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  • Tips for choosing formative-assessment tools

    ASCD SmartBrief
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    The number of education-technology products available to assist with formative assessment is growing.  -More- 
  • 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...
  • #YouMatter: Good For Your Heart, Good For Your Health

    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer
    Angela Maiers
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    On September 7, I was the guest for a Twitter Chat titled, “When People Know They Matter It Changes Everything,” live from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation’s Transform 2014 Conference. It was so affirming to be invited to attend this conference. Nearly all of the speakers who preceded the Twitter chat referenced how vital it is to a person’s well being to have a sense of mattering or purpose. During the chat, we discussed some of the research on the health benefits of knowing that #YouMatter. Find the conversation on Twitter via #TXFMCHAT Here is a link to all…
  • Best Five Teen Stress Reduction Strategies
    Jeff Goelitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Teens stress rates are higher than ever but they can lower anxiety and increase heart coherence by learning the best five teen stress reduction strategies. […]
  • Getting Assessment Right to Support Students, Educators and Families

    ED News
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    The following op-ed piece by Secretary Duncan originally appeared in the Washington Post on Oct. 17. Secretary Duncan addressed the issue of getting assessment right in conjunction with an Oct.
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    Detention Slip

  • 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…
  • Explore Punjab – Picturesque Lands of India

    shameema begum
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Looking for the places in Punjab to explore? Punjab is one of the picturesque lands of India. Whether you are looking for the family vacation, trip with friends, couples or parents, Punjab is the best place for you. Punjab has many tourist places to visit as is very nice sightseeing, attractions in Punjab which are must see in Punjab. Punjab is the only place that can be visited in all the seasons such as summer, monsoon or winter. Here are popular Punjab tourist places for you to explore. Amritsar Amritsar is the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning “Holy Pool…
  • Places to visit in Las Vegas with Family

    shameema begum
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Planning to visit Las Vegas on your next vacation with your family? With hundreds of cool activities on the Las Vegas trip with your kids and family will definitely have a blast! Los Vegas houses lots of fun family things to do and it offers plenty of museums, arcades and things to see to keep your family happy in Las Vegas. Check out a few attractions that are right for your family which is mentioned below. Try out Family-Friendly Shows Las Vegas offers home to a large numbers of excellent shows that appeal to audiences young and old with no age restrictions. Gregory Popovich’s Comedy…
  • Must Visit Libraries in the Delhi

    shameema begum
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    If you have a passion for reading books then you should not miss the opportunity to visit the top libraries in Delhi. Delhi Libraries are embodiment of studying as it holds collection of some of the oldest books, some of which dates back to thousands of years and also lots of existing collections. The libraries places are well maintained in excellent condition as you can have a pleasant time reading books. Given below is the glimpse of some of the popular libraries in Delhi, check it out. The American Library The American Library is one of the famous well maintained libraries which is under…
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    ASCD SmartBrief

  • Tips for choosing formative-assessment tools

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    The number of education-technology products available to assist with formative assessment is growing.  -More- 
  • Making cooperative learning powerful

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    "For many teachers who've tried it, cooperative learning is a noisy mess rather than a stairway to heaven," writes director o -More- 
  • Students to explore algebra through storytelling

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Some pre-algebra students in a Texas school district will participate in a study involving storytelling and algebra.  -More- Reserve your spot for the PLC event of the year! At this premier event, you'll learn from an all-star lineup of experts, including Robert Eaker, Mike Mattos, and Kenneth C. Williams. Plus, we've added new concurrent keynotes so you can learn about a variety of timely topics—from assessment and grading to differentiating instruction for English learners and virtual PLCs. Register early and save!
  • Fla. officials seek more flexibility for ELL students' scores

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
  • NEA publishes teacher-residency guide

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    The National Education Association has released a guide highlighting the role of teacher residency in teacher preparation.  -More- Setting the record straight on "high-yield" strategies Dr. Marzano contends that classroom strategies found in books are a good place to start, but schools must move beyond simple lists to get results. This recommended reading examines why using a comprehensive framework or language of instruction should be the basis for professional dialogue within your school or district. Download your free copy now!
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • 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,…
  • #YouMatter: Good For Your Heart, Good For Your Health

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

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

  • 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…
  • Why I Now Friend My Students on Social Media [Video] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Being unpopular and saying things people don’t want to hear isn’t fun. Neither is admitting you’re wrong. Perhaps that is why this 5 minute speech I felt compelled to give was so hard for me. I’m convinced that we’ve isolated students in a world without teachers on social media and every day we are reaping the consequences. We need to rethink this now so we can move forward to a better tomorrow. Sometimes unpopular, uncomfortable things need to be said and positions should be reversed in order to do the right thing. Ultimately, my students said that I needed to…
  • What Are Teachers’ Rights and Risks on Social Media? (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Scott McLeod talks with Vicki Davis about teacher’s rights and legal issues to consider when using social media. In this episode of Every Classroom Matters, Scott reminds us educators should be aware that  teachers are representatives of their employers and legally do not have a right to privacy even in their lives outside of school. If this sounds extreme, take a listen so you can understand the legal aspects of a teachers using social media. Listen to Scott McLeod talk about teachers and social media  Listen on iTunes 4/13/14 Add Scott Mcleod to your PLN Twitter: @mcleod Blog:…
  • Heart’s Cry to Great Teachers: Bring You (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Don’t ask your students to be you. You are not creating mini-me’s. That is not your goal. The average teacher thinks about talking cessation – the superior teacher cares about inspiring the next generation. Aimless people are Columbus kind of people — when they set sail, they don’t know where they are going. When they get there, they don’t know where they are. When they get back, they have no idea where they’ve been. (heard from a Brian Tracey recording) Be purposeful. Know where you’re heading. Celebrate the accomplishment when you return.
  • How to Connect Your Classroom: Case Study with Andrew Cohen of @Brainscape (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Start-ups are good for our country. Most students don’t know what they are. I want to infuse a start-up mentality in my classroom as I help students understand innovation. Creation is good. Inventing is hard. If you’re an independent thinker: hire yourself and create a start-up. Recently my ninth graders connected via Google Hangout with the CEO of Brainscape, Andrew Cohen. What is Brainscape? Brainscape is a scientifically-based flashcard tool that lets students learn faster than traditional flashcard services. (Learn more in the video.) My classes have Brainscape study…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #CSAM14: Spotlight on Paul Eaton and “Becoming”

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Paul Eaton is a doctoral candidate in Educational Research and Leadership at Louisiana State university. Photograph: John Giustina Photography/Getty Images from The Guardian What was your path to Student Affairs (feel free to include your plans as an undergraduate, etc.)? It was my undergraduate involvement that led me to student affairs. I was highly engaged in Residence Life, Orientation, and Service Learning programs at my institution. During my Junior year, it occurred to me that I might be able to work with students as a career. My RHA advisor and other professionals encouraged me to…
  • In Defense of Student Affairs, Or Just Defensive?

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    By now, many of us have read Paul Gordon Brown’s piece “20 Courses Missing From Your #HigherEd & #StudentAffairs Master’s Program.” Several more of us have read Mandi Stewart’s reply “In Response to: 20 Courses Missing From Your #HigherEd & #StudentAffairs Master’s Program.” While I respect Mandi’s opinions, there is something missing in this discussion, and I hope this piece can lend a perspective. Captured: A collage of photos from a surprise party featuring 15 of my former RAs at the close of the Spring 2014 semester. Within the card, pictured, is a note from each…
  • Tuesday Tally – 10/07/14 – Were you an over-involved student? #CSAM14 & #ACUI

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    In the continued spirit of #CSAM14 and the #ACUI partner chat this week I thought it appropriate to ask this question. A few weeks ago the Tuesday Tally was related to when people realized they wanted to work in Student Affairs/Higher Education. 70% of respondents stated they discovered this path in their undergraduate experience. This week’s question explores how involved we were as a student. So, think back to when you were a college student – were you an over-involved student? Take Our Poll
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #33: Lisa Endersby on Cultivating Conditions for Student Success Through Assessment

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast! The show goes international as we welcome Lisa Endersby to the podcast! Lisa talked with Dustin about assessment in student affairs and how we work to create conditions for success for our students. She has a lot of passion and stories to tell so make sure to plug in with this one to see how you can implement some low-cost, low-risk assessment into your work. Many thanks to Lisa for chatting with us! Connect with her and all of the things she mentioned in this episode below. Show Notes: Lisa Endersby: Site, Twitter…
  • #SAReads Book Review: Fangirl

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
      Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a fairly accurate description of what it’s like to be a young white woman attending college in the midwest. Cather and Wren, twins from Omaha, Nebraska, head off to the state school together while following different paths. Cath, the introverted and imaginative one, struggles with coming out of her shell – even to go to the cafeteria for meals. Wren, on the other hand, exemplifies the freedom that many of our students feel when they are away from home for the first time – going out and drinking with newfound friends, straying away from her…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • 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…
  • And What Do You Mean By…

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

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

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    modified from Pixabay public domain image I’ve flip flopped countless times on whether to publish this, and you may never know if the coin toss lands the last time on “no”. In fact, I bailed on it last night, but the damned thing keeps gnawing at me. I waver because it sounds a bit petty, defensive, and or combative. And it’s none of those (well petty is always a possibility). The point is not even the point described below, but for me, in thinking through this, I have a minuscule taste of the other side of the privilege that comes with being a white male (a state of…
  • Whatever Happened to Whatever Happened to Instructional Technology?

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by QuestionMark Has anyone jumped any chasms lately? Once again, the associative trails in my cerebral memex fired off this morning. Via a tweet from Karen Fasimpaur, I watched Wes Fryer’s metaphor rich keynote Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning At 2:41 Wes introduced the Technology Adoption Curve, the notion based on Everett Rodgers Diffusion of Innovation work that there are different groups of people in terms of the way they adopt new technologies. It got me thinking about a writer in the early or mid 1990s, I was…
  • Packed! This Hound is Kamloops Bound

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by alee_04 The suitcases are packed with winter clothes and secured. Computer gear? Check. Camera Stuff? Ditto. Guitar? Got it. Medical supplies (well what my lame oh insurance will provide)? Yep. iPod? Loaded. Having been home a whole five days after two weeks in New Zealand, I’m off again. This time? a ROAD TRIP! Tomorrow I start on a 1900 mile journey to Kamloops British Columbia. With assistance from Brian Lamb, I have been granted a four month fellowship as an Open Learning Scholar at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). What…
  • How Does It Feel to Be 107, Grandma?

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    My grandmother was born today, in 1907. Or sometime around this date. One of her stories is that she never had a birth certificate. Born into a large family, and with her Mom passing away when grandma was a child, there was no official birth record. At some time later, she was able to prove her approximate birth according to notes in the Census taker. She so more or less picked October 15 to be her birthday. That is just like her. I teased her that I wanted her to live at least until 100. She came close, 96. That photo above was on a visit to Baltimore in 1994, when I recorded an hour of her…
  • On Those Old Webs

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I’m reading with warm nostalgia Andy Carvin’s celebrating 20 years ago today, I published my first website. But the real epiphany came afterwards. Andy did this as a post-grad internship, studying telecommunications policy and finding his way into the early Cambrian era of the web: On October 14, 1994, I felt EdWeb was ready-ish for prime time. So I posted a note to a number of education-related email lists inviting people to check it out. I didn’t get a huge number of responses, but the ones I did were both…
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  • The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

    Steve Drummond
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?» E-Mail This
  • The Secret Lives Of Teachers

    Steve Drummond
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Our new series looks at what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? What's your secret life?» E-Mail This
  • The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education

    Eve Abrams
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    The names that many big-city schools, teachers and students use to describe themselves are changing. Exhibit A: New Orleans.» E-Mail This
  • LA Schools Superintendent Steps Down, Defends Tenure

    Scott Neuman
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    John Deasy's resignation, announced by the Los Angeles school board Thursday, comes after high-profile tussles with the teachers union and a troubled initiative to put an iPad in every student's hand.» E-Mail This
  • New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

    Patricia Willens
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    A New York City entrant in a long-running research controversy over the effectiveness of small high schools reveals that a reform derided as a failure has positive impact.» E-Mail This
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  • 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…
  • I was wrong

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve made statements late last year to the effect that “corporate MOOCs will be the big trend in 2014″. I was wrong. Recently, with CorpU and Reda Sadki, I ran an open online conference on corporate MOOCs. We put together a strong line up of presenters and topics and I expected reasonably strong turnout as the topic was timely. While we had a large number of signups, we only had 15-30 people attend each session. The sessions were generally one-way information flow (from the presenter). Attendees appeared to be reluctant to share experiences and views. I’m not sure if…
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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’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?
  • Did the question change because it’s now a QR code? (Scott McLeod)
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Rafranz Davis said: I get that one must learn about tech tools but … why are we NOT putting the “how to use this app” things online and offering more discussion-based sessions on things like writing better questions, learner empowerment, designing student-driven lessons, community-based projects, teaching beyond the test, reflection, feedback, research, and soft skills … you know … the things that technology can support. … At some point we’ll figure out that while playing assessment app games are somewhat informing, our kids deserve much more than that when it comes to…
  • An #itec14 apology (Scott McLeod)
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Sometimes when you think as publicly as I do, you make a mistake publicly and have to apologize publicly. My post earlier this week about ed tech conferences is one of those times… I stand behind what I said in my post. Most of our ed tech conferences could use a lot of rethinking and many folks agree with me (96 comments and counting…). That said, I wasn’t thinking about ITEC, Iowa’s ed tech conference, in particular but rather about ed tech conferences more generally based on a bunch of experiences that I’ve had over the past year or so. However, because 1) some of the…
  • Peer-to-peer collaboration? Meh. (Scott McLeod)
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Tom Whitby said: Technology has provided us with the ability to communicate, curate, collaborate, and (most importantly) create with any number of educators, globally, at any time, and at very little cost. One would think educators would be celebrating in the streets at the good fortune of advancing their own learning while helping their profession evolve. That jubilation does not yet exist in many educators. via Related Posts #MobilityShifts – Day 5: Emerging Learning Environments, Peer to Peer…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Links for 2014-10-21 []

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sencity - Friday night Oval Space WNYC School Name Generator | WNYC Productivity Is The Enemy of Creativity — Medium American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED Americans need to learn how to discover. Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers - The Atlantic Independence : Independence Vol 39 No 2 Oct 2014, Page 60
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    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design and the Line Between Editing and Censorship | Brain Pickings
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    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Implementing swifter Open Innovation thanks to the C-K design theory PART 1 - WE-Open Innovation C-K design theory prevents fixation effects therefore boosting creativity.
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    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    BBC Radio 4 - The Educators - Available now
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    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    What’s in Your Pencil Case? — Tradecraft & Traction — Medium
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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

  • 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…
  • My History As An Elective

    Jose Vilson
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The first result from a Google Search I did on Indigenous Peoples’ Day was a racist rant from someone who clearly has a chip on their shoulder for the minimal advances that people of color have made in this country. It reminds me of an old adage used in my college days: white history is taught as a core course in college while other peoples’ history an elective. The idea that Christopher Columbus ought to be celebrated as an explorer and colonizer of a new world while opening the gateway for transatlantic slavery and genocide baffles me. Even more baffling is that I didn’t…
  • Not Good Or Bad, But Kids Nonetheless

    Jose Vilson
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This summer, I had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia’s Wooden Shoe Bookstore on my This Is Not A Tour book tour, co-sponsored by my publisher and the Caucus of Working Educators (a caucus of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers). In the midst of having conversation about race and education reform, I wanted to send a message of hope in the bleakest of times, knowing full well that in weeks, the teachers in front of me would have to teach students not unlike mine. These are the conduits and gurus to our children’s learning. Obviously, Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • 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…
  • What Harm Essay

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
  • A Fantastic Commenter

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Emma A. comments on blogs almost every night. She has great things to say and she says them well. Her spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct. She takes her time to make others feel great.That is why she is the first student this year to receive the Reading Workshop Outstanding Commenter Award. I give this award as a way of saying thanks and great job to students that make the extra effort to comment on their peers' blogs.This star is on the sidebar on Emma's blog, Exciting Tales of Me. Great job to Emma! If you want this badge of excellence on your blog, just take a little time and…
  • What Happened in the Book Last Night?

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
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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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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Comments to the Oklahoma City Board of Education: Oct 20, 2014

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This evening I spoke during the “public comment” time at the board meeting of Oklahoma City Public Schools. I specifically addressed the need for more technology funding at Classen School of Advanced Studies. (ClassenSAS) In many ways, ClassenSAS is the leading academic high school in our district, but that is NOT the case when it comes to educational technology. ClassenSAS is currently the most “technology poor” high school in Oklahoma City Public Schools. While ClassenSAS does not qualify for the same grant and Title I funding opportunities as other OKCPS high…
  • Free MinecraftEDU Server Remote Control Options for Mac Users

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Next week I’m starting a three part, six day MinecraftEDU lesson with my 4th and 5th grade STEM students which will be a mathematical “building challenge” similar to but a little different than what I had students do last year. Last semester I had students work in groups to complete a “permeter/area building challenge,” and students worked in “Creative Mode” using a “Cooperative Building Challenge World” I created using MCEdit. (For more details, see my January 2014 post, “Initial Minecraft Competition World Created with…
  • Paper Slide Video PD Reflections From Wichita

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I recently had an opportunity to share some professional development workshops with teachers in Wichita, Kansas. This was a repeated, 2.5 hour BYOD workshop on “Mapping Media to the Common Core,” and I focused primarily on interactive writing (with TodaysMeet) as well as quick-edit videos using YouTube Capture and paper-slide videos. I have a variety of resources relating to Paper Slide Videos on the Narrated Slideshow / Screencast page of Mapping Media. These are two compilations of paper slide videos the teachers created in the workshop in the morning and afternoon, using iPads…
  • Igniting Innovation with the 2014 K-12 Online Conference

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    This month is a particularly exciting time to be or become a “connected educator!” Monday officially kicked off the FREE 2014 K-12 Online Conference, and I’m honored this year to serve as the pre-conference keynote speaker. If you have not already, please set aside 40 minutes and check out the keynote video which you’ll find on as well as on YouTube. The 12 contributor videos included in the keynote area also available on this YouTube playlist, and I’m adding conference participant videos shared in response to the keynote video challenge.
  • Mapping Media Vol 1 Chapters Available as Separate eBooks

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I’m pleased to announce  individual chapters  of ‘Mapping Media to the Common Core: Volume I” are available as separate eBooks for $2.99 each on I’ve updated the book/eBook descriptions on the “About” page of the Mapping Media website. Whether you are a current teacher, a pre-service teacher, or an instructor/professor teaching educational technology courses, the availability of these chapters as individual eBooks will hopefully offer you (and possibly your students) affordable flexibility in accessing these e-texts. The combined…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • 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…
  • 1000 Blog Posts

    Jeff Utecht
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    So…this is blog post 1000. Crazy to think and yet at the same time I’m pretty late to the game for someone who started blogging in September of 2005. A quick look of others who I know started blogs around that same time. Dean Shareski is at 2800+ blog posts and Clarence Fisher is 3100 and counting. Both making this 1000th blog post look like nothing! I still remember setting up this blog in my computer lab in Shanghai. I downloaded WordPress and followed the directions to install it on the little server I was running at the time. I remember coming to the page that asked to name…
  • I’m being pulled to Google+

    Jeff Utecht
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Funny looking back at my older blog posts of Google+ here on the blog. It seems like every year I feel like I need to blog about how Google+ really is turning into a large part of my PLN. In fact over the last few weeks I have spent more time in Google+ than I have on Twitter…way more. The conversation I feel is deeper, more engaging and the communities….the sharing that happens in the communities is amazing. Much like the hashtag communities on Twitter the Google+ communities are rich with discussion, sharing and helping. Blast from the Past: Dec. 2011: Google+ Reflection Aug.
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • 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…
  • Decision Trees–Possible Interesting Coding Project

    Alfred Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    I found this interesting flowchart for determining where one should eat Thanksgiving. It’s pretty complete which also means it’s complicated. I guess if you know the answers it is not too bad to follow. If you just want to see the paths it is complicated. As I was wondering though it I thought “I’d rather have a computer program ask me the questions and spit out an answer.” Naturally the next thought was that I should ask students to write such a program. And maybe I will. Probably not this particular flowchart but if I can think of something more relevant to teens I may just do it.
  • Interesting Links 19 October 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    You know those school weeks with lots of interruptions, strange schedules and little normal routine? Yep, had one last week. I also managed to record a good number of Office Mixes on various programming topics. I’ll post a list of them as soon as I have a few more under my belt. One of my earlier Mixes is a finalist for a contest Microsoft is running. The winners are chosen by community voting, so if you are willing to help me get some computers for my school, please vote for my mix at  Now for a few links I collected last week. Lets start…
  • Help Me Win Surface Pro 3s for My School

    Alfred Thompson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    OK so the good news is that I am one of 15 finalists to win 15 Surface Pro's for my favorite school. The winners are chosen by community voting, so please vote for my mix at Mine is the one on Binary Numbers. Each person can vote for one mix per day, now through October 30th. You have to sign in (only one vote per person per day) using a Facebook, Google, Microsoft or Office 360 organization account. You can vote once every 24 hours. Note that the sign in is at the top of the web page not the button under each entry.Please vote and ask your friends…
  • Idea vs Implementation–Using What We Learn

    Alfred Thompson
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    You’re at a great conference and you are hearing all sorts of great ideas. It’s exciting! You hear about tools and techniques that are working wonders in the presenter’s school or in the schools the researcher or vendor repeats stories from. You love it. It could make a world of difference in your class. And you get home and never use it. Has that ever happened to you? It has to me though I am embarrassed to admit it. What happens to us? Lots of different things. Sometimes the tech is too expensive. Even when it is free perhaps we don’t have hardware capable of running it. Most likely…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • 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…
  • New Report Slams Detroit Free Press on Charters

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    By Gary Naeyaert Great Lakes Education Project October 20th, 2014 National media watchdog group says Detroit Free Press series is only 10% reliable; criticizes paper for engaging in partisan political activity. Lansing, MI – According to a special report released today by The Media Bullpen, an independent editorial project of the Center for Education Reform, the June “investigative” report by the Detroit Free Press on Michigan’s charter schools left much to be desired in terms of accuracy and journalistic independence. The Media Bullpen conducted a thorough analysis of the 8-day,…
  • Biased Reporting Fails to Meet Standards of Journalism

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Special Report finds The Detroit Free Press Only Ten Percent Reliable on ‘State of Charter Schools’ CER Press Release Washington, D.C. October 20, 2014 Measuring the Reliability of the Detroit Free Press: State of Charter Schools, released today by The Media Bullpen©, found the major news outlet to be only ten percent reliable in its June 22-29, 2014 series on charter schools. The Media Bullpen© – an entirely separate, editorially independent news arm of The Center for Education Reform (CER) – analyzed the 8-day, 42-article series based on its reliability, objectivity and…
  • Charter School Achievement Data

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Links to various reports & studies highlighting charter school achievement across the U.S. CER Survey of America’s Charter Schools 2014 report highlights the environment and conditions charter schools function in, which lead to achievement, but specific data on achievement not present) Louisiana Charter School Achievement, August 2013 Part of CREDO’s state by state look at charter school achievement, results show Louisiana charter school students learning more in a school year than traditional students. While CER finds flaws in CREDO’s methodology, local instead of national…
  • Wisconsin Sunk $139 Million Into Private Schools Booted From Voucher Program

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    By Arianna Prothero Education Week October 13th, 2014 Over the past decade, Wisconsin has spent around $139 million on school vouchers to pay tuition for students attending private schools that were eventually disqualified from the state’s program, according to a review by the Wisconsin State Journal. The Madison, Wis.-based newspaper also reports that a little over 50 low-performing public schools in Milwaukee, where no more than 10 percent of students tested proficient on state exams, cost the taxpayers around $361 million last year alone. Wisconsin—the birthplace of modern…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • U. of Oklahoma Ends Ban on Band Members' Criticism

    Scott Jaschik
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    The University of Oklahoma has ended a ban by its marching band on members saying anything negative in public about the organization, The Oklahoman reported. Marching band members criticized the ban (anonymously, because of the ban) in newspaper ads in the state. After the ad ran, President David Boren lifted the ban and met with band members to hear their concerns about leadership of the marching band, which many members say has suffered a decline in quality.   Ad keywords: administrators
  • U. of South Florida Cancels Visit by African Journalists

    Scott Jaschik
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    The University of South Florida has called off an agreement to host 14 journalists from Africa, citing concerns about Ebola, The St. Petersburg Tribune reported. Only two of the journalists were from countries that currently have Ebola outbreaks. The State Department, which runs the exchange program asked the university if it would accept the journalists from elsewhere in Africa and South Florida still declined. Ad keywords: administrators
  • Israel to Allow University Admission Without Psychometric Test

    Scott Jaschik
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Israel's universities will shift admissions policies so that one-third of students may be admitted without considering of their scores on a national psychometric exam, The Jerusalem Post reported. Instead, those students will be admitted solely based on achievement in high school. Education Minister Shai Piron explained the change this way. “Some view the psychometric exam as a tool suffering from cultural bias. The financial investment in preparation and the structure of parts of the exam may discriminate between students, and turn into a wall that prevents many students to enter…
  • Foreign Language Learning

    Doug Lederman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve previously examined how the multilingual nature of today’s classroom is shaping language learning. In today’s Academic Minute, Union College's Megan M. Ferry examines the scope of learning a foreign language today. Ferry is an associate professor of Chinese at Union, in Schenectady, N.Y. A transcript of this podcast can be found here. Section: Academic MinuteFile:  10-22-14_union_teaching_languages.mp3Event's date: Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:45am
  • U. of Arkansas System debates how to fund online education startup

    Carl Straumsheim
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Campuses in the the University of Arkansas System balk at the idea of paying the startup costs of an online institution that is missing its own fund-raising target and may one day compete for their students. Editorial Tags: Distance education
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • Wanted: Immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms

    Laura Devaney
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Report reveals that teachers are increasingly incorporating digital games into instruction Stefano Tinti / Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, but few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Teachers surveyed for a new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center said they believe using digital games in the classroom helps students improve math skills (71 percent), computer/technology content and skills (65 percent), executive…
  • Free online aquarium resources foster science inquiry

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    New aquarium webcams and curriculum materials aim to instill student appreciation of marine biology To reach more classrooms with its educational programs, the Aquarium of the Pacific has created free online curriculum materials based on live animal webcams. The Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, activities, online resources, and educational videos. Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the aquarium’s live streaming webcams, such as Shark Lagoon, Tropical Pacific, and Penguin…
  • 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…
  • One school puts its mark on Maker Movement

    Laura Devaney
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Something happened when technology became so cheap that getting a new TV, DVR player, heck, even new clothes–was cheaper than fixing the broken or torn one. The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. That mentality is caving in at the private East Memphis school, where two computer labs (obsolete now that every student has her own laptop) have been turned into “makerspaces”–Spartan, industrialized work areas…
  • How to boost parent-teacher communication

    Michael Sharnoff
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    eSchool News » Top News

  • Wanted: Immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms

    Laura Devaney
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Report reveals that teachers are increasingly incorporating digital games into instruction Stefano Tinti / Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, but few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Teachers surveyed for a new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center said they believe using digital games in the classroom helps students improve math skills (71 percent), computer/technology content and skills (65 percent), executive…
  • Free online aquarium resources foster science inquiry

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    New aquarium webcams and curriculum materials aim to instill student appreciation of marine biology To reach more classrooms with its educational programs, the Aquarium of the Pacific has created free online curriculum materials based on live animal webcams. The Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, activities, online resources, and educational videos. Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the aquarium’s live streaming webcams, such as Shark Lagoon, Tropical Pacific, and Penguin…
  • 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…
  • One school puts its mark on Maker Movement

    Laura Devaney
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Something happened when technology became so cheap that getting a new TV, DVR player, heck, even new clothes–was cheaper than fixing the broken or torn one. The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. That mentality is caving in at the private East Memphis school, where two computer labs (obsolete now that every student has her own laptop) have been turned into “makerspaces”–Spartan, industrialized work areas…
  • How to boost parent-teacher communication

    Michael Sharnoff
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    eSchool News » Technologies

  • 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…
  • 3 ways technology buoys at-risk students

    Laura Devaney
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Educational technology can greatly improve outcomes for at-risk students if implemented correctly Interactive learning and other technology-enabled strategies can increase engagement and significantly improve achievement among at-risk students, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). When properly implemented, three aspects of educational technology combine to support at-risk high school students: interactive learning, use of technology to explore and create rather than to “drill and…
  • New tech offers virtual field trip to an aquarium tank

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Visitors can control a mini-submarine for an up-close perspective A Boise, Idaho, company is taking armchair adventuring and learning to a new level by letting anyone on the internet take command of a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The LiveDiver device from Reach-In is now installed at the Aquarium of Boise. By logging into the aquarium’s website, users can control a small mini-submarine in the shark and fish tank to get a diver’s perspective of the marine life. Visitors can even snap pictures of the finned critters–if Letterman the puffer fish will let them. But more…
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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

  • 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…
  • From Entertainment To Learning

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    There are many factors that weigh into how quickly change of cultural mindset can occur. And as I’ve said before, at a school as complex as the one I work at, these factors are not easily or quickly countered. My school is considered as catering for a disadvantaged community but that does not mean universal neediness. It just means the range of what kids have access to in their home life is stretched out far wider than the average school. We have students who come to school hungry so teachers give them breakfast but also have kids who get dropped in Mercedes or BMWs. We have students…
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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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  • 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…
  • These Horrible Coin Problems (And What We Can Do About Them)

    Dan Meyer
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    From Pearson’s Common Core Algebra 2 text (and everyone else’s Algebra 2 text for that matter): Mark has 42 coins consisting of dimes and quarters. The total value of his coins is $6. How many of each type of coin does he have? Show all your work and explain what method you used to solve the problem. The only math students who like these problems are the ones who grow up to be math teachers. One fix here is to locate a context that is more relevant to students than this contrivance about coins, which is a flimsy hangar for the skill of “solving systems of equations” if…
  • Teach Students Correct But Useless Steps

    Dan Meyer
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Christopher Danielson and Megan Schmidt have both written recently and compellingly about the trouble students have when taught that math is a series of correct “steps.” Danielson, doing his best Howard Beale: THE STEPS WIN, PEOPLE! The steps trump thinking. The steps trump number sense. The steps triumph over all. Let me add to the conversation the category of “steps that are correct but useless.” These are great. They come from a conversation I had, like, fifteen minutes ago with a teacher named Leah Temes here at NWMC 2014. Leah teaches Algebra II. We were talking…
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    NYC Educator

  • Small Game Hunting in Mr. Educator's Classroom.

    NYC Educator
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I had my initial planning conference yesterday. I selected option one, with the formal observation. I always think it's a good idea to plan with my supervisor. That way, if she says my lesson was awful, I can ask why the hell she asked me to do it like that. Now this may not work for you, because past earnings are no indicator of future returns. Nonetheless, that's my approach.My primary concern, as a teacher of beginners, is the reluctance of a large number of my students to actually speak. Many of my students come from places where they sit in large classes,  listen to teachers and…
  • The U.F.T. Unity Caucus Respects Parliamentary Rule

    Arwen E.
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    NYC Educator carried a post earlier in the month with a quote by Leo Casey of UFT Unity: To honor their democratic decisionmaking processes, some parties and caucuses adopt an understanding that is known as cabinet rule in the British parliamentary system: Once a democratic decision has been made within the party or caucus, its members are obliged to not oppose it in Parliament.[2] If the matter in question is one of fundamental principle, one can always leave the party or caucus and oppose it. In my view, this understanding is essential for a caucus to function as a democratic body.I…
  • MORE and the Mission from God

    NYC Educator
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve had a love-hate relationship with MORE since its inception. Though I ran a few times with ICE in ill-fated union elections, I was never completely sold on MORE. As they were the only non-Unity endorsed option, as I knew and respected some of their candidates, I supported them in the last election, and asked members at my school to vote for them too. But my name didn’t appear on their ballot.There are some people I admire intensely who’ve worked very hard for MORE. I’m not going to name them here, as I’m certain I’ll miss someone pivotal, probably the person I admire most. I'm…
  • MOSL and the Ten Commandments

    NYC Educator
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Every school needs to determine precisely how junk science is utilized to determine teacher ratings. In our school, we tried to make measures as broad as possible. Wherever we could, we did not tie teachers to ratings based on their individual students. We felt this was unhealthy. For example, if some kid came to me asking for extra help, it would probably be less than optimal for me to say, “Screw you, kid, because you’re in Miss Grundy’s class.”I probably wouldn’t say that in any case, but I would never want to be in competition with my colleagues. This places me in opposition to…
  • What if You Have to Skip Town Before You're Observed?

    NYC Educator
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    You never know. Maybe Cathie Black finally read those awful things you said about her and the DOE has put out a hit on you. Maybe your rich uncle in Tasmania is sick and needs you by his bedside. Perhaps you've finally found a killer deal on that chateau in the Ozarks you've always dreamed about. Who knows?But, but doesn't the APPR agreement say you've got to be observed four times? Well, not necessarily. On page five it says this:d) When a teacher is unexpectedly absent for the remainder of the school year (e.g., extended leave), the teacher shall have a minimum of two (2) observations,…
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    The Fischbowl

  • 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…
  • The Textbook Is Not The Curriculum

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    A World War II German U-boat, sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic more than 72 years ago, has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced.
  • Palins describe brawl in recordings

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Bristol Palin describes being dragged through the grass and called a series of obscenities during a massive brawl last month in recordings of Anchorage police interviews that CNN obtained through a public records request.
  • Nun's shocking song on new album

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    A nun sings "Like a Virgin" And CNN's Jeanne Moos says it's not the Virgin Mary she's singing about, it's a Madonna cover.
  • People can't live in these new high-rises

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    With a tiny land mass relative to its 8.2 million residents, the state of Israel is running out of room to bury their dead.
  • Rowe defends himself against critics

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    CNN's Mike Rowe defends himself against critics, saying, "I was neither bored nor disdainful" of endangered birds on "Somebody's Gotta Do It."
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    This Week In Education

  • AM News: In LA, Duncan Talks Early Childhood & Tech With Cortines

    Alexander Russo
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified's Cortines LA Times: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools. Education secretary says time to debate preschool is over KPCC: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a conference of preschool advocates in Los Angeles Tuesday that the value of early education to young children is undisputed and the effort should shift to expanding it to more kids. Baker,…
  • Journalism: But Are All The New Ed-Focused Outlets Really *Helping*?

    Alexander Russo
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Fordham's Mike ("Kojak") Petrilli has a new piece online this morning (Online education coverage is on the rise) over at Education Next (which I sometimes write for), taking a look at the "new breed" of education journalism out there over the past year or so. What's new, or missing, or wrong in the Petrilli piece? Clearly someone with access to Politico Pro, Petrilli notes that in addition to Morning Education the outlet "pumps out loads of ministories, and at least a handful of meaty ones, almost every day." Anyone else seen these pieces, and if…
  • Thompson: It's OK To Celebrate Deasy’s Departure, Teachers

    john thompson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Los Angeles Times’ Too Many Maverick Moments Finally Led to Deasy’s Undoing at LAUSD, by Howard Blume and James Rainey, is probably the best account of how the LA School Board finally lost patience with the “uncommunicative, ungovernable, somewhat detached leader.” Journalists and scholars rightly take a dispassionate stance and place John Deasy’s defeat in the overall context of systematic change, and why it is hard to improve large urban school systems. The best of that genre is Deasy's Exit Reflects Other School Battles Across the U.S., by Teresa Watanabe and Stephen…
  • Charts: Top Quarter Of Poor Urban School Students Enroll In College

    Alexander Russo
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    "Among the top quarter of these low-income high schools, 60 percent or more of the students went to college in the fall." (Hechinger Report:  Twenty five percent of low-income urban high schools beat the odds). Image used with permission.
  • Morning Listen: Reed (Netflix) Hastings & Sal Khan Discuss Nonprofit Online Learning

    Alexander Russo
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the most recent Bloomberg EDU, Jane Williams talks to the Netflix founder (and charter skeptic) and YouTube flipped classroom trailblazer (or whatever to call him). Link not working? Go here.
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    Learning is Change

  • What I’m Learning: How to limit the number of words in a response to a Google Form question.

    Ben Wilkoff
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    While you can use the advanced data validation properties of a Google Form question to limit the number of characters in an answer, you will need a regular expression in order to limit the number of words. If you ever have such a need, here it is:  ^\s*(\S+\s+){1,9}\S*$ This regular expression will limit the response to 10 words. You can change the 1 and the 9 if you want to have different limits on the number of words (the 1 represents the lowest number your question will accept and the 9 represents the highest). This is what it looks like in a question:
  • What I’m Using: YouiDraw – An amazing Vector Graphic App for Chrome(books) that works with Google Drive.

    Ben Wilkoff
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    I really like this application, as it is so fully featured. It seems to be even better than Inkscape. I also really enjoy that there are MANY different templates to start from. YouiDraw, Online Vector Graphic Design, Drawing Online Logo Maker. Create stunning vector Graphic design with YouiDraw online. It’s like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw but it works with html5 and Google Drive. So there’s no software to download, install and config. You can access your work anytime, anywhere. Suddenly, your creativity is unleashed!
  • What I’m Reading: My favorite blog post of the moment with more than a little bit of snark. (H/T Ani McHugh – @teacherbiz31)

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    If you are someone who is interested thinking about data differently or perhaps critiquing the current system of emphasizing Rigor, Grit, and Testing, I highly recommend this blog post. Dear Teachers: Feed the Data Monster. Rigorously and with Grit. | teacherbiz Dear teachers, Now that the 2014-2015 school year is well underway, I’m writing to you with a friendly reminder of what everyone already knows:
  • What I’m Learning: You can embed a Hangout button pretty much anywhere.

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    So, I should have probably realized this, but you can set up a Google Hangout with a simple click of a button. You can do this in your own website or simply insert this button in a Google Site without coding anything. I am going to be using this to set up specific support structures using hangouts for PD. How will you use this feature? If you want more of the technical aspects of this, go here:  Google+ Hangout button – Google+ Platform — Google Developers The Hangout button lets you launch a Google+ Hangout directly from your site. When you use the button, you can set up the Hangout…
  • What I’m Learning: Tilde.Club is Amazing

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love this blog post. It is such an amazing story of how crowd-sourced collaboration actually happens. It is also a wonderful writing piece to look at for inspiration. I am interested to hear what you think the biggest learnings are from this story? Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium This is the story of an accidental network of hundreds of people all (sort of) working toward a vague common goal on a ridiculous project that did not exist two weeks ago.
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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

  • 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…
  • When Should You Buy Your Child a Smartphone?

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

  • 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. ©…
  • Writing to be read

    Doug Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    But the familiarity of bad academic writing raises a puzzle. Why should a profession that trades in words and dedicates itself to the transmission of knowledge so often turn out prose that is turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand? - "Why Academics' Writing Stinks" Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2014.  I turned in the second draft of my book on creativity Teaching Outside the Lines to my editor at Corwin Press a couple weeks ago. Commercial book publishing is a long and involved process of which actually writing the…
  • BFTP: What defines expert thinking?

    Doug Johnson
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    As things so very often areintelligence won’t get you far.So be glad you’ve got more sensethan you’ve got intelligence.                                    Piet Hein In my 2009 post Gone Missing*, I speculated that many now automated jobs are those that could be described as "Routine Cognitive Work" - jobs answering questions like "What's my checking account balance?" or  "May I have a window seat?" or…
  • Calculator or tablet?

    Doug Johnson
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    A logical step in implementing a workable BYOD plan in a school is to put a device (or a selection of devices that meet a set of specifications) on the school supply list.  A $150-$200 tablet or Chromebook seems a reasonable purchase for most families if such devices will last at least two years and actually be used in school*. (Yes, I've blogged about this before. See BYOD and the school supply list.)   But one thing that may be holding such a plan back is the monopoly TI has on the graphing calculator biz and the death grip it has on math teachers. In "The unstoppable TI-84 Plus:…
  • The Ants of Kenya: My Learn2 Talk now on YouTube

    Doug Johnson
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    This is my Learn2 talk from the conference in Addis Ababa.  Doug Johnson: A Lesson from the Ants of Kenya   Blog post about the tale here.
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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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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship--The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    J. Edwards
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Here's a great announcement that can be found on the CRTNET listserv. Shawn D. Long, PhD, Shawn.Long@uncc.eduMulticultural Postdoctoral Fellowship--The University of North Carolina at CharlotteUNC Charlotte invites applications for our new Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship program ( to support its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and building a strong intellectual community of scholars from different backgrounds. The purpose of the Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to support the early development of scholars who show promise of…
  • 8 Apps for Higher Education Day!

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • What is the most important issue in music education today?

    Raquel Fernandes
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Fall is upon us. The temperature is falling, the leaves are turning, and students are making their way back at school. To get a glimpse into the new school year, we asked some key music educators share their thoughts on the most important issues in music education today.   *    *    *    *    * “The history of music education in the United States is integrally linked to general educational policies and initiatives, as well as American culture and society. Rationales for why music is an important component of students’ education have utilized utilitarian,…
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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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  • 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…
  • ELT Live#5 - Professional Development (Online and off)

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Tweet 71:36 minutes (32.78 MB) ELT Live#5 Professional Development (Online and off)September 30, 2014ParticipantsLinks Shared2014 Kotesol International ConferenceMextesolArgentina Tesol​FeedlyConnected Educator MonthMichael's Blog ELT Rants Reviews Reflections  and Google Doc Resource Directory's Scoopit PageMendeley (G+ Community)SymbalooELLO.coitdi.proLearning2getherRebelmouse/pgeorge 2.0 LiveKELTchat Facebook GroupChat Log Belowread more
  • ELT Live#4 - How do students and teachers feel about going online with materials, assignments, and portfolios?

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Tweet 54:57 minutes (25.16 MB)ELT Live#4How do students and teachers feel about going online with materials, assignments, and portfolios?September 24, 2014   Participants  read more
  • ELT Live - Mobile Tools and Strategies for ELT

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

    Larry Ferlazzo
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    © 2007 Fabio Venni, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are new additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween: Wait, Americans Spend How Much on Halloween? is from The Atlantic. Colorado parents are freaking out about marijuana in Halloween candy is from Vox. Sweet Ideas for Halloween-Inspired Learning is from The Teaching Channel. 9 photos of when Halloween was truly a terrifying holiday is from Vox.
  • Some School Districts Resist Enrolling New Refugees From Central America

    Larry Ferlazzo
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The New York Times has published two articles this week about school districts in New York and elsewhere who have been resisting enrolling new refugees from Central America: Rules and Paperwork Keep Long Island’s Immigrant Children From Classroom School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants Compassion, along with respect for the law, appears to be in short supply in these places. I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border.
  • Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

    Larry Ferlazzo
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    © 1970 Pip R. Lagenta, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. Here are this week’s picks: I’m adding this tweet to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism: Which words do teachers rely on to address cultural differences in students? (Need more of the green.) #EWAteachers — Emily Richmond (@EWAEmily) October 20, 2014 Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths is by Suzie Boss at Edutopia. I’m…
  • Great Infographic, “A Taxonomy of Halloween Monsters,” Provides Idea For Higher-Order Thinking Lesson

    Larry Ferlazzo
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    I’ve written a lot about inductive learning, and this neat infographic provides an excellent idea for a higher-ordering thinking Halloween lesson. As my Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners study Halloween, they can start categorizing the different monsters and Halloween costumes they learn about — including writing/discussing them and providing reasons for their categorization decisions. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it, and there will be plenty of language-learning involved. I’m adding this info to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween. Thanks…
  • What A Shock! Study Finds That Student Reflection Helps Learning

    Larry Ferlazzo
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I’ve written a lot about the importance of reflection in learning (see The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection). A new study reinforces that perspective. You can read about it at Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests. Here’s an excerpt:
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  • Early voting opens in Texas: Polling place shenanigans?

    Ed Darrell
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    If you are confronted with voting irregularities at your polling station in Texas, call 1-844-TXVOTES (1-844-898-6837) A friendly reminder from BattleGround Texas:  If you experience voting irregularities at your polling station in Texas, call 1-844-TXVOTES (1-844-898-6837). Vote early!Filed under: Campaigns, Civil Rights, Elections, Texas, Voting, Voting Rights Act Tagged: Battleground Texas, Campaign, Civil Rights, Elections, Texas, voting, Voting Rights
  • Navy Day, October 27, 2014 — fly your flag

    Ed Darrell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Navy Day poster from unidentified year. Navy Day is October 27 of each year. 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment image Navy Day comes on October 27th, one of the increasing number of October “Fly Your Flag Today” dates, and one of the score designated in the U.S. Flag Code.Filed under: Fly your flag today, History, Naval History Tagged: Fly your flag, History, Navy Day, October 27
  • Fly your flag today: Columbus Day, 2014

    Ed Darrell
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Feel free to put your political brickbats in comments. U.S., Texas and University of North Texas at Dallas flags flying on campus, with storm clouds to the South. Photo by Ed Darrell; use encouraged with attribution. October 12 is the traditional, old calendar date upon which Columbus’s journals show he “discovered” land west of the Atlantic, after sailing from Spain. (Surely there is an explanation for why the date was not altered to conform with the new calendar, but I digress.)  In the finite wisdom of Congress, the holiday is designated on the “second Monday of…
  • Signs of life: No dogs

    Ed Darrell
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    From Neatorama. I’m guessing the sign is in South Africa. Humor in signage, especially with the kitty on top! Where does this photo come from? I’m not certain, but I think it’s from South Africa.  It showed up in Memebase from “unknown.”  A couple of links I found for other photos of similar signs showed they were in South Africa. Anyone know for sure?Filed under: Humor, Signs Tagged: Humor, Signs, Travel
  • October 9 – St. Denis’s Day, patron saint for those who have lost their head (Tea Party? House GOP?) 2014 edition

    Ed Darrell
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Dear Reader: My apologies. As Cecil might say, we’ve been fighting ignorance since 1974, and it’s taking longer than we thought.  My hopes to retire this post have not been realized.  Heck, it doesn’t even need much editing from last year. Saints save us, please! We might pause to reflect, too:  2014 has seen the media rise of actual beheadings.  This practice, which now strikes many of us as barbaric, occurs in reality as well as memory and literature; unlike St. Denis, those beheaded do not usually carry on to do anything at all; like St. Denis, they are martyred. Vote…
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  • Embrace Different

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What does it mean to be different? It's a question I've often reflected on, inconclusively. Ever since I realized that being bullied in middle school has forced me to step back from any social engagement, to observe the interactions of others and myself from afar, I've known I was apart, and different.Over time, you come to value the power of individuality, the power to act in ways different than others. When considering a new initiative, I often ask, "Is this something your campus or district has done previously?" If the answer is a "No, we've never done this before," then I take some…
  • 12 Tools for Productivity on Your #Chromebook and #iPad

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Have you ever asked yourself, "Can I do that with this device?" It's a lot of fun. For example, the iPad has become a bit of a boring tool for me, not because it's hard to do things with it, but rather, because I feel like I've mapped out workflows for what I commonly do. Once you map out what you do normally, you start to ask yourself, "What else can I do?"Some of the common tasks--and the quick solutions I use on each--I expect to be able to do include the following (I've indicated in parentheses the cost of each, if it's not free):EmailiPad: CloudMagic app (free and fantastic for iOS and…
  • Book Review: Deadly Odds (Updated 10/4/2014)

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Image Source: WikipediaIn late September, I received an email making me aware of a book entitled, Deadly Odds, by Allen Wyler.We’re currently raising awareness for our upcoming techno-thriller Deadly Odds by award-winning author Allen Wyler, to be published in October. And to promote its release, I’m contacting you on the off chance that you might be interested in a suspenseful, fast-paced thriller about a young computer genius whose impressive hacking skill gets him involved in a web of international terrorism. If so, we’d love to send you a complimentary advance copy of the…
  • Zombies Inspire @evernote @postachio #writing #edtech

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Image Source: you a new teacher looking for writing ideas to share with your students? Or, perhaps, an experienced teacher hoping to inspire students with a twist on traditional writing approaches? Be sure to check out Literacy Today, a site curated by school district literacy specialist, Jananne Healey. Jananne writes the following:It's not always easy inspiring your students to write.  Some students simply push back and say, "Nothing ever happens to me..."  Here are some wonderful ideas that just might spark an idea and make…
  • 3 Steps to Sharing Meeting Docs with Your Team @evernote @postachio

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Image Source: are a variety of ways to quickly share meeting documents with your team. For example, you could take advantage of one of the following:If you have access to a digital version of the handouts, you can post it in GoogleDrive or a web site.You can run the documents through a copier-scanner, email those to folks (or post them online anywhere).Another approach, if you have an Evernote and account, is to follow a workflow similar to the one below. Again, you can always adapt it to your needs, budget and available equipment.Step 1 - Digitize…
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  • 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…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Next Week's Great Library Events - Global Ed Stories - Michael Levine "Teaching with Games" Special Event

    Steve Hargadon
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateOctober 1st, 2014There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library. - Andrew Carnegie 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…
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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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  • 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

  • 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…
  • From Entertainment To Learning

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    There are many factors that weigh into how quickly change of cultural mindset can occur. And as I’ve said before, at a school as complex as the one I work at, these factors are not easily or quickly countered. My school is considered as catering for a disadvantaged community but that does not mean universal neediness. It just means the range of what kids have access to in their home life is stretched out far wider than the average school. We have students who come to school hungry so teachers give them breakfast but also have kids who get dropped in Mercedes or BMWs. We have students…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • 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…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bullying remains the hot button issue in special education law, and many people feel that it reflects a larger and ugly societal problem. Have you had any experiences with kids with disabilities being the victim of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part V

    Jim Gerl
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  In the first installment, 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 important not just because it analyzes special education law principles involving bullying, but…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bullying remains the hot button issue in special education law, and many people feel that it reflects a larger and ugly societal problem. Have you had any experiences with kids with disabilities being the victim of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part IV

    Jim Gerl
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    English: Bullying on  the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  In the first installment, 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 a later installment, I 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 important not just because it analyzes special…
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  • Evolution of Facebook groups: Informal e-learning among medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Most people think of online courses when they talk about e-learning, but aspects of social media can also be considered e-learning. In 2011 the Knowledge for Health Project (K4Health) began work with local partners to implement an e-learning and professional development policy for Medical Laboratory Scientists based on the needs identified by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nigeria. Six e-learning courses were developed and promoted through several channels including social media. A Facebook Group was created to share information about accessing and navigating the…
  • Remediation of print: On the current restructuration of higher education

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The educational establishment was built and structured on a communication pattern at the core of the Gutenberg Galaxy that combines the spoken word with printed and handwritten resources. The current digitization of text is a pacesetter for retooling the workplace in the “industries of signs”, for replacing skills on a broad scale and for developing new formal and informal social relationships. In addition to technological developments, a strong driver of this process is the cost of the mainly manual modes of academic operation. Core inhibitors to change are century-old traditions…
  • What Is ‘Personalized Learning’? Educators Seek Clarity

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    In the diverse and ever-changing world of educational technology, the term “personalized learning” seems to be everywhere, though there is not yet a shared understanding of what it means. Many school officials, and companies scrambling to do business with them, use that omnipresent phrase to refer to efforts to tailor lessons to students of different ability levels—an appealing concept, given the pressures schools face to raise the achievement of students coming to academic topics from very different starting points. Education Week Full Article
  • Resources: Understanding Quantum Computing

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    We know that quantum computing is a complex subject, but the resources section has content aimed at people with differing levels of knowledge. Watch a video, read a tutorial or white paper or one of the many scientific papers that have been published about all aspects of D-Wave and quantum computing. D-Wave Visit website
  • A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output. EDUCAUSE Full Article  
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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

  • 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.
  • Are irritants weakening your business communication skills?

    Sameer Kamat
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Irritants or awkward pause fillers might be doing more harm to your business communication skills than you know. You may not know it, but your colleagues might be controlling their urge to shut you up! As an ambitious professional seeking to carve out a niche for yourself in the higher echelons of the business world, […] The post Are irritants weakening your business communication skills? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 8 Reasons why you hate your job

    Sameer Kamat
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    ‘Why do I hate my job?’ If you catch yourself asking this question too frequently, it might not be as serious as a mid-life or mid-career crisis. Probably there’s a simple explanation. When you hate your job but you can’t quit, making a few adjustments can help reduce the stress and the hate. Guest blogger […] The post 8 Reasons why you hate your job 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

  • 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…
  • Going for the gold

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Wheat, despite what we believe, is made mostly of air, not earth, and will always be, no matter what we think. We can live out our lives in ignorance, convinced we are right, and wheat plants will not change, spinning air into sugar, a greater gift than Rumpelstiltskin's skill with straw. Grace.The value of gold is a human conceit. An ounce will get you $1200 today, an abstract string of symbols that can be traded for over 5 metric tons of wheat berries, almost 200 bushels of wheat, about 8000 loaves, a loaf a day for over two decades, enough to get me well into my eighth decade, should I…
  • On human conceit

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    While walking along the edge of the ocean today--by itself a wonderfully impossible idea to comprehend--Leslie and I saw several battles in scattered tide pools.For whatever reason, hermit crabs in this part of the world are particularly territorial on this particular day for no particular reasons humans might discern, but no doubt of concern to the hermit crabs pushed to the edges of the tide pool.They are alive, they are conscious, and (despite a very thorough and expensive education), I believe that they are, at some level, aware.Aware beyond the words and the images we impose upon…
  • Fuck pink

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    These words, posted 5 years ago, started as a visceral response to a friend who coined  "The One-Boobed Systyrs of the Apocalypse." She's still fighting dead.I remember the first breast I saw no longer attached to the body it once helped define. I had seen body parts in various forms before, but this one was fresh. A flap of sallow skin with a wizened nipple defining it, a long trail of fibrous fatty tissue trailing off the slab.The pathologist, smoking as he dictated, handled the breast like a butcher handles meat about to be weighed, though not as kindly.The breast had been part of a…
  • Shucking is a shellfish act

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Another old post from over 5 years ago--it's my party....Oysters don't make a lot of decisions, but they do make some. While still larvae the oysters can walk, and do. They can see (well, tell dark from light, anyway). A baby oyster ("spat") finds a spot it likes, ideally snuggled on top of another oyster, then stakes its claim.Still not impressed?If the spat doesn't like its new home, it can change its mind, at least for a few days. It detaches and moves.Soon after it finds its home, the spat loses its foot and its eye, and life becomes much less complicated. Either open the shell and feed,…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • Night sky sensory tub

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This night sky sensory tub is great for sensory play and comes with ideas for hands-on math games. Night sky sensory tub There are many ways you can make a sensory tub but today’s version is based on rice. Uncooked rice has a nice texture for children...(read more)
  • 2027. How to get the most from the students

    Fernando Díez Gallego
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    How to get the students work more? Love them, with love of benevolence. So wish the best for them – kind of butting in their lives in order to help them out in their needs, but at the same time respecting their inner teenager life. / Photo from: students...(read more)
  • Become a playwriter: improve writing and reading fluency

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do your students love it when they see you pull out a Readers' Theater script? It is the one time when your students don't mind reading the same thing multiple times. These scripts are a great way to improve students' fluency skills. Students love these...(read more)
  • Trunesporter toutes vos affaires dunes ce mode les prix des sac lancel prix.

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Et un gruned nombre de ces uneimaux se retrouvera meurent à cause de cela. de distinctions particulières à bas prix des Cabas Lancel solde filst généralement l'un des de nombreux produits de la vie moderne développées dunes la nouvelle approche à l'intérieur du nombre de Sac Lancel. En conséquence, il versezrait être mentionné dunes lesquels simplement en obtenunet Regardez-alike sac à main lancel peut être l'opérateur heureux notamment en matière de qualité supérieure, mais artiste SAC LANCEL à main. Les femelles obtenir différents modèles élégunets et aussi de l'ombre…
  • A Handy Chart on Traditional Vs Authentic Assessment

    Med kharbach
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    October 22, 2014 Today I spent sometime reading this white paper from Educause Learning Initiative entitled "Making the Grade:The Role of Assessment in Authentic Learning". While the paper discusses... more Read More......(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

  • 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. […]
  • Ending the Cultural Divide

    Lisa Hansel
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    It is possible to enjoy NASCAR and polo, FX and PBS, Homer Simpson and Homer’s epics—but it is not always easy. As much as we Americans claim to value diversity and multiculturalism, we tend to shun the idea that one person can embrace and embody more than one culture. This struggle, writes Vicki Madden (an […]
  • Buckling Down (Not Under): Thoughtfully Embracing the Common Core

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Over the past few years, the Common Core standards have been hailed and reviled. But do these standards merit such passion? For great schools—with rigorous curricula, collaborative educators, and supportive administrators—state standards make little difference. For schools that need to improve, the Common Core standards offer some useful guidance—but it takes far more than standards […]
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    Recorded Books Blog

  • 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…
  • A big title for next summer.

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Charles Marlow is a Seattle English teacher who instructs his students to expand their worlds through language. Lately, however, with one child off to college and the pressure from his ex-wife to make plans for their severely autistic son, who’s about to age out of the system, he prefers the company of the ghosts he turns up in the storage boxes in his crawl space. There he finds the totems that betray the darker moments of his youth—memories that weree buried for decades when he met the ambitious and sparkling Alison LeFevre. But the complications of parenthood proved fatal to their…
  • Discovery Monday: Gabe & Izzy

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Gabrielle Ford’s debut book, co-written with Sarah L. Thompson, Gabe & Izzy. The moving, true story of the young woman dubbed “The Voice of America’s Bullied”; how her bond with her dog, Izzy, changed her life; and their mission to help break the cycle of bullying. In middle school, Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford developed a degenerative muscle disease, and was harassed by bullies as a result. She did her best to keep her head high, but it wasn’t easy. Then Gabe got a dog,…
  • Star Wars Reads Day: A Growing Force for Literacy

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tomorrow is Star Wars Reads Day, an international event that harnesses the appeal of the popular franchise to celebrate literacy and reading. Star Wars fans around the world, along with authors, artists, and costumed volunteers, will be flocking to libraries and bookstores for the 3rd annual SWRD. This event is an ideal time for librarians to draw kids and the community overall to the library. Keep an eye on and for the latest info on signings, parties and special events in your town. If you haven’t already, fans will definitely…
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    ABCTE | American Board » Latest News

  • 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.
  • ABCTE Approved to Provide Missouri Elementary Education Certification

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Washington, DC – 8/12/14 – The Missouri legislature has authorized the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) to provide certification for educators in grades 1-6, effective August 28, 2014. The new authorization expands ABCTE’s service in the state … Continue reading → The post ABCTE Approved to Provide Missouri Elementary Education Certification appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • Metarhetoric of Aristotle

    Dr Davis
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Murphy, James J. “The Metarhetoric of Aristotle, with Some Examples from His ‘On Memory and Recollection.’” Rhetoric Review 21.3 (2002): 213-28. Web. March 10, 2012. “the Rhetoric can only be understoodin light of Aristotle’s general theory of human action-that is, the set of prior knowledges necessary to comprehend an analysis of a particular human action” (Murphy 213) “Metarhetoric investigates what a rhetorician needs to know in order to begin to be a rhetoric. … metarhetoric is not a rhetoric itself but rather a congeries of knowledges…
  • Memory Reconceived

    Dr Davis
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Hutton, Patrick H. “The Art of Memory Reconceived: From Rhetoric to Psychoanalysis.” Journal of the History of Ideas 48.3 (July-Sept 1987): 371-92. Web. March 10, 2012. “Mnemonics, or the art of memory, is today regarded as an arcane intellectual interest. It functions on the periphery of popular culture” (Hutton 371). “The art of memory as it was traditionally conceived was based upon associations between a structure of images easily remembered and a body of knowledge in need of organization” (Hutton 371). “If the art of memory was an essential…
  • Kuhn on Memory

    Dr Davis
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Annette Kuhn has written two major works in memory studies and this chapter in Memory and Methodology provides the tale of her journey. In some ways, that makes it the antithesis of what I hope to do; she is writing about how she moved through memory, while I will be writing how memory is moving. In other ways, it is very similar. “personal memory materials–artefacts” (179) “A critical deconstruction would attend to the narrative strategies and rhetorical devices at work in autobiographical texts, and with the ways in which the autobiographical self is textually…
  • Aristotle’s On Memory and Reminiscence

    Dr Davis
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    As part of my preparation for the chapter on cosplay and memory, I am reviewing rhetorical presentations of memory. These are quotes from Aristotle’s On Memory and Reminiscence translated by J. I. Beare and found online. “persons who possess a retentive memory are not identical with those who excel in power of recollection” “Memory is, therefore, neither Perception nor Conception, but a state or affection of one of these, conditioned by lapse of time.” “Whenever one actually remembers having seen or heard, or learned, something, he includes in this act (as…
  • Memory, From Children to Fandom

    Dr Davis
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    For the ongoing research for my chapter on cosplay and memory, I have been reading a lot of different works in a lot of different fields. While I am primarily addressing rhetorical memory, memory also is studied in other fields and there was a stated desire/interest in a multiplicity of fields or interdisciplinary. Though this was probably for the book as a whole, I have continued to read in a variety of areas to ascertain what work has been done in those fields and, perforce, what has been done that is related to my chapter. As I have forayed into new arenas of information, my grasp on the…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Harvard study offers first-ever look at how NCAA concussion guidelines are followed

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Harvard University) Though most NCAA colleges and universities have created programs to help athletes deal with concussions, a new Harvard study has found that, when it comes to specific components of those plans, many institutions still lag behind accepted standards.
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Consortium signs pioneering agreement with Springer

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Springer) Starting January 2015, researchers, faculty members and students affiliated with colleges and universities in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg will have convenient access to 1,917 electronic journals published by Springer. The license will continue through the end of 2017. Furthermore, the state has purchased permanent archival rights to these journals back to 2003 for inclusion in the Baden-Wuerttemberg Archive. This will provide comprehensive, seamless and permanent access, directly complementing the Springer national license with Germany.
  • Backpack physics: Smaller hikers carry heavier loads

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Institute of Physics) Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the excuse to hand off heavier gear to the larger members of the group, it turns out that they may not need the help.
  • Flu vaccine may hold key to preventing heart disease

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Elsevier) Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research, published in Vaccine, reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly.
  • UT Arlington to host international gathering of mind, brain and education experts

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas at Arlington) University of Texas at Arlington prepares for major role in international gathering of mind, brain and education experts.
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    doug --- off the record

  • Pre #BIT14 Interview with Derrick Schellenberg and Brian Aspinall

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Michelle Cordy (@cordym on Twitter) continued her series of interviews leading to the Bring IT, Together Conference in Niagara Falls on November 5-7, 2014. Last night, she talked to Derrick Schellenberg (@Mr_Schellenberg) and Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall) about their sessions.  This time, the focus was on inquiry in the classroom.  Both Derrick and Brian have TLLP projects and they served as the basis for the interview. It was a rainy, rainy night here last night and I was unable to get a good, reliable connection to watch the interview live last night.  There are parts of the interview…
  • OTR Links 10/22/2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Who’s Collecting Kids’ Personal Data? Lots of People | The Open Standard Who’s Collecting Kids’ Personal Data? Lots of People | The Open Standard tags: Webmaker – Mozilla Firefox Webmaker – Mozilla Firefox tags: 30 Store Signs That Are Having Way Too Much Fun – Dorkly Post 30 Store Signs That Are Having Way Too Much Fun – Dorkly Post tags: Communication tools for educators at Bring IT, Together 2014 |…
  • Another Interview with Brian Aspinall

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A little over a year ago, I conducted an online interview with Brian Aspinall.  We’ve stayed in contact and certainly I follow the stories and articles that he shares every morning.  Recently, he indicated that we should do another interview.  That sounded like a good idea so here goes. Doug:  Thanks for agreeing to do another interview, Brian.  It will be interesting to catch up with what’s happening with you. Brian: Thank you again for this opportunity. I cannot believe it has been over a year since our last Q & A! Doug:  So, where are you teaching this year?  What grades?
  • OTR Links 10/21/2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Free Fillable Comic eBooks for Students to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Free Fillable Comic eBooks for Students to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning tags: Top 30 Computer Science and Programming Blogs 2014 Top 30 Computer Science and Programming Blogs 2014 – Mozilla Firefox (@alfredtwo is #21) tags: Bell work: Fast fingers | Wheeler’s thoughts on teaching Bell work: Fast fingers | Wheeler’s thoughts on teaching – Mozilla Firefox…
  • Connected, But In Different Ways

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I had a big smile as I read Brandon Grasley’s comment to my post yesterday.  I didn’t realize that my comment about losing internet access two days in a row would inspire his comments.  But I learned that we both live in what the internet would call a limited fly zone or “rural”. Now, when I was growing up, a few of my friends lived in what would be my traditional view of rural.   You got there by taking a county or township road, turn at the mailbox (do a favour by picking up mail if the flag was up or the box was turned), and then driving down the lane with corn…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • Don't Be Redundant and Don't Repeat Yourself in MBA Applications

    Veritas Prep
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    See what I did there?  With the trend towards shorter essays, I have noticed a phenomenon in the applications which I can only describe as “redundancy.” Shortening the essays has resulted in more questions and even mini-essays or micro-essays within the application itself, where often applicants end up repeating information about themselves that is found elsewhere in the application. The shorter essay requirements have essentially elevated everything else in the application in importance to the point that each component needs to be firing off something unique and of value to your…
  • 4 Things You Control on GMAT Test Day

    Veritas Prep
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I recently had the chance to answer a question about overcoming Test Anxiety on the GMAT. The test-taker wanted to know how to avoid being so anxious on test day and how to stop obsessively thinking about the score before and even during the exam itself. I wrote, “Your job on test day is to focus on the question in front of you. Not to guess at what your score might be or continually estimate how much time you have left per question. Your anxiety is probably a result of being “at war with the present moment.” In other words, your anxiety is because you want the GMAT to already…
  • School Profile: Is the Artistic and Academic Community of Juilliard Right for You?

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Juilliard School was initially founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art. By 1946 it had become the Juilliard School of Music, and included both undergraduate studies and a graduate program. Today, the school is named The Juilliard School (known informally simply as Juilliard) and includes music, dance, and drama curricula at both undergraduate and graduate levels. It is an urban school, located in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and trains just over 600 students. It reflects an exclusively artistic education where students specialize in their artistic…
  • A 750 Level GMAT Question on Statistics!

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Today, we have a very interesting statistics question for you. We have already discussed statistics concepts such as mean, median, range etc in our QWQW series. Check them out here if you haven’t already done so: The Meaning of Arithmetic Mean Can You Solve these Mean GMAT Questions? Finding Arithmetic Mean Using Deviations Application of Arithmetic Means Mean Questions on Median A Range of Questions This question needs you to apply all these concepts but can still be easily done in under two minutes. Now, without further ado, let’s go on to the question – there is a lot to discuss…
  • GMAT Tip of the Week: Sentence Correction in Real Life

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Totes McGotes. FML. Sorry for partying. I know, right? Of the common phrases that have permeated pop culture and everyday conversation, easily one of the most common is, wait for it… Wait for it. And that one phrase can totes make your GMAT score supes high. Like, for real. How? Perhaps the best example comes from an all-staff email sent at Veritas Prep headquarters this week regarding the holiday vacation schedule. It began “With pumpkin spice season nearing its apex, it’s…” Seeing that introduction, multiple Veritas Prep staffers commented later that…
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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

  • 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…
  • Why are you a Winchendon School tour guide?

    Brian Fisher
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why are you a Winchendon School tour guide? I am a tour guide because I feel like I can represent my school well, and I like speaking to people about the quality of my school. Also, I signed up for the green key ambassador club. What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Winchendon School that motivates to share it with prospective students? I believe that Winchendon is great for many purposes such as the small classes because it is much easier to focus in class. I think that the extra curricular activities are also great options. The post Why are you a Winchendon School tour…
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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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  • 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.
  • LA SIESTA - The premium hammock brand from Europe is now in the USA and featured at SensoryEdge

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

  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    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 PlanningFrost and Sullivan Virtualization Business White Paper, Getting the Most from Your Virtualized Data Center with Converged SystemsRequest Free!
  • Career Success

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This book will help you every step of the way during your job search. With information on career fairs, networking, interview preparation, etc., you'll be ready to land your new job in no time.Here is a sneak peek into the topics included in this eBook:Chapter 1: Looking for JobsChapter 2: Thinking PositivelyChapter 3: Interviewing SkillsChapter 4: Entry-Level JobsChapter 5: Job DescriptionsChapter 6: Must-Know Tips on Job SearchesChapter 7: Online Job SearchesChapter 8: Career Job FairsChapter 9: Local Job SearchesChapter 10: Identify Your SkillsChapter 11: Ideal ResumeChapter 12: Prepare…
  • Training Daily Advisor

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Keep up-to-date with the latest training issues, trends, and best practices.Training Daily Advisor will help you:Save Time - with concise, complete, actionable informationStay Up-to-Date - their team of experts does the research for youSucceed - Plain English analysis and advice is immediately usefulFor a limited time also receive a Free Special Report, Building The Best Training Program.Register for Training Daily Advisor Today!Request Free!
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    4 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Download your free guide now! By clicking the "Download" button below, I give The DegreePath Network and one or more of our Partners / Schools my consent to receive marketing calls or texts, including pre-recorded messages, delivered via automated technology, to the phone number(s) provided above, including a wireless number, if applicable. I understand that my consent is not required to submit my application or attend one of our Partner / Schools, but simply allows The DegreePath Network and Partner / Schools to contact me more efficiently.Request Free!
  • 640-722 - CCNA Wireless (IUWNE) - Special Edition Practice Exam Prep Software and Study Guide

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

  • 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…
  • LinkedIn's New Profile Design

    4 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    From Mashable:LinkedIn is taking some design inspiration from Facebook and Twitter.The professional network is rolling out a new profile design for its premium members Wednesday, a new look that includes a larger profile photo and a customizable header image that spans the width of the screen. Users can either upload their own image, or select from a gallery of header images provided by LinkedIn.Read the rest here
  • 10 Twitter Stories With Plot Twists You Won't See Coming

    28 May 2014 | 2:44 pm
    From Mashable - Story Telling with Twitter (Increases Engagement!)"[Luke], I am your father." That infamous Star Wars line is a prime example of how a well-crafted plot twist can breathe new life into any story.We've been thinking about plot twists this month in Mashable's social book club MashableReads, as we read James McBride's The Good Lord Bird. As readers follow Little Onion, a slave who is rescued (or kidnapped, depending on who you ask) from slavery by John Brown, The Good Lord Bird shocks readers with a variety of plot twists, including the fact that Little Onion is a boy who is…
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    More Than A Test Score

  • I Learned to Email the RIGHT Way With These 3 Rules

    Enoma Osakue
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    My senior year was full of awkward moments, and chief among them was the rather common reoccurrence of staring at a blank screen in my Gmail. The “To:” section included the email of one of my teachers and beyond the subject title, I was hopeless. Emails aren’t really my thing. They’re a funny cross between an all-out formal letter and a casual instant message. I always, to this day, have to pause and really think then rethink my emails. Senior year forces you to write lots of emails to many important people. Your teachers may have you send them a request for a recommendation via…
  • 4 Tips I Used to Make My Homecoming Week Great

    Enoma Osakue
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Homecomings are often the first big event of the school year. Where I’m from, homecoming is a big deal. The tradition actually originated in Missouri as a way to encourage alumni to come back and visit their old schools. If your high school is anything like mine, you probably celebrate homecoming with spirit week, a football game, and a dance. If you’ve never really been into the whole homecoming thing, or if you’re looking for ways to make this homecoming extraordinary, I’ve got four tips to help you make the most of homecoming week. 1. Make Your Own Mum or Garter Mums aren’t a…
  • What I Learned When I Applied Early Action AND Early Decision

    Emily Liu
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The November 1 deadline is coming up fast – you’ve been stressfully cramming in the last edits on your personal statements and running after your teachers for letters of recommendation. Every night when you go to bed, the names of the schools on your college list dance before your eyes. But is this life really for you? For those of you who tuned in to the Zinch webinar on September 30, titled “What I Wish I Knew Before Senior Year,” you’ll know I spoke briefly about my experiences applying Early Decision and Early Action. (For those of you who didn’t, make sure to check out future…
  • Refer-a-Friend Giveaway Winners: Naomi and Kiyanna

    Jordan Smallwood
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Naomi was just minding her own business on a Monday afternoon after school when she got a text from her bestie and fellow senior at Arts High School, Kiyanna, urging her to sign up for Zinch. Nine days later, they are the first winners of Zinch’s new Refer-a-Friend Giveaway and proud owners of brand new iPads. Just look at those smiling faces! This is their story… Zinch: So how long did it take you to apply for this giveaway? K: I just sent a text message so maybe a minute. N: Not long – five minutes to sign up for Zinch. Z: What’s the first thing you’re going to do on…
  • 5 College Admissions Terms I’d Never Heard Of

    Emily Liu
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    To this day, I see the college application process as one of the hardest, most stressful undertakings of my life. When you aren’t swamped with personal statements or contemplating begging on your hands and knees for a good letter of recommendation, you’re navigating a new world of college websites, admissions officers, and paperwork. Here are a few terms that tripped me up: LEGACY For every school on the CommonApp, I had to state whether I had siblings, parents, or relatives attend that school. As the child of two first-generation immigrants who didn’t study in America, I just shrugged…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • 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
  • Why Most Difficult Students Just Need Good Classroom Management

    Michael Linsin
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Teachers tend to be overly focused on their most difficult students. They stress-out about them. They strategize over them. They spend more time dealing with them than the rest of their class put together. They try this approach, then that one. They powwow again and again with colleagues and counselors, parents and psychologists. They experiment […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014

    Melissa Taylor
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I am addicted to finding you the best new books. (Although I do need to branch out from fantasy a bit more.) My favorite books from this list are Nightmares!, Animas, and Eye of the Minds. See what you think your children would want to read. Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014 Nightmares! by Jason Segel […] The post Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014 appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Robot Face Race for Family Game Night

    Melissa Taylor
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Robot Face Race is one of the best family game night games –it’s a game that my kids and I absolutely love! It’s a learning game with emphasis on concentration, visual perception, and discrimination skills for 2 – 4 players, ages four and up. The game board shows 120 unique robot heads. Each person gets 5 tokens of one color. Be […] The post Robot Face Race for Family Game Night appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Minecraft Books

    Melissa Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Believe it or not, games like Minecraft motivate kids to read. To learn to play the game, they’re reading Minecraft forums and books. And, there are new fiction books about Minecraft adventures that kids are reading as well. In a recent WIRED article, Clive Thompson explains, “Minecraft is surrounded by a culture of literacy. The game comes […] The post Minecraft Books appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Books Like the Hunger Games

    Melissa Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    It’s been several years since the popularity of the books but I thought you might be needing some good books like the Hunger Games to keep you in a dystopian fix. What do you think? Books Like Hunger Games Bot Wars by J.V. Kade Trout’s looking for his dad. He makes a plea for his missing dad on […] The post Books Like the Hunger Games appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • New Meaningful Picture Books

    Melissa Taylor
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Good picture books make you think deep thoughts, sigh with awe, and discover meaningful lessons. As I previewed the latest picture books, I wanted to review picture books that meant something. See if you agree. Happy reading! Quest by Aaron Becker Quest is an enchanting and imaginative picture book written only in pictures that will transport you to a […] The post New Meaningful Picture Books appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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    Want to Know it? Answers to life's questions

  • 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.
  • Where is Honduras Located

    Tim Bortoli
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Honduras (officially: Republic of Honduras) is a small country in terms of both area and population. The entire country covers just 112,492 square kilometers (43,278 square miles) and has a population of about 8.3 million people. This means that it has about the same population and is approximately the same size as the US state of Virginia. Honduras was established as an independent nation in 1838, after initially declaring independence from Spain in 1821. Honduras has a history of political turmoil and has the highest homicide rate in the world. However, the country has many positive aspects…
  • Chloë Grace Moretz Movie List

    Tim Bortoli
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Chloë Grace Moretz is a celebrity actress who made her acting debut at just 7 years of age. A year later she landed an important role in the remake of The Amityville Horror and this would launch her career into stardom. She has appeared in a number of movies and television series since this time and has become one of the hottest child stars of her time. She is now at the crucial transition stage where she will attempt to continue her success into her adult life. If her success as a child star is anything to go by she will be a genuine A-List star in no time! The following is a list of movies…
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  • read magic tricks: cool, fun focused reading

    amy mascott
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
            Magic is one of those things that totally intrigues kids. They want to know how the tricks work, they want to know why the tricks work, and they want to know as much as they can to trick their friends and family. So when I saw that Melissa & Doug had a brand, new Magician Role Play Set, I knew that my kids would love it since they’re longtime fans of the other Magic Sets. Cora learned first-hand recently how much time and effort magic takes to really get those tricks down. But before long, she had our family–and her buddies–wondering how she…
  • halloween party ideas for kids and classrooms

    amy mascott
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Halloween class parties. Haven’t these been held for years and years and years? Right. So why are we all searching around and surfing the internet and looking high and low for ideas? Here’s everything you need for a rockstar Halloween class party. All wrapped up in a pretty little package. Just click the links, add them to your cart, and it will all end up on your doorstep. Print out the games, put on your witch hat (Come on. You better have a…
  • pumpkin match game

    amy mascott
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        This game was surprisingly more difficult than I expected it would be for my 10, 9, and 7 year olds. I don’t know if they were just not in the pumpkin-matching mindset or if they need more matching practice or if the pumpkin faces were just a wee bit too similar–but it took them a while to match the 24 pumpkins. Hoping that it’s not too tough for a Halloween class party later this month because I think it would be and ideal way to get kids up and moving and thinking and interacting. Here’s the skinny. . . Pumpkin Match Game: Pumpkin Match is…
  • simple spider web craft: perfect for Halloween class party

    amy mascott
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
            I love this simple and sweet spider web craft. Love it. And I think it’ll be perfect for a Halloween class party or playdate activity. No matter the children’s age, kids would totally dig it because anything crayon resist is super-fun.  And way spooky. Simple. Quick. No glue. A little spider surprise. Big win. Here’s the skinny. . . Simple Spider Web Craft: I saw this spider web art project first on my pal Zina’s site, Let’s Lasso The Moon.  It was a guest post by the crazy creative Jean of The Artful Parent. But you’ve…
  • fall classroom decor: quick and easy for teachers and parents

    amy mascott
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Fall is here! Already it seems as though the year is moving at light speed. For many of us, whether we’re classroom teachers or homeschoolers or parent volunteers, now is a great time to put up some rockstar fall classroom décor. And the quicker and easier the décor, the better. We need quick. We’re all busy. No matter what we’re doing, if we’re working with kids, we’re busy. I’ve recently partnered with the good people at Staples–yes, believe it–and I’m throwing them some serious high-fives for the new line…
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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 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…
  • Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills

    Breanne Harris
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Everyone wants to hire strong critical thinkers, but what’s the best way to go about doing so? Assessments? Reference checks? Interview questions? Adecco released an infographic with some suggested interview questions to determine critical thinking ability. What do you think of these questions? What questions do you ask in interviews to target cognitive ability? Please include attribution to with this graphic.  
  • The Best Critical Thinking Articles of 2014

    Melanie Welsh
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am has produced numerous articles on critical thinking this year, but we are not the only ones talking about the importance of critical thinking. To show our appreciation for others out there who are also bringing the critical thinking crisis to the forefront of professionals’ attention, we have compiled a list of some of the best critical thinking articles of 2014. Share this article as well as the individual articles within it, and be a part of the critical thinking revolution! Four Corporate Cultures that Kill Critical Thinking -Human Capital Institute Eight Habits of…
  • New Webinar: The Next Gen Leadership Crisis: 7 Critical Competencies You Can’t Ignore

    Breanne Harris
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    You’re invited to a webinar hosted by! The Next Gen Leadership Crisis: 7 Critical Competencies You Can’t Ignore Date: Thursday, Sept 4th, 2014 Time: 1:00 EDT Register here. A perfect storm is upon us.  And it’s a storm we created.  After years of budget slashing, cost control, and cutting training/mentoring programs, the Baby Boomers that couldn’t afford to retire are finally heading to warmer climates.  Now it’s time for Next Gen leaders to step in, define the strategy, and create a vision for the future.  But they’re not ready.  In this presentation, we…
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  • 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.
  • Are you ready for Indian highflier students? Emerging opportunities of international recruitment and collaborations

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

  • 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…
  • Selfie Contest Gets Facebook Action for Anderson College

    Editorial Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Photo: Sumaiza receiving an iPad Mini. You’ve seen the phrase a million times: “like us on Facebook.” While not all visits to a facebook page automatically translate into likes, one leading healthcare training school has found a way to garner positive attention by using the latest rage in social media: “the selfie.” Anderson College launched its inaugural Facebook Selfie contest this past July, its first competition for students since joining Facebook back in November 2013. Realizing that selfies are definitely hot right now, the college found that students readily responded to the…
  • Can You Use Academics to Pad Your Resume?

    Layla Davis
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    When preparing your resume employers want to see a mixture of work and academics. It’s the question college students all over the world are asking: can academics balance out a lack of real world work experience on a resume? It’s a valid question and an important one seeing as how employment is harder than ever for recent graduates to obtain. Even more aggravating is the fact that most recent graduates are finding themselves forced to take jobs that are low in pay and stature and only the very lucky are able to get those jobs in their field of study. It’s enough to make any student want…
  • Going Vegetarian as a Student

    Editorial Staff
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Transitioning from a regular diet to one consisting solely of vegetable foods has its challenges. As more students reflect their values in their dietary choices, vegetarianism is becoming commonplace. The trouble is, school cafeterias are not quick to adopt acceptable options for those opposed to eating meat or meat products. Moral, ethical, and environmental issues all impact the decision many youths are making to omit meat from their diet. There’s also the health concerns over hormone-injected animals that find their way to our dinner plates. In view of this, meat consumption among…
  • Should you take a Gap Year?

    Editorial Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    If you’ll be using a gap year to travel, instead of aimless galavanting, make plans to get involved in a variety of cultural or volunteer activities. “Decisions made in haste will be repented of in leisure.” So goes an old adage inferring that we’ll have to live with the consequences of our decisions for a long time. Some of the biggest decisions we have to make include what career to pursue and what courses to study. The problem is, these decisions come rather early in life. After high school, some young adults find themselves still unsure of which direction to take. More and more…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • 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…
  • Aramark, CPS change plan to cut school janitors

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Today was supposed to be the last day of work for 468 janitors in Chicago Public Schools.But Aramark, the private contractor now overseeing the management of custodians in CPS, is changing that plan after complaints about cleanliness from principals, parents and teachers.The union representing privately employed janitors in CPS said 178 janitors will keep their jobs and the remaining 290 will work for another month. Aramark spokesperson Karen Cutler confirmed those numbers and said they are working closely with the union and CPS to make sure schools have "appropriate custodial staffing…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • 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…
  • Gutenberg and Knewton Launch First Platform for Adaptive Mobile Apps

    Emma Griffiths
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Today’s publishers increasingly recognize the importance of creating mobile, interactive, and personalized learning apps. But it’s not always easy for them to continue to create and develop high-quality content while also devoting resources to these complex tasks. Gutenberg Technology (GT), a Knewton partner, has created a solution to that problem. The GT application, which launches today, serves as a one-stop shop for education publishers. The app provides publishers a user interface and content management system, and is integrated with Knewton adaptive learning technology. Publishers…
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    Robertson Reader

  • Networking On the Go with Twitter

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If there is one thing you’ve learned here I hope it is that networking is one of the most important aspects to building your career.  Businesses don’t hire names or degrees – they hire people.  They like to feel connected to those that joint their company.  That is why there is that old saying: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.Who do you know?  If your answer is no one, then you need to put some serious effort into building a network.“But I’m too busy,” you might be thinking.  That’s a common thought.  However, if you have a smartphone…
  • 4 Surefire Ways to Keep Motivated When Job Searching

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Source: you first start your job search you are likely to be all gung-ho.  You’re feeling pretty good about your skills and the education you may have recently completed. You just know that the  perfect job is out there waiting for you – all you have to do is find it!But sometimes, that job search goes on a little longer than you thought it would.  Or maybe a lot longer.  And the motivation starts to wane.  You dread looking at your resume and you don’t think you can manage just one more cover letter.  The idea of…
  • 4 Things You Can Do Online To Help Your Job Search

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    If you want to find a job, what you are doing online can make a big difference.  The truth is that many employers want to know that you are Internet savvy.  That means that you know what is appropriate to post and what is not.  It also means that you know how to utilize various sites for business purposes.Here are45 tips you can start implementing today to improve your job search when you are online:Watch the job boards.  Of course, you should be looking for open jobs online but watch the jobs that have recently closed as well.  Keep a list of places that have…
  • If You Don’t Manage Your Stress, Your Stress Will Manage You

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Optimizing Stress (Photo credit: cheerfulmonk)Every work place has stress and if you have found a job with no stress that can still pay the bills I’d love for you to leave a comment!But most jobs do have stress and how we handle it can affect how well we do our job.  If you don’t learn to manage your stress, the truth is that your stress might manage you right out of a job!  Stress management is something that everyone needs to learn whether they are working for an employer or running a business or running a family. Here are some common but very useful ways to manage…
  • What Kind of A First Impression Will You Make?

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Got the job  you wanted!  Great!  Now, the next thing you should be thinking about is how you are going to make a good first impression.  That first impression is likely to define you for quite awhile.  The people you will work with don’t really know anything else about you so they are waiting to see what happens in those first couple weeks.  And the impression that they get is likely to follow you for a long time, so make sure it is a good one!Here are some tips for making a first impression that you’ll be glad to have stick:Listen!  People love it when…
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    Udemy Blog

  • 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…
  • Here’s How They Did It… No. 3 – How instructors earn $200, $500, $1,000/month through self-promotion

    Danielle Leslie
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    We asked key instructors how they consistently drive $200, $500, $1,000+ per month to their Udemy courses through their own promotions. See how instructors are using Udemy as their storefront and enrolling new students into their courses. Below is Part Three of this series. Keep scrolling down to read all three instructor stories—one earning $200/month, one earning $500/month, and one earning $1,000+/month. Every story has a “Here’s How You Can Do It, Too…” section where we summarize action steps you can take today. We’ll continue publishing new parts to this series as we…
  • Promo Tip #2: Make Your Sales Page a Perfect Ten

    Danielle Leslie
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This post is part of the New Instructor Series—intended to help newly published instructors get their first crop of students. What good is creating a course if you’re not able to share it with others? If you’ve been following the Promo Tips in this series, you already created your instructor coupon code and spread the good news to family and friends. Before we really turn up the heat on promoting your course, we should make sure your Udemy sales page is optimized to turn visitors into students.   First, let’s get into the shoes of a potential student seeing your Udemy sales page…
  • Guía para Crecer tu Tráfico

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Un gran beneficio de ser un instructor en Udemy es que siempre que promocionas tu curso usando tu código de cupón de instructor, recibes el 97% de todas las ventas que llegan a través de tu cupón. Increíble, ¿verdad? Esto significa que si consigues que 30 personas se unan cada mes a tu curso valorado en $39 a través de tu código de cupón, te estarás embolsando $1,134.90 al mes. No está mal, ¿eh? Así pues, ¿cómo puedes incrementar tu potencial de venta, para conseguir que 30+ personas se apunten en tus cursos cada mes sin que tengas que hacer milagros? La buena noticias es que…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • IMI Delhi ties up with Russian institute to upgrade MBA course content

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    The renowned Indian business school (B-school) International Management Institute Delhi (IMI Delhi) has joined hands with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-design the course curriculum of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. It is the first time that RANEPA has entered into a MoU with any Indian institute. The MoU is expected to enhance mutual cooperation in the field of education between the two countries. IMI Delhi is aiming to make its management curriculum..
  • Instructions on AIPGMEE 2015 admit card; documents needed for exam day

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The last date of the online registration process for the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination 2015 (AIPGMEE 2015) was extended from Friday, October 10 to 23:59 hours on Saturday, October 18, 2014 . The registrations started on Friday, August 29, 2014 . At the end of the registration and scheduling process, a computer generated acknowledgement and an admit card will be sent to the registered email id of the applicant. The printout of this admit card will be regarded as the admit card/confirmation slip for the examination. Candidates need to affix a latest..
  • Newcastle University, UK Invites Applications for Masters Excellence Scholarships 2015

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    Applications are invited by  Newcastle University (NU), UK   for International Masters Excellence Scholarships for students pursuing their Master of Science (M.Sc) and MRes programs offered in the Faculty of Medical Sciences for the session 2015. Scholarship Details: The faculty of medical sciences is offering a small number of scholarships of £1,500 to self-funding international (non-EU) applicants for 2015 entry into the Medical Sciences M.Sc course and the following suite of MRes courses. Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be an international..
  • UPSC releases time-table for Civil Services Main examination 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the time-table for the Civil Services Main examination 2014 (Civil Services Mains) . The successful candidates of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2014 can appear for the Mains. The Civil Services Mains will be held from Sunday, December 14, 2014 . Candidates can visit the UPSC official website to view the Roll Numbers of candidates who have qualified for the Mains examination based on their Preliminary (prelims) Results. The Mains aspirants need to fill up the Detailed Application Form (DAF) to appear for the..
  • BITS, Pilani Invites Applications for MBA Programs 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Applications are invited by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani for admission to Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered in Consultancy Management, Manufacturing Management and Quality Management for the academic session December 2014. Eligibility Criteria for  BITS, Pilani: Candidates should have integrated first degree of BITS or equivalent, such as B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Sc/ M.Sc/ MCA/ AMIE in relevant disciplines, with minimum one year relevant work experience. University of Calcutta Invites Applications for MBA Program 2015 How..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Networking On the Go with Twitter

    Danielle McGaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If there is one thing you’ve learned here I hope it is that networking is one of the most important aspects to building your career.  Businesses don’t hire names or degrees – they hire people.  They like to feel connected to those that joint their company.  That is why there is that old saying: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.Who do you know?  If your answer is no one, then you need to put some serious effort into building a network.“But I’m too busy,” you might be thinking.  That’s a common thought.  However, if you have a smartphone…
  • 4 Surefire Ways to Keep Motivated When Job Searching

    Danielle McGaw
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Source: you first start your job search you are likely to be all gung-ho.  You’re feeling pretty good about your skills and the education you may have recently completed. You just know that the  perfect job is out there waiting for you – all you have to do is find it!But sometimes, that job search goes on a little longer than you thought it would.  Or maybe a lot longer.  And the motivation starts to wane.  You dread looking at your resume and you don’t think you can manage just one more cover letter.  The idea of…
  • 4 Things You Can Do Online To Help Your Job Search

    Danielle McGaw
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    If you want to find a job, what you are doing online can make a big difference.  The truth is that many employers want to know that you are Internet savvy.  That means that you know what is appropriate to post and what is not.  It also means that you know how to utilize various sites for business purposes.Here are45 tips you can start implementing today to improve your job search when you are online:Watch the job boards.  Of course, you should be looking for open jobs online but watch the jobs that have recently closed as well.  Keep a list of places that have…
  • If You Don’t Manage Your Stress, Your Stress Will Manage You

    Danielle McGaw
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Optimizing Stress (Photo credit: cheerfulmonk)Every work place has stress and if you have found a job with no stress that can still pay the bills I’d love for you to leave a comment!But most jobs do have stress and how we handle it can affect how well we do our job.  If you don’t learn to manage your stress, the truth is that your stress might manage you right out of a job!  Stress management is something that everyone needs to learn whether they are working for an employer or running a business or running a family. Here are some common but very useful ways to manage…
  • What Kind of A First Impression Will You Make?

    Danielle McGaw
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Got the job  you wanted!  Great!  Now, the next thing you should be thinking about is how you are going to make a good first impression.  That first impression is likely to define you for quite awhile.  The people you will work with don’t really know anything else about you so they are waiting to see what happens in those first couple weeks.  And the impression that they get is likely to follow you for a long time, so make sure it is a good one!Here are some tips for making a first impression that you’ll be glad to have stick:Listen!  People love it when…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • 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…
  • A New Online CMTE Course…Open Now!

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been facilitating early childhood music programs since graduate school, before I was even a full-fledged music therapist. I’ve continued to do so all of these years, and it has been so exciting and fulfilling to see my programs continue to grow and touch the lives of many young children (and their families). After reading dozens of emails from fellow music therapists and educators asking for advice on starting an early childhood music program, I decided to take the plunge and create an online CMTE course on this very topic. It covers the entire process — from conception…
  • Writing It Down & Crossing It Off

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Receiving extra time or other accommodations on the SAT can be a lifesaver for some students. Those who process more slowly than others or who have attention deficits, vision problems, or learning disabilities may get lower scores if they’re required to take these standardized tests in the same format and in the same amount of time as other stud Read more...
  • Help Your Child Choose the Right Book

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Three ways to categorize young readers are emergent, beginning, and independent.Emergent reading is defined as children’s interaction with reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Emergent readers can recognize some short words and know some letter sounds. Yet, an emergent reader often relies on memorization. This frequently is the child who want Read more...
  • Make the Most of Family Meals

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Time spent enjoying family meals can pay off in stronger connections. When possible, it is important to sit down together to talk and find out how everyone is. It's also a time when your children learn manners and respectful behavior toward one another.Families can really benefit when dinnertime is established as a family value. Remember, too, that your children learn the Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • Make Community Service Projects More Meaningful to Students

    Rose C
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    With the holidays coming soon, it’s a great time for your PTO or PTA to organize community service projects that not only help members of your town or city, but also provide a learning experience for kids. Here’s Senior Editor Liz Leaver  on how to make these projects special for students:     We have lots of other community service ideas, tips, and resources on our site to that you’ll find helpful, including an article that focused on how to plan a community service project. Here are some other good resources: Ideas That Raise Students’ Social Awareness Help…
  • Movie Nights Give Families a Fun Way To Make Connections

    Rose C
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    If you need an idea for a family event this fall, how about our free Family Movie Night kit? Movie nights work well this time of year. With cooler weather and shorter days, it’s nice to spend an evening together watching a favorite film. Kids can snuggle with blankets, and parents can kick back and relax. Chances are, parents will get to know each other a little bit more and that only helps foster a sense of community at your school. The beauty of a Family Movie Night is it can be as simple or elaborate as you would like. Some groups go all out with a movie night theme that includes…
  • Different (but Equally Important) Involvement

    Rose C
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    There’s no doubt that middle school PTO and PTA involvement is more difficult than grade school parent leadership. Gone are the cute kiddos who love having Mom and Dad around, and gone are the parents longing to connect with their kids’ every activity. Growing parent involvement at a middle school is tough and can be very frustrating. But make no mistake – involvement is just as important at the middle school level, and middle school parents still do want to be connected to their kids’ schools. In my experience, the trick is not to fight the kids or expect parents to…
  • Direct Donations: Proceed, But With Caution

    Rose C
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Many groups incorporate direct donations into their overall fundraising strategy, which is a great idea. But, a fundraising strategy that relies too heavily on direct donations might be worth a second look. Here’s a video of our founder Tim Sullivan discussing why it’s important to take a balanced approach when it comes to fundraising programs.  
  • Last-Minute Fall Festival and Halloween Event Tips

    Rose C
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    If you are looking to for a new twist to your fall event, take a look at our recent Facebook post where we asked groups to name their most popular activity. Here are some ideas: For old-fashioned fun: A cake walk adds a certain charm to fall events, and several community members said they are big hits at their events. If you need help in putting one together, read our cake walk article. Also, we have a free cake walk donation request template you can download from our File Exchange and use to ask parents to send in goodies. A few parent groups said they do alternatives to cake walks,…
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    Difference Between

  • Differences between Army and National Guard

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    We all must have come across the words army and National Guard. Both of them are forces that every country has and the main task of these forces is to protect the country and its people under any... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between rizatriptan and sumatriptan

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Introduction Repeated attacks of headaches affecting mostly one side of the head associated with other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting are termed as migraine. Between episodes of migraine, the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between myeloblast and lymphoblast

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    The bone marrow consists of blood cells in an immature form. These are called as  myleoblasts and lymphoblasts. Structural differences Myeloblasts are also called as band cells. The nucleus of... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between cytoplasm and protoplasm

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The word Protoplasm is derived from the Greek word “protos” which means first and “plasma” which means “things formed”. Protoplasm is considered as the physical basis of life. The protoplasm of a... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between cyanobacteria and green algae

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Cyanobacteria are named after the word ‘cyan’ meaning a ‘turquoise blue’ color. Hence, they are also called as blue green algae. Cyanobacteria are prokaryotic organisms where as green algae are... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Is eLearning Doomed to Be a Lonely Experience?
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    eLearning is a solitary and lonely experience, right? That’s what I used to think, but I’m not so sure anymore. And this is coming from a real skeptic! I used to hold a wary eye to the whole “let’s make elearning more social through online communities” movement, assuming that there was no way it could really match the classroom experience or make up for real human interaction. But over the last 6 months, my perspective has changed dramatically. It started with a course I recently signed up for, where the instructor kept drilling on the benefits of joining and interacting with the…
  • Course of the Week Highlight: Fire Prevention Week

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is your office properly equipped to deal with a fire emergency? In honor of upcoming Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11 this year!) and October as Fire Prevention Month, we’re featuring courses to keep your workplace safe from fire hazards. Fire Prevention Week dates back to 1920, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Day to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 homeless, and bring national awareness to fire safety. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed around October 9th (from Sunday…
  • Free eBook: Tips For Marketing Your eLearning Initiative
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    One of the most common frustrations we hear from prospective customers is a lack of interest from employees in training and development programs. Often employees show high initial engagement, but either lose interest or forget about the opportunity without continued exposure. Keeping learning top of mind and exciting for employees can be challenge, so we built a toolkit to help our community increase usage and engagement around their elearning initiatives. “Trump the Usage Slump: Tips for Marketing Your eLearning Initiative” is our fourth ebook in our series dedicated to building a…
  • Finding the Most Effective Course For Your Learning Objective
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Traditional methods of educational transference (books, lectures and most online training programs) have far less of an effect on contemporary employees than one might think. Today, reaching employees and positively changing their attitudes and behaviors is becoming increasingly difficult. They have been beaten down by many of the outdated and monotonous online training courses that are currently available. For example, does this sound familiar? “How can I click through it as fast as I can and still get credit?” “Really? Can’t I just test out of this?” “Ugh.... This is just a…
  • How Online Courses Are Changing the World
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Who’s that young college student standing on the sidewalk of New York sporting a Columbia University t-shirt? He is obviously intelligent and clean cut; he could be a classmate from back in elementary school or maybe someone you played with on the soccer team growing up. Not quite. When interviewed by Humans of New York, this young man explained that he was born in Egypt with no access to education. Though he dabbled in elementary school after moving to America, he also juggled working to support his family while living in the projects. However, he still made it to one of the top…
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    Spanish Playground

  • 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…
  • 10 Spanish Halloween Jokes

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Jokes in Spanish are a fun way of practicing vocabulary, listening and speaking skills with kids learning Spanish. Below are 10 Spanish Halloween jokes. They feature witches, vampires, skeletons, ghosts, cemeteries and dead guys. Like jokes, cartoons or comics are a fun way for kids to practice Spanish. They often have visual support to make them easier to understand. Here are a few Spanish Halloween cartoons. For other occasions, there are lots of simple jokes that children learning Spanish can understand. These posts have suggestions on choosing and telling jokes with kids learning Spanish…
  • Rockalingua CD Giveaway

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Rockalingua has a new CD available to download. This is their second CD, titled ¿Cómo te llamas?. The CD contains 11 fun, catchy songs to teach Spanish to kids. You can listen to samples of the songs on the song section of the site. To celebrate their new CD, Rockalingua is giving away two copies to two Spanish Playground readers. Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. These are the songs on the new Rockalingua CD ¿Cómo te llamas? 1) Buenos días  (greetings and daily routines) 2) ¿Cómo te llamas? (basic Spanish questions and answers) 3) Cosas de la escuela (school objects…
  • Speak Spanish with Kids: The Friday Five

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    It’s Friday and time to speak Spanish with kids using the Friday Five. These activities do not take much work to prepare and teach basic vocabulary that all kids learning Spanish should know. For children who speak Spanish at a higher level, they serve as a review of common words and structures. Use them to speak Spanish with your kids this weekend or any time you want a short, easy-to-prep activity for Spanish learners. 1. Learn this simple finger play: Los cinco dedos de la mano. It teaches pronunciation and vocabulary and is great for beginners. The actions reinforce the meaning and it…
  • 5 Good Manners for Spanish Learners

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Whether you are teaching an elementary Spanish class or passing on Spanish to your children, it is important to teach children good manners. We all teach kids to say gracias and por favor, but there are culturally appropriate behaviors that children need to know. These five behaviors are considered good manners throughout Latin America. Of course, these are good manners in the U.S too, but they not given as much attention because the opposite behavior is not considered particularly rude. In Spanish-speaking countries, however, the opposite behavior is negative and can change the impression…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • 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…
  • New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier!

    Catlin Tucker
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Today I took my classes to the computer lab to do synchronous editing on an essay they are writing. As they continued to work on their essays, I edited them. This way we can work simultaneously on their documents and use the instant chat window to discuss questions or problems. While I was working, I saw a new feature in the upper right hand corner of their Google documents below the grey “Comments” button.   Now, any user with “can comment” access to a document can make suggested edits to the document. These suggestions are marked by a green bracketed box and…
  • Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level

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

  • 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.    
  • 21st century learning, TPACK and other fun stuff

    Punya Mishra
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I have been invited to participate in the 2014 Educational Technology Summit: Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era. This conference is being organized by Common Sense Media, Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, & the LEAD Commission. I am serving on a panel on preparing new teachers, moderated by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. Other members on the panel are Daniel Soodjinda, Ed.D., from the California State University Stanislaus, and Deborah Stipek, dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education. It is going to be a packed and exciting day (see the…
  • TPACK Newsletter #21: September 2014

    Punya Mishra
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    TPACK Newsletter, Issue #21 (September, 2014) Welcome to the twenty-first edition of the (approximately bimonthly) TPACK Newsletter! TPACK work is continuing worldwide. This document contains recent updates to that work that we hope will be interesting and useful to you, our subscribers. If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to to find out more. Gratuitous Quote About Technology The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching—Aristotle In This Issue -1. Gratuitous Quote About Technology 0. In This Issue (You are here.) 1. TPACK…
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    Moodle News

  • October Moodle General Developer Meeting Recap: 2.8 and much more

    Joseph Thibault
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    David Mudrak took the reigns of the October General Developer Meeting as the new Community Developer Liaison. Check out the official minutes here...
  • “Goodbye” addon for Moodle provides users self-deletion option

    Joseph Thibault
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This would be a great addition to, one of the largest Moodle sites in the world (but with no way to be removed from the site unless you’re spam or a bad-actor). Bas Brands is the...
  • Nivel Siete Mexico named a Moodle Partner

    Joseph Thibault
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Nivel Siete Mexico has been named an official Moodle Partner by, joining over 60 organizations approved to utilize the Moodle services trademark. Nivel Siete provides elearning services...
  • Moodle 2.8 QA Testing now 80% complete

    Joseph Thibault
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Moodle HQ QA testing for Moodle 2.8 has been underway for just a week and already over 80% of the tests have been completed and passed. There are still about 80 tickets available to be claimed and...
  • Addon: Image drag and drop for Atto

    Joseph Thibault
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Paul Nicholls has released an addon for the new Atto text editor that streamlines the image upload and insert process for Moodle making it much more like using Gmail or leading edge web-based text...
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    Education Best Practice

  • 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…
  • Schools ‘struggling to prepare’ Free Meals Plan

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

    Pat Wyman
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's becoming clear in many school districts that elementary school students want more coding classes.  Programs in school, after school, and online fill up very […]
  • Best Five Teen Stress Reduction Strategies

    Jeff Goelitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Teens stress rates are higher than ever but they can lower anxiety and increase heart coherence by learning the best five teen stress reduction strategies. […]
  • How To Have an Attitude of a Winner

    Carl Boniface
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you ever wonder what makes a winner different from others? It is about making the right choices to create a positive outcome. Those choices […]
  • Vocational Education Will Expand

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Vocational education will expand in New Jersey, thanks to the passage of several bills by the state Senate. Sponsored by state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto […]
  • Flexible Scheduling, Independent Study as Students Earn Diploma

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A special alternative program offers flexible scheduling, independent study as students earn diploma credits toward graduation.   In Park Rapids, Minnesota, The Headwaters Educational Learning […]
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  • David Turnoy: American Tales

    Michael Shaughnessy EducationViews Senior Columnist
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    An Interview with David Turnoy: American Tales Michael F. Shaughnessy 1) David, first of all, tell us about yourself, your education and experience. I grew up in California’s Bay Area, attended UC Santa Barbara and UCLA where I majored in history, then attended law school for a couple of years. Personal challenges directed me away from law school and into a truck driving/sales/delivery job for the next 12 years, and eventually a back injury led me to education to become a teacher. I earned my MA in teaching and a teaching credential at Lewis and Clark College, then taught mostly fifth…
  • S.F. teachers share their insights on Common Core

    External Resource
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Jill Tucker – The new Common Core way of teaching has been challenging, interesting, stressful and fun, San Francisco teachers told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a two-day tour of city schools this week. Teachers from across the district, gathered at Roosevelt Middle School in the Richmond District, described how their teaching has shifted under the Common Core, a new set of grade-by-grade standards adopted by 43 states that emphasize critical thinking and deeper analysis of information. In math, that means getting rid of worksheets that have students repetitively…
  • Teacher Tenure Opposition Gets Some Powerful Advocates

    External Resource
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    WASHINGTON – Campbell Brown, an education reform advocate, says legal efforts are needed to do away with unduly protections for incompetent teachers that prevent student access to quality education. Brown, a former CNN anchor, is supporting the lawsuit of eight New York families challenging teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority laws in the state. “What we want is a system that supports, protects and properly pays good teachers and makes it possible in a responsible and fair way to remove teachers judged to be incompetent or abusive – that’s it,” Brown said during a recent speech…
  • Racist Telephone Poles

    External Resource
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    By Stanley Kurtz – What do you see when you look at a telephone pole? Nothing worth noticing? An annoying obstruction? A monument to American ingenuity? Maybe what you ought to see is a sign of America’s deep-lying racism, proof that even the most humdrum and seemingly benign marvel of engineering from America’s Age of Invention is tainted by our history of deadly racial hatred. You don’t see murderous racism when you look at telephone poles? You must not have been to college lately. At a moment when we’re wracked by quarrels over the Common Core and changes to the AP U.S.
  • Stop doubting Texas’ graduation numbers

    External Resource
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Michael Marder – Yes, Texas is at the top. Not just in job creation. And not just in oil and gas. No, we lead nearly every other state in the nation on high school graduation rates. The Texas Education Agency announced it earlier this year. No. 2 overall in the country and No. 1 for many ethnic groups. The only thing that stands between us and congratulations is one little thing: Many people don’t believe it. That included me — until I checked the numbers for myself. The debate over how to compute graduation rates distracts from what Texas has accomplished. Still, it’s worth…
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  • #ShareAwesome Rallies Families Around Digital Citizenship

    National PTA
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    By Otha Thornton, President, National PTA Technology and the Internet have created countless new opportunities for learning. Students can now read about virtually any subject from anywhere and can connect with people and places around the world. Teachers are harnessing the power of the technology to bring curriculum alive and modify instruction to meet the unique needs of every child. Technology is essential for the development of 21st century skills that will help students thrive in their chosen careers. Technology is everywhere. We text, tweet, shop, learn, play games, plan family vacations…
  • School Leadership: Celebrating Principals

    Tarsi Dunlop
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    October is National Principals Month, an annual opportunity to recognize the importance of school leaders and their role in supporting student learning, as evidenced by years of empirical research. Maximum levels of student learning are reached in optimal school conditions, many of which are the purview of school leaders. Strong leadership is an essential component in creating great public schools. In an era where public schools are frequently under attack, recognizing outstanding leadership and the value of public school leaders is important as a way to remind the American public and policy…
  • Lessons Learned from the AASA-ACSA Women’s Forum

    AASA The School Superintendents Association
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association According to Fortune magazine, women make up less than 5 percent of the chief executive officers working in Fortune 500 companies. Only about 25 percent of our school districts are led by females. Recognizing that we’re at a time when the emergence of outstanding women leaders has strengthened public education, we were pleased to co-host, along with our California state affiliate, the Association of California School Administrators, the third annual Women in School Leadership Forum. The two-day event,…
  • From Doctor to Nonprofit Leader

    Special Olympics Project UNIFY
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Danielle Liebl, a former Special Olympics Project UNIFY National Youth Activation Committee Member from Minnesota, recently established her own non-profit - DIFFERbilities Experience. An extraordinary individual, Danielle has dedicated her life to make a difference for people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. The following blog post was written by Danielle for the DIFFERbilities Experience Blog and shared here with permission. At the age of six years old, I can recall my mom and dad asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always responded, “An orthopedic surgeon at…
  • The Helpful Use of Digital Tools in 21st Century Classrooms

    Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    By Helen Soulé, Executive Director, Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) In countless schools across the US, a new year brings new students. It also brings “wonder” tools, applications and processes. For many educators, this deluge of technology threatens to drown them in an ocean of confusion and frustration. They face hard choices, not only about which tools to purchase, but how to integrate these tools into classroom instruction in a 21st century information and media rich curriculum. Today, savvy educators realize that technology must be more than an electronic teacher with…
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  • 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…
  • Check Out 2014 College Fairs

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    College Fairs Attending a college fair is a great way to start exploring different colleges. At a college fair, you can talk one-on-one with admission representatives, ask questions about college majors and student clubs, and collect brochures and information from colleges you’re interested in. Each year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) hosts free college fairs in cities across the country. Here’s a list of the upcoming NACAC college fairs in 2014: October 11: Jacksonville October 12: Orlando October 18: Denver October 19: St. Louis October 21: Fort…
  • College Major of the Month: Nursing

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    College Major of the Month: Nursing Careers in the health care industry are in high demand, especially nursing. In fact, nursing ranks No. 6 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs in 2014 list. But nursing isn’t an easy-peasy college major. It requires lots of hard work, book smarts and a sincere interest in caring for other people. My College Guide is spotlighting nursing as our College Major of the Month to help you gain insight on what it takes to succeed as a nursing major, as well as learn what career opportunities and college scholarships are available for nursing majors. What…
  • College Scholarships Ending in October 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Apply for College Scholarships Fall is an important time for submitting college admission applications. It’s also an important time to apply for college scholarships. Every little bit of scholarship money you can earn will help lighten the burden of paying for college. Check out these seven college scholarships with deadlines in October 2014. Wendy’s High School Heisman: The program recognizes high school seniors, both men and women, who participate in sports, school and community activities. One male and one female winner will be selected from each school, and then go on to participate…
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  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    We’re getting some pub for our “brutal” new ad campaign. Sorry, Trojans. Above The Law 5 tips to cut the length of your personal statement. Pen and Chisel New York is trying to decide whether to overhaul its bar exam. Wall Street Journal The New Yorker‘s take on a college admissions essay. Feel free to use it, if you think you’re droll enough. The New Yorker You should watch John Oliver take on SCOTUS everything. Last Week Tonight
  • How Did You Do on the September LSAT?

    Greg Nix
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Yesterday was the last major milestone in the circle of September LSAT prep (naaaaants ingonyama bagithi baba): score release day. After weeks of anxiety, preppers got to experience just a little bit more — one final gift from LSAC — as scores rolled out painfully slowly, amid reports of crashes on the LSAC website. Hopefully the wait was worth it. The September curve came in at -12 (that’s twelve wrong answers for a score of 170), slightly less generous than the previous two LSAT’s, but still more lenient than the historical average. This makes some amount of sense,…
  • DIY: Spooky Law School Halloween Costumes

    Yuko Sin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I’m halfway through my first semester at law school. I’m starting to think like a lawyer more and more. I look at every decision from both angles, and frankly it’s stressing me out… I’m having a hard time deciding what I should be for Halloween. How about a suit made entirely of statutes and cases? Get it? It’s a law suit! Or I could roll out a rug made of statutes and cases and walk on it everywhere I go. I’d be above the law! Erm, okay. How about… How about I get one of those toddler sized slides, oil it up, and tape it to myself? I’ll be that old stalwart legal…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    With September LSAT scores coming out sometime today, it’s time to evaluate whether you should re-take. US News & World Report Learn how to love the absurdly unrealistic law school in How To Get Away With Murder. Above The Law How to tackle the “Why X School” application essay. Wait… X School? Because you have mutant powers, obviously. The Girl’s Guide to Law School An Oklahoma court ruled that Facebook is not a valid way to let people know you’re pregnant. But try telling that to my friends from high school. Wall Street Journal The NYPD is no match…
  • For the December LSAT, Planning Ahead Is Key

    Aaron Cohn
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    It may still be October, but I’d like you to flash forward and imagine Sunday, November 30th. It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so you’ll be stuffed with turkey, turducken, tofurkey, or some Frankenstein combination of the three. You’ll have had a few days off of school or work to spend with family and friends. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But what if I told you that the December LSAT will be six days away? And, if you’re in school, finals will be impending, too. Imagine feeling like you still have lots of LSAT studying you need to do. Plus, you have a bunch of schoolwork that needs…
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  • 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…
  • Qualifying School Board Candidates

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Just today I saw a number of individuals out running for school board putting up signs and going door to door. It never ceases to amaze how many of these signs I see in a town of 35,000. I have always wondered about the cost of so many signs and why someone would spend literally thousands and thousands of dollars on advertising for a job that does not pay a salary. If one assumes these are dedicated individuals devoted to providing a school district with academic direction and a moral compass, then what qualities and qualifications the candidates possess is of importance. Interestingly, it…
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  • 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: 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…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS Classes Full in CT

    LZX Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 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… Ledyard High, in Ledyard, CT has a thriving FCS program. The following courses are offered and filled to the max every year: Child Development Understanding Self & Relationships Foods I Culinary Essentials Housing & Interior Design…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS becomes Family Studies and/or Technological Studies in Canada

    LZX Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:28 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 at the Secondary level and in Adult & Continuing Education in Ontario, Canada. The program often called, ‘Home Ec’ combined baking, cooking and sewing. Today, courses are offered individually as Family Studies or…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS for Universal Skills in New Hampshire

    LZX Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:27 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… Awareness of themselves and those around them was the basis of my classroom structure whether it was a class to learn about cooking, sewing or career skills. At my high school we have a variety of students from 13 years to 21 years old,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS in Middle School in Michigan

    LZX Team
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:25 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 a middle school FCS teacher. I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. My sixth graders begin by sewing a drawstring bag and then we begin a cooking unit. We have a 60 minute class period every day and we are on Trimesters, so I have students…
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  • CBS Reflects: Columbia and gender on campus

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Just over a year ago, the bschool applicant forums were buzzing with talk about a damning article that came out in the New York Times about gender inequality at Harvard Business School . A subsequent article was also published about class and accusations of elitism surrounding a clique of rich kids at HBS . EssaySnark offered our reaction after speaking with some students. As with so many things in the world today, that news cycle has come and gone, and this year, in MBA admissions circles, nobody even remembers that all of that happened. Those articles were definitely noticed last year,…
  • ($) When you can update your MBA app after submission

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    We recently talked about sending a new GMAT score to the admissions office after you’ve submitted your MBA application. Or sending them a transcript from a class you have completed since applying. There are some other situations when the school also deserves an update: if you get laid off you get (gulp!) fired possibly (possibly)… 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.
  • ($) Adding stuff to your app – after it’s been submitted.

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Sometimes a school will allow you to update them with information after you have submitted your MBA app – but the type of information accepted, and when you can submit it, varies radically from school to school. This question comes up from time to time and a Brave Supplicant asked about it again over the… 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.
  • This is not a test.

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Frequently after going through a couple rounds of feedback, a Brave Supplicant we’re working with starts to get a little frustrated, and sometimes they toss out a question asking, “Is this what you want me to say?” We did a rant on this some years back, with the observation that this is often a cultural issue. If you don’t have a lot of exposure to the American way of doing things, then you may be more of a passive learner, someone who is studying to the test but not necessarily working to absorb the lessons and connecting the dots of meaning. And, more than one Brave…
  • Just for fun: Which day is best for deadlines?

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Now that you’ve made it through a month of them… Which day is best for a deadline? For you last-minute types: What day has been easier to deal with? Monday, so you can allocate the weekend prior? Earlier in the week? Or is Friday better? Do you care? Which day of the week is best for app deadlines? (select up to 2)
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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

  • 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…
  • EdCampTO Organizers Share a MindShare Moment on What Inspired Them to Collaborate on a K20 Event

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    (Left to right) At EdCampTO with Dina Moati of Sheridan College, Rusul Alrubail of Seneca College, Mario Addessa of TCDSB and Robert Martellacci of MindShare Learning.
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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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  • 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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  • Hooked on the Classics: Literature in the English Curriculum

    Dr Robert Muller
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Flickr/Jeannie Fletcher, CC BY by Stewart Riddle, University of Southern Queensland and Eileen Honan, The University of Queensland The National Curriculum Review was released this week, with the reviewers calling for a greater focus on “Western” literature in the English classroom.As former high school and primary English teachers, we were left wondering what reviewers Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire think our students are reading in classrooms across the country, if not Western literature.What exactly is “Western” literature?The call for an emphasis on Western literature is…
  • The Number One Tip Against Stress in Your PhD

    Dr Robert Muller
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    by Claartje, Van Sijl Counseling and Training: honest: as a PhD or PostDoc, how often do you get to work outside, somewhere green, where you can feel the sun shine, the wind blow, hear birds, smell flowers or fall leaves? When do you get to see and experience some nature?  For most of you the basement lab, the library, or even your computer screen define your daily working environment. I have noticed the beneficial effects of leaving your normal habitat on many walks with clients in the woods of Amelisweerd, to…
  • Time and Schedule Planning for PhDs: People Plan, and Life Laughs

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I did complete all of those tasks (Wikipedia)by Eva Lantsoght, PhD Talk: Today I have the pleasure of inviting Adam Feinman to discuss his academic schedule.  Adam received a B.S. in Computational and Systems Biology from UCLA in 2008 with a minor in Mathematics.  He is currently jointly pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering.  He is characterizing and optimizing the use of surface electromyography (sEMG) to control devices. These projects are…
  • Call to Arms for Shaking up Social Sciences Relies on False Premise That Science Alone Can Solve All Social Problems

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Maths & Soc Sci Bldg, Uni Manchester (Wikipedia)by Will Davies, Impact of Social Sciences: new form of ‘interdisciplinarity’ may be emerging but has so far failed to devote equal demands on the natural sciences, as well as on the social sciences.Will Davies responds to the calls for a social science shake-up by questioning the status of the social sciences in 2014 as something other than mere understudies to the natural sciences. The shared terrain of the two, he…
  • Time Neither Stretches nor Shrinks

    Dr Robert Muller
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    by Eva Lantsoght, PhD Talk:, I have the pleasure of hosting Natalia Sali, who shares with us her academic schedule. Natalia is a second year part time PhD student at Royal Holloway University of London, College of Social Work. Her research is on parental mental health of parents from Black and Minority Ethnic community. She studied in Centro Escolar University (Philippines), University of the Philippines, and University of Westminster. She has a degree in Social Work, MA in Social Work, and Diploma…
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  • Mandatory Quarantine for Dr. Nancy Snyderman Ends Tomorrow Night

    Krystal Knapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The Princeton Health Officer confirmed tonight that the mandatory quarantine of NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her crew will end tomorrow night, Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m. “An exit interview will be performed by our public health nurse and myself to review the status of the crew and next steps,” Princeton Health […]
  • Second Yardville Elementary School Child Negative for Enterovirus D68

    Krystal Knapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    A second elementary school child who recently became ill was tested for Enterovirus D68 and the test results came back negative, Hamilton Township officials announced this afternoon. The child is a student at Yardville Elementary School, the same elementary school in which four-year-old Eli Waller attended.  Waller was determined by Mercer County Medical Examiner to […]
  • Princeton Traffic and Transportation Committee Calls for Safety Improvements on Washington Road

    Krystal Knapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    In the wake of an accident that injured two cyclists on Washington Road Sunday afternoon, the traffic and transportation committee for the town of Princeton is calling on Mercer County to install flashing lights and signs along Washington Road at the D&R Canal Towpath crossing. The committee voted unanimously Monday night to approve a resolution […]
  • Princeton Today: Sand Mandala

    Krystal Knapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The sand mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. They are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Monks begin construction of the sand mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Next, they make a detailed drawing […]
  • Princeton Police Host Second Annual Winter Coat Drive

    Krystal Knapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    The Princeton Police Department is holding its second annual winter coat drive until Nov. 2. Residents can donate winter coats in good, usable condition for both adults and children. All donated coats will be given to people in the Princeton community who need a warm winter coat. The police department will work with the human […]
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  • 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…
  • 5 Specialized Degrees for Future Trailblazers

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

  • 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 ›
  • A Commitment to Iterative, Collaborative Design for Learning

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    How shall we coordinate researchers, solution designers or product developers, policy makers and practitioners together for problem solving and innovations in education? Design research From Wekipedia: Design research was originally constituted as primarily research into the process of design, developing from work in design methods, but the concept has been expanded to include research embedded within the... Read More ›
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  • 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…
  • How a good host can speed up a website

    Simon Hopes
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    It goes without saying that every site owner would simply love to see his or her website load with lightening speed. Considering YSlow Grade or Google page Speed Grade, some of the vital factors responsible for pushing up a website high on the speed scale are speedy page loading, fast response time, optimized codes, optimized…
  • What Is The Best E Cig Starter Kit For a Complete Novice?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    If you are considering giving up the cigarettes then purchasing an e cig starter kit is a fantastic place to start. There are many terrible health risks related to smoking traditional cigarettes and many of these are eradicated when switching to the electronic version. There are lots of e cig starter kits on the market,…
  • Growing Business and Bringing in More Profits

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Running a successful online business calls for more than a creative website. You have to attract customers and keep them there with conveniences and attractions that cannot be found elsewhere on the Internet. However, if your talent lies more with making money than it does winning over people, you should consider utilizing a program that…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • 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…
  • Do You Need to Complete a CSS PROFILE?

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    As your child prepares to apply to various colleges, you may be aware that you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That form isn’t even available online until January, so you think you have plenty of time, but then you find out that one of the schools also wants a completed CSS PROFILE – what’s that? The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is another financial information form some schools may ask you to complete in addition to the FAFSA. Check the list of requirements for each school your child is applying to, and also be sure to pay close attention to…
  • Confused By College Apps?

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    As a high school senior, you may be getting ready to start applying to various colleges. Some admission deadlines are coming up quickly, so you need to be prepared. There are several ways to apply to college, so it is important to check the website for colleges you are interested in, or ask the admissions office, to find out which format they use. College application options include: • Direct to the College: Some colleges want you to apply directly to them, and have their own admission requirements. Carefully study their website to make sure you do not omit anything. Students in certain…
  • Should You Take the ACT or SAT?

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    It’s that time of year again when high school students are trying to decide whether they should take the ACT or SAT, both, or neither, as part of their college application process. Although similar in nature, the two standardized tests do measure different capabilities. Most colleges will accept either test, and some are even test-optional, so what path is best for you? According to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, the number of students taking the ACT has increased dramatically, and now equals or exceeds those taking the SAT, although some students may be taking both. Here is…
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    DRPF Consults

  • Current Education Issues: How Charter Schools Are Changing Education

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more Charter schools have been around for a long time and are regarded as being one of the better options for those who want to have their children educated from high-quality facilities. Yet, what do these charter schools have to offer that public schools cannot? What makes them such appealing choices for parents and guardians around the world on a regular basis? The answers to these questions and more will be provided in this article to help you make a decision that is sound. Charter schools have become a key decision in…
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  • Top 6 Reasons to Attend College in Raleigh-Durham

    Tony Armstrong
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    True to its namesake Sir Walter Raleigh, the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, area remains a place of discovery and exploration for thousands of students attending its many colleges and universities. Boasting a strong local economy and a flourishing cultural scene, the state capital region shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to applying to schools this fall.   School and Work 1. Variety of educational options The Raleigh-Durham area is part of the “Research Triangle,” which is home to over 115,000 students. The region contains several large public universities as well as…
  • 9 Ways to Ace Your Internship Cover Letter

    Alexandra Rice
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Think of your internship cover letter like a handshake: A firm one grabs the recipient’s attention, while a limp grasp can leave something to be desired. Similarly, your cover letter is a hiring manager’s first impression of you, so it’s important to do what you can to stand out from the crowd. If they like what they see, they’ll move on to your resume, and before you know it, you could be interviewing for your dream job. And, yes, hiring mangers still read resumes. While not every cover letter is read—and many only get 60 seconds of a reader’s attention—they are still highly…
  • Top 8 Reasons to Attend College in Nashville

    Tony Armstrong
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    From “Athens of the South” to “Music City,” Nashville has collected some flattering nicknames over the years, and for good reason. Tennessee’s state capital is brimming with excitement and offers excellent internship and job opportunities for current students and recent graduates alike. If you’re applying to college this fall, here are eight reasons why at least one Nashville-based school should be on your list.   School and Work 1. Have your pick of schools As its Athens-inspired moniker suggests, Nashville places a lot of value on higher education. In fact, there are 21…
  • Expert Advice: 7 College Essay Topics to Avoid

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    “Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, or experience that is important to you.” In some form or other, this prompt will be on almost every college application this fall, leaving admissions officers inevitably to read hundreds of college essay topics that are far too similar. So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion. No doubt this is easier said than done.
  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Major for Sophomores

    Gianna Sen-Gupta
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Choosing a major is arguably the most important decision you will make in college, especially because it can affect your career choices after graduation. Still, not knowing what to study when first starting college is normal. Your early years are the perfect time to explore your interests and figure out what you love doing. In fact, “between 20% and 50% of college students enter their first year undecided about their major,” says David M. Tirpak, assistant director of career and employment counseling at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, citing well-known statistics.
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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

  • 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…
  • OECD Report: Education at a Glance 2014

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  susivinh  It can be really intimidating talking to other postgraduates about their research interests when you haven’t worked out what yours are yet! Many people on masters courses already know their goals for their thesis, but don’t worry if … more... The post Figuring Out Your Postgrad Research Interests appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • 10 Free Apps For Tracking Your Student Budget

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  Highways Agency  In this age of austerity, living to a budget has never been more important for postgraduates. Luckily, with the wealth of free apps available to help create and track your budget, it’s also never been easier. Here … more... The post 10 Free Apps For Tracking Your Student Budget appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • How Not To Get to Work on Your First Postgrad Essay

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  justonlysteve  Worried about committing some major mistake on your first postgrad essay? Don’t worry – just do the opposite of everything here, and you’ll be just fine. Start work on it as late as possible There’s no way you’ll … more... The post How Not To Get to Work on Your First Postgrad Essay appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Careers: How to Start Looking After a Gap Year

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  williamson  Let’s face it, your career is important. Studying for your future is one of the most important things you can do. After studying hard for your degree, it is perfectly understandable for you to want to take a … more... The post Postgrad Careers: How to Start Looking After a Gap Year appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • 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…
  • Sharing Timely Resources and Student Successes for National Dyslexia Awareness Month

    Bookshare Team Member
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    illustration of a person’s brain firing with many thoughts Bookshare serves many members who have a severe reading disability, like dyslexia, that makes it difficult to comprehend what they read in standard print. Persons with dyslexia cannot easily recognize words and letter sounds. They may be slow readers and poor spellers because signals to their brain mix up the ability to accurately decode print. The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) reports that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, and half of all students who qualify for special education in U.S. schools are…
  • Build Independence with Bookshare Web Reader

    Bookshare Team Member
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do you know someone who is ready to read on their own? Bookshare Web Reader is a free, easy-to-use reading tool for Individual Members. Readers like Kevin and Kelly use it to read books for school and fun on any computer with Internet access. What makes Bookshare Web Reader so great? Read books directly from a supported Internet browser on your computer (no need to install specialized software) Log into Bookshare, find a book, and select “Read Now” Read with text-to-speech voices and word highlighting (on supported browsers) Ready to get started? Make sure you or your student has an…
  • Individual Members Inspire Us to Read Independently with Bookshare Web Reader

    Bookshare Team Member
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Screen image of Bookshare Web Reader reading Harry Potter’s “Order of the Phoenix” Our members continue to inspire us!  That’s why in this post, we’re sharing two stories of teen members who use Bookshare Web Reader to read about the things they love…independently. Bookshare Web Reader is a free reading tool for Individual Members and is a great way to access Bookshare books quickly and easily with an Internet browser. This web-based reader does not require specialized software. Read these  inspiring stories now, and please share with others who want to read on…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Keeping Students Engaged…Even If They Aren’t YOUR Students!

    Sarah Layton
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Are you keeping students engaged in their CTE curriculum? How do you know? Here’s one way… It started out like many other support issues… I had the best support call yesterday! A teacher had run out of student licenses for her HealthCenter21 online curriculum site. As I typically do, I checked out the site to see if any “old” courses could be archived or if there were students enrolled more than once. It actually looked like the school had legitimately reached the limit of student licenses they had purchased. But then it became one for the record…
  • Successful Blended Learning: A Key Element

    Mary Seward
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Mary Seward Let’s imagine a new course design that uses a blended learning environment. It’s a quality design where the learning activities and assignments promote the achievement of the intended learning outcomes. Sounds great. Enthusiastic discussions ensue on the technology used, the learning management system, the on-line features and assessments, the hands-on learning and student interactions – its all good. Very good, in fact. And at the same time , all of this discussion is missing a key element of the learning environment. One that is often overlooked. What comes to your mind…
  • Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans for CTE: Where to Find Them

    Sarah Layton
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Yesterday marked the start of Digital Citizenship Week. Are you providing ample digital citizenship lesson plans for your CTE students? Maybe you need some convincing… According to Common Sense Education, here’s why digital citizenship lesson plans are so important: “Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage…
  • Computer Applications Lesson Plans: The Latest in Web Research

    Sarah Layton
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Do you struggle to constantly keep your computer applications lesson plans up-to-date? It turns out that one of the big benefits of using online blended learning tools as part of your lesson plans means that your content gets updated for you! And because it’s online, ie cloud-based, you don’t have to lift a finger to access those updates. You just log on…and there they are, ready to get to work for you! Creating Time for Teachers Any Way We Can Teachers tell us every day how little time they have, and how much time we save them. Keeping content up-to-date is…
  • Have Computer Applications Lesson Plans Become the New “Life Skills”?

    Ken Richard
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Ken Richard Have computer applications lesson plans and the like become the “new life skills” lesson plans? Life skills are those skills that you need to succeed in your educational, personal and professional life. I took courses in middle school and high school for a variety of life skills: Balancing a Checkbook, Woodworking, Sewing, Cooking, etc. Some of these skills are still relevant, of course, but others are not as important for day-to-day life. I take my clothes to the tailor for repair, use electronic checking, call a professional when something needs fixed in the…
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    Fractus Learning

  • Creating Slide Decks that Dazzle with Haiku Deck

    Nick Grantham
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Simple, secure and free, Haiku Deck already ticks a number of boxes for a winning classroom tool. But it’s not until you start creating your own slick, professional and flat-out gorgeous slide decks that the real power of Haiku Deck comes to the fore. With a focus on clean and visually engaging slides, Haiku Deck can turn both you and your students ideas into stunningly powerful messages. Name: Haiku Deck – Pricing: Free Compatibility: Browser / iPad Access: Email / Facebook / Twitter signup Privacy: Customizable (privacy policy)   A…
  • An Amazingly Interactive Whiteboard with Explain Everything

    Lisa Blessington
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Explain Everything is a hugely popular app for both students and educators (1.5 million according to the app maker) that can be used as an extremely versatile interactive whiteboard. With easy to manipulate gestures and media integration, the app can be used to project information up in front of a class or to record material for students to watch at a later date. But that’s only the beginning! Name: Explain Everything Pricing: $2.99 Compatibility: iOS / Android / Windows Access: No signup required Privacy: Customizable (privacy policy)   A Quick Look  …
  • How to Foster Collaborative Discussion (and the tools to do it!)

    Gary Johnston
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    The above video is a pedagogical model of how a number of teachers are using collaborative discussion in our school. This can be used many ways, such as: Discussion of a section of a book or assignment Sharing of ideas and debating about essential or guiding questions in a unit To reinforce understanding of a homework assignment What I love about the above video is that students are so engaged in discussing the assignment and although you don’t see all students in the round-table discussion, there are other skills at play behind the discussions. The jobs are: Discussors- (About 8-10…
  • Helping Students Visualize Data with Google Public Data Explorer

    Wade Gegan
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Data analysis and visualization is big business as technology allows us to collect more and more information about every detail of day to day life. Whether it’s data from a Smartwatch on your wrist, an iPhone in your pocket or huge datasets collected by international organizations, the ability to collect, read and make use of vast amounts of information is key for anyone growing up in the information age. So how can we approach this complex topic with students? Enter, Google Public Data Explorer. Name: Google Public Data Explorer Pricing: Free Compatibility: Web Access:…
  • Carve A Pumpkin: App-tivities for Fall

    Meghan Zigmond
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Fall, and all the fun that goes with it, is here! In honor of the season, and my love of pumpkins, I wanted to share an app that my students really enjoy creating with. Have you heard of the free Carve A Pumpkin app from Parents Magazine? My students have a blast designing a pumpkin, saving the picture and turning it into a neat project. Carve A Pumpkin is very easy to use, and allows students to either carve their chosen pumpkin by hand, or add pre-designed cut outs. There are also fun stickers to decorate with, and several choices for the background. When you’re finished, there is…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • 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…
  • Teacher Toolkit Tuesday: Fire Safety

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    It's Teacher Toolkit Tuesday! Yay! Each week I will create a grouping of some fabulous ideas all surrounding a topic and post them here on the blog for you! Do you have a blog and want to play along? Simply right-click and grab the Teacher Toolkit Tuesday logo from below and save it to your desktop. On any given Tuesday (feel free to start today - lol), write a blog post that contains a collection of resources for the theme of the week (mainly free ideas, videos, and pictures) using your favorite medium such as Pinterest, inlinkz, or just images. Make sure to include the image below and make…
  • Time Rollers!

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Hey teaching friends!   I came across these awesome Dice in Dice from Learning Resources and just knew you all would love them!  There is so much you can do with them in your classroom! How about a few ideas from fellow colleagues?  On my Instagram account: @theuniqueclassroom said "Addition or multiplication games!" Several good ideas from @larnww "I used them for addition all the time... Like: create your own addition story using what you rolled. And greater than/less than discussions." @asunnydayinfirstgrade also suggested "I use them for addition and subtraction!! :)" @savbruski "My…
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • 5 questions about the 11 plus selection system

    Ross Mountney
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like them or loath them, 11 Plus exams have been with us for a long time. There are only a few regions in England now that still support the 11 Plus selection process as part of their educational provision. Most counties got rid of this kind of streaming decades ago. But there has been some talk about whether this selection system should be more widely introduced. Discussed on the programme Inside Out for Lincolnshire recently, it may well be raised again at next year’s elections and throws up serious questions all parents (and voters) should consider. Does the test set out to do what…
  • It’s time to focus on Apprenticeships

    Jon Ellis
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The big drive in education policy over the last decade or so, under whichever government one chooses, seems to have been to keep young people in education. Many moons ago, Tony Blair’s Labour government famously spoke of wanting 50% of youngsters to go on to university – and in 2011/12, almost 50% of school leavers did enter higher education (although numbers were boosted by the rush to beat the rise in fees, with an additional 13,000 school leavers deciding against a gap year, compared with previous years). The current government has raised the education leaving age to 17 and in 2015 the…
  • Ten tips for parents: stress free homework

    Jon Ellis
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but as a parent I found homework time stressful, and the cause of many a family argument. Most children they dread homework – who wants to be reminded that you have forgotten it or being told that’s incorrect, and you have to do it again. While the world won’t crumble if your child does not deliver perfectly written and presented homework every single day of their school life, if they do fall into the habit of forgetting to do their homework, it can do more than cause embarrassment; it can affect their confidence and, in the long term, their exam…
  • 5 Tips for using timetables in your home education

    Ross Mountney
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Home educating offers a very flexible approach to children’s learning and this also applies to the way we use timetables. Although we’re very familiar with a formally timetabled structure in schools, this is not essential to educating, just a tool we can use – or lose – whichever best supports the learning process. Timetables are something we’re in charge of, instead of us being slaves to. And can be used very flexibly to help us organise our children’s activities, our own time and commitments, or assist in keeping track of topics and concepts we want our children to learn or…
  • A buyer’s market for top student places

    Jon Ellis
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In one of those odd alignments of the planets, three factors arising from government policy have come together in 2014 to create huge competition among top universities for the best students. It’s very much become a buyer’s market for students who are predicted, and then achieve, high A level grades. Firstly, the Coalition Government removed the cap on the number of students with ABB grades or above whom universities are allowed to recruit. This has meant that high-ranking universities which select from among those top-scoring students have expanded the number of places they offer. Exeter…
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    K12 Insight

  • 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…
  • Investing in Success

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

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

  • Back to School Review of Mathematical Patterns

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Overview Mathematical patterns are abundant in nature, in art, architecture, and in science. Patterns of numbers have fascinated people from the time that the earliest humans began to use number concepts. They were especially intriguing to ancient cultures. Patterns in Nature Some of the most captivating patterns occur in nature. The microscopic plants and animals found in plankton show spirals, cubes, tetrahedra, and other regular shapes. Crystals, from common salt and sugar to the rarest colored diamonds follow regular patterns and ratios. Some shells grow outward in spirals, spider webs…
  • Math Review of Special Factoring Formulas and a General Review of Factoring

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Overview Some special factoring formulas include the difference of two squares, the sum of two cubes, and the difference of two cubes. If there are three terms or more in the polynomial, students can use strategies such as finding common factors and factoring by grouping. Extending the Difference of Two Squares The difference of two squares [(a + b)(a - b)] is a common pattern with binomials involving variables to the second power. However, the concept can also be applied to exponents higher than x2. Any even power (such as x2, x4, x6, and so on) can be factored into squares evenly. For…
  • The AC Method of Factoring Polynomials when A Is Not Equal to 1

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Overview The AC-method, also known as factoring by grouping, is often used to factor polynomials when the a coefficient is equal to 1. It can also be used when the a coefficient is not equal to 1, similar to the FOIL method. Questioning the Polynomial Expression The first step to defining the polynomial expression, before finding factors or a numerical solution, is to see whether or not it takes the form ax2 + bx + c. Many polynomials used in high school math will follow that form, or one that is similar. If it is an expression, the variable x can take a number of different values. If they…
  • Math Review of Applications of Radical Expressions with Right Triangles

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Overview The relationship of the length of the legs of the right triangle to the hypotenuse is expressed by one of the most famous equations in geometry, the Pythagorean Theorem. Deriving the measurement of the sides of the right triangle was one of the earliest uses of irrational numbers. Right Triangles Right triangles have one 90-degree angle. The legs of the right triangle form the 90 degree angle, and the side opposite the 90-degree angle is the hypotenuse. The relationship between the lengths of the sides is given by the Pythagorean Theorem, a2 + b2 = c2. That means that if the length…
  • Math Review of Quotients Involving Radical Expressions

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:34 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…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • Música, Sangria & La Carbonería

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    For many prospective visitors of Sevilla, a few things come to mind when imagining the vibrant city. Besides beautiful architecture and great gastronomy (tapas, anyone?), bullfighting and flamenco are two of Sevilla’s signature traditions. Upon hearing API students discuss their upcoming semester, these two traditions tend to come up often as must-see things in Sevilla. Thus, Monday September 22nd was time to check out one of Sevilla’s best late-night forms of entertainment and culture, a flamenco dancing and guitar show. Around 10:30pm, we 4 cultural liaisons led the way for an excited…
  • There and Back Again- Not a Hobbit’s Tale

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    As some of you may know, my feet have been to a few different countries in the past few weeks. Two Sundays ago, I embarked on a 10-day backpacking trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. I did not bring my computer because I was only taking the essentials, so keeping a blog during my travels proved to be a challenge. I don’t remember all the little details, but I’ll do my best to recount the journey for you! We started in Prague. The eight of us arrived to the airport and became immediately aware of how much we had no idea what we were doing. We sat outside the airport, trying to read the…
  • Saying Yes

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    After deciding to study abroad in Spain I definitely did my fair share of research. My fair share, being much less than the average student’s, I googled some packing tips and made sure I knew the name of the Spanish president. And to be honest, I looked up the president thing in the airport. But out of every review, tip, and suggestion I saw online from kids who had gone abroad, the thing that stuck out to me was their regrets. I don’t want any regrets from this trip. So I came up with a little plan for myself. If you’ve ever seen the Movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carey, you’ll know…
  • Exploring Paris: A Tale of Parks and Cemeteries

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    On the first day in my class on Paris architecture, the professor told us all to go get lost in Paris. She told us that it’s a relatively safe place to be lost and that we would be surprised by what we find. While I haven’t really tried to get lost, I have tried to explore Paris outside of the main destinations. That being said, I spent the last couple of weeks experiencing the parks and cemeteries of the city. Paris is a crowded city, with a lot of narrow streets lined with tall buildings. At times, it’s easy to feel claustrophobic. The solution for most Parisians is to visit a park. I…
  • The Times They Are A-Changin’

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Time. Easily one of the most valuable resources on this planet, no? According to my good friend Bob, “the line it is drawn, the curse it is cast… the present now will later be past, the order is rapidly fading… the times they are a-changin’.” It’s a song I’m sure many of you are familiar with but one that has taken on new significance for me lately. I spent my first month longing for the comfort of my home, my language, and my people. Which is actually considerably comical considering the fact that in the 27 years that I lived in the U.S. I never felt connected to it.
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    LIVE LINGUA: Skype Language Lessons

  • Million Scarlet Roses: Memories and Music

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    When I was in Russia in the summer of 2002 there was a song that was always playing on the radio, being sung around campfires or whistled from passersby. I even attended a 10-day intense English language learning camp and on the night of the talent show a nine-year-old boy stood up and blew me away with this simple ballad. It was a beautiful song, definitely 80’s pop sounding, with an extremely catchy tune. The song, Million Scarlet Roses sung by legendary Russian singer Alla Pugacheva has since been translated and covered in Hungary, Sweden, Korea, Japan. (You can listen to the song…
  • Stuttering and Foreign Language

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    King George VI was a famous figure who stuttered and overcame it. When I was five years old and ready for kindergarten, I proudly walked to school for ‘kindergarten round up day’ to meet my teacher. I sported a side pony tail and wore a little plaid skirt, so excited to join the ranks of those before me on my path to educational success! Prior to entering kindergarten I had spent a year overcoming some major speech pronunciation issues. Unbeknownst to my mother, she had allowed me to suck on a pacifier way too long and I had incorrectly learned to make sounds. This is why I spent…
  • Reverse Culture Shock

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

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

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

    Don Osborne
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Money is usually tight in college, but for pre-meds it’s especially problematic. Med school expenses are looming over you and all your extra-curriculars are sure to eat up your cash. Luckily, being a pre-med gives you some extra expertise and might be more valuable to potential employers if you know
  • A Little More than Just a Rodeo — The University of Utah School of Medicine

    Don Osborne
    9 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 If you currently attend Brigham Young University as a pre-med, or live in the Salt Lake City area, the University
  • Video: Pre-Med Q&A: Taking Some Questions from Reddit

    Don Osborne
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    In this very special video, I take on questions from Reddit’s subforum r/premed. I talk about all kinds of topics relevant to pre-meds — letters of recommendations, MCAT practice tests, and taking the MCAT again. Check it out, hopefully you’ll find something useful. Note: If you’re interested in some MCAT
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    Online Cultus

  • Discovery Science Channel

    Aleksandra Arsik
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    At Discovery Science you will find the latest sneak peeks of the new shows, access to exclusive behind the scenes interviews and intro to some the new faces of Discovery Science. Dedicated to unearthing facts, debunking myths and on an unstoppable search for scientific truth, Discovery Science is as much a source for learning, as...   Read more... The post Discovery Science Channel appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: The advantages of technology for science research Women in computer science Subscribe The top 6 platforms for getting online courses in computer science! Problem…
  • Is big data making the grade in education?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Big data analytics is now being widely adopted across many industries. The education sector is one of the industries that generate massive volumes of data, and therefore, it can benefit greatly from big data technology. Here is a look at the role of big data in education…. Big data adoption in the education eector According...   Read more... The post Is big data making the grade in education? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Big data gets a passing grade in education world Why using technology in education? Walden University Portal – vital education data 2 new and 2…
  • Types of changes

    Aleksandra Arsik
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
      Read more... The post Types of changes appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Types and costs of online schools
  • From 1200s’ up to now – evolution of MSc

    Aleksandra Arsik
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
      Read more... The post From 1200s’ up to now – evolution of MSc appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Evolution of invention in the last 50 years
  • How a Master’s Degree can expand your options?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    To a student earning their degree at many universities and colleges across the nation, the best idea may seem to be unobtainable. Although it’s true that schooling is expensive, a master’s degree in your field of study can help to greatly expand your options. To learn more about how this can be, read on. A...   Read more... The post How a Master’s Degree can expand your options? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Why enrolling at online Masters? The values of an online degree What is your degree saying to the world? Masters degrees that don’t pay off…
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  • 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…
  • Labor Shortages Ahead: 19 Jobs In The Conference Board Report

    Laurence Shatkin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    An important corporate-research organization, The Conference Board, came out with a report a few weeks ago that predicts labor shortages in several fields. The report covers many countries, but the main trend it expects here in the United States is shrinkage of the labor force caused by the retirement of baby boomers. The U.S. is actually expected to do better than many countries because America continues to be a magnet for both skilled and unskilled workers. As a result, immigration will offset many of the losses from retirements. (The forecast would probably be more accurate if Congress…
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    Computer Programming

  • 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…
  • How to Return values from Stored Procedure: SQL

    Rhett Butler
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Similar to providing input values to the procedures at run time, you can also return values as output from the procedures. The values can be returned to the calling application through output parameters. To specify a parameter as the output parameter, you can use the OUTPUT keyword.The OUTPUT keyword has to be specified in both the CREATE PROCEDURE and the EXECUTE statement. If the OUTPUT keyword is omitted, the procedure will be executed but will not return any value.The syntax of the declaring an output parameter using the OUTPUT keyword is:CREATE PROCEDURE procedure_name{ @parameter…
  • How to Create Parameterized Stored Procedure: SQL

    Rhett Butler
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    At times, you need to execute a procedure for different values of a variable that are provided at run time. For this, you can create a parameterized stored procedure. Parameters are used to pass values to the stored procedure during run time. These values can be passed by using standard variables.The parameter that passes the values is defined as input parameter. A stored procedure has the capability of using a maximum of 2100 parameters. Each parameter has a name, data type, direction, and a default value.The following example creates a stored procedure displaying the employee ID, the login…
  • Guidelines to Create and Execute Stored Procedure: SQL

    Rhett Butler
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    To create stored procedure database developer have to keep some points in mind. The following points need to be considered before creating a stored procedure:You cannot combine the CREATE PROCEDURE statement with other SQL statements in a single batch.You must have the CREATE PROCEDURE permission to create a procedure in the database and the ALTER permission on the schema, where the procedure is being created.You can create a stored procedure only in the current database.After creating a stored procedure, you can execute the procedure. You can also alter the procedure definition or drop it,…
  • Characteristics of Programming : C Language

    Jacob Lefore
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Now, let us see “What is programming? What are the characteristics of good programming?”Definition: The art of writing or designing the programs to provide a solution to the well-defined problem is called programming. As the saying goes ‘practice makes a man perfect’, developing such an art requires thorough practice. The following 10 characteristics if followed in a proper way will improve the quality of programming :Characteristics of good Programming:AccurateEfficientMaintainablePortableReadableReliableRobustUsableDocumentationIndentationNow, let us see, “the characteristics of…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • UNIPORT Guidelines for Registration of Fresh Students – 2014/2015

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    The University Management has made the following Payments Compulsory for Fresh Students (Year One) in the 2014/2015 Academic Session: Acceptance Fee − N30,000.00 Accommodation Fee − N19,850.00 Registration Procedure: Confirm your name and admission status on the eCampus Portal Proceed to pay your Acceptance Fee of N30,000.00 (Thirty thousand naira) in any of the University’s […]UNIPORT Guidelines for Registration of Fresh Students – 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • List of DELSU Pre-Degree Candidates Admitted into Degree Programmes 2014/2015

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    This is to inform concerned candidates that The admission list of candidates admitted through pre-degree into degree programmes of Delta State University has been released. The list is now available online. Candidates can check their admission status byclicking here Please enter your PRE-DEGREE application number in the box below and click check to know your […]List of DELSU Pre-Degree Candidates Admitted into Degree Programmes 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Check Now: Mapoly 2nd Batch Post-UTME Screening Result 2014/2015

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    The result of the second post-UTME screening exercise of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic held on 1oth and 11th October, 2014 has been released. Candidates can now access their result byclicking here Enter your UTME Reg. Number as your Username Enter your Password Click on “Login” Check Now: Mapoly 2nd Batch Post-UTME Screening Result 2014/2015 is […]Check Now: Mapoly 2nd Batch Post-UTME Screening Result 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • FUDutsin-ma Pre-Degree Screening Schedule 2014/2015

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Federal University Dutsin-ma, is conducting a screening/aptitude test for applicants into its Pre-Degree Programmes in the School of General and Preliminary Studies (SOGAPS) for 2014/2015. Date: Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 Venue: ICT Lab (Take-off Campus) Time: 8:00 am prompt. NOTE: 1. All applicants are to be at the exam venue 30 minutes before the commencement […]FUDutsin-ma Pre-Degree Screening Schedule 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
  • Fed Polytechnic Nekede Increase Hostel form fee

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    The management of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede at its 77th meeting (2nd session) held on the 29th of August 2014, reviewed the rates of its different services to the students and decided to make the underlisted changes with effect from 2014/2015 academic year. S/N Service Provided Old Rate =N= New Rate =N= 1 Hostel AccommodationHostel Accommodation 6,000.00 […]Fed Polytechnic Nekede Increase Hostel form fee is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog
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    PortPrep Blog

  • 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…
  • PortPrep is Hiring Co-Op Students!

    Karen Kesteloot
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you an aspiring student who want to get into college? Are you currently an art student and are in need of extra income to support your finances? Then we have an co-op position opening for you! “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot is looking for talented and hard-working people who are willing help Karen promote her website through the different openings available: Video editing and marketing Journalism and social media marketing For high school students, you get up-close and personal with one of today’s premier art teachers dedicated into getting…
  • How to Choose a College Where You’ll be a Successful Art Student

    Karen Kesteloot
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The key to becoming a great artist is to learn how to choose a college where you can sharpen your skills. Learn the art of choosing a college in this post. For high school seniors, one of the concerns you’ll have to deal with is the problem of choosing a college to apply to soon. Given the number of art and design programs – not to mention the colleges and universities – to choose from, students will have their hands full this years. That’s not even considering the other intangibles (pressure from friends and family members) that will affect and sway your decision in…
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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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    emmanuel obasi
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Nematodes are little, thread-like worms activity zero.0 fifteen in. to zero.187 in. long. they’re either life style parasitic or saprophytic, known on the premise of shapes, size and special structures. The females become swollen and flask-shaped as a results of accumulation of eggs with the asshole just about terminal in position, whereas the males are formed (Sherf and Macnah, 1986; Chitwood, 1949; Taylor and Sasser, 1978; Idowu, 1979 and Idowu, 1983) Nematodes are far-famed for inflicting harmful diseases of crops as they need a large vary of feeding habit, represent regarding…

    emmanuel obasi
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    An in agreement framework definition of foreign direct investment (FDI) exists in the literature. That is, FDI is Associate in Nursing investment created to amass a long-lasting management interest (normally 100% of option stock) in a very commercialism in operation in acountry apart from that of the capitalist outlined in step with residency (World Bank, 1996). Such investments might take the shape of either “greenfield” investment (also referred to as “mortar and brick” investment) or merger and acquisition (M&A), that entails the acquisition of existing interest instead of new…

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

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

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

  • Playing with Percentages - 7 Techniques to Learn

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    The old idiom goes, ‘there are no shortcuts to success’; we have probably heard this one at least a hundred times in our life already. But times are changing and in our present situation, where we are students and candidates of competitive exams…shortcuts are the only way to success! Think Math – think shortcuts; whether the shortcuts are your own methods or taught by someone, or learnt from a book – they need to be remembered and inculcated into your normal ‘mathematical’ thought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best IBPS Clerk Books for CWE IV

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    IBPS Clerk CWE exam is coming closer and this competition is harder. Candidates are very confused regarding the study material. Many students fails to crack IBPS exam due to lack of quality study material. I have already provided study notes and previous question papers but students need quality books. Also give a look to Quantitative aptitude series to find shortcut tricks to solve quantitative aptitude questions. You will also find practice tests and videos to help you better for the exam. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Daily Vocab Dose - 22 October

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Daily Vocab Dose for today 1. Brittle – easily breakable antonym = unbreakable example : Chalks are very brittle. 2. Bedlam – noise/confusion/disorder example : The bedlam created by the sound of firecrackers is very uncomfortable for old people. 3. Bemoan – to regret strongly/lament example : After losing the general elections Arvind Kejriwal must have bemoaned leaving the Delhi CM post! 4. Benevolent – showing kindness/charitable/ good-hearted ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RBI Assistant Result Out

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    RBI has declared result for Assistant grade. Check your result here Share your result in the comments What if you failed :- Start preparations for IBPS PO IVGive your 110%. Push yourself. Do a SWOT analysis of your performance. Find your weaknesses and give it few weeks I am always here to help you. You can reach me on Facebook here - [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 22 October

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Current Affairs Update for 22 October :- Deaths On 19th October 2014, Lynda Bellingham, British actress and presenter, died due to cancer. She played the long running role of mother in famous ‘Oxo TV’ adverts.  Politics On 21st October 2014, Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day observed in all over the World. Presently, more than 6 Crore people of India are suffered from iodine deficiency disorders. The Government of United Kingdom decided to inaugurate the Dadabhai... [[ 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

  • Students Earn Honors and Highest Honors at MSB

    Serena Franken
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The Minnesota School of Business-Online is proud to announce the 151 students who earned Honors and Highest Honors recognitions during summer quarter. Each of these students has dedicated countless hours and copious amounts of energy into performing at a high level in the classroom, and we couldn’t be more proud of them! Students who earned a 3.50 to 3.99 GPA are recognized as receiving Honors, while students who earned an “A” in each of their courses—totaling a 4.0 GPA—are recognized as receiving Highest Honors. Here are the students who achieved these great distinctions: Honors…
  • How Career Services Can Assist Military Students

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Military students who return from active duty and students that serve in the many facets of the armed services can often struggle with returning to a civilian life. This struggle can include supporting a family and finding a career. Often times these students need a little extra guidance. Minnesota School of Business was recently recognized by Military Times as a Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2015. Mike Hughes, director of military student services, was recently on the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus and addressed some tips for these job seekers.
  • MSB-Richfield Nursing and Medical Assistant Students Help Fight Kidney Disease

    maija jaaska
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Written by Kendra Saal, nursing program chair According to the National Kidney Foundation: MSB nursing and medical assistant students perform kidney screens One in three American adults are currently at risk for developing kidney disease One in nine American adults have kidney disease (most don’t know it) The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease In order to help combat kidney disease, 12 nursing students and one medical assistant student from Minnesota School of…
  • Look the Part: Why it’s Important to Dress Professionally for Interviews

    Julie Kresh
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    On October 14, the career services department at Minnesota School of Business in Blaine hosted a career fair. There were 17 businesses represented, including BioLife Plasma Services, Aerotek, and Truck Writers. Current students, graduates, and community members were invited to attend and learn about open job opportunities at the annual event. During the event, I noticed that attendees of the career fair were dressed in different types of clothing, which got me thinking about the importance of dressing professionally for interviews and professional networking. “Dressing professionally…
  • MSB-Online Announces Community Service Scholarship Winners

    Serena Franken
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Each quarter, Minnesota School of Business-Online opens up a scholarship opportunity for two of our students. In order to earn the scholarship, students must be active volunteers in their communities. Once a student has completed a volunteer project, they can then submit their application and short essay for a chance to earn $2,000 in tuition assistance. As an organization, we believe that volunteering in your community is essential for both personal and professional development. Not only do you have the chance to give back to the community through charitable giving, but you also open…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • 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. Quality Feedback for Quality Writing The basic approach is to list all the things they did really well and give them one specific thing to work on for next time.
  • Read-Withs

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

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

  • 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

  • ELearning in Healthcare Infographic

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    ELearning in Healthcare Infographic Nine Lanterns recently conducted a survey into the use of eLearning in healthcare. The survey was held from 1st May – 31st August and was completed by HR and L&D professionals in the healthcare sector. The majority of respondents were based in Australia. The infographic looks at how healthcare providers use eLearning, how they measure the effectiveness of the eLearning, why they use eLearning and if they’re using blended learning, what other learning tools they use. It also looks at how Healthcare providers develop their eLearning, in-house…
  • 21st Century Teaching Infographic

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The 21st Century Teaching Infographic The 21st Century Teaching Infographic infographic shows the benefits of interactive touchscreens in the classroom. In the UK the education market has been dominated by costly interactive whiteboards that need to be used in conjunction with a projector. If used for long periods of time the total cost of ownership can be high. Children as young as four are now using tablet at home and are comfortable with using touchscreens – this means when using new technology the student and teacher can collaborate in a way that students can relate to. Created by…
  • The Mobile Learning Market Infographic

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    The Mobile Learning Market Infographic 10 Mobile Learning Stats Market size: $341 billion 80% of people will access internet through a smartphone 91% of US workers own a cellphone Over 85% of Gen Y owns a smartphone Millennials will be 50% of the workforce by 2020 Mobile Learning Market to reach $9.1 billion by 2015 Organizations using mobile technologies in learning are reporting more staff and business benefits than those who are not: 29% of mobile users agree that learners put what they learn into practice quickly (compared to 24% of non-mobile users The industry sectors with the highest…
  • Women in Higher Education Infographic

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Women in Higher Education Infographic  Academia has always been considered an “old boys’ club,” but fortunately, some high-powered women are challenging the status quo with bold innovations and policy changes to help schools – and, more importantly, their students – succeed. Although their share of higher education leadership roles may be smaller than men’s, these women are impacting higher education in unique, and sometimes surprising, ways. Some are forging new paths for underrepresented populations like adults, minorities, part-time and online students –an ever-growing and…
  • Is Online Education Right for You? Infographic

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is Online Education Right for You? Online education has experienced a boom in the last several years. More and more students, young and old are enrolling in some type of online classes, and even Bill Gates thinks the future of education is distance learning. It holds appeal for all kinds of students because it allows more flexibility than traditional classroom learning. If you are considering an online degree program, take a peek at this infographic. We’ve put together some of amazing facts that you may not have known. Discover statistics about how students all over the world are using…
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    Talk in French

  • Podcast #29 Discover a new area of France: Lille / Essential French Question

    Frederic Bibard
    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)

    Frederic Bibard
    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

    Frederic Bibard
    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.
  • Podcast #28 Discover a new area of France: Lyon / French Conversation Fillers

    Frederic Bibard
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Here is the 28th 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 #28 Discover a new area of France: Lyon / French Conversation Fillers appeared first on Talk in French.
  • New ebook: Improving French Vocabulary

    Frederic Bibard
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Hello, just a quick announcement. I have just launched a BIG new ebook « Improving French Vocabulary ». This ebook was designed for French Learners who are serious about learning French. Its purpose is to enrich the vocabulary of both advanced beginners and experienced students of French.   I w... The post New ebook: Improving French Vocabulary appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester City live stream: How to watch the UEFA Champions League online

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester City live stream: How to watch the UEFA Champions League online manchester City are struggling in Champions League after a pair of lackluster performances against Bayern Munich and Roma, but the Citizens have a chance to make up ground on their rivals on Tuesday, when they take on Group E’s bottom team […] The post CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester City live stream: How to watch the UEFA Champions League online appeared first on oHack.
  • [*Latest] Happy Diwali dhanteras 2014 Images Wallpaper Pictures Quotes SMS Messages – Whatsapp Facebook Images, greetings, Wishes

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Happy Diwali dhanteras 2014 Images Wallpaper Pictures Quotes SMS Messages – Whatsapp Facebook Images, greetings, Wishes Diwali 2014 Whatsapp Status: Here are some of the best Happy Diwali SMS Collection in Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil. As everyone knows Diwali the Festival of Lights is going to be celebrated on 23rd October 2014, Diwali is one of the […] The post [*Latest] Happy Diwali dhanteras 2014 Images Wallpaper Pictures Quotes SMS Messages – Whatsapp Facebook Images, greetings, Wishes appeared first on oHack.
  • Happy Diwali dhanteras 2014 Images Wallpaper Pictures Quotes SMS Messages – Whatsapp Facebook Images, greetings, Wishes

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Happy Diwali dhanteras 2014 Images Wallpaper Pictures Quotes SMS Messages – Whatsapp Facebook Images, greetings, Wishes Diwali 2014 Whatsapp Status: Here are some of the best Happy Diwali SMS Collection in Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil. As everyone knows Diwali the Festival of Lights is going to be celebrated on 23rd October 2014, Diwali is one of the […] The post Happy Diwali dhanteras 2014 Images Wallpaper Pictures Quotes SMS Messages – Whatsapp Facebook Images, greetings, Wishes appeared first on oHack.
  • Amazon Diwali(Dhanteras) Dhamaka Offers & Deals – Mobile, Tablet, Laptop,Cameras Upto 60% OFF & More Offers

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Amazon Diwali(Dhanteras) dhamaka Offers & Deals – Mobile, Tablet, Laptop,Cameras Upto 60% OFF & More Offers Amazon India Diwali(Dhanteras) Offers, Deals and Discount 2014 Amazon India, the online shopping hub is now showcasing an amazing offer where you get to enjoy buying Amazon Diwali Offers & Deals – Mobile, Tablet, Laptop, Cameras Upto 55% OFF & More […] The post Amazon Diwali(Dhanteras) Dhamaka Offers & Deals – Mobile, Tablet, Laptop,Cameras Upto 60% OFF & More Offers appeared first on oHack.
  • Flipkart Diwali Offer Discounts,Deals,Offers

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Flipkart Diwali Offer Discounts,Deals,Offers, Flipkart operates exclusively in India, where it is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is an e-commerce company founded in 2007, by Sachin and Binny Bansal. Now a days online shopping has become the recent trend for shopaholics. Many Indians today are investing in e-retailing with enthusiasm. Here we are providing Flipkart Diwali […] The post Flipkart Diwali Offer Discounts,Deals,Offers appeared first on oHack.
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  • Failure to Innovate in Higher Education- A Problem of Low Hanging Fruit

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Education is a classical American institution that helps develop intellectual capital to encourage successful national growth. Sometimes institutions can work against their core purpose by failing to grow or develop beyond current limitations. Innovation in higher education is an important predictor of the success of both the higher education institution and the preparedness of a nation. Failure to reach beyond low hanging fruit in higher education causes stagnation and decline in the form of cost overruns and poor outcomes. Despite having strong support through state spending, family…
  • When Opportunities Dry Up-Income Inequality in America

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Income inequality is a hot topic that is becoming more troublesome every year as the gap in incomes continues to grow. Fed Chair Janet Yellen discussed on October 17th the growing problem of income inequality and its potential impact on the American Dream. She elaborated on how child resources, higher education, entrepreneurship, and inheritance influence a family’s ability to raise their position in life. Without ensuring that there is sufficient mobility within society there are risks to the founding fabric of opportunity within the country.Those who are not wealthy are finding it…
  • Little Italy Festa Draws Over a Hundred Thousand Visitors

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The Italians have a saying, “A chi vuole, non mancano mod” that translates as“there is a will there is a way”.  This year the Little Italy Festa drew around 120,000 people and acted as a homecoming for many Italian Americans who wanted to get in touch with their culture. They found a way to successfully match culture and commerce together into an activity that enhances their neighborhood. Hosted on October 11th, 2014 in the Little Italy District of San Diego small business vendors, artists, and authentic Italian food filled the streets.  They did a great job ensuring…
  • Developing Online Education to Meet the Needs of International Business

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    As business information and financial transactions increases there will be a need for more international oriented higher education curriculum. Online education affords an opportunity for greater global reach and revenue development without overburdening cost existing structures. Technology has adapted over the years to allow similar platforms of classes to be used across borders to encourage international higher education.The global business community that makes up a large portion of international firms have different needs then domestic productions. Senior leadership positions will require a…
  • Call for Papers: 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    April 22nd-24th,2015Dallas, United States of AmericaThe Emerging Technologies Symposium is devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online. The Symposium is geared to experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning alike.Web address:
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • 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…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science in 2014-2015

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

  • Tips and Tricks to plan your budget for better life in Texas (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    There are certain expenses you or for that matter anyone may not avoid, however you can take into account the ones which are essential. Prioritize them and, if possible, consider the unessential or less-essential expenditures next. This will help you in having a hold on your budget till the end. The post Tips and Tricks to plan your budget for better life in Texas appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • College Students: TIPS on How to Find a Cheap Flight for The Holidays (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    The problem is that tickets sell really fast around holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve. These are some of the busiest days in the year for airlines. The best thing is to avoid travelling in those days. If you can't, then keep reading. The post College Students: TIPS on How to Find a Cheap Flight for The Holidays appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • IIT JEE: How Tough is The Nut To Crack? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    It is a well-known fact that a large portion of aspirants planning for IIT JEE are not properly guided by genuine IIT-arrangements. Under such situation, many students either become weary preparing for exam or would prefer not to set up right endeavors. But such useless exertion will never make you succeed in your objective. The post IIT JEE: How Tough is The Nut To Crack? appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Take Your Nursing Degree to the Next Level (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There are many factors to consider beyond patient care for those who are interested in advancing their nursing career. These include quality assurance, information systems and healthcare finance and law. Obviously, much of these factors are beyond a nurse’s job requirements, but are the very underpinnings of an effective healthcare system. Without someone competent at the helm to manage them, the hospital would become ineffectual. The post Take Your Nursing Degree to the Next Level appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 88 #5. Teaching Students who are Discovering Their Vocational Path (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    How can I as a professor who has spent most of my life in college help students to prepare for life after college? The post SC 88 #5. Teaching Students who are Discovering Their Vocational Path appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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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

  • 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.
  • Challenging what is to pursue what could be.

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

    Jack Lee
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    When I mention that I work for Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS), someone often asks whether we “just serve at-risk kids.” I explain that we serve a wide variety of students, but that yes, one of our programs helps young people who are struggling to make positive choices. We don’t call these students “at-risk.” We... The post Keeping the Flame Alive appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • 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’.
  • Common Mistakes: Nauseous Vs. Nauseated

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Confusing the two words ‘nauseous’ and ‘nauseated’ has become so commonplace that few people actually use the correct one in the correct context. Both are derived from the noun ‘nausea’, meaning a feeling of sickness or queasiness. Although using the wrong word is an acceptable mistake to make in everyday life and your meaning will be understood, you should strive for perfection in your academic writing. Learn more about the difference between these two adjectives so that you can use them with confidence. Nauseous The word ‘nauseous’ is an adjective which many people use…
  • The Work Environment

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Although the only thing which will get your essay done in the end is sheer hard graft, there are some things you can do to ease the process. One of the most important of these is deciding where to work. Once you have established this, there are some important things to consider to ensure that your environment is most conducive to getting work done. Whether you’re a library goer or someone who prefers their own space, here are some ways to make sure your work environment is somewhere which is comfortable, well equipped, organised and which allows you to be productive. Where to Work This is…
  • Common Mistakes: Tortuous Vs. Torturous

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A difference in spelling of only one letter is all that separates these two words. Both ‘tortuous’ and ‘torturous’ could be used in similar contexts, as something which is ‘tortuous’ is likely to also be ‘torturous’. They do, however, have very separate meanings. Learn more about their definitions and usage below. Tortuous The adjective ‘tortuous’ literally means ‘having multiple twists, turns or bends’. It is also often used to mean ‘overly complicated’ and describes things which are complex or twisting. For example, an overly long sentence containing multiple…
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    The Edvocate

  • Education officials to re-examine standardized testing

    The Edvocate
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Education officials will re-examine standardized testing in the U.S. due to the growing complaints from the public that believe students pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking too many exams. Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of Great City Schools said, “Testing is an important part of education, and of life. But it’s time that we step back and see if the tail is wagging the dog.” The Council of Great city schools represents 67 urban school systems. The Council of Chief State School Officers, which represents education commissioners in every state, also…
  • California parents want calculus, not Common Core

    The Edvocate
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Some parent groups in California are urging schools to keep the old key elements of math in place instead of adhering to the mantra of the new Common Core method of teaching the subject:. The reason parents from Piedmont to Palo Alto to Pleasanton have rebelled is out of fear that their children will not get to take calculus, a subject they believe is key in competition for college admission. Math educators who back the new Common Core standards insist they provide a needed grounding in math concepts compared with the approach of old math that has led to U.S. students’ poor performance in…
  • Technology and Multisensory Learning: A New Twist to an Old Application

    Matthew Lynch
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Technology in K-12 classrooms is evolving at a rapid pace. Of K-12 teachers, 86 percent think that education technology is an essential in the classroom, and 96 percent say that the technology improves student engagement levels. Despite teacher support, only 14 percent use digital curricula and 31 percent use other technology resources. The disconnection between what teachers really want and actually have is a matter of access, money and time resource In addition, any technology that is considered “cutting edge” often comes with some red tape. Getting new equipment approved takes more…
  • Technology and Mentorship: Addressing the Problem of Urban Students

    Matthew Lynch
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their schools are often thrown into the “lost cause” category. Problems like deteriorating buildings and overcrowding often become too overwhelming for reformers. In a 2009 article in the Harvard Political Review, writers Tiffany Wen and Jyoti Jasrasaria discuss the “myths of urban education.” The article points out that many people are quick to label urban schools as lost causes without actually investigating individual issues or how they can…
  • Diverse Conversations: Staying Afloat in Financially Turbulent Times

    Matthew Lynch
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    In these increasingly uncertain times, colleges and universities are forced to come up with innovative ways to deal with funding cutbacks and revenue shortfalls. In this installment of “Diverse Conversations,” Lewis Duncan, President of Rollins College, dispenses advice on how higher education institutions can strategically manage their resources in a manner that can help them thrive during these financially turbulent times. In the face of unprecedented fiscal challenges, how can colleges and universities maximize their increasingly scarce resources? Most private liberal arts…
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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.
  • 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

  • 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 .
  • 8 Easy Ways to Help Boost the Immunity of Kids

    Lynda Way
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A great immune system is not completely about having excellent genes. There are varieties of effective tools open to parents that can boost their children’s immune systems. The following ideas will get you on your way to keep kids healthy … Read More The post 8 Easy Ways to Help Boost the Immunity of Kids appeared first on .
  • 5 “Teacher Tricks” That Work Wonders on Kids

    Lynda Way
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever looked into your preschool child’s classroom and was amazed to see 20 young students fully engaged in a lesson? Do you often wonder how your kid’s teacher has control over all of these students? There are a … Read More The post 5 “Teacher Tricks” That Work Wonders on Kids appeared first on .
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    Degree Admission

  • 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…
  • 46 candidates lost chance to get admitted in MBBS colleges

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that at least 46 students could not be admitted to MBBS or BDS courses this year as they had not completed 17 years of age as on the cut-off date December 31, 2013.  Additional government pleader P Sanjay Gandhi submittedthat many students were short of the cut-off date and their applications had been rejected, in a counter-affidavit before Justice V Ramasubramanian when the case of T Ramanujam, whose application was rejected because of the shortage of 27 days for attaining age of 17 as on the cut-off date, came up for…
  • MBBS seats: Harsh Vardhan comes down hard on Medical Council of India

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Vardhan, who had earlier charged the regulatory body with corrupt practices, said it was an open secret for years that the MCI looked the other way as medical colleges rampantly flouted regulations. "Suddenly, this year they have struck. But why are they not punishing managements? Students have been punished. For many of them the dream of becoming a doctor has evaporated as they would be forced to pursue studies in other disciplines," he said in a statement. Though 2,750 new MBBS seats were approved in 2014, applications for the renewal of 3,920 seats were rejected by the MCI for the failure…
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • How a Teacher’s Rap Inspires Global Learning

    Mark Barnes
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Tell your friends you’re off  to learn irregular verbs for your ESL class, and they are likely to respond with, “Ouch! That sounds really boring.”  Say you’re going to listen to Fluency MC lay down a nifty rap to a toe-tapping beat, and friends may ask if they can join you. The latter scenario is what global learning looks like in Jason LeVine’s classroom and online. Known as Fluency MC to millions of Youtube viewers and Facebook fans, Levine makes English as a second language, or ESL, something even fluent English speakers can’t…
  • Standardization: Brilliant or Insane?

    Forrest Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: William M Ferriter via photopin cc Standardization. It’s been at the center of education policy reform for quite some time now. But should it be? Amidst the myriad of controversy and debate about how to implement standardization, and what the standards should even be, no one seems to be asking if standardization is even a good thing. Is it brilliant or is it insane? First, there was the No Child Left Behind Act, which created standards to judge a school’s academic performance within individual states. Now there’s the Common Core, which attempts to…
  • Color-Coded Feedback: It’s Efficient and Effective

    Reed Gillespie
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: Peter Talke Photography via photopin cc Few, if any, teachers find grading enjoyable. This is especially true when grading writing assignments. Plus, students hate it when their returned papers are so marked up that it looks like the teacher has re-written the entire paper. This is why providing effective feedback is so important. The color-coded feedback system, illustrated below, has proven extremely effective at providing meaningful feedback while maximizing time. Most important, I find the quality of  the revised works prove to be superior when compared…
  • 6 Ways Teachers Can Improve Education Right Now

    Mark Barnes
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Brilliant or Insane photo credit: sun dazed via photopin cc Enough with the negative education rhetoric. I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to complaining about the establishment and blaming policymakers for bad ideas about how to improve education. It’s time to stop complaining. It’s time to make a difference. These 6 ways to improve education should help. 1-Think help before you think teach I used to wake each morning thinking, What can I teach today? It was my way of planning to make a difference, but it turned out to be a pretty big waste of time. Many years into my…
  • 4 Reasons to Attend a TEDx Event

    Mark Barnes
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Brilliant or Insane TEDxUrsulineCollege If you have never attended a TEDx event, you have missed an inspiring learning opportunity. TEDxUrsulineCollege at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland was one of the most amazing and educational events I’ve ever attended. I was fortunate and honored to join 19 other speakers, but I was equally thrilled to be part of an intimate crowd of about 80 guests, who learned about sustainability, science education, feminism, being a single mom, and religion, among other subjects. Not sure what TEDx is and why you shouldn’t just wait for the…
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    Montessori Tides School

  • 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 […]
  • Toddler Separation is Big Work

    Montessori Tides
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Toddler Separation is big work for everyone involved! However, thanks to the home visit and open house, the children are separating very well. Trust with the caregivers has been established and all the children are curious about their peers and the activities. One toddler who just separated, stopped crying when Ms. Johanna softly sang the […]
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    The Montessori Group

  • 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 […]
  • Montessori Language, Speaking, Writing, and Reading, Ages 0-3

    Montessori Group
    2 May 2014 | 9:58 am
    Language for 0-3 Originally published by The Michael Olaf Montessori Company with excerpts from the book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three. The First Year: the Senses We can feed the child’s intense interest in language and prepare for later spoken language, by speaking clearly, by not raising our voice to […]
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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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    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

  • How to prepare for UPSC exam 2015-16

    Mani Jangde
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    How to prepare for UPSC exam 2015-16 Whenever we heard the term UPSC, the first thing come to our mind is generally IAS or IPS officer. But UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission who held exam for Civil Services which recruit candidates for the Government of India. UPSC or Civil service exam is known as the toughest exam of... The post How to prepare for UPSC exam 2015-16 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 18th,17th,16th October 2014 – Updated Online GK Magazine

    Nidhi Prasad
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Current Affairs 18th,17th,16th October 2014 Arvind Subramanian as a chief economic advisor On 16th Oct, Thursday, Arvind Subramanian appointed as a economic advisor to the Indian government. [Important Current Affairs 18th,17th,16th October 2014 ] Successful launch of third navigation satellite IRNSS 1C by ISRO Indian Space Research organization successfully launched third navigation satellite Indian regional navigation satellite system (IRNSS ) 1C on... The post Current Affairs 18th,17th,16th October 2014 – Updated Online GK Magazine appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Ayurvedic and Indian home remedies for back pain

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Some home remedies for back pain Back pains aaaahhhh…!!! When it causes every work gets stop, because of these works we don’t give time to our health and later our work only gets stop because of this health.And in both condition who gets suffered??  yes, “we” is the answer.If we give some time to ourselves we will never suffer like... The post Ayurvedic and Indian home remedies for back pain appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Back pain when lying down and how to cure it

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Why Back pain when lying down happens? Back pain is so common now a day. Mostly everyone is suffering from back pain , not only adults children are also suffering from back pains in today’s modern world. Back pains can cause with the back itself or it can be cause due to another body parts injury. In mostly cases doctors... The post Back pain when lying down and how to cure it appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Top 5 MBA executive colleges in India 2014-2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Top 5 MBA executive colleges in India After completing our graduation we have only one question in our mind that what’s next? which course we should choose for having bright future…and for this hot topic is MBA. Huge number of youths are focusing for MBA , because MBA or Masters of business administration is the degree which helps in  Better... The post Top 5 MBA executive colleges in India 2014-2015 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

  • 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…
  • Speaking tips by Erin Manning

    FPPTP Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    In this video you can learn some simple yet powerful speaking tips that comes handy while presenting a presentation and these will help you reduce the worry or stress when you are in front of your audience. The post Speaking tips by Erin Manning appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Boxes PowerPoint Template

    FPPTP Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Boxes PowerPoint Template is template that has box look alike structures in its layouts. It comes with 6 Layouts that provide elasticity to justify the content and make it more attentive. What’s more all the graphics in the layout are PowerPoint Native, therefore you change their colors by changing Theme Color from the Design section of the Ribbon. Following are few Screen Shots of the slides that you find in the download file. Bio Slide Timeline Slide Key Points Slide Content Slide Reports Slide Thank You Slide This template is currently available in Widescreen (16:9) variation only.
  • Timeline Templates for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Continuing our timeline series for PowerPoint, in today’s edition we present to you a 5 layout timeline template. This ready to use template is complete cool vertical timeline graphics that’s quite similar to the Facebook way but it’s totally PowerPoint stuff. These graphics are color adaptable. So, when you change Colors of the theme then automatically the elements adapt the colors. The download you download contains one widescreen and a standard resolution template. You can use this free template to demonstrate your ideas period wise etc. This template allows you to insert…
  • Introduction to PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The post Introduction to PowerPoint appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
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  • The Real Meaning of Tuition

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
      Singapore’s education system has changed so dramatically that it has become one of the most successful education system in the world, possibly next to Finland. With 5.399 million (2013) in population tally and only about 300 or so schools, how can parents be sure that their children are getting the education they need?  The walloping head count only creates uncertainties on whether the school can handle every child and if the teachers can  accommodate each of them? Will our children be able to receive the attention they need to do well in life? When the teacher-student ratio is 1:30…
  • 5 Challenges of being a Tutor

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Some think that working as a tutor is a piece of cake. Because it is not a full-time 8 hour job, it must be  easy peasy,  as long as you study the syllabus, that’s enough. Wrong.  Like most jobs, there are good days and bad days, ups and downs, challenges and triumphs. Students are too active/slow.   We all know that every child has his/her own learning pace. There will be times in which you encounter a fast learner who easily gets bored of the lesson. There will also be occasions in which you meet a slow learner and no matter how many times you repeat the lesson, he or she does not…
  • Introduction to Primary school Education in Singapore for parents  

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Elementary or Primary Education forms the foundation for gaining basic knowledge. This is the stage where the child learns to interact with people and to the society as a whole. Elementary education can be compared to the first stride that a person takes in life, it is impossible for people to run without first learning how they can walk (Long, 2000). Primary Education enables the child to make friends, facilitate acquisition and vocabulary development. In school, their listening ability develops, they also acquire the concept of sharing and turn taking. This article explores primary school…
  • 8 Tips to Excel in your first Tuition Assignment

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    So, you passed all the requirements, test and interviews from the agency you are applying to be a tutor. What now? Where do you go after the recruitment? Do you just burst in your tutee’s house and teach? Maybe there’s a protocol for first day impression?…hmm Is there?:)  These are the questions that will surface in your mind and that’s totally understandable, with all the excitement surging through your system and the proud moments that YOU, among the other applicants have been chosen by the agency as one of the tutors, I mean that’s huge. It’s your first step to financial…
  • Introduction to Secondary School Education in Singapore for Parents

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Every parent wants the best for their children. They want to let their child experience the things they never had before. That’s how the term “overcompensation” came into existence and sometimes choosing the best things for the children can be taxing, tiring and confusing. It happens when choosing the best party to throw for him or her or even choosing the kind of shoes you want to give them for their birthday. After all, a parent’s main concern is for their children to be happy and secure, may it be for short term or long term. Speaking of long term security, parents invest in…
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    CITE » Blog

  • Career Focused Test Swap

    John Russo
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Today the NY State Board of Regents approved a plan that would allow students to take a test focused on job-skills in lieu of a Social Studies Regents Exam.  Instead […] The post Career Focused Test Swap appeared first on CITE.
  • Teach Pre K

    John Russo
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Cohort 1 Begins! Our first cohort for our Early Childhood Education Masters Program with Concordia College started this past weekend! Congratulations to the accepted students. We look forward to keeping updated […] The post Teach Pre K appeared first on CITE.
  • Capacity Framework

    John Russo
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Chancellor’s Vision  Listen to this post! Chancellor Farina has outlined her vision in a series of best-practices traits for schools, called the Capacity Framework. The DOE states: “The Capacity […] The post Capacity Framework appeared first on CITE.
  • Grad Course Video

    John Russo
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    What can you do with a Masters + 30?  You can earn an additional $6000 per year.  What else can you do with our grad courses?  You can use the […] The post Grad Course Video appeared first on CITE.
  • Without Tenure

    John Russo
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    TENURE AND POWER We’re linking to a really interesting blog post below on why tenure should be retained for teachers.  This matter is pertinent because it is before the courts, […] The post Without Tenure appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • AIESEC- Next. Big. Leap – Indian Youth to Business Forum

    DU Khabar
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It is not new – the news that India has to handle the issue of its idling youth. Degenerative youth potential can be termed as one of the most appalling traits of today’s world. As usual, we are ever aware of the problem but additionally end up assuming that the solution lies in the palm ... AIESEC- Next. Big. Leap – Indian Youth to Business Forum is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post AIESEC- Next. Big. Leap – Indian Youth to Business Forum appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Top Postgraduate Colleges in New Delhi

    DU Khabar
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Delhi is the hub of the education of excellence for our nation and is no doubt the best city for Postgraduate studies in the country. However ,as it boasts being the host to top universities and colleges it does also project a dilemma to a student aiming for PG studies in the capital. Be it ... Top Postgraduate Colleges in New Delhi is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Top Postgraduate Colleges in New Delhi appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Save Money on Online Shopping

    DU Khabar
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    One of the million pleasures of breathing in the era of internet is the whole spectrum of the undiscovered zones waiting for us to conquer. However ,in  the much accelerated online world  you also need some tricks and some tips to make the journey a smart one and save money online. Being in the online ... Save Money on Online Shopping is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Save Money on Online Shopping appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • LSR performs Mock Drill at 2:15 a.m.

    Ekta Rawat
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The Bells Rang at the LSR hostel at 2:15 a.m. and the announcements were made to evacuate the building and move towards safe spots as there was an earthquake. The girls were patient enough to follow the route as demonstrated earlier by the Security Committee of the hostel and they moved towards the safe spot ... LSR performs Mock Drill at 2:15 a.m. is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post LSR performs Mock Drill at 2:15 a.m. appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Kiran Bedi at L.S.R.

    Ekta Rawat
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The historic corridors of Lady Sri Ram College once again witnessed the prized presence of a  celebrated and successful lady who needs no introduction: Dr. Kiran Bedi. NSS LSR had organized the stimulating session by Dr. Kiran Bedi on ‘ Women Safety and Security’ on 14th October.  The lady in Pathani suit and the evergreen ... Kiran Bedi at L.S.R. is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Kiran Bedi at L.S.R. appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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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

  • 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.
  • How to ACE your MBA Program
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    Successfully going through an MBA program is one of the most gruelling tasks many professionals face today. The drawn out and detailed application process, extensive coursework and events involved take a lot of time, energy and dedication to successfully carryout.
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    Lessons99 | Guru99

  • UNIX Basic Tutorial

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    UNIX Introduction What is UNIX? UNIX is an operating system which was first developed in the 1960s, and has been under constant development ever since. By operating system, we mean the suite of programs which make the computer work. It is a stable, multi-user, multi-tasking system for servers, desktops and laptops. UNIX systems also have a graphical user interface (GUI) similar to Microsoft Windows which provides an easy to use environment. However, knowledge of UNIX is required for operations which aren’t covered by a graphical program, or for when there is no windows interface…
  • How to List the contents of a tar or tar.gz file

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Task: List the contents of a tar file Use the following command: $ tar -tvf file.tar Task: List the contents of a tar.gz file Use the following command: $ tar -ztvf file.tar.gz Task: List the contents of a tar.bz2 file Use the following command: $ tar -jtvf file.tar.bz2 Where, t: List the contents of an archive v: Verbosely list files processed (display detailed information) z: Filter the archive through gzip so that we can open compressed (decompress) .gz tar file j: Filter archive through bzip2, use to decompress .bz2 files. f filename: Use archive file called filename The post How to List…
  • How to extract gz, tar.gz and .tgz file?

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    How do I extract a gz file? Use guzip command as follows: $ gunzip file.gz OR $ gzip -d file.gz To see new file, enter: $ ls -l How do I extract a tar.gz or .tgz file? Files with extension tar.gz or .tgz are tar files compressed with gzip. On Unix system extract them with following command: $ gunzip < file.tar.gz | tar xvf - $ gunzip < file.tgz | tar xvf - If you have GNU tar (Linux system) you can use the z option directly: $ tar xvzf file.tar.gz $ tar xvzf file.tgz The post How to extract gz, tar.gz and .tgz file? appeared first on Lessons99 | Guru99.
  • Quick Reference – MySQL

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Chapter 1 – Introduction to MYSQL What is MYSQL? A database is a storage place for information. Usually the information is organized into a series of related categories, where it is stored in an orderly fashion, and can be modified, updated, searched for, retrieved and/or deleted as often as necessary. MYSQL was once the most popular open source database management system. It was free, and earned a reputation for reliability and ease of use. Nowadays, MariaDB is the open source variation of MYSQL, but for now we’ll continue to call it MYSQL rather than getting into the long and…
  • Quick Reference – HTML

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Chapter 1 – Introduction to HTML What is HTML? Web pages are files that are viewed using a browser. They are written in a language called HTML. HTML is made up of a set of elements, or tags, that are used as instructions to tell the browser what should appear on a web page, and how it should be structured. An HTML element looks something like this: <html> </html> Anyone can view a webpage’s HTML by viewing the source of that webpage. If you right click on this page, for example, and select “View Page Source”, you can see the HTML that the browser is reading…
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    Blog Me Mom

  • 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…
  • Halloween Art: Halloween Scratch Art Project

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    Ready for a super easy Halloween art project? Last year our crayon resist spider web art was popular in our home and around the web. Based on the same idea, we created another super easy Halloween art with spider web as a central theme.. Well sort of because kids — they have their own ideas when it comes to art activities and we LOVE them for that! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! Halloween Art : Halloween Scratch Art Project { More art projects for kids and Halloween…
  • Homemade Paint: Melted Candy Watercolors

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Homemade Paint: Melted Candy Watercolors Make sweet smelling homemade paint with just melted candy. This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog! Once Halloween rolls around and your house is being over run with candy and candy wrappers you will know what to do with all those candy! Rather than eating them or throwing them away much to the chagrin of your children stash away a bunch and make PAINT. All of our previous candy activities for kids here. Visit my friend Allison’s landing…
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    The Music Workshop

  • 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 […]
  • Should You Push Your Kids Into Piano Lessons?

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Every Parents Dream This is hardly a parent that doesn’t share the desire that their children have music in their life. I find that intentions are usually good ones and ones of genuine concern and desire that their children have a complete experience in life that includes learning music, in […]
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    On Top English

  • Modals 1

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Permission, Prohibition, Obligation, No obligation To express permission, prohibition, obligation and no obligation we usually use modal verbs. Permission Can is often used to ask for and give permission. Can I sit here? You can use my car if you like. Can I make a suggestion? We can also use may and could to ask for and give permission but can is used more often. Prohibition Both can’t and mustn’t are used […] The post Modals 1 appeared first on On Top English.
  • Dressed To Kill

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
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  • Burn The Midnight Oil

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
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  • Keep Your Chin Up

    5 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
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  • Grab a Bite

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
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  • Statement of Purpose(SOP) for MS & University Identification (George John)
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    We provide Statement of Purpose(SOP) for MS writing services and samples. We offer guidance for MS University Identification by interacting with you one to one and understand your capabilities, accomplishments, career aims, probable courses and universities corresponding to your GRE scores. If you are planning for MS/Higher Studies Abroad in Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics(ECE), you success lies in choosing the right university to have a successful career. Our team of experts, helps you identify the universities in US, Europe etc where you have great probability to…
  • 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.
  • Must have 7 good communication skills in the workplace (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Communication is the way we convey our thoughts, ideas, and information to other people. It is not only the words that we speak but also, our tone of voice, facial expression, and most importantly our body language that plays a major role in donning the whole process of communication. A good communication is a result of a whole composition of the seven C’s of communication, which include
  • Important skills needed for effective Corporate communication (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Communication Skills heads from birth of a child to adulthood and then to old-hood. One can learn communication skills by commencing with observation of world surrounding around them. Corporate communication is the communication provided by corporation, business, and public body to the internal or external public. In the corporate environment, if a person is having good communication skills or is a good communicator that means half the battle is won. Here we discuss about important skills needed for effective Corporate communication
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • 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…
  • That Time of Year Again: The Start of College And Getting to Know Each Other

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    It is that time of year again.  Fall is when the summer heat and humidity starts to subside and cool nights begin. It is the start of football season and the Friday night lights or Saturday afternoon games.  It is also the time when our society begins one of its most important tasks, i.e, educating our future workforce and our next generation of leaders.  From mid-August through early September, about 22.1 millions students will start college or university classes.  In the fall of 2013, public and private two- and four-year institutions of higher education enrolled 21.8…
  • The Price of a College Degree. Is it Worth the Price?

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    For several years now, Americans have been questioning the value of higher education. Is a college degree worth the thousands of dollars it costs? Does the bachelors’ degree lead to a good paying job? Higher education faces many challenges in the nation. Unfortunately, one major challenge is the escalating cost of a college education. And as Americans question its value, the college degree has begun to lose its prominence in the minds of many Americans. The evidence to support this is the decline in enrollments in colleges and universities throughout the country. The problem has been…
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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
    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... :(

    Math Realm
    19 May 2014 | 12:34 am
    Today marked the 40th anniversary of one of the famous toys of the world, the Rubik's cube.Rubik's cube is a 3-D combination puzzle. It was originally named as MAGIC CUBE but later changed to Rubik's cube, in honor to the inventor. It was invented by Erno Rubik in 1974. Rubik was a Hungarian inventor, architect, and professor of architecture. Since Rubik's Cube was introduced to the public, it became the world's best selling toy.Now, there are already a lot of variations of the Rubik's cube - various dimensions, colours and shape or form.Enjoy playing the Rubik's cube. Thank you Sir Erno…
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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

  • 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.
  • Millennials: Speak out on November 4

    Rep. Patrick Murphy
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Millennials have a major stake in the outcome of the 2014 midterms and can't afford to sit on the sidelines. The post Millennials: Speak out on November 4 appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The JOBS Act two years later: More jobs and more IPOs

    Anne Kim
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Companies that have gone public under the auspices of the JOBS Act have also grown their payrolls by 18 percent. The post The JOBS Act two years later: More jobs and more IPOs appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Trade policy Manichaeism – Why the trade debate is stuck and how to move it forward

    Robert D. Atkinson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Both sides of the trade debate are headed toward dead ends. It's time to acknowledge some fundamental truths about trade and globalization. The post Trade policy Manichaeism – Why the trade debate is stuck and how to move it forward appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The myth of the “independent” voter

    Stefan Hankin
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    An exclusive new poll finds that just 5 percent of voters are truly “independent” – ideologically centrist and unaffiliated with either political party. The post The myth of the “independent” voter appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind: #1 Foreign Education Consultant in India, Singapore and UK

  • 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…
  • List of Scholarships for Indian Students Who Seek for Abroad Study

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Generally, scholarships aid students to pursue their higher education without any hindrance. In fact, if this is the case for overseas education, no doubt in that, the scholarships alone the best tool for students to reduce their burdens. Because, some students come from middle class family, they have urge to do higher studies in reputed International Universities. But due to cost of education is more in Foreign Universities, they find difficult to meet the financial demands.Hence, scholarship is the vital energy for their overseas studies! As the higher education in Foreign Universities…
  • Want to Study in New Zealand Without IELTS?

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    It is a great opportunity for Indian Students, hurry up!Of course, it is the latest trend among the Indian Students today as they prefer New Zealand Universities for their higher education due to the reasonable cost of education and other impeccable facilities. According to the latest survey, we came across that 123% of Indian students who seek for abroad study are choosing their career in New Zealand based Universities right now.So, are you interested to apply for study in New Zealand without IELTS?Please contact Broadmind by just ring at +91-9790950111 or send an email to…
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    Learn U

  • How to Become a Librarian: Going Beyond the Dewey Decimal System

    Nina Bourne
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Librarians typically have one of two reputations and from what we can tell neither of them is totally accurate. We have yet to encounter the naughty librarians that easily crop up in place of images of real librarians when a search for the career field is entered. Likewise can be said for the cringe worthy older lady with her glasses sliding halfway down her face as she puts a crooked finger to her mouth to “shhh” library visitors. There are, however, a wide variety of librarians out there that have their own great identities all while kicking some serious tail at their jobs. Today, we…
  • Coming Soon

    Perrin Carrell
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Thank you for your interest. This content is coming soon. In the meantime, why not check out some of our other super-in-depth career articles? Click here!
  • Columbia’s New Grant Program Gives Back to Neighboring Students

    Nina Bourne
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    For many that grew up in the surrounding area of Harlem where, Ivy League school, Columbia University is located, the chances of attending the prestigious university seemed slim to none. Columbia University has made steps to change this mind set with a new grant program that is only for students that grew up in the surrounding area or attended a school nearby. The Thompson-Munoz scholarship program spearheaded by Columbia University, is an effort to ease tensions between the 260 year old university and the surrounding neighborhoods. There will soon be a new campus in the West Harlem…
  • Women’s College Becomes the Second in the U.S. to Accept Students Identifying as Transgender

    Nina Bourne
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Mount Holyoke College has became the second college for women only in the United States to begin accepting applications from students that identify as transgender. The fall 2014 session marks the first in history for the western Massachusetts college and the response from the transgender community has been of high praise and excitement. There have been some questions raised as to what this means for Mount Holyoke’s status as the oldest women only college in the United States, while the announcement as a whole received a positive response on campus. Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount…
  • Political Science Degree: Course Guide and Fun Facts

    Nina Bourne
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Does American politics fascinate you and get you riled up during election season? How do you feel about international affairs and the development of political systems around the world? If we have piqued your interest, you may be the perfect candidate for earning a political science degree. Political Science Degree Political science is the in depth study of the government, public policies and political behaviors. Student that go to school to earn a political science degree will learn about the humanistic position and how to use scientific skills together to examine the political structures of…
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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

  • WP Tavern

    Milton Ayala
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    WordPress Tavern is a site focused on all things WordPress. We also cover BuddyPress, bbPress, and any project under the Automattic umbrella. WordPress Tavern is a warm and inviting community where those interested in the software can hang out with fellow WordPressers to engage in enlightening discussions. Be sure to subscribe to theRSS Feed because you won’t want to miss […] The post WP Tavern appeared first on Rack up Skills.

    Milton Ayala
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    SO, WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THRILLIST? It’s pretty simple, actually. We’re obsessed with everything that’s worth caring about in food, drink, and travel. Need to find that speakeasy hidden beneath the abandoned subway station? We’ll get you in. Do you care deeply about staying on top of the best burger joints, steakhouses, dive bars, cocktail lounges, clubs, concerts, and festivals […] The post appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Vectorize Now – Raster to Vector Image Conversion Service

    Milton Ayala
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Convert poor-quality, low resolution, bitmap images into sharp, clean, scalable vector format for use on banners, vehicle wraps, screen printing, t-shirts, business cards, cut vinyl, CAD/routers, and many other signage and print applications.   The post Vectorize Now – Raster to Vector Image Conversion Service appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • The Magic Hour

    Milton Ayala
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The Magic Hour is the #1 transformational workout program, designed to help you transform not just your body, but also your mind and ultimately your life!  It is the first of its kind – incorporating fitness with meditation, visualization and goal setting! One magical hour dedicated to the most important person in the world – YOU! The post The Magic Hour appeared first on Rack up Skills.

    Milton Ayala
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm helps you improve your new and existing web designs by exchanging feedback with an intelligent community of entrepreneurs, usability experts and web designers. The post appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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    Study Smart System

  • 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, Stu