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  • 10 Ways to Use Google Maps in the Classroom

    The Thinking Stick
    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…
  • Ordering Supplies for STEMseeds Camp: Jitterbug Robots

    Moving at the Speed of Creativity
    Wesley Fryer
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    In two weeks, Amy Loeffelholz and I will be leading a 3 day workshop for elementary STEM teachers in Yukon, Oklahoma, which we’ve named “STEMseeds PD Camp.” (It’s June 2-4, 2015.) One of the planned STEM projects we’re going to do is “Jitterbug Robots,” a lesson my wife (Shelly Fryer) learned to do and enjoyed last summer at the “Create, Make and Learn” STEM workshop in Burlington, Vermont. She also did this lesson with her 3rd and 4th graders in February. They created a short video showcasing their creations. The students learned a lot…
  • Educator: "Making" helps boost college, career preparation

    SmartBrief Education
    22 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    "Making" offers a pathway to prepare students for college and career, writes Aaron Vanderwerff, a K-12 makerspace and science -More- 
  • The K12 Education Market

    Rachel Norris
    20 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Over more than 20 years in the K12 education market (and postsecondary, but that’s a whole nother story), I have noticed that people often have completely the wrong idea about the way this market works. I want to share a high-level overview with you because it is a story that I feel rarely gets told. Why People Get it Wrong: I shouldn’t be surprised: education is an especially complex set of markets. There are 14,000 districts in 50 states and they all have slightly different considerations and regulations. On top of that, nearly everyone is first introduced to the education as a student;…
  • Shoes on a Tree at Sunset

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    23 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    Originally published by me at Barking Dog Studio » Inside the Photo (see it there) on US 395, about 50 miles north of Reno. Inside the Photo There are photos that yell at you from the roadside, we just do not hear them, tuned in to the radio or just too much to our own piddly lives. This one yelled out to me from US 395 in Eastern California; I was in the middle (almost literally by mileage) of the return trip form British Columbia, where I had spent 5 months on a fellowship, to home in Arizona. This was a long day for driving, starting on the Redwood coast near Trinidad, California, with…
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    ED News

  • Working to Protect College Students from Unfair Banking Practices

    19 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is cracking down on school-bank partnerships that unfairly target college students receiving federal student aid. Last Friday, ED announced proposed regulations that would ensure students aren’t required to receive their federal student aid on prepaid or debit cards that charge fees for overdrawing the accounts. Other proposed changes would:
  • Help Us Get the Word Out About Tools and Resources for Student Loan Repayment

    18 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid (including federal student loans) in the country. Once it’s time for borrowers to repay their student loans, we’re also here to help with free tools and resources to make the repayment process easier. Federal Student Aid recently launched a student loan repayment campaign to educate borrowers about affordable repayment options and to provide them with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions. We need your help to spread the campaign’s important messages!
  • Bullying Rates Drop

    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Bullying remains a serious issue for students and their families, and efforts to reduce bullying concern policy makers, administrators, and educators. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially.
  • New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying

    15 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According to new data from the U.S.
  • College Students to Benefit from Proposed Regulations Targeting Troubling Practices in Rapidly Expanding College Debit, Prepaid Card Marketplace

    15 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    The U.S. Department of Education announced proposed regulations, available for public inspection today in the Federal Register, aimed at protecting as many as 9 million college students receiving $25 billion in federal student aid by providing tougher standards and greater transparency surrounding agreements between colleges and companies in the rapidly expanding college debit and prepaid marketplace.
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  • The K12 Education Market

    Rachel Norris
    20 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Over more than 20 years in the K12 education market (and postsecondary, but that’s a whole nother story), I have noticed that people often have completely the wrong idea about the way this market works. I want to share a high-level overview with you because it is a story that I feel rarely gets told. Why People Get it Wrong: I shouldn’t be surprised: education is an especially complex set of markets. There are 14,000 districts in 50 states and they all have slightly different considerations and regulations. On top of that, nearly everyone is first introduced to the education as a student;…
  • Games for Learning: What makes games good?

    Rachel Norris
    11 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    The Games for Learning Summit in NYC, organized by the US Department of Education, dove into the Why and the How of games in education with a passion. Richard Culatta from the Dept. of Ed. spoke on what makes the best games, saying they give feedback quickly – every 10 seconds – and they give students the freedom to make choices. There is a zone, Culatta said, between “what I can’t do” and “what I can do” called the zone of proximal development. This is “what I can do with some support,” and this is where learning happens. Good games adapt to learner needs to find that zone,…
  • Games For Change: How Does a Game Change the World?

    Rachel Norris
    3 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    I just returned from the Games for Change Festival held April 22, 23, and 25 in New York City, where some fascinating speakers and attendees got me thinking about games all over again. Larry Cocco and I, as cofounders of the collaborative attended as guests of Games for Change to help move conversations along with respect to games as vehicles for learning and social good. Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn gave an inspiring keynote, pointing out that the things that we think of as entertainment can have a profound unanticipated effect on world…
  • Partnership for 21st Century Learning

    Rachel Norris
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) held their annual conference March 26-27 in Washington, DC. If you ever want to surround yourself with people who are knowledgeable and committed to changing the education system from an industrial paradigm to one that fits today’s environment, this is the right group for you. Demographics expert Dr. James Johnson, Jr. explained that demographics are easy to predict, but only if you pay attention to the data. Here is what the data tells him: The world is changing. Every day, six thousand boomers turn 65. As boomers age, the 25-40 demographic…
  • 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…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Episode 146: Mind Hacking: Missing Skills We’re Not Teaching Students (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    20 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    Sir John Hargrave on the Every Classroom Matters Show Sir John Hargrave has taken the research on the mind and related it to current self-help practices to help us learn what works. In today’s episode, we learn about essential thought patterns we should understand to be successful educators.  Metacognition is an essential skill of the most successful students. I also share how I overcame my own negative thought loops caused by four years of bullying. Listen to Episode #146 Online Listen on iTunes Some of the fascinating takeaways from this show are: Concentration as a missing skill in…
  • Episode 145: 5 Essential Digital Notetaking Methods (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    18 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    Dr. Tom Grissom on The Every Classroom Matters Show Whether it is digital notetaking or notetaking, many of us agree that most students are not effectively using this technique to remember, retain, and process new information. Dr. Tom Grissom is a pioneer in the effective use of digital notes, pushing us to redefine what notes can be. Listen to Show #145 Subscribe on iTunes Tom’s big point about notetaking is that if we follow the SAMR model, we must redefine what notetaking can be. Here are just a few points he shares in the show. Using electronic tools, you can redefine digital notes…
  • EPISODE 144: The Elements of a Great Educational Game [PODCAST] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    14 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Every Classroom Matters Show: Matthew Farber, Expert on Gaming in the Classroom Matthew Farber does a masterful job of explaining game mechanics, Bartle’s player types, and how to use gaming in the classroom. In Episode #144 of Every Classroom Matters, Matt also talks about game design as it relates to the classroom and how he uses questions to level up his classroom design. Listen to ECM #144 with Matthew Farber He also relates the “magic circle” of play with the zone of proximal development. Matthew is helping create a common design grammar between game design and what…
  • EPISODE 143: 10 Practical, Entertaining Ways to Teach with Mobile Devices [PODCAST] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Every Classroom Matters Show: Tony Vincent, Expert on Teaching with Mobile Devices Tony Vincent started using mobile devices in the classroom back in the days of Palm Pilots. Since then, he’s become an expert on everything mobile. In episode 143 of Every Classroom Matters, Tony teaches us how to use the iPad even when you only have one. He shares about infopics and how you can use them for a student reporter project. Tony also explains his new app, StickAround, which lets you create cool informational puzzles in teaching and learning. Listen to ECM Episode 143 with Tony Vincent If…
  • FREE WEBINAR: Living and Learning in 2025 (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    13 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    Understand the Future of the Classroom, sponsored by Intel On May 20, we will get a glimpse into the future. Many education leaders complain about the difficulty of long-term planning when we don’t have a clue what the future will look like in the classroom. Now we can have some insight. “Technology alone will not make our kids smarter.” says  futurist, Brian David Johnson. OK, so what will? I’m totally intrigued to learn what will be said in this free webinar from Intel where Brian David Johnson will explore what culture, living, and learning will look like in 2025.
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Looking Back: The Value of the Archive

    Dean Shareski
    17 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    In the age of instant and public publishing, what’s trending now seems to be what we focus on most. What someone wrote last month, last year or even 20 years ago seems less relevant that what comes across our various feeds today. One of the great promises of digital is it’s ability to archive and store. All of us have been thankful we’ve saved that email from 8 months ago but with the great affordance of storage and easy retrieval, how often to we use “old” stuff? I was thinking about my rather large data collection and how much I value being able to reference it…
  • The Teachers We Need

    Dean Shareski
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    When I look back at my teacher education, I would say that 80% of what I was taught was essentially how to be a good instructor. As Phil Schlecty says, we used to see teacher and instructor as synonymous.  Being a good instructor today is much less important than it was in 1988. It’s still a part of a teacher’s role but to a much lesser degree. Not only is our role shifting to designer and guide but the need to address emotional and personal needs have increased as well. Public education used to have an unwritten agreement: Parents take care of emotional and social needs, schools…
  • 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.  
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  • Shoes on a Tree at Sunset

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    23 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    Originally published by me at Barking Dog Studio » Inside the Photo (see it there) on US 395, about 50 miles north of Reno. Inside the Photo There are photos that yell at you from the roadside, we just do not hear them, tuned in to the radio or just too much to our own piddly lives. This one yelled out to me from US 395 in Eastern California; I was in the middle (almost literally by mileage) of the return trip form British Columbia, where I had spent 5 months on a fellowship, to home in Arizona. This was a long day for driving, starting on the Redwood coast near Trinidad, California, with…
  • A Farrar Question

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    21 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    This happened at the happy hour Tuesday after being at the Maricopa Teaching With Technology Conference. Across a noisy table, Bill Farrar posed an inquisitive question my way. When I worked at Maricopa, Bill was a psychology teacher at Mesa Community College, now he is at Estrella Mountain and the interim Director of their Center for Teaching and Learning. You can tell by the intentful way he furrows his brow when he asks that Bill does not ask trivial questions. And with a fog of a few beers and fatigue, I may not exactly remember the gist of Bill’s question. He was noting that on…
  • Me Playing Guitar With a UK Cellist at a Mission in Tucson

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    20 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    That’s not only a confusing title it’s seemingly something unlikely had you asked me a year ago — “Will you in the future play guitar with a cello teacher you meet for the first time at a 200 year old mission in Tucson?” And today’s meeting with Laura Ritchie ought to have been an entry in the True Stories collection. I first crossed paths online with Laura maybe in ds106 or phonar, but definitely in Connected Courses. in a short span she jumped in with blogging in her own domain and sharing some fabulous teaching and connecting as a music teacher at the…
  • “Doing It Daily” Back at Maricopa

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    19 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    It’s a bit of a mind bend to calculate that it has been more than 9 years since I left my first “real” job — 14 years as an instructional technologist at the Maricopa Community Colleges. The real bend back to reality was the warm greetings I got today returning there for the 2015 Teaching with Technology Conference. I cannot even give a number of how many hugs, and greetings I got from folks I used to work with, I made it a thing to grab some selfies though I am lost for a reason why they are all bros; I got probably more hellos from former female colleagues. If…
  • Technology, Equity, and a Town That Fought off a Volcanic Disturbance

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    16 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    @audreywatters Ditto, I feel like Willa Wonka getting the golden ticket — Alan Levine (@cogdog) May 15, 2015 It truly felt like getting the golden ticket yesterday for the opportunity to host a one hour conversation with Audrey Watters as one of the Connected Learning sessions focused on the Design by Equity theme of the 2015 DML Conference. I got to ask her to talk about the use of the word myth (is it meaning a falsehood or an epic story?), how biases are infused into technology, what she would do as head of LA schools instead of doling out iPads, how much the ed tech industry has…
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  • Digital Learning Research Network Conference

    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31. Our interest is to raise the nuance and calibre of the discussion about education in a digital era; one where hype and over-promising the power of technology has replaced structured interrogation of the meaning of changes that we are experiencing. We have a great lineup of speakers…
  • The Linearity of Stephen Downes. Or a tale of two Stephens

    3 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Stephen Downes responds to my previous post: “I said, “the absence of a background in the field is glaring and obvious.” In this I refer not only to specific arguments advanced in the study, which to me seem empty and obvious, but also the focus and methodology, which seem to me to be hopelessly naïve.” Stephen makes the following points: 1. George has recanted his previous work and is now playing the academic game 2. Research as is done in the academy today is poor 3. Our paper is bad. Firstly, before I respond to three points, I want to foreground an interesting aspect of…
  • On Research and Academic Diversity

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In my previous post, I mentioned the release of our report Preparing for the Digital University. Stephen Downes responds by saying “this is a really bad study”. He may be right, but I don’t think it is for the reasons that he suggests: “What it succeeds in doing, mostly, is to offer a very narrow look at a small spectrum of academic literature far removed from actual practice”. This resulted in a Twitter exchange about missing citations and forgotten elearning history. Rolin Moe responded by saying that the history that we included in our citation analysis of…
  • Preparing for the Digital University

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    We’ve released a new report: Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history and current state of distance, blended, and online learning (.pdf). The report is an attempt to reposition the narrative of digital learning away from “look, my cool new technology does this” to something more like “here’s what we know from research and here’s what we can extrapolate”. Innovation is a bunnies and kittens type of concept – who could possibly oppose it? Sometimes new is not better, especially when it impacts the lives of people. Remember the…
  • Nothing new here: Arizona State and edX partnership

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    I’m learning that if you call something existing by a new name, or if you get some press, you can discover well defined concepts and claim them as your own. Today’s example: Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed to fulfill the general-education requirements of a freshman year at Arizona State at a fraction of the cost students typically pay, and students can begin taking courses without going through the traditional application process… Students who…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Asking students to work in complete isolation (Scott McLeod)
    24 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Joe Bower said: I would never ask students to complete anything that is worth doing in complete isolation from their peers, parents, books, or the Internet. I’ve worked hard to encourage my students to see collaboration as a critical characteristic of learning. Alfie Kohn reminds us that, “I want to see what you can do not what your neighbour can do” is really just code for “I want to see what you can do artificially deprived of the skills and help of the people around you. Rather than seeing how much more you can accomplish in a well-functioning team that’s more…
  • Taking an advanced course should not be synonymous with copious amounts of homework (Scott McLeod)
    20 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    High school student Carolyn Walworth said: It is time to rethink the way we teach students. It is time to reevaluate and enforce our homework policy. It is time to impose harsher punishments upon teachers who do not comply with district standards such as not assigning homework during finals review time. It is time we wake up to the reality that Palo Alto students teeter on the verge of mental exhaustion every single day. It is time to realize that we work our students to death. It is time to hold school officials accountable. Right now is the time to act. Effective education does not have to…
  • Schools, baseball teams, and casinos (Scott McLeod)
    19 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Ramona Shelburne said: [Baseball] franchises that remain static will eventually regress and deteriorate. People, too. So the antidote is to be proactive. Change before you’re forced to. Keep putting yourself in the best positions to succeed. When things break the wrong way, break new ground. “The mindset in everything we do is to be the casino,” Friedman said. “We want to be the house. We’re going to make a lot of decisions. It’s a high-volume business. We can’t be afraid of making mistakes. The key is to be right more than we’re wrong and…
  • The DENny Awards with Dean Shareski (Scott McLeod)
    19 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    Here are a couple of Dean Shareski’s online promos for the DENny Awards… Happy viewing! A No related posts.
  • Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones (Scott McLeod)
    18 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Murphy & Beland’s recent study is making the rounds online, particularly among those who are eager to find reasons to ban learning technologies in classrooms. The economists found that banning mobile phones helped improve student achievement on standardized test scores, with the biggest gains seen by low-achieving and at-risk students. Here are my thoughts on this… The outcome measure is standardized test score improvement. Is that all you care about or do you have a bigger, more complex vision for student learning? For instance, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking,…
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  • Do we actually want to close the achievement gap?

    Ewan McIntosh
    18 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    I end this small run of blog posts with the question posed by Professor Brian Boyd at the beginning of our evening: Do we want to close the achievement gap? We know we can close the gap. It’s been done or almost been done before in Scottish education, but the answers have been ignored as they pass us by. The simple clue is this: poverty is single biggest predictor of achievement, and according to research (Hammonds sic, reference required), aged 10, a child living in poverty is 60% less likely to get to university. Boyd borrowed from his own mother’s report card to ask us what kind of…
  • Do schools ever want to partner with business?

    Ewan McIntosh
    18 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    “Teachers like to agree with each other, when we talk about learning. It’s hard to change that, when the model we have wanted to make work has nonetheless been failing for 40 years.” Professor Brian Boyd No area has remained up there in the contentiousness charts in Scotland as the notion of business and education working together to do something better for our young people. Most schools do not ‘partner’ with colleges or universities. Instead, they are production facilities for undergraduates and college entrants. Fewer are set up to systematically provide apprenticeship…
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  • Will Periscope, a Mobile App, Open Up Academic Conferences?

    17 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Link here for the Inside Higher Ed version of this entry which can more easily be shared & printed. Nearly 9,000 people, myself included, attended the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in late April 2015. The size of the conference has been growing over the last several decades and it has become a de facto international gathering despite the ‘American’ moniker; a trading space of sorts to present papers, share ideas, formulate collaborative research proposals, source prospective faculty, share gossip, have good times, etc. Of the 8,950 people…
  • Why no MOOCs on Gaza?

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Note: the Inside Higher Ed version of this entry is available here. I don’t know about you, but my sense is global politics seems to be on the up this summer regarding turmoil and debate. And, consequently, there is a lot of debate about conflicts in places like the Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and so on. In this context I watched some fascinating, if depressing, documentaries last night on PBS’ Frontline. They focused on Syria and Iraq and were relatively well done, helping me to learn more about these complex countries and their associated conflicts. While I’m lucky enough…
  • How Open is Finnish Higher Education?

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

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

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

  • Teacher Appreciation

    Jose Vilson
    21 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    The last time I saw her, she was a proud teacher to students with special needs. We discussed the future of activism in education and the great work coming out of efforts we have worked on together. She has built her voice through song, social justice, and, just as important, students. This week, she informed a collection of us that her principal fired her from the profession she loved. The administration found ways to discontinue her job through her ratings, but her outspokenness did her in. Anyone in her circle is 99.999% sure of it. She’s not dead, but, as with the legions of…
  • Stare Them In The Eyes

    Jose Vilson
    17 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Before I continue, I’ve been nominated for the National Education Association’s Social Justice Award. If you’re an NEA / UFT member, please consider voting for me. Thank you! Voting ends on May 18th, 2015. When John Norton, editor and writing guru, was having long conversations with me on Skype about the direction of my book, he often told me that the book would elevate my voice in ways I couldn’t imagine. The morning after my book dropped on May 6th, 2014, I was on a train to meet Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. My strategy in conversing with politicians with whom…
  • Why Math Is A Social Justice Issue [Edutopia]

    Jose Vilson
    12 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Read my latest entry at Edutopia, my posit that math is a social justice issue: Even though Americans generally believe that math is the most important subject in school, students tend to drop out at higher rates when introduced to harder math and sciences. It seems the desire is there, but the skill and understanding are not. While there are a plethora of reasons for students to drop out, math always seems to come up as one of those levers with my former students. In recent times, Andrew Hacker, Grant Wiggins, and Nicholson Baker have come for algebra’s neck, stipulating that advanced…
  • A Child’s First Teacher

    Jose Vilson
    10 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    [Today’s special guest is Anthony Mullen, 2009 Teacher of the Year and awesome writer. Feel free to tell us what you think about his post in the comments below.] Spring is in the air and I am surrounded by death. The countless small white headstones seem so clean, neat, tidy – each a small but insignificant reminder that a person once lived. I come here often but still get lost among the sea of stones. An old oak tree stood tall near my mother’s grave until a hungry fungus made it as lifeless as the departed who lie beneath my feet. I have come to this vast military cemetery to…
  • Were You At The Protest, Too?

    Jose Vilson
    3 May 2015 | 3:51 pm
    “Were you at the protest, too?” I’ve had no less than four people ask my directly why I haven’t written about my classroom experiences lately. Some of it stems from speaking truth to the gaping hole I continue to see in education writing, namely the intersectional race lens of events like the Atlanta cheating scandal and the Baltimore uprising. At this stage of the game, these events deserve more attention than Apple Watch’s effects on the classroom and as much attention as the 200 thousand opt-outs in New York State. When people aren’t writing it, I do.
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    The Reading Workshop

  • D.A.R.E. Essay

    19 May 2015 | 4:53 am
  • You Need More Than Spellcheck

    14 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Spell Check is a great tool that helps all writers produce cleaner writing. However, writers still need to proofread their own work. The picture below shows . . .
  • The Best Way to Get Stronger

    13 May 2015 | 4:50 am
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  • Want to be a Better Reader?

    5 May 2015 | 8:25 am
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  • Will It Be You?

    4 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    Reading Workshop students, will you take a minute today to say something to make someone else's life better? Before you say yes, think about when and where this will happen. Thank you for taking the time to share some of yourself for another.
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?

    7 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Excited about the possibility that he would project his creativity onto paper, I handed my 1-year-old son a crayon. He tried to eat it. I held his hand to show him how to draw, and he broke the crayon in half. I went to open the door and when I came back, he had figured out how to scribble… all over the wooden floor. Crayons are pretty magical and versatile technologies. They can be used as educational tools — or alternatively, as projectiles. And in the process of exploring their properties, children learn to make sense of both their physical affordances and the social norms that…
  • Why I Joined Dove & Twitter to #SpeakBeautiful

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    I’ve been online long enough to see a lot of negativity. I wear a bracelet that reads “Don’t. Read. The. Comments.” (a gift from Molly Steenson) to remind myself that going down the path of negativity is not helpful to my soul or sanity. I grew up in a geeky environment, determined to prove that I could handle anything, to stomach the notion that “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” My battle scars are part of who I am. But why does it have to be this way? Over the last few years, as the internet went from being a geeky subculture to something that is truly…
  • An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media

    12 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    In the days that followed Andrew Watts’ “A Teenager’s View on Social Media written by an actual teen” post, dozens of people sent me a link. I found myself getting uncomfortable and angry by the folks who are pointing me to this. I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years. Almost all of them work in the tech industry and many of them are tech executives or venture capitalists. The general sentiment has been: “Look! Here’s an interesting kid who’s captured what kids these days are doing…
  • Baby Boaz

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Boaz Lotan Boyd saw the blizzard coming and knew it was time for him to enter this world. At 4PM on Monday, January 26, a little ball of fuzzy cuteness let out a yelp and announced his presence at a healthy 6 pounds 14 ounces. We are now snuggling in the hospital as the world outside gets blanketed with snow. I’ll be on parental leave for a bit, but I don’t know exactly what that means. What I do know is that I will prioritize existing collaborations and my amazing team at Data & Society. Please be patient as my family bonds and we get our bearings. Time is the hardest…
  • Data & Civil Rights: What do we know? What don’t we know?

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    From algorithmic sentencing to workplace analytics, data is increasingly being used in areas of society that have had longstanding civil rights issues.  This prompts a very real and challenging set of questions: What does the intersection of data and civil rights look like? When can technology be used to enable civil rights? And when are technologies being used in ways that undermine them? For the last 50 years, civil rights has been a legal battle.  But with new technologies shaping society in new ways, perhaps we need to start wondering what the technological battle over civil rights will…
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    The Power of Educational Technology

  • Beginning Again - Reflections on Edcamp San Jose

    Liz Davis
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    This weekend I helped to organize Edcamp San Jose, my first west-coast edcamp. Thanks to an amazing team of organizers, Travis Phelps, Diane Wharton, Mary Fran Lynch, Todd Feinberg and Matthew Cordes, and a great group of participants it was a wonderful day.  At the end of the day I was fortunate enough to attend Elana Leoni's session on writing and reflecting. She gave us time to write about the day and encouraged us to be creative with our writing style. What follows is the writing I did that afternoon.She had been to many EdCamps before, she helped organize EdCamps before…
  • We built it, but not many came... How do we reinvigorate Teachers Unplugged?

    Liz Davis
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    This is the fourth year that I have helped to organize the Teachers Unplugged session at NAISAC. This is a participant driven session in which the attendees propose and vote on topics for discussion and then we sit at round tables and have two 20 minute discussions about the most popular topics. It takes some explaining as people enter, but every year we have heard the same thing from people as they leave the session, "This is the best session I have attended at this conference."     I think this has to do with the fact that the sessions are interactive and…
  • 33 Great Ideas For Women In Leadership Positions

    Liz Davis
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I attended a great session today at the NAIS Conference (National Association of Independent Schools) titled: Engendering Leadership: How Independent Schools Support Successful Female Leaders. Thank you to Lindsay Koss, Pearl Kane, Lucy Goldstein, Meera Ratnesar, Frances Fondren, Karen Whitaker and Katie Arjona for all of your sage advice!Here is what I learned:Leadership is a behavior1. Leadership is about doing not about the title2. If your passions don’t align with your institution you have to listen to that and move to a place that fits.3. You need to know the stereotypes that…
  • #MARCHON in remembrance of Martin Luther King

    Liz Davis
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    This week at our middle school we have done a number of things to celebrate and remember the upcoming MLK day on Monday. We started as a whole school learning a little about the history of both Martin Luther King and about non-violent protest in general. We watched the John Legend/Common music video (below) of their song Glory from the movie SelmaAt the end of the video, we are challenged to consider what we would march for and to share that with the hashtag #marchon.  Students created a small #marchon poster articulating what they would march for. We gathered…
  • Another Design Thinking PD Day for Faculty - Reimagining Creative Spaces at School

    Liz Davis
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    Just before Thanksgiving break I led another full day Design Thinking workshop with my faculty. Our goal was to look at our campus and consider what we could do with our physical space to inspire creativity in ourselves and in our students. Because we only had from 8:30 - 2:00pm, I decided to take my faculty through exactly the same processes that we used during our August PD day, which I described in my last blog post, but with a different topic. Since we had already been through all of the steps once, I was able to skip over a lot of the explanation of the how and why and move people right…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Director of Technology – Casady School

    Wesley Fryer
    24 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    (cross-posted from Facebook – with a few more photos added here!) Thanks to everyone for your prayers the past couple months. I am excited to announce I’ve accepted a new position, which starts in July, as the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. Casady is an independent PK-12 school, and I am very excited about the opportunities and challenges this role will present. I have loved teaching STEM the past two years in Yukon Public Schools at Independence Elementary, and I will miss many of the colleagues and friends I’ve made the past four years working…
  • Set Your Default YouTube Upload Channel

    Wesley Fryer
    22 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    For over a year now, YouTube has permitted users to create multiple channels with a single Google account. In the past, to manage more than one YouTube channel, users had to create separate Google accounts. Now YouTube channels can even be shared with other Google account users, similar to the way Google Docs are shared. The screenshot below shows the three channels I’ve created and helped manage at our school the past two years. Our school district uses GAFE (Google Apps For Education) and has YouTube turned ON for teachers. These three YouTube channels include: My STEM classroom…
  • Ordering Supplies for STEMseeds Camp: Jitterbug Robots

    Wesley Fryer
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    In two weeks, Amy Loeffelholz and I will be leading a 3 day workshop for elementary STEM teachers in Yukon, Oklahoma, which we’ve named “STEMseeds PD Camp.” (It’s June 2-4, 2015.) One of the planned STEM projects we’re going to do is “Jitterbug Robots,” a lesson my wife (Shelly Fryer) learned to do and enjoyed last summer at the “Create, Make and Learn” STEM workshop in Burlington, Vermont. She also did this lesson with her 3rd and 4th graders in February. They created a short video showcasing their creations. The students learned a lot…
  • Clear Signs of Digitally Connected School Leaders

    Wesley Fryer
    17 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are the leaders in your school and/or school district digitally connected? Being a connected educator today is one of the most important hallmarks of effective twenty-first century leadership. How do you know if your school leaders are connected educators? The links and “interactive channels” provided to social media accounts on official school websites can provide an enlightening perspective on this question. The following screenshot of the administration page for Clinton Public Schools, in Oklahoma, provides a clear sign of the district’s priority on being connected…
  • Podcast423: Mystery Skype, Minecraft, iPad Digital Portfolios, & More with Shelly Fryer

    Wesley Fryer
    13 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    This podcast is an interview with 3rd and 4th grade teacher Shelly Fryer, discussing mystery skype, Minecraft in the classroom, iPad digital portfolios with Seesaw, and more. Check out the podcast shownotes for referenced apps, links and resources. Thanks to Adam Jones for sharing his podcasting inspiration! Shownotes: Shelly on Twitter: @sfryer Shelly’s classroom website: Positive Tomorrows (@ptokc) Adam Jones Education Podcast Mystery Skype in the Classroom Rachel’s YouTube Channel: RachelArtist (@rachfMC – videos about Minecraft and Club…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Where do we teach email?

    Jeff Utecht
    6 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    You know how somedays you look through your PLN feeds and you can’t find anything really interesting? That was yesterday for me…but then there was today…. Here’s one…. Google Embeds Engineers as Professors A great article on how different tech companies are taking different approaches to get minority students at all levels more involved in tech related fields. Google’s approach is interesting….taking some of their engineers and using them as professors…is Google trying to tell us something about the professors that teach these courses? Is what…
  • Institutes and Conferences

    Jeff Utecht
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    As the school year comes to an end….and I know it’s coming to an end because all my teacher friends are busy monitoring, agonizing and stressed out about the testing happening this time of year….and those are the teachers…wonder what the kids feel like? To help take minds off of the endless hours watching kids take tests, I thought I would share PD opportunities that I am directly involved with either in creating, organizing or advising on. Eduro Learning Summer Institutes July 2nd – Eduro Learning Summer Institute in Seattle Hosted at the Bell Harbor…
  • 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…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Computer Science and ?

    Alfred Thompson
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    Several conversations lately have me thinking about combining computer science with other subjects in school. My thinking regularly comes back to that for a number of reasons. One is that it reflects the real world today. Computer science does not live in isolation but has become an important part of almost every area of work and study. Teaching it in isolation does students something of a disservice. A second major reason is that fitting computer science into an already packed curriculum is a challenge that many schools do not seem interested in taking on. And yet I believe that today’s…
  • Expanding Computing Education–Are We Forgetting Rural Schools

    Alfred Thompson
    19 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    One big announcement last week was College Board and announc[ing] an alliance to improve diversity in computer science. The plan is to partner with the 35 largest school districts in the US. Now to some 35 school districts may not sound like a lot but these districts are HUGE. New York City along has something like 490 high schools. The public schools (at all levels) serve 1.1 million students. So what will happen? The College Board and will identify and help schools to adopt two specific computer science courses at the high school level: the introductory Exploring Computer…
  • Interesting Links 18 May 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    18 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    Last week I made my travel arrangements for the Annual CSTA Conference. Less than two months away and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll also be at ISTE this June. Not as much CS stuff there but a lot of edtech stuff that I find interesting as well as a lot of great educators to talk to. But big as ISTE is, the CSTA conference is the one I would go to if I could only go to one conference a year. Hope to see a lot of people there. targets high school computer science via usatoday Great news for the districts involved. I have some thoughts on what about the rest of us to…
  • Coming soon – 2015 Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference

    Alfred Thompson
    17 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    With the Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference coming up in July there are a few things we thought you should know now that we’ve sprung into spring and we’re less than two months away: – Several workshops are at, or nearing capacity – There will be NO onsite registration for workshops, so if you are interested you must sign up online in advance – Housing reservations close on: June 17 – The online registration deadline is drawing near: June 26 – We will be providing workshop and conference certificates for CEU’s (check with your state board for…
  • Code, Compile, Test, Repeat

    Alfred Thompson
    12 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    I came across this image on Facebook recently and it got me thinking. My first old guy “get off my lawn” thought was that when I started coding one was lucky if they had a chance to compile more than once a day. But of course timesharing and interactive coding and development came soon after and we started compiling all the time. Today’s developers can pretty much compile anytime they want even if some systems are put together and built less frequently. Back in the day a simple typo could result in hundreds of errors and it it was a tedious and often difficult task to determine which…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • The Power of Choice: Who’s blocking ‘choice’ in the Rochester City School District?

    21 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    By Berkeley Brean NBC 10 Rochester ( May 20, 2015 If a family in the city had the money to move to the suburbs for the good suburban schools that would be a choice. But what about the families in the city that don’t have the money to make that move? What choice do they have? If they don’t win the charter school lottery, their children have to enroll in the worst ranked school district in the state. That’s why News10NBC traveled to Washington D.C. which is the capital of school choice. We looked into who is blocking choice in Rochester. It’s the people who…
  • Newswire: May 19, 2015

    19 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    Vol. 17, No. 20 POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE. More students across the country are donning their caps and gowns this spring with U.S. graduation rates at an all-time high. However, the numbers aren’t telling the whole story. The Associated Press reported last week that “the record high graduation rate masks large gaps among low-income students and those with disabilities compared to their peers.” Not only are there major gaps, but overall achievement could certainly be better, with less than 50% of our nation’s 8th grade students able to do math and read proficiently. U.S. Education…
  • Bad Deal in Baltimore

    19 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    Progressives and unions gut a charter-school reform. May 18, 2015 Opinion Wall Street Journal The Baltimore riots produced national lamentations about urban poverty, but don’t expect much to be done about it. Witness how the Maryland legislature gutted a charter-school reform that could have offered an escape for poor children. Baltimore schools are some of the worst in the country. According to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, a mere 14% of Baltimore fourth graders and 16% of eighth graders were proficient in reading. One in four students fails to graduate from high…
  • Congress weighs funding for D.C. school vouchers

    15 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    by Andrea Noble The Washington Times May 14, 2015 Shirley-Ann Tomdio, a junior at George Washington University studying to be an orthopedic surgeon, ticked off a list of accomplishments that would make any parent proud. The daughter of Cameroonian immigrants, Ms. Tomdio earned honors before graduating from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, was an editor of her school’s literary magazine, won awards on the track team and serves as a leader of a women’s empowerment group. Speaking about her accomplishments before a panel of federal lawmakers Thursday in the auditorium of Archbishop…
  • Editorial: NM charters rank high on U.S. News high school list

    15 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    by Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board Albuquerque Journal May 15, 2015 Once again, New Mexico charter schools are at the top of the class, demonstrating why there is pent-up demand from families for this successful alternative public education model. A U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best U.S. high schools lists three Albuquerque charters at the top of the 12 New Mexico schools that made the list of the 2,500 top high schools in the United States. Coming in at 76th out of nearly 20,000 high schools reviewed by the publication in compiling its “best of” list – and first in New…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Bipartisan Bill on Wage Data

    Paul Fain
    22 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would enable the linking of student-level enrollment information with data on employment and wages. The bipartisan bill would provide post-graduate earnings averages at both the institutional and academic program levels, wrote Amy Laitinen, deputy director of New America's higher education program. It would make public these and other performance data about higher education by overturning the ban on a federal "student unit record" system and freeing up existing, but currently unavailable…
  • Report Blasts 'Fantasy World' of Presidential Benefits

    Scott Jaschik
    22 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    An Illinois Senate report will be released today blasting the "fantasy world of lavish perks" for presidents of public colleges and universities, The Chicago Tribune reported. The study criticizes funds given to presidents for cars, homes and clubs as well as large severance packages provided to a number of presidents. Some legislators are expected to introduce a bill that would, among other things, limit severance payments to one year's salary. Higher education leaders (and not just in Illinois) tend to defend various benefits for presidents as needed to recruit top talent. But…
  • The Other Lesson of Kennesaw

    Matt Reed
    22 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanThe Kennesaw State “advisor” video debacle is potentially far more radical than most people seem to assume. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a hidden camera (presumably cell phone) video of a white female advisor being aggressively dismissive of a young black male student’s request for help. She seems to go out of her way to escalate an apparent misunderstanding into something much more sinister. After the video went public, the advisor was placed on leave. The video and its fallout have mostly been framed as…
  • A professor's lament about students and their cell phones (essay)

    David Jaffee
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Across the campus I walk Nary an opportunity to talk Student heads are a-sway Faces cocked not my way No one can say that they gawk Cell phone ostriches all The screen enough to enthrall Be it Reddit or Twitter No people to consider A virtual social withdrawal There is no humane conversation Instead just digital sensation Likely social media Or perhaps Wikipedia An obsessive compulsive fixation Before each class they gather In silence, because they’d rather Consume Facebook postings Of acquaintances' boastings Than discuss the subject matter With heads stuck deep up their apps We…
  • Drake College of Business to close doors at end of July

    Ashley A. Smith
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A for-profit college in New Jersey that made news five years ago for recruiting homeless people has become the latest to announce it will close its doors. Editorial Tags: For-profit colleges
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • In Defence Of EduTech

    20 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    I am looking forward to EduTech. I am lucky enough to be leading a group of seven of my staff off to Brisbane in under two weeks time. Several have been wanting an opportunity like this for a couple of years now, while others are nervous about participating in such a high profile event early in their teaching career. However, across my network connections, there is a growing trend towards bagging EduTech both as a concept and as an event. I am not saying that some of the criticisms aren’t valid or that educators aren’t entitled to hold views that are anti-EduTech. It’s just…
  • The Power Of The Humble Lanyard

    4 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    Tomorrow morning at the Primary Years Assembly, I will be presenting six more Digital Leaders lanyards bringing the number of newly qualified Leaders up to twenty two. My photo shows the pile ready with the badge grid showing badges earned so far complete with the glamorous purple lanyard (called the forgotten colour of our school uniform by our Music teacher!) with teal custom printing. The cost for each lanyard is around five dollars. The plastic sleeve is worth about fifty cents and the printing is a few cents extra. A modest investment considering what the students and the school get in…
  • The Foanes 2

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    Enjoy – hope someone finds this mildly amusing. The Michael Bolton reference is a bit of an in-joke that contrasts my wife’s musical tastes with my own. For the record, I did take Joanne to see Michael Bolton in concert a few years back, and he was very entertaining. I’m finding that the drawing part of trying to do a comic strip is the easy part – coming up with a story or anecdote or observation is definitely the hard part.
  • Don’t Give Google Too Much Credit, The Open Office Concept Is Not New

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    This link popped up via Ewan McIntosh in my Feedly reader today, and reading the article sent me back in time to 1995, when I started teaching at Flagstaff Hill Primary School in southern suburban Adelaide. The whole premise of the Washington Post piece is that open space work environments as apparently championed by Google are not really working that well, and that the drawbacks are outweighing the anticipated benefits. What surprises me (as it will many educators) is that the open space concept is supposedly new, and this analysis had me thinking back to my first experiences in an open…
  • 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.
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    BBC News - Education & Family

  • Apprenticeship system 'fails young'

    23 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The apprenticeship system in Britain is "failing" and needs reform to address youth unemployment, a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association says.
  • Adoption services 'should be merged'

    23 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.
  • Dogs help relieve vets' exam stress

    22 May 2015 | 4:31 am
    Stressed trainee vets have taken a break from learning about animal health and invited in a team of dogs to help them cope with exam revision.
  • Alternative to adoption on the rise

    22 May 2015 | 3:42 am
    The number of babies subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC - while adoption rates have been falling.
  • Cash squeeze at children's centres

    21 May 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Support for vulnerable children in England is at risk as funding ebbs away, analysis by Barnardo's suggests.
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  • Must-See Talk – May 5 – “Math Fights & Middle Bits”

    Dan Meyer
    3 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Shira Helft and Rick Barlow gave one of the most stellar talks at a recent, stellar math education conference. Like many teachers of ELL populations, they struggled to help their students speak mathematically. They described their transition from blunt prompts like “justify your answer” to precise participation structures they developed with their colleagues. They talked about two of those structures in their session – “math fights” and “middle bits” – which are simultaneously accessible and demanding. We could have kept that session running for another…
  • Every Handout From NCTM

    Dan Meyer
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Some people on Twitter were grousing about the inconvenience of clicking every single session link in the NCTM directory to find out if the speakers uploaded handouts. NCTM also mentioned that the handouts would only be available for about a month. For both of those reasons, I wrote a script to crawl all 814 talks and yank out the 208 with file uploads. So here’s that directory. Or you can download all of the handouts in one big swipe [360MB] if you’d rather. If you find anything interesting, do let us all know in the comments. It’s almost like you were there! BTW: My slides…
  • 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…
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    NYC Educator

  • DA Takeaway

    NYC Educator
    24 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    The DA last week was fairly unremarkable. One thing I found unusual was that I voted with Unity, I think, every time. All of the resolutions were fairly Mom and Apple Pie, both of which I support. Nonetheless, some things are notable.Both Lauren Cohen and Megan Moskop of MORE were treated civilly, and managed to pass their motion and amendment. This is a great improvement over last year, when the Unity faithful shouted Lauren down for daring to mention their loyalty oath in public. It's a great idea to let schools hire ATR teachers regardless of salaries, but if I'm not mistaken, Unity didn't…
  • Mary Ahern on ATRs and UFT Elections

    NYC Educator
    22 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    I was thinking of writing about this, but I'm gonna defer to a comment UFT Chapter Leader Mary Ahern left in response to James Eterno last night. You may or may not know that, when UFT leadership was confronted with a demand for a functional ATR chapter, they claimed it wasn't necessary. After all, ATR is temporary, having only been around for ten years. And UFT has been proactive, negotiating great benefits like second-tier due process and the ability to be fired for missing two interviews. And those zany madcap folks at Tweed are pretty good about sending interview commands out at the last…
  • New Action Takes a Position on Semi-Democracy

    NYC Educator
    21 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    There's an interesting dynamic in UFT. The primary dynamic is Unity Caucus has all the power, completely shuts out all opposition voices, and does whatever it damn pleases. It apologizes to no one. It praises itself for every position it takes, and when it changes said positions, completely ignores its previous positions, dumping them down the ever-open memory hole.I know this well because I transferred to my current school via the UFT Transfer Plan. I had a boss who wanted to make me teach all Spanish because her current Spanish teacher threw a lot of kids out of class. I never threw kids…
  • May DA Report

    NYC Educator
    20 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    President’s ReportResolution to remove fed from ESEA has passed committee. Hoping, with elections to keep focus on right things.Albany—Skelos down, replacement John Flanagan. Mulgrew says Flanagan understands education but that doesn’t mean he’ll do the right thing. Financial backing comes from people unfriendly to teachers, favors charters. Learning Summit—Mulgrew testified on evaluation law. Says changes not good for ed., we need stability and something simplified. Says some districts want lesson plans used for ratings, but UFT wants to maintain local bargaining and control. Says…
  • Teacher Torture Wins 3 to 1 in UFT Poll

    NYC Educator
    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    I recently got an email from Punchy Mike Mulgrew informing me that 12,000 members filled out their one-question poll and preferred Neverending Professional Development to 37.5 minute Small Group Tutoring. Apparently there was no choice C: None of the Above. Nor was there a spot to make suggestions. Therefore 3 out of 4 UFT members want to stay 80 minutes after school on Monday and 70 on Tuesday to accomplish Whatever Is Done on those days.I guess it's good to put out polls like that. It makes it look like you care what people think. I just took a poll from NYSUT asking me about the NYSESLAT…
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    The Fischbowl

  • In The Real World

    Karl Fisch
    13 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    "In the real world . . ." is a sentence starter you often hear in schools. In fact, I've said it many times myself. We need to stop.Our students spend the better part of 13 years of their lives in K-12 education. This is their real world. The time our students spend with us is real. The experiences - the joy, the sadness, the learning, the relationships - those are all real. No matter how well-meaning we might be when using that phrase, we trivialize our students' lives when we use it. Their life in school is no less real than adults' lives outside of school. (And, as someone who has devoted…
  • This Week

    Karl Fisch
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This was my daughter's schedule at school this week.Monday: Regular bell schedule, but she had MAP testing for two hours (no Math or Social Studies class)Tuesday: School starts at 11:30 am due to mandated state ACT testing. Has each of her regular six Tuesday classes, each for 23 minutes. (Side note: Total passing period time is 25 minutes, or longer than any individual class.)Wednesday: School starts at 12:06 pm due to PLC day and PARCC EOY testing. Has three of her regular Thursday classes, each 40 minutes.Thursday: School starts at 11:05 am due to PARCC EOY testing. Has the other three of…
  • 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…
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    This Week In Education

  • Thompson: What Do We Mean When We Talk of Graduation Rates?

    john thompson
    22 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Graduation rates used to be incredibly easy to fabricate (almost as easy as attendance rates and even easier than jacking up proficiency rates) but I don't doubt they have become more reliable. I used to assume that the annual increase in graduation rates, and the equally ubiquitous decline in dropout rates, were half real and half bogus. Although graduation rates may be somewhat more reliable today, it is hard to see how they could ever function as a valid "output" accountability measure. (It also feels like "deja vu all over again" when reading Jay Mathews…
  • Morning Video: Can Chicago Reach Labor Deal Like LA Just Did?

    Alexander Russo
    22 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Can Chicago teachers and the district come to agreement over a new contract like UTLA and LAUSD recently did? PBS affiliate WTTW interviews union president Karen Lewis. Or watch this HuffPost Live segement on desegregation efforts in Connecticut, one of the few states in the nation where there's been some improvement. 
  • AM News: Shorter, Combined PARCC Tests For Next Year

    Alexander Russo
    22 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    Board shortens Common Core-aligned tests known as PARCC Washington Post: The Common Core-aligned tests that made their debut in 11 states and the District this spring will be approximately 90 minutes shorter next year, a change that comes after parents, teachers and school administrators expressed frustration with the amount of time devoted to the new exams. See also AP (States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam), EdWeek (PARCC Shortens Its Common-Core Test) Kids Cheer, Officials Jeer As Computer Glitches Delay Testing In Virginia WAMU: School officials from across…
  • Quotes: Common Core Tests Restore Some Strengths of 1990s Tests, Says Linda Darling-Hammond

    Alexander Russo
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Before NCLB, Vermont, Indiana and Kentucky had students write in different genres and assessed their work. Connecticut and New York had multiday science activities... With Smarter Balanced, the performance tasks will only take about 180 minutes over one or two class periods. But they will be meaty tasks figuring out complex problems and asking students why they made a decision. This will begin to approach what some states were doing in the 1990s. - Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond in USNews (Are New Common Core Tests Better Than Old Multiple-Choice Exams?)
  • Educators & Advocates Need Authentic Conversations About Race, Too

    Alexander Russo
    21 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    Can racism be stopped in the third grade? A look at the controversial Fieldston experiment: — New York Magazine (@NYMag) May 19, 2015 Some Fieldston parents and NY Magazine readers may be concerned about the progressive private school's racial awareness program described in this week's magazine (Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?), but not everyone's quite so bothered by the effort.   As described in the magazine feature by Lisa Miller, the school asked elementary school kids to identify themselves by race and then…
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    Learning is Change

  • What I’m Learning: she++: The Documentary on Vimeo

    Ben Wilkoff
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Reinventing tech for the next generation of #goodgirlsgonegeek. via she++: The Documentary on Vimeo.
  • #C4C15: #WhyTeach: Our Chance to Push Back | Young Teachers Collective

    Ben Wilkoff
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    I love teaching and teachers. This movement for young educators is one of my favorite things. I love what you have started here. I began teaching in 2004 at the age of 21, and even then there was so much negativity towards going into teaching. For me, though, it was all I had ever wanted to do. Anyone trying to talk me out of it or disparage the process of teaching and learning held no place in my discourse. But I think it was partially for this reason that I began connecting with others on the web, initially through blogs, but then with Twitter and later Google+. These were the tools that I…
  • #C4C15: Prehistoric PD | Adjusting Course

    Ben Wilkoff
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Accountability in professional learning isn’t about requiring things. It is about making sure the learning is owned by the professional (the teachers, the leaders, etc.). I really appreciate this approach to Personalized PD from a school leader perspective. This is something that we are starting to work on as an approach for our whole district, to varying levels of success. The one thing that caught my attention more than anything else was the idea that by making PD “optional”, you were actually increasing accountability rather than lowering it. I find this idea fascinating as it…
  • #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.
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  • Pew Report on Teens and Social Media 2015

    Clarence Fisher
    15 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    This was released about a month ago but apparently I was under a rock when it came out as the first time I saw it was this morning. A lot of data, but nothing really surprising: – Facebook still dominates with teens – Instagram and Snapchat are closing the gap with Facebook – Most teens use more than one social media platform – Girls dominate the more visual platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest) – Boys game more than girls – 24% of teens report being online “almost constantly” because of their phone Worth a read and even a discussion with…
  • An Eye Opening Discussion

    Clarence Fisher
    13 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    I had my eyes opened the other day in my classroom. Occasionally my students and I chat about technology. These chats can cover everything from the latest developments someone has run into online, to the most useless apps they have seen, to staying safe online. But this chat was different. We are beginning to run deeper into learning some computer science and programming pieces in my classroom. While we’ve done different things throughout the year and some kids have delved quite deeply into this topic already, this is the beginning of about six weeks of every day work. So we were…
  • Would we be more concerned if…

    Clarence Fisher
    12 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Would people be more concerned and interested in their online privacy if they could receive an email that would show all of the information that their OS and software were sending out each day about their online activities? Imagine getting an email every day that showed all of the information your computer is generating and sending out about you. If you use a tool like Mozilla Lightbeam  you can see the information that websites are collecting about you. Combine the two and I think most people would be surprised to see this information sitting in their inbox every morning. UPDATE: The…
  • Education: Public Utility or Source of Inspiration?

    Clarence Fisher
    12 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    “Do the technologies we give to kids transfer agency and increase freedom on the part of the student learner or do they just transfer our curriculum in digital form?” From Will Richardson’s post The Lazy Language of Learning Will’s post is about the difficulty we have with defining learning. Even after 20 years in the classroom, I have a tough time placing my finger directly on top of what learning “is.” It is one of those concepts that most teachers can say they know it when they see it, but is tough to put into words. I think this quote that I’ve…
  • The Software I Need

    Clarence Fisher
    7 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    What are your go to pieces of software, the pieces that you use day in and day out? I think that for most of us and for most of our classrooms, this list would actually be fairly short and fairly “normal.” I also believe that many of the go to pieces of your computing environment aren’t stand alone pieces of software at all any more but are web based. My own day to day list is probably fairly similar to yours: a word processor, spreadsheets, an image editor, a web browser to get me to my online services (WordPress, wiki software, Google drive, email, Evernote, etc.), and my…
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • BFTP: Top 10 Interview Questions

    Doug Johnson
    24 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    It's that time of year when the fescue starts looking pretty green on the other side of the fence. And that means many librarians and tech specialists are looking at new (or first) positions in schools.  I'm regularly asked questions about questions - interview questions so I posted a list of questions we use in our department a few years ago and they are still available here. But recently one reader asked for a "Top Ten" list: If I were to visit your last place of employment, how would the students, teachers, and your supervisor describe you and what your job was?  How do you help…
  • Creativity and jobs of the future

    Doug Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    A recent study by the Oxford Martin School concluded that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at high risk of being taken by smart machines and software in the next two decades. And what is interesting, notes James Manyika, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute and co-author of “No Ordinary Disruption,” is that, contrary to expectations, “knowledge workers at the middle and the top” may be more threatened than those doing physical work. For example, The Associated Press now uses computers, not reporters, to generate more than 3,000 financial reports per quarter.
  • The Danger of Pockets of Wow

    Doug Johnson
    21 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    It's funny how a single conversation can stay with a person for a very long time - even for an entire career. 20 years? ago I was at an open house in an elementary school. A parent came up to me to compliment a teacher, Ms Smith, who was using technology with her kids - KidPix drawings, computer generated graphs and charts, even samples of e-mail pen pal exchanges - lots of interesting stuff for the time.  As the tech director I puffed up a little, assuming that I shared some of the credit for creating this technology star. Until the parent said, "The problem is my daughter doesn't have…
  • Boy Scout training online - reflections

    Doug Johnson
    20 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    I spent a couple hours last Sunday preparing for the Boundary Waters canoe trip that I am taking with my grandson this summer. Organized by the Boy Scouts, the motto "Be Prepared" is evident. Part of the preparation is taking a number of classes online. I had already taken the Youth Protection Training before attending a camp out with the boys last fall, but this weekend I completed Weather Smart, Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat.  (I have a 2-day F2F class in June on CPR and Wilderness Survival as well!) I am not sure just how effective these online classes are. They are certainly…
  • Choosing the Right Device - May Educational Leadership Column

    Doug Johnson
    19 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    My May 2015 Power Up column "Choosing the Right Device" is now available online. I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say. Flannery O'Conner It is my final column for Educational Leadership. My "Dear John" letter from the Editor-in-Chief says... I am writing to let you know that even though we have enjoyed your Power Up! column very much, we have decided to change directions for next year. We have decided to debut a new technology column written to teachers rather than leaders and we believe a classroom teacher should be the author.  Fair enough. I wish…
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  • 脱毛サロンの施術方法

    12 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
  • 健康食品の栄養成分

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    通常、健康食品の包みには、「栄養成分表示」と呼ばれるのもが記されていますが、その購入を何気なくするのではなく、「どのような健康食品が要るのかどうか」を自分に問いかけてみることも大切です。 普通の酢と黒酢の何が異なるかというと、アミノ酸含有量が違うという点です。…
  • 今年は趣味を見つけたい

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
  • 今日という日は来ない

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    どんなに楽しかったあの日も、またこんなに辛くて悲しかった日も思い出に残っていても蘇ることはない。 辛くて悲しかった日に戻らなくて済むということでもある。 今日という日は来ない is a post from: そのうちわかるよ。だから一歩前へ!
  • 妹の出産

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    先日 妹が出産しました。 私達姉妹は両親は小さい頃に離婚し、母親がずっと私達を育ててくれました。 その母も3年前に病気で亡くなりました。私は10年前に結婚して娘と息子が産まれました。 母は私の結婚の時も出産の時もいろいろ助けてくれました。 母が亡くなってからは、妹は一人暮らしをして時々私の家に遊びに来ていました。 私は結婚して二世帯住宅を建て、旦那の両親も近くにいるので妹も遊びに来ても泊まったりはしません。…
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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • Call for Speakers - University of North Texas Law Conference (March 21-22, 2016 in Denton, TX)

    J. Edwards
    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Neat Opportunity from the University of North Texas Save the Date!The 20th annual UNT Texas Higher Education Law Conference will be held March 21-22 in Denton, Texas, on the campus of the University of North Texas. Easter is the Sunday after conference week, and most Spring Breaks are concluded.We are reading and in many cases acting upon your feedback from the recent 2015 conference. Some announcements about that are forthcoming.We will begin this summer and fall to focus intensively on the 2016 program, but don't let that stop you from suggesting topics and speakers NOW.  Send to…
  • 55 Higher Education and Social Media Ideas! #55HigherEd from the SxSWEdu Conference!

    J. Edwards
    14 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    In March, I was very fortunate to attend the SxSWEdu conference in Austin, TX. I attended sessions hosted by the TAMU system, the Gates Foundation, and several university colleagues from other institutions. This year marks my second year of attendance and I have to tout that this is the best year so far!This year, we presented a session titled, "#55HigherEd Ideas and Resources" and we had participants from high schools, community colleges, universities, foundations, and associations. The ideas presented in the session were recorded via Twitter and via a Google Document!Here's our tagboard…
  • A List of Faculty Issues in Higher Education: A Great Resource for University Administrators and Faculty

    J. Edwards
    7 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    As a tenured-faculty member, I am always excited about mentoring new faculty (especially women and new faculty of color). This mentoring relationship is always great for me because I had such wonderful mentors (both faculty and staff) when persisting through the tenure-track process.This mentoring relationship is very important for tenure-track and tenured faculty who are seeking to become a full-professor. (This is another journey through which I am persisting right now.) Tenure-track and tenured-faculty (especially women and faculty of color) encounter along the journey towards their…
  • Student Success Seminars for Student Success and Retention

    J. Edwards
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    I am always on the lookout for new student success programs and services that would benefit universities in Texas. Each week, I receive a notification when a new program or service is featured in the press and this one really caught my eye!The article "Student Success Seminars Aim to Motivate Students" is focused on student success seminars (not just workshops) focusing on different interventions to help students succeed in their coursework and in their life at the university. This is a neat approach focused on the "total student" both in their academic life and in their extra curricular…
  • Call for Attendees and Proposals - Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference (C5)

    J. Edwards
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Here's a neat opportunity from Texas-based Cisco College!Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference (C5)  Cisco College will again host a conference in the Spring of 2015 dedicated to faculty members and their classrooms, providing educators with a chance to come together and share successful teaching strategies. The Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference is pleased to invite proposals that illustrate best classroom practices and innovative teaching techniques related to the following areas: Critical Thinking Communication Skills Empirical & Quantitative Skills…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • How to write a great graduation speech

    Carolyn Napolitano
    10 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s graduation time at many of the nation’s schools and colleges. The commencement ceremony is a great exhalation for all involved and an annual rite of passage celebrating academic achievements. Commencement ceremonies typically feature a visiting dignitary who offers a few thousand inspirational words. Over the years, I’ve heard more of these speeches than I care to admit and have made my own checklist of suggestions for speakers. For those of you giving commencement speeches or listening to them, here’s my advice: 1. Be just funny enough The best speakers are knowingly wry and…
  • Advocacy and pedagogy in secondary school singing

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Music as a school subject, it so often seems, retains its apparently perilous position in the school largely as a result of the unstinting pressure of advocacy groups. The 2004 Music Manifesto that underpins much of the current drive to keep school music alive was unashamedly “a voluntary, apolitical 13-strong Partnership and Advocacy Group”. Personally, I find this slightly challenging because I was fortunate enough to attend a school during the 1960s where advocacy was quite unnecessary. The important position of music was never doubted within a curriculum organized along classical,…
  • What is Positive Education? Lessons from a Year 3 classroom

    Meredith Sneddon
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    What is Positive Education? This is a question I am asked on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. Whenever I am asked this question, what immediately comes to mind is a visit to Bostock House, one of Geelong Grammar School’s junior campuses. At the time of my visit, the Year 3 students were preparing to go on a camp. At 8 and 9 years old, the students were quite young to be away from home for three days and two nights. The Bostock staff had decided to focus on teaching the children some skills and mindsets for well-being — and specifically skills of resilience — to help them to…
  • 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…
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    Learning In a Flat World

  • A Look Back Six Years

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Monday, Lindsey Sudbury, a member of Academic Technology Services here at Northeastern University, and I did a 90-minute interactive presentation to our English department at their End of Term Retreat.  It was a 30,000 f00t fly-over of a variety of digital tools that might add engagement in writing classes, including social media tools.  Our slides are below: . I was struck by how things had (and had not) changed in the past six years.  In 2009, I did a similar workshop at the Innovations Conference.  My slides then: Innovations2009 Part One from Britt Watwood In those six years, Diigo…
  • In an Internet Minute

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Jane Hart shared this neat infographic from Tech Span.  It is interesting to see how social media continues to grow year to year.  One wonders why YouTube growth was so much faster than other established processes… Thoughts? Created by Tech Spartan
  • Wirearchy as Leadership Concept

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the last several years, I have taught Technology and Leadership in Creighton University‘s interdisciplinary doctorate program. This program brings students with backgrounds in business, education, healthcare and non-profits together to explore issues in an interdisciplinary way. My premise in designing the course is that leaders today operate in an unprecedented environment. In the past, information was related to power – those with information had the power, and the further up the organization hierarchy one was, the more information (and power) one had. In the past decade…
  • Minds Online – A Wrap

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

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

  • New Memorial Day Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    24 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    © 2010 Ian Sane, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are new additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day: The First Decoration Day is from The Zinn Education Project. 100 faces, 100 hours is a CNN interactive. Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day? is from TIME. Get it straight: The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is from CNN.
  • “Choose Your Own Adventure” Video On Bullying

    Larry Ferlazzo
    24 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Here’s an interesting “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive video on bullying (thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip). I’m adding it to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More and to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.
  • Three Useful Resources On Assessment

    Larry Ferlazzo
    24 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    PGCAP Programme via Compfight Here are three assessment-related resources I read recently that are useful. For more info, you might want to explore A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment: The Role of Performance Assessments in Fostering Opportunities for Deeper Learning appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment. Assessment – it’s all in our heads is by Andy Tharby. I’m adding it to The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use). History Lesson: Giving Students Freedom to Create Their Own…
  • Ed Tech Digest

    Larry Ferlazzo
    24 May 2015 | 6:50 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: Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom is from Edudemic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users. Why Technology Will Never Fix Education appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To…
  • This Is The Geography “Final” For My ELL Students

    Larry Ferlazzo
    24 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    © 2009 LSE Library, Flickr | PD | via Wylio It’s finals time. Here is the final I’m giving to students in my English Language Learner Geography class (you can see other finals I’ve given in that class here and here). I’ll be giving students a two section packet of short quotations from Geographers saying why learning geography is important, as well as this short piece, 9 Reasons to Study Geography, from Brainscape. In addition, they will watch this short video from National Geographic: I’ll ask them to use all that material to respond to this writing prompt:…
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • It’s World Turtle Day!

    Ed Darrell
    23 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A poster from 2013.  Still accurate for World Turtle Day 2015. We’re off in the rain to look for turtles and tortoises and other adventures. Saw a lot of turtles last week at the flooded White Rock Lake. This week? Have a great World Turtle Day!  Go do something nice for your neighborhood turtles and […]
  • 89 years ago, May 23, 1926: Mencken confessed Fillmore bathtub hoax, “any facts . . . got there accidentally”

    Ed Darrell
    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Reasons for my annual observance of a moment of silence, here on May 23, for the failed confession of Mr. Mencken should be obvious to even a sleepy reader.  Alas, annually the need grows to call attention to the dangers of hoaxing, as hoaxes particularly in the political life of the U.S. grow in number, […]
  • Fly your flags May 23 for statehood in South Carolina and Wisconsin

    Ed Darrell
    23 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    Two states on the same day? Not exactly. South Carolina achieved statehood on May 23, 1788, according to the date the state’s people ratified the Constitution. South Carolina was number eight; the Constitution became effective on the ninth ratification. Wisconsin joined the union in 1848 — but it did name its capital city after James […]
  • Powers of Ten – Charles and Ray Eames’ brilliant, before-its-time film

    Ed Darrell
    22 May 2015 | 11:26 pm
    AMNH’s “The Known Universe” is a cool film. Putting up that last post on the film, I looked back and noted that when I had previously written about the brilliant predecessor films from Charles and Ray Eames, “Powers of Ten,” the Eames films were not freely available on line. That’s been fixed. I like to […]
  • The Known Universe – a film from the American Museum of Natural History

    Ed Darrell
    22 May 2015 | 10:47 pm
    I’ve been known to answer a snarky question from a student, “where are we, really, in the universe, and how do we know the Sun doesn’t orbit the Earth?” with a showing of the Eames’s “Powers of Ten.” But those films, great as they are, show some age. Among other things, we know a lot […]
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  • Just-in-Time Learning Strikes Again! #windows #mac

    20 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Source: you a "just-in-time" learner? If not, you need to be! Two situations in the last few days have brought home again how important it is to be able to sift through online content then solve a problem by applying it.SITUATION #1: LOCKED OUT OF A COMPUTER"What do you mean you forgot your password?" I challenged a colleague. He'd just bought a new Windows 8.1, super fast, gaming machine--the keyboard had red lights on it, blinding fast graphics card--but when he received it, the first thing he did was put a super-complicated password on it...even though he knew…
  • Revisiting #OER, #OpenAccess, Plagiarism and Writing

    20 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    "For democracy to flourish, citizens need free and open access to ideas. In today's digital age, this means access to information and ideas online." (Source: The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report)Source: 9 Minute Open Access Video, WikipediaHow we learn to write and share in school needs to focus on providing free and open access to ideas. Papers that are written for one person--the teacher or a small group (the captive audience of a classroom)--fundamentally fail.People learn to keep their ideas to themselves, to not share ideas essential to our democracy. Worse, people who…
  • Tearing Down False gods: SAMR Pushback Begins (Updated)

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The SAMR pushback begins...are you ready to relegate SAMR to the stack of technology integration models?Source: Doug "Blue Skunk" Johnson's I don't really want a 1 to 1 program. Read more about first vs second order change online.Are you gauging the success of all your technology integration initiatives using the SAMR Model, created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura? If you are, that's not a surprise...lots of educators are! In fact, I believe I have a whole one word tag dedicated to tracking my blog entries on SAMR. And, you can find various Models of Technology Integration, a resource co-created by…
  • Infographic: Problem-based Learning

    19 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Love this infographic for Problem-based Learning from An Ethical Island...Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure
  • Break New Ground

    19 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Source: you changing to match new circumstances, or remaining the same in alignment to the past? Or, put another way, How can we adjust to change while remaining the same? I'm not sure, but it's something that I asked myself after reading this quote over at Dangerously Irrelevant...I apologize for modifying the quote slightly to take it out of its baseball/casino context:[what] remains static will eventually regress and deteriorate. People, too. So the antidote is to be proactive. Change before you’re forced to. Keep putting yourself in the best positions to…
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    Steve Hargadon

  • Announcing Library 2.015 - 5th Annual Global Conference on the Future of Libraries + Call for Proposals

    Steve Hargadon
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    21st Century Tools, Skills and Competencies Take Center Stage at Global Library Conference“How can we delight our users and customers?” That is one of five questions libraries should ask, according to author Steve Denning in his recent Forbes article about the future of libraries. Denning goes on to say, “Libraries must imagine a future that users will truly want, even though users themselves don’t yet know what that is.”What are your thoughts about the future of libraries? Join the global discussion during the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, a free online…
  • "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx

    Steve Hargadon
    19 May 2015 | 9:06 am
  • Events + News - This Month in School Libraries - Future Ready Schools Online Summit - Student Coding

    Steve Hargadon
    18 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    May 18th - June 1st, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Learning Revolution Blog | Partner Spotlight | Daily Education Quotes and Commentary To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, May 18th at 8pm TL News Night LIVE!, This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE? Join here.
  • "If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation." - Chinese saying

    Steve Hargadon
    18 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Investing in and caring for future generations is surely the hallmark of a mature society. It is the motivation of almost everyone I know who teaches.The catch-22 of an education systems which produces so many students who feel like failures (and often have literally failed), where only a small minority leave as rigorous, independent thinkers, is the historic self-reinforcing downward spiral in all of our institutions--institutions which need generational-thinkers to mitigate the tendencies toward selfish and narcissistic behavior.It's hard not see see a connection between our increasing…
  • Money, Power, and "Science" as Policy

    Steve Hargadon
    15 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I'm so very appreciative of those who do scientific research, whose work helps to better lives and deepen understanding.But we have to be very careful when science is used to demand conformity, or when its use in policy arguments can clearly be tied to financial gain by the parties involved. There's a difference between independent research used to help people inform their practice, and scientific conclusions that are tied directly to corporate profits, or that establish governmental powers, or that are used as arguments for political policy and as part of that bestow very direct financial…
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    Assorted Stuff

  • Far From Home

    24 May 2015 | 6:40 pm
    After twelve hours of flying, airport running around, and the (now) usual security dance, we find ourselves here… Qingdao, first of five stops on a tour of Chinese cities by the choir in which my wife sings. Me? I'm here for new experiences, learning, and picture taking opportunities. As time and connections allow, I'm going to try posting one or two pictures a day (subject to the whims of the great firewall), along with a short reflection of the sights and sounds. Enjoy.
  • Do We Have Vision?

    22 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    In his comment to an earlier rant about planning for a 1:1 program, Will asks a good question. So, technology rollouts begin with a clear vision for teaching and learning first, with or without technology. The device should amplify your vision. So, does your district have one? Vision? Well, we have a plan of sorts. It’s called the School Technology Profiles and lists the type of equipment that classrooms at each level should have (assuming the ideal budget situation). But that’s a shopping list, certainly not a vision for learning. We have a huge committee, with members from IT,…
  • Educational Gaming

    14 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    I don’t get lotteries. I certainly understand why state and local governments like lotteries since, according to this article in The Atlantic, they generate $70 billion in sales, “more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets, and recorded music sales”. They collect around 40% of that total, plus taxes paid by the big “winners”. Simple, easy, non controversial income. What I don’t understand is why people waste their money when the odds of winning more than you spend are beyond comprehension. Especially when most lottery players…
  • Conspiracy Theory

    14 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Last week, Jon Stewart presented a great segment on the array of nutty conspiracy theories that seem to thrive in the desert of Texas. Having lived in Arizona and Nevada, I think there could be something to the idea that the hot, dry weather causes the brain to swell (or shrink?). Anyway, I have my own conspiracy theory to offer: the probability of any conspiracy actually being real declines by 5% for each additional person whose silence is required for the plan to work. Moon landing hoax? Alien spacecraft being hidden at Area 51 (for more than 50 years)? The US military preparing to invade…
  • Moving Forward by Delivering Devices

    13 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Continuing on the topic of 1:1 device programs, Wired has a very good review of the lessons learned (and not learned) in the high-profile mess the leadership of Los Angeles schools created for themselves two years ago. Currently everyone involved is pointing fingers, with the LA superintendent blaming Apple, Pearson, and technology in general. While still buying an additional $40 million worth of iPads and Chromebooks to be used “exclusively for testing”. Michael Horn, an author and education consultant, hopes the expensive experience of LA “will get people to pause and learn the…
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    iterating toward openness

  • On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

    20 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Object of Study As we work to move entire degree programs from commercial textbooks to open educational resources, we must answer this critical question – can all commercial materials be replaced with open educational resources? The answer to this question is no, but perhaps not for the reason you suspect. The primary object of study in a college course is often a model, principle, theory, equation, causal relationship, or other idea. While one particular way of explaining an idea can be copyrighted, an idea itself cannot be copyrighted. This feature of copyright law means that,…
  • 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
    Recently the phrase “high quality” has come up several times in discussions of educational materials, and I’ve been surprised what a strong, negative reaction I’ve been having 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 weren’t. But the phrase itself tends to blind…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • In Defence Of EduTech

    20 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    I am looking forward to EduTech. I am lucky enough to be leading a group of seven of my staff off to Brisbane in under two weeks time. Several have been wanting an opportunity like this for a couple of years now, while others are nervous about participating in such a high profile event early in their teaching career. However, across my network connections, there is a growing trend towards bagging EduTech both as a concept and as an event. I am not saying that some of the criticisms aren’t valid or that educators aren’t entitled to hold views that are anti-EduTech. It’s just…
  • The Power Of The Humble Lanyard

    4 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    Tomorrow morning at the Primary Years Assembly, I will be presenting six more Digital Leaders lanyards bringing the number of newly qualified Leaders up to twenty two. My photo shows the pile ready with the badge grid showing badges earned so far complete with the glamorous purple lanyard (called the forgotten colour of our school uniform by our Music teacher!) with teal custom printing. The cost for each lanyard is around five dollars. The plastic sleeve is worth about fifty cents and the printing is a few cents extra. A modest investment considering what the students and the school get in…
  • The Foanes 2

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    Enjoy – hope someone finds this mildly amusing. The Michael Bolton reference is a bit of an in-joke that contrasts my wife’s musical tastes with my own. For the record, I did take Joanne to see Michael Bolton in concert a few years back, and he was very entertaining. I’m finding that the drawing part of trying to do a comic strip is the easy part – coming up with a story or anecdote or observation is definitely the hard part.
  • Don’t Give Google Too Much Credit, The Open Office Concept Is Not New

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    This link popped up via Ewan McIntosh in my Feedly reader today, and reading the article sent me back in time to 1995, when I started teaching at Flagstaff Hill Primary School in southern suburban Adelaide. The whole premise of the Washington Post piece is that open space work environments as apparently championed by Google are not really working that well, and that the drawbacks are outweighing the anticipated benefits. What surprises me (as it will many educators) is that the open space concept is supposedly new, and this analysis had me thinking back to my first experiences in an open…
  • 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.
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Breaking: Supreme Court Declines To Review Special Education Stay Put Decision #scotus

    Jim Gerl
    20 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    There are only ten decisions on special education law by the U S Supreme Court, so it was a big deal last October when the high court requested briefs on a stay put appeal from the Justice Department. Our post on the topic may be found here.  The brief filed by the Justice Department agreed with the interpretation of stay put rendered by the Third Circuit. You may read the Justice Department's brief here.Unfortunately, on Monday of this week, the Supremes denied certiorari in the case of  Ridley Sch Dist v MR by Parents, Docket No. 13-1547  By declining to consider the…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    18 May 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 :aw 101 - Part VI #IEP

    Jim Gerl
    14 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Our series providing an introduction to special education law continues.  Previous posts have introduced the two basic concepts underlying IDEA, free and appropriate education and least restrictive environment.  Last week we discussed eligibility and identification.  Today we will look at selected IEP issues.The Individualized Educational Plan (hereafter sometimes referred to as “IEP”) is at the heart of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. Section 1400, et seq (hereafter sometimes referred to as the “IDEA”.) In the seminal decision of in Board of…
  • Sometimes My Job is Pretty Cool! #SecTaylor

    Jim Gerl
    12 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
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  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    11 May 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
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  • Using an ‘open approach’ to create a new, innovative higher education model

    20 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Navigating learning, formal or informal, can be overwhelming, confusing, and impersonal. With more options than ever, the process of deciding what, where, and when can be overwhelming to a learner. The concept of Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) was to bring organization, purpose, and personalization of learning caused by vast resources and numerous options. Focused on organizing, supporting and providing a personalized education experience using open courses, an innovative higher education model was conceived and created. As the concept of developing a college that adapted its…
  • Leaders discuss taking online learning from an alternative to a “must”

    20 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Until recently, online learning has been viewed as either solely for those interested in adult education or as a branding tactic for innovative institutions. eCampus News
  • From the Ground Up

    20 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The University of Cincinnati is covering its campuses with a Canopy of software and hardware tools intended to benefit the entire institution. Inside Higher Education
  • Examining workload models in online and blended teaching

    19 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Over the past decade, most Australian universities have moved increasingly towards “blended” and online course delivery for both undergraduate and graduate programs. In almost all cases, elements of online teaching are part of routine teaching loads. Yet detailed and accurate workload data associated with “e-teaching” are not readily available. A search of the international literature indicated that there is limited rigorous literature and research that points to the actual effects on workload in online and blended higher education teaching environments. This paper reports on a…
  • When Your Online Course Is Put Up for Adoption

    19 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Jennifer V. Ebbeler always knew that somebody else would end up teaching her online Roman-history course. But that didn’t make giving it up any easier. Wired Campus
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  • Potvin Sucks

    Ted Nellen
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    I think the chant sucks. I’m a lifelong Rangers fan. I began this love affair at the Garden on 50th Street when I was a little boy. I know why the chant was started but don’t understand why we still hear it.  First of all, Potvin doesn’t play any more. How can this chant be encouraging to the current Rangers, when they can only revere a player like Potvin. He was a Captain. He was on a team that won four Stanley Cups in a row. He was a good defensemen. I’m wondering how the chant can serve as inspiration to Rangers players when they are on the ice, especially if they happened to…
  • Inherit the Dead edited by Jonathan Santlofer

    Ted Nellen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Inherit the Deadedited by Jonathan Santlofer is the introduction of Pericles Alexandros Christo, Perry to everyone but his mom. To know Perry, you must read what twenty mystery authors, that’s right, twenty, two zero, mystery authors have to say about a character they collectively created in one mystery. I do not know all twenty, but I do know some. Each of the authors uses Perry to tell us their philosophy of mystery writing. It was an interesting thread I chose to follow. “Perry let the quiet expand between them. Something he’d learned as a cop: let the suspect fill the uncomfortable…
  • 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
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Why I chose a Top 5 American MBA (Wharton) over European MBA programs

    MG (Manish Gupta)
    19 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    For international MBA students, the dilemma of whether to attend a top MBA college in their home country or consider popular overseas MBA destinations is quite […] The post Why I chose a Top 5 American MBA (Wharton) over European MBA programs appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • MBA abroad requirements and entrance exams

    Sameer Kamat
    14 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We’re going back to the basics this time to answer two frequently asked queries that we get related to international MBA admissions requirements: 1. “What are […] The post MBA abroad requirements and entrance exams appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Indian Economy in a nutshell – History, Present and Future

    Sameer Kamat
    10 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    The Indian economy is at a fascinating stage, for MBA students looking at its academic side and business professionals looking at its practical implications. In this […] The post Indian Economy in a nutshell – History, Present and Future appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Why I chose an Online eMBA course over full-time programs

    Sameer Kamat
    5 May 2015 | 6:09 pm
    After writing about the best online MBA programs and Online MBA vs Regular MBA, we’ve been on the lookout for folks who’ve actually signed up for […] The post Why I chose an Online eMBA course over full-time programs appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Depression in Corporate India: Statistics, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

    Sameer Kamat
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Akhil Mehta, better known as the brain behind the popular Twitter handle @AapChutiyeHain, committed suicide. He was 27. Known for his witty & sarcastic humour and […] The post Depression in Corporate India: Statistics, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • The Church of Technology, the truth of science

    23 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    "I rather like this . . . outside all laws except gravitation and germination."Sue Bridehead, Jude the ObscureAll of us are bound by the laws of physics, entropy, and mortality.All of us are open systems consuming organic materials, stripping off the energy and stuff we need to live, then tossing off the useless remnants to be put back together again and again and again by the sun, as close to a corporeal god as humans will witness.This week thousands of children here in NJ will be given the state biology "competency" test, at significant cost in time and money. Turns out you can be competent…
  • Seeds of faith, seeds of fear

    17 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    "There are no unsacred places;there are only sacred placesand desecrated places."Wendell Berry (from "How to be a Poet")I planted a few seeds back in late winter, when I had faith that the light would return, though I did not believe it. The light has come back (again), and though I cannot believe it was ever dark, I fear its return.Faith and fear drive my past and my future. But neither past nor future are sacred places. Only the real is sacred, and only now is real.What once were seeds now sit in flats,  now growing, now knitting together the stuff of life. The stuff of life is the…
  • Faith in science education

    10 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    We live in a land of magic and ignorance, where faith trumps the seemingly more mundane business of living--faith in a supernatural world, faith in life-saving technology, faith in a life lived on screens, faith in faith.The practice of science holds immense power--there's a reason politicians and economists push STEM--but they confound science with faith in science.Technology is not science.Learning the vocabulary of mitosis is not science.Building bridges from toothpicks and marshmallow is not science."Knowing" the Earth revolves around the Earth is not science.The Church of Science…
  • As the world turns....

    9 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The Next Generation Science Standards needs teachers who know science, and kids who trust their own eyeballs.The idea seems so simple, so basic, that to challenge it leads to ridicule.How do you know the Earth revolves around the sun?What evidence do you have?What evidence do you need? I've got plenty of evidence that the sun revolves around the Earth, evidence easily available to our children. The sun rises from one side of the horizon, and settles a few hours later on the other side.If you sit still in late afternoon, you can see the shadows lengthen. Next time you "teach" a child…
  • Why the Next Generation Science Standards are doomed

    2 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    I really, really like the idea of teaching science to kids. Maybe one day we'll even try it. But the Next Generation Science Standards, as currently written, won't get us there.The drive behind the standards is economic, not philosophical. It's about children being prepared "to succeed in a global economy," about "essential preparation for all careers in the modern workforce," for fixing our "high-tech trade deficit."Even so, I had hope--science is science, and a child immersed in studying the patterns of the natural world, learning how to analyze, mastering the logic needed to pull…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • Blessings + Praise Report! THE most incredible week: EV!ER!

    Debbie Clement
    24 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    #BLESSED #GRATEFUL #FORTUNATE! #INCREDIBLE This has been an incredible week, truly one for the books! One for the blog! It has been one moment for the highlight reel after another. Superlatives. Dreams coming true -- right before my very eyes! On Monday...(read more)
  • Summer Book Recommendations for K-2 and FREE Reading Logs

    24 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I want to share a few of my favorite K-2 books with you. For years, I was so focused on providing students with "great children's literature" (Caldecott winners and the like) that I forgot the most driving force behind reading: choice. Children, like...(read more)
  • Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education

    EdTech Guy
    24 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    May 24, 2015 Google Voice is a great communicational utility with huge educational potential. As a teacher, you can use Google Voice to obtain a phone number to use when communicating with students... more Read More......(read more)
  • 5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Demonstrate Their Learning

    EdTech Guy
    24 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    May 24, 2015 Below are some of the best iPad apps students can use to demonstrate their learning across different subjects. Apple has recently released Apps in the Classroom series featuring the apps... more Read More......(read more)
  • Children’s iPad App, Wee You-Things (Susan Stephenson)
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    App Review by Susan Stephenson, Wee You-Things is an interactive story app that celebrates individual differences and helps kids learn to read the text on the screen by hearing it read aloud at the same time. From the developers :...(read more)
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    Eric Stoller » Higher-Education

  • Getting Connected to UK Higher Education

    Eric Stoller
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    My latest post for Inside Higher Ed tells the story about how I’ve been using social media to learn about UK higher education. Today's post includes some great accounts to follow [@blackbullion @kenton_lewis @daveowhite @digisim @talis @jisc] — Eric Stoller (@EricStoller) April 24, 2015 Using social media as a springboard for getting connected to the higher education scene in the UK – by @EricStoller — Jisc (@Jisc) April 26, 2015 Post by @EricStoller about social media & how it got him his first UK talk held at…
  • Blogs, Stats, Twitter, and Higher Education

    Eric Stoller
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    If you were ever wondering if Twitter was the tip of the iceberg for connecting short bursts of 140 characters to longer form blog content, look no further. A quick check of web stats for this blog shows an amazing number of college and university IP addresses for visitors who have visited after clicking on links from tweets. These schools are from today…not too bad: Valparaiso University, SUNY Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Oregon State University, Miami University, The College of New Jersey, Hofstra University, University of…
  • Consulting, Speaking, and Writing in the United Kingdom

    Eric Stoller
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Thrilled to be able to announce that I am now able to work in the United Kingdom as a higher education consultant. My wife and I relocated to London and are loving life in a new country/city. Looking forward to continuing to work with clients in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Higher education in the United Kingdom is in an interesting place when it comes to social media / digital identity and I hope to continue building upon the work that I’ve been doing in North America for the past decade. Officially "here" in the UK and ready to get consulting for the UK higher ed…
  • Family Weekend at the University of Miami

    Eric Stoller
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A full house in the ballroom to see @EricStoller speak on the importance of digital identity in higher ed #medialife — UMiami Orientation (@UM_Orientation) October 10, 2014 People often ask me what I do for a living. Realizing that I probably don’t tell that part of my story very well, I’ve decided to post every now and then about what I’m up to as it relates to my work. Most of my speaking and consulting endeavors are the result of grass roots “promotion.” Whenever I speak in front of a large group of students, staff, faculty,…
  • Webinar: Yik Yak on Campus – What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene

    Eric Stoller
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Update: I’m giving a webinar on Wednesday, February 18th, at 2PM Eastern Time on Yik Yak on Campus: What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene. I’ll show you how Yik Yak works, provide examples of cyber-bullying AND positivity in actual mobile posts, and outline a strategy for anonymous-mobile discourse at your campus. Students are quickly flocking to this application, posting anonymous “yaks” and engaging in good, bad, and ugly communication. A number of institutions have seen high-profile incidents involving the app in recent weeks including sharing of sex…
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Knowledge For Literacy

    Guest Blogger
    18 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Marilyn Jager Adams Marilyn Jager Adams, a visiting scholar in the Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences Department of Brown University, is internationally regarded for her research and applied work in cognition and education, including the seminal text Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print. This post, which originally appeared on the Shanker Blog, is adapted from Literacy Ladders, […]
  • A Successful Formula: Shared Curriculum + Shared Responsibility

    Lisa Hansel
    12 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    A shorter version of this post originally appeared on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog. Like pretty much everyone who is passionate about closing the achievement gap, I’m interested in Success Academies. I’ve read Eva Moskowitz’s book, Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School, and watched the videos […]
  • From Dull to Vibrant: How Core Knowledge Provided an Excellent Platform for Student Writing

    Guest Blogger
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    By Debbie Reynolds Debbie Reynolds has been teaching for over ten years in grades K-2; she currently teaches second grade at Diedrichsen Elementary School in Sparks, Nevada. Diedrichsen is located in a middle- to lower-socioeconomic neighborhood, with 44% of students being of low-SES background. The student exemplars presented in this article are from a student […]
  • An appraisal of Core Knowledge Language Arts

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Ilene Shafran Ilene Shafran is a 2nd-grade teacher at PS 34 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This appraisal was originally published as a Teacher to Teacher column in the New York Teacher, the newspaper of the United Federation of Teachers, and was posted on the UFT website. The opinion expressed in the column is the author’s own […]
  • 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 […]
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Plymouth) Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study conducted at Plymouth University suggests.
  • American Indians disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white students

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Utah) School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education system, new research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic reveals.
  • Nonfriction literature

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Lehigh University) Friction and wear costs the US at least $500 billion every year. The National Science Foundation is supporting joint Lehigh-DuPont research into tribology through the GOALI Program, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry.
  • Here's looking at you: ONR tests new glasses for augmented reality system with Marines

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Office of Naval Research) Marines were able to turn a lush golf course into a hostile battleground complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke at a demonstration on May 21 using an augmented reality training system from the Office of Naval Research. At Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer moved one step closer to its ultimate goal of giving warfighters glasses that can be worn to enhance augmented reality training scenarios.
  • Health-care policy should not focus on finance, says research

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Elsevier) Focusing on finance could jeopardize the long-term survival of our health care systems, according to a study published in Value in Health. The researchers, from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, urge policy makers to consider social and political sustainability when building universal health care systems.
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    Maya Frost - Blog

  • Never Say Never

    5 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    I should know better. I really need to stop saying "I'll never..." because it always comes back to make me look ridiculous. I started my first blog back in 1999. That's right. Hardly anyone was writing blogs back then, and I thought I had stumbled upon this magnificent vehicle for sharing ideas. That blog kept going, then morphed into another, then another. See, life has a way of changing things up, and old blogs had to be reworked to mesh with my new(est) life. It got tiring. Or, I got tired. So, I stopped. Said "I'm never going to write a blog again!" Blah blah…
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  • Etiquette and Protocol

    24 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve got to give a big shoutout to Tom D’Amico for finding and sharing this resource. How to Use Your Smartphone Like a Professional I think copies of it, or even better, your own take on the concept should be printed and placed in all meeting room areas and classrooms that have elected to adopt a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. When you think back to Star Trek days which foreshadowed communication devices everywhere, you didn’t see Kirk or Picard constantly on their phone oblivious to what was going on around them.  You didn’t see Kirk and Spock texting to each…
  • OTR Links 05/24/2015

    23 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Digital4Education > Home dougpete Hi Doug, this could be of interest to You? #Luxembourg’s #EDUReform #Digital4EDUcation #eSkills — Knol Infos (@knolinfos) May 23, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter The best of ontario-educators2 daily is out! The best of ontario-educators2 daily is out! is out! Stories via @rolat @HaltonDSB @Hmason36 — Doug Peterson (dougpete) May 23, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Amherstburg Police on Twitter: “Apparently the silver bass are running!!” Apparently the silver bass…
  • Finally Meeting Vicky (Sort of…)

    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I thought it was just a year ago, but it turns out that it was well over two years ago that I interviewed Vicky Loras for this blog. Her recent adventures at the time had made me such a fan and so curious about the details.  Here was a young lady from Canada who moves half a world away to Switzerland to start her own educational business with her sister.  It was such an interesting career move. I’d followed her for quite a while on Twitter and we’d become friends on Facebook.  In addition to the Loras Network, I always thought that she exemplified the best in being connected. …
  • OTR Links 05/23/2015

    22 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Everyone Failed To Ride This Bicycle. The Reason Behind Is Mind-Boggling Everyone Failed To Ride This Bicycle. The Reason Behind Is Mind-Boggling – via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) May 22, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter What should a K – 12 CS teacher know? | Garth’s CS Education Blog RT @alfredtwo: What should a K – 12 CS teacher know? by Garth Flint — Doug Peterson (dougpete) May 22, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Indiana 2016 on Twitter: “Check out how big the Indianapolis Motor Speedway…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s been another difficult week in Ontario Education but that didn’t stop the flow of great blog posts. Here’s what caught my eye… Stop Pretending The meme continues as even more Ontario Educators check in with their thoughts about making school different by stopping pretending things.  Here’s a couple more wonderful posts for your pondering. Let’s Stop Pretending… What I find so interesting about all this is the different perspective that different eyes bring to the discussion.  Here, Jen Aston shares some thoughts from the eyes of a coach.  Her #3 talks…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • Getting to Know the GRE: What is Analytical Writing?

    Veritas Prep
    22 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    There are three sections included on the Graduate Record Examination, also known as the GRE. They are the verbal reasoning, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. Most students are familiar with the reading (verbal reasoning) and math (quantitative) sections of the test, but some students may be wondering: What is analytical writing? In this section of the test, students are required to craft an argument essay as well as an issue essay based on a written prompt. At Veritas Prep, our team provides students with practical strategies on how to approach these essays, as well as what to…
  • GMAT Tip of the Week: Snoop Dogg Keeps Your Data Sufficiency Ability Out Of Limbo

    22 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Whenever you’re picking numbers on a Data Sufficiency problem, you have to keep one image in your mind: Snoop Dogg at a limbo contest. How will that help you master Data Sufficiency? How can the Doggfather help you beat the Testmaker? Well think about the two questions that Snoop would be asking himself constantly at such a contest: 1) How high can I get? (Snoop’s general state of mind) 2) How low can I go? (Because you know Snoop’s in it to win it) And that mindset is absolutely crucial in a Data Sufficiency number-picking situation. On these problems, the GMAT Testmaker…
  • Fishing for the Right Answer to Critical Reasoning GMAT Questions

    Veritas Prep
    21 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    While preparing for the GMAT, there will be certain question types that will appear over and over again. If you’re studying math, you know that you’ll see at least a couple of exponent problems that you’ll need to solve through algebra. If you’re studying sentence correction, you know that you’ll see at least a couple of misplaced modifiers that need to be modified in the correct answer choice. Some question types are so obvious that you know you have to prepare for them, even if you somehow manage to not see a single one on test day (kind of like fishing). However, there are other…
  • Do I Really Need an Admissions Consultant?

    21 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    The admissions statistics can be terrifying. Just under 9% of all applicants got into the Ivy Leagues in 2014 and the numbers seem to get impossibly lower every year. So how can I set myself apart compared to the thousands of other applicants? As you’re starting the college application process or as you’re starting to think about preparing for college, you may be asking yourself if you really need an admissions consultant. Like with many of life’s questions, the answer is both no and yes. For students who are self-directed and know exactly how to approach college applications, the…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: How I Scored in the 99th Percentile

    20 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    As another testing season comes to an end. I want to share my personal experience on the SAT. After all, the first time I took it in high school was in the late spring – perhaps just like you! I always have been fascinated by standardized tests. From ERB’s in elementary school to the ISEE, which is the standardized test Los Angeles private schools used for middle and high school, I was always intrigued by the questions. It’s probably a strange obsession to have, but for some reason I like to learn all about any type of standardized test and try to get a perfect score. I was able to…
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    Certification Map

  • Why You Should Incorporate Movement Into Your Classroom

    Cathryn Vandewater
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Getting students to sit still during class time can be a tall order. But what if having them move around could actually serve your lesson plans better? That’s the theory behind movement-based education. Active lessons, like the “planet dances” Anne Green Gilbert writes about for Johns Hopkins, or experimental activities like the butter churning activity Aleta Margolis describes in The Washington Post, aren’t just a break from sitting still — they can be powerful tools to help students gain a deeper understanding about a topic and retain more information. Just as music makes it easy…
  • 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…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Personal Interactions with Families: Still the Most Effective Marketing Tools

    Brian Fisher
    14 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    This one makes me say wow. The six most effective private school tools – identified by families – are personal; they could have come from decades ago. Over the weekend, I went back through SSATB’s report The Ride to Independent Schools: 2,300 Families Tell Us About Their Journey looking at some things that struck me on first reading and seeing if they still made me think. The top four all come directly from campus and the top three occur during a families interview and tour and the top six are all personal interactions. The school’s website ranks seventh in marketing…
  • Peter Gow Thinks About Education Reform

    Brian Fisher
    13 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    I’ve been mulling and chewing on Peter Gow’s post from back in January 11 Things That I Wish “21st-Century Education” Evangelists Weren’t Doing So Much Of because I think it effectively and quickly, makes readers think – especially independent school folks – about much of the education noise and language that we hear bandied about daily. If you were to believe the educational noise, the sky is falling; all schools are poor; the current teachers and educators of the world are poor at their work, ineffective, and the whole K-12 process in America needs to be torn down and…
  • Mount Hermon’s Famous Fire and Football Picture: A Life of It’s Own

    Brian Fisher
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    A building fire and a football game going on next to each other on a boarding school campus — for years, a 1965 photo of the Mount Hermon football team playing while a build blazed over their shoulders has been a boarding school legend and, more recently, an internet novelty. Keeping calm and carrying on as one of your school buildings burns would make our British brethren proud as would having a persistently, legendary event with unclear provenance. New York Times writer, Sarah Lyall sets the story of the photo’s strange incongruity straight in Fire, Football and the Story of a…
  • Revised SAT vs. Real Learning: Where Boarding Schools and Private Schools Excel

    Brian Fisher
    7 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    I’ll start this column, by recommending professors’ Atkinson and Geiser’s recent New York Times article, The Big Problem With the New SAT in which they make the case that the recent revisions of the SAT don’t go far enough in bringing the test into the modern world. Atkinson and Geiser write: “While a clear improvement, the revised SAT remains problematic. It will still emphasize speed — quick recall and time management — over subject knowledge. Despite evidence that writing is the single most important skill for success in college, the essay will be…
  • Looking for a Summer Program That Includes Academic Growth for Your Student? Consider a Summer Boarding School Experience

    Brian Fisher
    7 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    As I read Bunks Are Good for Brains: The Neuroscience of Sleepaway Camp, an interview with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, I’m struck by what a great combination of camp and school that many summer boarding programs provide in terms of teaching and personal growth. Much of Bryson’s piece speaks to camp professionals, but I think a couple of her answers speak powerfully to the notion of creating a purposeful, engaged, academic, or a least, learning oriented summer for kids. In most cases – actually I know of no exceptions – summer boarding schools are a balance of camp and…
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    David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

  • YELL – Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad Venture Challenge

    David Truss
    11 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    The Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) Venture Challenge – 2 day finals were held on May 1st and 2nd, 2015. From the Event Brochure: Welcome to the 2nd Annual YELL Venture Challenge! The YELL Venture Challenge is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The friendly competition is judged by a panel of judges who function as venture capital investors (in some cases are actual Venture Capitalists) deciding on which business venture they would most likely fund. The quality of…
  • Teaching is dead, long live the teacher!

    David Truss
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Teaching is dead, long live the teacher! Technology is creeping into every classroom. I say ‘creeping’ because a large part of a typical student’s day at many schools can still be defined by activities involving paper, a pen or pencils, and worksheets or textbooks… Useful tools that should only have a small role in teaching today. The problem is that teaching, where the tools are primarily used for sharing static information, is dead. A large part of a typical student’s day at many schools can also be defined by the traditional role of a teacher as the expert in…
  • Community, Relationships and Rhizomatic Learning

    David Truss
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I’m at the BC Digital Learning Conference in Burnaby BC. Yesterday I went to the pre-conference session ‘Beyond DL (Part 1) Emerging Models Integrating Distributed Learning in BC Schools’, a panel discussion with: Verena Roberts, Jeff Stewart, Brad Hutchinson, Dean Coder, Bruce Weitzel, Karen Flello, moderated by Randy LaBonte. A common theme inspired by Verena was the ideas that even with online learning… relationships are the most important thing that we need to focus on with students. The session ended and I was thinking about the fact that although I fully agree…
  • The 2015 CEA Ken Spencer Award goes to Inquiry Hub

    David Truss
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:06 pm
    The Canadian Education Association's 2015 Ken Spencer Award has awarded Inquiry Hub Secondary School with first place. This is a great honour for our school, in just its 3rd year! Special thanks goes to teacher John Sarte who oversaw the application process. Special thanks also goes to our parent community, and of course our students who are at our school. Being new and small, we are still developing our community, learning, and adjusting as we go. You can see our Ken Spencer Award blog post our team wrote here: Inquiry Hub: Engaging students through themes and inquiry within a blended…
  • Invisible Technology

    David Truss
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Technology should be present but ‘invisible’. When we pick up a pen or pencil, we don’t call it a ‘pencil activity’, the same goes for any other technology. Blogging isn’t blogging, it’s conversing, editing, creative writing, expository writing, journalism, reflection, presenting, and so much more… As I have shared before, it is not the tool, but how you use it that matters! When the technology becomes invisible, we can focus more on the learning. [Update: See my comment below for more on this topic.]
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    Free Education Magazines and Downloads from

  • The Essentials of Education Technology Spring 2015 Exclusive Kit

    12 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    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 CollaborationPreparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksCloud Load Balancing: Shared vs. TenantDDoS Report: The Escalating Threat of DDoS…
  • Explore How Paul VI Catholic High School Benefited From Fujitsu's Devices and Software

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Paul VI Catholic School wanted to develop a laptop program that would equip its students and teachers with the right tools to increase classroom learning, prepare their students for college, and to develop the 21st Century skillsets required by today's employers.Following a comprehensive selection process, the school chose to provide 1,000 students, and 75 teachers with the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T732/4 laptop. The school also chose DyKnow's teaching & learning software as part of the overall strategy.The benefits:Teachers now use the devices, combined with DyKnow software, to provide an engaging,…
  • Driving Education Enrollment through Agile Content Management

    1 May 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Your website's goal above all others is to attract students and get them to apply, visit, or request more information. Because most college research now happens on the web, losing ground online means losing prospects and tuition revenue.To attract prospective students, colleges must create a content ecosystem that encourages dialogue and repeat visits. As students become increasingly cost-conscious and outcomes-oriented in their online college search, more colleges will use original content to demonstrate the value of their education, differentiate themselves from the competition, and retain…
  • Get Your Free Education Guide Today!

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Download your free guide now! By clicking the "Download" button below, I give The DegreePath Network and one or more of our Partners / Schools my consent to receive marketing calls or texts, including pre-recorded messages, delivered via automated technology, to the phone number(s) provided above, including a wireless number, if applicable. I understand that my consent is not required to submit my application or attend one of our Partner / Schools, but simply allows The DegreePath Network and Partner / Schools to contact me more efficiently.Request Free!
  • 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

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

  • How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

    Michael Linsin
    23 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Maybe it’s the way they interrupt you. Maybe it’s their disrespectful tone. Maybe it’s their silliness or side-talking or affinity for misbehaving at the worst possible time. Whatever it is, it bugs you. It gets under your skin. It prompts an internal dialogue you’re not very proud of. If you’re like most teachers, you tend […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Handle Misbehavior With Your Substitute

    Michael Linsin
    16 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Getting a bad report from your substitute can be especially frustrating. You weren’t there. You didn’t witness the misbehavior. It shouldn’t be your responsibility. But you know you can’t just let it slide. Otherwise, it will be worse the next time and may even carryover to your day. The problem, however, is that it’s hard […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • 3 Hidden Signs You’ve Lost Control Of Your Class

    Michael Linsin
    9 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Most teachers who have lost control of their class aren’t even aware of it. After all, it’s not as if their students are throwing spit wads at each other. They’re not out of their seats during lessons. They’re not yelling and cursing and running up and down the aisles. But just because your students aren’t […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Handle Sloppy Routines As The School Year Winds Down

    Michael Linsin
    2 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    At this time of year it isn’t unusual for routines to become sloppy. Your students, after all, are growing tired of the grind. The pressures of testing weigh heavily. Morning songbirds remind them that summer is near. Despite faithfully following the do-it-again strategy, your students just aren’t as sharp as they once were. They take […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • The Easiest Way To Improve Classroom Behavior

    Michael Linsin
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    The easiest way to improve classroom behavior is one few teachers ever consider. It’s at once blatantly obvious and far off the grid. You won’t find it in modern professional books and are unlikely to hear about it at conferences. Yet, it’s as plain as day and works every time. It doesn’t entail making drastic […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • Summer Math Activities for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    21 May 2015 | 7:11 pm
    I hope you’ve downloaded my free summer learning printables — Brain Camp — and seen the math options from which your kid can choose. If not, here’s the link. Today, I want to make sure you have all the resources you’ll need to help your kids in elementary (primary) school with these fun summer math activities. Summer […] The post Summer Math Activities for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • STEM Summer Camps and Classes

    Melissa Taylor
    20 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Avoiding the summer learning loss can be challenging but Sylvan Learning’s Sylvan Edge is excited to announce a solution! They’re offering new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camps and classes. To register or get more information, go here.   STEM Summer Camps and Classes Robotics for Kids Camp and Class (Grades 2 – 6) Build and […] The post STEM Summer Camps and Classes appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    19 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    If you’ve downloaded my free Summer Brain Camp printables, you’ll see the page of choices for summer writing ideas. Today I want to make sure you have the links for these fun summer writing activities. Hopefully, these ideas will motivate your kids to write this summer –or anytime. For me, writing has been a gift. It’s a way to […] The post Summer Writing Ideas for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Getting My Parenting Groove Back (and helping my daughter)

    Melissa Taylor
    18 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Recently I’ve been feeling defeated with parenting one of my daughters. This daughter experiences intense feelings which often spill over into our family and can overwhelm me. Because of the age of my kids (10 and 13) and sensitivity to their feelings, I’m not going to share too many personal stories but I do want to share what’s helped ME shift my […] The post Getting My Parenting Groove Back (and helping my daughter) appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

    Melissa Taylor
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book […] The post Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • live focused: may is the month for YOU — get started with these ideas

    amy mascott
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
          Friends, it’s taken me a bit to get to this important post this month, but here it is. All year long we’ve been focusing on living with intention, making our time on this earth really count. We’ve covered organization, friendship, clarity, and growth, and now, mid-year, we’re looking at ourselves. Here’s the skinny. . . Live Focused–May is the Month for YOU: (Here I am, enjoying my very first butterbeer. . . a dream.) We’re all busy, this I know for sure. But when was the last time you really took time for you? When have you…
  • preparing kids for Kindergarten: the summer before school starts — Home Study

    amy mascott
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends! Do you have a little one heading off to the wilds of Kindergarten this year?  Then this Home Study is for YOU.     This is just one of the many teach mama Home Studies that are short, information-packed, interactive courses designed to change your life. Perhaps you think ‘changing your life’ is a little lofty–but it’s true.  It really can change your life–and your child’s.  In the last 10 years, I have spoken at dozens of local and national events, sharing information about teaching, learning, and community building.  One workshop…
  • Disney SUPRISE: a checklist for parents who want to pull off a last-minute surprise for kids

    amy mascott
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week, we went to Disney World. For real. One of our most favorite places on earth and the kids’ as well. We’ve been there before, and each time we’ve used the weeks leading up to our trip as a time to prepare with activities, to rock out some Disney word games, to earn Disney Dollars, and to build up pins for pin trading. We’ve even pulled off a rockstar Disney Surprise Scavenger Hunt. So this time we wanted to do something different. We wanted to pull off the last minute, SURPRISE! WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY!!! And tell Maddy, Owen, and Cora at the last…
  • teaching kids to say ‘thank you’ to everyday heroes

    amy mascott
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
          Too often those important people who do everyday jobs are forgotten. Even though they work hard to make our days brighter and lives easier, many times days go by when they don’t get ample thanks. And they deserve it. So our focus this week is to to just that–thank our everyday heroes. We’re teaching our kids as frequently as we are able to say ‘thank you’ to the people who work hard every day, around them. Here’s the skinny. . . Teaching Kids to Say ‘Thank You’ to Everyday Heroes:  Much like we did with our Surprise Notes…
  • parent teacher connect: parents and teachers working TOGETHER is the key to children’s success in school

    amy mascott
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
      We’ve got something cool brewing, my friends, and we want you to come along for the ride! Join us over at parent teacher connect— a platform where parents and teachers can ask questions, get answers, support each other, and learn how to best reach all of our children.   Parents and teachers working TOGETHER is the key to children’s success in school. Parent Teacher Connect is a spot for parents and teachers to CONNECT.  Everyone is welcome here–parents, teachers, administrators, classroom volunteers, you name it. Here we can have a working,…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • May 26th Webcast: Beyond Critical Thinking- Making Smart Decisions in a VUCA World

    Breanne Harris
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Register now for our next webcast: Beyond Critical Thinking- Making Smart Decisions in a VUCA World The latest business surveys  show that critical thinking now ranks as the most desired leadership attribute for businesses (see the EDA Trends in Executive Development Report). While critical thinking works well for complicated environments where answers can be found by concertedly applying good processes, additional skills are needed to survive under volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions. For VUCA environments, where causes and effects are unclear and creative…
  • 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…
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  • Technology for Educators and Tutors

    21 May 2015 | 9:43 am
       Google Updates Its Classroom App with New Features A year ago, Google marked Teacher Appreciation Week in the US by announcing the arrival of Google Classroom. Today, in celebration of the anniversary, Google is adding new features to…     iPhone Apps for Readers: How Tech Can Help Young Readers Grow There are millions of educational apps out there, but which ones are the best for your young learner? Here are some of the best apps for readers available.   Header Image Credit: symo0
  • States Divide on Common Core Standards

    19 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    The Common Core State Standards official website states that currently, “Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.” This remarkable success can lead to the impression that the Common Core is on its way to becoming universal in the US. The reality of the issue is a bit more complicated, and it is one that has been a topic of debate in education and politics for years. Among the states listed as not currently using the standards, 4 have not…
  • News in Online Education

    14 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Want Free Online Education? Online education has evolved from simply offering hobby-focused lessons to those involving higher learning. Some of the popular online educations sites that offer free online courses include EdX, MIT OpenCourseware, CodeAcademy, Coursera and Moz. Top 10 eLearning Skills that eLearning Professionals Should Have What eLearning skills does an eLearning professional need in order to be successful? Check the Top 10 eLearning Professionals’ Skills article to find out!   A Three-Step Process for becoming an E-Learning Pro Want to build better courses &…
  • Tutoring and Technology

    12 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    In today’s age of Internet-based and mobile phone technology, it’s no surprise that more and more tutors are turning to digital tools to help prepare students for admissions exams. The wide variety of such Internet tools fall under a few general categories. These include tutoring and lectures via webcam, databases to store study material and notes, online study material and practice tests, websites to manage classes of students, and online test performance reports. Some recently popular applications have included Google Classroom, Google Drive, Dropbox, WebEx, Skype, and Free web…
  • ACT Test Naming Convention: What’s in a Name?

    5 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    When it comes to ACT tests, have you ever wondered what’s in a name? Actually, let’s take a step back. Did you even realize ACT tests use a system of naming? New versions of the ACT are administered an average of five times every year, and each test is given its own naming code, a label that consists of a string numbers and letters. These codes can indicate information such as what kind of test is used, test content, and test release date. In what ways can these naming codes be useful to you? ACT test names are most useful for students, tutors, and educators studying to take a new ACT…
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  • Keep The Lines of Communication Open #Responsibility

    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    With my pre-teen, I find a lot of parenting is prep-work, laying down the foundation for the teenage years.She already has the basics of childhood. Everything she really needed to know in Kindergarten has been learned and reinforced. Looking both ways before crossing the street, doing unto others, avoiding stranger danger, wearing a helmet while bicycling…we got this. At this point, we are having a lot of discussions about teenage and adult-type situations I hope do not happen for a very long time (and some I hope never happen). These dilemmas not the easy, clear cut situations of her…
  • 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…
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  • NAFSA 2015: Hot Trends for SIOs and The Innovation Imperative

    17 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Boston will be hosting 10,000 international education professionals from May 24-29 for NAFSA Annual Conference. With 200 + concurrent sessions and 500+ posters on a wide range of topics, the conference has something for everyone. Programming and networking opportunities are divided into five Knowledge Communities-- Education Abroad, International Education Leadership, International Enrollment Management, International Student and Scholar Services, and Teaching, Learning and Scholarship.   This year, I've the honor of serving as the Chair…
  • Top-30 world universities with largest number of international students

    15 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Australian and British universities are highly successful in attracting international students from around the world. Especially, given the relatively small size of the overall Australian higher education system, the large numbers of foreign show high maturity and dependency of Australian institutions on foreign students. [I will be discussing on this at the upcoming webinar entitled Global Student Mobility: Insights and Implications for Your Recruitment Strategy hosted by International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).]Here is the list I compiled by taking top-20…
  • 4 reasons why LinkedIn may be a gamechanger in global university rankings

    9 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Much has been debated and researched about the uses and abuses of university rankings. Now, the arena of global university rankings has a new contender, LinkedIn, which has the potential to change the future of the rankings game. Here are the four reasons in support of LinkedIn’s potential. 1. Sharper focus on career outcomes LinkedIn is focused on career outcomes. One of the biggest limitations of the rankings is that they focus on students as consumers of information, while their methodologies focus on proxies like research citations. An alternative approach is to use metrics that…
  • International student mobility trends and implications for enrollment strategies (Webinars)

    7 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    International student recruitment is increasingly among the top priorities for many institutions in the US, Australia and the UK. Given the pressure to expand enrollment with limited budgets, some institutions adopted quick-fix solutions, which in turn has compromised the diversity and quality of international student body and their experiences. Developing sustainable strategies that are aligned with the changing needs and profile of international students, requires a deep understanding of student decision-making processes and mobility trends.I am presenting two webinars that will provide an…
  • Why India should go beyond engineering and diversify with liberal arts education?

    7 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Here is an excerpt from my opinion piece "Want to save higher education in India? Go beyond engineering" published in The Economic Times.In last 15 years, the expansion of IT sector has provided relatively bright prospects of upward social mobility for many families. While IT sector had been integral to the economic growth of the country, it has also boxed students into linear career pathways that start with competing for college entrance exams. Students are told that they can “study whatever they want, so long as it’s engineering.”I’m also a product of the factory line of engineering…
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    Intelligent Mag

  • Disney Fairies 9″ Bubble Fairy Tink

    20 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The Disney Fairies 9″ Bubble Fairy Tink lets girls fly and make fun pixie bubbles with Tinker Bell. Girls can fill the wing tray with bubble solution and dip Tink’s wings in the solution to make pixie bubbles. Disney Fairies 9″ Bubble Fairy Tink: Wing-shaped bubble tray Tinker Bell figure with bubble wand wings Made of plastic Includes bubble solution
  • BABY Interactive Doll

    20 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    You’re sure to fall in love with our Little Peanut Baby Doll from the first moment you hold her.
  • The Trash Pack Sewer Truck

    20 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Then release the germs once they’ve been sterilized! With a Sewer Truck and two exclusive Trashies in this pack, It’s the most fully sick vehicle yet! Collect all your favorite Trash Pack items  
  • Tomy Pop-Up Pirate Game

    20 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    The surprise family game that is a real barrel of fun Take turns sliding the colorful swords into the barrel But beware! Slide your sword in the wrong slot and up pops the pirate; meaning you’re out! Which slot is the wrong one? You won’t know; it’s different every game. The winner is the last player left, while the losers walk the plank! Note: the mechanism that makes the pirate pop out of the barrel changes with every game when locked into position.
  • Potty Trainin` Blissa Barbie Fashion Doll and Pet Playset

    20 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    Barbie doll wearing fashion and shoes, Blissa cat, one trashcan/litter box, one scooper, two bags of litter, one fillable water bottle and one cat toy. Barbie doll shows how much she loves her pets by taking good care of them. With the Barbie Potty Training Blissa! set, you can help Barbie doll feed and clean up after her pets. Blissa cat actually pees – just squeeze her tummy! Barbie doll looks adorable in casually cool capri pants and a striped t-shirt with beautiful bow details. Animal accessories include a litter box, fillable water bottle, trashcan (that doubles as fresh litter!),…
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    Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

  • Technology for Educators and Tutors

    21 May 2015 | 9:43 am
       Google Updates Its Classroom App with New Features A year ago, Google marked Teacher Appreciation Week in the US by announcing the arrival of Google Classroom. Today, in celebration of the anniversary, Google is adding new features to…     iPhone Apps for Readers: How Tech Can Help Young Readers Grow There are millions of educational apps out there, but which ones are the best for your young learner? Here are some of the best apps for readers available.   Header Image Credit: symo0
  • States Divide on Common Core Standards

    19 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    The Common Core State Standards official website states that currently, “Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.” This remarkable success can lead to the impression that the Common Core is on its way to becoming universal in the US. The reality of the issue is a bit more complicated, and it is one that has been a topic of debate in education and politics for years. Among the states listed as not currently using the standards, 4 have not…
  • News in Online Education

    14 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Want Free Online Education? Online education has evolved from simply offering hobby-focused lessons to those involving higher learning. Some of the popular online educations sites that offer free online courses include EdX, MIT OpenCourseware, CodeAcademy, Coursera and Moz. Top 10 eLearning Skills that eLearning Professionals Should Have What eLearning skills does an eLearning professional need in order to be successful? Check the Top 10 eLearning Professionals’ Skills article to find out!   A Three-Step Process for becoming an E-Learning Pro Want to build better courses &…
  • Tutoring and Technology

    12 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    In today’s age of Internet-based and mobile phone technology, it’s no surprise that more and more tutors are turning to digital tools to help prepare students for admissions exams. The wide variety of such Internet tools fall under a few general categories. These include tutoring and lectures via webcam, databases to store study material and notes, online study material and practice tests, websites to manage classes of students, and online test performance reports. Some recently popular applications have included Google Classroom, Google Drive, Dropbox, WebEx, Skype, and Free web…
  • ACT Test Naming Convention: What’s in a Name?

    5 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    When it comes to ACT tests, have you ever wondered what’s in a name? Actually, let’s take a step back. Did you even realize ACT tests use a system of naming? New versions of the ACT are administered an average of five times every year, and each test is given its own naming code, a label that consists of a string numbers and letters. These codes can indicate information such as what kind of test is used, test content, and test release date. In what ways can these naming codes be useful to you? ACT test names are most useful for students, tutors, and educators studying to take a new ACT…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • Charters might move into closed CPS schools

    20 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A LEARN charter school (right) rents space across the street from the now vacant Calhoun North school (left). Chicago Public Schools paid $67,151 in utilities for Calhoun North from Sept. 2013 to July 2014, according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request. At the same time, CPS pays LEARN $750 per student to offset rent and other facility costs. (WBEZ/Becky Vevea)There are 40 school buildings still sitting vacant across Chicago since the mass closings of 2013. Just two have been sold and the rest cost Chicagoans $2 million annually to maintain.These schools are slow to…
  • Were Chicago's public schools ever good?

    13 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Our questioner Julie had completely forgotten she asked this when we reached out to her. She lives in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood and didn’t want to say much more about herself. But here’s what she wanted to know:There is reporting about how Chicago Public Schools is slowly getting better. Was there ever a time when they were good?As an education reporter, I’ve heard many versions of this question during my time covering Chicago Public Schools, and that’s partly why I wanted to take a stab at answering it. But I also wanted to tackle this question because…
  • Global Activism in India: Pravah helps youth overcome caste, sexism and religious intolerance

    7 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    We continue our Global Activism in India series with a visit to Delhi. We and India Development Service, met with the NGO, Community Youth Collective Learning and Leadership Journey is a partnering initiative of the NGO, Pravah. The project tries to inspire India’s youth to become leaders and overcome traditional societal barriers, such as caste, sexism and religious intolerance. Pravah received attention when co- director, Neha Buch, introduced President Obama before one of his speeches during his visit to India. We’ll chat with co-director, Sonal Chaturvedi and young people…
  • Chicago teachers, school board at odds over pension payments

    6 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Contract talks between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Board of Education have gone public with the teachers saying the board wants them to pay the full amount of their pension contributions. They say that would amount to a 7 percent pay cut.Since the 1980s, the school district has covered the majority of teacher pension costs, with the teachers paying a small amount.CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said Tuesday the union is "highly insulted" by the proposal that they should pay more.In a statement, district spokesman Bill McCaffrey says Chicago schools face a $1.1 billion…
  • Chicago school cleaning contract millions over budget

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:43 pm
    The promise of cleaner schools at a lower price has turned out to be just that -- a promise.Chicago Public Schools’ three-year contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark to manage all school cleaning services is $22 million over budget, according to procurement and finance records obtained by WBEZ.Aramark has billed Chicago Public Schools $86 million for the first 11 months of its three-year contract. The first year price tag was initially set at $64 million.“That’s pretty astonishing,” said Dave Belanger, principal of Hanson Park Elementary in the Belmont Cragin…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Introducing Four New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    15 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Welcome four new Knerds! Originally from Israel, Zohar Yardeni joins Knewton as chief product officer. Previously, Zohar ran the product team at ZocDoc. Zohar received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from Cornell University. His favorite movie is the Big Lebowski and he loves snowboarding. If he could witness any event past, present, or future, it would be the creation of the universe. Dylan Kolleeny joins the learning team. She is a New York City native and attended the University of Vermont, before becoming a middle school and high school science teacher. Her hobbies include…
  • Knewton Hack Day: Spring 2015

    Sarah Haskins
    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s Sunday evening and I’m having my weekly catch-up call with my parents.  They ask how the previous week was.  “Great!” I tell them. “It was Hack Day at work!” “What is Hack Day?” is their response. How do you explain Hack Day to to your parents? I start with the logistics. Hack Day is a two day event at Knewton where we all set aside our normal obligations and our normal teams. We can work on any project we want, ideally with a group of people we don’t ordinarily work with. Knewton sponsors Hack Days three times per year. Each lasts two days, typically a Thursday and…
  • Introducing Knewton Content Insights for Publishers

    David Liu
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    At Knewton, we work very closely with publishers’ editorial teams in the course of integrating their products with our technology. One thing we’ve heard repeatedly in our conversations with publishers is a desire for a more quantitative means of evaluating how well their particular textbook content is performing for students. Publishers can and do solicit qualitative feedback from students and teachers, but this takes a lot of time and can be difficult to gather at scale. While they can also track observed metrics like student logins or usage times, this surface-level information only…
  • Introducing Four New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Welcome four new Knerds! Nat Medija (center), originally from the Philippines, is new to the systems engineering team. He went to the University of San Carlos and previously worked for Good Technology and PayPal. His favorite TV show is Breaking Bad and his favorite time of year is autumn. If he could witness one event in the future, it would be the end of world hunger. Patricia Trujillo (left) joins the human resources team. Born in Mexico, she moved to New York when she was eight years old, attended NYU, and previously worked for Fidessa, a tech company in the finance world. She enjoys…
  • 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.
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  • New in Winnipeg - Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate

    21 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Are you an experienced Bookkeeping, Accounting or Payroll professional looking to take your career to the next level?  Robertson College is now offering a Payroll Compliance Practitioner certificate program through the Canadian Payroll Association at our Winnipeg campus!Ideal for individuals wishing to enhance their current payroll knowledge, this certification contains 3 core courses that are designed to provide you with a strong foundation of payroll compliance knowledge and technical training where you will learn how to calculate payments at the individual employee level and prepare…
  • Check Out Our Latest TV Spot!

    13 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Have you seen our latest TV spot?  If you haven't, take a look below and catch a glimpse of what it is like at our campuses and inside our classrooms.  If you are interested, you can always come down and tour the facilities ourselves.  Our training classrooms will give you a good idea of the type of hands on learning you will receive here. Contact the campus you are interested in to book your tour!
  • Open House at our Calgary Campus

    11 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Pursuing your education is a big decision to make and we want you to have the information you need to make an informed decision. Join us on Thursday, May 21st for Robertson College's Open House at our Calgary campus where you can:Meet our staff and facultyAsk questions about our Health Care & Business programsTour our campus and training classroomsSpeak with representatives from our Financial Aid and Student Services teamsAsk any questions you have about going to schoolAnd so much more!Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pmLocation: 417 14th Street NW, CalgaryRSVP: Call…
  • Industry Talk on Home Care

    8 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Join us on Friday, May 22nd for an insightful Industry Talk with Rosalie Ritcher, Staff Development Instructor - Home Care with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).About our SpeakerRosalie has over 20+ years of experience working as a Registered Nurse and as a Staff Development Coordinator with the WRHA for Nurses, Health Care Aides and Nursing Assistants.  Rosalie is responsible for assisting and upgrading employees once they become hired with WRHA home care.Home Care is an aspect of health where health care would be provided in the individuals' home.  Many duties are…
  • Make a Difference as a Medical Laboratory Professional

    7 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    When we think of health care professionals, many of us will think of the doctors and nurses that we routinely come into contact with when we are at the clinic or hospitals.  But health care professionals such as those who work in medical laboratories play an important role too in our health and well-being.Medical Laboratory professionals are one of the largest groups of health care professionals in Canada. They include:Medical Laboratory Technologists - MLTs use a variety of laboratory instruments as part of the diagnostic procedure to analyze tissue samples, blood and other body fluids.
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    Udemy Blog

  • From Humanities Major to Sofware Engineer: Amy Weiner on working at Udemy

    15 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    At Udemy, we believe that people can be and do anything if given the opportunity to learn. Our own Amy Weiner shares her journey from an undergraduate humanities major to a Udemy software engineer. What is your educational background? I graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Jewish Studies, and minoring in both Environmental Science and Modern Hebrew Language. Thereafter, I attended Stanford University, where I received a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, with a focus on atmosphere/energy. During my…
  • Everyone’s feeling the economic upturn — except for Boomers

    14 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    Americans are finally starting to feel like the economy is on their side. That’s according to new data released today by Udemy, revealing that Americans feel more secure and stable than they have in years. Eighty-three percent of the 1,000 workers surveyed felt very or somewhat secure in their current jobs. Everyone is feeling the love – except Baby Boomers, that is. While nearly 8 in ten Millennials believe they’ll see a salary increase this year, only 58 percent of Boomers are optimistic they’ll see the same. Some other generational gaps: Baby Boomers are even less likely to ask…
  • Udemy Volunteers with Juma at AT&T Park

    13 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Last week a group of Udemy team members spent the day volunteering with Juma during the Giants game at AT&T Park. We had an incredible time walking the stands and manning the carts while vending ice cream, coffee and nuts to raise money for local youth’s college funds. Together we achieved $7,700 in total sales. Go team! Click to view slideshow. Juma’s mission is to help break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college degree. To learn more about Juma or sign up to volunteer, visit
  • New Courses from Rheinwerk Publishing

    11 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Today we’re excited to announce that Rheinwerk Publishing, Germany’s market leader for topics around computing, design and photography, launched a new catalog of skill-based courses in German on Udemy! The course topics range from Adobe Photoshop to Responsive Web Design to Search Engine Optimization. Rheinwerk Publishing’s Udemy courses can be found here. This partnership is a great step in our international expansion as we aim to empower anyone around the world to learn anything. Frank Visciano, director of content at Udemy shares, “Udemy is dedicated to connecting people with the…
  • Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

    6 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Check out this video featuring real Udemy students from around the world thanking their favorite Udemy instructors. Don’t forget to show some love for the great teachers in your life too! Tweet your appreciation with the hashtag #UdemyLovesInstructors
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    Minglebox Education News

  • Why DBGI propagates Entrepreneurship among its Engineering,Technology and Management students

    22 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    Why DBGI propagates Entrepreneurship among its Engineering,Technology and Management students? Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business plan ; acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. Entrepreneurs are leaders willing to take risk and exercise initiative,taking advantage of market opportunities by planning,organizing, and employing resources, often by innovating new or improving existing products. Successful entrepreneurs have the ability to..
  • Meghalaya Board Class 10th 2015 results to be declared on May 25

    22 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Meghalaya Class 10th   2015 exam  results  will be declared on  Monday, May 25, 2015 at 10am by Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) . Candidates, who have appeared for the exam, can check their  results  on the official website of  MBOSE . For MBOSE SSLC 2015 results, please click here . Method I : SMS<MBOSE10>space<Roll No> send it to 56263 Method II : SMS<MBOSE10>space<Roll No> send it to 5676750 Method III : SMS MG10 <Roll No> send..
  • Portfolio’15 decodes design on day One

    21 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Portfolio’15, the annual graduating event of Pearl Academy (8-10 May) will be remembered for plenty of reasons. The magnanimous display of design intellect by Pearlites added flair to the event and lightened up the mega exhibition. More than 500 innovative final year projects made by the graduating students from various UG and PG courses were on display at NSIC Exhibition grounds Okhla . And guess what! The grand celebration witnessed a footfall of 1500 plus visitors on Day-1 itself.   The first day began with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. The projects..
  • Goa Board Class 10th 2015 results to be declared tomorrow

    21 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Goa Board Class 10th   2015 exam  results  will be declared tomorrow on  Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 6pm by Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) . Candidates, who have appeared for the exam, can check their  results  on the official website of  Goa Board . For Goa Board SSC 2015 results , please click here . The results can be located by SMS: SMS GOA10(space) seat No. to 5676750 Check here for more updates on  Goa Board Goa Board Class 10th   2015: Goa Board of Secondary and Higher..
  • Annamalai University Invites Applications for MBBS/BDS Programs 2015

    21 May 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Applications are invited by Annamalai University, Chidambaram   for admission to Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programs for the academic session 2015-16. Eligibility Criteria for  Annamalai University: Candidates should have passed in all the subjects of the qualifying examination of the HSC examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu State Board/any other equivalent board. For more details and information on eligibility criteria, please visit their  official website . How to Apply for  Annamalai..
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  • New in Winnipeg - Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate

    Robertson College
    21 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Are you an experienced Bookkeeping, Accounting or Payroll professional looking to take your career to the next level?  Robertson College is now offering a Payroll Compliance Practitioner certificate program through the Canadian Payroll Association at our Winnipeg campus!Ideal for individuals wishing to enhance their current payroll knowledge, this certification contains 3 core courses that are designed to provide you with a strong foundation of payroll compliance knowledge and technical training where you will learn how to calculate payments at the individual employee level and prepare…
  • Check Out Our Latest TV Spot!

    Robertson College
    13 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Have you seen our latest TV spot?  If you haven't, take a look below and catch a glimpse of what it is like at our campuses and inside our classrooms.  If you are interested, you can always come down and tour the facilities ourselves.  Our training classrooms will give you a good idea of the type of hands on learning you will receive here. Contact the campus you are interested in to book your tour!
  • Open House at our Calgary Campus

    Robertson College
    11 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Pursuing your education is a big decision to make and we want you to have the information you need to make an informed decision. Join us on Thursday, May 21st for Robertson College's Open House at our Calgary campus where you can:Meet our staff and facultyAsk questions about our Health Care & Business programsTour our campus and training classroomsSpeak with representatives from our Financial Aid and Student Services teamsAsk any questions you have about going to schoolAnd so much more!Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pmLocation: 417 14th Street NW, CalgaryRSVP: Call…
  • Industry Talk on Home Care

    Robertson College
    8 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Join us on Friday, May 22nd for an insightful Industry Talk with Rosalie Ritcher, Staff Development Instructor - Home Care with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).About our SpeakerRosalie has over 20+ years of experience working as a Registered Nurse and as a Staff Development Coordinator with the WRHA for Nurses, Health Care Aides and Nursing Assistants.  Rosalie is responsible for assisting and upgrading employees once they become hired with WRHA home care.Home Care is an aspect of health where health care would be provided in the individuals' home.  Many duties are…
  • Make a Difference as a Medical Laboratory Professional

    Robertson College
    7 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    When we think of health care professionals, many of us will think of the doctors and nurses that we routinely come into contact with when we are at the clinic or hospitals.  But health care professionals such as those who work in medical laboratories play an important role too in our health and well-being.Medical Laboratory professionals are one of the largest groups of health care professionals in Canada. They include:Medical Laboratory Technologists - MLTs use a variety of laboratory instruments as part of the diagnostic procedure to analyze tissue samples, blood and other body fluids.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 18

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Back in December, my family moved from one side of the neighborhood to the other with an 18-month-old in tow and another baby on the way. Here I was thinking that was a difficult transition…and then I interviewed music therapist Allison Hingley. She moved across the country with a two-week-old newborn, and that was just one of MANY big life changes Allison went through in a relatively short amount of time. She certainly inspired me to believe that anything is possible when it comes to raising a family and pursuing a fulfilling carer. Allison talks about raising a toddler and newborn…
  • Make Music With Kids This Summer

    21 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    We captured this moment in one of our early childhood classes earlier this month, and it is basically the perfect photo for this blog post. An adorable child decked out in her summer shades, clacking away on castanets — yep, pretty much sums it up! I’ve mentioned here before that my early childhood music program really took off last summer, which was my impetus for creating the online course Create, Market, Make Music! It covers all the bases I ran while designing and implementing my own program, from the very beginning planning stages to communicating with families after the…
  • {Mama Moment} Preparing for Maternity Leave

    20 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    When I originally laid out my school year schedule way back in August, I wasn’t pregnant and therefore planned to end the spring session at the very end of May as usual. Now here we are, in the final days of May — less than a week away from my due date. And I’m still working. My son’s due date was in mid-June two years ago, and the timing was PERFECT since I was able to finish my spring session and then have a week off before he was born 6 days early. Little did I know just how valuable that week off was! Although I’m still feeling great, it’s getting…
  • Keep Calm and Sing On

    19 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    As I mentioned last week, I’m currently participating in the #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge hosted by Julie Palmieri at Serenade Designs. This week’s prompt was to share a quote that we love and/or makes us think, and then write a blog post reflecting upon that quote. I’ve come across many inspirational, motivating, and thought-provoking quotes in the past, and while the one I shared above may not be the most prolific, it is definitely the most applicable to my life right now. I kind of have a lot going on at the moment, which is not news if you’ve been reading my blog…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 17

    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I sat down to interview Kristen O’Grady via Skype for this episode, she told me about how she and her daughters had just returned from a day trip to the beach. I have to admit, I was a little jealous of how she had spent her Monday. Kristen explained later in the interview that this day of the week is “Girls’ Day” in her family, because she works on Saturdays. I love hearing the details when it comes to how my guests make the best of their busy schedules, and Kristen had some great insight to share. As usual, I was taking notes on some of the ways I can do the…
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  • Create Word Rainbows To Help Young Spellers

    21 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade classes, we have a reading station called “Rainbow Words,” which is a colorful, hands-on way for students to practice and remember vocabulary. I no Read more...
  • Help Students Have a Strong Finish to the Year

    19 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    There are only a few weeks left of this school year. Students everywhere are looking forward to summer, and it’s hard to stay focused on school. It is important, however, to finish strong for more than just making this year a success. Success in school and life is linked to the ability to persevere even when things get tough. Educators refer to th Read more...
  • 6 Ways To Help Your Young Writer Bloom

    14 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    When young authors start to write, they are sometimes confused about where to begin. Often, having one good idea gets them going! Here are six ways to let the author in your child bloom.Use a traditional pattern: Suggest that your child follow a logical sequence: “The gorilla at the zoo was so loud! He hit his chest with his fists. I had to c Read more...
  • Help Your Child Deal With Worrying News Stories

    12 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Parents need to be mindful of how their children are feeling when the news is full of frightening events. Stories about violent protests, natural disasters, and political turmoil are prominent on every news source. Adolescents are at an emotional point in their development, and parents need to be aware of the effects these stories have on their teens Read more...
  • The Ability To Compare and Contrast Increases Reading Comprehension

    7 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    The ability to compare and contrast between fiction and nonfiction, or elements of a story, significantly increases your child’s reading comprehension.When comparing, students are thinking about how things are alike. When contrasting, they are noting how things are different. An example might be “How are animals and people alik Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Thank You, PTO Leaders, for a Great PTO Today Expo 2015!

    19 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    It happens every year, and today was the day. The last of the PTO Today Expo materials were shipped back to our headquarters in Wrentham, Mass., and we feel a little melancholy. Guess we are missing the excitement of the shows and connecting with you all in person!  Each year, the PTO Today Expos give us an awesome opportunity: To meet hundreds of leaders in person and have great conversations with you. We want to thank every leader who attended our shows. From Marlborough, Mass., to Pasadena, Calif., you were all terrific! You inspire us to work harder and come up with new and better…
  • Tackling the Final Parent Group Tasks of the Year

    19 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s amazing to think we are getting ready to close out another year at our PTA! Over the years, I’ve found that making a few administrative tasks a top priority now makes life much easier when school starts up again. Here’s what we’re working on: Boosting involvement. Right now, we are reaching out to current committee chairs and volunteers to see what they are interested in doing next year. We’re also focusing on new parents. We just hosted a morning PTA Volunteer Q&A meeting at a local coffee shop and had a great turnout! We met many new faces and filled half our volunteer…
  • Tell Your Great Story—You Might Win

    18 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    No doubt, your group does some very cool stuff. And I hope you look for for the recognition you deserve. That's what our annual Parent Group of the Year search is all about. The deadline for entries is June 1. When you submit your story, please keep these in mind: 1. Your group doesn't have to be the greatest, most organized PTO or PTA on earth to earn accolades. Tons of our Parent Group of the Year winners have been from very typical groups with all of the typical challenges you likely face. But everyone has a success or story that fits. We'd love for you to enter the search.
  • The First 5 Steps for New PTO Presidents

    15 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    If you’ve just been elected president of your parent group, you are probably excited and a little stressed. Now that it’s official, you may have a few doubts that you can do a job. But we have good news: You are likely better prepared than you think you are, and we are here to help with tons of resources for new presidents!  So, take a deep breath and consider taking care of these five tasks: 1. Connect with the outgoing president. Remember it’s the end of the school year and she’s probably very busy. So if she doesn’t have much time for you, don’t take it personally. Just…
  • PTO Election and Officer Transition Tips

    13 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our Live Q&A session on Facebook last night. Our topic was elections and transitions, and we had a great discussion that covered everything from how to get a parent to take a board position to how to help new board members learn the ropes. Here are the highlights: If you are looking for parents to fill an officer’s role, ask the teachers for candidates. They typically know of some parents who have what it takes!  Reach out to kindergarten parents. They are often more motivated and enthusiastic than parents who are wrapping up their time…
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  • Isolating Online Content for Use in a Pop-Up Window in Moodle

    15 May 2015 | 7:02 am
  • Is the body the next breakthrough in education tech?

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

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

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

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

  • The Difference between a Bruise and a Blood Clot

    Jade Sison
    24 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    When a person has been injured, bruising can occur, and when there is an open wound, blood clotting occurs as well. It is quite difficult to discern the difference between the two, especially if you... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between an Atomic Bomb and a Hydrogen Bomb

    23 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    The creation of weapons of mass destruction continues to spread global fear for its hazardous effects and massive environmental catastrophe. The use of nuclear power has emerged to be an essential... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Indian And Hindu

    22 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Introduction The term Indian means many things in many contexts. Historically the term Indian refers mainly to people living within the boundary of Indian sub-continent that used to encompass toady’s... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between OCD and Perfectionism

    Maitreyi Naigaonkar
    21 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Each one of us aspires to be perfect. We want to be the best at whatever we do. In fact since young age parents inadvertently teach their wards to win. Children are rewarded for good performance and... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Multiplexer and Decoder

    21 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    The advancement of signal systems has expanded tremendously in various communication systems today. The basic signal transmissions can be attributed to key contributions of multiplexer and decoder... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Les faits en éducation : Quelle est l'incidence de la classe multiâge sur l'apprentissage?

    Dan Laitsch
    19 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Lorsque la classe multiâge est mise en œuvre avec une planification soignée pour soutenir l'enseignement différencié et offrir le perfectionnement professionnel adéquat, de même que des ressources pédagogiques et des périodes de planification pour les enseignants, l'expérience d'apprentissage des élèves de ces classes devient positive. La classe multiâge (également appelée à classe à années multiples) comprend des élèves de deux niveaux consécutifs. On y a fréquemment recours pour équilibrer l'effectif des classes, pour que les enseignants n'aboutissent…
  • The Facts on Education: How do split-grade classrooms affect learning?

    Dan Laitsch
    19 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    When split-grade classrooms are carefully implemented to support differentiated teaching and include appropriate professional development, as well as curricular and planning resources for teachers, the learning experiences for students in these classes are positive. Split-grade classrooms include students spanning two grades and are frequently deployed to balance class sizes, so that teachers aren’t teaching classrooms with too many students, and classrooms with too few students don’t stretch school district resources. According to research about the experience of teachers and students in…
  • Entrelaçons nos réflexions à propos d’un perfectionnement professionnel efficace

    Stephen Hurley
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Contexte : la chaîne and la trame read more
  • 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
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Forget About Millennials-What You Need to Know About Gen Z
    14 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Lately, millennials (those born between 1980 and 1994) have been a hot topic, with conversations ranging from their impact on consumer trends to their work habits. However, those born in Generation Z—typically described as those born after 1995, who can’t remember life before the internet—are reaching maturity. The oldest of the generation are starting to enter their 20’s and the workforce. An enormous amount of research has been done on generational traits, and below we'll highlight five of those traits, as well as what they mean for the workplace. 1. Communicative Gen Z has grown up…
  • Find the Best Educational Technology Tools for Your Teaching Style

    Robert Morris
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Old-school educators may despise educational technology because they are used to conventional teaching methods, but teachers who have tried using modern tools cannot deny that they enable them to connect with their students better than ever. If you are a teacher who hasn’t started using educational technology tools, then you need to do something about it. You surely want to connect with your students on a higher level, and the following selection of tools will enable you to do that: Edmodo is a platform that connects you with your students and their parents. This tool enables you to check…
  • Textbook to Tablet: The Shift in Education [Infographic]
    7 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It is expected that by 2017 all school-aged children will have undergone a major educational shift: going from textbook to tablet in the classroom. This switch is just one way Generation Z is becoming more technologically savvy than ever. Gen Z, those born after 1995, have never known life without the Internet. Changing to a more technological education influences how Gen Z communicates socially and face-to-face, how they perceive authority, and it transforms their overall work ethic. With the introduction of so much technology in the classroom, how will their entrance into the workforce be…
  • Developing a Values-Based Learning Strategy for Your Organization

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last month, I shared why becoming a values-based culture is good for business. But knowing something is the right thing to do and accomplishing it are two different steps. Once an organization realizes they want to focus on building and cultivating a values-based culture, they need to put an action plan in place to accomplish the goal. Here’s a six step plan for creating a learning strategy: Assessment Take a pulse on where the organization stands today. A tried and true assessment model is the SWOT analysis. SWOT represents strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Put everything…
  • The Value Equation: Quality Through Training
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    In 1930 Albert Einstein discovered the world’s most well-known equation: E= MC2, a fundamental relationship between mass and energy that is constant throughout the universe. Here’s another universal equation that we use each day: V=Q/P  This is the Value Equation, and it states simply that VALUE is equal to QUALITY divided by PRICE. The higher the quality, the greater the value. The higher the price, the lower the value. Think about it. You can get a $4 cup of coffee at Starbucks, or a $2 cup at McDonalds. You enjoy a $200 dinner at Ruth Chris, or a $20 Blue Plate Special at Denny’s.
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Rain Songs for Kids

    21 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I am just finishing a preschool unit on rain. We have had fun singing lots of Spanish rain songs.  We have also played fun rain games that help kids master the vocabulary associated with rain and storms. I like to give them lots of practice with the different forms of llover, and singing is a great way to do that. Try these Spanish rain songs with your kids. If the song is available on iTunes, I linked the title so that you can listen to the clip and buy the song if you like. If there is a video on YouTube, I linked to that too, but several of the songs are not available there. I have…
  • Animals in Spanish: Wild Animal Activities

    19 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Talking about animals in Spanish introduces children to a lot of language. Learning about animals, children hear common Spanish verbs, descriptive words and vocabulary for the natural world. Of course, kids love animals, so they also enjoy activities and books related to them. Try these ideas for teaching children language related to wild animals in Spanish. These suggestions are part of the Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga series. You can find more information about the series at the end of the post. Songs about Wild Animals in Spanish There are lots of songs in Spanish about wild animals and going to…
  • Emotions in Spanish: Mara sin cumpleaños

    17 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Do you talk about emotions in Spanish with kids? Be sure to take a look at the picture book Mara sin cumpleaños. Peruvian-born author Mariana Llanos publishes stories for children in both Spanish and English. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, Mara sin cumpleaños is perfect for talking about feelings. It is also a very entertaining story! Mara sin cumpleaños is available on Amazon and on the author’s website. Award-winning author Mariana Llanos also has a wonderful program of school visits using Skype or Google+. One of her lessons is about emotions, and she reads Mara sin…
  • Spanish Stories Free Download: Otros Cuentos

    14 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    The idea behind these Spanish stories is so clever! They are bedtime stories that ask kids to participate by drinking a glass of milk by taking a sip when a character drinks.  Jorge Argueta wrote the stories as part of the Otros Cuentos campaign to promote a bedtime routine. All of them use this fun method of engaging kids. In August 2013, award-winning author Jorge Argueta teamed up with the California Milk Processor Board to promote healthy bedtime routines for kids. The campaign encourages kids and parents to enjoy bedtime with a story and a glass of milk. Jorge Argueta wrote 7 Spanish…
  • Homeschool Spanish Curriculum: Calico Spanish

    11 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    I have recently had the pleasure of working with Calico Spanish Homeschool Learning Series Level A. What a great program! I am so pleased to be able to share this homeschool Spanish curriculum with you. You can learn more about the curriculum on the Calico Spanish website. Designing a good homeschool Spanish curriculum is very difficult. The content has to be engaging and effective. It also must be presented and structured in a way that parents who are not familiar with the language can successfully teach their children. In other words, designing a quality homeschool Spanish curriculum means…
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    Discover Share Inspire

  • What It’s Like to Live in Costa Rica (Why We’re Back and Why We’re STILL Here)

    Roxy Christensen
    20 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    It’s been a year ago February (2015) since we arrived in Costa Rica (for the second time). We got here just a month before our sixth child, Saige Journee Denning was born! We’d already spent a year and a half living in Guatemala, but then it was time to go. Our intention had been to find a place in El Salvador (and potentially have the baby there), but that didn’t work out as planned. So it was on to Nicaragua (by then I was 6 months pregnant, and really feeling the need to find a ‘nest’ for having this baby!). I was ready to have her at the beach town of Las…
  • And Then There Came Europe…

    Rachel Denning
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Casa Ylang Ylang on Finca Ipe I want a sewing machine. And an ice cream maker. I want to plant a garden, grow some herbs and some flowers. I want a house where we can store our growing library, make crafty things to hang on the walls and decorative pillows to put on the couch. I want a place to keep all of our memorabilia — pictures the kids draw, their little scribbled notes of love and my seashell collection. (I want, I want, I want… I sound like a spoiled brat.) After giving birth to Saige here in Costa Rica, which provided the opportunity to get residency, this burning desire…
  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

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

    Catlin Tucker
    18 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I was listening to NPR last month when they did a story on free range parenting. The story covered the debate about the pros and cons of this approach, which values self-reliance and independence. The free range movement is a response to “helicopter” parents who are overly involved in their children’s lives, thus stifling their ability to cultivate the qualities valued by free range parents. As I listened to this debate, I immediately thought of it in the context of the classroom. There is an interesting shift happening in education right now that touches on a similar…
  • Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology

    Catlin Tucker
    12 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Educators today are facing two major shifts in education–a move to the Common Core Standards and increasing pressure to teach students with the technology they’ll be expected to use in their lives beyond high school. Both seasoned educators and those new to the teaching profession must confront these daunting challenges, which demand fundamental changes in the way teachers teach and students learn. I’ve written Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology to support English, history/social studies, and science teachers as they shift to the new Standards using…
  • Remind2Me: Write a Letter to Your Future Self

    Catlin Tucker
    4 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future. Instead of collecting stacks of paper letters in envelopes to put in the snail mail years after my students have left my class, I am going to use Remind2Me to get my students reflecting on the year, articulating what is important in their lives, and setting goals for the future.   Students simply go to Remind2Me and give…
  • Gmail: Undo a Sent Email

    Catlin Tucker
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Are you using Gmail with students, parents, or co-workers? If so, it’s helpful to know how to undo a sent email. This is an easy tip that allows you to “take back” an email even after you click “Send.” We’ve all experienced the sinking feeling of sending an email that has a mistake in it. As an English teacher, I feel immense pressure to make sure my messages are as close to perfect as possible. In an earlier blog, I mentioned using Grammarly to minimize errors, but there is nothing quite like a “take back” when it comes to emails! Here is how…
  • Shakespeare Soundtrack Project

    Catlin Tucker
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In my last blog post “Don’t Just Read Shakespeare, Perform It!”, I encouraged other teachers to have students perform Shakespeare’s plays instead of simply reading them. I want students to enjoy Shakespeare, but I also want them to think about why the situations, themes, and characters in his plays have remained popular for hundreds of years. Since we perform the play in class, students don’t have reading for homework. Instead, they complete an ongoing Shakespeare Soundtrack Project. Each night they take the scenes we’ve performed in class and pair each…
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  • Creativity & Teaching, new article in TCRecord

    Punya Mishra
    22 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    How do exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching? For her dissertation study, Dr. Danah Henriksen  interviewed several National Teacher of the Year award winners (and finalists), to better understand their beliefs, interests, and practices involving creative teaching. Analysis of the data help us identify key themes of how these teachers approach the creative process, as well as the connection between their personal interests and professional creativity. This paper has finally been published!! (Yes it took a while). Those interested can download it from the link below:…
  • Modeling & Play as cognitive tools: 2 new articles

    Punya Mishra
    22 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    The next article in our series Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century is out. Sadly there is an error in the title of the paper. The paper explores the idea of play as a key trans-disciplinary habit of mind often used by creative people across disciplines. Our previous articles have looked at Perceiving, Patterning, Abstracting, and Modeling. Below is a link to the latest article (you can see all the articles in the series by going here). Henriksen, D., Keenan, S., Richardson, C., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2015). Play as a Foundational Thinking…
  • TPACK Vanity (v. 2.0)

    Punya Mishra
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    Back in 2006 Matt and I took a bunch of work that we had been doing in the area of technology integration for teaching and pulled it together into one broad theoretical framework and published it in TCRecord. The TPACK framework as it has come to be known has been incredibly influential—far more than we could have imagined. As far as citations go, this is what it looks like on Google Citation (graph generated dynamically by polling Google Scholar citations for Mishra & Koehler, 2006). See Matt’s page about this here. Citations of Mishra & Koehler (2006) over time The recent…
  • Article in WEF Global Information Technology Report

    Punya Mishra
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Everybody has heard of the  World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As Wikipedia says, “The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment.” The WEF is more than the Davos meeting, however. It is an “independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global,…
  • Interview in Educational Technology Journal

    Punya Mishra
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    I was recently interviewed by the journal Educational Technology: The magazine for managers of change in education as a part of their series Q & A with Ed Tech Leaders. The interviews are conducted by contributing editors, Susan M. Fulgham and Michael F. Shaughnessy. I would like the thank the two of them for their patience — since I was more than a little tardy in getting back to them. But they were always more than gracious and for that I am grateful. You can download and read the entire interview here: Mishra Interview ET 2015. I am also including the interview below in HTML…
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    Education News » Daily

  • Hot or not: what’s packing the uni lecture theatres

    The Age
    24 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Packing them in: the popularity of courses, and even subjects, ebbs and flows but this is the decade of global studies and health courses. Photo: Craig Abraham Julia Proctor – Course and subject popularity changes over time in response to social change or employment opportunities. From arts to aviation, sports management to veterinary science, Victoria’s universities offer a plethora of courses. But what are the emerging areas grabbing today’s students’ interest and what’s driving student choice? According to Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) data,…
  • Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash

    Star Ledger
    24 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    John Forbes Nash, Jr. (June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015) was an American mathematician whose works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations Nash was in Norway on Tuesday to receive the Abel Prize for mathematics from King Harald V for his work, along with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, on nonlinear partial differential equations. John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife of nearly 60 years were killed in a car crash Saturday on the New…
  • Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    24 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Joe Gelonesi – Plato famously wanted to abolish the family and put children into care of the state. Some still think the traditional family has a lot to answer for, but some plausible arguments remain in favour of it. Joe Gelonesi meets a philosopher with a rescue plan very much in tune with the times. So many disputes in our liberal democratic society hinge on the tension between inequality and fairness: between groups, between sexes, between individuals, and increasingly between families. I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their…
  • I am all for inclusion in principle, but it doesn’t always work

    Guardian (UK)
    24 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    Keeping children with special educational needs in mainstream schooling can deprive them of expert care – and their classmates of a decent education “Either he goes, or I’m taking my daughter out of the school.” This is what a parent told me in confidence last summer. They were referring to a boy with Down’s syndrome, and associated behavioural difficulties, who had been in their daughter’s class for the six years of primary school. The boy was demonstrating behaviours that would see another child excluded. This included hitting, kicking, biting (students and staff), damaging…
  • ‘Be Prepared’: ‘Gay’ Men with Boy Scouts in Tents

    Matt Barber
    24 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Matt Barber is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. I said it was coming. Many of us did. Two years ago this week the Boy Scouts of America voted to welcome into its ranks “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the “morally straight” Scout Oath its members are sworn to uphold. Shortly thereafter I warned, “In so doing, the [Boy Scouts of America (BSA)] effectively waived the only legal defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and gender-confused…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Is a "Forced Perspective" Defining Your Life?

    Special Olympics Project UNIFY
    22 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Written by Anderson Williams, a Special Olympics Project UNIFY consultant Years ago while backpacking through Europe with some friends, I visited the Palazzo Spada in Rome. It must have been something we read about in “Let’s Go Europe” because otherwise I’m not sure how we got there.   Anyway, Palazzo Spada is famous for its incredible forced perspective gallery created by Francesco Borromini. In the midst of the density and limited space in the heart of Rome, the gallery gives a momentary sense of depth and grandeur akin to what one might find in a much larger country…
  • Art Teacher's Pinterest, Social Media Networks Share Lessons and Ideas

    Joetta Sack-Min
    20 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Donna Staten, an elementary art teacher in Round Rock, Texas, has earned the title "Pinterest Queen" because she has shared thousands of lessons and amassed nearly 100,000 followers on the social media site Pinterest. Staten, who also serves on an advisory committee for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says Pinterest has recharged her 30-year teaching career. She recently spoke about her strategies for using Pinterest  and other social media in an e-mail interview. LFA: How did you get started on Pinterest? How long have you been “pinning,” and how much time does it take you…
  • It Takes an Organized Village

    Partnership for 21st Century Learning
    19 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Community partnerships -- are we really better when we work together?  ToCollaborate (verb) – to work one with another; to cooperate.Imagine yourself as a homeless high school student in your town or neighborhood. You need a place to sleep, but before that you want a quiet place to do math homework. Or stand in the shoes (probably with holes in them) of a homeless parent with three toddlers. You do want them to get to school every day…at two different buildings…but first you want to feed them. Where do these folks go? Where do they start? In all too many cases, homeless parents and…
  • New Data Analysis Reveals Disparities Between State Tests and NAEP

    National PTA
    18 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    By Otha Thornton, President, National PTA Last week, Achieve, a national education advocacy nonprofit, released an analysis comparing proficiency rates in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math as reported by states to the same data measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Discrepancies were found between the percentage of students reported as proficient by states and the number of students who met national proficiency benchmarks. NAEP defines proficiency as “solid academic performance” for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated…
  • California District Unifies Teachers, Parents to Build Common Core Support

    Joetta Sack-Min
    15 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    As California’s ABC Unified School District begins weaving the Common Core State Standards into its classroom curriculum, high school teacher Richard Saldana says the district has learned that cooperation and coordination among all staff is key to helping the standards meet their potential. The school district regularly brings together teachers, principals and other staff to discuss implementation, then they use those sessions to speak with a unified voice to stakeholders such as the school board and parents. “We do our best to bring as many stakeholders together as we can, starting with…
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in June 2015

    19 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    Apply for College Scholarships Many college scholarships with deadlines in June have deadlines coming up very quickly—like June 1. Check out these eight college scholarship opportunities available for future business leaders, writers, student-athletes and students who want to make a difference in the world. Blaze Wifi Rural Students Scholarship: To apply for this $500 scholarship, you’ll need to write a blog post about whether you prefer living in the city or country more. High school seniors and current college students can apply. Deadline: June 1 CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship: This annual…
  • Should You Accept an Unpaid Internship?

    5 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Internship Internships for high school and college students come in many forms, and not all internships pay students for their work. In fact, unpaid internships have been in the news in recent years due to former unpaid interns suing the companies they interned for. As a result, some companies now offer at least minimum wage to interns, but others still offer unpaid opportunities. So is it a good idea to accept an unpaid internship? Here’s a look at the questions you should ask the employer and yourself before accepting an unpaid internship experience.
  • College Scholarships Ending in May 2015

    30 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Apply for College Scholarships This month’s college scholarship deadlines feature scholarships for high school juniors and seniors, ranging from $500 to $10,000. Most opportunities require at a least a short essay, and some scholarships are based on financial need while others are not. Check out these scholarship opportunities to see if one matches your interests. The Nordstrom Scholarship: Act quickly if you want to apply for this $10,000 scholarship available to high school juniors. Applicants must live in a participating state, have participated in volunteer activities, have a minimum…
  • What Does “Liberal Arts” Mean?

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    What are the Liberal Arts? You’ve probably heard the term “liberal arts” tossed around in the media lately. Politicians have tossed the term around, too. In fact, over the past several years there’s been an ongoing conversation in the United States about the value of a liberal arts education. Is a liberal arts education still valuable in today’s society? Can students who major in the liberal arts really get a job? In this post, we’ll take a look at what the liberal arts are all about, and what it means for you when choosing a college and a major. What are the liberal arts? The…
  • 60 Colleges and Universities on Instagram

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    Gardner-Webb University on Instagram Want to get a glimpse of what college life is really like? Checking a college or university’s social media platforms is a great way to see what students are doing around campus. Instagram, in particular, lets you view snapshots of student life at college. Check out these Instragram feeds from 60 colleges and universities around the United States. Agnes Scott College @agnesscottcollege Arizona State University @arizonastateuniversity Baylor University @bayloruniversity Boston College @bostoncollege Carlow University @carlowuniversity Dartmouth College…
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  • Improve Workplace Learning From A to Z

    Dennis Callahan
    2 May 2015 | 10:56 am
  • Being Fast or Being Good?

    Dennis Callahan
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
      Brent Schlenker tweeted an interesting question yesterday, “Is it better to learn how to be fast at doing something, or to first learn to be good at it? I think it depends on your goal and it is more important where you end up than where you begin.  The more you create, the faster you adjust (learn), the faster you create a quality output. Learn by doing. Eric Scott shared the story that fits well with Brent’s question – what do you think? A pottery teacher split her class into two halves. To the first half she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery,…
  • Learning Means Believing in Yourself

    Dennis Callahan
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    This is the third post in a series on improving your learning from A to Z. “Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” Samuel Johnson Believing in you is another foundational component of learning. If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s hard to grow and learn. Like knowledge, confidence can’t be transferred. The person that needs to believe in you, is you. This is not about motivation, tenacity or drive it’s about believing that you can do it. You can do it! Confidence “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval”  Mark Twain  There…
  • When will the Robot Instructional Designer Arrive

    Dennis Callahan
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Or has it already arrived? I was reading an article about how Quill (a natural language program) is writing reports for large financial companies, intelligence agencies and even reporting on baseball games.  Stuart Frankel is the CEO of Narrative Science which is the company that owns Quill. Here’s an excerpt from the article where Frankel discusses renting out Quill to large financial companies. Narrative Science is now renting out Quill’s writing skills to financial customers such as T. Rowe Price, Credit Suisse, and USAA to write up more in-depth, lengthy reports on the…
  • A Learning Strategy is About People

    Dennis Callahan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I wrote a post about why workplace learning is complicated and it could apply to most workplace scenarios because working and learning are all about people.  Ajay Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood recently questioned if this perception is deserved.  This is a good question and they have some good suggestions for making workplace learning less complicated, as follows: Learning professionals should increase their business literacy (use business terms and communicate results) Demonstrate improved employee performance Keep it simple I agree with this advice and think there are pieces missing. You…
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    Extension on the Go

  • Improving Knee Injury Repair (Debbie Johnson)
    15 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    “My back only bugs me when I sleep wrong. I feel my knee more than anything, the left one. It’s arthritic.” ~ Joe Montana One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The menisci are two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that act like a cushion between the shinbone and the thighbone. Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst talks with a University of Missouri physical therapy professor who is working to improve knee-injury repair and to better understand arthritis.
  • Mapping the Cat (Debbie Johnson)
    15 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. ~ Mark Twain Understanding the genetic map of cats can easily bridge our understanding of human genes and diseases. Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst looks at a project called “99 Lives,”  University of Missouri research that will map the genetic sequence of 100 cats.    
  • The Origin of Human Migration to North America (Debbie Johnson)
    15 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    “Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colors.” ~ Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist The dates and migration routes for Paleo-Indian migration are still being debated. Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst discusses a University of Missouri research team that questions a newer theory about early migration to North America.
  • Sweet Pepper – Garden Color and Spice (Debbie Johnson)
    13 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies” ~ Gertrude Jekyll, influential British horticulturist (Photo by the National Garden Bureau) Many different types of peppers can be grown in Missouri vegetable gardens. Among the most popular are the sweet bell and banana types. This warm season vegetable should not be planted in the garden until there’s no danger of frost. Peppers are normally harvested in the immature green stage for use in relishes, salads, for stuffing, and for flavor in many cooked dishes. Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist…
  • Gaillardia – Drought-Tolerant Color in the Garden (Debbie Johnson)
    5 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Gaillardia – Mesa Bright Bicolor (Photo by the National Garden Bureau) Gaillardia is a perfect addition to a Missouri garden. They bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and get by with much less water. Give gaillardia full sun, good air circulation and well-drained soil and it will thrive. If you have clay soil, you will need to amend it. Wet feet will make it impossible for gaillardia to survive the winter. Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Gaillardia – Mesa Yellow (Photo by the National…
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    Melanie's Corner

  • Programs Addressing Hunger Issues Funded

    LZX Team
    24 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Programs Addressing Hunger Issues Funded Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Domestic Hunger Program The goal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Domestic Hunger Program is to provide relief and development assistance for those who suffer from hunger and injustices related to hunger in the United States. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations that help people with the fewest resources to meet their basic needs as well as programs to assist women and children living in poverty. Grants are provided in the following categories:…
  • Learning ZoneXpress Presents…Education Cards!

    LZX Team
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you prepared to be amazed by a BRAND NEW product line? We are pleased to present that we have launched a new and useful product line-“Education Cards”- and are very excited by these cards engaging photography and simple, easy-to-read text that makes this product line an extremely useful resource for parents and caregivers. Educate your audience about pregnancy and breastfeeding nutrition, feeding your baby and child nutrition picky eating, plus many more titles coming soon. Use our Education Cards to offer practical nutrition tips and suggestions to your clients and to provide…
  • F. H. Tuttle Middle School in their Brand New “Choose MyPlate Aprons”!

    LZX Team
    19 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    In honor of School Nutrition Employee Week, we offered School Nutrition Professionals the opportunity to enter for a chance to win Choose MyPlate aprons for their entire staff. We asked for short stories of themselves or someone on their team doing great work in their cafeteria.  Our winning story was from Kary Towne, School Nurse at F. H. Tuttle Middle School in Vermont. Kary has graciously sent us a photo of the cafeteria staff at F. H. Tuttle Middle School wearing their brand new Choose MyPlate aprons…. Back row (L to R) Doug Watkin, Joan Foley, Dottie Hardy, Korey Davis Front row…
  • Social Media Manners: Polite Behavior in the Social Media World

    LZX Team
    19 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Social media is a whole new universe when it comes to manners and etiquette. Manners used to be something that happened in person, but today we conduct many of our relationships online and the rules and courtesies can be a little unclear. Many schools throughout the country are struggling with creating uniform practices for teaching social media manners and etiquette. Many schools can play a critical role in teaching online etiquette and finding educational resources to teach this can be difficult. Learning ZoneXpress understands these difficulties and that is why we have produced “Social…
  • Grants Promote K-12 Science and Math Education

    LZX Team
    16 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Grants Promote K-12 Science and Math Education Toshiba America Foundation The Toshiba America Foundation is dedicated to promoting quality science and mathematics education in U.S. K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through the following two initiatives: The Grants Program for K-5 Science and Math Education provides grants of up to $1,000 to teachers in public or private schools to help them bring innovative hands-on projects into their classrooms. The application deadline is October 1, annually. The Grants Program for 6-12 Science and Math…
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  • Harvard!

    22 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
    EssaySnark’s 2015 HBS MBA essay guide is out!
  • The value of the Comprehensive Profile Review

    22 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    Almost every single one of our many Success Stories posted here on the blahg is from a former Brave Supplicant who, at minimum, went through our Comprehensive Profile Review process. As of this moment, there are more than 75 of those posts. That’s a lot of successes (and a lot of Profile Reviews from EssaySnark!). Today we’re going to offer something wholly and completely unrelated to back up our assertions of the value of this service. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post made last year by college basketball player Frank Kaminsky , at a time when he was considering whether to…
  • Talk to current students… just NOT about how to get in.

    21 May 2015 | 2:02 am
    In the category of well-intentioned but potentially damaging: We keep having BSers tell us what they’ve been told by the current students attending the schools they want to go to. It’s awesome when they report to us about their experiences or what new changes are happening or some amazing popular course or professor. It’s often cringe-inducing when they tell us what the students are claiming about admissions to their schools. Current students just LOVE to tell you how to get in. Problem is, mostly, they’re wrong. Current students rarely have the perspective offered…
  • Ross questions are out!

    20 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Michigan Ross released their essays already – and they’re good!
  • “Will I be blacklisted if I change my mind after accepting a school’s offer?”

    20 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    This is admittedly a rare situation but those are fun to talk about sometimes, too. We had a BSer who went through the whole process and got accepted at a Very. Good. School. They were stoked. They put down their deposit. They were making preliminary plans for the move. And then another opportunity came up…. 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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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • “Now I feel connected to math” [video interview with my student Jessica]

    Rebecca Zook
    12 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    I don’t normally post testimonials here on my blog – they have their own beautiful area over on my testimonials page – but I am just so excited to share this new video interview with my student, Jessica! In the video, Jessica talks with me about what math was like before we started working together on Algebra 2 and pre-calculus – how she was really upset, didn’t like learning math, and how it was really, really bad. And she also spoke from the heart about how now she feels inspired, connected, and genuinely LIKES math!! Jessica is one of my favorite students of…
  • How to check if your kid actually understands what you just said

    Rebecca Zook
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wait. Does your kid REALLY understand what you just said? Here is a super simple way to check if your kid understands what you’re explaining to them. After you demonstrate a math problem, just ask them to teach it back to you like they’re the teacher and you’re the student. This gives the student a chance to be an even more active learner. They have to take more initiative than they would if you were just explaining it to them, or even if you were doing it interactively together. It reinforces what you just explained at a deeper level! And it helps you get clear on whether or not they…
  • The secret ingredients of true math mastery

    Rebecca Zook
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    That’s me – playing my cello in Central Park! When I tell people that I have two parallel, seemingly unrelated careers – one as a math mastery mentor/joyful learning expert, and the other as a bad-ass cello diva and pioneering performer – it’s not uncommon for their eyes to light up and for them to exclaim, “OF COURSE! Math and music are SO connected! That makes so much sense. It’s normal if you’re good at one to be good at the other!” But… to be totally honest… the ways I experience math and music, they’re so, so different from each other. And I spent…
  • What to do when your kid’s math terrifies you

    Rebecca Zook
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “This is terrifying,” my student’s mom confided in me as we discussed my student’s taking one of the most advanced math classes you can take in high school. “What my daughter is doing is way beyond any math I’ve ever attempted.” Does this sound familiar? Your kid is doing math that, if you needed to explain it to them, you would have a panic attack? mental meltdown? total and complete incomprehension? This is a situation that I face all the time. Sometimes a kid’s math will cross the “parental capability threshold” in elementary school. Sometimes it’s middle school.
  • What to do when you get spaced out about math [study tip]

    Rebecca Zook
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a super powerful and easy study tip that you can use anytime. I’ve been using this study tip since I was in college, and continue to do this to this day. Are you studying … practicing your math … and you start to get spaced out? You feel like your brain is full? You’re having trouble concentrating? Maybe even getting a little frustrated? It’s time… for a solo dance party! Yes! It’s time to DANCE! I’ve found that even just taking a break to dance to ONE song can be enough to get me refocused. Sometimes I need like a three-song-long dance party. Taking a break to have a…
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    MindShare Learning

  • Exclusive Podcast With Kaleigh Rafter, Canadian Senior Women’s National Team Member

    6 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Since joining the Women’s National Team in 2007, Rafter has been one of Canada’s biggest homerun threats. She was a member of the 2010 ISF World Championship team that won a Bronze medal in Venezuela, and also won two Silver medals at the Pan American Games (2007 and 2011). Rafter also competed at the 2012 ISF World Championship team that finished fourth in Whitehorse, Yukon and led Canada with a pair of homeruns and seven runs batted in as Canada again finished fourth at the 2014 ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands. She also played professional softball in Japan…
  • Padcaster Product Review

    6 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    by Timothy Gard, TDSB Educator & MSL Report Contributing Writer No doubt, you’ve seen it before. You’re on holidays or at a sports facility taking in a sporting event of some sort, or even at school during a special event or assembly, and you notice someone attempting to capture decent audio and video using an iPad, whether an iPad mini or one of the larger incarnations. I often chuckle to myself because it looks so completely awkward that I’m just waiting for the iPad to end up on the ground in a heap of techno-rubble or someone gets hurt by the roving arms of the person…
  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    6 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    On the Move! The Superintendent of the Greater Victoria School District, Ms. Sherri Bell, has announced that she will be leaving the School District at the end of June to assume the role of the President of Camosun College. “Although we are saddened that Ms. Bell is leaving our District, we are extremely fortunate that she is leaving the School District in excellent shape. Ms. Bell’s visionary leadership will be greatly missed, however, she has mentored a great team that the Board will be relying on going forward” said Edith Loring-Kuhanga, Board Chair. Ms. Bell,  was an inaugural C21…
  • Canada’s Digital Learning Leaders Converge on Niagara Falls

    1 May 2015 | 8:37 am
  • Exclusive Podcast With Victor Garcia, Member of the Board of Directors for the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Victor Garcia is a member of the Board of Directors for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, representing the Province of Ontario. He is a Senior Fellow at Bell Canada.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University, Big Data and Analytics post master’s degree program.  Prior to this, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Hewlett Packard Canada
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Innovative Digital Marketing Conference

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Don't forget to attend the 'Innovative Digital Marketing Conference' on 17th June at Colombo Organized by  Asha Jayamanne Managing Director / CEO at Integrated Learning Solutions, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Create Interactive Learning Experiences from Online Videos

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    As the title suggests you can create interactive learning experiences from online videos using Zaption. These interactive learning experiences engage the students thus making learning an active experience rather than a passive one. Zaption lets you customize the online video by adding images, text and questions to meet your learner’s needs share the interactive videos with a simple link or embed on your blog posts, website or LMS get instant analytics of students’ responses that helps you measure student’s understanding and redesign instruction You can watch a quick demo by visiting the…
  • Marketing Technology Virtual Conference

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    4 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    You can join the Marketing Technology Virtual Conference on 8th May at 11am ET. According to Marketing Technology Virtual Conference 3 experts will talk big picture about how the new technologies are changing marketing along with real tips and strategies for getting at the data you need so that you can convert leads to revenue, and drive conversion with content. ‘Your FREE pass includes access to: Three actionable sessions with live, interactive Q&A Networking lounge for discussion with your peers and speakers Expert advice and tips from our sponsors Special attendee-only resources’…
  • Why Customize Your Tumblr Profile?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Tumblr is a social networking microblogging platform that allows you to post multimedia and other forms of content to a short-form blog that can be shared with others. You can visit Tumblr by clicking here. You can create your account and based on your user name, your URL will be provided. Mine can be accessed by visiting Tumblr lets you do wonders! You can perform following things easily. You can Create a blog using text, photo Quote (you can quote from your blog and provide the link of the blog post) Share other blogs by providing the link Recreate a real…
  • My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by clicking the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • Are You a Workaholic?

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    (photo Flickr, thanks to Johan Koolwaaij)Relax! (Photo: Flickr, thanks to Johan KoolwaaijJohan Koolwaaij/Flickr)by Arjenne Louter, The Dutch PhD Coach: PhD students don’t work, they overwork.Because they have the idea that working more is better, they work so long and hard that they don’t work effectively anymore. And  ‘overworking’ kills creativity and you really need creativity.Imagine this: everybody is like a fishing pond full of creative ideas. If you ‘overwork’ you will ‘overfish’ your pond.
  • Bernie Sanders Just Introduced Legislation to Fund Free Undergraduate Education with Wall Street Transaction Taxes‏

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 May 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) by Deirdre Fulton, Yes! magazine: broad coalition of nurses, students, religious and civil rights groups, environmentalists, labor and housing advocates on Tuesday praised Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) plan to use a so-called Robin Hood tax on stock transactions to fund tuition at four-year public colleges and universities.Sanders introduced two bills on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. - one to eliminate…
  • Sexism, Peer Review and Critical Thinking

    Dr Robert Muller
    20 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    rasmussen.eduby Cally Guerin, Doctoral Writing: may have been following the furore surrounding the peer review of an article submitted by two postdoctoral scientists, Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head.In case you haven’t read about it, they had undertaken a survey regarding gender differences in transitions from PhD to postdoc.The review they received from a PLOS ONE journal has since become the subject of much astonished discussion - for example, see Retractionwatch, ScienceInsider and The…
  • Does Your Classroom Cultivate Student Resilience?

    Dr Robert Muller
    20 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Portrait of Booker T. Washington (1916) (Wikipedia)by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD, Developmental Psychologist, Researcher, Writer, Edutopia: Over 100 years ago, the great African American educator Booker T. Washington spoke about resilience: "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed". Research has since established resilience as essential for human thriving, and an ability necessary for the…
  • A Taste for (Academic) Danger

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    by Thesis Whisperer: This post is by Lara Corr, a research fellow from the Centre for Health Equity at Melbourne UniversityWith three months to go before completion, I found myself watching a YouTube presentation of a scholar I deeply respect and admire.Queue thesis meltdown #476. My heart raced and my chest constricted as I listened to her rattle off all the theorists and scholars that influenced her work - I hadn’t read most of them. I sensed potential thesis failure and it felt suffocating. But then I remembered that…
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  • How to Get Free Classroom Supplies and Teaching Materials

    Sarah Jennings
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Increasingly, Lilliputian budgets force teachers to reach into their own pockets to buy school supplies and teaching materials. In fact, according to a recent Forbes article, teachers spent an average of $513 of their own money on classroom materials in the 2013-2014 school year. While that amount may seem paltry in other professions, it’s a […] The post How to Get Free Classroom Supplies and Teaching Materials appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Best of the Best: Apple and Google Educator Programs

    Sarah Muthler
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Can you imagine life without Google? How about without your iPad? Both Apple and Google products have become indispensable to many teachers. And both companies have designed programs for educators who want to make the best use of technology in their jobs. If you feel that you need more technological training, or if you want […] The post Best of the Best: Apple and Google Educator Programs appeared first on Edudemic.
  • How (and Why) To Use Student Blogs

    Kristen Hicks
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Blogging has come a long way– once a strange new buzzword, it’s now an important tool for business, education, and personal development. Having a blog doesn’t just mean putting personal diary entries out on the web for the world to see – it can be a way to learn more about yourself and any subject […] The post How (and Why) To Use Student Blogs appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources

    Joy Nelson
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology. However, when students hurdle that obstacle and see the value of computer science — specifically coding — they […] The post Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started

    Pamela DeLoatch
    16 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We know certain characteristics can be encouraged, but not taught, like curiosity. But teachers who use an inquiry based approach can provide techniques that help students learn the questions to ask that may spark a natural interest. Why Use the Inquiry Cycle? Often used by science professionals to work through problems and research, an inquiry-based […] The post Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • A Beautiful Mind, an Amazing Couple: Community Mourns the Loss of John and Alicia Nash

    Krystal Knapp
    24 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton.   The world mourned the loss of John and Alicia Nash on Sunday as word of their deaths spread on news websites and social media. While many expressed shock and sadness over the loss of a mathematical genius, others gave thanks for the couple’s story, depicted in the book and movie “A Beautiful Mind,” that […] The post A Beautiful Mind, an Amazing Couple: Community Mourns the Loss of John and Alicia Nash appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Mathematician John Nash and Wife Alicia Die in Crash on NJ Turnpike

    Krystal Knapp
    24 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Princeton University math professor John Forbes Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia Nash, died in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike yesterday, police have confirmed. John Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in the Princeton Junction area of West Windsor. State police said a Ford Crown Victoria heading south on […] The post Mathematician John Nash and Wife Alicia Die in Crash on NJ Turnpike appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, May 23-25

    Krystal Knapp
    23 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Saturday, May 23 Princeton Rotary Club Annual Pancake Breakfast – On the green at Palmer Square from 8 a.m. until noon. Proceeds go to scholarship fund. Tickets $10, children under 5 free. Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade – The parade kicks off on the east end of Nassau Street at 10 a.m. and ends […] The post Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, May 23-25 appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Princeton Public Library Receives New Jersey State Library Association’s 2015 Innovation Award

    Krystal Knapp
    21 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The Princeton Public Library has been named the winner of the 2015 Innovation Award from the New Jersey State Library Association for the library’s January how-to festival, “65 Things at 65 Witherspoon.” Library Executive Director Leslie Burger and Public Programming Librarian Janie  Hermann accepted the award in April at the New Jersey State Library Association […] The post Princeton Public Library Receives New Jersey State Library Association’s 2015 Innovation Award appeared first on Planet…
  • Deadline for Online Comments About Proposed NJ Transit Fare Hikes and Service Cuts Tonight, Public Hearing in Trenton

    Krystal Knapp
    21 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Tonight is the deadline to voice your concerns or comments about NJ Transit’s proposed fare hikes and service cuts. The proposed fare increases average about nine percent and the changes are scheduled to take effect in September and October. You can submit your comments online before midnight. A public hearing is being held at the […] The post Deadline for Online Comments About Proposed NJ Transit Fare Hikes and Service Cuts Tonight, Public Hearing in Trenton appeared first on Planet Princeton.
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  • 80 Jobs That Don’t Require a 4-Year Degree

    Emina Dedic
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    I’m just going to come out and say it: you don’t have to go to college. I know everyone in your life probably told you the opposite of what I just said, but not everyone is meant for the same path, and you know what? That is okay. Not going to college doesn’t make someone less smart, less accomplished, less respected, or lower in any capacity. Some people might say otherwise, but what matters is what you think and feel about yourself. There are so many respectable jobs that don’t require a college degree, and below I’ve listed 80 of them. Some of them might require a short…
  • 45 College Classes You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

    Emina Dedic
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Just a few weeks ago, I entertained and baffled minds with a list of 29 College Majors You Didn’t Know Existed. It was a pretty popular post, and I obtained several likes and comments, so I decided it might be a good idea to continue the trend. This week, I’ve done a lot of research on what colleges are teaching students these days and the variety of classes available to degree-seekers all over the nation. I found some cool, interesting, stimulating, and sometimes weird classes. This post is devoted to the weird classes, because -let’s face it- that is what you really want to read…
  • 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…
  • You Should Be Using: handyLock to Automatically Lock Your Mac While You’re Away

    Tori Reid
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Having your own Mac to use around campus is awesome, but let’s be honest–you probably don’t pack it up and tote it with you on every bathroom break. When you walk away from your computer it’s good to have someone watch it, but even so it’s better to have it locked until you get back. Now you can use handyLock to provide you extra security and keep all of your information, files, and work safe and secure until you get back to your computer. You use handyLock by pairing it with a Bluetooth device (like your iPhone). When you get out of range the computer will know and lock…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Raising learning and equity issues at the World Education Forum

    Claudia Costin
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank Everyone who has been working on and is devoted to education is about to be confronted with an important deadline: the target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is 2015. ​ On May 19-22, the World Bank Group- along with other UN agencies, ministers of education, civil society organizations, and other key players- will be revisiting the targets we’ve established 15 years ago in Dakar and will be putting together a powerful new education agenda that will transform lives in the years to come. I’m really excited about participating in the…
  • Education post-2015

    Andreas Schleicher
    12 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Next week, UNESCO will convene the world’s educational leaders in Incheon to set the agenda for educational development over the next 15 years. Those who think that’s mainly an agenda for the developing world should read our new report Universal Basic Skills - What Countries Stand to Gain. The report shows the scale of the effort that is ahead even for many of the wealthiest nations to develop the essential skills that can transform lives, generate prosperity and promote social inclusion. And with a new global metric of the quality of learning outcomes, the report demonstrates that the…
  • Too many children in the Middle East and North Africa left behind

    Claudia Costin
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    For a region that is considered middle-income, it is unacceptable that one in every 40 children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) dies in the first year of life mostly from preventable causes. Neither does it makes sense that one fifth of its youngest population is stunted from malnutrition, and more than half are missing out on critical micronutrients such as iodine in salt, which impairs cognitive development. Moreover, with only 27 percent of children ages 3-5 enrolled in pre-school, almost half the world average, three quarters of children in the region are missing the…
  • 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…
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    OLE Community

  • The Week in Rap May 1, 2015

    Sarah Goodman
    1 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    Check out this recent sample from our partner course, “The Week in Rap: Current Events Through Hip-Hop.” The Week in Rap May 1, 2015 Flocabulary is an online…
  • Earth Day Every Day: Untamed Science Video Series

    Sarah Goodman
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    This Week: Earth Day Every Day Description Did you know that Earth Day is considered the largest secular holiday in the world right now? Over 1 billion people…
  • The Week in Rap April 3, 2015

    Sarah Goodman
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Check out this recent sample from our partner course, “The Week in Rap: Current…
  • Celebrate Super Pi Day 3.14.15 (9:26:53)

    Sarah Goodman
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    Pi is a Greek letter. It looks like this: π. We use it today as…
  • The Week in Rap March 6, 2015

    Sarah Goodman
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Check out this recent sample from our partner course, “The Week in Rap: Current…
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    Classroom Aid

  • Making Sense of Video-Based Learning Analytics

    11 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Making Sense of Video Analytics: Lessons Learned from Clickstream Interactions, Attitudes, and Learning Outcome in a Video-Assisted Course (Feb., 2015) Michail N. Giannakos, Konstantinos Chorianopoulos, and Nikos Chrisochoides Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, Ionian University, Greece, Old Dominion University, USA Traditional lectures may no longer primarily serve the purpose of disseminating information, which... Read More ›
  • Video-Based Learning Research

    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Looking at MOOCs Rapid Growth Through the Lens of Video-Based Learning Research Michail N. Giannakos, Letizia Jaccheri and John Krogstie Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway Abstract—Video learning is becoming an increasingly important part of contemporary education. In the decade there has been an increase of many and diverse forms of... Read More ›
  • Using Clickers to Give Teachers Diagnostics Data for Adaptive Instruction

    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Contingent Pedagogies project team at SRI International has been working to help teachers assess their students’ understanding of key science concepts and adapt their instruction accordingly. Students often bring problematic ideas to the classroom, and it is important to surface and address them in instruction to promote learning (National Research Council 1999). Working with... Read More ›
  • Psychometric Considerations in Game-Based Assessment

    1 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Institute of Play has released a white paper called “Psychometric Considerations in Game-Based Assessment”, it is a work of multidisciplinary scholarship. It’s also the first publication of multidisciplinary collaboration. GlassLab brings together game designers, learning scientists, and psychometricians from Institute of Play, the Entertainment Software Association, Electronic Arts, Educational Testing Service, Pearson’s Center for Digital... Read More ›
  • Game Design Handbook from GlassLab

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    Meaningful games create powerful impacts on players, fostering a positive learning culture that enables expression and the ability to learn from failure. GlassLab’s Game Design Handbook serves as a living, quick, and actionable resource for learning game design for developers (though every person is a game designer at heart!). A good resource!! We especially love... Read More ›
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  • 6 Effective Ways to Market Yourself On Twitter

    17 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Social media has grown into a tool to connect with friends and family as well as promote professionalism. With the right content, a single post could go viral sharing your information with potentially millions of people in a very short amount of time. Twitter has become one of those platforms that can help cultivate an…
  • Do-It-Yourself Home Automation Projects

    13 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    Home automation is a rapidly-growing industry with new, more innovative devices coming out all the time. Although the technology is increasingly intuitive and powerful, the fact of the matter is that some home automation tech can be a bit pricey. Many of us would like to get started making our homes smarter, but don’t want…
  • A few ways to ensure safe online transactions

    12 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Today, the internet has made all the financial transactions quiet convenient for the users. But when it comes to money, major concern for almost every individual is to ensure his or her money is safe. With increasing demand, there are many companies that set the standard for fraud protection to minimize any kind of risks…
  • Switch On Your Xbox One now With Your Smartphone! Check it out

    5 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    If you are one of those Xbox fans, you probably have already heard about this. If you haven’t, we are excited to bring this to you. Microsoft never ceases to surprise its users with it’s out of the box thinking and path breaking technologies. We have a world filled with Microsoft devices that attests to…
  • How to Write Winning Content for SEO

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    It is true: your web content must be engaging, rewarding and inspiring. It must be something that your readers will recognize and reference, share or otherwise applaud. Writing for the search engines should not be a priority although having Google, Bing, Yahoo and others in mind can be helpful. In writing winning content for search…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Seven resources to help your students develop a college short list

    Dana Fulton
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Who is knocking on the college door? According to the College Board Group research, an increasingly diverse academically prepared student body. This presents substantial challenges and opportunities for school counselors to give prospective students helpful direction. That’s why we created these seven new resources to help you help students develop a successful college short list. Understand options: Encourage students to think about the kind of college they want to attend. Help your students learn about basic college categories and answer questions to refine their preferences. Start by…
  • 10 Hidden College Expenses

    Dana Fulton
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s no secret that college may require you to dig deep into your savings, but the importance of higher education is evident in today’s increasingly competitive job-market. To help you prepare for the various expenses that may not be quite as obvious when planning for college, Wells Fargo is here to give you the inside scoop. Whether you’re working to pay your own way through school, or getting help from someone back home, tuition is not the only expense to keep in mind. Here are ten unexpected expenditures to start planning for now: Books: At most high schools, you borrow your books…
  • Choosing your college short list

    Dana Fulton
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    As you move closer to college application season, you will quickly see that—between the monetary cost to apply and the amount of time that each application requires—you only want to apply to five to eight colleges. So how do you determine which colleges should be on your list? Find an academic fit. Ensure that you will be qualified for all of the schools on your short list by the time you apply by researching the minimum test scores and grade averages that the school requires. Look inward and ask yourself, “What matters most to me in a college experience?” What kind of academic…
  • What to do about the wait list

    Caroline Hanson
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Your high school senior is feeling down after being wait-listed. What’s next? There’s no doubt that college acceptance time can lead your student on an emotional rollercoaster. So, while being sensitive to the fact that your student may be surprised, or hurt by being wait-listed, it’s definitely time to discuss or develop a backup plan. Choose a school Once your student has been wait-listed, it’s time to re-evaluate the schools where your student has been accepted, and move forward with one of them. It’s important to send in the deposit, housing application and all other paperwork…
  • Four things you need to do to plan for college visits

    Caroline Hanson
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Making college visits is a critical part of the college-planning experience. These trips take time and money, so you and your student will want to make the most out of each visit. Take some time to prepare with your student ahead of time so that you’re sure to get all the information you need when you’re on campus. Following are four things you and your student should plan to do ahead of time in order to maximize your visit. Know who you want to talk to. Talk with your student and make a list of everyone you’d like to talk with while you’re on campus. The schools you visit will likely…
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    African Scholarships, Financial Aids and Youth Development » Learn about Online Learning Opportunities

  • The Best Fields to Study through Online Courses – Computer, IT, Business….

    6 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Online courses was once a complicated alternative to tradition classroom learning. There have been controversies on the value of taking online courses. Sloan Survey shows that the number of students adding online courses as part of their regular college curriculum has increased by up to 150%. Online education also has a 21% growth rate which […] Continue reading The Best Fields to Study through Online Courses – Computer, IT, Business….
  • 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
  • Udemy vs Udacity – Which is better to Take Online Courses?

    28 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    One of the challenges of taking online courses is deciding which platform to learn from. The purpose of this article is to compare two major online learning platforms – Udemy or Udacity – and help you make a better decision on which platform to continue your journey in learning. Udacity Udacity believe university-level education can […] Continue reading Udemy vs Udacity – Which is better to Take Online Courses?
  • 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
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  • How English Majors Can Leverage Their Skill Set

    Anna Helhoski
    20 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Having a degree in English can make you feel like a post-grad employment pariah. Your major is the butt of jokes and scorned in media as the poster child for the low payoff of college degrees. You’re getting a little sick of the dreaded question: “What can you even do with a degree in English?” “It’s unfortunate that people stereotype it,” says Lisa Fraustino, professor and chair of the English Department at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut. “Being able to analyze things, research a situation, solve a problem, communicate clearly with written and…
  • Students, Parents Bet That College Will Pay Off With a Job, Study Finds

    Brianna McGurran
    19 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Both students and parents have high expectations for students’ first jobs after college graduation, which reflects higher levels of employment overall and a desire to maximize the investment of a college education, according to a new survey. Five hundred college-bound high school students and 500 parents of high school-age children across the country responded to a Google Consumer Survey distributed on behalf of Upromise by Sallie Mae, a cash-back membership program that lets parents save for college through online shopping. Overall, 64% of parents and 68% of students said they expected…
  • 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…
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    Curriki's Blog

  • 5 Great STEM Websites

    17 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Here are 5 excellent sites for free STEM resources. 1. NASA’s TeachStation The site TeachStation has resources about the International Space Station and STEM activities on the ISS. Included are student projects and a series of videos demonstrating STEM concepts for students in the middle grades and high school. Concepts covered include Newton’s laws, microgravity, and surface tension. TeachStation is at this link: 2. National Repository of Open Educational…
  • 10 Tips to Equip Your Classroom on a Budget

    12 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Almost a year ago, we did a post that was very popular about tips and tricks to help teachers equip their classrooms. We’ve brought several of those tips back in this updated list and broadened the scope beyond just free resources. All to give you several options for supplying your classroom on a tight budget! Teachers, here are a few ideas to help you out: First of all, don’t be afraid to ask. Create a wish list and ask the parents of your students for supplies. But don’t forget to also ask local bookstores, or craft and office supply…
  • An Experimental School in San Francisco

    5 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Yesterday morning, I read an interesting article in Wired ( about AltSchool (, an experimental school in San Francisco founded by a former Google exec that is using technology to enhance and personalize education with a focus on student-centered learning. Many educators were taught that environment is hugely influential when it comes to student learning. If the atmosphere is not conducive to exploration, students tend to not learn as well. Natural lighting, colorful…
  • Coming Soon! New, Fully Redesigned Curriki Website

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki It won’t be long now, before the new Curriki website is live. Currently it is in late stage development. There will be many changes that we are confident you will appreciate. The site will be significantly more mobile device friendly and much easier to use and navigate. There will be direct access to all resources in your own library from a personalized dashboard. This will also provide direct access to your contacts and groups and provide you with current information on the latest activity at Curriki and within your community. And the…
  • 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…
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    Classroom as Microcosm

  • Nellie Returns

    Siobhan Curious
    18 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Nellie and the Coven of Barbo is back! After a hiatus of a few weeks to wrap up the school term, I have returned to the regular publication schedule. In today’s chapter, we pick up where we left off: kids have disappeared, other kids are concerned, strange conversations have been overheard, and now two classmates have run into one another down by the river in the middle of the night… You’ll find the latest chapter here. If you’d like to start at the beginning, go here. Happy reading! And if you haven’t yet, please subscribe; chapters will appear once or twice…
  • Time to Catch Up With Nellie

    Siobhan Curious
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    If you’ve been postponing reading Nellie and the Coven of Barbo, my YA adventure novel about preteen angst, new beginnings, and witches, now would be a good time to get caught up on the first 15 short chapters.  Nellie will return on MONDAY, MAY 18, after I’ve plowed through all this test preparation, essay grading and research proposal writing.  While you’re waiting, check out the shenanigans of Nellie and her friends as they try to work out where two of their schoolmates have disappeared to, and why. Let me know what you think!
  • 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…
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    Used Books in Class

  • Illustrator Leonard Weisgard Triangulated with Geography, Technology, and Text Complexity

    24 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    “You can’t swing a teddy bear around here without hitting an artist,” quipped Lane Smith, a children’s picture book artist (It’s a Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs) with two Caldecott Medal awards to his credit. Smith was sitting next to my friend Catherine at the Roxbury Minor Memorial Public Library in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He was correct. The illustrator Wendall Minor  (Nibble Nibble; The Eagles Are Back; If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond) was sitting only a few seats away. The geographical map…
  • A Memorial Day Speech that Remembers Those “Hearts Touched with Fire”

    22 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, a Civil War veteran and a future Supreme Court Justice, delivered a Memorial Day Speech on May 30, 1884, at Keene, New Hampshire, as a tribute to fallen soldiers from the War Between the States. Educators can take an opportunity to use this speech, a primary source document, with their students to study both the historical events that Holmes references as well as his rhetorical style. First page of Holmes’s speech published in book format In the first part of the speech, Holmes lays out his belief that twenty years after the Civil War, reunification of…
  • A Crowded Week for Appreciating Teachers, Nurses, and Mom

    10 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The first 10 days in the National Day Calendar of May 2015 have been crowded with days of tributes and appreciation. A few of the more notable days include: 1st May Day 2nd Brothers and Sisters Day 3rd World Press Freedom Day 5th Cinco de Mayo 5th National Teachers Day 6th National Nurses Day 7th  National Day of Prayer 8th V-E Day (WWII) 8th World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day 9th National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. 10th Mother’s Day While several of these day are associated with historical events: (May Day, Cinco de Mayo, VE WWII Day) or other…
  • #Poetry Friday-“In Flanders Field” Marks 100 Years

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    This weekend marks the 100th Anniversary of the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. This poem was written by Canadian physician and poet Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on  May 3, 1915, as a tribute to his fallen friend, Alexis Helmer, who was killed at the Second Battle of Ypes. Canadian forces lost 5,975 men in this battle that marked the first use of poison gas by the German army. According to legend, McCrae threw away the poem, but it was rescued from obscurity when fellow soldiers retrieved it from a wastebasket. The poem is popular as one of the memorial statements…
  • The Treasure of Words-In Praise of the Thesaurus

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:29 pm
    All hail.…extol.…laud the mighty Roget’s Thesaurus! Any one struggling with trying to find the right word can attest to the support that he or she may have found in the pages of Roget’s Thesaurus, a reference book that celebrates its birthday every April 29th. Writers pour through its pages in the hunt to find an alternate to “said” (articulated, phonated, viva voce) or establish the kind of “sleep” (catnap, doze, trance) or select the state of being “happy” (elated, joyous, upbeat). Paul Mark Roget, Creator of the thesaurus Like…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Dealing With A Bad Student Landlord

    15 May 2015 | 1:00 am
       by  rubenerd  In today’s tougher economic times, more and more people are turning to renting to satisfy their housing requirements. The ability to leave and move on with little commitment, the freedom to choose which area of town to live … more... The post Dealing With A Bad Student Landlord appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • How To Get Your Postgrad Thesis Printed

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  anthonycramp  Congratulations, you’ve done it! after months or maybe even years of toil, sacrifice, and sweat, you have finally finished your Masters or even your PhD thesis. You’ve read and re-read to check for typos, your bibliography is exactly … more... The post How To Get Your Postgrad Thesis Printed appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Newcastle

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  barnyz  Newcastle is one of the popular choices for students studying postgraduate courses. With over 50,000 students living in the city, it is pretty important to scheme for students here. It is the students that make Newcastle such a … more... The post Student City Guide: Newcastle appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • 5 Types of People You’ll Meet on an LLM course

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  ~ Paige ~  Have you already started preparing luggage for the new LLM semester beginning next September? If not, don’t wait any longer! Take advantage of those clearance sales in your home jurisdictions and shop for all-weather clothes that … more... The post 5 Types of People You’ll Meet on an LLM course appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • What Student Theatre Can Do For You!

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  pennstatenews  Student theatre can seem a little intimidating at first, especially if you’re a postgrad! Companies have already formed, the directors all seem to know each other and you wonder just where you can fit in – and if … more... The post What Student Theatre Can Do For You! appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Wiley Partners with Benetech to Make Content More Accessible to All Readers

    Bookshare Communications
    21 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Note: This blog is reposted from Benetech’s Blog. By Robin Seaman, Director, Content Acquisition Today, May 21, in recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we are happy to share that the global publishing company John Wiley & Sons has announced that, starting this month, it will begin including alternative text (alt text) in nearly all of its frontlist books. By incorporating alt text into its workflow, Wiley makes its content accessible to users of all abilities. The company developed its alt text guidelines in consultation with Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center and…
  • Special Education Teacher Champions Year-Round Reading Programs

    Bookshare Communications
    18 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Melissa Hawkins, a middle school special education teacher in Baltimore, believes that reading year-round is a critical component of student’s academic success. As the chairperson of the Reading Committee at her school, she is the driving force behind several innovative reading initiatives that use a multi-pronged approach to engage and motivate students all year long. For example, STRIVE for 25! rewards students when they read 7, 14, 21, and 25 books by the end of the school year with a variety of prizes including snack coupons, certificates of completion, and a chance to win a Kindle.
  • Turn It Up & Tell the World Reading Challenge

    Bookshare Communications
    11 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Are you ready to turn it up? Get ready to have a blast with the Bookshare reading challenge! This summer, we invite you to Turn It Up and Tell the World what to read. Who knows what’s cool better than you? No one – that’s why we want you to read and share your favorite summer books. You’ll help other members discover awesome new titles, and you’ll get tons of thanks and kudos from the Bookshare community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the Bookshare website! How Does It Work? Read – find cool titles on Bookshare and read them Share – using Facebook, Twitter and the…
  • Experience Our Impact: Join Us for an Open House on May 3

    Bookshare Team Member
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Please join us for a special Bookshare Open House at the headquarters of Benetech, our parent nonprofit.   What will you get to experience? See and touch our latest work in 3D printing Try our reading tools, like Bookshare Web Reader Learn about our important work with mentor teachers and parents through partners like, and more! Don’t miss the special event: When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Where: Benetech’s Office 480 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306 (Parking is available in Lot C-5 behind the building) RSVP: Via…
  • Support Bookshare on May 5!

    Betsy Beaumon
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    Bookshare is the thriving community it is today thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of all of you—members, parents, teachers, mentors, volunteers, partners, and friends! We’re so grateful for your continuous support and can’t wait to bring the gift of reading and educational opportunities to even more people. Please help us bring Bookshare to others who need our services by supporting our Silicon Valley Gives (SVGives) fundraiser on May 5, 2015. For those of you who may not have heard of it, SVGives is a community-wide day of giving hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • How to Quickly Pull Together Personal Finance Projects

    Sarah Layton
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Where can you find personal finance projects? Where should this topic be covered? And how do you fully cover the topic of personal finance? If you or your administrator have scratched your head over these questions, join the club. The term “finance” automatically sounds business curriculum-related. But then there’s that “personal” aspect that really points towards life skills and consumer science. So where is personal finance being covered? Both places, it seems, according to a “#finlit in #busedu” chat in December 2014. Regardless of where it is…
  • Think Outside the Box with Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans

    Sarah Layton
    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are your entrepreneurship lesson plans getting a little stale? Need some ideas to freshen them up? Let’s face it, a lot of successful entrepreneurs will tell you they owe part of their success to “thinking outside the box.” And so, I think it behooves those that teach it to do a little outside the box thinking in regards to entrepreneurship lesson plans. But hey, I know entrepreneurship certainly isn’t the only thing you have on your plate (more like a platter, right?). So, I’ve gathered a few ideas for you here. Middle School and High School Entrepreneurship…
  • Patient Care Technician Certification: Get Students Ready

    Sarah Layton
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are responsible for preparing students for patient care technician certification, what would you ask a PCT education expert? There is a constant need to have students prepared for post-secondary or industry certifications coming from CTE health science programs. More and more of our customers have been asking about the best way to increase student success in the patient care technician certification. As curriculum developers that have worked with literally thousands of teachers and schools, we are passionate about helping teachers have success with their students. we had an…
  • Teach Microsoft Access Exercises Like a Pro!

    Sarah Layton
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is teaching Microsoft Access the Achilles’ heel of your computer applications lesson plans? Are your searches for Microsoft Access exercises coming up blank? Maybe teaching Microsoft Access or database design and management is low on your list of favorite subjects to teach. It may (or may not?) be of comfort to know you aren’t alone in this. Here are a few comments from teachers like you who shared how and why they found us… Sound familiar? We’ve found that teaching Microsoft Access tends to be a love it or hate it experience for teachers. So where can you find…
  • 3 Ways to Update Your Anatomy and Physiology Lesson Plans

    Sarah Layton
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Does your anatomy and physiology course need an update? Keeping students engaged while making sure they are well-prepared for exams, certifications, and further health science education can be an overwhelming task. But sometimes the answer to all of that lies in the small changes rather than a major overhaul. Here are three ways to update your anatomy and physiology lesson plans that don’t require a total redo. 1.) Blended Learning for Anatomy and Physiology Lessons You don’t have to throw all your anatomy and physiology lesson plans out the window when you adopt blended learning.
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  • [News Flash] FAQ’s for H4 EAD Application is Now Available. So, What’s the Bad News?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    20 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We have been waiting for Frequently Asked questions about applying for H4 EAD and how USCIS would process I-765 application and tons of several questions about Processing time of H4 ... The post [News Flash] FAQ’s for H4 EAD Application is Now Available. So, What’s the Bad News? appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • 3 Reasons Why H4 EAD Form I-765 Will Be Released Only on May 26, 2015

    Raghuram Sukumar
    20 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    If you are waiting for H4 EAD application Form I-765, then you have to wait for few more days. H4 EAD applicants are waiting for official I-765 form and instructions ... The post 3 Reasons Why H4 EAD Form I-765 Will Be Released Only on May 26, 2015 appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • HSB015 – H1B Visa Data Entry, EAD for H4 Context and Bed Time Story

    Raghuram Sukumar
    5 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    In this Podcast Episode I cover the following topics What does H1B Visa Data Entry is complete mean to H1B applicants? Deadline for H1B Visa Return Package Last date to ... The post HSB015 – H1B Visa Data Entry, EAD for H4 Context and Bed Time Story appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • H-1B Visa 2016 Receipt Numbers: Premium is Done. Regular is Ongoing.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    2 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Here’s the latest H1B Visa 2016 news on Receipt Numbers  and updates for Premium Processing, Regular Processing,  expected Approval H1B visa processing times from Immigration Attorney Murali Bashyam from ... The post H-1B Visa 2016 Receipt Numbers: Premium is Done. Regular is Ongoing. appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • HSB014 – Does This Simple Fix for H1B Visa Cap Usage Work?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    I was thinking if there’s a easy fox for this increasing number of H1B Visa Applications and I came up with a simple and easy to implement fix. I’m back ... The post HSB014 – Does This Simple Fix for H1B Visa Cap Usage Work? appeared first on Happy Schools.
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    Fractus Learning

  • Michael Fullan’s 6 Secrets of Change for School Leaders

    Nick Grantham
    22 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    For this weeks #FractusReads, we are are giving away a free copy of the school leadership bible The Six Secrets of Change by Michael Fullan. To enter, simply Tweet or share this post on Facebook or Google+ using the hashtag #FractusReads. Simple! Change can be a very difficult process. As leaders we are responsible for embracing, communicating and executing change, making sure it does not upset school and community culture. In The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive, educational researcher and former dean of the Ontario…
  • 13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids

    Wade Gegan
    21 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Not since Pacman has a single game captured, the minds, hearts and imagination of kids (and adults) the way Minecraft has over the past few years. From pixelated pigs to nocturnal nasties, Minecraft has become such a cultural phenomenon it has spilled into the real world in more forms than anyone could have imagined. Costumes, meetups, parties and of course the huge selection of Minecraft books. Given the amazing freedom and creativity involved in this virtual playground, the best Minecraft books take on so many different forms. From handbooks to crafts to novels to activities,…
  • The Problem with Teacher PD and How to Solve It

    Emily Schmidt
    20 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    We have all sat through required professional development, that had no impact on us. The problem with PD is that we don’t have enough choice, we don’t have enough time, and it doesn’t always meet our needs. So, how can we create more meaningful learning opportunities for educators? Differentiate and Provide Choice There’s nothing worse than sitting through a required hour long session about something in which you are already skilled or doesn’t apply to your specialty. To solve this problem, many local districts have begun offering Conference Style PD, in which teachers…
  • Our School PLN: A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

    Maria Galanis
    18 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    Last year in February, my district had a Teaching & Learning conference during one of our in-service days. It was a great event with sessions led by teachers as well sessions led by guest presenters. One of the sessions I attended was led by guest presenter, Jimmy Casas. In his session, Jimmy talked about teacher leadership, building community and culture, and so many other inspiring things. A few days after the conference, I was chatting with one of my coworkers, Steve Brown, who had been in Jimmy’s session as well, and we were both reflecting on it and talking about how all the things…
  • 9 of the Best Educational Toys for Toddlers

    Lisa Blessington
    14 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    From railways to reading there are a myriad of choices when it comes to educational toys for toddlers. Finding the right one really depends on what stage your child is at, what elements of their development you want to advance and quite simply, what do they enjoy most! In the list below we’ve broken down each group of toys into three fundamental areas of growth; physical, cognitive, and social and emotional. Take a look and see which of these educational toys for toddlers is the best for your child! Best Educational Toys for Toddlers Physical 1. Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Serving Up Place Value with Straws

    13 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Hey teaching friends!   I know it is getting to be the end of the year and don't you love when you pull out a box of manipulatives, only to find half of them missing?  They were lost under desks, cabinets, and bookshelves along the way most likely.  They got great use and lots of learning occurred, but that doesn't help you get through the end of the year when you need them now.  :) Here is a fun and super inexpensive way to use the same idea to get you to the last day of school without breaking the bank:  all you need are a box of straws and some scissors! Snip off pieces of the straws…
  • 10 End of School Year Ideas

    12 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Hey friends!  I know for many of you the end of the school year is approaching quickly.  Believe it or not, my youngest will be finishing up Kindergarten, while at the same time I will be celebrating a high school graduation with my oldest.  Party planning has commenced.  :) Here are a few fun ideas from around the blogosphere that might be a new tradition you start in your classroom to celebrate just how far your students have come along! Grab some washi tape and make some easy awards to celebrate all students who each have special talents! How cute is this editable end of year letter…
  • Teacher Appreciation Freebie Just for You!

    5 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week friends! As I mentioned last week, those who followed me on my personal Facebook page got first dibs on the exclusive freebie I created for you all.  And now I am releasing it to everyone else - woooo hoooooo! As always - I sincerely thank you for what you do.  I know many of you won't see a card or a gift celebrating your noble profession this week.  And while I know that is sad, know that I really do appreciate all you do.  Your students are lucky to have you in the classroom each and every day though they may not acknowledge it.  They will some day. …
  • Binder Clip Center Signs

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Hey teaching friends!  How about a fun and easy way to display your center signage?   And I bet you might even have all the supplies you need already on hand!  Score! Easy peasy:  grab some binder clips!  You can use pre-decorated metal clips... ...or make your own with some plain black binder clips and washi tape! Next, get your signs ready, stand up the binder clips, and slide in your signs!  Done!  I love projects that take 30 seconds to pull together.  :) You say you have no cute number signs to number your centers?  Well, I have you covered today with a fun freebie!  Grab it…
  • Teacher Appreciation Sneak Peek!

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Hey teaching friends and happy Monday!  I have to imagine most of you only have a handful of Mondays left in the school year - that is something to celebrate.  :) Speaking of celebrations, one of my favorite weeks of the year is coming up - Teacher Appreciation Week - and I have been working on a something fun just for you!  To be honest, I am still kicking around a few ideas, but this is what I have started with so far and it is coming along nicely.  YAY! I will release this super fun exclusive freebie to my teacher friends who follow me on Facebook at my personal profile first, so if…
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • Is Graduate School Still Elitist?

    Ananya Rao-Middleton
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The last few years have been a painful process of realising that the Academy is still very much an elitist institution. It functions to let certain people in, and keep certain people out, striving to allow only a certain privileged demographic to contribute to knowledge production, namely: the white, cisgender, male upper and middle classes. This article covers a brief summary of the ways in which graduate schools in the UK (and in the US) actively uphold discriminative practices and structures that maintain their elitism and inaccessibility. Before applying This elitism exists most…
  • Should kids be allowed to take mobile phones into school?

    Meg Evans
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Some parents and teachers claim the use of mobiles is quite acceptable in our technologically focused world. Others say mobile phones are an unnecessary and unwanted distraction in the classroom. A recent report by Common Sense Media revealed that 29% of children start using mobile phones before they are able to talk; 70% of children have a complete understanding of how to use mobile phones by the time they arrive at primary school. Mobile phones are replacing more traditional forms of entertainment and playing an increasingly important role in children’s modern development. However,…
  • Does class size matter?

    Ellie Bird
    19 May 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…
  • Developing education through the Arts subjects

    Ross Mountney
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    It can be hard for parents to value the place of arts subjects. Especially when much of the curriculum focus in schools is on the need to improve basics. A recent article in the press discussed a report which suggested that poor skills in literacy and numeracy were partly to blame for inhibiting the economy. And poor practices and policies in schools have driven the economic depression as much the financial crisis. My worry, when reading reports like this, is that both parents and politics can become obsessively focussed on those subjects and neglect others that are equally important like…
  • Tutorhub featured in The Mirror

    Jon Ellis
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Just a brief blog post today, to share with our regular readers the news that Tutorhub has been featured in an article in The Mirror, in a piece entitled ‘How can I make money from home using the internet‘. Dr Sue Black takes a look at seven ways for people to earn money online, examining: freelancing, human intelligence, selling and making stuff, affiliate marketing, writing and …. teaching, which is where Tutorhub comes in. For those looking for information on becoming a tutor on Tutorhub, we recommend that they start by reading this page. Also worth a mention is the news…
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  • Don’t Get Blindsided: Parent Concerns Can Sneak Up on You

    Corey Murray
    22 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Good school districts pride themselves on their ability to reach out to and work with parents and other members of the school community. But just because you think you have a good communications strategy, doesn’t mean your stakeholders agree. Such was the case in Kalma, Wash., recently, when administrators at a local elementary school claimed they were “blindsided” by a parent letter outlining a litany of serious concerns. Among those concerns, first reported by the Daily News Online, poor communication between staff and parents, insufficient reporting on student injuries sustained at…
  • The New Superintendent’s 5-Step Survival Guide

    Corey Murray
    11 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether you’re a rising educator entering into your first superintendency or a veteran administrator making the leap to another school district, this is the time of year when school boards hire new leaders. These contracts are entered into with the sincerest intentions. Everybody wants the relationship to succeed. Many believe that a new leader will reshape completely the fortunes of the school district. But the honeymoon rarely lasts. As a former school district superintendent in Louisiana and Michigan, I’ve had the privilege of…
  • Districts Use Social Media to Uncover Hidden Challenges

    Corey Murray
    5 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Practice makes perfect—or does it? School officials in Savannah, Ga., are considering scaling back the amount of homework assigned to students after parents complained that too much take-home work was creating stress at home. Jolene Byrne, president of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, told the Morning News she made the request after concerned parents commented on a Huffington Post article shared on her Facebook page. The article generated 45 likes and nine comments from members of the local school community. Nationally, the same piece elicited more than 5,300 likes from…
  • For Schools, Outbound Communication Is One Half of the Solution

    Corey Murray
    5 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Tell a superintendent or school system administrator that parent communication needs to be a top priority for their district and no one is likely to walk away from that conversation calling you a genius. Captain Obvious maybe. Of course school leaders know it’s important to keep parents in the loop. What they sometimes struggle to realize is that parents are but a small portion of their overall constituency. Writer and marketing professor Dorie Clark confronts this disconnect in a recent article for Forbes. Where school leaders once focused solely on parents, Clark says changing…
  • Is Social Media Responsible for Rise in Common Core Opt Outs?

    Corey Murray
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Across the country, school districts have reported significant increases in the number of students opting out of Common Core state tests. In New York recently, thousands of students steered clear of the exams at the behest of frustrated parents. The Wall Street Journal reports that 70 percent of students in the West Seneca Central School District opted out of the tests this spring, nearly double the number who skipped out on the exams in 2014. In other districts, opt outs were up 40 to 60 percent compared with the previous year. Altogether, estimates put the total number of student op outs in…
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    Free Homework Help

  • English Review: Writing an Essay Introduction

    24 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Overview A successful essay is more than a gripping thesis statement, a draft outline, or a tentative map. Part of the writing process includes a draft introduction. Sometimes that first step is the hardest one, as it is unclear whether to introduce the topic with an explanation, provide background, description, or just the thesis statement and the points of the essay. Explanation and Background Sometimes a gripping introduction begins with an explanation of why the topic is so important. Suppose Tina were writing an essay supporting funding for interstate highways and bridges. She might…
  • Math Review of Simplifying Expressions

    23 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Overview Students can use the commutative, associative, and distributive properties of addition and multiplication to simplify algebraic expressions. Problems are more easily solved if compatible terms can be combined first. Some problems can then be solved mentally. Compatible Terms Real numbers, whether whole or mixed, are constants that can be added, subtracted, multiplied or divided. The only exception is dividing by zero, which is undefined. Compatible terms can also be simplified, as long as each term has the same variable or variables at the same degree. The terms 2x + 4x can be…
  • Math Review of Order of Operations

    19 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Overview Order of operations within math problems gives students a set of rules to follow in order to get the same answer. In the standard order of operations, expressions within parentheses are worked first, then exponents, then multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Conventional Order Suppose the problem is as simple as 85 +9 X 2. Without an order of operations, one person might calculate the problem as (85 +9) X 2 or 94 X 2 = 188, while another might calculate it as 85 + (9 X 2) or 85 + 18 =103. Similarly, does 2 X 34 mean 64, or 1296, or does it mean to work the 34 and then…
  • Science Review of Volcanoes

    17 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Overview Volcanoes on Earth are usually caused when hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases escape from chambers below the crust. Although many volcanic mountains have cones with craters, other types of volcanoes exist. Volcanic activity occurs on land, under the sea, and elsewhere in the Solar System and beyond. Formation of Magma Temperatures are hot enough in the upper mantle that rock melts and becomes liquid under high pressure. In areas that are near the boundaries of tectonic plates, called subduction zones, friction and increased pressure combine to form large amounts of magma. Under the…
  • Science Review of Earthquakes

    15 May 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Overview Earthquakes are caused when energy is suddenly released in the earth’s crust, so that it shakes and trembles. Most are mild, but some are violent, resulting in massive devastation, injury, and loss of life, such as the recent earthquakes in Nepal in April and May, 2015 Why Earthquakes? The tectonic plates that make up the Earth’s crust move and slide past one another, so that the rocks on the boundaries constantly store elastic energy. When the energy is released, movement fractures the rock, resulting in an earthquake. Some types occur because the tectonic plates collide with…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • A Break From Travelling: Two Weeks Enjoying Kraków

    22 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It has been an exciting two weeks enjoying Kraków. It’s nice to take a break from travelling for a little while to enjoy a little more of what your “home” city has to offer, and there’s always something to do in Kraków! The past two weeks have been filled with fun events, celebrations, festivals, and more! From May 5th to May 10th the students of Kraków celebrated Juwenalia 2015. Juwenalia is one of the largest student events in Poland, but the most famous of celebrations is held in Kraków. It is a week dedicated to the students of the city, and a time for students to have fun…
  • Forever a Galway Girl

    22 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Today is officially my last day in Ireland. It is such a bittersweet feeling. I am so excited to be going back home to my family, my friends, and my dog. But, I am also so sad to leave this beautiful place that has been my home for the last 4 months. So before I go I wanted to give you 10 pieces of advice about the magical land of the leprechauns. 1. Galway is the best city on Earth. Yeah sure, I may be a bit biased just as everyone is who studies abroad in a different country; but out of every city I have visited in my travels around Europe, Galway is still number one. I feel safe here; I…
  • Spanish Sports: More than just a ‘GOOOAL!’

    21 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Back in the states I am a sportscaster. It would be a gross injustice if I didn’t have a single blog post on sporting life here in Madrid. I move from the pitch, to the clay, to the…rivers? Read on as I give you a small take on what to expect from the competitive adrenaline rushes of los deportes españoles. Fútbol I’m just going to assume I don’t need to write “soccer”. Football is not only Spain’s largest sport, but also the biggest sport in the world. In Madrid, one can always find a bar watching that night’s football match, and the metro will be packed with a sea of white…
  • API at NAFSA 2015

    Jeramy Johnson
    21 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    API is excited to be attending the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Boston, MA this coming week (May 24-29).  More than a dozen API representatives will be on hand to network with colleagues and showcase API’s portfolio of programs to the international education field during this great event that attracts upwards of 10,000 participants from around the world! Demonstrating our leadership in the field, several API staff will present or co-present sessions at the conference on a variety of key topics, including: Career Navigation Skills (specifically as they relate to work,…
  • A Trip To Munich

    20 May 2015 | 8:49 pm
    As we drew closer to the airport for landing in Munich, Germany I could only see green plains and fields for miles out my window. There were barely any roads and the ones I did see barely had any cars on them. Once we got into our taxi to head to our hostel, I just looked at out the window and was so surprised over how modern everything was. We passed the Olympic Stadium (we asked our cab driver what it was) that looked like tents but instead they were metal and it was huge! Driving through the streets, it reminded me of any other city in the U.S., with only one exception. There were dirndl…
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  • Ken Jeong is a Licensed Physician and a Successful Actor: How Did He Do It?

    Don Osborne
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Ken Jeong is a critically-acclaimed actor having appeared in the TV show Community and the hit film trilogy Hangover (he was the guy who jumped naked out of the trunk of the Cadillac), but did you know he’s also a physician? Ken has plenty of medical experience so I wanted
  • Is Lisa Kudrow Qualified Enough to Get into Medical School?

    Don Osborne
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Lisa Kudrow is best known for her work in Friends, but she’s also an accomplished producer and comedian. To add another career move to her long list of accomplishment might seem far-fetched, but I decided to see how well she’d fare in the medical field. Could Lisa Kudrow get
  • If Cindy Crawford Applied to Medical School, Would She Get in?

    Don Osborne
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Cindy Crawford is one of the best-known fashion models of all time, but did you know that she was an aspiring chemical engineer? She has some of the credentials to get accepted into medical school. I decided to take some time and put her to the test. Academic Background Cindy
  • 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?
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    Online Cultus

  • Quote: Today

    Aleksandra Arsik
    24 May 2015 | 2:23 am
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  • Stay creative in 29 ways

    Aleksandra Arsik
    23 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    If you need motivation or inspiration to finish a project below are 29 ways to keep you going! The tips go for most of the things that you want to do in a creative manner, regardless of your age or occupation. Have a look! The post Stay creative in 29 ways appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Motivation by creative people Energy and the creative process 4 Speedy ways to become proficient in writing 6 ways technology is changing the classroom 6 awesome degrees and courses for creative people
  • Everybody writes

    Aleksandra Arsik
    23 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Ann Handley has created a short directory called Everybody Writes explaining the writing process – from a discombobulated mess to a coherent, useful piece of content that engages audiences. Below are the 12 steps she suggests everyone should use when beginning to write any piece of content. If you have anything to add, let us know.... The post Everybody writes appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Becoming a proficient writer in 4 steps Don’t underestimate writing poetry essays 4 Speedy ways to become proficient in writing YOUR Future – Today How has the university…
  • What is deep web?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    23 May 2015 | 1:55 am
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  • Quote: Enthusiasm

    Aleksandra Arsik
    17 May 2015 | 7:39 am
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • Ajayi Crowther University Post-UTME 2015: Date, Eligibility And Registration Details

    22 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    This is to inform the public that Ajayi Crowther University, has announced its post-UTME Application for 2014/2015 Academic Session. Eligibility (i) 100 Level All candidates applying for admission into any 100 level undergraduate programme of ACU must possess a minimum of five (5) ‘O’ level credit passes at not more two (2) sittings in SSCE, […] Ajayi Crowther University Post-UTME 2015: Date, Eligibility And Registration Details is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Ajayi Crowther University Post-UTME 2015: Date, Eligibility And Registration Details appeared first on…
  • Ogun State College OF Health Technology Admission 2015/2016

    22 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu was established in September, 1976 to train middle—level manpower for the delivery of Health Care Services. In April 2006, the Governor graciously signed the bill establishing the College into law thus making the College to assume a full Polytechnic status. We produce quality graduates that will facilitate […] Ogun State College OF Health Technology Admission 2015/2016 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Ogun State College OF Health Technology Admission 2015/2016 appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Top Ten Oldest Secondary School In Nigeria

    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
      (1) CMS Grammar School, Lagos: 1859 (2) Methodist Boys High School, Lagos : 1878 (3) Methodist Girls High School, Lagos : 1879 (4) Baptist Academy, Lagos : 1885 (5) Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar, is established as Nigeria’s first east of the Niger secondary school in 1895 (6)The old Wesley college Elekuro now Wesley […] Top Ten Oldest Secondary School In Nigeria is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Top Ten Oldest Secondary School In Nigeria appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Osun Wants NAFDAC Club To Fight Cultism In Schools

    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Osun State Government has appealed to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control to establish NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club in schools to assist the government to curb cultism and other vices among pupils. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Oyeniran, made the appeal at Osogbo during the presentation of prizes […] Osun Wants NAFDAC Club To Fight Cultism In Schools is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Osun Wants NAFDAC Club To Fight Cultism In Schools appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Nollywood Actress Goes Back To School

    22 May 2015 | 5:14 am
      Mama G Back To School Many may have wondered what Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwo does with her time if she is not on set, though she is always on set but at the moment, Nollywood controversial actress, Patience Ozokwo has joined others in self development as she is currently writing exams. The undergraduate of […] Nollywood Actress Goes Back To School is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Nollywood Actress Goes Back To School appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
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    PortPrep Blog

  • 8 Inspiring Apps for Written Assignments

    Karen Kesteloot
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes, my mind is bursting with creativity. I just can’t wait to key-in all my thoughts on a Word Doc.  Other times, it’s not! All thanks to the “writer’s block”. I spend endless of hours reading pages upon pages of relevant subjects and even then the words come out plain, boring and unnatural. However, thanks to technology and its many wonders, I have figure out an effective solution. Now, you’ve smart apps at your disposal to help you kick start your creative engine. Hey, I’m not kidding! Believe it or not, with the help of handy apps like Scribd, Idioms and thesaurus,…
  • Life after Graduation: 8 Practical Tips in Facing the Real World

    Karen Kesteloot
    1 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    Graduating from college can be one of the most exhilarating times in anyone’s life. It can also be the most daunting, as you prepare yourself to face new challenges ahead. Once the excitement and the parties have simmered down it’s time to start living like an adult. Here are 8 practical tips to help fresh graduates survive the real world. Live a simple lifestyle Life is about to get more complicated, so make sure to keep some aspects of your life as simple as you can. Don’t feel pressured to take on more than you can handle, especially if you’re still in the process of transitioning…
  • Follow This Blogger to Become a Better Character Designer

    Karen Kesteloot
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
      There may be times when you don’t know if you’re doing the right thing when it comes to your art work. You go online and search for answers, tips, techniques, inspiration and motivation. Some even offer courses you can take that fit your schedule! So it’s a good thing there are great artists who blog and share their knowledge about art in the World Wide Web. One blogger that aspiring artists should follow is Disney Character Designer Chris Oatley of  In his blog, Chris shares his thoughts on how you can become a better Character Designer and he answers your…
  • This One Simple Trick That Will Help You Gain Control of Your Pencil

    Karen Kesteloot
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Drawing may not be as easy at it seems especially if you’re just starting out. There may be a few issues an artist may face when it comes to improving. That’s why it is very important to learn different tips and tricks, like how you can get the right grasp of your pencil when drawing. So, how do you think an artist can gain control over the use of their pencil? First, you have to know the right kind of grip to use. There are different types of pencil grips that you may use when it comes to drawing, by knowing which is which, you’ll know the one that will work best for you. Developing…
  • Top 7 Smartphone Apps for Aspiring Architect and Artists

    Karen Kesteloot
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    With the limited time available in our fast-paced era of today, a convenient and effective way of accomplishing things through mobile phones has become the solution to finish things immediately and efficiently. Specifically for architects and artists who do not stay in the office for long, some mobile apps have been developed to fulfill their needs while they are on the go. To help you find the right app, PortPrep lists here the top 7 smartphone apps for all aspiring architects and artists out there. Adobe Ideas Adobe will never fall short in introducing designing programs and now, even…
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  • GRE Verbal Mock Test

    21 May 2015 | 4:55 am
  • Study in UK at University of Bedfordshire for September 2015 intake

    19 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Are you planning to study in UK for this September 2015 intake. Here is an opportunity to meet University of Bedfordshire delegates on 22nd of May at our SRNagar office, know the first hand information and start your journey, Confluence Educational Services Private Limited,Hyderabad will assist you in every st Scholarships at University of Bedfordshire [...]
  • Universities in Scotland

    11 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Scotland universities are world renowned in offering internationally recognized qualifications in subjects ranging from science to fashion to fine arts. Many Scottish institutions are ranked among the top in the world that remain as a cutting edge for international teaching and research. Few of the top Scottish Universities are: University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow [...]
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  • Be a Responsible Citizen of your Planet !

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    After witnessing the environmental deterioration and observing the rising movements against the over exploitation of natural resources causing harm to earth, Senate Gaylord Nelson gave birth to EARTH DAY on April 22,1970.Earth day is celebrated across 192 countries to support, promote and be part of activities to save the Earth from pollution, over-exploitation and from [...]
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    Bank Exams Today

  • English Vocabulary Quiz - Part 39

    Ramandeep Singh
    23 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Vocabulary Quiz for today :- 1. Belligerent a) outspoken b) eager to fight c) beautiful d) incoherent 2. Disparate a) fundamentally different b) saddened c) broken into groups d) unique 3. Dilapidated a) run down b) obscure c) unhappy d) without style 4. Noisome a) unholy b) foul-smelling c) loud d) widely celebrated 5. Rustic a) old, worn-down b) overused c) relating to country d) not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI PO Prelim Exam Study Material Bundle

    Ramandeep Singh
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    SBI PO notification is already out. Many candidates are searching for the best and updated study material. So today I am posting updated study material for Preliminary Exam. Number of pagesQuantitative Aptitude - 518 pagesReasoning - 257 pagesEnglish - 184 pages This study is more than enough for SBI PO Preliminary exam. There is no need to buy any other book. Price - Rs.250 How to BuyFollow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 23 May 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    23 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. International Day of Families observed on which date ? 2. What was the theme of International Day of Families 2015 ? 3. Who won Man Booker International Prize 2015 ? 4. Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri died recently, he was hold which post in UPA Government ? 5. Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on which date ? 6. 9th session of India-South Africa Joint... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rules of English Grammar - Adverbs

    Ramandeep Singh
    23 May 2015 | 1:35 am
    An Adverb a word which modifies a verb or an adjectives or another adverb. FOR EXAMPLEIn the example above ‘danced’ is a verb which is being modified by the adverb “beautifully”.                                     ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Weekly Questions Answers Series Part 2 - Ask your Questions

    Ramandeep Singh
    23 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Hi readers, Many of you might be preparing for bank exams at home and many of you might have completed their classes in a coaching institute and now they are preparing at home. There might be numerous doubts in your mind and you feel that there is nobody to help you out. I want to study hard and crack the exam but there is no path. Going for coaching is not an option for you.  What is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    MSB Blog

  • MSB Plymouth is Going Green!

    Maria Leonard
    14 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Last quarter, in Amy Harms Hoad’s Professional Communications 1 class, a student suggested we get more plants on campus to liven it up a bit. We have heard, and we have answered! You may have noticed the many new plants around the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus and the lucky bamboo in all of the classrooms. According to case studies on Ambius website, research shows that indoor plants: Help improve indoor air quality Indoor air is almost always more polluted than outdoor air Plants can help remove VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and contribute oxygen back into the…
  • Medical Assisting Students Educate the Oak Ridge Boys and Girls

    14 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Medical Assisting students from the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus recently visited the Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sartell, Minnesota. Medical assisting students at Oak Ridge Elementary School Bringing with them the knowledge of germs, heart rate, nutrition, and fitness, the students along with their instructor Lisa Smith, medical assisting program chair, met with the fourth grade class. They set up stations for the different topics and had activities for each one. They also included informational handouts that the children could bring back home to their families. One of…
  • Showing “True Colors” to Empower Youth

    Nicole Rasmussen
    14 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Nicole Rasmussen walking the runway at the True Colors Fashion Show As a member of the Elk River community and community manager for Minnesota School of Business-Elk River, I am proud of all of the amazing organizations and businesses that work together to improve the lives of those that live, work, and go to school here. It is with great pride that I serve as a board member and active representative of several local organizations that give back to the community. Recently I had an opportunity to participate in the annual True Colors Fashion Show, hosted by Sherburne County Area United Way’s…
  • Event Raises Awareness about the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Drug and Alcohol Abuse

    Nicole Rasmussen
    14 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Chris Wilson, business administration student, navigates the course safely after sending a text. You probably have heard the stories, read the statistics, and seen the commercials about the dangers of distracted driving. In our ever-changing, fast-paced, technologically-connected world today, distracted driving has become a very serious issue and it is up to each one of us to put a stop to it. Distracted driving, according to the official US government website on Distracted Driving, is defined as “…any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of…
  • MSB-Blaine Begins Quarter-Long Fundraising Efforts for LLS

    Julie Kresh
    4 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    A big congratulations to the veterinary technology program students and faculty at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine for winning the two-week “Pennies for Patients/Make the Change Penny Wars” fundraiser on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)! This fundraiser is part of a larger fundraising effort by the students in Professional Communications 1 class this quarter. Students in Dave Erickson’s Professional Communications 1 class count change in the MSB-Blaine student commons to determine the winner of the “Penny Wars” A total of $235.30 in coins,…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • Step-by-Step through a Successful Parent-Student Behavior Meeting

    12 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    There are few situations that are more stressful than leading a behavior meeting where parents are involved. I remember my first one! I had butterflies all day long and could only imagine the absolute worst outcome of having to sit down face-to-face with a parent who I imagined would be challenging my every word. Since then, I have sat through many behavior meetings with parents and it seen the good, the bad and the ugly in every form imaginable. I’ve also learned how teachers can make these meetings an effective process for continuing to move forward with behavior challenges in their…
  • The “Success Mindset” for Making Money on Teachers Pay Teachers

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This post is by my husband, Scott, who manages all of my online sales and marketing activities. When teachers make the transition from “classroom” to “online entrepreneur” there are some attitudes to consider that will optimize success. Here is my list of things to be aware of as you start down your own road to success on TpT. The over-arching theme: This is a business. And like any business, whether you’re opening a store down on Main Street or you’re starting an online business, there are just certain things that come with building one. Aside from the expected time…
  • 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.
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    Magical Methods

  • Free Download: How to start Your Training Business?

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    19 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Free Download-- How to Start Your Training Business?E-book written by Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Alumnus IIM Bangalore), Visit the link below.
  • Free Download: How to Prepare for QA & DI of CAT?

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    14 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Free Download-- How to Prepare for QA & DI of CAT?E-book written by Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Alumnus IIM bangalore), Visit the link below.
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    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
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    Share & EarnBecome an affiliate of our product and earn commission from each sale that comes through you. No Investment Required.Time to time we put some products for sales by affiliates. Affiliate sales and comissions are handled by our payment processor Instamojo. Your comission would be transferred to your Bank Account directly. At this moment we have put in our Toddlers Training Kit for sales by affiliates. Become an affiliate of this product and earn commission from each sale that comes through you.For details visit Share & Earn:
  • 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…
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    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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    eLearning Infographics

  • The Mobile Learning Landscape 2015 Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    24 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Mobile Learning Landscape 2015 Infographic Widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets has fuelled extensive interest among learning professionals about the use of mobile devices for training delivery. What is the state of mobile learning in 2015? Is growth underway? Are obstacles being surmounted only to give way to new stumbling blocks? Or is mobile learning accruing the sort of success stories learning professionals have hoped to see? To explore those questions and other elements of mobile learning, ATD and i4cp sought insights from learning leaders and professionals worldwide in…
  • 2015 Best High Schools infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    23 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    2015 Best High Schools infographic The 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings feature information on thousands of public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Check out the 2015 Best High Schools infographic for an illustrated look at how the latest rankings played out. The data show that it’s incredibly difficult to achieve a gold, silver or bronze medal under the U.S. News methodology. Of the more than 19,000 eligible schools, only 6,517 were awarded medals, and just 7.7 percent of those received gold. Gold medal schools are those whose students demonstrate the…
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Daily Life At The Office Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    22 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    6 Ways to Improve Your Daily Life At The Office Infographic The 6 Ways to Improve Your Daily Life At The Office Infographic offers a unique view on the subject of how to improve the daily life at the office! 1. Not Happy on Your Job? Be Courageous Enough to Admit It! This is the first step. From here things can only get better. 2. Want to Feel More Confident? Impress them With Your Body Language! Look at your co-workers in the eyes. Stretch that back. Start shaking hands. 3. Bored? Try to Find the Little Things You Do Like to Do! Find the fun stuff and focus on it. 4. Worn out? Exercise! A…
  • How Games Help Students Learn and Teachers Teach Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    22 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    How Games Help Students Learn and Teachers Teach Infographic Traditional classroom structures can leave many students unmotivated and disengaged. Moreover, traditional assessment through homework and exams provides limited information on specific areas where individual students need more help. However, a high percentage of students and teachers enjoy games. The use of games in the classroom is booming. But they provide more than just a fun, interactive, multimedia-driven way for people to learn and explore – they can also improve teachers’ ability to assess their students’…
  • Robotics in STEM Education Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    21 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Robotics in STEM Education Infographic STEM Education promotes a learning environment for students around the world to be active in fields like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Many STEM related programs use a hands-on learning approach that encourages students to be active and involved inside the classroom. This inspires and motivates students to continue their education in STEM related fields, like robotics, beyond school, building a career in an economy where job openings in STEM industries are skyrocketing. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2020, the demand for STEM…
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    Talk in French

  • Top 3 Motivational Tips for Learning French

    23 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    The common cause of motivational loss is a decline in interest in the topic. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to this problem. I am sharing 3 tips to regain motivation. Learning French is so much more than just learning a language. You are learning about the culture, history and the way of lif... The post Top 3 Motivational Tips for Learning French appeared first on Talk in French.
  • How can I Learn French Properly? – The answer

    16 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    “I want to learn French, but where should I start?” “I’m doing quite poorly at listening and speaking.” “My pronunciation is awful. How can I sound like I’m actually speaking French?” “I’m having difficulty understanding conversations between native French speakers.” “I’ve been learning for a while ... The post How can I Learn French Properly? – The answer appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 10 Things to do with the Kids in Paris

    15 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Paris might be renowned as the city of romantic night-time adventure, but throughout the day it is a true haven for families with children. While lovers may whisper endearments beneath the Eiffel Tower, there will never be a dull moment for children either in this delightful city. With plenty to see... The post 10 Things to do with the Kids in Paris appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 30 essential work-related Words in French

    6 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    You may have the chance to work in French speaking environment, or perhaps it might simply come in handy for your present job. This small list won’t make you fluent in business French but it will provide you with a useful grounding in French workplace communication. If you want to learn even more, w... The post 30 essential work-related Words in French appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 30 useful French essay phrases that will help you to gain confidence in writing in French.

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Are you struggling to write essays in French? I have shared a list of 30 useful words and phrases that will help you create more sophisticated written arguments for your exam (at school or for DELF exam). If you want to learn even more, why don’t you check out One of my Ebook: Improving French Vocab... The post 30 useful French essay phrases that will help you to gain confidence in writing in French. appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Effective Methods for Managing Workplace Conflict

    20 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Conflict is a natural part of being in a society and regularly occurs  in personal and professional arenas. In the workplace, disputes can be especially destructive as issues spread to other members and damage the ability of people to work together. Learning to develop a healthy style of conflict management helps minimize damage quickly and keeps the company moving in the right direction.Collaborating with others is one of the best methods of managing a business as it solves problems and helps keep people focused on goals (Paul, et. al., 2004/2005). When all parties are interested in…
  • Short-term versus Long-Term Strategic Thinking

    17 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Strategic thinking is a major component of business planning that sets the course of action that leads to either business success or business failure. Short-term thinking can be problematic as resources are wasted fixing potholes and gaining immediate results without considering long-term solutions. Executives that focus exclusively on short-term results sometimes leave their organizations in worse shape.A great portion of our day is engaged in crisis management where new problems arise and we must deal with them immediately before the they spread. This process can be effective in the short…
  • Do You Have an Opinion or a Persuasive Argument?

    16 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    What makes the difference between an opinion and a persuasive argument? People love their opinions, but are based on thoughts, feelings, and wishes of the individual and don’t always have validity. It doesn’t matter if one is in college, a seasoned manager or running for political office, creating a persuasive argument leads to credibility. Their emotions may drive people, but it is their logic that makes them worthy of your ear.Persuasive arguments are reinforced by substantial information that is reasonable and logical in its construction of the conclusion. The average person can see…
  • Collaborative Investing in Local Clusters Leads to Economic Development

    12 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Group investmentis not a novelideabutcan be significantin developingstrongerlocalgrowthmodels. A “hot” marketis one that drawssubstantialinvestmentinterestthat encouragesgrowthamong marketrelevantbusinesses. Packinvestingoffersopportunitiesto createmultiplepointsof capitalinfusionthat leadto the growthof a batteryof relatedcompanies.Companiesdonot workin a vacuumandrely on different local stakeholdersto feedthe buildingof their business. Theyneedresources, humancapital, science, facilities, suppliers, partners, and customersto developmomentum. If theylackthe rightenvironment, their…
  • Studying for Career Success-Knowing What You Know

    10 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Everyone who attended formal schooling knows that studying is a grueling and often not so fun process. For a few out there who enjoy learning they seem to slice through their books like a knife through butter. Despite the motivated few the vast majority of students either don’t know how to study or don’t study to maximize their future potential.Studying is one of those activities that comes along with attending any type of formal educational program. The professor typically steers the student to certain conclusions, but it is up to the student to do the leg work so they can learn the…
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • The Importance of Teaching Personal Finance

    William Campione
    22 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    Most students are required to take a course in economics at the secondary level, but not all courses teach the basics of personal finance. With credit card use and student loan debt at an all time high, it’s important that students are aware of how to manage their money. Budgeting Help teens create their own budget and hold them accountable for the purchases they make. Being able to budget is an essential skill. Whether you are managing time, responsibilities, or money, exceeding your available resources will lead to difficulties rather quickly. Help Teaching’s Budgeting Activity leads…
  • Ultimate Guide to Free Online Self-Learning for Kids

    15 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    From random facts to courses from top universities, the Internet is full of places to learn. The key is knowing where to find that information. has created the go-to guide for free self-learning resources for kids. We have gathered links to help kids in grades pre-K through sixth grade learn online. The 75 resources are organized by type (videos, online courses, reference materials, and more). Kids can learn by exploring these resources on their own or teachers can incorporate them into lessons to help enhance learning in the classroom. JUMP TO: Videos Courses & Lessons…
  • 5 Gifts Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

    1 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week, which is held during the first week in May, is a week designed to honor teachers. It is also a convenient time to take a moment to thank teachers for the hard work that they do. While a simple thank you will go a long way, accompanying it with a gift wouldn’t hurt either. This year, think beyond the apples and homemade cookies and replace it with one of these ideas. 1. Classroom Supplies Teachers spend a lot of their own money on classroom supplies. Even though the school year is almost over, you can help get through to the last day of school and start to stock…
  • 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…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • Math titan earns accolades for teaching, caring at Tech (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    22 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    St. Cloud school board member says Boatz is ‘real […] The post Math titan earns accolades for teaching, caring at Tech appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Coping with Student Loan Stress (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    It is important to think of your education as an investment, rather than a financial burden. Investments are exciting and terrifying, but student loans are an investment to get excited about. The post Coping with Student Loan Stress appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • The Cast That Wants To Die And How To Make Sure They Don’t (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Be there for your cast. Let them know that you are on their side. Make them feel comfortable and safe. Tell bad jokes to make them laugh because laughter really is the best medicine. Make yourself available for your cast so they have a person of authority they can go to in times of trouble and need. The post The Cast That Wants To Die And How To Make Sure They Don’t appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Nurses Need More Education to Find Jobs (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Despite continued shortages in the healthcare field, nurses are expected to have higher levels of education than ever before. It now is common practice that students who start working after studying for their bachelor’s degree continue to peruse continued educational advancements. As healthcare becomes more complex, we’re calling for more graduate and doctoral educated nurses. The post Nurses Need More Education to Find Jobs appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • The Challenge of the First-Generation Student – Diversity in Academe – The Chronicle of Higher Education (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Colleges amp up efforts to retain them, but hurdles rem […] The post The Challenge of the First-Generation Student – Diversity in Academe – The Chronicle of Higher Education appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Standing at the Back of the Elephant

    6 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    The headline of Lyndsey Layton’s Washington Post article yesterday reads, “Most states lack expertise to improve worst schools.”  Layton notes in her article that the government’s 3 billion dollar investment hasn’t led to improved performance in our most challenged schools.  Apparently, the states “did not have the staff, technology and expertise to pull those schools out of the bottom rankings.” The schools that were targeted for improvement had to choose one of four school reform strategies:  replace the principal and at least 50 percent of the staff; close the school and…
  • 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…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Theory of Change Part 1: The Foundation

    Poppy Potter
    6 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    This is a common reflection we hear at the Voyageur Outward Bound School. The alumnus goes on to explain a moment that had great impact and stuck with them 5, 10, or even more than 40 years later. Honestly though, they know the change didn’t happen in a moment. They know it happened in a... The post Theory of Change Part 1: The Foundation appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Rites of Passage

    Caroline Callahan
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Young people have a tremendous amount of pressure to act like adults, be responsible, and be successful. In all this chaos, there is little time and energy for celebrating the rites of passage that were, at one time, more commonplace. Rites of passage can come in many forms; they can be pilgrimages, challenges, journeys, or... The post Rites of Passage appeared first on 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.
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    The Edvocate

  • Why HBCUs need alumni more than graduates (and financial literacy, too)

    The Edvocate
    22 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    **The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding a P-20 education in America. The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Edvocate or Dr. Matthew Lynch.** A guest post by Anwar Dunbar Being highly involved in the Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter for Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), I’ve become keenly aware of the issues facing Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs).  As an education advocate and writer, I’ve helped promote the Quotes for…
  • A look at free range teaching

    The Edvocate
    22 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    **The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding P-20 education in America. The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Edvocate or Dr. Matthew Lynch.** By Catlin Tucker I was listening to NPR last month when they did a story on free range parenting. The story covered the debate about the pros and cons of this approach, which values self-reliance and independence. The free range movement is a response to “helicopter” parents who are overly involved in their…
  • What should students do when the teacher or coach is the bully?

    The Edvocate
    22 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    **The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding P-20 education in America. The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Edvocate or Dr. Matthew Lynch.** A guest post by Jennifer Fraser Our sixteen year old son was competing at the 2012 Provincial Basketball Championships in British Columbia when one of the boys on the team texted his parents to say he “couldn’t take it anymore.” The coaches were calling the team “a bunch of pussies”, “hopeless” and…
  • Will absolving the debt of the Corinthian 100 set a bad precedent?

    The Edvocate
    22 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    The case of the Corinthian 100 is a curious one. Since Corinthian Colleges shutdown at the end of April due to financial problems, a group of students have been battling with the United States Department of Education to have their student loans declared as junk. The students feel that they were defrauded by Corinthian and shouldn’t have to pay a single dime of their loans back. Corinthian was a part of a for-profit culture that gave higher education a bad name. At least the for-profit section of it. According to Corinthian’s financial records, the institution received nearly 80%…
  • #MichaelBrown is probably sitting in your classroom

    The Edvocate
    21 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    **The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding P-20 education in America. The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Edvocate or Dr. Matthew Lynch.** By Lisa Mims So will #trayvonmartin, #renishamcbride, and so many other unarmed  African Americans who have been murdered. Most of our students have probably been exposed to what has taken place in Ferguson. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black male by a police officer. Some may be experiencing a…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • 6 Backyard Games for Children to Enjoy Summer Parties

    Lynda Way
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Summer parties can be tiring for young children who don’t want to spend hours sitting around the grill with lemonade in hand. The next time you host or attend a summer gathering, think about organizing one or more of the … Read More The post 6 Backyard Games for Children to Enjoy Summer Parties appeared first on .
  • 5 Ideas to Strengthen the Bond Between Children and Grandparents

    Lynda Way
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    There is nothing quite as special as the relationship between a child and a grandparent. Instead of sitting around the house watching TV or playing a video game with your grandchild, take one or more of the following ideas to … Read More The post 5 Ideas to Strengthen the Bond Between Children and Grandparents appeared first on .
  • Happy Mother’s Day: 5 Activities to Spend Quality Time

    Lynda Way
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all of the moms in your life including aunts, grandmothers, and friends. No gift is as precious as spending quality time with dear mom this Mother’s Day. Rejoice her presence in your … Read More The post Happy Mother’s Day: 5 Activities to Spend Quality Time appeared first on .
  • What to Say to Raise Happy Children

    Lynda Way
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Parents always have good intentions when it comes to their children and try to promote happiness with experiences that can delight them. However, experts say that it is also important to teach children how to create and sustain their own … Read More The post What to Say to Raise Happy Children appeared first on .
  • 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 .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • This is How We Say Goodbye: An Open Letter to My Daughter, the Graduate

    Angela Stockman
    23 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane This is how we say goodbye: in the years and months and weeks that lead up to the moment, not in that final string of minutes where we leave you in your dorm room. It doesn’t work that way. You see, we’ve been watching you graduate since the moment you first rolled from your back […] The post This is How We Say Goodbye: An Open Letter to My Daughter, the Graduate appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students

    Mark Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students by Brittni Brown The battle between teachers and social media accounts for student attention has been one in which teachers seem quite likely to lose. High schools have banned phones, established site blocks, and multiple other strategies to reduce student abilities to gain access to […] The post 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 35 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before the School Year Ends

    Mark Barnes
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane The school year is filled with testing, report cards, and many other hurdles that make it exceedingly difficult. Don’t allow another year to pass without some completely out-of-the-box behavior. You never know when crossing a few old-school boundaries may change a student’s or a colleague’s life, while bringing the joy back to your teaching. 35 things […] The post 35 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before the School Year Ends appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior

    Angela Stockman
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane So, that one student’s bad behavior has finally sent you reeling. You’ve suppressed your frustration long enough. It’s time to call him out. You may be fully aware that calling kids out in front of their peers shames them. Maybe at least in this case, that’s why you do it. Perhaps you think this kid deserves to be […] The post 8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 4 Tech Tools for Photo Documentation

    Angela Stockman
    19 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Brilliant or Insane I fell in love with photography the year we took our kids to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. My daughter was ten: not quite young enough to tuck into a stroller for an afternoon nap when she grew tired and not quite old enough to maintain the same level of enthusiasm her father had for the […] The post 4 Tech Tools for Photo Documentation appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    Montessori Tides School

  • MOVE-A-THON Results Are In

    Montessori Tides
    7 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    MTS has once again partnered with Kirk Farber, founder of F.A.C.E. (Fitness and Character Education) for our 2nd annual MOVE-A-THON. This exciting event ended on March 27th as a WIN/WIN for both students and Montessori Tides. MOVE-A-THON results are in and WOW what an event!! With 31 elementary participants and pledges, we raised $1,401 and […]
  • All Organic Snack Policy

    Johanna Porter
    4 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Montessori Tides School will adopt an all organic snack policy starting school-year 2015-2016. This policy corresponds with Montessori values emphasizing care of self and environment. We consider it in the children’s best interest to have high quality food, and we know now that organically grown food is also better for the environment. As Montessorians we […]
  • Upper Elementary Visits St. Augustine

    Montessori Tides
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    The Upper Elementary students visited St. Augustine in early February to learn more about the area’s history. Following their field trip, the students completed a writing assignment that detailed their favorite parts of the visit. The papers provide a glimpse of their trip back through time. From Cady: My class went on a field trip […]
  • Rhythm & Movement in a Montessori Classroom

    Carrie Lee Ferguson
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Remember the fun we used to have as children playing and singing- Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack All dressed in black, black, black… or Down, down baby, down by the roller coaster… We thought we were just playing. We didn’t know that we were wiring neural pathways in our brain that would make learning easier. […]
  • Room 4 Toddler January News

    Hillary Hoxie
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Dear Parents, I hope you have had a fantastic holiday break! Time flies when you are having fun, but now its time to get back to school. We are welcoming Ms. Meghan to our classroom as the new room 4 assistant. She spent a few days with us before the break getting to know the […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • Nutrition & Health News for Families

    Montessori Group
    14 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Children are more prone to dehydration than adults In a study, kids who were given just 1 cup of water before visual and memory tests, scored better and had longer attention spans than kids who didn’t drink water. Children dehydrate much faster than adults. Always keep water, Gatorade or other fluids on hand while outdoors […]
  • 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] […]
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    Suntree Montessori School

  • Kindergarten Graduation

    Suntree Montessori
    15 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    We bid a fond farewell to the kindergarten graduates of the 2014-15 school year! Graduating from Kindergarten is a once in a lifetime milestone we celebrate at Suntree Montessori School. We are so proud of all of our students! Great job, Kindergartners! “Thank you for allowing us to teach your children and watch them grow day by day. It is our delight to see their potential unfold right before us and our joy to know that they will become lifelong learners!”
  • The Montessori Materials

    Suntree Montessori
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Montessori Materials are carefully designed didactic apparatus that aid the child’s psychic development toward functional independence. Children who are “functionally independent” are happy, well-adjusted children that can think for themselves, do for themselves, and are disciplined enough to understand the consequences of their actions. Dr. Montessori developed the Montessori Materials over 100 years ago. In 1907, in the first Montessori Children’s House, she began experimenting on the effective use of the materials by allowing the children to freely explore with…
  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

    Suntree Montessori
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    The kindergarten year of the Montessori program is essential for unlocking a child’s full potential. The primary Montessori curriculum is a 3-year cycle. The third year, or kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher who knows your child incredibly well and so can provide precisely what is needed next. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic and social…
  • The Montessori Primary Curriculum

    Suntree Montessori
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    There are 4 major areas of the Montessori curriculum in the Primary classroom: practical life, sensorial, math and language (including the cultural subjects of geography and science). Below is a brief description for each area. Practical Life The exercises of the Practical Life curriculum are designed to foster independence, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self control, characteristics that play a critical role in subsequent intellectual growth. Color-coded items and their location on the shelf help categorize the materials needed for real tasks of everyday living for the child. These tasks…
  • Self Discipline: Ten Tips

    Suntree Montessori
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Being a parent of a young child can be hard work. You want your child to be happy, healthy, and socially adjusted, not only at home but also with others. Helping your child learn what behavior is expected and begin to control her impulses can be easier if you keep in mind her basic needs. She wants to understand the world around her, the routines and rhythms of daily life. She more easily learns to control her body when she has been allowed movement opportunities from birth. As she grows, her need to move can be met by including her in daily activities that have a real purpose in her life and…
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • Educational Horizons Students Place 1st at District Science Fair

    Cheryl Turner
    19 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Two Educational Horizons students took home first place trophies at the Brevard Southern Division Elementary Art & Science Fair that was held March 11th at the Melbourne Auditorium. Definition of the Environmental Category: Projects that deal with human relationships with their natural surroundings. Projects may include the relationships of energy, population, pollution, resource allocation and […]
  • Educational Horizons Students Study the Indian River Lagoon

    Cheryl Turner
    14 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Educational Horizons students in grades 4, 5, and 6 took a recent trip to Long Point State Park to join the Brevard Zoo for a study of the Indian River Lagoon called Lagoon Quest. This culminating activity completed their studies at school and work towards conserving and preserving our fragile ecosystem. About Lagoon Quest Lagoon […]
  • Alumni Spotlight: River Grace

    Cheryl Turner
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    Former Educational Horizons student, River Grace has been VERY busy lately. He recently hiked the Andes and trekked through the jungles of the western Amazon in the summer of 2013, and then he went to Ecuador and the Galapagos in summer of 2014, hiking to the peaks of active volcanoes, and diving with sea lions […]
  • Educational Horizons Strengthens Literacy Skills

    Cheryl Turner
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success Florida’s students have accomplished over the past decade. We also take the opportunity during the week to encourage our students to keep reading and improving their skills. We know that if Florida’s students are […]
  • Educational Horizons Charter School to Celebrate National School Choice Week

    Cheryl Turner
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    During the week of January 28-30, 2015, Educational Horizons will participate in National School Choice Week 2015 with an Open House each day. The Open House, which will take place from 9:00-11:00 each day at the school. This is a great opportunity for interested parents to visit the school, meet our teachers, as well as […]
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    Make Money Online With Shahnawaz

  • Fresh Store Builder v5 Review-Build Your Own Amazon Store

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    24 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Today I am going to review one of my favorite software called  “Fresh Store Builder v5 Review-Build Your Own Amazon Store”. Yes this is my favorite software because it will let you create a amazon niche store in just couple clicks. People have asked me many time that there should be some software which can help no technical person to... The post Fresh Store Builder v5 Review-Build Your Own Amazon Store appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • Best Case Studies On Traffic Generation And link Building

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    23 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Best Case Studies On Traffic Generation And link Building Today I want to give references of some best content and Case Studies On Traffic Generation And link Building available on the internet. To get desired result for your blog or website (link building / traffic / sales etc) you must ask these question to experts only right? Only expert know what... The post Best Case Studies On Traffic Generation And link Building appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • CPA marketing training courses for newbies and beginners

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    22 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite CPA marketing training guide of this month. I recommended this (CPA marketing training courses for newbies and beginners) to you because I read and implement it personally and got good result also. Why I love This CPA marketing training courses for newbies and beginners You can copy and paste... The post CPA marketing training courses for newbies and beginners appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • Should You Create Your Own Product Or Be An Affiliate?

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    21 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Should You Create Your Own Product Or Be An Affiliate? If you are willing to sell products from your website or blog you have to decide whether to create your own product to sell or perform as an Affiliate to promote other vendor’s product. But which is the good option for internet marketers? Should you create your own product or... The post Should You Create Your Own Product Or Be An Affiliate? appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
  • How To Create Passive Affiliate Income

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    20 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    How To Create Passive Affiliate Income  Affiliate marketing service has become of the leading business opportunities available for you on internet. Affiliate Marketing Program is a marketing strategy where the owner has the right to allow or permit the advertiser to promote his product or service. The advertiser gets commission on sales in return. You select a particular product you... The post How To Create Passive Affiliate Income appeared first on Make Money Online With Shahnawaz.
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    Free IT Online Courses

  • Free Online Care Work Courses

    Jerome Fernandes
    16 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    If you are looking for free online care work courses then I have found few free online courses related to care work for you. So have a look at them.   Free Online Care Work Courses 1. Counselling for Caregivers This course comprises of self-instructional learning materials which cover topics such as Counselling for Caregivers, Ethical and Cultural Issues in […] The post Free Online Care Work Courses appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Free Online Biology Courses

    Jerome Fernandes
    5 May 2015 | 11:33 pm
    In this article, I would like to list online biology courses with are available for free. Here I have listed 15 online biology courses offered by various universities and online course providers.   15 Free Online Biology Courses 1. Biology From Khan Academy This human biology online course covers all essential topics required for a […] The post Free Online Biology Courses appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Project Management Courses Online

    Jerome Fernandes
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Do you want to learn more about marketing you’re with a website, learn how to advertise your business then this Project Management Courses Online that have been put together will make your search so much easier.   List Of Project Management Courses Online Course No. 1 Diploma in Project Management Course Provider: XSIQ | Course Platform: […] The post Project Management Courses Online appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Marketing Courses Online For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    If you own a business and website, marketing is very important when it comes to advertising and setting up your company. Are you thinking of making marketing as a career the following Marketing Courses Online will be a great start to the new year to ensure that your career dreams come true.   15 Marketing Courses […] The post Marketing Courses Online For Free appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Accounting Courses Online For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Are you an accountant or thinking of rejuvenating yourself with some accounting courses online, then I am here to help you with some great programs available to do just that build your knowledge in accounting.   List of Accounting Courses Online Course No. 1 Fractional Reserve Accounting Course Provider: Khan Academy | Course Platform: Khan Academy […] The post Accounting Courses Online For Free appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
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    I Love Learning

  • Online Finance Learning Resources

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Finance is a topic that isn’t necessarily taught in schools, yet is invaluable in running and managing our everyday lives. Many people reach adulthood without fully understanding concepts such as taxes, savings, investment and credit cards. Once you get into financial struggle, it can be extremely difficult to get out unless you learn to take control of your finances. Many times, people have the resources to ensure all their basic needs are met, but don’t know how to allocate them correctly and always feel short on cash. Other times people won’t have prepared for the future…
  • Tips For Returning To Study

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    There are numerous reasons why you may be forced to cease studying, and then want to pick it up at a later date. Life gets busy, work opportunities come up, or health emergencies can make it difficult to continue. There’s no reason why you can’t return to study once the situation has changed however, though some people are intimidated by the prospect. Post-high school study is often seen as a thing to do while young, and there can be some stigmas around being an older student. But coming to study at an older age gives you a determination and appreciation for learning, that younger…
  • Online Cooking Learning Resources

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Cooking is an essential skill that not everyone will grow up learning. Being able to cook even simple foods allows you to save money and have greater control over your diet and what nutrients you take in. You can share cooking as a flat or family to cut down on cost, as well as to share the work throughout the week. Cooking for yourself means you can choose organic ingredients and adjust recipes so that they contain more of the foods you like and less of the ones you don’t. There are a number of online resources for learning to cook, which make it easy to replicate the techniques in…
  • Online Studying Resource – Open Study

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Open Study is a website dedicated to providing a free and comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to learn or is currently learning. It understands that people lead busy lives, and can’t always find time to dedicate to long periods of study – that’s why rather than creating courses and long term study plans, it operates around a study group system in which you can ask questions and meet other people learning the same subject as you. Learning socially is a great way to pool knowledge from lots of different sources, and you can make friends from all around the world…
  • Best Free Online Drawing Resources

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    It’s never too late to learn to draw – whatever your study or working situation, learning to draw can be as simple as a few exercises every day. The important thing is that you enjoy it and genuinely want to improve – as long as you have the desire, drawing is fun and satisfying as you watch your progress. Some people thrive in classes, but many actually do better working at their own pace and just drawing the things that interest them. There are a number of free online drawing resources that are designed to provide you with a challenge and structure, but also give the…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • What’s New in PowerPoint 2016?

    Rajashekhar Intha
    5 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    PowerPoint 2013 was a ginormous hit for Microsoft, it had bunch of new features that included new transitions, animations, presenter view & more. The new built in features of PowerPoint 2013 helped the presenter to search content and embed it right within the program without having leave the program to sneak around the internet for a perfect content. And its almost 3 years passed and its time for the new version of PowerPoint to arrive at the market. Microsoft has publicly announced the new version of Office and its called Office 2016 which is about to release this year, but in mean time…
  • 10 Tips to Make Slides Communicate Your Idea

    FPPTP Admin
    5 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    What is a presentation that doesn’t present the central idea, topic or the theme? Presentations are powerful communication tools to present the ideas. And there is one place where ideas are presented in a perfect perspective, this is place where ideas are worth spreading and its none other than TED. TED brings out the best ideas across the earth that are life changing, inspiring, highly motivating and more… And this below part of text is from TED’s blog published on July 2014. We believe this will help our visitors & presentation makers make their presentations more professional.
  • Download Office 2016 Preview for Windows

    Rajashekhar Intha
    4 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Microsoft is preparing the new version of Office, but before it makes it out to the market, Microsoft wants to know the insights of the users, so as always Microsoft is giving preview version of Microsoft Office 2016 for  175 days of free evaluation, which means that a user can download this preview version and try it out on PC until the timeline expires or till the final release of the product. How to Download Office 2016 Preview? To get yourself a copy of Microsoft Office 2016, all you have to do is download the installer of your choice. Download your desired version i.e 32 bit or 64…
  • Free PowerPoint Templates for PowerPoint 2013

    FPPTP Admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Yet another set of PowerPoint Templates for PowerPoint 2013. In the download you will find three widescreen templates with customized placeholders that you can use to create amazing slides with intuitive content. These PowerPoint templates works fine with PowerPoint 2013 version. The download contains three color variations of the templates, use the one that suits you. Use these PowerPoint templates to create and present creative ideas with visuals. As always you can download these templates for free. Download Free PowerPoint Templates Vol 2 Have fun using these free PowerPoint Templates. And…
  • 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…
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • 29 Words to Avoid to Improve Writing

    Mark Ways
    17 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    Increase impact of your writing by limiting use of these phrases Idioms, cliches, jargon, slang and euphemisms; these five expressions, when utilized effectively within writing are captivating and persuasive, immediately drawing the readers attention. When used incorrectly however, these five types of words can severely weaken the impact of what you are trying to say. Listed throughout the course of this article are words and phrases that you should eliminate from your daily vocabulary. These will, in turn help make your point more recognizable, direct and thus, more engaging. The words to…
  • Best Online Speed Reading Course 2015

    Mark Ways
    4 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    A review of most popular online speed reading classes Speed reading courses have been utilized by everyone from working professionals, students to individuals to not only improve their reading speed, but to also improve their rate of understanding of the text they analyze too. This has numerous benefits: not only will you spend less time reading your daily material, but you will also spend less time re-reading misunderstood sections, which is only beneficial in the long run. Online courses often back on live classes, however, over the last years some desktop software have merged into online…
  • Ultimate Typing Review – 2015 Edition

    Mark Ways
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    Why this could be the best tutor to boost your typing speed Ultimate Typing (UT) is here to make the task of utilizing a computer keyboard an easier and ultimately more enjoyable task. Whether you are writing an email, typing in the Google search bar or working on your latest assignment, typing can be a tiring, even uncomfortable task. This popular tutor will therefore identify where you are going wrong and suggest ways in which you can improve your keystroke efficiency, no matter your age or profession. The package offered by eReflect, one of the leading publishers in the field of assistive…
  • Best Typing Software 2015 – Review

    Mark Ways
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    What is the most effective program to improve touch typing skills Typing tutors are an excellent tool to improve your typing speed step by step. Depending upon which program you choose, you can also utilize it to improve your posture of both your hands and body, as well as your technique for constructing words. Correct and fast touch typing skills are very beneficial to increase job and salary opportunities or avoid health risks such as inflammation. They combine well with other skills to help boost your self development such as writing, reading and advanced vocabulary. A current trend is…
  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Review

    Mark Ways
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Customizable typing tutor for kids, families and individuals Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is a popular typing program that is powered by Ultrakey technology. It is based on a verified, authentic and reliable methodology of learning. The software ships in three different versions targeting kids, individuals and families. What makes the program suitable to many students is that the Mavis Beacon tutor is success based and structured into seven steps to make learning an easy, productive, fun and fast experience. It’s available for Windows and OS systems. Read our descriptive review to see if…
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    CITE » Blog

  • The New Teacher Evaluations Won’t Work

    John Russo
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    CHANGE 101 or WHY THE NEW TEACHER EVALUATIONS WON’T WORK There are a variety of theories about how change happens.  Change is difficult, because the power of inertia is ever […] The post The New Teacher Evaluations Won’t Work appeared first on CITE.
  • Leaders Listen

    John Russo
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Continuing our exploration of School Leadership, this week we share 5 more tattoos from Dr. Hawkins. If you’ve taken the College of St. Rose SBL course with CITE, you’ll recognize […] The post Leaders Listen appeared first on CITE.
  • Zen Principal – 5 Tips

    John Russo
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Dr. Hawkins teaches in the College of St. Rose Administration Program, with which CITE proudly partners. Ask any of his SBL or SDL students what sticks in their mind from […] The post Zen Principal – 5 Tips appeared first on CITE.
  • Sage Doctoral Program Lecture

    John Russo
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Cosimo Tangorra, the outgoing deputy director of the State Education Department, gave the 5th annual Esteves lecture from Sage College on April 16th at CSA headquarters in Manhattan.  This was […] The post Sage Doctoral Program Lecture appeared first on CITE.
  • 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 an Open House meeting for our new doctorate cohort with Dowling College.  The meeting will be held on: Tuesday, […] The post Dowling Doctorate Open House appeared first on CITE.
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    DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar

  • V-AR Filmers and QD’s Join Hands To Create a Special Day For The Underprivileged Kids

    DU Khabar
    3 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    “A Delhi based startup V- AR Filmers, an upcoming filming agency of three 3 young media eccentrics took 20 underprivileged children of the Dhaka village for a special treat. The campaign “The Special Grace” was conceptualized on April 18, 2015 in association with QD’s Restaurant. The children were taken to QD’s Restaurant by a fully ... V-AR Filmers and QD’s Join Hands To Create a Special Day For The Underprivileged Kids is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post V-AR Filmers and QD’s Join Hands To Create a Special Day For The Underprivileged Kids appeared…
  • 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.
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    The Society for Evidence Based Teaching

  • The 10 Best Evidence Based Study Tips

    Shaun Killian
    13 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    There is no doubt that studying helps students to excel at school. John Hattie found that teaching students how to study (d=0.59) had: More than double the impact on students’ results than homework Nearly triple the impact of strategies such as teaching test-taking, and initiatives such as charter schools Put another way, encouraging your students to study while providing your students with study tips can help improve their marks from a: D to a C C to a B B to an A Sadly, many students don’t study and others are not shown how to study effectively. Not only should you teach your…
  • The Value of Feedback Infographic

    Shaun Killian
    10 May 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Discover why every teacher should be giving feedback in our easy-to-read feedback infographic. Our feedback infographic summarises our eGuidebook How To Give Feedback To Students: The Advanced Guide.  For further information on feedback check out How To Give Feedback To Students: The Advanced Guide Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: the Australian Society for Evidence Based TeachingThe post The Value of Feedback Infographic appeared first on The Society for Evidence Based Teaching.
  • 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 The Society for Evidence Based Teaching.
  • 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…
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    ICT in Practice

  • Submit your articles to ICT in Practice Summer 2015 issue by June 30th

    13 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Submit an article to ICT in Practice Summer 2015 issue and be part of our educational technology community.  The deadline for submitting your article The post Submit your articles to ICT in Practice Summer 2015 issue by June 30th appeared first on 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.
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    Kids Play Box

  • Make an illuminated card using a paper circuit

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Make an illuminated card using a paper circuit Many thanks to Galileo Learning for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to think like a innovator! We are just a month away from summer! End of the school year initially means a giant sigh of relief, yes? No more “brainstorming” lunches, drop offs, pick ups, school work, homework, assignments, book reports for a good 3 month period. Except this “yahoo” moment lasts probably a week. Then we start thinking about the days and days we have to engage the kids until school year begins. Well, now I’m all for…
  • 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”…
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    Nigeria Education, post Ume Update And Latest Education News in Nigeria


    27 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    PRICE OF BLACKBERRY PASSPORT IN NIGERIA – The blackberry passport is now available in Nigeria and the price range from ₦100,000.00 to ₦140,000.00 depending on your location and where you are buying from. BlackBerry Passport Price in Nigeria ranges from 129,000 to 250,000 Naira at launch according to latest reports. PRICE OF BLACKBERRY PASSPORT IN NIGERIA BlackBerry Passport is targeted at enterprise users but it may also tickle the fancy of a couple of consumers. BlackBerry Passport is expected in 30 major markets by the end of 2014.PRICE OF BLACKBERRY PASSPORT IN NIGERIA India and…

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Slot Nigeria Limited is located at Computer Village in Ikeja. For the past years, they have continued to play a leading role as the most trusted mobile phone brands in Nigeria coupled with Guaranteed Return on Deficiency of phones ordered within a specific period of time. Slot Nigeria Limited – This post on Slot Nigeria Price list of All Phone is targeted at those of you who are busy surfing the net in search of latest mobile phone and price list in Slot Store .  For the past years, Slot Nigeria has never failed in playing that leading role as the most trusted and fair mobile phone…
  • Download BBM for Android

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Tecno Android users can download BBM from the direct link below.. Download BBM for Android Download BBM for Android Click here to Download BBM Version: 1.0.7 Size: 12 MB OS Version Required: Android 4.0 and up Incase you don’t have a Blackberry ID follow the procedure below: – After downloading it, install BBM on your device – Enter your email address to register for BBID and hold your spot in line – you will be informed when to start using BBM (normally takes less than 48hours), if you already have a BBID email enter it and all your contacts will be moved to the new BBM for…
  • The Media And The Democratic Process in Nigeria

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    CONSOLIDATING NIGERIA DEMOCRACY. THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA—– The Media And The Democratic Process in Nigeria On the current strata the nation finds itself, it could be adjudged fairly democratic. Reasons being that for the first time in the history books of our dear nation, those who contested elections both at the federal and state level, who lost could heartedly concede to defeats even when they being in power have the will power nit authority to taut the result of the polls In their favour. This signifies that Nigeria as it where have fully embrace the democratic process. We saw…
  • How To Start A Successful Business In Nigeria

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    How To Start A Successful Business In Nigeria HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR BUSINESS IN NIGERIA. According to statistics, 50% of all new business fail in the first year and 95% fail within five years. But according to a more recent statistics from the small business administration, two third of all new business survive for at least two years and 44% of them survive for at least four years. How To Start A Successful Business In Nigeria According to report, the reasons cited for the failures of these businesses were all preventable if only the business owners were keen enough to follow the…
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • Public Library and the Homeless: Part 2

    14 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I love to read.  Now that I have more time I am reading what I enjoy, that is, murder novels.  I have read all of David Baldacci’s novels except his last two releases, Memory Man and The Keeper, published in later 2014 and 2015.  I have also read all of Dan Brown’s and Tony Hillerman’s novels.  I am now finishing up reading all of James Patterson’s novels except for the Maximum Ride series which are not murder novels, but rather novels for children and younger adults.  I have read two books in this series, and I am not fond of them.  Several months ago, I…
  • 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…
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    InfoTech Site

  • Solved Multiple Choice Questions on Basic CSS set-5

    Shuseel Baral
    22 May 2015 | 12:21 am
    1) All of the following statement about CSS styles are True Except. A. External style sheets can set and update styles for many documents at once. B. In inline style, it can be easily control style to a single character instance. C. In some cases @import is used in inline styles D. There is no additional network requests required to retrieve style information. 2) ............. requires
  • 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
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    CourseHorse Blog

  • Dance like a Bollywood star at Ajna Dance

    Evan Fain
    5 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    One of the perks of working at CourseHorse is taking a bunch of classes. When I first started working here I thought I would exclusively attend art classes, being an art student my whole life. Maybe I’d throw in some wine and cheese tastings. Luckily that has not been the case, I’ve gotten to explore […]
  • CourseHorse Insights: How Students Make Purchasing Decisions

    Peter Cooper
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    At Coursehorse, we’re constantly exploring why and how students go about their journey to learn something new. So we figured, what better way than to ask them? Below, you’ll find an infographic based on the results of a comprehensive survey we conducted in order to explore how students making purchasing decisions about classes. Enjoy, and please let us […]
  • CourseHorse Partners with Chicago Magazine To Create New Classes Vertical

    Evan Fain
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Today, we’re thrilled to announce “Chicago Magazine Classes”, a new partnership with Chicago magazine! One of our favorite publications, Chicago magazine is a true authoritative voice for the best in arts, dining, urban life…and now classes in Chicago. And we can’t wait to help their readers reach their career and personal goals through education. Since launching in […]
  • See What These Tastemakers Are Learning in 2015

    The CourseHorse Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are unlimited learning possibilities for 2015. With January coming to a close, we're kicking the rest of our learning goals into gear. To start, we checked in with some of the best bloggers across the country to see what they're learning this year and what subjects they're following on CourseHorse.
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Rebecca Gallop, A Daily Something

    The CourseHorse Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Northern Virginia-based prop stylist and creative director, Rebecca Gallop started A Daily Something in 2011 as a place to share something inspiring every day. Browse and you’ll find everything from DIY projects and beautiful photography, to posts on gatherings with loved ones  and posts on thrifting adventures. We love the time Rebecca takes to find […]
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    Republic 3.0

  • How to end gerrymandering

    Anne Kim
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every state should have an independent redistricting commission, says Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper. The post How to end gerrymandering appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Education reform’s final chapter

    Pamela Konde
    20 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    The right approach means evidence-based strategies involving schools, students, parents, and communities working together. The post Education reform’s final chapter appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The death of “reinventing government”?

    Anne Kim
    18 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    New research says "dismantlers" now have the upper hand. The post The death of “reinventing government”? appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The worsening gap in higher education equality

    Louis Barbash
    12 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wealthy students are now eight times more likely than poorer students to earn a bachelor’s degree. K-12 reform could help even the odds. The post The worsening gap in higher education equality appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • French fries and free trade agreements

    Anne Kim
    11 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Booming U.S. potato exports are an example of how free trade agreements can open markets for U.S. products - and fuel cultural trends abroad. The post French fries and free trade agreements appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind Blog

  • An Overview of JCU Singapore Education Fair 2015 at Chennai

    23 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    On 18th May 2015, James Cook University (JCU Singapore) conducted Scholarship Exam and Spot admission for the Indian students at Taj Club House, Chennai. The event started with registration followed by Scholarship Test, Seminar and Interview. Scholarship Test on Maths, English and GK was conducted for an hour to test the student aptitude and analytical skills. Students attending the test sincerely.Followed by the test, the presentation was given by Mr. Det Fischer, Director of International and Marketing, James Cook University. The presentation was quite interesting and throw more light on…
  • Want to Study in UK? Get Ready for Spot Admission by Coventry University

    15 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    On May 12 2015, delegates from "Coventry University, UK" visited Chennai Branch of BroadMind Consultant to conduct a spot admission for the candidates who wish to pursue their higher education in Coventry University in this September 2015 intake.Ms. Joan Felina, The Recruitment Officer of Coventry University for India interacted with all the participants and briefed about University facilities, Courses offered by them, GREAT India Scholarship and other Scholarship for International students, Study abroad programs, Advantages of Sandwich courses for Undergraduate Students, etc.Many students…
  • Eight Major Reasons Why to Study in Ireland?

    6 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Why to Study in IrelandGet On spot admission to Study in IrelandBest coaching at affordable Tuition Fee.Around 2000+ Indian students studying in Ireland based Universities.Better infrastructure facilities.Friendly relationship between Student and Teacher.Offer special courses and world class programmes for both Under-graduate and Post-graduate students.Great job opportunities in leading MNCs based in Ireland after completion of studies.The new British Irish Visa Scheme makes it easier for Indian citizens to travel in Ireland.Wanna Join with the Ireland Student's team?Meet the Delegates of…
  • JCU Chennai Fair Postponed to 18th May 2015

    2 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Announcement:JCU Singapore Education Fair at Chennai is postponed to 18th May 2015.So, it's a good opportunity for students those who want to study abroad and moreover you have enough time to think about your career. If anybody missed to register the fair, do it now. Just dial +919790950111 and our representative will catch you up shortly.
  • 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…
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    Learn U

  • 10 Good Places to Study Without Distractions

    Nina Bourne
    15 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Today we’re going to take a step further into the deep pond of studying and really test the waters as we toe our way towards determining what some good places to study might be. It’s pretty safe to say that you need a good place to study that is free of distractions no matter who you are or what you’re studying, so there’s no better place for you to start than with our doozy of a list now. 10 Good Places to Study Without Distractions Grab your study supplies as we hop around from place to place and find some really good places for you to study that are easy to locate…
  • 5 Different Ways to Study that Might Just Work for You…

    Nina Bourne
    8 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    It’s that time of you again. Yes, the time has come to stress, sweat and study your way towards kicking some final exam booty. You’re in luck today because we’ve whipped up some a list of super helpful tips and totally different ways to study that will take the pain and anxiety out of your remaining study sessions. Start Out Right Start studying smart and make the most out your time by implementing these pre-study tips. It won’t take long to see an improvement in your overall study process and more importantly, your grades. Study Space We’ve said it before, but never underestimate…
  • 5 Short-Term Memory Exercises to Work Your Brain

    Nina Bourne
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    What do we want? A cure for short term memory loss! When do we want it? Wait…When do we want what? It’s probably pretty obvious that we’re jumping back into memory mode today as we learn 5 short-term memory exercises for those of us who suffer from CRC (can’t remember crap) syndrome and can totally relate to Dory from Finding Nemo…Well except the whole being a talking blue fish part. Short-Term Memory Warm Up We figured that it would be kind of helpful to have a bit of background info on how short-term memory works and some causes for short-term memory loss before we jump into…
  • Is the Cornell Note Taking Template Really the Best?

    Nina Bourne
    5 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    We recently talked a bit about the importance of note taking when studying in our recent post, How to Create Your Own Study Skills Curriculum. This really got us thinking about the various note taking methods available, which then got us wondering if one method was better than another or if a method was deemed to be the best.  After a bit of research we noticed a trend as the Cornell note taking method continually popped up in our searches. This encouraged us to take our research a step further and into the tangled web of internet forums to see what others may think about this method. It…
  • How to Create Your Own Study Skills Curriculum

    Nina Bourne
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Studying can be a real pain in the brain! You know it. We know it. There’s no denying it. However, it absolutely does not have to be a pain at all and we are going to give you the solution right now. Ready for it? The answer is simple and only consists of three words: study skills curriculum. Now we know what you’re probably thinking. “What… a study skills curriculum? What are we teachers all of a sudden?” If the word “curriculum” has thrown you off a bit, it might be because it’s usually associated with something teachers and professors draft up to what their students…
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  • The Cost Indifference Point

    17 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    The Cost Indifference Point A cost indifference point is the point at which total cost (fixed and variable) of two alternatives under consideration is the same. A company may have two methods available for production and it may so happen that at lower levels of activity one method is suitable up to a particular pint and beyond that an0ther method is suitable. The questions arise at what level of capacity choice shifts from one production method to another production method. This point is called cost indifference point and at this point total cost is identical for the two alternatives. Cost…
  • Zero based budgeting

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Zero-Base Budgeting Steps involved in the introduction of Zero-base budgeting 1. Corporate objectives should be established and laid down in detail. 2. Decision units should be identified by dividing the organization according to functions, operations or activities for detailed analysis. 3. An analysis and documentation of each decision unit should be done by a responsible manager keeping the following points in view: a. Current operations of decision units should be identified and li ked with organizational objectives. b. Alternatives to meet the target should be expressed. c. Best…
  • The Sources of BETA

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    THE SOURCES OF BETA Where does Beta come from? What is the source? Definitely, not thin air! Well, we can identify three sources:   Source 1: Revenue Cycle of the firm Some firms expand very well during the expansion phase of a business cycle; others do badly. Revenues and distributable income of many entities (example automobiles) exhibit a tendency to be cyclical. It is seen that such firms have a high beta.   Source 2: Operating Leverage Operating leverage is linked to fixed costs. The existence of fixed costs in a company’s cost structure leads to disproportionate changes in…
  • Risk Adjusted Discount Rate (RADR) for capital budgeting

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    RISK ADJUSTED DISCOUNTED RATE (RADR) Meaning of RADR:- The discount   rates in capital budgeting represents the expected rate of return. Projects with higher risk are generally expected to provide a higher return. Conversely, projects with relatively lower risk will provide a lower rate of return. Consequently all projects should not be discounted at the same rate, namely the company’s cost of capital. Hence the cut-off discounted rate should be adjusted upwards or downward to take care of the additional (or lower) risk element. This is referred to as risk adjusted discount rate. A…
  • Does Dividend policy Matters?

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    The case for some dividend Signal Effect :- Investors read signals about the future prospects of the company based on the dividends announced. A high dividend payout may suggest that the management is gung-ho about the future. A low dividend payout may suggest that the management is not very confident about the future. Differential tax rates :- In actual practice tax rates are not same for dividends and capital gains. The effective tax on long term capital gains is lower than that of on dividends and on short term capital gains is higher than that on dividends. The dividend payout decision…
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    Rack up Skills

  • Advantages of Smart Technology in the Classroom

    Ariel Bellamy
    19 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Rack up Skills The rise of technology users, especially mobile devices, is recorded among university students, and for a good reason too. It is becoming ever more easier to access the Internet from almost anywhere, and with that making it a lot less stressful to study and to get prepared for their exams. On the other hand, mobile devices make it simpler to […] The post Advantages of Smart Technology in the Classroom appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • East West Math

    Alex Buka
    15 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Rack up Skills East West Math is an educational consulting firm dedicated to bringing mathematically rich materials, sound pedagogical principles and world-class teaching practices to schools across the United States. East West Math provides Singapore Math® and Japanese Lesson Study teacher training both on-premises in the learning center in Chatham, NJ and on schools’ sites in the tri-state area and across the United […] The post East West Math appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • “The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.”- Napoleon Bonaparte

    Dede Rittman
    14 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Rack up Skills And so another Mother’s Day is here.  For many, this is a day of great joy, and it should be. Procreating life and perpetuating one’s name is an unbelievable gift!  Wearing the title of Mother is so wonderful. Congratulations and a wonderful day to all of you! But for those women who do not have children, whether by choice or not, it […] The post “The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.”- Napoleon Bonaparte appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Lifted Conscious

    Lifted Conscious
    8 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Rack up Skills My name is Ana Carolina Florez. I mainly go by Carolina. I am a mystic channeling from the artistic perspective. A poet, philosopher, blogger, profound thinker, meaning finder, concept surfer. I am infinitely filled with inspiration and I love pouring my love and authenticity all over the universe. I offer you a fresh perspective on life and humanity from the […] The post Lifted Conscious appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Learnable

    Rack up Skills
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Rack up Skills Learnable is a growing library of courses and books for web designers and developers. Whether you’re just starting out, or seasoned pro, we’ve got you covered. Our aim is to make learning easy, comfortable, and fun. The post Learnable appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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  • Arduino I/O Port Expander – An Introduction

    T.K. Hareendran
    22 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    If you are looking for a circuit to maximize the input/output (I/O) ports of your Arduino microcontroller, here is a tried and trusted solution. In this article we talk about how to use the... The post Arduino I/O Port Expander – An Introduction appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Precision Time Base For Microcontroller Circuits

    T.K. Hareendran
    16 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The time base circuit, which is useful and easy to build, was designed for providing a stable clock signal (time base) to any microcontroller-based circuit. It may, however, be used for a number of... The post Precision Time Base For Microcontroller Circuits appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Power Supply For Microcontroller Projects

    T.K. Hareendran
    6 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    There are inexpensive power supply modules on the market that can be plugged directly into a microcontroller circuit. The circuit we have in mind has an excellent price to performance ratio. In other words,... The post Power Supply For Microcontroller Projects appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Common faults in Resistors

    Sidhu Burre
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Resistors are reliable components and their rate of failure is very low. Still, faults do occur. The most common faults in resistors are an open and producing noise. Some common faults which will occur... The post Common faults in Resistors appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • 4 Best books to learn Embedded Systems

    Swaroop Burre
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Embedded systems are the information processing systems embedded into a product which may be bigger or smaller in size like cars, bullet trains, smart devices. In order to learn embedded systems it is essential... The post 4 Best books to learn Embedded Systems appeared first on CircuitStudy.
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    Top Hat Blog

  • 4 Great Ways to Connect with Shy or Apathetic Students

    Ann Gagné
    22 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    We have all had that one student who was super shy, never really spoke up in class, but would produce amazing insightful written assignments so you know they were present in their own way in class. As a college English instructor working in higher education for over ten years, I’ve also heard students refrain from time to time: “why are you making me do this, I will never use this again!”. Sitting at the back of the class with arms folded, these students’ closed-off posture mimics their apathy with the course, course material, or maybe even the instructor. Recent studies reinforce…
  • 4 Trends Increasing Technology Adoption in Higher Education This Year

    Laura McClelland
    20 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    This is an exciting time for higher education. There’s an unprecedented amount of innovation on the horizon, new ways of structuring classes, even the way we view the relationship between students and the university is transforming. We are in the Wild Wild West of experimentation with technology in the classroom–minus the new sheriffs in town or a gold rush! What will technology’s place in the classroom look like this year? Regardless of the reservations of some, several trends are increasing technology adoption in higher education. According to the Horizon Reports from 2014 and 2015,…
  • Pan Am Games chooses Top Hat to train all volunteers

    Alyssa Atkins
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Top Hat has dominated the classrooms of both K-12 and higher education for nearly 6 years now. The support and enthusiasm for Top Hat from educators across North America has been truly humbling. And given our capability and strength in cultivating an active learning environment in a wide variety of classroom setting types, Top Hat is proving that engagement and active learning are applicable in other environments as well. How do we know this? Well, for starters, Top Hat has been chosen and trusted to train all volunteers for the Toronto Pan Am Games. The Pan American Games are the world’s…
  • How Educators Can Take Advantage of the Advances in Technology

    Matthew Baggetta
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    It’s easy to forget that everything changes, all of the time. Looking back over the history of teaching and technology in higher education, an incredible story – one still being written – comes into focus. For most of the last century, the only technology available to help professors teach were blackboards, chalk, paper, pens and pencils. Slowly, options for classroom technology opened up. As the 20th century progressed, film strips, overhead projectors, scantron and mimeographs (early copiers), television, and video started to appear in classrooms to help students learn. Not only did…
  • The 6 Pros & Cons of Using Technology in Your Classroom

    Jean Montano
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    It’s no secret that using technology in the classroom, in K-12 and in higher education, has been a controversial debate for the last couple of decades. Parents, teachers, policy makers, and students alike have weighed and argued the potential benefits versus the risks and consequences of classroom technology, not only referring to the devices many students personally own, but also when referring to the integration of tools into the everyday education experience. Through my role at Top Hat, I speak with an average of 100 professors per week, and meet with dozens to discuss their teaching…
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  • Party pooper redefined: Sweet 16 party ruined by plane dropping load [video]

    24 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Like many people, Jacinda will always hold special memories of her Sweet 16 party, though "special" isn't necessarily a good thing in her situation. The post Party pooper redefined: Sweet 16 party ruined by plane dropping load [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Shin kicking world championships [video]

    24 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you didn't grow up in a rural area, then you don't know the lengths to which boredom will drive you. This video is the epitome of rural boredom: the shin kicking world championships, from England. The "sport" itself is over four-hundred years old. The post Shin kicking world championships [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why you shouldn’t block wheelchair access ramps [video]

    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It's easy to do. You're in a rush, you can't find a parking spot, so you block a wheelchair ramp. What are the odds that someone is going to need it, right? These guys decided to teach people a valuable lesson: you never know when someone might need that ramp. The post Why you shouldn’t block wheelchair access ramps [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Nissan truck no match for gator [video]

    24 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Humans love to think their mechanical contraptions will trump a natural one any day. The post Nissan truck no match for gator [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Woman eats a raw cow’s heart for Valentine’s day [video]

    24 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We've held on to this video for a good long while. Posting this on Valentine's day seemed, well, risky. So here it is now: a woman eating a raw heart to celebrate V-day. The post Woman eats a raw cow’s heart for Valentine’s day [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Schools are struggling to recruit teachers, survey finds

    VoicED Admin
    21 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    A recent survey, published by the National Association of Head Teachers, has discovered that approximately 64 per cent of schools leaders are findings recruitment for teachers difficult, especially in core subjects such as English and maths. The survey also uncovered that around 1 in 3 school leaders felt that newly qualified teachers (NQTs), working at their school, were not prepared for the classroom, with reports of NQTs finding controlling classes hard, as well as not being knowledgeable enough in some subjects. The findings come at a time of increasing concern about the crisis in hiring…
  • Literacy standards falling amongst Scottish pupils, survey finds

    VoicED Admin
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The most recent Scottish Survey of Literacy has discovered that 47 per cent of S2 (2nd year of high school) boys were doing well in literacy, or were working beyond the level they were being assessed at, a fall of 58 per cent since 2012. Similarly, the percentage of girls whose literacy was of a higher standard than they were being assessed at fell from 70 per cent to 63 per cent in the same two-year period, from 2012 to 2014. Of the children in deprived areas, 41 per cent of S2 pupils were said to be performing well, very well or beyond their level, in literacy. This represents a decrease of…
  • Fear of Poor Parent Driving Limits Walking to School

    VoicED Admin
    18 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    Fear of Poor Parent Driving Limits Walking to School: According to new education market research findings released to coincide with national Walk to School Week, almost one in five (39%) parents of five to eleven year olds (i.e. primary school aged children) in Great Britain said traffic was dangerous during the school run. A similar proportion (42%) has witnessed aggression between adults as part of the school run. Fear of Poor Parent Driving Limits Walking to School The survey, carried out with 1000 parents from England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the Living Streets charity, found that…
  • Teens who ‘sext’ at risk of depression, psychiatrist claims

    VoicED Admin
    13 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Teens who ‘sext’ at risk of depression, psychiatrist claims: A psychiatrist from the Priory Hospital in Roehampton, Natasha Bijlani, has warned that teenagers who engage in ‘sexting’ are at a greater risk of developing depression in later life. Teens who ‘sext’ at risk of depression, psychiatrist claims Bijlani defined ‘sexting’ as the act of sharing explicit photos of themselves with their peers. She went on to say that ‘sexting’ is seen as the new courtship among young people by some commentators, despite the fact that its effects can have disastrous consequences for the…
  • Teens Most Likely To Favour Labour – But A Quarter Undecided

    VoicED Admin
    7 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Teens Most Likely To Favour Labour – But A Quarter Undecided: A survey of more than 2,300 teenagers (15-18 year olds) has shown that around a quarter (24.8%) would vote for Labour if able to vote in the General Election today. Revealingly, the same proportion as would vote Labour said that that they did not know who they would vote for. Teens Most Likely To Favour Labour – But A Quarter Undecided The Conservative party came second, with around a fifth (19.3%) of the vote, with the Greens (10.2%) and UKIP (9.9%) in close contention for third place. In comparison to the mainstream adult…
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    Next Scientist

  • How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing

    Julio Peironcely
    10 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    PhD productivity and academic writing. Who doesn’t want to get better at both? Olga Degtyareva is a PhD coach that specialises in productivity and beating procrastination. She has been coaching PhD’s and postdocs for many years. They all get fantastic results after working with Olga. I decided to interview her because she is launching her new course “Start Writing And Get It Done“. In it she combines productivity and motivation advice to get you in the habit of writing daily. Does that sound like a dream to you? Well, it is possible, doable, and even a bit easy. You…
  • 6 PhD Productivity Tips To Have (And Manage) A Social Life

    Norah Martin
    1 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    PhD productivity, it feels like we are never productive enough. Writing a PhD thesis is never an easy job – not because your subject matter is difficult or the research you have to perform is extraordinarily unachievable, but due to a different factor: life organization. By the time you have reached this level of education, you are probably at least twenty-five years old. You have about five years of college experience behind you. Now you cannot spend your free time hanging out with your friends and binge-watching TV shows. Having responsibilities and in some cases a job, means that your…
  • 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…
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  • Top 10 Passers: March 2015 Teachers Licensure Examination

    22 May 2015 | 6:52 pm
    The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the March 2015 Licensure Examination for Teachers are the following: ELEMENTARY LEVEL SECONDARY LEVEL The post Top 10 Passers: March 2015 Teachers Licensure Examination appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Wala pa yung sweldo ko pero ubos na

    Jhucel Atienza del Rosario
    21 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    “TAASAN! TAASAN! TAASAN!” BUOD. Ang tubig putol na, sa poso na lang muna kami nag-iigib, eto ako ngayon nakapila. Ang kuryente? nakow! May disconnection notice na din, ayun pakikuha, nakamagnet sa patay na pridyider. Tadtad na ng promissory note ang bag ni Junior, ‘san kaya makapagloan? Ang utang pinangbayad na din sa Utang, tapos uutang muna ulit. Ang ATM nakasangla, ... Read More The post Wala pa yung sweldo ko pero ubos na appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Top Reasons Why Public School Teachers Should Get a Well-deserved Salary Increase

    Mark Llego
    16 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    You must have heard of the infamous line “The children are our future” in either way as an excerpt from our own national hero Gat Jose Rizal or merely a lyrics from a song that carry a very meaningful message. Behind this very simple line, lies the substance of the most tedious profession on earth, and also the noblest of ... Read More The post Top Reasons Why Public School Teachers Should Get a Well-deserved Salary Increase appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • LET Results: March 2015 Teachers Board Examination

    Marlyn Ramos
    14 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announces that 12,103 elementary teachers out of 44,144 examinees (27.42%) and 17,904 secondary teachers out of 56,596 examinees (31.63%) successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (L.E.T.) given last March 29, 2015 in Singapore and 17 testing centers all over the Philippines. It is further announced that of ... Read More The post LET Results: March 2015 Teachers Board Examination appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Kayo ang Daan Patungong Pangarap

    13 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Tula ni: Gleyden Devera Callejo ng Mauban, Quezon I Kabutihan ng mga guro’y hindi matatawaran, Pagpasok palang sa aming silid-aralan, Damang-dama namin ang kanilang kagalakan, Na magbahagi ng mga bagong kaalaman. II Minsan ang mga guro’y parang tunay na kapatid, Pagmamahalan at tawanan nami’y walang patid, Kasayahan at kaalaman ang kanilang hatid, Ang lahat-lahat ng iyan ay aming nababatid. III ... Read More The post Kayo ang Daan Patungong Pangarap appeared first on TeacherPH.
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    America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts » Blog

  • Do you need OSHA10 or OSHA30 General Safety Course? [Infographic]

    William Mizel
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    OSHA safety training is an important part of any workplace environment. All workers can benefit from being aware of basic safety issues on the job. But many workers encounter a number of different hazards on the job, and may supervise or collaborate with others who work with still more and different potential safety or health […] The post Do you need OSHA10 or OSHA30 General Safety Course? [Infographic] appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • 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.
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • YouTube in the Classroom: Practice What You Teach

    19 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    If there’s one question I get asked a lot from educators, it’s how to download YouTube videos. There are lots of reasons why you might want to do this, but truthfully, there aren’t any good reasons why you should. I realize that this may not be a very popular post with some people, but I […]
  • Use IFTTT to Post from Instagram to Twitter!

    10 May 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Do you post your Instagram photos to Twitter? If you do, you have probably noticed that the image does not show up. You only get the caption and a link to view the original image on Instagram. Your followers have to tap (or click) the link in order to see what you just posted. However, it doesn’t have to […]
  • Clips: A Free Video Editor for iPads & iPhones

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:44 pm
    iMovie is a great video editor for the iPad. Wait, let me restate that. iMovie is a fantastic video editor for the iPad. However, for many people it just seems a little intimidating. I can absolutely see that. It does so much, and you can be extremely creative with it, but if you don’t have […]
  • 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 […]
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    The Great Education Struggle

  • Episode 60: Conversation with James Nance

    19 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    One of the major educational buzz words, today is "critical thinking." The proponents of the Common Core State Standards tought one of the major benefits of CCSS, is that it teaches critical thinking. By like I wrote in"Critical Thinking and Education Reform Called Common Core," critical thinking skills” is a term used in a number of different disciplines, but no one has a clue as to what it means. But it sounds good, which is why education reformers use it. While it sounds good and who would not want to get behind such an idea, the problem is that it is meaningless. The next time you…
  • 059: Should Christians Study the Western Canon? |Daniel Foucachon

    3 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Daniel Foucachon, from episode 30 and president of Roman Roads Media, joins me at the Spokane Christian Homeschool Conference to discuss the importance of studying the works of the Western canon, and in particular Christians  Join us as we address head-on, should Christians study the pagan writings? You may also want to read a recent blog post Daniel and I collaborated on called,  "Should Christians Study “The Great Books?”   Daniel grew up in Lyon, France where his family were church-planting with Missions to the World. He was homeschooled for most of his education, attending a…
  • 058: Conversation with Dr. Peg Luksik|Common Core and State Sovereignty

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Join Dr. Peg Luksik, Founder and Chairman of Founded on Truth, as we discuss the truth behind your state giving up its sovereignty and your freedom by implementing Common Core. Dr. Peg Luksik, Founder and Chairman of Founded on Truth, and is a Pennsylvania teacher with over 35 years of experience in both special education and elementary education. Dr. Luksik  has taught at every level from pre-school to college in regular classrooms, resource centers, self-contained special education classes, and in alternative educational settings.Dr. Luksik has trained teachers in curriculum and classroom…
  • 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…
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    New Horizons

  • Alert :SDN topics added to CCIE SPv4

    7 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    SDN topics added to CCIE SPv4 and will be added to all other tracks in their next revisions
  • Cisco SDN & IoT Certifications

    2 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Cisco Released a set of certifications for SDN (Network Programmability )  & for IoT (Industrial Networking) Network Programmability Specialists: Business Application Engineer Specialist Network Programmability Developer Specialist Network Programmability Design Specialist Network Programmability Engineer Specialist for details: Industrial Networking Specialist for details:…
  • IGRP/EIGRP Metric Calculator

    2 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    This is a Microsoft Excel Calculator I created for calculating the IGRP and EIGRP metric.  The formula used can be found in many Cisco Press books and their web site, as well as the internet.  Please remember to enter the bandwidth value in kbps and the delay in microseconds as found under the “show interface” or “show ip eigrp topology” commands. download : this Calculator is useful for CCNA/CCNP/CCIE R&S students . source :…
  • Windows 10 release date, price, features.

    2 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Windows 10 is coming sooner than expected, and without Internet Explorer. With new features the fact that the upgrade will be free for existing Windows users is very good news indeed. At Build 2015, Microsoft has revealed more details so here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 10 UK release date, price and new features. See also: Microsoft’s January 21 Windows 10 event live stream and live blog. Windows 8 has not been a universal success. In many ways a necessary step not well executed, Windows 8’s attempt to stitch together desktop and mobile has been way too…
  • GameDev Blog!: //build 2015/ Mind Blowin

    Mamdouh Tarabishi
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    GameDev Blog!: //build 2015/ Mind Blowing Summary! -1st Day keynote-
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    bodyLITERATE Research Initiative

  • Alexander Technique Standing and Walking exercises

    Kai Kleinbard
    13 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    Alexander Technique Standing and Walking exercises  One of the key components of the Alexander technique is seeing: How to see the organization of the body as well as sense direction. Procedures: FOR WALKING: Articulating through the center of the foot: Sit at the edge of a comfortable chair Ensure that you are on your sitz-bones and that you have energy through the spine up out the head. Place a tennis ball between the heels. Feet are parallel. Flatten out the toes. Think of opening energy through them. Think down into the ground as you roll through the feet all the way to the toe hinge,…
  • studying for math and science finals

    Kai Kleinbard
    5 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    studying for math and science finals Recently, I worked with a student on preparing in advance for his science and math finals.  Here are some pointers I gave the student: Begin early–up to a month in advance. Knowing that you have finals coming up–create a schedule that organizes your approach. Focus on your weaknesses1) gather all tests/quizzes and put them in chronological order2) re-do problems that you previously got incorrect3) make a study sheet where you track the types of topics that you are having difficulty with 4) go back and review notes related to your topics of…
  • workshop recap: Play, Creativity, and Structure

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    workshop recap: Play, Creativity and Structure Arts educator, Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro, continued her exploration of play theory and learning.  She has been teaching workshops at our movement loft in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Workshop description: How can structure, or setting limits, help us discover the infinite possibilities of creativity and play? In this workshop we will explore a variety of art activities that will initiate free thinking, experimentation, and play within a structure of questioning and problem solving. Open to children and adults, ages 5 and up. At the bodyLITERATE Incubator.
  • Tips for teaching students the structural concepts of essay writing

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    RESEARCH NOTES: Tips for teaching students the structural concepts of essay writing One of the challenges with teaching the essay writing process to young people is that it requires them to see writing as an organization/structural process, rather than purely a medium to express ideas. The structural components of an essay are what allow the essay to have meaning. For most young learners, by the time they begin to dabble in essay writing at school, they are just beginning to learn to write. Jumping into for the concepts of structure, in any new form, is challenging. One of the ways I have…
  • Tips for staying engaged during a weekend test or workshop

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    RESEARCH NOTES: Tips for staying engaged during a weekend test or workshop Recently, a parent asked me how to help his high-school teenager stay engaged during a weekend workshop the student was taking.  In thinking about engagement, I created a list that can be applied to long extra-curricular workshops both in and out of school, as well as weekend testing (SAT, SHSAT, ISEE etc.). Prior to the workshop: Prior to the workshop, you might have a quick brainstorm with your child, jotting down a few goals/interests for the weekend class. Read the documentation material and list out what to bring…
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    Z Prep! » Blog

  • Does Studying Music Help SAT Scores?

    Z Prep!
    17 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    High school students are well aware that they will need sharp reading, writing and math skills to do well on the SAT. The SAT directly tests reading comprehension, grammar, editing skills, mathematics reasoning and computation. There’s also an optional writing test. It would seem logical, then, that students should spend their high school years on extra English and math courses rather than electives in the arts, which are not tested. Not so fast! A growing body of research indicates that students who study music score significantly better on a variety of assessments, including the SAT.
  • Tips on taking the ISEE or SSAT for Private School Admissions

    Z Prep!
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Choosing and applying to private schools can be a complicated process for parents and students. Private schools select their students based on a range of criteria, including grades and academic achievement, test scores, family association with the school, personal interviews with the prospective student, and matching of talents and interests with the school’s strengths and priorities. Test  scores on one of the two standardized exams, ISEE and SSAT, are one of the most important factors that private schools consider to make admissions decisions. Unlike more subjective classroom grades,…
  • Ten Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety before the SAT or ACT

    Z Prep!
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Tips for Parents: Dealing with Test Anxiety before the SAT or ACT Test anxiety is normal and almost every student experiences some level of nervousness about the test. Both parents and students can be affected by worry about these tests that determine the student’s next steps in life: where they will be going to college. But worrying about the test only makes it harder to prepare, so having a plan in place to reduce the stress is an important part of the test preparation process. As a parent, you can help your student feel more comfortable by helping them feel prepared and confident as…
  • 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…
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    Free Technology for Teachers

  • A Crash Course for Kids on Weathering & Erosion

    24 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    A couple of months ago the producers of the popular Crash Course channel on YouTube started a Crash Course for Kids channel. Crash Course for Kids offers overviews of various topics (mostly science) through the use of greenscreen visuals and a lot of talking. Weathering and Erosion is the topic of one of the more recent releases on Crash Course for Kids. In the video students will see a comparison of Cape Cod's coastline in 1984 and 2014. That image combined with the commentary does a great job of showing students the effects of erosion. Applications for Education Like a lot of people this…
  • How to Quickly Create a Variety of Data Visualizations

    24 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    On Friday afternoon I wrote about's updated tools for creating data visualizations. The first time that you use Silk the account dashboard can be a little confusing. A couple of folks emailed me about it last night and this morning so I decided to make a little screencast about That video is embedded below. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.              Related StoriesSilk Offers Great Tools for Creating Data…
  • Mailbag - Answers to Questions from Readers

    23 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Every week I receive lots of messages from readers who have questions about things I've written. I also receive a lot of message from people who are in search of suggestions for tools that solve a problem for them. Some of these questions are very specific while others have a broader appeal. Those with a broader appeal make it into my periodic mailbag posts. If you have a question, you can always email me at richardbyrne (at) Question: My students will be starting a video project. They need to interview a teacher. They will be using Chromebooks for the assignment. Do you…
  • The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

    23 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where I started the weekend by walking my dogs in blustery 32F weather, brr... I'm hoping that it warms up a bit before I head out for a bike ride later this morning. Whether it's hot, cold, dry, or rainy where you are this weekend, I hope that you have something fun planned too. Here are this week's most popular posts: 1. Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects - A Handout 2. 5 Good Ways to Send Text & Push Notifications to Students & Parents - A Handout 3. ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories 4. Breaking News from 5. Free Online…
  • Silk Offers Great Tools for Creating Data Visualizations

    22 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Silk is a free tool that I first tried a couple of years ago when it was primarily a digital portfolio and simple web page creation tool. Since then it has evolved to include some fantastic tools for creating and sharing data visualizations. To create a visualization on Silk you can upload data in a spreadsheet, manually enter data, or use one of data sets that Silk provides in their gallery. Once you've uploaded data or selected it you can use it to create fourteen different visualizations. To create a different visualization of the same data set simply choose a different visualization style…
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  • Female And Male Dating Coaches Offer Inner Game Advice

    The Writer
    22 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    In this article, you will be reading from some of the world’s top dating coaches and experts. These top coaches will be offering you inner game advice. So lets get started Kezia Noble Offers Inner Game Advice The first thing I would say to him is get used to it. There is such a thing as natural advantage and that‟s it. That‟s never going to change. If a guy is very good looking, she will give him extra time. That is a fact. She will let him get away with a lot more than a guy whom she considers unattractive. But there is a limit. I‟ve spoken to a lot of very hot guys. I mean,…
  • Top Dating Coaches Talk About Physical Attractiveness

    khuram imtiaz
    19 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Lets first read what David Wygant has to say: Everybody is attractive. Let me tell you the story of Behar. Behar was my college roommate. At 21, he was bald, getting fat and he had more hair on his mustache than he did growing on the top of his head. He used to look at me all the time and say, “You know, you‟re much better looking than I. You don‟t even realize it, and it doesn‟t make a difference. I‟d rather go out looking like I am full of confidence than ever go looking like you, full of insecurities at times.” Because women don‟t judge you based on your looks, they…
  • Being Physically Attractive And Killing Limiting Beliefs

    khuram imtiaz
    12 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Various pickup artists will he offering advice and help to those guys who thing that they are physically unattractive. You will learn how to become physically attractive and how to kill your limiting beliefs. Lets get started Adam Lyons On How To Be Physically Attractive Anytime I get student who thinks that he’s physically unattractive to girls, I always tell him the same thing: Jack Black, Steve Tyler and Mick Jagger. I start pointing out some famous people who really are physically unattractive but manage to date incredibly attractive women. I mean, even Russell Brand, and…
  • How To Become Attractive And Not Be A Shy Guy

    khuram imtiaz
    12 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Well, the first thing I‟d probably say is: “Why do you think it‟s important to be attractive?” And he might answer something like, “Well, it is important. Girls are only attracted to good looking guys.” And I‟d say something along the lines of, “Well, okay, if girls are only attracted to good looking guys, what does that matter?” And he‟s like, “Well, it matters because no girl is going to want to have sex with a guy who is not good looking.” And then I‟ll say something like, “Well, I don‟t know about you, but thanks to the power of the Internet, I‟ve seen…
  • Help For Those Who Feel Physically Unattractive

    The Writer
    11 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    It‟s actually in your best interest to NOT be very physically attractive. You want some kind of physical limitation. You want to be a little overweight, you want to be short, a bit skinny like I am – attractive women hate dating guys who are too good looking. Also – having some kind of thing about you that‟s not perfect makes the woman work harder to get you. Because if you do this right, she‟s going to be feeling “I should be able to get that guy.” It‟s like a chink in the armor. The right kind of vulnerability can get women COMPLETELY chasing the guy. He‟s not perfect.
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  • A Perspective on CAT preparation and Business School Interviews - Riddhiman Dass, IIMC

    20 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Perhaps the most important aspect of your preparation is the regularity with which you solve the exercises. Instead of going through sudden bursts of productivity and having a go at the most difficult problem sets possible, make sure you sit down everyday for a few hours with the study material. If you stay out of touch for even a week, it will be reflected in your mock test scores. This used to happen to me a lot, in fact. If I went for a few days without practice, my percentile dropped drastically in the next mock test. Then after practising again for a few days, my score improved…
  • Mass Point Geometry

    15 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    Mass points is a technique in Euclidean geometry that can greatly simplify the proofs of many theorems concerning polygons, and is helpful in solving complex geometry problems involving lengths. Mass point geometry involves systematically assigning 'weights' to points using ratios of lengths relating vertices, which can then be used to deduce other lengths, using the fact that the lengths must be inversely proportional to their weight (just like a balanced lever).
  • Brain Gym ( 4 ) - Permutation and Combination

    11 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    There are 4 vowels A,E,A,I , number of ways to arrange them = 4!/2! now considering four vowels as one letter ( bcz we want them together ) we have 8 letters M,T,H,M,T,C,S and one letter combining the vowels so number of ways to arrange them = 8!/(2!)*2! ( bcz of 2 M and 2 T ) so total ways =8!/2!*2! * 4!/2!
  • Overcome your phobia, ace the DI section in CAT!

    10 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
    If one of the options is Cannot Be Determined (CBD), it becomes a question of Data sufficiency, and sometimes can be quickly solved if you know that one of the requisite data point is not provided in the question. Your answer becomes CBD in that case. If one of the options is None of the Above (NOTA), those who may have solved a few DI or QA questions may agree. Once you get an answer that is not there in the options given and one of the options is NOTA, you are never satisfied and tend to re-do the question and end up wasting time. In such a case, it is better to avoid such a question in the…
  • What skills should one acquire before joining a B-school ?

    4 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Making an effective presentation: You are going to be doing this a lot. And I actually mean a lot. Like literally everyday. So know your way around MS Powerpoint, Prezi and other similar software. Know how to make a business presentation - the structure, which fonts to use and which ones to not, how to make the most impact, and other DOs and DONTs. Managing, scheduling and prioritizing activities: Unless you are a vampire that does not need sleep, you will be short of time for the next 2 years. Know how to optimize what time you have.
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    PenPencilEraser Blog

  • What rewards should I expect as a teacher?

    Vishal Varia
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We have often heard or read that “teaching is a profession that creates other professions”. Having read this, it compels one to think that teaching is above all other profession as it is the creator of other professions. The concept behind this saying could be that since teaching involves making one learn and think creatively […]
  • Let’s be the Master of Technology and not it’s Slave

    Vishal Varia
    17 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Technology has penetrated in most of the activities and livelihood of human beings. With the penetration of technology there has been tremendous change in the method of work and activities of people. Technology has helped reduce cumbersome tasks, increase speed of transactions, eased the tasks of repetitive nature, helped people to forecast the output of […]
  • Strategies for a Teacher

    Viral Shah
    14 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    “Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions”. How true and subtle the statement is! This was only realized when I became a teacher some ten years ago. But the journey is wonderful and full of surprises. Certainly yes, because every moment of teaching has stored what next? Kind of feeling. This makes […]
  • Rising New Generation Kids

    10 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    A nation’s progress is judged by educational standards. It is a teacher who can raise the level of education to great heights—Swamy Vivekananda. As a teacher I feel the future of India lies in the hands of the present generation. Today’s students are under tremendous pressure, to achieve ranks in this ever-changing competitive world. Single […]
  • Key Steps to Goal Setting for Schools this New-era

    Subashini Srikumar
    7 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Like any industry for schools too goal setting is important and being the dawn of the new academic year any educationalists would look for setting productive goals to be accomplished for the year. Objectives are indeed the level of motivation and keeps each of them associated to the school dedicated on the targets and the […]
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  • Living Costs in Western Europe: Study the Good Life

    Anton Zhelev
    21 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Wondering about the living costs in Europe’s most wanted destinations for business education? A flat in Barcelona, a pint of beer in London, or a hot lunch in Paris? Fasten your wallet’s seatbelt and enjoy the ride through Europe’s best cities for postgraduate education. Most people know about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and most will agree that doing an MBA or a Master’s in Business Studies represents the peak of the pyramid. But while postgraduate education is the very epitome of self-actualisation, and acquiring the essential ingredients to cook pasta for dinner, the very basic…
  • GMAT Maths Tip: Solve Weighted Average Questions (Video)

    21 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    Get your GMAT Maths tip for the week! Do you know that the GMAT contains questions about mixtures and solutions? Learn how to quickly solve weighted average questions on the test. In this video lesson,  Brian Galvin, Veritas Prep’s Director of Academic Programmes, explains a trick to solve the feared weighted average GMAT questions. If you are about to start your GMAT preparation, you can save 100 USD with PrepAdviser code PREPA100 on any live Veritas Prep GMAT course. The post GMAT Maths Tip: Solve Weighted Average Questions (Video) appeared first on
  • Developing Your Research Project (MOOC Review)

    19 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Welcome back to PrepAdviser’s weekly MOOC Review. We are introducing Developing Your Research Project free online course. As a prospective or current MBA/Master’s student, you will probably have to deal with research projects. This course will help you harness your curiosity and use it to undertake your own research projects in a scholarly manner. The course is intended for anyone who is currently undertaking or planning to undertake a piece of academic research, such as coursework or a piece of independent scholarship. About the course Developed and delivered by research-active…
  • A Sure Way to Beat GMAT Data Sufficiency (Video)

    18 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    GMAT Data Sufficiency problems are part of the Quantitative (Maths) section of the exam. They are certainly some of the trickiest questions of the GMAT. In this video, Brian Galvin, Veritas Prep’s Director of Academic Programs, shows how to work with the “Yes / No”-type of Data Sufficiency questions. Learn how to ace this section. Watch this video. You can save 100 USD with PrepAdviser code PREPA100 on any live Veritas Prep GMAT course. The post A Sure Way to Beat GMAT Data Sufficiency (Video) appeared first on
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur

    Test Point
    17 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How to become an entrepreneur? You’ve made up your mind. You’re tired of working to a fixed schedule, checking your entry card in and out, and reporting for duty with your supervisor. You don’t want to work for someone else anymore. You believe that you have both good ideas and an eye for opportunities, and are not afraid of going out to sell. Maybe you already secretly have a project that you think would be a great success … if you could only devote yourself to it. You have decided to become an entrepreneur. If this is your situation, you have several paths ahead.
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    Lazy Kids

  • Brillo, Google’s OS designed for Internet-of-Things, to launch at I/O 2015: report

    vishal jadav
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Looks like every manufacturer is getting crazy about the Internet of Things (IoT) these days. Huawei had recently unveiled its 10 KB light IoT OS- LiteOS which can run on almost anything connected to the internet. And now, Google has revealed its plan to launch its own version of Internet of Things (IoT) OS dubbed Brillo, according to a report published on The Information.Not much has been revealed about this Brillo OS, but is being speculated that it will be launched under the Android brand, as its core developing team belongs to Android department.Now, as it is an IoT OS…
  • Microsoft brings hyperlapses to Android and Windows users

    vishal jadav
    24 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Sorry Apple users, but Microsoft has put paid to that smug look you’ve been able to wear since Instagram released its second app, Hyperlapse, last August. Microsoft Hyperlapse takes jerky video and makes it buttery smooth using a fancy algorithm, much like Instagram’s Hyperlapse. But, unlike Instagram’s offering, Microsoft Hyperlapse can be used to process existing video, not only video captured with the app, because it relies solely on algorithms to smooth out video, not on the motion sensors in a mobile device.Microsoft Hyperlapse is available in beta for Android,…
  • Free Tools To Help You Design Amazing Applications

    vishal jadav
    24 May 2015 | 9:52 am captures fleeting transitions between app screens and delightful animated UI elements that we will otherwise lose forever as apps and operating systems continue to evolve.MarvelMarvel is the easiest way to turn your sketches, images and mockups into realistic mobile and web prototypes.OctaveA free library of UI sounds, handmade for iOS.InVisionInVision lets you transform your designs into beautiful, interactive web & mobile (iOS, Android) mockups and prototypes!AppsBuilder’s App Screenshot TemplatesApp Screenshot Templates. Increase app store conversion with app…
  • Free Tools To Run Your Web Design Business From Your Smartphone

    vishal jadav
    24 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    With the increased use of smartphones, there is an eager need of managing things on the go. This is possible because of the advancements in the field of technology. Today almost everything is possible be it performing specific tasks or managing finances, you can do it from your smartphone.Therefore, if you are running web design business or any other online business, you need to have all the necessary tool to keep it running from your smartphone. TrelloIncredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It’s free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute…
  • How to convert your Facebook page into a website

    vishal jadav
    7 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    A new experimental app leverages the potential your Facebook page holds and helps you turn it into a full-fledged website.The new app, dubbed Pager, helps local businesses get easy presence on the Web by simply using their Facebook page and turning it into a traditional website.One of the three engineers who have developed the app, Darrel-Day Guerrero says that the idea behind the app is to allow small businesses who use Facebook to manage a website easily.Pager is one simple app to use. All one needs to do is log in using the Facebook account and a list of the pages maintained by the account…
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  • Google to Help Indian NGOs Working on Child Safety

    Probytes Pune
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 am
      Google India will be helping 3 NGOs in India working on child safety. The NGOs are ChildLine India Foundation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, and Tulir – Centre for the Healing and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Google India will help the NGOS to make maximum use of technology to ensure safety of children. Rajan Anandan,The post Google to Help Indian NGOs Working on Child Safety appeared first on Edsys.
  • 7 Reasons Why Playful Learning is a Game Changer

    Probytes Pune
    22 May 2015 | 5:23 am
      Why do children love games? Obviously, the fun factors of games attract them towards it. They might forget the lessons taught to them but not the games and it rules. Why not merge both games and lessons? There are a lot of advantages that comes with playful learning. It improves memory and stimulates growthThe post 7 Reasons Why Playful Learning is a Game Changer appeared first on Edsys.
  • 14 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Blogs Every Teacher Should Read

    Probytes Pune
    21 May 2015 | 6:20 am
      Are you are a teacher outside the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, who wants to gift an EYFS-like learning environment to students? If you are, it is a great way to help children practice effective ideas, ensuring better learning experience. But, at times it can be a struggle to come up with fresh ideasThe post 14 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Blogs Every Teacher Should Read appeared first on Edsys.
  • Banning Smart Phones in Schools for Better Performance

    Probytes Pune
    21 May 2015 | 5:41 am
      Children these days are well versed with technology. They learn to operate various kinds of electronic gadgets at an early age.  Some may even take the gadgets to school, giving a tough time to the teachers. According to a new research, banning smart phones in schools help improve students’ academic performance. The research hasThe post Banning Smart Phones in Schools for Better Performance appeared first on Edsys.
  • Ranchi Students Prefer Mainstream Courses to Offbeat Courses

    Probytes Pune
    20 May 2015 | 12:19 am
      Ranchi: Offbeat courses are loosing its charm on Ranchi students.  While courses like ethical hacking, designing and nutrition are gaining popularity, toppers of ISC still opts for main stream courses like engineering, medicine and chartered accountancy, among the rest. ISC state topper Aishwarya Thakur with 98.2% in commerce wants to become a chartered accountant. "IThe post Ranchi Students Prefer Mainstream Courses to Offbeat Courses appeared first on Edsys.
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  • CUCET Admit Card 2015 Download

    Ms. Jobs
    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    CUCET Admit Card 2015 Download Central Universities Common Entrance Test 2015 i.e. CUCET Admit Card 2015 has been declared. Related candidates can now download their copy of CUCET Admit Card 2015. The CUCET Admit Cards are available through their official site. The CUCET 2015 is soon going to be carried out through various examination… Read More »The post CUCET Admit Card 2015 Download appeared first on Jobs Results.
  • Punjab University Results 2015 Declared

    Ms. Jobs
    21 May 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Punjab University Results 2015 Declared The Punjab University, Chandigarh has recently declared their various Punjab University Results 2015. The university has declared various results through the university’s official site. All the candidates can now check their Punjab University Results 2015 through the official site. All the various courses results have been declared by the… Read More »The post Punjab University Results 2015 Declared appeared first on Jobs Results.
  • UPSSSC Chakbandi Lekhpal Admit Card 2015

    Ms. Jobs
    21 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    UPSSSC Chakbandi Lekhpal Admit Card 2015 The Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Selection Commission i.e. UPSSSC is soon going to declare UPSSSC Chakbandi Lekhpal Admit Card 2015. The UPSSSC Chakbandi Lekhpal Admit Card 2015 will declare through their official site. After the declaration, all the candidates can download their copy of admit cards. The UPSSSC Chakbandi… Read More »The post UPSSSC Chakbandi Lekhpal Admit Card 2015 appeared first on Jobs Results.
  • Federal Bank Clerk Final Result 2015 Declared

    Ms. Jobs
    21 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Federal Bank Clerk Final Result 2015 Declared The Federal Bank has finally released their Federal Bank Clerk Final Result 2015. The Federal Bank Clerk Final Result 2015 has been declared through bank’s official site. All the candidates are invited to check their final result for Federal Bank Clerk Final Result 2015. There are large… Read More »The post Federal Bank Clerk Final Result 2015 Declared appeared first on Jobs Results.
  • AP PGECET Admit Card 2015 Download

    Ms. Jobs
    21 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    AP PGECET Admit Card 2015 Download JNTU – Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh has declared AP PGECET Admit Card 2015. The AP PGECET Admit Card 2015 has been declared through the university’s official site. All the candidates can now download their copy of PGECET i.e. Post Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test Admit Card… Read More »The post AP PGECET Admit Card 2015 Download appeared first on Jobs Results.
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    Ideas for Educators - Idea Blog

  • Are Your Students Escape Artists?

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Always on the search for new ways to motivate students to read carefully and closely, I decided to craft a lesson about being an escape artist. Two recent experiences inspired this lesson - a trip to the awesome Denver Escape Room and a visit to a Houdini museum exhibit in Appleton, WI. Students were "locked" into Room 1, our first Google doc. In order to escape, they had to read this document and answer the questions (questions represented the lowest two levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.) If they answered correctly, they were given a code by the teacher (a tiny url) that would get them into…
  • Creating Questions

    12 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We want students to be able to answer high level questions, but we also want them to create these types of questions. If your students need a little help doing this, try using a Create A Question bag.I developed question stems from  the top three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. These are generic enough that they can be used with almost any content. Then I cut them up and placed some into each of several bags. Each team was given a bag and every student was to reach in and select a question. They had a few minutes to generate a question based on our lesson, write it down on a…
  • Memory Journey

    5 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I recently finished reading Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer. This book recounts the author’s year long quest to improve his memory by participating in the USA Memory Championship. The journey is fascinating and includes disclosure of the strategies that champions use to remember huge amounts of information. The most common is often referred to as the Memory Palace technique. In this technique, a person uses a familiar room or rooms in a building and journeys through the space, linking key facts to locations in the room. We decided to teach students how to use this technique to…
  • Boost Test Scores without Cheating!

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to Eric Jensen, I learned an easy, research-based strategy for boosting test scores without cheating! Researchers (Ramirez, G. and Block, S. 2011) wanted to examine the effect of stress on test-taking. They directed students to write down their feelings and thoughts immediately before taking a test. Results showed that the simple act of writing down your worries can boost your test score an average of 10%. Teachers I have spoken with about this research recognize that it makes sense. By releasing some of the tension or stress, you are making it easier for your brain to access…
  • 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. 
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    Military Spouse Program

  • Diploma Program Benefits

    19 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Are you a Military Spouse seeking out a high-demand career path? Maybe you are just getting started, or maybe you’re ready for a career change. Well, if you’re considering returning to the classroom (even a virtual one), you should consider enrolling in an accredited Diploma program. These programs offer concentrated classes and practical skills, preparing you for a successful, portable career as a member of a top trending industry. Diplomas, or professional certifications, are a wonderful alternative to a traditional degree program. Click here for a list of diploma programs…
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center- 29 Palms

    5 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center History/Operations Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), also known as 29 Palms, is a United States Marine Corps base established in 1949. The mission includes live-fire arms training to support military forces and serves military and tenant units on the base. The base comprises one of the largest military training areas in the United States. The Mojave Viper program has become the model for advanced training prior to deployment. MCAGCC hosts a combat town constructed to simulate a Middle Eastern village with native role players and other…
  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Your Education Benefits

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Education benefits for military spouses – they’re confusing, subject to change, and constant fodder for the rumor mill. This state of affairs makes it important to spell out exactly what’s going on with education benefits for military spouses these days. Here are five things you might not realize about what’s up under the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program. Military spouses: There is money set aside for your schooling. Many military spouses have heard of MyCAA, but don’t know much about it and fail to learn more. The unfortunate result is that they…
  • Fort Irwin

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    History Pioneer explorations along the Mojave Indian Trail in 1796 noted several Indian settlements in what would later become the Fort Irwin area. In the early 1800’s, fur trappers travelled the Old Spanish Trail connecting Los Angeles and Santa Fe. Bitter Springs, on the eastern edge, was a favored camping site. The area’s economy and population skyrocketed during the 1880’s due to the borax discovery at Death Valley. Mining operations launched the neighboring town of Barstow. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt founded the Mojave Anti-Aircraft Range, later renamed Camp Irwin in…
  • Where Criminal Justice Online Training Can Take You

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Some people dream of it while young; others stumble across it in their search for a more fulfilling career – criminal justice. A wide-ranging field with many specialties, criminal justice isn’t just cops-and-robbers. It encompasses administrative leadership, forensics, international investigations, corrections, paralegal and court reporting, criminology research, and more. The largest three industries are corrections, law enforcement, and investigations. Between them, employees tend to enjoy substantial job security through union membership, high demand for competent workers, and…
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    All BD Results

  • Download Common Grammar Mistakes in English by Fitikides

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Download Common Grammar Mistakes in English by Fitikides. Common Mistakes in English by T.J Fitikides is one of the most favorite books from all over the world. There are hardly some students who don’t know about this book. It’s really bad luck for them. I have also go through this book and learned a lot. […] The post Download Common Grammar Mistakes in English by Fitikides appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Trust Bank Job Circular 2015 for The Freshers

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    18 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    Trust Bank Job Circular 2015 for The Freshers. Trust Bank Limited is one of the most famous Private banks of Bangladesh. Recently this Bank has published a job Circular for two vacant posts. These are Junior Officer and Trainee Assistant Officer /Trainee Assistant Cash Officer. The last date of application for these posts is June 02, […] The post Trust Bank Job Circular 2015 for The Freshers appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Some Most Important Definitions of Land Law of Bangladesh

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    17 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Some Most Important Definitions of Land Law of Bangladesh. Every year a lot of people sell their lands to others. In the same way a lot of people buy lands from these lands sellers. But most of them don’t know the proper way of selling and buying land laws of Bangladesh. As a result murder, […] The post Some Most Important Definitions of Land Law of Bangladesh appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Super Star Group F.O and T.S.M Job Circular

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    6 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Super Star Group F.O and T.S.M Job Circular. Super Star Group of Bangladesh is a renowned Group of companies in the private sectors of Bangladesh. This group is very much famous only for their different types of bulbs or lights. Recently this group has published a job notice on the Daily Prothom Alo on May 06, […] The post Super Star Group F.O and T.S.M Job Circular appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Download Bangla Academy English to Bangla Dictionary

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    3 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Download Bangla Academy English to Bangla Dictionary. There are a lot of students in Bangladesh from Play Group to High level. What is the real number-I don’t know. About All of them take the help of Bangla Academies English 2 Bangla Dictionary to learn different English word’s meaning in Bangla. They do so because they want […] The post Download Bangla Academy English to Bangla Dictionary appeared first on All BD Results.
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  • Microsoft’s last Windows

    10 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    We have been using Microsoft Windows different versions […]Related posts:Facebook Picture Verification Run new Skype Web Service from anywhere easily Facebook has launched all in one Messenger
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    30 Apr 2015 | 11:49 pm
    In my earlier post, I discussed about Microsoft Windows […]Related posts:“Spartan” is going to replace “Internet Explorer” in Windows 10 Run new Skype Web Service from anywhere easily Microsoft’s last Windows
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    29 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Windows Backup is always considered more important rath […]Related posts:Remove Shortcut Virus from Computer Completely Make Your Computer/Laptop WiFi Hotspot easily for all WiFi enabled Smartphone/Devices Remove Shortcut Virus from any USB Device
  • Facebook has launched all in one Messenger

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Facebook is one the biggest social platform to interact […]Related posts:Download Facebook Videos on Mobile and Computer without any Software Facebook Picture Verification Download Internet Videos without any Software
  • Download Google Play Android Apps to your Computer

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    In the mid of 2014 we have been using Raccoon to downlo […]Related posts:Run Android Lollipop 5.0 and above on Your Computer or Laptop easily Make Your Computer/Laptop WiFi Hotspot easily for all WiFi enabled Smartphone/Devices Download Facebook Videos on Mobile and Computer without any Software
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  • Learning Styles and Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

    Daniel Ruscigno
    15 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Children, especially those with learning disabilities learn best when the correct teaching methods are used. Students with learning disabilities do not process information in the same way as others.   Auditory (Verbal, Linguistic) An auditory learner is one who gets the most out of a lecture or verbal class instruction. They interpret what they hear much easier than information they see or read in a book. Auditory learners rely on words to understand concepts and lessons. Speech and the written word are used in much the same way a visual learner uses pictures and images. This could be an…
  • How To Determine Your Students’ Learning Styles

    Daniel Ruscigno
    8 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    In last week’s post, we discussed 9 learning styles.  Today, we want to tell you how you can go about identifying a student’s or a child’s learning style and modifying your teaching strategy to work with their learning style.  There are a few simple methods to accomplish this. Observation can tell you a lot about how a particular child likes to learn.  By observing how students choose to interact with and process new concepts, a teacher, tutor, or parent can determine learning preferences for that student.  For example, after reading a book or short story with a group of…
  • 9 Learning Styles – Are You Teaching To Your Students’ Strengths?

    Mandy Pui
    1 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Have you ever wondered why learning a particular topic, such as math equations, comes so easily to some people while to you, or to your child, it seems like a foreign language?  Or why some people find it so simple to pick up a musical instrument and can play after a few lessons, while others can take lessons for years and still struggle? The theory of “learning styles“, or “multiple intelligences”, seems to answer these questions.  In short, the idea of learning styles means that all people have natural strengths in certain areas, and not everyone learns the same…
  • 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.
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    FSc I.C.S F.A Java C++ Notes

  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 9 Kingdom Plantae

    Asad Hussain
    20 May 2015 | 2:08 am
           FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 9 Kingdom PlantaeQ 1. What is Oospore?Ans. A thick walled zygote that is formed after the fertilization of an Oospore.Q 2. Define a spike.Ans. A racemose inflorescence is which the flowers are sessile and borne on an elongated axis as in wheat.Q 3. Are all the seed plants also known as the flowering plants?Ans. No, only the angiosperms are also called flowering plants but not the gymnosperms.Q 4. Which are the probable ancestors of bryophytes?Ans. These are the green algae.Q 5. Name the most primitive group of vascular…
  • Intermediate FSc FA ICS English XI Synonyms A Visit to a Small Planet

    Asad Hussain
    11 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
                Intermediate FSc FA ICS English XI Synonyms                             A Visit to a Small PlanetLuminous:                      bright, radiant, illuminatedArcs:                        …
  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 11 Bioenergetics

    Asad Hussain
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
             FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 11 BioenergeticsQ 1. What is thylakoid?Ans. In photosynthetic organisms, chloroplasts have vesicles a wall of which bears photosynthetic pigments, called thylakoid. They vary in form and arrangement in different groups of organisms.Q 2. What is the function of stomata?Ans. Stomata are pores present in the epidermis of plants in large numbers, particularly in leaves, through which gaseous exchange takes place.Q 3. Define bioenergetics.Ans. The study of energy transfer in living beings is called bioenergetics.Q 4.
  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 8 Fungi

    Asad Hussain
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:23 am
               FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 8 FungiQ 1. What is hypha?Ans. Hypha is a long, slender, branched and thread like filament of fungal body.Q 2. What are fungi?Ans. The eukaryotic organisms which have cell wall but cannot synthesize their food are called fungi. Q 3. What is mycelium?Ans. Mycelium is body of fungi which represent group of hyphae.Q 4. What do you mean by Bio-remediation?Ans.  Bioremediation means degrading or removal of environmental poisons or pollutants by the help of organisms.Q 5. What is haustoria?Ans. There…
  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 10 Kingdom Animalia

    Asad Hussain
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
       FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 10 Kingdom AnimaliaQ 1. What is flame cell?Ans. It is cup shaped cell with a bunch of cilia which work in its lumen. It is concerned with excretion. Flame cells are usually connected together by canals which ultimately open to the exterior of the animal.Q 2. What are tetrapods?Ans. All the animals having four limbs are called tetrapods. This super class is divided into following classes:Class AmphibiaClass AvesClass ReptiliaClass MammaliaQ 3. Name the glass sponge of antarctica which is more than meter tall.Ans. Its name Scolymastra joubini.Q 4.
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    Learning 21

  • In The Driver's Seat!

    James Miller
    23 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. - Winston Churchill In education, it used to be that the teacher was looked on as the person in charge of the process. In 21st Century Education, this is no longer the case. It is the learner that is in the driver's seat! The learning process is fascinating and exciting. 
  • 6 Keys To A Brilliant Year-End School Event

    James Miller
    21 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
      What happens inside the classroom is clearly the bread and butter of any great school. However, as June approaches and the end of the year looms large, a fun community-building event is definitely in order. If done correctly, these events can be the highlight of the year for students and staff alike.The options for your event are limited only by your imagination and yes, unfortunately resources as well. For five years at my school I have organized a Colour War to end the year. I was inspired by a summer camp job that I had in the United States where Color War (notice that I…
  • AltSchool: Personalized Learning To The Extreme

    James Miller
    17 May 2015 | 10:08 am
      As a classroom teacher today, I try to be on the cutting edge of the latest trends and pedagogies in education. I like to think of myself as a true 21st Century Educator. I am someone that experiments continuously in my practice, incorporates technology as a teaching and learning tool, and makes my best attempt to personalize learning for all of my students. Let's face it though, as most teachers can relate to (especially in the public system), there are always hurdles and roadblocks along the way. Lack of resources, class size, class composition, lack of hours in the day, and so…
  • Library To Learning Commons: 7 Reasons Why Your School Should Make The Shift

    James Miller
    10 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
      Blog post from Learning 21 that discusses the recent trend in schools switching from a traditional library to a Learning Commons. The transition to 21st Century Education is well underway with some districts and schools being further along than others. Philosophically and pedagogically changing a school is far from easy and takes time. One of the biggest factors slowing down the move away from traditional learning is the physical space that many of us do our work in. Most of our buildings were built in a different era and aren’t conducive to authentic 21st Century…
  • 8 Websites That Make Me A Better Teacher

    James Miller
    4 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
      There is so much great education content out there for interested teachers to consume whenever they want. Just spending a little bit of time each day reading, watching, and interacting is the best kind of Pro-D you can get. I have curated a list of great websites that are a worthy visit for any 21st Century Educator. I visit these sites nearly every day!1. Twitterwww.twitter.comWhether you're looking for bite-sized pieces of content or longer, more in depth analysis, Twitter is where it's at. Utilize all of the Search functions and hashtags to find what you're looking for and of…
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    Hope Speak

  • Showing affection without saying I Love You

    Hope Speak
    22 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    No matter how long a couple has been together, it always seems hard to say “I Love You” directly to each other. For some reasons, if they keep saying the three words too often,... The post Showing affection without saying I Love You appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • Why talking to strangers can make your life better?

    Hope Speak
    21 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    Life is full of surprises, and it is our choice to seek them out. Talking to each other is one of the most incredible surprises fate has offered us, yet we are too afraid... The post Why talking to strangers can make your life better? appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • Surprising ideas for Mother’s Day

    Hope Speak
    8 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Mother’s Day will be on next Sunday. Have you had any ideas to surprise your Mom? Let’s check out some suggestions from Hope Speak for a perfect Mom’s Day. A montage album An album... The post Surprising ideas for Mother’s Day appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • Comparing TOEFL and IELTS

    Hope Speak
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:35 am
    Both TOEFL and IELTS are for testing the English proficiency needed for academic environment of students who want to study in English speaking countries. They both measure students’ abilities in 4 basic skills: reading,... The post Comparing TOEFL and IELTS appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • 4 tricks to protect the eyes that computer users should know

    Hope Speak
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you are working with laptops/computers all day, your eyes will be blurred or exhausted and even hurt at the end of the day; sometimes you will have headaches. These symptoms are common in... The post 4 tricks to protect the eyes that computer users should know appeared first on Hope Speak.
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    SAT and ACT Prep From A Harvard Educated Tutor

  • SAT and ACT Math: Finding Terms In An Arithmetic Sequence When Given The Sum Of The Sequence

    Robert Kohen
    20 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Learn a rapid method for solving this popular SAT and ACT problem type that asks you to identify a term in an arithmetic sequence based on the sum of the sequence. If you’re not familiar with arithmetic sequences, first check out this video. The SAT and ACT will also ask you to do the opposite of this process, i.e. to take the sum of an arithmetic sequence, as in a sum of consecutive integers problem. Sign up for our popular newsletter for more free SAT/ACT and admissions tips.
  • Paired Passages Made Easy On SAT Critical Reading and ACT Reading

    Robert Kohen
    18 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Paired passages are a staple of SAT Critical Reading and have recently been introduced on ACT Reading. Although they look intimidating, these passages don’t have to be any more difficult than regular passages. You can drastically simplify things on paired passages if you work with each passage individually. Read the first passage, then answer all the questions that address that passage alone. These questions will usually be grouped together. Then read the second passage and answer all the questions that address that passage alone. Finally, tackle the questions that ask about both passages.
  • How To Read Passages On SAT Critical Reading and ACT Reading

    Robert Kohen
    15 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    In order to be successful on SAT and ACT Reading, it’s critical that you read the passages actively. The more actively you read, the better prepared you’ll be for the test questions. Active reading is all about asking questions. Throughout the passage, make sure to pause and ask yourself what’s going on. What is being described? What is the main point of the passage? How does everything fit together? Why did the author take the time to write this? In a non-fiction passage, what’s being described is usually pretty clear. In a scientific or technical passage, however, you may need to…
  • What ACT Score Do I Need To Get Into An Ivy League College?

    Robert Kohen
    13 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Ivy League colleges have become extremely selective. Gone are the days when half of all applicants could gain entrance (wouldn’t it be great if they still did that?!). Now these schools only admit around 10% of applicants: 6% on the low end (Harvard) and 15% on the high end (Cornell). If you want to submit a competitive application to one of these colleges, you’ll want to make sure your ACT scores fall within that college’s typical range of scores. Remember, however, that ACT scores aren’t everything in college admissions. While they are very important, they can’t guarantee an…
  • Master ACT Reading Prose Fiction

    Robert Kohen
    11 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Every ACT Reading section starts with a prose fiction passage. If you’re like most test takers, you may find this passage more difficult than the others that follow it. Prose fiction passages don’t typically tell you what they’re about. Instead, they throw you right into the middle of a complex story without providing much contextual background. As if that weren’t bad enough, the questions often send you hunting for mundane details and don’t usually contain helpful line numbers. All hope is not lost, however. Here are some powerful strategies to help you master this section. The…
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  • Preschool Supplies: Getting your classroom – and your students – ready for the start of the year

    Vicki Palmer
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Getting ready for the new preschool year, or need to equip your classroom with furniture and resources for the first time? Here is my guide to getting ready without pulling all your hair out! I’ve prepared my classroom at the start of every year for the last three decades – a lot has changed since I started, but benefit from my experience and ensure you have all the preschool supplies to feel prepared for the coming year. The main areas to think about when getting together preschool supplies are: Classroom furniture, including beds and related materials, and play equipment Consumables…
  • The Importance of Early Childhood Education: A Teacher’s Perspective

    Vicki Palmer
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    When children are young, they are learning sponges. You can never have a greater impression on a person than when they are in their early childhood years. As teachers, we have always inherently understood this. The importance of early childhood education has finally moved to the forefront of the domestic agenda. Indeed, the President identified this in his 2013 State of the Union address, stating in part: “In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children…studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form…
  • Preschool Checklist: What do children need for starting preschool?

    Vicki Palmer
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    As Early Childhood Educators, part of our role is preparing children, and parents, for commencing preschool. This can be quite daunting for both parties as often it is the first time the child has spent extended periods of time in someone else’s care. A key part of the orientation pack that I provide to parents includes a ‘Preschool Checklist’. This list typically serves to reassure parents that their children are prepared for preschool. It will need to be adapted to the specific requirements of your preschool but will generally cover the types of things that I have…
  • What are the best preschool toys?

    Vicki Palmer
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    The first thing to keep in mind when purchasing toys for preschool children is that expensive toys do not necessarily mean educational toys. In my opinion, the most important considerations are: Quality Purpose Ongoing value The best approach is to invest in toys that are appropriate and adaptable for different stages of development. Independent Play We want to provide children with toys that can be used  independently.  For example, stacking rings: these rings are designed to be stacked in order of size but can be stacked in any order. One child may be arranging them by size while another…
  • Top 12 Books for Preschool Children

    Vicki Palmer
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Books are the single most important aid for teachers, as well as parents, in guiding a child’s learning. In my experience, there are ten main benefits of reading books with children. These are to enhance children’s:  Listening  Concentration  Expressive and receptive language  Articulation  Literacy skills  Recognition of letters, words and symbols  Imagination  Research skills  Respect and Care of books  Love of Reading It is important to have read the book beforehand. This helps ensure that when reading it to the children it flows with appropriate tone and volume of voice. It…
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  • The 4 Roles of Social Media in Online Learning

    18 May 2015 | 8:24 pm
    We primarily use social media to connect with our friends from different parts of the world. It has allowed us to be updated on what our friends are up to. It keeps us up to date to where our friends are, what they're doing at the moment, and even see what they're having for lunch. What if I told you that social media can also be used, not only for entertainment and communication, but also for learning?  Here are four uses of social media to aid you in your personal (or professional) learning:1. Learning through Online CommunitiesYou'll be surprised to know that most, if not all,…
  • What is Digital Storytelling?

    17 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Let's add another term to our educational technology vocabulary: Digital Storytelling.Digital storytelling is very straightforward... telling a story through a digital medium. Today's advances in technology has allowed us to reach more people with less effort and less cost. Technology has now allowed us to tell our story and have it watched or heard by millions of people around the world.  Digital storytelling can be done quite easily today as compared to the past. A few years back, you need a video camera and a computer with specialized software to create a fairly decent video or…
  • 10 Keys to Success for eLearning Designers

    12 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Designing and creating e-learning modules have become quite a lucrative business around the world. The best thing about this phenomenon is that more and more people are getting drawn into the industry - which is good. This, however, makes the environment quite competitive. So, I'd like to share the 10 keys that separate successful e-learning professionals from "everyone else." 1. They know their audience very wellSuccessful designers do their research regarding their audience. They do not assume that each module would take the same approach as the last one. Capable designers give a lot of…
  • What is Microlearning?

    11 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Let's introduce another term to our ever-expanding vocabulary. This week's term is 'Microlearning.'Microlearning is an alternative to the more widely-known computer-based synchronous or asynchronous learning. For example, online learning involves allotting a set amount of time in front of a computer or device. This can be quite detrimental to employees who are always on the go and have no time to sit in front of a computer (ex. field sales personnel, retail merchandisers, etc.) . Microlearning solves the problem of time constraint; and it does so by introducing lessons in small, bite-sized…
  • Takeaways from Google Education on Air Day 1 Keynote Speeches

    9 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    We attended Google's Virtual Conference first day last May 8. Before we start, I'd like to give a very big kudos to Google for Education for giving us this free virtual conference. I think I've mentioned this before, we don't have much of these conferences here in the Philippines. Well, we do in the education industry; however, for edutech industry, it seems like we don't. That aside, here are my takeaways for Day 1: Session 1 - Panel: "What are the skills of the Future?"The panelists were:Jaime Casap- Global Education Specialist, GoogleJouni Kangasniemi - Senior Adviser to Finland's…
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  • Sheldrake-Shermer, Materialism in Science, Replies

    James Barham
    19 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Materialism in Science This May thru July 2015, is hosting an intensive dialogue on the nature of science between Michael Shermer and Rupert Sheldrake. For details about this dialogue, along with a complete guide to other portions of it, click here. To give our readers context for this dialogue, Drs. Sheldrake and Shermer graciously […] The post Sheldrake-Shermer, Materialism in Science, Replies appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • US Schools Meeting their Challenges

    Wayne Downs
    18 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Everyone loves an underdog story, especially when it comes to education. Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Freedom Writers, and McFarland, USA were all movies inspired by real life stories of educators who went above and beyond to change the lives of their students. Since the No Child Left Behind Act, schools have kept better track […] The post US Schools Meeting their Challenges appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • Sheldrake-Shermer, Materialism in Science, Responses

    James Barham
    10 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Materialism in Science This May thru July 2015, is hosting an intensive dialogue on the nature of science between Michael Shermer and Rupert Sheldrake. For details about this dialogue, along with a complete guide to other portions of it, click here. To give our readers context for this dialogue, Drs. Sheldrake and Shermer graciously […] The post Sheldrake-Shermer, Materialism in Science, Responses appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • The 20 Best Online Master in Nursing Administration Degree Programs  

    James Barham
    8 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    An online Master in Nursing Administration degree prepares you to meet the complex and evolving challenges facing administrators in the healthcare industry. The degree prepares you for leadership and management roles at the department and director level. Nurse administrators combine business knowledge with compassion for patients. Nursing administrators help ensure the delivery of high quality […] The post The 20 Best Online Master in Nursing Administration Degree Programs   appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • The 50 Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.

    James Barham
    7 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Boarding school: The term conjures images of small, immaculately kept, verdant campuses; ties, blazers, and gray skirts; Dead Poets Society, The Emperor’s Club, A Separate Peace, and Hogwarts; forms, traditions, and academic excellence—these are all ideas we associate with boarding schools (not to mention expense). When parents choose to send their children to boarding schools, […] The post The 50 Best Boarding Schools in the U.S. appeared first on The Best Schools.
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  • HAZWOPER Training Career Advantage

    20 May 2015 | 3:48 pm
     Image Source: Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training is way for industrial workers to protect a steady and high-paying profession as a Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) removal specialists. The natural results of manufacturing and industrial energy making conventionally produce HAZMAT. Removal specialists are employed all over the private, commercial and governmental job markets to help in the safe monitoring, packaging and disposal of HAZMAT.
  • OSHA Training Definition and Importance

    11 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Image via Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is accountable for overseeing and imposing the federal OSH Act of 1970. OSHA regulations established out uniform national standards for workplace safety and health practices throughout the country. There are rules for risk assessments, employee safety and health, hazard communication, record keeping, OSHA inspections, employee rights, penalties, and most frequent OSHA violations.Some states have their own federally permitted occupational protection and health regulatory programs;…
  • HAZWOPER, an Employee’s requirement when visiting Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government

    4 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    24 Hour Initial HAZWOPER Training Image via TeksafetyUsually, HAZWOPER 24-hour is really required for employees visiting an Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government.This course covers comprehensive issues relating to the hazard acknowledgement at working sites. OSHA developed the HAZWOPER course program to safeguard the workers working at hazardous sites and developed broad regulations to guarantee their health and safety. This program, while recognizing different types of hazards, also recommends possible precautions and protective measures to decrease or remove…
  • Online Hazwoper Training: Pros and Cons

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Workers have been taking Hazwoper training over the internet for many years and yet various employers don't recognize such option is available. Online courses offer lots of advantages over an old-styled classroom training and can lead to quicker and more successful Hazwoper training certification.Training Online Is InexpensiveAs businesses struggle in today's economy they are looking for ways to cut corners and run leaner until the financial situation progresses. However, Hazwoper training is not just a program that can be cut due to governmental regulations. In addition to the serious factor…
  • Importance of HAZWOPER Training

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    It is mandatory by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) that employees that work with uncontrolled hazardous wastes must strictly attend a 24 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Training course. Any and all workers who have not yet attended the course will not be permitted into job sites with these hazardous chemicals. On top of the course, workers also must have one day of supervised field knowledge. These are not only all requirements by OSHA, but are practices that will help you well protect yourself and your coworkers from hazardous materials you may meet while…
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  • Top 5 Tips for Mouth-watering eLearning

    Shazia Wajid
    20 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Authors! Have you cooked up a delectable feast of content for your elearning course? After completing your first draft, it’s time to take a taste and analyze it. How is the pace of your course? Is it “well-spiced” with things that engage and delight—but not overloaded with elements fighting for attention? Does it leave your learners feeling satisfied after they consume it? While there are many ways to improve elearning content, the following are a few easy tips to fine-tune it before serving it up to learners. Take these into consideration, and you’ll soon be on your…
  • Thermometers, Assessments, and the Need to Know

    360 Authoring Team
    19 May 2015 | 3:51 pm
    In a recent interview, Lori Myers talked about the importance of assessment items (questions) being “reliable and valid,” so as to end up with a “reliable and valid” certification or exam—something employers and regulators value highly. What does that mean—”reliable and valid”? Well, it’s a way of looking at data, whether you’re doing a scientific experiment or confirming that the results of a test actually measure what you intended them to measure. “Reliable” means that the results are precise—for a given situation, you get the same (or very nearly the…
  • 10 Tips for Successful Webinars

    360 Authoring Team
    13 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Instructors, lecturers, and subject matter experts: Get your next webinar off to a great start by following these quick rules—and by using 360training’s free webinar tools! 1. Do a system check prior to the event. Make sure your computer, webinar software, and network connections are up-to-date and working well together. Do your initial test run about a week in advance. Check again just prior to your meeting. 2. Check audio quality. Good quality audio is critical. If your audience cannot hear you clearly, or if the audio has a lot of distortion or interference, participants may…
  • Learning Objectives – Your Course GPS

    Shazia Wajid
    12 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Have you ever traveled down a road without quite knowing where you were heading or if it would connect with the road you wanted? Have you ever taken a training course without being fully convinced of its importance or usefulness? A course where the content seemed to meander from one topic to the next with no strong purpose? In either case, if the journey is interesting, you might be fine with just going along for the ride—for a while. But as soon as the situation requires more time or effort than you’re willing to spend, chances are you’ll be looking for the off-ramp. As…
  • Interview: Lori Myers on Assessments

    360 Authoring Team
    11 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    The 360training Authoring Program was delighted to have the recent opportunity to talk with Lori Myers about the ground-breaking assessment work of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Lori Myers has spent the better part of her professional career dedicated to educating others and preparing them for a future in family and consumer sciences. With sixteen years of teaching experience on the middle school, secondary, and university levels, Lori strives to continue this dedication to teaching through her position as Director of Pre-Professional Assessment and…
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    Core Education, LLC

  • Educating the Whole Student through Social Emotional Learning

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Increasingly, researchers and educators recognize that schools cannot focus solely on students’ academic learning to improve achievement. They also must nurture students’ psychological development, often described as social emotional learning (SEL). While this new focus on SEL benefits all students, it is especially critical for low-income students and students of color, according to Social Emotional Learning in High School: How Three Urban High Schools Engage, Educate, and Empower Youth, a new study from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). The SCOPE study…
  • NCES Releases Digest of Education Statistics

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    On May 7, 2015, the National Center for Education (NCES) released Digest of Education Statistics, 2013. The Digest’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. Key findings appearing in the Digest include the following: Fall 2013…
  • May Issue Brief: Great Principals

    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    School administrators serve as instructional leaders and set the tone for the culture of a school. The principal’s influence is pivotal. In this month’s issue brief, we explore effective school leadership and recommendations for improving the training, support and evaluation of educational leaders. What essential skills should principals master in order to be exceptional instructional leaders? What are your go-to tools and resources for the training and support of principals? Please respond to our call for commentary. We’d love to hear from you! To check out this month’s…
  • Public Comment Sought on Revised Draft Standards for Education Leaders

    19 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Two national education organizations are seeking additional feedback from the public on revised draft standards for education leaders. These standards aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student learning and achievement and meet new, higher expectations. The first public comment period last fall resulted in suggested changes that have been incorporated into this draft of the standards. For the past 16 months, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) have led an effort to refresh the…
  • Human Capital Resources for Schools and Districts

    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Noyce Foundation supports major research and development efforts by quality national organizations to create new models for the recruitment, compensation, development, evaluation, and accountability of school principals and teachers as well as district and other leaders. The collection of R&D efforts includes resources from Education Resource Strategies, New Leaders, New Visions for Public Schools, Teach Plus, TNTP and Urban Schools Human Capital Academy. Titles include the following: Professional Growth Materials School Design Materials Teacher Compensation Materials Great Principals…
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    Driving Tests Resources

  • Emergency contact details in an accident

    Darren Cottingham
    24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    In some accidents the victims are rendered unconscious. When emergency services arrive they have to first stabilise the person and once that is done they will need to find out who the next-of-kin is. There are a number of ways…Read more ›
  • Learning to drive in winter – what you should be wary of

    Darren Cottingham
    17 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    While it’s a bit more challenging to learn to drive or ride in winter, there are advantages to it. We’re fast approaching the shortest day, and there’s going to be more rain and possibly ice or snow (depending on where…Read more ›
  • Social media groups for truck drivers

    Darren Cottingham
    10 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Whether you are studying for your heavy vehicle licence or are already a heavy vehicle driver, you can often get invaluable advice from those already in the industry by participating in social media groups and pages. Bear in mind there…Read more ›
  • Transporting hazardous or dangerous goods in a truck or car

    Darren Cottingham
    2 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    This article explains what hazardous goods are, how to transport them, whether you need a D endorsement on your drivers licence to do so, and how to get a D endorsement. What are hazardous goods? Hazardous or dangerous goods are…Read more ›
  • Social media groups for motorcyclists

    Darren Cottingham
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Whether you’re learning to ride a motorbike or you’re a two-wheel veteran, getting involved in a motorcycling community can give you fresh perspective on riding, and help you make friends with similar interests. There are groups you can join and…Read more ›
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  • Welcome to Special Education!

    20 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Veterans of any field take a strange pleasure in trying to shake up newcomers by telling them harrowing tales about what they’ve seen and endured. I’ll admit having shared unsolicited war stories with student teachers and new hires. In special education, doing this seems to serve a few functions. Superficially, it makes the veterans feel validated and wise. Beyond that, it gives new or potential recruits some perspective regarding what to expect. Unsettling anecdotes might brace incoming teachers for the trials ahead, or they might send those with weaker resolves running to safety. The…
  • When You Don’t Know the Subject: Tips for Special Education Teachers (Repost from

    18 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    The link below is to a post I wrote for Edutopia. It offers refresher tips for special education teachers who have to teach content. See for a variety of suggestions for teachers and discussions about education.  
  • How Educator Honesty Gets Tested, Especially In Special Education

    13 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    The sentencing of several educators in Atlanta has stirred conversation about honesty in the field. This conversation has been evolving. After an initial public condemnation of those involved, a more sympathetic tone has emerged. Many have claimed the punishment of these educators to be excessive. A few have pointed to racial bias. Critics have lamented the relative leniency reserved for many corporate executives convicted of similar fraud. Such comparisons might be debatable, but the public is left with much to ponder. How widespread is cheating among educators? What drives them to cheat?
  • A Former Teacher Engages Reality: Looking For Another Job

    12 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Ending my career in education has given me a taste of the unforgiving job market. The thousands of teachers who flee the classroom each year know this experience. Although I’m currently chasing an atypical second career, recent months have enlightened me to the struggles of other job seekers. As a teacher, I had avoided this reality. Stepping outside the security of education has plunged me up to my neck in it. The build to my departure from the field was long. From the start, I didn’t have strong convictions about teaching. I felt uncomfortable throughout my career. My last few years in…
  • Extended School Year As A Microcosm Of Special Education Dysfunction

    6 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Extended School Year (ESY) services embody the irrationality of special education. From its origin to its implementation, ESY reflects special education’s fundamental flaws. For the uninitiated, ESY is a set of services for students with IEPs who exhibit skill regression or delayed skill recoupment following scheduled breaks from school. ESY services allow teams to continue working towards IEP goals during the summer for the sake of maintaining progress. Each IEP team determines student eligibility, but students with the most severe disabilities tend to automatically qualify. Teachers…
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    Lawless French

  • Aimé Césaire

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    L'homme est l'une des figures contemporaines les plus importantes des Antilles françaises, et le nom d'Aimé Césaire a dépassé les frontières des Antilles pour atteindre une notoriété mondiale au cours du vingtième siècle. Published on Lawless French.