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  • Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students

    Cool Cat Teacher Blog (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Note taking skills aren’t just automatic. We tell students “take notes” but they have no idea what that means. What makes “good notes.” What do they write down? What should notes look like? Every since I went through the Writing Across the Curriculum Course at my school I realized the tremendous gap between “writing” as we’ve taught it traditionally and 21st century writing skills. That frustration threw me into research about how to teach writing in my classroom (all of that research was then put into my new book Reinventing Writing –…
  • Music and Movement Can Enhance Reading Skills
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include:listeningmemory/recallrhyminglanguage skillsfocusIt can also be a great enrichment for children who need English language acquisition help. When you combine music with movement, you help a young child develop:rh Read more...
  • Starbucks or AT&T? ASU or Udacity? What's happening in postsecondary education this week?

    Mitch Weisburgh
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    This week featured two interesting announcements regarding corporations and postsecondary education. Starbucks and Arizona State University announced a program where Starbucks will help their employees take courses and acquire degrees through ASU online classes: AT&T and Udacity announced a partnership  around a form of microcredentialing that they are calling nanodegrees: Back…
  • Why aren't more Edtech products reaching more students?

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

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

  • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

    shameema begum
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    Goa is among India’s most popular travel destinations and it is easy to see why the state appeals to travelers. Goa has the Portuguese influence which is exposed in the unique architectural splendor of the homes, temples and churches. Other than these attractions, Goa also houses some of the main Wildlife Sanctuary that offers you with the best unforgettable wildlife experience. Below is some of the attractive and promising Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa which must not to be missed. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous wildlife…
  • Don’t Miss Out the Mesmerizing Hill Station – Shimla

    Revathi Riya
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Do you want to spend your holiday in a mesmerizing hill station? Shimla is the spot for you. Shimla attracts a large number of tourists by a number of beautiful places to visit.  Shimla is the popular tourist destination for both the domestic tourists and the international tourists in terms of its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions which makes the Shimla as an ideal one. Shimla boasts a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment. The following are some of the tourist places to visit, which offers are very nice sightseeing, attractions in Shimla which are…
  • Bengaluru: In and Around

    Sandeep Dahiya
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Offering the ideal environment for work as well as leisure, the My Fortune Hotel in Bengaluru comes with a number of well furnished, smart and stylish rooms complete with a host of amenities. In addition to this, the property is also home to a Indian restaurant, a 24 hour coffee shop and a bar and lounge, catering to all your F&B needs during your stay. Start your day with a high power workout at the fitness centre and continue to relax and rejuvenate your senses by visiting the wellness spa. The outdoor swimming pool is an excellent area to spend the day with your family.
  • Explore the Portland’s Unexpected Attractions

    Revathi Riya
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you are visiting Portland for the first time or you visit regularly, Portland has something unique to everyone. Portland has many wonderful and beautiful attractions that you will never get bored of visiting. You can explore the Portland’s unexpected attractions range from gardens and museum and also you can enjoy the best dining, cafes and much more. Here is the list of things to do and places to visit in Portland that are highly recommended to all the tourist from all over the globe.( image by Sankar) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area The Columbia River Gorge National…
  • Croatia – Perfect Location to Document Your Unforgettable Vacation Trip

    Revathi Riya
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for a perfect location to document your unforgettable vacation trip? Croatia is the spot for you. Croatia is one of the European’s most fashionable places that provide you with an unforgettable vacation experience. Croatia is blessed with a wealth of natural riches that offers you lots of unique places to see and do and it also has ever expanding range of hotels, accommodations, top dining, great wineries and much more. Well, here is a choice for some of the most beautiful places to visit in Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes National Park Travelers to Croatia will always head straight…
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    ASCD SmartBrief

  • Child care bill gets approval from House

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Low-income families would receive extra assistance under a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  -More- 
  • Chicago targets high-school dropouts

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    More than 50,000 Chicago Public School students are not enrolled in school.  -More- Fall workshops begin next month Don't worry, there's still time to register! Learn in a small-group setting, and get intensive, personalized support from experts like Austin Buffum, Nancy Frey, and Timothy D. Kanold. Whether your team wants to focus on Common Core, RTI, or assessment, we've got a workshop that's right for you. Bring a team and save!
  • Education department proposes school improvement changes

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    In the latest issue of ASCD's Capitol Connection newsletter, you'll learn how districts that receive support through the fede -More- Production Manager, Education and Leadership Asia Society
  • Teacher-powered schools gain momentum

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Close to 60 schools in the U.S. are operated and lead by teachers without the guidance of formal administrators.  -More- 
  • Childhood intervention reduces violent tendencies later in life

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    A study of 5-year-olds with aggressive behavior problems found those who were placed in the Fast Track Intervention were less -More- 
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • EdTech Digest Awards: Nominations Open until Sept. 30!

    Angela Maiers
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Do you know someone who is exceptionally innovative in their approach to education? Is there an organization or product that is having a substantial impact on the way technology supports learning? Then it’s time to give them proper recognition! The EdTech Digest Awards recognize the people and products reshaping the way we learn. The awards are divided into three categories: Cool Tool Awards Trendsetter Awards Leadership Awards Subcategories further recognize specific accomplishments, including everything from the best edtech blogger to the breakout mobile app for middle school students,…
  • #YouMatter: Good For Your Heart, Good For Your Health

    Angela Maiers
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    On September 7, I was the guest for a Twitter Chat titled, “When People Know They Matter It Changes Everything,” live from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation’s Transform 2014 Conference. It was so affirming to be invited to attend this conference. Nearly all of the speakers who preceded the Twitter chat referenced how vital it is to a person’s well being to have a sense of mattering or purpose. During the chat, we discussed some of the research on the health benefits of knowing that #YouMatter. Find the conversation on Twitter via #TXFMCHAT Here is a link to all…
  • Please sign-up for my new email newsletter!

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    In Spring 2014, the New York Times Digital Innovation report presented a compelling assessment of the challenges facing the paper in light of increasing competition from digital news sources. Readers of the report quickly realized that its analysis of the...
  • Higher Ed Marketing - Friday Five: Review: The Innovation Book

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    There’s no shortage of books and articles and blogs about innovation. In fact, the term itself has become such a junk word that I hesitate to bring it up. But I asked Max McKeown for a copy of his latest book, The Innovation Book, which was released...
  • HigherEd Live - UX 101: User Experience

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The user experience includes all interactions that your customer has with your organization, and can make or break your marketing or branding campaign. Today we are going to discuss how to get started, best practices, and measurement to see how your custo...
  • Geoff Campbell - Starting at Friends? Central School

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Two weeks ago I started work as the Digital and Social Media Specialist at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA (a western suburb of Philadelphia). It has been a thrilling first two weeks. While I’m still adjusting to the role and becoming...
  • HigherEd Live - Myths, Assumptions, Skeptics and Crusaders: Engaging Students Through Social Media

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Wednesday, September 17th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Who at the university is best suited to educate students about online citizenship How can social media be used to improve academic performance...
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  • Why aren't more Edtech products reaching more students?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Project Based Learning with a Purpose with @mrgfactoftheday (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    With only 1 in 10 schools offering coding in the USA, Josh Gauthier is one teacher using coding to engage students in learning. He finds learning how to new things in order to engage students is worth the time and money invested. Listen to Josh Gauthier discuss creating apps with students Add Josh Gauthier to your PLN @mrgfactoftheday Mr. Gauthier’s Tech Chats Josh Gauthier – Show #75 – Project Based Learning with a Purpose Josh Gauthier is a fourth year teacher in Wisconsin, who just moved to teaching at the local high school. Totally amazed at what his students would take on when…
  • 15+ Teaching Ideas to Get You Excited About Teaching (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Our classrooms are full of ones. Not hundreds not hundreds of thousands – – not millions — but there are millions of ONEs. Each child is unique. Each child is an individual. So are you teachers! We don’t do all the things quite the same. I read a great quote from Beth Moore that represents teachers so well: You don’t have to see eye to eye to be glad to be side by side. Do you need some ideas for improvement? It fits.  I want to share with you some fast, easy ideas to make your classroom more excellent. For each of these ideas, I’m linking to a show that…
  • Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Note taking skills aren’t just automatic. We tell students “take notes” but they have no idea what that means. What makes “good notes.” What do they write down? What should notes look like? Every since I went through the Writing Across the Curriculum Course at my school I realized the tremendous gap between “writing” as we’ve taught it traditionally and 21st century writing skills. That frustration threw me into research about how to teach writing in my classroom (all of that research was then put into my new book Reinventing Writing –…
  • Drama in the Classroom Activities: 2 Examples with Bellringers (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Get a costume box. Get some creativity. Do drama and learn! Here’s how. I have a costume box in my room and it is AWESOME. This time of year is THE TIME I add to it because of all of the Halloween costumery out there. (Mark your calendar for the day after the event — you’ll pick up lots of goodies for almost nothing.) Include dry erase boards as they can have anything drawn on them and become great props. Every time I get out the costume box the kids perk up and get excited so usually I try to have at least 2 lessons a month using this technique. When looking at the latest…
  • The H&R Block Budget Challenge: Giving Away Scholarships as Kids Learn Financial Literacy (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The H&R Budget Challenge will teach US kids aged 14 and up about real world financial skills as they compete to win scholarships & learn about money. Students need to understand financial skills but it is hard to teach these until students are out in the real world spending real money and making perhaps really lifechanging mistakes. That changes today.  Today the H&R Block Budget challenge is open for registration. This cool simulation combines real world scenarios in a powerful gamified environment where students and schools are competing for real prizes. (See the rules.) In…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #SACandidEx- “What just happened?” Dealing with Unprofessional Behavior as an Internal Candidate

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    source: The author of this post has chosen to remain anonymous. It was time for the campus partner panel for my internal interview.  I currently served in the interim role of the position I was interviewing for so I was familiar with everyone in the room. There was a panel of 6 individuals with whom I interviewed and had worked with in various ways. The interview began. I was ready for their questions. Then, like most interviews, it was my turn to ask questions. My first question was, “How can I support you and your office in this role? What are your needs?” Well, this…
  • Does Using “Dorms” Instead of “Residence Halls” Make Our Work Less Valuable?

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Preface: Betteridge’s Law I saw a shirt on Facebook that read: F*ck, Sh*t, C*ck, D*rm Just another 4 letter word #reslifeprobs. First, I think the shirt is stupid. Actually, lazy. The shirt is lazy. Second, “4 letter” should include a hyphen. See, “letter” acts as a modifier to the number four. Third, it prompted me to write the following Facebook post: This aversion to using the word “dorm” is ridiculous. And, I don’t need a lesson in the origin of the word or it’s meaning versus “residence hall.” I get it. I just think…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 09/18/2014 – Social justice & social media

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Social justice & social media . In this week’s chat 156 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 598 tweets 86 contributors Transcript MOD: Erica Thompson Top Contributors Alex Fields Charlie Potts Dan Taylor Karyn Dyer Tisheika Snow EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 412 tweets 70 contributors Transcript MOD: Daniel Shelnutt Top Contributors Niki Messmore Kevin Knudsen Karyn Dyer Adam Z.
  • #SACandidEx- “Non-verbals can be flags, too”

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Let’s be honest, we have sat through more interviews than we care to admit. We’ve endured the frequent anxiety, nervousness and knowing that our every little move is being evaluated and critiqued far too often. We’ve honed our listening skills to ensure to catch each question clearly and quickly all the while, we’re running the STAR acronym through our minds at the speed of lightning to ensure we’ve answered the questions thoroughly. We’ve also been on so many interviews that we know the tell-tale signs for when our interviewers have lost interest in our answers: the glazed-over…
  • #SACareer – Effectively Managing Up as a New Professional

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Management and supervision are some of the core pieces of higher education administration in practice. As our semesters will be picking up soon however, it’s important to know that supervisory relationships can be affected by a variety of factors. The concept of “managing up” stems from the idea where a supervisee is taking an active role in supervision process on various levels. Here are two major tips that can help contribute to your success this academic year. Tip #1: Know your supervisor’s “Why” For the sake of department communication, processes, and planning, it is extremely…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Put the Laptops Away

    Dean Shareski
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Part of what makes me pay attention to an article like this is that it’s written by someone whom I respect. Clay Shirky talks about something fairly radical for a person who is generally seen as an advocate for social media and technology.  He admits a complete change in mindset on the use of laptops of his class. I have been teaching classes about the internet since 1998, and I’ve generally had a laissez-faire attitude towards technology use in the classroom. This was partly because the subject of my classes made technology use feel organic, and when device use went well, it was…
  • And What Do You Mean By…

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

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

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

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

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    I will be first to say today’s invited talk at the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab was my own trip through the Time Tunnel, with the year 1989 dialed in. An archive of the talk is available — here are el slides A bit of a mashup of some earlier ones on Enquire Within and True Stories of Open Sharing, the title I came up with was Do You Ever Wonder Whatever Happened to Wonder?. This itself set off my own associative trails of the way Andy Rooney used to whine on 60 Minutes, “Did you every notice…” (he always seemed to be Enquiring About). That in itself led me to…
  • I am a Smart-Ass

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Published tonight on – am still finding my way around the writing space. I find it makes me actually go over my words like 4 or 5 times rather than my typo-ridden blurt here. But anyhow, the real truth behind the origin of the Internet I am a Smart-Ass (the Internet was built for me) I could have just as well written it here. And I just was about to publish and was looking at what I had blogged here– I kind of grumble at some people who write in one place with just a link elsewhere. This was a post idea that literally came to me in the shower, though I am pretty sure…
  • My God– It’s Full of CMOOCs!

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    I thought this image was a clever idea, but it may not be quite apparent. I have replaced Dave from 2001 A Space Odyssey with a montage/collage/frommage of George Siemens (image source) and Stephen Downes (image source). Why? Of course, together they spawned the first cMOOC, CCK08, which really ought to be for Canadian Massive Open Online Course. You see, what I asked for in Seeking Syndicated / Distributed / Connected Course Examples already has a name. They are the cMOOCs of the original stardust formation. From the MOOC Guide… The Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course (CCK08)…
  • Seeking Syndicated / Distributed / Connected Course Examples

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Maybe it’s the ramp up of Connected Courses but it’s also some upcoming presentations that made my slap my had with a loud “DOH”. I want to create a collection of examples of (and here is where I mumble because I do not know what to call them) how about DS106ish courses– ones using a distributed participation model but also using syndication/push technology to collect or aggregate activity in one place. I know my own examples, all framed around the WordPress / Feed WordPress structure…
  • Unpawning Flickr Notes

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Hey! Stand up, code up, hack up! Just because [fill in the blank of your favorite web service that yanked the chain on a feature you adored] took away a feature, you are not powerless. One of my long running favorite flickr features was the ability to annotate part of an image with notes, like making an interactive diagram — like this one, which is in my top most viewed flickr images. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog In the past, you could hover over part of the diagram, and a…
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  • White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

    Scott Neuman
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."» E-Mail This
  • Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

    NPR Staff
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.» E-Mail This
  • Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

    Claudio Sanchez
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Principals are usually pretty mild-mannered. Not so if the topic of conversation is the Common Core. A group of school leaders share their take on new standards, old problems and bad teaching.» E-Mail This
  • Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

    Patricia Willens
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.» E-Mail This
  • How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

    Elissa Nadworny
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.» E-Mail This
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  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    At LINK Research Lab, we have a full slate of speakers for fall, including topics on distributed learning, synchronous instruction, success for under represented students, learning analytics, engagement, design based research, openness, flipped classrooms, health and the built environment, mentorship, and wonder. The full schedule is here. We will be streaming the events online and are exploring options for asynchronous interaction as well. If you’d like to be informed of event details, recordings, and links to live sessions, please register.
  • Bundling and Re-bundling

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

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

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

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

  • Are Laptops Really Bad For Learning?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Good luck with that (Scott McLeod)
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    [FYI, doing even more of what you’ve been doing is not the answer] Related Posts 3 big shifts The new bill of rights for all students Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’ My son is 8. He’s a maker. 10+1 reactions to closing Iowa’s achievement gaps
  • We can do better than this (Scott McLeod)
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Some random technology-related incidents that I have seen and heard about during the first few weeks of school here in Iowa… 1. Big Brother Nothing says ‘students, get excited about our new 1:1 initiative!’ like frequent, numerous, vehement reminders from administrators during the rollout that WE ARE WATCHING YOU and that WE CAN SEE EVERYTHING ON YOUR SCREENS AT ALL TIMES. 2. More sign-offs than buying a house Nothing says ‘students, get excited about your new laptop!’ like both students and parents having to initial each and every one of the items below AND having to sign their…
  • ISTE Follow-Up 22: Education policy / reform blogs (THE PUSH 2014) (Scott McLeod)
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you were asked to nominate a very short list of education policy / reform blogs for educators to read / subscribe to, what would you share? Please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some excellent education reform and policy blogs that P-12 educators should be reading? Please contribute, see the responses, AND share this post with others so that we can get the best list possible. What #edreform / policy blogs would you recommend? Please share with others so we get a great list! #edtech Thanks in advance for helping with…
  • What helps students get good jobs? (Scott McLeod)
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    The latest results from Phi Delta Kappa’s annual poll… Check out standardized tests versus real-world projects in the image below. Related Posts Some Iowa students weigh in on what classes they need for 21st century jobs Does the fate of America rest on how well our children bubble in answer sheets? Good is the enemy of great Computers can help you get schooled for minimum wage jobs The percentage of low-skilled manufacturing jobs continues to decline
  • When will we be ready? (Scott McLeod)
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or desk, as if to take a nap… we’ll call this ‘the slump.’ We can walk down the halls of almost any secondary school, peek in the doors or windows, and see numerous kids slouched or slumped while teachers talk, while videos play, while some class peers work quietly on their seat work. Youth are disengaged,…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Google Teacher Academy with NoTosh: a heck of an opportunity

    Ewan McIntosh
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Teachers take the seemingly impossible and make it happen. Every day. Teachers are the moonshot profession. We want to work with as many of you as possible in London and Amsterdam this year, at our GTA design thinking workshops. When NoTosh took the Google Teacher Academy (GTA), we wanted to move it beyond simply exploring 'tech tools' and see if we couldn't harness the talents of educators, a sprinkling of technology, and a foundation of inspiration and moonshot thinking to really change the world of education. Well, Google let us do it. This weekend is the time to get your application in…
  • I voted

    Ewan McIntosh
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Scottish Independence is not just what I voted for today. It might not even be what we get. Whatever happens, my country is a better place for it already. I voted for a nation that has taken the notion of 'democratic debate' to the extreme that few in the Western world have ever, genuinely, seen. I voted for a dialogue that values hope and ambition over fear and incredulity. I voted for a nation that has been having a deep dialogue about its future for no fewer than three years, while others 400 miles away assumed the status quo was in the bag. I voted for the shivers-down-your-neck cheers of…
  • Keep your audience captivated: article in GTC Scotland magazine

    Ewan McIntosh
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    At the beginning of a school year we are bombarded with messages telling us how to teach, what to teach, when to teach it. At the end of the day, there's so much anyone's head can cope with. In this term's Teaching Scotland magazine, from the General Teaching Council of Scotland, I've written a feature story on the power of concentrating on a simple question: How might we generate "happy learning"? It is an excerpt from my new book, How To Come Up With Great Ideas (And Actually Make Them Happen) (iTunes; Paperback): "Take a moment to recollect your happiest memories as you learned something…
  • Out Now! How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make The Happen

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

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

  • Moving Beyond the Personal Narrative

    Susan Obuchi
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    Narrative writing.  What is it?  From the perspective of an elementary school teacher, it’s the first genre of writing you teach of the school year.  And it’s always the personal narrative.  Students brainstorm and write about their trips to Disneyland, the beach, or playing video games for hours on end.  While students should write about what the know and experience, a narrative is an account of events, either real or fictitious.  The Anchor Standard for Writing expects students to “write narratives to convey real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,…
  • If You’re Dying by Powerpoint Don’t Try Prezi

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

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

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

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

  • Join The EduColor Movement, Part 1 of Many

    Jose Vilson
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    It’s been a few years since Arvind Grover, ed-tech specialist in NYC, and I looked around boutique education conferences and said, “Wow, these spaces need a lot more diversity.” When a few of us sat there and said we’d create a clearinghouse to rate the diversity of any conference we came across, I didn’t think we’d have much impact. How many people of color were willing to jump into spaces they didn’t feel invited to? How many people were ready to have that conversation about race in education reform at all? While supposed ed-reformers like former…
  • Week 1: I Belong Here (On Starting Exponents)

    Jose Vilson
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I’ve started my unit on exponents the same exact way for the last five years. I’d give my students the definition of exponent and base, and give them examples of how each of them work. From there, we’d see what happens as I made tables to show growth patterns. What happens as the exponent increases? What happens as the exponent decreases? What if the exponent is zero? Negative? What’s the difference between a negative base and a negative exponent? This year, I changed my whole lesson planning by introducing them to the problem of folds. In this problem, I take a sheet…
  • Listen To The Controversial Panel Featuring Dana Goldstein, Motoko Rich, and Me Right Here

    Jose Vilson
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Hey everyone, Last night, I had the pleasure of being invited by Dana Goldstein, author of the must-read education history book of the year The Teacher Wars, and New York Times education writer Motoko Rich to speak at the New America NYC panel on Goldstein’s aforementioned book. We did a good job parsing some of the education issues of today. Glad the place was sold out, and there might be another one soon. In the meantime, listen to the convo here! The post Listen To The Controversial Panel Featuring Dana Goldstein, Motoko Rich, and Me Right Here appeared first on The Jose Vilson.
  • My Contribution To #FergusonSyllabus [Edutopia]

    Jose Vilson
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Hey everyone, I wrote up a resource on how to teach about and beyond the events of Ferguson, and included examples of how some teachers are already doing it. Please read and let me know what you think. 3. Bring it back to the individual. We don’t often get the chance to reflect about our misgivings or perceptions of each other. Especially in diverse communities (and I do mean diverse and not just communities of color), we often dodge racial conversations because we pretend that avoiding the subject means peace. Instead, confronting our own prejudices head-on would make us better people and…
  • Pedagogy First (A Note on Elizabeth Green’s Building A Better Teacher)

    Jose Vilson
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Every so often, I love reading other folks talk about standards without any current teachers present in their conversation. Even a cursory read of education history in this country shows how intellectual [white] men throw their moral and scholarly swag about what teachers should and shouldn’t be focused on. On the other hand, the teachers I eavesdrop on try to out-intellectual the folks imposing their “thought leadership” onto those of us in schools. Over and again, I see templates and talking points, and less about the day-to-day events and adjustments we as teachers have…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • What Happened in the Book Last Night?

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
  • Trait of Your SSR Book

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Reading Workshop students, please complete the form below to submit your post on a trait of the SSR book you are reading.Loading...
  • In Conclusion . . .

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    When writing a closing paragraph, you summarize what you have written about in your essay.  The first step is to think about the main point that you want to get across to your reader. You can use your introduction as a guide saying something similar with different wording.  You may also want to look at what each paragraph says. Use this information and restate key points from the essay. You can end with a question, thought, quote or opinion that gives your reader something to think about or consider.Good conclusions usually do one or more of these:Restate the thesis or main…
  • Pick an Element of Your SSR Book

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    The next assignment for Reading Workshop students is to pick one element of the book they are reading and write about its impact on the story. The key to this project is to support ideas and opinions with details from the text. Equally important is the need to stay on topic and DO NOT RETELL THE BOOK!Students can choose one of the traits listed below or choose another aspect of their book. SettingCharacterProblemsActionAdventureConflictMysteryEssays should begin with an introduction that gives the title, author, and topic of the writing. Below is an example using The Maze Runner…
  • New School Year Writing Assignment

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Please copy and paste your post, The New School Year from the Question Board or your blog to be graded. As we discussed in class, grades will be based on use of supporting details in your writing, correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.Loading...
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • What is Privacy?

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Earlier this week, Anil Dash wrote a smart piece unpacking the concept of “public.” He opens with some provocative questions about how we imagine the public, highlighting how new technologies that make heightened visibility possible. For example, Someone could make off with all your garbage that’s put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy tests or discarded pill bottles are in the trash, and then post that information up on the web along with your name and your address. There’s probably no law against it in your area. Trash on the curb is public.
  • Why Jane Doe doesn’t get to be a sex trafficking victim

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

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

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

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

  • Minecraft and MinecraftEDU in the Classroom

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I submitted a new professional development program to the CILC this evening for “Minecraft and MinecraftEDU in the Classroom.” The CILC’s website (The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration)  is the primary videoconference-based professional development resource I use to advertise after-school videoconferences I teach for other teachers on a variety of technology integration topics. Since I went back into the classroom last November as a fulltime elementary STEM teacher, my availability to travel to conferences for professional development has been significantly…
  • Starting Off Makers Club with Water Bottle Rocket Launches

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Today was the first day of our after-school “Maker’s Club.” Over the weekend I had to make selections from 55 applications, and it was REALLY hard. I decided to have 2 different six week sessions this semester, and originally planned to accept 15 students per session. Last year I accepted 30 students, and that was too many at one time. For a couple reasons, I took 16 students per session, so 32 students were pretty excited yesterday to receive acceptance letters and 23 students were not. I’m going to give priority to the 23 students who applied and were not accepted in…
  • Join Free @STEMseeds Webinar Saturday Sept 13th at 10:30 am Central

    Wesley Fryer
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    (cross-posted from Please plan to join elementary STEM teachers Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday, September 13th at 11:30 am Eastern / 10:30 am Central / 9:30 am Mountain / 8:30 am Pacific online (via a Google Hangout) to talk about STEM lesson ideas, Maker Studio lessons, and lots more “back to school” updates as the 2014-15 school year has started. Please RSVP for the Google Hangout if you plan to attend or might attend. (That way the event can be added to your Google Calendar.) Check out past archives of our almost-monthly webcast…
  • Long Term Sub Needed: Positive Tomorrows of Oklahoma City

    Wesley Fryer
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    If you are or know a certified teacher interested in a GREAT and challenging long-term sub position in Oklahoma City, please contact or have them contact Positive Tomorrows as soon as possible. Positive Tomorrows is a FANTASTIC private school in Oklahoma City exclusively serving homeless students and families. My wife, Shelly, teaches 3rd and 4th grade at Positive Tomorrows. The grade 4 / 5 teacher at PT recently had a baby, and they REALLY need to find a certified substitute ASAP who can step in. Please, please help PT find a long term sub! Find more details in the Facebook post below.
  • Sample Popsicle Catapult for STEM Class

    Wesley Fryer
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Half of my 4th and 5th grade STEM students (those not working in a center in our “Maker Studio”) are 2 days into a 4 day unit on creating popsicle catapults, which my district STEM mentor and peer teacher (Amy Loeffelholz – @AmyLoeffelholz) taught during our 2 day STEM Seeds PD Camp in June 2014. Students spent day 1 researching and brainstorming their own catapult designs, and are building and testing during days 2 and 3. Day 4 we are going to have a competitive launch when we’ll score results for both distance and accuracy, using an “Angry Birds” target…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • 2015 Code Hunt Challenge

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Microsoft is running their big Imagine Cup international student competition again this year. While some of the events take a lot of work and teams of students some of them are individual events. The Code Hunt Challenge is one of the later. I grabbed a bunch of information from the Imagine Cup Code Hunt Challenge web page to share. ACTIVE DATES (GMT): Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00 - Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:59 WHO CAN COMPETE? Students 16 and older worldwide WHAT'S THE TEAM SIZE? Individual Challenge WHEN? Challenge #1 Begins September 20th WHAT CAN YOU WIN? $1,000 for first place Check the Official…
  • So Many Ways To Do The Same Thing

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    I updated my list of block programming languages and tools yesterday. Two more bringing the total list to 17. Seventeen? Yep. Also this week I learned about Gidget  (thanks to Mark Guzdial) which is a more text based programming environment for teaching programming. There are so many of these tools out there.It seems like these sorts of tools for teaching beginning programming are appearing faster and faster all the time. A couple of years there were just a few of them with Alice and Scratch getting almost all of the attention. Next came Snap! in terms of attracting a large teacher base.
  • Teach APCS–A New Shared Resource Site

    Alfred Thompson
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    A few days ago I was contacted by Christina Cacioppo whose day job is an engineer at a startup but who is also helping to teach Advanced Placement Computer Science. She is involved at a public school in San Francisco through TEALS ( which places software professionals in the classroom to help start CS programs. Christina has created her own site to share resources. I have to say it has a lot already but she is looking for others to contribute as well. The site is called Teach APCS. According to its creator, Teach APCS currently has: an interactive REPL to help students get…
  • NCWIT Aspirations in Computing 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    The nomination period for the 2015 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is now open. If you know a high school woman who is interested in computing nominate her or suggest she nominate herself. This is a great program to give some girls some recognition and support. And there are prizes too! From the web site: The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the…
  • Why I Retweet Things From Heavily Followed People

    Alfred Thompson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    I used to think that retweeting something that someone who had a lot of followers tweeted was a waste of time. After all they reach many more people than I do. Plus many of the same people follow both of us so I’d be duplicating things. Then I started to look at statistics that twitter provides. Mind opening. For starters even though I have something around 5,000 followers it seems from the statistics that only between 150 and 250 people actually see the average tweet I make. Still an ego boosting number but it made me realize that just because I see a tweet doesn’t mean that all the…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Why More Charter Schools Aren’t Unionized

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Arianna Prothero, Education Week Unions have struggled to gain traction in the fast-growing charter sector. As the number of charter schools has grown nationally, the number of unionized staff members has shrunk according to the most recent data from the Center for Education Reform. Only about 7 percent of charter schools were unionized in 2012, down from 12 percent in 2009, according to a 2014 annual survey by CER, a Washington-based research and advocacy group. I examined this issue in a recent story for Education Week. While reporting it, I had some interesting and thought-provoking…
  • Insights From a Unionized Charter School Network

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Arianna Prothero, Education Week Despite a national decline in the number of charter schools with unionized staffs over the past few years, one high-profile charter chain based in California is not only unionized, it’s also expanding into new states. Green Dot Public Schools has had a unionized staff since its inception 15 years ago. But nationally only 7 percent of charter schools were unionized in 2012, down from 12 percent in 2009, according to a 2014 annual survey by the Center for Education Reform, a Washington-based research and advocacy group. I examined why unions have…
  • Charter group sues for new school funding formula

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. – (AP) — The state has been shortchanging charter schools through a funding formula that delivers only a portion of the resources received by traditional public schools, according to a lawsuit filed against the state Tuesday. The state Supreme Court lawsuit seeks to have the formula declared unconstitutional and rewritten by the state Legislature to ensure that charter schools can deliver the “sound basic education” that students are guaranteed by the state constitution and previous legal rulings. “The total…
  • Disability-Focused Charter Schools Renew Inclusion Debate

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Arianna Prothero, Education Week Parents go to great lengths to meet the special and often demanding needs of children with disabilities. In Diana Diaz-Harrison’s case, that meant opening a charter school in Phoenix for her son, who has autism—and for other students like him—when she felt his needs weren’t being met in regular district-run schools. “For my typical daughter, we chose a charter school that specializes in the arts … that meets her needs,” said Ms. Diaz-Harrison. “So for my little boy with autism, what can meet his needs? A school that can…
  • New York Parents Sue for Charter School Equity

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Blake Neff, The Daily Caller A group of parents in Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has filed a lawsuit against the state, saying that the state’s formula for funding charter schools illegally shortchanges them compared to public schools. The suit, Brown v. New York, was filed Monday night and announced Tuesday afternoon with the aid of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, an advocacy group for over 200 charters in both New York and Connecticut. It claims that New York systematically gives charter schools less money than standard public schools. Buffalo charters, for instance, receive only…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • Bloomin Windows

    Kathy Schrock
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    I recently received an HP ElitePad 1000 G2 for review, and decided to put it through its paces as I created a new set of Bloom's-related applications -- Bloomin' Windows.HP ELITEPAD 1000 I had not spent a lot of time with a Windows 8.1 Professional slate tablet. I had fooled around with the Microsoft Surface RT a bit, but I was unhappy with the fact RT did not allow the installation of "regular" programs. In addition, the RT tablets could not authenticate on a school network, and I felt their use in schools would be limited.The HP ElitePad 1000 is a beautiful tablet! It can run the 64-bit Pro…
  • H&R Block Budget Challenge: Financial literacy and personal finance

    Kathy Schrock
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    http://www.hrbds.orgAs I recently wrote about in a Discovery Educator Network blog post, financial literacy is one of the important literacies for our students to acquire. Financial literacy, sometimes referred to as economic literacy, according to Atomic Learning, “targets the importance of making appropriate economic choices on a personal level, and understanding the connection personal, business, and governmental decisions have on individuals, society, and the economy”.Students are often taught, in a social studies class or a economics class, about the impact the decisions made by…
  • Activators and Summarizers with Mobile Devices

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

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

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

  • Program 18: Are Campuses Undermining Pell Grants? / Digital Access for Disabled Students (Sept. 19, 2014)

    Doug Lederman
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    In the latest edition of our news podcast, the New America Foundation's Stephen Burd joins Editor Doug Lederman and the moderator Casey Green to discuss the foundation's new report assessing how successfully (or not) colleges are using their Pell Grant funds to enroll low-income students. And in our other segment, Kyle Shachmut of the National Federation of the Blind's Massachusetts chapter argues for legislation designed to ensure that colleges make digital educational materials accessible to students with disabilities. This Week on 'This Week': 'Undermining Pell' The New America report A…
  • Clemson Halts Program That Asked Questions About Student Sex Lives

    Jake New
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Clemson University has suspended an online Title IX training program after the university "learned of concerns about some anonymous questions in the module for undergraduate students," the university announced Thursday. The program, which undergraduates were required to take, included anonymous survey questions asking students about their involvement in athletics and Greek life, their drinking habits, and their sex lives. “The questions are a part of the training so that you may get a sense of the behaviors and experiences of other Clemson students,” said an email from…
  • Significant financial pressures weigh on Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Kaitlin Mulhere
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    After defaulting on bond payments, and facing criticism for graduates' poor job outcomes, Thomas Jefferson struggles to rebound. Editorial Tags: Law schools
  • Ideas not to follow for keeping students enrolled (essay)

    David Galef
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Column: U of All PeopleStudent retention has been in the news a lot lately, but for a long time, no one at U of All People took it too seriously, since we’ve always had the same 20 percent rate of graduation within 20 years. To supplement our data, we also rely on anecdotal evidence, such as Professor Daissa Frogg’s looking around his biology lab in 2005 and exclaiming, “Where is everybody?” As it turned out, Professor Frogg had simply got the time wrong, and most of the students were at lunch. But recently our rates have plummeted to below 10 percent, teasing at…
  • Colleges now often rely on data, rather than gut, in hunt for students

    Ry Rivard
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Colleges use data to predict who they should target as they hunt for students. Editorial Tags: Admissions
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 7 resources for student collaboration

    Laura Devaney
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Student collaboration is more important than ever–here are some tools to support it Collaboration is increasingly emerging as one of today’s top skills. Part of the 4Cs, it is needed in K-12 classrooms, in higher education, and in the workforce. Students who leverage technology to build collaboration skills are building strong college- and career-ready skills. More and more classrooms are going mobile, whether that is through school-issued laptops or tablets, or via BYOD initiatives that allow students to bring and use their personal mobile devices in school. However…
  • What students really think about learning online

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Online German teacher Susan Lafky reveals what her students say about web-based instruction After recently posting two pieces about being an online teacher on the Middlebury Interactive Languages’ blog, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes. So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond. When reviewing the…
  • Survey finds gender gaps in school IT leadership

    eSchool News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Data from CoSN’s 2014 ‘K-12 IT Leadership Survey’ raise important questions about gender equity in the school technology field Forty-eight percent of men in school IT leadership positions earn $100,000 or more, compared with 36 percent of women. While women who occupy leadership positions in school technology are better educated and have more experience, on average, than their male colleagues, men in the school information technology (IT) field generally earn more money and hold more prestigious job titles: This is the main takeaway from an analysis of IT leadership in K-12 education by…
  • Four research tools for project-based learning

    eSchool News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Digital research tools can help students as they engage in project-based learning Here are reviews of four high-quality digital tools that can help with project-based learning, courtesy of Common Sense Media and its new Graphite service–a free database of teacher-written reviews of learning technologies. Noodle Tools Grade range: 6-12 What is it? No noodlin’, just serious research with this comprehensive resource Pros: From creating notecards to listing citations, every step is scaffolded with multiple supports built right in; the site’s focus on the why of research is…
  • ‘What’s your data protection policy?

    Laura Devaney
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 7 resources for student collaboration

    Laura Devaney
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Student collaboration is more important than ever–here are some tools to support it Collaboration is increasingly emerging as one of today’s top skills. Part of the 4Cs, it is needed in K-12 classrooms, in higher education, and in the workforce. Students who leverage technology to build collaboration skills are building strong college- and career-ready skills. More and more classrooms are going mobile, whether that is through school-issued laptops or tablets, or via BYOD initiatives that allow students to bring and use their personal mobile devices in school. However…
  • What students really think about learning online

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Online German teacher Susan Lafky reveals what her students say about web-based instruction After recently posting two pieces about being an online teacher on the Middlebury Interactive Languages’ blog, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes. So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond. When reviewing the…
  • Survey finds gender gaps in school IT leadership

    eSchool News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Data from CoSN’s 2014 ‘K-12 IT Leadership Survey’ raise important questions about gender equity in the school technology field Forty-eight percent of men in school IT leadership positions earn $100,000 or more, compared with 36 percent of women. While women who occupy leadership positions in school technology are better educated and have more experience, on average, than their male colleagues, men in the school information technology (IT) field generally earn more money and hold more prestigious job titles: This is the main takeaway from an analysis of IT leadership in K-12 education by…
  • Four research tools for project-based learning

    eSchool News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Digital research tools can help students as they engage in project-based learning Here are reviews of four high-quality digital tools that can help with project-based learning, courtesy of Common Sense Media and its new Graphite service–a free database of teacher-written reviews of learning technologies. Noodle Tools Grade range: 6-12 What is it? No noodlin’, just serious research with this comprehensive resource Pros: From creating notecards to listing citations, every step is scaffolded with multiple supports built right in; the site’s focus on the why of research is…
  • ‘What’s your data protection policy?

    Laura Devaney
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • 5 must-have tools to hire and develop effective teachers

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    David Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, shares five must-have tools to hire and develop effective teachers I have had the privilege of working in public school administration for a number of years as a former teacher, coach, and currently as a superintendent. I also serve as past president of the Suburban School Superintendents Association and as president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, where I am honored and privileged to serve superintendent colleagues across the country and Canada. A common goal among educational leaders is to increase…
  • Top predictions for tomorrow’s classrooms

    Laura Devaney
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Classrooms are changing–how might tech shape the classroom of the future? Given the fast pace with which technology evolves, it’s not entirely a huge stretch to say that a new learning tool could transform classrooms within a year. In 1984, only 8 percent of U.S. households owned a computer. But today, that has jumped to 79 percent. Fifty-eight percent of people in the U.S. own a smartphone. Only 18 percent of households had internet access in 1997, compared to 75 percent today. Efforts are underway to expand technology and broadband access to the 25 percent of Americans without…
  • 8 simple tools for creating engaging infographics

    Kelly Maher
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Kelly Maher, a mathematics and technology teacher and technology coordinator, shares several infographics generators to help illustrate complex information Information graphics, also known as infographics, provide a way to express complex data, ideas, or other information graphically. Human beings are visual and adept at identifying patterns and trends quickly. Therefore, infographics often aid our understanding of otherwise dense, multifaceted, or complicated material. Anyone can use infographics to further their understanding of a topic, and you can also create your own for use in teaching…
  • New technologies aim to help personalize instruction

    eSchool News Staff
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here are several new ed-tech products that can help educators personalize learning for their students As more school leaders recognize technology’s potential to help personalize instruction, ed-tech providers are developing products that can quickly zero in on a student’s unique learning needs and deliver lessons to address these needs. Here are several new products with this goal in mind. New Compass Learning products: Pathblazer, Hybridge, Gradbound Compass Learning has completely revamped its product line to focus on what its customers say are their biggest pain points: blended…
  • School eMail, websites hit by eRate changes

    Dennis Pierce
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New rules would eliminate eRate discounts on eMail, voice mail, and website hosting beginning next year While free options for school eMail and website hosting exist, there are limitations to what these services include. [Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] Beginning with the 2015 funding year, eMail, voice mail, and website hosting no longer will be eligible for eRate support. What will this change mean for schools—and what services exist to help schools reduce these costs? The eRate offers discounts…
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    eSchool News » Funding

  • eRate changes aim to cut costs, boost efficiency

    Dennis Pierce
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    New rules encourage greater eRate transparency, volume purchasing Greater transparency wasn’t the only rule change intended to control costs. [Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final article in a series examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] Starting next year, eRate applicants will be able to see how much other schools are paying for similar kinds of services, under one of many changes designed to keep costs down and simplify the nation’s school wiring program. This greater transparency into eRate contracts could lead to better pricing on telecommunications…
  • New discount method could help—or hurt—eRate applicants

    Dennis Pierce
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    School districts must use a single discount percentage for all of their schools, leading to more—or less—funding for some The changes have important implications for schools. [Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] The FCC’s new eRate rules include important changes in how school districts must calculate their discount percentage. Some districts stand to benefit from these changes, while others could see their eRate funding reduced. In this report, you’ll learn what these changes are—and how…
  • September: 5 education grants you don’t want to miss

    Laura Devaney
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools School funding difficulties show no sign of abating, and school budgets are stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from a focus on STEM learning to funding for financial education programs. You don’t want to miss out on these school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. (Next page: September’s funding…
  • School eMail, websites hit by eRate changes

    Dennis Pierce
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New rules would eliminate eRate discounts on eMail, voice mail, and website hosting beginning next year While free options for school eMail and website hosting exist, there are limitations to what these services include. [Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.] Beginning with the 2015 funding year, eMail, voice mail, and website hosting no longer will be eligible for eRate support. What will this change mean for schools—and what services exist to help schools reduce these costs? The eRate offers discounts…
  • $3,000 to use music to help students love math

    eSchool News Staff
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The purpose of the Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades Pre-K–2 Teachers program is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K–2 level. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the…
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  • Can Sports Save Math?

    Dan Meyer
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    A Sports Illustrated editor emailed me last week: I’d like to write a column re: how sports could be an effective tool to teach probability/fractions/ even behavioral economics to kids. Wonder if you have thoughts here…. My response, which will hopefully serve to illustrate my last post: I tend to side with Daniel Willingham, a cognitive psychologist who wrote in his book Why Students Don’t Like School, “Trying to make the material relevant to students’ interests doesn’t work.” That’s because, with math, there are contexts like sports or shopping but…
  • Real Work v. Real World

    Dan Meyer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “Make the problem about mobile phones. Kids love mobile phones.” I’ve heard dozens of variations on that recommendation in my task design workshops. I heard it at Twitter Math Camp this summer. That statement measures tasks along one axis only: the realness of the world of the problem. But teachers report time and again that these tasks don’t measurably move the needle on student engagement in challenging mathematics. They’re real world, so students are disarmed of their usual question, “When will I ever use this?” But the questions are still boring.
  • Five Reasons To Download Classkick

    Dan Meyer
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Before I get to the good, here’s the tragic, a comment from a father about a math feedback platform that I don’t want to single out by name. This problem is typical of the genre: My daughter just tried the sine rule on a question and was asked to give the answer to one decimal place. She wrote down the correct answer and it was marked wrong. But it is correct!!! No feedback given just – it’s wrong. She is now distraught by this that all her friends and teacher will think she is stupid. I don’t understand! It’s not clear at all how to write down the answer – does it have…
  • The Money Animal Marketplace Was The Most Fun I Had Doing Math This Summer

    Dan Meyer
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    In my modeling workshops this summer, we first modeled the money duck, asking ourselves, what would be a fair price for some money buried inside a soap shaped like a duck? We learned how to use the probability distribution model and define its expected value. We developed the question of expected value before answering it. Then the blogosphere’s intrepid Clayton Edwards extracted an answer from the manufacturers of the duck, which gave us all some resolution. For every lot of 300 ducks, the Virginia Candle Company includes one $50, one $20, one $10, one $5, and the rest are all $1.
  • Answer Getting & Resource Finding

    Dan Meyer
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    I posted the following three tweets yesterday, which I need to elaborate: Math students : Answer-getting :: Math teachers : Resource-finding. — Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) September 3, 2014 Math students : "What's the formula for __ ?" :: Math teachers : "Who's got a good lesson for __ ?" — Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) September 3, 2014 Math students : Understanding math :: Math teachers : Understanding what makes a good lesson good. — Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) September 3, 2014 “Answer-getting” sounds pejorative but it doesn’t have to be. Math is…
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    NYC Educator

  • How About a UFT Cut-the-Strings, Free-the-Puppets Caucus?

    Arwen E.
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    I didn't start out criticizing our Union.  I started out with a sincere concern for the current state of affairs in education and the loss of respect among "reformers" for my profession.  This will always be my bottom line.  I thought my Union would always be with me, but I soon learned this was not the case.  I learned that my Union silences its own members who might differ in opinion.  I learned that something as simple as questioning the Core might be dangerous to one's career in Unity and it might even get you punched in the face and pushed in the dirt.  I…
  • Teacher Torture

    NYC Educator
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    That's what a Queens chapter leader called the 80 minutes of PD most city teachers are subject to every Monday for the foreseeable future. Of course UFT leadership deems it a great victory, since there is now a committee that will sit around and figure out how to inflict plan this. The idea, of course, is that with teacher input everything will be much better. Of course, I've been to teacher-planned PD sessions for years, and I can't see a whole lot revolutionary about it.Mulgrew asked the city chapter leaders last week whether it was PD or faculty meetings, and there was a moan that very…
  • The First Test

    NYC Educator
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yesterday I wrote a test to give my beginners on Thursday. It's mostly easy, I think. I'd like them to do well. But you never know. Today a kid walked in who appeared to know absolutely zero English. If he blows the test I won't count it. The thing is, kids walk in every single day. He's missed maybe two weeks. He can catch up, though.But he's far from the last. I will get new kids in month two, three and four. I'll get new kids in May and June. And while they talk about differentiating instruction, you can only go so far. You can't, for example, go back to day one a hundred times.
  • On Astorino--Seeing the Forest for the Trees

    NYC Educator
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    There's not a whole lot of controversy over the fact that our esteemed Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is pretty much a loathsome reptile. After all, he's maintained a Gap Elimination Adjustment over public schools while concurrently imposing a tax cap that's made it almost impossible to compensate for lost funds. He's called himself a student lobbyist, but supports giving no votes to school budgets more weight than yes votes. And he circumvented NYC mayoral control when it appeared the mayor was no longer going to kowtow to Eva Moskowitz.Perhaps it should be no surprise that on Twitter I see a few…
  • Will We Opt for Test Readiness or Readiness for College and Life?

    Arwen E.
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    Imagine the future.  You're applying to colleges.  Your test scores are out of this world.  Perhaps your transcript says Success Academy upon it.  Everything looks bright, eh?So, will you be a success in college?  Will you be a success in life?  It seems Success Academy, and many like it, train students for one set of tests.  The scope is narrow.  Of the twenty-seven Success Academy students who attempted to pass the NYC entrance exams for the elite high schools, not a single child experienced Success.  Their skills do not seem to carry over…
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    L.A. Times - Education

  • Regents OK raises up to 20% for UC chancellors

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The UC regents Thursday awarded pay increases of as much as 20% to the leaders of the Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Merced and Riverside campuses and set the annual salary of the new UC Irvine chancellor, Howard Gillman, at $485,000.
  • UC regents support renewable energy but not coal and oil divestment

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    A UC regents committee decided Wednesday not to sell off stocks and holdings in oil, coal and natural gas from the university’s $91-billion endowment and retirement funds but moved to have environmental and social issues more deeply influence investment decisions.
  • UC proposes systemwide plan to fight sexual misconduct

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    In a sweeping effort to combat sexual misconduct on campus, University of California officials unveiled a systemwide plan Wednesday, calling for mandatory training for all students, staff and faculty, improved support for victims and more thorough investigations.
  • L.A. schools police will return grenade launchers but keep rifles, armored vehicle

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the...
  • USC unveiling plans for $650-million housing, retail complex

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    USC on Monday is to unveil the final and somewhat altered design of the biggest construction project in the university's history: a $650-million housing and retail complex just north of the main campus.
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    The Fischbowl

  • A Little Respect Goes A Long Way

    Karl Fisch
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    A few years back Daniel Pink wrote about emotionally intelligent signage in A Whole New Mind. It's the idea that we have choices when we create signs, and that if we create them with how humans will react to them in mind, we will likely be more successful. More recently, Thaler and Sunstein wrote about the idea that we can subtly "nudge" people into behaviors that are more productive for them - and for society.Here's an example of an emotionally intelligent sign, instead of the typical "Slow Down" or "Fines Doubled in School Zone", they went with:To me, a lot of it comes down to respect, and…
  • The Textbook Is Not The Curriculum

    Karl Fisch
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I thought I'd give a little update on two of my previous posts. Despite overwhelming opposition by the professionals that we pay to teach our students mathematics, our district went ahead and adopted the Agile Mind materials. The rollout this fall has been less than smooth, including many technical issues that have been slow to be addressed (students not being able to login, students not being able to load the materials, some of the materials loading but not others, etc.). We are diligently working through those technical issues and I imagine we will solve them reasonably soon.But the other…
  • When 0.1 Is Greater Than 0.9

    Karl Fisch
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I've figured out why we have so much trouble with mathematics education here in the United States. It's because for years teachers of mathematics have been teaching their students that 0.9 is greater than 0.1. I'll even sheepishly admit that I've taught it that way in my classes as well.But I have incontrovertible proof that it's actually the other way around. What's my proof? Well, in thousands of staff meetings and PLC's around the country this time of year, teachers are being told that 0.1 is greater than 0.9. Let me illustrate.Picture two students who take the same state-mandated,…
  • Leadership is a Choice, Not a Rank

    Karl Fisch
    25 May 2014 | 8:10 am
    Lots to think about in this TED Talk. Please watch it first, then I have a few thoughts to share after.Video of Captain SwensonNextJump - Lifetime Employment. Note their home page:Barry-Wehmiller Companies - Everyone took time off instead of laying people off. Note their home page:For me, the key message in this talk was about trust. We need to trust our leaders. More importantly, our leaders need to trust us. I think that may be one of the two or three core problems in education right now.The Federal Government doesn't trust the States.The States don't trust School Districts.School Districts…
  • Last Among Equals

    Karl Fisch
    24 May 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Let me be perfectly clear: I think we put on a good graduation. Let me also say that I think everyone's motives are good and this is certainly not the most pressing issue we face in education. Having stipulated that, I still think the following is worth spending some time thinking about.We just graduated the Class of 2014. As most of you know, this was a difficult year at my school, but students, staff and the community came together, persevered, and finished strong, and graduation was a fitting culmination for that effort. You can even watch video of our graduation if you want, as our…
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  • 7 ways to boost your happiness

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Decades of research proves it goes much deeper than that. In fact, science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.
  • How sharing is disrupting business

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    We are increasingly comfortable with strangers sleeping in our beds, nibbling our leftovers, and taking our prized possessions for a spin. Growing numbers of us are willing to serve as bank, teacher or travel agent to people we have never met, and entrust them to serve us in turn.
  • Break in missing student case?

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Authorities looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched an apartment and a vehicle in the college town Friday morning, said Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo.
  • Shonda Rhimes' Twitter firestorm

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Call Shonda Rhimes an "angry black woman" if you want, but be prepared for the response.
  • Secrets to a better banana bread

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Our ideal banana bread is simple enough—a moist, tender loaf that really tastes like bananas. We discovered that doubling the dose of bananas in our favorite test recipe was both a blessing and a curse, because the abundance of fruit makes for intense banana flavor, but the weight and moisture makes the loaf very heavy.
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    This Week In Education

  • Media: Boston Magazine Botches Rankings, Profiles Firebrand Union Chief

    Alexander Russo
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    In what's at least the 2nd journalistic goof-up that I know of during the annual back-to-school media deluge of rankings and other kinds of education coverage, Boston Magazine messed up its private school rankings badly and the Globe tells us all about it (Boston Magazine retracts school rankings).   Basically, the magazine ranked private schools using incorrect SAT score averages, using partial data since many schools didn't provide SAT results, thus pushing some schools up higher than they deserved and pushing others down. This isn't a reason not to rank schools, though.
  • Quotes: What Happens When You Write About Reform Efforts

    Alexander Russo
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    I get accused of hating teachers, teachers unions, and (a few times) white people. I get told that I’m a secret agent for Pearson, Bill Gates, the United Nations, and sometimes even the Muslim Brotherhood (really. No—REALLY). This isn’t occasional. It happens every time. - New America's Conor Williams on the overwhelming and often vitriolic reactions he gets when writing anything remotely positive about reform strategies
  • Morning Video: Debating -- And Voting On -- The Common Core

    Alexander Russo
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    NPR and Town Square recently held a debate on Common Core during which -- according to EdWeek's Mark Walsh -- opponents made the better arguments but proponents won the audience vote. Click here if the video doesn't load properly: Embrace The Common Core.
  • AM News: Chicago's Emanuel Backs Down On Obama High School

    Alexander Russo
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Connecticut Governor To Arne Duncan: Let's Start a Dialogue About Testing PK12: He's considering allowing eleventh graders who, he writes, may be among the most overtested students, to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT, during the school day, in lieu of the Smarter Balanced high school exam.  Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama Sun Times: Top mayoral aides stressed that the selective enrollment high school — with space for 1,200 high-achieving students — would still be built on the Near North Side, but the park location may change in…
  • 5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: 50 States Allow Parents To Hit Kids; 20 Allow Teachers

    Alexander Russo
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Hitting your kids is legal in all 50 states TIME [Legal for teachers in 20.] State appropriations to early care and education programs increased by 3.8% ($368.8 million) in FY 14 - via @NCSLorg Gates-funded news shows @npr_ed & @LearningCurveEd shld bolster disclosure, "When in doubt, blame the teachers and their union." | Diane Ravitch's blog With nearly 30k applications, Indiana might be No. 1 in the U.S. for vouchers this year | @ChalkbeatIN New Yorker Cartoon: “This is what I…
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    Learning is Change

  • The power of Better.

    Ben Wilkoff
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    There is a lot of juice in transformational change. Everyone is looking for it, coveting it above all other types of change. But, I wonder if there needs to be a defense of incremental change. I wonder if we need to think about how “better” is something really amazing. The reason why this came up for me this morning is that yesterday I updated to iOS 8 on my there is nothing radically different or transformational within the operating system, everything works better. Even the fact that I am able to dictate this entire blog post without stopping the dictation after every…
  • Project Roundtable: The All-Day Q&A

    Ben Wilkoff
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This is the All-Day Roundtable to support any and all teachers that are looking to use Webcams, microphones, Swivls, iPads, Chromebooks and any other device that helps teachers to collaborate with one another throughout this school year. Please come and ask/answer questions. Please come and share your own educational excitement.
  • What I’m Using: GifDeck to make Gifs out of Slideshare Presentations

    Ben Wilkoff
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    I love Gifs. I love great Slidedecks. Go GifDeck! GifDeck Use GIF in your emails to make them more interesting and increase engagement. Many email clients give GIF an auto play functionality. Gmail supports it as inline playable format.
  • What I’m Using: An App that lets me see who has access to my Google Drive Files and Folders

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I think this app may be what a few of you folks have been waiting for. It scans your Google Drive and determines which files and folders are shared with which people and you can remove folks very quickly if they shouldn’t be there. Good times! Who Has Access – Chrome Web Store Find out who can access your Google Drive. You’ll be surprised. Find out who can access your Google Drive. You’ll be surprised. – Analyze your Google Drive share options for all your files and folders. – Discover who can access what in your shared folders. – Remove the people…
  • What I’m Learning: Scott Berkun has some wonderful advice for folks on how to run a workshop.

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
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  • Online and Offline Texts

    Clarence Fisher
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    I mainly teach grade seven and eight. This means that most of the kids that I teach are in the middle of making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. That’s always been a big jump, but it’s even more important now that we are dealing with a lot of different kinds of texts. Fiction and non fiction, graphic novels, complex picture books, all different kinds of online texts. One of the most basic things that I like to have students do is simply spend some time with different texts and identify the features that they see. This may be things that are quite basic:…
  • Back to Blogging

    Clarence Fisher
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Last week was back to school for a lot of people, myself included. I’m teaching grade 7/8 (roughly 12 – 14 year olds) again this year as I’ve done for about the past decade. While many people would rather dig their own eyes out with a spoon than work with kids this age, these are the kids that keep me going. There is never a dull moment and you’ve always got to be in love with the energy and the ideas they have. This last week also means back to blogging. Blogging has been a struggle for me in the past while. Probably the past few years actually…. Serving as the…
  • Twenty Years

    Clarence Fisher
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:59 am
    Today is the last day of the 2013 – 2014 school year for me. Honestly, last year was one of the toughest years of my career and this year was one of the best. I started teaching in September of 1993 at the Abu Dhabi International School. I was 23, I had graduated from university in May, was married at the beginning of July and moved overseas in August. It was a big year. Outside of a few trips as teenagers to the US with our own families, neither my wife or I had ever really traveled outside of Canada before, but we had new education degrees and no jobs so when an offer came in, we…
  • Teach the Web

    Clarence Fisher
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m always on the look out for new ways to teach kids about technology and helping them to understand how things operate using language and activities they will understand. This is why I was interested when I ran into Mozilla Webmaker’s latest addition to an already impressive list of resources. The lo – fi, no – fi teaching kit has lists of simple lessons that will help kids to understand html, pseudo code and even has pdfs to help students plan out a mobile app. High tech teaching and high tech concepts don’t always require extreme bandwidth. Many places in the…
  • Reclaiming the Open Web

    Clarence Fisher
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I usually just post interesting links to stuff on twitter, but there’s been a few significant posts that I’ve run into in the past few days about the open web that are worth the bandwidth of a blog post. 1.) Doug Belshaw wants to Reclaim the Web for the Next Generation 2.) Audrey Watters sees Edtech as a Reclamation Project 3.) Jim Groom lets us all in on the Future of Reclaim These are all links well worth your time to look at.    
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • Rorschach test of educational priorities: your school library

    Doug Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    I visit quite a few schools and one of the first places I visit is the library/media center/learning commons. For me, it's a quick Rorschach test of a school's values and climate. The picture above is the elementary library at the International Community School (ICS) in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Even at a quick glance, I can tell by looking at this facility that this is a school I'd be happy to have my grandchildren attend. The library:   has kids in it. Productive, engaged, kids using the library's print and technology resources. looks to have a well-stocked collection of carefull…
  • Where is your data really most secure?

    Doug Johnson
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    It’s just easier for hackers to profit by stealing information linked to credit cards swiped in physical stores, he said. Such data can be used to make counterfeit cards and presents fewer obstacles for thieves than information stolen from online shoppers. Shopping Online May Actually Be Safer than Shopping In Person, Huffington Post, September 15, 2014. I've often wondered why people who are pefectly comfortable giving their plastic to an ATM, a waitress at a restaurant, or the cashier at the grocery store are hesitant to give the same information to Amazon or other online…
  • Due diligence

    Doug Johnson
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    One of my favorite expressions is "You can't guard against the arbitrary." No matter how well-prepared, how carefully planned, or how rigorously considered, stuff happens. The flight is delayed, the power goes out, the hard drive crashes, the road is under construction, a person does something impossibly dumb. I believe those of us who work with technology may know how arbitrary life can be better than most. No school will ever be able to keep students completely safe, either physically or online. Kids will fall off playground equipment and get hurt. Somebody will bring a balloon to a…
  • BFTP: Anything you tweet may be held against you

    Doug Johnson
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    This morning's local paper re-ran a story from the San Jose Mercury News about a teacher tweeting violent thoughts about students. Nasty, nasty. Let's all pause and review Guidelines for Educators Using Social and Educational Networking Sites. And some of us should also do a little introspection about whether teaching is a good career choice for us. Anyway, this post is now about 5 years old. The more things change... From You have the right to remain silent..and tweetless, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 20, 2009: "Any thing you say, tweet, blog or post can and will be used against…
  • Is air-conditioning the most effective educational technology?

    Doug Johnson
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    As I've gotten older, I've found that getting out of bed, up from a chair, or off from any dead stop is increasingly difficult. Once in motion, I feel 20 years old again, but getting the momentum for forward movement is tough. Does the same thing apply to getting started with "school" each year? Why do we stop in May or June and then seem to expend so much energy getting back in action in August and September?  The historians tell us the school calendar was designed so kids could help on the farm during the summer. I suppose in the 19th century when 90% of the population farmed, this may…
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    Bud the Teacher

  • If You Need a Plan B, Maybe Just Go With That Instead (Bud Hunt
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    I dig technology when it’s used well and thoughtfully and purposefully.  Heck, sometimes I just dig shiny things.  But I have to say that what I like and what’s worth spending time on and with in a classroom are two very different circles in the Venn diagram of my life. # I often hear that teachers using technology in their classrooms should have a Plan B or a backup lesson for if (and many would say when) a technology component of a lesson fails. The latest place I saw this was in Andrew’s piece over at Edutopia1: # Beyond ensuring that your students are actively learning or creating…
  • I’m Not in Love with the Word Empowerment (Bud Hunt
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I’m not.  I cringe when I hear it used lately.  And I say that as someone who used to have it on my resume.  Right up near the top.   # Because for me to empower you, especially when I hear the word used by others, I’ve got to have something that you don’t have, and I have to give it to you.  That thing is, of course, power.1 # Power doesn’t work that way, at least, it shouldn’t. Not in the classroom.  Plenty of stuff that I have the ability to allow you to do wasn’t necessarily my thing to keep you from doing it in the first place.  And you came to my classroom knowing…
  • Don’t Talk Restrictions. Let’s Talk About Distraction. (Bud Hunt
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Earlier this week, I was in conversation with an administrator in the district where I work.  She was asking some really good questions around some of the cultural issues she’s been seeing in her middle school which, like all of our middle schools, has just gone 1:1 iPad. At her school, she observed, many of the problems that have emerged as “iPad problems” are ultimately larger issues about behavior.  One stuck with me. # Lunch, it seems, is taking too long at the school.  A parent, too, had complained that their child hadn’t had an opportunity to eat at all one day.  The…
  • Investing Meaning, Clarifying Objectives, and Remembering Care (Bud Hunt
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    No one has come out openly for the smashing of television receivers, teaching machines, or even computers, but there is an uneasy feeling among some educators that technology is dehumanizing education.  There is conversion that the student is becoming a programmed robot; that decision making in matters of school management, methodology, and even curriculum, is slipping into the hands in impersonalized computer-programmers; and that the ever-widening, ever more rapid flood of electronic, photography, magnetic, automated instructional systems is turning the teacher into a button pusher.   #…
  • Learning is Complicated (Bud Hunt
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    “Thinking about software as the primary way of solving problems (in any field) forces us to frame problems in terms that software is capable of addressing.”  – Paul Franz at _The Atlantic_. # Software isn’t really meant to take the place of someone who cares about you and wants to work with you to succeed.  Unless we only care enough to pretend that we care.   # You know? #
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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • 8 Apps for Higher Education Day!

    J. Edwards
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    This summer, I was fortunate to attend the "Apps for Higher Education Day" sponsored by the Center for Instructional Innovation (CII) at my higher education institution. This day was planned by some of my favorite people on campus! :)This was definitely a fun day, but I realized that I really need to diversify my higher education apps!Here is a list of the awesome higher education apps introduced!1 - Blackboard Mobile (Paid)2 - My Script Calculator (Free!)3 - Device 6 ($3.99) (Interactive Novel)4 - Essential Skeleton 4 (Free!) (3D Skeleton)5 - Simple Rockets (Free!)6 - Job…
  • Beloit College Mindset List for the Freshmen Class of 2018!

    J. Edwards
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Yes, another academic year is here! I am always excited about September! September also means that we have another group of amazing freshmen joining the university.I always look for the upcoming Beloit College Mindset list. Here it is! - LINKWhat was your most SURPRISING item from the list?Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • Work-Life Balance for Higher Education Professionals - Limiting E-mail from 8-5

    J. Edwards
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    This academic year, I focused on the importance of work life balance. When I began my current role, I was known for sending e-mail at 3am or 4am in the morning when I could not rest and for sending e-mail during peak hours of the weekend.THEN it dawned on me, I was not promoting positive work-life balance for the team or for myself.The team works so hard for the students, faculty, and staff at our campus that it is only right to respect their weekend and nights with their families (or time spent on hobbies).No E-mail Outside of the Typical Workday to Promote Work-Life Balance...Now, I do not…
  • #SAPros: Rethink Your Traditional Communication Methods

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

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

  • 10 ways to survive being a psychology student

    Meredith Sneddon
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    How do you survive as a psychology student? It might be a daunting prospect, but we here at OUP are here to give you a helping hand through three years of cognitive overload. Here are our top tips: 1. Do some essential reading before you start your degree! Psychology is a very broad subject, so build some strong foundations with a wide reading base, especially if you’re new to the subject. Check out our Essential Book List to get you started (and recommendations welcome in the comments below). 2. Stay up-to-date with current affairs. Psychology is a continually evolving subject, with new…
  • Changes in digital publishing: a marketer’s perspective

    Julia Callaway
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We all have a great deal of resources at our disposal most of the time, we look things up on our tablets and phones immediately, and are able to retrieve information on almost any topic at any time, almost anywhere. We’ve never been so connected globally. As a marketer, I’m intrigued and excited by engaging with this global community; working in global online product marketing, I’m keen to embrace new technologies and digital resources so we can fulfill our aim to disseminate content to everyone and anyone who wants and needs it. I think about digital resources a lot, mulling over the…
  • Research replication in social science: reflections from Nathaniel Beck

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

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

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

  • A New Center and A New Seven

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I am excited to be headed to Boston next month to join the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research at Northeastern University.  CATLR, led by Cigdem  Talgar, was formed by Senior Vice Provost Susan Ambrose, lead author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.  Each member of CATLR works with faculty to explore ways to enhance learning that are firmly grounded in the learning sciences.  I am definitely joining a quality team … and “team” is relevant, as this appears to be a highly collaborative group. I cannot wait!
  • A Philosophy of Faculty Development

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    In my Theory of eLearning class last night, the subject of working with clients came up.  This class is for the Educational Technology track for a Masters in Education in Adult Learning.  This program is designed for individuals who “…want to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of adult learning theory and practice, specifically in the fields of Human Resource Development and Adult Literacy, and through exploring technology in learning in today’s digital environment. Our graduates and current students work in business and industry, healthcare, government, non-profit,…
  • Some Gems from Week 1 Blogging

    17 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
    During the first week of ADLT 640 – The Theory and Practice of eLearning Integration into Adult Environments – we looked at the changing landscape of learning (with hat-tip to Jeff Nugent) and the Evolution of Elearning (with hat-tip to Ruben Puentedura) A term that came up in class when defining “e-learning” was organic…a natural part of the learning environment.  I have never heard it described quite that way, but this really resonated with me. You can check out their blogs here.  There were some interesting take-aways. From Julia: Is there a difference…
  • New Courses and New Play Things

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Interesting days here on the fourth floor of the Academic Learning Commons at VCU.  Today was the roll out of our institution’s first MOOC – Thought Vectors in Concept Space.  CogDog (Alan Levine) and Tom Woodward have been creating magic side by side for the past week – developing a single platform in which six professors, their students, and the world can interact and build learning networks – within a class, within VCU, and within the world wide web.  For an informative “behind the scenes” look at what it took to make this happen, see Alan’s…
  • Thought Vectors Firing Up

    6 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    A grand experiment is launching today at VCU – our first cMOOC.  As it notes on the About page: Starting June 9, the official course opens for six sections taught at VCU, and the rest of the internet is invited to join along as open participants. The official name of this course at Virginia Commonwealth University is UNIV 200: Inquiry and the Craft of Argument. Starting June 9, the official course opens for six sections taught at VCU, and the rest of the internet is invited to join along as open participants. Our special digital engagement pilot name is “Living the Dreams:…
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  • New Badge for CSU and NoTosh

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

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

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

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tweet 58:46 minutes (26.9 MB) ELT Live#3Mobile Tools and Strategies for ELTSeptember 17, 2014  Download mp3ParticipantsLinks MentionediPad App Touch CastExplain Everything Great tool for making e-lecturesBook Creator Free ebook creatorGoogle TranslateAndroid Applenot always great translation, but love the speech recognition challenge screencastQuizlet Android  Apple - awesome flashcard based tool online and mobile, accessible offline once accessedDivii - tidy dictionary with video examplesFeedly - mobile friendly rss reader (Jeff's current CALL opml and…
  • IHAQ#16 - More questions about set up of a course or project website

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Tweet 44:19 minutes (20.29 MB) I Have A Question#16September 14, 2014 Featured Question:Jen has more questions surrounding the set up of a course or project website. While there is likely no "perfect" platform or solution, we contemplate important needs and key decisions.Participants Links MentionedJen's Online Course Needs Doc Desigers for Learning Wordpress and Google SitesSchoology.comMoodle WeeblyDave's old Living Archives Project and WebcastsLaura Gibb's Anatomy of an Online CourseOU Digital ToolsCoursera on Online TeachingConnect with us…
  • ELT Live 2 - Hows, Whats, and Whys (or why nots) of class websites

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Tweet 63:10 minutes (28.92 MB)ELT  Live Webcast' Hows, Whats, and Whys (or why nots) of class websites and other online resources. 'September 2, 2014 ParticipantsLinks MentionedCourse Websites OptionsMoodleBloggerWordpressGoogle+ CommunitiesGoogle ClassroomFacebook GroupsEdmodoSchoology.comEliademyWikispacesPBWorksBlackboardVersoGroup Chat ToolsKakaoWhat’s AppG+ HangoutsSkypeOther Sites/ToolsSocrative.comKakao and PD LivebindersFotobabble.comCourse WebsitesDan's Composition Class…
  • TTT#407 Welcome Back after Ferguson w/ Marcia Chatelain, Karen Fasimpaur, Alicia Lobaco, Jo Paraiso, and Chris Sloan - 8.20.14

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

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

  • Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The Brain

    Larry Ferlazzo
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many of us teachers have seen the effect of helping our students develop a growth mindset — that their recognizing that effort trumps intelligence will result in success and better learning. You can read more about this idea, coming out of the work of Carol Dweck, at The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.” Now, researchers have announced results of a study where they’ve actually peered into the brains of some who believe that effort is more important, and into the minds of those who believe that native intelligence is number one. You can read…
  • VERY Interesting Info On The Results Of KIPP’s “Character Education” Program

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    © 2009 Loren Javier, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio The Fordham Institute has just published a post by Laurence Steinberg titled “Is character education the answer?” It shares some fascinating research results on the KIPP charter schools’ well-publicized character education program. The results came from a Mathematica study that compared KIPP students with those who did not win lotteries to attend the KIPP schools. Of course, the obvious flaw in such a study is that both groups of students have highly-motivated parents/families. It’s always surprising, if not shocking,…
  • TED-Ed Releases Video & Lesson That Will Be High-Interest For Students: “The History Of Tattoos”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    “The History Of Tattoos” is a new TED-Ed video that will be a high-interest one for students. I’ve embedded the video below. You can find the entire lesson here.
  • PBS Releases “The Roosevelts” Lesson Plans With 19 Video Clips

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’m finding Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” fascinating, though I’ve only watched Part One so far (the others are taped, since I’m also trying to watch the third season of Homeland this week ). PBS just released three related lesson plans, along with nineteen video clips from the mini-series. It’s part of a larger PBS site of President-related lesson plans called The U.S. Presidency. And, of course, there are plenty of other resources on the actual The Roosevelts mini-series website. I’m adding this post to The Best…
  • Three Skeptical Posts About Ed Tech

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    © 2011 J Aaron Farr, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are few interesting recent skeptical posts on ed tech issues: Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops is from The Chronicle Of Higher Education. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech. Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away is by Clay Shirky. I’m adding it to the same list. iPads for Young Children in School is by Larry Cuban.
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • Every polling station should have this sign

    Ed Darrell
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Polling station, in unnamed location in Scotland (?) posted on Twitter during the referendum on Scotland independence, but around since at least April 2014. From @standrewsradio “Please do not sit on the fence.” It would work in Texas elections this year, too.  97% of eligible Scot voters registered to vote; as I write this, it looks like about 90% of those people voted in the election. Ain’t democracy grand? “Vote: It’s what citizens do.” Update:  Seems to be at the Plaistow Youth Center, in England. From BBC: BBC caption: After four weeks of campaigning…
  • This guy is really lit! So are his bagpipes!

    Ed Darrell
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    From the voting festivities in Scotland today, a very graphic demonstration of why one should never, never, never drink and play bagpipes. From Twitter, Wall Street Journal’s account: Photos: Scotland votes in independence referendum | In every other way, this vote should be closely watched.  Two nations pushed together by force of arms hundreds of years ago, discussing whether and how to split up.  No guns.  No tanks.  Lots of discussion, lots of fun, lots of ballots.  97% of eligible voters registered to vote, and indications are at least 90% of them…
  • 227 years ago today, in this room

    Ed Darrell
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Caption from Department of Interior’s Tumblr site: 225 years ago today, the Constitution of the United States was signed in Independence Hall. Today, you can tour the Hall and see where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both signed, and you can also view the Liberty Bell [close by]. This is a site not to miss while visiting Philadelphia.Photo: National Park ServiceDoes this room look a little familiar?  You’ve probably seen Howard Chandler Christy’s painting of the event we celebrate today. Howard Chandler Christy’s “Signing of the Constitution,”…
  • President Obama on Constitution Day 2014

    Ed Darrell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    President Barack Obama literally standing with the Constitution, at the National Archives. (source of photo?) Your flag is up. You’ve already read the Constitution and all 27 amendments. Time to pass on greetings to others:  Happy Constitution Day! From the President of the United States: CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY, CONSTITUTION WEEK, 2014 - – – – – – - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Eleven years after a small band of patriots declared the independence of our new Nation, our Framers set out to refine the promise…
  • 2014’s Constitution Day – Fly your flag

    Ed Darrell
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    Happy Constitution day!  (Remember to fly your flag today.) Have you read the U.S. Constitution lately? Contrary to what your local Tea Party claims, it hasn’t changed.  But most people need a refresher from time to time. First page of the U.S. Constitution, National Archives and Records Administration photo Okay, maybe that’s a little tough to read.  Check out the on-line display of the National Archives and Records Administration in the Charters of Freedom section: A much-easier-to-read transcript of the Constitution (so you don’t have to strain at the image above)…
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  • 3 Steps to Sharing Meeting Docs with Your Team @evernote @postachio

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Image Source: are a variety of ways to quickly share meeting documents with your team. For example, you could take advantage of one of the following:If you have access to a digital version of the handouts, you can post it in GoogleDrive or a web site.You can run the documents through a copier-scanner, email those to folks (or post them online anywhere).Another approach, if you have an Evernote and account, is to follow a workflow similar to the one below. Again, you can always adapt it to your needs, budget and available equipment.Step 1 - Digitize…
  • Stump the Tech Director

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The future is here now—check out these pictures of the future--but some times, it’s hard to move organizations along. And, some times, it’s not the organization that’s the obstacle but certain folks—like technology directors—who have trouble saying, “Yes, let’s do that!" That’s why my motto is to do something different, but making that motto REAL is another thing altogether.I love this Dilbert cartoon that Doug “Blue Skunk" Johnson posted:SourceDilbert comic strip's character Mordac, The Preventer of Information Services, is regrettably an all too recognizable…
  • @Postachio Rolls Out New Interface?

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    http://mguhlin.postach.ioEarlier tonight, as the rain poured down in Texas, I noticed that when I added a new note to my Evernote notebook ("pmg"), nothing happened. The note wasn't automatically published to my blog, ATC-Clips at and it appears, I wasn't the only person once this blog entry was shared via twitter:pomdr @pomdr@mguhlin thanks! I thought I was losing my mind when it wasn’t working.Update, Next Day: All is now working! I had to rename the notebook in Evernote that housed my notes to mirror the notebook name (after…
  • Learning Together

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Image SourceFor a self-styled hermit, loner, and, according to personality profiles, an introvert (INTJ), I am amazed at the value I can get by reflecting on my own work. Often, this results in a "You're too tough on yourself" perspective but I find that to be helpful when focused on moving forward.Some questions I try to ask myself regularly include the following:How could I have had handled that better?What could I do differently to move the organization forward in ways that it hasn't before?How can I motivate myself to build better relationships with others to achieve organizational…
  • Opera Mail as a Simple eMail client

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Having played around with my share of email clients (e.g. Thunderbird, IceDove, the horrible (IMHO) Evolution, on GNU/Linux distributions (e.g. PeppermintOS, Lubuntu/Ubuntu (I hate kubuntu), #! and others), I found myself looking for something new and lightweight.Although I started with Opera browser's Mail component, I promptly discovered that OperaMail is its own standalone program available on Windows. While I avoid Windows OS like the plague, it's nice to know I could use OperaMail on that if I had to. In the meantime, OperaMail is integrated into its browser but I simply stick the Mail…
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  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Gaming in Ed Now! - #YouMatter Special Offer - Connected Librarian Day

    Steve Hargadon
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateSeptember 17th, 2014One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure. - John W. GardnerSupport's Free PD --> 3 Clicks = 1 Dollar http://www.freepd.meThe Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners,…
  • Special Webinar Offer - #YouMatter with Angela Maiers + Toolkit

    Steve Hargadon
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The Learning Revolution Project is proud to present a special Webinar with Angela Maiers on sharing the message of #YouMatter in your classroom or community. When you purchase her $39 "Mattering IS the Agenda" toolkit you can join us on either (or both)Thursday, September 25th at 8pm US-Eastern Daylight Time, orWednesday, October 1 at 9pm US-Eastern Daylight Timefor a one-hour live Webinar with Angela Maiers and special guests as they discuss implementing the "Mattering IS the Agenda" toolkit for transformational change.The two Webinars will cover the same topic, with some variation due to…
  • Gaming in Education 2014 Starts Tonight! Schedule and Attending Information.

    Steve Hargadon
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Our 2014 Gaming in Education online conference start tonight! Whether you're passionate about game-based learning or just getting your toes wet, Gaming in Ed celebrates the value that games offer in educational settings. We have two pre-conference keynotes tonight, and then some special pre-conference keynotes and sessions tomorrow and Wednesday evenings (US Time). Thursday is our full conference dayWe hope you will join us for some or all of the conference sessions--it is all free, and all the sessions will be recorded!The current complete schedule below. Go to…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Student Entrepreneurship - Gaming in Ed - Google Summit Recordings

    Steve Hargadon
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateSeptember 10th, 2014The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. - Benjamin DisraeliSupport's Free PD --> 3 Clicks = 1 Dollar http://www.freepd.meThe Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators,…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Google Online Summit This Weekend! - Gaming in Ed - Support Free PD

    Steve Hargadon
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateSeptember 2nd, 2014Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming. - Johann Wolfgang von GoetheSupport's Free PD --> 3 Clicks = 1 Dollar http://www.freepd.meThe Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between…
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  • 21st Century Bubble Sheets

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    When it comes to technology here in the overly-large school district, our little group often hears from schools about how they don’t have enough computers.1 Enough to do what? Student projects? Using Google Drive for them to collaborate? Something to do with that creative critical thinking we’re told is important in the 21st century? Actually in many cases the answer is none of the above. Take the example of one high school at which we’re told demand for computers has “skyrocketed” due to their program requiring teachers to administer standardized pre- and post-tests five times…
  • The Magical Properties of EdTech

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Much has been written over the past year about the ill-fated 1-1 program in the Los Angeles Unified School district, which has now been suspended, scaled back and/or modified, depending on whose story you read. It began in the summer of 2013 with the announcement of ambitious plans to give an iPad to each of their 650,000 students. And the project began to fall apart almost immediately with questions about financial and political irregularities in the procurement process. Followed closely by breathless news reports of students “hacking” their devices to get around the security measures…
  • Stamping Out Great Teachers

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I’m listening to Seth Godin’s Linchpin1 and early in the book he makes these observations about our education system and teachers. Why is society working so hard to kill our natural born artists? When we try to drill and practice someone into subservient obedience, we’re stamping out the artist that lives within. Let me be really clear. Great teachers are wonderful, they change lives. We need them. The problem is that most schools don’t like great teachers. They’re organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average. Godin’s usual focus is business…
  • The Joy of Stupid Questions

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From the introduction to a wonderful new book called What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hyptothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. They say there are no stupid questions. That’s obviously wrong; I think my question about hard and soft things1, for example, is pretty stupid. But it turns out that trying to throughly answer a stupid question can take you to some pretty interesting places. When I was still in the classroom with teenagers,2 we called those side trips triggered by “stupid” questions “teachable moments”. Unfortunately, too many educators now don’t have…
  • The Leadership Squash

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Thanks to @science_goddess for pointing me to this NPR piece on The Myth of the Superstar Superintendent in which they report on a study showing no correlation between student achievement and who is leading their school district. However, I think their conclusion is far too simple. It’s foolish to say that the leaders of a school system don’t matter. As in any other field, it all depends on their leadership style. “A good superintendent empowers leading visionary principals and teacher leaders at the school,” she [education writer and author Dana Goldstein] says. But what actually…
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  • That Day You Learn That Your Dog Has Cancer

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    For me, that day was yesterday. Fenway is 14, and frankly, I was shocked when he got a clean bill of health at his annual vet visit about a month ago. He has really slowed down over the last few months, and I was expecting bad news and preparing for the worst last month. He eats in the powder room, because he eats slowly and our other dog eats like she hasn't seen food in weeks. I got a surprise when I opened the door to let him out after eating Saturday morning. The bathroom looked like a murder scene from Castle, except that the splatter pattern made it obvious the blood originated in a…
  • 15 Movies

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I don't normally do memes, but I got tagged for this one on FB and I was curious what movies would bubble up as I thought about it for a few minutes. The instructions are to pick 15 movies that will always stick with you (good or bad). Then tag a bunch of friends, including the friend who tagged me. Obviously, the tagging will happen on FB. The Princess Bride - Quite possibly one of the most perfect movies ever made, and maybe the most re-watchable movie ever. Animal House - In college, we thought this was a documentary on how to run a fraternity. Our grades may have suffered for it, but we…
  • The Blog Is Back?

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

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following is a pre-print of an essay set to appear in Bonk et al.’s forthcoming book MOOCs and Open Education around the World. It may undergo some additional editing before publication. Unlike the rest of the content on, this article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license v4.0, as per my contract with Routledge. This essay remixes some material that was previously published on In this piece I briefly explore the damage done to the idea of “open” by MOOCs, advocate for a return to a strengthened idea of…
  • Remembering Brent Lambert

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I just learned that my colleague and friend Brent Lambert has passed on. As I’m reflecting on our relationship this morning, I want to share a few thoughts and feelings and stories. I met Brent when he entered the PhD program at USU. He came to us with a Masters degree (in CS), but no Bachelors. That always cracked me up about him – he was quirky like that. He loved making software and was extremely firm in his commitment to openness (and the other principles that guided his life). He had a passion for building things that would make the world a better place. Here’s an old…
  • A Response to “OER Beyond Voluntarism”

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

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

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

  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part II

    Jim Gerl
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Some states of the United States have implemented laws to address school bullying.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying remains a hot button issue in special education law. This is the second post in the current series on this topic.  In the last post, I discussed some of the key cases finding that bullying of children with disabilities can be a violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA as we often refer to it here.)  With that analytic basis, we now turn to a more recent court decision.(NOTE: What follows is a discussion of TK I.
  • Breaking: Secretary Duncan Offers Guidance to Educators Concerning Undocumented Students

    Jim Gerl
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    English: Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security began offering the opportunity for young people to request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and obtain temporary relief from removal from the United States.  Over 580,800 young people from all over the world have received DACA since 2012. Today, current and former students who requested DACA beginning in 2012 are now becoming able to request consideration for renewal of DACA. Secretary Duncan…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Bullying remains the hot button issue in special education law, and many people feel that it reflects a larger and ugly societal problem. Have you had any experiences with kids with disabilities being the victim of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part I

    Jim Gerl
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Seal, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying is a real problem in our society.  Bullies often take advantage of those whom they perceive as weaker.  The Columbine tragedy brought the problem to a higher level of public awareness, but the problem persists.Kids with disabilities are often singled out by bullies.  This has become one of the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  Several laws could be implicated, but my focus here will be upon whether bullying can constitute a violation…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bullying remains the hot button issue in special education law, and many people feel that it reflects a larger and ugly societal problem. Have you had any experiences with kids with disabilities being the victim of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
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  • Ball State Online and Distance Education lauded for excellence

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    September 15, 2014 The Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium) has honored Ball State University with the 2014 Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education Award. Committee members recognized the school for “embracing online education as a key strategic element of its mission, leading to outstanding online academic programs of quality, scale and breadth.” Jennifer Bott, associate provost for learning initiatives, said the award is important because it speaks to the expansiveness of the program. “It is a testament to the dedication of many faculty and others across…
  • Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The promise of digital badges for alternative credentials and skills pathways has not been lost on higher education; yet, there are many concerns—from business, faculty, and students—on the design, and use, of these badges for real meaning. A new framework condenses these concerns into nine critical questions concerning digital badges. eCampus News Full Article
  • Ed-Tech Leader Gender Gaps Identified in New Study

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Female technology leaders working for U.S. school districts appear to earn less money than their male counterparts and face more limited access to the top positions in their field—despite tending to be more experienced and equally, if not better, credentialed. Education Week Full Article  
  • Ubiquitous Learning: Determinants Impacting Learners’ Satisfaction and Expectation with Smartphones

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Although the concept of ubiquitous technologies has been introduced to many parts of society, there have been limited applications, and little is known about learners’ behavior toward ubiquitous technologies, particularly in the context of English learning. This study considers a sample of Korean students to identify the key factors that influence English-language learners’ (ELLs’) satisfaction with ubiquitous learning (u-learning). The proposed model incorporates ubiquitous characteristics (omnipresence, context customization, interactivity, self-directed learning, and perceived…
  • An Experimental Study of Corrective Feedback During Video-Conferencing

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    This study investigated the effectiveness of oral metalinguistic feedback and recasts as well as the effect of focused tasks (FT) in the development of implicit and explicit knowledge during video-conference interactions. This was accomplished by partial replication of a study performed in a classroom setting. Three groups of Brazilian EFL learners (n = 42) participated in a pre-test, post-test, and delayed post-test targeting the regular simple past. The final results indicated that all the groups developed implicit and explicit knowledge of the target structure over time, with no…
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Students

  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics Available Online

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

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

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

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

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

  • Honest MBA Essays: Samples & examples that won’t work – Achamba

    Sameer Kamat
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    There’s a reason (five, actually) why you won’t find MBA essay examples on our site. Read it here – MBA Essay samples just don’t work. If you are intending to refer to MBA essays as examples, that’s one thing. Re-using them as templates is going too far. MBA Admission Officers reading your MBA applications have […] The post Honest MBA Essays: Samples & examples that won’t work – Achamba appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 7 Problems faced by Women Entrepreneurs in India

    Sameer Kamat
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Entrepreneurship can be among the most rewarding and demanding career options anyone can take up. With the rewards come the challenges as well. While most of the issues highlighted by entrepreneurship blogs focus on general problems that aren’t gender or region specific, the problems faced by successful women entrepreneurs in India isn’t talked about much. […] The post 7 Problems faced by Women Entrepreneurs in India appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How to become an investment banker

    Sameer Kamat
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    If you are wondering how to become an investment banker in India or abroad, your friends probably told you that it helps to get an MBA from one of the best MBA colleges in the world that open the doors to investment banking jobs. But the best investment banking courses in India or abroad won’t […] The post How to become an investment banker appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 5 Lessons I got without a college education

    Sameer Kamat
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Her nickname is Hotwheels (you’ll find out why soon) and she’s a celeb on Quora with over 13,000 followers. While everyone is fighting hard to get into the best MBA colleges in the world, and hopefully learn life changing lessons, Virali Modi’s education took a different turn and it wasn’t out of choice. Virali shares […] The post 5 Lessons I got without a college education appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 50 Self Improvement Tips for Success

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

  • Book Review - The Art of the College Essay

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    About the Book“You can do this,” Glancy tells us. “I’ll show you how.” Face-to-face with a blank page and the pressure of writing the most important essay of their lives—the college essay—students often encounter what successful writing coach and college admissions expert Gabrielle Glancy refers to as that which shall not be named—writer’s block. "Everyone tells you what you should do—tell a story; start in the middle; show don’t tell—but no one tells you how to do it," Glancy explains. Using examples from essays that got students into the colleges of their choice, The…
  • Book Review - The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration

    7 Mar 2014 | 8:07 pm
    About the BookWhat issues and trends affect higher education and student affairs today? In this fully updated handbook, leading experts discuss the answer to this and other essential questions. They provide a definitive reference for student affairs professionals at all levels of administration and management. The handbook offers specific, practical advice as well as broad approaches to planning and problem solving. It contains modernized discussions on such critical topics as institutional mission, institutional governance, understanding campus environments, finance and budgeting,…
  • Book Review - FERPA: Clear and Simple

    7 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    About the BookFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance has always been challenging due to complex regulatory language and exposure to risk. However, institutions that do not comply are in jeopardy of losing federal funding. Accessible and user-friendly, FERPA Clear and Simple clarifies the regulations and provides a ready reference for compliance and problem solving. This need-to-have guide offers critical and relevant material (including the 2008 Amendments) from a new perspective to help staff in student affairs, academic departments, and administrative support positions…
  • Book Review - How to Prepare a Standout College Application

    22 Jul 2013 | 3:30 am
    All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site's Disclaimer  for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.About the BookDemystifying the process of completing a college application is what How to Prepare a Standout College Application is all about.Written by two former…
  • Book Review - What You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College

    3 Jun 2013 | 8:00 am
    All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site's Disclaimer  for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.About the BookIn the tradition of The Gatekeepers, a veteran counselor provides the missing key to the college admissions door with insider wisdom about how…
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    Science teacher

  • Buckets with holes

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Buckets come as they are, and they do one thing--they hold things. Everything, actually.In these parts they're generally made of plastic, the residual order of plants that took in the sunshine unfathomably long ago. (Oh, I could give you a number with a lot of zeroes, but let's be honest, none of us beyond the Feynmans and the Einsteins know how big a few hundred million truly is.)Most of the buckets in my home were likely made in China, because it's cheaper to make them there than here, even with the cost of shipping. I used to work on the docks. I've been in the hold of very big ships. If…
  • August light

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

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

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

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

  • Free Technology for Teachers: Create Trading Cards for Historical and Fictional People, Places, and Events

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) Create Trading Cards for Historical and Fictional People, Places, and Events See on Read More......(read more)
  • Three Tips to Focus Parent-Teacher Conferences On Creating a Partnership

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) Parent-teacher conferences are a great time for the adults in a child’s life to get on the same page about the student’s educational journey at school and at home. Learn more: - more)
  • How to adjust video size on Skype group calls

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) The Skype Community is a place for asking questions and getting answers about Skype. I pop in there often to see what kind of questions users ask frequently that I can answer in a post like this....(read more)
  • 10 Great Digital Citizenship Lessons from Google

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) See on Read More......(read more)
  • 1982. Life as spinning quickly

    Fernando Díez Gallego
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Expect a lot from your students, teacher, I would say. Grand French teacher and later writer Daniel Pennac tells in Chegrin d’École (could be translated as “Bad from School”) that he whilst strolling and getting around on the streets of Paris sometimes...(read more)
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    Eric Stoller » Higher-Education

  • Some thoughts about college students and Yik Yak

    Eric Stoller
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    My latest post for Inside Higher Ed gives you a bit of info about the “hot mess” that is the anonymous app – Yik Yak. Yik Yak is an Anagram for Hot Mess {new #SAtech post at @InsideHigherEd} #SAchat #AcAdv — Eric Stoller (@EricStoller) September 19, 2014
  • Digital Identity Keynote at Curry College

    Eric Stoller
    21 Jun 2013 | 6:16 pm
    I started 2013 off with a digital identity talk at Curry College for their Career Services Conference for Seniors. They were an awesome group! I’ve included the video of my talk, my slides, and a Storify from the event: This was a fun slide deck to work with…all sorts of good, bad, and ugly examples. [View the story "Senior Conference 2013" on Storify]
  • Digital Identity, Social Media, Privacy, Balance, and Being Radical

    Eric Stoller
    11 Feb 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Part of the experience of being a keynote speaker at the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values is that you get to do an interview with the Character Clearinghouse at Florida State University. The questions from Pamela Crosby, the editor of the site (as well as the Journal of College and Character), were stellar. Here’s an excerpt: Why should students care about their digital identity? Students should care about their digital identity for a variety of reasons. As members of a campus community, it is important for students to know that their online actions can have impact.
  • University of Phoenix, A Facebook Like, and a Sponsored Ad

    Eric Stoller
    27 Jan 2013 | 5:24 pm
    In my attempt to be connected to all things related to higher education, I did something that has had interesting ramifications. One day while perusing Facebook, I liked the University of Phoenix page. I figured that it would nice to see what they were up to and didn’t think twice about it. Well, always remember that what you do on Facebook can come back to you. Seth Odell, a good friend and interactive marketer for Southern New Hampshire University, sent me a text message today. He asked why I was supporting “team Phoenix.” Little did I know that Phoenix has been running a…
  • Getting Radical at the Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference

    Eric Stoller
    24 Jan 2013 | 2:36 pm
    The most-commented, most-discussed post that I’ve ever written for Inside Higher Ed was last year’s “Where Are the Radical Practitioners” entry. It quickly collected far more comments than I had expected, and I made the decision not to answer any of them due to the epic amount of time that it would’ve taken to constructively engage with all of them. Out of frustration and needing to vent, I did write up a quick “pseudo addendum” and posted it to this blog as “Radical and Student Affairs.” What happened after that was an intriguing journey…
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Buckling Down (Not Under): Thoughtfully Embracing the Common Core

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Over the past few years, the Common Core standards have been hailed and reviled. But do these standards merit such passion? For great schools—with rigorous curricula, collaborative educators, and supportive administrators—state standards make little difference. For schools that need to improve, the Common Core standards offer some useful guidance—but it takes far more than standards […]
  • Curriculum Doesn’t Matter, Unless You Care about Achievement and Mobility

    Lisa Hansel
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Five years ago, Russ Whitehurst published an important paper comparing the effects of various education reforms. Better teachers and curriculum rose to the top, with what is taught being just as important as who is doing the teaching. But that finding didn’t fit with reformers’ obsession with teachers, so the paper was largely ignored. Two […]
  • Pariah to Politico 50

    Lisa Hansel
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    After 30 years of being misunderstood, E. D. Hirsch’s dedication to equalizing opportunity is being widely recognized. Today, he has the honor of being included in the Politico 50. As noted in Politico’s encapsulation of his work, “Hirsch’s argument was revolutionary: All children, regardless of background, should be taught the shared intellectual foundation—from Euclid to […]
  • Knowledge for What?

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

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

  • Southern-fried noir

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30. Two years ago, he was selected by the Robert B. Parker Estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston’s iconic private eye, Spenser. The Recorded Books team is proud to announce that we will produce books five and six in Ace Atkins’ Quinn Colson series! Book four of the series, The Forsaken, was just released in…
  • Discovery Monday: Copper Magic

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Julia Mary Gibson’s debut book Copper Magic. Debut author Julia Mary Gibson explores turn-of-the-century Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, in her historical fiction novel, Copper Magic. The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is…
  • Liss makes his Recorded Books debut

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, David Liss was a one-time encylopedia salesman. He has a graduate degree in English literature from Columbia University—where he left his dissertation unfinished to pursue his writing career—as well as an M.A. from Georgia State University and a B.S. from Syracuse University. Liss’ debut novel, A Conspiracy of Paper (2000) with its hero, the pugilist turned private investigator Benjamin Weaver, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won him the 2001 Barry, MacAvity and Edgar awards for Best First Novel. David Liss will make his long-overdue…
  • The “AudiobookMobile” at Baltimore Comic Con

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) launched its audiobook awareness campaign Labor Day Weekend with the “AudiobookMobile” hitting the road for a 5-city tour beginning at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The AudiobookMobile’s second stop was at Baltimore Comic Con this past weekend where Recorded Books had the privilege of joining in on the fun. Check out some of our photos from Saturday’s event:
  • Discovery Monday: Japantown

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Barry Lancet’s debut book Japantown. “Best of Debut of the Year” — Suspense Magazine Shortlisted for the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel Optioned for TV by J.J. Abrams & Warner Bros. FIVE BODIES. ONE CLUE. NOT A TRACE OF THE KILLER. San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’ s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan…
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    Teaching College English

  • CFP: Star Trek at 50

    Dr Davis
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    SFFTV Special Issue: “Star Trek at 50″ full name / name of organization: Science Fiction Film and Television contact email: Science Fiction Film and Television seeks submissions for a special issue on “Star Trek at 50.” Since its premiere on September 8, 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek has become shorthand for liberal optimism about the future, even as the franchise’s later entries have moved towards increasingly dark depictions of aging (ST II-VII), war (DS9), lifeboat ethics (VOY), and post-9/11 securitization (ENT). This internal tension has…
  • Native Huddersfield Dialect (Yorkshire)

    Dr Davis
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Actor Patrick Stewart speaks for half a minute in his native dialect. If you don’t understand one word out of every two, you are not alone!
  • Original Pronunciation

    Dr Davis
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Shakespeare’s Globe did a Shakespearean play with original pronunciation. This is a 10-minute video about it–with examples: “It’s an interesting accent to tune your ear into.” Very useful for linguistics and British literature. “three kind of evidence that you look for… observations made by people who are writing on the language at the time… Ben Jonson the dramatist tells us, ‘We actually pronounce the r…’ spellings people used at the…
  • Design for Teachers

    Dr Davis
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am has a free Design Tool Kit for teachers. They also have videos about design from teachers and examples of design that teachers have done in their classrooms.
  • Haiku Society of America Submissions

    Dr Davis
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Frogpond is a publication of the Haiku Society of America. Submissions for the Winter issue are accepted September 15 through November 15.
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Patients with advanced, incurable cancer denied palliative care

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) Many patients with advanced, incurable cancer do not receive any palliative care, reveals new research to be presented later this month at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 26-30. The findings are astonishing as they come at the same time as 15 new oncology centres in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa are being awarded the prestigious title of 'ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.'
  • University of Delaware receives $3.3 million NSF grant to diversify academic workforce

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Delaware) The University of Delaware has been awarded $3.3 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a program that will serve as a national model for diversifying and strengthening the academic workforce.
  • A two generation lens: Current state policies fail to support families with young children

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Recent two generation approaches to reducing poverty that help children and their parents are receiving increasing attention. By combining education and training for parents, these programs aim to improve the life opportunities of both. However, according to a new report, State Policies through a Two-Generation Lens, while research supports this poverty reduction strategy, state policies fail to provide adequate two generation supports to families with young children.
  • NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Naval Research Laboratory) Since 2004, the CanSat competition has become an annual event designed to foster student growth in multiple disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participating in the event's 10-year anniversary were university and college teams from around the nation, as well as South America, Europe and Asia. Of the 54 original teams, 39 attended the launch competition with first place being won by Team Arisat from Istanbul Technical University.
  • Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Harvard University) A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials.
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    doug --- off the record

  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    Doug Peterson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve got to start this post with a big round of appreciation to Aviva Dunsiger.  Even though she lives 4 hours from me, she knows my blogging habits.  When a post didn’t go through yesterday, she knew it immediately and let me know.  I had to do some work – for some reason WordPress always goes to April in the Chrome browser.  I still don’t know why.  I’m back home to Firefox to write this post so I’m hoping that there are no glitches.  In the meantime, check out Aviva’s blog – she’s always good for an interesting post and…
  • OTR Links 09/19/2014

    Doug Peterson
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Personal Learning in a Connected World: Learning and Performance Support Systems ~ Stephen’s Web Personal Learning in a Connected World: Learning and Performance Support Systems ~ Stephen’s Web tags: Educational iPad apps still popular with nine to 11s » iKids Educational iPad apps still popular with nine to 11s » iKids tags: Is there a Canadian market for American online programs? Tony Bates » Is there a Canadian market for American online programs? tags:…
  • More with the Google Maps Gallery

    Doug Peterson
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    A while back, I had shared how much fun I had poking around the Google Maps Gallery. Last night, I went back to see how the development of the resource was going.  I found some really interesting maps.  People are taking advantage of this.  Mapping a school district with its catchment areas is a natural.  Check out the Yakima School District.   Now, I’m really interested and poked around some more. I’ve always been a fan of the David Rumney Map Collection.  Parts of the collection now appear here. Check out our little part of North America in 1827. It’s absolutely…
  • OTR Links 09/18/2014

    Doug Peterson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Six Clicks: An early look at Ubuntu 14.10 | ZDNet Six Clicks: An early look at Ubuntu 14.10 tags: Opera 25 Beta Adds Linux Support, New Bookmarking Feature Opera 25 Beta Adds Linux Support, New Bookmarking Feature tags: 8 Characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset” | The Principal of Change 8 Characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset” tags: Reading and Commenting on Student Posts Made Easy – The Edublogger Reading and…
  • Need a Conversation?

    Doug Peterson
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The 2014 Bring IT, Together conference will soon be here.  It promises to be three days of learning and connections that you can get nowhere else. Despite that, there might be a topic or two that you want to explore deeper.  Or, perhaps you want to have a conversation with someone new? Last year, the conference committee set aside an area for those types of conversations.  In the best spirit of the unconference, it was a place to sit and chat about technology, education, and goodness knows what else.  The area was at the back of the Exhibit Hall and we had chairs, scribble spaces, and…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • 3 Reasons That Extracurricular Activities Are Essential For Your Business School Applications

    Veritas Prep
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Do I need to re-take my GMAT? Is my GPA high enough? Do I have enough years of work experience? These are just a slew of the questions we receive from MBA applicants every year. One question that is rarely asked and often overlooked is “Have I done enough outside of the office and classroom?” Business schools are looking in-depth at all aspects of the application process from the essays to the GMAT score to the resume. One area that candidates either forget or neglect to highlight in their application or cultivate throughout their academic and professional careers is extra-curricular…
  • How to Correctly Solve Vague GMAT Questions

    Veritas Prep
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Questions on the GMAT can be described in many different ways. I’ve heard them described as everything from juvenile to vexing, simple to impossible. One term that appears very infrequently as a characteristic of the questions on the GMAT is the word “clear”.  Indeed, some questions are so convoluted that they appear to be written in Latin (or Aramaic if you happen to already speak Latin). This is not a coincidence or an accident; many GMAT questions are specifically designed to be vague. What do I mean by vague? I do not mean that two possible answers could both be the correct answer…
  • School Profile: You Will Want to Attend the Rhode Island School of Design After Reading This

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Rhode Island School of Design is a small fine arts and design school located in Providence, Rhode Island and is the perfect college for those with creative flair. Students have the opportunity to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over fifteen different majors. Unique opportunities like the European Honors Program offered to juniors and seniors, where they can study in Rome for half a year, make this school amazing. With its own museum, a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Brown University, and an intriguing academic program, RISD creates the optimum environment for…
  • 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Business School Experience

    Veritas Prep
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Over the summer, one of my Veritas Prep clients from last year asked me if I had any advice for him before school started. Offering advice is what I do for a living, so it’s a safe bet that I did, but he probably knew that before he asked. This 3-part blog series grew out of that initial off-the-cuff email response and is designed for anyone in any stage of business school, whether you’re still researching schools, walking onto campus for the first time, or have graduation in the near future. Your two years will fly by, and you want to make sure you graduate without saying “If only I…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: How to Best Approach the Superscore

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    The SAT test is the best way to back up your academic aptitude in the current college admissions process. While the SAT may not be reflective of your intelligence level or intellectual prowess, the fact remains that college admission officers use the test as a barometer of candidates’ academic strengths. The reason for this is simple – it’s the one standardized measure that colleges are able to use when comparing candidates. It’s impossible to compare GPA’s across the board when there are a variety of variables at play. At some schools, honors and Advanced Placement classes are…
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    Certification Map

  • How to Succeed at Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Cara Clarke
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    As parent-teacher conferences quickly approach, it’s important for new — and experienced — teachers to use resources for the new school year and optimize meeting time to foster strong relationships with students’ family members and help students work to their greatest potential. (Indeed, there are no better allies or support systems in education than students’ parents and family members.) Here are some tips on how to prep before the conference, how to navigate the real thing and what to do after its over. Before the Conference Preparation is key! To prove that you are competent as…
  • Teacher Burnout: 10 Ways to Beat It

    Cathy Vandewater
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Remember how excited you were to first start teaching? Maybe you stayed up hours working on lesson plans, or listened eagerly to veteran teachers’ advice on your lunch break. You cheered for A’s on tests and felt stirred to action by C’s and D’s. In short, you were engaged. Engagement, as characterized by Dr. Maslach (inventor of the Maslach Burnout Inventory), is a combination of energy, involvement and efficacy. Its polar opposite is exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy, also known as burnout. Any of that sound familiar? Burning out, in teaching terms, is the slow slide from taking…
  • Code in the Classroom: Why It Matters

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

  • Your Parents Aren’t Supposed to Be at Boarding School With You

    Brian Fisher
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Where to start on this one? Penelope Green’s NYT piece, Leaving Home, but Not the Folks, in today’s paper got my attention this morning. It’s a bit sensational and it looks at distinct minority of boarding school parents – those with desire and resources to live near their kid’s boarding school. But, it still makes one wonder…. My wife and I are boarding school alumni. We have two kids. We’ve both been boarding school teachers and administrators. My wife currently teaches in a public school. Our kids attend public schools so we know our way through the…
  • Hargrave Military Academy’s Twist on Alumni Day: Keeping Alumni Connected by Giving Back Through Service

    Brian Fisher
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    One of enduring questions for private schools – boarding and day – is how to keep alumni connected as the years pass? In a twist on the traditional alumni weekend, Hargrave Military Academy connects and engages alumni through their  Annual Alumni Weekend of Service; Hargrave’s Weekend of Service combines traditional alumni weekend activities of reconnection, athletic contests, and fun with service to the school. This coming weekend, September 19-20, Hargrave alumni will return to campus for fellowship and labor. “I’m here to give back to the school. Basically repay them for…
  • Boston Magazine Retracts Private School Rankings

    Brian Fisher
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Boston Magazine retracted its 2014 Best High Schools Lists this past Friday upon realizing a couple of things. Most importantly, the magazine and its editor, Carly Carioli, came to understand that each school is different; each school works with a different type of student; and, it’s rare when a head-to-head statistical analysis yields ‘a better’ or ‘the best’ school. “…a Boston Globe reporter discovered that our list included four schools that primarily serve students with special needs—including the Willow Hill School, which was ranked in our top…
  • How Does Your School Limit Screen Time?

    Brian Fisher
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Does, or how does, a school monitor, control, limit screen time? This question has been bouncing around my head for a couple of weeks now. Photographer: Mary F. Calvert/Zuma Press/MCT via Getty Images Nick Bilton’s New York Times piece, Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent prompts some more thinking on the topic and the question: How does your school limit or police screen time? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could say “we let our students handle it” and know it’s true. That’s just too much to ask of most teenagers. I recently visited a campus where as a matter of…
  • Working Through Boarding School Homesickness

    Brian Fisher
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Most schools are now a week, or two, into the school year. For new boarding school students, the age old affliction — homesickness — is manifesting itself. If you’re a teacher, parent, or grandparent with a homesick student, we’ve got a great resource to help you understand what your student is going through and how you, and your school, can help your student become comfortable, focused and invested, Homesickness: Challenges of Building New Bonds Perfectly understandable, homesickness is something all us have gone through in leaving home to live somewhere else for a prolonged…
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    YouTube: Education

  • Going to College (in Ethiopia)

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Going to College (in Ethiopia) In which John talks to students at Addis Ababa University (and Bill Gates) and discusses the diversity and complexity of contemporary Ethiopia. Friendly remi... From: vlogbrothers Views: 217782 11235 ratings Time: 04:01 More in People & Blogs
  • American Empire

    CGP Grey
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    American Empire Discuss: From: CGP Grey Views: 2019569 31831 ratings Time: 06:24 More in Education
  • Milking the WORLD'S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! - Smarter Every Day 117

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    Milking the WORLD'S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! - Smarter Every Day 117 The Stonefish is the World's most venomous fish. We milked it. Want to support me? Free Audio Book ⇒ Tweet⇒ F... From: SmarterEveryDay Views: 1105736 16058 ratings Time: 06:24 More in Science & Technology
  • Your Family Tree Explained

    CGP Grey
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    Your Family Tree Explained Discuss this video: Family chart: Footnot... From: CGP Grey Views: 978983 21437 ratings Time: 04:00 More in Education
  • Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality

    CGP Grey
    5 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality Tell the FCC to reclassify broadband internet as a title II common carrier telecommunications service: Discuss this video: From: CGP Grey Views: 1043643 45984 ratings Time: 03:34 More in Education
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    David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

  • 4 notes on taking notes

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

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

    David Truss
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    To the Citizens of British Columbia, Canada, How important is a good, free, public education system to you and to our society? How much should a collective ‘WE’ spend on creating the best possible public education for ALL of our children? Here are some graphs from Statistics Canada: Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011 (Catalogue-no-81-595-M-No-099-Statistics-Canada) I encourage you to look at the whole document, and to understand that “Care should be taken with cross jurisdictional…
  • #10PercentLess

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

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The online Master of Engineering Management from Ohio University is an advanced degree designed for engineers who want to become team leaders without losing touch with their foundation in engineering. This degree program focuses on leadership and management skills and the direct relationship to engineering process improvement, project management, effective communication, and innovative solutions.Gain an advanced understanding of the specific engineering and management skills you'll need to excel in your current engineering position, create new opportunities, and develop as a respected and…
  • Career Success

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

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    Change Agency

  • 21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

    Stephanie Sandifer
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers. However, it’s almost 2015.  Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that “we don’t do technology”.  Part of b… Source: Excellent list of ideas for things to incorporate into your classroom this year! See on – […]
  • Becoming a True Learning Person

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

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

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

    Stephanie Sandifer
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    As an instructional technology specialist with nine years of teaching math behind her, Rafranz Davis has experience with how technology can help in the classroom. She’s got valuable advice for educators and entrepreneurs, so when EdSurge got a chance to ask her a few questions about her experiences Source: "If edtech companies are not […]
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    More Than A Test Score

  • What Really Matters When Choosing Where to Apply

    Emily Liu
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The college application process is a monster – a fearsome dragon, or a serpent with many heads – and you are only a knight with a small sword (your pen, or maybe your laptop at best) to defeat it. It is the nightmare of senior year. It determines your future for the next four years. But you, noble knight, can pick your battles. By the time you start tackling your personal statement essays, you’ll have gone through a few drafts of safety, target, and reach schools. I’m here to give you some things to consider, or reconsider, before you settle on your final list: Cost We’ve all…
  • Should You Take the ACT or the SAT?

    Enoma Osakue
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Quite personally, I have always found college entrance testing to be overrated. On top of your regular school work, extra-curriculars, and volunteering, these tests are things that people chalk up to be the stuff of life. Which by the way, they are not. Nonetheless, while the SAT and ACT exams are not everything, they do play an important role in both the admittance and scholarship processes. This leads many juniors and seniors to find themselves asking which test they should take. For your decision-making pleasure, I’ve created a brief five point comparison just for you. Philosophies…
  • If I Could Relive My Senior Year…

    Emily Liu
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    It’s no secret senior year is the best part of high school – once college applications are out of the way, it’s just smooth sailing from there! You’re the kings and queens of campus in senior year, dominating all the spirit rallies and getting first pick of the bleachers on game days. You got this, and it’s time to make the best of your last year. Now that I’ve waved goodbye to that one-year legacy (and gone back to being a freshman), there are things I’ve realized about my senior year. In this bittersweet mix of discovering what I wanted to do after high school and knowing each…
  • I Have No Extra-Curricular Activities! What Do I Do?!

    Enoma Osakue
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    There are many students who, like me, were heavily involved in the school. There always seemed to be something to keep busy–band or orchestra, film club or choir, dance or sports, all of which are great. However, for anyone who feels like their high school career has been rather un-eventful, or simply not eventful enough for your college apps, this post is for you. Here are three suggestions that are bound to get you exactly where you need to be by the end of the semester. Enhance your resume. There were many times when I felt I wasn’t doing enough alongside my school work to make…
  • How Do I Balance Work, School, & Socializing?

    Team Zinch
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve rounded up two of Zinch’s higher ed experts and former admissions directors, Bob Patterson and Gil Rogers, to answer questions from YOU about all things college. In this edition of From the Desk of Bob & Gil, Megan asks… “How is it possible to keep a job and go to school at the same time in a state where you know nobody?” Bob, a former Director of Admissions at Stanford University, Associate Director at University of Pittsburgh, UNC Chapel Hill, and UC Berkeley, weighs in with his advice… The answer to this is quite simple: Absolutely. There are…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Why You Don’t Have To Be Cool To Build Rapport

    Michael Linsin
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    There is a common misconception that you must be “cool” in order to build rapport. The idea being that unless you’re able to interact with students on their level, unless you can speak their pop/youth culture language and tap into their wider influences, your influence will be limited. They’ll dismiss you and disregard what you […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • 11 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Lose Your Cool

    Michael Linsin
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Teachers tend to lose their cool when they feel they have no other recourse. Their buttons get pushed, frustration builds, and they boil over. They raise their voice. They fume and lecture. They glare and scold and stab the air with their finger. For some, it’s a hair-trigger habit that can happen with the least […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Develop Good Listening The First Month Of School

    Michael Linsin
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Listening is always a problem with a new group of students. You can count on it. Dwelling on it or complaining about it—as many teachers are wont to do—is a waste of time. The effective teacher is only concerned with what they can control. They’re only concerned with the actions they must take to fix […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Get Parents On Your Side

    Michael Linsin
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    If dissatisfied, parents can be a source of great stress. They can question your methods. They can challenge your decisions. They can complain, make demands, and waste your precious time. Which is why it’s critical that you get them on your side, critical that they like you and trust you and support your program. There […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Teach Classroom Management On The First Day Of School

    Michael Linsin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Although classroom management will make up only part of your first day of school, doing it right is essential. Because it sets the boundaries within which inspired teaching can take place. It establishes an impenetrable wall, safeguarding your students from distraction, interruption, bullying, disrespect, and the like. To be most effective, you mustn’t ease your […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • Who Won the First Cricket World Cup

    Tim Bortoli
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    The Cricket World Cup is an international tournament for One Day International (ODI) cricket. The finals of the tournament are held every four to five years and it is considered to be the premiere international tournament in the sport. All of the full (Test-playing) members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) automatically qualify for the tournament and the remaining teams play qualifying rounds for the right to compete at the world cup. The World Cup is held in two stages: a group stage and a knockout finals stage. However, this format has changed many times over the years.
  • What is the Largest Muscle in the Human Body

    Tim Bortoli
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The body has many muscles and it is estimated that there are about 640 skeletal muscles in every human body (the exact number is debated by experts)! There are three different types of muscles including skeletal, cardiac and smooth (involuntary muscles). Muscles are basically fibrous body tissues that are capable of producing movement. In fact, they do all kinds of important jobs inside the body such as pumping blood (heart) and swallowing (tongue along with muscles of the esophagus and pharynx). Continue reading to find out which of our muscles is the largest and learn why it is so large.
  • Where do Gophers Live

    Tim Bortoli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Gophers, also known as pocket gophers, are small rodents best known for their creation of complex underground tunnel systems. There are about 35 species of gophers, but there is much debate about which pocket gophers are actually full species. Just to confuse the situation even more, only the “pocket gophers” are true gophers, but there are also some ground squirrels that are sometimes called gophers as well. Gophers are usually brown and the average size is about 230 grams (0.5 lbs) and about 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) long. Let’s find out where these rodents come from and learn…
  • How are Marbles Made

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    amy mascott
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
          These days, with school in full swing and cool ‘big guy’ neighbors across the street and a travel soccer team to keep him busy, my boy isn’t that big a fan of reading. He’s into Pokemon (ugh). He’s wicked smart on Words With Friends.  And he spends a good amount of his free time thinking about how he can eke time out of his Screen Time Cards for Minecraft and AnimalJam. Honestly, he’s one of the coolest kids I know. And lately, he just hasn’t been digging reading. I get it. Often changes of schedules and shifts in season mean…
  • earn money for your school (& get parents to events!): what you need to know

    amy mascott
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post is brought to you by VolunteerSpot & Bing for Schools.   We are all so busy during the school year, it’s nuts crazy. And it seems like the older our kids get, the more we have to juggle. Many of us know how important it is for us to support our kids’ schools through fundraising, attending events, and volunteering–but it’s tough. I know that especially when the kids were little, it was all I could do to get the kids to school, let alone worry about volunteering or fundraising. I brought blinged-out waterbottles to a Teacher Appreciation luncheon…
  • recipe reading for kids: fun learning in the kitchen with monster sandwiches

    amy mascott
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      Ever since my kids were tiny, I’ve let them play around in the kitchen. It hasn’t always been pretty, but it’s been fun. And now, though they’re still learning, at 10, 9, and 7 years old, my kids are pretty skilled at cracking eggs, measuring ingredients, and navigating the wilds of cookie baking and meal-making. Recently, Cora has been into some serious snack preparation. Not only has this benefitted our bellies; what I’ve also been reminded of is how important recipe reading is for kids.  Kids are decoding important functional, everyday words.
  • the ultimate healthy living bundle: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
          It’s the beginning of a new school year, and for me, that always means it’s a time to restart, recharge, and re-examine our family’s health and routines.  After a summer full of ice-cream cones, freeze pops, and backyard bbq’s (and okay, a few too many Summer Shandys), I really needed to make some changes. All of my clothes were feeling tighter, and honestly, my body hadn’t had the time–or energy–to really move much this summer with three kids home all of the time. I’m not complaining; I wouldn’t change a thing.
  • noticing your kids: little observations mean a lot from parents

    amy mascott
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    originally published 9/17/09 but republishing now because it’s worth it–   Lately, I’ve felt overwhelmed by Cora’s ‘two-year-old-ness’. Her fiery temper; her constant movement; her unceasing energy; her smiles, hugs, songs, and cuddles; her high high’s, and her low low’s. Some days we enjoy this roller coaster ride, and others, we all want off. But what I’ve also realized is that as a parent, I’m more experienced than I was when Maddy was two, but I’m not in the fog of fatigue that I muddled through when Owen was the same…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Education

  • IIM likely to be established in Gaya

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    GAYA: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech proposed the establishment of Indian Institute of Management in Bihar. The Union govt has asked the state govt to provide 200 acres of ‘suitably placed’ land with easy access to road, rail and air transport and other infrastructural advantages. According to sources in the education department, the government, in response to the Union government’s demand for land has short listed Magadh University (MU), having a sprawling campus, as the place most suitable for IIM. However, the final call will be made by the site…
  • India is second largest & fastest growing source of international students to New Zealand

    6 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    NEW DELHI: Representing 12% of the international student population in the country, New Zealand is turning out to be an emerging attraction for Indian students aspiring to go abroad. In last one decade there has been 700% increase in number of students from India. First time student visas has increased by 123% in January-July 2014 from that of the same period in 2013. This was revealed by New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Grahame Morton, stating that New Zealand’s economic future is very much tied to our key relationships and India is a key export market for New Zealand. He said…
  • Indian education needs greater thrust on skill and personality development: Survey

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    AHMEDABAD: Indian teachers have voiced their opinions on the current state of India’s learning environment through ‘Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2014′. They feel that half of the students (50%) entering a class or grade lack the skills (academic, cognitive and vocational) required for that level, signifying low orientation of the system on skill development. This is further substantiated as majority of the teachers (92%) believe that India’s assessment system, primarily, focuses on exam results. In fact, teachers consider skill and personality development (94%) as…
  • High court seeks govt reply on plea claiming Delhi Judicial Service exam had incorrect questions

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court sought a response from the city government on a law graduate’s plea alleging that some questions in recently-held Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) Preliminary Examination 2014 were incorrect. A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi also issued a notice to the high court registrar seeking its reply on the plea by August 20. The bench also perused the question paper of the test held on June 1 this year and said the correctness of some questions appeared to be doubtful. It also sought a response from the high court registrar on how the issue of…
  • HSC, SSC re-exam from September 26

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    KOLHAPUR: The HSC and SSC examinations for students giving a second attempt will start in September and end in October, officials of the Maharashtra state board for secondary and higher secondary education (MSBSHSE) have said.An MSBSHSE circular said the both the higher secondary certificate (HSC) and secondary school certificate (SSC) written examinations will commence on September 26, but end on October 18 and 11 respectively.MSBSHSE’s Kolhapur divisional secretary Sharad Gosavi told TOI, “This year, we are likely to receive around 9,000 applications for the HSC examinations and…
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  • Presenting at EAIE Conference 2014 on Transnational Education, MOOCs and International Student Recruitment

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I will be chairing three sessions at the 26th European Association for International Education’s (EAIE) Conference in Prague on the overarching themes of strategies and trends related to international student recruitment, MOOCs and transnational education or cross-border education. Given below are the details:Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.New Ways of Learning: Digital Hype or Cultural Shift?Plenary Dialogue that aims to understand emerging trends, opportunities and challenges with the new ways of learning, in particular online learning and MOOCs.Philip Altbach,…
  • AACSB Sr. VP on Global Engagement and Changes in Management Education

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    Dr. Timothy S. Mescon is the fourth president of Columbus State University. He assumed that responsibility in August 2008. Previously, for 18 years, Dr. Mescon was Dean at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, where he held the Tony and Jack Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Mescon is the author of more than 200 articles and cases and has co-authored four books, his latest, Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development. Additionally, he has co-authored an audiotape series entitled Management Excellence. Dr.
  • Are you ready for Indian highflier students? Emerging opportunities of international recruitment and collaborations

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Engaging with Indian higher education has been always been a very complex endeavour for foreign institutions. However, Indian higher education is now priming up for new opportunities to recruit students and build partnerships. This time it is different as the opportunities are largely driven by student demand as opposed to policy reform.Soon, an emerging segment of Indian students will not only aspire to global education but will also have the ability to afford the experience. This will present new opportunities for institutions interested in engaging with India.The traditional segment –…
  • Will Indian higher education move from stifling regulation to authentic quality assurance?

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

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

  • Careers in Healthcare Versatile and In-Demand

    Editorial Staff
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Looking for a career that will be in demand for years to come? The need for qualified healthcare professionals will only continue to grow as the population ages. Health and wellness are hot topics on the minds of even the younger generation. Getting your foot in the door by training to become a healthcare professional can lead to a successful career with many different options of practice. Whether you see yourself as a Personal Support Worker, with the freedom to work in different homes, or as a Medical or Dental Assistant, with the stability of working in a permanent location, you can reach…
  • Study and Go Abroad Fall Fair Coming to a City Near You

    Editorial Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Meet face-to-face with representatives from top-ranked universities from around the world. If you’re young, healthy, and have few commitments, the world is your oyster. Why not take advantage of the fantastic freedom you have to embark on a life experience you’ll never forget? Canada’s leading international university and study travel expo is announcing their annual Study and Go Abroad Fall Fairs, designed to help students explore global opportunities. Admission is free and the public is welcome! As part of a cross-country tour that will include the cities of Vancouver, Calgary,…
  • $1000 Back to School Grant Offered by Brighton College

    Editorial Staff
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    It’s back to school time again! September is here with new incentives to shine scholastically. The back to school season can ignite that passion to learn and fuel the fire to reach your dreams. There’s no better way to improve your situation than to upgrade your education and enhance your skills. Reaching out to achieve your goals is easier than you may think. Now’s the time to cash in on a chance to win a $1000 Back to School Grant being offered by Brighton College. Here’s how it works. By applying for any one of Brighton College’s listed full-time diploma programs in September,…
  • Big Savings for Students With SPC Loyalty Card

    Editorial Staff
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The popular SPC Loyalty Card is helping Canadian students save more when they shop at thousands of stores and restaurants across the country. There’s no denying it, college students are at a place in life where image matters. They find themselves surrounded by peers capable of rendering judgement based on appearances. Wish you had vamped up your fall wardrobe a bit more before heading back to school? You still can, and at discount prices! In case you haven’t already heard, there’s something out there to help students deal with real problems, like being strapped for spending cash. Paying…
  • Open House at Metalworks Institute October 5th

    Editorial Staff
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    If you’ve always wanted to visit Metalworks Institute, now’s your chance. Dreaming of a career in the entertainment industry? Start the wheels rolling towards reality by attending a free open house event hosted by Metalworks Institute on Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Canada’s premier entertainment arts school, Metalworks Institute will be offering the chance to get a taste of what it takes to become one of their exceptionally skilled graduates working in the world of entertainment. If you’ve always wanted to visit their state-of-the-art facilities, now’s your chance to check out their…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • How do you find high school dropouts?

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a bunch of promises three years ago when he was running for office—especially when it came to education.He’s checked off some of them – a longer school day, more preschool, a focus on principals.But now his administration is ramping up attention to one the stickiest challenges: re-enrolling the city’s more than 50,000 dropouts.Grassroots effortsFor years--long before Emanuel pushed for a systematic way of enrolling dropouts--Pa Joof has been taking a shoe-leather approach to getting students back in school.Joof is the head of Winnie…
  • Global Activism: Sonia Shah Foundation Update

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Accomplished, multilingual Winnetka teenager, Sonia Shah, traveled and studied around the world. She started the Kulsoom Foundation for Girls (now named the Sonia Shah Foundation) to build a school for girls in Pakistan. But before the school was completed, Sonia was tragically taken from us in a 2012 auto accident at age 18. Since then, Sonia's mother, Iram Shah, has taken the baton to continue her daughter's work. We first spoke with Iram in 2013. For today's Global Activism, she's back for an update. The Sonia Shah Foundation's annual gala will be Saturday,…
  • Schools CEO: privatizing janitorial services not 'as smooth as we would like'

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett admitted Monday that turning over management of school janitors to two private companies hasn’t been going very well.“Obviously it has not been as smooth as we would like,” Byrd-Bennett said. “We have met with principals. We continue to do so and I think in a very short time, you will see a change.”In February, the Chicago Board of Education awarded two contracts, worth a total of $340 million, to two private companies, Aramark and SodexoMAGIC. These two contracts combined make it one of the largest privatization…
  • Global Activism: Women’s Global Education Project celebrates 10 years

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP) was one of our first ever Global Activism stories 10 years ago. And Jerome sat down with its founder and Executive Director, Amy Maglio and Adji Senghor WGEP's Senegal Project Director and Aniceta Kiriga WGEP's Kenya Project Director. For Global Activism, they'll all update us on the work the group is doing today.
  • Custodial contract causing problems at start of school year

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    It’s one of those jobs that you don’t really notice, until it’s not done.Dave Belanger knows firsthand. He once worked as a part-time, fill-in janitor for extra income early in his teaching career.“I’ve scrubbed toilets and washed bathrooms and cleaned classrooms and I know if you don’t keep on top of that every single day, it just quadruples," Belanger said. “A school that could start out clean on Monday by Friday, if things haven’t been done, is really almost a pig sty.”Dave Belanger is now the principal of Hanson Park Elementary…
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    » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Introducing 10 New Knerds

    Meghan Daniels
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Emma Griffiths (UK office) Originally from Toronto, Emma Griffiths joins Knewton’s UK office as a partnership manager. Emma attended University of Toronto and spent a year at the University of Bologna. Her hobbies include travel, yoga, cooking, and reading (a few of her favorite books are The Goldfinch, A Fault in Our Stars, and A Visit from the Goon Squad). New IT engineer Bryan Long originally hails from Baltimore, MD. He is an alum of New York University and Stevens Institute of Technology, and previously worked in Mac IT consulting. His favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones, Breaking…
  • Knewton Analytics Team: Insights Into Data

    Christina Yu
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Knewton’s adaptive learning team is one of the largest in the company. The analytics team, a large subset of that team, is responsible for the analytics or “insights” component of the Knewton platform. “We are responsible for creating the data science side of the analytics products that we provide to teachers, publishers, and students… but also understanding how our product is performing and working with members across the company to improve it.” -Director of Data Science, Jesse St. Charles “I think the exciting thing about being a data scientist isn’t the data itself.
  • Adaptive Interactions Team: High Stakes Statistical Modeling

    Christina Yu
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Adaptive Interactions team is responsible for statistical models and engineering that supports Knewton’s low-latency recommendation product. For each work item completed by a student in a partner product, Knewton computes up-to-date beliefs about the student’s proficiency, level of engagement, progress toward teacher-specified goals, and several other dimensions in order to create a personalized recommendation tailored toward the very next thing that the student should work on. The video below explores the team’s culture and day-to-day work. “We’re leveraging state of the…
  • E-learning: How to Use It Most Effectively

    Rachel Kuntz
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    E-learning refers to the application of information and communication technologies to education. This is a broad term referring to the use of any digital media technology — including tablets, smartphones, electronics, computers, games, applications, and more — within education. In this TED Talk, Salman Khan of Khan Academy describes how he uses video to effectively teach math and other subjects: Encompassing the burgeoning field of educational technology, e-learning is often associated with virtual learning, multimedia education, digital learning, computer-based instruction,…
  • Learning Centers: Where Fun Meets Function

    Rachel Kuntz
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Source Learning centers, also called “learning stations,” are used within classroom settings to help complement the main curriculum and enhance student learning. Students can rotate through learning centers in groups or individually. Meanwhile, teachers can move through the room and assist individuals, or meet with designated students for one-on-one or small group meetings. In this way, learning centers can help facilitate differentiated instruction — a “way of teaching that respects the different learning needs of students and expects all students to experience success as…
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    Robertson Reader

  • Robertson College Awarded Top Choice Award for Best Business College in Winnipeg!

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Robertson College was recently awarded the Top Choice Award for the Top Business School in Winnipeg.  This is a great honor because the Top Choice Award is given based on the views of the consumers.  Consumers vote on their choice, so now, it is the students that are saying that we are the best business college in Winnipeg.  It means so much to us to know that you feel this way.Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote!For those of you who don’t know much about us here is a little more information:Robertson College is the largest private vocational college in Manitoba.
  • How to Avoid Getting Interviews with Your Resume

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Want to make sure you don't get interviews, despite the fact that you are sending out as many resumes as possible.  Follow these tips and even if you send out 100 resumes a day, there is not a chance that you'll have to waste time going for an interview! Use a general Objective - Use an objective that could be applied to any type of job.  Say as little as possible and try not to reveal any information about the kind of job you are looking for.Skim over the details - Be general in your job descriptions and don't give them any details about what you are capable of or what you have…
  • Making Your References More Efficient

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As most of you know, your references are very important. They can either help you get the job or they can prevent you from getting the job. And the former is preferable!Choose your references carefully. You need to be sure that the people on your list are going to say good things about you. And once you know they are going to be called? Well, here's some tips that will help:
  • 17 Killer Tips to Prepare for Your Next Interview

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Job Interview (Photo credit: dumbeast)One of the best things you can do to make the best use of an interview is to make sure that you are prepared.  But what kinds of things should you do to prepare yourself?Check out these 17 killer tips and you’ll be sure to ace that next interview:3-4 Days Before the Interview…1. Make sure you have researched the company you are interviewing for a position with.  You should know what products and services they offer, who their target market is, where they have locations, a bit about their history, and any other key info that you can find.2.
  • Why the First 90 Seconds of Your Job Interview are Important

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    source:’s be honest – job interviews are hard.  No matter how long we have been doing job interviews, there is always something new to learn or something that you can improve on.  But if you are new to job interviews or if you only have time to work on one thing, focus on the first 90 seconds of the job interview and the impression that you make.Many employers admit that they make a decision about a potential employee within the first 90 seconds of the job interview.  Yes, the rest of the job interview might be just filler.  That…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Udemy Launches Skills Gap Index

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We know a lot about what employers think of the skills gap, what some economists think of the skills gap and what politicians think of the skills gap. What we don’t know? What workers think of the skills gap. So we sought to change that. And the results surprised us. The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey conducted by ResearchNow surveyed 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 to determine their  thoughts, perceptions and attitudes toward not only the skills they believe they possess, but also how those skills impact their professional lives. Among the most surprising…
  • Udemy Moves to New San Francisco HQ

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

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

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

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

  • NIMSET MPT Results 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Test (NIMSET MPT )  2014  results  will be declared on Monday, October 20, 2014 by Nizam’s University of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad . Candidates, who are going to appear for the exam, can check their  results  on the official website of  Nizam’s University of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad . Check here for more updates on  NIMSET MPT  2014 Exam Dates NIMSET MPT 2014: The NIMSET MPT will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 . NIMSET MPT is..
  • CMAT aspirants of Jammu, Srinagar center can opt for alternate center

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Candidates aspiring to appear for the Common Management Admission Test September 2015-16 First Test (CMAT September 2015-16 First Test) who have been allotted Jammu & Srinagar as their test center can opt for alternate centers, according to the official website. The move has been taken considering the flood situation in the region, which may affect conducting the CMAT September examination on scheduled dates at the centers located in the region. Candidates of the Jammu & Srinagar center have been granted the opportunity to appear for the test at any other test city as..
  • Mother Teresa Women's University Invites Applications for Ph.D in Management Program 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Applications are invited by Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal   for admission to full time/part-time Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program in Management for the session 2014. Eligibility Criteria for  Mother Teresa Women's University : Candidates those who have passed through 10+2+3+2 / 11+1+3+2 / 10+3+2+2 shall be eligible to apply. Candidates should have PG degree with 55% of marks / 50% marks for SC/ ST candidates. How to Apply for  Mother Teresa Women's University : Candidates can obtain the application form from here ..
  • Swinburne University, Australia Invites Applications for Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Applications are invited by  Swinburne University of Technology (SUT), Australia   for Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship (VCIS) for students to undertake a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) for the academic year 2014. Scholarship Details: The awards provide an annual stipend of $25,392 and cover the cost of Overseas Health Cover (OSHC). The award also covers to cost of tuition. Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for a VCIS, a student: Must be a an international student; and Must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class..
  • Punjabi University BBA 4th Semester Results 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    Punjabi University   declared the results of BBA 4th semester examination. The examination was held in 2014. Punjabi University Exam Results 2014: Punjabi University declared the results of BBA 4th semester examination today on Friday, September 19, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website - Punjabi University, Patiala . About Punjabi University: Punjabi University, Patiala  one of the premier institutions of higher education in the north of India, was established in 1962 under the Punjabi University Act 1961. This is the second..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Robertson College Awarded Top Choice Award for Best Business College in Winnipeg!

    Danielle McGaw
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Robertson College was recently awarded the Top Choice Award for the Top Business School in Winnipeg.  This is a great honor because the Top Choice Award is given based on the views of the consumers.  Consumers vote on their choice, so now, it is the students that are saying that we are the best business college in Winnipeg.  It means so much to us to know that you feel this way.Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote!For those of you who don’t know much about us here is a little more information:Robertson College is the largest private vocational college in Manitoba.
  • How to Avoid Getting Interviews with Your Resume

    Robertson College
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Want to make sure you don't get interviews, despite the fact that you are sending out as many resumes as possible.  Follow these tips and even if you send out 100 resumes a day, there is not a chance that you'll have to waste time going for an interview! Use a general Objective - Use an objective that could be applied to any type of job.  Say as little as possible and try not to reveal any information about the kind of job you are looking for.Skim over the details - Be general in your job descriptions and don't give them any details about what you are capable of or what you have…
  • Making Your References More Efficient

    Robertson College
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As most of you know, your references are very important. They can either help you get the job or they can prevent you from getting the job. And the former is preferable!Choose your references carefully. You need to be sure that the people on your list are going to say good things about you. And once you know they are going to be called? Well, here's some tips that will help:
  • 17 Killer Tips to Prepare for Your Next Interview

    Danielle McGaw
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Job Interview (Photo credit: dumbeast)One of the best things you can do to make the best use of an interview is to make sure that you are prepared.  But what kinds of things should you do to prepare yourself?Check out these 17 killer tips and you’ll be sure to ace that next interview:3-4 Days Before the Interview…1. Make sure you have researched the company you are interviewing for a position with.  You should know what products and services they offer, who their target market is, where they have locations, a bit about their history, and any other key info that you can find.2.
  • Why the First 90 Seconds of Your Job Interview are Important

    Danielle McGaw
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    source:’s be honest – job interviews are hard.  No matter how long we have been doing job interviews, there is always something new to learn or something that you can improve on.  But if you are new to job interviews or if you only have time to work on one thing, focus on the first 90 seconds of the job interview and the impression that you make.Many employers admit that they make a decision about a potential employee within the first 90 seconds of the job interview.  Yes, the rest of the job interview might be just filler.  That…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Writing It Down & Crossing It Off

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    This month has been insane. Between changing my business structure, moving my office/studio to a new location, seeing a full load of student, starting new sessions of two different early childhood classes, and creating an online CMTE course, I’m lucky I’m still sane enough to type this blog post. A few weeks ago, in an attempt to organize all the chaos, I entered everything into iCal. Then I used the Reminders app to make lists for each different area of my work and life that needed attention. I could access both my calendar and lists from my iPhone, iPad, and laptop, so I thought…
  • {Mama Moment} Baby’s First Musical

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Parker has an obsession with all things Sesame Street. He asks to watch it multiple times a day, and when he hears the theme song he comes running and dances along to the music. He knows the characters’ names, and can identify them verbally. So when we found out that Sesame Street Live was coming to our city over Labor Day weekend, we couldn’t resist. That being said, I had low expectations for how this would all play out. I mean, how plausible was it for a 14-month-old to sit through a stage show, especially one where life-sized characters were singing and dancing around? Not to…
  • “How Do You Like It?”

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    The weekend before my first day at the new studio, my mom gave me a happy sunflower arrangement and a card wishing me good luck. They’ve both been sitting on my desk since then — a nice reminder of how supported I am by not just my mom, but everyone in my life. Since that first day of work, I’ve gotten phone calls, texts and emails from people asking how I like working in my new space. Just about every single parent, and even many of my students, have asked when I’ve seen them for lessons or music therapy. Here’s the honest truth: I love it. Like, more than I…
  • New Studio Tour (Part 1)

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Day 1 in our new studio is officially in the books! Yesterday was a whirlwind of administrative tasks, moving the last few things, putting the final touches on my office, and finally, welcoming students for the start of the fall session. Our new space includes my office/studio, Katey’s office/studio, a therapy room, and large group space. Today I’ll give you a look inside my office/studio, since it’s the closest to being “done” in terms of stocking and decorating. I really love how it has shaped up, but it’s definitely going to take some getting used to…
  • First Day of Work

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today marks my 8th “first day of work” after summer break at Music Therapy Connections, but this year is different. I have a new office, studio, and coworker, so it almost feels like I’m starting a brand-new job. Luckily, I’ll be surrounded by the familiar faces of my clients and their families; a girl can only handle so much change at once. It’s always an adjustment, going back to a regular jam-packed schedule after a low-key summer. Having only worked 4 days a week, and for only a few hours each day, returning to my full client load this week will be a bit of a…
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  • Music and Movement Can Enhance Reading Skills

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include:listeningmemory/recallrhyminglanguage skillsfocusIt can also be a great enrichment for children who need English language acquisition help. When you combine music with movement, you help a young child develop:rh Read more...
  • Ease the Transition From Middle to Upper School

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Transitioning from middle to upper school is difficult for many students. In my area of the country, 9th grade is considered upper school. Often students are not aware that grades in upper school are more important than they were before. They are used to calculate the GPA that colleges use to decide acceptances, and prospective employers may look at th Read more...
  • Teach Temporal Words for Better Reading Comprehension

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are:oncefirstnextthenbeforewhileafteronbyfollowinglastfinallyRecognizing these important words helps a young reader begin to mentally &ldqu Read more...
  • Teach Kids To Be Active Listeners

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    In Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter Johnston suggests a technique for teachers to use that is meant to help students listen better, become more socially aware, and possibly more empathetic towards other students’ viewpoints.Johnston describes a situation where he watched students discussing their ideas about a question with a partner. The stude Read more...
  • 10 Simple Skills for 1st Grade Readiness

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skills, that student is better equipped for understanding grade-level reading, comprehension, and math.Here are 10 ways to help your child increase school Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Looking for Your Next Great Idea?

    Liz L
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Are you looking for new ideas for your next event, fundraiser, or teacher appreciation effort? We take a lot of pride in the many tips and suggestions you’ll find in our articles and other resources on But did you know our Idea Bag section is chock-full of great ideas, many of them simple and easy to execute, for a huge variety of topics? We just recently posted ideas ranging from a “camping”-theme celebration for teacher appreciation and a really fun-sounding International Game Night to one school’s effort to spread the word to as many people as possible in its…
  • How To Be a Clique in One Simple Step

    Tim Sullivan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Do parents outwardly or subtly think of your PTO or PTA as a clique? Most of the parent leaders I know are quite open to help, but their habits sometimes earn them an unintended clique reputation. For example, did your group or school recently ask parents to fill out forms to determine their interest or availability? If so, here’s a great way to get that clique name: Put those forms into a drawer and don’t contact the moms and dads who offered to help. In my experience, PTOs and PTAs do this because they are rushed or busy or trying to get hard stuff done quickly, and existing volunteers…
  • Duct-Taping the Principal 101

    Rose C
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    We’re betting some brand-new parents who have heard about principals getting duct-taped to walls are wondering why on earth anyone would do this. Turns out, duct-taping a principal is a pretty cool tradition. It gives the principal a chance to show the school community, especially the students, that she has a fun side. There’s something truly joyful for kids to see the principal, who can be seen as remote and sometimes stern, do something so thoroughly silly as being taped to a wall.   Often, principals promise to get duct-taped if students meet a fundraising goal or other challenge,…
  • Reed Elementary PTO Wins Readers’ Choice Contest!

    Rose C
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This week we felt like spectators at the Kentucky Derby as our Readers’ Choice contest came to an amazing finish with Reed Elementary PTO holding on to a small lead and winning our $500 prize. Prior to its big win, the PTO had been recognized in our 2014 Parent Group of the Year search for its outstanding effort supporting a diverse school community. Lisa Gamboa, Reed’s PTO president, says the community had fun getting out the vote for the Readers’ Choice contest. The PTO distributed flyers, made phone calls, asked area businesses to help get the word out, and “put posters all over…
  • Make Your Group More Fun

    Tim Sullivan
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    What do parents think of when asked about your group? Is it all jobs and labor and money and guilt? If so, you are going to struggle to get the help you need to do great work. Only a rare few parents (maybe you) do this volunteering stuff because it’s the right thing to do, no matter how grueling it is. For most parents and for the long term, volunteers need to get something out of volunteering. No — not pay. But the volunteering needs to pay off in other ways, like friendships and a feeling of accomplishment and — yes — fun. If volunteering for your group means more…
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    Free EYFS / KS1 Resources for Teachers

  • Engage and Accelerate: Reading resources for KS1 and KS2

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    It’s hard to find a one stop solution which will help children really take off with their reading. This is especially true if you are looking at resources for early KS2 where many children will be aware that they are ‘not very good at reading.’ They see it as a chore and it is vital to find high interest books with attractive designs so I was interested to receive a bundle of books from Engage Literacy.   The scheme starts with Wonder Words.  This teaches children their first 100+ high-frequency words via 24 stories that make full use of repetition and rhythm.  This…
  • Autumn Topic Bingo Cards

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
  • Visual Timetable Update August 2014

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s been a little while since we updated our visual timetable and the resource has proved so popular over the years that we thought we’d give it some fresh attention. Acting on numerous requests we’ve now added the following: outdoor learning, German, forest school, music, health, sticker time, trips out, library, gardening, fruit time and prayer.   There were a few requests that we didn’t manage to do as we thought they were very difficult to illustrate and a couple of others that we felt overlapped with existing pictures – remember the text is editable so you can always…
  • Workers & their Vehicles Flash Cards

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
  • Workers & their Tools Flash Cards

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
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    DPESP Mission Statement: To create an atmosphere of mistrust and tension.

  • Support staff the inferior class of people?

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    It's bad enough that our raises do not compound.  Rather they are applied to the start/base wage.But never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that we consistently do not receive the same percentage increase, despite it being applied differently.Step one; Goto the DPI website and download the Administrative Salary reports for a number of years back.Step two: Open each file and look for your school district.  Calculate the percent increase from the last years salary.Step three: Go through your old contracts and notes to compare what was awarded to support staff.Step four: …
  • Animosity created

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Some time back I wrote a letter of recommendation for a fellow co-worker, a long term substitute worker.He had applied a number of times for a permanent position, but always was passed up.  Instead they would hire someone off the street that they had no first hand experience with.This guy was/is quite flexible and I suspected and I suspected they didn't want to lose him as a substitute.The problem is the permanent person that they awarded the position to, always turned out to be less deserving.  I.e. they sucked, as deemed by all the other workers.So I wrote something along these…
  • Guy is spot on.

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:18 pm
    HOWARD — The scandal at the VA is yet another symptom of the “bonus culture” that has infiltrated management of all our institutions. When the measures used to evaluate success of the organization become the target by which executive pay is determined, corruption and criminality follow. This was the case when bankers falsified mortgage applications and financial products almost destroying our economy in the financial meltdown. It happens when chief executives rig company earnings to give themselves fat checks and it happened again at VA hospitals. At the VA (unlike the banks) someone…
  • In charge and not responsible

    21 Oct 2013 | 11:17 am
    Doesn't it irk you when important people like your boss, CEO's/ administrators aren't taking their job seriously.  Well why should they, other people in similar positions aren't held responsible?  That ethic of responsibility apparently went away 25 years ago.Look at the 2008 market collapse and how the bailout worked.   No one important in the banking, wall-street or other stepped down, big business were propped up and able to keep with the same people in charge.Compare that to how Lee Iacocca turned around Chrysler in the early 1980s. He reduced his own salary to $1 a…
  • CFR Carpet Machines

    26 Jul 2013 | 3:21 pm
    The key selling points from the first meeting seemed to be: It use a continuous-flow technology. With this system, cleaning solution is recycled and filtered so it can be used repeatedly. This will save time, less time/trips to empty and fill with water. It will also save money as there will be less chemical used, as you will change the water less. Toted 90 some percent water recovery. This collects as much as 50 percent more moisture than many conventional wands and extractors. The results: more thorough cleaning and rapid drying times. Real life discoveries: The toted 500 PSI, is exactly…
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    Difference Between

  • Differences between a plebiscite and a referendum

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    It is quite common to hear the words plebiscite or referendum when the political situation of a country gets unstable and is approaching an unacceptable stage. If there are substantial objections... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differences between manufacturing and production

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    The two phrases ‘to produce’ and ‘to manufacture’ are often considered synonyms and are used as replacements for each other. Many a times, the use of the two has actually ben interchanged. However,... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differences between Hijab and Khimar

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    The concept of hijab and Khimar is not very new and goes back many years. In fact, the concept of hijab is very ancient and although not always called as hijab but the concept of women covering their... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Statistical significance and Practical significance

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Introduction Statistical significance refers to lesser chance of sampling error affecting the mean-differences. Statistical significance comes from within the data used and confidence of the analyst... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differences between Jews and Israelites

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    It is common to confuse Jews with Israelites today as almost all Jews live in Israel. And although all Jews are Israelites, all Israelites are not Jews. To explain the reason for this, it is... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    The BLCU Blog

  • Free BLCU Applications For 2015 Programmes With CUCAS

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    When applying to study at the Beijing Language and Culture University, it's important to choose a reputable agency to handle your application. There are scams out there, so you need to be careful.That's why we recommend CUCAS, who have offered free applications for BLCU students since 2014.A break down of specific courses and dates  will be coming soon. To find out more and head on over to their page, click here.
  • 6 Reasons Why You Will Never Forget BLCU

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

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

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

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

  • 2014 CEA Pat Clifford Award Winner: Protest as Pedagogy

    Max Cooke
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Dr. Gregory Lowan-Trudeau’s research has the potential to instill critical understanding of Indigenous ecological knowledge, rights, and contentious natural resource development issues among teachers and students. Release date:  9 October 2014 CEA is pleased to recognize Dr. Gregory Lowan-Trudeau – Assistant Professor in the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education – as the recipient of its 2014 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for his work in developing a critical understanding among current and future teachers of the link between Aboriginal…
  • Lauréat du prix Pat Clifford 2014 de l’ACE : la protestation comme pédagogie

    Max Cooke
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    La recherche de Gregory Lowan-Trudeau comporte le potentiel d’inculquer chez les enseignants comme chez les élèves une compréhension critique des savoirs des Autochtones, de leurs droits et des questions controversées en matière de développement des ressources naturelles. Release date:  9 October 2014 read more
  • Symposium 'Le changement : un beau défi'

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

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

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

  • Back to School: Alcohol Education in College
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Labor Day weekend is upon us, and that means school's back in session for most colleges. While this may not be true for all new college freshman, going away to school is typically the first time teens get to experience a new level of freedom. Having recently finished my freshman year of college and therefore able to speak from experience, I know this freedom can be great. It allowed me to establish my own self and figure out how to take care of my needs without fully relying on my parents. An Upward Trend: Alcohol Abuse in College At the same time though, some students use this new-found…
  • OOPSortunity: When Accidents Create Success
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Zack Brown’s Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign got a lot more buzz than he originally intended. His goal of $10 seemed like pocket change after only a short time online when investors began pouring in dollars and support. Within a few days, he had already raised $5,000 from 850 backers, and he eventually saw a total pledge amount of around $55,000. People seemed to be excited and become united by the All-American potato salad. This is OOPSortunity: accidental success that presents exciting opportunities. The same thing happened with many great inventions and discoveries of the past. Eureka!
  • Course of the Week Highlight: Stay Up-to-Date in Your Healthcare Career
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you work in a healthcare environment in any capacity, you have an immense amount of responsibility for the health and safety of your patients. Your training doesn’t end after your often extensive of schooling is over. Ongoing training is of incredible importance in this field because of the numerous important things you need to think about and be aware of. You are expected to adapt as philosophies, expectations, and procedures change. This ongoing training helps you protect your patients, improve their experience, and keep them happy. This week’s featured courses are just a few of the…
  • 5 Successful Startup Trends: What Can You Learn from Startup Competitions?
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Successfully creating your own startup is the new American Dream, and with so many companies and ideas competing for attention, it can be difficult to recognize the ones with a decent shot of succeeding. In an age where apps like Yo and Push for Pizza can win the hearts of American consumers, how does one recognize the blend of entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and business acumen needed to succeed? Startup competitions are aiming to do just that. With huge monetary prizes and hours of professional mentoring, startup competitions such as the MIT 100k and UC Berkeley Launch provide a glimpse…
  • Making the Most of the Visual Element in eLearning
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Visuals are important in any kind of learning but they assume a greater importance in elearning because of the medium of teaching. For students studying on the Web on their own, distractions are aplenty and hard to resist. If your material is bland, it will fail to hook them, and before they realize it their minds will have started to wander. The right kind of colors, images, graphics, and fonts can prevent this from happening. Beautiful visuals can also break the monotony of learning and introduce an element of fun. Their role, however, is far from being aesthetic alone. The most important…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish for Kids: The Friday Five

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    It’s Friday! That means time for a weekend of fun, a little rest, and the Friday Five. Use these quick activities to expose kids to a little extra Spanish this weekend or anytime. They do not take much preparation and can be used with kids at a variety of levels.  The Friday Five make Spanish for kids easy! Check out the rest of the Friday Five series. 1. Listen to this counting story, Juanito el Cariñoso, about a little boy who gives kisses to his friends and family. Beginners can focus on the counting, predicting the increasing number of besos Juanito will give. They will also…
  • Spanish Vocabulary Games with Stick Figures

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Stick figures can be used for lots of Spanish vocabulary games. For example, in the printable I have included, kids read a short description and then add the details to the drawing. It is a simple, quick way to review vocabulary, and it is fun to compare drawings. You can download the printable using the link below. Of course, you don’t need a printable do Spanish vocabulary games with stick figures. There are many variations you can do drawing as you go, on cards, or on a white board. The trick is to limit the details to things that are easy to draw to keep the activity moving along. Here…
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Spanish in the Kitchen

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    This post is a part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. This group of parents and educators has come together to share great resources for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. We are also giving away fabulous prizes. Enter the giveaway below! Cooking is a great language activity for so many reasons! It is hands-on and an activity that parents and kids do together. Like language, cooking takes practice, so there is lots of built-in repetition. Cooking is intimately tied to culture, place and family, providing an opportunity to tell stories and share…
  • 5 Activities for Spanish Learners: The Friday Five

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It’s time for the Friday Five! These five activities are easy to do with kids learning Spanish and take little or no preparation. Activity #2 is an online game for children with more Spanish. It uses common vocabulary, but does not include pictures, so it is the most challenging of the activities. The other activities can be done with beginners or at any level as a review. Listen to and sing this version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in Spanish. It is nice and slow for beginner learners. The lyrics are in “show more” under the video. For kids who can read in Spanish, try this online…
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Worlds Together Cuba

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I just watched Worlds Together Cuba, a beautiful 25-minute documentary released in anticipation of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is part of the Worlds Together Series by Master Communications, an award-winning set of videos that introduces children to different world cultures. The people of Cuba are the stars of this DVD. The video gives basic information about the island over beautiful images of daily life. In the video, Cuba is described as “a photographer’s paradise,” and the vibrant colors of the video prove the point. This DVD gives children a window into the country. It is valuable…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level

    Catlin Tucker
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    While presenting a series of Google trainings in Alaska last week, I discovered that very few participants knew how to do an advanced Google search by reading level. It’s such a useful trick for differentiating reading materials in the classroom, I wanted to share it. Step 1: Enter your search terms into the query box.   Step 2: Click “Search tools” > “All results”> “Reading level”   Step 3: View the breakdown of your search results by reading level. To view only the “Basic,” “Intermediate,” or…
  • Common Core: Explicit vs. Implicit Information

    Catlin Tucker
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Words like “explicit,” “implicit,” and “inference” sound like a foreign language to most students, yet the Common Core expects students to “read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.” Students must be able to identify both explicit and implicit information, so they can make inferences about what they read. The trick is designing fun activities to keep students engaged as they practice and apply these new skills! Yesterday, I briefly described each term and had students record the…
  • Build an Online Community to Complement Your in Class Community

    Catlin Tucker
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    More and more teachers are venturing online with their students to enhance and extend the work done in the classroom. There are myriad benefits to engaging students online and replacing classic pen and paper assignments with more dynamic online lessons, asynchronous conversations and collaborative activities. Unfortunately, many teachers jump into the online space without creating the foundation needed to ensure students will participate respectfully, supportively and substantively. I believe we must follow the same steps we use in the classroom to build community online. 1. Establish Clear…
  • Crowdsourcing as a Class with Blogger

    Catlin Tucker
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The first few days of school can be a bit of a blur for students who are bombarded with syllabi and class rules. One of the ways I like to break the cycle of “sit and get” that first week of school is to use a crowdsourcing activity to put the responsibility of establishing expectations on my students. Instead of telling them what I expect, I ask them questions like: What would make this class feel like a community? What can your peers do to make you feel welcome? How can you help to keep this classroom a safe space? My students have been in school for 10 years by the time they…
  • 15 Reasons I Love to Teach

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

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Submitted by: Joe Piwowar Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team The Draft Strategic Plan identifies Student Success as a core priority, with decreasing completion time as one indicator of fulfilling this objective. The University of Regina Graduate Students Association (URGSA) and the Strategic Planning Facilitation Team would like your thoughts on: What are some of the factors that could cause prolonged graduate studies at the UofR? What can the institution do to foster an environment where graduate students can complete their programs in a timely fashion? What other metrics could be…
  • Advice for new students from someone who has been there

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Submitted by Rebbeca Marroquin, Undergraduate student, Arts My name is Rebbeca and I am a second year student. I graduated high school with only 11 other classmates, so I knew that getting accepted into university was going to be a dramatic change… but I was ready. However, during my first day of university I was feeling exactly how you are going to feel on your first day because you are adapting to something new. I’d like to share with you my experience during Welcome Week so you can have a better understanding of what to expect! Orientation 2013 was the beginning of my…
  • VIDEO: President Timmons participates in ALS ice bucket challenge

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

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

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

  • The blame (& praise) game continues

    Punya Mishra
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    I have shared earlier a design for a reflection ambigram for the two words “praise” and “blame” – where one word becomes another when reflected in a mirror. In fact the design has been printed in 3D. As it turns out this was a design that I had made many years ago – and was for the most part, I was satisfied with it. Yes the “s” was a bit iffy – but hey, it worked. Here is the old design: This is part of the reason I love creating ambigrams. Letterforms are subtle, nuanced and rich arenas of exploration, and they never cease to surprise me…
  • Praise-blame ambigram in 3D

    Punya Mishra
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Jon Good has been playing around with some new 3D printers we just bought and this is what he printed for me – a 3-D version of the “praise-blame” ambigram (click here for the 2-D version). How cool is that! So what you are seeing in the top half is the printed artifact and below it is its reflection. You can click the button below to animate the image…
  • Robert Frost writes a paper

    Punya Mishra
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    First it was Lewis Carroll and Jabberwocky and now it is Robert Frost and his poem Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening that receives the EPET treatment Here is poem #2 in our series of famous poems rewritten from a graduate school perspective. Thanks to Diana Campbell for following up a brief conversation at a party with a great first draft. Danah Henriksen and I jumped in and put in our two cents as and when not needed. Without further ado, here is:  Stopping by the college on a snowy evening Stopping by the college on a snowy evening Whose thoughts these are, I do not know.
  • Ambigrams animated: 3 new designs

    Punya Mishra
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I love creating ambigrams, words written in such a manner that they can be read from multiple perspective – rotated, reflected and so on. These designs are much easier to “grasp” when printed on paper since you can actually turn the paper around, hold it against a mirror or hold it against the light while looking at it from the other side. All that is harder to do on a webpage. So I have been thinking of ways of making the entire process a bit more interactive (sort of what John Langdon does so neatly on his site). So after poking around with css and javascript and WordPress…
  • Jabberwocky goes to graduate school

    Punya Mishra
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The 5th floor of Erickson Hall is a fun place to be. Typically a bunch of graduate students hang out there, working on their readings, talking shop and in general having a good time. For some reason, last week, I promised Josh Rosenberg that I would write a poem for them. I don’t know why I promised this… I just did. So now that I had said it, it had to be done. So I wrote a poem building from one my favorite poems of all time, Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. It wasn’t the greatest thing but hey, whatever. I shared the draft with others and asked for suggestions to…
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    Moodle News

  • Video: Overview of Moodle’s Administrative Reports by @freemoodle

    Joseph Thibault
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    You may not know but even in a fresh install of Moodle there are loads of administrative reports available to you to better understand your site and what’s happening on it. From all comments,...
  • Job: LSU Seeks Learning Management System Administrator

    Joseph Thibault
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    A leader in Moodle use in higher education within the USA is the Louisiana State University. For years they have had one of the best knowledge bases for helping users interact with their system...
  • Video: Creating a Rubric in Moodle

    Joseph Thibault
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s a 10 minute video tutorial by Greg Bird which focuses on the advanced grading Rubric within Moodle [docs]. In the video Mr. Bird highlights how to configure an assignment all the way...
  • CLAMP LAE released for Moodle 2.5.8, 2.6.5 and 2.7.2

    Joseph Thibault
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project, better known as CLAMP has recently released it’s updated Liberal Arts Edition for Moodle 2.5.8, 2.6.5 and the 2nd in the 2.7 branch for 2.7.2....
  • Moodle Mobile 1.6.1 released, now available in the app stores

    Joseph Thibault
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Moodle Mobile 1.6.1 was released late last week and includes a few updates to improve the mobile Moodle experience via the official app for Android. New features and improvements include: new...
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    Education Best Practice

  • Free Lessons on iTunes

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all love a freebie! A top independant school has made available their resources for lessons and books. The BBC reports: A leading independent school is making dozens of its courses available free online, so lessons can be downloaded by pupils or teachers at other schools. The ground-breaking initiative by Stephen Perse Foundation school in Cambridge will make A-level, IB and GCSE courses available online. They can be downloaded free through Apple’s iTunes U service. Principal Tricia Kelleher says: “The digital world requires teachers, like everyone else, to work…
  • 8 Fantastic Ways to Ensure Great Communication

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    There’s a really interesting article over at Edudemic regarding communication with parents. 8 Great Ways to Connect With Parents Focus on the positive, not just the negative. If you have to get in touch with a parent because their child is having a disciplinary or academic problem, don’t just call and tell them what is wrong. Start off with what is going right, which will help the parents feel like you’re not just attacking their child. Be consistently in touch – not just when things are bad. If you only ‘touch base’ when something has gone awry, the parents will cringe when…
  • Michael Gove Leaves Education Post

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Important news for all those who work in education today is that Michael Gove has left his post in Education. The BBC reports: “Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron’s premiership. He has been replaced by Treasury minister Nicky Morgan, as Mr Cameron promotes more women into top jobs. Mr Gove has been one of the most radical and at times controversial figures in David Cameron’s government, driving through far reaching changes to the education system such as free schools and the extension…
  • Schools ‘struggling to prepare’ Free Meals Plan

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

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

    Brenda Schory
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Students have the opportunity to combine medical science with law enforcement studies, as a high school biomedical class teaches crime scene investigation. As Omar Aguilar […]
  • Pie Baking Students Learn Many Lessons and Help Community

    Kevin P. O’Connor
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By putting their hands rigfht in the dough and following directions, pie baking students learn many lessons and help community groups with their efforts. Teacher […]
  • Helping Disabled Students Recognize Their Strengths

    Holly Hines
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How is an exercise on building towers with their feet helping disabled students recognize their strengths?  This was just one of the activities that brought students with intellectual, cognitive […]
  • Math Lessons in the Garden

    Greg Williamson
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    While students measured, read, dug, and planned, they were actually learning math lessons in the garden at Moore Magnet Elementary School. Second graders carried clipboards and […]
  • Boys Make Notable Gains in School When They Become Active

    Nancy Maleki
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    A recent study has found that while all children do better in overall school performance when they engage in physical activity, boys make notable gains in […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Rebuilding Broken Trust in a College Community

    Julia Steiny Columnist
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Julia Steiny - Professor David Karp runs a Restorative Justice initiative at Skidmore College and researches college-student discipline practices. He tells this story: Two students at a Colorado college got the brilliant idea that a prank could liven up a lecture class they found boring. They would release a big bull snake during class. These snakes have no venom, but look and rattle like rattlesnakes. So, student #1 would leave a backpack containing the snake under a seat, unzip the pack and take off. Student #2, looking to beef up his social life, would leap into the fray when the snake…
  • Polite Notice: Don’t demonize teachers

    Ron Isaac EducationViews Contributor
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    That’s what charter lobbyists in beast mode and their cronies do who want to “reform” education by privatizing it. They want to establish a permanent hegemony and leave an indelible footprint. If only it were true that “the more things change, the more they remain the same.”  We may never again have public education if they get their way. Veteran educators, particularly in public schools and most especially members of teachers unions, are their most hated targets. That’s natural, because these instructors cling, within reasonable parameters of oversight,…
  • How yesterday’s teacher wars explain today’s education battles

    External Resource
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    By Alexandria Neason On the heels of a summer fraught with drama surrounding teachers and the policies that govern the schools where they work, education reporter Dana Goldstein offers a new look at the deep history of the profession to understand today’s disputes. In her first book, “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,” Goldstein chronicles milestones like the feminization of teaching, labor abuses and the subsequent rise of unions, and the relationship between schools, social justice and politics to remind us that today’s battles, reforms, and even…
  • Bobby Jindal’s Common Core Revenge Story

    External Resource
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been making the rounds to increase his national name recognition in recent days. On Tuesday, during a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation touting his energy plan, Jindal told a story about his son’s frustration with Common Core math problems and how his son has cleverly handled that frustration. Specifically, the governor says, his son had to deal with trying to explain the metaphysical reasons for why 18 + 4 = 22, and why other addition problems have certain sums. (The video is below and the punchline is too great to give away.) Surreal, subtly…
  • End of student cap was ‘sprung on universities’, ex-special adviser admits

    External Resource
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    Nick Hillman says government plans for a free-for-all ignored issues of university entry standards and how to fund enrolment The government’s plans for a free-for-all in university undergraduate numbers in England are “fuzzy” and were published without considering potential pitfalls, according to the special adviser to the universities minister at the time the policy was launched. Nick Hillman, who was special adviser to David Willetts as minister for universities when the lifting of the cap on student numbers from 2015 was launched last year, says in a new report “the…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Are You a Connected Educator?

    International Society for Technology in Education
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    By Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Board Member, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Powerful Learning Practice Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the last two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, Connected Educator Month offers highly distributed, diverse and engaging activities to educators at all levels, with the…
  • Interview: Education Technology Leader Dr. Barry Bachenheimer

    Tarsi Dunlop
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Dr. Barry Bachenheimer is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Pascack Valley Regional High School District (NJ) and a 2014 NSBA 20 to Watch Education Technology Leader. He has been in education since 1993, serving as a teacher, social studies supervisor, principal and central office administrator. He also served as Director of Instruction in the Caldwell-West School System in Caldwell, NJ, prior to coming to Pascack. Dr. Bachenheimer values personalized learning, student voice and thoughtful integration of technology in classrooms, and he recently supported Pascack…
  • Get It Right Podcasts: Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor, Stanford University

    Get It Right
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford University, Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing discusses the benefits of college and career ready standards for improving conditions for both teacher and student learning. Darling-Hammond also speaks to the need for performance assessments that better measure student achievement and growth. Download as MP3 Full Version Download as MP3
  • Passionate Learner Seeks Same

    Learning Forward
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    By Tracy Crow, Director of Communications, Learning Forward If school districts relied on Craigslist to build effective learning systems, the search would be simple: "Passionate learner seeks same." While the reality of building learning systems and teams is more complex, the principle is the same--committed learners at every level of a system are the key to improving teaching and learning for students every day. Passionate learners in today's schools aren't optional. And yet, of the five beliefs that undergird Learning Forward's work, here's the one most likely to make educators do…
  • Building Strong, Effective Family-School Partnerships

    National PTA
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    By Otha Thornton, President, National PTA In August, National PTA announced that 170 schools and PTAs from across the country have been recognized as 2014-2016 National PTA Schools of Excellence for building strong, effective family-school partnerships. Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger. The efforts of these schools and PTAs to engage and involve families are making a substantial, positive impact on student success and well-being. National PTA also released a report that summarizes outcomes…
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    My College Guide

  • Sign Up to Take the ACT or SAT

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    SAT and ACT Test Dates It’s that time of year! The time to start signing up to take the ACT and/or SAT. Ideally, you’ll want to sign up to take the test no later than the spring semester of your junior year or fall semester of your senior year of high school. The earlier you take it, the more opportunities you have to re-take it if you don’t like the score you get. Here are the 2014-15 testing dates you can sign up for. ACT Testing Dates October 25, 2014 December 13, 2014 February 7, 2015 April 18, 2015 June 13, 2015 SAT Testing Dates October 11, 2014 November 8, 2014 December 6, 2014…
  • College Admission Essay Tips from the Pros

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Writing Essays for College Applications and Scholarships Writing a college admission essay is hard work and may be overwhelming. But there are many professionals out there who can help you write the best essay possible. My College Guide has searched the Internet for their best advice, and now we’re bringing you four blog posts with great advice you can use to write your own essays for college applications and college scholarships. How Parents Can Help You Write Your Essay: The College Essay Guy blog has some great advice on essay writing, but this particular blog post provides great tips on…
  • Changes Coming to ACT

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Changes Coming to the ACT Changes are coming to the ACT exam and its scoring, beginning in 2015. According to an article by Inside Higher Education, the changes to the test itself are minor and students will still receive a score from 1 to 36. Where you’ll really see the change is in the addition of new “readiness” scores and indicators. The changes are designed to improve readiness and help you plan for future success. So what exactly is changing? Here’s a recap of the changes you can expect. 1. New indicators to predict student readiness and performance. New indicators will evaluate…
  • 10 College Scholarships for High School Sophomores

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    College Scholarships for High School Students It’s never too early to start looking for (and applying for) college scholarships. Even as early as your sophomore year in high school you can start entering essay, video and other scholarship contests to earn money to help pay for college. Here’s a look at 10 scholarships high school sophomores can apply for. The deadlines for these scholarships vary, so refer to each scholarship’s websites for its annual deadlines, rules for applying and additional details. $2,000 CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship: Want to be recruited to play a…
  • College Major of the Month: History

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    College Major of the Month: History College majors in the humanities or the liberal arts often get a bad rap, but there are plenty of career opportunities for students interested in these traditional subjects. To highlight some of these career opportunities in humanities fields, we’re featuring history as My College Guide’s College Major of the Month. What can history majors do for a career? A degree in history can prepare you to work for government agencies, museums, archives, historical societies, research organizations and consulting firms. For example, you could be a director of a…
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  • Week in Review 090714

    Dennis Callahan
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Things I found online this week that caught my attention.  How about you? What did you discover? @JD_Dillon Again, learning doesn’t change. Our understanding and ability to support it will hopefully become more effective. #LRN2024 World in Beta from @hjarche  In a world exploding with potential, the way you embrace emerging technology, and the transformations it causes, will greatly affect your business. Be ready. Be part of it. 3 Issues Should Occupy Managers Over the Next 50 Years from @NimbleAtWork “the best leaders of the future will spend half their time reading…
  • My Top Learning Tools for 2014

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

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

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

    Dennis Callahan
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
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    Most Strongly Supported

  • Common LSAT Logical Fallacies: Composition

    Robert Seaney
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Have you ever heard that inane little riddle, “Which weighs more, a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?” It’s gotta be bricks, they’re way heavier. Right? The crux of this pissant’s play is the “ton,” of course; we’ve already established that their weights are equivalent. Thus, neither weighs more than the other. So why does anybody ever fall for something so silly? We fall for it because we’re seduced by the Composition Fallacy. We believe, erroneously, that the things the ton is composed of has bearing on the weight of the whole. Such part-to-whole reasoning is not…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Some great tips on minimizing your student loan debt. Ms. JD Is it a good decision to go to law school if you don’t want to be a lawyer? “It depends.” Student Appeal What part of your personality steps forward as a lawyer? I bet it’s the “lawyer-y” part. Above the Law A BUSINESS ONESIE?! Yes, a business onesie. Lawyerist 13 XTREME businesses that are in no way extreme. College Humor
  • A Better Way to Measure Law School Job Numbers

    Laura Santoski
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Determining the “best” law schools has been a hotly contested field over the last few years, with everyone wanting to get a piece of the ranking action. U.S. News & World Report is the most common ranking system, incorporating various factors including selectivity, perception by peers, and job placement.  Above the Law has its own rankings with a much greater emphasis on employment outcomes, while created rankings focused on LSAT score, employment, and journal citations. When it comes to students actually deciding which school to attend, however, employment prospects reign…
  • LSAT Logic Flaws on the Big Screen

    Philip Mayer
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We’re pretty close to the September LSAT, and I bet you’re pretty sick of thinking about it. Me too. So rather than tackling a specific element of the test, or how you should be studying, or even talking law school applications, I want to turn your attention to one of society’s safe havens for logic flaws and faulty arguments: Hollywood. Let’s take a look at the logical fallacies in three of the most famous lines in movie history. 1. “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men This oft-quoted Sorkinism is one of the most well-known movie quotes ever, in…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A troubled law school might be closing its doors. Above the Law Apparently CTRL+C is very important to the legal process. Wall Street Journal A lawyer dressed as Thomas Jefferson to defend his license in court. No joke could make that any funnier. Topeka Capital Journal Canada’s “first Christian law school” is locked in an accreditation debate after it asked students and faculty to sign a heterosexuality contract. The Blaze A guy pretending to be Humans of New York can do pretty much anything. Death and Taxes
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  • Navigating health insurance terminology: Copayment

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

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

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

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

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program) If you thought July in Missouri was a bit on the cool side, you’re right. Shots of cool air from Canada brought the Show-Me State below normal temperatures for the month.       Missouri Climate Center
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    FACS Alive: Today's Family & Consumer Science News

  • Keeping FACS Alive: Bilingual FCS in OK

    LZX Team
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I’m a Registered dietitian and FCS Educator with OK. State University. I love teaching nutrition classes to the community to help them prevent chronic disease. I use all your handouts in English and Spanish since I teach in both…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Building strong families and businesses in North Carolina

    LZX Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! I teach Family and Consumer Sciences Education in North Carolina. I teach Apparel I, Apparel II, Advanced Studies in Apparel, Foods I, and Teen Living. My students learn the importance of building stronger families. In each one of the courses that I teach, we…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: ServSafe and ID theft in Georgia

    LZX Team
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    This summer Learning ZonExpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! The Family Consumer Sciences Agent, at Tift County UGA Extension, in Tifton, Georgia has been very busy keeping the community healthy and safe. Roxie Price teaches ServSafe to the restaurant managers and employees. She is always in the community promoting…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: With 7th and 8th grades in Indiana

    LZX Team
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    This summer Learning ZonExpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! I teach 7th and 8th grade girls and guys, Family and Consumer Science in Fishers, IN. Our school system, Hamilton Southeastern Schools still supports the junior high curriculum at three junior high schools. We teach food preparation, nutrition, meal planning,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Free Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Classes in North Carolina

    LZX Team
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    This summer Learning ZonExpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! I am the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Program Assistant in New Hanover County, NC. I offer lessons in meal planning and choosing healthy foods, cooking healthy meals and snacks, shopping for healthy foods on a limited budget and…
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  • ($) “Show, don’t tell.”

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    This is probably the most important advice for ANY kind of writing – fiction and non-fiction alike. And bschool essays. (An aside: We fervently hope and pray that all of your essays are in the “non-fiction” category.) This is a slippery concept for new writers to figure out though. What in heck does that MEAN?… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • Kellogg is into “growth” now – not “thinking”

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    We were thrilled when we saw Kellogg’s essay questions this year, where they had dropped their “Think Bravely” concept from the prompts and weren’t forcing applicants to shoehorn their stories into some uncomfortable mold in an attempt to match the school’s branding. Last year we had seen many very good stories get perverted in the essay-drafting process. BSers had to jump through hoops to make sure that what they were writing about was appropriately reflecting the Kellogg tagline, per the way that the school had asked their questions. But the Kellogg tagline was…
  • Words that appear only in essays and resumes

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Applicants of all kinds – MBA, job, whatever – all types of BSers often have this annoying habit of trotting out million-dollar words when writing their resumes and cover letters. It’s worst with bschool essays. EssaySnark has compiled a list of words that nobody uses in everyday language, but which they pepper into their MBA apps all the time. Yeah, annoying – and transparent. Can you say “trying too hard”? If you wouldn’t use the word in everyday speech, it doesn’t belong in your essay. In no particular order: piqued – even worse, when…
  • ($) “Can I use hyperlinks in my essay?”

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Amidst the flurry of Round 2 submissions last season we got this from some random BSer: Quick question -is it OK to include a hyperlink in an essay? Clarifying information: I started and ran a charity campaign that was swept up in a big, national media story and I’m planning on using it for my… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • Weekly contest winner!

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    This week’s Commenting Contest Winner is jeffjose – who tweeted us about an error in one of our strategy guides. Thanks for the heads-up! We’ve granted you a week’s access to the blahg.
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    Miguel Ángel Escotet » Scholarly Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The secret to getting straight As in math (it’s not what you think)

    Rebecca Zook
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was recently talking with one of my favorite students about her goals for the upcoming school year. She told me her big goal was to make straight As. This actually made me kind of worried! You might be thinking, what, Rebecca, are you CRAZY? Why would it be BAD for a kid to WANT to get straight As? So … let me explain. The reason why this made me a little worried is because what is most important to me as a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert is that the students truly master the material. I’ve found that when students are committed to the process of mastery, and…
  • Will guessing move you forward, or throw your hard work out the window?

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

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

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

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

  • A MindShare Moment with Karen Grose, VP of Digital Education at TVO

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Dr. Karen Grose, First Vice President of Digital Education at TVO. She is responsible for developing innovative content, products and services for inside and outside Ontario’s classrooms that support success for students, teachers and parents. Prior to joining TVO, Karen served the Toronto District School Board as Coordinating Superintendent of Strategy and Program Planning. Karen recently completed her PhD at OISE and is deeply committed to the process of life-long learning.
  • Using Technology to Support Math Instruction: Some Simple Reminders

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    by Timothy Gard, TDSB Educator & MSL Report  Contributing Writer Technology is now becoming pervasive in more and more schools. Teachers are beginning to get the devices and the software to empower their teaching and student learning. Many teachers are using these tools to make an impact in the humanities and students are more engaged and enthusiastic about learning because they can use the devices that they are so very familiar with to do things that were not possible a short number of years ago. There are some caveats however and these involve the often very limited of using technology…
  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Dr. Greg Malszecki receives the MindShare Learning Leader Award from Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning Back-to-School stirs up so many great emotions and memories. We are fortunate to live in such great country with provincial education systems that are among the top in the world according to the OECD. What intrigues me is the passion I see among education and industry leaders to make a difference. You are not “just a teacher,” or a “sales person” catering to this very important and emerging sector. Hence, it’s the people who make it happen. The teachers in the…
  • Top Ten Deep Learning Tools for Teachers

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
      by Joseph Wilson, Senior Strategist Education, MaRS Discovery District This week, as nervous children head back to school for another year of social tension, nervous parents have their own worries: are they getting a decent education? We all want our kids to succeed, and the war over what constitutes good education is always heated. Despite the desires of some pundits who want our schools to head back to the good ol’ days of rote reading and writing, most parents and educators expect more from our education system. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives released a report this year…
  • Canadian Education Hashtags

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
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    EdtechvoiceEd Tech Blog

  • Learn How to Create a Thematic Poster Using Photoshop

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    In this lesson, you will learn how to use Photoshop to create a custom thematic poster of your choice.   What I usually recommend is that students be well grounded in basic photoshop skills, but the lesson can be done without this.  This lesson is used to teach typography and it allows you to  put this concept into action.  The lesson could easily be used without this frame of reference.   Before you start it is useful to take a few minutes to think about the theme you would like to develop.   I recommend writting  down words you would like to use before you start.   Once you get…
  • How to create a Contact Group in Gmail

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Many people have asked me for this, so here goes!   Gmail includes a tab under mail that allows you to create contacts.   IN the video below, I show you a few tips to quickly create and add groups for both your organization and for your students if needed.    If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment!
  • How to Take a Name Tag and Digitize it with Photoshop Cs6

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Learn some of the basics of Photoshop with this activity!  Many of the skills in this video can be applied in any version of Photoshop.   IN this activity, students will create a name tag the old fashion way (Hand Drawn!)  and take a picture of it when it is completed.   Students should email it to their Google Account and once in there store it for future use.   To use it in Phtoshop, students should download it and follow the steps in the tutorials.      In this activity,  Students will learn how to use selection tools, adjustment layers, locking layers and will learn how to modify…
  • Creating a Paperless Classroom With Google Drive

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In today’s classroom environment, students are often interested in delivering assignments in digital format instead of via paper format.   As a classroom teacher, you could accept emails from your students, but I can tell you from experience that this is a lot of extra work.    If you are looking for an easy solution, read on!  Most school boards have some type of cloud based system in place.  In our school board, we use Google Apps.    Google Apps has many third party companies who create apps that can be of great use to teachers.   One such app script (or now called ADD…
  • How to Use Internet Explorer TABs in Google Chrome

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    As an avid user of Google Chrome, I am always surprised with the amount of legacy (meaning OLD programs) that are still in use on the web.    As a user, I find it very inconvenient to have to log out of my browser and open up Internet Explorer to get an older app or program to work for me.   Thankfully there is an easy work around available in the Chrome Web store.   The app IE tab is the solution you need.   Below I have a short video show users how to permanently setup IE TAB to work without having to loging everytime.
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Have You Explored Twitter with Animated GIF?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this post I am going to tell how to convert your slideshare presentations into animated gif and how to promote that using Twitter. Step 1 Visit and write your slideshare URL in the box provided and click ‘submit’ button. Click the gearbox icon and choose the time interval in which the slides have to be played and the No of slides to be converted into animated gif and in what size it should be shown. The following screenshot explains the above concepts. Step 2 After submitting the URL, you’ll be asked to save the file. Save the file and visit your Twitter page and…
  • SRecoder for High Quality Video

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

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

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

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

  • Boring but Essential: Good Recording Keeping in Fieldwork / Data Collection

    Dr Robert Muller
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Microsoft Office Excel 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Nick Hopwood: is a messy, complex, unpredictable process.All the more important, then, that your record keeping and approach to managing your data is clean, systematic, and enables cross-referencing and a clear audit trail.I have made a video, available in small file size (86MB) and one full file size (500MB) which explains one approach to doing this using Excel.I illustrate some important points and…
  • Welcome Back to School (Shootings)

    Dr Robert Muller
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Crosses, flowers, signs, and other items left at a makeshift memorial site established near the MLK Commons at Northern Illinois University within a week of the February 14, 2008 shooting at NIU which killed six and injured 18 people. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Rachael Maddux, - Matter:’s barely September, and the afternoon light has finally mellowed enough that it no longer seems preposterous that the kids in my neighborhood are back in school.For weeks now I’ve watched as they walk out in the mornings,…
  • PhD Completion: What it Takes to be the Gardener of Your Own Success

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    by E. Alana James, Doctoral Net: I start - be sure to sign up to receive all the news about the Open House which will run Sept. 5th-22nd. DoctoralNet is rolling out great fun and excellent content to help doctoral students around the world do well this year.   The fall, or autumn, is a good time to think about what we were able to build so far this year. I've been ruminating about growing plants and the gardener's relationship to PhD candidates, entrepreneurs…
  • Should we Patch the Leaky PhD Pipeline?

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Image courtesy of Simon Hazelwood-Smithby Julie Gould, Nature Jobs: Simon Hazelwood-Smith, one of the winners of the London Naturejobs Career Expo journalism competitionSimon is an MSc student studying science and technology policy at the University of Sussex. He has a background in genetics, having previously worked as a research assistant in the Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at King’s College London. Outside of work he likes to keep active and enjoys rock climbing, playing…
  • Five Super Tips for Getting the Most from Your Supervisor

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

    Krystal Knapp
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    New Jersey’s first half-Ironman race is called the Princeton Ironman, but the 70.3-mile race does not pass through Princeton. Mercer County Park in West Windsor will host the 1.2 swim and 13.1 mile run. The 56-mile bike portion of the race also will start and end there. The race, which will begin at 7 a.m. […]
  • Princeton Hospital Demolition Project Will Begin Sept. 22

    Krystal Knapp
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The demolition of the one-story building closest to the parking garage at former hospital in downtown Princeton is now slated to begin on Monday, Sept. 22, officials announced today. Contractors for developer AvalonBay are still completing work in preparation for the demolition. The hospital demolition project is anticipated to take four to six months to […]
  • Princeton Today: Poems and Percussions

    Krystal Knapp
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Good morning on this lovely Thursday. Small World Coffee will host a fundraiser for Sustainable Princeton tonight called “Poems and Percussions for the Planet.” You can make a donation at the door or buy a ticket online via Eventbrite. Performances by Dan Johnson and Arul Karttikeya. 7 p.m., Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street. Suggested […]
  • Princeton Police Charge 28 Year Old in TD Bank Robbery

    Krystal Knapp
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    This afternoon police arrested a 28-year-old man in Old Bridge for the robbery that took place Monday morning at the TD Bank on Route 206 in Princeton. A confidential tip led police detectives to Wesley Gugliuzza. A coordinated effort between Princeton Police detectives and Old Bridge Police detectives led to his capture and arrest. Gugliuzza, who […]
  • Letters: Join the People’s Climate March This Sunday

    Krystal Knapp
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    On this Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 11:30 a.m., people from all across the country will gather at Columbus Circle in New York for what’s being billed as “the largest climate march in history.” I’ve never taken part in a march, but I’ll go to this one, and I encourage everyone else to head to […]
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  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

    Mark Frost
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    With the new school year already here, HackCollege is looking for new writers to add to its 2014-2015 roster. We’re expanding on our extensive library of articles on every topic related to college life, and need students who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed. But beyond helping students succeed, you’ll be making money and gaining valuable writing experience that could lead to opportunities down the road. The money is the important part, though! Below are a list of writing positions we’re currently…
  • 3 Quick Tips to Beat Negative Perfectionism

    Mark Frost
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By nature, perfectionism sounds great. The drive to always perform, and not settling for second best or mediocrity can’t be a bad thing, right? In reality, however, negative perfectionism is your worst enemy. Not only because perfection is impossible to obtain, but because it often leads to failure simply due to the fear of failing at a particular task. Throughout college, you’ll likely feel the pressure to succeed, leading your inner-perfectionist to reveal itself on a regular basis. Below are a few tips for balancing your desire to do great work with your need to complete…
  • 5 Specialized Degrees for Future Trailblazers

    Mark Frost
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    There’s no shortage of majors at your typical college today. Everything from Advertising to Zoology is available, giving students a great variety of career paths to choose from. But you rarely hear much about niche programs–the ones that go beyond your average career path and help students get truly specialized training. If you’re looking for a program that puts you into the career you’ve been dreaming of, take a look at these specialized degrees: Sports Management A Sports Management degree is a gateway to the professional sports industry. It prepares you for a…
  • 4 Subscription Services College Students Need to Use

    Geoffrey Koester
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I was pleasantly surprised to read in my school newspaper that Spotify Premium is only $4.99 for students with a special discount.  While I’ve had Premium for many months, I didn’t blink when I had the chance to save five bucks on a monthly subscription. I look at these monthly subscriptions as bills (because they are), but since I live on campus, they are my only bills to pay each month.  What subscriptions do I have and recommend to you?  Well, keep reading because I’m about to tell you. Spotify Premium – $4.99/Month  I’ve already told you that I have Spotify and have had…
  • Freshman Week: The 5 Best Apps for Freshmen

    Mark Frost
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    While a large part of the college experience is about becoming independent, responsibility is the biggest byproduct of independence. For many, dealing with the transition to college life is natural; others may struggle to lead a balanced, organized life. In the past, we’ve often talked about ways students can organize their lives, as well as apps that can make it simple. But if you’re new to HackCollege, or the thought of even attempting to organize your life is scary, here are a few apps that you’ll want to get familiar with as the school year gets started. Note-Taking:…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • In Brazil, Teaching and Learning Happen Outside the Box

    Claudia Costin
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    A good quality basic education equips students with the foundational skills (reading, writing and numeracy) they need to function in today’s society and prepare them for lifelong learning. But in many parts of the world, schooling alone is not yielding the expected results, and countries are experimenting with innovative learning and teaching tools, including online platforms.   In Brazil, a Portuguese version of the Khan Academy’s free online education platform (see World Bank Group President Jim Kim’s post last week) is helping thousands of students master basic skills. This effort…
  • Q/A: Sally McGregor on Jamaica’s Pioneering Role in Early Childhood Development

    Daphna Berman
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Sally McGregor working in Bangladesh, taken 13 years ago Sally McGregor was a newly trained physician when she moved to Jamaica in 1965 from England for what she called a one-year “adventure.”  She ended up marrying and staying 35 years. It’s a good thing she did. The impact evaluation of a program she designed to improve the development of chronically malnourished toddlers in Jamaica is changing how the development world views – and tries to improve – the problems faced by disadvantaged children all over the world.
  • Vietnamese Youth: Strong in Literacy and Ready for More

    Christian Bodewig
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Vietnam’s education system is receiving a lot of international attention following the country’s strong performance in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Vietnam’s 15 year-olds performed as well in mathematics, reading and science as their peers in much richer Germany and Austria, and better than the international average. In an earlier blog I reviewed possible explanations for this success. New analysis of data for Vietnam from the World Bank’s Skills Toward Employment and Productivity (STEP) skills measurement surveys confirms the message from PISA.
  • Global Education Targets: Are They Missing the Point?

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

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

  • Survey about Learning Data, Analytic and Learner Profile (#bigdata)

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    At the ending of 2013, IBM revealed its predictions for five big innovations that will change our lives within five years. The number one on the list is “The classroom will learn you“. In the next five years, IBM believes teachers will use “longitudinal data” such as test scores, attendance, and student behavior on electronic... Read More ›
  • A/B Testing for Developing Learning Programs

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    For some years now, technology developers from industries other than education have been releasing products to users as soon as possible and then collecting and using data from the users to determine consumer preferences. Technology developers amass a large user base so they can collect and learn from data about how users respond to their... Read More ›
  • A Commitment to Iterative, Collaborative Design for Learning

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    How shall we coordinate researchers, solution designers or product developers, policy makers and practitioners together for problem solving and innovations in education? Design research From Wekipedia: Design research was originally constituted as primarily research into the process of design, developing from work in design methods, but the concept has been expanded to include research embedded within the... Read More ›
  • Developing Digital Learning Resources with Minimally Viable Product Model

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The health care professions have embraced a mechanism for assembling and communicating evidence-based advice to practitioners about care for specific clinical conditions. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) had also published practice guides in education to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on the types of systemic challenges that cannot currently be addressed... Read More ›
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  • No Place for Pranks: This Is Serious Business

    Simon Hopes
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Everyone likes a prank any time of the year but April Fools’ Day is the day that everyone has to be on their guard. One of the best pranks was half a century ago on BBC’s Panorama when they broadcast a supposedly serious film on spaghetti trees. It was the early days of pasta becoming…
  • Must-have for a traveller: GPS Navigators in rental cars

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    GPS Navigator since long time ago has become an indispensable tool for many drivers, and especially for those who usually drive on unfamiliar terrain. But many people still don’t know about all the opportunities of this device. In this article, you will find a lot of useful information about GPS Navigators and learn why this…
  • Customization of open source CMS to accommodate your unique business needs

    Simon Hopes
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    The internet today is abuzz with lots of content management systems (CMS) designed to suit different needs of businesses. There are some foundational goals that every CMS is set to accomplish. Whether you run a small or large business, you may require certain configurations which are aimed at making your business more efficient. For instance,…
  • Do you backup your computer online?

    Simon Hopes
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    If you have a computer, or two, that you use for a small business, college or just for storing your favorite family photos, you know how important that data on the computer is to you. With information stored on your hard drive being so important and sometimes irreplaceable, you should consider getting your computer backed…
  • The state of web security in 2014

    Simon Hopes
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    It’s no longer just computers that are at risk from cyber-attacks today. In fact, pretty much any internet-enabled device can be manipulated by hackers. Furthermore, as more and more people become au-fait with using the internet and interacting with their favourite brands and companies, more and more online trust is built. And, while this is…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • Fall Into Small Business Marketing Success

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    The lazy days of summer are over, and we’re all shocked to find out there are only a few months left in 2014. As a small business owner, though, you have the advantage of flexibility and speed on your side to make the rest of this year a success and build a solid foundation for 2015. Here are eight marketing tips you can implement now to get your small business back in gear: 1. Build up for the holidays: A successful holiday season can make all the difference, especially in retail. Don’t wait any longer to start planning. Get your marketing in gear now so you can build a customer base…
  • What To Do If You Think You Can’t Afford College

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Far too many potential college students today think they won’t be able to attend college because of their family’s financial circumstances. While money is certainly a big factor in the college decision-making process, it isn’t the only one. You don’t have to cut yourself off from a potential college just because you think it’s probably out of reach financially. The New York Times recently reported on “Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor.” Some of the colleges that made their list of most economically accessible include Vassar, Grinnell, UNC – Chapel Hill,…
  • Social Media for Students on #CollegeCash

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    On Thursday, September 11, #CollegeCash welcomed Alan Katzman from Social Assurity (@SocialAssurity) to talk about social media etiquette for students. Social Assurity works with families to guide teens on safe, authentic and impressive social media use for college and career. HS students and college grads should be embracing social media as a way to set them apart from other qualified applicants. [View the story "Social Media for Students on #CollegeCash" on Storify]
  • 7 Smart Money Tips for College Freshmen

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    It’s September and college students should be settling into their new routines. For college freshmen this can be both overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. While it’s great being away from your parents and making decisions on your own, it’s also scary being responsible for your own actions all the time. Financial choices you make now could end up causing you a lot of financial hardships down the road. Here are seven money tips you can use to make sure you don’t fall into the college money trap: 1. Shop for Textbooks: While most schools make it easy to purchase your textbooks…
  • Work-At-Home Mental Health Mistakes

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Working from home has a lot of ups and downs. It can be gratifying and fulfilling to be your own boss, but it can be difficult to feel connected with the rest of the world. You may love having flexibility in your schedule, but there are still deadlines which need to be met. If your business is your only source of income, you can’t afford to let the negatives outweigh the positives. You have to keep sharp mentally so you can pursue your passion with everything you’ve got. Here are a few mental health mistakes some work-at-home entrepreneurs make, and a few ways to avoid them: 1. Becoming…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Sharpen your number 2 pencil

    Dana Fulton
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Prepping for the SAT and ACT The SAT and ACT may be intimidating, but having the right tools at your disposal can help you feel prepared for the challenge. Whether you’ve already started studying or have yet to open a book, now’s a great time to check out what resources are available and which ones can help you as you get ready for these important exams. While Wells Fargo does not have any affiliation with the companies listed below, we thought they put together some helpful resources—some of which require payment or registration, but several of which are free for your use:  …
  • Habits that help

    Dana Fulton
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The importance of creating routines at college One of the most exciting parts of starting college is your new independence. Suddenly, your schedule is up to you – and there are so many fun things to discover. However, if you aren’t proactive about creating a routine, you may get overwhelmed with all the responsibilities. Here are some good habits to establish in your first few months at college: Schedule study time. A good rule of thumb is that, for every lecture, you should study 1–3 hours, depending on the difficulty of the subject. Schedule some devoted, distraction-free study time…
  • Now You’re Cooking Care Package

    Dana Fulton
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    One thing students take for granted is having someone around to make meals for them. Help them ease into the college life – and into making their own meals – with a Now You’re Cooking Care Package, with helpful ingredients and recipes that can get them cooking. Consider including ingredients like these: Now You’re Cooking care package Cookie dough Brownie mix Tea or lemonade mix Instant noodles Mac & cheese Granola bars & trail mix Fun magnets Silverware, napkins, dish towels Fun salt & pepper shakers Does your student need to get their grades cooking too? Show them…
  • I Forgot Care Package

    Dana Fulton
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did your college student forget a few crucial things in between all the packing, buying, planning and moving? It happens. Why not put together an “I Forgot” Care Package that covers off on those bare necessities that everyone could use a little more of? You can include items like: I Forgot care package Pens, pencils and highlighters Folders, paper Printer ink and paper Paper clips, erasers, scissors Backpack Multi-surface/delicate surface tape First aid kit Everyone forgets things, and everyone needs a little help from time to time. Here are some tips to help your student when their…
  • What College Students Can Buy with $1000

    Dana Fulton
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    When you sign up for the CollegeSTEPS Program you get tools and tips for college, and a chance to win $1,000. What can the average college student do with $1,000? We’re glad you asked. What will $1,000 buy?
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    African Youth Empowerment and Development » Learn about Online Learning Opportunities

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

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

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

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

    Ikenna Odinaka
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
    Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could have a little conversation in Chinese Language? Modern China is playing an increasingly influential role in the world’s political, financial and economic spheres, and with Mandarin Chinese being spoken by over one billion people within China and the Chinese diaspora it makes learning Chinese, even the basics, increasingly […] Continue reading Want to learn Chinese Language for free? Try Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies by Alison
  • 15 Full Distance Learning Scholarship for Developing countries in MSc Forestry at Bangor University, UK 2014

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

  • A New Way To Think About Early Childhood Education

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more One of the biggest issues in education is that there is a lack of funding, and emphasis, on the early years. Local authorities have limited budgets, and choose to focus their work on older children and those who are approaching college age. This means that younger children simply do not get the care and attention they need, and they miss out on the chance to learn early in life, when their brain is still forming and they have the ability to absorb knowledge at an impressive rate. The lack of early years education is a…
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  • Top 7 Reasons to Attend College in the Twin Cities

    Alexandra Rice
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    The Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is as vibrant and varied as the many colleges and universities that call it home. From catching a play at the renowned Guthrie Theater to catching a foul ball at Target Field, students can always find something to do when they’re not busy writing papers or looking for internships. Here are seven reasons why you won’t regret spending your college years in the Twin Cities. School and Work 1. Internships abound College is all about trying new things and learning something in the process. As any college graduate can tell you, many of those enlightening…
  • Applying to College: 6 Tips for Veteran Students

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Most people head to college in their late teens and early 20s, right after high school and before finding their first full-time jobs. But for those who’ve served in the military, the path to higher education is full of twists and turns. According to the Student Veterans of America, 85% of veteran students are 24 or older, 27% are women and 47% have children to consider. Along with a military background, these students enter college with very different needs than traditional college-age students. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes the specific needs of veterans and offers…
  • How Much Will it Cost for My Child to Take the SAT?

    Alexandra Rice
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Every year, high school students in the U.S. and across the globe sharpen their No. 2 pencils in preparation for the SAT. Though it’s only one of the factors colleges use when determining whether to admit students and to offer them scholarships, it’s certainly one that causes anxiety for many teenagers and their parents. For students, SAT stress is likely to bring about the biggest test anxiety of their lives. But for parents, the stress can be wholly financial. A 2006 study by researchers at Ohio State University revealed that SAT preparation classes benefit children from families…
  • Applying to College: 7 Tips for First-Generation Students

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Everyone who wants to get a college education should have the chance, but for some students it can feel like there are too many barriers in the way. For first-generation students—or those who are the first in their family to attend college—those obstacles on the road to college can be completely overwhelming. While parents of first-gen students often want to help their children attend and succeed in college, a lack of experience and prior knowledge can keep them from doing so, and as a result, first-gen students are often left with far more uncertainty in their academic futures.
  • College Gift Registries Gain Popularity

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    While your college student is busy balancing study, a social life and sleep, you can make sure they have the tools they need and the creature comforts they want, thanks to the rise of the college gift registry. Registries, once reserved for weddings and baby showers, are now gaining popularity among college students and high school graduates who want to make sure they receive the supplies they need before heading off to school. For the giver, it takes the guesswork out of shopping and creates a more personal alternative to gift cards or money.
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    Studying Law

  • Thinking about a career in law? 5 Top Application Boosters

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

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

    3 May 2013 | 3:17 am
    I work full time and what should be a 9-5 job ends up being much longer hours, but this is the life of a paralegal working at a silver circle firm. So making time for training contract applications and actually having a life outside of work can actually feel like they are jobs in themselves!  How do you fit it all in?For me, it’s about balance. You really do need to look at everything you have to do in front of you, and plan your time effectively, and not be lazy. But I’m sure this is no big revelation to any of you! If you want something badly, you HAVE to put in the effort.
  • Time is ticking! Get your hands on a £2,000 bursary

    20 Apr 2013 | 1:10 pm
    A post from TARGETcourses.For many people considering a postgraduate course, how to fund it is the main cause for concern. It can even be a deterrent. It’s a case of finding funding, applying, and waiting, (potentially lots of waiting), often only to find that you have been unsuccessful and have to repeat the process.Prospective students are tormented by questions like: where do I find postgraduate funding? Will it be enough? Am I eligible?And even though there are lots of options available – studentships, bursaries, grants and loans, and employers may also help fund a postgraduate…
  • The History of the CV

    14 Mar 2013 | 11:47 am
    A cool infographic from the National Careers Service. The history of the CV. Check out their site for loads of info on legal and non legal based career information.
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    Curriki's Blog

  • OECD Report: Education at a Glance 2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
      By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki   The OECD report “Education at a Glance 2014″ was released on 9 September 2014. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has 34 member countries, and they included data from 10 additional countries in this report. The report looks at educational attainment and impact on economic and employment results in 44 countries across Europe, North and South America, Africa and the Asia / Pacific region. Key findings include: The economic divide between tertiary-educated (college or university-educated) individuals and those with less…
  • 10 Most Popular (and Free) Math Resources on Curriki

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

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

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

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

  • Survey Data: Agree-Reading is Important; Disagree-Reading is Fun

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    The 7th and 8th grade teachers who administered our own  “How I Feel about Reading Survey” to teams of students have collected some contradictory data. The survey is based on questions suggested by Kelly Gallagher in his book Readicide. In this book, Gallagher uses the term “readicide” to define “the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.” The student body is divided into four teams at each grade level, and each team has taken the survey these first few days of school.
  • Mark Twain Library Book Sale Helps “UsedBooksinClass” Move to West Haven

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    I’m moving. This blog is moving with me. This Used Books in Class blog will now be headquartered in West Haven, Connecticut, as I have taken a position as the Language Arts, Social Studies, Library Media and Testing Coordinator for their public school system. West Haven is a shoreline community with six elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and a high school that houses a student population four times my previous school. I am very excited about this opportunity. One of my first responsibilities will be helping teachers at the middle school (grades 7 & 8)…
  • Informational Texts: Those Legos “Lost at Sea”

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

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

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

  • Which English Exams Are There for Postgrads?

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  jackhynes  As an international student, if you want to study in an English-speaking country such as USA, UK, Australia or New Zealand, you have to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English. This is a core requirement for admission to most … more... The post Which English Exams Are There for Postgrads? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Summer Tips: Organise a Trip to a New Library

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  Smath.  Spending hours searching for books in a library used to be a postgrad ritual. Today, however, the internet has replaced the library as the research tool of choice. From Wikipedia to JSTOR, there are so many resources for … more... The post Student Summer Tips: Organise a Trip to a New Library appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • How to Start Work on a Great Postgrad Bibliography

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  susivinh  One of the keys to writing a quality paper or dissertation is to have a good bibliography. Finding the best researched and most relevant books or journals, will let you keep focus on the topic and avoid having … more... The post How to Start Work on a Great Postgrad Bibliography appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Making the Most of Your MBA Degree

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
       by  Mays Business School  The tuition fees for a two-year full-time MBA at the prestigious London Business School (LBS) for the programme commencing August 2014 is £64,200. This does not include living expenses, which can be substantial in a city … more... The post Making the Most of Your MBA Degree appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Free Online Educational Resources for Postgrads

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

    Bookshare Team Member
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Colorful image of paper dolls holding hands to celebrate International Literacy Day! Dedication is the one word we use when referring to the more than 500 U.S. teachers and specialists who participate in the Bookshare Mentor Teacher program. Because of their commitment throughout the school year, hundreds, if not thousands, of new educators, parents, and students with qualified print disabilities are now members of Bookshare. They can effectively use the library and reading technologies for academic success. Are you an educator who wants to go the extra mile to ensure reading equality and…
  • Get Inspired with an Individual Membership

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you or your child or student ready to access Bookshare independently this new school year? Students with qualifying print disabilities can boost their academic independence by doing the following: Finding their own books Accessing teacher reading lists for school assignments Reading with the easy-to-use Bookshare Web Reader Make sure you or your child or student is ready with an Individual Membership! Teachers: Log into your Bookshare account and send pre-filled Individual Membership forms to your student’s parents (under 18 years) or to the students (18 years and above) so they can…
  • Carson’s Journey with Technology Makes English Teacher Proud!

    Bookshare Team Member
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Teacher, Sallie Spencer with Carson. Earlier this year, we featured a blog and video by Bookshare Student Member, Carson Maxson. He and his English teacher, Sallie Spencer, from Olivet Middle School, Michigan, created the video “How Read2Go Moved My Life” for the first White House Student Film Festival. They wanted to demonstrate how Carson’s reading ability changed once he was introduced to portable technology and accessible ebooks to accommodate his learning disability. Carson’s story is not so unusual for kids with learning disabilities. They fall behind at an early age and cannot…
  • Winners of the 2014 Summer of Sleuths Contest!

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

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

  • Student Engagement Strategies: Get Parents on Your Team

    Sarah Layton
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton This is a previously published post. After attending Back-to-School night at my kids’ school recently and working through an issue with my daughter’s teachers, I thought it was a good time to reflect on teacher/parent communication and collaboration. As a parent, I know that I have to work together with teachers. Teachers know that great student engagement strategies are that much better when you get parents on board, as well. Student engagement strategies: get parents on your team “The season of parent teacher conferences is traditionally a time of anxiety,…
  • How Our Health Science Curriculum Can Help with IEPs

    Sarah Layton
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton When I Googled “how many students have IEPs” I found that according to a NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) Overview of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools and Districts: 1999-2000, the number was a staggering 5.8 million, or 12%! And that was just up to 2000. Imagine the number now. As staggering as that number is, I wasn’t exactly surprised by it. We have teachers asking us every week about how our health science curriculum can help address common IEP requirements. While we certainly cannot address every common modification or accommodation…
  • Computer Applications Lesson Plans: Microsoft Access Curriculum

    Sarah Layton
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Just last week, I was asking if when establishing your computer applications lesson plans, do you give Microsoft Publisher its fair share of attention? I have the same question this week about Microsoft Access. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a database junkie! When done well, they are such amazing tools for all sorts of things in your professional and personal life. So don’t sweep Access under the carpet if it’s not an application you are comfortable with. Give some of these ideas a try, and you’ll soon embrace the database, too! Here’s where…
  • Business Education Lesson Plans: Teaching Professionalism

    Sarah Layton
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Of course employers are looking for job candidates that demonstrate professionalism. Apparently there’s a lack of it among younger generations of job seekers. It seems today’s students need to be taught how to be professional. I’ve never taken a lesson in professionalism. That’s just something that we learned through life experience in family and community while growing up. I’m guessing many teachers charged with teaching professionalism never had to take a class in it either. So how exactly do you teach professionalism with your business…
  • Benefits of Blended Learning: CTE Textbooks vs. Online Curriculum

    Mary Seward
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Mary Seward Last month, Mary Seward talked about the benefits of blended learning in regards to “online resources vs. online curriculum.” This month, Seward continues with the benefits of blended learning, this time focusing on CTE textbooks vs. online curriculum… CTE Textbooks – Fodder for the Frolic At the risk of sounding like a luddite, I admit it–heck, I even shout it sometimes–I love books. Real books. I like the experience of reading from a printed paper page and holding a book that was published 50 or 75 years ago. In my town, people of similar ilk…
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    Fractus Learning

  • Using VoiceThread to Deepen Student Discussion

    Lisa Blessington
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview VoiceThread is a very well established tool in the education space (K-12 and Higher Ed) that allows educators and students to discuss, comment and critique digital media in a much richer forum than just text. By giving users the ability to add audio and video comments as well as written thoughts to media, conversations can be made deeper and more human, helping students to understand difficult concepts as well as promoting engagement and interaction. Name: VoiceThread – Pricing: Free / K-12 or Higher Ed License Compatibility: Web / iOS Access:…
  • 5 of the Most Popular TED Talks to Inspire Educators

    Nick Grantham
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Ideas worth spreading” has been the mantra of TED since its inception in 1984. Some of the greatest minds, leaders, provokers and peacemakers have taken to the TED stage to share their world changing views, but few have had the level of impact as the below educators. From inspiration ideas to practical classroom advice, here are five of the most popular TED talks of recent years by world-changing educators.   1. Three Rules to Spark Learning Technological innovation in education can be a slow and painful process, with new technology difficult to acquire, implement and…
  • Using Wolfram Alpha to Compliment Math Class

    Nick Grantham
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Wolfram Alpha is a computational search engine that differs from the likes of Google, in that it provides direct answers to factual queries rather than returning lists of links and sites. These direct answers mean that Wolfram Alpha becomes an extremely powerful tool in providing solutions for quantifiable facts and mathematical problems. Name: Wolfram Alpha – Pricing: Free / $5.49 per month (pro) Compatibility: Web / Tablet / Phone Access: No signup required Privacy: Private (privacy policy)   A Quick Look Wolfram Alpha can be an excellent…
  • Using Dropbox to Share Teaching Resources

    Wade Gegan
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Dropbox is ranked by many educators as their number one digital tool for improving productivity and simply making life a whole lot easier. While cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and others provide safe and secure online space, they are also extremely useful services for enhancing collaboration and sharing. Name: Dropbox – Pricing: Free / $10 per month Compatibility: Desktop / Web / Mobile Access: Email signup Privacy: Customizable (privacy policy)   A Quick Look Dropbox is one of the simplest cloud storage solutions and…
  • 5 Upcoming MOOCS for Tech-Enthused Teachers

    Lisa Blessington
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Coursera and edX offer some of the most polished and professional online courses, for free, and from many of the most reputable institutions on the planet. It’s well worth keeping your eye out for courses that catch your interest, but just in case you haven’t had a chance to peruse their latest offerings, here are five really exciting MOOCs for teachers looking to get techy. Here is just a taste of what you could learn in the ‘Design and Development of Educational Technology‘ course from MIT.   1. Design and Development of Educational Technology To be effective,…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Find a Fundraiser Fast!

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Hey teaching friends!  I believe most everyone is back in session for the School year about now and I am hoping you are finding the transition from summer to school an enjoyable one - and that you are loving your new students! One of the hardest things I know if in the classroom is when back to school happens and certain students just don't have the money to bring in school supplies.  Your heart certainly breaks for each of those children.  And you understand how times can be tough for many families. Many teachers will stock up on extra supplies from the big box stores when the back to…
  • Teacher Toolkit Tuesday: Social Studies

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    It's Teacher Toolkit Tuesday! Yay! Each week I will create a grouping of some fabulous ideas all surrounding a topic and post them here on the blog for you! Do you have a blog and want to play along? Simply right-click and grab the Teacher Toolkit Tuesday logo from below and save it to your desktop. On any given Tuesday (feel free to start today - lol), write a blog post that contains a collection of resources for the theme of the week (mainly free ideas, videos, and pictures) using your favorite medium such as Pinterest, inlinkz, or just images. Make sure to include the image below and make…
  • September Student Journal Cards Freebie!

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Hey teacher friends!  I though it would be fun to start a new segment for this school year called:  Teacher Toolkit Tuesday!  Yay!  Each week I will create a grouping of some fabulous ideas all surrounding a topic and post them here on the blog for you! Do you have a blog and want to play along?  Simply right-click and grab the Teacher Toolkit Tuesday logo from below and save it to your desktop.  On any given Tuesday (feel free to start today - lol), write a blog post that contains a collection of resources for the theme of the week (mainly free ideas, videos, and pictures) using your…
  • Banner Behavior

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

  • Is a ‘tough rigorous’ curriculum really what children need?

    Ross Mountney
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Children going back to school will be learning with a new curriculum that according to the Prime Minister is “rigorous, engaging and tough” (see BBC report) But I’m worried, after looking at some of the components,whether it is more likely to put children off learning than it is to engage them. It may also be a contributory factor in growing numbers of parents deciding to abandon schools and home educate. For the curriculum has become so prescriptive that parents feel it destroys the children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn. As an example take Year 4 children, aged 8…
  • Am I alone in thinking that exams be abolished?

    Rory Ellis
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    What student does not dread exams? To quote that famous educationalist (err, maybe not) Eminem “His palms are sweaty, knees weak”, and that certainly sums up how I feel about exams. As somebody still stuck in the education system, enduring important exams every summer, and taking time to enjoy what’s left of my long summer holiday before starting Uni, my mind has turned to exams, and whether they are really that important, let alone really necessary? And toy with the almost heretical idea that exams be abolished altogether. Who knows, maybe someone may even listen now…
  • Improving classroom behaviour: a practical guide

    Jon Ellis
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Teaching can be tough, particularly when you have an unruly class to work with. Every child comes from a uniquely different background. Getting children to conform with classroom behaviour norms can be challenging, if their patterns are already firmly entrenched, and where they have issues such as respecting limits and personal space, or responding to conflict. It is therefore vital that teachers establish healthy patterns in the classroom, making it clear that what is tolerated at home or in social settings, will not necessarily be mirrored within the school. These are just a few habits…
  • Tips for tutors: how to become an effective online tutor

    Jon Ellis
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tutoring these days is a whole different ball game than just five years back. The advent of e-learning tools and platforms sets out to make tutoring a much more practical experience, since one tutor can guide pupils who live at a distance, or monitor a group of students, from the comfort of home. In many ways, however, being an online tutor poses a whole new set of challenges – mainly in the areas of keeping students motivated and ensuring they are consistent and disciplined enough to complete set tasks, despite not having to see their tutor in person. We have prepared the following tips…
  • Should schools be doing more about the skills shortage?

    Ross Mountney
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    We may be slowly recovering from the economic crisis but there could be another one looming as many businesses are finding it hard to recruit youngsters with the right sort of education and skills they need. Recent findings from the Prince’s Trust, (see the BBC’s report), suggests that this gap in skilled young people could seriously hamper the UK’s economic growth. The problem was outlined by Martina Milburn of the Trust; “It is deeply concerning that employers are struggling to fill vacancies when we have hundreds of thousands of unemployed young people desperate for…
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    K12 Insight

  • The Story Behind the Stats

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

    Evlondo Cooper
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    While Ivy League institutions have dominated the rankings of the best colleges and universities for years, with tuition becoming increasingly costly, many parents and students are looking for alternative ways to measure the true value of a college education. And a new ranking system developed by Money magazine has the potential to upend more well-known assessments conducted by magazines such as US News & World Reports. No one doubts that Harvard and Yale are excellent institutions that attract the best and brightest professors and students. But according to Money metrics, based on…
  • Investing in Success

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

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

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

  • Math Review of Solving Systems of Equations Using Elimination

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Overview One of the methods for solving systems of equations with two variables adds the equations together and then eliminates one variable. It is a useful strategy when solving by substitution would be too cumbersome. Adding Systems of Equations Entire systems of equations can be added just as easily as adding polynomials. Suppose one equation in the system is 2r + 3s = 13 and the other equation is 4r – 3s = 17. The 2r and 4r can be added to equal 6r and the 3s and -3s can be added to equal 0. Then 13 and 17 equal 30. Figure 1: An example of the process of adding systems of equations.
  • Math Review of Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Overview Similar to systems of linear equations, systems of linear inequalities can be solved graphically, by using substitution, or by using elimination. If the systems are solved graphically, or represented on the coordinate plane, the location of the solutions will depend upon the nature of the inequality. Review of Linear Inequalities The solution set for a linear equation appears on the coordinate plane as a line that contains all the ordered pairs that make the equation true. The solution set for an inequality appears as a section of the coordinate plane.  Suppose that the linear…
  • The FOIL Method of Factoring Polynomials when A Is Not Equal to 1

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Overview When the a term has a coefficient of 1, polynomials can be factored into the form (a +b) (a +c) without worrying about its effect. However, if that a term has a coefficient not equal to 1, the coefficient must be considered when the polynomial is factored. Review of FOIL Suppose (x + 2) (x + 3) is multiplied. The First terms, x ∙x, become x2. The Outer terms, 3x, are next, then the inner terms, 2x. The last terms 2∙3, equal 6. When the polynomial is put in order, it follows the FOIL pattern of x2 + 2x + 3x + 6, or x2 + 5x + 6. (It follows the pattern of x2 + bx + c.) Because x2…
  • Math Review of Solving Systems of Equations Using Substitution

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Overview A system of equations refers to at least 2 equations that have at least one variable in common. Each equation gives a piece of information about the variables that it contains. One way the variables can be solved is by using substitution. Solving Systems of Equations with One Variable Suppose that a system of two equations has one variable in common, such as x + 2 = 3 and 2x + 10 = 12. To see if the systems have a solution in common, solve one of the equations and use substitution to solve the other. The equation x + 2 = 3 can be solved by subtracting the additive inverse of 2 from…
  • Back to School Math Review of Positive and Negative Numbers

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Overview Think of the number zero as the center of the number line. It is neither positive nor negative. Negative numbers are on the left side of zero on the number line, which stretches to infinity going left. Positive numbers are on the right side of zero on the number line, which stretches to infinity going right. Figure 1: The number line. The Number Line and Positive Numbers The part of the number line that begins at zero and stretches to infinity going to the right consists of all numbers that are more than zero. In math symbol language the symbol for greater than or equal to zero is…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • An Excursion to Cinque Terre

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    This past weekend, API took us on an excursion to the city of Lucca and the region of Cinque Terre. I’d been told not to miss out on the excursions, and after two weeks of city living in Florence, I wasn’t about to pass up a visit to the sea. While I’d heard of and seen pictures of Cinque Terre, I didn’t know anything about Lucca, and didn’t realize how much I would love it! Lucca is located about an hour west of Florence, and like Florence, has its own rich history. First a Roman town, then a medieval city, the historical center of Lucca is surrounded by walls built during the…
  • First Morning in Caen

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    It’s my first morning in Caen, and my brain is absolutely muddled and fried. I’m hopelessly fatigued from translating my host family’s rapid-fire French into my native English at 8:00 in the morning, I’m still incredibly jet lagged (it’s midnight at home… I should still be asleep!), and hungry enough to eat an entire baguette and jar of Nutella. By the time I finally am ready to leave the apartment, but all I want to do is crawl back under the covers and sleep until I adjust to time in France. But alas, it was time to pull out my map and find l’Eglise…
  • Culture Shock is Real

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Students who travel abroad generally have an orientation before departure, usually through an online package provided by the study abroad program, and one right after arrival, usually in a classroom setting in the host country. In these orientations the first thing that the student is bound to hear concerns culture shock. Culture shock is the personal disorientation one gets when faced with an unfamiliar setting. But nobody really expects to become struck with culture shock because we were all raised in a diverse country filled with people with different traditions and customs. Or so we like…
  • Paris Is Always A Good Idea

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Six. In six short days I will be setting my clock six hours ahead of its current state where it rests at Eastern Standard Time. For months I have been crossing through dates marked on my calendar as “100 Days Until Paris”, “50 Days Until Paris”, and I finally passed the one-week reminder. Despite the fact that the past several months have been spent either at work or preparing myself for this upcoming fall semester abroad, it is surreal that I am traveling to my favorite city. The realization did not sink in until two days ago while I sat clueless on my bedroom floor surrounded by…
  • Cuando en Cádiz

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    I believe in exploration. I believe in finding beauty in the mundane things and experiencing life by taking the road less traveled. True explorers aren’t afraid to step into the unknown and open themselves up to a new world. It was my first Saturday in Sevilla and I was exploring the city with one of my roommates. Taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. We were standing by a pool of water when I felt the urge to jump right in. The heat of the day, typical weather in Seville, clung to you, and all I wanted was to escape the heat. So it was no surprise that I felt this urge.
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  • Reverse Culture Shock

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Reverse culture shock Do you know what reverse culture shock is? Well, let’s start with just culture shock. Culture shock is something that happens when you go abroad. It’s being shocked about all the different culture, unfamiliarity, and overall everything new that you can experience in another country. It’s a disorientated feeling that you can get due to the differences between this new place and what you call home. Even homesickness can come into play which is when you feel a longing for being back home and with your friends, family, and everything familiar. So back to…
  • Talking about Tapas

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Spanish Tapas Any one of my friends would tell you, I love food. I have always been a good eater, and never had issues as a child. I’m not even a picky eater. All I know is, I love food and Spanish food is one my favorites. I just spent two years in Thailand and I am back in the US for a visit, and Spanish cuisine is on the top of my list of things to eat. The Spaniards make some amazing food, so when I go out to eat, I always want to try everything. That’s why I love, love, LOVE, tapas. How can anyone go wrong with tapas? You get a bit of everything. Have you tried tapas before?
  • Vacation Spots Where English Is Widely Spoken

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

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

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

    Don Osborne
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne If you are a pre-med currently attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison, or one living in Madison, you are
  • Video: Making an MCAT Verbal Reasoning Strategy with Leonardo Radomile

    Don Osborne
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Leonardo Radomile is from the Cambridge Learning Center and in this video we talk about something that most pre-meds seem to have the most difficulty with: verbal reasoning. Most pre-med students don’t focus on the fundamentals of language and there lies the problem. Hopefully our conversation gives you a few
  • Low DAT Score? These four tricks will help you get In

    Don Osborne
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Have you recently received some upsetting news about your DAT score? Hopefully, the bad news is that you got a low score on a practice DAT test. But you may have gotten the worst news: that your DAT score has come back and it’s lower than the number you need
  • A Sunny Coastal Paradise — University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

    Don Osborne
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne Being a pre-med in Texas at the University of Texas, your best bet for medical school is the University of
  • Video: How to Do Well on Your MCAT Verbal Score as an ESL Pre-Med

    Don Osborne
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    The MCAT is especially difficult if English is your second language. The verbal part of the exam is stressful for ESL students since it includes a lot of words that have double meanings with the intention of tricking you.  Luckily, I have a few tips to help you out so
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    Online Cultus

  • 10 Most important work skills

    Aleksandra Arsik
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    Planning your future career is a must for every responsible parent. If you have a child who is attending primary school, have a look at the infographic below to check which are the best work skills and in this sense profession selection, by 2020. by NowSourcing.   Read more... The post 10 Most important work skills appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Millennials at work How to choose a primary school? Five important things prior joining a graduate school Surviving high school guide for teens Corporate campus to teach leadership skills
  • Incorporating Google cloud endpoints in an Android app

    Aleksandra Arsik
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Google Cloud Endpoints will help you create an outstanding mobile application, since these are designed to facilitate developers to create a shared web backend by developing and hosting APIs conveniently. Let’s have a look at various sections below, to understand how it is used for accomplishing various tasks. # Bird’s-eye view over Google Cloud Endpoints...   Read more... The post Incorporating Google cloud endpoints in an Android app appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Windows cloud computing new trends 5 Cloud tools that improve communication and collaboration…
  • What is simplicity?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
      Read more... The post What is simplicity? appeared first on Online Cultus. No related posts.
  • Why is social networking crucial for rapid learning?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    In the last ten years, social networking has completely changed the way students interact for learning. Social media has enabled the students to interact with their class fellows and teachers anytime. A recent study informed that more than 90 percent of students are satisfied with social networking websites for learning process. It also informed that...   Read more... The post Why is social networking crucial for rapid learning? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Learn with modern technologies to achieve better results 2 new and 2 old online edu resources The first social…
  • Are you online learner type?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you are still considering taking online course or getting a degree, here are some of the most important points that you should consider deciding. Have a look and let us know if you agree or have something to add. Source:   Read more... The post Are you online learner type? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: 5 Reasons why online education might be right for you What is wrong with online learning? Why enrolling at online Masters? How employers consider your online degree? How to choose online degree courses?
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  • Are The New Video Interviewing Tools Right For Your Company?

    Ben Popalardo
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    With technology seeping its way into nearly every possible interaction we have, it was only a matter of time before something as integral to the hiring process as interviews moves online. Video Interviewing platforms (also known as virtual interviewing) offered by companies such as Sparkhire, Interactly and GreenJobInterview are tools geared toward making the lives of hiring managers everywhere a little less stressful. They promise to expedite the interviewing process in a way that benefits both the hiring organization and the and the job candidate in ways traditional interviewing…
  • Internship Is The New Entry-Level Job

    Laurence Shatkin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    New college graduates are finding that many entry-level jobs have disappeared or require a higher level of skill than used to be commonly needed. The high unemployment rate for people age 20–24 — 11.3 percent in July — reflects this environment. According to The Wall Street Journalautomation is a key factor contributing to this trend. Automation has eliminated many entry-level jobs in several industries, such as finance and insurance. Credit analysts, loan officers, and especially insurance underwriters have seen demand tapering off. For example, employment of insurance underwriters has…
  • How Much Is Nonprofit Professional Development Moving To Online Education?

    Mackenzie Hurlbert
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Online education has spread throughout the corporate sector as a valuable method of professional development and training: more than 41 percent of global Fortune 500 companies currently use online training and other forms of educational technology to educate employees, and that number is expected to grow. Corporate America is not alone in this: the nonprofit sector also has needs that can be filled by online education. Nonprofits include more than 1.5 million organizations in the U.S. and about $1.5 trillion dollars in expenses. And this “third sector” has money to spend on training for…
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    Education News

  • Don’t fancy uni? Then try these alternatives

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Have a quick scan of news stories on education and you’ll see a culture both obsessed with and repelled by university education. Restructuring of institutions, raising of tuition fees, underpaid tutors and overpaid management – in this whirlwind of politics, alternatives to university seldom get a look-in. But university education isn’t everything – and with more than 238,000 young people in the UK choosing to opt out of further education in 2013, young people have to know their options away from a life of freshers and coursework. More than this, it seems that youths can’t break…
  • IGATE launches Corporate University

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    New Jersey-headquartered engineering and operations results supplier, IGATE Corporation, has propelled the IGATE Corporate University – a preparation and improvement office in Pune. The IGATE Corporate University will concentrate on building custom preparing projects and techniques in relationship with heading worldwide varsities. It will likewise have the tutelage of eminent Professors working together with the corporate workforce. Spread over 37 sections of land of area in Hinjewadi at the foothills of the Western Ghats, the office can suit more than 750 trainees with private offices…
  • Earn Your Degree in Criminal Justice Online

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You know exactly what you want when it comes to your career. You have been drawn to the field of criminal justice and want to make a difference. It’s a field where you can put your heart and soul into every day, doing rewarding work that can truly have an impact on others. If you are ready to take the next step and get your Master in Science in Criminal Justice, UC online can get you to the finish line. Get the Comprehensive Knowledge You Need Before you enter one of the many job opportunities in the criminal justice field, you want to ensure you have the preparation that is necessary…
  • Get Schoolchildren Outdoors More with School Canopies

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Time outdoors, connecting with nature, is an essential part of learning and personal development for every child. Studies have indicated that children who carry out physical activity and have regular exposure to natural settings have increased abilities to focus, reducing stress levels. Outdoor activity can be determined by educational resources; unpredictable weather conditions and a lack of suitable shelter means many students have limited opportunities to exercise and play outside. To help combat this, canopy shelter fittings extend an outdoor learning area. Read on to discover how the…
  • Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    Les Roches International School of Hotel Management launched a new specialization in Spa and Health Management focused on the business and operational aspects of spa and health management, health and aesthetics, spa medicine and hotel spa services. The specialization is designed to prepare students to enter an industry which is experiencing double-digit growth worldwide. Les Roches’ collaboration with Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN) and ESPA, two recognized industry leaders, will allow students to apply everything they learn on campus at Les Roches through hands-on experience and…
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    Computer Programming

  • Types of Java Programs

    Jacob Lefore
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Java is a programming language, by which we can design a new program or a software. It have many features, such asObject Oriented LanguageSupport Cross PlatformPlatform independentStrongly typed languageMachine Dependent(JVM- Java Virtual Machine)Use Reference in place of pointerSo you can make a new application in it. Java Support four types of application such asConsole Based Application(Core Java)Client Based Application (Applet, Swings)Web Based Application (Applet, Servlet, JSP)Mobile Based Application (Android)1. Console Application- It also known as command based application. In which…
  • Multiple Inheritance in C++, OOP Programming

    Jacob Lefore
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    If a class is derived from more than one base class then inheritance is known as multiple inheritance. Multiple inheritance allows us to combine the features of several existing classes as a starting point for defining new class. The syntax of multiple inheritance is:class D : derivations A, derivations B, derivations c.....member of class DThe derivation is private, public or protected. Note that is also possible that one derivation is public another one is protected or privtae etc. For exampleExample 1class D : public A, public Bprivate : int a;Example 2class D : public A, protected…
  • How to Bind DropDownList with Enum MVC

    Subhash Sharma
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Earlier article was about to bind DropDownList with simple select list of type selectlistitems. These select list may by any type of list either from database or temporary for that view only. In this article we will create an enum, then create a select list through that enum and finally will bind that to drop-down list.Create an Enum like I have, named OptionTypeenum OptionTypesvalue1,value2,value3,value4After creating enum, write a class that will work like a helper to create select list for that enum:public static class EnumHelper// Get the value of the description attribute if the…
  • Comparison & Relational Operator in C++, OOP Programming

    Jacob Lefore
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Comparison and Relational Operator are used for comparing two operands(data). These operator given the result false or true (means 0 or 1). For example equal operator compares two values if both are equal, this gives result true i.e., 1 otherwise false i.e., 0. in C++In C++ the following are the Comparison & Relational Operator.Example:1)  5 < 5                          This gives false result2)  (3x4)  <  (20x3)         This gives true result3)   7  >  3  …
  • Arithmetic Operator in C++, OOP programming

    Jacob Lefore
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The operator which performs arithmetic operation are comes under the arithmetic operator. Arithmetic operations are the basic and common operation. In C++, the arithmetic operations are as follows:Example: if a and b are integer type anda=7; b=5;thena+b =12  (integer type)a - b = 2 (integer type)a * b =35 (integer type)if any one a or b is floating type then the result is also floating type.for eg.4.5 + 3 = 7.5% (mendus) operator can be used only with integer type data.a%b = 7 % 5         = 2 (remainder)7.5 % 5 --> not allowed because 7.5 is floating…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • Check Here: IMSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    This is to inform candidates who took part in the 2014/2015 post-UTME Screening exercise of the Imo State University (IMSU)that the Admission List has been released. Candidates can check their admission status by clicking here Type in your UTME Reg. Number Click on “Enter” Check Here: IMSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: […]Check Here: IMSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • MAUTECH Pre-degree Admission List 2014/2015

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    This is to inform concerned students that the pre-degree Admission List of Modibbo Adama University of Technology for 2014/2015 has been released. Candidates can check their admission status by clicking here MAUTECH Pre-degree Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools BlogMAUTECH Pre-degree Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • FUDutse Admission into Postgraduate Diploma 2014/ 2015

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies (PGDDS) at Federal University Dutse in the 2014/ 2015 Academic Session ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS i. First Degree in Economics or any social science discipline with a minimum of Third class division from any recognized university. ii. First Degree in any […]FUDutse Admission into Postgraduate Diploma 2014/ 2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • How Prepared are we For Schools ’Resumption?

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    PARENTS  and guardians with their children and wards in both public and private primary and secondary schools – which were earlier scheduled to reopen by the third week of September after a long holiday that began late July – were directed by the Federal Government to adhere to a new date following the sudden outbreak […]How Prepared are we For Schools ’Resumption? is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Check Here: IMSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    This is to inform candidates who took part in the 2014/2015 post-UTME Screening exercise of the Imo State University (IMSU)that the Admission List has been released. Candidates can check their admission status by clicking here Type in your UTME Reg. Number Click on “Enter” Check Here: IMSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: […]Check Here: IMSU Merit Admission List 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
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    PortPrep Blog

  • The Photography Advice Mega-List!

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

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

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

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

    Karen Kesteloot
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Take heed from the drawing advice featured in this post to help you create better, stronger, and more focused artworks than ever before. Drawing is an essential skill that students who plan on applying to college must study and master. Even those who mostly use computer to create their works are highly encouraged to learn all there is to learn about drawing. There’s a really simple explanation for this – concepts and principles involved in drawing are universal in art. For instance, the approach to shading or using different marker sizes can be applied to any form of art…
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  • IESE MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    IESE MBA Essay Questions have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year following the announcement of the IESE MBA Application Deadlines.  IESE Business School, University of Navarra has kept the number of MBA essay questions the same as last year, but reduced its goals question to a tweet and reduced the length and changed the focus of […]The post IESE MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • London Business School MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    London Business School MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the previously released London Business School MBA Application Deadlines. London Business School has reworded its goal question, kept its contribution question the same and changed its third essay question to a more open-ended essay question than was used last year. London Business School MBA Essay Questions 1. […]The post London Business School MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • USC Marshall MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    USC Marshall MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the previously released USC Marshall MBA Application Deadlines. Like last year, the USC Marshall School of Business has a 500-750 word goals question, but worded differently than the question was worded last year. USC Marshall MBA Essay Questions 1.  What are your short-term and long term personal and/or […]The post USC Marshall MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • USC Marshall MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    USC Marshall MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. The USC Marshall School of Business has kept its First Round MBA Application Deadline the same as last year’s First Round MBA Application Deadline. USC Marshall MBA Application Deadlines Round 1  – October 15th, 2014 Application Deadline; December 15th, 2014 Notification Decision Round 2  – January 15th, 2015 Application Deadline; March 15th, 2015 Notification Decision […]The post USC Marshall MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015 appeared first on…
  • London Business School MBA Application Deadlines 2014-2015

    Michael Cohan
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    London Business School MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. London Business School has kept its MBA Application Deadlines roughly the same as last year’s deadlines. London Business School MBA Application Deadlines Round 1  –  October 3rd, 2014 Application Deadline; October 31st, 2014 Interview Deadline; December 11th, 2014 Notification Decision Round 2  – January 5th, 2015 Application Deadline; February 5th, 2015 Interview Decision; March 26th, […]The post London Business School MBA Application…
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    emmanuel obasi
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    An in agreement framework definition of foreign direct investment (FDI) exists in the literature. That is, FDI is Associate in Nursing investment created to amass a long-lasting management interest (normally 100% of option stock) in a very commercialism in operation in acountry apart from that of the capitalist outlined in step with residency (World Bank, 1996). Such investments might take the shape of either “greenfield” investment (also referred to as “mortar and brick” investment) or merger and acquisition (M&A), that entails the acquisition of existing interest instead of new…

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

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

    emmanuel obasi
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    ABSTRACT Financial transactions involving the employment and movement of physical money square measure step by step declining with the introduction of the CBN’s Cashless policy. This development has been of nice concern to social scientist, the govt. of Nigeria and monetary establishments. This aim of this study is to judge monetary and economic transactions beneath the new CBN’s cashless policy and the way the event has increased the monetary sector of the economy of Nigeria. regarding methodology, each primary and secondary information were used for the study. Respondents largely bank…

    emmanuel obasi
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    The African feather palm, Elaeis guineensi jacq (Jacquin, 1963), is placed within the family Palmae family that contains concerning 225 genera with over 2600 species together with coconut and date palms cultivars. There ar three present styles of the feather palm fruit, termed meninges, tenera and pisifera. the choice of meninges feminine and pisifera male folks is administered to get tenera offspring that manufacture massive oil yield (Breure et al, 1986, Breure, 2003). The continentn feather palm is native to tropical Africa, from African country within the West through the Democratic…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • Signing Up for the GED Test

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Starting in 2014, the process for registering for the (GED) General Educational Development test has changed. With the introduction of the new computer-format test and the phasing out of paper tests, the GED Testing Service has had to change their registration to match their digital format. Here are the basic steps to follow in order to register for and take the GED test.Visit GED.comThe official website for the GED is At this site, you will be able to create a user profile for the MyGED program. The MyGED program allows test-takers to update their profile, manage their test scores…
  • GED Prep Classes

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

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

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

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

  • IBPS PO Reserve List Update - Dena Bank RTI Reply

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Dena bank has replied just another RTI sent by an IBPS PO aspirant. In their reply Dena bank made clear that :-1) There are 75 unfilled vacancies, which made clear that there will be second allotment for sure.2) They already communicated with IBPS on 13 August. Few banks such as Corporate bank, delayed the whole process. That's why second allotment is delayed.  In case of any query, comment below. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • List Stock Indices in the World

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    A Stock index is a weighted average of selected stocks which depicts the trends in stock market.  List of important stock indices in the world. General questions are asked about which index is from which county. In brackets you can find number of stock in the index. Country Stock Indices United States of America Dow (30), Nasdaq (100), S&P (500), Australia S&P/ASX200 (200), All ORDS (500) Belgium Bel 20 (20), AEX... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 19 September

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Name the space ship that created a world record of travelling longest ever distance of 6.4 billion kms. Since its launch in March 2004: 2. The space ship Rosetta that created world record for longest distance covered was launched by which space agency: 3. What is the brand name of the new joint venture airline of the Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines: 4. UAE has become the first gulf country to install reverse vending machines. What is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 19 September

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- PoliticsRajasthan became first State to ratify National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014, the bill seeks to end the collegium system of appointments and transfer of judges to higher judiciary.The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visited the historic ‘Cu Chi’ Tunnel in Vietnam during his three days official visit. ‘Cu Chi’ tunnel is one of the most bombed, shelled and devastated areas of world military history.US House of Representatives... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
  • Banks in India and their Headquarters

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    List of public and private sector banks in India and their head offices :- Bank Headquarter Allahabad Bank Kolkata, West Bengal Andhra Bank Hyderabad Bank of Baroda Vadodara (Baroda), Gujarat Bank of India Mumbai, Maharashtra Bank of Maharashtra Pune, Maharashtra Bharatiya Mahila Bank New Delhi Canara Bank Bengaluru, Karnataka Central Bank of India Mumbai, Maharashtra Corporation Bank Mangalore, Karnataka Dena Bank Mumbai,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Minnesota School of Business Blog

  • How to Create Marketing That is So Useful, People Would Pay for It

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    In Episode 1 of Content Marketing Advice from the Experts, Richard Grossman, internet marketing program chair at Globe University-Woodbury and Minnesota School of Business-Richfield, sat down with internationally acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Andrew Davis at the recent Content Marketing World in Cleveland. Episode 2 features Jay Baer, renowned marketing strategist, speaker and New York Times best-selling author. In this interview, Jay talks about how future marketers can practice ‘Youtility‘ on an individual basis, even as students. He also reveals what skills are most…
  • Paralegal Program Graduate Spotlight: Liz Stigall

    Julie Kresh
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We stopped by Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC for a quick chat with paralegal program graduate Liz Stigall to learn more about her new job. Read on to find out what Liz gets to do every day now that she has graduated from Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB). Paralegal program graduate Liz Stigall Why did you choose to attend MSB? MSB has campuses close to home and it was convenient for me. The small classes were also attractive, and I liked that the teachers had real-world experience. I came in for a tour and remember that the admissions representatives and faculty made me feel…
  • MSB-St. Cloud Hosts Long-Term Care Informational Panel

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    “Long-term care is a subject that most people do not fully understand, and yet approximately 80 or 90 percent of us will either need long-term care ourselves, or we will need to arrange it for loved ones,” said Health Care Management Program Chair Deb Berglund. Berglund teaches the Long-Term Care class at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus. She tasked her students with creating an event for the community. The consensus of the class was that the public is unaware of all the options available when it comes to long-term care. To remedy this, the class reached out to…
  • MSB-Richfield Nursing Students Assist in Mock Emergency

    maija jaaska
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Students who are set to graduate this fall from the nursing program here at Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) applied some of their newly-learned skills in a mock emergency on campus. Nursing student applies pressure to wound The students knew that there would be an emergency drill this quarter, but they did not know when it would occur or what the circumstances would be. At the appointed time, an announcement went out over the speaker system stating that the campus was on lockdown and everyone should stay in their classrooms or offices and lock the doors. A few moments later, the…
  • Screenwriter Jack Reher Speaks with Digital Video Students

    maija jaaska
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Recently, students, faculty and graduates of the Minnesota School of Business-Richfield’s (MSB) digital video (DV) program* had the chance to hear screenwriter Jack Reher speak about his filmmaking endeavors. Filmmaker Jack Reher Jack wrote the script for the forthcoming film, “Grizzly.” Grizzly is directed by “Saw V” director David Hackl. The film stars James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Billy Bob Thornton, Piper Perabo and Scott Glenn. “Grizzly” is the story of “two estranged brothers who reunite at their childhood home in the Alaskan wild. They set out on a two-day hike and are…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • Encouraging Emerging Writers

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Giving Positive, Constructive Feedback on Student Writing How do we honor the work that students do in writing? By providing them with some great descriptive feedback. They deserve no less; quality writing is the last skill that students to develop and master in elementary school. I know that writing is hard for my students and I want them to feel good about it. Giving positive, constructive feedback definitely helps with that. Quality Feedback for Quality Writing The basic approach is to list all the things they did really well and give them one specific thing to work on for next time.
  • Read-Withs

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all do read-alouds but do any of you do “read-withs”? This is a technique I use for getting kids to really engage with a particular text and I want to share it with those of you that haven’t already come across it. Digging for meaning A read-with is when I really slow down that process of reading so that we’re diving into vocabulary and really digging for deeper meanings in the text. We focus on author’s purpose, the choices the author made, maybe things the author did that we can pull out and put into our own writing. For example if we’re studying similies and…
  • Four Steps for Handling Outright Defiance

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

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

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

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    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
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    Dear Friends, Today, We have reached 100% of our Goal. I would like to thank you all for the support you have extended to my Thunderclap campaign. We would be launching our Indiegogo campaign on 25th of July 2014. Pradeep Kumar Director Magical Methods Training Pvt. Ltd.
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    Friends,Slowly and steadily I have inched to 94% of my Goal on Thunderclap. When I started Last to last week I was not sure If I would be able to meet the target. But I wanted to give it a try. It was a journey where support came from YOU people.At the momentWe are at 94% of our GoalNow, I require one last PUSH from YOU to achieve more than 100% of my goal. How to PUSH? 1. Click the link A page on Thunderclap would open3. On that page Under Blue Image find Support with. You would find 3 items. Twitter, Facebook and Tumbler. 4. Click on Facebook/Twitter.5. It would…
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    Learn English Like Me|The best strategies to improve your English

  • How to learn English idioms easily – Week 3

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    As I already told you, native English speakers learn idioms naturally even without noticing it. At first they just hear or read them. Then they gradually start using these idioms in their speaking and writing. You, as an English learner, you have to avoid memorizing idioms. Instead, you have to use new idioms on a regular basis and as often as possible. Doing this, you are more likely going to integrate them in your vocabulary like native English speakers do.   7 New Idioms… He has the more expensive car I have ever seen! OBVIOUSLY, he has a lot of money. (Clearly) IT OCCURRED TO…
  • How to learn English idioms easily – Week 2

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    As I already told you, native English speakers learn idioms naturally even without noticing it. At first they just hear or read them. Then they gradually start using these idioms in their speaking and writing. You, as an English learner, you have to avoid memorizing idioms. Instead, you have to use new idioms on a regular basis and as often as possible. Doing this, you are more likely going to integrate them in your vocabulary like native English speakers do.   7 New Idioms… There’s NO WAY TO learn English in only a week. (Absolutely not) I like to WRITE DOWN good ideas that come…
  • How to learn English idioms easily – Week 1

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Native English speakers learn idioms naturally even without noticing it. At first they just hear or read them. Then they gradually start using these idioms in their speaking and writing. You, as an English learner, you have to avoid memorizing idioms. Instead, you have to use new idioms on a regular basis and as often as possible. Doing this, you are more likely going to integrate them in your vocabulary like native English speakers do.   7 New Idioms… I’M INTO music since the day my father gave me a brand new guitar. ( To be into something –> To be interested in)…
  • How to master word stress

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    2/9 post of the series “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well“   In English like in other languages you need to know how to stress words correctly. Even if your English pronunciation is perfect, if you don’t master word stress, I can assure you that native English speakers are going to fight a lot in order to understand you. In English there are no written accents in words (like you can find in other languages) and then you have to know or guess where to stress every word. Let’s see how to stress words correctly…   Why Is Word Stress So Important? Before sharing…
  • How to learn English vocabulary easily

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

  • The Study Buddy Infographic

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Study Buddy Infographic The Study Buddy Infographic reveals how a study buddy makes studying more effective, while it also analyzes the different study buddy types to help you find your match! In addition, in the Study Buddy Infographic you will get invaluable tips on how to be a great study buddy. 4 Ways a Study Buddy Makes Studying More Effective provides a different perspective spices up study sessions by making them fun improves motivation and willingness to study sets expectations to keep you on track How To Be a Great Study Buddy set goals together and hold each other accountable…
  • Getting The Dream Job Infographic

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    How to Get a Dream Job Infographic 6 Tips To Get a Dream Job Stop Dreaming The first thing you need to do to get you dream job is to stop dreaming. Getting a new job means change, and change happens in two ways: it either happens to you, or because of you. In life the changes that happen to you are often the unpleasant kind, while the changes that happen because you decide to make a change are the ones that lead to success stories. A dream job doesn’t come to you from dreaming, it comes by making the changes needed to make it happen. Take Inventory To start the ball rolling, you need to…
  • 10 Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers Infographic

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers Infographic Experienced teachers say that the key is to stress-management is to be prepared, yet flexible as well as find a good work-life balance that works for you. Implementing stress-management techniques will not only make you happier and healthier, it will also make you a more effective teacher. The 10 Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers Infographic gives some advice on stress-management provided by experienced teachers. 10 Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers Laughter “Laughter. Don’t take yourself too seriously!“ –…
  • The Learning Zones of a Classroom Infographic

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The Learning Zones of a Classroom Infographic The Learning Zones of a Classroom Infographic presents seven learning zones that can help you establish routines, save time, and maintain your sanity from the first through the last days of school. Discovery Zone The discovery zone houses all those items that spark imagination. These include arts and crafts materials, recorders, cameras, music makers, games, puzzles, and fun books and magazines. Display examples, provide a central focus, record observations and use the data to inform your instructional strategies and design your lesson plans.
  • The Successful eLearning Professionals Infographic

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The Successful eLearning Professionals Infographic 10 Things Successful eLearning Professionals Do Differently They Make it a Goal to Learn About Their Audience. Successful eLearning professionals know what motivates their learners to take online courses instead of spending their time on other activities. They Think of Learners as Social Individuals Successful eLearning professionals go beyond understanding learners’ needs and requirements. They also make sure instruction is designed to suit the context in which they learn. They’ve Stopped Thinking That Learners Have Unlimited Time…
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    Talk in French

  • 15 Of The Most Beautiful and Charming Small Towns in France

    Frederic Bibard
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Are you wondering what are some great places to visit aside from the City of Lights? Most of the time, we correlate Paris with France. When we speak of France concepts such as: the “Eiffel Tower”, “Notre Dame” and Parisians almost always come up in conversations, but how will you really know France ... The post 15 Of The Most Beautiful and Charming Small Towns in France appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast #24- How do French people celebrate their birthday / How to use “dessus/dessous” (above/ below) in French?

    Frederic Bibard
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here is the 24th session of  Talk in French Podcast! In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. How do French People celebrate their birthday. I explain the differences. – Some French Words with an English Translation. Ideal when you cook, run, commute…. – A qu... The post Talk in French Podcast #24- How do French people celebrate their birthday / How to use “dessus/dessous” (above/ below) in French? appeared first on Talk in French.
  • How to express Disagreement and Agreement in a conversation? 50 expressions in French

    Frederic Bibard
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
      French people love to argue or debate so having these little words and expressions right below come in handy! These french connectors will help you: – Gain time to elaborate your next sentence or idea – Make the conversation without any empty silence – Avoid the syndrome “D... The post How to express Disagreement and Agreement in a conversation? 50 expressions in French appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast 23: French Political System/ The difference between apporter,amener,emporter,emmener (bring/take)

    Frederic Bibard
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Here is the 23th session of  Talk in French Podcast! In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. Today about the French Political System. – Some French Words with an English Translation. Ideal when you cook, run, commute…. – A quick French Grammar Explanation. L... The post Talk in French Podcast 23: French Political System/ The difference between apporter,amener,emporter,emmener (bring/take) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • The secret to building better sentences in French ?

    Frederic Bibard
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    « Frédéric, how can I build a correct sentence in French? ». It is a very common (and valid one) question but beyond building some simple sentences « I give some chocolate to my sister = Je donne du chocolat à ma sœur ». You won’t get very far with this logic. If you are looking to build more natura... The post The secret to building better sentences in French ? appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Incheon 2014 Asian Games Opening Ceremony Live Streaming Online

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Incheon 2014 Asian Games Opening Ceremony Live Streaming Online, XVII Asian Games is about to happen within a week. 17th Asian games The post Incheon 2014 Asian Games Opening Ceremony Live Streaming Online appeared first on oHack.
  • Asian Games 2014 Schedule: Time Table & Fixtures of 17th Incheon Asian Games

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
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  • Whatsapp for Java Phones – How to Download and Install

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  • The Benefits of Niche Markets on Small Business Success

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Small and large businesses use different approaches to successfully navigating their markets based upon the resources available to them. Large businesses reach for larger target segments while smaller businesses focus on attracting a smaller group of motivated customers. Niche markets offer an entry position for small business to start building their customer base before expanding into new niches.Small Business Does Well in Underserved MarketsSmall businesses are likely to succeed in markets currently not being served sufficiently by other businesses. They do so through creating brand…
  • Art History: Reunion of the Officers of the Guild of Archers of St. Adriaen

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Each art pieces is accompanied with a story and paintings like the Reunion of the Officers of the Guild of Archers of St. Adriaen provides a rendition of Holland’s independence against Spain. Painted by Frans Hals, it depicts those who survived the battles and have joined again in celebration. Frans Hals (1581-1666) was an emigrant from Spanish Netherlands that settled the rest of his life in Haarlem (1).  Around the age of 27 he became a member of the city’s Guild of Saint Luke.  They followed their Patron Saint Luke and shared resources in their painting…
  • Healthy Living: Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Water is the lifeblood of our bodies so it is natural we should consume enough water to ensure that the 60% of us that is liquid is adequately supplied. Water apparently has additional benefits that not only encourage the interactivity of our chemistry but also helps us lose weight. Don’t jeopardize your fitness plans by ignoring the simple no hassle activity of drinking water. A study mentioned on CNN shows that water can help people lose weight (1).  In the study, 48 obese men and women drank two 8 oz. of water before each of their three meals along with a low calorie diet. Half…
  • Del Mar International Dressage Horse Show

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The Del Mar International Dressage Horse Show brought beautiful horses and exceptionally trained talent.  Various levels of skill were judged based upon the ability of the horse and rider to successfully complete required movements at appropriate levels. Participants conducted flying leads, tort in place, prirourettes at canter, and elevated trots among others to win their positions.  Judges looked for the ability of the horse and rider to work as a single unit. As the rider and horse bond with each other through practice they begin to understand the subtle cues they give each…
  • E-Marketing Effectiveness and Small Business Management

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Add captionSmall business owners sometimes wonder whether e-marketing can have a significant impact on their sales. Business is about positive return on activities and e-marketing is one tool some small businesses don’t yet understand.  A study by Eid & El-Gohary (2013) discusses how there is still a lack of systematic empirical evidence regarding online marketing but by analyzing budgets, tools, pre-sales activities, and after-sales activities, performance and effectiveness of marketing in 114 small businesses they can get a better perspective of e-marketing activities. Small…
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • Five Documents that Changed the World (and Will Engage Your Students)

    William Campione
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    The Social Studies classroom is built around primary source exploration. Five sources that lead incredible analysis, discussion, and higher level thinking are listed below. Use them in your classroom to engage your students and to explore new and exciting methods of critical thinking and active learning. 1. Magna Carta The theme of revolution is very apparent in the today’s world. The causes of these revolutions reflect the very same issues that have faced people for centuries: equality and protection of rights. While the Magna Carta was not written with regular folks in mind, it certainly…
  • 8 Great Apps for Musicians of All Ages

    Carrie Wible
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Not too long ago a music “app” could have been a windup metronome and a tape recorder (remember those?). Those days are gone, and apps have the capabilities to allow musicians to record music, tune their instrument, keep a beat, learn notes, learn an instrument, and more.  While there are hundreds upon hundreds of apps to choose from, the following apps are helpful, educational, and fun for musicians. The summaries are for iTunes apps with a comparable Android user app to follow. Metronome What musician doesn’t need a metronome at some point? MetroTimer is a fantastic app…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science in 2014-2015

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

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

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

  • SC 83 Our Passion for Student Caring (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    In this episode we discuss why we do this and what we h […] The post SC 83 Our Passion for Student Caring appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Spanish Lessons In Chile (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Learning a foreign language is already a great adventure on its own, but to actually learn it in a place where it’s the vernacular is an altogether different experience. A lot of people are opting for language programs abroad because they want a learning experience that will provide them no reason to not to learn the language optimally. Aside from this, it’s also the perfect opportunity to see the world out there and further expand your knowledge. The post 4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Spanish Lessons In Chile appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their…
  • A Stellar Profile – Key to Finding jobs on LinkedIn (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Every student harbors the dream of finding a well-paying job upon graduating from college. As it were, these jobs are not served on a silver platter. You need to look for them. The post A Stellar Profile – Key to Finding jobs on LinkedIn appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • A Dream Achieved: Helping Your Teen Prepare for College Success (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    All in all, college is a stressful time for both parents and teen. Remember that this is a huge transition in your teen's life and be supportive emotionally-- and have plenty of tissues and comfort food on stock! The post A Dream Achieved: Helping Your Teen Prepare for College Success appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Top Healthcare Jobs That Require Minimal Training (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Not everyone has the time and money to get their bachelor's degree in the healthcare field, especially for those who want to start their jobs fast. Fortunately, there are a handful of healthcare jobs that require minimal training, anywhere from 6 weeks to less than two years. Certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, medical secretaries, phlebotomists, and pharmacy technicians are just a few we'd like to go over with you today. The post Top Healthcare Jobs That Require Minimal Training appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve…
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Meet Chris Shriver-Edcamp Baltimore Co-founder

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Edcamp Baltimore (@EdcampBmore) will be held Saturday, September 27th on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.  Co-founder, Chris Shriver (@ccshriver) sat down with #mdeschat to discuss her passion for technology, teaching, and the edcamp movement.  Chris will guest host #mdeschat on Twitter this Thursday, September 18th, 8PM EST. You serve as a Digital Learning Specialist at Garrison Forrest School.  What are the roles and responsibilities of your position? As a Digital Learning Specialist, I work directly with students and faculty in the lower division of my school.  My main…
  • Five Thoughts on Student Engagement

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Teachers naturally want their students to be engaged in the instruction they provide.  They want their students to be personally absorbed in the learning process.  The “how” of engagement can be challenging, even for experienced teachers.  Planning for active student engagement requires meticulous preparation and thought.  Most of all, it requires that teachers truly know each and every one of their students. Teachers who know the strengths and needs of their students use that knowledge to raise the potential of their success.  They put their students in learning situations where the…
  • Top Five Reasons to Attend an Edcamp

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Edcamp Baltimore will be held at Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on Saturday, September 27th.  Edcamps are cropping up all over the United States as viable alternatives to traditional education conferences. What is an edcamp?  While you can find many answers with a quick internet search, you have to attend one to truly understand their value.  Here are my top five reasons for attending an edcamp.  Are there any that you would add? 1.     For Educators, By Educators Edcamps are conferences developed by educators for educators.  Have you ever…
  • Giving Students Our B.E.S.T.

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

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

  • Challenging what is to pursue what could be.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Common Mistakes: Alter Vs. Altar

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A difference in spelling of only one letter is all that separates these two words, yet to confuse them would be to use a verb instead of a noun or vice versa. Whilst ‘alter’ is frequently used in the English language, the word ‘altar’ should only be used in a very specific context. Learn about the definitions and usage of each of these words below. Alter The word ‘alter’ is a verb meaning to change or modify something by making alterations or adjustments. Whilst the verb ‘to change’ doesn’t specify how much of a change has been made, to alter something is to cause a slight…
  • Common Mistakes: Program Vs. Programme

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whilst those writing in American English only ever use the word ‘program’, British English presents the option of a slightly different spelling. This can make choosing between the two words ‘program’ and ‘programme’ difficult. Knowing when to use which word is simply a matter of committing each definition to memory. Program The word ‘program’ is a noun used to mean a list or sequence of coded instructions which allows computers to execute certain tasks. In British English, this spelling of the word is only used in relation to computers, as in the sentence: ‘The engineer is…
  • While Vs. Whilst

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some people consider the word ‘whilst’ to be very quaint and old-fashioned. It does, however, have its place in the English language and is perfectly acceptable in both informal and academic usage. There are, however, some instances when it would be incorrect to use ‘whilst’ and only ‘while’ will do. Grammar purists seem to have strong feelings about the use of ‘while’ or ‘whilst’. Read on to learn more about the intricacies of the debate, and whether there actually is a correct answer. While or Whilst? There is some debate about whether the word ‘whilst’ should ever…
  • The Days Before Hand In: What You Should Be Doing

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The culmination of months, and possibly years, of hard work is suddenly upon you and hand in date is approaching fast. Once all of the hard work of actually writing the essay is out of the way, there remains a checklist of tasks that must be completed before you can consider your work done. Here are some of the things you should be thinking about in the days and weeks before hand in. Re-read Your University’s Style Guide Hopefully you’ve already read this document and have formatted each segment of your essay appropriately. However, it is a good idea to double check a few key elements…
  • Common Mistakes: Phase Vs. Faze

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The two identical sounding words ‘phase’ and ‘faze’ are often confused, despite the fact that it is impossible for one of them to be used as a noun. There is added confusion due to the fact that one is spelled with an ‘s’ and the other with a ‘z’. To avoid confusing them in your writing, learn about their definitions and usage below. Phase The word ‘phase’ is a noun meaning a specific period of time within a sequence of events. In this context, it could be used to describe the final phase of a business plan or ‘phase one’ of a house renovation. It is also used more…
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    The Edvocate

  • Philadelphia educators call for more Pre-K programs

    The Edvocate
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    This week 500 preschool-aged kids joined the Philadelphia school district at Franklin Square to call for more funding for early childhood education in the city, and the state. Right now less than 20 percent of the children in Pennsylvania are able to access state-funded preschool programs — and that’s a number the school districts, and the advocacy group Pre-K for PA, believe must change. Philadelphia schools superintendent William R. Hite stood before the kids and their parents and called for an increase in the amount of resources and educational opportunities for the kids in his…
  • Computer Science in K-12 Classrooms Needs to Catch Up

    Matthew Lynch
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    It’s estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That’s 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K-12 schools have computer science programs. So what gives? The Problem Traditional subjects like English and math receive a lot of play time in K-12 classrooms and they are considered “building blocks” for other subjects, like computer science. So when a high school senior decides to seek out a college degree in…
  • Personality and Its Influence on Instructional Leadership Behavior

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Leadership models can be expected to appeal to some administrators more than others, based on their personality traits. A wider range of skills and styles cannot be accommodated by one person, because a leader already has his or her own preferences, influenced by their personality. The natural differences in personality among various leaders result in preferences that operate below the level of the leader’s awareness. It is also not humanly possible for leaders to comply with such varied and complex requirements. As a result of personality differences, a leader develops judgments, and…
  • Should Bi-Lingual Learning be Required?

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. Foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation and are also part of most arts-based college degree programs. Along with Spanish, languages like French and German are common options for students. But just how “foreign” is Spanish in today’s society? The U.S. Census estimates that there are 50.5 million Hispanic people living in America, and another 3.7 who are residents of Puerto Rico. This number represents a 43 percent increase in the recorded Hispanic…
  • HelpHub Launches Free Online Group Tutoring Sessions

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Last time I wrote about HelpHub, an online tutoring platform that connects students with tutors 24/7, I discussed the importance of the industry being convenient and cost effective for students. Starting September 16, HelpHub is offering free weekly group learning sessions that allows tutors to teach any number of students simultaneously. The best part, these lessons are 100% FREE. Talk about convenient and cost effective. “Our group study sessions are a great online learning tool that connects students to experts,” says founder Miguel Kudry. “Our tools don’t replace traditional…
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    CTET Preparation

  • Let us Explore 7-Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Q1. A teacher gives students that following mathematics problem. Reading on a school bus are 20 students in first grade, 10 in second grade, 9 in third grade, and 7 in fourth grade. Approximately what percent of the students on the bus are in first grade?Which of the following student responses best answers the question?                1. Student A: 26%                2. Student B:…
  • Let us Explore 7...

    NIIT Litmus
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Q1. A teacher gives students that following mathematics problem. Reading on a school bus are 20 students in first grade, 10 in second grade, 9 in third grade, and 7 in fourth grade. Approximately what percent of the students on the bus are in first grade?Which of the following student responses best answers the question?                1. Student A: 26%                2. Student B:…
  • Let us Explore 6...Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Q1. Ms.Aditi, a fourth grade social studies teacher, recognizes that students are experiencing difficulty comprehending a chapter in the text book. She decides to use a strategy in which he and his students share responsibility for discussion as they predict, clarify and summarize while reading the text. Ms.Aditi is most likely using which of the following instructional strategies?                1. Modeling                2. Reciprocal…
  • Let us Explore 5...Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    1. Which of the following instructional strategies is most commonly observed in middle-grade classes in which core subjects are integrated into the curriculum? The teacher focuses on individualized instruction, although small groups are used more for reading than for mathematics.The teacher is careful to prepare students for seatwork so they have opportunities to complete tasks successfully.The teacher focuses on whole group discussions and uses various questioning, explaining, and probing techniques.The teacher stops and reteaches material whenever necessary for students who do not…
  • CTET: Let us Explore 6...

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

  • Acknowledging Emotions: The Key to Your Child’s Heart

    Lynda Way
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Children are not simply small-sized adults. They are, however, human. They have their own emotions and they see things from their own perspective, which is completely separate from the adults surrounding them. As humans, they have the basic need of … Read More The post Acknowledging Emotions: The Key to Your Child’s Heart appeared first on .
  • 6 Effective Steps to Spend More Quality Family Time

    Lynda Way
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, finding quality time to spend with our families seems elusive at times. There are ways however, to make this much-needed event happen on a regular basis. One of the main things is … Read More The post 6 Effective Steps to Spend More Quality Family Time appeared first on .
  • Traveling with Toddler? 8 Things You Must Pack

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

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

    Lynda Way
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Most young kids are naturally playful and open to humor. However, the peers and adults in their lives must nurture this sense of humor in order for it to thrive. Laughter offers quite a few long-term benefits including building self-esteem, … Read More The post What Tickles Your Child’s Funny Bone? appeared first on .
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  • TNPSC lawyers & Law graduate Direct Recruitment for Civil Judge Post

    Shanthi Ganesan
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Direct Recruitment of lawyers & Law graduates for the post of Civil Judge by TNPSC Hi friends, Today I am very happy to share good news for lawyers and law graduates. Once again a wonderful opportunity is knocking your door. Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission is directly recruiting advocates and law graduates for filling 162 […]The post TNPSC lawyers & Law graduate Direct Recruitment for Civil Judge Post appeared first on InfoMania.Related posts:Recruitment of Assistant Works Manager by TNPSC Tamilnadu Government Law College Lecturer Jobs CRIS Recruitment 2014 Oil and Natural…
  • Recruitment of Assistant Works Manager by TNPSC

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

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

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

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

  • Share Your Global Learners Story

    Mark Barnes
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: buistbunch via photopin cc Do your students have the skills that are necessary to be global learners? Do you possess the requisite skills to teach global learners? Are you a global learner? In my forthcoming Corwin Connected Educators Series book, I will define 5 Skills for Global Learners. I would like to share a few anecdotes from educators who are engaging global learners, and I need your help. Do you have a story that involves global learning using any of the following skills? Have you tweeted or Skyped with someone from another state or country? Do your…
  • Give Students a Voice with Movenote

    Mark Barnes
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Brilliant or Insane One of the smartest web tools and mobile applications for screencasting is Movenote. Teachers can create powerful webinars for students, staff presentations or even for parent communication. Plus, students can use Movenote to build their own presentations, giving a voice to even your shy students. Movenote, which comes with a mobile app, has a webcam narration feature, so students can add pictures and slides to a presentation, and they can talk about them, in effect, creating an oral presentation. Movenote makes it easy to upload PowerPoint presentations (I uploaded over…
  • Is There an Einstein in Your Special Education Class?

    Mark Barnes
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Although he was around long before the day of the IEP, Albert Einstein might have needed a special education class. Like Beethoven and many other of history’s great minds, Einstein behaved in ways that might, today, place him on the autism spectrum or in another mental disorder category. As this infographic suggests, students in special education classes often grow up to be brilliant people who contribute inspiring art and useful inventions. Check out what puts the “special” in Special Ed below and ask yourself if there is an Einstein in your special…
  • Graphic Evidence that Education Reform Can’t Be Stopped

    Mark Barnes
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Legitimate education reform is a runaway train that can’t be stopped. These graphics represent a powerful education reform movement that is growing daily. Please share your thoughts, and let’s turn this into a conversation. graphic adapted from Mark Barnes’ Role Reversal (ASCD, 2013), by Sean Junkins mobile learning puts billions of teachers in students’ hands social media engage learners reading in the in thing, photo credit: familymwr via photopin cc assessment is a conversation; photo credit: Aviva Dunsiger games make learning fun; photo credit:…
  • 5 Tips for New Teachers

    Mark Barnes
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane This infographic puts a little different spin on our 4 Lessons New Teachers Never Learned. . . blog post. Still, we see valuable connective tissue between our post and these 5 Effective Tips for New Teachers. Here are some tips within the tips. The infographic suggests that new teachers learn from colleagues. This is sound advice, as long as you find someone who is not anchored to outdated teaching methods. Find a progressive-minded teacher and stick to her. Tip 5 is about classroom management. Like the tip suggests, a new teacher will go far if she keeps problems in…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Tides Teacher Feature: Anna Schultz

    Montessori Tides
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    It’s time! Time to start a “teacher feature” blog series highlighting our amazing Montessori teachers. The level of experience, passion, diversity, and dedication that Montessori Tides School teachers bring into the lives of our students every day truly sets us apart. Collectively, our faculty has 183 years of Montessori experience! In this special first edition […]
  • Toddler Separation is Big Work

    Montessori Tides
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Toddler Separation is big work for everyone involved! However, thanks to the home visit and open house, the children are separating very well. Trust with the caregivers has been established and all the children are curious about their peers and the activities. One toddler who just separated, stopped crying when Ms. Johanna softly sang the […]
  • 20 Things To Teach a Child

    Montessori Tides
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    We believe that every parent is his or her child’s first teacher. Have you ever wondered what exactly your child needs to know from you? Here is a list based on a parent education series session “Bringing Montessori Home” last fall. This list was provided to help parents give their children a better sense of […]
  • Recycling Creatively to Make a Global Impact

    Montessori Tides
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Keeping our beaches clean is an increasing environmental problem that scientists cannot solve alone. Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans everyday. Fortunately, Gloria and Selena, seniors at Stanton College Prep School in Downtown Jacksonville and founders of The Bottle Project, are working with local non-profits Kids’ FUN and COAST to create […]
  • Not Too Cool For School

    Montessori Tides
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    In our own Montessori tradition, we held a special graduation ceremony for third-year lower elementary bridge students Thursday, May 22. This ceremony is extremely special to us. We take this time to honor our student’s individual accomplishments and hear their sweet good-bye speeches to the lower elementary classroom. As the celebration unfolds, the children share […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Cindy Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • The Montessori Group – a philosophy of child development

    Montessori Group
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    This article first appeared in a 2004 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cynthia Thomas always wanted to teach in a preschool. After earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics and child development she, her two children and her husband, who was enlisted in the United States Air Force at the time, were transferred to Hawaii. Shortly […]
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity

    Montessori Group
    19 May 2014 | 9:04 am
    Presented at the American Montessori Society 2014 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas March 29, 2014. Andrew Solomon drew on 40,000 pages of interview transcripts with more than 300 families to write his book Far From the Tree, which tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also […]
  • Montessori Language, Speaking, Writing, and Reading, Ages 0-3

    Montessori Group
    2 May 2014 | 9:58 am
    Language for 0-3 Originally published by The Michael Olaf Montessori Company with excerpts from the book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three. The First Year: the Senses We can feed the child’s intense interest in language and prepare for later spoken language, by speaking clearly, by not raising our voice to […]
  • Supporting Your Child’s School

    Montessori Group
    29 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    When you enroll your child in a Montessori school, you join a warm and welcoming community of teachers, students, and families. Being an active part of that community can bring many rewards: a voice in your child’s education; greater contact with teachers and school administrators; and a window into the Montessori way, among others. There […]
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    Country Day For Children Montessori

  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Country Day For Children
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Independent Toddler: Dressing

    Country Day For Children
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Independence Independence is the ability to do things for ourselves and think for ourselves. Your child becomes independent through his own activity. What should you let your child do? By being included in simple daily activities, he begins to understand routines, his role in the family, and his own abilities. When you offer choices at […]
  • Beyond Basic VPK

    Cindy Thomas
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
  • Montessori education prepares children for academic excellence

    Country Day For Children
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    Getting a child’s education off on the right foot is important. Most experts agree that a child’s early education forms the basis for lifelong learning and sets the tone for their entire academic career. For this reason, the first years of school that children attend is of paramount importance. Placing students in the right learning […]
  • Supporting the Development of Your Child’s Movement

    Country Day For Children
    24 Jan 2014 | 9:26 am
    Movement Tips Movement brings your child in touch with his environment. He learns through his senses. By moving, touching, smelling, seeing, and listening, he begins to understand his world. When he can explore and interact with his surroundings he is learning. His movements and explorations connect his body and brain. What can you do to […]
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    Seminole Montessori School

  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Seminole Montessori
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Communication: Children 2 to 3 Years – Reading Stories & Singing Songs

    Seminole Montessori
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Create a world full of stories and songs Have places for books throughout the house, like a basket in the living room and a shelf in the bedroom. Children are more attracted to a book if they can see its front cover, not just the spine. Keep a few books on the shelf at a […]
  • Tallahassee VPK: Beyond Basic VPK

    Cindy Thomas
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
  • Communication: Children 2 to 3 Years – Making Conversation

    Seminole Montessori
    28 Jan 2014 | 12:20 pm
    1. Prepare an environment that provides opportunities for language enrichment Make trips out and about to enrich his vocabulary: the zoo, the park, the playground, the neighbor’s house, the car wash, the supermarket, the library etc. On a walk along the road he might see a stop sign, a crosswalk, an oak tree, a dandelion, […]
  • Ten Things You Can Do at Home to Encourage Independence

    Seminole Montessori
    6 Jan 2014 | 8:51 am
    Independence Independence is the ability to do things for ourselves and think for ourselves. Your child becomes independent through her own activity. What should you let your child do? By being included in simple daily activities, she begins to understand routines, her role in the family, and her own abilities. When you offer choices at […]
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    Rockledge Montessori School

  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Kimberly LaMirande
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Summer Camp Art Gallery

    Kimberly LaMirande
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Rockledge Montessori’s Summer Camp Art Gallery recently took place in Mrs. Kathrine’s Room 4. This camp was part of our 3-6 year old Summer Camp. The kids had a great time thanks to Mrs. Kathrine for all the wonderful planning she did for the campers. If you get a chance give her a big THANK […]
  • Summer Camp at Rockledge Montessori

    Kimberly LaMirande
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Our 2014 Summer Camp is in full swing at Rockledge Montessori. Each camp day we have a book and snack that is geared around the theme for the week or session. We started the summer camp sessions off with Roots Week. During this week we learned parts of the seeds planted some seeds, talked about […]
  • Beyond Basic VPK

    Cindy Thomas
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
  • Rockledge Montessori Receives Perfect VPK Readiness Score

    Kimberly LaMirande
    20 Jan 2014 | 10:42 am
    Rockledge Montessori’s VPK Program Earned a Perfect Score in Kindergarten Readiness from ELC of Brevard. The voluntary pre-K program is designed to prepare every 4-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. Education studies have found that students who participate in these programs are better […]
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    Knowledge Transfer

  • Urgent Information for Students Enrolled at Corinthian Schools

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued Corinthian Colleges, Inc., owner of Everest, Heald, and WyoTech, for using illegal tactics to induce students into taking out private student loans. The CFPB’s lawsuit also alleges that Corinthian violated the law by harassing borrowers to make payments by pulling students from class, and preventing them from attending class, registering, graduating, and receiving a diploma. In recent months, Corinthian Colleges has stated its intent to sell or close many of its campuses. As a public service, the Knowledge Transfer blog is…
  • Senate Hearing Spotlights Impact of Student Loan Debt on Seniors

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Last week, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing that examined the growing impact that student loan debts are having on seniors. In his opening statement, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), the Chairman of the committee, said, “Today we’re looking at student loan debt and how it puts the retirement security of our nation’s seniors at risk. While many may think of student loan debt as just a young person’s problem, increasingly it’s not the case.” In her opening statement, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) added, “One might assume that this debt reflects loans taken out…
  • What Alaska and Kansas Senate Candidates Say about Student Debt

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on Wednesday says that student loan debt is on the rise among seniors.  The report, which was unveiled at a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing, found that the amount senior citizens owe in outstanding federal student loans has increased six-fold, from $2.8 billion in 2005 to more than $18 billion last year.  While older Americans still account for a small fraction of student loan debt holders, the report noted that the number of seniors facing student loan debt between 2004 and 2010 quadrupled to 706,000 households. …
  • Dr. Jeff Borden: 5 Lessons We Can Take Away from the MOOC

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      MOOCs have been on somewhat of a roller coaster in the past two years.  Since its introduction in 2012 (with 2013 being when the publicity caught up to the hype), much of the conversation around MOOCs has seemed to disappear half way through 2014. Despite the fact that most people have (prematurely) dismissed MOOCs as an education experiment-gone-awry, Pearson’s VP of Instruction & Academic Strategy, Dr. Jeff Borden, believes there are lessons we can take away from the MOOC movement that are both valuable and important for all of education. He should know, having served as a…
  • Grads with Loans Need 34% More Income to Buy Median-Priced Home

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
      According to a recent article by Nick Timiraos in The Wall Street Journal, “One of the biggest fears today in the real-estate industry goes something like this: Rising student debt is going to freeze millennials out of the housing market.” However, RealtyTrac, a leading source for comprehensive housing data, released a report last week which analyzed the affordability of homeownership for recent college graduates and found that 96 percent of U.S. housing markets are still affordable for recent graduates making the median household income — even those with student loans.
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Life after Death an Illusion or Perfect Vision

    Prakhyati Razdan
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Life after Death an Illusion or Perfect Vision To understand life after death we must understand first what life is before Death. Life is just to eat for living or live for eating or is there any mission or purpose for which God has made and sent us on earth…?? Actually nobody knows about the exact reason of our existence... The post Life after Death an Illusion or Perfect Vision appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Cell phones should be allowed in schools??

    Prakhyati Razdan
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Cell phones should be allowed in schools? In this smart world everyone has a cell-phone. By 2010 75% (approx) of twelve to seventeen year olds  had cell phones and in the past four years it can be imagined the increased in teenage cell phone users. Cell phones have changed our life undoubtedly. But increase in distractions can also be associated... The post Cell phones should be allowed in schools?? appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 18th September 2014-Daily Current Affairs Gk Magazine

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Current Affairs 18th September 2014 Goa became Permanent venue for International Film Festival of India (IFFI) On 17th September 2014 Goa Permanent venue for International Film Festival of India (IFFI).To complete this deal Goa and IFFI has signed MoU.Bimal Julka Secretary of Information and Broadcasting and B. Vijayan Chief Secretary of Goa signed the deal. This year the The 45th International Film Festival of India will be held from... The post Current Affairs 18th September 2014-Daily Current Affairs Gk Magazine appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • SAIL Recruitment Notification for Durgapur,2014

    Nidhi Prasad
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    SAIL Recruitment Detail of Vacancy Medical Officer & Technician Total no.of post in SAIL -278 posts Details of posts in SAIL Medical Officer -11 posts Technician(Operator)-154 posts Technician(Attendant)-104 posts Medical Service Provider-09 Posts Age Limit- Medical Officer-30 Yrs and 28 Yrs for other Post(as on 1 Oct,2014) Qualification Required for SAIL Recruitment: Medical Officer- MBBS from a recognized University or... The post SAIL Recruitment Notification for Durgapur,2014 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • The Almighty vs Human Take over ( Relegious Maze )

    Prakhyati Razdan
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Almighty vs Human Take over (Religious Maze) The Religion , this term when comes to mind then this small looking world turns into a big confusing place where all are divided on thinking, customs and day to day life. Have we ever thought how these religions were came into existence , how they were formed or what they were... The post The Almighty vs Human Take over ( Relegious Maze ) appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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  • 4 Best Websites To Learn Coding Online For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Coding is something that every student in school and collage should try to learn . Now you can learn any coding language for free . If you are planning to learn C++, Ruby on Rails , Python or Java the below mentioned websites would help in learning them . If you are a skilled programmer […] The post 4 Best Websites To Learn Coding Online For Free appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Online C Programming Course

    Jerome Fernandes
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    If you are look for online C programming course for free then you have found the right article . Here I have listed four free online C programming courses which are completely free . Through these four courses you can learn about C programming and you can also learn general programming concepts .   1. […] The post Online C Programming Course appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • 15 Free Online Courses On Game Development

    Jerome Fernandes
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    The process of developing a game is known as game development . It is done by a game developer , which may range from a single person to a large firm . Whether you want to become a solo game developer or work for a large firm you should have a basic knowledge to start […] The post 15 Free Online Courses On Game Development appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Certificate Courses In Computer Science

    Jerome Fernandes
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Computer Science has always been a field subject among students due to its interesting concepts and ever ending advancement . Computer Science as a subject collectively covers plenty of topics under it like programming , software , hardware , networking and so on . So due to this massive collection of sub topics under it […] The post Free Online Certificate Courses In Computer Science appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Courses With Certificates In India

    Jerome Fernandes
    26 May 2014 | 4:26 am
    If you are looking for free online courses with certificates in India , then you have found the right article to know about that . Generally Indians can take any free online courses with certificate offered by many top universities around the world . Some top free online course providers in US are restricted to serve […] The post Free Online Courses With Certificates In India appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
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    I Love Learning

  • English Learning Websites For Adults

    I Love Learning
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Whether you’re an adult who has emigrated to an English speaking country or a student completing an exchange, learning English can be a challenge when you have to do it outside your home country. It can be difficult and nerve-wracking working up the confidence to talk to native speakers, and sometimes courses and programs are difficult to access. In these cases, an online learning resource is a good solution, as it allows learners to go at their own pace and build their vocabulary and grammar until they feel confident putting it to use in a real life situation. Talk English. One of the…
  • Adult Learning Websites

    I Love Learning
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There are many websites dedicated to adult learning, offering a range of learning programs in different areas and disciplines. Depending on what you need, you can be sure to find an inexpensive option that specifically targets your interests, study habits and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to pick up a few extra skills or to immerse yourself in a full project or course, online study is convenient and flexible. Adult Learning Support. A New Zealand based website that seeks to support those studying as adults, by offering resources and contacts for learners of all levels. These include…
  • Everyday Memory Practice

    I Love Learning
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Memory is one of those latent skills that most of us don’t really think about – or think of it as something that simply varies from person to person. While this can be true to some extent in terms of natural abilities, it’s also something that can definitely be improved through focused exercises. Some people may not consider this as “important” as regular learning, but in fact the two things go hand in hand. The better your memory is, the easier learning will be, and there are a range of other benefits besides. Improved facial and name recognition. Being able to…
  • Online Brain Games Website – Lumosity

    I Love Learning
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Lumosity is a website that offers a host of different activities in the form of a training program that’s designed to improve your mental capacity and facilities. Created by scientists working in collaboration around the world, the project is known as the Human Cognition Project. The goal is to create accessible, simple ways that the everyday person can improve their brain function without investing in expensive software or books. This is done in the form of games and activities that are set out in a “personal training program”. When you first sign up, you’ll be asked…
  • Preparing Children For Learning At School

    I Love Learning
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Starting school is a huge step in the life of both parent and child, and marks the start of a huge formative factor in their young lives. Choosing the right school and ensuring your child is ready to meet the challenge is one of the best things a parent can do. Of course it’s up to the individual child to adapt to the new environment and routine, but there are certain things a parent can do to help with this preparation and ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. 1. Visit the school together. Well before they start, the best thing you can do is make the school feel like a…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Working With Smartart | Tutorial by Nuts & Bolts Team

    FPPTP Admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
      Explore how you can make use of Smartart in PowerPoint. Learn how to use Smartart to create amazing tables, sort pictures and more.. The post Working With Smartart | Tutorial by Nuts & Bolts Team appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • How To Pitch Anything In 15 Seconds by Carmine Gallo : Presentation Lectures

    FPPTP Admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Carmine teaches how a message map is created and how you can attract attention of your customer within seconds. The post How To Pitch Anything In 15 Seconds by Carmine Gallo : Presentation Lectures appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Tiles Show in PowerPoint | PowerPoint Concept

    FPPTP Admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Here’s another cool PowerPoint concept, we call it tiles show, because these all objects look similar to tiles and they animate to show the inside picture. You can just copy these slides or shapes and paste on top of your picture and see the magic happen. You can use these slides for business promos or even for photo albums etc. With your creativity you can make amazing creations, what’s more! All the tiny prefect squares are actually PowerPoint native shapes, you can change colors as per your requirements, you can copy them and paste over your objects within slides. You can…
  • How to create animated twinkling stars in PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    We are back with one more cool PowerPoint animation tutorial. In today’s edition we’ll show you how to create  animated twinkling stars in PowerPoint by just using the PowerPoint’s native shapes and couple of animations. So, follow these steps and pictures to create your own twinkling stars. Step 1) Open PowerPoint  and select Blank Presentation (for this tutorial we are using PowerPoint 2013 you can use any version above 2010). Step 2) Click on the Insert menu from the Ribbon and Choose Shapes > Select 6 Point star  or 8 point star (Your wish) within Stars and Banners…
  • Thank You Slides for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Don’t let your presentation’s end be a routine one, instead decorate your presentation’s end with cool “Thank You” slide. And this edition will help you achieve that. Say hello to Thank You Slides for PowerPoint. This download contains presentation that has seven set of animated and non animated thank you slide objects that you can copy and paste within your slides. What’s more? All these elements or objects are PowerPoint native shapes that you can manipulate with colors, effects and more… Use your creativity and create amazing endings for your…
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • How to Speed Read – 6 Proven Techniques

    Mark Ways
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    6 effective techniques to learn to read fast easilyReading is a universal activity but speed reading is a skill, but not to worry, because anyone can learn how to speed read. Fast reading can push your comprehension while getting faster. You can enhance your skills by merely understanding the powerful yet simple combination of techniques that accelerated reading has to offer. There are three major approaches:Traditional offline methods (classes or self-teaching)Desktop software (guided)Online Courses (guided)Try it out: This post will summarize the topic to quickly grasp the basics. It also…
  • 3 Tips to read effectively on eBook readers

    Mark Ways
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    What is your favorite medium to learn reading improvement techniques? I prefer printed material over electronic resources. However, it’s a different thing when it comes to applying these techniques in the wild. We read news online, learn new skills using the internet or dip into a thrilling novel that comes as an eBook. Compared to paperback the difference can be both sensual and technical. But, how can we adjust these methods to efficiently use them on electronic devices? Share your tips after the break.eBooks have become a common way for reading fiction. Amazon sells more eBooks than…
  • Benefits of Speed Reading

    Mark Ways
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    “Why should I learn to speed read? This is just nonsense?” It’s only one of a few responses I occasionally receive from people when I talk about reading improvement. That’s totally fine for me. My answer usually is: for higher speed and better comprehension! I assume most people know that lovely experience to speed through an exciting novel and instantly grasp the ongoing story line and events happening in it. The ideal performance of fast reading is quite similar: the proven techniques aim to systematically improve your comprehension while pushing the pedal to the…
  • How Our Brain Works When Speed Reading

    Mark Ways
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    Some people mistakenly believe that speed reading is impossible to learn. Others firmly argue that it comes with a toll – that reading quickly limits both comprehension and enjoyment of the text.These two viewpoints fail to take into consideration one thing, and that’s the fact that fast reading is a scientifically grounded habit that takes practice to achieve.Reading is about readjusting your brain’s functioning while you read, including eliminating 1st grade reading rules such as reading out loud or word by word.Essentially, learning this skill is about optimizing your…
  • Read more to Read faster

    Mark Ways
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:16 am
    Does how much you read determine your success?Of course it does. There’s an ocean of information available to you in libraries and on the internet, and more is added every day.The more you read, the more you know – the more you know, the more successful you can become. It doesn’t get any simpler that this.Yes, it might sound too simplistic to say that the more you read the more successful you can be, but it’s true. Of course, the quality, type, and source of what you read have a huge part to play in how much of a success you could be, but the relationship is still there.Read…
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  • Introduction to Primary school Education in Singapore for parents  

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Elementary or Primary Education forms the foundation for gaining basic knowledge. This is the stage where the child learns to interact with people and to the society as a whole. Elementary education can be compared to the first stride that a person takes in life, it is impossible for people to run without first learning how they can walk (Long, 2000). Primary Education enables the child to make friends, facilitate acquisition and vocabulary development. In school, their listening ability develops, they also acquire the concept of sharing and turn taking. This article explores primary school…
  • 8 Tips to Excel in your first Tuition Assignment

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    So, you passed all the requirements, test and interviews from the agency you are applying to be a tutor. What now? Where do you go after the recruitment? Do you just burst in your tutee’s house and teach? Maybe there’s a protocol for first day impression?…hmm Is there?:)  These are the questions that will surface in your mind and that’s totally understandable, with all the excitement surging through your system and the proud moments that YOU, among the other applicants have been chosen by the agency as one of the tutors, I mean that’s huge. It’s your first step to financial…
  • Introduction to Secondary School Education in Singapore for Parents

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Every parent wants the best for their children. They want to let their child experience the things they never had before. That’s how the term “overcompensation” came into existence and sometimes choosing the best things for the children can be taxing, tiring and confusing. It happens when choosing the best party to throw for him or her or even choosing the kind of shoes you want to give them for their birthday. After all, a parent’s main concern is for their children to be happy and secure, may it be for short term or long term. Speaking of long term security, parents invest in…
  • Should you use Educational Apps for your kids ?

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    What’s App kids? According to Emily Bryan  in her recent article, mobile apps can actually have some educational benefits for children, but of course, like everything else, using apps requires proper guidance and moderation from parents. They should make an effort to talk to their child’s teacher as to what kind of apps they should let their children use or play. So here are the top 5 child-friendly apps in the downloadable world:   Motion Math: Hungry Guppy (Ages 2 – up) Compatibility: iPad + iPhone  This app helps the child to learn to add add by connecting the child’s…
  • Social Media Brotherhood and the precarious situation of youngsters

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Article written by Daniel Tay  about Singaporean youths who use social media like  Facebook to recruit new members is not a shocker to the netizens all around the globe. We cannot deny that the social media has affected our lifestyles and the way we socialize and communicate with one another. Talking has morphed into chatboxes, announcements into notifications and tag into tagging pictures instead of just playing ‘tag your it’. The Rise of Technology   Communication in the last 50 years or so has never been this good, fast and efficient. Imagine talking to your friends half-way…
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    CITE » Blog

  • The 3 Types of People who get Pre K Certification

    John Russo
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Who gets a Pre K certification? Mayor De Blasio has announced that the city expects to hire 8,000 certified Pre K teachers in the next few years.  Where are those […] The post The 3 Types of People who get Pre K Certification appeared first on CITE.
  • Parent Teacher Night

    John Russo
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tonight starts the first of four scheduled parent teacher night conferences for the school year, up two from last year. Carmen Fariña, New York City schools chancellor explains why the expansion was a priority […] The post Parent Teacher Night appeared first on CITE.
  • Ready for Pre-K

    John Russo
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    On August 19, Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of NYC Schools, spoke to a thousand prekindergarten teachers at “Getting Ready for Pre-K: An Institute for Educators.” This video is courtesy of Bank […] The post Ready for Pre-K appeared first on CITE.

    John Russo
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re adding DASA workshops on Columbus Day – Monday October 13, 2014 Veterans’ Day – Tuesday November 11, 2014 What is the DASA?  The Dignity for All Students Act New […] The post DASA WORKSHOPS ADDED appeared first on CITE.
  • Upcoming Administration Program Interviews

    John Russo
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Administration program  Application deadline is September 26th, to enter the program this fall! Schedule your Administration Program Interview now! We are interviewing prospective students in: Brooklyn on 9/17  Oceanside on 9/23 Bayside on 9/30 […] The post Upcoming Administration Program Interviews appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • Dream, Believe and Execute- Founder of Fabence

    Ekta Rawat
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Mr Anshul Gupta, a student at SRCC and the founder of an innovative venture on e- commerce is a person has the courage to think of solutions rather compromise with problems with a vision to execute the entrepreneurial desires., at the very basic level, allows its user to search for and discover millions of fashion ... Dream, Believe and Execute- Founder of Fabence is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Dream, Believe and Execute- Founder of Fabence appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • The First Step

    DU Khabar
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Adage that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. To dream is to dare and to take the first step is to lead.  Dreams give direction to our lives. They come in all shapes and sizes, it is said, but the path to their fulfilment starts with the first step. A ... The First Step is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post The First Step appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • DUSU Election Results 2014: Congratulations ABVP

    Shriya Arora
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    ABVP,  i.e. “Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad” (BJP), was declared winners of the DUSU Elections 2014. ABVP managed to win by a clean sweep, winning the four major posts after a gap of eighteen years. In the year 2013, the party won 3 out of 4 seats, but failed to grab the 4 major positions. ABVP ... DUSU Election Results 2014: Congratulations ABVP is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post DUSU Election Results 2014: Congratulations ABVP appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • ZOCALO ASSOCIATE PROGRAM- For the young minds!

    DU Khabar
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Every night before going to bed, you dream about attaining that distant dream. Well, here is an excellent opportunity to make that far-fetched dream into a reality. Zocalo is elated to invite the astute and the most enterprising young minds for the Zocalo Associate Program, starting from this September for a period of 4 weeks. ... ZOCALO ASSOCIATE PROGRAM- For the young minds! is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post ZOCALO ASSOCIATE PROGRAM- For the young minds! appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • JDMC LIT FEST-2014

    Shivangi Kanojia
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    To understand Literature, you don’t have to be the next Shakespeare; rather you just have to be simply YOU. Your understanding depends on what you think and not on what you are. The English Department of Janki Devi Memorial College is elated to organize LITOPIA 2014 – a Literary Festival on Friday, 19th September 2014. ... JDMC LIT FEST-2014 is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post JDMC LIT FEST-2014 appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • Kid’s Deserve To Be Taught

    Shaun Killian
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Last year, I was very excited. After nearly half a century of walking this Earth, I was finally going to see snow – and I was as eager as a child on Christmas Eve. Like most people, we have always lived on a tight budget, and taking the family to the snow was a real treat for us. We could only afford to stay for 5 days and we wanted to get the most out of them.   Imagine This Scene I wanted to learn how to ski, and as the whole snow thing was new to me, so I booked some equipment and some lessons. While the lessons were expensive, given our tight timeframe, I thought that it was a…
  • One Word That Can Improve Your Teaching

    Shaun Killian
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Do you want to grow as a teacher and enhance the impact you have on those you teach? One simple, three-letter word can help you do this. I’m not talking about some quack remedy or trendy term. Rather, it’s an everyday word whose power has emerged from mountains of research. The mystery word is …  … AND   Let me explain. To do that, I need to go off on a bit of a tangent. Stick with me – it’s worth it. The insight that you will gain can have a profound effect on the way that you view learning, teaching and education in general.     Why AND Is Such A Powerful…
  • 3 Must-Read Books for Teachers & School Leaders Who Truly Want Their Students to Excel

    Shaun Killian
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    There are over half a million books out there claiming to tell how to teach more effectively and improve student results. However, many of them aren’t worth reading at all and those that are, often rehash well-known ideas. Yet, amidst this sea of misinformation and mediocrity, these three gems stand out. Why? They are based on research rather than on someone’s ‘theory’ of what works. They challenge you to think beyond deeply entrenched views of teaching. They may not all be the easiest reads, but they are well worth the effort. You may have read one or two already, but it’s worth…
  • 2014 NAPLAN Results Released: What Do They Show?

    Shaun Killian
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Today, ACARA released its preliminary summary of the 2014 NAPLAN results. Here’s what they showed. THE GOOD Reading results improved for students in Year 3 & 5 from 2008-2013. These improvements have been maintained in 2014. Results for grammar & punctuation improved for students in Year 3 & 7 from 2008-2013. These improvements have been maintained in 2014. THE HO-HUM Spelling results have not improved Numeracy results have not improved in any year levels THE BIZARRE Writing results are down in all year levels, but dropped the most in Year 3   What Do The 2014 NAPLAN…
  • You Matter Campaign

    Shaun Killian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    It’s likely that I don’t know you, but if you’re reading this, it’s also likely that you are a teacher, hence I can confidently say – you matter. The You Matter campaign was started by Angela Maiers and it worth joining. Here is how it relates to you as a teacher. Most teachers choose their noble profession because they want to make a difference in the lives of the kids they teach, and research shows that you do – it’s true – you matter. In fact, teachers make more of a difference to how well kids do in school than most other factors. What’s more, your impact goes well…
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    MBA Blog

  • CAT vs GMAT: Which is Better?
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In order to have a better future with your chosen career, it is important to build your qualifications, which will make you better fitted for your job. Some would invest in the experience, which includes hopping from one company to another in order to have an extensive job background.
  • How to ACE your MBA Program
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    Successfully going through an MBA program is one of the most gruelling tasks many professionals face today. The drawn out and detailed application process, extensive coursework and events involved take a lot of time, energy and dedication to successfully carryout.
  • Top High Paying Jobs You Can Land with Your MBA
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    If you hold an MBA degree, you obviously have a bigger chance of landing a good job, particularly ones that are considered top level positions. A master’s degree is often considered as one of the most valuable degrees as it opens up the opportunity of having a bright career ahead of you.
  • How Having an MBA in India Increases Your Job Opportunities
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    There is no doubt that an MBA in India can ultimately boost all your advantages in order to land a good job in the competitive economy that we exist in. However, aside from this pretty obvious goal, there are other incentives offered by having a Master of Business Administration degree.
  • How Earning Your MBA Will Change Your Life?
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The goal of an MBA degree is to appoint an authentic peak. If your goal is to move ahead at your current organisation, you should start thinking about taking on new responsibilities or pursuing a dashing direction.
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    Blog Me Mom

  • Fall Art Activities for kids: Fall Tree Art

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Fall Art Activities for kids: Fall Tree Art This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! {All our art activities can be accessed here} Can’t wait for the cool and crisp weather! Fall is my favorite season- apples, pumpkins, the pies! More importantly the reassuring feeling that the Holiday season is not too far away! To celebrate fall, we tried a ever so popular art activity. Take a look at these kid created gorgeous fall trees in their red, orange, yellow glory! We have already tried…
  • Fall Crafts for Kids and Art Projects

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    It’s almost Fall! To help you prepare for the season I have collected some of the best, easy and practical fall crafts for kids along with some gorgeous fall art projects. I have also thrown in a few fall themed learning ideas and fun fall activities in the mix. Enjoy browsing and clicking through to the original activity. Stop by our category page for all our fall activities for kids Fall Art Projects Spray Paint Leaf Art from Artsy Momma Fall Scented Sticky Paint from Learn Play Imagine Fall Leaf Watercolor Resist Art from Fun At Home With Kids Autumn Art From The Garden Classroom…
  • Fall crafts: Homemade fall maracas

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is that time of the year when I complain about living in a season less city. Last year during fall we picked up ourselves and had fun with so many fall crafts fall wreath, big fall tree propeller bugs and many more. You can take a look at all our fall crafts by visiting us category page. This post is our first one of the many fall crafts we have for the season. Musical fall craft using a bottle and leaves Last week we did a fantastic fall play recipes series with a few fellow bloggers. For our nature theme we did these beautiful fall sensory jars.. We had so many leaves left over and I…
  • Unique creative engineering toys for kids with a Kinetic Sand Giveaway

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All the opinions are my own. Really, if I didn’t like the product I don’t think I would spend the time writing about it. Their stuff is amazing and you should check out their website, Uncommongoods. Do you have a child who likes to build and create structures? Do you have a child who likes to decorate things, paint and draw? If you are a parent who tries to buy unique toys for their own children and as gifts then this post is REALLY for you! I’m going to introduce you to one of a kind  online store selling kids stuff ( among…
  • Play Recipe : Homemade rocks and gems

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Gotta love bright colors right?! We love liquid water colors and they did not fail us in this sensory activity. We made sparkly, shiny rocky gems and jewels for play and learning. Any project that turns into a mixing and pouring type of sensory activity is always a great hit. This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! You will need rock salt ( ice cream salt), liquid watercolors or food colors and glue for this project. { Use ice cream salt to make crystal play dough too} Start off with…
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    Nigeria Education, post Ume Update And Latest Education News in Nigeria

  • Skype Download For All Mobile Phones –

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Skype Download For All Mobile Phones – Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. With skype download on, you can share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues . Skype download for Android, Skype download for ipad and Skype download for iphone has just got better with its new features. It is free to start using Skype and to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype for example. You can even try out group video, with the…
  • Bishop David Oyedepo Biography And Shocking Life History

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Baba oyedepo as fondly called by his congression is a distiguished man of GodBishop David Oyedepo was born in Osogbo  from of Omu Aran, Kwara on the 27, September 1954 Bishop David Oyedepo’s father, Ibrahim, use to be  a Muslim healer and his mother, Dorcas, was a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (C&S), a branch of the Aladura movement in Nigeria.bishop david oyedepo was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo, It was Bishop David Oyedepo grand mother inculcated  him the virtues of Christian life via the early morning prayers which she attended with…
  • Ebola virus hits West Africa, read precautionary tips

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Nigerianeducation: Worried by the increasing cases of deaths from the outbreak of Ebola virus in some neighbouring West African countries, the Lagos state government, yesterday gave some precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of the deadly virus in the state Ebola virus is currently ravaging many communities in some West African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone among others. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, in a statement, said the measures became necessary with a view to preventing the outbreak of the disease in the State, listing the measures include; washing…
  • MTN Nigeria Jobs Online Application at

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    MTN Nigeria Jobs Online Application – Mtn Nigeria Jobs which has been made avaiable on the Mtn Nigeria careers a division of the one of the telecommunications giant in Nigeria, Mtn and a part of a diverse community in Africa and the Middle East, Nigerians looking for employment under the Mtn Nigeria data are to log on to the Mtn Nigeria Online Jobs Application at – MTN Nigeria Jobs is currently inviting suitably qualified candidates to the following MTN Nigeria Jobs 2014 MTN Nigeria Jobs Description Understanding the telecom industry as well as…
  • Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Biography,Profile And Life History

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Biography And Life Style ? Things you need to know about Pastor Chris oyakhilome- pastor Chris oyakhilome has a Ph. D, Date of birth December 7, 1961.He is the Eldest child of Elder T. Oyakhilome. Marital Status – Chris Oyakhilome is married to Rev Anita Oyakhilome who heads the UK agency and has two female child For his husband. Pastor Chris oyakhilome Ministry – He was still at the University, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in Edo State to be precise, Nigeria. He was still in the university Before he got his calling form God to proceed into the the life…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Am I Too Old to Learn How to Play the Piano?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Learning at Any Age Anyone that knows me personally, knows that it actually saddens me that this question is even asked as much as it is. A little background to my thoughts on this subject. I grew up in a home where learning was always encouraged. Whether it was pulling […]
  • Should You Push Your Kids Into Piano Lessons?

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Every Parents Dream This is hardly a parent that doesn’t share the desire that their children have music in their life. I find that intentions are usually good ones and ones of genuine concern and desire that their children have a complete experience in life that includes learning music, in […]
  • Episode #12 How to Play “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
      Lesson Play your piano along with the recording In this week’s Tip of the Week, we are learning to play the piano part and chord accompaniment for Stay With Me as performed by Sam Smith. A always, I transcribe the song in it’s original key so you can play […]
  • Piano Lessons Infographic. They’re Good for You!

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    I am a big fan of infographics. Ever since they came on the scene, I was fascinated by the wonderful graphic representation of everyday information. This one is so cool because it discusses the benefits of playing the piano in really cool way. It gets to heart of why playing […]
  • Digital Piano Review: Korg SP-250

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Price Range: $699-$799 Quality: Mid-Level First Impressions As musicians and piano players, there’s a certain amount of fun associated with new gear. Living in a time where there is new gear comiong out all the time, it’s practically impossible to keep up with every latest piece of equipment, but every […]
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    On Top English

  • Aerospace Industry

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb aerospace N. 1) the science and technology of flying in the air and in outer space 2) the area including earth’s atmosphere and outer space aerospace A. 1) related to the science and technology of flying in the air and […] The post Aerospace Industry appeared first on On Top English.
  • Entertaining Films

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb alternative A. something which is done in a different way, not done in the normal way In the U.S., alternative films are usually artistic films or foreign language films. artsy A. extremely artistic, overly artistic, too artistic This often suggests […] The post Entertaining Films appeared first on On Top English.
  • Coffee Houses

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb to appeal to V. to attract or interest (a certain group of people) to blend V. to combine, mix together a blend N. a combination, a mixture “Blend” is often used to refer to a special mixture of coffee beans. […] The post Coffee Houses appeared first on On Top English.
  • In Your Dreams

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    The post In Your Dreams appeared first on On Top English.
  • Ice Breakers – Small Talk

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    The post Ice Breakers – Small Talk appeared first on On Top English.
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  • High Altitude Aeronautical Platforms (HAAPS) (George John)
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    High Altitude Aeronautical Platform Stations (HAAPS) is the name of a technology for providing wireless narrowband and broadband telecommunication services as well as broadcasting services with either airships or aircraft's. The HAAPS are operating at altitudes between 3 to 22 km. A HAAPS shall be able to cover a service area of up to 1000 km diameter, depending on the minimum elevation angle accepted from the user's location. The platforms may be airplanes or airships (essentially balloons) and may be manned or un-manned with autonomous operation coupled with remote control from the ground.
  • Energy Transmission System For Artificial Heart (George John)
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    The artificial heart now in use, like the natural heart it is designed to replace, is a four chambered device for pumping blood. Such electrical circulatory assist devices such as total artificial heart or ventricular assist devices generally use a brushless dc motor as their pump. They require 12–35 Watt to operate and can be powered by a portable battery pack and a dc–dc converter.
  • Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) (George John)
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. The light forms an electromagnetic carrier wave that is modulated to carry information. The main benefits of fiber are its exceptionally low loss, allowing long Distances between amplifiers or repeaters; and its inherently high data carrying Capacity , such that thousands of electrical links would be required to replace a Single high bandwidth fiber cable. Another benefit of fibers is that even whenrun alongside each other for long distances, fiber…
  • Skinput Technology (George John)
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Devices with significant computational power and capabilities can now be easily carried on our bodies. However, their small size typically leads to limited interaction space (e.g., diminutive screens, buttons, and jog wheels) and consequently diminishes their usability and functionality. Since one cannot simply make buttons and screens larger without losing the primary benefit of small size, one has to consider alternative approaches that enhance interactions with small mobile systems.
  • Artificial Retina Using Thin Film Transistor Technology (George John)
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Artificial retinas have been desired to recover the sight sense for sight handicapped people. Recently, artificial retinas using external cameras, stimulus electrodes, and three dimensional large scale integrations (LSIs) have been actively developed for patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa and age related muscular degeneration. So in this seminar, we will discuss about the possibilities of artificial retina using thin film transistors (TFTs), which can be fabricated on transparent and flexible substrates. Electronic photo devices and circuits are integrated on the artificial retina,…
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    Higher Edutorial

  • The Cost of College Textbooks

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    My last blog focused on the millions of college students who have started college classes this fall.  One of the daunting tasks facing college students across America is the purchase of college textbooks.  For students and parents who, in many cases, pay for the textbooks, the cost is very high, actually outrageous in some cases.  The College Board reported the average cost for books and supplies for the 2013–2014 school year was $1,207 at public colleges and $1,253 at private colleges.  But the cost can vary dramatically between the public and private schools.  For…
  • That Time of Year Again: The Start of College And Getting to Know Each Other

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    It is that time of year again.  Fall is when the summer heat and humidity starts to subside and cool nights begin. It is the start of football season and the Friday night lights or Saturday afternoon games.  It is also the time when our society begins one of its most important tasks, i.e, educating our future workforce and our next generation of leaders.  From mid-August through early September, about 22.1 millions students will start college or university classes.  In the fall of 2013, public and private two- and four-year institutions of higher education enrolled 21.8…
  • The Price of a College Degree. Is it Worth the Price?

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    For several years now, Americans have been questioning the value of higher education. Is a college degree worth the thousands of dollars it costs? Does the bachelors’ degree lead to a good paying job? Higher education faces many challenges in the nation. Unfortunately, one major challenge is the escalating cost of a college education. And as Americans question its value, the college degree has begun to lose its prominence in the minds of many Americans. The evidence to support this is the decline in enrollments in colleges and universities throughout the country. The problem has been…
  • Sexual Predators on College Campuses

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Prominent in the news today in the nation and especially in higher education is the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses.  The issue has become so big that it is now considered a crisis.  Just pick up any newspaper or weekly periodical to confirm that sexual assaults are now a major national problem across colleges and universities.  For example, the cover of Time Magazine May 26, 2014 issue reads “Crisis: Sexual Assaults in Higher Education.”First, let me be clear, sexual assault and rape is not right.  Perpetrators should be convicted to the fullest extent…
  • A Win for Affirmative Action? The Federal Appeals Court Decision in University of Texas at Austin Case

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit made big news on behalf of affirmative action in college admissions by upholding the University of Texas at Austin’s right to continue to use race in its undergraduate admissions.  The Austin based university actually uses the “top-ten percent” plan, when essentially guarantees admission to the Austin campus to any student in Texas who graduated in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class.  The assumption is that since Texas continues to have segregated schools and in some areas of the state minority enrollments…
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Create Custom CSS Template for Printing

    Shusil Baral
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Along with the development of web technologies and web programming languages, web designing becoming more complex and the websites more flexible and user friendly. With the invention of CSS technology, web designing and programming becoming more easier than ever. By using cascading style sheet (CSS) and its properties, you can give custom design to your website for different medias like
  • How to Create Responsive Website or Blogger Template

    Shusil Baral
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    As the time goes, browsing websites from desktop computers decreasing and using Laptops, Tablets and Mobile devices increasing day by day. So why not to create our website design custom for each types of devices, that fits and looks more attractive for those devices to acquire the visitors entered from those devices. Responsive web design is the approach that suggests in which design and
  • How to Create Simple Blogger Template Easily?

    Shusil Baral
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    To create successful blog, it needs to create blogger template more attractive and looks more professional. Even you can buy professional blogger template on the web, you may want to create blogger template by yourself for your blog. Creating a professional blogger template is more challenging task, but if you have some knowledge on HTML, XML, CSS and JavaScript, it is possible to create
  • List of Top 10 Video Sites

    Shusil Baral
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Here are the List of top 10 and the best video sites includes top video websites like 1. YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large
  • Objective Questions of Data Structure with Answer set-6

    Shusil Baral
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    1. .......................... is a variable that can hold the address of the variables, structure and functions that are used in the program. A) Array B) Pointer C) Structure D) None of the above 2. .................. is the organization of the data in a computers memory or in a file. A) Array B) Data Structure C) Data Management D) Data Organization 3. Which of the following is/
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    Happy Teacher's Day 2014

  • {Aha!} Teachers Day Greeting Cards, Teachers Day Wishes Greetings

    Naser Mohd Baig
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Greeting Cards, Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English, Teachers Day Images and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Greeting Cards for students who are looking…
  • {Awesome!} Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Wishes

    Naser Mohd Baig
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Quotes Images for students who are looking for Quotes On Teachers Day Images Incoming Search…
  • {Wow!} Teachers Day Quotes, Quotes On Teachers Day

    Naser Mohd Baig
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day, Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Quotes for students who are looking for Quotes On Teachers Day.Teachers Day QuotesA good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of…
  • {Great!} Teachers Day Speech, Speech On Teachers Day 2014

    Naser Mohd Baig
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Speech, Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day and Teachers Day Speech In Hindi.Below are some awesome Teachers Day Speech for students who are looking for Teachers Day Speech in English.Teachers Day Speech No. 1:Teachers' Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and…
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    Realm of Mathematics


    Math Realm
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    This is a photo taken at The Technohub located near the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.We met our friends here just for a hangout, sharing stories and laughters, just like the old times.The photo shows a balance between the use of curved lines and straight lines. The harmony of lines and their symmetry created a beautiful facade. A facade that shows how beautiful mathematics is.Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. You may write them in the comment box below.Please don't forget to like and share, Thank you and God bless!

    Math Realm
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    Today, I will be starting a series of photos entitled "The Beauty of Mathematics". This series of photos are taken from different places, different environments, different methods used in taking the photos, different angles, different focuses, different mathematical connections, and different appeal. All of these photos are taken using a mobile phone and (or) point-and-shoot device.The above photo is taken from the facade of the Philippine International Convention Center, one sunny Sunday. The place is also the venue for the widely known "The Feast" hosted by Bro. Bo Sanchez.

    Math Realm
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is the reality that we need to face... :(

    Math Realm
    19 May 2014 | 12:34 am
    Today marked the 40th anniversary of one of the famous toys of the world, the Rubik's cube.Rubik's cube is a 3-D combination puzzle. It was originally named as MAGIC CUBE but later changed to Rubik's cube, in honor to the inventor. It was invented by Erno Rubik in 1974. Rubik was a Hungarian inventor, architect, and professor of architecture. Since Rubik's Cube was introduced to the public, it became the world's best selling toy.Now, there are already a lot of variations of the Rubik's cube - various dimensions, colours and shape or form.Enjoy playing the Rubik's cube. Thank you Sir Erno…

    Math Realm
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    This is the collection of all words from Learn at Mathematics Realm blog. It is an extension of this blog and it focuses more on mathematics lessons and tutorials. There are also free downloadable items (worksheets, proofs, lessons, etc.).You may visit the other blog at Please share this to all your friends.
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    CourseHorse Blog

  • Educator Analytics: Can Schools Anticipate When A Student Will Enroll? 

    Evan Fain
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    One common issue we hear from many of our partner educators is that they have difficulty anticipating when student enrollment will occur. Some classes fill weeks in advance, while others seem to have waves of student interest at the very last minute. All of this makes effective planning and forecasting more than a little tricky and stressful, […]
  • French Survival Phrases with Fluent City’s Andrew Olshevski

    Jennifer Long
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    French can be tricky to learn, especially if it’s your first attempt at a foreign language. We asked Andrew Olshevski, a french teacher at Fluent City, what phrases a non-francophone (non-french speaker) could learn to survive in France. French Phrases, Pronunciation and English Translations: Oui, c’est formidable [we say forh-me-dabl]  - “Yes, it’s wonderful/terrific/marvelous/fantastic/splendid” Ouais [way] […]
  • The Fabrics Behind Fashion Week

    Libby Lyon
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Week is here and the fast paced world we live in has begun to shatter the borders of trends. Textile innovations are allowing designers to manipulate fabrics unlike ever before using 3d printing, embroidery, and more. These new technologies are allowing designers worldwide to branch off and play with textiles nontraditional used […]
  • You Don’t Need a 4 Year Degree to Make it as a Stylist

    Libby Lyon
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s common to feel stuck in your job. Career changes seem exhausting, and the thought of having to go back to school in order to change things up can be daunting. Here at CourseHorse, we know it’s possible to score your dream job without going back to a formal, four-year college or graduate program. There are plenty of […]
  • Class Review: BYOB Handmade Pasta with Taste Buds Kitchen

    Jennifer Long
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Taste Buds Kitchen, located in the heart of Chelsea, offers classes ranging from knife skills to children’s culinary camps, BYOB cooking classes, and more. I recently took their BYOB Handmade Pasta class, where I learned to make various types of pasta and sauces, enjoyed a few glasses of wine, and met some really great people. […]