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  • 9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World

    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer
    Angela Maiers
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning — except one: Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world. Few, if any, schools offer a set of lessons and practices that guides students through the process of how to approach a problem, insist that change can happen and make it so. If we believe that today’s students are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that will disrupt the status quo and transform our world, then we need our classrooms to be a place where they…
  • Places to visit in Ambaji

    Detention Slip
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Ambaji is one of the oldest and most revered pilgrimage centers of ancient India. Ambaji holds lots of attractions that will definitely fulfill the expectations of the tourist from all over the world. Ambaji attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the world especially during Bhadarvi Poornima and also Diwali. This place is surrounded by dense forests of the Aravalli Ranges. It provides the perfect blend of natural beauty and spiritualism to the tourists. Check out the following places that must not to be missed when you plan a trip to Ambaji. The Gabbar Hill Gabbar is a small hillock about…
  • Study: How struggling schools improve student performance

    ASCD SmartBrief
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Three steps were taken by more than 96% of low-performing schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants to help improve -More- 
  • Federal Court Protects an Adjunct’s Complaints About Working Conditions

    CHE > Latest news
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    An appeals panel held that the First Amendment gave an adjunct the right to speak out about alleged mistreatment despite having been asked to praise her college.
  • What You Need to Know About New Rules to Protect Students from Poor-Performing Career College Programs

    ED News
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Cross-posted from the White House blog.
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    Detention Slip

  • Places to visit in Ambaji

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Ambaji is one of the oldest and most revered pilgrimage centers of ancient India. Ambaji holds lots of attractions that will definitely fulfill the expectations of the tourist from all over the world. Ambaji attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the world especially during Bhadarvi Poornima and also Diwali. This place is surrounded by dense forests of the Aravalli Ranges. It provides the perfect blend of natural beauty and spiritualism to the tourists. Check out the following places that must not to be missed when you plan a trip to Ambaji. The Gabbar Hill Gabbar is a small hillock about…
  • 6 Must-haves on a Caravan Holiday

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Many people are getting interested in traveling by caravan since they will have greater freedom with a vacation that involves these mobile homes. There is so much planning that you have to do when you are travelling by caravan though and there are several things that you have to keep in mind such as the caravan insurance cover that you enrolled in, the place where you are planning to park and you also have to check out whether you have brought everything that you will be need for your trip. #1 Charger and cable for your gadgets There is no denying that there are a lot of gadgets that will…
  • Explore Ooty “Queen of Hill Stations” – An ideal break from your bustling city

    shameema begum
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    When it comes to places to visit in Ooty, it is like a nature lover’s dream come true. Ooty is often called as Queen of Hill Stations in terms of its beautiful and scenic glamorous city located at mighty height of the Nilgiri Hills layered with lush greenery and mesmerizing lakes, eye catching gardens and much more. Ooty is one of the ideal honeymoon destinations for many newly married couples in India. Ooty is the unique place in terms of its colonial ambiance amid the sprawling nature which makes the city as a must visit place for many travelers. Here, you can find some of the must…
  • Karnataka Offers Fascinating Mix of Tourist Attractions

    shameema begum
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Karnataka, in the South West of India sustains its charm in the fascinating mix of tourist attractions which makes it beloved among tourists across the world. Like any other city of India the cities of Karnataka is a richly vibrant state that is crowded with immense of attractions such as Karnataka famous Beaches, its Wildlife, Hill Stations, and its calm and exotic religious temples that add up as an experience to remember for a lifetime. Karnataka invites you to explore its lush green landscape, rich heritage, culture, and a variety of tourist places spread out all over the state. Check…
  • Explore Hyderabad – the Most Populous City of India

    shameema begum
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hyderabad is the most populous city of India which is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh located in the southern part of the country of India. Hyderabad offers you with anything you expect such as Starting from historical places to the astonishing nature and old age monuments to the landscaped gardens. Hyderabad is, however, mostly preferred by Couple, Family. Here are some of the major attractions in Hyderabad to know about more information of each attraction in Hyderabad. Check it out. Charminar The Charminar is the famous monuments and mosque located in Hyderabad. The Charminar can well be…
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    ASCD SmartBrief

  • Study: How struggling schools improve student performance

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Three steps were taken by more than 96% of low-performing schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants to help improve -More- 
  • Help choose Educational Leadership themes

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    If you could select a theme for an upcoming issue of Educational Leadership, what would it be?  -More- 
  • Study examines school accommodations for teens with ADHD

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    A survey of 543 students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder found that only about a quarter of the students receiv -More- 
  • Mich. bills could offer certification to high-school students

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Two bills introduced last week in the Michigan Senate, could allow for science, technology, engineering and math certificatio -More- 
  • Students use "genius hour" to complete hands-on projects

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Some fifth-graders at a Georgia school are using a "genius hour" during the school day to work on projects such as building a -More- Can your data measure up? The 10-item checklist for Student Growth Assessments Quality data give you a clear picture of each student's learning, proficiency, and college readiness as you transition to more rigorous state standards. If you're ready to accelerate every student's achievement, download our student growth assessment checklist. Our 10 questions will help you choose the right assessment for your district's needs!
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • The Sandbox Manifesto

    Angela Maiers
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I honestly proclaim that everything I have learned about social media, I learned from children. Children have no ulterior motives; they play authentically and transparently. In doing so, they place profound lessons in front of us. How do I know this? From the many times I was privileged to visit with children in their most sacred of habitats: the sandbox. It was there I recognized the sandbox as one of the most fitting analogies for the web and the world we find ourselves a part of now. As a teacher, I’ve seen extraordinary things happen in the sandbox. From friendships being formed to…
  • How Do Schools Get Tech R.I.G.H.T.?

    Angela Maiers
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
      Technology transforms the world in which we live. It can make the impossible possible and is the key to doing more with less. Yet many school leaders are apprehensive about bringing technology into their school, much the way the fellow in this clip fears one of his first sightings of snow: Those who fear technology don’t realize that it’s not the technology that matters—it’s how you USE it and more importantly WHO we become because of that experience. Students are not motivated by technology. They are motivated and transformed when they get to use the technology to…
  • 9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World

    Angela Maiers
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning — except one: Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world. Few, if any, schools offer a set of lessons and practices that guides students through the process of how to approach a problem, insist that change can happen and make it so. If we believe that today’s students are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that will disrupt the status quo and transform our world, then we need our classrooms to be a place where they…
  • What Will Your Verse Be? – Guest Post by Monica Evon

    Angela Maiers
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    The new school year is in full swing, and the jitters of the first couple weeks are subsiding. Students know which classes to go to when, and teachers are calling on students without glancing at the class roster (at least not too often). With procedures and protocols out of the way, I am reminded of one of the most essential jobs we have as educators: helping each child become all he or she can be.  It’s an exciting and challenging task—and a terrifically rewarding one. My challenge to my fourth graders from the beginning of the year: What is your genius? What is your contribution to the…
  • EdTech Digest Awards: Nominations Open until Sept. 30!

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

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

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

    Mitch Weisburgh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    We are thrilled to announce major changes at Academic Business Advisors. As you know ABA was founded in 2005 by Farimah Schuerman and Mitch Weisburgh, and our whole premise has always been to find excellence in education and then catalyze growth, networking, and distribution. Farimah has found her dream company in which to accomplish that: Copia is partnering with major publishers to offer digital content through their platform to both the higher education and K12 markets. Farimah has been working at Copia full time overseeing their state, school, and publisher partnerships. Mitch and the ABA…
  • Why aren't more Edtech products reaching more students?

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

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

  • Helpful Google Search Modifiers Poster [Link] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Helpful Google Search Modifiers Poster Google Downloads for educators Here’s a handy handout that you can use as you teach Google search modifiers. It is amazing how many don’t know how to search. (See my Search Engine Math video for how I teach this.) Link: Get the PDF Google modifiers handout The post Helpful Google Search Modifiers Poster [Link] appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog.
  • What is a blog? [Video] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    So many teachers are teaching blogging. I thought it would be helpful to see how I teach blogging to my students. Here’s my in-flip video. Listen to the Every Classroom Matters interview with Jon Bergmann, flipped classroom pioneer if you don’t know about the in-flip method. You’ll also see starting at minute 7 how I teach my students to begin blogging using our private Ning and a glimpse into the Ning. You’ll see the initial skills I teach students. (Titling, embedding, and writing style.) Essential Questions: What is a blog? Why are blogs important? How will we…
  • Minecraft and Common Core Literacy Project: Givercraft starts Nov 17 [Link] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Minecraft and Common Core Literacy Project: Givercraft starts Nov 17 GiverCraft Weebly October 21, 2014 Minecraft and Common Core Literacy Standards meld in one free project for kids grades 6-12: Givercraft. Click to visit the Givercraft website Dr. Lee Graham of University of Alaska Southeast is at it again. Her masters students combine the Giver and Minecraft to create a powerful 2 week experience called Givercraft starting November 17, 2014. Enroll your class in this free project now! What a great experience with gaming and literature to use around the holidays. The site makes a…
  • K12 Online: Networked Intergenerational Learning #gamifi-ed #k12online [Video] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Verena Roberts does a masterful job of telling the story of powerful intergenerational learning through her K12 online Conference presentation: #Gamifi-ED Networked Intergenerational Learning. Can ninth graders and masters students in college have a symbiotic mutually beneficial learning network? Yes! Here’s how. Take time to watch this and all of the other incredible K12 Online Video Presentations. It is a wonderful conference with so many resources!   The post K12 Online: Networked Intergenerational Learning #gamifi-ed #k12online [Video] appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog.
  • Universal Design (UDL) in Online Spaces with @BethRitterGuth (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps us design learning to reach every student. Today’s guest, college professor Beth Ritter-Guth teaches us about using UDL in online learning spaces. Whether you’re flipping your classroom, blending learning, or teaching online, every teacher can learn from Beth’s techniques to reach every learner. Beth Ritter-Guth became interested in Universal Design for its potential to increase student success.  She believes if everyone uses UDL in online education then all students will succeed, regardless of ability labels.  Dr. Ritter-Guth…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • “Why” Is a Crooked Letter

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    If your childhood was anything like mine you had a natural curiosity to understand why things happen.Before Wikipediawe went to grown-ups for answers and received a variety of perplexing responses. The three responses I remember most were: because Y is a crooked letter, because I said so, and because life is not fairAlthough we are now older, and presumably wiser, we still ask questions from the “grown-ups” around us and get similar responses. Ask a question of your supervisor, colleague, professor, spouse, partner, or friend and see if these types of responses still apply. One would hope…
  • #CSAM14: Snapshot of Clare Cady, Serving Humans in Need

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    As #CSAM14 comes to a close, we have one more featured #SApro to share: meet Clare Cady! What was your path to Student Affairs (feel free to include your plans as an undergraduate, etc.)? I am a student affairs legacy. Both of my parents worked in athletics administration at Colgate University, the campus where I essentially grew up. Doing my undergraduate work at Clark University, I worked at the Dean of Students Office, which was where I first learned about student affairs. It was watching the Deans respond to 9-11 that showed me the critical importance of student services and support in…
  • Do Your Own Dance

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Source: Own the Floor Years ago, 3 guys walked into a bar. One of those guys was B-Boy (breakdancer) Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli. He was greeted with blaring hip hop music and a large circle of dancers. Luca, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, lived with arthrogryposis or curved joints his entire life. He’s far too familiar with surgery rooms, but that night there were no tables or doctors – only the floor. While his friends traveled by foot and car, Luca used a skateboard for transportation. His legs were weak and unable to carry him; his physical…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 10/30/14 – Transferring your skills: Transitioning from one area of higher ed to another

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Transferring your skills: Transitioning from one area of higher ed to another . In this week’s chat 160 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 937 tweets 115 contributors Transcript MOD: Lisa Endersby Top Contributors Shane Cadden Derek Bundy alice Jake Nelko Erik Heller EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 237 tweets 45 contributors Transcript MOD: Brian Proffer Top Contributors Elenna Geffrard…
  • #CSAM14 – Snapshot of Mairead Kiernan, Being THAT RA

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Who is Mairead Kiernan? My name is Mairead Kiernan, and I’m a new #SAPro working as a Resident Director at Stevenson University just outside Baltimore. I’m a May 2014 graduate of the M. Ed. program at Texas Tech University, and prior to that, spent four years at Syracuse University study communications and sociology. Professionally, my areas of interest lie in student conduct, violence prevention, and risk management. Personally, I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, traveling, learning the ins and outs of being a cat mom, blogging, and the occasional Netflix binge! What was your path to…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

    Dean Shareski
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I had an idea on a flight today. Smart People I Know presentation My other podcasts Now add your questions or ideas. Thanks.    
  • Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

    Dean Shareski
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I often ask people what they believe about learning. I suggest many people view learning and schools synonymously which while they aren’t, I think many schools inadvertently send a message that  learning is like Buckley’s cough syrup: “It tastes awful but it works.” Learning isn’t supposed to be easy. Or is it? As I explore the way we characterize learning I continually see how much we value words like: “hard, challenging, rigor, difficult” In my efforts to make school more engaging and joyful, these ideas, while maybe not opposing, are certainly…
  • Reflection Trumps Connection

    Dean Shareski
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    This month is Connected Educator month. That’s a good thing. I think we need to continue to support the notion that teachers need each other. We now have a myriad of ways to stay in touch with the brightest and best around the world. We can form groups as easily as a click of the mouse. In one might be considered the most challenging time to be an educator, we need each other and often times “each other” doesn’t mean the person across the hall. Being a connected educator is important but I think being a reflective educator trumps that.  As has often been the case in…
  • Technology is Hope

    Dean Shareski
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Over the past several years we’ve seen technology referenced in many ways. Technology is changing how our brains work Technology is disruptive Technology is an amplifier Technology is just a tool Technology is transforming education Technology isn’t making a difference in schools Depending on the day and the context I could probably argue both sides of these statements. When I look back at my own journey with technology the word that continues to remain is hope. The first 10 years of my teaching career, the changes I witnessed were mostly around curriculum and strategies. We…
  • Put the Laptops Away

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

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    SPLOT! Hah. Blame Brian Lamb for the acronym (despite twitter banter, I like it) for an idea to frame some project ideas for my stint here at Thompson Rivers University. The idea is Simplest Possible Learning Online Tools, things that faculty or designers here could use w/o worry of south of the border servers and not requiring any logins. Something that can be tried and used in the shortest possible time. Just to get started, I picked something doable quick. I had seen Tom Woodward experiment with a jQuery widget that allows you to compare two images with a little slider, which I had also…
  • A Third Leg for StreamMode vs StateMode

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by Marco Colin The thing about Mike Caulfied posts is that they work their way into your mind (“Captain, he put CREATURES… in our brains”). In What Iterative Writing Looks Like (and why it’s important) he delineates (strongly) between the streaming flow of social media content versus reflective blog content has been resonating in mine: StreamMode is Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. It’s also blogs to a large extent (though this is somewhat mitigated through cross-linking and backtracks). It’s internet comments.

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    Originally published by me at (re) New Media Art (see it there) Technologies: Bluetooth modules, DAWN Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking Stack, iPac Pocket PCs with 802.11b and Bluetooth, microcontrollers, sensors, Umbrellas, softwareCurrent URL: n/a (no response for Chapter: A project conceived by Engineering PhD students Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki at Trinity University (Dublin), experimented early with networks…
  • Traveling Back in Web Time with Memento

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Memento (nods to the Christopher Nolan’s genius) wants “establish a web that has a memory”. It’s part protocol / part browser tool that aims to make it easier to see a web resource at a past time of your choosing. In the video above I take a few steps back in time form 2014 through 1996, to look at my first site for the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction and just for grins, tried to take the same steps back for Time magazine If you know the URI of a Web resource, the technical framework proposed by Memento allows you to see a version of that resource as it…

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by xeophin Please, no not look. Thanks to some fun sponsored by Reclaim Hosting, I ended up with a new spiffy domain to play with. @ReclaimHosting — Alan Levine (@cogdog) September 29, 2014 I almost forgot about it when poking around my directories, and saw the directory sitting there. I thought about maybe putting my worst photos on a site… but enough about my photos, what about other photos? So here is the concept. This site now is set to every hour, rummage around flickr, and find a person…
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  • Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing

    Greg Allen
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Dante Martin faces a possible 22 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of fellow Florida A&M band member Robert Champion.» E-Mail This
  • Former Band Member Convicted Of Manslaughter In Hazing Death

    Greg Allen
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    A former member of Florida A&M University's marching band was convicted of manslaughter on Friday. Prosecutors said Dante Martin helped organize the hazing that took Robert Champion's life.» E-Mail This
  • 50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

    Steve Drummond
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Our new series will tell the stories of great teachers, and explore some big questions: What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones?» E-Mail This
  • A $1.3 Billion Question: What's The Future Of LA's iPad Program?

    Annie Gilbertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    The departure of Superintendent John Deasy leaves the controversial program — and the future of the district's technology plans — up in the air.» E-Mail This
  • New Initiative Hopes To Connect Qualified Students With College Know-How

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Thousands of qualified students from low-income backgrounds don't attend college because they don't have the information they need to apply. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with former New York City Schools chancellor Harold Levy about a program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which aims to use the Internet to link high school students to counselors and mentors.» E-Mail This
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  • What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX. The course is structured in a dual layer model, an approach that Matt Crosslin has nicely articulated. We have 20,000 registered students, with 32% having actually logged in and taken part in the course. 180 countries are represented, with the top being US, India, and UK, representing 25%, 11%, and 4% of students. I’ve run numerous MOOCs over the past six years. I’ve used a range of platforms, including Moodle, D2L, Canvas, Drupal, Downes’ gRSShopper, and others. In the process, I’ve…
  • Innovation in open online courses

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC will start. We (Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Ryan Baker, and I) have spent the last several months thinking through the course structure and format. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. Since MOOCs gained…
  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

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

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

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

  • Teaching Can be a Rewarding Experience

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    Teaching becomes fun for both teachers and students, if novel way is figured out for imparting an interest. Exceptional teachers try out varied tools for making learning enjoyable. Certain students download information best, when effective and innovative methods are employed and learning in doing this definitely makes information memorable. Some teachers focus only on providing the required information towards the students as per the prescribed syllabus, they’d give a little deliberation over the delivery method. If ignored, this might create boorish and dull environment for receiving…
  • Hello world!

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    A Difference

  • Assessment Rocks and Sucks!

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I recently facilitated a conversation with new teachers on Assessment. I very much wanted to model what active learning can look like in the classroom and I simply refuse to just talk at people for an hour without involving them in the conversation in some way (as you can tell from slide 2 below). The format was a riff on an EdCamp classic activity called Things That Suck. Clear the tables and chairs away. Everyone stands up in the middle of the room, me at the front. My right hand is the "Rocks" side; people stand there if they agree with the statement on the slide. They stand on my left if…
  • Are Laptops Really Bad For Learning?

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

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

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

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

  • We shouldn’t be carnies (Scott McLeod)
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The carnival comes to town. It’s exciting, it’s thrilling, it is SUPER fun. But then it leaves and we’re back to business as usual. Does this describe our technology integration activities? Or our STEM programs? Or our PBL projects? Momentary, short-term bursts of interest and excitement followed by the regular same old, same old? We could make these higher-interest learning experiences regular and frequent components of our day-to-day instruction. Or we can continue to treat them as occasional, perhaps primarily extracurricular, carnival-like events. Personally, I believe that we…
  • What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days! (Scott McLeod)
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Hope you’ll join Mike Anderson and me for our K12Online presentation on October 30! UPDATE: Our presentation is now available! Related Posts 4 days to go! HELP WANTED (and CONTEST) – 500 school leadership blogs in 10 days? School makes me 3 days ’til The Textbook Challenge! Teacher quality: There’s something wrong if maestros are required? People put time and effort into becoming better at an activity they find worthwhile
  • Technology grants for Iowa teachers (Scott McLeod)
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is working with the CenturyLink Foundation to award technology grants to Iowa teachers. As we said on our web site, The goal of this grant program is to fund INNOVATIVE uses of digital learning tools by students and educators. Don’t just tell us you ‘need some iPads.’ Dream bigger than electronic worksheets. And please, please, please don’t send us a proposal describing how your students need drill-and-kill apps or software. We’re looking for visionary, not replicative. We’re looking for 10X thinking, not 10% thinking. Tell us what your students…
  • We’ve got no time, no time… [SLIDE] (Scott McLeod)
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    We’ve got no time, no time… [note: this is more the fault of our systems than our teachers] Download this file: png pptx key Image credit: Classroom scene with teacher Ida Adams, City of Boston Archives See also my other slides, my Pinterest collection, and the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Related Posts Can’t we do better than the evolutionary filmstrip? [SLIDE] What we permit, we promote [SLIDE] Are you going fast enough? [SLIDE] Technology is a given, not a debate [SLIDE] Troublemaker [SLIDE]
  • Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’ (Scott McLeod)
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    85 questions assigned by a high school teacher to start off To Kill A Mockingbird… Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’ Who is this book dedicated to? How old was Jem when he broke his arm? What is Jem’s full name? Who does Scout believe caused the events to happen to lead to Jem’s accident? Who does Jem believe cause the events to happen to lead to his accident? How much older than Scout is Jem? Is Scout a boy or a girl? Is Jem a boy or a girl? What is Jem and Scout’s father’s name? What is shameful as Southerners? How did Scout’s ancestor make his living?
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    Creating Lifelong Learners

  • Clarifying Questions in the Common Core Classroom

    Susan Obuchi
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you think about your educational experience growing up, it may have looked something like this. The teacher asked the questions, students gave the responses, and the answer was either right or wrong. A correct answer was rewarded with “good job” and a smile. An incorrect answer was met with a shake of the head or a frown, and the student felt bad for getting the wrong answer, and didn’t always know why the answer is wrong. With the Common Core State Standards, students are asked to validate their answers with evidence. Instead of accepting an answer as merely right or wrong, push…
  • iTunes U Courses on Innovation and Common Core

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I’ve authored two iTunes U courses which you’re welcome to subscribe to. Innovation and Communication is a course for school leaders on how to start a movement, support teachers, and lead by example. Technology in the Common Core is a course on how to integrate technology into the teaching of the Common Core. As with all iTunes U courses, you must have an iPad to view.
  • Moving Beyond the Personal Narrative

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

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

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

  • Bad Teachers Everywhere, All The Time, Even You

    Jose Vilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    In my last post, there was a big conversation in other areas about this idea of “bad teachers” and whether I should have paid more attention to discussing “bad teachers.” Cameron Diaz notwithstanding, the term “bad teacher” is a super-sensitive topic, one I don’t wish to treat with kid gloves, but a fine-toothed comb, because it merits serious discussion, especially through a racial and class lens. But let’s this out of the way: there are bad teachers. There’s not any one definition of “bad teacher,” but bad teachers persist…
  • Bad Teachers [Running Out Of Time]

    Jose Vilson
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    A few questions to ask yourself before you talk to me about bad teachers. What is a bad teacher? Out of the dozens of teachers you’ve had, how many of them would you actually call “bad”? Are you successful because or despite those teachers? Did your school environment exacerbate or blunt the effect of the bad teacher? Would you have “made it” if the bad teacher was a good teacher? What do you think the percentage of bad teachers is right now? Where are they? What do they look like? What’s the difference between what you think is a bad teacher and what the…
  • When Teachers and Students Fight

    Jose Vilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    The latest viral video comes out of Baltimore, MD, where the Orioles weren’t the ones swinging. This video, a shaky mess that needs watching and re-watching to fully get what’s happening, starts with a student pacing back and forth while the teacher makes a phone call to someone, presumably a parent. The fight ensues when the student throws a binder to the teacher’s face, prompting the teacher to charge at the student. The women exchange a few profanities, and the typical school crowd gathers ’round, further instigating the fisticuffs. This is not a post where I defend…
  • Writing Yourself Right Out Of The Burning House

    Jose Vilson
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    “Dear Self (& other writers)–If you’re not writing with the urgency of exile, what’s the point? Which is to say, your writing should convey so much immediacy, fire and risk that you chance being kicked out of something with each line. Your writing should make you fucking quake.” – Airea D. Matthews Kelly Wickham shared this quote with her friends recently and also commented that she thought about my recent post about … well, about life as an educator of color writing about education. I must have pored over that post for four hours before hitting…
  • Race, Class, and Acceptability As A Connected Educator [Aspiring To Karen]

    Jose Vilson
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Karen Lewis matters to me for a myriad of reasons, both personal and activist. She isn’t just the leader of the Chicago Teachers’ Union and the CORE caucus that took the education world by storm with fiery oratory and community-centered energy. She symbolizes a new vision for progressive education reform, one that speaks proactively about the education deforms with the nuance that only a Black woman such as herself can. With all due respect to the past and present leaders of all sides of education reform, she embodies the voices of those most disenfranchised by the last decade…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Could This Be You?

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    He came to me extremely upset. It was almost time to turn in his assignment and he had really messed up. He figured it out, but it was too late. He didn't have enough time to make it right and he was tore up.He said, "Mr. McGuire, I don't know what to do. I think I did this all wrong." He was shaking and distraught. He so wanted to do well and he knew what he had done wasn't good enough.We talked over the assignment, I showed him an example (See the post below), and then he asked if he had to turn it in right then. He chose to stay in from recess and work on his post during study table. Great…
  • Main Character Comparison

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Here is an example from Emma M. that earned an A.I'm like Sophie because she is curious. When her mom came to see her in the summer, Sophie would always asked, "What do you do on Skin Island," and,"Why can't I come and see you?" But her mom would never tell her. Sophie got more curious every time. And she even asked her dad what her mom did. But even with many times Sophie begged, he wouldn't tell her. I am curious like her too. One day when I was watching a really good show called Pretty Little Liars, (it's a mystery). I was trying to figure out who A was, but I got so curious that I…
  • Is Your Teacher Making You Read?

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The class was having SSR (Sustained Silent Reading) and I noticed a girl scooting around in her chair. I started watching her and every little bit she would glance at her book and then look all around the room. She looked one way and then the other. She tried to see through the blinds on the windows. She wanted to take a restroom break. She looked at her friends trying to catch their attention. The one thing she never did was read her book.This girl obviously was only reading because her teacher was making her. She does not like to read. She can't even fake it well. SSR clearly makes her…
  • Why We Read in Class

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    I have always believed reading makes the best readers. That is the reason behind the Read at Home assignment. Recently I found an article on Twitter that talked about reading in school and how some teachers and their assignments kill students' love of reading.One part states:I don’t have time for in-class reading.” Have you ever said this? I used to say it all of the time. If you commit to instilling a love of reading in your students (the most important part of education), then you must make time to read in class–every single day! Two or three times weekly isn’t good enough. Readers…
  • "You Gotta Have Heart"

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Eric Thomas is a former NFL player who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, NY Jets, and Denver Broncos. Eric fought through an extremely difficult childhood, including dropping out of high school. Eventually he followed his dreams, and went to college at Tulane University. Now, he speaks at conventions, high schools, and colleges. He preaches about success, passion, and driving to achieve your goals in life. In this video, Thomas talks about three keys to success:1. You gotta have heart2.  Be able to sacrifice what you are for what you will become3.  Pain is temporary but…
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Frameworks for Understanding the Future of Work

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Technology is changing work. It’s changing labor. Some imagine radical transformations, both positive and negatives. Words like robots and drones conjure up all sorts of science fiction imagination. But many of the transformations that are underway are far more mundane and, yet, phenomenally disruptive, especially for those who are struggling to figure out their place in this new ecosystem. Disruption, a term of endearment in the tech industry, sends shutters down the spine of many, from those whose privilege exists because of the status quo to those who are struggling to put bread on the…
  • What is Privacy?

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

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

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

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

  • Replacing Skills

    Jeff Utecht
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    I haven’t been blogging here much as my time has been spent working with teachers in their schools, Learning2 and COETAIL…which I love! Replace is my new word of choice when talking about the skills of technology.  I have done the word dance on this blog. Going from integrate, to embed and now to replace. However, I think it’s just the progression of adoption of any new way of thinking any new skill set as we reach a new level. A level where we need to start replacing the skills we use to teach with new skills that must be taught. The standards haven’t…
  • Digital Citizenship Course for Educators

    Jeff Utecht
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Just a quick announcement that our third Eduro Learning Online Professional Development course will begin soon. We’re really excited about this one as it is one of those things we talk about teaching but A) Never get training on and B) Don’t really make it a priority. Our fear is that even though educators told us they would like to have a class on how to teach Digital Citizenship to students we’re not sure if people will actually sign up for such a class. I guess time will tell. Space is limited to 25 participants so if you’re interested now’s the time to sign…
  • Learning @Learning2

    Jeff Utecht
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    There are different ways to measure success. Last week at the first ever Learning2 Africa conference that was held at ICS Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we measured it in a few different ways. 118 of 119 of the participants on the survey said they would recommend the conference to a friend or plan on attending next year. Before we left the conference we had a school step up wanting to host it for 2015 We had inquiries from other schools in Africa to host the conference in 2016. Now there are a lot of ways to measure success and when you get responses like this from the participants from the first ever…
  • Privacy

    Jeff Utecht
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Photo Credit: MSH* via Compfight cc I need to start checking myself when this question comes up during presentations and trainings. At some point someone always asks about privacy. In many cases they don’t even know…..I think anyway…..that they are asking a privacy question. The questions usually are posed as: “If I put something in Google Drive is it safe?” “If I put something in Google Drive can anyone see it?” “Is it secure?” “Can someone hack in and get my stuff?” I’m finding the more I’m asked questions like…
  • What Happens When We Forget The Mind Shift

    Jeff Utecht
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Photo Credit: rwentechaney via Compfight cc I read an article today titled: Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops. It only took me two seconds to figure out what the issue was here….I’ll give you a clue….it’s not the laptops. There are some interesting quotes and lines in this article that caught my attention. Now I don’t know this school district, I give them an A+ for trying something at least. It sounds like they got caught in the netbook era of computing and just couldn’t get out. What follows are some of my thoughts around what went…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Leave School Now While You Still Know It All

    Alfred Thompson
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Interesting questions appear on Twitter all the time. Sometimes addressed to individuals and sometimes addressed to the Twitterverse as a whole. One earlier today has me thinking a lot. And chatting with people on Twitter and Facebook. Advice for a hs senior who is already programming at a high level and is wondering abt spending $100K+ for a degree??? Anyone? — Will Richardson (@willrich45) October 28, 2014 This is a tough question if only because it raises many more. What does it mean to be “programming at a high level?” What is the value of a degree? How does one invest their time…
  • Two States–the Highs and the Lows

    Alfred Thompson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I found this image on Facebook last week and it really rang true for me. I experienced both sides of this recently. On one hand I wrote a program on the spur of the moment and pushed it out in 20 minutes with no struggle at all. On the other I started a program I thought should have been just as easy and spend a couple of frustrating hours as nothing I did seemed to work. I put part of it aside to come back later when I was calm again. Why does this happen? The same is true with teaching as one of my friends on Facebook pointed out. One day you thrill to the sight of students “getting it’…
  • Interesting Links 27 October 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    What a week. I teach at a private school and one of the things we do is have open houses for prospective students and parents. Last week we had two which meant some extra time at school. Honestly though I really enjoy talking about the school and especially the computer science program. For students who are interested in CS there are not a lot of great options in high schools. I heard last week that New York state is going to let computer science meet a graduation credit. I hope that helps there. And let’s not forget the lower grades either. Why Teach Computer Science in K-8? I Want Every…
  • Instructions and Removing Ambiguity

    Alfred Thompson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Recently I found the following image on Facebook. I plan to use it with my students this semester as a starting off point for conversation. This is a perfect description of someone dealing with ambiguous instructions. Context and assumptions come into play as does words that mean different things to different people. To some people “put some spaghetti on the stove” implies a multi-step process that results in cooked spaghetti. Or failing that at least spaghetti that is cooking when the wife gets home. To someone not used to cooking the obvious request is the literal one shown in this…
  • Picking Good Variable Names

    Alfred Thompson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Actually picking any sort of name is important in programming but we can focus on variable names for a bit. The CS Teaching Tips team tweets and posts a lot of great suggestions. Today they send out a tip about variable names. Avoid using x and y as variable names to prevent students from confusing variable assignments with mathematical expressions. I’ve been working on my variable naming for demos and sample code this semester. The x and y confusion is part of it. It’s tough because I learned in an era where short, even one character, names were the rule not the exception. Memory was…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • NEWSWIRE: October 28, 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Vol. 16, No. 42 VOTE FOR EDUCATION. No, we aren’t getting a president this year, but midterm elections are a big deal, as they have the ability to put leaders in place who truly care about delivering the promise of an excellent education for all students. Unfortunately, as AEI’s Rick Hess points out in the Washington Post, candidates aren’t putting education front and center, “seriously ignoring an issue that affects 50 million kids.” Thankfully, Education50 does all the investigative work for you, so you know where all 36 gubernatorial candidates stand on education issues before…
  • Jacques: Slow down on charter school reform

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    by Ingrid Jacques The Detroit News October 24, 2014 Michigan charter schools are feeling a little picked on lately. Since July, these public schools which educate about 10 percent of the state’s students have received nearly 100 percent of the criticism coming from Democratic lawmakers and other education leaders. In recent months, Democrats have introduced three pieces of legislation that ultimately seek to limit charter schools and single them out for additional accountability and transparency when all public schools could benefit from more scrutiny. And earlier this summer, state…
  • How I Learned Not to Hate School

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    By Deisha Merriweather Wall Street Journal October 22, 2014 By the time I was in the fourth grade, I had been held back twice, disliked school, and honestly believed I’d end up a high-school dropout. Instead, three months ago, I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in interdisciplinary social science with a minor in juvenile justice. I am the first member of my family to go to college, let alone graduate. But this didn’t happen by chance, or by hard work alone. It happened because I was given an opportunity. The difference maker was a scholarship that allowed…
  • Candidates are studiously ignoring an issue that affects 50 million kids

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Rick Hess, Max Eden Washington Post October 22, 2014 Education, the polls say, is a perennial worry for voters. More than three-quarters of the public give America’s public schools a “C” or lower; 58 percent think K-12 education is on the wrong track; Gallup found earlier this year that 81 percent of Americans called “extremely important” for the president and Congress to address. And this year has brought plenty of education news to worry over: the Common Core Standards in math and English that became a matter of heated national debate this year; President Obama’s $70 billion…
  • NEWSWIRE: October 21, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Vol. 16, No. 41 TAKING ON THE FREE PRESS. Readers with no background who read the Detroit Free Press State of Charter Schools series would think charters are unaccountable for results while consuming $1 billion in public funds, even though the state of Michigan spends $13 billion on K-12 public education, and not a single traditional public school has ever been closed for academic reasons. The bias is bad enough, but what’s even more concerning is that the respected news organization reprinted the series, omitting pro-charter opinion pieces and letters to the editor, and sent it to state…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • After 'Violent' Incident, Football Game Called Off

    Scott Jaschik
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    California University of Pennsylvania has taken the unusual step of calling off a home football game scheduled for Saturday after five members of its football team were arrested in what officials called a "violent" incident, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The university has suspended the players. The university did not provide details, but public records indicated that five people who were on the team were arrested for aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy.   Ad keywords: administrators
  • Howard U. Custodians Object to Outsourcing Plan

    Scott Jaschik
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    Custodians at Howard University are objecting to their work being outsourced in a system in which they will become employees of a private company, independent of Howard, The Washington Post reported. Outsourcing of custodial services is increasingly common in higher education, and Howard officials say it will help them become more efficient. But workers note that Howard, while grandfathering in current employees, won't commit to continuing key benefits -- such as a free Howard education -- for new workers. To many workers, this represents a shift away from a view that the historically…
  • Ask the Administrator: Putting on a Happy Face

    Matt Reed
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanA longtime reader writes Faculty in my neck of the university recently hosted a visit from our new Vice Chancellor. In preparation for his visit, our programme (one of several in a "school" which functions as a unit only in administrative spheres above my pay grade) sat down and briefed itself, and our full professors with administrative interests or knowledge gave us marching orders: we were to put on a positive face, talk about our brilliant research, our terrific retention numbers, etc. etc., and most importantly: utter no…
  • Louisiana Warns Some Ebola Researchers to Stay Away

    Scott Jaschik
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Louisiana health officials have written to those planning to attend a meeting in New Orleans of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that if they have been in Ebola-affected countries in Africa for the last three weeks, they should stay away or risk being quarantined in their hotel rooms, NPR reported. For some of those receiving the letters, their work took them to such countries but they had no direct exposure, and the limits being imposed by Louisiana go beyond recommendations of federal health officials.  
  • Obama administration has helped weaken and change the for-profit industry

    Paul Fain
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The final gainful employment rules have plenty of critics, but it's undeniable that the Obama administration has made a difference with its five-year crackdown on for-profits. Editorial Tags: Federal policyFor-profit collegesImage Caption: Secretary Arne Duncan
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential

    Laura Devaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    These TED Talks highlight promising and inspiring concepts, including gaming in education Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device. TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all. Each month, we’ll bring you a handful of inspiring TED Talks. Some will focus specifically on education; others will highlight…
  • Cognitive assessment leaps into the digital age

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Digitized cognitive assessments can enhance diagnostic accuracy, while enabling the integration of new knowledge of cognitive processes into assessments Cognitive ability tests, including those assessing intelligence, have long played a pivotal role in measuring normal and abnormal cognitive development in children. Used in conjunction with other data, cognitive testing is a valuable method for gathering reliable information about a child’s learning ability and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. This testing also is used to determine how these factors can potentially influence a…
  • Today’s 5 biggest ed-tech conversations

    Laura Devaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Trends point to a handful of major ed-tech focus areas that grab educators’ attention A few years ago the education world found itself entranced by the iPad, a powerful tablet that promised to revolutionize one-to-one programs and revitalize teacher engagement with technology in the wake of sweeping mobile device adoptions. For years, the iPad seemed to dominate educators’ discussions. Now, that storm seems to have passed, as educators and ed-tech enthusiasts are broadening their horizons and looking to the future. Last week, a group of educators from California and across the…
  • Leading the Digital Leap

    Laura Devaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Despite the fact that technology use is part of daily life, on balance, schools’ use of technology remains far from ubiquitous. There is no question that some teachers, principals, and district leaders have made considerable progress in using technology to transform learning. And there are strong examples of school districts that are leading digital change system-wide. However, there exists a major challenge: Few school systems have found a way to create a sustainable, digitally-enabled ecosystem. The irony is real: Some school systems have not yet realized the promise of technology, for…
  • ‘Buyer’s remorse’ dogging Common Core rollout

    staff and wire services reports
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The debate over the Common Core has spilled into the national political realm.
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • 7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential

    Laura Devaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    These TED Talks highlight promising and inspiring concepts, including gaming in education Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device. TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all. Each month, we’ll bring you a handful of inspiring TED Talks. Some will focus specifically on education; others will highlight…
  • Cognitive assessment leaps into the digital age

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Digitized cognitive assessments can enhance diagnostic accuracy, while enabling the integration of new knowledge of cognitive processes into assessments Cognitive ability tests, including those assessing intelligence, have long played a pivotal role in measuring normal and abnormal cognitive development in children. Used in conjunction with other data, cognitive testing is a valuable method for gathering reliable information about a child’s learning ability and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. This testing also is used to determine how these factors can potentially influence a…
  • Today’s 5 biggest ed-tech conversations

    Laura Devaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Trends point to a handful of major ed-tech focus areas that grab educators’ attention A few years ago the education world found itself entranced by the iPad, a powerful tablet that promised to revolutionize one-to-one programs and revitalize teacher engagement with technology in the wake of sweeping mobile device adoptions. For years, the iPad seemed to dominate educators’ discussions. Now, that storm seems to have passed, as educators and ed-tech enthusiasts are broadening their horizons and looking to the future. Last week, a group of educators from California and across the…
  • Leading the Digital Leap

    Laura Devaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Despite the fact that technology use is part of daily life, on balance, schools’ use of technology remains far from ubiquitous. There is no question that some teachers, principals, and district leaders have made considerable progress in using technology to transform learning. And there are strong examples of school districts that are leading digital change system-wide. However, there exists a major challenge: Few school systems have found a way to create a sustainable, digitally-enabled ecosystem. The irony is real: Some school systems have not yet realized the promise of technology, for…
  • ‘Buyer’s remorse’ dogging Common Core rollout

    staff and wire services reports
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The debate over the Common Core has spilled into the national political realm.
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • 7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential

    Laura Devaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    These TED Talks highlight promising and inspiring concepts, including gaming in education Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device. TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all. Each month, we’ll bring you a handful of inspiring TED Talks. Some will focus specifically on education; others will highlight…
  • Today’s 5 biggest ed-tech conversations

    Laura Devaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Trends point to a handful of major ed-tech focus areas that grab educators’ attention A few years ago the education world found itself entranced by the iPad, a powerful tablet that promised to revolutionize one-to-one programs and revitalize teacher engagement with technology in the wake of sweeping mobile device adoptions. For years, the iPad seemed to dominate educators’ discussions. Now, that storm seems to have passed, as educators and ed-tech enthusiasts are broadening their horizons and looking to the future. Last week, a group of educators from California and across the…
  • Easy steps to OER creation

    Laura Devaney
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Creating and using OER isn’t as complicated as some educators might believe Open educational resources (OER) offer educators a chance to align learning materials to students’ needs–and teachers can create their own OER through a surprisingly straightforward process, using materials they likely have in abundance in their classrooms. OER are commonly considered resources that are freely shared and able to be modified and redistributed. Educators can use OER in small bits to supplement textbooks or other learning resources, or they can use OER to replace traditional textbooks…
  • HP hopes its breakup will benefit schools

    Dennis Pierce
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Venerable Silicon Valley company HP is splitting into two separate firms—one for printers and computers and one for enterprise solutions By splitting into two companies, HP hopes it will be more nimble to compete and innovate. (Ken Wolter / Innovations in mobile computing, 3D printing, and cloud services are what HP hopes to deliver to schools and other customers as a result of its decision this week to split into two separate companies. HP spokesman Jim Christensen said the move ultimately should benefit HP’s K-12 and higher-ed customers. “Our customers are at the…
  • The MaKey MaKey might change the game

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    A new tool opens up a variety of creative possibilities for students Tell me if this sounds familiar… You want to increase student buy-in on a project by designing a challenge with a connection to the “real world.” You want your students to see their work as authentic and not just an academic exercise, but as you brainstorm project ideas with your students, you quickly realize that the things they view as “real” projects require background knowledge that is far beyond their current skills. When your sixth grade student tells you she wants to create new type of…
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    eSchool News » Funding

  • Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity

    Laura Devaney
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As federal efforts to connect students to high-speed internet make headway, districts identify their top challenges Funding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools’ infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). CoSN’s second annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, conducted with AASA and MDR, reveals that 58 percent of school districts said monthly recurring and ongoing expenses are their biggest barrier to connectivity. In all, 60 percent of…
  • October: 5 STEM and learning grants you don’t want to miss

    Laura Devaney
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools School funding continues to present a challenge to school leaders, with budgets seemingly stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon–from a focus on STEM education to funding for student learning design. You don’t want to miss out on these school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. (Next page:…
  • Funding to help students reach STEM goals

    eSchool News Staff
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    The STEM+ Academy helps students build the skills they need to succeed in college and the highly competitive 21st-century workforce. NEF’s unique high-quality, cost-effective total solution grant program provides disadvantaged school districts an opportunity to enhance the STEM+ skills of their students. To date, NEF has provided STEM+ and Math Homework Helper grants to more than 250 school districts across the U.S. Any school district with 35 percent or more students eligible for free/reduced price lunch is eligible.  Deadline: Rolling  
  • 7 awards of more than $5K each for using data collection technology

    eSchool News Staff
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. We encourage K-college science teachers to apply for one of seven $5,500 awards. The Vernier Technology Awards will recognize and reward the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. A total of seven awards will be presented: One award at the Elementary Level (Grades K-5) Two awards at the Middle School Level (Grades 6-8) Three awards…
  • Awards of up to $10K for ‘lossless learning’

    eSchool News Staff
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Have you ever wished you could transform education by empowering teachers and students to learn and do more? For the second year in a row, we’re granting your most inspired wishes for K-12 and higher education with Canvas Grants totaling $100k. And this year, we’re investing 100 percent of that $100k for your 15 most innovative ideas to help find, understand, and address the causes of lossy learning. As part of Canvas’ lossless learning initiative, we’re challenging you to find new ways to maximize student learning potential. You find an innovative solution to help teachers and…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • The Paradoxical Attraction Of Sports

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We have a significant number of students from African background at our school. Now that in itself is too broad a description as the students we have enrolled hail from over twenty nations and cultures across the African continent. Two of the more major groups include Somali and Kurundi families, and our Community Development Officer has been working with some of our parents in playgroups and parent group meetings on a weekly basis. The Kurundi group meets with her, along with one of our multilingual BSSO’s (Bilingual School Support Officer) offering translation support, on a weekly…
  • Some Unsolicited Advice About Report Writing

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:58 am
    Here in South Australia, it is that time of year when mid-year reports go home to parents. I know there are a number of schools exploring and implementing better ways of reporting to parents using online technology but for the majority of South Australian primary schools, the reporting process is fairly uniform and consistent. Of course, things have evolved over time. When I first started teaching in the mid-80′s reports were hand written before then being drafted by hand and then typed up by skilled teacher aides. Eventually about over the last fifteen to twenty years it has evolved…
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  • Take away the descriptors

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We are reckless jargon users in education. Just ask anyone coming out of your local supermarket what they think “effective pedagogies” or “student agency” means.Jargon is used to: exclude; disguise; imply expertise; and to market product.  No one benefits when words are used to divide and confuse.Nine notable offenders have agreed to have a go at stripping the jargon from the following educational terms (see below). They will seek the simple message within and then express it in a 1000 word blog post. The blog posts form part of a collaborative book project initiated by Sonya…
  • The impact of sharing breakfast at dawn on teacher professional learning and development.

    31 Mar 2012 | 9:00 pm
    I have little experience in presenting to breakfast adventurers - so when I was invited to talk to groups of educational breakfasters, I was uncertain about what the experience would be like. I will admit I was initially anxious about my ability to communicate any sort of pedagogical message at an hour when I am more used to talking with “Volstagg the Certain” and “Stanley the Errant” about the importance of not scoffing more than their share of the dog biscuits. The occupants off the corridor were no help. When I woke them at dawn to explain I had an invitation to talk about SOLO…
  • On feed left, feed right and finding your inner chameleon …

    15 Oct 2011 | 12:57 pm
    Feedback, (and feed up and feed forward) is currently seen as “A GOOD THING” in education. Indeed Prof. John Hattie gives feedback an effect size of a formidable d=0.73 (Hattie in Visible Learning p173). Being seen as “A Good Thing” is always a dangerous time for an educational idea, because - gaining sacred cow status – and therefore becoming exempt from criticism or questioning - allows all sorts of misrepresentations to flourish (Fischer and Scriven 1997).      I am as guilty as any in adding to the flourish about feedback - I am a feedback flourisher. I…
  • When you stare into the eye of a whitebait...

    6 Oct 2011 | 2:49 pm
    The invitation to present to the West Coast Principals’ Conference at Franz Josef offered many unanticipated adventures. Peering out the window of the Beechcraft 1900D on my way from Christchurch to Hokitika I marvelled at the huge up-thrusts of sheer sided, ice-carved, greywacke rock; the U-shaped glaciated valleys and the ancient forests below.  These were the surfaces I had so often talked about when teaching earth science in the 80s – to see them from above was weird. They had seemed so familiar in our textbook relationship and yet, face to face, their complexity made them…
  • What kind of assessment for learning is appropriate in the age of Google and Wikipedia? Facebook and You Tube? Smart phones and text messaging? Twitter and blogging?

    30 Aug 2011 | 3:52 am
    Abstract:  Claims for the transformative effects of e-learning on student learning outcomes imply changes in the nature of learning when learning is mediated by technology.  If it can be shown that the nature of learning changes in a distinctive way when learning is mediated by technology (Andrews 2011) then it seems plausible that the evidence for learning might also change. This paper explores how "assessment for learning" might change in a digital culture where students are "collaborative producers" of learning. It identifies some distinctive changes in the…
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  • Great Sam Shah Action

    Dan Meyer
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Sam Shah’s blog has been a veritable teaching clinic the last two weeks, more than filling his own installment of Great Classroom Action. With Attacks and Counterattacks, Sam asked his students to define common shapes as best as they could – triangle, polygon, and circle, for instance. They traded definitions with each other and tried to poke holes in those definitions. When the counter-attacks were presented, it was interesting how the discussions unfolded. The original group often wanted to defend their definition, and state why the counter-attack was incorrect. Trade the…
  • [Confab] Mind Reading & Math

    Dan Meyer
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Scott Hills: I give out 5-6 sets of three dice. I have the students roll them and then add up all the numbers which cannot be seen (bottom, middles and middles). Once they have the sum, they sit back with the dice still stacked and I “read their minds” to get the sum. Kate Nowak: So then I shuffled up the little slips of sequences and started saying, B, your sum is 210. C, your sum is 384. D, your sum is 2440. E, your sum is -24. They were astonished! These moments seem infinitely preferable to just leaping into an explanation of the sums of arithmetic sequences. Our friends who…
  • We Should Wish PhotoMath All The Success In The World

    Dan Meyer
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    PhotoMath is an app that wants to do your students’ math homework for them. Its demo video was tweeted at me a dozen times yesterday and it is a trending search in the United States App Store. In theory, you hold your cameraphone up to the math problem you want to solve. It detects the problem, solves it, and shows you the steps, so you can write them down for your math teacher who insists you always need to show your steps. We should be so lucky. The initial reviews seem to comprise loads of people who are thrilled the app exists (“I really wish I had something like this when I…
  • Why Students Hate Word Problems

    Dan Meyer
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is a talk I gave awhile ago looking at why students hate word problems, posing five ways to improve them, and introducing this thing called “three-act math.”
  • My 2015 Speaking Schedule

    Dan Meyer
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Here is my speaking calendar for 2015 in case anybody is interested in attending Dan’s Blog: The Unplugged Experience. Some of these sessions are private, others have open registration pages (see the links), and others have waiting lists. Feel free to send an e-mail to with inquiries about any of them. It’d be a treat to see you at a workshop or a conference. BTW. Delaware, Idaho, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming will complete my United States bingo card. If you’re the sort of person who schedules these kinds of sessions for a…
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    NYC Educator

  • Give Up the Ghost on Andy, Randi

    NYC Educator
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    Governor Cuomo uttered the words "public school monopoly" to the Daily News editorial board. To me, this is an extremist statement, and I usually hear it from fanatical ideologues who care little or nothing about how important public education is. The thing these people have in common is a desire to dismantle it.Of course, monopoly applies to businesses, not public services. You will never hear Scott Walker complain about a police monopoly because when the people rise up against him with torches and pitchforks he depends on the police to protect him. That's why when a demagogue like Walker…
  • As Education Commenter, Frank Bruni Is a Great Food Critic

    NYC Educator
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    by special guest blogger Harris Lirtzman Time Magazine’s most recent issue offers for its readers the picture of a perfectly round, deep red apple about to be squashed to a pulp by a judge’s gavel with the warning:  “Rotten Apples: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. Some tech millionaires may have found a way to change all of that.”Evidently, the article is not as terrible as the visual, though the writer couldn’t be bothered to find a single working teacher to talk to as part of her reporting.  But we all know that thousands of grocery shoppers and patients…
  • Cuomo's Betrayal--The Fruit of Appeasement

    NYC Educator
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    We in UFT/ NYSUT/ AFT are always on the cutting edge. When people say Bill Gates is trying to destroy American education, we open our arms, show them how open-minded we are, and invite him to be keynote at AFT convention. Of course I wasn't there, you weren't there, and anyone there who may have opposed Bill Gates had signed a loyalty oath agreeing not to do so in public. Nonetheless, our loyalty-oath signing "representatives" showed how reformy the UFT was.When mayoral control came to NYC with Mike Bloomberg at the helm, we supported it. When it proved to be an abject disaster, with dozens…
  • Fear Is a Luxury We Cannot Afford

    NYC Educator
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    If the intent of the APPR law, which our union leadership boasted of co-writing, was to freak teachers out continually, I'm pretty sure they've achieved their goal. Though we're already on the second year of the Junk Science Express, I see little sign that anyone is used to it. Teachers are afraid to let out a peep. I hear from teachers all over the city asking me, "Can my principal do this?" and I send back chapter and verse suggesting, "No, absolutely not."Yet these teachers are often afraid not only to file a grievance, but often to even contact their chapter leaders, who they suspect or…
  • Common Sense vs. Tenure Reforminess

    NYC Educator
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    In Spanish, they say, “Common sense is the least common of all the senses.” Nowhere is that argument clearer than in the arguments against teacher tenure, most recently played out on the cover of Time, the paragon of publishing that matched Michelle Rhee with her broom and declared Hitler "Man of the Year." There are all these arguments about bad vs. good apples, but they ultimately seem absurd to me. Basically, the argument is tenure protects bad teachers, and it therefore should not exist. Self-appointed education expert Campbell Brown repeatedly dredges up a few cases and pastes them…
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    L.A. Times - Education

  • 2 firms that won LAUSD's tech program most active in seeking meetings

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    More than a year before the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed to an iPads-for-all program, Apple and a leading curriculum company repeatedly sought meetings with school board members, newly released emails and records reviewed by The Times show.
  • Technology chief for Los Angeles Unified School District resigns

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    The head of technology for the Los Angeles Unified School District has resigned, the latest fallout from two troubled technology efforts: the iPads-for-all project and a new student records system.
  • UCLA faculty approves diversity class requirement

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The faculty of UCLA’s largest academic unit voted by a narrow margin to require future undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious or gender diversity. The move came after three previous efforts had failed.
  • Education should be the priority of LAUSD's next leader

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    To the editor: The Times gives a good rundown of the malfeasance of the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education and ex-Supt. John Deasy leading to the current meltdown, but it does not focus on the people most at risk: students and teachers. ("A new superintendent won't cure all that...
  • UC Berkeley chancellor upholds Bill Maher speech despite protests

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    UC Berkeley’s administration is insisting that a campus speech by Bill Maher will proceed as scheduled in December despite opposition from students who say the offer should be rescinded to protest what they allege were anti-Muslim statements by the political satirist.
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    The Fischbowl

  • Data-Driven Schools: Homework

    Karl Fisch
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    In my school's student handbook we state,Homework is an expectation . . . Achieving students do homework at least 5 out of every 7 days . . . Do homework Sunday through Thursday, take Friday and Saturday off! . . . Average nearly two hours of homework each night.Since we're increasingly encouraged to be "data-driven", I have a few questions.Let's start with the "two hours of homework Sunday through Thursday." This has been an expectation since I started at Arapahoe . . . in 1991. I wonder what kind of "data" we based the two hours on. Why not 1.5 hours? Or 2.5 hours? Or for that matter, why…
  • What Do Your Last Five Tweets Say About You?

    Karl Fisch
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    What do your last five tweets/posts/snapchats/instagrams/fill-in-the-blanks say about you?What do you want them to say about you?(I'd appreciate it if non-Arapahoe folks hold off on commenting for a couple of days as we'd like our students and staff to respond first. Feel free to add a comment if you'd like beginning on Sunday, October 5th. Thanks.)
  • Data-Driven Schools: Sleep

    Karl Fisch
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the last few years there have been many articles regarding the research surrounding sleep. These articles not only focus on health, but frequently focus on the importance of adequate sleep for learning, and often focus on the need for teenage brains to get enough sleep (most of the articles seem to indicate that, for most teens, 9 hours is the minimum they need). The most recent, of course, was the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics:Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30…
  • troll

    Karl Fisch
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    This is a great example of poetry and digital storytelling to share with your students, not to mention a subject worth discussing.
  • A Little Respect Goes A Long Way

    Karl Fisch
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    A few years back Daniel Pink wrote about emotionally intelligent signage in A Whole New Mind. It's the idea that we have choices when we create signs, and that if we create them with how humans will react to them in mind, we will likely be more successful. More recently, Thaler and Sunstein wrote about the idea that we can subtly "nudge" people into behaviors that are more productive for them - and for society.Here's an example of an emotionally intelligent sign, instead of the typical "Slow Down" or "Fines Doubled in School Zone", they went with:To me, a lot of it comes down to respect, and…
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  • Oregon patient quarantined

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    The United Nations said it's unnecessary to quarantine people just because they came from Ebola-afflicted countries. Yet parts of the United States and Canada are tightening their Ebola policies.
  • N. Korean officials shot over TV?

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    According to South Korean reports, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed party officials for watching soap operas.
  • All 3 girls were 13, two of them twins

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    The girls were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana, California, when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. The girls were in costume and carrying bags of candy in a residential area.
  • The groom-bride fall you must see

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Groom carrying bride falls on his face ... and hers. CNN's Jeanne Moos counts down the top five wedding fails.
  • This is T-Pain without Auto-Tune

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    T-Pain performs "Buy U A Drank" without Auto-Tune and his performance may actually surprise you.
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    This Week In Education

  • Reform: High-Contrast Responses To TIME & The Nation Stories**

    Alexander Russo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    **See update at bottom. In case you happened to miss it, The Nation came out with a big 5,000-word story about TFA this week -- it's second piece about the alternative certification program now in its 25th year.   This one, written by a Columbia University undergraduate who's obviously done a lot of work researching his story, focuses on TFA's efforts to deal with critical reporting about its work (This Is What Happens When You Criticize Teach for America), describing the research and responses from TFA as "obsessive" and part of a cover up fueled with $3.5 million a…
  • Thompson: Teachers Need to Unite in Defeating Reform & Improving Schools

    john thompson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Like many of my friends, I have often worried that my American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is too moderate. But, I have participated in a variety of civil rights, children’s rights, Pro-Choice, and environmentalism coalitions. While I didn’t always agree with my local and national AFT office holders, I’ve never known more astute or more honorable leaders. I feel the same about the NEA. That is why I was reassured when reading Teachers Unions to Spend More than Ever, by Education Week’s Lauren Camera. She explains how unions are investing $60 million dollars to roll back the GOP…
  • Morning Listen: What's *Really* Going On In Philadelphia?

    Alexander Russo
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Here's Bloomberg EDU's new interview with superintendent Bill Hite.
  • AM News: Torlakson/Tuck Spending Surpasses Governor's Race X3

    Alexander Russo
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Schools chief race most expensive statewide race EdSource Today: The battle for California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction race is now the most expensive statewide race this year, surpassing spending in even the Governor's race by three times, and it is also the most expensive State Superintendent race in at least 12 years. Boston Mayor Menino, Who Helped Transform City's Schools, Dies at 71 District Dossier: Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city's schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was…
  • 5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Here Comes #EduWeen14

    Alexander Russo
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Three decades after order, Denver schools struggle to teach English - Denver Post  @yeseniarobles via @annenberginst #5: Sean McComb - 2014 National Teacher Of The Year by Education on Tap  "A strange shift in overlapping allegiances" [& contributions] in this year's Austin school board race  Vilson: A few questions to ask yourself before you talk to me about bad teachers.  @TheJLV Not too long ago, @rweingarten & @marshalltuck were allies not mortal enemies, reminds EdWeek's…
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    Learning is Change

  • How do we support Future-Ready Teaching? By making Future-Proof Teachers.

    Ben Wilkoff
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    This is to support the Future-Ready District Pledge work that the U.S. Department of Educational Technology is leading. This is the hangout that is happening tonight: How would you support Future-Ready Teaching? How do you make sure teachers are Future-Proof?
  • What I’m Learning: You can now Mirror your Chromebook to an Apple TV with AirParrot

    Ben Wilkoff
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    While this may not be a game changer for some. For those who heavily invested in Apple TVs and are now investing a lot in Chromebooks, this is huge! While it isn’t free, I think it could be important to think about strategically purchasing licenses for classrooms. AirParrot – Chrome Web Store AirParrot adds screen mirroring to any Chrome OS device. Wirelessly connect a Chromebook to a receiver for easy mirroring and streaming. AirParrot displays your entire screen, not just a tab or portion of it.
  • What I’m Reading: We shouldn’t forget Clifford Stoll

    Ben Wilkoff
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Clearly, we have the benefit of hindsight on our side. In 1999 when this book was written, I could see this argument really making a lot of sense. I believe that the author of this book was one of the great contrarians before the first EdTech bubble, during the time where the first real use of e-rate for computers was being pushed (1996-2000). I think we are probably in the midst of the second EdTech bubble, however. There are many companies that are touting a better way to teach and learn and ignoring the human components of that process. I think the warning from this earlier time is still…
  • What I’m Learning: Audrey Watters asks really great questions.

    Ben Wilkoff
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This post is from a while ago, but I found it again and was compelled to make sure it gets seen by even more people. The questions she asks were originally for EdTech companies, but I wonder if they should apply to those who are trying to leaders in districts who claim to have the best interests of students in mind when they craft strategies for the way forward.  What do you think? How should these questions be used? “The Audrey Test”: Or, What Should Every Techie Know About Education? I want us to set the bar really high when it comes to education technology — both in its…
  • Forms for Personalized Learning

    Ben Wilkoff
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    A Session at #DEFA14
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  • So I Bought an iPhone 6…..

    Clarence Fisher
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Just a couple of days ago, I did something that I haven’t had an opportunity to do before – buy what most people would consider to be an actual smart phone. As most of you know, I live in a very small (like 1 000 people total population small) community. Up until about 3 years ago, we didn’t even have cell service in the community. When we finally did get service, it was the old CDMA service. It made phone calls, sent texts and a few other things, but that was about it. But then, about three weeks ago, after a lot of work, our community’s service was upgraded to 4G…
  • Where are the School Makerspaces?

    Clarence Fisher
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve been doing a lot of learning about making and makered in classrooms and schools over the past year. There are so many possibilities and directions to go with this type of inquiry and project based learning and it can bring so much to classrooms that I am constantly interested in the new ideas it can bring. But I have a question about it. Who (like what schools) are installing / renovating to include makerspaces? Making in classrooms can be done relatively cheaply. From old electronics and cardboard to purchasing a few electronics kits, the possibilities can grow pretty fast for…
  • Tech Ninja

    Clarence Fisher
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This post goes alongside the previous one that I had written about the kids in my classroom having weak tech skills. I’ve decided to start a training program in my classroom for some of these basic skills and I thought I would share the details. As I mentioned in one of the comments in the previous post, I don’t want a lot of these basic skills to be the focus of my classroom; but I do need a way to place some emphasis on them. I also have to say that I’m not a big rewards-in-the-classroom kind of guy. Actually, that is understating it. I don’t believe at all in…
  • Phones and Tablets and Missing Skills

    Clarence Fisher
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    For the last few years I’ve noticed a change in the skills that kids are walking in to my classroom with. A few years ago, many kids had strong, solid research and creative skills. The kinds of things that Mozilla would call web literacy. I was never a believer in Marc Prensky’s digital natives metaphor, it simply assumed too many things about kids. Some of them had strong skills and others struggled; it was impossible to lump them all under one title. But that is changing. Over the last few years I’ve begun to notice a difference in the students who come in to my classroom.
  • Online Writing

    Clarence Fisher
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I’ve been doing some thinking in my classroom lately about what writing online looks like. I believe that writing online is distinctly different form writing offline on paper. While the two can be similar, online writing can and should be different; containing multimedia elements and a different organizational structure. What else is different online is the depth of research and passion, even about the most obscure subjects, that can be pursued when writing online. The long tail being what it is, even the most obscure subjects can be meticulously researched and find an audience online.
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    Drape's Takes

  • My Take on #Gamergate

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

    D Draper
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    A friend and colleague of mine recently left her technology trainer position in Public Ed for a similar position in an education-related private company. When she announced her excitement on Facebook, I replied with a less-than-popular response. In my response I mentioned that I thought this move was good for her, good for the company she was joining, and good for all who would embrace the privatization of Ed Tech everywhere. (After all, she IS highly skilled and would finally be making the kind of money she deserves.) I then clarified that I also thought this move was bad: Bad for Public…
  • Poster Session 101: Presentation Titles Matter

    D Draper
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
  • To the Teachers of My Children

    D Draper
    6 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inspired by Pam Moran’s excellent example, I thought it would be appropriate to resurrect one of the most heartfelt posts I’ve ever written. Since sharing this open letter three years ago, my love and appreciation for great teachers – everywhere – has only grown. There is no profession more impacting. Thank you, teachers, for all you give and do to make this world a better place! - – - My grandfather’s passing last week accompanied, for me, several very important lessons that rarely come in any other fashion: Life is short. Time is precious. Quite often, we…
  • Why the Haters Hate: CCSS Edition

    D Draper
    3 May 2014 | 11:40 am
    The more I analyze the contentions of those advocating for no common standards, the more I’m convinced of two important truths. Those who rationally oppose typically do so because: They didn’t play a role in creating the standards and would, therefore, have them shift. They misunderstand, resist, or ignore the critical role schools play in credentialing. Regardless of motive, many so-called haters often land at the point of irrationality, embracing theories of conspiracy, with dreams for the day when school means little more than the feel of play-doh while dancing to the aroma…
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • E-mail suppression not management

    Doug Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    As our district migrates our e-mail system from two (Outlook and Gmail) e-mail systems to one (Gmail), I've been hearing some rumbling about the burden e-mail places on already busy people. No, moving to Gmail does not increase in the amount of e-mail received. But now that attention has been brought to bear on this popular and important means of communication, staff members have cause to notice just how damn much e-mail does get sent! I too often feel overwhelmed by the amount of e-mail I receive each day. And I've done a little informal research on minimizing the time suck e-mail…
  • Scammers and the cost of ignorance

    Doug Johnson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    E-mails like this are making the rounds again (or maybe these come out all the time and I just happen to notice this one):    I also received an e-mail similar to this but supposedly from Chase Bank, where I've never had an account. These must work with percent of those who receive them, despite the bright red warning label place on the message by Google.  The naive, the less-than-brilliant, the ignorant, the technologically fearful, the pathologically trustful all might send in the requested data asked for in e-mails like this.  I don't know specifically who would do…
  • BFTP: All administrators can learn

    Doug Johnson
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    In response to my post "13 Point Library Checklist for School Principals*," an anonymous commenter left a rather sad observation:  If given the article, would my principal even understand what he'd read?   signed Disheartened Personally, I've found that given enough time and enough effort, all administrators can learn. But it is up to the building librarians to be the instructor. Nobody else can or will do it for us. One of my earliest published articles, "Using Planning and Reporting to Build Library Support," appeared in the Book…
  • One platform or two (or three)?

    Doug Johnson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    You've heard it said  or said it yourself -  "We're a Mac district." or "Our school only has Windows computers." or "We've standardized on Chromebooks." Supporting a single computing platform is such a common practice for schools, I didn't think too hard responding to a question that came in last week's e-mail: May I ask for your quick thoughts regarding mixing PCs and Macs in a 1:1 deployment?  We will be launching our 1:1 in August of 2015, and we (the technology committee on which I serve) think there could be some issues with mixing platforms. May I ask: "What are the…
  • The impeded stream

    Doug Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.  - Wendell Berry  The quote above has been in my e-mail sig file for a number of years - and now and then someone comments that they like the sentiment. The selection is from this poem: It may be that when we no longer know what to dowe have come to our real work,and that when we no longer know which way to gowe have come to our real journey.The mind that is not baffled is not employed.The impeded stream is the one that sings. "The Real Work" by Wendell Berry, from Standing by Words. ©…
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    open thinking

  • Facebook’s Identity Authentication Is Broken

    Alec Couros
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Update: Within 24 hours of writing this post, Facebook restored my account. I am happy for this but the problem for Facebook’s identity authentication still exists. It is my hope that engaged thinkers around network identities will continue to put forth potential solutions to these emerging and difficult problems. You may have read my previous posts about scammers using my personal photos to construct fake identities for the purpose of entering into online romantic relationships with women and defrauding them out of money or goods. If not, here’s the original post which outlines…
  • 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…
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  • 今日という日は来ない

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

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

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

  • “How Many Minutes Should We Spend on the iPad?” (Bud Hunt
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    There are some questions that students and teachers ask that we really need to stop asking.  No, that’s not quite right – we need to start asking them differently. # When I was in the classroom, my students always, in the course of receiving an assignment from me, would ask “How long does this need to be?”  I understood the question, but my response was always “As long as it needs to be.”  We’d then review the criteria of the assignment, and I’d ask the question back: “How long do you think this needs to be?” I’d ask.  And learning would ensue. # As we are…
  • Keyboards? Who Needs Keyboards? (Bud Hunt
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    # For quite a while now, I’ve been concerned that not enough writing is going on in our classrooms1. It seems as though we really want our students to write, but we never seem to give them time or models of writing. # Now that devices are going into our classrooms, I regularly see concerns raised that without keyboards on those devices, our students will never be able to write either fast enough, or correctly, or in the same way that they’ll be expected to in an assessment. So they never write. # Might it be that we are stuck on the notion that writing happens when keys are…
  • If You Need a Plan B, Maybe Just Go With That Instead (Bud Hunt
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    I dig technology when it’s used well and thoughtfully and purposefully.  Heck, sometimes I just dig shiny things.  But I have to say that what I like and what’s worth spending time on and with in a classroom are two very different circles in the Venn diagram of my life. # I often hear that teachers using technology in their classrooms should have a Plan B or a backup lesson for if (and many would say when) a technology component of a lesson fails. The latest place I saw this was in Andrew’s piece over at Edutopia1: # Beyond ensuring that your students are actively learning or creating…
  • I’m Not in Love with the Word Empowerment (Bud Hunt
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I’m not.  I cringe when I hear it used lately.  And I say that as someone who used to have it on my resume.  Right up near the top.   # Because for me to empower you, especially when I hear the word used by others, I’ve got to have something that you don’t have, and I have to give it to you.  That thing is, of course, power.1 # Power doesn’t work that way, at least, it shouldn’t. Not in the classroom.  Plenty of stuff that I have the ability to allow you to do wasn’t necessarily my thing to keep you from doing it in the first place.  And you came to my classroom knowing…
  • Don’t Talk Restrictions. Let’s Talk About Distraction. (Bud Hunt
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Earlier this week, I was in conversation with an administrator in the district where I work.  She was asking some really good questions around some of the cultural issues she’s been seeing in her middle school which, like all of our middle schools, has just gone 1:1 iPad. At her school, she observed, many of the problems that have emerged as “iPad problems” are ultimately larger issues about behavior.  One stuck with me. # Lunch, it seems, is taking too long at the school.  A parent, too, had complained that their child hadn’t had an opportunity to eat at all one day.  The…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Has open access failed?

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    At the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing in Paris last month, Claudio Aspesi, Senior Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, raised an uncomfortable question. Did the continuing financial health of traditional publishers like Elsevier indicate that open access had “failed”? According to Aspesi, “Expectations that OA will address the serial costs crisis are fading away.” Is Aspesi right? Has open access failed? I certainly don’t think so – but that doesn’t mean the job is done… Defining success When we launched BioMed Central in 2000, the goal was a simple and…
  • Questions surrounding open access licensing

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Open access (OA) publishing stands at something of a crossroads. OA is now part of the mainstream. But with increasing success and increasing volume come increasing complexity, scrutiny, and demand. There are many facets of OA which will prove to be significant challenges for publishers over the next few years. Here I’m going to focus on one — licensing — and discuss how the arguments seen over licensing in recent months shine a light on the difference between OA as a movement, and OA as a reality. Today’s authors face a number of conflicting pressures. Publish in a high…
  • Five key moments in the Open Access movement in the last ten years

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    In 2014 Oxford University Press celebrates ten years of open access (OA) publishing. In that time open access has grown massively as a movement and an industry. Here we look back at five key moments which have marked that growth. 2004/05 – Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) converts to OA At first glance it might seem parochial to include this here, but as Rich Roberts noted on this blog in 2012, Nucleic Acids Research’s move to open access was truly ‘momentous’. To put it in context, in 2004 NAR was OUP’s biggest owned journal and it was not at all clear that many of the elements…
  • Is American higher education in crisis?

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    American higher education is at a crossroads. The cost of a college education has made people question the benefits of receiving one. To better understand the issues surrounding the supposed crisis, we asked Goldie Blumenstyk, author of American Higher Education in Crisis: What Everyone Needs to Know, to comment on some of the most hot button topics today. A discussion on the rising cost of higher education. What does the future of higher education look like? Are the salaries of university presidents and coaches too high? A look into the accountability movement in higher education today.
  • In person online: the human touch

    Raquel Fernandes
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    What is the human touch in online learning? How do you know if it’s there? What does it look and feel like? My epiphany on this topic occurred when a student told me “I thought I would have done better if I had a real teacher.” This pronouncement triggered a cascade of questions: Why didn’t she see me as real? Because we weren’t in the same physical space? The physical separation of instructor and students creates a psychological and communications gap, and the missing element is the perception of people as real in an online environment — the human touch. Did she think the…
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  • For the love of ‘open’ maps

    Judy O'Connell
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It’s been exactly ten years since the launch of OpenStreetMap, the largest crowd-sourced mapping project on the Internet. It took a few years for the idea of OpenStreetMap to catch on, but today, it’s among the most heavily used sources for mapping data and the project is still going strong, with new and improved data added to it every day by volunteers as well as businesses that see the value in an open project like this. I’ve used Navfree: Free GPS Navigation on my iPhone, with free maps from over 30 countries, and it’s pretty cool. I’ve also loved the an animation and…
  • Following the leader!

    Judy O'Connell
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    This evening I am beavering away finishing off a paper for the ASCILITE 2014 conference in Otago, and as part of the process went hunting for some old information.  It was the search terms of “parramatta” and “judy o’connell” that brought up a blog post from Pearson’s Always Learning News Room. Who can believe it? The second time this year I have seen my name on the same “screen” as Sir Ken Robinson :-)  I have seen, been in the same room with, and worked with all these gentlemen at one time or another, though I doubt that they all knew or…
  • New Badge for CSU and NoTosh

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Tweet 68:54 minutes (31.54 MB)ELT Live #7  Questions from Future ELT'sOctober 22, 2014Google+ Event Page   ELTLive Communityread more
  • 21st Century Learning - Oct 23 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tweet 11:45 minutes (13.46 MB)Alex and arvind discuss the book "The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane and how people can learn to build their charisma through practicing skills around presence, power, and warmth. read more
  • ELT Live#6 - Lesson Planning and Prep w/ #KELTchat

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Tweet 60:18 minutes (27.6 MB)ELT Live#6 - Lesson Planning and Prep w/ #KELTchatOctober 14, 2014Connecting with the #KELTchat  community after a day-long slow burn twitter chat discussing how teachers get ready to do what we do. Tune in to the KELTchat Twitter discussions at: Blog: Candid Lesson PlanningDownload mp3Particpants  Twitter Chat Archive Belowread more
  • 21st Century Learning - 10-9-14

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Tweet 22:11 minutes (25.39 MB)21st Century Learning is back for the 2014-15 school year. Vinnie's got a new job, and Alex and arvind are ready to go with new ideas. We'll be back on the every other week schedule, and can't wait to have some new guests, and welcomed long-time listeners. Find us on Twitter @alexragone @vvrotny and @arvind read more
  • ELT Not-Live: Reflecting on #kotesol2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Tweet 25:04 minutes (11.48 MB)ELT Not-LiveReflections on the 2014 KOTESOL-KAFLE International ConferenceOctober 5, 2014Download AudioParticipantsLinks MentionedConference Conversations at  #kotesol2014Defense Language InstituteJohn FieldXreading.comEnglishCentral.comUniversal Design for LearningiTDI.proKELTchatJust Born! The ELT Live Google CommunityOur next Show: ELT Live#6 - Lesson Planning and Preparation  Tuesday, October 14, 1200UTC/9pm KST  Global Times  Connecting with the #KELTchat  community…
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    © 2013 Joseph Morris, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Here are some recent useful posts and articles on education policy issues: Fired school leaders get big payouts is from The San Francisco Chronicle. Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system is from The Washington Post. High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’ is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation. No, It’s Not “Nearly…
  • Trove Makes It Easier To Create Online Personalized “Newspapers”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I’m always on the look-out for tools that allow students — and teachers — to create online personalized “newspapers” to read and to share. In other words, sites that let you create topics that then provide daily attractive webpages to read, along with sending you daily email updates. I keep updating The Best Sites For Creating Personalized “Newspapers” Online because my favorite ones keep on going out of business. The previous owners of The Washington Post created what looked to be an excellent tool for this purpose earlier this year — called Trove.
  • Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing is a very useful post from The Hechinger Report. Here’s an excerpt: This reinforces my own experience and what I’ve regular written in this blog and in my books. Instead of traditional approaches, I’ve found the use of concept attainment to be exceptionally effective and engaging. You can read about that strategy here. For additional reinforcing activities, of course, there is always The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.
  • October’s (2014) Best Tweets — Part Five

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post. If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page. You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2014 — So Far. [View the story "October's (2014) Best Tweets — Part…
  • Resources On Daylight Savings Time

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    © 2013 One Way Stock, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Those of us on this side of the Atlantic will be ending Daylight Savings Times this weekend. You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Daylight Savings Time.
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • Leigh Baily in Texas House District 108

    Ed Darrell
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Not my district, but if it were, I’d vote for Leigh Bailey. The Trailblazers Blog at the Dallas Morning News described the race: Meyer, a Republican, and Bailey, a Democrat, are competing for an open seat in House District 108. The district covers the Park Cities, Preston Hollow and central Dallas. Meyer is the heavy favorite in the GOP stronghold, but Bailey is trying to win independent voters and newcomers to Uptown, Downtown Dallas and East Dallas. Candidates for Texas House, District 108, Republican Morgan Meyer on the left, and Democrat Leigh Bailey on the right. Dallas Morning…
  • Oh, look: EPA ordered DDT to be used to fight malaria in 1972!

    Ed Darrell
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not start a “worldwide ban” on using DDT to fight malaria. EPA instead lifted a court imposed ban on use of the pesticide to fight disease. At least a couple of times a week I run into someone who claims that environmentalists are evil people, led by Rachel Carson (who, they say, may be as evil as Stalin, Hitler and Mao put together), and that their hysteria-and-n0t-fact-based “worldwide ban” on DDT use led to tens of millions of people dying from malaria. Each point of the rant is false. EPA Administrator William Rucklshaus…
  • Millard Fillmore and middle school: Enough for a sit-com set in Buffalo?

    Ed Darrell
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Buzz in Buffalo, New York, is that there may be a sit-com coming, set in Buffalo, about education — the kids and teachers at Millard Fillmore Middle School. Potential cast for a potential sitcom situated in Millard Fillmore’s hometown, Buffalo, New York Seriously?   A reporter for Buffalo Rising, Newell Nussbaumer, wrote: Do you remember the last time that Buffalo had a sitcom “based” here? Do you recall what the name of the show was? It was Jesse – a show that ran for a couple of years (1998-1999). Since that time there has not been a show “set in” the city of…
  • Navy Day 2014, October 27 – Fly your flag today

    Ed Darrell
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    1945 Navy Day poster. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 72280-KN (Color) via CrashMacDuff Navy Day, October 27, is designated in the U.S. Flag Code as one of those days Americans may, or should, fly our flags. History of Navy Day from the U.S. Department of Defense: Navy Day was established on October 27, 1922 by the Navy League of the United States. Although it was not a national holiday, Navy Day received special attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby: “Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which…
  • Look closely, you can (almost) see Teddy Roosevelt

    Ed Darrell
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Theodore Roosevelt was born in Manhattan on October 27, 1858. Among many other things in his life, he was for a time a cowboy in South Dakota, in the area where today resides the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Look closely at the picture.  You can almost see Teddy.  He was a powerful, guiding force behind the movement to protect precious, historic, scientifically valuable and beautiful lands, by the federal government. Happy birthday, Theodore Roosevelt! Let’s celebrate with a great shot of @TRooseveltNPS #NorthDakota Happy Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday, America. More:…
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  • 18 Ways to Perceive @Postachio Blog for @Evernote

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the last few months, I've had the privilege to serve as's Chief Education Ambassador. Please allow me to publicly thank the team, especially Caleb! It's been a fun ride and I reserve the right to revisit and Evernote as a great blogging combination. Unfortunately, time constraints and other responsibilities keep me from living up my ideal--making connections and collaborations between K-Adult learners and possible through my creations.So, as I step down as Chief Education Ambassador for, please allow me to share some of my…
  • Replace vs Integrate

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As a leader, one of my tasks involves "labelling" initiatives, changing what we call what we're doing. Sometimes, it's clear that the labels are disingenuous, inaccurate reflections of what really happens. For example, you might be saying Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), but the result is different than what you expected.Step Up...Image Source: calls up a vision of teachers crafting blended learning opportunities--where learning is not simply consumption of great content, but creating content individually and collaboratively in ways that only technology can make…
  • 5 Ways to Slay the Energy Vampire

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Over the last few years, I've seen my energy level slowly decrease. It's weird, only 10 years ago, I remember working all day, heading home and blogging 5-6 entries in a short time. These days, I find myself glad to crank out one blog entry per week. What happened? I suspect that maybe there is an energy vampire sucking my vitality and energy away. It's quite funny when I reflect on my twenties, when I worked with 50 year old teachers and encouraged them to learn how to use technology."Come on, you can hang out for 2-3 hours after work! It will be fun and you'll learn!""Miguel," they would…
  • Reflect, Don't Critique

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Well, I think I might be ready to start my teacher blog!  If I share a draft with you, would you be brutally honest in it's critique?  ;)Above, you see the request of a new teacher blogger. How would you reply?Image Source: some bludgeon others with their critical remarks in their blog, as a veteran blogger, I've come to a more mellow perspective. As a result, my response to queries like the one above take a different tack, as evidenced by my response below:Blogs aren't to be critiqued, but rather,…
  • Living DRM-free: @Smashwords Difference @moellerjonathan @markcoker

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Only yesterday, I dropped into a library to visit with a librarian (that's where you can find them, usually). We immediately started discussing ebooks and whether we should invest as schools in print books or ebooks."Until ebooks shed digital rights management (DRM)," I preached, "we should avoid them in K-12 schools and focus our funding on print books!" I remembered the enewsletter that author Jonathan Moeller (@moellerjonathan) is kind enough to share with his Goodreads readers:I am pleased to report that FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN, the sixth book in the FROSTBORN series, is now available…
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  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Two Great Library Events - GlobalEdCon Deadline - UNC's Amazing World View

    Steve Hargadon
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateOctober 29th, 2014Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service and it must be thought of as a mission. - Dr. Ralph TylerThe Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

    Steve Hargadon
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateOctober 21st, 2014In a gentle way, you can shake the world. - Mahatma Gandhi The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. To subscribe to this…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Michael Stephens Live Keynote - Follett Challenge - Digital Citizenship Week - K12 Online Starts

    Steve Hargadon
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateOctober 14th, 2014In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. - Lloyd Alexander The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum,…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - 100+ Library Sessions This Week - GlobalEdCon Deadline - Membership Milestones

    Steve Hargadon
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateOctober 7, 2014A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. - Shelby Foote The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. To…
  • The Free, Amazing, Library 2.014 Online Events This Week

    Steve Hargadon
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    This is a GREAT week for library learning and conversations! (Forward this post to friends and colleagues.)Tomorrow, October 7th, our second annual “Connected Librarian Day” preconference kicks off at 3:30pm US-Eastern Daylight Time, led by Britten Follett, Joyce Valenza, Ross Todd, and Shannon Miller. Don’t miss eight great sessions, all free, all listed below, and with lots more detail at http://www.connectedlibrarian.comThen our fourth annual (and free) Future of Libraries conference, Library 2.014, starts on Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00am US-Eastern Time with the opening keynote…
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  • Improvised Learning

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Gar Reynolds of Presentation Zen is a big fan of Bill Murray (me too!) and in a recent post calls attention to a discussion with Howard Stern 1 on how he connects with an audience and his experience with improvisational performance. However, it was Reynolds concluding section that really caught my attention, first as it relates to students. Public speaking and improv should be part of our education. It should not just be for a few students in the speech class or the even fewer students in the drama department. All of us can learn from the experiences with improvisation, and with performances…
  • Stop Replicating Google

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Seth Godin: The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for ourselves. As always, Godin is talking about the process of marketing. For me, however, that’s a near-perfect description of what school and teaching should be in this time when much of what we still do in the classroom is replicate Google. Just a thought to start the week.
  • Follow the Money

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Daniel Katz, an assistant professor of educational studies at Seton Hall University offers some suggestions on How to Spot a Fake Grassroots Education Reform Group. Genuine grassroots organizations cannot just pop up out of nowhere, grow by 1000s of members practically overnight, afford slick web designs, afford Manhattan rent and big staffs.  But without knowing what to look for it can be difficult for the casual observer, or even a working teacher, to spot the signs of a group that is more AstroTurf than grassroots. Although Katz makes great points all the way through the post, for me it…
  • Are You “Good” At Math?

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Seth Godin on being good at math. It’s tempting to fall into the trap of believing that being good at math is a genetic predisposition, as it lets us off the hook. The truth is, with few rare exceptions, all of us are capable of being good at math. So, what does he mean by “math”? I suspect most people believe they are not “good” at math (or as I’ve been told, not a “math person”) because they got lost in and bored with the highly mechanical approach inflicted on most students. For the math taught in most schools, especially at the elementary level, “being…
  • Burglarizing the Future

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    From the always hazardous intersection of education and politics, comes Reading, Writing, Ransacking, a summary of the systematic process to dismantle public education in Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania. There’s way too much good stuff in the column to quote without copying the whole thing, so take a few minutes to click through and read it. Just be prepared to yell at your screen. However, I can’t resist posting the final paragraph. They all have so very much to answer for, the people who have decided to enrich themselves by bashing public school teachers and, in doing so,…
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  • The Secret To A Happy Marriage

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    A recent study, summarized here by a PHD candidate in computer science, ran a multi-variate analysis on survey results of recently married or divorced Americans to determine the predictive value of various factors related to marriage. The results are interesting, and in some cases counter-intuitive. So let's look at the findings and compare to my marriage. (In case you don't know me - I've been happily married for 23+ years.) How long you were dating If you dated 3+ years you are 39% less likely to get divorced. That seems pretty obvious. We started dating in February 1987 and got married in…
  • Recent Books, Records, and Movies

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Lock In By John Scalzi - John continues his streak of never writing a book I didn't like. More... The Cause by Roderick Vincent - First of all, those of us that went to high school with him know his real name is Rick ;) The Cause is a real world fantasy thriller in which a small band of Patriots (or traitors, depending on your point of view) starts the ball rolling on the rollback of the surveillance state in a 2022 USA which is on the verge of economic and social collapse. A fun read. More... Redeemer of Souls by Judas Priest - Since I just bought tickets to their show at VA Beach in late…
  • Welcome to Denver, please set your clock back to 1950

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Recently students and teachers in Denver walked out over new proposed history standards in the schools. Essentially, conservatives got control of the school board and are imposing their political viewpoint on the teaching of history, which is basically a huge step backwards to a 1950s era rah-rah America style of teaching. Dan Carlin covered that story on the most recent Common Sense podcast, and I was a little surprised to hear him echoing things I've said for years. He made the point, more or less, that the only stuff from school that is really essential for participating in society as an…
  • Hoover Camp Hike - Shenandoah National Park

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    In an effort to not ruin my day watching Purdue suck at football, I got up early and headed to the mountains on Saturday. The destination was this hike. I hit the trail right at 9 AM and got back to the car at 2 PM. I spent about an hour at Camp Hoover. I got there before the first scheduled tour of the house. There was 4 other hikers there, and the NPS volunteers graciously offered to open up the house early and give us the tour. It turns out the guy is a very enthusiastic member of the Herbert Hoover fan club, and had the tour group not been waiting outside, he might still be talking to us…
  • That Day You Learn That Your Dog Has Cancer

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

  • Openness and the Future of Education and Society

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    During conversations this week at the semi-annual meeting of the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellows, I was struck by (what is for me) a new way of contextualizing and understanding “open” – as one of a long line of technological innovations that radically improve productivity. History is filled with technological innovations that have increased our “productivity,” making it significantly less expensive for us to engage in some activity than it had been prior to the innovation. I have often thought of open as being part of the family tree of information technology…
  • Another Way of Thinking About Open…

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    One of the many improvements in my life since I started running has been the number of books I’ve been able to read (trans: listen to). Some of my recent running reading has been swirling around in my head during the semi-annual meeting of Shuttleworth Foundation Fellows I’m currently attending in Malta. This meeting is always a fantastic opportunity to think, rethink, and reconceptualize “open.” No, I haven’t changed my mind about open. But I do think there is an additional way to think about open, another perspective that can add to our understanding of the…
  • Another Incredible Week for Lumen!

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    It’s been another incredible week at Lumen – we have more exciting news to share! First, Lumen has been selected as one of seven winners of the Next Generation Courseware Challenge, a $20 million grant competition from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build exemplary, affordable digital course materials that improve student success among low-income and disadvantaged learners. This work includes a singularly awesome set of design, research, development, and content partners, together with an amazing consortium of schools that will co-design and test the resulting open,…
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Mr. Potato Head, and the LMS

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    In his seminal essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond popularized the following quote he attributes to Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “Perfection (in design) is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away.” For 15 years the makers of learning management systems have been swimming upstream against this truth. They would benefit greatly by meditating on this principle, together with the more general Occam’s Razor and the more specific Zawinski’s Law. What would an LMS look like if its creators earnestly sought…
  • The White House Promotes Open Education

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Today President Obama announced that, in addition to the commitments already outlined in the US Open Government National Action Plan, the United States will take additional steps to make government more open, transparent, and accessible for all Americans. The announcement included the following commitments: Promote Open Education to Increase Awareness and Engagement Open education is the open sharing of digital learning materials, tools, and practices that ensures free access to and legal adoption of learning resources. There is a growing body of evidence that the use of open education…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • The Paradoxical Attraction Of Sports

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We have a significant number of students from African background at our school. Now that in itself is too broad a description as the students we have enrolled hail from over twenty nations and cultures across the African continent. Two of the more major groups include Somali and Kurundi families, and our Community Development Officer has been working with some of our parents in playgroups and parent group meetings on a weekly basis. The Kurundi group meets with her, along with one of our multilingual BSSO’s (Bilingual School Support Officer) offering translation support, on a weekly…
  • Some Unsolicited Advice About Report Writing

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:58 am
    Here in South Australia, it is that time of year when mid-year reports go home to parents. I know there are a number of schools exploring and implementing better ways of reporting to parents using online technology but for the majority of South Australian primary schools, the reporting process is fairly uniform and consistent. Of course, things have evolved over time. When I first started teaching in the mid-80′s reports were hand written before then being drafted by hand and then typed up by skilled teacher aides. Eventually about over the last fifteen to twenty years it has evolved…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part VI

    Jim Gerl
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    English: the picture consist of articles on bullying, I obtained it from public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  In the first installment of this series, I explained the early cases laying the conceptual groundwork for the proposition that failure to react to bullying can constitute a denial of FAPE under IDEA.  In later installments, I have discussed the seminal decision of TK & SK ex rel LK v. New York City Dept of Educ 779 F.Supp.2d 289, 56 IDELR 228 (E.D.N.Y. 4/25/2011).  This case is…
  • Don't Call People Stupid

    Jim Gerl
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I'm always looking for other resources about kids with disabilities.  Recently, my daughter told me about a blogger named Angie Jackson.  The following is a quote from one of her blog posts that I believe our readers might be interested in; NOTE these are not my words but they are quoted with permission from the author:The Word “Stupid” and Why You Shouldn’t Use ItThe word “stupid” exists to justify discounting and disenfranchising individuals and groups. The idea behind it is “Some people are inherently inferior, so I…
  • New Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Breaking: New Guidance from OCR on Bullying

    Jim Gerl
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Seal of the United States Department of Education (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Education issued new guidance yesterday concerning bullying of students with disabilities.The newest information in this guidance involves its interpretation that the bullying of children with disabilities on any basis can be a denial of FAPE for §504 purposes.  In other words if a child with a disability is bullied, it may be a denial of FAPE even if it is not based upon disability.You can review the new guidance here. Here is more discussion by the…
  • Odds & Ends; Tech Update

    Jim Gerl
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)(Photo credit: Wikipedia)Your reaction to my 2012-2013 caselaw outline has been overwhelming.  Thank you.  One question that many of you have asked concerns the purchase price.  The price of the outline is $295.00 and I have made arrangements to receive payments PayPal (which includes a credit card option). The 259 page outline is available as a .pdf file and it is searchable (at least on my computer.) If you would like more information about this very cool research tool please email me at stuff: One of the great things…
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Students

  • STEM Graduates in the USA: 465,000 Women and 451,000 Men

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    STEM baccalaureate degrees in the USA in 2010 (reported by NSF in 2014): Field Women Men Science (including math) 442,000 343,000 Engineering 23,000 108,000 Health 193,000 36,000 Total 658,000 586,000 If you exclude health, women still lead 465,000 to 451,000. The same data for master’s degrees: Field Women Men Science (including math) 86,000 72,000 Engineering 14,000 49,000 Health 97,000 22,000 Total 197,000 147,000 Excluding health the totals are: women 100,000, men 125,000. In 2005, 235,197 women received undergraduate science and engineering degrees, compared to 230,806 for men. In…
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics Available Online

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

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

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

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

  • INSEAD Singapore vs MBA in India, USA and France

    Sameer Kamat
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Before getting into INSEAD Singapore, Nihar Prasad tried for several years to get into good MBA colleges in India and abroad. He got a high percentile in the CAT exam, but the IIMs were still out of reach. Instead of settling for a lower ranked MBA in India, he changed his gameplan to target foreign […] The post INSEAD Singapore vs MBA in India, USA and France appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Top MBA colleges in the world: Payback time

    Sameer Kamat
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    When you ask the question: ‘Is an MBA worth it?’ the typical answer you’d hear from many friends and colleagues would sound something like this, ‘Yes, dude, an MBA is worth it…but only if you get it from the Top MBA colleges in the world’. Some might qualify it further a ‘Top 10 MBA colleges […] The post Top MBA colleges in the world: Payback time appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 8 tips to beat the online job application system

    Sameer Kamat
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The battle between humans and machines isn’t just happening in movies. If you are a job hunter with an account on any online job application system, you are playing that game right now without being aware of it. And in all probability, you have been losing it and getting increasingly frustrated about losing your CV […] The post 8 tips to beat the online job application system appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Carlson School of Management Interview with MBA Admissions Director

    MG (Manish Gupta)
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    When it comes to post MBA salaries, it’s not just the absolute number that’s important, it’s the salary jump that matters too. The full-time MBA program offered by the Carlson School of Management is ranked 3rd for average salary increase. Located in the twin cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul (ranked by Forbes as the […] The post Carlson School of Management Interview with MBA Admissions Director appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 3 MBA abroad & India admits with 630 score in GMAT exam

    MG (Manish Gupta)
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    MBA and GMAT forums are filled with GMAT success stories of how Indians cracked the GMAT exam and got into the best MBA abroad universities. What happens to those who have decent profiles but aren’t able to get into the 700+ GMAT club? Such candidates are advised by consultants, alumni and other applicants to try […] The post 3 MBA abroad & India admits with 630 score in GMAT exam appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    The Ultimate College Preparation Blueprint

  • Eight College Essay Pitfalls to Avoid #dadchat

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    The Top Eight Essay Pitfalls - Essay Edge from Nelnet Marketing on Vimeo.There are lots of mistakes that can be made when writing an essay or personal statement, but some tend to occur more often than others. In the video above, we take a look at eight of the most common places where people tend to have problems when writing pieces like this. Check it out and learn how to avoid issues like these.
  • Book Review - The Art of the College Essay

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

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

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

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

  • SGOs, Samhain, and sanity

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    I have spent, in the basest sense of that word, hours upon hours of my God-given life working on a document required of teachers here in Jersey. That I do these things speaks to a cultural insanity, and mine as well.Do ghosts "exist"?I've lived  long enough to know that they don't.I've lived long enough to know that they do.That odd, inexplicable events happen, and happen daily, is evident to anyone paying attention. The shame is that so few of us are paying attention to the natural world, we miss the rhythms and the mysteries that  envelop our modern minds every moment.Today is All…
  • Samhain, again

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
     An old one, but Samhain is creeping up, and the ancients revered the cycles. I'm creeping towards ancient status. Despite whatever virus is playing tootsies with my hypothalamus (or maybe because of this), I found myself in thigh deep water on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at dusk, trying to catch a striped bass. I spent the evening shivering under a blanket.The waters here are about 62 degrees, still plenty warm for wading. The air temperature wasn't bad, either, and the wind didn't bother me until the sun set. In my feverish napping, I realized that for all my training and prepping…
  • Paradise Lost: On data driven drivel

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    I am watching the shadows change as I spend hours on the latest conceit from Trenton, SGOs.This was written last fall--you would think I'd learn to live. The "pond"I spent a chilly few minutes yesterday pulling out some elodea from the pond to take to school--each time I pull up a garland, I let it drip a bit over the pond, wondering about the lives of the critters found in each drop.(I worry about the few drops that hit the ground.)When I start to think I am losing my mind thinking about these critters, I peek at a drop or two under my microscope, and see, once again, the dance of…
  • "This Is Not a Test" Teacher Study Group

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    During the days of AIDS hysteria, my epic psoriasis  drew some attention at Sandy Hook. My torso was splattered with dollar coin sized lesions that looked like raw hamburger, and a couple of kids screamed "He's got AIDS!" Like Moses parting the Red Sea, families dragged their beach blanket fiefdoms away from my clan, giving the four of us a clear path to the ocean's edge. That is not what racism looks like.... Kids learn early on what to say when. I think they get their best practice in science class, where we teach a catechism, the kids repeat it, and then we leave each other alone…
  • Same damn thing

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    For all the noise technology gets these days, the important stuff is still the same damn thing.We live because plants spin air into food. You'd be surprised at how many folks old and young, wise and dumb, do not know this. Go find a tree. Look at its base. The ground is raised there. Ask yourself why.We live because plants split water molecules into pieces, much of which drifts away as oxygen. The stuff keeps us alive, as it has for hundreds of thousands of years, as it will if we do not forget our mortal roots matter more than our god of the generation. We live because we fuck, we fight, we…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • PreK+K Sharing Turns THREE with a HUGE Give Away!

    Debbie Clement
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    OH HAPPY DAY!!! Collaboration turns THREE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WIN OVER $300 Worth of ECE PRIZES!!! If you had a baby born on November first of 2011, that child is now quite the independent young whizz kid: singing, playing, discovering, building, digging,...(read more)
  • Got your Fizz, Pop, Bang! yet? :: Play Planner

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! Want a regular supply of fab ideas? You should sign up to get this Play Planner delivered straight to your in-box each weekend. Pop your email address in the box below and I’ll send you seven, play-based educational ideas each week. Creative,...(read more)
  • The 8 Components of A Digital Learning Environment

    Med kharbach
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    November 1, 2014 Another great read but this time from BYOT Network. In this paper entitled " The Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem", Dr Tim Clark suggests 8 elements as being... more Read More......(read more)
  • The Science of Storytelling Visually Explained

    Med kharbach
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    November 1, 2014 I have recently come across this beautiful visual entitled " The Science of Storytelling" and was really taken aback by some of the stats it included. These stats come in the context... more Read More......(read more)
  • Halloween Happenings (SunnyDays)
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Halloween on a Friday? Yes, Please! Can we arrange the calendar so that happens forever? k, thanks. We have a lot of fun on Halloween. I kind of give in on this day. I mean, how much are we going to learn when we're draped in Christmas lights and superhero...(read more)
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    Eric Stoller » Higher-Education

  • Family Weekend at the University of Miami

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

    Eric Stoller
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m giving a webinar on Wednesday, November 12th, at 2PM Eastern Time on Yik Yak on Campus: What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene. I’ll show you how Yik Yak works, provide examples of cyber-bullying AND positivity in actual mobile posts, and outline a strategy for anonymous-mobile discourse at your campus. Students are quickly flocking to this application, posting anonymous “yaks” and engaging in good, bad, and ugly communication. A number of institutions have seen high-profile incidents involving the app in recent weeks including sharing of sex tapes,…
  • On “Side Hustles” and Being Your Own Boss

    Eric Stoller
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Every time I make it “around the horn” to celebrate another successful year of consulting, speaking, and writing, I get a bit reflective about the journey. As if on cue, Dustin Ramsdell from the The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast, invited me to do an interview about my endeavors. Here’s the full audio interview where I go into detail about my journey as a student affairs professional / higher education consultant. I manage to throw in some thoughts on work/life balance as well as some insight into what my typical day is all about.
  • Some thoughts about college students and Yik Yak

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

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

  • Exceeding Expectations in Louisiana

    Guest Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    By Debbie Jenkins Debbie Jenkins is the elementary curriculum and instruction supervisor of Bogalusa City Schools in Louisiana. This post originally appeared on Amplify’s Viewpoints.  Learn more about Bogalusa City Schools’ use of Core Knowledge in this video. There’s an old Barbara Mandrell song that goes, “I was country when country wasn’t cool.” Similarly, I like […]
  • New Leaders in Literacy

    Lisa Hansel
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    It used to be that advocating for building broad knowledge with a content-rich curriculum in the early grades was a lonely enterprise. No more! Whether it’s the focus on the early word gap or the Common Core’s explanation of literacy or the moral universe bending toward justice, knowledge is finally getting its due. New reports […]
  • Smarter Balanced Confuses Fairness and Validity

    Lisa Hansel
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked the ETS guidelines for fair assessments that PARCC adopted, as well as a sample item from PARCC. Now let’s turn to the “Bias and Sensitivity Guidelines” ETS developed for Smarter Balanced. While I can’t say that ETS’s guidelines for Smarter Balanced contradict those adopted by PARCC, they are […]
  • PARCC Demonstrates the Benefits of Broad Knowledge

    Lisa Hansel
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Last week I explored the “ETS Guidelines for Fairness Review of Assessments.” These guidelines were adopted by PARCC, so I decided to take a look at PARCC’s sample items for English language arts. (PARCC is one of the two consortia of states with massive federal grants to create assessments aligned with the Common Core State […]
  • Reading Test Developers Call Knowledge a Source of Bias

    Lisa Hansel
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    You might expect to see a headline like this in the Onion, but you won’t. The Onion can’t run it because it isn’t just ironic—it’s 100% true. A few years ago, a researcher at one of the big testing companies told me that when developing a reading comprehension test, knowledge is a source of bias. […]
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    Recorded Books Blog

  • America’s (kinda dark) sweetheart

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “America’s (kinda dark) sweetheart” (Huffington Post) Caitlin Doughty, the host and creator of the “Ask a Mortician” Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death, is on a mission to change the way we think about death. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty – a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre – took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Recorded Books is pleased to announce the exclusive acquisition of Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (And Other…
  • Discovery Monday: Popular

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Maya Van Wagenen’s debut book Popular, audiobook narrated by Amber Faith and Lee Adams. A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can…
  • Author’s Note

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    We wanted to share a lovely note that author Tracy Groot wrote to one of our narrators Carine Montbertrand. The following is an email Tracy wrote on Carine’s website: Carine– Here’s my sordid story. I wrote a book called Flame of Resistance. You narrated it. My best friend’s daughter listened to it. Loved it. Said I should listen. I couldn’t. I was scared. There were way too many accents for even a good narrator to get right. (At least, in my opinion.) I was terrified that whoever did it would screw it up, so I chose not to listen. That was 2 years ago. Last…
  • The thinking man’s John Grisham

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the mood for a good old fashioned legal thriller? Well, okay then. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Martin Clark was appointed in 1992 as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge for the Twenty-first Judicial Circuit, where he currently serves as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Virginia. Judge Clark also writes a little in his free time. His first novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a…
  • Discovery Monday: The Right Thing

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Amy Conner’s debut book The Right Thing, audiobook narrated by Kate Baldwin. The Right Thing is a story about two places in time, 1963 and 1990, two little girls and two women with a lifetime commitment to each other despite their differences: money and the lack of it, the hard realities of class and race in a small Southern town and how those factors worked to shape their lives. It’s a story about one woman’s coming of age at 35, what we owe the people we love and how to…
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    ABCTE | American Board » Latest News

  • Answering Tough Questions about Education Reform (10/18/14)

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    At no time in its prior history has public schooling in the United States experienced such dramatic reform as it has in the past 15 years. Much of this reform has been fueled by the push for increased accountability in … Continue reading → The post Answering Tough Questions about Education Reform (10/18/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • Leading in the Age of Reform: The Necessity of Healthy Stakeholder Relationships (10/4/14)

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    During the past 15 years public education in the United States has undergone significant transformation. The transformation has been based on a shift toward increased accountability for schools and school districts. The result has been that educators have come under … Continue reading → The post Leading in the Age of Reform: The Necessity of Healthy Stakeholder Relationships (10/4/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • How Essential are the Tangentials?

    Dr Davis
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    In research, particularly when I either do not know what I should be looking for (because it is relatively new to me or I am taking a different approach) or when I do not want to be doing the research I know I should be doing, I am likely to follow rabbit trails. It’s not an ADD thing, though I have that, but it is a feature or bug of the way that I do research. When I do not follow rabbit trails, my research seems to me to be staid and boring, whether it is or not. I like rabbit trails; it offers me a chance to learn something unexpected. In this project on cosplay and memory I found a…
  • Introducing TED to FYC

    Dr Davis
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Today we started the Exploratory Essay, which is a pre-research project assignment, where students choose a topic that they are interested in and want to learn more about. They are required to find at least 3 sources, to write about what the sources say, and to reflect on how the information in those sources impacted their understanding of the subject. Did they learn something that conflicted with what they knew? What did they do with that? How did they decide whether to accept it or to reject it? How did they incorporate the new knowledge into their understanding of the world? It’s a…
  • SCMLA: Tech Questions 2

    Dr Davis
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Where did you learn this stuff? Take courses? Get the software and play with it. OpenCourseWare—MIT, Columbia LYNDA—database that teaches YouTube—for information Nuts and bolts: Where in the semester? Write every day, 2.5% of total grade Led to a major assignment that I had not planned. Do you ask for attribution in the digital compositions? Talk about it, but we don’t require. Incoming college students? –what are they good at? What skills are they lacking? What do you try to break them of? Most interested in bringing students into close reading and argumentative writing. Officially…
  • SCMLA: PowerPoint Movies

    Dr Davis
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Thomas Reynolds “Powerful Words and PowerPoint Movies: An Exercise in Multimodal Composition” Assistant professor and Director of First-Year Writing at Northwestern State University in Louisiana Thomas has presented nationally on technology and first-year composition. 60% of course is traditional requirements 40% can choose We spend more time on the 40%, because it connects. Learn by doing. Read and write every day. Begin class with video or article on social media. Related to class for the day. Try to build community in classroom. Let students bring media, email or FB. Share icebreakers.
  • SCMLA: Good Tech

    Dr Davis
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Amelia Emery What Are We Doing? Hardware, Software, and Assignments: Implementing Technology Effectively Amelia is in her tenth year at Abilene Christian University and manages all the theses in the university. She also teaches composition for the Department of Language and Literature. ACU emphasizes tech in classroom. Too much to list. Some of the new things: all students have an iPad. Encouraged to use iPads in class. New engineering building going up. Incorporate tech into f2f semesters Not super tech, but I like it and it’s shiny. Intimidating to learn to use tech, particularly in front…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Wayne State receives $1.16 million HRSA grant to enhance statewide regional centers

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) The Michigan Area Health Education Center, a Wayne State University program that seeks to increase access to quality primary care providers in underserved communities, today announced that it has been awarded a one-year, $1.16 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration to promote and provide health care career preparation initiatives, clinical experiences and continuing education programs across Michigan.
  • Fun and games make for better learners

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Queen's University) Four minutes of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students, according to new research by Brendon Gurd. A brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a 'FUNterval,' for Grade 2 and Grade 4 students reduced off-task behaviors like fidgeting or inattentiveness in the classroom.
  • Decoding the emergence of metastatic cancer stem cells

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Rice University) In the first study of its kind, Rice University researchers have mapped how information flows through the genetic circuits that cause cancer cells to become metastatic. The research reveals a common pattern in the decision-making that allows cancer cells to both migrate and form new tumors.
  • Elsevier announces the winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Elsevier) Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the editors of the leading international journal Chemical Physics Letters are pleased to announce the winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences. The award goes to Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from the University of Cambridge, UK for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the structures of solids and development and application of the concept of single-site heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Eiman Azim wins 2014 Eppendorf & Science Prize

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Eiman Azim is the 2014 grand prize winner in the annual international competition for The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology. Azim is being recognized for his exceptional research contributions into the neural circuits that control skilled movement.
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    doug --- off the record

  • Well, That Worked Well

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As folks from Ontario know, Friday’s are pretty special for me.  I create a blog post to highlight some of the great blogging that I read from Ontario Edubloggers.  I hope that readers of this blog are inspired to go and support those folks.  I also spend a few minutes doing #FollowFriday shoutouts to Ontario Twitter users who have been active – usually Thursday afternoon and evenings. Donna Fry wrote a kind blog post acknowledging this yesterday. “LEARNING FROM ONTARIO EDUCATORS“ Doug’s #FollowFriday “Active Ontario Educators” posts on Twitter are the perfect…
  • OTR Links 11/01/2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This Week in Ontario Edublogs | doug — off the record This Week in Ontario Edublogs tags: The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.7 | The Document Foundation Blog The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.7 tags: Microsoft Health App Now Available For iPhone, Android, Windows Phone [Download Links] | Redmond Pie Microsoft Health App Now Available For iPhone, Android, Windows Phone [Download Links] tags: Parents,…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It was another terrific week of reading and deeper thinking from the blogs of Ontario Educators. Here’s some of what I kept around to comment on for this post.   If We Only Knew Paul Cornies always challenges with the Quotes that he pulls from his Quoteflections blog.  In his post titled, “If We Only Knew”, it’s packed with great quotes.  This one really made me pause to think. Doesn’t that speak volumes about how we should live our lives?   How’s that for a classroom banner? Check out the post for some other terrific thoughts. 3D Printing Technology in…
  • OTR Links 10/31/2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write – Mic Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write by @RachelSGrate via @MicNews tags: Twuffer: Free Website to Schedule Future Tweets || Free Software Twuffer: Free Website to Schedule Future Tweets || Free Software – Mozilla Firefox tags: Parents unhappy over Halloween restrictions at Anderdon Public School | Windsor Star Parents unhappy over Halloween restrictions at Anderdon Public School | Windsor Star…
  • Pre #BIT14 Interview with David Hann and Heather Durnin

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Michelle Cordy (@cordym) continues her series of interviews of notables presenting at the Bring IT, Together Conference next week, November 5-7, 2014 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.  This time, it was an interview with Heather Durnin and David Hann. Now, I’ve known Heather Durnin (@hdurnin) for a number of years now.  She does amazing things with her students in Huron County.  David Hann was a person that I met for the first time last year at the Bring IT, Together Conference.  He was showing off his 3D printer and talking about how he was using it with his…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • GMAT Tip of the Week: The Most Common Wrong Answer to Any GMAT Problem

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The GMAT is more than just a math or verbal test – it’s a reasoning test.  And so it’s important to think not merely about content, but also about the strategy games that the authors of these questions play with that content.  One mantra to keep in mind is “Think Like the Testmaker”, reminding yourself to pay just as much attention to why the wrong answer you chose was tempting (how did the author trick you) as to why the correct answer was right. Arguably the single most common trap the authors set for you is evident in this question, which we invite you to answer before you read…
  • Should I Cancel My GMAT Score? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Veritas Prep
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last year, I wrote an article for this blog discussing the pros and cons (and pros and cons and pros) of cancelling your GMAT score. At the time, you had to sit through an entire 3+ hour exam, go through every question asked and then be offered the possibility of cancelling your score without ever knowing what your grade would have been. Needless to say, many people opted to cancel their scores out of fear that a disappointing result would reflect badly on them and hinder their chances of being accepted into the school of their choice. The overall takeaway of my article was that most people…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: Why You Should Take Our Live Online Class

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The future is now, and that does not simply mean that we must all Instagram pictures of puppies  wearing hats on an hourly schedule (that said, it would be a shame to keep such pictures to yourself). There has never been a greater capability of connecting with people across the globe, and this means that learning does not simply have to take place in an “in person” classroom.  Live Online classes and tutoring allows eager students to access the best educational methods for SAT prep. 1. What is this technology? Online platforms are not simply a Facetime call. They are actual online…
  • 5 Common Misperceptions About Military Applicants and How to Overcome Them

    Veritas Prep
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Military applicants to business school represent a non-traditional applicant pool but nonetheless a demographic that is consistently represented each year in the application process.  That said, it is no secret that many of the gatekeepers at top MBA programs most often have very little real world experience with the military. While admissions committees tend to value the leadership experiences and professionalism military candidates bring to the MBA classroom, misperceptions can abound about other areas of strength and weakness among military applicants.  Accordingly, a critical part of…
  • How Can I Improve My Focus on the GMAT?

    Veritas Prep
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A student recently asked, “How do I learn to focus long enough to make my study sessions worthwhile? While studying for the GMAT I can only study for about an hour at a time.” My response is, “This is a clearly a problem, not just for study sessions but also for the GMAT itself which requires 4 straight hours of focus. Luckily, there are simple ways to improve your focus, and these techniques will not only allow you to focus as you study for longer periods of time, but will also have other benefits throughout your life. I have been doing a lot of research into brain science and the GMAT…
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    Certification Map

  • What is National Board Certification?

    Cathy Vandewater
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The new school year is now under way, and you may be doing some big thinking when it comes to your classroom. Maybe you’ve had some time to reflect on your last year of teaching, and are looking to refresh your usual teaching style. If that’s you, you’re probably looking into professional development opportunities — but have you looked into earning your National Board Certification? Here’s a look at what the National Board Certification is, how much time it takes to pursue it and what you can come away with after you earn it. National Board Certification Structure and Requirements…
  • 10 Best Apps for ESL Teachers

    Cathy Vandewater
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    When it comes to teaching English as a Second Language, showing is every bit as important as telling. Students need to see pictures or videos of actions while learning verbs, just as they need to hear phonetics to fully grasp new words. Thanks to an incredible variety of apps, creating a learning experience involving sights and sounds is much easier. Teachers can teach, test, and help kids study with the latest programs—many of which are free or under $10. Here are a few of our favorite apps for ESL teachers ShowMe What it is: An app that turns your iPad into an interactive whiteboard. How…
  • It’s Not Always Cool to be Cool: Guiding Middle School Students Down the Right Path

    Cara Clarke
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you reflect on your time spent in middle school, the word “awkward” may come to mind. It is a strange transitional period when students are no longer children yet barely adolescents. They struggle to find themselves and figure out where they fit in with their peers. Since middle school can be such a difficult time, middle school students often embrace conformity, according to Gilbert Hunt’s The Modern Middle School: Addressing Standards and Student Needs. However, a recent University of Virginia study shows that popularity might not be all that it is cracked up to be. In fact,…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Boarding Schools that Work: Work Programs Help the Family Business Thrive

    Sylvia Dickson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    How do family businesses survive? Statistics show that only 30% of family businesses make it to generation two and a mere 3% still generate profits in generation three. The adage, Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations describes the failure of family operated businesses by the time grandchildren take over. Some of the issues evident in failing multi-generational businesses are material gain without personal investment, a sense of entitlement, unwillingness to tolerate frustration, and lack of education and skills needed to handle a job. Bridging generational change in a family…
  • A School Expert’s Take on Mercersburg Academy

    Marylou Marcus
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Mercersburg Academy wraps their arms around you and welcomes all students! Mercersburg is a great balance of academic and athletic rigor bound by a supportive community. I was struck by the inclusive community and a student body that is fearlessly protective of the school. Students are not boxed in. They grow out of their community through encouragement and support from peers as well as adults. This spring at Mercersburg Academy will mark the first graduating class to complete the Global Studies “Maps” Program which is similar to an IB Program. Students must apply to the program at the…
  • Vermont Academy Lives Large in Aerosmith’s Joe Perry’s Life

    Brian Fisher
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Joe Perry’s autobiography, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith came out last week. Burlington Free Press reporter, Brent Hallenbeck interviewed Perry in a story, Aerosmith guitarist talks of time in Vermont, for the book’s release. Hallenbeck’s piece is a great read because, listening to Perry, his affection for Vermont Academy – despite the fact that he didn’t graduate (he left school to pursue rock and roll dreams) – is palpable. Perry reminds me of student from years ago who left his boarding school to chase athletic dreams and, despite the fact he didn’t…
  • Why are you a Putney School tour guide?

    Marylou Marcus
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why are you a Putney School tour guide?  What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Putney School that motivates to share it with prospective students? I became a tour guide half-way through my freshman year after the life changing experience of moving to boarding school. I love working with the admissions office, and, often when I am away from school, or more recently in college interviews, I am asked to talk about my school. I have found that I can rarely stop talking about it once I get started, mainly because I find that many of the things at Putney are unique. Not…
  • A School Expert’s Take on Putney School

    Marylou Marcus
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Putney School, Putney, Vermont “Dialogue” plays a huge part in the Putney community. Dialogue is different than conversation, discussion, or debate. Dialogue at Putney means working together. Putney doesn’t want students tuned out or disconnected. Students have to focus intently and practice mindfulness. Putney demands collective responsibility and interdependence. Putney is a simple place that is creative and grounded, visionary and practical. Tour guide quote of the visit: “We work hard here. What does that mean? It means we make sacrifices to get things done. We are engaged. We are…
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    Dear Librarian

  • What’s the them of Teen Read Week this year, 2014?

    Dear Librarian
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This year Teen Read Week is all about Turning Your Dreams Into Reality! We’ll be trying to do just that by promoting the following activities in the HKIS HS Library: * Dreamy decorations with your head in the clouds; * A Dream Jar filled with all sorts of prizes; * Dream Books ready for checking out; * A schedule of Dreamy Movies served with popcorn; * A Dream Window to list all your dreams; * And, Dreamy Food on Friday from the Library Café. Make sure to come enjoy Teen Read Week in your HKIS HS Library! It’s all for you!!
  • What did you read during summer, 2014?

    Dear Librarian
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
  • 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!!
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  • Halloween for the Sensitive Child

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Tips to Make Halloween Fun for Children with Sensory Issues Halloween. It's a day filled with costumes, candy, and fun activities. For most kids, Halloween is one of the best days of the year, but as we know, for children who are sensory sensitive, All Hallow's Eve can be a nightmare. In fact, this harrowing holiday is a factor in why October 25-31 is National Sensory Awareness Week. However, with a few simple tricks Halloween can for fun for sensitive kids too. Here some tips to ensure your sensitive child can enjoy this fun, candy-filled day just like their friends.Tip #1: Careful Planning…
  • How to Keep the Waiting Room Stress-Free for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Medical Staff

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    “We're going to visit your pediatrician today.” A statement no kid(or parent, if we're just being honest) likes to hear. Many children immediately imagine scary monsters in lab coats chasing them with big syringes anytime they hear words like “pediatrician” or “doctor's office.” Many children are frightened of what may or may not happen once they leave the waiting room to enter an exam room. Other children, especially those with special needs who have unfortunately grown used to the inside of doctor's office, are simply bored and grow restless while waiting. Luckily, there's…
  • Choosing a Classroom - reprint from the Carpet and Rug Institute

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This information is a reprint from the Carpet and Rug Institute. It has some great information about why you should consider a rug for your classroom.  Making the right decisions starts with having the facts. There is a lot of information about carpet in schools, but it’s important to have the right information, supported by scientific study. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the source for science-based facts on carpet and rugs, wants you to have that information at your fingertips.  That way, we believe you will understand how carpet has clear advantages over other…
  • Even Bears Like our Hammocks!

    31 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    People know that they should keep their distance from bears. They usually will leave us alone unless they feel threatened or are protecting their cubs. However one bear must have needed a little "me time" as seen in this video at You can relax just like the Floridian bear in a wonderful La Siesta Hammock. Whether it's a hammock for one, two or for the whole family we've got you covered. We also have hammocks with spreader bars that some prefer over the standard banana style hammocks like on Gilligan's Island. We also have…
  • 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.
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    Free Education Magazines and Downloads from

  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Essentials of Education Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Education Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Education Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsBCP Software vs. DIY: How to Make the Most Important Decision in Business Continuity PlanningHolistic Security Architecture Designed to Fight Emerging Cyber AttacksThe ABCs of Mobile Device ManagementRequest Free!
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    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Keep up-to-date with the latest training issues, trends, and best practices.Training Daily Advisor will help you:Save Time - with concise, complete, actionable informationStay Up-to-Date - their team of experts does the research for youSucceed - Plain English analysis and advice is immediately usefulFor a limited time also receive a Free Special Report, Building The Best Training Program.Register for Training Daily Advisor Today!Request Free!
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    15 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This book will help you every step of the way during your job search. With information on career fairs, networking, interview preparation, etc., you'll be ready to land your new job in no time.Here is a sneak peek into the topics included in this eBook:Chapter 1: Looking for JobsChapter 2: Thinking PositivelyChapter 3: Interviewing SkillsChapter 4: Entry-Level JobsChapter 5: Job DescriptionsChapter 6: Must-Know Tips on Job SearchesChapter 7: Online Job SearchesChapter 8: Career Job FairsChapter 9: Local Job SearchesChapter 10: Identify Your SkillsChapter 11: Ideal ResumeChapter 12: Prepare…
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    4 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
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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…
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    Heather Wolpert-Gawron

  • The Full Interview with Dr. Spiros Michalakis

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    As part of my recent superhero PBL unit, I brought in Dr. Spiros Michalakis to talk to my students about research for their science-fiction based narratives.  Spiros is a Quantum Physicist who consulted on the new Marvel movie, Ant-man.  Sure, he didn’t invent Ant-man, but he used his knowledge of science to figure out how Ant-man could really exist.  According to my students, that may as well make him a superhero himself.  Anyway, we got to talking about the need for science and communication skills, in particular writing, to co-exist.  I posted an abridged version of this…
  • Visual of my Edutopia post: “The Power of I Don’t Know”

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    I recently wrote an post for Edutopia called “The Power of I Don’t Know.”  It focuses on our need as teachers to release being the information authority in the room and instead to hand over the reins to the students themselves.  Rebeca Zuniga (#sketchnotes) created a great visual that was inspired by the piece, and I thought I’d share it here: Enjoy! -Heather © heather for Heather Wolpert-Gawron, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to Post tags: Common Core, education, edutopia, k12, middle school, Rebeca Zuniga, teaching quality, The Power of I…
  • Training Judges for a Speech Tournament: A Reflection on How Students (Even Adults) Learn

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We just finished hosting our first quarter speech tournament on Friday night.  Our league, to our knowledge, is one of the largest middle school leagues in the country, and the coaches meet frequently to ensure that our tournaments run as smoothly as possible.  It’s hard.  I’ve been annually hosting at least one of our huge tournaments for the last 11 years, and each year we focus on improving the process as much as possible.  But there are a lot of cogs in a machine when planning a tournament. Visually, our team hosts a great party.  We had food trucks that help with…
  • What is the Purpose of School?: Understanding Purpose Helps with Student Motivation (updated)

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I start my school year with a little blog post about what students think school is all about.  It begins a year-long conversation about purpose that I then refer to throughout the school year.  “What is the purpose of the digital portfolio?”  becomes a homepage writing assignment for their individual Google Site.  “What is the purpose of a particular assessment?”  becomes a reflective piece that can turn a summative assessment into a formative one.  Discussing purpose is a kind of reflection.  Flip that. Begin your activities or unit with a discussion of…
  • Organizing Google Drive For Your New School Year

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    I have drunk the Google Drive Kool-Aid.  I used it daily last year, and I am now a convert.  However, as a result of my recent condition that I’m calling Googlenthusiasm, my inbox and Drive are now ready for a spring-cleaning and a little more targeted thought. I know that Google Classroom* is coming out and might solve many of these issues, but I won’t have a chance to really dive into it before school starts, and my students are already emailing and submitting their summer assignments, so I’m busy organizing my Drive as it exists now. Here are the steps I’m taking to make my…
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    Change Agency

  • Chat Madness!

    Stephanie Sandifer
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Source: This. See on – Connected Learning by
  • How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | WIRED

    Stephanie Sandifer
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Brecht Vandenbroucke Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from what I’ve seen, it also teaches something else: good old-fashioned reading and… […]
  • Innovation Excellence | A World of Knowledge: 50 Different Views of Education

    Stephanie Sandifer
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it. What if a class consisted of words that led to information that whirled into blended realms of creativity set […]
  • All Aboard the Connected Classroom! (EdSurge Guides)

    Stephanie Sandifer
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    All aboard! Learning–for both students and teachers–is increasingly connected. We share learning practices, lessons and insights both to support one another and sometimes just for the sheer joy of it. Throughout this October’s ” Connected Educators” month, we’ll share articles, to Source: See on – Connected Learning by
  • Big History Project

    Stephanie Sandifer
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Source: An incredible free resource — an entire online curriculum that engages learners in critical thinking around big questions/themes in history and science! See on – Connected Learning by
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    Teaching Social Media Marketing At UCLA Extension

  • Using Transmedia Storytelling for Social Media Success

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Image credit: Ron Nash, The In Academy - In this week's Social Media Examiner podcast by Michael Stelzner (@Mike_Stelzner), "Your LinkedIn Profile: Why You Need to Revisit How You Look on LinkedIn", Ron Nash (@TheInAcademy) mentioned that LinkedIn's new features and format allows you to tell your story with transmedia. Now you can tell the story of you, your brand, and/or your company across various media using videos, photos, text, etc.For instance Ron Nash uses all of these very creatively by integrating craftily edited photos (see…
  • McDonalds - Our Food Your Questions - Social Media Campaign

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Image credit: McDonalds Twitter - Our food your questions campaignMcDonalds has had its woes lately.According to's article: McDonald's has a new generational problem: kids: Apparently kids don't like Happy Meals anymore. Millennials are shunning The Golden Arches. Families are Declining in visits.The updated Ronald McDonald was widely mocked.  But luckily McDonalds is listening, which is good:“We remain focused on listening to all of our customers and evolving our menus to meet their expectations and eating habits,” Mr. Irwin says in an email. McDonald's…
  • Is Social Media Social or No-cial

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Sometimes when I see two or three things happening within a short period of time it makes me think there's a trend going on.Last week in our Social Media Marketing class (#SMMUCLA) at UCLA Extension, we discussed whether the new social network Ello ( could be the new "anti-Facebook" social network.Then after a recent class TweetChat about where we find social media marketing news...and more importantly where our potential consumers (of information), customers, or clients find theirs, a student (Mohammed Almokhem Almokhem) tweeted me a link to an "#antisocialmedia" video by…
  • KLM Launches Ambitious #HappyToHelp Social Media Marketing Campaign on Twitter

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Image credit: @KLM: SMMUCLA social media marketing class is talking about Twitter today...and what better way to launch this discussion than with an actual campaign launch by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.The trick part of this campaign is that it's "real time" which is no small endeavor given how many travel questions people may have.- See the "We expect to reply within 182 min. - Updated every 5 minutes" notice in the image and you can definitely tell that this is real-time!Even more ambitious and admirable is that @KLM is trying to answer travel questions of…
  • Comcast and Customer Relationship Management

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Comcast has certainly had it's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) woes recently.  But now it's striving for a complete customer experience makeover.Comcast is doing exactly what Mark W. Schaefer suggests in Social Media Explained (our course textbook for Social Media Marketing at UCLA Extension) which is: "Getting your house in order."   by Mike MozartJeepersMedia In her article in the LA Times, Comcast, acknowledging problems, acts to reform customer service, Meg James (@MegJamesLAT) details the CRM strategy of changing management, customer experience, and…
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    More Than A Test Score

  • 4 Letter of Recommendation Mistakes I Managed to Avoid

    Emily Liu
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    When I think of letters of rec, I can only picture my AP Language teacher’s whiteboard, where he listed the names of seniors who approached him for a letter of recommendation. Throughout the first few weeks of senior year, the list grew alarmingly quickly, until people were in his room desperately begging for him to write them a letter. You don’t want to be one of those people! Here are the strategies I used to escape common letter of recommendation blunders: Not Putting in the Preparation The end of junior year and the summer before senior year is a good time to start seriously…
  • A Women’s College with a Global Reach

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    In an increasingly global world, programs that equip students to go into an international economy are more and more valuable. Wesleyan College’s world-renowned global reach, diverse student body, and commitment to educating the next generation of female world leaders, has led to their establishment of one such program: the Wesleyan College Global Scholars Program (WCGSP) for domestic students. The program is aimed at qualified high school graduates from all across America who are eager to participate in a scholarship program that prepares them to meet the challenges of an interconnected…
  • What I Learned From Taking SAT Subject Tests

    Emily Liu
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    When your standardized test scores feel like the be-all, end-all of your college applications, it’s no wonder it feels like everyone around you is stacking AP/IB exams and SAT Subject tests on top of their SAT I. So should you follow in suit? I took three SAT Subject Tests during my high school career, according to either what I thought I was going to major in at the time, or to what I was good at or needed to boost – you can, after all, take them across a wide range of subjects not unlike the AP course selection. Looking back, I’m not entirely sure whether they were an active deciding…
  • 6 Tricks to Make Your DIY Halloween Costume a Treat

    Jacqueline Kim
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    With Halloween a week away, you’re probably not too keen on paying for express shipping – or even worse, the costume you’ve been planning all year has been sold out everywhere. So what do you do when you’re on a tight budget and your local costume store won’t help you out? It’s time to go DIY – get crafty and/or hit the thrift store! These cool costumes will be good for your wallet AND your trick-or-treat bag! Ice Bucket Challenge via It’s time to cool down and reminisce about the summer. Nope, we’re not talking about lemonade,…
  • 5 Spine-Chilling Scholarships

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Be sure to have an account with Zinch with a complete (or nearly complete) profile in order to look at and apply for the scholarships below. Signing up for Zinch and filling out your profile will also find you a whole host more of scholarships you are eligible for. Go sign up today! • Zinch $1,000 Weekly Scholarship Who’s Eligible? Current US high school students Amount: $1,000 How to Apply: Win a smooth grand from Zinch! No essay required this week! Due Date: Deadline for each Weekly Scholarship prompt is the following Monday morning • Twist and Shout Slam Poetry Scholarship Who’s…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Are You Making Your Most Difficult Students Worse?

    Michael Linsin
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Most teachers are hyperaware of their most difficult students—and well they should be. It’s smart to know where they are and what they’re doing. But this awareness can cause you to behave oddly around them. It can cause you to glare and glower in their direction. It can cause you to hover near the edges […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Praise With Power

    Michael Linsin
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    A teacher walks wordlessly with one of her most challenging students. They’re on the playground and it’s recess time. Some distance away the rest of the class laughs and plays and loses themselves in games of tetherball and foursquare. From a distance you might assume that the teacher has pulled the student aside to lecture […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • Why You Shouldn’t Redirect Misbehavior

    Michael Linsin
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s standard practice. You catch a student in the act of misbehavior and you move in to redirect them. You physically intervene. You stop them in their tracks. You lean down, explain what they did wrong, and then guide them down the proper path. It seems like the right thing to do. It makes sense. […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • Why Caring Too Much Can Make You A Less Effective Teacher

    Michael Linsin
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Teaching is important, to be sure. But if you’re not careful, this fact can weigh heavily. It can cause you to wrap an unhealthy amount of your identity into your job. It can cause you to be distracted around your friends and family. It can cause you to care too much. And when you care […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • Why Silent Modeling Is A Powerful Strategy

    Michael Linsin
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Done right, modeling has the power to teach your students virtually anything you want them to be able to do. And in a way they won’t soon forget. The problem, however, is that most teachers don’t model very well. They gloss over details. They rush through important steps. They cut short what should be a […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • Word Play Kids Love

    Melissa Taylor
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Get kids loving and learning words with these 5 fun word play activities — guaranteed to entertain and delight! 1. Tongue Twisters My daughter’s drama teachers uses tongue twisters as a warm up. And we love practicing them at the dinner table. We mess up the words all the time which cracks us up. Try our favorite tongue […] The post Word Play Kids Love appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Make Your Own Note Card Book

    Melissa Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Make your own book with this quick and easy handmade book idea. All you need are large notecards and a stapler. And, for illustration help, consider using Mudpuppy’s sturdy stencils for kids. We think they’re indestructible! Make Your Own Book Fold large notecards in half. Take your stapler and staple in the crease at the top and the bottom. See […] The post Make Your Own Note Card Book appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Family Game Night Favorite: Kitten Caboodle

    Melissa Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Family game night just got a whole lot better with Educational Insight’s new games Kitten Caboodle and Diggity Dogs for preschool age kids and older. We own Kitten Caboodle whose object (like Diggity Dogs) is to adopt the most pets. My kids and their friends absolutely love playing it and like I said, it’s a favorite […] The post Family Game Night Favorite: Kitten Caboodle appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • What is Bullying? Meanie vs. Bully

    Melissa Taylor
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    When someone calls your kid stupid, it IS NOT BULLYING. Everywhere you turn these days you hear about bullying. And it’s coming out of the mouths of kids and parents way more than it should. You and I and they are labeling all mean actions bullying. But what is bullying? It’s not meanness. Not unless it’s […] The post What is Bullying? Meanie vs. Bully appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • How to Stop Bullying

    Melissa Taylor
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Bullying awareness campaigns are not enough. We need to know what to DO if our child is being bullied believes Jarrett Arthur, Krav Maga black belt and self-defense educator. We need to know how to stop the bullying. We already know that being mean isn’t the same as being a bully. And can we just get real right […] The post How to Stop Bullying appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • Who Discovered Astatine

    Tim Bortoli
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Astatine is a chemical element that has no stable isotopes (it is radioactive). The most stable isotope of the element is astatine-210, which has a half life of 8.1 hours. Despite this fact, trace amounts of astatine (At215, At218 and At219) can be found on earth as the result of radioactive decay. It is the rarest of all naturally occurring elements (there is less than 25 grams in the crust of the earth) and it is for this reason, along with its short lives nature, that much less is known about this element than other naturally occurring elements. It is also the reason that it was discovered…
  • Why are Whale Sharks an Endangered Species

    Tim Bortoli
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Whale sharks are a large species of filter feeding sharks and are known to be the largest fish species in the world. They can grow up to 12.65 m (41.5 ft) long and weigh up to 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lbs), although there are reports that larger specimens exist. Whale sharks can be found in all warm and tropical oceans of the world and spend most of the lives in the open sea. It is believed that they can live for up to 100 years and can be successfully kept in captivity. Whale sharks are majestic creatures and are not a significant threat to humans. The whale shark is threatened in the wild…
  • Uses of Lanthanum

    Tim Bortoli
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Lanthanum is a silvery white metal that is never found in its free form in nature. It is a chemical element with the atomic number 67 and is represented with the symbol La. Despite not being found naturally in its free form, lanthanum is contained in some rare earth minerals. Despite this name lanthanum is not rare and it can be found in Monazite and bastnasite ores. Lanthanum is an important element and it has a number of applications. Uses of lanthanum One of the first uses of this element was to create gas lantern mantles (the part that produces the white light when heated). This element…
  • How Many Countries Make up the Commonwealth

    Tim Bortoli
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The Commonwealth (official title: Commonwealth of Nations) is an organization made up of many nations, most of which were once territories or colonies of the British Empire. The Commonwealth is not a political union, but more a loose association of countries with common values and goals. The organization carries out regular projects and meetings, and the best known event is the Commonwealth Games (a sporting event open to all nations of the Commonwealth). The Head of the Commonwealth is the British monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II). Let’s find out how many nations are a part of the…
  • Who Wrote “The Wind in the Willows”

    Tim Bortoli
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    “The Wind in the Willows” is a children’s novel first published in 1908. It follows the adventures of four animal characters and is set in England. The book contains many themes and cleverly uses the animal characters to explore human emotions. The book has been a favorite with children (and adults) since it was released and is considered one of the finest pieces of children’s literature from the 20th century. The book has also been adapted many times and many stage, television, film and radio versions have been made. Let’s find out who wrote this classic book.
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  • movie-inspired costume contest: win $500 and movie tickets for a year!

    amy mascott
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        affiliate links used in this post     I love it when I can share things with my readers that are really, truly cool and easy. We’re busy. We need easy. And I know with quite a bit of certainty that many of us are gearing up for Halloween this week. And I also know with quite a bit of certainty that many of us are dressing our kids as Minions, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, or the good ole storm troopers or Dorothy from Wizard of Oz standby. Because we’re all connected, and we’re all snapping photos of our cutie-pies all decked out in their Halloween gear, why…
  • GoldieBlox for smart girls: read, create, and learn

    amy mascott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Yesterday, my girls were late for school. And they were late for cheer practice last evening. And they were late for school again today. It wasn’t because they were sleeping in or taking too long to pick out their clothes. It wasn’t because they were poking around or moving slowly. They were building. They were reading; they were creating. My smart girls were busy tinkering with their GoldieBlox sets, and this mama was fine with it. Sure, we need to teach our kids to be punctual and to make it to school on time. But we have the rest of the week to work on…
  • quandary: video game for improving decision-making skills

    amy mascott
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        I’m always on the hunt for worthwhile ways to sneak in some fun and learning into my kids’ days. And though I’m super careful about screen time, I’m rather impressed with a game that I’ve recently been introduced to: Quandary. Not surprisingly, my little game-testers were eager to try this digital game that is structured to develop ethical thinking skills. It’s interesting. It’s different. And it really gets kids thinking. Here’s the skinny. . . Quandary–Video Game for Improving Decision-Making Skills:  I, too, was a little…
  • halloween printable games for kids

    amy mascott
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Need two quickie Halloween games for your kids? Maybe for a Halloween class party or for some after school fun? Want to up the fun factor of a playdate or just get a little more into the Halloween spirit? Here are two Halloween printable games for kids that my kids liked and that we’ll be using for class parties this year. Simple but fun. Tic-tac-toe and Halloween Follow-the-Path. Here’s the skinny. . . Halloween Printable Games for Kids: Half the battle of sneaking in some fun learning for our kids is knowing where to look for things. And that goes for class…
  • 20% off of halloween costumes: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        We have to get on it. Really. Halloween’s right around the corner, so I thought I’d share a few teachmama fab finds a la Halloween just in case you’re still looking for a costume for your kiddos or your family. And if you are, it’s all good. Just order one now. I’ve got a pretty sweet deal for you because I know what it’s like, okay? No judgement here. Ever.   Because I love you, I’m sharing some pretty sweet Halloween costume info for you: 20% off of Halloween Costumes:  15% off 1 item at BuyCostumes Coupon Code: AFCBC151…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Education

  • Need for improving education system: Rajnath Singh

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the education system in the country needs a qualitative improvement with focus on skill development. “Our education system needs qualitative improvement and it should focus on skill development, values and spiritual development,” he said here while addressing an international conference for school principals. The home minister also expressed concern that not even one Indian university featured in the list of top 275 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education Survey. Citing a survey conducted by Wheelbox…
  • HRD in a fix over deemed universities

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    NEW DELHI: The HRD ministry is in a bind as to what stand to take on UGC report on 41 deemed universities. With the Supreme Court having already ordered physical verification of infrastructure and academic quality of seven of the 41 universties, the ministry is weighing options before filing its affidavit in the apex court. The first option is not to let 34 of the 41 deemed universities go off the hook. UGC report has recommended that only seven be stripped of deemed university status, while 34 others could continue. But the ministry is averse to this proposition. Since all 41 were found…
  • Student speak: Accounting edge

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    By Anusha UpadhyaA; CIMA student and senior executive at Wipro Technologies, India In today’s highly competitive and globalised world, employ ers look for skilled professionals who can understand and work within the increasingly complex business scenario.Hence, pursuing the right qualification after class XII becomes crucial for students like me. With this understanding in mind, I was looking to pursue a career that would be globally relevant and which could open up international opportunities for me. While doing my research, I came across the qualification in management accounting…
  • 2600-acre plots identified for IIT in Kerala

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    KOCHI: Kerala may finally get its IIT as the state government has identified two plots — 600 acres in central Puduserry and 650 acres at West Puduserry in Palakkad — to set up the premier institute. The state government has appointed higher education department additional secretary M Sherif as liaison officer and he will be inspecting the plots on October 10. “After inspection, I will submit a detailed report to the government. We hope to finalise one of the plots to set up IIT,” Sherif said. Kerala was awarded an IIT in the 2014 Union Budget but on the condition that between…
  • 1,000 US academics to teach in Indian universities

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    NEW DELHI: After planning to rope in scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to take classes in schools and colleges, India is now looking at American academics for teaching in different Indian universities. The idea is to invite and host up to 1,000 American academics every year to teach in centrally-recognized Indian universities. The academics – mainly from the field of science and innovations — may visit India at their convenience. The US agreed to the proposal during the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Barack Obama in…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Critical Thinking: If You Can’t Define It, How Can You Hire For It?

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

    Breanne Harris
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m really intrigued with the concept that “A-players hire A-players, while B-players hire C-players.”  In other words, top talent actively seeks to surround themselves with other top talent. They are energized and challenged by others who are at, or above, their skill level. However B-players don’t want to have their middle-of-the-pack position challenged, so they hire people who will not surpass them in the organization. I read a really great article by Mel Kleiman on this week on this concept. He took the discussion a step further and asked why managers…
  • Reboot Your Thinking: The Ctrl+Alt+Del Approach

    Breanne Harris
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Every once in a while we need to hit the reset button. When life gets too hectic, our days are over-scheduled, and information is coming at us faster than we can process it, we need to STOP and RESET. It’s like hitting the Ctrl+Alt+Del command on your computer when you have too many tabs and file folders open to be productive. The computer starts moving slowly and errors start popping up. Life works the same way. Taking a moment to wipe the slate clean gives us the opportunity to re-focus and re-prioritize our thoughts and actions. While we typically reference the RED Model of Critical…
  • Critical Thinking Exercise: Ebola in the U.S.

    Breanne Harris
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    This week, the first diagnosed case of Ebola was identified in the US. Naturally, residents in Dallas, TX (and beyond) are concerned about the highly contagious, deadly disease spreading. Trainers, this is a great topic for a strategic thinking exercise!  The topic is timely, and naturally evokes emotions like fear and concern which are triggers for poor decision making. Print out some basic information on the current situation (i.e. the timeline of infection, number of people in direct contact with the patient, how the disease is spread, symptoms, etc) and distribute it to your group. This…
  • 70 Questions to Boost Your Critical Thinking

    Breanne Harris
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In each step of the RED Model of Critical Thinking, the key is to ask questions.  Asking questions helps us look more deeply at the issue, break it into parts, find blind spots and lack of data, and make the best choice. Here are 70 questions to help you boost your critical thinking: What is the problem? What is the goal? What information is essential? What do we know for sure? What don’t we know? What is the source of this information? Is this fact or opinion? Are we asking the right questions? Who else does this problem/situation affect? Who else should be involved in this…
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    Naturally Educational

  • Pipe Cleaner Doll — Hermione

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    My daughter has read and re-read the Harry Potter series so many times her paperbacks are falling apart. She is dressing as Hermione Granger this year for Halloween. Her class has an optional assignment to make a mini version of their costumes and my daughter wanted to create a pipe cleaner doll. Pin It I love how this came out and we had a lot of fun crafting together. We’ve made pipe cleaner fairies in the past and used the same general plan. First, she used permanent markers to draw a face on a wooden bead. Then, she folded a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in half and poked the folded…
  • Halloween Cardboard Tube Monster Craft

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    My three year old and I made these little cardboard tube monsters for Halloween. We’ve been meaning to make some tube creatures for a while and Halloween seemed the perfect time. I like these because you can go as wild as you like–any colors, any embellishments, and construction! These are not only great for Halloween but would also make good alien lifeforms or new specimens for your own Seuss-inspired Zoo. My biggest question was how to cover the tubes. Construction paper seemed too neat. I was going to go with paint and then I thought tissue paper would add some fun texture and…
  • Wallpops World Map (Review)

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Pin It Usually I keep reviews on another site but this is one of the most educational items we use constantly in our household: Kids World Dry Erase Map. In fact, we’ve had this item for over a year and still use it almost every day. I had purchased other world maps for the wall in the past but they often did not stick well to the wall and, when they did actually stick, the poster tape destroyed our paint. Our Wallpops vinyl decal map sticks perfectly and we have even removed it once and put it back up with no problems–no chipped walls and the decal still sticks. As an added…
  • Walking with Dinosaurs at the Barclay Center

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    My family and I had the opportunity to see Walking with Dinosaurs at Barclays Center for opening night and it was a thrill! Pin It The show is like a natural history museum comes alive and explodes with the crushing force of the jaw of a tyrannosaurus rex. Walking with Dinosaurs packs brachiosaurus-sized learning into its entertainment. The show begins back in the Triassic, explaining the vegetation, the geology, and the evolutionary developments that allowed dinosaurs to go on to conquer the earth. Pin It An enthusiastic and adventurous paleontologist guides the audience through time,…
  • Sphero 2.0 the Robotic Sphere Teaches Programming and More – Review

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    Pin It Maybe we were easily impressed in those pre-tablet days of the 1980s but I can still remembering programming a toy robot to follow commands. Robot: walk, forward, 10 steps. My dad, who holds a degree in engineering and has made a career out of computer systems, would patiently guide my efforts. I learned to be precise with the directions because the robot would either spin out of control or, more frustratingly, refuse to budge. Sphero 2.0 is like that robot, times 1000. Sphero is pure technology but its ability to help kids learn while having a lot of fun is almost magical. When…
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  • Towards improved quality standards in transnational education

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The quality assurance mechanisms of transnational education (TNE) or cross-border education have not kept pace with the changes in the landscape of its activities and trends is the core argument of the article I co-authored with Richard J Edelstein, a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley. TNE is offered in a range of models, including branch campuses, licensed foreign degree programs provided by local institutions, articulation agreements, distance learning degrees and online degrees. The variety of models is reflective of…
  • Can China become the hub of ‘glocal’ students? CACIE Conference 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    What are the drivers of international student mobility to China? What are the implications of these trends for Chinese Universities? Can China become the hub of ‘glocal’ students? This is the focus of the session I am chairing at China Annual Conference for International Education (CACIE) Forum on International Student Mobility on Sunday, October 26. Mobility of Chinese students to the leading destinations like US, UK and Australia is a known trend. However, what has not gained enough attention is the increasing magnetism of China as a destination for international…
  • Impact assesst as an integral part of internationalization strategy

    4 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In a world of increasing fiscal constraints, discourses that emphasize measuring impact continue to gain traction.Most recently, the Scaling Social Impact series by Harvard Business Review and The Bridgespan Group focuses on how organisations can have a greater social impact. In the same vein, the Stanford Social Innovation Review also has a special section on innovative ways to measure an organisation’s impact on various populations. In light of the increasing complexity and changes in higher education, universities engaging in internationalisation need to candidly ask themselves if…
  • Presenting at EAIE Conference 2014 on Transnational Education, MOOCs and International Student Recruitment

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

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

  • Choose Your Reading Material Carefully

    Editorial Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    A recent study compares e-readers to those who use traditional books to find out how digital text is impacting our brain. The cognitive benefits that come from reading are indisputable. However, a recent study suggests that those who access reading material through the printed page have an advantage over those who rely solely on a digital reading experience. The popularity of e-readers has increased in recent years, with advocates arguing for the practicality of a device like a Kindle, and the cheaper cost of e-books. Those in favor of a physical book prefer the sentimental aspect and the…
  • Harris Institute Celebrates 25 Years of Music Industry Success

    Editorial Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Harris Institute is hosting a 25th Anniversary Reunion to celebrate the school’s 25 years of media arts education. In the fast-paced and competitive world of the music industry, any milestone is worth celebrating. Reaching 25 years in the business is an accomplishment that calls for a little extra. That’s why Harris Institute is hosting a 25th Anniversary Reunion to celebrate the school’s 25 years of rocking music and media arts education. The celebration will be held at the century old industrial building that the college calls home, a 15,000 square foot space in Old Town Toronto…
  • Ryerson’s Impressive Church Street Development Project Unveiled

    Editorial Staff
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Photo: Ryerson’s Church Street Exterior Change is in the air, literally, for Toronto’s Ryerson University, with University President Sheldon Levy announcing plans for an ambitious new facility termed the Church Street Development. Proposed design images feature a structure as impressive and lofty as the programs it will house, including the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health, the Midwifery Education Program and the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. The four Faculty of Community Services programs will fit nicely into the new eight-story podium, with a…
  • Getting an Education on a Budget

    Editorial Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Certificate programs are shorter in length and can even be completed online, which results in much lower tuition costs. If money is no object, you have plenty of time, and you have few personal commitments, a traditional post-secondary education might be for you. However, many of us do not have these luxuries in abundance. Does that mean you have to settle for less? Not if you consider a certificate program to prepare you for a professional career. Upon completion of a certificate program, you will be awarded a certificate, rather than a degree. Sound inferior? Think again. Consider the…
  • Post-Secondary Fees in Alberta Among the Highest in Canada

    Editorial Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Rising tuition prices are an unfortunate reality for students everywhere, but a recent report suggests that it’s the steep compulsory fees that are hitting Alberta students the hardest. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) predicts that tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will increase on average about 13 per cent in the next four years. While the overall increase for Alberta is likely to be in the 9 per cent range, the compulsory fees in that province were found to be among the highest in the country. The price hikes in compulsory fees are not…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • State releases school test scores, other new data

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    It’s 2014—the year when No Child Left Behind stated 100 percent of public school children in America were to be proficient in math and reading.Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen. Not here and not in any other state.Scores released today by the Illinois State Board of Education show the percentage of grammar school children considered proficient in reading dipped to 56.8 percent from 58.5 percent, while the percentage of students meeting state standards in math inched up to 58.9 percent from 57.9 percent.The percentage of high school juniors meeting standards in reading and…
  • State government could take over a school district near you

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Ask Illinois residents what’s most important to them and their families, and education is likely to be right up there—often at the top of the list.So it’s no surprise that citizens expect high educational standards from government (and solid financing). But most prefer their state involvement at arms length.But the fact is Illinois, has the power to take over local schools. They can fire elected school board members and put a new superintendent in place.Two years ago, it did just that. The state took over two school districts, one in East Saint Louis and the other in North…
  • Karen Lewis not running for mayor

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, seen as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most high-profile re-election challenger, won't run in 2015, a spokeswoman announced Monday.Lewis, who often tussled with the mayor during the 2012 Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike, didn't specify her reasons and a statement released on behalf of her exploratory committee made no mention of a recent illness she disclosed publicly."Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid," said a statement from committee spokeswoman Jhatayn Travis. "Yet she charges us to continue…
  • Karen Lewis hands over leadership of Chicago Teachers Union

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is suffering from an undisclosed “serious illness” and will step aside as head of the organization, the union’s vice president announced Thursday.But there’s still no word on how that might affect a possible mayoral run against Rahm Emanuel.At a press conference late Thursday afternoon, Vice President Jesse Sharkey announced that Lewis underwent a successful surgery on Wednesday, but declined to name Lewis’ condition, citing her family’s privacy.Lewis, 61, has been seriously considering a run for mayor. Sharkey…
  • Chicago Teachers Union head Karen Lewis hospitalized

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis has been hospitalized after experiencing discomfort over the weekend.CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin on Monday denied rumors Lewis suffered a stroke. Lewis recently underwent surgery designed to reduce her absorption of food calories.In a statement, Gadlin wrote that Lewis' privacy is being respected and she will determine "whether or not another public statement is warranted."Gadlin added Lewis is resting well, in good spirits and is "thinking of creative ways to secure the future and city our students and their families…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Introducing Eight New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    London Knerds: Fernando and Eva at the Frankfurt Book Fair Meet eight new Knerds! Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, from Boston, joins Knewton as a Partnerships Manager. Before coming to Knewton, he attended Dartmouth, where he threw javelin and sang a cappella. He also worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. His favorite book is The Once and Future King. In his spare time, he enjoys binge-watching movie trailers. Kaitlin Caruso is Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira’s new executive assistant. She is from Sacramento, and attended St. Mary’s College of California. Prior to Knewton, she was working…
  • Knewton Partners with Santillana to Reach K-12 Students Across 22 Countries

    Charlie Harrington
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Santillana, the largest K-12 publisher in Latin America. Santillana, which provides learning materials for students and teachers in 22 countries, will launch Knewton-powered adaptive products across Latin America and Spain. Santillana not only has a wide global reach — it also has deep roots in the local and regional education systems its learning materials serve. There is an increasing demand for personalized learning across Latin America and Spain. Using the Knewton platform, Santillana will offer personalized learning materials for…
  • The Hollywoodization of Education

    Jose Ferreira
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    The best paid teachers in America today — folks like Harvard Business School professors — make around $150,000 per year. Most teachers earn in the tens of thousands annually. Meanwhile, athletes nearly or actually convicted of major crimes can make millions or tens of millions per year. Movie stars pretending to be superheroes can rake in up to $75 million per movie. What’s going on here? There are a few main factors that affect how much people doing a particular job, in a particular industry, at a particular moment in time, get paid. What are the differences, insofar as they affect…
  • FPF Announces Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy

    David Liu
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Today the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced a pledge for K-12 education technology companies to safeguard student privacy. By signing, edtech companies commit to abide by specific standards to protect student data. At Knewton, we uniquely understand the benefits  and the limits  of data. We’ve joined other edtech companies in signing the pledge, which is consistent with our own guiding principles for protecting student data Knewton believes that edtech companies are merely custodians of student data. We are committed to…
  • World Teachers’ Day: 5 Things You May Not Know About Teachers

    Charlie Harrington
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The best day of my life already happened, way back in sixth grade. From the moment I discovered that Mrs. Casey’s sixth grade language arts class was all about Ancient Greece and Medieval Europe, nothing could have been more important to the future of my young existence than these topics. Our giant illustrated textbooks were D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths and another big book called Knights (which I can’t seem to find online). These beloved texts were our reference manuals, but Mrs. Casey was our guide, our captain. Mrs. Casey famously organized two major group competitions…
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    Robertson Reader

  • Attend Our Next Calgary Open House

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
     Have you been thinking about enrolling at Robertson College Calgary? We understand that going back to school might be a big decision for you. That is why we invite you to attend our next Open House event at our Calgary campus where we will answer any questions and concerns you may have.When: Tuesday, November 4thTime: 5:30 pmLocation: Robertson College 2nd Floor, 417 14th St NWRegistration: Seating is limited. Call 587.331.8233 to reserve a spot.You will have the opportunity to meet with our instructors, career counsellors, admissions and financial aid teams and ask them questions…
  • Are You a Good Story Teller?

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Image via WikipediaI know - you're likely thinking, "What does story telling have to do with getting a job or education?"  It just doesn't seem to fit.  Or does it?Think about the last couple of job interviews you have been on.  How many times were you asked a questions like, "Tell me about a time that you..." or "Tell me how you handled a situation like..." It likely happened at least 2 out of 3 times, if not every time.  Employers want to know about real life situations that you have been in and how  you handled them.Sound like a story?  Maybe not at first…
  • Pssst – Want to Know a Networking Secret?

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Image by Elliottng via FlickrNetworking is an important part of job hunting. There’s no two ways about that. People who are successful atfinding jobs tend to have large networks that they utilize completely.• They have a list of people that they can call on when they need help.• They have a list of companies that they want to work for.• They have a list of people in those companies that they can contact.• They know what they want to do in a job.• They ask for more contacts.Those are the fundamentals of networking. You cannot avoid it and if you want a job you need to…
  • 5 Things You May Not Have Considered in Your Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Is it Friday Yet? Source: are more than just a pay cheque.  Jobs should be satisfying but they should also propel you forward in your career.  Most people don’t stop to think of those little things though that can make you love your job or hate it.Here are a few things you might not have thought about when planning your job search:1. The CommuteHaving a long commute can make a big difference in how you think about your job.  That also depends on what commuting options are available to you and your feelings towards them.  I…
  • If You’re Not Doing These 5 Things Before the Interview You’re Hurting Yourself

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Did you know that there are 5 things that you can do before an interview to give yourself the best chance of doing well?  Many people don’t think too much about the interview before they actually go in because it is so nerve wracking.  Let’s face it – interviews can be kind of scary.  But they are less scary if you prepare yourself ahead of time and do a few things that will make it go a lot easier.So, what are these 5 things?1. Know how to answer the toughest questionsIt is usually the simplest questions that are the toughest and the ones that people usually stumble…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Udemy students taking charge of their own learning

    Meg Evans
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Last month, Udemy commissioned a third-party survey on the skills gap and received surprising results from two population sets – the average worker and the Udemy student. The data showed that 61% of Americans believe there is a skills gap, but do not see themselves as part of the problem. In fact, 95% believe they are qualified or overqualified for the positions they hold. Udemy students, however, answered the questions quite differently which led to encouraging conclusions. In the vein of Einstein’s “the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”, Udemy users are…
  • Udemy for Business Hosts Friday Recess

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    You may have noticed a little extra fun being had in SOMA last Friday afternoon. Our team was out and about hosting recess from noon to 2 p.m. on the east side of South Park. Adults need play too, so BIG thanks to all of you who made it out to show us your skills! We had a great turnout of more than 60 people from about 25 awesome companies in the neighborhood. The sun was out, snacks were consumed and games ensued. From croquet to bocce ball to horseshoes to cornhole, there was something for everyone to enjoy. For those of you we missed, check out the pics below to get caught up on the…
  • Success Story: Denis Panjuta veröffentlicht ersten deutschsprachigen Java Kurs

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    [Scroll Down for English Version] Bei Udemy kann jeder sein eigenes Wissen an andere Menschen weiter vermitteln. Unsere Dozenten bereichern mit ihren Fähigkeiten sowie vielfältigen Werdegängen und Erfahrungen das Angebot an Online-Kursen. In Erfolgsgeschichten beleuchten wir jeweils einen unserer Dozenten etwas genauer und zeigen, welchen Weg dieser bei uns gegangen ist. Als Denis Panjuta sein Studium im Bereich Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen an der Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung in Konstanz begann, hatte er – bis auf einen kurzen Versuch – keine Erfahrung mit dem…
  • Udemy Sponsors Apple Swift and iOS 8 Developer Hands-on Workshop

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Our very own top-rated instructor and web developer Rob Percival flew in from Cambridge, England for a special tutorial session at the NRCEA conference center in Arlington, VA last week. More than 220 attendees gathered for a live, hands-on presentation of Apple Swift and iOS 8 language fundamentals. Food and drinks were served, and networking amongst all levels of developers, designers and user experience experts ensued. Rob then delivered a subset of his popular Udemy course, “The Complete iOS8 and Swift Course: Learn by Building 15 Real World Apps” covering the current…
  • How TED-style conferences miss the point: the Social Good Summit

    Shannon Hughes
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    by Meg Evans, Manager of Social Innovation Graça Machel, Melinda Gates. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Michael Dell, Edward Norton, Kathy Calvin, Helen Clark, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill McKibben – this week’s Social Good Summit was a veritable who’s who of the world’s do-gooders. Sitting in the darkened auditorium at the 92nd St. Y, as a philanthropy professional, the level of detailed, tactical discussion on stage was heartening. It wasn’t just a “let’s change the world!” call to action, but rather a discussion of the micro, along with the macro, challenges to addressing…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • VTU to conduct centralized placements for 2014 & 2015 batches

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    In another step towards its student-friendly approach, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will conduct centralized placements for its 2014 and 2015 batches, which is a first for the varsity. Till now, the campus placements were mainly held in colleges located in big cities. This streamlined placement process is expected to benefit engineering colleges based in rural areas and those which are not considered among the top league. Through the centralized process, placements will be conducted for a group of colleges at the regional centers of VTU, instead of firms touring..
  • University of Kashmir Integrated MBA Final Semester Results 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    University of Kashmir   declared the results of 5 years integrated MBA final semester examination. The examination was held in September 2014. University of Kashmir Exam Results 2014: University of Kashmir declared the results of 5 years integrated MBA final semester examination on Friday, October 31, 2014 . Candidates can check their results on the official website - University of Kashmir, Srinagar . About University of Kashmir: University of Kashmir, Srinagar  was come up out of humble origins immediately after Independence when in 1948 the State Government..
  • CMC, Vellore Invites Applications for Medical Programs 2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Applications are invited by  Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore for admission to various postgraduate medical programs for the commencing session 2015. Click here to know more about the programs offered. Eligibility Criteria for CMC, Vellore: Candidates having qualified for the MBBS degree and having completed their compulsory rotating residential internship and obtained full registration before 15/05/2015 are eligible to apply for a postgraduate diploma and degree courses. Candidates who are in the 2nd year of their training for a postgraduate..
  • IITs set to adopt 10 villages each to assist their progress

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are set to adopt a minimum of 10 villages each, in a bid to assist their overall development. This is part of the IITs’ commitment to holistic progress of rural India. As part of the endeavor, the IITs will identify the basic requirements of the villages and work towards development assisted by technological means. The initiative under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan programme will have IIT Delhi as the nodal coordinator. Earlier this year a workshop was conducted by IIT Delhi to work out the modalities of the program. Apart..
  • NCCS, Pune Invites Applications for Ph.D in Modern Biology Program 2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Applications are invited by  National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program in Modern Biology for the commencing session March 2015. Eligibility Criteria for  NCCS Pune: Students with a post graduate degree in any branch of science with at least 50% or an equivalent grade point average with a valid fellowship are eligible to apply. Students with post graduate degree, who do not have individual fellowship but will appear for JGEEBILS exam to be conducted by TIFR on 14 th December, 2014 are also eligible to..
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  • Attend Our Next Calgary Open House

    Robertson College
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
     Have you been thinking about enrolling at Robertson College Calgary? We understand that going back to school might be a big decision for you. That is why we invite you to attend our next Open House event at our Calgary campus where we will answer any questions and concerns you may have.When: Tuesday, November 4thTime: 5:30 pmLocation: Robertson College 2nd Floor, 417 14th St NWRegistration: Seating is limited. Call 587.331.8233 to reserve a spot.You will have the opportunity to meet with our instructors, career counsellors, admissions and financial aid teams and ask them questions…
  • Are You a Good Story Teller?

    Danielle McGaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Image via WikipediaI know - you're likely thinking, "What does story telling have to do with getting a job or education?"  It just doesn't seem to fit.  Or does it?Think about the last couple of job interviews you have been on.  How many times were you asked a questions like, "Tell me about a time that you..." or "Tell me how you handled a situation like..." It likely happened at least 2 out of 3 times, if not every time.  Employers want to know about real life situations that you have been in and how  you handled them.Sound like a story?  Maybe not at first…
  • Pssst – Want to Know a Networking Secret?

    Danielle McGaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Image by Elliottng via FlickrNetworking is an important part of job hunting. There’s no two ways about that. People who are successful atfinding jobs tend to have large networks that they utilize completely.• They have a list of people that they can call on when they need help.• They have a list of companies that they want to work for.• They have a list of people in those companies that they can contact.• They know what they want to do in a job.• They ask for more contacts.Those are the fundamentals of networking. You cannot avoid it and if you want a job you need to…
  • 5 Things You May Not Have Considered in Your Job Search

    Danielle McGaw
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Is it Friday Yet? Source: are more than just a pay cheque.  Jobs should be satisfying but they should also propel you forward in your career.  Most people don’t stop to think of those little things though that can make you love your job or hate it.Here are a few things you might not have thought about when planning your job search:1. The CommuteHaving a long commute can make a big difference in how you think about your job.  That also depends on what commuting options are available to you and your feelings towards them.  I…
  • If You’re Not Doing These 5 Things Before the Interview You’re Hurting Yourself

    Danielle McGaw
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Did you know that there are 5 things that you can do before an interview to give yourself the best chance of doing well?  Many people don’t think too much about the interview before they actually go in because it is so nerve wracking.  Let’s face it – interviews can be kind of scary.  But they are less scary if you prepare yourself ahead of time and do a few things that will make it go a lot easier.So, what are these 5 things?1. Know how to answer the toughest questionsIt is usually the simplest questions that are the toughest and the ones that people usually stumble…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    I wish I could take credit for the adapted Halloween song and activity I’m sharing with you today, but alas, I cannot. The mother of one of my students directed me to a pin via Pinterest, which led me here. It’s a Halloween version of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, which we have sung in music therapy sessions many times to the tune of the “Pinwheel” theme song. The adapted words and accompanying printable pictures are available at First Grade al a Carte. I put together my own little visual to accompany the song, which I sing to the same…
  • Halloween Song Round-Up

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With Halloween just a week away, I’ve been getting lots of use out of my own collection of songs on this topic AND looking around the web for some new inspiration. Since you’re probably doing the same, I thought I would share the tunes I’ve written and/or adapted to sing at Halloween time. Black Cat by Listen & Learn Music Black cats are the iconic Halloween animals, and this particular black cat has the starring role in my echo song, which I wrote with the objective of repeating after me and singing with me. Trick or Treat by Listen & Learn Music This song takes you…
  • Sundays at Church Mice are Twice as Nice

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The fall session of Church Mice, the early childhood music class I’ve been leading since way back when I was in grad school, ended last week. I’m always a little bummed when it’s over, because it is a big highlight of my week. I love that it’s super casual — anyone can drop in and it’s totally free, no registration required. The class is designed for children ages 0-4, though we always have older siblings joining in. That makes for an interesting but super fun dynamic! I love watching the tiny kiddos interact with the big kids, and vice versa. We play lots…
  • A Day in the Life of a Music Therapist {2014 Ed.}

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Almost four years ago, I wrote about a day in my life as a music therapist, and it has since become one of my most-read posts. But a LOT has changed since then: at the time, I was employed full-time at The Hope Institute and working with private clients on a part-time basis. I thought it would be interesting to compare a day in the life back then to my current role as owner of a full-time private practice and mom to a young child. I will preface this by telling you that no two days are exactly the same for me; every day of the week looks different from the others. Some days are spent…
  • Shake It Off

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I could very easily say that I’m only familiar with Taylor Swift’s music because my students love her, but that would be a bold-faced lie. The truth is, I’ve been a T-Swizzle fan since the beginning, back when she was a country artist. I like a lot of her songs (and even perform several of them regularly at gigs), but something about Shake It Off grabbed my attention and reeled me in the first time I heard it. This song is fun, catchy, and best of all — self-empowering. And as appropriate as it is in its original form for some of my music therapy clients, I wanted to…
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  • A Simple Activity To Help With Story Writing

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Writing stories is a learned skill. It’s a process by which the writer uses written words to communicate clear ideas.In our 1st grade class, we talk about the writer’s responsibility to the reader. For example, the writer has a “picture” of their story in their mind. It’s the writer’s job to provide clear writ Read more...
  • Honesty Is a Vital Part of Character

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Ben Lamm, a vice president at Capital One, spoke last week at the West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va. He emphasized the importance of honesty in the workplace. He called honesty a “non-negotiable,” and went on to give some examples that illustrated how important it is to him in his day-to-day dealings with employees. One Read more...
  • Build Math “Fact Power” in Young Students

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    The ability to easily recall basic addition and subtraction facts is an important skill for a young student. One of the best ways to facilitate this is playing a simple game to reinforce addition and subtraction skills.  Here is an easy and fun math game that young students love to play.Add or Subtract the Pennies (two or more players)
  • Tips for Better Note-Taking

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Taking notes is difficult for many students. Teachers often talk quickly, and students are not able to get everything written down. Additionally, students often do not know how to make the best use of their notes once they take them. There are some tricks that can make note-taking easier and the notes more useful. If this is a problem for your child, think about the Read more...
  • Modeling Respect Leads to School Success

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    When parents teach young children to talk, listen, and act with respect, they are clearly setting a standard for school success. In our classroom we have five simple class rules. They are:quiet handsquiet feetquiet lipseyes on the speaker (indicating that it’s not always the teacher, sometimes it’s another student)be respectful and kindTogether Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Better Communication Leads to Less Conflict on the Board

    Nannette H
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
        Nannette Henderson is a long-time parent volunteer and mother of four who currently serves on two boards in Fairfax Station, Va. She’s also an active (and very helpful!) contributor on the PTO Today Message Boards.  Being involved with eight different parent groups over the past 15 years has exposed me to many different situations, but there are common threads that run among all the schools. One is the importance of good communication between board members. When parent group boards get put together—let’s face it, pretty much anyone who expresses the tiniest bit of…
  • Your Best Fundraising Resources

    Tim Sullivan
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
      Nearly all PTOs and PTAs fundraise, making it inevitable that nearly all leaders will have to make decisions about which fundraisers to run, how many to run, and how to run them. But most parent group leaders never attended a “fundraising how-to” class. The result of not knowing is often a mishmash of good and bad fundraising decisions that lead to fatigue, frustration, and — worse yet — disappointing results that reduce your ability to serve your school. My advice: Lean on those in the know. There are experts out there. Use them. Here are three directions: 1.
  • How To Wow Your Community With Beautiful Auction Baskets

    Rose C
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
      Gift baskets add excitement to a school auction and can help groups raise lots of money. We wanted to share some basket-assembly tips (see image) that can really add to your baskets and make them look like professionals put them together!     For additional help with auction baskets, read our article on basket themes, which has 20 creative basket ideas. Our Ultimate Donation List thread on the Message Boards is a great place for sharing information with your peers and you’ll find helpful discussions on putting together auction baskets. Also, these articles provide general…
  • Making a Difference All Year Long

    Rose C
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Make a Difference Day, which will be celebrated this year on Oct. 25, is an annual day to focus on community service and celebrate the importance of helping others. We know PTOs and PTAs know a little something about this, right? Here are 10 ideas for making a difference from by parent group leaders and volunteers that have been posted in our Idea Bag section or featured in articles on the site. 1. Work with room parents so each class can make a make a pumpkin or apple pie from scratch. Each class pie can be delivered to local police and fire stations for Thanksgiving. 2. Ask families to…
  • 3 Basics of Growing Parent Involvement

    Tim Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    I know you want more help, right? Both for your own sanity and because we all know that more involvement from more parents is great for your school. But repeated “please helps” don’t tend to work. This week I have three basic building blocks for growing involvement: 1. Talk up often (in snippets, in newsletters, in speeches) the fact that tons of research supports the importance of parent involvement. 2.  Eliminate the “fear of the (volunteering) black hole” that is your number one obstacle. 3.  Create a volunteer job that is literally focused only on finding,…
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    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

  • The 8 Components of A Digital Learning Environment

    Med kharbach
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    November 1, 2014 Another great read but this time from BYOT Network. In this paper entitled " The Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem", Dr Tim Clark suggests 8 elements as being... more
  • The Science of Storytelling Visually Explained

    Med kharbach
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    November 1, 2014 I have recently come across this beautiful visual entitled " The Science of Storytelling" and was really taken aback by some of the stats it included. These stats come in the context... more
  • New Bloom's Taxonomy Sheet with Over 80 Web Tools to Try Out

    Med kharbach
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    November 1, 2014 I am not sure if you have seen it before or not but this is absolutely among the best works I have seen on Bloom's Taxonomy. Since the time Bloom's Digital Taxonomy was released,... more
  • A Handy Search Tip Students Should Know About

    Med kharbach
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    October 31, 2014 Here is a pretty basic but very important search tip I want to bring to your attention today. Some of you might already be using it but I want you to share it with your students and... more
  • iPad Library of Educational Videos to Spark Kids Imagination

    Med kharbach
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    October 31, 2014 A few days ago I shared here PBS Kids Video app that provides a wide variety of educational videos for kids. Today I am adding another wonderful iPad app in this direction. Brainfeed... more
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    Difference Between

  • Differences between form 940 and form 941

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    There are many different laws or rules and regulations regarding various things in our society. All of these are aimed at trying to provide justice and ensure that people spend their lives by fair... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differences between blazer and sport coat

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    There are many different cardigans and pullovers that people in various parts of the world use. They come in various designs, materials, colours etc. Most of these depend on the culture and the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between static character and dynamic character in nMOS

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    Those of you who know their physics well will have an idea of what this article is all about. For those who do not, let’s keep it simple that we will discuss circuits and the power dissipation that... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between shale and slate

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    There are many different types of rocks and minerals found in the world. Some are commonly found in a lot of places whereas others are specific to some regions. In addition to these, some are very... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differences between Muay Thai and Thai boxing

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Many of you may have come across the word of boxing or come across it while switching channels on your television. It is a sport that involves a special type of wrestling. What most of you might not... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Things Are Getting Spooky at OpenSesame
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Though many consider Halloween to be a holiday strictly reserved for children, we here at OpenSesame take a different view. Halloween is really about creativity—showing off your DIY skills, creating costumes around clever puns, or even just throwing something together out of items at the bottom of your closet—and creativity is a key component of learning. Encouraging creativity in your office not only boosts morale, it provides insight into your employee’s personalities and ability to improvise (No fake spiderwebs left at the dollar store? How about some white yarn!) Halloween…
  • Wearable Technology—What's the Big Deal?
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In the technology world, it seems like every week brings with it a new tech craze. And while some fizzle and die, others—like wearable technology— are making a name for themselves and becoming increasingly popular. Some people are even estimating these so called “wearables” will take off and become as big as smart phones. But for those of you who are still confused or unsure about this new technology and what it can do, read on! The Basics The most common and well known form of wearable technology today is fitness trackers worn on your wrist (or elsewhere!). These can come in many…
  • 8 Essential Skills for Managers (in Food Service, Retail, and Beyond!)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    As a manager, it is important that you are prepared to take on leadership and control the chaos that is busy nights and impatient customers. As the highest power on the floor, responsibility for success or failure falls to you and it is your job to be prepared for anything. Whether you are a restaurant, hotel, retail, or any establishment manager these 8 skills will give you the edge you need for success. 1. Professionalism You are the highest in-store authority. That means you are responsible for looking and acting like it. As someone employees go to for questions and customers ask for to…
  • Improve Your Emotional Intelligence and Foster Office Cooperation

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    How much do you know about emotional intelligence? Unless you have a psych degree or have already taken training in the subject (good for you!), chances are, not much. Emotional intelligence (or your "EQ") is the "ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior." Effectively increasing and understanding your emotional intelligence is critical for both work and home.    We've put together this list of courses to first help you develop you…
  • Want To Share Your Expertise? You’re Cursed. Here’s How To Fix It.
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You are an expert. That's why you are creating online courses, right? Because you know more about your topic than others do, and you want to share your knowledge with them. But have you ever stopped to think about how your expertise could be making it harder for you to create effective online courses? It's true. In fact, research tells us that when it comes to predicting the time it will take a beginner to master a new skill, experts are cursed. How Long Does It Take To Learn To Use a Cell Phone? To explain, let's start by setting the scene: The year is 1999. Cell phones are a relatively new…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Halloween Yoga

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Halloween yoga is a wonderful class or party activity. Kids are so excited that movement is essential! Of course, yoga is a powerful language learning tool, too. Kids are acting out the word and that helps reinforce the meaning. Also, Halloween yoga taps into movement which enhances language acquisition. Here are two Spanish Halloween yoga ideas for little goblins. Kids Yoga Stories has a sequence of Halloween yoga poses with descriptions of each pose.  Use pictures or props as a visual reference for the different poses – this will set a wonderfully spooky mood! You can read more about…
  • 10 Inexpensive Supplies to Teach Language

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I am always looking for materials that make teaching Spanish to young children easier. Because my littlest students do not read and write yet, I need activities to engage them and support the meaning of the language. When I look for supplies to teach language, I try to find material that is: inexpensive hands-on easy to transport interesting to kids useful in creating a story I use these 10 supplies to teach language all the time and can usually make them work with whatever content I am teaching. Printable finger puppets Finger puppets are easy to make and perfect for getting kids talking as…
  • Spanish Materials: The Friday Five

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It is Friday, and that means time for five easy-to-do Spanish activities for kids. They are the Friday Five – songs, videos, games and printable materials to keep kids learning Spanish over the weekend or anytime. You can find the rest of the series with other easy Spanish materials here: The Friday Five. Play this online game to practice house vocabulary. Listen to what the girl says and then go to the right room. Spanish materials like this are high-interest, so kids learn as they play. Listen to this song about sound with examples of different sounds we hear. It is by Cantoalegre.
  • Spanish Halloween Read-and-Draw Printable

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    This Spanish Halloween printable is fun, effective vocabulary practice. Drawing activities like this are great for practicing reading or listening skills. Once they are completed, drawing activities can be used as speaking and writing prompts. They are also easy to make for seasonal vocabulary. In this Spanish Halloween read-and-draw activity, kids read short descriptions and then add the details to the pumpkin or skeleton. Finally, they choose their own details to add to a jack-o’-lantern and then write a description. You can download the printable using the link below. Of course, you…
  • Supporting Spanish Learners: Dos and Don’ts for Parents

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I get lots questions from parents about how they can help Spanish learners if they only speak English. There is no denying that it easier to support Spanish learners if you speak the language, but parents play an important role in a child’s education regardless of their knowledge of the subject matter. Below you will find 10 dos and don’ts for parents who do not speak Spanish. Most of them need no explanation, but here are my thoughts on a few of the points. Attitude A positive attitude and willingness to speak are key to learning Spanish. Your enthusiasm will help your children…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Teachers Must Be Architects of Learning Experiences

    Catlin Tucker
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    When I step back and think about my own evolution as a teacher, I am struck by how dramatically different my approach to teaching is today compared to 14 years ago. When I first stepped into the classroom as a new teacher, at the age of 22, I felt I had to be the expert on everything. In retrospect, this is, of course, ridiculous. Even after 14 years in the classroom, I do not claim to be an expert! Instead, I’ve learned something much more valuable: I should not strive to be a fountain of knowledge but rather an architect of learning experiences. In first few years of my teaching…
  • Instagram Sensory Walk

    Catlin Tucker
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My students are really great at describing what things look like in their writing. They are not as skilled at putting smells, tastes, sounds and feelings into words. As a result, their narratives often feel flat, one-dimensional, and unreal. In an effort to get my students expanding on their descriptions, I decided to do a sensory walk using Instagram. *Check out my blog on using Instagram for scavenger hunt activities. When I announced that they would be going outside on an Instagram sensory walk, they initially protested, “But Tucker, it’s pouring rain outside!” I cheerily…
  • Save Time Grading with Doctopus & Goobric

    Catlin Tucker
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I’m always on the look out to spend LESS time grading or, at the very least, to feel like the time I do spend grading is productive and efficient. Several months ago I wrote a blog titled “Google Docs: Grading Tips & Tricks” in which I shared some simple strategies for grading more quickly when working with Google documents. In addition to those tips, I recently wrote a blog about the new editing feature in Google Documents, which is making it easier to provide formative feedback. During a training last week, I was surprised that several teachers using Google Apps with…
  • The Definition of Literacy is Changing

    Catlin Tucker
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Growing up I heard the words literate and illiterate. I knew that people who were literate could read and write, and people who were illiterate could not. I remember trying to imagine what it would be like to navigate the world as an illiterate person. How would you get from place to place if you couldn’t read street signs? How could you cook if you couldn’t read a recipe? How would you know if it was safe to take a particular medication if you couldn’t read the label? These were some of the myriad questions that occupied my mind as a child. Now, as an educator and parent…
  • Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show

    Catlin Tucker
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While killing time in the airport last weekend, I watched a series of Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show clips. While watching Jimmy Fallon and Bryan Cranston playing “Word Sneak,” I was inspired! I decided to use this game format for a vocabulary review in my class. Here are the steps for any teacher who wants to replicate this thoroughly entertaining vocabulary review game: 1. Start by playing a clip from The Tonight Show, so students know what they are being asked to do. Definitely preview the clip you plan to use to make sure it is appropriate for the grade level you teach. 2. Break…
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  • Exploring the relationship between social anxiety and traumatic social experiences

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Submitted by: Michelle Teale Sapach Anxiety & Illness Behaviours Lab We are looking for volunteers to partake in a study examining the relationship between social anxiety and traumatic social experiences being conducted through the University of Regina by graduate student, Michelle Teale Sapach (, under the supervision of Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton. As a participant in this study you would be asked to complete a set of anonymous web-based questionnaires. Your participation would involve one session, lasting between 30-60 minutes. Participating in this research will help…
  • An Unsung Hero(ine)

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock in 1964, the first woman to fly solo around the world. Photo: public domain Submitted by: Dena McMartin Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering Last week the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in a solo flight died. Most of us didn’t know her story, much less her name. In 1964 – and remembering the times of that era – “the flying housewife”, aka Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock, successfully completed what Amelia Earhart did not – she flew around the world on her own. It took her 29 days to complete…
  • Volunteers needed for Online Health Survey – WIN $50

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Leclerc Department of Psychology We are seeking volunteers (18 years old or older & residing in Canada) to take part in a study to aid with the development of a measure of health-related anxiety. As a participant, you would be asked to complete an anonymous 45-minute online questionnaire. In appreciation for your time, you will have the option to enter a draw to win a $50 gift certificate (24 available) from a variety of retail/food stores (your choice) such as Best Buy, Sephora, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Tim Hortons, iTunes, Safeway, Amazon, etc. To participate in this…
  • Do you worry or experience anxiety or panic?

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Leclerc Department of Psychology We are seeking research participants who experience significant worry, anxiety or panic of any kind (including worry about health, social situations/events or everything) to take part in a study to help with the development of a measure of health-related anxiety. You may be eligible if you are 18 years of age or older and reside in Saskatchewan. As a participant in this study, you would be asked to complete a 30-60 minute telephone interview followed by an anonymous 45-minute online survey. Eligible participants may also be asked to…
  • UR International launches first international staff program

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Submitted by: Arturo Segura International Relations and Partnerships Specialist, UR International UR International, in collaboration with Universidad Panamericana, is pleased to offer the first International Leadership Program for University of Regina staff in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of our partnerships with Mexican institutions and the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. The first staff cohort will  travel to Mexico City during the upcoming Winter Break (February 14 – 21, 2015) to get training from the Escuela de Administración de…
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    Punya Mishra's Web

  • New webinar on TPACK

    Punya Mishra
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Matt Koehler and I recently participated on a webinar titled Teachers as Designers of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content (TPACK) organized by and Commonsense Education. We had over 200+ viewers from all over the world (New Zeeland, Israel, Morroco, Canada being some of the countries represented). The webinar was quite fun and you can view it in its entirety here. 
  • Help with research (max 10 mins). Please share

    Punya Mishra
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    This is a request for help. If you are an educator (K12 teacher or administrator, higher ed faculty, corporate trainer etc.) we would like approximately 10 minutes of your time to complete a survey regarding the challenges faced by educators in the 21st century and the kinds of knowledge and/or skills needed to face these challenges. The survey should not take more than 8-12 minutes of your time to complete. Your responses will be confidential and fully anonymous. Your participation is voluntary, though we sincerely hope you will respond. Click on the link below to access the…
  • Thank you, Chile!

    Punya Mishra
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
  • Abstracting as a trans-disciplinary habit of mind

    Punya Mishra
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    The next article on our series on Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century has just been published. The past few articles have focused specifically on trans-disciplinary thinking i.e. a set of cognitive skills that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Building on Michele & Robert Root-Bernstein’s work in this area we list seven trans-disciplinary “tools for thinking” that we argue are key to creativity. These skills encapsulate the ways in which creative people, across disciplines, think. Our previous articles have looked at Perceiving, and Patterning. This one…
  • International Coffee Day (new ambigram)

    Punya Mishra
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yesterday was International Coffee Day. In celebration (one day late but hey… ) here is a new ambigram for coffee. Enjoy.    
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    Moodle News

  • UNMC Offers Free Online Ebola Courses via Moodle

    Joseph Thibault
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    A hot topic across the country, University of Nebraska Medical Center announced recently that they are offering two free Ebola education courses to the public via their Moodle LMS and in iTunes....
  • Moodle QA Testing for 2.8 now at 98%

    Joseph Thibault
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Moodle QA Testing for the release of 2.8 is now 98% complete in two weeks since it kicked off. There are only a few test scenarios to be completed (which were actually reopened due to a new...
  • New video of the “eCommunity” course format by Michigan REMC

    Joseph Thibault
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Chris Kenniburg has recorded and posted an update on the so-called “eCommunity” course format which gives your Moodle a Facebook- and Edmodo-like format and experience for students. The...
  • Moonami named as newest Totara Partner

    Joseph Thibault
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Totara continues it’s international growth of partners by adding Moonami as its next US-based partner. Moonami is a new Moodle-related services provider in the states specializing in smaller...
  • Moodle Mobile Survey, have your say

    Joseph Thibault
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Juan Leyva is seeking feedback on the official Moodle Mobile apps to better understand what users want most out of the app next. To date, and through the most recent release (1.7) the app now handles...
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    Education Best Practice

  • Teacher Spent 2 Days As A Student

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    And discovered that they wished that they could go back to the start of their career and start all over again. They wrote: I waited 14 years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it! It’s a really interesting read. You can see the full article here: The Washington Post.
  • Bribes Don’t Work

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Apparently, bribes including cash and gifts just don’t work to motivate pupils to do better at GCSE level. The BBC reports: Parents who use financial incentives to encourage their children to do well in their GCSEs may be wasting their money, a study suggests. But the promise of an outing for doing well at school, could help struggling pupils improve, it found. More than 10,000 pupils were given either event tickets or money, which was deducted if targets were missed. Researchers said cash incentives could boost classroom effort, but had little impact on learning. Researchers from the…
  • Free Lessons on iTunes

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

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

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

    Janet Hill
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent study has found that the invalidation of teens may lead to self harm, especially if the source of that invalidation or disapproval is […]
  • Office Hours

    Taylor Mali
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Office Hours - A Poem by Taylor Mali A good teacher will often announce to his or her classes that students who think they might need […]
  • Common Core Math Integrates Fun With Learning

    Janet Hill
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fifth graders and their teachers are finding that Common Core math integrates fun with learning. Changes have been made to make math and reasoning more […]
  • Education Technology: Cutting Edge Meets the Classroom

    Ahmed Siddiqui, B.S., MBA
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Education used to be as simple as a book, a chalkboard, and a pencil but the current notion of education is evolving alongside technology. Is […]
  • Have a Halloween Spooktacular Time

    Pat Wyman
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Halloween!  Here at How To Learn, we want to wish all our readers a happy and safe Halloween, full of treats and not too […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Reaching tenure as a teacher: More than a voilà moment

    External Resource
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Ryan Fiereck – There seems to be no end to the articles about teaching and public schools. While I try to keep an open mind and a thick skin about commentaries critical of my profession, I was struck by a recent claim by a colleague in MinnPost. Holly Kragthorpe wrote this about the day she received the due process protections commonly called tenure: “Then, voilà: Three years passed, I received tenure and the pink slips stopped.” I know each school district is different, and for that matter each building in a district can be very different, but my experience with my tenure was not…
  • 10 Reasons Why Common Core Should Spook You This Halloween

    External Resource
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
      Lindsey M. Burke – Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things causing unease this Halloween. With their children settled into the 2014-15 school year, parents have growing concerns about the impact of Common Core. Here are 10 reasons why Common Core national standards and tests take American education in the wrong direction: Loss of state and local control. Adopting Common Core national standards and tests surrenders control of the content taught in local schools to distant national organizations and bureaucrats in Washington. It is the antithesis of reform that would put…
  • Technology chief for Los Angeles Unified School District resigns

    External Resource
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    The head of technology for the Los Angeles Unified School District has resigned, the latest fallout from two troubled technology efforts: the iPads-for-all project and a new student records system. Ron Chandler, the chief information officer, headed technology programs for the nation’s second-largest school system starting in 2010. For most of his tenure, district officials described his presence as something of a coup, based on his extensive background in private industry and government service. In March, the district announced that Chandler was named “among the top 100…
  • Ebola suits, straitjackets and other costumes vetoed by PC police

    External Resource
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Several universities have recently admonished their students not to wear a variety of costumes for Halloween that could potentially offend people, frighten people, or reinforce stereotypes. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for example, some students were warned against donning a Hannibal Lecter-inspired straightjacket costume because it’s offensive to people who struggle with a mental illness. At the University of Southern Maine, two students wearing Ebola suits to a party prompted massive outrage, a situation that ultimately involved a call to the police. And at Lehigh University,…

    Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    PODCAST – 10.29.14 – ALICE LINAHAN’S SHOW Issues discussed: How to set up and organize anti-Common Core/APUSH groups Protecting our children from Common Core’s suctioning of personal data Common Core Mt. Rushmore worksheet (Grade 3) labeling each of the four Presidents as “racist slave owners” – information on worksheet supplied by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Common Core going international – Dubai Two philosophies of education – Type #1 and Type #2 – cannot mix oil and water Political correctness run amuck — social justice agenda being implemented into…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Get It Right Podcasts: Tanya Golden

    Get It Right
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Tanya Golden, a sixth grade teacher at Carver Academy in California’s ABC Unified School District tells us how her district has used Teacher Leaders to develop Common Core-aligned units of study and help school staff with the implementation process of these new units. Download as MP3
  • Get It Right Podcasts: Richard Saldana

    Get It Right
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Richard Saldana, Social Studies Department Chair at Artesia High School in California’s ABC School District explains how the district has unified teachers, administrators, school board leaders and parents in support of college and career-ready standards. Download as MP3
  • Relationships Foster Use of Education Research in Practice

    Tarsi Dunlop
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Given all the debates in education policy today, one might assume that education research is a valuable tool in guiding outcomes and decisions. Unfortunately, this assumption is incomplete because although research is often valued and held up to justify decisions, the research does not necessarily inform the decision making process. There are any number of reasons for that, from the flow of information to the actors involved in the policy changes. In a recent book Using Research-Based Evidence in Education, Kara Finnigan and Alan Daly –along with other contributors- take a closer look at…
  • It’s Time to Change the Narrative

    National School Public Relations Association
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    By Jim Cummings, APR, President, National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and Director of Communications & Parental/Community Engagement, Glendale (AZ) Elementary School District The dropout rate in the United States has reached a record low. Good news, right? It would have been really great if this story was revealed with a banner headline on the front page of the morning newspaper, or trumpeted on one of the morning shows. But, it wasn’t. The information was delivered by email, nestled among items like your news IQ, how to map the marriage market for young adults, five…
  • Kindness, School Climate and Bullying Prevention

    NEA Health Information Network
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    By Libby Nealis, Consultant on Classroom Behavioral Management, NEA HIN Continuing its commitment to preventing and reducing bullying in our nations’ schools, the National Education Association (NEA) offers a number of resources for educators to promote awareness of bullying behaviors among students and prevent bullying behavior. For example, NEA’s GPS Network includes a Student Bullying group that offers a forum for educators to express concerns and share resources and best practices. This month they featured two webinars.  NEA HIN also provides resources on cyberbullying and the…
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in November 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Apply for College Scholarships We know that finding a way to afford college is super important for you and your family. That’s why each month we bring you a list of college scholarships you can apply for, and this month is no exception. Our list of scholarships with deadlines in November 2014 includes opportunities for high school freshmen through seniors. Many require essays, so plan ahead and start writing ASAP! Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program: This highly competitive scholarship program is open to high-achieving high school seniors with a financial need. Winners…
  • How to Get the Real Scoop on Colleges

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    What Colleges Are Really Like Brochures and websites can tell you only so much about a college—and usually they tell you only the best things about it. So how can you wade through all the marketing speak and get the inside scoop on what a college is really like? We’ve got tips for you to get the real story. Twitter: Most colleges are now on Twitter. Twitter (and other social media sites) usually have more spontaneous information posted, along with some of the typical “scripted” info. By following a college’s Twitter feed you can get a feel for how active students are, what goes on…
  • Win Scholarship Money Now! 10 Essay Contests for High School Sophomores and Juniors

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Essay Contests for College Scholarships Opportunities abound for high school sophomores and juniors to write essays and win college scholarship money. For potential pay-days as big as $10,000, it’s time well-spent. My College Guide has gathered a list of 10 essay contests that high school sophomores and juniors can participate in. Be sure to check each contest’s website for complete rules and deadlines. Now, get your laptop ready and start writing! American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: Write an essay for this prestigious national essay contest for a chance to win a $2,500…
  • The Latest College Admission Advice for High School Sophomores

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    2015 Sophomore Edition, My College Guide Have you seen the latest edition of My College Guide? Our 2015 Sophomore Edition is now available online! This edition provides the latest information on the college admissions process, the hottest college majors and careers, preparing for the ACT and SAT, pre-college summer programs, and how to pay for college. Check out the topics covered in the latest My College Guide. How to Prepare for College During High School 4 ways to choose classes and activities Changes coming to the ACT and SAT Looking into study abroad College admissions advice straight…
  • How to Calculate the Cost of College

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Determining College Costs How much will college cost you? This is a huge question for students and parents. And sometimes it’s difficult to get a good answer. But a relatively new and little-known tool on college websites can help make it easier for you to figure out what you’ll pay out of pocket at different colleges on your short list. What is this tool? It’s called the net price calculator. In 2011, the federal government began requiring that all colleges and universities post a net price calculator on their websites. A net price calculator lets you enter information about your and…
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    Most Strongly Supported

  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Just a couple more days to enter our caption contest and win a Logic Games book… MSS Make sure to clean up your social media presence before you apply to law school. Pen and Chisel Law school according to (fake) Kanye West. Thought Catalog 6 horror movie villains who do NOT belong in jail. I’ll add the plants from The Happening, though in that case M. Night Shyamalan should go to jail for shoddy storytelling. Above The Law The best Halloween costumes on the internet. Don’t feel bad about yours, though. io9
  • How Slasher Movies Can Help You Kill the LSAT

    Laura Santoski
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    It’s Halloween and while nothing could be spookier than the LSAT, horror movies will always retain a special place in our hearts. It’s probably a good idea to take break from your studying and sit down with some popcorn and Saw 8: Measure Twice, Cut Once or Final Destination 34: Just How Final Can We Get? But while you’re watching, keep an eye out for these horror movie tropes that could teach you a little something about the LSAT… 1. Not Quite Dead You’ve finally vanquished the monster. Freddy Krueger is dead! The question is answered correctly! So that means you can turn…
  • The Spooks and Scares of Being a 1L

    Philip Mayer
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    With Halloween right around the corner, let’s talk about the scariest parts of law school. Now that I’m almost two months into the semester, it is starting to get downright terrifying here at Columbia, and here’s why: The Ghostly Specter of Final Exams Nowadays, the mere reference to finals is enough to send me into a minor panic attack. You know the tick-tick-tick sound that accompanies the steep incline of a roller coaster? Right before a sudden, heart-stopping plunge? That is exactly how everything feels right now—there is this slow, steady build-up to the furious intensity and…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Factors to weigh in order to choose the best law school for you. Ms. JD The perils of applying early decision. Pre Law Guru Ruth Bader Ginsburg loved John Oliver’s puppy dog SCOTUS parody, proving once again that she’s the coolest. Wall Street Journal Not content with members of Congress and governors, lobbyists are now trying to buy off attorney generals. Where’s Bradley Cooper when you need him? NY Times Pee Wee Herman remakes the new Avengers trailer on Fallon. Nerdist
  • Start Your Halloween with This Haunting Logic Game

    Colin Elzie
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Halloween is just around the corner, but if you’re studying for the December LSAT you probably haven’t had time to think about it. Allow us to put you in the Halloween mode with this autumnal LSAT Logic Game: Hayride: A school has taken a number of first, second, and third graders on a field trip to a pumpkin patch. Some of these children will get to go on a haunted hayride. Three trucks will be used for the hayrides. One truck is red, one truck is green, and one truck is black. Each truck will give only one hayride, and each hayride will transport at least one child. The following…
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  • Advertising in Politics

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    I voted today October 21st. What dominated my thoughts upon leaving was the number of signs there were. It’s not that I normally notice the number of political signs at a small town polling place, it’s that I never in my life saw such signage density. Voting took place at the City office building which has a parking lot that probably has 200 parking spaces. There must have been 1,000 signs. There were even signs on a parked bus owned by a local strip joint, lacking proper legal status, with school board member candidates on the side. How much do those signs costs? Why are there so…
  • Ebola Observation

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Every morning I make a pilgrimage to the local Starbucks where I satisfy my socialization, read world events from a variety of sources, and generally plan the rest of the day. The first thing when I sit down is that someone has left the local paper there and as I glance over I notice in big bold letters ‘Ebola Fears Rising’. This is what they are leading with. For this to be posted in such a prominent way by the local media makes me take pause. Although I am someone who reads a lot, perhaps there is something about this situation that I have missed. So I begin to scour the web on…
  • Excerpt 3 Replacements

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    This is the third excerpt from my book THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT The Education of an American Teacher available at Amazon, Kindle, Until moving to the South Texas area, most of my hiring and job-hunting experiences had been of the type where jobs were posted, people had interviews, and one of the applicants, generally the most qualified, was hired. Everyone knows some favoritism will always exist in hiring situations. As a matter of fact, I even subbed at an elementary school in which the faculty consisted of such a disproportionate amount of pretty women it was…
  • Excerpt 2 Kinder/bladder/temperature

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Excerpt 2 from my book THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT The Education of an American Teacher. A music room was not immediately available and as a result, I was given a temporary room located in a wing of the school library. Everything was fine except the room had a thermostat control problem; and getting the AC maintenance department to respond promptly was near impossible. I spent four months teaching in a sixty-seven degree room. Had I been teaching in Minnesota it may not have been a big deal, however in southern Texas it is not uncommon for children to stay home from…
  • Excerpt 1 Conversation with a Superintendent

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    This is a short excerpt from my book THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT The Education of an American Teacher. I am an educational reform advocate. The superintendent told me he had an alternate agenda that I was really going to like. He said most of the children I taught were not going to utilize music or benefit from it in a meaningful way anyway and was therefore going to limit my duties to teaching four fifty-minute classes a day, while traveling from campus to campus. I would only teach high-achieving classes and even be personally involved in the selection process. His proposal would reduce my…
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    Extension on the Go

  • A collaborative approach to solving obesity and type-2 diabetes

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis) The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) and the MU Physical Activity and Wellness Center (PAW) opened on the University of Missouri, Columbia campus, this year. These state-of-the-art labs are joint projects of Mizzou’s Collage of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) MU’s College of Human Environmental Science (HES) and the MU School of Medicine. Built and organized with collaboration in mind, this research hub can tackle complex health problems, like obesity, with a holistic approach.
  • September 2014 Marked by Record-Shattering Low

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Supercell thunderstorm in Atchison County, Missouri, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Clinton Dougherty) Tons of rain hit parts of the Show-Me State and record-setting low visited Kansas City, Missouri. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.     Visit The Missouri Climate Center Northern Holt County, Missouri after 7 inches of rain fell in 1 hour, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Bill Metzgar)
  • Railroad weed war

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    “But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last” ~ Robert M. Pyle, lepidopterist and author (Photo by Debbie Johnson) Weeds, brush and overgrown trees aren’t just an eyesore for railroads. Out of control vegetation can reduce visibility for train operators and vehicles or pedestrians trying to cross the tracks. Because this is a safety issue, railroad companies must keep weeds under control. That’s not as easy as it sounds and it can be pretty pricey. A weed scientist with the University of Missouri, works with railroads, testing experimental chemical…
  • Navigating health insurance terminology: Copayment

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

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

  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS in Middle School Feeds CTE in High School in Montana

    LZX Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… Our Middle School in Helena, Montana teaches a Health/Life Skills class to all 7th graders. Each year I see all 325 7th grade students. We cover Etiquette, Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Food Safety/Nutrition/, Culinary Skills,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Teaching My Plate in North Carolina

    LZX Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I teach FACS classes to high school students all year long. I teach Foods I, Food II , and Teen Living in NC. I have my BS degree in Food Marketing and Distribution I started my career in the food industry at my parents’ Italian…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FCS for career development and safer families in Wisconsin

    LZX Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I have taught Family and Consumer Education/Occupational Home Economics-Food Service Management for 30 years. In the position that I have now I started the Pro-start program so students can learn the benefits of restaurant management as…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Students Devastated at Loss of FCS in New Jersey

    LZX Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… Well I would love to say Family and Consumer is alive however I just lost my position after 17 years of dedicated service to Marlboro township School district in Marlboro New Jersey. It was extremely relevant. I had the great pleasure of…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FCS rocks in South Carolina

    LZX Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I am so excited to share how my school Crestwood High is still implementing Family and Consumer Science skills to students. I have been a FCS teacher for 11 years now and I love my job. I have an FCS Co-worker who has been teaching 25 years…
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  • Our Current #1 Favorite Business School

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    We got some great guesses yesterday! Ross, Booth, Stanford, Duke, and one almost-vote for HBS… So which bschool is the top of our list of Five Faves? To recap, #2 – 5 of our current Favorite MBA programs as listed out yesterday are: #5. Darden #4. Tuck #3. Yale #2. Columbia And now we will reveal: EssaySnark’s current #1 Favorite MBA program is… NYU Stern! Surprised? You shouldn’t be! We believe that this is a school that knows who it is, with no (ahem) brand identity confusion, and also no complacency issues. They are humble yet driven; they are willing to work.
  • Our Five Faves

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    As an observer of this industry, we have developed strong opinions about “the best” schools and today we’re going to share with you a short list of our current favorite MBA programs – or maybe this is a list of our current favorite MBA adcoms. You already know that we think rankings are a joke and anyway, the rankings data is unreliable, and we believe that people who are overfocused on rankings are misguided souls and the bottom line is that you should be doing your own research. Even despite all that, we published our own list of “best bschools” awhile…
  • ($) Wear a suit to your bschool interview.

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    This used to be advice that was never needed. Everyone knew that this is what you should be doing. You get an interview? You wear a suit. That was the case whether you were interviewing on Wall Street or at UCLA or at a tech firm – whether it was a job interview or an… 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.
  • Real-life business school dilemmas

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    Years ago, a favorite essay question among many of the top bschools was to ask you about an ethical dilemma you’ve faced. That type of question still can come up in interviews. What we’ve got today is not so much an ethical dilemma as a relationship dilemma. It’s about applying to bschool with a partner. We’ve discussed the strategies for applying for an MBA with a partner a few times here on the blahg and we’ve even posted a Success Story of a couple who made it in to bschool together. That’s of course the ideal outcome. But what happens when you both get…
  • ($) A European BSer ponders the options – aka, considering geography in school selection

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    We worked with a wonderful Brave Supplicant last year who, despite some challenges in the profile, ended up with an abundance of riches, being accepted to multiple top MBA programs. This presented a problem: Which to choose? Here’s the quandry: Dear Snark, I know how busy you guys are during these applications rounds but I… 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.
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • Don’t back down

    Rebecca Zook
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So I recently flew to LA for a workshop with my super special acting teacher. It’s my fifth time taking a class with him in about 18 months. Every time it’s amazing and every time it’s totally different. (Which is why I keep going!!) At the very end of the workshop, we did this special exercise to access an “inner superhero” we could call upon in the future. Usually I jump up in front of the group, eager for my turn. But for some reason this time I was dreading going up there. Sitting and waiting was so intense. Like every cell in my body was going crazy. The longer I waited the…
  • Here’s how this student and I worked together to completely transform her experience of math from a source of unbelievable stress and anxiety into a source of joy and strength:

    Rebecca Zook
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When this student first came to me just before the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, her mom told me that the tutor they’d just worked with had told the family that to this student, math was like a foreign language where she only spoke five words. Somehow she’d made it to the end of 9th grade with Bs in math, but none of it actually made any sense to her. It was like she just knew enough to “get around” – like how to ask where the bathroom was and order a hamburger – but not enough to really understand what was going on around her, or…
  • The secret to getting straight As in math (it’s not what you think)

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

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

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

  • 2014 Canadian EdTech Teacher Survey

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
  • Nolan Bushnell, Technology Pioneer, Founder of Atari and Mentor to Steve Jobs Amongst World Class Presenters: 5th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Nolan Bushnell’s latest venture, education gaming start-up, BrainRush will strike a chord with delegates at the 5th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit at MaRS Discovery District on October 23rd. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.  I love the idea of having educational visionaries gather together to learn, to share and to collaborate on the educational revolution.  I hope that at the very least we increase the intensity of dialogue about the future of education,” says Nolan Bushnell.
  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Making Canadian Connections at EdNet! (Left to right) Robert Matrellacci, President,  MindShare;  Din Heiman, CEO, BrainPOP,  studied at Pearson College on Vancouver Island; Montreal born, Dr. Peter Balyta, President, Education Technolgy, Texas Instruments. Making New Connections: While at EdNET14 I had the good fortune of randomly sitting next to a fine transplanted fellow Canadian in Dr. Peter Balyta, president, Education Technology at Texas Instrument. Peter completed his PhD at McGill and studied coincidentally under one of our board members, Dr. Suzanne Lajoie. Small world! Of…
  • Top Three Tips to Winning the Mindshare Learning Video Challenge

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    by Fred Galang, 6th Annual Digital Learning Video Competition as its Central Canada winner To say that 2014 has been quite a whirlwind year would be an understatement. On March 6th, St. Elizabeth CHS and its Media Arts and Graphic Design students were recognized in MindShare Learning’s 6th Annual Digital Learning Video Competition as its Central Canada winner. The school represents one of the three national winners for 2014. The journey of my classroom evolution has been a long one. As a 16-year teaching veteran, my exploration with technology in the classroom started back in 2002. As…
  • Using Technology to Capture Student Voice

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    by Timothy Gard, TDSB Educator & MSL Report  Contributing Writer Why is student voice so important in today’s classroom? How important is it to encourage, develop, sustain and help mature student voice in your classroom? Let me offer a few ways that you can encourage student voice in your classroom and school by using technology. Creating a classroom community where students feel part of the learning journey is something that every teacher should aspire to accomplish. Without student voice then quite often the classroom becomes a disparate place in a world where information is…
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  • Unique Science Fair Experiment: What Prevents a Pasta Boil-Over?

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    There are so many science experiments that can be done in the kitchen! Here is one example: Macaroni MayhemPractical science fair Experiments you can do in your kitchen: Preventing the pasta boil-over! To design your own experiment, all you need is a testable observation, or idea, or solution to a problem. Background: This is how pasta is made in my house – boil water, add pasta, walk away from stove, hear sizzling sounds from kitchen, run back to kitchen to find “pasta suds” spilling out of pot all over the stove … Sadly this also happens with rice and potatoes. So…
  • Example of a successful Mung Bean Science Fair Project

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:37 am
    Here is an example of one version of the Mung Bean project targeting acid rain. He is a fifth grader and focused on changing pH with vinegar to evaluate the effects of low pH on plant growth.5th grade Science Fair Project Board If you have done a version of the Mung Bean project I detailed in earlier posts, send me the photo and I may post it too!
  • A technically complete science fair project in ONE HOUR

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    15 Dec 2013 | 11:12 am
    This project is not going to win any fair, but if you are in a jam and just need SOMETHING and a decent grade, then this project might help: Science Fair Project in One Hour WHAT YOU NEED: maple syrup (cheap fake stuff is best), tall thin glass container like a flower vase (taller is better), at least 30 pennies, pot with 3 inches of water on stove, stopwatch, thermometer (but can do the project without one – see below). QUESTION: How does temperature affect viscosity? RESEARCH: look up “viscosity” and learn what viscosity is. NOTE if you actually have more than one hour, then also…
  • How to design a science fair project from scratch: day 4

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    28 Oct 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Wow look at the difference by ONLY day 3 of the trial run. All of the mung beans in the control have sprouted while none of the mung beans in the low pH environment (i.e. with vinegar) sprouted. So – all other factors being equal – we could conclude that pH has a negative effect on mung bean sprouting!! Control on right Remember that “plant projects” always get you a little extra credit for “effort” because they can’t be done in a day – but this one could be done in as little as 3 days. Things I have learned: *** pH has a negative effect (i.e.
  • How to design a science fair project from scratch: day 3

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    27 Oct 2013 | 6:46 am
    Doing a “trial run” might seem inefficient, but I assure you – it will help discover any issues or problems and will help pinpoint concentrations, volumes, times, etc. that need to be worked out if you are designing your own project. Mistake #1: I put the 2 jars in a dark area of my kitchen; for me this was behind my breadmaker… However – out of sight = out of mind because I forgot to dump out the water after 8 hours. Anyway – here is what the beans now look like: Adding to procedure, we would want to drain the water out of the jar through the cheese cloth…
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Role of Experiential Learning in Evolving Classroom

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    I had already mentioned about the importance of ‘Experiential Learning’ in my blog post titled ‘Enhancing Learning through various Experiential Learning Strategies’. Today I wanted to share with you how, The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., has offered Experiential Learning environments in certain disciplines, that help both students and faculty realize their objectives by considering the needs for flexibility and meeting the pedagogical and learning demands. Their experiential learning spaces include: ·         Award-winning, 6,300-square-foot School…
  • Game based Approach to Teacher Educators

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    We have come across incorporating game based learning to various subjects such as Maths, Science, Social studies  and Corporate /Business studies. So how about incorporating game based approach to Teacher Education? It would be wonderful if teachers identify areas that require additional inputs before experimenting directly in class. Quest2Teach fulfills your requirement. Quest2Teach offers game infused curricula for teacher education so as to reduce the gap between educational theory and application. The teacher educators evolve their professional identity in various narrative 3D role based…
  • My Recent Updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    My recent updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by visiting the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
  • Have You Explored Twitter with Animated GIF?

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

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Today I came across SRecorder free software that records your PC desktop at a high audio and video quality. The entire instructions for downloading and installing the software can be accessed by visiting the URL I have not explored the software yet, but those interested can explore by visiting the above link.
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • ‘Don’t Let Profit-Making Companies Run Education’ says UN Report

    Dr Robert Muller
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    by Tony Harbron, Schools Improvement Net: are bypassing their “moral imperative” to provide free state education by outsourcing public schooling to profit-making companies, a new United Nations report says. This is from the TES.States should remain primarily responsible for providing free and quality basic education to all, it claims, and not allow their education systems to be exploited by private companies “reaping uncontrolled profits”. The report calls for countries to put…
  • The Power of Walking

    Dr Robert Muller
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Academics walking along Parks Road in Oxford (Wikipedia)by Cally Guerin, Doctoral Writing: was talking to a PhD student today who is in the final stages of writing.It’s a very difficult patch for anyone, both physically and mentally, and I believe that all students go through a phase at the end of a PhD where they need to become quite obsessive (even irrationally obsessive) before they can emerge into the bright sunshine on the other side of submission.This student was saying his main struggle was trying to stand back…
  • Scholarships are Decisive in Bringing New Blood Into Teaching, Finds Research

    Dr Robert Muller
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Teaching and Learning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Tony Harbron, Schools Improvement Net: TES is reporting that new research suggests scholarships to train to teach shortage subjects have been successful at bringing people into the profession who would not otherwise have considered it. One in four applicants for scholarships in shortage subjects said the award was the decisive factor in prompting them to train to be a teacher, according to a survey. And one in five said they would not have applied if…
  • Say it Once, Say it Right: Seven Strategies to Improve Your Academic Writing

    Dr Robert Muller
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Oxford University DPhil graduand (Wikipedia)by Patrick Dunleavy, Impact of Social Sciences: writing a research article or a grant proposal, it can be difficult to pinpoint the sections and areas that need further improvement. It is useful to have a set of tactics on hand to address the work. Patrick Dunleavy outlines seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter: Do one thing well. Flatten the structure. Say it once, say it right. Try paragraph re-planning.
  • How Running Around More Can Help Children Do Well at School

    Dr Robert Muller
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    School physical education equipment (Wikipedia)by Josie Booth, University of Dundee Children who do more physical activity are likely to improve their health and it might also help them improve their school grades.Those are the findings of recent research from Sweden which suggest that doubling the amount of time spent doing physical education at school has an impact on children’s academic achievement.Schools and parents are often urged to do more to improve children’s physical activity - and the growing body of research on the links between PE and success at school might be just the…
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    Planet Princeton

  • Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

    Krystal Knapp
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Friday, October 31 BonkerzZ Family Fun Center Haunted House – Haunted Halloween House. Be prepared to scream! There is something lurking around every corner. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kingston Shopping Mall, 4437 Route 27, Suite 1a, Kingston. $8 per person. Halloween at Brick Farm Market – Candy and live music by Gravity Hill. 5 […]
  • 2014 HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon Runner Profiles

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Name: Meg Caddeau Town: Princeton Age: 50 Profession: college counselor Years Running: My first official race was the Bolder Boulder (a 10K), which I ran in when I was in high school. I don’t consider myself a serious runner and had never contemplated running a distance longer than 10K until 2011, when a friend convinced […]
  • Letters: Princeton School Board Needs Spruill’s Voice

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    To the Editor of Planet Princeton: We support Fern Spruill for school board, because the Board needs her voice. Her unique grounding in the community and her connections with our youth give her insights important to the Board’s work. Fern is a fourth-generation Princetonian with deep roots here. She returned 25 years ago, with her […]
  • Janet L. Ready Named President of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Janet Ready, an executive and registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, has been named president of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro and senior vice president of the hospital’s parent company, Princeton HealthCare System. Ready began her new position on October 27. She will work with other members […]
  • Princeton Today: Hometown Halloween Parade

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, superheroes and princesses can show off their Halloween spirit today in Princeton. Dress up in your best costume and join the Arts Council of Princeton for the Annual Hometown Halloween Parade. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library. The Princeton University Marching Band […]
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  • How to Buy Your First Car (and Feel Good About It)

    Mark Frost
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If you’ve ever purchased a car, you know the roller coaster of feelings you get throughout the process. The research and browsing of local dealer inventory part is awesome, but once you actually step foot onto a dealership’s lot, the reality of the transaction kicks in pretty quickly. Upsells, negotiations, extra fees, and financing are the worst buzzkills for your car-buying high. Unfortunately, if you’re going to buy from a dealership, that’s the reality of car buying. If you can find a deal on Craigslist or know someone looking to sell a great car, do your research…
  • Career Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Get a Degree in Statistics

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The Big Data revolution is driving tremendous growth in the field of statistics. Data is collected at a stunning rate and is transforming government, society and business. So it’s no surprise that graduates with a degree in statistics are finding an abundance of interesting and exciting career opportunities. But many students continue to overlook the field in favor of better-known STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. It’s time to start giving statistics degrees more serious consideration. Here are five reasons why: Statistics is Fun Negative myths about statistics and…
  • How to Maximize the Impact of Study Abroad

    Katie Dwyer
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Studying abroad tops many students’ list of the most fun and most life-changing part of college. It’s a chance to be somewhere exciting and different, to live in a new context, and to make friends and have experiences far outside previous opportunities in either hometowns or home college contexts. For most people, the “point” of studying abroad has more to do with the cultural/personal opportunities than practical/strategic benefits. But a bit of planning while you’re abroad can make those experiences work to your benefit academically and in the job market in the long run.
  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

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

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

  • Extreme Poverty is More than Just Living on $1.25 a Day

    Quentin Wodon
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    “I want my children to be able to go to school. I don't want them to suffer like me.” Little by little this dream disappears as a piece of sugar, as water that runs through your hands. The long lists of material, a simple button that is missing on a shirt, this can be the end of a dream for learning to read and write.  
  • Kids Should Focus on Learning, Not On Their Empty Stomachs

    Andy Chi Tembon
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Have you ever tried to concentrate on an empty stomach? On World Food Day, we reflect on the link between healthy and nourished children and its effects on learning. Healthy and nourished children are better able to learn at school and attend classes more often. A meal at school can act as a magnet to get children into the classroom and as a social safety net to help the world’s most vulnerable families.    Kids Should Focus on Learning, Not On Their Stomachs
  • In Rural India, Asking What Helps Girls Stay in School

    Priya Pillai
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    By educating girls, we reduce poverty, improve maternal and child health, prevent HIV and AIDS, and raise living standards for everyone. Despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of girls’ education, however, 37 million school-age girls around the world are not in class. 
  • World Teachers’ Day: Are Teachers Satisfied?

    Quentin Wodon
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers' Day. Since 1994, the day, which is celebrated on October 5, has been an occasion to mobilize support for teachers. Teachers are not only tasked with imparting knowledge, they often have the power to inspire or suppress intellectual curiosity. Primary school teachers in particular help to lay the foundations upon which pupils’ attitudes towards education are built. 
  • In Brazil, Teaching and Learning Happen Outside the Box

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

  • Mobile Learning Can Provide Solutions to Top 5 Issues of Education (#mlearning)

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    A study by NTT DOCOMO and GSMA involving 3,528 children ages 8 to 18 and their parents in Paraguay, Japan, India and Egypt found 70% of children use mobile phones. Around 25% of children send six or more text messages per day by age 10 , and about 40% access the internet through their mobile... Read More ›
  • A Data Analysis of the #MOOC Research Initiative

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    From The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) Where is Research on Massive Open Online Courses Headed? A data analysis of the MOOC Research Initiative By Dragan Gašević, Vitomir Kovanović, Srećko Joksimović, George Siemens Abstract This paper reports on the results of an analysis of the research proposals submitted to the MOOC... Read More ›
  • Design-Based Implementation Research and Big Data (#bigdata)

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Educational data mining and rapid A/B testing can produce information for refining and enhancing digital learning systems, but they are less than ideal for answering questions about how digital learning systems are being used in different contexts and how implementation variations relate to differences in outcomes. An emerging research approach that is suited for this... Read More ›
  • Survey about Learning Data, Analytic and Learner Profile (#bigdata)

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    For some years now, technology developers from industries other than education have been releasing products to users as soon as possible and then collecting and using data from the users to determine consumer preferences. Technology developers amass a large user base so they can collect and learn from data about how users respond to their... Read More ›
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  • Highest Quality and Most Eye-catching Designs Imaginable with Scodix

    Simon Hopes
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Due to the immense challenges the current commercial printing world faces, Scodix has offered one of the most unique solutions. It is a technology that will definitely help in customer retention, drawing in more clients while remaining profitable in a niche that is cutthroat anywhere you might be. Whether printing on offset presses or digital,…

    Simon Hopes
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    When it comes to security of funds then a company has to think twice about it. No matter how much profits the company makes or how much it has invested in saving, some situations are far most beyond the company’s capability and therefore it can never be completely secure from all risks associated with its…
  • 6 of the craziest options to fit on your car. Well, maybe not YOUR car

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Buying a new vehicle isn’t the straight forward thing it used to be, and the days of walking into a dealer and picking a car to drive away seem to be far in the past. These days, you have to go through a catalogue of options that can be as bewildering they are useful. There…
  • Finding the Latest Hostgator Promo Code Online

    Simon Hopes
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:36 am
    One of the most well-known companies on the Internet for providing hosting options is Hostgator. This company is well-known for its ability to provide affordable and reliable hosting for people that are simply looking for a place to host a single website, or if they have multiple websites and would like to take advantage of…
  • Secure Payment Processing: Understanding the New and Improved POS Encryption

    Simon Hopes
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Credit card payments have always been at least somewhat secure, but they haven’t always benefited from impregnable security. Sometimes, crooks defeat a website’s security protocol, card numbers get stolen, erroneous charges get racked up. Customers get angry. Well, there’s a new security measure being implemented soon that could make taking payments easier and a whole…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • The Money Talk With Your Student on #CollegeCash

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    On Thursday October 30, #CollegeCash welcomed Jenny L. Maxey (@JLMaxey) for expert advice on building the college budget. Jenny is the author of Barrister on a Budget – although geared to prelaw students, much of Jenny’s advice in the book can apply to any level of higher education. [View the story "The Money Talk With Your Student on #CollegeCash" on Storify]
  • Top 10 Tips for College Graduates Preparing for Student Loan Repayment

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    College graduation has come and gone. All the caps and gowns have been put away, and it’s time to start thinking about repaying those student loans which helped you achieve your dream of a college diploma. Here are a few tips for the college class of 2014: 1. Make a List of Loans: First you need to find out just how much you owe. Visit My Federal Student Aidto view information about all of the federal student loans you received and to find contact information for your loan servicer. Private student loans are not included in My Federal Student Aid so you will need to put together a separate…
  • What is Content Marketing and Why Does Your Small Business Need It?

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Why didn’t anybody tell you how much you needed to know about marketing to make your small business a success? You knew you were good at your job, had great organizational and people skills, and thought you would be able to handle the financial aspects of business, but this marketing has got you stumped. It seems like it should be easy enough to place ads in the local telephone book or newspaper, but now you’re hearing about online marketing and content marketing – what does all that mean? They have to do with how your business is seen online. Today’s consumers turn to online…
  • How to Ace the College Essay

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    College application deadlines are rapidly approaching. Whether you use the Common App or go directly to the schools, there is usually an essay requirement. Most students anticipate this activity with dread, but some see it as a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Think about what you want to write, gather input from others, take a deep breath and begin. Here are a few tips to help you ace the essay portion of the college application process: 1. Show Your Uniqueness: Admissions counselors are reading hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of essays. Make yours the essay that causes them to…
  • Use These Marketing Statistics to Help Your Small Business Grow

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Being aware of current trends is important to helping any size business grow. As a small business entrepreneur, though, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that is going on which could affect your business. You certainly can’t afford to have someone internally following all the trends, but you can still take advantage of big research. Many companies willingly share information you can use to help your small business grow. Here are just a few of the latest marketing insights: • Mobile is Moving Up: LocalVox reports that 51% of consumers are now more likely to purchase from a…
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    DRPF Consults

  • Current Education Issues: Benefits for Students in STEM Education

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more The pressing need now present for the US to compete with countries such as India and China who excel in science and math, on more global scale has spurred on national current education issues about increasing the STEM education system for every school around the country. President Obama along with his administration has invested significantly in the promotion of STEM education that amounts to federal funding of around $3.1 billion. In efforts to prove the governments serious commitments to STEM, the President even held…
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  • The Hidden Costs of Sororities

    Teddy Nykiel
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Weekends babysitting, a handful of part-time jobs and journalism internships helped Sydney Willmann, 23, pay for her sorority membership in Zeta Tau Alpha at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. “Sometimes I didn’t get to go to social events because I was nannying on a Saturday night,” she says. It’s no secret that sorority women have to cough up cash before they can join the Greek life. In addition to standard dues, costing thousands of dollars at the high end, the price of new outfits, lettered apparel and gifts for younger sisters will prod at their purses. “Up…
  • Social Mobility Index Ranks Colleges for First-Generation Students

    Alexandra Rice
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    You may not be familiar with Montana Tech, Rowan University or California State University Northridge, but they are three of the top five universities on a new college ranking geared toward first-generation college students. Known as the Social Mobility Index, or SMI, and put out by CollegeNet and Payscale earlier this month, the rankings compare colleges by how they graduate low-income students into favorable careers. On this list, you’ll find Harvard University at No. 438 and Stanford University at No. 335. For many of these students, traditional rankings don’t play a huge part in…
  • Freshman Year Checklist: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Succeed Later

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rarely will you find a person who reflects on the college years and thinks, “Maybe I shouldn’t have been so adventurous.” Freshman year is an ideal time to challenge yourself and expand your horizons. That adventurousness is a mindset you should have throughout your college years, whether you’re choosing your major, securing internships or leading a campus organization. But don’t let your options overwhelm you. To help you get off on the right foot, we asked the experts to recommend things every freshman can do to ensure success long after that first year of college is in the…
  • Student Loan Servicers Engaged in Deceptive Practices, CFPB Finds

    Tony Armstrong
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Certain student loan servicers are engaging in deceptive practices that result in preventable late fees and impede borrowers from claiming tax deductions from their student loan payments, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Here’s a closer look at several of the CFPB’s most significant findings on illegal student loan servicing practices. Manipulating payments to maximize late fees The CFPB’s team of examiners found that student loan servicers – companies responsible for the billing of student loans – have been manipulating loan payments to…
  • Should I Start a 529 Plan?

    Alexandra Rice
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Paying for college can put a financial burden on families, especially those who have more than one child going to college at the same time. If you’re looking for ways to minimize this financial challenge, you might consider starting a 529 plan. As part of your long-term college savings program, it’s helpful to start squirreling away tax-sheltered money when your children are still babies. By the time they’re ready to attend college, there should be a comfortable nest egg saved to help pay for school. If you decide to start a 529 plan, choose one that best fits your economic…
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    Studying Law

  • The Law Fair: Why you should check it out

    Aaron Marchant
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Now that the new term is firmly under way, it’s time to start thinking about your career in law. A great place to do this is your university law fair, where you can find out all the things different firms have to offer.Something for everyone. Law fairs are essential sources of information for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in law. Whether you’re set on being a barrister, considering becoming a solicitor, or just want to know more about the legal profession, law fairs will provide you with a wealth of information. Graduate recruiters, trainees, and even qualified lawyers…
  • Thinking about a career in law? 5 Top Application Boosters

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

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

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

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

  • Higher Income = Higher SAT Scores?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Did you know that Curriki originated from the idea that technology could play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide, i.e., the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not? To this point, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal dubbed the SAT test the Student Affluence Test (aka Scholastic Aptitude Test) and showed some troubling statistics. “On average, students in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket on every section of the test, according to…
  • Education Activist Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki We at Curriki are so pleased that education rights activist and student Malala Yousafzai has been selected for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. At 17 years of age, she is the youngest person ever to have won a Nobel Prize. Malala has worked fearlessly and tirelessly to promote the rights of girls to receive an education. A Pakistani national, she was attacked and shot two years ago in a cowardly act by Taliban militants in her country, simply because she had been outspoken on the subject of girls’ rights to education. But she would not be cowed. A very…
  • Making STEM Learning Fun!

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Whether it’s teaching kindergartners to code, or keeping students’ engineering knowledge “fresh,” I’m amazed at the innovative and entertaining new resources available to enrich the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning experience. Learning should be fun. Here are a few of my recent favorites: LEARNerds This is a great idea for students interested in STEM! LEARNerds offers “bite-sized engineering challenges” in the form of a daily question/problem. It’s a fun way to stay on top of engineering fundamentals…
  • Speak Up Against Bullying!

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer Bullying used to be the tough kid beating up a smaller classmate. Today, cyber bullying is much more prevalent with students using electronic devices to send mean text messages, post rumors on social networking sites, and share embarrassing pictures and videos. Video – Bullies and Bystanders: What Teens Say Here are a few concerning facts from 2014 Cyberbullying Statistics: 25 percent of teenagers report that they have experienced repeated bullying via their cell phone or on the internet. Over half (52 percent) off young people report being cyber…
  • Student Online Information Privacy

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Student privacy is a growing issue, as more and more data is being gathered on K-12 students. The intent of thIs data acquisition is generally worthwhile. The primary purpose is to obtain more knowledge about student achievement and learning styles, and to support individualized instruction. The goal is to allow students to learn at their own pace. There are, however, potential risks, since such data is being held in databases distributed on computers owned by school districts, or by state governments, or increasingly, by private companies and…
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    Used Books in Class

  • Teacher’s College 87th Reunion: David Booth and a Thousand Stories

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    On the 87th Saturday Reunion at Teacher’s College, the author David Booth stood at the podium of NYC’s  Riverside Church admiring the mosaic of teacher faces staring back at him. It was 9:00 in the morning, and we numbered in the thousands. “Look at you,” he softly intoned. We quieted down. “You look wonderful!” he continued. We leaned in. “I have a story to share,” his voice growing more audible as we settled in the echoing cathedral. We leaned in closer, and his voice became clearer. “I want to share a story that generated a thousand…
  • Test Driving the Thesis with Thesis Generators

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    “So….what problems do your students have in writing?” I ask middle school teachers. “The thesis statement.” “So….what problems do your students have writing?” I ask high school teachers. “The thesis statement.” One might conclude that students in grades 7-12 have a thesis statement problem…or maybe not. Maybe the problem of writing a thesis statement is that so many teachers in middle and high school expect that students must have a well-written thesis statement before they can write an essay. Maybe the emphasis on…
  • Awesome Autumn Book Floods

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The advertisement on Book Sale Finder for the Wilton Public Library Book Sale  in Wilton, CT, read, “All books on sale for this sale… not just Children and Teens.” The reason for the clarification? This annual end of summer book sale usually offers the best selections of donated books for children and teens in the area. This past weekend’s sale  (9/19-21) did not disappoint. In the space of an hour, I collected over 200 books suited for students in grades 5-10. High interest titles such as Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging for the older students, selections from…
  • Survey Data: Agree-Reading is Important; Disagree-Reading is Fun

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

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

  • Running a Student “Come Dine with Me”

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       by  BYU–Hawaii  As a postgraduate student it can sometimes be difficult to balance your finances with the desire to get out and socialise, but there is plenty that you can do without spending a fortune, like hosting a “Come Dine … more... The post Running a Student “Come Dine with Me” appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Saving Tip: Get Cleaning!

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       by  Jude Doyland  Postgrad PhD and Master’s students can both earn and save money through a cleaning business. The students involved can turn it into a fully-fledged business whilst at university, or it can be a micro-project that recurs whenever … more... The post Student Saving Tip: Get Cleaning! appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Studying Abroad: Letting Yourself Be a Tourist

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       by  Gwenaël Piaser  The advantages of being a tourist In some quarters, the term “tourist” might be a dirty word, but if you think about it carefully, being a tourist as much as a student while you’re away from home … more... The post Studying Abroad: Letting Yourself Be a Tourist appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • 5 Super Cheap Postgrad Decorating Tips

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  University of Exeter  For most postgrad students, home will be a temporary rented room: perhaps in University accommodation, or perhaps in the private sector. These spaces can feel pretty impersonal and box-like, complete with an institutional whiff there to … more... The post 5 Super Cheap Postgrad Decorating Tips appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Glasgow

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  Moyan_Brenn  Further study enhances changes for an individual to hone their skills while pursuing a passion. However, it must be ensured that besides suiting the interest it is equally important to suit the pocket too. Tuition fee ranges between … more... The post Student City Guide: Glasgow appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Join Us in the Skoll Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Challenge!

    Bookshare Team Member
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    A note from Jim Fruchterman, CEO and Founder of Benetech, the parent nonprofit of Bookshare.  This post originally appeared on the Benetech site on October 27, 2014. Zach in his graduation gap and gown seated in his wheelchair.   Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction. This wasn’t always the case, though. Zach has Cerebral Palsy, which causes movement and coordination problems, and which keeps him from speaking and walking. To communicate his thoughts, he uses an alternative augmentative communication device. Tasks like turning a printed page are difficult for him, which makes reading…
  • Bookshare’s Updated Website Is Live and Helps You Do More!

    Bookshare Team Member
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bookshare’s updated website is live, so please tell everyone you know who uses the library! This year, our team has been working extra hard to make some great new improvements to our website while keeping many core features you know and love. What’s extra cool is that the updated website is now mobile-friendly, so members can enjoy an improved on-the-go reading experience on tablets and smartphones.  And as always, our website continues to be fully accessible. Let’s check what’s under the hood with the updated site! What’s New? Clear, streamlined information—Find out if Bookshare…
  • Celebrating Canadian Library Month and the CELA-Bookshare Partnership!

    Bookshare Team Member
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Centre for Equitable Library Access Logo. Public library services for Canadians with print disabilities. In July 2014, Bookshare announced a partnership with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) in Canada. This partnership significantly increases the availability of accessible books and services to support Canadian citizens with qualified print disabilities. CELA is a non-profit organization established by Canadian public libraries with support by CNIB. Its mission is to offer alternative format production and services delivery of accessible books so that CELA member libraries may…
  • College Bridge Program Helps Teens with Learning Disabilities Transition to Postsecondary

    Bookshare Team Member
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Mission Middle College Program Coordinators, Jennifer Jolliff (far left) and Sara Smith (standing) working with students in small group settings. GUEST BLOG POST: BY JENNIFER JOLLIFF AND SARA SMITH, PROGRAM COORDINATORS AT MISSION MIDDLE COLLEGE Recently, we caught up with Jennifer Jolliff and Sara Smith, Program Coordinators at Mission Middle College, CA, to talk about their college bridge program in the Santa Clara School District. This collaboration gives high school seniors who are not performing well academically a second chance at making successful transitions to college. In this blog,…
  • Eighteen Books Later: How Paternal Passion Fueled Rick Riordan’s Writing Career

    Bookshare Team Member
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Book Cover of Rick Riordan’s “The Blood of Olympus” Book Five of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus, was just released and is now available in Bookshare. By our count, this is Riordan’s eighteenth book about the mythical and exciting worlds of young Percy Jackson and his fellow adventurers. Riordan’s books are highly acclaimed worldwide, but what may not be well known is his motivation for writing the first Percy Jackson story nearly ten years ago. He was driven by a force many parents understand: to help his second-grade son, who had just…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Accounting Lesson Plans for Middle and High School

    Sarah Layton
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Need some fresh tactics in teaching accounting lesson plans for middle or high school? I’ll be the first to admit that accounting is not my favorite subject. And I’m sure that’s true for a lot of your students, too. But the fact of the matter is…it’s gotta be done! Not only is it in your state standards and in NBEA standards, it’s just really important stuff for everyone to understand. At some point in your life, you’re going to need some basic understanding of accounting. But does it have to be so utterly boring? NO! Read on, engaging…
  • Facilitating Your Business Education Lesson Plans

    Sarah Layton
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton One of our favorite questions to ask of teachers that participate in a free trial of our online curriculum is “what are you looking for?” We recently got a great answer from a teacher looking at our online business education lesson plans. Facilitating Your Business Education Lesson Plans Here’s what she said… “I have created a period during the day called Business Center where students can take individualized business courses including school store experience…I am looking for expanded coursework for this course that is self-directed and I…
  • Student Work Ethic: Encouraging Accountability in CTE

    Sarah Layton
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton We’ve talked about student engagement being the “holy grail” for teachers. But it recently came to my attention how lacking many students are in accountability and decent student work ethic. If those things are not present, there’s little chance of keeping students engaged and moving forward. I’ve heard over and over again from teachers how much students are engaged and enjoying working online and using technology in our HealthCenter21 and Business&ITCenter21 curriculum. But just because students enjoy using technology, doesn’t…
  • How Blended Learning Has Changed

    Dick Carlson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dick Carlson How “Blended Learning” Has Changed Since It Was Discovered By Columbus Christopher Columbus was probably the first Blended Learner.  He went to school, and was taught that if he sailed West he’d eventually get East. When he did his Field Work, though, he reported back in his dissertation that he’d actually discovered a completely new theorem.  By blending classroom and sailing, he’d discovered the Bahamas. This spawned the entire cruise industry and the concept of the “gift shop.” This Is Why It’s Important To Get Some Actual…
  • Keeping Students Engaged: Kill the Status Quo

    Sarah Layton
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton We’ve been trying out a saying here lately in the office, “our biggest competition is the status quo.” That’s really true of so many things in life as well. Reminding ourselves to reach beyond that is a great exercise. For example, take the daunting task of keeping students engaged. Are you reading all sorts of things about how to do it, but then not acting on any of them? Let’s face it, the status quo is easy. It’s comfortable. But when you are trying to achieve or change anything, it’s all about going beyond the status quo. If you…
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    Fractus Learning

  • Making Classroom Annotation Easy with Skitch

    Nick Grantham
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Overview Skitch is an amazingly simple desktop and mobile app used for marking up images, PDFs and all sorts of digital documents. As a native app available on nearly every device type, it is a tool that can prove immensely useful to both teachers and students. Whether you are looking for a quick and elegant way to annotate your own documents, or searching for a world class app that students can add to their digital toolbox, Skitch has a multitude of applications across every discipline, duty and device. Name: Skitch Pricing: Free Compatibility: Mac / Windows / iOS / Android Access:…
  • The Rearview Mirror of Learning: Reflections Using Kidblog

    Amy Heavin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    As we all know, time is precious. Making the most of our time is critical as we strive to juggle many daily responsibilities and tasks. In our schools today, this is no different. One of the comments I often hear is, “I wish I had more time.” We all have the same number of hours in a day, and each of us chooses how we spend those hours. And, educators spend countless hours during and outside school hours, continually working to meet the needs of their students. With that said, we all know reflection and learning is a paramount component of becoming effective educators. Reflection is such…
  • Master Twitter in 5 Steps – An Educator’s Guide

    Katherine Ruddick Matheson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Is this you? You’ve joined Twitter. You’re following a few people. Your profile picture may or may not be an egg. You’ve even tweeted a couple of times. But you’re wondering what all the fuss is about. Or maybe this is you? You’ve joined Twitter and you’ve found tons of interesting people and ideas. But there is just way too much information. You can’t keep track of the stuff you want to know more about.   If one of these scenarios sounds familiar, you’ve probably begun the process of building your PLN (see this post I wrote back in September), but you want…
  • PBS LearningMedia: A Treasure Chest of Free Classroom-Ready Resources

    Lisa Blessington
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Overview PBS LearningMedia is to a teacher, what a candy shop is to a kid. It’s a never ending treasure chest of free classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources that are aligned to Common Core and National Standards, including short videos, interactives, and in-depth lesson plans. All tagged and organized, it’s easy to browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. Name: PBS LearningMedia Pricing: Free Compatibility: Web Access: Email signup optional Privacy: Private (privacy policy)   A Quick Look   In Practice…
  • 5 Provoking Prezis for Teachers Looking to Learn

    Wade Gegan
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Overview Over the years Prezi has become a tool very near and dear to the hearts of many educators. Why is this you ask? Well, I think it’s because we see a little bit of ourselves in it. Just like any good teacher, Prezi can turn the most boring, uninspiring content into engaging, thought-provoking material. It’s available everywhere and is a delight to work with. And of course, like all of us,  it’s a true beauty to behold :) So, with that, here are five informatively elegant Prezis covering educational topics from the flipped classroom, to learning how to making…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • 26 FREE Teacher eBooks!

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Hey teaching friends!  Did you know we have 26 free eBooks on all sorts of topics just for you here at Organized Classroom?  We do!  And they are free!  Woooo hoooo! The eBooks are filled with tons of tips from the fans at Organized Classroom and are helpful from new teachers to veteran teachers!  I bet everyone will find a gold nugget or 2 of information - even those seasoned veterans who have heard it all! Stop by and check out the titles below! Enjoy from Organized Classroom and TGIF! ~Charity Want more great teaching tips and classroom organization ideas? Subscribe to our FREE…
  • Snap Into Learning with Picture Prompts

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hey teaching friends!  I hope everyone is having an enjoyable fall season!  I was lucky enough to have my good friends at Learning Resources send over a really fun learning tool to check out and I thought I would share it with you.  Maybe you will find it just as fun as I did! This fun set is called Wild About Animals Snapshots - Critical Thinking Cards and I think they are awesome!  The cards are HUGE 8"x8" and are in full-color on both sides and laminated!  Pretty nice! One side of the card is simply a picture of animals in nature, while the other side contains several critical…
  • The Great Candy Comparison {Freebie}

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Hey teaching friends!  I was thinking about how quickly the fall seems to be going - for me anyway.  And how the holidays seem to be rushing past!   I just realized that Halloween is coming in 2 short weeks - ahhhh!  The good news?  It is on a Friday this year, so most of sugar highs will be gone by the time Monday rolls around - lol! In our local area, it seems as though EVERYONE is now having trick or treat in multiple places on different nights.  I have no less than 6 different locations in my local area where my kids can go to grab some free candy - and that is beyond our local…
  • Learning with Washi Feathers!

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Hey teaching friends!   Happy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend to my colleagues up north! As I was thinking about the upcoming US Thanksgiving next month, I was thinking about how I learned about Thanksgiving when I was in school.   What I don't remember learning a lot about was Native American culture throughout that process.  {Keep in mind, this was a great many years ago.} So, while I was doing a little research, I did find out that Native Americans put a lot of meaning behind feathers - and particularly where the feather came from or whether it is given as a gift.  There is much…
  • Friendly Friendship Freebie!

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Hey all!  Just stopping by to let you know I was looking through some of the older freebies we have on the site and decided to redo the Friendship Glyphs!  yay! If you have downloaded it before, feel free to download again and grab the updated version! Everything is in grayscale which will make for super easy printing! Enjoy and have fun working through this activity with your students and talking about similarities and differences!  Perfect for math (grouping) and even character building! ~Charity Want more great teaching tips and classroom organization ideas? Subscribe to our FREE…
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • 10 differences between home education and school

    Ross Mountney
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many parents ask what are the main differences between learning in school and home education? That’s quite difficult to answer as these differences develop from the fundamental approach and philosophy to education, quite different to an institutional one, which home school families develop over time through a variety of approaches. But here are ten most noticeable differences and the ones which make the home educating approach so successful. Flexibility and complete choice and control over the learning experience enabling the child to learn in a way most effective for them. It also means…
  • Poverty and performance at school

    Jon Ellis
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In September the Department of Education presented the results of phonics reading tests taken by 5-to-6 year olds in summer 2014. Around three-quarters of pupils reached the required standards – that is, to decode at least 32 of 40 unknown words by using the phonics reading method. That a quarter of children tested did not meet the standard was a much-trumpeted improvement on last year, when more like a third failed the tests. Teachers and commentators continue to argue about whether – as the government claims – these tests truly show more children are now on track to become proficient…
  • New sex education plans in schools: have they got it right?

    Mike James Hansford
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We were always wondering how the new Education Secretary was going to stamp her name on the position.  Well now it seems as though we have our answer. Nicky Morgan stepped into the role after the entire education profession rejoiced at the removal of Michael Gove in July this year.  With promises to make sure that marking controversies were sorted in time for the next exam period, it all seemed to be off to a good start. We’re now nearly a month into the school year and it seems as though Ms Morgan has played her first major card – and it’s all around that contentious…
  • Do teachers need to teach university lecturers?

    Jon Ellis
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Some of the country’s most elite private schools are receiving complaints from their students who’ve gone on to university about the standard of teaching they experience in their first year of higher education. The issue was raised by the schools’ heads at the recent annual meeting of the Headmasters and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). The heads argue that some lecturers are stuck in the past and continue merely to set essays and offer occasional one-to-one tutorials. Students are not properly engaged by these practices. But it’s not just pupils of independent school who are…
  • University inspection system changing?

    Mike James Hansford
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that universities up and down the nation are responsible for setting their own standards?  I know, it surprised me too. At the moment, with the present fees of £9,000 per year, it’s hardly surprising that students are considered consumers – almost to the degree (pardon the pun) where their consumer nature outweighs their status as merely ‘someone in education.’ Over the summer it transpired that the number of students complaining about their courses in some shape or form was on the increase, and that it has now exceeded 20,000 in the last year.  It…
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    K12 Insight

  • Michigan, Let’s Talk!

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    By Justin Wilk During this heated election season, the issue of education funding has moved to the forefront of many races. This battle is particularly contentious in Michigan where, depending on who you ask, education funding has either increased, decreased or done both under Governor Rick Snyder. Nevertheless, Michigan school districts have worked hard to adjust to the reality of ongoing budget deficits. But with so much conflicting information being circulated, are they equipped to deal with their trust deficits? If the narrative of a dysfunctional and poorly managed school system takes…
  • Conversations Are Your Compass

    Eric Beltran
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As you move through the school year, having engaged and supportive parents, students, teachers, staff and community members becomes even more important. The beginning of the year is an exciting time, but, by this point, you will have heard a number of questions and concerns from your stakeholders. Although you may not initially see the value in this feedback, it can play a vital role in helping you assess the health of your district and allow you to course correct when necessary. Are you willing to use these important conversations as your compass? If you could perform a communications audit,…
  • Get Your Affairs in Order

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Sarah Enterline When my husband and I were expecting our son, we met with an estate planner to draft our last wills, living wills, power of attorney documents and the like. We spent many hours completing and compiling these forms and, after they were complete, I dutifully filed them away in a cabinet where I know they are safe. However, I began to wonder who else knows (or should know) where these important papers are? Could my family easily settle my affairs if something happened to me, and I was unable to speak for myself? I’ve constantly thought about this recently as my sister and I…
  • The Story Behind the Stats

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

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

  • Math Review of Quotients Involving Radical Expressions

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Overview In order to divide rational expressions accurately, special rules for radical expressions can be followed. Some of those rules include the quotient rule, rules for finding the square roots of quotients, and rationalizing the denominator. The Quotient Rule Suppose the problem is to evaluate the square root of 36/49. The problem can be written in two different ways, either √ (36)/√ (49) or √ (36/49). The square root of 36/49 solved with the first method is √ (36)/√ (49) or 6/7. The square root of 36/49 solved with the second method is √ (36/49) or 6/7.  This leads to the…
  • Review of Mathematical Patterns in Art, Music, and Dance

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Overview Mathematical patterns underlie everything in the natural world, including those human extensions of the natural world that surround us. Some of those mathematical patterns are expressed in the arts, including visual arts such as painting and sculpture, and the physics and mathematics of music. Other mathematical patterns are expressed in performance arts, such as the choreography of dance. Patterns in Art Renaissance artists represented mathematical patterns and concepts in visual form, using mathematical concepts such as symmetry and perspective. A two-dimensional canvas is used to…
  • Review of Mathematical Patterns and Archaeology

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Overview Mathematical patterns underlie human activity, as far back as we can discover ancient artifacts. Architectural wonders such as the Parthenon, the Pyramids, and other ruins show that civilizations were able to apply geometric and mathematical relationships. Neolithic sites as far away as Newgrange, Stonehenge, and many others around the world, show an ancient grasp of complex mathematical calculations. Artifacts from the smallest decorated cup to the largest mosaics and tessellations show an appreciation of symmetry and balance. Mathematical Patterns in Architecture The ancient Greeks…
  • Math Review of Binary Systems

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Overview Numbers in Base 2 are real numbers that can be involved in mathematical operations in the same way as more familiar decimal or Base 10 numbers. The advantage of binary systems — that they contain two numerals 0 and 1 — means that they can be used in situations that have two alternatives. Introduction to Base 2 Base 2, or binary, is the smallest grouping possible. In Base 2, 0 means 0, 1 means 1, and 102 means 2, 112 means 3, 1002 means 4, 1012 means 5, 1102 means 6, 1112 means 7, 10002 means 8, 10012 means 9, and 10102 means 10 in the decimal (Base 10) system. Notice that…
  • Back to School Review of Equality and Inequality of Fractions

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Overview The concept of dividing a whole into parts and then dividing the parts into smaller entities is basic to mathematics. That model of division can be illustrated by manipulatives such as fraction bars and Cuisenaire rods. Equality and inequality of fractions can be demonstrated by finding their common denominators and comparing them. By comparing unequal fractions and finding more fractions between them, students can show the density of the number line. Dividing a Whole into Parts A fraction is a part of a whole. Children can illustrate the concept by taking a whole circle, then…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • Aspire by API Spring Gap Deadlines Open

    Jeramy Johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    The following Aspire by API Gap Programs are still accepting applications for spring 2015: Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentine and Latin American Studies Early Start (Universidad de Belgrano) - APPLY BY NOV. 15, 2014 Argentine and Latin American Studies Regular Start (Universidad de Belgrano) - APPLY BY NOV. 15, 2014 Intensive Language (Universidad de Belgrano) - APPLY BY NOV. 15, 2014 Madrid, Spain Intensive Language Spring Quarter (Complutense University) - APPLY BY FEB. 1, 2015 Salamanca, Spain Spanish Language and Culture Spring Quarter (University of Salamanca) - APPLY BY FEB. 1,…
  • API Spring 2015 Study Abroad Deadlines Extended – Part 3

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    The following API study abroad programs are still accepting applications for spring 2015: Budapest, Hungary International Business and Humanities (Corvinus University of Budapest) – APPLY BY NOV. 1, 2014 Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentine and Latin American Studies Early Start (Universidad de Belgrano) - APPLY BY NOV. 15, 2014 Argentine and Latin American Studies Regular Start (Universidad de Belgrano) - APPLY BY NOV. 15, 2014 Intensive Language (Universidad de Belgrano) - APPLY BY NOV. 15, 2014 Grenoble, France January Intensive Month Program (Centre Universitaire d’Études…
  • Ask Dee: How Do I Make The Most of My Time?

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Dear Dee, Midterms just finished and fall break is about to start. There are so many places I could visit in Europe and Italy! I don’t know how to choose. How do I make the most of my time? What would you recommend? Sincerely, EXCITED Dear EXCITED, Studying in Europe gives us the chance to go to more places in less time than we could in the United States. Because of the railways and airport systems in Europe, it is also easy to find several options for transportation. Let’s start with my suggestions for making plans. First of all, I suggest you calculate a budget, make a list of all the…
  • Falling Is Ok But Standing up Is Better

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    “Falling is okay, but standing up is better” – Dr. Ricardo Cruz Sauma I don’t think my brain goes into culture shock mode. I have seen friends go through it already, but I am just so happy to be here and to get to meet new people all the time. There is really something new every single day to learn whether it is conquering the beautiful language of Spanish or finding out how someone in your class knows the same people you do back at home. Everything is surprising, but so much fun at the same time! Getting to know people’s different backgrounds is exciting and fulfilling. To update…
  • The Next Generation

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Let’s start off with a question: how old were you when you first learned about study abroad opportunities? Maybe you heard about it at an early age and it has always been one of your life goals. However, if you are anything like me, you didn’t join the conversation until much later. I didn’t even realize studying abroad was a possibility for myself until I was well into my Freshman year of college. By then, the clock was racing. I had a couple of years to figure out where I wanted to go and what program I wanted to go with. Then came the dreaded questions of how I was going…
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  • Duke University School of Medicine — One of the Greatest in the World

    Don Osborne
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne If you currently attend Duke University as a pre-med, and you live in the Durham area, you should set your
  • Video: How Many MCAT Practice Tests Should You Take?

    Don Osborne
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    A lot of pre-meds make the mistake of taking their MCAT practice tests too late and then end up doing not enough of them. Don’t fall into this trap! Even if your score is low, it is best to take the MCAT early so that you get a feel for
  • A Place with Sun, Sand, and Fun — UC San Francisco School of Medicine

    Don Osborne
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne As a pre-med going to UC Berkeley or living in the San Francisco area, you’re probably thinking of attending the
  • Video: Pre-Med Office Hours on Google Hangout

    Don Osborne
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    In this video, I talk to a few pre-meds in a three-part video series about the specifics of their application process. We talk about a lot of topics and you’re sure to find something relevant to your own experiences — after all, listening might save you the hassle of asking
  • Ohio Is a Friendly Place — Considering the Ohio State University School of Medicine

    Don Osborne
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    This is part of an ongoing series on some of the most popular colleges for pre-meds and med students. You are welcome to add your comments and suggestions! -Don Osborne Do you currently reside in Columbus, Ohio as a pre-med? Are you a pre-med at Ohio State University? I know
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    Online Cultus

  • Too much and too little

    Aleksandra Arsik
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Too much and   Read more... The post Too much and too little appeared first on Online Cultus. No related posts.
  • 4 Strategies for boosting up career

    Aleksandra Arsik
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    In today’s competitive world, every person wants to make a powerful career. Making a powerful career requires both time and effective planning for accomplishing the targets. Fortunately, there are some strategies by which any individual can boost a career. If you’re also thinking about your career, and finding something to boost up your career level,...   Read more... The post 4 Strategies for boosting up career appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Secure your career: top 4 tips for LinkedIn use in 2013 How to accomplish your career-related New Year’s resolutions?
  • Why do we laugh?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
      Read more... The post Why do we laugh? appeared first on Online Cultus. No related posts.
  • If you are not confused….

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    26 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
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  • The grades on the safest college campuses

    Aleksandra Arsik
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    It’s an exciting time when kids go off to college. They think about the friends they will meet and the experiences they will have. Parents focus on all of the new things they will learn and how they will be prepared to face the real world. One thing that is becoming more important for both...   Read more... The post The grades on the safest college campuses appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Tricks and tips on how to get good grades in College What exactly is a college consultant? 5 Ways to get a higher return on your investment in college Good grades are ok –…
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  • Alternative Credentials And More Workforce Innovation News

    Robert McGuire
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every Wednesday, the SkilledUp Business Trends & Insights blog brings you a digest of overlooked developments and data in hiring, training and edtech. We hope to keep you up-to-date on the the challenges and innovations at the intersection of education and workforce development. Is there something you’d like to hear more about? Let’s talk via Twitter or LinkedIn. Policy changes needed for alternative credentials My favorite deep read of the week is from Mary Alice McCarthy, Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Policy Program at the New America think tank. Her paper Beyond the…
  • Weekly News Rundown — Hiring, Training and Elearning

    Robert McGuire
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo credit: Wikimedia Every Wednesday, the SkilledUp Business Trends & Insights blog brings you a digest of overlooked developments and data in hiring, training and edtech. We hope to keep you up-to-date on the the challenges and innovations at the intersection of education and workforce development. Is there something you’d like to hear more about? Let’s talk via Twitter or LinkedIn. Can degree qualification profiles make college grads more career ready? Get ready for a new addition to the jargon and initials we’ll be tracking. Along with PLA (prior learning assessment) and…
  • What Does The Bible Say About Careers And Occupational Outlook?

    Laurence Shatkin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    When the Occupational Outlook Handbook was a print publication, it was the number-one best-seller of the U.S. Government Printing Office. But surely it did not outsell the Bible. You may not think of the Bible as a place to read about occupations, but the next time you pick it up, pay attention to how many times working people are mentioned there. For these references, I am particularly fond of the book of Isaiah. You may think of him as an other-worldly prophet, but he often uses metaphors that indicate he has observed many people working at their jobs. The economy of his time was mainly…
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    Education News

  • UC San Diego Having 18th Rank Among best University in World

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Students hoping to attend UC San Diego took a recent campus tour near the campus’ iconic Geisel Library. LA JOLLA — UC San Diego is the eighteenth best college on the world, as per new worldwide rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The La Jolla-based university is one of five open universities in the United States to make the Report’s main 20 rundown. Harvard University was the top worldwide pick. The Report’s first-ever worldwide rankings measured variables, for example, research, worldwide and provincial notoriety, global joint effort and in addition number of very…
  • 5 Stress Busting Tips To Improve Your Study

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Some people take stress way too lightly, dismissing it as something that comes with their jobs, school, or their everyday lives. Unfortunately, stress is much more dangerous than many people realize. No matter how much you feel like you’ve got things under control, you could be undermining your health. Here are some easy-to-use stress-busting tips that can really give you more control. Get More Exercise You should be getting regular exercise anyway, but like others, you may have difficulty finding the time. Increased activity helps to reduce the tension in your muscles, so it will leave…
  • Entrepreneurs with a Strong Belief in Education Achieve Success

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    There are stories of entrepreneurs who achieve a great measure of success even though the odds were stacked against them when they were growing up. This is also the story of an entrepreneur named Sukanto Tanoto. He overcame great odds to become one of the wealthiest and most successful entrepreneurs in Indonesian history. Success Came In Spite of Interrupted Education Mr. Tanoto’s parents were immigrants from mainland China. Because of their Chinese citizenship, he was stopped from attending school at a young age when a new government regime was put into place in Indonesia. In his…
  • Don’t fancy uni? Then try these alternatives

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

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

  • Design an algorithm to compare two numbers

    Jacob Lefore
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Input : Two numbers that are to be comparedOutput : Messages of comparisonCOMPARE (N1, N2)[N1 and N2 are the numbers]If(N1==N2) Then :Write : 'Both the numbers are equal'Else:If (N1<N2) Then:Write : 'First number is smaller then second number'Else:Write : 'First number is bigger number than second number'[End of If][End of If]Exit
  • Design an algorithm to find the sum, difference and product of two numbers

    Jacob Lefore
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Input : From the problem definition the input to the algorithm will be two numbers.NOTE : The identification of the data type of the input is not necessary like int or float.Output : The result sum, difference and product are to be displayed.ARTH_OPNS(N1,N2)[N1 AND N2 are the numbers]RES <-- N1+N2Write: "The Sum is'. RESRES <-- N1-N2Write: ' The Difference is', RESRES <-- N1* N2Write: 'The Product is', RESExit
  • Design an algorithm to search a number using linear search technique

    Jacob Lefore
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Input : A list (array) of number, number of elements in the list and key to search.Output : Returns 1 if the key is found otherwise returns 0.LSEARCH(LIST, N, KEY)[LIST is an array of numbers, N is the size of the array and KEY is the number to search]Repeat For I=0,1,2,3.....N-1   [Assuming that array index start from 0]If (KEY == LIST[I] ) Then:Return 1[End of If]Return 0Exit.
  • How to Implement User Defined Function in SQL

    Rhett Butler
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Similar to the stored procedures, you can also create functions to store a set of T-SQL statements permanently. These functions are also referred to as user-defined functions (UDFs). A UDF is a database object that contains a set of T-SQL statements, accepts parameters, performs an action, and returns the result of that action as a value. The return value can either be a single scalar value or a result set.UDFs have a limited scope as compared to stored procedures. You can create functions in situations when you need to implement a programming logic that does not involve any permanent changes…
  • Calling a Procedure from another Procedure: SQL

    Rhett Butler
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    At times, you might need to use the values returned by a procedure in another procedure. For this, you can execute or call one procedure from within another procedure.A procedure that calls or executes another procedure is known as the calling procedure, and the procedure that is called or executed by the calling procedure is termed as the called procedure. You can also execute a procedure from another procedure if you need to use the functionality provide by one into another.Consider the previous example where the prcGetEmployeeDetail procedure returns the employee details for a given…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • Thing To Know About JAMB 2015 Registration

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    JAMB 2015/2016 UTME Registration Commences Sept. 15th – Jan. 19th, 2015 The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that sales of application form for the 2015/2016 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME) will commence on Monday 15th September, 2014 and closes Thursday 15th January 2015. Website for online registration closes Monday 19th January, […]Thing To Know About JAMB 2015 Registration is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Check Here: UNIUYO Pre-degree & Basic Studies Screening Test Results

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    The University of Uyo has released the results of the just concluded Pre-degree & Basic Studies Screening Test Exercise. Candidates can now access the result online on the UNIUYO result checking portal via the link: < href=”″ target=_”blank”>Result Portal Please note: (1.) Candidates with zero(0) score in all the subject imply that the candidates did […]Check Here: UNIUYO Pre-degree & Basic Studies Screening Test Results is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • UNIZIK Application for Pre-Science Programme 2014/2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admissions into the 2014/2015 pre-science programme of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Qualification Candidates intending to apply must also register for the joint admission and matriculation board (jamb) examination. Candidates are eligible to apply if they have a minimum of 5 credits which must include Mathematics and English. The […]UNIZIK Application for Pre-Science Programme 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • AAU: Advertisement For the Post of Vice Chancellor

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    ADEKUNLE AJASIN UNIVERSITY P.M.B.001,AKUNGBA-AKOKO, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA. ….building a 21st century university, properly called ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE POST OF VICE CHANCELLOR Adekunle ajasin university,akungba- AKOKO,ondo state, Nigeria,presently has over 10,000 students well over 1,200 staff and six a growing universityin Nigeria, adekunle ajasin university wishes to maintain and consolidate its reputation for world […]AAU: Advertisement For the Post of Vice Chancellor is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • JAMB 2015: Cybercafé Owners Charged to Court

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    It would be recalled that JAMB had earlier warned that only Accredited/authorized CBT centres are allowed to register candidates for the 2015/2016 UTME. Two owners of a cybercafé have been charged an Osogbo Magistrate’s to court by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for unauthorized registration of 2015/2016 UTME. The two persons identified as […]JAMB 2015: Cybercafé Owners Charged to Court is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
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    PortPrep Blog

  • Partial List of Remaining Open House 2014 Events

    Karen Kesteloot
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attending an open house is a great way to acquaint yourself or your children (if you are a parent) to the environment and resources available on campus. From here, you can also collect information about the available programs in the university. By attending all open houses of prospective colleges you plan on attending, you make an informed decision on which college you wish to focus on. Open house 2014 started as early as October this year. However, if you are unaware of open houses, there’s still a chance for you to visit colleges and universities that you might want to enroll in after…
  • A Quick Guide to National Portfolio Day 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Karen Kesteloot
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Learn the importance of National Portfolio Day 2014 and make the most out our your experience in this event by checking out the infographic we made for you. National Portfolio Day 2014 has begun this October! For those planning to get into arts college after they graduate from high school, now’s the time to focus on building your art portfolio to be submitted along with your application. As mentioned in this blog ad nausaem, your art portfolio is the single most important document you will be submitting to colleges and university. Much of the decision on whether or not you will get into…
  • College Advice for Parents to Help With Their Children

    Karen Kesteloot
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Give your children all the support they need as they plan to apply to arts college next fall! Here are tips and advice for parents on how you can help them. Parents will do everything under their power to help their children succeed in life. While some would take the hands-off approach and let their children learn from their mistakes and achieve success in the process, other parents are more proactive in helping out their children in any way they can. When your child plans on applying to arts college and asks for your help, it is best that you know the things to say and do. We at PortPrep…
  • Is Your Art Portfolio A Turkey?

    Karen Kesteloot
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Before you celebrate Thanksgiving Day with your family, take time to read this post on how to make an art portfolio that will get you into arts college. This is the time of the year when Canadians give thanks to their forefathers. While looking for the Northwest passage to the Orient from his 1578 voyage, English explorer Martin Frobisher encountered a piece of land that soon to become known as Canada. Since becoming a national holiday in 1879, Thanksgiving Day in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday of October (save for some states). The celebration lets families gather together in…
  • Do You Really Know How To Make A College Art Portfolio?

    Karen Kesteloot
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time limit: 0 Quiz-summary 0 of 8 questions completed Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Information Think you know how to create an art portfolio that will get you into an art or design program in college? Then take our pop quiz, hot shot! For college applicants, your art portfolio bears the most weight when your application is screened by college professors. Therefore, you must ensure that you follow the best practices on how to present the artworks in your portfolio if you’re serious in becoming an art student. If you feel confident about your knowledge on how to make an art portfolio…
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  • IE International Venture Day in Miami Nov 7, 2014

    Michael Cohan
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    On November 7th, 2014 IE Business School will host the first installment of their signature Venture Day in Miami. IE Business School launched the International Venture Days Tour to support entrepreneurs and alumni.  The tour will consist of a series of competitions to glean the most exciting ideas. The Venture Day theme will be tailored to […]The post IE International Venture Day in Miami Nov 7, 2014 appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • Miami MBA World MBA Tour Event – Free Entry

    Michael Cohan
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    The QS World MBA Tour is hosting an MBA Admissions Event in Miami on October 14, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 9pm at the Hyatt Regency.   This voucher provides FREE ENTRANCE. To redeem your FREE ENTRANCE voucher, please register via this link must go to the link as RSVP-ing through MeetUp does not secure […]The post Miami MBA World MBA Tour Event – Free Entry appeared first on MBAPrepAdvantage.
  • IESE MBA Essay Questions 2014-2015

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

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

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

  • Pros and Cons of Computer-Format GED Test

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Starting in 2014, the GED Testing Service began rolling out a brand new version of their test in about 40 states. Soon, the computerized format will be the only option for test-takers. There are a lot of changes that accompany this switch, and its best to understand them before you take your GED test. Depending on your experience with computers and test-taking, there are some things you should prepare for before the day of the test.Pros of Computer Format GEDEasier to RegisterWith the adoption of the computer format, the GED Testing Service has changed their registration procedures to make it…
  • How to Use your GED for a Career

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    The GED program is one of the best ways to pick up where you left off in your education, but you still need pick the direction you will go once you’ve gotten the degree. This can be overwhelming because there are so many new options for your career and paths to pursue, but don’t be intimidated! Having options is a great thing, so make the most out of your decision and find something that is fulfilling and rewarding.Vocational Training or Certificate ProgramsIf you’re ready to start working as soon as possible, consider enrolling in a vocational training program. There are many different…
  • Pros and Cons of Adult Education Classes

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Adult education classes are available to anyone that wants to complete a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The GED is the most widely accepted alternative to the high school diploma, so it’s the best bet if you want to get your education back on track. Even if you’ve been out of school for years, adult education classes can give you the skills and knowledge you need to ace the test. They don’t fit everyone’s needs though, so understanding what they offer and your personal learning preferences are important.ProsAvailability –GED classes are available in every state and every county.
  • Is a GED Practice Test Required?

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The GED Practice Test is a useful resource that allows test-takers to get the experience they need with the test format before the day of the official test. With more practice answering questions in the same format as the real test, test-takers can gain a significant edge and drastically improve their scores. The GED General Equivalency Diploma Practice Test is so helpful that there are some states that require it for qualification to take the official test.States that Require the GED Practice TestArkansasKentuckyLouisiana (for test-takers under 19)MaineNew HampshireTennesseeWest VirginiaIn…
  • Signing Up for the GED Test

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

  • October GK Digest - Download Now

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Today I am presenting October GK Digest. In previous editions many readers complained that some parts of digest are not properly categorized and many times download links doesn't work. This time I solved all these problems. Download Digest Here Number of pages - 51 Price - Free Useful for - All banking and other recruitment exams Format - PDF 'In this digest October moth's current affairs are covered. Important static GK concepts are also covered. This GK Digest is more than enough for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • MS Excel Keyboard Shortcuts

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:32 am
    There are many shortcuts, mostly the ‘common shortcuts’ which are same in MS Word as well as MS Excel. But not all shortcuts work here! Please note, sometimes the shortcuts may differ because of OS or the version of OS or the version of MS Office. The shortcuts I am listing are MS EXCEL 2003 ones (which are compliant in the latest versions as well) – they are most commonly asked. If you have a different version, you can check for shortcuts from ‘HELP’ option. A. Microsoft Excel – common... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
  • General Awareness Quiz for 1 November

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    General awareness quiz for today Questions1. The longest serving CM after Mr.Jyoti Basu is 2. India’s 1st Economic Census was started in 1977 whereas the 6th Economic Census was started in 3. The World largest Solar Power Project (4000 MW) is in … 4. The new President of Maldives is … 5. What is Nabrathna? 6. How much reward is given on passing the skill test under NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation)? 7. The President of Uruguay gave _______... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 1 November

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Current affairs update for today :- Politics Devendra Fadnavis (full name Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis) sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The oath ceremony held at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is the 27th Chief Minister of the State but became 18th person. The State of Palestine officially recognized by Sweden and became the first European Union Country who done it. National Integration Day observed on 31st October i.e. on the eve of birth anniversary of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SSC Examinations Calender for 2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Today SSC released calender for 2015 examinations. Name of the Exam Date to Apply Date of Exam CGL Examination 2014 (Tier-II) 18thJanuary 2014 to24thFebruary 2014 25-01-2015 SI in CAPFs, ASI in CISF and SI in Delhi Police -2015 28thFebruary 2015 to27th March 2015 24-05-2015 CGL (Tier-I) Examination-2015 14th March 2015 to13th April 2015 14-062015 and 21-06-2015 Constable (GD) Examination – 2014 7thNovember 2014 to6thDecember 2014 ... [[ 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

  • Getting to Know MSB-Elk River’s New Massage Therapy Program Chair

    Nicole Rasmussen
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    If you haven’t had a chance to meet Minnesota School of Business-Elk River’s Diana Oberg, massage therapy program chair, now is the time to do it! Oberg has been with us for four weeks in her new role, but she isn’t new to MSB or our campus. Oberg has been an adjunct instructor for four years at Brooklyn Center, Plymouth and Elk River prior to beginning her new role. Diana Oberg, massage therapy program chair Oberg has owned her own massage business in Crystal, Minnesota since 2003. While she has decided to focus on her role at MSB, she will also do…
  • Spooktacular Halloween Event Hosted by Minnesota School of Business

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    It was a dark and stormy night… wait, actually it was a bright and breezy midday afternoon. The ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, along with the Ninja Turtles, Elsas, and superheroes were out at the fifth annual Trunk or Treat event at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus. This community event was much anticipated by area families and more than 3,500 people attended. It was a safe time for kids to come out and enjoy candy, fun and the nice Sunday afternoon. Students got together, along with area business partners, and decorated 22 trunks/stations that the trick-or-treaters…
  • What’s on Your Plate? Teaching Healthy Choices with the Updated MyPlate

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Teaching prekindergarten students to make healthy eating choices using the updated MyPlate model was an exciting opportunity for medical assistant students Trisha Sizer and Bao Vang. Students Bao Vang and Trisha Sizer presenting healthy eating choices.On June 2, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack released the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder for consumers to make healthier food choices. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grain, protein and dairy groups. Sizer and Vang are working toward their Medical…
  • Getting Up Close and Personal with Magnificent Birds of Prey

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and other birds of prey are awe-inspiring creatures.Veterinary technology students Colleen Thoman, Candice Strahl, Ashley Parker and Britt Agrimson at The Raptor Center. Recently, students from the veterinary technology program at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester had the opportunity to experience the animals up close and personal. The Raptor Center takes in birds that have been injured in the wild and educates people about birds of prey. Its first goal is to care for the birds and to return them to the wild. Many times they are unable be released due to the…
  • Is It Time to Visit the Library?

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Your haven of information, the library at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus is the go-to place for all of your research needs. Campus Librarian, Neil Vig Do you have questions about iPads, laptops, desktops, books, articles, websites, APA format, ebooks, the Student Launchpad and so much more? Campus Librarian, Neil Vig, is the person you want to see. “The library is a plethora of information,” said Vig. “Sometimes students need help getting their textbooks onto their iPads or they need proper resources for a paper they are working on. Some days they just…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • The Magic Mantra for Managing Student Partners

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    People designed by irene hoffman from the Noun Project School is filled with situations were kids need to partner up to get their work done. Being able to work effectively with a partner is a huge life skill, but this process can be fraught with classroom community pitfalls. Why? For the same reason you always got chosen last for your childhood kickball games: humans like to play favorites. We all hate those icebreakers we have during adult meetings where we are forced to interact with strangers, but (as we grudgingly admit to ourselves) they do help a group become cohesive very quickly.
  • Nipping Student Put-Downs in the Bud

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Often, America seems to be a “put-down” culture. Trash talking during sports is institutionalized and sometimes it seems that making fun of others is our go-to approach to humor. So it’s no wonder that elementary students will often try to assert themselves by putting down others. Perhaps it makes them feel better by making somebody else feel worse or they’re just following along with what they hear from their friends and at home. Regardless, I can tell you that there is nothing that will hurt your classroom community faster than students putting each other down…
  • 3 Simple Steps to Assessing Elementary Math Proficiency

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love teaching math because the standards seem so much like building blocks. I think math standards are easier to master in isolation and they definitely build one upon the other. Almost without fail, my students each year declare math to be their favorite subject! But it’s definitely important to know exactly where our students stand in their understanding of grade-level math concepts. That way we can more effectively individualize our instruction be certain that no student is left behind I do this with a three-step process. Don’t miss your free set of math standards check-off sheets…
  • Encouraging Emerging Writers

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Giving Positive, Constructive Feedback on Student Writing How do we honor the work that students do in writing? By providing them with some great descriptive feedback. They deserve no less; quality writing is the last skill that students to develop and master in elementary school. I know that writing is hard for my students and I want them to feel good about it. Giving positive, constructive feedback definitely helps with that. The post Encouraging Emerging Writers appeared first on Classroom Caboodle.
  • Read-Withs

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

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Vedic mathematics has been around for centuries in the Indian culture, and has really started to catch attention in the 20th century, and is really growing strong in the 21st century! Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae. For example, ‘Vertically and Crosswise` is one of these Sutras. These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore…
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  • New India Assurance Officers Recruitment 2014

    Abhishek shukla
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Government owned New Assurance Company Limited (NIACL) has invited applications for the recruitment of 509 Officers in scale 1 cadre.DisciplineNumber of PostsSCSTURPWDFinance65Engineering25Legal40Automobile30Total specialist160Generalist349Total Vacancies5097337138As per govt norms Important DatesOnline registration commences from 11/10/2104 Last date for online registration 3/11/2014 Date of online examination 10/1/2015 and 11/1/2015 Downloading of call letters for examination 10 days prior to the date of examinationEducation Qualification DisciplineMinimum…
  • GATE Civil Engineering(CE) Subjectwise Weightage

    Abhishek shukla
    6 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    On the basis of analysis of GATE civil engineering (CE) past 10 years question papers below is the weightage of various sections in GATE CE.Subject Wise WeightageSubject2013201220112010200920082007Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics947771516Surveying13121211152725Structural Analysis9023269Concrete Structures588561212Irrigation811757910Steel Structures5354656  Topic wise weightageTopicPercentSteel4Transportation13Surveying4Geo technology21Irrigation and Hydrology13RCC PSC11Structureal analysis11Strength of Material7Enviromental Engineering13Fluid Mechanics,Machines and Open channel…
  • 5 Useful Course For GATE CS Aspirants From Stanford University

    Abhishek shukla
    26 Dec 2013 | 7:18 am
    Stanford University is a world famous university and needs no introduction. It runs lots for free courses for various streams of engineering. Some new courses have been added this season. Here some courses which are very useful for GATE Computer Science aspirants. This course consists of video lectures and lecture notes. 1. Algorithm Design and Analysis Part 1 Course material of this course includes Introduction to Algorithms, Asymptotic analysis, divide and conquer algorithms, master method,  quick sort analysis, graph search and connectivity,  dijkstra’s shortest-path algorithm,…
  • Detailed UGC NET Computer Science and Application Syllabus

    Abhishek shukla
    11 Dec 2013 | 8:52 am
    Here is the detailed syllabus of  UGC NET Computer Science and Application exam.Syllabus for Artificial IntelligenceDefinitions. AI approach for solving problems, Automated Reasoning with propositional logic and predicate logic- fundamental proof procedure, refutation. Resolution, refinements to resolution (ordering/pruning/restriction strategies), State space representation of problems, bounding functions, breadth first, depth first, A, A*, AO*, etc. Performance comparison of various search techniques, Frames, scripts, semantic nets, production systems, procedural representations. Prolog…
  • Facebook Internship 2013 For Various Engineering Streams

    Abhishek shukla
    2 Nov 2013 | 8:40 am
    In our previous post we have discussed about internship opportunity at Google. Now its time to talk about internship opportunity at another internet giant Facebook. Facebook internship is 12 week long and is at facebook offices in Menlo Park, Seattle, London and New York.Currently internship program is open for various streams. Students belonging to Computer Science, IT, Electrical, Production streams can apply. The details for various streams is as below.1. Software Engineering Internship RequirementB.S. / M.S. / PhD Computer Science or related fieldExpertise with C++ and/or JavaKnowledge…
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    eLearning Infographics

  • The Teachers’ Google Toolkit Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Teacher’s Google Toolkit Infographic We all know that Google offers a myriad of tools that can be useful in the classroom, but do you know just how many there really are and what they can do? The The Teacher’s Google Toolkit Infographic presents the Google tools that every teacher should try out. Some are very well known, others less so, but there are great ways to use all of them in the classroom! Privacy and Security Tools Make sure that your students’ (and your!) data is safe and secure with things like 2-step verification, analytics opt-out, off the record, incognito…
  • eLearning Materials Creation Process Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    eLearning Materials Creation Process Infographic The eLearning Materials Creation Process Infographic illustrates how you can effectively create educational e-learning materials. 1. Objectives What do you want? What is your main target? Which interaction model would you like? Do you know your channels of distribution? Which budget do you have? Is it appropriate to achieve your objectives? Do you have your own team or you need to hire a company? 2. Introducing the content If we create new eLearning material, we guide the authors so they can design it appropriately. If the material already…
  • How Television Affects Childrens’ Brain Infographic

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    How Television Affects Childrens’ Brain Infographic TV can be entertaining and educational for kids. It can allow them to travel the globe and learn about different cultures. Programs with positive role models can influence viewers to make positive lifestyle changes. However, TV can also have negative effects. TV can affect kids’ health, behavior and family life. Kids can learn things from programs that parents don’t want them to learn. The How Television Affects Childrens’ Brain Infographic takis a look at how TV may be impacting children. According to the infographic…
  • 10 Tips for Close Reading Activities Infographic

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    10 Tips for Close Reading Activities Infographic Select Short Passages These short passages of high interest text should be long enough to be meaningful, but not too long for students to lose focus or get lost in the reading. Make Your Focus Intense Pick a skill or literary element, like cause and effect or figurative language, you want to focus on and make sure that the text has an adequate amount of this skill or element in it. Extend Focus Through the Text The focus should extend from the passage itself to other parts of the text. Once students begin to notice or see the focus skill or…
  • Paying For College Infographic

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Paying For College Infographic, gives you a clear picture of the average tuition and fees, student loans, and financial aid and awards concerning the cost of higher education in the United States. It also presents the No1 best value schools in the United States. Average Tuition and Fees (2014-2015) Public- In State: $8,709 Public- Out of State: $ 19,867 Private Tuition: $31,381 Student loans The average total debt for 2013 graduates who took out loans equals to $27,667 The average percent of 2013 graduating class who borrowed money for college is 68.3% Via: www.usnews.comThe post Paying…
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    Talk in French

  • 30 French Horror Movies for November

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Bonjour French learners, ca va bien? I hope you are doing well in this chilly month of November. So, what is your plan for Halloween? For most people, Halloween means trick or treating, Halloween costume parties, or slumber parties packed with spooky tales and horror movies. Despite all the fun to b... The post 30 French Horror Movies for November appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Podcast #30 Discover a new area of France: Normandy /4 tips to sound more French

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Here is the 30th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. Discover a new area of France that you might not h... The post Podcast #30 Discover a new area of France: Normandy /4 tips to sound more French appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Podcast #29 Discover a new area of France: Lille / Essential French Question

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Here is the 29th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. Discover a new area of France that you might not h... The post Podcast #29 Discover a new area of France: Lille / Essential French Question appeared first on Talk in French.
  • French Slang: Speaking the Real French (a major update)

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
      If you have ever been to France, you already probably know that, the French spoken in the street (or even in a movie) can be WAY different from what you learn in your textbook.   If you are looking to sound more like the French themselves, your main focus should be to learn the informal ... The post French Slang: Speaking the Real French (a major update) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 31 French Movies to Watch for a Chilly October

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Comment allez-vous tout le monde? We are here again to welcome another month with another set of French filmography to explore. In Paris, October means chilly and cloudy days for its people. There are also lesser tourists exploring around which surrounds the place with more gloomy ambiance. However,... The post 31 French Movies to Watch for a Chilly October appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Buy Call Of Duty : Advanced Warfare At Discounts Low price Xbox PC

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    Buy Call Of Duty : Advanced Warfare At Discounts Low price Xbox PC  Call Of Duty : Advanced Warfare (Games, PC) Price: Rs. 3,799 Call Of Duty : Advanced Warfare For fans who are into Call of Duty, the sequel to COD Ghosts titled, ‘Advanced Warfare’, will definitely have you stuck to your monitor screen […] The post Buy Call Of Duty : Advanced Warfare At Discounts Low price Xbox PC appeared first on oHack.
  • WWE Survivor Series 2014 Shining Star,Prediction,Team Results Announced 2014

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    Catch all the Live Action Videos of WWE Survivor Series 2014 Shining Star,Prediction,Team Results Announced 2014 Complete WWE Survivor Series 2014 coverage, including results, photos, exclusive videos and much more. The Survivor Series pay-per-view is typically one of the most important on theWWE calendar. Beginning in 1987, it has been home to some of the most memorable […] The post WWE Survivor Series 2014 Shining Star,Prediction,Team Results Announced 2014 appeared first on oHack.
  • Halloween Images For Kids,Adult Black and White Facebook,Whatsapp Download Free 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Halloween Images For Kids,Adult Black and White Facebook,Whatsapp Download Free 2014 get latest images clipart 400 pixel wide images to print pinterest  Halloween Images For Kids,Adult Black and White Facebook,Whatsapp Download Free 2014 Free and premium stock images of Halloween. We have thousands of royalty free stock images for instant download.Halloween pictures. 86073 likes · 23015 […] The post Halloween Images For Kids,Adult Black and White Facebook,Whatsapp Download Free 2014 appeared first on oHack.
  • FB Login | Login Page Home | Sign In | Sign Up | Log Out

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    FB Login | Login Page Home | Sign In | Sign Up | Log Out FB Login | Login Page Home | Sign In | Sign Up | – Facebook is one of the mostly used social networking site all over the world and it very popular among the youths. Here we […] The post FB Login | Login Page Home | Sign In | Sign Up | Log Out appeared first on oHack.
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    28 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm Sign In | Login | Sign Up | Create Account | Logged Out Sign In | Login | Twitter Login | Sign In | Sign Up – Here we are providing the few things about one of the most popular social networking site. The twitter was launched in the July 2006, by the […] The post Sign In | Login | Sign Up | Create Account | Log Out appeared first on oHack.
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  • Grit as a Factor in Employment and College Success

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Students enter into college with lots of different hopes and dreams but not all of them finish their programs. Those who make it through despite multiple difficulties have something called grit. That grit that helps someone get through college despite multiple challenges is the same grit that employers should seek out for management positions. Whether one is enrolling in an undergraduate programs or was just accepted into a doctoral program grit has a factor in their projected success. Doctoral grit has been associated with GPA, hours students spent working on programs, and student…
  • Is GDP the Best Measurement of Economic Growth?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Numbers are only representations of ideal states and are in and of themselves subjective to what they measure. A paper by Stow & Stow (2013) discusses some of the fallacies of relying too heavily on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) without considering the deeper meaning of the numbers. Fallacies of judgment can occur when governments adjust their economy to improve upon GDP but don’t look at actual economic activity. GDP is calculated by adding =C+I+G+NX. Any improvement in consumption (C), Investment (I), Government Spending (G) and Net Exports (NX) would result in an improvement in…
  • Improving Consumer Confidence and 3.5% GDP Comes with a Warning

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The economy took a jump from July to September as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) calculations rose 3.5%. This is great news for those hoping to finish off the last of the recession and move onto more prosperous times. This improvement is the largest in a single quarter since 2003 and parallels higher levels of consumer enthusiasm. Positive news also comes with a warning to redirect focus to balancing budgets, encouraging long-term economic growth, and reducing income disparity.  To add to this positive news the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index also jumped to 86.9 in…
  • How We Walk on the Moon by Colter Jacobson-Art Review

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending an art exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit was a collection of sketches and sculptures by Colter Jacobson called This is How We Walk on the Moon. At times I find that looking at art draws greater appreciation for the ability of people to perceive and recreate their world.Colter does something interesting. He draws two pictures of which one is directly from the photo and the other is made from his memory. This allows for two slightly different types of pictures because memory is imperfect. Notice how the tree…
  • Does Business Strategy Have an Impact on Work-Life Balance?

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Work-life balance is a common HR program that attempts to balance the needs between work and home life. That balance can be difficult to find if one is working in the service industry, consistent overtime, or in a high pressure salaried positions. Taking time to find that balance will help ensure that employees maintain a well-rounded and productive life that takes into account the whole person. The strategy a company uses to manage their business may have an impact on their desire to implement their own work-life balance programs.A regular schedule can help people find a level of consistency…
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  • Tapping into Your Students’ Individual Intelligences in the Classroom

    Carrie Wible
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences changed the world of education. Before Gardner proposed that a student could have an affinity towards more than one intelligence, a student was usually put into one category that would define him for the rest of his life. The thought that “Johnny is good at math” or “Susie is good at music” grouped kids into categories that, while likely accurate, implied they were weak in all other areas. Gardner realized children have the potential for eight different intelligences.  These aren’t to be confused with…
  • How to Refocus a Difficult Class

    William Campione
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Even the most seasoned teachers encounter a class they just can’t reign in. Here are five simple methods for taking back control of your classroom, while still maintaining your sanity and professionalism. #1 Take advantage of the support systems in place. There are various school support personnel in every school district and many of them can provide valuable feedback to you. From guidance counselors to school psychologists and social workers, there is usually someone who could offer advice on specific children, or suggest methods that work with this type of issue. Also, you may not be the…
  • 9 Life Skills Every Teen Needs

    Carrie Wible
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Teens can accomplish more with their phones in an hour than most people can accomplish in a week. While technology moves us forward, basic life skills are slowly fading into the background. Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, along with other social media tools, make it so easy for them to interact with people from the comfort of their homes, that in-person job interviews or public speaking tasks seem daunting. With banking apps to help manage our finances, it’s easy to see why many young people don’t know how to write a check or balance a checkbook. However, basic life skills,…
  • Five Documents that Changed the World (and Will Engage Your Students)

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

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

  • Tips for Students Hoping to Get Jobs as Lawyers (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Write a killer cover letter – always Even if the job advertisement does not mention that a cover letter is required, show that you are eager for the position by writing a killer one. Each cover letter should be unique to the firm you are addressing it to. Research online to see if you can address it to the relevant stakeholder by using LinkedIn or Google. You can even reach out to them on LinkedIn to ask for more information, or how other employees at the firm find it. Showing interest this way proves to your employer that you think out of the box and display confidence. Furthermore your…
  • The Must and Mustn’t While On An Abroad Study Tour (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Don’t be afraid to travel alone: It is completely understandable that you are about to do it all alone and there are some problems-issues which are ought to pop-up but it’s OK. Everyone has gone through this testing experience (which is the best one too). You should make up your mind and organize things as you like and would be comfortable with. One thing’s for sure you would enjoy the time and the hard work as it will be a unique memory which will happen seldom. The post The Must and Mustn’t While On An Abroad Study Tour appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors…
  • 3 Job Search Tips for Healthcare Professionals (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Politeness and a friendly professionalism will go a long way. Even if you don’t get the job, keep in mind that these people can become your contact for future opportunities. The post 3 Job Search Tips for Healthcare Professionals appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 90 #7. Teaching Students Interested in Your Major (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    8 Things a Professor Can Do To Help Students Interested in Their Major. The post SC 90 #7. Teaching Students Interested in Your Major appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • So You Want To Get Into The Digital Advertising Market? Here’s what you need to know… (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The digital advertising market is big and it is global. In the recent past with all sorts of technological advancements, the world of digital marketing has moved from being an auxiliary form of advertising to taking center stage as the main form of advertising. The traditional forms of advertising like TV, radio and print are all going digital in keeping with the times; a testament to how big this market really is. The post So You Want To Get Into The Digital Advertising Market? Here’s what you need to know… appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College…
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Isn’t it time for an elementary TOY, Maryland?

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    According to, there are 1,424 public schools in the state of Maryland.  More than half (866/60%) of those schools are elementary level.  With a little investigating at one can discover that there are 33,000 elementary teachers (K-5) in Maryland and 24,544 secondary teachers. The question I have is, if there are nearly ten thousand more elementary teachers in Maryland than secondary teachers, why has there only been one elementary level Maryland Teacher of the Year in the last eleven years?  This puzzling pattern is not just a state…
  • The Supportive Role of Pupil Personnel Workers

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    One of my favorite educators, Debbie Wooleyhand, is guest hosting #mdeschat this Thursday.  I interviewed her from the other end of our couch to find out more about the role of pupil personnel workers. Tell us a little about yourself. I am a wife and mother of two children, one in college @LukeWooleyhand and one a senior in high school (not into social media).  I have worked in the same school system for 32 years and graduated high school from that same school system.  I started as a kindergarten teacher and worked in various positions leading me to the position of coordinator of…
  • Why Should Educators Blog?

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    I began blogging a year ago today. This is my 70th post in a calendar year. I was never the type to keep a journal. When I was eleven years old I was given a diary for Christmas from my mother. I dutifully wrote in that diary for six weeks, then my entries trailed off to nothing. Maybe it’s a guy thing. We’re just not a reflective gender. Nevertheless, I started writing Common Sense School Leadership on October 7, 2013. For me, Twitter was the “gateway” from micro-blogging to full blown blogging. The connections and conversations I had with educators across the globe motivated me to…
  • Six Tips for Growing Good Readers

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    I wrote following article for Forest of the Rain Productions this week ( In 2000, the National Reading Panel issued a report that served as the basis for reading instruction across the United States.  Many NCLB initiatives used the Panel’s report to justify a very narrow definition of reading instruction.  Their findings suggested that the best approaches to reading incorporate: Explicit instruction in phonemic awareness Systematic phonics instruction Methods to improve fluency Ways to enhance comprehension Fourteen years later, as we prepare…
  • Growing Sustainable Teacher Leadership

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    One of the biggest challenges principals have today is hiring, growing, and sustaining teacher leaders.  In his article for Phi Delta Kappan titled, Beginning Teacher Induction: What the Data Tell Us, Richard Ingersoll discusses teacher attrition.  He noted that, “…40% and 50% of new teachers leave within the first five years of entry into teaching.”  That statistic alone should give principals pause to reflect on their hiring practices, induction efforts, and school culture.  Teacher leadership is difficult to foster when teachers are fleeing the profession. What…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Life on the Winter trails

    Calvin Croll
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    “I’m going to camp out in northern Minnesota for a week this January.” When most people hear those words they think that it sounds a little nuts. Even fewer expect that they would ever utter them. The truth is, camping out in the winter can be very comfortable. All you need is the right clothes,... The post Life on the Winter trails appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Dog Sledding Trips for the Adventurous

    Calvin Croll
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Walking into a kennel that houses 70 or more sled dogs is an interesting experience in itself, but you will be blown away by what happens next: Pick up a harness. Turn to face the dogs. Steady yourself as the sound of pure excitement hits you in a tidal wave of barks and howls. They... The post Dog Sledding Trips for the Adventurous appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • VOBS Celebrates 50 Years in Outward Bound Style

    Jack Lee
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    At nearly 400 people, the room was crowded and jovial, the way a family reunion feels. There were hugs and handshakes and memories flowing like the Mississippi river that formed the backdrop and soundtrack to an evening of reconnection and recommitment. This past Sunday night, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) celebrated its 50th anniversary with... The post VOBS Celebrates 50 Years in Outward Bound Style appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Legendary Explorer Will Steger to Keynote 50th Celebration Event

    Jack Lee
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Will Steger. This name–especially for those of us who are passionate about the outdoors–is a household one. Will Steger has led some of the most significant expeditions in history, including the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without resupply. So we’ve always been so proud that Will Steger is a former staff member.... The post Legendary Explorer Will Steger to Keynote 50th Celebration Event appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • The Spirit and Purpose of Homeplace

    Andrew Leider
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    There wasn’t much left to say. We were in a double ring circle, arm-in-arm, taking a few deep breaths before plunging back into our lives. It could have been a course-end circle-up at Homeplace in 1964, ’75, ’87, ’96, 2003 or just this past summer. Call it Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) or Minnesota Outward... The post The Spirit and Purpose of Homeplace appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • Spelling Irregular Plurals

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many English words simply add an ‘s’ to their singular form to become plural, so that ‘table’ becomes ‘tables’, for example. There are, however, a whole host of words which have irregular spellings in the plural. Although there are many exceptions to the rules governing irregular plurals, there are some patterns which can help you to make an educated guess at the correct plural spelling. As ever, if in doubt, consult a dictionary. Words in the singular can be separated into categories depending on the way the word is spelled, particularly the ending of the word. Here is a guide to…
  • Common Mistakes: Rout Vs. Route

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Although only separated in spelling by one letter, the two words ‘rout’ and ‘route’ do sound very different when spoken. They also have completely different meanings. Learn more about their definitions and usage so that you can employ them with confidence in your writing. Rout The word ‘rout’ is a noun meaning a chaotic and disorderly retreat of troops in a battle. It is only ever used in a military context. The word ‘rout’ has negative connotations, as a rout is a particularly humiliating and embarrassing defeat. It is pronounced with the same vowel sound as the word…
  • The Rules Governing Articles and Place Names

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Although it might come as second nature to precede certain place names with the definite article ‘the’ and to omit it before others, there are specific rules regarding when it should be used. Learn more about the rules governing articles and place names below so that you can use them with accuracy in your writing. Geographical Place Names Large areas, such as continents or countries, smaller areas which are distinct, like regions or counties, and towns and cities should not be preceded by ‘the’. Some examples of such places include: -Asia, Europe -Great Britain, France -Yorkshire…
  • Common Mistakes: Farther Vs. Further

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some argue that the adverbs ‘farther’ and ‘further’ can be used interchangeably, but there are some rules governing their usage. One should only be used in the context of measurable distance, and the other can be used in a more metaphorical context having to do with thought or ideas. Learn more about these words below so that you can use them with confidence in your writing. Farther The word ‘farther’ is an adverb related to the word ‘far’. It literally means ‘more far’, although this phrase is incorrect! It is used to mean ‘greater in distance’ and would be found in a…
  • The Difference between ‘Shall’ and ‘Will’

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many people think that the only difference between these so called ‘modal verbs’ is that ‘shall’ is more formal and old fashioned than ‘will’. Both are used to express events which will happen in the future tense. There are, however, some differences which you should be aware of if you hope to use them correctly in your writing. Both of the modal verbs ‘shall’ and ‘will’ can be used in two ways: 1)      To express the future tense 2)      To express a strong intention or determination Shall The verb ‘shall’ derives from the old English auxiliary ‘sceal’.
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    The Edvocate

  • New guidance to protect students with disabilities

    The Edvocate
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is working to clarify anti-bullying protections for students with disabilities. Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon sent a letter, which comes during National Bullying Prevention Month, with new legal guidance to the country’s public schools. The letter is an attempt to explain that federal anti-bullying protections extend to around three quarters of a million more students than schools believe. Prior to this week’s letter, the Education Department’s latest guidance on anti-bullying protection was in 2013 from its…
  • Sex ed in Middle School reduces sexually active teens

    The Edvocate
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    A sex education program called “Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education that Works” targeted at middle schoolers (6th – 8th grade) reports success at reducing the amount of sexually active teens who take the course. More than 150 schools have implemented the program in Texas, Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts. The program focuses on accurate medical information regarding sexuality, and is designed to work in conjunction with parents as the main front for talking honestly with their kids about sexual activity. It is not an abstinence-only program, but does provide…
  • Acts of Constructivist Leadership

    Matthew Lynch
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Constructivism is an essential model of leadership that all principals should employ at one time or another. Well, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and isn’t often heard in daily conversation. However, in educational theory, it refers to the performance of actions that enable participants in the school to create a trusting environment that awakens potential, does away with old assumptions, creates meaning, and frames actions that are based on new behaviors and purposeful intention. A constructivist leader explores the way things were, by speaking to the people who were…
  • Mainstream Technology Gives Lift to Assistive Learning

    Matthew Lynch
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    The concept of assistive technology to help special education students achieve more in K-12 classrooms is nothing new, but the portability of many of the devices is a relatively new trend that is making a big impact on the ways students with special needs learn. Assistive technology devices used to be big, clunky pieces of equipment that drew attention to learning and physical disabilities. Today, assistive devices are often the save types of technology K-12 students are using in traditional classrooms and there is a “coolness” factor in both instances. The way that assistive technology…
  • Report: How donations hurt low-income K-12 students

    The Edvocate
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    A study released by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs points to growing disparities between low-income and high-income school districts due to voluntary donations. The study zeroed in donations made to nonprofit organizations like booster clubs and parent-teacher organizations, and did not include large national foundations or large business donations. Some of the key findings of the study include that: Money raised through nonprofit organizations for K-12 schools grew 350 percent from 1995 to 2010, adjusting for inflation The amount of nonprofit school…
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    CTET Preparation

  • Only 2.8% qualify CTET-SEP 2014 for Higher Classes, 11.95% qualify for Primary Classes

    NIIT Litmus
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Here are the overall results for CTET examination held on September 21, 2014A total of 2.6 lakh teachers appeared for Paper 1 out of which 24,629 have qualified.For Paper 2, 4.59 lakh teachers appeared out of which only 12,843 have qualified.For Paper 1, just 11.9% of test takers qualified while for Paper 2, the qualification rate was a mere 2.8%For more information, keep following our blog.Other Candidates who qualified CTET-SEP 2014 under guidance of NIIT Litmus are:Gurleen Kaur (102),Geeta Rawat (94,92) , Preeti Sharma (92) , Lalitha Manchala (92) , Sandhya Shukla ( 91) , Anita Mishra…
  • CTET SEPT 2014 Results Out - Check Results Now!

    NIIT Litmus
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    The results for the CTET exam held on September 21, 2014 are out. While the examination itself was delayed this time (CTET exam was conducted in September instead of July), perhaps due to elections and the new government providing directions later than expected, CBSE has declared the results in a very short period of time, displaying the new found efficiency of various government departments. It was widely believe that results would be out by October 31. Anyways, the CTET exam continues to befuddle many aspirants. For Paper-1, a total of 2.06 lakh teachers appeared and only 24,629…
  • CTET-SEP 2014 Answer Sheets - Download Now!

    NIIT Litmus
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Check your scores for the CTET-SEPT 2014 and analyse your answers. CBSE has released the answer sheets for the examination. Click on your respective set to download the answer key. Answer Keys for CTET-SEPT 2014 Examination Paper-I Paper-I Main SET M SET N SET O SET P Visually Impaired SET M SET N SET O SET P Common Keys for 14 Languages (Telegu,Bengali,Sanskrit, Malayalam,Manipuri,Odia, Gujarati,,Assamese, Tibetan,Marathi,Khasi, Garo,Nepali,Kannada) SET M SET N SET O SET P Punjabi Language SET M SET N SET O SET P Tamil Language SET M SET N SET O SET P Urdu Language SET M SET N SET O SET P…
  • Let us Explore 7-Answers

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

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

  • 5 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

    Lynda Way
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Halloween is a time for some scary fun, but it can be dangerous because of the darkness. Make this year’s celebrations safe and fun-filled by taking a few of the following precautions. Supervision Any child under 12 should be accompanied … Read More The post 5 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips for Kids appeared first on .
  • Halloween Games That Every Kid Will Love to Play

    Lynda Way
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Kids love any excuse to play party games. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, make sure to provide kid appropriate entertainment. If you’re not having a party, it can still be fun to gather your children and some of their … Read More The post Halloween Games That Every Kid Will Love to Play appeared first on .
  • Fun Reading Activities to Keep Kids Busy in the Car

    Lynda Way
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Riding in a car, bus, or train is part of the daily routine for many families. Engaging in an activity during the ride that both you and your young kids enjoy is a great way to pass the time. Look … Read More The post Fun Reading Activities to Keep Kids Busy in the Car appeared first on .
  • 8 Secrets of Good Parenting to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    A high level of self-esteem helps a child face challenges. When children know their strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves, they are better equipped to handle conflicts and say no to negative pressures. Parents can take the following … Read More The post 8 Secrets of Good Parenting to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem appeared first on .
  • 6 Reasons to Let Your Child Play

    Lynda Way
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    All kids love to play. As parents, one of the most important things that you can do for your kids is to encourage them to play as much as possible. Independent, unstructured play has a critical role in child development … Read More The post 6 Reasons to Let Your Child Play appeared first on .
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    Degree Admission

  • Swiss Black Money List

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    The long list of tax violators have been demanded by the SC and  list has come up through a social messaging app ‘WhatsApp’ which reads that Wikileaks has leaked secret information which contains names of 20 politicians who have amassed black money, hidden in Swiss banks among other places. We at cannot vouch for the authenticity of the list. However, with the names set to be out in public domain tomorrow, we bring to you the list which is doing the rounds of social media since the past few days. We bring to you the list below, but whether the black money holders…
  • COMEDK PGET 2015 -16

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    The Karnataka Private Medical and Dental Colleges Association (ComedK), Bangalore, has announced the exam date of Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) for the year 2015. PGET 2015 is the qualifying examination for admission to PG Medical courses in ComedK member institutions across Karnataka. PGET 2015 examination will be conducted on Sunday, February 01, 2015 between 10:00 AM and 01:00 PM. ComedK is all set to conduct PGET 2015 entrance test for Post Graduate Courses in Medical and Dental streams of MD, MS and Diploma courses in 12 Medical and 19 Dental colleges. Around 600 seats are available…
  • jipmer

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    JIPMER PG 2015-16 Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), an Institution of National Importance by an Act of Parliament under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, located at Puducherry-605 006, has invited applications for admission to the Post Graduate Medical Courses for the January 2015 session. Applications are invited from Resident Indian Nationals including OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) for admission to the following courses. M.D/M.S Courses (118 Seats): Anaesthesiology (8+2*), Anatomy (3), Biochemistry (3), Blood…
  • keralapgentrance

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    ENTRANCE EXAMINATION FOR ADMISSION TO POST GRADUATE MEDICAL COURSES, KERALA - 2015   As per the Government Order GO(Rt)No.2670/2014/H&FWD dated 06.08.2014 the admission to Post Graduate Medical Degree/Diploma (MD/MS) courses(excluding All India Quota) in the Medical Colleges / Institutions in the State for the academic Year 2015-16 will be on the basis of the Common Entrance Examination (PG Medical Entrance Examintation-2015) to be conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations(CEE), Government of Kerala. The Common Entrance Examination for admission to PG Medical/Diploma…
  • AIPGMEE2015

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination – 2015(For Admission to 50% MD/MS/DIPLOMA COURSES Seats)   Test Dates from 1st December 2014 to 6 th December 2014 Online registerartion and scheduling 29 th August - 10 th October 2014. The Government of India established the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in 1975 with the objective of improving the quality of the Medical Education by establishing high and uniform standards of postgraduate examinations in modern medicine on All India Basis and utilizing existing healthcare infrastructure for capacity building. National…
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • Let Them Play: Enhancing Student Motivation Through Simulations

    Mark Barnes
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane via Let Them Play: Enhancing Student Motivation Through Simulations By Charles Gleek How do teachers construct meaningful, engaging learning experiences for students that tap into a student’s intrinsic motivation to learn? The first component of the problem is that of student engagement, defined as the extent to which a student’s behavior is positively aligned with school values, outcomes, or activities (Fredericks, Blumenfeld, & Paris, 2004). A second and interrelated aspect of the problem is that of student motivation. An…
  • What if You Change Your Teaching Methods Just for Today?

    Mark Barnes
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane Talk about change–photo credit: ASBIndia1 via photopin cc Have you been considering what might happen if you changed your teaching methods? You have thought about it or you wouldn’t be working so hard to change lives. Maybe you’ve been afraid. Maybe you’re concerned about pushback form administrators, parents, or even from your students. Click Voxer button for a change methods challenge Just for today, forget about all of that. Change your teaching methods. Go home and reflect on the change. Who knows? You might just change your life and the lives…
  • The Myth of Close Reading: Infographic

    Mark Barnes
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Brilliant or Insane Avid readers of Brilliant or Insane know that we typically frown on the Common Core and high stakes testing. In one anti-Common Core post, I argue strongly against one of Common Core authors’ favorite strategies, “close reading.” I envision a room filled with 30 children, their faces perched two inches from a textbook, scanning the words as closely as possible. Ridiculous? Maybe. But line up 10 teachers anywhere in the world and ask them what close reading is, and the odds are that no more than one or two will be able to define close reading, as Common…
  • Why We’re Putting Time in a Permanent Timeout

    Mark Barnes
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Brilliant or Insane Time Magazine’s November 3, 2014 cover, calling teachers Rotten Apples, inspired us to create a graphic of our own, illustrating why Time needs a permanent timeout. If the picture above doesn’t say enough, check out our initial response to Time’s cover: Rotten Journalism: 4 Ways Time Misrepresents Teachers. Then, put down that copy of Time Magazine, and reconsider your subscription. Encourage everyone you know to do the same. Tell Time Magazine and the world that you won’t stand for hatred, name calling, hapless reporting, bad research, and…
  • Rotten Journalism: 4 Ways Time Magazine Misrepresents Teachers

    Mark Barnes
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Along with millions of other educators, I am incensed by the lazy, reckless reporting by Time magazine–a publication that purportedly presents facts and insights on an array of subjects that the public may not understand. Time’s article, War on Teacher Tenure (November 3, 2014) commits an ocean of of reporting sins that is far too deep to uncover here. I will, however, cover the four most egregious sins. The cover picture alone, with its Rotten Apples caption, merits an entire editorial. For now, let’s just say it’s arguably the most dangerous…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • For Small Hands Group Order: Extended 1 more week!

    Montessori Tides
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    For Small Hands Teacher Wish List 2014. To avoid duplicate orders, please notify Brad Hatton via email of the item you would like to purchase for the classroom. Download the family order form here. Room 2 Wish List Item Item # Price Adventure Calendar C845 $19.95 Deluxe Hand Mixer C470 $19.95 Magnetic Book Build-A-Vehicle V677 […]
  • 16 Months To 3: More Than Childcare

    Montessori Tides
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Montessori Tides toddler community is a nurturing environment for children ages 16-36 months. Our youngest children learn and grow individually, while also participating in cooperative group play and individual lessons with other children. For the 19 children enrolled in our toddler community, each day presents an opportunity to explore and practice language, gross motor, and […]
  • September/ October Toddler News

    Johanna Porter
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Dear Parents, I can’t believe that October is already here! And with that a change of weather, from super humid dog days of summer, to cooler fall breezes blowing through the playground. We started in September with a wild animal theme. We had work on the shelves of wild animals representations: picture cards, wood cut-outs, […]
  • Room 4 Toddler October News

    Montessori Tides
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Happy October Toddler Families! We have had a great end of September and start of October! Hopefully it will start to cool down soon and we won’t have so many mosquitoes to deal with. If you want your child to have bug spray applied please bring it in and I will give you the health […]
  • Tides Teacher Feature: Anna Schultz

    Montessori Tides
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    It’s time! Time to start a “teacher feature” blog series highlighting our amazing Montessori teachers. The level of experience, passion, diversity, and dedication that Montessori Tides School teachers bring into the lives of our students every day truly sets us apart. Collectively, our faculty has 183 years of Montessori experience! In this special first edition […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • Positive Side of a Montessori School

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

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

    Cindy Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • The Montessori Group – a philosophy of child development

    Montessori Group
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    This article first appeared in a 2004 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cynthia Thomas always wanted to teach in a preschool. After earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics and child development she, her two children and her husband, who was enlisted in the United States Air Force at the time, were transferred to Hawaii. Shortly […]
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity

    Montessori Group
    19 May 2014 | 9:04 am
    Presented at the American Montessori Society 2014 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas March 29, 2014. Andrew Solomon drew on 40,000 pages of interview transcripts with more than 300 families to write his book Far From the Tree, which tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • IHM 4-H Club Participates in “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest”

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Indian Harbour Montessori Makos 4-H Club recently participated in the “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest” UCF-IFAS extension–Brevard Co. Fair, with their project titled “Indian River Lagoon”. Post by Especially For Children & Indian Harbour Montessori. What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a 55-gallon recycled food-grade plastic barrel that is placed […]
  • Historical Timeline

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    A Historical Timeline will be presented by our Elementary Students on Friday, October 31, one time only at 8:45am. Each Elementary student will research a person who has contributed significantly in history and then dress to represent this person in chronological order. We hope to see you there!
  • International Peace Day

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Peace Day, which is often referred to formally as United Nations Day, is observed every year in October. Another occasion that is celebrated in October is International Children’s Day, which is celebrated during the last week of October. This holiday was originally created by UNICEF to celebrate our cultural diversity and ethnic heritage. This year, […]
  • A Special Thank You to Our True Colors Run Sponsors

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    We just wanted to say a special thank you to all of our wonderful True Colors Run Sponsors! This event wouldn’t have been such a success without each and every one of you. Please offer your support of these local businesses who helped make our True Colors Run such a success. Art Derek Gores Art […]
  • Book Fair – Save The Date

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Dear Parents, The Barnes & Noble Book Fair begins in just a few days. Please make sure you bring the attached VOUCHER with you. There will be many activities for the children, as well as adult book tables. Don’t forget to register at our “Greeting” table. There also will be a poetry reading by several […]
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    Country Day For Children Montessori

  • Making the Adjustment to Preschool

    Country Day For Children
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    When children first enter the school environment, there is much needed adjustment time in order for them to make a healthy transition. As new children they are coming into a building unfamiliar to them, they are meeting and getting to know new adults and children, and if they never attended school before, they are leaving […]
  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Country Day For Children
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Independent Toddler: Dressing

    Country Day For Children
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Independence Independence is the ability to do things for ourselves and think for ourselves. Your child becomes independent through his own activity. What should you let your child do? By being included in simple daily activities, he begins to understand routines, his role in the family, and his own abilities. When you offer choices at […]
  • Beyond Basic VPK

    Cindy Thomas
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
  • Montessori education prepares children for academic excellence

    Country Day For Children
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    Getting a child’s education off on the right foot is important. Most experts agree that a child’s early education forms the basis for lifelong learning and sets the tone for their entire academic career. For this reason, the first years of school that children attend is of paramount importance. Placing students in the right learning […]
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    Seminole Montessori School

  • Inside the Montessori Classroom

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

    Seminole Montessori
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Communication: Children 2 to 3 Years – Reading Stories & Singing Songs

    Seminole Montessori
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Create a world full of stories and songs Have places for books throughout the house, like a basket in the living room and a shelf in the bedroom. Children are more attracted to a book if they can see its front cover, not just the spine. Keep a few books on the shelf at a […]
  • Tallahassee VPK: Beyond Basic VPK

    Cindy Thomas
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
  • Communication: Children 2 to 3 Years – Making Conversation

    Seminole Montessori
    28 Jan 2014 | 12:20 pm
    1. Prepare an environment that provides opportunities for language enrichment Make trips out and about to enrich his vocabulary: the zoo, the park, the playground, the neighbor’s house, the car wash, the supermarket, the library etc. On a walk along the road he might see a stop sign, a crosswalk, an oak tree, a dandelion, […]
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    Rockledge Montessori School

  • What Children Teach Us About Peace

    Rockledge Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    John Hunter, a keynote speaker at the AMS 2014 Annual Conference and creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike. Peace education is a vital component of the […]
  • Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori Education

    Kimberly LaMirande
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Summer Camp Art Gallery

    Kimberly LaMirande
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Rockledge Montessori’s Summer Camp Art Gallery recently took place in Mrs. Kathrine’s Room 4. This camp was part of our 3-6 year old Summer Camp. The kids had a great time thanks to Mrs. Kathrine for all the wonderful planning she did for the campers. If you get a chance give her a big THANK […]
  • Summer Camp at Rockledge Montessori

    Kimberly LaMirande
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Our 2014 Summer Camp is in full swing at Rockledge Montessori. Each camp day we have a book and snack that is geared around the theme for the week or session. We started the summer camp sessions off with Roots Week. During this week we learned parts of the seeds planted some seeds, talked about […]
  • Beyond Basic VPK

    Cindy Thomas
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • Montessori and Google: Early Influences Count

    Educational Horizons
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    In a recent article in The Guardian: How Google’s Larry Page became a responsible entrepreneur, by Carol Sanford (actually an excerpt from her new book The Responsible Entrepreneur). Below are some excerpts from that article: To understand Google’s orientation toward creating global change, it’s helpful to know a bit about four influences that helped shape […]
  • How and Why Charter Schools Do More With Less

    Aileen Tapp
    1 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    When most people think of funding for public education, chances are they don’t think about funding for charter schools. There is a widespread misconception in Florida that charter schools are not really public schools. The truth is public charter schools have been a vital part of Florida’s K-12 education system for almost two decades and […]
  • Making and Developing Meaningful Friendships: Ways Parents Can Help

    Educational Horizons
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Teach your child to be a friend. Repeat these rules often: Be Kind – (Smile. Use good manners with words like “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome” and “excuse me.” Listen to understand others. Be respectful to others – Don’t use hurtful works or tease others. Don’t kick, bite or push others. Include others by not […]
  • Importance and Nature of the Silent Game

    Educational Horizons
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Written by Maria Montessori Our world today is full of noises. Even music seems to spurn harmony and tend to ‘noisomeness’. Indeed it increases its volume in decibels to the extent of endangering hearing. This was not always so. Until recently the opposite was true. Silence was essential to the human soul; children instinctively sought […]
  • Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate

    Laura Flores Shaw
    25 Feb 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Originally published on Over a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered through scientific observations of children that they are not empty vessels to be filled — they are intrinsically motivated doers. She saw that providing a hands-on learning environment that valued choice, concentration, collaboration, community, curiosity, and real-world application produced lifelong learners who viewed […]
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    Knowledge Transfer

  • Hiring for bachelor’s degrees will increase by 16 percent this year

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new study from Michigan State University’s College Employment Research Institute finds employers are recruiting new college graduates at levels not seen since the dotcom frenzy of 1999-2000. Is this sudden surge another one-year growth spurt before the college labor market settles down to steady growth of five to seven percent? Or will double-digit increases become the norm? This year’s projections indicate more chaotic, fast-paced recruiting and post-hire churn. Nearly 5,700 employers responded to our survey: More than fifty percent (3,130) were outside recruiters and company HR…
  • Blumenthal Unveils Bill to Expand Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) unveiled new legislation last week to expand the existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, providing meaningful student debt relief to teachers, police officers, public health workers and others who dedicate their careers to public service. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program provides an important incentive for graduates to enter public service occupations by offering relief from student loan debt. Because of the increasing frequency of graduates facing crushing amounts of student loan debt, that incentive is more important than…
  • Lower Percentage of Students Defaulting on Federal Student Loans

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that the official three-year federal student loan cohort default rate has declined to 13.7 percent for students who entered repayment in FY 2011. That drop was across all sectors of higher education – public, private and for-profit institutions – even though an additional 650,000 students entered repayment in FY 2011 compared to FY 2010. The default rate for FY 2010 was 14.7 percent. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “While it’s good news that the default rate decreased from last year, the number of students who default…
  • Temple College Flips Classroom for Better Student Engagement‏

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Knowledge Transfer blog has already looked at MOOCs and Digital Badges of Microcredentials. Another relatively new model of instruction is Flipped Learning. While often defined simplistically as “school work at home and home work at school,” Flipped Learning is an approach that allows teachers to implement a methodology, or various methodologies, in their classrooms. To counter some of the misconceptions about this term, the governing board and key leaders of the Flipped Learning Network (FLN), which is made up of experienced Flipped Educators, have composed a formal definition of…
  • What Richard Cordray Said About Public Service and Student Debt

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Yesterday, Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, made an announcement on public service and student debt. Here is an edited version of his prepared remarks. “Student loan debt is one of the most significant burdens facing our young people, and it certainly hits close to home for a growing number of Americans. Many of us here borrowed to pay for college and many are still repaying our obligations today. We are well aware of what this issue means for each of us, for our peers, and for our entire nation. “I believe we are standing at a precipice when it…
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • I fell in love with my best friend – What Should I Do?

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    I fell in love with my best friend – What Should I Do? When we fall in love with someone we just fall, we never think for the person who is he or which caste he belongs to, because love don’t have any determination. But what if we fall in love with our best friend..?? (If you are reading this... The post I fell in love with my best friend – What Should I Do? appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Hair transplant insurance, cost, coverage and financing

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hair Transplant Insurance Hey guys today I am going to talk about Hair transplant insurance because many people are availing these facility get back hairs. People are going for hair transplant service but I have heard them asking some question about hair transplant insurance like – is hair restoration covered by insurance , does insurance cover hair transplant surgery, does insurance cover hair restoration, does health... The post Hair transplant insurance, cost, coverage and financing appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 29th,28th October 2014-Daily Current Affairs Online Magazine

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Current Affairs 29th,28th October 2014 Daily Current Affairs Online Magazine for students who are preparing for government exam and bank exam.Current Affairs 29th,28th October 2014. India Became Founding Member of China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) On 23rd Ocotber 2014 India Became Founding Member of China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB has aim that Asian countries want to develop their own... The post Current Affairs 29th,28th October 2014-Daily Current Affairs Online Magazine appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Tomorrowland 2015 From India-Ticket Cost, Travel Packages, Tour Agent,Food,Accommodation

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Tomorrowland 2015 From India Hey folks we are here again with your own music festival Tomorrowland 2015 Specailly For Indian viewers.This is a next article in a series of Tomorrowland 2015. We have already posted some basic information about the Tomorrowland 2015 from India. It seems that people are gone crazy and want to attend tomorrowland 2015 from India at any... The post Tomorrowland 2015 From India-Ticket Cost, Travel Packages, Tour Agent,Food,Accommodation appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • {Download} Maharashtra Board HSC/ 12th Supplementary Result 2014

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Maharashtra Board HSC / 12th Supplementary Result 2014 The Maharashtra Board HSC / 12th Supplementary Result 2014 for the class 12th will be announced soon.The information has arrived from our experts that soon the wait is over and student of Maharashtra class 12th can accessed the result. MSBSHSE HSC / 10 Result Official Website The students of Maharashtra Board HSC / 12th Supplementary class can find their result on the... The post {Download} Maharashtra Board HSC/ 12th Supplementary Result 2014 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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  • Free Online Tutorials On Android Wear

    Jerome Fernandes
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    1. Building Apps for Wearables This online training course is offered by Google . This course will teach you how to build notifications in a handheld application that will automatically synchronize with the wearable . It course will also teach you how to build applications that runs on android wear powered wearables . This course covers […] The post Free Online Tutorials On Android Wear appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Accounting Degree Courses

    Jerome Fernandes
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Here you can find 4 free online accounting degree courses . These courses are completely free and you will also receive a Statement of Accomplishment after successful completion of the course .   List of Online Accounting Degree Courses 1. Intro to Accounting This course will teach how to prepare and interpret financial information , then it […] The post Free Online Accounting Degree Courses appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Online Courses On Developing Java Web Applications

    Jerome Fernandes
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Here you can find 4 free online courses on developing Java web applications from MIT . These 4 online courses will improve your Java development skills .   4 Online Courses On Developing Java Web Applications 1. Software Engineering for Web Applications This course is for students who already have some software programming experience . The […] The post Online Courses On Developing Java Web Applications appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • MongoDB Online Course With Certificate Of Completion

    Jerome Fernandes
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    MongoDB is a cross-platform document oriented database. It is  classified as a NoSQL database . MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database system. Many major websites like Craigslist, eBay, Foursquare, SourceForge, Viacom, and the New York Times has adopted MongoDB as their back end software. If you would like to learn Mongo Database you can learn […] The post MongoDB Online Course With Certificate Of Completion appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Complete List Of Free Online Healthcare Courses

    Jerome Fernandes
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    If you are planning to improve you knowledge in the field of Healthcare , then here is an great opportunity . Here you can find more than 50 free online healthcare courses from which you can learn more about healthcare .   Free Online Healthcare Courses From edX 1. Health and Society 2. Fundamentals of Clinical Trials […] The post Complete List Of Free Online Healthcare Courses appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Halloween PowerPoint Greeting Card

    FPPTP Admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    In today’s edition we give you free Halloween PowerPoint Greeting card that comes in three color variations (Black, Green, Blue) and works with all PowerPoint versions. Just download from the link mentioned below and open the presentation in PowerPoint and  type in your name where it says “Enter your Name”. You can create a PowerPoint Slide Show or export it as a video and share it on social. The elements used in the presentation are PowerPoint native so all kind of edits you want to have on it, can be done. You can try change the slide background and creating cool scenes.
  • Be Creative: Text art in PowerPoint – How Much Text To Use?

    FPPTP Admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    In earlier editions of Be Creative, we walked you through The Common Illusions of Colors , How to choose colors?, Ideas Are Everywhere , Simplicity Makes Difference , Transparency Works Well, and in today’s edition we will be working on Text. Text is one of the most important part of the slide but  if you don’t know how  to use it, it can also be the dangerous element. Too much text on the slide can blow up your audiences brain and too little text can put your audience in  a confusion. So lets learn how to use text in a presentation starting with How Much Text To Use? If you…
  • Halloween PowerPoint Templates

    FPPTP Admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Halloween is just week away so we decided to fill our site with bunch Halloween goodies that you can use to save your memories or present them in a pretty creative way. And as a head start we are releasing these Halloween PowerPoint Templates, basically these templates are same as you see in all PowerPoint programs the difference is the background that blends in with your content and the graphics which you either keep on slide or just hide them. These templates come in 3 color variation, Red, Green and Blue and are compatible with all PowerPoint programs. The following pictures gives you a…
  • Metro Jeopardy PowerPoint Template

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    We call this template Metro Jeopardy because its starting slide has Metro UI look some thing that you see in windows 8, and we continue the name with jeopardy because the elements on the first slide is hyper linked to the inside slides, so when you click on a specific tile or a square box  — it will take you the linked slide inside, and the background color of the slide is set to the same color the tile is, so you have to be pretty careful if want to change the background of the slide. Try only changing specific slide backgrounds not the whole at once. The Presentation you download has…
  • Download Free PowerPoint Templates Every Day

    FPPTP Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    We found out that people are in need of templates that can support there content and be more attention grabbing. So, we decided to build and release templates on every day basis from now on. Unlike all other PowerPoint Template providers, we are making templates that are easy to edit, add content and modify to suit up with your concepts. You can find these Free PowerPoint Templates by clicking here . Do bookmark the Url so that you can access it quickly. In return we ask you to be more supportive towards the site, we ain’t charging a penny for any download you do from this site, for…
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    CITE » Blog

  • CSA Contract Goes To Mediation

    John Russo
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The CSA is reporting that the CSA contract negotiation is going to mediation. How did this happen? As the CSA Contract goes to mediation, the CSA credits their Letter Writing […] The post CSA Contract Goes To Mediation appeared first on CITE.
  • Backpay Problem

    John Russo
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    As you probably know, there are questions about the UFT-negotiated contract. There’s a backpay problem, or, better yet, there are several. Administrators: If you became an administrator since 2009, are […] The post Backpay Problem appeared first on CITE.
  • Staten Island SBL Cohort Starts!

    John Russo
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    CITE and the College of St. Rose are happy to offer our Staten Island SBL program! This past week, we started a cohort, and we look forward to starting another […] The post Staten Island SBL Cohort Starts! appeared first on CITE.
  • NYC DOE to Track Guidance Counselors

    John Russo
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Beth Fertig, for WNYC, broke this story about the city’s plans to track what guidance counselors are doing throughout the day. The city council heard testimony about a new bill that […] The post NYC DOE to Track Guidance Counselors appeared first on CITE.
  • New Teacher Evaluations

    John Russo
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    The 8 Domain Items You’ll Need to Know for the New Teacher Evaluations by Matt Zagami There is no doubt that the recent advent of “Danielson’s Framework for Effective Teaching” […] The post New Teacher Evaluations appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • FINANCE PLATTER, 2014 | Hans Raj College

    DU Khabar
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Finance and Investment Cell, Hans Raj College is proud to present FINANCE PLATTER, 2014, a one-day extravaganza on the 3rd of November 2014. This platter will serve you with STOCKTAIL (a mock stock competition) in association with the Bombay Stock Exchange and BID TADKA (IPL bidding) in association with It is a good ... FINANCE PLATTER, 2014 | Hans Raj College is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post FINANCE PLATTER, 2014 | Hans Raj College appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Entinova Reality Photobooth IIT Graduate Startup

    DU Khabar
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Entinova, a startup by fresh IIT Graduates, had recently set up an augmented reality photobooth on the ocassion of Diwali at one of Delhi’s most exclusive malls, Select CityWalk. ?   For all the tech novices out there, Augmented Reality is simply modifying live feed of the real-time environment with computer generated graphics. What Entinova ... Entinova Reality Photobooth IIT Graduate Startup is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Entinova Reality Photobooth IIT Graduate Startup appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Startup Launchpad Delhi | DTU

    DU Khabar
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Entrepreneurship Cell DTU is organising a Startup Launchpad Weekend on 1st-2nd November,2014 at Delhi Technological University(Formerly DCE), Bawana, New Delhi. Here promising teams and even individuals can apply to have their young and unseen startups launch. All teams will be offered valuable tools and advice on creating business models, customer acquisitions and methods of fund ... Startup Launchpad Delhi | DTU is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Startup Launchpad Delhi | DTU appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Appathon at IIT New Delhi by International Engineer Federation

    DU Khabar
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Appathon is organized by International Engineer Federation and is powered by TCS-ion, in association with at IIT New Delhi, India. It will have eleven themes. The two day event has prizes like foreign trips, IPads, Mobile phones, coupons & lot of sponsored goodies with constant supply of snacks & beverages. Appathon result will be ... Appathon at IIT New Delhi by International Engineer Federation is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Appathon at IIT New Delhi by International Engineer Federation appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • “Recognizing Your talent is The First Step towards Success”-Himadrish Suwan

    DU Khabar
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Himadrish Suwan, a student at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University who was awarded the youngest International award -YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD For Information Activism in the area of Media & Information Activism by The International Association for World Peace(Affiliated to United Nations-ECOSOC,UNICEF,UNESCO,UNICED,DPI)  & THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES.   He is the youngest person to receive this ... “Recognizing Your talent is The First Step towards Success”-Himadrish Suwan is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post “Recognizing Your…
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    Pinnacle Education

  • What To Expect In Australia’s New Curriculum

    Shaun Killian
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The federal government is set to release its long awaited report on the Australian Curriculum on Monday. The report is the final result of a government-commissioned review conducted by Ken Wiltshire and Kevin Donnelly. Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect the report to say.   Expectation 1: Fewer Subjects The review is likely to recommend that students learn fewer subjects. At present, there are 16 subjects (assuming that each student only learns one second language). The national curriculum will be recast as the ‘essential core’ that all schools must teach, with a heavy…
  • NAPLAN Online: Even More Accurate

    Shaun Killian
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Today ACARA released its National Assessment and Surveys Online Program: tailored test design 2013 study. The study explores how online testing can be structured in ways to make it even more accurate than the existing pencil and paper tests.   NAPLAN Online ACARA has been exploring how NAPLAN can be moved online since 2012. The initial research focused on ways to ensure that students performed just as well on online testing as they did with traditional paper tests. This new part of the research focused on making NAPLAN more reliable through tailored (branched) testing. It found that…
  • Kid’s Deserve To Be Taught

    Shaun Killian
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Last year, I was very excited. After nearly half a century of walking this Earth, I was finally going to see snow – and I was as eager as a child on Christmas Eve. Like most people, we have always lived on a tight budget, and taking the family to the snow was a real treat for us. We could only afford to stay for 5 days and we wanted to get the most out of them.   Imagine This Scene I wanted to learn how to ski, and as the whole snow thing was new to me, so I booked some equipment and some lessons. While the lessons were expensive, given our tight timeframe, I thought that it was a…
  • One Word That Can Improve Your Teaching

    Shaun Killian
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Do you want to grow as a teacher and enhance the impact you have on those you teach? One simple, three-letter word can help you do this. I’m not talking about some quack remedy or trendy term. Rather, it’s an everyday word whose power has emerged from mountains of research. The mystery word is …  … AND   Let me explain. To do that, I need to go off on a bit of a tangent. Stick with me – it’s worth it. The insight that you will gain can have a profound effect on the way that you view learning, teaching and education in general.     Why AND Is Such A Powerful…
  • 3 Must-Read Books for Teachers & School Leaders Who Truly Want Their Students to Excel

    Shaun Killian
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    There are over half a million books out there claiming to tell how to teach more effectively and improve student results. However, many of them aren’t worth reading at all and those that are, often rehash well-known ideas. Yet, amidst this sea of misinformation and mediocrity, these three gems stand out. Why? They are based on research rather than on someone’s ‘theory’ of what works. They challenge you to think beyond deeply entrenched views of teaching. They may not all be the easiest reads, but they are well worth the effort. You may have read one or two already, but it’s worth…
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    MBA Blog

  • Study MBA in India
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    You can study to obtain an MBA, which means a master's degree in business administration, in many different countries. India is a very diverse and exotic country that is bustling with activity.
  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Business School
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    When applying for admission into business school, it is easy to make mistakes. You might be trying to beat the deadline or busy with work. The bad news is that admissions committees do not forgive when it comes to mistakes applicants make.
  • All the Material you need to Ace your CAT Examinations
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Common Admission Test (CAT) is used by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their business administration programs. The test assesses students on their qualitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning skills.
  • CAT Exam Pattern
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Reality dictates that a lot of students face confusion after they complete all requirements needed for graduation. There are some whose plans are already intact; that is, enrolling in an MBA program.
  • CAT vs GMAT: Which is Better?
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In order to have a better future with your chosen career, it is important to build your qualifications, which will make you better fitted for your job. Some would invest in the experience, which includes hopping from one company to another in order to have an extensive job background.
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    ICT in Practice


    22 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    by Nicola Schofield So, I passed a building site for Crossrail in London and I started puzzling about tower cranes. I looked The post COMPUTER SCIENCE UNPLUGGED! TOWER CRANE appeared first on ICT in Practice.

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    by Ben Eilenberg Generalist Teacher/Robotics Coordinator at Silverton Primary School. Microsoft Innovative Educator One of the big questions being asked these days The post PROGRAMMING IN THE CLASSROOM appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Reflections of a teacher on GBL in education

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    by Marcin Siekanski The history of humanity is a consequence of education and the ability to teach and learn. Almost all inventions The post Reflections of a teacher on GBL in education appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Minecraft Club: Content and Reflections

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    by Timothy G. Weih Ph.D. Associate Professor of Education University of Northern Iowa, USA The purpose of this article is to describe The post Minecraft Club: Content and Reflections appeared first on ICT in Practice.

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    by Kostas Karolemeas Computers are everywhere! In our smartphones, in our TVs… even in our refrigerators! These incredible machines have changed the The post WHY WE CREATED ALLCANCODE? appeared first on ICT in Practice.
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    Blog Me Mom

  • Playful Science and Math Activities for Kids

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Introducing another FANTASTIC resource for caregivers of young children! We have co authored a wonderful book packed with playful science and math activities – 40 to be specific. {Our earlier books : Zero-two: play ideas for babies and Three-five: playful preschool} Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities Fizz, Pop, Bang! is designed to bring hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science. It is packed with strong learning opportunities in math and science, shared through ideas that incorporate art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach. It is…
  • Corn Crafts and Activities for Kids

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Corn Crafts for Kids This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! Is it Corn and turkey time yet?  Not quite you say? Well, for those of you who are planners, here is a short and sweet round up of corn crafts and corn themed art projects with a few corn science activities thrown in. For more thanksgiving crafts for kids check out the category page. Corn Crafts for Kids Woven Corn Craft from Almost Un Schoolers Button Corn Craft from Education Handprint Corn Craft from Craftulate Pony Beads…
  • Halloween Crafts for Toddlers : Spooky Wreaths

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Halloween Crafts for Toddlers: Spooky Wreaths This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! Such a fun Halloween craft today! Remember our Holiday themed Christmas toddler craft we did last year? Probably not. Here it is just in case. We did a Halloween version of it with just a few basic craft supplies Use a white paper/Styrofoam plate and paint the edges. If you use a paper plate, washable paints would be better. Styrofoam plate needs acrylic paints. The kids can paint the edges using any…
  • Halloween Craft for Kids : Spooky Hands Craft

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Halloween Craft for Kids : Spooky Hands Craft This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! Today’s post is a super simple Halloween craft all kids will enjoy since it involves hand prints. What’s more? They get to turn them into spooky hands! Materials Construction Paper (Orange and Black) Googly Eyes Glitter Glue Paper Edger Scissors (optional)   On an orange construction paper trace ( or your child can trace) his/her hand. Here you can choose 2 routes. Trace with a little…
  • 50 Halloween Activities for Kids

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    50 Halloween Activities for Kids This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! To keep you covered for the upcoming spooky season, we have rounded up some of the funnest Halloween activities for kids. You can choose from Halloween art, Halloween crafts for kids, Halloween sensory activities and even Halloween party games. Art Projects: Halloween Art Paint Your Own Halloween Bobble Heads from I Can Teach My Child Pumpkin Faces Art from Happy Hooligans Eye Ball Painting from No Time For Flash…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Edmonton piano man video goes viral

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton’s free outdoor pianos has reached almost two million views from people around the world. This is one of those moments that reminds you that we pass up beautiful moments and people each and every day without noticing. It […]
  • Turning Over a New Piano Leaf this Season

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    A Great Season for Music I don’t know about you, but I love the autumn. The winter, not so much, but this season of changing leaves and chilly temps is always a nice reminder of change. I also find it a good time to sit down and reevaluate goals, progress […]
  • Holiday Piano Course Coming Soon

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    A Time to Be Jolly It’s no secret that with the soon approaching Holiday season, music is sure to be a big part of the celebration. The good news for us piano players is that there will be many opportunities to share our piano skills at get-togethers, parties and family […]
  • Measure Your Progress with this Piano Practice Schedule

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tracking Progress It may not always be easy to know how we are progressing at a new skill or goal but there is a way to know if you are moving forward. Truly successful individuals always share that part of true success is to be able to measure progress. The […]
  • Am I Too Old to Learn How to Play the Piano?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Learning at Any Age Anyone that knows me personally, knows that it actually saddens me that this question is even asked as much as it is. A little background to my thoughts on this subject. I grew up in a home where learning was always encouraged. Whether it was pulling […]
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    On Top English

  • Multi-word verbs

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Multi-word verbs There are very many multi-word verbs (sometimes called phrasal verbs) in English and it’s very difficult to learn them all. It can sometimes be quite easy to guess the meaning (He picked up the pencil) but other multi-word verbs are less easy to guess (I picked up Italian quite easily when I lived there) and you should look […] The post Multi-word verbs appeared first on On Top English.
  • Modals – deduction past

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Modals – deduction (past) In the same way that we use modal verbs to say how certain we are about things in the present we can also use them to speculate about the past. Have + past participle (‘have done’, ‘have been’ have stolen’ etc.) is called the perfect infinitive. When we use modal verbs to talk about […] The post Modals – deduction past appeared first on On Top English.
  • Off The Top Of My Head

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    The post Off The Top Of My Head appeared first on On Top English.
  • Miss The Point

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    The post Miss The Point appeared first on On Top English.
  • Modals – deduction (present)

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Modals – deduction (present) We use modal verbs to say how sure we are about something. 1 must We use must when we feel sure that something is true because there’s very strong evidence. He must live near here because he comes to work on foot. We don’t know where he lives but we’re sure it’s not far […] The post Modals – deduction (present) appeared first on On Top English.
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  • Nuclear Fuels using Lasers (George John)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Laser enrichment processes have been the focus of interest for some time. They are a possible third-generation technology promising lower energy inputs, lower capital costs and lower tails assays, hence significant economic advantages. One of these processes is almost ready for commercial use. Laser processes are in two categories: atomic and molecular.
  • Thunderbolt - An incredibly fast input/output technology (George John)
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs with a simple concept, create an incredibly fast input/output technology that just about anything can plug into. After close technical collaboration between Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt emerged from the lab to make its appearance in Mac computers. Intel co-invented USB and PCI Express, which have become widely adopted technologies for data transfer. Apple invented FireWire and was instrumental in popularizing USB. Their collective experience has made Thunderbolt the most powerful, most flexible I/O technology ever in a personal computer.
  • Sensors Optimized For 3D Digitization (George John)
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Digital 3D imaging can benefit from advances in VLSI technology in order to accelerate its deployment in many fields like visual communication and industrial automation. High-resolution 3D images can be acquired using laser-based vision systems. With this approach, the 3D information becomes relatively insensitive to background illumination and surface texture. Complete images of visible surfaces that are rather featureless to the human eye or a video camera can be generated. Intelligent digitizers will be capable of measuring accurately and simultaneously colour and 3D.
  • How to develop good and effective Communication Strategies (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Strategy is a plan of action designed in a way to achieve a particular vision. Communication strategies are the programs or the ideas that are used to communicate information related to a specific issue, event, situation etc. to the other people. Most of us think that these are some kind of written documents but it is not so, rather communication strategies are simply the way we think about a problem or an issue and the way we use to sort out that problem. The best way to plan any communication strategy is to first know the reason behind formulating any strategy. Most importantly, different…
  • Easy ways and Tips to Improve Vocabulary (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Vocabulary plays a vital role in the learning process. It is an element that connects all the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading together. A person is more often judged by his vocabulary at various stages of his life and career. As long as we interact with more and more people whether it is at college level, social gatherings, official environment or any other area, we are judged by the people according to the language we use to interact or simply the vocabulary.
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • College Rankings: The Other Side of Best

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the start of each fall semester, prominent periodicals provide rankings of the best colleges and universities.  They examine the quality of colleges within universities, for example, engineering versus business, and they even drill down to the discipline level, ranking of various departments from accounting to zoology.  The most common examples are U.S. News and World Report or Washington Monthly, which produce very detailed rankings of colleges and universities across the country. However, what you don’t see on the newsstands is the rankings of the worst colleges.  Only…
  • Controlling Tuition Costs

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
        A common complaint you hear these days by students and parents is the rising cost of college tuition, in some cases, a dramatic raise in tuitions and other fees.  University administrators argue that the increase in tuition and fees is needed to maintain a quality education for their students.  In order to maintain a quality education, universities have to attract top notch faculty, which translates into paying these professors high salaries.      Critics of colleges and universities argue that a college education is already overpriced. …
  • Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Two months ago I wrote about sexual assaults on college campuses. I provided some startling statistics such as 1 in 4 women (25%) will be victim of a sexual assault on college campuses during their academic career.  This is totally unacceptable.  This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation explicitly requiring colleges and universities that receive state funds to more clearly define consent in students’ sexual encounters.  The new law ushered in the concept of “yes means yes” rather than “no means no,” which has been the norm.  What this means…
  • College Student Loan Default Rates:A Measure of Success of Colleges?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Recently, more criticism is being leveled at colleges and universities for not being more successful at “producing” students.  Higher education is being treated like any other business by focusing now on measuring output. Specifically, lawmakers and the public want to know how many students each institution of higher education they advance from one year to the next and ultimately how many they graduate.  One measure of that success that has been in the public eye is the college student loan default rate.The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that loan-default rates…
  • The Cost of College Textbooks

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    My last blog focused on the millions of college students who have started college classes this fall.  One of the daunting tasks facing college students across America is the purchase of college textbooks.  For students and parents who, in many cases, pay for the textbooks, the cost is very high, actually outrageous in some cases.  The College Board reported the average cost for books and supplies for the 2013–2014 school year was $1,207 at public colleges and $1,253 at private colleges.  But the cost can vary dramatically between the public and private schools.  For…
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    Happy Halloween 2014

  • Happy Halloween 2014: Halloween Masks, Halloween Stores, Halloween Wigs, Halloween Ideas, Halloween Costumes, Halloween Clearance, Halloween Decor

    Naser Mohd Baig
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New…
  • {Aha!} Teachers Day Greeting Cards, Teachers Day Wishes Greetings

    Naser Mohd Baig
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Greeting Cards, Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English, Teachers Day Images and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Greeting Cards for students who are looking…
  • {Awesome!} Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Wishes

    Naser Mohd Baig
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Happy Halloween 2014: Halloween Masks, Halloween Stores, Halloween Wigs, Halloween Ideas, Halloween Costumes, Halloween Clearance, Halloween Decor Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Quotes Images, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English and Teachers Day Speech In…
  • {Wow!} Teachers Day Quotes, Quotes On Teachers Day

    Naser Mohd Baig
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Happy Halloween 2014: Halloween Masks, Halloween Stores, Halloween Wigs, Halloween Ideas, Halloween Costumes, Halloween Clearance, Halloween Decor Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Speech Quotes On Teachers Day, Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day, Teachers Day Quotes In English and Teachers Day Speech In HindiBelow are some awesome Teachers Day Quotes for students…
  • {Great!} Teachers Day Speech, Speech On Teachers Day 2014

    Naser Mohd Baig
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Happy Halloween 2014: Halloween Masks, Halloween Stores, Halloween Wigs, Halloween Ideas, Halloween Costumes, Halloween Clearance, Halloween Decor Happy Teachers Day to all hardworking teachers who shape the students into good human beings. Our site is dedicated to provide you Teachers Day Speech, Teachers Day Quotes, Teachers Day Messages, Teachers Day Speech in English, Speech On Teachers Day, Essay on Teachers Day and Teachers Day Speech In Hindi.Below are some awesome Teachers Day Speech for students who are looking for Teachers Day Speech in English.Teachers Day Speech No.
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    Realm of Mathematics


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

    Math Realm
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThe picture above is also taken at The Technohub in Quezon City, Philippines. It portrays the use of spheres as part of the facade of the park. They add more mathematical aesthetic together with the curvature formed by the establishments around it.The spheres used vary in sizes. Can you approximate the diameter of each? How about their volumes?Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Just write them on the comment box below.Thank you and God bless!

    Math Realm
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThis is a photo taken at The Technohub located near the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.We met our friends here just for a hangout, sharing stories and laughters, just like the old times.The photo shows a balance between the use of curved lines and straight lines. The harmony of lines and their symmetry created a beautiful facade. A facade that shows how beautiful mathematics is.Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. You may write them in the comment box below.Please don't forget to like and share, Thank you and God bless!

    Math Realm
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    The Philippine International Convention CenterToday, I will be starting a series of photos entitled "The Beauty of Mathematics". This series of photos are taken from different places, different environments, different methods used in taking the photos, different angles, different focuses, different mathematical connections, and different appeal. All of these photos are taken using a mobile phone and (or) point-and-shoot device.The above photo is taken from the facade of the Philippine International Convention Center, one sunny Sunday. The place is also the venue for the widely known "The…

    Math Realm
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is the reality that we need to face... :(
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    CourseHorse Blog

  • Student Spotlight: Joya, Culinary All-Star

    Libby Lyon
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The CourseHorse community consists of learners, movers and shakers, and game-changers. Whether to enhance their careers, discover something new, pursue long standing interests, or simply to have some fun, we’re inspired by our users and their commitment to lifelong learning.  This week we feature Joya Choudhuri, fashion designer and budding culinary all-star.    Tell us about yourself! What […]
  • 6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

    Andrew Weinreich
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I’m frequently asked by first time entrepreneurs when they should start meeting with prospective financiers. My answer is almost always the same. You are ready to start when you: 1) identify a grand and worthy vision; 2) predict a trajectory for your growth; and 3) are ready to share your plans to get there.
  • Student Spotlight: Samantha Tharler, Artist Extraordinaire

    Libby Lyon
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    “I thought my experience working with clay and watercolor was done after middle school. I feel so much more alive now that I’m doing art again - it definitely changes the way you see the world.”
  • Italian Survival Phrases with Fluent City’s Cornelius McMoyler

    Jennifer Long
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Italian can be tricky to learn, especially if it’s your first attempt at a foreign language. We spoke with Fluent City‘s Cornelius McMoyler, who shared 5 Italian phrases you need to know to get started. Italian Phrases, Pronunciation and English Translations: Non me ne frega. [noma-neh-frehga] – “I don’t care.” Figurati! [fee-gor-ah-tee] – “Don’t worry about it! […]
  • Why You Should Stop Everything You’re Doing and Learn Spanish

    Jesse Rothman
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    If you’ve never found yourself in a heated debate over whether it’s better to learn Chinese or Spanish, you’re unfashionably late to the party. It’s hard to read a book on parenting these days without breaching the subject, yet so many adults still haven’t taken a leap of faith in either direction. Why not, though? […]
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    Republic 3.0

  • Saving the mail: A Q&A with Sen. Tom Carper on his bipartisan plan for postal reform

    Anne Kim
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    In an era of email, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, the U.S. Postal service is struggling. We talk to Sen. Carper about his plan to modernize the mails and take the postal service back to profitability. The post Saving the mail: A Q&A with Sen. Tom Carper on his bipartisan plan for postal reform appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Sharia mortgages and millennial homeowners

    Anne Kim
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Innovations from Islamic finance - such as "lease to own" and "co-ownership" - might be a promising way to overcome the cash and credit crunch faced by aspiring millennial homeowners. The post Sharia mortgages and millennial homeowners appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Moderate Independents: The voters who matter most on Election Day might be the ones no one’s talking about

    Stefan Hankin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Though they make up just 5 percent of the electorate, these highly-educated, white male voters - many of whom live in the South and Midwest - still have the power to swing elections. The post Moderate Independents: The voters who matter most on Election Day might be the ones no one’s talking about appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Social science and bipartisan lunch dates

    Anne Kim
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Two senators propose bipartisan lunch dates as a way to break Congressional gridlock. Don't scoff - social science backs it up. The post Social science and bipartisan lunch dates appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Not in school, not working – and not voting

    Anne Kim
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    5.6 million young Americans are neither working nor in school. And only 1 in 4 young Americans plans to vote this fall. Shouldn't the alarm bells be ringing? The post Not in school, not working – and not voting appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind: #1 Foreign Education Consultant in India, Singapore and UK

  • Spot Admission to Study in Ireland

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Dear Students,It's the right time to get admission in Ireland based Universities. Yes, Spot Admission to Study in Ireland for January 2015 intake will be held on November 05, 2014 at Broadmind Consultant, Chennai.Spot Admission to Study in Ireland for Jan 2015 intakeSo, don't miss this wonderful opportunity!!!Details:Venue  :   BroadMind Consultant, ChennaiDate    :   05-Nov-2014, 4 PMIntake :    Jan 2015Start registering your names here today itself. For further details, please call us at +91-9790950111 now. We are ready to…
  • Why Singapore is the Best Study Place for MBA?

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Singapore - Best Study Place for International MBA StudentsIt's a trend nowadays to learn and study in Foreign Universities. As singapore plays No.1 in doing businesses among the international market and moreover it is becoming a popular destination for MBA Graduates due to the following benefits,Advantages:Flexible MBA Courses - For those who are working and want to study part time without disturbing their regular works.As things are moving globally both in technical and non-technical, every administrative students should aware of the latest trends in business administration. Singapore is…
  • Avail Festive Offer on IELTS Coaching and Training

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Broadmind introduces a special festive occasion offer for IELTS & TOEFL coaching and training. Hurry up! Offer limited to first 50 students. Register your name today to avail this exclusive offer or by just call us at +91-9790950111 now. Our representative will bring you to make this Diwali a successful and remarkable year!Broadmind Wishes you all a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali :)
  • Start your Higher Education Career on Vijaya Dashami at Broadmind

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Vijayadashami refers to the "Day of Victory"So, you can register now at Broadmind and start,Transform your PersonalityGetting admission on your favorite International College / University and part time job while studyingLearning all countries accents, language fluency, communication soft skills, etc.Admission for Singapore based James Cook University and UK based Universities are going on... Students from all over Tamil Nadu who are willing to study abroad can register their names today at with complete details or feel free to call our International University…
  • Studying in UK Universities will make a Person Global Leader

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    Is it myth or real?The recent survey and research undertaken by British Council showing that 10% of the Global Leaders who are serving as Prime Minister, President in various countries were studied in UK based Universities. Every year, a World Class Leader is generating from UK based Universities. Inspite of it's an exciting news indeed,  students still in dilemma to choose their abroad education today and they're not much aware of International University Standards.Certainly, in this stage, they must need a support and guidance from a proper International University based authorised…
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    Learn U

  • How to Become an Architect: Designing the Blueprints for Success

    Nina Bourne
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    It’s time to get the drafting table, slide rule, compass and pencils out…or if you’d like to kick it new school, grab you design software ready! Today, we are going to talk about the how to become an architect and all of the important elements of the career. There’s a lot to this highly sought after career and we’ve got a lot to cover, so we are going to jump right in! How to Become an Architect A career as an architect seems like it would be pretty interesting and creatively fulfilling. You’ll be able to put your right brain to good use by designing…
  • How to Become a Pediatrician: Educational Requirements and More

    Nina Bourne
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    So, you want to know how to become a pediatrician, huh? Are you up for the all nighters that you’ll have to pull in med school? What about the double shifts that you’ll have to endure as a resident? Oh, how do you feel about bodily fluids and bed pans? If you’re good with all of those things, then we suggest you keep on reading along as we tell you all you need to know to become a pediatrician. If you’re not up for the challenges that come along with working towards a career as a pediatrician, suck it up and keep reading anyway! How to Become a Pediatrician As a…
  • How to Become a Special Education Teacher: Changing Lives One Student at a Time

    Nina Bourne
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Today we are going to tell you all about how to become a special education teacher and a lot of other other career facts that should help you get started in the field. Teaching is a hard profession and made even harder still when it comes to teaching little ones with disabilities. However, it is just as awesome and rewarding as it is hard. So, we want you to stick with us for a bit while we tell you how to become a special education teacher and some other helpful career tips that will help push you through the tough times of this job. How to Become a Special Education Teacher The standard…
  • History Degree: A Student Guide Through the Ages

    Nina Bourne
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Here ye, here ye! You have come to us today to learn about the process of earning a history degree. We’ve got you covered in this department and have oodles to tell you, so listen up! History Degree Why Earn a History Degree? This is probably the most commonly asked question in this field of study and one you will likely never get away from. The world is a big place and in order to truly be successful in it and in your future job, you have to be able to function in it and interact with people of all different backgrounds. You’d be surprised at how much a history degree can help…
  • “Wasting Time on the Internet” – The Latest Creative Writing Course

    Nina Bourne
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The University of Pennsylvania is changing the way creative writing classes are approached next semester and the change is coming in the shape of something that we are all guilty of. The newest creative writing class at UP is going to allow students to do what students do best – waste time cruising around the internet. There is a well-known stain attached to the amount of time we spend on the internet and course professor and renowned poet, Kenneth Goldsmith, wants to change this. He is more interested in what’s really going on inside the brains of students when all that…
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  • Heidelberger scientist has been awarded with Nobel Prize

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    The Heidelberger Scientist Stefan Hell gets as one of three scientists this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Stefan Hell works for the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in … The post Heidelberger scientist has been awarded with Nobel Prize appeared first on PIGAS.
  • Top universities in Germany

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    There are more than 400 universities in Germany. But which are top Universities? German Government started a few years ago so-called “Excellence Initiative” to find out best Universities in Germany and award them. Since 2008 they announce every year if … The post Top universities in Germany appeared first on PIGAS.
  • 10 Great Reasons to study in Germany this Year

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    If you are reading this article by browsing our website, you have probably already considered studying in Germany and heard of education in Germany. Here are the ten advantages of studying in Germany: 1. High quality higher education: Given the … The post 10 Great Reasons to study in Germany this Year appeared first on PIGAS.
  • Which university should you choose in Germany?

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    There are more than 400 German universities which stand out from other European countries for their quality. One of the peculiarities of these universities is they are distinguished here according to distinctive status and specialization areas. We are going to … The post Which university should you choose in Germany? appeared first on PIGAS.
  • Life in Germany

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Probably you aware of advantages of living in Germany. Now we will speak about life in Germany and perspectives of immigrant intellectuals. Even if it sounds banally three words stated about Germans- high quality, order and discipline defines Germans and … The post Life in Germany appeared first on PIGAS.
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    Rack up Skills

  • Bonnie Plants

    Milton Ayala
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Sharing a love of gardening is at the heart of everything we do. Since 1918, we’ve been growing our Bonnie family and growing plants for your backyard. Click through our illustrated history to learn more. The post Bonnie Plants appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Organic Gardening

    Milton Ayala
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Organic Gardening wrote the book on organic living more than 70 years ago, and we continue to deliver fresh advice on the good things that come naturally in life across every consumer channel. The post Organic Gardening appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Kitchen Gardeners International

    Milton Ayala
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same. The post Kitchen Gardeners International appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • The Garden Helper

    Milton Ayala
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The Garden Helper is a free gardening encyclopedia and guides to growing and caring for gardens, plants and flowers. Helping gardeners grow their dreams since1997. The post The Garden Helper appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Planet Natural

    Milton Ayala
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Planet Natural has been providing quality natural and organic products for the home, lawn and garden since 1991. Over that time, we’ve grown right along with the booming interest in organic and natural gardening and today have tens-of-thousands of satisfied customers. Check out our vast selection. We carry everything from organic fertilizers and natural pest control products — including beneficial […] The post Planet Natural appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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    Study Smart System

  • The #1 Way to Cut Test Study Time by 50%

    Michael Sankowski
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Kids have far more homework do to now than we ever did when we were growing up. It is big problem – kids today have a huge amount of homework. My sons have between 30 minutes and 90 minutes of homework per night, even though they are only in grade school and middle school. You will have heard the horror stories about high school. It is common for kids in high school to have 3+ hours of homework per night, especially if they are in honors classes. Frankly, I do not want my kids doing 3+ hours of homework (although they should do some homework). But on the other hand, we want them to get into…
  • 77 Scripts to Create a “Growth Mindset” in your kids

    Michael Sankowski
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    One problem with getting kids to study smart is: Kids don’t want to study in the first place. Teaching kids good study skills is a key component of getting better grades, yes it is. But there is crucial first step – actually sitting down to study. Being diligent about homework and study comes from caring about grades and school. The techniques to make them better at school will be far easier to learn if they truly care about what happens in school. So, how can you get them to work hard and work persistently on school? How can you help your kids develop a “growth…
  • The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

    Michael Sankowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would appreciate knowing I am seeing a noticeable difference in C. We have the chapter 2 test on Friday. I’m hoping he continues…” We did not ask her for an update. We did not ask her how our son was doing. She passed this information along…
  • Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

    Michael Sankowski
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades. They are just not living up to their full potential. In fact, sometimes they almost seem afraid of putting forth effort. Your kids are “talented” and “bright”, but there is an ongoing disconnect between the good test scores and how well they do in school.
  • How to Get Your Kids to Like School, Studying, and Just About Anything

    Michael Sankowski
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Recently, we got some negative feedback from our younger sons teacher. Apparently, he is a bit too laid back in his approach to school. We followed up with the teacher (who is an excellent teacher and one we trust), and it seems he was not very engaged in class, and is not participating in classroom discussions. Of course, this caused a bit of panic for us! We’re out in the world promoting study skills and study habits – and our own son is slacking in class! Well, it turns out we stumbled on a great – and easy – solution for this a few years ago, when our first born…
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    eyeQ Blog

  • Reading’s Importance: More Than Words

    Bryan Green
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “There is so much more to a book than just the reading.” -Maurice Sendak Truer words have never been spoken, written nor read. Reading anything is much more than just seeing words written on a page and recognizing what those words are. Recognizing the letters formed into words, seeing the structure those words make in the sentence isn’t all there is to reading. There is so much more. Simply put, reading stimulates the brain, the mind. Whether you’re reading a history text or science fiction novel, you’re stimulating your mind in several different ways. Reading…
  • 3 Innovative Trends that Will Change Education as We Know It

    Bryan Green
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Education has come a long way in the past 20 years. And now, living in this ever-connected world, education is likely to change even more. Integration with Technology One of the biggest changes in education is getting tablets in the hands of more and more students—but not to give them the opportunity to play games. Tablets in students’ hands means the opportunity for them to have access to more books, more research and more access to educators. This “on demand” type of learning can only increase comprehension. It also allows students to get automatic updates to E-textbooks as…
  • The Importance of Speed Reading at Work and School

    Bryan Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the largest complaints that many students and professionals have in their day-to-day lives is the sheer volume of text that needs absorbed. Whats the problem? The problem is that the average reader only reads at around 200 words per minute. For short sections of text this is fine, but longer texts become intolerably time-consuming. The solution is speed reading. It’s not some mythical power that only a select few have. It’s a learned skill that’s achieved by using various techniques that help speed your reading along at faster rates. The biggest problem for…
  • Brain Games Discussed In Time Magazine

    Bryan Green
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is simpler than ever before to engage in some quick brain games either on your phone, a tablet or your home computer or laptop. Many people try to do little puzzles like sudoku or a crossword puzzle to keep their brai