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  • Parent practices: change to develop successful, motivated readers

    OUPblog » Education
    Elizabeth Gorney
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Oxford University Press is a proud sponsor of the 2014 World Literacy Summit, taking place this April. The Summit will provide a central platform for champions of literacy from around the globe to come together and exchange points of view, knowledge, and ideas. We asked literacy experts Jamie Zibulsky and Anne E. Cunningham to discuss the importance of literacy on this occasion. By Jamie Zibulsky and Anne E. Cunningham Being literate involves much more than the ability to sound out the words on a page, but acquiring that skill requires years of development and exposure to the world of…
  • Why Private School Fit Matters: A Parent’s Voice

    Boarding School Blog
    Brian Fisher
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Author and parent, Holly Robinson I talk ad infinitum about private school fit — the notion that choosing a school for your student isn’t about choosing the best school based on reputation or a ranking. I went through the school search and fit process 30 something years ago but I haven’t gone through as a parent…which brings me to these thoughts from Holly Robinson’s Should You Send Your Child to a Prep School? No matter where you are in the boarding or private school world, I suggest reading Robinson’s piece. She does good work capturing a parent’s…
  • Calling all connected educators

    ASCD SmartBrief
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Join the free Connected Teaching and Learning Community on sponsored by SmartBrief.  -More- World Language Teacher District of Columbia Public Schools
  • The Pros and Cons of Distance Learning

    STUDY Magazine
    Editorial Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Weigh the advantages and disadvantages before choosing distance education. There’s nothing quite like the comforts of home, even when it comes to getting an education. The age of the internet has transformed the way we do a lot of things, including the way we learn. It’s now possible to get a diploma or earn a degree without leaving the house, and in spite of job or family commitments. While this scenario sounds great, its always advantageous to look at both sides of the coin before choosing the right path for you. Advantages of Distance Learning Convenience The time and energy…
  • Which online course for educators would you be most interested in taking?

    ASCD SmartBrief
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Instructional strategies for student engagement 33.90% Technology for the classroom (including flipped classrooms)  -More- 
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    Detention Slip

  • A Mystery – Aircraft (Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370)

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    “Sometimes, when something is missing, the entire world seems compressed”. But it would be easier day by day because even though we are one day further from the last time. Missing could turn from pain to pleasure, not in case of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. A Mystery that consumed the world around the corner of the Indian Ocean. A plane that went missing early on March 8 with 239 passengers on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, procreating an immense universal search across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.(image of  g_yulong) What happened to flight 370? May be…
  • Best place to visit in Africa

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    As summer has started now, it is the time to celebrate joy full summer holidays. Though there are many interesting places all around the world, there are some of the places which are considered as unique place. Africa is the world’s second largest continent and also the youngest continent by means of its population among all over the world. Africa has lots and lots of place to visit. Most of us have only come across the wild life of Africa. But it has another side where we have lots of best place to visit at least once in our life. The Annual Wildebeest Migration  Those who want to feel…
  • Five Things To Consider While Luggage Packing For Your Air Travel

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    If you decide to visit any place for vacation or business purposes, packing of your luggage is one of the most important concerns for you. There are so many hurdles available while packing a luggage for your air travel that leads you to make disappointed in your mind. If you have not at all or uncommonly traveled by air medium, then you may be overwhelmed and confused with what to pack or what to not. Numerous factors you have to consider while packing a bag or luggage for your air travel. A quick guide on how to pack your luggage for air travel is mentioned below: ( image by weskriesel )…
  • How To Prepare Yourself When You Travel Abroad?

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    Whenever you plan to travel abroad there are many important and urgent things that are required to be considered. Moreover if you are travelling with your friends or family members then you need to make sure that you take good care of them as well. Here are some important and valuable points on how to prepare yourself when you travel abroad. Always travel light and ensure complete safety of your belongings The first and the foremost important point that you need to take care of is to always travel light and ensure complete safety of your belongings. One of the important steps is to keep your…
  • Excellent Tips On How To Travel Light And Easy

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    If you are planning to go on a weekend trip or holidays to other town or country the first and the foremost importance is to travel light and easy. By travelling light you can enjoy your trip in a smooth way as you don’t have to bother about carrying heavy weight with you. But the real problem is how to get rid of those extra things and carry only essential items with you. Well here are some excellent tips on how to travel light and easy. ( Image by Roll your clothes and pick only a pair of jeans One of the best things to do is to roll your clothes and pick only a pair of jeans.
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    Beyond School

  • An Uncomfortable Confucian Mirror

    Clay Burell
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    After 60 months of head-down drilling into Chinese philosophy, culture, and history (and 13 years now of living in Confucian East Asia–China, Korea, now Singapore), it’s time to surface. My aims in posting here are simply to collect my own thoughts on the relevance — which to me is huge — of Chinese philosophy to the world today, and of the challenge of teaching it to Western students so that they can do more than spout cliché factoids about it. Things are getting interesting on that front — but more on that later. Exhibit 1: Xunzi as Cultural Physician Reading…
  • How China Became Homophobic: A (Not-So-) Suprising History

    Clay Burell
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:46 am
    Interesting: History of Homosexuality and Tolerance/Intolerance in China: an email exchange between a Fellow Faculty Member (FFM) and me: The Chinese view on polygamy was notoriously different from the Christian West’s — the more concubines the merrier — so I’d be surprised if they didn’t perceive homosexuality as a natural taste, as variable as food preferences. FFM sent me an email  asking about the Chinese view of homosexuality because Singapore has a very intolerant official policy on it. Some of my students asked about this after class or in class, so…
  • On Minding the Body

    Clay Burell
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:20 pm
    A thought that keeps returning to me lately: “From Confucianism to Daoism to Buddhism to Martial Arts and Taijiquan to Acupuncture and Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine: the Chinese have always been so mentally one with the body.” It’s more astonishing because we in the West have not been this attuned, owing to our religion’s historical (and literal) demonization of it. Only very recently–the last two or three centuries–have we tried to make peace with it.
  • Vacations: A Diagnosis

    Clay Burell
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    “Vacation” is a suspicious word. To “empty” oneself from one’s life when one is not “working.” What does this say about the value of our life’s work? And this desire to “vacate” ourselves from our locale to “anywhere but here” on airplanes, Climate Change be damned, in order to escape to sanitized resort cells on predictable beaches: what does it say about our relations with our neighbors and communities, with the earth and its future? Me? Spring Break is here, and here I sit, as on any other day, enjoying my life of…
  • On Sewer-Diving: Commerce as Culture

    Clay Burell
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I screened Kubrick’s “Lolita” with three students after school Friday. Afterward, it got me thinking: In recent class discussions on Confucian self-cultivation, I’ve been predicting  to my students that soon, due to the trajectory from Kardashians and Sopranos to meth dealers on Breaking Bad, Miley Cyrus twerking, and Lady Gaga wallowing in vomit,  we can look forward to a drama in which the protagonist — protagonist, mind you — is a Serial Child Molester. One has to keep looking for new ways to shock, after all, and to market all attempts to create the…
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • Choose2Matter LIVE Comes to Estherville, Iowa – Please Follow Along!

    Angela Maiers
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Tomorrow, Choose2Matter LIVE visits Estherville, Iowa. We are spending the day with all 1,400 students in the entire district! It will be unpredictable, nerve-wracking, chaotically beautiful, and utterly, gloriously life-changing for everyone present. Pictures, videos and other content will be shared by participants on Twitter and other social media channels using the hashtags #Choose2Matter #ELCCSD  PLEASE TWEET A MESSAGE OF INSPIRATION TO THE STUDENTS NOW! Updates about the Choose2Matter LIVE experience will be posted regularly to the ELC Facebook page…
  • Broke, Busted and Disgusted – Can We Spare Students This Fate?

    Angela Maiers
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:50 am
    Adam Carroll is a longtime friend and colleague from Des Moines who is dedicated to teaching people to be more financially literate. He has a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to finalize his documentary about the student debt loan epidemic in America called Broke, Busted & Disgusted. Please consider donating! Financial literacy is an important topic for students I meet at Choose2Matter LIVE events. A group of students from East Greenwich High School is working to make financial literacy part of the core curriculum in RI. I met with Adam recently and, given the critical importance…
  • Increase Learning By Securing Students’ Hearts

    Angela Maiers
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Image credit: atibodyphoto via A simple yet powerful way to let students know they matter is by using what I call the 2-5-2 method on a daily basis: Ask all teachers to greet each student by name as they enter the class, and then make a positive remark about several students in the first two minutes of class. Commend at least five students in each class period for their contributions to the discussion. Finally, reserve two minutes at the end of each class to reflect on what everyone learned that day. As the inspiring late educator Rita Pierson said, “kids…
  • Make Room On Your Bookshelf!…

    Angela Maiers
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently had the pleasure of discussing the Habitude of curiosity, and its impact on education, with the wonderful Doug Rice.  Doug is an engaging writer and researcher who also records a podcast that explores learning and discovery across an array of disciplines.  You can listen to our conversation here. Doug also recently published The Curiosity Manifesto, an inspiring book about having the willingness to explore avenues and ideas that may make us uncomfortable but, in the end, will make us better. Doug pulls from a great amount of psychological research to show how we all tend to…
  • Download my free, new e-book: Passion Matters!

    Angela Maiers
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:57 pm
      Having authored seven books printed in the traditional way, I’ve decided it’s time for me to explore the brave new world of e-publishing. I have created a lot of evergreen content over the course of my career and am excited to find new ways to freshen it up and share it with you again. I’ve curated some of my best content about passion, and why it matters, in a new e-book titled, appropriately, “Passion Matters.” It’s available for a free download by signing up below: Get Your Free eBook: “Passion Matters” When you access the book, we’ll invite you to join my…
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  • HigherEd Live - Part 2: A New Approach To Digital Fundraising

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    In my last post, I discussed how we crowdsourced short video entries from University of Virginia students showcasing an individual display of talent. From these submissions, we selected 12 finalists for a Digital Talent Show competition that functioned as...
  • mStoner blog - Project Success or Mess? It Could Depend on the Information Architecture

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    The primary benefits of a well-constructed information architecture are generally understood. A good information architecture creates clear paths for website visitors, makes a site easier to navigate, and enhances the user experience. But this blog...
  • mStoner blog - Buzzr Higher Ed: It Might Be for You

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, Paul Smiths College isnt your typical liberal arts college. Surrounded by the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of the Adirondacks, Paul Smiths provides...
  • HigherEd Live - Admitted Student Communities

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    In this episode of Admissions Live, host Nicole Lentine discusses the best techniques to manage admitted student communities with Lougan Bishop, Social Media & Digital Marketing Specialist at Belmont University, Meghan Bates, a student at Texas State ...
  • - How To Include Social Media In Your Crisis Communications Plan

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    Crisis communications plans are not new. They are a staple in most organizations. But judging from my Inbox, many organizations are searching for information on how to include social media contingencies in their plans. Over the next couple weeks, I am goi...
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  • The Missing Link Between School and Job

    Mitch Weisburgh
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Global Foundries is making a $10 billion investment in a semiconductor plant just outside of Saratoga. They’ll need over a thousand tech employees, workers who will be earning $50,000 a year and up, who are capable of working in an advanced manufacturing environment, but who do not need a four year degree. How would you script the path to finding these employees? Global Foundries is working with a number of SUNY Community Colleges, who developed 15- Wolk Center at Monroe Community College (Photo credit: Wikipedia) week certificate programs to train high school graduates who will not…
  • What’s the government doing about education?

    Mitch Weisburgh
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    That’s what we learned about in the SIIA’s 2014 Education Government Forum. Here is a summary of three of the main issues: privacy, the educator view on the education technology market, and school connectivity as the foundation for digital learning. Missing from this summary is one of the most informative and entertaining sessions on Higher Education  policies impacting technology and digital learning. But, I was moderating that discussion with Amy Laitenan of the New America Foundation, Richard Hershman of the National Association of College Stores, and very active attendees, so I…
  • Education and the Cynefin Framework

    Mitch Weisburgh
    5 Dec 2013 | 12:58 pm
    There are four types of problems: Simple, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic. And there are four recommended approaches to solving them. In this posting, we will borrow from David Snowden’s Cynefin Framework, and map the application of the principles both to the problems confronting education reform and also to the practice of problem based learning in schools. Simple problems Simple problems are those with known solutions, where there are predictable and repeatable cause-and-effect relations. These problems lend themselves to algorithms and best practice analysis, “whenever this happens, do…
  • Academic Business Advisors Recognized as a First Channel Partner of SETDA

    Mitch Weisburgh
    22 Nov 2013 | 9:30 am
    The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has honored Academic Business Advisors, LLC (ABA) by naming them a First Channel Partner. Only organizations that have worked closely with SETDA and are proven leaders in improving education through technology receive this prestigious designation. Farimah Schuerman, ABA Founder & Managing Partner, attended the recent SETDA Leadership Conference where she met with other partners and shared insights on future technology trends in education. “We welcome Academic Business Advisors as one of our first Channel Partners! ABA…
  • BMO Back to School 2013

    Mitch Weisburgh
    18 Sep 2013 | 12:16 pm
    Each year, Jeff Silber of BMO Capital Markets hosts their Back to School education investment conference.  There are a lot of challenges in education, from new regulations, roadblocks to federal funding, a sea change in technology, and changing buying patterns. This year, ABA was pleased to be included into the program's K12 segment, with Farimah moderating a panel on the role of the teacher in the education economy. Read more below. Also, for anyone going to Ednet next week in Denver, let us know if you want to meet. We are proud to be a sponsor of the conference. Legislative…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • How to Make It to the End of the School Year (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Yesterday after school I earned my dumpster diver 101 merit badge as a senior and I went through the school’s trash looking for an unmarked photo cd that had been accidentally tossed. (They may doubt my sanity but they can’t doubt my love.) After it was found I drove home quickly to take a hot bath. (I was reminded of a word I haven’t used in ages but we used often in the 1980′s “grody” – not even sure if that is a word.) All the while,  I started thinking about the crazy days that these are. How to make it to the end of the school year It is the…
  • 4 Step SAMR Model of Technology Integration Explained by Richard Wells (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Richard Wells @ipadwells gives a masterful explanation of the SAMR model of technology integration. He is from New Zealand but his charts on the SAMR model have spread worldwide. All technology integration is NOT the same. Having tablets in a classroom doesn’t make the classroom any better than if Einstein sat in the corner. It is not the presence of a person or thing that makes the classroom better but the interaction with it that does. That is what the SAMR model helps us understand: how technology is actually being used to teach. What is the SAMR Model? Standing for Substitution,…
  • Achieving Sustainable Classroom Innovation with @ajjuliani @djesposito and @stevenjmogg (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    I love this conversation with A.J. Juliani @ajjuliani (Tech Coordinator) with his teachers Rosie Esposito @djesposito and Steve Mogg @stevenjmogg and  from Wissahickon High School, Pennsylvania. It is consistently a top school and their pattern of innovation shows why. Who will want to listen to this show? If you want to understand how to promote innovative practices and helping teachers level up, you’ll want to listen. I love listening to Rosie and Steve share insights into their thought process of innovation. Innovation is a mindset not a destination and the more we can hear real…
  • 7 Ways to Use Canva to Create Compelling Graphics (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Canva is a tool to create infographics, social media graphics, and more. If you need to gain traffic, you need a graphic. Canva is to graphic design what the Keurig coffee maker is to drinking coffee. It is free, but they make money by having stock images you can buy for $1 a piece if you want them. Everything I did was free. Here are some ways I’ve used Canva in the last 24 hours along with a tutorial video at the bottom on how to use it. 1. Promote what is happening in your classroom or area of work Create memories or share what students are doing RIGHT NOW in powerful ways.
  • Daily Education and Technology News for Schools (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    I’m rushing around right now after Spring Break and teaching 6 classes. Yep, I said 6. It is a struggle to keep things together, but I thought you might want to take a glance at 7 things that may interest you including national Poetry month, some Google Forms, and an interesting discussion on the privacy you can expect on open Wifi. Today’s inspirational thought is that I hope you’ll be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud. As teachers, we impact so many students every day. We should be the kind of people that students WANT to be around. Would you want to be around…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Our Professional Development Responsibilities

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The month of March conjures up numerous images of professional learning and networking opportunities through ACPA, NASPA, and other professional associations. During a recent #sachat on professional development I offered up the following Final Thought: “FT: Remember you are responsible for your own pro devo, we preach life-long learning so walk the walk #sachat Ultimately, as professionals in the field, we have to take ownership in creating our own professional development plans. These plans should be individualized and should grow/change over time, much like our students. Professional…
  • 3 Blind Student Affairs Professionals: See How They Work

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Within the Student Affairs realm, the most common occurrence has to be the interactions with students who are often given labels, placed into categories, and described in terms of the numerous stereotypes available to the world…quite common. Then, why as professionals do we continue this trend with theories? Sometimes, it is as simple as blindness. Professionals, without notice and unfortunate as it is, arrive at a point where the vast and endless theories blanket their vision. This new “lens” helps to plan acceptable programs, establish appropriate initiatives, and manage…
  • Tuesday Tally – 4/15/14 – #GenZ

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
      Happy Tuesday #SAchat community! Today I participated in a webinar on #GenZ students, which is supposed to mark the next generation of students coming into #HigherEd. It was an interesting webinar where we talked about the differences between millennials and this next generation, #GenZ. There has been a lot of talk about millenials and so it makes sense that we have begun the conversation of the next group. This webinar was organized & provided by OrgSync! So, I wanted to ask you, how much do you think generational studies/advice influences the work we do? Take Our Poll
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 04/14/2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! If you must have an addiction, make it something that’s good for you. #sachat — Paul Schantz (@paulschantz) April 11, 2014 "Because we've always done it that way" is the mantra of the lazy and uninspired. #sachat — Stacy…
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #7: Darcey Kemp & Advising Student Organizations

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast! Tom & Dustin spoke with Darcey Kemp from Mercyhurst College recently to chat about how to best advise college student organizations; how to help get a organization off the ground, maintain it, and transition it from year to year. As the advisor for their school’s National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, Darcey shares her journey of making their chapter one of the top student groups on campus. As a bonus, we also talk about how shows like Game of Thrones and Divergent (links below) actually…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • #Socks4Dean

    Dean Shareski
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    It was a big one. 50. 50 years old. To celebrate I planned a week of golf with buddies. Sandwiched in between was a couple of speaking gigs. I left 5 days before the big day. The day before I left I received a package in the may from Phillip Cummings. In it was a pair of Memphis Grizzlies socks. What a lovely gift. I left town and didn’t think much more about it other than to thank him for his thoughtfulness. A few days later, my wife began posting pictures of packages that were arriving at the house. In a strange twist, these packages were not for her. Each day more were added to the…
  • Archiving Twitter

    Dean Shareski
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    When I first started using twitter 7 years ago, it was largely viewed as a frivolous space of drivel. For many it still is and I’d be the first to admit much of the time spent there is exactly that and I’m as much of a contributor to that as any. And yet….   For a long time I viewed twitter as a throw away tool, conversations and streams of consciousness that wasn’t worth saving. As time evolved I found myself searching through past tweets to recall a salient thought, link or idea that would often lead to deeper thinking. I’m still amazed at how many times I…
  • The Thing that Bugs Me

    Dean Shareski
    15 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The most challenging aspect of teaching for me is understanding my role and responsibility for student learning. Teaching undergrads, many who are in their 4th year and preparing to enter the teaching field is mostly very exciting. I generally am thrilled to be able to introduce my students to so many new ideas and people that I believe will empower them as they get classrooms of their own. Grades are almost no indication of their potential or future success. The best assessment I have is being able to watch and observe many of them as they incorporate things they learned in my ECMP 355…
  • An Oscar Type Moment

    Dean Shareski
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:24 pm
    During any talk or presentation I give I make sure that people can reach out to me to share a story, ask a question and even challenge me. I value the ways in which we don’t need to let a one time presentation but a one time presentation. Recently, someone shared a great story and I thought I’d pass it along here. It’s a story about gratitude, joy and storytelling, three of my favourite things I was a PETE&C this year where you were the keynote speaker.  I just wanted to let you know that Joy still exists, at least in my school. This is one way I used technology in my…
  • And Another Reason Why You Don’t Blog

    Dean Shareski
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    …and by you, I mean me. …and by blog, I mean reflect. I have written recently about why you can’t click publish. Certainly it’s a thing for many folks. But then there are a bunch of you who say, “I have nothing to write about”. I get it. I haven’t written anything for a month. For me, that’s not good. Mr. Mega Blogger himself, George Couros recognized a slump he was in and talked about his lack of consumption. He’s right. When I first began blogging, I recall Will Richardson say that blogging was mostly about reading. The reason you blog…
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  • I am the New Flickr. I am an Ass.

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:44 pm
    modidied from creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by El Bibliomata The new flickr is an ass. I got over its ass way of “”"supporting”"” with creative commons (triple scare quotes, flickr’s implementation is anything but an implementation). But this dog can find the ways around asses. I am not all that offended nor up in arms over the new layout. It was ripe for a change. It seems off that you can find so many parts of the old interface in so many places (any of the settings, the view all sizes), the old interface peeks through like a pair of old…
  • Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The old Victorian book with a bit of modern web markup ;-) Yesterday I had fun with a keynote presentation for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado 2014 Conference. This was the 25th annual conference for this rather impressive, under-the-radar collaborative organization, that has been networking and sharing for 25 years. You can find all the presentation resources at Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web from Alan Levine and my own audio recording (thanks Audacity!) When asked to speak by colleague Alice…
  • Look! Alan and Darren Are Talking About 50 Ways Gone Mobile

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 am
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Krister462 Off and on since the start of the year, Darren Kuropatwa and I have been meeting via video chat (we love as we work on an expansion of the original 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story to include mobile story creation apps. I’ve written up already what we’ve done and the idea. It’s still formulating… err percolating… err fermenting… errr processing. But we’ve had in mind to run some online open happenings (probably as Google Hangouts). While we thought we might have…
  • Stick a Fork in It Or Just Fork It: DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by mariateresa toledo When I started last August to develop a WordPress Theme that would provide the functionality of the ds106 Assignment Bank, I told Jim Groom that I thought I could get it ready in a month. By December, I thought I could wrap it up first week of January. So here I am in April… It’s not done, software is never done… but I wanted for so long to make it ready for others to try. So here it is. To make a site like you can download all you need from It’s time to stop tinkering and let some…
  • David’s Chair, Empty Now for 27 Years

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    cc licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog An actual lifetime ago, April 1987, I was perhaps likely forward to an upcoming 24th birthday but also the trip that summer that would pack up my east coast life for transplanting in Arizona. But on this day, I got word my brother passed away. The fragments of the story slip through the fingers, as yellow as the old tape that holds photos in the books. A happy six month old baby In his baby book, now in my care since my Mom passed away, at 14 months, the book has a blank page for “Anecdotes: amusing incidents may be recorded…
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  • You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?» E-Mail This
  • Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.» E-Mail This
  • RIP FCAT, The Florida Test With A Chorus Of Detractors

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, is being replaced by a test aligned to the Common Core State Standards. StateImpact Florida's Sammy Mack remembers FCAT and its controversial run.» E-Mail This
  • The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple choice answer options from five to four.» E-Mail This
  • How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.» E-Mail This
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  • Open Learning Analytics

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The future of systems such as business, government, and education will be data centric. Historically, humanity has made sense of the world through discourse, dialogue, artifacts, myth, story, and metaphor. While those sensemaking approaches won’t disappear, they will be augmented by data and analytics. Educators often find analytics frustrating. After all, how can you analyze the softer aspects of learning? Or can analytics actually measure what matters instead of what is readily accessible in terms of data? These are obviously important questions. Regardless of how they are answered,…
  • What will universities monetize in the future?

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education. From the lens of students and society, however, the teaching and learning process and what it costs, is the primary focus. The university economic and operational structure, in relation to educating learners, can be seen as consisting of three legs of a stool: content/curriculum, teaching, and assessment. The past decade has not been kind to higher education’s economic model as two legs of the stool – content and teaching – have started to move toward openness. Academic…
  • University of Texas at Arlington

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:40 pm
    This is likely not news to most readers as it has been posted in various blogs, forums, and announced at the MOOC Research conference in December, but I have applied, and received approval, for a leave of absence from Athabasca University to establish and set up a digital learning research lab at University of Texas at Arlington. I will be based in Arlington, but will continue to work with my AU doctoral students. My research to date has focused on the social and technological learning, sensemaking and wayfinding activities of individuals in digital information environments and how these…
  • The challenge of coherence

    27 Jan 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I’ve been thinking about coherence formation in the learning process for many years (it was a key topic of my phd). Traditionally, coherence of knowledge is formed by the educator through her selection of readings and lectures. The assumption underpinning learning design is something like “decide what’s important and then decide how to best teach it or foster learning activities around it”. When students take a formal course, success is measured by how well they internalize (whatever that means) and repeat back to us what we told them. Most grading and evaluation…
  • The vulnerability of learning

    13 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    In a meeting with a group of doctoral students last week, one individual shared her challenging, even emotionally draining, experience in taking her first doctoral course. Much of her experience was not focused on the learning or content. Instead, she shared her self-doubts, her frustrations of integrating doctoral studies into her personal and professional life, the fatigue of learning, and feeling overwhelmed. Personal reflections such as these are important but are usually not considered when discussing learning and being a successful learner. In education, seemingly in tandem with the…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • 60 apps in 60 seconds (Scott McLeod)
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    [In honor of whatever educational technology conference you next attend...] 30 fantastic free apps for pre-readers! 38 of the best elementary learning apps for students! 40 iPad apps for science! 60 APPS IN 60 MINUTES!!!! 60 apps in 60 minutes? Pshaw! WAY too easy. I proudly present… 60 apps in 60 seconds! How many sessions like these have we seen at educational technology conferences? (fess up: how many have we delivered?!) Teachers attend, they scribble notes madly, they ask for the slides afterward because “they missed some.” The long-term substantive impact of these…
  • ‘World-class’ teacher preparation (Scott McLeod)
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    When I work with educators, I get asked on a regular basis, “What about the universities? What are they doing to prepare educators who can facilitate technology-infused learning environments that emphasize deeper cognitive complexity and greater student agency?” Unfortunately, I don’t have much to offer them. I’m not up on all of the thousands of preparation programs that are out there but, as I think about the shifts that we need to see in schools (and the new building blocks that we need to put in place), at a minimum any teacher preparation program that wanted to label itself…
  • Three thoughts that are percolating in my head today (Scott McLeod)
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    Here are a few thoughts that are swirling around in my brain today… It’s hard for schools to teach kids how to make a dent in the universe when they’re focused so heavily on teaching compliance. It’s very difficult to reconcile ‘go out and change the world’ with ‘we’re going to tell you what to do and how to do it every minute of the day; just go along and don’t make trouble.’ It’s hard for schools to teach kids how to make a dent in the universe when the majority of the people working in them don’t understand how most of…
  • Universities are selling degrees, not skills and competencies (Scott McLeod)
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Andrew Barras says: Universities aren’t selling skills and competencies, they are selling degrees. That creates a disconnect between them and their customers. The ones that resolve this disconnect are the ones that will survive the next 10 years. via Related posts: MOOCs are here. How should state universities respond? 26 centuries of skills Whose work are we supporting: Theirs or ours? Teach students higher order or critical thinking skills? Not if the Texas Republicans have their way. Guest blog…
  • Responsible educational journalism (Scott McLeod)
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:37 am
    Leslie and David Rutkowski say: simply reporting results, in daring headline fashion, without caution, without caveat, is a dangerous practice. Although cautious reporting isn’t nearly as sensational as crying “Sputnik!” every time the next cycle of PISA results are reported, it is the responsible thing to do. via This holds true, of course, for all other assessment results as well. I am continually amazed at how many press releases become ‘news stories,’…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Lessons from Disney Pixar on how creativity leads to more summative success

    Ewan McIntosh
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    Pixar, since it was purchased by Disney, gives off an air of resilient creative and commercial success, but the journey is rarely that smooth. In fact, the more creative the output, the more commercially successful it is, for Pixar at least, and the processes used by the teams is remarkably close to what we see in highly effective classrooms. During a keynote en français in Québec, I wondered why learning today sometimes felt less personalised than 30 years ago when personal computers first hit my primary school. Inspiration came to me from my daughters, Catriona and Anna, as for the nth…
  • National competitively through learning - what would you add?

    Ewan McIntosh
    19 Jan 2014 | 1:53 am
    I've been invited to participate in a rather fast-paced panel on the future of education at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and would appreciate your help in sense-checking my thoughts, below. There are two key challenges being raised in the debates at the Forum, the key global event exploring how all countries, especially those in the Middle East, might become tomorrow’s leaders in industry, education and commerce.  Firstly, education keeps reappearing as the sparring partner of competitiveness: research shows that, not only does talent follow…
  • Why do Education Ministers feel the need to use History lessons as their policy vehicle?

    Ewan McIntosh
    10 Jan 2014 | 12:48 am
    Another week, another education minister, another lambasting of the way history is taught. This time, it's not the feckless Gove of England (top right) who's basing his entire education policy on how teachers should teach history (funnily enough, he's actually Scottish by birth, which might explain the Minister's confused understanding of British history), but instead the Australian Christopher Pyne who wants to remove "partisan bias" from the Australian curriculum, starting with the way history is taught. A priori, there's little wrong with the notion of "celebrating Australia" in history…
  • Ira Glass on Storytelling - and key creative lessons for schools

    Ewan McIntosh
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Originally posted on NoTosh's fabulous Facebook page. Ira Glass' words on storytelling and creativity have been doing the rounds this weekend, adapted from a documentary from a while back. The key point in this clip is incredibly close to what we bring to educators when we talk about ideation and prototyping: You can't just do ONE or TWO drafts of thinking; you have to make it double-digit drafting, prototyping thinking, gaining feedback and doing better next time.What Ira Glass touches on is how, no matter how hard we try, we are never happy with our earlier pieces of work. As a…
  • There's no such thing as The Strategy. Only strategies, plural, for people

    Ewan McIntosh
    29 Nov 2013 | 8:31 am
    Originally posted on the wonderful NoTosh Facebook page. During my tour of Sweden, I worked with groups of senior education leaders - district directors, politicians, parent and union reps, principals - and sometimes it might even have been the first time that these distinct groups of leaders had sat together in the same room to talk about how their strategies for better learning might actually be put into place. All the discussions and processes we used unearthed fascinating insights, interesting as much as anything for the potential that, until now, had been locked up in their different…
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    College Admissions Counseling

  • Are BS/MD Programs Getting More Difficult to Get Into?

    Todd Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every year it seems that getting into college is more difficult. BS/MD Programs are hard work The past few years, the number of colleges that each student applies to has increased greatly. Although there are actually fewer students applying to college in general compared to 5 years ago, the number of applications has actually increased at the most selective colleges. This has artificially made it more difficult to gain admission each year. With a number of colleges now having admit rates less than 10%, my students have been calling up asking if BS/MD programs are also getting more difficult…
  • ACT or SAT. Does It Matter Anymore?

    Todd Johnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    ACT or SAT When students start preparing for college admissions tests, one of the first issues is what is the best test. The ACT or SAT? Does it really matter any more which test you take? The quick answer is NO, it doesn’t make any difference.  Virtually every college in the country will accept either the SAT or ACT. They really do not care what test you take. However, which test you take can make the difference between getting accepted and rejected at many colleges.  How can those two statements both be true?  While colleges don’t care which test you take, you should care…
  • Parent Over Involvement Hurts Chances for Admissions

    Todd Johnson
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Parents, this post is for you. I know you love your kids and want the best for them. You want everything for them that you didn’t have. Good for you. But, being too involved in the college admissions process, and with BS/MD programs in particular, hurts your student. It doesn’t help. I have worked with several families over the years where there has been parent over involvement. Now let me make this clear. I regularly have parents that listen in on every phone conversation and participate in every skype call. That is not the problem. The problem is when the parent starts writing…
  • Does Grade Inflation Help Getting Into Medical School?

    Todd Johnson
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    While there are a number of factors used to determine who to admit to medical school, the two biggest are the GPA and the MCAT scores. So if a high GPA is good to have does that mean that going to a college with high grade inflation will make you more competitive for medical school? The answer is no. Let’s take two well known colleges as an example. Harvard is the poster child for grade inflation. The most commonly given grade at Harvard is a perfect A. The average GPA is something like a 3.8.  Princeton on the other hand used to have grade inflation like Harvard. But a few years ago…
  • Questions to Ask College Students While Visiting the College

    Todd Johnson
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    You are getting ready to go visit colleges. You have already scheduled a tour and information session. But you just read my post that says you should talk to some actual students while you are visiting the college. What do you ask them? Here are some ideas to get you started: How difficult is it to get an appointment with a professor? If you are not doing well in a course are the professors willing to talk to you about how you can improve? How would you rate the teaching skills of your professors? What was your favorite class your first year? Why? What was the biggest class you took your…
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  • Towards Harmonization of Higher Education in Southeast Asia: Malaysia’s perspective

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Link here for the Inside Higher Ed version of this article, which enables better sharing and printing. Editors’ note: today’s guest entry, by Morshidi Sirat (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Norzaini Azman (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) & Aishah Abu Bakar (University of Malaya), is designed to provide you with an up-to-date and insightful summary of the state of the Southeast Asian higher education region-building project. Regionalism — a state-led agenda to build up ‘regional coherence’ via the trading of goods and services, and the facilitation of human and non-human…
  • No MOOCs for Iran or Syria?

    27 Jan 2014 | 10:41 pm
    This entry is also available on Inside Higher Ed here.  Also see this new IHE article ‘Massive Closed Online Courses‘ for more information about this matter. Yesterday’s news that Coursera and Udacity need to follow US sanction rules is a reminder that the forces shaping the evolving global geographies of MOOCs is an issue that needs to be grappled with more thoroughly and systematically. In recent entries here on Inside Higher Ed, I’ve argued that the MOOCs phenomenon has helped deterritorialize higher education institutions and practices via their ‘global reach’…
  • Mapping Coursera’s Global Footprint

    19 Nov 2013 | 3:08 pm
    Over the last year I’ve been stuck by how most debates about MOOCs, and MOOC platform providers, are remarkably national in orientation. In the US, for example, a surprising number of politicians and select ‘disruptive innovation’ consultants have framed MOOCs as a vehicle to help redress the fiscal challenges facing public higher education. This (the MOOC as fiscal challenge solution) is a mug’s game, though, as anyone involved in developing and running online courses (as I am for both regular credit classes and a MOOC) will tell you for they are resource intensive to…
  • Briefly Noted (reactions to Sebastian Thrun’s Fast Company hagiography)

    15 Nov 2013 | 8:50 pm
    Who is troubled by this week’s Sebastian Thrun hagiography (‘Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course‘) in Fast Company, as well as this announcement (‘Launching our Data Science & Big Data Track built with Leading Industry Partners‘) via the Udacity blog (both posted on 14 November 2013)?A lot of committed open education thinkers and practitioners, so it seems, and not merely because of the hype machine Thrun so evidently cultivates (I’ll leave aside the possible negative reaction to Thrun getting photographed…
  • Briefly Noted via @GlobalHigherEd

    8 Nov 2013 | 12:44 pm
    This is the first entry in a new weekly update series profiling interesting and periodically quirky reports, talks, or articles related to the globalization of higher education and research. These entries will typically be posted on Fridays on this site which is always mirrored on Inside Higher Ed. Today’s entry can be located at: This series is being developed to bridge my daily use of Twitter @GlobalHigherEd to track and share resources with more traditional blog entries that will be…
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Racism Without Racists: The School Resegregation Edition

    Jose Vilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Thurgood Marshall Today, ProPublica released a special report on their website dedicated to the resegregation of America’s public schools. With the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision on May 17th approaching, ProPublica has focused this special section on Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where three separate and equally devastating stories will be told as case studies to highlight the effects of “letting” dreams of integration die on their own. Unfortunately, progress never just dies on its own, and in this case, it’s not completely unintentional. In…
  • I Need You Here (Global Math Presentation)

    Jose Vilson
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I’m going to drop a blog sometime on Wednesday, but in the meantime, I have an online presentation tomorrow for the Global Math Department, and I’m using this one to namedrop and blow spots. I’ll be on fire. If you’re interested, please do RSVP to this presentation. I might even raffle off one of my books because, well, this is what we do now. RSVP NOW! Thanks in advance. See y’all tomorrow. Jose The post I Need You Here (Global Math Presentation) appeared first on The Jose Vilson.
  • Your Kids Don’t Actually Feel Like They Belong After All

    Jose Vilson
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Act Signing Today, a friend forwarded me a report from the Pew Research Center that focused on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. An excerpt: But as historic as it was, a half century later many Americans — particularly blacks — still believe that the country has a ways to go in overcoming racial disparities. A CBS News poll conducted in late March found that while 59% of Americans — including 60% of whites and 55% of blacks — considered race relations in the U.S. to be generally good, about half (52%) thought there…
  • My Review of The First Review of My Book This Is Not A Test

    Jose Vilson
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Let me say, for the record, that I haven’t been excited yet. Not with the endorsements, the hundreds of folk who’ve pre-ordered it, the publisher’s ridiculously good execution with the basics (and then some), meeting Arundhati Roy through my publisher, the exclusive book party and eminent book clubs, or getting my first set of review copies for the five people I already had in mind to receive them anyways. Much of it stems from a childhood humility, one that assumes that I honestly don’t deserve the blessings I receive, so when I do, I don’t know how to react.
  • Sunglasses and Advil, Last Edit Was Mad Real

    Jose Vilson
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    I’m surprised a few of you haven’t put out on APB or Missing Persons Report for me since I haven’t blogged on any site for the last two weeks. Instead, I’ve focused exclusively on my new book, This Is Not A Test. The endorsements, pre-orders, and events have rolled in steadily, with very few hitches. It’s gone so smoothly in fact, I’m fully anticipating a disaster coming in the next few weeks. I want to make this look easy, because to a certain extent it was. Then I remember I just spent the better part of this weekend (13 hours to be exact) poring over…
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    Teachers Teaching Teachers » Podcast Feed

  • TTT#386 Celebrating Open Education Week 2014 w/ Karen Fasimpaur, Verena Roberts, Greg McVerry, Ian O’Bryne, Nate Otto 3.12.14

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

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

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

    Paul Allison
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Download. On this episode of TTT we offer a conversation about the NY Times articles on Dasani: Invisible Child We are joined by: Marina Lombardo Maribeth Whitehouse Stephanie West-Puckett Al Elliott We were moved the NY Times articles and the issues they raise. Many of us teach students similar to Dasani, and this Times series gives us a great opportunity to talk about the issues that students like her present in our classrooms. This is our third conversation about Dasani and students who face similar challenges, and what…
  • TTT#367 Why Open Matters When We Share Curriculum – Connected Educator Month Series (2 of 5) 10.9.13

    Paul Allison
    18 Jan 2014 | 8:12 am
    Download. On this episode of TTT, recorded on 10.9.13 as part of our series of Connected Educator Month shows, we explore why open matters when we share curriculum. We are joined by: Greg McVerry Christina Cantrill Johanna Paraiso Karen Fasimpaur Joann Boettcher Sheri Edwards Here’s a Digital Is resource on this topic, written by one of our frequent (and always welcomed) guests on TTT, Karen Fasimpaur: Why does “open” matter? There is a lot of talk about “open” these days. It’s the new black.
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Success Post

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Reading Workshop students, please submit your essay for grading in the form below. To see all the essays go HERE.Loading...
  • Do You Connect the Dots?

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    As students work on writing their Success project, one of the challenges will be to connect the dots. When using three sources and personal experiences, tying everything together will be extremely important. When writing an essay you need to consider the reader. When someone reads your essay, does it make sense? Does one point lead to another? Do examples support main points? Do you stay on topic from beginning to end? A good writer always connects the dots.Want more information on using transitions to improve your writing? Check this site at Aims Community College. 
  • What Did You Enjoy Most About Camp Responses

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
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  • Thanks for a Great Time!

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    Group 10 at Split RockThe Sixth Grade students went to Camp Oty Okwa for Outdoor Education Camp on March 26 - 28. Last Wednesday morning, three school buses with 147 students, 14 Salt Creek staff, three pickup trucks, one pulling a large trailer loaded completely full of luggage, all headed out with high hopes for a great time. Although camp started out a little cool with a temperature of 20° as we loaded up to leave, it didn't affect the mood. A few raindrops fell here and there also, but again, it had little impact on the attitudes of everyone. I had a great time and couldn't imagine…
  • The Maze Runner Movie is Coming

    19 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    Many students have read the exciting Maze Runner series written by James Dashner. The movie is set to be released on September 19, 2014. This three book series has nonstop action and has been a favorite since it was released. I am sure the movie will be a hit.
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Whether it’s bikes or bytes, teens are teens

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    (This piece was written for the LA Times, where it was published as an op-ed on April 11, 2014.) If you’re like most middle-class parents, you’ve probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children’s lives to your less-wired childhood, ask yourself this: Do you let your 10-year-old roam the neighborhood on her bicycle as long as she’s back by dinner? Are you comfortable, for hours at a…
  • Is the Oculus Rift sexist? (plus response to criticism)

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Last week, I wrote a provocative opinion piece for Quartz called “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?” I’m reposting it on my blog for posterity, but also because I want to address some of the critiques that I received. First, the piece itself: Is the Oculus Rift sexist? In the fall of 1997, my university built a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) to help scientists, artists, and archeologists embrace 3D immersion to advance the state of those fields. Ecstatic at seeing a real-life instantiation of the Metaverse, the virtual world imagined in Neal Stephenson’s Snow…
  • Parentology: The first parenting book I actually liked

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    As a researcher and parent, I quickly learned that I have no patience for parenting books. When I got pregnant, I started trying to read parenting books and I threw more than my fair share of them across the room. I either get angry at the presentation of the science or annoyed at the dryness of the writing. Worse, the prescriptions make me furious because anyone who tells you that there’s a formula to parenting is lying. My hatred of parenting books was really disappointing because I didn’t want to have to do a literature review whenever I wanted to know what research said about…
  • Why Snapchat is Valuable: It’s All About Attention

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Most people who encounter a link to this post will never read beyond this paragraph. Heck, most people who encountered a link to this post didn’t click on the link to begin with. They simply saw the headline, took note that someone over 30 thinks that maybe Snapchat is important, and moved onto the next item in their Facebook/Twitter/RSS/you-name-it stream of media. And even if they did read it, I’ll never know it because they won’t comment or retweet or favorite this in any way. We’ve all gotten used to wading in streams of social media content. Open up Instagram or…
  • TIME Magazine Op-Ed: Let Kids Run Wild Online

    16 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I wrote the following op-ed for TIME Magazine. This was published in the March 13, 2014 issue under the title “Let Kids Run Wild Online.” To my surprise and delight, the op-ed was featured on the cover of the magazine. Trapped by helicopter parents and desperate to carve out a space of their own, teens need a place to make mistakes. Bicycles, roller skates and skateboards are dangerous. I still have scars on my knees from my childhood run-ins with various wheeled contraptions. Jungle gyms are also dangerous; I broke my left arm falling off one. And don’t get me started on…
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    Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily

  • Ethics and soft boundaries between Facebook groups and other web services

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Frances Bell, Francesbell's Blog, April 18, 2014 Fances Bell explores some of the murky issues surrounding access to 'closed' sites and services such as Facebook groups. These are not accessible to people without a Facebook login, and as such may be inaccessible to people who for one reason or another don't want Facebook. But also as such, these may carry a presumption of privacy on the part of members, some of whom may think posting to the course group isn't 'public' in the way posting a blog port or web page is. Meanwhile, can you post what was said on one Facebook group (or mailing list,…
  • Educating Modern Learners Is Live!

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Audrey Watters, Hack Education, April 18, 2014 Audrey Watters announces the arrival of her online publishing venture with Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon, Educating Modern Learners, "a site dedicated to news and analysis about the future of teaching and learning through a progressive education (and progressive ed-tech) lens." It will, sadly,  cost you $35 a month to read. Not open content, obviously. [Link] [Comment]
  • Literature is not Data: Against Digital Humanities

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Stephen Marche, Los Angeles Review of Books, April 18, 2014 I don't think there's anything wrong with the  digital humanities per se but I accept the criticism that it would represent a misapplication of big data. As Stephen Marche writes, "Literature cannot meaningfully be treated as data. The problem is essential rather than superficial: literature is not data. Literature is the opposite of data." In particular, "algorithms, exactly like fascism, work perfectly, with a sense of seemingly unstoppable inevitability, right up until the point they don’ t.`Well fine. But why is this…
  • 5 Key Barriers to Educational Technology Adoption in the Developing World

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    Clayton R. Wright, Educational Technology Debate, April 18, 2014 I think this is the real challenge to talking about educational technology in the developing world: before you can get to educational technology you have to consider, if not overcome, these barriers. What are they? electrical power internet connectivity training and professional development value of teachers sustainability Most of these could be solved with money - and in a nation like Canada, they would be - but some, like electricity or internet connectivity, would require a great deal of money, because of the need to build…
  • Phasing out certificates of free courseware completion

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Sebastian Thrun, Udacity Blog, April 18, 2014 The commercialization of MOOCs continues: "effective May 16, we will stop offering free non-identity-verified certificates." The funny part is that they say students are demanding this. [Link] [Comment]
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    The Hall Monitor

  • Sen. Greg Ball secures $100,000 state grant for Pawling High School

    Swapna Venugopal
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    News fro Sen. Greg Ball: Students at Pawling High School are now enjoying a new fitness center thanks to a $100,000 state grant that Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has secured for his alma mater. “I was honored to deliver this grant for my high school. The... Read More →The post Sen. Greg Ball secures $100,000 state grant for Pawling High School appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Budget climate, tax cap, hit Scarsdale bond rating

    Randi Weiner
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Moody’s Investors Service apparently likes Scarsdale school districts money management but has given it a negative spin because the service worries the next two years will be a tough budget time for the affluent district. While keeping Scarsdale school district’s Aaa rating on its debt service bonds and other investments,... Read More →The post Budget climate, tax cap, hit Scarsdale bond rating appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Special needs awareness day set 5/3 in Brewster

    Randi Weiner
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Information, resources and vendors involved in special education programs and products will be featured at a special needs awareness event set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy campus in Brewster. The event, hosted by state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson)  and his Special... Read More →The post Special needs awareness day set 5/3 in Brewster appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • Educator of the Week: John Falino, principal, Dobbs Ferry HS

    Gary Stern
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
      Who: John Falino, principal of Dobbs Ferry High School Since when: He’s now in his third year after serving as an assistant principal in New York City What now: Falino is a major proponent of the use of social media in school. He credits Dobbs Ferry Superintendent Lisa Brady,... Read More →The post Educator of the Week: John Falino, principal, Dobbs Ferry HS appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
  • TONIGHT: St. Anthony’s School book fair, festivities

    Mareesa Nicosia
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Barnes & Noble in Nanuet will host a book fair to support the St. Anthony School tonight. The Catholic school will receive a portion of the proceeds for items purchased using Barnes & Noble vouchers, distributed by the school. A presentation to honor teacher Lois Dorsey, winner of the “My... Read More →The post TONIGHT: St. Anthony’s School book fair, festivities appeared first on The Hall Monitor.
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Tender and Sweet First Grade Blog Comments

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Most of the teachers at my wife’s elementary school in Oklahoma City have starting using KidBlog with their students this semester for interactive writing, and students as well as parent volunteers are getting involved with commenting. This comment thread on a first grader’s photo post about his animal project is tender and sweet, including feedback from a sibling.   by  Wesley Fryer  How wonderful it is that adults as well as students are able to engage in interactive writing like this together, which is all MODERATED by classroom teachers! Can first…
  • Oklahoma Legislators: Don’t Repeal Common Core Standards, Instead Reject High Stakes Testing

    Wesley Fryer
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    If you are an Oklahoma legislator, please watch the following 6 minute video and thoughtfully consider this message about Common Core State Standards. There is a great deal of public anger in Oklahoma today regarding education and education policy, and it is important to both understand and constructively respond to these emotions. As an elected representative, I encourage you to become better informed about why we need legislative change focused on rejecting HIGH STAKES TESTING for students in our state, rather than rejecting Common Core standards. If you are an Oklahoma voter, please…
  • Tips for Getting Started with AppleTV Mirroring

    Wesley Fryer
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Several teachers in our elementary school got AppleTVs installed in their classrooms recently and have questions about how to use it. These are some suggested tips and techniques for getting started. Since wifi network configurations are unique for different school districts, these instructions may be a little different than what you need for your setting. Required steps also depend on how your AppleTV is connected to your projector. The AppleTV used for the steps shown in this post is directly connected to the “HDMI” port of a classroom projector. 1. SELECT APPLE TV ON THE…
  • Find and Use the Best Channel for Home WiFi with Wireless Diagnostics

    Wesley Fryer
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    WiFi routers are commonplace in many U.S. households and neighborhoods today. If you have several neighbors with wifi routers, it’s possible they may be operating on the same “channel” and frequency as yours and causing unwanted / unnecessary network congestion which results in a slower Internet experience for everyone. In this post, I’ll share how I used the application “Wireless Diagnostics” to identify the optimal wifi channel for our neighborhood and switch my Apple Base Station to use it. The December 2013 OS X Daily article, “How to Find the…
  • Tornado Season is Here But Don’t Look For an Oklahoma City Public Storm Shelter

    Wesley Fryer
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Spring has sprung in central Oklahoma at last, and that means tornado season is here. This past week we had our first set of storms in the northern part of our state, and I’m sure many more will come in the weeks ahead. Technically, tornados can form any month of the year, but statistically the midwest of the United States experiences the most tornados in the spring. Last year Moore, Oklahoma, experienced a devastating F5 tornado on May 20th. I visited the area three months afterward, and took a series of sobering photos.   by  Wesley Fryer  The Moore tornado…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Baseball Practice

    Jeff Utecht
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    (Stories from my side of the field parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) The stress and pressures of life continues on the airplane. Even though I’m headed for a vacation, I work on my laptop the full 3 hour flight, trying to get one more task completed. The stress in my upper shoulders is aching as I sit in my cramped economy middle seat trying to balance my laptop on a little tray made even smaller by the fact the person in front of me has leaned his chair back. “This is your Captain speaking….we have been cleared for landing and should be on the ground in about 20 minutes.”…
  • Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement

    Jeff Utecht
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:03 am
    OK…so let me clarify that title. I honestly think textbooks are on their way out…or at least I hope they are. Really it should read “Flipboard as core curation artifact for classrooms” but that wouldn’t have you here reading now would it. I’m in love with Flipboard. I have been for awhile now….it’s one of the first apps that gets downloaded on all devices. But lately as I’ve been thinking about the death of textbooks and what might replace them I have started to dig deeper into Flipboard and really think it has a ton of potential to be…
  • In 2014…..

    Jeff Utecht
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I’m frustrated….it’s 2014 people! We’re 14 years into this century and the Internet turned 25 years old today. It’s here…it’s part of our culture…part of our daily lives…it’s time we stop fighting it and embrace it! In 2014….. School wide wifi that works should be a given…if school wifi was as fast and reliable as Starbucks…we wouldn’t need Starbucks! Every school should open up that fast and reliable Internet to the public after 5pm every day and all day on weekends.  Youtube, facebook, and the rest of web…
  • We Need More Engineers

    Jeff Utecht
    25 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
    CEO of Intel Brian Krzanich took to the Internet last week to encourage engineering students to stick with their programs and to shed some light on the fact that America and American companies are desperate for engineers. Not just in the tech sector but in other sectors as well. On my recent trip back from visiting ISG in Saudi Arabia, I sat next to an Agricultural Engineer on his way back to Seattle. He had been out for 3 weeks traveling Europe, India, and 3 countries in Africa. As he talked about his traveling adventures I couldn’t believe how much he was traveling…so I…
  • We Need Better Presentations

    Jeff Utecht
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:05 am
    Over the past few weeks while visiting different schools I have observed while walking down hallways, peeking in on meetings, or just end up watching presentation being delivered by educators that….well….are really bad. By Tomwsulcer CC-BY-SA-3.0 I’m not talking about classroom teachers standing and giving presentations to students, I’m talking about counselors explaining the PSAT results to students, administrators presenting to staff, staff presenting to staff and presentations to parents. We’re talking presentation that have 5+ bullet points per page, text somewhere around 16…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Programming Languages Are Horrible

    Alfred Thompson
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    A bunch of my students in my honors programming class made the same error yesterday. Remarkably today Bertrand Meyer had a post about the very same error in the CACM Blog (Go read it – it’s great - Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter) The short version of my student’s problem revolved around how C-style languages handle if statements with multi-statement actions. Take for example the following code: 1: if (booleanExpression) 2: DoSomething(); 3: DoSomthingElse(); 4: if (!booleanExpression) 5: DoAction();Students have a tendency to assume that if the expression in line 1 is true that both…
  • Interesting Links–14 April 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Crazy busy weekend for me. The weather was great and I got a lot done outside. Left me too tired to write this up last night. Sorry for the early birds who usually get here before now. Hope people find some useful things anyway. This is a fun video Domino Addition – simulating binary gates using dominos. The good folks at Phillips Exeter are putting on a hackathon for middle and high schoolers May 17. Probably of interesting only to New Hampshire and some Maine and Massachusetts students. But looks like fun. Looking for a new CS teaching job? Or looking to hire a…
  • Code: Echo–Programming Challenge

    Alfred Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Using a coding challenge as a promotional event for a movie? This is a new one on me but it looks interesting. What I especially like is that they are sharing resources that students can incorporate into a game. Here is a chance for your students to use their coding skills to win big! Summer family movie EARTH TO ECHO is hosting "Code: Echo": a Challenge for students K-12 to create a game inspired by the film. Students can download assets and get creative.PRIZES:In each category there will be: 1 grand prize winner ($5,000.00 + hometown screening) 1 runner-up prize winner ($2,500.00) WHO CAN…
  • Summer Work for Computer Science and Robotics Instructors

    Alfred Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you are a member of the CSTA you should have received this announcement via email. BUT if you didn’t or you are not a CSTA member (why not?) I thought this worth sharing. Summer 2014 Employment Opportunities: Computer Science and Robotics Instructors The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors for summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented middle and high school students from across the country and around the world. Information regarding our summer programs can be found at Positions are…
  • My Students Are Not Me

    Alfred Thompson
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Sometime in elementary school a teacher taught number bases. I was fascinated. It was interesting. It was fun. It made perfect sense to me. I spent hours converting numbers from one base to another. For some reason base 5 and base 7 struck me as a lot of fun. I played with Binary and Octal as well. It just came easy. Lately I have been teaching (or trying) Binary to my students in our Explorations in Computer Science class. My students are not (to no ones surprise) me. Some of them get it quickly. Some of the get it after a bit. And some of them just seem to think I am crazy. I have to remind…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Let public charter schools succeed: Column

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Neerav Kingsland and Richard Whitmire, USA Today In Illinois you can almost imagine the spittle on their lips as furious lawmakers take aim at charter schools. Some want to do away with a commission that considers appeals when charters get spurned by local school boards. Others want to bury charters in paperwork or ban student recruiting, guaranteeing they can never operate. What’s playing out in the Illinois legislature is part of a national movement to thwart charters. What is lost in these conflicts, however, is an irreducible truth. Every attack against successful charter schools…
  • NEWSWIRE: April 15, 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Vol. 16, No. 15 TENNESSEE STRIKES AGAIN. Monday afternoon, the Tennessee House of Representatives took the final approval measure necessary to make the Volunteer State more charter-friendly. This latest piece of legislation grants chartering authority to the State Board of Education, allowing a quality charter school application to be under the auspices of the State Board if it initially faces denial from a local board. The Senate already passed the bill as amended, and while support for charter schools is no doubt a sign of progress, it’s unfortunate that voucher measures being considered…
  • New York State Rule Favors City Charters

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Kara Kerwin, Wall Street Journal Claims that the New York budget agreement is friendly to charter schools are little more than political spin (“New York Charts Bold Course for Schools,” U.S. News, April 1). The New York legislature, together with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, crafted a budget that financially favors a select few charter schools in New York City rather than giving charter schools—and the students they serve—statewide equitable treatment. An equitable budget treats a student in Brooklyn the same as a student in Buffalo, regardless of whether they attend a charter or…
  • Tennessee Becomes Friendlier to Charter Schools

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Latest in Series of Positive Actions Taken By State Lawmakers  CER Press Release Washington, D.C. April 14, 2014 The Tennessee House of Representatives took the final approval measure necessary to pass HB 0702, which significantly increases the likelihood of expanding quality charter schools across the state. The bill will now head to Governor Haslam’s desk. “After nearly two years of deliberation, it’s wonderful to see Tennessee lawmakers support a surefire method of expanding quality charter schools,” said Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform. “I…
  • This Toxic Standards Fight Isn’t Helping Students

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Kevin P. Chavous, Education Week The late, noted civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer summed it up best when she said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Although she was voicing her discontent with racial inequality in Mississippi nearly five decades ago, I can relate to her sentiment today when I think about the recent debate within the education reform community concerning the Common Core State Standards. We reformers are in this battle to change the status quo, to focus on students and results, rather than systems and processes. I respect education policy debate and…
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  • You Need More Than the Ability to Take Standardized Tests.

    Michael Smith
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
  • I Don’t Live at School and I’m Sorry You Had to See Me Like This.

    Michael Smith
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    This happens about 7 times a year. I go someplace. Grocery store.  Restaurant.  Gas station.  Movie theater.  Post Office.  Tattoo Parlor. You get the picture. I’m someplace other than school. As an added bonus, I’m wearing something other than a suit and tie. Here’s what happens. I walk in.  I see student.  Student sees me. Student looks at me funny.  This is a telltale sign.  Especially when they rotate their head to the side. They look like a dog who hears a high-pitched whistle. Student says one of two things. "I thought you lived at school" Or.
  • Not Every Bad Behavior is Bullying.

    Michael Smith
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    The most overused word in education is "bullying". People throw it around way too easily.  You can make this accusation with absolutely no proof. And sadly, the accusation comes with a pre-determined sentence of guilt. Every accidental bump, look, or comment becomes "bullying". We are losing the right to not like each other. If I disagree with you, I’m a bully. Before you light up my email inbox or the comment section, please read the rest of this blog. When a parent says their child is being bullied, I always ask them to define bullying for me. 100 out of 100 times…
  • Enough Panic. Just Stop It.

    Michael Smith
    22 Feb 2014 | 4:15 am
    America’s National Pastime isn’t baseball. Or even football (actually it is football, but for the purposes of this blog it’s not football). America is obsessed. Obsessed with fear.  Devastation.  Death. We seem to have a need to be scared all the time. We aren’t happy unless we are 97% sure the world is ending. My theory is this slippery slope began with Y2K. Then it was amplified during the Iraq War. Since then, we find all kinds of reasons to be depressed and frightened.  If banks are in trouble, the world is going to end. If schools don’t change, the world…
  • Cell Phone Contracts. Do This for Your Child.

    Michael Smith
    17 Feb 2014 | 2:46 am
    The Evil Spawn doesn’t have a phone.               She has two parents who work, eat, and sleep technology but she doesn’t have a phone. Why? One, she doesn’t have a job.  So how would she pay for it? Two, she is twelve going on thirteen going on forty, but up to this point her parents (mainly mom… and mom is always right) don’t think she is emotionally ready for a phone. Sure, she would know the technology portion forwards and backwards, but we weren’t sure if she was ready with the emotional responsibility that comes with putting a computer…
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 5 steps to better early childhood tech use

    Laura Devaney
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Report identifies best practices in closing early digital divide Closing the digital divide has been a constant challenge as technology tools and use become more prevalent in schools. Now, research shows that developing early technology skills can help close the digital divide. Though technology use has expanded in schools, students’ at-home technology and internet access isn’t necessarily reliable. According to a RAND Corporation report, Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide, this means that children from families without access to digital technology…
  • 5 must-watch TED Talks

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    These 5 TED Talks are each given by an education professional or technology expert with their own unique vision for how to improve learning. The nonprofit Technology, Education and Design (TED) is “devoted to spreading ideas,” according to its mission statement. How does it do that? By recording and posting various talks on different topics, given by experts in different fields. It began in 1984, but has lately risen to new popularity, and now has a worldwide following. Not only does TED have a wide range of Talks devoted exclusively to education, but many of these talks–all…
  • School libraries urged to embrace the digital–cautiously

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    School libraries are changing, but some essential characteristics remain the same Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete–but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at the annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators and administrators, struggling to figure out how much to spend on their campus libraries amid state funding cuts, have reduced library staff and pondered the…
  • 8 technology tips from top district leaders

    Laura Devaney
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Winners of eSN’s annual superintendent program share their technology advice When it comes to school technology, having a plan, and having strong leaders to guide that plan, are two of the most important steps to success, according to the 2014 winners of eSchool News’ Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards. The eight winners of the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program, chosen for their commitment to educational technology and teaching and learning, shared their best practices for creating schools that boost student engagement and achievement by leveraging technology tools…
  • 10 follow-worthy education blogs

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The following 10 education blogs could help you grow your teaching practices Education blogs are one of the top ways to learn about new educational technologies, trends, and classroom practices. Sometimes, learning from the perspective of other teachers, administrators, and ed-tech professionals can help educators refresh their teaching and leadership. In 2012, eSchool News compiled a list of top education blogs–here’s an update, with new blogs that offer new perspectives and resources. Following any blogs that aren’t on this list? Share them in the comment section below. (Next…
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 5 steps to better early childhood tech use

    Laura Devaney
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Report identifies best practices in closing early digital divide Closing the digital divide has been a constant challenge as technology tools and use become more prevalent in schools. Now, research shows that developing early technology skills can help close the digital divide. Though technology use has expanded in schools, students’ at-home technology and internet access isn’t necessarily reliable. According to a RAND Corporation report, Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide, this means that children from families without access to digital technology…
  • 5 must-watch TED Talks

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    These 5 TED Talks are each given by an education professional or technology expert with their own unique vision for how to improve learning. The nonprofit Technology, Education and Design (TED) is “devoted to spreading ideas,” according to its mission statement. How does it do that? By recording and posting various talks on different topics, given by experts in different fields. It began in 1984, but has lately risen to new popularity, and now has a worldwide following. Not only does TED have a wide range of Talks devoted exclusively to education, but many of these talks–all…
  • School libraries urged to embrace the digital–cautiously

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    School libraries are changing, but some essential characteristics remain the same Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete–but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at the annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators and administrators, struggling to figure out how much to spend on their campus libraries amid state funding cuts, have reduced library staff and pondered the…
  • 8 technology tips from top district leaders

    Laura Devaney
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Winners of eSN’s annual superintendent program share their technology advice When it comes to school technology, having a plan, and having strong leaders to guide that plan, are two of the most important steps to success, according to the 2014 winners of eSchool News’ Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards. The eight winners of the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program, chosen for their commitment to educational technology and teaching and learning, shared their best practices for creating schools that boost student engagement and achievement by leveraging technology tools…
  • 10 follow-worthy education blogs

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The following 10 education blogs could help you grow your teaching practices Education blogs are one of the top ways to learn about new educational technologies, trends, and classroom practices. Sometimes, learning from the perspective of other teachers, administrators, and ed-tech professionals can help educators refresh their teaching and leadership. In 2012, eSchool News compiled a list of top education blogs–here’s an update, with new blogs that offer new perspectives and resources. Following any blogs that aren’t on this list? Share them in the comment section below. (Next…
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • 5 steps to better early childhood tech use

    Laura Devaney
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Report identifies best practices in closing early digital divide Closing the digital divide has been a constant challenge as technology tools and use become more prevalent in schools. Now, research shows that developing early technology skills can help close the digital divide. Though technology use has expanded in schools, students’ at-home technology and internet access isn’t necessarily reliable. According to a RAND Corporation report, Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide, this means that children from families without access to digital technology…
  • School libraries urged to embrace the digital–cautiously

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    School libraries are changing, but some essential characteristics remain the same Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete–but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at the annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators and administrators, struggling to figure out how much to spend on their campus libraries amid state funding cuts, have reduced library staff and pondered the…
  • Why Pinterest Is The Google Competitor You Weren’t Expecting

    eSchool News Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    There are now nearly one billion “Place Pins” on Pinterest, the company said in an email Monday. And with that announcement, Pinterest moves one step closer to becoming a true search engine alternative to Google, ReadWriteWeb reports. Now, Pinterest’s Place Pins aren’t going to replace Google Maps anytime soon—or ever. But for users that would rather graze than pinpoint one exact spot, Place Pins are great for browsing various locales around the globe. Place Pins are enhanced Pinterest images, better known as “pins,” with the addition of location metadata.
  • 3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech

    eSchool News Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Dear “Nervous To Try Something New With EdTech”: You know when you spoke with me the other day and told me that that introducing more tech into my class was fine for me because I was ‘into it’ and ‘understood’ it? That you were not going to try a new way of doing things (edtech-wise) because your students would see that you weren’t an expert, Edudemic reports. Well I need to let you in on a secret. Neither am I. It would probably shock you that me, a proponent of choice/more edtech started exactly where you are now in terms of knowledge and confidence. It took, it takes, some…
  • Google Glass targeted as symbol by anti-tech crowd

    eSchool News Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Glass, Google’s high-profile entry into the world of wearable tech, may help launch a revolution if it’s released later this year as expected, CNN reports. But test models already on the street have begun playing a more unlikely role — as symbols in a simmering fight over Silicon Valley’s impact on the city of San Francisco. It’s a local story, but one with ramifications everywhere as Google on Tuesday made the connected headsets available to the public for the first time in a one-day sale. While our smartphones drop easily into pockets and tablets get zipped up…
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    eSchool News » Funding

  • Got funding? State’s laptop plan at risk

    staff and wire services reports
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hawaii’s laptop program may not reach full-scale implementation The future of a pilot program eyed as a model to eventually put laptops in the hands of all Hawaii public school students and teachers is uncertain now that lawmakers have zeroed out funds to continue supporting the initiative. Eight schools were selected last summer to pilot what’s known as a one-to-one digital device initiative, which provided MacBook Air laptops to some 6,700 students and teachers for the current school year. The program dubbed Access Learning was scaled down to a pilot after legislators last year…
  • Obama announces grants to schools to integrate work experiences

    eSchool News Staff
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    President Obama traveled to a high school in the Washington suburbs on Monday to announce the winners of $107 million in grants intended to update curriculums to better integrate work experiences and real-world learning opportunities, the New York Times reports. “We want to invest in your future,” Mr. Obama told students at Bladensburg High School in Maryland, one of the winners. “Your potential for success is so high as long as you stay focused,” he added. “As long as you’re clear about your goals, you’re going to succeed.” Bladensburg was one of 24 recipients of the awards,…
  • April: 5 education grants you don’t want to miss

    Laura Devaney
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    School grants offer some much-needed financial help for schools School funding difficulties show no sign of abating, and school budgets are stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News editors compile a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from a focus on professional development for arts educators to funding that helps improve school leadership. You don’t want to miss out on these April school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and…
  • $2M to help improve school leaders

    eSchool News Staff
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    The Turnaround School Leaders Program supports projects to develop and implement or enhance and implement a leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports, and retains school leaders (which may include leadership teams) for School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools (as defined in this notice) and/or SIG-eligible schools (as defined in this notice) in a local educational agency (LEA) or consortium of LEAs. Note: Option deadline for notice of intent to apply is April 25, 2014.
  • Prizes for projects about cultural traditions

    eSchool News Staff
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    This challenge asks participants to examine a local or regional tradition through the eyes of a community tradition bearer and create a video, podcast or slide show to share the story. Cultural traditions students might explore range from dance, games and handicrafts to cooking, storytelling, customs, distinctive jobs, and more. Comprehensive supporting materials reinforce real world folklorist skills by defining terms, providing examples, tips, and organizational tools, and walking students through professional interview and story-shaping processes. Participants also have access to…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • So So Social Media

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:17 am
    Shared by Leigh Blackall on Google +, via Facebook (ironically but then again, he is over 25): Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly. What is Facebook to most people over the age of 25? It’s a never-ending class reunion mixed with an eternal late-night dorm room gossip session mixed with a nightly check-in on what coworkers are doing after leaving the office. In other words, it’s a place where you go to keep tabs on your friends and acquaintances. You know what kids call that? School. For those of us out of school, Facebook is a place to see the…
  • Heat

    31 Jan 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It is just after 2 pm here in Adelaide and the temperature is currently 41 degrees Celsius (105 F). We are having a short heatwave following a longer one two weeks ago that saw the temperature here get to 44.5 deg. C (112 F) on Wednesday, January 15. My youngest son’s basketball game was cancelled for this morning and all around Adelaide, air conditioners are on the go, providing cool refuge from the dry heat. Heat is often a factor in the start of the school year here in South Australia. It cranked up to 43 deg C (109 F) on Tuesday for the first day of the 2014 school year. At my…
  • Are PISA Results An Accurate Measure Of The Quality Of Education Anywhere?

    14 Jan 2014 | 1:07 am
    Late last year, my principal passed along a document transcript of a keynote delivered by Dr Alan Reid from UniSA titled “Translating what? How PISA distorts policy, research and practice in education“. I’ve looked for a copy online but can’t seem to find one to link to so I am uploading the copy from my email inbox to share his analysis to a broader audience. I know that we used this transcript as a basis for a powerful dialogue around the proper use of data for learning in our leadership team, but the messages he delivers could translate well to any nation where the…
  • The Corporate Helping Hand

    9 Jan 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Technology can be a major driver of innovation within any school setting. So, it makes sense that the corporations that develop and sell the devices, infrastructure and software that are part of this picture would want to be publicly visible as a key factor for positive change. A recent example of this came my way via Tim Holt who reflected on a partnership between Science Leadership Academy, an acknowledged innovative school in the US, and Dell who are funding Chromebooks and other benefits for the school. Now, this is a great coup for the school involved and is a win/win PR wise for both…
  • FaceBook As A Temporary Social Sandpit

    3 Jan 2014 | 1:16 am
    I am no big fan of FaceBook. There are too many aspects that make me wary of becoming a regular user ranging from the regularly reported breaches of users’ privacy to the complete inanity of the apps, likes and offensive advertising that plagues the site. Have a look through my FaceBook page and you’ll see very infrequent contributions and minimal information. However, I think it is important for me to have a presence there just so I know how it all works. Because the staff and many of the students I work with are all on there, and from time to time, I’ve needed to lean on…
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  • Waterline & Taking Textbooks Out Of Airplane Mode

    Dan Meyer
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    tl;dr – This is about a new digital lesson I made with Christopher Danielson and our friends at Desmos. It's called Waterline and its best feature is that it shares data from student to student rather than just from student to teacher. I'll show you what I mean while simultaneously badgering publishers of digital textbooks. (As I do.) Think about the stretches of time when your smartphone or tablet is in airplane mode. Without any connection to the Internet, you can read articles you've saved but you can't visit any links inside those articles. You can't text your friends. You can't…
  • “Think About Your Favorite Problem From A Unit”

    Dan Meyer
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Bob Lochel, responding to commenter Jenni who wondered how, when, and where to integrate tasks into a unit: In my years as math coach, the most efficient piece of advice I would give to teachers is this: think about your favorite problem from a unit, the problem you look forward to, or that problem which is number 158 in the last section which you know will generate all kinds of discussion. Without fail, this problem is often done last, as the summary of all ideas in the unit. Okay, why not do it first? Keep it simmering in the background, flesh it out as ideas are developed and pratice…
  • Bar Trivia for Math Teachers

    Dan Meyer
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Desmos/Mathalicious happy hour in New Orleans on Friday was a great end to a long week of conferencing with math teachers, math ed professors, and the occasional vendor. My unofficial crowd estimate puts it at something like 50x the size of their 2014 event in Denver, CO. The Desmos team and I wrote up some happy hour questions which were fun enough that several people requested the complete list. You should feel free to use them also. Please address complaints, quibbles, or corrections to Bill McCallum c/o Illustrative Math. 1. Math Homophones All of the answers in this round are…
  • My Opening Keynote for CUE 2014

    Dan Meyer
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    I opened up the Computer-Using Educators annual conference in Palm Springs last month. That talk made its way online this week. I started by describing why edtech presentations often make me aggravated. Then I described my "edtech mission statement," which helps me through those presentations and helps me make tough choices for my limited resources. BTW. I was also interviewed at CUE for the Infinite Thinking Machine with Mark Hammons. Featured Comment Michael Pershan: LOL. Funny stuff! High praise.
  • “Oh, you think you have a rule? See if you can wreck it.”

    Dan Meyer
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    David Cox: I'm noticing that more kids are gaining confidence in looking for patterns, forming hypotheses and then seeing if they can make the hypothesis fail. The phrase that seems to be gaining ground when it comes to hypothesis testing is "wreck it" – as in, "Oh, you think you have a rule? See if you can wreck it." There are two things I love about this: The phrase "see if you can wreck it," and the toddler-knocking-down-a-tower-of-blocks spirit of destruction it conveys. The fact that you are supposed to wreck your own conjecture. Your conjecture isn't something you're supposed to…
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    NYC Educator

  • Rhee's Two Takes on her Taping Incident

    NYC Educator
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
     by guest blogger Arwen E.Michelle Rhee popped up in The Washington Post this month glorifying the same standardized tests from which so many parents seek to shelter their children.  It is so strange to me, in this day and age, that one who started her career with a glaring example of child abuse could come so far and exercise so much influence upon our public-school system.  I would like to briefly revisit that incident, including her more recent attempts to rewrite her own history.  In an online Financial Times article entitled, "Lunch with the FT: …
  • The Old, Old Song, and the Never-ending Battle Between Students and Teachers

    NYC Educator
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Last year I had a student who was a big fan of the band Queen. Actually I don't know the precise extent of his love for the band, but I'm certain he enjoyed the song, "We Will Rock You." I know this because he was fond of the rhythm, and regularly expressed it by stomping on the floor and hitting the desk. At first a look would stop it, but as the year wore on it became longer and more persistent, and more and more students would join in.Toward the end of the year it got long enough that he actually started singing, "We will, we will rock you," once or twice. It was kind of cute that the…
  • "There is Some Good in this World...And it's Worth Fighting For"

    Arwen E.
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    "One Ring to Rule Them All!  One Ring to Find Them.  One Ring to Bring Them All and in The Darkness Bind Them." In these times in which the few but fearsome forces of greed are aligned against school children, public education, the teaching profession and the unions that protect so many of us, we must find common cause, coordinate our activism as much as possible and strive towards a more democratic society.  It seems some of our own have either lost their voice or turned against us, but the evil will not triumph for "the only measure that he knows is desire, desire…
  • On Sleeping Children

    NYC Educator
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Kids get sleepy in class. It's a fact of life. Sometimes they just say the hell with it and put their heads down. I don't much care for that. First of all, it's not the best of manners. Second, it's not particularly conducive to learning. Finally, I'm abundantly aware that when the principal walks in and said kid appears to be sleeping, it will not be the kid, but rather me who suffers the consequences. I'm okay with suffering the consequences for my own mistakes, but I don't much wish to suffer for the consequences of things I don't do firsthand.Years ago I used to walk by the desks and kick…
  • Arwen Invites a Conversation About Union Democracy

    NYC Educator
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    -->  by special guest blogger Arwen E.I received an e-mail from the UFT's Janella Hinds and Sterling Roberson the other day.   It began:"Dear Arwen,Educator-driven unionism!"It mentioned current contract negotiations next.  (We've waited for this awhile, but I understand fully that negotiating with Bloomberg would have proven very difficult at best given his attitudes towards teachers:  hold their "feet to the fire").The Hinds-Roberson e-mail continues:"While we are engaged in this important work, it is our philosophy as vice presidents of academic and career…
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    L.A. Times - Education

  • Insurance premium subsidy boosted superintendent's pay to $772,457

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Centinela Valley Union district paid $98,000 for Supt. Jose Fernandez's life insurance, making his compensation $772,457, not $674,559 as previously stated. An embattled South Bay school district leader, under investigation for his high compensation, now has a new issue to deal with: insurance premiums that should have been counted as taxable income, but were not.
  • Probes target Centinela Valley school district superintendent's pay

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Supt. Jose Fernandez made nearly $675,000 last year, far more than the leaders of much larger systems. He is put on paid leave. County, state and federal authorities are investigating the compensation of a South Bay school district superintendent who received nearly $675,000 last year, far more than the leaders of much larger systems.
  • Vigil held for Dorsey High student killed in bus crash

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Her sisters remember Jennifer Bonilla, 17, as a hopeful leader, while students, friends and family gather to honor the Dorsey High senior.Wildflowers bloomed in a tiny garden — some red, purple and pink. Together, Jennifer Bonilla and Hailey Ordonez tended the patch in South Los Angeles, where the high schooler and the preschooler kept the flowers alive.
  • College Board offers a few glimpses into its redesigned SAT

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The association, which administers the standardized test, releases sample questions and other materials from the revamp.The College Board on Wednesday released sample questions and other materials for a redesigned SAT, promising a test that is grounded in students' real-world experiences and more focused on knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers.
  • Pitzer College selling fossil fuel stocks in environmental move

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Pitzer College, a liberal arts school in Claremont, has joined the vanguard of U.S. campuses deciding to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies as a statement of concern about global warming.
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    The Fischbowl

  • What Will Your Verse Be?

    Karl Fisch
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I posted this on my Algebra class blog a few minutes ago. Thought I would share it here as well.I'm sometimes (okay, often) not very good at expressing myself. Thankfully, I have other folks I can turn to that can perhaps convey what I was trying to say better than I did today in class. Case in point: Walt Whitman.O Me! O Life?By Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, 1892)Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)Of…
  • I'm a Candidate for PERA Board of Trustees

    Karl Fisch
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    This post is for Colorado folks . . .I'm a candidate for the PERA Board of Trustees, in the school division. I'm running for the seat being vacated by Scott Murphy, my Superintendent, who has served multiple terms and has decided not to run again.If you'd like more information and/or would like to help, please visit my website. If you're an active school member of PERA, you should receive your ballot in the mail in early May. Ballots have to be completed and postmarked no later than May 31st.
  • Inertia, Obedience, and Faith

    Karl Fisch
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This past week I proctored TCAP for the last time. Unfortunately, it was only the last time because the name and content of the test is changing next year. Long-time readers of this blog (both of you) will know I have a bias against testing anyway, so take this with a grain (or ten) of salt, but giving this year's test was even more deeply distressing than normal.You see, while I have doubts of the efficacy of this test in any given year, this year was obviously a bit different in my school. Given the events of December 13th, and all that has gone on since then, I don't see any way these…
  • The New NCLB: No Curler Left Behind

    Karl Fisch
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The Denver Post is my local newspaper. I always find it interesting that during the Olympics they prominently run a "medal count" graphic each day, showing which countries have won the most medals. It's always struck me as kind of silly, as if the number of medals says anything about the success and worth - or lack thereof - of both the individual athletes and the countries they represent.I've also always marveled at how different the Post's (and others') coverage of education comparisons is from their Olympic ones, and wondered how it might look if they covered the Olympics the same way they…
  • Basketball Quadratics

    Karl Fisch
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:42 pm
    It's been awhile since I've had a math post on here, so I thought it might be time. At my school we are in the process of transitioning from our previous Algebra 1 course to an Algebra 1 course that aligns with the Common Core (Semester 1, Semester 2, although much of Semester 1 will go away next year as we complete the transition). As a result we are going much more in-depth on quadratics than we did previously.To put this particular activity in context, we will have already discussed factoring, solving by factoring, graphing, completing the square, and quadratic formula. We then touch on…
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    This Week In Education

  • Video: EPI Panel On Effects Of Concentrated Poverty

    Alexander Russo
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Here's a recent EPI panel on the effects of concentrated poverty on various aspects of society, featuring the NAACP, EPI, and Tanehesi Coates from The Atlantic (link here).
  • Thompson: Kamenetz & Gallup Nail the Key to School Improvement

    john thompson
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    As the Hechinger Report’s Anya Kamenetz notes in Almost 70% of Teachers Are Not Engaged. Here’s Why That Matters So Much, “there’s an intimate connection between the schoolroom engagement of students, and the workplace engagement of teachers.” She then cites the truism that has been lost on school reformers, “Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.”  Kamenetz reviews a brilliant analysis by Gallup Education, The State of America’s Schools. My joy in reading the study, and Kamenetz’s explanation,  was tempered only by a sense of regret that its main…
  • Maps: Charter School Reality Check [There Just Aren't That Many]

    Alexander Russo
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    No, this isn't a map of T-Mobile's awful cell phone coverage.  It's an Urban Institute map of charter school participation posted by KnowMore.  Overall, charters make up just 4 percent of students and average 8 percent of urban districts. (Don't like charter schools? Move to the Midwest)
  • Morning Video: They've Re-Segregated In Tuscaloosa

    Alexander Russo
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    "The district, once the model of racial integration, has moved back in time, such that "nearly one in three black students attend a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened." (Plus a long feature story in The Atlantic Magazine with ProPublica)
  • AM News: Teachers Suffer States' Common Core Uncertainties

    Alexander Russo
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Teachers Anxious as Policymakers Waffle on Common-Core Decisions State EdWatch: The indecision about the common-core standards in many states has led some teachers to believe that policymakers are leaving them in the lurch. Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display in California Case NYT: In a case that has drawn national attention, lawyers have been arguing over whether California’s laws on teacher tenure, firing and layoffs violate students’ constitutional right to an education. Arne Duncan: "Inspiring" To See Children Cross The Border To Get An Education RealClear…
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    Learning is Change

  • An Invitation to #2minPD

    Ben Wilkoff
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I would like to invite each of you to contribute to the project known as #2minPD. Before I give you the details, I wanted to share my first contribution to the project: This fabulous project was started by Melissa Pelochino of the Stanford d.School. You can read more about how the movement has grown over here. Here is the gist, though: The concept is called #2minPD (two minute professional development). #2minPD is a video series of 2-minute professional development videos created by educators, for educators. They capture exciting teaching strategies, classroom activities or teaching…
  • What I’m Learning: Mathagogy

    Ben Wilkoff
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    This is a really great version of #2minPD that comes in the form of micro-math lessons. Amazing stuff. LEARN STUFF | MATHAGOGY LEARN STUFF MATHAGOGY Learn Stuff is a growing collection of modest open online courses aimed at math(s) teachers and learners.
  • What I’m Learning: Empowering Lifelong Learners through Micro-Credentials

    Ben Wilkoff
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    I really like the context here for why badges and micro-credentials matter for all of us.  Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners | Edutopia My father is a former police officer who took up photography when he retired. A few months ago, I asked him when he was going to try a new hobby. “Aren’t you an expert already?” I joked, pointing to his overbooked calendar of professional photography appointments. “I have enough videos I still need to watch that I could fill up eight hours a day for the next four years,” he said incredulously. “I don’t have…
  • What Does Your Educational Bat Signal Consist Of?

    Ben Wilkoff
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    In this podcast episode I discuss the ideas of using a persistent hangout chat as an educational bat signal How are you creating educational bat signals throughout your learning environment?
  • What I’m Using: My Story Editor

    Ben Wilkoff
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    This is a really nice chrome extension for creating visual, but simple, stories. I’m excited that this can work offline as well. Also, there is a cat on their App page, so there is that. Chrome Web Store – My Story Editor Did you ever wish you could tell a simple, interactive and illustrated Story? My Story Editor is a simple Chrome Packaged App that lets you create a story within seconds.
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  • Back to Edtech Basics #2 – Communication

    Clarence Fisher
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Edtech basic #1 was access to information from a variety of perspectives around the world in a variety of forms. Edtech basic #2 is again about access, but this time it is about access to people. I remember the first time my class emailed some one else to ask a question. I was teaching grade four in 1998 and my class had taken a walk in our community to talk about architecture and building design. On our walk, the kids wanted to know why most homes had peaked roofs, but most large commercial buildings had a flat roof. When we returned to the classroom I had the kids locate an architecture…
  • “Blogs are the Vinyl Records of the Internet”

    Clarence Fisher
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    I thought this was a great quote. It also helps me to put into perspective some of my beliefs about learning, about information, and about changes happening online. The quote comes from a full article in the Washington Post about the decline of blogging in Iran. A few years ago, Iran emerged as a culture filled with high traffic, powerful blogs. It was called Blogestan. But, these days, as in many other cultures around the world, personal blogging is retreating in favour of corporate social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, and tumblr. While the article’s stats are specifically…
  • Rebuilding a Reader

    Clarence Fisher
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    When I first started getting serious about learning from a lot of smart people about edtech, one of the most important things that I did was fill an RSS reader with blog feeds. First of all, I couldn’t believe the time that I saved by logging in to one site and having all of the things I wanted to read in one place, and second of all, filling a reader with feeds that I was interested in was like having access to a gold mine of smart people from around the world who were thinking deeply about issues that I cared about. Over time, two things happened. The first thing that changed was the…
  • Back to Edtech Basics #1 – Information

    Clarence Fisher
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve only recently returned to blogging and edtech. As I wrote a few days ago, I’ve been frustrated by some of what I’ve seen lately in the world of edtech. I think that in many ways our “story” has diverged and become plagued with corporations and dollars and politics. If we want the story of edtech to not be about that, but instead about students and teachers and learning about the world in new and deeper ways, we need to take the time to reflect on why we use technology in classrooms. What are our “basics?” What are the reasons that we believe in…
  • Starting Again

    Clarence Fisher
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    I’ve been away… Like everyone else you hear from on the internet, I’ve been busy. But I’ve also been frustrated by the hamster wheel of edtech. I’ve been blogging and working online for a decade. In the beginning we were excited and fascinated by possibilities for education that we hadn’t imagined before. But we soon got bogged down. We were distracted by shiny apps and gadgets. We were thrown off course by political agendas, by standardized testing and curriculum changes. The internet changed around us. It moved from being open and international; changing…
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    Drape's Takes

  • When Should You Buy Your Child a Smartphone?

    D Draper
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    A few days ago, I did a riff off this Dan Tynan article – When Should You Buy Your Child a Smartphone? – in a brief interview for one of our local news outlets. I was hoping they would post our segment online (like they sometimes do), but apparently different news days produce varying quantities of news output. 1 I like the advice Tynan gives in his column. Younger children should be phased in to technology access, kids don’t instinctively know how to use all phone features, and parental controls should be responsibly used. Nevertheless, there are a few items he left out…
  • The Struggle Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators

    D Draper
    15 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    I began the morning today reading Larry Cuban’s interesting comparison of the ideological differences of some teachers that use and don’t use Class Dojo. 1 In his post, Cuban discusses the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations students have for behaving the way they do, and cites a Lepper, Sethi, Dialdin, and Drake study (1997) that offers interesting insight in its culmination (see pages 44-45): We come to learn to do things not only because they are fun or likely to lead to some immediate payoff, but because we have come to believe that we “ought” to do them, either…
  • My Take on the Proposed 5th R of Openness

    D Draper
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    In 2007, David Wiley introduced the world to the 4Rs of Open Content: Reuse – Use the work verbatim, just exactly as you found it Rework – Alter or transform the work so that it better meets your needs Remix – Combine the (verbatim or altered) work with other works to better meet your needs Redistribute – Share the verbatim work, the reworked work, or the remixed work with others In other words, the above actions were identified in 2007 as “the four main types of activity enabled by open content.” 1 They also now constitute four of the activities for which explicit…
  • Toward Improving the Instructional Use of Technology

    D Draper
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I’ve appreciated the discussion taking place over the last few days regarding SAMR, and am impressed with the variety of opinions and pressures resulting from varied local implementations. Stop the SAMR madness. Wow. — David Jakes (@djakes) February 24, 2014 Because my district has yet to “shove SAMR” down teachers’ throats, I didn’t realize how invested so many others are in advancing poor pedagogy for the sake of technology integration. The very purpose of my last post was to spell out why SAMR doesn’t work for me. To be clear, it’s not that…
  • That Time When SAMR Gets Us Into Trouble

    D Draper
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:53 am
    There’s a lot of talk out there about SAMR these days (the model, not the rifle, although both are kind of cool). See what I mean? Combined with other models, you might even end up with this: Or this: Problems occur, however, when educators instinctively attempt to the climb the hierarchical ladder. In one such moment, Susan Oxnevad energetically wrote: Researchers have determined that technology integration typically moves through specific levels. The higher the level of an activity the greater the educational benefit. Because I’m a simpleton, I just don’t buy it. When…
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • Join a learning safari this fall

    Doug Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    I am extremely excited to be a part of this learning adventure in Addis Ababa in September. Learning 2.0 conferences describe themselves as: ... not a static “read-only” conference with experts presenting to attendees. The intention is that participants are actively engaged and contributing to the learning that happens at the conference. The name also reveals that it is not technology or tools that is the focus, but learning and teaching. Learning 2.014 website There is an amazing group of facilitators joining this conference, including my friends Jeff Utecht and Kim Cofino with…
  • Simple rules for posting online grades

    Doug Johnson
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    From the Orlando Sentinal story "Online gradebooks earn A for info, F for stress": Foster Starks checks his grades most every day on his phone, logging into a website where teachers at Celebration High post marks for tests, papers and other assignments. The 18-year-old senior likes that the online grade book helps him keep tabs on how he's doing. But the constant checking and the occasional unnerving mark — whether it's a flubbed quiz or a grade entered in error — "induces a lot of stress," he said. In most schools, online grade sites have replaced traditional grade books,…
  • The only sane driver on the road

    Doug Johnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Did you ever notice how badly other people drive on the highway? Every person you encounter is either going at a snail's pace or doing some kind of Mad Max impersonation. The only person driving at the correct speed (exactly 7 mph above the posted speed limit) is you. I thought about this illusion last week when visiting with a second grade teacher in one of our buildings. I poked my nose in her class when I saw her students were in small groups - and one group was using iPads. When I asked her how things were going, she was apologetic. "Yes, I use the iPads I have and they work great. But I…
  • Poster power on Twitter

    Doug Johnson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    I've noticed an increasing number of Tweeters are getting around the 140 character limit by using links to graphics. I worry that this may raise Twitter's level of discourse above its usual bumpersticker simplicity, requiring that nuanced views actually be considered. I'm not sure today's political or educational climate will allow this. So far the posters have as little depth as text posts, thank goodness. But they do look more profound. Have a good week...     See? See also: 10 useful Twitter alerts The 140 character discussion
  • BFTP: A better question

    Doug Johnson
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    A weekend Blue Skunk "feature" will be a revision of an old post. I'm calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post, March 2, 2009. (Be sure to read the comments from the original post.) As the tech department works ever more closely with our curriculum, teaching and learning, and professional development departments, this post makes an increasing amount of sense... …technology is an accelerator of greatness already in place, never the principal cause of greatness or decline. – Newsweek, April 29, 2002 At a conference last week, Mark Weston from Dell computing…
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    open thinking

  • Would The Real ‘Alec Couros’ Please Stand Up?

    Alec Couros
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last September, I wrote a post about how scammers had been using my photos to lure women into online, romantic relationships for the purpose of ‘borrowing’ or extorting money. Since that time, the scams have continued. I get, on average, one new report a day from women (and occasionally men) who have been tricked, or nearly tricked, into sending money. In many cases, individuals have reported forming deep attachments or even falling in love with these scammers. This has been a frustrating predicament that has been going on for many years now. In this post, I thought I would share…
  • Shared Human Moments

    Alec Couros
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Take a few minutes to watch this video. Powerful. Here’s the backstory. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Twitter is not simply about sharing information – it’s much more about sharing our collective human experiences. When we read tweets, we read lives – or at least the parts that someone chooses to share. Don’t take that for granted. Related posts: Technologically-Mediated Human Relationships The Shaping of Human Thought RadioHead Video Message on Human Trafficking
  • Getting Around International Content Restrictions

    Alec Couros
    5 Jan 2014 | 8:28 pm
    I was asked by Rachael Bath about how I get around international content restrictions (i.e., location-based content blocking). There are two tools that I typically use. First, I pay about $70/year for a full-featured VPN service called Witopia that allows me to get around content restrictions, as well as providing me with other privacy and security features. Second, for basic location spoofing, I use a great little Chrome extension called Hola. It’s free, works really well, and will do the trick for those looking to access services like Pandora, Hulu, Spotify, etc. where they are not…
  • Alfie Kohn Speaks Against Standardized Testing

    Alec Couros
    11 Oct 2013 | 3:25 pm
    My colleague Dr. Marc Spooner recently recorded a video call with renowned American author and lecturer, Alfie Kohn. In this video, Kohn speaks specifically against Saskatchewan’s proposed move to standardized testing. However, even if you are not from Saskatchewan, the information presented is relevant to anyone or any jurisdiction looking at moving toward or from standardized testing initiatives. Please watch the video, and pass it on. It will be a huge mistake for Saskatchewan to continue on this path, and our Government must begin to see the folly of such an ill-advised, costly, and…
  • 6 Months

    Alec Couros
    26 Sep 2013 | 5:09 pm
    It’s been 6 months and I miss you more than ever. I love you dad. You are so deeply missed. Related posts: My Dad RIP Steve Jobs
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    Bud the Teacher

  • It’s National Poetry Month – Go Write (And Read) Some Poems (Bud Hunt
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    For the last several years, I’ve used this blog every April as a space to help folks write and share poems.  It’s been fun, but I’m thinking it’s time to do something different and possibly combine efforts.   # Ben Rimes has a great site up at Poetry for People where he’s posting visual prompts and folks are sharing poems.  This month, let’s spend some time together there.  Poetry is better when we’re reading and writing together1.   # How are you working poetry into your life this month and all months? # Bonus option – encourage your students to enter the NY Times…
  • Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom (Bud Hunt
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    Recently, a project I spent some time on last spring and summer came to life. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is now available for free download as a PDF or a 99 cent eBook via the Amazon Kindle store.  I’m biased, but I think you should take a peek. # The goal of the project was to put a face of specific examples from real classrooms on the Connected Learning principles.  Again, I’m biased, but I think if you read the text, and follow the links to the projects from Digital Is we focused on, I think you’ll get a sense that real, live teachers and students are engaging in…
  • Turn It Off, or Turn It Up? (Bud Hunt
    15 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    My school district has been adding some infrastructure to a facility for support offices recently, and our network team noticed some serious spikes in WiFi use after hours at the sites.  A few years ago, we implemented a very easy to use public network for any guest or personal machine in our schools to be able to connect with minimal inconvenience.  Basically, we have Starbucks-style free WiFi running at all of our sites.  That’s a good thing – as public schools are community institutions, funded and supported by the community.  That support should go both ways.  And yet –…
  • A Little Bit of Modeling. A Whole Lot of Love. (Bud Hunt
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I taught a class tonight and made it home just in time for bedtime.  I’d been looking forward to stories – and expected my daughters to be on their way up to bed.  But what I found instead was that Ani was already in bed and tucked in.  She wasn’t feeling super well and had retired early.   # Without packing her lunch.  Which meant it was going to be my job.   # But I found out that the lunch wasn’t made because I caught Teagan, her younger sister, already in the process of packing two lunches.  Without any prompting or complaining, she was helping out.  Just to be nice. #…
  • Talking iPads and Intention (Bud Hunt
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A little while back, I had the opportunity to discuss our iPad 1:1 work with my friend and colleague, Antero Garcia.  He wrote up the conversation and posted the video.  Take a peek. # # Be sure to read his comments about the conversation over at DML Central. I really hope we get the chance to continue the conversation.  Let us know what we should focus on in future videos in the comments. #
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Creative ways to perform your music: tips for music students

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    By Scott Huntington Many music students have difficulty finding new venues in which to perform. A lot of the time it’s because we let our school schedule our performances for us. We’ll start the semester and circle the dates on the calendars that include our concerts and recitals, and that will be it. That’s fine, and can keep you pretty busy, but I’m here to tell you to get out there and plan on your own. You’ll become much more confident and even perform better at your concerts once you get a few smaller gigs under your belt. Here’s a few tips to help you along the way: Don’t…
  • Parent practices: change to develop successful, motivated readers

    Elizabeth Gorney
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Oxford University Press is a proud sponsor of the 2014 World Literacy Summit, taking place this April. The Summit will provide a central platform for champions of literacy from around the globe to come together and exchange points of view, knowledge, and ideas. We asked literacy experts Jamie Zibulsky and Anne E. Cunningham to discuss the importance of literacy on this occasion. By Jamie Zibulsky and Anne E. Cunningham Being literate involves much more than the ability to sound out the words on a page, but acquiring that skill requires years of development and exposure to the world of…
  • When science stopped being literature

    Hannah Paget
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    By James Secord We tend to think of ‘science’ and ‘literature’ in radically different ways. The distinction isn’t just about genre – since ancient times writing has had a variety of aims and styles, expressed in different generic forms: epics, textbooks, lyrics, recipes, epigraphs, and so forth. It’s the sharp binary divide that’s striking and relatively new. An article in Nature and a great novel are taken to belong to different worlds of prose. In science, the writing is assumed to be clear and concise, with the author speaking directly to…
  • What is academic history for?

    29 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Paula A. Michaels Writing on Saturday in The Age, popular historian Paul Ham launched a frontal assault on “academic history” produced by university-based historians primarily for consumption by their professional peers. In his article, Ham muses on whether these writings ever “enlightened or defied anyone or just pinged the void of indifference” Lamenting its alleged inaccessibility and narrow audience, Ham asks with incredulity: What is academic history for? Ham’s is only the latest in a steady stream of attacks castigating historians and other scholars for their inability…
  • The ADHD explosion: How much do you know about the disorder?

    Julia Callaway
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    The push for performance has never been higher. Students today are faced with a grueling course load, extra-curriculars, and standardized tests. In the wake of this competitive atmosphere, the United States has seen a spike in both ADHD diagnoses and increased demand for prescription medicine. But who’s to blame? The fast-paced, technophilic culture that young people are subjected to, or the parents who are quick to medicate a child who is under-performing at school? In The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance, Stephen P. Hinshaw and Richard…
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  • 30-Day Challenge – Day 30 – The Questions I Did Not Ask

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back on March 5th, my colleague Enoch Hale posted a challenge on his blog: “I want to pose an open challenge: Post an out-of-the-box question about teaching and learning each day for 30 days.” I took him up on his challenge…though I suggested “thirty work days”…to which he agreed.  Over the past six weeks, we have each posted 58 questions – 29 each.  In the process, we have both improved in our blogging.  The biggest “challenge” in a 30-Day Challenge is blogging consistently each work day.  It stretched me time wise and…
  • 30-Day Challenge – Day 29 – Your Teaching Tombstone

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    If you ever want a relaxing walk on a spring day, nothing beats wandering the 130 acres of Hollywood Cemetery near our campus of VCU.  Rolling hills, old trees, winding paths, and the resting place of U.S. Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as Confederate President Jeff Davis. For those that track these things, it is a forty-minute walk from the VCU gym to President Monroe‘s tomb and back…but I am not pushing it…I am enjoying the walk, the scenery, and the glimpse back into Richmond history.  I do tend to pause a couple of minutes at the President’s…
  • 30-Day Challenge – Day 28 – Class Knowledge Sharing Paradox

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Harold Jarche blogged about the knowledge sharing paradox today.  He defined this paradox as one where: “….enterprise social tools can constrain what they are supposed to enhance. People will freely share their knowledge if they remain in control of it because knowledge is a very personal thing. Knowledge workers care about what they need to get work done, but do they care about the organizational knowledge base?” A “Pair of Docks” He went on to suggest that the more someone in leadership attempts to control knowledge-sharing, the less knowledge gets shared.
  • 30-Day Challenge – Day 27 – Future Proofing

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    A decade ago, Ernst and Young led a strategic visioning retreat for the technical college where I worked.  Over three days, a mix of college leadership and faculty met in a big room high above the Atlanta scene, looking out over both the city and Stone Mountain in the distance.  The room was reconfigured each day with moveable white board walls and comfortable furniture.  Toys and books lay scattered around the floor.  We spent time drawing our visions on the walls and then looking for common themes. . It was one of the best strategic experience in which I have ever participated…and…
  • 30-Day Challenge – Day 26 – Deeper Explorations

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    As part of the 30-Day Question Challenge, Enoch Hale posted “Going Beneath The Surface“, where he asked “How often do we journey into the unknown?” As a retired Navy sailor, I immediately pictured a submarine diving when I saw his title. Enoch asked: “When I think about teaching and learning, I have to ask: do we carve out places (a lot of them) to explore beneath the surface of things? I’d rather not carve out those places. I’d rather my course be that place. I’d rather exploration define the learning.” …exploration define the learning……
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  • Building the (Minecraft) lost city of Babylon

    Judy O'Connell
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:04 am
    Regular reports hit my radar of the amazing work being undertaken by global kids, as they become knowledge-able, as well as knowledgeable in their gaming interactions. Many kids, supported by knowledgeable elders (parents and peers) are engaging in this amazing platform. Many teachers are also supporting their students to do amazing things. Just look at this gorgeous build in Minecraft – Babylon in a very new world of our kids futures.  By amazing – I don’t just mean building in a gaming environment! I mean engaging in literacy  and communication; in digital citizenship…
  • Shrinking the world after 4000 years

    Judy O'Connell
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Quite a while back I read the book by John Freeman called Shrinking the World – the 4000 year story of how email came to rule our lives!  A ripping read, that contextualises email into the early 21st century communication systems as a derivative of human interactions through the ages. We are now working in an era of constant interruptions. We nearly all have multiple email accounts which we use for a variety of purposes. Some eschew rapid communication still, of course,  along the lines of “oh I don’t want a gmail account, and please don’t expect me to create one so…
  • Cloudy, with a chance of meatballs!

    Judy O'Connell
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Sometimes I feel that we as teachers are constantly 3 steps behind because by the time the whole staff are skilled up on a current technology, it and the students will have already moved on to the next thing. These words and many more are part of the reflections of my students in INF530 Concepts and Practices of a Digital Age, the foundation subject of the MEd degree in knowledge networks and digital innovation I have been teaching in, since it’s launch this year. Three weeks in and the students have launched their reflective blogs, and been engaging in online spaces and places –…
  • Stayin’ Alive – learning as the future

    Judy O'Connell
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    You have to love this old tune from the Bee Gees! Tight pants aside, the lyrics and pace of Stayin’ Alive hits the mark for the first subject kicking off in the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation)! It’s “O” week, and I have a new band of troopers who are aiming to stay alive while giving  learning in new channels and new scholarly approaches a go with me. Wherever we work in the education sector the challenges are there – time to level up! Areas to explore: The information revolution, global connectedness and trends in technology New…
  • Resist the colour of Twitter?

    Judy O'Connell
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:56 am
    Within the business and education sectors, some people prefer to maintain a ‘professional’ social  network for work-related communication and collaboration, while maintaining a ‘personal’ social network to communicate and share with family and friends. Others prefer to merge or integrate their professional and personal lives as a single ‘connected’ network. Yet in my experience, rather a lot more hardly make use of the affordances of technologies, and prefer to remain back in the 20th century.  While I understand this when the choice is actively made based on knowledge of social…
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  • I Have a Question#2: Motivating educators to overcome barriers to change

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Tweet 30:23 minutes (27.82 MB)I Have a Question Overcoming Teachers' Initial Barriers to Change April 13, 2014Featured Question From Carla Arena: " I'm always interested in how we motivate educators to overcome their initial barriers to change. I've had some clues from this past decade working with very inspiring educators, but we can always learn from others and their own strategies."Participants Stay Tuned to our I Have a Question#3 Event Page for details and discussions about our next show.Upcoming Questions From Benjamin L. StewartHow can instruction and assessment (not…
  • I Have a Question #1 - Motivating Participation and Feedback in Online Learning

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Tweet 30:57 minutes (14.17 MB)I Have a Question April 6, 2014How Can We Motivate Participation and Feedback in Online Learning?ParticipantsLinks Mentioned@eduquestion    #eduquestionJen's 2006 CMS Academy ProposalJeff's Online CALL CourseDave's Rhizo 14  and Rhizo14 Facebook GroupGiulia Forsythe and her awesome drawingsEdTechTalk Facebook     EduQuestion Facebook GroupEdTechTalk Google+ CommunityChat Logs Below read more
  • 21st Century Learning - April 2, 2014

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Tweet 17:50 minutes (20.41 MB)Alex, Vinnie, and arvind discuss students learning how to learn, and share three examples from their schools about long-term projects, with students in charge of their own more
  • EdTechSomething#0 - The EdTechWeekly Gang Rides Again @Eduquestion

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Tweet 59:05 minutes (27.04 MB)EdTechSomething#0@eduquestion possibilities for show rebootMarch 30, 2014While the EdTechWeekly Show has been 'on hiatus' for quite a while, our skype group chat has remained active. Yesterday Dave posted...I just had an idea for resurrecting edtechtalk...twitter hashtag #Edneeds (or something better)use ifttt to automagically get it to post to a wordpress accountcarry other tags as categoryencourage people (through sharing service on the wordpress) to volunteer answersdo  a weekly review show going over some of the cooler problems/solutionswould take an…
  • TTT#386 Celebrating Open Education Week 2014 w/ Karen Fasimpaur, Verena Roberts, Greg McVerry, Ian O'Bryne, Nate Otto 3.12.14

    Paul Allison
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tweet 65:12 minutes (44.77 MB)On this episode of TTT we celebrate Open Education Week 2014 with:Karen Fasimpaur Roberts McVerry O'Byrne - @wiobyrne Otto @ottonomy / talk about open learning and open educational resources in K-12…
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  • Cinco de Mayo Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the defeat of the French by the Mexican Army in 1862. It’s a national holiday in Mexico, and is celebrated by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in the United States. You might be interested in The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo.
  • British Pathé Makes 85,000 Historical Clips Available On YouTube

    Larry Ferlazzo
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I’m just going to begin with a quote from Open Culture: British Pathé was one of the leading producers of newsreels and documentaries during the 20th Century. This week, the company, now an archive, is turning over its entire collection — over 85,000 historical films – to YouTube. The archive — which spans from 1896 to 1976 – is a goldmine of footage, containing movies of some of the most important moments of the last 100 years. It’s an amazing collection that will be gold mine to U.S. and World History teachers everywhere. And, in a bonus to teachers of English Language…
  • Updated Holocaust Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    From The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is April 27–May 4, 2014. I have multiple Holocaust-related “Best” lists, and you can find them all at The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust.
  • Ideas For Finishing The School Year Strong & Beginning The Summer Even Stronger

    Larry Ferlazzo
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    A very popular excerpt from one of my books was titled “Finishing The School Year Strong” was published both at Education Week Teacher and at Edutopia. It’s very practical, and here’s an excerpt: Okay, so that’s for dealing with these last several weeks of school. Is there anything we can do to set-up our students for continuing their academic success in July and August? When there were funds for summer school, at least sixty percent of our 2,000 students would enroll for those classes — not because of having bad grades, but because they wanted to come.
  • “Dissecting Grades: What Do They Mean, What Are They Worth?” Is My New BAM! Radio Program

    Larry Ferlazzo
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    Dissecting Grades: What Do They Mean, What Are They Worth? is the title of my new ten-minute BAM! Radio program. My guest is Rick Wormeli. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Grading Practices.
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  • Historian David McCullough: What is the value of education?

    Ed Darrell
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Branch banks of the Federal Reserve work hard to provide economic education; alas, in the era of state standards requiring “teach to the test,” a lot of this stuff goes unused. What is the value of education?  The Dallas Branch of the Fed had historian David McCullough in for consultations; they asked him on video, and here’s his response. “We must be an educated people. We cannot be a productive, original, innovative society if we aren’t educated.” For more information, visit the Dallas Fed’s website. 6,645Filed under: Dallas, Economics, Education,…
  • Daytime Moon and jet

    Ed Darrell
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    Passenger jet and Moon. Photo by Rodger Schmitt, from Lake Powell, Utah. Handheld Nikon.  Nikon stabilizing lens.  Good hands, I’d say. Third to last time I was out near Lake Powell, I was with Rodger (and about a dozen others) organizing hearings of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors.  We flew into Page, Arizona, on an Otter II coming up from Phoenix flying low, looking for elk, and legally buzzing Rainbow Bridge (impressive from the air, too). We had a luncheon meeting at Wahweap Marina, as I recall; no time for boating. Then we were off to the South Rim of the…
  • Remembering the worst ever U.S. industrial accident, 1947: 576 dead at Texas City

    Ed Darrell
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    April 16 marks the 67th anniversary of the Texas City Disaster. It’s a day Texans, and all Americans should note.  It’s an event we need to remember, because every point of the disaster is something we forget at our very great peril.  Thinking such a disaster could not happen again, and failing to train for these same conditions, contributed to the disaster last year in West, Texas. 67 years ago, in the harbor at Texas City, a large cargo ship being loaded with tons of ammonium nitrate caught fire and exploded, setting fire to other nearby ships, one of which exploded,…
  • Typewriter of the moment: Thomas Merton

    Ed Darrell
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Thomas Merton’s typewriter, at Bellarmine University; image from Spiritual Travels blog. Photo by Lori Erickson One of Thomas Merton’s typewriters sits on display at the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Kentucky. Who? You remember, the guy who wrote The Seven Storey Mountain. Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and…
  • Cross seas: Nature, or design?

    Ed Darrell
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Here’s just exactly the sort of thing that happens in nature that drives creationists nuts.  How could this happen without God personally working to confuse and/or delight the photographer?  Not to mention the physicist and mathematician. Photo from the Twitter feed of Science Porn: “Go home waves you’re drunk. This is called cross sea btw” Where? Somewhere in France, one might gather from the flag on the structure (lighthouse?). Turns out to be a Wikipedia photo, with this intriguing caption: Crossing swells, consisting of near-cnoidal…
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  • Just One Thing - The Learner's Question

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In response to my blog entry, Learning Evolves, faithful Around the Corner reader David Phillips shares the following story:Regarding your post “Learning Evolves: From Cook to Chef in Today’s Classroom,” I was [convinced] a couple of years ago that I needed to stop [chucking] websites, apps and other resources at teachers in workshops.  I’ve been working on building sessions where I design learning using some of the best current tools for teachers to actually do in the session.  I did this with Google Drive/Docs last November at my TCEA Area...conference, and the teachers…
  • Making Feedback on Writing Easy -

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Earlier today, I received an email from's Anna regarding a beta service for offering feedback on online student writing.Poetica.comWhat's fascinating is the approach they take to accomplishing the feedback, which give the online feedback a "paper" approach. Here's an excerpt from the email Anna Maybank, co-founder, sent me:We've created an editing experience that closely resembles scribbling notes over a physical piece of paper - something we think that's ideal for grading, giving student feedback and peer-to-peer support.We're still in private beta and we have a limited number of…
  • Lab of Netbooks

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Source:"How many of you have created a lab of netbooks?" When I first ran across a lab of netbooks, the network cables looked like blue concertina wire strung in between devices too small to handle the cabling. I promptly snapped a picture of it and sent it to my supervisor at the time. She was appalled as I was and a crew of technicians was sent to make the lab "more permanent." Still, no surprise when campus teachers led by a principal with a "Make It Happen!" attitude do just that.In the meantime, we have lots of portable computers that are put into fixed labs and…
  • MyNotes - WiFi Advice

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    The following notes come from District Administration's April 2014 issue. The article is Where's My WiFi?Image Source: Notes:Bandwidth challenges can be broken down into 3 chunks:the bandwidth going from an individual device to an access point.the connectivity across the school's local area network (LAN)the school's connection to a wide area network (WAN) or internet service provider (ISP)WiFi access points connect to a school's LAN and some schools must upgrade their LANs to accommodate all additional WiFi traffic.It's the connection between the individual device…
  • Learning Evolves: From Cook to Chef in Today's Classroom

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    In my previous blog entry, Low Hanging Fruit, I challenged Dr. Scott Mcleod's assertion in 60 Apps in 60 Seconds that app focused workshops at conferences are a waste of time. In a follow-up comment on his blog entry, Scott asks the question:I wonder how many of these types of sessions we have to go to – with concurrent lack of implementation and impact in our classrooms – before we realize they’re not really worth attending because there’s no depth of substance in which to root our learning and teaching…The point is that no one is required to go to these sessions. They serve as…
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  • Learning Revolution Conference Schedule - Online and Free NEXT WEEK

    Steve Hargadon
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Our first-ever Learning Revolution Conference kicks off this coming Monday, April 20th, online and free, with a terrific set of keynote and distinguished speakers and a full day of conference sessions on Thursday, April 24th. The schedule is below.Please forward to your friends and colleagues - this event is free!The project has over 200 partner organizations and bridges schools, libraries, museums, and the work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Our theme for this conference is "What Are We Learning About Learning?" As the Internet shifts the…
  • Learning Revolution Free Events - Great, GREAT Keynotes - MiniCon - ISTE Unplugged! - Striving for Failure?

    Steve Hargadon
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateApril 15thThe very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. - T.S. Eliot The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online,…
  • Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - May Is Ed Tech Month - Geo-Educators - Natural Math - Oxygen Masks and You

    Steve Hargadon
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateApril 8thPlay is the highest form of research. - Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the…
  • Big Event Announcements: Learning About Learning, Reinventing the Classroom, ISTE Unplugged, Gaming in Ed, Library 2.014

    Steve Hargadon
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Hang on to your hat--a flurry of event announcements:  two big events coming up within just a few weeks that are going to be TERRIFIC; really fun notes about what we'll be doing at ISTE this year as part of "ISTE Unplugged;" a brand new conference announcement for "Gaming in Ed;" the call for proposals our annual Library 2.0 conference; and more... :)All events are free (thanks to our terrific sponsors!). Learning Revolution Online Conference - April 21st - 25th, 2014This event brings together people who are thinking about learning from our different and important learning places: the…
  • Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

    Steve Hargadon
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateApril 1stA library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert. - Andrew Carnegie The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work,…
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  • A Cult of Idiots

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    From Charles Pierce’s1 book Idiot America, which I’ve be listening to in the car this week. The rise of Idiot America, though, is essentially a war on expertise. It’s not so much antimodernism or the distrust of the intellectual elites that Richard Hofstadter teased out of the national DNA, although both of those things are part of it. The rise of Idiot America today reflects—for profit, mainly, but also, and more cynically, for political advantage and in the pursuit of power—the breakdown of the consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the…
  • Potential for a Bi-Literate Brain

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    The web was born around 25 years ago, and I’ll bet that not long after that researchers began studying how being online changes the human mind. With reports that often included dire warnings. This recent study is no exception. To cognitive neuroscientists, Handscombe’s experience is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia. Is that…
  • Is The Next Big Thing Already in Your Classroom?

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I recently attended a presentation by a teacher who explained how she is using Google Glass in her classroom, and one or her ideas was to let a student wear the device as a way of getting a better idea of their perspective of her. It’s a great concept but I wondered if we really need a $1500 device to do that. Most teachers already have the tools necessary to get a class-eye view of their work sitting in the pockets and backpacks of their kids. But there’s a larger question that needs to be addressed when discussing Glass being the next big thing in education. Do we really need to look…
  • Failure is Just One Option

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    A few weeks ago I noticed a large sign hanging in a high school classroom that read “Failure is not an Option”. Since the poster had no obvious historical connection, to the Apollo program, for example, 1 I gathered it was supposed to be motivational for the kids. But is that really a philosophy you want to teach students? That you want them to adopt? Even if you go back to the space race example, no one working on that complex project actually believed everything would be completely error free. On the contrary, they knew that  something was going to fail at some time. Which is why they…
  • Visualizing Science

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Science on a Sphere is a very cool room-sized system for animating planetary data on a giant globe. Like this view of the Earth with the oceans removed. Ok, words and still pictures really don’t do it justice but some of us who visited James Madison University today for their Brainstorm 2014 Conference 1 got an in-depth backstage look at the system created by NOAA2 for museums, science centers, and universities. Too bad the installation is so expensive and requires a lot of space (at JMU it’s set up in half of the gym from a former high school.); this would be a great way to illustrate…
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  • Social Media Update, 2014 Edition

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    The last time I thought about my social media set up for long enough to bother writing about it was in 2012. I'm still using the same services, although the way in which I use them has changed a bit. Facebook is still Facebook. It's 100% personal for me. I don't really do anything business related on Facebook. I'm pretty sure that I have less FB friends now than I did in 2012. I've thinned the herd a bit. I don't use FB for photo storage at all. Other than mobile shots when I'm out and about I generally don't post many photos on Facebook. I'm not happy the corporate America and the NSA are…
  • Karen Jonas - Oklahoma Lottery

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    If there is any justice in the world 12 months from now Karen will be playing sold out arenas and I'll be able to impress my friends by telling them I saw her play a show with about 8 people in the audience. Sadly, the odds are long on that, because Oklahoma Lottery is too good, and too interesting, to be neatly packaged for the masses by Nashville. Oklahoma Lottery is the very definition of Americana Music, deftly dancing at the intersection of country, blues, pop, and even jazz, without ever actually planting a flagpole in any of those genres. There isn't a weak song on the album. The…
  • Brain Dump on College Scholarships

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:59 pm
    A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post where I brain dumped everything I learned about homeschoolers and the college admissions process. With child number two having decided to attend Missouri State University, now is a good time to think about what I can add to that first post. I don't think I have much specifically homeschooling related to add. Everything from that earlier post still applies. However, I do think we learned a lot about the scholarship process, so hopefully something from below will be useful to somebody that reads this. If it is, please leave a comment. Note: There are…
  • The Five Battlefield Day

    22 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    We took advantage of the nice weather and the girls being away at Equismartz to visit battlefields. We visited 5. This is Beaver Dam Creek, the first battle that happened immediately after Lee took over the Army of Northern VA in 1862. It was a resounding Union victory, but they retreated anyway as the Army was split up. This is Gaine's Mill, only a few miles from Beaver Dam Creek, and the battle here was only a couple of days later. Lee was tryng to push the Federal's away from Richmond. The battle was a tactical draw, but the North retreated again away. Then we moved on to Cold Harbor, and…
  • ODonnellWeb 2014.1

    7 Mar 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Hey, look! It's another redesign. I needed to get up to speed on Drupal and converting ODonnellWeb seemed like a good way to do it. So here you go. I still need to add archives, but all the content is back in one place. Also, comments are back. Go wild! Tags Site_News
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  • Efficacy, the Golden Ratio, and the OER Impact Factor

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    Back in December Michael Feldstein wrote a terrific post about Pearson’s new initiative around “efficacy.” There has been a great thread of comments attached to his (as always) excellent piece of writing. I’ve been wanting to add my thoughts on the topic for a while. I’m finally getting around to it. The Conversation Can’t Be About Efficacy (Only) Many of you know I am hugely inspired by Bloom’s work on the “2 sigma problem.” In many ways, Bloom’s work is the last word in instructional efficacy – for three decades now there has…
  • Rewiki Makes Me Remember…

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Watching Mike’s screencast of the rewiki prototype lead me down memory lane to a tool we built back in the day called Send2Wiki. Here’s a summary from the extensions page at Mediawiki: Provides a bookmarklet that makes it easy to send web pages to a wiki. Converts web page HTML to wiki format (using html2wiki by David J. Iberri). Strips chrome from web pages during the conversion process. Displays information about sent articles in the MediaWiki footer. Optionally translates web page to another language (using Google’s Language Tools). Preserves links by converting relative…
  • Clarifying the 5th R

    15 Mar 2014 | 4:23 pm
    There have been a number of responses to my decision to introduce a 5th R – “Retain” – to my 4Rs framework. Bill, Darren, and Mike have responded, among others. Some parts of the responses lead me to believe that I wasn’t entirely clear in my initial statement, so let me try to clear a few things up. The original 4Rs were not an attempt to create a new group of permissions that open content licenses needed to support. Many open content licenses, from the CC to the GFDL to the OPL, already granted the rights to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute long before I…
  • Transclusion, Making OER Easier to Use, and Candela

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:43 pm
    via MIke Caulfield I recently received the excellent news that I will receive another year of support as a Shuttleworth Fellow. These fellowships are extremely generous and I’m incredibly grateful for the foundation’s vote of confidence in the work I’m doing supporting widespread OER adoption through Lumen Learning. As many of you know, Shuttleworth Fellows also have the opportunity to pitch the Foundation for project funding. The foundation has also chosen to support our project proposal this year, and I’m extremely excited to start sharing the idea we’re…
  • The Access Compromise and the 5th R

    5 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    It’s been seven years since I introduced the 4Rs framework for thinking about the bundle of permissions that define an open educational resource, or OER. The framework of permitted activities – reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute – has gained some traction in the field, and I’m happy that people have found it useful. The 4Rs play a critical role in my own thinking about OER, and my operational definition of OER now includes two main criteria: (1) free and unfettered access to the resource, and (2) whatever copyright permissions are necessary for users to engage in…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • So So Social Media

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:17 am
    Shared by Leigh Blackall on Google +, via Facebook (ironically but then again, he is over 25): Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly. What is Facebook to most people over the age of 25? It’s a never-ending class reunion mixed with an eternal late-night dorm room gossip session mixed with a nightly check-in on what coworkers are doing after leaving the office. In other words, it’s a place where you go to keep tabs on your friends and acquaintances. You know what kids call that? School. For those of us out of school, Facebook is a place to see the…
  • Heat

    31 Jan 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It is just after 2 pm here in Adelaide and the temperature is currently 41 degrees Celsius (105 F). We are having a short heatwave following a longer one two weeks ago that saw the temperature here get to 44.5 deg. C (112 F) on Wednesday, January 15. My youngest son’s basketball game was cancelled for this morning and all around Adelaide, air conditioners are on the go, providing cool refuge from the dry heat. Heat is often a factor in the start of the school year here in South Australia. It cranked up to 43 deg C (109 F) on Tuesday for the first day of the 2014 school year. At my…
  • Are PISA Results An Accurate Measure Of The Quality Of Education Anywhere?

    14 Jan 2014 | 1:07 am
    Late last year, my principal passed along a document transcript of a keynote delivered by Dr Alan Reid from UniSA titled “Translating what? How PISA distorts policy, research and practice in education“. I’ve looked for a copy online but can’t seem to find one to link to so I am uploading the copy from my email inbox to share his analysis to a broader audience. I know that we used this transcript as a basis for a powerful dialogue around the proper use of data for learning in our leadership team, but the messages he delivers could translate well to any nation where the…
  • The Corporate Helping Hand

    9 Jan 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Technology can be a major driver of innovation within any school setting. So, it makes sense that the corporations that develop and sell the devices, infrastructure and software that are part of this picture would want to be publicly visible as a key factor for positive change. A recent example of this came my way via Tim Holt who reflected on a partnership between Science Leadership Academy, an acknowledged innovative school in the US, and Dell who are funding Chromebooks and other benefits for the school. Now, this is a great coup for the school involved and is a win/win PR wise for both…
  • FaceBook As A Temporary Social Sandpit

    3 Jan 2014 | 1:16 am
    I am no big fan of FaceBook. There are too many aspects that make me wary of becoming a regular user ranging from the regularly reported breaches of users’ privacy to the complete inanity of the apps, likes and offensive advertising that plagues the site. Have a look through my FaceBook page and you’ll see very infrequent contributions and minimal information. However, I think it is important for me to have a presence there just so I know how it all works. Because the staff and many of the students I work with are all on there, and from time to time, I’ve needed to lean on…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool

    Jim Gerl
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Write text here...Related articlesSometime My Job is Very Cool!Sometimes My Job Is Very Cool - Part IISometimes My Job Is Pretty CoolWe're Famous (Almost) Again!------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Dispute Resolution is at the heart of the Procedural safeguards provided by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. Which dispute resolution methods under IDEA have you had the most success with? Leave your story in the comments.------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Procedural Safeguards - The Series Part VII

    Jim Gerl
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Meetings are sometimes held around conference tables. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This is the seventh installment in a multi-part series on procedural safeguards under the federal special education law, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. I work a lot in this area, so it is near and dear to my heart. Despite the importance of procedural safeguards. however, many issues in this area are misunderstood. I hope that all of the different types of special education stakeholders who read this blog find the information in this series helpful. Be sure to tell me what you think…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Procedural safeguards are at the heart of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. As we conduct a new informational series on procedural safeguards, what would you change about IDEA's scheme for protecting parent/student rights?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Procedural Safeguards - The Series Part VI

    Jim Gerl
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    U.S. Supreme Court building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This is the sixth installment in a multi-part series on procedural safeguards under the federal special education law, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. I work a lot in this area, so it is near and dear to my heart. Despite the importance of procedural safeguards. however, many issues in this area are misunderstood. I hope that all of the different types of special education stakeholders who read this blog find the information in this series helpful. Be sure to tell me what you think about the series.There are four…
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  • A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This coming fall, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC will be rolling out a unique curricular initiative throughout its English Department that administers digital badges to students who demonstrate mastery in the critical skills outlined in first-year writing courses. Denise Paster, assistant professor and coordinator of composition, and Alan Reid, teaching associate, have designed an online model that adds an additional fourth credit hour to the traditionally three-credit-hour English courses taken by students in the first two semesters — English 101: Composition and English 102:…
  • Implementation of a Quality Assurance Review System for the Scalable Development of Online Courses

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    With the growing demand for quality online education in the US, developing quality online courses and online programs, and more importantly maintaining this quality, have been an inevitable concern for higher education institutes. Current literature on quality assurance in online education mostly focuses on the development of review models and frameworks as well as the development of review rubrics. The development of comprehensive models in addition to the valid and reliable quality assurance review rubrics is very important for the development of quality online courses and programs.
  • A Composite Theoretical Model Showing Potential Hidden Costs of Online Distance Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: With Implications for Building Cost-Resistant Courses and Programs

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Growing numbers of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are entering the arena of online distance education. Some are seeking to grow large-scale programs that can compete for market share with historically White institutions and for-profit schools. This theoretical essay develops a composite model to assist HBCU administrators in their planning and implementation of e-learning ventures. The model addresses two existential questions: What potential costs to their core distinctiveness might America’s HBCUs face if they pursue online distance education initiatives,…
  • Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester project

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Despite the growing interest in digital literacy within educational policy, guidance for secondary educators in terms of how digital literacy translates into the classroom is lacking. As a result, many teachers feel ill-prepared to support their learners in using technology effectively. The DigiLit Leicester project created an infrastructure for holistic, integrated change, by supporting staff development in the area of digital literacy for secondary school teachers and teaching support staff. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how the critique of existing digital literacy…
  • Predictors of perceived importance and acceptance of digital delivery modes in higher education

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Teaching and assessment in higher education institutions are increasingly supported by digital tools and services. Students, however, perceive and value the importance of such e-learning offerings in very diverse ways. The goal of this article is to examine which predictors significantly influence students’ perceptions of the value of digital learning formats. Based on Küpper’s acceptance model, we generate hypotheses that are subsequently tested using data from a German student survey. The results show that individual-related characteristics, especially motivation and orientation…
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  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

    Ted Nellen
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Spinning Heartby Donal Ryan is a beautiful metaphor about what happens when it all goes wrong all of the time in this depressing little town. It could be anywhere actually but it is in Ireland as we are told. It takes place in a town that was doing well then it wasn’t. There was a building boom and everyone was working and making money then it went bust and everyone was broke and it all fell apart around them. The inhabitants of this disintegrating town tell the story to us. We hear the stories from different vantages and points of view and learn a little bit more from each view as we…
  • the daylight gate by jeanette winterson

    Ted Nellen
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    the daylight gateby jeanette winterson is a serendipitous find. “Already the light was thinning. Soon it would be dusk; the liminal hour – the Daylight Gate. He did not want to step through the light into whatever lay beyond the light.” His fear is the subject of this book: The Trial of the Lancashire Witches of 1612. Lancaster and environs in 1612 are all about witches. In 1986, I was fortunate to be given the chance to study my god, William Shakespeare, on his grounds that summer. My thesis was to explore what the man did to obtain such knowledge since he didn’t even finish what we…
  • The October List by Jeffery Deaver

    Ted Nellen
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I saw The October List by Jeffery Deaver on the NEW books shelf in the library, I had to grab a book with my birth month in the title, now didn’t I? I started at Chapter 36, 6:30 PM Sunday and read to Chapter 35 and then Chapter 34 and so on. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard” Oh no, not Kierkegaard. He gave me nightmares in college. Okay, I’m already down this rabbit hole, might as well proceed to Chapter 33 then 32 then 31…This is very cool. We read the action and then in a chapter or two we read why and how the previous…
  • The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer

    Ted Nellen
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer is about how a bar saved this young man’s life, “I grew up 142 steps from a glorious old American tavern, and that has made all the difference.” JR’s early life is chaotic. He and his mother have their own place then because of bad finances they end up in his grandparent’s house, which is not a home. His mom moves to Arizona in hopes of starting again, only to find they have to return to Manhasset, NY. His dad is in and out and finally out of his young life and JR needs a man in his life. That is where Dickens comes in. Dickens is that tavern 142…
  • White Fire by Preston & Child

    Ted Nellen
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child is all about fire and ice. The main story takes place in Roaring Fork, Colorado. This town was a successful silver mining operation in the 1880”s and is now a billionaire’s ski resort. A family from the old silver days is in charge of the new multi-million dollar plots of land. In 1889, Oscar Wilde had passed through Roaring Fork and gave a lecture. He heard a horrific story about a bear eating miners but with a bizarre twist. He shared this with Conan Doyle when he returned to London. Doyle incorporated what he heard from Wilde, first in…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Smeal College of Business Interview with MBA Admissions Director

    MG (Manish Gupta)
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    In the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, the Smeal College of Business is ranked among the top 15 public MBA programs. If you consider the years-to-payback aspect, the ranking shoots up within the top 10. Every single student of the class of 2015 received merit-based financial aid. Apart from these interesting facts, there’s much more to the […] The post Smeal College of Business Interview with MBA Admissions Director appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How B-schools treat minority MBA applications

    Sameer Kamat
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    You might’ve heard it from someone, somewhere before. “Schools love minority MBA candidates!” or “If you are a minority MBA applicant, your chances of getting selected are very high!” How true is it? Or just another myth that’s got propagated over the years? For Indian students who are used to the concept of reservations – […] The post How B-schools treat minority MBA applications appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Corporate politics driving MBA growth – Achamba

    Sameer Kamat
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Achamba, the Super MBA minus the cape and the bright coloured external underwear, did some research. That’s one of the very few things he’s good at. He wanted to get behind the AAP growth story. No, it’s not what you are thinking. He wanted to know why the Aam Applicant Pool (AAP) was growing at […] The post Corporate politics driving MBA growth – Achamba appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Advanced interviewing techniques and skills

    Sameer Kamat
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    You know the basics of how to tackle interviews. You also know about behavioral interview questions. But then if you’ve spent enough time on the internet reading the basic job interview tips, you know what most others know. So what next? Our guest blogger Rohit Gupta shares advanced interviewing techniques, concepts and skills that aren’t […] The post Advanced interviewing techniques and skills appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Management consulting interview questions

    Sameer Kamat
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:56 pm
    If you are hoping to join McKinsey, Bain, BCG, AT Kearney, Deloitte Consulting or any other top consulting firm, your second biggest challenge would be to clear the tough management consulting interview questions. The first one, of course, is to get shortlisted for the interview. Being in the top 1% of the class gets you […] The post Management consulting interview questions appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • On bulls and blossoms

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    The Story of FerdinandThe cherry blossoms are a week late this year--they know better than I do when the bees will be around, so I do not begrudge their timing.Several cherry trees line Liberty Street here in town, a road I've walked a few thousand times on my way to and from Bloomfield High School. A few have branches low enough for me to bury my nose into their blossoms, so I do, but not before I check for bees. The bees have work to do.We are (mostly) visual creatures. We analyze light, look for patterns, capture it digitally so we can show others what we think we saw. We have cameras to…
  • Agent of the state

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I am a public school teacher. As such I am an agent of the state, and was told as much early in my training.I am given tremendous powers, a fair amount of autonomy, and I get to share what I love to young folks because the state has decided that a working knowledge of biology matters. It's been a pretty good gig.The idea that public schools exist for the public good has not changed so much as what we now consider the public good.If folks trust corporate logos more than they trust what is ostensibly their own government, then we will get the kind of schools such thinking deserves.This does not…
  • Words as idols

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:32 pm
    David Coleman and his socks"As you grow up in this world you realize people really don't give a shit about what you feel or what you think."David Coleman, Architect of the CCSS  I gave this sample PARRC question to my sophomores today. We've been playing in the PARRC in our building, and while a cerebral edge of what's left of my brain loves the idea of extrapolating from a defined piece of text, there's something just slightly off about all this, a Stepford wife kind of feeling.The cerebral masturbation required for some PARRC questions may be fine for us old folk with a little money in…
  • A melomel story

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    My strawberry melomel is near ready for bottling. The yeast are mostly sleeping now, having done what they could with a gallon of honey and a few pounds of strawberries.Last year's melomel, much of it gone nowThe airlock has quieted down. Very little carbon dioxide bubbles out anymore.The strawberries were not yet strawberries this time last year--as evanescent as my last breath, and made of the same. The honey had yet to be harvested by the honeybees of last summer, all dead now.We're all of the same stuff, put together into the wonderfully wild beings that bless earth by the grace of the…
  • A cherrystone's guide to the universe

    16 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    These were alive today, and now they are not--much of what they were leave my body as exhaled breath even now.Some of what they were now rests in an injured thumb, sliced open a week ago, filling in the gaping hole left by my carelessness. Stuff comes from stuff--no matter how spiritual your guru may be, he is made of dust and air. Some of what they were sits in a bucket, shells waiting for the garden. Look at each line marking their growth, years sitting in the mud, years being clams, eating and breathing and (occasionally) releasing millions of sperm or eggs to make more of themselves,…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • 5 Straightforward Changes

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    5 Straightforward ChangesGone would be the days when skin care is just for women. You can find an awesome level of skin care firms whose ambitions are to maintain males seeking their finest (and youngest). It time you started paying far better attention to your skin, but that doesn mean that you are going to possess to make lots of changes within your routine. Switch out <a href="">Olivine</a> some of your present items with some Men's skin care solutions that I recommending and you effectively in your approach to a younger seeking healthier face. Superior for…
  • 5 Secrets for Healthy Skin Care

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    5 Secrets for Healthy Skin CareHere are five secrets for healthful skin care that I believe everybody need to know. Healthful skin care should not be a beauty secret. There are several issues which you might be performing each day to improve your skin s well being and look. I think that they are the "top five" beauty secrets for natural wholesome skin care. Secret 5 Use a Gentle Cleanser Just about every Day Some beauty "experts" suggest the standard use of exfoliating scrubs. On an occasional basis, that could be okay, provided that the components are all all-natural. Colloidal oatmeal, one…
  • five Reasons to see a Dermatologist

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    five Reasons to see a DermatologistShould you ever thought about seeing a dermatologist but worried it was too highly-priced, I got some superior news: Seeing a derm might be cheaper than you assume. Actually, it could even save you money! Here are five factors why you should see a dermatologist for the skin care requirements:1. Your insurance coverage might cover it. When insurance providers of course won pay for Botox or other cosmetic solutions, they normally will cover treatment options <a href="">brooch</a> for common afflictions like rosacea and acne.
  • five Secrets You Usually do not Know

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    five Secrets You Usually do not KnowWe always want to look <a href="">Pure silver</a> our greatest for the beach season, and what may very well be far more desirable than smooth, healthful, tanned skin? Right now, I am sharing my secrets of summer physique care very simple and reputable techniques that just about every girl would appreciate.To often look gorgeous, your skin only demands three points:There is no question being in the sun offers you that really feel good factor and wonderful all-natural Vitamin D. Having said that, limit your exposure and avoid…
  • five Secrets To Bright

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    five Secrets To BrightEnlist the aid of typical facial treatmentsWhile your at home regimen is vital for daily maintenance of the skin's brightness, you will get a definitely huge boost from chemical peels and microdermabrasion, says Dr. Carroll. "A series of microdermabrasion does wonders for scars and dull searching skin," she says, adding that if it really is fine lines and wrinkles you should improve, for any much more aggressive strategy a profractional laser treatment can be pretty productive. An at home option to a clinical facial can be a facial mask, like the Garnier Facial Tissue…
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Making the Most of Kids’ “Why?” Phase

    Lisa Hansel
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    “If you finish your peas, I’ll tell you why the sky is blue.” “If you put your toys in the bin, I’ll explain why kangaroos have pouches.” “If you brush your teeth, I’ll tell you why some Native Americans used to move frequently instead of building permanent homes.” Win-win. Sounds too great to be true—but […]
  • Lincoln and Liberal Education

    Guest Blogger
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    By Christopher B. Nelson Christopher B. Nelson is president of St. John’s College in Annapolis and a founding member of the Annapolis Group, a consortium of more than 120 of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Nelson adapted this piece for Core Knowledge from a blog post he published last year on the Huffington Post. Abraham Lincoln […]
  • Stop Spinning Wheels, Start Spinning Webs

    Lisa Hansel
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Last week I quoted a great piece by Annie Murphy Paul on the importance of analogies (and, by extension, broad knowledge for making analogies) for innovation. That piece left me thinking about one of my favorite analogies for what knowledge does for our ability to learn. Knowledge is like a spider’s web—the bigger your web (i.e., […]
  • Stifling Innovation

    Lisa Hansel
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    Here and there throughout March I’ve been reading the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ “P21 BLOGAZINE,” a blog with a magazine-style approach in which the editor, Jim Bellanca, picks themes and invites authors to contribute relevant posts. In March, the theme has been creativity and innovation. While there were some points I agree with—particularly a […]
  • Do We Underestimate All Learners?

    Lisa Hansel
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Last week, Dan Willingham asked if we underestimate our youngest learners. It seems we do, given the research he reviewed showing that seven- and eight-year-olds can understand a concept as complicated as natural selection. Willingham clarifies that, “No one would claim that these children have a complete understanding of natural selection. But they got much […]
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    Recorded Books Blog

  • These tales will draw listeners in!

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Bertie Plays the Blues McCall Smith, Alexander (Author) and Mackenzie, Robert Ian (Reader) British actor Mackenzie is as at home at 44 Scotland Street as McCall Smith’s cast of quirky characters. Mackenzie keeps hold of the intertwining stories, voicing each character distinctly. Triplets have invaded the upscale apartment building, and parents Matthew and Elspeth are appropriately harried and exhausted. Angus speaks with a distinct Scottish burr; his fiancée, Domenica, sounds softer. Bertie, who has decided to put himself up for adoption on eBay, is appropriately youthful and…
  • “Freud’s Mistress is a delightful listen, a strong story mingling seamlessly into a solid narrative.”

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Freud’s Mistress. Written by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman. Read by Suzanne Toren. Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman shed a whole other light on Sigmund Freud’s past in Freud’s Mistress. Focusing on Freud’s sister-in-law, Minna Bernays, the authors weave a tale that reveals the inner workings of the Freud family, and the scandalous struggle the intelligent, capable Bernays faces, because of financial difficulties being forced to be like a live-in governess, helping Freud’s wife Martha with their many children and household activities, while also interacting with Freud.
  • “A good choice for fans of historicals.”

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Spymistress Chiaverini, Jennifer (Author) and Moore, Christina (Reader) This historical novel tells the story of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Van Lew, a Union sympathizer in Richmond during the Civil War who bucks convention by caring for Union prisoners and stealing Confederate secrets for the Union. Narrator Moore tackles this story—which includes well-known historical figures—with aplomb. Her reading of Lizzie shows the character’s strength as well as her uncertainty, especially in the early chapters. Lizzie’s confidence and resolve to her mission grows throughout the story, and…
  • Move over, Marley

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bob Fever has swept the globe, with the Recorded Books audio exclusive A Street Cat Named Bob vaulting its way to #7 on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. With rights sold to 27 countries around the globe and a top spot on the British bestseller list for more than a year, this book has been a smashing success around the world. Now, James and Bob are back in The World According To Bob, a touching and true sequel about one man and the cat that changed his life. As James struggles to adjust to his transformation from street musician to international celebrity, Bob is…
  • Starred review for outstanding audio!

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A Delicate Truth . Written by John le Carré. Read by the author. Kit Probyn, a British Diplomat, is drawn into a secret mission to capture a terrorist arms dealer by an overzealous Foreign Office Minister and a private defense contractor. Three years later after Kit is retired, a Special Forces Soldier also involved in the mission finds Kit and tells him the mission was not the tremendous success it was held to be, but rather a horrible mistake resulting in the loss of innocent lives. Toby Bell is private secretary to Fergus Quinn, the Foreign Office Minister involved in this operation. At…
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    Teaching College English

  • Not Just Western Rhetoric

    Dr Davis
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Wei, Yong-Kang. “Ethos on the Web: A Cross-Cultural Approach.” Writing the Visual: A Practical Guide for Teachers of Composition and Communication. Eds. Carol David and Anne R. Richards. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2008. Print. 146-67. Two versions of ethos in historical West: Platonic = individual quality of the rhetoric artistic = portrayal that creates ethos (as suggested by Aristotle) Plato’s notion of character, that a person must be true to his/herself in order to learn and share truth… (147) Platonic ethos = place where language and truth become incarnational…
  • Quoted!

    Dr Davis
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    One of my colleagues reads the New York Times book review section regularly. Today he sent an email to my chair, my dean, the provost, and our president saying that I had been quoted. It’s true! My article in Femspec is quoted in the New York Times. My colleague also told my son, who attends the college. My son texted me a screenshot. That was the first I heard of it, as I had not checked email yet this morning. Yay for the article! Yay for my colleague who spread the news!
  • Rhetoric of Cool: Ch 4 Juxtaposition

    Dr Davis
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    Rice, Jeff. “Juxtaposition.” The Rhetoric of Cool: Composition Studies and New Media.” Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2007. 73-92. Print. As I was reading the highlights and notes I wrote in the book for this, I kept thinking of the digital presentations my second semester fyc course does. It seemed like juxtaposition would help make those more interesting. I may write about that more later… “Any object, feeling, odor, word, image in juxtaposition with any other object, feeling, word or image will be associated with it” (Burroughs qtd in Rice 73).
  • Rhetoric of Cool: Ch 3 Appropriation

    Dr Davis
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Rice, Jeff. “Appropriation.” The Rhetoric of Cool: Composition Studies and New Media.” Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2007. 47-72. Print. Summary: Appropriation is a rhetorical tool or topos or action to re-create a new thing. Those within the dominant culture may appropriate something, like the definition of cool, and create a new meaning for this. Appropriation of music, re-mixing and mashups, doesn’t create the same thing that was there before but instead re-creates a new thing. Writing is seen as ending in balance or that balance/coherence is necessary; Rice…
  • Rhetoric of Cool: Ch 2 Chora

    Dr Davis
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Rice, Jeff. “Chora.” The Rhetoric of Cool: Composition Studies and New Media.” Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2007. 30-46. Print. “Chora,” as a chapter, begins and ends with example. The opening example is his attempt to understand 1963 outside of written texts on rhetorical history. He looks at iconic representations of 1963 and discovers JFK’s assassination (my main public association) and MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream” (which I didn’t know was given in 1963), which he expands to include the cool of James Dean, James…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Classifying cognitive styles across disciplines

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Association for Psychological Science) Various fields have developed diverse approaches to understanding the way people process information. A new report from psychological scientists aims to integrate these approaches by offering a new, integrated framework of cognitive styles that bridges different terminologies, concepts, and approaches.
  • Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California - Riverside) One day about eight years ago, Katia Silvera, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Riverside, and her father were on a field trip in a mountainous area in central Panama when they stumbled upon an orchid they had never seen before. Unable to identify it, they contacted an orchid expert. The orchid, which turned out to be an unnamed species, has now been named after the Silveras: 'Lophiaris silverarum.'
  • Chiral breathing: Electrically controlled polymer changes its optical properties

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences) Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical properties.
  • First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Gemini Observatory) The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial discovery, made by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes. It also confirms that Earth-sized planets do exist in the habitable zone of other stars.
  • UTSA and Microsoft establish sustainable energy research and development pact

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft Corporation announced today a three-year agreement to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable.
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    International Higher Education Consulting Blog a project by David Comp

  • 'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story' - Advice for U.S. College Students Abroad - A 28:08 FBI produced dramatization

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A 28:08 dramatization entitled 'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story' (produced by the FBI Counterintelligence Division) was released yesterday morning via the FBI News Blog and can be viewed below: You can read more about the Glenn Duffie Shriver story at: can also watch a 4:34 minute interview with Glenn Duffie Shriver from Federal Prison entitled 'Don't Be a Pawn: A Warning to Students Abroad' below:
  • International Higher Education Consulting Bookstore

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In need of of some new international education literature for your nightstand?  If so, the new and improved IHEC Bookstore might have something of interest for you!IHEC Blog is an Affiliate
  • University of Chicago Celebrates the Opening of the new Center in Delhi

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    This is a big weekend for the University of Chicago as the new Center in Delhi opens! You can learn more about all of the program of activities and tune in via the University of Chicago website.If you are on Twitter you can also follow along via #UChiDelhiTweets about "#UChiDelhi"
  • First lady Michelle Obama Answers Questions About Study Abroad

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:51 pm
    via CNN iReport
  • I'm working to get through the IHEC inbox...

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The number of e-mail messages from colleagues in the field and others to my seeking assistance and advise is tremendous (meaning I receive more than I can respond to) and greatly appreciated (I recieve quite a bit to my Univ. of Chicago address as well).I apologize if you have sent me a message in the last 6+ months and I haven't replied.  I receive on average 3-4 requests per week and I struggle to find the time to respond and assist outside of my full-time job of father to three and husband to one and my work at the University of Chicago as well as…
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    doug --- off the record

  • OTR Links 04/18/2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’m at Kings Navy Yard I’m at Kings Navy Yard tags: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS | OMG! Ubuntu! Ubuntu 14.04 LTS | OMG! Ubuntu! tags: 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS tags: What a Web We Weave | doug — off the record Just blogged… What a Web We Weave tags: OTR Links 04/17/2014 | doug — off the record Just…
  • What a Web We Weave

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Doug Belshaw shared an interesting link the other day.  I’ve been playing with it and it only serves to reinforce just how learning Web Literacy really isn’t a linear process. This project is based on the Web Literacy Map, essentially a list of skills that one should work at to be web literate.  It’s a traditional presentation with categories and specific learnings within the categories.  It’s a very good listing and, by itself, should be printed and stuck into any planning documentation for teaching web literacy. Then, move on to Doug’s work.  I’m…
  • OTR Links 04/17/2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Periodic Table of Storytelling Periodic Table of Storytelling tags: The MOOC of One: Personal Learning Technologies RT @Downes: .@INTED2014 Did you miss #inted2014 ? My keynote ‘The #MOOC of One’ is available here: #edtech tags: edtech MOOC inted2014 Tech Tidbits for Teachers | @scoopit Tech Tidbits for Teachers | @scoopit tags: Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist? Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?
  • When your best isn’t good enough

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s great to see the conversations and sharing continue after the edcamps over the weekend.  Motivated educators trying out new things and some new bloggers appearing.  You can’t help but feel happy. Honestly, that’s easy to find – people that are happy with the experience and learning like to share and others like to reshare.  But, there’s another group.  There are some that are just quiet.  It’s always tough to read into this.  Are they quiet because reality has kicked in and noses are back to the grindstone?  Are they quiet because they…
  • OTR Links 04/16/2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    When your best isn’t good enough | doug — off the record Just blogged… When your best isn’t good enough tags: The Best PD – Google Slides @mrslewistweets This should take you right there. tags: When the author is in the house… | doug — off the record Just blogged… When the author is in the house… tags: OTR Links 04/15/2014 | doug — off the record Just blogged… OTR Links 04/15/2014 tags: Web…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • School Profile: What it Takes to Attend the United States Naval Academy

    Veritas Prep
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The United States Naval Academy is ranked #24 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. Located in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland, this is an extraordinarily structured college that expects excellence from all their students, who are referred to as midshipmen. The United States Naval Academy offers full scholarships to all their midshipmen including room and board and all other necessities. After attending this world renowned academy each midshipman will serve five years either as an Ensign in the Navy or Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. To be a part of this elite college you need to…
  • How to Master Sentence Correction on the GMAT

    Veritas Prep
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    When preparing for the GMAT, there are many different types of questions that you must master. You know the verbal section will force you to answer questions about tedious passages, strengthen dubious arguments and correct unclear sentences. The ability to juggle these three elements will be paramount to your success as the question types are interspersed throughout the 75 minute verbal section. You cannot break down the exam into 25-minute sections each based on one broad topic and then move on. You don’t know what type of question is coming next, so you have to constantly be ready for any…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: How to Identify Agreement Errors in the Writing Section

    Veritas Prep
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    In grammar, as in life, agreement can be tricky. Subjects and verbs have to agree, verb tenses have to agree, sentence structures have to agree, and pronouns have to agree.  Much agreement is necessary for a sentence to function properly, but one of the trickiest of the many agreement issues that can pop up on an SAT is the hidden agreement issue between some non-pronoun and its referent. This can be particularly tricky to spot, but with a little practice it will be easier than buying a pie (making a pie is actually pretty tough to do well). Here is an example problem: “Susanne…
  • 3 Ways to Get Into the Stanford GSB MSx Program

    Veritas Prep
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The Stanford MSx program, previously known as the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program, is the one-year, full time Masters of Science program for experienced professionals.  Ok, so the program is not really new, but is experiencing a huge uptick in interest from business school applicants. Stanford’s traditional MBA program is the only one in the world with an acceptance rate and average work experience both in the single digits; so experienced applicants have started flocking to this alternative option in droves.  Make no mistake, though, “alternative” does not mean “easy!” The…
  • School Profile: Find Your Social and Academic Balance at Vanderbilt University

    Veritas Prep
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Vanderbilt University, a private research university and medical center in suburban Nashville, Tennessee, ranks #23 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. The university, built in 1875, sits on a beautiful and tranquil campus that has been designated a national arboretum; the Peabody College is a registered National Historic Landmark; and the Dyer Observatory is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, students tailor their educational plans to their aspirations in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, and education and human development. In addition to global…
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    Certification Map

  • 2014 Education Conferences

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Professional development for teachers is important in order to grow and improve as an educator. Conferences with focuses such as STEM or higher education are great opportunities for teachers to learn about the latest trends, network with other professionals and improve their craft. The following are 10 incredible development opportunities taking place all across the country. Whether you teach preschoolers or undergraduates, there is something being offered for you. 11th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference New York, New York Conference Date: April 23-25 Over 1,000 educators of young…
  • Celebrities Who Got Their Start in the Classroom

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Imagine this: you’re sitting in your high school classroom and your teacher is conspicuously absent. Whispers turn into shouts as you and your fellow classmates quickly realize that you will be having a substitute teacher, and the itch to misbehave begins to plague you. The handle on the classroom door turns — and in walks Billy Crystal. Okay, so maybe that’s not entirely likely right now, but at one point, some of your favorite celebrities were leading classroom lectures instead of feature films. That’s because what makes a good actor and leader is similar to what makes a good…
  • The Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Guest post written by Sue Montgomery Confused about the Common Core? Join the crowd. A polarizing topic in educational systems across the country, the Common Core Standards, also referred to as the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI), are frequently misunderstood by those who are affected by it — the teachers responsible for implementing them. But armed with the objective information you need, you can assess the benefits of the Common Core to help you do what you do best: provide optimal educational experiences for the students who are counting on you. Background In an effort to…
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  • Best Undergraduate Business Schools for 2014

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Earlier this week, Bloomberg Businessweek released its 2014 undergraduate business school rankings. And, for the fifth straight year, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business claimed the top spot in Businessweek’s rankings. In fact, the top three spots are unchanged since last year, with U. of Virginia and Cornell taking the second and third spots behind Notre Dame, respectively. Without further ado, here are…
  • 3 Things You Can Do to Get off the MBA Waitlist

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Although the bulk of the action for the 2013-2014 business school admissions season is already over, for a select group of applicants, the drama may stretch on for another couple of months. Who are these unlucky souls? Those who were waitlisted by their MBA programs. Waitlisted applicants can get into school as late as August, but in reality business schools have 99% of their classes fully set by June. Beyond that time,…
  • Harvard Business School Inches into the Online Education Market

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Harvard Business School, which last year signaled that it was ready to officially move into online management education, has officially launched HBX. Surprisingly, HBX doesn’t run on the edX platform jointly run by MIT and Harvard. HBS built its own online learning platform for this endeavor. Also, HBX differs from most of the online courses offered by MIT and Harvard in that it will deliver fee-based courses, which…
  • Wharton Imports New Dean from Australia

    19 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. This week The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School named Geoffrey Garrett as the 13th dean in the school’s history, effective July 1. Garrett, who used to serve on the Wharton faculty, currently serves as the dean of the Australian School of Business at the University of South Wales. Garrett has made a name for himself around the globe as a passionate supporter of online education. In a recent editorial…
  • 2015 U.S. News Business School Rankings

    12 Mar 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The following appears courtesy of MBA Game Plan. Visit MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan for current news and advice on getting into the world's top-ranked MBA programs. It’s that time of year again. Earlier this week U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 business school rankings (you can read the announcement here.) You can bet that there are a lot of smiling faces in Philadelphia right now: Wharton has edged into a three-way tie with Harvard and Stanford for the #1 spot in the newest business school rankings. We’d like to take a moment right now to point out that…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Why Private School Fit Matters: A Parent’s Voice

    Brian Fisher
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Author and parent, Holly Robinson I talk ad infinitum about private school fit — the notion that choosing a school for your student isn’t about choosing the best school based on reputation or a ranking. I went through the school search and fit process 30 something years ago but I haven’t gone through as a parent…which brings me to these thoughts from Holly Robinson’s Should You Send Your Child to a Prep School? No matter where you are in the boarding or private school world, I suggest reading Robinson’s piece. She does good work capturing a parent’s…
  • Ken Burns Greenwood School Gettysburg Address Premiers April 15, 2014

    Brian Fisher
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    A whirlwind of activity surrounds The Greenwood School and the premier of Ken Burns’ latest PBS documentary, The Address tonight at 9PM EDT on PBS. Regular readers know that Burns spent time on the Greenwood campus — just over a year ago — following the boys through their rite of passage that requires each boy to recite The Gettysburg Address from memory before he graduates. The twist, of course is, that the memorization process forces each Greenwood boy to fight, and work through, his own fears and learning differences. Each boy must look within himself, while supporting and…
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s Hockey Teams Win Three National Championships

    Brian Fisher
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Prep school hockey is among the best; think back to the number of women with boarding school hockey backgrounds on this year’s Olympic ice hockey team. In any context though, this national championship hat trick for Shattuck-St. Mary’s hockey teams is quite something. This past Sunday the S-SM Sabres won their second consecutive title in the girls U16 level; their Boys Prep team won their record setting ninth national championship; and the S-SM Boys Bantam won their first championship. For scoring and details visit Sabres Win Three National Championships! The post Shattuck-St.
  • Bridgton Academy: Dylan Owen’s Stepping Stone to Nebraska Football

    Brian Fisher
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    One of two out of state walk-ons in Nebraska’s 2014 entering football class, Bridgton Academy’s Dylan Owen has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Cornhuskers for fall 2014. He has a shot at becoming a member of Nebraska’s vaunted Blackshirts. Owen is no stranger to Nebraska football. He may have grown up in New York but his family connections to Cornhusker football run deep.   “Owen is the nephew of former Husker All-American Jerry Minnick, and related to former All-American Rich Glover. Owen’s father is a Nebraska alumnus.” (Huskers Illustrated) Owen found his…
  • Making Sure The American Boarding School Fits The Chinese Student

    Brian Fisher
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Chinese families have come to see, and pursue North American boarding school education as option over the past couple of decades. North American boarding schools offer a study abroad experience, different educational approaches and potentially, an entry into an American, or Canadian, college or university. Parents in Shanghai attend a promotional event for Hotchkiss boarding school. (Photo/CNS) These desires are quite similar to what American, Canadian and South American families desire for their boarding school students. One piece though — through no one’s fault — of the school search…
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    Dear Librarian

  • What is the Alex Award?

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

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

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

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

    Dear Librarian
    31 Oct 2013 | 6:22 pm
    The most important part of choosing your author for the JLP is making sure you feel you can be fully committed to this writer. You will be reading anywhere from 3-6 pieces from this author, so it is important that you resonate with his or her style of writing. Take your time, be thoughtful, and investigate your author before choosing. (Plus be aware that the you must feel good about the 3-5 that you submit; you might not get your first choice!) To see the areas in the 800′s literature section of the Dewey Decimal System click here. For a list of literary awards click here. To learn…
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  • Scientists Created Lab Grown Vaginas!

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Scientists Created Lab Grown Vaginas! Four young girls born with underdeveloped reproductive systems were given lab grown vaginas 8 years ago... and they work extremely well. Laci is joined by Ro... From: DNews Views: 126680 3888 ratings Time: 02:47 More in Science & Technology
  • Are Hong Kong & Macau Countries?

    CGP Grey
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are Hong Kong & Macau Countries? Discuss this video: Support: Podcast: http://www... From: CGP Grey Views: 854481 24667 ratings Time: 04:53 More in Education
  • The Law You Won't Be Told

    CGP Grey
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Law You Won't Be Told Official Discussion on From: CGP Grey Views: 1831138 27760 ratings Time: 04:31 More in Education
  • Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

    19 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    Can Video Games Make You Smarter? Are video games good for you? SUBSCRIBE! It's Free: Follow us! (Links Below) What If You Stopped Going Outside? (and the negative effec... From: AsapSCIENCE Views: 2921022 42132 ratings Time: 04:14 More in Science & Technology
  • Is Punishment or Reward More Effective?

    23 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    Is Punishment or Reward More Effective? Check out Get a Ve t-shirt! Filmed at Perimeter Institute: Is punishment or reward m... From: Veritasium Views: 497904 20419 ratings Time: 07:38 More in Education
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    David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

  • Flexible Learning Opportunities

    David Truss
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Later this morning I will be a member of a Panel on the topic of “Flexible Learning“, at the 2014 BC Distributed Learning Conference. [Updates added after the session.] We will each be given 3-4 minutes to share our opening remarks, and with those remarks we could have one slide. Here is the slide that I created: Image credits:The Delta by Evan Leeson, Auburn by Gary Sauer-ThompsonAcrobaticc! By fa73, Underground by Nikos KoutoulasCompass illustration by Alan Klim, leicester map 1610 by zaphad1 Here is my breakdown of the slide and what I have to say about it. I’ll both…
  • Twitter EDU

    David Truss
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    This is it. My one-stop-all-you-need-to-know-guide to Twitter. It’s the why and the how to get you started, to move you beyond the initial frustrations, and to create a fantastic learning network. TABLE OF CONTENTS (Click on any of these to go to that part of the post, on mobile devices you might just have to scroll down.) Why Twitter? *I’m new, where do I start? Beware if SPAM! What tools should I use? I’m struggling to understand the value Following, following back, and using Lists Replies Direct Messages #Hashtags (and Twitter Chats) Lurking and ReTweeting Resources to…
  • My 8th Blogiversary

    David Truss
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    I write for me, I share with you, and the world seems a little smaller. Just like last year, here is my blog’s year in review: The posts I’ve written and a quote from each. I hope that you will find something that appeals to you. If you have subscribed to, commented on, linked to, or simply taken the time to read my blog… I say a heartfelt Thank you! (Most popular post of the year: Learning and Failure) - – - – - – - – - The Teachings of Roy Henry Vickers As an educator, I wonder what we do to foster the ‘four directions’ in each of our students? What do…
  • Tribute to Dino

    David Truss
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    When I moved into a predominately Greek and Italian suburb of Toronto, from the small tropical island of Barbados, one thing was obvious… I didn’t fit in. The Greeks thought I was Italian, the Italians thought I was Greek. I spoke English, but my accent was so strong that I actually had to change my speech patterns to be understood. My parents told me years later about how I struggled when I got to Muirhead Public School for Grade 5, but I don’t remember much of the first few months, kids are resilient and my memories of going to school after moving to Canada start with…
  • Training and Coaching

    David Truss
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m at my daughter’s synchronized swimming Provincials. She just finished her combo routine and there is over an hour wait for her Team routine. Having trained for water polo just one pool bulkhead away from National level synchronized swimmers, I’ve always had high regard for their athleticism. With my daughter training 22+ hours a week this past year, that high regard has increased. She does far more cross-training (outside the pool), with strength conditioning and flexibility, than I’ve seen in most sports, and the blend of aerobic and anaerobic conditioning is…
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  • Art Easels bring out the creative side in your students

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Teachers are charged not only with helping students achieve academic goals and milestones, but also with giving students a creative way to express themselves. Art brings out the best in students and allows teachers to see the talents and personality of each student. Because of this, teachers love having easels in the classroom. Easels Make Great Art Centers Having an art center is an important aspect of a classroom. Students can express themselves in a way that is all their own. Along with easels, art centers can include paper, paints, paintbrushes, crayons, makers, or colored pencils.
  • LA SIESTA - The premium hammock brand from Europe is now in the USA and featured at SensoryEdge

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LA SIESTA, the premium hammock brand from Europe, now boosts a full presence in the United States and is the only company to offer a complete line of South American hammocks and hammock chairs in the USA.LA SIESTA, with locations in the United States, Spain and Germany, specializes in the development, marketing and distribution of hammocks and hammock chairs since 1991. LA SIESTA was founded by Dorothee and Alexander Grisar and is now managed by their sons, Maximillian, Leonid and…
  • Foster Art & Creativity in the Classroom

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Teachers can incorporate art into their lesson plans when they have furniture in the classroom to set the tone. Creative students are open to learning in many different ways.Fostering art within students is an important aspect of teaching in the classroom. Art gives students an outlet to be creative, express themselves, and show what they have learned. It also helps to bridge connections between different concepts. Having an area in the classroom for art is important. There are many different types of kids furniture that can foster art within students. Tables and Chairs Tables and chairs can…
  • Classroom Organizational Secrets

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Organization in a Classroom makes Happy StudentsAn organized classroom is a well run classroom. Many students have trouble learning in a cluttered, unorganized setting. Parents, as well, like to come into a classroom that is well organized and where everything has a place. This is easier said than done in a busy Kindergarten classroom. Kindergarteners like to learn by playing, touching, doing, and feeling. Classrooms can easily become a mess. Classroom rugs and cubbies are a great way to keep a Kindergarten classroom organized. Of course, these methods can be used well beyond the Kindergarten…
  • The Benefits of Puzzles

    15 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Puzzles have long been a favorite learning toy of kids, moms and educators. Giving children a variety of puzzles enhances their early childhood educational experience both at home and in school.Here are some of the skills that are enhanced by playing with puzzles:Cognitive skills: Puzzles improve a child's problem solving and reasoning skills. It helps them to see whole-part relationships, increases their visual spacial awareness and depending on the subject matter can teach them a variety of topics like the Alphabet, Numbers, Color recognition, shape recognition, categories like…
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  • 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The Cisco 640-722 Implementing Unified Wireless Network Essentials (IUWNE) exam is the exam associated with the CCNA Wireless certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting small to medium-size WLANs and associated technology. The CCNA Wireless 640-722 CramMaster contains over 360 questions to test your skills and knowledge in preparation for the exam. Also included are Exam Quality Simulations to test your endurance for the upcoming exam.The Cisco 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) covers the following recommended objective…
  • N10-005 - CompTIA Network+ - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    The CompTIA Network+ certification is an internationally recognized validation of the technical knowledge required of foundation-level IT network practitioners. This exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to implement a defined network architecture with basic network security. Furthermore, a successful candidate will be able to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot network devices using appropriate network tools and understand the features and purpose of network technologies. Candidates will be able to make basic solution recommendations, analyze…
  • Microsoft 70-640 Windows Server 2008 - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    Use the Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring CramMaster to study for the Microsoft 70-640 exam. This CramMaster contains 450+ questions, multiple-choice answers, detailed explanations, and comes bundled with select content from the 70-640 Exam Cram book. Candidates for this exam typically have a minimum of one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in an environment of 250 to 5,000 or more users, three or more physical locations and three or more domain controllers.Microsoft 70-640 Windows Server 2008 covers the following recommended…
  • 642-902 - ROUTE (CCNP) CramMaster - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    Implementing Cisco IP Routing CramMaster ROUTE (CCNP) will prepare you to pass the Cisco 642-902 CCNP exam with more than 270 questions, multiple-choice answers and detailed explanations all designed to prepare you for success on test day. The CramMaster will ready you to pass this exam by providing you with questions built around the topics that will be covered on the exam including configuration of secure routing solutions and using advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing secure Cisco ISR routers. The ROUTE 642-902 exam is a prerequisite exam for the CCNP®, CCIP®, and CCDP®…
  • 70-680 - Windows 7 Configuring CramMaster - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    The Windows 7, Configuring CramMaster will prepare you to pass the Microsoft 70-680 exam. Prepare with 260+ questions, multiple-choice answers, detailed explanations, and a comprehensive ALS Study Guide. Candidates for this exam operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. Candidates should have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment. Certifying on Exam 70-680 showcases your ability to…
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    Heather Wolpert-Gawron

  • Do You Remember the Moment When You First Learned “Grit?”

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

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:13 pm
    So my students are currently taking a publisher’s online pilot test.  We are doing it for three reasons: 1. This gives the students practice for the SBAC online test.  The format of these practice tests is meant to mimic that of the SBAC. 2. Students are excited to be able to give feedback to the company, which, the publisher claims, is why they are piloting these tests in classrooms.  (Of course, if they really wanted feedback, perhaps they would have designed a way for the students to communicate to them about their experience interacting with the assessment.) 3. Our programs get money…
  • Big ‘Ol List of CUE Resources

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Hey all!  For those who saw me present at CUE in Palm Springs, here is the list of many of the resources I mentioned in my presentation, “From Pencils to Paperless: Developing a Blended Environment for Teens.”  You may have used the QR code to find this page, or you may be a reader who stumbled on it yourself.  However you found it, I hope it helps you create a more virtual environment for your students. -Heather Ways to organize online Google Drive Haiku Weebly MyBigCampus Edmodo Brain-Based Educational Advice Dr. Judy Willis Ongoing Online iPad PD Class Tech Tips Powerful…
  • Speech and Debate Secret Sauce: Building Community in Any Classroom

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:47 am
    As I’ve recently written, I am the coach of a very successful and very large middle school speech & debate team.  It’s a huge job to coach all of these kids, but it’s amazingly rewarding.  It’s rewarding to know that the kids who were always talkers have some kind of outlet for competition. However, it’s just as rewarding when a student who once couldn’t raise his hand in class can now stand up and get through a history speech without excusing himself halfway through his oral report. The fact is that when students apply to join the elective, I split the enrollment numbers…
  • Let’s Talk About Speech, Baby: Speech & Debate and the Common Core

    2 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    Besides being a Language Arts teacher, I am also a Speech and Debate coach.  I haven’t written about it too much, not for any reason other than I spend a lot of time geeking out over curriculum design in teaching Reading and Writing.  But coaching a Speech team as a full-time Language Arts teacher takes up a huge percentage of my brain and time, so it seems only fair that I tip my hat to those standards which I find equally important: Speaking and Listening. There has been a huge surge of popularity in forensics as of late.  When I say forensics, of course, I don’t mean that which…
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    Change Agency

  • Why InVITE? — #InVITEchat #edtech

    Stephanie Sandifer
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    There are many reasons why InVITE was founded, and one of the motivating factors was the persistent gender imbalance evident in the lists of featured speakers and keynotes at local, state, and national ed tech conferences. I found the following quotes interesting in relation to this particular issue.  No, not all of these articles are specific […]
  • InVITE – Inclusive Voices for Innovation & Technology in Education #InVITEchat

    Stephanie Sandifer
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    One Twitter conversation after another… one “in-the-hallway-at-a-conference chat” after another… For too long the same topics have been discussed again and again as a problem in the ed tech community: The lack of diversity in attendance at ed tech conferences The lack of diversity in the selection of session presenters — especially featured speakers and […]
  • Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

    Stephanie Sandifer
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    See on – Connected Learning In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the […]
  • Prompting for Great #EdTech Feedback

    Stephanie Sandifer
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Dedicated software developers design and craft new tools, and we teachers beta test and tinker to test out those tools – often in live learning activities with our students. For the software developer seeking critical feedback to find the perfect feature set for a game-changing product, this is the moment when magic could happen! But […]
  • Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here

    Stephanie Sandifer
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    See on – Connected Learning A new generation of embeddable tech implants could soon change the way we live Stephanie Sandifer‘s insight: This is fascinating… we have finally accepted the use of mobile devices in learning (at least most educators have… ) while we explore/debate the use of wearable tech in learning… but how […]
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    The Teaching Palette

  • 16 Ways to Add steAm to STEM

    Theresa McGee
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Wonder how Art fits in the STEM learning model?  Most likely, if you’re an art teacher, you’re already teaching using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Often, it just takes identifying how you incorporate these concepts as part of your art curriculum. The sixteen ideas shown below are real STEAM applications used in the art classrooms of Samantha Melvin, Tricia Fuglestad, and Theresa McGee. Systems: Samantha Melvin I think the most important concept is the connection to contemporary art and contemporary thinking with the big idea of “Systems.” We are…
  • Manage Your Class with a Custom Spinner

    Theresa McGee
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you’re looking to change up your classroom management or share curricular content differently, a digital spinner is a fun option.  Decide Now is a simple, but useful app that lets you create any spin wheel template.  Here are a few ways that I use it in my classroom: Art Trivia.  Have a few minutes left in class?  Spin the art trivia wheel and share a few fun facts about art. Shape Selector.  A fun project I do with my second graders is a lesson on abstract non-objective design.  Simply spin the wheel of shapes and the students create that shape on their paper.  How each…
  • Heads Up Game with Keynote

    Theresa McGee
    29 Dec 2013 | 6:47 pm
    Last summer when I attended the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Institute in Austin, Chris McGee introduced me to an App called Heads Up.  If you’ve never played, it is a fast paced game where the “guesser” holds the iPad up to their forehead and as a word appears on the screen, the other players try to help the “guesser” figure out the word. Once the correct answer is given the player can progress to the next word and so on. We had so much fun playing it that we figured there must be a way to make this game work in the classroom.  When I mentioned the idea…
  • Favorite Art Education Blogs

    Theresa McGee
    17 Dec 2013 | 3:31 pm
    I’ve been teaching long enough to remember when visiting an art website meant only seeing few images of art from a famous dead painter and the text from a paper written in Art History 303. One time I actually displayed a Monet site on my computer just before my principal observed me, cuz you know, I was going to impress her or something. (The funny part is that she was impressed.) Today we have some amazing teachers sharing real content on what goes on in contemporary art classrooms.  We share lesson ideas, embed YouTube videos, and advocate for quality art education.  Thanks to…
  • Padlet: Engage and Get Them Thinking

    Theresa McGee
    1 Dec 2013 | 11:52 am
    One of my favorite tools for student engagement and discussion is Padlet (formerly Wallwisher).  I am such a big fan that I wrote about Wallwisher for SchoolArts a few years ago and presented on the renamed Padlet at the AOE Conference in January.   What I love most about Padlet is the ability for ALL students to “speak” simultaneously in an open forum discussing art concepts at a higher level. Here is an example of one of my classes using Padlet.  Keep in mind this took only 10 minutes of class time and made a huge impact! Created with Padlet Padlet as an Exit Slip Thanks to…
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    Teaching Social Media Marketing At UCLA Extension

  • 50 Content Marketing Ideas For Your Website Or Blog

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    From Forbes   Jayson DeMers Contributor  Do you ever feel like you’re running out of content ideas for your website or blog?With almost nine out of 10 companies now using some form of content marketing to attract leads, just try to visualize the sheer volume of content that needs to be produced on a daily basis.Following is a list of 50 content marketing tips you can use to ensure you’re never without a great idea again. Some of these you’ll have heard before, but there are likely to be some you’ve never thought of.Please be sure to leave your own ideas at the end…
  • Why Restaurants Are Looking You Up on Google Before You Arrive

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    For discussion in class next time:  From Yahoo Most people find out about a restaurant by Googling them -- but many don’t know that restaurants are Googling you, too.Maîtres d's in top New York City restaurants are combing the reservation books, and then typing names into Facebook, LinkedIn and Google to find out birthdays, anniversaries and more. A Grub Street article this week pointed out how Eleven Madison Park goes as far as pairing diners from a certain state with a server from the same state if possible -- all using information they dug up online. It’s enough to make…
  • Troy-Bilt Lets Gardening Enthusiasts 'Think Spring'

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Another good case study for the class from MediaPost:Dave Evans, senior account executive at Marcus Thomas, tells Marketing Daily that the company decided to take its message social to target gardeners 25 and older, both because of the budget benefits and because the company and agency were encouraged by the 2013 social media program Troy-Bilt did on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Social-driven responses were 50% above forecast, far exceeding media-driven. "The social platforms and channels were new last year," says Evans. "And we found it very interesting that yard…
  • Here Are The Secrets To American Apparel's Red-Hot Instagram Account

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    From Business Insider:American Apparel has built one of the most popular brand Instagram accounts, with nearly 1 million followers, and its success goes beyond risqué photos. In fact, the brand, which is known for print ads and billboards featuring scantily clad models, has had success on Instagram with something tamer."The most popular posts are store employees showcasing their personal style, flat outfit posts (where the garments are laid flat and photographed), and pets wearing dog tees and hoodies tend to get the most likes," American Apparel creative director Iris Alonzo said in an…
  • This Music Startup's Contests Help Robin Thicke And Jay Sean Songs Go Viral

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Gigg CEO Scott Warner. (Credit: @ScottWarner18)Good stuff from FORBES - we'll discuss in class on Wed.   Alex Konrad Forbes StaffWhen Robin Thicke was looking to drive listeners to his summer single “Give It 2 U” this fall, his managers reached out to a small startup, Gigg, to help promote the song over social media. Thicke already had millions of fans subscribed to him online, but past promotions Gigg had done with Skylar Grey and Jay Sean caught the team’s eye.Gigg set up a contest for October with fans laying their own images or videos over lyrics from the single and then…
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    More Than A Test Score

  • Weekly Scholarship Winner: Misti Allen

    Jordan Smallwood
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Congratulations to Misti Allen, our latest Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship winner! For a lot of us, our room is our safe haven. Many students spend more time inside their rooms than they do outside of them. Regardless of the amount of time spent in our rooms, we all want our rooms to have a personal touch, so we fill them with everything that we think represents us as people. So we wanted to know what three things in your room represent you. Misti’s answer was unique, yet completely relatable. Here’s her winning essay: A book: I may be different than my cover, and…
  • Drop These Bad Habits Before College

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    By senior year, many students have heard their teachers say, “You’re doing well in high school, but wait until college…” It’s true – college can be more difficult than high school. The most challenging aspect you’ll likely face is the new found independence. College students are expected to attend lectures, complete all the required reading, and finish their assignments without anyone hounding them to do so. Students who succeed in college courses usually have the best study habits; in other words, they study frequently and efficiently. Here are five bad study habits for…
  • Weekly Scholarship Winner: Helena McGill

    Jordan Smallwood
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Congratulations to Helena McGill, our latest Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship winner! When you were younger, did you ever make a time capsule with your class for people for the future to unearth? Did you agree with every choice? If you didn’t we wanted to know if you were to create a time capsule to be opened in the year 2099, what three items would you include to represent contemporary culture? Many people had similar answers, but Helena’s stood out the most. Here’s her winning essay: I would put in a Twinkie, an iphone with Instagram and an explanation of what…
  • Taking Your Next Scholarship Essay to the Top

    Guest Blogger
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thinking about applying for the next Zinch Weekly Scholarship? Or maybe you’re working on another application in hopes of earning some extra cash for college. Whether you’re writing a stellar 3-sentence essay or crafting a longer personal piece, our scholarship readers have some tips that can take your work to the next level. Consider these essay-writing suggestions before you hit “Submit”: • Stand out – When competing with thousands of other applicants, it pays to be unique, so write a response that sets you apart. Our Weekly Scholarship readers typically encounter…
  • Franklin & Marshall College Scholarship Winner: Edgar Marquez

    Team Zinch
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Congratulations to Edgar Marquez, winner of the Franklin & Marshall College Scholarship! Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall College is one the most well respected private schools on the East Coast, ranking as one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Considering its namesake came from the one and only Benjamin Franklin, F&M wanted to hear our students’ thoughts on one of found father’s lesser known quotes, and explain which aspect applied to them. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those…
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  • Student Writing Awards

    2 May 2014 | 5:09 am
    Deadline for submissions is May 2.
  • FRESH: University of Michigan - Dearborn Student/Faculty Art Show

    26 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Fresh Celebrating what's new in Applied Art from the University of Michigan-Dearborn! Exhibit run April 17-26, 2014   UM-Dearborn Night and Opening Reception April 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 555 Gallery, 2801 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit, 48216
  • SOAR Student Recognition Reception

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The annual SOAR Student Recognition Reception, where we recognize the achievements of students in the SOAR program and honor SOAR students graduating from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will be held at Fairlane Center South, in Michigan Room East, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Thu, April 24th, 2014.
  • Annual showcase of student films

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Journalism and Screen Studies program will be hosting its annual showcase of student films, produced in the Advanced Media Production course. The films will be presented on Monday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the CASL Auditorium (1030 CB). Please join us to view and celebrate all of the outstanding creative efforts!  Contact Jim Gilmore for additional information.
  • Solving the Fiscal Crisis in Local Governments: Assessing Options

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tuesday, April 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building. Registration required.
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework

    Michael Linsin
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Homework can be particularly frustrating because it takes place outside of your presence. Once you send your students off for the day, they’re on their own—with only the faintest echo of your voice imploring them to get it done. Furthermore, they may have soccer practice, music lessons, family responsibilities, and other obstacles standing between them and a time and place to concentrate. They may have a chaotic home life, a barking dog next door, or their favorite video game blaring from the living room television. They may even be left to their own devices, with no suitable place to…
  • Why You Should Never Show Annoyance At Misbehavior

    Michael Linsin
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    If you’re struggling with classroom management, then chances are you become annoyed when your students misbehave. Your blood pressure rises. Your eyes narrow and your lips tighten. Your displeasure can be seen and felt from every corner of your classroom. But every time you react emotionally to misbehavior, you shift control over to your students. You step out of the driver’s seat and hand them the keys. You give up the upper hand in the relationship. All before saying a word. Because when you let misbehavior get under your skin, you communicate to anyone remotely paying attention…
  • 3 Popular Strategies You Should Stop Using With Difficult Students

    Michael Linsin
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Much of your success with difficult students hinges on what you don’t do. But this is no easy task, because some of the most popular and commonly used strategies fall into this category. When seemingly everyone around you, including your closest teacher chums, is relying on the same bundle of strategies—and complaining incessantly about how nothing is working—it can be a challenge to break from the pack. It can be a challenge to go your own way, to refuse to follow the masses, to walk to the beat of a different drum. But if you do . . . ah, if you do . . . the sky will open and a…
  • How To Use Music To Make Routines More Fun And Effective

    Michael Linsin
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Routines are the lifeblood of a well-run classroom. But it’s important they’re viewed in a positive light. Because if you cue the start of a routine and your students sigh and roll their eyes, or grudgingly go through the motions, then misbehavior will surely follow. No, your students don’t have to love routines, but there should be an energy and bounce to their step. There should be a productive whirl of movement, of intent and purpose, of a job well done. Much of this feeling comes from the way you teach routines. Highly detailed modeling, expressly defined steps, and…
  • 10 Simple Tweaks For Instant Behavior Improvement

    Michael Linsin
    15 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    If you’re a longtime reader of Smart Classroom Management, then you know that we hold true the belief that classroom management is knowledge based. It’s something you can learn, apply, and see drastic, transformational improvement—no matter who you are or where you teach. Students respond predictably to certain approaches, strategies, and teacher behaviors, and so when you do what works, you get happy results. To prove this truth, we present to you ten simple tweaks you can begin using tomorrow that are guaranteed to improve behavior in your classroom right now. 1. Decide Before…
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • Uses of Cerium

    Tim Bortoli
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Cerium is a rare earth element that was named after the dwarf planet Ceres. It is a silvery metal that is soft, ductile and malleable. It is a chemical element and is represented by the atomic number 58 with the symbol Ce. It is not found in its free form on the planet, but is found in a number of different minerals. It is the most common of the rare earth elements and makes up about 0.0046% of the crust of the planet. Cerium is produced by crushing and grinding various minerals and then the pure metal is extracted with a specific extraction technique using sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide,…
  • How Many National Parks Are There in Canada

    Tim Bortoli
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Canada is a large country located in the northern region of the North American continent. It is well known for areas of spectacular natural beauty and many of these regions have been protected as National Parks. These parks are administered by Parks Canada and the goal of this organization is to protect these unique areas and provide access for the public to enjoy and appreciate the natural environment. In addition to National Parks, Canada also has National Park Reserves*, National Landmarks and National Marine Conservation Areas. Let’s find out how many National Parks are located in…
  • Who Wrote “Little Women”

    Tim Bortoli
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Little Women is a well known novel that was first published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the story of three sisters as they grow from children to adults. It touches on a number of topics and is considered a coming of age novel. The first volume was such a huge success that the second volume was quickly commissioned – it was titled “Good Wives.” In 1880 the two volumes were made into the single work now known as Little Women. The novel has continued to be successful and is one of the most read English novels of all time. A number of adaptations have also…
  • Where is El Salvador Located

    Tim Bortoli
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    El Salvador (official title: Republic of El Salvador) is a small and densely populated country. It was part of the Spanish empire for many years and after independence from Spain in 1821 it was a part of a number of groups such as the Federal Republic of Central America and Greater Republic of Central America until 1898 when it again became an independent country in its own right. The country covers an area of just 21,040 square kilometers (8,124 square miles), which gives it a rank of 153rd largest country in the world. It’s population in more than 6 million and in terms of population…
  • How Many Isotopes Does Calcium Have

    Tim Bortoli
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Calcium is a soft gray metal best known for being an essential element for living organisms, including humans. It is also a chemical element and is represented by the symbol Ca and the atomic number 20. Calcium is the fifth most common element on the planet by mass and it is also the fifth most common dissolved element in seawater by mass. Calcium is never found in its free form on Earth, but is found in many minerals from which it can be extracted. In fact, there are well over 200 minerals that contain calcium. All calcium found on the planet is made up of 7 separate isotopes, but many more…
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  • Developing Young Authors with Storybird #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories,…
  • Win Prizes in IDT Memphis’ Picture Scavenger Hunt at #AAIM14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:32 am
    “Treasure hunts are a fun way for students to use problem solving skills, to work in teams, to practice comprehensions skills, and to use technology resources all while practicing subject matter” (Source). Klikaklu has reinvented the scavenger hunt. The iOS app allows you to create a treasure hunt based on images. It is a photo hunt game that uses your phone’s GPS, camera, and advanced image matching technology. It’s a great way to quickly create and play treasure hunts! Share hunts privately with friends and family, or leave them in public places for students and…
  • Loving Librarian and Media Specialist Surprised on TV #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Kirby Thomas is a librarian and media specialist at McAuliffe Elementary School in Broken Arrow, OK. She was named Teacher of the Year last year for the love and enthusiasm she gives to her children. Ellen DeGeneres has been spotlighting school libraries on her talk show Ellen, and recently surprised Kirby and the McAuliffe students and faculty with a bookmobile filled with books and iPad minis, a check for $25,000, and $75 gift cards for each of the 700 students at McAuliffe Elementary, a Title 1 school. Enjoy watching this touching moment in the video below. video platformvideo…
  • PLNs: An Overview

    Clif Mims
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    “With Web 2.0 resources and social media students can connect to share ideas, engage in inquiry, and search for additional information. Sometimes called learning communities, collaboration among students and teachers expands educational possibilities through electronic connectedness. Wagner’s (2008) suggestions for improving learning opportunities outline many types of strategies that can effectively integrate technology with learning. Wagner’s ideas that learners need to be engaged in experiences that frame their thinking can be facilitated by current Web 2.0 resources and social…
  • Social Media: An Overview

    Clif Mims
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Yesterday’s blog post provided an overview of social networks. Today we are going to build on that and look at social media. What is social media? How do you define it? “Social media is the interaction among people in which they create, share, or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks” (Source). It describes the technology of interaction amongst a network of people. Perhaps because of the current pervasive use of online social media, many mistakenly assume that social media only came into existence with modern-day technology. Consider that…
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  • easter egg pattern match game: for kids, by kids

    amy mascott
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Easter is right around the corner, and we’re psyched. Not only does Easter mean egg painting and candy, family time and spring flowers, fresh starts and new hope, it means my kids get to spend some time with faraway cousins. Maddy, Owen, and Cora are thrilled to see their little cousins who are much younger than they.  My kids are 10, 8, and 7 years old, and their Pennsylvania cousins are 3 years, 19 months, 12 months, and 4 months old. So this year, as we relaxed a bit after a whirlwind Disneyland adventure (more on that later!), the kids put some time into a little homemade gift for…
  • how to throw a rockstar frozen birthday party—snacks to serve

    amy mascott
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
      Frozen is all the rage these days, so it’s no wonder that my Cora wanted a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for her 7th. So that’s what we did. Starting last summer, we brainstormed and planned for her birthday.   And then in December, after we saw Frozen, we brainstormed, planned, and then re-planned. She had to have a Frozen birthday.  She just had to. And though she had to learn the tough lesson that her whole little world could not come to an at-home Frozen birthday party, she did muddle through.  When you’re almost 7, you have to make some tough decisions, and no, I was not…
  • stay connected: on the web

    amy mascott
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know you’re out there.  So let’s get–and stay!–connected! With all of the crazy changes to facebook lately, I just want to make sure we’re doing all we can to stay connected in whatever ways work best for you–my readers. And for good reason. Because there’s a ton of awesome going on over on our facebook page, on instagram, and just about everywhere. So real quick, here’s the skinny. . . Stay Connected– on the web: I know this is a strange post, but my bloggy pals have done it and have found it successful. Why? They’re…
  • Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

    amy mascott
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
          When I was teaching, I always had a bulletin board full of opportunities for my students to win contests, write essays, submit poems, and receive accolades outside the classroom. It’s so important for kids–and parents!–to realize that there are hundreds of cool contests running all the time. Hundreds of dollars waiting to be won. Fab prizes and cool travel opportunities if kids just take some time to share their smarts with the world around them. And so many of our kids are crazy smart, devising solutions to age-old problems that burden many and even…
  • fractions with FOOD: hands-on math

    amy mascott
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This post about fun with food and fractions is written by Jen of Beyond Traditional Math. Hopefully after reading it, you’ll never look at food quite the same! Thank you, Jen, for your time, effort, and expertise! ____________________ Fractions with Our Favorite Thing…Food! by Jen Before you first meet me, I should tell you that I am certifiably nuts about being anti-worksheets right now, so I am going to try to dial it back a bit to write this post. This past school year, we adopted a new math series that is very heavy on worksheets and giving tons of practice problems. When we…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Education

  • Education guidelines

    Alka Anand Singh
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, an attack on education consists of “any intentional threat or use of force — carried out for political, military, ideological, ethnic, religious or criminal reasons – and against educators, students or educational institutions.” Last year, the coalition, which particularly focuses on attacks in areas of conflict, showed the number of attacks on education in several countries. Between 2009 and 2012, 838 schools were attacked in Pakistan, more than any other country in the world. In the words of the report,…
  • BC’s education system gets low marks in poll

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    British Columbians are among the least satisfied across Canada with their education system, from kindergarten to post-secondary. That is the finding of an Angus Reid Global survey that found fewer than half of respondents at times found the provincial government to be doing a good job. And most observers, like the government itself, blame poor labour relations that have plagued the public K-12 school system for years. That dim picture includes contract talks being held under the threat of a teachers’ strike, negotiations that are stalled by a dispute over wages and class sizes. The results…
  • Google’s fund invests $40 mn in education technology firm Renaissance Learning

    Alka Anand Singh
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:38 am
    Google Inc’s investment fund, Google Capital, has invested $40 million in exchange for a minority stake in Renaissance Learning, valuing the education technology firm owned by British private equity firm Permira at $1 billion. This is the third investment by Google Capital, formed in 2013, aimed at investing in in late-stage technology start-ups in search of additional capital, and its first in the education segment. Commentators say the investment may help Google gain an insight for new product opportunities, since the internet giant already offers educational versions of core products…
  • Tech, science education crucial to tackling food insecurity, poverty – startup

    Alka Anand Singh
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Good technology and science education is the key to achieving food security, poverty alleviation, and community development in rural areas of South Africa, according to local mobile laboratory inventors Kusile Labs & Technology. Kusile Labs & Technology is a local startup which has invented an affordable mobile science and technology laboratory for teaching in schools, suitable for use in rural locations as it can be battery powered. In an interview with HumanIPO, Nkosi Maseko, director of Kusile Labs & Technology, said unless technology and science teaching is improved in rural…
  • The Future Of Online Education : 2014

    Alka Anand Singh
    13 Feb 2014 | 9:26 pm
    This interview is one in a series produced by the Skoll World Forum with the participation of today’s leading thinkers and innovators in education.  All of the contributors represent projects that have won WISE Awards, which recognize innovative solutions in overcoming barriers to education. This series aims to shed light on those projects that have helped provide access to quality education around the world. Richard Baraniuk is Founder and Director of Connexions. What was the one moment or experience that ultimately gave rise to Connexions? In 1999, I wanted to create a book for the…
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  • International students contributed ~17.7 billion USD to the UK economy

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2011–12, there were 435,235 international students contributing ~17.7 billion USD to the UK economy in tuition fee and related living expenses, according to a recent report by Universities UK entitled "the impact of the higher education sector on the UK economy." In specific, non-EU international students paid $5.4 billion in tuition fees to the universities. While, one out of six students enrolled in the UK higher education is from outside the UK, the number of international students in the UK have declined in last couple of years, indicating that the British universities will feel…
  • Latest statistics on international student enrollment in higher education in England

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Higher education institutions in England experienced their first decline in enrollment of foreign students in nearly 30 years, according to the latest report by HEFCE--The Higher Education Funding Council for England.The decline is primarily attributed to decline in two primary segments--1) students from Indian and Pakistan enrolling in postgraduate taught masters courses in STEM related fields (halved since 2010)2)  European Union (EU) undergraduate students (who now have to pay the same increased fees as UK students)This again points out the shifts in mobility of international students…
  • Diverse global engagement strategies: from branch campuses to online degrees

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:50 pm
    International branch campuses receive a lot of attention, however, they form a small proportion university internationalization strategies. More recently, online learning is showing promising potential for global engagement. A recent report shows that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is shaping its internationalisation future around its prior initiative like OpenCourseWare and now edX. It forecasts a future where education will be unbundled and degrees will be disaggregated "into smaller credential units such as course credentials, sequence credentials, and even badges" with…
  • Global reach of MOOCs: A comparison of HarvardX and MITx

    1 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    MOOCs are a learning innovation with technology as it's backbone. Any technological innovation goes through a phase of irrational exuberance to mature reality (Remember, the dot-com bust and now dot-com revival). MOOCs are going through similar evolutionary pangs. Learning innovations face quite a complex set of barriers due to the sheer sociopolitical and traditional nature of the education ecosystem and hence the future of MOOCs even more uncertain. However, I am optimistic about the access, outreach and continuing education potential of MOOCs. Consider the recent data released by…
  • The role of online learning and glocal students in shaping university internationalization strategies

    23 Feb 2014 | 7:59 am
    International branch campuses receive lot of media attention. Some of the recent endeavors from big brands like NYU Shanghai and Yale-NUS College, gives a perception that many more are building international branch campuses, however, they form a very small proportion of various models of engagement for university internationalization.Consider the case of the UK, which have been promoting transnational education as a part of the national strategy, has less than 3% of all its TNE activity in branch campuses. Only ~17,500 of  ~600,000 students enrolled in an "overseas campus of a UK HEI."…
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  • ROI is our responsibility

    Mallory Bower
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:32 am
    I’m going to make a bold statement: college ROI is our responsibility. ALL of us. Students are shelling out major dough for our higher ed product. Not to mention that a huge chunk of their tuition pays our salaries. Now I’m certainly not advocating for a placement model, but we need to make students 1) know what success looks like for them; and 2) know how to go get it. I know, I know, success  looks different depending on which student you ask. Reality is, many will achieve their first post-grad triumph when landing their first job. Also – we can’t keep ignoring…
  • Don’t Skip Your Career Fair

    Mallory Bower
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This morning I watched Kevin O’Connell’s TEDx talk, “Skip Your Career Fair.” I am forever clicking on links like this (remember that one about why career services must die?) While I agree with Kev’s points about building a solid digital reputation, shopping around, and networking creatively, please don’t encourage students to skip their career fair. But whyyyy? you ask. Ok, twist my arm. I’ll tell you. It’s a cop-outFor the love of Sanford, stop sheltering students from feeling uncomfortable. Networking events kinda freak me out, too. But ya…
  • Hard Truth: It’s not yours

    Mallory Bower
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    When I was younger, my old man wanted me to join the basketball team. I think it was his way of trying to live vicariously through me. Despite a pretty impressive backyard free throw record, and risking Dad’s eternal disappointment, I chose to join the swim team. He still showed up to every single one of my painfully boring meets. I think this happens sometimes in student affairs. We find a student who reminds us of our 18-year-old selves and we try to mold them in our image. It’s just easier to relate to folks who have the same interests. Thing is, it’s not always going to…
  • Negotiation: Can I have onion rings instead of fries?

    Mallory Bower
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:21 am
    “How many of you will negotiate when offered your first full-time position?” In a classroom of 30 college seniors, the majority cited that it was inappropriate to negotiate, or that they didn’t deserve to ask for more money. This has me wondering how many of you have negotiated salary or other terms of an offer. I think we severely undervalue ourselves in this field, but that is a post for a different time! Many of us think of negotiation as engaging in a conflict. But the truth is, we negotiate every day without giving it a second thought. (Ex: Can I have onion rings…
  • In Like a Lion: Free Coaching to Make Your Job Search Roar

    Mallory Bower
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    March is the time to take your job search by storm. It’s not the time to apply for ALL THE JOBS, half-ass your resume, or to give vague interview answers. Trust me, I get it. You’re spending so much time preparing your students for the “real-world” that hitting the apply now button gets pushed aside for another day. And then another– Oh hell, what’s one more? Before you know it, you’re  jobless in June. It’s time to make your own future a priority and I want to help. Why? Because friends don’t let friends send crappy cover letters. During…
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  • Study Shows Students Have to Work More Hours to Pay for Education

    Editorial Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    The increases require students to make tough decisions as to whether they should continue working to avoid racking up debt. A study conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that huge increases in tuition costs are creating a significant burden on students. Analysing data from Statistics Canada, the research concluded that in order to pay for tuition, students today have to work many times more the number of hours at minimum-wage jobs than they did 40 years ago. Looking at the years 1975 to 2013, data reveals that the average number of hours spent at a minimum wage job in…
  • The Pros and Cons of Distance Learning

    Editorial Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Weigh the advantages and disadvantages before choosing distance education. There’s nothing quite like the comforts of home, even when it comes to getting an education. The age of the internet has transformed the way we do a lot of things, including the way we learn. It’s now possible to get a diploma or earn a degree without leaving the house, and in spite of job or family commitments. While this scenario sounds great, its always advantageous to look at both sides of the coin before choosing the right path for you. Advantages of Distance Learning Convenience The time and energy…
  • Construction and AutoCAD Programs to be Offered at Brighton Surrey

    Editorial Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Construction Technician and AutoCAD Programs may help you lay the perfect foundation for your future. Pull out the blueprints and grab your tools because there’s no time like the present to start building your career. And if building is on your mind, Brighton College Surrey’s new AutoCAD and Construction Technician programs may help you lay the perfect foundation for your future. Brighton’s Surrey campus is now offering both programs for the first time, beginning June 23, 2014. Both courses will focus is on helping individuals get the training and education they need without…
  • 5 Networking Strategies to Land Your First Big Job

    Marek Gregorski
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Family, friends, academic advisors, and teachers are an ideal starting point. After graduation, it’s more crucial than ever to explore as many avenues as possible when looking to find your first career-job. Of course, perusing an online job bank like Workopolis or submitting a resume directly to a company are still common strategies. However, many industry experts agree that networking is a much more critical job-search and career development technique. By incorporating the following networking strategies, you can maximize your chances and cut down your job search time. Networking…
  • VanArts Sits in Sixth Place in Animation Schools Ranking

    Editorial Staff
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Vancouver Institute of Media Arts has placed sixth out of the top 100 animation schools in the world, according to Animation Career Review. An educational leader in the industry, the school is climbing higher and higher since its 2012 eleventh place ranking. The placement was based on criteria such as overall quality of programs and student reels, industry reputation, geographic advantages, tuition and overall costs to attend. Out of 100 animation, gaming and design schools, VanArts’ one-year diploma programs withstand the toughest scrutiny, even when compared with top universities and…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • Has a decade of school food reform resulted in healthier lunches?

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    More than a decade ago, a few American reformers launched a major movement to improve the quality of school meals. In the ensuing years Congress has passed laws and schools have adopted their reforms. But what has really changed on the plate?To get an idea we recently took a look at Chicago Public School menus and interviewed some of the leaders in school food reform.This first look revealed that breakfast offerings in most CPS schools last week featured strawberry flavored pancakes, French toast sticks and pancakes wrapped around a sausage on a stick. And for lunch? The district’s…
  • WBEZ's Student Stories

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    We hear a lot about providing a high-quality education to all children in Chicago, in Illinois, and across the country. But what does that mean? Turns out it means a lot of different things for different people.WBEZ wants to hear what it means to the students themselves. That’s why for the next month, we're asking for students to tell us their own stories about their their own words. We're calling it Student Stories.Any person under the age of 21 living in Greater Chicago--the city and its suburbs--is eligible to submit. We will accept everything from written…
  • Teens take lead on free condoms

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Chicago school and health officials are wising up to the fact that most of what teens know about sex isn’t coming from an adult. It’s coming from their friends, and a lot of it isn’t accurate.“You can’t just always tell children, ‘Just don’t have sex,’” said Tiffany Seay. She leads CPS’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. “It’s kind of like telling a child don’t touch the stove. You need to explain why they can’t touch the stove. Because it’s hot and if you touch it you might burn your…
  • CPS 'accounting adjustment' will increase funding to schools slightly; watchdog warns it's 'financially irresponsible'

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Despite looming pension payments, and as the district still reels from budget cuts and layoffs, Chicago Public Schools says it has found a way to slightly increase the amount schools get for each student next year.The move was immediately criticized as “financially irresponsible” and an “accounting gimmick” by the Civic Federation, a financial watchdog. And parents, while happy schools will get more money, say the increase is not enough to make up for cuts that reached into the millions of dollars at some schools this year. The district says it’s making an…
  • Hip-hop artist Common announces Chicago youth job program

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Hip-hop artist Common and the Chicago Urban League are teaming up for a youth jobs initiative as a way to prevent violence and whittle down a high teen unemployment rate in the city.“I see what’s going on in the city. We all see it. Anytime I hear about anybody getting shot, young people with guns, it hurts me,” Common said Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art. “I’m not proud to be like, yeah, we’re ‘Chiraq.’ At certain points I feel like I have to do more.”The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative will focus on securing year-found jobs…
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    » The Knewton Company Blog

  • The Mathematics of Effectiveness

    Jose Ferreira
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    I was on a panel at SXSWedu this year. At the beginning, our moderator, Dr. Rod Berger, invited the audience to suggest buzzwords that the panelists shouldn’t be allowed to use. Someone said “big data.” (I tried to comply for about 5 minutes before I gave up.) That’s like calling “anatomy” or “supply and demand” buzzwords. How can a branch of science be a buzzword? Someone else at SXSWedu said, “I still have yet to hear anyone explain what big data is!” as if that were an indictment of big data. To my ears, that sounds like saying, “I still have yet to hear…
  • Knewton, Simplified

    David Liu
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Most big technology companies are complex. Knewton is no exception. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Algorithms, data stores, model computation engines, inference infrastructures, APIs — we’ve got ‘em. But what about why we’re here? Knewton technology exists to help everyone in the education ecosystem — including students themselves — improve learning. Knewton helps teachers differentiate instruction for every student and helps self-guided students explore more productively. Like teachers, our goal is to help prevent more students from falling behind, and give more…
  • Digital Innovation: It’s Education’s Turn

    Christina Yu
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    See the full State of Digital Education infographic here. Digital innovation is driving tremendous change across the education sector, improving both the quality and accessibility of education in ways that would have been unimaginable even a decade ago. Vastly improved technology and increased student dropout rates have set the stage for disruption. In the United States alone, 30% of students fail out of high school, 33% of college students require remediation, and 46% of college students fail to graduate. On the financial side, escalating tuition rates, unemployment, and massive student debt…
  • Partner Spotlight: Adaptive Curriculum and Knewton

    Joanna Bersin
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Partnership Implementation Manager at Knewton, I work with publishers of all shapes and sizes to design and build Knewton-powered adaptive learning products. One of the most exciting parts of my job is collaborating with our partners’ content experts and instructional designers to develop courses that provide students the opportunity to engage with the content that’s best for them. Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with the team at Adaptive Curriculum to explore how Knewton recommendations and analytics would work with their engaging multimedia…
  • Knewton Co-Authors New Book on Innovation in Education

    Christina Yu
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    We are proud to announce the launch of Education & Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches, a forward-thinking book that examines innovative approaches in education that will accelerate global economic development. The book, which launched last month at Davos, is available for download in iTunes as a free app. Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira is one of the authors of the book, along with members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor David E. Bloom, Mercer Regional President, Pat Milligan, and…
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  • Enhance Your Online Learning with Online Study Groups

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Are you taking an online course? If you are, you may find that it can be very lonely sometimes. It is not the same as a college course where you go to the bricks and mortar college and sit with your classmates to learn each day. When you take an online course you may find that it is harder to learn without the help of your peers.There is a solution though. One of the ways that you can help yourself learn is by meeting with your peers who are taking the same online courses online. You can meet in a variety of ways.FacebookFacebook is one of the most popular sites. Many of your peers who are…
  • Job Search Tactics That You Might Not Have Thought Of

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Sometimes the people who are looking for jobs that get the best results are the ones that think creatively.  They don’t settle for all the normal job search tactics.  They think outside the box and find new and innovative ways of reaching the people that can help them get the job they want.How you use your creativity to find jobs is up to you but you might get some good ideas from these job search tactics.BlogSome people think that blogging is just for people who are out to make money with it or want to take pictures of food all day long but blogging can be a great tool for job…
  • How Can Students Benefit from Online Courses?

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Image Source: have been many advances in technology over the past years and online courses have grown as a result.  Not only can you take almost any course you are interested in online, but the quality of the courses just gets better and better.  You can take entire diploma and degree courses from the comfort of your own home.  For some students, online education will be even more beneficial to them than a bricks and mortar college would be.FlexibilityOne of the main benefits that online courses can offer students is…
  • What Skills Must You Learn to Become a Great Network Administrator?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Source: people are attracted to the career of network administrator because it has good starting salaries and it has a lot of potential to move forward.  The question is do you have or can you learn the skills that are necessary to become a great network administrator?  It is a good question and something you must consider before you pursue training. Here are some of the skills that are necessary to acquire in order to do well in a career as a network administrator:Organization SkillsYou must be able to think logically and create…
  • Top 5 Skills Every Pharmacy Technician Should Have

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Source: technicians play an important role in our world.  They help the pharmacist in providing medications to people.  They inform those who come in for medications, answer questions, and make sure that they understand how to take their medications.  Pharmacy technicians are important and it is vital that they know how to do their job well.These are some of the skills that pharmacy technicians should have:Numeracy SkillsMath skills (or numeracy) must be used when…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Coaching Questions: Ready to Create a Better Life?

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    In our fast-paced lives, we hardly have any time to build and nurture relationships with friends and families. Often, we come across situations and challenges that put us in a dilemma; either we lack in our abilities to handle them or simply don’t have anyone to turn to. We put all our energies to earning money, making a career and getting ahead in life; and somewhere between all that, we fail in our social responsibilities of comforting a friend in need, listening to their worries or imparting our advice on critical decisions. So, when in a real-life scenario of making a tough decision or…
  • 6 Different Kinds of Braids for Your Hair

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
    There are different kinds of braids you can use as an alternative to a plain ponytail. As a matter of fact, braiding is one great way of keeping your hair out of your face while still maintaining a sense of being stylish. You will love the resulting fashionable, hairstyle that is also practical and functional. For more information on great hair styling, here is a course Makeup, Hair and Beauty Genius by Marie Claire that you might like. Traditional The most traditional style of braiding is also the easiest to do and is the basis for other braiding styles. First mastering the basic braid will…
  • 7 Types of Market Segmentation

    Travis Bennett
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    There are many different reasons for a business to segment their market. In its simplest form, the needs of individual customers differ, so it makes sense that a business creates separate offers for each segment of the market. This gives customers a better solution (whether it’s a product or a service), and helps raise profitability in the entire business. Market segmentation is also a very effective means of discovering how to reach your customers. When you look at a broad market, there are a variety of ways you can use marketing to reach them, but it’s also very difficult to…
  • Trim in SQL – Does it Exist?

    Arpita Bhattacharjee
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Wanted to TRIM, But Didn’t Know How to Do it? As a developer you must have often come across a scenario where you need to remove the leading and trailing spaces around a string. TRIM is one of the most frequently used operations over String type data. The TRIM function is used to remove specified prefix or suffix from a string. It removes all spaces from a text string except the single spaces between words. Are you new to SQL and yet to learn how to write SQL queries? If you want to get trained in how to build applications and generate reports, then get going with Introduction to SQL…
  • Lamb Saag – A Twist in The Taste

    Rajib Mukherjee
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The word ‘Saag’ in Hindi means spinach or any leafy vegetable. In that sense, other than spinach one can easily use alternate green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage leafs or Swiss chard. The real twist in taste however comes when you use spinach (or palaak) with lamb. Spinach is a wonderful source of vitamin A, C and Folate. If you are an ardent fan of soul food you would easily identify with saag and meat recipes because this is one of the staple dishes available in the southern states. Palaak or spinach is widely used in Indian and other cuisines across the world. Here is an…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • NIMS, Hyderabad Invites Applications for DM/M.Ch Programs 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    Applications are invited by Nizam’s University of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad   from eligible candidates of Andhra Pradesh for admissions to postgraduate super speciality courses of 3 years Doctorate of Medicine (DM) in Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Clinical Pharmacology, Medical Oncology, Rheumatology and Master of Chirurgical (M.Ch) in  Urology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Neurosurgery programs for the academic year 2014. Eligibility Criteria for NIMS,..
  • IIM Calcutta admission list for PGDM, PGDCM 2014-16 released

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The Final Admission Offer and Waiting List of the two-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Management (PGDCM) programs for the 2014-16 academic session, to be offered by the premier Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) , has been released by the institute. To access the list, please click here . Once at the page, candidates need to first select the course and category, after which they need to enter their test registration number and email ID . The number of seats is 462 for the PGDM and..
  • VIT University, Vellore Invites Applications for UG Programs 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Applications are invited by VIT University, Vellore   for admission to 3 years Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Computer Science, Multimedia & Animation, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) in Computer Applications and 5 year integrated Master of Science (M.Sc) in Biotechnology programs for the academic year 2014. Eligibility Criteria for VIT University, Vellore: For B.Sc in Computer Science and BCA Programs:  A pass in Higher Secondary Examination conducted by the State/Central Board..
  • NIT, Calicut Invites Applications for M.Tech Programs 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Applications are invited by National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut   for admissions to Master of Technology (M.Tech) program in various disciplines offered at departments such as Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and School of Nano Science & Technology for sponsored category for the academic year 2014. Click here   for more details and information on various disciplines. Eligibility Criteria for NIT, Calicut: ..
  • PG applications at Delhi University extended till April 30

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    The online application process for various postgraduate (PG) courses at the Delhi University (DU) has been extended from Friday, April 18 till Wednesday, April 30, 2014 , as per information available at the university website. To apply online, please click here . For any modification after submission of completed form and payment of fees, candidates need to address the matter to the related department . All technical queries related to PG admissions at DU need to be e-mailed to . For details, please click here . The PG admission..
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  • Enhance Your Online Learning with Online Study Groups

    Danielle McGaw
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Are you taking an online course? If you are, you may find that it can be very lonely sometimes. It is not the same as a college course where you go to the bricks and mortar college and sit with your classmates to learn each day. When you take an online course you may find that it is harder to learn without the help of your peers.There is a solution though. One of the ways that you can help yourself learn is by meeting with your peers who are taking the same online courses online. You can meet in a variety of ways.FacebookFacebook is one of the most popular sites. Many of your peers who are…
  • Job Search Tactics That You Might Not Have Thought Of

    Danielle McGaw
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Sometimes the people who are looking for jobs that get the best results are the ones that think creatively.  They don’t settle for all the normal job search tactics.  They think outside the box and find new and innovative ways of reaching the people that can help them get the job they want.How you use your creativity to find jobs is up to you but you might get some good ideas from these job search tactics.BlogSome people think that blogging is just for people who are out to make money with it or want to take pictures of food all day long but blogging can be a great tool for job…
  • How Can Students Benefit from Online Courses?

    Danielle McGaw
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Image Source: have been many advances in technology over the past years and online courses have grown as a result.  Not only can you take almost any course you are interested in online, but the quality of the courses just gets better and better.  You can take entire diploma and degree courses from the comfort of your own home.  For some students, online education will be even more beneficial to them than a bricks and mortar college would be.FlexibilityOne of the main benefits that online courses can offer students is…
  • What Skills Must You Learn to Become a Great Network Administrator?

    Danielle McGaw
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Source: people are attracted to the career of network administrator because it has good starting salaries and it has a lot of potential to move forward.  The question is do you have or can you learn the skills that are necessary to become a great network administrator?  It is a good question and something you must consider before you pursue training. Here are some of the skills that are necessary to acquire in order to do well in a career as a network administrator:Organization SkillsYou must be able to think logically and create…
  • Top 5 Skills Every Pharmacy Technician Should Have

    Danielle McGaw
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Source: technicians play an important role in our world.  They help the pharmacist in providing medications to people.  They inform those who come in for medications, answer questions, and make sure that they understand how to take their medications.  Pharmacy technicians are important and it is vital that they know how to do their job well.These are some of the skills that pharmacy technicians should have:Numeracy SkillsMath skills (or numeracy) must be used when…
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  • My Go-To Song for April

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    There’s a certain song that I look forward to pulling out every single year. Some years, I have the willpower to wait until April; this was not one of those years. I caved in March and reintroduced my students to “Good Green Earth” by James K. I call this my go-to song for April because it’s the month during which Earth Day falls, and I originally learned this song for an Earth Day school assembly. It doesn’t spread the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message — but it DOES touch on many of the earth’s cycles (the clock, days of the week, months…
  • {Mama Moment} When the Cat’s Away…

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This weekend, I snuck away for a little lunch and shopping date with my mom. Of course I had to check in on my little guy while I was gone, and my husband sent several photos — all of Parker playing with my instruments. “When the cat’s away, the mice will play” was the caption that popped into my head immediately. Just look at that face; he knows exactly what he’s getting away with! I wasn’t the least bit surprised when Zach told me that all Parker wanted to do was play my instruments, considering he makes a beeline for my studio first thing every morning.
  • Guitar Lessons With Amy Benton

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I met Amy Benton at Illinois State University, where we were both music therapy students. I was always impressed with her talent as a guitarist and songwriter, not to mention her lovely personality. I was thrilled to find out she had moved to Springfield, and it was so nice reconnecting with her over coffee this past summer. I couldn’t be happier to share that Amy is now offering guitar lessons and currently taking new students of all ages. Here’s a little more about her. Amy grew up in Taylorville, IL. She took guitar lessons, volunteered playing music at local nursing homes,…
  • “Make This Count!”

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I was talking to a friend whom I have a lot in common. Like me, Mallory Even is a music therapist, business owner, and mom. During the course of our conversation, I mentioned that I had recently started saying “no” to work-related opportunities that didn’t excite or inspire me. Mallory agreed, and added: When I am away from my kiddos, I am always thinking, “make this count!” Yes, yes, yes. I feel more driven than ever when it comes to my career, and Mallory articulated the reason why perfectly. If I’m going to be spending precious…
  • Coming Soon: Spring Into Summer

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Right around this time last year, I got the urge to create a digital songbook — the result of which was Tapping, Shaking, Music Making! Maybe this will become a yearly spring project, because I’m currently working on the next one! Spring into Summer: Warm Weather Songs for Kids will include 12 songs instrumental tracks, and a PDF songbook full of lyrics, sheet music and ideas for putting the songs to use. I’ll be sharing the song titles and a sneak peek soon, as well as an opportunity to pre-order (with a sweet bonus download for doing so). The plan is to release Spring…
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  • Combine Nonfiction and Science for Springtime Fun

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Spring is a perfect time to explore the wonderful world of science. Young students are curious and imaginative and love learning about their environment.A favorite science subject for springtime study has been the life cycle of a frog. It’s also a great opportunity to combine reading nonfiction and making an easy hands-on “wheel” project to deepen comprehen Read more...
  • Hard Times Help Prepare Teens for the Road Ahead

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, once said, “Out of life’s school…what does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” I recently heard someone talking about school and how hard it is for so many students, and I thought of this quote. It made me somewhat philosophical myself. Generally, I write about specific problems in this blog, but today I Read more...
  • Tens and Ones: An Easy Way To Remember Place Value

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Young students should understand that, when looking at a two-digit number, the left number represents “10’s”, and the right number represents “1’s.” This is a critical math skill needed for subsequent math advancement.Here is a simple way to help your child practice this concept. First practice counting by tens Read more...
  • Preparing To Take the Common Core Assessments

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Students in some schools across the country will take online tests on the Common Core curriculum this spring. These tests do not actually count, and many schools are exempt from giving their normal tests in order to participate. This is part of the field testing before next spring, when almost everyone will take the new Common Core tests on Read more...
  • The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In the last few years, much emphasis has been put on revamping academics, including Common Core State Standards and revised curricula. Yet it’s also important for teachers and parents to be reminded about Social/Emotional Learning, and how this significant piece of education helps K-12 students better function in school.Simply put, SEL means that children can:Recogni Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Parent Group of the Year Search Under Way With Early Entry Prizes!

    Rose C
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Are you ready? We are accepting entries for our Parent Group of the Year search and we know there are lots of good stories out there. This year, we’ve decided to spice things up by holding a weekly drawing. Each week between now and the end of May, we will randomly select one winner from the week’s Parent Group of the Year entries. Winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card—just for submitting an entry! We know lots of groups get their entries in close to our contest deadline (this year, that’s June 2). So, the sooner you get your entry to us, the better your chances are to win a…
  • Should Your Group Be Paying Taxes?

    Tim Sullivan
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    How’d you survive April 15 — tax day?  I bet you got your personal taxes in on time, right? But how about your PTO? Is your group on the right side of tax law? Should you be paying taxes? Probably not. Your efforts are most likely tax-exempt. But should you be thinking about taxes and probably filing an annual tax form? Most likely. The key question surrounds your legal status. If you are a formal 501(c)(3) organization, then you should also file an annual tax form with the IRS. You won’t owe money, but the filing keeps your group’s tax-exempt status active. If you…
  • Is Parent Involvement Really Overrated?

    Rose C
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    You might have heard about the recent New York Times opinion piece by two researchers claiming that parent involvement is overrated. Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris, coauthors of The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education, asserted that most forms of parent involvement not only will not help a child improve his academic performance, it may in some cases “actually hinder it.’’ Hmmm. Hold up. There’s no reason to panic that your involvement is for naught. Quite the contrary. Decades of research, and we are talking dozens of research efforts, have shown that…
  • Congratulations to Our Teacher Appreciation Contest Winners!

    Rose C
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our Say Thanks to Teachers contest! We received more than 100 entries, and we loved reading your submissions—they showed just how much all of you are dedicated to your schools and supporting your teachers. While we found it very challenging to select winners from the dozens of contenders, we finally found five we think are truly winners. These ideas are creative, but don’t require Martha Stewart-like skills; nor will it cost you big bucks to try to implement them. Plus, these fun winning ideas encourage input from children, families, and volunteers,…
  • My Tip of the Week: 3 Things To Tell People About Your PTO or PTA

    Tim Sullivan
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    If you’re not actively defining your group, then assumptions and rumors will rule. And guess what? The assumptions will almost always lead to less involvement and fewer volunteers. Here are three key topics you should address early, openly, and frequently if you want long-term success: Say (out loud) that you are not a clique. Apologize in advance if anything you do or say or write sounds clique-like and assure all parents you’d love their help. Add that if something seems cliquey, it’s a mistake and you’d like parents to tell you about it and help you fix it. I…
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    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

  • Grab The ExamTime Educational App Now While It’s Free!

    Med kharbach
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    April 18, 2014 ExamTime is a free online learning platform which students and teachers can use to create, share and discover learning resources (Mind Maps, Quizzes, Study Planner & more). The... more
  • Everything Teachers Need to Know about Remind101

    Med kharbach
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    April 18, 2014 Remind101 is a great web tool that provides teachers with a way to safely text message students and stay in touch with parents. You can send your Remind101 messages from your computer... more
  • 10 Ways to Use Google Sites with Your Students

    Med kharbach
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    April 18, 2014 Google Sites is one of the best website creation software I have been recommending for teachers. There are a wide variety of reasons why Google Sites is an ideal platform to host your... more
  • The 9 Skills Students Must Master to Succeed

    Med kharbach
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    April 17, 2014 Of all the things I have read about the 21st century skills required for students success in today's info rich society, the visual below from edutopia captures the essence of these... more
  • In-Class Flip Vs Flipped Classroom Learning

    Med kharbach
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    April , 2014 Have you heard of this teaching configuration called in-class flip?Well I am personally not familiar with the name but I know the concept, it is similar to blended learning. In the video... more
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    Clif Mims |

  • Developing Young Authors with Storybird #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories,…
  • Win Prizes in IDT Memphis’ Picture Scavenger Hunt at #AAIM14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:32 am
    “Treasure hunts are a fun way for students to use problem solving skills, to work in teams, to practice comprehensions skills, and to use technology resources all while practicing subject matter” (Source). Klikaklu has reinvented the scavenger hunt. The iOS app allows you to create a treasure hunt based on images. It is a photo hunt game that uses your phone’s GPS, camera, and advanced image matching technology. It’s a great way to quickly create and play treasure hunts! Share hunts privately with friends and family, or leave them in public places for students and…
  • Loving Librarian and Media Specialist Surprised on TV #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Kirby Thomas is a librarian and media specialist at McAuliffe Elementary School in Broken Arrow, OK. She was named Teacher of the Year last year for the love and enthusiasm she gives to her children. Ellen DeGeneres has been spotlighting school libraries on her talk show Ellen, and recently surprised Kirby and the McAuliffe students and faculty with a bookmobile filled with books and iPad minis, a check for $25,000, and $75 gift cards for each of the 700 students at McAuliffe Elementary, a Title 1 school. Enjoy watching this touching moment in the video below. video platformvideo…
  • PLNs: An Overview

    Clif Mims
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    “With Web 2.0 resources and social media students can connect to share ideas, engage in inquiry, and search for additional information. Sometimes called learning communities, collaboration among students and teachers expands educational possibilities through electronic connectedness. Wagner’s (2008) suggestions for improving learning opportunities outline many types of strategies that can effectively integrate technology with learning. Wagner’s ideas that learners need to be engaged in experiences that frame their thinking can be facilitated by current Web 2.0 resources and social…
  • Social Media: An Overview

    Clif Mims
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Yesterday’s blog post provided an overview of social networks. Today we are going to build on that and look at social media. What is social media? How do you define it? “Social media is the interaction among people in which they create, share, or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks” (Source). It describes the technology of interaction amongst a network of people. Perhaps because of the current pervasive use of online social media, many mistakenly assume that social media only came into existence with modern-day technology. Consider that…
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    Difference Between

  • Difference between axis 1 and axis 2

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Axis 1 vs axis 2 Psychiatric disorders prevail in ever expanding numbers in today’s world. Many a times, the patients go undiagnosed as the symptoms seem to be very subtle and not enough to make any... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between auxochrome and chromophore

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Auxochrome vs chromophore Auxochrome is a Greek word arising from two word roots; ‘auxo’ meaning “to increase” and ‘chrome’ meaning “color”. Auxochrome is a group of atoms which will impart a... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between asthma and emphysema

    12 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Asthma vs emphysema Asthma is defined as an inflammatory disease of the airways of lungs producing a reversible obstruction due to spasmodic constriction of the airways. Emphysema is a disease of the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Arteriosclerosis vs atherosclerosis Heart is the most important organ of the human body. Circulation of blood is a very complex process and the entire body is connected through an extensive,... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between apri and reclipsen

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Apri vs reclipsen Apri and Reclipsen are both oral contraceptive pills (OCPs). The generic name is desogestrel, the active ingredient being the same for both. The active ingredient is found in the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    The BLCU Blog

  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Jay Gonzalez

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

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

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    SubwayPublic transport around the Beijing Language and Culture University is convenient. The university itself is located on College Road and is close to the Beijing North Fourth Ring Road. College Road connects to subway Line 13 at Wudaokou Station. From this subway stop you can get to every corner of the city (with a few changes). After taxis, this is almost certainly the most convenient way to get around Beijing.BusesThe nearest bus station is called Beijing Language and Culture University Station (formerly known as Language College Station). Bus routes that come through the stop include…
  • Happiness Supermarket: A Canteen Food Alternative At The Beijing Language and Culture University

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is a guest post by Ran Etya, fourth (and last!) year student studying Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University and the blogger behind FOODragon.Okay, I am going to just say it -- I am not a big fan of the cafeteria in BLCU. To be fair, I tried it only a couple of times and it was alright. I mean, it was crowded and noisy but the food was totally decent. I just don’t see the need to go there when you got such great restaurants in and around the campus.Most people go the shitang (canteen) for three reasons -- it’s convenient, cheap and fast. Well, today I would like to…
  • 6 Clubs And Bars Near The Beijing Language and Culture University

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Studying in China and learning Chinese can sometimes be stressful and demanding. As a student, it’s often good to get a break from books to have some fun.  Most students prefer creating time especially during the weekend to unwind and get in touch with their social sides. The vibrant nightlife around Beijing Language and Culture University is what makes it a darling with many students.Wudaokou is the paradise of universities in Beijing since most universities are situated there. It has a number of social places mostly frequented by college students; foreign and local. Some of the…
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • We’re All Different

    Erin Schulthies
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I’m not a student but I would like to be one. A few weeks ago I asked my friend Christine if she would show me one of the libraries on the University of Western Ontario’s campus. Christine has a busy work schedule on top of her duties as a student; taking a trip with her to campus was a rare privilege. I can only describe stepping into the Waldon Library as heaven. A well-lit building full of art, thousands of books, seats and desks everywhere felt too good to be true but I knew it was real. As I stood in wonder at the potential around me I felt completely at home. read more
  • What does Student Mental Health have to do with Teaching in the Classroom?

    Lynette Eulette
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Student mental health problems are becoming one of the main concerns for teachers in schools. In fact, many teachers would say that a significant portion of their time is spent managing student behaviours, many of which are the result of mental health problems.    read more
  • Student Anxiety – What Can Teachers Do?

    Louise Moreau
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Universal supports involve all students and teachers and have an impact on the whole-school environment. Educators are well positioned to provide these as part of the classroom experience. Specifically in relation to student anxiety, universal (Tier 1) strategies provide foundational elements by: read more
  • Challenging the Status Quo for Youth Mental Health

    Jeff Moat
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The headlines have been filled recently with the tragic news of young Canadians taking their own lives, serving to highlight a pressing issue that must be addressed: the need to provide youth with the help they need in order to prevent dire consequences like more
  • What does Education have to do with the Mental Health of Children and Youth?

    Lynette Eulette
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    There is a clear and well-researched relationship between student mental health problems and academic difficulties. When students are preoccupied with emotional concerns they cannot participate fully in learning. Also, students who are experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or other learning challenges can develop mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression. These concerns also interfere with social relationships and contribute to feelings of low self-worth, anger, worry and confusion. read more
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Marketing Your eLearning Initiative: Finding Your Champions
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Increasing engagement in your elearning program takes more than an email every now and then. Just as a consumer must have 5-7 touch points with a brand to consider purchasing, your employees need frequent reminders on the value of online training. Earlier this month, I shared how establishing a set of objectives for your elearning program will help employees understand the benefits and impact of training on their jobs. In this second post from our ongoing series on how to market your elearning initiative, I will discuss the importance of champions, as well as ways to involve them in your…
  • Jump-Start Your Journey to Become an Expert in Human Lie Detection

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When you look back on the last time you interviewed a candidate for a position in your company, did you wonder whether the applicant was telling you the truth? You might know how to detect lies, but there are actually ways to increase your accuracy in lie detection. Vanessa Van Edwards, OpenSesame’s newest seller, is an expert in body language and nonverbal communication. Vanessa is a Huffington Post columnist, a keynote speaker at many corporate training events, and frequently makes appearances on popular networks like NBC’s The Today Show! Most recently, I had the honor to attend a…
  • Infographic: Harness the Full Potential of the Mature Workforce
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    Editors Note: Today's post and infographic are provided by Rebecca Lindegren on behalf of MBA@UNC.  There is a widening skills gap in the workforce. “Industry brain drain" is a contributing factor, in which increasing numbers of mature workers leave the workforce, resulting in a loss of vast amounts of valuable knowledge and experience. Help these employees make their "comeback" to the workforce, while also helping your bottom line.  The consequences are imminent for many sectors. The skilled trade and health care sectors will have a deficit in the U.S. by 2020, and the U.K. will have a…
  • Comeback Week: Save On Our Most Popular Deals!
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In honor of the NCAA tournament and all those rooting for their favorite teams to make a comeback, we're bringing back our most popular Course of the Week deals for one week only. And, unlike your bracket, these deals ensure everyone’s a winner! 65% Off Effective Email Writing Professional Email Writing - How to Craft Clear Messages That Get Things Done at Work Learn to craft clear messages that get things done at work with this course on email writing from Speak and Write Inc. Write emails that drive managers and employees to take action on tasks and projects. Ensure your team uses proper…
  • Great Comeback Stories from the Business World
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our theme this week is “Comebacks.” Yesterday we covered coming back from the Exxon Valdez oil spill; today we’ll switch gears and look at a few big comebacks in the business world! If you’re like most highly successful people, you’ll have to experience a certain amount of failure before your big win. If you’re a young person just starting out, you may feel the obstacles to success are insurmountable. If you’re a seasoned business professional trying to save a drowning company, you may feel you’ll never make it. Have no fear! You may be at your lowest, but you’re not alone.
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Activities: 5 Easy Ideas for Kids

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Kids learning Spanish need to hear and play with the language every day, even if it is just for a few minutes. That is a lot of Spanish input to come up with for parents and teachers! Here are five no-prep Spanish activities to try with children. Each one only takes 5-10 minutes to do. These Spanish activities are very focused. They do not depend on teaching a set of new vocabulary. Either they can be adapted to your child’s level, or the new language is supported by actions or pictures so you can jump right in and do the activity together. I am considering making sets of 5 no-prep Spanish…
  • Spanish Lullabies for Babies and Preschoolers

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    At Multicultural Kid Blogs, we consider ourselves a (very large) extended family, and so today we are taking time to celebrate those members that are about to or have recently welcomed new little ones into their lives. We are so happy for them! The co-hosts of this blog hop, listed below, have each written posts related to baby showers or more generally about becoming parents, plus we’d love for you to link up yours below. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to leave your advice and well wishes for our guests of honor! Co-hosts Multicultural Kid Blogs the piri-piri lexicon Vibrant…
  • Spanish for Kids: Spanish Champs Curriculum Level 2

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Spanish Champs has recently released a Level 2 curriculum. This program builds on the company’s first level of Spanish for kids, offering engaging activities based on the principles of language acquisition. Progressive Language, Inc publishes the curriculum. The PLI method was developed in consultation with linguists from top universities, and PLI was granted a US patent in 2013 for their unique language learning methodology. The program emphasizes oral communication in Spanish for kids 4 through 10 years old. Some of the topics covered in Spanish Champs Level 2 include descriptions,…
  • Printable Spanish Posters and Coloring Pages for Spring

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Printables posters and coloring pages can help create a text-rich environment in a classroom or at home. Research has shown that a text-rich environment is an essential component of early literacy. It is important for children to recognize print in their surroundings and understand that text carries meaning. This is especially important for children learning Spanish in the United States because most of the text they see in the community is in English. These printables are perfect for spring and are designed for Spanish learners. Specifically, the posters and coloring sheets: - use complete…
  • Bilingual Music for Kids: 1 2 3 con Andrés

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Andrés Salguero will be releasing his first CD later this month, adding a new voice to the growing body of bilingual music produced in the United States. Using simple language and heartfelt emotion, these songs in English and Spanish convey a variety of relevant experiences and feelings for kids growing up in our multicultural nation. A native of Colombia, Andrés lives in the Washington DC area. He has been performing for children since 2007 at venues that include the Discovery Theater of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Theater in DC. Visit his website to learn more about…
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    Family Travel and Lifestyle Design

  • Fantastic Family Fridays #1: The Power of P.M.S.

    Rachel Denning
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    ***See the all the tips from the Fantastic Family Series here.*** Immediately, you’re thinking of PMS — Pre Menstrual Syndrome. I know you are. Well, can I be honest? I got rid of that years ago. I can thank my husband. During our first month of marriage (the honeymoon stage), he came home one day to a very ornery wife. “What’s the matter?” he asked. “Why are you so upset?” “OH! I don’t know!! I’m on my period!” “So?” That was his response. Raise your family. Live your dream. Change the world. Sign up for the…
  • Sunrise, Sunset, Swiftly Flow the Years

    Rachel Denning
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The sun is sinking lower on the horizon, streaming through the trees. Another day come and gone in Costa Rica. I lie on my back on our bed, next to my little baby. Our room is spacious and light, with dozens of windows that let in the evening sunlight. Greg climbs onto the bed and lies on the other side of Saige. We both stare at her, delighting in the pure pleasure of observance. As it often happens while ‘baby-gazing’, we enter a meditative state. Raise your family. Live your dream. Change the world. Check out the Fantastic Family Friday webinar series here. “The years are…
  • Fantastic Family Fridays: Raise Your Family and Change the World!

    Rachel Denning
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    I’ve already said it… there’s something missing. I ranted about it in my last post… so many people are miserable. Why? In large part because families are falling apart. Nothing adds to personal happiness and satisfaction like rewarding and meaningful relationships. If we don’t have those, then life loses much of it’s purpose. Yet society focus is on things that don’t bring happiness — instead of building deep family relationships, we’re distracted to death. We spend hours with co-workers, but minutes with our kids. Family time is now Facebook…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Shakespeare Trivia with Remind101

    Catlin Tucker
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    At the start of our Othello unit, I wanted to get my students excited about Shakespeare. This is no small task as most high school students cringe and recoil when they hear the name William Shakespeare. They assume they will hate every moment of reading his plays. Each year I am on a mission to prove them wrong! On the first day of our unit, I sent a Remind101 text to all of my students during their morning break informing them that there was a Shakespeare trivia question on the board. I told them the first student to correctly answer the question would receive extra credit. I decided to…
  • Research Meets Gamification With A Google A Day

    Catlin Tucker
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    As with any skill, research takes practice. The more students search, the better they will become at finding what they need online. I use A Google a Day to “gamify” research in my classroom. After I present tips for searching smarter, I want students to have ample opportunities to practice those tips and strategies. A Google a Day is a free game offered by Google that presents 6 trivia questions each day. If students opt to play the “basic game,” there is no sign in required and they can access the first three questions. If they sign in with their Google+ account, they have access to…
  • An Experiment: Badging & The Pursuit of Mastery

    Catlin Tucker
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:47 pm
    My article “Five Musts for Mastery” was published by ASCD and explores how educators can leverage technology to support students on their individual roads toward mastery. I was quick to point out that “the term mastery creates this illusion that we can master a concept or skill—when, in reality, mastery isn’t an end point but rather an elusive goal that remains forever out of reach. This may dishearten some, but I prefer this definition. There is no dead end in learning.” In my journey towards embracing a mastery model in my own classroom, I decided to use…
  • TED Active: The Talks & My Thoughts

    Catlin Tucker
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    In the last three days, I have heard over 20 TED Talks delivered by articulate speakers on a wide range of topics. As a teacher and professional development facilitator, I was definitely thinking about each talk in the context of the work I do. Here are three of the early TED Talks that resonated with me because they offered insights relevant to education: 1. Chris Hadfield, an astronaut, captured my attention with a terrifying story about losing his vision while dangling by one arm in space. When his shocking story was through, he asked us, ”So, what are you afraid of?” I work…
  • TED Active: Creating Collaborative Spaces

    Catlin Tucker
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    TED Active officially begins today! It’s thrilling to know that in a couple of hours I will be watching TED Talks and chatting about those talks with the diverse collection of people attending TED Active. I’ve spent the morning wandering around the conference area exploring. I’m struck by the intention and mindfulness that has gone into the design of each room. The spaces have been laid out with a range of furniture, tech tools and interactive work stations to foster creativity, connections, collaboration, and conversation. As soon as I enter a room, I am curious. I want to…
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  • How should we face funding challenges?

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Joe Piwowar Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team You have told us that graduate programs and research are important. Funding them is a challenge. Let’s assume that there is no more room for cuts in the university budget and there is no additional government funding.  What do we do?
  • Research project focuses on rural agricultural vulnerability

    Therese Stecyk
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Dr. David Sauchyn, Department of Geography, University of Regina. Photo credit:U of R Photography Department Submitted by: Natalie Tomczak Communications Strategist External Relations Dr. David Sauchyn, a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Regina, and a larger international team, are working to help rural communities sustain their livelihood by being less vulnerable to damage caused by extreme weather events. This work is part of a project called VACEA – Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas. Sauchyn, who has been a faculty member at the…
  • Should the U of R become a primarily undergraduate institution?

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Joe Piwowar Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team The Facilitation Team has heard that the U of R should focus its academic efforts on undergraduate teaching and become a primarily undergraduate institution. What would this mean for your Faculty?
  • Strategic planning: Join the debate

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Submitted by: Joe Piwowar Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team The University of Regina has embarked on the planning and consultation process for its next five-year strategic plan, to be released in fall 2014. Plan development is being guided by a 14 member Facilitation Team that has dedicated itself to pursuing an open consultation process in order to listen to as many perspectives about the future of this institution as possible. More details on the planning process are available at The Facilitation Team will be using YOURblog to engage the university…
  • Pink Brain, Blue Brain

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Submitted by: Dena McMartin Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering Lise Eliot, a neuroscientist, literally wrote the book which highlights the fact that the science surrounding differences between hard wiring in girls’ brains and boys’ brains is seriously lacking. In fact, she notes that there is “…surprisingly little solid evidence of sex differences in children’s brains”. Dr. Eliot’s research goes on to provide insight to the two key differences that are often observed between “pink brain” and “blue brain”. One…
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    Punya Mishra's Web

  • Creativity in the lives of accomplished teachers: Pre-pub version

    Punya Mishra
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:35 am
    How do exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching? In this dissertation study, Danah Henriksen  interviewed National Teacher of the Year award winners (and finalists), to better understand their beliefs, interests, and practices involving creative teaching. Analysis of the data help us identify key themes of how these teachers approach the creative process, as well as the connection between their personal interests and professional creativity. This paper has been accepted for publication in Teachers College Record. The link below is to a pre-publication version, so please…
  • Of math and ambigrams: Exploring Symmetry

    Punya Mishra
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Ambigram for Symmetry displaying rotational symmetry I have been writing a series of articles for At Right Angles (a mathematics education magazine) with my friend Gaurav Bhatnagar on the art and mathematics of ambigrams. The first article in the series (Of Art and Math: Introducing Ambigrams) was published back in December. It is now time for the second column: Of Art & Math: Introducing Symmetry. I had a lot of fun working on this with Gaurav. He challenged me to come up with some new designs… and there are couple in there that I am truly proud of. So click the link (or image)…
  • TPACK Newsletter Issue #19, March, 2014

    Punya Mishra
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:03 am
    TPACK Newsletter, Issue #19: March, 2014Welcome to the nineteenth 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 to find out more. If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to to find out more. Gratuitous Quote About Technology We’ve got 21st-century technology and speed colliding head-on with 20th- and 19th-century…
  • What is the value of a theoretical framework?

    Punya Mishra
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    One question that all doctoral students dread (and rightfully so) is “What is your theoretical framework?” Why, they wonder (silently), why do we need a framework? This question popped up recently in, of all places, Facebook. Pilar Quezzaire, a graduate of our MAET program, posted a question to our overseas FB page as follows: Busy writing away about technology integration frameworks like TPACK, and I’ve been asked to come up with a few definitive articles about their effectiveness in general (not the effectiveness of a particular framework.) Has anyone come across a source…
  • EPET at SITE, 2014

    Punya Mishra
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    SITE2014 (the annual conference of the Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education) is being held in Jacksonville, Florida starting the 17th of March. As always, the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at MSU has a significant presence at the conference. This includes presentations and symposia organized by faculty, graduate students and graduates of our program. Thanks to Rohit Mehta, we now have a list of all the various events EPET people are involved in. Here it is, arranged chronologically: Tuesday, March 18 10:30-11:00 AM (Orlando): Full Paper –…
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    Education Best Practice

  • Excluded… For Asking For More Homework

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    Interesting story coming from Blackpool regarding 14-year-old Aaron Parfitt who has been excluded for organising a protest against what he calls, “Falling standards”. Reports The Independent: “Aaron Parfitt organised the mass gathering on the playing fields of his school in Blackpool, Lancashire, because of his concerns over teaching standards. The pupil complained he was not being given enough homework to help with his maths after he had failed an exam, and expressed concern over a high turnover of teachers in the subject. Last year, Bispham High School was threatened with…
  • LEGO!

    6 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We all love LEGO, don’t we! But what can LEGO teach pupils and us, as educators? Courtesy of Edudemic.
  • Many Schools Not Hitting Targets

    27 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The BBC today is reporting that hundreds of primary schools have failed to hit tougher literacy and numeracy targets. Individual schools are now deemed to be below target if fewer than 60% of their pupils do not achieve Level 4 or higher in reading, writing and maths and pupils are not making the expected progress in these three subjects between the ages of seven and 11. Those falling below targets could be put under new leadership, turned into academies or closed down. The government says the targets are “firm but fair” and the evidence is that schools “respond to the…
  • Why Food Education Matters

    20 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Another interesting article from Edudemic talking about food education and why it should be taken seriously in schools. There’s also a handy infographic that explains things much better than a droll 1000-word article ever could. “Every teacher knows that education reaches beyond the material contained in books and lecture materials. Students learn all sorts of things in school – from study habits to social skills. With many required elements in today’s curricula and a heavy focus on standardized testing, many schools are finding that the ‘extras’ are being marginalized, or…
  • Nothing Inevitable About Weaker Performing Poor

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The BBC claims that a recent study by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) breaks the oft-held belief that poorer pupils perfrom worse in school than their affluent counter-parts. There is nothing inevitable about the weaker academic performance of poorer pupils, says an analysis of Pisa tests by the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher. Mr Schleicher, who runs the tests, says the high results of deprived pupils in some Asian countries shows what poor pupils in the UK could achieve. The most disadvantaged pupils in Shanghai match the maths test results of wealthy pupils in…
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  • Changes for Federal Autism Funding

    Michelle Diament
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     Changes for federal Autism funding appear to be coming as the nation’s primary autism legislation set to expire soon.  Some disability advocates are pressing for […]
  • Community Partnerships Fill Budget Gaps

    Sarah Harris
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    For schools that are financially strapped to cover all required programs and implement new standards community partnerships fill budget gaps.  The 2014-2015 New York State […]
  • Science Superheros

    Erin Kourkounis
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Science class is downright super for some fifth graders now that science superheroes are helping prepare students for state tests. Some Hillsborough County schools are […]
  • Engaging Students by Empowering Teachers

    Evie Blad
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A recent poll indicates a key predictor of academic success occurs when engaging students by empowering teachers to build their individual strengths. Students who have […]
  • Children’s Moral Values

    Adam Grantapril
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The development of children's moral values has been the subject of some interesting research recently.  What does it take to be a good parent? We […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Muslim students divided on sharia-compliant loans

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    The government is consulting on student loans that will not involve paying interest – but some young Muslims don’t see the point Muslim students are divided about government moves to introduce student loans that comply with sharia law. While some have welcomed university minister David Willetts’ recent announcement of an open consultation on the issue, others feel indifferent or oppose it altogether. Muslim groups have been pressing hard for reform because the rise in tuition fees in 2012 brought with it the expectation that students would take out loans and pay them back, with…
  • School leaders a ‘alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations’

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Wake County school leaders have scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon to discuss “the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.” The media briefing takes place at a time when Wake is pushing for teacher pay raises. School leaders have also complained about the elimination of teacher tenure and the phasing out of extra pay for advanced degrees . Wake is also lobbying the state to drop the requirement that if offer contracts encouraging 25 percent of teachers to give up…
  • Eight levels of control to create a social state

    Jimmy Kilpatrick Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    If anyone can read this and still say everything is just fine…….. Saul David Alinsky, a writer, was an American community organizer and writer…. He is generally considered to be the founder of the modern community organizing movement. He is most noted for his book Rules for Radicals. Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA Education: University of Chicago Spouse: Irene Alinsky Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals Anyone out there think that this stuff isn’t happening today in the U.S.? All eight rules are currently in play! How to create a social state by Saul…
  • UPS (United People Service)

    Ron Isaac EducationViews Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
      Ron Isaac - An epidemic of apathy, perhaps complicated by cowardice, is wasting us like a flesh-eating disease. Two-hundred fifty UPS personnel in Queens, New York City were recently fired almost on the spot after they took a few minutes off to protest the insensitive termination of a colleague. Assuming this action was a contractual violation, there no doubt were remedies far short of such draconian action by management. The sackings were not about the rule of law but rather about the raw exercise of unbridled executive power. That’s what the traditional beneficially adversarial…
  • Common Core, the Fordham Institute, and the D.C. Edu-Blob

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    If Congress… may establish teachers in every State, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public Treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union… I would venture to declare it as my opinion… it would subvert the very foundation and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America… James Madison, 1792 Nearly two centuries later, elected officials of all political stripes still agreed with Madison, the father of the Constitution and author of the Bill of Rights.
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Summer Learning Loss Is Not Just for Kids

    Learning Forward
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    By Carol François, Director of Learning, Learning Forward When I was a classroom teacher, it seemed right around March and April, students' minds began wandering to visions of blissful summer vacations. Spring Break exacerbated the problem since the week off fueled their desire to be rid of school for a more extended period of time, free of schoolbooks and teachers' dirty looks as the children's rhyme taunted. Little did my students know we teachers also longed for summer almost as much as they did. Having a few weeks of unscheduled time to refresh, renew, and reinvigorate ourselves was…
  • Testimony: The Power of Inclusion

    Special Olympics Project UNIFY
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    By Rebecca Ralston, Manager of Youth Leadership On Tuesday, March 25, Special Olympics Project UNIFY staff, along with youth leaders and educators from across the country, presented to the Department of Education on the power and growth of Project UNIFY over the last year. Special Olympics athlete and youth leader Kabir Robinson from Special Olympics Washington joined Delaware youth leader Connor Moore and educators Erin Trzcinski and Tom Ledcke, from Delaware and Washington, respectively, to share their personal experiences with Project UNIFY. Kabir’s impactful remarks are below, and you…
  • My Take on the President’s FY15 Budget Proposal

    AASA The School Superintendents Association
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association I have good news and bad news regarding the President’s FY15 Budget proposal. First of all the budget adheres to the agreement reached by Congress this past December which restores most, but not all, of the Sequester cuts. The President’s budget actually goes $56 billion past the Bipartisan Budget Act, an increase that is included as a separate proposal and split evenly between defense and non-defense spending, to be funded through a combination of spending cuts and closed tax loopholes.
  • Measuring Creativity - The Last Windmill?

    Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    By James C. Kaufman, for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) “As we all know, true creativity comes from simple formulas and the memorization of data” - Eric Hoffman and Gary Rudoren, Comedy by the Numbers I am a creativity researcher. It is both a boon and annoyance to study something that is of (some) interest to the general public. One common reaction from skeptics is that it is impossible (and, perhaps, foolhardy if not a bit deluded) to measure creativity. I have my ready-made answer. It usually involves the fact that we have many well-established, commonly-used…
  • Learning to Lead

    Phi Delta Kappa International
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    By Joan Richardson, Editor-in-Chief, Kappan magazine (PDK International) I learned one of my first lessons about teacher leadership the hard way. It started with a call from a very angry principal one morning when I was a newspaper reporter in Detroit. He berated me about how badly my front-page story that day had damaged teacher morale in his school. Teachers, one after the other, had come into his office in tears after reading what I had written about one of their colleagues. “How could you do this?” he asked. My crime? I had written a glowing report about a science teacher at his…
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    My College Guide

  • What Podcasts Can Help You Learn About a College

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    What Podcasts Can Help You Learn About Colleges You’ve visited college websites, their Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. Maybe you’ve even visited a campus. Podcasts, such as the ones on iTunes U, are another tool you can use to get a feel for a college and decide whether a school is right for you. There are over 700 colleges worldwide with podcasts on iTunes U, so chances are you’ll find videos and audio recordings from the colleges you’re considering. The topics covered in colleges’ podcasts on iTunes U vary by school, but typically include videos and audio recordings on…
  • The Latest College Admissions Information for High School Juniors

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    My College Guide 2014 Junior Edition Have you seen the latest edition of My College Guide? Our 2014 Junior Edition is now available online. This edition provides the latest information on college admissions, choosing a major, trends on college campuses, tips for getting financial aid and scholarships and more. Check out the topics covered in the latest My College Guide. College Admissions and Campus Visits 10 things colleges like to see on your Facebook page Tips for applying to college, getting in and getting organized College Choices: How to  narrow down the playing field How to find out…
  • 7 Ways to Find Local College Scholarships

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Finding Local College Scholarships College scholarships are everywhere. You just need to know how to find them. In fact, there may be several scholarships available in your local community. To find these local scholarships to help you pay for college you may need to do a little research. In addition to using a scholarship search site such as to find scholarships in your state, check out these seven sources to find local scholarships: 1. Your high school guidance office or school district foundation. This may sound obvious, but stop by your high school guidance office…
  • Celebrate Spring: 8 Spring College Festivals Across the Country

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    A parade at Iowa State University's spring festival, VEISHEA It’s finally spring! With college spring semesters coming to a close, many colleges around the country are hosting spring festivals. Students often are involved in planning the festivals—which range from music festivals to garden festivals. Here’s a look at eight spring college festivals and celebrations: Cornell University (NY) Slope Day: A century-long tradition at Cornell, Slope Day is a year-end celebration for students. Over the years it’s had everything from variety shows to circuses to a mock bullfight. This…
  • College Major of the Month: Accounting

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    College Major of the Month: Accounting The April 15 deadline for Americans to file their taxes is just around the corner, so this month My College Guide has selected accounting as our College Major of the Month. What is accounting? Accounting is a college major that prepares you to prepare and analyze financial records, ensure taxes are paid properly, and assess financial operations to ensure organizations are run efficiently. According to the American Institute of CPAs, “Employers are looking for individuals who have the ability to analyze and evaluate complex business problems and the…
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    Most Strongly Supported

  • Logical Reasonings

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    A) An email gone viral is causing serious headaches at the University of Oregon Law School. ABA Journal. B) The inventor of Bitcoin might very well be an ex-law professor. Crazy to think he’d walk away from all that Bittenure. Above the Law. C) If you’ve “liked” Cheerios on Facebook, you can’t sue Cheerios. Dislike! New York Times. D) John Edwards is back! (In a courtroom, working as a lawyer.) Slate. E) There hasn’t been much good news out of Russia lately. But that’s only because the media there doesn’t hang out around fire stations. Digg.
  • The LSAT and Coachella: More in Common Than You’d Think

    Peter Kornberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Scoring high on the LSAT and at Coachella mean totally different things, but this past weekend I discovered that some things LSAT prep and some things Coachella are totally the same! Picture a Venn diagram. It’s easy. I do it all the time. Label one circle LSAT prep and the other Coachella. In the narrow football shaped cross-section of the LSAT prep slash Coachella Venn diagram, I found the following nuggets of wisdom: How the LSAT is Like Coachella I: You will lose track of your friends At some point, despite your best efforts, friends you fully intended to hang out with go unseen for…
  • You’ve Got One Month Left to Register for the June LSAT

    Yuko Sin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    We’re one month away from the June LSAT registration deadline. If you think this is a lot of time, then you’re indulging in some false comfort. You need to sign up early if you want to get a decent LSAT test center before they all fill up. Dilly dally, and you could get stuck with a hole in the wall three counties over with a former hall monitor for a proctor who just can’t wait to make your day resemble something out of a Turkish prison. In the recent past, LSAT proctors – high on power and ineptitude – have written up students for innocently touching their pencils…
  • Logical Reasonings

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    A) As if law school admissions weren’t exciting enough, here’s a massive infographic about it. Above the Law. B) The blog that covers the Supreme Court was denied a press credential to cover the Supreme Court. Politico. C) Ooooh, who is “Company Doe?” We’ll find out soon. Wall Street Journal. D) The former city manager of Bell, CA, will ring in 12 years of prison time for corruption. CNN. E) Easter is still several days away, but the meme machine has already hopped to it. Heavy.
  • The Most Taxing Parts of Applying to Law School

    Laura Santoski
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    It’s tax day, but since you’re reading this blog, taxes probably aren’t the only potentially tedious and painful item on your plate. Applying to law school is taxing in its own special way. Most taxing in terms of time investment: Technically, your GPA is probably the aspect of your law school application in which you’ve invested the most time. But you probably would’ve done all that work even if you weren’t going to law school, so we won’t count it. The second most time-consuming aspect of your application is the LSAT. Note that you don’t have…
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    Extension on the Go

  • No lamb for March – April showers are here

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Tornado near Trenton, MO. Photo credit: Amy Madden Nearly 31 days  of low temperatures in March saw a month that was more lion than lamb. There was even a temperature record set. April is bringing somewhat milder temperatures, but is shaping-up to be stormier and wetter.       Missouri Climate Center
  • One wascally wabbit knew best

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    “Carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime, it’s maaaaaaagic!” ~ Bugs Bunny (Photo from the National Garden Bureau) Bugs Bunny was never seen without a carrot at hand. Could it be the nutritional boost he got from his favorite food that kept him one step ahead of Elmer Fudd? You should consider growing carrots in your garden. Fresh-from-the-garden carrots are often the sweetest and tastiest. Home grown carrots also offer a great teaching moment for children. Watch the look of awe and surprise from a young child when you pop a carrot out of the ground, rinse it off and…
  • It’s time to plant peas

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    “In my garden, care stops at the gate and gazes at me wistfully through the bars.” ~ Alexander Smith, Scottish poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau) Peas are one of first vegetables that you’ll plant and harvest. The crisp texture and sweet taste of fresh peas truly embodies spring. Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He says if you live in Missouri you need to get peas in the ground as soon as you can work the soil because when the heat of summer arrives your garden peas will be gone.
  • The modern petunia – Not your grandmother’s flower

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde (Photo by National Garden Bureau) It’s small wonder that petunias continue to rank among the most popular flowering annuals. With over 75 varieties available from different companies, these bright and lively plants bloom from spring until frost. They’re easy to grow and are well-suited for flower beds, borders, window boxes and other containers. Cascading varieties work very well in hanging baskets. The petunia is related to tobacco, tomatoes, deadly nightshades and potatoes. In fact the name is derived from the Brazillian…
  • Cucumbers – A cool slice of life

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:24 pm
    “The cucumber is about as close to neutrality as a vegetable can get without ceasing to exist.” ~ Waverley Lewis Root, author (Photo by Jessica Salmond) Love them or hate them, cucumbers are an interesting vegetable. They’re a fruit, but classified as a vegetable just like tomatoes. They can be as much as 20 degrees cooler on the inside that the outside – hence the phrase cool as a cucumber. The temperature difference is likely due to the high water content; cucumbers are 95-percent water. They’re low in calories and contain vitamins C and K. The cucumber is native…
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  • Learn How to Create Persuasive Content

    Guest Blogger
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s start with a phrase that makes any content marketer or website owner sick – “Content is king…” How was it? Already feeling nausea? Just kidding. This blog post is written for all people who are just starting their career in a web design industry, and all those hot blooded content generators who just create content no matter which exactly. I’d like to share with you one image, since the very first time I’ve seen it, it sanded deep into my mind… Take an objective look at the content you create and you will understand who you are on this image, either an ape with a pen in…
  • The 6 Ingenious Chromebook Characteristics You Can’t Afford to Overlook

    Guest Blogger
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Chromebook is still relatively new on the personal computing scene, and somewhat a divisive issue among prospective purchasers.  The first Chromebooks were announced at Google’s I/O Conference in May 2011 and were met with little fanfare, but lots of skepticism.  Fast forward to 2014 and things have not changed all that much, except the massive sales and command of the top two best-selling laptop spots on Amazon. Not quite a laptop, and definitely not a tablet; the Chromebook utilizes Google’s Chrome OS which is basically Google’s famous browser, Chrome, with a hardware interface.
  • Science-based Copywriting: How to Write Persuasive Copy

    Guest Blogger
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:52 am
    Persuasion is an art. Hardly an arguable statement, however, as any successful copywriter will tell you, there’s more than a bit of science involved as well. To write truly great copy for a product, website, sales pitch, or what have you a basic grasp of human psychology is imminently necessary. Not only that, but you also need to understand the important formulaic criteria for putting together a persuasive page of text. More comes into play than you would ever believe; whether it’s a conspicuous headline designed to capture consumer attention, or a carefully crafted Call to Action…
  • This Year’s Essential Marketing Strategies

    Guest Blogger
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    We all know by now that the Internet provides a wealth of commercial and financial opportunities. But this medium is also an extremely competitive one, so what skills do you need to get ahead of the competition in 2014? Here are some key areas for your attention: Networking and Social Media You’d have to have been living under a stone to not have considered embracing social media. But it is becoming increasingly important to market your enterprise adequately through sites such as Twitter and Linkedin. The latter is rapidly developing a credible reputation, and you can make great business…
  • Creative and Inspiring Navigation Designs Must for Online Success

    Guest Blogger
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    A website reflects the person or organization it represents. That gives it character. Web users look for uniqueness. They want to find an attractive, user-friendly site. Is one of your goals to stand out from the crowd? Then you have to build a navigation system that is like no other. Why? It is probably one of the first things users see during their visit. Since most websites have some type of navigation system in place, designers have to push their creative limits. They have to explore different graphics programs, and force themselves to produce original creations that are attractive yet…
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    FACS Alive: Today's Family & Consumer Science News

  • Food Styling Summer Internship at General Mills in MN

    LZX Team
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    This is mostly for our readers in Minnesota, but it’s a great opportunity for the right student… FOOD STYLING SUMMER INTERNSHIP The Photo Studios at General Mills are seeking applicants for a summer Food Styling Internship. The Photo Studios style and photograph all the package face, cookbooks and majority of all editorial web content for General Mills Brands- Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Yoplait, Progresso, Big G Cereals, to name a few. The internship will offer a unique opportunity to work on food styling projects from start to finish. It will include hands-on training…
  • The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Recipe Contest- one winner from every state!

    LZX Team
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    We’re happy to share this fun news from the USDA. Good luck to our young chef friends… Together, with the help of their parents, children ages 8 – 12 years old are invited to submit an original lunch recipe inspired by MyPlate. They could win the chance to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C.  Entries must be received by April 5, 2014 for a chance to win! One winner will be selected from every state so make sure to spread the word. Who will represent your state at this…
  • Change to Nutrition Labels: Free classroom tools to ignite discussion

    LZX Team
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The times they are a’changing and food labels are changing too. Learning ZoneXpress has created fun classroom materials to help lead discussion on the upcoming proposed changes to the food nutrition labels. They are perfect for a FACS classroom, community cooking or nutrition classes or any place where you want to help people understand the changes in nutrition and how to read the labels. We’ve created the materials and make them available for free to get the conversation going. Let us know what you think.
  • Grants for financial literacy programs in Wisconsin

    LZX Team
    3 Feb 2014 | 5:55 pm
    We love this idea. We’d love to see it happen in other states. Please pass it onto your FACS and business teachers… The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced a $250,000 statewide grant program to encourage Wisconsin’s K-12 school districts to incorporate personal finance education into their curricula.  Funding for the program will be provided by DFI, which through its Office of Financial Literacy is charged with promoting financial literacy in Wisconsin. As an added bonus, Governor Walker has…
  • Free Shipping? We can do that!

    LZX Team
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We would like to keep in touch via our email newsletters. We strive to send updates and special discounts of value – based on your interests and sector. So if you’re into FACS, we send only messages related to FACS. If you’re interested in Public Health – well we’ll only send that. Interested in both? We can do that too. We are so interested in you that we’d like to offer you free shipping when you subscribe to our email newsletter. And we would never share your contact information or interests with a third party.
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    Live to Learn! blogs

  • Recommended Books for Postal / Sorting Assistant Exam 2014

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    ​Before choosing the books for preparation, you have to decide whether you are going to buy book only for postal exam or to prepare for other exams also. My advice is to buy standard books to prepare for all examinations. These books cover well all topics. If you are already preparing for SSC, IBPS, State PSC exams, then this exam will be easier to you. Recently Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant Exam Pattern & Syllabus restructured similar to the Bank clerical... Read more at
  • Retrieving images stored in MS SQL server database

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do you need to extract images from a MS SQL database that contains lot of images such as Photos or signature images? Here is a Query to do this:  For example consider a bank's database that contains customer's signature or photos.  Tables used in the below query: indexregister - Contains Account IDs with customer details. image_record_table - Contains Signature / Photo images (scanned images) /** Chnage Scheme in the below Line OR the select... Read more at
  • Restore Hidden folders affected by Virus in Pen Drive / Hard dirve

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:26 am
    Is your Pen drive / Hard drive affected by Virus? All the folders & files are missing? First, scan your Pen drive / Computer completely using the latest updated Antivirus software Even after scanning, you may not see the folders, but it may be hidden. To restore these folders follow the below steps. Open command prompt (Press Window key + R) Type : cmd Switch to the affected drive (USB Pen Drive) root directory. For example here N is my pen drive letter. In command prompt,... Read more at
  • How to shutdown Remote Computer in LAN?

    4 Feb 2014 | 7:08 am
    Remote Shut down utility that comes with Windows will help us to shutdown all are some of the computers in a LAN Network.  It can also be used to logoff, restart any computer without going to it's place.  How to do? 1. Go to “run” command in Start menu. (Short-cut : Window Key + R) 2. Type shutdown -i and hit enter. 3. Now the shutdown dialog box will open like the one below In this dialog box, click “Add” and type the computer names you want to shut... Read more at
  • Best PC Suite and SMS from PC Apps for Android

    3 Feb 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most of the time we may feel as nuisance to take mobile and reply to the SMS while using PC. Here, I am listing some best apps to send SMS directly from your Computer to get rid off this problem.  These apps can be used as File Manager / PC Suite for any Android Mobile. These works both on WiFi and USB cable, also free and no ads. 1. My Phone Explorer My Phone Explorer software has to be installed in PC MyPhoneExplorer Client from Google Play has to be installed in Mobile Supports... Read more at
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  • Do you even know what an MBA is?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Seems like a silly question, right? After all, who would be starting this whole rigamarole process of GMAT and applications if they didn’t know what they were aiming for? You’d be surprised. Not only is the MBA a quantitative-focused degree – thus, the emphasis on quant in the GMAT – but it’s also, uh, GRADUATE SCHOOL. Which means, by definition, ADVANCED. Or at least, more advanced than college. (BTW, little EssaySnark pet peeve here: When you’re getting an MBA, you’re not going to “college” – and thus when you’re selecting…
  • ($) Quick Tip for managing your MBA applications this year

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    If you’re thinking about applying for an MBA this year, here’s a suggestion: Set up a new email address — in gmail or whatever — that you’ll use specific to your application process. Why? This is because you’ll be registering for a lot of stuff – many business school events and newsletters and eventually applications,… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • Bschool is all about food.

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    Well not really. But you could easily think that was the case. When you do a campus visit, you’re likely going to have lunch with some students. If you hang around long enough afterwards, someone might invite you out for a drink. If you attend a school’s info session in your town, there will probably be “light refreshments served.” And once you’re in bschool, then it starts in full force. Welcome Weekend is big on the eating. (And drinking.) Orientation in the fall and the first weeks on campus: Ditto that. (Especially the drinking.) You will become very…
  • Priorities.

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    We did this extensive series on volunteering and MBA apps recently, and it made us see things almost as an equation: What’s more important? What’s worth more? In essence, if you want to get into bschool this year, where should you be spending your time? If you’re faced with multiple competing draws on your time and trying to figure out how to prioritize – and who isn’t? – well, put the focus on the GMAT first. That seems obvious, right? But that series on volunteering may have tempted you to get involved with a charity. Which we encourage! Just not at a…
  • One more post on volunteering and MBA apps

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Several weeks ago, we did a series on volunteering – and we have another point or two to make today. As a refresher, to date we’ve written these posts: “Request for help: No extracurricular after college” “No extracurriculars after college” continued Exploring the BSer’s claim: “I work too much to have time for volunteering.” Extracurriculars and military applicants Volunteering and MBA applicants from the non-profit world Whew! That’s a lot o’ stuff on the subject. To wrap this series up, we just have make one more point, and that is to call out the…
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    Miguel Ángel Escotet » Scholarly Blog

  • Is Higher Education Centered on the Student or the Faculty?

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

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    15 Dec 2013 | 3:25 pm
    The concept of development has been used in economics, sociology and education under different ideological labels and for a variety of planning purposes. However, the main reason for singling out education as instrumental in development is its role in producing the skilled manpower required to meet a country’s socio-economic needs. Thus education has come to be regarded, in our view wrongly, as a supplier of ‘human resources’; it has been turned into a formal institution concerned in practice with the immediate provision of trained skills and aptitudes, in which human beings…
  • Education for the Greater Good

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    15 Nov 2013 | 10:00 am
    Lack of social ethics is one of the causes of violence and it is at the root of our present social and economic crises We live in a world in turmoil, a world of collapsing ideas, unfulfilled promises, and crashed ideologies and we experience the forces of change invading our classrooms every day, and at the same time, the voices of the discontents demanding radical reform of public education at all levels, including higher education. The world is threatened not only by a severe economic crisis, but also by natural and man-made disasters, from oil spills to radioactive leaks. There is also an…
  • Purpose of Cross-Cultural Research in Psychology

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    27 Oct 2013 | 5:10 am
    The main purpose of cross-cultural research in psychology and education is the elaboration of general and specific objectives to the cultures involved without distorting an articulate common goal. Generalizations, very common in social disciplines, must be supported empirically to satisfy the external validity of the conclusion. The advantage of the cross-cultural approach as compared with the single cultural research approach is that the possibilities for misinterpretation are less with the former. An intensive study of a single nation or culture provides rich insight into the society or…
  • Innovation for Change in Higher Education Management

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    2 Sep 2013 | 9:02 am
    Innovation in Higher Education Management for Change and Diversifying Internal and External Financing Sources Funds may not only be acquired through obtaining material goods or implementing external financing mechanisms. There are also internal sources of funding that stem from the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the institution itself. Endeavors such as new ways of focusing on teaching and learning, improving quality and relevance, reinforcing systems for communication and interaction with the community that universities provide a service to, enhancing institutional planning…
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • Five Steps to True Mastery

    Rebecca Zook
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever taken a math test you felt completely confident about, only to find out that you bombed it and you weren’t prepared at all? Trust me, you’re not alone. But why does this happen so frequently? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. And this is what I’ve realized. True mastery takes more than one step. But I’ve never seen these steps discussed before like this. And I definitely didn’t hear about this when I was in math classes growing up! This is what I had to figure out all by myself, and now do in all of my one-on-one work with my own…
  • When doing your math homework just isn’t cutting it

    Rebecca Zook
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    What if math could make you jump for joy? Did you ever take the Presidential fitness tests growing up? I vividly remember being asked, about once a year, to run a mile. Even though I got a lot of cardio growing up from serious ballet training, running the mile in middle school and high school pretty much always made me feel like I was going to die. Even if I actually ran the whole thing, there would always come a point midway where it literally felt like my lungs were bleeding inside. Looking back at this experience, I was like, what the heck were the PE teachers thinking? If you only run a…
  • Case Study: A 5th grader goes from believing “math doesn’t like me” to singing and dancing about math while wearing her purple tutu

    Rebecca Zook
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    When this fifth grade student first came to me, her mom told me, “My daughter is joyful about everything in her life – except for math.” This student was so anxious and uncertain about math that she refused to do her homework unless she was literally sitting next to her mom. She would tell her mom, “math doesn’t like me.” This put a lot of pressure and stress on her mom, who was doing everything she could to try to help her daughter succeed at math, but she felt like she she was failing her daughter and being a “bad mother” because she couldn’t find a solution. The…
  • I just can’t keep this a secret any longer

    Rebecca Zook
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:39 pm
    For a long time, I’ve been hinting at this… or feeling like it was expressed already… but it’s time for me to just come out and say it, loud and proud. I am not a typical tutor. What I do is not typical tutoring. My results are not typical. My students are not typical. In fact, I’m coming to realize that what I do is SOO different from typical tutoring that I’ve realized it’s almost confusing when people use one word, “tutoring,” to describe typical tutoring and what I do. So it’s time for me to really be clear about how the way I work is…
  • How to know when it’s time to stop tutoring your own kid

    Rebecca Zook
    23 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    You want math to feel like a fun adventure through a magical forest… not like you’re lost in the wilderness without a trail! You want to help your kid so badly! You are willing to move heaven and earth to help your son or daughter understand math better. But you’re struggling to help your kid with math by yourself. It’s painful. Sometimes it might just be a question of working with your kid when you’re not so tired, getting materials that feel like a better fit, or adjusting your approach. But sometimes it’s more than that. How do you know when you’re…
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    MindShare Learning

  • New Ontario Study Calls for Provincial Digital Learning Strategies

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Is the Digital Divide Impacting the Skills and Employment Gap Amongst Our Youth? By Robert Martellacci, Co-founder and Vice-president, C21 Canada It was a fascinating opportunity to participate in the People for Education: Digital Learning in Ontario Schools– The New Normal news conference yesterday at Queen Elizabeth P.S. in the TDSB. One of the highlights of the morning was observing grade 4 students highly engaged in small teams collaborating with technology; blogging, creating websites and programming Lego Robotics. This is the “New Normal.”          …
  • Creative tension at SXSWedu 2014

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    By Joseph Wilson @ MaRS March 14, 2014 Days before SXSW 2014 erupted in the spectacle of a livestream from Edward Snowden, educators, entrepreneurs and investors were contemplating the future of education at SXSWedu. There is tension at a festival like this. Educators are not used to the circus that has become the modern-day tech conference. Large tech companies like Google and Samsung vie for poll position in the education market by setting up lavish lounges, while charitable foundations sleep two to a bed to save money. On the one hand, the education market is celebrating…
  • MindShare Musings

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    What a super exciting past month in Canadian education.  Give Credit where credit is due! Congratulations to our MindShare Digital Learning Video Challenge winner, Jacob Lingley, Eastern Canada Winner, who enjoyed some celebrity status recently on CBC Radio. A short while later he had a surprise visit from the local TV station. It truly is a fascinating time to be in education.                           Vicki Bigham Private Sector CoSN Champion Congrats to MindShare long time friend and associate, Vicki Bigham, for the honor…
  • Roxanne Desforges, Head of Academic Relations for Learning Bird One of Canada’s Most Innovative EdTech Start-ups Based in Montreal

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Roxanne Desforges is Head of Academic Relations for Learning Bird. Her goal is to ensure that pedagogically meaningful resources are being created, communicated and integrated to have a positive impact on educational communities. Roxanne’s work is informed by the time she spent teaching at the elementary, high school and university level. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education at McGill University. Her current research explores the role and impact of digital technologies for citizenship education.  
  • Exclusive podcast with Michael Canuel, LEARN based in Quebec

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Michael Canuel is the CEO of LEARN, a non-profit educational organization which has been recognized internationally for its leadership in online and blended learning, and which has the mandate to serve the educational community of English Quebec at the K-11 levels.  A former English teacher and businessman, Michael is also the President of the founding board of directors of the Canadian e-Learning Network (CANeLearn) and the Chairman of the for-profit educational technology firm i-Edit.  
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    Clif Mims |

  • Tour of 3D Printing Lab

    Clif Mims
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to take one of my graduate classes on a tour of new 3D Printing Lab in the University of Memphis Library. We received training in computer-aided design (CAD) and use of the 3D printer, and had the opportunity to see it in action. Our conversation about integrating 3D printers with learning was packed with ideas and I left feeling energized. Additional educational uses have been popping into my mind since. The following video and photos showcase some of the various projects that were printed. The Memphis skyline is my favorite and look even more impressive…
  • Developing Young Authors with Storybird #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories,…
  • Win Prizes in IDT Memphis’ Picture Scavenger Hunt at #AAIM14

    Clif Mims
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:32 am
    “Treasure hunts are a fun way for students to use problem solving skills, to work in teams, to practice comprehensions skills, and to use technology resources all while practicing subject matter” (Source). Klikaklu has reinvented the scavenger hunt. The iOS app allows you to create a treasure hunt based on images. It is a photo hunt game that uses your phone’s GPS, camera, and advanced image matching technology. It’s a great way to quickly create and play treasure hunts! Share hunts privately with friends and family, or leave them in public places for students and…
  • Loving Librarian and Media Specialist Surprised on TV #aaim14

    Clif Mims
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Kirby Thomas is a librarian and media specialist at McAuliffe Elementary School in Broken Arrow, OK. She was named Teacher of the Year last year for the love and enthusiasm she gives to her children. Ellen DeGeneres has been spotlighting school libraries on her talk show Ellen, and recently surprised Kirby and the McAuliffe students and faculty with a bookmobile filled with books and iPad minis, a check for $25,000, and $75 gift cards for each of the 700 students at McAuliffe Elementary, a Title 1 school. Enjoy watching this touching moment in the video below. video platformvideo…
  • PLNs: An Overview

    Clif Mims
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    “With Web 2.0 resources and social media students can connect to share ideas, engage in inquiry, and search for additional information. Sometimes called learning communities, collaboration among students and teachers expands educational possibilities through electronic connectedness. Wagner’s (2008) suggestions for improving learning opportunities outline many types of strategies that can effectively integrate technology with learning. Wagner’s ideas that learners need to be engaged in experiences that frame their thinking can be facilitated by current Web 2.0 resources and social…
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    Teachers At Risk

  • The difference between teasing and bullying (Elona Hartjes)
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    I’d like to share the following article written by Tara Fisher, conflict resolution specialist,  regarding the important difference between teasing and bullying . I hope you find it useful. Thanks for the article Tara. Teasing or bullying? How special needs teachers & parents can identify and resolve a range of student conflicts. By Tara Fishler Bullying has become a buzzword. It also has mistakenly become a catch-all description for what actually can be a wide range of student conflicts. Children, parents and school special needs personnel often jump to the conclusion that when…
  • Participating in sports and losing can help kids develop their emotional intelligence (Elona Hartjes)
    12 Feb 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Sochi 2014 Winter  Olympics is in day five so there’s lots of talk in the media about what’s going on in the various Winter Olympic sports.  Yesterday I was listening to a local radio station, probably CBC Radio 1,  and I heard a someone ( sorry, didn’t catch the name) say that kids participating in sports and losing can teach kids valuable lessons. The speaker noted not everyone who participates in sports wins, in fact, the vast majority of people who participate in sports lose. He thought losing in sports could help kids learn how to deal with defeat. To be honest,…
  • Front Row is an excellent teaching, learning and administative tool for math teachers and students (Elona Hartjes)
    10 Jan 2014 | 7:47 am
    I’m always on the look out for new effective, engaging teaching and learning tools that I can use in my teaching practice. I’m especially interested in finding teaching tools to help me differentiate instruction to meet the specific needs of students and that will encourage students to take charge of their own learning. Front Row […]
  • Setting smart goals for 2014 includes setting goals for mind, body and spirit not just for work (Elona Hartjes)
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:04 am
    It’s difficult not to think about setting goals as the new year approaches. I don’t know about you, but  I’m a very goal orientated person. I actually get anxious when I don’t have a goal. I seem to need something to work toward.  Having a goal seems to ground me. While  I was still teaching, I set lots of goals for my teaching practice. I hadn’t realized before I retired how much space my teaching practice took up in my life.  Now that I’ve retired from classroom teaching, I’m having to rethink my goal setting practice.  I must confess, I…
  • Students suspect sleeping in a room with a cell phone by their bedside causes concentration and sleeping problems (Elona Hartjes)
    17 Dec 2013 | 7:01 pm
    Five grade nine girls in Denmark have created quite a stir with their science project. The girls began to question the role their cell phones played in their sleeping and concentration difficulties. Lea Nielson, one of the girls in the group, explained “We all thought we experienced concentration problems in school if we slept with our mobile phones at the bedside, and sometimes we also found it difficult sleeping”. Their school didn’t have the  equipment to enable the girls to test the hypothesis that cell phones at the bedside cause concentration and sleeping problems, so…
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Canva the Designer’s Wonderland

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
     As a digital marketer, one would like to have a good FB cover or blog graphic or anything related to digital world that would enable you to present your product / service well. Your search for these things can be realized easily by visiting Canva in beta. You can learn the various design techniques by clicking here.  It is online and free to use and lets you collaborate with anyone, anywhere. The following video suggests a snapshot of what can be done using Canva. Do let me know what you feel about Canva.
  • BeHere App Acts as Teacher Using iBeacon

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Let me just begin the article by saying what is iBeacon and then go on to mention the applications of it in Education. According to Wikipedia, ‘iBeacon is the Apple Trademark for an indoor positioning system that Apple Inc. calls "a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence." They can also be used by the Android operating system (limited to central-only). The technology enables an iOS device or other hardware to send push notifications to iOS devices in close proximity’ Next we’ll see how to get beacons! You…
  • Learning Arcs for Enhanced Understanding

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Learning is enhanced, when the course is designed by the Instructional Designer in such a way that concepts (expressed in the form of interactions I1, I2 ..) that depend on the understanding of other concepts either from the same topic or other topics are linked and presented to learners in the form of learning arcs. These interactions that can be reused can be considered as Learning Objects. If these learning arcs created from Learning Objects are again made interactive, then we get to engage the learners again, thereby providing an opportunity to improve their retention. Raptivity Linker…
  • My First Article on LinkedIn

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    Today I was invited to publish on LinkedIn! Please visit the following URL to read my article titled 'ICT 4 Education' on LinkedIn. 
  • Flipped classroom @ TED-Ed

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:28 am
    To my faculty / Trainer in Corporate Sector friends:  How about creating a lesson around TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or any YouTube video? The following video suggests how you can conduct a flipped classroom using TED-Ed or any YouTube video?                                          Source : I have converted my presentation at EdTech Summit, NewDelhi, June 2013, into a flipped classroom by suggesting some activities. Please visit  to view  the tasks I've added for flipped classroom for the topic 'Social Media in…
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • The Second Life of the Dissertation

    Dr Robert Muller
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    by Eva Lantsoght, PhD Talk: day I received my dissertation as a printed and published document, I considered it a final, finished entity of writing. I thought of it as a milestone, or even a giant monument in my life.And for a few months, it felt like a finished entity indeed.But then things changed. As I started working on my papers, I started working with the dissertation again. I started to look up in my dissertation how I precisely did certain things, and I started to look up my experimental data.My dissertation…
  • When Procrastination Makes your Motivation Sink

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Procrastination (Photo credit: Emilie Ogez)by Eva Lantsoght, PhD Talk: Q&A time (yes, I'm currently trying to work through a backlog of questions that deserve a longer answer).The question we are dealing with today is about procrastination, and was posted as a comment on 7 ways to motivate yourself.The original question was the following:I don't find it very motivational ... everyday I make new strategy but do not why its never implemented ... what should I do now ... I know that I have to follow it very…
  • To Extend Student Loans We Must Reduce Student Debt

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Student Loans Shackle (Saint Huck)by Andrew Norton, Online Opinion: Grattan Institute report I co-authored highlights student debt costs, with the finding that the government could save $800 million a year by retrieving unpaid debts from deceased estates and students who have moved abroad. The report Doubtful debt: the rising cost of student loans found that 17% of the A$6 billion a year lent through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) is likely to be doubtful debt - loans that are not expected to be repaid. Total…
  • Schools are Places of Indoctrination Rather than Learning

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Al Gore via CrunchBaseby Graham, Ambit Gambit: A new British report pings the British education system for indoctrinating students on questions of climate change and sustainability. In this, Australia is no better. Climate Control: Brainwashing in schools lays out in detail instances not just of bias, but active coercion, at a number of levels from core curriculum down to the choices that teachers make in the classroom. For instance, despite a British court deciding that Al Gore’s An…
  • 1,300 Universities, One Shared Fear: The Commodification of Education

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    by David Matthews, The Times Higher Education: study identifies threats and opportunities of internationalisationUniversities across the world fear the “commodification and commercialisation of education”, according to a new survey.The International Association of Universities has polled 1,336 institutions across 131 countries to gauge their views on the internationalisation of higher education - through placements abroad, research collaboration and overseas…
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  • Why (And How) To Improve STEM Education In The U.S.

    Katie Lepi
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Pete Conrad was a pretty awesome guy. That’s why the handy infographic below uses him as an example of why more students should be studying STEM subjects. Among other things, he was the third man to walk on the moon, and he commanded the first manned Skylab mission and received a Congressional Space Medal of […]The post Why (And How) To Improve STEM Education In The U.S. appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech

    Colleen Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Dear “Nervous To Try Something New With EdTech”: You know when you spoke with me the other day and told me that that introducing more tech into my class was fine for me because I was ‘into it’ and ‘understood’ it? That you were not going to try a new way of doing things (edtech-wise) […]The post 3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Why You Should Unplug

    Katie Lepi
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    We are connected most of the time these days. I consider myself extremely connected, and even I find myself at times overwhelmed by how connected people are. We’ve often gone out to dinner with friends to find at least one of them totally ignoring the conversation because they are completely engrossed in checking the news/Facebook/Instagram/the […]The post Why You Should Unplug appeared first on Edudemic.
  • What Do Americans Really Think About U.S. Education?

    Katie Lepi
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    There’s always chatter about how schools in the US are failing or succeeding. About how test scores are too low compared to other students around the globe. About how standardized testing is right or wrong, good or bad for our students. About how schooling (or unschooling) should really work. But what we talk about less […]The post What Do Americans Really Think About U.S. Education? appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel

    Holly Clark
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    What is a backchannel you ask? A backchannel is a conversation that takes place alongside an activity or event. In most cases, this happens using a digital or mobile device. There are many different ways you can backchannel. You could use Twitter, Today’s Meet, or Google Moderator just to name a few. Having a backchannel […]The post Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • Gas Line Fire on Sycamore Road in Princeton

    Krystal Knapp
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
      Today just after 4 p.m.,  an electrical contractor struck a gas line while using a trenching machine on the lawn of a residence on the 100 block of Sycamore Road, police said. The trenching machine caused the gas line to spark and catch fire. Princeton police officers, the Princeton Fire Department, and the Princeton […]
  • Princeton University Names First Female Athletic Director

    Krystal Knapp
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Mollie Marcoux will make history at Princeton University, becoming the first female athletic director when Gary Walters steps down this summer after two decades leading the athletics department. Marcoux, a Princeton University alumna who has played an integral role in the creation and management of the sports complexes of Chelsea Piers, has been appointed the […]
  • So Percussion Named as New Edward T. Cone Performers-In-Residence at Princeton University

    Krystal Knapp
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
      The department of music at Princeton University has chosen So Percussion to be the new Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at the school. The group replaces the Brentano String Quartet, the performers-in-residence since 1999. So Percussion will teach graduate and undergraduate students, lead workshops, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers, coach […]
  • Princeton Tax Day Penny Poll Postponed to April 16

    Krystal Knapp
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action will conduct its annual “Penny Poll” on federal spending priorities the day after this year’s deadline for filing federal tax returns, Wednesday, April 16, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. in front of the Palmer Square Post Office in downtown Princeton. The event had been previously scheduled for Tuesday, […]
  • Missing 81-Year-Old East Windsor Man Found Dead

    Krystal Knapp
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    New Jersey State Police found the body of the 81-year-old East Windsor man on Saturday who was reported missing by his family. The body of Phillips Brooks was found at about 1:30 p.m. in a wooded area in Washington Township in Burlington County. The body was two miles away from his red Subaru, which was […]
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  • 5 Tips for Successful Filmmaking in College

    Adam Rowe
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Film festivals are one of the many events familiar to colleges nation-wide. If your own college doesn’t have its own short student-led film competition, there’s usually one in the largest nearby city, and often more. Differing rules can range from certain genres to 24 and 48-hour races, but whatever the case, film contests can be a fun and edifying way to pass the time. With these tips, you’ll be able to take your first step towards Spielbergian fame. Related: 5 Things to Remember When Creating a Film on a Shoe String Budget Team Up As a writing major, I haven’t had technical…
  • How to Create Structure in College with a Calendar and To-Do List

    Tim Armstrong
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    College is undeniably one of the best experiences in a young person’s life. New friends, new freedoms, and a new start all contribute to this overwhelming beginning. With all the new doors to be opened, however, it becomes hard to stay on top of what’s important at school. I’m not simply speaking of education either. Staying fit, socializing, working, internships, extracurriculars, and classes are all equally important in order to get the most of out college. Over the past three years at Franklin Pierce University, I have developed a system to stay on top of things and keep myself…
  • 8 Great Food Hacks For Healthier Eating

    Caitlin Self
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Eating healthy doesn’t always have to be quite as time consuming as it seems. Sure, it takes a hot second to squeeze a lemon or chop fresh vegetables, but we’ve got a handful of food hacks that will help you save time and money when trying to develop better eating habits! They might not all work for you dorm-dwellers, but if you’ve got an apartment and a fridge, you’ve got no excuse for not taking advance of these great food hacks–especially if you’re studying nutrition. Frozen Citrus Juices/Ice Cubes Image: The Usual Bliss You might want to skip the Chinese takeout and…
  • 8 Pros and Cons of Living On Campus in College

    Geoffrey Koester
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Whether you are living on campus now or thinking of going back, you know there are some serious downsides to living in university-owned housing.  Personally, I feel every student should live on campus at least one year (the first year typically works best). We’ll get into the benefits of it later, but first let’s take a look at some of the negative things associated with living on campus in college. Con #1: The Bad Roommate If you don’t pick your roommate from high school or you do and simply don’t get along with them as well as you thought you would, you can easily wind up with a…
  • 6 Quick Tips for Nutrition Students

    Caitlin Self
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates   It can be difficult to figure out how to actually be good at your chosen career while you’re busy following the path to get there and stuffing your brain with charts and tables and useless lectures. If you’re serious about becoming a nutritionist–and a good one at that–then here are the tips your teachers might not share with you along the path to health through food. Related: Best States for Nutrition Jobs Read A Lot of Things If you’re planning on becoming a nutritionist–whether you’re on…
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    The Filipino Teacher

  • The one thing every educator must do:

    Argee Abadines
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Develop a good relationship with your students. One of the benefits of developing a good relationship with your students is that teaching becomes more enjoyable. There is good understanding between you and your students. There will be less conflicts that will arise and the learning environment will be much conducive.   The second benefit is that classroom management will be better. Your students respect you and trust you that you’re on their side. They will do their best and strive to excel in your class. It’s easier to influence your students to behave and do well in school…
  • 5 Presentation Strategies Bro. Bo Sanchez can teach Teachers

    Argee Abadines
    1 Jan 2014 | 3:57 am
    Bro Bo Sanchez is one of the most prolific speakers in the Philippines and perhaps even globally. He is the founder of the Light of Jesus community and has been an excellent speaker and author on personal development as well as financial literacy. When I get to hear him speak during the FEAST sessions,  he always get my full attention. I identified 5 things that we can learn from him to become better presenters. As teachers, we are often in the classroom trying to deliver a message to our students. As Dan Pink would say, “One core component of teaching is to present ideas. To sell…
  • 10 things to try out this New Year

    Argee Abadines
    30 Dec 2013 | 7:31 pm
    Happy New Year! Every new year presents an opportunity to learn from the previous year and to try out new things to become a better teacher and leader in education. I recommend that you try out the following actions if you haven’t tried them. 1. Improve in classroom Management. Learn to roam around your class and how about using the ClassDojo App for some edtech fun in the classroom? 2. Utilize brain based principles in your class. It will help your students learn better and you get to enjoy your classes more. 3. Your classroom is not a class just for extroverts. Learn how to deal with…
  • 5 Strategies to deal with Introverted Students

    Argee Abadines
    18 Dec 2013 | 5:44 pm
    I used to think the ideal student is extroverted: participating always in class discussions and loving group activities. That’s my personal experience too as a student. Teachers tended to gear their classes for extroverted students. I did the same when I became a teacher, assuming all my students were extroverted and enjoyed high stimulation activities. This had to change. After understanding more about my temperament (I’m an introvert!) and reading up on how to deal with introverted students, I would like to share the following strategies on how to help introverted students…
  • 4 Ways Introverted Teachers Can Survive Teaching

    Argee Abadines
    26 Nov 2013 | 2:26 am
    Teaching is already a challenging career by itself. If you’re an introvert, it gets even more challenging. I speak from experience. I’m an Introvert. I get exhausted easily by being around people for a long time. How much more if these people are high-energy children? I’m lucky to teach a small class size, but how about if you’re handling a large class? How do you survive the day as an introvert? Here are 4 strategies that have served me well. 1. Recharge well after your classes. Every time alone, away from the students should be used to recharge. Get a snack, do some…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Report from Nigeria: Education Needs Intelligent Champions

    Elizabeth King
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    The hall was full all the way to the back and up to the balcony.  The audience was lively, contributing loud asides in their seats, applauding often, cracking inside jokes, and even occasionally arguing directly with those on stage.  You’d think I was at a political rally, but it was the 20th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja last month; the theme of the three-day summit was ”transforming education through partnerships for global competitiveness.”
  • Scaling up the Private Sector in Education: Three Lessons

    Harry A. Patrinos
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    This week the IFC – the World Bank Group’s private sector arm – holds its 6th International Private Education Conference.  The occasion prompted us to think about what it would take for the private sector to scale up and really make a difference to children’s lives across the globe.  
  • Teaching 21st Century Skills to Ready Students for the World of Work

    Mohammed A. Khan
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    What are the jobs of the future? How can I steer my daughter to a career which offers the best potential for secure employment? If I am honest with her, no one really knows. A decade ago, who had heard of an App Developer or a Chief Listening Officer? These jobs, like so many others, simply didn’t exist.
  • EdStats: Big Data, Better Policies, Learning for All

    Husein Abdul-Hamid
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    Are we effective in presenting education data to help tackle the real issues that developing countries are facing? The education community continues to be puzzled by two realities: (1) crucial data is often not available and (2) available data is often hard to digest.
  • Public, Private Secular, and Faith-inspired Schools: How Do They Differ?

    Quentin Wodon
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:30 am
    In education, perhaps even more than in other social sectors, not every parent is looking for the same standardized service. All parents want their children to learn and benefit from a great education.   But for some parents, other dimensions matter as well.  In many developing countries faith and values are important for families and local communities.  It is therefore not surprising that the number of faith-inspired schools appears to be growing, with various types of schools within a tradition providing different services (for example, madrasas usually focus on religious education while…
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    OLE Community

  • Week in Rap: April 4, 2014

    Pearson Science
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Check out this recent sample from our partner course, “The Week in Rap: Current Events Through Hip-Hop,” which is available on Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange. The Week in…
  • NBC Learn Video Streaming – Now on OLE!

    Lindsay Bellino
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    We have some really big news! Educators everywhere can now access NBC Learn’s video streaming on OLE! NBC Learn is a rich, dynamic, and innovative resource that provides…
  • March Mathness: Free K-12 Activities

    Katrina Talley
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Every March and April, the United States’ best men’s and women’s college basketball teams…
  • Let’s Talk About Pi

    Katrina Talley
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Pi is a Greek letter. It looks like this: π. We use it today as…
  • A Look at How Cities Bid to Become the Next Olympic Host

    Karen Lurie
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Could my city ever host an Olympic game? Are they thinking about it nine…
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    Classroom Aid

  • Minecraft and xAPIcraft (#xAPI)

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Very possibly you have heard of Minecraft, or have children who are passionate about it! Search Youtube with “Minecraft” you will get about 84,000,000 results. Minecraft is a sandbox game similar to Lego that allows the user to create a world using blocks, which means it can be shaped or modified to almost any purpose the user... Read More ›
  • Experience The Experience API (#xAPI)

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    As we have talked here, for the ADL xAPI design cohort we create an experimental course “Learning Architect“. Now it’s time to press “Play“! Because we hope to track learning in open setting. Here is how your learning journal will be crafted: On Proera MOOC platform, Your timestamped activities and the time spent in each... Read More ›
  • Are #xAPI Learning Designers Collecting Useful Data?

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    At the ending of 2013, IBM revealed its predictions for five big innovations that will change our lives within five years. The number one on the list is “The classroom will learn you“. Meyerson said that this year’s ideas are based on the fact that everything will learn. Machines will learn about us, reason, and... Read More ›
  • Why and How-To of Mobile Learning (#mlearning)

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Why Mobile Learning? The benefits of mobile learning : Benefit 1 : Expand the reach and equity of education Benefit 2 – Facilitate Personalized Learning Benefit 3 - Provide immediate feedback and assessment Benefit 4 - Enable anytime, anywhere learning Benefit 5 - Ensure the productive use of time in classrooms Benefit 6 - Build new communities of learners... Read More ›
  • Tell Your Own Learning Story through #xAPI

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    We all agree this is a fast changing world. “At times of change, the learners are the ones that will inherit the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world which no longer exists.” — Alistair Smith Darwinian Remember “Darwinian”? From Merriam-Webster Online: 1. of or relating to Charles Darwin, his theories... Read More ›
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  • Reliable Coding Sections Are Mingled With The Professional Mainframe Base

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    It is an inevitable truth that mainframe investment policy is nothing apart from an essential substance as this field is known for making a probable comeback in the upcoming future. Always make it a point to deal with the independent decisions and advices of the mainframe investment policies, before jumping for a final say. Moreover,…The post Reliable Coding Sections Are Mingled With The Professional Mainframe Base appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Where to study Software Engineering Courses

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Software engineering is one of the most sought after course in all engineering colleges of India. There are a large number of options available to the students in terms of choice of course in software engineering. Every other engineering college in India is offering a specialized course in software engineering. Though very lucrative, this also…The post Where to study Software Engineering Courses appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Through the Looking Glass: 4 Ways Microscopes Give Us a Glimpse into the Future

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Humans are exceedingly average of a universe full of extreme sizes. As our exploration of space and the universe has revealed to us the universe is inexplicably large, extending farther than our minds can even begin to fathom. But, before we feel too petite we are forced to marvel at the micro world that exists…The post Through the Looking Glass: 4 Ways Microscopes Give Us a Glimpse into the Future appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Cloud Computing Services Around Los Angeles

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Information technology investments for a company can be quite complex and expensive. Much of this had to do with the computer network and architecture a company would have to invest in to process the company’s data. The best image to represent this would be the rows and rows of computer terminals all running at the…The post Cloud Computing Services Around Los Angeles appeared first on TechKoW.
  • Effective images implementation on Ecommerce store

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    With the virtual domain fast becoming the dominating aspect of life, the power that it holds in the success of entrepreneurship hardly comes in as a surprise. Creating a strong base of virtual clients has become quite important for an enterprise if it is an appreciable sales figure that they are craving for. Since, the…The post Effective images implementation on Ecommerce store appeared first on TechKoW.
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • Five Smart Ways to Save on College Costs

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Most high school seniors have already accepted their college’s financial aid offer, or will be settling on a final choice soon. So congratulations – you’re almost a college freshman! You will be learning many exciting things in your classes, but you will also be learning to handle your own finances without your parents’ supervision. Here are five of the most common mistakes made by college freshmen, and smart moves students can make that will save money: 1. Wasting Student Loan Money: Federal and private student loans should be used to cover college costs, not living expenses. But…
  • 5 Ideas to Give Your Small Business a Good Spring Cleaning

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Spring can be a time of rejuvenation and renewal for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs. It’s time to clean out the old cobwebs that are holding you back from taking your small business to the next level. Here are five ideas you can use to give your small business a good spring cleaning: 1. Clean Up Your Website: More consumers are searching online, but this part of the marketing plan often receives the least attention. Make sure your website is easy to use, has relevant keywords, and provides information in a concise manner. Does it clearly tell visitors how they benefit from…
  • Is Your Financial Aid the Best Offer? Test it Out With These 6 Tips

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
      As a high school senior you and your parents are trying to make the best decision about which college you will choose. You want to attend a great school, but also need to make sure it is affordable. You are leaning towards one of the schools but aren’t sure if their financial aid is really the best offer. Test it out with these six tips:   1. Don’t Get Emotional: Try to think of this decision in logical terms at the beginning. Don’t let your emotions about a particular college cloud your judgment regarding the financial aid package they are offering. Compare offers on an…
  • 3 Reasons Your Small Business Isn’t Growing

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    When entrepreneurs start out, they have a clear idea of how quickly their business can grow. Business plans are set in place with an estimated growth percentage for each year. Unfortunately the reality of being a small business owner can be much more frightening. Things might look good for a few years, and then start to head downhill. Sales might hit a plateau and never make it to the next level. Worst of all, the business could go in a negative direction. Don’t sit back and let any of these scenarios spoil your dream. Here are three reasons your small business isn’t growing, and what you…
  • New Tool Helps Determine Your Student Loan Budget

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Even after you have taken all the steps to maximize your college financial aid, there might still be a gap between what it will cost to attend the college of your choice and the amount of money you can afford to pay. This is where federal and private student loans can make a difference in choosing which college to attend. You want to borrow responsibly and make sure you will be able to repay your student loans in a timely manner after graduation. But how do you determine how much money you can realistically afford to borrow in student loans? Fortunately Iowa Student Loan, a private, nonprofit…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • What you need to know about student loans and taxes

    Dana Fulton
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    With tax season upon us, I’d like to share some good news with you: if you’ve been repaying your student loans this year, you may be able to get some money back.1 The IRS allows for the deduction of up to $2,500 in student loan interest in some cases, even on any voluntary payments you made! How do I know if I’m eligible to deduct my student loan interest? By the IRS rules, you can claim the deduction if you meet all of the following requirements: •Your filing status is any filing status except married filing separately. •No one else is claiming an exemption for you on his or her…
  • Lessons of success from two remarkable women

    Judi Hornett
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Since March is Women’s History Month, I was thinking about the advice that successful, practical women can give us. This led me to the idea of presenting lessons of success from two history-making women: a woman of the past who was born to poor ex-slaves and became the first self-made female millionaire and a woman of today who is a media mogul. Let’s start with Sarah Breedlove [aka Madam C.J. Walker]. She is the first American self-made female millionaire and one of the most successful black/ African-American entrepreneurs of all time. Born in 1867 on a cotton plantation near Delta…
  • When Federal Aid Isn’t Enough

    Broc Libra
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    You’ve filled out your FAFSA, you’re getting close to making your college decision and your financial aid award letter comes in the mail, typically around mid-April. You’re excited because this is one extra piece to help you make a decision.  After you receive your letter, you realize that the amount of money in your award letter (expected family contribution, school’s financial aid package) does not equal the cost of attendance. Now what do you do?  Here are some steps that you can take to improve your financial aid package. 1)      Appeal the financial aid award letter. If…
  • Top 3 things to consider for your college decision

    Dana Fulton
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Planning for college is an exciting yet stressful experience, especially when it comes to making that big decision: Where will you attend school? Fear not! The college decision is nothing to worry about, but there are a few important things for you to consider when selecting a college. It can be tough to make a decision of this magnitude, so it’s worthwhile to be patient; really work through your options and seek out additional advice from teachers, mentors, and those who best understand your wants, needs and long-term goals. Here at Wells Fargo, we’re dedicated to helping you on the path…
  • Spring break “staycation” ideas

    Caroline Hanson
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s spring break time for college students! If that doesn’t spell white sandy beaches for you this year, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to have fun without planning a lavish week-long trip. No doubt you’ve heard of “staycations” – where instead of traveling, people stay home and play tourist in their own town.  As a college student, this approach is great way to unwind and save some money over your spring break. So, what is there to do on your staycation?  Here are few quick ideas for you: Make a wish list for your own city. Let’s start with the traditional…
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    African Youth Empowerment and Development » Online Learning

  • How to Apply for Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship 2014 Competition – anyone with the Desire can Become an Entrepreneur

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Deadline for entries: June 30 2014 The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international program launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO. The competition provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities. Everyone has the potential to become an entrepreneur. You do not […] Continue reading How to Apply for Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship 2014 Competition – anyone with the Desire can Become an Entrepreneur
  • Now you can practice for SAT Test for free as Khan Academy partner with College Board

    6 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to directly address one of the greatest inequities around college entrance exams: the culture of high-priced test preparation. Now, for the first time, all students have the opportunity to practice for the SAT with completely free, best-in-class materials. The College Board, creators of the SAT, recently announced […] Continue reading Now you can practice for SAT Test for free as Khan Academy partner with College Board
  • United Nations launches 2014 online courses on Finance, Trade, and Intellectual Property for Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 Mar 2014 | 1:02 am
    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has just launched the 2014 edition of the online training courses in financial management, international trade and intellectual property. These courses are intended for trade and finance professionals and officials from developing countries including least developed countries and economies in transition.  Since the introduction of online […] Continue reading United Nations launches 2014 online courses on Finance, Trade, and Intellectual Property for Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 8 Most Popular free Online learning Platforms – Take Free Courses

    15 Dec 2013 | 1:59 am
    Online learning, elearning, distance education or whatever combination of words you choose, is becoming more popular among students and learners world wide. When a group of online learners where asked what they liked about taking courses only, the predominant response was that it allow for freedom to learn at your own pace. All you need […] Continue reading 8 Most Popular free Online learning Platforms – Take Free Courses
  • Microsoft & University of People 4afrika Scholarship – Targets 1,000 Students

    15 Aug 2013 | 5:48 am
    Scholarship Name: Microsoft 4afrika Scholarship Brief description: Microsoft Offers 4Afrika Scholarships for 1000 African youth to pursue associate degrees in computer science and business administration with the first participating higher education institution, University of the People. UoPeople is the first participating higher education institution, but it is intended to offer scholarships at other African institutions, across […] Continue reading Microsoft & University of People 4afrika Scholarship – Targets 1,000 Students
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    DRPF Consults

  • Become A Kindergarten Teacher And Make A Huge Impact On Lives Of Children

    Patricia Fioriello
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:53 pm
    New post from Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more ShareShare with your friendsYour NameYour EmailRecipient EmailEnter a MessageI read this article and found it very interesting, thought it might be something for you. The article is called Become A Kindergarten Teacher And Make A Huge Impact On Lives Of Children and is located at Despite what many people think, a kindergarten teacher makes a huge impact on the lives of the children that they teach. These teachers do not only teach children beginning academic…
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  • Updated Version for Remember Everything You Want and Manage the Rest

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:25 am
    I’ve spent quite some time during the past few months updating Remember Everything You Want and Manage the Rest. The new version is 1.1 and available on Amazon. All illustrations, maps, screenshots, and tables have been redone with a higher resolution and color adjustments to allow for better viewing on the new Kindles and tablets. The book should, however, continue to work well on older Kindles and in the reading apps. New legends and call-outs have been added to make it as easy as possible to find stuff. The illustrations and step-by-step guidelines for knowledge and information…
  • Managing Kindle Highlights and Notes in Zotero, Evernote, and OneNote

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:27 am
    Amazon’s Kindle allows you to highlight passages in books and take notes. Do you want to export and organize these highlights and notes, so that you can archive, review, search, and share them? Then this post is for you. Let me put forward some suggestions on how you can save and manage a Kindle book’s annotations together with its bibliographic information in your Zotero library. We are also going to look at saving Kindle annotations in Evernote and OneNote and linking these notes to a Zotero library.  The exported annotations will allow us to jump directly to the corresponding…
  • Syncing Zotero with Dropbox and Between Several Computers

    20 Jul 2013 | 10:31 pm
    In this post I want to shed some light on how you can sync your Zotero library between different computers, and between your computer and Dropbox, a popular cloud storage service. Due to the nature of the matter, what follows is somewhat technical, but don’t let that deter you. Once setup, the synchronization works automatically in the background, without any further effort. In a previous post, I introduced Zotero, a popular free research tool by the Roy Rosenberg Center for History and New Media of George Mason University. As a brief recap: Zotero allows you to organize all your research…
  • A Walk in Tropical Battambang – Applying the Journey Method

    17 Jun 2013 | 3:18 am
    Let me take you on a walk along a street in Battambang, a city in tropical Cambodia. But this is no ordinary walk. We are preparing a memory filing system for the Journey Method. The Journey Method is another name for the Method of Loci, a memory technique devised more than 2000 years ago in ancient Greece. Please read my post Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci for background information. Before we start, here are some bits about this intriguing city: Battambang is located in northwestern Cambodia, about 100 kilometers east of the border with Thailand. The town of 200000 is the capital of…
  • Uncage your ideas with Brutethink, a Highly Effective Creativity Technique

    4 Jun 2013 | 5:00 am
    Why should you read this? Brutethink can help you to overcome a blank mind and unleash a river of ideas for any challenge or question you may have. In a previous post, we introduced classical brainstorming as a technique to come up with new ideas. We posed a specific question, problem, or challenge and tried to list as many ideas as possible on how to solve this challenge. Usually this technique leads to more ideas than we can possibly implement. Sometimes, however, our mind goes blank when faced with a question. At other times, even after having brainstormed on a challenge for quite some…
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  • NerdScholar Favorites: Masters in Public Health Programs

    Paige Schaefer
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Next time you drink from the tap or flush a toilet, you can thank the field of public health. The idea was born during antiquity, when early civilizations deduced that the spread of communicable diseases was made worse by polluted water and improper waste disposal. More recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that efforts in public health added 25 years to the life expectancy of Americans in the last century. And these efforts go beyond clean water. Some of the CDC’s biggest accomplishments, since its founding in 1946, have been immunizations, advanced…
  • Why has tech been sidelined as women make headway toward gender equality?

    Paige Schaefer
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The most popular college major for women—against all stereotypes of their inclination toward nursing or teaching—is business. Women also make up 46.8% of the business labor force, nearly matching men head to head in a field that has historically invoked images of ties and button-downs. And while the numbers get a little less even with each step up the corporate ladder, women’s business ambitions are a mark of success for gender equality in the workplace.   Except, that is, in tech. For all the advancement that women have made in business, one statistic is perhaps more eye-catching…
  • Expert Advice for Tackling Online Classes

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you are a college student looking to take on extra units in your spare time or a working professional out to learn new skills, online classes are a competitive option for all—at a fraction of the cost of traditional schooling. A 2013 study showed that the number of enrolled college students taking at least one online class nearly doubled in the span of five years, from 23% to 45%. And the number of online learners is expected to continue growing, especially with the rising popularity of massive open online classes, or MOOCs. With college and university classrooms at maximum capacity…
  • NerdScholar #CollegeHack Contest — Week 1 Winner

    Alexandra Rice
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    We’re pleased to announce the week 1 winner of our #CollegeHack contest: Dennis Okello. Congratulations, Dennis! Don’t forget to submit your best food hack next Thursday, April 17, for a chance to win the week 2 contest!   Here is Dennis’s winning, money-saving hack for textbooks: “I have a Facebook page where friends say what book they need or have, then either we trade them for the semester or sell them for cheap. Also, we look at places online where we can download our books for free and then we share that information on the Facebook page.”   More…
  • Professor Perspectives: How to Best Ask for a Recommendation Letter

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Going to college is an exciting time as students get to mingle with some of the best and brightest professors and researchers. The classroom is a gateway to developing lasting relationships with professors, though many students miss out on the fruitful benefits it could bring. But the select few who do seize the opportunity to interact well with college faculty are often rewarded with the ultimate scholarly prize: a stellar recommendation letter. A recommendation letter is extremely useful at several points in life—when applying to college, to graduate schools, for scholarships, and for…
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    Curriki's Blog

  • Technology Helping To Personalize Student Learning Experiences

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Students learn in many different ways, whether they’re a visual learner preferring pictures and shapes, or an auditory learner preferring sounds and rhythms. Oftentimes, we use a mix of learning styles and techniques to process information. Unfortunately, traditional textbooks simply can’t meet students’ diverse learning styles, since every student has unique interests, attention spans, and needs. So how do we ensure the success of every student? The key to a personalized learning experience is technology. A recent study from Speak Up…
  • Physics Resources for the Flipped Classroom

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Physics is not only interesting, but also helps us to understand how things work – whether it’s understanding kinetic energy in a looping roller coaster, or why your singing voice sounds so much better in the shower. At Curriki, we have thousands of resources for teaching and learning physics. Here are a few of our favorites that can be used as part of the Flipped Classroom: Coaster Creator Learn the physics of roller coasters with this free, online game that allows students to explore kinetic and potential energy. Per Curriki Member…
  • Curriki Annual Survey for 2014

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Last month, Curriki completed our annual global survey of the 400,000 strong Curriki member community and of our followers on Twitter and Facebook. We have a very diverse set of users, from dozens of countries around the world. Nearly 4000 of you responded to the survey, and we thank you for your time. The largest number of responses came from the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan and South Africa, but many countries were represented. We asked about age and gender. Almost half of the respondents are between the ages of 35 and 54, and the remainder…
  • Homework Horror?

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Is the homework burden in American schools becoming heavier? Articles in the past 3 years in Atlantic magazine and The New York Times and a CNN story as well have raised this specter. But these stories, while accurate in their own particulars, look to be anecdotal and not statistically representative of the broad population of K-12 students. And this is not the first time such concerns have been raised – the debate has continued for at least the past 100 years. The CNN story drew from a study which was biased by design. It used a small…
  • Introducing Curriki Japan: Open Educational Resources

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    By Kim Jones, Curriki CEO I recently returned from a trip to Waseda University in Japan, where we proudly launched Curriki Japanthe first of Curriki’s international affiliates!  We are thrilled to announce that many of the same high-quality teaching and learning resources found on Curriki have been translated into Japanese by the all-volunteer Curriki Japan team and are now available to Japanese educators, parents and students for free. The Curriki Japan team will also develop new Japanese content, including materials about Japanese history and culture that educators outside of Japan may…
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    Used Books in Class

  • Hamlet, the Captain, and Today’s Soldier

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    There are several reasons the short discourse between Hamlet and a captain from Fortinbras’s army at the end of Act Four has become my favorite scene in the play Hamlet. There are 22 lines spoken between the Captain and Hamlet, but they contain questions about military service that reverberate today. Shakespeare’s fascination with the role of the soldier in society is evident in many of his plays, but rarely does he spotlight such blunt conversation between a character from the military and a member of the royal class. In the following quick analysis of the scene, Hamlet is…
  • The 17 Minute/Page 17 Rule-What the Book Will Really Be About

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I was researching websites for the Film and Literature class when I first heard about the “17 Minute Rule;” a rule that suggests the real plot is revealed to the audience 17 minutes into any film.  Todd Pack’s Messy Desk Blog uses a number of examples to illustrate  The 17 Minute Rule: George Bailey tells his father he couldn’t face being cooped up the rest of his life in a shabby little office at his father’s building and loan 17 minutes into It’s a Wonderful Life. The rest of the movie is about everything that happens that stops him from leaving Bedford Falls…
  • Die Again, Hamlet, Die Again

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The 4th period senior Advanced Placement Literature class watched Hamlet die four times on Friday. Four times was all the time we had. These students have been reading and annotating the great soliloquies in Hamlet, but since this is a drama, they have benefitted much more from watching scenes from several film versions of the play. The closed caption feature is on so the students “read” the play while the actors in each cast attempt to, “Fit the action to the word and the word to the action,” per Shakespeare’s directions. Watching the different film…
  • #Poetry Friday-April is Poetry Month in La Bohème

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    April is Poetry Month. April also signals the return of flowers, and there were flowers in a small window box on the set of La Bohème in a rebroadcastfrom the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera at the local movie theatre this past week. The music from Puccini’s most popular opera might sound familiar to most, and the set design by Franco Zefferelli has been impressing audiences since its Christmas Eve reveal in 1981: When the curtain rose on the second act of Franco Zeffirelli’s new production of ”La Bohème” at the Metropolitan Opera, the audience…
  • The Once Great Junior Year, Ruined by Testing

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Not so long ago, 11th grade was a great year of high school. The pre-adolescent fog had lifted, and the label of “sophomore,” literally “wise-fool,” gave way to the less insulting “junior.” Academic challenges and social opportunities for 16 and 17 years olds increased as students sought driver’s permits/licenses, employment or internships in an area of interest. Students in this stage of late adolescence could express interest in their future plans, be it school or work. Yet, the downside to junior year had always been college entrance exams,…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Studying Abroad: How To Get A Visa

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
      by  blmurch  The possibility of studying abroad can overwhelm any student, particularly those who’ve never left the country and who are new to traveling. Studying in another country will mean embracing a culture foreign to the student, learning another language (at … more... The post Studying Abroad: How To Get A Visa appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Saving Tip: Grow Your Own Food

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
      by  noricum  Saving money as a student has always been a hot topic, regardless of the country you may be studying in, and having a few extra pounds in your pocket to spend elsewhere is always welcome. Food is particularly expensive … more... The post Student Saving Tip: Grow Your Own Food appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Durham

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
      by  ADTeasdale  Durham city is one of the most eclectic and interesting places to live in all of the United Kingdom. However, relocating to this bustling mix of the medieval and the modern can be a bit tricky. You may have … more... The post Student City Guide: Durham appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Maths

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
      by  Silenceofnight  Studying maths at a postgraduate level, whether masters or PhD, can be a very rewarding experience and can open up many career opportunities. There are a lot of universities which offer postgrad maths courses but how do you know … more... The post Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in Maths appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • 5 Ways For Postgrads To Relax

    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
      by  JoeInQueens  Postgrads in the UK are people doing either their masters or PhD work, and it is heavy going. By now a student should have figured out a few easily affordable ways to relax, but if that is not the … more... The post 5 Ways For Postgrads To Relax appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Educators, Get Your Students Access to Bookshare at Home Easily through Your School Account

    Bookshare Team Member
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    Screen Shot of Learn it Now Video Tutorial for Individual Memberships Spring is a great time for educators who use Bookshare to get your students access at home through an Individual Membership. Why? Three big reasons! 1 Your students will build and practice their reading skills over the summer. 2. Your students will have opportunities to become independent learners. 3. It’s easy! Bookshare has simplified the Individual Membership signup process for schools that already have Organizational Memberships. Sponsors simply log into their Bookshare account and create pre-filled Individual…
  • School-to-Home Access for Print-Disabled Students Includes Digital Books, iPads and Apps

    Bookshare Team Member
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Jessica Chandler, Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist We want to thank Jessica Chandler, an Ohio Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for sharing this article. It’s about the spirit of teamwork in her district and working together to extend reading opportunities for students with print disabilities from school to home. Ms. Chandler is a Bookshare Mentor Teacher. Kudos to District’s Special Education Administrator! Dr. Deborah Turner, Special Education Administrator for Middletown, OH…
  • Discover and Rejoice in Great American Poets!

    Bookshare Team Member
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    Image of Robert Frost Poems Book Cover and his photograph. April is National Poetry Month and the perfect time to enjoy great poetic works! That’s why we’re sharing some wonderful poetry titles with Bookshare members today to discover and rejoice in the art of poetry. Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this celebration of words and verse encourages educators, publishers, librarians, and people of all walks of life to share the love of poetry. “Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for…
  • TCEA 2014 Conference Roundup. We Got Inspired!

    Bookshare Team Member
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:35 am
    TCEA 2014 Exhibit Floor Bookshare staffers and the Accessible Books for Texas team recently attended TCEA, a leading education conference in the beautiful and musical city of Austin, Texas. This year’s theme was “Get Inspired!” and you could tell from the energy in the hallways that educators were primed to do so! In this blog, we’re sharing our favorite learning experiences and photos with you. About TCEA The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) is a member-based organization devoted to the use and support of instructional technology in PreK-12. It was founded in 1980 and is…
  • It’s Only About Copyright!

    Bookshare Team Member
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:10 am
    Post written by Jim Fruchterman, Benetech/Bookshare Founder and CEO. Which students qualify for Bookshare in the United States? This is an important question for American students with disabilities, since Bookshare is the largest online library designed to provide accessible eBooks to people who cannot read standard print. Student reading an accessible book on a computer screen with text-to-speech and word highlighting. The answer: it’s only about copyright. It’s not about special education, and not about special education disability categories. It’s not about 504 plans or…
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    HER for Educators

  • Fran’s Freebies: Kindergarten Math Review

    Fran Lafferty
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Pin ItThis simple set of a dozen colorful worksheets features a little review of each of the following kindergarten to first grade math topics: continue the pattern numbers to 120 numbers before and after counting by 10′s counting by 5′s addition to 10 measuring in inches telling time – hour & half hour counting money […]
  • Natural Coloring Books

    Fran Lafferty
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Pin ItI love animals and still fondly remember a unit on endangered species we did when I was in fourth grade. These Natural Coloring Books remind me of those fun coloring pages I did back then, with clean lines and fun poses — and SUCH a wondrous variety of animals! I am an affiliate of […]
  • Science Kids Website

    Fran Lafferty
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Pin It At this colorful site from New Zealand, you are sure to find something fun to add to your science studies! Science for Kids features games, lessons, experiments, videos, and other resources in 30 different science topic areas.   Here are the 30 categories or topics: animals, plants, and nature biology, chemistry, and physics […]
  • Free Homeschool Deals

    Fran Lafferty
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Pin It   If you are new to homeschooling, or are considering it, this website will become like a close friend and mentor from afar.   If you have been homeschooling a few years, this site can put fresh wind in your sails and serve as a source of ongoing inspiration.   Free Homeschool Deals […]
  • Worksheet Works

    Fran Lafferty
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Pin It is truly a treasure chest for parents and teachers! Whether you’re looking for some extra math practice, or a set of puzzles for summer boredom busters, this is a GREAT site to find free, customizable, printable worksheets for the kids! The main subjects covered by this site are math, English, and geography. […]
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Blended Learning Tools: Best Uses from Teachers

    Sarah Layton
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton One of my favorite things to do is talk to teachers about blended learning tools and find out how they use them in their classrooms. Who better to give examples of how blended learning is working than teachers just like you… Blended Learning Tools in Health Science Stephanie Avery, Alberta, Canada Health science teacher, Stephanie Avery, (pictured above) hails from Alberta, Canada, specifically the Science and Technology program at Father Patrick Mercredi High School. Avery uses HealthCenter21 in a truly blended approach to teaching and learning. She mixes blended…
  • Blended Learning Tools: How to Mix It Up

    Sarah Layton
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton In regards to blended learning tools, a teacher recently asked us, “Can I add my own content to these modules?” The teacher was referring to our HealthCenter21 or Business&ITCenter21 online curriculum resources. Our response? Yes and no. Yes You Can The answer was “yes, you can,” because we actually encourage teachers to use our blended learning tools in combination with other resources they already have or plan to acquire. Our content is perfect as a supplemental tool alongside other resources. I don’t believe a single tool exists that gets…
  • Computer Applications Curriculum: Office for the iPad

    Ken Richard
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    by  Ken Richard How will Office for iPad impact computer applications curriculum and education? Microsoft recently released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPad. The application suite turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The mobile applications are fast and displayed my documents exactly the same as the PC version. I was able to make quick edits without any problems. The applications are great, but there are going to be some challenges for schools that want to use the iPads for 1-2-1 initiatives in computer applications curriculum and other courses. Challenge #1 – Where are my…
  • Teaching Soft Skills: Is It Important?

    Dick Carlson
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dick Carlson Is teaching soft skills important? Ask Regina and Bill… Monday morning found Jeff Hanson at his desk, reviewing a pile of resumes for a job as Test Supervisor at Lititz Regional Hospital.  He’d narrowed down the candidates to two–Regina Burns and Bill Sampson. Both had great work histories, had interviewed well, and their references were impeccable. The difference he’d seen had come in the scenarios that each candidate was asked to respond to at the group interview by the hiring committee. One in particular–which described a situation where two…
  • CTE Certification: LEARN and Prep for Allied Health Exams

    Sarah Layton
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    CTE certification…you can hardly talk about allied health courses and curriculum without discussing it. There are a lot of ways to prepare for certification exams. But balance is the best way. CTE Certification: Teach to the Test There is a whole lot of “teaching to the test” going on out there in the world of education. My oldest is just finishing up PSSA‘s. Not only does my daughter really hate taking these tests, she abhors the preparation that goes on beforehand. She told me the other day, “Mom, I just want it to be regular school again.” Constantly…
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    Happy Schools Blog

  • Professor Mark Miller Talks About Masters in Industrial Management + Six Sigma

    Raghuram Sukumar
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    MarkMiller-Interview Students taking this course can also apply for Six Sigma black Belt Certification. Standalone Six Sigma will cost you ton of money and time to get the certification.  Right Click Here to Download Audio File About Professor Mark Miller Title: Professor, Industrial Technology and Industrial Management Department: Human Resource Development and Technology College : […] The post Professor Mark Miller Talks About Masters in Industrial Management + Six Sigma appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • H1B 2015 – Receipt Numbers, Lottery Results, Premium and Regular Processing Time (Video)

    Raghuram Sukumar
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Update 1 (From attorney Murali Bashyam): We just received an email receipt notice for one of H1B cap cases that was filed under premium processing. So – 1) cases filed under premium processing are getting receipted in now and 2) USCIS might not wait until the 28th to process premium processing cases. USCIS announced on […] The post H1B 2015 – Receipt Numbers, Lottery Results, Premium and Regular Processing Time (Video) appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • OMG! USCIS Received 172,500 H1B Visa 2015 petitions. Lottery Complete.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    172,500 H-1B petitions. That’s large number. WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced […] The post OMG! USCIS Received 172,500 H1B Visa 2015 petitions. Lottery Complete. appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • H1B Visa Workers : Indentured Servants American Style

    Haley Gray
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    There is a huge amount of debate going on in the USA these days over immigration and immigration reform. Most Americans equate immigration reform with illegal immigration, so they oppose it. Large corporations are keeping quiet on immigration reform, because reform would not benefit them at all. Right now, they are getting indentured servants American […] The post H1B Visa Workers : Indentured Servants American Style appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
  • Here’s Top 10 Tweets About #H1B Visa. Your Favorite Will be #3 (Mine Too).

    Raghuram Sukumar
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    While the world wait for H1B Visa Cap Numbers from USCIS, here’s Top 10 Tweets about #H1B Visa. My Favorite is #3 but all 10 tweets are informative, interesting and thoughtful. What’s your favorite Tweet about #H1BVisa ?   #10 65% of employers have outsourced/hired overseas due to #H1B restrictions #H1Bummer — (@FWD_us) […] The post Here’s Top 10 Tweets About #H1B Visa. Your Favorite Will be #3 (Mine Too). appeared first on Happy Schools Blog.
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    Fractus Learning

  • Create a Maker Club, Start a Movement – The Power of Starting Small

    Margaret A Powers
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    Creating with Cardboard The maker movement has been a hot topic for the past year or so but a lot of times, the focus is how to create makerspaces or completely revamp your curriculum to integrate these new approaches. School change is often something that needs to move slowly and in incremental steps. If changing your entire school seems overwhelming, try starting a bit smaller and try starting with your youngest students. If we truly want to help students grow up with a maker mindset and sustain the innate curiosity and wonder that they have for discovery, learning, and creating, then I…
  • 7 Fun Easter Apps for Kids Who are Sick of Chocolate

    Wade Gegan
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Enough with the chocolate! I have seriously had more chocolate in the last week than Augustus Gloop on a Creme Egg binge. And the only way I know to distract myself from this Easter madness is to pull out the iPad and start (sticky) tapping. As a chocolate alternative this year, here are seven of the most engaging, enjoyable and elegant Easter apps for this hefty holiday: Engaging Easter Apps   1. Flappy Bunny Adventure Riding on the ‘flappy’ wave that has swept touch screens around the world, “Flappy Bunny” is one of the nicest re-creations going. Beautiful…
  • Using Vine to Teach – 7 Seconds of Education

    Nick Grantham
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Using grapes to teach???  If that is your first thought then I am going to take it you are not yet familiar with Vine. To put it simply, Vine is a mobile app (iOS, Android, Windows) that enables users to create and post short (7 seconds max) looping video clips. These videos can then be shared on Vine’s own social network, or to other social media services such as Twitter and Facebook. So how does this fit into the classroom? How can anything be taught in just 7 seconds? Well, author, teacher trainer, #Edchat founder and Twitter all-star Shelly Terrell has put together a very cool…
  • What’s a GIF? (and why you should use one)

    Gary Johnston
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    I have been using GIFs more and more in my classes. I only learned about these this school year from the huge number that people share them on Google+.  The example below was playing in the background yesterday while my students were doing a lab investigating how the rate of evaporation affected crystal growth. Crystals growth What is a GIF? GIF’s are an acronym for “Graphic Interchange Format” which are compressed and don’t require playing, as they’re running continuously. The “G” is actually pronounced with a “J” sound so it sounds like…
  • 7 Apps the Best Teachers Are Using

    Wade Gegan
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Window (no pun intended) shopping the App Store these days can be a very dangerous game… Sure, it’s got a nice icon, a slick animated video of people ‘loving’ the app, and even a clever catch phrase that you swear you’ve heard before. But is it any good? Who can you ask? Well hopefully, it’s someone like you? Someone who is looking for what you are looking for. Someone who is trying to solve the same problems you are trying to solve. Someone who you trust… Even look up to. Well, here are seven educators that many teachers around the world look up to.
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • SNAP Into Reading - A Comprehensive Program

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Hey teacher friends!  Today I am stopping by with a review of some great resources from Snap Learning!  As I dug deeper into their products, I found out they have some amazing resources! They have recently launched two new Common Core aligned, reading products for districts and educators to help students with their ELA programs. ·       The Close Reading Portfolio provides a series of interactive exercises, that gives students practice in deriving central ideas and key supporting points in their reading material. ·       The Books & Collections library consists of nearly…
  • Get Rid of Your Filing Cabinet?

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Did you know that you can create pins that don’t have links to websites?  We all know that we can use Pinterest to preserve great ideas that we find online, but how about using Pinterest to make a “filing cabinet” of the great ideas and projects YOU have had?  This would make it easy to come back to your ideas from year to year, as well as to share your ideas with other teachers. It’s really simple.  First, take a picture of the project, bulletin board or activity.  (Would also work for videos of lessons.) Next, go to Pinterest and click on the + sign at the top and then Upload…
  • Twitter in the Classroom

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    Hello Organized Classroom Readers, It is Kristy from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog. One of the things I started this year was using Twitter to communicate with students and parents about homework and upcoming assignments, tests and events. Here are some great ways to use Twitter in your classroom: The great thing about Twitter is you can choose to have an open or private account. With an open account anyone can follow you and read your tweets whereas with a private account only those who you approve can follow you and read your tweets. I have tried both this year and found the open account allows…
  • Free and Easy Student Response with Plickers

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Looking for a quick and easy way to collect formative assessment information from your students? Check out Plickers Similar to costly classroom response clickers, Plickers provides teachers with quick and timely feedback on classroom instruction without the cost. To use this tool, you just need the Plicker cards, available as a free download or a premade kit on Amazon, and the app. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms. Here's how it works: Each kid is given a card with a number on it. It is similar to a large QR code. For organizational purposes, it's best to keep the card…
  • Cheap Classroom Storage Solutions

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Hi!  It's Mr. Greg from Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten!  I admit it!  I am cheap.  I love to buy things for my classroom but hate spending money.  That's why the Dollar Tree is my favorite place ever!  Today I want to share some of my favorite and CHEAP classroom storage solutions! Clipboards are a fabulous tool for the classroom but storing them can be tricky.  I found these perfect boxes at the Dollar Tree for $1.  I have two of these and they hold all 20 of my clipboards with ease.  I love that they don't tip over and we can just slide our boards in and out! These pencil…
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    Classof1 Blog

  • What Shoud You Listen to While Studying

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    There are numerous students who like listening to music while studying. This habit actually helps them to set their mood up for studying. Research has proven that some particular types of music actually help to boost memory and concentration. This is the reason for the sudden surge in popularity of listening to music while studying. …Continue Reading: What Shoud You Listen to While Studying
  • The Least Popular Habits of College Students That You Should Build!

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    For many of us, life starts to be exciting when college starts. Indulgence, learning new things and spending time with friends become a part of daily life along with adopting unhealthy lifestyle habits like sleeping late after late night parties, lack of physical exercise and unhealthy eating habits. Following are least popular habits of college …Continue Reading: The Least Popular Habits of College Students That You Should Build!
  • 5 Study Hacks for Acing Your Exams

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Scoring well in your exams is very important. Maintaining a good and clean academic record which is consistent, will always carry special weight for whatever job you apply later in your apply. But, for that first you have to study properly. College life is full of pressure. While on one side you will have the …Continue Reading: 5 Study Hacks for Acing Your Exams
  • The Similarities between College Homework and Entrepreneurship

    20 Mar 2014 | 11:48 pm
    There are many notable similarities between college homework and entrepreneurship. Read on to find out the similarities: It’s usually difficult: Both college homework and entrepreneurship usually look difficult. Both have more or less similar level of difficulties. Let’s see what and how-  Both may need a mentor and a guide at each level  Depending upon …Continue Reading: The Similarities between College Homework and Entrepreneurship
  • 3 Easy Steps for Dealing With a Bad Grade

    15 Mar 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Every student desires good grade in examination, but it is not possible always.  An effort to find the reason would definitely get some answers for your bad grade. Here are some easy steps for you to deal with it. 1. Analyze the reasons for the bad grade: You have to analyze the reasons step by …Continue Reading: 3 Easy Steps for Dealing With a Bad Grade
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • The Education Roundup: Birmingham, parents, graduates and the Chinese student next door

    Mike Hansford
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Anyone would think that the world of education and family life might, just occasionally, just slow down a bit.  For writers such as myself, a quiet few days allow us to sit down and ponder some of the finer points of education and the like. It almost sounds like I need a sherry and a manifesto to pore over for a few hours. However, we’re not even half way through the week and already my inbox is filled with a million stories about education and what’s going on.  I haven’t even had time to buy the sherry, let alone open it and pour myself a glass.  As for the manifesto? …
  • Top resources for Primary School Religious Education

    Jon Ellis
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Religious education (RE) is compulsory for all pupils in Government funded schools up to the age of 18. Schools must follow their locally agreed syllabus, and provide a daily act of collective worship that should be broadly Christian, unless the school has been allowed to perform acts of worship of another faith. Given the importance placed on RE there are plenty of resources available to support students. What follows is our recommendations for Primary School Religious Education. Religious Festivals: Children will enjoy learning about different traditions and celebrations of the following…
  • Could homeschooling be the answer to the ‘school’ of your choice?

    Ross Mountney
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    It’s an anxious time for parents when their child is not offered a place at the school of their choice. So some consider home schooling instead as, with increasing support and resources online, it grows in popularity. If you do a search you’ll find several articles around this site about the subject, but here are some quick answers to the most common questions: How does it work? Parents use a variety of approaches to learning and can choose which suits. They often start with the familiar school style approach using pre-determined curriculum, workbooks, exercises and programmes, many…
  • The start of worrying times for the poorest university students?

    Mike Hansford
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s always been the stereotype that students are either incredibly poor, rather rich or capable of spending their entire loan on baked beans and vodka.  Probably a little harsh, since many students are able to make budgets stretch quite well, meaning that they can have a balanced lifestyle and still enjoy themselves.  All in all, not too bad then. Students get loans and grants and many are lucky enough to have the backing of their parents.  Overall, many are able to live quite comfortably.  I, for instance, won’t get any grants next year for university (I get the Erasmus…
  • Top resources for Primary School Languages

    Jon Ellis
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It may be not be a surprise to learn that England had the worst language skills in Europe. Following a change in Government policy in England, it will be compulsory for primary school children aged seven and above to learn another language, from September 2014. As the responsibility for education is devolved to Scotland and Wales, this has also sparked debate there. Given concern about the teaching of foreign languages, we have come up with a list of useful websites which provide great resources for those wishing to supplement what their children are learning at school, or for homeschoolers.
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    K12 Insight

  • Today’s Students Face Hard Choices

    Evlondo Cooper
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The importance of obtaining a college degree is an idea our society accepts almost without question. But a recent article titled “College Isn’t for Everyone. Let’s Stop Pretending It Is,” lays out in stark terms why we must begin creating multiple avenues to adult success. In a struggling economy — one that is steadily devaluing the labor of people with college degrees — the job prospects for individuals who are unwilling or unable to obtain one are even bleaker. As the middle class continues to be squeezed by global economic pressures, we have failed to prepare today’s youth…
  • In Pursuit of a High Performance Culture

    Suhail Farooqui
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every organization has its own rhythm, its own personality, its own culture. As K12 Insight continues to grow and evolve, we rely on our team members to help us create and sustain the high performance culture that’s so crucial to our identity. In order to build a team with the right skills, dedication and passion, we have created a rigorous hiring process requiring a real investment from both sides — the candidate and our hiring staff. We both must determine if the fit is a good one. And culture plays a large role in that determination. Here are our core beliefs and expectations: We…
  • The Ground Shifts for California Schools

    Todd Keffer
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is a seismic educational event in a state known for its earthquakes. California school districts — long shackled by state regulations that dictated spending priorities from Sacramento — will have more freedom to direct funds to areas where they can be most effectively utilized in their communities. The LCFF/ LCAP (Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control and Accountability Plan) is a major development in a state recently deemed so dysfunctional that an idea to split it up into six separate states was given national coverage. But how does a district responsibly exercise this new…
  • A Part of a Whole

    Ashley Miles
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a recent graduate, I often think about the mixed feelings I had about my university. While I had stellar academic experiences, made great friends and traveled the world via study abroad, I was often disappointed by my classmates’ limited world view and lack of intellectual curiosity. However, despite the ambivalence I felt about my school, I was very involved in student government. Because of my role, I often hosted prospective students during admissions events. When they asked me about college, I, like many disillusioned youths, voiced praise and complaint in equal measure. I thought I…
  • Smart Survey Design

    12 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Sarah Enterline With the modern era’s increasing focus on data collection, it becomes easier to lose sight of the purpose of your surveying efforts. Like other large, complex institutions, many school districts fail to consider what they hope to gain from the information they gather, falsely believing that simply conducting a survey is sufficient. And this is why many school districts suffer from DRIP — data-rich, information-poor. They’ve run too many surveys without knowing what information they want to collect, without including key people in the process, without using reliable…
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    Free Homework Help

  • Determining Genotypes and Phenotypes using Punnett Squares

    Teaching Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Overview: Punnett squares are diagrams designed to predict results of classic breeding experiments. They support Mendelian inheritance, as well as the laws of segregation and independent assortment. During meiosis, chromatids are separated such that each gamete receives only one allele. Additionally, different genes are assorted and inherited independently from on another; the probability of one phenotype does not affect the probability of another. To construct a Punnett square, the genotypes of both parents must be known. One parent’s alleles are listed across the top of the table, and the…
  • Solving Math Problems: Reading Problems Carefully

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Overview: It is essential to read a math problem carefully before any other steps can be taken to solve the problem.  The process of reading a math problem carefully includes understanding the meaning of any unfamiliar words or symbols, paying close attention to directions, sorting out any information that is not needed, and determining if there is enough information to solve the problem. Are There Any Unfamiliar Words or Symbols? Math uses a specialized language of words and symbols to describe expressions and operations.  Suppose a geometry problem involved the perimeter of a kite with…
  • Math Review of Angles and Parallel Lines

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Overview: Angles and the lines that form them are an essential part of geometry.  Understanding the relationship between parallel lines, lines that are not parallel, and the different types of angles within figures is important to determining their measurement. What Are the Relationships Between Angles on a Straight Line? Suppose that three points A, B, and C are all on the same line.  Then ∠ABC measures 180o by definition.  If a ray goes between point B through point D, two new angles are formed, ∠DBC and ∠DBA.  Those angles are called a linear pair because they have a common side,…
  • Math Review of Converting between Conventional and Metric Systems

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Overview: In the United States, two separate measurement systems are used, the conventional or English system and the metric system.  The conventional system with inches, pounds, cups, and quarts, is in use in many aspects of everyday life, in carpentry, and in many trades, while the metric system is used in science, medicine, and many other fields.  Some manufacturing is done using the metric system, while other manufacturing is done with the conventional system. Why Convert Between Systems? Many countries throughout the world use the metric system in all areas of life.  It is important…
  • Pedigree: How to determine your genetic lineage

    Teaching Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Overview: Pedigrees are visual representations of a family’s genetic history. Each pedigree focuses on one specific gene that is studied by geneticists. There are several benefits of studying a family’s genetic history. By reviewing past generations, scientists can deduce the mode of inheritance for a specific gene. A person can study their family’s pedigree to determine if they have the trait or are a carrier of the gene for that trait. Parents can also determine if their children will inherit the trait or become carriers. Pedigrees play a significant role in the studies of genetic…
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    The API Study Abroad Blog

  • The How-to’s of Study Abroad

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    There’s a lot to learn before and during your time abroad about the best ways to get the most out of your experience. After surveying the others on my program I figured I’d put a positive spin on some advice about studying abroad: See! Take the time to get to know your area of the world. Travel as much as you can. Spend a day in a new country – be a little adventurous. Explore. Most importantly, get out of your apartment and see different parts of your own city; get to know the place where you will be living. It’s a good idea to find something or some place that feels…
  • New Professional Opportunities in Florence

    Jeramy Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    API is happy to announce new professional development opportunities for our study abroad semester students in Florence, Italy through our partner Lorenzo de’Medici – The Italian International Institute (LdM). The LdM Professional Opportunities Program offers students a non-credit experiential learning experience. It is similar to an internship, but it requires less time and is based around the completion of one single project. Students are given the opportunity to collaborate with both the LdM Institute and local Florentine businesses, organizations and associations, and upon…
  • Sevilla vs. Real Madrid

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    You probably already know this, but soccer or as they say “fútbol” is a big deal in Europe, like a really big deal, especially in Spain. Knowing how important soccer is to the locals here in Seville, I just had to go to a game. After donning our Sevillan scarves, we headed out to the game. The streets and bars surrounding the stadium were packed with people wearing red and white, so we weaved our way through the masses of people and came upon the stadium. The energy surrounding the stadium was palpable. After successfully picking up our tickets from will-call, we headed into the stadium.
  • 5 Things To Know Before Moving To London

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    1. Size London is massive. It’s like its own little world here. The city alone has a larger population than the entire state of Rhode Island and the city of Los Angeles combined. That being said, it’s no secret that you will get lost. No matter how long you’ve been here, you’ll still get lost, and it’ll happen a lot. The sooner you learn to always carry a map and an umbrella on you, the better off you’ll be. 2. Weather The weather here is almost as unforgiving as the traffic. It’s windy 24/7 and there’s pretty much a 90% chance of rain regardless of what your weather app says.
  • Spring In Tetuán, Madrid

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Madrid is one of the European capital cities with the most sun. So, typically, the day that I decided to go around capturing spring time in Madrid it had turned cloudy and was on the verge of raining. Prior to then, Madrid had seen temperatures in the high sixties and the sun streamed down every day until 7:30 at night. But, this past week, the good weather has turned back into typical March gloominess. Despite the bleak weather, I wanted to illustrate in this post not only what spring looks like in Madrid, but also give my readers a glimpse into my area of Madrid, which is the barrio of…
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  • The Differences Between Classical Arabic And Modern Standard Arabic

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Arabic language is over 1600 years old. It is a Semitic language that is spoken by over 200 million people all around the world. The spread of the Arabic language coincides with the spread of Islam across the Middle East, predominantly during the 6th and 7th centuries. Even though the language is  old, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Arabic we speak today is the same Arabic that was spoken 1600 years ago. In today’s linguistic world, when someone speaks of “Arabic” they are probably referring to Modern Standard Arabic, not Classical Arabic. Let’s talk…
  • Tips For Improving Your English Reading Skills

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some of our readers on Live Lingua are working to improve their English language skills to help them in their studies. As any college student knows, reading plays a huge role in college education! For many second language learners low reading skills can create huge headaches when trying to navigate through the mountain of homework during their college studies. If you struggle with your reading skills, you are not alone! Of all the skills needed to learn a foreign language, reading is often the hardest one to acquire. Reading requires specific vocabulary and oftentimes uses more specialized…
  • Top Languages To Learn For International Business

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    When we think of language learning, we often think of school requirements that one needs to graduate. A huge industry outside of the academic setting is business men and women that are learning language to further their career. In this world of language learning, picking the right language often involves a strategic business move, as opposed to a love for a particular language. Here are some recommendations for the top languages to learn for International Business purposes: World Languages. Image source: 1. Mandarin Chinese According to the Nomad Capitalist, there are only 10…
  • Most Common Mistakes For Someone Learning French

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Although we like to focus on the positive here at Live Lingua, sometimes it helps to identify some of the more common language mistakes when it comes to learning a new language. In this blog post, let’s take a few moments to unpack some of the most common mistakes in the French language, especially for new language learners. French Language. Image source: Common Mistake #1: Gender In many languages besides English, nouns are given either a masculine or feminine gender. Although there are certain enders that indicate masculine or feminine, there are also many…
  • What’s Your Motivation To Learn A Language?

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Even those of us who are the most excited about learning a language face some rough spots in the process. There are times when we wonder if it’s really worth it and our minds can’t help but wonder into places of doubt. When you reach these places in the language learning process, it is helpful to think about your motivation behind learning the language. I recently read an article posted on that highlighted a study conducted by John Schumann from  UCLA’s Neurobiology of Language Research Group. In the article, Schumann talks about two categories of motivation…
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  • Making Sense of the 2015 MCAT Changes

    Don Osborne
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Given the changing healthcare system and recent technological developments, the MCAT will be making some new changes starting in 2015 (the first time in over 20 years!). Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself fully prepared for when you take the test. What Are the Changes to the
  • Hidden Tips To Give You the Edge for Your 2014 Medical School Personal Statement

    Don Osborne
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Writing an excellent personal statement for your medical school application has less to do with what you say and more to do with how you say it. With so many changes in health care (see Affordable Care Act), you want your personal statement to both stand out and reflect
  • MCAT Club Podcast: March 31st 2014

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    MCAT Club – March 31, 2014 With April and May MCAT test dates fast approaching, an MCAT Club member and I discuss methods to more quickly read and complete verbal reasoning passages.
  • MCAT Club Podcast: How She Got a 37

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Claire very generously shares her story: How she got a 37 on the MCAT, and how you can too. mcat-club-march-18
  • MCAT Club Podcast — Combined Medical Degrees

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Ever heard of an MD-PhD, a JD/MD, a MD/MPH or a MD/MBA? Joint degree programs are the fastest way to get the most education. Click to listen
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    Online Cultus

  • How to get to college?

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Undoubtedly, one of the most dreadful tasks for every student is to take admission in a reputable university in order to complete in pursuit of their higher education. As it is commonly known, the cost of these higher education degree programs is quite high, and many students have to take loans and other grants in... The post How to get to college? appeared first on Online Cultus.
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  • Weekly News Rundown: The Skills Gap Debate Continues

    Robert McGuire
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Welcome to the April 16 SkilledUp News Rundown, our picks of the most interesting (and overlooked) news and data affecting online learning, higher education and hiring. This week we found interesting conversation and resources on: Talent acquisition Testing for soft skills College affordability (Including state-by-state comparisons) H-1B visas Online ed for C-level leaders Primers on competency-based education Workplaces are ready for workers, but employers say workers aren’t ready for the workplace.creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by yprime Skills gap or recruiting capacity…
  • How Our Medical Device Company Is Using Open EdX To Engage Customers

    Tim Mauri
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    First, a story about how “The LEGO Movie” took me by surprise Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed last month to take my three daughters to “The LEGO® Movie.” I had seen the trailer, and I was deeply skeptical about a film that appeared to be little more than a thinly veiled commercial. I have good kids, but I had visions of them relentlessly pestering me until I bought them each a new LEGO set. What I failed to anticipate, however, is that the movie is far more than a commercial for LEGO products. Within minutes of the opening credits, I was absorbed by the fantastic world in which the…
  • Job-Growth Projections Analyzed By Gender Ratios

    Laurence Shatkin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Earlier this week, the Senate failed to pass legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between the sexes, and a lot of attention is being paid to the extent of that gap and what can be done about it. I have blogged about this issue several times, but for this week I decided to look at a different male/female issue: Who has the better outlook for job growth? The relationship between gender presence and job outlook is tenuous.Wikimedia To see the job-growth projections for men and women, I assembled figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the percentage of each in various occupations and…
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    Student News

  • Competition: Review Your Uni and Win £50 in Amazon Vouchers

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    It's competition time. If you haven't written a review for your uni yet, we've got some good news for you: write one before the end of March and you could stand to win £50 in Amazon vouchers. We've got three prizes
  • 1 in 5 Students Live In Vermin Infested Homes, Says NUS

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you're off to uni this September, it's worth having a good look around any property you decide to rent before you move in, as the National Union of Students (NUS) has revealed that a shocking three quarters of
  • Cap on Student Numbers to be Lifted in 2015

    13 Dec 2013 | 2:23 am
    So, did you catch the recent autumn statement? Us neither. But we did hear a certain rumour that should be of interest to anyone planning to go to uni from 2015 onwards: Big George is planning to lift the cap on
  • Tuition Fees Hike Results In 18 Minutes More Teaching Time Per Week

    26 Nov 2013 | 1:11 am
    If you were hoping that your £9000 tuition fees would be leading to hours upon hours of extra teaching time at Uni, then you might be in for a slight shock. >Like Whatuni on Facebook for more student news and
  • Results Day and Clearing 2013: The Story So Far

    4 Oct 2013 | 5:04 am
    Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week, you may have noticed (and we're just guessing here) that A Level Results Day 2013 has been and gone. And guess what? According to the UCAS update last Friday,
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    2014-2015 Scholarships, Financial Aid & Grants...

  • Graduate Scholarship in Wireless and Emerging Network System (WENS) Laboratory, South Korea

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Kumoh National Institute of Technology is offering graduate scholarship in Wireless and Emerging Network System (WENS) Laboratory. Applicants must hold Bachelor/Master Degree in engineering (Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunication or Computer Engineering/Science). Students will be supported through government programs (KGSP) or lab scholarship (WENS Laboratory) which cover tuition fee, living expense and more.Application should be submitted till 31st March 2014. Study Subject (s):Some research topics in laboratory are listed below: Next Generation Mobile broadband network (LTE-Advanced,…
  • LLB Malaysia Scholarship at UWE Bristol University in UK

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    UWE Bristol University is offering Malaysia scholarship for LLB programme. One scholarship will be awarded for two years academic, level 1, 2 or 3 entries. Scholarship will cover 100% of tuition fees. Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence. To be eligible applicants must have achieved the equivalent of 3 A-levels at grade A or above and applied for one of UWE’s LLB (Hons) courses. Application should be submitted till 31st May 2014. Study Subject (s):Scholarship is awarded in the field of law at UWE Bristol University. Course Level:Scholarship is available for…
  • KIC InnoEnergy Challenge for Masters Degree Scholarships in Europe

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    KIC InnoEnergy Master School is offering masters degree scholarships for students who hold a bachelor’s degree (by summer 2014) from a European university. Students have to apply for one of the KIC InnoEnergy MSc degree programmes. Winner will receive a two year scholarship for a €750/month living allowance during their studies at the KIC InnoEnergy Master School and a trip to Barcelona in July 2014 where they spend one day at the prize ceremony and attending KIC InnoEnergy Master School info sessions, and another day exploring Barcelona! Application should be submitted till…
  • Law School Alumni Scholarship at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    School of Law, Trinity College is offering Law scholarship for EU and Non-EU graduate students undertaking studies in any available LL.M programmes in 2014-2015. This Scholarship is available to new entrants for admission in September 2014. The value of the Scholarship is €8,600. Applications are assessed competitively with the sole criteria for the grant of the scholarship being the proven academic merit of the candidate. Application should be submitted till 31st May 2014. Study Subject (s):Scholarship is awarded to study any of LL.M programmes: LL.M. (Master in Laws) Degree,…
  • Announcing The Pocketbook-Zookal Scholarship For Student Entrepreneurs

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
    15 years ago, if you wanted to be a business owner, you needed a shop front. Then you needed to furnish it and hire people to help you out with it. To get the word out about your new business, you needed to go through these intermediaries – called the media – and pay them a bunch of money to run your ads. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, you needed to hire a consultant, or look for a mentor, who again, comes with a hefty fee. To top if off, you had to do all these without funding or go deeply into debt, borrowing from friends and family or god-forbid the bank – angel finance…
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    Education News

  • Indiana faces deadline on new education standards after dropping Common Core

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    INDIANAPOLIS –  As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in March signed legislation requiring new standards to replace the Common Core, even though the state was among 45 states that in recent years adopted the national standards spelling out what students should be learning in math and reading at each grade level. Some conservatives have criticized the initiative as…
  • Parents expect a university degree to increase their children’s income

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Survey shows parents have high expectations of the power of a degree, but experts warn graduate pay has fallen Almost two in five parents expect that a university degree will increase their children’s income earning potential and enable them to get ahead in the workplace, a report by HSBC has shown. The research, which surveyed over 4,500 parents in 15 countries, was carried out by Ipsos Mori and based on a representative online sample of men and women of different ages, with a range of income, and who live in different regions. Respondents had at least one child aged 23-or-under who is…
  • Gujarat University sanctions additional section in science colleges

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    AHMEDABAD: Gujarat University (GU) has decided to allow science colleges affiliated to it to have an extra division each run on self-financed basis. The university took this decision after the managements of the colleges refused to admit more than 150 students per division. It may be recalled that last year GU had forced these colleges to admit 200 students per division. The college managements had agreed to admit more students only after the state government promised to give them teaching staff on ad hoc basis. However, even after one year, the government is yet to sanction any ad hoc staff.
  • Technology remains core criteria for university education

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Technology has become a core component at higher education institutions, said Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari on Tuesday during the opening address of the Fifth International Conference on Innovations in Higher Education. The conference took place at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore, Ruairi Quinn, Ireland’s minister of education and skills, Saudi Higher Education Minister Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari and Tony Chan of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Riyadh on Tuesday. The…
  • University offers alternative plans for final exams

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Classes at the University of Calgary are over for the winter semester but many students still have finals to write and the school is setting up some options for people in light of the tragic deaths of five young people on Monday. Three options are being provided for students who are not able to write during their originally scheduled exam time: Use the regular deferral dates: Wednesday, May 14–Friday, May 16 Use the alternate exam period which will be Wednesday, April 30–Saturday, May 3 Use an extended deferral date, Monday, June 23–Wednesday, June 25 The U of C says students will be…
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    Computer Programming

  • How to use FileUpload Control in ASP.NET

    Jacob Lefore
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    IntroductionThe FileUpload control displays a text box control and a browse button that enable users to browse a file from the local or remote machine to upload it on the Web server. You can upload a file on the Web Server by specifying the full path of the file to be uploaded (for example D:\Myfiles\Test.txt) in the textbox of this control . Alternatively , you can select the file by clicking the browse button , and then locating it in the Choose File dialog box.Public Properties of the FileUpload ClassFileBytes : Obtains an array of the bytes in a file that is specified by using a…
  • How to make Custom webserver control in

    Jacob Lefore
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to make custom server control in asp.netFirst draw picture of the custom server control in mind, after make custom control. Suppose we have a picture and we want to make server control of that picture.Follow some steps for creating custom server control in asp.netStep-1 : Open visual studioStep-2:  Goto file-->new-->project-->select web in left pane-->select server control in middle paneStep-3:  Write name of your project as 'customserver_control' and click on 'ok' buttonStep-4:  After click on ok button you can see 'ServerControl1.cs'…
  • Computer Programming : How to change data without postback in ASP.NET

    Jacob Lefore
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    News From Computer Programming: In ASP.NET you can't change the data without post-back, if you want to change data without post back, you can use AJAX technology. In previous article we have already learned more about AJAX like, How to install AJAX control Toolkit to the Toolbox or many more. Today we will learn How to update your GridView data in every seconds, for this you can use Timer control.The Timer control is used for updating contents of the UpdatePanel control at predefined intervals. Single Timer control can refresh  more than one…
  • How to make Custom error page in

    Jacob Lefore
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If the error isn't properly handled anywhere ,it generates an ugly error message that your visitor will see -- you don't want this to happenSo add a custom error page to your site that your visitor will see in case an unhandled error happens. That page will politely ask the visitor to come back later.Report the error once again , so the Administrator knows that this serious error gets to the visitor and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.Steps to follow for add custom error page:In Solution Explorer , Double-click web.config and add the following element as a child of the  …
  • LINQ Partitioning operators in ASP.NET

    Jacob Lefore
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    IntroductionThe Partitioning operators in LINQ are used to divide an input sequence into two sections, without rearranging the elements, and then returning the result set with one of the sections that satisfies the given condition. The Take, Skip, TakeWhile, and SkipWhile clauses are referred to as the Partitioning operators. The Take clause takes the elements up to a specified position in a sequence. The TakeWhile clause takes the elements based on the specified function until an element does not satisfy the given condition.The syntax of the Take clause is:For C#public static…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • JAMB 2014 UTME Result Out, 36,154 Cancel

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has released the results of the universities matriculation examination held nationwide on April 12. The board also invalidated the results of 36,164 students. The Registrar of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde, made this known on Thursday at a news conference on the release of the results in Bwari, Abuja. He […]JAMB 2014 UTME Result Out, 36,154 Cancel is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • UBTH: Admission Into Public Health Nursing Officers Course (HND) Is On

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    the University of Benin Teaching Hospital is inviting applications from the general public for admission into the U.B.T.H institute of health technology, Benin City for the 2014/2015 academic session in the following course.PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING OFFICERS COURSE (HND)Duration of course: 2 years.ENTRY QUALIFICATION: Applicants should possess all of the followinga) WAEC/SSCE/GCE O/L with 5 credits including […]UBTH: Admission Into Public Health Nursing Officers Course (HND) Is On is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu: Admission into Nursing Diploma Program 2014 is on!!!

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into orthopaedic and plastic/burns basic Nursing diploma program.REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must;- Possess the West African school certificate/GCE/NECO or their acceptable equivalent with credits in five subjects at one or two sittings including English, mathematics, and at least two science subjects viz biology, chemistry and physics- Be a registered […]National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu: Admission into Nursing Diploma Program 2014 is on!!! is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Owner Of Fake Maritime School Apprehended By Nigerian Navy

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    The owner of a fake marine school in Calabar known as Flight Marine Safety Academy has been arrested by the Nigerian Navy alongside six students of the school. According to the commanding officer of the Navy team that made the arrest Commodore Frederick Ogu, the said school has no accreditation and authorization from NIMASA or […]Owner Of Fake Maritime School Apprehended By Nigerian Navy is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Candidates Caught in Malpractice Will Be Banned From Writing Future Exams – WAEC

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Report has it that at the end of the 57th NEC meeting of WAEC held in Lagos recently, a communiqué was released which stated that the board has reached an agreement that anyone caught in examination malpractice in any of its exams will be banned for some years from writing the annual Exams conducted by […]Candidates Caught in Malpractice Will Be Banned From Writing Future Exams – WAEC is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
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    PortPrep Blog

  • How to Draw the Perfect Ellipse

    Karen Kesteloot
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    An ellipse is difficult to draw because of its shape and angle. While there have been ways that detail how to draw an ellipse using a compass, string, and two pins, this Tutorial Tuesday post will tackle drawing an ellipse just by using your hands and measuring with your eye.
  • Read This If You Want to Become an Architecture College Student!

    Karen Kesteloot
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    To be able to practice designing buildings, houses, and structures for a living, you need to go through the ropes by graduating with an architecture degree in college. To get there, however, you must show during your college application that you have the skills and creativity to become an architect by way of your art portfolio. In this post, you will learn how to make an art portfolio the best it can be to increase your chances of getting into your architecture college of choice.
  • 10 Best Art Portfolios by Animation Students

    Karen Kesteloot
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Getting into an animation program in college is your gateway to becoming a professional animator and turning your imaginations into reality. However, you will need to show a portfolio that showcases your aptitude to study animation. In this post, we've featured the best portfolios made by current and former animation students to show you to quality of pieces that you should create for your portfolio in order to get into college.
  • Oval Drawing: How to Use Ovals for Adding Shape and Volume in Your Drawings

    Karen Kesteloot
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Oval drawing is a very helpful technique to accurately capture your subject on paper. In this Tutorial Tuesday post is a video that features Karen teaching oval drawing to one of her students to create more volume in your artworks to be included in your art portfolio.
  • Graphic Design Coaching Got This Student into Arts College!

    Karen Kesteloot
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Getting into your an art or design college is no walk in the park. Not only will you need advanced skills in creating artworks, but you'll also have to physically show them to professors through your art portfolio. In this post, watch how graphic design coaching did wonders to this student who started out without an artwork to show for months before the deadline of submissions.
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    MBA Admissions Consulting

  • GMAT Prep for the Self Starter

    Kevin Rocci
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    This guest blog post is written by Kevin Rocci, resident GMAT expert at Magoosh, a leader in GMAT prep. For more advice on taking the GMAT, check out Magoosh’s GMAT blog. Many students preparing for the GMAT find themselves in the same situation. With a limited budget, they can’t afford a private tutor. With limited […]The post GMAT Prep for the Self Starter appeared first on MBA Admissions Consulting.
  • GMAT Verbal – How to Improve Your Score

    Mark Skoskiewcz
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    This guest blog post is written by Mark Skoskiewicz, Founder of MyGuru. I’ve encountered many different types of students looking for help on the GMAT.  One helpful way to bifurcate students is into those that are more concerned with improving performance on the math, or quantitative, section, and those that are concerned with the verbal […]The post GMAT Verbal – How to Improve Your Score appeared first on MBA Admissions Consulting.
  • Which MBA Test GMAT or GRE?

    Michael Cohan
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I am asked all the time about which standardized MBA test applicants should take – the GMAT or the GRE? In certain instances exogenous factors like school acceptance, cost constraints, test availability or multiple applications might dictate one test or the other.  More than five times the number of business programs accept the GMAT versus […]The post Which MBA Test GMAT or GRE? appeared first on MBA Admissions Consulting.
  • Complete MBA Admissions AIGAC Survey Reminder (Win $500)!

    Michael Cohan
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    The deadline for completing the 2014 AIGAC MBA Admissions survey is March 31st.  Any person who has recently applied, been admitted or will be applying to graduate business school with a 2014 start date is eligible to complete the survey.  Everybody who completes the survey is eligible to enter a drawing where the winner will […]The post Complete MBA Admissions AIGAC Survey Reminder (Win $500)! appeared first on MBA Admissions Consulting.
  • MIT Sloan MBA Employment Report

    Michael Cohan
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    MIT Sloan just released its Employment Report covering full time and internship employment for its 2013 and 2014 MBA classes. Included are top hirers, top functions, top industries and salary statistics broken down by function, industry, geography, undergraduate major and professional experience along with signing bonus information and other guaranteed compensation. Also, provided is the […]The post MIT Sloan MBA Employment Report appeared first on MBA Admissions Consulting.
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    Nursing Schools

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:35 am
  • Featured Schools.

    2 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
  • 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…
  • Nursing Programs

    24 Feb 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Get Your Degree! Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you. Powered by Campus Explorer
  • 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…
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    Management Study HQ

  • Causes of Industrial Disputes

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Causes of Industrial Disputes The causes of industrial disputes are many and varied. The major ones related to wages, union rivalry, political interference, unfair labour practices, multiplicity of labour laws, economic slowdown and others. Wage Demands By far, the most important cause for disputes is related to wages. The demand for wages has never been fully met because of inflation and high cost of living. High inflation results in increased cost of living resulting in never-ending demands from unions. Management and Unions have wage agreement generally valid for three years. Each new…
  • Human Resource Management(HRM) Evaluation Approaches

    28 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Approaches to HR Evaluation There are several approaches to human resource evaluation. The most prominent of them are: audit approach, analytical approach, qualitative and quantitative approach, balanced scorecard perspective and benchmarking. Audit Approach Human resource management audit is a process of evaluating the effectiveness of the HR function. The HRM audit, as its financial audit counterpart, possesses the following elements: • independence from the subject being audited • technical work in the form of a systematic gathering and analysis of data • an evaluation of the HR…
  • Methods of Settlement of Disputes

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Settlement of Disputes Whatever may be the cause of industrial disputes, the consequences are harmful to all stakeholders-management, employees, economy, and the society. For management, disputes result in loss of production, revenue, profit and even sickness of the plant. Employees would be hard hit as the disputes may lead to lockouts and consequent loss of wages and even jobs. Industrial establishments are pillars of the economy and the economy is bound to collapse if industries are tom by industrial strife. The cumulative effect of all these is felt by society. Methods of Settlement of…
  • Causes of Separation of Employee From Organization

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    Causes of Separation From Organization Separation occurs when an employee leaves the organization. Why do separation occur? Reasons for employee separations may be voluntary or involuntary. In the former, initiation for separation is taken by employee himself or herself. Where the employer initiates to separate and employee, it becomes involuntary separation. In the latter, the employee entertains the feeling of injustice and seeks legal protection to undo it. 1. Voluntary Separations a) Quits b) Retirements 2. Involuntary a) Discharges b) Layoffs c) Retrenchment d) VRS e) Rightsizing…
  • Approaches To Industrial Relations

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    Approaches To IR The scenario of Industrial Relations(IR) is perceived differently by different people. For some, Industrial Relations is related to class conflict, others perceive it in terms of mutual co-operation and still others understand it in terms of competing interests of various groups. HR managers are expected to understand these varying approaches because they provide the theoretical underpinnings for much of the role of HRM. The three popular approaches to Industrial Relations are Unitary approach, pluralistic approach, and Marxist approach. Unitary Approach Under unitary…
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    Bank Exams Today

  • 3 Tips to Crack an Online Exam

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
    Nowadays every PSU and private organizations are taking online tests for recruitment. Many aspirants are facing problems in online mode of examination. Here are few tips to crack an online exam Read online newspapersSpeed is the key to success in any bank exam. Many students are not tech savvy or they never read anything online. If you are one of them then you need to read online newspapers for at least two hours per day. That will boost your stamina to sit in front of computer for two hours... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI PO Marketing Topics

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    As many readers asked me to share SBI PO marketing topics. Today I am sharing all the important topics.  Must read :- SBI PO study materialImportant topicsBasic marketing conceptsMarketing terminologyPricing StrategyBreak even analysisMarket research and surveys (Types and suitability of each method)Variance analysisnew product research and development processBrandingAdvertising and Public relationsSales force managementVarious matrix (Such as BCG)Customer relationship managementClient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI PO Coaching in Ludhiana by Ramandeep Singh

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Now you can join Focus Institute Ludhiana for SBI PO coaching. New batches are starting from 23-04-2014. Salient FeaturesShortcut tricks for every chapterFree study materialExperienced teachersOnline practice testsDaily GK updatesCompare your performance with 10,000 aspirants all over India on Testpanda.comOne to one doubt clearing sessionsWeekend batches for outdoor studentsAdvance level classesSpecial classes for descriptive paperNo fees repeaters, attend classes until you crack an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Important Topics for SBI PO Computer Awareness section

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Many readers asked me to publish important topics for computer awareness section of SBI PO. So, Today I am writing down main topics.TopicsComputers history ( generation of computer languages)Various computer devicesOperating systemsMS Office suiteDBMS - Basic conceptsComputer networking concepts (types of topologies and basic technologies used in networking)Internet technologiesMobile operating systemsTechnology updatesFlow chartsArtificial intelligenceMISComputer peripheral devicesStudy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Shortcuts to Crack Reasoning section

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Reasoning section is the biggest enemy of bank exams aspirants. Most of the candidates fails in this section. I have seen few candidates who secure very good marks in other sections but fails in reasoning section. Today I am going to share some tips to crack this section.Sitting arrangement questionsIn every exam you will find at least one question set from sitting arrangement questions. If you solve this set, then surely you will crack sectional cutoff. Best way to solve these questions is to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Minnesota School of Business Blog

  • AVID Student Tutors Want to Help You!

    Michelle Barsness
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Anyone who visits, attends, or works at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center knows that the buzz on campus is AVID. AVID for Higher Education has been a part of the campus culture for two years, and strategies have been incorporated into everything from the admissions process through graduation. The latest and greatest AVID addition to the campus was implemented during Winter 2014 quarter: AVID student tutors. To help our readers gain a better understanding of AVID student tutors, Michelle Rivard, AVID liaison, answered some questions for us. The BC AVID Learning Connection What…
  • 5 Strategies for Making College Work for You

    Tami DeLand
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    No matter when you start college—straight out of high school or as a second-career adult learner—the process can seem overwhelming and intimidating. That’s why the admissions team at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud (MSB) stresses the value of these five shortcuts to success. Connect: Entering students need to connect with everyone who can help them achieve their goals, says Admissions Director Kim Plombon, beginning with their admissions representative and continuing with their advisors, mentors and instructors. They need to connect with the student services coordinator and with…
  • Faculty Spotlight: Accounting Program Chair Kevin Ortloff

    Nolan Cook
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    This winter quarter marked the completion of the first year as program chair of the accounting department for Kevin Ortloff. Kevin Ortloff Accounting ChairKevin has a Master of Accounting degree for the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Kevin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has over 15 years in the accounting field. Kevin began his career after college as an officer in the Coast Guard where he specialized in drug interdiction. After serving in the Gulf War, Kevin decided to leave the…
  • National Library Week Part II: Meet Your Library Staff

    maija jaaska
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    As we celebrate National Library Week, we wanted to introduce you to our knowledgeable and helpful library staff here at Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB). Earlier this week, you met student workers Galen Grieman and Esther Pabon. Paralegal student Daniel Grabow Our final student worker in the library is Daniel Grabow. Daniel is pursuing his degree in the paralegal program. Daniel says he opted for this program because he’s always been interested in the law and in writing. “I thought a paralegal degree would be more useful than a writing degree,” he states. On working in the…
  • It’s National Library Week: Get to Know Your Library Staff

    maija jaaska
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    National Library Week is upon us so we thought we’d get to know our resourceful library staff here at Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB). Today, we meet two students workers who love helping fellow students find what they need: IMGD student Galen Grieman Interactive media and graphic design (IMGD) student Galen Grieman has been staffing our campus library two evenings a week for the past year. He landed the job after he offered librarian Carol Roos his services upon assisting her with carrying a stack of books. What does Galen do in the library? “I make sure the library is tidy…
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    Classroom Caboodle Blog

  • Helping Gifted Students

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As teachers we have all kinds of students come into our classrooms, including some gifted students. Here are a few things I have noticed about the gifted students I have worked with. Vocabulary First of all one of the things I’ve always noticed about students who are designated as gifted is that they generally have huge vocabularies for their age or their grade-level. They really thrive on
  • Making Mother's Day Memorable

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Importance of Morning Greetings

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    How do you greet your students in the morning? Really, think about it. What kind of a welcome are they getting when they come to school every day? I want my students to be excited about coming to school, I want them to be excited about learning and I want them to be excited about seeing me. The way I greet my students each morning helps to create that buzz where students just can’t wait to get
  • How Standardized Testing Cheats Student Learning

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is still a simmering controversy about the effectiveness and desirability of high-stakes standardized testing that schools across America administer every spring. I’ve stated in the past that I support testing as a measure of student learning and, yes, even teacher accountability. Regardless of how I feel, however, testing is here to stay. What I’m addressing is the timing of the tests.
  • The 7 Essentials of Classroom Seating

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    “She Who Controls the Classroom Environment Controls the Classroom Behavior” Managing classroom seating arrangements is a fundamental part of good behavior management – get this right and reap the benefits in improved student behavior. These 7 essentials of classroom seating can be applied to any classroom situation regardless of the physical restrictions of any given room. 1. All eyes on the
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    Magical Methods

  • Learn Vedic Mathematics

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Register for a Free Vedic Maths webinar on 30th March 2014. Timing: 4.30 p.m. Indian Standard TimeWebinar would be conducted by renowned Vedic mathematician Mr. Pradeep Kumar. About Mr. Pradeep Kumar:Mr. Pradeep Kumar is an avid researcher and a remarkable trainer. He is an engineer and has done MBA from IIM Bangalore. He has over 20 years experience in industry. His work on Indian Mathematics (Vedic Maths) is most referred work across the country. He trains teachers to teach maths to children through games. He applies Vedic Math principles and Games to bring desired improvement in…
  • How to Teach Vedic Maths to kids through Games?

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:48 am
    Date & Time: Fri, Mar 21, 2014 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM IST (Limited Seats offered on First Come First Serve basis)In this webinar you would learn about teaching Vedic Mathematics to Kids using games.You would also learn why children count on fingers and how tools designed by Magical Methods can be utilized to remove it. Today, Children in general know tables up to 12. In this webinar you would learn how you can use Magical Methods tools and games to train children in tables up to 99.Please Note: You can attend this programme if you have a PC or a TAB or mobile connected with INTERNET. You…
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    11 Feb 2014 | 12:59 am
    Earning Potential: More than Rs. 1.5 Lac per monthInvestment : Rs. 50,000/-Magical Methods Training Pvt. Ltd. is carrying out several training programme for teachers and students using technology. Magical Methods is establishing Magical Methods Resource Centre across the country to expand its operations. Magical Methods is providing EXCLUSIVE territory to the resource centre based on the geographic area (normally a district). For further details visit 
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    Eat, Study, Sleep, Repeat.

  • Fourier Transform Solution for the Dirichlet Integral (sin(x)/x)

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    In mathematics, there are several integrals known as the Dirichlet integral, after the German mathematician Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet. One of those is In this post I will present my solution to this integral, using Fourier transforms and their properties. I will also show how to calculate the integrals for for In later posts, so as to keep individual solutions separate, and keep posts at a decent length. Before I begin, I would like to mention that this is not meant as a very rigorous mathematical solution, so some details and steps are skipped. Also, some assumptions are made that…
  • Funny but Sadly True Facts about a Ph.D

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I just wanted to share some things I found while “doing research” on the internet. 1. Funny Ph.D with pictures 2. Illustrated Guide to A Ph.D. 3. 25 Deeply Painful Ph.D. Student Problems All credit for the content of the links goes to the original authors. I just wanted to share this with the readers of my blog.Filed under: Engineering School, Personal Tagged: fun phd problems, funny phd, phd student problems
  • Installing Julia Studio on Ubuntu 13.10

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I’ve been a user of Julia for a while now and it has developed greatly over the past year. I did however take a break from using due to a lot of trouble installing Julia Studio on my Ubuntu 13.10. I’m not blaming anyone for this unsuccessful endeavor, I’m just saying I didn’t have the tech savvy or the time to tinker with my Ubuntu. Nonetheless, I have now successfully got it up and running and I am enjoying every minute of it.  Therefore, I wanted to give all of you other guys, who, like me, are not that tech savvy yet, a quick guide to successfully install Julia…
  • How to Get Credit Score as an International Student

    19 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    As an international student coming to the US for the first time (for a longer stay, not just visiting)  credit history is one thing that you will definitely want to have never heard of. At least in my personal experience… My main issue is, coming to the US with no previous acquaintances or arrangements with the University, I was struck by the impossibility to get anything (a place to rent, phone contracts etc.) without credit history. I just started wrapping my head around this issue and I wanted to share my experience so far. The main point is that I cannot yet boast with a good…
  • How to Write a Resume in LaTeX

    28 Feb 2014 | 7:21 pm
    One important step in any Engineering student’s life is looking for internships and quite possibly jobs. In order to do this, a resume is more than required. The whole idea of writing a resume in LaTeX is mainly to show off, especially if you are applying for a job that requires proficiency in LaTeX or writing scientific reports. I just want  to add that this is not one of those “how to write a good resume” posts. I am not qualified to make an comments on the validity of one format over another, so I will just show you my resume template written in LaTeX. This is just a…
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    Learn English Like Me | The best strategies to improve your English

  • 30 days in a row learning phrasal verbs

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    After 30 days learning phrasal verbs I want to share with you an extensive summary of what I did. I wrote this post to motivate you to do the same and start learning phrasal verbs like me. You can read more about the strategy I used in my post… The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs As you may know, instead of memorizing an endless list of phrasal verbs, I have used them on a daily basis because I wanted to internalize them. I worked on 30 phrasal verbs. I wrote 465 different sentences using this phrasal verbs. I made some mistakes that helped me to improve my English.
  • My English exam preparation – March

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the third post of a series where I’m sharing with you how I’m preparing, month after month, for an English exam (CAE). Let’s see in detail what I did during March and what I’m going to do in April…     My English Exam Preparation In March How did I work my English during the third month of the year? 1. Speaking skill… I finished looking for and gathering the basics rules I have to work in order to improve my English speaking level. This is a brief summary of the 10 basic rules or “Ingredients“ I have to master if I want to improve your English…
  • How to speak perfect English

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    At first sight, English seems to be an easy language. But when you try to speak in English it’s when you change your mind about English as an “easy language”. Because of that, I recommend you to stop right now and ask yourself the next questions… Would you like to know why English sounds English? Which are the basic “ingredients” that make English to sound like it sounds? What do you have to do in order to speak perfect English?     The Ingredients That Make English To Sound English After reading and listening to many English materials, I gathered up the…
  • The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Phrasal verbs are very important in the English language. You do need to know lots of phrasal verbs if you want to reach a good English level. But for English learners like us it’s difficult to learn phrasal verbs and use them naturally like native English people do…     Why Is So Difficult To Learn Phrasal Verbs There are hundreds of phrasal verbs. To reach a good English level you have to learn at least the most common ones. But the problem is that phrasal verbs are not an easy stuff to learn… As an example, you know pretty well the meaning of the verb “to…
  • 7 basic questions to choose the right English exam

    13 Mar 2014 | 9:46 am
    I share with you the most important questions to think about deeply before deciding to take an exam. If you think twice about these key points beforehand, you are going to… Choose the right English exam for you. Face your future exam with the best chances to succeed. Let’s check the basic question to choose the right English exam for you…     1. Do You Really Need To Take An Exam? It can seem a stupid question but you need to know if you really need to take an exam. If you want to learn English just because you like it you maybe don’t need an English certificate. In…
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    eLearning Infographics

  • The Flipped Classroom Infographic: Turning Traditional Education On Its Head

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. So what is it and why is everyone talking about it? - What is the flipped classroom? - How it came to be - What’s driving it? - What it looks like Via:
  • Americans U.S. Education Review Infographic

    Christopher Pappas
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    At the Americans U.S. Education Review Infographic you will learn which School Subject Americans value the most and which are consider unimportant. Which School Subject has been most valuable to you? Math 34% English/Literature/Reading 21% Science/Physics/Biology 12% History 8% Business/Finance/Accounting 4% Geography 3% Psychology 3% Economics 2% Art/Theater/Music 2% Foreign Language/Language Arts 1% Home Economics 1% Theology/Religion 1% Via:
  • 5 Important Reasons To Create Bit-sized Learning Infographic

    Christopher Pappas
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    5 Important Reasons To Create Bit-sized Learning Infographic: Bite-sized learning improves psychological engagement. Bite-sized modules take full advantage of our natural energy ebb and flow. Bite-size chunks of content hack the limits of our working memory. Bite-sized learning can lead to better learning results and business outcomes. Bite-sized learning adapts to modern-day learners. I highly encourage you to check The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works article You may also find valuable: 7 Micro-eLearning Techniques to Improve Performance How To Bring Micro-learning…
  • The Hidden Benefits of College Education Infographic

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Although earning a  college degree often leads to a job and a salary, there are many, many more benefits. According to the The Hidden Benefits of College Education Infographic, college graduates report being happier with their work, and having a higher likelihood of learning new things at work compared to those without a degree. Via:
  • Designing a Learning Opportunity Infographic

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    The Designing a Learning Opportunity Infographic puts together a list of 5 gifts educators should offer their students when designing a memorable learning experiences. Prep Time Do the hard work ahead of time. Design the learning experience thinking routines, performance indicators, learning spaces, and materials beforehand. Your Silence Wait… Be quiet, let learners talk, respond, and push each other. Practice What You Preach Stop talking about concepts and start implementing them. Right now… Collective Cognition Give learners opportunities to connect with each other. Extended…
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    Talk in French

  • French Listening Exercise: Dictation for Beginners #5

    Frederic Bibard
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
      (© Alain Jocard / AFP) Step 1: Listen one time. Do not write. Step 2: Listen again write what you hear in but make some pause. Step 3: Hear again at normal speed. Make corrections to what you have written. Step 4: Check the answer and compare. Disclaimer. I take this text from unjouruneactu.c... The post French Listening Exercise: Dictation for Beginners #5 appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 30 French Movies to Watch – April Edition (One Per Day)

    Frederic Bibard
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
      Compiling a top list of the greatest movies fabriqués en France turned out to be  a though task . For sure every movie fan has his own favorites, with no one or two films the same But I worked hard and long over the hottest top (kind of…) French movies. Et…voilà! A new list of French fi... The post 30 French Movies to Watch – April Edition (One Per Day) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast #2 – What to wear when travelling in France?

    Frederic Bibard
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
       The second session of  Talk in French Podcast is here! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here on the blog via  SoundCloud. There is a button where you can download the Podcast.              Check the download button on the soundcloud ... The post Talk in French Podcast #2 – What to wear when travelling in France? appeared first on Talk in French.
  • French Listening Exercise: Dictation for Beginners #4

    Frederic Bibard
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    © Nasa. Step 1: Listen one time. Do not write. Step 2: Listen again write what you hear in but make some pause. Step 3: Hear again at normal speed. Make corrections to what you have written. Step 4: Check the answer and compare.     Disclaimer. I take this text from websi... The post French Listening Exercise: Dictation for Beginners #4 appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Talk in French Podcast is finally here. French Women Myths

    Frederic Bibard
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
      It’s here! The first session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here on the blog via  SoundCloud. There is a button where you can download the Podcast.            Check the download button on the soundcloud file. ... The post Talk in French Podcast is finally here. French Women Myths appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Legit or Scam Detailed Report With PaymentProof

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm is the Newly Register PTC site and If you guys want to earn, you must work hard for it. Not just sitting and let it be. There are many more ways to earn in the website.  Like... [Read More...]
  • TNEA 2014 Application Form, Random Number, Rank List, Counselling Schedule Details Anna University

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Issue of Application form for TNEA 2014 likely to begin from May 1st week, 2014 confirmed , so candidates may check more info about the admission process here . TNEA 2014 Application Form,... [Read More...]
  • Brain Damage Habits

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    1. No BreakfastPeople who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level.This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration. 2. OvereatingIt... [Read More...]
  • Block Ads on Android Apps, Games and Browser

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Ads are most disgusting things in internet which distracts users while in the browsing session. Most of the ads which are displayed in the internet are not useful to most of the people. Now ads are... [Read More...]
  • How to Test your Internet Speed with Auto Net Speed Tester

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    There are many online tools can check the net speed of  broadband connection, but net speed can increase or decrease through the day by day especially if Net connection is share with... [Read More...]
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    Born to Learn

  • How long can a person live in this manner?

    Chaim Goldberg
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Let's imagine a person who comes to stay in another city. He doesn't know the language. He doesn't have much money and he is more or less helpless. After a few hours he finds a place where they provide free food, a hot shower in the evening and a place to sleep. Once in a while there are even women who arrive from the area to distribute clothes. How long can a person live in this manner? Is a normal person capable of receiving the necessities of life free-of-charge on a permanent basis? When does the need arise to return all the plenty that we have received for free? If we grasp…
  • Do we need teacher’s?

    Chaim Goldberg
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    We were young; a group of children who hadn't long ago finished kindergarten and were now discovering the great richness and the broad imagination of the world of books. We loved to read, we thirsted to read as a wanderer in the hot desert comes upon water. Books were a great new adventure for us. For example, we searched for the Hasamba books in the municipal library, and if they weren't there we would go to a friend or a family member. We read them in the proper order. We talked about them non-stop. Every boy wanted to be Yaron  Zahavi (the book's main character) and the…
  • Outside our comfort zones…

    Chaim Goldberg
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A few days ago Thomas Friedman suggested that we solve the Israeli Palestinian conflict by placing NATO forces as the doorman of the Palestinian state. This suggestion is not of his own making, but that of Mahmoud Abaas, the acting governor of the civic affairs of the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria. According to Thomas Friedman this is a reasonable and even a very good option, even though everyone will have to abandon their present and accepted way of thinking. In the journalist's own words: "…Yes, it will require Israel, the Palestinian Authority and America to…
  • Circle of Life…

    Chaim Goldberg
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:48 am
    In my last message [Who doesn’t need food (or Values)?], we discussed the significance of food and how we internalize food (and moral values) within us. Today I want to bring you another thought about this subject. In the Book of Psalms, King David complains about the fact that the nation of Israel replaced their glory "with the figure of a grass-eating ox" [106:20]. Let us try to understand: What is the difference between a man and an ox? Does the fact that the animal eats grass belittle the honor and the glory of mankind? If we look at this in greater depth, we see that both…
  • Who doesn’t need food (or Values)?

    Chaim Goldberg
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:26 am
    A few years ago, I attended a fascinating and very special show, one that was quite unusual. All those who appeared were completely blind – some of them from birth, while a few of them lost their sight soon after they were born. At first it was painful to watch them moving around. Most of them needed support by others with sight, and each one had a constant companion. The theme of the show was a verse from the Torah: "Man does not live by bread alone." While each one told his or her own story, they baked bread which was given to the audience to eat at the end of the show.
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    TargetPG - Target Professional Growth and Post Graduation

  • Hilly / Remote and difficult areas : Bonus Marks for GH PHC

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:34 am
    Hilly / Remote and difficult areas : Bonus Marks for GH also -oOo- Background 1. Government had designated certain areas as “Hilly Remote and difficult Areas” and working in PHCs there would give one mark per year, subject to maximum of 10 marks. This scheme was responsible for most PHCs in Ooty getting filled up. […]

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    In compliance of the order dated 14.03.2014 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in WP(C) 433 of 2013 AIPG 2014 Counselling REVISED – SCHEDULE FOR ONLINE ALL INDIA QUOTA PG COUNSELLING – 2014 All qualified candidates please note that the Registration, choice filling / locking done earlier between 28.02.2014 to 07.03.2014 will be treated null and […]

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  • TNPG 2014 Rank List Total Marks TNPGMEE Result Tamil Nadu PG

    14 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    TNPG 2014 Rank List Total Marks TNPGMEE Result Tamil Nadu PG -oOo- INFORMATION TOTHE CANDIDATES FOR PGDEGREE /DIPLOMA / 6 YEAR M.Ch.,(NS) / MDS COURSES 2014 – 2015 SESSION     The counseling schedule will be hosted in the websites in due course of time.                     Secretary,           Selection Committee.  -oOo-  E.E.No NAME PG MEDICAL COURSES 2014 – 2015 SESSION PROVISIONAL MERIT LIST FOR ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES COM TOTAL MARK RANK […]
  • Bond Stipend Fees Hostel Facilities of All Colleges under NEET MD MS Diploma MDS

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Bond Stipend Fees Hostel Facilities of All Colleges under NEET MD MS Diploma MDS -oOo- Also See Correct Stipend Non Service TN PG Post Graduate MD MS DM MCh 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Tamil Nadu Medical Colleges Kerala Medical College : First Year JR Stipend Rs 32,000 First year Super Specialty Senior Residents Rs 35,000 […]
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  • Effective Group Evaluation of Ideas-Creation and Selection

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Groups work together to come up with ideas. These groups may be inter or intra-company formations that focus on particular problems. The process in which they generate ideas and evaluate these ideas is important for the development of stronger business models and group decision-making. A study Harvey & Kou (2013) focused on evaluating group decision-making and found that the idea generation process eventually moves into four modes of group interaction that can be used individually or in combination to determine the merits of each idea. The group process is important for determining…
  • Voting on NASA's New Space Suit Coming to a Close

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    The concept of development takes new heights as NASA finishes open voting on its next generation of space suits. In 2012 NASA released the Z-1 design which looks a little like Buzz Lightyear’s outfit (1). The design was voted on by 200,000 people from around the world. It blends the old features with new features to create greater levels of functionality. Developers are not ready to move to infinity and beyond but are making a small step in that direction.The public could choose between the Biomimicry, Technology, and Trends in Society designs (2). The Z-2 will be the next generation to be…
  • Call for Papers: Global Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    May 15th-18th, 2014Clearwater Beach, FloridaConferenceWelcome to the official website of the Global Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (GIBA 2014), which will be held during May 15-18, 2014, in city of Clearwater Beach, Tampa, Florida, USA. GIBA 2014 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, scholar and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Business and Economics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.This conference is organized and…
  • Convenient Practice and Nighttime Lighting at Mission Bay Golf Course

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    There are few things to ask for beyond fountains, golf courses, and sunny beaches. California life is all about the outdoors and recreational fun. The Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center offers a touch of that life with their 18-hole executive golf course and exclusive night time lighting. Located just a few blocks from Mission Bay and the local De Anza Cove Park it is possible to enjoy the waterfront and a round of golf all in the same afternoon. Seeking summer and the smell of freshly cut grass isn’t hard in San Diego. Just head down to the water and take a right-or something…
  • Innovating Products and Services with the Internet

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Innovation occurs when individuals have a need for specific products and information. The internet has fostered a greater transference of information and we now see product innovation growing at a faster pace than at any point in history. This innovation isn’t always company fostered and can generate organically from consumers. A study by Takeyasu & Sotaro (2014) helps support the notion that innovation and consumption are related. In their study they reviewed 1,000 music users to determine how consumption and innovation are interrelated.Innovation comes through companies or through…
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    On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog

  • Want to write better? Start reading, a lot [Infographic]

    Mike Hanski
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    It usually helps me write by reading – somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear. - Steven Wright Reading is a new fashion. Again. And it’s cool. We bet, you all can find and cite many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person […] The post Want to write better? Start reading, a lot [Infographic] appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • How to Write a Critique of a Novel

    Mike Hanski
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    When your teacher gives you an assignment to write a book (novel) critique, the first thing you should do is making sure you understand the specificity of this task clearly. Keep in mind the fact you were asked to write a critique, not a simple review of a novel. What is the difference? A book […] The post How to Write a Critique of a Novel appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Have a Break: Time for some College Fun

    Mike Hanski
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Today’s post is short. College is not about studying only. Have some fun Here’s what we’ve made with Pow Toon: Kudos to eCampus. Huffingtonpost article on theme parties, greek life and school spirit: 7 Fun Things You Have to Look Forward To In College Wikihow advise you to cheer on your football team. And more: […] The post Have a Break: Time for some College Fun appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Dialectic Essay: Assignment and Sample

    Mike Hanski
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    The assignment: write a dialectic essay on the topic of your choice, it should be about 2 double-spaced typed pages (600 words maximum). Follow the structure and clearly label each section of your essay. As far as you know, academic essays can be different. Being a student, your task is to understand the difference between […] The post Dialectic Essay: Assignment and Sample appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Famous American Essay Writers: from Early Days to Contemporary Essayists

    Mike Hanski
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    I write essays to clear my mind. - Taiye Selasi Certainly, Ms. Selasi did not speak about academic essay writer’s block in particular, but essay writers block in general. Have you ever thought how essay writers could influence other people, and how important they could be for events’ coverage in history? Thanks to these people […] The post Famous American Essay Writers: from Early Days to Contemporary Essayists appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
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  • 10 Engaging Earth Day Activities for Kids

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Since 1970, Earth Day has been raising public awareness of environmental issues. Today, our waterways are less polluted and air cleaner, yet there is still much work to be done before we can consider ourselves a sustainable society. This year, engage your students or children with one of these eco-friendly activities on Earth Day or the week coming up to it. Activities for Children – Kindergarten to Grade 6 Plant a Tree It may seem cliché, but planting a tree is a simple act that helps the environment and gets children outdoors enjoying the natural world on Earth Day. Coordinate with…
  • Building Executive Functioning Skills throughout the School Year

    21 Mar 2014 | 7:52 am
    Do you have a student who continually forgets to bring home books or hand in homework? Have you ever wondered why a student who grasps a concept is unable to apply the idea to new topics? Do you fret that the chaotic state of your child’s room is the physical manifestation of his scattered mind? Chances are these students are still developing key areas of their executive functioning skills. Executive functioning is not a term for business moguls living it up on a retreat. These neurological processes help us perform daily tasks that require organization and self-regulation. The ability to…
  • 10 Ways to Raise Funds for Your Classroom Needs

    10 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Teachers truly are miracle workers. Not only do you work hard to turn around struggling students and help exceptional students exceed their potential, but you often do it with a limited budget and a lack of a materials. That’s why sites like Pinterest are full of ideas for turning free items, such as hardware store paint chips and empty milk jugs, into classroom organization tools and cool projects. However, sometimes recycled goods just won’t do the trick. When you need new resources and supplies for your classroom, but don’t have the funds, there are websites ready to help…
  • Graphic Organizers in the Social Studies Classroom

    William Campione
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    The social studies curriculum keeps getting bigger, but the amount of class time allotted to actually teach content keeps getting smaller. Teachers are responsible to present large quantities of information and students are being asked to do more with that information than ever before. How do we accomplish so many tasks, achieve so many goals, and meet so many standards in such a small amount of time? Graphic organizers have been helping teachers condense information forever, and they have become more of a necessity in the 21st century classroom. Organizers help students to chunk information…
  • Black History Month Reading List – 30 Titles for Grades K-12

    1 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    While African-American authors hold their own in the literary world, Black History Month gives you a chance to highlight some of the most celebrated African-American authors and their literary achievements. While some of their works highlight the rich history and achievements of African-Americans, others simply bring a new perspective to common themes and story lines. To help you determine what books to include in your classroom, we’ve compiled a list of some great works to share with children during Black History Month and have created worksheets to help you assess children after you read.
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    Student Caring

  • Ask these questions before in enrolling in beauty school in 2014 (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Because I’ve been there. And I know what it’s like to be worried for the future and wonder what’s going to come out of it. Through it all, however, I knew one thing for certain. I was going to make it. And if you make all the right moves, you will too. The post Ask these questions before in enrolling in beauty school in 2014 appeared first on Student Caring.
  • Prof’s: How to Remember What You Didn’t Know (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Prof's de Roulet and Pecoraro explore for their colleagues, how to remember what you didn't know, in order to better understand and connect with our students. The post Prof’s: How to Remember What You Didn’t Know appeared first on Student Caring.
  • Alcohol and Facebook: The Myth that Everybody’s Doing It (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    After 18 or more years of looking after your child, it is natural you want to continue supporting them and help them to succeed at this crucial point in their lives. However, many parents are unsure how best to offer their children support while they are studying away from home. The post Alcohol and Facebook: The Myth that Everybody’s Doing It appeared first on Student Caring.
  • 10 Ways Parents Can Support Students Who Are Away Studying (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    After 18 or more years of looking after your child, it is natural you want to continue supporting them and help them to succeed at this crucial point in their lives. However, many parents are unsure how best to offer their children support while they are studying away from home. The post 10 Ways Parents Can Support Students Who Are Away Studying appeared first on Student Caring.
  • SC 73 Why Teach? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    Yes, why do you teach? The post SC 73 Why Teach? appeared first on Student Caring.
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Differentiating Staff Development to Grow Teacher Leadership

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    This is a condensed version of an article I wrote for the spring 2014 edition of Living Education eMagazine. The National Staff Development Council’s Standards for Staff Development provide guidance to school leaders focused on fostering high-quality professional learning communities.  Principals who are willing to utilize the standards will find that they enable them to address the varied needs of teachers, which, in turn, enhances the learning of an increasingly diverse student population.  School leaders should consider using a differentiated staff development model aligned with the…
  • Book Review-The School Improvement Planning Handbook

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    The School Improvement Planning Handbook:  Getting Focused for Turnaround and Transition. Daniel L. Duke, Marsha Carr, and William Sterrett. Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013, 287 pages. The school improvement process can seem daunting to even the most seasoned administrator.  Many school districts are focusing on turning struggling schools toward increased achievement.  However, deciding where to start, what to include, and how to address the needs of a school community remains extremely challenging. So, how should school leaders approach the improvement process and how do we turn…
  • Meet Kelly Reider, English Language Leader

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:44 am
    Kelly Reider will guest host #mdeschat this Thursday, April 3rd at 9PM EST.  She is the Coordinator for English Language Acquisition and the International Student Services Office for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland.  Kelly is passionate about supporting schools in their efforts at meeting the needs of English learners.  We sat down with her for a Q&A on current issues impacting the ESL field. Tell us about yourself. This is the start of my 21st year in education.  I have two teenage sons, an 8th grader and a high school senior!  Our office is responsible for…
  • Five Steps to Expanding Your PLN on Twitter

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:45 am
    1.      First you have to join. Obviously, joining Twitter is the first step towards expanding your personal/professional learning network (PLN).  What’s not so obvious, however, is that “how” you start is also important.  Don’t be an egg.  Put a picture in your profile.  Avatars are fine, but educators like to see the actual person they might follow, so take a deep breath and choose a picture you like.  Tell us a little bit about yourself in your profile.  Who are you?  What are your passions?  Why are you on Twitter?  A good picture and a nice profile are enough for…
  • Things I Forgot After 13 Years Away from the Classroom

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest blog by veteran educator, Deborah Wooleyhand. I was recently asked to cover a class at a local elementary school during state testing.  The teacher I substituted for was administering the assessment to a student with one/one accommodations.  I quickly agreed.  How hard could it be?  I was a kindergarten teacher for 18 years, so covering a class for a few hours would be no problem. I have been out of the classroom for 13 years.  I forgot how children like to push the limit with a sub, even if you are married to the principal.  I forgot how fast a 5 year old can move, even…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Sea Kayaking to Isle Royale

    Calvin Croll
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    There are places that beckon to be explored. Everyone has them. Mine is Isle Royale, a tiny National Park located inconveniently in the middle of Lake Superior. The first time I saw the island was from across the water in Canada. I was leading a sea kayaking course for Voyageur Outward Bound that was exploring... The post Sea Kayaking to Isle Royale appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • 10 Essential Wilderness Cooking Tips

    Renee Igo
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    There’s a common misconception that wilderness cooking is limited to hot dogs, space food, and ramen noodles. There’s no right way to do wilderness cooking, but if good food is a priority to you around the dinner table, there’s no reason you should sacrifice that around the campfire. Whether you’re struggling with a peanut butter... The post 10 Essential Wilderness Cooking Tips appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Adventures in Teen Leadership

    Iggy Perillo
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    “Adventures in teen leadership” is not actually the subtitle to the classic novel The Lord of the Flies. If scenes of teens running amok in the wilderness from this book are at the top of your mind’s eye when thinking of teen leadership, then let me introduce you to an alternative: Outward Bound. During a... The post Adventures in Teen Leadership appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • A Day in the Life of a Voyageur Outward Bound Instructor

    Kristin Adam
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Curious? Well, this is not a typical office job, and you won’t start the day to the sound of a blow dryer or beard trimmer. Instead of a 30 minute commute via car or public transit, simply tie up your hiking boots for a mere 30 second walk from your tent to morning meeting. The... The post A Day in the Life of a Voyageur Outward Bound Instructor appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Learn wilderness skills, Discover life skills

    Renee Igo
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    You’re not going to go home and carry a canoe around your house, I tell my students at the end of each expedition. It’s not about learning to carry canoes. But for the past few weeks, we’ve focused on learning how to travel by canoe, pushed our limits paddling through waves and carrying boats over... The post Learn wilderness skills, Discover life skills appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • A Checklist for Writing a PhD Proposal

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    The requirements for writing a PhD proposal varies from department to department, and from university to university. As there is so much variation, it is crucial that you double-check the particular requirements with your subject department before you start writing. This will include checking the specifics for formatting, word limits, and the content that you need to provide. Despite the many variables of writing a PhD proposal, it will need to contain the elements that any good scientific writing will have. This usually consists of at least some of the following: A title An abstract An…
  • Doing your Dissertation References

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Writing your dissertation references can be a real fuss, but it is worth doing it properly as you will lose valuable marks if you do not. Anyone that has had to produce references for an academic piece of writing, will agree that writing references can be a very tedious process, however it can make the difference between making it into a higher grade. If you lose marks because of your referencing, a simple albeit tedious guarantee for a few extra points, you will most likely be fairly annoyed with yourself. To make it easier for you to grab those extra marks, we have prepared an easy list of…
  • Referring to your literature review in the discussion section

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    If you are writing a dissertation, chances are you have had to write a literature review. This has two primary purposes: 1)    It gives your research study context, by showing previous research, and gives you the chance to explain your methods. 2)    It gives evidence that will be required when you come to explain the outcomes of your investigation. Whereas most are aware of the first reason, many students forget the importance of this second reason. You must remember that when you come to write the discussion section of your dissertation, you absolutely need to make sure you are always…
  • Handling Dissertation Data Analysis and Statistics

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Accurate statistical analysis of data is often argued as one of the hardest parts of writing a dissertation, and can seem overwhelming and demanding. This is true for anyone having to analyse data, whether the writer is using specific data analysis programs, such as SPSS or Linux, or has adopted a more descriptive, non-technical approach. There is quite a lot of variation in research writing. For example the results from an analysis presented in an oral history dissertation, will be presented differently to the analysis in a dissertation in consumer culture, because the questions they are…
  • 6 Top Tips on Writing Dissertation References

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:50 am
    Writing dissertation references can seem daunting and maybe a little bit too fussy for some, but it doesn’t have to be. We have prepared five top tips to help make referencing easy! Before you do anything, make sure to check the rules for referencing in your field of study and your university. There are several different referencing styles that are adopted by different institutions and departments, so ensure you go over those chosen by your faculty, until you are sure you understand the specifications. This way you won’t waste time doing things incorrectly.  Prepare for your reference…
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    The Edvocate

  • 3 Learning Problems Bigger Than Teacher Prep

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Last week seven U.S. states announced intentions to revamp teacher-preparation and licensing requirements that essentially make it tougher to become and remain a teacher. Some of the new requirements include steeper admission requirements for teacher-training programs and licensing based on performance of a specific set of skills. The plan is intended to make for better teachers, and ultimately better students over time, but stricter teacher requirements will not necessarily lead to higher-achieving students. There are still too many outside forces with which everyday teachers contend that…
  • Texting, Tweeting and Terrible Grammar in K-12 Schools

    Matthew Lynch
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Internet and cell phone cultures have brought a whole new meaning to American slang. Not only are kids these days speaking informally, but now those relaxed rules of grammar are sneaking into written words too. The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project asked middle and high school educators about their thoughts on digital tools and the impact on student writing. Over two-thirds of the respondents said that writing platforms provided through Internet and cell phone use have improved student creativity. Students also have more outlets for collaboration which encourages…
  • Maya Angelou challenges Obama’s “over testing”

    The Edvocate
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Along with 120 other children’s book authors, beloved poet and activist Maya Angelou has called President Obama on the carpet for his “testing overuse and abuse.” The authors say that the pressure on children to learn narrow testing materials, and then perform well, robs them of a love for learning. Among the authors on the list are Ruth Spiro, Whitney Stewart and Alma Flor Ada. The letter, addressed to President Obama himself, scolds the Administration’s role in heightening standardized test ramifications and therefore putting more pressure on students and teachers…
  • Smart Seating Charts: The Key to Better Student Performance?

    Matthew Lynch
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Teachers have long known that not every student is perfectly suited to traditional classroom setups, but with budgets tight, doling out individual attention is not always a reality. What if there was a way to make the traditional classroom setting work better for everyone though? Research has found that classroom seating arrangements have a great impact on student performance and behavior.  A study done by Angela Hammang at Montana State University found that when carefully crafted seating charts were in effect, teachers were twice as successful reaching students and that the attainment of…
  • K-12 Technology: Benefits and Drawbacks

    Matthew Lynch
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    The late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” Though he was speaking about the road to true equality for all people, I have often attributed this quote to the role of education in America, particularly public education for K-12 students. Despite the quickness with which our society has become accustomed to having everything, all at once, educational reform and progression is still a slow-turning gear in the great machine of time. The truth is that the face of K-12 education is…
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    CTET Preparation

  • First Karnataka Teacher Eligibility Test - 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    For the first time, Karnataka has also made it mandatory for aspiring primary school teachers to take the Teacher Eligibility Test to make themselves eligible for the government teaching jobs in the state.The test will be known as KARTET ( Karnataka Teacher Eligibility Test ).The Common Admission Cell ( CAC ) of the Department of Public Instruction will be conducting the first ever KARTET on May 25 , 2014.National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had made TET compulsory for teachers before recruitment after the implementation of Right to Education Act. Following the trend, Karnataka…
  • UPTET 2014 - Online Application Form

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    UPTET is conducted by the SCERT ( State Council of Education Research and Training) for candidates of UP state.UPTET will be inviting Online application form for UPTET  and its eligibility for examination will be published on the official website after the publication of its advertisement.Basic education qualification is a 12th Class + 2 year educational diploma certificate / graduation degree +B.Ed degree.For further information, please visit UPTET official website :
  • Active Learning

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Reproducing the article on Active Learning by our expert , Shraddha Das, NIIT Ltd. To understand Active learning, we first have to understand what does Learning means.Learning is a continuous process ofacquiring new knowledge; modifyingorreinforcingalreadylearned or acquired knowledge, accumulation of experiences, skills & values and creation of new things. Thus, learning reflects change in behavior.Active learning refers to the process wherein the learners are actively involved and acquiring learningsby following various strategies, tools and techniques. In classrooms, where…
  • UPTET February 2014 : Results To Be Declared Online Before 7th April

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:54 am
    The results for UPTET ( Uttar Pradesh teacher Eligibility Test) which were to be declared online on 27th March, 2014 will now be declared before 7th April, 2014. The result will be announced on the UPTET official website : per the updates, around 8.50 lakh candidates gave UPTET 2014. 
  • CTET-FEB 2014 Results Analysis: Only 1.79% Qualify CTET

    23 Mar 2014 | 1:34 am
    As per reports, just 1.79% of test takers cleared the CTET-FEB 2014 exam. 8.26 lac candidates had applied out of which 750,722 applicants wrote the exam. Out of this a mere 13,428 or 1.79% of test takers qualified in the latest edition of the exam. This means that 55 out of 56 candidates failed to qualify.This is not the worst result. In the NOV 2012 exam only 1% candidates had qualified. However the duration of the exam has been increased since then and 11% candidates had qualified in CTET JULY-13. The feb exam was seen as more difficult than the previous version and we had predicted…
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    Advice for International & Native Students

  • Investment Banks Lowering Hours – Genuine Change or Media Smoke Screen?

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    The workload placed on Junior Analysts at the major Investment Banks (BB’s) has seen alot of attention lately, with banks promising to ease down on the workload and encourage weekends off. I ran into an interesting article today on The New York Times’ “DealBook”, titled Banks Ease Hours for Junior Staff, but Workload Stays Same where current Junior Analysts add their opinions. “A number of young bankers say that while they can now enjoy a leisurely brunch or a binge of television watching on Saturdays, their overall workload has not changed noticeably. It just…
  • So You Think You Work Long Hours?

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    So You Think You Work Long Hours? Greetings! I’ve decided to interrupt my article series for international students in order to provide some content that’s potentially interesting for all the readers here at WSO. I will however return to writing articles for international students in a couple of weeks, but for now I’m broadening my target audience! When applying for a job in a foreign country it’s crucial to know what’s expected of you in terms of working hours – which might differ a great deal from your native country. I think this is especially relevant in the financial services…
  • A Foreigner’s Perspective on Getting Adjusted to Living in the US – Funny

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    I think that anyone from any part of the world can find a place here. You will never feel that as a foreigner that you won’t have access to the same opportunities that Americans do. (Visa issues are a nuisance sometimes, but if you play your cards right, that can be easily sorted). This is truly a country where hard work and smarts pay off. As they usually say here: God bless this great country. A few pointers: 1. Get used to Fahrenheit, pounds, miles etc. (They don’t make any logical sense and are not based on decimal conversions) 2. Tipping: You are expected to tip here. Tip…
  • International Students – Learn More About The H-1B Visa

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:21 pm
    The Problem Faced by International Students For many of us international students here in the U.S., the most dreaded time of our professional career arrives as we are about to graduate with an undergraduate degree, more specifically finding a company what is willing to offer us H-1B sponsorship; also known as the “Person in Specialty Occupation” Visa. Once international students have used up all of the 12 months available through the OPT (which I’ve addressed in earlier posts), international students are basically left with very few choices if they are to remain legally in the U.S.,…
  • Finance Resume Template for College Students

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    By the good graces of the people behind confused college students out there has been offered this great finance resume template! For those of you looking to make sure your CV format is clean and make sure that your finance resume is polished, this is a great sample resume you can now use.). We all know how competitive internship applications and summer analyst positions are nowadays, so I’m hoping this gives you an even bigger edge in recruiting. The template can be found here: WSO_Undergrad_Resume_Templatev6-11pt font (2) Tagged: application, banking, career,…
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  • Crossing the ILT Bridge to e-Learning

    Patti Alvarez
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    As Director – Sales at Ideaon and over 20 years’ experience, I can honestly say Ithought Ihad heard it all, until today, while making my morning calls I spoke with an instructor that said “Patti, why would I want to outsource my own job?” I was a bit overtaken byher question. Of courseI reassured her crossing the bridge from ILT to e-Learning would not outsource her job, but make her more of an asset and help her company retain their employees. She must have found value in my statement, wetalked fora bit and I was given an opportunity to share our custom course development and our…
  • Social play can be Social Learning

    Patti Alvarez
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I have been asked a half-dozen times about my thoughts on Social Learning within corporations.  At work we do use social tools such as Skype, Yahoo Messenger and YouTube for learning purposes. When I ask about social learning in the work place, I normally get blank stares from potential clients, “Do you mean I should allow my employees play on Facebook at work?” This makes me wonder whether everyone is classifying social learning as social playing. I feel I need to educate our clients about what they are missing. This same scenario happened a few years back when “gamification” came…
  • Pharmaceutical e-Learning – a 360 Degree help from IDEAON

    Shankar Krishna
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Regulatory and Compliance Training We understand the need for regulatory and compliance standards. Incremental learning and training employees so that they adhere to the standards prescribed is critical. Regulatory standards keep changing frequently and keeping your employees updated on them can be challenging in an ILT format. However, adopting eLearning can make it easier for you to update the courses and make it available for your employees. The IDEAON team has designed regulation and compliance training modules in a format that can be easily assimilated. We use various engagement…
  • Demystifying Big Data and What it Means for the CLO Organization

    Shankar Krishna
    20 Dec 2013 | 1:46 am
    In the past couple of weeks, from the CLO breakfast meeting interactions to the thousand odd conversations (who’s counting now) at DevLearn 2013 Las Vegas, one topic that kept popping up often was Big Data. So, needless to say, it is a trend and a “Hot” one indeed. However, I should add here that as with any new trend, there is a lot of confusion, scrambling to understand and to be in-the-know, a lot of misconceptions, apprehensions etc. you name it and you could sense that. I am reminded of yet another trend not very long ago, called “Cloud-Computing”. The most hilarious and I…
  • N x (LMS vs LCMS) + this = clear (?)

    Shankar Krishna
    20 Dec 2013 | 1:45 am
    First things first. The title of this blog. I am sure the first thing you said on seeing the title was Huh?.  Well….. let me explain. “n” times you would have heard / seen / read about LMS vs LCMS, but the questions / doubts still keep popping up. So, all these n times explanations about LMS vs LCMS plus this blog should now make the topic clear once and for all. At least let me hope so (which is why you see the question mark at the end) We have seen so many articles on this topic of LMS vs LCMS all trying to disambiguate, clarify, define, re-define, provide specific examples etc. but…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • 5 Healthy Habits to Teach Your Children on World Health Day

    Lynda Way
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Parenting is preparing your kids for the big wide world by teaching them how to make good decisions on their own. An important one is teaching ways to maintain good health. That’s because the patterns your child develops now will … Read More
  • Imagination Station: The Best Children’s Books

    Lynda Way
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s never too soon to start reading to your children or to have them start reading either. Thankfully, there are books specifically created and published for preschoolers so that you can get a head start on their education. There are … Read More
  • Storytime: How to Make Your Child a Book Fanatic

    Lynda Way
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    Children’s books can teach a kid a lot about the world around them but it’s not always easy to get your child to like books when it comes to story time. Here are some ways to get your preschooler involved … Read More
  • Diagnosing Your Lonely Child

    Lynda Way
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many children experience a period of time in which they don’t seem to have any deep friendships. It’s true that friendships among children change often. But a prolonged period without any obvious friendship can be problematic for their social development. … Read More
  • Your Guide to Raising a Happy Child

    Lynda Way
    27 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    We all want our children to grow up to be a happy and optimistic individual. But sometimes things like this don’t come with ease. Regardless of their genetic makeup, the happiness quotient of your child depends upon their immediate surrounding … Read More
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    Degree Admission

  • JIPMER MBBS Entrance Examination 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    JIPMER MBBS Entrance Examination 2014   Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) has invited applications for admission to its MBBS course. Interested and eligible candidates have to send in their applications before May 2, 2014. Name of Course: MBBS Programme Total number of Seats: 150   JIPMER MBBS Entrance 2014 Eligibility criteria:   India nationals and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are eligible to apply for admissions. The applicant should have passed/appeared for HSC (10+2) examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology…
  • VITEEE 2014: More than 1.9 lakh Candidates to Appear for the VIT Entrance exam

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

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:29 am
    Sri Ramachandra University MBBS, BDS Admission 2014 Sri Ramachandra University Admission 2014  The Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai is released the Undergraduate (MBBS, BDS) admission notification for filling up the vacancies in respective courses for 2014. The Ramachandra University Application form 2014 is now available for apply