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  • The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Coloring Books for Grown-Ups

    NYT > Education
    KATHERINE SCHULTEN
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:31 am
    Here are several paragraphs from a March 29 article, “Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?
  • Learning For Life Versus Learning For Grades, College, or Career

    Cool Cat Teacher Blog
    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    In today’s featured show, Chandler Bolt talks about breaking out of the mold and getting life done. Breaking Out Of A Broken System, was written by Chandler and his brother Seth. The money goes to fund some of their work in Africa and it is a fantastic book for students to read and discuss. Listen now to find out what the brothers meant when they said “rebellion is a good thing”. Knowing some of you out there who listen to the show and read this blog, you might just agree. This is one of those shows I listened to with students. The book itself is quite edgy and they did…
  • The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

    iterating toward openness
    david
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    At this year’s SXSWEdu I gave a Future15 talk, a 15 minute talk given in a “TED style” format. These are the notes I wrote while preparing for the talk. The talk itself differed from these notes somewhat, including some improvisations, but this will give you a broad sense of the argument. What is a bubble? King, Smith, Williams and Van Boening (1993) define a bubble as “trade in high volumes at prices that are considerably at variance with intrinsic values.” Krugman describes a bubble as a situation in which prices appear to be based on implausible or…
  • 10 Health and Fitness Apps To Make Getting Fit Fun

    Cool Cat Teacher Blog
    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    “Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.” ― Charles M. Schulz I’ve previously shared about cooking, let’s get physical. 1. Lose It https://www.loseit.com/ Track calories, weight, and exercise. People who faithfully track calories in this app really do lose it. 2. Fit Bit http://www.fitbit.com/ Lots of us around town are wearing Fit Bits or Fuel Band (by Nike) to track steps. It will even wake you up when you’re sleeping your lightest. (Don’t do like Big Hoss did on Pawn Stars and tie yours to a paint shaker, that isn’t…
  • Dept. Names More Than 550 Colleges It Has Put Under Extra Financial Scrutiny

    CHE > Latest news
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    "Heightened cash monitoring" requires institutions to pay federal loans and grants out to students before being reimbursed by the Education Department.
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    SmartBrief Education

  • Should testing firms monitor students' social media posts?

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Testing companies associated with Common Core State Standards exams often monitor -- or contract with other firms to monitor  -More- 
  • Writing for a purpose

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    In texts, Snapchat, or passed notes, students write to entertain, to inform, and to make arguments.  -More- 
  • Research: How texting can improve academic performance

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Texting between teachers and students may help improve communication and increase engagement in learning, writes Scott Hamm,  -More- Text-Dependent Comprehension and Intervention Help diverse students in Grades K-8 comprehend complex text and provide evidence-based answers. Sequential resources engage students in learning to choose comprehension and metacognitive strategies, and then use them effectively. Intervention materials for striving readers include embedded assessments to target key skills and provide RTI data. Free Sampler
  • NYC's ban on religious services in schools will stand

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a challenge to New York City's ban on religious services in schools.  -More- Can't-Miss April & May Teacher Conferences & Seminars… • New England Conference for PreK-3rd Grade Educators Apr 13-14 • Manchester, NH • Standards-based Assessment & Grading (5-12) OH, NH, NY • Math Intervention: Strategies the Singapore Way (1-5) AZ, NM, HI • Dr. Jean's Rock, Rhyme, Write & Read! (PreK-K) MN, WA, OR • Fitting It All In: Teach Smarter Not Harder (K-1) CA, NC, FL • Dr. Jean's Intentional Teaching for Active Learning (K-1) TN, IA, IL
  • Expert: Teacher churn costs districts $2.2B annually

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Teacher turnover in U.S.  -More- Don't miss the HRS event of the year Join us for the HRS Summit! The Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework, based on 40 years of research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college and careers. Register today!
 
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    ED News

  • Teaching and Leading at the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Each March I look forward to joining colleagues from around the world at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession to learn from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems about ways to elevate and enhance the teaching profession in order to improve student learning. I never imagined when we started the International Summit in New York City in 2011 that it would become a vibrant and lasting international community of practice.
  • The Pathway to Success at King/Drew Magnet High School

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    King/Drew Magnet High School isn’t just preparing its students for graduation; it’s preparing them for life. The school may be located in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles, California, but its students are reaching for the highest levels in education – and they are succeeding. Students at King/Drew not only gradate in high numbers, fully 90% of those who graduate go on to attend college, including many of the country’s top schools, and they receive millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and university grants.
  • 4 Reasons to Apply for the 2015 President’s Education Awards Program

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Principals! It’s time, once again, to nominate students for the President’s Education Awards Program! We’ve got four great reasons as to why you should nominate students in your school. 1) Motivation!
  • Secretary Duncan: “Step Up and Fund Education”

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Edwin M. Stanton Elementary in Philadelphia to highlight the need to support teachers and students by investing in our nation’s schools.
  • A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
 
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • Resources Shared at #NSBAConf & Product Updates

    Angela Maiers
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    I had the honor of speaking at #NSBAConf in Nashville this weekend. Below you will find the resources I shared and ways to keep abreast of our new product introductions and other developments from me and from Choose2Matter. I look forward to continuing the conversation! Angela Maiers: To learn about new developments, appearances and product releases, enter your email address in the box below to sign-up for my email newsletter. You will be sent a link to my free e-book titled “Passion Matters” and my free e-book, “Liberating Genius in the Classroom” when it publishes…
  • Remind Introduces Chat Feature

    Angela Maiers
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    An example exchange between teacher and student. Photo courtesy of Remind.com My passion for groundbreaking technologies in classrooms is constantly fueled by new innovations I see teachers using. Most often, the technology that has the greatest impact is the kind that makes you think, “Well, duh. Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s exactly how I felt looking at a new feature from Remind. If you aren’t familiar, Remind is a platform for faculty and staff to communicate with students and parents via their mobile devices. Their new goal is to turn a one-way tool into a two-way…
  • Let’s Close the Passion Gap

    Angela Maiers
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
      Closing The Passion Gap from Angela Maiers In most conversations about education, there is one guest who is rarely invited to the table: Passion. You are far more likely to hear the words “assessment,” “standardize,” “common core” and “pedagogy” than you are to hear the word “passion.” There is a passion gap in education, and students are disappearing into it, and drowning in ennui. Let’s begin closing that gap. Right here, right now. Why does passion matter? What are the real-world implications of an education system that discourages passion? In…
  • Revealing Change

    Angela Maiers
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by cellar_door_films With most schools moving into a new term or near their halfway point, it’s a great time to make use of active reflection. One of the fundamental beliefs in my work is about the need to notice others and to use specific language to show others that they matter to you. The midpoint of the year is the perfect time to notice something specific: change. For teachers, noticing our students change is second nature, but communicating that change to them in real time is critical. Students prosper from not just feedback, but from perspective of how far they’ve come…
  • Resources Shared on #IAEdchat Feb 8, 2015

    Angela Maiers
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I have the honor of being a guest on Iowa Edchat tonight at 8 pm CST. It’s a live Google Hangout supplemented by Tweets on Twitter. I will discuss my work and Choose2Matter, and products and services that we have released, or are working on. Below you will find ways to keep abreast of all developments from me and from Choose2Matter. I look forward to continuing the conversation! Angela Maiers: To learn about new blog posts, appearances, product releases, such as the upcoming Genius Hour Toolkit, enter your email address in the box below to sign-up for my email newsletter. You will be…
 
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Top Teachers, Financing Education, and Improving Education: a #gesf Student Reflection

    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    This conference day in Dubai was one of the best. Mr. Andreas Schleicher spoke with us about how teachers are not treated equally among other professions. Teachers make less money that other professions and are not respected, but they are just as important as doctors. Imagine this, if teachers stopped teaching then the world would be plain dumb. The same goes for doctors; if they stop caring then people will start dying. Teachers around the world feel as though they are not important and do not make a difference. The truth is that teachers do matter, the reason we have so many great people in…
  • Learning For Life Versus Learning For Grades, College, or Career

    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    In today’s featured show, Chandler Bolt talks about breaking out of the mold and getting life done. Breaking Out Of A Broken System, was written by Chandler and his brother Seth. The money goes to fund some of their work in Africa and it is a fantastic book for students to read and discuss. Listen now to find out what the brothers meant when they said “rebellion is a good thing”. Knowing some of you out there who listen to the show and read this blog, you might just agree. This is one of those shows I listened to with students. The book itself is quite edgy and they did…
  • 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Passwords

    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    Your bank data, your accounts, your email, and your life are all wrapped up in your ability to create secure passwords and remember them. This wordcloud shows the most commonly used passwords. If you see one that you use, stop now and immediately change yours! 1 – Never Tape It On Your Desk Most password theft happens because of “social engineering.” Most people keep their password taped under their keyboard or in the right or left hand drawer or wallet. Get an app like Password Caddy (http://j.mp/pcaddy)  on your phone and store your password there, not out where the world…
  • 10 Health and Fitness Apps To Make Getting Fit Fun

    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    “Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.” ― Charles M. Schulz I’ve previously shared about cooking, let’s get physical. 1. Lose It https://www.loseit.com/ Track calories, weight, and exercise. People who faithfully track calories in this app really do lose it. 2. Fit Bit http://www.fitbit.com/ Lots of us around town are wearing Fit Bits or Fuel Band (by Nike) to track steps. It will even wake you up when you’re sleeping your lightest. (Don’t do like Big Hoss did on Pawn Stars and tie yours to a paint shaker, that isn’t…
  • Program Computers, Not Kids

    coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    If you see technology controlling students, then you’ve got a classroom using 21st century technology for 20th century teaching. If you see students creating and programming the technology, then you’ve got a more modern classroom approach. As part of Cathy Rubin’s series on the Global Search for Education, this month’s question is “What is the biggest mistake classroom teachers make when integrating technology into the classroom?” Too many classrooms cover Lesson 52 today and Lesson 53 tomorrow and the next day, guess what they’ll do…. 54. These same…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Revolutions and Encouragement, Can they Co-Exist?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Making of a WordPress Based Presentation

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) This is no powerpoint, no slides. The last semi-official act of my fellowship was a presentation made with Brian Lamb for BCCampus Open Education Week. Also billed as a TIE talk, it was hosted and live streamed at the University of Victoria (waiting on the video archive). Our title was: The Open Web: (a) Lost (b) Reclaimed (c) Co-claimed (d) All of the above And yes, we presented from a WordPress site. This post is not about the talk (that one is pending the video link), but just to review how it was put together.
  • Making of a WordPress Based Presentation

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) This is no powerpoint, no slides. The last semi-official act of my fellowship was a presentation made with Brian Lamb for BCCampus Open Education Week. Also billed as a TIE talk, it was hosted and live streamed at the University of Victoria (waiting on the video archive). Our title was: The Open Web: (a) Lost (b) Reclaimed (c) Co-claimed (d) All of the above And yes, we presented from a WordPress site. This post is not about the talk (that one is pending the video link), but just to review how it was put together.
  • Making of a WordPress Based Presentation

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) This is no powerpoint, no slides. The last semi-official act of my fellowship was a presentation made with Brian Lamb for BCCampus Open Education Week. Also billed as a TIE talk, it was hosted and live streamed at the University of Victoria (waiting on the video archive). Our title was: The Open Web: (a) Lost (b) Reclaimed (c) Co-claimed (d) All of the above And yes, we presented from a WordPress site. This post is not about the talk (that one is pending the video link), but just to review how it was put together.
  • Making of a WordPress Based Presentation

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) This is no powerpoint, no slides. The last semi-official act of my fellowship was a presentation made with Brian Lamb for BCCampus Open Education Week. Also billed as a TIE talk, it was hosted and live streamed at the University of Victoria (waiting on the video archive). Our title was: The Open Web: (a) Lost (b) Reclaimed (c) Co-claimed (d) All of the above And yes, we presented from a WordPress site. This post is not about the talk (that one is pending the video link), but just to review how it was put together.
  • Making of a WordPress Based Presentation

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) This is no powerpoint, no slides. The last semi-official act of my fellowship was a presentation made with Brian Lamb for BCCampus Open Education Week. Also billed as a TIE talk, it was hosted and live streamed at the University of Victoria (waiting on the video archive). Our title was: The Open Web: (a) Lost (b) Reclaimed (c) Co-claimed (d) All of the above And yes, we presented from a WordPress site. This post is not about the talk (that one is pending the video link), but just to review how it was put together.
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • School is broken

    dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod)
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    Will Richardson said: I think the fact that only 44% of our kids reporting engagement in high school strongly suggests [that school is] “broken.” I think the difference of educational opportunities for the kids in Camden v. the kids at Lawrenceville Prep is “broken.” I think spending an inordinate amount of time on curriculum that will soon be forgotten, curriculum that most kids don’t care about despite our best efforts to make them care, curriculum that then gets assessed in ways that really don’t show if kids can actually apply it and is used to evaluate teachers in a blatantly…
  • Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

    dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod)
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit… Welcome, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds & Mary Andringa STEM should be a catalyst for active learning Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Exploring Iowa Archaeology) Over 5,100 applications were submitted for STEM Scale-Up Grants Numerous STEM externships are available for teachers Peek Into a STEM Classroom: Sioux Center High School Peek Into a STEM Classroom: Davenport West High School Design a lunar space station Opening Address, Kwizera Imani Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania Family fled genocide and…
  • Humility

    dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod)
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    When you approach your work with the humility that everything you do is open for dialogue and can be made better, the rewards you reap are immeasurable. #makeitbetter No related posts.
  • Be awesome, 7th graders [VIDEO]

    dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod)
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    The 7th graders at the International School of Brussels had an entire day of technology- and Internet-suffused awesomeness yesterday. I was asked to send them a short kickoff video for their day since they had previously watched my TEDxDesMoines talk. Here’s what I sent them… Related Posts Newell-Fonda students decide to ‘be the change’ [VIDEO] Replication or empowerment? Why would students feel valued at school? I think I’m going to be on NPR’s All Things Considered today Should schools be a refuge from the societal onslaught of digital technologies?
  • Students already know much of what we’re supposedly ‘teaching’

    dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod)
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Graham Nuthall said: Our research shows that students can be busiest and most involved with material they already know. In most of the classrooms we have studied, each student already knows about 40-50% of what the teacher is teaching. via The Hidden Lives of Learners, p. 24 We could solve this by pre-testing, yet not enough of us do… Hat tip: Carl Hendrick Related Posts Where new learning models will thrive Engagement is not a goal, it’s an outcome of students doing meaningful work The ups and downs of educational technology advocacy No one is listening to the students The…
 
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

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    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Airport Codes Teaching and Learning Toolkit | Evidence and Data | The Education Endowment Foundation Startup Lab workshop: Workspace design - YouTube
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    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet | The Verge Dan and the football match Prototype Brainstorm - Google Docs Small Business CRM | Marketing Software Small Business | Infusionsoft Street Musician Gives Great Performance Of 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay' - DAILYDIP.TV
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    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    What most schools don't teach - YouTube
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    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Peter Jones: 'the Government needs to wake up; we need proper business education in schools' - Telegraph “You might have great careers advice in a school, but what do you do with someone who doesn’t know what they want to do?” he continues. “Often, the reason children don’t know is because they have only experienced maths, English, science and exams. But enterprise in the national curriculum would give them a very rounded view of the varying options across all kinds of sectors.” Aside from the business skills developed, Jones suggests that soft skills such as grit and resilience…
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    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    What the Flag Says — re:form — Medium When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming - HBR 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings Ricardo Semler: How to run a company with (almost) no rules | Talk Video | TED.com Kaffebaren, Vejle - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos - TripAdvisor Restaurant Remouladen Vejle, Vejle - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos - TripAdvisor
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Why I Disagree With Robert Reich on College and Career Readiness

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

    Jose Vilson
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    First, let me thank the New York Coalition of Radical Educators for putting me on. When they originally asked me to come on, they wanted me to do “This Is Not A Test,” the poem, but the urgency of now called. Without further delay, here’s the video from this past weekend. (Special shout-out to Norm Scott for the video.) Welcome, New York, to the latest installment of a people’s march For the next four minutes, I will ask you to defy protocol Disband the status quo Bust open these deformed gates Unlock the teachers’ lounge Unlock the teachers’ lounge Unlock the…
  • New York City’s Fractured Relationship With Teachers Of Color

    Jose Vilson
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    I forgot to tell y’all something at last week’s teacher of color panel. Our system is simply not suited to support teachers of color. In last week’s discussion with Linda Darling-Hammond, Bettye Perkins, Cliff Janey, and Richard Ingersoll at the Teaching and Learning Conference, we had a lively discussion on the shortage of teachers of color. My comments came out of left field because I’m sure some of the audience members wanted me to get more academic. Yet, after looking at the panel, I knew the work of the panelists there, all of whom have laudable pedigrees in their…
  • Up Next

    Jose Vilson
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I’ve changed my mind. We need to lift folks doing the work. A few years ago, my former principal, a colleague and I attended a special conference at New York University at the behest of one of NYC Department of Education’s deputy directors, who was slated to be on this crucial panel on high schools. NYU’s School of Education would present its findings on high school graduation rates, finding that the Bloomberg administration had falsified graduation rates in the name of looking like education reform was happening. The formula was simple: instead of calculating students from freshman…
  • Cultural Competence Means Professional Competence [Edutopia]

    Jose Vilson
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    My latest piece at Edutopia explores cultural competence: The act of listening is perhaps the most underrated skill there is in education. As teachers, we are often asked to “do” a lot more than necessary: memorize standards, plan lessons, prepare for various assessments, call homes, provide a warm environment for our students (and visitors), attend faculty meetings with varying effectiveness and relevance, grade mounds of papers, and take what little time we have left to eat and sleep, usually less than we should. Yet, with the laundry list of things that teachers do, check for,…
 
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    The Reading Workshop

  • What Makes You Awesome?

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    So Reading Workshop students, what makes you awesome? What one thing sets you apart? What one trait defines you? When you think about your best quality, what comes to mind? What is the one thing that you do best? What makes you awesome?Tell me about it.Image from @bethhouf
  • Examples of Using Information From the Text

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Listed below are four examples from the Reading Workshop Question of the Week Board.  Read each and then complete the form below.Loading...Example 1I think that every kid in the sixth grade should read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth because it has a lot of action and some comedy and romance. There are three books in this series, but there is an additional one. Out of all of them my favorite is the third one called Allegiant. I like the third one the best because it has the most action.For example, kind of at the end of Allegiant Caleb( Tris' brother) has to go through death serum…
  • Using Details to Support Your Position

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    This year we have focused on supporting your writing with details from the text. Recently on the Question of the Week Board, students wrote about a Must Read Book for All Sixth Graders. If you were the teacher, which post would you use as an example? Which post does the best job using information/details from the book to back up their claim as the must read book? Keep in mind the writer must have a reason of what makes the book great and the details should support that specific reason. This is not about which book you like best. This is not about which post you like best. This is a…
  • Time to Read

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Why are you smiling? Oh, because I said, get out your book. It's time for SSR.Today in class when this happened, I smiled too. As a language arts teacher, nothing beats having students that enjoy reading. The sixth grade class this year has many readers. We are lucky too , because the library has about 10,000 books and all of them are geared towards adolescent readers. With such a great selection every student can find something interesting and exciting.So thanks, Travis. You made me smile too. I am glad you enjoy reading!
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    19 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • WordPress OKC Meetup Notes: March 30, 2015

    Wesley Fryer
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    These are my notes from the Oklahoma City WordPress Meetup on March 30, 2015. I’m so excited to be able to attend this month because our monthly session meeting was last Monday night rather than tonight! Eric Johnson (@aerychj) from the Automattic Mobile Team (@automattic) is one of our presenters tonight! He’s addressing the topic, “Getting Mobile!” MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. OKC WordPress Users Group Edmond, OK 339 WordPress Enthusiasts Meet other local fans of WordPress, the Internet’s classiest and fastest dynamic content management system.
  • The Number 1 Oklahoma Education Policy Issue: FAIR Taxation of Oil and Gas

    Wesley Fryer
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Tonight is the eve of another rally on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol to support public education. (@OKEDRally) While the talking points and agenda for the rally look good, they do not appear to directly address the number one Oklahoma education policy issue which we all SHOULD be talking about constantly with our elected state representatives: FAIR taxation of oil and gas revenues in our state. This evening, I recorded a 9.5 minute message sharing some perspectives on why I believe this. The tweets below include links to related studies and posts I cited in this video message and…
  • FaceTime Connection During a Tornado Warning

    Wesley Fryer
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    This past Wednesday night when I was in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, at least two tornados and “lots of straightline winds” hit Oklahoma City not too far from the neighborhood where our family lives. No new details on OKC-Moore damage survey. Confirm at least 2 brief tornadoes. Max rating EF1. Lots of straight line wind damage. #okwx — NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) March 27, 2015 Because of a variety of circumstances, our middle daughter was at home alone last Wednesday night when the local tornado sirens went off.    by  Wesley Fryer  Sarah called me over FaceTime in tears from…
  • Mourning the Untimely Death of Gigaom

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Since mid-2013, the website Gigaom has been one of my primary “go-to” sources for technology news and trends. The only other technology website I’ve visited directly, on a regular basis, is Ars Technica. Both Gigaom and Ars Technica are among the 118 technology blog feeds I’m subscribed to and check periodically via a feed reader.  About a week ago, however, Gigaom’s board of directors decided to fire all the staff because of financial difficulties. Gigaom’s former writer, Mathew Ingram (@mathewi), wrote a good post on Medium (“Gigaom is dead.
  • iPhone Charging Mystery Solved: Pocket Lint Was The Culprit

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    For the past couple months, my son has had problems charging his iPhone5. The cable wouldn’t consistently make contact, so sometimes the phone would fully charge overnight, and sometimes it wouldn’t. He had to adjust the lightning adapter plug “just right” so it would charge, and we weren’t sure if this was something that could be repaired or if we’d need to actually buy him another phone. Today we FINALLY took his iPhone in to our local Apple Store, and learned the reason for his battery charging woes: A sizable collection of pocket lint compacted into a…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • 10 Ways to Use Google Maps in the Classroom

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Utecht
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    It’s 4:45am….I know this because the alarm on my phone softly starts to play its melody slowly getting louder and louder until I roll over, pick it up, and swipe to the right. I rub my eyes, stretch and look out the window. The sun is still hours from rising as I watch the Seattle Ferry, all lit up, make it’s majestic journey from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle. Filled with the first commuters from the island on this Wednesday morning. As I sit up in bed and my feet hit the ground I pick up my phone to check my updates. Even though I have been sleeping for six hours my assistant…
 
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Every Character Matters

    Alfred Thompson
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    My Explorations in Computer Science class is creating web pages this week. This is a fairly short unit and we don’t get very deep at all. Our hope is to give students an idea of what is behind the web pages students use every day and introduce the concept of a markup language. This is brand new to most students but they seem to be enjoying themselves. Except when something goes wrong. In HTML it doesn’t take much to make things go horribly wrong either. In fact every little character is a potential problem. One of my favorite questions in this unit is “How do you spell src?” Why?
  • Interesting Links 30 March 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    March is almost over and the snow in my backyard is measured in inches not feet. So spring appears to be coming albeit a bit late. The school year is progressing and a lot of my friends in the south spent last week on spring break. We’ll have a break the end of April up here in the northeastern US. I can wait.  But for now you are here for interesting links. We’ll start with a couple of posts by Dawn DuPriest.Dawn has written up some of the things she has been doing with her students. These are great for people looking for lessons and materials (I am totally adapting her worksheet on…
  • Morse Code Project

    Alfred Thompson
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    Project ideas come from all sorts of places. Textbooks, other teachers I work with, blogs, random conversations, conferences (do you know about Nifty Assignments from SIGCSE?) and more. Some of the best come from students. Not always intentionally though. The other day I caught a student playing around on a website while I was lecturing. Apparently I wasn’t doing enough to hold his interest. The website converted letters to Morse Code and back again. There are probably many of these sites on the Internet. My first reaction was that this makes a good programming project. (Does that make me…
  • FizzBuzz Revisited

    Alfred Thompson
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    I first blogged about using FizzBuzz in the classroom four years ago when I didn’t have a classroom and students of my own to use it with. (FizzBuzz–A Programming Question) Well times have changed and today I did assign the project to a room full of students. Briefly stated the exercise is: Write a program that prints the numbers from 1 to 100. But for multiples of three print “Fizz” instead of the number and for the multiples of five print “Buzz”. For numbers which are multiples of both three and five print “FizzBuzz”. Most of my students finished it easily during the…
  • Madeup: a Programming Language for Making Things Up

    Alfred Thompson
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    One of the things I have been wondering about is how to make a real connection between 3D printing and learning computer science. Sure most 3D printers are attached to computers and CAD software is used to create models for printing. That is not quite computer science to me. And it sure isn’t programming. Recently I learned about a project to create a language to program 3D models for printing. It looks interesting even though it is still under development. Chris Johnson at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire is working on it and it is called Madeup. Madeup is a Logo-like language that…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Ohio Legislature looks to increase accountability for charter schools

    ttripp
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    By Rachel Mullen Watchdog.org March 30, 2015 Charter schools are an important part of the school choice movement. Unfortunately, as with any of these entities, some game the system. These unethical and wasteful schools taint the entire education reform movement. Ohio is no exception to this. The Center for Education Reform recently gave Ohio’s Charter Schools a grade of “C.” Dave Yost, the Auditor of State, has taken an aggressive stand towards cleaning up wasteful charter schools, making them more accountable to the taxpayers. The auditor has demanded repayment of nearly $300,000 from…
  • Teacher Freedom

    ttripp
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Research and Data on Teacher Freedom AAE 2015 National Member Survey Teachers are interested in initiatives that advance their careers and explore innovative pay raises: 60% of teachers supported a North Carolina bill that proposed an 11% pay raise in exchange for giving up traditional tenure.  71% of those surveyed are interested in a hybrid teaching role that would encompass teaching in the classroom part time with additional leadership roles in a school/ district. Collective bargaining and labor reforms are also considered by AAE member teachers: 64% of those surveyed would prefer to…
  • Rose Mary Grant: R.I. foolish to harm charter schools

    ttripp
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    By Rose Mary Grant Providence Journal March 29, 2015 As the debate about charter school funding continues at the Rhode Island State House, a narrow focus has been placed on the financial impact of charters on the traditional public schools. It is clear that the review of the funding formula and the decisions made moving forward could significantly alter the landscape for charter schools. However, what has not been brought to the table at these hearings is the impact that undermining charter schools could have on the State of Rhode Island. The CREDO (Center for Research on Educational…
  • Survey Finds Minnesota Charter School Laws Second-Strongest In Nation

    ttripp
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    KFGO March 28, 2015 ST.PAUL (MNN) – Minnesota was the first state in the nation to introduce charter schools, and a new review shows the state’s laws governing them are second-strongest in the nation. Minnesota’s charter school laws get an “A” on the report from the Center for Education Reform, in part because charter schools are funded through the state, the same way public schools get much of their operating money. Minnesota also gets high marks for the level of autonomy that charter schools have at the state and local levels, and because teachers have the…
  • Texas ranks 25th

    ttripp
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    By Annette White The Daily Tribune March 27th, 2015 The Center for Education Reform released their education scorecards for 2015 last week, with Texas earning a C grade. According to a statement from the CER, only one-third of the 42 states and the District of Columbia that have charter school laws earned above-average scores for implementing a strong policy environment. “It is abundantly clear that little to no progress has been made over the past year in most states. While Texas’ law has had minor improvements over the last few years, the automatic closure law enacted to close…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • Amazon Echo: a short review

    Kathy Schrock
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Many of you have asked me to write a review of the Amazon Echo once I received it. "Alexa" arrived a week ago and I have been putting it through its paces.Amazon Echo is a networked connected speaker, music player, note-taker, and information source. You can learn about its specifics here: http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo/.To use the Amazon Echo, you simply speak aloud and ask a question or give an instruction to "Alexa". The more you speak to it, the more it learns your speech patterns and preferences.First off, it is a great speaker for playing music. Since I am an amazon Prime member, I have…
  • Literacies for the digital age: Financial literacy

    Kathy Schrock
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This post originally appeared in September of 2014 on my Discovery Educator Network blog, Kathy's Katch, where I pen a monthly blog post. Please take a look at the blog when you get a a chance. The new posts go up the first day of each month!_____________________________________________________________________________________ I have identified thirteen literacies important for students to master, which you can see below.  Lisa Nielsen, in her blog post “Should the new math be financial literacy?” states “we have lost focus on preparing young people for what will matter in their…
  • Review: STM Aero and Equil Smartpen 2

    Kathy Schrock
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    I recently acquired two new tech accessories I want to share with you!STM Aero Small Laptop BackpackI was able to take a look at this laptop backpack at the FETC15 conference in Orlando last month. After examining it, I realized this laptop backpack was one that would work for me! Here are the features I love, in order of importance to me when traveling:SIZE: The STM Aero is intended for a 13" laptop, but I only need room for the 11.6" MacBook Air. Many backpacks sized for 13" laptops are big and bulky. This one is not! The outer dimensions are only 16.14 x 10.24 x 5.51 inches. The laptop…
  • Using first gen iPads in the classroom

    Kathy Schrock
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    I received a note today from a teacher who wound up with a classroom set of iPad 1's for her classroom, and she was looking for lesson ideas that would work with that "older" device. Of course, many of the lesson ideas, tips, and tricks that are on the Web for any generation of the iPad will provide a good starting point for planning, like those I have on this site, but there are some specific things to consider when using the older iPad.There were some limitations on the first gen iPad-- it had no camera and only projected certain things through the VGA connection. Back in 2010, I asked…
  • Make a mini infographic — win an HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Mini PC

    Kathy Schrock
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The Hewlett Packard EliteDesk 800 G1 Mini PC is a tiny desktop computer with lots of big features!Its footprint is 6.9 x 1.3 x 7.0 inches and it weighs only 2.92 pounds, less than a lot of laptops! The HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Mini PC  has a 4th generation Intel processor, runs the newest Windows operating systems. The front has of the computer includes two USB 3.0 ports (one of which is a USB fast charge port), an audio out and mic jack.Shown with optional stand, monitor, keyboard and mouseOn the back, it has an additional four USB 3.0 ports, a VGA connection, an Ethernet port, 2 Display…
 
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • 2-Year College Athletics Group Ends Controversial Rule

    Scott Jaschik
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Monday announced a settlement with the National Junior College Athletic Association under which the NJCAA agreed to end a rule limiting eligibility to students who attended high school in the United States for at least three years. Schneiderman's announcement said that community colleges in New York State had raised concern that the rule discriminated against some of their immigrant students, prompting an investigation by his office. The agreement was praised by Frank Sanchez, the City University of New York's vice chancellor for…
  • Federal rating system could displace accreditation as judge of higher ed quality (essay)

    Judith S. Eaton
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    With all the extensive consultation about the Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System during the past 18 months, all the meetings and the many conversations, we know almost nothing about its likely impact on accreditation, our all-important effort by colleges, universities and accrediting organizations working together to define, judge and improve academic quality. All that the U.S. Department of Education has officially said to date is that the system will “help inform” accreditation -- and we do not know what this means.  This is worrisome. Ratings create, in essence, a…
  • Students accuse director of community college honor society of sexual harassment

    Ashley A. Smith
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Former Phi Theta Kappa members accuse the community college honors society's leader of discrimination and sexual harassment, provoking an investigation and concerned letters from two college presidents. Editorial Tags: Community collegesImage Source: Phi Theta KappaImage Caption: Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Rhodes Scholarship Program Will Include China

    Scott Jaschik
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Rhodes Scholarship Program will soon expand to China, The New York Times reported. The article noted that the expansion reflects a push by many of the world's top universities to recruit talent in China, and also a desire by many of those universities (and the Rhodes scholarships) to raise money in the country.   Ad keywords: international
  • A university and a governor bar use of funds to travel to Indiana

    Scott Jaschik
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    San Francisco State bars use of university funds to travel to Indiana. Connecticut governor bars all public colleges (and other state agencies) from using state funds to do so. Do these moves raise academic freedom issues? Editorial Tags: Gay rights/issues
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Data As Tool, Not As Weapon: Part Two

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

    Graham
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
    When my job was advertised last year, it included an aspect that wasn’t there when I first won the position back in 2011, that of Student Data Management. It evolved to be a part of my role over a couple of years, in line with the development of our own Student Achievement Data System. We started this back in 2012 under the guidance of our then Primary Years Head of School who figured that as our system was a glorified spreadsheet, it was better that the person in charge of ICT (me) should be responsible for it. It’s grown from there and we track a lot of data now, and have…
  • The Paradoxical Attraction Of Sports

    Graham
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Sport in general has always been a paradoxical attraction for me. I grew up on a farm where my father didn’t believe in the value of sport – it was more important to be watching the sheep on a Saturday or chopping weeds in the back paddock or collecting the eggs than to be hitting a tennis ball back and forth, or chasing a red leather ball around the local oval. To be honest, I didn’t even really know that orgnaised sports even existed until I was about eight or so. I went up to stay with my aunty up at the nearby town of Booleroo Centre, where my much older cousins played…
  • MinecraftEDU Progress @ WGS

    Graham
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    We’ve had our MinecraftEDU server running for over a year now, and I thought it would be a good idea to document some of the initiatives that are starting to bear fruit. I am lucky that one of our technicians is an experienced Minecraft user and enthusiast, and setting up our server and giving me remote desktop access was a breeze for him. It has taken me a while to cement the process of starting, saving and creating new maps but essentially we can have as many Minecraft “worlds” as needed, but only one of them can be running on our network at any one time. This is useful…
  • ACEC2014 Takeaways

    Graham
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    I’m not a big fan of the food at the Adelaide Convention Centre, so during the lunch break during the past two days at ACEC2014, I wandered off to Hindley Street in the nearby CBD in search of a quick and tasty takeaway lunch. And tonight when I got home, my wife suggested that we get pizza for a treat so on my way down to the local pizza outlet, the idea of ACEC takeaways came to me as an alternative way of reflecting on the important bits from the sessions I’ve been to over the past few days. So apologies in advance to any of the speakers if this feels a bit odd and a touch…
 
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    Education Futures

  • Call for inquiries: Stats instructors for international development

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

    Education Futures Editors
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    From John Moravec: Like many of us, I did some reflecting over the New Year. It seemed it was time to re-center, and get back to basics. It’s too easy to get distracted and lose track of our principles and where we want to go with them. It was time to write a manifesto on what we’ve learned so far. Read Manifesto 15 at manifesto15.org. All of the manifestos that have inspired me are strongly associated with a date. The U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Charter 77 emerged in January 1977. Dogme 95 was crafted in 1995. Also, as ideas transform and develop…
  • Knowmads on Umbrales

    Education Futures Editors
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Last week, the Peruvian television program “Umbrales” (TV Perú) broadcasted a program on knowmads in Peru and Latin America. Dr. John Moravec was interviewed along with Dr. Cristóbal Cobo and other local and international experts on what the emerging knowmad paradigm means, and what the implications are for countries such as Peru. The producers were kind enough to upload the complete program to YouTube, broken into four segments (in Spanish): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlm3adGMhVbrjHpYOexXTm-JKuKZnjU0j
  • Next Thursday: Solutions for a jobless future in The Hague

    Education Futures Editors
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    For information on how to attend, contact Edwin de Bree at edb@groei-cooperatie.nl or call him at +31 (0) 654 201 376.
  • Our pledge for sustainability

    Education Futures Editors
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    John Moravec writes: I drive as little as possible, buy locally when I can, recycle far more materials than I throw away, and consume far less energy at home than the average American. Despite this, I was still an environmentalist’s worst nightmare. It’s the nature of my work. Until now. It is not unusual for me to be asked to fly 4,166 miles to deliver a 20 minute speech, and then promptly travel 4,166 miles back to the home office in Minneapolis – that calculates to about 1.07 metric tons of CO2 equivalent released into the atmosphere, or about 53.5kg of CO2e per minute of my…
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    NYC Educator

  • Why the Budget Agreement Doesn't Suck

    NYC Educator
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hi folks, it's me, your old pal "Punchy" Mike Mulgrew! Don't try and take my Common Core from me! I'll punch out your stinking face and push it in the dirt! But seriously, folks, let's talk turkey. First of all, don't believe anything you read on those blogs. I'll be nice, which is hard for me because I'm an ex-carpenter, a regular blue collar guy who can't help but walk around spouting obscenities for no reason. So I'll just say they're purveyors of myth, rather than call them a bunch of despicable liars.Anyhoo, the new agreement does not suck. Cuomo wanted probation to take five years, and…
  • When You are Forbidden from Knowing the Full Extent of the Charges Against You

    Arwen E.
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    There is a strange paradox to high-stakes standardized testing.  Proctors of the exam are under a gag order (legally challenged) not to discuss the contents.  The social media of students is monitored to make sure they do not divulge any questions.Fifty-percent of the exams are released, but the other fifty percent remains top secret.  One would like to know "how the other half lives"!  Some questions are invalidated under the cover of darkness.  Then, students, teachers and schools are evaluated high-stakes style based upon these…
  • DA Takeaway

    NYC Educator
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    I don’t suppose it was any kind of surprise that the MORE-sponsored anti-testing resolution died on the floor of the DA last Wednesday. I really admire their tenacity for placing this before the DA after the “I refuse” resolution was killed on technical grounds. I’m not sure whether or not it’s a good use of their time.For one thing, once Leroy Barr, or pretty much anyone in leadership gets up and speaks against it, everyone in UFT Unity Caucus knows how their votes are supposed to go. After all, once you take an oath to support Unity Caucus in public, that’s pretty much what you…
  • UFT Unity Kills Clear, Strong Anti-Testing Resolution

    NYC Educator
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Mulgrew thanks DA for what we’ve accomplished. Says we’ve killed Cuomo’s rating in 2 months, while it took us two years to hit Bloomberg. Video about teacher leader positions comes on. Plays “Feels so Good,” by Chuck Mangione in background. Narrator speaks very fast. Tough to focus on what he’s selling. Various teachers explain why they’ve taken these jobs. Chuck Mangione plays again as teachers explain how wonderful this program is. One teacher speaks of walls between classrooms falling down, and it’s hard for me to imagine it isn’t literal. Narrator blabbers again as…
  • UFT Chapter Leader, Yours Truly

    NYC Educator
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    My message to Cuomo is shaped by what a colleague, who wishes to remain anonymous, casually said to me one day. "Is Cuomo the biggest deadbeat dad in the state?" It made a lot of sense to me. I wrote a piece about it and tried to place it beyond this blog, but a lot of potential publishers were offended by it. Personally, I'm offended this man, who blocks aid for our kids in favor of sending it to his contributors, musters the audacity to label himself a student lobbyist.
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    L.A. Times - Education

  • USC's Black House proposal raises questions about racial tensions

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    When some USC student government leaders voiced support for creating a cultural house for black students, Ama Amoafo-Yeboah thought that she and other undergraduates were closer to having a space where they could hang out and hold events.
  • In-house pick for provost aims for expanded research role for USC

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    As the newly named provost and No. 2 administrator at USC, neuroscientist Michael Quick said Monday he wants to help the university use its brain power and growing financial resources to keep improving the school's reputation and focus high-powered research on societal problems.
  • For historically black colleges, quiz bowl can mean higher profile

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    When D'Ondre Swails went to college, he looked for a way to replicate the energy and team spirit he had when he ran varsity track in high school. At the historically black, all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta, he discovered the world of quiz bowl.
  • USC names neuroscientist Michael Quick as provost

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    USC stayed in-house for the selection of a new provost, choosing executive vice provost and neuroscientist Michael Quick as second-in-command of the university.
  • Efforts to expand California university systems are growing

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role...
 
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    The Fischbowl

  • Whose Test Is It?

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

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

    Karl Fisch
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Our daughter will be opting out of the PARCC testing this spring at my high school. Some folks will applaud this decision, others will vehemently disagree, but we thought it was important to share our thinking. This is the letter we submitted to my administration and the school board this morning.February 28, 2015To: Arapahoe High School Administration and LPS Board of EducationThis letter is to let you know that our daughter will be opting out of the PARCC testing in the Spring of 2015 (both the PBA and the EOY). This request is not meant in any way to reflect poorly on Arapahoe High School…
  • Real Leaders Sometimes Lose

    Karl Fisch
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    This post is going to veer away from the usual education focus and slightly into politics, but I think it's related.The Denver Post ran an editorial today titled, Repeal TABOR? It's not happening, where they said,Gov. John Hickenlooper told an assembly of school administrators last week what some of them clearly didn't want to hear: that any effort to repeal the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights would be "doomed." But Hickenlooper is very likely right about the odds, and education leaders shouldn't waste their time urging political leaders to undertake the electoral equivalent of the Charge of the…
  • If I Had A Million Dollars

    Karl Fisch
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:18 pm
    We first started seriously discussing laptops for our students in the fall of 1999. At that time, the obstacles were cost and infrastructure (wireless), and not everyone was convinced that they would help students learn. Over the years the cost came down, the infrastructure began to be built out, and more and more folks were convinced that laptops would not only be helpful for students, but essential to their learning process. Yet still we didn't do it.It took until the Fall of 2012 to pilot a program, and then the Fall of 2013 to roll it out for all Freshmen at AHS. We did it via a…
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    This Week In Education

  • Morning Listen: Six States Have Trigger Laws - What's Next (If Anything)?

    Alexander Russo
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Can parent triggers help schools without ever being "pulled"? Listen to the story above or read about it here: What's Next for the Parent Trigger Movement?
  • Quotes: Research-Less Think Tanks Can't Compete

    Alexander Russo
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Without rigorous research, think tanks just repeat talking points, trying to be more clever in their phrasing and more persistent in their communication so they can be heard above the din of everyone else doing the same.   - Jay Greene (The Death of the Think Tank, R.I.P.)
  • Charts: White Kids Disproportionately "Winning" School Lottery In SF (& Elsewhere)

    Alexander Russo
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    "White children account for 29 percent of the city's population age 19 or younger, but only 13 percent of students in public schools... The district's school "lottery," intended partly to promote diversity in classrooms, has apparently had the effect of concentrating white students in the best elementary schools." Washington Post (White kids are winning San Francisco’s school lottery)  
  • Morning Video: New Daily Show Host Slams Oprah's African School

    Alexander Russo
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The new Daily Show host Trevor Noah mocks Oprah's scandal-ridden African school. "You're getting a beating! Everybody's getting one!" There may be other, better examples, but this one will help you make it to lunchtime.
  • AM News: Common Core Critics Losing, Warren Supporters Split Labor

    Alexander Russo
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing Governing: Most states are now four or five years into the process. Ending Common Core would mean a lot of wasted effort and money. In places like Indiana, the brand name may have gotten dropped, but the essential elements remain intact. This spring, standardized tests based on the standards are being rolled out in schools all over the country.  Top liberals call for Warren candidacy Politico: Most labor leaders have yet to weigh in, but many have a long history with Clinton and some have appeared with her at recent events. Just last week, Clinton…
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    Learning is Change

  • The next Five Theses of The Church of the Right Answer Via Math with Bad Drawings

    Ben Wilkoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    I keep coming back to this blog post and trying to come up with the next set of statements that allow us to move forward from the Church of the Right Answer. Here is what I’ve got so far: Trust is to be built, not leveraged. Copying and remixing are survival skills. Learning is both an end and a means. Communicating effectively is the purpose of writing and speaking. Communicating grammatically is not. Pushing the button before you know what it does is the best way to find out what it does. Like my students, I have good days and bad. They and I are jostled by the same storms, pulled by…
  • What I’m Using: Poetweet

    Ben Wilkoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    This came out a little while ago, but I keep coming back to it as a wonderful source of inspiration. The poetry of twitter and algorithms is special. Not always lovely, but definitely special. Poetweet.
  • What I’m Using: Google Sheets Badge | Learn, Earn and Display

    Ben Wilkoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    I’m kind of in love with the simplicity of this badging structure. They have laid out all of the tasks that you would need in order to achieve at each level, but they have left off any of the step-by-step instructions. This means that you will need to figure out how to do each task within an authentic inquiry process. Badge:  Google Sheets Badges Levels: Novice, Apprentice and Expert Learn & Earn: To earn your badge, fill out the template below. (In order to edit the doc you will need to make a copy). via Google Sheets Badge | Learn, Earn and Display.
  • What I’m Learning: Poetry 180 – The Summer Day (Library of Congress)

    Ben Wilkoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Sometimes, you simply need a poem to ask a really good question. This is a question I hope we never stop asking or answering. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? via Poetry 180 – The Summer Day (Library of Congress).
  • What I’m Using: The Noun Project for Mac

    Ben Wilkoff
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    I am absolutely in love with the ways in which we now have a visual communication system as a way of communicating intent and ideas. Whether that is in our use of Emoji, Gifs, or the Noun Project. Easy access to these things will make us all better users and communicators. Noun Project on your desktopSearch over 100,000 icons. The Mac App constantly updates, giving you fresh content every day. via The Noun Project for Mac.
 
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    Drape's Takes

  • I (still) feel bad for schools that celebrate “digital learning” only one day per year!

    D Draper
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    I wrote this about Digital Learning Day last year, and still feel the same way today. Honestly, there’s no such thing as “digital learning.” Learning is just learning, whether the learner requires electricity or not. Digital tools can make learning easier, but they can also complicate the process at times, as well. Even so, learning with digital tools should be a constant presence, every day, in (nearly?) every classroom, in every school. And while we’re on the subject, what’s the deal with #futureready? Shouldn’t learning with digital tools be a…
  • Finding Success in the Midst of Great Difficulty

    D Draper
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:13 pm
    I’m so grateful for those on my team and in public schools everywhere, who continue to spread joy and success despite difficult challenges. I took this picture while hiking through Canyonlands National Park last weekend. The resilient tree seen here, literally flourishing in spite of the rock, reminds me of the shining stars all around us, who persistently succeed against all odds.
  • The Present and Future of Pedagogical Breakthroughs

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

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

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

  • BFTP: Yesterday's libraries, tomorrow's libraries

    Doug Johnson
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I am working on a short recorded presentation for a school on "future" libraries. I am thinking this may be the format. Join in... 1. Yesterday's libraries were all about books.    Tomorrow's libraries will be all about readers. 2. Yesterday's libraries were all about getting information.    Tomorrow's libraries will be all about creating and sharing information. 3. Yesterday's libraries were all about silent individuals.    Tomorrow's libraries will be all about active groups. 4. Yesterday's libraries were all about term papers.   …
  • Another take on Danielson and Tech by R. Jean Gufaston

    Doug Johnson
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    R. Jean Gustafson from the Yakima WA schools, using ideas first presented by Nathan Mielke and me, has created this great guide. I like how she ties here school's specific resources to the basic framework. (Shared with permission):   One of the struggles I have with the SAMR model is figuring out where to aim our PD efforts. If we start teachers at too high a level (above the line), we may face serious resistance. If we start at the substitution level, we may never be able to move everyone to more transformative, powerful uses of the technology. It seems to me that by tying teacher…
  • BFTP: A long history of technology warnings

    Doug Johnson
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    “Writing destroys memory and weakens the mind, relieving it of work that makes it strong. Writing is an inhuman thing.”  - Plato (500BC) From the Slate article Don't Touch That Dial by Vaughn Bell that outlines how humans have always viewed new information technologies with trepidation: A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people with data and that this overabundance was both "confusing and harmful" to the…
  • Off to Kota Kinabalu!

    Doug Johnson
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
      I am leaving tomorrow morning to participate in the EARCOS conference being held this year in Kota Kinabalu - on the northern coast of Borneo. This is my second time in Malaysia, the first time being a three city tour in the late 1990s doing workshops for the US State Department for pre-service teachers. While I was on Borneo on that trip, I visited Kuching so Kota Kinabalu is a new city for me.   The flight there and back will be long, but I know that once there I will be enchanted with being in a new place. New foods. New smells. New sounds. I have three days before the…
  • The power of a handwritten thank you

    Doug Johnson
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    While I have never made a secret of the fact that I do NOT miss classroom teaching, preferring to work with adults, it is fun to get back in the classroom now and again. Last month I read Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk to second grade students at Edward Neill Elementary School. As both a librarian and a writer, I deeply identify with Sam and was happy to share the book with a class of very interested and engaged kids. The cards in the photo above (and more) came in the interschool mail last week. While the reward of doing these sorts of things is actually in the doing - it's just plain fun - I…
 
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    open thinking

  • Developing Teacher Candidates in a Networked World

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

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

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

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

    Alec
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Update: Within 24 hours of writing this post, Facebook restored my account. I am happy for this but the problem for Facebook’s identity authentication still exists. It is my hope that engaged thinkers around network identities will continue to put forth potential solutions to these emerging and difficult problems. You may have read my previous posts about scammers using my personal photos to construct fake identities for the purpose of entering into online romantic relationships with women and defrauding them out of money or goods. If not, here’s the original post which outlines…
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    そのうちわかるよ。だから一歩前へ!

  • 健康食品の栄養成分

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

    bj-I
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    これまで色々なものに手を出してきましたがどれも長くは続かずいつの間にか尻すぼみになってしまったり、理由をつけて途中で断念してしまったりで趣味といわれるものは一つとしてありませんでした。…
  • 今日という日は来ない

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

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

    bj-I
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    ネコの舌は、イヌと違い、ザラつきベタベタしていないので、「チュー」すると、「痛い」と思うコトもありますが、可愛いので止められません。 私が、「チュー」と目をうっすら閉じて顔を差し出すと、「黒ネコ」も、人間のように、目を閉じ「チュー」って、顔を差し出して来てくれます。 ある日、悲劇がおき、「鼻」を「黒ネコ」に噛まれました。 めっちゃ鼻が痛くて、「黒ネコ」の頭を軽く叩いて離してもらいました。…
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    Bud the Teacher

  • Here I Go Again

    bud@budtheteacher.com (Bud Hunt bud@budtheteacher.com)
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Earlier today, I sat in on a meeting of the St. Vrain Blended Libraries Action Research Group. That’s a big name, but the group is a group of teacher librarians, school and district folks, and administrators who are rethinking the role of the library in our 21st Century schools. They’re standing up an action research project and a prototyping and design process around their explorations, and will be sharing their work as they go. # The conversation this morning was infectious. A suggestion about space led to talk about task and inquiry about the way that students will ultimately…
  • If Public Isn’t an Option, Then It Isn’t a Choice

    bud@budtheteacher.com (Bud Hunt bud@budtheteacher.com)
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The title of this post will likely bug some folks because it’s a fairly obvious statement. Except I see plenty of teachers, well-meaning and kind-hearted every one, requiring students to post work they do in class online. Without exception or choice in the matter.  # They require this work to be posted publicly for a number of reasons, but they all seem to involve the power of authentic audience, and the sense that students putting their words in public will magically create citizens who get the power of civic discourse.  # The thing is, there’s nothing authentic about…
  • Building (Better) Organizational Habits

    bud@budtheteacher.com (Bud Hunt bud@budtheteacher.com)
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    I become more and more convinced each passing day that learning and culture are habit-based skills1. We either have healthy learning habits, or healthy cultures, or we don’t. # Any organization can improve its habits. But habit formation and cessation aren’t events. You don’t change habits in one-day workshops, or a summer conference. You change habits through long term, intentional planning and execution of the behaviors, choices and experiences that lead to better behaviors, choices and experiences. That lead to better habits. # Why do schools and organizations spend so…
  • Suppose We Just Left Them Alone?

    bud@budtheteacher.com (Bud Hunt bud@budtheteacher.com)
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    One thing that never seems to be in short supply in the learning organizations I work with is a steady stream of new priorities, initiatives, and programming.  There’s always an agenda, pet project, new idea, or something fresh, exciting, and game changing that’ll make all the difference for everybody in the organization. # I get it.  I do.  And I’ve created my fair share of acronyms and new work, work that didn’t start necessarily at the end of the old, but work that had to be squeezed into the mix of already happening stuff. # The thing is, there’s an awful lot of priorities…
  • Skating Along

    bud@budtheteacher.com (Bud Hunt bud@budtheteacher.com)
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Last month, I took my three daughters skating.  They’ve all been to the skating rink plenty of times, and are at different levels of skating expertise.  Ani and Teagan both motor along at their own paces, leaving their four-year-old sister, Quinn, and me behind as they skate it up to whatever loudly pulsating track is pounding through the speakers of the skate sound system.  Ani will even play some of the inevitable games that creep up during a perfectly fine all-skate, limbo-ing her way into the second or third round of competition. # # Quinn, though, until last month’s trip, had…
 
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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • #NASPA15 - Conference Recap: Connected, Communicated, Converted, and Convinced (+BookClubs)

    J. Edwards
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    This week, I was fortunate to attend and present at the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Conference and I had such a great time learning about new concepts in higher education/student affairs. This includes: Yik Yak, Title 9, assisting student parents, marketing to new college students and their parents, and the importance of THINKING BIG!Book Clubs in Student Affairs - Neat Concept!One of the sessions that I loved the most was the "book club session" focused on student affairs publications and other publications in the leadership field. This session really inspired…
  • REGISTER NOW – FREE WEBINAR: Counseling and Advising Men of Color in the Community College (February 12, 2015)

    J. Edwards
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    I absolutely love free webinars (especially those that do not require a product endorsement). This webinar is from the Minority Male Community College Collaborative and it is focused on "Counseling and Advising Strategies" Advancing Success for Men of Color in the Community College". The webinar will be held on February 12th at 11am Pacific Time. I discovered this webinar around a month ago through a tweet.Here's more information - http://interwork.sdsu.edu/sp/m2c3/2014/11/07/free-webinar/Why I Am Interested...Yes, I work for a four-year institution in Texas, but I have community college…
  • Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Motivating College Students During Midterms and Finals

    J. Edwards
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Two of my favorite times of the semester are midterms and finals. Odd, right? These are the two times students usually hear about their progress within a course (although I provide feedback more often).To help students succeed during these key times, our area provides Midterm and Finals activities and programs for students to connect with their academic-sides! Everyone has one (or two) - perhaps a major and a minor).While planning for the week, I have several Pinterest boards and an amazing committee. Also, we search for ideas on the web to gain insight into other university's approaches to…
  • 2014 Open Doors Report - Institute of International Education

    J. Edwards
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    One of the areas that I work with on a daily basis is the International Programs area. I am a strong advocate of study abroad programs and I am always looking for innovative ways to help all students experience a study abroad program. In addition, when students chose to study in the United States this experience enriches the international student's life and GREATLY IMPACTS the students located at the university.One report that I continue to monitor is the Open Doors report. Here's the link to the latest report:Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • 10 Top Ways for Professors to Plan for the Spring Semester

    J. Edwards
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    The spring semesters are always filled with the promise of surpassing your goals for the fall semester. Will this spring be different for you? What do you plan to do differently?Here are some tried and true items that I have to complete before I begin teaching classes.1 - Look at the syllabus from last spring to see which aspects I would like to change for this semester.2 - Update the dates on the syllabus.3 - Figure out HOW I would like to communicate with the students this semester - Google Plus, Twitter, or Facebook (or all three)?4 - Add the students's names to my Gradekeeper App for…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Lament of an educator/parent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    kwhobbes
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    I’ve seen this a few time over the past week or so. I realize that we’re two decades or more into the technology integration phase in education. I know that we need to integrate technology and that, by now, this shouldn’t even be a discussion. But it is. And it will continue to be for […]
  • Collaboration – EdcampPBS Style

    kwhobbes
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Prelude to a post This past weekend I spent Saturday morning at #edcampPBS organized by teachers from a few different schools and school divisions around the city of Regina. Over the past few weeks we have been collaborating to organize the event which was held at Pilot Butte School. I’ve been to a few other edcamps […]
  • #saskedchat Feb26, 2015

    kwhobbes
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Another great chat tonight. We were discussing creating a positive classroom environment and the ideas and sharing was awesome. We had a number of new chatters tonight which was awesome. I have to say that having more people join has really added a new dynamic to the chat. At one point I could follow most […]
  • #saskedchat – Feb 19th, 2015

    kwhobbes
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Topic – Professionalism – teacher well being We had a great chat tonight with a number of new participants. Our focus was to discuss well being and ways that we, as professionals, can support ourselves and each other to be the best we can be each day. The topic was prompted by a blog post […]
  • It’ in the Attitude

    kwhobbes
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Photo credit — matt hutchinson creative commons.org For years I was a painter — I put myself through university and spent a few years afterward running my own company painting houses and commercial properties. At one point, the company had 20 summer students and 3 full time people besides myself. Like many ventures, what started off as a way […]
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  • Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    © 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention: Education Department Pledges to Prioritize Needs of Language-Learners is from Education Week. New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education is also from Ed Week. After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures is a somewhat interesting study. How to Measure English Learners’ Development More Accurately is by Conor Williams. How to help…
  • This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    © 2011 CGP Grey, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two): No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening. is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System. Charter Schools and the Most Disadvantaged is from Jack Schneider at Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter…
  • Create A 3D Gallery With Another Great Feature From “ClassTools”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I’ve previously posted in generaly about Russel Tarr’s Classtools site (see This Is The Best Web 2.0 Site For ELLs & May Be The Best One For All Students). And I’ve also posted individually about several of the free tools available there for students to use for creating projects. Today, he unveiled yet another new feature called that lets users create a “3D Gallery” with captions. I tried to take a screenshot (see at the top of this post) which gives you a sense of what he means by “3D.” It’s a pretty neat effect. I’ll certainly be…
  • Statistic Of The Day: “The Hidden Costs Of Teacher Turnover”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Hidden Costs Of Teacher Turnover is a new, and very important, report from NPR. Here’s an excerpt: The NPR piece has a number of important links worth exploring, too. You might also be interested in a three-part series I published on this topic at Education Week Teacher last year. I’ll be following-up with a new series of posts later this month. I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.
  • Check Out 6400 Languages With This Interactive Map

    Larry Ferlazzo
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Wow, you’ve got to check out this interactive map of 6400 languages from around the world. It’s called Langscape, and is from the University of Maryland. I learned about it from an article in The Week, which is worth reading. Arika Okrent, who wrote the article, also created this video tour of the site: I’m adding this post to The Best “Language Maps.”
 
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • Good news: Malaria deaths cut by half in last 15 years

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

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

    Ed Darrell
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    It came from @planetpics on Twitter. Couldn’t help but wonder if that cub will survive the next few months, let alone to adulthood. Generally, polar bear mothers den on pack ice, and the cub would be kept on the ice while the mother hunted from that platform.  Polar bears can swim, but not well, and […]
  • March 16, Freedoms Day 2015 – How to celebrate James Madison?

    Ed Darrell
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Celebrations of James Madison, who was born on March 16, 1751, fall to second tier, a paragraph if we’re lucky in your local newspaper’s “today in history” feature. March 16 is not a holiday.  It’s not even a Flag Flying Day (though, if you left your flag up for March 15th’s anniversary of Maine’s statehood […]
  • Happy birthday, Albert Einstein! 136 years, today

    Ed Darrell
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    How many ways can we say happy birthday to a great scientist born on Pi Day?  So, an encore post. Happy Einstein Day! to us.  Albert’s been dead since 1955 — sadly for us.  Our celebrations now are more for our own satisfaction and curiosity, and to honor the great man — he’s beyond caring. […]
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    Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org

  • MyNotes: Technology Coach to Support Tech Integration

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Keep up to date on #EdTechCoach topics with the Flipboard eZine:Read it on your mobile device or via the WebAuthors: William Sugar, Patricia J. Slagter van TryonSource: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11528-014-0752-7AbstractIn an effort to develop a virtual technology coach for K-12 educators, this article analyzed survey results from sixty teachers with regards to specific resources that a technology coach could provide within a virtual environment. A virtual technology coach was proposed as a possible solution to provide continual professional development for…
  • Podcast: Collegial Coaching for Tech Integration #edtechcoach #educoach #txed @doctordkwilson @mray29

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    "Write what you live," were the powerful words from Dr. Dawn Wilson. Dr. Dawn Wilson, Dr. Katie Alaniz are authors of Naturalizing Digital Immigrants: Collegial Coaching for Technology Integration.Keep up to date on #EdTechCoach topics with the Flipboard eZine:Read it on your mobile device or via the WebIn this 40-50 minute podcast--scroll down--Dawn, Katie and I explore a variety of questions relevant to what is known as "edtech coaching" or "digital coaching." Announcement: Be sure to stay tuned for an interactive conversation that will occur one Sunday evening in the future! That will…
  • Visioning: District EdTech Coaches #edtechcoach #edtech #educoach

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    While chatting with a colleague this morning about districts transitioning to edtech coaching, I wondered, what would a school district need to begin moving towards an EdTech Coaching initiative?Image Source: Leadership FreakThe answer is fairly simple--significant culture change and a willingness to endure pain. As one colleague put it to me, "We would build on staff strengths." What a winning answer!In my previous blog entries, I've shared various implementation models and job descriptions that districts are using as they transition Instructional Technology specialist positions to…
  • MyNotes: EdTechCoach Implementation Models

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Keep up to date on #EdTechCoach topics with the Flipboard eZine:Read it on your mobile device or via the WebTechnology coaches, as well as edtech coaches, have to find ways to connect with those they hope to serve. It's a job uniquely suited to extroverts, eager to connect with others and who derive their energy from being with and around others. Consider this point made by Seth in 2008:Here's what I haven't found: people who charge $100 an hour to hear what you do and how you do it and then show you how to do it better. People who organize data and put it in the right place. People who…
  • #EdTechCoach Job Description

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Keep up to date on #EdTechCoach topics with the Flipboard eZine:Read it on your mobile device or via the WebHere's another EdTech Coach job description from Park View School:Technology Integration Coach Job DescriptionPURPOSE:  The job of Technology Integration Coach was established for the purpose/s of improving student performance by interfacing with teachers to facilitate the integration of technology into teaching and learning by developing and conducting professional development sessions on infusing technology into the core areas of academic curriculum; maintaining training…
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    Steve Hargadon

  • Events Newsletter - Maker Ed - Virtual Field Trips - "Preview ISTE" - The Emerging Future Summit

    Steve Hargadon
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    March 30th - April 13th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at LearningRevolution.com. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, March 30th at 7pm 'MakerEd'/'Maker Space' Webinar Coming to a Computer Near You with Kim Caise, If you have been looking for a way to jazz up your curriculum or increase the rigor and relevance of your learning activities, join me Monday, March 30, 2015, at 7pm EST/6pm CST through the Learning Revolution as we talk about what this…
  • Starting to Homeschool Webinar #2 - The Elementary Years

    Steve Hargadon
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    "Starting to Homeschool" is a series of six Webinars for those interested in starting the journey to homeschooling, or just learning more about homeschooling. Each Webinar will be a half-hour presentation by Patrick Farenga, followed by a half hour of questions and answers with attendees.The first Webinar was held on February 27th, 2015, and the recording can be viewed on the http://www.startingtohomeschool.com site under the "Recordings" link. Each additional Webinar in the series of the six is free to watch live or for the 24 hours following its broadcast by going to…
  • Events Newsletter - Maker Ed - Games for Change - Elementary Homeschooling - Library 2.0 - SeaTrust

    Steve Hargadon
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    March 23rd - April 6th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at LearningRevolution.com. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Wednesday, March 25th at 4pm Common Sense Media Webinar: Chat and Digital Citizenship, Join us live as we review the newest Remind feature, Chat, and strategies to implement it in your classroom and school community. +Adam Welcome , elementary school principal and Remind Advisory Board member from Martinez, California, will share best practices…
  • Events Newsletter - I Witness Testimonies & Holocaust - HackEd 15 - TechEducator Podcast - ISTEunplugged

    Steve Hargadon
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    March 20th - March 30th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at LearningRevolution.com. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Saturday, March 21st at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Kori Street on iWitness, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at #liveclass20. Sunday, March 22nd at 7pm TechEducator Podcast:…
  • April 30th - Library 2.015 Spring Summit Focuses on Innovation, Technology, and Preparation for the Future

    Steve Hargadon
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    With technology changing so rapidly, how can libraries, organizations, and individuals stay abreast of the economic, social, and ethical ramifications of innovations and prepare successfully for the future? Inspired by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the future of the information profession that was offered by the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information last fall, Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the SJSU School of Information, and Steve Hargadon, founder of The Learning Revolution, have worked with Dr. Sue Alman to develop the Library 2.015 Spring Summit—The Emerging…
 
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    Sue Waters Blog

  • Learning by blogging: My Gardening Adventures

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Saying “High Quality”

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

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

    david
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    At this year’s SXSWEdu I gave a Future15 talk, a 15 minute talk given in a “TED style” format. These are the notes I wrote while preparing for the talk. The talk itself differed from these notes somewhat, including some improvisations, but this will give you a broad sense of the argument. What is a bubble? King, Smith, Williams and Van Boening (1993) define a bubble as “trade in high volumes at prices that are considerably at variance with intrinsic values.” Krugman describes a bubble as a situation in which prices appear to be based on implausible or…
  • On Becoming a Shuttleworth Fellowship Alum

    david
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    On March 1 my Fellowship with the Shuttleworth Foundation ended and I officially became an alum of the program. It was an absolutely amazing experience! If you are passionate about using openness to overcome a social problem, you should stop every single thing you are doing right now and go learn about the Shuttleworth Fellowship program. A brief quote from the site: The Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship Program funding consists of two components for each Fellow – the fellowship grant and the co-investment project funding. The fellowship grant covers the cost of the Fellow’s time for a…
  • The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

    david
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    (Cross-posted from the Open Education Group blog) I’m very excited to announce the launch of the OER Adoption Impact Explorer. This interactive tool lets users adjust a range of Institutional Settings to match their local context and estimate what the impact of adopting OER would be on their students and campus. Users can also tinker with a group of Research-based Settings to make the estimates more conservative or more aggressive. The goal of the Explorer is to provide OER advocates with rigorously modeled, data-based arguments that they can use in conversations with a wide range…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Data As Tool, Not As Weapon: Part Two

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

    Graham
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
    When my job was advertised last year, it included an aspect that wasn’t there when I first won the position back in 2011, that of Student Data Management. It evolved to be a part of my role over a couple of years, in line with the development of our own Student Achievement Data System. We started this back in 2012 under the guidance of our then Primary Years Head of School who figured that as our system was a glorified spreadsheet, it was better that the person in charge of ICT (me) should be responsible for it. It’s grown from there and we track a lot of data now, and have…
  • The Paradoxical Attraction Of Sports

    Graham
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Sport in general has always been a paradoxical attraction for me. I grew up on a farm where my father didn’t believe in the value of sport – it was more important to be watching the sheep on a Saturday or chopping weeds in the back paddock or collecting the eggs than to be hitting a tennis ball back and forth, or chasing a red leather ball around the local oval. To be honest, I didn’t even really know that orgnaised sports even existed until I was about eight or so. I went up to stay with my aunty up at the nearby town of Booleroo Centre, where my much older cousins played…
  • MinecraftEDU Progress @ WGS

    Graham
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    We’ve had our MinecraftEDU server running for over a year now, and I thought it would be a good idea to document some of the initiatives that are starting to bear fruit. I am lucky that one of our technicians is an experienced Minecraft user and enthusiast, and setting up our server and giving me remote desktop access was a breeze for him. It has taken me a while to cement the process of starting, saving and creating new maps but essentially we can have as many Minecraft “worlds” as needed, but only one of them can be running on our network at any one time. This is useful…
  • ACEC2014 Takeaways

    Graham
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    I’m not a big fan of the food at the Adelaide Convention Centre, so during the lunch break during the past two days at ACEC2014, I wandered off to Hindley Street in the nearby CBD in search of a quick and tasty takeaway lunch. And tonight when I got home, my wife suggested that we get pizza for a treat so on my way down to the local pizza outlet, the idea of ACEC takeaways came to me as an alternative way of reflecting on the important bits from the sessions I’ve been to over the past few days. So apologies in advance to any of the speakers if this feels a bit odd and a touch…
 
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are about to run a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Good News: Problem Solved; Our LinkedIn Special Education Law Group Now Has More Than 20,000 members #SpEdLaw

    Jim Gerl
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Three cheers for LinkedIn.  Their customer service department likes the work that our LinkedIn Special Education Law Group is doing ( and the fact that we comply with their policies), and they have raised the maximum size limit for our group from 20,000 to 100,000!  Congratulations everybody!As we noted yesterday, we had reached the maximum size limit for groups.  That problem has been solved!If you haven't checked out the group yet, here is a link.  There are some active discussions; sometimes spirited discussions.  But participants usually behave quite well.
  • Ruh Roh: Our LinkedIn Group Has Reached Maximum Size, 20,000 members! #OversizedSpecialEdLawGroup

    Jim Gerl
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    OK so the good news is that our LinkedIn Special Education Law Group now has 20,000 members. That is not a typo; we have 20 thousand members. If you haven't checked it out, you should.  The discussions are excellent and lots of people are clearly enjoying it.  Here is a link to the group. The link is a permanent part of the resources listed on the lefthand side of the blog.We started the group shortly after starting this blog, and it has grown with us.  NOTE: we also started a Facebook group, but when Facebook got all corporate in our faces and archived the group, we lost a…
  • Back to the Future; Special Ed Law 101 - The Series Part I #specialedlaw101

    Jim Gerl
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Special education law is complicated stuff.  I have said here before that Special Ed Law is a lot closer to metaphysics than it is to contract law.   If you hate ambiguity, Special Ed Law may not be your thing. (I still believe that there is a Jeff Foxworthy joke in there somewhere.)Any way, inspired by a presentation that I gave at a national conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, we periodically run a series of posts on the nuts and bolts of special education law. The series is a good refresher for veterans and a solid introduction for folks new to…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are about to run a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
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    Distance-Educator.com

  • How do virtual world experiences bring about learning? A critical review of theories

    fsaba
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    While students do learn real-world knowledge and skills in virtual worlds, educators have yet to adequately theorise how students’ virtual world experiences bring about this learning. This paper critically reviewed theories currently used to underpin empirical work in virtual worlds for education. In particular, it evaluated how applicable these theories’ learning mechanisms are to virtual world-based learning. Eleven theories were identified from 80 journal papers. Four learning mechanisms were found to be applicable to virtual worlds: that students learn through reflection, verbal…
  • Influences that undermine learners’ perceptions of autonomy, competence and relatedness in an online context

    fsaba
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Online learning has grown considerably in recent years. However attrition rates from online courses indicate that not all learners are successful in such settings, and various factors have been identified as crucial to learner persistence. Research evidence suggests that motivation is one such factor. This study builds on previous studies by using self-determination theory (SDT) as an analytical framework to explore, in-depth, the motivation of pre-service teachers situated within an online learning context. In particular, the underlying concepts of autonomy, competence and relatedness from…
  • Learning from TESS-India’s Approach to OER Localisation Across Multiple Indian States

    fsaba
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Arguably, the benefits of open educational resources (OER) are greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where they have the potential to increase access to learning for those who may otherwise be excluded. However, for OER to be truly useful to educators and learners they need to be adapted to suit the contexts in which they are to be employed. Adapting OER for local contexts remains one of the greatest challenges for the OER movement (Wolfenden and Buckler, 2012) yet little is written about how to support communities of users to adapt materials. This study explores what kind of support…
  • Characteristics of Adjunct Faculty Teaching Online: Institutional Implications

    fsaba
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in online learning enrollments. The proportion of college students taking at least one online course is at an all-time high and 66% of higher education institutions indicate that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Universities are increasingly relying on adjunct faculty to meet this need; as such, it is important for institutions to understand the unique motivations, characteristics and needs of online adjunct faculty to better support teaching effectiveness. A survey of 603 adjunct faculty…
  • Competency-Based Education: A Framework for Measuring Quality Courses

    fsaba
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:55 pm
    The growth of competency-based education in an online environment requires the development and measurement of quality competency-based courses. While quality measures for online courses have been developed and standardized, they do not directly align with emerging best practices and principles in the design of quality competency-based online courses. The purpose of this paper is to provide background and research for a proposed rubric to measure quality in competency-based online courses. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
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    CyberEnglish

  • Back to the Beach

    Ted Nellen
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
  • 61 Hours by Lee Child

    Ted Nellen
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    61 Hours by Lee Child has Jack Reacher wondering about he wishes for. Jack is stranded in a town after a bus accident. Of course there are complications in the town. They have a high risk prison facility five miles out of town and well things happen.  Don’t they always when Reacher is around.  Greek philosophy is the central theme with a guy named Plato and other characters, Jack has his hands full and he loves it, especially the lady who has taken over his old job at the 110th. It’s exactly as I suspected and enjoyed the reading experience. Seeing the patterns and with the…
  • Let Me be Frank With You by Richard Ford

    Ted Nellen
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Let Me be Frank With You by Richard Ford continues the dialogue Frank Bascombe has with himself as he strolls and ambles through life. This four-vignette novel begins with a horrendous story about an Indian war  and the devastation of Sandy to a NJ shore town. The common thread is that “I’m Here.” Frank, at 68, wants to remind himself that he is here, relevant maybe, but definitely here. Not sure why HLM is an appropriate pen name for Frank the author. He reads lots and then reports on these articles in his column. In the part titled “Everything Could Be Worse” he constant…
  • Chilled to the Bone by Quentin Bates

    Ted Nellen
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chilled to the Boneby Quentin Bates returns me to Iceland and a grizzly murder and set of catastrophes sparked by the financial crisis and terrorism. Human rights will always win out as we see in this intricate and complex tale of sexual urges that begin the cascading events about to unfold. Acting hasn’t been good enough so she turns tricks sort of. Ex cons, politicians, hackers, and reporters make for an entertaining journey. And of course there is that perfect cop. In this case Gunna, who has plenty of her own personal problems. It’s good to be back in Iceland.
  • Murder by Sarah Pinborough

    Ted Nellen
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Murder by Sarah Pinborough concludes the two-volume journey into the unsolved murders of the late 1800’s.  Remnants of the Ripper case linger with announcements of the death of purported Rippers. Juliana has given birth to little James who will become the center of attention. Dr. Bond’s mind is racing as he wrestles with the unsolved former mysteries and is interrupted by a new set of bizarre murders: that of little children who are left in boxes in the Thames. More little souls for the Upir?The priest is found dead. Dr. Bond visits Aaron. Tag you’re it. What we have here is “the…
 
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Education loans in India for studying abroad vs Prodigy Finance

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

    Sameer Kamat
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Among the many MBA concepts related posts we’ve written, in the introductory Economics sections, we’ve also touched upon the basics of GDP (full-form, definition etc). We […] The post GDP of India vs Countries like China, USA appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Low ranking MBA programs: Accept or reject?

    Sameer Kamat
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Your seniors (colleagues, friends, college-mates) will confess. In their ‘study abroad’ journey, the international MBA admissions process was among the most agonizing steps. Draining and challenging […] The post Low ranking MBA programs: Accept or reject? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • What is the minimum GMAT score for good MBA programs?

    Sameer Kamat
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Another set of questions that gets added to the ever-growing GMAT FAQ list – ‘What’s the minimum GMAT score for Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, IIM?’ This question […] The post What is the minimum GMAT score for good MBA programs? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 3 Career planning & development lessons from my TV experience

    Sameer Kamat
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The importance of career planning and development dawns upon many after several years (or decades). By then it’s too late to change career tracks. For fans […] The post 3 Career planning & development lessons from my TV experience appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • Spring, another year older

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

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

    14 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    I'm wrestling with this, and thinking aloud. I'm looking forward to the conversations.If the point of national education conference panels is to exchange thoughts to stretch minds, then what better way to quash that with several representatives of the dominant culture, many who, like the musicians of Bremen, love the sound of their own voices?This is not about the individual qualifications of the folks on the panel--we have keynotes for that. This is about putting together a few bright, thoughtful folks in front of a room of bright, thoughtful folks to see what can develop.Despite our polite…
  • Because Daylight Saving Time

    8 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    A day an hour shorter makes for a longer week... "...[T]he shift to Daylight Saving Time (DST) results in a dramatic increase in cyberloafing behavior at the national level."DT Wagner et al, J Appl Psychol. 2012 Sep;97(5):1068-76 A quarter of the world's population will be groggy tomorrow. A few people will die traumatically. Students' test skills will deteriorate. A few more people will die of heart attacks. The stock market may crash.And yet we still do it.Stonehenge timeYou cannot save time.You cannot add an hour of sunshine to your day.You can, though, manipulate human conceits. If…
  • CCSS: Creative, Competent, Social Students

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    I teach biology, but teach little about living.You do not need to know anything about mitosis to know how to live.You do not need to know anything about how to live to learn mitosis.Too many of us strive to do whatever it is we must do without a thought to why we do anything the way we do it.It's not learning that matters, it's living. Learning is an evolutionary tool shared by a lot of species better at this living thing than the current version of H. sapiens. Animals who choose to ignore the world around them do not last very long. Humans are no exception.We have fetishized…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • SNICKERS® for Teachers: Top Ten Reasons Teachers Know It’s Time for Summer Break

    Jill & Cathy
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are ours alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias It’s that time of year, right? Spring break will help, but this stretch to the end of the year can be a tough one. Kids...(read more)
  • END-of-YEAR Inspiration + Twitter Chat!

    Debbie Clement
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    April is just around the corner. Can you hear the end-of-the-year plans in the making? PLUS Today is Tuesday! That means that we will be chatting on Twitter oh-so-soon! This week's chat will be devoted to: "Finishing STRONG!" {End of Year} We welcome...(read more)
  • Tuesday Teacher Tips: Rainy Weather Brings Indoor Recess!

    Fern Smith
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Tuesday Teacher Tips: April Showers Bring Indoor Recess Joy ~ Resources, Lessons and Freebies To Make it Easier for You! You know what they say, "April showers bring May flowers!" But waiting for those May flowers also brings I.N.D.O.O.R...R.E.C.E.S.S!...(read more)
  • Ge The Most out of Google Maps with These Excellent Apps

    EdTech Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    March, 2015 Google Maps is an excellent tool to use with students to develop their spatial thinking. Beyond getting driving or walking directions, this tool enables students to discover the world... ....read more Read More......(read more)
  • Everything Teachers Need to Know about Evernote (Great Tutorials)

    EdTech Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    March 31, 2015 Evernote is definitely a great utility to have in your EdTech toolkit. Evernote combines a bastion of powerful features all in one single platform: you can use it to create... ....read more Read More......(read more)
 
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • What’s Working?

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

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    In recent months, Teach Plus had over 1,000 teachers review sample items from PARCC, one of the two testing consortia trying to create assessments aligned to the Common Core standards. I say “trying” because in reading, the task is pretty much impossible. The standards specify things students should be able to do, but they contain […]
  • Even TFA Isn’t Boosting Reading Comprehension

    Lisa Hansel
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Teach for America (TFA) aims to increase student achievement by increasing the quality of teaching. Concerned with the short-term commitment TFA asks its recruits to make, I’ve never been sure what to make of TFA. Seeking teachers who were themselves strong students and focusing on outcomes, it has the potential to elevate the teaching profession. […]
  • Teaching for Retention

    Lisa Hansel
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    In my last post, I described conversations with three teachers that revealed their different views about what teaching is. The most persuasive was a teacher who focuses on retention—and thinks teachers are making a mistake when they change topics as soon as they see that students have comprehended the topic at hand. As we spoke, […]
  • Nothing in Common

    Lisa Hansel
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    According to a recent survey, fifty-five percent of Americans believe that the Common Core standards address “sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution.” Pro or con, left-leaning or right-leaning, misperceptions were widespread. Sadly, the problem isn’t merely lack of information—it’s misinformation: there were more mistaken beliefs about what’s in the Common Core among […]
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    ABCTE | American Board » Latest News

  • We Couldn’t Do It Without You: Principal Support is a Key in Establishing Effective Building Level Instructional Coaching (3/21/15)

    gaskew
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    As PK-12 education has evolved in the United States during the past 20 years, there has been an emphasis on creating career ladders for classroom educators. This is in response to two needs. First, as adult learners, expert or master … Continue reading → The post We Couldn’t Do It Without You: Principal Support is a Key in Establishing Effective Building Level Instructional Coaching (3/21/15) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • ABCTE Experiences: Fulfilling Her Desire To Teach

    lonipede
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Earlier this month, we got an opportunity to learn about 4th grade English/ Language Arts and Social Studies teacher Jalana Robinson. She completed the ABCTE program in 7 months and is now teaching at Genesis Promise Academy, in Kansas City, … Continue reading → The post ABCTE Experiences: Fulfilling Her Desire To Teach appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
 
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    Teaching College English

  • Anglo-Saxon Remedy Kills Superbug

    Dr Davis
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    What happens when an Anglo-Saxonist and a microbiologist get together? Apparently quite a lot of useful things. New Scientist The medieval medics might have been on to something. A modern-day recreation of this remedy seems to alleviate infections caused by the bacteria that are usually responsible for styes. The work might ultimately help create drugs for hard-to-treat skin infections.
  • It’s Golden

    Dr Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Some days nothing seems to work, no matter what you do. Other days everything just comes together and it is awesome. Today I’ve taken the dog for a walk, taught class, picked up prescriptions, mailed two huge packages of books off to a missionary, talked to my dad and brother on the phone, done laundry, visited with two different admins at my university, and graded some papers. It’s a beautiful day out and my work has gotten done amazingly smoothly.
  • Next Grad Class Idea

    Dr Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Tom Scheinfeldt ?@foundhistory Mar 18 Next year I’m teaching a class called “Trending.” Each week we’ll pick apart what’s current on social media from a historical point of view. Trending… from a rhetorical viewpoint. Wouldn’t that be fascinating?
  • DWme: So far this semester…

    Dr Davis
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    So far this semester I have felt like I am swimming against the current. While I am still getting major papers back within the two-week period, sometimes the homework doesn’t get graded for that long either. It’s not consistent, but I just don’t seem to have enough time. Part of that is because I no longer do any work at home, so whatever I don’t get done at the office does not get done. That also means that the days we got snowed or iced in, I had no work at home that I could do, so I didn’t make good work use of the snow days. Part of that is because my father…
  • Other Poster

    Dr Davis
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
    This poster isn’t as cool as the two I’ve already posted, but I thought maybe I should keep posting to remind me that I’m supposed to print these and actually put them up. The text says: Novice, journeyor, or expert in science fiction… Boldly go where no class has gone before. The image is from Wikimedia Commons, by Kjp993 under a Creative Commons 3.0 license:
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • SAGE announces travel grant winners for annual UKSG Conference

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (SAGE Publications) SAGE today is delighted to announce the winners of a joint travel grant sponsorship with Springer, for the Annual 2015 UKSG Conference. The sponsorship award, awarded to six students and early career professionals, enables the winners to attend the 2015 UKSG Annual Conference and be an active part of the debates that are affecting the current academic landscape.
  • Pitt designated an innovation corps site by National Science Foundation

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Pittsburgh) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the University of Pittsburgh as an NSF I-Corps site. The award, which supports innovation activities at select academic institutions, comes with a three-year, $300,000 grant to be used to advance innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at Pitt.
  • Publication bias and 'spin' raise questions about drugs for anxiety disorders

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Oregon State University) A new analysis reported in JAMA Psychiatry raises serious questions about the increasingly common use of second-generation antidepressant drugs to treat anxiety disorders. It concludes that studies supporting the value of these medications for that purpose have been distorted by publication bias, outcome reporting bias and 'spin.' Their effectiveness has been exaggerated.
  • Reviewing online homework at scale

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In April, at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, MIT researchers will present a new system that automatically compares students' solutions to programming assignments, lumping together those that use the same techniques.
  • Race, ethnicity, gender, family income to be studied as metrics for STEM success

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Virginia Tech) Sarah Ovink, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, will study inequalities in college achievement and subsequent career success among women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields with a 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development CAREER Award.
 
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  • What Connected Means To Me

    dougpete
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the past little bit, I read three different blog posts about being a connected educator.  They’re all good for a thoughtful read. A Higher Chance of Becoming Great? The “Twitter” Factor There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator Sorry but You’re Not a Connected Educator Unless The last article by Mark Barnes is definitely the bluntest of the bunch.  The common thread through the three of them though is the message that being connected is good.  I find it difficult to argue against that.  The counter argument is often that “I’ve been teaching for ## years…
  • OTR Links 03/31/2015

    dougpete
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Science says that parents of successful kids have these 7 things in common – http://t.co/8ktkLz1ZeX via @Firefox Science says that parents of successful kids have these 7 things in common – http://t.co/8ktkLz1ZeX via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) March 31, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter via:packrati.us The Internet in Real-Time The Internet in Real-Time http://t.co/VmBNQ5hwfe — Doug Peterson (dougpete) March 30, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter via:packrati.us Publicitario Lobo on Twitter: “50 Shades of Grey http://t.co/D8UqPvWr4Y” RT @publicantropo: 50 Shades of Grey…
  • Just Drumming–At Various Levels

    dougpete
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The drummer in my first band used cardboard boxes.  He didn’t have a great deal of money to buy the good stuff but he did have a nice set of drum sticks.  By using cardboard boxes of varying sizes, he was able to put together a nice collection of drums for various sounds.  The others of us in the band had legitimate guitars and we would practice whenever we could.  The nice thing about the boxes was that you could also work on the band’s logo with magic markers.  If you made a mistake, just get another box. But, we were doomed for failure – what with no jobs, boxes for drums, and…
  • OTR Links 03/30/2015

    dougpete
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Austin G’s Blog: The Great Classroom Code RT @Austin_Gagnier8: The Great Classroom Code – http://t.co/RNVsXuOv00 — Doug Peterson (dougpete) March 29, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter via:packrati.us CBC Canadian News on Twitter: “Ken Dryden’s futuristic classroom a cross-Canada experiment http://t.co/DD1SABOFqQ http://t.co/AOdoVMQZQa” RT @CBCCanada: Ken Dryden’s futuristic classroom a cross-Canada experiment http://t.co/4BEJQ7eVZM pic.twitter.com/Q0GuOaLmeu — Doug Peterson (dougpete) March 29, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Ken Dryden simulcasts McGill course to 4…
  • ZooKazam

    dougpete
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is a “must explore” if you’re interested in animals.  But, it goes further than that. This application is one of the most amazing applications of Artificial Intelligence on a portable device that I think I’ve seen.  Watch this review. The application is ZooKazam and available for both Android and iOS.  I think that you know you’re in for something special just visiting their website.  By itself, it takes the concept of the web to the next level. They call it “magical animals” and the name is so true.  You have to experience it to fully…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • Identifying and Correcting Run-On Sentences on GMAT Verbal Questions

    Karishma
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    On the GMAT, most sentence correction questions involve compound/complex sentences with multiple phrases, clauses and modifiers. Hence it is very likely that you will see some run-on sentences on your test. In the complicated sentences that we get on the GMAT, it is very easy to overlook that we are dealing with run-on sentences. A run-on sentence has at least two independent clauses which are not connected properly. There are various ways in which a sentence may be run-on. Here are some of the most common circumstances: When an independent clause gives a suggestion/advice/command based on…
  • Direction and Determination: Keep Your Eye On the Prize

    Shay
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Teachers, students, parents, Buzzfeed, and Hollywood pretty much all agree: College is awesome. They’re right. Many high schoolers tend to think of college primarily in academic terms–which isn’t wrong, since it’s hard for someone who has never attended college to fully realize how much social, emotional, personal, intellectual, and sometimes even spiritual growth happens there. College students discover that they have more freedom and independence than most of them have ever experienced in their lives, so they quickly begin exploring new ideas, new friend groups, and…
  • GMAT Tip of the Week: Want to be a RC MVP? Get Down with OPP.

    Shay
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Welcome back to Hip Hop Month in the GMAT Tip of the Week space, where we’re pneumonic by nature.  We’ve talked about being a Sentence Correction MVP, about using the STOP method for Reading Comprehension, about the SWIM categories for Critical Reasoning.  We’ve warned you that results can be rocky when you’re trying to finish quant problems ASAP and we spent just about all of our time talking about the GMAT.  But we’d have you shaking your head and saying WTF if we didn’t cover the most noteworthy and, yes, naughty acronym of all time: OPP. Yep,…
  • Take Notes on Critical Reasoning Questions to Increase Your GMAT Score

    Veritas Prep
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    Imagine that you were tasked with writing questions for the GMAT. You have to produce questions that have a clear answer but will trip up a certain percentage of test-takers. How do you do that reliably? The most straightforward way I can think of is to simply inundate the test-taker with information. What elicits the loudest groans during Reading Comprehension? Long, technical passages. What is the most unpleasant thing to see in a Data Sufficiency question? Lots of complex information in the question stem. It’s not that these questions are asking you to do hard things, but the…
  • Find Logical Meaning in Sentence Correction Questions on the GMAT

    Veritas Prep
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    One of the hardest things about Sentence Correction is that it tests so much more than just grammar. Many students erroneously conflate Sentence Correction problems with high school grammar problems, and this can lead to avoidable mistakes on test day. Indeed, the rules you learned in high school still apply, but you must be able to recognize them among various other potential problems.  It’s fairly simple to spot an agreement error on a verb (there are one problem) or a misplaced comma (good, job bro), but sometimes you have to eliminate an answer choice because the sentence just…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Riverside Military Academy Cadets participate in NASCAR Folds of Honor Ceremonies

    Brian Fisher
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Riverside Military Academy Drill Team and Color Guard Cadets folded and presented the United States Flag as part the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1. 18 Riverside Military Academy Cadets traveled to the Atlanta Motor Speedway to participate. RMA Cadets performed the flag folding ceremony on stage several times on March 1 as well as on Feb. 27 & 28. Just prior the the race start, the RMA Color Guard was positioned behind the National Anthem performer, and Drill Team members stood at attention in formation nearby. A title sponsor…
  • A Boarding School Basketball Dynasty! Brewster Academy Wins Fourth National Prep Championship in Six Years

    Brian Fisher
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
      Boston Magazine’s Adam Doster calls Brewster Academy’s Prep basketball team The Greatest Game You’ve Never Seen. Truth is though that Brewster has played great boys basketball for years…but, the past fifteen years under coach Jason Smith have ben something. Five days ago – March 11 – Brewster’s prep team beat IMG Academy to secure their second straight national championship coming just three days after the Bobcat’s victory over St. Thomas More for the NEPSAC AAA boys basketball title. This is Brewster’s Fourth National Prep Championship title in six years…
  • Hargrave Alumnus M SGT Thomas Saunders Dies in Training Accident

    Brian Fisher
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    Master Sergeant Thomas Saunders of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) The death of Hargrave alumnus Master Sergeant Thomas Saunders of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) brings me to this post and something we don’t often talk, or hear about — the boarding boarding school alumni who go on to serve in the armed forces and those who perish while serving. Sergeant Saunders death strikes chord in this regard. He was a military boarding school alumnus who chose to enlist in the Marine Corps after graduating from…
  • 2015 Boarding School Acceptance Videos! Students & Faculty Welcome New Students to Their Communities

    Brian Fisher
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Updated: 3/13/2015 In what’s becoming an annual event, we’ll gather and post school welcome videos as we find them and as readers send them to us. Send yours if you’ve got one. March 10th was the traditional admission calendar acceptance notification date; here are some of boarding school acceptance videos: Applewild School Welcome to Applewild from Applewild School on Vimeo. Ethel Walker School Phillips Andover Vermont Academy Walnut Hill School for the Arts The Hill School Proctor Academy Click through to watch Proctor Academy’s video Brewster Academy Brewster…
  • $500,000 to Hargrave Military from the Jennie Noell Wilmarth Estate

    Brian Fisher
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The Jennie Noell Wilmarth Estate donated $500,000 to Hargrave Military Academy on February 12, 2015. Two of Wilmarth’s grandsons are Hargrave alumni LT Oliver M. Salman ‘09 and Randall B. Orwick ‘06. Ms. Wilmarth’s daughter, Mrs. Fran Salman — mother of LT Oliver M. Salman — presented the gift. “Hargrave extends its most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the Wilmarth and Salman family….This is a significant gift that will make an impact on the lives of Cadets now and into the future in many ways,” said Hargrave president Don Broome (BG USA, Ret.). The gift has…
 
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    Teach with Picture Books

  • How to Create Interactive Timelines

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

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

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

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

    6 Apr 2013 | 5:20 pm
    Often when I mention poetry during a workshop, at least one teacher laments, "I would love to do more poetry with students, but there's so much else to teach in my curriculum!" What I try to encourage (and I'm often helped big time by the workshop participants) is for this teacher to consider using poetry within her curriculum, as an integral part of her language, reading, and writing lessons, rather than as an add-on. In other words, I ask her to find a purpose for poetry.Now, before you poetry purists flame me and cry out, "Poetry is in itself worth reading!" let me explain that I agree…
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  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Essentials of Education Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Education Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Education Technology research:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365SAP Business Suite, Powered by SAP HANARequest Free!
  • Inventory & Asset Tracking System Case Study: University of Hawaii Saves Time and Money

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    In this case study, you will gain valuable information and learn how a public university implemented a best-in class inventory system for tracking assets and consumables like audio-visual equipment, student tablets, and lab chemicals.After downloading this case study, you will also receive:A follow up call for additional assistance.A FREE live personal online demo of ASAP Systems' inventory system, Passport.A FREE trial following the demo.As a leader in barcode inventory management and asset tracking systems, ASAP Systems provides one of the most configurable and efficient barcode inventory…
  • 12 Months of Awesome (Content) for Higher Education Marketers and Administrators

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A goal with no plan is just a wish.—Antoine de Saint-ExuperyYour university and college blog and social media channels make up a crucial part of your marketing and communications strategy. Please use this calendar and ebook to outline or enhance your content strategy and keep on top of your marketing goals for the new year.Request Free!
  • 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…
  • Explore How Paul VI Catholic High School Benefited From Fujitsu's Devices and Software

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

  • What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

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

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

    Michael Linsin
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    So things went south toward the end of the day. Your students were antsy and talkative. There were disruptions. The noise level got out of hand. Perhaps you got behind and let things go a bit. You raised your voice a few times. Whatever the case, it wasn’t a good day. Now you’re wrung out […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Handle Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

    Michael Linsin
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    There is nothing wrong with a class clown. In fact, students gifted with a clever sense of humor can be a wonderful asset to your classroom. They can be another ingredient in the mix that helps you create a learning environment students love being part of. The truth is, the most effective classrooms laugh. They […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • Are You Giving Out Lots Of Warnings? Here’s How To Fix It

    Michael Linsin
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Here at SCM we maintain a long list of article requests. We don’t, however, typically choose from the top of that list. The way it works is that when we receive a request, we first check to see if anyone has made a similar one. If so, we place a check mark next to that […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
 
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  • Encourage Play Building Social Skills Kits

    Melissa Taylor
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    It was one of those days. I anguished over social issues with one of my kids. It felt like nothing was improving. But then, a most amazing thing happened. Janine Halloran, blogger at Encourage Play and licensed mental health counselor, reached out to me based on a comment I made on a group thread in FB. […] The post Encourage Play Building Social Skills Kits appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Gifts for Baby Showers: 11 Interactive Board Books

    Melissa Taylor
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Help baby grow up to be a reader by giving board books as gifts for baby showers. Babies and toddlers love interactive board books — board books with things to touch, pull, lift, and slide like today’s round-up of newly published board books. Happy reading! Interactive Board Books On My Beach - PUPPET by Sara Gillingham […] The post Gifts for Baby Showers: 11 Interactive Board Books appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • How to Look Like a Grammar Pro – Grammarly Review

    Melissa Taylor
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Grammarly is an online proofreader app that will make you swoon with delight. Because now you don’t have to take (and pass) linguistics. Or diagram sentences. Grammarly finds the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors for you, tells you what they are, and makes you look GOOOOD. (Yes, this is a Grammarly review just for you.) […] The post How to Look Like a Grammar Pro – Grammarly Review appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Epic NonFiction Books for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    When we get huge nonfiction books, the ones that weigh more than your backpack, we don’t expect greatness. We expect pontification. But not these. These nonfiction beasts (most are quite heavy!) surprised us with their excellence and power to engage. If my kids liked them, I’m pretty sure yours will, too. That’s why they’re epic […] The post Epic NonFiction Books for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Pyramix Game of Strategy

    Melissa Taylor
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    You’ll learn Egyptian symbols as you strategize how to win Pyramix, a game of strategy for 2 to 4 players ages 8 and up. It’s a Mensa select game, Parents’ Choice Silver Honor and Dr. Toy’s Best Game of the Year from Gamewright. We’ve found it to be a fun family game that is easy […] The post Pyramix Game of Strategy appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • {the missing teacher} is an audiobook, too!

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

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

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

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    BBC’s Chris Cook asks a good question, “Is Waldorf education worth public money?” I can’t speak for England, but I can say for the US, there is a fair amount of Waldorf charter schools receiving public funding. After all, there is an Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.I remember asking one of my teacher trainers about a Waldorf charter school that was starting up around the time I was graduating. She said she didn’t consider it to be a “real” Waldorf school since charters cannot teach or bring Anthroposophy into the classroom. Essentially, Waldorf-inspired or charters can…
  • 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.http://www.freep.com/article/20140711/NEWS06/307110021/charter-schools-accountability-michigan-richardvilleWhat 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…
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  • The Nature Conservancy virtual field trip and learning resources: Wild Biomes– From America’s Rainforest to America’s Desert

    amy mascott
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
          Any time that parents and teachers can bring learning to life–really make it hands on and real–I think they should totally go for it. And though years ago, the only way for students to step outside the classroom required an old yellow school bus, permission slips, and countless hours planning and organizing, things today are quite different. Virtual field trips can happen with the click of a button. Seriously? SO. Cool. And this month, thanks to The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere, students can take a virtual field trip to learn how nature…
  • how to teach summary writing: the 1-hand summary

    amy mascott
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Summaries are difficult. Writing summaries, oral summaries–it doesn’t matter. Both? Difficult. No matter the student’s age, the act of reading something–anything–and either retelling or summarizing is really, truly tough. Summarizing is a skill that must be explicitly taught. And it’s a skill that must be modeled. And it’s a skill that is worth revisiting time and time again, year after year. This year, Maddy’s been challenged with the weekly task of reading her choice of a news article and summarizing it. I love the assignment. Personally, any…
  • how to have a family meeting: what works for us

    amy mascott
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
      Oh, friends. How things change as our kids get older, right? After years of doing what we can to give our kids choices, listening to them, doing all we can but ultimately having the final say–our kids have expressed to us that they want more of a voice in our family. I get it. So we’ve been having Family Meetings. We have only recently begun to have regular Family Meetings, and though they are not perfect, I do think they help.’ We’re still learning. Aren’t we all? Here’s the skinny. . . How to Have a Family Meeting–What Works for Us: …
  • must-have conversation after taking kids to see cinderella

    amy mascott
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
        Last Friday, we saw Cinderella. The new and improved Cinderella from Disney. And it was gorgeous. It was beautiful. From start to finish, the characters were beautiful, the setting was beautiful. The dress. The dress was beautiful. The glass slippers? Beautiful. And the end? It’s picture-perfect. It’s a fairy tale ending, just like we all wanted. Every little girl I know will want to see it. Over and over and over and over and over again. Which is why I truly believe that there’s a must-have conversation every family must have after taking kids to see…
  • st. patrick’s day BRAIN TEASER scavenger hunt

    amy mascott
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
          Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays. Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays. So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty’s Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.  My kids are quick, and they’re smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested–or at least to stretch our hunt a bit past the usual two minutes. And? They’ve been doing a whole lot of testing and teasing…
 
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  • Selling the Critical Thinking Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brian
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    By now the news that the SAT is being redesigned has reached the ears of nearly every test taker. During this period of transition between the Current SAT and the Redesigned SAT (rSAT), it is has become important to keep track of all of the test associated dates – which, however, can prove a difficult task. This includes information such as when the tests will be administered and who will be affected, as well as when the Redesigned PSAT (rPSAT) and associated practice questions will be available. Fortunately some of these questions have recently been cleared up. Sample practice…
  • Time Management Tips for SAT/ACT Prep

    Brian
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Along with the other parts of college applications, everyone knows that preparing for college assessment exams can be particularly stressful. Although there are many ways to study and prepare beforehand, there are also many unknowns. If you are a high school student in this situation, you may worry that on test day you will not be prepared, fail to remember what you studied, or misuse your time. Even for students that study extensively, there can always be the worry of poor test performance. Some amount of stress in anticipation of any large test is natural, and if not too overwhelming can…
  • HiSET and TASC Compete to Replace GED High School Equivalency Test

    Brian
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Up until the last few years, individuals seeking to demonstrate their high school certification without a diploma in the US have almost universally used the GED (General Educational Tests), created by the non-profit American Council on Education. In recent years, however, a revised GED that is more difficult and expensive ($80) has resulted in a massive decrease in test participation and passing rates. Reportedly, even some college students have had difficulty with it. These changes have opened up the niche for alternative equivalency tests to compete for its spot. These foremost include the…
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  • Employers and Technology as the Ultimate Solution to Credentialing Barrier of MOOCs?

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

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

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

    7 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    One of the recent publication from NAFSA: Association of International Educators--Developing Sustainable Resources for Internationalization--aims at providing strategies to acquire resources needed for advancing comprehensive campus internationalization efforts. The publication is very timely as there is an increasing interest among institutions to expand internationalization, but few are investing and committing the resources to the proportional level.   The authors, Dr. John K. Hudzik and Dr. Penelope J. Pynes translate their extensive experiences in leading…
  • Pearson--lessons in strategy and change from a global education company

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    A recent story in the Fortune magazine traces the transformation of Pearson from a traditional publishing house to a global education company poised for an digital learning era. The attention-grabbing headline "Everybody hates Pearson" leads the reader into an insightful story of opportunities and challenges faced by Pearson in the pursuit of its strategic choice of focusing on "data-driven education." Here is a timeline of the major milestones in Pearson's history. Pearson in its recently released annual report notes that "Pearson’s strategy centres on a significant and…
 
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  • Inertia.

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

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

    Mallory Bower
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    After a super-complex, top secret selection process, Riley Fickett has been chosen to receive the inaugural SA Professional Development Award! (Yeah, I agree. It needs a catchier name.) Riley is a second-year graduate student in Bridgewater State University’s M.Ed. in Student Affairs Counseling program. She is Graduate Assistant in BSU’s Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, a Graduate Intern in Clark University’s Office of Student Leadership and Programming, and a Resident Director at Dean College. After graduation in May 2015, Riley hopes to begin a career in Campus…
  • Wingin’ It

    Mallory Bower
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    “I get it,” she said, “Sometimes you just have to wing it.” Jane, a first-year student in my career planning course, was finally ready to take the plunge. This was her way of saying, “I may not have all the answers, but I’m sure as hell gonna try anyway.” For a 17-year-old (or any-year-old) this is an incredibly brave thing to say. We chatted more about making it through tough, uncertain times and I introduced her to the wisdom of Alanis Morissette. “And what it all boils down to. Is that no one’s really got it figured out just…
  • Bert Macklin, Career Counselor

    Mallory Bower
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    When we met Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, he was a couch-crashing goofball who had just fallen into a pit near his girlfriend’s house. Over the span of seven seasons, we saw him evolve, trying his hand at being a shoe shiner, an administrator, the lead singer of Mouse Rat, a security guard FBI agent a la Bert Macklin, Johnny Karate, and a dinosaur-charming hottie hero on Jurassic World. (Sorry, had to throw that last one in there.) Some of my favorite TV characters are unfinished, flawed, and sometimes tortured souls. They represent real people who have real problems that can…
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  • Shopkins 12 Pack with Limited Edition Frozen Shopkins

    Admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    In addition to the brand’s retail success, the Toy Industry Association of America (TIA) announced today that the Shopkins Small Mart Playset received a coveted Toy of the Year Award nomination for Girl Toy of the Year. Shopkins has also been recognized with top toy industry awards, including TTPM’s Holiday 2014 Most Wanted List, Toy Insider “Hot 20″ for 2014 and Savvy Auntie Coolest Toy Award 2014.  
  • Hot Wheels WALL TRACKS SWITCHBACK SLIDER

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Collection: Introducing the coolest new place to play, off the floor and onto the wall. These newest Wall Tracks accessories are fun alone and provide excellent entry and exit points to other sets. Load your cars up and release on the zig-zag track, or send them down the ultimate plunge. Wall Tracks brings stunts, speed, turns and tricks to new heights. Kids can experience track play from an entirely new perspective and change stunts as they change their rooms. Expand your world of Wall Tracks and build more stunts and action all over your walls. These tracks can be…
  • Tonka Town Police Station Jail Playset

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Paulo is escaping from his cell! he goes through the ‘break-out’ wall which triggers the lights to flash and the sirens to whirr. Ivan the Policeman can see him escaping down the drainpipe and clicks on the searchlight to keep track of where he is running to. He hops on his Tonka Police Bike to catch him again and lock him back up safely in his cell! The Prison Playset also features: an extendable garage floor processing room removable ladder to the roof rotating satellite dish. Police Bike is free-wheeling. Paulo and Ivan figures included.  
  • Hello Kitty Fun Fair Carousel – Music Box Toy

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Children will have hours of fun with the Hello Kitty Fun Fair Carousel Wind up the carousel and listen to the sweet music and watch the horses move up and down as they spin round The top of the Carousel depicts a Hello Kitty moulded head Includes 1 Hello Kitty figure Ages 3+  
  • Angry Birds Transformers Jenga Optimus Prime Battle Game

    Admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Product Description: Build – destroy – win! The Angry Birds Transformers toys put you in charge of your own bird-on-pig battles. And what could be better than high-flying birds and villainous pigs re-imagined as Transformers characters? Your Optimus Prime Battle Game is based on the wildly popular Angry Birds app, and your Optimus Prime bird looks like the Autobot leader – and he’s ready to take on your Galvatron, Starscream and Decepticon Stinger pigs! Just set up your Grimlock bird frame, and put the blocks and Decepticon Pigs on it. Then start launching your Optimus Prime vehicle…
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  • Geographic Test Taking Trends for the SAT and ACT

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

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

    Brian
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    By now the news that the SAT is being redesigned has reached the ears of nearly every test taker. During this period of transition between the Current SAT and the Redesigned SAT (rSAT), it is has become important to keep track of all of the test associated dates – which, however, can prove a difficult task. This includes information such as when the tests will be administered and who will be affected, as well as when the Redesigned PSAT (rPSAT) and associated practice questions will be available. Fortunately some of these questions have recently been cleared up. Sample practice…
  • Time Management Tips for SAT/ACT Prep

    Brian
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Along with the other parts of college applications, everyone knows that preparing for college assessment exams can be particularly stressful. Although there are many ways to study and prepare beforehand, there are also many unknowns. If you are a high school student in this situation, you may worry that on test day you will not be prepared, fail to remember what you studied, or misuse your time. Even for students that study extensively, there can always be the worry of poor test performance. Some amount of stress in anticipation of any large test is natural, and if not too overwhelming can…
  • HiSET and TASC Compete to Replace GED High School Equivalency Test

    Brian
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Up until the last few years, individuals seeking to demonstrate their high school certification without a diploma in the US have almost universally used the GED (General Educational Tests), created by the non-profit American Council on Education. In recent years, however, a revised GED that is more difficult and expensive ($80) has resulted in a massive decrease in test participation and passing rates. Reportedly, even some college students have had difficulty with it. These changes have opened up the niche for alternative equivalency tests to compete for its spot. These foremost include the…
 
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  • Behind CPS graduation rates, a system of musical chairs

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hidden beneath Chicago’s record-high graduation rate is a surprising fact: High schools still have a lot of trouble holding on to students.A WBEZ and Catalyst Chicago analysis of graduation numbers for every high school in the city shows how many freshmen stayed through graduation day, how many dropped out and how many finished at other schools—including alternative schools.Map: Which schools hang onto the most freshmen?Half of all CPS high schools saw at least half of the Class of 2013 transfer to other schools between freshman and senior years.CPS officials say the school system…
  • Flamin' Hot Cheetos top some Chicago Public School vending machines

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Last week Michigan became the latest state to opt out of the federal Smart Snack standards. The rules regulate what can be sold in school fundraisers and vending machines that help schools pay the bill. More than 22 states have pushed for some kind of exemption from these rules since they went into effect last July.So just how stringent are they?The snacks must be:“whole grain rich” if they are grain-based, meaning 50 percent whole grainno more than 200 caloriesno more than 230 mgs of sodiumno more than 35 percent sugar, by weightlower in fat, meaning no more than a third of their…
  • Unions and Garcia push for $15-an-hour minimum wage

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and the Chicago Teachers Union are pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage.Garcia, members of the CTU, and activists with the national movement “Fight for 15” rallied outside the Chicago Board of Education Wednesday. They want all companies who do business with Chicago Public Schools to agree to a wage increase.“Parents who cannot get regular hours at their job, who cannot make a living wage, have a difficult time providing their children, who are our students, with the kind of environment necessary for real learning,”…
  • Former charter schools CEO earning $250K as Rauner's adviser

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A former Chicago charter schools executive is earning $250,000 a year to spearhead Gov. Bruce Rauner's top education initiatives, a salary that is more than double what her predecessors received and places her as the highest-paid member of a Cabinet already under scrutiny for its lofty paychecks.For weeks, Beth Purvis' role in the administration had been somewhat of a mystery. There was no formal announcement when she was hired, and during a House education committee meeting earlier this month, she stood and introduced herself when someone on the panel asked…
  • Principals to CPS: End custodial contract now

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Chicago Public Schools principals have had it.A survey conducted by the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association found nearly 90 percent of principals say their schools are dirtier than they were a year ago, just before the Chicago Board of Education gave control of all school cleaning services to two private companies -- Aramark and SodexoMagic.The move led to hundreds of janitors being laid off, which in turn led to disorganization and dirty conditions. WBEZ first reported issues with cleanliness in schools last September.Aramark and CPS scrambled to remedy the issue by not…
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  • How Instructors Use Adaptive Assignments in the Classroom

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

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

    Rachel Kuntz
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to seven new Knerds! Cameron Wellock, from Ontario, Canada, comes to Knewton as a data scientist. He spent his PhD studying how birds learn to sing and previously worked as a data scientist for IAC. His biggest pet peeve is meetings. Originally from Pittsburgh, Kelly Jo Reuter is a senior financial analyst. After graduating from Ohio University, she worked in finance at Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. Her favorite movie is Anchorman and her favorite month of the year is June. If she could witness any event in the past, present, or future, it would be the first official alien contact. Celik…
  • Cengage Learning and Knewton: Producing a Truly Adaptive Learning Experience

    Jen Shea
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lately, it seems every new educational product features some form of adaptive learning. It can be hard to sort out the differences between these products. What does personalization in a learning product really mean? It depends. Not all adaptive learning is created equal. Most of today’s “adaptive” solutions are built on rules-based systems, which use a few checkpoints to route students through a variety of pre-determined paths. These products are a lot like Choose Your Own Adventure books: students can move through the course in one of a few possible ways. For example, the system might…
  • Why Adaptive Learning Is a Sound Investment

    David Liu
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Education is undergoing a massive shift from print to digital learning tools. Perhaps the most important consequence of digital learning is bringing high-quality education to more students. Given a tablet and an internet connection, any child can access the world’s most powerful education technology. Digital tools can also improve the quality of supplemental learning materials and expand access to specialized subjects and expert teachers. Most everyone agrees that developing digital tools, and improving them to better support teachers and students, is good for the world. But for those…
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  • Get Productive for Spring!

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

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

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

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

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Career Fairs are an excellent way to meet with local employers in your field. Whether you're a student looking for full time employment after graduation, a professional looking for a change or even if you are just considering going back to school and want to know more about job opportunities in your city, Career Fairs present the perfect opportunity to network with people who are recruiting.  Many of these recruiters can also provide valuable insight into the current job market or the skills that are most in demand.  For these reasons, you will not want to go unprepared!Use the…
 
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  • Udemy for Business Releases Corporate Training Survey Findings

    emily
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Jobs are rapidly changing but employee training and onboarding programs have not kept up with the demands of the modernworkplace. Today Udemy for Business released the results of a recent survey aimed at uncovering insight into this training gap and its impact on businesses and employees. The survey polled 175 HR leaders about their employees’ skills and current training programs. The key finding: 71 percent of HR professionals acknowledge that their employees do not have the skills they need to perform their jobs, yet more than half of the companies surveyed are spending less than $500 a…
  • Udemy’s Teacher Tech Initiative

    Dennis Yang
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    I had the pleasure of attending the White House Science Fair today for the announcement of Udemy’s Teacher Tech Initiative, in support of President Obama’s campaign to improve computer science education and put more Americans in tech jobs. Udemy’s Teacher Tech Initiative brings free and highly-discounted computer technology courses to K-12 teachers across the country, so teachers can better prepare students for the jobs of the future. Click to view slideshow. In its fifth year, the White House Science Fair event celebrates the country’s most outstanding students in science,…
  • Data Science Lightning Talks at Udemy

    emily
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Attn: data hounds! Udemy is hosting a data science event in partnership with SF Data Mining meetup at our office next Thursday, March 26. The evening will consist of a series of inspiring short talks by data scientists in diverse fields from online education to healthcare to network science and data visualization. Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup: ‘Creating a data organization’ by Ruben Kogel, Head of Learning Science at Udemy Patients as Earthquakes: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the tailby Ian Blumenfeld, Data Science at Clover Health ‘Discovering relationships and…
  • Udemy Partners with Benesse to Significantly Expand Content in Japan

    emily
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    This morning, Udemy CEO Dennis Yang attended a press conference in Japan to announce some incredibly exciting news. Udemy has partnered with Benesse, the leading education and publishing provider in Japan. This partnership will expand content offerings in the Japanese language and bring numerous new Japanese students and instructors to the Udemy marketplace. Click to view slideshow. With this partnership, Benesse will share some of their educational content through Udemy, which will be incredibly useful for people around the world who want to learn in Japanese. At least one hundred…
  • Celebrate STEM with a piece of Pi

    Claire
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    Unless you’re a high school math teacher, it may have escaped your notice that this coming Saturday is a very special day. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is widely used in math equations. Every March 14, math enthusiasts celebrate Pi Day (3.14), when the date matches the first three digits of Pi. This year, it’s extra exciting–2015 continues the Pi sequence (3.1415). While it’s a fun time to think about the impact of math on our daily lives (and maybe snag a piece of pie), this year, I’m also thinking about the impact math has had on my own…
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  • Bharathidasan University Invites Applications for MCA Program 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    Applications are invited by Bharathidasan University (BDU), Tiruchirappalli for admission to 3 years Master of Computer Application (MCA) program offered at Department of Department of Computer Science for the session 2015. Eligibility Criteria for  Bharathidasan University: Candidates should be any undergraduate degree with Mathematics at the plus two level or as one of the allied courses in UG degree. How to Apply for  Bharathidasan University: Candidates can obtain the application form from here . For more details and information on how to apply,..
  • University of Kashmir B.Tech 8th Semester Results 2014

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    University of Kashmir   declared the results of B.Tech (CSE) 8th semester examination. The examination was held in December 2014. University of Kashmir Exam Results 2014: University of Kashmir declared the results of B.Tech (CSE) 8th semester examination today on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 . Candidates can check their results on the official website - University of Kashmir, Srinagar . About University of Kashmir: University of Kashmir, Srinagar  was come up out of humble origins immediately after Independence when in 1948 the State Government established an..
  • University of Jammu LL.B 2nd Semester Results 2014

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    University of Jammu  declared the results of LL.B 3 year-2nd semester annual examination. The examination was held in July 2014. University of Jammu Exam Results 2014: University of Jammu declared the results of LL.B 3 year-2nd semester annual examination today on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 . Candidates can check their results on the official website - University of Jammu . About University of Jammu: University of Jammu was established in 1969 vide Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act 1969 following bifurcation of the erstwhile University of Jammu..
  • CBSE notice on change of test center for JEE Main 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an important notice regarding the change of test center for the Joint Entrance Examination Main 2015 (JEE Main 2015) . The examination will be held by CBSE on Saturday, April 4, 2015 on the offline or pen and paper-based mode as well as on Friday, April 10 and  Saturday, April 11, 2015 on the online or computer-based mode. JEE Main 2015 aspirants need to note that due to some administrative reasons, for the examination scheduled to be held on April 4, 2015 at Bhatinda (City Code 295) and Roorkee, Haridwar (City..
  • AIIMS, New Delhi Invites Applications for MBBS Program 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    Applications are invited by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for admission to Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program for the session 2015. Eligibility Criteria for  AIIMS, New Delhi: Candidates should have passed the 12th class under the 10+2 scheme/ Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE) or Intermediate Science (I.Sc.) or an equivalent Examination of a recognized university/ board of any Indian state with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as subject. Candidates should have attained or will attain the age of 17..
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  • Get Productive for Spring!

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

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

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

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

    Robertson College
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Career Fairs are an excellent way to meet with local employers in your field. Whether you're a student looking for full time employment after graduation, a professional looking for a change or even if you are just considering going back to school and want to know more about job opportunities in your city, Career Fairs present the perfect opportunity to network with people who are recruiting.  Many of these recruiters can also provide valuable insight into the current job market or the skills that are most in demand.  For these reasons, you will not want to go unprepared!Use the…
 
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  • Night of Music Therapy

    Rachel
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    Once upon a time, I was a graduate student at Illinois State University studying to become a music therapist. And even though it’s been almost 8 years since I sat at a desk in a classroom, I still remember the feeling of wanting to soak up every last bit of information from the music therapists who taught and presented during my time there. This past weekend marks my second time presenting at my alma mater’s annual Night of Music Therapy event, and both times, I’ve experience a little déjà vu from the students’ perspective. They are just like I once was — eager…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 10

    Rachel
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Today’s podcast episode marks an exciting milestone: we’ve reached episode #10! When I first had the idea for the podcast, I was worried I would have a hard time recruiting guests. But to my happy surprise, I haven’t had to recruit at all — I’ve had a long list of awesome music therapy mamas volunteer themselves. Every week I pick up so many great tips and advice from my guest, and this week is no exception. Amy Schaack is a business owner like myself, but she is a few steps ahead of me. Not only has she kept her business going and GROWING despite taking time off…
  • We’re Gonna Wave

    Rachel
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    I’m really lucky that my colleague Katey is crafty, because when it comes to anything involving sewing, I certainly am not. She volunteered to make ribbon streamers for the most recent session of our early childhood classes, and I did my part by coming up with a song for them. This is a simple song with a repetitive, familiar melody, because the focus is on movement and following directions. Each verse features a different way to manipulate the streamers, and it is so much fun to see our kiddos get creative with their interpretation of each. They also help come up with additional…
  • The Miracle Morning

    Rachel
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    For most of my adult life, I’ve been a morning person. Up until my son was born, I started every weekday with a workout, followed by coffee and a couple solid hours of productive work. I loved my morning routine, and I really did try to get back into it post-baby. But the lack of sleep that first year (thanks to said baby!) made it nearly impossible, and I fell into the habit of sleeping until he woke up. However, recently I’ve been setting my alarm and taking advantage of those early morning hours while the house is still quiet. My son is a wonderful sleeper now, and since baby…
  • Clean Up Time

    Rachel
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    The concept of “cleaning up” was introduced to my son Parker when he was a little over a year old. At the end of Funshop, the weekly mommy & me playgroup we attend, they play the classic “Clean Up” song (courtesy of Barney, the big purple dinosaur) and everyone tackles their assigned area. Lucky for me, Parker loved cleaning up — mostly because he loved the song so much. I used this to my advantage at home; every time I started singing the song, he would join in and start picking up whatever mess needed to be picked up. I decided to change things up a bit a…
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  • Help Your Child With a Learning Challenge Adapt to Change

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    Children who have executive functioning disorder, attention issues, autism spectrum disorder, or other learning disabilities are often resistant to change. I believe this is likely because when things are orderly and predictable, they are more likely to function well. When things occur randomly, they are required to make decisions quickly and fi Read more...
  • 10 Tips To Help Your Child Write a Story

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Getting young students to write good stories is a challenge. Most youngsters can tell a great story, but are reluctant writers. I tell my students that writing is simply “telling” a story on paper. If you can tell a good story, you should be able to write one.Parents can help their child become a good writer with simple techniques to practice. Her Read more...
  • Parents, Does a Legible Signature Matter?

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Normally, I write blogs to offer advice to parents. This time, I am writing to ask your opinion. Recently, I received a number of documents signed by my students. I had not asked them to also print their name below their signature, and this turned out to be a huge mistake. I could not identify who had signed each document, because their signatures (except Read more...
  • A Modern Twist on the Ancient Abacus

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device can be used to help everyone, especially children, understand our “base 10” method of processing numbers.An ab Read more...
  • The Benefits of Student Internships

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Students from the school where I teach are off this week to do internships. They are allowed to choose where they want to go, and we have students in several states (and a few out of the country). The students try to find a placement that relates to a career interest they have. We have students working in law offices, government agencies, research facilities, markets, lawn care Read more...
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  • Things Volunteers Hate

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    There are certainly many dos and don’ts when it comes to managing volunteers, and frankly, some things volunteers really can’t stand. My own biggest pet peeve as a volunteer? Not being needed. If you ask for my help, make sure you really have a job for me. I really hope we don't have five volunteers to man the admissions table when we only need two. When I do carve out the time to volunteer, I hope you use my time and talents really well, maybe even overuse them. But if you don't need me, like all busy parents, there are plenty of other things I could be doing. These days time is our…
  • It’s Hard To Go Wrong When Thanking Teachers

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    In my first few years as a volunteer, our group had lots of energy to plan and create and glue and dazzle our teachers and staff. And we did…until we didn’t. One year we ended up with the same three volunteers hanging streamers in the teachers lounge on a Friday afternoon and while we all had the best of intentions, with a small crew and ambitious plans, the celebration lost a little of its sparkle. So we set out to get our groove back, and with a little planning, we made our teachers, staff, principal, and parent volunteers happy! For anyone stuck in the “now what?” spot, I wanted to…
  • PTO Leaders Share What They Love About Their Parent Groups

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel a little defeated and wonder why you give so much time and energy (and maybe even a few tears) to your PTO? Then you need some inspiration—and we have it for you here.  We asked our Facebook community to share their best PTO moments from this school year, and we received dozens of stories that serve as reminders of why the work you do is definitely worth it. Here is a summary of some of the stories shared. To read the complete collection of stories, head over to the Facebook discussion.  Book fair hug: I worked at our book fair…
  • Helping All Children Learn

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Lorraine Dierkes makes an excellent matchmaker. In the late 1990s, when she volunteered at her kids’ school, Sea Park Elementary in Satellite Beach, Fla., she learned that some families couldn’t afford for their kids to participate in academic activities. Field trips, music lessons, and other extras often fell by the wayside. Then there were the parents who were always happy to send a few extra dollars to help a needy child. Dierkes wondered whether there was  a way to connect these two sets of people. Through the school PTO, she created a database of parents who wanted to help.
  • Why I Love Our PTO Expos (and Why You Should Go)

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I'm going to be very direct this week: If we have a 2015 PTO Expo in your neck of the woods, I highly encourage you to get a friend and check our Expos out. What's so great? I could go several directions here, but my favorite aspect of the Expos (and I see it every year) is the chance for volunteer parent leaders to be treated like the heroes you really are. It's your day, entirely built around your needs and filled with people with the same passion for serving that you have. That energy is palpable. Of course, there's also the great ideas and the fun and the tons of freebies that will fill…
 
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  • Bookmarks for 03/27/2015

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

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

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

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

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

    tapas
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Introduction Hamas and ISIS both are Islamic Socio-political organizations and share the common ideological doctrine of defending interests of followers of Islam and consider armed movement against... [[This is a summary only. Please visit DifferenceBetween.net for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Helping And Linking Verbs

    Aaron Hutchinson
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    What is the difference between linking and helping verbs? Verbs are a part of speech that are essential to the construction of a sentence. Without a verb, a sentence cannot be complete. A verb in its... [[This is a summary only. Please visit DifferenceBetween.net for detailed view]]
  • Differences between Fascism And Totalitarianism ideologies and their applications

    tapas
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Historical background of the concepts Fascism and totalitarianism are two ideology-based authoritarian systems of political governance that could be found in their pure forms in certain parts of the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit DifferenceBetween.net for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Hopelessness and Depression

    Maitreyi Naigaonkar
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Depression and Hopelessness are two interchangeably used terms in psychology. They are two different terms with slightly different meanings. Let us try and understand the difference. Hopelessness is... [[This is a summary only. Please visit DifferenceBetween.net for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Cytoplasm and Cytoskeleton

    Maitreyi Naigaonkar
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Cytoplasm and Cytoskeleton are the two most commonly occurring words while studying cellular biology. Though they might seem confusing at first, they are quite different terms. Let us understand... [[This is a summary only. Please visit DifferenceBetween.net for detailed view]]
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  • Full-time Ph.D Program in IBS Hyderabad

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

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

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

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

    Reyaz Qamar
    21 Sep 2011 | 5:40 am
    Templeton Academy International is a co-educational, CBSE affiliated, English medium, senior secondary boarding school located in Nainital, a town in north India, on the foothills of the outer Himalayas. We are also a new unique co-educational fully residential almamater for children. Our academy is designed to impart integrated education to children, drawing the best from the Indian Culture and tradition of the past, instructing and helping them to acquire knowledge. TAI is the finest residential educational institution of India providing world class hostel facilities and education at the…
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • My Two PD Hats

    Amy Smith
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Having dual school board roles highlights the need for building both choice and trust into teacher PD opportunities As a school climate lead teacher, I often find myself wearing two hats. I receive both formal ongoing professional development (PD) opportunities alongside school board personnel and at board functions and provide the PD to my colleagues at staff meetings and on P.A. Days. Playing dress up with both hats simultaneously has in my opinion, placed me at the perfect vantage point. read more
  • A Design-Based Approach To Teachers’ Professional Learning

    Sharon Friesen and Michele Jacobsen
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Through a design-based, iterative learning process, classroom teachers gain practical knowledge of “know-how” and “know-why” As the issues and problems that challenge education and the teaching profession become increasingly complex, our collective need for innovative solutions and new knowledge for learning in diverse educational contexts increases. Yet school leaders and classroom teachers often fail to see a connection between educational theory and research conducted in universities and the real-world, complex and contextually rich teaching, learning and leading contexts in…
  • A Case for Teachers to Develop Professional Wisdom

    Bruce Beairsto
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    More than just training, effective pro-d should raise teaching from a trade to a profession The knowledge and skill that would make a teacher more effective is boundless and the essence of professionalism is to constantly strive to improve, so it is clear that ongoing learning is essential for those who lay claim to professional status. What is less clear is what actually must be learned. It’s certainly good to have an extensive repertoire of instructional techniques to support different types of learners and keep things fresh in the classroom, but teaching is much more than technique.
  • Developing Teacher Candidates in a Networked World

    Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    It’s no longer enough for faculties of education to deliver static, technical courses on the methods of teaching Recently, pre-service teachers in two of our classes at the Faculty of Education, University Regina, participated in #saskedchat, a weekly Twitter chat hosted by and for Saskatchewan educators.read more
  • L’enseignant : maître d’œuvre de son projet de développement professionnel?

    Mia San Jose
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    La formation initiale se prolonge petit à petit à travers le Canada, passant récemment de huit mois à quatre trimestres en Ontario, ce qui reflète la complexification de la profession et les multiples compétences demandées aux enseignants d’aujourd’hui. Avec cet enrichissement de la formation initiale, est-ce que la formation continue est toujours pertinente? Authors:  Lynn Thomas Web exclusive? read more
 
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • What Role Does Self Directed Learning Play in Talent Development

    noah.piwonka@opensesame.com
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For centuries, we have been fascinated by autodidacts, people who teach themselves immense amounts of knowledge and go on to accomplish great things. From the Wright brothers and Benjamin Franklin to Steven Spielberg and Jimi Hendrix, we are naturally drawn to unorthodox success stories outside the confines of education. After all, who hasn’t daydreamed about dropping out of school, founding the next Facebook or Microsoft, and making billions? Autodidacticism is defined as the act of teaching oneself about a subject in which one has no formal education. This typically involves extensive…
  • Educating Caregivers for National Patient Safety Awareness Week

    dana.rosen@opensesame.com
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This week, we’re celebrating Patient Safety Week! We’ve all had that one (or more) sub-optimal experience at the doctor’s office. Whether it’s a general doctor, a surgeon, or your dentist trying to ask you about your week while probing around in your mouth, there’s no question that some practices are clearly more safe and enjoyable than others. The easiest way to greatly improve the medical experience for patients is to make sure that professionals have access to and participate in an abundance of patient safety training. Here we’ll highlight popular patient safety topics and…
  • Judging a Job by Its Title

    anna.taylor@opensesame.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Job titles are important, and especially to the person wearing (or applying for) the title. And this is exactly why it's critical for hiring managers to consider the position's needs and the type of person they want to hire. There are two players in the job search: the job seekers and the companies recruiting. If you haven't clearly defined the type of person you want to find your post and apply, you probably won’t be able to reach them. Knowing what your ideal candidate is looking for in their job search is the key to success. There are two different ways you can go about titling a job…
  • Feedback: Giving and Receiving Tough Criticism

    anna.taylor@opensesame.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Feedback is a response to someone’s behavior or work that can be formal or informal. It can come from an employee review or the need to address an issue. Positive feedback is always welcomed, but often times negative feedback is incredibly difficult for both the person who has to give it and the one who has to accept it. Unfortunately giving and receiving feedback is an integral part of being coachable and a team player. As an employee, friend, or supervisor, it's important to master the ability to effectively give and gracefully receive feedback. Most people say they want to be evaluated…
  • A Word from the OpenSesame Development Team: February 2015

    abby
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We’ve been off to a great start in 2015! There have been lots of exciting changes in our marketplace over the past month or so as we’ve rolled out a website redesign…if you haven’t already experienced them first hand on www.opensesame.com, you can do so now or read on for an overview of some of the new features. Mobile Responsive Design We have changed a lot about the site, beyond just the look and design of it; we’ve also changed some of the underlying structure so that it is now mobile responsive. What does that mean exactly? It means that our site automatically adapts to your…
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    Spanish Playground

  • 10 Facebook Pages with Spanish Teaching Resources

    Jenny
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Social media can be an effective way to connect with other teachers and parents and find inspiration for teaching language to kids. There are many Facebook pages with Spanish teaching resources. The content of these pages varies a lot. For example, I use the Spanish Playground Facebook page to compile very practical resources – material that I can easily draw on for a lesson. I do not post much in the way of research or general articles, but I really appreciate friends who do. It occurred to me that I should share a few of the Facebook pages with Spanish resources that I turn to…
  • Spanish Conversation Questions for Easter

    Jenny
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Enjoying the company of friends and family is the best part of a holiday. If you are celebrating Easter or having another gathering this spring, you can add fun to the occasion with simple Spanish conversation questions. You will find a printable set of questions below. These Spanish conversation questions are at all different levels. I made them with an Easter gathering in mind; to be put into plastic eggs and added to an Easter table setting, an egg hunt (there will be room for candy too!) or for after-dinner fun. They can be used anywhere family will gather, talk and listen. The questions…
  • Active Spanish for Spring

    Jenny
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    It is spring! The activities below get kids moving as they teach language about the season. These suggestions for active Spanish learning are part of the Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga series. You can find more information about the series at the end of the post. Songs with actions combine the power of music and movement. As they sing songs, kids learn vocabulary and structures. Actions reinforce the meaning of the words and help children learn at a deeper level. Try these songs for active Spanish fun. Active Spanish Songs for Spring Los conejos is a song that kids learn in preschool and elementary…
  • 10 Spanish Matching Games with Plastic Eggs

    Jenny
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Plastic eggs are an easy, hands-on way to play Spanish matching games. You can make the activities more effective by using the inside of the egg too. Put a picture or object in the egg to reinforce the language written on the outside. Spanish Matching Games 1. Match initial letter sounds to pictures of objects. Here is a printable of alphabet picture cards with pictures for each letter. You can cut out the pictures and tape them to one half of the egg. Write the letters on the other half. 2. Match uppercase and lowercase letters to practice the letter names in Spanish. You can talk about…
  • Spanish Questions and Answers: Una Preguntita 11

    Jenny
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Kids love quiz-type Spanish questions and answers. They are useful to have on hand in class or for games at home with kids learning Spanish. I refer to one game as Una Preguntita with students, and that is the name the questions sets have here on Spanish Playground. These Spanish questions and answers also help children learn language skills. With these questions, kids practice: – identifying words they know in different contexts – recognizing word families – recognizing cognates – deriving meaning from context – global listening or reading skills. In other words, they practice…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Instagram: Document and Share Grammar Gaffes

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

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

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

    Catlin Tucker
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Yesterday, I stumbled onto the KQED YouTube video about making memes. I love memes! A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied–often with slight variations–and spread rapidly by Internet users. I decided I wanted to find a way to incorporate memes in my English class. The timing was perfect. We are just wrapping up The Joy Luck Club and I had the computer lab booked! I decided to have students create an original meme focused on one of the major themes we discussed from the novel. I was clear to tell that the meme was not about the novel, but rather dealing with…
  • Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation

    Catlin Tucker
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    RSA animation is essentially whiteboard animation. The artist draws pictures on a whiteboard to depict concepts using a combination of words and pictures. If you’ve never seen an RSA animation, I’d suggest watching “Changing Educational Paradigms” which took a section of Ken Robinson’s TED Talk and animated it using this technique. I love the idea of representing complex concepts with images and words. To do this effectively, you have to really understand the information you are attempting to communicate visually. While teachingRay Bradbury’s futuristic…
 
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    Punya Mishra's Web

  • Poetry, Daisies And Cobras: Math Class With Manjul Bhargava

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

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

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

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

    Punya Mishra
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    TPACK Newsletter, Issue #22: February 2015 Welcome to the sixth anniversary issue and twenty-second edition of the (approximately bimonthly) TPACK Newsletter! TPACK work is continuing worldwide. This document contains recent updates to that work that we hope will be interesting and useful to you, our subscribers. If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to http://tpack.org to find out more. Gratuitous Quote About Knowledge “Without knowledge, action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.” – Abu Bakr In This Issue -1. Gratuitous Quote About Knowledge 0. In…
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    HowToLearn.com

  • Kids Become Book Characters for School Character Day

    Saul Kornbluth
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Interest in reading great books bets a boost when kids become book characters for School Character Day. At Cleveland Elementary School, teachers want to instill the […]
  • Springtime Family Activities

    Bonnie Terry M. Ed., BCET
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Seasons are changing, snow is melting, and it's time for spring family activities. Spring always reminds me of new life. It is a time to […]
  • Learning About History While Creating Clean Communities

    Stephen McDonald
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    An environmental student exchange project enabled 500 middle and high school students to be learning about history while creating clean communities. At New Jersey's Historic […]
  • National Student Poets

    Jerry Selivonchic
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are five National Student Poets who are named by the White House.  One of them, 16 year old Weston Clark, recently visited Pelham High […]
  • Gifted Students Learn Real Life Skills

    Sandy Rivera
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Hands On Problem Solving Program makes it possible to have gifted students learn real life skills, along with team building and support for following […]
 
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    Education News » Daily

  • Fixing ourselves: Three suggestions for fellow white liberals who want to fix education

    External Resource
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    By Lynnell Mickelsen – A while back, MinnPost reprinted my post, “Forget about fixing black kids. What if we fixed white liberals instead?” The piece got more than 100 comments. There was the usual thread of “You Ed Reformers Are Scott Walker Incarnate Bent On Destroying Public Education As We Know It.” But the very first comment read, “So what do we do today to make things better? What fix should we pursue this morning?” Lynnell Mickelsen Great question. Here are three suggestions: a) Brush up on history. Specifically, go read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for…
  • How Colleges Protect Their Students (Unless They’re Male, Conservative, or Jewish)

    External Resource
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    This is a Safe Space. Spencer Klavan – “Safe spaces” are the hot new thing on college campuses. And since the last hot new thing on college campuses was a deplorably racist movement to boycott Israeli businesses, what could possibly go wrong? No but don’t worry guys, this hot new thing is like, totally all about love and inclusivity and intersectionality and sensitivity and stuff. A safe space is where no one has to feel bad, ever. According to the activism group Advocates for Youth, a “safe space” is “a place where any young person can relax and be fully self-expressed,…
  • Does the anti-Common Core movement have a race problem?

    External Resource
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Poll shows big differences in support by Emmanuel Felton While protests against the Common Core have sprung up in communities as diverse as New York City, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and Portland, Oregon, a new poll suggests that the protestors themselves may be less diverse: White parents tend to dislike the standards, while the majority of black and Hispanic parents approve of Common Core.   K. Butler, right of Benton, Miss., and Lynn Wagner of Hickory, second from right, speak to school children from Meridian as they are guided past their Opponents of Common Core table in the…
  • Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

    External Resource
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Pasi Sahlberg – David Cameron argues we need to train the smartest to teach. But Finnish universities select only 10% of applicants – and not the cleverest Additional Resource: http://www.habermanfoundation.org/ When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she failed to get into a teacher education programme at the University of Helsinki. She was smart and bright, yet she was not deemed qualified. This is not unusual. Finnish universities regularly turn away applicants such as my…
  • Free nursery places ‘make no academic difference’

    External Resource
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sending three year old children to nursery may not make any difference to their academic results later on, suggest researchers. £800m has been spent annually on free places for three-year-olds since 1998. Researchers say the main benefit has been to make childcare cheaper for families with young children. They conclude that while the policy may have encouraged more mothers to return to work, there was no long term effect on children’s academic development. The studies were carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Essex and Sussex universities. ‘Double…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Program Shows Parents How to Get Involved--and Why it Matters

    Joetta Sack-Min
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's a key component to student success. Yet many school leaders struggle to help their parents understand the importance of their involvement in their child’s schooling, particularly those in low-income and immigrant communities. Veteran education writer and advocate Alan Richard is convinced that most parents care deeply about their children’s educational experiences. But how much time and effort they can put towards helping their children and helping improve their schools varies widely. Richard recently wrote about one project in the Mississippi Delta, one of this country's most rural…
  • Initiative Trains School Staff to Support Grieving Students

    Joetta Sack-Min
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Dealing with a death is never easy, but for young children and teens, it can bring a range of emotional experiences that will undoubtedly impact learning. The vast majority of children will lose a close family member or friend by the time they are 16, and one in 20 will lose a parent. But while a 2012 survey by the New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) found that 92 percent of teachers believe grief is a serious problem that deserves more attention in schools, 93 percent of teachers had never received any form of bereavement training and only 3 percent of school…
  • It Is Rocket Science! And Your Students Can Be Part of It

    International Society for Technology in Education
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    By the Team at ISTE Connects, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, which launched March 12, provides an unprecedented opportunity to bring ISTE Standards-ready, hands-on science activities related to the mission to classrooms.  The MMS mission will study the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process called magnetic reconnection. Using four identical spacecraft, the mission will provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process that…
  • Let’s Take a Deep Breath During Assessment Season

    Cheryl S. Williams
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    This month, the first year of PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and Smarter Balanced assessment began. Both are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to measure student academic progress. This month, the media has also been full of stories of parents who are “opting out” of their child’s participation in the assessments. While none of us who have worked in the public education sphere for years believe that testing should be the focus of our work with students (and certainly it makes perfect sense to re-evaluate on a regular…
  • Get It Right Podcasts: Felicia Cumings Smith

    Get It Right
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    In this interview, Felicia Cumings Smith reflects on the importance of coalition building and professional development in Kentucky’s systemic Common Core implementation process. Smith is former associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, and is currently the director of Kentucky Rising at the National Center on Education and the Economy. Download as MP3
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in April

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

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Best College Admissions Videos on YouTube Tired of seeing the same-old brochures, emails, videos, postcards and other marketing materials from colleges? Well, there are some universities out there who think outside the box and generate creative, and eye-catching, materials to attract your attention. Here are a few of the most interesting and creative recruitment and admissions videos we’ve seen from colleges and universities on YouTube. American International College (MA): Who’s Gonna Push You? This college’s mascot gives students the “push” they need to succeed (and apply) to the…
  • 7 Ways to Save Money for College as a High School Sophomore

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    Saving Money for College It’s never too to early to start saving money for college. The average annual tuition, fees, room and board rates at four-year colleges and universities across the United States totals from about $19,000 to more than $42,000, according to the CollegeBoard.org. Your sophomore year (or anytime really!) is a great time to start saving cash for college. Here are seven ways you can get started saving money for college. Apply for scholarships. You don’t have to be a high school junior or senior to start looking for college scholarships. Some scholarships are available…
  • Overview of 5 Different College Rankings Systems

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Overview of College Ranking Systems College rankings abound. These rankings are often subjective, or only look at select data sets, so colleges may have different rankings depending on the service ranking it. Rankings may help you determine how good of a reputation a college has, but it shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision. You’ll also want to consider the cost, how it matches your interests (like if it has your major!), the location and more. As you get started putting your college list together, here’s a quick overview of a few different college rankings you may come across.
  • Colleges That Offer a Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    Graduating College in Four Years About 59 percent of students in four-year bachelor’s degree programs graduate college in six years. Despite that statistic, it is possible to get a bachelor’s degree in four years today, but it takes good planning, hard work and dedication. Some colleges even offer special four-year guarantees where if certain conditions are met, and the classes you need to take are not available, the college will cover any additional costs past four years. The student requirements of the guarantees vary by college, but may require you to stick to one college major,…
 
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    learnstreaming.com

  • Being Fast or Being Good?

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

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

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

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

    danoettel
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Since my wife is a teacher and she on spring break, I thought it would be a good time to inspect the car she drives. It’s an older model Honda CRV, we like it, and good car maintenance is important. I have my step dad mechanic to drive it and he gives me some good advice. Next day I go to the side of the road tire guy I have gone to for years. This time, he advises me that I need two rear tires. Then strangely he convinces me to buy two used tires costing $30.00 because it was a deal and he is a good guy. Cool. Next order of business. Stepdad has recommended new shocks and struts. When…
  • Going to the doctor

    danoettel
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    So I escorted my wonderful wife to an arthritis specialist Monday morning. The wait for the appointment was four months. We arrived promptly to find a waiting room absolutely packed with people wearing coats. Our appointment was for 10 AM. She was called at 11:30 to pay in advance, then a few minutes later was called to the examination area. Making clients who all have appointments wait for extended periods of time in a inadequately heated waiting area is extraordinarily offensive. Not only do I find the scenario extremely vulgar, it shows absolute disdain for the clients who pay the…
  • The Case for Changing the Educational Hierarchy. 8d Teachers

    danoettel
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Plumbers Electricians Carpenters Lawyers Optometrists Dentists Accountants Chefs Doctors Veterinarians Nurses Architects All acquire professional credentials that make them the presumed unequivocal expert in their fields and those to whom others look to for guidance, protocols. and standards of excellence. Only in teaching is this straightforward approach to professionalism ignored so arbitrarily. Of the four decision making bodies, teachers are by far the most qualified to evaluate other teachers. They are also the most qualified regarding subject time line appropriateness, age…
  • Shopping, Cards, and Shiny Things

    danoettel
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:26 pm
    How is it possible the general population is so easily manipulated, so easily deceived. Things that are both shiny and non functional are worth more than other things. Furthermore, if you don’t buy into this idea, you will be chastised and thought to be cheap, classless, and having poor taste. A guy proposes marriage and there are ring expectations because of what the symbol represents and commitment. What a bunch of nonsense. A young couple starting out and has little in the way of income should not be led to believe a shiny thing that costs way way more than they can afford and serves…
  • The Case for changing the educational hierarchy. 8c School Administration

    danoettel
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    When there is a right to work law, somehow that translates to weak teacher unions or advocacy groups. In many ways, school districts in such states have determined local municipalities deserve a significant role in school policy and are capable of acceptable standards of conduct, hiring, educational decision making and honorable behavior. Self governance with inadequate deference to expertise. Many, if not the large majority of school districts have in place policy whereby teachers who attain a masters degree in education receive annual bonus of $500-$1,000. In the meantime, teachers who…
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    Extension on the Go

  • Teaching English to Young Children

    johnsond@missouri.edu (Debbie Johnson)
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    “With languages, you are at home anywhere.” ~ Edmund De Waal , author and artist (Photo by Patrycja Cieszkowska) The Nigerian proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” also holds true when helping young children learn English as a second language. Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst discusses the importance of family members, teachers and peers in improving bilingual skills in young children.     Subscribe to Mizzou Spotlight on Science through iTunes
  • Age and Driving

    johnsond@missouri.edu (Debbie Johnson)
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” ~ Dan Rather (Photo by Kimberly Appelcline) Losing the ability to drive can have a profound emotional and psychological effect on seniors. But, does that hold true for elderly households where one partner can no longer drive while the other partner still can? On Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst takes a closer look at elderly driving.       Subscribe to Mizzou Spotlight on Science through iTunes
  • Special Enrollment Created for Taxpayers Surprised by Affordable Care Act Penalty

    johnsond@missouri.edu (Debbie Johnson)
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~ Irish Proverb (Photo by Vangelis Thomaidis) The 2014 tax year was the first year that people with no health insurance had to pay a penalty. Because there were so many caught off-guard, a special enrollment period was opened to help people get health coverage for 2015. The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, last year was $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $295 for a family) or 1.0% of family income, whichever is greater. The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, this…
  • Poison Proof Your Home

    johnsond@missouri.edu (Debbie Johnson)
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb) If you do a quick inventory of the chemicals in your home, I bet the list is long. Toilet bowl cleaners, medicine, cosmetics, tile cleaners, bathroom deodorizers, mouthwash, mothballs, nail polish remover, bleach and ammonia are found in the kitchen and bathroom of most homes. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home and most are preventable if you can keep poison away from tiny fingers.     Today’s guest is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist for University of…
  • Healthcare Reform and Your Taxes

    johnsond@missouri.edu (Debbie Johnson)
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
      Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. ~ Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to writer William C. Hazlitt Now that healthcare reform is the law of the land, you might wonder how it will affect your taxes.Whether your income is high, low or in-between, when you file your income taxes this year you will asked about your health insurance in 2014.   Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension.     Missouri Taxpayer Education  
 
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    FreshPlans

  • Tag Galaxy Weather Studies

    Rebecca Haden
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    At this time of year, weather is the perfect multidisciplinary study. Weather is on everyone’s minds, whether you’re facing winter storms or signs of spring. There are perfect literature options like mythology about weather gods or parables and poems about the wind, plenty of science topics connect with weather and each one brings in math, and weather phenomena have inspired music, too. Here’s a lesson that makes a great introduction to any unit on weather. Visit Tag Galaxy to begin. You’ll have a place to type in your first word: weather. Soon you’ll see a…
  • FreshPlans Visits the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

    hadensites
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:42 am
    The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is a bit of a surprise. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Hays, Kansas, the museum is unprepossessing from the outside. It grew out of the local fossils collections originally housed at the Kansas State Normal School, founded in 1902, which later became Ft. Hayes State University. George F. Sternberg was in charge of gathering all the exhibits together into a museum that could share this wealth of specimens and knowledge. Sternberg found his first major fossil, a complete plesiosaur, in 1892. He was 9 years old at the time. Here are the…
  • Gazpacho for Nacho Classroom Activities

    FreshPlans
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
      Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle with illustrations by Carolina Farias is a charming book filled with teachable moments. The name of this tiny muchacho was Nacho and all he would eat was a soup called gazpacho. This pretty well sums up the story: Nacho won’t eat anything else. At last his mother teaches him to make gazpacho (and the recipe is included in the book) and in the last line, he says, “I’m trying new recipes.” This could be a book for picky eaters, but the story really isn’t the point. The illustrations include wonderful giant vegetables and a…
  • Christmas in Spain Lesson Plans

    RebeccaHaden
    16 Dec 2013 | 8:48 am
      Christmas in Spain begins on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and continues through Epiphany, of Three Kings Day, in January.  A few days before Christmas the national lottery drawing takes place, and 75% of Spaniards participate in it — including schoolchildren, who sing the winning numbers as they’re drawn. On Christmas Eve, families prepare a great feast and sing Christmas carols before going to Midnight Mass or “La Misa Del Gallo.” The mass is followed by a parade through the streets with guitars and tambourines and singing. “Esta…
  • Holiday Tech Lessons

    RebeccaHaden
    11 Dec 2013 | 12:00 am
      Bring some holiday spirit to your classroom with these fun tech lessons! Google’s Santa Tracker Google’s Santa Tracker has a game for every day till Christmas. Students can choose the clothing colors for Santa’s elves, share a texting conversation between Santa and his reindeer, prepare and send a phone message from Santa to a friend, play games of skill, and explore Santa’s village. On Christmas Eve, Santa will unveil the dashboard of Santa’s sleigh. This is a super fun center for your classroom computer, and it gives practice with basic keyboard and…
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  • Support for K-12 Service-Learning Programs

    LZX Team
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Support for K-12 Service-Learning Programs Youth Service America: Good Neighbor Innovation School Grants The Good Neighbor Innovation School Grants program, a partnership of Youth Service America (YSA) and State Farm, supports K-12 administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service in their schools. The program will select 20 K-12 public schools to be recognized as Good Neighbor Innovation Schools. Each selected school will receive a $5,000 grant to support their efforts to authentically engage students during the…
  • Support for Pet Housing at Domestic Violence Shelters

    LZX Team
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Support for Pet Housing at Domestic Violence Shelters RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants enable organizations throughout the country that shelter domestic violence victims to create space to house the victims’ pets on-site where little to no pet housing was previously available. These grants of up to $6,000 are intended to bridge a critical gap in funding to help the pet housing project get started. RedRover is working toward the goal of having one pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in…
  • National Nutrition Month…A Great Time to Eat More Fruits and Veggies!

    LZX Team
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    National Nutrition Month is a great time to begin making healthier eating choices. A simple tip that anyone can do is to eat more fruits and veggies! Why eat fruits and veggies? They taste great, are colorful, do great things for your body and are low in fat and calories. The nutrients found in fruits and veggies may even reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes! Our “Why Eat Fruits and Veggies? Handouts” will help you explore the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. These colorful, information-filled tear-off tablet sheets explain the importance of eating fruits and…
  • USDA Releases Request for Farm to School Grant Applications

    LZX Team
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Happy to share the news on upcoming grant for Farm to School programs… Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a request for applications for the USDA’s Fiscal Year 2016 round of Farm to School grants. Designed to increase the availability of local foods in eligible schools, these grants help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts, facilitating stronger connections between local and regional producers and school cafeterias. “When schools buy food from nearby producers, their purchasing power helps create local jobs and…
  • Brownsville TX ISD Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

    LZX Team
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    We’re having a ball sharing your stories about National School Breakfast Week. Today’s featured celebration is Brownsville Texas ISD at Veterans High School. Take a look! I had a table during open house and passed out samples of the breakfast we serve to our students to the parents. Answered any questions parents had of our breakfast and gave them the print outs of the menus we serve. I also did a presentation on the importance of a healthy balanced breakfast to parents during a parental meeting. And started the day celebrating Dr. Seuss B Day by preparing a balanced green eggs…
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    EssaySnark

  • If you’re a vet headed to bschool in the Fall…

    essaysnark
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Different sub-populations of bschool-goers are offered different levels of support and programs, and none is offered more than transitioning vets. One such program is from Google. They offer a two-day pre-MBA recruiting program called the Google Student Veterans Summit that is a nice introduction to the business world for transitioning military. Applications are open now and if you’re selected, they fly you out to California for a two-day conference. Basically it’s a big recruiting drive – they want to get the good ones before they even START the MBA! It’s open to any…
  • ($) Grade non-disclosure policies at bschool

    essaysnark
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    There’s this thing that happens at a bunch of the best business schools that would be unheard of at the undergrad level – and which sounds so appealing that some BSers feel like they may have died and gone to heaven when they hear about it. It’s called “grade non-disclosure” and it’s a student-initiated policy… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • Kicking the tires on admissions consultants? Read this.

    essaysnark
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Toldja we have more to say (see post 1 on this topic from yesterday – What (not) to look for in an admissions consultant). We appreciate how murky and opaque MBA admissions is. It’s really hard to judge different consultants when you’re going through their standard pre-sales process when they’re doing those free profile evaluations… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • ($) What (not) to look for in an admissions consultant

    essaysnark
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    In no particular order, some words of warning for those of you starting to consider engaging the services of an MBA admissions consultant this season. Be careful of: A consultant who tells you to make stuff up for your resume. We hear of this all too often and it gives us the heebie jeebies. Talk… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • A not-uncommon progression to bschool (conclusion)

    essaysnark
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    Yesterday we started telling this tale of the BSer with an extended application process – in this case, a many-years extended. To recap: We first did a Comprehensive Profile Review for them back in Fall 2012. Then they disappeared on us for a full admissions season, until we were surprised to get a request for a Post-Mortem. Otherwise known as a Reject Analysis. The rejected app we were asked to analyze was from that initial app season, back in 2012. This BSer was ready to give it a go again in 2014. On this particular app – to a very difficult school – they’d done a…
 
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    MindShare Learning

  • Alberta Education Minister Dirks, Chair of CMEC and Host of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession Shares His Insights With Mindshare

    mindsharelearning
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Gordon Dirks was appointed Minister of Education on Sept 15, 2014. His vision for public education in Alberta will ensure that every student has equal access to the highest quality education. Minister Dirks brings a wealth of real world leadership to the role, having served as Chair of the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), and as an educator.The Minister has had a lifelong commitment to public service as a former public school teacher, principal, university instructor, post-secondary college president and a father. He is a strong advocate for parental choice in schooling.
  • Exclusive Podcast with Nancy Knowlton, CEO of Nureva Inc. and Formerly the Co-Founder of SMART Technologies

    mindsharelearning
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Nancy Knowlton, Co-founder, President and CEO of Nureva Inc. A notable name in the EdTech space, Nancy and her husband, David Martin, created and built the globally successful SMART Technologies Inc. from a Calgary base over a 25-year period. As an experienced entrepreneur, Nancy has an established track record that demonstrates her interest in and perspective on what it takes to create innovative products for world markets. She continues to make a difference through Nureva, an early-stage technology company.
  • 5 Reasons to Participate in CONNECT

    mindsharelearning
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
  • Exclusive Podcast with Ron Reed, SXSWedu Executive Producer

    mindsharelearning
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Ron Reed, SXSWedu Executive Producer, discuss the 5th anniversary of this international conference and festival in Austin, Texas.  
  • CONNECT to Innovate

    mindsharelearning
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    by Dr. Camille Rutherford Innovation refers to the introduction of new ideas that result in new ways of accomplishing a task. The challenge for many organization is how do they foster an influx of new ideas that will serve as the foundation for future innovations. CONNECT 2015: Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference can provide you with a unique opportunity to foster organizational innovation. Five Ways to Foster Innovation Recognize and reward internal creativity and innovation For creativity and innovation to flourish it must be recognized and rewarded. Use the CONNECT Conference…
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  • Bookmarks for 03/27/2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • Launched Social Media Marketing Online Course at ApnaCourse.com

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

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    ‘CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. In September, these organizations hosted the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves.’ The registration fee is $10 for CUE Members $50 for new or renewing members (includes one year of CUE Membership) For details. Click here.
  • Will Casual Learning Replace Gamification?

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

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

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
 
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • Time Management for Thesis Writing

    Dr Robert Muller
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Photo by Sonja Langford, sourced from Unsplash by Silvia Tavares, The Comfort Pursuit: http://silviatavares.com/2014/09/05/time-management-during-the-thesis-writing/On 3 July this year, while I was printing my thesis I got a few notifications from my LinkedIn network.As it turns out, the day I submitted my thesis was exactly the day I completed three years working at Lincoln University, therefore three years of my scholarship.I won’t lie, it was not planned, and if it was it probably wouldn’t have worked so well. Managing time and keeping motivated during the PhD is not easy in itself.
  • South Korean Education Ranks High, But It's the Kids Who Pay

    Dr Robert Muller
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    educationnews.orgby David Santandreu Calonge, Sungkyunkwan University, The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/south-korean-education-ranks-high-but-its-the-kids-who-pay-34430In Korea, perhaps more so than anywhere else, educational success equals socioeconomic status.South Koreans view education as the main driver of social mobility, for themselves and their family. Graduating from a top university is the ultimate marker of high status and the pressure is on from an early age.Competition and studying hard to be the best is deeply ingrained in the psyche of Korean students; the entire…
  • BOOK REVIEW: Umberto Eco's "How to Write a Thesis": Reviewed in Times Higher Education

    Dr Robert Muller
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    by Stuart Elden, Progressive Geographies: http://progressivegeographies.com/2015/03/23/umberto-eco-how-to-write-a-thesis-reviewed-in-times-higher-education/As previously mentioned, Umberto Eco’s 1977 book How to Write a Thesis now out in translation from MIT Press - is reviewed in The Times Higher Education by Robert Eaglestone – thanks to Dean Bond for the link. Here’s the concluding part. How to Write a Thesis is really: how to be an academic. This is part of the answer to those who think that focusing on research makes us bad teachers: at their very deepest roots,…
  • Top-Ranked Universities Have More Money Than Australian Unis Could Dream Of

    Dr Robert Muller
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    ANU Medical School Building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Janice Dudley, Murdoch University, The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/top-ranked-universities-have-more-money-than-australian-unis-could-dream-of-39189Education Minister Christopher Pyne claimed his plan to deregulate university fees was essential to ensure Australia’s universities continue to climb the international rankings and don’t “slide into mediocrity”.At present - depending on which ranking you refer to - Australia has between four and eight universities in the top 100 universities in the world, with the…
  • The Examiner-Perspective Lens for Doctoral Editing

    Dr Robert Muller
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    refreshmiami.comby Susan Carter, Doctoral Writing: https://doctoralwriting.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/the-examiner-perspective-lens-for-doctoral-editing/Doctoral students are often anxiously interested in what research shows about examiners.It is a useful practice for doctoral writers to measure their work against the questions examiners are known to ask before submission. It’s a writing task, revision not for grammar or punctuation or structure or referencing, but with the examination criteria in mind. And with those first readers in mind: the examiners.For those doctoral candidates whose…
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    Edudemic

  • How to Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentation

    Pamela DeLoatch
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Outside of the classroom, Twitter is huge, with 284 million users logging in each month from around the globe. Each one of those users follows and tweets 140-character messages on a regular basis. But can—and should—this real-time social media be used during a classroom presentation? More teachers are beginning to incorporate Twitter into their lesson […] The post How to Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentation appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read

    Dustin Le
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    According to a study led by Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center, about 23% of 1005 participants (randomly called via landline and cell phone) had not read a book in the past year, including ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks. With the massive influx of information that students receive on a daily basis thanks to […] The post 8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education

    Siobhan Tumelty
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re a StumbleUpon aficionado or have yet to get to grips with this awesome content discovery site, keep reading, because it has the potential to be of real benefit in your classroom. Whilst StumbleUpon isn’t the content discovery powerhouse it was back in January 2011, it’s far from had its day. It’s a powerful, […] The post 5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education appeared first on Edudemic.
  • How To Use Google Voice Commands In Google Drive

    Aiden Wolfe
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article we originally ran on March 22nd, 2014, updated to reflect the latest Google innovations. Since its inception, Google Drive has been a source of excitement for innovation-minded educators. However, as with any new teaching technology, you may find yourself thinking “it sounds intriguing, but will […] The post How To Use Google Voice Commands In Google Drive appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Roll Them In: Why TV is Still Essential Classroom Technology

    Pamela DeLoatch
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is a significantly rewritten post we first ran several years ago, updated to reflect changes in technology and pedagogy. The best teachers understand that even a perfect lesson plan won’t help students learn if they aren’t engaged. Keeping students actively involved in classroom activities that stimulate thinking, encourage interaction and support collaboration […] The post Roll Them In: Why TV is Still Essential Classroom Technology appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • Princeton Dinky Train Ridership: A Double-Digit Decline

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. After the historic Dinky train station on University Place closed down in August of 2013 and a temporary station was opened on Alexander Street, it was difficult to get a clear picture of how regular train ridership would be affected. In addition to the train at the temporary station, a shuttle bus ran between downtown […] The post Princeton Dinky Train Ridership: A Double-Digit Decline appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Man Attacked with a Knife in Downtown Princeton Friday Night

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Friday night, March 27, at about 7:50 p.m., a man was assaulted with a knife on Berrien Court in downtown Princeton. The victim, who is in his early 40s, suffered facial lacerations after being assaulted. He was transported to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro for treatment. No arrests have been made and […] The post Man Attacked with a Knife in Downtown Princeton Friday Night appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Somerset County Prosecutor Rules Sheridan Death a Suicide

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office announced today that Montgomery resident and former Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan’s death has been ruled a suicide and the investigation has been closed. Law enforcement officials said the assistant medical examiner for the county has determined that Sheridan’s death was caused by sharp force injuries and smoke inhalation. […] The post Somerset County Prosecutor Rules Sheridan Death a Suicide appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Former Princeton Triangle Club Accountant, McCarter Theatre Manager, Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $240,000

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The former accountant for the Triangle Club, the historic touring musical-comedy troupe at Princeton University, pleaded guilty today to embezzling $240,000 from the club, Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today. Thomas John Muza, 56, of Hightstown, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree theft by unlawful taking before Mercer County Superior […] The post Former Princeton Triangle Club Accountant, McCarter Theatre Manager, Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $240,000 appeared first on Planet…
  • No New Teachers Contract After Thursday Meeting Between Teachers Union and Princeton School Board

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The Princeton School Board and the teachers union met Thursday night, March 26, but did not come to an agreement on a new contract. School board representatives and union negotiators are scheduled to meet with a mediator for the fifth time on April 9. The two sides are not commenting publicly about negotiations, based on […] The post No New Teachers Contract After Thursday Meeting Between Teachers Union and Princeton School Board appeared first on Planet Princeton.
 
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    Technology with Intention

  • SxSWedu 2015 Buzzword Bingo

    Jac de Haan
    7 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    It’s 2015. It’s Austin. It’s time to get out your BS meter and kick the tires on the latest in education. Plan your time well with this year’s Buzzword Bingo!  
  • Buzzword BINGO – SxSWedu 2014

    Jac de Haan
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Hi to all my Austin friends…sorry to be missing this year’s event. It’s March, and that means time for the fastest growing (and arguably hippest) education conference in the United States – SxSWedu in Austin. More people, more presentations, more great  opportunities for learning. If you are just jumping into the world of edtech, use this BINGO card to ensure an introduction to the latest trends. If you are well-versed on the intersection of education and technology, keep an eye out for these buzzwords and challenge startups and presenters to go deeper than a…
  • ISTE buzzword bingo 2013

    Jac de Haan
    20 Jun 2013 | 10:46 pm
    It’s time for ISTE again, one of the world’s largest edtech conferences – this year in San Antonio, TX. With 4 days worth of events and tens of thousands of participants, it can be difficult to figure out what sessions to attend. If this is your indoctrination into the world of edtech, try playing ISTE BINGO to exposure yourself to a range of current pedagogical philosophies. If you are an ISTE veteran, shoot to cover the entire card over the course of the conference. For the ultimate win, try and find a vendor with a tagline that scores a BINGO! There will be at least one…
  • A tough transition…

    Jac de Haan
    22 Feb 2013 | 6:38 am
    I spend a good deal of time planning for transitions, as both a parent and educator. So when I recently received an unexpected opportunity to work on a long-term educational project with global impact, I started the arduous task of planning a graceful mid-year exit from the classroom. I cleaned up all my curriculum maps. I documented my daily routines. I re-organized all of my server files. I shared permissions for all of my Google Apps for Edu data. I made screencasts of all iPad management processes. I worked with administrators to hire and train a middle school technology integration…
  • How do we measure mobile learning’s impact on higher-order thinking?

    Jac de Haan
    14 Dec 2012 | 2:23 pm
    I’m lucky enough to spend Tuesdays to Thursdays working with an amazing group of students and faculty at The Westside School in Seattle. For 15 months now we’ve been growing a new middle school, and a 1:1 initiative is part of that model. We are in a constant cycle of evaluation as we seek to understand the impacts of mobile learning, standards-based assessment, and mixed-age groupings on student academic achievement and character development. Below are some edtech-focused numbers based on the first 3 months of this school year: Sorry, the interactive graphic didn’t load.
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    HackCollege

  • You Should Be Using: Denied for Mac to Skip All the Songs You Don’t Want

    Tori Reid
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Music services like Spotify are really awesome, and are built to be somewhat intuitive, but they can’t read your every mood. Spotify has no idea if it’s okay to repeat songs you’ve heard in the past few hours, or if you like Nickeback based on a station you chose to play. However, Denied does know all those things, and more. For a mere $3.99 you can save yourself from hitting the skip button left and right, and just let the music play–like the perfect album. Denied works with Spotify versions 1.0.1 and below (until Spotify approves AppleScripts for later versions), iTunes, and…
  • Quick Tips: Advanced Google Search Features

    Lauren E. Mach
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Google search: every college student uses it, but not everyone uses it equally. At one end of the spectrum is the kid who hunt-and-peck types h-t-t-p-:-/-/-w-w-w-.-g-o-o-g-l-e-.-c-o-m into Internet Explorer before typing a fourteen-word question into the search bar. On the opposite end is the ninja who can find secret ancient documents just by looking at his smartphone funny. Google search is constantly developing new features and Easter eggs. Try out a few of the ones below to narrow your results like a true search ninja. The Basics If you’re looking for a document (especially a journal…
  • The Only Reason to Go to Law School

    Emina Dedic
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    There are a million things you could do with a law degree, but the only good reason to go to law school is to become a lawyer. Yes, it’s contradictory to everything you have probably heard or been told by an academic advisor, but an advisor works for a college. I work for you. And yes, it’s true that if you get a law degree you can become a paralegal, a private investigator, a police officer, and a host of other things. It’s also true that you can get every single one of the jobs I listed in my previous sentence without a law degree and the $100,000+ in student loan debt you’d be…
  • You Should Be Using: Complete for Better Communication and Accountability on Group Projects

    Tori Reid
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Group projects suck, there’s no questioning that. But there’s nothing we can do to escape them. Complete for iOS does, however, make it easier to communicate and hold one another accountable in a fun way. It’s a simple Task Manager with a twist. You share your tasks with friends, get points for completing them, advice from friends on a tough task, and more. The entire foundation of the app is pushing one another to complete tasks in a fun and healthy way–so it definitely works for groups for school projects. Here are some of the features you get with the app: Create private or…
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to CLEP and DSST Exams

    Lauren E. Mach
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Recently, Emina wrote about testing out of classes in order to finish your degree early (or even just on time). But what does that look like in practice? Step One: Determine Which Exams Your School Accepts Complete lists of exams can be viewed on the College Board (CLEP) and ACT (DSST/DANTES) websites. In order to determine which tests will help you reach your goal, you’ll also need to look at which tests your school accepts, how much and what kind of credit they’ll give you (some schools distinguish between upper- and lower-level credit, especially with DSST exams, and some exams are…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • 50 years of "Returns to Education" studies

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

    Claudia Costin
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    At the recent Africa Higher Education Summit, I saw encouraging signs that African countries are investing in higher education. But while enrollment is increasing in tertiary education, there is still the need to improve the quality and relevance of programs. Today, Africa needs to urgently build the scientific and technological capacity to add value to its agricultural produce, minerals, oil and gas—as well as to meet urgent development needs.  There is in fact growing demand from African countries for holistic support to education at all levels, starting from early childhood…
  • Aucune fille ne doit être laissée pour compte – L’éducation en Afrique

    Claudia Costin
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Pour la Journée internationale de la femme, souvenons-nous des difficultés auxquelles sont confrontées les filles en matière d’éducation
  • No girl left behind - Education in Africa

    Claudia Costin
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    On International Women’s Day, let’s remember the challenges girls face in education. What would your life be like with only five years of schooling? For many girls around the world, this is the most education they can expect and they are the lucky ones. Across Africa, 28 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 15 are not in school and many will never even set foot in a classroom.
  • Harriet Nannyonjo on why school leadership should be supported

    Anne Elicaño
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    How did a new training college in Jamaica win a Caribbean-wide award that recognizes the best innovations for solving complex problems?  Jamaica’s National College for Education Leadership (NCEL) was just established in 2011 but it has already bagged a Bright Spot Award in innovations by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. 
 
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    Classroom Aid

  • An Ontology for Open Rubric on the Web

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

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

    classroomaid
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Exploring Gamification Techniques for Classroom Management. Paper Presented at Games+Learning+Society 9.0, Madison, WI. Available online here. (Author: Scott Nicholson, Syracuse University School of Information Studies) Abstract A variety of gamification techniques from the literature are used in two college courses. Some techniques, such as an experience point-based system and leaderboards, proved confusing or frustrating, while other techniques,... Read More ›
  • The Network Science Textbook

    classroomaid
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Network Science by Albert-László Barabási Network Science, a textbook for network science, is freely available under the Creative Commons licence. Follow its development on Facebook, Twitter or by signining up to our mailing list, so that we can notify you of new chapters and developments. The book is the result of a collaboration between a number... Read More ›
  • Linked Data for Open and Distance Learning – Part 4

    classroomaid
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Continued from Linked Data for Open and Distance Learning – Part 3 Adopting Linked Data: Technologies and Tools The goal here is not to give a complete guide to these technologies (books such as Heath and Bizer, 2011 can be used for this), but to give an overview of the types of tools and formats that one... Read More ›
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    TechKoW

  • Choose the best: Xiaomi Mi5

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

    simon
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 pm
    We all are deeply concerned about the safety of our home and family. Most of us are ready to go to any measure to ensure the safety of our loved ones. Even if you live alone, acting as a vigilant man can only protect you. In this article we will discuss about driveway alarms. Surely…
  • The Path to a Large Startup

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    When people want to learn about creating their own startup, they need to have a model to base their business on. The models that people use are merely a template that can be used to determine a basis for success. There are many times when people are not sure where to start, but there are…
  • Using the wonderful features of the TDMore DVD Converter

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Either to keep a backup copy of your most loved DVDs, or to transform your cumbersome movie files into much smaller but very high-quality video files that your portable devices can handle, TDMore DVD Converter offers you an alluring and productive solution to your video tearing and conversion needs. Composed by device and codec, and…
  • How to recover Deleted Data from iPhone

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    No matter how conscious you are while using the data on your iPhone, there are times when you accidentally delete them. There have also been times when you have forgotten the passcode of your locked iPhone and you thought to yourself that this is the end and you would never get back the data. Whether…
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  • Four Surprising Facts About Millennials

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    This could be a big year for the Millennial generation. As a group, those born between 1981 and 1997 could finally overcome the number of Baby Boomers and become the most dominant force in the economy and society. Sometimes they get a bad rap for being too into their digital worlds, or staying at home too long with their parents. But they might be smarter than you think with some of the actions they are taking. Here are four surprising facts you might not know about the up-and-coming Millennial generation: • They’re Learning to Save Money: You thought they were crazy for living at home,…
  • Does It Seem Like All Financial Aid Awards Are the Same?

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    March is the time of year when high school seniors and their parents start receiving financial aid award letters from the various colleges to which the student has applied. In these letters each college will list out a variety of financial aid awards that can help reduce the family’s out-of-pocket costs for college. Once you start lining the letters up and trying to compare them against each other, though, it can get a bit confusing. All financial awards are not created equally, so it is important to understand their differences. Here are some of the variations you can expect to see in…
  • Is There Anything Else if Federal Financial Aid Doesn’t Cover It All?

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Attending college can make a huge difference for your child. It can lead to a higher paying job and better quality of life. There is a lot riding on the Student Air Reports which high school seniors and their parents should be receiving now. If you completed the FAFSA in January, this report will summarize that information and provide your Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. Based on this, your child’s potential colleges will put together their financial aid award letters for you, which will finally reveal the amount of scholarships, grants, and loans you can expect, and give you an…
  • Millennials Face Money and Mental Challenges in Job Search

    admin
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    According to Pew Research Center tabulations of Census Bureau population figures, the generation known as the “Millennials” is facing a milestone year in 2015. During this year, the population of people roughly born between 1981 and 1997 will officially overtake the “Baby Boomers” as the nation’s largest living generation. Bookended by students entering college and adults facing family and job pressures, the Millennials are taking on life’s challenges with their own unique spin. With the U.S. economy beginning to pull out of its tailspin, here are a few of the money and mental…
  • Should Your Small Business Be Marketing on Tumblr?

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    This blog has provided insights on many ways that small businesses can market themselves - from old school email marketing to newer concepts such as content marketing and Twitter - but one opportunity that has not been covered is Tumblr. Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website that is now owned by Yahoo! Users can post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog, as well as follow blogs from other users. Since there are currently over 220 million blogs which are hosted on Tumblr, this might be one platform that small business owners should consider incorporating…
 
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Getting smart about award letters

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

    Dana Fulton
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Taking the SAT or ACT is one big step towards college, since most colleges and universities use these test scores as part of their admissions process. Check with your school counselor or your top choice schools to determine which test you should take, and then get some practice tests and start studying! Study groups You may find that putting together a study group of one to three friends may be beneficial. Having a set schedule for studying and a little peer pressure can help ensure that you do put in the time needed. And studying with friends can make the study time much more enjoyable. Prep…
  • Getting down to brass tacks: How to read award letters

    Dana Fulton
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Your senior students may be starting to receive award letters from their chosen schools. It is an exciting time, and it’s important to understand how to read and interpret these awards. Each school may present the award letter information a little differently, so finding a way to break out the costs and financial aid awards clearly is a crucial step in comparing one award letter to another. Finaid.org has a thorough chart which can show the details of each award letter, and the chart on page 7 of Your financial aid journey in 5 steps helps compare up to three different award packages. Once…
  • Understanding your award letter

    Dana Fulton
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Soon you’ll be receiving award letters from your potential colleges. Make sure you review them carefully and understand the financial aid that’s being offered and what your final costs will be. It may be helpful to use an online comparison tool or a spreadsheet that you make yourself to fully compare what is being offered, and what you (or your family) is expected to cover. There may be many types of aid listed, and most students now pay for college from a variety of sources. Some aid may not need to be repaid, like grants and scholarships, though a student may need to pay back all or…
  • Teaming up to help your student tackle ACT/SAT tests

    Caroline Hanson
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    If your high school student is taking the ACT or SAT in the coming months, you can support them by helping them lay the groundwork. Students who get overly stressed may need a little more guidance to help them do their best. Following are some tips that may help: Plan ahead. Visit the website for the SAT or the ACT with your student to determine which date is best to take the test. Have your student sign up, then plan ahead for that test date. They will need to set aside some time to study and do practice tests, so look together at their calendar for study times and plan those in. Remind your…
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    DRPF Consults

  • Education Today: Understanding Mindfulness

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more Education today has taken many twists and turns from education yesterday. From homeschooling revolutions to accelerated learning facilities, education is on the rise and many are researching new and more innovative methods to accomplish it. The question has been asked, What is Mindfulness? Here we will try to identify mindfulness and what it means in education. What is Mindfulness? All students possess three attention skills that work independently, and together. These skills must be practiced just as students practice…
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    NerdScholar

  • How to Negotiate Your Salary Like a Champ

    Brianna McGurran
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    You’ve heard that you’re supposed to negotiate your salary before accepting a job, but finding the right words to say isn’t easy. How do you get what you want without turning off your potential employer? If it’s your very first job offer, it can be especially hard to build the confidence you need to become a salary-negotiating ninja. So we talked to the experts and came up with a few strategies and scripts to help you nail that conversation — and land a salary and benefits you’re excited about. Negotiation approach: Do your research The best way to end up with the salary you want…
  • What to Expect When Starting Your First Job

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    If your first full-time job is locked down by the time you cross the stage on college graduation day, you’re probably feeling a mix of excitement and relief. But looking back on the past four years doesn’t usually come without a hint of anxiety for the future: Entering the working world means you’ll no longer be a big fish in a small campus pond. Don’t worry; we’ve been there. Landing your first full-time job is a huge milestone. Take it from these recent grads, who share in the video below what it was like starting their first job after college. About these recent grads: Jibran…
  • Senate Bill Would Waive Student Loans In Bankruptcy

    Doug Gross
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Private student loans would no longer be exempt from protections when borrowers file for bankruptcy under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. The effort, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and signed by 12 other senators, comes as the White House and lawmakers are working on multiple fronts to attack what is being called a student-debt crisis. Roughly 40 million Americans currently carry student-loan debt, starting out with an average bill of $29,000, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Since 2005, people filing for bankruptcy protection haven’t been able to get…
  • NerdWallet’s Guide to Life and Money in Your 20s

    Alexandra Rice
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Dear Recent Grad, We made you this guide to getting your first job, managing your money and other fun things about your 20s. We hope you enjoy! — Your friends at NerdWallet CLICK TO VIEW GUIDE                          
  • How to Live — and Thrive — on an Entry-Level Salary

    Alexandra Rice
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Earning your first paycheck after college is all kinds of fun — until you see all of the bills that come with it. You want to put away money for that trip to see your best friend or that new car you’ve been eyeing, but you’re just not sure how to scrape together any savings on your salary. Meeting your savings goals in your 20s is no easy task when you have only an entry-level salary to cover all of your expenses — not to mention if you’re among the 7 in 10 grads who have student loans to pay back. But by taking a few hours to examine and understand where your money goes, you can…
 
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    Curriki's Blog

  • Girls and Women in STEM in Asia: UNESCO Report

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

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

    Curriki
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki  We’re already a quarter into the new calendar year, so we’d like to kick it off with a collection of our most popular learning resources this school year. As always, these high quality resources are free to use, share and customize, so you definitely should take a look at! Counting down from number 10… 10) Tuck Everlasting Novel Study This resource provides an excellent 25 day unit on the novel Tuck Everlasting. With an emphasis on questioning, particularly question-answer relationships, the novel study materials guide…
  • Open Source Textbook Study: Students Save Substantial Sums

    Curriki
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki A study from Student PIRGS (Student Public Interest Research Groups) across the nation has found that college and university students could save over $1000 per year if all textbooks were provided open source materials. The report is based on pilot programs at 5 different university campuses, and is available here. It notes that “According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 40% of tuition at a two-year community college…
  • The Lost Art of Reading for Pleasure

    Curriki
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    Guest blog for National Reading Day (March 2nd) Brenda St John Brown, Author For me, very few things are better than getting lost in a good book – although a day on the beach and really good guacamole are definitely high on my list. A day at the beach with snacks AND a really good book? Heaven. So, when I had a child, fostering a love of reading was super important to me. My husband and I worked hard to make sure our son (aka The Boy) had not only support to learn to read, but also access to different types of reading material. Because, honestly, you never know what’s going to click and…
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    Classroom as Microcosm

  • My Other Blog is a Novel: Introducing “Nellie and the Coven of Barbo”

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kylene Beers’s Belief in Teachers, Not Tests at Teacher’s College 88th Saturday Reunion

    teachcmb56
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    During the 88th Saturday Reunion Weekend at Teacher’s College in NYC (3/28/15), author and educator Kylene Beers delivered three professional development sessions based on Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, a book sheco-authored with Bob Probst. Each session was overflowing with standing room only crowds. During the afternoon keynote in the Nave of Riverside Church, she delivered her beliefs, and every one of the 2,100 seats was filled. She opened her address with a historical connection between literacy and power by referring first to the notion that years ago a signature…
  • One Word Text Complexity

    teachcmb56
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently attended the 2nd Annual Conference for The Teaching Studio at The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Doing double duty as keynote speaker and presenter, author and blogger Vicki Vinton conducted two workshops on text complexity and how students read complex texts. Vicki Vinton’s earlier book on reading; Good news, she is writing another! As an opening exercise, she asked those in attendance in the afternoon session to sum up their attitudes or feelings at that moment using only one word. She explained that while she is in the…
  • #Poetry Friday-MacArthur’s “I Shall Return”-The Teacher’s Version

    teachcmb56
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    When I look for inspiration in writing, I occasionally turn to “On this Day in History” websites. There is always some famous person’s birthdate or some memorable event that can spark the imagination to create a lesson about literature or an author. So when my best friend, Catherine Flynn from Reading to the Core, offered to host #Poetry Friday on March 20th, I wanted to contribute a special post to mark the occasion. Catherine, a district reading consultant and former teacher, is a fan of historical events. In doing my research, I discovered that March 20th…
  • Teachers as Voice Over for the Student-Hero Journey

    teachcmb56
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Saturday, March 14th, Cornelius Minor, a Staff Developer at The Reading & Writing Project gave the luncheon keynote address to over 300 educators at the 2nd Annual Conference for  The Teaching Studio at The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island. While he began his address with humor and participation, Minor quickly got to the serious matter of his topic: “In a world of inequity, how are we giving tools to students to let them become heroes to rescue themselves?” For those not in attendance, there could be some confusion on…
  • “Hatchet”-The Last (Best) Book Boys Choose to Read

    teachcmb56
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    “What’s the last ‘best’ book you read on your own?” I would ask students when I taught middle and high school. When I asked them this question, the boys almost always answered “Hatchet“. “That’s the last book I read, too,” many would admit. The number of Hatchet fans was 100% among the vocational agriculture students I taught for seven years in a rural school in Northwest Connecticut. Their love of this novel resonated with their desire for independence, adventure, and the outdoors. The author Gary Paulsen shares many of…
 
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Must-Reads for PhD students

    Jenni
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Annie Mole  “What’s that?” you say, from beneath an ever-growing pile of papers and hardback books, “you want me to read even more things? Please get the f- out of the imaginary room that this hypothetical conversation is happening … more... The post Must-Reads for PhD students appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Creating the Perfect Postgrad Study Space

    Jenni
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Nicholas Todd..  Mini fridge, disco lights, dancing girls, chippendales, crash sofa and TV remote…some items that might just be on an initial wish-list for your study area, but these items should NOT top the list of things to consider … more... The post Creating the Perfect Postgrad Study Space appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Saving Tip: Looking for Odd Jobs

    Jenni
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Jeffrey  For many of us, the phrase ‘odd jobs’ reminds us of an adolescence of car washing and baby-sitting for what then felt like astronomical amounts of money – TEN pounds? Just to sit in someone’s house and make … more... The post Student Saving Tip: Looking for Odd Jobs appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Careers: What if you don’t have plans?

    Jenni
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Federico Coppola  So far, your life has consisted of fairly simple choices. Got good A-levels, did a degree. Didn’t know what to do after a degree, did a masters. Didn’t know what to do after a masters, did a … more... The post Postgrad Careers: What if you don’t have plans? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • How Video Games Can Help You Study

    Jenni
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  DeclanTM  As a child video games always seemed to be like fast-food. A small, moderated amount was considered okay, but any more than that was deemed unacceptable. However now you are a postgraduate, and whilst you may no longer … more... The post How Video Games Can Help You Study appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • AT Specialist Designs Bookshare Course to Support District Initiative

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

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

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

    Noa Ronkin
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Betsy Beaumon Betsy Beaumon’s Keynote at the 52nd Annual Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference. First published on the Benetech website on February 25, 2015.  Rapid advances in technology are remaking the content landscape and have made it possible to get more content, in more ways, to more people. Will the digital revolution usher in a golden age of access to books and information for people who cannot use standard print, such as those affected by dyslexia and other learning disabilities? Benetech President Betsy Beaumon posed this challenge in her keynote address at the…
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go With Bookshare!

    Bookshare
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98 and 3⁄4% guaranteed!)” – Dr. Seuss This positive message is one of the best known lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” This uplifting book is an all-time favorite of both children and adults and is the featured title for this year’s Read Across America Day. We celebrate this national event by encouraging all Bookshare members and book lovers everywhere to read this wonderful story. Read it yourself. Read it with a friend. Read it with your child. Read it to the end. The story reminds us of…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Microsoft Word Lesson Plans to Wow Your Students

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

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

    Bri Stauffer
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re like most business educators, you’ve probably asked yourself or others “Where can I find some good marketing lesson plans for high school students?” We know you don’t mean the same ones from your decades-old textbook. You want relevant, engaging lessons to help your students grow their knowledge of marketing. So where do we begin? I’m going to break it down into the different areas that you most likely cover in your high school marketing lessons. These are some of the most popular ones: – Marketing Mix – Sports & Entertainment Marketing – Marketing…
  • Need Career Readiness Activities?

    Sarah Layton
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton How can I teach career readiness curriculum when I’m not a career readiness expert? Teachers of all types are being asked to incorporate career readiness activities into their curriculum. Add to that that the curriculum must be engaging and with a real-life context for students. Yet teachers do not have as many resources available to help with this content as they do for their specific subject area. Lack of Career Readiness Curriculum Case in point…During a recent visit to California, our Mike Collins reported that administrators and directors are sharing…
  • Microsoft Excel Test Prep for Your Students

    Bri Stauffer
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In speaking with computer applications educators, I have often heard the question “Where can I find Microsoft Excel test prep materials for my students?” Many of those instructors are looking for resources to help their students prepare to take the Microsoft Office Specialist exams. If you’re among those teachers searching to help students succeed on the MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013 Exam, read on. I’ll start out by explaining the difference between a curriculum and test prep materials so you can decide what will be the best fit for your students. MOS Excel Test Prep Materials If…
 
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    Happy Schools

  • 10 Best Photos From the Second Largest City in Switzerland – Geneva

    Raghuram Sukumar
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    We made an overnight stop at Geneva, Switzerland on our way to Bern, Switzerland. We arrived in Geneva via Train from Aix-en-Provence, France. It was about 5 hours by train with train change in Lyon, France. Quick Facts About Geneva Switzerland Second Largest city in Switzerland Located About 4 km east […] The post 10 Best Photos From the Second Largest City in Switzerland – Geneva appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • H1B Visa 2016 Predictions: Over 200,000 Applications. Find Your Odds Here.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    When I received the H1B Visa 2016 predictions from few Immigration Attorney’s, I was like OMG! Is this Really that Big! There was H1B Visa lottery last year and the estimate was between 124,000 to 250,000.  H1B Visa 2016 Cap season is about to begin in April. I reached out to […] The post H1B Visa 2016 Predictions: Over 200,000 Applications. Find Your Odds Here. appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • Answers to 3 Most Important F1 Visa Interview Questions

    Raghuram Sukumar
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:39 pm
    The most important way to ace the Student Visa interview for U.S.A. is to Plan, Prepare, and Practice. There’s over 65 F1 Visa interview questions that you could be asked by a consular officer during the interview. Or you may be one of the lucky few who can get the Student […] The post Answers to 3 Most Important F1 Visa Interview Questions appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • HSB013 : I’m Dismissed From Graduate School. Please Help. My Dreams are Shattered.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Can you imagine when your Graduate Adviser says “You are going to be dismissed from the Graduate School, get ready to pack your bags and go back to India”. Higher Education like like this beautiful, lush looking golf course when you watch the game on the TV. But, in reality […] The post HSB013 : I’m Dismissed From Graduate School. Please Help. My Dreams are Shattered. appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • HSB012 – 7 Proven Benefits of Studying and Living Abroad. #3 is Often Overlooked.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    I have written extensively about benefits of studying abroad. This time, I take a step further to list out 7 benefits of studying abroad in today’s podcast show ( HSB012 ). Who  should listen to this show? Everyone. From current students studying abroad as an international student to prospective students, parents […] The post HSB012 – 7 Proven Benefits of Studying and Living Abroad. #3 is Often Overlooked. appeared first on Happy Schools.
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  • Be Your School’s Cheerleader – Share Your Story!

    Amy Heavin
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    The other day, one of my students told me that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I found this “fun fact” quite intriguing. There is so much “good” happening in our schools today. We know more today than ever before about how our children best learn, and we are working to create environments where students are creative, collaborative, and ask questions. We have much to smile about! The reality is that many are frowning an awful lot about public education these days, despite the knowledge that positivity goes so much farther. Between negative media coverage to federal and…
  • How to Choose the Right Tools for your Flipped Classroom

    Nick Grantham
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Why are there so many conflicting messages when it comes to the flipped classroom? Well, being a flexible pedagogy, the flipped classroom can and should be adapted and moulded to meet individual classroom needs. Got a student who doesn’t have access to the Internet? Try putting video onto a USB drive. Don’t have enough in the budget for Camtasia? Try Screencast-O-Matic. The options really are endless. It’s all about finding the model and tools that work best for you. It’s easy to get caught up in the notion that the Flipped Classroom is simply replacing…
  • 5 Tools to Create Your Own Classroom AMA (Ask Me Anything)

    Nick Grantham
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Overview An AMA (Ask Me Anything) is a two way conversation first conceived on the social networking and news website Reddit. Essentially an AMA is an opportunity for people of interest to host their own Q&A session where users are encouraged to ‘ask them anything’. Questions can range from deadly serious to utterly ridiculous, and are voted up or down by users so that the most popular questions are answered first. More than just a fad on Reddit, there are a heap of ways you can run your own version of an AMA with interesting guests in your own classroom. A Quick Look In…
  • Teaching: Have you found your life’s work?

    Bec Spink
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs I love teaching. I love education. I live it, I think it, I dream it, I breathe it. It consumes me. It dominates my conversations, and I will devour anything I can about it. I will do all of this, and I will not apologise for it. For what you may…
  • Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

    Lisa Blessington
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In the best-selling STEM Education guide, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, authors Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager explore many important concepts that contribute to a nurturing environment for making in the classroom. An essential element to succeeding with ‘making’ is the ability to seamlessly pair art and science through innovative project-based learning. So what is involved in creating the perfect project to encourage making, creativity and learning? Here are the eight elements Sylvia and Gary feel are most import to…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Differentiating woth Wordless Books!

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

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

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

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

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Hey teaching friends!   Apparently I have been out of the loop, but this is the first time I have heard about this really cool website from some other teacher friends and I thought maybe there was also at least one other person out there who might be in the same boat or stuck under a rock like me - ha! The website is FREE.  You don't need any super fancy equipment with it.  And I think it rocks!  Head on over to Kahoot.it and check it out! I imagine by now most of you have at least heard of interactive response systems?   For me, I know we have used them in the past in conjunction with…
 
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • Top Tips: Finding the confidence to make the leap to home schooling

    Ross Mountney
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The numbers of parents now considering home education as a serious option is increasing. Especially at this time as schools are oversubscribed or children didn’t get the school of their choice. But, despite seeing advantages in home schooling, many find it hard to pluck up the confidence to do so. So here are five ideas to think about which might help: Start with research. There are many home education blogs, information, websites and forums where you can find out what it’s really like from people already doing so. There are young people who have graduated beyond home education now,…
  • Where’s the election talk on education?

    Ellie Bird
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    There are an increasing number of protests happening at universities around the world – in Canada and the Netherlands for example, and two at London institutions, the LSE and Central St Martins. The overarching themes behind these protests are the commercialisation of education, where corporate needs are put above those of students and staff, and, of course, the cuts. Meanwhile, a number of teacher training schools in our universities have closed down, there is a growing gap between how teachers are educated in our four countries, and the UK is investing less and less in education research.
  • Can children with special needs be home schooled?

    Ross Mountney
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Parents sometimes ask whether they would be able to home educate a child who has special needs. The short answer is yes, many have done so very successfully and it was those difficulties with learning in school that drove some parents to take their child out. The longer answer is to understand that all children are different and all should have their needs catered for whatever they are, but this is a near impossibility in classrooms where there is little time for addressing individual differences. So some parents find that through home education they can cater for children who have…
  • The chance to study at University in Europe

    Ellie Bird
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was talking to a friend’s daughter recently, who is a first year history student in London. Mulling over the possibilities for when she has completed her course – you have to start thinking about the next stage long before you reach your finals in these competitive days – she said she was considering a postgraduate year at a Dutch university. It would be an excellent course, and a bit of an adventure, she said. ‘Lots of people are considering it.’ At this point, another, older friend interjected: ’Both our sons are at university in Holland. It’s much cheaper than here, and…
  • UCAS opening its doors to the EU

    Mike James Hansford
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    When it comes to applying to university and choosing your path through higher education, I wouldn’t exactly say you were short of places to go and things to study. UCAS, it would seem, has other ideas. In a move that’s sure to shake up the system for prospective students, the application service is going to open themselves up to universities, colleges and institutions from the European Union.  It’ll mean that nations such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Spain are now even easier to access for students from here in the UK.  At present, you have to directly…
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  • Don’t Give Your Best Teachers a Reason to Quit on You

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

    Corey Murray
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    K12 education is no stranger to adversity. Years of declining budgets make it difficult to adequately serve students. Divisive politics muddy the waters on accountability. Antagonistic community groups consistently stand in the way of progress. Now a new report out of New Orleans suggests that schools in several communities face another adversary: themselves. In spirit, the national school-choice movement seeks to give students who attend underperforming schools access to a higher-quality alternative education, whether through vouchers to local charter schools or open enrollment at…
  • Technology: Just Because You Build It, Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come

    Corey Murray
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Technology projects are exciting. Whether you’re ramping up a one-to-one laptop initiative across your district, or rolling out cloud-based software to help faculty and staff interact with students and parents, the expectation is that the investment will spur positive change in your local school community. Expectations are a good thing. No school leader worth her salt would spend six months meeting vendors and evaluating solutions in hopes of achieving a half-hearted outcome. But there’s a difference between installing a new technology and effectively integrating a disruptive solution…
  • How to Get in Good With the Local School Board

    Corey Murray
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Few qualities are more vital to the long-term success of the nation’s K12 school superintendents than the ability to maintain effective working relations with members of the local school board. But, as any leader who’s landed on the hot seat can tell you, surviving the gauntlet of opinions, political agendas, and ideals of a half dozen (often more) personalities requires a herculean commitment. The end result isn’t always pretty, a truth to which Bolgen Vargas, superintendent of the Rochester City School District in Rochester, N.Y., can attest. Embroiled in a contentious dispute with…
  • Can School Superintendents Take the Digital Leap?

    Corey Murray
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Technology moves at a scary-fast pace. Take a few weeks to master the social media tool or mobile app of the moment and, before you can say “Snapchat,” the latest innovation is on its way out, supplanted by a newer, cooler, faster iteration of itself. It wasn’t that long ago that school administrators were still trying to figure out “the Twitter.” Most educators, particularly at the district level, wanted nothing to do with social media. They plugged their ears and waited for the fad to pass. But, just as the technology looked as if it might blur by, another wave came, and another,…
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  • Math and Physics Review of Ice Hockey

    Deborah
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Overview In the winter sport of ice hockey, players, sticks, and the puck all move at a rapid pace. Sports scientists know that the apparent chaos of the game is governed by math and physics principles such as laws of motion; angles, vectors; transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy; and force, impulse, and collision. Three Laws of Motion The players, sticks, and the puck observe Newton’s Three Laws of Motion like any other moving object. For example, a player standing on the ice will stay in the same position because of inertia, unless something happens to change his position, like a…
  • Science Review of Robots and Robotics

    Deborah
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Overview Scientists are as fascinated by the concept of artificial intelligence as science-fiction writers are by robots and robotics. Although scientists are far from creating one with the prowess of Commander Data or the robots in Isaac Asimov’s novels, they are learning a great deal about information and the limits of artificial intelligence. Robots The concept of robots, or machines that can carry out various actions, exists in most cultures around the world. The ancient Greeks had stories such as the myth of the sculptor Pygmalion and the statue Galatea. In the 5th Century BCE, the…
  • Science Review of the Large Hadron Collider

    Deborah
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Overview The Large Hadron Collider is currently the world’s largest particle accelerator. It is located on the border between Switzerland and France, started up in 2008 and shut down for repairs in 2013. It is scheduled to restart in March of 2015, the International Year of Light. What Is It? The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is an international community of physicists, engineers, and other scientists who study the fundamental particles of the universe. The huge scientific complex between France and Switzerland includes the Large Hadron Collider, which is a ring that…
  • Science Review of Teleportation

    Deborah
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Overview Teleportation, or using the transporter, is a wonderful method of transportation in science fiction and fantasy. Wouldn’t it be great to avoid traffic jams and complicated connections by whisking one’s atoms from one place to another? According to quantum theory and the Uncertainty Principle, it may not be possible yet on a large scale. However, scientists have succeeded in transporting single atoms from one place to another on a small scale. Teleportation The theory of teleportation is well known to science fiction fans. For example, in the Star Trek universe, Starfleet…
  • Physics Review of Light and Invisibility

    Deborah
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
      Overview Visible light is a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which extends from radio waves to gamma rays. All frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum obey similar laws, so that they can travel through some substances, bend around others, and stop by others that block their travel. The properties of the electromagnetic system, as well as the qualities of materials, lead to new understanding of what makes objects visible and what tricks can make them appear invisible. The Electromagnetic Spectrum The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of waves of electromagnetic…
 
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • API Summer and Fall/Year Deadlines Extended – Part 2

    Jeramy Johnson
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    This is no April Fools Joke – API is extending a number of summer and fall/year deadlines for many of our programs to April 15, 2015 (unless otherwise indicated). The complete list is as follows: Get excited to study abroad this summer with API! Study Abroad Programs (College) – Summer Barcelona, Spain Hispanic and European Studies International Studies (extended to April 10) Language and Culture Bilbao, Spain Business, International Relations and Spanish Language Spanish Language and Culture Cork, Ireland – Summer School in Irish Studies Galway, Ireland – Summer…
  • API earns accolades on Abroad101 study abroad rankings

    Jeramy Johnson
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    API was once again on the list of top study abroad programs in the latest study abroad rankings from the Abroad101 website. For 2014, API was listed in the top 10 for program providers, and our program in Budapest, Hungary was featured on the top 10 non-traditional programs list! In addition, API featured programs in locations that were profiled by Abroad101 for “Most Livable Cities” (Dublin, Beijing), “Top Budget-Friendly Countries (Thailand, Ecuador, Peru, China, Mexico, South Africa), and “Top Foodie Cities” (Florence, Madrid, San Jose). Last year API was…
  • The Motherland

    kimk
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    The month of March has been all about exploring the beautiful country I have been living in for the past two months. I’ve had visitors along the way to go on these adventures with, and this past week I was lucky enough to have my family along with me. I took them to a few places I had already been, the must sees of Ireland, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and Connemara and Kylemore Abbey. But I also was able to travel to new parts of the country I would not have seen otherwise (thanks to Dad’s need to have his own car despite having to drive on the other side of the road). My…
  • API Safety Update – Germanwings Flight 9525

    Jeramy Johnson
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The entire API family was deeply saddened to hear the news of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 today in France. API Resident Directors in Barcelona have confirmed that they no reason to believe that any API students were traveling on the flight, given that classes are currently in session and no students disclosed travel plans to Germany. Our Resident Directors have sent messages to our students in Barcelona via email and private Facebook groups asking to be contacted immediately if they have any concerns about fellow students who the may not be able to account for at this time. We…
  • Volunteer Abroad

    kimk
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    My Story I headed to Chile for my study abroad escapade without a definite plan. My only expectation was that I was going to have grand adventures. What I didn’t expect was how much I was going fall in love with the country. At the time, I was searching for quests and stories to add to my collection of memories; unbeknown to me, I had found a home. Home can mean a variety of things to different people – for some it is a location, for others it is the personal items. To me, home is a feeling of community with the people around me. I had found an incredibly inspirational community and I…
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    InformED

  • 12 Must-Read Books on Education for 2015

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

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

    Saga Briggs
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Here’s the problem with what I’m about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for decades. Why does this matter? Because it means we could all have been getting smarter this whole time. Instead, we seem to be stuck with the same old notions of how learning works. What’s especially baffling is that these principles are actually quite easy to put into practice. Here’s one: instead of sticking to one location, simply alternate the room where you study in order to remember new information better.
  • 30 Useful Apps For Students You Probably Don’t Know About

    Marianne Stenger
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The number of college students taking at least one online course has nearly doubled over the past five years according to a report by market research agency Refuel.  Online students are often faced with the challenge of juggling their academic responsibilities alongside families or full-time jobs, which is certainly no easy task. Technology can help students better manage their learning by providing everything from study aids and research tools to time-management apps, so it’s somewhat surprising to learn that few students are actually using such tools for learning purposes. The…
  • How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning

    Saga Briggs
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    It’s no secret that social and emotional well-being can directly influence academic outcomes. When we are in tune with our emotions, we pay attention to the right things and make sound decisions; when we fail to manage our feelings, our thinking becomes impaired. Many of us have been incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into our lesson plans for years. So what’s the deal with this “mindfulness” movement we keep hearing so much about? First off, mindfulness is not a replacement for social-emotional learning; it’s one strategy that supports it. Goals of…
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    INQUARTA

  • Would Justin Bieber Get Into Medical School?

    Don Osborne
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    I thought I’d do a little sample case study on how I would help someone improve their odds of getting into medical school, and I decided to start with good old Justin Bieber as my first example. Let’s see how competitive he is as a candidate for medical school and
  • Don’s Round-Ups: Guaranteed Admissions to Medical School

    Don Osborne
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Image by Thomas Leuthard. Applying to medical school is a grueling and stressful process — you could say this is common knowledge. Is it necessary though? Do you really need to go through all the hassle, ripping your hair out at every turn as you traverse the maze of
  • Don’s Q&A: Answering Some Questions from Student Doctor

    Don Osborne
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Today, back by popular demand, I’ll be answering a few questions from Student Doctor. Hopefully some of the topics I touch on here will help you out too and will be some of the same questions you’ve been wondering. Let’s get started! Question One “I took the MCAT in
  • Applying to Medical School 2015: Talking To Your Parents

    Don Osborne
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    You wake up late and make yourself a nice bowl of cereal. The scene: Sometime during winter break, possibly during spring break. You just got back home a few days ago from a grueling semester of your junior year and you decide to sleep in. It’s 11:15AM and you drag
  • Khan Academy Has New Materials to Help You Study for MCAT 2015, But Is it Enough?

    Don Osborne
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Image by RL Johnson. The new MCAT is going to be given out starting in spring of 2015 and you need to start studying. Luckily, Khan Academy is revamping their entire MCAT curriculum to help you out and best of all, it’s free! The entire project is being overseen by
 
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    Online Cultus

  • 4 Types of school scholarship you can apply

    Aleksandra Arsik
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
      When you plan to get yourself blessed with higher education, financial commitment becomes a key player in influencing your various decisions about the kind of education. Some of the general questions that you are found answering are: What type of program should you be enrolling in? What university should you be going for? What... The post 4 Types of school scholarship you can apply appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Strategies for financing your education How can students meet their financial needs? Financing your education Student loans don’t have to break you Paying…
  • Quote: Life

    Aleksandra Arsik
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    The post Quote: Life appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Quote: Changes in life Quote: What is life about? Quote: Good life Quote: Education and life Quote: A good purpose in life!
  • 4 steps to excellent admission application

    Aleksandra Arsik
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Getting into a reputable university or college is often the first step to lifelong success. It is imperative, that an excellent admission application represents the best side of the applicant. Here are four techniques that every applicant should use to ensure their application stands out. Spend time on your application. Admission reviewers will be able... The post 4 steps to excellent admission application appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Looking for scholarships? – 5 Tips to make your search a success! Becoming a proficient writer in 4 steps What exactly is a college…
  • Quote : Good work

    Aleksandra Arsik
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Good work The post Quote : Good work appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Job and work 10 Most important work skills You can work from home without training or certifications Study and training techniques that really work for education and business Millennials at work
  • Technology influences education

    Aleksandra Arsik
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    The infographic below is showing an interesting overview of the technology on education. With everyday development of new tools to make the education more interesting and accessible to everybody, we are seeing the benefits of the technological development in the highest level possible from the beginning of our existence. If education is power then this... The post Technology influences education appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Modern technology in education Why using technology in education? Evolving technology in musical education Education technology through the years The…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • Education In Nigeria Govt schools’ classrooms have 100 pupils instead of 36 — O’Connell

    shibatm
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    One of the reasons why the standard of education dropped after the Federal Government took over mission schools is that classrooms are overcrowded. Reverend Father Jeremiah Dermot O’Connell, who has spent most of his life as a school administrator and teacher at Government Secondary School, Minna, made the observation in an interview with Daily Trust. […] Education In Nigeria Govt schools’ classrooms have 100 pupils instead of 36 — O’Connell is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Education In Nigeria Govt schools’ classrooms have 100 pupils instead of 36 —…
  • Tragedy!Undergraduate Dies In Road Crash, Minutes After Phone Call With Mum

    shibatm
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    A final year undergraduate has been killed in a road crash that occurred on Sunday around 6:30 pm NSB gathered that the student and other pedestrians were trying to cross the expressway when a speeding vehicle knocked him down. An eyewitness who spoke to Daily Trust said he died on the spot. “The man was […] Tragedy!Undergraduate Dies In Road Crash, Minutes After Phone Call With Mum is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Tragedy!Undergraduate Dies In Road Crash, Minutes After Phone Call With Mum appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • (NYSC) May Soon Sign Branding Deals With ‘Big Companies’-NYSC Director-General (DG)

    shibatm
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) may soon sign branding deals with ‘big companies’ to make up for budgetary shortcomings.   NYSC Director-General (DG), Brigadier-General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, gave the hint in an interview with The Sun. Olawumi said the Corps’ dependence on the government for all its funding is a major challenge. “NYSC is […] (NYSC) May Soon Sign Branding Deals With ‘Big Companies’-NYSC Director-General (DG) is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post (NYSC) May Soon Sign Branding Deals With ‘Big Companies’-NYSC…
  • Zimbabwe Education Reforms sacked 9,000 To Make Way For Unemployed, Qualified Teachers

    shibatm
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Zimbabwe’s government is set to sack about 9,000 temporary teachers so as to make room for qualified, trained teachers who are unemployed. The country’s Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Lazarus Dokora, revealed the plan last week while addressing a joint command and staff course at Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare. The minister said the move […] Zimbabwe Education Reforms sacked 9,000 To Make Way For Unemployed, Qualified Teachers is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Zimbabwe Education Reforms sacked 9,000 To Make Way For Unemployed, Qualified Teachers…
  • Sierra Leone Bans Girls Who Got Pregnant During Ebola Break From School

    shibatm
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    Female Sierra Leonean students who got pregnant during the eight-month long Ebola Virus Disease induced break will not be allowed to return to school, the country’s government has said. Sierra Leone’s Education Minister, Minkailu Bah, said girls who are visibly pregnant will not be allowed to join their classmates in primary and secondary schools. Schools […] Sierra Leone Bans Girls Who Got Pregnant During Ebola Break From School is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Sierra Leone Bans Girls Who Got Pregnant During Ebola Break From School appeared first on Nigeria…
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    PortPrep Blog

  • Follow This Blogger to Become a Better Character Designer

    Karen Kesteloot
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
      There may be times when you don’t know if you’re doing the right thing when it comes to your art work. You go online and search for answers, tips and techniques.  You even go online to look for inspiration and motivation, right? Good thing there are great artists who blog and share their knowledge about art in the World Wide Web. Great site which has some courses to choose from, we think ‘painting drama’ is one of the popular ones. One blogger that aspiring artists should follow is Disney Character Designer Chris Oakley of ChristOakley.com.  In his blog, Chris shares…
  • This One Simple Trick That Will Help You Gain Control of Your Pencil

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

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

    Karen Kesteloot
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s very important that parents show support for their kids’ dreams. If your child wants to attend art school for college, as parents, you should show your support by helping them get into the art school of their dreams. One of the most crucial decisions aspiring art students will make is choosing the right art school for them to go to. What are the ways parents can help their aspiring art students to get into the art school of their dreams? Give them Encouragement. Giving your aspiring art student an encouragement for their work and decisions is very important. This will give them the…
  • Things to Know Before Going to a College Tour

    Karen Kesteloot
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Taking college tours in different art schools for students is very important. During college tours, students can get the feel of their dream art schools and even get to sit-in and try out some of the classes. Visiting different colleges is worth your while. This is a way of getting a first-hand view of the colleges you have in mind. Going to a college tour may sound fun for our future college students. But before you go to the first college of your choice, there are a few things that you need to prepare. PortPrep’s Karen Kesteloot got the privilege to talk the Vice President of admissions…
 
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    Nursing Schools

  • Things to Consider While Choosing a Certified Nursing Assistants’ Training Program

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    It is very important to choose a Certified Nursing Assistants’ Training Program carefully. One must consider the reputation of the institution, course content and the kind of facilities on offer while choosing a program. The demand for Certified Nursing Assistants is soaring in the United States. CNAs play a pivotal role in the healthcare industry and take care of the needs of people during their treatment or assisted living facilities. The job is well-paid and you would be able to make the right start in the healthcare industry with lots of options to explore in the future. If you wish…
  • Maintaining Good Health and Safety as a Nurse

    10 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Those who work as CNA nurses need to know how to stay healthy and safe each and every day, so as to take care of themselves as well as their patients. Nursing can be very stressful work, and it is therefore important to stay focused and take a deep breath whenever necessary. Being a nurse in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice can take a mental toll on healthcare workers, which is why it is so important that they take care of themselves in terms of their own mental health. Because nurses, especially those in hospitals, have to deal with sick patients all day every day, it is extremely…
  • Medical Assistant

    25 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    The job of a medical assistant is important to keep medical offices running smoothly and it is one of the fastest growing positions in the entire country. Medical assistants allow doctors to focus on their medical duties and provide as much focused attention to patients as possible. There are many different things that an administrative or clinical assistant is responsible for. These responsibilities vary based on the type of healthcare facility that employs a medical assistant. The reason why there are so many new jobs is because of the diversity of facilities that rely on medical assisting…
  • Licensed Practical Nurse

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:05 am
    Licensed Practical Nurses are becoming one of the most highly-demanded members of healthcare teams, leading the numbers in new jobs across the country. The healthcare industry is growing faster than any others, with thousands of new jobs opening each year in each state. Fortunately, new nurses can be trained in about two years and quickly find work at a number of different types of medical facilities. As an entry-point into the field of healthcare, LPNs are well-compensated for their time and skills. Additionally, there are many more opportunities in the future for continued education and…
  • Important Care Tips that Every Nurse Should Know

    18 Feb 2014 | 9:42 am
    There are certain things which every nurse should know when they are going about helping patients on a daily basis. With how busy nurses can get, it is especially important to pay attention to the details and remain calm. It is crucial that you are aware of things such as transfers, codes, abnormal vital signs, and verifying medication orders when going about doing your job. These are all very important things which need to be taken into consideration, especially when things get busy and chaotic. Another one of the more important things that any nurse can do is to highlight any allergies a…
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    GistArea.com

  • PROBLEMS OF TAX COLLECTION IN NIGERIA

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

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

    emmanuel obasi
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Material Management is an integrated management approach to the planning, purchasing, warehousing, stock keeping allocation and movement of needed material from point of source to user department. It can also be defined as the process of management of materials which involves purchasing, storage, inspection, control and transportation. Material management is a relatively new discipline. The 20th century’s rapid growth and the significant industrial development has played a major role in the relationship and effective management of the traditional 5Ms which are:…
  • Role of Inspection in Product Quality Management Drive in an Organization

    emmanuel obasi
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    1.1     Background of the Study Doug Wallace, a Materials Management subject expert with Life Cycle Engineering [L.C.E] Consultancy Company Charleston, South Carolina; in a paper presentation titled “Maintenance and Reliability Inventory Management” gave an apt and practical illustration that underscores the need for inspection. He said, have you heard of the guys that burned up a brand new piece of rotating equipment because it was installed with no oil in it? That little oversight cost  $80,000 for a replacement. When properly lubricated, it would have cost less than $100”.
  • EFFECTS OF GHOST WORKERS SYNDROME IN THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY

    emmanuel obasi
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    The ghost workers syndrome has been a menace across all tiers of government for years which has affected the Nigerian economy. Annually, millions of naira is siphoned from government coffers through salary payments to non-existing employees who have fraudulently been listed in the payroll system. Some of these employees may include retired civil servants, deceased staff or pure fictitious names. One major cause is the absence of civil service regulations, which allows corrupt civil servants to increase government expenditure through the placement of ghost workers on the payroll. The…
 
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    Bank Exams Today

  • IBPS PO III, Clerk III, SO III Reserve List Allottment

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    IBPS has relased cutoff for IBPS PO III, Clerk III, SO III Reserve List candidates :- IBPS PO III Reserve List CutoffGeneral - 41.6OBC - 36.40SC - 33.80ST - 25.20 Check IBPS Clerk III reserve list state wise cutoff here Check IBPS Specialist Officers III cutoff here [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • List of Padma Awardees 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Full list of Padma Awardees in 2015 Award Recipient Padma Vibhushan Lal Krishna Advani S. Parkash Singh Badal Amitabh Bachchan Dr D Veerendra Heggade Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 31 March 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Who won F1 Malaysian Grand Prix after defeating Lewis Hamilton ? 2. Which State of India became 1st to make minimum education and eligibility for Panchayat elections ? 3. Who won ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 title ? 4. Who appointed as MEA Spokesman ? 5. What is the full form of MEA ? 6. India signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank for $... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • English Vocabulary Quiz - Moderate Level - Part 3

    Ramandeep Singh
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    English Vocabulary Quiz today :- 1. Autonomous a) uncaring b) productive c) without a name d) independent 2. Sentimental a) lacking focus b) emotional c) imprecise d) unstable 3. Impartial a) unbiased b) part of a whole c) guilty d) expressed in words 4. Embryonic a) undeveloped b) cynical c) fertile d) delicate 5. Impermeable a) sealed b) momentary c) shameless d) slow moving 6.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 31 March 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Current Affairs Update for 31 March 2015 E-Vidhan Mobile Apps launched by Himachal Pradesh E-Vidhan Mobile Apps launched in Himachal Pradesh Assembly on 30th March 2015 and became the 1st Assembly in the Country to launch e-Vidhan Mobile apps. Balbir Singh conferred with Lifetime Achievement AwardBalbir Singh Senior conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award by Hockey India... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    MSB Blog

  • MSB Students Brace Themselves for Website Redesign

    Stacy Severson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    By Richard S. Grossman, Internet Marketing Program Chair  Minnesota School of Business Students Brace Themselves for Applied Learning Project with Global Leader in Ankle Protection Visionary educator Sir Kenneth Robinson stated, “Collaboration is the stuff of growth.” A select group of talented Minnesota School of Business-Richfield students discovered the truth of those words firsthand during the 2015 winter quarter. Pictured left to right: Dylan Mathiesen, Jon Swensen, Wes Eisert, Greg Hoistad, Lisa Williams, Rebecca Olson and Tyler Ingalls Five students from three different programs:…
  • Faculty Spotlight: Jessica Ostendorf, Veterinary Technology Program Chair

    nvig
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    A friend to all creatures great and small, Jessica Ostendorf has brought a wealth of experience to the veterinary technology program at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud. Jessica Ostendorf, veterinary technology program chair By bringing real-world understanding into the classroom, Ostendorf is able to connect with the students. The students gather a greater interest and appreciation for the veterinary technology field. It’s time to get to know Jessica Ostendorf. What makes her tick? What motivates her? What is your background? I graduated from Argosy University in 2006 with an…
  • MSB-Elk River DECA Students Succeed at State Once Again

    Nicole Rasmussen
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Minnesota School of Business (MSB) students have a unique opportunity to join an organization that can provide them with relevant experience and practice demonstrating their skills and knowledge in a professional setting before they graduate. Collegiate DECA gives our students the chance to network with influential people in a variety of fields and be critiqued by these individuals in several areas. Allisa Alleman and Rachal Mueller display their awards at the DECA state conference DECA offers students an opportunity to present on various topics which include business management and…
  • Medical Assistant Students Teach Hand-Washing to Twin Lakes Elementary

    Nicole Rasmussen
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We seem to be hearing a lot recently about illnesses, germs and many foodborne and airborne diseases that impact children and adults in schools, offices and public facilities. The public has been cautioned on steps to take to avoid being affected and one of the most basic suggestions has been thorough hand-washing. Patient Care Sciences students display their hand-washing kit at Twin Lakes Elementary According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand-washing practices can…
  • Minnesota School of Business Partners with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

    rgreene
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The Comprehensive addiction and treatment recovery service, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge’s Rochester location, partnered with Minnesota School of Business-Rochester to host one of our mental health technician extern students. Adult and Teen Challenge has been effectively serving teens and adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction for over 25 years. Their five Minnesota campuses offer Rule 31 treatment programs (from their website): both residential and outpatient, longterm faith-based recovery programs, extensive aftercare programs for graduates, and prevention programs for…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • Challenging Your Super-Speller Students

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

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

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

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

    Betsy
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    This post is by my husband, Scott, who manages all of my online sales and marketing activities. When we start selling on Teachers Pay Teachers, we have two goals. The first goal is to make money as quickly as possible and the second goal is to make an increasing amount of money long-term. I completely understand the need to make money as quickly as possible. It’s a validation of the effort that we’re putting in, it’s confirmation that we have something valuable to offer to the world and frankly it can even be proof to friends and family – even our spouses – that…
 
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    Magical Methods

  • Doubt Clearing Session

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    Next Interactive Doubt Clearing Session for Customers who bought the Toddlers Training Kit is on 22nd March 2015. For Details visit http://www.magicalmethods.in/
  • Free Training for Moms

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Monday, February 9 at 10.00 a.m.Sector- 31, GurgaonClick the link below to join the event on Facebook and get updates.https://www.facebook.com/events/1589457557958006/
  • Attend a Free Webinar and Find out…

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Attend a Free Webinar and Find out…What Every Parents Should Know About Teaching Maths?To Register visit http://magicalmethods.co.in/
  • Mental Maths Ability Test

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

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Washington News World:http://www.washingtonnewsworld.com/item/latest-news/3946/Magical-Methods-Game-Based-techniquLondon Daily News:http://www.dailynewslondon.com/item/world/3959/Magical-Methods-Game-Based-technique-can-Enhance-Mathematical-Skills-of-Your-KidAuckland Daily News:http://www.dailynewsauckland.com/item/world/3900/Magical-Methods-Game-Based-technique-can-Enhance-Mathematical-Skills-of-Your-KidBoston News Globe:http://www.bostonnewsglobe.com/item/world/3782/Magical-Methods-Game-Based-technique-can-Enhance-Mathematical-Skills-of-Your-KidDaily News…
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    Talk in French

  • French School System Part 6: The future (le futur)

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

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

    Frederic
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    For language learners, reading a long text or book can be incredibly scary; it’s a wall of words, making you feel overwhelmed. The key to learning is creating interest, and comics are the perfect tool. Comics help you learn French because they are so visual. Seeing the expressions of the characters’... The post 15 Great French Comics to Learn French appeared first on Talk in French.
  • French School System Part 4: High-School (le lycée)

    Frederic
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    Here is the 47th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: French School System Part 4: Le lycée(High-school) How to stay motivated when learning French Some French Words and expressions. Right click here and s... The post French School System Part 4: High-School (le lycée) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 11 Unusual Facts about the Eiffel Tower

    Frederic
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    A world renowned landmark of France, the Eiffel Tower is commonly associated with being an architectural wonder and an icon to represent the city of love and lights. The Eiffel Tower has a unique and fascinating history and seen many changes and world events unfold around it since it was built in 18... The post 11 Unusual Facts about the Eiffel Tower appeared first on Talk in French.
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    Academic-Capital

  • Solar Powered San Diego Encourages Ecological Advancement

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    San Diego is well on its way to becoming a city destined for environmental salvation. According to the non-profit Environment California Research & Policy Center San Diego Ranks second in the nation in terms of solar power usage. We are doing well in protecting our environment and ensuring a sustainable future. That doesn't mean we can't do more.Creating streamlined processes for solar power installation approval as well as encouraging higher levels of solar power reliance is beneficial for setting the framework for sustainable cities. If there are any unnecessary restrictions on…
  • Why Industry Exports Won't Turn Their Back on Online Education?

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Professionals wont turn their back on online doctorates because it provides them one of the only feasible ways to obtain a terminal degree. People with decades of experience don’t often go back to get a doctorate because of the years of time and investment that would pull them away from their business duties. Online doctoral education can marry professional experience and theory in ways that would be difficult for traditional schools to fulfill.Online doctoral education has four purposes (Radda & Mandernach, 2013).:1.      Prepare the doctoral community to…
  • The Importance of Listening to Veteran Needs- Using Feedback Loops

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The San Diego VA is listening to veteran frustrations about services and the ease by which they can navigate the medical system. The initiative is part of broader effort to understand how to better service veterans and improve the effectiveness of VA hospitals. Throughout the month of August and September the VA is conducting town hall meetings throughout the country. This is the VA's opportunity to consider both physical and virtual feedback loops in future policy development.“As part of our Road to Veterans Day, VA is taking a hard look at everything we do in order to reorganize the…
  • The Benefits of San Diego County and City Partnering on Charger Stadium Project

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    San Diego County and San Diego are partnering through putting in $250,000 a piece to hire attorneys, consultants and industry experts to determine the best way to approach keeping the Chargers in San Diego. The plan to collaborate between the two governmental entities is a good one that tells the NFL and the Chargers that they are serious about keeping them here but also about protecting taxpayer interest.San Diego County and the City of San Diego are stakeholders in the same project and would both benefit from keeping the Chargers in the area. Stadiums are expensive beasts that can easily…
  • Amazon Prime and Prime Pantry Mark Improvements in Personalized Distribution

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    It wasn't long ago when the only way to buy household items was to trek on down to the store and wait in line wasting your precious hours. For many business professionals and overwhelmed parents it can be difficult and time consuming to take a few hours out of the day to shop. Services like Amazon Prime and Prime Pantry offer an affordable and time efficient alternatives. Their services would not be possible without improvements in the distribution systems that takes advantage of urban density.This is how it works. For $99 a year you can get access to a huge selection of movies, products,…
 
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  • 15 Best Common Core-Based Apps for Kids

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

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

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

    StacyZeiger
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    March is Music in Our Schools Month. Music education plays an important role in schools. Music classes help students build focus and discipline, rhythm and coordination, and creative language and thinking. With all the benefits music offers, it shouldn’t be relegated to the music classroom. Teachers in all grade-levels and subject areas can reap the benefits of bringing music into their own classrooms. Music to Jog Memories In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, elementary students learned how a bill became a law by listening to “I’m Just a Bill” and learned the purpose of words such as and, but,…
  • 7 Tips for Learning with Kids

    StacyZeiger
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    Learning with kids involves more than picking out worksheets for them to complete or making sure they’re working on something educational; it’s a process that requires parents and teachers to be active participants in the learning process. No matter what ages you’re working with, these tips will help make every day learning more entertaining, more engaging, and, ultimately, more effective. #1 Focus on Your Kids’ Interests Don’t do something just because it interests you. This is about interacting with your kids, so you want to incorporate activities and subjects they…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • A Guide to Online Learning

    info@studentcaring.com (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    So in a world where banking transactions can be completed from our phones and ordering a pizza with a swipe of our fingers is commonplace, should one be surprised by the multitude of online school possibilities? The post A Guide to Online Learning appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 4 Major changes that have reshaped the world of Education

    info@studentcaring.com (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The educational industry has changed drastically. Technology has taken over and has changed the way schools operate. The post 4 Major changes that have reshaped the world of Education appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 6 Careers for People Who Love to Help People

    info@studentcaring.com (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    These are six popular careers for people who feel a calling to help. Those with a desire to assist others and are inspired by any of the careers listed should take the time to explore their options. Whether it’s as a social worker, teacher, counselor, occupational therapist, nurse or even another profession, there is always a need for professionals who can help people in need. The post 6 Careers for People Who Love to Help People appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 107 What is Student Success?

    info@studentcaring.com (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    We (professors) will complain and say, "My gosh, what are these students learning in high school because they are obviously not prepared for what is going on in college." We then spend a good amount of time remediating these students. We are quick to point that out, yet we don't look on the other side of it. If we define student success as a degree we think, "Okay, we've done our job!" You know what? The high schools also define student success as a degree. Are those students necessarily prepared for college? No. The post SC 107 What is Student Success? appeared first on Student Caring -…
  • Changing Your Work World

    info@studentcaring.com (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    How to prepare for a job change, before you need to. The post Changing Your Work World appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Are you a resilient educator?

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

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

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

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

    christopherwooleyhand
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Good schools have good leadership.  Great schools have great teacher leadership.  We can all think back to the day when the single heroic leader model was the norm.  This was the era of the authoritarian principal who ruled with a firm hand.  They were the only “expert” in the building and they used their influence in every aspect of management.  Some of those dinosaurs remain, but much like the dinosaurs, they are headed for extinction. The postmodern principal recognizes that schools have no chance of success unless leadership is a shared commodity.  The job is just too big.  The…
 
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Changing the Lives of Troubled Teens, One Trip at a Time

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

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

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

    Calvin Croll
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    The Boundary Waters is both incredibly harsh and beautiful in the winter. Watching the stars and northern lights through a crystal clear sky can fill you with a sense of wonder unlike anything in a city. At the same time, the cold and snow test your resolve. You find yourself having to keep constantly moving... The post Winter Expeditions Change Lives appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Outward Bound History: Foundations

    Richard Stuart
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Through the 1920s, Germany’s political climate began to change. Kurt Hahn’s liberalism and educational philosophies drew increasing criticism. Nevertheless, he continued to promote his ideas about education and society. Hahn was an outspoken opponent of the Nazi Party-a particularly dangerous and courageous position for a German-born Jew. In 1932, several Nazi storm troopers beat a... The post Outward Bound History: Foundations appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism

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

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

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

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

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

  • 500+ colleges placed under increased federal financial oversight

    The Edvocate
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    On Tuesday the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 556 colleges and universities that are on a federal financial “watch list” of sorts. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Education will have “increased financial oversight” into what these institutions of higher education do with the money they receive from federal student aid. students, parents and through loan/grant programs. On the list are a mixture of for-profit, public and Bible schools that were flagged because of accreditation, liabilities and late financial statements. Nearly…
  • Diverse Conversations: Online Universities and Underserved Student Populations

    Matthew Lynch
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    College attendance has become a necessity for entry into the contemporary workforce. This shift is a direct result of President Obama’s goal of having the largest percentage of college graduates out of all the countries in the world by 2020. With this edict has come an influx of students that may not have attended college as early as a decade ago. That being said, online colleges are taking the president’s challenge to heart and paving the way for underserved students to earn degrees and a better living. To find out more about this trend, I sat down with Cynthia G. Baum, Ph.D.,…
  • Emotional Leadership Preparation

    Matthew Lynch
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    When we look at all the data available on cognitive, intellectual, and philosophical views of leadership, and their combination with other frameworks, we see the power of emotions. Simply put, emotions generate knowledge, and emotionally acquired knowledge is strongly influenced by teachers’ and leaders’ understandings(or lack thereof) of their emotions. There is hope of a shift in school culture from one of emotional silence, to one of emotional engagement. Such a change would likely impact leader confidence, focus, well-being, and effectiveness, and could challenge leaders to redefine…
  • Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

    Matthew Lynch
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    Equity in education has long been an ideal. It’s an ideal celebrated in a variety of contexts, too. Even the Founding Fathers celebrated education as an ideal, something to which every citizen ought to be entitled. Unfortunately though, the practice of equity in education has been less than effective. That is, equity is a difficult ideal to maintain and many strategies attempting to maintain it have fallen far short in the implementation. The most obvious and horrendous element, of course, is the No Child Left Behind Act. But even Obama has notably dabbled in an attempt to manage equity in…
  • Oklahoma protesters rally for public school funding

    The Edvocate
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    More than 25,000 protesters are expected at a rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol today that will call on the state’s legislators to do a better job staffing and funding the public schools in the state, as reported by The Oklahoman. The Brighter Future rally is organized by the Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association and more than 60 school districts have cancelled classes so that teachers, students and parents can attend the rally that has been taking place for over a decade. Whether the legislators listen or not remains to be seen, but it would be in their best interest to do so. Oklahoma…
 
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    CTET Preparation

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

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

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

  • Easter Fun: 7 Ideas to Dye Vibrant Eggs with Your Child

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

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

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

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

    Lynda Way
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born just ten days apart with Washington’s birthday on February 22, 1732 and Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1809. Today, in the United States, we celebrate both presidents’ birthdays on the third Monday of … Read More The post Creative Craft Ideas to Help Children Honor President’s Day appeared first on .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • 5 Amazing Tips for New Teachers

    Mark Barnes
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    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, [...] The post 5 Amazing Tips for New Teachers appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson

    Angela Stockman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane Much has been said about growth mindset and grit this year and for good reason. When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen. When they’re able to persevere, even through moments of frustration, they typically meet with success. It makes sense that teachers are [...] The post The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness

    Angela Stockman
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane My brother in law is battling cancer. He has been for some time, and it seems that every time I’m with him, I learn something new. Something very important. Yesterday, as I was winding my way toward the parking ramp at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, I found myself feeling overwhelmed again. I was running late. [...] The post Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Sorry but You’re Not a Connected Educator Unless

    Mark Barnes
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Brilliant or Insane I pointed to a bright orb in the sky, referring to it as the sun. “The sun?” a woman replied incredulously. “That’s not the sun. It’s just a big light bulb!” Okay, that didn’t really happen, but the story’s point is amplified when compared to the real chat I had about what it means to be a connected [...] The post Sorry but You’re Not a Connected Educator Unless appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Authentic Learning: It’s Elementary!

    Angela Stockman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane Authentic learning is typically distinguished by four characteristics: The opportunity for learners to define and pursue their own questions and passions Inquiry work and the solving of real problems Discourse within a community of learners Activities that mimic the work of professionals and require the presentation of findings to audiences that will benefit from them [...] The post Authentic Learning: It’s Elementary! appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
 
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    The Montessori Group

  • Eight Essential Ingredients For A Child’s Mental Health

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

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

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

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

  • Montessori Lesson: Parts of a Flower

    Seminole Montessori
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    The real flower is related to the lesson “Parts of a Flower” in Montessori’s botany curriculum. The child eagerly accepts the lesson from teacher Karen Leavesley. The little botanist now has vocabulary to go with her new understanding of the world around her.
  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

    Seminole Montessori
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    The kindergarten year of the Montessori program is essential for unlocking a child’s full potential. The primary Montessori curriculum is a 3-year cycle. The third year, or kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your […]
  • Inside the Montessori Classroom

    Seminole Montessori
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    To grasp the essence of Montessori education, just step inside a classroom. Beautiful, inviting, and thoughtfully arranged, the room embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach. Natural lighting, soft colors, and uncluttered spaces set the stage for activity that is focused and calm. Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as students […]
  • 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 […]
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    Rockledge Montessori School

  • Help Us Win a Free Exotic Animal Exhibit!

    Rockledge Montessori
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    One lucky school in Brevard County will win a FREE Zoo-2-U show courtesy of Extreme Animals of Florida and fun4spacecoastkids.com. Vote once a day every day for Rockledge Montessori to win the show! Family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, anyone can vote! Contest runs March 1st-27th! The school with the most votes at the end will win! […]
  • Montessori Language: 0-3 Years

    Rockledge Montessori
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    The child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience ‘work.’ Such Experience is not just play… it is work he must do in order to grow up. ~Maria Montessori Excerpts from the book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three, With permission of Michael […]
  • Reaching Out To Our Community

    Kimberly LaMirande
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    At Rockledge Montessori this year for Christmas we would like to help out those who are in need. This year we are again reaching out into the community. We are asking that each student brings in at least one stocking filled with items for the residents. Please bring your stocking filled with the donations to […]
  • Montessori Lesson: Cards & Counters

    Kimberly LaMirande
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    In this video below, Mrs. Kathrine Fraleigh, presents a Cards and Counters lesson to one of her students. This Montessori lesson is a set of numerals 1-10 and plastic discs. The layout of the counters is what makes the counting work different. The student lays out the numerals, and then lays the discs out in […]
  • Pre-Montessori Lesson: Classifying Colors

    Kimberly LaMirande
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    In the video below, Mrs. Sandra Rodriguez, presents a practical life/sensorial lesson to one of her two year old student’s. She will show her student what is expected in the lesson. The student will then independently follow thru with the Montessori lesson. The lesson that Mrs. Rodriguez is teaching is a Pre-Montessori lesson on classifying […]
 
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • CPA Marketing:A Step By Step Guide For Beginners {Free Tips}

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    CPA Marketing Guide For Beginners As the name suggest that I am going to write on a CPA marketing which is already well know among the internet marketers. If you are already making $100 a day like other expert CPA marketers then you will be going to increase your income after reading this tutorial. And if you are new or beginner... The post CPA Marketing:A Step By Step Guide For Beginners {Free Tips} appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • How To Make Money Online With Bing Ads Fast – Step By Step

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    How To Make Money Online With Bing Ads I am going to share you one of my technique today. Last couple of weeks I have been testing the bing ads and trying to make money online with bing ads. I am sure you want to know how was my testing right Guys It’s been superb experience working on Bing Ads.... The post How To Make Money Online With Bing Ads Fast – Step By Step appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit Welcome guys , Today I picked a topic “How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide” to help people who are looking to get free traffic on affiliate link and to get some good stats in analytics. We have heard a lot that if that we can manage to... The post How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs of 1st March 2015 to 18th March 2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Bullet Points Current Affairs 1st March to 18th March 2015 Mufti Mohammed Sayeed sworn-in as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Kannan Ramesh appointed as Judicial Commissioner to Supreme Court Bench of Singapore National Science Day observed in India on 28 February Jagmohan Dalmiya unanimously elected as President of BCCI Defence Acquisition Council approved buying of 38 Pilatus trainer aircraft for... The post Current Affairs of 1st March 2015 to 18th March 2015 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • How To Grow Email List Fast And Make Money Online With Email List

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Hey guys , Today I am writing a very HOT and working method by which you can make hundred’s of dollars daily online easily.Its not a hype or fake trust me ,marketers are making money out of this method. This article is dedicated to “How To Grow Email List Fast And Make Money Online With Email List with Paid Marketing“... The post How To Grow Email List Fast And Make Money Online With Email List appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Create Fireworks in PowerPoint

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

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

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

    Rajashekhar Intha
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Imagine you have a video that you want to place at some corner of the slide of your PowerPoint presentation and you want the slides to advanced on click or at the set time, along with video without altering it in any manner. So how do we do that. Well! this is a very easy hack/tweak that anyone can do, here’s how: Open your presentation and navigate to the the first slide or to the slide you want the video appear and play across slides. Go to Insert > Video > Video on my PC This will open up a pop up window, navigate to your video location, select the Video and click Insert The chosen…
  • Free PowerPoint Templates

    FPPTP Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A perfect template is something that makes your presentation more intuitive and subject oriented. We believe “Presentations are more than  words and visuals, Presentations are ideas that transform the world”. So it’s in deed a presenter’s responsibility to make sure the presentation meets all the key points required to deliver an effective presentation. And supporting the theory, we are enlisting five free theme oriented PowerPoint templates. These are basic PowerPoint templates with a subject oriented background. You can use it accordingly as per your creative imagination. The…
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • What Are the Best Speed Reading Apps?

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

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

    Mark Ways
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    5 Popular Online Speed Reading Classes to Boost your CareerIris Reading is a well-trusted and popular provider in the field of online speed reading classes aiming to improve their customers’ style and technique.Compared to their locally hold live courses, the online classes teach you the same techniques and skills but it’s own-paced internet based learning in order to improve your reading and scanning speed plus the rate of comprehension. Read our Iris Reading review to see if these workshops suit you.1. Iris Reading Online Program – OverviewThe main method of learning is…
  • Ultimate Vocabulary Review 2015

    Mark Ways
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    A platform independent software tutor to improve vocabulary with little effort and time.Ultimate Vocabulary 2015 aims to make the learning of words a more enjoyable, faster and, perhaps most importantly, easier process. Designed for users of all ages, especially young adults and professionals, it appears to be an effective tool in expanding your word palette available on the market. We see it everywhere in the modern world; how an expanded vocabulary will open up multiple new avenues of opportunity in regards to employment, communication, relationships and personal satisfaction.People are…
  • Spelling Software 2015 – 5 Popular Tutors

    Mark Ways
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Learn effectively with spelling programs for kids and adultsHave you ever looked up the phrase “funny spelling mistakes” on the internet? I am sure there is some fun for you in it.Spelling errors on the other side may result in misunderstandings or even in a rejection when applying for jobs. Orthography is therefore a crucial skill and should not be left to automatic spell checkers alone. It aids in reading and also reduces mistakes resulting from the differences between phonetic sounds and the written word.In this post we review five of the best spelling software for children and…
 
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    CITE » Blog

  • Permanent School Counselor Certification

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

    John Russo
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    What Motivates Teachers – Competition? There’s no question that some people are motivated by competition and measure themselves in comparison to others.  Measuring in comparison to peers is, I think, […] The post What Motivates Teachers appeared first on CITE.
  • Literacy Affects All Subjects

    John Russo
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    When Reading Gets More Complicated, Use Your Language! Final: United States 2-2 Slovenia Posted by Eric Beard June 18, 2010 01:37 AM Well, the US are still in this. They […] The post Literacy Affects All Subjects appeared first on CITE.
  • Job Posting Administration Queens

    John Russo
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    Our World Neighborhood Charter School, (OWNCS) Our school consists of an Elementary School and Middle School in separate locations in Astoria NY. This role will be located at our Elementary […] The post Job Posting Administration Queens appeared first on CITE.
  • Doctoral Program for CSA members

    John Russo
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    CITE/Sage Doctorate Open House Thursday, February 5th at 5 p.m. Next cohort begins in August 2015! We will be holding an Open House meeting for our next doctorate cohort with […] The post Doctoral Program for CSA members appeared first on CITE.
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    DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar

  • 10 Reasons to Study in Australia

    DU Khabar
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    We’ve all at least once dream of settling down abroad or studying there. The idea of experiencing a whole new lifestyle and befriending people from all over the world is indeed immensely enticing. Keeping that in mind, what if you got to study in Australia, the third most popular education destination in the world? Here’s ... 10 Reasons to Study in Australia is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post 10 Reasons to Study in Australia appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • DUMUN 2015

    DU Khabar
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    DUMUN 2015, our own pan-university Model United Nations is scheduled to be held on 3rd to 5th April at Vallabhai Patel Chest Auditorium, North Campus, University of Delhi. It is not only a chance for all students to educate and inform themselves about various global issues, but also a platform to induce skills (such as ... DUMUN 2015 is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post DUMUN 2015 appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Learn German!

    Bhavna Joshi
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Willkommen!   Language has developed not only as a medium to communicate but also as a tool of expansion into the world of opportunities after holding an expertise in the field. When most of the students run after “future securing” mundane courses, there is a club of smart individuals who choose wisely  in building a ... Learn German! is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post Learn German! appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • VIVANTÉ- NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES

    Prerna Bhatia
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Kartavya, the Social Service Forum of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, is back with another edition of Vivanté, the Philanthropy fest, scheduled to be held in the college campus on March 26 and 27. With the theme “Not All Heroes Wear Capes”, Team Kartavya aims to change the perception of social service. With a ... VIVANTÉ- NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post VIVANTÉ- NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Walking for a Cause!

    DU Khabar
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    AIESEC in Delhi University inaugurated much hyped campaign titled Discovering Hope by its first event “TB RIDE”. On March 24, World Tuberculosis Day, members from the second best local chapter of the world’s largest youth run international organization, conducted a walk against Tuberculosis with the objective of eradication of the disease completely from the country, ... Walking for a Cause! is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar The post Walking for a Cause! appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
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    Kids Play Box

  • Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt

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

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

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

    TurkeyMom
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Math Activities for Kids : Exploring Volume We had this great opportunity to participate in BonBon Break’s “Fill your Bucket” campaign in partnership with OurPact App. What does “Fill your Bucket” mean to me? As a hands-on mom who loves hands on math activities and enjoys playing and creating with her kids, I immediately thought that the “Fill Your Bucket” concept lent itself into a fantastic math lesson exploring volume and capacity. Read more about our fun math activity on BonBon Break.. Thanks for visiting Feel free to pin  
  • Save the bunnies: Easter science experiment

    TurkeyMom
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Save the bunnies: Easter science experiment Wonderfully fizzing sensory science which works as a great Easter sensory activity for kids. A great way to experiment acid-base reactions for kids. This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}  Muffin Pan Food Color Baking Soda Vinegar Citric Acid Lemon Juice Ever we did our soapy sculptures activity with frozen bubble bath, the kids have been enjoying playing with those “soap cakes”. Visit the post for detailed…
 
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    Nigeria Education, post Ume Update And Latest Education News in Nigeria

  • Ice Prince Launches Self Owned Record Label – Super Cool Cats

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Rap entertainer Panshak Zamaniaka Ice Prince has unveiled his self-owned record label with an official announcement scheduled for a later date. The label, Super Cool Cats has always been Ice’s dream and has now materialized into fruition. Speaking with MTV UK last year, the rapper said… “There’s Super Cool Cats music, my new outfit, and I have a few artists that I want to introduce to the world.    Ice Prince There’s a girl called Ruth and a guy called Stunt. They’re all super cool cats. And there are a lot of producers in that outfit as well.” While Stunt just released his…
  • President Jonathan Sends Mbeki, Abdusalami To Beg Buhari

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    President Jonathan Sends Mbeki, Abdusalami To Beg Buhari - Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki and Former Nigerian Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar Monday, stormed Kaduna to meet with the Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari over the forth coming general elections. At the end of the meeting which was held behind closed doors at General Buhari’s office along Jabi Road in an eyebrow area of Kaduna metropolis Monday morning, neither the visitors, nor General Buhari spoke with newsmen. Mbeki and Abdulsalami left to the…
  • Best Nigerian Universities 2015 – Nigerianeducation.com.ng

    admin
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Best Nigerian Universities 2015 - This list of the best 100 Universities in Nigeria is based on the ranking released by Cybermetrics Labs, owners of the Webometrics, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de investigacoues (CSIC), Spain, we present you the top 100 universities in Nigeria. Year 2015 Edition of the top 100 universities in Nigeria as released by the 4 International Colleges & Universities (4ICU) Organization. Based on the ranking released by 4 International Colleges & Universities (4ICU), an international higher education search engine and directory…
  • Study In Philippines -Study In Philippines University

    admin
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Study In Philippines University -  Study abroad, US, UK, GH, etc is sometimes discouraging due to high tuition fee charge? the list amount you can pay for tuition in the countries listed above is about 1500 USD which is quite high for an average man. If you wish to study abroad and cannot afford to pay up to 1500$ as an international student, all hope is not lost you can still get quality education abroad for half that price in the Philippines. Requirements - Study In Philippines University 1 Completion of the high school program in the country where he had his secondary education; 2…
  • Instructions & Guidelines – 2015 JAMB UTME Registration

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    You can  Bookmark this page and always check back often. We will continue to give you with adequate information to help you have a stress free registration.  success. It’s important you Download JAMB CBT Software from Here 2015 JAMB UTME Registration - This is to inform the general public that the 2015/2016 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration commencement date has been announced.. We have decided to create this Portal to avail our readers with the latest trend about 2015 JAMB UTME. 2015 JAMB UTME…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Request Your Custom Lesson

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

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

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

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

    adrianedward
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    A new year is just around the corner and many people will be scrambling to list all the things they’re going to do to make 2015 their best year ever. The reality, however, is that despite high hopes and the best of intentions, most people will fail to turn their […]
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    A4academics.com Feeds

  • Awesome tips to answer "Tell me about yourself"

    info@a4academics.com (George John)
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    Awesome tips to answer "Tell me about yourself" interview question for freshers and experienced, which helps the candidate make great first impression at the interview. This question may be the first interview question or the second one – if, it is the second question then the first will be “How are you”.
  • Tell Me About Yourself - Best Answers and Examples

    info@a4academics.com (George John)
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    "Tell me about yourself” is a common interview question that every interviewer asks while taking interview, whether the interview is held for fresher, experienced, system analyst, content writer, nurse, doctor, engineer, etc. Let’s see how to provide the best answers to the question “Tell me something about yourself” with the help of examples provided for different streams. 
  • Embedded C Interview Questions and Answers

    info@a4academics.com (George John)
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Top Embedded C programming Interview questions and answers for freshers and experienced on embedded system concepts like RTOS, ISR, processors etc. with best answers.
  • ASP.Net Web API Interview Questions

    info@a4academics.com (George John)
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Top ASP.Net Web API Interview Questions and Answers for freshers and 2-5 year experienced dot net developers with explanation and examples.
  • C Interview Questions and Answers for Experienced

    info@a4academics.com (George John)
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Top 60 complex and advanced C Interview Questions and Answers for Experienced programmers covering all aspects of C programming with detailed explanations.
 
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • Racism on College Campuses

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

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

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

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I love to read.  But until recently, most of what I read was work related materials; letters, reports; memoranda, research papers, dissertations, etc. and not pleasure reading. I especially like to read murder mystery novels. I like to pick one author and read all of his or her books.  I have read all of David Baldacci’s novels.  If you haven’t read Baldacci, it’s a must read.  His novels are hard to put down. I have also read all of Dan Brown’s and Tony Hillerman’s novels.Now that I have more time, I am pouring over James Patterson’s novels.  I have read…
  • A Free College Education

    6 Feb 2015 | 3:51 pm
    At the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced a proposal to provide free college to everyone.  Free education at a community college that is, not at a four-year college or university.  His proposal is being called the free college plan and his idea is to make two years of college "as free and universal in America as high school is today", (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 21, 2015).Since the beginning of his administration, President Obama has been a big proponent of community colleges.  In 2009, he proposed in his budget $12 Billion for community…
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Create Animated Visual Effects Using jQuery

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

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

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

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

    Shuseel Baral
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    There are different methods to scroll HTML document using JavaScript, You can scroll the document to Top, Bottom or in any part or to view any element in the document using JavaScript. To scroll the document using JavaScript, there is a scrollTo() method in window object which takes the X and Y coordinates of a point and sets these as the scrollbar offsets. The scrollTo() method scrolls
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    Mathematics Realm

  • BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS 5

    Math Realm
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamThe photo aboe is taken at the Notre Dame Cathedral located at the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is just one of the photos I have taken when I was there. This is actually the side part of the cathedral.The cathedral, depicts architectural symmetries, both inside and outside. The windows and doors are perfectly placed that adds to its aesthetic value. The presence of circles and curves perfect aligned added with very intricate details gives an excellent texture to its beauty.  Make me wonder, how many windows are there in the…
  • CONNECTING DOTS WITH LINES (PART 2)

    Math Realm
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    This is the second part of the the post Connecting Dots With Lines. In the previous post, the solution of the puzzle of connecting nine (9) dots with four (4) lines only was shown. Possible and common wrong answers are also shown with corresponding reasons why they are not the correct solutions.This time, it involves twelve (12) dots. Your goal is to connect all of them by using five (5) lines only without lifting your pens, without retracing - the last segment must stop at where the first segment started. (Hint: You can cross another line.)Can you do it?Your comments and suggestions are…
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

    Math Realm
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    REALM OF MATHEMATICS would like to greet all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!May you enjoy the season with your love ones. Happy holidays!
  • BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS 4

    Math Realm
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Technohub, Quezon City, PhilippinesThe photo above is the 3rd of the photos taken at The Technohub located at Quezon City, Philippines.  The fountains depict a common mathematical graph, which is the parabola. In Physics, it is called the projectile. The amount of force needed to push the water upward is very important in determining the height of the fountain. The greater the force, the higher the fountain is. The varying heights of the fountains contribute to the beauty of the facade of the park. Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Just write them on the…
  • BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS 3

    Math Realm
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThe picture above is also taken at The Technohub in Quezon City, Philippines. It portrays the use of spheres as part of the facade of the park. They add more mathematical aesthetic together with the curvature formed by the establishments around it.The spheres used vary in sizes. Can you approximate the diameter of each? How about their volumes?Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Just write them on the comment box below.Thank you and God bless!
 
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  • FAQS on U.S. exports and economic growth

    Matt Carew
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    America remains one of the world's top exporters. Who says we "don't make things any more"? The post FAQS on U.S. exports and economic growth appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Online learning goes the distance

    Anne Kim
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Why the future of college will be online. The post Online learning goes the distance appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The rising electorate’s rising moderates

    Stefan Hankin
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Fully half of the rising electorate - millennials, Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians - describe themselves as moderates. The post The rising electorate’s rising moderates appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Colleges need to put students first

    Kenneth Megan
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It's time for a new college compact that puts teaching and learning first. Here are three ways to make that happen. The post Colleges need to put students first appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Why “Made in America” is making a comeback

    Liam Barrett
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    "Made in America" is a resurgent global brand. The post Why “Made in America” is making a comeback appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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  • How To Improve Your Memory (…Tips You Won’t Forget)

    Nina Bourne
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Memories from the corners of my…Wait, how does the rest of that song go? We’ll have to get back to our showtune singing later, because today we’re going to talk a bit about the wacky way our brains work and how to improve your memory! Seems appropriate considering I’ve already misplaced my iPhone (while I was talking on it!) and forgotten where the car keys were (in my pocket). Have you ever had days like this? Days when you can’t remember who, what, where, why and how of something pretty important. Odds are you have unless your hippocampus is like a steel trap…
  • Top 10 Laptops For College Students In 2015

    Nina Bourne
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Your days in college are going to be so much easier (and slightly more enjoyable!) if you have your own laptop. Sure, there are computer labs on campus, but that’s not always going to be the most convenient option when you have to pull an all nighter writing a paper or you feel the urge to binge watch the latest season of Orange Is The New Black. We tried to make the whole laptop buying process a bit easier on you with our list of the top 10 laptops for college students. There’s likely something for everyone on our list, so take a look at what we’ve got lined up for you in…
  • Abbey Road Studios Launches New Music Education Initiative

    Nina Bourne
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    There’s some exciting news coming from London’s famed Abbey Road Studios as a new initiative for an educational music program dubbed the Abbey Road Institute was announced recently. This is likely an amazing bit of information for fans of The Beatles (and music in general) since this is the where their legendary “Abbey Road” album was recorded in September of 1969 as well as much of their final album, “Let It Be”. Abbey Road Studioswas the last place John, Paul, Ringo and George recorded together as a band before parting ways in 1970, which lends a bittersweet…
  • Geek Week: Episode IV Is Underway At Rutgers University

    Nina Bourne
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Rutgers University is hosting Geek Week for the fourth year in a row, which has garnered the festivities the oh so fitting moniker of “Geek Week: Episode IV.” The week’s events kicked off on Sunday and will continue through Saturday with an 3,500 attendees expected by week’s end. The Rutgers website dedicated to Geek Week describes it as “an annual week of events celebrating all things ‘geeky’ at Rutgers University. From tabletop and video gaming, to music, cosplay, academic panels based on gender and ethnic diversity, and more. Rutgers Geek Week has been…
  • Professional Cuddlers Wanted! Yes, This Is A Real Job

    Nina Bourne
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    How do you feel about engaging in a totally platonic snuggle session with a complete stranger for money? If you’re anything like me, you likely feel intrigued, skeptical and slightly uncomfortable? For those of you who are down for a trip to cuddle town, there may be the perfect job out there for you! Apparently there is a growing demand for professional cuddlers and business is booming. “We are looking for kind, caring, and understanding people to become snugglers. No experience is required, but a warm personality is. The job is primarily platonic cuddling and talking to clients.
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    SlideRule

  • My Tryst With UX – an Interview with our mentor Jorge Baltazar

    Rajit Dasgupta
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    With registrations for the newest batch of our UX Design Workshop drawing to a close, I thought I’d ask one of our star mentors – Jorge, about his journey in the field so far. Today, more and more people are making the transition into UX Design from diverse backgrounds like psychology, architecture, graphic design, and more.  If you are thinking of getting into UX, and need some insight  – read on! “Landing your first UX job is challenging. Without proper mentorship, you’re completely making leaps of faith. My biggest learnings came from trial and error.” Name:…
  • 5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education

    Frida Garza
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    In the last ten years, technology has changed the way we work and communicate with others — and it’s also changed how we interact in the classroom. In fact, some educators argue that technology can improve the classroom by eliminating the need for a physical one, and allow students to learn remotely, from wherever they do their best work. While it’s still too early to know if this is the most effective way to teach, it’s important to stay-to-update on these innovations in education and see what we can learn from them. In these TED talks, students and educators share their stories of…
  • What It’s Like To Become A Full-stack Developer After One Bootcamp –

    Frida Garza
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Learning to code isn’t easy — ask someone who learned in just six months. Sebastian Belmar is a Chilean native who formerly worked as a consultant for renewable energy companies, until a startup weekend inspired him to make a career change. One year and a boot camp later, Sebastian is a full-stack developer for a curriculum management startup in San Francisco, and he has some advice to share. I sat down and talked to Sebastian about boot camps, learning to code in a second language, and find a company that you love.   When did you start considering a career in web development?
  • Tips on Building Your Portfolio For Game Developers

    Frida Garza
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    If you’re looking for work as a game developer, it’s better to show employers what you can do rather than just tell them. Your background, degree and resume matter — but with a portfolio, you can show your programming skills, your ability to think through problems, and your communication style. It’s a chance to really wow employers — so you want to make sure you do it right. You don’t need anything fancy — a simple WordPress site will do — and write one blog post or two for each major project you’ve worked on. Here are some tips on how to structure your work: 1. Use tech…
  • Follow These People on Quora To Learn More About Startups

    Frida Garza
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Quora is a great place to learn about the things you’re interested in — but it’s also a great place to scope out career paths you’re considering and hear from industry leaders themselves about their experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about Silicon Valley or starting your own business, follow these founders, marketers and investors to their career advice: Andrew Chen Having previously worked in venture capital and ad tech, Andrew Chen knows a thing or two about startups. Today, Andrew writes about growth hacking on his blog, andrewchen.co, and his popular…
 
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  • Best HSK Book

    Quinn Cash
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Best HSK Book – HSK Book Reviews Many HSK books on the market are marketed as magic pills. Others are actually informative and useful. Here, I will help you discover which are which. Many of these books are good resources for the HSK student. But, know that no matter the book, the real magic pill is actually using the book: getting down and dirty to practice the material. Repeated practice and hard work are the true keys to getting the score you want on the HSK. So, again the question arises: what books and resources are the best for the HSK? Read the following book reviews to find the HSK…
  • The language of Chinese soft power in the US

    Quinn Cash
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    By Will Wachter of the Asia Times NEW YORK – The main entrance to the China Institute in New York City looks like most other brownstones on the Upper East Side, distinguished only by its imposing red door. These days this door is open to welcome visitors down a short hallway that leads to two small galleries of Chinese art, currently exhibiting a collection of various teapots and Chinese calligraphy. Sometimes, a stumbling chant like “Lao shi jiao wo men shuo zhong guo hua” (“The teacher teaches us Chinese”) can be heard on the way. Founded in 1926 as the product…
  • New Official Character Lists

    Quinn Cash
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    An Article by Xu Chuan-Liu: “Experts Say the Government Will Create a New List of Official Characters to Enhance a Part of the Simplified Character List” 2009-04-18 05:56腾讯网 徐春柳 次 中国社科院昨天上午举办的第五次国学研究论坛对此进行了专题讨论。权威专家透露,有关方面将对汉字规范进行新的调整,新规范汉字表将很快公布。…
  • Singapore’s “Speak Manadarin” Campaign

    Quinn Cash
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A Speech by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong (1991) A nation is “a single people traditionally fixed on a well-defined territory, speaking the same language and preferably a language all its own, possessing a distinct culture, and shaped to a common mould by many generations of shared historical experience”. [Rupert Emerson in “From Empire to Nation”]. By this definition, Singapore is not yet a nation. We do not speak the same language, and we do not yet possess the many generations of shared historical experience. Within the same family, it is still very common to find that grandparents,…
  • Mandarin Use Up in Chinese American Communities

    Quinn Cash
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    ©2003 Associated Press December 29, 2003 SAN FRANCISCO — When she first emigrated, and walked through Chinatown’s streets speaking Mandarin, people muttered under their breath. They called Rose Pak a Chinese person who didn’t speak Chinese. As she walks through the same neighborhood three decades later, the scene is decidedly different. Pak points to a store bedecked with brightly colored kites, and another serving won ton and chow mein — both Mandarin-speaking, she says. A Mandarin pop singer belts out a love song over a sidewalk speaker, and a man greets Pak with…
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    Top Hat Blog

  • Pan Am Games chooses Top Hat to train all volunteers

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

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

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

    Alyssa Atkins
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    [Shareable – photo only] The post It’s About the Teachers More Than the Technology appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
  • 7 Free Classroom Tech Tools You Need to Know

    Jessica Sanders
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Classroom technology doesn’t have to come at a premium. In fact, free online education tools are as easy to find as an antsy student in class. However, don’t confuse availability with effectiveness. Few products are actually useful, and others simply add bulk to your already hefty teacher toolbox. Luckily, all you need are a few tools to see improvements in lesson planning, classroom organization, and more. Check out these seven that are sure to benefit you and your students. Prezi Make every lesson more exciting with Prezi. It’s most unique feature is a zooming canvas. Rather than…
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  • Greetings from around the world [infographic]

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Planning some world travel in the near future? Start your trip off right with help from TwoLittleFleas with the proper greeting for your international hosts. The post Greetings from around the world [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 screwy measurement units

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    How many people out there still get stumped looking at a ruler with both inches and centimeters? The post 10 screwy measurement units appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • This 6 year old has more talent than all of us [video]

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    All hail Jordan Bijan! Might as well jump on the boat now, everyone, this kid is going to rule the world one day. He pulls off a flawless cover of "I Will Always Love You." Oh, and he plays every instrument. And sings. The post This 6 year old has more talent than all of us [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 4 most important people in the world, according to Wikipedias

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    No matter what the history books say, Wikipedias have weighed in on who they think tops the bill of the world's most important people, and you might be surprised. The post 4 most important people in the world, according to Wikipedias appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How to floss properly in one minute [video]

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    There's a nightly battle that goes on in most of our heads. You know how it goes. You're so tired, so very tired. But you have to get up to floss. Only it's such a hassle. But if you use this flossing technique, which takes just a minute, you might find the motivation to floss. The post How to floss properly in one minute [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    gospeaky.com

  • Our Interview With Kerstin Hammes

    Ludovic Chevalier
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
     Kerstin Hammes is the owner of Fluent Language, she is also a coach, trainer, cheerleader and an author of two self-published books. That’s only a part of her incredible experience as she also learned many languages and have an incredible teaching experience. We believe that her experience as a coach could not only be beneficial for your future language exchanges but for your entire language learning experience. That’s the reason why we invited her to answer our questions. Enjoy! 1. You seem to be a lot into personal development – training, coaching,cheerleading – can you…
  • The “Experience-Based” System to Learning a Language

    Ludovic Chevalier
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today John Matthews, Co-founder of City SpeakEZ, will tell us more about “Experience-Based” system to learn new languages. This was totally new to me as well but I just loved the idea. Here is John’s introduction to “Experience-Based” learning. The “Experience-Based” System to Learning a Language “Anchor the knowledge through action!” Right away you are probably asking yourself, “What exactly is this guy talking about when he says ‘experience-based’ learning?” Well, to sum it up to a few words: It’s learning through action, through…
  • 50 Questions to (and not to) Ask in a Language Exchange

    Jannis
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    For those of you who are not familiar with language exchange, here are articles that will enlighten you:  What is a Language Exchange and How Does It Work?  and How to Make a Language Exchange Work For You! Would you like to have a real language exchange? But you feel insecure about the topics you can talk about? We all know that silence(s) can be really embarrassing when meeting someone for the first time and you probably want to avoid that at all cost. Don’t worry, we got you covered! Here is a list of all conversation topics and questions you can use when doing a language…
  • What Does a Day Look Like When Running a Startup?

    Jannis
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    I was asking myself a few months ago how it would be to work in a Startup or even to run and manage my own Startup. During my internship I had the chance to experience the Startup life at Speaky and gained some really exciting insights about the benefits and commitments of being an entrepreneur that I would like to share with you. So let us begin directly – how does a typical working day at a Startup look like? Our days start by 7 and we are usually at the office at around 7.30. Well, I mentioned “We”, because currently the whole Speaky team shares the same flat in Malaga and has the…
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Practice With a Native Speaker

    Jannis
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Would you like to learn a language while practicing it with a Native Speaker? Have you ever wished to have a friend from a country where they speak the language you want to learn? With Speaky you have the opportunity to find your perfect language buddy and have a real conversation within a few minutes. But what are the benefits of having a conversation with a Native Speaker? Have a look at our Infographics below – and if these advantages still don’t convince you – just try it yourself, I am sure you will love it  7 Reasons Why You Should Practice With a Native Speaker:  …
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  • 50 per cent of children don’t consume vegetables, survey finds

    VoicED Admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    50 per cent of children don’t consume vegetables, survey finds: According to a recent survey by BBC’s Newsround, more than 50 per cent of children do not eat any vegetables. 50 per cent of children don’t consume vegetables, survey finds As it stands, the government recommends that everybody should eat a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. The findings are particularly concerning as one third of UK children are either obese or overweight, a figure which has increased by 300% over the last 25 years. The survey – which questioned 1,432 UK children, aged between 7…
  • Science being filtered out of primary education, CBI finds

    VoicED Admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Science being filtered out of primary education, CBI finds: A recent study by The Confederation of British Industry has found that science is being filtered out of primary education in the United Kingdom, with 36 per cent of schools admitting to not teaching the subject for the minimum recommendation of 2 hours per week and 7.5 per cent teaching science for less than one hour per week. Science being filtered out of primary education, CBI finds On the other hand, the survey found that 20 per cent taught science for over 3 hours every week. The Confederation of British Industry also found that…
  • VoicED Releases Results of School Sport Mini Survey

    VoicED Admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    VoicED Releases Results of School Sport Mini Survey: In the summer term of 2014, following the Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon, VoicED carried out a small scale survey with 115 education professionals to understand perceptions of school sport. This document details the findings of those results. The findings of this survey should be seen as indicative, but there are some important indication – view the full research report here free of charge. VoicED Releases Results of School Sport Mini Survey According to the findings, almost all teachers who completed the survey felt that school…
  • Majority of Young People Believe Internet is Positive

    VoicED Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Majority of Young People Believe Internet is Positive: A survey released last month in the run up to Safer Internet Day 2015 found that the majority of young people face few difficulties on the internet and view the World Wide Web as a positive place. Majority of Young People Believe Internet is Positive The survey, which questioned over 1,000 children aged 11 to 16, found that 55 per cent see their peers posting kind and positive messages all or the vast majority of the time. Further to this, 63 per cent feel that people online are nice to them all or a lot of the time. When looking at how…
  • Well-designed classrooms boost pupil performance

    VoicED Admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    Well-designed classrooms boost pupil performance: New research published by Salford University has suggested that the layout, construction and design of classrooms has a significant impact on achievements in reading, writing and maths. Well-designed classrooms boost pupil performance The researchers stated that among the most important elements within the design of a classroom were natural light, air quality, temperature and having individualised classroom designs. According to the study, whole-school factors, such as the size of the school itself, or the facilities provided, had less impact…
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  • 3 Symptoms Of PhD Loneliness (And 5 Ways To Fix It)

    Julio Peironcely
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    PhD loneliness will hit you when you are working at midnight on some research topic nobody in your continent understands (or give a damn about) except for you. You are in a scientific micro-niche. So micro, you got nobody to talk with. And you feel alone. After all, you are born alone. You do a PhD alone. You die alone. It’s true that a PhD means doing independent research. YOU need to figure things out. YOU need to make it work (because your PhD matters). We agree on that. But from that to being alone in a PhD there is a stretch. Who wants to suffer from PhD loneliness? Nobody. Yet PhD…
  • How To Avoid PhD Burnout In 10 Minutes

    Julio Peironcely
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Last week I was close to a PhD burnout. I knew that if another shitty thing was to happen, I would snap. Have you ever put more on your plate than you could chew? And then, when you feel your mind is 100% busy with work projects, life decides to add more troubles to your plate, like those that “never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday“? That was me 3 weeks ago. Walking Towards PhD Burnout Having a PhD burnout is rather common. In fact, several factors make stress, burnouts and mental illnesses a sad reality in Academia. Projects were not…
  • Your PhD Matters

    Julio Peironcely
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    Hey, I just want to tell you that… your PhD matters. Yes, it does matter. Who the $%&@# cares about my PhD? What am I achieving with it? Will my PhD mean anything for the world? I asked myself these questions every single day of that PhD. Do you ask yourself the same? Then keep reading… Your PhD Matters People often wonder why I still write in Next Scientist. This is a blog for PhD students and young scientists and I have been away from Academia for 2 years. Why should I write for academics if I am long gone from Academia? Two reasons: I like to write and I want to help PhD…
  • 5 Hacks To Submit A Scientific Paper In 4 Weeks

    Olga Degtyareva
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Have you been intending to write up and submit a scientific paper of yours for weeks or even months? You’ve been wanting to draft the first version or work on the existing draft, but somehow it just does not get done. Your day seems to be very busy and there is no time to sit down to write. After all, there are group meetings to attend, lab work to do, other projects to take care of…When at your desk and looking at the paper, you find it difficult to focus: a chat with a fellow student, a noisy office atmosphere and your favourite internet sites, all of these add to distractions and…
  • 12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

    Dora Farkas
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and time when they were all available. After my 45 minutes presentation at this meeting a heated debate ensued among my committee members regarding the interpretation of my data. After a long discussion, my committee agreed to give me the green light to defend my thesis. Unfortunately, the…
 
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  • My Take on PLC's

    Michael Yardley
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Last week I attended Solution Tree's PLC Summit in Arizona.  It was a great event and I left with a improved determination to be a better teacher and to make a difference in the world.  I also left thinking about what I really learned that specifically can be used to make my instruction better.  Initially my thoughts went to the fact that I did not learn how to teach writing better, or how to teach a math concept better.  I honestly started to question the value of taking three days off school to attend a conference that was essentially just there to pump me up.  I…
  • Adapting to create great results

    Michael Yardley
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    About 10 minutes before school Monday morning the lights flickered then went out.  Our classroom is 1:1 and my plans are heavily based on the use of chrome books.  They all have batteries but the internet needed power to work.  It was nessisary to figure out something else and to top it off the kids were being sent to our room early because the lunchroom was too dark.  The result was one of the best writing lessons of the year. We started the lesson by going outside in the wet fresh snow and spent about half an hour letting the kids create snow sculptures.  I had…
  • Readworks is an amazing resource for Reading Instruction

    Michael Yardley
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    Readworks.orgOne of the big challenges we face in reading instruction is finding great materials to read that are aligned with our students ability level, aligned with the core, and that do not have copyright issues.  Readworks has a great collection so far and continues to grow rapidly.  What exactly is read works?  “The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation’s reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.ReadWorks provides research-based units,…
  • The 1 Sentence Makeover

    Michael Yardley
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    I did an amazingly successful lesson today that I like to call the one sentence makeover.  I first demonstrate by writing a basic sentence on the board for example, "It is snowing."  Then we discuss the importance of using vivid descriptive words in their writing, and I rewrite the sentence.  The frigid North Wind drives the tiny shapeless snowflakes into waist deep mountains and bare valleys of drifted snow.  I then wrote another basic sentence, "I went up the mountain." and gave the students 5 minutes to work on making the sentences amazing.  They were instructed to…
  • What is #favral?

    Michael Yardley
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I'm trying an experiment mostly because I'm always interested in finding great books to read to my students, but partially because I like science.  I am in the process of trying to start a new Twitter tag called #favral.  #favral stands for Favorite Read-a-Loud.  I would like for teachers to share when they come across a great new book that is ideal for reading to students or children.  It could be anything from a shorter picture book to a novel.  It should involve a great story that lends itself to class discussion.  Is it possible for me with fairly few…
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  • Sample Detailed Lesson Plan in English (Grade 7)

    Ro Primaeva
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:26 am
    I. Objectives At the end of the lesson the students should be able to: Classify sentences according to their uses. Construct declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences. Read sentences correctly and clearly with expressions. Show teamwork and cooperation through participating in a group activity. II. Contents Procedure A. Learning Activities Motivation Group Activity: The students will be divided in to ... Read More The post Sample Detailed Lesson Plan in English (Grade 7) appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Explore and Discover the City of Catbalogan

    TeacherPH
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Catbalogan is a new City where its ecotourism potentials are almost untapped and unexplored. To date, throngs of exploring tourists are charting the areas. Now it can be seen – “Déjà Vu.” Historically and perennially, Catbalogan is the “Cabecera” Capital Place since the Pre-Spanish time and up to the present. In the year 1600s, Samar Island was only one province. When ... Read More The post Explore and Discover the City of Catbalogan appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • History of Catbalogan City

    TeacherPH
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Pre Historical Background Most of the islands across Catbalogan were part of the Samar mainland, and much of what is now the bottom of Maqueda bay stood above water, an alluvial plain, and a few thousand years ago. It went underwater. As the rocks tell on its Samar arc’s western edge down warped; resulting in a vertical fault running from ... Read More The post History of Catbalogan City appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • DepEd Hiring Guidelines for Teacher I Positions Effective School Year 2015 – 2016

    TeacherPH
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    1.0 Background and Rationale The Department of Education (DepEd) recognizes that the success of any education system greatly relies on the competence of its teachers. Hence, one of the primary issues the Department aims to address through it comprehensive implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program is the need for highly competent teachers in public elementary and secondary ... Read More The post DepEd Hiring Guidelines for Teacher I Positions Effective School Year 2015 – 2016 appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • DepEd Guidelines on the Proper Distribution and Disposal of Textbooks

    TeacherPH
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    This DepEd Order provides the Policy and Guidelines on the Proper Distribution, Care, Recording, Retrieval and Disposal of Textbooks (TXs) with the Teacher’s Manuals (TMs) and Other Instructional Materials (IMs) in order to improve access to them, maximize their use, and minimize or eliminate damages and/or losses. It also provides guidelines on the proper recording and disposal of damaged and ... Read More The post DepEd Guidelines on the Proper Distribution and Disposal of Textbooks appeared first on TeacherPH.
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  • Health Disparities Conference Summary: Columbia University

    Mr. Zoras
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    What an amazing weekend at Columbia University. You can read all the news articles and academic journals but until you take a walk through Harlem, meet with great minds and have rich discussion, you don’t really see the issues at hand. Dr. Wallace opened up the conference with expressing a need for a population that is multiculturally sensitive and one that does not perpetuate racial/gender/ethnic/socioeconomic disparities in health. She asked us who we ARE, ARE being Acceptance, Respect and Empathy. We want to move from just respecting someone to accepting. She said we want to embrace…
  • #EdAppHack Sharing our work for our youth hackathon!

    Mr. Zoras
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Well its been a busy few months after #EdAppHack and school has been going well.  Since #EdAppHack in October a bunch of amazing organizations have released information about the day.  Our Hackathon playbook has hit Mozilla that we created with MaRS and just last week we were published in the Ontario College of Teacher’s magazine Professionally Speaking.  I just wanted to share some of those things with the world! Complete list in doc click here:  Ontario College of Teacher’s: Professionally Speaking Orion: Watch Students Innovate at EdAppHack MaRS: Youth Hackathon Playbook…
  • TDSB STEM Showcase: Using VROC and Video Calls for #STEM Learning

    Mr. Zoras
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Friday was a great day of STEM learning! It goes to show how many awesome, dedicated and willing to share teachers there are in the TDSB. With the hard work of the STEM central team the day was a success! To get a better understanding of STEM we need to define it and how it will work for our board. We can not just use the definition used in the United States but one that works for us. The team centrally has come up with a definition which I really like: “STEM is a trans-disciplinary approach to inquiry and problem-based learning that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation in…
  • TDSB Google Camp 2.0 – my session on STEM and Google Apps for Education

    Mr. Zoras
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Teaching and Learning with Technology team put together another AMAZING Google Camp!!! http://www.tdsbgooglecamp.ca/ Keynote by Julie Millan was awesome! It was great hearing from “one of us”. It is nice on occasion to have the celebrity keynote but what is really inspiring is someone in our board who is doing amazing work and someone we can connect with.  Julie’s message was really about how technology has been changing, what learning looks like is changing and that teachers need to embrace that.  She encouraged teachers to #TryOneThing! I found there was way more…
  • Literacy with Actively Learn! Not just for English class! #EdTech

    Mr. Zoras
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Check out Actively Learn: Click here  Reading is not just for English class!  Actively Learn has a place in all subject areas.  Being a science teacher I strive to have scientifically literate students by teaching the concepts of science but more importantly what is happening in the world around them. By using Actively Learn, I can assign readings to my students from the curated content to articles I find online and see how my students are understanding.  The content already in the database is high quality with categories and notes already loaded by Actively Learn and other teachers.  A…
 
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • How to Create Custom YouTube Thumbnails With Canva

    jonathanwylie
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Looking for a quick and easy way to increase views on your YouTube videos? If so, custom thumbnails are for you. With Canva you can create a thumbnail for YouTube videos that is guaranteed to catch the eye when your video appears in search results or is embedded on a website. Here’s what you need to […]
  • How to Set Document Alerts in OneDrive for Business

    jonathanwylie
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Working collaboratively in the cloud is a great convenience, and something that you can do very well in Office 365 if you use OneDrive for Business, as many schools do. However, sometimes it is nice for teachers (and students) to know when others have changed or modified a document that they co-author. To achieve such […]
  • How to Share Files, Photos & Links via Gmail on iOS

    jonathanwylie
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    One of the more popular posts on my blog of late was a post I wrote about how to make Gmail the default mail app on the iPad. It worked great, but it was a workaround and you couldn’t help but feel that there must be a better way. Well, today there is, because Google […]
  • How to Use the OneNote for iPad Drawing Tools

    jonathanwylie
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Recently, Microsoft updated OneNote for iPad to include the one thing that iPad users were missing most from their Windows versions of OneNote – Draw tools. Given the touch capabilities of the iPad, this is a very useful addition. For the classroom this means students and teachers have the option to use handwriting in OneNote, […]
  • Creating Interactive Presentations on Keynote for iPad

    jonathanwylie
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I was contacted recently by someone who wanted to create an interactive presentation on the iPad. Well, there are lots of ways to do that, but I wasn’t sure exactly what they meant or what they wanted to achieve over and above a standard presentation. Polls? Quizzes? Videos? Live broadcasts? As it turned out, it […]
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    The Great Education Struggle

  • 056: Conversation with Jason Truett Glen, Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    For the biblical Christian parent, the current culture we live in clearly demonstrates Isaiah’s warning, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"[1. Isaiah 5:20] But his warning should not be a surprise, for there is a real antithesis between the biblical Christian view of the world and the way the non-believer views this world. Join Professor Jason Truett Glen, Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College as we discuss the Christian worldview and education. Professor Jason…
  • 055: Meet Your Child's Murderer

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Today's culture, we are so worried about our children being hurt, we ban activities such as dodge ball, and instead of teaching them to be tough, we bubble wrap them. Meanwhile, parents on the otherwise of the globe are training their children to kill ours.  While these children are learning how to shoot, behead, and burn their enemies alive, we indoctrinate ours into silence and compliance through our school system and its curriculum. How is this being done? Tune in as you meet the murder of your children.
  • 054: Conversation with Herb Titus, Constitutional and Common Law Scholar

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    We all have grown up the notion that public school was just a given. We have come to expected them to be available  just like our fresh running water from our sinks; services provided by an altruistic  government for the benefit of the people. But was it constitutionally permissible in the first place?  Is it now constitutional? Was it the parents, the state or the federal government responsibility?  What about Common Core? What did President Thomas Jefferson say about forcing parents to support ideas and opinions that were contrary to their conscience? Join my conversation with…
  • 053: Conversation With Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Why does the average U.S. college freshman reads at a seventh-grade level, according to an educational assessment report? How have we gone from Noah Webster's public school system to a socialist/progressives taken over the public school system? What happened to the proper teaching of phonics? How does Common Core fit into the current scheme of things? This and more with my conversation with Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld in episode 53. Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld was born and educated in New York City. Dr. Blumenfeld graduated from The City College of New York in 1950 and worked for ten years in the…
  • 052: Conversation with Dr. Ken Calvert-Hillsdale Academy

    1 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week I discuss the several topics including the current educational climate, Common Core, liberal arts, Hillsdale Academy, and the educational reforms Hillsdale is proposing and offering to anyone for free. If you are looking for a classical liberal arts educational plan our founding fathers would have recognized, then look no further. Dr. Calvert arrived at Hillsdale College in 1996 from Miami University of Ohio where he had completed his Ph.d. in Ancient History.  Dr. Calvert earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College as well as Masters Degrees from Gordon-Conwell…
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    New Horizons

  • when making my CISSP knowledge meet my Cisco knowledge

    yasserramzyauda
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    CISSP tip of the day(where making my CISSP knowledge meet my Cisco knowledge) : OS Kernels have two basic designs: monolithic and microkernel. A monolithic kernel is compiled into one static executable and the entire kernel runs in supervisor mode.All functionality required by a monolithic kernel must be precompiled in. A microkernel is usually smaller and has less native functionality than a typical monolithic kernel , but can add functionality via loadable kernel modules. Microkernels may also run kernel modules in user mode, instead of supervisor mode. now lest apply this to our Cisco…
  • New CISSP Changes Comparing to Current One

    yasserramzyauda
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Anonymous writes “ Good day to all, I have started to look in details at the new CBKcoming into effect on f15th of April 2015. The new CBKlist a bit more than 109 references used within the CBK.   This list is always a great indicator of what has changed, what was added, and what was deleted. The CBK was last updated in January of 2012, prior to this it was updated about 4 years earlier.  So the current CBK still has a majority of content dating back as far as 7 years ago and in some case even further back.  Doing an update every 3 to 4 years in the field of Information Security is…
  • Certified Business Professional Courses in Dubai , UAE

    New Horizons Dubai
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    The Certified Business Professional program CBP™ is an international industry credential that validates and develops the business professional through training, readying the professional for the international business world. The Certified Business Professional™ creates a standardized Global Workforce of CBP™ Professionals that possess the sought skills setting them apart from other professionals in the business world. Course Available Business Etiquette With Exam Business Communication With Exam Leadership With Exam Sales With Exam Customer Service With Exam  Marketing with Exam…
  • Why C#? What can I do with it?

    New Horizons Dubai
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    In my capacity as a Trainer, I always has an Audi meeting with the potential new student to make sure they do know what they really need to know. Sounds weird ha? well trust my I have seen many people came to register for HTML and ended up with Photoshop! because this is what they have been told or read on the internet. The most interesting & common case is the people who comes to study programing, any one who says other than C# I make sure they do not leave before they change their mind! well I am not persuasive master! I just tell them what C# is and what they can do with it and they…
  • Get Free Ebook – Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing

    New Horizons Dubai
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing – by series editor, Mitch Tulloch with Nader Benmessaoud, CJ Williams, and Uma Mahesh Mudigonda. Introduction As businesses move more toward cloud computing, one important factor for success is adopting multi-tenant software-defined networking (SDN) solutions in data centers. Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) is a key enabler for a multi-tenant SDN solution and is essential for implementing a hybrid cloud environment where tenants can bring not only their own IPs, but their entire network topology since the virtualized…
 
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    bodyLITERATE Research Initiative

  • studying for science and math tests

    Kai Kleinbard
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    studying for science and math tests Students who have difficulty with science and math tests often forget that these subjects are generally application/problem solving based. On the other hand, English and history tests tend to me more memorization-based. I compare this to preparing for a basketball game.  How would you prepare?  Reading a book on basketball and trying to memorize proper form when shooting the ball into the hoop or would you physically practice shooting?  The latter would offer the most immediate benefit to the player’s gameplay. In similar fashion, application based…
  • Building routine: creating dedicated work/hw time

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Building routine: creating dedicated work/hw time Many young learners have difficulty getting into routine.  Routine is one of the main areas I work on regarding executive function issues in adolescents.  The key is to be consistent and to have clear expectations.  One setup, is to create a dedicated 2-3 hour work period when the student comes home.  This is a time when they can do homework, as well as do other academic-related tasks, such as reading (for fun), extra math, programming etc. It’s a “sit-down” or quiet time to focus on contemplative tasks, including…
  • Office share in downtown brooklyn, March, 2015-September, 2015

    Kai Kleinbard
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Office share in downtown brooklyn, March, 2015-September, 2015 Good day, all. I am looking to share my office located at the intersection of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights.  I use the space as a one-on-one office to work with my clients from Brooklyn and Manhattan (I am an executive functions coach and Alexander Technique teacher).  In addition, the space is used by a collaborator, who is an arts therapist. The office has a beautiful window, a closet and is on the second floor of an office building.  There is also a large backyard. The space would function well for someone in need of a qiuet…
  • Executive functions and Alexander Technique consultations in Brooklyn, March 16-22

    Kai Kleinbard
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    The bodyLITERATE is a Brooklyn education company that offers executive functions tutoring and coaching as well as Alexander Technique.  Executive functions are the neural processes that support efficient, organized approaches to academic work, including time-management, working memory, task initiation and attention/focus.  The Alexander Technique is a movement-reeducation method that helps people develop better posture, physical efficiency and awareness. Together, this type of one-on-one academic support offers young learners life-long skills for increased agency and sustained success in…
  • Rocks Paper Scissors workshop on play by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro

    Kai Kleinbard
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Rocks Paper Scissors workshop on play by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro Date of workshop: 3/01/2015 We were excited to have arts educator Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro join us for a wonderful exploration of “play.”  This workshop included children ages 4-5 as well as adults exploring the meaning of “play.”  The workshop sought to find ways to use simple elements to create the intricate, dynamic world of “play.” In a world full of pre-made toys and structured play. How can we  keep play experiences simple and make the ordinary extraordinary? Come for a session of play.
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  • Should you take SAT Subject Tests? Here’s what you need to know.

    Z Prep!
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    Planning to take SAT Subjects Tests It’s important for high school students and their families to understand SAT Subject Tests and how they fit into college and SAT strategies. Thinking about which tests to take, when to take them, and how they can help can be a valuable part of an overall plan for getting into the college you want to attend. Who Should Take an SAT Subject Test? There are many good reasons for high school students to take one or more SAT Subject Tests. The College Board recommends that students take SAT Subject Tests because they enable students to demonstrate to colleges…
  • The New Aspire Test: Why ACT Aspire preparation is important for your child

    Z Prep!
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The adoption of Common Core standards has brought many changes to schools and their curricula in recent years. One of the biggest changes concerns standardized testing. Though requirements vary, most states are replacing their old No Child Left Behind assessments with new tests that measure the types of learning now required by Common Core. The Aspire system, created by the makers of the ACT, is one of these new tests. What Is the Aspire exam? The new Aspire system offers a series of achievement tests for students in third through tenth grade. Five subjects are tested each year: English,…
  • SAT Essay Writing Strategies: Are You Ready?

    Z Prep!
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The SAT essay is changing beginning in 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the new essay section of the test and how to prepare for it. Important changes to the SAT essay in 2016 The essay will now be optional instead of required. You will now have 50 minutes to write instead of just 25. The essay will be given at the end of the three-hour test instead of the beginning. The essay question will now require you to analyze a passage and explain how the writer proves his or her point. In the past, the essay involved developing an opinion essay. Who should take the SAT essay test?
  • So you want to go to Law School

    Z Prep!
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You’ve made a decision to get your law degree. With a wide range of specialty and career choices available to law graduates, this is a great career choice. Law graduates may follow a number of different paths after graduation. Of course, law graduates also face many challenges, including a high price tag for law school, passing the bar exam in their state after graduation, and sometimes limited opportunities for entry level positions in established law firms. Then there’s the challenge of getting into law school itself, a fitting challenge for a student with high aspirations to enter the…
  • Watch our Video for Quick Tips for Test Prep for SAT and ACT

    Z Prep!
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    If you’re about to take the SAT, ACT or another college entrance exam like the GRE or GMAT, you may be wondering how to get started. You know there’ll be some studying involved, but how do you get organized so you feel you have it under control? All you need is a plan, some determination and maybe a bit of help. That’s why we made this video. Take a quick look and get inspired to start your own test prep study program today. And remember, when you’re getting ready for a big test and you’re worried about your score and things seem overwhelming, Z Prep! can help. The post Watch our…
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    Free Technology for Teachers

  • A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Over the last month, basically since I published this post, I have received a bunch of emails from teachers asking about ways to publish their audio recordings/ podcasts. Here are the methods and platforms that I've been recommending. Publishing your podcast through iTunes will probably give it the best opportunity to reach a large audience. People are familiar with the process of subscribing to podcasts through iTunes which will help you help them subscribe to your podcast. The drawback to using iTunes to publish your podcast is that the set-up process is confusing the first time you do it.
  • Register for Two Free Webinars With Me

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    People who are subscribed to the Practical Ed Tech newsletter got this information yesterday. I apologize to those who are seeing it as a repeat. This week I am leading some free webinars for teachers. On Tuesday I will be giving two short (30 minutes) presentations as part of Simple K12’s afternoon of webinars on Google Apps. My presentations will be on search strategies and workflow tips. My presentations will at 2pm and 3pm Eastern Time. You can learn more and register here. On Thursday I will be hosting a free webinar on the best backchannel and informal assessment tools for teachers.
  • ExamTime Changes Names - Still Offers Good Review Tools

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    ExamTime is a service that provides a bunch of good study tools for students. Over the weekend ExamTime changed its name to GoConqr. Students will be able to use their ExamTime usernames and passwords on GoConqr. GoConqr will offer the same options as ExamTime did for creating and sharing flashcards, building mind maps, and tracking your own study habits. The next update to the ExamTime mobile apps will the reflect the new GoConqr name too. In reading ExamTime's blog post about their name change it wasn't exactly clear what motivated the name change or if anything significant will change in…
  • Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is a guest post post from Brenda Doucette (@doucetteb) of EdTechTeacher - an advertiser on this site. Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but…
  • Mail Call! - Answers to Questions from Readers

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    I receive a lot of emails and Facebook messages from readers asking all kinds of questions related to educational technology. Some of those questions are very specific to the writer's classroom while others have a bit more broad appeal. My answers to the broader questions often end up as blog posts. Here are some of the latest questions from readers and my answers to them. 1. I am wondering if you might have any suggestions for an application that can take voice mail messages and transcribe them to text and put them in a spreadsheet. Thanks for any help you can offer. Google Voice will…
 
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    BrainDirector

  • Brain Training Not Only In English But Also In Urdu And Hindi

    khuram imtiaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The Brain Director aims at providing people with free brain training and brain fitness resources. We have been providing information in English so far but things are going to change. Our goal is to help those who seriously need help and most of the people who need help do not know English. We are not here to help people only from English speaking countries like America and Canada but to help the world. I have been awake all night and right now as i am writing this sentence it is 6:30 pm so pardon me if i end up making language mistakes. You know sleep deprivation has negative impact on…
  • How To Change Your Life In A Matter Of Hours

    khuram imtiaz
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Do you ever feel sad and bad about your life? May you you are not happy with your life because you are not where you always wanted to be. Everyone including me has an idea of destination. I know where i want to be and what i want to achieve in my life. Same goes for you. But do we always achieve all the things we desire? Nope. Can we? Yes! how? That is what we are going to talk about in this article. One thing i always believed in all my life is a firmly held belief that we should never be a quitter. The moment we quit is the very moment game over with all the hope dead. We mess up our life…
  • How To Improve Your Memory (Tips And Exercises)

    khuram imtiaz
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    I think everyone already knows that a good memory depends on your physical and mental health. There are certain brain training exercises you can perform to boost your brain power and to improve your memory. Whether you are a student, a professional or just an old man who wants to keep his brain sharp, these techniques work for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Memory improvement techniques not only bless you with a great memory but also make your a more creative person in general. These techniques also improve your thinking abilities and will power. You will be able to think way…
  • How Your Long Term Memory Works And How To Improve

    khuram imtiaz
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    This post is going to server as an introduction to long term memory and its types. It is going to be more theory and less practical. The goal is to help you understand the way your long term memory works. If you are looking for some practical tips on how to improve your memory, you are read any of the following . How To Remember Words And Numbers . How To Start Training Your Memory . Five Tips For Beginners To Learn Mnemonics Let’s now learn about the three types of memory so that it can help you improve your own memory. Episodic Memory We can say it is our memory for events and…
  • Important Notification For All Visitors

    khuram imtiaz
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    It has come to my attention that some members were violating the copyright material. With immediate effect, i have taken down all forums to put an end to this. There are going to be no more forums and you will not be allowed to register and account and start posting. Morever, all author accounts have been disabled. We are strictly against this and under no condition will ever allow piracy. From now on, i myself will be writing for Braindirector. For comments, feedback and suggestions, please get in touch with me via either admin AT baindirector.com or +923339990209 That is all for now.
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  • The Role Of An EKG Assistant

    ECA
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    EKG assistants – what is their role? Does certification matter? Find out here and now. What They Do EKG technicians, also known as electrocardiographers, play a very specific, yet vital role on the health care team. They are responsible for measuring the biorhythms of the human heart muscle, a key indicator of well-being. The EKG assistant is a health care professional who has been trained to execute clear and accurate pictures of the heart using sophisticated medical imaging equipment. These visuals are generated from electrical signals or, in the case of ultrasound procedures, from sound…
  • What To Wear To A Job Interview

    ECA
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Interviews are already a stressful part of the job search process. We aim to make it a little easier on you by helping you dress for success. Here are some tips on what to wear to your next job interview: Clothing Neutral-toned Comfortable Matched to prospective job Nicer than normal Clean and in good condition Conservative Shoes Closed-toe and professional Short heels Accessories Subtle/minimal No cologne or perfume Hair/Face Washed, neat, and updated Clean shaven Classic/light makeup Now that you know the guidelines to follow, good luck on your interview! Just starting out on the search for…
  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Interviewing Skills

    ECA
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    For many a job seeker, knowing how to answer interview questions correctly can make the difference between landing a job and handing it to someone else with equal or perhaps even lesser qualifications. But what makes it so difficult to get it right? There are five ways to improve your interviewing skills for a position in your field. Prepare for the mundane.“Can you tell us about yourself” and “how did you hear about our company” are two seemingly simple questions that are designed to get the ball rolling. But there is more to them than meets the eye. The interviewer wants to know how…
  • What Does a Physical Therapy Aide Do?

    ECA
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Growing rapidly with a bright future ahead of it, the field of physical therapy (PT) holds significant opportunity for workers at every level. Physical therapy aides have seen particularly strong demand for their services in recent years and the trend is set to continue, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read on to learn more about what to expect in today’s physical therapy aide jobs. The Job Description, in Brief The physical therapy aide has both clinical and administrative responsibilities. He or she may assist the physical therapist with patient care and monitoring,…
  • Maintaining a Work, School & Life Balance

    ECA
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Some weeks, it seems impossible to balance your obligations while still having time to relax and have fun. Follow these tips to get started on getting your work-life-fun balance on track: Identify Your Bad Habits What is your most common source of imbalance – work, play, or school? Only you know what your bad habits are. Make a Time Budget Plan out the amount of time you need to spend on each part of your life every week, and stick to it! Learn to Say No You can decline invites to parties and requests to work late. Saying no shows you have a clear understanding of your priorities. Take Care…
 
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    MBAtious

  • Inequalities

    MBAtious
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    The easiest way to solve Inequalities is by simply solving it the wrong way, That is simply EQUATE the inequalities, And for Everything else, mark the CORRECT OPTION and leave. Please DO NOT solve a Single Inequalities Question unless it becomes very mandatory to solve it,Simply Equate or Look at the Options n Mark the Correct Answer. In this note we shall be solving most questions, without solving. :)
  • Timeline for CAT preparation

    MBAtious
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The ideal time to start preparing for CAT exam is 7-8 months prior to the exam date. Preparation for CAT is similar to preparing for a marathon and planning and executing your strategy can help you improve your performance significantly. Students, especially engineers, should realize that most of the CAT syllabus has already been learnt by them in their 11-12th standards and early engineering. The only thing that is needed to crack CAT is practice and lots of it. So, I personally discourage students from devoting time exclusively to prepare theory. Brushing up formulae and theory should be…
  • What are the skills tested in Reading Comprehension ?

    MBAtious
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Managers of big companies read several documents a day and quickly grasp the important parts in each of them while filtering out the noise. This ability is tested in a student in the Reading Comprehension section of CAT. RC is a vital section in CAT and around 40% of the questions in the Verbal + LR section are from this topic. Improving RC is all the more important because a student who is good at RCs typically does well even in other related questions like Para-Completion and Para-Jumbles.
  • ADURO Quant Lessons - Set 1

    MBAtious
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    With a given amount X .. Mr. Y can buy 20 E or 12 S or 5 P. If he purchased an equal number of E and S and P with an amount Z and given that Z = 3X, Find the number of Ps bought by him ? P.S. - Can you solve this sum using formulae/concepts used for Time & Work sums P.P.S. Can you solve it in 10 seconds ?
  • How do you know you are on the right path ?

    MBAtious
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    She responded, “I just do things that give me energy. Last week, I was recording for a PBS documentary in New York, and I was so energized afterwards that I skipped all the way to Penn Station. I thought, ‘Hmm, I should do more of these.’ After I record our show for NPR, I’m so excited that I jingle my keys on the walk to my car. Writing is so hard for me. It’s so solitary and so gut-wrenching, but when I finish, I’m so excited and so glad I did it. I just pay attention to what gives me more energy and just make sure I do more of those things.”
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  • Mute Bliss

    Sanchita Sharma
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Teaching class 8G, a bunch of enthusiastic children, is always fun and challenging, but amidst all the fun and learning my students and I learnt a lesson. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James It all happened while teaching the lesson “The Beginnings of a […]
  • TECHNOLOGY

    Grace Romona J. Vaseeker
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Technology is a boon for human beings. There is an explosive revolution in technology in last fifty years. Technology plays a wonderful role in people’s daily life. It is impossible to imagine the life without technology. Technological advances and their rapid and wide applications are having a significant impact on a nation. Some people argue […]
  • Importance of School

    Harini
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    School is the basic foundation of knowledge being imparted to a child. It gives a chance to children to acquire knowledge on various fields of education, such as people, literature, history, mathematics, politics, and other numerous subjects. By obtaining knowledge, a person is in a better position to help other people. According to Irene Shere, […]
  • SCHOOLS

    Grace Romona J. Vaseeker
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    A school is an institution where students are taught by learned people. School plays an important role in each and every one’s career. Students of today are the citizens of tomorrow. Schools are the first institutions, where a child comes in contact with other children under the guidance of teachers. Schools are better known as […]
  • School Farewell

    Dr. Anshu Arora
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    27th February ……. a very special day and an equally special date. There are some days that remain etched in our memory bank forever and go deep down to the memory lane. This was one such day, our School Farewell was hosted with great pomp and show. Endless jubilations and some tears too. Discipline is […]
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    PrepAdviser.com » Blog

  • Idioms in GMAT Sentence Correction (Video) – 2

    PrepAdviser
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Knowledge of English idioms will help you on the GMAT sentence correction questions in the Verbal section of the exam. Last week we shared a video by Magoosh, which was dedicated to GMAT sentence correction questions. Sentence correction consists of sentences with an underlined section, followed by 5 possible answer choices. The candidate should select the best possible answer. As previously mentioned, simply reading the answer choices and picking the sentence that sounds best isn’t enough. There are also some subtleties that you need to master in order to score high on the sentence…
  • How I Selected my Business Masters Programme

    PrepAdviser
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    It has always been my dream to pursue a Business Masters. Successfully completing a Master’s programme in Business would be the biggest move of my career. Hence, I did not want to take any chances while selecting the right college. Choosing the right direction I was confused by the various disciplines that a Business Masters course offered, such as marketing, finance, international business, IT and HR. I researched the career prospects of each discipline. I discussed them with my family members, professors and some of my seniors currently pursuing a Master’s in Business, and I searched…
  • What You Need to Know About TOEFL Speaking (Infographic)

    PrepAdviser
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    There’s a lot to be tense about when it comes to the TOEFL speaking section–you’ll need to show your comfort level with the English language while speaking clearly into a microphone while surrounded by other test-takers who are also speaking into their microphones, and all of this done under a time crunch. That’s enough to make even the most sophisticated test-taker break out in a sweat! However, all is not lost. There is a lot you can do to practice and improve on this section of the test. And as a first step, you can study this handy TOEFL Speaking infographic that our friends…
  • Advance Your GMAT Verbal Skills Webinar (Video)

    Veritas Prep
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is the full recording of the “Advance Your GMAT Verbal Skills” webinar conducted in partnership between PrepAdviser and Veritas Prep in March 2015. In order to really advance your GMAT verbal skills, you need to understand what really makes the Verbal section difficult past the 50th percentile. Business schools appreciate balanced GMAT scores, so you can’t rely on a good quant score only. During the webinar, a Veritas Prep instructor demonstrates the tools that the GMAT testmaker uses to create trap answers and require critical thinking skills. More importantly, at the end of this…
  • The Value of the GMAT Exam in Admissions (Video)

    PrepAdviser
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why you need to take the GMAT Exam in order to get admitted to a business school? What value does the exam bring to the admissions committee? This official GMAC video gives an overview of how the GMAT Exam supports the admissions process for graduate management education professionals. In the video, members of business schools’ admissions and recruitment committee explain how the GMAT Exam assists their selection process. “For the University of Wisconsin-Madison, accepting the GMAT means we are able to successfully predict how our students are going to do in the…
 
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  • WhatsApp To Offer Google Drive Backup For Chat History

    vishal jadav
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Mobile messaging app WhatsApp is now working on devising a way by which users will be able to backup and restore chat history via Google Drive. Leaked strings from WhatsApp developers group suggest that it will soon integrate with Google Drive to backup chat history and media files. Users will also be able to restore history from Google Drive.With this new feature users will be able to get their whole chats in just a matter few seconds. Retrieving personal chats would be easier, and convinent. Also, they would be able to retrieve not only group’s chat but also the broadcast messages…
  • Microsoft To Launch Lumia 640 And Lumia 640 Xl In India Soon

    vishal jadav
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Tech giant Microsoft is all set to roll out their affordable Lumia 640 and 640 XL smartphones in India soon. The new dual SIM Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL smartphones which being unveiled at the MWC in Barcelona are most likely to succeed in India. Both the devices could be heading towards India as they have showed up on the Indian import database, which is an indicator that the phone could launch soon in India. The Microsoft Lumia 640 RM-1077 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL RM-1067 will be available in the Indian market on April this year with the price tags of Rs. 4,683 and Rs.
  • Create your first Firefox os app

    vishal jadav
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    What’s FireFox OS?FireFox OS is a mobile operating system that came into existence as a result of Mozilla’s ‘Boot to Gecko’ project. It won’t be out of context to mention that it is based on Linux kernel and Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine. This OS is completely open source and hence it is not in the shackles of proprietary rights. The user interface of FireFox OS is a web application with built in ability to launch and display various other web apps. Unlike other giants in the mobile OS segment (such as Android, iOS), it targets emerging markets. It also aims to provide end…
  • Simple Solutions To Daily Tech Problems

    vishal jadav
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    We are surrounded by technology and gadgets in today’s world. As the amount of technology in household increases, the complexity increases too. We often spend more time in maintenance of these gadgets than actually using them. 1. Increase WiFi Signal RangeWe all utilize wireless internet in today’s world. WiFi has become crucial part of our lives. The range of WiFi signals is dependent upon the antenna in receiving device. Some routers have high range than others but, it is quite possible to swap only the antenna in the router to increase the WiFi range. If you are comfortable with…
  • Biggest Information Security Threats

    vishal jadav
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Last year was full of security threats and hacks. Many leading and popular tech organizations and their system was attacked by hackers in last year. Security and risk management issues were all over the tech media last year. Supercharged Connectivity Overwhelms DefensesSuperfast gigabit connectivity is now reasonably priced. The superfast connectivity has massive potential to open up new markets and opportunities for businesses in areas of telepresence, entertainment and embedded devices. At the same time, this superfast connectivity also creates numerous new opportunities for criminals.
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  • Cool Apps to Improve your Students Math Skills

    Probytes Pune
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Solving problems and memorizing tables will not make kids better at mathematics, says an education expert. Among the subjects destined to learn, mathematics is one subject that students often find difficult to study. May be the difficulty is due to passive learning process. Students learn math best only when they approach the subject as somethingThe post Cool Apps to Improve your Students Math Skills appeared first on Edsys.
  • 7 Splendid Apps That Every Teacher Should Know About

    jointview
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
      With blended learning becoming popular, there has been a huge rise in popularity and production of educational apps in the market. Educational apps tend to give the otherwise boring classrooms a makeover. The students who were once too ignorant to your lectures will turn interested in classes with these interactive and informative educational appsThe post 7 Splendid Apps That Every Teacher Should Know About appeared first on Edsys.
  • How Safe are Our Students?

    jointview
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
      Childhood is the most innocent phase of life. What they learn and experience during the phase influences their development as an individual. But what if they are robbed of their innocence at such a tender age? That may be the biggest crime ever committed. Unfortunately, a large number of children around the world areThe post How Safe are Our Students? appeared first on Edsys.
  • Everything You Need to Know About ADEC in a Nutshell

    jointview
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Abu Dhabi Education Council or ADEC was introduced in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as per law no. 24 of 2005, issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al- Nahiyan. The sole aim of the body was to develop education and educational institutions in Abu Dhabi. For this purpose the organization has implemented innovativeThe post Everything You Need to Know About ADEC in a Nutshell appeared first on Edsys.
  • Impact of High Quality Early Years Education (EYFS)

    jointview
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    “Every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education”- Bill Frist Providing affordable and easily accessible education to each layer of society is crucial. When it’s about education, the quality is really important compared to any other aspect. Studies show that the human brain develops more rapidly between birth and age 5 thanThe post Impact of High Quality Early Years Education (EYFS) appeared first on Edsys.
 
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  • 10 Family Literacy Talks for March

    Erin Wing
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Here are a few green ideas to chat about with your kids this month. Use these family literacy talk topics during dinner, on the walk home from school, or anytime! Brainstorm books that would be great to read in March. After you read them, talk about why they’re excellent March selections. Do you think the authors meant for these books to be read at this time of the year? Would they work for other times as well? What kind of a March book would you like to write? Pretend to be the author of a book set in Ireland. How would you introduce the setting? What descriptive words and phrases…
  • Critical TV Time

    Erin Wing
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Thinking and talking about the media with kids is something we as parents and teachers need to do early and often. Understanding the way advertisers cleverly craft messages to get us to buy their products not only helps us make informed choices and keeps us from running out to buy every next big thing, but it also helps kids understand the art of persuasive writing and speaking. Next time you watch TV as a family, incorporate some critical thinking! Next time you watch TV together, try this… Ask your kids if they know about the main types of propaganda. Challenge them to watch TV with a…
  • 10 Literacy Talks for February

    Erin Wing
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
      What’s an easy way to share your love of literacy with the whole family this month? Family literacy talks! Use these literacy talking topics during dinner, on the walk home from school, or whenever you have few minutes to chat. Brainstorm books that would be great to read in February. Discuss why they are best for this month. Think Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Presidents Day, American Heart Month, winter, Groundhog Day, or friendship. One of my favorite friendship stories is pictured above. It’s Amos and Boris, by William Steig. (Affiliate link.) Describe…
  • Shadow Book

    Erin Wing
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Need a fun follow-up to Groundhog Day! This shadow book activity is one of my very favorites! Next time the sun is shining, grab a camera and a kid, and head out for a walk. As you stroll, follow behind your child and snap a few pictures along the way. Save and crop the pictures so the shadow is the focal point in each image. You can do it in Instagram as you walk, or save that part for when you get home. I like PicMonkey best for desktop editing. (Affiliate link) Ask your kiddo to take a look at each photo and describe what the shadow appears to be doing. Add those descriptions to the…
  • Fun With Punch Cards

    Erin Wing
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Motivation is a tricky thing. After 11 years of parenting and 10 years of teaching, I’ve decided that gimmicks and bribes don’t really work with my kids. (Or any kids I know.) If they want to do it, they will. If not, they either won’t, or they’ll complain a lot in the process. That said, I still occasionally attempt short-term gimmicks when I want to nudge my kids to open their minds and try a new idea. (Hoping they will build a habit and find the internal motivation to continue it!) Enter the punch card… I designed these several years ago when I needed to…
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  • GATE Previous Year Question Papers Answers Solution Last 10 Years Paper

    Ms. Jobs
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    GATE Previous Year Question Papers Answers Solution Last 10 Years Paper GATE – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is one of the famous entrance examinations. It is and Engineering field entrance exam. Every year, large numbers of candidates go on appearing for the GATE. All these candidates who qualify through GATE can get a chance […]The post GATE Previous Year Question Papers Answers Solution Last 10 Years Paper appeared first on Job Results.
  • SET Question Paper SLET Previous Year Old Past Papers Free Download

    Ms. Jobs
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    SET Question Paper Previous Year Old Past Papers Free Download SET – State Eligibility Test, which is carried out each year- here are SET question paper previous year old last papers available. Interested candidates can download their SET question paper previous year and can have them to learn various styles of SET question papers. As, […]The post SET Question Paper SLET Previous Year Old Past Papers Free Download appeared first on Job Results.
  • AIEEE Previous Year Question Papers With Solution

    Ms. Jobs
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    AIEEE Previous Year Question Papers With Solution The AIEEE – All India Engineering Entrance Test is one of the most famous entrance examinations. There are lacs of candidates who go on attend the AIEEE every year, in order to get their admission. Through AIEEE, qualified candidates get their admission into their preferred course of Engineering. […]The post AIEEE Previous Year Question Papers With Solution appeared first on Job Results.
  • MBA Entrance Question Papers Answers Previous Year Old Paper

    Ms. Jobs
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    MBA Entrance Question Papers Answers Previous Year Old Paper The MBA entrance question papers answers are available here. Interested candidates can download these MBA previous year papers and can get overall idea regarding previous MBA entrance question papers. The MBA Entrance exam is carried out each year. Every time, the MBA Entrance Exam has held, […]The post MBA Entrance Question Papers Answers Previous Year Old Paper appeared first on Job Results.
  • UPPSC exams cancelled New Exam Date Time Table check

    Ms. Jobs
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    UPPSC exams cancelled New Exam Date Time Table check The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission i.e. UPPSC has cancelled the UPPSC PCS Exam 2015. As per the reports says, the UPPSC PCS Exam 2015 paper was leaked just before the examination time on WhatsApp. Hence the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has cancelled the UPPSC […]The post UPPSC exams cancelled New Exam Date Time Table check appeared first on Job Results.
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    Pakistan Education Network

  • The problems of conventional method of teaching English as foreign language

    Laiq Qureshi
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    English has become universal language of knowledge, learning, working, business, research, and communication. The primary reason of worldwide spread of English has been the expansion of British Empire which at its peak covered almost quarter of the world, thus becoming second language for all the territories coming under its dominion. The second reason is the unprecedented rapid technological advancement and research work- in almost every field- in USA during twentieth century.   The primary reason for learning English as 2nd language is to understand the message content and/or context…
  • PEN is Edutainment

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    The post PEN is Edutainment appeared first on Pakistan Education Network.
  • What can an advertisement based coffee table magazine be

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Read More The post What can an advertisement based coffee table magazine be appeared first on Pakistan Education Network.
  • More Talks Are Coming

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    Click Here The post More Talks Are Coming appeared first on Pakistan Education Network.
  • What can an advertisement based coffee table magazine be?

    Laiq Qureshi
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    It can be PEN, the pioneering advertisement coffee table magazine that just came out with its first issue this March 2015. As described, PEN is actually edutainment, the team behind it managed to conceptualize the magazine and made the ad placements so visually appealing. The design, colors, style and placement manner of the ads are so entertaining and literally a feast to the eyes! The logo PEN is in black and ‘E’ is red, highlighting its place in the middle, standing for Education. Which, the magazine is all about. And the word PEN, with the symbol embedded in,actually says it all. As…
 
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  • How to write: Some simple steps

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    When I was in high school in suburban California so many years ago, the public educational system in the state was still one of the best in the country. Instructional emphasis was on learning to think, to read critically and, most importantly, to write clearly and coherently. My 11th-grade English teacher had us write an essay every week; he marked up every one, pointing out grammatical errors and compositional problems (he once wrote “TRITE!” across my entire paper), but he also praised our ideas when they were well articulated. He even read the best ones on a local radio program, and…
  • Dr Betsy McLane

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Betsy McLane is the author of the book A NEW HISTORY OF DOCUMENTARY FILM: SECOND EDITION. She served as the Project Director for The American Documentary Showcase, a cooperative project of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. For eight years Dr. McLane was the Executive Director the International Documentary Association. She holds an MA and Ph.D. from the University Of Southern California School Of Cinematic Arts, and a BA in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College. She has taught many areas of film and television studies at The University of Vermont,…
  • Professor Caramelo Gomes

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Cristina Caramelo Gomes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Design at Lusíada University, Lisbon. She is a researcher at CITAD (Research Centre for Territory, Architecture and Design) Cristina completed her Ph.D. in the Built and Human Environments at Salford University, , and her undergraduate studies in Architecture at Lisbon Technical University. Her research interests range from the impact of digital technologies on architecture co nception (particularly the importance of BIM technologies) to the Inclusive Design with special emphasis on the conception of…
  • How to do a literature review

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    There are thousands of books and pamphlets out there which talk about the the importance of literature reviews, or even what should go into a literature review. However, the number of sources with actual, practical advise are perilously rare. So, what are the practicalities? The first practicality, and what makes the literature review so complicated, is that it should not be scheduled in a chronological order but according to themes identified in the literature. This sounds easier than it is done. The problem is that no one tells you which themes there are – you have to identify them…
  • Dr Tim Markey

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Dr. Markey received his Ph. D. (Harvard) and M. A. (Chapel Hill) in Comparative Literature, his B. A., summa cum laude, in English and French (Canisius College). Quite simply, Dr. Markey’s specialties spring from his passions: British literature from Chaucer to the Romantics, English Renaissance literature, especially poetry, French Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature, classical Latin, especially Late Republican and Augustan verse, the Classical Tradition of the English and French Renaissance, Humanism, Petrarch, Renaissance Text and Image. His latest work is “The…
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  • BackChannelChat 

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    For years I have been using TodaysMeet.com as a backchannel for students to share ideas and examples while I am teaching.  Recently, someone told me about backchannelchat.com which I tried today with a group of adults. BackChannelChat.com was designed for teachers and includes a free version and a paid version. At $15 a year, the paid version is well worth it, with lots of important features, including a profanity filter! The teacher has full control over the chat by being able to screen comments, remove unwanted posts, private message a student, or disable a student’s posting…
  • Must Have Tool for Engaging Learners!

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the newest entries to interactive slide presentations is PearDeck. This free web tool (with a paid version) allows you to create live sessions for your slides and invite up to 50 participants to join in. As the instructor, you control the flow while they use their devices to respond to questions you have previously designed or add in the moment. The free version includes 10 different response types, from  multiple choice to drawing on a grid.  You can then choose to show anonymous results in real time. For data analysis, upgrade to the paid version. I used this…
  • Learning without Lecture

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Why is there such a large amount of lecture when we know that it has limited utility? Try some alternative methods in your next class!
  • 1 Essential Step for Effective Co-Teaching

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    An old proverb says, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” As more hands participate in the completion of a task, the roles and responsibilities can become blurred. Whose job is it to be the head cook? Who has to scrub the pots and pans? Who gets to add the spice? Who cleans up the mess? A similar confusion can occur in a co-taught classroom. Two teachers, often with years of solo experience, must find a way to share or divide responsibilities to achieve the best student outcomes. This process is complicated by a number of factors, such as:EgoPhilosophy of educationValuesPersonal and…
  • Persuasive Writing with WOW Factor

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    “To Sell is Human,” claims Daniel Pink in his book with the same title. Everyone is selling something – an idea, a hope, a rule, etc. What do students sell? My partners and I considered this question and decided that students frequently try to sell a peer on their favorite book. To make this process more authentic and engaging, we had students develop a sales pitch and added augmented reality for Wow factor. How to: ·      First, students created a Book Talk in written form. We asked for a hook, a brief summary, a counterargument and a close…
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  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Your Education Benefits

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

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

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

    Milspouse
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Serving in the military, or being married to someone who is, can lead to complications. These complications may take the form of parenting issues, relationship problems, or an inability to cope with certain stresses in a healthy way. The Department of Defense realizes that these problems have the power to affect the service member’s ability to perform assigned duties. Confidential non-medical counseling is the answer. Help Solving Everyday Problems Whereas in the case of a bodily injury or sickness there is a physician to examine the wound and prescribe a healing regimen, the same is not…
  • What Can You Do with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies?

    Milspouse
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Paralegal Studies is a thriving discipline in the field of law. Once you master this area of study by earning a degree such as the two-year associate’s, you can compete for employment opportunities reserved for trained paralegals, or legal assistants. Become a Paralegal What can you do with an associate’s degree in paralegal studies? In short, you can become a paralegal. Many employers consider the associate’s degree to be the gold standard for up-and-coming paralegals. The educational requirements of paralegal jobs vary by employer, but formal vocational training is highly…
 
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    Smiling Expert

  • Holi – होली

    smilingexpert
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Holi is one of the most famous festivals in India. It is celebrated on the “Full Moon Day of Phalgun”, in Hindi called as “Phalgun Purnima”, which comes in the end of February or starting of March. This is the… The post Holi – होली appeared first on Smiling Expert.
  • List Of Stupas In India

    smilingexpert
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Stupas Stupas are the heap or hemispherical shaped place regarded as the buddhist religious monument in the memory of Buddha. Buddhist use this place for prayer & meditation. List of Stupas In India These are the Stupas in India :… The post List Of Stupas In India appeared first on Smiling Expert.
  • How To Be Happy

    smilingexpert
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    There is no rocket science to know how to be happy. Simply be yourself.  Do everything with happiness & positive energy, work hard that’s it. These are few simple tips to be happy always : Pray & say thanks to… The post How To Be Happy appeared first on Smiling Expert.
  • How To Get Rid Of Cyber Addiction

    smilingexpert
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Addiction Addiction is habbit of something which goes out of normal limit. Addictions may be because of excess drug intake, excess exercise, wrong or abnormal sexual activities etc but it can be of anything beyond normal. Cyber addiction or Virtual… The post How To Get Rid Of Cyber Addiction appeared first on Smiling Expert.
  • Republic Day Of India

    smilingexpert
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    THE REPUBLIC DAY Republic Day Of India  – गणतन्त्र दिवस भारत Republic Day in India is celebrated on January 26th each year. This day is called as “Gantantra Diwas” ( गणतन्त्र दिवस ) in Hindi. It is one of the… The post Republic Day Of India appeared first on Smiling Expert.
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  • Andrew Jackson

    snippett
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: Andrew Jackson What: 7th President of the United States, General in the War of 1812 Where: Born somewhere between the Carolinas; died Nashville, Tennessee Why: First Democrat, first (and only) President to have killed in a duel, first President to be an assassination target. When: Born March 15, 1767; died June 8, 1845 (aged…
  • John Quincy Adams

    snippett
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: John Quincy Adams What: 6th President of the United States, diplomat, Senator, member of the House of Representatives Where: Born Braintree, Massachusetts (now Quincy); died Washington D.C. Why: First President to have been son of another President, first President elected despite losing the popular vote, first to serve in Congress after serving in…
  • James Monroe

    snippett
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: James Monroe What: 5th President of the United States, last president to have been a Founding Father Where: Born Monroe Hall, Virginia; died New York City, New York Why: Presided over the First Seminole War, the Missouri Compromise and the Monroe Doctrine and America’s first economic depression When: Born April 28, 1758; died July…
  • James Madison

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    16 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: James Madison, Jr. What: 4th President of the United States (1809-17), ‘Father of the Constitution’, champion of the Bill of Rights Where: Born Port Conway, Virginia Colony; died Orange, Virginia Why: One of the three authors of the Federalist Papers, co-author of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, considered the Father of the Constitution,…
  • Thomas Jefferson

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    15 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Part of the P.O.T.U.S Series Who: Thomas Jefferson What: 3rd President of the United States, 2nd Vice President of the United States, 1st United States Secretary of State, Founding Father, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, architect, agriculturalist, astronomer, writer, palaeontologist and polymath Where: Born Shadwell, Virginia; died Charlottesville, Virginia Why: Presided over the Louisiana Purchase, the establishment…
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  • Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Job Circular 2015

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Job Circular 2015. BRRI has published a job circular in the Daily Observer on March 30, 2015 for the post named P.S to Director General and Sub Assistant Engineer. Last date of receiving application from the Bangladeshi citizens with certain qualifications is April 16, 2015. So go through the below given […] The post Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Job Circular 2015 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Bangladesh Public Service Commission Job Circular 2015

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Bangladesh Public Service Commission Job Circular 2015. BPSC has published a job circular in the daily Kalerkantho Newspaper of Bangladesh on March 30, 2015. Last Date of Application receiving application of this circular is April 21, 2015. The name of the Posts are: Senior Instructor Master Fisherman Instructor Workshop Superintendent Printing manager Assistant Engineer (Electrical) Draftsman Inspector […] The post Bangladesh Public Service Commission Job Circular 2015 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • North South University Admission Circular Summer 2015

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    North South University Admission Circular Summer 2015. N.S.U is the 1st private University of Bangladesh. That means it is the pioneer in the sector of Private University Idea of Bangladesh. It’s why this University is in the top list of assuring quality education among the private Universities of Bangladesh. Every year a lot of students […] The post North South University Admission Circular Summer 2015 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Social Islami Bank Job Circular 2015-Latest

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Social Islami Bank Job Circular 2015. Social Islami Bank Limited is one of the one of the most famous private banks which is based on Islamic Shariah. Recently this has published a job circular for several posts such as IT Auditor, System Engineer, Database Administrator, Job at DC and DR. Last Date of Receiving application […] The post Social Islami Bank Job Circular 2015-Latest appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Study in Japan from Bangladesh for Masters in PEPP

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Study in Japan from Bangladesh for Masters in PEPP. Japan’s University of Tsukuba has invited applications from the Bangladeshi Students to study in the Masters Program in Economic and Public Policy. Selected candidates will get scholarship from that University. This Scholarship Program is Sponsored by the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program and by the […] The post Study in Japan from Bangladesh for Masters in PEPP appeared first on All BD Results.
 
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  • Can using FitBit improve your classroom teaching?

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How can I exercise, reflect on my teaching, and reduce stress with my busy teaching schedule? The answer just may be found in the hottest fitness craze called the Fitbit.It seems everywhere I go these days I see someone wearing a Fitbit activity tracker,and talking about how they enjoy using it to reach their fitness goals. Fitbit is a very cool activity tracker that records all kinds of data ranging from heart rate,  number of steps, distance, calories burned and other data points . Another really fun feature is that the data can be shared online with other people. You can create Fitbit…
  • In-box Zero Case Study: How I got my teacher email to zero in 4 easy steps

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    In-box Zero Case Study: How I got my teacher email to zero in 4 easy stepsToday I'm going to show you how I lowered my teaching stress by clearing out my Inbox, and then maintaining my email Inbox at zero each day. Teaching can be a very rewarding profession, and a very stressful profession. One challenge teachers have to deal with is keeping up with email. As teachers, once our students arrive at school we have a limited amount of time to check our email, because we have children, and young adults that need our attention. In addition, our Inbox is full of  important information from…
  • Speed Exam Online Exam Software Review

    22 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Speed Exam is online exam software that promises to create exams quickly and allows you to " watch your exams live. You can see current activity of your candidates such as taking (live) completed, dropped exams with their number of attempts, device name, browser, operating system, ip address and location details. ". Increasingly schools, teachers, and companies are taking advantage of online quizzes. I personally began using online quizzes five years ago when we adopted a new textbook that came with test making software that gave us the option to publish online. I have been hooked ever since.
  • 10 Fun YouTube videos covering the Pythagorean Theorem

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Students and teachers have learned and applied the Pythagorean Theorem for many years. It is a piece of ancient wisdom that is still applicable to today's Geometry class. Now with YouTube a large number of videos are available to learn, memorize,and see the Pythagorean Theorem in action, This list of videos are fun,creative, and will spice up the ancient Pythagorean Theorem. They can be used to learn the Pythagorean Theorem, as a great way to start your class,for memorizing the Pythagorean Theorem, add in a nice break in the middle of class.or to marvel at some people's creativity.Pythagoras…
  • 10 Middle School Math blogs

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Ten Middle School Math blogs to help you find new resources,lesson plan ideas,math games, and worksheets. The beauty of this list is that these blog have such a low Google rank compared to larger math sites they rarely show up in the first 5 pages of  Google search results, but they contain great content for a middle school math class.You will find  videos, new lesson plan ideas, and hopefully some motivation from these Middle School Math blogs.Bro and Sis Math Club  I love this Middle School Math blog. It is produced by a brother and sister team of middle school students, but…
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  • Dyscalculia And Math

    Daniel Ruscigno
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Dyscalculia is learning disability that affects a person’s ability to understand math concepts. It is quite possible, a person with dyscalculia can know how to perform math functions but they don’t understand why it is being done. There are many different ways this disability can affect the way a person does and understands math. A student with this learning disability can differ drastically from another student with the same disability. Having trouble with math doesn’t necessarily mean you have this learning disability. Everyone learns at different rates and different ways.
  • 5 Tips For Developing Learning Goals For Special Education Students

    Daniel Ruscigno
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    You already know that each of your students has st