action had paralysed academic and…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Request Your Custom Lesson

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    As a member of the Music Workshop, we want to make sure that you receive the best piano education possible. That is why you can now request a custom piano lesson that you want to learn. If there is a topic, technique or lesson that we have not covered or […]
  • Interesting History of Four-Hand Piano Playing

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    In 19th-century Europe – long before LPs, CDs or the internet – when you were learning to play the piano, there were just two ways to listen to, say, the latest Chopin Concerto: you were either lucky enough to hear it performed at the local concert hall, or you played […]
  • Taking Care of Your Piano: Proper Humidity

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    What All Piano Owners Need to Know One of the most important factors influencing piano tuning and having your piano for a long and healthy while is humidity. Finding the proper humidity for your piano is essential for all piano owners. This can be achieved through proper humidity for the […]
  • Slow motion music: 5 amazing videos of slo-mo instruments

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Recently I came across some videos of musical instruments filmed with a high-speed so it can seen in super slow motion. The results are nothing short of jaw dropping! I love this stuff and always get a kick out of seeing things from a new perspective. As musicians we tend […]
  • 4 Ways to Stick With your New Year’s Resolutions in 2015

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    A new year is just around the corner and many people will be scrambling to list all the things they’re going to do to make 2015 their best year ever. The reality, however, is that despite high hopes and the best of intentions, most people will fail to turn their […]
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • The Demise of American Higher Education

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Last month, the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College made the decision to close the school.  The Board identified two major factors in its decision: the “insurmountable financial challenges and years of intractable admissions problems” (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 2015); and the decision to close was made in spite of the fact that the college has an $84 million dollar endowment.  The college will officially close August 25, 2015 leaving approximately 300 faculty and staff without jobs.  Sweet Briar is a small liberal arts, all-woman’s college. A closer…
  • Women in Engineering and Computer Science: Why Still So Few?

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) released new research recently underlining how women continue to be underrepresented in engineering and computer science.  The research also identities solutions that can help increase the number of women in these important fields (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 26, 2015).  Currently, women make up just 12% of the engineering workforce and 26% of the computing workforce.  In 1990, women made up 35% of the computing workforce, a drop of 9%.  Women in engineering have increased slightly by 3%, from 9% in 1990. …
  • Racism on College Campuses

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Can you believe it?  In 2015, we are still seeing racism on college campuses.  One would assume that students who attend college come from the more educated middle or upper classes and; therefore, are more open to people of other races.  That certainly is not the case at the University of Oklahoma, where a racist video surfaced last week.  Members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity can be seen singing a song to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, vowing never to have black students in their fraternity, using racial slurs like the “N” word, and talk…
  • Increasing Graduation Rates at Community Colleges

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Last week, MDRC released a report on the evaluation of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs or ASAP as it is known.  The program nearly doubled the three-year graduation rates of community college students who started in remedial classes.  This is impressive given that graduation rates of community college students are extremely low.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, only 20% of the students who enter public community colleges complete a certificate or associate degree in three years ( ASAP is…
  • Sexual Assaults and Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Last year, I wrote several times about sexual assaults on college campuses.  It is a hideous crime that should not be tolerated in our society.  It is surprising and shocking that more colleges and universities are not doing enough to minimize or hopefully stop sexual assaults on campuses across the country.Gun rights advocates such as Women for Concealed Carry or Students for Concealed Carry are capitalizing on this fear and are pushing legislators in many states to pass laws that would allow students to carry concealed handguns on campuses.  Their premise is that if a college…
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Create Show/Hide Effect in Image SlideShow Using JQuery

    Shuseel Baral
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    The fadeOut() effect presented on the post "How to create Fade Effect in Image Slideshow using JQuery" which I have already posted, makes elements invisible but retains space for them in the document layout. The hide() method, by contrast, removes the elements from the layouts as if the CSS display property was set to none. When invoked with no arguments, hide() and show() simply hide or
  • How to Create Animated Visual Effects Using jQuery

    Shuseel Baral
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    You can create animated visual effects by setting the CSS visibility property, i.e. making elements appearing and disappearing. Along with making an element appear and disappear, we might reduce the value of its opacity property over the certain period. This king of animated visual effect creates a more pleasing experience for user and jQuery makes them easy. jQuery defines simple methods
  • How to Alter HTML Document Structure using jQuery?

    Shuseel Baral
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    HTML documents are represented as a tree of nodes rather than a linear sequence of characters, insertions, deletions, and replacements are not as simple as they are for strings and arrays. In jQuery there are some methods for making more complex changes to a document. There are number of method in jQuery for inserting and replacing elements, copying elements, wrapping elements and deleting
  • How to Get and Set Element Attributes using jQuery

    Shusil Baral
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Some of the simplest and most common, operations on jQuery objects are those that get or set the value of HTML attributes, CSS styles, element content, or element geometry. In this post I am going to describe the methods to get or set HTML element attributes using jQuery. How to Get and Set HTML Attributes using jQuery You can get or set HTML attributes using attr() method in jQuery. The
  • How to Use jQuery With HTML?

    Shuseel Baral
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 pm
    jQuery() is a single global function defined by jQuery library. This function is so frequently used that the library also defines the global symbol $ as a shortcut for it. This single global function with two names is the central query function for jQuery. For example, if you need to ask for the set of all <div> elements in a document, write the following code. var divs=$("div");
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    Republic 3.0

  • The federal government’s worsening millennial talent gap

    Anne Kim
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Outdated hiring practices are to blame, says Partnership for Public Service President Max Stier. The post The federal government’s worsening millennial talent gap appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • A better measure of poverty

    Republic 3.0
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    A better measure of poverty will also mean better government. The post A better measure of poverty appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Is it time to revisit a carbon tax?

    Michael Purzycki
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    A carbon tax might be the best way to combat climate change while raising revenue for the investments we need. The post Is it time to revisit a carbon tax? appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • 2016 GOP contenders play to their base – but risk losing moderate voters

    Stefan Hankin
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Conservative stances on immigration, climate change and Obamacare could cost Republicans next November. The post 2016 GOP contenders play to their base – but risk losing moderate voters appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Bright lights, enterprising cities — A model for development

    Francisco J. Sanchez
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Developing economies should seize the opportunity presented by the convergence of two forces — rapid urbanization and technological innovation. The post Bright lights, enterprising cities — A model for development appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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  • On Spot Admission and Seminar for Griffith College and IT Carlow

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    Want to Study in Ireland based top universities?Yes, it happens! And you have at the right time to start your career to study in Ireland based Universities and make your long-term dream true :)We, Broadmind Group inform you that Mr. Deepak Luthra, Director of Admissions - South Asia, Griffith College, Ireland will be in Chennai on Monday, 13th April 2015 for the On-spot Admissions and Seminars for Griffith College and IT Carlow.So, you can avail this wonderful opportunity by registering your names today at contact@broadmindgroup.comGriffith College DublinIT CarlowFor additional…
  • Register for JCU Edu Fair 2015 at Chennai on 8th May 2015

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
  • A Wonderful Opportunity to Study and Settle in Ireland!

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    Are you an aspiring student and want to study in Ireland based Universities / Colleges?Here the opportunity knocks your door now. Meet Ireland delegates in Chennai on coming Wednesday, 4th March 2015 and get Europe Aviation Safety Licence by doing 1 year course in Ireland Government College.Eligibility Criteria:* Percentage of Marks – 65%* IELTS – 6.0 BAND* Course Duration 1 Year* Post study Work Visa after studies* Part time job visa* Earn Rs. 75000 per month through part time jobs* World No: 4 in IT, No: 3 in Nano Science* Courses : B.Engg (Hons) Aero Engineering* Pay fee after Visa…
  • Spot Admission to Study in Ireland. Register Now

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:21 am
    Want to Study in Ireland?If you're the one want to Study in Ireland based Universities / Colleges? Then, utilize this wonderful opportunity!Spot admission at Chennai on 12th February 2015.Register today!For further information, please call us at +91-9790950111
  • Get Ready for JCU Singapore Scholarship Test 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Very glad to share that JCU Education Fair 2015 that held in Madurai was a great success. Lots and lots of students participated in the fair and made it a remarkable and memorable one. We couldn't see such a huge crowd so far.Thanks a lot to all dears who participated in the fair :)The next round is the JCU Scholarship Test 2015 that would be held at Chennai on Saturday, 7th February 2015. So, be well prepare for the JCU Scholarship Test and avail on-the-spot offer.Hurry up guys! BTW, do share and spread this news to all your nears and dears as much as possible and this is the last chance to…
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  • 5 Awesome Tips for Memorizing Literally Anything

    Nina Bourne
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    The ability to memorize information can be tough. It is especially tough when none of the information you’ve been pouring over seems stick around your cerebral cortex… no matter what you do. Well, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be tough and you can get information to stick around! All you need is a list of awesome tips for memorizing literally anything and you’re memory banks will be full in no time. You’re in luck today because we just so happen to have exactly what you’re looking for. 5 Awesome Tips for Memorizing Literally Anything 1:…
  • How To Write an Essay About Yourself Without Sounding Egotistical

    Nina Bourne
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Writing a general essay can be difficult for many of us. The whole essay writing process is made even more difficult when the topic of the essay is personal and about yourself This type of essay challenges you to find the fine line between writing an essay that allows your character to shine without sounding like a pompous windbag who’s in need of a serving of humble pie. We know this can be hard, so we’re going to help you determine where that line is today. Let’s get right to it with some super helpful tips that will help you figure out how to write an essay about…
  • 17 Herbs for Memory Retention

    Nina Bourne
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Today we’re going to talk about herbs, and some of them you may even find growing in your garden. A few of these earthy little babies harbor a gold mine of brain-boosting abilities and may just be the ticket to a better memory. Go grab your gardening gloves so we can start digging into our list of 17 herbs for memory retention. 17 Herbs for Memory Retention 1. Asian Ginseng Asian ginseng is one of three commonly used herbs in the ginseng family and is known for its memory boosting abilities. The use of Asian ginseng dates back well over 5,000 years and has earned its spot as a staple…
  • 10 Neuro-Boosting Memory Games for Adults

    Nina Bourne
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    We’ve all played games when we were kids as a way to have some fun and kill some time. Little did we know that a time would come when playing games would turn into a necessity to keep our brains active. For some of us, this time has already come as we have resorted to playing any and all memory games for adults that we can get our grubby little hands on. We certainly can’t be the only ones in need of a memory helping handout. So, this one’s for you if you have found yourself forgetting why you entered a room or find yourself searching for your keys as you struggle to…
  • How To Increase Concentration and Become More Productive

    Nina Bourne
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Concentration is defined as “the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort.” It’s sounds pretty simple when we read the definition, but most of us know that managing the art of concentration is often easier said than done. The struggle to focus your brain on one thing without getting distracted or switching tasks is very real for some of us. There’s a solution for those of us who are concentration challenged, though. It will take some time, dedication and a bit of willpower, but you can become a concentration pro in no time and we’re here to…
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    Rack up Skills

  • Seeking Balance: Have You Been Sliced and Diced?

    Sandra Urquhart
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Rack up Skills One of the key elements to pain has to do with balance. In my mind, there are several areas of balance that, if thrown off, can upset the delicate balance of your body to the point of causing pain. So let me define what I’m referring to here, and then we can move into the areas that affect the body […] The post Seeking Balance: Have You Been Sliced and Diced? appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Unhealthy Emotions That Result In Pain

    Sandra Urquhart
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Rack up Skills I was on a search for answers, and in the course of that search, I came to the conclusion that there was an emotional connection to physical pain. I don’t know how I came to this conclusion, but I was certain of it. This was long before I became a massage therapist. I was just a person that was trying […] The post Unhealthy Emotions That Result In Pain appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • How to Improve Your Phrasing

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Rack up Skills One of the things that set great improvisers apart from mediocre ones is their phrasing. Think of phrasing as your ability to communicate your musical ideas on guitar in clear, concise way rather than simply firing off a barrage of notes and seeing what sticks. So here are a few ideas on how to improve your phrasing. Listen to Players […] The post How to Improve Your Phrasing appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • 7 Trending Diets Broken Down

    Gabrielle Lang
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Rack up Skills I’m sure you’ve heard people saying “I eat paleo these days” and “I’m eating clean now” but what does all that mumbo gumbo actually mean? Thankfully, you’ve got me to help lay it all out in simpler terms that we can all understand. Paleo Diet – The Paleolithic diet (or “Paleo” diet) takes your eating habits old school and I […] The post 7 Trending Diets Broken Down appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Always with your head in the clouds…

    David Brooks
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Rack up Skills Well good evening, at least here in England it is…21:31 to be precise, but wherever you are and whatever time it would be…’Hello’, as one says in a polite a British chap can anyway. This is my first foray into The Experts Blog. quite frankly something of an honour for a twentysomething Head of Psychological Testing and self certified Aviation […] The post Always with your head in the clouds… appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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  • Abandoned golf car runs amok on college campus [video]

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's hard to believe that this video isn't a fake. The comedic timing is almost too perfect. The cart seems to stop and idle for a minute just to taunt the security guards trying to stop it. Enjoy three minutes of comic gold. The post Abandoned golf car runs amok on college campus [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • A history of American facial hair [video]

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Did you know that sideburns were named after a Civil War general? It's true, his name was Ambrose Burnside. And, for the record, he had gnarly sideburns. Here's more interesting American facial hair history. The post A history of American facial hair [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How much do you want to fly on this R2-D2 themes plane? [video]

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When it came to flying, R2-D2 didn't have great luck in the Star Wars movies. So a real Star Wars geek might question the wisdom of such a design; however, no one can deny the that that jet looks awesome. The post How much do you want to fly on this R2-D2 themes plane? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Florida roof infested with bats [video]

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It's hard to see in the screen capture that's attached to this post, but pretty much everything in that image that isn't a roof tile is a bat. As it turns out, the little guys love the spaces in roof tiles, and a whole group moved in. The post Florida roof infested with bats [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Water bottle freezes instantly [video]

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    If you've read Kurt Vonnegut, you know what instantly-freezing water means: Ice 9. In other words, certain death. Don't worry, though, we're sure this isn't a sample of Ice 9 that will surely kill us all. Pretty certain. The post Water bottle freezes instantly [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • The Power of Language Learning Challenges

    Paul Austin
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    One thing all language learners struggle with is motivation. Remember when you first decided to either learn a new language or become more proficient at a second language? For the first month or so you had a ton of motivation. You woke up every day excited to take on new challenges like learning new vocabulary words, understanding complicated grammatical structures and trying out new idioms and phrases in the context of conversation. But after some time (maybe 1 week, 1 month, 3 months…) your enthusiasm for learning the language disappeared. You just didn’t see results as fast as…
  • Discover Brazil From the Inside

    Ludovic Chevalier
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Speaky Meets Users all Around the World Today we are in the 3rd largest city in Brazil – Salvador – with Debora Queiroz Sena. Déborah is 18 years old student in Pedagogy at State University of Bahia. She is passionate about education and learning new languages. She is currently improving her English and learning French. Feel free to connect with her on Speaky, she loves learning languages and helping people to learn them too. What Should You Know About Salvador?  Salvador was colonised by Portugal 500 years ago, and this colonisation shaped the city through the several…
  • Our Interview With Kerstin Hammes

    Ludovic Chevalier
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
     Kerstin Hammes is the owner of Fluent Language, she is also a coach, trainer, cheerleader and an author of two self-published books. That’s only a part of her incredible experience as she also learned many languages and have an incredible teaching experience. We believe that her experience as a coach could not only be beneficial for your future language exchanges but for your entire language learning experience. That’s the reason why we invited her to answer our questions. Enjoy! 1. You seem to be a lot into personal development – training, coaching,cheerleading – can you…
  • The “Experience-Based” System to Learning a Language

    Ludovic Chevalier
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today John Matthews, Co-founder of City SpeakEZ, will tell us more about “Experience-Based” system to learn new languages. This was totally new to me as well but I just loved the idea. Here is John’s introduction to “Experience-Based” learning. The “Experience-Based” System to Learning a Language “Anchor the knowledge through action!” Right away you are probably asking yourself, “What exactly is this guy talking about when he says ‘experience-based’ learning?” Well, to sum it up to a few words: It’s learning through action, through…
  • 50 Questions to (and not to) Ask in a Language Exchange

    Ludovic Chevalier
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    For those of you who are not familiar with language exchange, here are articles that will enlighten you:  What is a Language Exchange and How Does It Work?  and How to Make a Language Exchange Work For You! Would you like to have a real language exchange? But you feel insecure about the topics you can talk about? We all know that silence(s) can be really embarrassing when meeting someone for the first time and you probably want to avoid that at all cost. Don’t worry, we got you covered! Here is a list of all conversation topics and questions you can use when doing a language…
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  • 2 in 5 parents consider small class sizes a top priority, survey finds

    VoicED Admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:41 am
    2 in 5 parents consider small class sizes a top priority, survey finds: Findings from a recent survey by MyEd have shown that making class sizes smaller is the education policy most popular amongst 40 per cent of parents. The results come ahead of the general election in May. 2 in 5 parents consider small class sizes a top priority, survey finds Closely following smaller class sizes were protecting the education budget from cuts and lowering the cost of university tuition fees to £6,000 per year. Capping class sizes is one of Labour’s key education manifestos. Labour promised to reduce the…
  • 50 per cent of children don’t consume vegetables, survey finds

    VoicED Admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    50 per cent of children don’t consume vegetables, survey finds: According to a recent survey by BBC’s Newsround, more than 50 per cent of children do not eat any vegetables. 50 per cent of children don’t consume vegetables, survey finds As it stands, the government recommends that everybody should eat a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. The findings are particularly concerning as one third of UK children are either obese or overweight, a figure which has increased by 300% over the last 25 years. The survey – which questioned 1,432 UK children, aged between 7…
  • Science being filtered out of primary education, CBI finds

    VoicED Admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Science being filtered out of primary education, CBI finds: A recent study by The Confederation of British Industry has found that science is being filtered out of primary education in the United Kingdom, with 36 per cent of schools admitting to not teaching the subject for the minimum recommendation of 2 hours per week and 7.5 per cent teaching science for less than one hour per week. Science being filtered out of primary education, CBI finds On the other hand, the survey found that 20 per cent taught science for over 3 hours every week. The Confederation of British Industry also found that…
  • VoicED Releases Results of School Sport Mini Survey

    VoicED Admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    VoicED Releases Results of School Sport Mini Survey: In the summer term of 2014, following the Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon, VoicED carried out a small scale survey with 115 education professionals to understand perceptions of school sport. This document details the findings of those results. The findings of this survey should be seen as indicative, but there are some important indication – view the full research report here free of charge. VoicED Releases Results of School Sport Mini Survey According to the findings, almost all teachers who completed the survey felt that school…
  • Majority of Young People Believe Internet is Positive

    VoicED Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Majority of Young People Believe Internet is Positive: A survey released last month in the run up to Safer Internet Day 2015 found that the majority of young people face few difficulties on the internet and view the World Wide Web as a positive place. Majority of Young People Believe Internet is Positive The survey, which questioned over 1,000 children aged 11 to 16, found that 55 per cent see their peers posting kind and positive messages all or the vast majority of the time. Further to this, 63 per cent feel that people online are nice to them all or a lot of the time. When looking at how…
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    Next Scientist

  • 3 Symptoms Of PhD Loneliness (And 5 Ways To Fix It)

    Julio Peironcely
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    PhD loneliness will hit you when you are working at midnight on some research topic nobody in your continent understands (or give a damn about) except for you. You are in a scientific micro-niche. So micro, you got nobody to talk with. And you feel alone. After all, you are born alone. You do a PhD alone. You die alone. It’s true that a PhD means doing independent research. YOU need to figure things out. YOU need to make it work (because your PhD matters). We agree on that. But from that to being alone in a PhD there is a stretch. Who wants to suffer from PhD loneliness? Nobody. Yet PhD…
  • How To Avoid PhD Burnout In 10 Minutes

    Julio Peironcely
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Last week I was close to a PhD burnout. I knew that if another shitty thing was to happen, I would snap. Have you ever put more on your plate than you could chew? And then, when you feel your mind is 100% busy with work projects, life decides to add more troubles to your plate, like those that “never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday“? That was me 3 weeks ago. Walking Towards PhD Burnout Having a PhD burnout is rather common. In fact, several factors make stress, burnouts and mental illnesses a sad reality in Academia. Projects were not…
  • Your PhD Matters

    Julio Peironcely
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    Hey, I just want to tell you that… your PhD matters. Yes, it does matter. Who the $%&@# cares about my PhD? What am I achieving with it? Will my PhD mean anything for the world? I asked myself these questions every single day of that PhD. Do you ask yourself the same? Then keep reading… Your PhD Matters People often wonder why I still write in Next Scientist. This is a blog for PhD students and young scientists and I have been away from Academia for 2 years. Why should I write for academics if I am long gone from Academia? Two reasons: I like to write and I want to help PhD…
  • 5 Hacks To Submit A Scientific Paper In 4 Weeks

    Olga Degtyareva
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Have you been intending to write up and submit a scientific paper of yours for weeks or even months? You’ve been wanting to draft the first version or work on the existing draft, but somehow it just does not get done. Your day seems to be very busy and there is no time to sit down to write. After all, there are group meetings to attend, lab work to do, other projects to take care of…When at your desk and looking at the paper, you find it difficult to focus: a chat with a fellow student, a noisy office atmosphere and your favourite internet sites, all of these add to distractions and…
  • 12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

    Dora Farkas
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and time when they were all available. After my 45 minutes presentation at this meeting a heated debate ensued among my committee members regarding the interpretation of my data. After a long discussion, my committee agreed to give me the green light to defend my thesis. Unfortunately, the…
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  • To Sharpen a Pencil

    Ro Primaeva
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Every single student in the room suddenly went silent, waiting with bated breath. The very air of the classroom was heavy with anticipation. Students were glancing around the room furtively, trying to see who would dare to rise to this challenge, but no one moved. My eyes dropped to my own tattered pencil. Half of it was already gone, sharpened ... Read More The post To Sharpen a Pencil appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Tacloban: A Fast Rising Highly Urbanized City

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Tacloban City, the regional center for trade, tourism, education, culture and government in Eastern Visayas, became a Highly Urbanized City in 2008. In just three years, the city emerged as a new entrant to the Top 10 HUC Governments in 2011. It ranked 7th among the 34 HUCs in the country based on DILG’s performance index. The city is famous ... Read More The post Tacloban: A Fast Rising Highly Urbanized City appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Common mistakes Filipinos make when using English

    Ro Primaeva
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Did you already get your TIN NUMBER? Did you fall in line? Was it traffic so you were late today? Anyways, let’s talk about the lesson that I really love to discuss with my students. FILIPINISM. Are you ready? In 3….2….1…. lights open! Like all other language, English is quite a problem to all foreign learners. Some of the rules ... Read More The post Common mistakes Filipinos make when using English appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Computation of Public Schools Teachers’ Proportional Vacation Pay for School Year (SY) 2014-2015

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:24 pm
    This is to provide field offices with a uniform basis for the computation of the Proportional Vacation Pay (PVP) entitled to all public elementary and secondary school teachers under the teacher’s leave basis. For School Year (SY) 2014-2015, each of the teachers who have continuous services from June 2, 2014 to March 27, 2015 shall be entitled to 79 days ... Read More The post Computation of Public Schools Teachers’ Proportional Vacation Pay for School Year (SY) 2014-2015 appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Third Diwang: Sagisag Kulturang Filipinas Competition

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), will conduct the Third Diwang: Sagisag Kulturang Filipinas Competition by cluster on the following dates with respective venues: a. Schedule of Test b. The Final/National Competition will be held on September 30, 2015 in Metro Manila. The competition aims to promote awareness and ... Read More The post Third Diwang: Sagisag Kulturang Filipinas Competition appeared first on TeacherPH.
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  • Collaborative Learning & Formative Assessment through Mirroring with AirServer & Notability

    Mr. Zoras
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Today we had an amazing session at the DLL Marketplace.  Check out all the amazing sessions here:  For Google Doc Version of my Doc Click Here: Collaborative Learning & Formative Assessment Summary Using the AirPlay feature on the iPad/iPod/iPhone you are able to display the screen of the device onto a computer (mirroring).  If it’s a class set or one single device, you can make lessons more interactive by displaying students work on the projector, pass around the device and have the lesson more interactive. In my class we use a…
  • Health Disparities Conference Summary: Columbia University

    Mr. Zoras
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    What an amazing weekend at Columbia University. You can read all the news articles and academic journals but until you take a walk through Harlem, meet with great minds and have rich discussion, you don’t really see the issues at hand. Dr. Wallace opened up the conference with expressing a need for a population that is multiculturally sensitive and one that does not perpetuate racial/gender/ethnic/socioeconomic disparities in health. She asked us who we ARE, ARE being Acceptance, Respect and Empathy. We want to move from just respecting someone to accepting. She said we want to embrace…
  • #EdAppHack Sharing our work for our youth hackathon!

    Mr. Zoras
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Well its been a busy few months after #EdAppHack and school has been going well.  Since #EdAppHack in October a bunch of amazing organizations have released information about the day.  Our Hackathon playbook has hit Mozilla that we created with MaRS and just last week we were published in the Ontario College of Teacher’s magazine Professionally Speaking.  I just wanted to share some of those things with the world! Complete list in doc click here:  Ontario College of Teacher’s: Professionally Speaking Orion: Watch Students Innovate at EdAppHack MaRS: Youth Hackathon Playbook…
  • TDSB STEM Showcase: Using VROC and Video Calls for #STEM Learning

    Mr. Zoras
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Friday was a great day of STEM learning! It goes to show how many awesome, dedicated and willing to share teachers there are in the TDSB. With the hard work of the STEM central team the day was a success! To get a better understanding of STEM we need to define it and how it will work for our board. We can not just use the definition used in the United States but one that works for us. The team centrally has come up with a definition which I really like: “STEM is a trans-disciplinary approach to inquiry and problem-based learning that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation in…
  • TDSB Google Camp 2.0 – my session on STEM and Google Apps for Education

    Mr. Zoras
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Teaching and Learning with Technology team put together another AMAZING Google Camp!!! Keynote by Julie Millan was awesome! It was great hearing from “one of us”. It is nice on occasion to have the celebrity keynote but what is really inspiring is someone in our board who is doing amazing work and someone we can connect with.  Julie’s message was really about how technology has been changing, what learning looks like is changing and that teachers need to embrace that.  She encouraged teachers to #TryOneThing! I found there was way more…
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  • Avoid the OSHA Focus Four Hazards [infographic]

    William Mizel
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Recognizing and knowing how to avoid the OSHA Focus Four Hazards may be the most important thing you learn in your OSHA training courses. These “Fatal Four” are the four most common causes of fatalities in the workplace.To help highlight the importance of recognizing these dangers and having clear workplace safety procedures to avoid them, […] The post Avoid the OSHA Focus Four Hazards [infographic] appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • Electrical Hazard Safety Training Tips Infographic

    William Mizel
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Electrical safety hazards are one of the most common sources of injury on the job. Osha identifies the five primary electrical hazards as power lines, improper use of extension and flexible cords, path to ground missing or discontinuous, lack of ground fault protection, and equipment not used in manner prescribed. Proper safety training can help […] The post Electrical Hazard Safety Training Tips Infographic appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • Do You Need OSHA 10, or OSHA 30 for Your Construction Job?

    Ross Barefoot
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    (Note: Due to a typographical error in production, this chart had some errors that were corrected on 2/13/2015 – Please make sure you have the latest version) Whether it’s the OSHA 10 Hour Construction course or the OSHA 30 hour course, OSHA training for the construction industry is a core component of compliance and on-the-job […] The post Do You Need OSHA 10, or OSHA 30 for Your Construction Job? appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • Recording OSHA Incidents – When do You Have to Report?

    William Mizel
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    What do you do after an employee is injured on the job, receives medical attention and reports back to you? A worker’s comp claim and the threat of an OSHA inspection are enough to send a shiver down any manager’s spine. Employees become distracted, productivity slows to a crawl, and general workplace safety becomes even […] The post Recording OSHA Incidents – When do You Have to Report? appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • 5 Common Ergonomic Mistakes

    William Mizel
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Five Common Management Errors in the Ergonomics of Safety in the Workplace Planning for and implementing safety ergonomics in the workplace must be a long-term and integral part of workplace operations management.  Safety  ergonomics are  affected by everything from goal setting and budgets to measurement and focus. Ergonomic measures to ensure worker safety should anticipate potential injuries, put sustainable processes […] The post 5 Common Ergonomic Mistakes appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • Review: Surface 3 vs. iPad Air 2 in the Classroom

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On March 31, 2015, Microsoft announced the Surface 3. It’s smaller, and less expensive than the Surface Pro 3, but it still does all the things that you would expect from a tablet PC that runs the latest version of Windows. The base model is priced at $499, the same price as an entry-level iPad […]
  • How to Create Custom YouTube Thumbnails With Canva

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Looking for a quick and easy way to increase views on your YouTube videos? If so, custom thumbnails are for you. With Canva you can create a thumbnail for YouTube videos that is guaranteed to catch the eye when your video appears in search results or is embedded on a website. Here’s what you need to […]
  • How to Set Document Alerts in OneDrive for Business

    15 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Working collaboratively in the cloud is a great convenience, and something that you can do very well in Office 365 if you use OneDrive for Business, as many schools do. However, sometimes it is nice for teachers (and students) to know when others have changed or modified a document that they co-author. To achieve such […]
  • How to Share Files, Photos & Links via Gmail on iOS

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    One of the more popular posts on my blog of late was a post I wrote about how to make Gmail the default mail app on the iPad. It worked great, but it was a workaround and you couldn’t help but feel that there must be a better way. Well, today there is, because Google […]
  • How to Use the OneNote for iPad Drawing Tools

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Recently, Microsoft updated OneNote for iPad to include the one thing that iPad users were missing most from their Windows versions of OneNote – Draw tools. Given the touch capabilities of the iPad, this is a very useful addition. For the classroom this means students and teachers have the option to use handwriting in OneNote, […]
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    The Great Education Struggle

  • 057: Conversation with KrisAnn Hall of Liberty First|Education|Common Core

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This weeks episode consist of my conversation with KrissAnn Hall from Liberty First! KrisAnn and I discuss education, parental rights, and the United Sates Consitution in general and Common Core. If you have not heard KrissAnn before, I encourage everyone to listen to her podcast. Feel free to check out a couple of her episodes where she addresses our education system directly on the Recommended Podcast page. For those who are just interested in our conversation concerning Common Core, you can fast forward to about the 20 minute mark. KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who…
  • 056: Conversation with Jason Truett Glen, Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    For the biblical Christian parent, the current culture we live in clearly demonstrates Isaiah’s warning, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"[1. Isaiah 5:20] But his warning should not be a surprise, for there is a real antithesis between the biblical Christian view of the world and the way the non-believer views this world. Join Professor Jason Truett Glen, Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College as we discuss the Christian worldview and education. Professor Jason…
  • 055: Meet Your Child's Murderer

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Today's culture, we are so worried about our children being hurt, we ban activities such as dodge ball, and instead of teaching them to be tough, we bubble wrap them. Meanwhile, parents on the otherwise of the globe are training their children to kill ours.  While these children are learning how to shoot, behead, and burn their enemies alive, we indoctrinate ours into silence and compliance through our school system and its curriculum. How is this being done? Tune in as you meet the murder of your children.
  • 054: Conversation with Herb Titus, Constitutional and Common Law Scholar

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    We all have grown up the notion that public school was just a given. We have come to expected them to be available  just like our fresh running water from our sinks; services provided by an altruistic  government for the benefit of the people. But was it constitutionally permissible in the first place?  Is it now constitutional? Was it the parents, the state or the federal government responsibility?  What about Common Core? What did President Thomas Jefferson say about forcing parents to support ideas and opinions that were contrary to their conscience? Join my conversation with…
  • 053: Conversation With Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Why does the average U.S. college freshman reads at a seventh-grade level, according to an educational assessment report? How have we gone from Noah Webster's public school system to a socialist/progressives taken over the public school system? What happened to the proper teaching of phonics? How does Common Core fit into the current scheme of things? This and more with my conversation with Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld in episode 53. Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld was born and educated in New York City. Dr. Blumenfeld graduated from The City College of New York in 1950 and worked for ten years in the…
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    New Horizons

  • Is IT Certification is necessary?

    New Horizons Dubai
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Is It Certification is necessary? The answer is YES, IT oriented certification can be of great value to you if it’s in an area that you are trying to pursue professionally. The Concept of a certification was an official acknowledgement that the individual was a master in that field. Certifications are one of the most amazing ways for you to demonstrate your proficiency. Other Reasons Broaden your overall knowledge base –  Preparing for and Taking the test  will fill in the gaps in your knowledge. Narrow the gap between what You think you know and what you really know – We…
  • 8 Ways to Secure Your Cloud Infrastructure

    New Horizons Dubai
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Cloud security remains a top concern for businesses. Fortunately, today’s data center managers have an arsenal of weapons at their disposal to secure their private cloud infrastructure. Here are eight things you can use to secure your private cloud. 1. AES-NI Data Encryption End-to-end encryption can be transformational for the private cloud, securing data at all levels through enterprise-class encryption. The latest Intel processors feature Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), a set of new instructions that enhance performance by speeding up the execution…
  • when making my CISSP knowledge meet my Cisco knowledge

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    CISSP tip of the day(where making my CISSP knowledge meet my Cisco knowledge) : OS Kernels have two basic designs: monolithic and microkernel. A monolithic kernel is compiled into one static executable and the entire kernel runs in supervisor mode.All functionality required by a monolithic kernel must be precompiled in. A microkernel is usually smaller and has less native functionality than a typical monolithic kernel , but can add functionality via loadable kernel modules. Microkernels may also run kernel modules in user mode, instead of supervisor mode. now lest apply this to our Cisco…
  • New CISSP Changes Comparing to Current One

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Anonymous writes “ Good day to all, I have started to look in details at the new CBKcoming into effect on f15th of April 2015. The new CBKlist a bit more than 109 references used within the CBK.   This list is always a great indicator of what has changed, what was added, and what was deleted. The CBK was last updated in January of 2012, prior to this it was updated about 4 years earlier.  So the current CBK still has a majority of content dating back as far as 7 years ago and in some case even further back.  Doing an update every 3 to 4 years in the field of Information Security is…
  • Certified Business Professional Courses in Dubai , UAE

    New Horizons Dubai
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    The Certified Business Professional program CBP™ is an international industry credential that validates and develops the business professional through training, readying the professional for the international business world. The Certified Business Professional™ creates a standardized Global Workforce of CBP™ Professionals that possess the sought skills setting them apart from other professionals in the business world. Course Available Business Etiquette With Exam Business Communication With Exam Leadership With Exam Sales With Exam Customer Service With Exam  Marketing with Exam…
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    bodyLITERATE Research Initiative

  • Academic Tutoring and the Alexander Technique: a teachers journey between the body and the mind

    Kai Kleinbard
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Academic Tutoring and the Alexander Technique: a teachers journey between the body and the mind A Tutors Exploration of New Experience as Key to Active Learning I have often taught students about the alliances of WWII and once their tests are completed they will quickly forget. How can I teach a student so they are at their maximum learning aptitude? Not only will they memorize the information, but they will actively connect it to their lives. FM Alexander calls learning “continuous processes which result from the applications of the means-whereby principles (p. 198 CCC*). I want to examine…
  • designing an inviting interface: a process of creating

    Kai Kleinbard
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    designing an inviting interface: a process of creating In redesigning the services site,, we are researching various interfaces that might be welcoming to visiters to the site.  Our interest has always been to create a visually arresting site, that also describes our teaching process, through visuals and written out descriptions.  In this way, we seek to use multiple mediums as points of entry into sharing our work with the world.  This parallels our teaching philosophy, where we utilize multi-sensory methods and techniques to help young learners develop executive…
  • brainstorm: what are my executive function elements?

    Kai Kleinbard
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    brainstorm: what are my executive function elements? In redesigning my website:, I wanted to simplify the list of executive function skills and processes into an ordered set that might be easier to understand for parents and students.  I began with a brainstorm, to identify a list of processes that I work with.  I then began to select and order the list.  Here is a preliminary draft, organizing the executive functions list five elements: organization, task initiation, time management, persistance (goal directed), self awareness/management. A list of executive functions…
  • studying for science and math tests

    Kai Kleinbard
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    studying for science and math tests Students who have difficulty with science and math tests often forget that these subjects are generally application/problem solving based. On the other hand, English and history tests tend to me more memorization-based. I compare this to preparing for a basketball game.  How would you prepare?  Reading a book on basketball and trying to memorize proper form when shooting the ball into the hoop or would you physically practice shooting?  The latter would offer the most immediate benefit to the player’s gameplay. In similar fashion, application based…
  • Building routine: creating dedicated work/hw time

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Building routine: creating dedicated work/hw time Many young learners have difficulty getting into routine.  Routine is one of the main areas I work on regarding executive function issues in adolescents.  The key is to be consistent and to have clear expectations.  One setup, is to create a dedicated 2-3 hour work period when the student comes home.  This is a time when they can do homework, as well as do other academic-related tasks, such as reading (for fun), extra math, programming etc. It’s a “sit-down” or quiet time to focus on contemplative tasks, including…
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    Z Prep! » Blog

  • Finding the right College Major: Keep an Open Mind

    Z Prep!
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    For incoming college freshmen, selecting a college major can be intimidating and confusing, until they realize that choosing one is not the end of a process, but just a beginning. While involved in the college experience, a student may discover that their initial major was exactly the right choice, or may discover that their heart and talents lie in a totally different direction. Both of these are perfectly normal paths for a college career to take. Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial aid at the University of Notre Dame states, “I think that students think they find a major,…
  • College Preparation: Thinking about Career Choices

    Z Prep!
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    In general, most working adults, particularly those in the millennial and the now college-bound “Z” generations, will change careers several times during their professional working life. This trend seems here to stay. Technology is changing so fast that many workers will find themselves shifting into emerging fields that don’t even exist now. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore the importance of choosing a good major and career path that fits you. Where you start out can have a huge influence on where you end up.  And with education costs rising, making a good selection early can…
  • Should you take SAT Subject Tests? Here’s what you need to know.

    Z Prep!
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    Planning to take SAT Subjects Tests It’s important for high school students and their families to understand SAT Subject Tests and how they fit into college and SAT strategies. Thinking about which tests to take, when to take them, and how they can help can be a valuable part of an overall plan for getting into the college you want to attend. Who Should Take an SAT Subject Test? There are many good reasons for high school students to take one or more SAT Subject Tests. The College Board recommends that students take SAT Subject Tests because they enable students to demonstrate to colleges…
  • The New Aspire Test: Why ACT Aspire preparation is important for your child

    Z Prep!
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The adoption of Common Core standards has brought many changes to schools and their curricula in recent years. One of the biggest changes concerns standardized testing. Though requirements vary, most states are replacing their old No Child Left Behind assessments with new tests that measure the types of learning now required by Common Core. The Aspire system, created by the makers of the ACT, is one of these new tests. What Is the Aspire exam? The new Aspire system offers a series of achievement tests for students in third through tenth grade. Five subjects are tested each year: English,…
  • SAT Essay Writing Strategies: Are You Ready?

    Z Prep!
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The SAT essay is changing beginning in 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the new essay section of the test and how to prepare for it. Important changes to the SAT essay in 2016 The essay will now be optional instead of required. You will now have 50 minutes to write instead of just 25. The essay will be given at the end of the three-hour test instead of the beginning. The essay question will now require you to analyze a passage and explain how the writer proves his or her point. In the past, the essay involved developing an opinion essay. Who should take the SAT essay test?
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    Free Technology for Teachers

  • A Handful of Tools That Help Students Analyze Their Own Writing

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Last Saturday I reviewed Analyze My Writing. That post proved to be one of the most popular posts of the week. It also prompted a bunch of questions from readers looking for other tools like it. Here are some more good tools that students can use to analyze their own writing. Hemingway is a free tool designed to help you analyze your writing. Hemingway offers a bunch of information about the passage you've written or copied and pasted into the site. Hemingway highlights the parts of your writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences. All of those factors are…
  • The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Good evening from the world headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. Spring has finally arrived here though some signs of winter still remain. I was able to ride my bike outside a few times this week. On each ride I passed ponds, like the one in the picture to the left, that still had lots of ice covering them. Fortunately, all that ice and last bits of snow will soon be gone and students here can enjoy school vacation week. Spring school vacation week started here today. If you're on vacation this week, I hope that you enjoy it to its fullest. Here are this week's most popular…
  • How to Create a Short Flipped Lesson With Vialogues

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer. Registered users can upload videos to Vialogues or use YouTube videos as the centerpieces of their conversations. In the video embedded below I provide a short overview of how Vialogues works. Applications for Education Vialogues could be a great tool to use to publish questions for your students to answer while they are watching a video that you have created or found online. You could also use the comments in Vialogues to simply call attention…
  • Classmill - Create Online Courses

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Classmill is a new service for creating self-paced online courses. David Kapuler wrote a short blurb about Classmill earlier this week and I finally got around to trying it out this morning. On Classmill you can create public or private (invitation-only) courses. Courses are built as a series of modules. In each module you can include videos, text, images, links, and file attachments. You can also embed games and interactive simulations into each module. A discussion forum is automatically added to each module in your course. If you make your course private you will have to email invitations…
  • Spring & Summer PD Opportunities With Me

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Spring is here and before too long we'll be breaking out our flip-flops and shorts for summer. If part of your summer plan calls for professional development, I have some opportunities for you. On July 13th and 14th I am hosting the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp in Portland, Maine. This event is a hands-on exploration of how to use free technology tools in your classroom. This two day workshop is based on my framework for using technology to help students discover new information, discuss their ideas, and demonstrate their knowledge. Only eight seats are left. Click here to learn more. This…
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  • What Is Attraction? An Ultimate Guide For You

    11 Apr 2015 | 1:50 am
    This guide will help you understand the ins and outs of attraction. There are many great things about attraction and creating attraction. The first and most important part is that it is uncontrollable meaning with the right attitude and techniques, you should be able to attract almost anyone. Women are rarely logical when it comes to relationships. Women have a gut-level reaction that creates attraction. Never try to attract women in a logical way. The game of attraction is about what works so stick to whatever works even if if does not make any sense to you. How To Create Attraction With…
  • How To Stay Fit And Beautifully Healthy All Your Life

    khuram imtiaz
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Health is everything. I believe that health is just another name of life. If you are healthy, you seem to enjoy everything. You are brave in the face of challenges that life throws at you. You enjoy most of your relations. And if you are not healthy: Living seems like an uphill battle. You do not enjoy your relations and you often face failures in your professional and personal life. You success depends on your state of mind and happiness is a state of mind. Luckily it is very easy to live a happy and fit life. All you have to do is to follow some simple guidelines. We are going to discuss…
  • 8 Simple Tips That You Can Easily Follow And Lose Weight

    khuram imtiaz
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    This article introduces you to eight simple ways you can use to lose weight. The tips provided are really simple and the best part? They actually work. It took me some time to research and find these simplest methods to lose and control weight but well i did find them. ( Presentation located at the bottom of the page ) Your Personal Mantra Can Help You Lose Weight Your attitude and beliefs go a long way deciding what you will and what you will not achieve in your life. If you believe something is possible, it will become your reality sooner or later. Before you do anything, you must develop…
  • Brain Training Not Only In English But Also In Urdu And Hindi

    khuram imtiaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The Brain Director aims at providing people with free brain training and brain fitness resources. We have been providing information in English so far but things are going to change. Our goal is to help those who seriously need help and most of the people who need help do not know English. We are not here to help people only from English speaking countries like America and Canada but to help the world. I have been awake all night and right now as i am writing this sentence it is 6:30 pm so pardon me if i end up making language mistakes. You know sleep deprivation has negative impact on…
  • How To Change Your Life In A Matter Of Hours

    khuram imtiaz
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Do you ever feel sad and bad about your life? May you you are not happy with your life because you are not where you always wanted to be. Everyone including me has an idea of destination. I know where i want to be and what i want to achieve in my life. Same goes for you. But do we always achieve all the things we desire? Nope. Can we? Yes! how? That is what we are going to talk about in this article. One thing i always believed in all my life is a firmly held belief that we should never be a quitter. The moment we quit is the very moment game over with all the hope dead. We mess up our life…
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  • Time & Work concepts

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    Rule:- if m1 men or b1 boys does a task in d1 days then m2 men and b2 boys will do it in (m1b1d1)/(m1b2+m2b1) days So the solution to the above problem will be, 10 men and 3 boys will do the work in (4*6*12)/(4*3+10*6) = 24*12/(12+60) = 4 days This is the shortest trick you can find for this type of question.
  • Inequalities

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    The easiest way to solve Inequalities is by simply solving it the wrong way, That is simply EQUATE the inequalities, And for Everything else, mark the CORRECT OPTION and leave. Please DO NOT solve a Single Inequalities Question unless it becomes very mandatory to solve it,Simply Equate or Look at the Options n Mark the Correct Answer. In this note we shall be solving most questions, without solving. :)
  • Timeline for CAT preparation

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The ideal time to start preparing for CAT exam is 7-8 months prior to the exam date. Preparation for CAT is similar to preparing for a marathon and planning and executing your strategy can help you improve your performance significantly. Students, especially engineers, should realize that most of the CAT syllabus has already been learnt by them in their 11-12th standards and early engineering. The only thing that is needed to crack CAT is practice and lots of it. So, I personally discourage students from devoting time exclusively to prepare theory. Brushing up formulae and theory should be…
  • What are the skills tested in Reading Comprehension ?

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Managers of big companies read several documents a day and quickly grasp the important parts in each of them while filtering out the noise. This ability is tested in a student in the Reading Comprehension section of CAT. RC is a vital section in CAT and around 40% of the questions in the Verbal + LR section are from this topic. Improving RC is all the more important because a student who is good at RCs typically does well even in other related questions like Para-Completion and Para-Jumbles.
  • ADURO Quant Lessons - Set 1

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    With a given amount X .. Mr. Y can buy 20 E or 12 S or 5 P. If he purchased an equal number of E and S and P with an amount Z and given that Z = 3X, Find the number of Ps bought by him ? P.S. - Can you solve this sum using formulae/concepts used for Time & Work sums P.P.S. Can you solve it in 10 seconds ?
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    PenPencilEraser Blog

  • Education is the Manifestation of Knowledge

    Latha Manikanth
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Learning should be fun and stimulating for children to grow in confidence as they acquire knowledge. A classroom is a sort of place where everyone matters and it is common for Mistake making laughter sharing Independence building Brain storming Education is an art of de-learning and re-learning the concepts. The positive experience of education as […]
  • Education is a Powerful Weapon

    Krishna Rao
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    “Education is the kindling of a flame, not filling of a vessel” – Socrates Education is most important among all of us. Education is that which transforms a person to live a better life and even in a social well-being. Undoubtedly, education is both socially & personally an indispensable part of human life. As said […]
  • We are more than teachers

    Aruna Kumari
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The teacher and the student are partners to each other in the teaching-learning process. They share a lot of mutual experiences together within the classroom by virtue of this process. However, their lives outside the classroom can be very different. This essay tries to understand the daily world of the student and the teacher, the […]
  • Feats of Accomplishments

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    It’s 2015! We show you what we are now! Our team performed excellent and has bench marked in the world of technology! Schools! You are special to us from the day-one and we work in your shoes, knowing your pace!   PenPencilEraser is an Online School Management Software which suits schools of different location and […]
  • The ICT Debate

    Aruna Kumari
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Is Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in schools to go; or is it the way to go? In the contemporary context, the increasing usage of technology for our daily activities means that the importance of answering this question has increased. Some schools have actively pursued the integration of ICT into teaching, learning and the development […]
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  • GMAT Math Strategies: Backsolving

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    This week’s video is dedicated to GMAT math strategies which can help you on the Quantitative section of the exam. Kevin from Magoosh demonstrates how the fundamental math strategy of backsolving works. It is crucial if you want to save time on the GMAT. Understanding this approach will help you to avoid solving lengthy algebraic equations. Learn about backsolving in order to start applying it to your GMAT preparation! If you want to learn other tricks and find more tips on how to master the GMAT, check out the PrepAdviser Blog or ask your questions directly in the Forum. The post GMAT Math…
  • The Future of Work (MOOC Review)

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Our weekly MOOC Review section presents The Future of Work. This free online course is suitable for all, who want to acquire skills and insights to spot and examine new futures as they reveal themselves. If you are eager to continuously grow, learn, and succeed, then this is the right course for you. The aim of the course is to help you chart your own path through future with more confidence and ability to succeed. This is an important set of skills as we live in a turbulent period of transition. “Businesses and entire economies are struggling to finally leave behind Industrial Age ways of…
  • TOEFL and IELTS Notetaking (Video)

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Those of you who are preparing for either the TOEFL or IELTS exam should watch this video. It provides tips which can help you to improve your performance on the Listening sections of these tests. See some of the differences between IELTS and TOEFL This video teaches you some TOEFL and IELTS notetaking skills. They can save you time and improve your listening comprehension and thus will help you get a higher score. Remember: every section has its skills to master. If you have questions regarding the TOEFL or IELTS, or any other language test, post them on the PrepAdviser Forum. The post TOEFL…
  • Choosing between the GRE and the GMAT – Part 2

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Although they are often accepted as alternatives for MBA and Masters application, the GRE and the the GMAT exams differ in a number of ways. These differences can actually affect your choice between the GRE and the GMAT. PrepAdviser suggests that you check out the latest advice provided by GMAT Tutor as their experts delve deeper into what you might expect in both exams: A recent article we published discussed the general differences between the GRE and GMAT. Let’s delve deeper into what you might expect in both exams. In general, both exams test similar skills. In the Quantitative…
  • How to Land a Dream MBA Job

    Iliana Bobova
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The dream MBA job is one of the greatest rewards one can gain upon graduation. Statistics on MBA employment, provided by business schools or quoted in media rankings such as Global MBA Ranking 2015, report that the vast majority of MBA graduates find a job within three weeks upon graduation. Business schools have become increasingly responsible for their graduates’ career development. Many schools have developed highly efficient career development programmes on campus. However, business schools always emphasise that landing a dream MBA job is above all the responsibility of the students…
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    Lazy Kids

  • Microsoft partners with Google's Android rival Cyanogen

    vishal jadav
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Cyanogen, the startup that wants to take Android from Google, has a powerful new partner: Microsoft.The two companies formally announced a long-rumored "strategic partnership" Thursday, which will put Microsoft's apps and services on Cyanogen devices this year.Cyanogen is a modified version of Android that doesn't rely on the Google Play Store and other Google services. This model is particularly appealing in markets like China — where Google Play is nonexistent — and other countries where third-party app stores are already popular.Teaming up with the software…
  • Apple’s Music app will get a major visual overhaul in iOS 8.4

    vishal jadav
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    After the successful launch of iOS 8.3, Apple releases its newest iOS 8.4 developer's beta version. The latest version was introduced by the firm on 13 April which was just a few weeks after iOS 8.3 beta was announced. The highlight of the latest version happens to be the Apple's latest Music app which has an all new design and appearance.The new version will definitely attract music lovers as it comes with a unique design which helps users to explore their music collections. Music lovers can now add images and descriptions and personalize their playlists. The new application also…
  • It's official: Meerkat is finally coming to Android

    vishal jadav
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Meerkat is now allowing Android users to sign up to get access to the beta version of the Android app, the company announced.he company had previously confirmed an Android version of the livestreaming app was in the works but this is the first time it has announced the availability of a public beta.Android users who want to get their hands on the early version of the app can sign up via the Google form to get access. It's not clear if Meerkat plans to limit the number of beta users — as many companies often do during testing periods. A representative for Meerkat declined to…
  • Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Google Play Store

    vishal jadav
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    1. Use Password To Restrict PurchasesDon’t like to find surprise purchases on your account? Like on Apple products, you can use a password to restrict the purchases made on your Android device. This is particularly handy if there are other people using your device as well. To restrict purchases with a password:Open Play Store app > Settings.Tap on Password.Enter your Google password then tap OK.2. Filter Apps ContentApp content on Google Play are rated in terms of maturity. Some of the factors that determine what level of maturity an app is at…
  • How To Reset Mac OS X User Password In Recovery Mode [Quicktip]

    vishal jadav
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Enter OS X Recovery ModeTo boot into OS X Recovery, the first thing you need to do is to restart your Mac. While restarting, hold down CMD + R until the Apple logo appears. If you time it right, you will enter the recovery mode.What you need to do next is to go to Utilities > Terminal to open a Terminal. In Terminal, type resetpassword and press Enter.You will now be presented with the Reset Password window. Next, select your OS X drive. From the drop-down under "Select the user account:", choose the user account that…
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  • School bullying: What teachers can do and what they shouldn’t?

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Like wet cement which reflects anything that falls on it, children cannot always be blamed for the behaviour they showcase. School apps help students to learn better and parent portal helps parents to evaluate their children, but is that enough for our children? For that, execution has to be impeccable. Gifting our children the best environmentThe post School bullying: What teachers can do and what they shouldn’t? appeared first on Edsys.
  • Overcoming Barriers to the Effective Implementation of Technology in Education

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
      Technology in classrooms has become a necessity. They have simplified tasks involving classroom management and also, the lessons in the form of school apps inspire students to keep learning. But, there are some barriers that schools or teachers have to face while introducing technology to classrooms. Some schools may find it a difficult taskThe post Overcoming Barriers to the Effective Implementation of Technology in Education appeared first on Edsys.
  • How Blended Learning Can Improve Student-Teacher Relations?

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
      ‘Blended learning’, they say is the new mantra in education. But the concept is alien to most schools, even for the ones in the developed countries. The next positive step in education can be achieved only by embracing technology. Blended learning is the love child of education and technology. So it definitely is theThe post How Blended Learning Can Improve Student-Teacher Relations? appeared first on Edsys.
  • 7 Great Apps for Parent-Teacher Communication

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
      As a parent, you too have a role to play in your child’s schooling, rather than just letting the teacher take care of everything. You have to know what is happening in your child’s school and how he or she is faring in the class. To know that, you must attend parent-teacher meetings. Parent-teacherThe post 7 Great Apps for Parent-Teacher Communication appeared first on Edsys.
  • 6 Signs of an Ideal Early Years’ Teacher

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
      The early years of a child’s life are crucial. Foundations for future choices, attainments and well being are built during these years. Children should receive guidance, care and love during the early years. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a syllabus that sets standard for learning and development of children from birth toThe post 6 Signs of an Ideal Early Years’ Teacher appeared first on Edsys.
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    Home Literacy Blueprint

  • Make a List

    Erin Wing
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I found an old picture of a wish list, written by my middle son a while back. It’s written from bottom to top, in order of importance. (He was still figuring out that top-to-bottom idea.) He was going through a time when he wished for a lot of things, so I suggested that he make a wish list. I always do that when my kids ask for stuff. When they say something like, “Mommy, can I get a set of vampire teeth?” I can say, “Great idea! Let’s add that to your list.” They may or may not actually ever get the vampire teeth, but writing it down feels like a…
  • 10 Family Literacy Talks for March

    Erin Wing
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Here are a few green ideas to chat about with your kids this month. Use these family literacy talk topics during dinner, on the walk home from school, or anytime! Brainstorm books that would be great to read in March. After you read them, talk about why they’re excellent March selections. Do you think the authors meant for these books to be read at this time of the year? Would they work for other times as well? What kind of a March book would you like to write? Pretend to be the author of a book set in Ireland. How would you introduce the setting? What descriptive words and phrases…
  • Critical TV Time

    Erin Wing
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Thinking and talking about the media with kids is something we as parents and teachers need to do early and often. Understanding the way advertisers cleverly craft messages to get us to buy their products not only helps us make informed choices and keeps us from running out to buy every next big thing, but it also helps kids understand the art of persuasive writing and speaking. Next time you watch TV as a family, incorporate some critical thinking! Next time you watch TV together, try this… Ask your kids if they know about the main types of propaganda. Challenge them to watch TV with a…
  • 10 Literacy Talks for February

    Erin Wing
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
      What’s an easy way to share your love of literacy with the whole family this month? Family literacy talks! Use these literacy talking topics during dinner, on the walk home from school, or whenever you have few minutes to chat. Brainstorm books that would be great to read in February. Discuss why they are best for this month. Think Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Presidents Day, American Heart Month, winter, Groundhog Day, or friendship. One of my favorite friendship stories is pictured above. It’s Amos and Boris, by William Steig. (Affiliate link.) Describe…
  • Shadow Book

    Erin Wing
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Need a fun follow-up to Groundhog Day! This shadow book activity is one of my very favorites! Next time the sun is shining, grab a camera and a kid, and head out for a walk. As you stroll, follow behind your child and snap a few pictures along the way. Save and crop the pictures so the shadow is the focal point in each image. You can do it in Instagram as you walk, or save that part for when you get home. I like PicMonkey best for desktop editing. (Affiliate link) Ask your kiddo to take a look at each photo and describe what the shadow appears to be doing. Add those descriptions to the…
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    Recruitment 2015 Mania

  • Bank Jobs – 456845 Vacancies – Private Bank Jobs

    Ms. Jobs
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    Bank Jobs – private bank jobs – latest bank jobs – bank jobs in india – upcoming bank jobs Bank Jobs has been the prime choice of aspirants. There are large numbers of candidates who are interested in making their career into banking sector. Lots of banks are there in India including Private Banks as well as… Read More »The post Bank Jobs – 456845 Vacancies – Private Bank Jobs appeared first on Recruitment 2015 Mania.
  • Uttarakhand Police Answer Key 2015

    Ms. Jobs
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Uttarakhand Police Answer Key 2015 The Uttarakhand Police Recruitment Department is soon going to declare Uttarakhand Police Answer Key 2015. The answer key will declare through their official site. After the declaration of Uttarakhand Police Answer Key 2015, candidates can easily download their copy of the answer key. There are lots of candidates… Read More »The post Uttarakhand Police Answer Key 2015 appeared first on Recruitment 2015 Mania.
  • Odisha PSC Junior Assistant Admit Card 2015 at

    Ms. Jobs
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Odisha PSC Junior Assistant Admit Card 2015 at The Odisha PSC is soon going to declare Odisha PSC Junior Assistant Admit Card 2015. The Junior Assistant Admit Card 2015 will declare through Odisha Public Service Commission’s official site After the declaration, all the candidates can download their copy of Odisha PSC Junior… Read More »The post Odisha PSC Junior Assistant Admit Card 2015 at appeared first on Recruitment 2015 Mania.
  • Download NPCIL Executive Trainee Admit Card 2015 Declared

    Ms. Jobs
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Download NPCIL Executive Trainee Admit Card 2015 Declared The NPCIL – Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited has just issued the NPCIL Executive Trainee Admit Card 2015. The Executive Trainee Admit Cards have been declared through the NPCIL official site All the candidates are invited to download NPCIL Executive Trainee Admit Card… Read More »The post Download NPCIL Executive Trainee Admit Card 2015 Declared appeared first on Recruitment 2015 Mania.
  • UPTU B.Tech 3rd Sem Result 2015 declared

    Ms. Jobs
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    UPTU B.Tech 3rd Sem Result 2015 declared The UPTU – Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow has recently declared their UPTU B.Tech 3rd Sem Result 2015. All those candidates who have appeared for their B.Tech Exams can now check their 2nd Year UPTU B.Tech 3rd Sem Result 2015. At the official site, candidates can… Read More »The post UPTU B.Tech 3rd Sem Result 2015 declared appeared first on Recruitment 2015 Mania.
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    Pakistan Education Network

  • The problems of conventional method of teaching English as foreign language

    Laiq Qureshi
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    English has become universal language of knowledge, learning, working, business, research, and communication. The primary reason of worldwide spread of English has been the expansion of British Empire which at its peak covered almost quarter of the world, thus becoming second language for all the territories coming under its dominion. The second reason is the unprecedented rapid technological advancement and research work- in almost every field- in USA during twentieth century.   The primary reason for learning English as 2nd language is to understand the message content and/or context…
  • PEN is Edutainment

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    The post PEN is Edutainment appeared first on Pakistan Education Network.
  • What can an advertisement based coffee table magazine be

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Read More The post What can an advertisement based coffee table magazine be appeared first on Pakistan Education Network.
  • More Talks Are Coming

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    Click Here The post More Talks Are Coming appeared first on Pakistan Education Network.
  • What can an advertisement based coffee table magazine be?

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    It can be PEN, the pioneering advertisement coffee table magazine that just came out with its first issue this March 2015. As described, PEN is actually edutainment, the team behind it managed to conceptualize the magazine and made the ad placements so visually appealing. The design, colors, style and placement manner of the ads are so entertaining and literally a feast to the eyes! The logo PEN is in black and ‘E’ is red, highlighting its place in the middle, standing for Education. Which, the magazine is all about. And the word PEN, with the symbol embedded in,actually says it all. As…
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    Postgraduate Support

  • Why do startups fail?

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    Startups are early stage companies that work to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and the success is not guaranteed. Even though there is not a clear definition, startup companies are different from other companies for their ability to grow and scale very fast. Unfortunately, as many studies reported, only one out of three startups becomes a big successful business within the first four years of its life. It is common to say in the London tech-startup scene “Go big or go home!” But why do startups fail? What are the main causes of their failure? Even though there are not…
  • Dr Lionel Laborie

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Lionel Laborie is a Visiting Researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. He received his PhD in early modern history from the University of East Anglia in 2011. His research concentrates on the history of ideas and beliefs in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in religious dissent, toleration and the Enlightenment, and the Huguenot diaspora (1685-1800). Dr Laborie has given talks and lectures in ten different countries and published peer-reviewed articles in English, French and German. He is the author of “Enlightening Enthusiasm: Prophecy and Religious Experience in Early…
  • Thoughts and tips in favor of a postgraduate degree

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    As today’s working conditions rapidly change with unemployment rate severally increased and competition inclined on a daily basis, it is more imperative than ever to enroll for a post-graduate degree. Having more than fifteen years of academic experience either by studying towards my master’s degree and doctorate diploma or by lecturing to undergraduate students, I find myself in a position to widely quote my perspectives with regard to the selection criteria, conditions and benefits that are essential for a successful postgraduate study. To begin with, the vigilant candidate…
  • Dr Francesca Di Pietro

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Francesca Di Pietro holds a PhD in Management, Business and Administration from Pescara University in Italy. She has been visiting scholar at HEC School of Management in Paris and Cass Business School in London. Her research is mainly focused on the entrepreneurship and management fields. She is an expert in crowd funding and finance for early-stage businesses. She has presented her research papers at international conferences around the world and she is ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Small Business Management. She has supervised undergraduate, master and PhD students at different stage…
  • How to write: Some simple steps

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    When I was in high school in suburban California so many years ago, the public educational system in the state was still one of the best in the country. Instructional emphasis was on learning to think, to read critically and, most importantly, to write clearly and coherently. My 11th-grade English teacher had us write an essay every week; he marked up every one, pointing out grammatical errors and compositional problems (he once wrote “TRITE!” across my entire paper), but he also praised our ideas when they were well articulated. He even read the best ones on a local radio program, and…
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    Ideas for Educators - Idea Blog

  • Deep Thinking Stick

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Use a yard stick (or meter stick) to encourage deep thinking. Place a sports band, wrist band, hair band or rubber band around the stick. Ask two students to hold either end level. As other students share ideas, questions, etc. have the group evaluate the depth of the comment. Move the band to indicate the depth, encouraging students to dig deeper. 
  • Who did it?

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Everyone loves a good mystery, teasing out the facts, the inconsistencies, trying to figure out who committed the crime. Mysteries are an easy way to engage students and increase motivation for tasks that usually seem a bit boring.Last week my co-teachers and I wanted to work on compare and contrast skills, both in reading and writing. I created four crime scene reports that had some similarities and differences. Students were given the first 3 and challenged with comparing and contrasting the texts. Immediately, they were hooked into the task, looking for small details that might be clues to…
  • BackChannelChat 

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    For years I have been using as a backchannel for students to share ideas and examples while I am teaching.  Recently, someone told me about which I tried today with a group of adults. was designed for teachers and includes a free version and a paid version. At $15 a year, the paid version is well worth it, with lots of important features, including a profanity filter! The teacher has full control over the chat by being able to screen comments, remove unwanted posts, private message a student, or disable a student’s posting…
  • Must Have Tool for Engaging Learners!

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the newest entries to interactive slide presentations is PearDeck. This free web tool (with a paid version) allows you to create live sessions for your slides and invite up to 50 participants to join in. As the instructor, you control the flow while they use their devices to respond to questions you have previously designed or add in the moment. The free version includes 10 different response types, from  multiple choice to drawing on a grid.  You can then choose to show anonymous results in real time. For data analysis, upgrade to the paid version. I used this…
  • Learning without Lecture

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Why is there such a large amount of lecture when we know that it has limited utility? Try some alternative methods in your next class!
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  • Martin Van Buren

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: Martin Van Buren What: 8th President of the United States, Vice President and Secretary of State, Governor of New York Where: Born and died in Kinderhook, New York Why: Served as Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of State and Vice President, but largely underperformed in his one term as President When: Born December 5, 1782; died…
  • Andrew Jackson

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: Andrew Jackson What: 7th President of the United States, General in the War of 1812 Where: Born somewhere between the Carolinas; died Nashville, Tennessee Why: First Democrat, first (and only) President to have killed in a duel, first President to be an assassination target. When: Born March 15, 1767; died June 8, 1845 (aged…
  • John Quincy Adams

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: John Quincy Adams What: 6th President of the United States, diplomat, Senator, member of the House of Representatives Where: Born Braintree, Massachusetts (now Quincy); died Washington D.C. Why: First President to have been son of another President, first President elected despite losing the popular vote, first to serve in Congress after serving in…
  • James Monroe

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: James Monroe What: 5th President of the United States, last president to have been a Founding Father Where: Born Monroe Hall, Virginia; died New York City, New York Why: Presided over the First Seminole War, the Missouri Compromise and the Monroe Doctrine and America’s first economic depression When: Born April 28, 1758; died July…
  • James Madison

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: James Madison, Jr. What: 4th President of the United States (1809-17), ‘Father of the Constitution’, champion of the Bill of Rights Where: Born Port Conway, Virginia Colony; died Orange, Virginia Why: One of the three authors of the Federalist Papers, co-author of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, considered the Father of the Constitution,…
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    All BD Results

  • Mutual Trust Bank Management Trainee Officer Job Circular

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Mutual Trust Bank Management Trainee Officer Job Circular. MTB Bangladesh is one of the most famous Private Banks of Bangladesh. Few days ago Mercantile Bank Limited Published a job circular for the post named Management Trainee Officer. Like other banks MTB Bangladesh has also published a job circular on the Daily Prothom-Alo on April 13, […] The post Mutual Trust Bank Management Trainee Officer Job Circular appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Mercantile Bank Limited MTO Job Circular 2015

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Mercantile Bank Limited MTO Job Circular 2015. M.B.L recently published a job circular for the post of Management Trainee Officer. This job circular has been published on the Daily Prothom-Alo on April 10, 2015 and as well as on their own official website too. So you can also check the original circular from these two […] The post Mercantile Bank Limited MTO Job Circular 2015 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • NU Re-examine Result of Honors 2nd Year 2012

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    NU Re-examine Result of Honors 2nd Year 2012. National University Honors 2nd Year Exam Result had been published on October 30, 2014. Some students made their expected result. But some students didn’t get their expected result. So they applied to Re -examine their Hon’s 2nd year Final Result-2012. National University Authority has published the Re-examine Result […] The post NU Re-examine Result of Honors 2nd Year 2012 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • 35th BCS Preliminary M.C.Q Exam Result 2015

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    35th BCS Preliminary Exam Result 2015. 35 BCS preliminary exam Result has been published today. Total twenty thousand three hundred and ninety one candidates has been qualified to appear in the 35 BCS Written Exam by passing the MCQ Preliminary Exam. Congratulation to all of them for their great success. BCS Exam is the most desirable […] The post 35th BCS Preliminary M.C.Q Exam Result 2015 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • The Complete Guide to Inspirational Good Health Quotes

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The Complete Guide to Inspirational Good Health Quotes. We all know that one day we have to die. No one can deny this truth. Nobody knows that how many days we will live in this world. May be one year, two years or 50 years or may be we will die in the forth coming […] The post The Complete Guide to Inspirational Good Health Quotes appeared first on All BD Results.
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  • Can using a Fitbit activity tracker improve your classroom teaching?

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How can I exercise, reflect on my teaching, and reduce stress with my busy teaching schedule? The answer just may be found in the hottest fitness craze called the Fitbit Activity Tracker.It seems everywhere I go these days I see someone wearing a Fitbit activity tracker,and talking about how they enjoy using it to reach their fitness goals. Fitbit is a very cool activity tracker that records all kinds of data ranging from heart rate,  number of steps, distance, calories burned and other data points . Another really fun feature is that the data can be shared online with other people. You…
  • In-box Zero Case Study: How I got my teacher email to zero in 4 easy steps

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    In-box Zero Case Study: How I got my teacher email to zero in 4 easy stepsToday I'm going to show you how I lowered my teaching stress by clearing out my Inbox, and then maintaining my email Inbox at zero each day. Teaching can be a very rewarding profession, and a very stressful profession. One challenge teachers have to deal with is keeping up with email. As teachers, once our students arrive at school we have a limited amount of time to check our email, because we have children, and young adults that need our attention. In addition, our Inbox is full of  important information from…
  • Speed Exam Online Exam Software Review

    22 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Speed Exam is online exam software that promises to create exams quickly and allows you to " watch your exams live. You can see current activity of your candidates such as taking (live) completed, dropped exams with their number of attempts, device name, browser, operating system, ip address and location details. ". Increasingly schools, teachers, and companies are taking advantage of online quizzes. I personally began using online quizzes five years ago when we adopted a new textbook that came with test making software that gave us the option to publish online. I have been hooked ever since.
  • 10 Fun YouTube videos covering the Pythagorean Theorem

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Students and teachers have learned and applied the Pythagorean Theorem for many years. It is a piece of ancient wisdom that is still applicable to today's Geometry class. Now with YouTube a large number of videos are available to learn, memorize,and see the Pythagorean Theorem in action, This list of videos are fun,creative, and will spice up the ancient Pythagorean Theorem. They can be used to learn the Pythagorean Theorem, as a great way to start your class,for memorizing the Pythagorean Theorem, add in a nice break in the middle of class.or to marvel at some people's creativity.Pythagoras…
  • 10 Middle School Math blogs

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Ten Middle School Math blogs to help you find new resources,lesson plan ideas,math games, and worksheets. The beauty of this list is that these blog have such a low Google rank compared to larger math sites they rarely show up in the first 5 pages of  Google search results, but they contain great content for a middle school math class.You will find  videos, new lesson plan ideas, and hopefully some motivation from these Middle School Math blogs.Bro and Sis Math Club  I love this Middle School Math blog. It is produced by a brother and sister team of middle school students, but…
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  • Seven Ways You Can Tailor Instruction to Fit Your Students’ Learning Style

    Daniel Ruscigno
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Humans expand their knowledge by a combination of reading, listening, watching, and practicing. Researchers have researched the relationship between personality, IQ, overall intelligence, and aptitude, and have concluded that there is no one “best,” learning style. Types of Learning Styles: Auditory- These kinds of students learn best by listening. For example, when assembling a desk, this group of learner which much rather have instructions read to them, as opposed to reading the text or looking at a set of pictures. Visual- These learners gain knowledge by looking at things.
  • Dyscalculia And Math

    Daniel Ruscigno
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Dyscalculia is learning disability that affects a person’s ability to understand math concepts. It is quite possible, a person with dyscalculia can know how to perform math functions but they don’t understand why it is being done. There are many different ways this disability can affect the way a person does and understands math. A student with this learning disability can differ drastically from another student with the same disability. Having trouble with math doesn’t necessarily mean you have this learning disability. Everyone learns at different rates and different ways.
  • 5 Tips For Developing Learning Goals For Special Education Students

    Daniel Ruscigno
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am